Umm…Catch The Ball, Maybe?

Frustrating Game For Yanks As They Lose To Jays

“Frustrating game” is the understatement of the year. It was a ridiculous game that had me screaming my lungs out at the TV. The Yankees booted every play! 4 errors and about 30 misplays? Where did my Yankees go? Who are these little leaguers that can’t catch a thing? Why did they have to suck when Mitre was pitching? It all bothered me. The Yankees lost to the Blue Jays 14-8. Ugh.

Pitching Analysis: Sergio Mitre, my love, started for the Yankees yesterday. His line looks ugly: 4 & 1/3 innings, 11 hits, 11 runs, 9 earned, 2 walks and 5 K’s. Those numbers are misleading. The Yankees made so many errors behind Sergio. But they also screwed up easy plays, forcing Mitre to get about 5 outs per inning. Now, I love Sergio Mitre with all my heart and would be his darling baby in a microsecond, but Sergio Mitre is not the world’s greatest pitcher. With him on the mound, the defense should have made every play. They were inexcusably horrible. Poor Sergio. He was so frustrated, and a pitcher knows he is not supposed to show it. But really, they were pathetic behind him. Even though he allowed 9 earned runs, I thought he pitched well. He struckout 5, he induced plenty of ground balls, although thanks to the defense they didn’t translate as outs, and the fly balls that were hit were bloopers that were not caught. I honestly think he pitched well, and I’m not just saying that because I drool over him. His sinker was sinking, his curveball was curving and throwing hitters off balance. And he did not allow a home run. If you did not watch the game and just saw Mitre’s line, you would say he was back to his old stinky self. But if you watched it, you should agree with me that he pitched pretty well yesterday.

I think you were great yesterday, baby. ;)

The Yankee bullpen did not get the job done. Mark Melancon walked in about 70 runs and was just awful. Newcomer Josh Towers hit Randy Ruiz in the face which created a bloody mess. That was scary. Towers was not too good, but he did finish out the game for the Yanks.

Defensive Analysis: This is not an exaggeration: Yesterday’s game was the worst defensively played game I have ever seen in my young life. 4 errors, 700 misplays, it was disgusting. Jerry made an error, Cano made an error, Swisher lost a ball in the sun, Tex totally missed a grounder, Mitre struckout Encarnacion who reached first on the wild pitch, Hairston paused with the ball and got no one out, Melky and Damon collided, bloopers were dropping in in front of everyone, it was gross. Poor Sergio. My poor baby. They were forcing him to throw more pitches, and I am still worried about his little arm, and forced him to get more outs. It was dreadful. Girardi better have some kind of meeting. I hope this is not a product of being so far ahead in the division. Don’t get lazy, boys. Play like you are behind. Catch the damn ball!!! 

Offensive Analysis: If the fielders actually caught the balls, the Yankees offense would have been enough. They scored 8 runs on 13 hits. Jeter got 3 more hits, Melky had a 3-run homer after colliding with Johnny in the outfield, which sent me into hysterics. I was worried about them. But they were okay, as Melky showed with his homer. The Yankees were hitting, they just lost for other reasons, ahem,,,catch the ball, ahem…They didn’t look dead at the plate like they do in many of their loses.

Derek Jeter singles in the sixth inning on Sunday against the Blue Jays, and is now just four hits away from passing Lou Gehrig on the Yankees' all-time list.

Jeter inches toward history in every at-bat.

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 3 1 3 0 1 0 0 .334
  Pena, R, SS-2B 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .276
Damon, LF 5 1 2 0 0 1 3 .289
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 5 .279
  Cervelli, C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .266
Matsui, H, DH 5 1 2 2 0 0 1 .266
Swisher, RF 4 2 2 3 1 1 2 .249
Cano, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .318
  a-Hinske, PH-3B 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 .251
Hairston, J, 3B-SS 3 1 1 0 2 0 1 .254
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 1 1 3 0 1 2 .276
Molina, J, C-1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .223
Totals 39 8 13 8 4 7 17

 

The only bright spots about the game for me were that, well first of all I got to stare open-mouthed at Sergio Mitre, which is a treat I will take any day. Melky had a 3-run homer after colliding with Damon, so he is okay. And I actually got to see my Cervelli again!!! He caught at the end of the game. Boy, did I miss him. Everything about him is cute. I was glad to see him play. Hopefully he will catch at least 1 game in the doubleheader today. I will be very upset if he doesn’t. The Smelly Sox won yesterday, so our lead is back to 7.5 games. But hopefully we can increase that lead today. I guess they all just had a bad day on the field. It happens, but to the Yankees? No. But yes. They are just human. We have just been spoiled with perfectly played games all year long. I guess they can mess up once in awhile. ONCE IN AWHILE, boys, that was the “once” and the rest of the season is the “awhile.” So be perfect for the rest of the year, okay? Hahaha. I still love you guys. Especially you, Sergio. love you. ;) GO YANKEES!!!

**Note** I was so caught up in my frustration over the game that I forgot something: I would just like to thank everyone for making me #11 on the Latest Leader’s list. I can’t believe I was even on it, not to mention that high up on my first time. It really is quite an honor and I thank all of you from the bottom of my hearts for coming by and reading and sharing your thoughts. It really means a lot to me. My parents were so proud of me when I told them. Thank you all so much. I love you guys :)

14 Comments

Oh my goodness, this entry made me smile. I love your passion for your team (and a few certain players haha). Sounds like a terrible defensive game!! Ugh. Ugh. I love your title, that’s great!! Well, hopefully your boys will find their gloves soon. Congrats on #11 by the way!!
http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

Yesterdays game was very frustrating to watch… VERY frustrating… It was a really horrible played game, and I was getting afraid that someone was going to get hurt (especially with the collision of Damon and Melky). If that had happened, I would have been so mad. We misplayed so many balls, I lost count in like the first inning. Again, I was very frustrated. However, I was excited to see Cervelli catch and I got to see Pena play, which I was happy about. I expect a much better played game today. And if it doesn’t happen, I will be very upset… Anways, congratulations on making #11 on the Leader’s list! – Molly

Look at you #11 on the leaders list, Virginia! And after such a short time blogging. That’s a meteoric rise, I’m telling you! I’m sure Cervelli will catch one of the games today. Well, I’m not SURE, because I thought he’d catch CC in the first game and it will be Posada behind the plate. But maybe he’ll catch AJ in the night game? In any case, I’m going to try and put yesterday’s sloppiness behind me and hope for a great double victory today.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Hahaha, love the title! So simple and clever. I’m glad I missed the game yesterday… but I watched parts of the encore – big booboo. That game should make an entire blooper reel. Oh well. Today will be different with CC and AJ on the mound! & Congrats again on #11! =)

- Lisa
http://perennialpinstriper.mlblogs.com/

Sometimes I wonder if some of the MLB’s best are becoming victims of ADD.
You would think that catching a ball would be simple, but we do not see the wind variances, sunlight/lights factors or even the noise factors when we play at the park.
Sometimes they are just bad calculations, but the ones off the heel of the glove seem to be the wrost for us to watch.
Should be afun, fun fun today in the old ballpark.
Looking forward to some great ball today………and tonight.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

It’s so frustrating when your team does that. Like my Padres.
But what an accomplishment. I told you this already but congrats on making number 11 on the latest leader’s list! http://hyunyoung.mlblogs.com

Virginia, your blog is one of the best!! I love your enthusiasm.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

crooked number loses certainly remind you that everyone has off days… today though Yankees have taken the 1st of the double header from the Rays…so things are looking up
~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

Virginia,
Way to go girl! #11!! Quite an accomplishment! We are so proud of you.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

The Yankees sure ran into a brick wall with the Blue Jays. I think they’ll correct this problem with the Rays at Yankee Stadium for a doubleheader. Jeter’s closing in for the record.

Matthew Tang
http://matt7.mlblogs.com/

The Yankees are looking eh… un polished this week

with the many errors occuring.

I am sure they will pick up the pace and be off into the stars again :)

Congrats on being #11

I was #35 lol.

Great blog here by the way.

–Ted

http://tribewithted.mlblogs.com/

Giardi puts Hinske in at 3rd? I like that. he was strictly rightfield in Pittsburgh earlier this year

http://pittpeas.mlblogs.com

*Yesterday’s loss was rough, but we took the double header against the Rays to make everything “alright” again. We’re still the #1 team in baseball, and that’s all that matters!

http://jquist.mlblogs.com/

Congrats on your position in the top blogs Virginia. Pretty Cool : )

Buz – http://buzblog.mlblogs.com/

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