Friday night’s 13 inning battle ended on a Ranger’s walk-off home-run off Nelson Cruz’s bat.
Saturday night things got even worse.
Starting with having to endure Derek Jeter watching be benched. Still, at the same time I respect Skipper Joe Girardi’s decision, as Jeter has hurt more than helped lately and something had to be done.
At the bottom of the night inning the Yankees were leading 6-5 and Girardi called on Mariano Rivera to close out the game.
Rivera not only allowed the tie run to score, he loaded the bases and proceeded to hit a batter resulting in walking-in the winning run. Yankees lost 7-6.
Sometimes it is easy to forget that Rivera is not immortal, but so rarely does this happen. No reason to get to alarmed or worried about Mo down the stretch just yet.
Sunday vs. Rangers Cliff Lee, plus the Yankees were without the bats of Nick Swisher, Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez. Lee has just come off a ruff August but you wouldn’t know it after going eight innings and Rangers won 4-1.
There was plenty to be concerned with regarding the Yankees before the Rangers sweep.
Now, nothing is working too it’s potential, and either the Yankees figure it out or it could get really ugly fast.
Monday night, the Bombers start a three-game set against the Rays who are just a half-game back in the AL East.
Yankees CC Sabathia will take the mound, which couldn’t be more needed.
Sabathia struggled, losing his last start, a first for CC in a year at Yankee Stadium. He was also trying to win #20 on the season for the first time in his career.
In 2009, Sabathia had the same opportunity to reach 20 wins, at Tropicana Field against the Rays. Sabathia imploded but the team could afford it back then.
Minus his last outing, Sabathia is the teams, if not the league’s ace. Expect his mentality to follow, as the team needs a win and CC will be solely focused on that.
Sabathia is not a one-man team and the Yankee bats will have to bring their A-game facing Rays David Price.
Price is the other front-runner with Sabathia for the AL Cy Young award. Price has a 2.87 ERA, with 163 strikeouts, walking 71 and giving-up 13 home-runs. In 27 starts, Price has a 17-6 record.
A-rod, Swisher and Cano have the most success against Price at the plate so hopefully the day-off will get the first two back in the line-up.
Derek Jeter has done well against Price too. Hopefully Jeter’s success against Cliff Lee on Sunday will continue and get the Captain hitting like himself again. Jeter needs to figure himself out ASAP.
Yankees will win 6-2 and Sabathia will get the win. There is no way the Yankees can lose another game at this point, after winning just one of their last seven.
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