TELL ME SOMETHING I DON’T KNOW:
When any major, minor or little-league baseball team loses a game or a few in a row the same old rationalization is given by the media, as if they had enlightened both players and fans to something we didn’t know already.
This phrase gets used in many different ways, but it is almost a cop-out because it always applies to the losers in baseball.
You must already know what I am referring too?
It’s the notorious cause allotted to losing… leaving too many runners in scoring position.
This is not some revelation that the media is giving us night after night.
Clearly when a team loses it is because they could not score more runs than the opposing team.
It doesn’t take Einstein to realize that the losing team’s hitters either are left out to dry or didn’t make it on base at all.
No one is denying that stranding runners on base isn’t always a legitimate excuse, but it doesn’t mean the losing team necessarily hit worse than their opponents… correct? Maybe?
Team B beat Team A with a final score of 3-2.
Team A got on base 13 out of 15 times, but only two of the 13 baserunners actually crossed home plate.
Team B reached base successfully three out of 11 hits, but the third hit was a 3 run home run as the other two players who reached base happen to be on at that time.
Even thought Team A got the loss, the stats prove they hit better than Team B throughout the game. Most likely Team A pitched better too if out of 11 hits only three runners made it to first base safely, which obviously includes the homer too.
My point is many other elements go on during a baseball game that weigh greatly on the results other than the same old and obvious answer that we are guilty of using too much. Hey it is easy and there is always truth behind it, but not always as much as we make it out to be.
YANKEES vs. ROYALS:
A perfect example of the above happened on Wednesday night, when the Royals beat the Yankees 3-2 in the 11th inning. The Yankees did not lose solely due to stranding runners; it was a one run, extra inning affair that could have gone either way in all honesty.
It started when Yankees reliever Dave Roberson, who clearly didn’t bring his A-game with him on the mound and gave up the lead in the eighth; just like Royals closer Joaquin Scoria couldn’t seem to find his strike zone allowing the Yankee to tie the game in the ninth inning.
The Royals capitalized on the Yankees defensive mistakes late in the game to get the win 4-3; period end of story.
Did the Yankees strand guys on base?
Yes about 15 to be exact, but every game both teams usually do and I wish the media would dig a little deeper and not just throw the same old stick all the time.
It is a plus to see AJ Burnett continue to look good throwing seven solid innings giving up just one hit, a homerun that happen to be a first for Royals 1B Eric Hosmer, aka the next Bo Jackson according to some scouts.
Well, maybe I am talking crazy with my above banter about leaving runner in scoring position; but it was running through my head listening to the Yankees post-game. It drove me nuts because it was the reason given three times by Nancy Newman and repeated by Kim Jones to Mark Teixeira, who looked annoyed. Not surprised…..
- Royals knock out wobbly Yankees (reuters.com)
- Hosmer has final word as Royals prevail (mlb.mlb.com)
- Hosmer hits first homer, Royals beat Yankees in 11 (tsn.ca)
- Yankees Prepare for Younger, More Aggressive Royals (bats.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Frustrating night for Yankees ends with 4-3 loss (boston.com)
- Hosmer hits first career HR, helps Royals top Yankees (cbssports.com)
- A-Rod shows signs of hitting stride (nypost.com)