LADY AT THE BAT: RISP Rears It's Ugly Head Again For The Yankees

Thursday, May 17, 2012

RISP Rears It's Ugly Head Again For The Yankees

A stat I read at the LoHud Yankees Blog says it all: In their 8 loses this month, the Yankees are 3-52 with runners in scoring position. It includes last night in Toronto where they were 1-8 with RISP.

Hiroki Kuroda was terrible (5 IP, 8H, 7R, 3HR, 2BB, 6 SO), and his offense did nothing to soften the blows. They didn't get their second hit until the 6th inning. They acted as if Kyle Drabek's sinker was just as good as Roy Halladay's. Mark Teixeira almost said as much.

There are only so many times that you can tip your cap to the opposing pitcher. The Yankees used up their allotment of of that a long time ago. I'll even venture to say that they used it up seasons ago. This has been a problem for far too long, a problem that rears its ugly head several times during the season and then strangles the team in the postseason. Joe Giraradi recognizes the urgency of the situation, saying last night, "Guys have got to find a way..." [LoHud]

Speaking of Girardi, why did he bat Curtis Granderson at leadoff last night? His explanation: "That's the next guy if Jeter is not going to be in the lineup. I'm comfortable putting him there."
[Yankees.com] Really? Granderson strikes out way too much to be at the top of the lineup. True, guys "have got to find a way," but Girardi's got to find a way, too.

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