LADY AT THE BAT: Ichiro's Homer (And Sterling's Call) Part of Another One-Run Loss For Yanks

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ichiro's Homer (And Sterling's Call) Part of Another One-Run Loss For Yanks

The numbers speak for themselves: Six of the Yankees last 8 losses, including last night's 5-4 contest against the Orioles, have been by a single run. They are 3-8 in their last 11 games, with each loss by 2 or fewer runs [].

You can look at this in two ways: 1) The Yankees have been in every game. They were not blown out or, 2) This magnifies their season-long failure to hit with runners in scoring position and/or hit in the clutch. I'm a pessimist, so I choose to look at it the second way. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Not hitting with RISP and/or in the clutch is going to bite them big-time in the playoffs. They will lose in the first round, in games decided by 2 or fewer runs, all because their focus all season long has been on trying to hit the ball out of the park.

Now Ichiro might have jumped on the home run bandwagon as well. His 100th career home run last night brought the Yankees to within a run last night. I hope that he doesn't get homer happy now. As far as I'm concerned, I'd be perfectly happy if I never heard John Sterling's Ichiro home run call ever again. Have you heard it? It's awful. Listen below at your own risk (at the :37 second mark):

Get back within yourself, Ichiro. Please, I'm begging you!


Anonymous said...

Ok what do you have against Ichiro? Last night he hit his first homer as a Yankee!!! The in the eigth he gets on steals second (Ianez cant get him to third and he's stranded. He did everything he was supposed to do! The problem with the Yanks is that they live and die by the long ball. If Ibanez could have gotten Ichiro to third then the next at bat is totally different but (as you pointed out) hitting RISP and more importantly 'situation' hitting is horrible at Yankee stadium. THIS IS KILLING US:

Bernadette Pasley said...

I have nothing against Ichiro as long as he continues to be Ichiro. I just don't want him to start living and dying by the long ball like almost everyone else in the lineup.

Thanks for reading. :)