LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Throw Away Game Against Blue Jays

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Yankees Throw Away Game Against Blue Jays

The New York Yankees are in the process of undoing all the good work they accomplished in sweeping Toronto last week.  They are sinking themselves further into the A.L. East, giving hope to the two teams chasing them, just before they have to face those two teams in head to head match-ups. They also face going 1-5 over their last six games unless they win tonight.

Over the course of a season, teams will go through offensive slumps and their pitchers will struggle. It happens, especially when 60% of the starting rotation is injured, as it is with the Yankees. In spite of all that, entering play on Monday, they were just 1.5 games out of first place and tied for second place.  However, after last night's game, they are 3.5 games out of first and in first place by only a game. That's because they beat themselves last night more than Toronto beat them.

Yes, the culprit last night was the defense. With several bad plays, topped by the Yangervis Solarte throwing error that ended the game, the Yankees looked like a little league team. It was frustrating and disappointing.

The Yankees pitchers deserve better than that. Phelps was in and out of trouble but getting the job done.  The miss-plays of his defense made him throw extra pitches and those pitches got hit hard.

It’s often misleading to play the “What If” game but if the Yankees had made even one of the plays they should have made, it would have been David Robertson on the mound instead of Adam Warren in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Yankees would be seeking a series win instead of trying to avoid a sweep tonight.

When the offense is struggling and the pitching is just holding on, the Yankees have to make sure they are doing everything possible defensively to win games: throwing the ball chest high; knowing where to be even when deploying the shift; always assuming the fielder will try for the extra base and getting the ball in quickly; and, hitting the cutoff man.

With the age in the infield, no one is expecting dazzling plays. It would be nice, however, if they would just make the routine ones.

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