Down, but not Out…

The worst start of a season series with the Boston Red Sox since 1985…

 

Yes, Julia of Julia’s Rants has won yet again with the Red Sox sweep of the two-game series with the Yankees.  I think it’s time to take a hiatus from any wagers with Julia.  Maybe Canuck should step to the plate since she seems to have better luck.  I am certainly not getting the job done, so I suppose I should be demoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.

 

 

Sadly, there is a pink Red Sox cap in my future, but it will take a few days to make its way from Boston.  So, I have 48 to 36 hours before the humiliation truly begins.  Hopefully, the Yanks can enjoy a reversal of fortune with the Tampa Bay Rays before they begin the weekend series with the always pesky Baltimore Orioles.  Meanwhile, I will continue to wear this hat with pride…

 

I know that it’s still early in the season, but if the Yanks continue to underperform against key rivals, particularly the Red Sox, Joe Girardi’s future as Yankees manager will truly be in doubt.  I am not a proponent of change for simply making a change, but at some point, the manager has to be held accountable.  It doesn’t help that Joe Torre and the Los Angeles Dodgers just extended their home winning streak to start the season to 12 games.  And they used a stellar pitching performance from noted disappointment Jeff Weaver to get the job done last night.  He didn’t give up 4 runs to start the game.  I am sure that’s what led to the ‘We want Torre!” chants in the 9th inning at Yankee Stadium.  Of course, Torre’s not available.  As much as I would like to see Donnie Baseball return as manager, I would suspect that the next Yankees manager would most likely be someone like Bobby Valentine.

 

Given that choice, I’d rather stay with Girardi and take my chances.  It will help to get Alex Rodriguez back, however, his production will only make up for the loss of Jorge Posada so there is an incredible amount of pressure on GM Brian Cashman to do something.  I said it in spring training, and I’ll say it again,  The Yankees need a backup catcher that can hit.  At Posada’s age, nagging injuries are to be expected.  Jose Molina at bat feels like a weak-hitting pitcher in the NL.  If he’s the Yankees starting catcher for an extended period of time, the Yankees season is in trouble.

 

NYTimes

 

The Yankees need to remember who they are, and begin to play like it…

 

 

Enjoy the victory, Julia!  But as Arnold Schwarzenegger would say, “I’ll be back!”


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–Scott

9 Comments

Scott – I’ll have to admit, I didn’t think it would be quite this easy for the Red Sox to sweep the Yankees for a second time. I can’t help but wonder if George was still in charge if this morning we would be reading about Joe Girardi’s firing. A package will be heading out to you and Lou on Friday and hey – we have a month before our two teams meet again! ;-) As always Scott, you’re gracious in defeat! Have a great day!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I was just looking at the expected pitchers for the Red Sox and Cleveland game tonight – Masterson vs Pavano for Cleveland. Why do I have a bad feeling about this?

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Yeah, the Red Sox are pretty much owning the Yankees! I feel the same way about my Padres: we need to be able to win against our big rivals like the Dodgers. Those dudes are so hot right now!! Oh man…
http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

What makes you think that I would have better luck against Julia? lol!
I hope pink is your color…Have the Yankees even won a game against the Red Sox this year?
Canuck
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

I’ve picked up Masterson for his start tonight, mainly because he’s against big fat Carl Pavano. He burned me last time out, but I know lightning can’t strike twice. By the way Scott, you can now see where Ollie was hidden in my latest post. Ashhttp://ashleymarshall.mlblogs.com

Cheer up, Scott. At least if the Vikes end up signing Fav-ruh, it will be a much more interesting season this year. And by ‘interesting’ I mean they’ll set a new single-season record for picks, before Fav-ruh’s arm completely falls off. -Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.mlblogs.com

Scott – can you cheer on my Bruins and Celtics for me while I’m at the Red Sox game tonight? :-)

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

JULIA – Yogi Berra was the last Yankees manager to lose so badly to the Red Sox. He didn’t make it out of the month of April before he was replaced. I’ve never been completely sold on Girardi (there’s things I like; things I don’t)…I am a Don Mattingly believer myself. Hopefully, the Yanks will be playing better the next go-around. Yeah, Pavano looks like a setup game if I ever saw one. It seems like the ones you should easily beat are the ones that you have the most difficulty with. By the way, if Fenway Park is sold out of pink hats, don’t worry. I CAN wait! ;) Enjoy the game!

KAYBEE – The Dodgers are hot? Yeah, that’s probably an understatement. When Jeff Weaver can pitch like he’s in the running for the Cy Young Award, you know they’re hitting on all cylinders. Eventually they’ll cool down…but of course the question is ‘when?’. LOL!

CANUCK – At least your team wins more than they lose against the Red Sox. The Yanks are 0-5 against the Red Sox, and 13-8 against everybody else. It just doesn’t make sense.

ASHLEY – See my comment to Julia. As much as I dislike Carl Pavano, I try not to underestimate him. He’s a head case, but he does have a legitimate major league arm. When he’s on, he’s really on. It will be a good game.

ERIN – One minute I read that Favre is saying “NO” to coming out of retirement, and the next minute he has a meeting scheduled with Brad Childress. I didn’t like the Favre drama last year, and I am not crazy about it this year. I’m sure if he’s willing, Childress will take a shot. But I hope they just don’t give him the job because he’s Brett Favre. He should still have to earn it in my opinion. If he’s not willing to compete, then he should stay retired.

Scott
http://fotr.mlblogs.com

Looks like Lou has some ‘splainin to do if he’s going to “properly” instruct Wally. Hmmm…maybe Wally needs to explain to Lou this year how the Red Sox/ Yanks rivalry REALLY works! :)
I hope your Vikings do not get saddled with that “retired” (NOT!) #.4!

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