It’s Deja Vu All Over Again – Yankees Can’t Finish the Comeback
by Brian Capozzi
I have absolutely no idea where to begin except to express my frustration with how the Yankees have been playing in the series against the Red Sox. Apparently the Yankees starters enjoy digging the team into a massive hole before the offense even gets a chance to strike first. Yesterday it was A.J. Burnett, the day before that it was Freddy Garcia. By the time the 3rd out in the top of the 1st inning came, the Red Sox took a 3-0 lead courtesy of an Adrian Gonzalez RBI and yet another David Ortiz 2-run bomb. A 4th run was added by the Sox in the top of the second inning, and by the time the Yankees entered the bottom of the 4th inning, the Yankees found themselves looking up at a 7-0 Boston lead. While the Yankees managed to score 5 runs from the fourth through sixth innings, it was too little too late once again. When all was said and done, the Red Sox beat the Yankees by an embarrassing score of 11-6. Alex Rodriguez hit a home run, and there were a couple doubles, but that was about it. Poor defense by Francisco Cervelli allowed the Red Sox to begin scoring in the first inning. Right now the Yankees are really struggling with the fundamentals. Making the plays in the field, pitchers working ahead in the count, taking pitches when hitting, and most of all, have fun playing the game.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but the Yankees have looked dead on the field ever since the series began. The fire and aggressiveness of this rivalry just doesn’t seem to be there for the Yankees. We’ve been here before with the Red Sox when we lost 8 straight games against them to start the 2009 season, and came back to end up winning the series, but there is just something about the way the Yankees look when on the same field as their bitter rival. If they don’t get their act together soon and start winning some ballgames against the Red Sox, it’s going to be a long second half. Sorry for the rant, but I hate the way the Yankees are digging themselves into a hole. We are VERY lucky to be a game behind the Red Sox in the East. I really believe that if the Red Sox started off the season better then they did, the Yankees would be 5-7 games behind the Red Sox.
I personally feel that tonight is a big game for the Yankees. We have C.C. Sabathia on the mound against Yankees killer Josh Beckett. This match-up will make for a great game. Like I said yesterday, the Yanks need to get on the board first, and C.C. needs to work ahead of the hitters, and stay ahead.
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