If you are unfamiliar with Bronx Baseball Daily, we have a series called “Wish We Were There.” It chronicles great historical moments in Yankees history. I strongly recommend that you give them a read.
But, for this piece, I will be chronicling a moment in Yankee history, or at least a moment right now that we wish never had happened. It isn’t at the 2004 level, but still, it is pretty embarrassing given how dominant the Yankees have been this season.
Currently, the Yankees are losers of seven of their last eight, dropping two out of three to the Baltimore Orioles at home, getting swept by the Texas Rangers in Arlington, and most recently losing to the now first place Tampa Bay Rays.
To make matters a bit worse, the Yankees are currently in a four game losing streak, and of these four losses, three have been walk off losses.
Many words come to mind that describes the Yankees recent play. Lackluster, dead, lifeless, embarrassing, frustrating, annoying, etc. Please feel free to add on to the list.
To be truthful, I am speechless on how to describe the complete 180 this team has taken since its eight consecutive wins spanning from August 28th to September 4th.
Most recently, many are absolutely crushing Joe Girardi for the decisions that he has made, notably in yesterdays loss. He opted to to with Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre, with Mitre eventually giving up the knock out blow to Reid Brignac, over David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera.
His reasons, to give Robertson and Chamberlain extra rest due to a larger workload of late.
Why not Mariano? It wasn’t a save situation.
We all have our opinions on the matter, and naturally I will share mine.
Call me crazy, but I agree fully with Girardi’s reasoning behind the moves, even with the negative outcome. I feel that given the Yankees current state in the standings, they can play it safe and give potential October weapons much needed rest to keep them fresh. The big picture is important, and rest players now to ensure that they will be ready when they are called upon.
But, last nights game, and this current series may not seem like the best time to rest players, especially important bullpen arms, but the Yankees are only .5 games back, with six remaining against Tampa Bay. The Yankees are much better than they have been playing, and as Yankee fans, I hope we can realize that. They, and us as a fan base, need to suck it up and deal with it, because as Dave Eiland said via Marc Craig (Twitter) “Sometimes you lose a battle to win the war.”
Thats my opinion, now please don’t hesitate to share yours.