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Plenty of blame to go around

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 29, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

You can pin almost every loss on somebody. Who gets the blame tonight? No one person as everybody had a hand in this one.

Darrell Rasner: He is what he is. He more or less gave them a chance to win. With the bullpen short, he went into the seventh inning.

Mariano Rivera: OK, so he’s human. But had timing.

Damaso Marte: Free pass for the first time. But now that has expired.

The offense: They scored six runs, which is what you want. But how does the marginal Daniel Cabrera dominate them so easily? He’s 3-0, 3.15 against the Yankees this season. He’s 4-6, 5.07 against everybody else.

Joe Girardi: Why does Wilson Betemit (.244) ever see the light of day? He’s 7 for 40 with runners in scoring position with 13 strikeouts. But you can understand why the manager wanted to give A-Rod a little break. They don’t have a day off until Aug. 14.

How about giving Richie Sexson a shot in the ninth? Sure, they would have been out of players and needed a third baseman. But he might have won the game with a homer. Betemit was a stone cold lock to strike out there.

The blame can be spread wide on this one. Now they need Joba to be a stopper tomorrow afternoon.




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