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.