The less said about this game, the better. The Yankees have lost three straight, four of five and five of eight. At 62-42, they’re about to lead Boston by a half-game in the AL East.
Here is Joe Girardi discussing today’s 14-4 debacle:
That the Yankees are slumping is no surprise. They weren’t going to coast through the rest of the season. But the sudden Bad News Bears level of play needs fixing. A.J. Burnett twice walked the No. 9 hitter with the bases loaded. Outfielders are throwing to the wrong bases. Players are getting thrown out on the bases.
“We looked pretty awful,” Jorge Posada said on his way out of the clubhouse. He was the guy who tried to tag a runner with his glove while holding the ball in the other hand.
Girardi didn’t help today. He was so determined to load the lineup up with right-handed bats that he used Cody Ransom at first base and Jerry Hairston Jr. in left field. John Danks is a nice lefty. But right-handed batters (.243) had not hit him particularly better than left-handed batters (.230).
Then Ransom got up with two on in the sixth inning and the Yankees still in the game. Girardi stuck with him and he struck out.
“We were going to stay with our right-handers. We thought we were chipping away,” Girardi said. “We talked about (pinch hitting), but we didn’t do it.”
Common sense tells you Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui were better options. Matsui has eight homers against lefties this season. Damon and Matsui were each 1 for 4 against Danks. Ransom was 0 for 7. Tiny sample sizes, no doubt. But you don’t need stats to make that decision.
Everybody had a bad day. Now the Yankees need to figure out how to fix this road trip before they head home to face the Red Sox.