This week, I’ve been able to look across the border to see Canada on my way from the ballpark back to my hotel. It was here in the northern part of the country that the Yankees started to go south, losing three games for the first time this season and generally playing sloppy baseball.
“You don’t like losing games like this,” Joe Girardi said. “You don’t. It happens. Sometimes frustration sets in by your players because you’re not getting base hits, or you’re swinging the bat well and you’re not getting base hits and things happen. You’re going to go through this as a club and you got to fight your way out of it. You have to come out and play a good game tomorrow and put these three games behind us.”
The Yankees won the opener of this series, and they had to get through Justin Verlander and Jose Valverde to do it. It might have been a sign of good things to come, instead it was an early peak. They’ve hardly hit since that night, and in the past two games base running mistakes and fielding errors have been costly.
Even when they did get a big hit yesterday, the play ended with Eric Chavez heading for the disabled list.
“There’s no question that this hasn’t been a pretty series for us,” Alex Rodriguez said. “We take a lot of pride in playing good, fundamental baseball. We have not done that the past three or four days. We expect to get back on the saddle starting tomorrow.”
To get back in the saddle, the Yankees are literally going south. They flew out last night, and I’m in the air this morning. Tonight, the Yankees open a weekend series in Texas. It’s time to move on and time to get going.
“We just have too much talent to go through a stretch like this,” Mark Teixeira said. “Hopefully it’s going to be over soon and we can start scoring five, six, seven runs a game again.”
Associated Press photo of Nick Swisher