Same story for the Yankees, different day. Their RISP work is a problem again.
They live and die with the homer. Two solo homers and one two-run shot weren’t enough. They showed up an AL-least .218 with runners in scoring position and then went 0 for 4 in that category in the 6-4 loss to the Mets, blowing two-out opportunities in the first and second against Jon Niese and then a first-and-second, one-out opportunity against Frank Francisco in the ninth.
“You keep putting them on, eventually it’s going to change,” Joe Girardi said. “That’s all I can tell you. We are who we are. There are basketball clubs that are built around 3-point shooting and when they don’t make their 3s, they don’t win. We’re a home-run hitting club. If we hit two- and three-run homers, we usually win games.”
It didn’t help that Andy Pettitte dropped the Yankees into a 5-0 hole in the first, the most runs he had allowed in that inning since 2001.
Yankees pregame: Chicken is the main course • 06.22.12
Brian Heyman here for Chad tonight at Citi Field for Game 1 of this Subway Series II. Much of the pregame talk was about Frank Francisco calling the Yankees “chickens” in the New York Post, as in “I can’t wait to face those chickens.”
The reactions varied.
“What kind of chicken?” A-Rod said. “Organic?”
Derek Jeter, who made the Post cover with his head placed on top of a chicken, saw the paper. The Captain said: “I can’t be insulted by something I don’t understand.”
The Mets closer followed up today be explaining that he thinks the Yankees complain about too many calls. Maybe chicken wasn’t the right word then. But a few chicken companies called the Yankees looking to sponsor the Subway Series.
Nick Swisher tried not to say what he really felt, even walking away at the end. But he did admit about the cover display: “I didn’t think that was too funny.”
“I don’t even know that dude. I don’t think he knows us. Those are some big words.”
Joe Girardi said it only matters what happens on the field. Terry Collins said Francisco might be under more pressure if he gets in tonight.
“We’ll see if we’re chicken when he gets in the game,” Russell Martin said.
Collins didn’t appear thrilled with Francisco’s chicken comment.
“I don’t think you need to stir up the pot when you play these guys,” Collins said. “They’re good enough already.”
Update, 6:43: It just started pouring here.
Update, 7:28: They’re pulling the tarp off the field. First pitch is set for 8 p.m.