Let’s watch the Yankees crumble today in the aftermath of the blown call on Teixeira

September 09, 2012 | Drew Forrester

Just as I wrote last Thursday, the Yankees are going to leave town today no longer in first place and with their tail firmly tucked between their legs.

Remember what I wrote?  “You’ll be fortunate to win two of the four games, more likely to win only one and, of course, there’s always a chance you’ll go 0-for-4 in Charm City.”

And that looks like how it’s going to play out.  With Wild Pitch Freddy Garcia on the mound today, the only way the Yankees depart Camden Yards with a Sunday win is if they score 7 or 8 runs.

(Yes, I’m fully aware that Mark Teixeira was safe on Saturday night, for those of you who are about to hit the down arrow and comment in the space provided below.  So what?  That would have only tied the game.  Who knows what would have happened after that?  That’s like blaming Billy Cundiff for the loss in New England last January, like a lot of idiots have done since then.  His miss only cost the team a shot at winning in overtime, it didn’t actually “cost the Ravens the game”.  But why let reality play a factor in the discussion?  So, yes, Teixeira was safe last night.  Deal with it.) 

Speaking of Teixeira and last night’s umpire gaffe, it will be interesting to see how New York responds today.  Do they have the heart to come out for today’s game and “turn it on” after having one half-stolen from them last night?  Or will they just curl up in the fetal position?

I’ve watched all three games of this series and I’ll tell you what stands out to me.

The Yankees are old.  And fairly one dimensional.  Their pitching staff stinks like one of my 2-year old daughter’s diapers.  They’re just not that good.

All you have to do is look at the top of the 9th of Saturday’s Orioles win for proof.  Bases loaded and no one out, down 5-3.  The “old Yankees” (as in, the teams of three or four years ago) would have piled on there, with a double into the gap, a floating single into shallow right field and another double to finish off a five run uprising and an 8-5 win.

Last night, Nick Swisher couldn’t get the job done.  And neither could Teixeira.

Sure, A-Rod turned on a pitch from Wei-Yin Chen on Friday that most Division 1 college hitters could have belted out of the park (speaking of out-of-gas…that’s Chen), but #13’s bat speed is about 60% of what it was five years ago.  I hope he gets some firewood together to keep himself warm in this, the November of his career.  Swisher looks lost.  Teixeira is hurt, obviously, so it’s probably unfair to judge him, but he looks like a guy in dire need of a few months off.  Their oldest player is their best player.  I’m not sure if that says more about the Yankees or more about Derek Jeter.

They’ll hobble out of here today and continue on with their quest to make the post-season, but from my viewpoint, the Yankees are just trying to will themselves to wins now.

Here’s one piece of good news for Teixeira, who injured his hamstring in the 2010 playoffs and had to watch some of the post-season from his couch:  You’ll be on that couch again in a few weeks, resting comfortably.


9 Comments For This Post

  1. bill Says:

    Drew, when are you going to give up this blogging thing? You know that no one cares what you think, right? You would be better off writing a column for “Diet Today” magazine. You suck. Your golf game is like the Yankees, it stinks. Jerk. (DF: Someone’s not telling the truth. I just googled “Diet Today” magazine and it doesn’t exist.)

  2. matt Says:

    ”You’ll be fortunate to win two of the four games, more likely to win only one and, of course, there’s always a chance you’ll go 0-for-4 in Charm City.”

    i just want to show for the record that you always hedge your bets so that youre right (almost) no matter what.

    that one sentence accounts for 75% of what couldve happened in this series. (DF: I’m still waiting for you to make ONE call in your life. Just one…where you stand up and say “I think this is what’s going to happen.” You’ve never done it as far as I can tell.)

  3. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    I’m not complaning mind you, but the Teixeira bad call shows the need for some kind of replay system in baseball, bad calls like that one should be overturned.

  4. Unitastoberry Says:

    @Bill Go back to NY

  5. OVER40DON Says:

    That was beautiful last night!! Teixeira needs glassses and a tissue for the tears. About time the O’s get a call. Thought your thurs. note would jinx them. Verrr happy it didn’t.

    BILL GO AWAY. YOU R A BORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. tsnamm Says:

    As far as the Teixeira call is concerned…I say too goddamn bad…how many of those kind of calls have gone the Yankee’s way in the last 15 years? The Jeffery Maier interference non call for one cost the Orioles a PLAYOFF game and changed an entire series, and the Yankee’s reveled in it. So just shut up and take it… you win some you lose some,and you finally lost one.

  7. Tom in Sparks Says:

    Well, Drew did call that there would be one blow out game in the series! Pretty sure he thought that it would be the Orioles doing the butt kicking. Not a bad game for a bunch of old guys and a bullpen that stinks.

  8. justafan Says:

    The Yankees not only scored 7 or 8 runs, they scored 13. Drew, you have been around sports long enough to know that you cannot underestimate an opponent, especially if that opponent happens to be the Yankees. If you do you will most likely get burned as was the case today. I would hate to think that you may have supplied the fodder for them to spank the Orioles as they did; that is if they happened to read what you wrote this morning. (DF: How can I be the fodder…no one listens to WNST, remember? LOL)

  9. Winston Says:

    I love that these Yankees chumps are pounding their chest over a split. 13-3 is the same as 1-0…you don’t get bonus points for winning by 10. Yanks needed the series win, didn’t get it. We’re 1 game out with 3 weeks to play. Game on.

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