5/23/07 vs. New York
Before talking about the game I’d like to make people in Boston aware of an event that’s coming up next week to benefit ALS.
The annual 100 innings for ALS marathon game is being played on May 26th and 27th at Adams Field in Quincy, Mass. Check out www.100innings.com for details on how to get involved. Thanks in advance to those that do.
A craptastic finish to what could have been a nice series. I never gave us a chance to even get into this game. I felt great during the day, even better after warmups and then the game had to start.
Andy’s been pitching his butt off up to this point, and there was no reason to expect that to not continue. I’ve faced these guys so many times that the game comes down to executing a plan both Tek and I knew well going in.
I could go pitch to pitch on this game but it would really be retyping the same thing over and over. The first inning and three hitters into the game we are down 3-0. JD hit a fastball over the plate for a double to right, Jeter hit a fastball middle to right, and then Matsui hit a 3-2 fastball that was supposed to be down and away, but instead was middle of the plate letter high, for a line drive home run to right.
To say this was frustrating would be a huge understatement. John and I spent the last few days working on commanding my fastball, getting back to some of the basics, and I felt I had it under control going into this game.
My split was not getting into the dirt consistently, which only adds to the problem when you mix that in with inconsistent fastball command.
Cano laid down a bunt in the second. We ended up getting two outs but Damon and Jeter hit balls that ended up being perfectly placed for another two out run.
Alex hit a split in the third for a double, leading off the inning. Looking at the pitch I think it was more him hitting a good pitch than it being in a bad spot. I then hung a curve ball to Posada which plated the fifth run of the game. Regardless of the situation I just couldn’t stop the bleeding and continued to let them pull away inning after inning.
In the fifth I left a fastball over the middle, inner half that Doug crushed to left for the sixth run.
We ended up getting through six but I struggled to do it. 24 base runners in the past 12 innings means there isn’t just one problem here. From lack of command to horrible execution, the problems run the gamut. This game always is and always will be about making adjustments, and right now there is a plethora of adjustments that need to be made.
There are worse places to be than 9.5 games up on the second place team in late May, but like anyone else you want to feel like you are part of the solution when it comes to performing. This series was about starting pitching, as most are, and the team whose starter pitched best, won. Sometimes it’s that simple.
Players on both teams know how far is left in the race; neither team is even remotely thinking it’s over one way or the other. Bottom line is that we have complete control of our own destiny. Playing this schedule means that when you get a lead this big you’ll play the teams behind you enough to finish them off or let them back in. Throw out my inconsistency and I like our chances. Obviously we need to stay healthy, but we have a solid deep team with tremendous character and those two things are tremendously important over the course of 162 schedule. Add to that a front office that you know will fill any hole we might have come the trading deadline and you have to feel good about this team.
I’ll attempt to get to some Q&A this weekend if time permits.