(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)
The news of the Washington Nationals’ decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg for the season...
I know that retrospectives that boil down to “too many people got hurt,” aren’t exactly fan favorites nor overly entertaining to read. The most common rejoinder to that line of reasoning is something along the lines of “injuries are no excuse.” Except that, well, they kind of are. Or, at least, they are when, a) they’re completely out of your control, b) they cost you the presence of several crucial starters for extended periods of time, and, c) your team has a record of 79-62 and sits in first place in your division in mid-September in spite of all of those freak injuries.
Which, you probably noticed, is exactly the situation the Yankees find themselves in right now. Consider for a second the number and magnitude of injuries the Yankees have had to overcome this year that can easily be described as purely freakish, nothing anyone could do to prevent them, injuries. In chronological order: Brett Gardner (injured his elbow diving for a ball in the outfield) will have missed essentially all of the 2012 season, Mariano Rivera (tore his ACL while warming up for a game) will have missed all but the first month of the season, Andy Pettitte (fractured his ankle thanks to being hit by a line drive while pitching), has missed the last two and a half months, and Alex Rodriguez (broken metacarpal after being hit with a pitch) missed over a month, during which time the Yankees suffered through the majority of their recent slide in the standings.…
Adams started the sixth with a double, but once again Trenton couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity. Akron got some insurance in the bottom of the inning, as Holt started with a triple to right. Chen doubled him in and Akron held a 3-0 lead. Trenton went down in order in the seventh and eighth. David Aardsma made another rehab appearance for Trenton, pitching the eighth inning and giving up a leadoff walk, a single to Jordan Henry and another walk, loading the bases with no outs. He escaped the inning by striking out Chen and getting Aguilar to ground into a double play. With one last chance to make it a game, Maruszak hit a one out single in the ninth, but Trenton couldn’t rally as they fell 3-0.
Tyler Austin, Ramon Flores and Zoilo Almonte: Each went 0-4, with Austin striking out twice.
RISP: As a team, Trenton went 0-7 with runners in scoring position. They stranded seven runners.…
There’s a reason the Boston Red Sox are in last place. They’re terrible, horrible, no good and very bad. The Red Sox hadn’t won in like two months – okay, that’s an exaggeration but still the Yankees should be beating teams that are this bad.
The Yankees, as usual,...
|New York Yankees||Boston Red Sox|
|Derek Jeter, SS||Jacoby Ellsbury, CF|
|Nick Swisher, RF||Scott Podsednik, DH|
|Alex Rodriguez, DH||Dustin Pedroia, 2B|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||James Loney, 1B|
|Russell Martin, C||Cody Ross, LF|
|Steve Pearce, 1B||Ryan Lavarnway, C|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||Ryan Kalish, RF|
|Andruw Jones, LF||Pedro Ciriaco, 3B|
|Jayson Nix, 3B||Mike Aviles, SS|
|Hiroki Kuroda, SP||Jon Lester, SP|
The first pitch is scheduled for...