Despite another game of poor defense and batter befuddlement at the hands of Mike Montgomery making his MLB debut, the Yankees came back to tie the game off of closer, Fernando Rodney, and won the game in extras. Two of the key contributors to the comeback and the win were guys who have been kicked all over New York by the fans and the media. You go, Stephen Drew and Garrett Jones!
Here are some of the random thoughts I had while staying up way too late to watch the game:
First, why does the defense always seem to get all jelly-legged when behind CC Sabathia? Yes, the big pitcher is not what he used to be and cannot just power his way out of jams like in the past, but man, the defense puts him in these messes quite often. Chase Headley booted a double-play ball and then Carlos Beltran misplayed a ball hit out to him in right.
Speaking of Headley, I have seen some speculation about his health from some quarters and I am starting to wonder myself. His arm doesn't appear to be the same and I wonder if some of his fielding problems aren't caused by his uncertainty of his throwing arm.He has played the most games of any Yankee and perhaps could use a day or two off.
I know it is hindsight, but I would have liked it if Joe Girardi had given Sabathia a chance to get that last out in the sixth inning. Yes, Austin Jackson had hits all night against him, but Sabathia had battled hard all night and through some tough situations and showed real fire. I think he deserved a shot at getting Jackson out. Sabathia seemed surprised and a bit miffed when Girardi came and got him.
I fully admit that part of this reaction would not be so strong if David Carpenter had not failed again to strand inherited runners. The right-handed reliever has allowed four of his nine inherited runners to score this season. Add that to Carpenter's high ERA, FIP, hits per nine and his low strikeout totals and he has been one big disappointment thus far. Chasen Shreve and Jacob Lindgren should both move ahead of Carpenter in the pecking order of Yankee relievers.
Poor Didi Gregorius just can't seem to do anything right. His base running TOOTBLAN further cemented the forehead slapping that Girardi and Yankee fans everywhere have been doing the entire season for the player. And his strikeout in the ninth in a big situation seemed so typical. At least he made a good play in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extras.
I have to admit my envy when teams get to call up stud prospects like Kris Bryant and Joey Gallo. How much fun is that for fans and how exciting. The replays of Gallo's heroics for the Rangers showed a highly energized and happy crowd going crazy for the kid.
This is something I've thought about since Jorge Posada's quote about how Bernie Williams making it with the Yankees in the 1990's made it possible for other young players to be given a chance. That quote resonates with me because it just takes one success to lead to others. Bryant led to the chance given Addison Russell, for example.
It will take one of these "baby bombers" to succeed to unlock the door. These young players like Mason Williams, Aaron Judge and Rob Refsnyder are all pushing up trying to break down the barrier. It will take one to make an immediate and somewhat lasting impact to open the door.
It won't be Jose Pirela or Ramon Flores. Flores is a nice little player, but impact? I don't know. Whenever the Yankees have called someone up, they get hurt like Slade Heathcott or start slowly and never establish themselves quickly (add a dozen names to this list).
I'm really talking about position players here. On the pitching side, players like Adam Warren, Shane Greene, David Phelps, Dellin Betances and now Jacob Lindgren have all made at least some kind of mark and the barrier on that side of things doesn't seem as rigid.
All I know is that a dynamic force in right field over a hobbling, bobbling Carlos Beltran would be very cool.
Has Chris Young been overexposed or what? In his last 28 days of play, Young has put together this lovely little slash line: .087/.129/.109. That is ugly right there. Young should never start against a right-handed pitcher and it has showed big time as he has had to play more due to injuries. His overall season numbers are now looking an awful lot like his New York Mets numbers.
What happens when Brendan Ryan finishes his rehab assignment? Oh yes, add one more good field, no hit guy into the mix, shall we?
Those are my thoughts on this Wednesday. What are yours?