"A New York Treasure" --Village Voice

No Va

Last night's game won't do much for Amaury Sanit's blank expression, nor yours.

By the end of the 4th inning of last night’s game, the Yankees were down 8-0, having made two costly errors and had not a single solitary base runner. Things improved from there – hey, it wasn’t a no-hitter! – but not dramatically much, so forgive me for not describing all the gruesome details. The box score tells the story, although it doesn’t stress how bad Cervelli looked behind the plate, but you can thank me for that later. Final tally: Royals 5, Yankees 11.

Nova wasn’t fooling a soul last night, but in his defense 4 of the 8 (!) runs he eventually allowed in his three innings were unearned. If the night had a bright spot… well, it didn’t, but if it had a spot that was slightly less moonless-night-dark, it would have to be Amaury Sanit, who… yeah, wait, who? Don’t feel bad, he was summoned to the majors today to spare the ‘pen, and will likely return tomorrow from whence he came. While here, he pitched 4.2 uninspired but serviceable innings, insuring that bigger names will available for the weekend series. Yay, I guess. Also, Cano and A-Rod homered, Cervelli had two RBI, and nobody injured themselves seriously.

No team likes losing a series to the Royals, but these are not your slightly older sibling’s Royals, and in any case, the Yankees pitching staff — given that it is currently 60% replacement player and yet has actually been pitching remarkably well over the last few weeks — was due to fall back to earth. I would love for Colon’s resurgence to be for real (and the techniques that contributed to it are pretty fascinating), but it’s too soon to know really, and so for now the Yankees have two reliable pitchers, one of whom is AJ Burnett. Don’t get me wrong, Burnett has been very good this season, but raise your hand if you feel completely confident when he takes the mound.

(Now you, with your hand raised – did you bring enough to share?)

Tomorrow night, our man : goes for the Yanks, so root for him and his stem cells.


1 Boatzilla   ~  May 13, 2011 6:38 am

Funny and pithy, Emma, as usual. Thanks.

Regarding the human punctuation mark (:), why is everything that helps a player forge on, now suspect? Maybe 25 years ago (given today's suspicions) they would be been investigating Tommy John surgery. That's tongue in cheek, but 50 years ago they didn't even know what was wrong with Mantle's knee nor how to fix it, and because of that he played on with a damaged body.

Perhaps there is no longer a clear line between cutting-edge corrective surgery, which may improve the original body, and what everyone calls "cheating" with PHDs. However, if the substance or procedure is not officially banned, it should not be suspect to investigation, IMHO.

Otherwise, every time someone makes a remarkable come-back the FBI, Congress or Bud Siegheil are going to ruin the joy of it for us.

2 RIYank   ~  May 13, 2011 6:59 am

Agree, Boatzilla.
Did you see that Bryce Harper just got corrective lenses? His optometrist (or opt-something) was shocked at how bad Bryce's vision was. Increased his SLG by two hundred points. I assume nobody is going to complain -- because so many ordinary humans have contact lenses? I dunno.

3 OldYanksFan   ~  May 13, 2011 8:12 am

An ugly, ugly game last night. If Cano's error turns into a DP, Nova's 4 ERs turn into what? 2?

I've said this many times. As good as our lineup is, we NEED ARod to rake in order to Win.

4 Alex Belth   ~  May 13, 2011 9:00 am

Yeah, that was so no awesome. I was there and was letdown that Nova was booed so loudly.

Agreed on Alex, though he did put a couple of good swings on the ball last night, maybe a sign...

5 The Hawk   ~  May 13, 2011 9:29 am

That's terrible that he was booed like that. Sometimes the impatience of Yankee fans is just too much. Give the kid a ****ing break.

6 rbj   ~  May 13, 2011 9:33 am

Nova was due for a stinker. And this was the Yankees first series loss, so I can't feel too bad, except for the crappy defense.

Red Sox this weekend, and a full pitcher of lemonade in the fridge.

7 a.O   ~  May 13, 2011 12:23 pm

[0] Last night was effin painful. I got so frustrated after we failed to even get a baserunner in the bottom of the second that I got up and ripped a dead tree out of my front yard. Felt good. Reminds me of the old Clash line about using your anger productively. And thanks for sparing us the excruciating details -- no need to apologize.

[1] I thought it particularly interesting that in the NYT article about the surgery, :'s physician is quoted as saying that he would definitely use HGH on a regular person as part of this surgery (presumably because it is such an effective tool in aiding recovery) but never on an athlete. Dumb.

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