"A New York Treasure" --Village Voice

Deep Sixed

All losses at this point are tough ones. Even the games that don’t hurt, hurt. But let’s be positive. Maybe the Yankees have stumbled on the recipe for October baseball. Let’s see if they can follow: Win five, lose one. Repeat until the end of the year.


In this game, like real estate, location was everything. As in, the Tigers had men located on the bases for timely hits late in the game and the Yankees scattered nine hits in such a way that two Ellsbury bombs accounted for two measly runs. As in, Brandon McCarthy, who had only walked seven in eight starts for the Yanks, walked in the first run of the game on a 58-foot worm-killer.

I have fond feelings for McCarthy. Fond enough to stick with him as he let the game slip away in the sixth? Maybe. I definitely didn’t want to see him in the seventh, though. The final score was 5-2, but maybe there was a closer game in there somewhere.  

The Yankees squeezed three games out of four against the Tigers after the trade deadline. The series was a ray of hope quickly obscured by the shittiness of mid-August and forgotten just about the time they dropped their fourth game of five tries against the Astros. Now they face Price and Verlander (though that means something vastly different this year) and need to start a new streak.

Oh, the rollercoaster of the mediocre. But it was this way when they were good too. Then it was the best record in baseball  or an annoying Red Sox team that hadn’t had it’s will broken yet that was causing the turbulence late in the season. Maybe it’s only the really bad teams, like this year’s Red Sox, sorry defending World Champion Red Sox, whose will came broken in the box, that flatten out in the dead of August.

Thank these Yankees for playing just well enough to still matter as we creep towards September. They will need an excellent stretch, with very few games like this one, to extend this any further than that. And it needs to begin now. 

Drawing by J. Calafiore, Sinister Six #17, 2010, DC Comics


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1 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 27, 2014 9:41 am

Jeter hasn't had that 1973 Willie Mays embarrassing moment this year but he just hits weak grounders mostly now. In a way, it's fitting--old shortstop--and in another way it just makes me appreciate every last remaining hit. He's probably got a couple of dozen left. Will he hit another homer, another triple? Steal another base?

2 Jon DeRosa   ~  Aug 27, 2014 10:28 am

[1] I was dead wrong about which way his stats would trend in the home stretch. I thought he'd end up around .280 and make it look meh on the baseball card. He's headed towards avert your eyes territory.

3 Jon DeRosa   ~  Aug 27, 2014 10:30 am

[2] To clarify, his baseball card stats are becoming avert your eyes bad, not that I think he's playing badly enough to actually avert our eyes!

4 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 27, 2014 10:55 am

Agreed. Maybe he'll have a last spurt. Either way, if he slumps in September, it'll just be one month of discomfort. It'll all be over soon. Time to appreciate every moment!

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