Two games against the Astros, who have been the worst team in baseball the last few years. Two games and the Yanks have scored three runs. Not only that, the offense wasn’t that good in spring training.
Last year’s offense stunk. That is why the Yanks went out and got Beltran, Ellsbury and McCann and were hoping for the return of Jeter and Teixeira to close to their former status. It’s early, just two games into the regular season, but results so far, and with spring training, have been disappointing.
Frankly, if this continues, I want hitting coach Kevin Long fired. Not just for this year, but for previous years. For this team hasn’t done well situational hitting for a long time. It’s one thing to hit HR. It’s another to consistently drive in guys from third with less than two out, and the Yanks haven’t been good at that the last few years.
When a guy is on third with less than two out, how about not swinging for the goddamn fence and instead, choke up on the bat two inches and make sure you make contact to drive the run in instead of striking out? Give me a sac fly or an RBI groundout. Pennants are won by getting in runs when you have a guy on third with less than two out. Screw going for the fences. Give me contact and get that run in. Situational hitting. Let me say this—the best team I ever saw was the 1998 114-48 Yankees. Who led the team in HR that year? Tino with 28. 28. Not 38. Not 48. 28. Situational hitting. I am tired of seeing players swing for the fences with a guy on third and less than two out. Concentrate on getting the run in.
In another game I watched tonight, one batter came up with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th. Tie game. Walk wins the game. The previous batter walked on four pitches. So what does dummy do? He swings at the first pitch instead of taking a strike. Really? Excuse me, can we get some BRAINS back into baseball?
Kuroda started for the Yankees tonight and gave up a meatball to the first batter. HR. Down 1-0 already.
Kuroda didn’t do badly. 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 5 K. One was a HR and another a triple. Two runs, but enough given up for a lineup doing nothing. That should have been good enough to beat Houston.
Phelps went 1 1/3 and gave up a HR himself. Thornton and Kelley each gave up an out.
McCann was 2 for 4, Roberts 3 for 4. Other than that, nothing.
Teix was 0 for 4 with 3 K. Soriano 0 for 4 with 2 K. Sori has been awful so far in the first two games.
Yangervis Solarte made his MLB debut tonight.
The Yanks were 0 for 10 with RISP tonight.