23 Oct 2003
Well, things did not exactly go to plan tonight. Let’s talk about it before I get sick.
There is no other way to say it, Wells let his team down tonight. Obviously, his back wasn’t hurting him last night when he boasted that he was all about his "no conditioning" when talking about how Clemens was about "conditioning" So, what happened? I pray that he wasn’t out having a good time last night, I imagine we will hear if he was soon. I can almost guarantee that all chances of the Yankees picking up that six million dollar option just went out the window.
Ok, I know Wells is hurt at the end of the first inning, but why did Torre pinch hit for him? Let’s review, Top of the second, two outs, runner on first, Wells up. Ok, you never want to give up an out, but I would have sent Wells up to hit in that situation. Why? Two reasons.
1- The odds are strongly against Delluci doing much and by putting Wells up there, you save him for later.
2- You let Wells sit there and take three strikes, come out to the mound and need an injury replacement. That way Contreras gets to warm up for as long as he needs. Contreras was asked to make a tough transition from short to long relief, I think he would have benefited from some more warm up time.
Come to think of it, wouldn’t this have been the game to use Weaver? Not to dwell on last night, but wan’t he the long reliever and wasn’t that what they needed tonight?
Nice to see the Yankees know how to execute a run down play.
According to my "unofficial" boxscore, the Yankees left nine runners on base tonight.
The end of game rally was nice to see. It is the one positive they can carry over to Saturday night.
As I write this ESPN News is showing lowlights of the Knicks-Jazz game, where the Knicks shot 25% and scored 60 points TOTAL. Let’s review, Knicks suck, Rangers suck, Giants suck, the Yankees have to come through for me!!
Well, the last two World Series went seven with the Home Team coming back from a 3-2 hole. The Yankees will need to take that Home Field advantage to heart and I hope Destiny and Aura decide to show up as well.