“You can’t live with Mark Reynolds and his strikeouts in the lineup!” (Michael the K…pre-scouting Mandrake Root for key spot on CenterStage)
The Yankees were beaten, 10-6, Thursday and there are few words to properly describe the carnage. The Bombers mounted a five-run rally in the eighth, tying the game at 6, only to watch helplessly as Adam Jones, Mark Reynolds and Chris Davis all hit home runs in the bottom half of the inning.
The Birds embarrassed Yankees’ pitchers to the tune of six homers as they climbed into a tie for first place, standing up to the Bombers in a way no one could’ve ever imagined a month ago. But that was before the Orioles and Rays finally discovered how vulnerable the Yankees are, how they’re being consumed by something deeper and more insidious than a late-summer slump. This has the makings of a historic collapse, and no one – not Joe Girardi or Brian Cashman — seems to have the power to reverse it.
...One AL executive who’s studied the Bombers’ downward spiral says the damage goes beyond the standings. Instead, the Yankees are being stripped of the aura of invincibility that accompanied their 10-game lead in July. “Whenever they don’t run out a ball now, or whenever one of their pitchers doesn’t back up, we say, ‘Look at that, the Yankees are human, too,’” he said. “You respect them, but the last thing you want is to be intimidated. It’s a big step when you realize the Yankees are just players who make mistakes, too.”
Posted: September 07, 2012 at 06:08 AM | 87 comment(s)
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