However, where you can’t make excuses for this team—3.5 games back of the wild card with nine to play—is in sequences like the one that took place in the second inning. Alfonso Soriano—just like the team’s best player, Robinson Cano—didn’t hustle around the bases and was thrown out at second. It left his manager to do one of the things he hates the most: cover for a player when he knows the player is wrong.
“He just has to make a better decision when he goes and sees [left fielder Anthony] Gose pick up the ball,” Girardi said of the hard shot into the corner. “Gose has a good arm.”
It looked like Soriano didn’t hustle. Can you explain what you mean?
“I don’t know,” an exasperated Girardi said after the 6-2 loss to the Blue Jays.
Soriano didn’t think there was a problem. He just said he turned on the speed when he saw Gose pick it up.
The Yankees’ lack of hustle is not why they lost the game, but it is why this season probably won’t end in the playoffs. The Yankees have been an impressive, tough group, but as of late, they are not just tying the final knots of what could have been an impressive 2013. After winning three of four in Baltimore to start this road trip, the Yankees were just one game back in the wild card going into Boston.
“We ran into the Red Sox wave, and we haven’t recovered,” Alex Rodriguez said.
Posted: September 20, 2013 at 05:04 AM | 27 comment(s)
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