Alex Rodriguez Fails in the Clutch; Yankees Out-Hit by Twins

a aContributor IJune 1, 2008

Less than stellar performance from the Yankees today. Not only did they get outhit by one, but they couldn't get any clutch hits, yet again. 

Golden opportunity in the top of the third—Damon doubled, and Jeter and Abreu walk to load the bases.  But once again, A-Rod failed to hit in the clutch, and surprisingly, Kaz Matsui failed to get a hit. 

ESPN's Buster Olney reported that Matsui had more multiple-hit games than games in which he failed to get a hit in May, so he's pretty hot.  Some other thoughts:

  • Rasner wasn't great, but we can't expect him (nor anyone) to be Aaron Small.  He wasn't getting some calls, especially on higher curves. 
  • Patterson did well for his first time, but after his first two pitches you could tell he was nervous. Good job by Moeller to calm him down.  It was obvious that Patterson could be a great help, especially with how taxed the pen has been.
  • Christ Britton got in today, much to the delight of Peter Abraham.  He did pitch well, but seeing as he's had three appearances and been called up 83 times this year, it's clear Girardi doesn't trust him.
  • Coming from Abraham's blog: Dan Giese appears to be headed up.  Good news for Ohlendorf, as he'll finally be taken out of the semi-long relief role.  Its seemed to me from day one that his best performances come in one-inning outings, so hopefully this move will help him as well.
  • Betemit has gotta go.  I know Cashman has loved his ability for a long time, but it must tell you something when the Dodgers will let him go for an overused Scott Proctor.  He's currently hitting .237, and has hit under .242 the previous three seasons.

On a non-sports note, I watched American Graffiti last night, and found some resemblance to Superbad.  While I dont know if Seth Rogen would have seen AG or would have attempted to make references to it, some connections seem pretty evident. 

That being said, I didn't like AG until the end when everthing came together—which is surprisingly the opposite of how I felt about Superbad.  I doubt people will look back on Superbad in the same way as AG, as there likely is no Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Candy Clark, or Harrison Ford in Superbad.  But who knows?