Friday, May 29, 2015
CAN WE THROW THE BATHWATER OUT WITH CARPENTER?
I didn't understand the expression "Throw the baby out with the bathwater" for a long, long time. I mean, I get it, but maybe I am just sensitive to children or something. Who the hell knows.
Just to give you background, "Throw out the baby with the bathwater is an idiomatic expression... used to suggest an avoidable error in which something good is eliminated when trying to get rid of something bad." In other words, we got rid of a great performance last night by CC Sabathia and the Yankees when David Carpenter came in and walked in the run. The Yanks would eventually lose, and that's on Carpenter... no doubt about it. By the way, thank you Wikipedia.
The Yankees were on their way, and there was no reason why this loss should have happened. Sure, CC ran into alittle trouble, but if you are trying to win every game, just bring in Betances and Miller, give your team a chance to get back ahead and then shut the door. Argue all you want that those relievers just pitched and they're tired, but these are pros. They want the ball. They would have done a better job than Carpenter. Last night sucked.
Sabathia went 6 innings, and gave up 5 runs. It was that 6th and 7th inning that the Athletics really crept back. Then, the Yankees brought in Carpenter. With the game tied 3-3, it was Carpenter who walked in CC's run. Then it was 4-3. That's when the A's kicked us while we were down... Billy Butler sacrificed home another to make it 5-3.
The Yankees scored 1 more run when Brett Gardner doubled in a run off of Tyler Clippard, a former Yankee, but that was all we'd get, and the irony here is Clippard got the save off the Yankees... and we used David Carpenter. Seriously.
Sure, I'm annoyed at CC as well, he let it get tied up, but the pen is supposed the stop the bleeding, and if you asked Betances or Miller to lock it down, they would have, no questions asked. In fact, the percentages were in their favor. Carpenter has been horrible. Girardi has a tendency to protect his pen, or overuse them, one or the other, and usually at the wrong time. Last night he picked the wrong reliever again, bottom line.
So yeah... I'd never throw a baby out with the bathwater. I'd never get rid of good to get rid of bad... but I would like to get rid of Carpenter. It's just not working out.
Final: Athletics 5 - Yankees 4
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