It was too little too late once again for the Yanks last night, as a ninth inning rally fell short, and the team lost again, this time 2-1. How about these sobering facts:
"We're right where we deserve to be," Jeter said. "We haven't played well."
He's not kidding. The litany of numbers that demonstrate the Bombers' futility seems endless. They've lost four straight series; they're 0-22 in games in which they've scored three runs or less; they're 0-28 when trailing after eight innings; and, in case you were wondering how they're doing with runners in scoring position, the Yankees are 0-for-their-last-25 with the bases loaded, which is the longest such skid since the DH was introduced in 1973. (N.Y. Daily News)
As bad as things have been for the Yankees, there hasn't been much speculation about Joe Torre. There probably should be. A team's lack of talent or desire or luck can't be held against a manager, but what can and should be is careless play and a failure to get the most out of the talent on hand. Never the greatest tactician, Torre's strength for nearly a decade has been his ability to get the most out of veteran players. If he's not doing that, what use is he?
I don't think Torre will be fired, but if this keeps up, Steinbrenner is going to sack somebody.