The Yankees concluded a horrendous seven days of baseball by losing to the inferior Mets 6-4 in the ESPN Sunday Night Heartbreaker Marathon game. As has been par for the course this week, the Yanks once again strung together a late rally but couldn't claw all the way back. Alex Rodriguez actually came up as the go-ahead run with two on and two out in the top of the ninth against Francisco Rodriguez and put together a tough at-bat, but ultimately struck out swinging.
About the only positive to come out of this game was ESPN's continued use of old-school Stone Temple Pilots going into and coming back out of commercial breaks, which tells you everything you need to know about this game. I can't remember the last time the Yankees had a 2-5 week -- I'm sure it's happened more recently than I realize, but they haven't looked this awful in what feels like quite some time. This was also the second time in the last two weeks (with the previous instance coming during the last three games in Detroit) that the Yankees have gone homerless in three straight games.
Pretty much everything has gone wrong for the Yankees during this recent stretch of uninspired play, including a complete and utter lack of timely hitting, an unfortunate although not entirely unexpected regression to the mean (and then some) for the starting rotation, several bullpen meltdowns and of course, injuries galore.
CC Sabathia's control abandoned him in his worst outing of the year, as he gave up six runs through 5 innings, including two home runs to Jason Bay, who only had one home run entering the game. Johan Santana was as good as Sabathia was bad, keeping the Yankees completely off-balance with a wide array of offspeed pitches and pounding the zone with strikes. It was a vintage Santana performance, as the lefthander chucked seven and two-thirds innings of one-run ball, and I can only imagine the tabloids are licking their chops at the prospect of inanely slamming Brian Cashman yet again for passing on Johan.
And that's all I got. Given that the Yankees currently don't give a crap about playing baseball, I'm not going to waste my time writing a more comprehensive recap.