The rally came up short. With the tying run on second and none out, Joe G ordered a sac bunt from Cervelli. You've got 3 out before you lose the game. You have 3 chances at a hit, or 2 chances for a hit/ 1 chance for a sac fly. It doesn't make sense to give up one of those outs just to advance the runner from second to third.
But that's what happened and that's not what I want to rant about.
Thames worked a walk before Juan Miranda grounded out to the pitcher. Randy Winn came up, he worked the count full, before striking out.
But that's not what I want to rant about.
Injuries happen. Curtis Granderson got DL'd and Swisher is day-to-day; that means Thames and Winn are going to see more playing time. Nick Johnson got hurt and that means Juan Miranda will be in the lineup. Posada is a 38 year old catcher. That means Cervelli gets a lot of playing time.
I do think there are better options out there. I might try to sign Jermaine Dye. I'm not interested in Pat Burrell or Gary Sheffield or Joe Crede or Elijah Dukes. I know there are many posters here who want Dye, and plenty of others who are leery of a right hand hitting outfielder with an average -20 UZR over the last 4 years who is coming off a negative WAR.
Here's the rant: I trust that Brian Cashman has tried to sign Jermaine Dye. Dye's agent surely has called Cash and said, "He'll play for $x, he'll need y days to be ready, he wants to get at least z ABs per week." Cashman has thought about the team, the state of the roster, the payroll- and he's decided that the team he has is the team he wants.
The other guys are coming back- Granderson, Swisher, Posada, maybe even Nick Johnson- and the bench players will go back to the bench. In the meantime, I hope the little guys hit enough and that the pitching and the All-Stars step up.