For those of you who thought the low-point of the 2005 Yankee season was losing three out of four games to the Devil Rays, guess again. The Kansas City Royals, winners of only 26 percent of their games before this series, completed a three game sweep of the Yankees Thursday night with a 5-2 victory. For the series, the Yankees managed to score a total of six runs against a pitching staff with an ERA of 5.44.
The Yankees’ poor play against the Royals was compounded by their atrocious mental mistakes. Tony Womack was picked off of first base Tuesday with Alex Rodriguez at the plate. Bernie Williams was thrown out Thursday night trying to tag up from first base on a ball hit to center. Jason Giambi was caught off of second base on a grounder back to the pitcher. Good teams do not give away outs on the bases and the Yankees are anything but a good team right now.
The Yankees now head to Minnesota desperately in need of a win. The Twins are cruising along at 31-21 and about the only good news for the Yankees is that they will not have to face Johan Santana, last year’s Cy Young award winner. Mike Mussina will pitch Friday with Chien-Ming Wang and Kevin Brown rounding out the weekend.
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