Yankees: Umpire bails out Charlie Morton against Luke Voit and screws Masahiro Tanaka
By Adam Weinrib
The Yankees got completely screwed by home plate umpire Mark Carlson yet again, and the Rays immediately capitalized.
All Yankees fans want is for a little fair and balanced competition. That’s all. Same umpire behind the same plate calling the same things for both sides.
Unfortunately, what they got in Game 2 was one of the least predictable zones in the history of zones from CB Bucknor, who called the contest like he had a flight to catch, and also had never seen or heard of the “strike zone” before, and also chose not to open his eyes.
But new man behind the plate Wednesday, no problem, right?
Wrong. Umpire Mark Carlson, with the bases loaded, two outs, and a 3-0 count to Luke Voit, suddenly got extremely deferential to veteran arm Charlie Morton. He gave him the 3-0 auto-strike (always) despite it being three or four inches low.
Then, the 3-1 pitch, too, for good measure. Outside that time.
Voit grounded out on the full count pitch, and that was that. Rally snuffed not by the pitcher, but by the umpire who decided he deserved two do-overs to make that perfect hurl. Love that for him.
If you’re a Yankees fan — and we hope you are! — then you already know there were consequences to the ump’s extreme biased malfeasance.
In the top of the very next inning, with Joey Wendle on first base, a 3-2 pitch was en route from Masahiro Tanaka. Very pivotal moment. Seems like they kind of pitch you’d keep your eyes firmly open on.
Well, instead, the ump refused to give Tanaka the exact same low pitch he gave his counterpart, Adames “walked,” Wendle (who was “caught stealing) by a mile was safe, and the VERY NEXT BATTER plowed a three-run homer into the right field seats.
So, if you’re keeping score, that would’ve been two runs for the Rays and the end of an inning, as well as two runs (and counting!) for the Yankees in the top half.
Instead? 4-1 bad guys, thanks to some inconsistency, and maybe some chirps from the league office. Flat-out embarrassing. Can we just play on the same playing field as our opponent once?