Yanks look flat in 6-2 loss to Tampa


Well, there’s really not much you can say after a game like that. For a team that’s looked as good as the Yankees have of late, they played a rather lethargic brand of baseball tonight. It was their ugliest game of the second half, without question. There were bad throws, bad bounces, bad baserunning, bad at-bats, bad everything really. About the only positive you can take from this game is that Mark Melancon got some work in, needing only 20 pitches to cruise through 2.1 uneventful frames. Other than that, eek.

Anytime CC Sabathia takes the mound the Yankees have a chance to win, but he just didn’t do the job tonight. He was behind hitters all night (the strikezone was rather tight, but both teams were victimized, so it’s not an excuse) and when he did throw strikes, they weren’t quality strikes. Bad defense on the left side of the infield and out in right field obviously contributed to the CC subpar outing. Sabathia made six starts in the month of July, allowing 57 baserunners and 21 runs in 39 IP. The big guy’s June swoon appears to have gotten pushed back a month this year. Oh, and here’s a stat you probably don’t want to hear: Sabathia is 1-8 against teams over .500 this year. Yikes.

Offensively, about the only guys worth mentioning are the four-five hitters. Alex Rodriguez went 2 for 4 with a stolen base and a run scored, also having a likely extra base hit taken away by the great Carl Crawford in the 4th inning. Hideki Matsui drove in both Yankee runs on the night, but was caught venturing too far off first following his fourth inning single. Otherwise, I only remember two other hard hit balls: Jorge Posada‘s double, and that line drive to center that Bossman Junior snagged over his shoulder. Who hit it? I honestly can’t remember.

But give props, Scott Kazmir was tremendous tonight. Not known for his ability to pitch deep into games, Kaz pounded the zone (113 pitches, 72 strikes) and pitched into the eighth inning for the first time since June 6th of last season. He did a helluva job tonight.

At the end of the day, the Yankees are still two and a half games up in the division because the A’s are awesome with the faster tempo’d Joba Chamberlain taking the mound with a chance at a series win against a division rival on the road tomorrow. He’ll be opposed by Matt Garza, so we’ve got ourselves a nice little matchup of young fireballers.

Chien-Ming Wang Update: As you’ve probably heard by now, Wang is going to have season ending shoulder surgery tomorrow. You can read more about it and discuss it in this thread. Oh, and Al Aceves’ shoulder is giving him trouble too. When it rains, it pours, huh?

Categories : Game Stories


  1. Mike bk says:

    Ace having arm issues too…cue 400 trade for starter and reliever comments.

  2. JGS says:

    They just mailed it in tonight. Nice to finally see Melancon though. Whatever, just put this in the 1/3 of the season that you are guaranteed to lose and go out and beat them tomorrow.

    On the other hand, I watched the Sox game starting in the 8th. I don’t think I’ve ever been that happy following a game where the Yankees looked so awful

  3. Charlie says:

    i know we can’t expect the CC that was on the Brewers, but where is that shutdown, K machine horse that he’s supposed to be. CC’s been good this year, but I and probably most of you expected a little better. Hopefully he’ll be great for the stretch run

  4. ShuutoHeat says:

    1) Watch your starter struggle, watch your bats struggle.
    2) Watch your offense kill the other team, pitch well only to blow it up late in extra innings.

    I’ll rather go with (1).
    Thanks Bossux and Papelbon for making me feel better!

  5. Charlie says:

    i hope melancon and drob get more of a chance because i think both of them can fill the most important role of a game, and pitch the Holy Eighth Inning. The better they pitch, the more hope I will have that Hughes will be put in the rotation.

  6. CC’s next two scheduled starts barring injury and rain:

    Vs. Buerhle at Chicago

    Vs. Boston.

  7. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Is Boston getting Halladay?

  8. Charlie says:

    good work today, Mr. Axisa. Game thread, wang update, DOTF, and the game story. thats a lotta work

  9. Dela G says:

    man the news doesn’t get any better, but i really do think the yanks should make a run at the duker from the A’s. They really have a good chance if all it takes is a “moderate prospect”

    i can pull a moderate prospect out of my behind, so the yanks should have no problem

    and thank god for the A’s

  10. NF says:

    I hate to sound like a Negative Nancy/reactionary douche, but can we start worrying about CC yet?

    CC has certainly been serviceable, but honestly with the money we’re paying him, I want more than serviceable #2-3 starter stuff. I wasn’t expecting Brewers CC at all, but look at his stats. Virtually all of his good stats (i.e. K/9, K/BB) are the lowest they’ve been in years, and likewise the bad stats (BB/9) are the highest they’ve been in years. AJ’s gotten really lucky with LOB lately, but results are results and he is delivering the goods. CC looks like a middle of the pack guy, not the Ace of the New York Yankees(c), and when AJ comes back down to earth (He has an xFIP of 4.72), I think it may get ugly.

    What doesn’t help stress is the prospect of Jarrod Washburn: Yankee. His peripherals are the same as always, and when he loses that elite defense and he goes to NYS, it’s going to be a bloodbath.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      No, it’s too early to worry about CC. He’s in the middle of a bad stretch, but it’s not the end of the world. Andy and Joba went through the same thing recently, and they came out of it fine. Just two starts ago he shutdown a first place team.

      They’re definitely going to add an arm, just not sure who or whether it’ll be a starter or reliever.

    • Frank says:

      CC is 0-4 this season vs. the RS, TB and LAA. He’s getting big bucks to beat those teams and just hasn’t done the job. Let’s be realistic. He’s not the big game pitcher everyone thinks he is. His playoff record is sub-500, as his his career record vs. the RS. This guy has been a disappointment. That’s just a fact.

  11. Salty Buggah says:

    ESPN has no Sox news on the front page but have the Yank’s loss there. On the MLB page, the Sox blown lead loss is the 2nd to last story and just says A’s win.

    “Dice-K upsets BoSox with criticism | A’s win”

    That’s blatant bias, not that we need more evidence.

  12. dkidd says:

    is anyone else feeling like the sox are getting halliday? the kotsay/anderson trade feels like a prelude

    • dkidd says:

      is anyone else innately pessimistic and paranoid?

    • OmgZombies! says:

      We got Sabbathia Tex and Burnett and the Sox didnt panic and make a stupid move. The Yankees(fans) need to learn from this.

    • ranger11 says:

      I hope not. Sox fans and the media will be so unbearable till the end of time.

    • ranger11 says:

      I just don’t see it happening. It just seems insane for Toronto to trade one of their greatest home-grown players to one of their division rivals. They have to trade him out of the division.

    • johnny says:

      I dont know about halladay but I do think that the trade for another young atheletic centerfielder makes me think that they might try and package Ellsbury as a center piece for something. The sheen has kind of wore off the kid, he still is good and could be great but he is not a sure thing…he could be the second coming of juan pierre or dave roberts. Maybe they put him together with Bowden and try and pull some offense from somewhere.

  13. danny says:

    couldnt watch the end of the game, how was melancon? Im glad the kid finally got some work!

  14. Joba or Hughes-To-the-pen says:

    It’s always injuries with the Yankees because they sign injury players.Joba,HUghes,WAng,Kennedy all had injury issues before or after they came to the majors.Brackman is a guy we signed with Tommy John surgery.Yet he gets a millions.

    Now were after our #1st round draft pick Slade Heathcott who had surgery on he’s knee this year.I’m all for High Risk players but can we sign healthy players.

  15. ranger11 says:

    Injury players?

  16. Last night was the very definition of a “meh” game. Let’s hope they bounce back tonight.

  17. JeffG says:

    Kay always talks about the innings the Rays threw last year and that somehow affecting their arms… I hope what CC did up to this point on, especially with the way he threw down the stretch with Brewers isn’t going to have an effect. His FB still seems good though so that’s probably just me being silly.

    On the thing that bothers me more is not having Wang back. I really thought he could have been key in us going all the way this year. Our rotation seems a little light now. We can still do it but it will be a little harder now.

  18. JeffG says:

    Also I have a question: How much will Wang get in arbitration? Will he still get a pay raise if we keep him on the team?

    If he is going to make 6mil next year you would think there is a chance he gets released.

    • I’m trying to remember someone who went to an arbitration hearing following two injury washouts sandwiched around a couple of months of astronomically horrible play (like what Wang will be doing this winter). Going to a hearing with only 9 starts, a shoulder injury, and a 9.64 ERA is a recipe for a losing case.

      I’d bet they agree on a contract that’s either a straight 5M rollover with no raise or even a small paycut (like back down to the 4M of last year) well before actually going to a hearing.

      But we’re not going to just cut him. If we can afford to waste a couple of million at the end of our budget, which we can, we’ll keep him around and give him one more good shot to get healthy.

    • RollingWave says:

      if the Yankees don’t none tender him, they have to pay him at least 80% of what they did this year. he made 5M this year so they have to pay him 4M.

      I’d guess that they probably have a pre-arranged agreement then just non-tender resign. a shoulder surgery now he’s highly unlikely to recover to start next year. if ever.

  19. Jake H says:

    It was a bad game. Hopefully Joba can pick up the slack. Garza thou has been pretty good all year long. I was happy to see the Sox lose thou. That was nice.

  20. Tampa Yankee says:

    Was at the game last night and man was it frustrating. It seemed like every dink-n-dunk fell in and anything the Yanks hit hard, was right at someone or they made a nice play on. Oh well, that’s how things go some times I guess. Other than that, Kazmir looked good (props to Maddon for letting Kaz go out for at least one batter in the 8th so he can pulled him so he can get a standing-o), I liked what I saw out of Melcanon and Melky’s 3 ABs were the most painful things to watch (hurry back Brett!).

    Quotes from the Rays fans behind me:
    “Eva Longoria definitely made Evan Longoria famous since their names are only one vowel apart.”

    With runners on 1st and 2nd for the Rays and Pena up in the 2nd: “How about a grand salami right here?!”

    There were more idiotic statements like that all night but I was way too drunk to try and remember all of them.

    And I hate fucking cowbells!

  21. Bo says:

    CC has been pretty terrible the month of July. You shouldn’t be 11-11 in your aces starts. That’s on him and he has to be better. He was brought here to beat the Rays and the Sox. He hasn’t done that.

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