Yanks start strong but can’t fend off Jays

Worst. DotF. Ever.
Just say no to Sergio

Through the first three innings, Round 5 of the Sergio Mitre Experiment seemed to be going OK. He had allowed just a run, forgivably to Aaron Hill, on three hits and no walks. True, the Blue Jays offense is a bit weak, especially with Alex Rios out of the picture, but we’re also talking about the Yankees fifth starter. In any case, Mitre didn’t get the job done after that. His botched double play, despite the official scorer handing Cano the error, led to a three-run inning for the Jays. He didn’t help matters the next inning by leaving a pitch right over the plate for Lyle Overbay, giving the Blue Jays a 5-4 lead that would last the rest of the way.

After Sergio Mitre’s last start, I wondered whether the Yankees might flip Aceves and Mitre, allowing Ace to throw every five days while relegating Mitre to bullpen duty. It would make sense. In Mitre’s past two starts Ace has had to come in and hold down the fort. Last time it was two innings and one run allowed. This time it was four innings and no runs on just two hits. It might be nothing — just Girardi giving the rest of the bullpen a night off. That seems a bit odd, though, considering Aceves was unavailable just yesterday with back issues. The Yanks won’t say anything now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Aceves gets the start Saturday night in Seattle.

The game started off all Yanks. Derek Jeter homered into the Yanks bullpen to open the game, and then Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira each singled, putting runners on first and second with none out and the Yankees already up 1-0. With rookie Mark Rzepczynski on the ropes, the Yankees couldn’t strike again. Alex Rodriguez grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, and Jorge Posada hit one to Jose Bautista in right to strand Swisher on third. They’d certainly need more than one with Mitre on the mound, but it was a good start.

Robinson Cano and Jerry Hairston went back-to-back to open up the fourth inning, which Melky Cabrera followed with a single. A batter later and Rzepczynski was out of the game, replaced by Shawn Camp, who disposed of Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher to end the inning. Camp allowed just two hits, erasing one with a double play, and kept the Yanks off the board. Then came Brandon League, who allowd a leadoff single and then struck out the side. Jesse Carlson and Jason Frasor closed it out, allowing no Yankees to reach base.

It’s strange that both starters were out of the game relatively early, but both bullpens held the opposition scoreless. Normally the Yankees game is to take pitches and wear down the stater, getting to the vulnerable bullpen early. They did exactly that, forcing Rzepczynski to throw 76 pitches through 3.1 innings. The second part of the plan just didn’t fall into place. Over the course of 162 games, that’s going to happen. There’s no shame in having a seven-game win streak snapped with your fifth starter on the mound.

Once again the Yankees will send out their four real starters for the final two in Toronto and the first two in Seattle. If they rattle off wins in those, I think everyone will forget about Sergio Mitre’s rotten start. Well, that is, until he starts again.

Worst. DotF. Ever.
Just say no to Sergio
  • Dela G

    damn you sergio mitre

    had we had any other pitcher who doesn’t throw like a woman to second base, the yanks win that game

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    I had great seats to this one, 420C right behind the plate, but couldn’t bring ’em any luck. My family and I got there real early, got to check out Monument Park (finally) which was great. Also got to see a few moments of CC’s bullpen session, which was definitely a highlight.

    • putt

      Those are pretty good seats. That’s where I sat the one and only trip I made this year. Wish I made it to Monument Park, but the line was crazy long and the allure of batting practice was too strong…I wanted a ball!

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Same seats Sunday night!! 420C row 5. Great seats.

  • daniel aka bryce harper

    matt i was in the section right next to you 422.
    basically not a bad seat in the park

  • Peter Lacock

    In defense of the professional official scorer, I thought Cano wanted to make a quick exchange and throw to 1B before he had the ball. I also think that the throw, while not great, was catchable. Who knows what might have happened if Cano does his job but making Mitre the scapegoat on that play isn’t exactly fair. If there is someone better than Mitre to be #5 I’m all for it but he’s been the best #5 we’ve had so far this season. Ace probably is better as long as the loss in the pen doesn’t cancel the benefit. Girardi has a knack for figuring these things out eventually.

    • jim p

      I wonder what’s our “fifth starter” stats this year? Everyone not CC, AJ, Joba, Andy who started.

      • JGS

        is Wang included in that? because it will be very ugly if he is

        • jim p

          Wang & Phil. Be interesting to deduct that from the team pitching stats.

          • JGS

            Yankee fifth starters (Wang, Hughes, Aceves, Mitre) are pitching to the tune of 5-9, 8.05. Yikes

            • jim p

              thanks for figuring that out.

  • JGS

    The Yankees lost, but I caught a BP home run today. I figure I’ll call this a decent day

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Bastard! I wanted to stay in RF for BP but my family decided we would eat in our seats (Grandstand) rather than at the field level seats in right.

      • JGS

        I was in the second deck–Section 205

        second deck is where it’s at though–fewer people. This was the fourth ball I’ve caught up there this year

        • http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_S0CViLms5ys/Sd54tE5sVMI/AAAAAAAAAho/0fxSZIso2OM/s400/Swisha+House.jpg Kevin G.

          When I went to the game on 7/22, I sat a couple sections over (207, by the right field foul pole). They were really nice seats, but I couldn’t see Swish in RF and, the one day I go, nobody hits a home-run there. Actually, a couple of days after I went, Tex (?) hit a home-run almost exactly in the spot where I was sitting.

  • http://twitter.com/themanchine Bruno

    Once again the Yankees will send out their four real starters

    ietc

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      +1

  • Drew

    I was a little disappointed J-Hair couldn’t get Cano over to third in the sixth. Eh, thems the breaks.
    Hopefuly Jober does his thang tomorrow.
    /fistpump

    • putt

      I still say he should’ve bunted…

  • Jake s

    A few errors here: Frasor allowed a single to Matsui, and the games are in the Bronx, not Toronto.

    Hate to be that guy, but you know…

  • Klemy

    I had the same thought when Al went 4, perhaps stretching out to start next time through? God, I hope so.

    • Drew

      Joe said Mitre is starting.

      • Charlie

        hopefully cashman will overrule him and DFA mitre

      • Ed

        Doesn’t mean much. If he’s going to make a change, Joe’s not going to tell the press before he tells Mitre.

    • Dela G

      i still give mitre ONE more start, then Al for the rest, or maybe alternate Al and Joba to give joba innings rest

  • Salty Buggah

    Even though we had a 7 game winning streak, this one hurt as an error essentially cost us the game.

    • http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_S0CViLms5ys/Sd54tE5sVMI/AAAAAAAAAho/0fxSZIso2OM/s400/Swisha+House.jpg Kevin G.

      Now you now how the Mets feel…

      • Drew

        nah… lol

        • http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_S0CViLms5ys/Sd54tE5sVMI/AAAAAAAAAho/0fxSZIso2OM/s400/Swisha+House.jpg Kevin G.

          Didn’t Jeter do something like that?

  • Tony

    Meat must go. Gaudin, Aceves, Igawa, Eiland… I don’t care who it is. He cannot continue to start games.

    • Salty Buggah

      What about Ponson? And Im sure you would say the same thing if we started Igawa as he would probably suck as much if not worse.

    • Dela G

      lol @ the eiland suggestion

      he has had 2 TJ surgeries

      maybe he still has it in him :D

    • Tony

      The Ponson jokes are especially funny since he was better than Mitre has been. I have no idea where the loyalty (or whatever the hell this is) came from, but that place needs to be wiped out of existence.

      Mitre is creating deficits every start AND burning the bullpen. Aceves is gone for three days now. Same thing every time.

    • Charlie

      i think (and hope) gaudin will start next time

      • Bo

        You can’t keep running Mitre out there espeially when Gaudin is available.

  • Salty Buggah

    After looking at the error again, it’s half Mitre’s fault for not throwing it well and half Cano’s fault as he could’ve caught it (the ball glanced off his glove so if he stretchs a bit more or gets off the bag he would have had it)

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Girardi was quite content to lay the error on Mitre. It’s tough to blame Cano. Robbie is heading toward the bag from the second base hole, and the ball is going toward the second base hole away from the bag. So you’re saying that it’s Cano’s fault he couldn’t stop his forward momentum, catch a tailing throw that Mitre had plenty of time to make and turn a double play — or at least get an out — at the same time? Nah. That one’s on Mitre.

  • Desus

    Bah, we’ll get em today. Love watching this team, even at 2 strikes and 2 outs in the 9th I still expected them to win it

  • TheLastClown

    Last time out Aceves gangsta’d his way through 3.

  • pat

    Oh No! We Suck Again!

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    That error really did hurt but also Mitre threw a BP fastball right down the middle to Overbay. You do see what not having Gardner hurts. In the 9th he would have stolen 2nd and it might have changed the game.

  • wilcymoore

    The official scorer changed the error on Cano to an error on Mitre. Correctly.

  • yankee in virginia

    MITRE MIGHT TURN OUT TO BE SOMETHING if he can get that sinker to move down and not across — build arm strength IN THE MINORS

    the pitch to overbay – go back and look at Molina’s ytarget — that is C brain cramp —

    real problem is cashman in denial — the Yankees do not a 5th starter “as good as other 5th starters” – they need a guy who can go 7 inning and win — knowing you need 7 runs and 4 relief innings is debilitating — hurting not only this game but stressing the pen for the next two as well

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      But you completely missed Cashman’s point. How many teams have a fifth starter who can go 7 innings and win? I’ll wait here while you count.

      • Bo

        Just because many team dont have a solid 5th starter doesn’t mean we shouldn’t.

        Why would you punt every 5th day because every other team is doing it?

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      they need a guy who can go 7 inning and win

      You mean guys like CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett?

    • Zack

      Yeah it’s unbelievable that we dont have a 10 game winner already from our 5th spot. That’s the fatal flaw of this team thats going to ruin its chance for October down the stretch

  • Bo

    Why they didn’t go out and get a back end starter is beyond me. Did they really think Mitre had the stuff to get big league hitters out? He’s batting practice especially for leftys.

    • Zack

      Who should they have gotten? Arroyo? Harang? Garland? or trade Hughes and Joba and more for Doc? Washburn? imagine if he came here and had two starts like that.

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  • http://aceinthehole godfather

    if you note, there is no “ace” in mitre; but it’s right there at the beginning of aceves, and i wanted him no. 4, just ahead of andy, when the season began; i’d take no. 5 now, but it seems the fifth starter in today’s game is about as necessary as jenna’s brain; anyway, he knows what he is doing out there and has since he first appeared…it would be great if they could contract two teams in each league, expand the rosters to 30, and provide teams with the depth that would mean better, deeper quality baseball; imagine not sweating out having only two catchers and having more moving parts on a roster in general…oh, wait, once there was such lavishness