Rookie right-hander stymies Yankees

Montero returns to help SWB to a win
Mailbag: Red Sox, 2015, Dunn, Deadline, Hal

One of these days the Yankees will light up a pitcher whom they haven’t yet seen. But last night the Yankees continued to struggle, managing just three hits off rookie Josh Tomlin. They eventually scored a run, and then threatened in the ninth, but there was no fun in this game. None at all.

Biggest Pitches: Choo’s double (WPA) Gimenez’s walk (emotional)

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

A walk with the bases loaded, with the No. 9 hitter at the plate. Drives you nuts. CC Sabathia walked two, one intentionally, earlier in the inning, and he ran the count full against Chris Gimenez. After two fouls Sabathia went back to the changeup, but he missed low and Gimenez did not swing. Johnny Peralta trotted home to put the Indians up 4-0. Considering how the Yankees’ offense looked that seemed insurmountable.

WPA has Shin-Soo Choo’s double in the fourth as the biggest swing of the night. It was actually more than double the WPA swing of any other event. Neither team had scored to that point, and this was the first real threat. It put Asdrubal Cabrera, who had singled to lead off the inning, to third with none out. The Yankees appeared to avoid disaster when Austin Kearns broke his bat on a chopper to third. A-Rod made a strong throw and Cervelli applied the tag, but the ball popped loose when Cervelli’s mitt hit the dirt.

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Overall Sabathia pitched decently. Only two of the four runs he allowed were earned, thanks to the Cervelli play and what appeared to be a poor call at second. Cano did miss the bag, but he was right there. Usually umps will give that to guys. It was poor luck that the ump decided to be stingy on that play. It took him 123 pitches to get through seven innings, but that means he was pitching well enough to complete seven.

Failure with RISP

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The Yankees picked up just five hits against Tomlin and three relievers, but still managed to bat seven times with a runner in scoring position. As the score indicates, they didn’t succeed when given the opportunity. The only run scored on a groundout. And even then it came off a reliever and not the rookie right-hander. For most of the game it felt like they were going to get shut out.

Again the offense struggled against a pitcher they hadn’t face previously. Then again, they also struggled against Jake Westbrook, who had a 4.74 ERA heading into the game. So maybe it’s not all their inability to hit fresh arms. Maybe the offense is just in a little funk.

Graph and box

No extras tonight. I’ll repeat: this game was no fun.

If you want more, there’s FanGraphs and the box score.

Montero returns to help SWB to a win
Mailbag: Red Sox, 2015, Dunn, Deadline, Hal
  • bexarama

    Yeah, this game was super blah. Thankfully, all the games count the same…

  • Carlosologist

    This game was terrible. Tomorrow they’ll be going against someone they’ve seen before, so obviously they’ll do well. ;)

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    Could be worse. No one on the Yankees pulled a Huston Street.

  • forensicnucchem

    According to Chad Jennings, the Yanks have lost their last 6 games against a guy making his major league debut.

    Not a ton of games, but still, yuck…

    • bexarama

      It’s gross but it’s a 6-game sample size over 6 years (that list goes back to 2004). That’s pretty much meaningless.

  • forensicnucchem

    Boy do they need good AJ tomorrow. With this bad loss, they’re now in serious trouble of having a ‘lost’ week in Cleveland. AJ faces their best pitcher and then it’s the Mostre Monster on Thursday, and they never really have the advantage in a pitching matchup on paper.

    Here’s hoping the offense decides to turn it on soon, especially with the Rays, Jays, and Sox series coming up after this one. Though it’ll be tough with some of the guys in the lineup day after day.

    • bexarama


    • Kiersten

      They had a HUGE pitching advantage on paper tonight and look what happened.

      What is that phrase again… you can’t what baseball?

      • Klemy

        accurately umpire?

        • Mike Axisa

          (golf clap)

        • Kit

          Comment of the season right there. *applauds*

        • Angelo

          Well done

        • forensicnucchem

          I wanted to reply to this several hours ago, but couldn’t think of anything good.

          But I will say, thinking about it a couple times has helped me get through the night working. Thank you for that!

        • Klemy

          You all inspire me. lol

        • Carlosologist

          :: golf clap ::

          That was well done.

  • Kiersten

    Probably the worst game of the season.

    …let’s hope.

    • Total Dominication

      Listen, the other (shudders) Cleveland game was by far the worst of the season, and there have been others worse than this one as well.

      • Carlosologist

        The Yanks usually handle the AL Central well, but when they lose it appears to me that they get shellacked.

        /confirmation bias’d

      • Kiersten

        Oh see, I had already erased that game from my memory.

    • Evan3457

      THIS is the worst game? This one?

      Not the 13-11 loss in which CC and pen blew a 9-3 lead to this same team?

      Or the game where first Joba, then Mariano, flushed a 5-0 lead vs. the Red Sox?

      Or the game against the Jays where Pettitte battled for nearly 8 innings, the bullpen actually held the Jays scoreless for 5 1/3, but the Yanks couldn’t score a run off any of the Jays 4 relievers for 6 innings, while leaving runners in scoring position in the 10th, 12th and 14th, before Gaudin gave up the winning run?

      Or the game where Takahashi, whom they had seen a month earlier, and whom the Mets are desperately trying to replace in their rotation, shut them down for 6 innings while Vazquez gave up 1 run in 7 innings, and the Mets went on to win, 4-0?

      Or the game where Vazquez actually outdueled a brilliant Felix Hernandez for 7 innings, only to watch Joba flush it with a 4-run 8th?

      Worse than all of those?

      • bexarama

        why remind us of this dude ;_; ;_; ;_;

      • Kiko Jones

        Or the 1-0 game AJ pitched into the 7th vs the Jays on July 2nd, only to have the bullpen cough up half a dozen runs?

      • Josh S

        Agreed. All those games were much worse than last night. That being said, it’s always annoying seeing the Yankees bats struggle against pitchers they’ve never faced before (or Jake Westbrook for that matter who hasn’t been good all season). It does seem like a growing trend..not sure what the stats on that are though. It’s funny how they smack around Roy Halladay when he’s pitching with Philly, but can’t beat a guy making his major league debut. I guess Coffee Joe didn’t have a good enough scouting report on Tomlin.

        On another note, anyone else think Jeter is done at leadoff? I mean I feel like every time he bats at the beginning of the game, he’s out by the second pitch he sees. I guess it’s not a big deal if he bats first or second, which are the only spots in the lineup he’ll occupy even if he bats .200 for the rest of the season. But if it were up to me, I’d move him back to 2nd and maybe try out Gardner at leadoff. It’s tough cause I like Swisher at #2 also. Any thoughts?

  • ultimate913

    This team just needs a good kicking in the ass.

    We can’t allow this to happen anymore. We have to get our act together. If the season ended today, we wouldn’t be in the playoffs!


  • Pete

    Not sure why, but I feel like this post should be titled “Oooooh, Yankees looooose, waaaahh”

    • TheLastClown

      “Rookie puts the smirk down on Yankees”

  • TheLastClown

    Whoooo boy.

    See, the thing is, I usually don’t watch the game until my girl & I are both home. Plus the NexDef plugin just never seems to work on our Macs, so we’ve gotta wait until it’s archived on MLB.TV.

    I’m torn, because reading & posting on the game thread totally enhances the watching experience, and I actually do skim back through afterwards, as I’m winding down & miscellany-ing. And oh the skimming, the skimming, it makes my mouth hang open in humorhorror.

    The fatalism caused by Yankee losses never ceases to amaze me. Six neophyte pitchers have won games in the last six years, and it’s the only thing some folks can think about.

    Oh, and the smirk on the face of the kid doing it. As if you *whoever you are* would come into your first big league game & shut down one of, if not the best offense in the league, and not have a mammoth shit-eating grin on your face. Like he should be scuffing his feet in the dirt, wringing his hands behind his back & casting his eyes down, apologizing to you for realizing his dreams.

    The lack of perspective is just humorous. I wish we’d see something reciprocal though, like total unabashed insane optimism. When Jeter turned on that ball for the first hit of the ballgame, I wanted someone to be all “JETES IS BACK!! ICHIRO’S RECORD AIN’T GONNA LAST TOO MUCH LONGER!! I DOUBT HE’S GONNA GET LESS THAN TWO HITS IN ANY OF THE LAST 63 GAMES?!”

    I wonder why we never see that kind of stuff in wins. Ir’s just as insane, and yet, for balance, just once…


    • TheLastClown

      But as JerseyJohn said somewhere sometime, the comments on this blog suck, so what do I expect?

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder



    • bexarama

      Hah, totally agreed all around. This comment is awesome.

      TBH: I didn’t even think whoever that pitcher was, was smirking too badly, though I understand why people were irritated.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Overall Sabathia pitched decently.

    Seven innings and two earned runs is “decently”? I would say that CC pitched excellently. To me, this kind of outing is what is so great about Sabathia: no matter what kind of trouble he gets in–either of his own making or fielders’ errors–he digs in and keeps it a game.

    If the bats hadn’t been so moribund, and the Yanks won 5-4, would you have said CC pitched “decently”?

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    BEN HURRRR!!!!

    Is it me, or has there been some really shitty calls in the first two games of the series? Makes me want to murder people.

    • Chris

      It does seem like the umps have been horrible in the last few games – including the last few Royals games. How many missed calls do they need before they introduce instant replay?

      • Matt Imbrogno

        Maybe when it costs somebody something historical like a perfect game…

        Or maybe when it literally takes a win out of a team’s hands…

        What’s that you say? Both those things have happened this season?

        • phughesisgod

          But, but Instant replay will change the game and changing the game is bad, bad, bad, bad.

          /Bud Selig’d

        • Carcillo

          Maybe I’m still half asleep, but when did that second one happen?

          • Matt Imbrogno

            This is late, but the Giants/Mets game about two weeks ago.

      • dalelama

        Instant replay wouldn’t have helped on Arod’s line drive to left though. I watched it in close-up super slow motion 5 times on the Cleveland broadcast from every angle and in my opinion the left fielder caught the ball. Others disagree, that’s ok, instant replay won’t solve everything but sure would help,

        • ZZ

          The LF must have had a rock in his glove then, because a leather glove does not make a ball bounce like that.

    • ZZ

      I mentioned this last night in the game thread, because it was the first time I ever really though about it.

      But, instant replay could have a serious affect on the “neighborhood play.”

      It could really change the entire dynamic of double plays and middle infielders in the minor leagues will have to be taught differently, because that is what they learn their whole lives.

      It could put a lot of middle infielders at risk for injury.

      It is something that would really have to be addressed in someway with replay and I really don’t know what the solution could be.

      • Brian

        I remember the ALCS game 2 when Aybar on the Angels was no where near the bag and the umps called the Yankee player safe. Replays showed Aybar straddling the bag but both feet were a good foot from the bag. Last night Cano was on the bag and usually when you make contact the umps will give to you as a 2nd basemen because that turn in particular is a blind one and players can get hurt. For the ump to be that aggressive on that call was shocking and for the 1b ump to then miss the call on the back end was just pathetic. This crew shouldn’t have many more games to call as they should be fired from baseball.

  • Fair Weather Freddy

    And to make matters worse. Miguel Cabrera comes up with bases loaded in the 9th and hits into a game ending DP against the Rays.

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