Make it five losses in a row, Sox finish off sweep

Soriano unavailable until (at least) Wednesday
Fan Confidence Poll: May 16th, 2011

You know, Sunday night’s game started out so promising. The Yankees scored early, had a nice lead and a rested bullpen, but yet again they couldn’t get out of their own way. Freddy Garcia gave back every run his team scored the very next half inning, and more defensive gaffs cost them runs on the board. The end result was yet another Yankees loss, their fifth in a row.

At least Grandy shows up. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Early Runs …

Like I said, it started out so promising. Mark Teixeira singled in Derek Jeter for a quick first inning run, then Andruw Jones and Curtis Granderson went deep to give the Yankees their first three-run lead in what seems like forever. But, of course, it wouldn’t be a Yankees’ rally these days without an ill-timed bunt attempt. After Andruw led off the second with his dinger, Russell Martin drew a five-pitch walk. That’s when Gardner squared around to bunt, predictably popping it up on the infield and failing to advance the runner. Textbook example of the Yankees again shooting themselves in the foot.

Granderson hit the two-run homer a few batters later, and for all we know Gardner could have grounded into a double play and killed the rally even further. But good grief, I know the Yankees are struggling, but that early in the game you have to see if Jon Lester was willing to work himself into trouble. He sure looked like he was. If you try to force things when you’re struggling, it only gets worse. Stick to what your good at.

… But Freddy Gives Them Back

Oh Freddy. Freddy Freddy Freddy. You pitched so well last month, but lately you’ve shown that if you’re facing anything better than a hacktastic offense, no lead is safe. Tex’s first inning RBI single was answered with a strikeout/passed ball (on Martin, obviously), single, a walk, and a sacrifice fly. The two homers were met with a double, walk, and a three-run Kevin Youkilis homer. Seriously, look at this pitch…

Eighty-eight miles an hour. It gets no worse. That’s even worse than this 3-1, 89 mph meatball from last year. Garcia also served up a solo homerun to David Ortiz in the fifth inning, which effectively gave Boston the lead for good. Sweaty Freddy’s final line was five runs (four earned) in 5.1 IP, coming on six hits and two walks. It was obvious that he was in over his head right from the get-go, the Red Sox batters just weren’t chasing his junk off the plate.

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Late Inning Shenanigans

David Robertson created a little bit of a mess with a pair of walks (one intentional, one not) in the seventh inning, but he got his ground ball, the inning should have been over. But instead, Alex Rodriguez rushed towards third base, failing to first secure the routine ground ball. Through his legs it went, Bill Buckner-style, and Dustin Pedroia came around to score. That was the only run Boston would get the inning, but frankly they should have gotten none. There seemed to be plenty of time for Alex to step on third and first to first for the double play. Again, another defensive miscue cost them a run. We’ve seen plenty of that lately.

HowEVA, the Yankees got that run back a half-inning later when Carl Crawford make a defensive mistake of his own in left. A-Rod hooked a ball down the third base line and Crawford’s bobble give Granderson the extra time he needed to go from first-to-home rather than just first-to-third. But, of course, Joba Chamberlain gave that run right back when he surrendered a solo homer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the eighth. It was a total Yankee Stadium cheapie, but they all count the same. That was Boston’s first homerun from a catcher all season. Whenever the Yankees managed to draw close, they gave it right back up. What else is knew.

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


Brett Gardner: five steals, six caught stealings this year following the fourth inning pickoff. Like I said a few weeks ago after that baserunning episode in Detroit, just keep running when that happens. Force them to make the play, stopping and getting stuck in a run down is as close to an automatic out as it gets. He really couldn’t be any worse of a base stealer. It’s a shame he can’t use his best tool effectively.

Offensive star of the night was again Granderson, who homered and also drew a walk. Mark Teixeira chipped in two singles, but also popped out on the infield twice. For his sake, I hope the Yankees are paying him by the pop-out. Robinson Cano had a hit and walk, Martin three walks, and Jorge Posada a pinch-hit walk that was met with a standing ovation*. That’s pretty much it. The Yanks had a not terrible performance with men in scoring position (2-for-5), but they still left eight ducks on the pond.

So that’s five losses in the row and nine losses in the last 12 games. It’s ugly, real ugly, but you know what? They could be in first place 48 hours from now. It’s always darkest before the dawn, or something like that.

WPA Graph & Box Score has a box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the rest.

Up Next

Off to the second home in Tampa for a quick two-game set. A.J. Burnett gets the ball against David Price on Monday night. Fun fun fun.

* After pulling himself out of the lineup the night before. Oh to be a True Yankee™.

Soriano unavailable until (at least) Wednesday
Fan Confidence Poll: May 16th, 2011
  • MikeD

    I hate slumps. Five games is an eternity.

    Glad I was away for large parts of the weekend and missed every single inning of all three games!

  • NHyankeesfan

    the home plate ump didnt help much. he especially squeezed robertson. i believe that robertson should have struck out 6 people that inning. instead it was 3 strikeouts, 2 walks and an error

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    It was obvious that he was in over his head right from the get-go, the Red Sox batters just weren’t chasing his junk off the plate.

    Particularly since so much of his junk that was ON the plate was being called as a ball. Anything not over the heart of the plate they didn’t swing at, since he wasn’t getting called strikes on either the inside edge or the outside edge of the plate.

  • boogie down

    Fortunately, it’s May. As much as I hate the way these last few games have gone, I know at some point we’ll go on an extended hot streak to balance this garbage out.

    In spite of our recent play, we can be in first in 48 hours. Positivity.

  • Pat D

    I’m hoping that by the team I begin my month long leave of absence from work in about 4-6 weeks they are playing better, so that I can enjoy baseball again.

    Cuz right now it ain’t too enjoyable.


    What’s the odd’s on a 8 game losing streak?

    • Stevis

      very likely

  • Larry Rothchild’s Yarmulke

    Tex 5 pop-up’s 4 strike outs this series.

    Plus about a million errors.

    I have a new plan, we should buy a new set of bats. With our talent we clearly have issues with the bats. I will call Carlos Zambrano to come test all of the bats on his knee so we will know which one’s will be good enough for our team’s talent.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Love the handle. A tip of the cap to you.

    • Klemy

      It’s our Jerseys. They are not working.

  • Will

    Wow, awful. For me, this was the 2nd worst loss of the year so far (AJ’s 1-hitter being wasted was worse…but AJ is my favorite player, so objectively, this one was worse). A-rod’s error, the complete crap HRs by Ortiz and Salty (I don’t usually defend Joba, but regardless of the fact that he missed the intended spot, that pitch was a good 6 inches off the plate in–not a bad pitch, and certainly not one that normally goes out of the park), and the brutal squeezing of Robertson during the 7th. Just terrible all around.

    Not sure I’d put too much blame on Sweaty Freddy, though. He made one terrible pitch to Youkilis, but otherwise was doing the same high-wire act he’s done all year. And that pitch to Youkilis was just poor selection–why ANYONE would throw that hideous-looking man a fastball at this point is a mystery to me.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      It really wasn’t his fault that he gave up the HR to Youkilis because he could’ve gotten like 2 or 3 called strike 3’s

  • It’sATarp

    Our 1-3-4-5-6 hitters are basically all not producing right now…yea you can’t win much when the meat of the line up is under-preforming to a ridiculous extent

  • Sean C

    This team has not been very much fun to watch for about over a week now (when they’ve been losing, imagine that!). I know they’re going to snap out of it and win some games, and the sooner the better, but this sure does suck right now. And with Price pitching tomorrow, I’ve kind of already written off/assumed the skid is going to hit 6 games. But really, I hope they can snap out of this slump-laden baseball shit-show.

  • mbonzo

    The good thing about the Yankees, is that win or lose the team benefits. In a situation like they are losing now, its putting a lot of pressure on the organization to call up Montero and contact teams about trades before the deadline. Its an active organization and you need to have faith that they’ll make the right decision down the line. We may have gotten our asses kicked by the Red Sox, but we’re still ahead of them in the league, and it didn’t cost us our farm system. We lost the battle but not the war, and this isn’t a team that gonna withdraw so things will get interesting.

  • Dino Velvet

    Kirsten Dunst would make a good slump buster

  • bexarama

    I haven’t been around much because I figure things have gotten uh, interesting in the comment sections, but lemme say: blaughhhh

  • Mark

    Can Girardi just stop with the bunting? Gardner is not even good at it, how many times does he pop the ball in the air? A standing ovation for a guy who pulled himself from the lineup?

    • murakami

      What is this guy good at, then? He can’t bunt, he can’t steal. He hits singles. Why is the the everyday LF again?

      • Tank the Frank

        He has three home runs. Any ball hit in the gap is a triple. He’s one of the best (if not the best) defensive outfielders in the game. He’s been stealing bases all his life. He had a terrific season on the bases last year… I think he’ll get the hang of it.

    • Tim

      The Gardner bunt was a drag bunt attempt for a hit. I am not certain that Girardi even called for the bunt. If he had been trying to sacrifice, he might have had a better chance at getting it down. But that was clearly a bunt for a hit, so don’t assume it was called from the bench.

  • dalelama

    This Yankee team reminds me of the 1965 team where everyone seemed to get old at once. How is it possible Gardner can’t bunt? My nephew’s Little League team did it three times successfully on Saturday.

    • MannyGeee

      this makes me sick. only thing worse than the untimely small ball bunt is the untimely small ball pop up rally killing bunt.

      just shitty

    • murakami

      I can’t remember the game, but he actually laid down a decent bunt (sac IIRC) recently.

      How is it they didn’t dribble one down the line on Youky? I was all over that & thought Girardi would be with Gardner too, if he’s going to bunt.

  • forensic

    There are a lot of sucky parts to how they’ve played thus far this year, but maybe the worst of it is the part of the schedule they’ve wasted.

    According to ESPN, they’ve played the 6th easiest schedule in MLB (3rd easiest in AL) so far this year. They’ve also played the most home games in baseball, despite also having played the fewest overall games. They’ve given themselves quite an uphill climb the rest of the year now.

    • Buck

      Absolutely agree with this comment. Plus, they’re last 2 months, the schedule is brutal. They play a boatload of games on the road.

      But, according to everyone on this chat site, it’s too early to worry about this old crap team, the Yanks go 30-0 every September, so I’ll stop worrying when they lose these “meaningless” games.

    • Klemy

      Which begs the question, when IS it time to start being worried? Because we keep saying “It’ll turn around.” and “It’s only May!”, but we are making things harder and harder. It’s definitely not time to panic and they’ll probably turn things around, but this might end up being a painful season.

    • The Guns of the Navarone (A mushroom cloud layin’ mothafucka, mothafucka!)

      Easiest schedule according to what? According to the records of the opponents they face? That’s faulty logic. They’ve played the Red Sox, who are a GREAT team, six times now. But they’ve been under .500 all season. I don’t think you can go by that this early in the season.

      Plus, it doesn’t matter if you’re playing at home or on the road when you’re slumping as bad as the Yankees are. Just the same, when this team turns it on, it won’t matter who they’re playing or where. What matters is whether or not your team is slumping and if the team you’re playing is slumping.

  • Rookie

    Garcia this year with five days rest:
    4/29 5 innings 3 earned runs vs. Toronto (185 runs scored)
    5/04 7 innings 4 earned runs vs. Detroit (187 runs scored)
    5/15 5-1/3 innings 4 earned runs vs. Boston (173 runs scored)

    Garcia this year with more than five says rest:
    4/16 6 innings 0 earned runs vs. Texas (187 runs scored)
    4/24 6 innings 0 earned runs vs. Baltimore (156 runs scored)
    5/10 6 innings 1 earned run vs. Kansas City (187 runs scored_

    Wow, it’s almost like Garcia pitches better on long rest!

    Wait, look! He did that last year, too!:
    4 days of rest 6.14 ERA
    5 days of rest 4.60 ERA
    6 days of rest 2.56 ERA
    Amazing! Who could have possibly ever known?!

    • Matt Imbrogno

      I’m sure the Yankees knew this quite well. But the schedule the last few weeks hasn’t allowed them to skip Garica like they were able to in the first month of the season.

  • Jonathan

    My fault everybody. I finally get DirecTV/MLB Extra Innings only to see the Yankees lose 5 horrific games to my two very least favorite teams. So only 2 more years until my contract is up and we can win another game. Until then, I apologize.

    • MannyGeee

      sweet!!!! just in time for Jeter and A-Rods twilight years…

  • forensic

    I knew I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

  • Bpdelia

    Listen I hate to sound alarmist and reactionary but I’ve been thinking this for awhile. If gardner can’t steal properly. If he refuses to go on when he should the yankees should be looking for a lf with pop. Yes gardner is hot now but a 280/360 isnt enough. I want power or speed there. Maybe im just cranky now but this is getting old with gardner

    • Matt Imbrogno

      With his defense, .280/.360 is definitely enough for Gardner.

      • MannyGeee

        agreed… I think the reactionary part of this statement (which is sorta floating in all of our minds) is that he is not being ‘productive’ at the plate…

        all the while he has been hitting as of late (while not using his speed to advance is killing us, but still) and going about small ball ALL WRONG (productive outs, please)

        all told, he is on the second shortest leash on the team (next to Jorge) which should be worrysome

  • first time lawng time

    There’s a lot of negative energy with this team. I can feel it. It just has this air to it.
    They need to go through an exorcism lol.

    luckily there are about 120 games left and I’m sure they’ll have a hot streak eventually.

    I mean, a broken watch is right twice a day, right?

  • first time lawng time

    Good thing about this slump? I think we’ve all forgotten that ugly loss vs the Twins with Soriano.

  • LarryM.,Fl.

    The Yankees to a man are playing horrible baseball. Up and down the lineup except for Granderson everyone of them has performed in some negative way toward losses.

    Gardner should have learned to steal by now. He has no clue, confused except on defense and can’t bunt. Swisher and Tex. have little or no ability to make consistent contact with runners in scoring position. Swisher needs to sit against lefties. Arod looks to be mentally challenged in all phases of the game. Cano appears to be back a couple of years when we wondered if his head was at the game but his a$$ was. Jeter does his best but lets face it its not 10 years ago. Reminds me of the 65-68 Yankee teams when the end was coming everyone can see it but nothing can be done to stop it because its a series of good moves not one big one.

    It maybe early in the season but as far as I’m concerned the Garcia experiment should end. He cannot fool the better hitting clubs in the AL. The team must hit a ton for him to win. Its time for someone from AAA to be given a chance.

    Price vs. Burnett should be rough to watch.

    • Monteroisdinero

      The 65-68 teams were painful and we didn’t make the playoffs for 10 years. Let’s hope that is not the case.
      Swisher may need to sit against lefties but he is worse against righties so far. He is a non-clutch hitter. Let’s not forget his post-season stats. He presses and doesn’t deliver. I also am not a big fan of him in RF. Nothing great out there. At least Gardner can go get ’em and can throw runners out from time to time.
      I still like Garcia on long rest. He keeps us in games but we should NEVER bunt in games that he is pitching.

    • Kosmo

      Larry ,When the average age of this team is close to 32 years old one has to at least consider what you say might be true.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Just like the “young” Phillies are struggling?

        • Kosmo

          Phillies have Halliday,Lee,Oswalt and Hamels.They throw complete games and all pitch deep into games .Phillies have far better chance of winning games because their pitching can carry them.Yanks don´t have that kind of frontline pitching.Period.

    • David, Jr.

      A typically positive spin on Captain Hamless Grounder. “Tries his best”. How wonderful! The guy has an OPS that is something like six points higher than Posada, and is a defensive stationary object. The trap that they continually fall into is making non-baseball contract decisions, falling back on the security net of their huge revenue but jeopardizing the future of the team.

      Unfortunately, much of what you say is true. Cliff Lee’s analysis of the team does not look ridiculous at all. The question is what to do about it.

      Step 1 – Cut Posada and make Montero the primary DH and backup C. Cervelli goes down. You get younger and better all at once.

      Step 2 – Give Nunez more SS starts.

      Step 3 – Don’t trade prime prospects at the deadline for somebody else’s Posada or Jeter.

      • LarryM.,Fl.

        David, I totally agree with #3. #2 Nunez needs three starts and fill-ins a week to stay sharp and grow, a small growth but better than watching a 150 games from the bench. 1 day at each infield position except firstbase. I did not forget Chavez he becomes our prime DH if Posada continues his lack of production.
        Don’t see Posada getting cut with 13 million salary, it would be a nighmare with fans, future FA’s just a very expensive part time DH and pinch hitter. Montero can do the same job as Cervelli and more offensively but on D who can the pitchers throw their breaking pitches into the dirt. Glance back to Jorge trying to catch Burnett, everything is up and away into the night another ball for a fan. But this team as I see it can catch lightning in a bottle and make a very valid run but their collective heads are parked where the sun don’t shine.

        • David, Jr.

          Larry, At some point this team is going to need to turn it over and get younger. It will be painful, but they have made their own bed to sleep in with these idiotic contracts to these “icons”. Andy actually did them a favor by only wanting the one year deals. We probably would have had a 40 yr old pitcher at about 15M per year if he had wanted to go that way. I agree that Posada won’t likely be cut. However, it would be the correct baseball decision.

      • Monteroisdinero

        Agree but none of this will happen.

        These men are icons I tell you. Icons!!!!!

        • David, Jr.

          What they need to do is bring back Reggie Jackson. A modest 4 yrs times $18M should do the job, although he and his agent might regard that as insulting.

        • MannyGeee

          this. legacy will kill us. for better or worse the Red Sox know when to hold them and when to fold them.

          Pedro, Nomar, *clean* Clemens, *clean* Manny,and Mo Vaughn all concur.

    • dalelama

      Funny the same thought popped into my mind, how they remind me of ’65 Yankees.

  • Tom Zig

    Good thing about this slump is that we should be rounding back into shape when we play the Mets. Their pitchers should provide for excellent batting practice.

  • The209

    Gardner needs a sports shrink; something’s in his head.

    • Stevis

      nothing is in his head…!!

  • Monteroisdinero

    Hopefully playing in front of 90 fans tonight will take some pressure off us. Oh I forgot, Rays in first place so there may be a few more folks in the stands.

    • MannyGeee

      oh no.

      they dont show up until mid August, and I am of the belief its more for the air conditioning than it is for the baseball…

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      …and those few more folks are Yankee fans.

  • Stevis

    Enough is enough…Jorge did not like being the 9th place hitter…so he stomped his feet and begged off of playing…tough shit If I did that I would be fired!!! oh by the way I do not earn $15,000,000 a year!!
    He should thank his lucky stars that the Yankees gave him that stupid contract to begin with……It should be Jesus time ..thanks for all you did Jorge..but if you were a TRUE Yankee you would retire with some grace and dignity…. I bleed Yankee blue but this is plain stupid…

    • Twains Yankee

      Hope that made you feel better

    • CP

      You’d really get fired from a job that you’ve held for 13+ years just because you called in sick for questionable reasons one time? That sounds like a really crappy place to work.

      • MannyGeee

        but what if they moved you to the basement and took ur stapler?

        • Klemy

          I don’t doubt that might have been how Jorge felt at the time. lol

      • David, Jr.

        No. Because he is one of the worst hitters in MLB.

  • jsbrendog

    does jorge deserve to be forgiven? sure, everyone makes mistakes. but already? the guy pulled a douchebag move and deserves to be punished.

  • A Gritty Dude’s Gritty Dude

    The time to infuse some young talent into this old lineup and brittle pitching staff is now.

    • Matt

      I agree with you i don’t think it’s needed in the pitching staff though yet. I think our pitching has been great. It’s the hitting where the yankees have lacked.

  • theyankeewarrior

    This team is on a mission. It feels like the late 90’s again. I can see it in their eyes. The way they field. The way they run the bases. The way put together great at-bats in big spots. The way they show up every day and just give it their all no matter where they are in the order. One through nine, we have a stud at every position. The bottom line is, these guys stay hungry, no matter how much money they make, or no matter how much they’ve already accomplished in their careers. That’s what I love about this 2011 team. They just feel like they would do ANYTHING to win each and every night. A true bunch of studs.

    Our pen is historic. Joba looks like he has his swag back. He looks like he could step into anyone’s rotation right now and dominate. Soriano hasn’t skipped a beat from last year. He will most certainly opt out. Gardner has come a long way as a base stealer and is really starting to drive the ball. Alex’s swing is vintage ’07 right now. Tex is just RAKING from the left side of the plate, which is great because the vast majority of his at bats are from that side. Cano’s patience at the plate is unparalleled. Best pure hitter in baseball. hands down. Posada is putting a ton of pressure on Cash to re-sign him.

    If only Cashman didn’t have such a shitty offseason. Russel Martin? Hardly an upgrade over Jorge. Colon and Garcia shouldn’t even be on a big-league mound. And his boy Granderson is struggling big time. If only we had A-Jax in CF, we would probably be the best team in MLB.

    Jeter is easily the most interesting player on the team. Who could have ever guessed that his BA would be hovering around .270 and that he would be making the play on just about every ball hit within his slightly diminished range?

    Anyways, it’s hard to imagine Girardi squeezing anything more out of this team in terms of production. At some point, they will surely go into a funk. All teams do. But I’m just glad to see that this team shows absolutely no signs of doing that any time soon.

    Like I said, a bunch of studs. Couldn’t be happier with the way they go about their business.

    HERE’S TO 2011!

  • Yank the Frank

    Despite the horrible weekend we are only 2 games out and by Wednesday could be tied for first. By Wednesday the Red Sox could still be patting themselves on the back over the sweep and be 5 ganmes out again.
    Show a little faith, there’s magic in the night.

    • Klemy

      You’re counting on magic in the night, when we are heading to a dome though! What if the magic doesn’t get in (because they don’t have tickets) and we are 4 games out?!?

      If they do get in somehow though, there will be plenty of seats for them at field level, so they can move down.

      • Yank the Frank

        You need to cut down on the caffiene and take deep breaths.

  • Fairweather Freddy

    And to make it a clean sweep for Boston this weekend, Boston Rob Mariano won Surivor and the million dollar proze

  • Russell NY

    Thank god the Yankees have the pitching to work themselves out of this losing streak. Oh wait, never mind.

    • CP

      They do have the hitting, though.

    • Tim

      The five guys in their rotation all have ERA’s under 4.07. The starting pitching has been just fine.

  • Billy Mumphrey

    A bigger concern than the offense is out vaunted bullpen is trash. Roberson blew a game against the Royals. Joba has looked awful. Soriano is an overpaid waste of talent. The bats will come around, the pen will not.

    And another big concern is our manager again trying to play small ball in the 2nd inning with a guy who fails at bunting more often than he succeeds. Atrocious game manager.

  • Fairweather Freddy

    Maybe going on the road is the best thing for this team right now. Getting away from NY and all the hostile fans and media might give them a chance to take a deep breath and start anew. They failed against the Red Sox best this weekend so they should relish the oppotunity to make amends against the Rays best these next 2 games

  • Michael Scott

    Montero will be a fail
    We need to deal him while he still looks decent in AAA

    • David, Jr.

      Couldn’t disagree more. He has hand eye coordination like Mauer or Cano. If he works hard, doesn’t get cocky like worrying about where he hits in the lineup and progresses normally, you could be looking at virtually any kind of hitter. Don’t know if you have seen him, but try to visualize him at age 25.

  • BavarianYankee

    for the first time ever I didn’t give them an 8, this time it’s a 7.

    I’m concerned that we’re not hitting for a while now, most guys seem to have a hard time with off-speed pitches, and there seem to be a lot of really unnecessary fielding/throwing errors lately, that doesn’t help either. That said I’m sure we’ll be back on track very soon, every team slumps sometimes.

    • BavarianYankee

      why is my comment here and not in the thread where I actually posted it!? Weird!

  • FernandoP

    Agreed, the pitching has been fine. Better than was expected. Not counting the game last night, Garcia was 2-2 with a ND and with the typical Yankee offense could have easily won ALL five starts. This included THREE QS and a 4-run 7IP effort. I’ll gladly take that ALL YEAR from my number 5 guy.

    If anything it’s the hitting (or shall I say the lack of clutch/runners in scoring position) that has hurt the team.

    Garcia and Colon have done better than I expected. It’s the performance/injury to Soriano and Feliciano that has hurt.