Yankees RISPFAIL their way to crappy loss

Cano's CT scan comes back negative
Bunting is for Opening Day, the World Series, and interior decorators
Geno was probably ready to retire mid-game tonight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

I don’t want to recap this game any more than you want to read a recap of it. In hindsight, it was probably a bad idea to strand a zillion baserunners. Who knew? Seriously though, they went 2-for-16 (!!!) with runners in scoring position, leaving 15 men on base in 11 innings. The Yankees left two men on base in the third, sixth, seventh, and ninth innings, which is unfathomably bad. Too make matters worse, their pitchers walked (get this) eleven runners. The Yankees beat themselves, there’s really no other way to put it. They squandered so many chances and made so many dumb mistakes (bunting when Joakim Soria had thrown one strike out of eight pitches? where’s the common sense?) that they deserved to lose. Period, end of story.

So blame whoever you want, blame David Robertson, blame Joe Girardi, blame Buddy Carlyle. I blame the offense, but that’s just me. Doesn’t really matter though, just move on and forget about this mess. These two teams will play the rubber game tomorrow night, when Ivan Nova takes on Sean O’Sullivan. Here’s the box score and WPA Graph if you’re so inclined.

Cano's CT scan comes back negative
Bunting is for Opening Day, the World Series, and interior decorators
  • http://deleted Total Dominication
    • bakekrukow412

      Damn, had my speakers turned all the way up at 1 in the morning, thanks alot ;)

    • Erica

      BWAAAHAHAHAHA. So glad I missed this game.

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

    The 3-1 bunt in the tenth was so goddamn stupid. If Gardner gets a single in that spot it’s at least first and second with none out. But nooooooo, gotta bunt because it’s the right way. So sick of this bunting bullshit. Think about it, trading outs for bases is so dumb. Just walk and hit. That’s how you win ballgames.

    • Klemy

      I was way too angry about that 3-1 bunt in the 10th. Soria throws 7 balls and 1 strike and we bunt. I just don’t even know what to say anymore without sounding like a broken record.

      “I’m fiery hot with anger!”
      #Jacobim Mugatu

      • RL

        Doesn’t Girardi have stats in his notebook about the failure rate of bunting? How many successful bunts have the Yankees had this season (SSS, I know, but no one on this team bunts well).

        • Tim

          If he does have stats on this, then last night’s bunt will go in as a success. He got the bunt down, the runner moved up, and after Jeter hit what would have been a GIDP to shortstop for the second out, Granderson knocked in the run with a 2-out single.

          The goal of the bunt was to move up a runner into scoring position so you have two chances to knock him in with a single. It worked. I know this is the equivalent of hitting a 16 with the dealer showing a 5 and getting 21 – a wrong decision that pays off. But it DID work. So just hope that he doesn’t have that stat in his book. If so, it just got bolstered.

    • http://. Greg

      You play for the tie at home and the win on the road. Baseball logic

  • Brooklyn Ed

    The Yanks needs arms tomorrow, any chance that Buddy Ayla gets DFA at the same time?

    • Slugger27

      ayala didnt pitch, so he’ll stay. but ya, i’d be shocked if carlyle is on the 25-man tomorrow

      • Slugger27

        ayala didnt pitch much^

      • Esteban

        Yeah, Ayala pitched.

  • Zack

    They beat themselves tonight and DESERVED this loss. Easily the worst game I’ve seen in a long time.

  • MikeD

    Easily the most annoying loss this season.

    Fortunately in baseball, there’s always another game right around the corner.

  • FIPster Doofus
  • mbonzo

    Since May 7th Joba has thrown 39 pitches. No doubt he needed a rest, but now since May 7th Robertson has thrown 77 pitches.

    These innings roles are overworking the relievers. Now tomorrow Mo, Robertson, and Soriano will probably be unavailable. I think Carlyle needs to be DFA’d and Yanks should bring up Noesi.

    Girardi is gonna kill me this season if he keeps running the bullpen like this and giving free outs on sac bunts.

    • Slugger27

      ya i think its all but a certainty carlyle will be replaced tomorrow. thats almost a forgeone conclusion.

      im actually not sure why anyone would be mad at girardi after this loss. what did he do wrong? his top 2 setup men were unavailable, so he went to his 3rd best setup man. he pitched mo in the 9th with a tie game. after that, his choices were the 25th man on the roster or the 24th man. i can see getting mad at the gardner bunt, but thats my only beef with him tonight.

      • mbonzo

        I’m frustrated with the sac bunts.

        Thought Logan should have pitched the 9th since he’s only thrown 9 pitches since May 7th, and the bottom of the order Getz (lefty), Escobar (righty) and then Dyson (lefty) were up. That would have aligned Mo for the middle of the order. I actually posted that Logan should have come out for the 9th.

        Its also frustrating watching the innings roles catch up with the relievers. A game like this is bound to happen when you pitch Joba, Soriano, Mo for your 7th, 8th, and 9th in close games. If you play 3 close games you have no bullpen for the next 2 days. Most of all, Carlyle should have been DFA’d today. With Sori and Joba out, Robertson overworked, and Mo under constraints from pitching the day before, there needs to be at least someone who could go long. That’s not really Girardi’s fault, but have some foresight.

      • Pasqua

        You pretty much answered your own question by the end of the comment.

  • 101010

    If they want to bunt so much, it might help to not suck at it first.

    • Esteban

      Truth. But most of the Yankees shouldn’t be that good. Gardner definitely but almost all the rest of them have lots of power and probably were never asked to bunt much in their careers.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    if it’s still rispfail tomorrow, then they definitely not ready for Boston weekend series.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      That seems pretty arbitrary. Hitting with runners in scoring position doesn’t really tell you much of anything about a team’s readiness for their next series.

      • mbonzo

        Curse of the homeruns.

      • Brooklyn Ed

        that statement didn’t came out the way I wanted to. what I mean was, tonights game could had been blown out. wasted chances with the stupid bunts. however they suck with risp for almost a month.

      • RollingWave

        Then again, you just KNOW that Boston is due for some of those Dice-BB style 5ip 8H 5BB 3K 1 ER type of outing.

    • Slugger27

      i dont see the correlation

  • bakekrukow412

    At least A.J. was good…..

  • stuart a

    aj was aj tease good. 5 BB and 1 HBP… tight rope act against good teams he will implode. giving away games now also count.

    swisher is a joke, the guy thinks fastball every pitch ever thrown to him. lower slugging % then the great 1…

    the radio dopes never heard of the stat slugging %, they have no clue…

    can gardner steal a base this year? his baserunning is killing them.

    • Will

      No, that’s just how AJ is good. We saw it for a full season in ’09–he’s going to walk guys, he’s going to hit guys, but when he’s right he has the ability to pitch around all the baserunners.

      Also, in case you haven’t noticed, KC has scored the 2nd most runs in the AL after the Yanks. Not exactly a “bad” team on that side of the plate.

  • Pat D
  • http://twitter.com/buckfunts buckfunts

    Gardner’s bunt single was encouraging. Encouraging Joe to call for more bunts.


  • Will

    One more thing on AJ…I’m too lazy to look this up right now, but it has certainly seemed like almost every inning he’s pitched this year has been high leverage, at least in the sense that the score has been within 1 or 2 runs either way. The only exception I can think of is his first start against Detroit, and even that wasn’t a blowout. He’s pitched like an ace, and if the defense and offense backed him up even close to the way they’ve backed up the Yanks other starters he’d be 6-0 at least.

    • Kiko Jones

      Also, I’m not going to nitpick an AJ performance in which he gave up one hit in seven innings of work—and a mistake, at that—while his teammates’ bats failed to show up and his manager made some bonehead decisions. I’ll take an outing like this from Mr. Burnett every single time.

      • Henry

        I saw a good year coming from AJ this year, irdk why. It was just a gut feeling. So I made dinner bet with a Yankee fan friend of mine on AJ winning 15 games this season. With the way AJ has been pitching he should have AT LEAST 6 W’s this season, but the Yanks O and BP couldn’t help him get W’s. All I’m saying is that it better even out and AJ BETTER get some W’s when he has a clunker due to Yanks O having his back. Ughhhh. Frustrating.

        • Pasqua

          Never start a land war in Asia, and NEVER place a bet on a pitcher’s win total.

  • first time lawng time

    Went to bed in tge 7th…good thing I missed this game?
    Kinda sad that I can’t go to bed and expect the Yanks to have beaten KC.

    Where was Joba?

    I am so sick of Yankees finding ways to blow soolid outings by AJ.
    I mean 1 ER in 7IP…really? How do we not win that? Really.

  • first time lawng time

    This RISPFAIL stuff is bringing back bad memories of last Sep….
    Offense needs to step it up. Especially AROD. He really has done almost nothing since the GS in Bal.

    Let’s make an article about how much he sucks (you know, reverse jinx? Lol)

  • virginia yankee

    stupid bunt – yeah but stupid GIRARDI — roberstson 2 days in a row after too many pitches ON TUES — joba untaxed tues goes in and mo and likely it stays 2-1


  • Monteroisdinero

    Agree on generally not caring for Girardi’s in-game managing decisions. Players love him and he is not an ass/egomaniac but the bunting and lack of aggressiveness on the bases (YESYOUBRETT!) and pitching change decisions drive me nuts.

    I also do not like how he rarely comes out on the field to argue calls that his players are arguing. If you are such a fitness freak Joe, at least run out on the field for the exercise!

    When Nunez stole second, Treanor couldn’t transfer the ball cleanly for the throw to second. This is one of many scenarios that can work in a runner’s favor IFYOURUNBRETT!!!!!

    • V

      Brett Gardner is the fastest ‘awful base stealer’ I’ve ever seen. d00d needs to be sat down to watch hours of Juan Pierre (pre 2011), Rajai Davis, Michael Bourn, and Scott Podsednik (in his prime) to see how they do it.

      • Monteroisdinero

        I am beginning to think that there is a scouting report on him that if you throw over 3x and make him work/dive back etc., he gets worn down and won’t run. I cannot explain why he doesn’t go. Between Jeter’s crappy bunting (which I actually don’t mind since it decreases the gidp chance) and the gidp risk with Jeets swinging away, I simply do not understand why he doesn’t go on pitch one or two.

        pitchout or not.

  • paul

    CRAP is right. CRAP with RISP. Crap usage of bullpen again…CRAP bunts again…RIDIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!These are the games that KILL us…Joba 9 pitches Tuesday night-why not go to him..and then Mo….whatever Joe G.. whatever…freakin A!

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    This game made me vomit and have diarrhea. That’s all I have to say about that.

  • David, Jr.

    Girardi gets too much blame. The game was lost because of performances like Captain Pathetic Grounder, 0-6 with 6 LOB. One of the worst games ever. Enough to make you puke. Too bad Posada lucked into two hits. That will keep them talking themselves into keeping the worst DH imaginable.

    • Pasqua

      Well, Girardi is partly complicit in the lack of run production in the sense that he continues to give away outs via the bunt, which (obviously) makes it more difficult to put together a “big” inning.

      • David, Jr.

        I don’t disagree re the bunting. I said he gets too much blame, not that he should get any blame at all. Swisher, Jeter, ARod and Posada rarely get key hits. That isn’t Girardi’s fault.

    • RL

      Plenty of blame to go around. Martin leaving 4 RISP certainly didn’t help. DP’s continue to hurt the team. I HATE the bunting and Gardner unable to steal a base … It’s still only 1 game, although the team isn’t scoring consistently, but they are still in first place. I’ll worry if they’re 10 games back at the ASB. Even then, if they make the right moves, they can come back from that.

      • David, Jr.

        The larger worry would be if they aren’t as good as their record. Just like was correctly said about Jeter the other day, I am “cautiously optimistic” about the team.

  • UncleArgyle

    The offense was pathetic. Horrible loss.

  • Billy Mumphrey

    Somebody has tell these guys that you can’t keep splitting or losing series to mediocre clubs, especaially at home. We should have beat Chicago 3/4 except we couldn’t hit a nobody. We should have at least split with Detroit on the road but we couldn’t hit a washed up nobody. We should have swept these clowns but couldn’t hit a nobody last night. And Dave Robertson can’t handle the pressure of the 8th inning. Keep him in the 6th and 7th where he belongs.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Billy, if I was to give you some money from my wallet, would that help ease the pain?

  • Billy Mumphrey

    And the Red Sox are coming to town, folks. We can’t play like this and expect to win that must win series at home. The Sox have lined up their 3 best pitchers against us because they know how important the series is. We have Bartolo, CC, and Freddy but Bartolo looked bad in his last start and CC not much better. Freddy against the Sox lineup could be a disaster.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      We can’t play like this and expect to win that must win series at home.

      List of “must-win” series occurring in May in the 150 years of professional baseball history:


      [End of list]

      • Jared

        I like how they “lined up their best 3 pitchers against us because they know how imporant the series is.” Nothing to do with the rotation schedule or anything…it was intentionally aligned.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Well, the Sox did shuffle their rotation, so the Buchholz-Beckett-Lester order is an intentional lining up of their best pitchers. He’s right in that regard.

          And they did it because they know this series is slightly more important than the ones that came before and after it in Toronto and Baltimore, because the Yankees are a team they’re chasing and every Yankee loss helps Boston more than a Toronto or Baltimore loss does.

          It doesn’t mean the series is a “must-win” for Boston, though. They want to win it, just like we do, and so they’re taking intentional steps to increase their odds, just like we are (like, for example, not pushing Joba Chamberlain and Rafael Soriano in the Royals series so they’re fresh for the Boston one). None of what either team is doing makes the series do-or-die, though, like Billy Mumphrey is making it seem.

  • CBean

    Dear Yankees, please hit a million runs tonight.

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