Yanks hit too many homers, take game two of Subway Series

Montero homers in Scranton loss
Alex's leg kick
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Hooray for solid, relatively stress-free wins. Got a little testy early on, but otherwise the Yankees did a fine job of putting this one … on the left side!

  • Wanna know how to avoid RISPFAIL? Don’t put any runners in scoring position. The Yankees did not pick up a hit with their lone at-bat with a man in scoring position, and that was Curtis Granderson moving Derek Jeter from second to third on a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Mark Teixeira drove him in with a sac fly one batter later, but why Grandy’s counts as an at-bat while Tex’s doesn’t is beyond me. Weird baseball rules. Anyway, this was the first time the Yankees left zero men on base in a game since June of 2001.
  • Four homeruns did the trick before that lame-o manufactured tack-on run in the eighth. Russell Martin took Chris Capuano deep for two runs in the second, Tex homered in two more the next inning, then Grandy and Alex Rodriguez hit solo shots two batters apart in the sixth. The first three came off Chris Capuano, who’s been getting his ass handed to him by righties all year. Tex’s homer was his second to right field as the right-handed batter this year, something he didn’t do at all in 2009 or 2010. Since 2006, he has just five opposite field homers as a righty, and two came this season.
  • Granderson’s long ball was his eighth off a lefty this season, which is notable for many reasons. He leads all left-handed batters with eight homers off lefties this year, and no other player has more than three. It also doubled last year’s output against lefties (just four homers), and was his 15th of the year, a total he didn’t reach until late-August last season. Jose Bautista (18 dingers) is the only other player in baseball with more than a dozen big flies. Good lookin’ out, Curtis.
  • Things looked a little sketchy early on, when the Mets loaded the bases with no outs in the first. A.J. Burnett got out of the inning allowing “just” two runs, then he gave up just three hits and two walks (one run) over his final 5.1 IP. Last season, that’s like a five run inning. This year A.J. has done a good job of limiting the damage in spots like that. Getting out of that first inning and settling down was a rather huge turning point in this game, even if came so early.
  • First and third, one out, Carlos Beltran and Jason Bay due up … and David Robertson cruises right along to escape the jam. Beltran struck out and Bay popped out harmlessly on the infield. It was a big part of the game, for sure, but Robertson made it look easy. Joba Chamberlain retired his three men in the eighth, then Luis Ayala did the same an inning later. I have to say, I wrote the Ayala signing off way too soon. He’s been rock solid so far (in admittedly limited action). The trio of relievers recorded eight outs on 30 pitches.
  • Jeter stole second in the eighth inning, tying him with Rickey Henderson for the franchise record (326 SB). Of course Rickey did it in 596 games while Jeter needed 2,337, but who’s counting?
  • After all the bitching and moaning following Friday’s game, the Yankees are now back in first place (thanks to Red Sox and Rays losses). How about that? Here’s the box score and here’s the WPA Graph.

Rubber game tomorrow afternoon, when Ivan Nova gets the ball against Mike Pelfrey at 1:05pm ET. If you’re in the area, head on over and check out the Delta Dugout.

Montero homers in Scranton loss
Alex's leg kick
  • Craig

    Great win today, such an odd day in MLB with 0 men lob and Cliff Lee’s stolen base. Truthfully, I’m a bit worried about Swisher though, as much as we need another pitcher at the deadline, I feel like we may need another bat. Hunter Pence, anyone?

    • Pat D

      Why would Houston trade him? He’s clearly their best player, only 28, still under team control through 2014.

      • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK

        New GM would be crucified if he traded his best player (making like $4 million or something) when just taking the helm.

        • Craig

          Apparently Philly called to see if he was available, like they’re not good enough? I know Houston and Philly matchup well, but goddmm, RAJ is gonna ruin that teams future and what little they have to make an impact now. Is it just me or does Ruben Amaro seem overrated as a GM? The moves he’s done now are great, but it seems to me if he’s doing what Steinbrenner did in the 80s, win now and toss the farm away

          • Pat D

            Their core is old and getting older.

            Ruiz: 32
            Howard: 31
            Utley: 32 and injured
            Rollins: 32, obviously declining
            Polanco: 35
            Ibanez: about to be 39, obviously not coming back next year
            Victorino: 30
            Halladay: 34
            Lee: will be 33 in August
            Oswalt: will be 34 in August
            Blanton: 30
            Madson: will be 31 in August
            Lidge: 34 and injured.

            Hamels is pretty much the only key guy in his prime years. Other than Brown, I’m not sure what they have in the minors. Any time I look at Lehigh Valley’s roster, it seems to be built with AAAA guys.

            They’re pretty much in have to win now mode. They’ll go as far as their starters go, but once they start falling apart, they’re kind of doomed.

            • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

              But…but…according to Cliff Lee, they are the youngest team in baseball!!

              • Zack

                Their pitching is the only thing saving them from being in the gutter right now.

                • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

                  That’s the case with teams like the Giants and Oakland too, though. Not trying to be snippy here, but it’s not like really really good pitching is something to be ashamed of.

  • Pat D

    So wish I could have watched that game. Hope the highlights on Baseball Tonight or Quick Pitch will suffice.

    I also wanted to say here that MLBN aired another of their top 40 countdowns today, this one involving the most controversial calls of all time. 10 of them involved the Yankees. And I’m really trying to figure out why they couldn’t come up with more controversial calls than some of the ones that were on the list.

    My biggest gripe was #25, which was 2009 ALCS Game 4 with the play where both Posada and Cano were tagged out at third, but only Posada was called out. You know what it cost the Angels? NOTHING, because Melky grounded out to end the inning on the next play. Also they Yankees were already winning 5-0 in a game they’d win 10-1, in a series they won in 6 games after this game gave them a 3-1 series lead.

    So why was that call so controversial, really?

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      I think that call kind of summarized the entire 2009 playoffs in terms of umpiring. It was just SO BAD. Not to mention in the same game, that one umpire calling Swisher out for tagging up too early on a sac fly (when he didn’t) and then saying he felt Swisher had left too early “in his heart.” None of the umpiring cost anything in that game, but it was so terrible.

      • Pat D

        I thought that’s what McClelland said about the play I mentioned, but, yea, I forgot that Swisher play.

        Some of the other plays that went in favor of the Yankees, you could really make an argument as to whether or not their impact hurt the other team a great deal.

      • Pat D

        And there were 3 other plays from the 2009 playoffs, assuming you count the Tigers/Twins game.

        • Zack

          NOt as bad as the Meier call..which WAS an out.

          • HyShai

            How could he be out if Tarasco didn’t catch the ball? Oh..he would of? Can’t assume…

          • Pat D

            That was ranked 4th.

            I still frankly think Tarasco wouldn’t have caught the ball. I always thought he needed to jump a little and to me it always looked like the ball would have hit the wall right above him.

  • Esteban

    Yeah two runs is not that bad for Burnett in that spot. Run Expectancy for bases loaded no outs this year is 2.264

    • Will

      I think tonight was the best example yet of the difference between AJ this year and last year. He didn’t pitch particularly poorly in the first inning–got burned by bloops, basically–and unlike last year, he didn’t let it bother him. Really, other than that unfortunate inning in Tampa where he made 3 horrible pitches in a span of 6 batters (and still almost got out of it with a lead, if not for Longoria’s lucky infield hit), Burnett has been money this year. IF he got Sabathia-level run support, he’d be at least 7-3, even with the bad inning in Tampa.

  • Frigidevil

    What a great birthday present! I still can’t believe we left ZERO runners on base, never seen that before. No walks is disappointing but I’ll take driving in every runner that touches first any day.

  • BigBlueAL

    Have to say, I no longer fear Burnett starts anymore lol.

  • Karl Krawfid

    ”We’ve been good and bad. Overall I think if you look at the numbers league-wise, we’re doing OK. But I know there’s a lot of room for improvement. Besides Curtis (Granderson), we can all feel like we can do much better.”

    A-Rod has to post on this blog between innings.

    • BigBlueAL

      He was talking after the game about how they have to think more small-ball. You would think the guy who is 6th all-time in HR would know better.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        Last year, didn’t he say he doesn’t think of himself as much of a HR hitter? Oh Alex. Your face is silly.

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

          Yes, he did. I wrote an article about it. Absolutely ridiculous.

  • Phife Dawg

    Apparently Curtis Granderson hitting home runs is a bad thing.


    • Meat Loaf

      The level of stupid there is jaw dropping.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      It’d be funny if it wasn’t so predictable

    • V

      The universe would be a better place if everyone would just ignore ESPN New York. That means ‘ignore’. Not ‘read, and post the link everywhere’.

    • Esteban

      WTF? The article is dumb, but the video talks about the yankees being in a skid. The Yankees had just won 3 in a row before losing Friday night.

  • Monteroisdinero

    So who leads us in HR’s at the end of the season?

    Curtis, Tex, ARod, Cano?

    Who hits more HR’s in these 2 contests? (#ab’s notwithstanding)

    1) Swish vs Posada
    2) Jeter vs Nunez vs Gardner

    • first time lawng time


      1. Posada
      2. Gardner

  • bonestock94

    ZIPS says Granderson is gonna hit 39 this season, lol. Makes those “40 HR” predictions that were made after the trade not so outlandish.

    • Frigidevil

      Well he has 15 through almost 2 months. We have about 4 months left, that would put him at 45. I doubt he’ll maintain that pace but it’s totally doable.

  • bexy on another computer

    While the whining about Yankee Stadium is almost always ridiculous, it’s especially ridiculous when the Yankees play the Mets there. Delicious. I drink their tears.

    • Evan3457

      Right now, the Yanks have 42 HRs at home; 28 on the road. So they are hitting more HRs at home. However:

      1. They’ve played 26 games at home only 18 on the road, which narrows the difference to nearly nothing (1.61 per game at home; 1.55 on the road).

      2. They’re tied for the AL lead in HR on the road with the Angels(!), but the Angels have played 26 road games so far, so they’re nowhere near the Yanks in road HR/game.

      3. They lead the league in SLG, OPS, and runs per game on the road.

      4. They’re scoing more runs per game on the road than they are at home so far this year (5.9 to 5.0).

      So the bleating about Yankee Stadium being responsible for cheap HRs for them is well, about 5% real, and 95% bullspit.