Jays embarrass Yankees in second half opener

Romero debuts in SWB loss
Mailbag: Soriano, Garcia, Curtis, Cotham, Joseph

It seems like a lot of teams have set season highs in runs scored and/or hits against the Yankees this year, no? The Blue Jays did both on Thursday, blowing the Yankees out of the water with 20 hits and a 16-7 win in the first game after the All-Star break.

And that was the end of Bart's day.

Bartolo Colonope

It looked looked like he was still hurt, no? He has to be. Bartolo Colon was moving around pretty gingerly when he had to cover first or make a defensive play (sure enough, he admitted to being tentative with the hamstring after the game), plus his velocity was down a touch (possibly because he wasn’t pushing off fully), he threw way more sliders than usual, and his location was pretty bad (the home plate ump didn’t help). Colon allowed eight runs and recorded just two outs, though he could have gotten away with just three runs if Eduardo Nunez converts a pretty routine grounder into an inning-ending out like he should have. Either way, Colon threw 42 pitches in the first inning and got just one swing and miss. He just didn’t look right, and I would not at all be surprised if he lands back on the disabled list.

The good news? Ivan Nova pitched on Thursday as well, so he could take Colon’s spot in the rotation nice and easy if needed. No finagling of the schedule needed.

That swing has now produced 413 career homeruns, plus another ten in the playoffs.

Hey, A Comeback!

Jo-Jo Reyes was pitching for Toronto, and he wasn’t fooling anybody. Just one of the first eight Yankees reached base (an Andruw Jones solo homer), but then ten of the next 19 men he faced got on. There were lots of hard-hit balls, lots of deep counts, basically lots of Yankees offense. Andruw hit another homer (a three-run shot) to bring the Yankees to within two after they were down nine-zip, so all of a sudden we had ourselves a ball game. Reyes brought the tying run to the plate with no outs in the sixth inning, but that’s where the comeback ended. The Yankees got nothing against Toronto’s relievers.


Hector Noesi was pretty good yet again, marching out of the pen to strike out four in 3.1 IP. He allowed four hits and one walk, and the two runs charged to him came courtesy of Boone Logan, who inherited a first and second situation with one out in the sixth. Logan retired lefty Adam Lind (yay!) but was left in to face two righties (boo!). Sure enough, both righties picked up hits, scoring the two inherited runners. The only reason Boone escaped the inning was because Aaron Hill got thrown out try to take third base on the throw to the plate.

Logan started the seventh and immediately gave up a leadoff single to Travis Snider. Sergio Mitre came in to crush any thoughts of a comeback, allowing five runs (including Logan’s inherited runner) to come across in the final two innings. The Yankees were down by nine, rallied to make it a two-run deficit, and still managed to lose by nine. I really hope Mitre is gone before Friday’s game, he should be designated for assignment before he gets back to the hotel tonight. He’s just awful, completely useless. It’s too bad Brian Gordon left for Korea, he would have been a a fine mop-up alternative.

Eduardo Scissorhands

Alex Rodriguez is going to be out for the next month or so, which means the Yankees are stuck with Eduardo Nunez as their everyday third baseman for the time being. He contributed to that eight-run first inning by booting that grounder, and he also got twisted around on a shallow pop fly the next inning. It wasn’t an easy play, but it clanked in and out of his glove. Nunez also bobbled a ground ball in the seventh, but rebounded in time to throw to second for the inning ending force out.

How unfortunate.


Jones was the star for the Yankees offensively, and he now has six homers this year. Four have come against Toronto, three against Jo-Jo. Curtis Granderson had two hits, Derek Jeter had a hit and a walk, Robinson Cano had three hits, and Brett Gardner had three hits. If the Yankees pound out seven runs and 14 hits, they usually win. Just not this time.

Russell Martin said after the game that the Blue Jays were stealing signs in the first inning, but he doesn’t have a problem with it and took the blame for not realizing it sooner. “That’s what it was,” he said. “They were on every pitch. They knew what was coming. It’s up to us to catch it and change the signs. I’m not blaming them for anything.” That’s a pretty serious accusation and there’s a decent chance he gets a pitch in the ribs tomorrow, but keep in mind the Yankees aren’t the only team to make this observation.

Jose Bautista left the game after rolling his ankle on a slide into third base in the fourth. His spike just got caught. The team says he’s day-to-day with a “twisted ankle,” and although I hate to see players get hurt, please oh please let him miss the next three games.

When Jorge Posada pinch-hit in the eighth, he and Jeter combined to set a franchise record for the most games played by two teammates (1,660). That’s pretty cool. The Yankees had won the first game after the All-Star break in each of the last nine seasons, so that streak came to an end. Of their final 73 games, 40 are on the road, the most in baseball.

WPA Graph & Box Score

Depressing. MLB.com has the box score and video, FanGraphs the other stuff.

Up Next

Game two of this four-game set will be played Friday night, when Freddy Garcia makes his first start in 12 days. Remember his scheduled start against the Rays last week got rained out. Brandon Morrow will give it a go for Toronto.

Romero debuts in SWB loss
Mailbag: Soriano, Garcia, Curtis, Cotham, Joseph
  • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    I fully expect the post headline to be something along the lines of “Jays pound Yank’s Colon”

  • Mike

    Jays massage Yank’s Colon

  • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    I would rather they run out Pena than Nunez. Rarely does a player’s defense negate their offense, but…

    • BigBlueAL

      Pena has been almost as bad defensively this season as Nunez, especially at 3B.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    And to think we almost had Meattray as our #5 starter out of ST.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      scary thought, right?

    • cnight_ithaca

      Two years ago…

  • Your mom

    So when are we trading for Felix?

    • Alex C.

      Felix does not want to pitch here. What part of that you dont get. I prefer Ubaldo even though Felix is the better pitcher.

      • Thomas Cassidy

        Hernandez would rather pitch here than for some bullshit team like Seattle. The Mariners won’t deal him, and he will cost too much.

        • The Big City of Dreams

          Hernandez would rather pitch here than for some bullshit team like Seattle.


          Didn’t he choose the Yankees over Seattle yrs ago

          • The Big City of Dreams

            ignore this

        • The Big City of Dreams

          Hernandez would rather pitch here than for some bullshit team like Seattle.


          Didn’t he choose Seattle over the Yankees yrs ago?

          • Andrew

            Yes sir.

        • Crime Dog

          It doesn’t matter where he wants to pitch, this is a ridiculous thought

  • Phife Dawg

    The Derby sure ruined Cano’s swing no?


  • Brooklyn Ed

    hurry back A-Rod & Chavez.

    • Oscar Gamble’s ‘Fro

      Why not Laird at third? Nunez has to go. It’s just too demoralizing for the pitcher and the team to have a guy out there who fields like a poor high school infielder. It’s almost like having a goalie in hockey who can’t save the puck. It brings everyone down.

      (Yeah, I realize they had a good spell with Nunez when Jeter was out, but it looks like the honeymoon is over and it’s just not ok to have a guy out there who legit can’t field.)

      • bonestock94

        He hasn’t been good in AAA, offensively or defensively. No reason to believe he’ll be better than Nunez in the majors.

        • Oscar Gamble’s ‘Fro

          Thanks. As bad as Nunez defensively? Wow. Would be nice if Chavez wasn’t made of glass.

          • bonestock94

            Seriously, he would be so handy right now.

  • MikeD

    Yuck. Glad I missed this game.

    If Colon is being tentative then he should be replaced by Nova or Noesi until he is fully recovered. Favoring his league could lead to an arm injury.

    Nunez? The Yankees survived all his errors at short because their offense was clicking. The strong performances by the rest of the team masked his shortcomings. They will not get away with this for six weeks. Nunez has to elevate his defense or he should not be starting. Period.

    • MikeD

      Favoring his *leg*. I have no idea where league come from!

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        “League” kind of sounds like “leg”…when you’re drunk.

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist_7 Carlosologist

    Tonight was just a rather horrible depantsing. Hopefully Morrow doesn’t bring his best stuff tomorrow. It’s just a bad game, happens to the best teams.

  • http://RAB Leo in Houston

    someone will be called up tomorrow. Bullpen pitched 7.3 innings and Fred-One goes tomorrow…what if he blows up in the 1st, who pitches the next 8 innings….they have to call up someone that can give them 3-5 innings.

    • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist_7 Carlosologist

      Colon to the DL, Phelps to the pen?

      • David, Jr.

        Colon to DL. A pitcher should be able to run to first base to cover. Get him right, however long it takes.


  • Your dad

    King Felix is coming to NY! Get it done, Cashman!

    • Your mom


      • Captian Cuckold

        Some where in this joke…there is a hint of cynicism.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Is it time to worry about Colon now?

    • bonestock94

      2 bad starts seems abrupt. Everyone’s looking for the regression but I’m not sure he’s becoming a pumpkin.

      Lingering injury is something that does worry me though.

    • ItsATarp

      Eduardo Nunez and 2 infield singles did not help him

      • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.


        A decent IF defense behind him and this start goes from comically bad to just mediocre, similar to his last one. It’s enough to warrant concern, but look at how he’s pitching – he still has the velo and he was getting squeezed by Angel friggin’ Hernandez.

    • David, Jr.

      It is. A major league pitcher should be able to run to first base to cover. The leg is not right.

  • mbonzo

    Stealing signs? Makes sense why the put Mitre out there then, he’d kill whoever stole anything of his.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7


    • Oscar Gamble’s ‘Fro


  • Rey22

    Bartolo Colowned

  • Craig

    Looks like Colon shit the bed. Hardy har har

  • Oscar Gamble’s ‘Fro

    “Colon Stinks Up The Joint”

    • radnom

      I’m not usually a huge fan of the Colon puns but this one made me really laugh for some reason.

  • Gonzo

    Looks like Yanks’ Colon needs more rest. Maybe some plain rice and boiled chicken?

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      What the Yankees’ Colon needs is fiber. Some whole grains should do the trick.

      • Oscar Gamble’s ‘Fro

        Amazing, we musta posted at the almost exact same time and both went with “do the trick.”

        Great minds . . . and so do ours.

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          Weird shit happens after 1:00 in the morning.

          • Oscar Gamble’s ‘Fro


            Just ask Whodini.

    • Oscar Gamble’s ‘Fro

      A cleanse might do the trick.

  • first time lawng time

    Well, I’m over it.

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

      Well said.

  • David, Jr.

    The game doesn’t mean a thing in the big picture, unless it is reflective of a collapsing Colon.

    Some happy GM’s this morning over their coffee: “Prices rising! Do you think they will go into the playoffs with AJ as #2 and Freddie #3? No!!”

    • CMP

      That would be really be the worst case scenario. Garcia needs to be out of the rotation and Burnett the 4th starter in the postseason.

      • David, Jr.

        Who would be #2 and #3?

        • CMP

          If they don’t trade for a starter which is what they really need to do, they have to hope that Colon and Hughes are pitching well come October.

          Garcia’s junk ball stuff isn’t gonna fly against good teams in the playoffs and I don’t think Burnett should be trusted to make more than 1 start per series as the number 4 starter.

          • David, Jr.

            You could be right, but that sure sounds shaky, resting on a hope for Colon and Hughes.

            It will be interesting to see what Hughes does in his starts before the deadline. To me, everything points to a blockbuster, not for an aging starter but for a prime young one like Ubaldo, where we partially gut the system as long as we view the deal as a win-win.

            • CMP

              The only 2 prospects that would really be painful to trade IMO are ManBan and Betances. To get Ubaldo, definitely at least one of them would have to be included you’d think.

              • David, Jr.

                It would two of Hughes, Betances and Banuelos, plus more.

                They are either going to do something like that, or what they view as an effective rental. Still waiting for who this “mystery pitcher” might be.

  • Rick in Boston

    I wouldn’t be shocked to see Colon miss his next start – it was clear he was worried about his hamstring popping again.

    I’m more concerned in the short term about Swisher. At what point do the Yankees put him on the DL? He hasn’t played since July 7, meaning that the Yankees could retroactively put him on the DL back to July 8 (right?), and have him back by next Saturday. I hate having a short bench, especially when it’s Pena/Cervelli/Golson.

    • LarryM.,Fl.

      Swisher played last night. Hit the ball solidly and made a nice running catch in RF.

      • Rick in Boston

        I must have blocked out everything after the first inning.

    • David, Jr.

      He looked fine last night, even making a fine catch. Did you watch a different game?

      • Rick in Boston

        No, I just tuned everything out after the second IF single.

  • hardwired

    Eduardo Nunez should consider enrolling in some Defense as a Second Language courses.

  • nunez sucks

    so… where is that “nunez fan” guy? havent seen him around lately!

  • Htrap

    Get Sergio Meatray of the Yankees! He blows and I have no idea why the guy can find a spot on a MLB roster!! In his Yankees career, Mitre is 3-6 with a 8.35 ERA!!! Honestly, the guy is a nut job and the only reason he’s on the Yankees is that Girardi loves him for some unknown reason. All the guy does is give up runs every appearance. When he came into the came, I immediately knew no comeback for the Yankees.

  • Joel

    Rarely to I turn off a Yankee game on either the tv or radio, but last night I didn’t make it out of the 1st inning. Colon was terrible and it sure looked like his was trying to protect that hamstring. Two horrible starts in a row. Put him back on the DL and bring up Nova.

    As for Nunez, I try and try to like the guy, keeping in mind that he’s a rookie, 1st taking the place of Jeter and now A-Rod. Both times he’s become a error making Machine. But he’s still better then Pena who just doesn’t belong in a Yankee’s uniform. It’s going to be a long 4-6 weeks unless Nunez gets hot with the bat, and settles down at 3rd base.

  • LarryM.,Fl.

    The Yankees have some issues as do all teams. If Nunez is a better player than Laird by Yankee higher ups evaluation then you stick him in the lineup day in and day out. You don’t become a better player picking your nose while sitting on the bench. Many moons ago I watched a young Craig Nettles against Boston make 5 errors in one game if I remember correctly. We all know about his career and ability to make the Yankees a better club. Nunez obviously has talent just needs to get comfortable with more playing time..

    The other day I gave my thoughts on our SR. As far as Colon and Garcia were concerned.I thought they were just waiting to breakdown physically especially Bartolo, age 38 and 265lbs. Last nights performance of athletic agility appeared to indicate an injury. If he pitches in 5 days without being able to run than I suspect most teams will place a few bunts to see if he’s really OK to pitch or field his position.

    I would not hesitate to use Nova or Noesi. These kids have the ability to pitch as well as Bartolo in the regular season. The seasoning will hopefully carryover to the playoffs and next year.

  • Stan the Man

    A lot was mentioned about Nunez’s gaffe in the 1st inning but the Yanks D all night was terrible. Gardner misplyed a ball into a double, Jeter couldn’t get to anything and then he did he threw to second to load the bases with Logan on the mound…very stupid play on his part. Cano couldn’t make a play that he usually makes on Snider’s infield single. All of those plays added up to extra base runners and that isn’t good when you have the bullpen pitching in the 1st inning.

  • Hester Prynne

    Colon needs to be sat down until at least August. Then hopefully he can become what he was to help us down the stretch. Nova can fill into until then.