M’s get no help from rain, Yanks hand Seattle 16th straight loss

Montero homers as Soriano's rehab likely comes to an end
The Cavalry Is Comin'

Felix Hernandez deserves better than this. Boy are these Mariners bad, like cover your eyes and hide the women and children bad. They had no business being on a big league field Monday night; the Yankees completely outplayed them in every facet of the game after the nearly two hour long rain delay. The result was a 10-3 win and Seattle’s 16th loss in a row. Yes, 16th.

Tex eyes.

An Unearned Rally

Umpires these days are pretty terrible, but there are few worse than Balkin’ Bob Davidson. He blew a call at first base in this game that didn’t directly lead to the loss for Seattle, but it certainly didn’t help. Russell Martin was on first base with one out after Adam Kennedy whiffed on his ground ball at third, then he broke for second on Andruw Jones‘ dinky little infield grounder. Justin Smoak fielded the ball and looked at second before turning around and flipping the ball to Jason Vargas as he covered first. Jones hustled and beat him to the bag by a fraction of a second, or at least Davidson thought so. The replays showed that Andruw was out, but instead the inning lived on.

Eduardo Nunez was the next batter and he singled, driving in Martin. Brett Gardner singled through the drawn-in infield one batter later to drive in Jones. Derek Jeter hit a ground ball to second but Dustin Ackley‘s throw home a) was offline, and b) hit the bat in front of the plate and deflected away from catcher Miguel Olivo. Nunez would have scored anyway, but it was still pretty funny. Curtis Granderson then drove a ball to center for a sac fly, plating Gardner. Mark Teixeira singled through the left side to drive in Jeter. Robinson Cano finally ended the madness with a ground ball, but the inning should have been over much sooner. Kennedy has to make the play on Martin’s ground ball, and the play at first was blown. Fallacy of the pre-determined outcome, yadda yadda yadda, but the game was essentially over after four unearned runs scored in the inning (five total).

Freddy Sez: Quick Outs

For all the complaining about the Yankees’ offense, watching the Mariners’ offense is an eye-opening experience. I didn’t know lineups got that bad. These guys hack at everything and refuse to work the count and chase bad pitches and will do so until the game is over. Ackley is the only guy on the team with a plan at the plate that is capable of executing it right now. There’s one big leaguer in the lineup. One.

Freddy Garcia was junk-balling them to death and the Mariners played right along; 22 (!!!) of the 31 batters he faced saw three pitches or less. He did allow eight hits in 7.2 IP but a lot of that came after the game was blown open and he started pitching to the score. Don’t laugh, Freddy threw a lot more fastballs and pounded the zone with the big lead in an effort to get quick outs, and it worked. I still don’t trust him against good offenses, but Garcia has already exceeded every possible expectation this year and keeps doing it every time out.

HOPE Week is always a great week.


That five-run fourth inning cemented the win, but the Yankees did start the inning with a 3-1 lead. Teixeira hit a two-run homer in the first inning, driving the ball into the second deck in left field after Granderson’s walk. You don’t see many balls hit there, it was quite a shot. Jeter also chipped in a homer, believe it or not, a solo shot the other way in the third. It was his fourth long ball of the season, and he now has many homers in the Bronx has he does in Texas. They tacked on another run in the sixth via a Gardner double and another Granderson sacrifice fly.

There was a lot of offense as you’d expect in a blowout win, so let’s recap … Jeter had two hits, the homer and a triple later in the game. Derek had 12 extra-base hits in 62 games before going on the disabled list, but he’s already got nine in his 17 games back. He’s hitting .324/.385/.521 since coming back. Maybe he isn’t dead yet after all. Grandy had a hit, a walk, and the two sac flies. Tex had a pair of hits including the homer. Nick Swisher singled and both Nunez and Gardner singled and doubled. Cano was the only one without a hit. For shame.

Jeter did his patented jump throw play in the second inning, but the replay showed that Kennedy was safe at first. Second time in two days the first base ump blew the call on the jump throw, but hey, I’m not complaining. Bob Davidson is just a terrible umpire.

Congrats to Steve Garrison for making his big league debut. He retired the last two batters of the game on a line out and a fly ball, which I’m sure felt good after seven years in the minors. Boone Logan also struck out the only two men he faced. The Yankees are 20 games over .500 for the first time all season.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the other stuff, and ESPN the updated standings.

Up Next

Hopefully it won’t rain Tuesday night for game two of the series, when Doug Fister gets the ball against CC Sabathia. RAB Tickets can get you to the Stadium if you’re interested in going.

Montero homers as Soriano's rehab likely comes to an end
The Cavalry Is Comin'
  • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    What surprised me was how many people, especially the beat writers, actually got bent out of shape that Girardi made a pitching change in the 9th to do a nice thing and get Garrison in before he probably gets sent down.
    The Mariners already wasted how much of your life with that shitshow, whats another 5 minutes to make a change?

    • Phife Dawg
    • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

      Extremely unlikely, but there is a chance that move will be used as a rallying cry of disrespect and light a fire under the Mariners’ asses. Will be interesting to see if a Yankee gets plunked in the first inning tomorrow. I’ll take the baserunner.

      • Sayid J.

        Get plunked? For bringing in a rookie to make his major league debut in a blowout? Light a fire under their asses?

        No, no, and no. Dumb.

        • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

          Girardi brought in two pitchers for four outs very late with an already rain-delayed game completely out of hand. I guess that’s less surprising than you spelling “dumb” correctly, given that you’re apparently unable to comprehend the meaning of “extremely unlikely.” Dictionary.com is your friend.

          • V

            You’re batshit insane. Please get help.

            • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

              Not just garden-variety insane, but batshit? Blushing. Really, I am. As for help, are you offering, son? Qualifications please.

            • Jim S

              At least he admitted it was extremely unlikely.

      • Riddering

        You dishonor the afro.

        • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

          That’s harsh, Riddering.

    • forensic

      The only thing I don’t understand is why he didn’t just bring him in to start the inning. Was it so important that Logan face a second guy?

      • jsbrendog

        it was a lefty. the binder said so.

        plus, ina blowout, you let booned face him to see if he can get lefties out, something he has had trouble with this year. let him figure it out and test him in a low leverage situation. then let the kid make his mlb debut. i like it and think it is smart

        • James

          Agreed, I really didn’t think either of the changes was a big deal. You want Logan to face lefties in low-pressure situations to build confidence and you want to get Garrison into a MLB game before he’s shipped back down tomorrow to make room for Soriano. It seems like you guys are just picking nits at this point.

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist_7 Carlosologist

    The Mariners’ losing streak is now at that time where it can take its girlfriend behind the middle school to knock her up.

    Sucks that Felix has to be on such a bad team. Maybe he’ll find his way to New York in a year or two. /continues dreamming

  • Felix Hernandez

    Boy oh boy, I’d love to be on a team that can win a few games…

    • Jon

      your 5.14 ERA over the past 3 starts hasnt been helping anyone

      • Felix Hernandez

        My bullpen has been allowing inherited runners to score. If only I was on the team with the best fireman in baseball…

  • Dela G

    Boy, I really think cc can throw a no hitter against this team…

  • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

    Didn’t Davidson also blow the call on Jeter’s clearly late jump throw?

    Separately, it’s pretty amazing that the Mariners started last year with Cliff Lee, Felix Hernandez and so much hope and now they are so ridiculously bad. At the beginning of last year, with those two in the rotation, if someone told you the Mariners would lose 16 games in a row sometime in the next two seasons you would have said they were batshit insane.

    Is it ok to leave Jorge on the bench for the rest of the season? He not only sucks, but he seems to put a negative pall over evertyhing. A walking black cloud. A guy who kicks puppies. A modern day Eddie Mush. Enough already.

    • Jon

      posadas sucking is making me forget all the great things he has done for the yankees

    • George Washington

      Give me Montero, or give me death!

    • Mike

      Yep. Jeter has been getting that call on reputation lately. There was a similar play in the Oakland series where he made the jump throw and the runner was magically out. Wasn’t even close, just like last night.

  • Rich in NJ

    It’s great to see Jeter show a little pop.

  • Mark D.

    Does anybody have a recent scouting report on Brett Marshall? He seems like an intriguing prospect that has frontline rotation stuff with a high groundball rate. He reminds of a Trevor Cahill the way he pitches.

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

    I feel bad for Chris Chambliss. Being the hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners is probably as much fun as ripping your hair out.

  • Andrew Brotherton

    Honestly I know we are beating the drum again, and I know it will never happen but why oh why knowing how bad they are the Mariners aren’t trading Felix. Seriously Montero, Betances, Laird, Nova, Nunez, Joseph. The Yankees would back the truck up.

    • Zack

      Six prospects is way too much for any player.

      • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

        If those were the six prospects the Yankees would trade to get Felix, I’d carry them to Seattle on my back myself.

    • David, Jr.

      Except not Nuney.

      • jsbrendog

        if you let eduardo nunez get in the way ofgetting king felix (which will never happen) you deserve to be fired.

        • David, Jr.

          Agree. Would do it, just like Nuney. With he and Gardy on the field, we have serious speed.

          • jsbrendog

            speed means nothing if you can’t throw the ball to first and/or hit. the hitting isn’t as important now as we are seeing a shift back to the all glove no hit ss. fielding is the new thing it seems. plus, pitching wins. you can get another guy who can catch and throw to 1b (maybe not hit as well) but you cant find another guy with ace caliber stuff as easily

      • I Don’t Believe What I Just Saw

        are you trolling or are you just really dumb? you wouldn’t trade nunez in a package for hernandez? jesus f’ing christ.

        • David, Jr.

          None of that. Not dumb. Not trolling. Major Yankee fan who is here all of the time. Just happen to like Nuney.

          • Jim S

            Just happen to like Nuney at an irrational level.

            • David, Jr.

              Not at all. Just enjoy watching him develop and what he has brought to the team, and believe that he has shown that will be an above average MLB infielder.

              This is lots of nothing over what was a stupid hypothetical to begin with.

              • I Don’t Believe What I Just Saw

                no evidence whatsoever for him being an above-average anything; and it’s almost the definition of irrational when you don’t want to give up very little to get a lot.

          • I Don’t Believe What I Just Saw

            there’s liking a player and then there’s being a complete idiot. you wouldn’t trade a backup 3B/SS with horrible defense and no notable offensive talent for one of the best pitchers in baseball? there’s nothing that’s not dumb about that.

  • Dino Velvet

    it’s 1:22 AM and the Red Sox go to the 13th, tied 1-1.

  • Dino Velvet

    Red Sox attempt the squeeze play, but Scutaro missed the sign and the runner got hung up. Then Scutaro hits a double but over ran the bag and got tagged out.


    • Kiko Jones

      Red Sox lose in the 14th!

  • http://twitter.com/aviatkin Avi Atkin

    Will the Melkman deliver for the Royals and drive in Alex Gordon? Hopefully XD

  • Gumbs Gum

    Cliff Lee-Difference Maker

    Lee= 9-6
    Sweaty Freddy=9-7

    Difference=$130 million

    • Bombers

      Lee lost today he’s 9-7.

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

      Yeah … it doesn’t work like that.

      • Gumbs Gum

        Perhaps not in the long run, but lets enjoy it today.

        • Kiko Jones


          Also to say that Cliff Lee and Freddy Garcia would have the same record (9-7) and similar ERA (3.05 vs 3.23) in late July would’ve gotten you smacked upside the head early in the season.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    The Mariners are soooo so so soooobad

  • Dino Velvet

    Q. Varitek: Great catcher or Greatest catcher?

  • http://www.twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    thank u kc! finish them!

  • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

    Red Sox down 3-1 in bottom of 14th. Crawford strikes out to lead of the inning leaving him a smooth 0-for-6 w/ 4Ks. Some ex-Duke annoying as fuck basketball player just hit a ground rule double. C’mon Royals, get it done.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Crawford has been a total fucking grease fire this year.

      • Karl Krawfid


    • YankeesJunkie

      I took a look at the numbers to insult Crawford, and after I looked at his previous years I found someone comparable to him…Brett Gardner. In terms of offensive and defensive production they bring to LF they are nearly identical outside of Crawford’s career year in 2010. That led me to thinking that they should sign Gardner to a 5 year extension that covers his 3 arbitration years plus 2 additional years of free agency (possibly team options). While the Yankees and Yankees fans say they can pay market price, why should they when they can get a great deal. If the Yankees were to to give Gardner say a 5/35 structured 3/5/7/9/11 he would only need to be a measley 2 WAR player to justify that contract. Considering that Gardner could could easily put up 4 WAR with a combination of elite defense and average offense the Yankees could reap the savings of signing Gardner yet. However, why would Gardner would Gardner sign this contract? Well, Cano signed a 5 year/30 million contract after a great 2007 campaign and while Gardner is not Cano it is also fair to say that how Gardner racks up his value is very unvalued and it would not be surprising to see Gardner want to secure his financial livelihood at the age of 28.
      If Gardner were to make to FA with how he has continued to play for the next three years and the trend to towards stats it would not be out of the realm that Gardner would be a 100 million dollar player when at that point it would be better to let him. If the Yanks can get Gardner on a contract after this year it would most likely maximize both his time and value with the Yankees.

      • jsbrendog

        brett gardner will be 31 when his arb yrs are up. he will be peaking and startying to hit the decline. will his speed hold up? cause if it doesnt then that is the biggest p[art of his game and he is no longer worth it. if he were 24-26 sure do it. but at this point maybe buy out his arb years with a player option or two for his FA yrs but no way do you guarantee him anything for his non arb yrs

  • Dino Velvet

    It’s 2 AM and Red Sox lose in 14 to Royals 3-1.

  • Dino Velvet

    kill them all, K.C.

  • johnnybk

    I think we owe ichiro the benefit of the doubt on whether he’s a capable major league ballplayer. So two big leaguers in that lineup.

    • Sayid J.

      Yea I was going to say the same…

  • Will

    Here’s a little thought experiment: given what Garcia has done so far, can we retrospectively say he was right to be offended when Girardi pulled him in the 2nd after allowing 4 runs to Boston? Not saying I think he’s an ideal matchup against them (he relies on batters chasing pitches far too much for a patient lineup), but if you think about, everything else he’s done this year suggests he actually might have figured out a way to go 6 innings and keep the Yankees in that game.

    • Sayid J.

      Sure, he’s welcome to be mad, but that doesn’t make Girardi wrong either.

    • jsbrendog


  • Rick

    Good luck to Ben today, though if he’s reading this right now he probably needs to get focused.

  • Monteroisdinero

    And one other note on the game review: Although I didn’t watch the last two innings…

    Eduardo Nunez played a flawless 3B.

    • David, Jr.

      He is a good player. Has done great for a rookie thrown into this at two positions.

    • Jim S

      The fact that you have to point that out is not re-assuring. It should be the norm, not the minority.

      • Monteroisdinero

        The fact that I point it out is to give credit where credit is due. 3B is not his normal position and it just may be that more experience and confidence will lead to better performance. The guy also has been getting into hitter’s counts and getting walks-something his “free swinging critics” like to point out as another weakness. He brings alot to the lineup and I really like what he has given and what he may provide in the future with even more playing time. I like Chavez too and he is a better fielder but there will be no speed at the plate or on the bases with him. I have doubts as to him staying healthy-yet another reason to enjoy the Noonie-factor.

        Watching that Montero HR shows you how he can pull a fb with authority. Another few inches away and he would have hit it over the CF fence and then RF fence etc.

        Power to ALL fields.

        • David, Jr.

          Has he ever played second base? I assume he would be there if needed.

          • Monteroisdinero

            Yes he has.

        • jsbrendog

          nunez is a natural ss. it is the worst position he has played this year. he has been awful there. so your 3b is not his normal position so good job argument is completely lacking any merrit

        • Jim S

          What? Where did I say anything about Montero or power to all fields? I want him up here just as much as you do, but I have patience.

          And I like what nunez has brought to the table. But some people act as though he’s the 2nd damn coming of Christ, which he isn’t. He’s a serviceable utility infielder who can hit a little and has speed.

          Also I said nothing about hitting. Nothing. You just got way defensive really quickly.

          • Monteroisdinero

            The Montero comment was spaced below and was not related to your comment about Nunez-sorry for the misunderstanding.

    • first time lawng time

      He made a sparkling play at third. It was a diving catch. I think it was in the 8th or 9th inning so you might have missed it. You would have liked it.

  • Bronx Byte

    Not expecting Cashman to do anything major by SundaY at 4:00 PM.
    Need Montero called up to replace Cervelli. Get another LH to help Logan with mix / match situations against LH hitters.
    Chavez and Soriano due back this week. Alex back by mid August.
    Sit Posada except for PH appearances when a game is out of reach.

  • first time lawng time

    I had a dream last night that the Yankees were playing Boston and Garcia gave up like 7 runs INS the first 3 innings and everyone on RAB was freaking out. I’m pretty sure the Yankees went on to lose; they always lose in my dreams.

    • Rich in NJ

      Go back to sleep and start over.

    • CS Yankee

      Don’t sleep until after the WS and then hibernate like a bear.

  • CS Yankee

    I missed Jeter’s Trip’…seems to me that his bat usually fades as the game grows older and I thought he would be lifted in the blowout.

    He was perhaps wise to skip the ASG, and refuel himself. It would be great to get back to a year or two of old Jete.

    You don’t know what you got til its gone.

    • jsbrendog

      in all fairness to everyone involved:

      it was a solidly struck ball and well hit and was a definite double

      it only became a triple cause ichiro botched the carem off the wall

  • Cris Pengiuci

    Jeter also chipped in a homer, believe it or not

    And why wouldn’t we believe it? He’s a major league player, yes, on the down side of his career, but still, major league players, even those not know for their power can hit homers. It takes the right kind of contact and a hitter of Jeter’s skill (even the level he’s at now) can make that kind of contact from time to time. In all likelyhood, he’ll never approach 20 HR’s in a season again, but 5-10 is not out of the realm of possibility (and definitely shouldn’t be!). As you pointed out, he’s hitting quite well after coming off the DL. It appeats the time off did him some good. Now, let’s just hope he can maintain strong stats the remainder of the season! If he can have a .275-.280/.360-.365/(I’ll take whatever he can get here), I’d be happy. He won’t earn what he’s being paid, but he’d still be useful.

    • jsbrendog

      because when you hit game 100 and a guy has only 3 hr, 2 of which came in the same game, you don’t expect him to hit one so when he does you go, oh no way. jesus.

      • Cris Pengiuci

        Sorry, I disagree. As a professional with MANY years of experience, even if he had 1 HR to date, if he hits his second HR in the last game of the season, it wouldn’t come as a major surprise. I expect to see at least 2 more from him this season :-)

  • Hester Prynne

    Posada is a great Yankee. You guys think you’re so much above the casual fan but you do the same things. Everyone buried Posada then he had a hot streak. Everyone buried Jeter but now he’s back. Posada will come up big when it matters, just like he always has.

    • Jim S

      Meh. I’ve been a Posada/Jeter defender(more because of the insane bashing they’ve taken than because of how awesome they are), but even I can’t hold out too much hope. People can’t stay young and productive forever; I’m thinking his time is almost up.

      That being said, sure he might have a few big moments left in his bat. But he really shouldn’t be starting at this stage in his career.