Huuuuughes and Rauuuuul bury Mariners

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At this point last week, the Yankees were in turmoil following Mariano Rivera‘s injury and four losses in five game. Now? Everything’s looking pretty great as they beat the Mariners for the second straight day on Saturday, their fifth win in the last six days. Let’s recap…

  • BABIPhil: Phil Hughes is a fly ball pitcher, and fly ball pitchers give up homeruns but fewer hits in general. Hughes surrendered one homer on Saturday — a moonshot by Mike Carp — but just five other hits (all singles) in 7.2 IP. He struck out four and recorded 13 of his other 19 outs on fly balls, walking just one. Fly balls can be problematic at Yankee Stadium, but they also help keep runners off base and that’s exactly what Hughes did in his second straight strong start. He’s gotten progressively in each of his last three starts, so let’s hope this little run continues.
  • Two Outs: Hector Noesi retired five of the first six Yankees he faced with relative ease and appeared poised to strand Mark Teixeira at second base in the second, but he just couldn’t get that final out of the inning. Raul Ibanez doubled to score Tex, Russell Martin doubled to score Ibanez, and Jayson Nix homered (a Yankee Stadium cheapie, for sure) to drive in Martin and himself. Two outs, three extra-base hits, four runs. It was all the Yankees would need on the afternoon, really.
  • Rauuul: Because the RBI double wasn’t enough, Ibanez tacked on a solo homer in the fourth inning, a legit blast that landed in Monument Park about 420 feet from home plate. It was his second homer in as many days and fourth in five games. Raul’s become the 2012 version of 2010 Marcus Thames, hitting big homers and driving in a ton of runs despite the lowest of expectations. Go him.
  • Relief: Boone Logan picked up the save, becoming the four different Yankee to record the team’s last four saves. All four of his outs came via the strikeout, but I have to think he’ll get tomorrow off given his recent workload. Logan nearly gave up Carp’s second homer, but it hit off the very top of the wall and replays confirmed it stayed in the park. Either way, Boone’s been absolutely money lately.
  • Leftovers: Derek Jeter had two hits and Robinson Cano extended his hit streak to ten games … Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez each went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, the eyesores in an otherwise strong offensive day … the Yankees didn’t draw a single walk, continuing a recent trend of impatience at the plate. I think part of that has to do with the recent competition, including Jamie Shields, David Price, and Felix Hernandez.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the nerd score, and ESPN the updated standings. The Yankees will look to complete the sweep tomorrow when Andy Pettitte (!) makes his triumphant return to the team. That will be a blast, but alas I will be unable to watch. Blame Mother’s Day. That game starts at 1pm ET, and Seattle is sending Kevin Millwood to the mound. If you hurry, RAB Tickets can help get you in the door.

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Gumbs leads the way in Charleston blowout win
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  • dannyc

    Great win by phil today. I really hope he continues this trend. Phelps can now be the long guy in the pen and be ready in case someone goes down.

    • AC

      If Phelps is long guy where’s Garcia ? I like Phelps more for 7th the bridge to Soriano / Robertson.

  • forensic

    Hopefully not jinxing it, but thank you to the Mariners for starting Millwood instead of Beavan. Rather than a guy they’ve never seen before they get to face the terrible Millwood against whom 5 guys (Ibanez, Swisher, A-Rod, Cano, and Tex) who will definitely be playing tomorrow have over a 1.000 OPS against (all with 29 or more PA too). There’s also Jones with 19 PA and OPS well over 1.000 and Jeter hitting .300 without quite the same OPS.

    They should really have quite a lineup tomorrow with history against him, so hopefully not much of a feeling out process because I’m concerned they’re going to need some runs.

  • forensic

    Before today, did A-Rod have the quietest .400 OBP (just about) ever, or what?

    It’s sad how seemingly unappreciated he his by many of his own teams fans, even at this stage in his career.

    • Brian S.

      Indeed. It’s tough to fulfill the expectations of a 30 million dollar salary but he’s still in the top 5 or 6 in wRC+ and WAR at third base. As long as he stays near the top at his position I will be very satisfied.

      • Sayid J.

        You don’t pay somebody $30 million per year to be in the top 5-6 players at a position. You pay somebody that kind of money to put up all-time great seasons. You pay somebody that kind of money to, at the very least, be one of the best in the game. ARod is no longer either of those, and his contract is an albatross that will hold the Yankees back for several years.

        • DT

          at least he ain’t no Pujols

        • forensic

          The contract sucks, but all contracts of that sort are going to suck at some level. At least they’re still getting very good production from him, which is more than can be said for the other corner IF on the team, and many other guys on other teams with enormous contracts holding them back as much as, or more, than A-Rod is to the Yankees.

          • V

            Meh, this contract sucks more because of just HOW bad it is, and how bad it was the moment it was signed. Other than Zito, I can’t think of another contract that I thought was this bad the instant it was signed.

            • Havok9120

              Its true. But for the franchise and the owners….that thing will pay off if he just passes Ruth. If he manages to his ~25/year from here on out and passes Bonds, that thing will be money in the bank.

            • Bubba

              Soriano (both of them) says hi

        • Brian S.

          He’s not worth his salary but at least he still contributes to the teams’ success. Can’t say the same for Teixeira.

    • cr1

      I think his contributions are appreciated, but that they do not live up to the ‘greatest ever’ hype that accompanied his arrival, and which has been underlined ever since by his contract.

      The PED revelations didn’t help his appreciation level, and when he began to deteriorate physically he was blamed by some for bringing it on himself.

      And finally, many people just found his personality hard to appreciate.

      In spite of all this his contributions to the team continue to be recognized and, it seems to me, appreciated in just proportion to what he is –not the greatest ever, not a hero, but still a player well worth having on the team.

      • forensic

        But when he did get to NY with that hype he did live up to it with some insane seasons. It’s just unrealistic, and unfair, to expect that kind of production to continue into a players upper-30’s throughout his entire career until he hangs up the jersey.

        The PED stuff is to each their own I guess.

        I never really got the personality stuff, unless you believe everything that the media writes and pick and choose who you like and how you feel about a player based on who they like and how they feel about a player.

        • jjyank

          I agree. The Yankees got two MVP years out of A-Rod and several others of that caliber. It’s really not fair to A-Rod to expect MVP years in his late 30’s. I don’t care what his contract is, it’s dumb to assume that he should be earning that $30 mil every year despite his age. If you want to blame someone, blame the Steinbrenners. It’s not A-Rod’s fault for accepting that contract.

          And I actually really like A-Rod’s personality. He comes across to me as very baseball smart and very helpful to his teammates. He spends time after hours running situational hitting drills with teammates, he hosts workouts over the offseason with them, etc. I really never got the A-Rod hate.

          • boogie down

            I think it’s the aloof nature that he has. I agree with everything you said about him and feel the same way, but it’s almost as though his stilted public personality turns people off to him. To me, that’s harsh on the media and fans’ parts since it’s a flaw that affects no one and doesn’t prove A-Rod to be a bad person. As for some of his transgressions (adultery, steroid use), it’s not as if many, many other professional athletes haven’t engaged in similar conduct, so a lot of the hate directed toward him is done so with a touch of hypocrisy.

  • flamingo

    Today in NY sports = awesome.

    And the Huuuuughes thing reminds me of the Cruuuuuz cheers, and that’s also awesome.

    • forensic

      I’ve really been enjoying the Rangers in the playoffs so far. Somewhat frustrating style of play for amateurs like me, but overall not too bad. I’m very glad NBC has put every game on nationally since it’s nearly impossible to find a game during the regular season (outside of the market).

      I just wish the playoffs wouldn’t take so damn long. Do they really need a day (or even two) off in between EVERY game? It’s going to be 110 degrees here and they’ll still be playing hockey. It’s insane.

      • flamingo

        Yeah – I don’t follow hockey much, but I’m pretty surprised it’s still going in May!

  • forensic

    I missed who it was (I assume maybe a new writer for the Daily News?), but whoever John and Suzyn were talking to in the 5th inning said the Yankees losing Rivera is the worst injury any team in baseball could have.

    That’s one of the most absurd things I’ve ever heard.

    • boogie down

      I remember hearing the same thing and, I agree, it’s quite absurd. Obviously, the injury is handicapping from a baseball perspective and was devastating from a “fair/unfair” perspective prior to Mo’s vow to return in ’13. That said, this is right along the lines of Paul O’Neill (I believe) saying he’d start a franchise with Mo, not Jeter, or any other highly impactful position player.

    • Sarah

      I heard that too. What a ridiculous statement. Of course Mo will be missed. But it is nowhere near as end of the world as he said.

    • Pat D

      I think everybody is blowing the injury out of proportion because he’s Mariano Rivera. He’s the greatest closer of all time. He’s been doing the job for 15 years. Etc., etc., etc.

      Everyone who says something like this is playing armchair psychologist and thinking that it will have a huge mental impact on the team. Like, whereas before, if they have a lead in the 9th the attitude of the team would be, “OK, the game is over.” But now, since it isn’t Mo, their attitude must surely be, “Well, the game should be over now.”

      Somehow this will cost the team wins, I guess.

      • forensic

        Yup, it’s like when Robertson blew the save the other day the media freaks out like it’s the end of the world and his career, while completely ignoring the fact that Rivera blew a save against the same exact team one month earlier.

        • Pat D

          That’s a bingo!

    • Brian S.

      Indeed. Off the top of my head, the Dodgers losing Kemp would probably be the biggest blow any team could feel. He probably means more to his team than any player in baseball.

    • CP

      My favorite part about the coverage of Mo’s injury is that the same people talking about how you never had to worry about Mo and that’s what made him special were also questioning whether Mo was done after Having a bad game on opening day.

  • Kevin

    Yes,Mo is the greatest closer of all time and come playoff time,we will miss him.
    But if we had a healthy Mo but no CC or Jeter or Cano,you could kiss our chances of the playoffs goodbye.

    • Havok9120

      Jeter or Cano we could struggle on without. Our offense really is that good.

      CC? CC is the absolute key.

      • jjyank

        Agreed. Losing CC would be the biggest blow the team could have.

  • pistol pete

    At this point in his career even Mo is easier to replace than Cano, Jeter, CC, or even Arod. The Yanks will make the playoffs if the rest of the team does what they are capable of. It will end up a two team race with the Yanks and Tampa who has as many faults and less money to fix them with than the Yankees.

  • Raza

    Sabathia is easily the most indispensable player on the Yankees roster.

    • Brian S.

      Without a doubt. He has been the only thing holding this team together since 2010.

      • Cris Pengiucci

        Not entirely sure I agree. He’s clearly the best, most consistent pitcher on the team, but he’s out there 1 out of every 5 games. I think missing a key starter (Jeter, Cano, etc.) could be worse. It all depends on how the other pitchers do the remainder of the season. If Kuroda is consistent, Nova pitches like last year, Hughes, pitches like the last couple of games and Pettitte battles to be a steady #4, they might survive without CC. I think it would take more to replace a top regular that was lost for the season.

        I hope to never find out if any of has an incorrect opinion on this!

  • Havok9120

    This is the first game of the season that I completely missed. I don’t think I’ve ever made it this deep into a season before that happened.

    I’m sooooo glad we won. Now I don’t have to be superstitious about my presence influencing the outcome of the game.

    • forensic

      DVR!!! I don’t know how I survived before it.

      • Havok9120

        Out of market. Waaaaaay out of market and without any sort of baseball TV package. :(

        • forensic

          Yeah, I know. Sucks. Sorry, just enjoying it because I’m still watching today’s game right now…

          • Havok9120

            You bastard.

  • Kiko Jones

    Not trying to be the grammar/typo police here but jeez…how ’bout a once over before posting?

  • Now Batting

    Cano’s streak will reach 50…calling it!

  • Jon Kanrowitz

    How do you take Raul out of the line-up when Brett returns? ARod and Jete DH only against lefties?

  • JohnC

    told ya Montero sucks!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • m1kew

    I realize Montero:
    1) is a rookie whose home park is not a hitters park;
    2) hits in a weak batting order;
    which could possibly mean that if he were a Yankee his numbers would be better.

    But has anyone noticed that the combination of Chavez, Jones and Ibanez have put up similar, if not better, numbers while contributing more on defense (Chavez is a plus defender, Jones is neutral and Ibanez is a minus while an injury to Olivo has forced the Mariners to catch Montero which has to speak to the Mariners concern about his defensive abilities).

    Plus it is highly likely that if Montero remained a Yankee his DH at bats would mean less DH at bats for Jeter, Rodriguez and others.

    Yes, the future is bright for Montero and losing him to a trade that looks bad right now but with 20% of the season completed a case can be made that the Yankees are not missing this potential ROY.

    My own thought is that it is easier to replace a bat than it is to replace an arm (assuming the outlook for both are somewhat comparable).

    • Havok9120

      Most of the people with whom you’d be arguing with are not here this weekend, or at least they’ve abandoned the argument for now.

      Don’t worry though, many of them will return to their usual ways in today’s Game Thread if Montero has a huge day.