Lead gets away from Sabathia, Yanks lose again

Injury Updates: Gardner, Robertson, Jeter
Fan Confidence Poll: May 21st, 2012

Source: FanGraphs

The Yankees just plain old suck right now. There’s really no other way to put it and there’s no sense in sugar-coating it. They suck and it’s rather annoying to walk. I suppose it’s a good thing they’re headed to the West Coast in a few days so most of the fanbase will be asleep while they’re busy sucking on Pacific Standard Time. Let’s recap…

  • Better Than Johnny: The Yankees are struggling so much offensively that their only hope for scoring multiple runs is getting guys on base in front of Raul Ibanez and hoping he runs into one. Kinda like the 2008 Mariners. Ibanez hit a mammoth two-run homer in the sixth to give his team a two-run lead on Sunday afternoon, his latest timely hit in a season full of them.
  • Better Than This: After six really strong innings to open the game, CC Sabathia let things get away in the seventh. Ryan “65 OPS+” Ludwick homered on the first pitch of the inning, then Ryan Hanigan homered in an 0-2 count a few batters later to tie the game. Things really fell apart after that, and CC eventually walked Brandon Phillips with the bases loaded to give the Reds the lead. It was his third consecutive walk and frankly he should have been out of the game after walking Joey Votto one batter earlier. Sabathia had walked two straight to load the bases and was over 100 pitches on the afternoon and over 30 in the inning. Still, a two-run lead with your ace on the mound in the seventh? The lead should last more than two outs.
  • Insurance Runs: A one-run deficit isn’t the end of the world, but it became a three-run deficit when Rafael Soriano allowed a bullet into the corner by that Ludwick guy with two men on in the ninth. Dewayne Wise made a valiant diving attempt but came up empty. Boone Logan allowed the two baserunners on a legit single and an infield single that probably should have been an error — it was hard-hit but a big league shortstop should make that play. Wise’s diving attempt will have people pining for Brett Gardner, but how about not letting Ryan freakin’ Ludwick hit two balls hard in the span of two at-bats? He’s terrible.
  • Leftovers: The homer to Hanigan was the first 0-2 homer Sabathia has allowed since 2007 and the bases loaded walk was his first since 2010 … it looked like Alex Rodriguez hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth, but the wind knocked the ball down* and it was caught at the track … A-Rod went 0-for-4 and saw a total of six pitches … Robinson Cano, Ibanez, and Chris Stewart each had two hits while Curtis Granderson and Eric Chavez had one … Grandy and Cano had the two walks.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the nerd score, and ESPN the updated the standing. The Royals are coming to town for a three-game series, and I look forward to watching the Yankees make Felipe Paulino look like a Cy Young contender on Monday night. Hiroki Kuroda gets the ball for the good guys.

* A-Rod’s not hitting for power these days anyway, but it was windy as hell at the park and that sucker looked long gone off bat.

Injury Updates: Gardner, Robertson, Jeter
Fan Confidence Poll: May 21st, 2012
  • Jesse

    ” … I look forward to watching the Yankees make Felipe Paulino look like a Cy Young contender AGAIN on Monday night.”

    FTFY. Last time they saw him (May 5) he threw 6 shutout innings while allowing just 4 hits and striking out 6 back in KC.

  • Lazerri Scooter

    anyone else ever get tired of pitchers throwing the High Fastball, when ahead in the count, to get a batter out?

    Personally, I have always hated this strategy because if you miss just a bit down- it is an elevated fastball right on a tee. Wouldn’t it make more sense to try to locate on the outside corner or throw it sinking in the strike zone?

    Someone as talented as CC, with his slider & changeup, could easily get a hitter the low-caliber of Ryan Hanigan to chase. Obviously, it’s easy to post my opinion after the events occur. But I have never understood the risk and reward of the high fastball when the pitcher has all the power in an 0-2 count.

    /preaching & pondering’d

    p.s. Shame on the YES Network for the camera angle on the A-Rod flyball in the 8th inning. Be professional & try not mirroring that jackass Kay incompetent approach.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I wanted to throw something at the screen. I thought that was gone for sure, theeeeeeen the camera quickly moved down around 1,000 feet.

      • forensic

        I don’t see why everyone is blaming them though. Everybody in the world thought it was gone, including A-Rod who did his bat toss and dugout look.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Probably so. Still wanted to throw something at the screen. I was waiting for that to hit the bleachers and, then….

          • forensic

            Oh, I was pissed too, thought it was certainly gone. I guess it wasn’t so much directed at you as it was Lazzeri and others who’ve criticized them and Kay like it was a guaranteed out that they screwed up.

      • Strat

        I thought it was gone for sure. I John Sterling’d myself on that one.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Watched the game. It was hard to watch when CC gave up bombs to guys who had no business hitting them off him, then giving up those walks. Things were cruising so well until then.

    This team needs a good santero. There is some bad juju here that needs to be scrubbed away. We need to go in the bushes and kill some chickens. This is the only way I can explain that 7th inning tonight.

    • dalelama

      It is the Curse of Montero.

      • Monterowasnotdinero

        Does his name have to come up in every thread?

        Come on!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Uh, no.

  • Frigidevil

    That A-Rod line drive really would’ve been out on any other day, that wind was brutal up in the 400 sections.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    They really are almost unwatchable these days. There’s nothing worse than watching a team with a totally inept offense without even the ability to manufacture runs on the basepaths.

    • Monterowasnotdinero

      Who is watching?

      When Ibanez is your offense and CC can’t beat Baltimore and Cincy at home with a 2-0 lead…

      why bother?

      • Jim Is Bored

        Is this the new incarnation of Rainbow Connection? Goody.

      • jsbrendog

        you mean first place baltimore with the 4th ranked offense?

  • Kevin

    The worst part was the A-Rod line drive. Even mother nature is working against us.
    Worst part? If we lose tommorrow and the Sox win..we will be the ones in last place.

    • forensic

      The only thing keeping them out of last place, above .500, and in positive territory in run differential is that 9-0 comeback against the Red Sox.

      Think about that, without that impossible game they’d already be under .500 and in last…

      • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

        I really dislike this line of thinking. It’s not like that game didn’t count or anything. It was extremley flukey, but it happened. By that line of thinking, the Yankees should be 2 closer to the Rays because of 2 improbable 9th inning losses the Rays handed to them. It’s like people saying last year that the Red Sox were the best team in baseball if it weren’t for April and September.

        • forensic

          Of course it counts, but while your analysis is technically right, comparing a 9-0 comeback in the 6th inning to a 1 or 2 run comeback in the 9th inning which every team does (except the Yankees so far) is a bit of a stretch.

          That was an incredible day, I’m not taking it away from them, but as you said it’s incredibly flukey in the course of a ‘normal’ baseball season and it just adds a little different perspective.

          And about the Red Sox, people using the phrasing you used are wrong, you’re right. But people saying they were the best team in baseball from May-August is not wrong. They’re right. It doesn’t get them anything in the end, but it does add a litlte perspective.

    • Pat D

      Not really.

  • M&M Boys

    Bill Madden today wrote exactly what I’ve been thinking lately. This Yankee team looks a lot like the 1965 Yanks: the big names were still there, but age-related declining performances plus injuries spelled doom.

    “While Joe Girardi’s troops are clearly not playing up to their paychecks, it is probably too soon to suggest we could be witnessing a redux of 1965 here, when the core of the ’50s-’60s dynasty, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Roger Maris, Bobby Richardson, Clete Boyer et al, suddenly all got old at once and the team went into deep decline.”

    • forensic

      Fitting handle for your comment.

    • Pat D

      I think this was said once a few years ago when they had a slow start, too.

      It’s still too freaking early to throw out the 1965 comparisons. It also wasn’t that those guys just got old. They got old and hurt. Maris only played 46 games. Mantle, Elston Howard and Tony Kubek all missed anywhere from 40-50 games. Ford become about league average. Boyer wasn’t all that bad in ’65, but Bobby Richardson’s bat was terrible. He was always a little overrated because of the teams he played on, anyway (career .299 OBP, 77 OPS+; imagine if Mantle had someone hitting in front of him who got on base more often).

      The 1965 team always gets put the finger put on it because that’s when the dynasty ended, but they had a positive run differential that year. 1966-1967 were the rock bottom years, followed by the 1968-1975 wilderness years where the team couldn’t get much above .500 and had to go play in Shit, uh…Shea Stadium.

      • Kosmo

        more like 1959 or 1979 than 1965.

        • Pat D

          Very possible.

          • Kosmo

            1979 one will always remember Munson´s death but the team dealt with injuries, Gossage and Fiqueroa come to mind. Chambliss and Dent underperforming.
            1959 alot of injuries but still a great core and with the addition of Maris in 1960 they got back on track rather quickly.

  • forensic

    You know it’s getting dire for the offense when the Yanks are 12th in both runs and walks in May. In runs they’re only ahead of Seattle and Minnesota and in walks they’re only ahead of the Angels and Royals.


    • Jesse

      Scary stuff. Hope they turn it around, and quick.

    • Brian S.

      In the AL? That’s unbelievable. And while Gardner is good he isn’t going to fix this.

      • forensic

        Yeah, AL only. They’re 20th in runs and 24th in walks in the majors.

        It’s just hard sometimes to compare to them with the pitchers batting and all (though these days with the injuries and mandatory rest days that they have a pitcher or two in their lineup everyday too). The bottom 7 teams in runs this month are NL teams (including the team they just lost a series to this weekend, they’re also lower in walks despite CC seemingly walking everyone in the 7th today).

    • Kevin Winters

      Yea it’s scary that’s why when ppl post what I have below I just shake my head.

      Yankees AL Rank. Offense:

      Total Runs Scored: 5th
      Scoring 4 runs or more: Tied 2nd
      Scoring 5 runs or more: 1st
      Scoring 3 runs or less: 2nd

  • stuart a

    tex is only 30 or 31, he just stinks he is not old yet..

    the clutch hitting on this team is almost nonexistent besides Ibanez who has been a godsend. Tex has aq under 290 OBP that is horrible….

    the yanks cumultive catching offensive stats are pathetic….

    arod is bad, no other way to put it…..the Hanigan homer on a 0 to fastball inside for some god awful reason was stupid. throw the change outside and low and let him go fishing….

    • Knoxvillain

      A-Rod is 36, not 26. He’s not bad, he’s just older. He’s not going to be a .310/40/120 guy his entire career. He’s still a very good hitter, just 20-25 home run power now.

      • Brian S.

        His ISO is around .140. So while he still has excellent on-base skills his extra base power has evaporated. He is who he is at this point. Still a good third basemen, top ten at his position for sure. Unfortunately he makes 30 million this year, 29 next year, and 26 in 2014.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        And hope that it’s 20-25 HR power. I’m not even convinced of that right now.

        Whatever he is, we really have to hope it’s effective enough to stay in the lineup a few more years, or that he can make the adjustments in order to continue being a productive hitter, no matter the power numbers. I’d take a .280, 15 HR, 75 RBI type if that’s what he can consistently give.

  • Pat D

    It seems, and I am probably wrong on this, but it seems like they either do one of two things anymore: pitch well and not hit at all, or pitch mediocre to bad and not hit enough to compensate.

    I didn’t see today’s game until the bottom of the 7th, but I guess I’d have to classify it as the latter because CC had that terrible, completely uncharacteristic inning and the bullpen gave up two b.s. runs to put it out of reach.

    Guys, please wake up. I was looking forward to a summer of fun being able to see every game once I get laid off.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      We feel that way, at some point, every season. If anything, that makes me feel better, since I can point to at least once a season, every season, when I say, “when the bats get good, the pitching goes bad. when the pitching goes bad….”

  • Kramerica Industries

    At the 1/4 of the season, all I have to say about the Yankees is that they’re gonna need to do much better than they’ve done so far if they have any ambitions of reaching the playoffs, let alone doing something once they get there. The starting pitching has been pretty terrible, the offense has been feast or famine (over the past 20 games, it’s just been horrific; think Mariners-esque with the number of times they’ve scored two runs or less), and the bullpen has held up so far sans Mo and Robertson, but how much longer can it last? When will Robertson be back, and will he go back to being the fireman or will he be the closer and Soriano the massively overpaid set-up man? Last but not least, Mark Teixeira needs to get his head out of his ass. I will never expect him to hit like he did in 2009 ever again – that version of Mark Teixeira, who hit to all fields and had a .290 average, is long gone. I would take the 2010 version over the current hack, though. Right now, he’s almost undoubtedly up there with Vernon Wells for the most inefficient player, financially, in all of baseball. He is absolutely terrible.

    21-20 ain’t cutting any cheese. Keep playing like this and they’ll stay in 4th place for the duration of 2012. The only fortunate thing is the AL East is a relative mixed bag. Congrats to Baltimore for an outstanding start to the season, but color my skeptical of them continuing for the rest of the season. They started out great in 2005 as well, and fizzled out big time. Tampa Bay is starting to see the effects of the injury bug, as their home magic is starting to wear off (2-5 there since starting 13-1) and the inconsistent O of old is present. And Toronto is ridiculously inconsistent. Boston, on the other hand, has gotten their act together (8-2 in their last 10).

    It all starts with the next 1/4 of the season. Do better than 21-20 and we can start talking again about how far they can and possibly will go.

  • Jose M. Vazquez..

    Things must be bad when Arod hits a weak grounder to short, the other day and a run scores and he gets high fives as if he had hit a homer. This happened, I believe, in the first game of the Reds series.

    • Knoxvillain

      That would happen if Hamilton did that too. He did his job.

      • eephus_pitch

        No, he did Chris Stewart’s job there.
        A-Rod’s job is crushing line drives and homers.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    i love al, don’t get me wrong, but 6 goddamn pitches?

    also, not sure if this was talked about but why does YES (and pretty much every other network out there) do those stupid camera angles while a pitch is being thrown (like the cameran behind the plate)? That should never happen. stop trying to be creative/artistic and always show the same camera angle while pitching. i don’t know why/how this happens?

    • http://riveravenueblues,com marty l

      i grew up with yankees on tv via channel 11 in the late 50’s and still like the behind the plate camera. never warmed to the centerfield view. call me old school but…

  • BaltimoreYankee

    The weekly fan confidence survey is going to be bloody today.

  • TopChuckie

    I say do a Billy Martin, put the names in a hat and draw the batting order. They have nothing to lose and maybe it would lighten the mood and take off some of the pressure. Then if Tex bats 8th and does well you have a good excuse to leave him there. :)

  • Stevis

    This has been a very very long season so far…….Hello Yankees wake up , it’s not too late
    Where are the bats bats??? K-Long supposed to be the man..do something with Tex and A-Rod…maybe the bench to collect splinters.they sure as hell stink

    • eephus_pitch

      Because playing Nuñez and Jayson Nix will surely fix everything.

  • Alibaba

    Was the ump consistent with his strikes call? Sabathia looked quite pissed after the 7th.