Yanks can’t complete sweep, fall to Rays

Austin hurt in Charleston loss
Mailbag: Willingham, Soriano, Betances, CoJo

Source: FanGraphs

Two out of three against the division rival isn’t bad, but I think all of us wanted the Yankees to get a little greedy and finish off the sweep of the Rays with CC Sabathia on the mound Thursday night. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Let’s recap…

  • On The Ropes: The Yankees had David Price right where they wanted him in the fifth inning. The bases were loaded with one out, the middle of the order was due up, and his pitch count was approaching the century mark. Alex Rodriguez saw seven curveballs as part of an 11-pitch at-bat before striking out, then Robinson Cano grounded out to end the threat. Pretty much every time the Yankees lose, you can point to a hideous RISPFAIL situation like this. Then again, you can say that about any team losing just about any game ever.
  • Not Good Enough: Sabathia allowed five runs (three earned) in his seven innings of work, with the big blow being a two-run Drew Sutton double on a pretty good slider down in the zone. He hooked it into the left field corner and some bobbles by Jayson Nix and the relay man allowed the second run to score. It didn’t help that A-Rod threw a ball into the stands to start a rally in the third either. Sabathia did strike out a season-high 12 though, walking just one. Just wasn’t good enough.
  • Leftovers: Ugly night for Curtis Granderson, who struck out four times and grounded out to the pitcher in his five trips to the plate … Russell Martin‘s garbage time opposite field homer was their only extra-base hit, plus he’s now hitting .324/.432/.595 since the start of the Royals series before the West Coast trip … Cory Wade allowed a pair of extra-base hits and has been struggling of late, though he hasn’t worked all that much either … Clay Rapada walked Matt Joyce in the ninth and now has more walks (seven) than strikeouts (six) against left-handed batters … the defense was quite ugly in this one, the Yankees did themselves zero favors in the field … 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position brought them to 5-for-26 in the series, and this RISPFAIL nonsense is getting old fast.

I don’t think there’s much more you can say about this one. The Yankees have been playing well of late but it just wasn’t happening. Get back on the horse tomorrow. MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the nerd score, and ESPN the updated standings. The Subway Series starts on Friday night with Hiroki Kuroda giving it a go against Johan Santana, who is coming off his no-hitter. If you want to catch the game, check out RAB Tickets for some deals.

Austin hurt in Charleston loss
Mailbag: Willingham, Soriano, Betances, CoJo
  • RI$P FTW

    The True Ace kept them in the game.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      …..but when we beat Verlander the other day, that waaaaas?

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

        It was just an off day.

        • Robinson Tilapia


      • radnom

        I think CC is an ace.

        This is not a valid counter argument.

        • Havok9120

          It IS a valid counter-argument to the “not an ace” thing. To everything else, it is not.

        • Jim Is Bored

          RI$P has by this point assured everyone that he/she won’t be using logic to “prove” that CC is not an ace, so there’s no point using any to refute him/her.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Got caught up in the Heat game when it was about 5-1, Rays. Not a game you worry about in the least. CC Sabathia actually does not go undefeated every season, and any team that just got basically shut out the past two games is going to show some signs of life. That may be hard for some (or Greg) to swallow, but it’s sadly true.

    Onto serious stuff. It’s time to leave Johan Santana lying on a 7 train platform.

  • Brian S.

    Remember when people were like, “Sign Beltran and trade Swisher.” And then other people were like “No way brah! Swisher 4 lyfe!” And then Beltran was like “Hey Yankees, if you offer me 2-26 I’ll sign.” And the Yankees were like “No way brah!” Not only is Beltran a much better player than Swisher but having him for 13 mil next year and have his contract expire right in time for 2014 would have been awesome.

    • Brian S.

      Coming into today:
      Nick Swisher .250/.311/.462,.330 wOBA,105 wRC+,.279 BABIP, 10.25 mil

      Carlos Beltran .275/.367/.549,.391 wOBA,150 wRC+,.290 BABIP,13 mil

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Cherry pick much? That slugging % nicely hidden.

        • Steve

          Am I missing something? .250/.311/.462 vs. .275/.367/.549 is hiding the slugging percentage? What are those 462 and 549 numbers?

          • Brian S.

            I put in an algorithm so that all members that comment under the name Cuso can’t see the slugging percentage.

      • pat



        69 Games .255/.341/.427 with 7 HR

        150 games .288/.359/.511 with 29 HR.

        Can you tell me the Powerball numbers too?

        • Brian S.

          What does 2010 have to do with anything? Beltran’s 2011 was way better too.

          • pat

            You knew a 34 year old Carlos Beltran coming off basically a shitty, injury plagued third of a year was going to have a great 2011?

            • Brian S.

              It’s 2012. I’m not sure if you realized that.

              • Jim Is Bored

                Instead of snarkily correcting him and ignoring his point, why not respond logically if you’re so adamant that Beltran was the better candidate?

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

          Any time you have a chance to sign an incredibly injury prone 35-year-old for multiple years and nearly $30M to replace the durable 30-year-old making $10M on a one-year deal, you have to take it.

    • Ted Nelson

      Remember when Beltran was a HUGE injury risk? As in… always. I don’t think anyone ever doubted he was a great baseball player when healthy.

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

      What does Carlos Beltran have to do with anything?

      • MannyGeee

        there was a Yankee loss. got to randomly bitch about something in 3…..2…..1… ummmmmmm, SWISHER SUXXXXXX

  • Kramerica Industries

    So they were 26-171 coming into this series, and 5-26 in this series.

    So, 31-197, which actually RAISED their average from .152 to .157.


    • pat


      • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

        Well look at it this way. The longer this goes on, by the time we regress to the mean we’ll be hitting like .450 with risp. Probably average 10 runs every game for the last two months of the season.

        • Jim Is Bored

          I wish it worked like that…

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Garbage time is trending. That’s two recap references in a row.

    • MannyGeee

      its a Yankee past time. some $30M 3rd basemen have damn near made a career based on ‘garbage time’ un-clutchyness


  • YankeesJunkie

    I will take 12 K/1 BB from a starting pitcher every day of the week. CC had bad luck and untimely hitting.

    • Bavarian Yankee

      true. The first 3 runs were as unlucky as it gets for a pitcher: bloop single to score 1 run and the very rare A-Rod throwing error set up the next 2. The other 2 runs were also a bit unlucky, flyball right in the corner. Brett Gardner would’ve caught that easily imo.

      On a lucky day CC doesn’t allow a run in that game but that’s baseball.

  • Pat D

    Gotta love this comment on WallyMatt’s Rapid Reaction article on ESPN.

    The big fat toad is back, and his initials are C.C. The Yankees are behind in EVERY game this overpriced Homer pitches I wish George were alive to say “I wanted Lefty Grove but signed Hefty Grave instead…”

    Someone liked that post, too! My reply was just “This is the kind of post that brings me no end of pleasure for how stupid it is.”

    At least someone liked my post, so we’re even.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Wallace Matthews is a perfectly good waste of sperm and egg. He’s like Athenian with an ESPN column.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Although “Hefty Grave” is pretty genius, I must say.

  • Arya

    Sometimes I think the coaches try to tinker with these players too much. With Mark Teixera we saw Kevin Long try to change his swing so he could go the other way. Teixera said the hell with that and is now on a hot streak. With the pitchers it appears that Rothschild is emphasizing the strikeout. We saw Nova ditch two nights ago and go back to his sinking fastball to get outs. Getting 12 strikeouts doesn’t mean anything when you give up 5 runs.

    • Ted Nelson

      The goal with Teixiera was to get him away from bad habits he’d developed and get him back to his old swing…

      Not all hits are luck by any means, but there are things that go into runs that aren’t under the pitchers’ control.

      • The Scheister of Doom

        Like the third baseman air mailing a pitch over the first basemans head, ala Marcus Thamses at third.

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

          At least Thames had to make a tough play on a hard hit ball. A-Rod’s was as routine as it gets.

          • The Scheister of Doom

            Yeah, I just re-watched it, he made a nice stop then threw it 50 yards. I laugh every time I watch that play.

    • MannyGeee

      Getting 12 strikeouts doesn’t mean anything when you give up 5 runs.

      You, sir, are obviously not a fantasy baseball player!

  • Christopher

    They took 2 of out three from the Rays and if they take 2 out 3 from the Mets, I sign for it right now.

  • Kosmo

    I´d have to say that Clay Rapada is pitching for NY on borrowed time. He stinks.
    I see Pettitte and Nova buzz saw thru the Rays AAA lineup and I guess one has the expectation that Sabathia would have an easier go of it. So far this season Sabathia has been good but nothing exceptional.
    Granderson had the golden sombrero last night.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Rapada and Eppley are pretty much placeholders at this point, although I can imagine Eppley continuing to ride the shuttle when needed. Someone has to fill that role.

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

        Rapada had a chance to be useful but he hasn’t been. Not only is he not pitching all that effectively, but he’s hamstringing the bullpen because he’s just a specialist.

      • Bavarian Yankee

        “Rapada and Eppley are pretty much placeholders at this point…”

        add Sweaty Freddy to that list. I think Garcia will remain on the roster during the regular season but I think there’s no way he’s on the playoff roster.

        Robertson will be back soon, I expect Aardsma to arrive in August and I’m sure the Yanks will acquire a reliever at the trade deadline. Plus there’s always a chance that Banuelos and/or Betances impress enough as September call-ups to make the playoff roster as relievers. Garcia, Rapada and Eppley are DFAs waiting to happen.

        • Jim Is Bored

          I actually like having Freddy on the roster. It’s always nice to have a guy you can throw out there for 3-4 innings when the game is completely out of hand, not worry about the effect it has on his development or innings cap, not worry about injuries, and keep the rest of your pen rested.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Also, even AAA hitters can hit good pitching on any given night. There’s a reason these guys are getting paid and we aren’t.

  • http://RiverAveBlues Andy K

    Getting back to yesterdays comment by Kay, it came from here.

    SI.com ran a terrific article on Joey Votto this week; it said that over the last four seasons, Votto had come to bat 2,138 times, and hit three (3) infield pop-ups, as well as one foul ball into the stands on the first base (his pull) side. Cincinnati is definitely a hitter’s yard, but those are staggering numbers no matter where he plays.

  • The Scheister of Doom

    The Subway Series starts on Friday night with Hiroki Kuroda giving it a go against Johan Santana, who is coming off his no-hitter*


  • https://twitter.com/#!/philgalletto theyankeewarrior

    Runners In Slumping Position

    Runners In Sucking Position

    Runners In Slacking Position

    Runners In Sitting Position

    • forensic

      It’s Runners in Stranding Position.

      • OMG! Bagels!

        Runners in So-Not-Running Position

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    Last nights game was tough to watch. typical rispfail bs is starting to get unbelievable. cc getting tons of strikeouts, but still not having a great game. i really hope he turns it on soon and goes on one of his usual dominating summer runs.

    I’m going to the game tonight and hope that santana is very rusty/tired after the no hitter.

  • newguy

    Ok, very off topic, but for my sanity’s sake will you guys please varify my thinking (or dispute i suppose). For about two years my buddy and I have been arguing with two others about a sinker. It staretd with Nova, we were at a bar he said the key to Nova’s success was a good breaking ball. I disagreed and said when he kept his sinker down everything else followed. He said well yeah a sinker is a breaking ball. WTF? So ever since then us four have gotten in huge arguments over whether a sinker is fastball or a breaking ball. Seems pretty obvious to me. I’ve even pulled up websites and pitcher testimonies but since he pitched in high school he swears they’re wrong. So, in my opion a sinker (SINK FASTBALL!) is a fastball, similar to a two seamer that has a little more downward movement. Fact or fiction?

    • newguy

      Oh and he said you hold it like a curveball almost. Which is obviously wrong but I figured id include that.

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

        They’re not even close to the same grip or even the same wrist action. A sinker is basically just an offset fastball grip. Instead of grabbing the fat part of the ball, the fingers are off to the side a bit.

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

      A sinker is a fastball, breaking balls are curveballs, sliders, and in-between slurves. Sinkers are similar to two-seam fastballs but aren’t exactly the same. Sinker is more downward, two-seamer is a little more side-to-side.

    • jjyank

      It’s a fastball. Breaking balls refer to things that clock in both slower and with more break (sliders, curveballs, etc.).

      A cutter is also a fastball, as is a two-seamer.

      • newguy

        Yes, this is exactly why this argument has turned into a feud because he is obviously just being ignorant and stubborn. He’ll have a whole argument against the sinker, then I bring up Mo’s cutter and its a different story. I say there are four fastballs; 4 seam, 2 seam, sinker, cutter. I thik a better argument would be against the split finger. You still cant argue its a breaking ball but you could argue its more of an offspeed pitch like a change up or palmball.

  • mike

    its really pathetic the Yanks cant get a hit with the bases loaded – even a sac fly on occcasion would be nice.

    I have basically given up when RISP arent cashed in, but with the bases loaded and the heart of the lineup due up it just makes it more frustrating.

    its too simplistic to say all teams suffer from the same issue – the Yanks aren’t all teams. Their team and offense was designed to pummel the ball, and they projected to have an incredible offense to help offset other parts of their roster.

    Jeter,Cano,Tex,Arod,Granderson for this weekend, and lets see if moving Cano out of the cleanup spot will help his mental approach, and take advantage of Tex’s recent hot stretch

    • newguy

      whats more crazy? That the yankees can hit with RISP, or that despite that they’re only a half game out of first? Theres no way the yanks hit .158 with RISP for the rest of the season and when that average comes up they will take the divison. I’m not saying its a fun issue to have, but at least the players and opportunites are there. The hits will come.

  • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero

    Our wins are rispy and our losses are extra-rispy.

    Nothing has changed.

  • No-No This

    “The Subway Series starts on Friday night with Hiroki Kuroda giving it a go against Johan Santana, who is coming off his no-hitter.”

    Not just a no hitter, but a day that saw him 130+ pitches the start after he threw a complete game shutout. The guy has thrown almost 260 pitches in 2 games. He is prime for the beating tonight.

    • forensic

      He threw fewer than 100 pitches in the first shutout, so it’s not almost 260 pitches in 2 games. He also had one extra day of rest after the first game and two extra days of rest after the no-hitter. He’ll likely be fine.

      #7 hitters have beaten him up pretty good this year, so maybe Jones will have a good game. Other than that, he’s shutdown all the other lineup spots, not that it means much.

      He’s also held opponents under .200 with RISP and under .100 with RISP and 2 outs.