Yanks unable to climb out of early hole, fall to Mets


Source: FanGraphs

The ten-game winning streak has been followed by a three-game losing streak, both the longest such streaks of the season for the Yankees. Let’s recap…

  • Early Hole: Andy Pettitte has been pretty awesome since coming out of retirement, but the game was effectively over before he recorded his third out on Friday. He allowed five first inning runs — three on a homer by Ike Davis that Nick Swisher nearly brought back — with two outs, his first five-run first inning in eleven years. He did settle down and fire five scoreless after that, but sheesh, five runs in the first is as close to guaranteed loss as it gets.
  • Bombs Away: The Yankees have a way of making even the biggest ballparks look small, and they didn’t need any help from the new CitiField dimensions to get back into the game. Alex Rodriguez launched a homer into the apple in dead center, Andruw Jones parked one in the second deck in left field, and Robinson Cano cleared both bullpens with a two-run shot to right. Just like that, a 5-0 game became a 6-4 game.
  • Almost: Frank Francisco tried to give away that two-run lead in the ninth, but the Yankees were unable to make him pay for his poultry-based comments. Curtis Granderson took strike three on a fastball right down the middle with men on first and second and I have no friggin’ idea what he was thinking. Was he sitting splitter? I can’t imagine he was, that’s a pitch you adjust too. Anyway, Mark Teixeira followed that up with a fly ball and the game was over. If only Andres Torres didn’t make that diving catch on Russell Martin‘s rocket to open the inning. Alas.
  • Leftovers: I know he went on to throw two more scoreless innings, but I don’t like Pettitte being allowed to hit leading off the fifth. You’re down five and need to generate offense, so get a pinch-hitter in there … the My9 broadcast said Andruw has now homered in 42 different ballparks, the most of any active player … everyone in the starting lineup had a hit — including Pettitte — except for Martin, who had the one taken away in the ninth … Swisher had an interesting night defensively, though I’ll never get on a player for not robbing a homer. That’s on the pitcher.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the advances stats, and ESPN the updated standings. Game two of the weekend set is a dreaded Saturday night game and will feature Ivan Nova against Chris Young. Check out RAB Tickets if you’re going to head out to Flushing.

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  1. teddy says:

    the yanks need another hitter. teix,arod, martin are toast

    • Mike Axisa says:

      A-Rod and Teixeira combined for four hits and Alex launched a homer to dead center.

    • DT says:

      Tex is hitting .302/.410/.5615 since having his lungs cleared up.

      Arod is not the slugger he used to be but is still on pace for 27+ Homeruns and a .800+ OPS.

      Off course lost in all this Rhetoric about Arod, Tex and crap is that The Captain is hitting .275/.330/.352 since the end of April. Of course no one says lets get rid of Jeter, He’s toast.

  2. TC says:

    I have no idea what Grandy was thinking, but dude, with 2 on and 1 out and you’re the winning run in the 9th and the team’s leading power threat, you swing the bat with two strikes. Whiff and I got no prob. But that’s NOT the time to be selective. And Jeez Andy, Ike hasn’t bought a hit for like two weeks. Sheeeesh.

    • Evan3457 says:

      Actually, Davis has been pretty hot since the game tying double off Soriano in the 9th, a weak ago Sunday. (11/31 .355/.459.613, although he didn’t get a hit in the last two games coming into this on.)

      • Mike Axisa says:

        It actually dates back a little before that. He’s been mashing for a good three weeks now. Doesn’t change the fact that Pettitte made a terrible pitch.

    • eephus_pitch says:

      Not to make excuses for Andy, but the game would have looked a lot different if Swisher had held on to the ball.

    • eephus_pitch says:

      I think he was probably afraid of striking out on a pitch in the dirt; something he’s been doing an awful lot lately. He had no idea Francisco would actually throw a straight fastball in the zone. He guessed wrong, in a big way.

  3. Kiko Jones says:

    The Mets scored all of their 5 runs—as they have been doing repeatedly this season—with 2 outs. The Yankees could learn from that. I guess tonight was also another episode of that show the Yankees have been starring in quite a bit this season: “Home Runs Don’t Win Games Unless They’re in the Clutch”.

  4. your mom says:

    Looks like we’re starting a new streak.

    • TC says:

      Baseball is a funny game that way eh? No way we should have lost that 4-3 game the other night to the Braves, and tonight, honestly, a game of inches. In fact, this year I’ve counted 9 games we have thrown away fro bone headed reasons. Yea, I know, it all evens out, but I’d rather it does so by winning games we should that those we shouldn’t, because we are in far more games than we are out of. But here we are now on a losing streak. And all after some of the hottest pitching and hitting I’ve seen in years from the team. Oh well.

  5. Brian S. says:

    At least the KKK lost to Jair Jurrjens tonight.

  6. RetroRob says:

    Jeez, I decided to head to a friend’s house who lives less than five-minutes away to watch the game since my cable was dead, and the Yankees were down 5-0 before I got in his door. Oh, well.

  7. Christopher says:

    Tough lose. But then again, an inch this way or that, and it’s a different game. Still, please Grandy, swing without fear, man. You got the mojo. Use it.

  8. Kevin says:

    Mike Trout and the Angels were down 5-0 and not only did they rally back,they won.
    Pity we can’t do that or score runs with two outs like the Mets did.

    • Kosmo says:

      and yet da Yanks are in 1st place. Go figure.

    • JohnnyC says:

      Give the Mets some respect. At least Justin Turner (not related to Ike or Ted)knows his limitations and put the ball in play instead of giving it his best Will Clark impression with runners on base.

  9. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Doom! Did anyone else re-watch the Swisher play on the Ike 3-run “homerun”? That ball hits the top part of the wall and it appeared Swishers attempt to catch it pushed it over, I watched it multiple times and I’m convinced if he plays that off the wall, it’s not a HR. Still, two runs score but eh, just an observation.

    • Monterowasnotdinero says:

      This is exactly what happened. Swish will not make the great play 90% of the time. He has the worst outfield arm on the team and may be our slowest player but hey man, he’s got an awesome personality and swagger.

      His skill set is perfect for DH mostly and backup 1b and RF.

    • DM says:

      In most stadiums that’s out of the park with no chance of a play.

  10. OMG! Bagels! says:

    I keep saying Granderson needs a couple of days off. Why doesn’t Girardi just let him rest once in a while?

    • Kosmo says:

      does resting Granderson decrease his K totals or make him more proficient hitting with RISP ? I´d say no and no.

      • OMG! Bagels! says:

        He looks tired and thin to me. If you rest a player, they do get more productive. Grandy has had few days off this season (I can think of one and no other).

        Give the man a sandwich fer gawds sakes.

    • JohnnyC says:

      Brett Gardner is coming back anyday now…anyday…anyday. Seriously, if the best alternative for CF in the system is Wise…enough said. And Chris Dickerson’s been off the DL for almost 2 weeks already.

  11. OMG! Bagels! says:

    When the Yankees fall behind the game thread should automatically be re-titled “Let the Histrionics, Hysteria and Hyperbole Begin.” When the Yankees give up 5 runs in the first, the game thread should just shut down so everyone can get to the bridge and jump in unison while Stuart yells, “It’s Arod’s fault!”

  12. Swingy McMisserson says:

    I checked Curtis Granderson’s game logs from this year, and was surprised at what I found: there were actually games where he didn’t strike out.

    Shocking, I know.

  13. Monterowasnotdinero says:

    The game was decided in the first inning when Robbie risp-failed with 2 outs and the Mets didn’t.

    I am not a fan of resigning Swish or Martin. Both very replaceable for the money. Swish cannot throw a runner out at any base and that play at the wall last night was horrible. It may not have even gone over the fence if he hadn’t “pushed” it over with his glove.

    Resign Cano and Grandy and spend the Swish/Martin money elsewhere.

    • JohnnyC says:

      And yet we’re repeatedly told that Swisher is an “average to slightly above average” fielder.

      • Monterowasnotdinero says:

        I could care less about the fielding stats. His arm sucks, his range is average at best and he has cost us ballgames in the outfield that stats do not measure.

        We should have made HIM the DH once we traded Jesus. A guy who can run and throw in RF with Swisher at DH would have been fine.

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