Yanks come back against Red Sox (again), lose anyway (again)


Source: FanGraphs

Same story, different day. The Yankees are playing a pretty crummy brand of baseball these days, winning just three of their last ten games against three teams that are a combined one game under-.500. To make matters worse, five of those seven losses have come by one run. That’s brutal. Let’s recap…

  • My Hiro: Man, Hiroki Kuroda is just awesome. Eight innings of two-run ball, a career-best four ground ball double plays … and a no decision. Life isn’t fair. He came into the game with the eighth worst run support (5.44 runs per game) in the AL and it managed to go down.
  • One Man Army: All of the offense came from Russell Martin, at leave the driving in runs part. He hit a solo homer off Felix Doubront — a below-average pitcher (97 ERA+) who the Yankees have made look like Cy Young three times this year — in the seventh then singled in Andruw Jones to tie the game in the eighth. The eighth inning rally started with two outs, so hooray for that.
  • Bleeder & Blooper: David Robertson created his own mess in the tenth by walking Jarrod Saltalamacchia and his .285 OBP to lead off the inning, but the Red Sox scored the go-ahead run on a little ground ball single that scooted through the infield and a bloop that dunked into shallow right. The walk’s clearly on Robertson, the other stuff just kinda happens. Sucks.
  • Leftovers: Robinson Cano went 0-for-5 and saw 16 total pitches on the day his agent said he wants a ten-year deal #timingfail … Ichiro Suzuki had an infield single and still has exactly one hit in every game with the Yankees, but he also made the final out of an inning with a man in scoring position three times (!) … the top four hitters in the lineup went a combined 1-for-19 with a walk and six strikeouts, the bottom five hitters went 7-for-21 with four walks and five strikeouts … Rafael Soriano only threw eight pitches in a scoreless ninth, and he probably would have gone back out for a second inning had he not pitched on Saturday … absolutely weak effort by the fans on Mark Teixeira‘s foul ball in the tenth, they let Ryan Sweeney lean right in to catch it for the out.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the nerd stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Orioles won, so the lead in the division is down to eight games. They’re coming to town for a three-game set starting Monday, when Freddy Garcia gives it a go against rookie Miguel Gonzalez. Check out RAB Tickets for the latest deals.

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  1. jayd808 says:

    One of those bizarro games where Russell Martin is providing all the offense and David Robertson is giving up runs…

  2. JobaWockeeZ says:

    That awkward moment when Soriano is a lot better than Robertson.

  3. forensic says:

    Good thing they learned so much from being basically shutdown twice already this season by Doubront. And I disagree with the people who said he was wild and they should’ve taken advantage of that. I think at least 2 or 3 of the walks were unintentional intentional walks. You’d much rather face the Martin vs. righties guy (Ichiro) on deck instead of the Martin vs. lefties guy in the box. Ichiro can’t hit lefties and can’t hit with RISP, combine them and good luck.

    Yet another hit with RISP that doesn’t score a run. With Granderson coming up against a tough lefty, you have to take the chance to score the run there. That’s a guaranteed failure once you hold him up.

    Nix and Chavez? I miss you A-Rod!

    Just the 3rd time since early August last year that Saltalamacchia walked twice in one game. Well done pitchers!

    Ciriaco again!?!?!?!? Once again, great work learning from the scouting report (no, he didn’t kill the ball, but geez, get him out!).

    I’m sure there’s more, but that should be enough for everyone to bitch at me about for now. :-)

  4. Brian S. says:

    Hey Mike thanks for running a blog where we can all vent like a bunch of wild animals when the Yankees lose a tight game. A lot of other places wouldn’t put up with it but you’re a cool guy.

    • Kramerica Industries says:


      Really the entire RAB crew, but Mike’s the only one who seems to be around on a regular basis right now.

    • forensic says:

      I have never seen a blog that shuts down if the team loses. You know what you have if you do that, no blog.

      There are plenty of things to acknowledge them for with this overall great blog, but keeping it online after losses isn’t one of them.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Kudos for the guys for keeping the content strong all these years, but none of the “wild animal venting” comes off good. I certainly don’t think they should be putting up with some of the nonsense that’s infested this place, especially in the past few months. It literally kills brain cells.

  5. Now Batting says:

    I dream of the opportunity to block a Red Sox player from catching a foul ball that’s crossed the plane of the wall.

  6. Rich in NJ says:

    They needed a bat before A-Rod went down. They need one even more now.

    • DT says:

      Nunez might be a decent bat if he ever returns from limbo.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      I didn’t think they “needed” one when A-Rod was healthy. I do now, though, mostly because I don’t trust that A-Rod will be healthy come playoff time.

      • forensic says:

        I agree. Nix is Nix and there’s a reason only one other team even talked to Chavez all offseason. And A-Rod doesn’t come back that gracefully from long-term injuries, so I’m basically counting his season as over, unfortunately.

        • DT says:

          How is it over? The play offs can still be won based on good pitching and some luck. The Giants won the WS with a line up 5 times worse than the one we have now.

          • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

            might want to reread that one

          • forensic says:

            Good story. But, where did I say the team’s season is over? I think A-Rod’s season is over, for all intents and purposes. He’ll get a few hits here and there in September, maybe even smack a homer or two. But he won’t be even the A-Rod of the first couple months of this season. And being that he’ll still be batting in the middle of the order, his outs will only cause more damage than otherwise.

            • DT says:

              I misread it, my bad. I read his season over as this. Lol sorry. reading too much overreactions have been been bad for me.

          • Brian S. says:

            People say that but the Giants could actually hit that year.
            Andres Torres 126 wRC+
            Aubrey Huff 143 wRC+
            Buster Posey 129 wRC+
            Pat Burrell 131 wRC+
            Cody Ross 119 wRC+

    • NYCSPORTZFAN says:

      I’ve been saying the same thing.. I wanted them to get a Right Handed bat for the longest time, and thought Quentin would of been perfect, albeit, hes not going anywhere.. I would call up the Phillies about Ty Wiggington or bring up Brandon Laird.. One way or the other, we need some Right handed POP…

  7. DT says:

    Last two games have been a strange clusterfuck. I expect them to show up vs the Orioles tho. The team is in the slump, it happens. I’m confident they will go on a run again…as they’ve done a ton in this season.

  8. The Troll says:

    I must be the only one who thinks that the Red Sox are going to wreak havoc in the playoffs. That’s just the mojo I’m getting from the season. From last to first . . . The fairy tale narrative. This is why losing to the Red Sox, in the fashion that they did, is so devastating, especially when you consider that they’re offense was without Papi and the man doing much of the damage is a patented AAAA Yankee Killer. Boston should be buried right now. They shouldn’t be 10 games out of first in the AL East, they should 10 games out of the second wildcard. It’s the Red Sox, how can I NOT fear them?

    Perhaps it’s been the past week of this deplorable, disgusting brand of baseball but my hopes of playoff success are suffering significant hits. It’s been beaten to a bloody pulp, but when this offense doesn’t mash the leather over the fence it seems almost entirely futile. I’m actually quite content with the current pitching staff but the offense needs a bat that’s not too reliant on the K and can consistently put the ball in play. Yeah, I guess what I’m asking for is a player who knows how to be clutch. Such a word seems to get crucified on this site but, more often than not, it’s these kind of personalities that deliver the W’s. The Melkys, Damons, Matsuis, etc. . . . I used to advocate injecting a young shot of blood into the clubhouse to invigorate the team, but it doesn’t really seem that there are any immediate contenders to fill that spot in the farm system at the moment. This is why I believe that Cashman HAS TO trade for an Upton or Headley. I honestly prefer Upton but that may very well be impossible. This team needs a kick in the ass, a drastic change . . . Ichiro was never going to solve anything. He’s not Ichiro anymore, he’s Ichiro Suzuki, a glove at the bottom of the order. Every time the Yankees have headed to the playoffs in past years and lost it’s been the lack of hitting in key spots that’s killed them. This is why I wanted Fielder this past offseason (Teixera 3rd, ARod DH). The team needs a bat, and, in my opinion, they need one desperately if they’ve any hopes of progressing to the hallowed stage of global dominance. Gut the system. Get Upton. Get Headley. Get both. I don’t care. Strip the farm and win now. The window of opportunity for an old team like the 2012 NYY is quickly closing and why not build the future around names like Upton and Headley?

    I’ve clearly rambled for far too long but my piece was in desperate need of being said. Offense is the issue. I’m talking playoffs, folks. What happened to Murderer’s Row plus Cano? Actually, that didn’t work too well. Either way, let’s have Granderson cut down on those god-awful strikeouts and pick up a potential superstar before the deadline passes. Cashman cannot stand idle if he expects another ring. There’s no way this team is capable of conquering the promised land unless a big move is made. Balls or Bust. The way to the World Series is trading for a bat, and a big one at that. Grow a pair, Cash. Make it happen! I’m not counting on Gardner being back nor am I confident that ARod will return to MVP form. Please, PLEASE, someone up there be reading this ! ! ! ! !

    • The Troll says:

      That was my vent for the year. I’m allowed one, so says Spiderman.

    • Brian S. says:

      I don’t remember Melky being particularly clutch. He wasn’t very good in the playoffs (except for that bomb off of Carmona).

      • DT says:

        Revisionist history with Melky. He was barely average for us.

        • The Troll says:

          You’re kind of a dick, huh? Melky was king of pie!

          • DT says:

            He had a ton of walk offs…but he wasn’t that good. His line in 2009 was .274/.336/.416 that’s a 94 wRC+ which is average. His 1.6 fWAR is average. And having a ton of walk off doesn’t mean clutch. His win probability in “clutch”/high leverage situations overall comes out negative. Meaning that even though he hits walk offs, his influence on the game itself when considering everything rather than selected moments have much less of an impact. Furthermore his postseason line overall was .213/.244/.280…

            So it’s not me being a dick…it’s just the facts.

            • The Troll says:

              Honestly, that postseason line seems like it’d be a whole lot better than most of the Yankee’s during the Melky era.

              • DT says:

                No..not even close. For instance Arod during the time he had the unclutch label and still had a .800+ OPS with us before 2009. Melky’s best post season preformace came in 2009, where he still was well below average.

    • DT says:

      Justin Upton is has been underwhleming this season. Clutch is a myth, since Russell Martin has been out “clutchest hitter” if you want to talk about coming up big, but he’s barely a hitter. Matsui and Damon seemed clutch because when we had them they were good hitters. Look at them now, they are shells.

      • The Troll says:

        No, clutch is not a myth because one can be terribly “unclutch”. It’s psychological. It’s also why some are capable of standing atop the NY stage and others are not. Then there are Yankee Killers . . . players that constantly give the pinstripes fits no matter what their statistics read. Clutch is just a convenient expression designed to explain one’s mental make-up. It’s why Eli Manning dominates in the fourth quarter. Some people thrive off the spotlight while others wilt under the pressure. There’s the physical aspect of the game and then there’s the mental . . . Clutch is real. I believe in clutch but I also agree with you that good hitters can pull through . . . but in that regard, what the hell was dogging ARod for so long? That man couldn’t buy a hit in the postseason until the 2009 ALDS popped up. Mental makeup, strength of mind . . . it’s a monumental aspect of the game and should not be overlooked. Captain Clutch doesn’t have it anymore, but I’d welcome the idea of any one of them stepping up to the metaphorical plate

        • forensic says:

          I can support some of the basis of your argument, but then you ask what was dogging A-Rod so long as if he had no career prior to NY. He killed it in the playoffs his whole career until Game 4 against Boston, like the rest of that damn team.

        • DT says:

          Football and Baseball are two different sports though. Arod not being clutch in the play offs is a huge myth as well. Even before 2009, his postseason line was .279/.373/.483 Not as good as his regular season but still very good. Also the idea of clutch in baseball is different because of a ton of factors can influence one AB. It depends on the pitcher, fielders and the situation itself. if a player hits a rocket right at a fielder in a RISP situation, is he then not clutch as a hitter who get jammed and bloops a RBI single?

          • The Troll says:

            I may very well be in the minority but I often judge a player by their ABs. Pitches seen, not swinging outside the zone, well-struck, not hacking, flailing, or jumping out of one’s shoes . . . If a ball is launched into a player’s mitt then so be it, but I don’t necessarily evaluate a player entirely by numbers. Remember when it was a guaranteed outcome that Jeter would ground out to SS/3B or Tex would pop out to the infield? Those were terrible at-bats. But had they lined out and labored through a 12 pitch swinging strikeout, then it’s kind of hard to fault them.

            • DT says:

              Well that’s better than most people try to justify clutch at least. But still there’s some flaws in that in that baseball really is a game of inches. A hitter can swing and miss at a ball in the zone if their bat is only slightly off. Example in this game is when Grandy popped up with man on 3rd this game. Miller is a good lefty, and Grandy’s does not looks good. But on gameday they showed that the pitch Grandy Swung at was down the middle low in the zone. He popped up on it because he got under by a bit. Still i respect that you at least look at the AB and not just the outcome like some people.

              The best way to have a clutch team, though is to load the team up with good hitters because they will give up the highest chance to succeed. So i do agree on the point that having Headley or Upton would be nice. But i disagree on that they are a necessity, or at least the cost it will take to get them.

              • forensic says:

                Much of what you say is correct, but I can’t say how much I despise when people run to the ‘it’s a game of inches’ excuse (not saying you did that, but you brought up that subject). It goes both ways and the difference in the game is the better players make that inch go their way more often than not.

              • The Troll says:

                Hitters. Yes. A team of hitters, a team of prime Ichiros would dominate. The Yankees do indeed rely on their power and that IS a problem. They need a consistent threat in the lineup. They don’t need another Teixera (one who’s prone to ebbs and flows), Granderson (strikeout artist), Ichiro (shell) . . . They need a hitter, an all around bat. I think Upton can fit that mold, and, well, he’s young. The Yankees don’t necessarily have good “hitters”. I don’t know what’s happened to Cano recently. He’s been hacking something awful of late. It’s been said a million times thus far . . . the whole “TOO MANY HOMERS” narrative and complete inability to hit with RISP. I think clutch has something to do with that, but, the real problem appears to be the lack of a consumate hitter . . . The kind of bat that can give a pitcher fits. I think Gardner could’ve fit that description pretty well. The “gritty” Pedroia types . . . (Barf) . . . the grinders . . . A dude whose job is to simply make solid contact no matter the situation. Not having ARod and Gardner seriously hurts the lineup. And Russell won’t always be the muscle like he was tonight. Jones is in serious need of a week long vacation and Ibanez truly is hit or miss. Nix is a filler and Chavez isn’t reliable. This leaves Jeter, Granderson, Teixera, Cano, and Swisher. Curtis, as we know, strikes out . . . A LOT. Teixera is hot, hot, hot but how long can this seriously last? Is he back? Is this MT25 or Teixera of ’09 and earlier? Swisher . . . I love the guy, but he’s taken a few steps back from last year. I’d love for him to carry the team through any one of the upcoming months. This leaves Jeter and Cano. Cano hacks and Jeter loves himself some grounders. Of course, when they’re both going, they’re up there with the best of them. Too bad they’ve both been particularly streaky this season. I hate the on and off switch of this team. Anyone can be picked apart I suppose and everyone gets cold on occasion but the lineup, as is, has too many holes. Another bat is necessary . . . necessary to win BIG. It’s my belief that they need a middle of the order bat, a number 3 hitter in particular. I sound like a broken record right now, but, in summation, a bat that makes consistent, solid contact is sorely needed right now.

                • DT says:

                  The problem is however Upton himself isn’t exactly not strike out prone (career 23% Strike out rate) or immune to pop ups (12.6% for career compared to Tex’s 10.5%). Almost every hitter has flaws, and are bound to fail more than they succeed. Once in a while you get those one in a generation hitters like Arod or Pujols in their primes, but those are extremely rare. Getting Upton or Headley would be nice, it it’s far unlikely that they themselves will be enough to single handily propel us through the postseason.

    • Stopped reading after the first paragraph, does it get any better?

      • Get Phelps Up says:

        I stopped reading after the first sentence.

      • The Troll says:

        Well, coming from the kid who says “payed”, “loose” (when you mean LOSE), and “would of”, I can’t say that I’m all that offended . . . But props for being douche bag.

        • The Troll says:

          *A douche bag.

        • Payed? ‘American Heritage Dictionary’ does state that payed is the same as paid. Bitch.
          Loose instead of Lose really? Your going to get on me for an extra ‘o’ one time, while I was probably drinking and typing at a quick pace?
          Finally show me one instance, just one, where I made the mistake of using “would of” instead of “would have” with out immediately correcting myself and I will apologize for wronging you.

          Either way, how can you call me a douche bag when you rant for three paragraphs about the abstract idea of clutch. It’s an absolutely subjective stat, and tells us literally nothing. It’s an absolute confirmation bias. For example you cite a guy who has hit .213/.244/.280 in the playoffs(the time when “clutch” players show up) but since he got one big hit in your mind he’s clutch. Alex Rodriguez has hit .277/.386/.498 in the playoffs but is labeled unclutch.

      • TomH says:

        Stopped reading after the first paragraph? What a foolish remark.

    • forensic says:

      I actually agree with a lot of what you say here, if the Red Sox make the playoffs. Obviously if they don’t, then that whole first paragraph doesn’t mean much, thankfully. But I think agree with much of the rest of it.

      • The Troll says:

        With two wildcards, it’s a different game out there. 3-6 games out of the second wildcard is nothing. All but the Twins, Mariners, and Royals are in contention. Anything can happen. Even with Valentine at the helm, one should never count the Red Sox out.

        • forensic says:

          Yeah, the second wildcard certainly changes things, but hopefully leap-frogging five teams is still too much for them.

          • Get Phelps Up says:

            If you take a look at the teams in front of them (A’s, Angels, White Sox, Tigers, Rays, Orioles, Jays) I think the only ones you could make a realistic case that they are better than are the Orioles and Blue Jays.

            The Red Sox have played to a 51-51 record over 102 games. Maybe they’re just not that good.

            • forensic says:

              Don’t get me wrong, they’ve played like their record and aren’t great right now. But, they theoretically have the underlying talent to make a run against some of those other not so good teams. And, from this point, if they are able to make that run and reach the playoffs, then they’ll probably have been playing well for two months near their talent level which would make them extremely dangerous in the postseason.

              • Get Phelps Up says:

                Yeah sure, they might be able to go on a roll, but nothing we’ve seen over the first 4 month of the season has shown that. We’ve been hearing how they have the talent for the whole season now. It’s time to see them actually do something with it.

                • TomH says:

                  Forget the first four months! This skepticism about the Red Sox’ capacity for coming back indicates that a lot of people on this board spend too much time with numbers and not enough time with baseball’s history. OF COURSE they can come back! They played the Yankees very hard and without a Yankee Killer like Papi in the lineup.

  9. tipsie says:

    When the Yanks are on the road and playing a good team, a tie game beyond the 7th inning seems like a loss ~75% of the time (home team using closer in tie games in 9th, home team having last licks, etc).

    We have now lost two such games in a row, at home, to Boston. Grandy’s misplay Saturday, Robertson’s leadoff walk Sunday. Pretty freaking aggravating.

    Cano’s been in a hacking funk now for 8 games; 8 for 36 with double and one walk. Sure seems as the offense goes as he goes. Wonder if the lack of an AS break has caught up with him.

  10. Brian S. says:

    According to mlbtraderumors the Red Sox are trying to dump Beckett on Texas or Atlanta. Good thing?

    • Deep Thoughts says:

      Faster Yankees-Sox games. That’s a plus. Hopefully fewer beanballs directed at Jeter too.

    • MannyGeee says:

      great thing… Beckett will go to Atlanta and pitch lights out for the next 18 months and LuccinoCorp. will be footing the bill!

      and with their money paying salary dumps all over the league (Beckett, Youk), the already stellar Boston rotation will only afford to employ scrub level pitchers… look out Bruce Chen, fitting you for your Crimson “B” next season!

  11. Rey22 says:

    Can’t remember the last time the Yankees lost 7 out of 10 during the middle of the season and I hardly noticed/cared. Huge division leads work wonders I suppose. Still feel good about this team, recent struggles and all.

  12. Has anybody seen the Missy Franklin piece on Sport Center. First of all awesome piece, she’s got wisdom beyond her years and seems like a really down the earth person for a high schooler. Secondly does anybody else feel there are times Jeremy Shaft is like…flirting with her?

  13. Get Phelps Up says:


    You keep thinking that, Bobby. What a fucking moron.

    • JAG says:

      I don’t even know why I’m doing this, but in fairness, what’s he supposed to say? Of course he’s going to say, “we’ve still got a shot to win this thing.” Ron Gardenhire is saying the same thing to his team, I’m sure.

  14. Raza says:

    I’m tired of all these flawed-platoon hitters in our line-up. This has got to be the least talented offensive team the Yankees have had in quite some time.

    • Cuso says:

      No, that would’ve been the Tony Clark, Tony Womack, Kenny Lofton, John Vander Wal Yankees….

      Meh, on 2nd thought, those guys might not all have been the same year – but it has been worse than this for sure at some point between 2001-2011

  15. stuart a says:

    absolutely the yankee fans should have not allowed sweeney to catch that foul ball which was at least 3 feet into the stands.

    if you are so interested in the ball buy 1 at the store for a few bucks. terrible effort by the fans.

    the difference is soriano got beat yesterday by granderson, robertson got beat today because of himself……

  16. stuart a says:

    it is the least talented yankee offense in years and the #’s prove it…

    they are 5th or so in runs scored, they have not been that low in years….

    their offense is a problem wake up all……………

  17. Cuso says:

    That 5.44 runs/game run support is a misprint, right? What is it? 2.44?

  18. Cuso says:

    Re:: the foul ball

    One of the downsides of YS3 is that the best seats go to rich 5’2 non-athletic little pussies instead of fans that would make you think twice about leaning into the seats.

    I swear that dink had a pocket protector.

  19. Kevin says:

    Yanks now 3-7 in their last ten games and allowed the Red Sox to mock us in our house this weekend.
    We’ve lost several games by one un because we can’t win if we don’t homer.
    Red Sox should have dead and buried,now they have life again and will no doubt make a run.

  20. Bavarian Yankee says:

    I’ll never understand why they didn’t send Ichiro home in the 7th. You get the run like in like 7 out of 10 times, instead they keep him at 3rd and get no runs at all. That’s happening pretty often lately, I think they should be WAY more aggressive on the basepaths (especially when the runner is a speedy like Ichiro), that’s why they’re losing a lot of 1 run games lately.

  21. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Meh. Looking at the game on its own and there’s not a whole lot to moan about. A bunch of assorted crap in the 10th beats the Yanks. Still, yeah, when you’re not playing well, this is the type of shit that’s going to happen. It feels like something new each time.

    Time to snap out of this. There’s no meme trade magic bullet. Chase Headley is not going to come save the day.

    A big lead is this team’s best friend right this moment. It means they can afford what we see right now.

  22. 28 this year says:

    For these guys clamoring for Upton or some other hitter because our hitters are streaky or unclutch or whatever kind of thing you want to say, you might want to realize that Upton and these other guys are just the same. The difference is, we hardly watch them on a daily basis so we dont get annoyed at their shortcomings the way we do with the Yankees! Thats the biggest point, we only really see their highlights on Sportscenter so we only have their best moments in our mind, thats the fact. If we watched them everyday, we would realize that as great as Upton is, outside of last year, he’s definitely a work in progress not the magical solution that everything shoudl be done to get him.

  23. Eddard says:

    We’re going to miss Mariano come October and these past two ballgames showed why. Two big games at home on the big stage and our best relievers failed us. Mo was always able to give us two innings in October and now we won’t have that. We also don’t have enough offense and might want to make a move for a 3rd base bat. If Russell Martin is all your offense you’re probably going to lose.

  24. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i know the yanks are still way up, but they are playing like shit. losing to the red sox sucks, especially losing two games that were tied in the 9th inning at home. not to mention that doubront and ciraco own the yankees and are just not that good.

  25. Adam says:

    Cashman, invest in Ciriaco come the offseason. For whatever reasons, this kid is excellent against the stronger teams this season.

  26. Heisenberg's Hat says:

    Ciriaco for Jeter, straight up. Who hangs up first?

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