Yanks drops Jays in Sabathia’s return from DL

Turley dominates in big Tampa win
The Comfort of a Big Lead

We’ve reached the point of the season where the games start to blend into each other and both the wins and losses become so nondescript that you forget they ever happened. Tuesday night’s win over the Blue Jays was about as generic as it gets, but hey, at the end of the day they all count the same in the standings.

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Welcome Back, CC

Based on the way CC Sabathia pitched in this game, the Yankees should look into sending all of their starters on a 15-day vacation in mid-July. The big man was in control all night long, limiting Toronto to just four hits and one walk — his only three-ball count of the night — in six shutout innings. He struck out six and in atypical Sabathia fashion, recorded nine outs in the air compared to just three on the ground. Just one runner made it as far as third base against him, only three as far as second. That’ll do.

Joe Girardi played it conservatively in Sabathia’s first start off the DL, yanking his ace after just 87 pitches with a three-run lead. On a normal night, he probably gets eight full innings out of the lefty based on the way things were going. There’s no reason to push it at this point of the season and with a division lead this big, so there’s no reason to complain about the quick hook. The important thing is that Sabathia is back off the DL and he showed no ill effects from the groin strain. The big guy was dealin’.

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Diverse Attack

The Yankees extended their streak of three or more runs to 41 consecutive games with one swing of a bat in the second inning, a three-run homer by Andruw Jones. It was his fifth homer in his last five starts dating back to before the All-Star break. The 41 straight games with 3+ runs is the second longest single-season streak in baseball history, one week short of the record set by the 1994 Indians. With the trip through Oakland and Seattle coming up, they’ll earn the record if they do indeed set it.

Brett Cecil settled down after surrendering the homer and it wasn’t until the seventh inning that New York was able to tack on some insurance runs. Chris Stewart had the most Chris Stewart double ever, a hard chopper that third baseman Brett Lawrie missed and left fielder Rajai Davis misplayed. That dude made some sacrifice to the BABIP gods, let me tell you. Derek Jeter slashed a double to right to plate Stewart and eventually Alex Rodriguez plated a run with a fielder’s choice. They scored runs on homers, on regular old base hits, and on outs. Everyone should be happy.

It’s called PFP, Clay. It stands for “Pitchers’ Fielding Practice.” (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)


I don’t want to make a big stink out of it, but it’s pretty annoying that Rafael Soriano had to enter the game — his fourth appearance in five days following the All-Star break — after the Yankees had a six-run lead with five outs to go. Chad Qualls allowed three of the five right-handed batters he faced to reach base and then Clay Rapada had a brain cramp fielding a grounder, looking at second before throwing to first. The hesitation allowed Anthony Gose to beat out the throw for his first career hit, setting up the save situation. C’mon guys, you’re better than that.

A-Rod hit three balls right on the screws, maybe four if you’re generous, and had nothing to show for it other than that RBI fielder’s choice. Have to imagine nights like that are frustrating. Robinson Cano extended his career-best hitting streak to 20 games with a second inning single, making him the first Yankee to have a hit streak that long since Jeter back in early-2007. Jayson Nix had three hits, including a double and a push bunt. He also got caught trying to steal third with no outs in the third, which was pretty dumb on his part.

The rest of the offense didn’t do anything remarkable, hence the “generic” crack earlier. Jeter had a singled and a double, Curtis Granderson a single, and Mark Teixeira a double. Nick Swisher drew a pair of walks, his 12th and 13th walks in his last eight (!) games. He drew just 26 walks in his first 74 games. The double pushed Stewart’s slugging percentage up over .300 (.303 to be exact), so hooray for that.

With the win, Sabathia became the first pitcher since Tom Seaver to win at least ten games in each of his first 12 seasons as a big leaguer. Pitcher wins don’t tell us anything about how well a pitcher actually performed, but over long periods of time they do speak to durability and stuff like that. You do have to hang around long enough to rack up all those wins after all, which is why the 300 mark is so hallowed. Congrats to Sabathia, pitchers love their wins.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the advanced stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Orioles are currently losing lost, but the Rays won and Red Sox lost. The Yankees are a full ten games up in the division and eleven up on their biggest historic rival.

Source: FanGraphs

Up Next

Hiroki Kuroda will look to finish up the sweep against Ricky Romero on Wednesday afternoon, a getaway day before the Yankees head out to the West Coast for a seven-game trip. Check out RAB Tickets if you want to head up to the Bronx to catch the matinee.

Turley dominates in big Tampa win
The Comfort of a Big Lead
  • forensic

    I completely forgot to add in the angels games for soriano. So, like I said in the game thread and was debunked for, 5 pitches or not not way he pitches tomorrow. And that’s why it’s pitiful that he had to pitch both these games.

    And Baltimore just lost, 10 in the loss column against everyone now!

    You didn’t call Stewart’s double ‘cheap’. Clearly that’s part of your obsession with Martin…

    • G

      He called it a very Chris Stewart hit, which goes beyond simple cheapness.

  • forensic

    Hopefully kuroda thinks its June again tomorrow as he’s gotten smacked around in his 2 July starts.

    Hopefully the jays do realize its romero starting tomorrow as they haven’t scored in his last two starts, 3 runs in 3 starts, and 7 runs in 4 starts.

  • DT

    Anyone think CC is going to crack 300 wins by the time he retires with us?

    • forensic

      Sure, but he’ll have to avoid more nagging things like this groin and he’ll still need another year or two after the current contract. But even an extra 2 years would just bring him to 38 years old.

    • BK2ATL

      If he stays with us, he’ll do it in pinstripes. He just has to average approx. 15 wins for the remainder of the contract plus option year (2017) and he could “Pettitte” the last year or 2 across the 300 win mark.

      But….around here, wins are overrated. So, be careful with that question.

      • whozat

        But….around here,pitcher wins are overrated. So, be careful with that question is not particularly meaningful.

        Fixed it for you.

      • eephus_pitch

        Pitcher wins are overrated, of course, but they still have value over the long haul. Lots of lousy pitchers have had 20-win seasons, and it just doesn’t mean that much.
        Winning a lot of games every year over a long period of time? That still counts for something. Winning 300 games is still impressive, even when Don Sutton does it.

      • vicki


      • DT

        I think pitcher wins mean nothing much (see Phil Hughes in 2010) but 300 wins is a feat i would like to a Yankee Pitcher accomplish.

        • FIPster Doofus

          Yep. Three-hundred wins is no joke, especially in this day and age.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Except that there is something to be learned from Phil Hughes’s win total in 2010. It meant that he was effective enough to have his team win 18 of the games he started. It meant he was on a very good team. It doesn’t necessarily mean he had the most awesomest year ever, or anything like that, but there’s information to be gathered……just not as much as Michael Kay wants you to think.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        300 wins is an accomplishment. Hell, 20 wins in a season is an accomplishment, no matter how related to context they may be.

        There’s a ton of truth to “wins don’t matter,” but the truth is that the only don’t matter as much as the mainstream believes. They still matter some.

        “Wins don’t matter” too often becomes an “I’m smarter than you” mantra.

        • eephus_pitch

          Elegantly stated.

        • eephus_pitch

          I remember one of the knocks on Mussina was that he’d never had a 20-win season (before 2008, obviously). This is the kind of idiotic comment made by people who were impressed by Rick Helling’s 20-win season in 1998.

  • China Joe

    “Pitcher wins don’t tell us anything about how well a pitcher actually performed”

    That’s true, but “First pitcher to ______ since Tom Seaver” does tell us something about how a pitcher performed”

  • 28 thisyear

    If the only complaint is that the closer is pitching too much, I’d say things are going well. The yanks will be fine. They got Robertson and Logan easily available along with eppley and rapids and jurors is a good bet to get some length. All is fine here in yankeeland

    • Slu

      I agree. And Joba’s impending return only helps.

  • BK2ATL

    Nice win tonight. Sucks that Qualls’ suckiness forced Soriano into the game. I thought the bullpen could rest this one out. If all goes well, Joba will be back in 2-3 weeks and Qualls is gone.

    I’m wondering whether Warren will get an opportunity in Sept. to rectify himself for that awful start. Mitchell is still up with the big club, and possibly through the end of the year since Pettitte will be out. Phelps is grinding down on the farm and will be up in Sept as well.

    Also wonder whether they’d bring Betances up again in Sept if he continues to pitch well. Showcase city.

    • BK2ATL

      should have read…”…since Pettitte will be out until then.”

    • forensic

      Qualls is obviously the big one, but geez does rapada ever need to learn how to throw to the bases. It’s almost like little plays out there with him now.

  • Deep Thoughts

    I think Rapada had a flashback to the potential 1-6-3 DP that ended up getting thrown into center field against the White Sox. Better a double-clutch and infield hit than a run-scoring error.

    • Anthony

      Yep, Rapada’s blip tonight gave me deja vu. Still think he’s doing what he does best though, being a LOOGY and all.

  • Brian S.

    George Kontos has a 2.57/2.13/2.35 ERA/FIP/xFIP split.

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

      Well, it is only 14 IP, but any time you have a chance to trade a potentially useful bullpen arm for a downgrade at backup catcher, you have to take it.

      • Brian S.

        I just wanted to see how he was doing after watching Chad Qualls do Chad Qualls things. At least Stewart is a plus pitch framer?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Why not make the more apt comparison, which is Cody Eppley?

      • RetroRob


      • Kramerica Industries

        Only Axisa pulls off that form of snark well.

        Well, at least around these parts.

    • BK2ATL

      Brian Sabean had an interesting offseason. Melky for the now DFA’d Jonathan Sanchez. Kontos for Stewart….

      Funny how those deals worked out.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Pagan for Torres has worked out very well for SF, too, as has signing Gregor Blanco.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Someone just wrote about that Kontos has pitched a grand total of 14 innings. Chris Stewart may not be playing BUC to much our liking, but he’s been doing it all season, and certainly to the team’s liking since he hasn’t been usurped yet. I’m not seeing how trade is an example of anything.

  • Jay

    Too bad Pettitte had to get hurt. If he was healthy, Freddy would be in the pen and the spot starter, Qualls wouldn’t be here and Phelps could be getting some middle relief innings. I’d rather have Phelps be a reliever than starting in the minors in case a starter goes down.

    • Anthony

      Why not leave Phelps in AAA so he can get stretched out and used to starting?

      • Robinson Tilapia


  • eephus_pitch

    Ted’s going to be mad that you called that double “the most Chris Stewart double ever,” when we all know other players have hit doubles that were even more Chris Stewart-y.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Axisa is clearly biased against catchers who don’t hit well.

  • Brian S.

    What the hell happened to Romero? I know he isn’t as good as his ERA was last season but damn I didn’t even realize he’s been replacement level.

    • FIPster Doofus

      He’s one of several normally good starters who have surprisingly gone to hell this season, joining notables like Lester, Haren and Lincecum. Am I forgetting anyone?

  • CUYanks

    Soriano’s creeping up on the league leaders in saves…

    • Cris Pengiucci

      It’s a Yankee Management conspiracy to build up his Saves total and get him a contract offer he can’t refuse after the season. :-)

  • Kramerica Industries

    The Yankees have won 35 of 48 games.

    Consider this – the last time they played a team with a losing record, at the time, were the Tigers at the end of May.

    Now, the last time they played a team with a losing record, who still HAS a losing record, were the Royals, a week and a half before. For those who remember (that is, most of you), it was in the first game of that Royals series where the Yankees hit rock bottom, falling to .500, last place, and when RISP fail was in its fullest force.

    So, when you think about it, the Yankees have played 46 games in this 48 game stretch against teams with winning records. And they’ve won 33 of those 46 games.

    That’s pretty impressive.

    • vicki

      what i took from this post is royals suck.

      • TLVP

        What i took from the post is that AL teams are like pre school children – they are all above average

        Except him over there in the corner, that weird Kansas kid. He’s special but we don’t talk about it.

        The difference is of course that thanks to NL and interleague all AL teams are actually above average.

  • vicki

    holy value, righthanded batman. 1.1 fWAR in 51g, 148pa. i take it all back, druw.

    • FIPster Doofus

      For a total of $4 mill, the Yankees have gotten a combined 34 homers and 2.4 fWAR from Jones and fellow scrapheap veterans Ibanez and Chavez. That’s some legit work by Cashman.

      • eephus_pitch

        I think you mean Cashwoman.
        (stolen from Duh Innings)

  • johnnybk

    Nothing quite so generic as the best player on the best team in baseball coming back from some absence to dominate. Quite generic indeed. Nothing to see here.

    • Rich in NJ

      I hear you, but I would take Cano over CC.

  • DERP

    CC is now at an even 60 WAR for his career. Not bad for someone still shy of their 32nd birthday.

    • gc

      If only he were a “true ace.” :)

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I dunno, Mike……this was a pretty memorable win to me. CC comes back from DL dominant as hell. Not going to forget that anytime soon.

    Everything else was not worth getting worked up over. Chad Qualls must have fucked a lot of girlfriends on here. Worth the experiment. I can see him DFAed when Joba returns. 10 games in first. Whatever.

    Pull out the broom time.

  • Adam Parker

    Didn’t Jeter have a single and a double? ;)

    • TLVP

      How dare you imply that our single-slaping-no-range-SS-that-no-one-would-care-about-if-he-played-for-the-Royals had a double

      What he had was a cheap double (AKA a Chris Stewart doubel)