Yanks give away another one, fall to Rays

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And now the losing streak at Tropicana Field is up to the nine games, as the Yankees were once again beaten by the Island of Misfit Hitters who populated the Rays’ lineup on Tuesday. Jeff Keppinger and Sean Rodriguez did the honors this time, as he Bombers compounded the problem by making errors — both physical and mental — and outs on the bases.

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No, Nova

On the one-year anniversary of the day he was sent to the minors to make room in the rotation for Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova turned in an ugly six-run, six-inning appearance against Tampa. Granted, three of those runs were unearned after Russell Martin didn’t hold onto the ball on a play at the plate, but runs are runs. We can’t blame the hanging slider to Keppinger that resulted in a two-run single one batter later on Martin, that’s all on Nova. One inning later he grooved a 2-1 pitch that Rodriguez hit out of the park for a two-run homer, effectively the game-winner.

I really don’t have to much to add here. Nova didn’t pitch well but it happens, guys aren’t to be on their game each and every time out. It’s just annoying when you get beat by guys like Keppinger and Rodriguez, especially when Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce are on the shelf. You can’t let those two guys beat you, and the Yankees have in the last two games.

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Bad Send

The Yankees scored a pair of first inning runs for the second straight night, then Dewayne Wise tacked on a third run two innings later with a solo homer off one of the catwalks. I dunno what’s gotten into that guy, but they should pass it around the clubhouse. They scored a fourth run — an inning after Tampa tied it at three — when Eric Chavez singled in Raul Ibanez, who chugged around third and scored when Desmond Jennings’ throw to the plate was offline. That was a pretty good send with two outs with Martin on deck, but an accurate throw beats Raul by about 15 feet.

They got lucky with the throw that inning, but not in the sixth. Robinson Cano was thrown out at the plate on Ibanez’s double down the line, which was just an awful send by third base coach Robbie Thomson. The throw beat Cano to the plate by about ten feet and although he made the play closer than it should have been with a creative slide, the fact that the ball beat him to the base by that much shows it was a bad send. With one out, you gotta stop the man at third and take your chances. Thompson admitted his mistake after the game but it was too little, too late. The out at the plate completely took the wind out of the Yankees’ sails and they put just one runner on-base the rest of the game.


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Cano forgot how many outs there were in the first, simply putting his head down and running on Nick Swisher‘s fly ball and getting doubled off the base. I say this all the time, but I’m going to have to repeat it again: physical mistakes happen, they’re part of the game. Mental mistakes are far less forgivable. Robbie’s gotta know better than that.

Martin not only went 0-for-4 at the plate, but he committed two errors — one on the play at the plate and another when he threw the ball into center field — and allowed five stolen bases in five chances. I don’t think you can overstate how awful the team’s catchers have been this season, both at the plate and behind it. They’ve been brutal.

Derek Jeter (single and double), Cano (two singles), Ibanez (two doubles), and Wise (homer and single) all had two hits each. Curtis Granderson doubled off Carlos Pena’s glove and Chavez sliced a little run-scoring ground ball single through the left side. The Yankees drew zero walks and went a healthy 3-for-8 (.375) with runners in scoring position. Some more homers would have helped.

Chad Qualls allowed two runs — one his own and one he inherited from Clay Rapada who inherited it from Nova — but was nice enough to throw 36 pitches across 1.2 innings to spare everyone else in the bullpen. He’s now allowed ten (!) of the 16 runners he’s inherited to score this season, an awful 62.5%. Thank goodness he was on the Phillies for just about all of that.

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  • Kramerica Industries

    Never thought I’d see the day where Fenway Park was the more desirable place to be during a two-city roadtrip.

    But I don’t see how it isn’t in this case. The Trop just sucks in so many ways…

    • eephus_pitch

      At least Fenway’s pretty, though a little bit cramped. And it has history. And it’s in a nice part of town.
      The Trop’s got none of that.

      • Kramerica Industries

        And as annoying as many of them are, many Red Sox fans know and appreciate the game and history of baseball.

        Most Rays fans have none of that. Except annoyance. They have that in spades.

        • Get Phelps Up

          The Rays have fans?

        • Brian S.

          Red Sox fans only appreciate the history of baseball because they yearn for a time when only whites were allowed to play.

          • Kramerica Industries

            By that logic, what the hell do you think a southern city like St. Petersburg or Tampa is?

            Just thank God we’re not Alabama. Who, by extension, probably thank God that they aren’t Mississippi.

            • RocketMan86

              Yeah, southern city = racism. Seriously, with that progressive intellect, someone at NBC will be call you to fill in for their brilliant audiences.

              I hate Boston for plenty of reasons, but the racism jokes are disgusting and ignorant. Cease the stupidity, please.

              Oh, BTW-

              Alabama, Mississippi, Tampa >>>>>>>>> wherever the hell Kramerica Industries and Brian S. are located.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                I think Kramerica is actually IN Tampa.

                Jokes typically paint everyone with too wide a brush. Growing up in Florida, I am no fan of it, but there’s good and bad people everywhere.

      • forensic

        I’ve heard a lot of things about Fenway, good and bad, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard it being called ‘pretty’.

        • Brian S.

          It’s a rat infested dump.

        • eephus_pitch

          Parts of it are very pretty. The outside looks great. The field itself looks great. Inside, like right after you get in the building, that’s the gross part.
          Can’t say I’ve ever seen any rats on the premises, though the back alleys of that neighborhood have some. So what. NY has rats, too.
          Fenway’s a classic. I can hate the Sox and still admire their ballpark.

  • The fax

    I think besides the rotation and bench the Yankees should really look into acquiring a catcher Martin has been awful this year and were now in july. Maybe look at Carlos Ruiz or Ryan doumit just to name a few.

    • eephus_pitch

      I’ve tried being patient with Martin, but it’s wearing pretty thin. He and Stewart are both terrible, though. They’d have to make some kind of deal.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Unfortunately, there isn’t likely to be anybody significantly better available via trade. Doumit just signed a 2 year extension, so likely isn’t going anywhere. I would imagine with the high paid veterans the Phillies have, they will be looking to contend next season, in which case I would think they would very much want to hang on to Ruiz.
      There just aren’t many good catchers, and the teams that have them generally don’t want to part with them.

    • Knoxvillain

      I’d love to have Carlos Ruiz. I think a Banuelos, Warren, Marshall, Culver, and Mesa/Adams or someone else of that type would get it done. I’d do it.

      • Brian S.

        Russ and Banuelos for McCann. The Braves are just dying to get their hands on a Russ and Ross platoon.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          You’re in this McCann thing to win it, aren’t you?

  • The fax

    I think besides the rotation and bench the Yankees should really look into acquiring a catcher Martin has been awful this year and we’re now in july. Maybe look at Carlos Ruiz or Ryan doumit just to name a few.

    • The fax

      Whoops sorry for the double post

  • barry

    Just to be a hater:
    Would typos be considered mental errors? There are always plenty to be found and all you have to do to resolve one is read your work. Food for thought.

  • eephus_pitch

    I miss Jorge Posada. His defense was meager but at least he could hit. The guys they have now can’t do anything right at all.

    • Evan3457

      I don’t.

      • eephus_pitch

        You’re wrong.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I always miss Posada. I don’t miss 2011 Posada.

      • eephus_pitch

        Well, no. No one would miss that. Though even 2011 Posada was a better hitter than these two no-shows.

  • forensic

    Just so much bad in this game. Can’t wait till they’re done in this damn ballpark until September after tomorrow.

    The catchers are useless, but hey, at least they run well for catchers…

    Terrible overall defense, must’ve used up the good stuff yesterday…

    Terrible decision by 3rd base coach.

    Terrible bunt by Jeter. I know he’s been terrible for 2 months, but you’re bunting a guy (Wise) who can certainly steal 2nd himself, up a base for Granderson who is horrid against Shields. Predictably they didn’t score.

    The pitching against these terrible hitters is embarrassing. They’ve scored 11 runs total in these two games. Other than 2 games against the even more terrible Marlins, the last time the Rays scored a total of 11 runs in any two consecutive games was May. That sounds pretty random, but basically it means everyone else in the majors has gotten them out for nearly a month and a half other than the Marlins and Yankees. That’s sad.

    There’s probably more but it’s not really worth it right now. Just try to get through tomorrow without any long-term injuries to key players and jump back into the season on Friday.

  • forensic

    I don’t think you can overstate how awful the team’s catchers have been this season, both at the plate and behind it. They’ve been brutal.

    I’m sure next time Martin flukes into doing something good the day after Stewart starts you’ll still be sure to show up with your ‘It’s good to see a real catcher’ comment in the game thread though.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      compared to Chris Stewart, Martin is a real catcher

      • forensic

        And yet they’re separated by only 50 points in OPS. It’s just the easiest acquired number right now, but basically a couple hits and/or an XBH by Stewart tomorrow and that narrows much more, almost making it even.

        Yes, Stewart is terrible, and it’s SSS anyway, but it’s funny when people try to rationalize Martin by using Stewart as a comparison, as if that in itself doesn’t totally summarize Martin’s standing at this point anyway.

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          I’m definitely not saying Martin has been at all good. He’s been absolutely god awful. Yet despite having essentially a career worst year so far, (and Stewart matching his career best wRC+), Martin is still better. Doesn’t say anything good about Martin, it just speaks to how awful Stewart is. Obviously Stewart being worse than Martin doesn’t make putting up with Martin’s performance this season any easier.

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      You bet I will. Martin sucks but he’s worlds better than Stewart.

      • Brian S.

        Agreed. I don’t like Russ but at least he could pass as Major League ball player. Chris Stewart belongs in AAA.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Go Oakland!!!!

    at least there’s that

    • forensic

      Seattle too. They both suck, but they’ve at least played valiantly recently against Boston and Baltimore. Way tougher games and more losses than either expected, I’m sure.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Lol Red Sox

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, at least ex- embedded Yankee Al Aceves spit the bit tonight in Oakland.

    And yes, I totally stole that joke from yesterday’s recap.

  • Kevin

    The Rays have scored 11 runs because our defense has been crappy the past two games.
    Kinda sucks..if we had won both of our games..Boston would be dead and buried by now,seeing as how they just lost.

    • Get Phelps Up

      They’ll be buried this weekend.

  • Brian S.

    I don’t even care about the loss now that the Red Sox have lost. Go Phelps Go!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      What loss? The Yanks haven’t played today yet.

  • Bubba

    I take solace in the fact that Black Hole Martin turned down a three year $30M extension.

    • Hummingbird S.

      Cashman and the Yankees might have dodged a bullet on that one. Otherwise it would have been just another awful contract by our FO.

  • LarryM.,Fl.

    Where is the fan confidence poll after the last two games against the Rays. The team has played horrible at all the wrong times. The Rays have guys hitting .211 kicking the $hiT out of us. It doesn’t help that our fielding has set up numerous extra outs for the pitcher to navigate. How many hits got past Arod at third to his right side toward the end of the game.This team presently shows no mental or physical approach to winning games in a playoff situation. You can tell when teams are headed into the playoffs and playing good mental and physically sound baseball. IMHO the Yankees are far from it. Wise has displayed the answer to Ibanez in the field presently. I don’t know how long it will last but its pleasant to watch.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    I picked a bad week to stop sniffing glue, but a good week to miss a lot of bad Yankee baseball.

    • Bubba

      Airplane ref… Classic

  • swishers chickens

    How much longer does girardi keep putting martin there, cervelli cant hit better than .181? I know cervelli isnt great defensively but martin isnt great either, this isnt posada struggling, the yankees do not owe martin any loyalty, bring back cervelli, at least hes entertaining

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    So basically, to avoid getting swept and give up 3 games in the standings to the Rays we have to:

    Beat David Price
    Hope Phelps’s 80 pitches gets us to the 5th inning
    Count on a mix and match bullpen for the remaining 4 innings
    Reverse the Tropicana stench

    ….no problem.

  • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

    Probably picking on a pretty insignificant point from the article here, but: “I don’t think you can overstate how awful the team’s catchers have been this season, both at the plate and behind it. They’ve been brutal.”

    Are you kidding? Chris Stewart has been good on both ends. He calls a good game and puts the bat on the ball pretty well. No…he’s not the typical “Yankee” style hitter. He doesn’t work the count and he doesn’t hit for power. But he’s gotten as many clutch hits as Martin has all year in a fraction of the at-bats. I wouldn’t make him the starter by any means, but since Martin doesn’t seem like he’s ever going to hit this year, I might think about getting Stewart into the game more often…at least until he starts hitting more in line with his history.

    Bottom line is Martin is generally a zero at the plate this year and I never expect anything to happen (except an out) when he’s at the plate. At least I feel Stewart might poke a soft liner into the outfield when he’s up.

    I’ll agree that the catchers have pretty much been a zero on a whole for the year, but most of that is thanks to Martin. Stewart has given all that should be expected of him and at least deserves some credit for that. He wasn’t expected to come in and be Bill Dickey after all.