Yanks go down like wimps against Gonzalez, O’s

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Source: FanGraphs

The Orioles completely outclassed the Yankees on Friday night. Baltimore looked like the first place team as they outhit, outpitched, and outdefended the Bombers, who continued what is now a seven-week long stretch of lackluster play. Let’s recap the latest loss…

  • Coulda Done Better: Last time out, Hiroki Kuroda allowed a three-run homer in the first before settling down to run off zeroes in a complete-game loss. This time he allowed three runs in the second before settled down and allowing just one run the rest of the way. Kuroda surrendered two homers on Friday and has now allowed five in his last five starts after giving up zero dingers in his previous five outings. He didn’t pitch all that well but it wasn’t a total disaster.
  • LMAOffense: It didn’t matcher what the pitcher did because the offensive attack was abysmal. Miguel Gonzalez kept the Yankees off-balance with his changeup, a pitch they couldn’t hit if you told them it was coming. He struck out nine, walked one, and allowed zero runs on four singles. I think Felix Hernandez snuck into the stadium and wore Gonzalez’s jersey. The Yankees did have men on first and second with no outs in the sixth, but the next three hitters — Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher, and Robinson Cano — didn’t bother to hit the ball out of the infield and made outs. Curtis Granderson‘s garbage time homer with one out in the ninth is the only reason the Yankees weren’t shutout.
  • Leftovers: I don’t quite know why Kuroda was taken out with one out in the ninth and 99 pitches, but Derek Lowe came in to put the game out of reach (two runs on four hits). He’s allowed 14 hits in 5.1 innings since the four-out save … Swisher took a big fat 0-for-4 with four strikeouts … Russell Martin went 1-for-3 but he would have had two hits if not for Mark Reynolds‘ diving grab in the third. That was a great play … the Yankees didn’t see their first three-ball count until the sixth inning … I don’t get the pitching changes in the ninth then not pinch-hitting for Eric Chavez and Raul Ibanez against the left-handed Brian Matusz in the ninth.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, ESPN the updated standings. The loss brings the Orioles to within two games of the Yankees, the smallest the division lead has been since June 22nd, a whopping 62 games ago. At least the Rays lost, so they remain four back. Rosters expand on Saturday and David Phelps figures to have a handful of new teammates when he tries to get the Yankees back into the win column against Wei-Yin Chen.

Minor League Update
I don’t have it in me to do a full write-up tonight, but I will link you to the box scores: Triple-A, Double-A, High-A, Low-A, Short Season. LF Ronnier Mustelier (four hits), CF Melky Mesa (two homers), and C Gary Sanchez (homer) highlighted the night. Here’s an update on the rehabbing big leaguers.

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  • Cy Pettitte

    Maybe Girardi could have had a closed door meeting like Mattingly did if he wasn’t so busy making useless pitching changes.

    • Joseph

      That’s exactly what I’m saying maybe he’s gonna wait till the Yankees get swept vs the orioles before he does or says anything smh

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Do you really think if Girardi has a meeting the team will suddenly start hitting better or suddenly get healthy.

        That stuff is way overrated.

        • WHIPunk

          Just because you hear something over and over by people who write articles doesn’t mean its true, look at when Brian Cashman stepped in a few years ago and they went on to win the World Series. I’ve read what you wrote countless times by bloggers, get an original thought bro.

          • WHIPunk

            And I bet your not old enough to really remember the days when George walked the halls, because when he spoke people listened and he motivated the hell out of the team, countless players have said that (Also did he go overboard at times? Yes of course he did, but he did make a difference). Sometimes these guys need a wake-up call when they are sleeping through games.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            You’re right. They went on to win the World Series because of a meeting Cashman had in the first half of the season.

            The two were very clearly cause and effect.

            I’m not saying a meeting can’t have an effect. It can.
            But it’s not going to perform miracles and make shitty hitters suddenly hit or shitty relievers suddenly start pitching great. Plenty of meetings have been held that have absolutely no influence on anything. Case in point, the Red Sox have had meetings this year.

            • FIPster Doofus

              Yep. The Red Sox had meetings last September, too. Meetings aren’t magical remedies.

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          Yeah, but seriously, fucking try it. The “pitching changes” line was stupid but having a team meeting seems like a pretty good idea right about now.

          Is it a magical rememdy? No. Can it have positive effect? Yes, it CAN. Do we have anything to lose at this point? No. Call a fucking meeting.

          • FIPster Doofus

            I agree w/ that.

  • paul a

    OH HOW THE MIGHTY ARE FALLING.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Last time you called the Yankees wimps in the game summary title, they won 36 of their next 49 games.

    Too bad lightning doesn’t strike twice.

    Can’t believe I wasted most of a Friday night on this bullshit.

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

        You just did the research!

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Hey, we don’t know if the lightning hasn’t struck yet!

  • RetroRob

    Let’s recap the latest loss…

    I’d rather have had a full farm report. : -)

  • Kramerica Industries
    • JMK

      Shiiiieeeet.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Wow.

  • DERP

    Still in first place!

  • JMK

    How dare you not have the energy to do a full farm recap, Mike! It’s about the only thing worth looking forward to in Yankee news tonight. (I’m totally kidding, of course; thank you for all the time you spend producing top-notch content for us all, Mike.)

  • Troy

    Not for long..

  • Elmgrovegnome

    I was listening to John Smoltz give his recent theory on the changes taking place in baseball. He said that managers know that teams are going to take a lot of pitches in hopes of getting the starters pitch count up fast and get him out of the game. With the removal of PEDs in baseball the balance between pitching and hitting is evened out and pitchers are not afraid to throw strikes and throw them early, and they get ahead of the hitters.

    The moneyball concepts are being countered. Is this what is happening to the Yankees? Or do they just plain suck?

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    Axisa is cracking.

  • your mom

    Glad I didn’t waste my time watching this stinker. This team is beyond hard to watch right now. Someone needs to shoot some lightning up their assholes.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      I watched Louie and Intervention instead.

    • G

      Yeah me too… No wait I wasted my money going to that crap. AND the 11 inning Blue Jays loss.

      Worst week of baseball I’ve ever had.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Al Aceves has really fallen out of favor with Bobby V.

    He’s going to destroy his arm, purely out of spite.

  • Girardis Braces

    And they fade

    quietly into the night

  • DT

    Offense needs to wake up. Cano needs to step up and stop swinging like shit at pitches out of the zone.

  • Rich in NJ

    I think this could be one of those seasons when just as it looks like they are going down in flames, they get some players back and go on a roll deep into the playoffs, if not a WS.

  • Steve

    The Real Greg is not at all pleased with your headline. It probably doesn’t fall into the range of “acceptable negativity” or whatever shit he is spewing now that his personal life apparently doesn’t revolve around the Yankees

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Just accept that the Yankees are bad and won’t be winning this year. If you’re just as negative as Mike but you write with an even tone that magically makes it better!

      -The Real Greg

  • https://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    He didn’t pinch hit for the lefties in the bottom of the ninth because the completely pointless game of matchups in the top of the ninth pushed a lost cause of a game into “Lets just get everyone home” territory.

  • jim p

    So, can we say Derek Lowe still doesn’t have it? Not every player thrown on the scrap-heap is a gem if you just tinker with them and/or find the right role for them.

    With Joba some time away from getting control back, we have two bullpen guys you put out there to ease the other team’s day.

    We’ll soon know if the Sept callups bring us some arms with a least a new look in the bullpen.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Normally I’m cool with what most people term over-managing but that ninth inning shit with Girardi was just ridiculous.

  • Tom

    Clearly Felix Hernandez did NOT sneak in… he manages a measly 16% swing and miss rate on has change.

    Gonzalez was nearly DOUBLE that at 30%(albeit on a laughably small sample size). Perhaps Girardi can add a changeup factor to his binder when loading the platoons up…. if a guy’s 2nd pitch is a change, it might not be ideal just to stack opposite handed hitters.

    Gonzalez does have a “regular” platoon split (lefties fare better) in terms of OPS, but his FIP and xFIP is actually better against lefties. Given the relatively small sample size it’s hard to take one or the other, but I’m more inclined to trust the FIP/xFIP as it is less BABIP driven. What’s noticable is the K rate is substantially lower against righties (I assume the changeup is driving this) and that tends to stabilize a bit quicker than some of the other rate metrics

    Jeter had a hit, Martin had a hit and another sharply hit ball, and Nix drew a walk. The 6 lefties managed 2 singles and accounted for 8 of the 9 strikeouts against him

    • DT

      I don’t understand why managers don’t look at that more. Maddon is the only one that i’ve read that actually uses same handed batters against change up heavy pitchers

  • stuart a

    I think cano has like 4 rbis in 21 games and 2 were in the same game…

    when he is not protected in the lineup by some adults he flails away and cannot handle it.

    the only thing interesting about this groupd of overpaid underachievers is who they will call up from the minors.

    can a team be more dreadful with RISP? Hard to imagine

    • FIPster Doofus

      “can a team be more dreadful with RISP? Hard to imagine”

      Yes. Statistically, many teams are worse, believe it or not.

      • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

        Wait really?

        • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

          Wow we aren’t even in the worst 10

          • DT

            Shocking no? RISP fail happens to every team

            • Rocky Road Redemption

              I really am shocked. Baseball in general SUCKS with runners in scoring position.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            They are in with RISP with 0 outs I think.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    I’ve been kind of busy of late and haven’t been able to watch that many games, but Jesus H. Christ is this team depressing right now. Not only are all their injuries catching up to them, but they’re mired in a godawful prolonged slump as well. Those two factors combined are a recipe for disaster. All we can hope for is to stay float until Andy, A-Rod and Tex come back and pray to Zeus that they’ll return without a hitch.

    All I ask, is for watching the Yankees to be fun again.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Dickerson will turn the season around.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    This team sucks.

    • Rich in NJ

      This team does suck, but the team with A-Rod, Tex, and Pettitte doesn’t.

      • Kosmo

        provided they perform well down the stretch. All things considered I think the biggest disappointments this season has been the loss of Pettitte and CC´s 2 DL stints.

  • Deep Thoughts

    Meh. I’m gonna skip RAB tonight and watch the April 21st Boston game instead.

  • Bunt Gardner

    I’m convinced someone on the team is wearing Greg Brady’s tiki necklace.

  • dkidd

    it could be worse

    just ask a red sox fan

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    I just want you to see what I have to deal with. Email from a guy I know since junior high school…

    “Do U guys what the games or just read stats and blogs? Any decent pitcher stymies this team. If you watched you’d see a dead team. The bottom of the 6th tonight exemplified exactly where this team is. The only clowns out there are Yankee fans that blindly believe. If they fail to make playoffs they must totally clean house given the collapse.

    After the sweep this weekend and the relaization that we r almost out of the playoffs everyone and I mean everyone except for the YES announcers will focus on what I’ve been saying all year:

    1) No real Ace
    2) At best kuroda and rest of staff r 3’s.
    3) Managers matter – look at Buck
    4) Tex is slighly more durable then Nick Johnson. Wrist hammy respiratory u name it – he gets it.
    5) Granderson trade in hindsight maybe not so brilliant when u look at performance of all 3 players he traded. Under no circumstances should he be signed for a long-term deal for teens – he is hitting .235 – his stats r a 5mm-8mm/year guy
    6) Team batting avg sucks –
    7) Cashman has zero ability to assess young pitchers
    8) the fact that we are waiting for Andy Petite as a savior is ridiculous
    9) We need to get younger thus we cannot re-sign swish or Granderson to long term deals
    10) The team should show some constraint around Cano. He had 6 good weeks this year. If someone wants to give him a pujols contract I’m ok with letting him go. Same comment on Swisher – let them both go to Boston.
    11) Consider a Boston-like dumping – Arod,tex, and maybe CC. Not sure who could absorb them. Start all over again and get rid of the underperformers – assume we need to throw in one decent player.
    11) Cashman has to go”

    This is what I deal with.
    Paul

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      lol
      2) Kuroda and CC are 3’s. That’s just laughable.
      3) apparently Buck wasn’t the manager of the O’s last year, but manager does matter, just probably not as much as some think
      4) Tex does seem to have a lot of things happen, but he’s nowhere near Nick Johnson level
      5) his stats a 5-8M guy? All those $5-8M 35-40 HR hitters out there just grow on trees. (enough of the slump already though Curtis, time for a hot streak)
      6)The 21 worse teams must really suck.
      11) dump ARod – good luck with that
      11) I just like that there are two 11’s.

      • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

        Kuroda and CC are 3’s. In that their ERA/FIP are in that vicinity. To be a legit 1 you have to have a 1 ERA/FIP.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Wow…this is like the worst of stuart a, Duh Innings, and Typical MIT Nerd combined.

      All that I really come close to agreeing on is the first and third sentences of #10.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        Even worse because I get 8-10 emails a night from the dude. Never a single email when they win, though.

    • DT

      You sir are stupid.

  • Really?

    You don’t have it in you to do your job? A baseball team lost. You get paid to cover that team. It’s pretty pathetic that you’d use that as an excuse to not to do your job as fully any completely as possible. I’m sure you’ll have a nice answer to this, but you probably know I’m right that that’s a lame excuse.

    • Travis L.

      Dont like it? Read the Boston blog or something, and get the hell off of RAB. Piss off.

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

      lol my job

      • Travis L.

        Most appreciate you doing this in your FREE TIME, Mike. Thanks.

  • pistol pete

    The Yankees just aren’t good enough now and the future without dipping into the free agency or trade market and increasing the budget is freightening.

  • pistol pete

    The Yanks are weak at catcher, Tex is aging and overpaid at 1b at 23m, Cano needs to be signed and will get a ton of money elsewhere if he goes to free agency, Jeter and Arod are aging and make a ton of money, they have no left fielder, have a difficult decision in CF after this yrs option is picked up with Grandy who is a 235 hitter with power and Swisher is likely gone in RF. Starting pitching is poor, CC is showing wear and tear, Kuroda is a FA and Hughes/Nova/and Phelps don’t scare anyone. They may also lose Soriano and be left with Mo at 43 yrs old and a rehadded knee to close. I wonder if next years team is more like the Yanks of the 1st half or the 2nd half that’s just an aging 500 team.

  • pistol pete

    Here’s what George would do. Sign Hamilton and pick up options on Grandy and Cano, trade for Mauer in Minnesota and dump Martin and Swisher, extend Soriano and get the best available starting pitcher in free agency. Lineup would be Jete Grandy Hamilton Arod Cano Tex Mauer a righty lf and dh. He’s also get the best pitcher available and the hell with the budget and luxury tax.

    • Kosmo

      no he wouldn´t. Sounds more like what pistol pete´s projections are.

      But I think I can understand your level of frustration(s).

    • gc

      No, the first thing George would do is….nothing. Because he’s dead.

  • Stevis

    Well I guess the real Nick Swisher is back!!
    No meeting will save this team…they look so incredibly Awful.
    And Girardi is the real wimp..When will this awful manager show some friggin fire
    I love his after game wrap ups..they want to make me puke
    I turned the game off after Babe Ruth Reynolds hit the home run…just knew that the Bob Gibson inpersonator for the O’s was gonna put them away
    TO ALL THE YANKEE PLYERS….PLEASE READ THIS AND SHOW SOME BALLS

  • Jimmy

    Some thoughts after reading this thread:

    1. No need to panic, really. They’re just going through a prolonged slump. Help is on the way with Tex, ARod & Andy. The Yankees still have the numbers behind them to predict a first-place finish. Yes its frustrating to watch them roll over every night, but this is just a slump. With the injuries, its predictable. As long as they keep in the hunt until the cavalry arrives, they’re going to be fine.

    2. Team meetings are way overrated. The manager & coaches talk to these guys constantly. Having a closed door meeting is good for only team-wide behavioral problems (lack of focus, lack of hustle, hookers in the clubhouse, etc). The myth behind that Cashman meeting in 2009 is a classic post hoc ergo procter hoc fallacy.

    3. George Steinbrenner was a terrible owner until MLB neutered him over the Winfield stuff. How in the world did this creep become some kind of patron saint of good owners?

  • Robert

    Pettite and Arod are not the answer,Yanks just too old!!! Do not sign Swisher he is not clutch!!! The answer is in our minor leagues and it is 2 years away!!!! Youth get younger fast..

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    PANIC EVERYBODY PANICCC!!!!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gqT6En2O78

  • draddE

    Today’s game is it for us. It’s a must win. I hope Girardi has the guys ready. Hard to believe that the Orioles could be AL East Division Champs.

    • gc

      It’s all your fault, you know. You jinxed the team. A few weeks ago you insisted the division was over and that nobody would come close to catching the Yankees. Yesterday afternoon you insisted Kuroda could not be beaten at home and that even the 1998 Yankees couldn’t do so.

      EDDARD MUST GO!!! He’s a cancer to the Yankees universe! Permanent ban for life! Torches and pitchforks to the ready! Boil up some tar and pluck some feathers! EDDARD MUST GO before more lives are ruined!!!!

  • LarryM.,Fl.

    I’m disappointed as any Yankee fan. The team is not hitting at all. The starting pitching is keeping us in games for the most part. The bullpen as finally shown its stripes. How far can you go the Rapada and Eppley as specialists. Now we are relying on Lowe. Yesterday was an indication of how well he will help us. Get rid of him. I rather have a Sept. call-up.

    The team was built around a stacked lineup which showed some promise with 10 games in front of the second place club in the division. But if you are missing MO, Gardner for the season, Arod, Pettitte for 2 months, Teix for two weeks, CC for a month. There are alot of wins missing. The bench players have done their best but were not signed to play as often as they have. Its about the missing playing time of our bread and butter players. Lets face it Swisher can’t be relied on to hit on a consistent basis. Grandy is even worse. They are not worth the long term contracts that will be requested. Go out get heavy into pitching purchases. Go with young guys from within or on the trade block. Catching, RF utility player for second and short and first and third.

    The Yanks are spent until Arod and Pettitte come back. These guys will not be in game shape to assist right away. So the future is bleak. But I have been wrong before.

    Cano is a tough one. If he’s our best hitter who plays a fabulous second base. We may have to bite the bullet and sign but he has not shown the playoff caliber play for the money that he makes.

    Sorry for the rant but I have tickets for the Rays and Yanks Monday and don’t like to watch a crappy team.

  • http://yes jim

    This collapse will take the Braves and Sawx off the hook. Girardi is terrible. But, I have to laugh at Swisher on the post game…”This is only one bad game. If we were playing like this for two weeks I’d be concerned.” You’ve lost seven out of 10. I think that covers two weeks. Also, the stat they put up about Swish and his last four games…two for 16…take away the two, that leaves 14 AB’s of which you’ve struck out 10 times. Amazin’….oops, wrong team. Also, Mike, would the outcome have changed if the Wizard had sent Jones and Pearce up to pinch hit? The thing is, with the new salary cap, it’s only going to get worse. However, a tip of the cap to Derek Jeter. No matter what, this 38 year old and not AROD, Tex, Gardy, Pettite, Nova, Pineda, Feliciano, etc, is still out there. (Thank goodness for Girardi resting his players. They won’t be too tired for the offseason.)

    • LarryM.,Fl.

      Jim: I don’t call it a collapse. My main and only defense of my belief is the the injuries. Slowly, the team started to show limitations. Bench players are who they are. They become exposed to everyday play. Jones has done little but make solid contact about 20 times this year. He has been horrible. Ibanez gave it all he has.
      Nix has played his best along with the star of the bunch Chavez.

      It is what it is. The team will not play small ball even to generate some action at the plate or score some runs. The shifts are perfect oppts. for guys hitting .239 to try and get something going. I blame Girardi for not being proactive with this limited bunch. Stop waiting for lightning in a bottle. Its not going to happen at least go down with a fight. Swisher falls apart when any pitcher has a decent breaking pitching or any off speed offering.

  • http://yes jim

    LarryM….I wasn’t commenting on your rant…just the Yankees. Cash trades a catcher who they say is too big with little defense, but, he can hit. Size hasn’t stopped Mauer or Wieters and the defense of Stewart, well, there isn’t any. Both pitchers go south and Montero is doing a reasonable job for the Mariners, who, thanks for Ichiro…why get him and release Wise, who was hitting, stealing bases, playing defense, and even with the money thrown in, had to be cheaper. You trade for McGeehee, who doesn’t do that well, but, better than Pearce, that you had in the first place. It just reminds me of what they said about Connie Mack. That he would do enough just to keep the team in contention and the fans in the seats, but, you don’t win so you don’t have to give raises. I hope you can enjoy the game.

    • DT

      Have you watched Montero this year? He hasn’t hit shit. His offense is only a tick better than Martin this year which says nothing.

  • Jimmy

    What is the world coming to when Notre Dame plays Navy in Dublin and you don’t hear a single fight song for the entire game? Their budgets didn’t allow them to fly the bands over?

  • John Bonanno

    The Yankees just might collapse like the Red Sox did last year. The Yankees have similar problems as the Sox. But the Sox at least have admitted they have a problem and are dealing with it.

    • DT

      So who’s been giving this team chicken and beer? Sox had a lackadaisical club house of bad personalities. This team has injuries. Completely the same problem.