Sabathia falters again as Yanks fall to Rays


Source: FanGraphs

Winning three in a row was just too much ask, I suppose. The Yankees used a familiar script to lose to the Rays on Friday night, taking a lead early before giving it back and putting together a late-rally that fell just short. Let’s recap…

  • The Lead: The Yankees managed to get on the scoreboard first, with a second inning single from Steve Pearce that plated Russell Martin with two outs. That little flare to shallow center all but guarantees that Pearce will continue to get regular at-bats against lefties these next two weeks. For shame.
  • Four Losses: For the first time since he signed in New York, the Yankees have lost four straight CC Sabathia starts. The left-hander turned in another underwhelming performance, which again featured a blown lead (just the one run though) and four runs in 6.2 innings. Know what the worst part is? Sabathia threw first pitch strikes to 25 of 29 (!!!) hitters, which is just insane. Off-the-charts good. Yet the Rays still tagged him for six hits and two walks. CC just has to be better. There’s no other way to put it. They’re going nowhere without him.
  • Fight Back: The Yankees did not go quietly into the night after Tampa took the lead, getting a run back on Curtis Granderson‘s solo homer in the fifth (off the top off the right-center field wall) and two back on Alex Rodriguez two-run shot in the eighth. David Price has allowed just three homers to lefties this season, and two have been by Granderson. The other was hit by Robinson Cano. A-Rod‘s shot was a no-doubter off Joel Peralta, hitting the facing of the second deck in right.
  • Leftovers: Eduardo Nunez made some very nice defensive plays early in the game, including two ranging into the hole to his right. Then he whiffed on a routine ground ball with two outs in the ninth that led to an insurance run … speaking of bad defense, this won’t be one for the Russell Martin highlight reel. He let three balls get by him (two were called wild pitches, but one of those went right though his legs) and Tampa stole three bases in three attempts … Derek Jeter (two singles) was the only Yankee with multiple hits, though A-Rod (homer and walk) reached twice as well … the Rays scored six runs in this game after scoring six runs total while getting swept in Baltimore over the weekend … Jerry Meals got in the way of a would-be double (it was a single instead), the second time in a week he’s screwed something up and cost the Yankees in some way. has the box score and video highlights while ESPN has the updated standings. The Orioles are out on the West Coast and if they beat the Athletics they’ll have sole possession of and they lost to the Athletics so they’re still tied with New York for first place in the AL East. The Rays are three back. The Yankees will look to get back into the win column on Saturday afternoon when Ivan Nova makes what I hope is a triumphant return to the rotation. He’ll be opposed by Jamie Shields. Check out RAB Tickets for some last-minute deals if you want to catch the game.

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  1. Cy Pettitte says:

    @SBethiaumeESPN Elias says CC Sabathia is first #Yankees pitcher to blow a lead in 5 straight starts since Kei Igawa in 2007.

    CC is now Kei Igawa bad.

  2. JonS says:

    How about the 3Ks of the mighty Rays lineup for CC?

  3. Brilliance on all sides of the ball tonight for the Yankees.

    They have lost four of the six series openers to the Rays. And then you wonder why their record against them is so terrible.

  4. rogue says:

    not an ace

  5. DT says:

    CC looked like he had good command of his fast ball today. But his other pitches looked off.

  6. rogue says:

    Josh Hamilton will be a Yankee next year. 2014 threshold be damned.

  7. WhittakerWalt says:

    Is this the worst stretch of CC’s career? It sure feels like it. He gave up three runs to the bottom of the Rays order, and they ain’t exactly Murderer’s Row even at the top.

  8. dontchaknow says:


  9. Dave M says:

    This is getting old.

  10. captain kiwi says:

    aiyiyi… rooting for the a’s like a mother right now.

  11. Chilango says:

    Serious housecleaning in the off season PLEASE.

    • Pat D says:

      Alright, then. Show us your plan.

      Tell us who you’d hire as GM, manager and all the coaching positions. Tell us exactly what roster changes you’d make.

      Then after you come up with suggestions that aren’t realistic, we’ll have a good laugh.

      • Chilango says:

        I meant get rid of some of the players. We’re stuck with Tex, ARod and CC until 2016 – 17 but maybe Swish, Grandy, Martin and the platoon guys can be let go. Who would replace them is of course, an open question.

        • Pat D says:

          But that’s the trouble. If you’re so willing to jettison those guys, you’ve got to have a little bit more specific an idea as to who will take their places.

      • TomH says:

        Don’t be silly. If he thinks a house-cleaning is in order after this year’s dismal performance, he’s being entirely reasonable. And to do so, he certainly does not need to provide you with a “plan” including the names of GM, et al. and “exact roster changes.” Where on earth did you ever get that idea?

        If a guy says after Pearl Harbor, that housecleaning needs to be done, he’s absolutely correct. He does not, however, need to provide the names of Admirals, Generals, captains, commanders, etc.

        A guy complains that the table he paid a carpenter to build is no damned good: it wobbles, is too low, etc. He doesn’t have to provide detailed plans of how to make a new one.

        Where the hell did these silly badgerings start?

        He’s right. You’re wrong. Game over. You lose.

        • BigDavey88 says:


        • Pat D says:

          See, this is why I get pissed at myself for getting into these discussions.

          Chilango did nothing but whine about this shit during the game thread, so it annoyed me. I’m sick of so many people on this site being armchair GM’s, demanding change, but not saying what should change or actually providing alternatives. Since so many people on this site seem to think they could do a better job than the people who do, it’d be nice to see them put up or shut up.

          Your analogies don’t remotely apply either. Try again.

          • TomH says:

            Of course they apply, and you’re still acting like a hack amateur prosecutor for asking those dumb questions.

            Don’t try again.

      • Andy Pettitte's Fibula says:

        So I guess your plan is to bring back the same aging underachieving team and hope for the best?

        Now that deserves a good laugh

    • jesse says:

      Probably the biggest move they would make is firing Girardi and some of the coaches, and trading Grandy. That’s probably as far as they would go, I guess.

  12. Mike Stanley says:

    A’s are a lot of fun to watch. What a story.

  13. Bil says:

    I would have had CC and Tex on the first flight to the Dodgers!

  14. Rey22 says:

    So if the Yankees could choose a starter for a do or die game right now, who do you go with?

    Dare I say….Phil Hughes? Even Kuroda has looked shaky lately. Definitely not CC right now.

  15. Pat D says:

    Orioles lost, so there’s that.

  16. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Honestly, I’m just really relieved the upper vowels won.

    I get the feeling that if we relinquish first that’s it for us.

  17. Rich in NJ says:

    Nunez is a tough spot; I hope they keep playing him. Their offense stinks and he is one of the few guys who puts the ball in play while hitting it hard without being HR-conscious.

  18. Endlessmike says:

    I’m just glad there no more of derek jeter and who else he passed on the all time charts.This teams needs to win and I hope no more YES network or Michael Kay talking about how we lost but how great Jeter is.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      They keep comparing him to Willie Mays, which is ludicrous. Willie Mays is probably the best player of all time. Jeter might crack the top 50. Jeter has more hits? Whoopee. Willie has 400 more home runs.

      • DC says:

        Thanks. Unfortunately, I do not get YES where I live. I hadn’t heard direct comparisons to Mays; only things like “you know you’re in good company when you pass Mays in hits”.

      • FIPster Doofus says:

        Whoopee indeed. No one has said Jeter is better than Mays. Nevertheless, it’s still a massive accomplishment to pass Willie in such an important category.

      • Andrew says:

        You know how great Willie would have been if he stayed in NY. The winds in Candlestick cost him many, many homers. His teams finished second so many times I’ve lost count. I still have images of Willie catching the final out of the 1962 playoff and throwing the ball to the right stands.

        • Pat D says:

          He still hit more homers at Candlestick than on the road during those years. Obviously being in the Polo Grounds would have been better for him, but he really didn’t lose that many homers to Candlestick.

          Rob Neyer did an analysis of this in one of his books.

      • JohnnyC says:

        Strawman much?

        • WhittakerWalt says:

          YES are the ones who keep bringing up the comparison, not me. They make it sound like both players are of equal caliber, just because Jeter’s better at one thing. Jeter’s a great hitter, we all know that. But he’s a great singles hitter.
          It’s like a few years back when writers liked to say that Tony Gwynn was the best hitter since Ted Williams because they both won a lot of batting titles. Picking just one component of hitting to make your guy look good is doing a disservice to the other guy. At least when the other guy is Ted Williams.

      • JohnnyC says:

        No one said JeterDerek was better han MaysWillie. Personally, I think he’s just marginally better than RizzutoPhil or HarrelsonBud.

        • Evan3457 says:

          That’s either sarcasm I can’t detect or a bad attempt at humor.

          Harrelson is not nearly HOF caliber.
          Rizzuto is barely HOF caliber.
          Jeter is an automatic first-ballot lock HOF.

  19. jesse says:

    Well, at least the Magic Number sidebar photo is pretty awesome, so there’s that.

  20. stuart a says:

    I only saw the forst 5 innings. heard the rest.

    CC is not that good. If the ykeep on calling him an ace I am going to throw up.

    Yanks scored 4 runs, that is a mini miracle…WHo in there right mind thought they were coming back? Only fools. They have come back late(9th)exactly zero times..

    Cano did his usaul, dp wit hRISP. but john sterling said he hit a fould homer, do they get 1/2 a run for that?

    swisher with some more clutch ab’s tonight. sign him to a 5 year extension…….

    cc cannot put guys away plain and simple. he has been bad lately, bottom line.

    eppley why again do they pitch him? the guy has been horrible for 20 + games, not a bad weekend….

    this team sucks..bottom line they cannot score runs…this is the worst offensive yankee team and most unclutch in 8 to 10 years or so…..

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      they’ve had 8 comebacks…….

      ….when trailing at……..

      ,……the start of 8th inning,…….,

      but they don’t count as ………

      …. late and clutch

      ,.,because it’s not ..,…

      ….the 9th inning…



      • Andrew says:

        The only stat you need to know is that they are 0-54 when trailing after the 8th inning. Incredible, they should be disqualified from the playoffs on that stat alone. However, they are the Yankees and if they make the playoffs, who knows?

        • Evan3457 says:

          Yes, because that overall wins and losses thing, meh. I hear the NFL is going to an “all 4th quarter comebacks” based standings, which should benefit the Giants immensely.

    • DC says:



      Thrown…..up, yet?…

  21. stuart a says:

    i forgot my jerry meals rant. this ump is a fuckin jackass. cost them a tie in the texiera out at first play and cost them a run tonight on the Nunez double…

    MLB are fuckin morons……….

  22. pistol pete says:

    Can’t hit or pitch and the Yanks are tied for 1st with 18 games left, incredible. Not 1 starter is solid right now and not one bat hot right now. The Yanks are on fumes, I just hope the other teams can’t stand their new found prosperity like Oakland and Baltimore. Both are younger and pitch better.

    • Evan3457 says:

      The O’s pitched really well when the Yanks got 31 runs off them in the 4-game series over the weekend. Oops, sorry, I forgot, it’s Camden Yards, so the games don’t count.

  23. Tom says:

    Three things:

    1) Eppley has now allowed a run in 7 of his last 15 appearances (if my counting is right) and it’s not like he’s throwing full innings either. Down 2 runs in the 8th is not give up time; if Robertson wasn’t available Joba should have been in there, if not Joba than it’s time to put Wade ahead of Eppley in the bullpen rotation.

    Phelps should fix this a bit, but Girardi has got to realize that he’s a low leverage option and needs to be treated like one.

    2) It’s short leash time for CC. Tonight was tough because the bullpen was trashed and Girardi didn’t have a ton of options but going forward I think you have to treat CC like you would Hughes or Kuroda in a tight spot. I don’t think he should get that extra batter or two that he might have gotten in the past.

    3) Tonight is the hidden impact of RISP failures and small ball (like bringing in pinch hitters to bunt when you are up a couple of runs), as well as the “why bother pinch hitting up 2 – 4 runs” mentality

    Chris Stewart should not be batting late in the game with runners in scoring position (unless it’s a blowout). The bench is too big to have platoon hitters left in against same handed pitchers unless it’s a defensive consideration (Chavez, Ichiro). Pinch hitting so you can bunt in the 6th inning while up 2 runs? That’s not small ball, that’s “how do I keep the game close” ball by minimizing the chances of a multiple run inning. The Yankees bullpen was largely unavailable because of the RISP failure and poor Girardi tactics over the past 2-3 games before tonight.

  24. stuart a says:

    cano under 300 still on pace to get about 80 rbi’s… biggest dissapointment on the team. he cannot come up any smaller.. he sucks…on swisher we all know he is unclutch and folds but cano we had hope…

    joba is looking alotbetter

  25. Get Phelps Up says:

    A sellout in Oakland for the Orioles and As tonight. Pretty nuts. At least they all went home happy.

  26. stuart a says:

    cc vs price not pretty prcie 5 and 1 and tampa won 9 of the 10 starts. CC is not an ace. he has been bad for a month. the yanks blow leads all the time..they cannot hold a lead and cannot come back late, that is called a serious problem.

  27. Brian S. says:

    I think the ‘not an ace’ meme is no longer a meme.


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  29. Bavarian Yankee says:

    once again Sabathia can’t do it in a big game. So frustrating.

  30. Wayne says:

    Looks like we are making the wild card if we make playoffs. I really think cc is getting old and his weight is finally catching up to him. He has been hurt twice this year. I don’t think he has another run in him!

  31. Mick taylor says:

    Last winter I called Richard neer on the fan and said I would not resign sabathias because it seemed he might be in decline. After his pitching in the Detroit playyoffs. I told Richard I would not give ccthe extra years and would go with Burnett saving the money for younger pitchers. I think cc is finished and his contract will be another disaster by crashman. Also, swisher should not be resigned again last night in a pressure filled game he choked. If he had even walked in front of Alex the game would be tied. And why is this piece of shit andruw jones still playing. Could Johnny Damon be any worse .

  32. Wayne says:

    Correction I think he might have one more run in him but it won’t come till playoff time!

  33. Mike says:

    I wonder if the yanks fail to make the playoffs if Cashman is given a chance to “fix” it , or will he pull a Theo and get going while the getting is good…..?

    • Andy Pettitte's Fibula says:

      “Go while the getting is good?”

      Cashman has made a mess out of the Yankees. They have huge long term money committed to aging underachieving vets and are pretty much at their payroll ceiling. They have nothing exciting on the farm that’s expected to be ready within the next 2 years. Even if they had big money to throw around, the FA market looks pretty crappy over the next few years.

      Take a look at Keith Law’s article about the Yankees. Things don’t look too bright.

    • JohnnyC says:

      Actually with his pending divorce settlement, Cashman has no recourse but to keep working for the Yankees, much as he’d probably prefer a Theo-like deal somewhere else. Billy Beane stayed with the A’s mostly because of the shared custody of his daughter.

  34. CountryClub says:

    I keep seeing people talk about Girardi getting fired if they miss the playoffs. Girardi isn’t getting fired.

  35. bonestock94 says:

    How can a winning season be this enraging…

  36. paul a says:

    It confuses the shit out of me how a team with the 1/8th of a payroll the Yankees have can consistanly out play us. I put all this blame on Cashman, its about time he should be held responsible for putting together a roster of AARP members who have failed miserly down the stretch

    • TCMiller30 says:

      Easy.. Our payroll is high because we have old players on the decline. There’s is low because they’ve been drafting in the top 5 of the draft every year until about 3 years ago. Cost controlled young players vs. aging vets..

      Let me know if there’s anything else you don’t understand.

      • JohnnyC says:

        All well and good but here’s something to think about. Matt Moore was selected in the 8th round of the 2007 draft. The Yankees selected these players before Moore was plucked by the Rays: Andrew Brackman, Austin Romine, Ryan Pope, Brad Suttle, Adam Olbrychowski, Richard Weems and Damon Sublett. 0 for 7. Eerily similar to their nightly RISP numbers. Let’s stop blowing smoke at the Yankees’ allegedly great farm system.

        • Pat D says:

          This is nit-picking. Every other team could should be knocked for not picking Moore either.

          Who wasn’t drafted by whom is a game you can play for all eternity. The Mets took Steve Chilcott instead of Reggie Jackson. The Rangers took David Clyde instead of Robin Yount or Dave Winfield. The Pirates took Bryan Bullington instead of B.J. Upton, Zack Greinke, Prince Fielder, Cole Hamels or Matt Cain. The Rays took Tim Beckham instead of Buster Posey.

          And on and on and on.

    • DC says:

      Apparently so do fractions.

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