CC dominates Sox; Yankees end five-game skid

Neal goes deep twice in Triple-A loss
2013 One-Third Point Season Review

Source: FanGraphs

That first win after an extended losing streak always feels great. The Yankees snapped their five-game skid with a 4-1 win over the Red Sox on Friday in a game that featured an awful lot of positives. It was more than just a win in the standings. Let’s recap:

  • Ain’t Dead Yet: CC Sabathia‘s career obituary was being written a few days ago, but he responded with a dominant ten-strikeout showing against Boston, allowing just one run in 7.1 innings. His fastball averaged 92.6 mph and topped out at 94.4 mph according to PitchFX, and he held it deep into the game — his final pitch (#109) registered 92.6 mph. Sabathia had maybe his best slider of the year, getting seven swings and misses out of the 17 he threw. He also recorded 19 of his 22 outs on the infield. It was vintage CC and it was something the Yankees desperately needed to see. Huge game for him.
  • Patience: New York didn’t exactly hit the snot out of the ball — six singles and one double, that’s all — but there were a lot of quality at-bats and deep counts. It’s not a coincidence that happened on the night Mark Teixeira (leadoff walk in the second sparked a two-run rally) and Kevin Youkilis (run-scoring single in the fifth) returned to the lineup — those guys saw a combined 36 pitches in eight plate appearances. After collectively going three games without a walk, Brett Gardner drew a free pass to open the game. Jon Lester also walked two of the first four men he faced. As team, the Yankees averaged 4.24 pitches per plate appearances on Friday compared to 3.73 during the four games against the Mets. Huge difference.
  • Four Runs Is Enough: It only felt like the Yankees broke out offensively against Lester. Four runs against him is pretty good, but they aren’t out of the wood just yet. Jayson Nix and Ichiro Suzuki plated the first two runs with singles following Teixeira’s walk and Vernon Wells’ booming double to center, then three innings later Youkilis singled in the third run. Gardner slapped a two-strike single to left for an insurance run in the seventh. Lester settled down in the middle innings, but the Yankees got to him early and late. Going 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position sure helped as well.
  • Leftovers: David Robertson retired both men he faced and Mariano Rivera pitched around two ground ball singles in the ninth for his 19th save … Chris Stewart killed one rally with a ground ball double play and another by foolishly trying to go first-to-third on a single to left. He can’t seem to get out of his own way … believe it or not, the three through seven hitters went a combined 2-for-16 with two walks … Sabathia posted his first zero-walk, double-digit strikeout game since 2008 with the Brewers. He hadn’t done it against an AL team since 2007. has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The win moves the Yankees back into a tie (in the loss column) with the Red Sox atop the AL East. Chris Dickerson and the Orioles walked off against the Tigers, so they remain one back in the loss column. Phil Hughes and Felix Doubront match up in the second game of this three-game set on Saturday night. Check out RAB Tickets for last minute ticket deals.

Neal goes deep twice in Triple-A loss
2013 One-Third Point Season Review
  • Robinson Tilapia

    That felt like a very nice press of the reset button. CC looked great, and our returning heroes made small contributions while, yes, still looking like they’ve got a bit of work before they return to form. A whole lot of narratives potentially busted here. Maybe not the biggest win of the year thus far, but certainly one of the most satisfying.

    • Bob Buttons

      That extra satisfaction seeing how CC stepped up and stopped our streak against a rival after being dreadful the past few starts.

    • trr

      indeed, a real breath of fresh air…

  • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    Its one game so I’m not going to go crazy, but it was sure nice to see Tex and Youk in the line-up.

    BTW I was at the game and I never seen so many beautiful women. Maybe it was because Kate Upton was at game and she raises the ante for the whole place, but damn.

    Boar’s Head Natural All Beef Hot Dogs Presents Mustang’s Has Been and Wannabee of the Game Awards:

    The Wannabe of the game is Jayson “I’m just keeping SS warm for you Jeter” Nix

    The Has Been of the game is CC ” I’m still the fucking ace” Sabathia

    Now can we move slowly of the edge of the bridge please?

    • Pat D

      They could leave the bridge, but they’d just do this instead.

    • Bob Buttons

      Some still chooses to walk backwards into the oncoming traffic, me thinks.

    • jjyank

      Some people just live on the bridge, and don’t want to bother packing their bags. Such if life.

      I know we shouldn’t make too much of one start, but it’s hard not to be encouraged by CC after tonight. The velocity ticked back up, the swing and misses were coming, and a solid offense was held firmly in check. CC is still an ace.

      • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

        “Some people just live on the bridge, and don’t want to bother packing their bags. Such if life.”

        SOOOO TRUE !!!! and what a horrible way to go through life.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      They can stay on the bridge as long as the bridge confines itself to game threads.

    • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

      Man it’s been far too long since one of these!!

      • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

        I was think exactly the same thing dude.

  • forensic

    Very nice win. Given how CC reacted and felt after his last game that he would be very fired up tonight, especially given the losing streak too. Nice to see him really come up big tonight.

    The lineup does just have a much nicer feel and look to it with Youk and Tex back. Very happy to see Cano back to #3 where I think he belongs. May not get to see the full lineup until they face a righty on Sunday, but it’s still an improvement.

    Hopefully they can improve even more against Doubront who had 4 quality starts in 4 starts against them last season, with 3 of those being only 1 or 2 runs allowed starts, making them better than typical QS’s. His career ERA against the Yanks is 2.73, which is his lowest against any ML team (other than the M’s and Angels who he’s faced for less than 6 innings each) and he held them to a .182 BA in 25 innings last season. And hopefully Hughes continues what he did in his last 2 starts, rather than the 2 starts before that.

    Unfortunately, it’s a FOX game which really sucks.

    • Bob Buttons

      Contrary for me since it’s one of the rare games I do get.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Desperately needed win and it sure feels great. Really, really relieved that CC has recovered. Good signs from Tex and Youk.

    Only saw bits and pieces, but Mike, I think it was Ichiro who tried to grab an extra bag on the single to left, not Stewart.

    What was Girardi arguing about on that play at second? It looked like a fairly straightforward play.

    • forensic

      It was Stewart. Ichiro scored on the play (at least Stewart didn’t get tagged before he scored on top of it all).

      • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

        Oh okay, must’ve seen it wrong then, thanks.

      • Jonathan

        Yeah, Stewart made sure he was out far enough that Ichiro would score for sure…at least Lester wasn’t struggling and reaching 100 pitches with Cano coming up….that is a guarantee fine

        • trr

          a fine? those days are gone with the wind

    • Bob Buttons

      WPA graph tells the same tale as Mike too.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    We didn’t want to take the easy wins from the Mets. Sportsmanship and all that jazz. Now we can get back to trying to win. Perfect.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    One third of the way through the season and the Yankees are tied in the loss column for first place.

    If I had been offered this before the season started I would have taken it and run before the baseball gods changed their minds.

    You have to be happy with where they are right now.

    • Don’t Cook Tonight Call Chicken Delight

      Still think that the Yanks are the 2nd best team in the AL(somehow) behind Detroit; we’ll see how that staff in TEX holds up in the summer heat down there and it just seems to be a down year in the AL in general.

    • jjyank

      Agreed. I’m thrilled with the way the season has gone as a whole, given all the hurdles that were thrown in front of the team. It’s damn impressive, in my opinion.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Orioles magic is alive and well in Baltimore, FYI… #whenwilltheygoaway

  • Dalek Jeter

    So I know the Baltimore walk off hurts our standings, but at the same time I love watching Valverde lose. More than just about anything. If he played for the Red Sox he’d probably be my most hated player ever.

  • Kevin

    AS the Yankees fell down to earth with their offense,Baltimore will hit a wall at some point as well.
    Yes they have bats that allow them to hit homers and rally back but your starting staff can’t get having poor quality outings and expect to keep getting away with it,just like we couldn’t expect to keep getting away with one to two run game victories all year long.

  • Kramerica Industries

    When will this James Loney BS stop? Are you fucking kidding me?

    • forensic

      How about that Indians offense though? Two runs (both unearned) and just one hit in the game, with 7 of the 8 innings being against the Rays B/C level relievers. That’s pretty pitiful.

  • Kevin

    I hate the fact I’ll be going to the game when Masterson is pitching. Hopefully we’ll score runs off him this time.

    • RetorRob

      The Yankees have handled him in the past overall. Hopefully that last game was just his day. That said, the Yankees offense, very patient with lots of LH’d power, is not here.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Wow, a nice 17 inning 5 hour loss for the Blue Jays. Clayton Richard (a starter) picks up his first win of the season with 2 innings of relief.
    Also Joey Bats with an 0-7.

    • King George

      Same with Arencibia. Ouch.

    • forensic

      It’s always nice to have games to listen to this late at work, even if it means I have to listen to the Padres announcers.

      Gibbons basically punted on this game late leaving Todd Redmond in for his 4th inning, throwing 50 pitches, after he had pitched and inning and thrown 24 pitches just last night. Almost feel bad for him. His arm couldn’t have been feeling good by the end of this one.

      If anyone is interested, this is a fun little article showing how this 2013 World Champion Blue Jays pitching staff may actually be the worst in franchise history:

  • nsalem

    Been meaning to tell you I was impressed by a comment you made a couple of weeks ago about Cano in relation to his 2 run double in the 7th inning of the Seattle game on May 14. I was at the game and didn’t hear a broadcast,(don’t know if it was discussed) but I thought his jogging of a triple into a double especially in that situation was inexcusable. It makes me wonder how fans will react to his lack of hustle when he is no longer a superstar. I was surprised that when I read articles about the game the next day, there was no mention of it. If he wound up not scoring the run and the Yankee’s lost maybe it would have become an issue. When I read this board the only reply to your comment was somebody saying “I thought it was gone he must have also”, which is a pretty lame excuse. Though I 100% want him to remain a Yankee for life and I do consider him a superstar, I believe plays like that keep him from being greater than he already is. Compliments to you for noticing and commenting.

    • forensic

      Assuming this is supposed to be a reply to me, since I do remember that hit and making that comment, thank you very much.

      If it’s actually for someone else, then nevermind. :-)

      • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

        Didn’t catch the original comment, but well said and totally agree.

        • trr

          There has been quite a bit of back and forth about Cano’s lack of hustle. There seem to be 2 schools of thought: people who think it doesn’t matter because he’s our best player, he’s less likely to get hurt, blah, blah, blah, and those who feel that the game is played all out every time you step between the lines. Guys, I’m far from a great athlete but I’ve competed all my life… next to playing the game right, playing the game hard has been my personal mantra – you give it all you’ve got every chance you get.
          So, if you’re inclined, call me old school, a Boy Scout, whatever you can think of.

          I love Cano as hitter. he has one of the sweetest swings of any Yankee I’ve ever seen. Bit I can’t help wondering, what will he be in 3 years? 5 years?? 7 years???

          • nsalem

            If he stays with us I guess we just have to hope he leads us to a couple of rings before the eventual decline. I’ve come to accept his bat flips and trots to first base when he rolls over a grounder to second base. The lack of hustle in the Seattle game seemed egregious perhaps due to the offensively challenged nature of our team at this time where every base and run counts. In his defense we should also take into account that he has has missed under only a dozen games in the last 6 years. His attitude sometimes is truly an enigma. Back in the 1960’s similar comments were made at times about Roberto Clemente and Hank Aaron. They were sometimes made in comparison to Willie Mays in explaining why Willie’s superior instincts and intelligence made him the superior player.

            • trr

              Honestly, I can’t ever remember anyone back in the day ever disparaging Aaron or Clemente’s hustle or intensity; they are 2 of the very best all-time. I love Cano, but he is not, and I don’t think will ever be, in their class. Willie Mays? To be blunt, Willie Mays was the greatest player I ever saw.

      • nsalem

        Forensic. yes the reply was to you. it was the 9:49PM comment if anyone is interested. Cano’s lack of hustle on that play was a non-statistic in the record books but if Furbush hadn’t bailed him out by walking the next two batters and getting Cano to third with still only one out, it may have been the most important “action” (or perhaps “non action”) of the game. Cano is probably a future HOFer. Some times his lack of baseball instinct is quite disappointing though.

  • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    Totally unrelated, but wish me luck guys getting ready to do this:

    Hopefully I will survive it in one piece…. LOL

  • Mick taylor

    Prediction Tex over the remaining 100 games will hit no better than overbay and will be less clutch. He is no way the player he was 5 years ago. He plays because he makes 23 million

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Overbay the rest of the way = probably much less than Overbay so far.

    • RetroRob

      Prediction: No matter what he does some “fans” won’t like him.

      Overbay did his job. Keep him around as long as they can fit him in the lineup against RH’s and he produces and to ensure Tex is healthy, then cut him. I don’t think he’s worth trade bait.

  • mt

    I was a little torn seeing Dickerson against Valverde in terms of a former Yank versus a Class A asshole but I finally decided that i wanted Pap Fatso to give it up and HE DID! Good For C Dick (although Ichiro did some good things last night maybe we could have helped catcher or another position if we went with Dickerson, not Ichiro – sigh!).

    I know at beginning of season there was a hypothetical question about whether as a fan it is less heartbreaking to have a team that doesn’t score and loses (like recent Yanks againt Mets, I guess) or a team that scores but blows leads in the end (like Papa Grande did last night). For me there is no question to work eight innings all for it to blown at the end – how excruciating for a team to have that pulled out from under them at the end – Scherzer was dealing but it was wasted.

    Also I too do not like when folks including Cano don’t hustle but after watching Det/Balt last night Miguel Cabrera reaffirmed an observation I’ve had that he may hustle down the line even less than Cano – wonder if Detroit fans ever complain about it? Then again Cano is no Cabrera offensively and Cabrera’s homers are pobably more of no-doubters so he can afford to pose a little without it falling for a double.

    Now we have to wait to see who gets sent down Monday for when Pettite returns – I just noticed a week ago that Cashman seemed to indicate Adams was going nowhere – things change but that makes it look like Overbay.

    • RetorRob

      Late-game losses are easily the most painful. I’ll take tight games, such as 2-1 loss than a collapse at the end every time.

  • RetorRob

    CC’s increased velocity, his best slider, and best command are obviously related. My guess is was a mechanical issue that he finally corrected. Well, that’s my hope. Velocity wise, warm weather I’m sure helped. This would be a great time for one of those CC stretches where he has two months of excellence. He’s had one every year.