Sabathia rocked as Rays take series finale

Flores & Murphy hit grand slams in Trenton win
Fan Confidence Poll: May 27th, 2013


Source: FanGraphs

The Yankees are going to have to wait a little longer for that first three-game sweep at Tropicana Field since September 2005. At least they won the series, I guess, their first at the Trop since April 2010. Let’s recap this mess…

  • Rocked Again: CC Sabathia‘s last three starts have gotten progressively worse, and on Sunday he delivered a nightmare seven-run, seven-inning outing that makes you wonder just what the hell is going on in that left arm. He gave up two-run homers to noted power threats Sean Rodriguez and James Loney even though his fastball topped out at 94.2 mph according to PitchFX, a season-high by nearly two miles an hour. The gun has seemed hot all weekend though — same as it was during the previous series at Tropicana Field — so I’m not sure if I believe that. Either way, Sabathia is a problem right now. He showed some serious frustration on the field for the first time in basically forever, so you know this is wearing on him too.
  • Corn Cobb: Don’t be fooled by the six hits and three runs, the Yankees put up little fight against Alex Cobb. It wasn’t until Robinson Cano led off the seventh with a single that they recorded their first legitimate hit — their first was a blown call by the first base ump (surprise!) — and it wasn’t until the eighth that they had a man reach second base. That required an ill-timed dive by Desmond Jennings. Brett Gardner hit a solo homer in the ninth, but by then it was too little, too late. Cobb just dominates the Yankees. One of these years they’ll get around to figuring him out.
  • Leftovers: Lefty David Huff pitched exactly like you would expect someone just claimed off waivers to pitch (one run on a hit and two walks in one inning), and I’m sure he’ll be back on waivers within ten days or so … Vernon Wells went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and is mired in a 6-for-41 (.146) slump … Gardner and Cano went 3-for-8, everyone else 3-for-25 … David Adams is responsible for the team’s only offensive highlight, a two-run double off lefty Cesar Ramos in the ninth. Like Gardner’s dinger, it didn’t really matter.

MLB.com is the place to go for the box score and video highlights while FanGraphs brings some more stats. ESPN has the updating standings, which show the Yankees up one and four games over the Red Sox and Orioles in the loss column, respectively. The Bombers head home to New York for four games against the Mets now, starting Monday with Phil Hughes against Jon Niese at CitiField. Check out RAB Tickets for tickets to any of the four upcoming Subway Series game.

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Flores & Murphy hit grand slams in Trenton win
Fan Confidence Poll: May 27th, 2013
  • Kramerica Industries

    Because Harvey pitches in this “series”, I’ll take 3/4 gladly here.

    The Mets are absolutely horrendous. Hopefully some well-timed medicine can help the Yankees keep the good vibes going when they face Boston. And hopefully they get some atonement there for the season opening series, because this 31-20 Red Sox bullshit needs to end, already.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    David Huff isn’t very good? I’m shocked. I think I more want Cabral’s path to the Yanks unblocked than actually have anything against the guy. I’m sure his parents are proud.

    As for CC, I am both concerned for him and confident that a pitcher of his talent and baseball smarts can make the adjustments he needs to make, even if it means going through what you see right now. The day I stop rooting for CC Sabathia is the day someone has stolen my soul.

    I’m not one of those Yankee fans who dislikes the Mets. It’s too bad they now have to die.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      I would be absolutely shocked if David Huff was still on the roster when Cabral’s rehab assignment expires.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        This subplot needed to be left on the cutting room floor.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Any move that facilitates the removal of Ben Francisco from the roster is a worthwhile move.

          I don’t get the point of the move otherwise, but for that simple reason, I consider it one of the best moves of the year.

          • forensic

            That’s definitely the silver-lining of it, but it’s still odd that they’re willing to go to an NL park with a shortened bench, even though it’s only 2 games. With Stewart now feeling some issues in the groin again, they almost have a 2-man bench right now. Seems like (continued) terrible roster management.

            They went from one dead spot to a different one, it’s just that the new one can’t even fake a defensive position for an inning should the need arise.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              Yeah, I really don’t get the move at all.
              Who knows though, maybe they’ll call up a position player and DFA Huff or send down Nova tomorrow, but probably not.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              They’ve certainly made managing the 40-man more complicated than it needed to be at times this season.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        He’d be in danger of having a mishap on a dark staircase if not…

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Heh. “Stairs” is always lurking….

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Never has someone had a bigger target on his back.

          Sleep with one eye open, Huff.

    • trr

      As a 50 year (yup) Yankee fan, may I say that for nearly all that time they have been irrelevant to me. I want the Yankees to beat everyone; I’m an Equal Opportunity Empirist.

      • TomH

        My kind of Yankee fan.

    • forensic

      I’ve been out of NY for too long and they’ve been irrelevant for too long for me to care much one way or the other about the Mets. I hate and care more about beating many other teams in the AL than the Mets. These are just big games because it’s a bad team that the Yankees need to take advantage of.

      I am very concerned about CC, and have been since his extension, which I strongly would’ve considered not giving to him. I think he can come through it ok, but I don’t think he’ll be quite the pitcher they’re paying him to be, expecting him to be, and, many times, needing him to be.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        The bright side or you about that extension would be that it was the least extendy extension ever.

        I never thought he’d be an ace for all eight years. If he can figured it out or he next couple, I don’t care if he slides ino a mid-rotation victory lap at the end.

        • forensic

          It’s not really the least extendy extension ever when you consider that he could’ve/would’ve opted out and it’s an extension which includes all of that. They basically signed a 31 year old pitcher, with a billion miles on his arm, to a 6 year contract paying him $147 million (assuming the numbers I’m finding are correct).

          That’s a huge risk. It’s kind of along the same lines as a Cano contract or the A-Rod deal, or even the Tex deal which may be able to tossed into that group soon.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            So every deal in which a player begins to decline due to age in the second half of it is risky? Well that’s going to be a risk people are never going to stop taking, then.

  • LarryM Fl

    CC has me concerned. His velocity and location have been off so far this season. He seems to have the stamina but without the other parts of the equation, weak lineups will get the best of him.

    Its hard to tell if he’s hurt but something is wrong. We may soon know something if performances like today continue. Also you can not dismiss two out of three from the Rays.

    • Bo Knows

      He’s not hurt, the innings and age have begun to take their toll on his arm. His velocity isn’t going to come back, his command honestly isn’t all that different from years past, the problem is that a fb coming at 93-95 mph is going is going to either be fouled off or missed completely when he misses his spots, a 89-91 mph fastball is just going to get hit.

      It’s also not going to help that the velocity on both his slider and his changeup aren’t any different from previous years. He has less differential among his pitches, which also means guys will be fouling off the offspeed more since its closer to his fb in speed.

      It happens to every pitcher, CC has to learn how to adjust

  • forensic

    You’re being generous by going back to 41 AB’s for Wells. He’s actually 4-35 (.114).

    He’s been pretty terrible for quite awhile now. Sure, he’s had a few nice games which have certainly helped, but his overall numbers since the first few games of the season are a bit concerning, and the more he’s mired in slumps like this, it only gets more concerning. Especially now that they’re another month and a half or two months away from another OFer getting back from injury.

  • forensic

    The Mets are in position to lose their 6th straight game tonight. This would be their 3rd 6-game losing streak already this year. After each of the first two, they won 3 of the next 4 games.

    Does it mean anything? Almost certainly not. But I sure hope that pattern ends this week.

    • forensic

      Well, it’s a moot point now as they came back to avoid the 6-game losing streak…

      • Get Phelps Up

        Ike Davis with the game winning hit…
        stuart a must be happy.

        • forensic

          Throw Ike a parade…

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Invite Punch AND Judy.

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

        See? And you were all worried for nothing!

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    I have to wonder if the constant attempts to lose weight during the off season over that past few years coupled with the recent knee and elbow surgeries are taking their toll. That’s a lot of change for your body to handle. Trying to lose weight makes a lot of sense in the long run but maybe it just doesn’t work for him.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Anything is possible, but the one tangible excuse we’ve go is simply age.

      • forensic

        That’s not the only one though. He has a billion miles on his arm and he’s coming off elbow surgery.

        • vicki

          gazillion miles. gazillion. i blame the brewers.

  • JonS

    So…does the not ace thing apply yet? haha

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I think actual fans care more about him making adjustments than where he slots in a subjective reading of a pitching rotation.

      • JonS

        On a serious note, I think the ability to adjust would definitely solidly his status one of the top all-time pitchers. All pitchers hit this point at sometime in their career. Adjusting is what appears them.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Of course, dude.. I think it’d be incredibly sad if his career didn’t have an awesome second and third act. Hell, I’m not 100% sold on the first act being done. It’s still May.

  • vicki

    i could kick alex cobb’s ass any time i want. LOOK IT UP.

  • CS Yankee

    CC will get ‘er dialed in, his weight loss and light workload in ST due to the cleanup on the elbow has put his command off somewhat…also his slider has not been thrown near as much and that was his filth.

    I expect by August his Ace status will be returned to join co-ace Kuroda. Pettitte, Phelps will be 3 & 4 and either Nuno or Pinedia will be the fifth. Nova goes down to AAA & Hughes/Ichiro/Williams/Gumbs are traded to the Royals for Gordon.

    /Guycandreamcanthe’d

  • shittyshittybangbang

    Over-Reaction relating to CC ? No, not all. Very concerning signs of decline. So of course when i have reservations in regards to long term deals for players with considerable mileage, or contracts into a players late 30’s, early 40’s, the talking heads say …….,

    • CS Yankee

      Maybe, just maybe your handle relates to your outlook?

    • WhittakerWalt

      I didn’t realize David Byrne had opinions about Yankee baseball.

  • shittyshittybangbang

    David Byrne ? Handle proclivity ? Not really. Just cautious pessimism. Long term deals haven’t been exactly worth squat in general. Look these up and let’s discuss intelligently.