Yankees lose Curtis Granderson in win over Rays

Austin & Bichette homer in losses
Thoughts following the Granderson injury

Source: FanGraphs

The Yankees stomped the Rays by the score of 9-4 on Friday night — the score makes it seem a lot closer than it felt — but more importantly, they lost Curtis Granderson for an extended period of time after a pitch broke his left pinky in the fifth inning. It’s a win in the standings and a loss in the big picture. Let’s recap…

  • Three-Run Second: It started with (another) blown call at first base. David Adams was incorrectly ruled safe on an infield single, putting two men on-base for Lyle Overbay. He took a big hack at a 3-0 fastball and doubled in the first two runs of the game, then Jayson Nix singled him in for a three-zip lead. The call at first would have only been the second out of the inning, but it changed everything. The Yankees took advantage of the gift call.
  • Blown Open: It’s been a while since the Bombers put a crocked number on the board, so it was nice to see them so some serious damage in the middle innings. Brett Gardner sabotaged a first pitch fastball for a two-run homer in the fourth, which is exactly what he’s done for three of his four homers this year. Nix (bases loaded walk), Chris Stewart (single), and Robinson Cano (bases loaded hit-by-pitch) each drove in a run in the fifth to make it eight-zip.
  • Job Security: Ivan Nova is going to have to get comfortable in the bullpen. David Phelps retired the first 13 men he faced on Friday and finished the night with four runs allowed in a career-high 7.2 innings, a line that looks a lot worse than he actually pitched. He threw 63 of 98 pitches for strikes and was very efficient, never once throwing more than 15 pitches in an inning. Phelps’ night came to an unfortunate end when a line drive hit him in the right forearm — there’s a chance he was going to be removed at time anyway — but x-rays came back negative and it’s just a bruise. Once again, the right-hander was rock solid. Nova ain’t taking this rotation spot back anytime soon.
  • Leftovers: The bottom four spots in the lineup went a combined 8-for-18 (.444) and scored six of the nine runs … replays showed Cano was not hit by the pitch in the fifth, it hit the bat and he was awarded first base anyway … Nix had a very strong game, with a single and a triple to go along with the bases loaded walk … Boone Logan struck out the only man he faced while Shawn Kelley worked a scoreless, strikeout-less ninth … the Yankees went 5-for-9 with runners in scoring position and remain undefeated (22-0) when leading after seven innings … the Rays had to get 15 outs from their bullpen, which could impact the rest of the series.

Check out MLB.com for the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs for some more stats, and ESPN for the updated standings. Both the Red Sox and Orioles won, so they remain two and four back of the Yankees in the loss column. The Rays dropped to five back. These same two teams will play game two of this three-game set on Saturday afternoon, and the pitching matchup features a pair of very different southpaws: Vidal Nuno and Matt Moore.

Austin & Bichette homer in losses
Thoughts following the Granderson injury
  • forensic

    Prior to tonight’s start, Phelps’ numbers each time through the order:

    1st: .219/.306/.438/.743 (0-9 tonight)
    2nd: .207/.343/.276/.619 (3-9 tonight, two singles, one double)
    3rd: .259/.286/.407/.693 (2-7 tonight, one double, one triple, 2 SF’s)

    Not terrific progression tonight, but that’s a little unsurprising considering the score. Anyway, I thought he had no chance to get through a lineup 2 or 3 times with his stuff. Maybe you should write about Hughes’ opp. OPS’s of .879, .934, and .831 the three times through the lineup instead.

    the Rays had to get 15 outs from their bullpen, which could impact the rest of the series.

    Hopefully, but given how Moore and Cobb both dominated them for at least 8 innings last time they saw them, it may not matter much. Maybe things going a little differently this time though.

    • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      “I thought he had no chance to get through a lineup 2 or 3 times with his stuff.”

      I was thinking the same thing during the game and so hoping that he would go all nine.

  • sangreal

    On the plus side, Girardi has literally forgotten that Francisco is on the team

    Discussing a possible call-up postgame, Girardi actually forgot that Ben Francisco is on the roster (hard to blame him). Girardi mentioned having only three outfielders and being willing to use Jayson Nix in the outfield if necessary. Reminded of Francisco, Girardi reversed course. “Oh yeah, Francisco,” he said. “Four (outfielders). So disregard what I said. I don’t know what we’ll do. We have so many roster issues, I’m not sure what we’re going to do.”

    • forensic

      lol, nice, wishful thinking for all of us. That should tell them, though, how big a waste of a roster spot he is.

    • Tom

      Now we just need to find the idiot reporter who reminded Girardi that he was on the roster and make sure he never speaks to Girardi again.

      Things were going fine with him thinking Francisco wasn’t on the roster, now he’ll probably be starting tomorrow.

      • forensic

        Last time they faced Moore, he actually put the ball in play TWICE in his four AB’s. Obviously he deserves to start again.

        Maybe he’ll even let him bat second again too…

        • Tom

          You joke now…

          (I actually do think he will start though, even if lefties hit Moore better)

          • forensic

            Oh, trust me, I have no doubt whatsoever that he will be starting despite, as you said, Moore’s large platoon split this season (.159/.261/.304/.565 vs. righties and .214/.313/.411/.723 vs. lefties).

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Would have gladly taken the loss if it meant avoiding losing Grandy. Dude has some terrible luck. Not even 3 weeks back and he’s back on the DL. During a contract year to boot. I’m really surprised there wasn’t retaliation from the Yanks’… especially after that pitch to Cano.

    Youk and Tex are back soon. I’m not too worried. This team finds a way.

    • forensic

      The pitch to Cano that apparently hit his bat? How do you get retaliation for that? Throw a pitch toward Longoria’s bat?

      A bunch of Yankee batters stand nearly on the plate, and one of their weaknesses (as is a weakness for most batters) is facing pitches inside and toward their hands. Are pitchers not supposed to pitch to a batter’s weakness?

      Is giving up free baserunners really supposed to be a good solution to all of this?

      • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

        It did hit his bat, but IIRC Cano still had to move out of the way.

        As for your last two questions… both are good points. I’m not sure I have the answer. In a perfect world you’d have guards to put around the forearm/wrist that would adequately protect a batter without affecting him gripping the bat. I know Gardner wears something like that, but that’s only when he’s on base.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You pocket the win no matter what.

      Of course, we’re both bending logic here by thinking its one or the other.

  • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    ” It’s a win in the standings and…..”

    Everything else is something they been without most of the year anyway. Maybe I’m understating the lost of Granderson but I think Mike is overstating it a bit especially in light of the Teixeira and Youkilis news.

    They will make due as they have all year with the much-loved Ichiro Suzuki and the rest of the supporting cast.

    The Wannabe of the game David ” sit your ass down Nova” Phelps.

    The Has Been of the game Lyle ” Tex is not here yet” Overbay.

    Another day another injury yet somehow they JUST KEEP WINNING!

    • Robinson Tilapia

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      • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

        Maybe Shop Rite with the way my food bill is going up they owe me.

        The bigger these things get the more they (my kids) eat. :)

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          • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)


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

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

              Saw it in the following game’s thread and came back here to thank you :)
              Brought a smile and chuckle. HT to RT for the sponsorship idea.

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

    Perhaps our success isn’t the baseball gods’ apology for the 2012 Orioles. Perhaps it’s a tradeoff – they suck out our best players’ life’s blood, and in return we win games.

    Is it any coincidence that soon after we get back Grandy, we lose two series in a row? And that’s just one player. The gods need blood. So Grandy has been returned.

    But yeah, I feel for the Grandyman but in terms of the team they’ve played above their heads for so long now that I honestly don’t even care anymore. So we don’t have Grandyman. We didn’t have him for most of the year anyway. Just…just win, guys.

    • Evan3457

      Your Narrative Sucks. (OK, a bit harsh. A bit.)

      Yanks didn’t lose two series in a row after Granderson’s return.

      The dropped 2 to the Mariners while facing Hernandez and Iwakuma, then took two straight from the Jays (winnings that series), then lost two of three to the O’s.

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

        I’m sorry, you are correct. Two of three series then. Better. But not by much.

  • Bob Buttons

    Well, look on the bright side, at least Robbie Cano didn’t somehow get injured by slipping and falling while taking his base on the HBP.

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

      You mean, by the bat-HBP. Since that didn’t hit him. He made a good sell though.

      • Travis L.

        Not as well as Jeter…Jeter’s was pure poetry in motion, dude deserves an OSCAR for what he did!!!

  • Travis L.

    Seattle DFA’d Andino…are we taking bets to see if we trade for him, then DFA Brignac??

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Maybe a lateral move? I might overvalue Andino here for his Oriole heroics against us.

  • Tom

    In case folks thought the Adams blown call was bad…


    I mean how do 4 umpires miss that? And I think Eric Wedge was arguing over whether the 1st baseman kept his foot on the bag.

    • Dalek Jeter

      …Just wow. The first live play I was like…hey wait…what? then the replay showed the pitcher with the ball.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      That is priceless.

    • Travis L.


    • SDB

      This was pretty bad as well. Guess everyone wants to be Jerry Meals.


  • forensic

    I blame the Mariners for having a catcher named Jesus…

    Seriously though, that’s impressively bad by the umps. These last couple of weeks they sure have done a hell of a job making a case for instant replay. Though half of their screw-ups aren’t even tough bang-bang plays, but simple stuff like that and the rules call in the Houston game.

    • forensic

      damn, reply fail, obviously…

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

    I wonder if Montero will be bored now in Seattle’s AAA affiliate.

    • trr

      tell u what, I’m bored reading about him. He’s gone, for better or for worse

  • Bavarian Yankee

    man, all those injuries this year are ridiculous. They just can’t catch a break.