Holland shuts out Yankees in series finale

Nunez begins rehab assignment with High-A Tampa
Jagielo makes pro debut in GCL Yanks win

Series win over the Rangers? Winning homestand?? A run??? Nope, nope, and nope. The Yankees didn’t get any of that on Thursday afternoon, as Derek Holland and the rest of the Rangers cruised a stress-free 2-0 win.

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)
(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

Wasted Effort
The Yankees needed to see some improvement from Phil Hughes on Thursday after his recent dreadful performances, and improvement is exactly what they saw. Hughes held the Rangers to two runs on five hits, one walk, and one hit batsman in eight innings, and the first run required a blown check swing strike three call to get the runner on-base in the first place. Jurickson Profar hit the #obligatoryhomer, a solo shot in the fifth, after scoring the first run on an Ian Kinsler sac fly in the third. That’s all they got.

Hughes threw 72 of 106 pitches for strikes (68%), including a first pitch strike to 18 of 29 batters faced. That actually lowered his season first pitch strike rate, which was the very best in baseball at 70.8% coming into the start (min. 50 IP). Outside of the third inning rally and the homer, Phil allowed just one batter to reach second base and none to reach third base. He retired 11 of the final 12 men he faced, and the one exception was an infield single off a diving Alberto Gonzalez’s glove. The Yankees made no indication Hughes was pitching for his job on Thursday, but if he was, he certainly put that talk to bed for at least a little while. He was great, and it’s worth noting that he was working on extra rest.

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)
(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

Video Game
I don’t know how many of you play MLB 13: The Show, but you know how you can cruise through a start on like, 85 pitches? That was Holland on Thursday. The Texas left-hander held the Yankees to two singles and two walks in the complete-game shutout, throwing just 92 pitches. Ninety-two pitches! Holland had a five-pitch inning, a seven-pitch inning, and a nine-pitch inning, and only once did he throw more than 12 pitches in an inning — that was 16 in the fourth. New York had one runner reach second base — Jayson Nix stole second in the fourth — and 16 of their final 17 batters made outs. They were manhandled.

Obviously Holland has had a great year and he was fantastic on Thursday, but let’s not kid ourselves here. The Yankees trotted out a lineup that featured Nix, Vernon Wells, Lyle Overbay, David Adams, Gonzalez, and Austin Romine. That is terrible and a big reason why the team has hit just .238/.311/.345 (78 wRC+) against southpaws this season. This was their seventh shutout loss of the year, one more than all of 2012 even though we’ve yet to reach the halfway point. You could have given the Yankees four outs per inning on Thursday and Holland still would have thrown a shutout.

Something tells me we’re going to get a ton of mileage out of this GIF.

The wrap-around 9-1-2-3 portion of the lineup accounted for all the offense, going 2-for-12 with two walks. The other five spots failed to reach base in 15 attempts. Wells, who has been demoted to platoon outfield duty in the last week or so thanks to Zoilo Almonte, went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. He saw 15 pitches and swung and missed five times, each time at a slider down and in. Send help, please.

Preston Claiborne threw the ninth in relief of Hughes and put two men on base (single and hit batsman), the 10th and 11th base-runners he’s allowed in his last 5.1 innings. Aside from Phil’s strong start, the only positive to take from this game is that the bullpen is well-rested for this weekend’s super-important series against the Orioles.

Remember when the Yankees won four of six last week? They’ve since lost three of four. They’ve also lost 18 of their last 30 games, getting outscored 128-94 in the process. They’re sitting on a -5 run differential for the season, which is mediocrity defined.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays and the Orioles had a sizable lead before getting stuck in a rain delay. Assuming they hold on to win, the Yankees will be tied with them for second place in the AL East in the loss column, three back of Boston. Tampa, who was off on Thursday, is two back of New York while Toronto is three back.

Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
The Yankees are heading to Baltimore for an important three-game weekend series. The Orioles have yet to officially announce their starter for Friday night’s opener after designating former Yankee Freddy Garcia for assignment earlier this week, but it is expected to be right-hander Kevin Gausman. Either way, David Phelps will be on the bump for New York.

Nunez begins rehab assignment with High-A Tampa
Jagielo makes pro debut in GCL Yanks win
  • forensic

    Less than halfway through the season, this is already the 11th game where they haven’t had an XBH. That’s the most in a single season since 2000. I wonder how high that number will go and how far back you’ll have to go to match it.

    I haven’t seen the game yet, and this is one of those times I wish I wasn’t a freak who insists on watching all the games after work, even the horrible ones like this one.

    Being that I haven’t watched it yet, what’s with that gif? I assume it was at the end of the game since doing that in the middle would seem odd. Was there a bad call or something?

    • forensic

      Maybe it was just Girardi’s symbolism of throwing in the towel with the lineup he sent out there. They’ve had each of the first three Mondays off, but somehow Cano still needs a DH day? Gardner needs a whole day off???

      If they’re going to insist on still playing Wells against lefties, just give him a first baseman’s glove so it at least gets Overbay’s bat out of there in those situations. If they’re willing to have Overbay fake RF, then they should try Wells at 1B (hell, they put him at 3B but can’t at 1B?).

      • Mr. Roth

        Today’s lineup was actually written on that towel.

  • Steve

    Remember when the Yankees won four of six last week? They’ve since lost three of four. They’ve also lost 18 of their last 30 games, getting outscored 128-94 in the process. They’re sitting on a -5 run differential for the season, which is mediocrity defined.

    Bears repeating for the people that keep bringing up their record as if it means that they’re currently playing well. After a surprisingly and unsustainably strong April, this team is exactly what all the “bridge jumpers” and “trolls” and “sky is falling” crowd expected it to be.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Not a single one of the “bridge jumpers”, “trolls”, or “sky is falling” crowd expected the team to be 6 games over .500 at this point in the season.
      I love how every year, people point to the high points as unsustainable aberrations (they always are, and that applies to all teams, not just the Yankees), but the low points are what the Yankees really are.
      Teams (all teams, not just the Yankees) are never as good as their high points suggest. They’re also not as bad as their low points suggest.
      They’re certainly not currently playing well. Nobody has said they are.

      • LK

        “Not a single one of the “bridge jumpers”, “trolls”, or “sky is falling” crowd expected the team to be 6 games over .500 at this point in the season.”

        I think his whole point was that the negative run differential indicates that, while they’ve gotten lucky and therefore have a winning record, the true talent of this team is not very good. Their run differential is 11th out of the 15 teams in AL, ahead of only the Twins, White Sox, Mariners, and Astros.

        • Manny’s BanWagon


          Let’s not confuse good luck with good baseball.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            Nobody said anything about good baseball.
            My point is they’ve been much better this year than the bridge jumpers predicted, whether measured by actual record or expected record.
            Nobody’s saying the current healthy roster is any better than mediocre.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          The run differential indicates they should be about a .500 team (a game below technically). The bridge jumpers, etc were predicting much, much worse than that.
          Yes the run differential indicates they’ve had some good luck.
          Yes, the current roster is mediocre at best. (awful offense, good pitching)
          Mediocre is a big upgrade over what some were predicting.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      The bridge jumpers thought they’d be in last place in April.

      • TomH

        The “bridge jumpers” include people who can tell when a lineup is LOUSY. This is a last-place-in-the-East, lousy, laughably bad, lineup. Cite the East team that has a worse starting lineup.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          And if they wait around long enough, they’ll be right. At some point, between right now and the year 2050, the Yankees will probably finish in last place. I’m sure they’ll all line up to say “I told you so” at whatever point that is.

          That’s not how it works. We’re a few days from July. This team’s not in last place. Not one of these non-fans thought they’d still be where they are in the standings at this moment.

          Look! It’s Shawn Kelley! Run!

          • TomH

            So, tell me how this lineup, is able to avoid last place. This is a last place lineup. It has nothing to do with this 2050 nonsense. You know, I know it, and the American people know it: there is no lineup in the AL East worse than that of the New York Yankees.

            Don’t kid yourself with these just-so stories about “between right now and … 2050.”

            • Get Phelps Up

              Unfortunately for your argument pitching matters too and the Yankees have a damn good pitching staff, plus they’re getting Granderson, ARod and Jeter back.

              Pitching matters too, just ask the Toronto Blue Jays.

              • TomH

                Nice try. No cigar. The Yankees’ pitching staff includes one really dependable guy, Kuroda.

                CC has been up and CC has been down since the season began. (Is it too soon to begin referring to the Good CC and the Bad CC?)

                Pettitte has been mostly down and is showing enough signs of creaky old age that even the Yanks’ broadcasters were wondering aloud about it.

                Hughes? Don’t make me laugh.

                “Big Game” Dave Phelps? Well, we shall see, as the months unfold.

                Of course, there’s always Nova.

                In any case, and giving them all due respect, even when they’re going well, they can’t afford to give up more than 3 runs. Sometimes even 2 are too many.

                No, as presently constructed, this is a sinking team (imagine the Titanic’s long drop to the bottom). Those who argue otherwise about the presently-constructed team are Happy Children of the Earth, dancing in the mid-day sun, blind to how its pitiless rays are exposing this team.

                NB, however, the emphasis above.

  • Darren

    I’m gonna think like the Captain and just remind everyone that there’s a lot of baseball left to play. Just getting back Nunez and Cervelli would actually help. let alone Jeter and Grandy. Plus I trust Cashman will make something happen if he needs to. (i know, he does)

    We’re gonna be fine.

    • STann

      Really? We’re going to be fine? Nunez couldn’t help a T-ball team. What part of his game is going to help this team? And Jeter is 39 years old coming off a pretty nasty injury. We don’t even know if he’s going to be anywhere near the Jeter that we know. Considering all of that, please explain how you’re watching this product on the field and come to the result of “we’re gonna to be fine”.

    • trr

      Hold on to that optimism, ’cause I think we ‘re gonna need it around here

      • Robinson Tilapia


        Anyone who didn’t think this was going to be a dogfight since the offseason is delusional anyway. I’m ready for anything.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)


  • Robinson Tilapia

    It felt like the game lasted about an hour and Holland threw around 50 pitches. Yeah.

  • Eddard

    All they have to do is stay within striking distance for a few more weeks. They were only supposed to hold serve for 1 month. They’ve held for 3. I believe in this team. BGDP will get us back to our winning ways once again.

  • Kiko Jones

    If the purported everyday lineup were playing I’d be worried. But all we asked of this battered team was to play .500 ball until the big guns came back. So, I’m not gonna knock ’em, especially since they’ve surpassed expectations. Regardless, help is on the way. And yeah, still plenty of baseball left.

  • forensic

    Rotoworld on Gausman: The 22-year-old has an ugly 7.66 ERA over his first five starts in the majors, but he should be worth using in AL-only leagues against the slumping New York lineup.

    That about says it all. When people are told to grab guys with numbers like that against your team, you’re in a BAD situation.

    • LK

      Hard to argue with it. They’re 27th in MLB in wRC+, and they’re closer to 28th than they are to 26th, not to mention being dead last in June.

    • vicki

      this hurts my pride.

  • David N

    “The wrap-around 9-1-2-3 portion of the lineup accounted for all the offense, going 2-for-12 with two walks.”

    I had to go over that a couple of times to make sure I was reading it right. I guess I just have this mental disconnect between “all the offense” and “2-for-12”.

    What a disaster. This lineup needs help in the worst way.

  • your mom

    This team fucking sucks right now.

  • your mom

    Forgot to add….Cashman blows.

  • Mike

    So Hughes pitches a great game and Wang craps the bed against the Sox. I’m sure glad Cashman is the GM and doesn’t act like the arm chair GMs on this site that already gave up on Hughes.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Hughes has been the 26th worst starter out of 140 since 2010 according to FIP, xFIP, SIERA and a ton of other metrics you haven’t heard about.

      There’s nothing to “give up” on.

      • forensic

        Shhh, none of that matters anymore, this game changes EVERYTHING…

    • vicki

      two or three trolls trumpeted wang. that’s it.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        *raises hand as someone who thought Wang deserved a look*

  • Fin

    I don’t know what this “help” people are talking about is. I read an article on the YES page that said Arod’s power is coming back as he hit a couple balls to the warning track in in BP (doesn’t sound like hes remotely close). Tex is gone for the Year. Jeter is freakin 39 years old who had limited mobility before wrecking his ankle, how much of an upgrade can he possibly be, especially when he is most likely to spend a lot of time at DH? Granderson has a chance to be an upgrade after some time, if his hand injuries don’t linger. This team is a mess, and in my opinion the supposedly calvery is not on its way.

    Even if you want to assume Jeter and Granderson are upgrades, how long will they need to play before that is the case? When they do play well enough to help this offense, will it even matter with all the awful surrounding them? I will believe Arod is coming back when hes actually on the team (taking into account not only his injury but his possible suspension). I also wouldn’t be surprised if Jeter doesn’t make it back until its way too late. Granderson, Nunez, and Cervili are the players I expect back, and that does not give me wood.

  • Pat D

    Can someone explain that GIF to me please? I didn’t see it.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Hey, remember back in April when we thought Cashman was a genius? What happened? Did he become stupid?

    • Pat D

      You already know the answer to that question.

    • Fin

      I don’t know about genius…Seems to me he did a great job though. I cant imagine it was his decision to downgrade the team, even before injuries. He managed to put a team on the field that is still in contention with Arod, Jeter, Tex and Granderson not playing this year and loosing the back ups like Cirvelli and Nunez. Cashman takes a lot of shit but I don’t think this mess has anything to do with him.

      • WhittakerWalt

        That’s kind of my point, though I was probably not clear. I think the guy’s been dealt a bum hand and is making the most of it. Same with Girardi.

        • Fin

          Gotcha. I’m guessing in the end Cashman takes the fall for what seems to be the logical out come of the next couple of years. I don’t blame him. I think the Yankees told Cashman to put all resources into the MLB team. He got to put a few more resources into MiLB over the last 4 or 5 years but in the end it was too late. Its a better system now but it doesn’t have any one close to being a star for the Yankees or landing a star in a trade.

          • mac

            Cashman really can only be blamed for the farm not producing as much as he led us to believe it would.

            I agree, that the Stein brothers were prob behind not gambling on the big $ IFA’s and going for signability over ceiling in the draft.

            The only thing is that doesn’t excuse how many flameouts and how little useful pieces the farm has developed in the last 8 years. I don’t understand why there has not been more turnover and restructuring in the Player Dev department of the FO.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Cashman takes a lot of shit but I don’t think this mess has anything to do with him.

        Not having any good, MLB-ready position players available as replacements in AAA has a lot to do with Cashman. Having a very aging roster also has a lot to do with Cashman.
        Some of the issues were certainly beyond his control, but Cashman has a big hand in the current state of the Yankees as well.

        • Fin

          I personally don’t buy that. First, if you remove Arod from the situation, the team is in much better shape. Cash wanted no part of the way signing him went down. Second, Cash pushed hard to start building a minor league system. Its getting better, but still not great. He spent the resources on major league talent as the mandate.

          I think Cashman has done a great job of doing what the Yankees have asked of him. I also think hes done a great job of seeing the future and trying to get the Yankees to go along with building from the minors.

          All that being said, I don’t trust anyone in this organization to build a new team. If they could have produced someone better than Gardner since Cano or at least any one as good as Gardner there would be room for hope. As it is… there is Gardner, Wang and a bunch of relievers in 10yrs. Everyone else is not worth talking about.

          • mac

            I pretty much agree. Don’t know if A- Rod left if the Yanks win it all in 09. The better scenario (like you said) could have been Hank letting Cash negotiate with A-Rod.

            Cash needs to take some heat for Burnett though and now Tex may be an issue. He’s had other big misses too, Igawa at the top.

            It makes last years call from the Dodgers interesting to ponder when they inquired as to CC and Tex.

            • Fin

              I have a much different view of Arod. If Arod had been himself in the postseason for much of his time as a yankee…they would have won several world series. He shrunk from the task almost every year. He was awesome in 09, but he didn’t need to be that great in other years for them to win it, he just needed to be Arod, he never was. I don’t think he earned his money if your basing it on flags fly forever. The Yankees put him in postion to win every year, and he only came through 1 year. Its a lot of pressure and a lot to ask from 1 guy, but that 1 guy is one of the best players to ever play the game, and he didn’t play to his ability when it mattered the most.

            • Fin

              As far as burnett goes, look at him now. The guy can pitch. Just couldn’t do it in NY. Maybe he couldn’t do it in NY because of some coaching issues. Either way, the guy was very good before NY and very good after NY. Fucking Javeir Vasquez could pitch everywhere on the planet except NY. I don’t buy into the NY pressure BS, I think there was some serious coaching issues. Besides for those guys I mentioned, the minor league guys have failed at an epic level, either getting hurt or sucking MLB.

            • Fin

              Sorry Mac, none of this is meant to be aimed at you. Just some things I’ve thought about over the years.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      “Genius” is a bit overstated. He’s a good GM. He took chances with the hand given to him. Some have worked out. Some haven’t. The life of a GM.

      • WhittakerWalt

        That’s really all it is. The amount of hatred he gets is kind of ridiculous. Drafting the right players is harder than it looks. Signing the right FAs is harder than it looks. Especially since a lot of people thought we should sign Josh Hamilton last year. Imagine if Cashman had pulled the trigger on that one.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Oh how I miss you, sweet Jonesy.


  • trr

    Well we all saw-read-heard what happened today. We’ve all said our piece, and most of it is absolutely right on. Now we, along with the team, must turn the page. It’s not quite that simple, many more efforts along the level of today could render us irrelevant by July 15. The organization from the top on down must produce better results or we ‘ll be playing for 2014 before you know it.

  • OldYanksFan

    If I was Girardi, I would have had more RH batters in the lineup. Jeter, ARod, Teix, Cervelli and Nunez should have been playing.

    We are so used to seeing AAAA players and over-the-vets on the field, we sometimes forget that this team IS NOT THE YANKEES!

    The real ‘Yankees’ are mostly on the DL.
    Is the team too old?
    Is Cervelli’s broken hand age related?
    Teix’s wrist?
    Grandy’s hand?
    Nunez’s rib?
    Pineda’s arm?
    (Even Youk’s back?)

    Yes, ARod and Jeter’s breakdown may have been promoted by age.
    But the bottom line is bad luck. YCPB stuff.

    This team has absolutely no right being over .500.
    Some excellent pitching and some timely hitting has us in the hunt.
    However, as we are now, we are extreme underdogs to make the PS.
    Honestly, it would be a near miracle.

    So let’s not freak out that so many quasi-useless players just happen to wear Pinstripes this year.

    Especially considering the $189m, this really should have been a rebuilding year. Joba, Hughes, Grandy, Nunez, maybe Teix, and maybe others should have been on the block. However, it would have been painful (and wasteful) to give up in Mo’s and Andy’s last year.

    We was caught in-betwixt.

    I personally think it’s time to let go of WIN NOW! and start looking at 2015 and beyond.