Yankees embarrassed by O’s; lose fourth straight

O'Brien homers again in Tampa loss
Rosenthal: Yankees not in on Ricky Nolasco

Source: FanGraphs

The free-fall continues. The Yankees lost their fourth straight game on Saturday night, get completely demolished by the Orioles 11-3. New York has won just 12 of their last 32 games while being outscored 143-100. This ship is sinking and the captain isn’t even around to go down with it. Let’s recap the loss:

  • David Plops: In his last seven starts, David Phelps has allowed 25 runs (6.35 ERA) and 54 base-runners (1.59 WHIP)  in only 34 innings pitched. The Orioles pounded him for nine runs in only 2.1 innings on Saturday, which, sadly, is only the second shortest outing of his season. Phelps was wholly non-competitive in this game. He would have gotten beaten up in Triple-A.
  • Offense?: Believe it or not, the Yankees picked up eleven hits in the game after having eleven last night. It was the first time they had double-digit hits in back-to-back games since late-April, when they did it in three straight against the Blue Jays in Toronto. Those eleven hits led to only three runs because for every one good hitter in the lineup, there is a bad one both in front and behind him. Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano (surprise surprise) were the only players with multiple hits. They’re a two-man army fighting a losing war these days.
  • Leftovers: Good relief work from Ivan Nova, who allowed just two runs in 5.2 innings to spare the rest of the bullpen. He was expected to make a spot start next week to give everyone else in the rotation an extra day off, but that probably won’t happen … Austin Romine was the only starter without a hit, but he got just two at-bats before being lifted for a pinch-hitter … the Yankees are just four games over .500 at 42-38, but their run differential (-14) paints a much uglier picture. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to see this team heading into the All-Star break with a winning record.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Yankees are four games out of first and two games out of last in the loss column in the AL East. They are two back of a Wild Card spot. Hiroki Kuroda will get the ball in the ESPN Sunday Night Game as the Bombers try to avoid what feels like an inevitable sweep. Chris Tillman will be on the bump for the Orioles.

O'Brien homers again in Tampa loss
Rosenthal: Yankees not in on Ricky Nolasco
  • forensic

    This ship is sinking and the captain isn’t even around to go down with it.


    • Pat D

      See? It’s all Jeter’s fault.

      • J-Money

        No, it’s A-Rod’s fault. It’s always A-Rod’s fault.

        • Pat D

          Either way it’s bad.

    • JRCJerry

      Jeter coming back after All-Star break…….all is well!


    • MikeRauth

      Jeter coming back after All-Star Break….all is well!!!


  • stuart a

    inevitable sweep with Hiroi versus Tillman… WOW.

    i have seen things look much worse then this. need to get some guys back real soon, or cashman needs to make some smart moves..

    i thought most of phelps crappyness has been those 2 bad games…

    • Kramerica Industries

      If he ranges between being either solid or uncompetitive, then we’ve got some big problems here. Games like this and the Mets game just give the Yankees no chance to win and, shit, those kind of starts would’ve made it hard for the Yankees to win when they did have some bats who could hit the ball.

      • Tom K

        Not to completely defend Phelps after tonight’s disaster, but he should have never started that game against the Mets. And that wasn’t even 20/20 hindsight – some were questioning it before he even took the hill that night.

    • Bo Knows

      Half the issue is there aren’t many/any smart moves that can be made. There isn’t much that could have been done save for resign Swish and Martin.

      • OldYanksFan

        2013 Swisher: .235 .340 .398 .739

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          And that would still be a big upgrade.

        • Bo Knows

          Swisher has also been playing with a nagging shoulder injury…..sadly that means he’d fit right in with the rest of the injured players

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

            And in the home park that isn’t nearly as hitter friendly as Yankee Stadium.

        • WhittakerWalt

          I’d rather have that .739 than the .590 of Jesus Montero (who some people are STILL clamoring for).

    • Gonzo

      Kuroda is the man!

    • David N

      On the whole he’s been good, it’s just that they really needed a win tonight, which means they needed a good pitching performance out of him, and he gave them nothing even remotely close to that.

      So yeah, it’s really frustrating.

  • Kramerica Industries

    The worst part is probably that Mike already used the epic rant card.

    Can’t pull that one again for quite some time.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Can’t do an epic rant every night. It’d become repetitive.

    • vicki

      oh, he’s well past the anger stage.

      • SDB

        if he starts talking about trade prospects, can we assume he’s in the bargaining stage?

  • Bo Knows

    So who does everyone want the Yankees to draft with their top 10 pick

    (I’m only 3/4th’s kidding)

    • Oy

      Josh Pettitte.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Saddest game graph in…well…the last week?

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    The Bronx is burning.

  • Gonzo

    Gradually and then suddenly.

  • LK

    “They’re a two-man army fighting a losing war these days.”

    Pronk is still above average at least. Granted, he’s a platoon DH, so being above average doesn’t make him all that good, but still.

    • Bo Knows

      So Two and a Half men

      (not only is it a shitty tv show, it’s a perfect parallel to the shitty state of the team right now)

    • Kramerica Industries

      Pronk is hitting .160 since May began, with an OPS below .600.

      He’s part of the problem, as much as I hate to admit it.

      • LK

        While you’re right that he hasn’t contributed lately, he at least hasn’t completely cancelled out his earlier success with his current sucking. I’m looking at you, Vernon.

      • Laz

        Is what you get when you are punting 4-5 lineup spots every night. Defense is great and all, but it does only so much. Really problematic when they are throwing a .239/.281/.436 at 1B of all places every night.

    • Mouse

      Very sad. Only on this Yankee team is a guy batting .221 is considered above average.

      People usually get DFA’d with his numbers at this time of the year.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        “People usually get DFA’d with his numbers at this time of the year.”

        No they don’t. Because teams actually look at more than just batting average. He has a 106 wRC+. That’s above average compared to the league, not just the Yankees.

  • dasani


  • Robinson Tilapia

    This was actually supposed to be a nice night out. I made the mistake of checking At-Bat at bout the third inning, when I saw it was 9-0. I then decided to just ignore the game’s very existence…..until both the bar and restaurant we wound up at had the game on every TV possible. The suck was unavoidable.

    Post your saddest musical lyrics below. It’s that kind of night.

    • King George

      Candle in the Wind works tonight, Robbie.

      Goodbye Norma Jean
      Though I never knew you at all
      You had the grace to hold yourself
      While those around you crawled
      They crawled out of the woodwork
      And they whispered into your brain
      They set you on the treadmill
      And they made you change your name

      And it seems to me you lived your life
      Like a candle in the wind
      Never knowing who to cling to
      When the rain set in
      And I would have liked to have known you
      But I was just a kid
      Your candle burned out long before
      Your legend ever did

      • King George

        Except substitute Norma Jean for “Yankees Organization”

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Like a dagger through the heart there, I must say.

    • Pat D

      Can’t think of one much sadder than this. Hope people recognize it.

      And if I say I really knew you well,
      What would your answer be?
      If you were here today.
      Ooh, ooh, ooh, here today.

      Well, knowing you,
      You’d probably laugh and say
      That we were worlds apart.
      If you were here today.
      Ooh, ooh, ooh, here today.

      But as for me,
      I still remember how it was before
      And I am holding back the tears no more.
      Ooh, ooh, ooh,
      I love you, ooh.

      What about the time we met? (what about the time?)
      Well, I suppose that you could say
      That we were playing hard to get.
      Didn’t understand a thing,
      But we could always sing.

      What about the night we cried? (what about the night)
      Because there wasn’t any reason
      Left to keep it all inside.
      Never understood a word,
      But you were always there with a smile.

      And if I say I really loved you
      And was glad you came along.
      Then you were here today,
      Ooh, ooh, ooh, for you were in my song.

      Ooh, ooh, ooh, here today.

    • BFDeal

      Too altruistic.

    • vicki

      better from the mouth of the man himself:


      also awesome:


      i play this shit at closing time sometimes to really amusing effect.

      i spared you all the leonard cohen and george jones. i spared myself the smiths.

  • Duh Injuries

    One more game against the Os then 4 at the Twins, 3 vs. the Os again, 4 vs. the Royals, 3 more vs. the Twins, then 3 at Fenway right after the All-Star Break.

    That’s 15 games vs. perennial Yankee punching bags including ten straight games at home before three in a bandbox I think the Yanks could go 11-4 in with their pitching despite their anemic offense if the offense can wake up. A big “if” lately, but you never know. The Twins and Royals are the Twins and Royals until I see otherwise, I could give a fuck that both are just a few games below .500.

    The way I look at it, the Yanks can’t sink any further than they did tonight. They have hit rock bottom. The only place they can go is up.

    ‘Say they gain even just one game on Boston before the All-Star break for 4.5 games behind the Red Sox. If they sweep or take two of three from Boston at Fenway July 19-21, they’re right back in the division race 1.5 or 3.5 games behind the Red Sox.

    I think what we’re looking at here is the Yankees doing a great imitation of last year’s Tampa Bay Rays: a team who can pitch but can’t hit. Last year’s TBR had a team ERA of 3.19 / THREE POINT ONE NINE with a 1.166 WHIP to boot yet won only 90 games. The 2013 Yankees ERA is 3.77. Their WHIP is 1.27. Higher than the 2012 TBR but if the season ended now, the Yanks would finish with the third-lowest team ERA since 1985 (3.69 ERA). an ERA only four points higher than their 2011 ERA, the lowest WHIP since 1998 when they posted 1.251 WHIP, and the second-highest SO/9 after last season.

    It comes down to hitting. I tend to believe if the pitching is always there, the wins will come at some point. Have patience. I’m still for blowing up this team so it’s all homegrown players next year though, I’m not relenting on that. My dream is they win it all this year somehow, some way, 2006 or 2011 St.Louis Cardinals style so they could let go of guys and coast for a year or two with kids.

    • SDB

      I’d feel good, except that other perennial punching bags like the Mets have walked over this team this year.

  • King George

    Gotta wonder how much the Steinbrenners care or are impacted by the declining numbers now. Their interest is dwindling at a rapid pace and it’s only gonna get worse as the team continues to slide. I honestly can’t believe the front office and ownership are actually thinking this is a good product. Talk about pulling the wool over our eyes. What a crock of shit.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Well, 1995-2012 was fun. Everything comes to an end, empires fall, etc.

    • LK

      I’d count 1993 (88 wins, more than the 2000 WS team, and 3rd best record in the AL) and 1994 (.600+ winning %) as part of the era as well, even though they always get forgotten.

      I also think it’s too early to say that it’s over (though I admit it’s looking like it).

      • Wheels

        What might have been in 1994 still kills me.

        • vicki

          i’ve met so many old-timers who never went back to baseball after the strike. even yankee fans.

          like it was something new that it was all about money.

    • BFDeal

      What? Over? Did you say “over”? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no! And it ain’t over now. ‘Cause when the goin’ gets tough…The tough get goin’! Who’s with me? Let’s go!

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Well if we want the best for the future the ideal situation is to sell guys like Grandy and Kuroda or Cano if the organization has decided they don’t want, or can’t keep him.

        Then tank, get a better draft pick and hope you get lucky with the farm. I really hope we don’t buy anyone though.

      • Yankee Dandy

        The Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? :\

        • Mr. Roth

          I take it you’re not familiar with the movie Animal House?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Joel Sherman (or was it Mark Feinsand) thought it all ended in 2001. You got an extra twelve years on your plan.

      It HAS to end at some point.

      • Steve

        It was Buster Olney

    • your mom

      2004 sucked balls.

  • Here Comes the Pizza

    Jeff Francoeur, Future Yankee?

    • Pat D

      That solves…absolutely nothing.

      • WhittakerWalt

        With our luck they’ll pick him up, he’ll have a good month, they’ll sign him to an extension, then he’ll get hit by a bus.

  • http://www.ProjectNeoX.com ProjectNeo

    Can I make a request, instead of David Plops, how about David Phlops…

    just puttin it out there.

    • vicki


    • Robinson Tilapia


  • dkidd

    i can’t believe it’s ending. i really can’t. shane (not spencer) knows how we feel…

    the last time i saw you was down at the greeks
    there was whiskey on sunday and tears on our cheeks
    you sang me a song as pure as the breeze
    blowing up the road to glenaveigh

    i sat for a while at the cross at finnoe
    where young lovers would meet when the flowers were in bloom
    heard the men coming home from the fair at shinrone
    their hearts in tipperary wherever they go

    take my hand, and dry your tears babe
    take my hand, forget your fears babe
    there’s no pain, there’s no more sorrow
    they’re all gone, gone in the years babe

    i sat for a while by the gap in the wall
    found a rusty tin can and an old hurley ball
    heard the cards being dealt, and the rosary called
    and a fiddle playing sean dun na ngall

    and the next time i see you we’ll be down at the greeks
    there’ll be whiskey on sunday and tears on our cheeks
    for it’s stupid to laugh and it’s useless to bawl
    about a rusty tin can and an old hurley ball

    so i walked as day was dawning
    where small birds sang and leaves were falling
    where we once watched the row boats landing
    by the broad majestic shannon

  • mustang(The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    It is what it is.
    The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t finished over .500 in 18 years so who am I to bitch.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      This, this and this.

  • fred robbins

    “with their pitching they could go 11-4”? are you out of your mind? Do you see the pitches these guys are throwing? It’s one slow 87mph back door slider after another that keeps leaving the yard. Phelps is purely a AAA pitcher or someone for long relief in a blowout. I think Nova and Kuroda are the only two who can throw hard anymore and occasionally CC can hit 93-94– but CC still throws mostly slow curves all game long- same for Pettitte I have no ideas as to what they need because honestly I think the whole team is up for grabs at this point. There is really no help that can work- adding a bat? really what good would it do anymore.
    And with all that money thrown away on Youk and Wells in spite of all the evidence out there that these were bad investments- they are still keeping Pineda down because of money? It’s really almost impossible to believe. 3-4- hitters are the worst in all of baseball according to stats- and the Yankees rank 28, 29, and last in offense in so many categories it is crazy. It is almost surreal compared to last year. And it also shows that losing Jeter as a hitter and even Granderson has had a huge impact.
    How long will it take to get back to being competitive?

    • BFDeal

      Pineda hasn’t finished his rehab assignment.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      So is this going to be a daily thing with you?

    • trr

      How long, asks Fred

      been a long time comin’
      It’s goin’ to be a Long Time Gone.
      And it appears to be a long,
      appears to be a long,
      appears to be a long
      time, yes, a long, long, long ,long time before the dawn.

      Turn, turn any corner.
      Hear, you must hear what the people say.
      You know there’s something that’s goin’ on around here,
      the surely, surely, surely won’t stand the light of day.
      And it appears to be a long,
      appears to be a long,
      appears to be a long
      time, yes, a long, long, long ,long time before the dawn.

  • http://RAB I remember the CBS years!

    There was a positive tonight. It came via Bob Lorenz on the postgame show, “Jack’s off tonight”.

  • Howard

    Where is Horace Clark ,now that we really need him ??

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He was as Old Timers Day, you know.

      Should have never let the old fuck in.

      • trr

        Horace Clarke is to David Adams what Joe Morgan is to Horace Clarke.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Well, Horace actually had an MLB career while Adams still hasn’t finished his cup of coffee.

          • trr

            In trr world he’s done with his coffee; as he didn’t pay for it, it’s time to ask him to leave.

            • trr

              In truth, it’s not David Adams fault, or at most he’s just a small part of it. What you’re seeing is an organizational failure, from the top on down. If the team does crater this year, you may very well see the end of Cashman/Girardi. Understand that I am not advocating this (although I may revisit the idea at the end of the current season), but there may be a major shakeup coming.

          • WhittakerWalt

            I’m seeing very little reason to keep Adams up with the big club, other than that we have no choice. Meaning, I don’t think he’ll ever be anything more than a AAAA player. I’d love to be wrong about that, of course.

  • Kosmo

    The highway is for gamblers, better use your sense
    Take what you have gathered from coincidence
    The empty-handed painter from your streets
    Is drawing crazy patterns on your sheets
    This sky, too, is folding under you
    And it’s all over now, Baby Blue

    • vicki

      this cuts to my core.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        You should be donating drinks to the cause here.

  • pat

    Girardi will get himself tossed from tomorrows game. Mark it down. Hopefully there’s an especially egregious call that he can really make a show about.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    I guess it’s about time to talk about Cano’s massive decline this year. Both on the defensive and offensive side of the game. Do the Yanks really want to hand out another massive contract to that guy?

    The Yanks should look into what they could get IF they trade Cano. Heck, look if you can trade Sabathia for some good prospects. I mean it really can’t get that much worse this year and tbh it wouldn’t hurt to have a disaster year (or 3) for the first time in 20 or so years. Now’s the perfect time to rebuild and to get rid of some bad contracts.
    If they really want to upgrade the team prior to the deadline then the upgrades have to be long-term pieces. Right now there’s no need to trade prospects for 3 month rentals.

  • Rizi Walnutz

    Luckily, I watched game 1 of the 96 ALCS right before this game. Jeter causing chaos. Andy not giving in, Mariano then looking like Mariano now.

  • Pistol pete

    Yanks will finish last this season and should be huge sellers at the deadline. It’s going to be very lean the next few years but after 18 years of greatness it’s time to back up the truck and start over.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    The way things are going, it’s gonna be a fucking shame to see only 20K people at Yankee stadium in August and September.

    What a way for Mariano to go out.

    To make matters worse, things are looking even more bleak for next year.
    NFL training camp can’t get here soon enough.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      That’s probably when I’ll finally get to a game this season.

      If they can’t show up to give Mariano a farewell, they should just go root for the Mets.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        I would think the last home series will be all sellouts but I think they’re looking at a lot of empty seats in the not too distant future.

        I went to old timers day (only because it was a gift) and will likely try to score some cheap tix to a series in mid-late September only to see Mo one last time because the way I feel, I’m not giving any of my hard earned money to the Steinbrenners for this shit product they’ve put out there

  • Ron

    How can we be bad. Hal put a “championship caliber” team on the field by signing top free agents like Pettitte, Kuroda, and the best third basement on the market Youkilis. I don’t get it it makes no sense.

  • slam

    Much better to suck for a few years than to relive the 80s.

    They should trade whoever they can and slowly build up (though next year will be horrid can no one is ready)

    In 2019 we can buy the players we need to fill the holes

    Look who could be available

    Granted 2019 is a long time to wait, but then again, it’s only one year after Arod’s contract finally expires.

    • pat

      In today’s day and age I think there’s no way either of those guys play out their entire rookie contract.