Jul
22

Darvish, Rangers cruise to easy win over Yanks

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Blame the late arrival, right? That’s the easy excuse for Monday’s boring game and indifferent effort. After all, the Yankees didn’t get to their hotel until early in the morning following the late night in Boston. Or, maybe, they just really stink. Yeah, let’s go with that. The Rangers shut New York out 3-0 in the series opener.

(Ronald Martinez/Getty)

(Ronald Martinez/Getty)

Oh For Offense
To give you an idea of just how hilariously poor the roster is constructed, the Yankees called up two right-handed hitting outfielders on Friday (Thomas Neal and Melky Mesa) but still don’t have anyone to use as a pinch-hitter for Travis Hafner against a lefty reliever. He bounced into an inning-ending double play with two on in the seventh, their best chance to score. What a joke.

The Yankees hit one ball hard all night — Brett Gardner lined a ball into the right-center field gap in the sixth that was run down by Nelson Cruz for an out. That was it, everything else was blooped or lined softly or completely routine. Lyle Overbay had two hits (one bloop, one little flare) and Ichiro Suzuki had one (little flare). That’s all, just three hits. Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner drew walks and Gardner was hit by a pitch for the team’s only other base-runners. Not a single Yankee reached third base.

There really isn’t much left to say about the offense at this point. It’s putrid. An embarrassment given the team’s payroll, really. We’ve also pretty much reached the point where any move they make to bring in another bat or three will be too little, too late. The season is almost two-thirds complete and the deficit in the various races grows larger by the day. New York has now lost five of their last six and eight of their last 12 games, yet there still seems to be zero sense of urgency with regards to getting help. Help in the form that is a player who wasn’t released by another team, I mean.

(Ronald Martinez/Getty)

(Ronald Martinez/Getty)

Leftovers
Ivan Nova pitched fine, allowing three runs in seven innings of work. He probably shouldn’t have gone out for the seventh — he allowed a solo homer to Cruz in the inning — but the bullpen was a mess following Sunday’s extra-inning loss and Joe Girardi extended his starter a little longer than usual. Nova struck out four and walked three, throwing a first pitch strike to just ten of 31 batters. Not the prettiest outing, but serviceable for sure.

N0t one, but two players forgot how many outs there were. Leonys Martin struck out in the fourth and started taking off his equipment near the batter’s box, waiting for someone to bring him his glove so he could go out to center field. Of course, it was only the second out of the inning. In the fifth, Overbay caught an infield popup and casually walked back to first base to continue the inning. It was the third out though; his teammates were all coming off the field. Kinda funny.

Gardner had a 14-pitch at-bat in the ninth, one day after having a 15-pitch at-bat against the Red Sox. The Yankees had two 14+ pitches at-bats total from 2007-2012 — Derek Jeter and Andruw Jones did it, both in 2011 — and Gardner has now done it in back-to-back nights. Pretty cool.

The Yankees were shutout for the eighth time last season, two more times than all of last season. It also equals their shutout totals from 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. That is pretty awful.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Yankees are six back of the Red Sox in the AL East and four back of the second wildcard spot in the loss column.


Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
It’s game two of this four-game series. Alexi Ogando is scheduled to come off the DL to make the start for Texas on Tuesday, and he’ll be opposed by Phil Hughes.

Categories : Game Stories

60 Comments»

  1. zipper says:

    This might not be the right place but does anyone think that A-Rod should just retired and save face before it get real dirty like a 500, 100 game ban? If he walks away and say I just can’t stay healthy I’m trying could he save face. Thoughts?

    • Manny's BanWagon says:

      He’ll never, ever, ever walk away from $100 million so it’s pretty much a moot point.

      IMO, he’ll serve his suspension and stick up YS3 for the next 4 years.

    • forensic says:

      How would that save face? People have already made up their minds about him and retiring isn’t going to change any of that. In fact, most would probably turn it into that he’s just doing it to avoid the suspension. He gains nothing from it.

      • Manny's BanWagon says:

        People have already made up their minds about him

        With good reason. The guy is a cheat and a liar for the 2nd time now. The first time he was caught and admitted he used PEDs and he’s about to do the same for the 2nd time as the evidence against him is reportedly overwhelming.

        • Gonzo says:

          Or…he did everything he could to help bring this team a championship.

          • Manny's BanWagon says:

            Yeah, I’m sure he sacrificed his reputation and legacy with a solitary goal of bring a championship to the Yankees

            • Gonzo says:

              Haha, I’m just getting you riled up man.

              • Manny's BanWagon says:

                I hope he comes back and does well because god knows the Yankees need his help but I think he’s facing about a 100 game suspension and whatever vitriol he gets, he deserves IMO

                • Stan the Man says:

                  Regardless of personal animosity to AROD doesn’t this whole thing reek of a witchhunt and MLB trying to save face for looking the other way on PED’s for 30 yrs?

                  AROD admitted to past use despite failing a confidential test, now there is talk of a lifetime ban without a failed test? Lying about PED use and getting banned for life or getting 100+ games is extreme when other players are simply not getting this type of treatment.

      • jim p says:

        The face tens of thousands of people see when he takes the field, I think. Everyday for the rest of his playing career. Not likely to be very kind to him.

        Tying it in with Yankee weakness at 3B and in general: If the published hints that he’s been PEDing in a few Yankee years are true, would he really add that much production to 3B? Or be more like we saw in the 2012 playoffs?

        • Stan the Man says:

          I think the fact that his hip was gone was the reason for the 2012 playoffs, but if he can’t dip into the PED’s again then I think it is fair to assume a significant drop in production but I don’t think it would be .220/4 HR’s bad which is basically what they have gotten out of that position this year.

  2. Gonzo says:

    Can someone tell this team that the poem is called Do not go gentle into that good night?

    k thx

  3. El Johnny D says:

    Win. Lose. It doesn’t really matter anymore. Let’s get what we can for the current producing pieces and call it a season.

  4. Kramerica Industries says:

    Seriously, there are only two things to look forward to now:

    1) Brett Gardner’s hilariously long AB’s
    2) Mike’s viciously sarcastic jabs at the organization

    :(

    • GreenArm says:

      hey hey and when we’re lucky, we see Mo get another save. that alone is enough to keep me watching, on top of the fact i’ve been a yanks fan since i was a child (not that it really needs to be said around here)

  5. forensic says:

    This sure was a boring game.

    18th game already without an XBH. This offense is painful to watch.

    • Tom says:

      Also now 20 innings and counting without an XBH. I hope hitters remember they are allowed to take a left turn and go to that white object called 2nd base if they hit one in the gap.

      I think the longest stretch this year may have been over 30 innings, so they still have a couple of games to challenge that.

  6. W.B. Mason Williams says:

    Man a top 20 draft pick is going to be weird…bad weird.

  7. NapLajoieOnSteroids says:

    The only enjoyment I get from watching this team is following how Brett Gardner plays day in, day out and Kuroda’s starts.

    The team as a whole is embarrassing and boring. At least 2008 was interesting despite the team’s mediocrity. 2008 seemed competitive- you could tune in, or go to a game, and actually imagine the team could pull off a win on any given day. This team gives a dreadful impression where they appear doomed before they take the field and seemingly win by accident. Even their lucky start is unfortunate. If they played like this all year, we could at least take solace in the Yanees receiving a top ten draft pick.

    All that can be said is that the almost two decades of dominance had to end some time, and it isn’t pretty but it is fair. If Cashman was smart he’d trade whatever he can and hope the Yankees can have a short turn around.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      If they do decide to throw in the towel and rebuild, they really should do it with somebody other than Cashman.
      Developing players hasn’t exactly been his strong suit.

    • Lukaszek says:

      2008 was exciting because they actually had offense. You could watch Giambi crush blasts into the upper deck and see Jeter and Damon pepper the field with actual hits. Not so much this year.

      You’re down in 2008 by four runs, and you know that A-Rod can drop a 450-foot bomb to bring the game closer. You know that Posada can line a clutch ninth inning homerun into the stands to tie the game any time he wants. You can always count on Johnny Damon to get a clutch walk off double in extra innings.

      In 2013 and you’re down by four, you know you’re pretty much f*cked. Occasionally Cano can hit a homerun, and occasionally Lyle Overbay can get a clutch hit before hitting into demoralizing double plays. But that’s pretty much it.

    • Stan the Man says:

      The 2008 team had its fair share of injuries but this team has been crushed by injuries and when you lose 60% of your starting lineup you aren’t going to be all that great offensively.

  8. Scorpio Tube says:

    “…yet there still seems to be zero sense of urgency with regards to getting help”-

    And you know that how, exactly?

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Because the organization has been apathetic towards this going back well into the off-season?

      Not necessarily including you in this group, but there is a large faction of people who take Mike’s frustration as being something of a spoiled fan, which, although it may be true for all we know, is not the source of his blog (and Tweeter) frustration.

      http://riveraveblues.com/2013/.....oss-88753/

      He’s pissed off at the two-faced nature of the organization. And, really, who the hell can blame the guy for getting pissed that the baseball franchise he supports is basically talking down to him (us) and trying to falsely encourage us?

      • Gonzo says:

        I can see both sides though. One the one hand, the Yankees have really been quiet on the rumor circuit, which could be false positives/negaitives anyway. On the other hand, the Yankees need a bat and no good bat has been traded yet (am I forgetting someone?) so we can’t be sure they are out of relevant trade talks.

      • forensic says:

        Cashman himself has even basically said there’s no urgency using the (sort of) excuse of the injuries and that people should be coming back from them (of course, they haven’t acknowledged now that at least one of those positions isn’t coming back and another one may be in jeopardy of that too).

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

          He would kind of have to say that no matter what though, wouldn’t he?
          Publicly saying he’s desperate to make a trade doesn’t help trade negotiations.
          It’s frustrating that he hasn’t been able to handle some very basic, now longstanding issues though. It’s hard to believe he can’t at least find a platoon partner for Overbay, or a BUC (they’ve passed on several) to at least let Romine go to AAA and get at least regular playing time. Even if it’s not somebody particularly good, at least somebody to fill the obvious empty roles on the roster.

          • forensic says:

            Sure, you don’t go that far, but there is a middle ground between the two. And thus far, his actions have matched his words. i.e. nothing has really been done.

            I’m pretty much ready for the organization to go in a new direction their front office and on-the-field leadership.

            It was funny when people thought there would be a trade over the ASB. ;-)

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

              Any suggestions for GM and/or manager?
              I think it’s time for a change too, especially in the front office, but I have no idea who would be available and any good.

              • forensic says:

                I don’t know, partly because we really have no way of knowing who is or may be available during the offseason. I would just like a new direction and voice for the organization.

                It seems to me like there’s no real commitment to a long-term plan and focus for the franchise. It’s almost more like they just go day-to-day changing plans as they go. Sure, sometimes that’s necessary because things come up, but it seems like they do it more than is necessary with no real plan in mind.

                And I know you weren’t really disagreeing with me, I’m just venting I guess.

                • Stan the Man says:

                  The manager/GM are fine in my opinion. I don’t think many teams would be above .500 with all the injuries this team has taken and how long these injuries have lasted.

                  Philosphy wise though the front office has publicy stated its desire to not have to spend over the luxury tax every single year…this is a good thing as well. This forces the Yanks to develop talent internally and bring up cost controlled players while mixing in smart and sound FA signings. This is exactly what they did in the early 90′s, so I as a fan am hoping the franchise sticks to its new direction and keeps payroll down and is willing to think long term success over short term.

  9. Deathstroke Heathcott says:

    This game was the most hilariously predictable outcome that even I saw it coming from a mile away. So not really as much of a gut punch as yesterday’s loss. Poor Mariano… crappy season to go out on.

    • Stan the Man says:

      Should the Yanks offer Rivera up to a contender? His career should end in the post-season and by name alone the Yanks should ask for some serious talent. Just a thought.

  10. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    So the Yankees didn’t get anybody on Fangraphs top 50 trade value list, but they did get one on the worst 5 Anti-trade value list.

    Hooray!!

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....contracts/

    • forensic says:

      Dipoto failed?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

        They’re really lucky they have Mike Trout or they could be in really bad shape for a long-time. But even Trout may not be enough to salvage things there.

        • FIPster Doofus says:

          He’s on pace for his second straight 10-WAR season and the Angels aren’t going to capitalize on it. They’re a disaster.

      • Gonzo says:

        There was a lot of talk that Pujols and Hamilton were decisions that came down from ownership. Then again, I don’t now how to spread the blame either.

        • FIPster Doofus says:

          In hindsight, they really blew it not throwing big money at Beltre a few years back. He’s so much better than Pujols and Hamilton, and has a much better contract.

          • Gonzo says:

            There was talk that Arte was upset at Reagins for “botching” the Beltre and Carl Crawford dealings. Maybe Arte decided to overcompensate.

    • Gonzo says:

      Wow, $85mm for the next three years of Howard. Pujols will get $30mm in year 2021.

      • GreenArm says:

        which will be worth nothing after the zombies/aliens/etc are here. hahahaha. zing?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

        Ryan Howard: 266/319/465 110 wRC+, 0.4 fWAR
        Albert Pujols: 251/325/431 107 wRC+, 0.5 fWAR
        Lyle Overbay: 255/308/440 102 wRC+, 0.6 fWAR

  11. Captain_Turbo says:

    Please, please, please buy us a bat or three before this fiasco turns into a farce. We need a straw that stirs the drink right now!

  12. Tom says:

    The one thing about the lineup this year… how good is Brett Gardner?

    I know folks are somewhat skeptical about defensive value #’s but he has a shot at his third 5 fWAR season in four years, and should at least put up at least 4 WAR.

    I know I’ve mentioned this a couple of time in the past but I think the Yankees should look at an extension with him this offseason – 2 maybe 3 years after his final arb season next year. His skills tend to get undervalued in the FA market, so I think if they make a reasonable offer he might accept a shorter deal (so it ends before those skills erode)

  13. Fin says:

    I love Mike, and respect his opinions quite a bit. However, with the injuries the Yankees have had this season, its a lost cause and bemoaning the lack of legit replacements seems kind of silly. The market is a sellers market and the Yankees need so much help, that it seems, even in hindsight that the Yankees couldn’t rebuild this team during the season.

    Now, all of Mike’s complaints about how the Yankees constructed this team going into the season, I completely agree with. Its also nice to see we will get Soriano for next year as well. Wells and Soriano…what could go wrong with that combo? That’s Yankee baseball right there my friends, picking up all the worst short term contracts in baseball.

    • forensic says:

      picking up all the worst short term contracts in baseball

      aka, what’s left of the worst long-term contracts in baseball.

      I can’t wait until 2020 when they trade for the last year and a half of Pujols’ contract. Only if the Angels pick up some of the 2021 money though, because of the new CBA that issues a 50% tax on any Yankees payroll expenditures above the $10 million annually exercised player option for Derek Jeter.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Picking up Wells was incredibly stupid from the get-go and I still can’t believe it happened. Soriano, on the other hand? He can still play. He mashes lefties and is only a season removed from an .818-OPS, 24-HR season vs. righties. The Yankees aren’t going to give up much for him and he won’t really affect their payroll. I’m happy with this addition.

      • Fin says:

        I don’t have an issue picking Soriano up at this pt. They put themselves into needing a guy like him with their shit offseason. I don’t expect this offseason to be much different as the 189 at this point in time, seems to be the single most important thing to the Yankees org. The bright side of that is we shouldn’t see any of the suspect Yankee “prospects” traded for MLB players.

        • Fin says:

          Really, Soriano is just another old guy at the end of his career who still has a little value. Better than Wells in the fact he still has a little value. Yankee stadium could be a very empty place next year. I don’t think the Stien kids remember how empty the stadium can be. The Bronx is a shitty place to go and fielding half a team of has beens and never weres will empty that place fast.

    • Stan the Man says:

      If the rumors are true on Soriano the Yanks will have two players who they aren’t going to pay a single cent to next year. Wouldn’t the Yanks just be able to cut them if they don’t have a spot for them?

  14. JLC 776 says:

    While I hate to derail the ARod conversation, I just wanted to throw out there that Nova did really well again. Good to see him getting some of his strut back.

  15. I told you so says:

    Mike, I am sure you fully understand that Hal Stienbrenner and company gave up on this season a long time ago. They are not interested in winning this year, and possibly next year, so why should they go out and get good players. Unfortunately, the dim witted fans (geeks) who populate this blog on a daily basis haven’t accepted this fact!

  16. Lukaszek says:

    What makes me angry isn’t that Cashman is inactive. I mean, the market right now for bats is pretty terrible, what can he do?

    What does make me angry is that the Yankees were hit by a perfect storm. Not only did they get hit by injuries very bad, but they also got hit by injuries in an offseason without any major free agents. Not only that, but a good amount of their backups for their regular players got injured as well in April. They had to play backups for the backups, which requires superhuman bench depth in order to succeed. This is just amazingly sh*tty luck right here and there’s no way around it

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