Late rally falls short as Rays clobber Sabathia

Bird continues to rake in Charleston win
Sherman: Alfonso Soriano trade came from ownership

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Well, winning Thursday’s game and acquiring Alfonso Soriano was fun for a few hours. Reality slapped the Yankees in the face on Friday night as the far superior Rays completely dominated them in the 10-6 loss. By the end of the game, the infield was Brent Lillibridge, Eduardo Nunez, David Adams, and Chris Stewart. It was one of those games. Let’s recap:

  • CC Stands For Consistently Crappy: Ninety-four pitchers have thrown enough innings to qualify for the ERA title this year, and CC Sabathia now ranks 78th with a 4.65 ERA. Tampa clobbered the big man for seven runs on nine hits and three walks in five innings, making him the only pitcher in baseball to allow at least seven runs in three straight starts at some point in 2013. That’s very bad. A six-run second inning put this one to bed early, though Austin Romine deserves an assist for an awful throwing error. If the Yankees had a viable alternative, this would be a good time to stick Sabathia on phantom DL so he can straighten stuff out. He’s been atrocious for a two months now.
  • Late Rally: The score was 10-1 at one point, so Joe Girardi did the wise thing and took out some regulars so they could rest in the late innings. The replacements put up a fight though, scoring two runs in the eighth and three in the ninth. Adams had a run-scoring single in each inning while Stewart (double), Melky Mesa (single) and Soriano (fielder’s choice) drove in runs as well. They had the trying run on deck on two occasions after being down by nine runs, so that’s cool. It was fun making Tampa sweat at bit. The O’Neill Theory is officially in effect for Saturday.
  • Fonzy’s Return: Soriano’s first game back in pinstripes was a forgettable one — he went 0-for-5 with a run scored. He flew out harmlessly with two outs and the bases loaded in the third, then beat out a potential double play ball with one out and the bases loaded in the ninth. I thought he looked surprisingly good in the field. Not great, but Soriano showed some decent range to his left and right. His arm is … let’s just say runners won’t hesitate to take the extra-base against him. Hopefully things get better from here on out, the first game is always the toughest.
  • Leftovers: Big ups to Adam Warren for sparing the bullpen with four innings of long relief. He allowed a three-run homer to James Loney that turned out to be pretty big, but he did his job on Friday … Romine had a single and a walk, so he continued to swing a hot bat … Lillibridge, Adams, Mesa, and Brett Gardner all had two hits apiece … Robinson Cano went 0-for-2 with a walk to drop his average below .300 (.299 now) and get his walk pace back over 80 (80.2 now) … the Yankees still (still!) have not hit a homer since the All-Star break. They’ve gone eight straight games without a dinger for the first time since going ten straight in 19-friggin-84. The Bronx Bombers (hah!) are the only team in baseball without a homer in the second half. Hate this lineup. has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. With the win, the Rays take over sole possession of first place in the AL East. The Yankees are seven back of the division lead in the loss column and three back of a wildcard spot with two teams ahead of them. Anytime they want to start making up ground is cool with me. Ivan Nova and Chris Archer is your pitching matchup on Saturday afternoon. Give RAB Tickets a look if you want to catch the game in person.

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Sherman: Alfonso Soriano trade came from ownership
  • William

    The Indians are ahead of the Yankees. Just think about that.

    • forensic

      Guess Swisher is one step closer to being able to have another terrible postseason…

    • DT

      Not surprising since the Indians don’t have the 4th worst offense in the league, and a bi-polar pitching staff.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It’s happened before in history.

  • Pat D

    And to make things worse, the Phillies, THE PHILLIES, signed that Cuban pitcher Gonzalez.

    Cashman failed!

  • CC sucks

    Call up Pineda and place Sabathia on the 7 day DL.

    • forensic

      Did somebody hit him in the head with a bat in the clubhouse and give him a concussion?

  • Jonah Falcon

    Soriano went 0 for 5, including swinging at ball 4 with the bases loaded in a key moment in the 9th.

    It’s like he never left!

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    I’ve already accepted that CC will never be an ace-caliber pitcher again. But he needs to figure out things fast if this team is going anywhere.

  • Bo Knows

    Bright side, Yankees are 5 games up from the next worse team; bad news Yankees are 17th in the overall standings

    Bright side they’ll have a ton of money and at least 3 first round picks…..(I’m grasping at straws)

    • Lukaszek

      More good news: we’ll have the first top-20 pick since god knows when!

  • dkidd

    saddest graph of the year

  • Joel

    Alfonso Soriano’s nickname has never, ever been “Fonzy”. It has been, if anything, “Sori”. Mike, you should know this.

    • vicki

      you are mistaken. they’ve called him fonzy and fonz in chicago for years.

      • dkidd

        what’s it all about, alfie?

        • trr

          all about being 37 years old on a team of similarly aged-out, too far past their prime players.

      • Joel

        Then it’s those in Chicago who are wrong. Sori was specifically not called Fonzy here because of Edgardo Alfonzo, who was a Met at the time Sori started his career. Chicago folks perhaps didn’t realize the distinction, and perhaps indeed Sori was free of that “constraint” since he wasn’t in NY anymore, but the point is that since his debut he was Sori, not Fonzy, in NY. Chicago can call him Billy Bob for all we care, but in NY he is most definitely not Fonzy.

  • forensic

    the Yankees still (still!) have not hit a homer since the All-Star break. They’ve gone eight straight games without a dinger for the first time since going ten straight in 19-friggin-84. The Bronx Bombers (hah!) are the only team in baseball without a homer in the second half.

    Just because I’m bored, no other AL team has even gone their last two (!) games without a homer. Only the Red Sox and Tigers didn’t homer tonight, and they both homered in their prior game.

    As for the NL, only two teams (Phillies and Giants) have gone more than four games without one. They both homered last Saturday, and they both also had a day off this week.

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

    If the Yankees only get Sori an nobody else, I’ll be pretty pissed. Either get the players to make a damn run or sell. This half-in crap is just hurting the team in the long run. I’d rather we trade some of our best chips and restock for the coming years then make a token trade to appease the fanbase. If Sori is their only move then this is ridiculous.

  • dkidd

    with all the injuries that have happened to the line-up this year, i still believe we can sneak into the wild card game

    however, if this is the “new” cc, it’s tough to keep the faith

  • DT

    It’s interesting to note that CC’s velocity this game was up again. His average fastball was at 92.8. What’s strange is that CC’s velocity has been ticking upwards since April, yet his performance has gotten progressively worse per month. This might not be a velocity issue.

    • Mikhel

      It is a velocity issue, he is forcing his arm to throw harder than he can throw normally right now and that is creating a loss in command; which is why you’ll see him constantly gettin hit hard with stuff in the middle of the plate, either high pitches in the middle or just right down the middle with no-bite-fastballs ranging between 90 to 92 mph.

  • Kosmo

    Kinda no brainer Yanks are not a candidate for the postseason without Sabathia at his best. Just think if this is the Sabathia NY is getting moving forward, NY is in deepshitgy.

    • dalelama

      As was predicted by the Dalelama in the face of much ridicule in the pre-season. My .500% record prediction is looking spot on about now.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I’ll go against the grain. I’ve seen so much go wrong this year, and see this team still in the pack, that I don’t think any one player is the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

    That’s secondary, though. I’m sure the team is concerned about CC and, with Phelps coming off the DL soon, if we need to pull CC from the rotation and work with his mechanics, we need to do so. This is going to be an interesting off-season for him.

    Do I think he’s “done?” Fuck no. I do think this is the toughest crossroads he’s ever found himself in in his career, though. Being a pitching freak is no longer enough.

  • Brian in MA

    at least we can look forward to Kabak eating his hat. Can we broadcast that as a live event on the site?

  • Frank

    AJ,CC, and Tex- steep price to pay for 2009 WS title when considering what they’ve gotten for their investment and moving forward.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Bullshit. You don’t take than championship for granted. The Chicago Cubs haven’t win a championship in about a century.

      CC’s in the fifth year of his deal already and had one of the most dominant stretches a Yankee starter’s ever had for the first four years of that. Don’t think for a second you’re seeing his final act here.

      I’ll take the rest if what I got with AJ for 2009 a hundred times out of 100.

      I’d say you’ve seen far from the last of Mark Teixeira, more than halfway into his deal, as well.

      • SDB

        Game 2 of the World Series alone made AJ worthwhile.