Yankees have no answer for Garza; fall 3-1 to Rangers

Marshall's dominance leads SWB to a win
Soriano would be a good start, but Yankees need more help before trade deadline

There would be no miraculous ninth inning comeback in this game. The Yankees lost 3-1 on Wednesday night, their sixth loss in eight games. It’s not quite a free fall, but it’s damn close.

(Layne Murdoch/Getty)
(Layne Murdoch/Getty)

Beat By Pierzynski
Coming into this game, Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski was hitting just .255/.305/.367 (79 wRC+) against left-handed pitchers this year. Naturally, he had the two biggest hits against Andy Pettitte. Pierzynski’s two-out single in the first plated Ian Kinsler from third for the first run of the game, and his one-out, two-strike solo homer in the sixth gave Texas lead. Those were the second and third times Andy allowed big run-scoring hits to Pierzynski this year — remember, he had a two-run, two-out double the last time these two clubs played in New York.

Overall, this was easily Pettitte’s best outing in more than a month. He had allowed at least four runs in each of his last seven starts, but he managed to hold the Rangers to just the two runs on eight hits and a walk. This looked more like vintage Pettitte, who put men on base but wiggled out of jams. On most nights, this kind of start would be good enough to win, or at least get a no decision. Hopefully this was a turning point for Andy and he settles in as the same ol’ reliable workhorse he’s been for the last decade and a half.

Upgraded
It’s fitting that Matt Garza shut the Yankees down in his first start with the Rangers. Texas went out and made a trade to improve their club prior to the deadline while New York continues to plug along with the same unaddressed, inadequate offense. Eventually the injured guys will return, right?

The Yankees scored their only run on two Rangers mistakes. First, Brett Gardner made it all the way to third base when Garza fielded a little ground ball and accidentally threw it into right field. Second, they pitched to Robinson Cano with a base open and he singled to drive in Gardner. That’s all, that was the New York offense. A three-base error and a jam-shot single passed the drawn-in infield. The run was unearned and Garza went 7.1 innings. Ho hum.

(Layne Murdoch/Getty)
(Layne Murdoch/Getty)

Leftovers
The Rangers scored an insurance run in the eighth when Shawn Kelley caught way, way too much of the plate with a 3-2 fastball that David Murphy hit into the bullpen for a solo homer. Speaking of homers … the Yankees still haven’t hit one in the second half. Six games, all at very hitter-friendly parks, yet no homers. This is the first time the so-called Bombers have gone six straight games without a homer since 1996. At least that season had a happy ending.

Gardner and Cano were the only Yankees with two hits, and the top three spots in the lineup went a combined 5-for-12. The other six spots went 1-for-21. The trio of Eduardo Nunez, Brent Lillibridge, and Melky Mesa went a combined 0-for-10 on 29 (!) total pitches. That’s just par for the course, really. If Gardner and Cano can’t put together a run(s), the Yankees rarely score.

Pettitte allowed a run in the first inning for the fifth consecutive start. His record dropped to 7-8, so Andy is in danger of having the first losing season in his 18-year career. Heck, only twice has he been within two games of a .500 record, and those were his injury shortened 2004 and 2012 seasons.

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 remain six back of the AL East lead and three back of the second wildcard spot in the loss column because both the Red Sox and Orioles lost.


Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
The seven-game road trip comes to an end on Thursday afternoon, when the Yankees and Rangers wrap-up this four-game series. Hiroki Kuroda and left-hander Derek Holland is the pitching matchup in the matinee.

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Marshall's dominance leads SWB to a win
Soriano would be a good start, but Yankees need more help before trade deadline
  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Does anyone else get the feeling that this season is just Cashman’s way of trolling the people who complained about too many homeruns last year?

    • Game Overbay

      He is the Andy Kaufman of Baseball

  • jozer7

    Yankee Home Runs in the past 16 days: ONE. Hit by Ichiro.

    • trr

      Ain’t that the shit? Yeezus Christ!

    • FIPster Doofus

      I knew the power outage was bad, but not that bad. Shocking and depressing.

    • forensic

      That’s pretty crazy. Even John and Suzyn were trying to figure it out saying they can’t believe someone hasn’t accidentally hit one or just fluked into one.

      • forensic

        And I think someone in the game thread said the last time a righty on the active roster homered was way back in mid-May.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          May 22 for Adams.
          If they didn’t call up Adams, it was May 15 for Stewart and Wells.

          • forensic

            That’s just absurd.

            • Kramerica Industries

              Jayson Nix homered against Yu Darvish in late June.

              speaking of which, that gets a #ycpb

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                Yeah, this was active roster only.
                Tex also homered betting RH in early June.

                • Kramerica Industries

                  Oh, reading comprehension fail.

                  I dunno, I still find it amazing to think Nix hit that HR.

                  • forensic

                    He also homered off Verlander in April for his 2 homers this year.

                    He doesn’t hit many, but when he does he picks brand names.

    • jim p

      Is that from memory, or from stats? I tried to google and use baseball-reference for game logs, or summaries, or box scores, etc but seems I just don’t know the right phrase.

      Thanks for the answer to “how bad?” though.

    • JLC 776

      Yankee HRs in July: 7 (4 by Cano, 2 by Overbay, 1 by Ichiro)

      Alfonso Soriano HRs in July: 8

      Not that I’m trying to stir that pot or anything.

      • trr

        well, that’s why they’re pursuing him.
        He’s far from the perfect solution, but it’s not as if the other GM’s are tripping over themselves to help us.

  • BigBlueAL

    Sure wouldve been nice to have Soriano in the lineup tomorrow vs Holland not to mention Saturday vs Moore. But Im sure the trade will get done next week when the Yankees are even further back in the standings.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Indeed. The more the calendar ticks away, the less need there is to make any trades. This season is going to end up a lost cause.

    • stuart a

      why rush things!!!

      seriously if they are going to do it, do it..

      the power on thsi team is scary bad…this will go down as 1 of the worst yankee offensive teams in history of the Yanks..

    • pat

      YEah, stupid Cashman not forcing other teams to make trades. I do that shit on XBOX all the time. n00b.

      • BigBlueAL

        Cashman in the past has always been super active with mid-season trades, usually not waiting until the actual trade deadline to make deals. There have already been a few trades made already this season. Being patient in the past has been a good strategy because the Yankees were never in this bad a position to have to do something. But right now every day that goes by with this same crap lineup is killing this team.

        Now if they dont want to make trades because they dont care about this season and care more about keeping Arod off the field than actually adding good players then thats another story. But they keep preaching their goal is to win a championship this season.

  • forensic

    I can’t beleive some managers still pitch to Cano in RBI situations. Considering the enormous gap in talent between him and the guys behind him he should almost be getting the Barry Bonds treatment by now.

    • forensic

      *believe…

    • mustang(The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      Totally agree.

  • wakaflocka

    what’s the point in upgrading this team? so they can sneak into the playoffs and get embarrassed?

    • WhittakerWalt

      Works for me. Anything can happen in the playoffs.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Plus the postseason is tremendous, as is watching the Yankees in the postseason. The way things have gone, I’d be thrilled just to see them in the wild-card game. Even if they lose, it’s better than nothing.

        All that’s to say I’m fine with the Yankees making short-term upgrades as long as no significant prospects are involved. The likes of Soriano, M. Young, Ruiz and Ibanez are ideal deadline pickup candidates.

    • Get Phelps Up

      The worst team in the playoffs has made it to the world series in each of the past 3 years.

      • fat jeter

        That’s stupid. if they won the world series then they obviously were not the “worst team”. By definition, that makes them the best team. fucking statistics lead to ridiculous comments like this

        • pat

          Lol.

        • trr

          Look, we all know how important it is to enter the postseason healthy and peaking.

          Healthy? Yikes! Well, I guess anything’s possible….

          We still have to keep punching. It might be a lost cause, but we have to fight to last out

        • LK

          “By definition, that makes them the best team.”

          Well, using your definition.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

  • Kramerica Industries

    It’s fitting that Matt Garza shut the Yankees down in his first start with the Rangers. Texas went out and made a trade to improve their club prior to the deadline while New York continues to plug along with the same unaddressed, inadequate offense. Eventually the injured guys will return, right?

    Yes, but at what cost? Garza isn’t a top-line pitcher, and the Rangers gave up a top prospect for what may amount to about 13-15 starts from him in their uniform.

    I know, I know, you aren’t too fond of Mike Olt, but it’s more the philosophy of giving up a top prospect for a rental, than who that top prospect actually is.

    There’s no guarantee Texas gets to the playoffs even with this acquisition.

    • forensic

      And I don’t know anything about him, but C.J. Edwards also has some insane numbers in the minors this and last year.

      • FIPster Doofus

        He’s old for his level and some people think he profiles as a reliever, but still a solid get for the Cubs.

    • Get Phelps Up

      And also, there’s the whole matter of no notable bats being traded yet…

    • JLC 776

      Exactly! Yet legions of fans expect the Yankees to throw out B prospects and bags of money and acquire first rate, young talent! It’s just not that easy! If you want even average MLB arms or bats, you have to pay a price.

  • GR

    Did anyone notice how Cano didn’t run hard and almost walked to first in the 9th inning. David Cone and Kenny Singleton finally commented on this is what Yankees fans have been complaining about. In addition, they mentioned that he is being passed the baton and is the future of the Yankees but is being a really bad example of being the new leader. I still say it’s Joe’s fault for letting his players become complacent prima donnas. When they sit down during contract time they should play a reel of all of the times Cano dogged it. Ichiro at age 39 runs hard all the time and almost beats out his infield outs.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Much ado about nothing.

      • Winter

        Coriolanus.

        • Pat D

          “We few, we happy few. We band of brothers!”

        • FIPster Doofus

          Titus Andronicus.

    • OldYanksFan

      I agree 100%.
      If Cano gets on, it brings the tying run to the plate.

      Remember when the Met’s 2nd baseman dropped a pop fly and Teix was running hard all the way, scoring the tying run?

      Anything can happen.
      Robbie is NOW getting paid about $22,000 per AB.
      Next year it will be close to $30,000.

      It’s annoying to watch.

      • JayJay

        “If Cano gets on, it brings the tying run to the plate”

        Technically accurate but in practice, with this team, you would only say that if Cano himself was that tying run who was gonna be brought to the plate.

        That said, I also have ahard time watching Cano dog it in the field and on the basepaths.

      • LarryM Fl

        Cano may be better to offer a qualifying offer. or trade at the deadline. Robbie is a great player but not a leader by example. He would gather a bunch of top quality prospects.

    • trr

      Yes, I called him out during the game thread.
      Cano is a loafer. He’s also our best player. What to do?

  • mustang(The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    If you take what’s happening on the field along with what’s going on off it there is only one word that can describe the current state of the Yankees.

    UGLY!

  • Duh Injuries

    The Yanks need to do this in the offseason:

    Trade Teixiera, Suzuki, half their remaining salaries, and Wells ($39.4M total cleared including $16.9M cleared for 2014.)

    Let go of Youkilis, Hafner, Overbay, Nix, Stewart, Lillibridge, and Cruz, Jeter if he declines his player’s option ($16.615M plus the cost of Lillibridge and Cruz cleared for 2014, add $14M more cleared if Jeter declines his player’s option for the $3M buyout for $30.615M + total cleared for 2014.)

    Offer Cano and Granderson qualifying offers they’ll reject to get draft picks ($30M cleared for 2014.)

    2014 Yankees

    Starting Nine:

    C-Cervelli $800K
    1B-Adams $500K
    2B-Jeter $8M
    3B-Eric Jagielo $500K
    SS-Nunez $700K
    LF-Almonte $500K
    CF-Gardner $5.6M (double his 2013 salary)
    RF-Melky Cabrera reacquired $8M
    DH-Alfonso Soriano reacquired for amount less than his 2014 salary

    Total Starting Nine Payroll: $24.6M plus the cost of Soriano

    Bench:

    Backup C-Romine $500K
    Backup 1B/3B-Mustelier $500K
    Backup 2B/SS-Joseph $500K
    Backup OF-Mesa $500K

    Total Bench Payroll: $2M

    Total Thirteen Position Players Payroll: $26.6M plus the cost of Soriano

    • OldYanksFan

      I simply don’t have the vocabulary to adequately reply to this insane post. Someone please help….

    • OldYanksFan

      And oh gee….
      I didn’t notice Jeter is now playing 2nd base.
      BRILLIANT!

    • Joey

      Troll much?

    • JLC 776

      Wait, you can’t stop there! What’s the rotation look like?

    • trr

      C’mon, man…

    • Pat D

      Either you’ve just decided to go full troll, or you truly are batshit insane.

      Once again, the same shtick from you. Trade everyone making money, no matter how unrealistic it is for that to happen.

      I mean, what are you possibly hoping for here? For them to challenge the ’62 Mets and ’03 Tigers for worst modern record? Because that’s exactly what would happen.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Another thread, same comment.

    • GR

      And with that line-up The Yankees just became the Last Place Houston Astros!

  • LarryM Fl

    Every night I watch to look for some improvement. But Mr. Improvement does not make a appearance on the TV screen. It is, what it is! Trade to get younger Play out the schedule with a consistent bunch in the lineup. Hopefully enough common sense to play the younger guys. This will be helpful to making the roster better for 2014.

    Maybe the drama associated with Arod will be gone by Spring Training of Feb.’14.

  • fat jeter

    the fact of the matter is that this is clearly a mediocre team. Adding another 37 year old and waiting for Granderson and Jeter to come back is not going to give this team any sort of substantial boost or shot in the arm. In the event we do somehow make the playoffs, we will surely lose in the first or second round. That’s what happens to mediocre teams that make the playoffs. The only hope going forward in the near future is a giant dump akin to what Boston did last year. Unfortunately the Yankees fanbase is far too entitled and blinded by recent successes to take a step back for the sake of going forward. I’ve been a fan of this team since the awful 80’s and its looking like the 80’s are coming back in a big, big way. Temper your expectations going forward, there isn’t much on the horizon. The plan to sign all the free agents and trade away all the young talent is a broken plan from an earlier era. Until we somehow find out how to produce MLB ready talent from within we are always going to be a middle of the pack team with world series aspersions, but no real shot.

    • Pat D

      “We’re” going to have World Series derogatory remarks?

      You’ve been a fan since the “awful” 80’s? Guess what? Nobody cares.

      • fat jeter

        Hey Pat, it’s a fucking post on the internet. it should be pretty obvious that no one cares. no one cares that your post doesn’t make any sense either or that the “D” in your handle stands for douchebag

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Why do you have to make fun of his actual last name like that? It’s a scar Pat’s lived with all his life. The “U” is actually silent, but they never cared.

        • Pat D

          My post makes perfect sense.

          And, no, that’s not what my last name is. So sorry, you won’t be advancing to the bonus round. Thank you for playing, we have some lovely parting gifts for you.

          • fat jeter

            I guess I don’t get the first sentence. “We’re” going to have World Series derogatory remarks? that doesn’t even strike me as a complete thought.

            I didn’t know I was a contestant on a game show though, so that’s pretty cool.

            • Pat D

              I was making fun of the fact that you said “we are always going to be a middle of the pack team.” No, “we” are not. “They” are. I hate it when people say “we” as if they are an active member of the team.

              Then I was pointing out that you used the totally wrong word. Obviously you meant to say “World Series aspirations.” But you said “World Series aspersions.” There’s quite a difference in meaning between those two words, and that’s what I was pointing out.

              • fat jeter

                So there’s no issue with what I said, just how I said it? But no one cares though, right? Yep, you’re a douchebag. (totally kidding and not into this conversation enough to be combative like that, thanks for the spelling lesson though)

                Oh and I am on the team. Surprised you never heard of me.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I honestly agree with about half your comment. I just don’t share your dire outlook on the future.

    • JLC 776

      I hope I’m not in the minority here, but what’s with all of the doom and gloom predictions? Why do you think the team is about to repeat the 80’s?

      I, for one, think part of the fun of baseball is that things can turn around quickly. There’s greater parity in the sport now then ever and the extra WC spots, for all of their negatives, are going to open up some really interesting races for a lot of teams. And once you’re in the postseason, anything can happen (far more so than in most other major sports). Part of what drove mediocrity in the 80’s was a playoff system that prevented so many teams from even competing that expectations were lower across the board. Nowadays, feel free to dream, brother!

      This team might buy or they might sell. They might embrace untested youth or they might chase silver-bullet scrap heap jobs. Whatever they do, if you’re a fan, you should at least be rooting for those guys taking the field in pinstripes. I’m guilty for not really liking this particular team either, but I still love the Yankees and I’m hopeful they will pull their shit together well before the end of the Obama administration.

      My favorite moment of last year during the playoffs was being one of only a couple voices that was insanely positive through all of the games. Sure, they still lost, but there were a lot of great moments that were made even better by not losing faith. Nothing is worse than losing faith and then watching the team lose and somehow feeling vindicated for your shitty views.

      Anyway, sorry to rant, and it’s not really aimed at anyone in particular. It just gets to me from time to time.

      JLC from the cellphone out…

  • Frank

    Minor correction to Mike’s post- Pierzynski’s HR to put them up 2-1 came with 2 outs, not 1, on a 1-2 count which makes the loss even more frustrating.

  • Hassey

    I don’t think of 2-6 in their last eight as a free fall

    I just think it’s the record that all bad teams would have against the Yankees recent opponents

  • dasani

    Is time to end this charade and blow this team up and start working 0n 2014