Yanks break out for one run, lose to KC anyway


So it turns out the plan to become a pitching and defense team in a tiny ballpark in the AL East was a bad one. The Yankees were held to exactly one run for the third consecutive game on Tuesday, falling to the Royals 3-1.

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

Four Hits, One Run
Even when the Yankees are able to string together some hits, they still manage to make the least out of it. Four of the first five Yankees to bat against Jamie Shields singled, yet the result was only one run. For whatever reason, third base coach Robbie Thomson held Ichiro Suzuki up at third on Zoilo Almonte‘s ground ball single to right with one out. Why? Who knows. Speed is Ichiro‘s thing, scoring from second on singles is what he does. Gotta force the issue with a tough pitcher on the mound, especially considering the ineptitude of the offense.

To no one’s surprise, Lyle Overbay and Eduardo Nunez were unable to drive in any more runs and Shields settled down — he retired 16 of the next 19 men he faced and the final 13 overall. The Yankees need to capitalize on every opportunity they get these days because they have no margin for error whatsoever. Holding up a fast runner at third base against a good pitcher to put things in the hands of Overbay and Nunez is the kind of error they can’t afford to make.

Tight Rope
Could you imagine having to pitch — in a big-time hitter’s park, no less — knowing that you’ll be lucky if the lineup scores three runs behind you? That’s what the Yankees’ rotation is going through every single night these days.

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

It was CC Sabathia‘s turn to walk the tight rope on Tuesday, and he took the loss despite allowing just three runs in nine innings on 113 pitches. Two of those runs came on solo homers, one by David Lough and one by Billy Butler. They were the 19th and 20th homers he’s allowed this year, just two short of his career high with more than one-third of the season left to play. Sabathia struck out six and walked just two. Another wasted quality starting pitching performance.

The Yankees hit three balls out of the infield (on the fly) after the third inning. Brett Gardner had two singles while Ichiro, Robinson Cano, Zoilo, and Chris Stewart had one apiece. Cano and Travis Hafner drew walks. That’s all she wrote. Non-competitive lineup.

Lorenzo Cain had a really nice game for the Royals in center field. He took a bases-clearing double away from Nunez with a running grab in the right-center field gap in the first, robbed Luis Cruz of an extra-base hit with another running grab in the left-center field gap in the second, then stole singles away from Nunez and Stewart with sliding catches coming in on the ball. He legitimately took four hits away from New York.

Because the Yankees aren’t unwatchable enough, Adam Sandler spent an inning in the YES booth promoting whatever movie he’s in these days. They’re doing more of these in-booth promos this year, right? It isn’t just me? At least it distracted me from the offense for a few minutes.

This was the 18th time this year the Yankees were held to no more than one run. That equals last year’s total for the entire season.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights while FanGraphs has some other stats. ESPN has the standings. The Rays won their sixth straight game while the Orioles lost for the fifth time in their last six games, so the Yankees are two back of Tampa for the final wildcard spot and tied with Baltimore in the loss column.

Source: FanGraphs

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  1. trr says:

    Is it me, or is this starting to feel like we might get swept?

  2. forensic says:

    Wow, this offense is so depressing.

    Almost as depressing as them? Seeing Alex Rios (6-6 with a triple, 2 RBI, 2 SB) and Adam Dunn (3-5 with a homer and 3 RBI) on my fantasy team’s bench.

    • SDB says:

      I benched Quintana, figuring it was too risky starting him against Miggy and co. D’oh.

      Onto less depressing things:

      Seattle just went up 5-1 over the Red Sox. I’m cheering for more Ibanez blasts.

      • forensic says:

        Well, there goes that lead. Guess Iwakuma doesn’t feel like pitching well tonight (and of course Napoli homers when I have him on my bench too).

        • SDB says:

          Ugh, not sure what’s more depressing, Seattle giving up that lead (and the Sox now likely to go 6 games up on the Yankees if this keeps up), or the fact that inning contained more extra base hits than I’ve seen from the Yankees in what seems like a week.

          • LK says:

            You never know, now it’s 6-6. I wonder how many games it would take the Yanks to put up 6 runs in Safeco.

            • forensic says:

              And to put up those 6 runs against Iwakuma, no less. And now they’re likely gonna smack around Beaven, who also shut the Yankees down.

      • JerryJRC says:

        SDB, you should worry about NYY becoming sellers and getting as much as they can out of the mediocre talent some other teams might want than worrying about the Red Sox (best record in AL, by the way).

        BTW – How that Youkilis signing working out for you?


  3. dc1874 says:

    When does 2014 spring training begin??

  4. Tear says:

    Time to strip the team down and start fresh. This team is gotta stop picking other teams junk and playing them. Stop changing the roster 12 times in 5 games and another 5 during the game. Enough is enough go out and get some everyday players. Yea a few of them are hurt but you know what it really is time to stop the nonsense by gathering and collecting junk. Besides Mo and Jeter everyone else should be movable it’s just time.

  5. forensic says:

    They started the game 3-3, then went 3-28 the rest of the way (or started 4-5 and went 2-26 after, if you prefer). That’s amazing. There’s no shortage of ways to describe the suck that is this offense.

  6. forensic says:

    Billy Butler’s last 4 hits against the Yankees have all been homeruns.

    I blame Cano.

    • vicki says:

      i don’t think it’s fair to include last year’s may 23 game, since that went down before snatch-mouth got slapped in his own house.

  7. Pat D says:

    Best headline of the year.

  8. dc1874 says:

    Whew..good thing we have this easy schedule goin into the allstar break

  9. LK says:

    It’s astounding to think that the pitching has been this good, and they’ve still been outscored.

  10. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Yeah, I’ll be impressed if we’re NOT swept. At least we still have the Twins.

  11. Shittyshittybangbang says:

    Wow ! Utterly frustrating. Been watching since 1970′s and been through lean times as a fan, but fuck, with a 200mm payroll, WTF ! I usually stay cool when watching, but it’s really getting frustrating ! How much pressure are the pitchers feeling ? I don’t know. They’re talking fiscal this and that, but how the fuck will they manage that and resemble a competitive team ? 200mm and inept ? Wow ! Strap in folks, this might get bumpier and uglier !

  12. Tino!_24 says:

    and Cashman sits in his private box playing strat-o-matic…. hoping for a lucky dice roll

  13. vicki says:

    mike’s mad again. only this time it’s scary.

    • forensic says:

      heh, he had this one hit-and-run appearance in the game thread too:


      Any day now I expect there to be a “Countdown to September 30th” in the sidebar somewhere.

      • vicki says:

        that’s awesome. i was behind the bar (drinking, which helps) but i had game thread voices in my head. i’ve decided that real greg is the only true yankee fan.

        • forensic says:

          Greg had to go for one of his drives today. I don’t think it helped though.

          He was named the next Yankees manager near the top of that game thread though. That led to some interesting groups of comments.

  14. WhittakerWalt says:

    I was driving around town for most of this game, listening to the radio broadcast. When the 7th inning started I actually said to myself “well CC’s certainly done as much as can be expected, but you have to figure this is where he gives up the lead.”

    One pitch later…

  15. Brian S. says:

    Sell at the deadline.

  16. Darren says:

    Have we ever needed the Captain more than we need him no? Jesus, bring him up tomorrow , fuck it already!

    • forensic says:

      He’s almost certainly an improvement over the various useless, utility shit they’re throwing out there (other than Nunez), but it’s not like he’s the kind of guy who can carry an offense. He’s essentially just another singles hitter into the lineup.

      • Darren says:

        Just having him around will help. I know it’s as anti-SABR as can be, but I just would feel 1000x better with Jeter in the lineup and field than GonzNunez or whoever.
        Also, I don’t think he’s a singles hitter the way the rest of the lineup are singles hitters (ala Stewart). He’ll crack at least a few dingers and get some doubles. Right now, an XBh from the SS position feels like a miracle, not a real possiblity.

        • WhittakerWalt says:

          That’s crazy. Just tonight Suzyn was talking about Nuney’s “terrific” bat and how the Yankees need him. I’m not joking.

          • Darren says:

            Well, compared to Nix, Adams, et. al., we DO need Nunie. Which just shows you how shitty this lineup is.

          • forensic says:

            Compared to the other shit they’ve been throwing against the wall all season, he is terrific (or at least has been in prior years).

            It really aggravates me that considering these other options, they still won’t use him at 3B at all when Jeter returns to keep him in the lineup instead of a Luis Cruz (or to give A-Rod periodic off-days). I know his defense sometimes struggles when changing positions, but beggars can’t be choosers.

        • forensic says:

          It’ll help, and yeah he could hit a few doubles if his ankle holds up, but it’s not really an enormous improvement.

          Hopefully it helps in the locker room too. Right now it seems like there is just no voice in there and no real accountability for anything. After most losses, it’s like a ghost town in there with only the starting pitcher hanging around to talk to the media. It’s pretty pitiful.

          I don’t know if that will really carry over onto the field at all, but at least it’s something.

          • Darren says:

            Yeah, I know everyone on this site makes fun of the intangibles, but I really think it will help a lot. There’s literally no one else who is providing any kind of leadership whatsoever. And just from a watchability standpoint, it will make the games WAY more interesting once Jeter is back. I’m just sick of the drek they trot out there. it’s not their fault, but I can’t stand Hafner, Stewart, Overbay, etc. They should be bench guys at most. (obvs)

          • vicki says:

            they need jorgie in the clubhouse.

        • vicki says:

          if jete slugs over .390 this season i’ll eat my hat.

  17. Kramerica Industries says:

    Between this Yankees team and this years’ Red Sox team, I might truly go insane.

    • forensic says:

      I just noticed that Jackie fucking Bradley Jr. just homered. What the hell is going on there???

      At least Iglesias finally dropped under .400…

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        Yeah, but that’s little consolation when Iwakuma, he of whom has the lowest WHIP in the AL, can’t hold a 5-1 lead for even a half-inning, or a 7-6 lead for a half-inning.

        This is frustrating. Hope they can somehow pull a few more runs out of their asses tonight.

  18. Kramerica Industries says:

    Watching the Red Sox continually scratch out runs with the likes of Jose Iglesias and Brock Holt is so depressing.

  19. Kosmo says:

    it looks like Arod will begin serving a 100 game suspension following the all-star break. If this is grounded in fact then every more reason to make 1 or 2 impactful trades.

  20. dkidd says:

    my wife is a cardinals fan so i watch a lot of their games. balls flying everywhere, runners rounding bases, fans engaged and cheering. it’s like a different sport

  21. Kosmo says:

    Since late May NY has had 3 5-game losing streaks and are now in the throes of a 3 gamer . The lack of hitting reminds of the 1965-1973 Yanks. Good SP in Stottlemyre-Peterson-Bahnsen-Kline etc. but couldn´t hit a lick.

  22. dc1874 says:

    Three words that will get this team going…. brown aluminum bats.

  23. Dars says:

    It is time for changes. Promote Randy Ruiz and Brent Lillibridge.
    Good bye to Alberto Gonzalez and Travis Ishikawa…

    • LarryM Fl says:

      I’d say, ” Goodby Hafner and Alberto.”

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Alberto will be gone in about a week when Jeter returns. That’s not a stretch. Hafner’s not going anywhere.

        I love the Ruiz stuff. 35 year-old career AAAA guy. There’s leaving no stone unturned, and there’s something that’s probably just dried up dog crap.

        Maybe someone wants to check in Brennan Boesch’s groin.

      • Kosmo says:

        I agree. Since May 1st Hafner has about a .175 ave. Time to cut bait. He´s even worse than last year, if you can believe it. His contract is a pittance so no great loss.

  24. Rizi Walnutz says:

    Stadium so quiet you can hear bossman spinning in his grave.

  25. LarryM Fl says:

    Mike, I found your report of the game to be lacking a significant piece of Yankee ineptness. Travis Hafner and Overbay both struck out in the first inning. Nunez as you later reported was robbed of a extra base hit with the fine catch by Cain in CF. Hafner (Mr. April) needs to be DFA. He is on the roster to hit the long ball a least. 12 HRs in the first half seems to be quite good but his bat has slowed to a crawl. He has close to 30% strike out rate and attempting to discover the Menodza Line within a few days. Overbay if he didn’t have a glove could be mistaken for a statue. Michael Kay asked or overheard a question to Girardi if he has thought about sitting Hafner. His reply was ” I have not given it a thought.” This is really protecting your players if reported correctly.

    I understand much of these down turn is injury related but Cashman can not sit and wait for the team to play down to .500 ball by All Star break. The new kid had a rough start at first base but give him more than two at bats.

    This section of 2013 Yankees History has not been pretty.

  26. Duh Injuries says:

    The Yankees should fire Kevin Long and Robbie Thomson.

    Long for turning around exactly ONE major Yankee hitter: Curtis Granderson…in 2010, Thomson for showing he’s an idiot time and time again. Who holds up Suzuki? With the Yankees scoring at a record low pace? Jackass!

    Anyone who thinks Jeter will save this team is fooling themselves. I have no doubt Jeter could be bare minimum 2010 good which is his worst yet would be among the best of this sorry bunch (save Cano, Gardner, and sometimes Suzuki) which is how bad and desperate this offense is, but let’s not forget that he doesn’t hit homeruns, doubles, or triples, steal bases, or have range in the field. All we can hope he does is get on base at a .370 or better clip as I doubt the Yanks would bat him third (Cano cleanup) to give him RBI opportunities.

  27. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Dear god, this thread may actually be worse than watching a reply of the entire game last night on Yankees Encore. Twice.

    I hate you, Robbie Thomson, and little of it has to do with everyone wanting you to be the old Giants second baseman. That was just Meacham-like last night.

    Joe, you are hereby forgiven for IBBing Sean Rodriguez.


  28. jason says:

    Can’t wait to register 4 in this week’s poll. May go down to 3 because of the A Sandler visit.

    • KD says:

      The Yanks reached rock-bottom with the self-serving Sandler interview DURING GAME TIME!!! WTF are they thinking over there? This is simply humiliating.

  29. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Also Mike, thanks for the header. You’re settling into a groove with the suck oddity that is the 2013 New York Yankees.

    • LarryM Fl says:

      The Yankees are a traditional organization which has kept the same uniforms, no name plates on the shoulders and playing these games as they did in the dead ball era.

      Robinson I’ll will make the bet that Hafner will get DFA even if part of me understands your opinion. The wager can be a big $10 bucks. So the winner can drink to some measure of pleasure from this season.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        So how would this work? I don’t want to make an actual transaction out of it.

        Winner has to spend $10 on something they wouldn’t normally spend in the name of the other. We can do this on the honor system.

        I actually have no dog in the fight. I just believe he’ll be here come playoff team and that team will not succesfully field enough position players better than him by that time.

        • LarryM Fl says:

          How about the $10 goes to a worthy cause and a friendly reminder that the wager has been delivered to the worthy party. Sound OK!

  30. BillyBoy says:

    How pissed can someone get to pay big bucks for a seat at the Stadium and then have Joe field a team full of AA and AAA players? And I include Mr. K, Travis Hafner, in that group. Time to DFA him. Last night’s lineup wasn’t much better. Maybe it’s time for people to just stop going to games (seems like it’s already started with the Yanks new ticket policy). $200M+ payroll ($75M for A-Rod, Grandy, Tex and Youk alone) and yet so many pieces of crap playing night after night.

    Really. Can you pick out even ONE player on this team and say: “Wow, is he hot?” However, I bet you can go up and down the lineup and say, “Wow, this guy sucks!” or “Is this guy ever going to get a hit when it counts?”

    This team has reached the point of unwatchable. Must be tough on the pitching staff to go out thre game after game with literally no margin of error.

  31. nsalem says:

    Hafner started to descend approximately around the time of his MRI when he complained of shoulder soreness that was diagnosed as tendonitis. He hasn’t been the same since he came back. My guess is that
    he is not going to return to anywhere near the numbers he put up in April. Thats a shame. His inability to play the field (twss) is debilitating to the bench and has been so all year. If he was even league average I think he would be helping us, but he’s not and I don’t think he will be. I think if we hold onto him and he stays in the middle of the line-up we will not be making the playoffs. If we can’t replace him for better talent by the trade deadline we won’t be making the playoffs. Hope ‘m wrong. BTW I was at the game the other night and sitting right next to his family members. They are very nice and very very big people.

  32. Chiggie says:

    Yes, Jester will help when he gets here. He’ll help with attitude, confidence, knowledge and maybe even play. But, he will not ignite a punchless group of players that can not hit. I look at this lineup and it turns my stomach. This crap that the organization is spilling out there with “these guys can do it”, and “when our guys get back” crap to us fans is amazing. Do they really think we are that stupid? All they are trying to do is keep fans hanging on as long as possible to keep squeezing what money they can out of us. I will not attend a game to see Louie Cruz and his band of misfits attempt to take on major league players. I can’t even watch the game on TV and I haven’t missed one in twenty years that has been on. I have started tivoing the games and fast forwarding through the biggest part of the game. This ieam is that unwatchable to me. I am a die hard Yankee fan. But, I refuse to watch my beloved franchise be turned into the joke of MLB. So cash man an the front office can keep running out the Bronx Bloopers but, that does not me we as fans have to support them.

    • BillyBoy says:

      I’m with you, Chiggie. I’ve been watching nearly every single game for years, but that has come to a halt this year. At the beginning of the year I had some comfort in that the Bosox appeared to be worse than us (on paper) despite our injuries. Now, 90 games into the season the Sox are #1 in slugging and second in average while the Yanks are dead last and next-to last, respectively. It breaks my heart to see Ca$hman fiddle while the Bronx burns. No way I pay to see this team full minor leaguers for what the Yabks want for seat (plus parking and concession costs).

  33. jtb1012930 says:

    Is any of this Cashman’s fault? Why is the article not written about Cashman/Yanks FO and the Owners? Easy Answer. Our news mafia is not interested in the truth. They are interested in propaganda.

    And, oh yes, Jeter is going to make this team better (roll eyes).

  34. mt says:

    I have started watching innings back on DVR (same as Tivo) because I cannot actually sit and watch Yankee offensive innings in real time,pitch by pitch, as they occur – I am pleasatly surprised whenever they score. So I will watch some other show in real time and then go back and rewind the Yankee offensive innings as they (normally quickjly) amke three outs. Or better yet will follow the game on MLB Game day as I watch something else. Also atmosphere in Stadium is terrible – I like the commenter above who said watching a Cardinals game is jarring because the fans actually seem alive.

    I also see things like Alex Rios went 6 for 6 last night, Red Sox outscored M’s 11-8 and the Mets scored 5 runs in one inning in 8th inning to beat Giants 10-6 and I think they are playing a different sport as we struggle to score one run per game. Thank God Ron Gardenhire was stupid enough to pitch to the the sizzling Cano in a couple of those games in Minnesota last week or we would already at or below .500. I fear Ron G will not make that same mistake when Twins play us again (although Cano has also cooled down so it may not matter).

    They are extremely unwatchable especially with no doubles or home runs.

  35. Joe says:

    The really sad part of all of this is that Hal and Cash will think to themselves ooooh crap let’s play veterans for years to come no young players will be able to ever do it based on this. Everything with this organization in terms of position player prospects is always 2-3 years away. Seriously it frustrates the hell out of me when I see the cards run out guys like Matt Adams, Craig, and Carpenter. That right there tells you it doesn’t take power to be a successful offense, not when those 3 combined hitters have a total of 25 homers between them. In fact we’ve hit more homers than them, so it’s not like we can sit here and say this team has to have power to be successful.

    We need new scouts and have to do a better job of player development to a point where it’s not 2-3 years every year the players are ready. Don’t ever worry about finding guys who hit for a ton of power, find guys with a good baseball IQ at the plate who use the whole field and are tough to put away with 2 strikes. A guy like Granderson has already the talent, but he doesn’t have the IQ at the plate like a Joe Mauer does to go with it. The pull, pull, pull, mindset makes for bad baseball and we’re seeing way too much of it across the league not just with this team. Hitters simply don’t realize you need to choke up and cut down with 2 strikeouts, stop being stubborn settling for anothing less than a homer when the ball is hit. I’ve seen that road against elite pitching, it DOESN’T work if great pitchers are on their game.

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