Swept: Yankees grab defeat from jaws of victory (twice!) in finale against White Sox

Johnson homers twice in SWB win
Thoughts following the road trip

That wasn’t the worst loss of the season. The worst loss of the season should come in a game that means something. The Yankees were dead in the water before being swept by the lowly White Sox, this series just clinched it. Wednesday’s final was 6-5 in 12 innings.


Blown, Twice
If you were still trying to convince yourself this was something other than not the Yankees year, this game should change your mind. I know this because I watched Adam Dunn slap a single (!) through the left side of the infield (!!) in an 0-2 count (!!!) off Mariano Rivera (!!!!) to tie the game with two outs in the ninth. That’s right, the rare quadruple exclamation point schtick. I don’t get bothered when Mo blows a save anymore, not in a long time actually, and this is no different. What are you going to do? I’ll take a one-run lead with Rivera on the mound in the ninth every day of the week.

Of course, one blown save wasn’t enough … well, actually, Adam Warren didn’t blow a save. He blew his win, technically. Dumb rules. Robinson Cano finally decided to show up for the second half with a long solo homer in the 12th inning, giving the Yankees a 5-4 lead. It was his first dinger since the All-Star break and second in the last month. Warren, who was in his second inning of work, couldn’t preserve the lead though, allowing three straight hits with two outs for the walk-off loss. It all started with an infield single off his glove that deflected away from the infielders, a Murphy’s Law type of hit. Mo and Warren faced five total batters representing the final out, and all five picked up hits. What a spectacular loss. They really went all-out for this one.

It's no Marcus Thames bat flip, but it'll do. (Presswire)
It’s no Marcus Thames bat flip, but it’ll do. (Presswire)

Four Is Better Than Three But Not As Good As Five
For the first time in eight games, since the game before the start of the road trip, the Yankees scored more than three runs. Granted, it was only five runs this time, but I’ll take it. Two of the five came on Alfonso Soriano‘s first inning homer, which was a bomb halfway up the stands in left. The under-rated part of the Soriano pickup is that the Yankees finally have someone with a decent bat flip. He pimped that homer a little bit. Vernon Wells singled in the third run — it was a bloop that fell between two miscommunicating fielders — and Eduardo Nunez solo homered in the fourth run. Cano’s dinger accounted for the fifth.

The offense did have several chances to blow this game open and make it a bit easier on the pitching staff, but they kept squandering rally after rally. Bases loaded with two outs in the sixth, first and second with no outs in both the seventh and eighth, runner on second with one out in both the ninth and eleventh … zero runs each time. The Yankees went 1-for-16 with men in scoring position as a team, which is a huge eyesore. If you want to get mad at someone, get mad at the offense. Not Mo or Warren. They had plenty of opportunities to tack on runs and never bothered to actually do it.

(Jonathan Daniel/Getty)
(Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

Better … I Think
Was this a good outing by CC Sabathia? I can’t decide. I mean yes, three runs in 7.1 innings is solid at worst and very good at best, but Sabathia is still clearly not right. He did show off some noticeably different mechanics — quicker tempo specifically, but his arm slot was a bit higher it seemed — and he did a better job of keeping the breaking ball down in the zone, but we are talking about a bad White Sox offense here. The worst non-Yankees offense in the league. Was Sabathia good or are the ChiSox just bad?

Either way, Joe Girardi has clearly lost some faith in his nominal ace because he pulled him from the game after only 86 pitches, which is a very short outing for Sabathia. In fact, it was his shortest outing since August 2010, ignoring some rain-shortened starts. I actually thought Girardi should have gone to the bullpen to start the eighth, but he let Sabathia start the inning for the left-on-left matchup. All told, CC allowed five hits (three singles, a double, a homer) and walked none while striking out just one. Sixty-four of those 86 pitches were strikes (74%), but only six were swings and misses (7.0%). This was a much better outing for Sabathia than what he’s been doing for the last two months, but let’s not declare him out of the woods just yet.

The A-Rod signs have been very disappointing so far. Step it up, hecklers. (Presswire)
The A-Rod signs have been very disappointing so far. Step it up, hecklers. (Presswire)

Sabathia did allow what is becoming the #obligatoryhomer, this one a solo shot to Gordon Beckham. It was the 25th dinger he’s given up this year, the second most in the league behind A.J. Griffin (28). It was also the third homer he’s given up in an 0-2 count since the start of last year. He allowed zero 0-2 homers from 2007-2011. Hat tip to Katie Sharp for that one.

Rivera, meanwhile, threw more than one inning in an outing for the first time since July 2011 and two complete innings for the first time since June 2011. It was the first time he came back out for a second inning after blowing a save since August 2008. Something about desperate times blah blah blah. His 30 pitches were only four more than his season high.

All together, the Yankees had eleven hits and eight walks in the game. Nunez went 3-for-4 with two walks and was a triple shy of the cycle, plus both Wells and Soriano had two hits apiece. Alex Rodriguez singled and walked, Austin Romine drew two walks, and Brett Gardner laid down a gorgeous drag bunt single to leadoff the game.

Soriano’s homer was his second with the Yankees this year and his 100th as a Yankee overall. He’s the 40th player to get to that number in pinstripes. That seems high to me. I’m surprised that many guys have hit a hundred homers with the team.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the nerd score, and ESPN the updated standings. The Yankees are one game over .500 with a -20 run differential, and Cool Standings says they have 1.8% chance of making the postseason. That’s too high.

Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
The Yankees are off on Thursday and will welcome the Tigers to the Bronx for a three-game weekend series. Ivan Nova and the local kid Rick Porcello will be the pitching matchup for Friday night’s opener. Detroit has only won eleven games in a row, so they’re totally due for a loss.

Johnson homers twice in SWB win
Thoughts following the road trip
  • Gonzo

    How I feel about the season tonight:

    Sell the house. Sell the car. Sell the kids. Find someone else. Forget it. I’m never coming back. Forget it.

    I’ll feel better about it in the morning.

    • vicki

      i imagine you were quoting the movie but if you were actually referring to the dillinger four song you are way cool.

    • Tisha

      Time to wave the white flag. They have entered the no return zone.

  • forensic

    I agree about Sabathia. Flaherty, Lorenz, and Curry were all going off about how fantastic he was and ‘if you ignore the 7th inning’ he was lights out. It was certainly better, but it was far from overly impressive or a big confidence builder for me in his future performance.

    • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

      I’ve always hated “If you ignore {x} then [y} was great!” I feel like for years I’ve been hearing that if I don’t count all of Hughes’ bad starts, he’s quite good. Well no shit. Unless something catastrophic and completely out of the control of the man we’re making excuses for happens, that’s just a cop out.

      That being said, the outing on the whole, *including* the seventh inning was a marked improvement over what we’ve seen.

      • Stanislaw

        Blame Eric Van. He’s the one who made the “if you take away the bad stuff, so and so was actually good.” defense popular.

    • Kiko Jones

      Well, he was perfect for the first 3 and very good for the next 3, so…

      • Stanislaw

        So…what? You can’t just throw out the crap because, well, it happened. It’s a lame argument, if you can even call it that.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          It’s not necessarily a lame argument. It gives you a clear look at what he was able to maintain for those three innings (twice over), as well as what went wrong the one inning.

          I understand what you mean, but there’s a lot of information you get out of outings like that.

    • Tisha

      The Yankees as usual left a village on the base paths.

      This team sucks so bad , first they get swept by the lowly Mets and now the god awful White Sox

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    I’m not sure what to say other than: “sigh”.

  • Jorge Brosada

    This was the last straw for me. I’m done caring about this season. This team as it’s currently constructed fucking sucks and it’s frustrating as hell to watch.

  • Charles

    Well atleast we’ll have a high Draft Pick next year, because we all know that Cashman won’t sign a player linked to Compensation due to the 187 plan.

    • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

      And if there’s one thing the Yankees do its draft well.

      This is all so depressing.

      • MB923

        I don’t think you should expect a team who drafts in the bottom 5 in the first round year after year after year (sometimes even 0 picks in the first round) to be a successful drafting team.

        Then again, where the heck were the Pirates and Orioles players over the years when they were picking 1 and 2 every year.

        Pirates, O’s, Rays, and possibly the Royals in the playoffs

        Yankees, Angels, Phillies, and Giants to all likely miss the playoffs.

        Never thought I’d ever be saying that.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      cuz it’s 187 on the undercover cop!


  • Evan3457

    This is what collapsing teams do. I’ve seen this movie before, in 1973 and 1989. Where the bottom is…I have no idea.

  • MB923

    Bigger mistake, Mo’s 0-2 pitch to Adam Dunn in the strike zone, or Warren trying to field that ball?

    • Evan3457

      Mo. He should know better than to leave a cutter near the middle of the plate on 0-2. Warren is at least trying to get the last out.

      • MB923

        Mo several times has thrown a cutter way up high on an 0-2 count. I can get you Dunn would have swung and missed.

        • MB923

          *bet you

  • Lukaszek

    I don’t know why but I just had a feeling that Mo was gonna have a bad night >.< I could almost feel it in the atmosphere that there was gonna be a blown save

    I had the same feeling during the Mets game

    • MB923

      Believe it or not, I did too. Though I did not during his other blown save game vs. the Orioles at home.

      Such a same that his career has to end on a sub par team like this. Same for Jeter when he calls it quits (I see the Yankees being mediocre for several years now. I still root for them of course like everyone else, don’t get me wrong. But I find it next to impossible for this team with an average farm system competing for a division title anytime soon).

      • Lukaszek

        People at the game thread weren’t exactly thrilled when I predicted the blown save…

        I don’t blame Mo though. He’s been a rock, and lost on an unlucky grounder through the left side. Strange, whenever a Yankee hits a grounder, it usually turns into a double play, but when an opponent hits a groundball, it’s a base hit

    • David N

      I didn’t think he was going to blow the save, but I will say that even after Cano hit the home run I knew they weren’t winning the game.

      • MB923

        I thought they would actually. Especially after Warren got the first 2 out. Then again, I thought Mo would too after the first 2 got out.

  • David N

    Call me a fool, but before this series I still had a little bit of hope that the team could put it together and make a run for the 2nd wild card spot. But tonight the cold, harsh hammer of reality dropped – the season is going to end in September in Houston, and Mariano will not see another postseason (which is what gnaws at me the most – he deserves better than that).

    This sucks, but what sucks more is that this is the sort of baseball I see the team playing for the next few years. I know the R-word seems anathema, but maybe this off-season is the time to break the team down and start over.

    • MB923

      Sucks that Jeter’s career will end this way too.

      I don’t know what they should do with him when he comes off the DL, assuming this team is still out of it by a lot. You know Jeter will want to play, but I’d hate to see him go back to the DL again.

      I’m really hoping Jeter calls it a career in 2014.

      • David N

        I don’t have the same feelings about Jeter that I do about Mariano for some reason. Probably because Mariano is going out at the top of his game – he’s pitched at the same elite level his whole career. Jeter, on the other hand, has noticeably declined, so even if the Yankees won another World Series, you couldn’t say that Jeter was going out at the top of his game.

        I’ll be sad to see him retire, sure, but it’s not going to eat at me if he doesn’t see another postseason the way it does with Mariano.

        • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

          Last I checked, Jeter went .316/.362/.792 last year.

          I get that it’s “reasonable” to expect a decline, but to say that he HAS suffered a noticeable decline is just plain wrong.

          He broke his ankle in ALCS Game 1. He has never fully recovered from it.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Mo’s last playoff appearance – Game 5 in 2011 vs. Detroit.


      That’s gonna be painful to think about.

      • forensic

        Yuck, I hadn’t even thought about him not appearing last season since it wasn’t the pitching’s fault they lost.

        He didn’t even get a save in that 2011 series, so his last postseason save was Game 1 of the 2010 ALCS in Texas.

        His last home postseason save? Game 2 of the 2009 WS.

        • vicki

          such a happy memory.

        • David N

          It might not technically be a save, but I’m counting Game 6 of the 2009 WS.

          • forensic

            Yeah, standing on the mound to finish the WS is certainly awesome, I was just looking for the prototypical save stat.

      • MB923

        At least it was a scoreless inning in which he retired every batter :)

        If I added it correctly, Mariano’s postseason ERA in games in which he had a blown save (5 total) is still a very remarkable 3.68. That’s how fuckin dominant that dude has been in the postseason. Sure 01 and 04 hurt, but 01 would not have happened if not for Kim’s blown saves and 04 the Yankees had 3 other games to come back in and win. Keep in mind that in 04, Mo never got a loss either.

        If I also remember correctly, 2004 Game 5 was his last postseason blown save. 10 straight postseason saves since then and only 2 runs allowed since then.

        • Zack

          Indeed,to put it bluntly there was no reason there should have been a game 7 other then Brenly being stupid.

  • Pat M.

    That pitch to Dunn was just about past him, rather lucky on punching past Alex… But it was too good of a pitch when your facing an 0-2 count…Yanks are taking on too much water aqnd the season is now and the next 10 games…..

  • Travis L.

    Crucify me if you will, but at what point do the Yankees think about putting guys on trade waivers to gauge what price teams are willing to pay for them? A contender may overpay to get that piece that will put them over the top, who knows.

    That said, I’m all for keeping them and offering the QO at the end of the season.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Harder to get as much now. Can’t get that king’s ransom package type deal. Is it worth it at this point? I lean no. I’d rather focus on trying to get Kuroda and Curtis back next season. I assume Robbie’s staying, no matter.

  • forensic

    I think the postgame said this was just Mo’s second blown save ever with an 0-2 count and 2 outs. The other one was Marco Scutaro, which I’m sure most people remember.

  • MB923

    1.8% chance of making the playoffs.

    Good news, Rays on September 1st, 2011 had a 1.0% chance and they made it.

    Hey it can happen!!! (but we all know it won’t unless God is there. Oh wait, we have God already, his name is Mariano Rivera!!)

    • Lukaszek

      Difference is, the Rays had a decent offense and a killer starting rotation

      • MB923

        Rays won it because of the Red Sox going 7-20. Heck if Red Sox went 9-18 which is exactly a .333 winning percentage that month, something any team in the league could and should be doing, even the Astros, then Sox were in and Rays out.

        Yankees now need about 4 or 5 teams to choke and I don’t see that happening.

        • vicki

          this cheers me up every time i watch it.


          • forensic

            I had never seen that one before, that was awesome!

            I still remember that last game (maybe whole series) in Tampa where there was a guy in the stands with a white board who kept updating the other scores. That was classic.

            I wonder if those are the best (so to speak) things that Logan, Ayala, Wade, and Proctor ever did in pinstripes.

            • MB923

              Wow can’t believe that’s the first time you saw that. It’s worth every second watching. I saw it about a week after it came out. Pure genius to the guy who made it.

          • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

            The Price is Right thing on top of Shaughnessey’s face to close it out is….PRICELESS!!!!

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Still, your point is that stranger things have happened, and fans have a choice now of either running away with their tales between their legs or rooting for the improbable until the door is completely shut.

          1.8%? Beats 1.0%.

  • Pat D

    Going to Friday’s game. Actually looking forward to it for some bizarre reason.

    Maybe because I feel Nova is due to get torn apart.

    Eh, whatever happens, happens.

    • MB923

      Probably cause of the fan’s first reaction to A-Rod.

      Threat for storms all day and night. I’ll be there too if they play.

    • mustang(The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      I’m going too.

      The only reason I even care is to watch the A-Rod show.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Finally get to my first game of the season 9/6 versus the Sox. I guess that’s a sign normalcy is returning to my life.

  • Kramerica Industries

    When the topic of Mo throwing two innings came up, and this being the first time since June 2011, I immediately pigeon-holed the game, and even the date.

    June 16, 2011. Rangers vs. Yankees.

    Yankees won 3-2 in 12 innings. I knew it was a multi-extra inning affair, and tied in the 9th. I knew it was a home game. It made perfect sense. My B-Ref check just confirmed what I already knew.

    So at least this 2013 nightmare hasn’t dulled my memory.

    • forensic

      I had to go look it up, and yuck, that was one of those infamous (for me) Brian Gordon games. Bad memories…

  • Pat M.

    Travis L…They ( the ny Yankees ) should have explored that option last December when they could have moved some very valuable assets. Granderson, Cano just to start the rebuilding by trading them. Maybe Hughes, hopefully Joba….This ballclub could be bad for several seasons more. The real issue is this, will The Brother Steinbrenners still be owning the Yanks come 2015-2016.. I’ve been saying no !!!!!

  • nycsportzfan

    Your surprised 40 people got 100homers with the yanks? Do you know what franchise your talking about Mike? Seriously, off the top of my head, without even thinking, i can come up with Ruth, Gehrig, Mattingly, O’Neill, Williams, Jeter, Winfield, AROD, Nettles, Tino, Hideki Matsui, DiMaggio, Mantle, Maris, Yogi, Nettles, Elston Howard, Cano, Giambi,Reggie Jackson, Texiera, Granderson, Posada, Skowron, Lazzeri, Munson, and Soriano. Thats 28 right there, without even thinking.

    As for the game, your crazy if you think you shoulden’t blame MO and Warren. There job is to put up zero’s when given a lead, and they flat out didn’t, and both times they blew it at the very last second. The offense had more runs on the board ten the oppositon to start the bottom 9th and to start the bottom 12th, and you don’t think we should blame Mo or Warren?? I also blame Joe.

    • Pat D

      Sorry to nitpick, but you said Nettles twice.

      Just in case others are curious, the missing ones are Bill Dickey, Charlie Keller, Tommy Henrich, Bobby Murcer, Joe Pepitone, Roy White, Hank Bauer, Joe Gordon, Bob Meusel, Tom Tresh, Gil McDougald, George Selkirk, Mike Pagliarulo and Nick Swisher.

      • vicki

        i bought a guy a beer at spring training because he was wearing a pepitone jersey.

        • Stanislaw

          You sure it was his Pepitone jersey? Coulda been Larry David’s.

          • vicki

            i had to use google to find out what you were talking about. now i think the dude in tampa wasn’t so awesome, if he was ripping off a tv show.

      • nycsportzfan

        thanks. I see that now. Still, i’m surprised mike thought there was less then 40. With all the power yankee teams since the 20’s, and the live ball era, it seems to me the yanks would easily have 40, but at least 40 at min.

        The surprising one to me on that list is both Herman Munson and Mike Pagliarulo. I didn’t think Thurm lived played quite enough seasons to get tehre, i’d thought he ended his career with 85-90 hrs. As for Pags, i just didn’t think played here quite long enough to get over 100, despite him having at least one 30plus dingert season, that i can remember.

    • Mikhel

      I was surprised Mike didn’t blame JoeG, after all his job is to ensure the Yankees get the chance to tack on runs to secure the lead in a tight game. With runners on first and second and no outs it was the perfect time to take Overbay off the game, bring Nix, lay a bunt to advance runners to 2nd and 3rd with one out, take Romine off the game and bring Ichiro, who could either wait to see if he was walked, try to slap a hit, or even perform a squeeze play. If Ichiro got intentionally walked, then go ahead with the squeeze, put pressure in the defense, but nope, ‘ol JoeG thinks he has a team full of Mickey Mantles and gives them the green light. So, Overbay didn’t get the hit? No shit! He is batting below 0.250 AVG and only second to Robinson Canó in double plays with the Yankees (go figure, a no hustling second baseman who thinks is better than everybody and doesn’t need to run).

    • Robinson Tilapia

      How about just blaming the team?

  • Tom

    Why is Logan on the roster?

    Girardi didn’t want Robertson facing a lefty to lead off the 8th and left CC an extra batter to get the all important lefty-lefty matchup. He left Mo in for a 2nd inning because the W was that important.

    Yet needing one out with a lefty up and the game on the line, the thought process was “let’s see what our long man can do against a lefty?”

    If you don’t deploy Logan there, what’s the point of having him on the roster? I don’t necessarily mind Joe sticking with Warren there, but if that’s the case you might as well call up someone like Betances and DFA Logan (he’s a FA in 2 months anyway).

    • forensic

      For what it’s worth, his reasoning for Logan (and Claiborne) was that it would’ve been 3 out of 4 days for both and they had both already warmed up twice in the game. He said it didn’t think it was fair to put them in then not knowing what they would have left at that point.

      Make of that what you will…

      • Tom

        Thanks missed the postgame presser.

        Still seems kind of odd – if he was that worried about getting them up multiple times after working 2 out of 3 days, why not just bring them into the game that final warmup rather than just burning them by getting them up and down in the bullpen? In an extra inning game why burn out two arms in the bullpen and never getting them in for a pitch?

        Or just put Claiborne in first, let him pitch his inning. Bring in Logan whenever it makes sense, and after that ride Warren until the game is over.

        I realize that is not your explanation and you are just passing the info on (and thanks again for that); but doesn’t it strike you as a bit odd?

        • forensic

          It is almost talking out of both sides of your mouth. If you’re going to use them, then use them before you go to Warren. If you’re concerned and not going to use them, then don’t do all the dry humps.

          Once Warren is in, I can kind of understand not taking him out though. It’s not like Logan is lights out against lefties anyway, and if he happens to blow it (so it’s tied and not over), then you’re screwed reliever-wise the rest of the way (though I understand you shouldn’t necessarily manage for situations that may never come).

    • Mikhel

      You’re asking too much from JoeG, he benches Ichiro whenever a lefty is gonna be starting Vs the Yankees…

      Wanna know who is the NYY leader vs lefties? Ichiro with a 0.344 AVG (Vernon Wells is the best RHB vs LHP with a 0.290 AVG).


      JoeG is a freaking genious…

      • Elton Cod



        if PITCHER is LEFTY, BATTER must be RIGHTY



        THESE matchups must be the MOST IMPORTANT rule you follow, IRRESPECTIVE Of relevant statistics for particular players

        HOWEVER, if you have an IRRELEVANT statistic for a particular player, like what he has done in 13 at-bats against a certain pitcher

        THEN you may cite that statistic as a rule to justify managerial decision

        THESE are the rules of the binder


  • mustang(The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    Bad teams just find ways to lose.

    THE END.

    • The Scheister of Doom

      So true. Meanwhile the Red Sox score 3 runs in the 9th to defeat the Astros 7-5. They just keep fining new ways to win while the Yankees find new ways to lose. These games since the ASB have been hard to watch. If not for A-Rod return I shudder at the thought of where the ratings could go at this pace. Doom!

  • YankeeFan

    The rest of this season should be about who improves this team for next season. Romine should get the lion share of reps at catcher while Adams should be given a shot with a rotation between 1B/3B. Maybe give Murphy a cup of coffee in September once the Triple-A season is over and bring up Dellin to see how he fits this team for next season with Mo gone.

    I can’t go the last 49 games watching the likes of Stewart and Nix play at least let’s move forward to next season by getting the young guys some reps. Who knows maybe we can see a debut from Pineda in September.

    • YankeeFan

      And I don’t mean to insinuate Dellin as the closer, just that someone will need to step up with Mo gone and presumably Robertson shifting to closer.

  • WhittakerWalt

    This game is why God invented booze.

  • adeel

    can u imagine someone paying $1,000 to sit in the front row for a Yankee game? I can’t imagine spending more than $10 for a yankees tickets, and that’s more for the atmosphere and eating options than to actually watch the players play. It’s worth $10 just so that I can go and heckle A-rod.

    When will Hank and Hal realize that they are going to loose far more money in tickets, merchandising, and YES ratings than they will ever save with this luxury tax nonsense. It’s like Porsche deciding it wants to use a Hyundai engine in order to save costs.

    • Elton Cod

      I have a Hyundai. I actually find its acceleration and handling is a lot better than analogous Honda, Toyota, etc models. Great warranty too. It isn’t 1992 anymore.

    • Mikhel

      Porsche already saves a lot of money by making the same car every single time; though to save money they used VW engines for a time after the British defeated Germany in the second world war with a bit of help from the US who came in at the last minute once the Russians and the British had their foot in Germany’s throat.

      • adeel

        my analogies sucked and I apologize. Point is still out there, a non-premium team does not require premium ticket prices.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Last year’s Red Sox had a similar record at this point. They finished 69-93. I expect a fate somewhere along those lines for these Yankees. The ship be sinking and the sky’s the limit.

    • Pat D

      They were 55-58. I thought they were worse. I’m now terrified.

    • forensic

      I hope they don’t just fold up and go home like that. It’s been a pretty steady decline for almost 3 months now, and I would expect (hope for, so to speak) that to continue. Maybe reach 10 under, or the mid-70’s in wins. Hopefully not go under 70.

    • Mikhel

      The Yankees already showed their mediocrity last season when they played sub-par for half a season:

      In May+July+August they played 2 games over 0.500

      In May+June+July they played 1 game below 0.500, if we include August they’ve played 5 games below 0.500 since April when they had 6 games above 0.500.

      But JoeG keeps blowing game after game thinking he has 9 hitters above 0.330 AVG with 30 HRs by each of them, last year was a reminder he is a loser as a manager when he asked the hitting coach to keep shut, because the Yankees are the Bronx BOMBERS and not the Bronx BUNTERS, so, he’ll keep on managing hoping for the homerun to win games instead of using something he doesn’t know which is called: strategy (already vs the Dodgers and Padres it came to bit him in his butt when he didn’t know how to do a doble switch and when to use pinch hitters and pinch runners, or even worse, brings in pinch runners and doesn’t send a steal nor bunts and a double play erases every attack).

  • Green Mellow Drama

    I was 8 in 1996. I sort of remember the 1995 team, but nothing earlier. The Yankees to me have always been winners with great home-grown stars like Jeter and Mariano. (And Bernie and Jorge etc…and all sorts of other guys I thought of as ‘home grown Yankees’ even though they weren’t really.)

    This team is Mo’s last year. It also might be A-Rod’s last year and is kinda Jeter’s last sad hurrah…he might be decent next year but playoff hopes/etc are gone for him.

    The era of winning is over.

    For those of us who knew nothing before 1995, 1996, or 1998, it’s the end of the world.

    It’s the end of the world, as we know it.

    And I feel fine.

    • Mikhel

      You should remember 1994, it was a great Yankee year cut short by the strike, they were fun to watch once again since the Boss came back from his “lifetime ban” for doing exactly what MLB did this year in the Biogenesis case.

      • Elton Cod

        No – I remember 95, and I remember the strike before that, but 94 season was before I actually watched games or knew who was the lineup. At some point I could give you the standard 95 batting order and many of its variations…but I can’t do that anymore. I never knew shit about the ’94 team.

        I agree with your general point re ‘lifetime ban’, Biogenesis, Steinbrenner, etc, but I think you have the wrong reading of it.

        There’s a story I hear about how the farm that made the late 90s/00s legacy possible – that farm would not have happened if Steinbrenner had not been forced to get the fuck out of the way for a while. I haven’t studied the details but I buy the narrative. 80s Yankees looks like a lot of Steinbrenner getting in the way of shit by demanding they acquire Steve Sax, etc.

        • Mikhel

          Yup, that’s why I said for the first time since he came back, when he was banned the Yankees moved pieces intelligently in a way George never did.

          Of course they also made some ludicrous dumb moves at that time when they traded Roberto Kelly for Paul O’Neill who was rather average and Kelly was a CF with a cannon for an arm who could bat above average, O’Neill ended up being great.

          In the 1980s when the Yankees acquired Steve Sax it wasn’t a bad move, the guy could hit (had a 0.300+ AVG in two of his three seasons as a Yankee), and he could field pretty well, he had his best seasons as a 2nd baseman when he played for the Yankees (he commited the least amount of errors while with the Yanks, but also he had Donnie at 1st base).

          Bad moves? Sticking with Steve Howe, acquiring over-the-hill players from the Padres, acquiring old pitchers who were in their last leg, the offense was quite good, they could score a lot, they could win 90+ games, but overall George’s reign was pretty somber.

          • Mikhel

            Oh, and forgot to add: the worst season by the Yankees until this year, was when he was banned… go figure!!

            They were in a hole when George was banned (39-61) and finished with a 28-34 record after that july 30th.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I hear ya. It’s funny what a difference a decade makes. I’m 14 years older you and had a completely different experience. I didn’t enjoy a championship with this team until I was 18!

      All I can say is that the winning feels that much sweeter when it comes, and that you don’t listen to these folks who think it’s going to be another 18 years. This team will be back on top again.

  • 461deep

    Bad loss that means team needs to win at least 31 of last 49 to reach 88 wins a .633% to have a chance at the 2nd wild card if teams in front falter some. CC better but still not his ace self. Cano finally hits one. Mo was not bad at 1 run in 2 innings regardless of how. Dunn actually having a good week making contact. Alex looks okay in 3 games but we’ll soon see if he can start hitting some bombs. Age and perhaps tired Cano, Gardner and some pitchers
    taking toll on team.

    • Mikhel

      How can Canó get tired if he never runs? He might be the laziest yankee I’ve ever seen in my life as a Yankee fan, since I’ve watched this team in the late 70s I’ve never watched somebody as lazy as Robinson Canó, and he still will ask 20-30 Millions per season.

  • Jigga

    Good thing Shawn Kelley threw 50 pitches in a game they were getting blown out in the other day.

  • Revan

    If the objective was to go all in why the fuck was the only move made Alfonso Soriano?

    • ChrisS

      Because Cashman’s hands were tied. They couldn’t add (much) payroll and it was a seller’s market. So with a shitty team, not much hope for a playoff spot or a good team in 2014, the Yankees decided to be buyers.


  • Dars

    Season over…. End of an era…
    Good bye to the core 3 – Pettite, Rivera and Jeter.
    Only leaving on top is Mo.

    Cashman is not the GM to rebuild with. He is only good for signing washed off players and expensive free agents. Horrible at developing players. The market has changed, teams are retaining their young players, free agency is now for the players that teams don’t want or consider over the hill and overpriced.

    Yankees need to build from within but this could be another 10 year playoff drought.
    Yankees have no MLB impact caliber players in the minors, old players and no impact free agents available for the next several years.

    To make things worse we will have to watch the Red Sox win. They are loaded with prospects and gritty players at the MLB level.

    • Mikhel

      That’s what happens when owners get greedy and think they have a loyal fanbase who will keep on buying their below average product.

      I guess the Steinbrenner juniors were not around when his father did the same thing and the “loyal fanbase” abandoned the team to its fate, when he even threatened to move the team to NJ.

      2014-2015 will be one of those seasons where the Yankees shake off the bandwagon fans who already have abandoned the team to its fate, then again I also don’t blame loyal fans who are pissed off with the way this team has been managed since 2010 when they decided they could replace parts with players of lesser value and they never ever had a contingency plan as the mid-90s Yankees had with a very good bench. Nowadays the GM keeps acquiring replacements of bench players to be everyday players in NY, and their bench is comprised of replacements of replacements of replacement of replacement of replacement players.

  • Mikhel

    My prediction before the season started was august 15th as the last day the Yankees would be above 0.500; it seems it will happen sooner than expected. Then again I don’t have a way to prove it because it was just an occasional chat with some friend when we were analyzing stats for this season in mid march.

  • stuart a

    3 for 33 wit hRISP for the series for the yanks.

    they are clutch…i mean wells got a gift rbi.. i mean i cannot stand seeing that guy play. he has been awful for over 3 years and still gets on the field.

    overbay does not look as horrible as he has really been because the others around him are so bad. he gets a big hit on occassion so campared to there 3B situation or SS overbay looks decent..

    gardner has a bunch of deficiencies in his game. run early in the count, sac bunt, strikes out a lot for a leadoff guy.

    cano a winner. guy chooses to not run hard. sure he is talented but not worth what he thinks he is and his attitude may rub off on others…i could not even get mad when de aza hit the ball just shok my head on how awful this team is….

  • stuart a

    i read ops league avg is 720 if that is tru the yanks have 2 players over 720. gardner barely and cano.. i did not count grandy and passed on arod because of limited ab’s.

    ichiro a slap hitter has a higher slugging % then wells..

    houston has more runs scored…..look at the slugging and obp #’s you may cry…

  • Nathan

    This team is depressing to watch.

  • dkidd

    this is not rock bottom

    not even close

    let’s go for a top 10 pick!

    • forensic

      They haven’t had one of those go bad since Brien Taylor. They’re about due. :-)

  • your mom

    Just when I thought this team couldn’t get any worse. 1-16 with RISP is fucking beyond pathetic. Just goes to show how truly shitty this fucking offense is. What a piece of shit team this is.

  • trr

    I don’t want to pile on, but what else can you do? This series was an abomination. The team hasn’t been so bad since the early 90’s. There’s no clear path out of this mess. For this year, I just hope we don’t devolve into a 70 win horror show. Next year….Guys, I’m stumped. We may just have to grin (or not) and bear it until we shed some of these ruinous contracts. Long term, pray that a new core emerges from our farm system while spending our FA money judiciously .

    Buckle up everyone. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    I laughed.

    The good thing is that losing all this games will give us a better draft pick next year.

  • LarryM Fl

    I hear a voice. Someone is signing. Its a female voice which is getting louder. It can’t be. No It can’t be, the fat lady. Is this the end of 2013 season when the Fat Lady sings.

    Some of you older guys in the bad old years of Yankee baseball might remember Basement Bertha. I do not believe Bertha and the Fat Lady are one in the same. I can still see the pictures of Bertha in the Daily News cartoon in the sports section.

    • trr

      Jesus, Larry!
      I have no wish to relive the late ’60s.
      This organization needs to roll up its collective sleeves and get to work. That are tough decisions to be made. Let’s see what the Steinbumblers are made of

      • Kosmo

        I agree but just to remain competitive is going to take alot. I was thinking back to the early 70´s when I believe it was Gabe Paul/Steinbrenner who started to put together the great mid-seventies teams. Cleveland was very happy to let NY take Chambliss and Nettles off their hands for mostly prospects and of course adding Catfish ,Gullett and Reggie via FA, Dent for Gamble and Hoyt. The trade/FA climate was different back then but it still can be done with a bit of the midas touch.

        • trr

          That’s right Kosmo.
          I started rooting for the Yanks at the tender age of 6; My first baseball memory is Sandy Koufax strking out 15 Yanks in the ’63 WS (I know that sounds like the 18th century to our younger posters) so my first Yankee Championship year was ’77. (In those dark days NYC was at least as much a Mets town as a Yankee town.) I still remember where I was, who I was with on the last play of the game. Mike Torrez pitched a CG (!) and even caught the last out on a bunt popped up in the air.

          LOL, you never forget your first Yankee Championship!

  • Kosmo

    I´m a big Rivera fan BUT this season his 3 blown saves all seemed to have come at the worst times.

    McCann 30 years old
    Morales 30
    Ellsbury 30
    Garza 30

    if NY doesn´t re-sign Cano or re-signs him for a discount they need to make it a priority to land at least 3 of these players. If they don´t make a major splash on the FA market then we´re headed for a new era of blankety blank Yankee baseball.

    • forensic

      I get what you’re saying, but is there really ever a good time for a blown save? Whenever they happen, it’s gonna be a bad time and will suck.

      And regardless, I can see this one and the Mets one, but what was so terrible about the timing of the one against the O’s? Yeah, it would’ve been awesome to sweep them and win seven straight games, but otherwise it’s just a ‘typical’ blown save loss.

      • Kosmo

        I get the whenever they happen stuff. NY can ill afford to keep losing games like this but it is what is. Regardless, stick a fork in this turkey because I think it´s done.

  • fat jeter

    to sum up 2013:

    • fat jeter
      • gman

        Let’s face it and take our medicine . Think about this roster in 2years : No Mo , Andy , Kuroda , Youk, Ichiro, Wells , Soriano , Grandy , Jeter, Hughes , Joba , ARod ? We’ll have a ton of money to spend , but the farm better produce , because it’s probably going to be worse next year … and I forgot the Cano possibilities

  • Mouse

    It’s quite obvious that the season’s over but I would not be surprised if this clueless Yankees FO still thinks they have a chance to get back in the race and will try for another waiver trade of another declining has been.

    • Kosmo

      I think it might be in NYs best interest to pick up a player(or two) thru waivers who are under contract thru the 2014 seasons. For example Aramis Ramirez could help NY in 2014, of course as you describe he could be another has been.
      Anything to offset the pending disaster that could be the 2014-15 seasons.

  • Craig Sagermetrics

    Love the title of this post, Mike.

    Went to my parents’ house for a late dinner last night, both my sisters were there and watching bridal reality television (some of the worst TV programming in existence IMO). At first I was annoyed that I wasn’t watching the game on the single cable TV in the house due to that dreck being viewed instead, then I listened to the end of the game on the way home and was infinitely glad I wasn’t watching.

    We can’t really do much more than laugh at this point.

    • Kosmo

      dreck in this case = wreck.

    • trr

      I wish I COULD laugh, Craig….
      I ain’t crying, but I ain’t laughing

      gman said it above, time to take our medicine.

      bot,oh, we’ll be back…and mighty shall our vengeance be.

  • Game Overbay

    My wife wasn’t much of a Baseball fan when we first met, but over the years she’s grown to like the sport.

    She’s from St. Petersburg, and invariably decided to root for the Rays, but was a trooper about things, and would root for the Yankees too because I liked them.

    It’s hard to say, but I think it might be time for me to repay that attitude and root for the Rays for the rest of the year…

    • Kosmo

      that my friend is by definition what is referred to as a fair weather fan.

      • Game Overbay

        I disagree.

        She would root for the Yankees because the Rays would be out of it and she knows that I like them.

        So now that the Yankees are out of it I can root for the Rays because I know she likes them.

        I think that’s the definition of a good husband =P

        • Robinson Tilapia

          My reply must have gotten eaten up somewhere, but I see nothing wrong with “endorsing” your wife’s team if the Yanks happen to be out of it if you still consider yourself a Yankee fan at heart.

          Just because the season ends for your team doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop following the sport, or even pick a side.

          • Game Overbay

            Oh yeah, in no way am I renouncing my Yankee-fandom… I was born in 1978 and have pictures of me as an infant in Yankee gear.

    • JLC776

      C’mon, man. It’s okay to be happy for your wife’s happiness, but if you’re really a fan, there’s still a lot to root for.

      1) Mo’s final year.
      2) Derek Jeter
      3) Ivan Nova starts (could be the future ace of the club)
      4) Hughes (alright, I’m an optimist with him)
      5) Heir apparent David Robertson
      6) September call-ups

      Learn to enjoy the little things again and not the standings.

      • Game Overbay

        1) I have tickets to the game on September 22nd for the Mo farewell at Yankee Stadium

        2) This may be sacrilege here, but I’ve never really been a DJ fan. Great player, love the way he approaches the game and how he performs, but there are a lot of other Yankees that are ahead of him on the list for me.

        3) He has been fun to watch since he’s been back

        4) Never was a fan oh Hughes

        5) Drob is great. Love the high socks. I’ll be excited for him next year when he’s got the job

        6) I’ll be interested to see who comes up and what they do for sure

        All of that being said though… When the rubber hits the road and postseason baseball dawns, I’ll be wearing a Rays cap.

  • JLC776

    Wow… 118 comments already. I guess we lost.

    Anyway, allow me to interject a thought experiment. If this season is now over in terms of making the playoffs (and signs point to that conclusion), then we really don’t have to go through the same “fire everybody, team sucks, Cashman, arghahfhdafhsd” exercise every single loss. I mean, if it’s done, then it’s done!

    I wouldn’t mind seeing some youth that I can root for (guys that I can hope will be the core of the team later on this decade) – that makes losing much easier; when you can get excited for the little things. The occasional win is nice, too. For years, wins didn’t mean anything because it was only the ‘regular season’ – so now we can get excited for those again. That’ll be nice.

    Anyway, for those who didn’t make it through the 80’s and early 90’s, it’s okay. We’ve been here before, we’ll be here again, and even if the next TWO years also suck, it’s still the tiniest blip on the radar compared to many other clubs.

    You could always be an Astros fan.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    UNACCEPTABLE!!! You what this team needs? A closed door team meeting, that will get them back on track.

  • OldYanksFan

    People should not be so frustrated.
    4 of our top 6 batters have been out the entire season.
    Take any team, take out 4 of their first 6 batters, and tell me how they do.
    The Sox finished well below .500 when that happened to them.

    Last nights lineup was actually OK. We did score 5, with 3 HRs.
    It was bad timing for Mo to have an off night.

    Yeah… injuries happen, and ya gotta have depth.
    But in reality, NO team survives the onslaught of injuries we have had.
    With such a horrible offense, we should be praising this team for being .500.

    This was a lost year, and we knew that Game #1 of the season.
    It’s OK to have hope. That’s what it’s all about.
    Of course, Granderson’s setback, TWO setbacks for Jeter, a season ending setback for Teix, a season ending setback for Youk, a season ending setback for Brains, and over a month out for Nunez, were just icing on the cake.

    And of course, a total collapse from Hafner, CC’s worst year in the Bigs, and Andy aging overnight (after his injury) was just piling on.

    With 3 massive contracts all signed at the same time, we KNEW this was happening some time soon.

    Sure… Cashman/the Steinettes could have made better trades. But really…. rearranging chairs on the Titanic.

    It is the expectation that the Yankees are ALWAYS contenders that has people not recognizing what is going on. And all this the year before the magic $189.

    Blaming is silly. You might as well play some one-on-one with your 11 year old sister, and then find lots of blame for why she didn’t win.

    This was just a bad year. Shit happens. We are just not used to it.

    • Kramerica Industries

      This Cervelli/Brains thing could really take off if we allowed it.

  • ialien

    i think the best thing yanks can do is tank this season & next. shoot for good draft picks. they wont be any better next year & once the luxury tax medicine is over, they will be in great shape to rebuild with draft picks & cash.

    they also need to do some serious firing. Start with the trainers because the injury situation goes way beyond unlucky. Jeter was rushed back, causing his re-break & current performance problems. Better management the first time around & maybe he is healthy & producing right now.

    cashman seems more like a steroid consigliere then a clean-league one. Time to get gene michael back for one last dose of magic. He was the dynasty architect all along, not anyone named steinbrenner.