Jul
02

Swept: Yanks drop fifth straight, fall 6-3 to Rays

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For the first time this season, the Yankees have lost five straight games. The Rays took Wednesday afternoon’s series finale by the score of 6-3, completing the sweep. They had baseball’s worst record coming into the series. The Yankees have now lost nine of their last eleven games are are 41-42 on the year. Stinky.

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

Two Taters
For the first time in what felt like an eternity, the Yankees actually jumped out to an early lead on Wednesday afternoon. Brett Gardner opened the day with a typically long at-bat (seven pitches) and a leadoff homer into the right field second deck off Jake Odorizzi. It was gone off the bat. No doubter. Gardner has now hit eight homers this season, tying his career-high (set last year). He’s going to wind up hitting like 12-15 dingers this summer. Crazy.

Brian McCann chipped in a solo homer of his own two innings later, a cheap little New Yankee Stadium shot just inside the foul pole down the right field line. It was a high pop-up in almost every other ballpark. Like everyone else, I expected Gardner to be hitting the cheapies and McCann to be launching bombs into the second deck coming into the year. Also, believe it or not, the Yankees have hit multiple homers in four of their last eight games. Doesn’t feel like it, right?

One inning after that, the wholly unproductive right field platoon of Alfonso Soriano (single) and Ichiro Suzuki (walk) reached base to start the inning. Soriano was in right and Ichiro was playing center. Brian Roberts lined out and Yangervis Solarte popped out, so it appeared any potential rally would go to waste. Been an awful lot of that this year. Thankfully Gardner was up next and thankfully he pulled a two-strike single through the right side of the infield to score Soriano. Brett has been the best player on the team this season and I don’t think it’s particularly close at this point.

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

No Lead Is Safe
The Yankees took the lead three times early in the game and Vidal Nuno gave it back almost immediately each time. The Rays scored their first run in the third inning on a leadoff walk (Ryan Hanigan), a double (Ben Zobrist), and a passed ball. They scored their second run in the fourth inning, right after McCann homered. A double by Logan Forsythe and a single by Sean Rodriguez did the trick. In the fifth — again, right after Gardner re-gave the Yankees the lead — Desmond Jennings, Zobrist, and Brandon Guyer strung together a single, a double, and a single to score another run. Guyer would have had a two-run single had Gardner not thrown Zobrist out at the plate.

All told, Nuno was charged with four runs (three earned) in five innings of work. Joe Girardi opted to send him back out to start the sixth only to yank him when the leadoff runner reached base. I hate that. If his leash is one base-runner, then just let the reliever start the inning clean. This isn’t Masahiro Tanaka. It’s Vidal Nuno and he was putting guys on base all day. Shawn Kelley took over and allowed a two-run homer to Sean freaking Rodriguez on his third pitch. Just like that, the Rays were up 5-3 and had all the runs they would need on the afternoon.

I mean, it’s no surprise Nuno did not carry his success against the Red Sox over from his last start. Everyone has a great game now and then and it doesn’t mean they’ve turned some kind of corner. Four runs (three earned) in five innings is perfectly fine from your seventh (or eighth? whatever) starter, though Nuno is third on the team in starts (14) and innings (78). That’s not good. Kelley … good grief. He has been a mess since coming off the disabled list.

Not Hitting With Runners In Scoring Position Isn’t The Problem …
… bad hitters are the problem. The Yankees went one-for-whatever (nine, actually) with runners in scoring position and stranded runners at the corners in the fifth, at first and second in the seventh, and at second in the eighth. There were some chances to tack-on runs or make the game closer, but they were unable to take advantage. Gardner’s run-scoring single in the fourth was the lone hit with men in scoring position. He had three hits while McCann, Carlos Beltran, and Roberts had two apiece as well. McCann and Ichiro drew the only walks.

The Yankees have been unable to get hits with men on base all season but that in and of itself isn’t the problem. It’s just the symptom of the real problem. They aren’t unclutch or anything silly like that. They just have too many bad hitters. That’s the problem. Even if McCann and Beltran start hitting like everyone expected them to hit, the Yankees would still have Derek Jeter, Roberts, Ichiro, Soriano, Solarte, Kelly Johnson, etc. getting regular at-bats. It’s pretty remarkable how many flat-out bad hitters are on the roster and have been all season.

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

Leftovers
The Rays made four outs on the bases. Gardner threw Zobrist out at home, Soriano threw Rodriguez out at second trying to stretch a single into a double (on the play that scored Tampa’s second run), Jeter caught Zobrist wandering too far off second base on a ground ball in the seventh, and Kevin Kiermaier was picked off first in the eighth. The Gardner and Soriano throws were good plays, the other two were gifts.

Adam Warren allowed two singles (one infield) and a walk in 1.1 innings of work. He was helped out by Zobrist’s second base-running blunder. David Huff allowed one run in 1.2 innings of mop-up duty. He was hurt by some shaky infield defense. Guyer hit a slow grounder to third that Solarte threw into right field attempting to turn the 5-4-3 double play. Somehow it was ruled it hit. What?

Michael Kay went on a pretty amusing rant about Jacoby Ellsbury‘s off-day in the first inning. He pointed out that it was Lou Gehrig bobblehead day and basically said that if Gehrig could play every single day, Ellsbury should be able to do it in the first year of his seven-year contract. It was a hoot.

According to the YES broadcast, the Yankees are now 1-32 when allowing five or more runs. This is the latest into the season the Yankees have been below .500 since they were 39-42 at the halfway point of the 2007 season. That team rallied to win the wildcard and make the postseason. That team also had good players.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
You can find the box score and video highlights at MLB.com. There are some other stats at FanGraphs and the updated standings at ESPN. Edwin Encarnacion and the Blue Jays walked off against the Brewers on Wednesday afternoon, so the Yankees are now 4.5 games back of Toronto for first place in the AL East. The Mariners beat up on the Astros, so the Bombers are five games back of the second wildcard spot.


Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
The homestand is mercifully over and the Yankees are heading up to Minnesota for a four-game series with the Twins. Current Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka and one time projected Yankees ace Phil Hughes start things off on Friday night.

Categories : Game Stories
  • Chris

    This team needs a shake up…something has to be done…not sure what but something has to be done…cash can’t wake much longer..

    • rogue

      Sometimes it’s better to do nothing than to give up good prospects. That’s what the Red Sox are doing.

      The Yankees are more than 1-2 players from contending. To get the outside resources would require a hefty price from the farm system.

      At this point the team should forget about this season and 2015 and 2016, build up the farm, and allow the contracts of Tex, CC, and Beltran to expire.

      • rogue

        By then, the team will have more good young players and plenty of money to spend.

        Makes too much sense.

  • Frank

    Just call a spade a spade- the Yanks are a laughing stock and an embarassment.

  • Nick

    Besides gardy tanaka betances this team sucks. Nothing else more to say

    • Tracy

      Warren and Robertson have also done a nice job. That about wraps it up.

      • JGYank

        Ellsbury has been fine. Kuroda hasn’t been terrible either, but still could improve.

      • JGYank

        And Tex.

    • Yankeefan91

      Ellsbury pretty good to.

    • Brett Gardner

      Out front, now.

  • pinedamaybegreata (formerly Monterowasdinero)

    Amazed the team has stayed this close for this long. We are marching towards the AL east cellar with the team we have. Seriously, comparing our bats, our starting pitching and our age I think I am not exaggerating in saying a last place finish is very realistic without several changes.

    CC is not the answer.

  • TheRealGreg

    I honestly hope that they continue to lose a bit, like Mike said before, so that we can have a clear picture of what needs to be done. If we continue at this pace, we have to sell

  • Charlie

    Do we not have any other guys at AAA who don’t suck as bad as the guys who are on this team now, not hitting? The last cuts from S/T can’t hit any worse than this collection of crap.

  • Jamie

    this team is terrible… the infield defense is almost little league level and boring to watch…the ninth inning was laughable and another run scores on a passed ball!! DFA some and let the kids play

  • Dan

    I realize it’s hard to look at the standings, see they’re only 3 back in the loss column, and then not be buyers at the deadline. But, it’s silly to mortgage the future just to put lipstick on this pig.

    • TWTR

      True, but the pig is really a cow, and their primary concern seems to be keeping the cash flowing from its utters.

      Unfortunately, they don’t think selling does that.

      • Bubba

        That’s fine… I get not selling. Buying should be off the table. This team is not one, two or even three players away. I think it might be wise to reconsider the strategy of making short term decisions with long term consequences.

        • Dan

          I think that’s right, but the sell options are really small—we’re talking about losing maybe 3 wins if they dealt D-Rob, Ichiro, and Kuroda; and I don’t think it’s physically possible to move anyone else. Of course, these guys aren’t exactly gonna bring any stud prospects, so maybe they should just hang tight.

  • Overrated Jeter

    Where is Tex and Captain Intangibles and CC and Aroid coming to the rescue? What a disgraceful team.

    • TWTR

      You know might “rescue” this team? This from 3B:

      .244 .348 .423 .771 ’13
      .272 .353 .430 .783 ’12

      That’s A-Rod’s last two, albeit, shortened seasons.

      But even though MLB may have given him permission to take steroids, they have decided that he is the most evil baseball player ever, so, not happening.

      • trr

        I think it’s a bit of a stretch to think he will even approach those numbers next year.

        • TWTR

          I think it’s possible if he can stay on the field. Whether or not he can still play 3B passably could also be a lot more problematic.

          • trr

            DH would be the the optimal landing spot for him, but we may have a bit of a logjam there next year…

      • Dan

        A-Rod will have missed almost all of 2 seasons if/when he comes back next year. I wouldn’t even pencil him in at starting 3B.

  • Deep Thoughts

    Sniff. I miss Robinson.

    Not to be lost in the Yankees stinking is that Zobrist really pooped the bed the whole series. Bad at-bats, made key outs on popups and strikeouts, throwing error, TOOTBLANs. He’s 33 and perhaps hitting the back slope.

    Not only would I not trade for him, I would hesitate to sign him to a multi-year deal if he were non-tendered.

    • RetroRob

      The team would be a couple or so games better, so they’d still be pretty mediocre, but it would be nice to have someone in the middle of the order who could hit .300.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      All I did was change my screenna…….oh.

      • trr

        Tilapia? is this you?

        • TheEvilUmpire

          Nope, that’s the bastard love child of George Steinbrenner and Jorge Posada!

          • trr

            Heavens to Murgatroyd!

            And if you remember that one I’ll buy you a beer!

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

              Snagglepuss

  • Leg-End

    They could continue this bad run, be 10 games out by the end of July and still not do what needs to be done. They should have sold last season but wouldn’t because of Rivera, the won’t sell this season because of Jeter. Worrying too much about the short term instead of planning for the long term. It would be a minor miracle to win a World Series with this rotation and infield.

    Only 4 games out but it feels like more, like Mike said before they don’t pass the eye test and if you look at it logically they have little chance of making the playoffs in their current situation, the East has been poor and yet are still 3rd and 4 out.

    It’s getting to the point where only Tanaka’s starts are the ones worth watching because they might squeeze a low scoring win out.

    • Kenny

      Jeter’s had enough post-seasons to give him a lifetime of memories–same was true for Rivera. The GM et al are putting mawkishness and attendance before the good of the team–and eventually the attendance will suffer.

      The Rays should feel pretty damned good. They got to see who will take over in the cellar when they vacate it.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    At least there are some non-zero options in the farm this season.

    The last few years it’s felt like there was literally nothing to even consider promoting.

    Almonte and Pirela as parts of a platoon might help.

    Refsnyder is obviously knocking at the door.

    Hopefully Judge, Jags, Severino and Sanchez are only 2 or so years away.

    • RetroRob

      Speaking of Jags, did he return today? Looks like the numbers on the tracker have changed, but I don’t remember seeing anything about him be re-activated.

      • Yankee$

        He got a couple of ABs in the GCL game today so he’s probably about to rejoin

  • Anthony

    Your hatred towards Ichiro and Jeter are absolutely ridiculous. Ichiro has been very good in his role as a fourth outfield/platoon player. And though jeter isn’t hitting for power he is still batting 273 or so. These two players aren’t the problem… It’s Beltran, McCann, Soriano, and johnson. As well as the lack of pitching

    • Ken

      I agree with Anthony.

    • ropeadope

      Ichiro has been slipping the past couple of weeks. He’s still a terrific defender and an asset on the basepaths, but he’s become a liability at the plate. I love the guy and I’ve been one of his biggest supporters at RAB, but there’s no denying the downward trend with the bat. Hopefully Ichiro can regain his early season form – only time will tell.

      • RetroRob

        The problem is Ichiro went from 4th OFer to everyday OFer again, and his stats have been trending down since.

        • trr

          mmm-hmmm

      • vicki

        nailed it. including your catalogue of his assets. but ichi is doing nothing for the team with his bat, and hasn’t for over a month.

    • JGYank

      Ichiro has been good overall but is regressing back to his normal numbers. He was pretty bad offensively last year and if he gets consistent playing time he’ll get closer and closer to that. He needs be hidden in a part time role where he can come in as a defensive replacement and pinch runner and get a start here and there. Jeter actually has decent offensive stats for a SS and is pretty good for a 40 year old (it’s amazing a 40 year old is even playing SS) but the bad defense from his poor range on top of his lack of power and inability to hit RHP makes him a below average player. Defense is important at SS and Jeter just isn’t good defensively. He does get a lot of undeserved shit, although he hits into a ton of dps which is infuriating. He’d make a good DH vs. LHP, but that’s about it.

  • A-Roid

    Another pitiful excuse of an effort. How is that hopey change working out for ya with McCan’t, LLLLLsburied and Injurytran?

    • vicki

      a regular dorothy parker, you.

    • trr

      I got a headache just trying to read it

  • Overrated Jeter

    How can you see that Jeter is helping the team? His average is respectable but he should not be hitting second. How many times have we seen him ground into a double play or strike out in a critical spot? And the hits that he does get are little squibblers or cheapies through the holes.

    They should have Gardy, Ichiro and Ellsbury bat at top of lineup. All three have speed and can get on base. Jeter should be batting 8th or 9th.

    • JGYank

      Why Ichiro? Not much different than Jeter.

      • vicki

        june/july, ichiro’s been much, much worse than jeter.

        • JGYank

          Exactly. Why move him up in the order?

  • ropeadope

    Mike, I believe the first game of the Twins series is tomorrow (Thursday) night, not Friday. Tanaka vs. Hughes as you stated. It’s a four game series, Thursday thru Sunday.

    • vicki

      mike was hoping for one of those reach-around week-ends.

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

        Ha! I see what you did there.

  • willie w

    we need a better GM than cashman

    • vicki

      cashman is one of the few dudes doing his job today.

      http://riveraveblues.com/2014/.....ad-105514/

      • willie w

        he could have drafted stanton, instead he chose brackman

        he could have signed cespedes

        and so forth

        he is a so-so GM

        • vicki

          i didn’t fail to get your (tired) point.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Your mom could have just let her fingers do the talking that fateful night.

          • vin

            Wow, that caught me off-guard.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              I may have been a tad harsh there.

  • JKatlak

    I think people over blow the idea that throwing in rookie hitters into your lineup would not likely to produce of major league quality right away. By major league quality I don’t mean great or a completely finished product, but adequate enough to be a major league quality player to get by. I can give you a whole laundry list of hitters in baseball currently that were of major league quality in their rookie year or are of major league quality in their rookie year this year. Names that come to mind:

    George Springer
    C.J. Cron
    Jose Altuve
    Nick Costellanos
    J.D. Martinez
    Xander Bogaerts
    Kyle Seager
    Yasiel Puig
    Eric Hosmer
    Mike Trout
    Salvador Perez
    Jose Abreu
    Jason Heyward
    Freddie Freeman
    Bryce Harper
    Anthony Rendon
    Ian Desmond
    Giancarlo Stanton
    Christian Yelich
    Lucas Duda
    Khris Davis
    Scooter Gennett
    Matt Adams
    Matt Carpenter
    Andrew McCutchen
    Neil Walker
    Starlin Castro
    Buster Posey
    Charlie Blackmon
    Corey Dickerson
    Nolan Arenado
    Chris Owings
    Paul Goldschmidt

    The Steinbrenners refuse to acknowledge this and be willing to take risks on a few players in their lineup. They need to get over the veterans, because the idea of young players take too long to produce is becoming more and more outdated with each passing year.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      This young man took such time to come up with this list. I’d hate to be the one to point out to him that all not young played are created equal. Can someone else do that?

      • JGYank

        Some people forget that most of the players that fail to get through the minors are young. Not to mention overlooking the fact that the most important thing is talent not age. Don’t get me wrong I’d rather have a 27 year old than a 35 year old, but if they both have the talent to hit .300, then it’s not a huge difference between the two in the short term. One is just more likely to decline/retire earlier than the other.

      • Farewell Mo

        The only thing that list illustrates is that the Yankees have done a shit job of developing young talent for many years now.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          I think you can make that argument without that list, but I don’t think the list itself means that at all. You have a list of young players from every other team in baseball combined with no context as to the level of prospect they were, etc. It’s like my son pointing and yelling “look, goat!” at a goat.

          • willie w

            you missed the OPers meaning

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              I got the OP’s meaning.

              Please don’t try to point things out to me.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        I’d hate to be the one to craft a “captain obvious” reply to this post. Can someone else do that?

        I think his point is that young players DO have the ability the come to the big leagues and can produce at a level that is at least above replacement-level. The Yankees seem very resistant to this and opt instead to give veterans every possible chance while contributing replacement-level (or worse) production. Also, the majority of teams in baseball seem to be better at developing such players than the Yankees. I’m of the opinion that these points aren’t even disputable at this juncture.

        • RetroRob

          Then he should have used a different list.

          • Kenny

            You and the other chorus members are sounding like a bunch of professors desperate to assert their cleverness while entirely missing the obvious point.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              Professors are smarter than the dumbasses they teach. Yes.

              There was a point. It was accompanied by a dumb list.

      • Mikhel

        And how the NYY will know which of their minor leaguers can make it in the majors if they do not promote them, or promote them when they are in their mid to late 20′s?

        Sure, not everybody is created equal, but it is a dumb idea that just because of that a team shouldn’t try their youngsters, considering that if they do not work they can send them to the minors, as opposed to journeymen who are not promoted for the fear they have to pass through waivers if they do not work and still need them at AA/AAA.

    • Holy Ghost

      I agree. The Yanks need to give more young players a chance.

      The reality is, with Steroids and other PEDs being used less in baseball, the aging curve has shifted towards young players(ages 21-27).

      With few exceptions, Free agent players who sign contracts after age 30 aren’t going to live up to the value of the contract.

      Being able to sign the best free agents is no longer the advantage that it was 10 to 15 years ago. The teams that get the best draft picks and have the best Farm System now have the upperhand.

    • willie w

      the yanks need to know which players are the right ones to draft/sign

      they are sorely lacking in that ability

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Soooo…….anyone hear any good new music lately?

    • Farewell Mo

      The Heat losing made my month of June and NFL training camp starts in a few weeks so not all is lost!

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Love ya too, man. :)

        We may have only Norris Cole under contract, but we’re just getting started….. ;)

        • Farewell Mo

          As a Knicks fan, the best I can do is take consolation in the downfall of my enemies. Sad, I know.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            It’s the penance you pay for being a Yankee fan all these years.

    • vicki
      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        This is really Radinsky? Definitely more jjyank’s style than mine.

        • vicki

          tis. he’s been in a couple good bands.

          the punk/sports junction is pretty narrow. i don’t understand why we’re not best friends. maybe it’s all the shit i’ve talked about his brother-in-law*.

          *ozzie guillen

    • Kenny

      No, but I heard some great old music.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      New music is allowed to be produced?

  • Ken

    Michael Kay is an idiot. I noted his long absence when the team went to the West Coast. Can he not make those long trips? Doesn’t he have any pride in his job? If Ellsbury needs a day off to stay productive, then he should get it whether this part-time announcer likes it or not.

    • TWTR

      The Yankees’ broadcasters, apart from Leiter and Cone, both on tv and on the radio, are beyond awful.

      • ropeadope

        No love for Singleton?

        • TWTR

          I used to like a lot, but imo, in recent years, he has become a homer.

          • JGYank

            If you think he’s a homer you should look at some other teams’ broadcasters. YES does a good job of being unbiased IMO.

            • TWTR

              I don’t see that, but ok.

          • trr

            yeah, but it’s the only kind of homers we get!

    • vicki

      if you had what michael kay has at home, you wouldn’t go on extended road trips either.

      • http://Riveravenueblues Marty l

        Maybe 5-10 years ago, now, she s just ok. But as Rex Ryan stated so eloquently, Big Goofy Mike “out kicked his coverage.”

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          They have a child as well, you know.

          • vicki

            that’s right. but i was, in fact, referring to the lovely jody.

  • JGYank

    Below .500. This team is simply regressing toward what it’s performance/run differential says it should be. I don’t know how this team has overachieved with their record Maybe it’s the coaches everyone bashes, maybe it’s luck, maybe the pen locking down nailbiters, randomness, or a combo of all that. But this team has underachieved with their performance and it’s annoying as shit. Just like getting swept by the team with the worst record in the league when the series started that’s also a division rival and helping them get back into the race so they might decide not to trade their ace is.

    I just wish everyone would play the way they’re expected to. If that happened in the 1st half we probably wouldn’t be in this mess or would at least have what it takes to gain ground in the 2nd half. This team obviously needs help to make the postseason. It’s going to have to arrive soon. The lineup needs help ASAP and the pitching needs a boost as well.

  • Brian Cashman

    “the Yankees are now 1-32 when allowing five or more runs.”

    Soooo we do not need hitting, but pitching, that way we can keep them at 4 or less runs and increase the chances of winning.

    YEEEAAAH BABY!! I am a GENIOUS!!

    /me acquires every DFA’d pitcher on earth.

  • entonces

    What exactly would they lose by installing Ref and Almonte beginning this weekend?

    Roberts and either Sori or Ichi can be released. Why on earth would the brilliant brain trust not do this? Even if Ref hits .230 and Almonte worse, they’ve gained valuable MLB experience. And if they’re any better than that, they represent improvement for the team. And you’ve created some trade market value — something this team could use. You’ve also begun the inevitable process of figuring out what you have on the farm. There is no other realistic route to improvement. I’m not even going to get into Pirella or Wheeler. They might deserve a look too. But Ref and Almonte are guys who have a fair chance to be part of the future. As currently constituted, this team is dead in the water.

    • RetroRob

      Ref is a legit prospect, and Almonte makes sense probably as a platoon MLB option, or at least getting a look to see if he can be a platoon MLB option. They should see what he has. I’ve been a Pirela fan for a few years, but realistic that he’s not going to be an impact player. Might be a bench/role player. Need those, too. I don’t think there’s anything else there now. Wheeler, Garcia? No.

      As for Refsnyder, since he is a legit prospect, I’m in no rush to see him rushed, yet I suspect he’ll be up this year. He’s going to force them.

  • dasani

    Soriano,Johnson and Roberts need to be DFA. They need to bring up some of the kids to inject some life into this sorry bunch and they need to do it ASAP

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Dr. Martin van Nostrand

    Axisa dropped a “freaking” in the form of a middle name in the recap entry. That’s a strong indication of how bad things are.

    You know, I checked Rodriguez’ splits coming into this game vs. NY. .214/.241/.500/.741. I was shocked the batting average was so low (of course, he got two hits today), but he also now has hit 37.5% of his home runs this season against the Yankees, too (or, three HRs of his eight), which can be noticed in that way-too-high slugging percentage. Of course, Rodriguez has been a sieve for this team ever since that braindead decision to IBB him in the first g-ddamned inning of the season in 2012, so maybe it’s just something that has still yet to wear off.

    (I’m kinda lying. I also remember Rodriguez taking Sabathia deep on a game-tying HR off the foul pole in LF on 9/21/2011, but we all kinda forget that since that was the day the Yankees swept a DH from Tampa, clinching a playoff spot in the first game, and then, with Baltimore’s help, clinching the division in the second game. Ah, fuck you Tigers.)

    Whatever. This is the fourth time they’ve dipped to .500 this season. They staved off the other three times (19-19, 29-29, 31-31). The fact that they fell back to .500 so quickly after going 8-2 following that 31-31 mark is pretty damn incredible; 8-2 followed up by 2-9 immediately thereafter. Laugh out freaking loud.

    Those playoff margins are beginning to grow now, too. After closing within 1.5 of the Jays after the NYS sweep (huh?), the Yankees are back to 4.5 of them. The Mariners are five games up for that second wild card spot, and the Angels are further ahead on the first wild card spot and, more importantly, those teams are quite clearly BETTER than the Yankees in all facets of the game. Who knew Robbie had made the right choice after all with respect to the question of “where is he more likely to play October baseball in 2014?”.

    Lastly, I made a somewhat stupid comment in the first GDT of this series about the Rays being a better team than the Yankees. It kinda was stupid, but I’m a stupid Tampa denizen who loses his rational mind when the Rays and Yankees meet; it’s the same reason I never go to those games at Tropicana Field anymore for reasons I explained last year. That said, the Rays just pulled off their second Yankee Stadium sweep in their last three tries here; they haven’t recorded a road sweep anywhere else this season or against anyone else since doing it here last September. The Yankees are 2-11 in their last 13 home games against this team. It’s even worse than the Red Sox for ‘cripes sakes. The Rays are a pretty terrible baseball team despite what Dewayne Staats and Brian Anderson may be forced to sell to their viewing audience, but can you honestly say that the Yankees, 3-7 against them and 1-5 this season (18-29 dating back to 2012), are a better baseball team?

    You have to suck pretty bad when you’ve already lost the season series at home to a divisional opponent, and there’s still one more series left to be played.

    /rant

  • WhittakerWalt

    Guys, look. I’m hoping for a shakeup too. I’m hoping for an injection of some life, some enthusiasm, and some offense.
    But Rob Refsnyder has had 87 AAA plate appearances. Please stop acting like he’s the next big thing. Maybe he will be, but 87 AAA plate appearances is not enough to go on.

    • RetroRob

      Losing battle.

      Yet I do think he’ll be up this year, although further out.

  • Tom

    That team also had good players

    That line had me rolling. And is the reason why people need to stop with the nonsense of “x games out of first”. Even with the record they have, they are still outperforming expectations (in terms of conventional run differential, first, 2nd, 3rd order wins, baserun differential – you name the leading indicator and the Yankees are likely over-performing). So even with some (positive) regression by guys like McCann or Beltran, all it may do is offset the eventual regression from the Yankees outperforming most leading indicators.

    That said I expect the Yankees to pound Minnesota and inexplicably score a ton of runs in a pitcher’s park – and for people to get irrationally high on this team again. The exception being the Tanaka/Hughes game tomorrow where 1 run might win it and the over/under on bullpen innings might be 1.5 (and I’d take the under)

  • Derek Jeter

    SELL SELL SELL SELL SELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rick in Florida

    What we really need is one of these moments to turn the season around…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9XkWdi45VM

  • Dugan

    Why hasn’t Levine pulled the plug on Cashman and company.Girardi,Long and Cashman keep making excuses for the $200million dollar payroll.It is time to cut the chain on these guys.How long would “THE BOSS” PUT UP WITH THIS NONSENSE.THE STADIUM IS GETTING EMPTY!! WAKE UP TAMPA!!!

    • WhittakerWalt

      The boss was a crazy person who framed his own players.