Aug
09

Yankees have no answer for Kluber and various relievers, fall 3-0 to Indians

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Source: FanGraphs

Some days you’re just going to get beat, and that’s what happened Saturday afternoon. The Yankees lost 3-0 to the Indians in a game in which they were out-pitched and out-hit, though I wouldn’t say they were out-defended. It happens. That’s baseball. Let’s recap:

  • Klubot: The Yankees hit three balls out of the infield — two of the four hits he allowed were infield singles — and only hit one ball hard during Corey Kluber’s six shutout innings. That one hard-hit ball was Jacoby Ellsbury‘s double to left in the fourth. That’s it. The team’s best chance to score came in the sixth, when Derek Jeter and Ellsbury singled with no outs, but Kluber rebounded to strike out Carlos Beltran, Chase Headley, and Stephen Drew. He flat out dominated them. Ten strikeouts, one walk, one double, three soft singles. This is one of those days when I’m perfectly fine tipping my cap. Kluber’s a top 10-15 pitcher in MLB and he showed why on Saturday.
  • De Facto Ace: Brandon McCarthy‘s only real mistake was leaving a first pitch fastball up in the zone to rookie infielder Jose Ramirez, who hit a cheap Yankee Stadium two-run homer in the second inning. It was his first career long ball and it just barely cleared the wall. Other than the homer, McCarthy held the Indians to six singles and no walks while striking out eight in 6.1 innings. The homer stunk, but McCarthy once again gave the Yankees a good and winnable start.
  • Bullpen: Rich Hill and Chase Whitley combined to pitch out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh — Headley made a nice play to get the force out at home — before Whitley allowed a solo homer to Michael Brantley in the eighth. That gave the offense six outs to score at least three runs against Cleveland hurlers. Even though Kluber pitched well, they did a nice job of running up his pitch count. Brett Gardner (double) and Ellsbury (fake hit-by-pitch) reached base to give Beltran and Headley a chance to tie the game in the eighth, but they struck out. The Yankees went down in order in the ninth.
  • Leftovers: Jeter’s sixth inning infield single was his 3,431st career hit, moving him ahead of Honus Wagner for sole possession of sixth place on the all-time list. He won’t catch Tris Speaker (3,514), but sixth all-time is pretty awesome … rough third inning for the battery. McCarthy was hit by a line drive in the foot and Frankie Cervelli took a pitch to the ribs. Both stayed in the game … Gardner, Jeter, and Ellsbury went 4-for-11 (.364) while the rest of the lineup went 1-for-21 (.048) … the Yankees went 0-for-9 with six strikeouts with runners in scoring position … they set a season-high with 15 strikeouts after coming into the game with the fourth lowest strikeout rate in MLB (18.2%) … the Yankees were shut out for only the fourth time this year and the first time since June 22nd, 41 games ago.

Head over to MLB.com for the box score and video highlights. FanGraphs has some other stats and ESPN has the updated standings. The Blue Jays won this afternoon while the Royals, Orioles, and Mariners all play later tonight, so as of right now the Yankees are 5.5 games back in the AL East and one game back of the second wildcard spot. Hiroki Kuroda and Carlos Carrasco will be the pitching matchup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale. RAB Tickets can get you in the door if you want to catch the final game of the homestand live.

Categories : Game Stories
  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Quickee recap. Two of three tomorrow. We’re not slaying every giant.

  • Terry Noack

    Thank god that is over. 15 K’s out of 27 outs!!

  • mattpat11

    These games are gonna happen. Just win tomorrow

  • New Guy

    Kluber is just on a roll. What are you gonna do? We need to get Tex and McCann back. The line up looks wayyy different with them in the middle.

    • Farewell Mo

      This. Sometimes you just gotta tip your cap to an ace pitcher who’s on fire right now not to mention Cody Allen who’s been pretty much the equal of Robertson this year.

  • Frankie Cerveddardi

    I thought it was one of the worst offensive showings I’ve ever seen. You look at this club and then look at a lineup like the O’s which also fell behind 2-0 today but then the very next inning they touched Lackey up for 3 runs. O’s won’t lose again the rest of the season.

    • Chip

      Showing the new yahoos who is king of the yahoos

  • meow

    Kluber is awesome. He was very good last year but has ascended to elite level status this year. Just gotta tip your cap to him and try to win the series tomorrow.

  • BKamm

    Off topic. Lackey being beat like a dirty old rug at Camden yards.

    • Farewell Mo

      Must not be awesome O’clock in Baltimore.

    • Deep Thoughts

      After Masterson the other day. Not fair that we didn’t get to face him.

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

    So, the Orioles are never going to lose again.

    • Chip

      No kidding, going to be a four way fight for the right to face the Angels in Anaheim

      • MTU

        If we get Pineda and Tanaka back it won’t be all that much of a fight for the 2nd WC.

        • tomingeorgia

          Mister MTU,
          Out of East Nowhere tomorrow, headed to South Nowhere. The Yanks are in it, my only solace. Come back, Pineda!

          • MTU

            Luck Tom.
            Pineda next week.

          • RhapsodyInBlue

            Hey Tom hope things are going well.

        • forensic

          I’m not sure you can really count on either of them being great or healthy for very long the rest of this season. Tanaka has a better shot at being great, of course, but health is still a question. Unfortunately, this even extends into next year and beyond, especially for Pineda given his history (though it goes for Tanaka too until the inevitable TJ surgery is done).

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

          This seems a bit too cocky, IMO. Not that getting those two back wouldn’t be a massive boost, but not only is it far from a sure thing that a) Tanaka returns and b) Pineda returns and stays healthy and effective the rest of the way, but it’s not like the Royals or M’s or Jays aren’t capable of playing well the rest of the way themselves.

          This is about the first time all year, this past week, where I’ve felt really confident that this team can weasel it’s way to the second wild card (because the Orioles are just never gonna lose games; Yankees are 14-8 post-ASB and the O’s will likely be 15-7; jeez), but with the competition the way it is as well as the Yankees still trailing a team in the race (KC), well, it won’t be easy.

          I am curious to try and see when the 2007 Yankees finally moved into the wild card. I remember a series at the beginning of September where Seattle came to town as being a crucial series; wonder if the M’s still held the wild card (as it were way back then) at that point in time.

          • forensic

            August 30th appears to be the first date late in the season that the 2007 Yankees took over the WC spot by themselves. Of course, that team also had an insanely good run differential, not a negative one like this season, FWIW.

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

              Yes, you’re right. I was really only wondering more in the vein of that they’re trailing a team for, essentially, that wild card spot right now, and I didn’t remember how long they were treading water in 2007 before they finally moved into a playoff position.

              That team went 52-25 after the ASB and was tied for the 3rd-best record in baseball that year. Obviously, hard to imagine the Yankees doing that this year with only, what, 48 games remaining?

        • Pete22

          Unfortunately, they don’t have any games left against the Mariners who have the best pitching in the game and a MVP candidate in Cano. Their offense is coming around, they could go on a run if guys like Jackson and Morales can come around

          I think they have to set their goals on the division.

          • Pat M.

            MVP Candidate ??? Cano ??? You must be high

    • Bolek

      Look at the up-side of this hot streak of theirs: baseball’s resemblance to a sine curve. What goes up to the mountain top eventually comes down to the valley. They’re a good time, a better lineup than that of the Yankees or Jays, but they’re not that good. In short, they’re due to hit the skids for a while. The question is whether they’ll hit the skids just as the Yankees do.

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

        Just from curiosity, I’m having some trouble figuring out that last sentence. You mean hit the skids during the regular season (this regular season?) or during the playoffs? I’m not snarking or baiting; I’m just having some trouble with the interpretation.

        • Bolek

          Sorry, it’s not clear. I just don’t want the Yankees, currently doing pretty well, suddenly to go flat at about the same time as the currently overdue O’s go flat. Thus gaining no ground and losing valuable time to make up the 5 or whatever games they’re now behind.

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

            Ah, ok then. Thanks for the clarification. That makes sense, I was just having trouble figuring out the context.

  • Habfab

    Forensic and Chip are right on this one. Why make the playoffs by squeaking in and being embarrassed in the first series. Get this team rebuilding thru our farm system, Trade any assets and use free agency to fill in positions of need.

    • Farewell Mo

      This isn’t the NFL or NBA where it’s often better for a middling team to loss and get a higher draft pick. The Yanks haven’t given away any assets while improving and could get Tanaka and Pineda back shortly. They should be in the thick of things down the stretch. At this point, makes no sense as a Yankees fan to root for them to NOT make the playoffs

      • Preston

        Yeah, the difference in value between the picks isn’t that large. Not to mention that they might sign a FA and forfeit that pick anyways.

    • forensic

      Wow, where did this come from?

      Anyway, while I do think they need a form of rebuilding, I never said it’s not worth them trying to make the playoffs. I just don’t want them to do it by sacrificing assets that could have more affect in the future, both production-wise and economically. I also don’t want them to do it by continuing the cycle of taking on new ‘likely’ albatross contracts just because they may soon be ridding themselves of current albatross contracts. There is also only so much on their roster that they even could’ve traded for anything of real value in return.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        So your name is forensic and you do NOT approve that message?

        • forensic

          Pretty much. I don’t think they’ll make noise in the postseason, but if they don’t give up anything of import to the future to maybe have a better chance to get there, then I have zero problem with it whatsoever.

          • forensic

            Though I should say that I’m not happy with taking on Prado’s contract, but it’s not the end of the world.

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

      This logic fails when you consider the absurd volatility of the three-tier playoff format. There have been several teams that didn’t “measure up” during the regular season with the elite teams that went on to win it all and, as much as I have begrudged it because it’s stupid to embrace randomness and not having the best teams very often be crowned the champions, well, this is the way Bud Selig wanted to leave the sport and we’re the sheep who went along with it.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Nice try.

      I’ll take being embarrassed in the playoffs any time.

      • Farewell Mo

        Losing in the playoffs would be far less embarrassing that posting such a moronic comment.

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

        pretty much.

        The only way to get embarrassed in the playoffs is to make the playoffs.

        Unless we think Royals fans are mocking Twins fans for always losing to the Yankees (forget the ’70s for a sec.) in the playoffs, I’m sure the preference would be to have the chance for that to happen instead of losing 95 games every season.

  • Bill Smith

    Hi everybody, I decided to finally post a comment as I am an avid reader on this site and have been since I moved back to the East Coast last year. The one comment I really need to make is that True and Loyal fans stick around during the tough times, seems there is always alot of “abandoning ship fair weather fans on this site, as well as the Lohud site’. Time to separate the sheep from the goats.

    • Preston

      It’s the internet. People cry the sky is falling even when they were annually winning 95 games per season from 2010-12.

      • Pete22

        They were doing that on bar stools and park benches 50 years ago. Internet has nothing to do with it.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Yeah, but it wasn’t broadcasted to the rest of the world from that barstool and/or park bench. Just a lonely bartender and some pigeons. Not the same effect.

  • Pat M.

    I wouldn’t be counting on Tanaka for anything other than maybe being healthy for Opening day

    • MTU

      So you think they are just going to rest him Pat ?
      I kind of doubt that.

      • Pat M.

        I just don’t think he’ll be ready to pitch again in the Bigs this season.. I mean there’s 7 weeks left in the season and he’s still just tossing on flat ground and hasn’t thrown off of a mound….When guys arrive in spring camp they’re ready to throw off of a mound and that’s 7 weeks before opening day

        • MTU

          Interesting.
          I don’t see the point of rehabbing him then.
          Why not just shut him down ?
          I have to believe they expect him to be back.
          If they don’t then having him throw at all is counterproductive.
          The extra rest would do him good and you are risking re-injury.

          • Guy Smith

            Would you agree that Masa is too much of an investment to even Consider coming back early, These shoulder tears are tricky business.

            • forensic

              Shoulder tear???

            • RhapsodyInBlue

              He doesn’t have a shoulder tear. Where did you read that on Yahoo sports?

            • MTU

              No on 2 counts.
              1st, it isn’t a shoulder it’s an elbow.
              2nd, I do think he’ll be back or what they are doing is foolish.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              Especially when it’s your right knee.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            The expectation comes with some “if’”s. If everything continues to profess as they hope, while Cashman certainly played coy with it, it’s clear they have a timetable for how this is going to go, and that the ideal endgame has him on a mound this season.

        • Pete22

          Difference is pitchers had 4 months off before ST and Tanaka only had 3 weeks. Wont need as long to stretch out. You may be right in the end if Tanaka has a set back, however, barring any setbacks I believe the Yankees are hoping he is ready for the post season with 1-2 tuneup starts in the regular season.

  • Guy Smith

    The Yahoo Sports baseball site says Pineda has suffered another “setback” in his recovery.

    • RhapsodyInBlue

      I looked for it and don’t see it do you have a link to that story? Please.

      • ScottinSJ

        I didn’t see it either. Just looked also.

    • forensic

      Their last update, at least on their fantasy site, is:

      Sat, Aug 9

      Michael Pineda (back)
      looked good in Friday’s minor league rehab start for Triple-A
      Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, allowing one run on six hits over 4 1/3 innings
      of work while striking out seven.

      Advice:
      Pineda threw 72 pitches in the game and afterwards declared himself
      ready to return to the Yankees. It’s expected that he will rejoin the
      rotation on Wednesday in Baltimore, though he may be on a limited pitch
      count for that first start back. He’s worth the add if available in
      mixed leagues.

      Apologies if that formats terribly, disqus doesn’t have the preview like wordpress did.

    • RhapsodyInBlue

      Your claim appears to be a hoax.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Screen name we’ve never heard before breaks news. Yeah.

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        False breaking news?!? Uh oh. A ticket to Bansville is forthcoming.

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

    Does the #toomanyhomers axiom apply to the Orioles too?

    I mean, it would only be fair, right? To apply a fairly faulty narrative where applicable, even if it’s not the Yankees.

  • Billy Bats Eppler

    Kluber was really really filthy early on, but I thought he threw a number of very hittable pitches from the 3rd inning on. They just couldn’t find a way to hit his mistakes and he got nasty when he really needed to. It happens. Go win the series tomorrow and keep on winning series.

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    Sucks but these losses happen. Just gotta clear your head and try to win the series tomorrow.

    • MTU

      Don’t get your handle.
      The only deathstroke Heathcott has is what he does to his own body.

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        The answer is easy to find if you know where to look.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        Deathstroke is a DC Comics character whose name is Slade Wilson. Deathstroke Heathcott equals Slade Heathcott.

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

    God forbid the Cardinals ever had to move to the AL East. They’ve been useless against AL East competition for several years now. And there are at least three highly-probable Yankees over Cardinals World Series years in the last decade that the Yankees threw away.

    It’s not even that I’m mad about John Lackey looking horrible or anything. It just seems incredible to me to see how bad St. Louis is when facing the stiffer competition of AL East baseball. You’re not in the NL right now, you guys.

  • Guy Smith

    Does anyone know what happened to the NY Newsday Yankees chats from last year, were the simply discontinued?? Good thing I was led to this great site, there was a female moderator, I believe here name was Kathy Strang. Was just wondering, thanks. PS I see no articles on Yahoo site about pitcher Pineda.

    • RhapsodyInBlue

      If you don’t see it then why did you post it?

  • Pete22

    One of the problems following baseball is its harder to take into account the quality of the opposition as it is in other sports. Its such a long season a teams overall record does not really reflect how they are playing, and a teams SP’er changes every day over a 5 game schedule so its a vast difference facing a Kluber vs facing a Bauer.

    As someone once said, its not who you are playing but when you are playing them and where. They left out and how the rotations align. In that regard, the Yankees have probably had the easiest 2nd half thus far in the AL. They have a good record to their credit, but how predictive it is in anyones guess.

    Back in April when the teams started 15-10 I consistently warned that you are not always as god as you look when winning or as bad as you look when losing since they played some struggling teams who were not as good as last years record would indicate. For the next 1/2 season they played 500 ball. Sure, injuries had something to do with that, at least on the pitching side, but it was mostly about regulars who were healthy that were underperforming since they had great support from their pitching depth and recently new acquisitions.

    I don’t have a crystal ball. I like their chances o grab a 2nd WC spot or the division, but they have to play good ball and beat the teams they need to beat regardless who is on the mound and not just wait for a lousy pitcher to put runs up on the board.

    What happens in the playoffs can be a roll of the dice, but you need elite pitching and some HR power against good pitchers. If Tanaka comes back and guys hit as well as the back of their baseball cards say they can, anything can happen

  • argenys

    Sucks that we lost yet another winnable game, just like every loss since the asb. But if there was a game in this series we were likely to lose it would be this one due to their SP. Also sucks that the Orioles are pretty much the hottest team in baseball right now. We’ll have to cool them off with a series win against them next week. Hopefully we pull out a sweep out of nowhere, but its doubtful with Capuano taking a turn in their ballpark against their offense. If we do sweep all these stupid little losses would be easier to swallow. I’ll be ok with a series win but the sweep is what we really need.

  • Savannah Blowerdnuts

    Why this team hasn’t picked up a true power bat for that limp wrist hitting Sally line-up is beyond me. Seriously Brett Gardner right now is our power hitter how ridiculously stupid is that. No we pick up Drew who couldn’t couldn’t get a hit if he were in a crackhouse. Fucking seriously bring up Refsnyder already.

    • Veteran presents

      Because Ref will supply that power.

      • Rachel Zamoria

        More than we’re getting from Drew buddy.

  • Veteran presents

    Hat tip to Ice Klube.