Looks like the Yankees are still recovering from the All-Star break. Bad pitching, bat hitting, bad defense, this one had it all…
- Despite getting 19 (!!!) swings and misses out of 95 pitches, Freddy Garcia was fooling nobody. Five of the seven hits he allowed went for extra bases, and when you add in four walks, it works out to six runs in five innings. One of those runs was unearned though, because Russell Martin threw the ball into left field when Aaron Hill tried to steal third. Hopefully Bartolo Colon and Garcia getting rocked on back-to-back nights will be a nice little pre-trade deadline reminder to the front office that the starting rotation kinda sucks.
- Nick Swisher and Eduardo Nunez were the offensive stars with two hits apiece, though Martin reached base twice as well (single and a walk). The top four hitters in the lineup combined to go 0-for-15 with a walk and six strikeouts. Curtis Granderson drew the walk. Mark Teixeira whiffed twice and popped up twice, and his season line is down to .240/.347/.508. That’s Yuniesky Betancourt’s batting average plus Daniel Murphy’s OBP. Think about that.
- For what it’s worth, Brandon Morrow was looking pretty filthy, especially after the second inning. A high-90’s fastball with a high-80’s slider and split isn’t fair. That said, the Yankees had two on and none out in the first and didn’t score. That’s happened far too often this year.
- Cory Wade allowed the first two runners he faced to reach base but then struck out the next three and chipped in a second scoreless inning as well. As for Sergio Mitre … well every day he’s on the active roster from here on out, I’ll consider it a personal insult to my fandom. That is all.
- The Yankees are now 15-15 in the AL East and 9-15 against non-Orioles AL East teams. That is awful. They’ve lost six of nine since the seven game winning streak.
- Here’s the box score, here’s the WPA Graph.
Don’t worry, CC Sabathia is pitching on Saturday, and that alone is enough to make me feel good about the game. Ricky Romero gets the ball in the matinee.