When someone — a blogger, a mainstream pundit, a random schmuck in a forum — suggests immediate moves for a team following a harsh string of losses, it seems like a knee jerk reaction. This is especially true in New York, where panic sets in at the first sign of trouble. Those among the outraged may embrace these change-driven thoughts. Those who consider themselves “level-headed” and “reasonable” might write off these ideas as unreasonable reactions from emotionally-driven people.
To the latter group, I say: what about this Yankees season has gone well? Very little (I answer my own rhetorical). So what makes you think that just standing still will magically make things better?
Ben touched on these problems earlier. I’m going to expand upon them. With the day off today, I have to think that Cashman is going to do something. Then again, I thought he’d do something weeks ago.
Problem: The outfield
Coming into the year, we thought we had a solid tandem. While not the most powerful outfield in the world, we expected plenty of production from Matsui, Damon, and Abreu. There was little reason, other than their age, not to.
From The Post:
The White Sox have had a scout looking at Yankeesâ€™ Double-A pitchers Ian Kennedy and Joba Chamberlain. Chicago general manager Kenny Williams has vowed to make changes, and if he wants to deal Mark Buehrle or Jermaine Dye, expect the Yankees to be interested. Williams talks regularly with Brian Cashman. Dye has been out since Friday with a quad injury.Brian Cashman should give full authority to his secretary to tell Williams “Get bent” if he calls with a Buehrle-for-IPK/Joba proposal. Don’t get me wrong, Buerhle’s a very nice, very consistent pitcher (save the second half of last year), but young controllable starters do not get dealt for pitchers with impending free agency. Can’t blame Kenny for tryin’ though. And for those of you that stillÂ worry that Cash may jump at such a deal, do not fret: players can not be traded until the 1 year anniversary of when they signed, which is something in mid-to-late August for Kennedy and mid-September for Joba. All that “they can be PTBNL” garbage is just that;Â garbage. AÂ guy can’t be the PTBN for a deal that is retroactive to their 1-yr anniversary. Williams will get a better offer for Buehrle before those dates. Rest easy. · (3) ·
The Yanks left the Bronx on a tear, and there was every reason to believe the tear would continue. The Rockies and Giants, after all, were hardly quality teams. The Rockies’ run differential makes them out to be a below-.500 team, and the Giants had been riding an eight-game losing streak.
Well, so much for that.
The Yanks, after their pathetic 7-2 loss today at the hands of Noah Lowry and the Giants, are no better off than they were a few weeks ago. They are 36-37, 11.5 games behind Boston. That 7.5 game difference? Long gone. They also find themselves in sixth place in the Wild Card race, 6.5 games behind the Indians.
And once again, we find ourselves pointing fingers at the usual culprits. Mike Mussina seemed completely uninterested in pitching today, allowing five stolen bases to go with the eight baserunners he surrendered in five innings. It’s a wonder he gave up only three runs (two earned). He also managed to throw 102 pitches in five innings.
Kyle Farnsworth was terrible out of the bullpen. He retired just one batter while giving up three runs (two earned). It’s really time for the Yanks to explore trade options there. Some team somewhere needs the bullpen help. He sure isn’t getting the job done in New York this year.
Meanwhile, offensively, Alex Rodriguez can take the team only so far. Hideki Matsui is 5 for his last 28 (.179), Bobby Abreu is 8 for his last 45 (.177), and Miguel Cairo is 4 for his last 18 (.222). Cairo simply isn’t an adequate solution at first base, and Joe Torre seems adverse to playing Andy Phillips for more than five innings at a time.
So, as much as I hate to be all dire about it, the next two weeks of baseball are vital for the Bombers if they want to salvage this season. They play three against the hapless Orioles before taking on three playoff contenders in back-to-back-to-back series. Heading into the break, the Yanks draw 10 games at home against the A’s, Twins and Angels. They better snap out of this funk; they better make their move. It’s getting late early.
Just to keep you updated on an old friend: CJ Henry is hitting .182-.243-.379 with 80 K in 57 games for Low-A Lakewood. Â
Triple-A Scranton (8-0 win over Syracuse)
Justin Christian: 1 for 4, 1 R
Kevin Reese: 2 for 2, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Shelley Duncan: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – in other news, Andy Phillips struck out agai…no wait, he actually got a hit today…
Bronson Sardinha: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 K
Eric Duncan: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – second straight day with a double
Juan Francia: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
Chase Wright:Â 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 8-12 GB/FB – 5th time in 15 starts this yearÂ he’s had more walks than strikeouts…in case you’re baseball illiterate, that’s WAY too many…
Edwar: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K – in other news, Kyle Farnsworth allowed 3 runs in 0.1 innings today…
The All-Star Game is just a little over 2 weeks away, so I figured it was finally time to cast my ballot for the starters. I try toÂ make a conscience effort to vote for guys who actually belong in the game, and not just vote for everyone on the Yankees. However, sometimes my personal biases do come into play.
You can cast your vote by clicking here. Friends don’t let friends vote for their team’s players over and over again. Vote responsibly.
Sixteen runners left on base.
Miguel Cairo’s 1 for 6 performance while leaving 7 runners on base by himself
Mariano Rivera, one of the game’s all-time greats, watching from the bullpen as the Yanks lesser relievers blew the game.
Bobby Abreu inexplicably bunting in the 11th inning.
All this adds up to yet another game this season the Yanks should have won but didn’t. Not good, folks. Not good.
Triple-A Scranton (6-4 loss to Syracuse)
Justin Christian: 2 for 4
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K – in other news, Andy Phillips struck out again
Eric Duncan: 1 fir 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Bronson Sardinha: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B – breaks 0 for 11
Alberto Gonzalez: 1 for 3, 1 RBI
Run-Elvis: 5.1 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Colter Bean: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K – lowers his ERA to 6.18
There were 2 once great Yankee prospects in the lineup for both Syracuse and Erie tonightÂ when they played Triple-A Scranton and Double-A Trenton, respectively. Well, 3 great and 1 pretty good one would be more accurate. I don’t really have a point to make, but it’s a nice little reminder that things don’tÂ always go as planned with prospects.
Go ahead and click on the box score links and see if you can figure out who the 4 guys are, it’s not not too hard at all.
Triple-A Scranton (7-4 win over Syracuse)
Justin Christian: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI – just up from Scranton
Shelley Duncan: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K – in other news,Â Andy Phillips struck out again…
Eric Duncan: 0 for 4
Bronson Sardinha: 0 for 3
Alberto Gonzalez: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B – 3 for his last 8…call him up!
Tyler Clippard: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 2-10 GB/FB – still looks like he’s afraid to throw strikes…
Chris Britton: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K – first time since May that he didn’t allow an ER in an outing
Jim Brower: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – this dude’s just on a roll, no baserunners allowed in 6 of his last 10 outings
Bradley would have a great fit for this team and a spark plug for an otherwise sleepy offense. Sigh… In other news, Johnny Damon will sit on the bench until Tuesday, at which point the Yanks will decide if they will DL him. This creates yet another inefficiency in the 25-man roster. Johnny should go back to the Jesus look, his body’s old enough for the part. Update: Bradley failed his physical, so the Quarter Pounders voided the deal (that’s a Pulp Fiction reference FYI). If no one pulls off a deal for him in the next 8 days, he’ll be a free agent. I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not like there’s anyone better available in a trade… · (8) ·