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) ·
Yes, I know this is a Yankees blog, but we’re not just Yankee fans here at RAB, we’re baseball fans (well, at least I am), and you’d be hard pressed to find a better brand of the game than in Omaha. The players aren’t a bunchÂ ofÂ egomaniac millionaires who think all of humanity owes them something; they’re a group of guys trying to achieve a commonÂ goal while inÂ a key phase of life. There’s no pay check to play for, in factÂ many ofÂ the playersÂ are paying out of their pocket to play (NCAA limits the number of scholarships available for baseball to 11.7 per year, compared to 15 for women’s basketball and 85 for football).
Quick note -Â if you’ve ever wondered why so many high school kids drafted in the lower rounds of the draft sign pro contracts instead of going to school, remember the scholarship bit – some families just don’t have the means to send their kid to school if he doesn’t get a scholarship.
This should explain precisely why the Yankees sucked it up over the past three days. Small sample, yes. But we’re not getting predictive here. We’re just saying “man, you guys sucked.”
Looks okay, right? Those guys combined had 45 plate appearances. And, for the most part, they were together in the order (Melky-Jeter-Abreu-Alex-Jorge). So you’d think they’d actually string together some runs. Uh, apparently not. Reason No. 1: