The Yankees have let the Red Sox come into their building and just about push them out of the playoff picture this weekend. New York’s skeleton crew pitching staff stood no chance against a Boston lineup that was still ridiculously deep and dangerous even though like, three regulars were resting. The Sawx have a better offense, a better rotation, a better bullpen, a better bench, better young players, better veterans, better pretty much everything. Except facial hair. They are a truly ugly team. Anyway, let’s recap the 13-9 shellacking:
- Huffed Out: So it turns out three long relief appearances against a last place teams wasn’t a sign David Huff had turned a corner. The Red Sox pounded the left-hander for nine runs on eight hits (only two singles) in just 3.2 innings on Saturday, which is only slightly worse than what he had been doing for the Indians in recent years. Amazing they a) managed to replace Phil Hughes with an even worse pitcher, and b) actually started Huff in a very important September game against a division rival.
- Generic White Guys: Overall, three Yankees pitchers threw 174 total pitches, allowed 13 runs on 14 hits, and got only ten and swings and misses. The just called up Jim Miller was terrible, allowing three runs in 1.1 innings. Brett Marshall spared the rest of the injured riddled staff by allowing one run — the obligatory Mike Napoli homer, of course — in 4.1 innings. He’s been the pitching bright spot in this series, sadly.
- Nine Runs Wasn’t Enough: For the first time in AL history (!), a team scored at least eight runs in three straight games and lost all three. That team was the Yankees. They scored nine runs on Saturday, including four in the sixth against a tired John Lackey. Lyle Overbay (one-run single), Robinson Cano (one-run single), Ichiro Suzuki (one-run double), Brett Gardner (two-run double), Derek Jeter (one-run single), Alfonso Soriano (one-run single), and Mark Reynolds (two-run double) did the damage. New York was down nine runs before the offense did anything meaningful. Too little, too late.
- Leftovers: The Yankees have allowed at least nine runs in three straight games for the first time since June 2002, when all three of those games were played in Coors Field … Gardner was the best offensive performer of the day, going 2-for-3 with a walk … the Yankees actually went 7-for-18 (.389) with runners in scoring position and scored five of their nine runs with two outs … Curtis Granderson laid down a bunt in an effort to beat the shift with a man on and nobody out in the second inning. That’s silly. Swing the damn bat that early in the game.
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the other stats, and ESPN the standings. The Yankees are now two back of the Orioles in the loss column and could be two back of the Indians as well if they beat the Mets. Depending on the late game, New York will either be three back (Rays lose) or four back (Rays win) of the second wildcard spot with 20 games to play. Cool Standings has their playoff odds at 7.4%. Running out of time (and pitchers). Hiroki Kuroda and Jon Lester is Sunday afternoon’s pitching matchup. Check out RAB Tickets if you want to catch the game live.
I don’t know why, but I woke up this morning really missing Jorge Posada. He’s probably my second favorite Yankee all-time behind Mariano Rivera and sometimes you just miss those guys. I think I may have posted that video before, maybe even recently, but I don’t really care. Posada was awesome and I’m sad he’s gone.
Here’s your open thread for the night. MLB Network will air a game (who you see depends on where you live) and I’m sure there’s college football on somewhere. Talk about whatever you like here. Go nuts.
5:47pm: The CT scan came back clean, but the results will be sent to Dr. Anderson in North Carolina for further review. He performed Jeter’s surgery in October.
5:04pm: Jeter is being sent for a precautionary CT scan, Brian Cashman confirmed. “He’s been through a lot this year … We’re just going to take a look under the hood,” said the GM.
4:43pm: Joe Girardi said he removed Jeter from the game because he “didn’t like the way he was running … there’s some concern on my part.” It’s unclear if Jeter will go for an MRI or be available tomorrow.
4:29pm: Via Ken Rosenthal: Derek Jeter left this afternoon’s game due to an issue with or near his surgically repaired left ankle. Replays showed the Cap’n stumble a bit fielding a ball in the hole in the sixth. He stayed in the game to finish the inning defensively and bat in the following inning before being lifted for a pinch-runner. No word on the nature or seriousness of the injury, so stay tuned. · (24) ·
Boone Logan and his barking biceps — he described it as tightness in the back of his elbow — went for an MRI this morning but the results were not yet available when Joe Girardi spoke to the media before this afternoon’s game. As we wait for the update, here are some other injury info courtesy of Chad Jennings, Joel Sherman, and Andy McCullough:
- Shawn Kelley (triceps) threw in the bullpen with no pain this morning. “Felt real good. Felt better than it has in a few months, actually,” he said. He could be available tomorrow.
- David Robertson (shoulder) feels better, but he’s still going to rest for another 3-4 days before playing catch. He’ll then throw a bullpen session before rejoining the bullpen.
- Kevin Youkilis (back) is hitting off a tee and soft toss. He’s heading to Tampa on Monday to play in simulated games and is shooting to rejoin the team in the final week of the season.
These last two games could not have gone any worse for the Yankees. They continue to get pushed around in their own building by the Red Sox — Boston has won 19 of their last 30 games at Yankee Stadium — and their three most reliable setup relievers have all suffered some kind of arm injury. Outside of Cesar Cabral and maybe Matt Daley, the rest of the September call-up filled bullpen has been completely ineffective these last few days.
Even though the Rays have been losing, New York’s playoff hopes are fading fast because there simply isn’t much schedule left. They’re three back of Tampa for the second wildcard spot in the loss column with three head-to-head meetings left, but there are only 20 games left in the season after today. The Yankees also have to jump over the Orioles and Indians (again), the Orioles they meet for four games next week and the Indians who have the easiest schedule in baseball down the stretch. These last two games didn’t eliminate the Bombers from the postseason, but it sure feels like they did. Here’s the lineup that will face righty John Lackey:
- CF Brett Gardner
- SS Derek Jeter
- 2B Robinson Cano
- LF Alfonso Soriano
- DH Curtis Granderson
- 3B Eduardo Nunez
- 1B Lyle Overbay
- RF Ichiro Suzuki
- C Austin Romine
And on the mound is … left-hander David Huff. Sigh. I know he’s had three pretty good long relief outings recently and could certainly do something similar today, but I have very little confidence in him against this Red Sox lineup.
It’s cloudy and cool in New York with no chance of rain. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on FOX. Try to enjoy.
12:57pm: To make room on the 40-man roster, Vidal Nuno was called up from Triple-A Scranton and placed on the 60-day DL. He’s been out since early-June with a groin injury and only recently started a throwing program.
11:11am: Miller has indeed been called up. No word on the corresponding 40-man move, but everyone who is supposed to be on the lineup card is there. Unless I’m missing someone obvious, an injured minor leaguer was called up and placed on the 60-day DL.
1:15am: Via Chris Cotillo: The Yankees will call up right-hander Jim Miller to help their injury-riddled bullpen prior to Sunday’s game. Matt Daley was called up Friday since David Robertson (shoulder), Shawn Kelley (triceps), and Boone Logan (biceps) are all sidelined with arm problems.
Miller, 31, pitched to a 3.55 ERA (3.22 FIP) with a 13.07 K/9 (33.6 K%) in 63.1 relief innings with Triple-A Scranton this summer. He has 63.1 career innings in the big leagues (2.42 ERA and 4.42 FIP), mostly with the Athletics last year and some with the Rockies in 2011. The Yankees will need to clear a 40-man roster spot to accommodate Miller. Guys like Manny Banuelos, Jose Ramirez, and Vidal Nuno are candidates to be called up and placed on the 60-day DL, or they could just release the utterly useless Joba Chamberlain. · (41) ·
Pretty much all you need to know about the current state of the Yankees is that in an extremely important game against the Red Sox, some guy named Matt Daley was their most effective reliever. The team’s failure to develop pitching was on full display as Boston pounded out nine (!) unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth innings, eight against the forgettable homegrown trio of Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, and Preston Claiborne. Sure, the grand slam Boone Logan allowed to Mike Napoli to tie the game was the big blow, but the fact that he was unquestionably the best option in that spot tells you what kind of shape the bullpen is in.
The Yankees dropped the second game of this four-game series 12-8 despite leading 8-3 with nine outs to go. The pitching as a whole is completely shot, apparently worn down from carrying the team through the first four months of the season as they waited and waited (and waited) for offensive help. Andy Pettitte allowed three runs on five hits and three walks in six innings and it felt like a damn masterpiece, that’s how ineffective the rotation as a whole has been for the last month or so. Scoring eight runs on back-to-back nights and losing both games? Hah.
The offense was all over starter Felix Doubront, hanging six runs on him in just 3.2 innings. They only had three hits in those 3.2 innings, but the six walks Doubront issued did the trick. Just two of the final 14 men the Yankees sent to the plate reached base, and their final hit was Mark Reynolds‘ run-scoring single to end the fifth — Eduardo Nunez got caught in a run down between second and third for the final out on the play. As improved as the offense has been since getting Alfonso Soriano, Alex Rodriguez, and Curtis Granderson back, it still doesn’t match up with a Red Sox lineup that has zero easy outs. They simply don’t compare.
Anyway, MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. With the loss, the Yankees are now one game back of the both the Orioles and Indians in the loss column and will be either three games (Rays lose) or four games (Rays win) back of the second wildcard spot depending on the outcome of the late game. David Huff (lol) will look to stop the bleeding against John Lackey on Saturday afternoon. Check out RAB Tickets if you want to catch the carnage live.
11:18pm: Logan complained of soreness in his biceps and will head for an MRI tomorrow. He first felt it a few pitches before leaving the game.
9:54pm: Boone Logan was taken out of tonight’s game with an unknown injury after a hard-hit single back up the middle. Replays showed the ball didn’t hit him on the way by, but he might have hurt something trying to get out of the way. Very weird. Stay tuned for updates. · (11) ·
David Robertson will be out 5-6 days shoulder tendinitis, Joe Girardi announced. He’s already gone for tests and thankfully it’s nothing structural. Considering the current state of the bullpen, losing Robertson for any length of time is devastating. · (5) ·
Double-A Trenton (3-0 win over Binghamton) finish off the sweep of heavily-favored Binghamton in the best-of-five series … they will play either Harrisburg or Erie (Harrisburg leads that series 2-1) in the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series … that series doesn’t start until Tuesday, so the next three days will be sans DotF
- DH Ramon Flores: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – drove in the third run with a double play
- LF Zoilo Almonte: 3-4, 1 RBI — played another seven innings in his second rehab game … he also singled in their first run
- LF Ben Gamel: 0-0 — did not bat after coming off the bench
- 2B Jose Pirela: 0-4, 3 K — he was ejected in the seventh because apparently there was some kind of physical altercation between him and two players on the other team … the two players and the opposing manager were also ejected … not sure what that’s about
- 3B Casey Stevenson: 0-0 – did not bat after coming off the bench
- C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 K
- RF Tyler Austin: 1-4
- 1B Kyle Roller: 0-4, 1 K
- CF Mason Williams: 0-4, 1 K
- 3B-2B Reegie Corona: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B
- SS Ali Castillo: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B
- RHP Shane Greene: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 2 WP, 10/0 GB/FB — 61 of 103 pitches were strikes (59%) … in and out of trouble all night
- SwP Pat Venditte: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K – four pitches, three strikes
- RHP Branden Pinder: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 32 of 49 pitches were strikes (65%)
- RHP Manny Barreda: 0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K — nine pitches, one strike … well then
- RHP Danny Burawa: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 19 of 28 pitches were strikes (68%) … got the final out of the eighth on a strikeout with the bases loaded
The Triple-A Scranton, High-A Tampa, Low-A Charleston, Short Season Staten Island, and both Rookie GCL Yanks seasons are over. Trenton is the only affiliate still playing.