Melky Cabrera strained his shoulder running into the wall in the first inning last night, and has an MRI scheduled for later today. He said that it does not feel too bad and that it should only keep him out a few days. We shall see.
Joba Chamberlain looked awful last night, going just 4 innings and allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks. He struggled with his velocity and location all night, and was once again weak in the first inning. Coming off a 9 day layoff and a knee injury, he has an excuse, but be sure to tune into WFAN today to hear 6 hours of Joba to the bullpen talk.
Joe Girardi went to Alfredo Aceves in the 5th inning with Joba only at 84 pitches. It was the right move to try and win a close game, and it paid off at first when the Yankees tied the game in the top of the 6th. However, the fact that CM Wang was not used in that spot shows how little faith Joe Girardi has in him at this point. He should have been sent to the minor leagues.
Aceves faltered in the 6th, allowing a run with two outs, and then Girardi sent him out for the 7th for no discernible reason. If he is going to be used as a reliever for big spots, he should not be starting a third inning. He did not record an out, and left with runners on 2nd and 3rd. Phil Coke came in, allowed both runners to score on sacrifices, and gave up a home run in the 8th. In regard to Aceves, I really cannot figure out the role that the Yankees have carved for him. Coke allowed his home run to Chris Davis. Coke has pitched pretty well and has a WHIP under 1.2, but has allowed too many home runs to lefties.
With the bats, the Yankees left a small army on base. Nick Swisher left them loaded in the 7th inning with the score 4-3 by grounding into a DP. If Melky had not gotten hurt yesterday, Swish would likely find himself on the bench for a few days to clear his head. His OBP is still .365,but he is not hitting at all lately. The return of Xavier Nady will be a huge addition, giving Girardi more options when Swisher or Matsui are slumping. As it is, we should expect to see more of Brett Gardner for the time being. Gardner went 3-5 with three stolen bases last night.
Speaking of Matsui, he looked a lot better than he has in weeks last night, going 2-3 with an RBI double and a HBP last night. If he could heat up, it would cover for the absence of Melky at the bottom of the order.
Dave Robertson pitched a perfect 8th and was throwing strikes. He looked very sharp, and hopefully he gets a chance to show his skills in spots that are a bit more important.