The Yankees Lose Another One-Run Game, 5-4 To The Orioles

Before I start the actual recap of this craptacular* game, here are a few of stats you can chew on for a while:

  • The Yankees are 3-8 over their last 11 games.
  • All eight losses have been by two runs or less and six have been by one run.
  • The Yankees’ last nine losses have been by a combined 12 runs.

Fun, right? So, let’s get on with the post mortem, shall we?

To be honest, I don’t even know how to start this. Tonight was the third night in a row the Yankees have come up short in an attempt to comeback and win a game. And sometimes I think losses like this are much more frustrating than blow outs because at least your team is out of it and doesn’t tease you with a lead off double in the ninth inning which could be the potential tying run but that doesn’t score.

I’m sorry, where was I?

The Yankees scored first in the second inning on an RBI single by Eric Chavez.… Click here to read the rest

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Tampa beat Charlotte 6-2:
The Yankees drew first blood in the third.  Ramon Flores started the inning with a walk and Slade Heathcott was hit by a pitch.  Tyler Austin grounded the ball to short and Heathcott was out at second.  Austin stole second and a single by Kyle Roller plated Flores and Austin for a 2-0 lead.  Charlotte got one run back in the bottom of the inning and tied the game with another run in the fourth.  Tampa rallied again in the seventh.  Jose Mojica singled to right and moved to second on a sac bunt by Jose Toussen.  Adonis Garcia doubled him in and Heathcott drove a RBI triple to right.  Gary Sanchez singled in the eighth and Hector Rabago knocked a two-run homer for a 6-2 victory.

Mojica and Austin were the only Tampa batters to come away hitless, as the rest of the lineup each had one hit.  Mojica and Austin did both score runs.   Kyle Roller went 1-4 with two RBIs, while Rabago went 1-4 with a homer and two RBIs.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 102: Countdown to Joba

There’s some fantastic stuff on Joba Chamberlain’s rehabilitation tour over at Mike Ashmore’s Thunder Thoughts, including some video and scouting reports. Chamberlain must be activated from the 60-day DL by August 6, but he may well be ready for the show right now. At this juncture, Chamberlain has game tested his entire repertoire, and he has flirted with triple digits on a few occasions. His return should be an excellent shot in the arm for the bullpen.

Or maybe … just maybe … the shot we need to jump start the ‘Joba to the Rotation’ bandwagon for the umpteenth time.

Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees
Nick Markakis, RF Derek Jeter, SS
J.J. Hardy, SS Curtis Granderson, CF
Chris Davis, DH Mark Teixeira, 1B
Adam Jones, CF Robinson Cano, 2B
Matt Wieters, C Nick Swisher, DH
Lew Ford, LF Raul Ibanez, LF
Wilson Betemit, 3B Eric Chavez, 3B
Mark Reynolds, 1B Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Omar Quintanilla, 2B Chris Stewart, C
Miguel Gonzalez, SP Freddy Garcia, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., on the YES Network.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees an Exception to MLB’s Bizarro Trade Deadline

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23).

The Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies are sellers? The Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics, and Baltimore Orioles have all been aggressively trying to upgrade their rosters for a playoff push? When the second wild card was implemented, most observers predicted it would be anything but business as usual around the July 31 deadline, but who knew baseball’s trade market would wind up being so topsy turvy?

With so many exceptions to past trade deadline rules currently in play, the Yankees have provided some stability to the proceedings. Just like in most of its 112 seasons, the franchise once again will not be on the selling end of a deadline trade (the first trade deadline in the American League was established in 1921). Considering the great amount of success the team has enjoyed over the years, the Yankees’ unfamiliarity with being a seller isn’t a surprise.… Click here to read the rest

Pull happy approach was never Tex’s problem

I wrote more of less the same thing in the offseason, and I think the past month or two has pretty well driven home the point. The obsession with Tex’s pull hitting began in the form of pure narrative: defense’s were shifting him from the left side, and his batting average and BABIP went down. Ipso facto, he needed to work on shortening up his swing and hitting away from the shift. It made sense in theory, but the problem was that it wasn’t very well supported by the actual data from the 2011 season. Teixeira’s groundball rate, the plays that would be the most affected by the infield shift, was actually pretty low, and was even lower when he hit from the left side of the plate. The real problem for Tex was that his flyball rate went way up, and particularly that he started hitting a bunch of pop ups, while fewer of those flyballs ended up being home runs than is normal for him.… Click here to read the rest

Some thoughts from the Red Sox series

– As faithful reader, Jay Robertston, stated in a recent comment, the Yankees have reached a tipping point with their outfield defense. Granderson’s gaffe was awful on Saturday night and makes this writer look totally stupid for defending his defense the other day. And Andruw Jones could not have had a worse game in the outfield yesterday. Watching Jones play outfield is sort of like watching Joe Namath after he left the Jets. It is obvious that this once gifted outfielder could not run down a racing president at a Nationals game. Hopefully Swisher will return tonight and Ichiro Suzuki will end the misery in left.

Derek Jeter looked almost rangy in two plays yesterday up the middle. One he converted into an out and the second was victimized by too speedy a runner. It was still nice to see.

– It was a few weeks back when the Yankees had several runners thrown out at the plate, or is the memory mistaken?… Click here to read the rest