Yankee bats go silent for second night in a row, fall to Rays 5-1

Bartolo Colon had his worst start since May 23 against Toronto — and perhaps his worst start of the season — throwing 5 2/3 innings of five-run ball and allowing a season-high 14 baserunners, as the Yankees lost for the fourth time in their last five games, falling to the Rays 5-1. Colon — who’s obviously been superb this season — not only seemed to be missing his spots, but the Rays were also clearly ready for him, jumping all over his four-seamer, which got hammered to the tune of 1.3282 linear weights and only generated one swing-and-miss. Adding insult Continue reading Yankee bats go silent for second night in a row, fall to Rays 5-1

Bullpen blows gem by Burnett as Yanks fall to Royals in extras 4-3

This about sums last night’s game up. A.J. Burnett tossed seven innings of one-hit, one-run ball against the Royals on Wednesday night (the one hit being a solo home run by Eric Hosmer), and left the game with the Yankees up 2-1. Unfortunately neither Joba Chamberlain (due to having pitched thrice in four games) nor Rafael Soriano (shoulder inflammation) were available in this contest, leaving the Yankee bullpen a tad short. David Robertson couldn’t hold it down in the eighth, as one of his 8,000 walks finally came back to bite him in the form of a Wilson Betemit (argh) Continue reading Bullpen blows gem by Burnett as Yanks fall to Royals in extras 4-3

Yankees put eleven men on base but lose another CC start

Coming into this game, the Yankees were averaging 5.5 runs on 8.3 hits and 4 walks per game. Tuesday night the Yankees collected eight hits and three walks — more than enough offense to put some runs on the board — but managed only two runs, well below the efficiency they’ve shown this season. That’s because they played a terrible game. Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada were both picked off between first and second in the same inning. Andruw Jones was gunned down at the plate on a shallow sac-fly. The team hit into one double play, and left six men Continue reading Yankees put eleven men on base but lose another CC start

Negative storylines from the 2010 season

Last Wednesday we took a look at some of the positive storylines that emerged from the Yankees’ 2010 season. Unfortunately, with the good comes the bad, and while we’ll try to refrain from being too morose, any analysis of the Yankee season wouldn’t be complete without harping on some of the team’s shortcomings. Negative storylines from 2010 After a hot start, Phil Hughes struggled a bit in his first full season in the rotation. While the overall takeaway from Phil Franchise’s first full year in the starting rotation should ultimately be colored in optimism, as discussed in the aforelinked post, Continue reading Negative storylines from the 2010 season

Rangers throttle Yankees for third straight game; 10-3 win puts Bombers on brink of elimination

Game 4 of the 2010 American League Championship Series was basically a microcosm of everything that went wrong for the Yankees at one point or another this season: A.J. Burnett had a lousy start (though was actually one out away from a surprisingly fantastic start), the offense excruciatingly squandered a seemingly earth-shattering number of opportunities to score runs and the bullpen threw gasoline on a fire, as the Rangers beat the Yankees 10-3 to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. This was the fourth straight game in which the Rangers thoroughly outplayed the Yankees, and save for that miraculous eighth Continue reading Rangers throttle Yankees for third straight game; 10-3 win puts Bombers on brink of elimination

Hughes as bad as Lewis is good as Rangers thump Yankees 7-2; knot ALCS at one game apiece

The Yankees’ starting pitcher sunk the team in a seemingly insurmountable hole early for the second straight game, only this time the Bombers were unable to rally back, falling to the Rangers 7-2 to knot the ALCS at one game apiece. Phil Hughes just flat-out didn’t have it, getting blasted for seven runs on 10 hits and three walks in four-plus innings, the second straight start four-inning outing recorded by a Yankee starter. At one point the TBS crew mentioned that seven of the 10 hits Hughes gave up came with two strikes, which is just inexcusable. Hughes’ bugaboo all Continue reading Hughes as bad as Lewis is good as Rangers thump Yankees 7-2; knot ALCS at one game apiece

New York Stranded Baserunners return with a vengeance; thwart fantastic return outing by Pettitte in 4-3 extra-inning loss

Joe Girardi decided to rest both Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez for this one, and I can’t say I had a problem with the move. Having already won the series in Baltimore, getting some extra rest for Tex — who has remained in the lineup despite a big toe that has pretty much completely sapped his production (.211/.343/.246 in September) — and Alex seemed pretty defensible. It was also basically the equivalent of Girardi saying “While I’d like to win, I can deal with a loss here.” Unfortunately for Girardi and the Yankees, they actually held a lead for much Continue reading New York Stranded Baserunners return with a vengeance; thwart fantastic return outing by Pettitte in 4-3 extra-inning loss

A-God

Coming off a stretch of some of their ugliest baseball in more than a decade, the Yankees — not to mention the fanbase — were hoping that the team could restore some semblance of normalcy against the Baltimore Orioles and starter Kevin Millwood, who they’d disposed of rather handily earlier this season. Of course, Millwood was apparently having none of that, making Buck Showalter look like a genius — not to mention me eerily prophetic once again in my Series Preview (“I guess Buck is counting on the Yankees having one of their patented ‘we-should-really-be-beating-the-heck-out-of-[Insert Mediocre Starter]-but-instead-will-completely-forget-how-to-play-baseball’ games.”) — in Continue reading A-God

Dan Johnson beats Phil Hughes as Tampa leapfrogs the New York Stranded Baserunners and Compromised Lineup back into first

For the second time in his last two starts at Tropicana Field Phil Hughes was victimized by a two-out go-ahead home run while also surrendering all of his runs via the home run to the same batter. Last time around it was a Matt Joyce three-run bomb, this time a pair of go-ahead two-run home-runs by Dan Johnson that turned out to be the deciding factor in a 4-3 Rays win, the third straight 1-run game these teams have played. This outing was essentially a microcosm of Phil Hughes‘ season. Hughes’ final line was probably about what one would’ve hoped Continue reading Dan Johnson beats Phil Hughes as Tampa leapfrogs the New York Stranded Baserunners and Compromised Lineup back into first