Today was getaway day, the first one the Yankees have had in quite some time. They played like it, which is not a good thing when you consider how crappy they've been for the better part of this week. Chris Capuano returned to the rotation today, and his return was not a good one. It didn't help that the offense no-showed for at least the 3rd or 4th time since Big Mike's 16-K game and once again the Yanks went down quietly heading into a much-needed rest day.
Capuano threw 76 pitches in his last rehab outing and he said he felt good enough to throw 100 coming into today, but talk is cheap when you're talking about facing a contact-heavy team like the Royals and it didn't take them long to figure him out. He needed 18 pitches to get through the 1st inning, surrendered a solo home run to Salvador Perez in the 2nd, and then seemed to settle down in a 1-2-3 3rd. The lineup had cycled around at that point, and in the 4th inning it all came apart for Capuano very quickly. A pair of walks set the table, and a pair of singles brought home a pair of runs to make it 3-0 KC and end Capuano's day at 63 pitches.
Esmil Rogers did his part to throw fuel on the fire in his 2.2 innings of relief work, aided by his own error and another by Gold Glove-caliber third baseman Chase Headley. That made it 6-0 Royals and that was plenty for Edinson Volquez. He twirled 7 shutout innings against the painfully inept Yankee lineup. They didn't put a runner on base against him until the 4th inning and squandered that opportunity. That was the only real one they'd get against Volquez, and they managed to waste a based loaded, 1-out scenario against Wade Davis in the 8th. These guys straight up stink right now. No other way to say it.
- 3 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K is never what you're looking for some your starter. It's even less so when you're talking about an old guy who's coming off the DL. As bad as Adam Warren's rotation spot looked 7-10 days ago is as good as it looks right now.
- Headley made his 8th error today, which is incredibly problematic, but he was the only player in the lineup to have multiple hits.
- Mark Teixeira went 0-2 and left the game early with a bruised toe. X-rays were negative and it sounds like he's going to be OK to play on Tuesday.
- Stephen Drew went 0-4 with a K, dropping his average to .177 on the year. He has to go. He at least has to be relegated to bench duty at this point because he sucks something fierce. With Rob Refsnyder on fire in Triple-A, it can't be long now.
- Esmil Rogers has allowed multiple hits and at least 1 run in each of his last 5 appearances. He's also walked 2 batters in each of his last 2, so the pumpkin-turning process is almost complete there.
- Scheduled off-day tomorrow and it is so badly needed. It really looked like these guys hit the wall at the start of this week. A day to rest and put this crummy stretch behind them could be what they need to get the ship righted.