I was Sunday’s game away from being dead on in my prediction for this past week. But the Yankee bats went silent against Chris Archer and the Rays’ bullpen and pushed across just a single first-inning run. Sunday’s loss left them at 3-3 for the week. And while playing .500 ball at home is a disappointment, the Yankees still managed to gain some ground on both the Red Sox and Orioles as both of those teams stumbled this past week. I feel like I am living in a glass-half-full / glass-half-empty kind of world. The good news is that the Yankees are still hanging in the same zip code as the division leader. The bad news is that what has kept them at nearly a .500 team for the last month continues: paltry offense, uneven starting pitching and inconsistency in the bullpen for people other than David Robertson and Mariano Rivera.
It was slightly fitting that Ivan Nova got the start yesterday on Old Timer’s Day. Like a lot of the Yankee old timers, he’s become a rare sight on the field and in the dugout at Yankee Stadium. We’d seen Nova only twice in the last 2 months before yesterday, both times as a relief pitcher, and hadn’t seen Nova start a game since April 26th. While it might look like Nova turned in a sound outing yesterday – 2 of the 3 ER charged to him scored on a single off Boone Logan – the overall performance and means used to get there was actually not that different from what we’ve become accustomed to getting from Nova. The all too familiar results bring up more questions about what the future holds for Nova in a Yankee uniform.
For every good thing Ivan did out on the mound yesterday, there was something negative to take away from it. He struck out 7 batters in 6.2 innings, 4.2 technically since he didn’t K anybody in his first or last innings of work, but he also walked 3 and hit 2. …
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Norfolk 4-3:
The RailRiders got the scoring started int he second, as newly acquired Brent Lillibridge drove a double to left. Cody Grice tripled him in and scored on a single by Addison Maruszak for the 2-0 lead. It was short-lived, however, as the Tides knotted up the game with a two-run homer by Jason Pridie. Norfolk took the lead in the top of the sixth. Russ Canzler and Zelous Wheeler hit back-to-back singles and Canzler scored on a single by Brandon Wood. Scranton rallied in the seventh, as Walter Ibarra drew a walk and Corey Patterson flew a double to center. A single by JR Murphy scored both runners and the RailRiders held on for the 4-3 victory.
Ibarra went 2-3 with a run scored and a walk. Murphy went 2-4 with a double and two RBIs. Lillibridge and Patterson both went 1-3, while Grice and Maruszak went 1-4. Brett Marshall threw six innings and gave up three runs on seven hits, a walk and an impressive eight strikeouts.…
The Yankees can’t score runs. The team got seven hits on the day, but Brett Gardner and Zoilo Almonte got three and two of those respectively, which meant that the rest of the team wasn’t in a position to knock them in. Gardner scored the sole Yankee run on the day, as Rays starter Chris Archer pitched six innings of one run ball.
Ivan Nova made his first appearance since returning from the minors. He wasn’t bad. He wasn’t good either, but he wasn’t bad. He gave the Yankees 6.2 innings, striking out seven while walking only three. He left with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning with the score tied at one a piece. Boone Logan came in to get out James Loney. Instead, Loney knocked a single into shallow center that scored Desmond Jennings and Ben Zobrist. That was your ball game.
The loss brings the Yankees overall record to 41-34. That keeps them close to a playoff position on the season, but if the season ended today the Yankees would be on the outside looking in.…
It’s old timer’s day! Full disclosure, I was literally writing a sentence about how I’ve never fully embraced the appeal of old timer’s day, and then they turned the cameras to Rickey Henderson. On my 8th birthday, when he was still a Yankee, Rickey gave me an autograph and I’ve been a fan...
The Yankees walked nine times today.
Nine times? I don’t remember him being sick nine times.
That’s probably because he wasn’t sick. He was skipping school. Wake up and smell the coffee, Mrs. Bueller. It’s a fool’s paradise. He is just leading you down the primrose path.
I can’t believe it.
…I’m sorry, every time anyone says the phrase, “Nine times,” my mind goes directly to Ferris Bueller.
So where was I? Oh right, the Yankees walked nine times this afternoon against Rays pitching. In fact, they had more walks than hits. Robinson Cano accounted for four of those walks. Zoilo Almonte and David Adams both walked two times and Lyle Overbay walked once. It was Cano’s first four walk game and the first by a Yankee since Alex Rodriguez did it on May 15, 2009.
Cano wasn’t only walking, he was also stealing bases and has now stolen a base in consecutive games for the first time in his career.…
Our very own Jason is at the ballpark today so hopefully the Yankees will put in a good performance for him.
One thing in his favor is that CC Sabathia is better against the Rays at home than he is when he faces them in the Slop, I mean, the Trop. In 274 at bats against Sabathia in the Bronx, the Rays have 67 hits – 10 doubles, no triples, 10 home runs, 29 RBI. Sabathia has walked 21 batters – two intentionally – has 74 strikeouts and the Rays are batting .245/.302/.391 in Yankee Stadium.
Today, the Yankees are facing rookie Alex Colome who is only making his second career start. He beat the Miami Marlins on May 30 by holding them scoreless for 5.2 innings – not that holding the Marlins scoreless for any amount of time is hard these days. Then again, the Yankees aren’t exactly worldbeaters right now but I think they may have a better chance of scoring a run or two against– you know what?…
Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Zoilo Almonte LF
Jayson Nix SS
David Adams 3B
Chris Stewart C
CC Sabathia P