The addition of Alfonso Soriano, who batted cleanup and played LF for the Yanks last night, won’t mean anything if CC Sabathia isn’t straightened out, and fast.
Yes, all the injuries this season have been disappointing, and without Jeter, Teixeira, Granderson, Youkilis and/or A-Rod and without a catcher who could hit with power like Posada and Martin were capable of, it appears as if the Yanks are playing with 1/2 or 1/3 of a lineup most of the time.
But the most disappointing thing about the Yanks this year could be Sabathia. The $23MM man isn’t pitching like an ace. After last night’s debacle, his record is 9-9, 4.65. His ERA+ falls to 87.
To put that into perspective, consider this: his ERA is now higher than that of Phil Hughes (who is criticized heavily) (4.33) and of Andy Pettitte (4.39). It’s also higher than Ivan Nova’s (3.66). We know that Kuroda, at 2.51, is the real ace this season.
CC is 33, and maybe he needs to adjust. This isn’t the CC we expect. You expect CC to be 13-5 right now, now 9-9. The Yanks are seven out, and even with all the injuries, if CC were the CC he is supposed to be, that four game difference, 13-5 vs. 9-9, is huge. Three games out as opposed to seven games out.
You expect an ERA of about 3.40 from CC, not 4.65.
He gave up six runs in the second inning to basically take the Yanks out of the game right there and then. He went 5, 7 R, 9 H, 3 walks and 6 K.
Five of the six runs he gave up in the second were with two out. It could have been more except that Soriano threw a runner out at second for out #3.
Adam Warren came in and gave up a 3-run dinger. 3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 3 walks and 2 K. He’s been struggling a bit lately as his ERA climbs to 3.54.
The bats didn’t get things going until late, when Girardi rested some regulars and some scrubbinis chipped in to give the Yanks two in the eighth and three in the ninth to make the score respectable. Still, a 10-6 loss to the Rays.
If you haven’t noticed, the Rays are now in first. Yup, Joe Maddon (one of the best managers in baseball), is doing it again with his batch of mostly no-names.
Non-starters Melky Mesa entered the game and went 2 for 2 with an RBI. David Adams entered and went 2 for 2 with 2 RBI. Chris Stewart had a hit and an RBI.
Thomas Neal was sent down to make room for Soriano.
The Yanks still have NOT hit a HR since the All-Star break. Perhaps they get Jeter back today and the lineup, with Jeter and Soriano added on, starts to resemble a MLB lineup.
But without CC being CC….