Well, the Yanks didn’t/couldn’t do anything at the trade deadline. I was hoping for C and/or 3B help. Since they didn’t get it, I have serious doubts that they can make the playoffs. Nix and Stewart, COMBINED, are hitting about .225 with five HR and less than 40 RBI. That won’t get it done.
As for C/3B, it appears as if Cervelli and A-Rod could face suspensions any day now. Cervelli, even if not suspended appears done for the year anyway since his injuries aren’t healing well. He is to see Dr. James Andrews.
As for the game, it was a classic pitchers duel between two aces, Kuroda and Kershaw.
Kuroda went 7, 0 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 8 K. His ERA drops to 2.38.
I like Girardi, but for God’s sake, Joe, could you put on a squeeze play once in a while? In the second, the Yanks had first and third, one out against arguably the best pitcher in the N.L. Nix pops up. News for you, Joe, Nix stinks. His adjusted OPS+ is 64. .230-2-20. He’s more likely to hit into a DP than give you anything here. Take the run. Squeeze Wells home. Nope. Pop-up. Stewart (.225) grounds out. No runs.
Struggling offense. Great pitcher on the mound for the other team. Weak hitters up. Never, ever, squeezes. Why, Joe? Try it sometime.
Frankly, Torre didn’t either. I can’t remember the last time the Yanks ever squeezed home a run. Somewhere, Rizzuto is pissed off.
Kuroda got out of a jam in the seventh, then Logan pitched the 8th. The Yanks did get two on in the 8th, but Gardner flied out.
Logan, with two out and a man on second, intentionally walked the Dodgers sensational rookie, Yasiel Puig, to face Adrian Gonzalez and set up a force at any base. He got Gonzalez to fly out.
Logan (W, 3-2, 2.22) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K.
In the 9th, Jeter walked and was PR for by Nunez. Cano grounded into a force. Soriano grounded out, moving up the runner. Ichiro was intentionally walked to set up a force at any base. Lyle Overbay PH for Lillibridge and singled in a run. An error on a ball hit by Nix brought in two runs to put the Yanks up 3-0.
Then Mo. Save #34 on the year and #642 for his career. 1-2-3 with 2 K.
Mo, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. ERA to 1.60.
The Yanks are 3 behind Cleveland (yes, Cleveland) for the 2nd wild card spot.
The Yanks are off today and are getting Granderson back on Friday. It’ll be interesting to see how Girardi plays the OF what with Soriano, Gardner, Ichiro, Granderson and Wells. Expect Ichiro and Wells to platoon, and Soriano to DH.
Phil Hughes will go up against Ian Kennedy in S.D. Kennedy, the former Yankee, was just traded to S.D. by Arizona.
UPDATE: Jon Heyman
yankees made offer for michael young & inquiry on carlos ruiz. but the phillies declined the bids.