Phil Hughes is now a Twin. The ex-Yank, who had an awful 2013 season, signed a 3 yr. deal. Click the link for more.
Phil Hughes is now a Twin. The ex-Yank, who had an awful 2013 season, signed a 3 yr. deal. Click the link for more.
Even before the Yanks lost 8-3, they were eliminated from the playoffs when Cleveland won.
With the 8-3 loss, the Yanks fall to 82-76. It’s a winning record, and the last I feel the Yanks will get for a while. There is some major rebuilding to be done and the foundation is gone.
It is just the second time since 1993 that the Yanks have been eliminated from the playoffs. A great run is over (they had the best record in the league in 1994 but because of the strike there were no playoffs. They missed the playoffs in 2008).
I’ll look at 2014, and who I hope is and won’t be back, in a post next week.
Phil Hughes (L, 4-14, 5.19) gave up back-to-back doubles and a run in the first. The Yanks got it back in the bottom half on doubles by Nunez and Cano.
Hughes gave up 2 in the third. A terrible outing by someone whose confidence is completely shot going into free agency.
2+, 3 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 2 K.
Huff came in. 3 2/3, 4 R, 5 H, 1 walks and 2 K. 6.06.
Nunez hit a HR in the bottom of the 3rd (3), but when Huff gave up back-to-back HRs, the first a 3-run jack in the sixth, well, forget about it. The Yanks got a run in the 8th on a bases-loaded walk.
Daley 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00.
Cabral 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.45.
Robertson 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.10.
Claiborne 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.25. He gave up a dinger in the 9th.
The way the Yanks are dying off right now, you do wonder if Mo will ever pitch again.
Down 3-0, the Yankees rallied for four in the top of the 8th and held on to beat Toronto 4-3 to snap a four-game losing streak.
The win keeps the Yanks 2 1/2 out of a wild card slot with 10 games to play.
Phil Hughes went 3 1/3, 2 R (on a HR, natch), 4 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 5.07.
David Huff gave up a HR to make it 3-0. 3 2/3 (W, 3-1, 5.59), 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K.
Brendan Ryan led off the 8th with a ground-rule double. Curtis Granderson singled him to third. After A-Rod struck out, Cano singled in a run. Soriano doubled in a run and then Vernon Wells doubled in two.
David Robertson 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.18.
Mo for the four-out save, getting out of trouble (2 on, no out) in the 9th. 1 1/3, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and a K. His 44th save of the year, #652 career. ERA 2.25.
Boxer Ken Norton, Sr. died yesterday at the age of 70. He held a share of the heavyweight title for a short time and is remembered for three fights against Muhammad Ali in the 1970s. Norton won the first one in 1973, breaking Ali’s jaw in the process. He lost in 1973 and also in 1976 (the last one at Yankee Stadium II). He was knocked out in a bout against George Foreman and lost his title in a classic battle against Larry Holmes in 1978.
For the second time in a week, the Yankees won on a 9th-inning wild pitch, this time beating Baltimore 6-5.
The game was delayed for about 90 minutes at the start because of rain.
Mark Reynolds hit a 2-run HR (19) in the second to give the Yanks a quick 2-0 lead.
The Yanks went up 4-0 in the third on a bases-loaded single by Vernon Wells.
Phil Hughes gave up a run in the bottom of the third, and when the first batter in the fourth reached on an error, manager Joe Girardi had a quick hook and brought in David Huff.
Hughes went 3+, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.07.
Granderson hit HR #6 in the top of the seventh to put the Yanks up 5-1, but Huff gave it right back in the bottom of the inning when Nick Markakis homered to make it 5-2.
Huff 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 6.04. (Cle/NYY).
Adam Warren 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.52.
Cesar Cabral 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00. Who knew that Cabral would be used to get big outs right now when he just recently made his MLB debut? Go figure.
David Robertson blew the lead in the 8th. First off, he was saved by Alfonso Sorano when Soriano took a HR away from Manny Machado. But that relief didn’t last long as Robertson, after striking out Davis for the second out, later gave up two singles and a game-tying 3-run HR to Danny Valencia. He then gave up a double to Hardy but struck out Wieters to end the inning.
1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.24.
In the top of the 9th, newly acquired SS Brendan Ryan (not eligible for the postseason if there is one for the Yankees) singled. Stewart bunted and pitcher Jim Johnson’s throw in trying for the force on Ryan was bad. All safe. Granderson bunted both runners over and a wild pitch scored Ryan with the eventual game-winning run.
Mo came in and had a 1-2-3 9th. 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.30.
The win came down to an official scorer’s decision. Because of Robertson’s ineffectiveness, the official scorer didn’t give the W to Robertson but rewarded it to Mo (6-2) instead.
The Yanks stay 1 game behind the Rays for the second wild-card slot.
Meanwhile, Brett Gardner had to leave the game after his at bat in the top of the first with an oblique strain. He could be done for the year now, too.
Stick a fork in them, they’re done.
If you thought the loss Thursday night was bad, where Mo blew a save when he was one strike away, last night’s loss was worse.
Andy Pettitte handed an 8-3 lead to the bullpen in the 7th. Andy had gone 6, 3 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 8 K. ERA 4.03.
The Yanks got a 2-run HR from Soriano (30, combined Cubs/NYY), an RBI triple by Nunez, and a 2-run triple by Gardner (10) in staking their 8-3 lead.
So much for Phil Hughes giving you an inning or two out of the bullpen. 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 k. ERA to 5.11.
Logan came in and struck out Big Papi with the bases loaded. But then Girardi left him in to face Napoli, a righty hitter. WHY? He got his guy. Where was a righty to face Napoli? Napoli hit a 3-2 pitch (one strike away again) for a grand slam to tie the game.
Logan 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.26.
In came Claiborne, who was so bad the night before, when he gave up 3 runs without getting anyone out.
He was just as bad. 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K. (L, 0-2, 3.86). The rookie had a good year, but in the last two games, in the heat of a pennant race, he gave up 6 R in 2/3 of an inning. In those two very important games, in the midst of a pennant race, Claiborne’s ERA went from 2.74 to 3.86.
And why a rookie in the heat of a pennant race? Because Hughes was bad and Joba can’t be trusted. Because Claiborne passed Joba on the depth chart. Because Joba came in after Claiborne and was bad again. 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 walks and 1 K. 4.54.
Matt Daley, who had spent all year in the minors (5-3, 2.02, mostly at AA & AAA) finished up. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
An ugly loss. Right after a heartbreaking loss.
Now David Huff starts against Boston today.
The Yanks are still just 2 1/2 back of that second wild-card slot, but now fell behind Baltimore and Cleveland by 1/2 a game in trying to get it.
But the way they’ve played the last two nights, …
Stick a fork in them.
Down 7-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Yanks scored six runs to take an 8-7 lead. They watched Mariano Rivera get the first two outs in the top of the 9th. They watched him get to one strike away from ending the game.
Then they watched the game get away. Mo blew the save and the next inning Joba blew the win (with help from Cowboy Joe West, umpiring at first) and the Yanks lost 9-8 in 10 innings.
Ivan Nova started and Boston worked him over. He gave up two in the third but the Yanks tied it in the bottom half on a Cano 2-run double.
But Nova gave up a HR to Middlebrooks in the fourth. 3-2 Boston.
Nova only lasted 4 innings, 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 3 K. But he threw 96 pitches. ERA to 3.02.
Here, and later, is where I question Girardi. Hughes was demoted to the bullpen, so why didn’t Joe use him for an inning or two? Instead, he brought in the rookie Claiborne, who has had a good year, but who hasn’t ever experienced this type of pennant-race pressure before. 0 Ip, 3 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 0 K. ERA to 3.33.
Joe said he “didn’t want to put Hughes in that situation” after he didn’t pitch out of the B/p all year. BS. You are 2 1/2 out of the last wild card spot. You have to go with your best, and… we’ll get to that in a bit. But here is one spot where he could have used Hughes for 2-3 innings and didn’t and the game got away.
He brought in Cesar Cabral. Boston/Yankees, pennant-race, September, and the kid’s 2nd major league game. Cabral did strike out the only batter he faced. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00.
Adam Warren for 2 2/3. 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 4 K. 3.65.
7-2 going into the bottom of the 7th. Ichiro walked, Wells PH for Stewart & singled. Gardner singled in a run and then Wells stole 3rd (getting a favorable call, replays suggested he may have been out). Why Gardner didn’t go as well, I don’t know. Jeter walked to load the bases. Cano grounded into a force. 7-4. Soriano singled in a run, 7-5. Granderson doubled to make it 7-6. After A-Rod struck out, Overbay singled in two to give the Yanks an 8-7 lead.
Robertson had a 1-2-3 8th, 2 K. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.85.
Mo the 9th. He got a lineout and groundout and had 2 strikes on Napoli. One strike away from save #650. Napoli singled, left for PR Berry, who stole second and went to third on Romine’s throwing error. Drew tied it with a single.
1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.19.
In the bottom of the 9th, Soriano walked and was picked off first but the throw wasn’t good and he made it to second. SB. But then he was picked off second.
So for the 10th, in comes Joba, and you just KNEW the Yanks would then lose. Why not Hughes? (Kelley has a triceps issue and couldn’t pitch).
Joba 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. It appeared as if Shane Victorino went around for strike three but Cowboy Joe West, umping at first (bet he loved the nice long game) said Victorino held up. He singled in the game-winning run on the next pitch. Joba (L) 2-1, 4.38.
Logan finished. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.05.
Joba said something to West upon being removed and was ejected.
A tough loss. Had they hung on, and they were one strike away, they’d be only 1 1/2 back of the Rays for the last wild card spot b/c the Rays lost last night. Instead it remains 2 1/2 with 22 to go, and they are only 1/2 game ahead of the Orioles and Indians.
Once again, Derek Jeter didn’t look good to me, but looked tentative on those legs.
The Yanks stole six bases, even one by Overbay on the back end of a double steal.
Not the way you want to head into free agency. Phil Hughes, in the midst of a playoff push, was pulled from the rotation and sent to the bullpen. David Huff will start vs. Boston on Saturday.
Hughes is 4-13, 4.86 this season. Not good numbers entering a walk year.
Huff is 2-0, 1.13 as a Yankee in 16 IP. 2-0, 3.32 overall (Cle/NYY) in 19 IP.
Now as for tonight’s starter, CC, …. (12-11, 4.91) ….
Phil Hughes only lasted 1 1/3 innings, but it wasn’t because he was knocked out early again.
It was the weather that did it. A rain delay forced Hughes to leave.
David Huff came in and was great, going 5 2/3, giving up 1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 3 K in going to 2-0, 3.32.
Hughes had gone 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K, 4.86.
The Yanks got a run in the first on a double by Gardner and a single by Jeter (3312). Jeter’s single broke an 0 for 14 skid.
The Yanks broke it open in the fourth when they scored eight runs. A-Rod doubled. Wells got an infield single and Granderson walked to load the bases. Reynolds got an infield single to make it 2-0, and Romine singled in two. 4-0. Gardner got yet another double, 5-0. Jeter got an infield single, (hit 3313, two behind Eddie Collins, six behind Paul Molitor), 6-0. After Cano popped up, Soriano doubled one in to make it 7-0. A-Rod walked to load the bases, and an error by Adam Dunn enabled two runs to score. 9-0.
Chicago’s Paul Konerko hit a HR for the White Sox in the seventh to make it 9-1. It was Konerko’s 432nd HR, passing Cal Ripken, Jr. on the all-time list.
Cesar Cabral made his MLB debut, 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00.
J.R. Murphy singled in his first MLB at bat.
Adam Warren finished up. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.66.
I hope you are enjoying your Labor Day Holiday. Here is the lineup for this afternoon’s contest vs. the White Sox.
The Yanks are 72-64, 4th in the A.L. East, 9 out. They are 3 1/2 out of a wild card spot. If you think 90 wins will get them in, that means going 18-8 from here on out. If you think it’ll take more, then…
Of the 26 games left, 7 are against Boston, 4 with the O’s and 3 with Tampa Bay. It’d benefit the Yanks greatly if they can sweep the lowly White Sox. Of course, we remember the end of July when the Yanks were swept in Chicago by these same lowly White Sox.
The struggling (to put it mildly) Phil Hughes goes today.
The Yanks are five games better than their Pythagorean record. People criticizing Girardi should take note of that.
OPS+ 89 (average is 100, higher the better); ERA+ 106
ba/HR/rbi sb/total att. OPS+ comments in italic
team leader bold and significantly subpar in bold italic.
Gardner CF .271-8-44 22/30 106
Jeter SS .167-1-4 0/0 37 3311 hits. He looked really bad yesterday with 3 strikeouts. 7 for 42 in 11 games. 0 for his last 14.
Cano 2B .306-25-89 7/8 144 0 for 5, three strikeouts yesterday.
Soriano LF .256-29-87 16/23 110 401 career HR. As Yankee, .261-12-36, 6/8, OPS+ 132 in 34 games.
Rodriguez 3B .271-4-10 3/4 116 23 games. 2924 hits, 651 HR, 1960 RBI. See below. Asterisks to them all?
Wells DH .242-11-43 5/8 80
Granderson RF .277-4-9 7/8 127 36 games.
Reynolds 1B .223-17-55 3/3 98 As NYY, 14 games, .286-2-7, 0/0 139. Defense surprisingly very good, too.
Romine C .227-1-8 1/1 67
Hughes P 4-13, 4.91 ERA+ 82
Same ERA as CC. That’s an indictment of CC.
As for A-Rod, could you imagine the look on Bud Selig’s face if the Yanks made the playoffs, went on a run, won the WS and A-Rod was WS MVP & Bud Selig had to present him with the WS MVP trophy? Awkward to say the least.
It’s easy to dump on Phil Hughes tonight, and he deserves it, for he falls to 4-13 and once again couldn’t go 5 innings. He leads the majors in that regard.
Hughes went 4 2/3, 5 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 3 walks and 3 K. He wasn’t helped by a rare error by Ichiro. 4-13, 4.91.
But let’s look at something else as well. For the third time in their last four games, the Yanks scored just two runs. They lost all three of those games, and in the one game in the last four that they DID win, they scored three runs in eleven innings.
That won’t get it done, even if you were pitching Ford, Koufax and Seaver in those games.
The Yanks struck out 11x tonight.
The Yanks scored in the first on a Gardner single, PB and a couple of groundouts.
Hughes gave up runs in the second and third. A-Rod tied it in the fourth with his third HR of the year, and #650* (asterisk intended) of his career.
Hughes then gave up 3 in the fifth and wasn’t helped by Ichiro’s error.
David Huff gave them a chance to get back in it, 3 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 5 K. ERA to 4.26.
I’ve heard calls that Hughes should have been pulled earlier. How about he and CC pitch better? Girardi can’t pull people all the time in the 3rd or 4th inning and burn out his relievers. You can’t be pitching your middle relief guys 2 of every 5 games. It don’t work that way. Girardi actually manages the pen much better than Torre, or have you forgotten how Torre would burn out Sturtze and Proctor all the time?
As for calls of “Bring up the kids” have you read my minor league reports? There are NO kids to bring up. It’s why Hal Steinbrenner had a meeting last week to address the minor league system.