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Youkilis to Japan

Kevin Youkilis didn’t help the Yanks much last year, playing in only 28 games. Maybe he can help them more as a foreign diplomat.

Youkilis signed a one-year deal with Rakuten, to play in Japan. That is the same team that ace pitcher Masahiro Tanaka plays on.

If Tanaka isn’t posted, maybe Youkilis can talk up the Yankees to Tanaka….

then again, there isn’t that much (just 28 games) to talk about.

The Yanks did announce some non-player moves, the most notable being Gary Tuck as bullpen coach, replacing Mike Harkey who left to become the Diamondbacks’ pitching coach, and that Trey Hillman returns to the Yanks organization. Hillman left when he became KC’s manager.

Letting Martin go. Mistake?

Since May 22, the Yanks have just two HR from righty hitters—Jayson Nix (who has just 2 HR all year, amazingly off of Verlander and Darvish) and Mark Teixeira. Teix is done for the year.

It goes to show how weak they are from the right side and also how much Vernon Wells has tanked.

They miss Jeter and A-Rod. Well, A-Rod’s bat and not the B.S. that comes with A-Rod. 

But when you think about it, they also miss Russell Martin. You can say they miss Cervelli, who was doing well before his injury, but with him and A-Rod, you don’t know about the Biogenesis thing. (I read a report where Nolan Ryan stated that Biogenesis would be a long drawn out affair).

Anyway, back to Martin. Ok, he isn’t lighting it up with the first-place Pirates (I had to write that since it’s been so long—-1992 since they had a winning season—first-place Pirates). .250-8-28. But besides Wells who has tanked, name me another righty power threat on this team? Not Nix, not Stewart (3) nor Adams or Romine both of whom are under .200. Others either are injured (Youk–out for year, Nunez) or tanked and got released (Francisco, Chris Nelson). Thomas Neal didn’t get too many at bats, and neither has Alberto Gonzalez—not that you’d expect much from them anyway.

But with no righty threat in the lineup, days like yesterday, where Holland, a lefty, threw a two-hit shutout at them, will be normal days.

They miss a righty power threat, and the more you watch, the more you wonder if letting Martin go was a mistake.

Granted they have young catchers on the horizon. It’s too soon to give up on Romine, but he hasn’t hit a lick. They have J.R. Murphy, Gary Sanchez and Pete O’Brien on the horizon.

But maybe they should have kept Martin for a year or two more.     

Yes, I haven’t forgotten that Martin hit .237 in 2011 and .211 last year. Not only that, but he spent most of last year under .200.

But his OPS+ right now is 119. Right now that’d place him second on the Yanks behind only Cano.

Who’s second right now? Gardner.

No offense to Brett the Jet, but maybe that’s all you need to know.

Game 70. Yanks ppd.

The Yanks were ppd. tonight. They will play a day/night DH on Wednesday, thus postponing the return of #23 (retired) Don Mattingly to the Bronx (albeit as Dodgers manager).

Kuroda will start the afternoon game vs. Ryu, and Hughes the nightcap. Even though the Yanks didn’t play, there was a lot going on behind the scenes.

Teix to the 15-day DL. Youk needs surgery for a herniated disk in his back. Youk out 10-12 weeks which means a return after Labor Day.

Screw it, just shut him down for the rest of the year and (since it’s a one -year deal) let him go.

 Adam Warren was brought back up along with switch-hitting OF Zoilo Almonte.

Chris Bootcheck was DFA’d.

Game 67. Offense continues to sputter, Yanks lose 4th straight, 5-2.

The Yanks’ offense continued to sputter as they got just two runs and six hits in losing 5-2 to the Angels out in Anaheim last night.

It was the Yanks’ fourth straight loss and dropped their record to 37-30. They are in third place, three back of Boston, with Baltimore in the middle.

Andy Pettitte was looking to tie Bob Gibson on the all-time list with win #251, but instead drops to 5-4, 3.95. He went 7 IP, 4 R, 11 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

Chris Bootcheck, a journeyman vet just called up from SWB, went one inning, 1 R, 2 H, 2 walks and 1 K. 9.00.

Earlier in the day the Yanks sent down Warren (who didn’t do anything wrong, but after pitching six scoreless innings in the marathon loss to Oakland would be unavailable for a while) for Bootcheck and put Kevin Youkilis back on the DL. Youk was signed to provide insurance in place of A-Rod but so far has been a bust himself.

OF Thomas Neal was called up to replace Youk. He should have been up several weeks ago to replace Francisco. Neal started in RF and went 1 for 2 with a walk. Hey, it’s better than a lot of guys have done lately.

The Yanks are 2-5 in their last seven games, scoring just sixteen runs, and one of those games went 18 innings.

Teixeira is at .157 since coming off the DL. Vernon Wells, who at least is playing good D, is down to .229. Travis Hafner is down to .219. That’s the middle of your order.

Reid Brignac is now 4 for 33 as a Yankee with 15 K. His OPS+ is MINUS 18. Austin Romine is 7 for 53 for the season (.132) and his adjusted OPS (OPS+) is MINUS thirteen. Talk about automatic outs.

The Yanks’ OPS+ is 88. Their ERA+ 112. The last time they had an offense (OPS+) under 100 was in 1991 and the last time it was under 90 was when they finished last in 1990. That’s how bad it is.

Thank goodness for the pitching, but the bats need to awaken.

I have to work early today. No minor league (Fri.) report for a while. 

The Yanks two runs were driven in by David Adams who snapped an 0 for 13 with his hit.

Game 66. Offense reaches new low in 18-inning loss, 3-2

I know I’m one of Mo’s biggest fans. I also know that he came in with a man on, one out, and gave up a hit, int. walk and hit and the Yanks then lost 3-2.

But he isn’t the story of this game. For he didn’t lose it (figuratively and realistically—-the L was put on Claiborne).

The Yankees offense lost it. For they reached a new low today.

In losing 3-2 in EIGHTEEN innings, consider this: Robbie Cano hit a 2-run HR in the first.

I had a 1/2 day of work today since I work a 1/2 day on Saturday. When I pulled into the parking lot at work today to start my shift, Robbie hit his HR. 2-0. 1st inning.

When I got out of work, it was 2-2 in the 15th. I drove to a bar for a few before heading home.

The Yanks lost 3-2 in 18. You aren’t dumb. You can do the math. The Yanks got 2 in the first on Cano’s 16th HR. They lost 3-2 in 18. You can figure out the rest.

The Yanks’ offense put up SEVENTEEN straight goose eggs on the scoreboard.

Mo should not have been in this game. Esp. after his ass picked up splinters off the bench for SEVENTEEN innings.

Kuroda was masterful. I feel most sorry for him and Warren (more on him in a bit). Kuroda 8 IP, 2 R, only 2 H. 2 walks and 3 K. 2.78 ERA but only a 6-5 record to show for it.

Robertson a scoreless 9th. 0 R, 2 hits, 0 walks and struck out the side. 3 K. ERA to 2.30.

Logan 2/3. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.45.

Kelley 1/3. 0 R, 0 H 0 walks and 1 K. 4.62.

At this point, it became painful to watch. It was a war of attrition.

God Bless Adam Warren, who with this offense putting up nothing but zeroes, went out every inning knowing that if he gave up a run the game was over.

Warren tossed six shutout innings. 0 R, 4 H, 2 walks and 4 K. ERA to 3.12. He got some help when Wells gunned down a runner at the plate.

Six shutout innings in an extra-inning game. Where you knew in each one of those innings that if you gave up one run the game was over.

Great job.

Claiborne pitched a scoreless inning in the 17th but with one out gave up a hit in the 18th.

Then Mo picked out the splinters from his ass from sitting on the bench so long and gave up a hit, int. walk and a hit. Ballgame over and a 3-2 loss.

Claiborne 1 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0-1, 0.86.

Mo’s ERA stays at 1.48. 0 IP, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 

The 4-5-6-7 hitters in today’s lineup, Teix/Hafner/Youk and Wells, went a combined 0 for 28 with 12 strikeouts.

Want to know their batting averages?  Teixeira (0-5, 3 K), just off the DL, is now 8 for 49, .163. Hafner (0 for 8, 3 K) is in a HUGE slump and down to .220. Youk (0 for 7 and 3K) is down to .219 and Wells (0 for 8, 3 K) is down to .229.

Read that last paragraph again. 4-5-6-7. 0 for 28. 12 K.

Averages now .163=.220=.219 and .229.

Need I say more?

On top of that, Brignac came into the game late. He’s now 4 for 30 as a Yankee.

But the Yanks don’t promote OF Thomas Neal, who was at what, .339 for SWB entering tonight? Granted he doesn’t have power (2 HR for he AAA club) but how long will they let Hafner/Youk/Wells struggle? They were ok in April but have coming crashing down to earth and in doing so are showing why their previous clubs let them go.

Today was painful and excruciating to watch. Great pitching performances were wasted by a pathetic offense putting up 17 straight goose eggs.

Today, the phrase “Bronx Bombers” was laughable.

“Bronx Banjo Hitters” was more like it.           

 

 

Game 65. Yanks bats quiet again in 5-2 loss.

On April 8 and 9, the Yanks scored 11 and 14 runs in their games. Since then, there has been only one game in which the Yanks hit double digits in runs scored.

Last night was a night we’ve seen a lot of lately. Two runs on four hits as they lost to Oakland, 5-2.

The team’s adjusted OPS is 89. That means it is 11% below league average. The last time the Yankees finished a season with an OPS+ under 100 was in 1991, the year Stump Merrill managed the team for the whole year. Thank goodness the ERA+ is 111 or things could be ugly.

Phil Hughes started and was well, Phil Hughes. Meaning he gave up a HR (2-run shot in the 2nd) and couldn’t put people away and gave up big hits after getting ahead 0 and 2 (Jaso RBI double in the fifth). He went 4 1/3, 3 R, 4 H, 5 walks and 3 K in falling to 3-5, 4.89. If Nuno were healthy instead of on the DL, Hughes could have been in danger of losing his starting spot. After all, Nova lost his to Phelps.

It’s pretty much a given that Hughes and Joba, both free agents after the season, will be gone after this year. You wonder if either or both could be gone at the trade deadline for a bat.

Shawn Kelley 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 1 K. 4.68.

Boone Logan 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 1.50.

Joba. 1 1/3 IP. 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.52.

Joba is losing his job to Preston Claiborne.

Claiborne 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 0.46.

Travis Hafner is down to .231. Vernon Wells .237. Kevin Youkilis .235.

Teixeira is just 8 for 44 since his return. 16 strikeouts.    

Ichiro had two of the Yanks’ four hits.

Austin Romine is now 7 for 50 for the season. That’s .140.

With the loss, the Yanks (37-28) stay in second, but fall three games behind Boston.

 

Game 55. Yanks spanked 11-1.

There are times when I watch Phil Hughes pitch that I think his problem isn’t with his pitches or his arm (for when he’s good he’s good and when he is bad he is awful), but between his ears. For I really wonder sometimes if he knows HOW to pitch.

Here is what I mean. He struck out 7 in 4 1/3 tonight. But how many times do we see Hughes get two strikes on a batter and NOT be able to put that batter away? How many times does Hughes let an inning blow up on him instead of limiting damage? How many times does he get ahead 0-2 and give up a HR?

He has good stuff. He doesn’t maximize his potential. Whether that is Hughes, his catcher or both, something is wrong here.

Hughes gave up a leadoff double in the third. He went 1-2 on the next batter. Base hit. He’s o-2 on the next hitter. Double. Granted both were slices by lefty hitters. He gets a K and then walks Ortiz to set up a DP and to try to limit the damage to one run. He goes 0-2 on Napoli. He eventually gives up a GRAND SLAM to Napoli. See a pattern here? He has to pitch SMARTER. He isn’t Nolan Ryan. Too often he gets two strikes on a batter and DOES NOT PUT THE BATTER AWAY. WAY TOO OFTEN. Hey Phil, forget about smoking the batter for strike three (and leaving a fastball over the middle for a HR) and how about concentrating on just getting the guy out?

In three starts, Vidal Nuno has impressed me. He doesn’t have as much stuff as Hughes, but he seems to know HOW to pitch.

Hughes better be looking over his shoulder. For Nuno has clearly outpitched him and soon may be taking his starting rotation spot away.

That grand slam was the ball game, for the Yanks managed only one run tonight.

Youk and Teix showed rust. Youk 0 for 3, 3 K, 1 walk. Teix 1 for 4 with 3K.

Austin Romine is now 4 for 40 for the year. Forget about the Mendoza line. He’s at .100.

Hughes 4 1/3, 5 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 7 K. 2-4, 5.37.

Preston Claiborne continues to be impressive. 1 2/3, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.55.

Adam Warren got rocked. 3 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 3.77.