Things are getting desperate. How desperate? It appears that A-Rod will be in the lineup tomorrow after only two rehab games in which he went 0 for 7 with four strikeouts.
How desperate? The Yanks’ lead is down to two. The next 10 games are on the road against the Rays (in that house of horrors), Orioles and Red Sox. After that, there are three games at home vs. the Rays.
The way the Yanks are going, at the end of that run, they could be in third place. Right now Tampa Bay is in third, and they are just 3 1/2 games behind the Yanks.
Phil Hughes started out well, pitching four scoreless innings, giving up just two hits, and he took a 2-0 lead into the fifth thanks to a two-run HR by Chris Dickerson. The HR came on Dickerson’s first at bat as a Yankee this season. He had hit .318-7-25 in 69 games at AAA.
A HR by Mark Reynolds cut it to 2-1.
The Yanks got the run back in the bottom of the fifth on a walk to Dickerson, a sac bunt by Nix and a single by Swisher.
Then Hughes lost it so quickly Girardi couldn’t get a reliever in fast enough to save the game. Walk, single, single and ANOTHER HR by Reynolds and it was 5-3 Orioles.
Hughes (13-12, 4.18) went 5+, 5 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 6 K. As is his wont, he gave up 2 more HR.
The Yanks got nothing more offensively. After winning yesterday 4-3 on just four hits, they got just six hits today. Martin ended the 6th with a GIDP. Jeter did the same in the 7th.
Randy Wolf, just DFA’d by Milwaukee, pitched great in relief for the O’s.
Then, down 5-3, it was as if Girardi waved the white flag with the relievers he brought in.
Eppley went 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. ERA 3.35. No beef there.
Rapada 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. ERA 2.88. No beef there.
Then Joba. WHY, WHY, WHY???? As I’ve written before, it is time to cut the cord on Joba for 2012. It’s apparent that he isn’t back yet. He’s shown nothing since the Yanks put him back on the team. Accept that he isn’t ready, send him home and tell him to prepare for 2013.
1/3 IP. 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 k. ERA 10.57. The one out? A drive that Dickerson robbed of a potential HR.
Justin Thomas came in. His first game with the Yanks. A September callup. 1/3 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Nice. He had pitched in seven games earlier this season for Boston. ERA 7.20.
Then Girardi goes to Derek Lowe. Outside of the first game he pitched with the Yankees, Lowe has shown NOTHING. Send him home with Joba. Really.
Lowe faced two batters and gave up a single and walk.
0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. ERA (Cle/NYY) of 5.54.
Seriously. Send Joba and Lowe home.
Logan faced one batter and he gave up a single.
0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walk, 0 K. 3.72.
Cory Wade, just brought back up from AAA, finished up.
1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 6.17.
Ibanez’ 0 for 4 drops him to .232. Martin (.195) was 0 for 2 with 2 walks. Jones’ is down to .201.
Some guys I don’t want back next year: Ichiro (even though I like him), Ibanez and Jones. This looks like an old team running out of gas. Those three, 39, 40 and 35 aren’t going to help next year. They’ll already have Jeter (39 next June) and A-Rod (38 next July).
…and I’m not even going to mention age on some pitchers.
Right now it appears the Yanks can use a life jacket. For they are sinking.
It’s not too late to right the ship, but it doesn’t look good. Rushing back Alex reeks of desperation.