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Game 104. No O (except on scoreboard). Yanks lose 1-0.

If you are Ivan Nova, or others on the pitching staff, it has to be tough.

Nova went 7 great innings today and got no offensive support. Despite giving up just one run on six hits, three walks and 8 K, he lost 1-0. He falls to 4-4, 3.41 because the Yanks managed only two hits (Gardner & Overbay) in the whole ballgame. No one walked. One (Ichiro) reached on an error. That was it.

Robertson pitched the 8th. 1 Ip, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.91.

Kelley the 9th. 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.40.

So there you have it. Yankees pitchers gave up 1 run, struck out 12, but because of no offense (actually, the offensive was quite offensive to Yankees’ fans), two hits, the Yanks lost 1-0.

It was the ninth time the Yanks have been shut out this year. They once (early 1930’s) went two years without being shut out.

The Yanks are still looking for their first post-ASG HR.

Jeter returns tomorrow (Sunday). Hafner to the DL w/a strained rotator cuff.

Some great news from the LOHUD blog:

LATEST CENSUS: With Alfonso Soriano playing last night, the Yankees have used 47 players this season (18 pitchers, 3 catchers, 15 infielders, 10 outfielders, 1 DH), exceeding their total from all of last year. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees already topped the most players the club had ever used through its first 100 games of a season. The Yankees last used more players in a season in 2011 (48), and the franchise record is 51 (accomplished in 2008 and 2005).

YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN: The Yankees will honor Hideki Matsui prior to Sunday’s game, which includes a Matsui bobblehead giveaway. Matsui will sign a minor league contract to formally rejoin the organization so that he can retire as a Yankee. The on-field ceremony is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m., which will include a video tribute and his signing of retirement papers at home plate alongside Yankees Senior V.P./General Manager Brian Cashman, Senior V.P./Assistant General Manager Jean Afterman and Matsui’s mother (Saeko) and father (Masao). He will then be presented with a matted and framed 2009 Yankees jersey. Matsui will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Yankees-Rays game.

Maybe they should try to get Godzilla out of retirement (just kidding). After all, this lineup is performing like they think they are the Highlanders in the dead-ball era.



Game 104. Lineup, stats & comments.

Travis Hafner is going to get an MRI on a sore shoulder. Given that he is down to .205, OPS+ 87, can’t play the field and that the Yanks will be getting some players back soon, a DL stint is possible. Heck, the way he was going, a DFA was possible.

The Yanks are 54-49, slightly above average. They are three games better than their Pythagorean (expected, based on runs scored vs. runs allowed) record of 51-52. They have scored 401, allowed 409.

They are in 4th place in the A.L. East, 7 back of Tampa Bay. They are 3 1/2 back of Baltimore for the 2nd wild card spot.

Team OPS+ 86, ERA+ 109. 100 is average. The higher the better.

BA/HR/RBI   SB/total attempts.   Comments in italic.
Team leader in bold. Significantly subpar in bold italic.

Gardner CF .282-7-34  17/24   111
Suzuki RF .274-6-26  15/18    87     2702 MLB hits.
Cano 2B .299-21-70  6/7   144
Soriano DH .251-17-52  10/15   99    as Yankee, 0 for 5, 1 RBI in 1 game.
Overbay 1B .248-11-43  0/0   96
Wells LF .240-10-37  4/7   79     as you know, no HR since  5/15 
Nunez SS .230-0-10  4/7    65
Lillibridge 3B .133-0-5  1/1  (-15)   Yes, MINUS 15.  6 for 45.
         As a Yankee, Lillibridge is 5 for 21, OPS+ 54 in 6 games, .238-0-3.
Stewart C .237-3-16  4/4  72 Makes you miss Posada’s or Martin’s bat. 

Nova RHP 4-3, 3.66   ERA+ 111.


Game 101. Lack of O dooms Andy, 3-1.

Andy Pettitte had what is now his usual early game troubles, but settled down to give up just 2 runs in 6 innings.

It wasn’t good enough as the Yanks’ offense was once again pathetic.

Andy gave up a run in the first, and that was the only run of the game until the Yanks got a gift run to tie it in the sixth on a single by Gardner and 2-base error by Texas pitcher Matt Garza, just acquired from the Cubs. Cano singled in Gardner.

The Yanks missed out on a golden opportunity in the first. Gardner and Ichiro singled. After Cano struck out, both had a stolen base while Overbay struck out. Wells grounded out.

It says something that against a righty pitcher, Wells—who hasn’t homered since May 15th—was the DH and not Hafner, who PH later, made an out and is down to .209.

Let me repeat that: with a righty pitcher on the mound, Girardi went with the rookie Mesa in LF and Wells, who hasn’t HR’d since May 15th, over Hafner at DH.

The Yanks have so little power from righty hitters (hence the interest in Alfonso Soriano, and it seems that trade is only a matter of time away now that Sori approved the Yanks as a team he can be dealt to) that a dead Joe DiMaggio would seem to have more power than the guys hitting right-handed for the Yankees right now.

After the Yanks tied it in the sixth, it didn’t last long. Andy gave up a HR to Pierzynski in the bottom of the sixth.

Pettitte 6 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 2 K. He falls to 7-8, 4.39.

Shawn Kelley gave up a HR to Daniel Murphy in the 8th.

Kelley 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk & 0 K. 3.49.

The Yanks managed just six hits, all singles. Five of the hits were by the top three in the lineup—2 by Gardner, 1 by Ichiro, 2 by Cano.

Meanwhile, the A-Rod saga continues with more twists and turns than a pretzel. Is he hurt or isn’t he? Do the Yanks really want him back? Will it matter because he may get suspended anyway?

Game 98 . Backbreaker? Yanks lose 8-7 in 11.

In this season of injuries, re-injuries and no-names seemingly at almost every position, one of the biggest disappointments has been C.C. Sabathia.

Last night the Yanks gave CC a 3-0 lead (with the help of a few Boston errors), and CC gave it back and then some.

The $23MM man hasn’t been anywhere near an ace this season, and that has to be a big concern as the Yanks head down the stretch, in fourth place and 7 behind Boston.

CC went 5+, giving up 7 runs, 9 H,

This isn’t the CC we know.

Still, the Yanks battled back, led by Gardner (3H, rbi), Cano (3H, 2 RBI) and Nunez (3 hits). But cleanup hitter Lyle Overbay went 0 for 6, GIDP twice and left 9 on. Travis Hafner was pulled after going 0 for 3 with 2 K.

As the game went into extras, it exposed another weakness. The Yanks really don’t have anyone who can win a game with a HR. Yes, Ichiro did it at the Stadium a few weeks ago. Cano has the capability. But who else? Gardner isn’t a HR hitter, nor is Ichiro. Stewart? Cruz? Lillibridge? Nunez? In our dreams. Wells hasn’t homered since May 15th—over two months ago. There isn’t anyone. The Yanks had 13 hits last night, all singles.

Meanwhile, Boston does have guys who can, and did, walk it off and Napoli did, hitting a HR off Warren in the bottom of the 11th. Yanks lose 8-7, as Napoli, who touched CC earlier, got his second HR of the game.

The Yanks didn’t learn. Napoli torched them this series on pitches that were up. CC’s and Warren’s pitches were—up.

Between CC and Warren, the Yanks’ bullpen had been great.

Claiborne: 1 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 2.27.

Logan: 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.05.

Robertson: 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 2.01. Got out of jam Cruz’ error helped create. 2.01.

Kelley: 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 5 K. 3.44.

Warren: 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K, GW HR. He falls to 1-1, 3.25.

But hey, you give a supposed ace a 3-0 lead, he can’t give back seven. CC’s problems are a BIG problem for the Yankees right now.

… and now for four in Texas. This week could be a bigger problem, and don’t expect to see A-Rod (grade 1 quad strain) as we thought we might.

Game 97. Kuroda, lineup switch lead Yanks, 5-2.

It goes w/out saying that the real ace of the Yankees’ staff this year hasn’t been Pettitte or CC but Kuroda. It’s a shame he wasn’t named to the All-Star Team.

Kuroda went 7 innings today, giving up 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 4 K in improving to 9-6, 2.65 as the Yanks won 5-2.

David Robertson pitched the 8th. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. ERA to 2.06.

Then Mo. Save #31 and #639 of his remarkable career. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. His ERA drops to 1.78.

After missing most of last year b/c of a torn ACL, the Great Rivera, at age 43 1/2, has 31 saves and an ERA of 1.78. You wonder, if he weren’t retiring, how long he would still be able to do this… until he would be 47?

One lineup change paid dividends today. After weeks of struggling with Hafner (now at .215) or Wells (.239 with no HR since 5/15) in the cleanup slot, Overbay batted cleanup today. He went 3 for 4, 2 doubles and an RBI.

Eduardo Nunez finally woke up with a 3-hit game, and Brett Gardner had 3 hits and an RBI.

Robbie Cano drove in two. Luis Cruz scored 3, drove in one.

Chris Stewart made a couple of fine defensive plays.


Game 91. Cano, Overbay HRs back Nova. Yanks win 8-1.

Robbie Cano hit a 3-run HR and Lyle Overbay had a grand slam as the Yanks won 8-1 tonight to snap their 3-game losing streak.

Ivan Nova pitched 8 solid innings to reassure the Yanks if, in fact, Phil Hughes is on the trading block for a hitter (rumors are that Joba is as well as Hughes).

Nova went 8, 1 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 6 K. He goes to 4-2 and lowers his ERA to 3.63, behind only Kuroda among the starters.

Gardner scored on a WP in the first, and with the ball being thrown around so much (the return throw from the catcher to the pitcher covering got away) Ichiro tried to score as well but was out.

In the third, Robbie Cano hit a 3-run HR (21) to make it 4-0.

In the sixth, Lyle Overbay hit an opposite-field grand slam HR (11) to make it 8-0. The Royals got a run in the 8th off of Nova.

Joba cleaned up. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and K. You may have noticed that he is only getting garbage time. ERA 5.48.

A funny line for Gardner tonight. 0 for 0. 2 runs scored. 2 walks and 2 HBP. He was pulled late with a bruised shin.

Late in the game, Cano almost had a 2nd HR. It missed by maybe six inches. Cano got a double but was thrown out trying for three. Not to be critical, but if Robbie busted his butt from step one out of the box instead of thinking it was a HR…

I don’t know why Girardi continues to bat Hafner cleanup. He’s down to .215. Get him out of there! Hafner did leave after a HBP himself.

Game 90. Bad offense dooms Yanks again, 3-1

Apparently CC didn’t get the memo.

The memo that stated that if the Yanks get a run in the first inning, “there’s your run, now pitch a shutout.”

For the first three Yankees hitters singled, bringing in a run. After another hit, they had the bases loaded in the first, one out and one run in.

They didn’t score another run. Not only that, they got just two more hits the rest of the ballgame.

In the last three games, all losses, the Yanks have scored 1, 1 and yes, 1 run. No wonder they have a three-game losing streak.

CC went the whole 9, and couldn’t hold on to the 1-0 lead he got. 9 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 6 K. He falls to 9-7, 3.99.

Travis Hafner, the CLEANUP hitter, is now hitting .217 after an 0 for 3 (all by strikeout) and a walk.

Meanwhile, word is that Jeter could be back as early as this weekend. Yes, the Yanks are that desperate for offense.