Swisher has no structural damage in his elbow but is day to day. He’s out today and will be for a few days.
Bet you didn’t think you’d see Nunez in RF.
and Martin also out. A very different lineup….with Montero FIFTH. Not exactly encouraging vs. Haren. You have to be worried about injuries, and this kind of lineup in September.
Yanks 87-56, 2 1/2 up on Boston, 1st in AL East. Magic #17 for the division, 12 for the wild card. OPS+ 111, ERA+ 118, Four games worse than the Pythagorean record.
Jeter SS .296-5-56 15sb/21att OPS+ 98 3070 hits.
Granderson CF .268-38-109 24/34 145 since 8/21, no SB, .167-3-11;
hurting MVP chances?
Teixeira 1B .250-36-102 4/5 121
Cano 2B .302-24-105 8/9 127
Montero DH 7 for 20, 3 HR, 6 RBI
Chavez 3B .274-1-21 0/0 87 nice, but only 1 HR?
Martin C .240-17-61 8/9 97
Nunez RF .262-4-29 19/25 81
Gardner LF .263-7-35 43/55 95 leads AL in SB
Cervelli C .266-4-22 4/5 90
Sabathia P 19-7, 2.97 ERA+ 146
CC shoots for #20 with a diminished lineup. See above on the Grandy Man, who still leads the majors in R, the AL in RBI.
Cervelli a late scratch again. Concussion symptoms from plays at the plate in Baltimore. A-Rod out 3-4 days. The thumb is healing very slowly.
Jeter leads off with a double (3071). The Yanks strand him. Judging by that, is it any wonder that the Yanks have a three-game losing streak, and that the three losses are all by one run—two in extra innings and the other in the bottom of the 9th? What happened to get them on, move them up, get them in? Last night, three hits (Weaver is good); the day before, just one hit from the 4th to the 10th. One.
CC works out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the first.
Yankees continue to kill themselves. Montero with a leadoff single, Chavez GIDP. Back-to-back two-out doubles give the Angels a 1-0 lead in the 2nd.
The Yanks go down 1-2-3 in the third. Sterling and Waldman make a good point—that the Yanks seem tired what with the no off days. They’ve been like this ever since ending that game at 2:20 a.m. the other day.
…and another one bites the dust. Martin didn’t start because he has a bad hand. That hand takes a beating and Martin has to leave the game. Cervelli was a scratch. Montero is Dh-ing and you don’t want to lose the DH and have the pitcher hit.
So who takes over at catcher? Posada. Yup, Jorge, who hasn’t caught one inning all year. Immediately he is tested and he throws the runner out!
But… the Yanks are limping to the finish line. That is not good.
…and Waldman blasts the Yanks for not playing littleball. When SHE blasts you, … need I say more?
So what do we have here… talk about limping… Nunez in RF and Posada at C.
After four, 1-0 Angels. Yanks looking like a tired team. Someone has to give them a jolt. Montero has been trying, but maybe someone like a Dickerson, Golson, or another of the callups has to come up big. Maybe they are more fresh.
1-0 after 4 1/2. Yanks’ bats dead. Not getting Jeter in in the first is hurting them. See what I have above about Granderson slumping lately.
End of five. 1-0 Angels.
Good point made by Waldman. Starting on 8/17, Gardner has hit .137.
Yanks go down 1-2-3 in the top of the 6th. They have just two hits—the double by Jeter leading off the game and the single by Montero in the second.
I’m not kidding. Right now maybe some fresh players (Golson, Dickerson) might give the Yanks a jolt.
CC gets in trouble in the 6th. Double, HBP, sac, int. walk. Bases loaded, one out and the way the Yanks aren’t hitting, a run would make it 2-0 but it would seem like 12-0. Force at the plate, groundout. CC gets out of it.
Now for some bats to wake up. 1-0 after six. Angels.
Yanks go down 1-2-3 in the 7th. Granderson & Teix striking out….again. This team looks tired and dead.
Tampa beat Boston in 11. Yanks magic # to clinch the division drops to 16, the # to make the playoffs stays at 12 for now.
CC goes six. He can’t get his 20th. 1 R, 8 H, 4 walks and 5 K. ERA 2.93. He was in trouble, but gave up just one run.
Noesi in for the bottom of the 7th. HBP, walk. Not good. Strikeout, but a one-out single makes it 2-0. That’s really bad the way the Yanks are hitting (or not hitting, to be precise).
Uh, oh. Martin taken for X-rays on that thumb.
SF. 3-0. They (the Angels) play littleball. It seems like 30-0.
Forget it now. Mathis hits a 2-run HR. 5-0. Noesi just let the game get away. Now a double.
George Kontos makes his MLB debut. May as well. Save the rest of the bullpen. He gets an out to finish the inning.
Noesi 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1 K. ERA to 4.09.
Kontos gives up a HR to Torii Hunter in the 8th.
Kontos goes 1 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 6.75.
Yanks lose 4th straight, 6-0, they get just 4 hits. CC falls to 19-8.
Looks like Romine could be up soon. Cervelli going back to NY for concussion tests, Martin x-rays negative but out for a few days.