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Yanks go down quietly

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on May 02, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

With each passing day that the Yankees fail to get any production out of their big boppers, the scrutiny intensifies. After Wednesday’s 5-0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in which the Yankees managed just five hits, the questions aren’t going away.

Orioles starter Jake Arrieta kept the Yankees’ bats quiet and didn’t allow a base runner to get past second base. The right-hander allowed five hits and no walks while striking out nine in eight innings pitched.

Ivan Nova walked the tightrope throughout the game, but finally gave in the seventh. He gave up a deep homer to right field to Nick Markakis and then a long RBI double to Matt Wieters, which chased him from the game. Clay Rapada came in and gave up an RBI single to Nick Johnson, which extended the Baltimore’s lead to 5-0.

Making matters worse, Eric Chavez had to be helped off of the field during the fifth inning in the middle of his at-bat. He suffered a whiplash injury and possible concussion while diving for a ball in the top of inning.

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77 Responses to “Yanks go down quietly”

  1. mick May 2nd, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Chavez done for season?

  2. blake May 2nd, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    pitiful showing tonight and this series by the Yankees.

    Harper is 3-4 tonight and just about knocked the wall down with a double.

  3. bruceb May 2nd, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Pitiful. Shameful. Disgraceful. Pick your adjective but boy, when we slump, we slump badly. It’s like the Three Musketeers…one for all and all for one.

  4. blake May 2nd, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    I don’t know how in the world Chavez managed to get a concussion diving for that ball….not trying to make light of it….but some guys just get hurt all the time.

  5. cs in la May 2nd, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Ugggh. These are the games that we should always win. The games that come back to bite us in August.

  6. Tar May 2nd, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Blake

    I have been having a running battle tonight that the O’s pitching was outstanding this series. And even thought he offense has a lot of questions–this series was about how good the O’s pitched. What do you think?

  7. jacksquat May 2nd, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Joe Girardi postgame:

    “Joe, now that you are down to a 22 man roster and a 1 man bench, will you make any moves?”

    Joe: “It’s just a flesh wound!”

  8. mick May 2nd, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Chavez can’t compete with Nick Johnson.

  9. blake May 2nd, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    The Yanks obviously aren’t at full strength….but they can look really old at times and they did tonight….Alex had a couple of good AB’s and that’s really the only positive to take away from tonight….

  10. blake May 2nd, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Tar,

    eh….I think it was a little of both…I think they pitched well but let’s not make these guys they faced out to be Felix Herandez, Cliff Lee, and Justin Verlander…..they just aren’t….the Orioles pitched pretty well but the Yanks didn’t show up offensively at all.

  11. bruceb May 2nd, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Give credit where credit is due…the O’s pitching this series was outstanding. We knew this division would be tough this year but it may be a lot tougher than we realized. Wouldn’t want to give the Rays too much of a head start with their starting pitching.

  12. Nick in SF May 2nd, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Tar, as a gesture of respect, I am withdrawing from the vicious Blogger Battles for the rest of the evening.

    Goodnight everybody and go Yankees!

  13. yankfan May 2nd, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    this team is .500

    horrible assembly of players for 200 million

    fire cashman

  14. j9d May 2nd, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Good lord here we go. Arietta has pitched very well against the Yankees nearly every time.

  15. Chase May 2nd, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    This is just not a good baseball team. Plain and simple.

  16. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 2nd, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    “Give credit where credit is due…the O’s pitching this series was outstanding. We knew this division would be tough this year but it may be a lot tougher than we realized. Wouldn’t want to give the Rays too much of a head start with their starting pitching.”

    All SFT. I am definitely not underestimating either the Jays or the O’s.

  17. G. Love May 2nd, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I never boo Yankees when I’m in attendance at the stadium. I’m just not kind of fan. I see people booing at the stadium and they look ridiculous.

    I save my venting for the blog.

    That being said, I’m ready to start booing the snot out of Texeira.

    The day his Yankee run at 1b ends can’t come soon enough. I hope the fans and the media put some heat on him. Maybe he’ll waive his no trade clause someday.

    The Yankees need to be looking for a platoon partner for him at 1b to face RHP.

    He is a zero. Once a month he’ll have a monster game, Girardi will give him cookies for it and he’ll coast off it as he drops further into the abyss.

    He’s a shell of the player the Yankees signed.

    And that’s not Cashman’s fault.

    It’s all on Tex.

    Show some pride and hit.

  18. theREALkevin May 2nd, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Good grief. The O’s will be where they belong by the time the season is over. In the cellar.

  19. HebrewHammer May 2nd, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    watching the Nationals play with their rookies is a million times more fun then watching these old rich cranky underperforming yankees

    i prefer young eager and hungry any day then ex steroid using rich men.

  20. Against All Odds May 2nd, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Against All Odds May 2nd, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    waka flocka May 2nd, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Against All Odds,

    No one would be crying about Montero if the middle of the order wasn’t slumping. Stop lying to yourself that Montero’s performance last year mattered. He was a September call up and the Yankees had the playoffs pretty much in the bag his entire time in the Bronx.

    ————————————–

    So A-rod being on the decline and Tex being terrible from the left side isn’t a concern. I’m not saying Montero would have been an MVP candidate or even ROY but he would have helped.

  21. HebrewHammer May 2nd, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    G. Love May 2nd, 2012 at 10:24 pm
    I never boo Yankees when I’m in attendance at the stadium. I’m just not kind of fan. I see people booing at the stadium and they look ridiculous.

    I save my venting for the blog.

    That being said, I’m ready to start booing the snot out of Texeira.

    The day his Yankee run at 1b ends can’t come soon enough. I hope the fans and the media put some heat on him. Maybe he’ll waive his no trade clause someday.

    The Yankees need to be looking for a platoon partner for him at 1b to face RHP.

    He is a zero. Once a month he’ll have a monster game, Girardi will give him cookies for it and he’ll coast off it as he drops further into the abyss.

    He’s a shell of the player the Yankees signed.

    And that’s not Cashman’s fault.

    It’s all on Tex.

    Show some pride and hit.

    ——————-

    G.Love do you know how much heat ive been getting for saying that for yeas ? I saw Tex become the zero in 2010 and all I’d get from people is NO WAY he’ll come around.. blah blah..

    Jerkface still thinks Tex is doing well .. LOL!

    Tex is a disaster and if it wasnt for the no trade he’d be gone.

  22. backbench May 2nd, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    “The O’s will be where they belong by the time the season is over. In the cellar.”

    OK to mark the tape with that prediction?

  23. theREALkevin May 2nd, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    backbench, I am very comfortable saying the O’s will finish the season in last or second to last place in the division.

  24. MTU May 2nd, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    “Banuelos strong in return from DL”

    :)

  25. MTU May 2nd, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Halladay sucked tonight.

    :)

  26. MTU May 2nd, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Phelps pitches tomorrow.

    :)

  27. MTU May 2nd, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Boston and Texas both lost.

    :)

  28. MTU May 2nd, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    There are 138 games left in the season.

    :)

  29. MTU May 2nd, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    See where I’m goin’ with this.

    Have a good evening.

  30. Against All Odds May 2nd, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Against All Odds May 2nd, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    waka flocka May 2nd, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    AAO,

    I am not saying he wouldn’t have helped. I am saying that once those three players get rolling (and their track records suggest they will) then people will realize that this offense is more than adequate.

    ——————

    Understood but this is the Yankees when has the offense being more than adequate acceptable.

  31. J. Alfred Prufrock May 2nd, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    LOL at YES for showing a Montero strikout in the Tampa game.

    Not too calculated.

  32. MTU May 2nd, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    And finally.

    AJ Burnett gave up 12 earned runs tonight.

    :)

  33. J. Alfred Prufrock May 2nd, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Poor Tex. I don’t think he really knows how to fix it.

  34. bruceb May 2nd, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I see the bad AJ was back tonight. No surprise there then.

  35. Tar May 2nd, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Thank you Nick. But please dont go.

    “what’s the high road?”

    Just keep hitting it out of the ball park and avoid the BS if at all possible.

    I’m not so naive that I feel like everybody has to start singing kumbaya. I personaly like all three of you a lot and I suspect so do a lot of others. It’s just that— Like it or not your kind of like pillars around here, and nobody wins when pillars start knocking each other down. ( sorry for the bad analogy)

    Thanks– I’m done preaching.

  36. Benny Blanco May 2nd, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    “The day his Yankee run at 1b ends can’t come soon enough. I hope the fans and the media put some heat on him. Maybe he’ll waive his no trade clause someday.”

    What’s sad is that Tex has not received nearly the amount of heat Arod received. And Arod won two MVP’s with the yankees.

    Tex has not had one MVP season yet. Zilch, zippo.. nada!!!!!

  37. Tar May 2nd, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    “I think they pitched well but let’s not make these guys they faced out to be Felix Herandez, Cliff Lee, and Justin Verlander”

    Well their names might not be as recognizable, but they sure pitched a helluva series. I hope they keep it up in Bean-town.

  38. J. Alfred Prufrock May 2nd, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Why don’t we sign Abreu. He’d cost nothing and he has a history of hitting with RISP. No jokes, please, that we have no RISP.

    Since they don’t seem to care about good defense at anywhere but catcher, it won’t matter that Abreu is more of a yesteryear OF. He’ll fit right in, in fact.

  39. j9d May 2nd, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Tar, well said.

  40. MTU May 2nd, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Our 2 regular OF’er’s are out.

    Most of the team is slumping.

    Our SP is underperforming.

    I say we lynch ‘em all.

    Anybody got a rope ?

  41. Cashmoney May 2nd, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    like i said, i worry more about this offense more than pitching in the long term. tex needs to retool his swing imo, easier said than done. rod might be just old which he is. so u got 50 mil saddle in two players which allow little to no flexibility. I dont wanna talk ifs and buts with Montero cuz reality is … he is not here. this offense is still decent but at this point they are clearly not the best team in AL and may not be in AL East either. the clear financial advantage Yanks still possess are simply not allocated correctly. with little ability to add payroll this might be what we have to roll with the rest of the season.

  42. Benny Blanco May 2nd, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    MTU,

    AJ burnett’s era was 1.38 before the 12 runs. He’s now at a heathy 8.38 era. Back to normal.

  43. J. Alfred Prufrock May 2nd, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    MTU,

    How about just signing Abreu? Good contact hitter who drives people in.

  44. J. Alfred Prufrock May 2nd, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Our starters the last two games pitched well enough to win if the offense was at all interested.

    They scored 3 runs in 3 G. They miss Swish and Gardner, but neither’s coming back soon. Sign Abreu, at least as a stop-gap. You can always release the guy.

  45. MTU May 2nd, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Benny-

    Perspective is needed.

    We go thru this every season.

    Every team goes thru this every season.

    Every team will continue to got thru this every season of every year.

    Have a good night Benny.

    I had a tought hike today. I’m tired.

    I’ll see ya’ tomorrow.

    Keep the faith.

    ;)

  46. LGY May 2nd, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    It appears blake was right about Hebrew Hammer being P.

    Weird that he’s using his father’s twitter.

    I just thought Lost had gone crazy like SJ.

  47. sammiejohnson May 2nd, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I don’t think it is a done deal yet, but read on twitter today Abreu was on verge of signing with LAD.

  48. J. Alfred Prufrock May 2nd, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    There is no father and their is no kid.

    They’re the same.

  49. G. Love May 2nd, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Signing Abreu would actually show brains. If you sign him, you can put Swisher at 1b against RHP and give Tex a “rest” day.

    Seriously. It’s come to that.

  50. J. Alfred Prufrock May 2nd, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Is that so? That’s a shame. Too bad AJ refused to go to the Angels. Thanks for the scoop, sammie.

    Time to hit the sack.

  51. Cashmoney May 2nd, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    MTU, i am sure offense suffers a bit and is short without swisher and gardner, but the middle of order is a legit concern and might not get much better than what u see now. I mostly meant arod and tex in this case.

  52. randy l. May 2nd, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    tar-

    as i said, i agree with you that the high road is the way to go.

    i’m all for the debate continuing with all view points represented.

    i was actually trying to tweak trisha into getting back into the debate.

    the real issues as i see it is that management has taken an odd turn and it’s not working out so well.

    the “PITCHING WINS” strategy of cashman isn’t really working.

    it is possible for a variety of reasons that the yankees need new direction trying to get under the 189 million number . if hal has given cashman new instructions on how the yankees are to proceed maybe he should get someone better able to do it who is used to having tight budgets .

  53. J. Alfred Prufrock May 2nd, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    G. Love,

    Yup. Check Abreu’s career numbers with RISP and 2 out with RISP. Just a good, professional hitter.

    ‘Nite, folks.

  54. MTU May 2nd, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    JAP-

    I do not see a need for an emergency maneuver just yet.

    Don’t think Abreu is the guy we all remember.

    See ya’ tomorrow.

    Faith is believing when there is no apparent reason or any real sign of proof.

    ;)

  55. G. Love May 2nd, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    JAP – I always a Abreu fan. He was a professional hitter. All that “scared of the wall” garbage used to upset me. He played a whole season.

    To think we’ve gone from Damon, Abreu, Matsui and Sheff to some of the bats we’re sporting out there now is just sad.

    I used to give Melky some stick for flailing at the breaking balls, but man I’d kill to have him back in pinstripes. At least Melky played with some heart and sense of the moment.

  56. Rich in NJ May 2nd, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    I’m pro-Abreu. It seems like a risk-free option.

  57. Cashmoney May 2nd, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    randi, perhaps pitching is big part of winning equation, great to good pitching that is… except cashman has demonstrate little to no ability in identifying such. time for change might be just right, but unless Yanks tanks big time i dont see cashman going in reality. not saying ur reasoning isnt sound but just mere stark reality in my mind.

  58. Rich in NJ May 2nd, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Cashman just re-signed. He’s staying. Girardi would pay first if they severely underperform. The only caveat being if the suits are more embarrassed by the personal indiscretions than they publicly admit.

    All that said, Tex, A-Rod, and Cano should be good enough to start compensating for their underperformances, and the team should be fine. Not as good as they could have been, but good enough to win the WS if they get lucky.

  59. Melkmanisinhotlanta May 2nd, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    I miss SJ! He must be in busy season at the barber shop lolololololololoolol

  60. backbench May 2nd, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    re Tex, MLB did a spot about how many teams are using the shift against specific hitters and how the better ones are figuring out how to adjust and overcome the defense. Needless to say, Tex was not mentioned.

  61. Tar May 2nd, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    “the “PITCHING WINS” strategy of cashman isn’t really working.”

    It kind of reminds me of the “run prevention strategy” of Theo’s. That didn’t work out so good either.

    The concept of great pitching wins.. is sound. But you know what they say about the best laid plans…

    Blake mentioned Montero and Yu yesterday–ouch that hurts to think about.

  62. Bronx Jeers May 2nd, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    My NY sports team happy meter could use a Ranger goal about now. :sad:

  63. Tar May 2nd, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Speaking of Blake you hear about Davis on the Heels coaching staff?

  64. Rich in NJ May 2nd, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Pitching does win…when you have a dynamic offense to support it.

  65. G. Love May 2nd, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Right now the 2 team is 2 impact bats short. Cano will come out of this. I’m not sure Tex and Arod will. Our catching offense will be nothing for the season so we’re playing with 8 spots for offense like an NL team.

    I think the Yankees really need to reconfigure the batting order and put Gardner leadoff when he’s healthy, put Jeter back in the 2 hole, Cano 3 and Grandy 4. Grandy needs to be in a place of prominence with some runners on and Cano will get pitches to hit with Grandy waiting behind him.

    If the Mets somehow put David Wright on the block this summer, the Yankees should go all in.

  66. Bronx Jeers May 2nd, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Pitching does win…when you have a dynamic offense to support it.

    ————————————————

    As the great poet-philosopher Rob Base once said…… It takes two to make a thing go right. It takes two to make it outta sight.

  67. Cashmoney May 2nd, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    seeing martin abs reinforce the idea how valuable to is to have an offensive player like Po in traditionally defensive position which makes it easier to augment a team ability to assemble an cyclical lineup.

  68. Bronx Jeers May 2nd, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Going to triple overtime in the Ranger-Caps game. That’s top of the 16th inning in baseball speak. Only in hockey the players actually do things like move fast, sweat and breath hard.

  69. HebrewHammer May 2nd, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    new post

  70. Wang IS Taiwan May 2nd, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    G Love,

    I’m with you. I never booed our players at Yankee Stadium — unless they didn’t play hard or were just lazy/lax out there (I would certainly have booed Andruw in the field last week).

    But Tex? He was supposed to have worked on his crappy swing in the offseason. He did NOTHING to improve it.

    And Girardi just ignores it…I guess he thinks the problem will just go away on its own.

  71. rm May 3rd, 2012 at 12:21 am

    from MLBTR:
    Yankees Sign Adonis Garcia
    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [May 2, 2012 at 9:21pm CST]
    9:21pm: Garcia signed a one-year minor league contract worth $400K according to Marc Carig of The Star Ledger (on Sulia).

    4:16pm: The Yankees have signed Cuban outfielder Adonis Garcia, Ben Badler of Baseball America reports. The 26-year-old became a free agent in February and drew interest from a number of teams.
    —————————–

    That may explain why the Yankess were so reluctant to put another outfielder on the 40 man roster. They may want to geve Garcia a chance first

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