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Yankees drop second straight in Chicago

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 21, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Another early lead squandered in Chicago. Tonight Kevin Youkilis hit a fifth-inning grand slam that carried the White Sox to a 7-3 win against the Yankees, who now need a win tomorrow to avoid a three-game series sweep. Just like yesterday, the Yankees had an early lead. Derek Jeter led off the game with a home run — his second in as many days — and the Yankees were up 2-0 before the White Sox had a chance to bat, but a leadoff triple in the second inning led to the first Chicago run, and Paul Konerko solo homer tied the game in the fourth. The big blow was the Youkilis grand slam. Russell Martin would homer two innings later, but the Yankees couldn’t climb all the way back. Ivan Nova lost for the fifth time since the end of June, allowing six runs through six innings.

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31 Responses to “Yankees drop second straight in Chicago”

  1. sunny615 August 21st, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Demote Nova when CC returns. Move phelps into his spot. When Pettitte returns take Garcia out.

  2. Ys Guy August 21st, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    if the yankees build a bigger lead, they might feel like they could let andy try to rehab in major league games and just deal with whatever happens, but that’s kinda tough to do and it disrupts the other guys trying to get it together for the PS. and if they only have a 4 game lead, i just don’t see how they could do that. if the lead is small its hard to see how you get andy in shape with sim games and then throw him into the last week of a pennant race or start him stone-cold in a PS game.

  3. mick August 21st, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Yanks are playing uninspired baseball. It’s the dog days and they are hurting.
    Their pen is overworked and the utility guys can’t handle the load.
    They face their ace tmw, they need the next day off and CC to infuse some energy back into them or Kuroda if they don’t want to disrupt his rhythm on Friday.
    Sweeping Cleveland and then home to Toronto could turn this around.
    Then it’s Sept and the callups with 3 in TB.

  4. blake August 21st, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    at least the Rays lost…..but blah

  5. Purenyyankee August 21st, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    There is no doubt this team gets swept tomorrow. They are too comfortable. Nova and Hughes are gutless. Chamberlain is a train wreck. Cano is lost. This team is in big trouble. And if anyone feels good about what they see, you’re delusional.

  6. jmirjmir August 21st, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Nova is just killing us.

    I know some would say his peripherals are catching up with him, but his stuff doesn’t look remotely similar to last year.

    I didn’t see the game tonight, but he’s had no bite whatsoever on his breaking stuff. It’s been tough to watch (or not watch, as the case was tonight).

  7. mick August 21st, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Cano has not been the same since the Melky fiasco, just sayin’…

  8. blake August 21st, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    ” And if anyone feels good about what they see, you’re delusional.”

    the last 2 games have stunk….but they did just take 3 of 4 from Texas and 2 of 3 from Boston before that…….

  9. mick August 21st, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Nova looks like he has hit a wall.

  10. Against All Odds August 21st, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    mick August 21st, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Cano has not been the same since the Melky fiasco, just sayin’…

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    He was slumping before that wasn’t he

  11. theREALkevin August 21st, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Cano for MVP is f’ing laughable. Keep quoting all those stats though. Beep Beep. I am a robot. I love stats. Beep beep. I love stats. Beep beep.

    MVPs don’t disappear for long stretches, make bonehead base running mistakes, loaf down the line, and swing at every f’ing pitch they see. Is Cano having a great season? Sure. MVP? Not even close. It’s not unreasonable at all, watching every game, to say that Jeter is just as important to the Yankees this year as Cano. Sorry yo.

    Later.

  12. mick August 21st, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    He may have been slumping but his head appears to be hanging now.

  13. bruceb August 21st, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Garcia stunk, Nova stunk, what are the odds Hughes will stink too tomorrow? The offense has to take some of the blame. For the second night running, they score early and then do next to nothing. The only good news is that – on paper at least – it gets easier after Chicago. But then the Rays beat the Royals with Price pitching – on paper.

  14. jacksquat August 21st, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Hughes better have his changeup and curve working tomorrow because this is a very good fastball hitting team.

  15. igotid88 August 21st, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    jmirjmir August 21st, 2012 at 10:56 pm
    Nova is just killing us.

    I know some would say his peripherals are catching up with him, but his stuff doesn’t look remotely similar to last year.

    I didn’t see the game tonight, but he’s had no bite whatsoever on his breaking stuff. It’s been tough to watch (or not watch, as the case was tonight).
    —————————-

    He always gets hit hard last year also though. Even if they weren’t always hits.

  16. igotid88 August 21st, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    he always got hit hard even last year. Even if they weren’t always hits

  17. jacksquat August 21st, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    bruceb August 21st, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    For the second night running, they score early and then do next to nothing.

    The offense scored 6 runs yesterday. Tonight they could have scored 6 and still lost. Not the offense.

  18. bruceb August 21st, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    The offense scored 6 runs yesterday. Tonight they could have scored 6 and still lost. Not the offense.

    True. I haven’t got the stats to back it up but it does feel like that they have squandered a lot of early leads this year. This team can’t slug it out like some of the Yankees teams of recent years. The lineup, particularly against a left-hander, is anything but circular these days. And Russell Martin is usually a big black hole at the bottom of the lineup most nights.

  19. bruceb August 21st, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    I actually expected to lose two, possibly all three in Chicago, as I didn’t like the pitching match-ups at all. But, in hindsight, I guess I just don’t have confidence in any of Garcia, Nova or Hughes against a good hitting team. The truth is that right now, we have three No. 5 starters – at best.

  20. joev_777 August 21st, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    It looks like another night of Nova throwing batting practice. I hope that he straightens out because he’s been nothing but mediocre the second half this season.

  21. jmirjmir August 21st, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    igotid88, last year, at least imo, I saw a good fastball, mixed with plus breaking stuff. This year, I see sloppy command of the fastball and toothless breaking stuff. He looks different to me, and it’s not just the results that make me say that. His stuff looks way worse, to my eye.

  22. UnKnown August 21st, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Anyone know why the Rays are off this Sunday? That is really weird.

    King Felix doing his thing again tonight.

  23. Nick in SF August 21st, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    The Rays play the A’s the day before and the A’s were one of the teams that opened the season in Japan, so I think it’s related to that?

  24. igotid88 August 21st, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    jmirjmir August 21st, 2012 at 11:32 pm
    igotid88, last year, at least imo, I saw a good fastball, mixed with plus breaking stuff. This year, I see sloppy command of the fastball and toothless breaking stuff. He looks different to me, and it’s not just the results that make me say that. His stuff looks way worse, to my eye.
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    Last year and early this year I felt he was getting lucky for the most part. Sure’s he’s pitched great as well. And has made pitches and gotten the big outs when he needed them. But I felt those hard outs and hits will eventually start to hurt him. I think he’s gotten away from the flack Hughes or any other pitcher struggling gets earlier in the season. Is because he still had a good won/loss record. And he still has a good won/loss record

  25. igotid88 August 21st, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Montero hits a hr

  26. igotid88 August 22nd, 2012 at 12:00 am

    He was 1 for 22 before that 3 run hr

  27. Pat M. August 22nd, 2012 at 12:01 am

    igotid88……..The mob menatlity will prevail and turn on Ivan just as they have on Hughes, Joba, Jeter, Alex, Texeria, Granderson etc…….That’s what this place has become sadly ……..Not many posts and even more have fled or just browse ……..The overall baseball IQ levels have plummented over the past few seasons and I still point to the offseason of 2009 as the turning point here……….Too many are quick to critque and ridicule but only a few will actually take a stand and go on the record……..It really has become ” The LowHud”

  28. CompassRosy August 22nd, 2012 at 12:01 am

    “Montero hits a hr”

    ~

    And I’m in session with the Supreme Court and got it on video.

    :)

  29. Nick in SF August 22nd, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Nice. 7 more to go. Shane Spencer hit, what, 10 in the month of September 1998?

    Montero can hit 7, right?

  30. igotid88 August 22nd, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Nick in SF August 22nd, 2012 at 12:03 am
    Nice. 7 more to go. Shane Spencer hit, what, 10 in the month of September 1998?

    Montero can hit 7, right?
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    I think there’s an even amount of road games left. I think 19 more

  31. Pops August 22nd, 2012 at 12:33 am

    There is no doubt this team gets swept tomorrow. They are too comfortable. Nova and Hughes are gutless. Chamberlain is a train wreck. Cano is lost. This team is in big trouble. And if anyone feels good about what they see, you’re delusional.
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    “no doubt” we get swept. “gutless”. “train wreck”. “lost”. “big trouble”. “delusional”.

    Really? Is this just hyperbole or are you actually serious?

    Look, nobody is happy about another loss where the team looked listless, but that’s baseball. It’s a long season. There are ups and downs. The Yanks are still 4 games up. They may not be on a roll right now, but with all the injuries they’ve had to deal with and with some key guys coming back, there’s no reason to jump off the GW bridge if they should get swept tomorrow.

    CC will help steady the rotation. Cano will turn things around. Getting Alex back may not be a silver bullet, but it will help. Then Andy returns, hopefully to get ready for the postseason.

    Other reasons to see the glass half full: Jeter is hitting with authority again. Tex has clearly been better over the last month+. Martin is no longer an automatic out. Ichiro has been everything the Yankees were hoping.

    In my mind, Nova is a real concern and hopefully the Yankees won’t be afraid to pull him from the rotation if he doesn’t do a 180 in his next start. Hughes and Joba, I think will be ok, but we’ll see. With Phelps pitching the way he is, the Yanks have some flexibility. Just need to get everyone healthy in time to fend off the Rays.

    So take a deep breath everyone and strap in for the stretch run. Nobody said it was going to be easy…


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