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Sabathia’s early mistakes prove costly in Yankees loss

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 22, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

On a handful of early mistakes, the Rays were stunningly efficient and CC Sabathia was simply stunned. A four-run first inning opened the door to a 5-1 Rays win in tonight’s series opener at Tropicana Field. Sabathia struck out his first hitter and went ahead 0-and-2 against the second. Through six pitches, his outing was nearly perfect, but his seventh pitch was Ryan Roberts’ first home run. Then came three straight two-out hits — in a span of five pitches – capped by a two-run homer by Yunel Escobar. Two innings later, Roberts went deep again. Nevermind that Sabathia ultimately pitched seven innings without allowing another run — allowing just one of his final 18 batters to reach second base – that four-run first was far too much against Matt Moore, who allowed two hits through eight innings. Robinson Cano’s home run was the only damage the Yankees lineup could do.

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59 Responses to “Sabathia’s early mistakes prove costly in Yankees loss”

  1. RadioKev April 22nd, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    ac1 April 22nd, 2013 at 9:38 pm
    Yankees have turned back into a homerun or bust offense with no risp or speed…
    ———-

    Or they just faced a great pitcher…

  2. itsgonnabealongseason April 22nd, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    So, again, CC proves he’s not close to an ace. He’s just a workhorse who can’t beat division rivals.

  3. luis April 22nd, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    luis April 22nd, 2013 at 9:43 pm
    Well… we need to adress our struggles against LHP… Granted, Moore was almost unhittable, but they struggled to hit Buerhle!!

    Francisco needs to go, Youkilis needs to come back and we need to bring up Adams… Hopefully RH Tex will be back at some point this season.

  4. luis April 22nd, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Good night guys

  5. Pat M. April 22nd, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Face…I’m going to be in NYC for a stickball tourney, Yankee game and hopefully for a Garden event… How about you and I meeting up for a drink somewhere, I’ll sponsor the evening…. It be worth it every dollar, besides you get to hang out with some former ballplayers and tell everyone how much you know and how little we know about the game…. And then we flip a coin to see who gets to toss your arse in the dumpster out in the back alley

  6. Jerkface April 22nd, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    So I take it you think fastballs can rise?

  7. Captain Clutch April 22nd, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I think Hafner can do what Francisco does at the plate with his eyes closed. Does Joey binder really think that he is the better option? His at bats aren’t even competitive. Girardi has to stop with the binder stuff and throw the major leaguers out there no matter what side of the plate they hit from over the AAA guys.

  8. Rich in NJ April 22nd, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    If they really want to contend, they need to get real about the pathetic lineup they put up v. LHP.

  9. Rich in NJ April 22nd, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Hafner hasn’t hit LHP either in recent years. Plus, he gets hurt a lot.

    They need to try something else.

  10. fantasygame101 April 22nd, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Just need RH batter who can hit lefty pitcher or our righty bat switch to batting left handed against them, maybe they can do better.

  11. Rich in NJ April 22nd, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    CC’s velo rose as the game wore on, so maybe he does have a problem getting loose.

  12. Rich in NJ April 22nd, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Sorry:

    Link

  13. Cashmoney April 22nd, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Cashmoney April 22nd, 2013 at 10:20 pm
    Not really surprised by result tonight. The lineup is woeful against Lefties. CC has zero margin for errors with his diminished velo early. I expect Yanks to have a chance against AP and Cobb matchup.

  14. Cashmoney April 22nd, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    NY pitchers have little margin for errors when this lineup go up against a quality lefty.

  15. MTU April 22nd, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I hope CC’s velocity increases as the season goes along.

  16. MTU April 22nd, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I give Mustelier about a week’s worth of games and then he’s on a bus to NYS.

    ;)

  17. Rich in NJ April 22nd, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    “NY pitchers have little margin for errors when this lineup go up against a quality lefty.”

    That’s currently true, but I’m not sure that we fully know whether the team is underperforming v. LHP or overperforming v. RHP.

    Now, if the Yankees could develop a pitcher like Matt Moore, I would feel a lot better about either outcome.

  18. Captain Clutch April 22nd, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Since the beginning of April Adams is hitting .342. I mean seriously what else does he have to do? He can play 3rd base until Youk comes back and then let him play 3rd everyday while Youk plays 1st base. It’s obvious that the lineup needs a change.

  19. Rich in NJ April 22nd, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Bryan Hoch ?@BryanHoch 20s
    Joe Girardi said it “might be a couple of more days” until Kevin Youkilis (sore back) is available to play. #Yankees
    _

    It’s hard to believe that this is a one-off.

  20. Captain Clutch April 22nd, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Wasn’t the injury that Youk had with the Red/White Sox his back? If so that is really bad news.

  21. MTU April 22nd, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    No one should be surprised if members of the “bandaid brigade” spend time on the DL.

    The Team is carrying a ton of age-related risk.

    It would take great good fortune for them to stay healthy for long periods of time.

  22. jacksquat April 22nd, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    They put Adams on waivers so obviously they do not think very highly of him. Although, apparently neither do all the other teams. I’m all for giving him a shot, but I think there is a low chance of that happening any time soon.

  23. MTU April 22nd, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    There’s a low probablity of the Yankees using any of their Rookies since they prefer veterans in general.

    To me it really does not make sense. Especially under the current condtions.

  24. J. Alfred Prufrock April 22nd, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    The Team is carrying a ton of age-related risk.
    ////

    MTU,

    Their idea of “age-related risk” is anyone under 33. So if Mustelier can just hang tight for another five years, he’ll get his shot.

  25. Rich in NJ April 22nd, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    “There’s a low probablity of the Yankees using any of their Rookies since they prefer veterans in general.”

    Which is a large reason they are in this $230 mess.

  26. J. Alfred Prufrock April 22nd, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Adams is 25 years old, hits both righties and lefties, is batting .342 and OPS’ing at .944, and is solid enough at 3B.

    Of what possible use could he be?

  27. Captain Clutch April 22nd, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    It’s really annoying that the Yanks don’t give any of the younger guys a chance to see if they can help. They just assume this guy can’t help and that guy won’t hit lefties in the majors. Would it really kill them to to give Adams or Musty a chance for 6 weeks to see what happens? I doubt they can worse than the guys they are throwing out there now.

  28. MTU April 22nd, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    JAP-

    :)

    Rich-

    The “win-now” mentality is also responsible. As is the “All hands on deck” approach.

    Development takes patience and a consistent approach. It was cool when they bought guys but it doesn’ work on a budget.

    The Yankees need to redefine/rediscover their identity and stick to it. They are in between right now.

  29. MTU April 22nd, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    JAP-

    Ronnier doesn’t exactly suck either.

    Nor does Montgomery.

    These guys should get a shot. They can help IMO.

    They are both likely better than Nix.

  30. Rich in NJ April 22nd, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    MTU

    They need to show some humility. Maybe they aren’t the smartest people on the room all time, as they appear to think. They are wrong a lot, but their payroll has erased their mistakes.

  31. MTU April 22nd, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Meant to say that both Adams and Musty are likely better than Nix IMO. sorry.

  32. MTU April 22nd, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Rich-

    I don’t know if it has to do with being arrogant.

    I think they must genuinely believe their approach is the correct one. It can be when you have a huge budget but I do not believe it works under 189.

    They need to make some adjustments IMO and they haven’t as yet.

  33. J. Alfred Prufrock April 22nd, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Would it really kill them to to give Adams or Musty a chance for 6 weeks to see what happens? I doubt they can worse than the guys they are throwing out there now.
    ///

    Considering guys like Nix and Francisco keep coming to the plate in key spots… I’ve been exhorting them for a year and a half now to give Adams a shot. They just don’t get it. They were “smart” when they had money. Without it, the emperor has no clothes, except from Filene’s basement.

  34. J. Alfred Prufrock April 22nd, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    JAP-

    Ronnier doesn’t exactly suck either.
    ///

    No, he can really hit. But he’s been hurt, and Adams is raking.

  35. Rich in NJ April 22nd, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    MTU

    How can it not be arrogant? The GM once said that IPK is an NL starter. He said that Melky is a 4th OF. He said has said that he can develop starting pitching since 2006, yet he hasn’t developed any with the possible exception of Hughes, and that’s still an open question.

    How can anyone who is wrong so often honestly believe that their approach is working?

  36. Rich in NJ April 22nd, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Oh, and he also pretends that he is just doing what Stick did, but stick didn’t build a team around all or nothing hitters, and he was able to keep and develop his best prospects.

  37. Jesus Bustero April 22nd, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Youk is fibbing. He just wants someone to massage his Sasquatch back.

  38. MTU April 22nd, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Rich-

    Cashman is the focal point but decisions in Yankeeland seem to be made by committee.

    I don’t like Cashman’s new found frankness anymore than you do. I sometimes think it’s the guys above him that really are running the show (i.e. Levine, Hal).

    It would not hurt me one bit if Cashman moves on. In fact, if Hal doesn’t have the passion I hope he sells real soon to someone who does.

    The talent selected in the draft seems good but the development thru the Minors has seemed wanting.

    Perhaps Patterson helps with that ?

    Overall the Yankees just have to have more patience and give their deserving rookies more of a shot.

    They also should consider giving extensions if they want to save money.

  39. luis April 22nd, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 22nd, 2013 at 10:50 pm
    Adams is 25 years old, hits both righties and lefties, is batting .342 and OPS’ing at .944, and is solid enough at 3B.

    Of what possible use could he be?

    =========================

    Bench warmer?? Bat boy?? Cheer leader?? Trade chip for Matt Garza?? ;)

    Seriously though, they need to see what he can do… This lineup is helpless against LHP… I understand he is hitting against both RHP and LHP… I don’t blame them tonight, Moore was almost unhittable ( except in the 7th when Wells had a very bad at bat with two on )… But their struggles are systemic against LH pitching, good or bad

  40. MTU April 22nd, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    JAP -

    Ronnier is more versatile than Adams. He can play 3B and OF corners.

    Adams can cover 2B/3B.

    It’s too bad one of them can’t play ss.

  41. Captain Clutch April 22nd, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Cano just goes to show that you never know what someone can do in the majors until you give them a chance. Adams could be a .300 hitter, who knows. It seems like the only prospects that the Yanks will give a chance to are the top ones. Otherwise they would rather use the crappy veteran who can’t hit but they have experience. I really don’t get it.

  42. luis April 22nd, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    MTU,

    To be honest, I wasn’t very impressed with Montgomery’s FB… His slider is good, but his FB is pedestrian… At least that’s what i could see when I saw him play.

    Good to see you by the way

  43. MTU April 22nd, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Luis-

    Same here. I know you must be very disappointed down there.

    I think MM is better than several of the guys in the pen.

    He’s doing extremely well at AAA so far this season. I say we challenge him and bring him up.

  44. J. Alfred Prufrock April 22nd, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Bench warmer?? Bat boy?? Cheer leader?? Trade chip for Matt Garza?? ;)

    Seriously though, they need to see what he can do… This lineup is helpless against LHP… I understand he is hitting against both RHP and LHP
    ///

    :D

    Agree, primo.

    By the way, crushed ;) :D

  45. J. Alfred Prufrock April 22nd, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    MTU April 22nd, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    JAP -

    Ronnier is more versatile than Adams. He can play 3B and OF corners.
    ///

    I agree, but he’s just coming back from the bone bruise and Adams is sizzling right now.

  46. Rich in NJ April 22nd, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    MTU

    While some decisions may be forced on Cashman, like the Ichiro signing, Levine doesn’t tell him who to draft or how to develop talent. Yet they haven’t developed high end talent like Cashman has promised.

    Similarly, I doubt that Levine cared if Cashman traded for Pineda or Gio. Yet Cashman traded for Pineda, a far riskier proposition.

    And I also doubt that Levine wants catchers that can’t hit but who are good defensively.

    Cashman cashes the big check. The buck stops with him.

  47. luis April 22nd, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Rich in NJ April 22nd, 2013 at 11:06 pm
    Oh, and he also pretends that he is just doing what Stick did, but stick didn’t build a team around all or nothing hitters, and he was able to keep and develop his best prospects.

    =============================

    To be fair, Stick didn’t have to deal with George ( he was banned )… or had the authoritas to resist him and get his way…. I don’t think Cashman has the character nor the conviction Stick had…. The 2008 season is very telling about it

  48. J. Alfred Prufrock April 22nd, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Montgomery goes in and out well with his fastball. Doesn’t throw as hard as Burawa/Kanhle/Pinder, but he’s got better command and some late life. The slider’s what’ll get him here, though.

  49. MTU April 22nd, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    OK JAP.

    Bring up Adams and let’s see what he can do.

    If he falters bring up Ronnier.

    The only reason Nix is a round is that he is the BU ss.

    Too bad Nunez hasn’t established himself yet. That would make Nix more expendable and open the door to others.

  50. J. Alfred Prufrock April 22nd, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    primo,

    Stick had to deal with George, and this is how he did it:

    “I don’t care if you DO fire me! In fact, I quit!”

    At least, that’s one story. George called him back on the phone and said, alright, you’re not fired, or something like that. LOL

  51. J. Alfred Prufrock April 22nd, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    luis,

    Did you see it? :D Quite the shot!

  52. luis April 22nd, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 22nd, 2013 at 11:14 pm
    Bench warmer?? Bat boy?? Cheer leader?? Trade chip for Matt Garza??

    Seriously though, they need to see what he can do… This lineup is helpless against LHP… I understand he is hitting against both RHP and LHP
    ///

    Agree, primo.

    By the way, crushed

    =============================

    Probably a fluke or a pitcher’s mistake right ;)

  53. MTU April 22nd, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Rich-

    You make some good points.

    Like I said no tears shed by me if Cashman moved on. Girardi too.

    Some fresh blood in the management ranks might be good.

    And please Hal, if you lack passion, sell the Team to someone who does.

  54. J. Alfred Prufrock April 22nd, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Probably a fluke or a pitcher’s mistake right ;)
    ///

    LOL. Well, it was over the plate, but he just destroyed it. Maybe it’ll get him going – he’s got 3 RBI tonight, too. Happy for him.

  55. MTU April 22nd, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    New one —–>

  56. fantasygame101 April 22nd, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Tomorrow, I hope to see nunez on the 2nd spot and gardner or wells DH to rest them. I think ben Francisco needs a rest bec. he looks tired.

  57. Rich in NJ April 22nd, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    “To be fair, Stick didn’t have to deal with George ( he was banned )… or had the authoritas to resist him and get his way…. I don’t think Cashman has the character nor the conviction Stick had…. The 2008 season is very telling about it”

    luis

    This isn’t accurate. George was reinstated in 1993.

    He wanted Stick to trade Bernie; Stick had to lie to him and say that no one was interested.

    George almost traded Rivera and Posada for David Wells, but was talked out of that as well.

  58. luis April 22nd, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    MTU,

    I would bring both if I coud have my way…. Adams to third and Mustelier to RF… One promotion doesn’t have to preclude the other ;)

    Primo,

    The one time I saw Montgomery his FB didn’t have much movement… Maybe he was off that day, but that’s what I saw… His slider was very good though… I mean, Drob didn’t have as much velocity either but it looked a lot faster than it really was ( maybe Drob has more deception? ) and had that deceiving rising action ( excuse me JF, it may not rise, but it sure looks like it does ).

  59. comnsnse April 23rd, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Rich in NJ, your comments are exactly what blogs need, accurate information to make informed decisions ………..or comments. Good job.


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