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Familiar story: Lack of run support spoils Kuroda’s strong start

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 02, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hiroki Kuroda

Hiroki Kuroda has been a good big league pitcher for six years, but he has a sub-.500 record because of games like this one. Kuroda pitched well tonight in Houston, but the Yankees lineup hit too many weak ground balls, struck out too many times and missed too many scoring opportunities in a 3-1 loss to the Astros. Kuroda allowed two runs on three hits through six innings, but the Yankees were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. After Carlos Beltran led off with a double in the eighth, Brian McCann, Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano each struck out swinging. Teixeira and Soriano also stranded runners at the corners in the sixth. In the seventh, the Yankees put runners at the corners with no outs, and spring training standout Yangervis Solarte made his big league debut pinch hitting against a left-handed reliever. Solarte hit into a double play, Jacoby Ellsbury walked and stole second, then Derek Jeter struck out to end the threat with the Astros still leading. Astros center fielder Dexter Fowler homered in the first inning and tripled in the third. Fowler has four extra-base hits in the first two games of the season. The Yankees have just two. The Astros also have four home runs in these two games, while the Yankees have scored just three runs and have yet to go deep.

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50 Responses to “Familiar story: Lack of run support spoils Kuroda’s strong start”

  1. Your Name Here April 2nd, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I really feel bad for Cano. He must really be missing the protection from this line up.

  2. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    I feel bad for Kuroda. Hopefully his next start garners him some good run support.

  3. igotid88 April 2nd, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    At least there’s 160 games left

  4. pat April 2nd, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    ouch…..

    @blummer27
    I think the #Yankees just lost 2 straight to one of their revenue checks. #Astros

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    I’ll listen to the postgame. I already added YES on, so I may as well take advantage.

  6. bigdan22 April 2nd, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Wow. That was pathetic.

    Hey losing the first two games of the year is pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of things. But losing them to the Astros? And they were completely outplayed. The Astros had better starting pitching, better hitting (how many extra base hits/homers did Yankee pitching give up?) and better defense.

    Infield defense is the least of our worries.

  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    “Infield defense is the least of our worries.”

    It’s looking that way, right?

  8. The Fifth Core Foursman April 2nd, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Hey take away Dexter Fowler and its only 1-1 !

  9. pat April 2nd, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    I really feel bad for Cano. He must really be missing the protection from this line up.

    “The Mariners have scored 24 runs on 30 hits, including 15 extra base hits, so far this season.”

  10. JonahFalcon April 2nd, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    When you know the Yanks are doomed when they’re down 2-0, it’s a bad sign.

  11. JonahFalcon April 2nd, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    “Hey losing the first two games of the year is pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of things.”

    They don’t count in the standings?

  12. bigdan22 April 2nd, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Average with RISP is a bit of a deceptive stat. Usually when a team has a low RISP average, it’s not a case of an inability to come through in the clutch. It usually is much worse than that. It usually means they are just bad hitters.

  13. sjb23 April 2nd, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Prediction: Girardi describes his team as “scuffling” during the post game.

  14. pat April 2nd, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Too many jokes to just pick one……..

    AndrewMarchand
    Joe Girardi’s postgame press conference is being held in the batting cage. No joke.

  15. pete2 April 2nd, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Meanwhile, the Mariners are well on their way to sweeping the Angels who have the Man God Trout on their side , having outscored them 24-6 in 3 games with Cano batting 444.

    I am pretty sure the Mariners will lose someday and the Yankees will win one too.

    With 3 minutes to go in the 1st quarter of the 1st game of the year, the Yankees are down by a touchdown. Super Bowl hopes are still alive despite the deficit.

  16. bigdan22 April 2nd, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Oh, and Solarte had by far the best AB with RISP. A foot either way he might have been tonight’s hero.

    So it goes. . . .

  17. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    I’m worried about Girardi. He actually thinks the Yankees can turn this around.

    Dear God, can’t he please read this forum and see all the experts who know better, because you know they have tons more experience playing major league baseball than he does!

    :D

    Night all!

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    OMG it got worse! The I just heard the Jays took 2 out of 3 from the Rays, and tonight was a 3-0 shutout.

    I heard Maddon has conceded the season.

    :lol:

  19. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    “Girardi thought they could turn it around last season, too!

    Nighty Night!”

    And if they didn’t have record numbers of injuries, I’m sure they could have! But don’t let relevant details ruin your on-going silly narrative.

    Nighty night!

    :)

  20. pete2 April 3rd, 2014 at 12:11 am

    At least the Rays have won a game. Everyone knows losses are magnified when you are winless.

    The Astros throwing out a LHP’er tomorrow. That should help kick start the offense. Jeter, Tex and Soriano should have a good day against a LHP’er. Johnson might sit in favor of Solarte.

  21. Jerkface April 3rd, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Not the best start to the season but Nova, Tanaka, Pineda is going to be fun to watch start the next 3 games.

  22. yankinvegas April 3rd, 2014 at 12:30 am

    The only reason that this sucks is you all the other playoff contenders in the AL will probably not lose a series in Houston, except the West teams who play 3 series there.
    I hate playing bad teams early in the year before they realize how bad they are.
    The whole team, except Roberts and Gardner, are having bad at bats in the clutch. Sori is in one of his famous funks.
    It’s only two games but 0 and 2 looks lousy in the standings.
    A couple of wins now will make everyone relax and we can go from there.

  23. The Fifth Core Foursman April 3rd, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Novnakaneda come forth!

  24. 28in14 April 3rd, 2014 at 12:36 am

    The pitching staff isn’t the problem, Jerkface. The same crap offense, unwillingness to work counts, and RISP failures are the problem.

  25. 28in14 April 3rd, 2014 at 12:37 am

    If the Yankee didnt want to give Cano 10 years, then they should have given him 240 million over 7 years.

  26. 28in14 April 3rd, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Surely, the 80 million difference between him & Ellsbury’s 160 would be worth it.

  27. bbb51 April 3rd, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Soriano missed much of spring training and is adjusting to DH, he has more of an excuse than anyone else in the lineup except possibly Ellsbury.

    Obviously, the offense needs to get going.

    Few bright spots. I did say before the season that Roberts would be fine as long as he can avoid the big injury.

    I’m looking forward to the starting pitching in the next 3 games but the offense needs to put up some runs.

  28. Cashmoney April 3rd, 2014 at 12:42 am

    I think Yanks are in need of a big bat in the middle of this lineup. I posed to Chad as question @ noon, Chad’s assessment was basically team is okay offensively with this nucleus, I don’t necessary disagree with that in terms this team being competitive. there were no Ortiz or Cabrera to be had in FA and that probably won’t happen in terms acquisition due to the state of the farm during the season.

    But I think to succeed in the playoffs and making that next step to championship. This team needs a power bat that hits good pitching.

  29. UnKnown April 3rd, 2014 at 12:46 am

    It’s really cute and clever to make fun of how the first 2 games don’t mean anything, really it’s funny. Ha Ha. :roll:

    BUT the first 2 games mean just as much as any other 2 games in the season. Honestly you can’t be losing a series to the Stros. Newflash: They are terrible and suck. They will be the worst team in all of baseball this year. Is the season over? Of course not. Do these two losses hurt, especially because the East is going to be a damn knock’em out drag’em out back alley street fight? YES

    SO it would probably be a good idea to win tomorrow night and salvage something from this trip to Houston outside of a pair of ugly cowboy boots.

  30. Jarak April 3rd, 2014 at 12:50 am

    1998 Yankees record after 5 games: 1-4. Nuf said. Now I’m not saying the team will win 114 games, but I am saying ITS ONLY TWO DARN GAMES. Let’s see where we are April 30 before going ape.

  31. UnKnown April 3rd, 2014 at 1:03 am

    You’re right. I definitely think the Yankees should lose 2 more out of the next 3 for sure so they will be 1-4. I mean that’s what the 1998 team did and we all know that’s the ticket for success. Start every season 1-4, every team’s dream. HUZZAH!!

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