Daily Archives: June 21, 2013

Game 73 Lineup: Rays vs. Yankees

Here’s the lineup for Game 2 of this 4 game set! David Phelps vs. Roberto Hernandez!

Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Zoilo Almonte LF
Jayson Nix SS
David Adams 3B
Austin Romine C

RHP David Phelps

Some Notes:

— The Yankees have DFA’d Reid Brignac and Alberto Gonzalez now has his spot on the roster. Surprising fact, the Yankees were 27-16 before acquiring Brignac. After acquiring Brignac? 12-17.

Yankees Reaching a New Low

VERN-OFF: Vernon Wells, mired in a 13-for-110 slump, grounds out to the pitcher to end the sixth inning of the Yankees’ 8-3 loss to the Rays last night — a game in which he was pinch hit for by Zoilo Almonte, who had one prior big league at-bat

What can you really say at this point? This Yankees offense is just painful to watch at this point. Chris Stewart, no that is not a typo, has been the Yankees’ best right handed hitter this season. The Yankees have had only two home runs from right handed hitters in the last 30 days; one from David Adams and one from Mark Teixeira. Remember last year when the Yankees hit too many home runs or something like that?

On some level I feel as though some Yankees fans are they getting what they deserve for complaining about the 2012 that finished 1st in MLB in home runs (245), 2nd in runs (804), first in wOBA (.342), and 1st in wRC+ (113). That was an offense that should have been appreciated and not get torn down. Some people are just too spoiled. Those people are now seeing exactly what a brutal offense looks like.

This year the Yankees are 21st in MLB in runs scored (279), 17th in home runs (73), 26th in wOBA (.297) and 27th in wRC+ (83). Austin Romine, Reid Brignac and Vernon Wells all have WAR’s 0 or below. David Adams (.1 WAR), Lyle Overbay (.2) Jayson Nix (.2) are not far away from that mark. Whenever the team is down three runs the game is probably over and you just can’t win that way.

The Yankees only have a grand total of two hitters who strike any feat into opposing pitchers whatsoever. Brett Gardner has had a great season, but he isn’t capable of carrying the team for long stretches. Robinson Cano has only had a good, but not spectacular season for him. Even the starting pitching has had a recent rough patch, which you cannot blame them for since they have been carrying the team all season.

With the way things are going the Yankees seem to be in danger of falling out of the race before the injured players return and the trade deadline. Although, Boston’s struggles have allowed the Yankees to not fall very far back at this point. Those are really the only two avenues that can really make a difference at this point. The Zolio Almonte’s and Thomas Neal’s of the world are unlikely to put this team back on track.

It will be interesting to see what happens at the trade deadline. Even if the Yankees fell out of it there are not really many  pieces on this roster that they could sell because most of the players either suck or make too much money. Unfortunately, the Yankees won’t get lucky like the Red Sox did and have another team come save them of their horrid contracts.

If the Yankees are still in the race how many good pieces would they give up for a rental player? Since they are probably more than one bat away from competing for a championship I would be hesitant in giving away any top prospect for a rental. However, if a good hitter becomes available that is under team control for a few years that would be a different story. We can all dream about Giancarlo Stanton and Chase Headley I suppose.

Who is at fault for this mess? Its tough to assign blame between Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman since nobody really knows what exactly is going on in upper management. My gut feeling tells me that Cashman’s hands were tied so tight because of the budget that the majority of the blame should go to Steinbrenner.

There is not much Cashman could have done last winter when he was only permitted to give out one year deals. I’m going to assume that Cashman would have brought back Russell Martin if he had the financial ability to. There was nobody signed at either third base or shortstop this winter that would have made a big difference. Eric Chavez would have been an upgrade, but he would never had been able to stay healthy playing everyday and he seemed eager to leave New York anyways.

In the outfield the Yankees could not have anticipated Curtis Granderson going down to fluke injuries, but the fact that right field is a mess is no surprise. However,  Ichiro Suzuki felt more like an ownership move, so I do not really put this one on Cashman either. The guys he targeted in Nate Schierholtz and Tori Hunter are both having very good years and would have been upgrades.
Steinbrenner is getting what he deserves at this point. The product on the field, attendance and TV ratings are a disaster right now.

That’s what you get when you self impose an unnecessary budget when you own a team that is probably worth more than any team in professional sports and put a product on the field that in no way matches the prices you are charging for tickets. Not to mention the fact that Steinbrenner still says winning is the number one priority when clearly was not the case last offseason. All you can hope for at this point is that what’s happening with the Yankees right now causes change.

Morning Bits

Good morning everyone!

The Yankees fell to the Rays last night by a score of  8-3.

Andy Pettitte allowed 5 earned runs on 9 hits in 6 2/3 innings.

The Yankees continue to struggle offensively, scoring 3 runs on only 6 hits.

Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner were hitless, lowering their batting averages to .221 and .216 respectively.

The second game of the three game series with the Rays begins at 7:05 PM ET tonight and will match David Phelps(4-4, 4.08 ERA) with Roberto Hernandez(4.7, 5.02 ERA).

Now on to today’s news links:

Mark Feinsand, Roger Rubin, and Anthony McCarron say that the Yankees are too aggressive on the basepaths.

Matthew Stanmyre of the Star-Ledger talks about how atrocious Vernon Wells has been at the plate.

Jon Heyman of CBSSPORTS.com has this to say about the Yankees seeking bats via trade and wonders if any are available.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post thinks the Yankees may need to dump Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain at any cost.

Have a great day everyone!