Sunday, June 30, 2013

Game 80 Wrap-Up: BAL 11 NYY 3

This is starting to get sad.  That's all that you can really say right now.  The Yankees just don't hit, at all.  Ever.  It doesn't matter if they get a great starting pitching performance, a good one, a decent one, or an absolute horseshit one like David Phelps gave them yesterday.  This team is folding its tent as we speak and there's a good chance they head into the All Star Break in 4th place or even 5th in this division.  It's hard to say they no-showed with 11 hits last night; that's better than nothing.  With what Phelps gave them in his start though, nothing would have been just as helpful.

Game Notes:

- It was ugly right from the start last night.  The Yanks strung together 3 straight hits in the top of the 1st only to come away with nothing, and Phelps responded by giving up 4 in the bottom half, the big blow a 3-run homer by Chris Davis.

- He managed to keep Baltimore off the board in the 2nd, then melted down big time in the 3rd.  After getting the first out of the inning, Phelps went walk, single, walk, single, HR to the next 5 batters and was lifted after giving up 5 more runs.  Less than a third of the way through the game and it was 9-0.

- Even when the Yankees did score in the top of the 6th it was pathetic.  With the bases loaded and 1 out, they got a run on a Zoilo Almonte sac fly and another on a fielding error.  The Bronx Bombers these guys are not.

- Davis hit his 2nd HR of the game - and 30th(!) of the year - in the bottom of the 6th.  Even as an opponent, you have to marvel at what he's doing this season.  That was the only stain on an otherwise solid relief outing by Ivan Nova.

- Brett Gardner doubled in a run in the 9th for the final Yankee run.  Not that it mattered.

F*ck Yeahs:

- Gardner: 2-5, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K.  At least he's still there at the top of the lineup.  If he actually had more than 1 hitter of value behind him he'd probably be among the league leaders in runs scored.

Oh Nos:

- Phelps: 2.1 IP, 9 H, 9 ER, 2 BB, 1 K.  Sadly enough, this wasn't Phelps' shortest or worst outing of the year.  But it was plenty bad.  He had nothing, nothing even close to making him competitive against a strong lineup like Baltimore's.  The saying all along has been that Phelps is good enough as a 4th/5th starter.  The truth is that lately he's been pretty shitty.

- Vernon Wells: 1-5, 1 K, 5 LOB.  Down to .224.

- Lyle Overbay: 1-4, 4 LOB.  Down to .239.

Next Up:

- Series finale is tonight and it's another ESPN game.  I honestly don't know if I want to watch.  If I do, it'll be Hiroki Kuroda on the mound trying to stop this skid against Chris Tillman.

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