Yankees Fall to 2nd Place After 8 Losses in 10 Games

The Yankees lost 4-3 to the Tampa Bay Rays last night after journeyman Dan Johnson blasted a pair of two-run home runs off of Phil Hughes and the Yankees offense was held in check by Big Game James Shields.

Here are some highlights:

  • The Yankees offense wasn’t exactly absent, but they failed to get timely hits with men on base. There were 10 runners stranded during the game.
  • Derek Jeter scored on a Curtis Granderson home run in the 7th after some theatrics got him on base as he faked being hit by a pitch.
  • Rays manager Joe Madden was ejected arguing after Jeter’s move.
  • Aside from the 2 home runs, Hughes pitched a very good game getting into the 7th inning for the first time since July 9th.
  • It’s fashionable to hate on Austin Kearns today as the backup left fielder went 1-for-4 with 3 strikeouts and was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double.
  • Andy Pettitte, groin, should be back Sunday. Brett Gardner, wrist, could be back tomorrow. And Nick Swisher, knee, has no timetable, but this weekend is a possibility.

The Yankees have been in one of their worst, certainly of this season, and probably since 2008. Out of their last eight loses though, five have been by just a single run. So it’s not like they’re in a deep freeze, losing that many one-run games is really based on a lot of luck. Or in this case, bad luck.

The Yankees have an off-day today and then a three game series against the Orioles. The O’s have been better of late, but they are still beneath the Yankees and need to be beaten. If the Yankees don’t win at least two of three, it should be considered a failure.

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11 Responses to Yankees Fall to 2nd Place After 8 Losses in 10 Games

  1. seasonedobserver says:

    All season long this team has been horrible at situational hitting. Failing to get a runner home from third with less then 2 outs has been their bane and has killed them in close games. I can't remember the last sac fly. Until the long swinging pull hitters start shortening up and going the other way in these situations, because the league has learned to jam them then throw it outside to be rolled over on, their days are numbered.

  2. seasonedobserver, you might be slipping. Or at least your eyes are bias. The Yankees are 4th in the AL in OPS with RISP and they're actually better in that situation, 109 OPS+ than they are in typical situations, 100 OPS+.

    So they've actually been very good with situational hitting.

  3. Steve Henn says:

    seasonedobserver, you are correct with regards to the current stretch the Yankees are in, but, over the course of the whole season, I have to side with Rob.

  4. Looking further into it, they are the best in baseball at bringing home a runner on third with less than 2 outs, 123 OPS+. So really, you couldn't be more wrong.

    • seasonedobserver says:

      Well Rob you have the stats. I have to bow to those. But I will hold steady. You can have 99 RBIs when your already ahead by 6 runs and only 1 in the clutch and still have 100 RBI season.

      • With the score within 1 run, the Yankees have the third best OPS+ in the AL behind only Minnesota and Boston. Within 2 runs they are 2nd in the AL. Looking at all the splits, no matter what the situation, the Yankees are 1st, 2nd or 3rd across the board. They are actually pretty consistent even in clutch situations.

  5. Even if you managed to watch every inning of every game while taking meticulous notes, I would still think you were being bias. It's just not possible to judge 27-40 at bats X 162 accurately.

  6. lee says:

    "losses"

  7. seasonedobserver says:

    Then maybe 160 wins would not be enough for me. I'll wait fot the funk to run it's course and let the stats carry us home.

    Go Yanks