Archive for August 21st, 2010

vs. Jason Vargas PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Derek Jeter SS 7 0.143 0.143 0.143 0 0
Nick Swisher RF 7 0.600 0.571 0.800 0 1
Mark Teixeira 1B 6 0.167 0.167 0.167 0 0
Robinson Cano 2B 7 0.714 0.714 1.000 0 0
Marcus Thames DH 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Jorge Posada C 3 0.333 0.333 0.333 0 0
Austin Kearns LF 6 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Curtis Granderson CF 3 0.667 0.667 0.667 0 0
Eduardo Nunez 3B 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Total 40 0.342 0.350 0.421 0 1
vs. Javier Vazquez PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Ichiro Suzuki RF 28 0.296 0.321 0.407 0 1
Chone Figgins 2B 13 0.154 0.154 0.231 0 0
Russell Branyan DH 12 0.333 0.500 1.333 3 4
Jose Lopez 3B 21 0.211 0.238 0.211 0 2
Franklin Gutierrez CF 18 0.333 0.444 0.667 1 2
Casey Kotchman 1B 9 0.375 0.444 0.500 0 1
Josh Bard C 3 0.333 0.333 1.333 1 1
Michael Saunders LF 6 0.200 0.333 0.800 1 1
Josh Wilson SS 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Total 110 0.273 0.309 0.525 6 12


Yankees vs. Mariners    
Season: 2010 Season: 2009 Season: 2008 All-Time
TIED: 4-4 NYY: 6-4 NYY: 7-2 NYY: 201-161


  Last 10 Last 20 Last 30
Yankees 6-4 10-10 17-13
Mariners 7-3 10-10 13-17


  Home vs. RHP
Yankees 40-22 51-30
  Road vs. RHP
Mariners 20-41 38-46

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Like a vintage Mike Tyson fight, the Yankees confrontation with King Felix was over before it started. Heading into last night’s game, the Mariners’ ace righty had thrown three consecutive complete game victories against the Yankees, allowing only one run in the process. So, when Russell Branyan’s upper cut of an AJ Burnett fastball sent the pitch into the Yankees’ bullpen, it was baseball’s equivalent of a TKO. After that devastating blow only three batters into the game, the Yankees’ lineup seemed to throw in the towel. Unfortunately, in baseball, a beaten team is still forced to go the distance.

Felix Hernandez knocked the bats out of the Yankees’ hands last night enroot to his fourth consecutive victory against the Bronx Bombers. Over that span, Hernandez has an ERA of 0.51 (Photo: AP).

If the Yankees had any glimmer of hope after falling behind 3-0, it was quickly extinguished in the bottom of the inning when Derek Jeter followed up Brett Gardner’s leadoff walk with his 18th double play on the season. For the remainder of the game, the Yankees lineup flailed away at Hernandez’ impressive arsenal of pitches, while AJ Burnett scuffled against one of the worst offenses in the league. The Mariners entered the game averaging a paltry 3.3 runs per game, but nearly doubled that total in only seven innings against Burnett. Considering the opposition, it’s hard to find any positive with Burnett’s effort, but he was at least able to remain in the game long enough to save the bullpen. As a result, Joe Girardi only needed to use Chad Gaudin, whose two shutout innings only further highlighted how poorly Burnett pitched.

Although the Yankees seemed to be going through the motions after the first inning, they were able to rise from the canvas and mount one threat in the fifth inning when two walks sandwiched around a single loaded the bases with only out. Usually, pitchers of Felix Hernandez’ caliber will give you one chance, if any at all, so, with the score already 5-0, this was the time to strike. Instead of using a pinch hitter for Ramiro Pena (an option made possible by the promotion of Eduardo Nunez), however, Girardi opted to let his light hitting third baseman face King Felix, who promptly set him down on three pitches before also striking out Gardner to end the threat.

There is no shame in losing to a pitcher like Felix Hernandez, who despite having a 9-10 record should be given serious consideration for the Cy Young award. However, in this case, there was so much more to yesterday’s loss. Of most concern, obviously, is the continued inconsistency of AJ Burnett. Surrendering six runs to a team like the Mariners can only be described as an awful outing, of which Burnett has had way too many. With Andy Pettitte’s return date in doubt and Javier Vazquez going through a dead arm period, the Yankees need AJ Burnett to pick up the slack, but the talented right only continues to frustrate. Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez was forced to leave the game after only one at bat, apparently re-aggravating the calf injury that kept him out of the lineup for three days. The Yankees have no replacement for Arod, so if he is forced to miss significant time, the Yankees’ lineup will be severely diminished (especially in those games when the team stubbornly insists on playing the anemic Francisco Cervelli).

Luckily, the Yankees’ month of mediocrity has been matched by similar stretches of futility from the Rays and Red Sox, so the team still resides in first place with the best record in baseball. However, instead of having things come together as the post season nears, it seems as if the chinks in the Yankees’ armor are growing wider each day.

AL East Standings in August

Team W L Pct RS RA
Orioles 11 8 0.579 77 68
Blue Jays 10 7 0.588 87 74
Rays 10 9 0.526 89 72
Red Sox 10 9 0.526 85 95
Yankees 9 10 0.474 81 74

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