The worst part about some of these games this season is that sometimes you get a pretty good starting pitcher but without enough run support, he earns the loss. Which is the worst part about these statistics — they don’t show you the reality behind the numbers. They don’t show you that a veteran pitcher totally threw an amazing game, but because his team didn’t help lift their offensive numbers he winds up with a negative outcome.
Such was a night for starter CC Sabathia in this middle game against the Blue Jays. Sabathia had a great night on the mound, coming off a great May as the leading AL pitcher in ERA at 0.45 (basically ridiculous numbers this month). He threw 80 pitches into th e7th inning, giving up 5 hits, a walk, and 2 runs, and struck out 4 batters.
In the 4th, a lead-off single got erased with a double play. Well, it was originally deemed a force out a 2nd, but the wonders and magic at MLB HQ, instigated by a Yankees challenge, poof!-overturned-a double play (one of 3 great double plays tonight, by the way). Which came in super handy as the next batter hit a big solo home run. Before replays, that would’ve been a 2-run homer. Welcome to the wonders of 21st century baseball.
Sabathia held the Blue Jays to that lone run until the end of his outing. He gave up a double to lead off the 7th inning, which put him on the hook for that runner as he exited the game in favor of Dellin Betances. Betances kept that runner there through 2 outs before he got into a bit of trouble, starting with an allowed walk. A single scored the lead runner (Sabathia’s) and moved runners to the corners. Then another single scored 2 more runs before that batter got stuck in a bit of a run down before becoming the third out of the inning.
That would be it for the Blue Jays’ scoring tonight as Kirby Yates came on in the 8th inning and just shut them down in order. All of this waiting for the Yankee offense to come and lift them out of the hole.
The Yankees actually struck first in the 2nd inning with Headley’s double and Romine’s single had them on the corners with 1 out on the board. Aaron Hicks’ force ground out got Romine out at 2nd but scored Headley before a pop out ended the inning.
The Yankees actually pretty much matched the Blue Jays in most offensive stats except runs scored. And as we all know, that’s the only stat that matters at the end of the day.
Final score: 4-1 Blue Jays.
Injury update: Okay, bad news alert! Dustin Ackley will have the surgery to repair his torn labrum (shoulder muscle), which will end his 2016 season. Ackley injured his shoulder Sunday diving back to 1st on a pickoff attempt, dislocating his right shoulder, which tore the muscle tissue that keeps that joint in place. After an MRI and a visit with the team doctor, surgery was chosen as the best option for the infielder.
Of course, this does continue the conversation of depth at 1st base with names like Swisher and Parmalee currently with AAA Scranton playing that role or a possible trade or acquisition to provide the Yankees with an infield bench player for some solid back-up to Teixeira. I don’t see them trying to float on the current selection for long.
Also, can we just please have the back-up 1st basemen stop injuring their shoulders that require surgery? Seriously, guys, get well soon and stay healthy!
Okay, the first list of top 10 popular votes for the All-Star Game starters was released today, and only 2 Yankees made the list — Brian McCann (catcher) and Carlos Beltran (outfield). Which does make sense. But the list is definitely missing some of the other All-Stars on the team (like, I don’t know, Gardner, Ellsbury, Teixeira, Castro, Gregoirus, Headly, and Rodriguez). So, it’s your time to vote for your All-Star Game starters. You can vote up to 5 times a day for up to 35 total times. Vote today, vote often, and let’s get some more pinstripes on that field in July!