Thursday, August 29, 2013

I'm Not Gonna Lie to You, It Doesn't Look Good

The Mets lost to the Phillies last night, and Marlon Byrd hit a home run in his Pittsburgh Pirates debut.

But what happened to the Yankees last night was a bit more disturbing: They made it 2 losses in 3 games to those pesky Toronto Blue Jays, and Hiroki Kuroda had his 3rd straight bad start.

At a time when Phil Hughes looks useless, and CC Sabathia looks burned out, at least for the year, the Yankees really do not need Kuroda to also be burned out.

Kuroda allowed 7 runs in the first 3 innings, and only went through the 5th.  Between them, Joba Chamberlain, Shawn Kelley and Boone Logan pitched 3 innings and allowed just 2 baserunners, and didn't make the score any worse.  (This despite Chamberlain and Logan being in the game.)

But the Yankees didn't hit enough.  In the top of the 4th, Curtis Granderson led off with a walk, and Alfonso Soriano followed that with another.  Alex Rodriguez singled to score Granderson.  After Lyle Overbay flew out, Mark Reynolds doubled to center, scoring Sori, but A-Rod was thrown out at home.

And that was the Yankees' last gasp.  Brett Gardner walked in the 5th, and Reynolds singled in the 7th and the 9th, but those were the Yankees' only other baserunners.

Before the game, I was worried that Todd Redmond, being a pitcher the Yankees had never faced before, would pitch the game of his young career and beat us.  Well, he didn't pitch great, but he and the Jays' bullpen pitched well enough to keep us down, while Kuroda didn't get the job done.

Blue Jays 7, Yankees 2.  WP: Todd Redmond (7-2).  No save.  LP: Kuroda (11-10).

And now, the Yankees have a day off, and then the Baltimore Orioles come to town.

Friday night, 7:00: CC vs. Miguel Gonzalez.

Saturday afternoon, 1:00: Ivan Nova vs. Chris Tillman.

Sunday afternoon, 1:00: Hughes vs. a pitcher as yet unchosen.

We're 8 1/2 games out of first place in the AL East, with 29 games to go.  Our elimination number is 21: The rest of the way, any number of Red Sox wins and Yankee losses adding up to 21 means we can't win the Division.

We're 5 1/2 games out of the 2nd AL Wild Card spot.  Our elimination number is 25.

As they say in medical dramas, "I'm not gonna lie to you, it doesn't look good."

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