Yankees drop opener to Jays

Today the Yankees lost an 11 inning affair by the score of 6-1 to the Toronto Blue Jays. Here’s MLB’s boxscore and here’s Fangraph’s version. Coming off a streak of bad games, A.J. Burnett started for the Yankees and he pitched great. Unfortunately nothing else went in the Yankees favor. Going into the eight inning the Yankees led 1-0 on a sacrifice fly by Alex Rodriguez, however, Joba Chamberlain surrender the lead making it a 1-1 game. The score remained tied until the 11th inning when the Yankees bullpen imploded. David Robertson and Chan Ho Park combined to give up 5 runs and the Yankees went on to lose by the score of 6-1.

Many people are ready to blame this loss on the bullpen, and while Yankee relievers (aside for Rivera) certainly didn’t pitch well today (and for most of the season for that matter), this loss falls on the offense. The Yankees offense has been dreadful as of late but great starting pitching has covered it up at times. However, something needs to be done to wake this offense up, the team cannot rely on pitching every day.

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On the “Bright Side”

  • A.J. Burnett pitched very well today and could be back into a groove. If the Yankees can get Burnett to be consistently good, their rotation would be awfully impressive.
  • Both Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner made fabulous catches today.
  • The Yankees have called up Dustin Mosely and optioned Boone Logan down to Scranton. What’s so great about that you ask? Well I guess it’s more of a personal thing. I’ve always been a fan of Moseley and never been a big fan of Logan. Also, there is a slight chance that Moseley could turn out to be a valuable bullpen arm, but don’t count on it.

"The former Angel is now in the Bronx." Photo Credit: Donnie Collins of the Times Tribune

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6 thoughts on “Yankees drop opener to Jays

  1. Can the New York Yankees get rid of Chan Ho Park and DFA him already? Chan Ho Park lately been terrible. I know bullpens are volatile but Mark Melancon could do a better job than Park! I am venting at the frustration because right now it is a three team race in the A.L. East and any extra innings loss could be the difference in a tight division race.

    • I agree. I’ve supported Park the entire season knowing his stuff and ability is proven, but I don’t know what has happened to him. He will probably turn it around at some point, but let him do it somewhere else. It’s time for a bullpen shakeup. It’s pretty hard to imagine Park and Chad Gaudin will make it through the season without being DFA, so why not do it now. I would love to the Yankees call up both Albaladejo and Melancon.

  2. I agree. But I am not sure if Albaladejo if a Quadruple-A pitcher. Too good for the minor leagues but not good for the major leagues. Mark Melancon is a prospect that is worth considering.

    • Melancon obviously has the higher ceiling, and I would love to see him finally get a chance to prove himself in the majors. However, Albaladejo has made major adjustments his year and is a very different pitcher and the Yankees know that. I hope they call him up and almost treat him like a new person and give him a fresh start, if he can’t handle it, oh well. But if he can, he could end up being very valuable.

  3. I sure hope you are right. Getting bullpen help from other teams is risky and you don’t know if they are going to do well in New York. Internal is the best solution right now in solving a leaky bullpen. The New York Yankees are eighth in the A.L. as of this moment with bullpen E.R.A. and that’s below average.

    • You’re absolutely right. Internal is the way to go. Looking externally for bullpen help is extremely risky. The only way you can get an useful arm out on the market is by giving up valuable prospects. Even then, you can acquire a great reliever and he can be a complete bust. I really hope the Yankees stay internal when it comes to the bullpen.

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