April 19, 2009
A few quick news & notes from the Yankees setting the wrong kind of records in a 22-4 loss to the Indians on the first Saturday afternoon in their new home.
• The Indians scored 14 runs on 13 hits in the top of the second inning. Both set a record for Yankee opponents. Also, Cleveland's side lasted 37 minutes and brought 17 batters to the plate. Each member of the lineup scored at least once during the turn.
• Led by Mark DeRosa (6) and Asdrubal Cabrera (5), five different Indians had a multi-RBI day. Four other batters drove one run in. Ben Francisco was the only Cleveland starter not to get in on the RBI game (he left six runners on base), but he did go 2-for-5 while scoring three runs. [Box Score]
• In case you need confirmation that scoring that many runs is as fun as it looks, here it is: "No one cared how long the inning was," said Mark DeRosa, who was 4-for-7 with a homer. "When you're getting hits and scoring runs, you'll stay at the park all day." [Plain Dealer]
• Are you a fan of line graphs that dive, sputter and die? Then check out the Yankees' win probability from the game, inning by inning. [FanGraphs]
• As disappointing as the loss was, Yankees fans should be more concerned with the performance of starter Chien-Ming Wang, who now sports a 34.50 ERA and a 4.83 WHIP after three disastrous starts to begin the year. He has allowed 23 earned runs over a combined six innings against the Orioles, Rays and Indians. He's out of minor league options, so the best the Yankees can do is skip his next start and then hope he pitches well enough upon his return to restore the confidence of his teammates.
"We have six losses on the year right now and [Wang's] got three of them," Johnny Damon said. "And in all three of those games, we've been blown out and we've had to go to our bullpen. So maybe our bullpen's not sharp the following days. So I don't know what more to say, but hopefully he can figure it out because it'd be tough to keep on going like this." [NY Post]
• The NY Post headline this morning reads "STINKEES!" but our own David Brown brings up a good point: Wouldn't "STANKEES!" have made for a better tag? [NY Post]
• The blowout even silenced the pots of Freddy Sez. [New Stadium Insider]
• Finally, what is it about playing the Yankees that brings out the blowout best in the Indians? As I followed Saturday's game via cellphone updates, the only thing I could think about was, "Haven't I seen this before?" Turns out that, yes, I have. On Aug. 31, 2004, the Tribe shut out the Yankees 22-0 for the worst loss in team history. (Check out the scoreboard below for proof.) Then, on July 4, 2006, the Indians beat the Yankees 19-1 in Cleveland. We playing baseball or softball here, gentlemen?