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Game 88: Now *that’s* what you call dominant.

After an emotional come-from-behind victory yesterday afternoon, which capped off Derek Jeter’s historic day, the Yankees took to the field in the final game before the All-Star break to look for a series win against the Rays (owing to the 2nd game being PPD).  Thankfully CC Sabathia was up to the task of helping the team accomplish that.

Our pitching this afternoon consisted of one thing:  CC Sabathia.  He turned in a stellar, absolutely ass-kicking performance, pitching a complete game shut-out.  He gave up only four hits and no earned runs, walking just one and striking out nine.  You’re not going to find any complaints from me for that.  Kudos to Girardi for letting him finish the game, since he has a bad habit of going to the bullpen when a pitcher is throwing a game like this.

Our offense wasn’t all that great, but Shields is one hell of a pitcher, so it goes to figure.  Derek went 1-4 this afternoon, so he’s now at 3,004 for the career, and at 2,976 as a shortstop – so there’s still another countdown to 3,000 hits to watch.  That may be confusing to some of you, so I’ll explain.  Obviously the great majority of Derek’s hits have come as a SS, but he has DH’d and that accounts for the rest of them.  With another 24 hits, he’ll have 3,000 as a shortstop – the first player in history to say that.  He’s already got so many accolades to his name, this would just be another one.  Our other three hits came from Robbie, Gardy, and Nunez.

I hope all our players enjoy their short vacay for the ASG, and I’ll be posting my thoughts on the absurdity that is the All-Star Game….probably tomorrow or so.

Game 87: Captain 3,000

The title of my post was shamelessly stolen from CBS Sports, I hope they don’t mind.  It’s just so perfect.  With last night’s game postponed, I was hoping that Derek got his 3,000th hit this afternoon, just to get it over with.  Boy did he.  Hit #3,000 came on a HR (Could that have been scripted any better?) and overall, he went 5-5 with 2 RBI for the day.  Not bad, not bad.  Especially when you think about the fact that he’s the first Yankee to get 3,000 hits.  The first.  Not The Babe, not The Iron Horse, not Joltin’ Joe, not The Mick, not any of our classic, storied, and legendary players have reached this milestone…..until now.  Ain’t that somethin’.

Even better than that, was the fact we won the game…..which snapped our 5-game losing streak.  So it was an all-around fantabulous day for Yankees fans.  I hope it continues.

Can Derek get #3,000 this weekend?

He’s three hits away, and I think even with a fair-to-poor series at the plate, he can get at least one hit per game.  So I think his chances of getting it in front his home fans at the Stadium are very, very good.  This upcoming series is pretty important for us anyway, as we didn’t fare too well following our Interleague sojourn.  It’s even more important because our opponent is a division rival, and we haven’t done that well against AL East teams this year.

So let’s kick some ass.

I know I’ve been gone a while…..

….and I’ve had a good reason. Our internet system here decided to take a nose dive into the Atlantic, probably to cool off, so I haven’t had Internet access for the last few days. Rest assured, I haven’t given up on this blog, nor anyone who reads it and comments. Big things have been happening for the Yankees in my absence, namely a seven game winning streak, an MLB-best six Yankees heading to the ASG (four of them as starters), and our continued seat atop the AL East.

The third game of the Subway series against the Mets just got underway, and here’s hoping we sweep the sorry SOB’s.

Game 71: What would Les Nessman say?

In case you hadn’t noticed, my theme for the GDPs following our games with the Reds will be based on WKRP in Cincinnati, a damn fine TV show from the late 70s when Loni Anderson didn’t look like a troll.  In any event, we’re continuing our futile march through the National League, and after Chi-Town, we’re now at a city known for putting chili on spaghetti.  What’s up with that?

Taking the mound last night for the Pinstripers was none other than Ivan Nova, who turned in one hell of a performance.  8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K.  Both Ayala and Logan came in to start the 9th, but both also gave up a run a piece, which meant that Mo had to get up and get in the game, squelching any chance the Reds might have had to come back and win.  Mo’s 18th save of the season brings him to within 24 saves of Trevor Hoffman and the all-time saves record.  Go on and get it, Mo.

We didn’t match the previous game’s offensive totals, but it was still enough to get the job done.  Our big hitters were Alex (2-4, RBI) and Robbie (2-4, RBI), as they were the only players who managed more than one hit.  We did get other RBIs from Russell Martin and Andruw Jones, however.  Let’s keep this “pitching & offense = victory” thing going and see if we can’t take this series too.

Games 68, 69 & 70: Sweet Home Chicago

Yeah, this is a little late but I’ve got a lot of stuff on my plate right now.  Following the Yankees’ sweep of the Rangers, they went on to my hometown of Chicago to take on the Cubs, and took the series 2 games out of 3.  They dropped the first game, but won the following two.

The first game wasn’t really that annoying, we got great pitching out of Garcia, whose line ended up at 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.  Our offense was the bigger issue, managing only 1 ER and 5 H.  The second game was much better, with not only a good start from Burnett (5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K), but marginally better offense.  Grandy went 2-3 with an RBI, Alex went 2-4, Robbie went 2-3 with an RBI, and Nunez went 2-4 with an RBI.  Not that much more exciting, but at least we won.  Sunday’s rubber match on ESPN (my God, they aired a Yankees game where we weren’t playing the Red Sox?!  WHAT?!), was also a Yankees victory, with CC not only pitching a fantastic game (7 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, BB, 3 K) but the offense finally showing up.  10 ER on 13 H ought to be enough to win you ballgames.  At least I hope it is.  Gardy went 3-5 with an RBI, Alex went 3-4 with an RBI, Swish went 3-5 with 4 RBI, Grandy went 1-5 with an RBI, and Mark went 1-4 with an RBI.

All in all, a great series for the Bronx Bombers, even though I can’t stand Interleague play and wish it would just disappear forever (with the exception of the World Series and ASG, of course).  Now, on to WKRP in Cincinnati.  That by the way, is a show I wish would come back in reruns.  I can still sing the theme song.  “Baby, if you ever wonder….wonder whatever became of me.  I’m living on the air in the Cincinnati.  Cincinnati WKRP.”

Games 65, 66 & 67: How sweep it is.

Ah, Crazy Stein.  What a vision.  For those who might be new to Yankees Chick, whenever the Yankees sweep a series, Crazy Stein gets posted.  It was taken during either the ’98 or ’99 championship parades since both were sweeps, and the crazed look in his eyes matched with the way he’s holding the broom is just great.  It’s fitting.

The first two games of the series could really be called deja vu, since we both both games by the score of 12-4.  With Derek on the DL the March to 3,000 tracker has been halted at six…..which means we can focus on some other offensive achievements in his place.  Over those two games, Mark went 4-9 with 6 RBI, Grandy went 2-7 with 5 RBI, and Robbie went 3-9 with 4 RBI.  Add in yesterday’s game totals, and Grandy went 5-12 with 5 RBI and Robbie went 5-13 with 4 RBI.  Not bad for a series worth of production, there.  Yesterday’s game was also a walk-off, which means the drama llama made his appearance as well.

The pitching during this series was just as impressive as the offense.  CC had a very strong outing in Game 1, with a final line of 7 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, and 6 K.  In Game 2, Nova wasn’t as strong but he did get the win, with a final line of 5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, and 2 K.  In Game 3, Gordon was a call-up to start the game and considering that, turned in a pretty decent first-time performance with a line of 5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, and 3 K.  Our bullpen was really the dominant factor outside of Game 1, putting in a combined 8 IP of work.  During those eight innings, they gave up just 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB and 5 K.  That’s pretty damn impressive considering that in both those games, the starters didn’t get out of the 6th AND the third game went 12 innings.  So all in all, I’ve got no complaints about this series, and we really needed it to pull closer to Boston.  Let’s keep this train rolling along!

Games 63 & 64: Night and Day.

I was hoping for a sweep of the Indians, but unfortunately we ran across the buzz-saw that is Carlos Carrasco.  That being said, AJ Burnett wasn’t a slouch on the mound either, going deep into the 8th inning.  We just couldn’t get any offense going.  Five hits would have been nice if we’d done something with them.  Thankfully during the whole of the series, our bullpen didn’t need to be taxed much.

The only really big offensive note is that Derek (who hopefully isn’t that seriously injured) is just 6 hits away from 3,000.  I hope he can get it this week during the series with the Rangers, but that’s dependent of course, on if he plays.  Which I hope he does.  Imagine how loud Yankee Stadium is going to get.

Game 62: Getting a little tired of this.

At what point is it going to no longer be cool to constantly bean the Yankees with pitches?  Serious question, here.  Because during the Boston series we got plunked a grand total of about six times, and then during this series with the Indians, we’ve gotten hit another three or four times.  That’s about 10 times in five games.  Isn’t that a bit on the overkill side?  I know people hate us, and blah blah blah, but at a certain point, I’m not going to allow pitchers and/or teams to feign ignorance and say they didn’t do it on purpose or with any intent.  That’s not how it works, at least not in my mind.  Moving on however…….

Colon had yet another great start, proving that picking him up over the off-season was a shrewd and calculating move for Cash.  6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K.  That’s freakin’ phenomenal.  Robertson and Logan pitched the last 2.1 innings, giving up 3 H, 0 ER, and 5 K combined.  With Joba out until sometime mid-next season, we really need what’s left of our bullpen to step up and do their jobs.  We can’t afford to lose anyone else, for any other reason.

We didn’t have the same offensive explosion as we did in yesterday’s game, but with the pitching as good as it was, we didn’t need it to be.  Alex went 1-3 with an RBI, before having to leave the game due to the aforementioned plunking.  Mark went 1-3 with an RBI, Grandy went 1-4 with an RBI, and Gardy went 2-3.  All in all, I’d say it was a damn good game, and I hope I can post the picture of Crazy Stein tomorrow after the game.

Game 61: Finally worth watching.

You’ll notice my postings have been a bit sporadic the last month or so, the reason for that being I just don’t have the time to update after every game like I used to.  Which sucks, but on the other hand, I am barely getting any feedback from people about what I do right, so it’s more economical this way.  Ah well.

Ivan Nova took the mound last night for the Yankees, hoping to somehow cleanse the smell of putrid from everyone after that delightful sweep at the hands of the Red Sox a few days ago…..and he managed to do it.  7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K.  Our bullpen is basically made up of candy floss and gossamer, so in a game where we saw us leading at one point 11-3, we needed Mo to come in to get the final two outs.  The news of Joba’s Tommy John surgery didn’t exactly fill my heart with gladness and mirth, and I hope at some point next season, he can return to pitching like he did before our pitching staff screwed up his mechanics.

On the offensive side of things, we got a whole of stuff from a whole lot of people.  Derek went 1-5, and he’s now 9 hits away from 3,000.  I’d love for him to get at home, but he’d have to have REAL good games against the Indians this weekend for it to happen, but you never know.  Grandy went 2-5 with an RBI, Mark went 1-2 with 3 RBI, Alex went 2-4 with 2 RBI, Robbie went 3-4 with an RBI, Jorge went 3-5 with an RBI, and Gardy went 2-5 with an RBI. So as you can see, we got production from everyone all night.  Doesn’t get much better than that.

Now, can we please sweep this series?  I don’t normally call for sweeps, just wins…..but damn if we couldn’t use the wins right about now.

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