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Game 132: WordPress was being a pain in the @$$.

As promised, here is the updated/edited game wrap-up post that I have been trying to submit since yesterday afternoon.  I don’t know what the problem was, but my Internet connection wasn’t the real culprit.  I could access most sites without a problem, but for some reason, WordPress just would not go through, no matter how many times I tried.  In a way, I’m glad I had all this time to think about what I’d write here, because when the game ended, I was so angry….all you’d have seen were a bunch of asterisks from the swear words that were filtered out.  To make matters worse, Baltimore won, though fortunately Kansas City did not.  I swear, with this team it’s one step forward, a hundred steps back.

Hiroki Kuroda pitched his tuchus off yesterday afternoon and got precisely bupkis for it.  7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB 4 K — that shouldn’t be the line of the losing (or at least no-decision) pitcher.  Dellin Betances pitched a solid 8th in relief, but Shawn Kelley coughed up game-winning sac fly to Alex Avila, and there goes the ballgame.  Depressing.

After Wednesday’s offensive onslaught, I was expecting something a bit more substantial than just two runs on five hits, but with the Yankees anymore it’s feast or famine, never anything in between.  Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-4 with an RBI and Carlos Beltran went 2-4, with Brian McCann getting our other RBI despite going 0-4.  Zealous Wheeler (what a name) went 1-2 as well.  It was an all-around sh!tty game, and there’s nothing that can really be said that’ll make it seem any better.  *sigh*

Game 125: We didn’t get swept!

My alternate choice for a title was, “Our bullpen didn’t blow the lead!”  Both are accurate descriptions of my reaction at the end of the game, which I was lucky enough to get to listen to, as I didn’t have anything else going on that would have prevented.  Normally with day games I have to listen to a replay of the game, whether I know the final outcome or not.  We’re tied now with Toronto for 2nd place in the AL East, but being 9.0 GB of the Orioles means we shouldn’t hang our hats on it.  The days of being able to come in second in the division and still make the playoffs are pretty well over, I fear.  Boston lost again though, putting them 18.0 GB, which just makes me laugh.  I know it’s not nice, but I never said I was nice.

Brandon McCarthy threw a 4-hit shutout, walking none and striking out 8.  I can’t remember the last time a Yankees pitcher threw a complete game.  Girardi must have been hopping up and down in the dugout trying to relieve the tension because he couldn’t make a call to the bullpen.  Well, actually I think the pitching coach does that, but you know what I mean.  Joe has a problem letting starters finish games when they’re cruising; for some inexplicable reason, he yanks them in the 8th and lets someone else either get the save, or do garbage time duty.  “Garbage time” of course refers to when your team has a huge lead, and rather than waste the good relievers, the manager puts in the other guys to mop up.  The same is true in reverse; when your team is being blown out, the manager will often use the scrubs to pitch the rest of the game, since there’s no chance you’ll win the game.  This game was neither of those situations, but I’m still glad Joe decided to sit on his hands for once.

The offense wasn’t exactly burning the doors down, but we got enough to get the job done.  I wish our batters would start hitting though, and hitting consistently.  Mark Teixeira went 2-3, Chase Headley went 1-3 with 2 RBI, and our other RBI came as a result of a sac fly in the 2nd by Ichiro.  Again, not much doing at the plate.  I’ll take the win, don’t get me wrong, but it would have been nice to have a win with some oomph.  Ah well, maybe next game.

Game 124: Damn it.

I know, that’s not an inventive title, but it was my initial reaction upon learning we’d lost the game after yet again, giving up runs late.  The sad part is, I was upset for about 30 seconds, and then I just sighed.  The Yankees have broken me.  I just looking forward to the end of this miserable season, in the hopes that during the off-season, we make some changes that help us be competitive next year.  I know there are many other teams who’d kill to have our problems, but I suppose being burdened with being the New York Yankees makes it hard to swallow down said problems, without feeling like you’re choking on them.

Michael Pineda was our starter last night, and much like Chris Capuano on Tuesday, he threw a quality start — 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.  That shouldn’t be the line for the starter of the losing team.  Also like Tuesday, the bullpen blew the lead late, giving up 4 runs in the top of the 7th.  We can’t win games if our bullpen can’t hold the leads we give them, and we’re playing a team right now who we should be able to soundly rout, even in our current decrepit state. 

The offense wasn’t much better than the pitching, managing only a paltry two runs, even though we had 10 hits.  One would think that with 10 hits, we did more with them than just two runs, but alas……we’re the Yankees.  We like to make everything difficult.  Derek Jeter went 2-4, Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-5 with an RBI, Chase Headley went 2-4, and Ichiro went 2-4.  Our other RBI came from Stephen Drew, who went 1-3.  Everyone in the starting lineup except Teixeira and Prado had a hit.  We should have won this game, just like we should have won Tuesday night’s game.  My only hope is we don’t get swept tonight, though I’m not holding out hope on that one.

Game 123: I’m afraid to admit I expected that.

The Yankees have this incredibly annoying habit of playing well against good teams, and playing like crap against equally poor teams.  The Astros are 20 games under .500.  The Yankees are 3 games above it.  Who do you think won the game last night?  You have three guesses and none of them are “the Yankees.”  I should be glad that everyone else in the division lost last night, except for Baltimore, who seems determined to make up for years and years of being mocked by baseball fans around the country.

David Robertson let me down.  It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it hurts.  The Yankees had fallen behind 4-2, and then we scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th to tie it up.  All is well until the top of the 9th, when D-Rob comes in to preserve the tie so we can possibly win it in the bottom of the inning, and he gives up a 3-run HR to Chris Carter…..which promptly gives Houston a 7-4 lead, and naturally we do jack and shit to end the game.  Chris Capuano took the mound as our starter, and didn’t have the best night, going 5.1 innings, giving up 4 ER on 8 H, with 2 BB and 8 K, but after that, the bullpen was quite solid in relief.  That is, until Mr. High Socks decided to rather uncharacteristically cough up the game.  I know I shouldn’t be too hard on him, he’s essentially our Mo in terms of being the closer, and Mo had more than a few shit games himself, believe it or not.  99% of the time, if he took the mound, the game was over, you could start picking up your things to head home.  That 1% though….he liked to keep it interesting, I guess.  I hope our pitching tonight is better than it was last night, because that was a totally unimpressive display.

Our offense wasn’t much more impressive than our pitching, sad to say.  Aside from a few batters who had great nights at the plate, most everyone else stunk it up.  Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-4, Martin Prado went 3-4 with 2 RBI, and Brian McCann went 1-4 with 2 RBI.  There’s our offense, folks.  Not much else to say about it, really.  It’s to the point now where I don’t care how many people get hits, just as long as we get enough hits to win the ballgame.

Game 122: Onwards and upwards.

After dropping a series to the lowly Indians and the soaring Orioles, we needed to take this series against Tampa badly.  If not to improve our playoff chances, but to at least save face.  Thankfully, we managed to do that this afternoon.  Boston lost, Toronto lost, but Baltimore won, so we gained ground on the first two, and held firm against the last.  At this point in the season. you look to the little things, and right now I’d just like to finish the year above .500.  We’re 4 games over at the moment, and I want that number to continue getting bigger, not smaller.  If we’re not going to make the playoffs, I’d at least like a .500 record.  I hope that’s not too much to ask.

Hiroki Kuroda threw yet another fantastic game, and I sometimes shudder to think just how shit we’d be right now if he’d been hurt, along with CC and Tanaka.  Hell, we could be vying with Boston and Texas for worst team in the AL.  We needed a really strong, solid performance out of him, and he delivered in spades, going 6.2 innings, giving up only 2 ER on 4 H.  Shawn Kelley, Dellin Betances (who turned in a solid performance yesterday), and David Robertson, he of the magic high socks, all pitched in relief and matched Kuroda in regard to consistency.  D-Rob, by the by, picked up his 33rd save.

Our offense today wasn’t exactly far removed from our offense of yesterday, but anymore, as long as we win, I’m willing to overlook it.  Brett Gardner went 1-4 with 2 RBI, winning Offensive Star of the Game™, Martin Prado went 2-4, Chase Headley went 2-4, and Mark Teixeira went 1-4 with an RBI.  At least the offense was mostly spread out amongst the lineup, with all but three starting players getting at least one hit at the plate.  We’re off tomorrow, but we start a series at home against the Astros on Tuesday, so hopefully after a day off, the offense will wake up and smash the crap out of Houston pitching.

Game 121: HOLY CRAP, WE ACTUALLY WON!

I’m not entirely sure we deserved to win this game, but I’ll take it.  I know that’s a horribly pessimistic viewpoint to take, but this season, the Yankees have inspired it in me.  It’s always tense playing division rivals, especially a team you’re fighting with to stay out of 4th place and to stay above .500, but everything else that’s seemingly gone wrong this season has merely intensified that tenseness, if that’s a real word.  Thankfully Baltimore lost, so we gained a game on them, if on no one else.

Shane Greene pitched very well for us, but unfortunately due to a not-at-all-surprising lack of offense, only got a ND for his troubles, instead of a win.  His final line was 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K.  I’ll take that from everyone in the rotation each game and twice on Sunday.  Dellin Betances got the win, as he was still the pitcher of record when we broke the tie in the top of the 9th.  He also lowered his ERA to a paltry 1.50.  David Robertson picked up his 32nd save of the year, facing the bare minimum of three batters.

The only reason we won the game was because of Derek Jeter.  How many times has that sentence been uttered in the last two decades?  His single in the 9th scored Brett Gardner, who’d reached base on a single and an error.  Mark Teixeira went 2-4, and Martin Prado, who went 1-3 with 2 RBI was responsible for the other two runs we scored….and that’s it as far as offense goes.  Hopefully tomorrow’s game won’t be such a snooze.

Game 120: Ever-increasing Spirals.

I wish I could say I have high hopes for this team, but I don’t.  We don’t appear to be doing anything right, and things are never as bad as when they’re at their worst.  Playing a divisional rival, someone who could very well surpass us shortly if things don’t change in a hurry, winning is paramount.  Not that a team can ever afford to lose games, but we can’t exactly afford to lose any now, not if we have any hope of eking into a playoff spot.  Thankfully for us, Baltimore, Boston, and Toronto all lost, so everyone basically stayed put at the end of the night. 

Brandon McCarthy didn’t have the best night, but he pitched into the 7th, which showed a willingness to stay in the game as long as possible to keep from burning out the pen.  His final line wasn’t even that poor, really.  6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K — that’s a great line, provided of course his team gives him some runs to work with.  Since our offense did nothing, it made what he did look even worse by comparison.  Esmil Rogers pitched the remaining 1.2 innings, giving up 1 ER on 1 H.  If I’m being honest. Brandon didn’t deserve to lose.  With any decent amount of run support, we win that game, and he gets the W.  Everyone in the lineup owes him at the very least a steak dinner and a beer.  Add to all of that the two errors we committed, and we had no chance.

Speaking of the offense, I wasn’t aware Alex Cobb was being possessed by Sandy Koufax.  Sure, we got seven hits, but what did we do with them?  We were 1-6 with RISP, and as a team, had 7 LOB.  The only two batters in the lineup to reach base more than once were Jeter and Teixeria, both of whom went 2-4.  It was a piss-poor, paltry effort, and one that inspired no confidence.  After the last two dismal series we just had, one against Cleveland, the other against division-leading Baltimore, we can’t afford to drop this one too. 

Game 119: The Curse of the Winnable Game™

In baseball, there are few things I hate worse than when your team has a lead late into the game, and the bullpen and/or starter totally shits the bed.  We had this game.  A game against the division-leading O’s, no less.  Leave it to our bullpen to regress to the mean and totally screw the pooch.  Speaking of, where did that expression come from?  Pooch is slang for dog, and I’d hate to think someone at some point actually had sex with a dog in order for that expression to come to life.  If you know its origins, leave me a comment below and let me know.  Now we’re 8 GB of Baltimore and drifting further and further away from KC for the 2nd Wild Card slot.  I don’t like getting pessimistic, not when there might still be a chance, but I don’t think the playoffs are in our future this year.  Too many injuries, not enough time.  If by some freak coincidence we happen to luck into the 2nd WC….I don’t see us lasting very long.  Sad to say, but true.

We didn’t have much in the way of offense, but until the bottom of the 8th, it was working out quite well for us.  Two runs on five hits isn’t stellar, but it was enough.  Then all hell broke loose.  Pineda pitched quite well, even though he only lasted five innings; he’d just come off the DL, so obviously Girardi didn’t want to stretch him too far to begin with.  Betances comes in to relieve him, and continues to do well….until the bottom of the 8th.  He gives up a HR to Schoop which ties the game, he’s then pulled for Shawn Kelley, who then proceeds to give up a 3-run HR to Adam Jones, and that’s all folks. 

Going back to what I said about the offense, it wasn’t much.  Until the top of the 9th, we only managed 2 R on 5 H.  Francisco Cervelli was responsible for those runs, having hit a 2-run HR in the 3rd.  After that, we didn’t score again until Chase Headley hit a grounder to 3B, scoring Mark Teixeria.  Chris Tillman, the pitcher for the Orioles, did a great job of shutting us down, not that there’s really all that much to shut down anymore.  Pitchers don’t necessarily have to bring their A game against us just to win the game.  I hope that changes for the duration of the season, and we at least manage to end on a high note, but I won’t hold my breath.

Game 118: Somewhat Expected.

Well, I could lie and say I thought we’d pound the Orioles into the ground, but I think we all know that wasn’t going to happen, not even on our best day.  Rather, they’re the ones that did the pounding.  Our playoff chances keep getting slimmer and slimmer, given that we’re behind Kansas City by several games for the second WC spot.  This isn’t going to be an in-depth recap, only because I stayed up rather late last night watching news about Robin Williams, and as such, I’m a bit exhausted right now and don’t particularly have the energy to do a whole lot of bellyaching about how bad the Yankees managed to shit the bed last night.  Losing 11-3 is awful, whether it happens in April or August, but when you’re fighting for your playoff lives, it’s about 10 steps to the left of awful.  I hope that tonight’s game is the exact opposite, in that we manage to win, whether it’s by one run or 20.

Game 117: That was depressing.

After winning a great series against the heavily-favored Detroit Tigers, including two games against Cy Young winners, we follow that up by losing a series to the damn Cleveland Indians.  I’ll be damned if I get it, but maybe I’m not supposed to.  Unfortunately, the two losses we incurred in this series dropped us back down to 3rd place in the AL East, after Toronto won in 19 innings (another one?!) against the Tigers.  My not-so-official opinion on that is, if it takes more than say…..1 1/2 games, or 13-14 innings, call it and finish it before the next scheduled game.  That’s one of the only things I don’t like about baseball; it can become interminable.  If the score is 2-2, you’re going to keep playing until someone scores, whether that’s three innings or three days later.  If it’s an afternoon game that stretches that long, okay fine, but if it’s a 7:05 or 8:05 start…..you gotta call that shit.

Our pitching wasn’t bad, necessarily, as we’ve won games after giving up a lot more than just 4 runs, but when your offense craps the bed, you’re not going to win no matter what.  Kuroda didn’t have the best start he’s ever had, lasting only 4.2 innings, giving up 3 ER on 5 H, with 4 BB and 3 SO, but the bullpen did a great job, essentially holding the Indians in place to try and give us a chance to scrabble together some runs. 

Speaking of runs, we didn’t even score one until the 9th inning, but by then it was too little, too late.  Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-4 with an RBI, our only run of the game. 

We’re playing Baltimore next, and I don’t have high hopes for this series, so I’ll just cross my fingers and hope we don’t spectacularly embarrass ourselves.

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