Well, I was hoping in the wake of Paul O’Neill Day, the Yankees would muscle up some runs and beat the Indians, but they clearly had different plans. BTW, the LAAAAAA beat the Red Sox in 19 innings. NINETEEN INNINGS. I think if I’d been at the game, no matter who I was rooting for, I’d have begged someone to hit a HR just so I could go home. Kudos to the fans that stuck around, because that’s two straight games worth of baseball, played all at the same time.
Corey Kluber had a damn good game. Actually, if I’m being honest, he had a damn great game. Over six innings, he gave up 0 ER on 4 H and struck out 10. Brandon McCarthy had a damn great game too, but unfortunately, the Indians gave Kluber some offense to work with, but the Yankees didn’t do the same for McCarthy. Brandon’s final line was 7.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K. I’ll take that kind of a line from our rotation any day, provided it’s not in a loss, of course.
Jacoby Ellsbury gets the Offense Award for the game, considering he went 2-3, and was one of only four players to get a hit. Derek Jeter passed Honus Wagner to secure #6 on the all-time hits list. Aside from that, really nothing else happened. I’m hoping this afternoon’s game is a complete reversal of yesterday’s.
#21 was enshrined in Monument Park this afternoon, and he also threw out the first pitch, which was a strike. Way to go, Paulie! Loved hearing that “Paul O’Neill” chant from the Yankees faithful again. Here’s hoping the Yankees win this afternoon to cap this lovely day off with a smile.
Coming off a great series against Detroit, I wanted the Yankees to set the tone in this series with Cleveland, and we did a good job it last night. We needed to win, and for several reasons. One, Toronto lost, so it moved us solidly into 2nd place in the AL East. Two, we’re tied with Seattle at 0.5 games back of Kansas City for the 2nd Wild Card slot. I’d really like to bypass that altogether, because I don’t like our team’s playoff chances essentially coming down to one game. Three, we need to start putting some pressure on Baltimore, because going back to point #2, I hate the Wild Card and don’t want a one-game playoff against the goddamn LAAAAAA, because we have such a horrid time playing them. A playoff spot is a playoff spot though, so I’ll take what we can get, but I’d like us to aim a little higher than Wild Card #2. That’s like aspiring to be “Screaming Woman #10″ in a horror movie.
Esmil Rogers took the mound last night, tossing a superb game. His final line was 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 SO. Not a quality start per se, but beggars can’t be choosers. Now, the reason I said it was superb, given its brevity, is how godawful the bullpen was in comparison. When you hand your relievers a 10-2 lead, you expect it hold up, not begin leaking out like a sieve. Shawn Kelley unfortunately crapped the bed, and it was only because of Carlos Beltran, which I’ll get to in a minute, that we didn’t lose the game as a result of it. Huff got it started, giving up 1 ER on 3 H, but Kelley relieved him and opened the floodgates, allowing the Indians to score 4 ER on 2 H. Thankfully the rest of the ‘pen staved off the hemorrhaging, keeping Cleveland to just 6 runs.
Speaking of Carlos Beltran, his 5 RBI were the difference-makers, as you no doubt can tell. Without them, we’d have lost the game 6-5. Francisco Cervelli also had a good night, going 2-2 after replacing Brian McCann who left the game with a concussion. Management here at Yankees Chick wish McCann a speedy recovery and hope he can return to the team as soon as he’s physically able. Derek Jeter tied Honus Wagner on the all-time hits list, continuing his triumphant march toward retirement, and hopefully that march can end with a lovely ticker-tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes. The only two players to not register a hit were Chase Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury.
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Apparently I’d completely forgotten that this was a 4-game series, because I thought last night’s game was the rubber match. Either way, winning the series, was important, and we did it. The only thing I dislike about afternoon games is that I can’t listen to them — I can only listen to night games or games over the weekend.
Our pitching was superb this series, and this afternoon was no different. Shane Greene has been one of the many call-ups, acquisitions, and bullpen shifts we’ve had this season, and he demonstrated today that he can be very, very dominant on the mound. His final line was 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K. David Robertson came in during the 9th and got his 31st save for the effort. Can’t say much more about that.
Can’t say much about the offense, either. We managed only one run on nine hits. Everyone in the lineup got at least a hit, except Francisco Cervelli, and Ichiro went 2-3, the only player to get more than one. Our lone run came from Stephen Drew, who made up for his sloppy defense last night by hitting an RBI double in the 4th. Let’s hope that Toronto loses again tonight, so we can pull ourselves even with them, then start to pull away during the next series.
As you know, I took a hiatus from blogging for the past two seasons (’12-’13), and as a result, I didn’t post my commentary when Derek Jeter announced he was retiring. I was still quite shocked by it, especially how it came on the heels of Mariano Rivera retiring the year before, and Andy Pettitte/Jorge Posada before him. Baseball players get old, not that Jeter is “old”, but he’s old for the job he does, and when they do, they decide to hang up the cleats. I get that. I don’t know if I’d want to push myself through such a physically punishing profession at the age of 40, either.
I watched Derek his whole career. I became a fan in 1994, after someone I went to school with who was from New York turned me on to the Yankees. They hadn’t won anything in a while, and sadly the strike took away any chance they could have had to rectify that before Torre & Co. came along. So ever since he made his official debut in 1996, I’ve been watching. Next to Mo, he was always my favorite Yankee. No one seemed to ever have anything bad to say about him. Even Red Sox fans, who hate anything with an NY on it, call him “Captain Intangibles,” which is the least offensive thing they’ve ever called a Yankee. He never got in trouble with the law, never got in trouble with the league, and in the height of the steroid era, was never even rumored to have been using. He’s the kind of player you wouldn’t mind your kids looking up to as a role model, even though athletes really shouldn’t be considered role models.
So, I’ll miss him. I’m sure that sounds pithy and trite, but it’s true. It’ll be weird watching the Yankees take the field for Spring Training next year, or even Opening Day, and #2 won’t be running out there to take his spot at SS. I don’t know who’ll take his place, but whoever it is…..you have a mighty big uniform to fill.
Considering that Tuesday night’s game ended in extras, and that it was possible we could have won the game, this would have been a sweep of a heavily favored Tigers team, but I’ll take 2 out of 3. Just like against the Red Sox, also a series we should have swept. Toronto won, so we didn’t gain any ground on them, but that meant that Baltimore lost, so both teams gained a game on them.
Chris Capuano took the mound for us last night, and pitched a stellar game, going 6.2 innings, giving up only 1 R on 5 H, while striking out eight. Unfortunately he got a no decision for the night, as we didn’t take the lead until after he’d left the game. That doesn’t, however, take away from how great he pitched. Our bullpen held the Tigers hitless for the rest of the game.
The title of this recap alludes to how we managed to best Verlander, and that was through the home run. We hit two, and that was just enough to be the difference, the extra runs over that were just insurance. Chase Headley hit one in the 5th, and Brian McCann hit one in the 7th. One thing I don’t hesitate to point out is that the Yankees were incredibly sloppy in the field last night, giving up four errors. Jeter had one, Capuano had one, and Stephen Drew had two. Giving up a baserunner or a run because of a hit or walk is one thing, but allowing the other team to capitalize because our heads are up our butts is quite another. Hopefully the sloppiness will disappear for our next set of games.
Well…..I can take a couple of things away from the game. One, we were able to score 3 runs off David Price, even though we have in the past, scored more off of him than that. Two, we lost in extras, which meant we didn’t get blown out. Three, our pitcher held his own against a very good Detroit offense, last night’s offensive output aside. We’ll call those the three sliver linings of an otherwise dark, gloomy cloud. At least Toronto lost as well, so we didn’t lose any ground against them, and Boston lost too…..which puts them 15 games back. Look, I understand that it’s kind of tacky to root against a team as hard as you root for one, but I hate the Red Sox. Hate, hate, HATE them. When they lose, unless it’s to a team I need them to beat, I’m happy.
Hiroki Kuroda can only work with what he gets, and while I knew getting a ton of run support off Price wasn’t going to be easy, I thought we’d be able to do better than three. It’s better than zero, though. Hiroki threw a very solid 7 innings, giving up only 3 ER on 6 H while striking out 5. Our pen did great until the end, so I can’t be too hard on Daley for giving up one bad pitch. It happens.
Our offense though….I wasn’t too impressed. Again, I knew getting runs of David Price might be hard, but when it appeared we were hitting him early, we never capitalized on it. Pitchers like that….you have to knock them out in the first three innings, or they’ll be there until the end. As it was, Price pitched into the 9th inning. Jacoby Ellsbury and Martin Prado were the big hitters last night, both going 2-5 with an RBI. Brian McCann scored our only other run, a solo shot in the 2nd.
We face Verlander tonight, so we really need to win. Not just to take the series, which is important now, but so we can keep pace with Toronto and Baltimore and not fall any further behind.
Well, the Yankees have a hard row to hoe in this series against the Tigers, considering we’re facing not one, not two, but three consecutive Cy Young award winners, starting with last year’s winner, Max Scherzer. I always hate when we have to try to hit against really good pitchers, because more often than not, we do jack squat. We didn’t do much last night as it was, but thankfully it was enough to win.
Brandon McCarthy pitched a great game, and that really can’t be overstated. He’s not Cy Young caliber himself, and the Tigers are a good team, but he held them back as much as he could. In 5.2 IP, he gave up only 5 H and 1 R, and the one run was unearned. Our bullpen took over after that, giving up just 1 H and 3 SO combined. D-Rob and his magic high socks collected his 30th save of the season. I should add that Scherzer pitched fantastically himself, going 7 innings and giving up only 2 R on 9 H, but this is still a Yankees blog, so while he pitched well, I’m glad we still beat him anyway.
The offense was as weak as the pitching was strong, which was to be expected, given who we were facing. Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-3 with an RBI, and Brian McCann went 1-4 with an RBI, and that was our scoring for the night right there. Brett Gardner went 2-4, and he was the only other hitter, aside from Ellsbury, to get more than one hit. I’ll say this though, everyone in the lineup aside from Beltran and Drew got at least one hit, so there’s something.
Let’s do this again tonight, only against David Price this time, who we always have oh-so-much fun against each time we see him. I’d like to win this series, so it’s either we beat him or we beat Verlander, which yeah. You can see the pickle we’re in. Not to mention, Baltimore won last night, which is becoming endlessly irritating. Do you know how painful it is to root for the freakin’ Nationals to win a game? We need to try and overtop Toronto to keep pace with the Orioles, which is becoming a Herculean task in and of itself. Damn it, Washington….you’re first in war, first in peace, but can you be first at beating the O’s?????
Well, going into this series with Boston, I expected a Yankees sweep, but as Meatloaf once said, two out of three ain’t bad. The Yankees have kind of been flying by the seat of their pants since right before the All-Star break, as our pitching situation has been less than desired. We’ve been relying on the back of our rotation, long-men from the bullpen, call-ups, and even acquisitions to shore up our mound presence every night, and sometimes it works…..sometimes it doesn’t. Also, thanks to timely losses by Toronto and Tampa Bay, we were able to gain a game. Though, quick question — when is Baltimore going to turn back into a pumpkin? Is it the early 1970s where they are right now?
Take last night’s game for example. We won 8-7, hence the title of the wrap-up post, but it’s not like we clobbered Clay Buchholz, who was eviscerated during his last start, and left the Red Sox holding their jocks, though I’d be lying if I said that wouldn’t have been damn funny. We fell behind early 3-0, then no thanks to Brett Gardner, tied the game. The Red Sox took the lead again, eventually extending it to 7-3, and then we clawed back to tie it, then take the lead…no thanks to Brett Gardner. He was a triple short of the cycle, BTW. Stephen Drew, playing in his first series against his former ball club, had 4 RBI. Other than those two, no one else really did much. The only RBI to not come from Brett Gardner or Stephen Drew came from Chase Headley, who had an RBI double.
On the pitching side of things, David Robertson got his 29th save of the season, and David Phelps, well…..at least he didn’t give up 7 runs like Clay Buchholz. Silver linings, yeah?
Yes friends, it’s me. After a three year hiatus, I’ve decided to return to blogging. I had gotten burned out on it, not because of the Yankees or baseball, but just blogging in general. I’ll write up something about tonight’s Yankees/Red Sox game, because if there’s anything that could entice me to return to chatting with you about my beloved New York Yankees, it’s the cellar-dweller Red Sox. LOL