Results tagged ‘ Brandon McCarthy ’

Game 157: Let down.

Well, we made a game of it, and I suppose in the end, that’s what counts.  We had been down 5-1 early, but managed to storm back in the later innings, but we fell a bit short.  Our elimination number from any and all postseason activity is now 1, which, well…..I can’t say I’m all that upset about, really.  I knew it would take an act of nature or something else wildly unlikely for us to make the playoffs this year, so I’ve always had that in the back of my mind.  It makes it hurt less when it becomes an eventuality.

What can I say about Brandon McCarthy?  At least he didn’t walk anybody?  He struck out eight?  If only the front half of his line (11 H, 5 ER) looked as good as the back half.  He also pitched into the 6th, so that’s something else too.  Rich Hill, Esmil Rogers, Dellin Betances, and David Robertson all pitched in relief, giving up a further six hits, but no runs, no walks, and they struck out three.  If only they’d pitched the entire game.

Our offense went back to being woeful, with yet again, barring a couple of exceptions, all of the offense coming from the first third of the batting order.  Brett Gardner went 1-4, Derek Jeter went 1-5, and Brian McCann went 2-4 with 2 RBI.  Both Chris Young and Stephen Drew collected RBIs, but they had no hits.  We were 0-8 with RISP and had 7 LOB.  You can’t win games that way.  I don’t even think the 1927 Yankees could win a game like that. There’s two more games to this series, one this afternoon, and then Derek Jeter’s last home game tomorrow night, and if we’re going to win either of them….please win tomorrow night’s game.

Game 151: We’re in second place!

One should also bear in mind that we’re 14.5 games behind the Orioles, not that it actually matters anymore now, but still.  Woohoo, second place.  I should take comfort in the fact we didn’t get swept, but right now, my main goal is finishing the season above .500.  I can’t even remember the last time we finished the season below that mark.  I’d like to not have my memory refreshed, TYVM.

Brandon McCarthy pitched 7.0 innings, giving up 2 ER on 4 H, giving us another great pitching performance that this time didn’t lead to a loss.  Dellin Betances pitched the 8th, and David Robertson pitched the 9th, picking up his 37th save of the season.  Between them, they gave up only one hit and struck out four.  As has been something I’ve remarked upon quite a bit since returning to this blog early last month, our pitching, for the most part, hasn’t been the problem.  It’s been spotty yes, but on the whole, it’s done better than it’s done poorly.  The problem has been the offense being woefully inconsistent.  Now, about that….

We scored a grand total of four runs this entire series.  No runs in the first game, one run in the second game, three runs last night.  We nearly managed to hit upon the Fibonacci sequence, there.  The fact we only scored three runs is undercut by the fact we only managed four hits, so yet again….yeah.  No one stuck out, no one did anything of great consequence.  It was a boring, painful, win.  I’d rather those than a loss, but I don’t like seeing so many of our players slumping at the same time.  Derek Jeter’s batting average right now is .249.  .249.  He’s retiring in eleven games with an average that is right now, approaching the Mendoza line.  How that can not be anything other than depressing?

Game 140: A demented waltz.

An odd title for a game wrap-up yes, but it’s a great way to describe how the Yankees have played baseball this season.  We win a game, lose a game, win a couple of games, lose five games in a row….it’s a constant back and forth and back and forth.  Like a demented waltz.  We’re forever marching in a circle it seems.  We lost yesterday, won today, we’ll probably lose tomorrow just to keep the rhythm going.  At least Baltimore lost, as I’m starting to get stick of them constantly winning.  Now I know how their fans felt about us for so long.

Brandon McCarthy didn’t turn in a performance exactly as dominating as Michael Pineda’s from last night, but it was pretty close — 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.  He pitched into the 7th inning at any rate, which is kind of what we expect from our starters, regardless of who we’re playing.  Kelley, Betances, and Robertson made up our relief corps, and combined, they gave up no hits, no runs, no walks, and struck out two.  Hurrah, huzzah, and hallelujah.

It was the Martin Prado show today, as our Babe Ruth-esque slugger went 3-4 with two doubles.  Ichiro went 2-2 with an RBI, John Ryan Murphy went 2-4, and we also got RBIs from Ellsbury, Jeter, Teixeira, and Beltran.  It was a nice, well-rounded effort, one that won’t be repeated if I know my team, and I do.

Game 135: Will idle wonders never cease?

Game in, game out, the Yankees always find new and exciting ways to lose.  Saturday they lost with only one hit, yesterday they lost with 11!  Progress!  I’m not even going to worry about what other teams are winning or losing, because now that it’s September, it doesn’t actually matter anymore.  Barring some kind of cataclysmic realignment of the entire space-time continuum, we’re not making the playoffs this year.  Which kind of sucks to say out loud, but what can you do?  We just have too many problems that we can’t overcome in a month.  Hopefully next season will be much, much different.

Brandon McCarthy pitched the rubber match, and really, didn’t do that poor of a job.  6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.  What made it look worse than it was is the fact he gave up three home runs.  They were all solo shots, so the damage wasn’t as bad as it could have been.  The game was still winnable despite that, as Dellin Betances relieved him and didn’t give up any more runs.  Meaning, the damage had been contained.

With 11 hits, you’d think that would have been enough offense to power us past the Jays, who only scored four runs themselves.  Ah, but you’re forgetting that the Yankees are the undisputed kings of leaving runners stranded on base.  Brett Gardner went 3-5 with an RBI, Martin Prado went 2-4, Francisco Cervelli went 2-4 with an RBI, and Chase Headley went 2-3.  Aside from those four that stood out, no one else really did anything.  I’m not even sure I know what I want from the Yankees in their next game, aside from winning.  They score runs, they lose.  They get lots of hits, they lose.  Their starter goes deep into the game, they lose.  Let’s try for a combination of all three but with a win?  Maybe?  Please?

Game 130: Nothing lasts forever.

I don’t know if I really have anything good to say about last night’s game.  I suppose I could mention that Toronto lost, so we’ve maintained our distance from them, but Baltimore won, and I honestly don’t think they’re ever going to lose again.  Getting swept by the Cubs must do a number on your pride.  We’re either 2.5 or 3.5 games back for the 2nd Wild Card slot, so rather than catching the Orioles, which I don’t think is going to happen, I hope the Yankees put their efforts into catching Detroit, who currently have that spot.  As such, we need to win this series, no question about it.  If we have any chance of making it to the postseason, which admittedly is far less likely than likely, we need to put the afterburners on in the month of September.

Brandon McCarthy didn’t pitch really bad, but he didn’t throw a good game, either.  It was somewhere in the middle.  He went into the 7th, which is deeper than one would expect given his line, so at least he alleviated some pressure on the bullpen so we didn’t go through as many guys.  6.1 IP 9 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, and 5 K is again, not great, but it’s not completely shit either.  Esmil Rogers relieved him, pitching the rest of the game, giving up 0 H and 0 ER, while striking out three.  Five runs shouldn’t have been an insurmountable lead.  Emphasis on shouldn’t have been.

Our offensive output for the night belonged to Jacoby Ellsbury, who went 3-4 with 2 RBI.  That’s it.  Jeter went 2-4, as did Carlos Beltran, but they were the only other batters to get more than one hit.  You can’t say much about the offense when the offense didn’t do anything.  The worst part is, we had nine hits, same as the Tigers…..only they scored five runs with theirs, while we managed only two.  The fact we went 0-3 with RISP and 5 LOB didn’t help.  We need tonight’s game to be the exact opposite of this one.  We really can’t afford too many more games like this.

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 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 116: Blanked.

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.

Game 111: Cy Young, Shmy Young.

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?????

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