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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 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?????

Game 110: By the skin of our teeth.

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?

Game 42: How’s that for offense?

Well now that was something interesting, huh?  We go from barely being able to score runs to putting up a 13-spot the next night.  Schizophrenic baseball is what we do best, and we do it well.

CC Sabathia got the call to the mound tonight, and pitched just as well as Bartolo Colon did last night.  8 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K.  Sanit came in to pitch the 9th, and he gave up 2 ER, but with a 13-run cushion, you don’t sweat it.  Just don’t make a habit of it, k?  Other than that, there’s not much else to say about the pitching — it more than did its job.

So did the offense, shockingly.  The Yanks have had a time of it this season putting together consistent offensive performances, and tonight is part of that consistent inconsistency.  They slugged 13 R on 14 H, and who knows what we’re going to get out of them during this series with the Mets coming up, but I’m sure it won’t be this.  That said, we had several players stand out tonight offensively, and they deserve a mention:  Derek went 2-6 with an RBI, which brings him to just 30 hits from 3,000; Mark went 1-6 with 3 RBI, Nunez went 1-1 with 2 RBI, Russell Martin went 2-4, Jorge went 1-3 with an RBI, Swish went 2-4 with 4 RBI, and Gardy went 2-5 with an RBI.  So as you can see, we got lots of production from varying individuals, and I hope that continues.

Stars of the Game™

CC Sabathia, Derek Jeter, and Nick Swisher!

Game 40: It’s about damn time.

Well.  It’s nice to see the Yankees taking care of business for once.  Finally snapping a six-game skid, we got not only great pitching, but offense that didn’t die on the vine.  Ivan Nova pitched 5.1 innings, gave up 1 ER on 4 H, walked two and struck out four.  Our bullpen collectively gave up just 1 ER on 2 H, walked three and struck out three in 3.2 IP.  Very nicely done.  BTW, last night’s game was the 997th game that Mo has pitched in during his career, which means he’s only three more appearances away from 1,000 games pitched.  You don’t see that kind of longevity in closers anymore.

The offense finally showed up and showed up with some authority.  Alex went 2-4 with 2 RBI, both coming on solo HRs, Jorge went 2-3, Gardy went 3-4 with an RBI, and Derek went 1-5 with an RBI which means he’s only 34 hits away from 3,000.  It was nice to see some slumping players get off the schnide, and it was nice to see just a great overall level of participation from everyone.  Let’s continue it for the series against Baltimore, please.

Stars of the Game™

Our bullpen, Alex, and Jorge Posada.  Good work!

Game 32: Every once in a while.

The title of this entry alludes to how often you can expect the Yankees to score 12 runs in one game.  We’ve been having trouble scoring runs lately as you know, so seeing such a wealth of runs in one game is a little off-putting.  Especially since we started out the game losing 4-0.  So it was one of those “hey, we suddenly found out what these huge pieces of wood are supposed to do!”

CC didn’t have the best outing this afternoon, but it was enough.  His final line was 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K.  So he clearly didn’t have his most dominating stuff.  The four errors his defense coughed up certainly didn’t aid things.  The bullpen was much better though, pitching three innings and giving up 0 ER and 3 H.  Thankfully we didn’t have see Mo in this game, although getting him even closer to the all-time saves record wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.

After the crappy start to the game, it was nice to see the Yankees’ bats finally figure out what the hell they’re being paid to do.  We didn’t start scoring until the 3rd inning, and then we scored another two runs in the 5th inning, and then two runs again in the 7th inning……then 6 in the 8th.  Those six runs were sorely needed because by then, the Rangers had crept back to within one run, and our lead was only 6-5 instead of 6-4.  We had a couple of really big hitters this afternoon; Derek went 4-6 with 3 RBI (who is now 41 hits away from 3,000), Grandy went 3-4 with 3 RBI, Mark went 2-5 with 2 RBI, Gardy went 3-5, and Frankie Cervelli went 1-4 with 4 RBI.  We also got an RBI from Alex, who went 1-4.  So all in all, lots of offense from lots of people.  Which helps you win games.  Now can we please do this more than just once every few weeks?

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The offense!  Nice job, fellas.

Game 29: Snake-bit.

Another day, another game we lose that we could have won.  AJ didn’t even have a bad day on the mound, the defense/offense was the real reason we lost. We’re tied at 2-2 in the 7th, and suddenly our position players get the yips and cough up three runs.  It’s not the pitcher’s fault that the defense can’t hold onto the ball or throw properly.  I actually felt bad for Burnett because he pitched a really good game besides, and he’s been one of our best starters all season so far, next to CC.  He’s pitching now like he did in 2009, and what’s what we wanted going into the season. 

I’m not sure how you get ten hits but only manage three runs out of that, but we did that.  Alex went 2-2 after coming into the game when Chavez left with an injury, Nunez went 2-4 with an RBI, Robbie went 2-4, Gardy went 2-5 with an RBI……how didn’t we win this game?!  Annoying.  Utterly and completely annoying.  We’re playing the Rangers next, so can we manage to play well against them, please. 
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Game 22: There’s the offense.

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Ask a question, sometimes you get it answered.  After a few games of seemingly narcoleptic offense where we were only able to score runs in spurts of HRs, it was nice to see a game where 75% of our runs came in other ways.  It shows that at least we’re capable of winning that way. 

CC Sabathia had another great game for us so far, and much like his last start, got a ton of offense behind him to secure the win.  His final line was 7 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K.  He did give up three unearned runs however, as our defense got the yips and coughed up a couple of errors.  Pendleton came in and pitched the final two innings, giving up two hits and no runs.  Great job from the pitching tonight. 

Also, great job from the offense.  We had a big 5th inning and rather than do nothing after that, we scored more runs later on.  Swish had a big night, going 3-4 with 4 RBI.  Grandy went 1-3 with 2 RBI, Robbie went 2-4 with an RBI, Gardy went 2-3 with an RBI, and Eduardo Nunez went 2-3.  So lots of great offensive production from everyone tonight.  I hope we see more of it in our upcoming series with Toronto. 

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Game 17: That’s why they call us the Bronx Bombers.

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Holy home runs, Batman!  I guess the Yankees decided to demonstrate their superior offensive skills last night, while also demonstrating why CC Sabathia is basically our only reliable starter.  *sigh*  Not that I’m complaining mind you, just that geez. 

We’ll start with the pitching, and boy did CC have a great night.  8 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K.  I’ll take that every night and twice on Sunday.  Oh yeah, did I mention that CC pitched last night with the flu?  Yeah, he had chills, a sore throat, a fever…..and he still went out there and kicked @$$.  Now you know why he’s the man.  Buddy Carlyle came in (what a great name) to pitch the 9th since there was basically zero chance the Orioles were scoring 13 runs to win the game, and thus we didn’t need to burn any of our bigger-name relief pitchers.  Not much to say about the pitching really — I mean, the Orioles got squat.  Let’s hope that continues later today. 

As for the offense, as I jokingly said on a message board I belong to, I hope they save some runs for the next game.  15 runs on 14 hits ain’t too shabby for a night’s work.  Especially when the team smacks a total of five HRs in the game, two from one player alone.  There were a couple of players who had mondo huge nights — Alex Rodriguez and Russell Martin.  Alex went 2-5 with 6 RBI, including his 22nd career GS which puts him one behind Lou Gehrig for most all-time, and his 6 RBIs move him into the #10 spot on the all-time RBI list, ahead of Yaz.  Russell Martin went 2-3 with 4 RBI, including two HRs.  We also got great nights from Jorge (1-5, 2 RBI), Gardy (2-5, 2 RBI), Robbie (3-5, RBI), and Mark (2-3).  I doubt we’re scoring 15 runs again, but one more than half that would be spectacular this afternoon. 

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Game 6: We seem to like scoring four runs.

four.preview.jpgIn all three games of this series, the Yankees managed to plate four runs a piece.  Consistent, but weird on the same token.  Either way, for two of those games, four runs was enough to win and taking a series 2 games to 3 isn’t bad.  Meatloaf said it best, you know.  

AJ Burnett took the hill this afternoon, and pitched quite well, going six innings, giving up 3 ER on 5 H, striking out five and walking one.  Both starts he’s had thus far have been very good.  Hopefully last season’s performance was an abberation, and we’ll get something like what he gave us in ’09.  Joba, Soriano, and Mo came in to pitch the last three innings and did what our bullpen is supposed to do, that being not coughing up our lead.  Mo collected his fourth save of the season, BTW.  Nicely done.

Our offense this afternoon was rather sparse, with only Derek Jeter netting more than one hit (he went 2-3).  He’s also 69 hits away from 3,000 for his career, so good job Jetes!  That’s really all there is to talk about as far as offense goes……no one else did anything.  Andruw Jones went 1-2 with an RBI, Gardy went 1-2 with an RBI, and our other two RBIs came from Russell Martin and Nick Swisher, both of whom were hitless.  So yeah, not that exciting, but it doesn’t always need to be.  We’re heading to Fenway for a three game series against the Sox over the weekend, and seeing as they lost this afternoon and are now 0-6, my schadenfreude is tempered by the realization that a series with us might break them out of their malaise.  Then again, screw ‘em. 

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