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The Yankees could only manage three in a row, I’m afraid. Any more and they’d all be liable to blow up or something. We’re only four games above .500, so my challenge for them is to finish better than 82-82. Even if it’s 83-81, I don’t care. Just finish above .500.
Chris Capuano didn’t have the best night, lasting only 5.2 innings, giving up 4 ER on 5 H, walking four while striking out only two. At least he didn’t give up any HRs, yeah? Our bullpen was okay, they didn’t completely sh!t the bed, but they did give up a further 2 ER and 5 H, so it wasn’t a sparkling performance by any means. There were other reasons we eventually ended up losing that had nothing to do with the pitching, as poor as it was.
The offense has been stagnant all season, so that in and of itself wasn’t shocking. I expect us to barely do anything at the plate anymore. What annoyed me is we managed 11 hits, a feat for this team, and yet we scored only three runs. We were 3-13 with RISP and left 11 men on base. That’s not going to win you ballgames, whether you’re a good team, a poor team, or a middling team. When are we ever going to clock that many hits during one game? You need to capitalize on that. Brett Gardner went 2-5, Derek Jeter went 2-5 with an RBI, Brian McCann went 1-4 with an RBI, Ichiro went 2-4, and Francisco Cervelli went 1-4 with an RBI. Let’s win today if we can. That’s IF we can.
You’ll have to forgive the possibly over-jubilant response to last night’s victory; after Tuesday’s game, I held out no hope that we’d beat the Red Sox, much less by more than one run. I hate playing the Red Sox, not just because they’re the Red Sox, but every game gives me a quasi-ulcer. Not to mention, not a single Yankees/Red Sox game can be played in under three hours. If they’re on ESPN on a Sunday night, no chance it will be less than 3.5 hours. It’s just one of many reasons watching these games (or in my case, listening to them) is incredibly nerve wracking.
Hiroki Kuroda did what he’s mostly been doing all season, and that’s pitching his ass off. He’s one of the few pitchers we have that are very reliable and can be counted on to give you a quality start each time out, even if we don’t end up winning the game. He pitched 7.0 innings, giving up only 1 ER on 4 H, while walking none and striking out eight. Dellin Betances and David Robertson pitched the last two innings, giving up 0 ER on 2 H while striking out four. If only we got pitching performances like this all the time, against good teams as well as the crappy ones, we’d be in a lot better shape.
Our offense was also surprisingly on target tonight, tagging Boston pitching for 5 runs on 11 H. Brian McCann is our Offensive Star of the Game, as he went 4-4 with 3 RBI. Runner-up is Brett Gardner, who went 2-4 with an RBI, and 2nd runner-up goes to Jacoby Ellsbury, who went 1-3 with an RBI. Everyone in the starting lineup except Beltran and Drew got at least a hit, so it was nice to see the offense spread around a bit, at least in terms of that. Tonight’s game better go in much the same vein.
After yesterday’s vomitrocious (I just made that word up.) loss, a win tonight would have been just the palate cleanser we needed, like that gargle of mouthwash you take right after you upchuck. Thankfully, the Yankees provided the ACT (substitute your mouthwash of choice, of course), and we beat the Blue Jays. With Baltimore winning, Detroit winning, and Seattle winning, we really needed to come out on top.
Chris Capuano followed up Kuroda’s fantastic outing with one of his own, finishing with 6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, and 4 K. We’ve been getting some surprisingly good pitching from our rotation of late, it’s just a shame our record hasn’t reflected that. Warren, Outman, and D-Rob comprised our bullpen, finishing the game by giving up just one hit and striking out two. I will add that we were sloppy in the field, which led to a Toronto run, as we made two errors. Jeter had an uncharacteristic oopsie, as did Brett Gardner. At least neither came back to bite us in the @$$.
Our offense tonight wasn’t great, but six runs is by no means something to scoff at, and after the lackluster showing from our series finale with Detroit, I’m certainly not complaining. Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been a truly great contribution to our lineup, went 2-5 with 2 RBI, picking up our Offensive Star of the Game. Martin Prado, Mr. Wheaties, went 2-5, Brian McCann went 1-4, Brett Gardner went 1-3 with an RBI, and Chase Headley went 1-2 with an RBI. Everybody but Teixeira and Beltran got a hit, so at least it was a well-rounded affair, which is something I consistently harp on with these guys. Even if we lose, lose despite trying your damnedest to win, just don’t roll over and die. I’d love to post the Crazy Stein again, so let’s see if we can’t sweep these birds.
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.
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?
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!
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!
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?
Stars of the Game™
The offense! Nice job, fellas.
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.
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