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Game 21: Where’s the offense?

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I know that the Yankees have a bad habit of not scoring a ton after scoring a whole lot, but this lack of offense is starting to be disconcerting.  They score 15 runs in the 2nd game of the Baltimore series (first game was PPD by rain), then score 6 in the last game of the series, then zero, two and now three in the series so far with the White Sox.  The heck?  What’s worse, it appears all of our runs can only come via the HR, rather than “small ball”. 

At least we can say one good thing; during this whole stretch of rather putrid offense, we’ve been getting some great starting pitching.  So at least not everything is falling to pieces in one fell swoop.  Something else that’s been great to see, is how effective Bartolo Colon has been for us this season.  I certainly never expected it before the season started, and I don’t think anyone else did either…..except maybe Bartolo Colon himself.  His final line was 8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K.  Mo came in for the 9th and collected his 8th save of the season, which leaves him with 35 to go before he holds the all-time saves record.  Keep it going, Mo. 

As I mentioned above, our offense these last four games has been awful.  We scored three runs in the 1st inning last night……….and then nothing for the rest of the game.  That’s sad, no matter how good our SP was.  Our only run production came from a 3-run HR by Robbie Cano.  No one else showed up.  Derek did get another hit, which means he needs 52 more to get 3,000, but nothing else of any import happened.  I’m glad we won, but come on guys.  Hit the ball.

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Game 18: Guess what time it is again?

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Isn’t he just the cutest?  He always makes an appearance when the Yankees snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and come from behind late in the game, or win in extras — like yesterday.  Apologies for the late write-up; I’ve been suffering from a bit of a stomach bug the last couple days, and my energy was at an all-time low yesterday.  Yeesh.  I’m better now, though. 

Freddy Garcia had a great start, and really the last couple starts has shown himself to be quite an asset to this rotation.  His final line was 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K.  Our bullpen on the other hand, didn’t have the best of afternoons.  Joba came in for the 7th, and gave up two runs to cut our lead to only one, and then Mo came in for the 9th and gave up the tying run to Brian Roberts.  Fortunately Andino was out at the plate, otherwise the Orioles would have won the game 4-3.  I know Mo gets the yips every April, so I’m not worried…..but it’s still shocking to see anyway.  Thankfully our offense came through in the end. 

Speaking of the offense, we scored two runs in the 1st inning, one run in the 5th inning, and then didn’t score again until the 11th inning.  Now that’s a problem.  Of course, coming off a 15-run game the previous night, I wasn’t expecting 16 runs, but I was hoping for more of a sustained offensive effort than that.  A couple players had very nice days at the plate; Derek (4-6, RBI) and Grandy (3-5, 3 RBI).  We also got RBIs from Alex and Russell Martin.  Derek’s four hits brings him to 2,945 hits total, or just 55 away from 3,000.  Keep pluggin’ along, Jetes.  I know you’re not having the best year, but we’re behind you anyway. 

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Game 16: Colon: Who knew?

I can honestly say I don’t think I was expecting Bartolo Colon to pitch anywhere near as well as he did, considering that he’s basically our long-relief guy, and trying to turn those guys into starters (or in his case, back into starters) can backfire.  He went 6.2 innings, gave up only 2 ER on 5 H, walked two and struck out seven.  That’s damn good, actually.  The bullpen pitched the last 2.1 innings, giving up only 3 H, 0 ER, and 2 BB.  That’s the kind of pitching performance we need more of from everyone. 

On the offense side of things, we scored six runs on nine hits.  Mark went 3-5, Robbie went 1-3 with 2 RBI, and Grandy went 2-4 with 2 RBI.  Our other two runs were courtesy of Jetes and Alex, both of whom were hitless.  So Derek remains at 60 hits left until 3,000. 

I know it’s a short but sweet round-up today — between the hockey game last night ending late because it was in Phoenix, and me having to get up early this morning to run errands….I’ve been dragging a little.  Do excuse.  Now can we please get CC a win tonight?  For cryin’ out loud.

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Game 15: What the heck, Mo?

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Now that’s something you’re not accustomed to seeing or experiencing.  AJ Burnett pitched well, our offense did its job…..Mo just got the yips.  Fortunately for us Yankees fans, Mo’s yips come like once every blue moon, it’s not like he’s Pingleboom up in Beantown.  Still, it’s shocking when it happens. 

One good thing to take away from this game, is that Derek got another hit, which means he’s just 60 away from 3,000.  Keep it goin’, Jetes.

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Game 14: The Comeback Kids™ strike again.

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The Yankees are getting good at this “fall behind early, take the lead late” thing.  Not that I’m complaining mind you, just that it’s costing CC Sabathia wins.  It would be nice if we didn’t always wait until the last possible minute to score enough runs to win the game.  It makes for great drama, but it’s not always necessary.

CC Sabathia pitched very well again, but his offense let him down and gave him no run support.  Thus, he didn’t get the win.  The bullpen only gave up one more run when they came in, and otherwise held their ground.  Mo got his 7th save of the season, bringing him 36 closer to holding the all-time saves record.  He’s also well on his way to pitching in 1,000 games, which he could very well eclipse this season at this pace. 

As I mentioned above, the offense took a nap last night and decided to wake up in the later innings, when the game was nearly done.  We managed six runs on eight hits, along with two errors, which we really could have done without.  Russell Martin had another big night, going 2-3 with 2 RBI, Grandy went 1-4 with 2 RBI, and Eric Chavez who was our big hero of the night, went 2-4 with an RBI.  Derek went 1-4, meaning he only needs 61 more hits for 3,000.  I hope our next game is a little less anticlimactic than these last few have been. 

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Game 13: That got a little too close for comfort.

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I can appreciate that sometimes the Yankees like to make games close because they want to make sure the fans are still paying attention and haven’t dozed off.  I mean, I get that.  It would be nice however, if they didn’t always wait until the last couple innings to remedy that. 

Freddy Garcia made his first start with the Yankees this season, and did a very fine job, with a line of 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.  Certainly can’t complain when your starter gives you an outing like that.  Joba came in to pitch the 7th and was just as good, but then Soriano came in to pitch the 8th and got the yips.  He coughed up three runs on two hits, and nearly gave away our entire lead.  That’s no bueno.  Thankfully our offense picked him up and we were able to get those runs back, but still.  Mo came in for the 9th and picked up his 6th save of the season, which means he has only 37 to go until he holds the all-time saves record.  That’s another countdown I think we Yankees fans are going to have fun with this season. 

On the offensive side of things, Derek was hitless today, so he stays at 62 hits left until 3,000.  However Mark Teixeira wasn’t hitless today, and went 2-3 with 3 RBI.  Robbie Cano supplied our other two runs today, with a 2-run HR in the 8th to give us back our three-run lead.  Alex left the game with soreness in his lower back/obliques, and I hope it’s not serious.  Aside from Mark and Robbie, the only other two players to net any hits today were Swish (2-4) and Grandy (1-3).   I hope to see a little bit more in the way of offensive production tomorrow.

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Game 12: Look on the bright side.

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Yes, losing tonight stunk.  Yes, it was bad that our offense could only muster three runs, one of which came in the bottom of the 9th, which is literally the 11th hour.  Yes, it would have been better if Ivan Nova pitched better. 

However, let’s look at some positives to come from this game.  One, our bullpen was fantastic.  They had to come in early, but they held the Rangers off, which is in this situation, what you want the bullpen to do.  Two, Derek got a couple more hits, which brings him to 62 more to go until 3,000, and Swish/Grandy had great nights at the plate.  Three, we got the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the 9th.  Four……we ain’t the Red Sox.  No matter how bad we play, always remember that.  We’re not Boston. 

Remember folks…..look for the silver lining.

Game 11: You know what time it is.

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The Drama Llama!  For those of you who are new to Yankees Chick this season, the Drama Llama only makes his appearance when the Yankees win a game in spectacular, come-from-behind fashion, much like last night.  Those of you who have been faithful readers, already know all about the Drama Llama’s exploits.  It’s great to see the little guy so early in the season. 

What wasn’t so great to see early in the season is Phil Hughes’ troubling pitching woes.  I don’t know what’s going on with him right now, but it’s worrying me.  CC is CC, AJ appears to have his sh!t together, but after that it’s a whole bunch of question marks, and Phil leads the pack.  It’s waaaaaay too early to be talking playoffs, but if this team expects to succeed in the playoffs, we need at least three top-notch starters, and at the moment we only have two.  So he better shape up soon.  Our bullpen had to pitch the bulk of the game, and they did a great job — especially Bartolo Colon, who has been a surprisingly solid (all jokes about his weight aside) acquisition for us thus far.  Mo got the win, and as usual, made it look effortless.  Can we clone him? 

The offense mirrored the pitching last night — dead in the beginning, hot at the end.  After falling behind 5-0, suddenly the bats remembered what they’re paid millions of dollars to do, and started to hit the ball.  From the 5th inning on, we scored at least one run an inning, with the exception of the 8th.  Our big heroes were Jorge Posada, whose 9th inning HR tied the game at 5, and Swish, whose sac fly in the 10th scored Mark and netted us the win.  Of course Swish got a pie in the face from AJ for his efforts.  Derek went 1-5, which brings him to within 64 hits of 3,000.  Alex went 3-3 with an RBI, Robbie went 2-5 with an RBI, and Grandy went 2-4.  Nice job all around once the bats got hot.  Let’s do this again tonight against the Rangers. 

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Game 10: That’s more like it.

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It’s always nice when the Yanks can rebound from a crappy game and get to business.  Also, my beloved Red Wings started their playoff series against the Phoenix Coyotes last night and won, so I was two for two on the night, as far as sports teams went.  Nice!

What was nice was AJ’s start, although he got a case of the yips in the top of the 7th.  That one little blip though shouldn’t take away from the great start he had besides.  His final line was 6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.  Robertson, Soriano and Mo came in for the final 2.2 innings, giving up only 1 H, 0 ER, and 3 K.  Mo also netted himself his 5th save of the season in twice as many games, and is 38 saves away from the all-time saves record, which hopefully he’ll get this season.  Lots of special countdowns going on this year. 

After sleepwalking through the last game of the Boston series and having to cool their jets for two days due to a day off and a rain-out, I wasn’t expecting a ton of offense from them, so I was pleasantly surprised to get what we got.  Seven runs on twelve hits isn’t bad for a night’s work.  Alex was the big hitter, going 2-3 with 3 RBI, all RBI coming on a HR in the 1st.  Derek went 2-4 with an RBI, and those two hits leave him only 65 hits away from 3,000.  I did say there were a lot of special countdowns this year.  Robbie went 1-4 with 2 RBI, Jorge went 2-4 with an RBI, and Mark went 2-3.  So lots of offense up and down the board, which is always great to see.  Let’s do the same this evening. 

Oh yes, before I forget.  AJ Burnett now has more wins than the Red Sox.  Let’s hope that holds up this evening for the Rays. 

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Baseball starts tomorrow!  That’s right, at 1 p.m., the 2011 season kicks off.  On that note, Girardi released his Opening Day lineup and Brett Gardner will be leading off.  Mike Mussina will be throwing out the first pitch.  Girardi should keep his eye on him, because if he still has movement, we could use him as a spot-starter come August.  So, I’ll be adding a new feature to my posts from now on, in the PGS (post-game summary).  Instead of just saying what the next game will be and who any probable starters will be, I’ll be screencapping the information from the Yankees official website and posting it here for you.  It looks nice and makes my blog look spiffy, don’t you know.


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