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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 119: The Curse of the Winnable Game™

In baseball, there are few things I hate worse than when your team has a lead late into the game, and the bullpen and/or starter totally shits the bed.  We had this game.  A game against the division-leading O’s, no less.  Leave it to our bullpen to regress to the mean and totally screw the pooch.  Speaking of, where did that expression come from?  Pooch is slang for dog, and I’d hate to think someone at some point actually had sex with a dog in order for that expression to come to life.  If you know its origins, leave me a comment below and let me know.  Now we’re 8 GB of Baltimore and drifting further and further away from KC for the 2nd Wild Card slot.  I don’t like getting pessimistic, not when there might still be a chance, but I don’t think the playoffs are in our future this year.  Too many injuries, not enough time.  If by some freak coincidence we happen to luck into the 2nd WC….I don’t see us lasting very long.  Sad to say, but true.

We didn’t have much in the way of offense, but until the bottom of the 8th, it was working out quite well for us.  Two runs on five hits isn’t stellar, but it was enough.  Then all hell broke loose.  Pineda pitched quite well, even though he only lasted five innings; he’d just come off the DL, so obviously Girardi didn’t want to stretch him too far to begin with.  Betances comes in to relieve him, and continues to do well….until the bottom of the 8th.  He gives up a HR to Schoop which ties the game, he’s then pulled for Shawn Kelley, who then proceeds to give up a 3-run HR to Adam Jones, and that’s all folks. 

Going back to what I said about the offense, it wasn’t much.  Until the top of the 9th, we only managed 2 R on 5 H.  Francisco Cervelli was responsible for those runs, having hit a 2-run HR in the 3rd.  After that, we didn’t score again until Chase Headley hit a grounder to 3B, scoring Mark Teixeria.  Chris Tillman, the pitcher for the Orioles, did a great job of shutting us down, not that there’s really all that much to shut down anymore.  Pitchers don’t necessarily have to bring their A game against us just to win the game.  I hope that changes for the duration of the season, and we at least manage to end on a high note, but I won’t hold my breath.

Game 115: Nearly snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

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.

As a quick note, I noticed I have 6 followers now, which is an increase of 3 from last I checked, so I’d like to give a shout-out to said individuals and thank them for taking the time to check me out and follow my blog.  Feel free to leave comments, whether you’re a Yankees fan or not, as I always appreciate input from fans of other teams, provided they’re nice about it.  Spread the word and tell others to come by, I’d sure the love the company.

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 150: For George.

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Tonight, George Steinbrenner was honored by the Yankees with the unveiling of the plaque/monument in Monument Park.  Only an event like this would bring Joe Torre back to Yankee Stadium, in fact it was the first time he’d seen the new stadium.  Don Mattingly was also there, along with countless other Yankee greats like Reggie Jackson, Yogi Berra and then dynasty-era Yankees such as David Wells and Tino Martinez.  It was a very lovely and moving ceremony……but I personally think the plaque/monument is garish and too big.  There’s no way anything honoring him should be bigger than the monuments for Miller Huggins, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.  But that’s just me.  With the win tonight, our March to 100 arrives at single digits, and we’re only 9 games away. 

Ivan Nova started the game this evening, and had a shaky outing.  He only went 5.2 innings, gave up 3 ER on 3 H and walked two while striking out four.  That may not sound shaky on paper, but he looked like he was having some issue getting through the top of the 6th.  Our bullpen combined for 6 H, 3 ER and 3 BB…..which isn’t that good.  Thankfully our offense was up to the task.  Also, is anyone worried about Mo or is this just his usual end of the season yips?  I hope whatever is ailing him gets worked out before the playoffs start. 

Our offense definitely showed up last night and it was a good thing that it did, because our pitching coughed up a nice lead we gave ourselves early on.  We had several guys in the lineup have really good nights.  Grandy went 2-3 with 5 RBI, Derek went 2-5 with an RBI, Gazoo went 3-4 and Swish went 2-2 with an RBI.  So seeing our offense really respond to the pitching giving up the ghosts every few innings.  I hope we see this same kind of output tomorrow night. 

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Game 130: A close shave.

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Whereas yesterday we had kind of crappy pitching and a whole lot of offense, today we had no offense and really great pitching.  We can’t ever get them both at the same time, can we?  *sigh* 

On the March to 100™, we’re at 20 and almost on our way to the teens.  Let’s do this! 

Ivan Nova got the start and did quite well, although I think he could have at least finished the 6th inning.  He only had 88 pitches by that point and while I’m sure they don’t want to overdo it, they don’t need to treat him like he’s wrapped in cottonwool either.  Boone Logan, Kerry Wood, Joba Chamberlain and Mo combined to pitch the last three innings, and gave up a combined 0 ER and 2 H.  Nicely done!  I love when our pitching gets its isht together. 

Too bad our offense couldn’t have done the same.  I guess they overslugged themselves last night, it’s not like the White Sox fared much better.  Gazoo went 4-4, Gardy went 1-4 with an RBI and Marcus Thames went 1-3 with an RBI…..and that’s all folks.  Thankfully it was enough to get the job done, as Gavin Floyd was pitching a pretty good game of his own. 

Now, let’s hope the blinkin’ blankin’ bleepin’ Red Sox can win this evening and get us 1 game up over the Rays for 1st in the East.  <_<

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Game 93: Ugly, but we’ll take it.

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That was certainly a lot better.  Now it’s *our* turn to score 10 runs on your pitching staff.  It wasn’t the prettiest win I’ve ever seen from us, but it’s definitely better than the alternative.  I’m normally not too fond of the offense giving our starter a 6-0 lead and then said starter nearly giving it all back, but thankfully the offense wasn’t finished or else this entry might have a whole different tone.  But more on that later.

Javy Vazquez got the start this afternoon (why was today a home game?!) and got the win, even though he did his best to lose.  His final line was 5 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 0 BB and 1 K.  Again, about as ugly as a win for a starter can get.  The bullpen however was rather passable.  Robertson, Logan, Chamberlain and Rivera combined for 4 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB and 6 K.  Of the four, Joba had probably the roughest inning and a third.  He gave up 1 ER on 3 H….otherwise the ‘pen would have been damn near spectacular.  Truth be told, Joba is starting to get on my nerves. 

Huzzah for offense! Derek went 3-5, Swish went 2-5, Mark went 3-5 with 3 RBI, Robbie went 1-3 with 2 RBI, Grandy went 2-4, Gazoo went 2-4 and Colin Curtis went 1-1 with 3 RBI.  That’s a whole lot from basically everybody.  The only two hitters in the lineup who didn’t get a hit were Alex and Gardy, although Alex got an RBI in the 1st.  I was very impressed with the contributions we got from everyone, especially since we’ve been having troubles with that recently.  I hope this continues during our following series.  :-D

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Game 82: Welcome to the 2nd half.

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81 games done, now it’s time to start the last 81 games.  The Yanks kicked off that 2nd half in style, or at least in as much as style as can be attained in Oakland, California.  I didn’t get to see most of the game, seeing as it’s a west coast game and I have to get up too early in the morning to warrant staying up past midnight to watch baseball.  Seriously, you left-coasters need to start operating on east coast time.  It’s just easier for the rest of us. 

Javy Vazquez started the game and aside from having a rather high pitch count early on (mid-90s by the 5th), he finished strongly and ended with a line of 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.  I don’t know anyone who’d turn that down, especially from him.  After the 5th inning, he started getting more economical and in two innings, through only about 20 more pitches.  Not bad.  Joba and Mo completed the game…..drama-free, BTW.  Joba even got 2 K out of the 8th.  Good job.  Let’s repeat this later this evening…..or tomorrow morning. 

Offense was at a premium last night — the A’s only managed 1 ER on 3 H.  We didn’t do that much better, getting only 3 ER on 8 H.  I’ll take a low-scoring contest every now and again, but I don’t like our offense getting totally shut down like that.  We got RBIs from Mark, Gazoo and Grandy…..and that was it.  Mark’s RBI came in the form of a HR to give us a little bit of insurance/padding for the last couple innings.  In case you haven’t noticed, Mark is starting to heat up quite a bit.  He’s a 2nd half guy….give him a couple months and he’ll be fine.  Swish was the only batter in the lineup to get more than one hit, as he went 2-4.  That said though, only two guys pulled 0-fers: Gardy and Alex.  Which isn’t too bad, considering.  Some nights it just isn’t your night.  Let’s get a little more offense going for Phil tonight.  Or this morning.  Ahh, you know what I mean.

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Game 64: I bet he doesn’t miss the AL East.

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As good as Roy Halladay is, and as good as he was last year……I’m sure he doesn’t miss facing this division 19 times a season.  I know I wouldn’t.  If this was a potential precursor to the World Series again this year, at least we showed we can hit him.  I don’t remember if we were ever able to do it when he was in Toronto. 

It was the battle of the aces tonight, with Doc Halladay pitching for the Phils and CC Sabathia pitching for our Yanks.  CC got the upper hand in this match-up.  His final line was 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB and 7 K.  A couple too many walks for my tastes but aside from that one bad inning, he was superb.  Dave Robertson and Chan-Ho Park pitched the final two innings and gave up no hits and no runs between the two of them, giving up one walk and two strike-outs.  Exactly the kind of solid pitching we need and expect, especially against a team like Philadelphia. 

The Yankees turned on the offense tonight, hammering Philly pitching to the tune of 8 runs on 10 hits.  We even hit three HRs over the course of the night.  With Alex still sitting out with a hip injury, I’ve been grateful we’ve gotten the kind of offense we have without him.  Grandy went 2-5 with an RBI, Swish went 2-5 with 2 RBI, Gardy went 2-3 with 2 RBI and Gazoo went 1-3 with 2 RBI.  We definitely got some varied contributions up and down the lineup.  I hope to see more of it tomorrow. 

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Game 61: That didn’t take long.

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Two and a half hours is not bad for a baseball game, especially considering this is the Yankees we’re talking about.  We’re notorious for games taking forever to finish.  BTW, I hate interleague play.  I think it’s so gimmicky and stupid.  I’d rather play the National League in the World Series……like it used to be. 

In any event, Andy Pettitte turned in yet another spectacular start, with a final line of 7.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB and 4 K.  He’s now 8-1 on the season.  Phenomenal!  Joba and Mo did what Joba and Mo are supposed to do — meaning, hold down the fort and preserve the win.  Great outing from our pitching staff tonight.  Also, this was Andy’s 200th win as a Yankee, so congrats to him for that accomplishment.  Imagine how many more wins he’d have as a Yankee right now had he not left for Houston in 2004.  *sigh*

The offense was a tad bit on the dead side tonight, but we managed 4 runs on 5 hits and frankly, considering that Alex may very well end up on on the DL, I’m thankful we won despite that.  No one had more than 1 hit, although Gazoo did go 1-3 with 2 RBI and is our offensive star of the game.  Other than him, we didn’t have much going on in the way of stand-out performances.  Which kinda sucks, but we won — we’re only a game back of Tampa now.  We’ll take it. 

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