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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.
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As I noted above, Andy had to come out of the game earlier than anticipated due to injury and David Robertson and had to come in and basically hold down the fort — which he did very well. Definitely the standout pitching performance of the afternoon. He came in during a very sticky spot and got us through it and it allowed us to tie the game. Chan-Ho Park, Boone Logan, Joba and Mo pitched the last 6 innings, although Mo shouldn’t have had to come in. Yes Joba gave up a run, but I’m confident he could have gotten the last out. We burned through too many pitchers, IMO.
Our offense was a lot more present this afternoon than in the last couple games, so that was a good sign. Everyone in the starting lineup except for Gardy got at least one hit, so the offense was spread out amongst everyone this time, rather than concentrated around one or two batters. Derek went 2-5 with an RBI, Swish went 2-5 with an RBI, Alex went 2-4 with 2 RBI, including career HR #598; Robbie went 2-3 with 2 RBI and Jorge went 1-4 with 2 RBI. All in all, a very nice game from everyone. I hope that our series against the Superfluous Acronyms™ coming up is just as productive.
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Before the game it was mentioned that Andy wasn’t on a pitch count, and after the game he said that in the 6th inning he started to lose his legs, which explains why he didn’t finish the inning. Better safe than sorry, really. His final line was 6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. For his first start back after a barking elbow, we’ll take it every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Robertson, Marte and Logan were the pen today, with a combined line of 2.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, and 2 K. It should be noted that Boone Logan pitched both the 8th and 9th, so the 4 hits he gave up were spread out a bit. Not the most pretty of performances, but hell, that run the Twins scored in the 8th was their only offense for the day. No one’s complaining.
I’m REALLY convinced that Mark Teixeira has a phobia about the month of April, because he had yet another great showing at the plate today. I’m telling you, once that calendar flips over to May, it’s like a switch goes off. Weird, but whatever works, works. He went 2-4 with 2 RBI, those runs coming off a 2-run shot in the 7th. Alex also went 2-4 and he had an RBI single in the 1st. Jorge went 3-4 with 2 RBI, hitting a 2-run shot in the 7th as well. Derek went 2-5 and Marcus Thames went 1-4 with an RBI single in the 6th. It seems like our offense is back in full swing, which is what we want, especially with the news that Nick Johnson needs surgery and could be out until August at the earliest. Everyone is going to need to pick up the slack now. Let’s go for the Crazy Stein tomorrow afternoon.
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On a personal front, I badly sprained my ankle a couple days ago, so with the blessing of an Ace bandage and a bag of frozen peas, I’m at least able to hobble around to get something for myself I want. I live in North Carolina, but the weather frickin’ SUCKS. Right now the winds are gusting to about 50mph, which makes doing anything outside damn near impossible. I made my way out there earlier to take our dog outside to do his business and almost got blown off the stairs. Which would have sucked considering my ankle and all. At least it’s not snowing/sleeting/raining/icing anymore! YAY!!! Jesus….we left the Midwest to get away from that nonsense. LOL Hope the weather where you are is much better than the weather here is.
Well, I said last night that any time a Yankees victory involves dramatics; either a walk-off (like today), blown leads (like today) or all-around nerve-wracking action (like today)…..the drama llama would come out to play. He is cute, isn’t he?
What was not cute, however, was AJ Burnett coughing up the 3-1 lead we gave him. Normally with a pitcher like him, you could give him a 1-run lead and all would be well, but our rotation has a bad case of the yips right now. Thankfully we’ve had some late-inning heroics to rectify that, but come on already. I guess it’s better to get the yips out of our system now than wait until October, but really. Now, AJ’s line wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t fantastic either. He went 6.0 innings, gave up 10 hits [yeesh] and 3 ER, walked 2 and struck out 7. A little less hits and that’s a really good line. I guess we should be lucky we gave up 14 hits to the Jays and they only managed to plate 3 runs, one of which was on a wild pitch. Coke, Robertson, Hughes and our new guy Gaudin filled out our relief corps this afternoon, with Gaudin picking up the win. He threw 2 innings of shutout ball and struck out 3 in the process, so he definitely deserves a mention in the Stars section of this post. Great job!
The game didn’t exactly start off very well, with Derek having to leave the game very early with an injury to his foot – thankfully the x-rays came back negative. Who knows how long he’ll be out though…..I’m praying not that long. Not to mention, Alex got hit on the elbow in the 11th inning, and HE might have some lingering effects from that. Now is not the time for two of our big hitters to come down with the injury bug, so let’s hope that between now and tomorrow’s game they’re feeling better. As for the offense in total today, aside from a couple solo shots and Robbie’s 11th inning heroism, we didn’t do much. The Jays doubled our hit total, as we only had 7 today and Johnny Damon and Robbie Cano made up 4 of those hits. We’re pretty lucky the Jays squandered almost every opportunity we gave them to put the game away. Let’s do better during the next series.
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Also getting a Star™ is Chad Gaudin and the rest of our bullpen for really holding it down and keeping the Jays from taking the lead. No photos are available for them yet, but hey…..a mention is a mention!
Ugly, ugly, ugly. As if losing to the Rays wasn’t bad enough, we now find out that Wang will have season-ending shoulder surgery and it could potentially be career-ending.
Which leads me to this – do we move Hughes back to the rotation, keep Mitre in there as our #5 starter or look for a pitcher before the deadline? I’ve heard that the Jays want both Hughes and Chamberlain for Halladay and as much as I’d love Doc on this time, I do NOT want Cash giving up both those guys for him. If we lose Hughes, our bullpen goes to sh!t. If we lose Chamberlain, that’s ANOTHER starter that’s gone.
I’m a little more concerned about this than I am CC having a bad night. We win tomorrow, we take care of business. Thank GOD Papelbon and the Sox blew their game against Oakland, so at least we keep our 2.5 game lead.
We fell behind early but managed to tie the game at 3 at one point, but then our pen crapped the bed and that was it after that. We stole a ton of bases and got a few gift passed balls/wild pitches, but couldn’t make anything of them. Too many squandered opportunities. The Yanks fell back into that old routine of getting men on base and then leaving them there, much like we did for most of the series with Philadelphia, with the exception of the 9th inning in the 2nd game. Joba had another rocky start, which isn’t comforting and Melky damn near dislocated his shoulder running into the CF wall. At this stage, we can’t afford to lose him for any length of time; he’s got a hot bat and who wants Gardner in the lineup on a regular basis?
I’m hoping tonight’s game (since it’s now Wednesday here on the east coast) goes much better and looks more like Monday’s game.
Okay someone explain to me why Mo was pitching tonight after he pitched unnecessarily last night? See, last night would have been a good chance for Veras to pitch, seeing as we had an 8 run lead. Then Mo would have been available tonight should he be needed. Instead, Girardi pitches him last night and then tonight, when he should have used Bruney since Mo pitched last night.
Did someone slip him some green tea? He’s developed a case of the Torre’s.
In any event, it didn’t seem to hurt the team, especially after having to go to the pen in the 1st inning when Joba was injured. Any time you need 8+ innings from your bullpen is not a good thing. Thankfully the x-rays are negative and Joba just has a bruised knee. Anything worse and we’d all be sick. Aceves had to come in and spot-start basically, and did a damn good job. He pitched 3.1 innings, gave up only 3 hits and no runs. For that, he was awarded the win. Albaladejo pitched 2.1 innings, gave up 4 runs on 5 hits and gave everyone in attendance heart attacks. Veras relieved him and while seemed intent on giving the game away, actually didn’t. Thankfully. And then Mo came in for the save when it should have been Bruney, but I’m not paid to make those decisions. Thankfully he looked better tonight than he did last night.
Johnny Damon had the night off tonight, so Robbie Cano batted rather high up in the order, filling the #2 spot between DJ and Tex. It seemed to suit him fine, as he went 3-4 with 3 RBI. Tex had a great night as well, going 2-3 with an RBI. Melky Cabrera is continuing his great start to the season by going 1-4 with 2 RBI. Production was scattered throughout the lineup. I liked the fact that we jumped on Eaton and jumped on him fast; he’s the kind of pitcher who has been known to give us fits because we just don’t hit him. Tonight we managed to do just that. In return, we sweep the Orioles and post our second straight Crazy Stein. Let’s keep this train rolling against Philly. The game against Hamels might be hard, but I can see us taking 2 of 3. Roll on!
Stars of the Game™
Also, Aceves gets a Star™ (no picture, sadly) for the amazing job he did tonight in relief.
So both our catchers are on the DL now. That’s not disconcerting at all. Here’s hoping Kevin Cash can at least fill in enough that we’re not pulling our hair out midway through, although at this point who knows.
And because to counteract the bad news, we always need good news……..
Thank you God. I don’t want him doing too much too soon, but I hope his return is the spark the team needs to get off their butts.
What an amazing game! This was one of those games last year’s Yankees would have lost. Going down 2-0 early, coming back to tie it only to lose the lead again….that would have been it. No, not this team. At least not right now anyway. They battled back hard and won this game on a very clutch single from Derek Jeter in the top of the 9th….quite literally the 11th hour (which was my alternate title for this post). It’s a shame that Andy didn’t get the win today for his efforts. He really held on as long as he could to give us a chance to come back and win.
His final line ended up being 7.1 innings pitched, three runs on 6 hits, one walk and 4 strikeouts. His ERA is a nice 2.51 now. Bruney came in and relieved him in the 8th, finishing out the inning by giving up no hits, no runs and no walks all the while striking out 2. Has anyone else been as impressed with Bruney as I have been? I mean, now that it looks like we finally have a staff that can go deeper into the games than the 5th or 6th innings, we might actually have a legit “bridge to Mo” guy in Brian Bruney. That display he put on last night was fantastic…..3 Ks on 10 pitches. Good morning, good afternoon and good night. He gave them the Mo treatment, who incidently closed the game out for us this afternoon and grabbed his 2nd save in the process.
For some reason Andy Sonnanstine has always given our offense fits, and today was really no different. Until Cano homered in the 4th, we had nothing going on. Then we fall behind again 3-2 and have to wait until the 8th and 9th innings to re-tie the game and take the lead. Granted there were quite a few pitchers between Sonnanstine and the guys we tagged for the win, but our lineup has been starting in drips and drabs….nothing real consistent I don’t think. Derek of course got the game-winning single, but you can’t forget Johnny Damon who got the game-tying double. I think this was a great way to head into our home opener tomorrow with CC on the mound. I had predicted we’d go into the 16th 6-3, so I was only off by one game. Had we swept the Rays we would have been, but what can you do? That’s the 2nd straight series win for us, let’s keep that momentum going for tomorrow.
Incidently, as today was the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking into the major leagues, many of our players were wearing #42 instead of their regular numbers. Just in case you look at the pictures below and wonder what was up with that. Also, it would appear that Xavier Nady will be out for the season, apparently needing surgery on his elbow. I see he’s taken the lead in the New York Yankees Early Season Injury Bug Contest. At least Alex is not out for the whole year. Thank God.
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