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Games 43-45: The Subway Series

What a great series this was!  After a disappointing first game that saw us only able to score one run after bludgeoning 13 the night before, the 2nd and 3rd game of this series were a marked and vast improvement.  We got stellar pitching in all three games, great bullpen pitching especially, AND in the last two games…..OFFENSE!  A grand total of 16 runs scored over the last two games, as opposed to just one in the first.  Who wouldn’t take that?

Speaking of offense, Derek had himself a great series against the Mets, notching five hits during the series, bringing him to within 25 of 3,000.  Alex also had a great series, going 8-13 with 2 RBI.  Alex raised his batting average over 20 points just in this series alone.  Derek also raised his batting average quite a bit of late, hopefully showing that the awful slump he was mired in for most of the season is done.  At least for now.

Stars of the Series

The pitching, our bullpen, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez!

Game 69: Finally in first.

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Thank God.  Finally we won and Tampa lost at the same time.  We’re now a game in first place since probably April.  I’ll take it.  Hope all the kids of the Yankees enjoyed this and it was a nice Father’s Day gift for them. 

CC was well…..CC.  He went out there and showed why he’s making big money in the Bronx and not somewhere else.  He threw 8 scoreless innings, giving up only four hits, walking two and striking out six.  Can’t ask for more than that, short of a complete game.  Mo came in for the 9th and since it wasn’t a save situation, just preserved the win.  As though it needed preserving. 

Aside from Mark’s 3rd inning grand slam, we got no offense today, but seeing as CC was basically making the Mets his personal b.!tch, we didn’t need more than the grand slam.  So we got lucky.  Both Derek and Jorge went 2-4, so they get honorable mentions.  I wish the blurb about the offense could be a little more descriptive…..but we didn’t get much.  Hope our series against Arizona is a burner.  At least there’s no Luis Gonzalez this time.  *gag*

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Game 68: Well, it’s about time!

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Thank God we finally won a game.  We haven’t gone on too many extended losing streaks this season, but the last three games have felt more like a root canal with no Novocaine than anything else.  So I’m grateful that’s been abated for right now. 

While we haven’t been getting the best of performances from our bullpen the last few games, our starting pitching has been great — this afternoon was no exception.  Phil Hughes brought his record this season to 10-1, with a final line of 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB and 4 K.  Joba came in to pitch the 8th and gave up no runs.  Hallelujah!  Mo pitched the 9th and got his 16th save on the season.  Well done.  Now let’s take the rubber match tomorrow and win the series. 

Unlike yesterday, wherein the offense was harder to come by than a beer in Beirut, today we actually got something going at the plate.  Granted not much and four of runs came as a result of homers, but it’s better than nothing.  Hell, we even got a run because of a double play.  Only the Yankees.  *shakes head*   We got a couple standout performances from our lineup today; Mark (1-4, 2 RBI), Grandy (1-3, 2 RBI) and Gardy (2-4).  I hope to get a little more out of everyone else tomorrow……I hope. 

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Game 67: Not a good start.

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So Javy pitches a great game, giving up only 1 ER and 3 hits over 7 innings…..and the offense does bupkiss.  Not even bupkiss, but negative bupkiss. 

Ugh.  Just when our starting pitching is coming around, especially from the back end….the bullpen starts spitting the bit.  Joba gave up 2 runs and Chan-Ho Park gave up another.  Before then, we were only down 1-0 and even though our offense was nearly flatlining…..we could have come back from that.  We weren’t coming back from 4-0. 

I hope tomorrow afternoon’s game is a complete 180 of this one.  We’re getting lucky so far in that Tampa has been losing, but Boston hasn’t.  We need to keep them at bay.

Game 44: Sliding down.

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Sorry for the lack of posts the last couple of days — I’ve been quite ill and didn’t have the energy to really do much of anything.  In fact I’m still quite sick, but posting this so you don’t think I’ve abandoned it. 

To say that I’m disappointed in the way the team has been playing is an understatement.  What’s aggravating is that I know they can play better than this.  I hope that the series that starts tonight goes much better and we get back on a winning path. 

Game 43: Where the heck did everyone go?

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……..I suppose this title could not only apply to the Yankees, as they’ve disappeared…..but also to all my commentors/readers.  I haven’t gotten any feedback on any of my entries since the first game of the Boston series.  That’s extremely disheartening.  Enough so, that I’ve been contemplating leaving the blog because as much as I enjoy writing for myself, I enjoy writing for other people.  I mean, I like getting the comments and the conversation that comes from that and I feel like I’m talking to myself.  The fact the Yankees have been playing so dismally recently isn’t really helping much. 

I don’t know what’s gotten more irritating at this point — the Yankees’ pitching putting them in an early hole, or the “too little, too late” comeback in the 9th inning that always falls one or two runs short of actually mattering.  It’s getting old.  We get great starting pitching (CC, Javy), the offense does nothing or the bullpen spits the bit.  We get crappy pitching, the offense fails to keep up or does when it doesn’t matter.  Damn, we’ve become the Red Sox.  And that kind of sucks, since they’re playing right now like we did to start the season.  LET’S GET IT TOGETHER, PLEASE.

Game 42: This is my 1,000th entry.

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A thousand entries later, after my first introduction to MLBlogs and at least the Yankees won for my efforts.  Thank God.  Another loss and I was liable to go on a multi-state killing spree.  Hopefully Tampa will continue losing, so we gain a game.  But yes as you can see, I’ve now written one thousand times in this blog and have nearly four times as many comments to show for it.  Well done to all of you who have been with me the last 4 years, it’s been greatly appreciated. 

Now, on to tonight’s game.  We start our Interleague (ugh) series against the Mets and chose tonight to completely forget how to hit the ball.  Thankfully Javy Vasquez chose tonight to remember how to pitch the ball.  I just hope he’s not injured.  That’s about the last thing we need right about now.  His final line ended up being 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.  That’s better than we’ve gotten out of AJ and Andy recently.  The pen did their job, although Mo is starting to worry me.  This is something like the 3rd or 4th appearance in a row where he’s given up a run and some hits while trying to get the save.  Two of those appearances he ended pulling a Purplebuns and blowing the save.  Is Mo…..dare I say….becoming mortal?  Ack, I don’t want to think it.  Maybe he’s just got his usual early season yips and there’s nothing to worry about.  Right?  Right??

Where oh where did our offense go, where oh where can it be?  2 runs on 8 his is kind of pathetic, especially since our runs came from a dude by the name of Kevin Russo.  I don’t know what a Kevin Russo is, but he saved our bacon tonight.  He went 2-3 with 2 RBI.  Alex was the only other Yankee to clock more than 1 hit — he went 2-3 as well.  Seriously guys, what’s up here?  First we score a ton of runs, but the pitching blows it and we lose.  Then we barely score any runs, and the pitching nearly blows it, but we win.  How about we go back to playing like we did when the season started……and keep at it?  Novel concept. 

Stars of the Game™

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Game 77: It’s just Mo’s world.

Crazy Stein.jpg I don’t know what was more memorable about this game; Mo’s 500th save
or the fact that he got his first major league RBI when K-Rod walked
him.  I mean, Derek thought the idea of Mo batting to start with was
hysterical and in a way it was, because that late in a game, usually
the pitcher is PH for.  I’m glad Girardi let him bat because otherwise
we wouldn’t have had that great comedic moment.  Too bad he didn’t hit
a granny…..now that would have been good!  What more evidence do we need of how monumentally amazing Mariano Rivera is?  I’ve watched him pitch for the Yankees his entire career and it’s been a pleasure the whole time.  He just goes out there and does his job, no stupid histrionics or dramatics on the mound.  Just business.  We wouldn’t have it any other way, I suppose.  Congrats, Mo……you are the greatest. 

But enough about Mo, let’s talk starting pitching.  Wang didn’t do
nearly as bad as several at bats would let on.  He gave up only 2 runs
on 4 hits which is great, and he even got his first win of the season
out of it.  I can’t really complain about his performance tonight, but
I would say I would have liked it if he was more economical with his
pitch count and stayed in the game a little longer.  It shouldn’t have
taken 5 pitchers to beat the Mets. 

Our offense tonight was rather dead.  We got 3 runs in the 1st didn’t
do anything else until Mo’s heroic bases-loaded walk in the 9th brought
in another run.  We squandered opportunity after opportunity to knock
Hernandez out of the game and I don’t know how many DPs Robbie Cano hit
into but it was annoying as hell.  Thankfully the Mets are horrible or
else they could have capitalized on our inability to put the game way
early.  Tex had a 2-RBI double and Jorge had a sac fly and
really…….that was it.  The sac fly was really the winning run as
without Mo’s RBI we still would have won the game 3-2, but insurance is
always great.  For the next game, I’d like to see more than 4 hits. 
I’ll always take the win, but come on…..don’t start getting cheap. 
Either way, what a great game and even better……the Crazy Stein has
returned.  :-D

Star of the Game™

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Game 76: Summertime’s calling me.

wrightsvillebeach.jpgSee that little slice of heaven over there?  That’s where I was all day today.  Wrightsville Beach, NC is probably the most beautiful stretch of land I’ve ever seen.  A 3 1/2 hour drive from where I live, it was well worth it.  The one thing I never quite got used to was the salt water.  Coming from Chicago and going to the beach at Lake Michigan, that’s freshwater.  If it gets in your eyes, big deal.  It’s like getting hit in the face with bathwater.  Not so much here, though.  That stings like you wouldn’t believe and I had the misfortune of getting knocked over by a wave and swallowing some.  EGADS.  I had to drink 2 bottles of water just to get the salt out.  Either way, it was a fantastic way to spend a Saturday afternoon and knowing the Yankees were playing this evening, I hoped they’d win and cap off this great day.  And they did! 

 

AJ Burnett pitched marvelously and just continued that which CC started last night.  He went 7 innings of 1-hit ball and walked 3 while striking out 10.  That means in the last 2 games, the Mets have had a grand total of 4 hits.  Maybe tomorrow they’ll get 2 hit.  That’ll complete the 1-2-3 trifecta, I suppose.  Brian Bruney came in to relieve him and pitched the 8th, giving up no hits and no runs, while walking none.  Robertson relieved him for the 9th and also gave up no hits and no runs.  Can’t complain about the pitching again tonight, the shorter the blurb on a winning GDS, the better!

 

We didn’t get tons of offense tonight, but when your pitcher is doing as well as AJ was doing, very little is ever needed.  Jorge was the big winner tonight, hitting a 3-run HR in the 6th.  Alex got an RBI as well, knocking a single in the 6th that scored Tex. We got our other run on a solo shot by Swish in the 3rd.  I hope we can go for the Crazy Stein tomorrow on a game that’s as easy as the last couple have been.  No drama.  :D

 

 

 

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Game 75: Ace in hand.

chp_ace_cards.jpgComing off a series win against Atlanta, it was imperative we set the right tone against the Mets and with Crooked Cap on the mound tonight, it was a sure bet.  Sabathia has been the closest thing to dominance we have had in our rotation all season and when he pitches, you know you’re getting at least 7 innings of quality pitching.  I do apologize for this summary coming late, I’m going out of town today and was running around trying to get everything we need to go and I kind of got sidetracked.  In any event, on to the pitching…….

 

CC went 7 innings of 3-hit ball, giving up only 1 run in the process.  He walked no one and struck out 8.  Brett Tomko relieved him and pitched 2 innings of no-hit ball and struck out 1.  I love when the pitching summary is short and sweet because that means we used at most 2 pitchers, and neither of them gave up anything of importance.  If only we got starts like this out of everyone. 

 

On the offense side of things, again we were able to combine runs with hits and really dominate at the plate.  Brett Gardner gets the absolute Star of the Game for going 5-6 with 2 RBI.  Alex went 1-2 with 2 RBI and passed Reggie Jackson on the all-time HR list.  Robbie went 2-6.  Ramiro Pena, subbing for a scratched Derek Jeter, went 3-5 with an RBI.  I can’t really complain about the job we did tonight, it was a combined effort from all sides and it was great.  I hope to see more of this while I’m gone and lounging on the beach.  :-D

 

 

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