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Game 130: Nothing lasts forever.

I don’t know if I really have anything good to say about last night’s game.  I suppose I could mention that Toronto lost, so we’ve maintained our distance from them, but Baltimore won, and I honestly don’t think they’re ever going to lose again.  Getting swept by the Cubs must do a number on your pride.  We’re either 2.5 or 3.5 games back for the 2nd Wild Card slot, so rather than catching the Orioles, which I don’t think is going to happen, I hope the Yankees put their efforts into catching Detroit, who currently have that spot.  As such, we need to win this series, no question about it.  If we have any chance of making it to the postseason, which admittedly is far less likely than likely, we need to put the afterburners on in the month of September.

Brandon McCarthy didn’t pitch really bad, but he didn’t throw a good game, either.  It was somewhere in the middle.  He went into the 7th, which is deeper than one would expect given his line, so at least he alleviated some pressure on the bullpen so we didn’t go through as many guys.  6.1 IP 9 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, and 5 K is again, not great, but it’s not completely shit either.  Esmil Rogers relieved him, pitching the rest of the game, giving up 0 H and 0 ER, while striking out three.  Five runs shouldn’t have been an insurmountable lead.  Emphasis on shouldn’t have been.

Our offensive output for the night belonged to Jacoby Ellsbury, who went 3-4 with 2 RBI.  That’s it.  Jeter went 2-4, as did Carlos Beltran, but they were the only other batters to get more than one hit.  You can’t say much about the offense when the offense didn’t do anything.  The worst part is, we had nine hits, same as the Tigers…..only they scored five runs with theirs, while we managed only two.  The fact we went 0-3 with RISP and 5 LOB didn’t help.  We need tonight’s game to be the exact opposite of this one.  We really can’t afford too many more games like this.

Game 129: KC Masterpiece.

Last night’s game was a make-up game from earlier in the season, but it still behooved us to win, as we’re going into a series against the Tigers next.  The worst part of the schedule right now is that I’m forced to root for the Red Sox, as they’re playing Toronto, and I’d like to put some distance between us and them.  Plus, Tampa is playing Baltimore, and the sad thing is, I wish they were still playing the Cubs.  At least the Red Sox helped us out by beating the Blue Jays (you have no idea how much it hurt to type that).

I went into the game hoping we’d get a strong pitching performance out of Pineda, and thankfully we did.  His final line was 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K.  His ERA is a nice n’ tidy 1.95.  David Huff came in for relief and pitched the rest of the game, giving up only two hits and striking out one.  It was nice to see a clean, easy, drama-free night of pitching, with no blown leads, no nothing.

I’ve been bitching for a while now that I wanted to see a more well-rounded offensive effort from them, and apparently they tired of my kvetching and whining, because they finally delivered!  Everyone in the starting lineup got at least one hit, and since we clobbered 13 of them, you’d hope that was the case.  Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-5 with 3 RBI, Martin Prado (has this kid been eating his Wheaties?!) went 2-4, Ichiro went 2-4, Derek Jeter went 1-5 with 2 RBI, and Brian McCann went 1-3 with an RBI.  It was heartening to see so many people contributing this time, instead of the same names over and over again.  I hope this continues against Detroit, although I’m not holding my breath.

Game 128: Return of the Crazy Stein!

For those that are new to Yankees Chick, there was a picture I used to post whenever the Yankees would sweep a team, and it was George Steinbrenner on one of the parade floats, in either ’98 or ’99, holding a broom with a maniacal look on his face.  It was dubbed “Crazy Stein” and quickly became tradition.  Since returning to the blog earlier this month, I haven’t had occasion to use it……until now.  So, without further ado, I give you Crazy Stein!

Game 16: Crazy Stein? I hope to post him at least two or three more times before this season finally ends.  To make matters even better, we won in a walk-off!  In extras!  BTW, no matter how dismal our playoff prospects might be, I’m quite heartened by the fact that at least we’re not the Red Sox.  Yeesh.

Chris Capuano toed the rubber for the final game this series, pitching a very respectable 6.0 innings, giving up 3 ER on 6 H, while walking none and striking out 5.  Our bullpen was strong in relief, until David Robertson came in for the save in the 9th and promptly gave up a run, necessitating us going to extras.  I was very disappointed in him, because I know he can pitch better than that.  We’re going on the road next to play some pretty important teams, including Kansas City…..and when was the last time someone could refer to them as an “important team.”  We really need everyone in the rotation and in the bullpen to be at the top of the games at all times.

Well, I didn’t want Martin Prado to yet again have to bear the responsibility of keeping our team in the game, so on that note, I was rather pleased to see it was someone other than him.  On the other hand, blowing your wad in one inning and then doing basically nothing until the last minute is getting kind of stale and tiresome.  I know, I know….how could I possibly be upset that we lost?  I’m not upset that we lost, rather, I’m unhappy at our inconsistent play forcing us to win in this manner more often than we should.  Brian McCann came in as a PH in the 10th and smacked a 3-run HR to right field, so he undoubtedly wins Offensive Star of the Game, but honorable mention goes to Ichiro, who went 2-4 with 2 RBI.  Their combined 5 RBI were enough to win the game, but again….let’s spread it out a bit more, fellas. 

Game 127: Foolproof.

We’ve won three in a row now, so I’m not sure whether I should knock on wood, find a four-leaf clover, cut the foot off a rabbit (I would never actually do that — bunnies are cute!), but we’ve certainly been quite lucky, and I’m only worried about when it’ll finally run out.  In other AL East news, the Cubs beat the Orioles (again), the Red Sox lost (again), and the Rays lost.  We’re now 7.0 GB of Baltimore, and I don’t know how many games back for the 2nd wild card slot, but it’s probably a lot. 

Hideki Kuroda threw a great game, going 6.0 innings, giving up only 2 ER on 5 H, while walking two and striking out six.  A very solid, quality start, which is precisely what need from everyone right now as we head into the final month of the season.  David Robertson also collected his 34th save of the year as well, nearly striking out the side.  There’s not much else to say about the pitching this time, as no one shit the bed.  Miracle of miracles.

The offense was pretty much non-existent again, aside from a few people.  I know the entire lineup isn’t going to go 5-5 every game, but when it’s the same people over and over again being the only ones who who can muster up any production, it starts to get old.  Carlos Beltran went 2-4 with an RBI and Martin Prado went 3-4 with 2 RBI.  You’ve been reading that kid’s name a lot in this blog, because it seems like every day, he’s either raking at the plate or single-handedly winning us the game.  Let’s hope the next game is more of the same, in the “Yankees win” sense, as opposed to the “one guy does everything” sense.

Game 126: Walk-off.

Hot damn, late-inning breaks go OUR way this time!  I can’t remember the last time we had a walk-off win, and since wins are at a premium for us at the moment, it made this extra special.  The White Sox are a poor team, so I hoped we wouldn’t need to resort to late-inning heroics to take the game, but since the Yankees can’t be bothered to score more than 3 or 4 runs a game, we have to work with what we get.  The second best part of tonight’s slate of games is that the Cubs, the poor, poor Cubs, beat the Orioles.  I KNOW.  I couldn’t believe it either.  My hometown team always finds a way to come someone’s aid, and this time it was ours.

Our rotation has been a bit of a dog’s breakfast, or catch as catch can if you want to use another metaphor.  Shane Greene took the mound tonight, giving us a serviceable performance — 5.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K.  Not great, but not awful, either.  I think “middling” is a good word to describe it.  Shawn Kelley, Dellin Betances, and David Robertson made up the relief core, giving up a total of 2 H, 0 ER, and 6 K with no walks.  D-Rob ended up with the win, as he was the pitcher of record when Martin Prado singled with the bases loaded, scoring Ichiro.

Speaking of Martin, he went 2-5 with 3 RBI, which is 75% of our entire offensive output all night.  Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-4 with an RBI, which makes up the other 25%.  Am I the only one bothered by that?  Not the fact we won, but the fact that our offense is so woeful, two people are solely responsible for the reason we won the game.  Some of these guys are killing me.  I shouldn’t ask for more than 4 runs tomorrow, because we’ll end up getting shut out, but it would be nice if we managed to actually score, and score with some authority.  Come on fellas, I know you can do it.

Game 122: Onwards and upwards.

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.

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 113: Bronx Bombers

Considering that Tuesday night’s game ended in extras, and that it was possible we could have won the game, this would have been a sweep of a heavily favored Tigers team, but I’ll take 2 out of 3.  Just like against the Red Sox, also a series we should have swept.  Toronto won, so we didn’t gain any ground on them, but that meant that Baltimore lost, so both teams gained a game on them

Chris Capuano took the mound for us last night, and pitched a stellar game, going 6.2 innings, giving up only 1 R on 5 H, while striking out eight.  Unfortunately he got a no decision for the night, as we didn’t take the lead until after he’d left the game.  That doesn’t, however, take away from how great he pitched.  Our bullpen held the Tigers hitless for the rest of the game.

The title of this recap alludes to how we managed to best Verlander, and that was through the home run.  We hit two, and that was just enough to be the difference, the extra runs over that were just insurance.  Chase Headley hit one in the 5th, and Brian McCann hit one in the 7th.  One thing I don’t hesitate to point out is that the Yankees were incredibly sloppy in the field last night, giving up four errors.  Jeter had one, Capuano had one, and Stephen Drew had two.  Giving up a baserunner or a run because of a hit or walk is one thing, but allowing the other team to capitalize because our heads are up our butts is quite another.  Hopefully the sloppiness will disappear for our next set of games.

Game 111: Cy Young, Shmy Young.

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?????

Game 110: By the skin of our teeth.

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?

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