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Game 142: Playing out the string.

I should have been upset by last night’s loss, but I wasn’t.  I wasn’t upset because in some small part, I expected it, and in another, I’ve become so desensitized to our losses that when they happen, even when I thought we’d win, I find it hard to get upset or angered or even annoyed.  We’re 11 GB in the AL East now, god knows how many games back in the Wild Card race, so for all intents and purposes (not “intensive purposes,” as some might erroneously believe), our season is done.  We are, as the title suggests, merely playing out the string.  It’s sad that as a Yankees fan, that’s what we’re doing, but it hasn’t been our year since 2009, when we acquired CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, and AJ Burnett.  That was almost a surreal season — I don’t think anyone was anticipating we’d land all three, much less end up winning the World Series.  Ah well, as Topol sang in Fiddler on the Roof, sunrise…..sunset.

Hiroki Kuroda did not have a good game, which is a rarity.  I dare say he actually had a horribly sh!tty one.  Lasting only 3.1 innings, he gave up 4 ER on 9 H.  As a result of our starter’s early exit, Girardi went through nearly everyone we had in the pen, including our closer, David Robertson.  The sad part is, the seven pitchers that came in for relief gave up only a further two hits, no more runs, and struck out a combined six.  I say it’s sad because they they kept us in the game.  Any team that chase out the starter in the 4th inning, you’d think would tattoo the bullpen for a bunch of runs/hits as well, but the Rays stopped at four. 

The other thing that makes that sad, is that the Yankees stopped at three.  When your pitcher craps the bed, but your bullpen holds the other team right where they are, you’re supposed to take advantage of that and make them pay for being unable to chase out your relievers, too.  We didn’t do that.  Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-4 with an RBI, Chris Young went 1-3 with 2 RBI, and Ichiro went 2-3.  That’s the extent of our offensive firepower, and the one good thing I can say about the Yankees last night was that we went 3-5 with RISP and left only two men on base.  I was anticipating a far more aggravating number.  Let’s just win tonight and as I keep saying, try to end the season on a high note.

Game 140: A demented waltz.

An odd title for a game wrap-up yes, but it’s a great way to describe how the Yankees have played baseball this season.  We win a game, lose a game, win a couple of games, lose five games in a row….it’s a constant back and forth and back and forth.  Like a demented waltz.  We’re forever marching in a circle it seems.  We lost yesterday, won today, we’ll probably lose tomorrow just to keep the rhythm going.  At least Baltimore lost, as I’m starting to get stick of them constantly winning.  Now I know how their fans felt about us for so long.

Brandon McCarthy didn’t turn in a performance exactly as dominating as Michael Pineda’s from last night, but it was pretty close — 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.  He pitched into the 7th inning at any rate, which is kind of what we expect from our starters, regardless of who we’re playing.  Kelley, Betances, and Robertson made up our relief corps, and combined, they gave up no hits, no runs, no walks, and struck out two.  Hurrah, huzzah, and hallelujah.

It was the Martin Prado show today, as our Babe Ruth-esque slugger went 3-4 with two doubles.  Ichiro went 2-2 with an RBI, John Ryan Murphy went 2-4, and we also got RBIs from Ellsbury, Jeter, Teixeira, and Beltran.  It was a nice, well-rounded effort, one that won’t be repeated if I know my team, and I do.

Game 138: LOL Red Sox.

Look, I know neither team is making the playoffs, but my hatred for all things Boston burns bright, and watching Uehara give up not only the game-tying HR, but the game-winning one as well, it just made my night.  I immediately went to SoSH to read all the delicious schadenfreude that I could, just to extend the fun.  No, it’s not mature, and I could probably handle my fandom better than that, but as a Yankees fan, there’s precisely one thing we all know for an absolute fact:  The Red Sox suck, no matter what.

Someone else who sucked last night was Chris Capuano.  He’s basically been pretty solid for us all year, but last night, not so much.  He only lasted 4.1 innings, giving up 4 R on 6 H, not to mention two HRs to Big Sloppy.  Our bullpen, though….they had to do yeoman’s work, but they did it well, giving up only one more hit the rest of the game.  We needed them to come through and hold Boston to four runs, in the off chance we’d actually drum up enough offense to win the game.  So, kudos to them for a well-pitched game.

Extra-special kudos go out to Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley however, because without them, this game wrap-up would have an entirely different tone.  We scored three runs in the 3rd, then did nothing until the bottom of the 9th, when it was decided we’d cue the dramatic finale.  Uehara gave up a bomb to Mark, into the 2nd deck no less, then gave up another one to Chase, who promptly began running around the bases before getting doused in Gatorade at home plate.  Aside from them, Derek Jeter went 1-4 with 2 RBI and Carlos Beltran went 1-4 with an RBI.  Aren’t walk-offs fun?  We’re starting a new series tonight against the Royals, and while I’m not holding out any hope that we’ll win the series, let’s just try not to get swept, yeah?

Game 137: WE WON!! WE WON!! WE WON!!

You’ll have to forgive the possibly over-jubilant response to last night’s victory; after Tuesday’s game, I held out no hope that we’d beat the Red Sox, much less by more than one run.  I hate playing the Red Sox, not just because they’re the Red Sox, but every game gives me a quasi-ulcer.  Not to mention, not a single Yankees/Red Sox game can be played in under three hours.  If they’re on ESPN on a Sunday night, no chance it will be less than 3.5 hours.  It’s just one of many reasons watching these games (or in my case, listening to them) is incredibly nerve wracking.

Hiroki Kuroda did what he’s mostly been doing all season, and that’s pitching his ass off.  He’s one of the few pitchers we have that are very reliable and can be counted on to give you a quality start each time out, even if we don’t end up winning the game.  He pitched 7.0 innings, giving up only 1 ER on 4 H, while walking none and striking out eight.  Dellin Betances and David Robertson pitched the last two innings, giving up 0 ER on 2 H while striking out four.  If only we got pitching performances like this all the time, against good teams as well as the crappy ones, we’d be in a lot better shape.

Our offense was also surprisingly on target tonight, tagging Boston pitching for 5 runs on 11 H.  Brian McCann is our Offensive Star of the Game, as he went 4-4 with 3 RBI.  Runner-up is Brett Gardner, who went 2-4 with an RBI, and 2nd runner-up goes to Jacoby Ellsbury, who went 1-3 with an RBI.  Everyone in the starting lineup except Beltran and Drew got at least a hit, so it was nice to see the offense spread around a bit, at least in terms of that.  Tonight’s game better go in much the same vein.

Game 136: I totally expected that.

The Red Sox are arguably one of the worst teams in the American League, if not all of baseball, so naturally we lose to them.  I called that to myself before the game even started.  I really wanted to be wrong, and hoped that when the Red Sox jumped to an early lead we’d snap out of it, but alas, ’twas not to be.  As a side note, I read that the Yankees will be wearing a patch in honor of Derek Jeter, and what I’d like to know is why.  He’s not dying, he’s retiring.  I’m not taking anything away from his legacy, he will rightfully go down as one of the greatest Yankees of all time, not to mention one of the greatest shortstops in all of baseball, but the somewhat overwrought reaction he’s getting whenever the Yankees play in someone else’s ballpark is just a bit….maybe not ridiculous, but a little over the top.  I love him, and I’ll miss him, but he’s not moving to a colony on Mars, people.

Now, on to the pitching last night, which was in a word, abysmal.  Shane Greene started but didn’t stay long, lasting only 2.2 innings, giving up 6 ER on 6 H.  He walked three, struck out three, and gave up two HRs.  Lovely line.  It’s not like our relievers did that much better, giving up a combined 3 ER on 6 H, with 3 BB and 9 K.  The only good part of any of that is the 9 K part, and that was all of relievers put together.  It was a sh!t-show from start to finish.  There’s really nothing else that can be said about it, it was that bad.

To make matters worse, it wasn’t like the offense was any better.  Brian McCann went 2-4 with an RBI, Martin Prado went 2-3 with an RBI, and Derek Jeter went 1-4 with an RBI.  That was pretty much the extent of our vaunted offense.  You can’t win games if you don’t score runs, though it helps if your pitching doesn’t give up nine of them, but if we had any urgency in us whatsoever, we could have pulled this one out.  Hopefully tonight’s game goes much better than this one did.  Hopefully.

Game 133: We really needed that.

After yesterday’s vomitrocious (I just made that word up.) loss, a win tonight would have been just the palate cleanser we needed, like that gargle of mouthwash you take right after you upchuck.  Thankfully, the Yankees provided the ACT (substitute your mouthwash of choice, of course), and we beat the Blue Jays.  With Baltimore winning, Detroit winning, and Seattle winning, we really needed to come out on top.

Chris Capuano followed up Kuroda’s fantastic outing with one of his own, finishing with 6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, and 4 K.  We’ve been getting some surprisingly good pitching from our rotation of late, it’s just a shame our record hasn’t reflected that.  Warren, Outman, and D-Rob comprised our bullpen, finishing the game by giving up just one hit and striking out two.  I will add that we were sloppy in the field, which led to a Toronto run, as we made two errors.  Jeter had an uncharacteristic oopsie, as did Brett Gardner.  At least neither came back to bite us in the @$$.

Our offense tonight wasn’t great, but six runs is by no means something to scoff at, and after the lackluster showing from our series finale with Detroit, I’m certainly not complaining.  Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been a truly great contribution to our lineup, went 2-5 with 2 RBI, picking up our Offensive Star of the Game.  Martin Prado, Mr. Wheaties, went 2-5, Brian McCann went 1-4, Brett Gardner went 1-3 with an RBI, and Chase Headley went 1-2 with an RBI.  Everybody but Teixeira and Beltran got a hit, so at least it was a well-rounded affair, which is something I consistently harp on with these guys.  Even if we lose, lose despite trying your damnedest to win, just don’t roll over and die.  I’d love to post the Crazy Stein again, so let’s see if we can’t sweep these birds.

Game 132: WordPress was being a pain in the @$$.

As promised, here is the updated/edited game wrap-up post that I have been trying to submit since yesterday afternoon.  I don’t know what the problem was, but my Internet connection wasn’t the real culprit.  I could access most sites without a problem, but for some reason, WordPress just would not go through, no matter how many times I tried.  In a way, I’m glad I had all this time to think about what I’d write here, because when the game ended, I was so angry….all you’d have seen were a bunch of asterisks from the swear words that were filtered out.  To make matters worse, Baltimore won, though fortunately Kansas City did not.  I swear, with this team it’s one step forward, a hundred steps back.

Hiroki Kuroda pitched his tuchus off yesterday afternoon and got precisely bupkis for it.  7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB 4 K — that shouldn’t be the line of the losing (or at least no-decision) pitcher.  Dellin Betances pitched a solid 8th in relief, but Shawn Kelley coughed up game-winning sac fly to Alex Avila, and there goes the ballgame.  Depressing.

After Wednesday’s offensive onslaught, I was expecting something a bit more substantial than just two runs on five hits, but with the Yankees anymore it’s feast or famine, never anything in between.  Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-4 with an RBI and Carlos Beltran went 2-4, with Brian McCann getting our other RBI despite going 0-4.  Zealous Wheeler (what a name) went 1-2 as well.  It was an all-around sh!tty game, and there’s nothing that can really be said that’ll make it seem any better.  *sigh*

Game 131: HOLY OFFENSE, BATMAN!

That was a sorely needed win.  Not simply because we’re chasing Detroit for the 2nd Wild Cart spot, but because we can’t afford to lose too many games now.  We’re at the stage in the season now where wins are at a premium, and we’re playing teams that can’t afford to lose either, so we have to fight, scratch, and claw our way to every possible win that we can.  Baltimore lost last night, so we gained a game on them, and we obviously beat Detroit, so that’s good news on that front.

Shane Greene had a tough assignment — be better than David Price.  Last night, that wasn’t such a tall order.  His final line was 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K.  Exactly what we needed from him when we needed it.  Our bullpen gave up a further 3 H and 2 ER, but fortunately our offense built enough of a cushion that it didn’t jeopardize our chances of winning the game.  Speaking of the offense…

I’m of two minds on this.  One, we finally scored more than 4-5 runs, and everyone in the lineup got at least one hit, some two.  Two, we unfortunately scored all our runs in the 3rd inning and didn’t do anything after that.  In a perfect world, we’d have collected those eight runs over the course of the entire game, but the Yankees like to do things spectacularly, whether it’s winning or losing, so we scored them all at once and hoped it would be enough.  With a bullpen that burps up the lead occasionally, one might consider that a potentially foolhardy adventure, but leave it to the Yankees to demonstrate how little faith we sometimes have in them.  The best part of everyone in the lineup getting a hit, is that nearly everyone in the lineup got an RBI, as well.  I won’t single anyone out, because everyone did a great job.  Let’s do it again this afternoon!

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.

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