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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 41: This definitely calls for the Drama Llama.

Well, you knew it was time for him to make a re-appearance.  I think a 15 inning victory counts for dramatic, although it shouldn’t have needed that many innings just to beat the damn Orioles.  More on that later, though.

How about that Bartolo Colon?  Good grief.  8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K.  Can we get this all the time, please?  Mo came in for what we thought was a routine 9th inning save, but he kinda got a case of the yips and gave up a run….thus necessitating extra innings.  I’ll give our bullpen lots of credit though….they were solid.  Rock solid.  Noesi was a horse, pitching four relief innings, giving up only four hits.  Great, great job by the pitching last night.

The offense though….yeesh.  One run until the 15th inning?  Great time to finally wake up, though.  We did get lots of production though, to the tune of 15 hits, even if our run total didn’t reflect that.  Alex went 4-7, Derek went 2-7, which means he’s only 32 hits away from 3,000 now.  Robbie went 2-6 with 2 RBI, Russell Martin went 2-4, Mark went 2-6….we got a little something from everyone.  Of that group, the stand-out hitter was Alex, though.  Good for him too, he’s been slumping lately.  Let’s carry this into the last game of this little two-game series and sweep the O’s.

Stars of the Game™

Bartolo Colon, our bullpen, and Alex Rodriguez!

Game 16: Colon: Who knew?

I can honestly say I don’t think I was expecting Bartolo Colon to pitch anywhere near as well as he did, considering that he’s basically our long-relief guy, and trying to turn those guys into starters (or in his case, back into starters) can backfire.  He went 6.2 innings, gave up only 2 ER on 5 H, walked two and struck out seven.  That’s damn good, actually.  The bullpen pitched the last 2.1 innings, giving up only 3 H, 0 ER, and 2 BB.  That’s the kind of pitching performance we need more of from everyone. 

On the offense side of things, we scored six runs on nine hits.  Mark went 3-5, Robbie went 1-3 with 2 RBI, and Grandy went 2-4 with 2 RBI.  Our other two runs were courtesy of Jetes and Alex, both of whom were hitless.  So Derek remains at 60 hits left until 3,000. 

I know it’s a short but sweet round-up today — between the hockey game last night ending late because it was in Phoenix, and me having to get up early this morning to run errands….I’ve been dragging a little.  Do excuse.  Now can we please get CC a win tonight?  For cryin’ out loud.

Stars of the Game™

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Game 12: Look on the bright side.

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Yes, losing tonight stunk.  Yes, it was bad that our offense could only muster three runs, one of which came in the bottom of the 9th, which is literally the 11th hour.  Yes, it would have been better if Ivan Nova pitched better. 

However, let’s look at some positives to come from this game.  One, our bullpen was fantastic.  They had to come in early, but they held the Rangers off, which is in this situation, what you want the bullpen to do.  Two, Derek got a couple more hits, which brings him to 62 more to go until 3,000, and Swish/Grandy had great nights at the plate.  Three, we got the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the 9th.  Four……we ain’t the Red Sox.  No matter how bad we play, always remember that.  We’re not Boston. 

Remember folks…..look for the silver lining.

Game 8: The Empire strikes back.

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There is no greater feeling in the world as a Yankees fan than either winning the World Series or beating the Red Sox.  I’m sure that Red Sox fans feel the same.  Especially when we can beat them in their park.  In front of their fans.  LOL. 

Ivan Nova got the start this afternoon, and pitched well, but not as well as we’ve seen him pitch this season.  His final line was 4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K.  Again, not the best start and not a quality start as he didn’t finish at least 6 innings, but it could have been far worse.  Like Phil Hughes yesterday.  Our bullpen though, was fantastic.  Robertson, Chamberlain, and Ayala combined for 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB and 4 K.  Fantastic!

Our offense was pretty damn spectacular, too.  9 ER on 13 H is going to get you a win, unless your pitching is especially horrendous.  Thankfully for us, Buckles the Chimp hasn’t been a solid pitcher this year, and we were able to capitalize on that.  The bottom of our lineup this afternoon had one hell of a game, going a combined 10-21 with 9 RBI.  Robbie Cano went 3-5 with an RBI, Swish went 1-4 with an RBI, Grandy went 1-3 with 2 RBI, Eric Chavez went 3-5 with an RBI and our big hitter Russell Martin went 2-4 with 4 RBI, all of which came on 2 HRs.  Elsewhere, Alex went 2-5 and Derek went 1-4, meaning he’s 67 hits away now from 3,000.  Keep it going, Jetes!

Stars of the Game™

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ALDS Game 1: Deja-vu.

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Ah, yes.  It’s that time of year again.  Playoff time and Magic Number time, too.  As you know it takes 11 wins to win the World Series and the Yankees are 10 wins away from successfully defending their title.  I do this every time the Yanks make the playoffs and each time, the picture that leads off the entry will feature whatever number we’re at.  The title refers to not only the fact we’re playing the damn Twins (again), but that some of the same things that befell us during the season are befalling us now.  More on that later, though.  I hope Nareah remembered her purple socks………

Also, big fat major kudos go out to Doc Halladay for throwing only the 2nd no-hitter in post-season history.  Of course the first was Don Larsen’s perfect game during the ’56 WS between the Yankees and the Dodgers.  I hate the Phillies and hope they fall on their a$$es the rest of the way, but that took major stones, and good on him for that.  It’s his 2nd no-hitter of the year, BTW.  I guess everyone was right calling 2010 “The Year of the Pitcher”. 

CC Sabathia is of course our ace and we live and die with the guy, so he started Game 1.  He didn’t exactly have the best start possible, but thankfully the offense bailed him out.  We won and all wins count so I’m not begrudging that, but I just wish that CC had a more dominant start, especially considering what Cliff Lee and Doc Halladay did yesterday.  He gutted out 6 IP, giving up 3 ER on 5 H with 3 BB and 5K.  Not a Sabathia-esque start by any means, but he got the win anyway.  Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.  Our pen was stellar, though.  3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.  Who is going to complain about that?  Mo had to even pitch a 4-out save and did a great job (of course it’s October and this is Mo’s special time).  Let’s do this again for Game 2. 

It looked like the Twins finally had our number, as it took us what felt like forever to finally score a run.  Waiting until the 6th inning to finally get off the schnide is going to get old and tiresome the further into the playoffs we hopefully go.  That said, we got some great performances from several people.  Mark went 2-5 with 2 RBI, which just happened to be the 2 RBI that gave us the lead in the 7th, Alex went 1-3, Robbie went 1-4 with an RBI, Jorge went 2-4 with an RBI and Grandy went 1-4 with 2 RBI.  Nicely, nicely done.  I hope much like the pitching, we get more of this in Game 2.  Andy is going to need it. 

Stars of the Game™

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Game 160: Yankees strike first.

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Whenever possible, I remind myself to be grateful for the little things — like Papelbon blowing another game after his team commits a boneheaded error.  A game that neither team deserved to win, really…..ended up in our favor.  Thumbs up to you!  Maybe Tito will be dumb enough to use him in the 2nd game. 

Andy made his last start of the regular season this afternoon and due in part to the fact he’s coming off an injury and Girardi wanting to rest as many people as he can before the ALDS, he only lasted 4 innings.  His final line was 4 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K.  The only thing that’s standing out there is the hit count, but obviously the Sox could hit the ball, but couldn’t do much in the way of run scoring.  Robertson, Logan, Chamberlain, Wood and Mo were our bullpen, and they combined for 6 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 6 BB and 10 K.  You can’t ask for  more from your bullpen, to be honest.  A few less walks, but other than that — no complaints from me. 

I would have liked to see more consistent offense from the Yanks this afternoon, even if we did end up winning the game.  I think the Sox gave us too many opportunities to put the game away, that we promptly squandered.  Frankly, we were lucky to plate the 6 runs that we did.  Looking at the lineup, a few names stand out of players that had good games — Derek went 2-5, and was instrumental in the winning run coming across the plate (he wasn’t awarded an RBI since the run scored due to an error), Robbie went 3-5 with 2 RBI and Mark went 2-5 with an RBI.  We also got RBIs from Grandy and Alex.  Hopefully the 2nd game of this DH will feature a bit more offense on the part of the Yanks.  Hopefully.

Stars of the Game™

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Game 145: It’s about freakin’ time.

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Hallelujah!  We finally won a game!  Our long, national nightmare is finally over!  Well, sort of.  We did everything we could to lose the game, but finally decided to just say screw it and win anyway.  Which was damn nice of them, I think.  Our March to 100™ was suspended for a while, but it’s back up and running and sitting at 12.  I don’t know if it’ll get done, but we’ll keep it going anyway. 

Our starting pitching sucked last night.  I’m just going to be honest with you.  We had a 6-0 lead and Nova completed choked it up and after the 5th, we found ourselves down 7-6.  A 6-run lead.  Gone.  Oy vey.  We tied the game the following inning and it stayed tied because our pen managed to not give up any more runs to the damn Rays.  Boone, Joba, Kerry, Dave and Mo all combined for 5.1 innings of two-hit ball.  Now that’s a bullpen.  And it’s good they held the Rays to 7 runs because our offense died until the top of the 10th.  I hope our bullpen keeps up what they’ve been doing and I hope our rotation gets its act together.  The playoffs are coming sooner than we think. 

Well…..6 runs usually should be enough to win a ballgame, unfortunately for us though, we needed two more than that.  Fortunately, we were able to provide those two runs.  A quick run down of the lineup shows a few players that had good/great nights.  Alex went 2-6 with 2 RBI, Robbie went 3-4 with 3 RBI, and Jorge came in as a PH in the 10th and hit the tie-breaking and game-winning HR for the Yanks.  Derek went 2-5, Grandy went 2-5, Mark went 1-5 with an RBI, and Austin Kearns went 1-5.  So the offense had a great game, if only our pitching (aside from the pen) did too.  Let’s do the same tonight and take the series.  I can’t remember the last time we did that. 

Stars of the Game™

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Game 136: Eight Is Enough. Just kidding.

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How ’bout them Yankees, huh?  To steal a line from Dan Patrick, you can’t stop them, you can only hope to contain them.  Come to think of it, the last time I watched ESPN was when Dan Patrick was working the SportsCenter desk.  Ah, the good old days.  To bring it back to the good current days, on our March to 100™, we’re sitting pretty at 14, getting ever so closer to single digits.  I don’t know if we’ll best our record from last season, but we might get close. 

All in favor of leaving Javy in the pen as the longman/garbage-time pitcher, raise your hands.  He’s fine when he has to pitch three or four innings in relief.  He is not fine when he has to start the game.  Don’t know what it is, but he’s got a block apparently.  Again, it was up to our bullpen to bail out our starter, something they’ve had to do too much of this season, our great record notwithstanding.  They threw 4.1 innings of three-hit ball, giving up no runs, no walks and five strikeouts.  Yowza!  More of that please.

The offense bailed out our starter, too.  He gives up three runs, we tie the game and then take a two run lead.  He gives the lead up, we score two more runs to take the lead again.  This time, our bullpen holds it down and we win.  Bingo, bango, boingo.  The hero of the game was Marcus Thames, whose 2-run shot in the 7th broke the 5-5 tie and gave the Yankees the lead they’d hold onto for the rest of the game.  Other players though had good afternoons.  Robbie went 2-4 with 2 RBI, Gazoo went 2-4, Gardy went 1-3 with an RBI and Derek went 1-4 with an RBI.  Everyone in the starting lineup got a hit except for Mark and Nunez, so the offense was pretty well distributed amongst everybody.  I hope we continue this, I want to see a double-digit win streak! 

Star of the Game™

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Game 123: The offense returns! Again! (for now??) pt. 3

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That was better.  On the heels of news that Alex is headed toward the DL, we really needed a win to get our sh!t together and thankfully we got one.  It didn’t look like we would, but the Yanks have a way of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.  On our March to 100™, we’re now at 24 games to go.  Let’s get it done! 

Javy started the 2nd game of this series with Seattle and didn’t fare that well, lasting only three innings.  Granted he didn’t perform that well in the three innings, but he only had 65 pitches, not 85.  I don’t know if it was necessary to pull him that early.  I think he could have gone another couple innings and saved the pen a bit, but I’m not paid to make those decisions.  Unfortunately.  Chad Gaudin did yeoman’s work this afternoon, throwing three scoreless innings of relief, giving up only one hit and striking out three.  Phenomenal.  Boone Logan (who ended up with the win), Dave Robertson and Mo pitched the last three innings, with Mo giving up an uncharacteristic run in the 9th, although it didn’t make a hill of beans difference — he still got the save and we still won the game.  I did like his comments in the post-game; he was asked if he ever broke a sweat getting a save and he said “today I did.”  What a bada$$. 

Any amount of runs today would have been a billion times better than a shutout, so seeing nine runs on ten hits was a revelation.  A couple guys had big afternoons — Robbie went 2-4 with 2 RBI, Jorge went 1-3 with 2 RBI and Eduardo Nunez, making his ML debut, went 1-3 and netted the go-ahead RBI for us in the 7th.  So congrats to him for that!  Also, Derek went 2-5 with an RBI.  Nice job all-around for the Bronx Bombers.  Let’s please please please please do this tomorrow.  Awesome. 

Stars of the Game™

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…….and again, because it’s the best image to see after a Yankees victory:

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