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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 121: HOLY CRAP, WE ACTUALLY WON!

I’m not entirely sure we deserved to win this game, but I’ll take it.  I know that’s a horribly pessimistic viewpoint to take, but this season, the Yankees have inspired it in me.  It’s always tense playing division rivals, especially a team you’re fighting with to stay out of 4th place and to stay above .500, but everything else that’s seemingly gone wrong this season has merely intensified that tenseness, if that’s a real word.  Thankfully Baltimore lost, so we gained a game on them, if on no one else.

Shane Greene pitched very well for us, but unfortunately due to a not-at-all-surprising lack of offense, only got a ND for his troubles, instead of a win.  His final line was 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K.  I’ll take that from everyone in the rotation each game and twice on Sunday.  Dellin Betances got the win, as he was still the pitcher of record when we broke the tie in the top of the 9th.  He also lowered his ERA to a paltry 1.50.  David Robertson picked up his 32nd save of the year, facing the bare minimum of three batters.

The only reason we won the game was because of Derek Jeter.  How many times has that sentence been uttered in the last two decades?  His single in the 9th scored Brett Gardner, who’d reached base on a single and an error.  Mark Teixeira went 2-4, and Martin Prado, who went 1-3 with 2 RBI was responsible for the other two runs we scored….and that’s it as far as offense goes.  Hopefully tomorrow’s game won’t be such a snooze.

Game 120: Ever-increasing Spirals.

I wish I could say I have high hopes for this team, but I don’t.  We don’t appear to be doing anything right, and things are never as bad as when they’re at their worst.  Playing a divisional rival, someone who could very well surpass us shortly if things don’t change in a hurry, winning is paramount.  Not that a team can ever afford to lose games, but we can’t exactly afford to lose any now, not if we have any hope of eking into a playoff spot.  Thankfully for us, Baltimore, Boston, and Toronto all lost, so everyone basically stayed put at the end of the night. 

Brandon McCarthy didn’t have the best night, but he pitched into the 7th, which showed a willingness to stay in the game as long as possible to keep from burning out the pen.  His final line wasn’t even that poor, really.  6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K — that’s a great line, provided of course his team gives him some runs to work with.  Since our offense did nothing, it made what he did look even worse by comparison.  Esmil Rogers pitched the remaining 1.2 innings, giving up 1 ER on 1 H.  If I’m being honest. Brandon didn’t deserve to lose.  With any decent amount of run support, we win that game, and he gets the W.  Everyone in the lineup owes him at the very least a steak dinner and a beer.  Add to all of that the two errors we committed, and we had no chance.

Speaking of the offense, I wasn’t aware Alex Cobb was being possessed by Sandy Koufax.  Sure, we got seven hits, but what did we do with them?  We were 1-6 with RISP, and as a team, had 7 LOB.  The only two batters in the lineup to reach base more than once were Jeter and Teixeria, both of whom went 2-4.  It was a piss-poor, paltry effort, and one that inspired no confidence.  After the last two dismal series we just had, one against Cleveland, the other against division-leading Baltimore, we can’t afford to drop this one too. 

Game 117: That was depressing.

After winning a great series against the heavily-favored Detroit Tigers, including two games against Cy Young winners, we follow that up by losing a series to the damn Cleveland Indians.  I’ll be damned if I get it, but maybe I’m not supposed to.  Unfortunately, the two losses we incurred in this series dropped us back down to 3rd place in the AL East, after Toronto won in 19 innings (another one?!) against the Tigers.  My not-so-official opinion on that is, if it takes more than say…..1 1/2 games, or 13-14 innings, call it and finish it before the next scheduled game.  That’s one of the only things I don’t like about baseball; it can become interminable.  If the score is 2-2, you’re going to keep playing until someone scores, whether that’s three innings or three days later.  If it’s an afternoon game that stretches that long, okay fine, but if it’s a 7:05 or 8:05 start…..you gotta call that shit.

Our pitching wasn’t bad, necessarily, as we’ve won games after giving up a lot more than just 4 runs, but when your offense craps the bed, you’re not going to win no matter what.  Kuroda didn’t have the best start he’s ever had, lasting only 4.2 innings, giving up 3 ER on 5 H, with 4 BB and 3 SO, but the bullpen did a great job, essentially holding the Indians in place to try and give us a chance to scrabble together some runs. 

Speaking of runs, we didn’t even score one until the 9th inning, but by then it was too little, too late.  Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-4 with an RBI, our only run of the game. 

We’re playing Baltimore next, and I don’t have high hopes for this series, so I’ll just cross my fingers and hope we don’t spectacularly embarrass ourselves.

Game 116: Blanked.

Well, I was hoping in the wake of Paul O’Neill Day, the Yankees would muscle up some runs and beat the Indians, but they clearly had different plans.  BTW, the LAAAAAA beat the Red Sox in 19 innings.  NINETEEN INNINGS.  I think if I’d been at the game, no matter who I was rooting for, I’d have begged someone to hit a HR just so I could go home.  Kudos to the fans that stuck around, because that’s two straight games worth of baseball, played all at the same time. 

Corey Kluber had a damn good game.  Actually, if I’m being honest, he had a damn great game.  Over six innings, he gave up 0 ER on 4 H and struck out 10.  Brandon McCarthy had a damn great game too, but unfortunately, the Indians gave Kluber some offense to work with, but the Yankees didn’t do the same for McCarthy.  Brandon’s final line was 7.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K.  I’ll take that kind of a line from our rotation any day, provided it’s not in a loss, of course. 

Jacoby Ellsbury gets the Offense Award for the game, considering he went 2-3, and was one of only four players to get a hit.  Derek Jeter passed Honus Wagner to secure #6 on the all-time hits list.  Aside from that, really nothing else happened.  I’m hoping this afternoon’s game is a complete reversal of yesterday’s.

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 114: Afternoon Delight.

Apparently I’d completely forgotten that this was a 4-game series, because I thought last night’s game was the rubber match.  Either way, winning the series, was important, and we did it.  The only thing I dislike about afternoon games is that I can’t listen to them — I can only listen to night games or games over the weekend.

Our pitching was superb this series, and this afternoon was no different.  Shane Greene has been one of the many call-ups, acquisitions, and bullpen shifts we’ve had this season, and he demonstrated today that he can be very, very dominant on the mound.  His final line was 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.  David Robertson came in during the 9th and got his 31st save for the effort.  Can’t say much more about that.

Can’t say much about the offense, either.  We managed only one run on nine hits.  Everyone in the lineup got at least a hit, except Francisco Cervelli, and Ichiro went 2-3, the only player to get more than one.  Our lone run came from Stephen Drew, who made up for his sloppy defense last night by hitting an RBI double in the 4th.  Let’s hope that Toronto loses again tonight, so we can pull ourselves even with them, then start to pull away during the next series.

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 112: The Price is NOT Right.

Well…..I can take a couple of things away from the game.  One, we were able to score 3 runs off David Price, even though we have in the past, scored more off of him than that.  Two, we lost in extras, which meant we didn’t get blown out.  Three, our pitcher held his own against a very good Detroit offense, last night’s offensive output aside.  We’ll call those the three sliver linings of an otherwise dark, gloomy cloud.  At least Toronto lost as well, so we didn’t lose any ground against them, and Boston lost too…..which puts them 15 games back.  Look, I understand that it’s kind of tacky to root against a team as hard as you root for one, but I hate the Red Sox.  Hate, hate, HATE them.  When they lose, unless it’s to a team I need them to beat, I’m happy.

Hiroki Kuroda can only work with what he gets, and while I knew getting a ton of run support off Price wasn’t going to be easy, I thought we’d be able to do better than three.  It’s better than zero, though.  Hiroki threw a very solid 7 innings, giving up only 3 ER on 6 H while striking out 5.  Our pen did great until the end, so I can’t be too hard on Daley for giving up one bad pitch.  It happens.

Our offense though….I wasn’t too impressed.  Again, I knew getting runs of David Price might be hard, but when it appeared we were hitting him early, we never capitalized on it.  Pitchers like that….you have to knock them out in the first three innings, or they’ll be there until the end.  As it was, Price pitched into the 9th inning.  Jacoby Ellsbury and Martin Prado were the big hitters last night, both going 2-5 with an RBI.  Brian McCann scored our only other run, a solo shot in the 2nd.

We face Verlander tonight, so we really need to win.  Not just to take the series, which is important now, but so we can keep pace with Toronto and Baltimore and not fall any further behind.

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?????

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