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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.
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.
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.
Well. It’s nice to see the Yankees taking care of business for once. Finally snapping a six-game skid, we got not only great pitching, but offense that didn’t die on the vine. Ivan Nova pitched 5.1 innings, gave up 1 ER on 4 H, walked two and struck out four. Our bullpen collectively gave up just 1 ER on 2 H, walked three and struck out three in 3.2 IP. Very nicely done. BTW, last night’s game was the 997th game that Mo has pitched in during his career, which means he’s only three more appearances away from 1,000 games pitched. You don’t see that kind of longevity in closers anymore.
The offense finally showed up and showed up with some authority. Alex went 2-4 with 2 RBI, both coming on solo HRs, Jorge went 2-3, Gardy went 3-4 with an RBI, and Derek went 1-5 with an RBI which means he’s only 34 hits away from 3,000. It was nice to see some slumping players get off the schnide, and it was nice to see just a great overall level of participation from everyone. Let’s continue it for the series against Baltimore, please.
Stars of the Game™
Our bullpen, Alex, and Jorge Posada. Good work!
Just when you thought the worst passed us by, the Yankees have to go and demonstrate that no….the worst is still coming.
AJ Burnett had been pitching very well last night, with the Rays scoring just one run by the 6th inning, but then something happened (don’t ask me what) and a switch got flipped, and it all went downhill from there. Five runs later, we find ourselves behind by a run instead of up by four. To make matters even worse, Nuke LaFarnsworth got the damn save. The indignity of it. That would be like Carl Pavano pitching a perfecto against us. At least our pen was good. I gotta keep telling myself to focus on the little things, rather than letting myself get depressed about the other stuff we’re not doing that well.
On the offensive side of things, we did manage five runs on seven hits, which is better than we’ve been doing. Grandy went 1-4 with 3 RBI, Robbie went 2-4, Russell Martin went 2-4, and Nunez went 1-3 with 2 RBI. Derek put up an 0’fer, so his countdown to 3,000 hasn’t moved.
Can we please win tonight? I mean, come on. Six losses in a row? It’s getting old.
What was nice was AJ’s start, although he got a case of the yips in the top of the 7th. That one little blip though shouldn’t take away from the great start he had besides. His final line was 6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. Robertson, Soriano and Mo came in for the final 2.2 innings, giving up only 1 H, 0 ER, and 3 K. Mo also netted himself his 5th save of the season in twice as many games, and is 38 saves away from the all-time saves record, which hopefully he’ll get this season. Lots of special countdowns going on this year.
After sleepwalking through the last game of the Boston series and having to cool their jets for two days due to a day off and a rain-out, I wasn’t expecting a ton of offense from them, so I was pleasantly surprised to get what we got. Seven runs on twelve hits isn’t bad for a night’s work. Alex was the big hitter, going 2-3 with 3 RBI, all RBI coming on a HR in the 1st. Derek went 2-4 with an RBI, and those two hits leave him only 65 hits away from 3,000. I did say there were a lot of special countdowns this year. Robbie went 1-4 with 2 RBI, Jorge went 2-4 with an RBI, and Mark went 2-3. So lots of offense up and down the board, which is always great to see. Let’s do the same this evening.
Oh yes, before I forget. AJ Burnett now has more wins than the Red Sox. Let’s hope that holds up this evening for the Rays.
Stars of the Game™
Ugh. I hate rain-outs. There’s nothing to do. Well, you could always watch the Rays/Red Sox game for the schadenfreude if you’re so inclined. That’s what I did once I finished my accounting homework. Nothing like doing accrual accounting and completing a worksheet! Yay for figuring out payroll taxes payable! Not. I’d rather watch the Yankees. On that note, go Rays. :-)
Whoa. The Rays are a lock to win the 2004 WS now. Who are they going to sign next, Trot Nixon and Kevin Millar? The first time the Rays go to Boston, the fans are going to be so confused about whether they should cheer or boo, their heads will explode. It’ll be fun to watch. Welcome back to the AL East, Manny. Don’t pee behind the scoreboard.
Bless you, Royals! Do it again a few more times and I’ll only ever use the barbecue sauce to the left.
The offense on the other hand……where the f%^# is it? Is anyone capable of hitting a ball right now? I do not want to be battling down to the last game with the Rays for the division. Although it appears, that’s exactly what’s going to happen.
Let’s get it together, for God’s sake. >_<