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Game 135: Will idle wonders never cease?

Game in, game out, the Yankees always find new and exciting ways to lose.  Saturday they lost with only one hit, yesterday they lost with 11!  Progress!  I’m not even going to worry about what other teams are winning or losing, because now that it’s September, it doesn’t actually matter anymore.  Barring some kind of cataclysmic realignment of the entire space-time continuum, we’re not making the playoffs this year.  Which kind of sucks to say out loud, but what can you do?  We just have too many problems that we can’t overcome in a month.  Hopefully next season will be much, much different.

Brandon McCarthy pitched the rubber match, and really, didn’t do that poor of a job.  6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.  What made it look worse than it was is the fact he gave up three home runs.  They were all solo shots, so the damage wasn’t as bad as it could have been.  The game was still winnable despite that, as Dellin Betances relieved him and didn’t give up any more runs.  Meaning, the damage had been contained.

With 11 hits, you’d think that would have been enough offense to power us past the Jays, who only scored four runs themselves.  Ah, but you’re forgetting that the Yankees are the undisputed kings of leaving runners stranded on base.  Brett Gardner went 3-5 with an RBI, Martin Prado went 2-4, Francisco Cervelli went 2-4 with an RBI, and Chase Headley went 2-3.  Aside from those four that stood out, no one else really did anything.  I’m not even sure I know what I want from the Yankees in their next game, aside from winning.  They score runs, they lose.  They get lots of hits, they lose.  Their starter goes deep into the game, they lose.  Let’s try for a combination of all three but with a win?  Maybe?  Please?

Game 134: One step forward, one hundred steps back.

I’ve said this about the Yankees before, but it’s coming true more and more it seems.  Just when we appear to have all our sh!t together, we completely fall to pieces the next game.  I’m starting to run out of ways to describe it without translating from English into a foreign language.  I love them, but they’re killing me.  Baltimore is tied with Minnesota right now, though they’ll probably win anyway, Kansas City is losing to Cleveland, and Detroit is beating the White Sox.  If it wasn’t for the new episode of Doctor Who tonight, today would have been a total loss.

If there’s anything I hate more than pitchers winning despite pitching like crap, it’s pitchers losing despite pitching a great game.  Michael Pineda threw a very, very quality start.  6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.  How does that lose?  Oh right, no offense.  We’ll get to that in a moment.  The relief corps did their jobs, holding the Blue Jays in place, but again….no offense.  Doesn’t matter how great your pitching is, if your hitters can’t provide the support, you’ll end up losing every time.

Let’s see…..we got one hit today.  ONE STINKIN’ HIT.  Mark Teixeira hit a double.  Oh wow.  We didn’t just lose, we got embarrassed.  There’s literally nothing else to say.  Hopefully we’ll manage at least two hits next game.

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 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 125: We didn’t get swept!

My alternate choice for a title was, “Our bullpen didn’t blow the lead!”  Both are accurate descriptions of my reaction at the end of the game, which I was lucky enough to get to listen to, as I didn’t have anything else going on that would have prevented.  Normally with day games I have to listen to a replay of the game, whether I know the final outcome or not.  We’re tied now with Toronto for 2nd place in the AL East, but being 9.0 GB of the Orioles means we shouldn’t hang our hats on it.  The days of being able to come in second in the division and still make the playoffs are pretty well over, I fear.  Boston lost again though, putting them 18.0 GB, which just makes me laugh.  I know it’s not nice, but I never said I was nice.

Brandon McCarthy threw a 4-hit shutout, walking none and striking out 8.  I can’t remember the last time a Yankees pitcher threw a complete game.  Girardi must have been hopping up and down in the dugout trying to relieve the tension because he couldn’t make a call to the bullpen.  Well, actually I think the pitching coach does that, but you know what I mean.  Joe has a problem letting starters finish games when they’re cruising; for some inexplicable reason, he yanks them in the 8th and lets someone else either get the save, or do garbage time duty.  “Garbage time” of course refers to when your team has a huge lead, and rather than waste the good relievers, the manager puts in the other guys to mop up.  The same is true in reverse; when your team is being blown out, the manager will often use the scrubs to pitch the rest of the game, since there’s no chance you’ll win the game.  This game was neither of those situations, but I’m still glad Joe decided to sit on his hands for once.

The offense wasn’t exactly burning the doors down, but we got enough to get the job done.  I wish our batters would start hitting though, and hitting consistently.  Mark Teixeira went 2-3, Chase Headley went 1-3 with 2 RBI, and our other RBI came as a result of a sac fly in the 2nd by Ichiro.  Again, not much doing at the plate.  I’ll take the win, don’t get me wrong, but it would have been nice to have a win with some oomph.  Ah well, maybe next game.

Game 124: Damn it.

I know, that’s not an inventive title, but it was my initial reaction upon learning we’d lost the game after yet again, giving up runs late.  The sad part is, I was upset for about 30 seconds, and then I just sighed.  The Yankees have broken me.  I just looking forward to the end of this miserable season, in the hopes that during the off-season, we make some changes that help us be competitive next year.  I know there are many other teams who’d kill to have our problems, but I suppose being burdened with being the New York Yankees makes it hard to swallow down said problems, without feeling like you’re choking on them.

Michael Pineda was our starter last night, and much like Chris Capuano on Tuesday, he threw a quality start — 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.  That shouldn’t be the line for the starter of the losing team.  Also like Tuesday, the bullpen blew the lead late, giving up 4 runs in the top of the 7th.  We can’t win games if our bullpen can’t hold the leads we give them, and we’re playing a team right now who we should be able to soundly rout, even in our current decrepit state. 

The offense wasn’t much better than the pitching, managing only a paltry two runs, even though we had 10 hits.  One would think that with 10 hits, we did more with them than just two runs, but alas……we’re the Yankees.  We like to make everything difficult.  Derek Jeter went 2-4, Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-5 with an RBI, Chase Headley went 2-4, and Ichiro went 2-4.  Our other RBI came from Stephen Drew, who went 1-3.  Everyone in the starting lineup except Teixeira and Prado had a hit.  We should have won this game, just like we should have won Tuesday night’s game.  My only hope is we don’t get swept tonight, though I’m not holding out hope on that one.

Game 123: I’m afraid to admit I expected that.

The Yankees have this incredibly annoying habit of playing well against good teams, and playing like crap against equally poor teams.  The Astros are 20 games under .500.  The Yankees are 3 games above it.  Who do you think won the game last night?  You have three guesses and none of them are “the Yankees.”  I should be glad that everyone else in the division lost last night, except for Baltimore, who seems determined to make up for years and years of being mocked by baseball fans around the country.

David Robertson let me down.  It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it hurts.  The Yankees had fallen behind 4-2, and then we scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th to tie it up.  All is well until the top of the 9th, when D-Rob comes in to preserve the tie so we can possibly win it in the bottom of the inning, and he gives up a 3-run HR to Chris Carter…..which promptly gives Houston a 7-4 lead, and naturally we do jack and shit to end the game.  Chris Capuano took the mound as our starter, and didn’t have the best night, going 5.1 innings, giving up 4 ER on 8 H, with 2 BB and 8 K, but after that, the bullpen was quite solid in relief.  That is, until Mr. High Socks decided to rather uncharacteristically cough up the game.  I know I shouldn’t be too hard on him, he’s essentially our Mo in terms of being the closer, and Mo had more than a few shit games himself, believe it or not.  99% of the time, if he took the mound, the game was over, you could start picking up your things to head home.  That 1% though….he liked to keep it interesting, I guess.  I hope our pitching tonight is better than it was last night, because that was a totally unimpressive display.

Our offense wasn’t much more impressive than our pitching, sad to say.  Aside from a few batters who had great nights at the plate, most everyone else stunk it up.  Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-4, Martin Prado went 3-4 with 2 RBI, and Brian McCann went 1-4 with 2 RBI.  There’s our offense, folks.  Not much else to say about it, really.  It’s to the point now where I don’t care how many people get hits, just as long as we get enough hits to win the ballgame.

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 119: The Curse of the Winnable Game™

In baseball, there are few things I hate worse than when your team has a lead late into the game, and the bullpen and/or starter totally shits the bed.  We had this game.  A game against the division-leading O’s, no less.  Leave it to our bullpen to regress to the mean and totally screw the pooch.  Speaking of, where did that expression come from?  Pooch is slang for dog, and I’d hate to think someone at some point actually had sex with a dog in order for that expression to come to life.  If you know its origins, leave me a comment below and let me know.  Now we’re 8 GB of Baltimore and drifting further and further away from KC for the 2nd Wild Card slot.  I don’t like getting pessimistic, not when there might still be a chance, but I don’t think the playoffs are in our future this year.  Too many injuries, not enough time.  If by some freak coincidence we happen to luck into the 2nd WC….I don’t see us lasting very long.  Sad to say, but true.

We didn’t have much in the way of offense, but until the bottom of the 8th, it was working out quite well for us.  Two runs on five hits isn’t stellar, but it was enough.  Then all hell broke loose.  Pineda pitched quite well, even though he only lasted five innings; he’d just come off the DL, so obviously Girardi didn’t want to stretch him too far to begin with.  Betances comes in to relieve him, and continues to do well….until the bottom of the 8th.  He gives up a HR to Schoop which ties the game, he’s then pulled for Shawn Kelley, who then proceeds to give up a 3-run HR to Adam Jones, and that’s all folks. 

Going back to what I said about the offense, it wasn’t much.  Until the top of the 9th, we only managed 2 R on 5 H.  Francisco Cervelli was responsible for those runs, having hit a 2-run HR in the 3rd.  After that, we didn’t score again until Chase Headley hit a grounder to 3B, scoring Mark Teixeria.  Chris Tillman, the pitcher for the Orioles, did a great job of shutting us down, not that there’s really all that much to shut down anymore.  Pitchers don’t necessarily have to bring their A game against us just to win the game.  I hope that changes for the duration of the season, and we at least manage to end on a high note, but I won’t hold my breath.

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