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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 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 34: That was a gut punch.

Ugh.  Another great start from our rotation, another wasted effort from the offense.  Granted, it’s hard to hold on to 2-1 leads, even against teams like the vaunted Royals.  AJ pitches seven innings of 1 H, 1 ER ball, and gets bupkiss for the effort.  Even our bullpen, outside of Buddy Carlyle, was great. 

The problem was of course, the offense.  When you only manage two runs for the whole game until the 10th when you tack on one more to tie it at three a piece, that’s usually not a good sign.  Grandy went 2-5 with 2 RBI and Jorge went 2-3 with an RBI and that was the extent of our offense.  How the heck do you club 12 hits but only net three runs out of it?  You know what, don’t tell me.

Just please win tomorrow night so that we’re not going into the Boston series on a low note.

Game 29: Snake-bit.

Another day, another game we lose that we could have won.  AJ didn’t even have a bad day on the mound, the defense/offense was the real reason we lost. We’re tied at 2-2 in the 7th, and suddenly our position players get the yips and cough up three runs.  It’s not the pitcher’s fault that the defense can’t hold onto the ball or throw properly.  I actually felt bad for Burnett because he pitched a really good game besides, and he’s been one of our best starters all season so far, next to CC.  He’s pitching now like he did in 2009, and what’s what we wanted going into the season. 

I’m not sure how you get ten hits but only manage three runs out of that, but we did that.  Alex went 2-2 after coming into the game when Chavez left with an injury, Nunez went 2-4 with an RBI, Robbie went 2-4, Gardy went 2-5 with an RBI……how didn’t we win this game?!  Annoying.  Utterly and completely annoying.  We’re playing the Rangers next, so can we manage to play well against them, please. 
NEXT GAME:

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Game 28: Did our bats die again?

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Another game, another decent to semi-decent pitching performance with zero to little offensive output. 

Freddy Garcia didn’t pitch that poorly, it should be noted.  He threw seven innings, gave up only four runs on ten hits, walked two and struck out eight.  That’s a quality start right there.  Buddy Carlyle pitched the 9th and struck out two on thirteen pitches.  So the pitching wasn’t the issue. 

The offense on the other hand, is cause for great concern.  We can’t score runs, and when we do, it’s either via the HR or the HR.  We can score huge swaths of runs, but then for games at a stretch afterward, we barely plate runs.  We’re just bad right now, and lucky to have 17 wins.  I’d ask for things to get better tomorrow, but that may be asking too much.

ALCS Game 6: Well………..damn it.

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*sigh*

Just wasn’t meant to be this year, huh guys?  At least we made a series of it and brought it back to Texas.  They were the better team, I’ve got no problem admitting that.  This team is not and was not last year’s team, so I knew our chances of repeating would be lower than if we had the same team, but you always go into every season believing you can go all the way. 

I’m not mad at the Yankees, they did their best — I’m more upset about games we should have won that we lost that might have put us in a better position to do better in the playoffs.  We had a lot of injuries, our rotation was in shambles, our offense was basically narcoleptic the last month of the season…..the fact we got to Game 6 of the ALCS against a team that currently employs Cliff Lee is pretty damn good, actually. 

Speaking of the devil…….anyone else hoping the Rangers lose the World Series?  See, if they lose, the Yankees have a better chance of snagging him in the off-season when he becomes a free agent.  I’d hate to be that person, but if the Mariners hadn’t screwed up their negotiations with Cashman, Lee would have been a Yankee and maybe WE’D be awaiting the winner of the NLCS.  Ah, well.  There’s always next year.  With CC and Cliff Lee as our 1-2.  :-D

Also, same rules apply this year as applied last year and any previous seasons — trolling, flame-bait comments or general douchebagginess will not be allowed.  Don’t make me lock this entry so no one can comment because you people can’t be grown-ups. 

ALCS Game 4: We don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell, do we?

snowballs 4.jpgPardon my extreme pessimism right now, but my opinion of this team’s chances to force a 7th game and win is lower than the barometer on the Titanic.  If it could go wrong last night, it did.  First AJ pitches strong for most of the game, but the offense does nothing.  Then we manage to take the lead, but then AJ horks it back up and then proceeds to let the Rangers run a train on him until he’s finally pulled…..wherein Mark Teixeira strains a hammy and I stopped watching at point.  There’s only so much self-inflicted torture I’ll allow myself to endure, believe it or not. 

 

What is the saddest part is our season would have been over last night if not for the comeback in Game 1.  Which appears to be an anomoly.  So now we have to hope and pray that CC pitches like he did last season and not this season in the playoffs so we can at least go back to Texas to face……..Cliff Lee.  OH GOODY.  Time to face facts, peeps.  We’re not as good of a team as we were last season. 

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