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Game 131: HOLY OFFENSE, BATMAN!

That was a sorely needed win.  Not simply because we’re chasing Detroit for the 2nd Wild Cart spot, but because we can’t afford to lose too many games now.  We’re at the stage in the season now where wins are at a premium, and we’re playing teams that can’t afford to lose either, so we have to fight, scratch, and claw our way to every possible win that we can.  Baltimore lost last night, so we gained a game on them, and we obviously beat Detroit, so that’s good news on that front.

Shane Greene had a tough assignment — be better than David Price.  Last night, that wasn’t such a tall order.  His final line was 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K.  Exactly what we needed from him when we needed it.  Our bullpen gave up a further 3 H and 2 ER, but fortunately our offense built enough of a cushion that it didn’t jeopardize our chances of winning the game.  Speaking of the offense…

I’m of two minds on this.  One, we finally scored more than 4-5 runs, and everyone in the lineup got at least one hit, some two.  Two, we unfortunately scored all our runs in the 3rd inning and didn’t do anything after that.  In a perfect world, we’d have collected those eight runs over the course of the entire game, but the Yankees like to do things spectacularly, whether it’s winning or losing, so we scored them all at once and hoped it would be enough.  With a bullpen that burps up the lead occasionally, one might consider that a potentially foolhardy adventure, but leave it to the Yankees to demonstrate how little faith we sometimes have in them.  The best part of everyone in the lineup getting a hit, is that nearly everyone in the lineup got an RBI, as well.  I won’t single anyone out, because everyone did a great job.  Let’s do it again this afternoon!

Game 129: KC Masterpiece.

Last night’s game was a make-up game from earlier in the season, but it still behooved us to win, as we’re going into a series against the Tigers next.  The worst part of the schedule right now is that I’m forced to root for the Red Sox, as they’re playing Toronto, and I’d like to put some distance between us and them.  Plus, Tampa is playing Baltimore, and the sad thing is, I wish they were still playing the Cubs.  At least the Red Sox helped us out by beating the Blue Jays (you have no idea how much it hurt to type that).

I went into the game hoping we’d get a strong pitching performance out of Pineda, and thankfully we did.  His final line was 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K.  His ERA is a nice n’ tidy 1.95.  David Huff came in for relief and pitched the rest of the game, giving up only two hits and striking out one.  It was nice to see a clean, easy, drama-free night of pitching, with no blown leads, no nothing.

I’ve been bitching for a while now that I wanted to see a more well-rounded offensive effort from them, and apparently they tired of my kvetching and whining, because they finally delivered!  Everyone in the starting lineup got at least one hit, and since we clobbered 13 of them, you’d hope that was the case.  Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-5 with 3 RBI, Martin Prado (has this kid been eating his Wheaties?!) went 2-4, Ichiro went 2-4, Derek Jeter went 1-5 with 2 RBI, and Brian McCann went 1-3 with an RBI.  It was heartening to see so many people contributing this time, instead of the same names over and over again.  I hope this continues against Detroit, although I’m not holding my breath.

Game 128: Return of the Crazy Stein!

For those that are new to Yankees Chick, there was a picture I used to post whenever the Yankees would sweep a team, and it was George Steinbrenner on one of the parade floats, in either ’98 or ’99, holding a broom with a maniacal look on his face.  It was dubbed “Crazy Stein” and quickly became tradition.  Since returning to the blog earlier this month, I haven’t had occasion to use it……until now.  So, without further ado, I give you Crazy Stein!

Game 16: Crazy Stein? I hope to post him at least two or three more times before this season finally ends.  To make matters even better, we won in a walk-off!  In extras!  BTW, no matter how dismal our playoff prospects might be, I’m quite heartened by the fact that at least we’re not the Red Sox.  Yeesh.

Chris Capuano toed the rubber for the final game this series, pitching a very respectable 6.0 innings, giving up 3 ER on 6 H, while walking none and striking out 5.  Our bullpen was strong in relief, until David Robertson came in for the save in the 9th and promptly gave up a run, necessitating us going to extras.  I was very disappointed in him, because I know he can pitch better than that.  We’re going on the road next to play some pretty important teams, including Kansas City…..and when was the last time someone could refer to them as an “important team.”  We really need everyone in the rotation and in the bullpen to be at the top of the games at all times.

Well, I didn’t want Martin Prado to yet again have to bear the responsibility of keeping our team in the game, so on that note, I was rather pleased to see it was someone other than him.  On the other hand, blowing your wad in one inning and then doing basically nothing until the last minute is getting kind of stale and tiresome.  I know, I know….how could I possibly be upset that we lost?  I’m not upset that we lost, rather, I’m unhappy at our inconsistent play forcing us to win in this manner more often than we should.  Brian McCann came in as a PH in the 10th and smacked a 3-run HR to right field, so he undoubtedly wins Offensive Star of the Game, but honorable mention goes to Ichiro, who went 2-4 with 2 RBI.  Their combined 5 RBI were enough to win the game, but again….let’s spread it out a bit more, fellas. 

Game 127: Foolproof.

We’ve won three in a row now, so I’m not sure whether I should knock on wood, find a four-leaf clover, cut the foot off a rabbit (I would never actually do that — bunnies are cute!), but we’ve certainly been quite lucky, and I’m only worried about when it’ll finally run out.  In other AL East news, the Cubs beat the Orioles (again), the Red Sox lost (again), and the Rays lost.  We’re now 7.0 GB of Baltimore, and I don’t know how many games back for the 2nd wild card slot, but it’s probably a lot. 

Hideki Kuroda threw a great game, going 6.0 innings, giving up only 2 ER on 5 H, while walking two and striking out six.  A very solid, quality start, which is precisely what need from everyone right now as we head into the final month of the season.  David Robertson also collected his 34th save of the year as well, nearly striking out the side.  There’s not much else to say about the pitching this time, as no one shit the bed.  Miracle of miracles.

The offense was pretty much non-existent again, aside from a few people.  I know the entire lineup isn’t going to go 5-5 every game, but when it’s the same people over and over again being the only ones who who can muster up any production, it starts to get old.  Carlos Beltran went 2-4 with an RBI and Martin Prado went 3-4 with 2 RBI.  You’ve been reading that kid’s name a lot in this blog, because it seems like every day, he’s either raking at the plate or single-handedly winning us the game.  Let’s hope the next game is more of the same, in the “Yankees win” sense, as opposed to the “one guy does everything” sense.

Game 126: Walk-off.

Hot damn, late-inning breaks go OUR way this time!  I can’t remember the last time we had a walk-off win, and since wins are at a premium for us at the moment, it made this extra special.  The White Sox are a poor team, so I hoped we wouldn’t need to resort to late-inning heroics to take the game, but since the Yankees can’t be bothered to score more than 3 or 4 runs a game, we have to work with what we get.  The second best part of tonight’s slate of games is that the Cubs, the poor, poor Cubs, beat the Orioles.  I KNOW.  I couldn’t believe it either.  My hometown team always finds a way to come someone’s aid, and this time it was ours.

Our rotation has been a bit of a dog’s breakfast, or catch as catch can if you want to use another metaphor.  Shane Greene took the mound tonight, giving us a serviceable performance — 5.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K.  Not great, but not awful, either.  I think “middling” is a good word to describe it.  Shawn Kelley, Dellin Betances, and David Robertson made up the relief core, giving up a total of 2 H, 0 ER, and 6 K with no walks.  D-Rob ended up with the win, as he was the pitcher of record when Martin Prado singled with the bases loaded, scoring Ichiro.

Speaking of Martin, he went 2-5 with 3 RBI, which is 75% of our entire offensive output all night.  Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-4 with an RBI, which makes up the other 25%.  Am I the only one bothered by that?  Not the fact we won, but the fact that our offense is so woeful, two people are solely responsible for the reason we won the game.  Some of these guys are killing me.  I shouldn’t ask for more than 4 runs tomorrow, because we’ll end up getting shut out, but it would be nice if we managed to actually score, and score with some authority.  Come on fellas, I know you can do it.

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 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 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.

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