If you sang that to the tune of “Welcome Back, Kotter,” give yourself a hand, because that’s what I wanted you to do. Masahiro Tanaka made his first start in what felt like ages, after sitting out with an injury. We could have used him a few months ago, but it’s better to have him healthy now so he’ll be 100% for next season, instead of pitching through it anyway and being useless by February. As you know, I want the team to finish above .500, so every little bit helps.
For coming off an injury that had him out for a while, he did a fantastic job — 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K. He’s really going to be an incredibly solid part of the rotation next season, if we can just keep him encased in bubble wrap the whole time. Warren, Betances, and Robertson pitched in relief, with D-Rob picking up his 38th save of the season. They did a great job, and since I seldom have opportunity to praise them, I’m doing it now.
Well, one thing I can say for the offense is at least we didn’t leave 11 men on base or go 3-13 with RISP. We went 2-8, but that’s still better. Brett Gardener went 2-5 with 1 RBI, Brian McCann went 2-3 with 3 RBI, Derek Jeter went 2-4 with an RBI, and Ichiro went 2-4. Unfortunately, with the exception of Ichiro, all of our offense was concentrated in the first three batters. Gardy leads off, Jeter hits second, and McCann hits third. No one after him, except for Ichiro, got a hit. That’s pretty damn depressing. I’m glad we won and all, don’t get me wrong, but that’s a whole lot of nothing from literally everyone else. We start a series against Baltimore next, and the last game of the series on Thursday will be Derek Jeter’s final home game — we close the season against the Red Sox in Boston, and won’t that be a delight. So, four more home games for Mr. November. Where does the time go?
The Yankees could only manage three in a row, I’m afraid. Any more and they’d all be liable to blow up or something. We’re only four games above .500, so my challenge for them is to finish better than 82-82. Even if it’s 83-81, I don’t care. Just finish above .500.
Chris Capuano didn’t have the best night, lasting only 5.2 innings, giving up 4 ER on 5 H, walking four while striking out only two. At least he didn’t give up any HRs, yeah? Our bullpen was okay, they didn’t completely sh!t the bed, but they did give up a further 2 ER and 5 H, so it wasn’t a sparkling performance by any means. There were other reasons we eventually ended up losing that had nothing to do with the pitching, as poor as it was.
The offense has been stagnant all season, so that in and of itself wasn’t shocking. I expect us to barely do anything at the plate anymore. What annoyed me is we managed 11 hits, a feat for this team, and yet we scored only three runs. We were 3-13 with RISP and left 11 men on base. That’s not going to win you ballgames, whether you’re a good team, a poor team, or a middling team. When are we ever going to clock that many hits during one game? You need to capitalize on that. Brett Gardner went 2-5, Derek Jeter went 2-5 with an RBI, Brian McCann went 1-4 with an RBI, Ichiro went 2-4, and Francisco Cervelli went 1-4 with an RBI. Let’s win today if we can. That’s IF we can.
I’d like to think the Yankees secretly read my blog, thus understanding just how pissed off I’ve been at them all season, and now they’re trying to butter me up by playing smart baseball and winning games. I’m on to you, fellas. *taps side of nose* It’s just too bad they’re figuring this out in the last two weeks of September, instead of several months ago. Imagine how different our playoff outlook would be then?
Hiroki Kuroda pitched tonight, kicking all kinds of Blue Jay ass, lasting 6.2 innings, giving up 2 ER on 7 H, with 0 BB and 7 K. Outman, Rogers, and Warren pitched the remaining 2.1 innings, giving up a combined 2 H and 0 ER, walking one and striking out three. Warren picked up his 3rd save of the season, as well.
As far as offense goes, it wasn’t great, but it got the job done, which in the end is all that’s really important. Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-3 with 3 RBI before leaving the game with a strained hamstring, but since it’s September 19, it’s not as crushing a blow as it otherwise would have been. I still hope he’s alright and won’t have any issues come Spring Training next year. Derek Jeter went 2-4, and Brian McCann went 1-4 with an RBI. On a personal note, I can’t honestly say I know why Carlos Beltran played tonight, given the fact his wife lost their unborn child. If ever there was a time when it was perfectly acceptable to sit the rest of the season, it would be for that. My good thoughts and positive vibes are with them both right now.
Walk-offs are nice, certainly, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a walk-off error before. In that I mean, an error allowed a runner to score, hence the Yankees winning the game. Definitely a new one, but the outcome was more than acceptable. We’ve actually won two whole games in a row now, though how long that’ll go on……I haven’t a clue.
Shane Greene took the mound last night and pitched a damn good game — 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. It’s a shame he didn’t factor in the win, because he deserved it. For any of our starters to make it into the 7th inning is a big deal, especially the pitchers that come from the back of the rotation. Dellin Betances, Shawn Kelley, and David Robertson (who got the win) all pitched in relief, but the only one who crapped the bed was Shawn Kelley. He gave up 2 ER on 2 H, allowing the Jays to tie the game. Not cool. Thankfully Adam Lind had butterfingers and we were able to squeak away with a win, even if we didn’t play like we deserved to.
On that continued note, at least we managed more than five hits, which is something. Jeter went 2-4 with an RBI and Stephen Drew went 2-3 with an RBI….and that’s really it. The offense was fairly spread out, but when two players have half your hits and two-thirds of your run production, things may look spread out, but that’ll just make it all look worse.
One should also bear in mind that we’re 14.5 games behind the Orioles, not that it actually matters anymore now, but still. Woohoo, second place. I should take comfort in the fact we didn’t get swept, but right now, my main goal is finishing the season above .500. I can’t even remember the last time we finished the season below that mark. I’d like to not have my memory refreshed, TYVM.
Brandon McCarthy pitched 7.0 innings, giving up 2 ER on 4 H, giving us another great pitching performance that this time didn’t lead to a loss. Dellin Betances pitched the 8th, and David Robertson pitched the 9th, picking up his 37th save of the season. Between them, they gave up only one hit and struck out four. As has been something I’ve remarked upon quite a bit since returning to this blog early last month, our pitching, for the most part, hasn’t been the problem. It’s been spotty yes, but on the whole, it’s done better than it’s done poorly. The problem has been the offense being woefully inconsistent. Now, about that….
We scored a grand total of four runs this entire series. No runs in the first game, one run in the second game, three runs last night. We nearly managed to hit upon the Fibonacci sequence, there. The fact we only scored three runs is undercut by the fact we only managed four hits, so yet again….yeah. No one stuck out, no one did anything of great consequence. It was a boring, painful, win. I’d rather those than a loss, but I don’t like seeing so many of our players slumping at the same time. Derek Jeter’s batting average right now is .249. .249. He’s retiring in eleven games with an average that is right now, approaching the Mendoza line. How that can not be anything other than depressing?
Well, I should have expected this, really. I mean, at this rate, we may not finish the season over .500. With 12 games to go, it’s entirely doable, and since the playoffs are firmly out of the picture, why not shoot for the stars, eh? Congrats are in order for the Baltimore Orioles, as they won their first AL East championship since 1997, incidentally the one year from 1996-2000 that the Yankees didn’t win the World Series. Hmm. Foreshadowing for next season? I could go with a 1998-style run right about now.
Unlike Monday’s stellar pitching performance that translated into a loss, we got the exact opposite of that last night, and still lost anyway. Michael Pineda turned in an uncharacteristically middling performance, lasting only 5.1 innings, giving up 1 ER on 4 H. It was our bullpen that didn’t help matters at all. Esmil Rogers gave up 3 ER on 2 H during his stint in the game, which lasted all of 1/3 of an inning, then Rich Hill comes in and gives up 1 ER on 2 H, leaving before even recording an out. When the Yankees suck, we make a show out of it, don’t we?
Well, the good news is, we exceeded our offensive output from Monday by well over 100%. The bad news is, we only scored one run, and on Monday we scored no runs at all. So, I mean, it’s something. Whatever. Ichiro went 1-4 with an RBI, Francisco Cervelli went 2-3, and that’s basically it as far as notable performances went. Let’s see if we can get swept tonight!
I don’t really think words exist to describe the horror of last night’s game. I really don’t. I don’t know what was worse about it; the fact we didn’t score a single run, or the fact we gave up the win in the bottom of the 9th inning. It’s like the Yankees hate their fans, and want to make them suffer as much as is humanly possible.
Chris Capuano pitched a great game, it’s a shame that he didn’t get a win to reflect it. 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K — that should be a winning line. A big thumbs down to Shawn Kelley who coughed up the RBI to Zobrist in the 9th, that was not cool. I mean, we were going to lose anyway, but did it have to be with 2 outs?
A big thumbs down also goes to the offense, who aside from Martin Prado (2-4), didn’t do a damn thing. I know I’ve come to expect mediocrity these past few months, but come on. Show some balls.