It’s been an interesting season. I’m upset we’re not going to the playoffs, because I would have liked to see Derek Jeter’s final season end in a slightly less depressing fashion, but at least we ended the year with a win and finished above .500, which were two things I wanted to see happen above all else. I’ll still be maintaining this blog throughout the playoffs, and then intermittently through the off-season when stories of note happen. Also, congratulations are in order for Ryan Zimmerman, he of the Washington Nationals — there’s nothing quite like waiting until the last game of the season to throw a no-hitter, I suppose.
Michael Pineda pitched our final game of the season, ending with a final line of 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, and 10 K. His stats for the season were a 5-5 record with 1.89 ERA. Not bad. Esmil Rogers, who relieved him, didn’t do such a good job, coughing up a further four runs, bringing the score to 9-5. Thankfully none of our other pitchers gave up any further runs, and we were able to maintain the lead. I’m never too fussed about how we win, just that we do.
Derek Jeter played his final game as a Yankee yesterday afternoon, exiting in the 3rd inning after getting an RBI single. His last home game ended with an RBI single, and his last game in general ended with one as well. Lovely bookends. As it was, the offense was pretty well spread-out amongst the lineup, Jeter included. Jose Pirela went 2-4 with 2 RBI, Ichiro went 1-3 with 2 RBI, Chris Young went 2-4, Chase Headley went 1-4 with an RBI, and Austin Romine went 1-2 with an RBI. Overall, a very wonderful effort from everyone, and I liked seeing that we didn’t limp into the end of the season. Onwards and upwards!
If there’s anything we’ve learned about the Yankees over the many decades of their history, it’s that they like to keep their fans on their toes, not letting them anticipate what’s happening next. A nice, close victory on Friday….a blowout on Saturday. Who only knows what we’re going to get tonight, but it better be in the form of a Yankees victory, that much I know for fact.
Tanaka had a bad day. I think we can all admit that. The opposing team putting up an eight-run 2nd inning will do to that to you every time. The rest of the pitchers we tossed up there yesterday afternoon weren’t much better, but they at least didn’t push the Red Sox toward 20 runs or something. The three errors didn’t help our cause either, and I’m sure Tanaka and the relievers (which sounds like a bad 80s New Wave band) didn’t appreciate them. The good thing is, if you can take any good away from this, only six of the runs were earned, so no one’s ERA took too big of a hit. Silver linings, y’all.
The offense was pretty atrocious, not actually getting anything going until the last few innings, but by then it was too late. Ichiro went 2-5, Cervelli went 2-3 after coming in to PH for Derek Jeter who left with a tweaked hamstring, Chase Headley went 2-5, Chris Young went 2-4 with an RBI, and Stephen Drew went 1-3 with 2 RBI. All of our usual regulars didn’t play, as there was no real point to putting them out on the field. I used to call this, back in the Joe Torre era, as the “House Money Lineup.” Meaning, you’re essentially conceding to the other team. I mean, when you smack 12 hits, but only manage four runs, going 3-12 with RISP, it can be argued how much you’re really trying. Let’s just hope Sunday night’s game is a blistering Yankees victory so that Derek Jeter can exit both at home and on the road, with a win.
Well, we made a game of it, and I suppose in the end, that’s what counts. We had been down 5-1 early, but managed to storm back in the later innings, but we fell a bit short. Our elimination number from any and all postseason activity is now 1, which, well…..I can’t say I’m all that upset about, really. I knew it would take an act of nature or something else wildly unlikely for us to make the playoffs this year, so I’ve always had that in the back of my mind. It makes it hurt less when it becomes an eventuality.
What can I say about Brandon McCarthy? At least he didn’t walk anybody? He struck out eight? If only the front half of his line (11 H, 5 ER) looked as good as the back half. He also pitched into the 6th, so that’s something else too. Rich Hill, Esmil Rogers, Dellin Betances, and David Robertson all pitched in relief, giving up a further six hits, but no runs, no walks, and they struck out three. If only they’d pitched the entire game.
Our offense went back to being woeful, with yet again, barring a couple of exceptions, all of the offense coming from the first third of the batting order. Brett Gardner went 1-4, Derek Jeter went 1-5, and Brian McCann went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Both Chris Young and Stephen Drew collected RBIs, but they had no hits. We were 0-8 with RISP and had 7 LOB. You can’t win games that way. I don’t even think the 1927 Yankees could win a game like that. There’s two more games to this series, one this afternoon, and then Derek Jeter’s last home game tomorrow night, and if we’re going to win either of them….please win tomorrow night’s game.
Hey, we won. I’d get excited, but it wasn’t much of a victory. Not that I begrudge the Orioles anything, they’re clearly a great team. They’ve more than earned the success they’ve achieved this season. I may hate other teams, but I can admit when they’re better than us, and a whole lot of folk are better than us this year. At least winning this afternoon meant we can’t get swept, which I’m accepting as the victory we can take away from this series.
Shane Greene was our starter today, lasting 5.1 innings, giving up 2 ER on 7 H, while walking one and striking out nine. I would have liked to have seen him last the entire 6th inning, if only for it to register as a “quality start,” but he got the win, so it all came out the same in the end. David Robertson picked up his 36th save on the season as well.
Chris Young stole home today, proving that not all things that come from the Mets are bad. He’s been downright fantastic for us in the short time we’ve had him thus far. Richardson and McCann clocked our other two runs. We only had four hits as it was, so it’s not like we did a whole lot today. Going 1-5 with RISP and leaving six men on base certainly didn’t help, Baltimore’s outstanding pitching aside. Let’s hope we can at least force a tie tomorrow evening with a win.
If I could post an accurate representation of my face after last night’s game, I would, but as there is no graphic representation of what I was thinking and/or feeling at the time, I cannot. Suffice to say, “shocked” comes as close as can be done. I had the game on in the background as I was doing other work, considering we were being no-hit, and it wasn’t exactly like I wanted to listen to that, but I’m a fan so I did. Then things started to get interesting. Huzzah indeed. Our win also brought us to within 4 games of the second Wild Card slot, which while improbable….isn’t necessarily impossible.
Michael Pineda pitched a solid, thankfully deep game last night, lasting 7.1 innings, giving up 4 ER on 10 H. Could do without all those hits, but at least the Rays weren’t able to capitalize on all of them. Though at the time, considering we were being no-hit, it wouldn’t have mattered if he gave up no hits himself or 100. Special kudos go out to Alex Cobb, who took a no-hitter into the 8th inning. I normally don’t highlight opposing pitching unless they throw a truly spectacular game, either in victory or defeat, but he deserved it. I wasn’t rooting for the no-hitter, but I was still impressed by how dominant he was. Good job. I’m still glad you lost, though.
As is our wont sometimes, the offense didn’t show up until damn near the last second. No-hit until the 8th, when Chris Young (a name that will come up again) smacked a double into center, we didn’t do anything. We did the exact definition of “nothing.” Then things got interesting. After Chris Young’s double, Martin Prado, another name you’ve been reading a lot about here, hit a HR, bringing the score to 4-2. Then in the bottom of the 9th, Chris Young came up to the plate again and hit a 3-run HR to win the game, 5-4. All in the span of maybe 30 minutes, not counting commercial breaks. Young ended up going 2-4 with 3 RBI, Martin Prado went 1-1 with 2 RBI in a pinch hitter situation, and Ichiro got our only other hit, going 1-4. I like winning, but let’s try not to wait until the last damn second, please.
I was going to leave the title as is, but minus the word “victory,” then thought about how absolutely filthy it sounded, regardless of the fact I wasn’t talking what it might look like I was talking about, and thus opted to leave the word in. If any of you reading this managed to follow that sentence, you get a gold star. So do the Yankees, who managed to shock and awe me by falling behind early, but clawing ahead to take the lead and ultimately win the game. We haven’t done that all that often this year.
Chris Capuano didn’t exactly have the best game. That’s putting it mildly of course, he lasted only 0.1 innings, or basically one out. He lasted one out. He gave up 4 ER on 4 H, walking two, which is a great line if you pitch 7 or 8 innings…..not when you’ve only recorded one out. Thus, our bullpen had a yeoman’s task ahead of them, trying to hold the Rays to four runs so we could maybe possibly I don’t know find a way to win the game. They managed to do it, and all of them deserve a steak dinner and a cold beer for it, so Jeter should get on that. I picked him because he’s arguably the richest guy on the team, so he could afford to drop a few quid for it.
Unfortunately, Derek had no hits last night, which is another reason why he should be the one to pay for the steak dinners and beer. Those that did have a good night at the plate include Brian McCann (2-3, 3 RBI), Chris Young (3-4, 2 RBI), Chase Headley (2-3, RBI), Mark Teixeira (1-3, RBI), and Ichiro (1-4, RBI). As you can see, varied production from the top and the bottom of the lineup, which is something I’m always bitching about seeing from them game after game after game. I hope we try and build upon this and win tonight.
I should have been upset by last night’s loss, but I wasn’t. I wasn’t upset because in some small part, I expected it, and in another, I’ve become so desensitized to our losses that when they happen, even when I thought we’d win, I find it hard to get upset or angered or even annoyed. We’re 11 GB in the AL East now, god knows how many games back in the Wild Card race, so for all intents and purposes (not “intensive purposes,” as some might erroneously believe), our season is done. We are, as the title suggests, merely playing out the string. It’s sad that as a Yankees fan, that’s what we’re doing, but it hasn’t been our year since 2009, when we acquired CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, and AJ Burnett. That was almost a surreal season — I don’t think anyone was anticipating we’d land all three, much less end up winning the World Series. Ah well, as Topol sang in Fiddler on the Roof, sunrise…..sunset.
Hiroki Kuroda did not have a good game, which is a rarity. I dare say he actually had a horribly sh!tty one. Lasting only 3.1 innings, he gave up 4 ER on 9 H. As a result of our starter’s early exit, Girardi went through nearly everyone we had in the pen, including our closer, David Robertson. The sad part is, the seven pitchers that came in for relief gave up only a further two hits, no more runs, and struck out a combined six. I say it’s sad because they they kept us in the game. Any team that chase out the starter in the 4th inning, you’d think would tattoo the bullpen for a bunch of runs/hits as well, but the Rays stopped at four.
The other thing that makes that sad, is that the Yankees stopped at three. When your pitcher craps the bed, but your bullpen holds the other team right where they are, you’re supposed to take advantage of that and make them pay for being unable to chase out your relievers, too. We didn’t do that. Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-4 with an RBI, Chris Young went 1-3 with 2 RBI, and Ichiro went 2-3. That’s the extent of our offensive firepower, and the one good thing I can say about the Yankees last night was that we went 3-5 with RISP and left only two men on base. I was anticipating a far more aggravating number. Let’s just win tonight and as I keep saying, try to end the season on a high note.