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Game 30: Finally.

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It ain’t much, but I’ll take it.  We’ve been having a hard time scoring runs while getting great pitching, so when we get a combination of it, you don’t argue if the run scoring output is low. 

Ivan Nova had a great night on the mound, throwing 7.1 innings, giving up only 2 hits and no earned runs, with 0 BB and 1 K.  Soriano pitched well, and Mo came in and notched save #12 for the season, which leaves him only 31 saves away from the all-time record.  I hope he can get it this season.  It would be great, regardless of what the Yankees do as far as the playoffs go. 

Another game, another offensive drought.  Sure we scored four runs, but we also had other opportunities to score a lot more than that, but didn’t capitalize on any of them.  As I said in another write-up, beggars can’t be choosers.  Our only real offensive powerhouse was Curtis Granderson, who went 2-4 with 3 RBI.  Which you’ll notice is 75% of our total runs scored all night.  He was also the only Yankee to get more than one hit.  I just hope that our total runs scored tonight is at least twice what we scored last night.  It would be nice.

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Game 27: Just couldn’t fight ’em off.

CC didn’t pitch nearly as bad as the final score would suggest.  If your starter only gives up four runs over the course of seven innings, you should be able to win that game.  I’m sorry.  Our offense let him down, which isn’t the first time it’s happened, sadly.  Joba pitched well too, so our pitching really wasn’t the issue tonight.

It was this offense, which has been bordering on narcoleptic the last couple weeks.  We score 15 runs, barely plate runs the next few games.  We score 12 runs, barely plate runs the next few games.  There’s a pattern here, a pattern that’s existed for several seasons now.  It’s getting old.  However Derek got a hit tonight so he’s only 48 away from 3,000 and Jorge went 2-4 making him our only batter to net more than one hit tonight. 

Brush the dust off, get ’em tomorrow.  It’s the best we can do. 

MLBlogs is making the move to WordPress this weekend, so this blog will unavailable from Friday the 6th to sometime on the 9th, I believe Mark said.  Which sucks, but I’ll write up GDPs during the absence and then post them when we’re able to again.  During that time, if you try to access this blog, you’ll be re-directed to the main MLBlogs blog, for status updates.

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Game 26: Back from a lengthy delay.

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The Yankees sure do love those dramatic, late-inning victories, don’t they?  It’s almost like they enjoy giving their fans heart attacks by making them wait until the last very last minute.  A win is a win though, and we’ll take them anyway we can.

Colon had yet another fantastic start for the Yankees, showing himself to be going through a seeming renaissance on the mound.  His final line was 7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K.  Another quality start.  Maybe our rotation isn’t as shoddy as we thought it would be.  Joba pitched the 8th, and Mo pitched the 9th netting his 11th save of the season, and bringing him to 32 to go on his march to the all-time saves record. 

Our offense has been in a bit of a dip the last few games, but we’ve been eking them out somehow.  We only managed five runs on 11 hits, which looks like it should be the other way around.  Swish was our big hero, getting the tie-breaking single in the 9th, and Alex scored on a passed ball to give Mo a little cushion for the bottom of the inning.  Derek went 2-5, so he’s only 49 hits away from 3,000 now (although judging by how poorly he’s been playing besides that, who knows when he’s going to get it — get your sh!t together, Derek); Swish went 2-4 with an RBI, and Jorge went 2-5 with an RBI.  Let’s hope this combo of timely hitting and quality pitching continues for the rest of the series.

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Game 21: Where’s the offense?

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I know that the Yankees have a bad habit of not scoring a ton after scoring a whole lot, but this lack of offense is starting to be disconcerting.  They score 15 runs in the 2nd game of the Baltimore series (first game was PPD by rain), then score 6 in the last game of the series, then zero, two and now three in the series so far with the White Sox.  The heck?  What’s worse, it appears all of our runs can only come via the HR, rather than “small ball”. 

At least we can say one good thing; during this whole stretch of rather putrid offense, we’ve been getting some great starting pitching.  So at least not everything is falling to pieces in one fell swoop.  Something else that’s been great to see, is how effective Bartolo Colon has been for us this season.  I certainly never expected it before the season started, and I don’t think anyone else did either…..except maybe Bartolo Colon himself.  His final line was 8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K.  Mo came in for the 9th and collected his 8th save of the season, which leaves him with 35 to go before he holds the all-time saves record.  Keep it going, Mo. 

As I mentioned above, our offense these last four games has been awful.  We scored three runs in the 1st inning last night……….and then nothing for the rest of the game.  That’s sad, no matter how good our SP was.  Our only run production came from a 3-run HR by Robbie Cano.  No one else showed up.  Derek did get another hit, which means he needs 52 more to get 3,000, but nothing else of any import happened.  I’m glad we won, but come on guys.  Hit the ball.

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Game 18: Guess what time it is again?

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Isn’t he just the cutest?  He always makes an appearance when the Yankees snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and come from behind late in the game, or win in extras — like yesterday.  Apologies for the late write-up; I’ve been suffering from a bit of a stomach bug the last couple days, and my energy was at an all-time low yesterday.  Yeesh.  I’m better now, though. 

Freddy Garcia had a great start, and really the last couple starts has shown himself to be quite an asset to this rotation.  His final line was 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K.  Our bullpen on the other hand, didn’t have the best of afternoons.  Joba came in for the 7th, and gave up two runs to cut our lead to only one, and then Mo came in for the 9th and gave up the tying run to Brian Roberts.  Fortunately Andino was out at the plate, otherwise the Orioles would have won the game 4-3.  I know Mo gets the yips every April, so I’m not worried…..but it’s still shocking to see anyway.  Thankfully our offense came through in the end. 

Speaking of the offense, we scored two runs in the 1st inning, one run in the 5th inning, and then didn’t score again until the 11th inning.  Now that’s a problem.  Of course, coming off a 15-run game the previous night, I wasn’t expecting 16 runs, but I was hoping for more of a sustained offensive effort than that.  A couple players had very nice days at the plate; Derek (4-6, RBI) and Grandy (3-5, 3 RBI).  We also got RBIs from Alex and Russell Martin.  Derek’s four hits brings him to 2,945 hits total, or just 55 away from 3,000.  Keep pluggin’ along, Jetes.  I know you’re not having the best year, but we’re behind you anyway. 

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Game 16: Colon: Who knew?

I can honestly say I don’t think I was expecting Bartolo Colon to pitch anywhere near as well as he did, considering that he’s basically our long-relief guy, and trying to turn those guys into starters (or in his case, back into starters) can backfire.  He went 6.2 innings, gave up only 2 ER on 5 H, walked two and struck out seven.  That’s damn good, actually.  The bullpen pitched the last 2.1 innings, giving up only 3 H, 0 ER, and 2 BB.  That’s the kind of pitching performance we need more of from everyone. 

On the offense side of things, we scored six runs on nine hits.  Mark went 3-5, Robbie went 1-3 with 2 RBI, and Grandy went 2-4 with 2 RBI.  Our other two runs were courtesy of Jetes and Alex, both of whom were hitless.  So Derek remains at 60 hits left until 3,000. 

I know it’s a short but sweet round-up today — between the hockey game last night ending late because it was in Phoenix, and me having to get up early this morning to run errands….I’ve been dragging a little.  Do excuse.  Now can we please get CC a win tonight?  For cryin’ out loud.

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Game 15: What the heck, Mo?

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Now that’s something you’re not accustomed to seeing or experiencing.  AJ Burnett pitched well, our offense did its job…..Mo just got the yips.  Fortunately for us Yankees fans, Mo’s yips come like once every blue moon, it’s not like he’s Pingleboom up in Beantown.  Still, it’s shocking when it happens. 

One good thing to take away from this game, is that Derek got another hit, which means he’s just 60 away from 3,000.  Keep it goin’, Jetes.

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