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.
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.
An odd title for a game wrap-up yes, but it’s a great way to describe how the Yankees have played baseball this season. We win a game, lose a game, win a couple of games, lose five games in a row….it’s a constant back and forth and back and forth. Like a demented waltz. We’re forever marching in a circle it seems. We lost yesterday, won today, we’ll probably lose tomorrow just to keep the rhythm going. At least Baltimore lost, as I’m starting to get stick of them constantly winning. Now I know how their fans felt about us for so long.
Brandon McCarthy didn’t turn in a performance exactly as dominating as Michael Pineda’s from last night, but it was pretty close — 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. He pitched into the 7th inning at any rate, which is kind of what we expect from our starters, regardless of who we’re playing. Kelley, Betances, and Robertson made up our relief corps, and combined, they gave up no hits, no runs, no walks, and struck out two. Hurrah, huzzah, and hallelujah.
It was the Martin Prado show today, as our Babe Ruth-esque slugger went 3-4 with two doubles. Ichiro went 2-2 with an RBI, John Ryan Murphy went 2-4, and we also got RBIs from Ellsbury, Jeter, Teixeira, and Beltran. It was a nice, well-rounded effort, one that won’t be repeated if I know my team, and I do.
You’ll have to forgive the possibly over-jubilant response to last night’s victory; after Tuesday’s game, I held out no hope that we’d beat the Red Sox, much less by more than one run. I hate playing the Red Sox, not just because they’re the Red Sox, but every game gives me a quasi-ulcer. Not to mention, not a single Yankees/Red Sox game can be played in under three hours. If they’re on ESPN on a Sunday night, no chance it will be less than 3.5 hours. It’s just one of many reasons watching these games (or in my case, listening to them) is incredibly nerve wracking.
Hiroki Kuroda did what he’s mostly been doing all season, and that’s pitching his ass off. He’s one of the few pitchers we have that are very reliable and can be counted on to give you a quality start each time out, even if we don’t end up winning the game. He pitched 7.0 innings, giving up only 1 ER on 4 H, while walking none and striking out eight. Dellin Betances and David Robertson pitched the last two innings, giving up 0 ER on 2 H while striking out four. If only we got pitching performances like this all the time, against good teams as well as the crappy ones, we’d be in a lot better shape.
Our offense was also surprisingly on target tonight, tagging Boston pitching for 5 runs on 11 H. Brian McCann is our Offensive Star of the Game, as he went 4-4 with 3 RBI. Runner-up is Brett Gardner, who went 2-4 with an RBI, and 2nd runner-up goes to Jacoby Ellsbury, who went 1-3 with an RBI. Everyone in the starting lineup except Beltran and Drew got at least a hit, so it was nice to see the offense spread around a bit, at least in terms of that. Tonight’s game better go in much the same vein.
After yesterday’s vomitrocious (I just made that word up.) loss, a win tonight would have been just the palate cleanser we needed, like that gargle of mouthwash you take right after you upchuck. Thankfully, the Yankees provided the ACT (substitute your mouthwash of choice, of course), and we beat the Blue Jays. With Baltimore winning, Detroit winning, and Seattle winning, we really needed to come out on top.
Chris Capuano followed up Kuroda’s fantastic outing with one of his own, finishing with 6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, and 4 K. We’ve been getting some surprisingly good pitching from our rotation of late, it’s just a shame our record hasn’t reflected that. Warren, Outman, and D-Rob comprised our bullpen, finishing the game by giving up just one hit and striking out two. I will add that we were sloppy in the field, which led to a Toronto run, as we made two errors. Jeter had an uncharacteristic oopsie, as did Brett Gardner. At least neither came back to bite us in the @$$.
Our offense tonight wasn’t great, but six runs is by no means something to scoff at, and after the lackluster showing from our series finale with Detroit, I’m certainly not complaining. Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been a truly great contribution to our lineup, went 2-5 with 2 RBI, picking up our Offensive Star of the Game. Martin Prado, Mr. Wheaties, went 2-5, Brian McCann went 1-4, Brett Gardner went 1-3 with an RBI, and Chase Headley went 1-2 with an RBI. Everybody but Teixeira and Beltran got a hit, so at least it was a well-rounded affair, which is something I consistently harp on with these guys. Even if we lose, lose despite trying your damnedest to win, just don’t roll over and die. I’d love to post the Crazy Stein again, so let’s see if we can’t sweep these birds.
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*
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.