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Game 33: It’ll have to do.

Another game, another woeful offensive showing.  I’m still comforted in the fact that our pitching has at least held up all season, so we can afford to win games when only scoring three runs.  So there’s that.  We’re also at 20 wins on the season so far, which about 20% of what I’d like us to end up with.  If you’re good at math, you’ll have a rough idea of what I’d like to see us end the season with, wins-wise.

We got another great start out of Freddy Garcia, who is proving himself to be a monumental asset for us in the rotation.  He pitched six innings, gave up 1 ER on 6 H, walked two and struck out three.  Dave, Joba and Mo pitched the final three innings, and Mo picked up save #13, which means he’s only 30 saves away from the all-time saves record.  Keep going, Mo!

Speaking of moving forward toward countdowns, Derek got another two hits tonight, which means he’s now only 38 hits away from 3,000.  He went 2-4 on the night with an RBI.  Our other two runs came courtesy of a single by Alex in the 5th.  Aside from that, we got no other offense from our lineup.  I will say that all but three people in the lineup got at least one hit, so it’s a start.  Let’s keep it going for the next game.

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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 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 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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Game 14: The Comeback Kids™ strike again.

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The Yankees are getting good at this “fall behind early, take the lead late” thing.  Not that I’m complaining mind you, just that it’s costing CC Sabathia wins.  It would be nice if we didn’t always wait until the last possible minute to score enough runs to win the game.  It makes for great drama, but it’s not always necessary.

CC Sabathia pitched very well again, but his offense let him down and gave him no run support.  Thus, he didn’t get the win.  The bullpen only gave up one more run when they came in, and otherwise held their ground.  Mo got his 7th save of the season, bringing him 36 closer to holding the all-time saves record.  He’s also well on his way to pitching in 1,000 games, which he could very well eclipse this season at this pace. 

As I mentioned above, the offense took a nap last night and decided to wake up in the later innings, when the game was nearly done.  We managed six runs on eight hits, along with two errors, which we really could have done without.  Russell Martin had another big night, going 2-3 with 2 RBI, Grandy went 1-4 with 2 RBI, and Eric Chavez who was our big hero of the night, went 2-4 with an RBI.  Derek went 1-4, meaning he only needs 61 more hits for 3,000.  I hope our next game is a little less anticlimactic than these last few have been. 

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Game 13: That got a little too close for comfort.

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I can appreciate that sometimes the Yankees like to make games close because they want to make sure the fans are still paying attention and haven’t dozed off.  I mean, I get that.  It would be nice however, if they didn’t always wait until the last couple innings to remedy that. 

Freddy Garcia made his first start with the Yankees this season, and did a very fine job, with a line of 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.  Certainly can’t complain when your starter gives you an outing like that.  Joba came in to pitch the 7th and was just as good, but then Soriano came in to pitch the 8th and got the yips.  He coughed up three runs on two hits, and nearly gave away our entire lead.  That’s no bueno.  Thankfully our offense picked him up and we were able to get those runs back, but still.  Mo came in for the 9th and picked up his 6th save of the season, which means he has only 37 to go until he holds the all-time saves record.  That’s another countdown I think we Yankees fans are going to have fun with this season. 

On the offensive side of things, Derek was hitless today, so he stays at 62 hits left until 3,000.  However Mark Teixeira wasn’t hitless today, and went 2-3 with 3 RBI.  Robbie Cano supplied our other two runs today, with a 2-run HR in the 8th to give us back our three-run lead.  Alex left the game with soreness in his lower back/obliques, and I hope it’s not serious.  Aside from Mark and Robbie, the only other two players to net any hits today were Swish (2-4) and Grandy (1-3).   I hope to see a little bit more in the way of offensive production tomorrow.

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