What a great series this was! After a disappointing first game that saw us only able to score one run after bludgeoning 13 the night before, the 2nd and 3rd game of this series were a marked and vast improvement. We got stellar pitching in all three games, great bullpen pitching especially, AND in the last two games…..OFFENSE! A grand total of 16 runs scored over the last two games, as opposed to just one in the first. Who wouldn’t take that?
Speaking of offense, Derek had himself a great series against the Mets, notching five hits during the series, bringing him to within 25 of 3,000. Alex also had a great series, going 8-13 with 2 RBI. Alex raised his batting average over 20 points just in this series alone. Derek also raised his batting average quite a bit of late, hopefully showing that the awful slump he was mired in for most of the season is done. At least for now.
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The pitching, our bullpen, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez!
CC was well…..CC. He went out there and showed why he’s making big money in the Bronx and not somewhere else. He threw 8 scoreless innings, giving up only four hits, walking two and striking out six. Can’t ask for more than that, short of a complete game. Mo came in for the 9th and since it wasn’t a save situation, just preserved the win. As though it needed preserving.
Aside from Mark’s 3rd inning grand slam, we got no offense today, but seeing as CC was basically making the Mets his personal b.!tch, we didn’t need more than the grand slam. So we got lucky. Both Derek and Jorge went 2-4, so they get honorable mentions. I wish the blurb about the offense could be a little more descriptive…..but we didn’t get much. Hope our series against Arizona is a burner. At least there’s no Luis Gonzalez this time. *gag*
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While we haven’t been getting the best of performances from our bullpen the last few games, our starting pitching has been great — this afternoon was no exception. Phil Hughes brought his record this season to 10-1, with a final line of 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB and 4 K. Joba came in to pitch the 8th and gave up no runs. Hallelujah! Mo pitched the 9th and got his 16th save on the season. Well done. Now let’s take the rubber match tomorrow and win the series.
Unlike yesterday, wherein the offense was harder to come by than a beer in Beirut, today we actually got something going at the plate. Granted not much and four of runs came as a result of homers, but it’s better than nothing. Hell, we even got a run because of a double play. Only the Yankees. *shakes head* We got a couple standout performances from our lineup today; Mark (1-4, 2 RBI), Grandy (1-3, 2 RBI) and Gardy (2-4). I hope to get a little more out of everyone else tomorrow……I hope.
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Ugh. Just when our starting pitching is coming around, especially from the back end….the bullpen starts spitting the bit. Joba gave up 2 runs and Chan-Ho Park gave up another. Before then, we were only down 1-0 and even though our offense was nearly flatlining…..we could have come back from that. We weren’t coming back from 4-0.
I hope tomorrow afternoon’s game is a complete 180 of this one. We’re getting lucky so far in that Tampa has been losing, but Boston hasn’t. We need to keep them at bay.
To say that I’m disappointed in the way the team has been playing is an understatement. What’s aggravating is that I know they can play better than this. I hope that the series that starts tonight goes much better and we get back on a winning path.
I don’t know what’s gotten more irritating at this point — the Yankees’ pitching putting them in an early hole, or the “too little, too late” comeback in the 9th inning that always falls one or two runs short of actually mattering. It’s getting old. We get great starting pitching (CC, Javy), the offense does nothing or the bullpen spits the bit. We get crappy pitching, the offense fails to keep up or does when it doesn’t matter. Damn, we’ve become the Red Sox. And that kind of sucks, since they’re playing right now like we did to start the season. LET’S GET IT TOGETHER, PLEASE.
Now, on to tonight’s game. We start our Interleague (ugh) series against the Mets and chose tonight to completely forget how to hit the ball. Thankfully Javy Vasquez chose tonight to remember how to pitch the ball. I just hope he’s not injured. That’s about the last thing we need right about now. His final line ended up being 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. That’s better than we’ve gotten out of AJ and Andy recently. The pen did their job, although Mo is starting to worry me. This is something like the 3rd or 4th appearance in a row where he’s given up a run and some hits while trying to get the save. Two of those appearances he ended pulling a Purplebuns and blowing the save. Is Mo…..dare I say….becoming mortal? Ack, I don’t want to think it. Maybe he’s just got his usual early season yips and there’s nothing to worry about. Right? Right??
Where oh where did our offense go, where oh where can it be? 2 runs on 8 his is kind of pathetic, especially since our runs came from a dude by the name of Kevin Russo. I don’t know what a Kevin Russo is, but he saved our bacon tonight. He went 2-3 with 2 RBI. Alex was the only other Yankee to clock more than 1 hit — he went 2-3 as well. Seriously guys, what’s up here? First we score a ton of runs, but the pitching blows it and we lose. Then we barely score any runs, and the pitching nearly blows it, but we win. How about we go back to playing like we did when the season started……and keep at it? Novel concept.
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