Tagged: New York Mets

Game 77: It’s just Mo’s world.

Crazy Stein.jpg I don’t know what was more memorable about this game; Mo’s 500th save
or the fact that he got his first major league RBI when K-Rod walked
him.  I mean, Derek thought the idea of Mo batting to start with was
hysterical and in a way it was, because that late in a game, usually
the pitcher is PH for.  I’m glad Girardi let him bat because otherwise
we wouldn’t have had that great comedic moment.  Too bad he didn’t hit
a granny…..now that would have been good!  What more evidence do we need of how monumentally amazing Mariano Rivera is?  I’ve watched him pitch for the Yankees his entire career and it’s been a pleasure the whole time.  He just goes out there and does his job, no stupid histrionics or dramatics on the mound.  Just business.  We wouldn’t have it any other way, I suppose.  Congrats, Mo……you are the greatest. 

But enough about Mo, let’s talk starting pitching.  Wang didn’t do
nearly as bad as several at bats would let on.  He gave up only 2 runs
on 4 hits which is great, and he even got his first win of the season
out of it.  I can’t really complain about his performance tonight, but
I would say I would have liked it if he was more economical with his
pitch count and stayed in the game a little longer.  It shouldn’t have
taken 5 pitchers to beat the Mets. 

Our offense tonight was rather dead.  We got 3 runs in the 1st didn’t
do anything else until Mo’s heroic bases-loaded walk in the 9th brought
in another run.  We squandered opportunity after opportunity to knock
Hernandez out of the game and I don’t know how many DPs Robbie Cano hit
into but it was annoying as hell.  Thankfully the Mets are horrible or
else they could have capitalized on our inability to put the game way
early.  Tex had a 2-RBI double and Jorge had a sac fly and
really…….that was it.  The sac fly was really the winning run as
without Mo’s RBI we still would have won the game 3-2, but insurance is
always great.  For the next game, I’d like to see more than 4 hits. 
I’ll always take the win, but come on…..don’t start getting cheap. 
Either way, what a great game and even better……the Crazy Stein has
returned.  😀

Star of the Game™

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Game 76: Summertime’s calling me.

wrightsvillebeach.jpgSee that little slice of heaven over there?  That’s where I was all day today.  Wrightsville Beach, NC is probably the most beautiful stretch of land I’ve ever seen.  A 3 1/2 hour drive from where I live, it was well worth it.  The one thing I never quite got used to was the salt water.  Coming from Chicago and going to the beach at Lake Michigan, that’s freshwater.  If it gets in your eyes, big deal.  It’s like getting hit in the face with bathwater.  Not so much here, though.  That stings like you wouldn’t believe and I had the misfortune of getting knocked over by a wave and swallowing some.  EGADS.  I had to drink 2 bottles of water just to get the salt out.  Either way, it was a fantastic way to spend a Saturday afternoon and knowing the Yankees were playing this evening, I hoped they’d win and cap off this great day.  And they did! 

 

AJ Burnett pitched marvelously and just continued that which CC started last night.  He went 7 innings of 1-hit ball and walked 3 while striking out 10.  That means in the last 2 games, the Mets have had a grand total of 4 hits.  Maybe tomorrow they’ll get 2 hit.  That’ll complete the 1-2-3 trifecta, I suppose.  Brian Bruney came in to relieve him and pitched the 8th, giving up no hits and no runs, while walking none.  Robertson relieved him for the 9th and also gave up no hits and no runs.  Can’t complain about the pitching again tonight, the shorter the blurb on a winning GDS, the better!

 

We didn’t get tons of offense tonight, but when your pitcher is doing as well as AJ was doing, very little is ever needed.  Jorge was the big winner tonight, hitting a 3-run HR in the 6th.  Alex got an RBI as well, knocking a single in the 6th that scored Tex. We got our other run on a solo shot by Swish in the 3rd.  I hope we can go for the Crazy Stein tomorrow on a game that’s as easy as the last couple have been.  No drama.  😀

 

 

 

Stars of the Game™

 

 

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Game 75: Ace in hand.

chp_ace_cards.jpgComing off a series win against Atlanta, it was imperative we set the right tone against the Mets and with Crooked Cap on the mound tonight, it was a sure bet.  Sabathia has been the closest thing to dominance we have had in our rotation all season and when he pitches, you know you’re getting at least 7 innings of quality pitching.  I do apologize for this summary coming late, I’m going out of town today and was running around trying to get everything we need to go and I kind of got sidetracked.  In any event, on to the pitching…….

 

CC went 7 innings of 3-hit ball, giving up only 1 run in the process.  He walked no one and struck out 8.  Brett Tomko relieved him and pitched 2 innings of no-hit ball and struck out 1.  I love when the pitching summary is short and sweet because that means we used at most 2 pitchers, and neither of them gave up anything of importance.  If only we got starts like this out of everyone. 

 

On the offense side of things, again we were able to combine runs with hits and really dominate at the plate.  Brett Gardner gets the absolute Star of the Game for going 5-6 with 2 RBI.  Alex went 1-2 with 2 RBI and passed Reggie Jackson on the all-time HR list.  Robbie went 2-6.  Ramiro Pena, subbing for a scratched Derek Jeter, went 3-5 with an RBI.  I can’t really complain about the job we did tonight, it was a combined effort from all sides and it was great.  I hope to see more of this while I’m gone and lounging on the beach.  😀

 

 

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Games 64 & 65: Like night and day.

Saturday’s game was pretty awful.  No offense, shoddy pitching from Andy although it was an entirely winnable game.  When you think about the fact that we only scored 2 runs on 5 hits, one of them a solo shot from Alex, it doesn’t say much about your chances to win, regardless.  That being said, we had many chances to get something done and we squandered them all.  A leftover malaise from the Boston series.  

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Today’s game, though……holy jumpin’ jehosephat.  15 runs on 17 hits is a fantastic display.  Not to mention, we got some sorely needed strong innings from AJ Burnett.  He went 7 innings and gave up only 4 hits and struck out 8.  After going to the pen multiple times in the last few games, something like this was a godsend.  Robertson relieved him and did a very good job as did Hughes, who actually needed the work.  Normally I’d get on Girardi for not putting someone like Jose Veras in that spot since a 15-0 lead is the right time for him, but Phil hadn’t pitched since Wednesday and won’t be pitching again until this coming Wednesday….one inning isn’t going to kill him.  Couldn’t have asked for more out of our pitching today, let’s hope this trend continues against the Nationals.  
We got A LOT of offense out of the lineup today, which was great to see and surprisingly, we only hit 2 HRs.  The rest of our runs came on good old fashioned doubles and singles and non-long balls.  We still haven’t played a home game without one, though.  Leading the pack offensively was Derek Jeter, going 4-4 with 2 RBI.  Coming up next is Johnny Damon going 2-4 with 3 RBI.  Following him are the Cardiac Kids, who went a combined 5-8 with 5 RBI.  After them comes Francisco Cervelli, who went 3-5 with RBI and then Hideki Matsui, who went 1-3 with 2 RBI.  A very well-rounded effort, I would say.  Got a little something from the top, middle and bottom of the lineup.  Again, I hope we see something similar against the Nationals, and we damn well better – they’re horrific.  
Stars of the Game™
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Game 63: Defensive miscues ahoy.

SAD.jpgI am not a happy camper this evening.  My Yankees won, however my hockey team did not.  I missed the baseball game (and a very dramatic conclusion) to watch my beloved Red Wings take one up the you-know-what with no lube, at home.  Kinda like Game 7 of the ’04 ALCS, just to continue with the dredging up of bad memories.  So thanks a lot Detroit, now I’ve got to see clip after clip of Sidney Crosby skating around OUR ice with the Stanley Cup.  If I didn’t love you so much, I’d hate you.  In any event, I’ve gone back over some clips of the game and the recaps and such so I can provide a somewhat thorough post-game wrap-up.

 

Joba Chamberlain had an okay outing tonight.  He only gave up 2 ER on 1 hit, but lasted only 4 innings.  He walked 5 and struck out 3.  His high pitch count is what forced Girardi to go to the pen earlier than he probably expected.  Tomko came in to relieve him and promptly gave up 4 runs.  On three hits.  Not so good.  Robertson, Coke and then Mo came in following him in that order, giving up only 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 5.  Admirable showing from the rest of the pen given the crap they had to work with.  I didn’t like Mo giving up another run while in relief, but these things will happen and we just have to accept them.  Thankfully some of that Mystique & Aura from the old park traveled over, because BOY did we need it.

 

After the sh!tshow against the Red Sox this week, I was hoping to get some big offensive explosions from this lineup against the Mets, and 9 runs will do.  I just hope we can score some in the next two games.  Derek had a big night, going 2-5 with an RBI, Tex had ANOTHER great night, going 1-3 with 2 RBI and 2 walks, Robbie Cano went 2-4 with an RBI and Godzilla went 1-4 with 3 RBI.  Then you have Alex’s “we’ll call it clutch since it won us the game” can o’corn in the bottom of the 9th.  Apparently from what I’ve been reading, he hit it and it had a funky spin on it that made catching it rather hard, especially when you’re trying to do it with one hand.  I do hope the slump he’s in breaks out soon, because when both he and Tex are on, this lineup is damn near infalliable.  Maybe this was the little stroke of luck he needed to get back up there.  Screw the haters, I’m rooting for you.  Go Yanks.

 

 

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