If there’s anything we’ve learned about the Yankees over the many decades of their history, it’s that they like to keep their fans on their toes, not letting them anticipate what’s happening next. A nice, close victory on Friday….a blowout on Saturday. Who only knows what we’re going to get tonight, but it better be in the form of a Yankees victory, that much I know for fact.
Tanaka had a bad day. I think we can all admit that. The opposing team putting up an eight-run 2nd inning will do to that to you every time. The rest of the pitchers we tossed up there yesterday afternoon weren’t much better, but they at least didn’t push the Red Sox toward 20 runs or something. The three errors didn’t help our cause either, and I’m sure Tanaka and the relievers (which sounds like a bad 80s New Wave band) didn’t appreciate them. The good thing is, if you can take any good away from this, only six of the runs were earned, so no one’s ERA took too big of a hit. Silver linings, y’all.
The offense was pretty atrocious, not actually getting anything going until the last few innings, but by then it was too late. Ichiro went 2-5, Cervelli went 2-3 after coming in to PH for Derek Jeter who left with a tweaked hamstring, Chase Headley went 2-5, Chris Young went 2-4 with an RBI, and Stephen Drew went 1-3 with 2 RBI. All of our usual regulars didn’t play, as there was no real point to putting them out on the field. I used to call this, back in the Joe Torre era, as the “House Money Lineup.” Meaning, you’re essentially conceding to the other team. I mean, when you smack 12 hits, but only manage four runs, going 3-12 with RISP, it can be argued how much you’re really trying. Let’s just hope Sunday night’s game is a blistering Yankees victory so that Derek Jeter can exit both at home and on the road, with a win.
So that’s how the world ends; not with a bang, but a whimper. We are officially eliminated from any and all playoff spots, which means our season is basically over. Derek Jeter’s last home game is tomorrow, his last ever game is on Sunday night. If we’re going to win any of the next four games, please let them be those. One of the people I follow on Twitter tweeted an interesting graphic concerning the last time the Yankees missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons —
For the uninitiated, that’s what gas prices were like the last time that happened, which should give you an idea of how rare an occurrence it is. Gas under a buck…..where oh where did the time go.
Our pitching sucked this afternoon, and there’s no nice way of putting it. Our starter, Shane Greene, lasted only 3.2 innings, giving up 6 ER on 7 H. Our bullpen gave up a further 3 ER on 8 H. It was just an all-around sh!tshow, so I’m not sure if yesterday was an aberration or what. Claiborne and Huff were the only two relievers who didn’t crap the bed, so good for them.
The offense was as stale and pathetic as the pitching. Once again, the top part of the lineup had all the hits/runs, with one exception; Stephen Drew went 1-2 with an RBI, and he bats sixth. Chase Headley went 3-4 with an RBI, Mark Teixeira went 2-4 with 3 RBI, and that’s basically anything of consequence.
Well, we made a game of it, and I suppose in the end, that’s what counts. We had been down 5-1 early, but managed to storm back in the later innings, but we fell a bit short. Our elimination number from any and all postseason activity is now 1, which, well…..I can’t say I’m all that upset about, really. I knew it would take an act of nature or something else wildly unlikely for us to make the playoffs this year, so I’ve always had that in the back of my mind. It makes it hurt less when it becomes an eventuality.
What can I say about Brandon McCarthy? At least he didn’t walk anybody? He struck out eight? If only the front half of his line (11 H, 5 ER) looked as good as the back half. He also pitched into the 6th, so that’s something else too. Rich Hill, Esmil Rogers, Dellin Betances, and David Robertson all pitched in relief, giving up a further six hits, but no runs, no walks, and they struck out three. If only they’d pitched the entire game.
Our offense went back to being woeful, with yet again, barring a couple of exceptions, all of the offense coming from the first third of the batting order. Brett Gardner went 1-4, Derek Jeter went 1-5, and Brian McCann went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Both Chris Young and Stephen Drew collected RBIs, but they had no hits. We were 0-8 with RISP and had 7 LOB. You can’t win games that way. I don’t even think the 1927 Yankees could win a game like that. There’s two more games to this series, one this afternoon, and then Derek Jeter’s last home game tomorrow night, and if we’re going to win either of them….please win tomorrow night’s game.
Walk-offs are nice, certainly, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a walk-off error before. In that I mean, an error allowed a runner to score, hence the Yankees winning the game. Definitely a new one, but the outcome was more than acceptable. We’ve actually won two whole games in a row now, though how long that’ll go on……I haven’t a clue.
Shane Greene took the mound last night and pitched a damn good game — 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. It’s a shame he didn’t factor in the win, because he deserved it. For any of our starters to make it into the 7th inning is a big deal, especially the pitchers that come from the back of the rotation. Dellin Betances, Shawn Kelley, and David Robertson (who got the win) all pitched in relief, but the only one who crapped the bed was Shawn Kelley. He gave up 2 ER on 2 H, allowing the Jays to tie the game. Not cool. Thankfully Adam Lind had butterfingers and we were able to squeak away with a win, even if we didn’t play like we deserved to.
On that continued note, at least we managed more than five hits, which is something. Jeter went 2-4 with an RBI and Stephen Drew went 2-3 with an RBI….and that’s really it. The offense was fairly spread out, but when two players have half your hits and two-thirds of your run production, things may look spread out, but that’ll just make it all look worse.
I know, that’s not an inventive title, but it was my initial reaction upon learning we’d lost the game after yet again, giving up runs late. The sad part is, I was upset for about 30 seconds, and then I just sighed. The Yankees have broken me. I just looking forward to the end of this miserable season, in the hopes that during the off-season, we make some changes that help us be competitive next year. I know there are many other teams who’d kill to have our problems, but I suppose being burdened with being the New York Yankees makes it hard to swallow down said problems, without feeling like you’re choking on them.
Michael Pineda was our starter last night, and much like Chris Capuano on Tuesday, he threw a quality start — 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. That shouldn’t be the line for the starter of the losing team. Also like Tuesday, the bullpen blew the lead late, giving up 4 runs in the top of the 7th. We can’t win games if our bullpen can’t hold the leads we give them, and we’re playing a team right now who we should be able to soundly rout, even in our current decrepit state.
The offense wasn’t much better than the pitching, managing only a paltry two runs, even though we had 10 hits. One would think that with 10 hits, we did more with them than just two runs, but alas……we’re the Yankees. We like to make everything difficult. Derek Jeter went 2-4, Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-5 with an RBI, Chase Headley went 2-4, and Ichiro went 2-4. Our other RBI came from Stephen Drew, who went 1-3. Everyone in the starting lineup except Teixeira and Prado had a hit. We should have won this game, just like we should have won Tuesday night’s game. My only hope is we don’t get swept tonight, though I’m not holding out hope on that one.
Apparently I’d completely forgotten that this was a 4-game series, because I thought last night’s game was the rubber match. Either way, winning the series, was important, and we did it. The only thing I dislike about afternoon games is that I can’t listen to them — I can only listen to night games or games over the weekend.
Our pitching was superb this series, and this afternoon was no different. Shane Greene has been one of the many call-ups, acquisitions, and bullpen shifts we’ve had this season, and he demonstrated today that he can be very, very dominant on the mound. His final line was 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K. David Robertson came in during the 9th and got his 31st save for the effort. Can’t say much more about that.
Can’t say much about the offense, either. We managed only one run on nine hits. Everyone in the lineup got at least a hit, except Francisco Cervelli, and Ichiro went 2-3, the only player to get more than one. Our lone run came from Stephen Drew, who made up for his sloppy defense last night by hitting an RBI double in the 4th. Let’s hope that Toronto loses again tonight, so we can pull ourselves even with them, then start to pull away during the next series.
Considering that Tuesday night’s game ended in extras, and that it was possible we could have won the game, this would have been a sweep of a heavily favored Tigers team, but I’ll take 2 out of 3. Just like against the Red Sox, also a series we should have swept. Toronto won, so we didn’t gain any ground on them, but that meant that Baltimore lost, so both teams gained a game on them.
Chris Capuano took the mound for us last night, and pitched a stellar game, going 6.2 innings, giving up only 1 R on 5 H, while striking out eight. Unfortunately he got a no decision for the night, as we didn’t take the lead until after he’d left the game. That doesn’t, however, take away from how great he pitched. Our bullpen held the Tigers hitless for the rest of the game.
The title of this recap alludes to how we managed to best Verlander, and that was through the home run. We hit two, and that was just enough to be the difference, the extra runs over that were just insurance. Chase Headley hit one in the 5th, and Brian McCann hit one in the 7th. One thing I don’t hesitate to point out is that the Yankees were incredibly sloppy in the field last night, giving up four errors. Jeter had one, Capuano had one, and Stephen Drew had two. Giving up a baserunner or a run because of a hit or walk is one thing, but allowing the other team to capitalize because our heads are up our butts is quite another. Hopefully the sloppiness will disappear for our next set of games.