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We Actually Won This Series

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

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The Trop wasn’t a house of horrors this time as the Yanks ended up taking two of three from the Rays. The hitting is still pretty anemic, but Jeter had a huge clutch hit yesterday that seemed to get everybody fired up, including the fans at the game. Prado is emerging as a player of interest, both offensively and defensively, and the pitching was superb for this series. McCarthy, once again, deserved better and Greene could have/should have gotten a win, but at least Kuroda finally notched one.

This team is trying to hang in, they really are. The question is can they? Do they have the talent to not only hang in but go on a tear and leapfrog over the teams in front of them? They’re a recently cobbled together group who haven’t had time to gel or develop real chemistry. Does it matter? I don’t know. It’s the middle of August – not too many games left to make a move. But at least when they win it’s more fun to watch them. There’s that.

 

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Do I Have to Threaten You With Divorce Again, Yankees?

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

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It worked in 2007 when you were playing this badly, Yankees. I said I was suing you on the grounds of mental cruelty and you ended up making the playoffs after all. Is it really time for Confessions of a She-Fan: The Sequel?

Lucky for them I’m too busy to divorce them right now, but wow. Did they ever stink in Baltimore. How frustrating is it for the starters (welcome back, Pineda) to pitch well or well enough, only to have the offense score a run or two early and then go silent? And then there’s the once-efficient bullpen. Bettances is great, I get that, but Girardi had to know he was pushing the kid beyond what he normally gives us and Kelley just hasn’t been good for awhile. The second half of the season is when teams have to turn it up a notch, especially against the division leader, but all we saw over the two games at Camden Yards was….Pffff.

I’m sad. It’s not over, it just feels that way right now and I’m glad for the off day tomorrow.

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Coming Back to Earth

Sunday, August 10th, 2014
Photo: Mike Agliolo/Corbis

Photo: Mike Agliolo/Corbis

That’s how today’s loss, combined with yesterday’s, to the Indians feels like: an astroid hitting the earth. I had such high hopes for the Yankees’ season after the series against the Tigers, and Friday night’s 10 runs against Cleveland gave me more hope. But – ugh – we seem to be in the dreaded dead zone again, offense wise, and the collective hitting slump couldn’t come at a more inopportune time. In other words, if the Yanks have a prayer of making the playoffs even as a lowly Second Wild Card team (as Audrey rightfully pointed out in the last post’s comments section, KC is the team with steam for that spot), they need to beat up on the Orioles over the next few days. And how are they going to do that if they can’t drive in runs? Never mind that there are still question marks about the starters – i.e. who’s starting on Wednesday, Pineda or Rogers?

But I digress. The pitching has been great for the most part, so let’s assume it stays great, as flukey as this may be, given the cast of characters. Where will the hits/runs come from if everybody’s gone cold? Great that Tex is back in the lineup, pinky and all. And how lovely that Ellsbury hit a solo shot in today’s game. They’ve got to stop stranding men on base. Just. Stop. Doing. That. It would be nice if they hit more homers too, of course.

Whatever happens happens, I guess. Baltimore’s surging and we keep lapsing back. But it’s getting late early, as Yogi would say. Time to turn it on or go home.

 

 

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Wow! I Didn’t Expect to Be Laughing!

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

LaughingWomanI’m gobsmacked over today’s finishing off the Tigers, absolutely stunned that the Yankees pitchers in this whole series not only went toe-to-toe with the Cy Young winners plus Porcello, but surpassed them. If it weren’t for that 12-inning disappointment, we would have swept what is supposed to be a contending team for a World Championship. Pretty damn impressive.

I’ve read that the Tigers are streaky and they clearly didn’t have their hitting shoes on over these past four games (I’m especially talking about Cabrera, who didn’t look right), but what an accomplishment and confidence boost for this team. Teixeira got injured yet again and Ellsbury had a scare with his hand after sliding back to first base last night, but our pitching was just sensational. I have to hand it to Girardi for mixing and matching the way he did to get the most out of everybody.

My biggest fear is the players will have a letdown this weekend against the Indians and that they’ll struggle against a pitcher they haven’t faced before, but hopefully that fear is unfounded.

Bravo, Yankees. It was a fun series to watch!

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Esmil Rogers to the Rescue?

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

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Why is it that victories for the Yankees inevitably come with an injury, usually to a pitcher? In tonight’s finale at Fenway, Phelps was struggling and I was pissed off that he was serving up fat ones to the Red Sox – until I heard he was injured. Rogers, our latest pickup off somebody’s scrap heap, saved the day with three scoreless innings and it’s possible he’ll take Phelps’ spot in the rotation. Kind of scary, but I’m used to the game of musical chairs the Yanks have been forced to play this season.

Scarier still was Clay Buchholz, who kept giving back the leads the Sox hitters handed him and was eventually lifted. Our offense looked determined to take advantage and we actually scored more than a few runs for a change – just enough to get the win. Gardner continues to be our Babe Ruth. What a season he’s having. Beltran and McCann looked good at the plate too.

Dave Robertson nearly blew the save on that almost homer by Pedroia, speaking of scary, but recovered just in time. Tense!

Can the Yankees continue to win series down the stretch? They’ll have to if they want to get into the postseason. Everybody’s bunched up in the standings right now and I have no idea which teams (Blue Jays? Orioles? Mariners? Angels? Us?) will emerge with playoff berths. The only guarantees in the AL at the moment are the A’s and Tigers, and I’m not looking forward to playing the latter starting tomorrow. Gulp.

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So Let Me Get This Straight

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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The centerpiece of the Yankees’ trade deadline activity is (drum roll) Stephen Drew for Kelly Johnson? Stephen Drew, the guy we didn’t sign when he was a free agent? The guy Cashman said will be our new second baseman now that Brian Roberts has been DFA-ed? The guy who’s played shortstop exclusively for his entire career? Haven’t we learned anything about people playing out of position and it never works? I just don’t get it.

And then there are the assorted others who seem to have joined the team. I have no real opinion about either Martin Prado or  Esmil Rogers. Never heard of them, but if Cashman says they’ll help the cause, fine. They just aren’t the help I was banking on. Not when the Orioles, Tigers and A’s, in particular, have really bolstered their respective rosters. We look like we’re treading water by comparison, and maybe that’s the plan. Just tread water until next season.

Meanwhile, we move into a weekend series against the Red Sox without Lester and Lackey. Weird, isn’t it?

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A Janer, People! (With a P.S.)

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

LaughingWomanWhen was the last time the Yankees scored 10 runs? Not lately, that’s for sure. Way more fun than watching them try to scratch out one or two and look lame doing it. I thought tonight’s game was headed for another 2-1 score, but then the Rangers showed why they’re in last place and we showed we still have a pulse.

Except….our bullpen absolutely sucked. Just sucked. Are they tired because it’s the second half of the season? Are the arms that were so effective – Warren, Bettances, Robertson, the cream of our crop – about to fall off? Seriously, I’ve never seen such a collective meltdown and Bettances, in particular, hasn’t been his All-Star self since, well, the All-Star break. If they’d thrown away that game I would have had smoke coming out of my ears. But thanks to Beltre, we ended up winning. Who needed such a tense ending? I didn’t.

As of this writing, Jon Lester seems to have been traded. By the time I wake up tomorrow morning I’ll know where he landed. The Dodgers? The Marlins? The Cardinals? The Mariners? If it’s the Mariners, I kind of might be sick. About as sick as I feel having to watch a Tuesday night game on Fox. What’s that about? It’s bad enough that they have Saturdays.

 

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I Must Have Put a Jinx on the Yankees

Monday, July 28th, 2014

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Right after I wrote the last post about how they were winning, they started losing. The series against the Blue Jays did not go according to plan, especially in yesterday’s game. I get that McCann is a catcher, not a first baseman, and that Roberts isn’t the greatest second baseman to ever play baseball and that pitchers, even relievers as successful as Bettances and Robertson have been, give up the ghost on occasion. But…..sloppy, sloppy, sloppy.

And then there’s the lack of offense. The bats did try to keep pace with the Jays, but where are the runs? We need a blowout one of these days, a laugher. There’s a lot of pressure always having to battle it out in 2-1 and 3-2 games. How about a 10-0 score for a change?

That would take a lineup of power hitters, I know, and we don’t have them. Still, if Beltran can get back into the outfield maybe we can sign a true DH/slugger type. (No, not Ryan Howard.) And maybe we could call up some kid with experience at first base if Teixeira continues to be injury prone. And maybe another arm in the rotation that’s not Chris Capuano (is that his name)? He had a nice outing but he’s not the answer.

So what will the trade deadline bring? Anything? I’m thinking the answer is yes. We’re too close to the finish line to give up now.

 

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What’s With All This Winning?

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

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I wasn’t jumping for joy when I heard the Yankees traded for Headley earlier in the week, but I must admit that ever since he had his star turn in the extra inning walk-off win, I’m wondering if he’s our lucky charm. From the minute he was inserted in the lineup (sorry, Solarte and Wheeler), it’s been a good run for the boys. Now they’ve had a nice stretch (not counting the game with all the errors) against the Reds, Rangers and, last night, Blue Jays. And last night they actually scored six runs! Not a 10-run Janer by any means, but it wasn’t their usual two or three either. Yes, the Rangers are a bad team, and yes, we always beat Mark Buehrle. Even Ichiro, who’s been stone cold, got into the act with a homer in that one.

I guess what I’m saying is that with a couple of additional tweaks to the roster – another hitter and one more starter – and some mediocre play by our rivals for the wild card and the division races, we might actually hang in. Fun!

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The Sweep Was Sweet

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Broom_icon.svg[4]And unexpected. The Reds came into the Stadium having played well, so I hoped for the best from the Yankees but…well, I certainly was surprised by the sweep. Dare I say that Phelps has grown into the job and is looking less like a mere fill-in and more like a guy who can stay in the rotation for awhile? And dare I say that McCarthy may have been a good pickup after all, though two starts aren’t much of a sample size? And dare I say that Kuroda has gas left in the tank despite not getting the win?

The Yankees’ infield defense (I’m looking at you, Brian Roberts) is still suspect and needs tightening up. But maybe, just maybe, the offense is coming around. It’ll never be a Bronx Bombers type offense and I miss that, but Ellsbury continues to impress and Jeter seems renewed and Beltran and McCann have been contributing more.

Bottom line: it’s more fun to watch games when the Yankees win than when they lose so I hope they keep this trend up. Whether they have a legitimate shot to make it into the postseason, as opposed to turning 2014 simply into a farewell tour for Jeter, is still an open question.

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