Posts Tagged ‘Angels’

You Mean We Can’t Win Every Game Now?

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

LaughingWomanI knew the streak had to come to an end at some point, but I was hoping for a four-game sweep of the Angels. Hughes wasn’t bad at all, so that wasn’t the problem. C.J. Wilson was. He’s tough, no question, and I wish Cashman had signed him when he was a free agent. The Yanks did have scoring chances from what I saw as I watched off and on throughout the afternoon, and they did stage a ninth inning comeback. But thanks to a massive fail by Boone Logan and an out-of-nowhere offensive burst from the little known former Yankee, Chris Nelson, the deficit was too great to overcome.

Oh well. Now it’s on to Boston where it won’t get any easier. I’d say this is a do-or-die series at Fenway this weekend. If we take the series, there’s still a fighting chance for us. If we drop the series or, worse, get swept, it’ll be see you next year.

Maybe.

 

 

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An Even Better Janer, Thanks To Him

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
Photo: nypost.com

Photo: nypost.com

Soriano was pure magic tonight in the Yankees’ second blowout in a row. My dearly departed grandmother could have hit some of Jered Weaver’s fat pitches into the seats, but Soriano did it at just the right moments and with great style. I agree with the fan above: Welcome Back, Sori.

Oh, those precious runs, one after the other. When was the last time the offense overshadowed a starting pitcher’s performance? Nova wasn’t un-hittable by any means, but he kept the Angels from scoring more than a couple of times. I’ve gotten to the point where I really look forward to the games he pitches, almost as much as I look forward to Kuroda’s outings.

Can this team keep it up? Who knows, but this little streak has been a lot of fun and has made me love watching again.

 

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An Actual Janer!

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

LaughingWomanAre the Angels the new Twins? All I know is I wish the Yankees could face their pitching every day of the week, because the offense exploded tonight and it doesn’t happen very often. It was especially satisfying to see Soriano give us the homers he was brought to the team to deliver. Nunez, too, had a good night at the plate, although his error-plagued defense continued. CC finally got a win, but what was up with all the walks? At least he wasn’t pounded, I guess. And poor Bettances didn’t make much of a first impression, having to be bailed out by Joba, the mop up guy.

Anyhow, it was fun to have the Yanks scoring all those runs, not to mention win their third game in a row. Is this what is known as a second half streak? I hope so.

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Maybe The Angels Should Have Brought Him

Monday, August 12th, 2013

rally monkey

They almost came back in the ninth, and it would have been a kick in the teeth if they’d rallied, especially since Kuroda was so damn good yet again. (Cy Young Award? I’d vote for him in a heartbeat.) But Robertson, after doing his usual scary reliever thing with the crowd cheering “We want Mo!,” clipped the Angels’ wings. Whew.

Very nice to see Granderson get his power swing back with that homer. And Gardner continues to be an RBI star this season. I’ve been trying not to mention A-Rod, because his presence bothers me, but he seems to figure into every game since he came back, for better or worse, and his caught stealing blunder was weird even for him. Talk about a deer in the headlights.

The Angels aren’t the Angels of old, those tormentors who beat us time after time in painful ways. And I wish this Yankees team had the offense of old instead of having to eek out every little run. But that’s the situation and a win is a win, and I’ll take it gladly.

 

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That Was Just Insane But I’ll Take It

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

The bottom of the ninth was all about bloops – broken bat singles, bloop singles, dunkers, rollers and that ball that Vernon “Molasses” Wells couldn’t get to. (I know, he was trying to keep the ball in front of him, but still.) I blame Suzyn Waldman for almost jinxing the game into the loss column. I’d been watching on TV but switched to WCBS for the ninth as I was getting ready to leave the house.

“Oh, John,” said Suzyn. “That long plane ride home is gonna be so much better after this one.”

She was referring, of course, to the fact that the Yankees owned a 6-0 lead with CC going for a complete game shutout. And then all hell broke loose. CC lost it. Girardi brought in Robertson, who was too high-wire even for Joe, who then brought in Mo to close the door on the Angels once and for all. But then came the various bloops. Suddenly, the score was 6-5 and I wasn’t going anywhere. I turned the TV back on and gulped as I watched Pujols step up to the plate. Could the Yanks really lose this? Could Mo really blow it? Would the losing streak continue?

No, no and no.

I guess the important thing is they won the game, but I didn’t feel great about it.

I hope the off day tomorrow gives all the players a chance to decompress. I know I will. Then comes the series with the Dodgers, which I’m looking forward to. My friends here are Dodgers fans so I’ve gotten familiar with a lot of their guys and it’s always nice to see Donnie Baseball even if it’s in another uniform.

 

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And Another One Bites The Dust

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

I wish I could think of something cheery to write about tonight’s loss to the Angels, but it looked very much like the other games in this losing streak: not enough offense. The only difference was losing Tex too, but then we never really had him. He came off the DL and wasn’t much help in the RBI department. Thankfully, the Yankees held onto Overbay.

Will we ever win another game? Of course. Maybe even tomorrow. What’s changed for me is I’m starting to want A-Rod back. Couldn’t hurt.

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Oy

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Photo: Suzy Lahitte

No, that’s not a pic of Reid Brignac and David Adams, but it might as well be. When the ball dropped between them, it was more of an embarrassment than a game-changer and illustrated what happens when you play a guy out of his normal position. With Nix at third, Adams was relegated to second to give Cano a half-night off. Fail.

But there was plenty of blame to go around – from the inability to score with runners on base to Pettitte’s less than stellar outing to Gardner’s base running blunder.

This is a team in search of something. Is it talent? Luck? Leadership? All three?

I’m just glad I didn’t drive down to Anaheim to see tonight’s loss. Watching it on the Angels TV feed was tough enough.

 

 

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Hughes To The Rescue?

Friday, April 5th, 2013

You know the Yankees are desperate when they decide to pull Hughes off the DL and have him start in Detroit tomorrow. We’ve got a thin rotation and a thin bullpen for long relief, so I guess it was the only solution. Maybe he’ll give us innings – quality innings – but I sure hope he doesn’t re-injure himself.

Speaking of injuries, I didn’t watch today’s game – Michael watched it for me – but I heard it was another ugly one. I couldn’t believe Nunez joined The Walking Wounded Club, but it sounds like he’ll be OK. Even more serious was Nova, who picked up where he left off last year. He didn’t unravel A.J. style, but he just couldn’t pitch economically. It’s been suggested that he go down to the minors and figure things out. Fine, so who takes his place in the rotation?

And then there was the lack of offense. Yes, Youkilis was the homer guy this time, but we need more than the occasional shot from one or two guys. We need to put together a bunch of runs, and we haven’t seen that from this crew.

Much more interesting on the MLB Network was the Angels-Texas game, which I did take a peek at. Yikes, those Rangers fans sure don’t like Josh Hamilton. I admit I laughed when I saw them holding the newspapers. Pretty funny, although I doubt Hamilton thought so.

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Win Or Lose, Granderson Was Amazing (With Update)

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

What a show he put on. It wasn’t enough that he made two spectacular defensive plays; he also hit a homer and worked a terrific at bat in the ninth to give us hopes for a comeback. Talk about a complete package.

Yeah, the Yankees’ comeback fell short today, but the way Nova was pitching (ugh) the boys still made it a contest. And winning two out of three against the Angels isn’t chopped liver.

There was a little bit of everything to like in this one – from good glove work to power offense against Weaver – but our pitching in general was off. And despite the couple of occasions when Chad Qualls has helped us out, I think I’d like his stint with the Yanks to be over. Like now.

Good job, Yankees, even in defeat, and I don’t often say that.

Update: Here’s a pic of our Friends of the Blog, Peggy and Audrey, at the game. Love bringing great fans (and, more importantly, great people) together.

 

 

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Here’s What I Loved About Today’s Game

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

In no particular order:

  • Today’s heroes were different than yesterday’s heroes.
  • Robinson Cano is hitting with runners in scoring position.
  • Curtis Granderson is a home run masher, no matter what he says.
  • Sweaty Freddy sweat a lot, but he gave us more innings than I expected – again.
  • Cody Eppley isn’t a fluke.
  • Rafael Soriano has more than proven his worth to the Yankees (thank you, Hal).
  • We beat the Angels, one of my favorite teams to beat.
  • Nobody got hurt.
  • The laughing lady deserves to laugh..

 

 

 

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