Posts Tagged ‘CC Sabathia’

That Series Was Huuuuuge

Monday, September 21st, 2015


If you had told me that CC would still be on the mound throwing his 100th+ pitch in tonight’s finale against the Mets, I would have said, “No way.” Judging by the first inning, I figured he’d be gone by the third and the Yankees would be scrounging for relievers to finish the game. But not only did CC steady himself, he kept the Mets totally in check, saved the over-taxed bullpen and delivered an enormous win. With the Jays losing again to the Red Sox (thank you, Boston), the Yanks drew within 2 1/2 games heading into the all-important series in Toronto.

Unfortunately, there was also Tanaka news: bad Tanaka news. What is it with these starting pitchers when they play in National League ballparks? The second they have a bat in their hands instead of a ball and a glove, they think they have to be Rickey Henderson. Tanaka was trying to beat out a bunt on Friday night when he strained his hamstring. Even so, he went on to pitch several more innings before coming out of the game and getting an MRI. So now he’s out with a grade 1 strain and Nova – the same Nova who was banished to the pen for his stinko pitching – will get the start against the Jays on Wednesday instead. *Shivers* I only hope Tanaka will be OK for his next start.

In better news, Ellsbury seems to be coming around. He certainly contributed with his speed, which has to be a confidence boost for him. And how about Ackley? The guy is hitting, and we need hitting. And speaking of hitting, my guy, Bird, had another homer, giving us a Janer. I hope he doesn’t turn out to be a one-season wonder like Kevin Maas or Shane Spencer.

So having won another series, the Yankees head to Toronto for the biggest series of the season. It’s make or break time, people. Fingers and toes crossed.


At Least There Was This

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015
Photo: Getty Images/Al Bello

Photo: Getty Images/Al Bello

It was great seeing the old gang at the Stadium over the weekend, first for the retiring of Posada’s number, then the same for Pettitte today. They all looked great and I couldn’t help wishing they were still playing – particularly after today’s finale against the Indians. What is it with the Yankees and Indians? Are the dreaded midges still haunting the team? It sure seemed like it over the four-game series and even during the recent series in Cleveland. Aside from the one victory on Saturday, it was nothing but frustration and ineptitude.

And now there’s CC’s knee. Will he come back this season or any season? Does a stint on the DL do the trick and he returns refreshed and ready to pitch? Or will he concede that the knee is a chronic problem and retire? It’s all very sad to me because he’s been a warrior for the Yanks on and off the field.

With Pineda scheduled to pitch in the series against Houston and the addition of Severino, CC’s injury is easier to swallow. I still wish Cashman had gotten us a reliable arm at the trade deadline, but that’s old news. What’s also old news is that all the teams in the AL East have problems, even Toronto, and no one is running away with the division title so far. Which means all the Yankees have to do is play consistent baseball. Getting Teixeira off the DL would help. So would getting Ellsbury to go on a tear. So would waving a magic wand and making Stephen Drew turn into Babe Ruth.

Time will tell……


CC Comes Roaring Back

Friday, August 7th, 2015


I was switching back and forth last night between the finale of Yankees-Red Sox and the Republican debates (I’m a political junkie in case no one figured that out by now), but I did catch a lot of the game. CC looked fired up (thanks to the home plate ump), threw with conviction and resembled his old self. I hope it wasn’t a fluke.

Ellsbury, too, came out of his slump and delivered. And I have to say that Didi has not only shown terrific defense (what an arm!) but improved so much at the plate.

Overall, it was a good series win, despite the Red Sox’s limitations this season. The first game was another offensive juggernaut with a good performance by Tanaka. Severino, the much-heralded rookie I was looking forward to seeing, lived up to expectations for the most part but was bested by Boston’s talented knuckleballer. I wish the Yankees had gone back and watched video of how their teammates handled Wakefield back in the day, but they seemed completely at a loss. And then came last night.

It’s heartening to keep winning series and I just hope the trend continues right into the fall. How cool would that be?



I’m Amazed What a Great Year Tex Is Having

Sunday, July 19th, 2015


He just keeps coming through with the big hits/homers, doesn’t he? No matter which team we’re playing or which pitcher he’s facing, he’s right in the middle of the action, either giving the Yankees some insurance or actually winning the ballgame. I assumed he’d continue to decline with age and injury, but he sure has proven me wrong. He’s looking like the 2009 version, the guy who hit for power and played a terrific first base and helped the Yanks win a championship.

Against the Mariners this weekend, there weren’t a lot of runs, but in two out of the three games the runs came when it counted and the pitching was terrific. Today CC actually out-dueled King Felix, speaking of looking like the 2009 version. I was happy for him even though he didn’t get the decision. Tanaka, too, seemed to have improved over his last start. Only Pineda was a bit wobbly and allowed Cano to have a little fun at the Stadium.

Right now the team is firing on all cylinders, and keeping the rest of the division at bay. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when the O’s come to town on Tuesday for that series. They always scare me.


Welcome Back, Nova!

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
(courtesy: Russ and Daughters)

(courtesy: Russ and Daughters)

It seemed fitting to bring back the pic of the nova, bagels and cream cheese with the return today of Ivan Nova after his TJ surgery and rehab. What a shot in the arm for the Yankees, speaking of arms. He pitched great, as opposed to Tanaka and CC, who were awful against the Phillies, and if he can keep it up, the rotation will have a terrific “new” starter.

I really don’t know what to write about CC at this point except that he keeps saying after losses that his stuff was good, that he felt good, that he’s learning how to pitch without the big velocity, that he’s…..Well, it goes on and on. What he doesn’t say is that he’s not fooling hitters, and it’s hurting the team. Does he deserve to stay in the rotation? Of course. He’s earned his place. But someone needs to work with him on his mechanics. Someone needs to help him make adjustments. Someone needs to show him how to be a different pitcher. Maybe Andy Pettitte should sign up for a stint as CC’s personal pitching mentor.

On to the surprising Houston Astros. Who would ever have picked them for a first place team? Not me. I hope we can rise to the occasion.



The Big Guy Isn’t Pitching Big

Thursday, May 7th, 2015


He wasn’t bad last night in the finale against Toronto and the offense didn’t help much, but he hasn’t won a game yet in 2015 and he’s just not dominating hitters the way he used to. He knows he has to “pitch” more than throw heat now that he’s got a bum knee and isn’t a young stud anymore, but it hasn’t come together for him yet. The question is will it? The Yankees can’t afford to lose every time he’s out there. He needs a confidence booster – one of those games where the offense goes on a tear (a Janer would work) – and then maybe he’ll get on track.

Meanwhile, the Yankees lost the series with Toronto and last night was particularly irritating because we always beat Mark Buerhle, who must have been overjoyed that we didn’t hand him another “L.”

Next up is four games at home against Baltimore – never an easy task. I wish Pineda could pitch every game at this point, but mostly I wish we could bring the 2009 CC back. Sigh.


Praying Didn’t Work, Yankees

Sunday, May 4th, 2014
Howard Simmons/New York Daily News

Howard Simmons/New York Daily News

I was really hoping the Yankees would have a good series against the Rays since it was my birthday weekend, but except for Tanaka’s game it was a disappointment.

CC…..What’s up with him?

Kuroda….Is he burned out?

Robertson….Blown save?

Jeter….Yes, he feels good, but he needs to hit the ball.

The hitters will hit, I’m sure, but the starting pitching? It’s a huge concern right now, which proves you can never have enough. I went into the season thinking we were solid, but suddenly there was no Nova, no Pineda and mediocre outings from CC and Kuroda. So we’re left with Phelps, Nuno and (gulp) Aceves, along with Tanaka, our new ace. Sure wish we had another arm to count on because right now this team is limping along.



The Return of Cano

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

cano mariners

The day started off great after I watched last night’s clip of Cano on the “Tonight Show.” So funny.

But tonight’s game? Not so funny. The conditions looked dreadful – I can’t imagine sitting there in the cold and rain, ugh – and the booing for Cano was embarrassing. At least to me. I get that the fans are mad at him for taking Seattle’s money and spurning the Yankees’ offer, but come on. He was a terrific player when he was in New York and deserved some thanks for that.

Meanwhile, the game was as awful as the weather. CC started out strong, but unraveled in the fifth inning. Isn’t our ace supposed to avoid big innings and bear down when the going gets tough? I wasn’t happy.

As for the offense, it was heartening to see Tex with the home run swing again, but I missed Ellsbury in the lineup and hope his hand is OK. (Pineda’s latest injury is just plain depressing.) Also, am I the only one who’s wondering where the power hitting McCann is? Maybe he’s pressing, trying to focus on his catching, but we could use a little more pop from him at the plate.

The Yankees did mount a comeback attempt in the ninth against Rodney, but ultimately they fell short (Beltran’s called third strike was painful). As Bob Costas said on MLBN, the end was “merciful.”





I Was Hoping for 100 Runs

Thursday, April 24th, 2014


But I’ll gladly take the 14 the Yankees scored tonight. What a weird, sloppy game by the Sox. Not that the Yanks didn’t commit their share of blunders. Shane Greene, for example, made an inauspicious major league debut out of the bullpen.

Photo: Elsa/Getty Images North America

Photo: Elsa/Getty Images North America

The hit parade was fun though and it diminished the aftertaste of last night’s pine tar issue and Lackay’s shutdown of the offense. So did CC’s stellar outing and Mike Carp’s, um, good sportsmanship. Oh, and hearing David Cone, Al Leiter and Michael Kay discuss the story lines and characters of “General Hospital” was priceless.

The downside was the interminable length of the game. Baseball should not last four hours unless there are extra innings involved. I found myself muttering, “Just let this be over already.”



A Janer!

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

LaughingWomanYup, the laughing lady is back thanks to the Yankees’ thrashing of David Price and the Rays tonight. Talk about an offensive blitz. Ellsbury had another spectacular game. Roberts got back in the action in a big way. And Solarte hit his first homer (sweet).

CC held the Rays totally in check, and he and his defense pulled off a stunning triple play. Lots of web gems in this one, including poor Beltran’s tumble over the cockamamee wall at Tropicana Field.

I was amazed that he didn’t get hurt, although I’d be surprised if he doesn’t sit out tomorrow night’s game. I mean he’s got to be sore. I’m sore just from watching him.

I have to say I enjoy being in first place even if it’s only April.