Posts Tagged ‘Mariners’

Not Sleepless in Seattle

Friday, June 13th, 2014


Well, that was refreshing – a series sweep against the Mariners that included another spectacular performance by Tanaka, some stress-free closes by Robertson, the resurgence of Jeter both at the plate and on the bases, the continuing brilliant play by Ellsbury and the emergence of Chase Whitley, who went deeper into a game last night and proved he can throw strikes and get guys out. Not bad at all. Even Soriano awoke from his slumber and hit a big double in last night’s game.

Of course I would have preferred that Ellsbury not feel tightness in his hip. Nobody seems too worried about it, but he’s felt it before and I hope it’s not a lingering issue. We need him in the lineup – oh, do we need him. He’s the guy that makes things happen, and while the Yankees offense isn’t exactly reminiscent of the Bronx Bombers, they actually scored six runs last night and he’s always in the mix when we’re talking about scoring runs.

Interesting that Cervelli’s about to return. I’d practically forgotten about him and his great spring. I was happy with Murphy and will be sorry to see him get sent down (or, please no, traded). But if Cervelli can be the spark plug we need, so much the better, I guess. And having Shawn Kelley back soon will give the relievers some rest. What we still need is a long man in the pen to replace Phelps and Nuno now that they’re starters.

On to Oakland, which won’t be easy, and then home to face the sizzling Blue Jays, which definitely won’t be easy.

Meanwhile, the NY Rangers have another elimination game tonight. My stomach’s in a knot already……….



Really, Yankees?

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Broom_icon.svg[4]Yes, it was a rain-shortened series, but come on. It was the Mariners. How do you drop two to them?

I’ll tell you how they lost tonight. Kuroda was mediocre and the offense, except for Ellsbury’s homer, was AWOL. I hate to single anybody out, but I really am eager for McCann to start living up to his reputation. Right now he seems stuck in neutral as a hitter and I hoped he’d provide a lot of pop in the lineup.

But it’s only May 1st. I’ll calm down.



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.”





So Long, Angels

Monday, April 28th, 2014


I always enjoy beating the Angels. Maybe it’s because they’ve given the Yankees so much trouble over the years when guys like Garret Anderson, Howie Kendrick and Chone Figgins drove us mad. Or maybe it’s because Mike Sciosca’s teams are supposed to be the kings of small ball and beat us with their scrappy play.

So it was especially sweet to win this weekend’s series against them, despite the addition of a healthy Pujols and his 500 home runs and despite the endless string of injuries to our players. (Solarte has a sore shoulder? Gardner has a sore foot? Billingsly, who was up in the majors for exactly five minutes, is on the DL already?)

Last night’s game was fun – tense, but fun. Everybody was saying how “off” Tanaka was. Really? I’ll take his “off” any day. True, he actually walked people and hit a batter, but how about all those strikeouts and how he never unravels? I think he’s turning into our ace, I really do, and when he pitches I have so much confidence that we’ll win the game. Of course, we couldn’t hit their flame thrower, but in the end we didn’t have to. We walked and passed-balled our way to enough runs to get it done.

And now we have the red hot Cano to look forward to. He’s been tearing it up for Seattle, so I’m sure he’ll be just as tough against the Yanks. It’ll be great to see him again, if bittersweet.



No Winter Meetings Deals But There’s This

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

cano as mariner

The Mariners unveiled their new promo starring their prize second baseman – and he’s got something he didn’t have as a Yankee: facial hair. Makes me sad.

The fact that Joba is now a Tiger doesn’t; I’m glad for him and hope he does well there, just not against us.

Otherwise, no news in Yankeeville as Cashman heads home after Orlando………


I’ll Miss You, Robbie

Friday, December 6th, 2013
Photo: Ed Szczepanski/USA Today

Photo: Ed Szczepanski/USA Today

What a crazy turnaround. Head-spinning. First the talks with the Mariners blew up when Jay Z upped the ante on them. Then they actually went for it, and pending a physical Cano is now a Mariner. Gulp.

Source: Robinson Cano, M’s agree
By Enrique Rojas |

Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to sign a 10-year, $240-million contract, a source told Friday.

The player and his agents met Thursday night in Seattle with the Mariners’ top executives and the team made an offer he couldn’t refuse, the source added.

The source said Cano will return to Seattle on Sunday and will undergo a physical on Monday to complete what would be the third largest contract in history, tied with the one that Albert Pujols signed with Los Angeles Angels three years ago.

Alex Rodriguez has the top two contracts in baseball history. In the winter of 2007, A-Rod signed a 10-year, $275 million extension with the New York Yankees, replacing the 10-year and $252 million pact that had been stamped with Texas in December 2000 .

I admit I’m glad the Yankees didn’t go for that contract, but I’m sad that for Cano it really was about the money. I wish him well.

P.S. Ditto: Curtis Granderson. According to Joel Sherman at the Post, he’s a Met for four years.




And They’re Streaking

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

(I love that this guy is on the phone while he’s getting tackled.)

The Yankees won the series today by eeking out another close game against the Mariners. It was especially satisfying because it was Phelps versus King Felix and Phelps turned out to be the more kingly of the two. He’s been great his last couple of times out there.

Brett Gardner, always a streaky hitter, is on a hot streak at the moment. And Chris Stewart, after I badmouthed him in a previous post, earned his keep with a big RBI single. Dave Robertson is wearing me out with his Houdini act. Yes, he ended up pitching scoreless baseball, but must he always put men on and then get out of trouble? At least when Mo does it – and he did allow baserunners today – it’s a fluke.

Bottom line: the Yankees are playing to win right now. The Mariners aren’t exactly a powerhouse offensively, but in order to be there in October you have to beat the teams you’re supposed to beat and the Yanks did that in this series. Well done.




A Big Day For The Pettittes

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Photo: Chris Rupp

While Andy was pitching a brilliant game against the Mariners today, his son Josh was getting drafted by the Yankees. How perfect is that? Yes, the Pettittes have agreed that Joshy will go to college instead of playing pro baseball for now, but it’s still cool that father and son could both turn out to be pinstripe-wearers. Now if we could get Mo’s son drafted, it would be even cooler. Too bad Jeter doesn’t have a kid.

I didn’t see the game, but it sounded like things couldn’t have gone better. Even Vernon Wells had a couple of hits, so that was news.

Phelps versus King Felix tomorrow could be a bit more challenging, but baseball is unpredictable.


“And the ball gets away from….”

Friday, June 7th, 2013

I think Ken Singleton said that a zillion times about Chris Stewart during tonight’s loss to the Mariners. Granted the Yankees offense was somehow stymied by the once-competent Jeremy Bonderman and Kuroda had a meltdown in the fourth or fifth inning (can’t remember), but the fact is that Stewart is just not a great catcher. I’d rather have Romine out there.

What is there to say about this game? Not much. Preston Claiborne continued to impress, but the hitters must have eaten too much of Safeco’s famous sushi. (Wells has become the new Ben Francisco.) They looked sluggish and not into it, and neither was I. I went back and forth between the game and the replay of the Nadal-Djokovic semi-final at the French Open. Now that was a match and so much more entertaining.


While You Were Sleeping….

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Photo: Mike Stone/Reuters via

The Good Hughes showed up in Seattle. That’s basically all you need to know.

He was so good that I fell asleep after the Yankees scored their runs on back-t0-back homers by Cano and Tex early on and it looked like we were in control. I’d wake up, check the score, see that the Mariners still hadn’t scored, and go back to my nap.

I love that the Yankees ended up winning, that Hughes pitched well and that the bullpen did its job in the 8th and 9th. Only Youkilis’ error (the ball went right through his legs) provided any tension. Otherwise, it was all Yankees – a nice way to begin the road trip.