After the unpleasant beat-down by Phil Hughes and the Twins in Game 1 on Friday night, the Yankees came back and won the next two in Minny over the weekend. Saturday night’s victory was especially stirring with A-Rod’s three homers and the huge homer by Murphy. CC continues not to inspire confidence, at least not mine, but Eovoldi was better today than he has been. (Am I crazy or does he sort of look like Carl Pavano?) And it’s always fun when everybody contributes, including the bottom of the order. There’s a lot of baseball still to play and I’d love to see Cashman join the trade party and get us another starter, but the Yanks are rolling. Whatever they’re doing, I just hope they keep it going.
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The usually formidable Orioles, whose power hitting and fabled defense seemed to have vanished this series at the Stadium (they were foolish to let Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis leave, if you ask me), were reduced to mere mortals by the Yankees. In the first two games, it was a combination of good pitching and timely hits that did the trick. In yesterday’s game, it was pitching plus lots and lots of scoring that did the O’s in.
Yesterday’s hero was Ellsbury. I can’t remember which commenter here mentioned how much he was missed when he was on the DL, but it was true. He’s such a great player when healthy and he demonstrated that yesterday. He really can do it all and he’s fun to watch.
Teixeira and A-Rod continued their torrid hitting and even Stephen Drew, back in the lineup, contributed. Unless the Yankees make a trade, I guess we’re stuck with Drew and Ryan platooning at second base. Girardi likes Drew “because he’s been in a pennant race.” So there’s that. I have a feeling Toronto will go for broke and get a big-time player in a trade, since everybody in our division thinks they have a shot this season, but I wouldn’t mind if we got a power-hitting right fielder since Beltran, sad to say, is a shadow of his former self, and Chris Young is streaky.
Anyhow, sweeping the O’s was big, putting more distance between the Yankees and their second-place rivals. Now it’s the Twins’ turn. The Yanks used to own them, but I take nothing for granted.
The Yankees always seem to rise to the occasion when they’re playing the Twins and the past four games were no exception, not counting yesterday’s loss. (Three out of four was damn good for this team.) In today’s marathon, which should have been a laugher but was made way too close by the bullpen, Jeter and Ellsbury strutted their offensive prowess. But overall in this series, we got just enough pitching and hitting to get the job done.
And what an eventful day it was off the field. The Yankees said goodbye to Soriano, which was necessary but got me choked up nonetheless. I always liked him and he was a big help last season. I’ll remember him fondly as a Yankee through and through and hope he comes to Old Timer’s Day once he officially retires. Bye, Sori. Keep smiling.
While Sori was going, Brandon McCarthy was coming.
(Yes, ESPN has already photo shopped his Diamondbacks pic.)
His stats with Arizona weren’t exactly spectacular, but he’s an upgrade over Vidal Nuno and he should give us innings. And he’s proven that he’s nothing if not gutsy. He was with Oakland when he was hit in the head by a comebacker off the bat of the Angels’ Erick Aybar and suffered a fractured skull. The fact that he’s pitching at all is pretty heroic.
I would hope Cashman still plans to make a deal for another starter (Cliff Lee?).
Meanwhile, I was excited to see that Betances and Tanaka will join Jeter at the All-Star Game. Congratulations to them.
Blown saves are never fun, but I’m glad I missed today’s. I was at a screening and checked the score before I had to turn off my phone. The Yanks were tied with the Twins and our new kid (Chase Whitley) was going toe to toe with our old kid (Phil Hughes). Imagine my surprise when I got out of the theater and saw the score. Ugh.
Yes, even Mo blew saves, but for Robertson to have a complete meltdown – to the point where our offense had no chance to come back – was painful. This was the Twins we were facing, and we lost the series. Very disappointing. Hughes and Nunez must have felt a special satisfaction doing well in the Bronx and good for them, seriously, but the mostly anemic lineup of ours without Beltran and Teixeira is proving tricky.
Maybe Beltran will actually contribute, but I have less hope for Tex, whose wrist is bound to be a chronic issue. The good news is Whitley and the continued effectiveness of Betances and Warren.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again……I miss home runs!
I had guests and didn’t see the game today, only the highlights – or should say low lights? Sounds like it was one of those days when nothing goes right. The Nunez error I get; I did call him Eduardo Scissorhands after all. But Overbay? He’s been terrific. As for CC, I guess it wasn’t his day either.
Not a great way to go into the A-S break, but maybe the Yanks will be fresher after the time off? They couldn’t be much worse. In the past they’ve been a better second-half team, so I hope that holds true this year. The problem is that the players are who they are – i.e. the non-stars are not going to suddenly morph into superstars. But maybe Cashman has something up his sleeve that doesn’t involve somebody who’s been DFA-ed.
The Yanks were due for a loss to the Twins, so this wasn’t a tragedy today. Scoring some runs would have helped, but the bats were mostly silent. At least the sun came out there. I’m still waiting for it here in CT where it’s been a soggy day.
Even in the rain.
I was out last night and only saw the game from the fifth inning on, but Kuroda and the relievers did a great job in tough conditions. It didn’t rain in CT, but it sure looked ugly in the Bronx.
The Yankees seem relieved that Jeter’s quad is “only” a Grade 1 strain, but does anybody think he won’t be put on the DL? And even if he just rests it until after the All-Star break, he’ll still need time to rehab, which he hasn’t been able to do yet. In other words, he won’t be at 100% for a while. Neither will any of the others currently down in the minors working out their injuries, except Pineda. Which leads me to ask, shouldn’t Cashman make a trade or two to bolster the offense if the Yankees really want to make a run at this thing?
I say yes.
The sweep was sweet. I didn’t see the game, as I was enjoying the holiday with my family, but I read enough about it to know that that the offense was there, Phelps bounced back from his disastrous last start and we won again.
Now it’ll get tough again against the O’s. I sure hope there’s a carryover from the series in Minny.
Your starter pitches well (give or take some walks), your star second baseman knocks in big runs and your closer closes. Done. Game over. Another win in Minny.
I like the formula. Of course, I kept wondering why Ron Gardenhire would pitch to Cano. “Don’t let their best player keep beating you.” Isn’t that how managers think? Not Gardenhire, apparently. I guess he figured his starter could handle it. If so, he figured wrong. And big credit to Lyle Overbay for driving in the third run on that sac fly. He’s such a professional hitter.
As the game began, Singleton and Flaherty said our shortstop was someone named Luis Cruiz, who’d been DFA-ed by the Dodgers and was now a Yankee. I get the need for backup with Nix on the DL (I love how the Yankees say they’re “not concerned” about an injury and the next thing you know the player is on the DL, which doesn’t bode well for Kuroda and his hip), but why wouldn’t you keep Gonzalez in the lineup for another night? All he did the night before was be the star of the game. And all Cruz did was make an error. (Maybe he was nervous. Or jet lagged. Or in shock.)
Anyhow, it was a lovely win. Happy 4th, everyone!
No, not the former Attorney General. I mean this guy.
I couldn’t believe it when I heard that Nix was out with a tight hamstring, but Alberto filled in more than admirably, both with the bat and the glove.
And how about Hughes? As I wrote in the last post, it’s fun to play the Twins because the Yankees have an uncanny knack for doing well against them. But all that said, Hughes was good tonight. He looked like he meant business, not nibbling, not going into deep counts, just throwing strikes and getting outs. And I liked how he pitched out of trouble in the fourth, instead of melting down. If only he could pitch that way in the Bronx.
Cano continued his hot streak and he and his teammates gave Hughes nice run support after what started out as a pitcher’s duel. Even David Adams got into the act.
Of course, a win wouldn’t be a win this season without injury news to accompany it – injury news in addition to Nix’s hamstring. No sooner did Mo get the save did we learn that Kuroda had flown to New York for an MRI on his hip. The test may have come back “clean,” but are the Yankees really as unconcerned as they say about one of their aces – an ace who’s no spring chicken and who rarely complains about anything?