Posts Tagged ‘Twins’

Thanks, Minny

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

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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.

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While Sori was going, Brandon McCarthy was coming.

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(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.

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Now That Hurt

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

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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!

 

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Sloppy Joes

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

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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.

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Hughes Will Make A Very Good NL Pitcher

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

lgo_mlb_pittsburgh_piratesNo, I don’t have any breaking news about a trade, but I can see him joining Martin and AJ and doing really well in Pittsburgh, away from the home runs that bedevil him in the Bronx.

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.

 

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And The Dominance Over The Twins Continues….

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Even in the rain.

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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.

 

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The Yanks Celebrated A Happy 4th

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

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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.

 

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The Way It Should Be

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

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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!

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Alberto Gonzalez To The Rescue

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

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No, not the former Attorney General. I mean this guy.

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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?

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Is There Any Way We Could Keep Playing The Twins?

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

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It wasn’t a given that the Yankees would find relief in Minnesota, but it’s happened before and I was very glad it happened again last night. What I wasn’t expecting was that Pettitte would look so off – he’s been our stopper after losing streaks for so long – and not seem to be the Andy of old. Still, he managed to hang in for awhile and pitch well enough not to let the game get away. And he did pass Whitey on the strikeouts list. Very impressive.

With Cano on fire after the trip to Baltimore and Gardner and Zoilo joining the fun, plus some nimble bat work by Ichiro, we ended up with a Janer. It made me smile.

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(We haven’t seen the laughing lady in ages, so I thought I’d put her up there.)

Can we hope for two in a row? That’s exactly what I’m going to do.

 

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Seriously, Joe?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

I try not to second guess Girardi’s bullpen moves even though I think he’s overly devoted to his binder. My feeling is you stop worrying about lefty-righty match-ups if your starter is doing well and his pitch count is manageable, and you let him keep pitching. Especially at this time of year. Starters should be going 100-120 pitches (except Andy). They can rest their arms over the winter.

Tonight felt like an egregious mistake by the Yankees skipper. Hughes was zipping along until the 7th when he loaded the bases. But there were two outs and he was under 100 pitches and he’d handled Denard Span with relative ease earlier in the game. Why pull him for Boone Logan, who’s been iffy lately? And once Logan got into trouble, why leave him in? The camera caught Hughes F-bombing and I don’t blame him.

I was even less happy when the Yanks couldn’t come back and win, given the loss by the O’s. Talk about a missed opportunity. This one hurt.

 

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