Posts Tagged ‘Twins’

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

CC wins

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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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Breathing Room

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Thanks to the O’s dropping the nightcap of their double header and the Yankees’ win over the Twins, we have a tiny bit more daylight between the teams. Why did we win? It was a simple equation:

Andy + 4 homers.

Our relievers (not Joba) ruined the shutout, but I won’t be greedy. If Girardi wants to use Cory Wade and Justin Thomas to save some arms, fine with me. But Robertson needs to get good and sharp for October. And it would be really nice if the heart of the lineup (A-Rod, Cano) hit bombs instead of just the back-end guys.

Most of all, how lucky are we to have Andy back? I still can’t believe he’s been able to slide right into the rotation with hardly a blip. May it continue.

 

 

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Still #1

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

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I missed the first few innings today while at a screening for “Trouble With the Curve” (see the Mainly Jane blog), but when I joined the game in the 5th inning or so, Kuroda was already on his way out. Not a good outing for him. I hope he’s not in the dreaded “dead arm” phase of the season.

I could harp on Eduardo Scissorhands – two errors, seriously – but what’s the point. I just wish Jeter could play shortstop from now on.

John Sterling drove me nuts with that call in the bottom of the 9th on A-Rod’s fly ball to the wall. “It is high, it is far, it is….caught.” He totally made me think the Yankees had tied the game, and I was so disappointed when he said the word “caught.” Ugh.

But thanks to the Red Sox, the Yanks go to Minny clinging to the division lead. It’s nail biting time, people.

 

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