Category: Regular Season

Excuses, Excuses

After Phil Hughes went 5 and 2/3 innings, gave up 4 runs, and earned the loss,  Joe Girardi and many others were making excuses about his performance.  Saying things like, “Today was a step forward, he just made a couple mistakes that got hit.” Newsflash- you can’t throw fastball’s straight as an arrow, right down the middle of the plate, and not expect them to be punished.  Everybody is lying to themselves about Hughes, saying he is making strides, but those strides are more like half-baby steps.  When will he be taken out of the rotation? When he’s 2-13? Oh, I forgot to mention the Yankees lost 7-1. Hughes sucks, simple as that.

1-2-3: The Yankees had all of 7 hits off of one the worst starters in baseball, Brian Matusz. The guy hadn’t won a game since June of last year.  All of those hits came from the top of the order.  Jeter went 3-5 and brought his average back above .400.  Curtis Granderson just went about his business like he always does, crushing a home run in the bottom of the first, and adding another hit to go 2-4. Alex Rodriguez was not very impressive, but he placed the ball well. He had one bloop single, and he also bunted for a base hit to lead off the sixth.

Mediocre: It’s really the best way to describe the Yankees season.  They’ll look good for a couple games, and then it falls apart for them in the next couple.  Without the bullpen, Curtis Granderson, and Derek Jeter, our 13-10 record could be a whole lot worse.  It’s the first day of May, and no more excuses can be made about a slow start.  It’s time to play pinstripe baseball.

Look Ahead: Ivan Nova will look to give the Yankees the series win, and keep his consecutive winning-decision streak alive against Jake Arrieta. 7:05 start.

Question Of The Day: Whats more surprising, the Yankees getting shut down by Brian Matusz, or Joe Girardi saying he “liked” the way Hughes pitched?

Kuroda Leads The Way

Up to this point, Hiroki Kuroda has had an up and down season. He will have one good, and then one bad start, but today he pitched a good game for the second staight start.  He threw 7 innings, and gave up only 1 run on 4 hits.  His performance led the stifled Yankees offense to a 2-1 victory.  With all the rotation struggles, Kuroda and CC made things look a whole lot better, by each giving a quality start and giving the Yankees bullpen some much needed rest.

Chavez Goes Deep:Eric Chavez provided all of the offense tonight, when he belted a 2 run home run.  It was his first home run at home as a Yankee, all of his previous home runs were on hit on the road. He’s being given more playing time with the injury to Brett Gardener, and he’s put up respectable numbers.

Pettite Set To “Help”:After a 96 pitch outing at Class A Tampa, Andy Pettite said he feels strong, and is “ready to help” at the big league level.  Phil Hughes is set to start tomorrow, could it be his last?

Look Ahead:  As I stated, Phil Hughes will take the mound tomorrow night, and I already have the feeling he won’t get past the fifth inning.

Question Of The Day: What should the Yankees do with Andy Pettite and the rest of the rotation?

 

A Good Day All Around

CC Sabathia was truly dominant for the first time this season, and that wasn’t the only good news.  He went 8 innings of 2 run ball, and led the Yankees to a 6-2 win.  The win gave the Yankees the series win, taking 2 0f 3 from the high powered Detroit Tigers.  The game was pretty straightforward, but we have many things to talk about.

Milestones: Alex Rodriguez moved into 8th place on the all-time RBI leaders, passing Willie Mays after he drove in two more runners today. He still doesn’t look entirely comfortable at the plate, but he could break out at any moment.  Curtis Granderson also had 2 RBI’s, and recorded the 500th of his career.

Swisher Day-to-Day: Nick Swisher tweaked his hamstring after a walk in the third inning, and an MRI showed a slight strain in his hamstring.  Things could have been much worse, and Swisher is only expected to miss 3-5 games.

Best News Of The Day: After 4 painful starts, Freddy Garcia has been removed from the starting rotation, and will be replaced by David Phelps.  Phelps has been strong in long-relief situations this year, posting a 3.47 ERA and showing the ability to throw strikes with all of his pitches.  Garcia will now go into the bullpen in a long-relief role, which I don’t really understand.  This move makes things even more interesting for when Andy Pettite returns to the Yankees.  He has a minor league start tomorrow, and then he could be promoted to the big club, which would put Phil Hughes job security on high alert.

Look Ahead: The Yankees have a chance to take first place from the surprise Baltimore Orioles, as they face off in a 3 game series.  Hiroki Kuroda will pitch, and he will look to feed off of CC’s great performance.

10 Feet Short

After going only 1 and 2/3 innings against the Tigers, you wouldn’t think Freddy Garcia would be smiling. After giving up 6 runs, Joe Girardi yanked him from the game.  The Yankees would rally, but a fly ball off the bat of Eric Chavez fell about 10 feet short to end the game.  After a comeback victory in game 1 of the series, the Yankees fell to the Tigers by a score of 7-5.

We Have “Confidence”: Those were Joe Girardi’s words before Garcia made this start, but i’m wondering what kind of confidence that is. He’s made 4 starts, and his ERA is above 12, and players are hitting over .400 against him. I have “confidence” that Garcia has no more than 1 start left with the Yankees this year.

The Positives: The Yankees bullpen was forced to pitch great once again, and for yet another game they did.  They pitched 7 and 1/3 innings of 1 run ball. Rapada, Phelps, and even Epply threw well.  Nick Swisher continued his successful April, hitting 2 more home runs, and putting his RBI count up to 23, which is first in the AL. Curtis Granderson proved that he can still hit left-handed pitching, when he belted a solo shot off the player he was traded for, Phil Coke. Granderson has 17 home runs off lefties last year, which was the most in baseball.

Up Next: The Rubber game of the series will send CC Sabathia to the mound, as he’ll face off against Max Sherzer.  It really feels like we need this game to get going in the right direction.

What concerned you guys most about today’s game? I would be happy to have some conversation about it.

There Is No Crying In Baseball

If you thought that the Yankees performance Wednesday night was pathetic, you probably had a good reason to think so.  What was more pathetic, and perhaps more interesting, were two fans at the game.  The Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland threw a ball into the crowd intended for a young boy.  The ball was caught by an elderly man, perhaps in his 50’s, and he gave it to his apparent girlfriend, who looked significantly younger.  The young boy cried for a few minutes because he didn’t get the ball.  The fans next to him were almost mocking the child, by looking and taking pictures of the ball.  The YES commentators rightfully criticized the couple for not giving the boy the ball, and eventually a Rangers player tossed the innocent child a ball.  Rangers fans, so classy.

Bad News Hughes:  Joe Girardi showed his lack of confidence in Phil Hughes, yanking him from the game after only 2 and 2/3 innings.  He gave up  4 runs, and hit two batters.  The Yankees received terrible news that Michael Pineda will be out for the entire season with shoulder surgery, so it looks like only one of the current starters will lose their job.

The Positives: Seems like Derek Jeter always finds a way into my blog.  He extended his hitting streak to 15 games after picking up two more hits.  David Phelps wasn’t great, but he continues to throw strikes, which I love.

Look Ahead: A day off tomorrow, and then the Yankees look to avenge their 2011 playoff exit, as they face off against the Detroit Tigers.  Ivan Nova will start.

It’s All About Yu

Once again the New York Yankees have trouble facing a pitcher they have never seen before.  Nevertheless, it was the young phenom Yu Darvish, who threw a wide array of pitches, and had the Yankees off-balance all night.  Hiroki Kuroda pitched well, going 6 and 2/3 innings, only giving up two runs.  But that was simply not enough, as the Yankees bats were silent all night, going down quietly to the Rangers, 2-0.  With the loss, the Yankees fall to 10-7, and into a four way tie for first place in the AL East.

We Had Chances: By no means did Darvish pitch dominantly, but he when he got into jams, he was able to strike hitters out.  He had 10 strikeouts on the night.  In the top of the third, New York had the bases loaded with nobody out, but Darvish struck out Curtis Granderson on a questionable call, and then Alex Rodriguez grounded meekly into an inning ending double-play.

The Positives: Derek Jeter kept his torrent April going, adding 2 more hits in 4 at bats.  He also increased his hitting streak to 14 games.  Joe Dimaggio here we come?  Robinson Cano also added two hits in the loss.  The pitching from top to bottom was what the Yankees envisioned for the season, but they simply could not come through with the clutch hit.

Look Ahead: The rubber game of the 3 game set is Wednesday night, where the ever unsteady Phil Hughes will take the mound.  Please keep us in the game Hughes.

Yankees Getting On A Roll

Derek Jeter had 4 hits, CC went 8 strong, and A-Rod hit a 3-run home run as the Yankees beat the Texas Rangers by a score of 7-4.  It’s New York’s fourth straight win, their longest winning streak of this young season.  Things may have been a little hard to watch early in the year, but the Yankees are starting to hit their stride as  they took the final game against Minnesota, won both games against Boston, and today they beat a good Texas team rather routinely.

CC Warming Up: After two uncharacteristic starts to start the year, the Yankee ace is starting to pitch like we are you to seeing.  He went 8 innings, and pounded the strike zone.  He gave up 4 runs, but when your team is leading the entire game, you’re going to give up a few runs, because you are supposed to attack the zone.  That is why CC’s ERA has been around 3 the last few years.  It doesn’t mean he’s not pitching as well, it just means he is always playing with the lead.

A-Rod Dominant In Texas: From his playing days as a Ranger to now, A-Rod has always hit well in Arlington.  His 3-run home run ended up being the game winner, and he also added 2 walks.  Great to see A-Rod hitting with power, we need it to continue.

En Fuego: If you thought .382 was a great average for the 37 year old Derek Jeter.  After going 4 for 5 tonight, the captain raised his average to .411.

Look Ahead: The Yankees get their first look at the free-agent phenom, Yu Darvish. For New York, it will be Hiroki Kuroda.