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.

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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.

 

Rain-Out Recap

Anytime the Yankees scheduled game gets postponed, I will give a quick recap of the recent games and also the upcoming games.

Tonight’s final game of the series against the Boston Red Sox was postponed at around noon due to the terrible forecast. Perhaps this is for the best for New York, as they leave Boston in fashion, after scoring 2 touchdowns in a comeback win. The Yankees have, as Bobby Valentine said, put the Sox at rock bottom.

The starting pitching, with the exception of Ivan Nova , has been terrible. And yet the Bombers are in first place in the division, and things can only really get better from here. There have been some painfull losses, but the team has never let those losses carry over to the next day.

Up next the Yankees will play the reigning two-time AL Champion Texas Rangers. It should be a tough series, but it should also be a good measuring stick to where the team is at.

An Instant Classic

After 6 innings of unwatchable baseball, I was tired of seeing my beloved Yankees being crushed by the Red Sox, I thought it was a good time to go eat dinner.  I’m currently in Ithaca, New York visiting my future school, Ithaca College (Also the Bombers!). So my dad and I went to Gino’s Pizza, it was quite good.  But something wasn’t right.  At the end of every Yankees game I get a text message with the final score, and I still hadn’t got that message (It had been almost 2 hours from the end of the sixth inning).  So I asked my dad to check the score, and when he told me it was 15-9, I was almost sure he was joking, but when he showed me the screen, my disbelief turned into joy.  14 runs in two innings brought the Bombers all the way back from a 9-1 deficit after 6 innings.

NICK SWISHER:  This guy never ceases to amaze me.  He went over the green monster to hit a grand slam, and then crushed a 2-run double off the center field wall, and then proceeded to be a gorilla at second base.  It’s awesome to see somebody show that emotion, to show how much it really means to him. After the game, Swisher said,”I’m just having fun man.” Please continue to do so Nick.

MARK TEXEIRA: Slow starter? He may have had slow starts the past few years, but after homering from each side of the plate, and driving in 6 runs, I think those comments will keep quiet for a while.  Perhaps the most incredible thing, he hit a homerun over the green monster, batting LEFT-HANDED.  I really cant remember the last time he hit the ball the other way from the left side.

Everybody Else:  Good job getting on base guys.

Bullpen: Once again the Yankees bullpen did the job, going 7 and 1/3 innings, giving up 4 runs.  Phelps proved he was human, but he still gave the Yankees 4 valuable innings, and he works fast, which I love.

Get Him Out: Those are the thoughts of Yankee fans when Freddy Garcia is out there, and I think its time a change was made in the starting rotation. Phelps would be the obvious choice.

How It Felt: This game is the of the season that really got me excited.  Coming back from a 9 run deficit against the Red Sox? We may never see anything like this ever again.

Up Next: The Yankees look to completely destroy the minds of Boston, by sweeping the three game set.  Nobody better to do so than CC Sabathia.

One More Thought: Umm…..HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!

A Rivalry Renewed

Heading into the first of 18 games against the Boston Red Sox,  not many would have predicted that Ivan Nova would be the perfect guy to start the series opener.  Once again, Ivan Nova proved everybody wrong.  He threw 6 solid innings of 2 run baseball, and led the Yankees to their most gratifying win thus far. The Yankees defeated the rival Red Sox fairly handily, by a score of 6-2.  It’s good to get the first win against the Sox this early in the season, so we don’t have to hear about how the Yankees “Can’t beat the Sox”.

SuperNova: As stated earlier, Nova pitched well.  He gave up 7 hits, but walked none, and did a great job of attacking the strike zone.  He goes to 3-0 on the season, and has been by far the best Yankee starter so far.  After being sent down last summer, Nova has not lost a game.  Yes, NONE.

Fenway Kind: After the impressive pre-game ceremonies for the 100th anniversary, the dimensions proved kind to the Yankee hitters.  They hit 5 homeruns, the most in a single game by the team this year. 2 for Eric Chavez, and 1 for A-Rod, Nick Swisher, and Russel Martin. Over the years, the Yankees have abused the green monster, and have a very high runs-per-game average at Fenway.

How It Feels: Beating the Red Sox is like nothing else.  Yankees fans cannot deny how much we need the Red Sox.  We hate them, but what would we do without them? We would have no rival, nobody to hate, to compete against.  For myself, I am always extremely nervous.  I would be lieing if I said I wasn’t scared.  When we lose, nothing hurts more.  But when we win, words cannot describe how happy I am.

Look Ahead: In game two of the three game set, the Yankees send unsteady Freddy to the mound.  The offense will once again need to pick up their starting pitcher.

 

Nothing Could Be Grander

The Grandy man, Curtis Granderson, had one the greatest games of his career Thursday night. For the first time in his career, he hit 3 homeruns in a single game.  A solo shot in the first, a 2 run bomb in the second, and another solo blast in the fourth.  He also had 5 hits for only the third time in his career, improving his season average by 75 points.  He led the Yankees to a 7-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins, earning a split series.

More Boo’s For Hughes: Yes, it’s true that Phil Hughes had his best stuff tonight, but that doesn’t mean he pitched well.  It will go down as a win for the 25 year old starter, but he olny managed to go 5 1/3 innings, giving up 6 runs(2 earned).  You really have to wonder how much longer excuses will be made about Hughes…

Bullpen Continues To Shine: With each of the 5 Yankee starters with ERA’s over 4, you might wonder how the Yankees have managed to win 7 games.  Well, once again the bullpen shut the opponent down. Rafael Soriano struck out the side, David Robertson worked into and out of trouble, and Mariano Rivera was impressive, retiring the heart of the Twins order to close the game.

Look Ahead: New York now travels to Boston to play the Rival Red Sox, as they celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park.  Ivan Nova, the best starting pitcher the Yankees have had thus far, will take the mound against Clay Buckholtz of the Red Sox.

Question Of The Day: Where would the Yankees be without their bullpen?

Another Dissapointing Loss

Robinson Cano was one of the few highlights from tonights game.

 A split series with the now 4-8 Minnesota Twins is all the Yankees can now hope for. There are many words that could describe Yankees fans feelings right now, but none would hit home more than dissapointing.   With a  tough stretch of games upcoming, the Yankees targeted this series as a good opportunity to get rolling, but the Twins had other plans.  The night ended on a towering fly ball from Mark Texeira that was about 10 feet short of a homerun.  Hiroki Kuroda was anything but good, allowing 6 runs in 4+ innings.  The bullpen proved strong once again, but the bats just did not have anything in them.  Kuroda, who pitched fabulously in his last start, falls to (1-2) on the year.  So far its been hit or miss for Hiroki. 

The Captain  Continues: Derek Jeter is on fire to begin his 2012 campaign, and he continued that with his 3-5 night.  He had two singles, and another homerun to right center field to make it a 6-5 game.  Worn out? Too old? No range? He has everybody thinking otherwise. Boone Logan Impressive:The lefty was very effective tonight, including striking out 4 straight batters at one point. 

Cano Back On Track: The much talked about slow start by Cano is being way overdone.  This guy is the best hitter on our team,(Besides Jeter at the moment) and has actually looked pretty good at the plate, he’s just not getting the breaks.  He went 2-4 including his first homerun of the year. Many more to come. 

Look Ahead: The Bombers finish their four game set with the Twinkies tomorrow, as they’ll send Phil Hughes to the mound.  Lets hope he can simply keep the Yankees in the game during his time on the mound.  And hopefully he doesn’t get to many 0-2 counts, because he can’t put away hitters.