Showing posts with label tough game to lose. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tough game to lose. Show all posts

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Chicago Blues

After winning 11 out of 13 coming into the White Sox series; the Yankees were riding high with a slightly comfortable lead in the division. Now after 3 embarrassing losses influenced by horrid pitching and fielding.

We haven't beat Boston all year and playing dismally before an upcoming series with them is not a good game-plan. Now the Yankees only stand a half game up in the division and have another game vs the White Sox tomorrow. Hopefully C.C. will pitch like the monster that he is. He is facing the scruffy trap sliding Mark Burhule, who recently threw a perfect game.

After that a 2 game stint in Canada against the Jays and then we take on the Bo Sox at home.

Sorry for the lack of posts I have been a little busy but now I am back.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Yankees Lose

Its like I said yesterday, the Yankees don't play like a normal team. For the first seven or eight innings, this team sleeps. They scatter a handful of hits and hold the other team in check but actually score a couple or runs or shutdown the other team? Nope, not these Yankees.

Joba Chamberlain muddled his way through six innings. He wasn't great but he got by. His control was off and, again, he seemed to be shaking off his catcher a lot. He gave the Yankees a chance to win though. If you're starter goes six innings and gives up only three runs against the Nationals. You should win. Particularly when your bullpen doesn't give up any runs and you're facing a pitcher with an ERA approaching six. Not to mention their bullpen.

However, the Yankees didn't show a single sign of life until the seventh when they nearly scored on a handful of hits. That impossible dream was killed by an incredible catch made to prevent what would have been a sure double by A-Rod. I know all about the Fucking Fallacy of the Goddamned Preditermined Outcome (FFOFGPO) but its easy to imagine them scoring a couple runs that inning and going on to win the game. Then in the bottom of the ninth they showed some signs of life with a leadoff hit, followed by a near walk turned double play from Nick Swisher and a flyout from Matsui.

I really don't feel like getting all that detailed analyzing this game. It was a microsm of the series, or even the whole season. They do nothing for six innings and show to little to late at the end of the game. Had Luis Castillo not misplayed a certain pop fly, they would be looking at three straight series losses against the Red Sox, Mets, and Nationals. It doesn't get much worse than that. Its still early but I'd like to see the Yankees start a turnaround before things start spiraling out of control.

Yankees Lose

It doesn't seem like these Yankees ever really have normal games. Its always either a dramatic comeback win or as painful a loss as they can make it.

Wang pitched fine for once. He kept the Yankees in the game and I assume he will get another start (against the Braves?) but I already adressed Wang's performance. The bullpen also came through big. Phil Hughes continued to establish himself as a reliable bullpen arm with another two shutout innings. In the bullpen he can rely solely on his fastball and curveball rather than being forced to rely on his weaker pitches like his changeup and cutter.

So that's it for the pitching, the real problem was the incredible lack of offense. For the first eight innings nothing happened. Robinson Cano (who may be starting to heat up a bit) hit a solo homer for their only run but besides that they didn't give Yankees fans much to root for, A-Rod got some boos but that's not even notable anymore. Of course, as these Yankees always seem to do. They came alive in the 9th. Johnny Damon led off the inning with a home run to bring the score to 3-2. Thus waking up all of the sleeping Yankee fans at the stadium and nearly inciting a comeback win. Mark Teixeira hit a single with one out and Brett Gardner pinch ran for him. After two stolen bases Gardner ended up on third for Alex Rodriguez with only one out. Instead of getting teh walkoff home run everybody at the stadium was expecting though, he works a walk. Setting up a game ending double play from Robinson Cano.

Another ugly loss but at 1:00 today they have a chance to reverse that. Win today and everybody forgets about it.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Yankees Drop A Tough One

The Yankees dropped a tough one today vs. the Tribe. Pavano pitched well. That about describes the luck the Yankees had. Teixeira, the only one who did damage vs. Pavano, extended his season-high hitting streak to 13 games and had four RBIs. He hit a two-run homer, his 16th, in the 6th.

  • The Indians won for the seventh time in their last 10 home games.
  • Jhonny Peralta won the game with his third career walk-off hit. He had three RBIs against the Yankees after having just one in his seven previous starts.
  • Mark Teixeira had four RBIs, giving him 34 for the month. That's the second most he had in a month in his career (35 in September 2005). His 219 homers in his first seven seasons are tied with Todd Helton, Hank Aaron and Joe DiMaggio for 11th-most.
  • Yankees RHP Joba Chamberlain is scheduled to start Monday night. It would be his first appearance in Cleveland since the 2007 AL division series when he was bombarded by a swarm of bugs.
  • Jeter has batted .397 (25-for-63) during a 14-game hitting streak.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Tough Game

This was the toughest loss all year. The Yankees should have won this game you can blame it on anything; the blunders of Cano and Girardi are just examples. It seems that the Yankees shoul
d have put this game away innings ago. Burney was not seen in the bullpen and there are whisperings that he went back to New York for an MRI. Joba's start should be categorized. as "lucky", he was a wizard with the ground balls (right). It seems the Yankees just scraped by with Joba on the mound. Then the 'pen took over and we should have given them some cushion leaving 15 runners stranded. However we can still take 2/3 from the Sox and I am confident with A.J. taking the mound tomorrow. It will be hard to get the taste of today's hard loss out of our mouths.
Update 11:56: Pete Abe confirms that Burney has been sent back for an MRI. Also Wang was placed on the DL and so was Cody Ransom after a sliding injury (quad).