Offense Explodes and Power Surges
Well, it’s not really fair to say that home runs are the Jays’s medicine. After all, the Yankees are the Bronx Bombers. So the Blue Jays lead the Bigs in home runs…big deal. Bautista has 40, when his previous career high was 16. Take away half of Bautista’s homers, because their is no way they are legit, and then the Yanks and Jays are neck-and-neck in the home run count. The Yankees had 5 homers last night. Combine that with solid starting pitching, and you have a win. The Yanks evened the series last night with their 11-5 victory.
Pitching Analysis: Ken Singleton pointed out during the broadcast that Dustin Moseley had alternated wins and losses in all of his Yankee starts. He won his last start, so according to the trend, Moseley was going to lose last night. But after Moseley struckout the steroid monster Bautista to end the 1st inning, I had a feeling the trend would end. And I was right.
Dustin’s game face
Moseley pitched beautifully again last night, tossing 6 innings of 2-run ball. He didn’t allow a home run. The other three Blue Jay runs were given up by Chad Gaudin.
Offensive Analysis: The 11 Yankee runs came mostly off the longball. And it was so fun to watch. Homer after homer, the Yankee attitudes remained the same. Each Yankee who homered rounded the bases in the most modest and classy manner – perfectly Yankee. There was no bat-flipping, staring, trotting, or fist pumping right in the catcher’s face as they crossed the plate (ahem, Jose Bautista). They just put their adorable faces down and ran. God I love these men.
The 3rd inning alone contained 3 of the Yankees’s 5 home runs. First was Mark Teixeira, whose solo home run gave the Yanks a 3-0 lead.
After a Robinson Cano walk, Marcus Thames went deep with a 2-run shot.
And Jorge Posada went back to back with Marcus.
In the 5th, after a Marcus Thames single and an Austin Kearns walk, Curtis Granderson decided it was his turn to go deep. His 3-run shot gave the Yanks a 9-1 lead.
Then, it was the Captain’s turn. It was Jeet’s first home run since….jeez, I don’t even remember! That made it 10-1. And the Yanks went on to win it 11-5.
Overall, it was a great win for the Yankees. They pounded out 11 runs on 17 hits, and got contributions from guys up and down the lineup. The heroes for the victory are the Homer Boys Tex, Thames, Jo-Po, GrandyMan, and Jeet, as well as starter Dustin Moseley.
The Somebody Needs a Hug recipient is Nick Swisher. In the 7th inning last night, Swish fouled a ball off his knee, and he went down. He yelped in pain…which really hurts me. It’s sad to see Nick Swisher not smiling. The part that made me yell, “AWWWW” was when Swish insisted that he stay in the game. But two pitches later in to the at bat, Girardi pulled him. Swish again put up a fight, but it was no use: Girardi won. Then Brett Gardner had to finish the at bat. It was his birthday, and he didn’t even think he was going to play. He didn’t even have his high socks. Brett struckout. I’m sure he, and Swish, were not too thrilled.
Swisher says he is okay. He was his jolly smiley self in his postgame interview. I hope he can play today ♥
Burnett Stinks Again in Yankee Loss
No doubt, last night was extremely frustrating. The Diamondbacks are one of the worst teams in basball, so of course a loss to them is annoying. I adjusted my entire schedule so I would be able to see the whole game: I slept until noon so I could stay up late without an issue – and then I didn’t even want to. The most aggravating thing about the loss was A.J. Burnett. My lord, something must be done with that man. The Yankee lost 10-4, and I knew right away it was going to be a bad night.
Pitching Analysis: I tried to wipe the slate clean and give Burnett a chance last night. He got the first two outs quickly. Then Justin Upton hit a solo home run. Okay, I thought. 1 run isn’t the end of the world, especially since the D-Backs have Rodrigo Lopez on the mound. We can catch up.
I was wrong 😦
After hits my Montero and Young, I was beginning to worry. But still, I thought A.J. would get out of it. Nope. Adam Laroche hit a monster 3-run home run. That’s what I get for being optimistic. But no, A.J. was not done yet. Mark Reynolds’s home run drained the last of my good mood out of me. After 1, the Diamondbacks led 5-0. I was ready to put this one in the “L” column.
Burnett allowed another run in the 3rd, and would have allowed more if not for a gorgeous diving play by Curtis Granderson. After that, I changed the channel whenever I saw A.J.
Yeah it’s hot in Arizona. But I’m not sure how hot you are anymore, A.J.
He finished the night having thrown 4 innings, and allowing 7 runs on 9 hits. His ERA is climbing, and is now at 4.83. A.J. hasn’t won in his last 5 starts. And when he’s on the mound stinking it up, he doesn’t even look like he cares.
Chad Gaudin pitched a scoreless 2 innings. I didn’t really watch him, but I’ll give him credit for pitching well. Once I saw Chan Ho Park, I didn’t even bother watching the rest of the game. I switched over to AMC to give my full attention to the movie I was watching when the Yankees were pitching. I didn’t get to see Park surrender the 3-run homer to Upton, making it 10-3. I was too busy watching Dirty Dancing. It was hot in Arizona last night, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I decided to turn up the heat by watching Patrick Swayze dance. Ow-ow. That made me feel a little better…
Mmmm…I love this movie. It’s so sexy.
Offensive Analysis: Of course, Rodrigo Lopez had to pitch the game of his life last night. The Yankee offense struggled. The first thing I had to cheer about was when Nick Swisher’s triple brought home Brett Gardner.
Oh, Nick…you are always hot 😉
To be honest, I didn’t see any other offense. They scored 3 more runs, but I didn’t bother to watch. But it wasn’t like the bats were hot anyway. The runs came on sac flies and stuff. Yeah that’s not good enough.
Despite the miserable outcome of the game, the Yankees are still in first place – a half a game ahead of the Rays, who are now tied with the Red Sox who cheat at Fenway. It’s getting awfully tight in the AL East. Hopefully, the Yanks can quickly forget this loss, and move on. There is no room for losing streaks. We’ve got to be positive!
Look at it this way: Burnett won’t pitch for another 5 days!
Spring Training has been a blast, but real baseball is right around the corner! I don’t really have a topic for this entry, but I’m too excited not to write. Let’s see…what’s new with me since last time I blogged. I hate this “limiting blogging” thing I’ve been doing lately. Blame calculus and APUSH, please. They have been occupying too much of my valuable time. Also, my brother Bobby turned 18 yesterday! That’s so weird.
Things are changing over there at the Yankees’ camp in Tampa. People have left, some of which won’t be on the team anymore. Like Chad Gaudin. Aw, Chaddy-waddy. For some reason, I really really feel bad about this departure. Chad did everything and anything the Yankees asked of him last season, and he did it well. Because of his icky Spring, with an 8.68 ERA, Chaddy was released. He is now free to sign with any team. He said he was disappointed, but he knew it was bound to happen. Yankee fans will miss you, Chad. Don’t feel shy to use that Key to the City 🙂
I’ll miss you ♥
Also, Jamie Hoffmann, the guy the Yankees got in the Rule 5 draft, was released. I think he’s going back to the Dodgers. This poor cutie really never got a chance. Oh well.
I’m going to miss seeing Jesus Montero, Austin Romine, Reegie Corona (♥), Colin Curtis, and all the other little cuties who were sent back to Minor League Camp. A lot changes during the course of a season; you don’t know which guys you will see again. Especially Minor Leaguers, because a lot of times you don’t even know they got traded.
Speaking of Montero and Romine, that reminds me of Mauer. He’s going to be a Twin for a LONG time, and will earn quite a few bucks doing it thanks to that hefty contract he received. I’m thrilled about this for a number of reasons:
1) First of all, he deserves this. He is the Twins.
2) Mauer is safe from the Red Sox! I was worried that they would sign him after this season!
3) Most importantly, the Yankees won’t have to give up any of their adorable catcher cuties to make room for him. So for now, Cervelli, Montero, and Romine are safe.
I have to admit, I my perception of Jesus Montero is beginning to change. I’m starting to fall for him. He’s adorable. I had it in my mind that I would hate Montero, because he was supposed to be better than Cervelli and I though Cervelli would be traded only to have Montero take his place. But when I actually saw the cutie in action, I changed my mind. He’s friggin’ adorable! And he’s not much older than me…at age 20, he’s just 4 years older than me…
Oh, and Austin Romine is pretty charming as well.
I’ve loved Spring Training so far, but something has beem lacking…and it makes me feel a little bit empty inside…I love the team so much, but I just miss him….
I know he had to go away, but still…I loved Melky and I always will. I wish he was here.
To all the Yankees who are no longer Yankees, this is for you:
I’ll miss you all.
Sergio Mitre and Chad Gaudin
Yankee fans were unsure about these two. Sergio Mitre was coming off Tommy John Surgery, and Chad Gaudin had 10 losses with the Padres before coming to the Yanks. Both faced criticism at times, but in reality, they did their jobs. They pitched when they had to, and threw quality innings. They were no Sabathia, but they were good enough. I miss Sergio (♥) and Chad.
I remember seeing Sergio pitch in his first game as a Yankee. It was against the Orioles. Just something about him…I don’t even know…I just loved him. Like, really. I fell legit in love with him. From the minute I saw him, I was a fan.
I WANT YOU!!!
When I first saw Mitre, my jaw dropped because he was friggin’ sexy. When I first saw Gaudin, my jaw dropped because he was friggin’ terrifying! The first time I saw him was in a picture. And he had the freakiest beard! A GIANT RED COATEE!!!
What a difference between he and Mitre! I couldn’t understand why the Yankees got Gaudin. His record was 5-10 at the time, and his ERA was somewhere around 5. But as it turned out, the Yankees won every game Gaudin started! I grew to love Gaudin. See, when a man becomes a Yankee, and I scan that man over with my eyes, I only see good things. To tell you the truth, Gaudin looked pretty darn good in Yankee pinstripes himself!
There is one day that I will never forget. It was Saturday, August 29th, Yankees vs White Sox. It was Mitre’s turn to pitch, and at this time most people were fed up with Mitre. They were saying how he stank and should be traded, or sent somewhere else. But I always believed in Mitre. No matter what he did the start before, I always had a positive attitude for him in his next start. The 29th was no different. But this time, Mitre was magical. He was right on. Sergio Mitre was pitching a perfect game!!! I was so proud of him. He went 4 and 1/3 innings perfectly. Even though the perfecto was over, Mitre was still dealing. But in the 6th, tragedy struck. Mitre was hit square in the forearm by a line drive, which sent me into hysterics. Girardi then took him out, out of this game. It was the game of his life, ended too soon. The crowed gave him a lovely ovation, and so did I as I held back tears. Mitre belonged.
Chad Gaudin proved to be reliable for the Yankees time and time again. He even made it onto the postseason roster! Imagine how that must have felt: Gaudin, a player not many people knew about with sub-par numbers, joined the Yankees halfway through the season, and was dominant enough to make the postseason roster. Even though he didn’t see much action in the playoffs, Gaudin was important. He was available either to start, or to relief. He was a luxury that the Yankees didn’t need to utilize. But it was nice to have him there, just in case they did.
I miss both these guys. But I don’t think I have to worry about them this offseason anymore. The Yankees signed Mitre and Gaudin for next year! I was overjoyed when I heard that. Sergio Mitre and Chad Gaudin are both here to stay! Hooray!
Sergio, Chad, thank you both for helping my Yanks this year. I’m glad that you will be back. Enjoy the offseason, have a holly-jolly Christmas, and I’ll see you next year! I LOVE YOU!!!
We Won! 1 More And Then Off To The WS!
Before I begin, I feel that I must apologize to my fellow blogger Hyunyoung. Hyunyoung, I am very sorry that I offended you by bad-mouthing your Angels on my last post. I know they are a great team, and I like the way they play the game (I love the running game!). It’s just that when the Yankees lose, I get mad. My actions are inexcusable. I know the Angels beat them yesterday and they played well. I just got carried away. I hope you understand 🙂
But that is way back now. Last night, the Yankees beat the Angels 10-1, and it was fun for me to watch. Girardi didn’t do anything stupid, and the whole team played well.
Pitching Analysis: C “Cy” was fabulous again. So much for him not pitching well in the postseason. Sabathia pitched 8 innings of 1-run ball, and he did this on 3 days rest! HE’S A BEAST!!!
CC had the right to smile last night. And so did I 🙂
Chad Gaudin pitched a scoreless 9th inning. I’m glad Girardi didn’t do anything stupid last night. I guess I’m a bit hard on Joe. All kidding aside, he is a great manager. It just so happened that the decision he made the other night led to the loss. Wait, this is behind me now, so why am I bringing it up again? It has now been erased from my mind. It’s gone.
Offensive Analysis: I love it when the offense explodes. It’s about time. The Yankees were worrying me with their lack of hitting with runners in scoring position. But last night was different. 10 runs off the solid Angel pitchers. Not too shabby.
The offense started in the 4th. Cano’s RBI single drove in Arod, and my man Melky singled in 2 runs. Nice to see him do something clutch. In the 5th, Alex hit a no-doubter 2-run homer to give the Yanks a 5-0 lead. Also in the 5th, something crazy happened. Posada stole a base! I could not believe what I saw. There was a lot of weird baserunning that inning. That play with Cano and Jorge at third base was hysterical.
I dont’e even know…it was weird.
The Yanks scored 5 more times before winning. I went to bed before it ended (blasphemy, I know) but I was tired. I shall not do that anymore. What I should do is take a nap when I get home, and then watch the whole game. I won’t miss anyore of my Yankees.
The heroes for the victory are CC Sabathia, for just doing his thing out there on the mound, Alex Rodriguez for another postseason homer, and Melky, just because I love him ♥. My boys are off tonight, I guess I now have no excuse to not study calculus….darn. Wish me luck with that….I don’t really know what I’m doing….let’s see….the slope of the tangent line is the general derivative….formula is: lim h-0 of f (x+h) – f (x) / h……then when you find the derivative, you find the equation of the tangent line by using the point-slope formula….and no one cares about this so I will just shut up and go study….
**One more thing** THANKS EVERYONE FOR MAKING MY BLOG #33 ON THE LATEST LEADERS FOR THE 2009 REGULAR SEASON!!! It really means the world to me. Thank you all so much. I love you ♥
Yanks Lose To The Team I Now Hate
We lost again. That was our third loss in a row. But it doesn’t matter, does it? We already clinched, so we are in for sure. But are these losses ruining the momentum of the Yankees? Are they trying their best? Is it wise to rest the players so much, or will they lose their groove at the plate? I don’t know. I hope Girardi knows. The Yankees lost last night 5-3.
Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte started for the Yankees. He wasn’t too good, but he wasn’t too bad. They took him out early to give the relievers some work. Andy went 4 & 1/3 innings of 5 run ball (just 3 were earned). His line could have looked better if he pitched longer, but it was more important to test the relievers.
Andy’s game face.
Alfredo Aceves and Chad Gaudin pitched in relief last night, and they both did an excellent job. If it wasn’t for that error, maybe the Yankees would have had a chance to win.
Defensive Analysis: In the 5th after Andy was pulled for Aceves, something stupid happened. With 1st and 2nd and 1 out, Ace had the runner picked off who was breaking for 3rd. He threw to Hinske, and the ball went off the top of Hinske’s glove, and into left field. 2 runs scored, and I was a bit annoyed. Those runs were charged to Andy, and the error was charged to Aceves. I thought it was Hinske’s error, because he did get a glove on it. Whatever. The runs scored, it doesn’t matter whose fault it was.
Offensive Analysis: The Yankees struggled at the plate once again. They scored just 3 runs on 9 hits. They out-hit the Rays, but they failed to get the big hit. I started to get mad at the Rays again. They hit Jerry Hairston twice, the first time in the kidney and the second time in the shoulder. Poor Jerry.
In the 5th, Johnny Damon got himself a much-needed RBI single, which was followed by an RBI single by Tex. In the 6th, Jerry had an RBi infield single. Other than that, the offense didn’t do anything.
What I liked seeing last night was the running game. Gardner had 2 stolen bases, Guzman had one, and Jerry tried to steal but was caught. That’s okay, though. I would rather see them get out stealing than just standing there on the base and letting the hitters make out. Stealing bases forces the other team to make the play. If they do, it is no fault on your part, they just deserve credit.
So the Yankees lost again, but I don’t think Girardi managed the game to win. He put in all the second-string guys and he pulled Andy early. Is this a problem, though? Shouldn’t he try to win so the Yankees have momentum going into the playoffs? Well, in 2000 the Yanks had a rough September and they won it all. This year, we aren’t really having a rough September. We clinched early and now we are just casually heading into the postseason. I shouldn’t be worrying. The Yankees are the best team; they will be fine. GO YANKEES!
Second-String Yanks Beat Royals
Last night’s Yankee game was like Heaven for me. The cutest guys were playing. All the little rookies that I love. If only Mitre pitched….I think I would have died….-sigh-….Uhh…anyway, the Yankees beat the Royals 8-2 last night, and they did it with the second-string guys.
Pitching Analysis: Chad Gaudin started for the Yanks last night, and once again, they won with him on the mound. Chad pitched well. Very well. I think this was his best start as a Yankee. He went 6 & 2/3 innings of 2-run ball. He allowed just 4 hits, and struckout 5. Yeah, Chad! He is pitching his way onto the postseason roster! He is a good guy to have, if he continues pitching this well. His versatility makes him even more of a weapon. Gaudin can be used in many different ways, and he is equally dominant in each role.
Marte and Aceves finished out the game. They both did a nice job. The pitching was excellent yesterday. Keep it up, Yanks. October awaits!
Offensive Analysis: It was the cutest lineup ever. I was dying to see the game, and when I heard there was a rain delay, I was so mad! I was all ready to sit and watch the game at 7:00. I did all my work, all my studying, I was all set! And then the rain ruined it. I had to wait for what seemed like 10 hours! Do you know how I felt? It would be different if I didn’t know the lineup. But I did, and I knew about Cervelli and then I just went crazy.
an eternity an hour and 56 minute rain delay, the game finally started. Here is the lineup, and the game stats to go along with it:
|Cabrera, Me, LF||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.273|
|Duncan, S, RF||3||0||1||1||0||1||2||.231|
|1-Guzman, F, PR-RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Pena, R, SS||4||2||2||2||0||0||0||.290|
Frikin’ adorable! Cervelli, Melky, Ramiro, and Brettiboo all in the same lineup! The offense was good last night. In the 4th, Hinske got an RBI single, right through the whole of the shift. Ramiro Pena hit is first career homer, a solo shot, in the 5th. Arod decided to give him the silent treatment. He and Swisher told everyone not to congradulate him. Ramiro headed back to the dugout, and no one even looked at him. The poor thing! Then suddenly, the whole dugout jumped up at once and went over to congradulate the cute kid. CONGRATS, RAMIRO!!! That made it 2-1 Yankees.
RAMIRO!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!
Later in the game, the 7th to be exact, Robbie Cano hit a grand slam. He has been ON FIRE lately. Good for him!
Look at all those cuties…did I die and go to Heaven? Wow!
It was a fun game for me last night. I love those little cuties. The heroes for the victory are Chad Gaudin, for his great start, Robinson Cano for his grand-salami, and Ramiro Pena for being cute and getting his first homer. And Cervelli, just because I watched him behind the plate instead of watching Gaudin pitch. I do that. Whenever he plays, I just stare at him the whole time. Everything he does is cute! I can’t explain it…I’m just obsessed with the guy. No one cares about what the Red Sox did, because WE CLINCHED ALREADY!!!! God, I love the sound of that. Hahaha. GO YANKEES!