Tagged: Joba Chamberlain

A Week of Winning!

It’s been a fun week to be a Yankees fan. 8 game winning streak? That’s a season high! I really can’t think of anything to complain about. Oh wait! How could I forget…I’m back in school! I do have stuff to complain about: my best friend is no longer in the school. One of the classes I signed up for is AP and I didn’t even know it, which gives me 3 AP’s when I wanted to take it lightly this year. I don’t have art this year. And, oh yeah: LIMITED BLOGGING TIME. It sucks.
 

But I guess it could be worse. I am not taking science or math this year because my math teacher scarred me for life last year. And this year, I actually like all my teachers. I’ve had them all before. Some of them are very fun to talk baseball with. And, oh yeah: IT’S SENIOR YEAR. I should enjoy this.

Even though I haven’t blogged recently, I have watched all the games. My boys are making me so proud. So far, the heroes for this winning streak are Curtis Granderson and Marcus Thames for their hot-hitting, and the bullpen, which has done an absolutely fantastic job.

Yesterday’s 7-5 win over the Blue Jays was the typical win of this winning streak.

Pitching Analysis: After beasting in the bullpen, Javier Vazquez was inserted back into the starting rotation. I had a feeling he would be….suckish. Javy tends to give up the longball. The Blue Jays tend to hit the longball. The wind was making it easier to hit the longball. Add all that up, and it wasn’t going to be a pretty day for Javy.

New York Yankees starting pitcher Javier Vazquez throws a pitch to the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, September 4, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 Weather-wise, it was a beautiful day…but not for Javy.

Javy did give up the longball. Homers by Overbay and McDonald gave the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead. Vazquez didn’t even get through 5 innings, and he allowed 5 runs.

The bullpen again had a lot of outs to get, and they did another amazing job. The combo of Dustin Moseley, Boone Logan, Joba Chamberlain, Kerry Wood, and Mariano Rivera shut the door on the Blue Jay batters’s faces. They allowed 0 runs on 3 hits, and struckout 5. THEY ARE BEASTS!!!

Offensive Analysis: Despite being down 3-0, the Yankee bats weren’t ready to give up. They had that rally in them. And the rally all started thanks to my sweet Francisco Cervelli  ♥ In the 3rd with 1 out, Cervelli hit a ball in the left-center gap. And he hustled. And because he hustled, Francisco Cervelli had himself a double. That ball never made it to the wall. Many guys would have just settled for a single. But not my Cervelli. And that’s why I love him.

Then Brett Gardner walked (the 9th straight game he did that!), and Derek Jeter ripped a double, scoring Cervelli. Inching closer, it was now a 3-1 game.

After Mark Teixeira walked to load the bases, a struggling Robinson Cano stepped up to the plate. He hit a ball back up the middle, and it found grass! 2 runs scored on Robbie’s game-tying single.

The Yankees went ahead in the 4th. Cervelli doubled with a man on and 1 out, then Gardner drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI groundout. A wild pitch let another score, making it 5-3.

And finally, in the 7th, the Yankees had their share of the longball. With 2 outs, Cano singled, bringing up Hank Aaron  Marcus Thames. He had a few good swings earlier in the game, but didn’t have a hit to show for it. Until this:

New York Yankees batter Marcus Thames watches the ball after he hit a two-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, September 4, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

I love my Marcus Thames!!!!!

That made it 7-5 Yankees. And that’s the final 🙂

Another win, another series win, and another game gained on those Pesky Rays. The heroes for this victory, the 8th in a row, are the bullpen, for cleanly eating up all those innings. And Marcus Thames, for turning into the Home Run King. Hank Aaron who? Hahaa…The other hero is my Francisco Cervelli, because he started the rally. And just cuz I love him ♥

   Home plate umpire Ed Hickox (L) calls strike three as New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli (C) and Toronto Blue Jays batter Aaron Hill react on the final out of the Yankees win in their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York September 4, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 Oh, Francisco….too cute for words.

The Somebody Needs a Hug goes to Javier Vazquez. Javy, your confidence has taken a rollercoaster ride throughout the entire season. I don’t want you to lose it after 1 icky start. You were great out of the bullpen, and that was no fluke. Believe in yourself!

Yankees, the season is winding down. And you are still leading the AL East! Congrats on everything you have done so far. Please just keep it up. Go as far as you can this season, because I need to keep seeing you.

I love you! GO YANKEES!!! 

Back to Business

Sweet Relief!

-Peaceful sigh-  THAT’S more like it. I knew the Yankees wouldn’t lose again yesterday, because the most they’ve lost in a row this year was 3 games. And yesterday’s 5-1 win was more than just a win: it was history. I don’t care what all those haters think about A-Rod. Unlike Bonds, Sosa, and McGwire, A-Rod admitted it. So you have to respect that.

I’ve been thinking about this whole steroid thing. I mean, SO many players were on juice. Does that mean Alex was right to do them? Absolutely not. Does that excuse his behavior? No way. Who knows how many players were really on steroids? It’s a sad era in baseball, but it happened. And nobody can possibly know of EVERY player who did steroids, so that’s why they are just including everyone in the record books. If the steroid era players are going to be included in te record books, then I want A-Rod to break that record. I don’t care what anybody else thinks. He’s my A-Rod, my Yankee, and I love him.

Let’s take a look at that milestone home run:

       Congratulations, Alex. I love you so much and I’m glad you are on my Yankees.

Oh, and just for the record, Cano was SO safe at first!!!

That was no cheapie, Alex. Dead center. And look how relieved he was. The whole team, the whole city of New York was probably relieved. Because after that ball landed, it was back to business for Alex and the Yanks. Time to just focus on winning. And that’s what they did.

Pitching Analysis: Phil Hughes looked pretty darn good out there yesterday. He had that Philthy stuff and made that face that I just can’t help but love. He struggled recently, but those troubles look like a thing of the past. In his struggles, opposing hitters kept fouling off pitches from Hughes – pitches that when he’s on, they swing and miss at. Yesterday, Hughes had that swing-and-miss stuff. I think this is a good sign for Hughes.

           New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes follows through on a pitch to the Kansas City Royals in the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, July 25, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

                                                            Philthy!!!

The bullpen was really good yesterday. Logan, Robertson, Chamberlain, and Rivera all pitched well. In fact, Joba impressed me. I think it was his 4th scoreless appearance in a row, which is great for the Joba of 2010. I hope he can keep this up, too. If we can actually depend on Joba, that changes the entire bullpen. If Joba is on, I think the Yanks have the best ‘pen in the Bigs.

New York Yankees relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain throws a pitch in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in New York City on August 4, 2010.  UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

Come on Joba! Keep it up!

Offensive Analysis: The offense looked alive and well yesterday. And so many streaks were broken:

-The streak of 1st inning 2-run home run losses is over.

-Robbie Cano and Jorge Posada’s 0-for streaks are a thing of the past.

And, oh yeah! Alex Rodriguez’s 46 homerless at-bats streak came to an end in the 1st inning with that little 2-run homer he hit.

Aside from A-Rod, 2 Yankees who had fabulous days at the dish yesterday were Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira. How about Tex lately? He had 3 RBI yesterday. He seriously thinks he can get the stats on the back of his baseball card in to Tex-Territory. And if he keeps playing like this, he can.

                       New York Yankees Mark Teixeira drives in 2 runs with a single in the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in New York City on August 4, 2010.  UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

 TEX!

And how about that Derek Jeter? 4-4 yesterday. Seemed like he spent the whole game on base. The coolest hit was his bunt single. When A-Rod was up in the first inning, the commentators suggested that he should bunt. LOL. Instead he went deep. But in his turn, Derek Jeter noticed the infield was back, so he laid down the quintessential perfect bunt.

            Aug. 04, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - DEREK JETER .at Yankee vs Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, Bronx. NY..08-04-2010. 2010..K65446JBB. © Red Carpet Pictures

 What a ballplayer ♥

I say this a lot, but I think I mean it this time: yesterday’s win was the most comforting win of the season. For many reasons: the losing streak is over, the offense didn’t die, the pitching was amazing, A-Rod can focus again because his milestone is a thing of the past, and most of all…….THE RAYS LOST! That’s right! My Yanks are tied for 1st again in the AL East. They just wanted to be nice and give the Rays a little taste of victory…tantalizing them with the feeling of 1st place before snatching it away from them! Lol…Anyway, the heroes for this win are A-Rod, and everyone else. This was a team effort.

Off day, and then a series against the Red Sox…Let’s knock them out of this race once and for all, boys.

GO YANKEEEEEES!!!!!!

A Fun Night to be a Yankee Fan

Offense Explodes in Stress-Free Yankees Win

After a stressful 3-2 win in game 1 and a miserable 4-1 loss in game 2, I was ready for an easy game 3 against the Indians. My wish was granted, as the Yankees beat the Indians 8-0 last night in a relatively stress-free ballgame.

Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett was sharp once again last night. He made it look as easy as pie, minus the pie. He’s saving that for the home games. He was so good, that I can’t remember when he got into any jams. Did he? Nothing major. A.J. went 6.1 innings and didn’t allow a run. He struckout 7, and lowered his ERA to a respectable 4.52. He looked cranky and mean, but the good kind of cranky and mean. Not the “I’m so mad that I suck so I’m going to punch a door and injure my hand” kind of mean. He had more of the “Here comes the pitch, here it is, hit it!” type of mean last night, which means that he was feeling good. And it showed on the mound last night as he earned himself his 9th win of the year.

                               New York Yankees A.J. Burnett pitches during the seventh inning of the MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, Ohio July 28, 2010. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

                                      That face means A.J. is on top of his game.

Even the bullpen did well last night. This game had very little stress involved. And even though the Yankees had a huge lead, I couldn’t help but to be nervous when Joba Chamberlain came in to finish the 7th. But he actually did alright despite his balk. And Sergio Mitre, who will not be starting tonight, closed out the last 2 innings, allowing 1 hit and 1 walk, and striking out 3 along the way.

Defensive Analysis: Solid defense and a few great plays was the defensive recipe for success last night. On MLB Network’s “Quick Pitch,” they even showed some of the Yankee great plays from last night. Why am I mentioning this? Because it seems like that channel avoids the Yankees. On the Premier Plays segment, they featured 2 Yankees plays in a row. One was by A.J. Burnett, and the other was a beautiful sliding catch by Nick Swisher.

              New York Yankees' Nick Swisher makes a sliding catch on a ball hit by Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera in the fifth inning of a baseball game at Progressive Field in Cleveland on July 28, 2010. UPI/David Richard Photo via Newscom

                                             Is there anything this guy can’t do?

Offensive Analysis: 8 runs, 13 hits, no home runs by Alex, but whatever. He wasn’t too thrilled that he didn’t get the big fly. In fact, he was quite disgusted.

                      New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez reacts after grounding out during the second inning of the Yankees MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, Ohio July 28, 2010. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

                                  LOLOLOLOLOL!!! A-Rod’s cranky face is hilarious!

But A-Rod did enough last night to keep fans loving him. He went 2-5 with an RBI. In the 6th, he sent me into uncontrollable laughter. He led off the inning with a double, and on the slide into 2nd, there was a little malfunction on the diamond:

                                New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez rolls over holding onto second base after sliding in for a double during the sixth inning of the Yankees MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, Ohio July 28, 2010. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 

              Alex Rodriguez slides safely into second base in Cleveland after hitting a double Wednesday night. The Yankees thrid baseman goes 2-for-5 but fails to hit home run No. 600.

 LOL! His face is priceless!

Oh, A-Rod…you are something else ♥

There was so much offense last night and so many Yankees contributed.

-Swish had an RBI single.

-Tex had a 2-run single and a double.

-A-Rod had that funny double and an RBI single.

-Cano had a double and a home run.

-Posada had a single.

-Granderson had a single and an RBI triple.

-Gardner had an RBI single and an RBI double.

-Cervelli had a single. The moment in this game that was the most stressful was when Cervelli was hit by a pitch in the elbow. Oh, how he screamed. Oh how I screamed! Poor Cervelli…he doesn’t wear an elbow guard, so that must have hurt his sweet little elbow so much. He actually screamed before it hit him. Actually, I think it hurt me more than it hurt him. He was his smiley old self again right away 🙂

   New York Yankees Francisco Cervelli (L) celebrates with Brett Gardner (R) after they both scored on RBI single by Mark Teixeira during the second inning of the Yankees MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, Ohio July 28, 2010. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

     Cervelli-welli-jelli-belli and Brettiboo Gardner. Can these two possibly get any cuter?

The only one who wasn’t invited to the hit party last night was the Captain. Poor Derek….Jeet was 0-5 last night and I’m sure he wasn’t too happy about that.

                         July 28, 2010 - Cleveland, OHIO, UNITED STATES - epa02264758 Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees grounds out in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians in their game at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 28 July 2010.

             Uh-oh…that looks like an A.J. Burnett cranky-face….and NOT the good kind!

Relax, Derek. Don’t do anything silly. No need to be cranky.

Last night and it’s 8-0 Yankee win was a fun night to be a Yankee fan for sure. Dominant pitching, solid defense, explosive offense, and a few laughs – what could be better?

After tonight’s game, the Yankees head to Tampa for a crucial 3-game set with those pesky Rays. I hope those are fun games, too!

GO YANKEES!

A Quick One While She’s Away…Or NOT!

Yankees Play All 9 Frames Despite the Rain…and Win!

My little brother is as obsessed with The Who as I am with the Yankees. I sit there listening to my Michelle Branch music, and he’s next to me listening to The Who. Then I begin to hear The Who more clearly than I do Michelle Branch. We don’t say anything, but then we begin competing with each other: I put my volume up, he puts his up. The Who plays louder than Michelle Branch to begin with, so he always wins.

Yesterday I was out and missed the beginning of the game. I heard the Yankees 4 run 3rd inning on the radio, which was nice. Curtis Granderson homered, Ramiro Pena singled, Jeter knocked him in with a double, Tex got an RBI single, and A-Rod hit an RBI double. All that added up to a 4-2 Yankee lead.

By the time I got home, it was already the bottom of the 4th inning. I had the pleasure of seeing Curtis Granderson go deep again to give the Yanks a 5-3 lead.

     New York Yankees batter Curtis Granderson (R) high-fives at the dugout steps after he hit his second home run of the game against the Kansas City Royals in the fourth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, July 25, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 The GrandyMan can? Yes! I hope this is a start of your hot-streak, Curtis!!!

Then in the 5th, the rain came down, and I figured “Oh man…I missed 4 innings and now it’s raining and this game is going to be a quick 5-inning rain-shortened game.”

 My little brother made this song get stuck in my head for the LONGEST time. 

I was WRONG!!!!!!!!!! And I’m glad I was 🙂

Sure, the umpires signaled for a rain delay, but they were determined to get the game in – even though the Yankees had the lead and it was an official ballgame. After a long 2 hour and 30 minute rain delay, baseball was resumed! And I was there to see it all!

Pitching Analysis: Phil Hughes wasn’t great yesterday, and he didn’t come out again after the rain delay. So once again, the Yankees had to use their bullpen for multiple MULTIPLE innings. Boone Logan did a nice job once again, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings. Since Marte is hurt, he is the specialty lefty in the bullpen. I gain confidence in him each time I see him throw.

      July 25, 2010 - New York, United States - epa02261091 New York Yankees pitcher Boone Logan pitches in relief after a two hour rain delay in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, 25 July 2010.

Boone throws hard. And when he locates, he is pretty dominant.

As for Joba and Chan Ho? They were their usual cruddy selves. I wonder why Park is still on the team, and I wonder why Joba still sucks. They should’ve traded him when they had the chance, because no one is going to want him now. We’re stuck with him!

Offensive Analysis: Once again, the Yankee offense exploded. The 3rd inning was a pretty big run outburst, but the 8th inning rally was even larger. In the 8th:

-Curtis Granderson led off with a walk, stole 2nd, and advanced to 3rd on the stinky throw.

-Brett Gardner reached on an error and stole 2nd. I’m glad he’s feeling better 🙂

-Jeter was intentionally walked to load the bases with 1 out.

-Nick Swisher (who I am also glad is feeling better) drove in 2 with a single!

-Tex singled to re-load the bases for…..A-Rod.

This is the part that I wasn’t too fond of. This is the censored version of what my notebook says:

“A-ROD HBP UP & IN.  F*** BLAKE WOOD. A-Rod out, Colin Curtis in. 10-5 Yanks.”

           New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez reacts before getting hit by a pitch in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 25, 2010.  UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

                                                                   NO!

Blake Wood…I don’t care if it wasn’t intentional. I hate him. Who does he think he is? “Hi! My name is Blake Wood and I’m sure you’ve never heard of me! But I’m gonna be cool and tough and back Alex off the plate – it’s good baseball! Oh no! I missed my location because I suck! Now I hit Alex in the forearm and hand and he might be hurt! Oopsy!”

      Kansas City Royals Jason Kendall and home plate umpire Chad Fairchild watch New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez lie on the ground after being hit by a pitch in the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 25, 2010.  UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

                                                              Oh God…

I was beyond angry. Oh, A-Rod….you poor baby…I’m glad you aren’t hurt too bad. That was scary. I’m so sorry Wood destroyed your chances of getting #600 at home.

But at least I was able to see another milestone in that 8th inning yesterday.

-With loaded bases, Robinson Cano drove the first pitch of his at-bat into the seats in right after 1 bounce. Ground rule double! 12-5 Yankees! And for Robbie, it was his 1000th career hit. Aw, Robbie…you have come so far!

                New York Yankees Robinson Cano reacts while running into the dug out in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 24, 2010.  UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

 Okay…he’s still a goofball, but I love him ♥

So the Yankees take 3 of 4 from KC, and all of their wins were of the offensive explosion variety. The heroes for yesterday’s 12-6 finale win are Boone Logan, for relieving Hughes nicely (since he’s the only one who pitched well yesterday!), and the entire Yankee lineup, for banging out 12 runs on 14 hits, and especially Curtis Granderson for finally living up to his potential.

I hope Curtis can stay hot, and I hope the Yankees keep on winning.

GO YANKEES!

Aren’t Offensive Explosions Delightful?

Yanks Score 10 Runs in 2nd Straight Game

Colin Curtis made me giddy with his dramatic 3-run home run to give the Yankees 10 runs in the Angels finale. And last night, the offense exploded once again. It was quite a hitting frenzy for both teams, but my Yankees came out on top. The Bombers took the first of four against KC by the score of 10-4.

Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia really wasn’t very good last night. And this time, he made that customary flustered face of his because he got into a ton of jams.

 

That’s the face. Aw, CC….

Despite the struggles, CC got the win. And rightfully so. It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t the usual C “Cy” performance we have become accustomed to, but it was good enough to keep the Yankees in the game with a chance to win it. In 6.1 innings, CC allowed 4 runs on a jaw-dropping 11 hits. He gave it his all, throwing 120 pitches. David Robertson inherited CC’s mess in the 7th, and got out of it unscathed.

One thing I love about offensive explosions is that the Yankees have the luxury of using their stinky pitchers. But last night, they did this before the game reached blowout status. In the 8th inning, when it was 6-4 Yankees, they put in Joba. He loaded the bases, but managed to get Jose Guillen to ground out to end the inning. Crisis averted.

In the 9th, the Yankees had a 6-run lead, so they turned it over to Chan Ho Park to close it out. He did so fairly easily. I wonder why he is still on the team. Every time I see him, my mind plays a montage of him blowing leads and talking about diarrhea. It’s not pretty. 

 

                    July 20, 2010 - New York, NEW YORK, USA - epa02255588 New York Yankees pitcher Chan Ho Park throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the 7th inning at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 20 July 2010.

                                                             Nightmares….

Offensive Analysis: I had a feeling this game was going to be a slugfest. The starter for the Royals was Bruce Chen, who, to put it nicely, hasn’t seen much success against the Yankee hitters. This trend continued last night. Let’s take a look at the Yankees’s numbers against Chen and the rest of the Royal hurlers from last night:

 

NY Yankees AB R H RBI  BB SO  LOB  AVG
Jeter, SS 5 2 2  1 0 1 3 .274
Swisher, RF 5 1 2  2 0 1 1 .303
Teixeira, 1B 5 2 3  1 0 1 2 .261
Rodriguez, A, 3B 5 1 3  4 0 1 1 .275
2-Pena, R, PR-3B 0 0 0  0 0 0 0 .193
Cano, 2B 4 1 1  0 1 0 2 .332
Posada, C 3 1 1  1 1 0 1 .268
Thames, DH 3 0 1  1 0 1 3 .289
1-Curtis, PR-DH 0 1 0  0 0 0 0 .259
Granderson, CF 3 0 1  0 0 1 0 .239
Gardner, LF 3 1 0  0 1 0 1 .296
Totals 36 10  14  10 3 6 14 .273

Ooh. That’s not pretty. Offensive explosions are so exciting. But last night, there were certain swings that really made me cheer. One of these came in the 3rd inning off the bat of Derek Jeter:

                July 22, 2010 - New York, NEW YORK, USA - epa02257894 New York Yankees Derek Jeter hits an inside the park home run against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 22 July 2010.

                                                            Connection…

 

                 July 22, 2010 - New York, NEW YORK, USA - epa02257896 New York Yankees Derek Jeter reacts after scoring on an inside the park home run against off Kansas City Royals pitcher Bruce Chen in the third inning at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 22 July 2010.

 It’s deep….

 

                July 22, 2010 - New York, NEW YORK, USA - epa02257891 New York Yankees Derek Jeter rounds the bases on an inside the park home run against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 22 July 2010.

 A valient effort by DeJesus, but no catch!

 

               New York Yankees Derek Jeter runs home completing an inside the park home run in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 22, 2010.  UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

                                          Jeet rounds third, and breaks for home….

 

              New York Yankees Derek Jeter slides home completing an inside the park home run in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 22, 2010.  UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

     He slides….

 

                        July 22, 2010 - New York, NEW YORK, USA - epa02257893 New York Yankees Derek Jeter reacts after scoring on an inside the park home run against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 22 July 2010.

                   HE’S SAFE! INSIDE THE PARK HOME RUN BY DEREK JETER!!!!!!!

It was pretty cool seeing Jeter fly around the bases like that. But I was upset that DeJesus got hurt. I was looking forward to seeing him play this series because he is my favorite Royal, but he’s going to miss the remainder of this series. I wish him a speedy recovery. Anway, Jeet’s home run tied the game at 3.

The other swing that genuinely excited me came in the 7th inning off the bat of the Drama King, Alex Rodriguez. He’s such a beast. It was an opposite-field blast…

    New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez hits career home run number 599 in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 22, 2010.  UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

  

 

Oh boy! Oh boy oh boy oh boy! You know what’s next…HISTORY! #600! I can’t wait….I hope he gets it this weekend in the Bronx!

The heroes for this Game 1 win are Jeet and A-Rod, as well as everyone else in the lineup who beasted last night. I would love to see more offensive explosions this weekend, but if I can’t, then I’ll just settle for 1 bomb from A-Rod.

Good luck, Alex. And Go Yankees!!!!

And That Concludes the 1st Half!

Yanks Take 3 of 4 in Seattle

Winning this series before the All-Star break is incredibly comforting. If anything else, it shows that my Yankees aren’t getting lazy – they stay focused no matter what time of year.

Here are my quick thoughts about each game:

Game 1 – Yankees win 3-1

Andy Pettitte continued to amaze me, but I wondered: Why can’t he field a bunt? Alex Rodriguez continued to be clutch. 3rd in the league in RBI? Pretty beast.

     New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez hits scoring two runs against the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Seattle, Washington July 8, 2010. REUTERS/Marcus Donner (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 CLUTCH…

Game 2 – Yanekes win 6-1

Mark Teixeira’s hot-streak was not a fluke? 2 HR in one game is good Mark, but sadly not good enough to get you onto that All-Star roster. You’re a little late. And Phil Hughes! Bouncing back from some not-so-good starts…way to get back to your Philthy self!

       New York Yankees' starter Phil Hughes says a prayer before pitching against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at SAFECO Field in Seattle on July 9, 2010.   UPI Photo/Jim Bryant. Photo via Newscom

 I was praying that he’d be good. God, thanks for listening 🙂

Game 3 – Yankees lose 4-1

Javier Vazquez silenced all those idiots who wanted to trade him for Jayson Werth by tossing 5.2 no-hit innings before Ichiro got the first “hit,” a ball hit off Javy that he threw wildly (should’ve been an error.)  Nick Swisher continued his hot-hitting with a big fly of King Felix. AND WHAT IN THE WORLD IS WRONG WITH JOBA CHAMBERLAIN???? He single-handidly destroyed the game for Javy and the Yanks.

                 New York Yankees starting pitcher Javier Vazquez reacts after giving up a hit to Seattle Mariners Ichiro Suzuki during the sixth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Seattle, Washington, July 10, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Sorbo (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 Aw, Javy…it was an error! You pitched great. Thank Joba for spoiling your “W.”

Game 4 – Yankees win 8-2

A pitching rematch from the game I saw on July 1st. CC Sabathia dominated just like he did when I saw him. And I love when everyone is hitting! The entire lineup, including guys like Marcus Thames, contributed to this win. And when you add to this the Mariners’s sloppy defense and the bright shining sun, it gets even more fun.

                            Seattle Mariners left fielder Michael Saunders loses the baseball in the sun and fails to make the catch on a double hit by New York Yankees Mark Teixeira in the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Seattle, Washington, July 11, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Sorbo (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 Mark Teixeira’s “sun double.” Poot Saunders…that must be a helpless feeling.

The Yankees concluded te first half with a sparkling record of 56-32, 2 games ahead of the pesky Rays. Looking ahead to the 2nd half, these are a few things I’d like to see:

-Curtis Granderson heating up. He’s hitting around .350 over his last 6 games. Hopefully he can keep this up after the break.

-Maybe I should call this “things I WOULDN’T like to see.” I wouldn’t like to see Chan Ho Park anymore. Just get rid of him. Designate him for assignment, and bring up someone who can actually help this team, maybe Boone Logan.

-Continued dominance from our starters (duh).

-A healthy Mariano. He’s a little worn out, which is why he’s not going to be at the All-Star Game even though he’s an All-Star. Hopefully, he can rest-up over the break and be back to his regular robotic self for the 2nd half.

-#600. A-Rod is getting closer every day to that magic number. I remember his 500th home run against the Royals. It was an unforgettable moment. I can’t wait for this next milestone!

-Nick Swisher in the Home Run Derby! THAT’S TODAY! I spent a pretty nice chunk of my week voting for Swish in the Final Vote Campaign, and it paid off! I must have voted around 3000 times, give or take.

I honestly don’t think Nick is going to win the Home Run Derby, but hey – you never know. Nick has really surprised me with his outstanding first-half this year. I’m starting to believe that he can do almost anything. But no matter what happens tonight, I’ll be happy. Just seeing Nick at this event is going to make me smile.

Nick Swisher #33 of the New York Yankees smiles in the dugout prior to the Major League Baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum on August 17, 2009 in Oakland, California.

I’ll have a big smile too, Nick ♥

I can’t believe the season is halfway over. That’s kind of sad. It’s been so much fun so far.

But I know that the best has yet to come.

Yankees, congrats on a great first half! Enjoy the break, enjoy the All-Star festivities, and I’ll see you again Friday 🙂

Heating Up

Sweep of the A’s Complete!

I was going to post earlier, but I had a more important obligation. Don’t gasp yet – I know what you are thinking: “What could be more important than blogging about a Yankee win?” The answer?

Sending Swish.

Nick Swisher was depending on us to vote for him for the All-Star Game. Since voting ended today at 4, I decided to devote my day to him. So I did. And I got a headache from staring at the screen so long. But you know what? I just had to suck it up. Because a little discomfort for me is worth a smile from Swish. Nick, I hope you won sweetie ♥

Staying up late was worth it for this series. Anytime the Yankees win, no matter what time I go to bed, I’m not cranky. Thank you Yankees for my good mood! CC Sabathia and A-Rod were responsible for our 6-1 win in game 2. Last night’s finale had a similar recipe. The Yanks won it 6-2.

Pitching Analysis: It was A.J. Burnett’s turn last night, and I was hoping that his previous start was not a fluke. It was his first good one in over a month. Last night, A.J. comforted me, saying, “Don’t worry, Virginia. I’ll be good for you.” And he did. He’s heating up again. 

      New York Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett throws a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Oakland, California July 7, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Thatta boy, A.J. 😉

In 7 innings, A.J. allowed just 2 runs on 5 hits. His ERA is back to respectibility at 4.75, and his record is even at 7. I think it is safe to say that the A.J. Burnett we all love – the good one with the mean…intimidating face – is back 🙂

The bullpen did well last night. Marte pitched a scoreless 8th, and Joba threw a scoreless 9th. If only he can be automatic like Mo every day….

Defensive Anaysis: There was good defense, bad defense, and something that I don’t think is worthy of being called defense last night. We’ll call it ugly. Yankee Defense: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. GOD I HATE THAT MOVIE.

Which one is “The Ugly?” The are all grotesque.

Anyway: The good defense came in the first inning, on the first play of the game. Coco Crisp hit a liner to centerfield, and Brett Gardner snared it, doing a dive/slide, for the first out. Good Job, Brett!

The bad was A.J. Burnett. He attempted a pickoff, and threw the ball wildly. He is just the WORST at holding on runners. He had the right idea, but failed to execute the play.

The ugly – Oh, the ugly! I can’t believe I’m using the words “Alex Rodriguez” and “ugly” in the same sentence! Last night, A-Rod made a fool of himself. In the 7th, he chased down a foul pop-up, and had to run a long way to get there. I think he ran a little too much. Alex OVERRAN the ball, tried to recover, but it was too late: before he knew it, Alex was on the ground, with the ball trickling away. It was the most epic fail I have seen since another popup fail…

Priceless…

Of course, Jeter and the rest of the guys really let him have it. But A-Rod was a good sport about it. After all, it was hilarious.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees had a lot of chances early to get to Gio Gonzalez, but they failed to take advanage ot them. Finally, in the 4th, they broke through. My little cutie Ramiro Pena, AKA Jamal, hit an RBI single to tie the game at 1.

                     July 07, 2010 - Oakland, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - epa02240698 New York Yankees Ramiro Pena connects with an RBI single off a pitch by Oakland Athletics pitcher Gio Gonzalez during the fourth inning at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California, USA, 07 July 2010.

 

 Dev Patel and Ramiro Pena! TWINS!

Then Derek Jeter hit an RBi single to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead! Later that same inning, Mark Teixeira delivered – big fly style. He hit a 3-run homer to break the game open! 5-1 Yankees! He is really starting to heat up.   

             New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira hits a three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the fourth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Oakland, California July 7, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 MAAAAARK I LOVE YOU!!!!!!

Nick Swisher really campaigned well for himself last night. He had a single, a double, a walk, and in the 6th, gave another reason why he’s All-Star worthy: He hit an opposite field solo home run! 6-1 YANKEES! Swish, you are too cute 😉

     New York Yankees Nick Swisher (R) is congratulated by teammate Mark Teixeira after Swisher hit a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Oakland, California July 7, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 You have my votes!

The heroes for this comforting victory are A.J, Burnett, Mark Teixeira, and Nick Swisher, for giving it their all and getting some serious results. In a perfect world, all three of you would be All-Stars. For now, let us pray for Swisher.

The Yankees have won 5 games in a row. They have a 2 game lead in the AL East, and they have the best record in baseball at 53-31. Sure, my Yankees are good, but doesn’t it seem like they haven’t really clicked yet?

I think the boys are just starting to heat up. This is gonna be fun…

GO YANKEES!!!