Hey, We Can’t Win’em All.
My little blogging break is over, now that my 16th birthday came and went. It’s nice to be back to blogging about the Yankees, even if I have to blog about a loss. But they did win Saturday. On Saturday they beat the Mariners 5-2, while yesterday they lost 10-3.
Pitching Analysis: On Saturday, Sergio Mitre pitched for us, and I love saying that he performed very well. He really did. He gave up a run in the first on a sac fly, but Cano made an error that made the runner on in the first place. Mitre just allowed 1 more run in the 4th on an infield single by Jack Hannahan. He really did a nice job. I was so proud of him. He won for me!
Good job, hottie!
Yesterday was Joba’s turn, and he did not do too well. He got himself into trouble too many times, and unlike Mitre, he was unable to escape it. In 5 innings, Joba gave up 4 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks. He didn’t have his good stuff yesterday. Alfredo Aceves relieved him, but did not do much better. He allowed 4 runs in 1 & 2/3 innings. Chad Gaudin gave up 2 runs in 1 & 1/3 innings. The pitching wasn’t really there yesterday, but you can’t expect them to be dominant every day, so whatever.
Joba wasn’t too good yesterday.
Defensive Analysis: I don’t really remember anything spectacular or stupid to note about the defense, so I’m sure it was solid as usual for both games. There is one thing: on Saturday’s game in the 7th inning, Jose Molina caught Ichiro at 3rd base, which is always an accomplishment. Go Jose!
Offensive Analysis: On Saturday, the Yankees scored 5 runs, most of them came early. In the 2nd, Molina singled to knock in Cano. Then Jeter knocked one in on a sac fly, and then with 2 outs Nick Swisher hit a 2-run homer, bringing the Yankee lead to 4-1. They got another run late in the game. When the pitching is on, offense is less important. So 5 runs was enough on Saturday.
Yesterday, the pitching was bad, and the Yankees only scored 3 runs, which was not enough. Jeter singled, and Ramiro Pena scored all the way from first! In the 4th, Swisher hit his 20th homer of the year, a 2-run shot which made the Yankees have a 3-2 lead. But the pitching could not hold the lead (cough, cough, Joba) so the Yankees lost 10-3.
Yesterday, Jeter passed Luis Aparicio for the most hits as a shortstop. Way to go, Jeet!
So the Yankees took 3 out of 4 in Seattle. Not too shabby. The heroes for Saturday were Nick Swisher for his homer, and Sergio Mitre for looking sexy and pitching a great game. Although they lost yesterday, the Yankees still have a really cozy 7.5 game lead over the Sox! What is happening to the Red Sox? Whatever it is, I like it! They won for me on Saturday, but they lost on my actual birthday. Hey, we can’t win’em all.
I don’t really care about the loss too much. I had a wonderful birthday despite it. I want to thank all you guys for wishing me a happy birthday. THANK YOU!!!! If I get a chance later, I’ll post some pictures.
Yankees Winning Streak is No More After Jays Take Game 1
The Yankees 7 game winning streak came to an end last night, but come on. They can’t win every game. There were positives and negatives about last night’s loss. The Blue Jays beat the Yankees 5-4.
Pitching Analysis: Sergio Mitre started for the Yanks last night. He is really sexy. He struck out the first 2 men he faced, and I thought, “Oh boy. 2 out in the 1st, it’s time to give up 5 runs.” Well, Mitre allowed singles to Lind and Overbay, and I was beginning to think my prediction was right. But Mitre proved me wrong, and struck out Vernon Wells to end the inning. He struck out the side!
Mitre struck out 2 more in the 2nd, having an easy 11 pitch inning. In the 3rd, Inglett struck out for Mitre’s 6th of the night. I was just starting to think that maybe he found it. But then Aaron Hill hit a solo home run. Darn. Why did I have to think that? I’m always wrong!
The 4th inning was gross. Overbay led off with a walk, followed by a Vernon Wells single. Bautista hit a comebacker, that was snabbed nicely by Mitre. Mitre fired to 2nd, not too accurately, and it went off Cano’s glove into centerfield, scoring a run, and no outs were made on the play. He got the double play ball, and just screwed it up! By the end of the inning, the Jays were up 4-2. In the 5th, Mitre allowed a solo bomb to Lyle Overbay.
Mitre’s biggest problem last night was throwing the ball to 2nd!
Mitre didn’t really pitch THAT badly. He went 5 innings, allowing 5 runs of which just 3 were earned, on 6 hits and he struck out 6 along the way. It was a better performance. That throwing error really messed the whole game up. If he can fix that problem, and then pitch the way he did last night again, I guarantee the Yankees will win for him. But that’s IF he can do it again!
Alfredo Aceves pitched the rest of the game. He was marvelous, allowing just 2 hits over 4 innings. He is a weapon out of the pen!
Defensive Analysis: Aside from Mitre’s crazy throw, the defense was great. Robinson Cano made a nice play in the 3rd. Scutaro hit a ball in the hole to Cano’s left, and he ran it down and threw across his body from the outfield to make the play. Underrated!
Offensive Analysis: The offense started out good, but then it sort of died toward the end of the game. Jeter hit a leadoff home run for the Yankees. Then in the 3rd, he hit a single up the middle to lead off the inning. He stole 2nd, and Barajas’ throw went into centerfield, allowing Jeter to go to 3rd. Speed kills! Then Swisher hit a sac fly, which gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead.
In the 4th, the Yankees were trailing 4-2, and Robinson Cano stepped up to the plate. He went deep to leadoff the inning! Then Jerry Hairston Jr came up. He’s adorable. Anyway, he hit a home run, his first as a Yankee, to tie the game at 4! Cano and Hairston back-to-back! He was a great pickup for the Yankees. When they got him, I was like, “Why did they get him? They have an abundance of benchies.” Well, I’m sure happy they got him. He has impressed me in every game he was in. And now the Yankees have a killer bench, in Hairston, Hinske, Pena, Gardner, (I miss him) and backup catcher Molina. (I would rather have Cervelli, but whatever!) That was all the offense for last night. They had chances to score more, but they couldn’t get the big hit.
Hairston has been nothing but a nice surprise for me. He was a wise acquisition.
So the Yankees lost a game. They didn’t really play badly, they just got beaten. It happens. It’s annoying, but it happens. The Red Sox are back at Fenway, cheating by stealing signs (it’s my theory) and they beat the Tigers last night, narrowing the Yankee lead to 5.5 games. It is very important for the Yankees to win these last 2 games at home, because then they go on the road to Seattle. Even though they are pretty good on the road, they are way better at home and can’t really afford to lose at home, especially while the Red Sox are cheatin’ it up (again, it’s just my theory) at Fenway. With Joba on the mound tonight, the Yankees are seeking a win to start a new winning streak. GO YANKEES!
Yanks Take 2 From Jays, While Red Sox Lose 2 to Rays!
Looking back, I’m kind of glad the Yankees lost 3 to the White Sox. I know it sounds crazy, but if they won those games against the White Sox, then realistically they would’ve had to lose versus the Jays, and then would be facing the Sox after losing. Now, they had a short bad stretch, and are hot as they get ready to tackle Boston. The Red Sox just lost 2 to the Rays, and are going into the Bronx with those loses in their heads. I like the way this is going right now. The Yankees won last night by the score of 8-4.
Pitching Analysis: I thought the key for Mitre’s success last night would be to get out of the 1st inning with a goose egg on the board. He got 2 quick outs, and from the dinner table I was shouting, “Come on, Serg! 1 more!” Well, after the 2 outs, Mitre surrendered 4 straight singles for 2 runs. Shucks. But after that, Mitre didn’t give up another run intil the 5th, where Adam Lind hit a leadoff homer. That was all for Mitre. Even though he only gave up 3 runs, I don’t think it was a great start by Mitre. He went to 3 balls on almost every hitter, and because of that, he failed to go deep in the game. But he did keep the Yankees in the game, which is really all we could ask from a 5th starter.
Mitre was relieved by Aceves, who got the win. Then it was Coke, Hughes, and Robertson. The bullpen did a nice job last night. There were a lot of innings to eat, and I thought Girardi did a nice job managing the pen. Overall, pitching was a plus, but I’m still waiting for Mitre to be able to go deeper into the game.
Defensive Analysis: When you have a pitcher that you know is going to struggle, defense becomes even more important. Defense was a plus last night. In the 3rd, Vernon Wells was on first with 2 outs after forcing a runner. The Yankee-killer Alex Rios was at the plate. But thanks to Jose Molina, Mitre wouldn’t have to face him for long. Molina did a snap throw to first, which nailed Wells for the final out. Nice.
In the 8th when Hughes was pitching, my man Melky made a nice play. Rios hit a ball to deep center which chased Melky back. Leche made a lovely running backhand catch, and he couldn’t stop running, so he sort of crashed into the wall. He didn’t have to do that to make the play. I love Melky. He always finds a way to make me laugh.
Cano is so smooth at second.
Offensive Analysis: The offense was great last night. The Yanks scored 2 in the 3rd. Hairston led off with a walk, Jeter singled, and Johnny singled, scoring Hairston. Tex had an RBI ground out, which tied the game at 2. The 7th was the big inning for the Yanks. Nick Swisher led off with a homer, then Cano doubled. Matsui got a pinch hit single to drive home Cano. Molina walked, and Damon singled to score Matsui. Then Tex singled to score Molina. By the end of the inning, the Yanks had a 6-3 lead.
In the 8th, the Yankees scored another run thanks to a leadoff double by Cano, who scored on a sac fly by Hinske. The Yanks tacked on another one in the 9th, courtesy of Damon’s big fly. It was a great game all around for the Yankees.
I hope we see this tonight!
When you beat Halladay for the first game, that feels pretty good. But when you win the next game and you knew your starter would struggle, that must feel just as good. The heroes for last night are the Yankee bullpen for getting us to the end of the game nicely, and one of the most underrated Yankees, Johnny Damon. He went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI. He’s really good. I always say it, and I ‘ll say it again: the Yankees have to be stupid to not sign Damon. With the Red Sox loss, the Yanks have a 2.5 game lead. Tonight they tackle Boston. I think they are ready, and I am ready too. YA HEAR THAT, BOSTON? WE ARE READY! BRING IT ON!
Mitre Had Nothing, and Yankees Failed to Get Big Hit
It was another frustrating loss for the Yankees. Last night’s loss was the first time they lost 2 games in a row since the Angels swept them before the break. I hope this is not a downward slide for the Yankees. They lost to the White Sox 10-5 last night.
Pitching Analysis: There is no other way to say it, but the pitching was utterly dreadful last night. Sergio Mitre toed the rubber for the third time in a Yankee uniform. Since the Yankees did not get a pitcher before the trade deadline, a lot of pressure is now on Mitre to perform well. He did not perform well yesterday. He pitched 3 innings, and gave up 5 runs on 7 hits. He was missing with his sinker and became very predictacble for the White Sox hitters. He failed to make adjustments during the game. Many times, we have seen CC and A.J. go out there without their best stuff, and they manage to grind out the game and give the team a chance to win, because they knew the quality of the stuff they had, and they made adjustments. That is what separates smart pitchers and good pitchers.
After Mitre struggled through 3, David Robertson was called upon. He pitched 2 innings and allowed just 1 run, but recorded the loss. Alfredo Aceves was next, and he was horrible. He pitched 1 & 2/3 innings, and allowed 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. Aceves has not pitched in awhile due to shoulder fatigue, and I wonder if he was feeling some last night, because he was uncharacteristically bad. Mark Melancon was the only bright spot for Yankee pitching last night, going 1 & 1/3 innings of scorless ball, while picking up 2 strikeouts along the way. I really hope Mitre can pick things up and perform, because the Yanks are counting on him.
Defensive Analysis: It was not the greatest defensively played game. In the bottom of the 2nd, Podsednik bunted a ball that Mitre was going to field. Mitre rushed to the ball, so quickly that I thought he had a chance to get the out at second. But he fell down on his tushy, and failed to get any out at all.
Mitre on his butt.
In the bottom of the 7th, Johnny Damon made a fabulous catch to rob Carlos Quentin of an extra-base hit. Johnny is always trying. It seems like he never gives up in a game. I hope the Yankees are smart and sign Damon, because he is too valuable to this club to let go of.
Offensive Analysis: After the tough loss in game 1, I was hoping that the Yankees would go out there in the first inning with a vengeance and score a bunch of runs. They did. Jeter and Damon singled, Tex doubled, Arod got an RBI groundout, Matsui singled, and by the end of the inning the Yankees had 3 runs, which Mitre soon gave back.
In the 4th, the Yankees were down 5-3, and Eric Hinske hit a 2-run homer to tie the game at 5. But after that, the Yankee bats went dead. The Yankees only managed 3 hits through the rest of the game. They had opportunities to come back in innings where the leadoff man was on, but they failed to get the big hit.
It was not a good game last night. It made it worse that the Red Sox won, narrowing the Yankees’ lead to just 1.5 games. Yikes! It’s getting a bit scary. The Yankees better pull themselves together, because you cannot go through a bad stretch in the AL East. This division is too good. With A.J. on the hill today, the Yankees look to get back on the right track, and I’m with them all the way. GO YANKEES!!!
Yankees Bounce Back From Loss and Win to End Homestand
After a tough loss to the A’s, the Yankees wasted no time in picking up another W. My fears about them going on a long losing streak are gone now. I think this team has a drive that I have not seen in years, and I know that they won’t have a long bad stretch. Anyway, Sergio Mitrre made his second start for the Yanks yesterday.
Pitching Analysis: I thought Sergio Mitre was pretty good yesterday. The numbers don’t really show it, though. He went 5 innings, allowing 4 runs on 9 hits and stirking out 1. But, I think he did well for the following reasons: He did not walk a batter, he did get into a few jams but was composed enough to get his double plays to get out of them, and Joe Girardi gave him a very early hook. He only pitched 5 innings, but he only threw 74 pitches. I guess after Pettitte’s game Joe didn’t want to take any chances. Still I would’ve let Mitre go at least 6.
Mitre gave up 2 runs in the first, but had an easy 2nd and a 3rd of only 4 pitches! In the 4th with 1st and 3rd with no one out, Mark Ellis hit a sac fly. After a misplay on a double play ball, Mitre does get a beautifully turned 6-4-3 double play to end the inning and the threat. In the 5th, Orlando Cabrera (the annoying guy of the series) leadoff with a single, and Mitre followed by getting a 6-4-3 double play, his 3rd double play of the day.
After allowing a single to Kurt Suzuki to leadoff the 6th, Girardi pulled Mitre for Coke, who gave up the lead with a 2-run homer for Ellis. Mitre couldn’t get a win. Hughes pitches the 7th and as always was invincible, but in the 8th he ran into trouble. He got into a 2nd and 3rd 1 out jam, and Girardi called on Bruney to get 1 out. I was screaming at the TV when he did this. But despite his late struggles, Bruney got Mark Ellis to strike out. Yes! Then Mo came in for a 4 out save, and of course he got it! Overall, nice pitching. The pitchers were tough when they faced a jam, and for the most part got through the jams.
Defensive Analysis: The Yankees made Mitre’s outing better by fielding all his grounders well. The 3 double plays they turned were a great help to Mitre. Although a double play was booted, it did not matter because in the play after it they got the double play. The defense was solid yesterday.
Offensive Analysis: Everyone in the Yankees lineup got at least 1 hit yesterday. Jeter at the top and Ransom and Melky at the bottom contributed a lot yesterday. After Mitre gave up 2 in the first, the Yankees bounced back with 4 in the bottom half of the inning, thanks to a huge bases clearing double by Cano, who usually struggles in those situations. In the bottom of the 6th, Melky walked and Ransom doubled, and the Yankees had 2nd and 3d with 1 out. The Yankees had the same guys on base in the same scenario in the 4th, but failed to push a run across. Not this time. Jeter single in 2 runs, and Tex singled in Damon later on.
The Yankees got contributions from everyone in their lineup yesterday, and got the big hit enough times to win. The pitching and defense were solid enough for the win as well. What more could we ask for? The heroes for yesterday’s win were Derek Jeter for his go-ahead single, Robbie Cano for his clutch double in the first, and Brian Bruney. Although he only got 1 out, it was a huge out that put the ball in the hands of the greatest closer in baseball. And it was a huge out for his confidence. Great game yesterday. The Sox lost, so the Yankees regained the game they lost the other day. The Yankees have a tough road trip ahead of them, but they look to continue their hot streak and push away the Red Sox even more. Go Yanks!
For the First Time Since I Started This Blog, The Yankees Lost!
It was a frustrating loss for the Yankees yesterday. It started out as a tight pitchers duel, but eventually the A’s broke the game wide open. The Yankees tried to make a comeback, but it was all too late. It was really annoying to me because I started this blog on July 17th, and I thought it was a lucky blog because the Yankees won every game since I started it. The loss made me realize that my blog isn’t lucky, but come on. It’s not like they were going to win every game fot the rest of the year, right?
Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte took the hill for the Yankees yesterday, and started out really good. He did not give up a hit until the 4th inning. After the Yankees managed a run in the 6th, Pettitte went out for the 7th, and I just had a feeling he would start to stink. My instincts were right.
In the 7th Hairston led off with a double, followed by a walk to Nomar. Girardi came out, looking to pull Andy, who forced Girardi back into the dugout. Sure enough, Davis drove in Hairston. Then Crosby got a bunt single. Then, a little too late, Girardi pulls Andy for Aceves.
I think leaving in Andy was retarded. Joe, you are the manager! You make the decisions! Don’t let Andy, who did mean well, tell you what to do! If you thought it was time for him to come out, TAKE HIM OUT!!! Jeez!
Anyway, Aceves came in and was totally ineffective. He gave up a bunch of runs. Robertson had to come in to get the final out of the 7th. by the end of the inning it was 6-1.
The pitching started out strong, but completely fell apart. Hopefully Mitre will be strong today.
Defensive Analysis: There is really nothing to analyze. For the first half of the game when Pettitte was sharp, they were kept on their toes and were fine. Later in the game when the ball was being smashed around by the A’s, there was nothing they could do. It was fine.
Offensive Analysis: It was pretty dead yesterday. I hate in when the pitcher they are facing ha a 9 ERA and they can’t buy a run off him. In the 6th, Jeter singled and Brett Gardner tripled him in. The Yankees didn’t really make anything happen yesterday. Since they weren’t hitting Gonzalez, they should’ve tried building a run. The only person I saw who tried to do that was Melky Cabrera. In the bottom of the 5th, he got the first hit for the Yankees with the perfect bunt. But the Yankees failed to get anything going.
Late in the game, they tried doing one of their comebacks, and brought the game to 6-4. They threatened in the 9th, but failed to get the big hit.
It was a tough loss for the Yanks. The Red Sox won, bringing the Yankee lead to 1.5 games. There are no heroes in a Yankee loss 😦 Hopefully, the Yankees go right back out there and win. I hate it when they have a winning streak and then start losing like 6 games in a row. It totally undoes the wins. Hopefully they won’t do that. Go Yanks! Let’s start a new winning streak!
Since it was such a frustrating loss, I have something here to cheer up all you Yankee fans. It is for those of you who watched “Mike and the Mad Dog.” Hopefully it will bring a laugh or two.
Sergio Mitre Pitches Solidly as Yankees Win and are Alone in First
Last night was another victory for the Yankees, and another loss for the Red Sox. Now the Yankees are in sole possession of first place! The Yankees beat the Orioles last night by the score of 6-4. Sergio Mitre made his Yankee debut last night and did well, which is good because he is going to stay here for a long time since Wang had a setback with his injury.
Pitching Analysis: Sergio Mitre pitched 5 & 2/3 innings while allowing 4 runs, 3 which were earned, and striking out 4. Mitre surrendered a run in the first, probably a bit nervous in front of a large crowd in Yankee Stadium for the first time. He settled down in the second, and gave up a hit but nothing else. He had a little trouble holding on baserunners.
But Brian Roberts is not your average baserunner. In the top of the third, Roberts led of with a single and then stole second. As Roberts is doing his customary dance off second, Mitre has him picked off, and throws to Cano, who boots the ball. Roberts wound up at third. With no one out, Adam Jones grounded out, scoring Roberts. I’m sure Mitre didn’t want to give up the run, but I know he was glad to have Roberts off the basepaths! He got out of the inning wihtout any more trouble.
Mitre then had a nice 12 pitch 1-2-3 4th, and a quick 5th with the help of a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
In the 6th, Markakis led off with a single, followed by a single from Huff. Luke Scott then grounded out to Tex, and the runners advanced. With second and third and 1 out, Mitre surrendered a 2 run single to Melvin Mora, bringing the score to 6-4 Yanks. He then got Nolan Reimold to strike out. On that positive note, Girardi pulled out Mitre, who got a very nice hand, and brought in Aceves who got Wieters to pop up for out number 3.
Aceves pitched the 7th also, and Coke pitched the 8th. Mariano nailed down his 27th save of the year. Nice pitching today. I’m proud of Mitre for throwing strikes, inducing double plays when he had to, and for giving a solid start to give the Yankees the chance to win. Nice job!
Defensive Analysis: It was pretty solid, accept for Cano booting the pickoff throw. The Yankees turned some nice double plays, and Cano was the centerpiece of many, making up fot that misplay. There was a really nice double play in the top of the 8th where there was a sharp liner hit right at Tex, who then stepped on first to double up Markakis. He is so smooth at first!
Offensive Analysis: There were more runs last night. I liked how the Yankees scored their runs in many different ways: a homer, sac fly, and a clutch single.
In the bottom of the second, Arod built a run for the Yankees. He led off with a walk, then stole second, moved to third on a fly to right by Posada, and scored on a sac fly by Swish to tie the score at 1. They didn’t get a hit that inning, but they got a run!
In the bottom of the 3rd, Cody Ransom walked with 1 out. With Jeter up, they did a run-and-hit, and Jeter singled, moving Ransom to third. Then on the first pitch to Damon, Jeter stole second. Damon made out and then Tex walked. With the bases loaded and 2 out, Arod proved he is clutch again, and singled to left bring 2 runs home and giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the 4th, Swisher lead off with a walk, and Cano hit a monster 2 run homer into the Yankee bullpen in right. After Melky grounded out, Ransom walked and stole second, Jeter walked, and Damon singled to drive Ransom home.
The Yankees played very well last night. I liked how they were aggresive on the basepaths. I wish Joe Girardi would do that every night. The Yankees have a lot of guys who can run. Anyway, the heroes last night were Sergio Mitre for having a successful debut and picking up his first win as a Yankee, Robinson Cano for his homer, and the Texas Rangers for beating the Red Sox and helping us get into first place! Thanks Rangers! We love you!