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The next 16 games for the Yanks are against AL East opponents: 3 in Boston, then 3 vs. the Rays, 3 vs. the O’s and 4 against the Jays, all at home, capped off by 3 in Tampa.

The Sox played a spirited series against the Mets this past weekend in Queens. Got to figure they’ll have plenty of upstart left in them.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Chris Young LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Greg Bird 1B
Didi Gregorius SS
Brendan Ryan 2B

Never mind those damn Jays:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Beat of the Day


Any questions?

[Photo Via: Discretely Charming]

New York Minute


Look, up in the sky. 

Run Harvest


I guess that’s the thing–even when Eovaldi’s disappointing he doesn’t get bombed. He wasn’t all that great today. Staked to a plump lead he couldn’t get an out in the sixth inning, and once again, his outing wasn’t nearly long enough. The good news is that it didn’t matter as the Bombers scored a week’s full of runs for him–as they’re wont to do–battering Atlanta, 20-6. Even Stephen Drew had a big game and is now over the Mendoza line.

Hey Now.

A sweep is just what the Yanks needed, especially considering the Jays ain’t slowing down for nuthin’.

[Photo Credit: MPD]



Prince or a Frog?


Three-quarters of the way through his first season in New York Nathan Eovaldi has shown more than promise, he’s shown progress. And it’s been fun to watch because I naturally find it easy to be extra critical of him. Initially, he was easy to root against. Every time I saw Eovaldi out there I expected him to implode. He’s a big, hulking guy and bears a physical resemblance to Carl Pavano. That’s probably it. But then you hear him in interviews and he’s a quiet, soft-spoken guy. Hard to get any sense of him but he doesn’t come across as a big jerk that’s for sure.

Unlike Pavano, he’s not a clod. Eovaldi is adept at pick-off throws, excellent at keeping baserunners from stealing–the announcers say he’s got good feet. His fastball–which touches 100+–his newly-developed splitter, his stuff, is tantalizing. Reminds me of AJ Burnett, the proverbial million-dollar-arm-ten-cent-head, the guy who never fully realizes his great promise (though, of course, Burnett has been a terrific older pitcher). And yet there is something passive about Eovaldi. He doesn’t have that thing that Matt Harvey has, the poise and aggression of a great pitcher.

So you have to wonder–is Eovaldi just a great arm or is he going to be a stud?

Well, he doesn’t often pitch deep into games and for all his stuff doesn’t strike a lot of guys out, but since getting bombed in Miami back in the middle of June, he’s been decent. Better than decent, he’s been good. Last two starts, against two potent offenses (Twins, Astros), he’s been especially good. Let’s hope for more of the same today.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Greg Bird 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B
Nathan Eovaldi P

Never mind the chanting:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Picture by Bags



A man died at the ballpark last night. It happened when Alex Rodriguez was announced as a pinch-hitter in the 7th inning, Yanks ahead, 2-0.

The man–not yet identified–was said to be in his 60s. He fell from the upper deck and landed on the seats below. The announcers caught it and there was a brief shot of were the fan landed. My wife, who works in an hospital ER saw it before I did–“They’re doing CPR,” she said.

The Yanks won the game, 3-1, but it didn’t seem to matter much.

Painting by David Park.

Gettin’ Right


Life was good from the get go last night as the Yanks scored 9 times in the first 2 innings on their way to a 15-4 win over the hapless Braves. I love Tanaka. Even when he doesn’t have his best stuff, he’s tough, he competes.

Sure am happy for Didi and McCann, too. Maybe the road is good for this act.

Let’s hope there’s more of the same tonight. Maybe lil’ Luis Severino pitches his best game yet. Imagine that.

Never mind the Crunk:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Image Credit: Diebs via Bo Fransson]

On the Road


The Yanks are in Atlanta this weekend to play a lousy Braves team. Which doesn’t necessarily mean much considering how mediocre the Bombers have been of late.

Here’s hoping things turn around for our boys.

Never mind the tomahawk chop:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Painting by Kenneth Southworth Davies]

Put it Through the S-950 then Stretch It


Never had a basement, never had an attic, only an apartment where I forever had static.

Check out this terrific 2-part NPR interview with Extra P.

[Photo Via: Mass Appeal]

Taster’s Cherce


Eat a peach. Make it crispy. 

Morning Art



Beat of the Day


Go screw.

Hit the Bricks, Pal, and Beat It


These be the dog days. The Yanks are flat horseshit right now. They limp out of town on a down note after losing again, this time 6-2.

They’ve got a day off and then a weekend series in Atlanta, followed by a three-game set against the Sox in Boston. After that, they return home to face the Rays, O’s and then a big 4-game series vs. the Jays.

If you’ve got something sunny to offer, I’m all ears–well, almost all anyway.

Picture by Bags

Matinee Day


Yanks and ‘Stros with a Wednesday Matinee.

Welcome back, Big Mike. We need ya (few runs wouldn’t hoit neither). Our Yanks are hurtin’.

Never mind the barkin’:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Photo Via: fornication]

Morning Art


Painting by Jack Vettriano via This Isn’t Happiness.

Taster’s Cherce


Food 52 has compiled some refreshing-looking late summer drinks for us, like this one from The Broken Bread. 

Bottom’s Up.

Good News, Bad News


The good news is that Brendan Ryan pitched 2 scoreless innings last night. The bad news is that he was the Yankees’ best pitcher.

Our boys got stomped, 15-1.

Make matters worse, the Rangers spit the bit in the 9th inning and the Jays came back and beat them.

Yanks a full game out of first.

[Photo Credit: Andrew Theodoraskis/N.Y. Daily News]

Duel in the Sun


…Far from it. In fact, the Yanks are tied for first place. I think the Jays are a stronger team but whether or not they play well remains to be seen.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Chris Young LF
pAlex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
John Ryan Murphy C
Didi Gregorius SS
Brendan Ryan 2B

Yanks get the tough Mr. Keuchel tonight and counter with Mr. Nova.

Never mind the Southpaw:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Picture by Bags.

Taster’s Cherce


Trip to Bountiful.

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