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Nu?

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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!

Run Harvest

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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?

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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

Pause

DavidPark

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

Diebs

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

whitehouse

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]

Hit the Bricks, Pal, and Beat It

airplan

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

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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]

Good News, Bad News

brendanryan

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

notdeadyet

…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.

One @#$%ing Run

captain-eo-starring-michael-jackson-00Yeah, that’s about the size of it; Yanks have been playing a lot of games this season where they win or lose by (or annoyingly only scoring) one run. Not surprisingly, this was shaping up to be one of those shit-end-of-the-stick one run games; low scoring and other pitcher is lights out. Surprisingly, the team usually scores a lot of runs for The Composer (yunnow, Eovaldi, Vivaldi, ahh nervermind) , surprisingly his gem did not go to waste as Girardi and the batters themselves have a habit of pissing away these kind of efforts with “plays” or notebook strategies or just plain bad at-bats, but no.

Somehow, they managed to get on the good side of karma as the last inning saw them load the bases with none out and Beltran, known more for blown opportunities without even moving rather than good luck, managed to sky the ball enough to let Happy Nutheryearonearth boy Brett Gardner dash in with the winning @#$%ing run in the bottom of the night. Surprise, surprise, Yanks did not lose in extra innings (another annoying habit of late) and beat a surprisingly (if you are playing the Drinking Game with the word surprise, you are a lush) beating-the-league-like-they-owe-you-money Astros club by the score of @#$%ing 1-0.

It’s not that I hate low scoring games. It’s just that I hate having to go to bed in the middle of one with a summer cold and then wake up and write this before an early call. Oh well, enjoy your day and remember: @#$%!

These Games Ain’t Gonna Win Themselves

bikebroom

CC goes to the DL and who knows if he’ll pitch again this season. Sigh.

Big game for Eovaldi tonight.

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

Never mind the losing:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Picture by Bags

More Like It

paperbags

The Yanks won on Saturday afternoon cause they wuz a-supposed to win. And that made us happy.

First big league victory for Luis Severino who was impressive because he didn’t have his best stuff.

Let’s see what CC’s got today.

Another breather for Alex

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann DH
Greg Bird 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B
John Ryan Murphy C

Never mind the haze:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Picture by Bags

Kurious Jorge with a “J” not a “G”

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Okay, then. Let’s try this again.

On Jorge Posada Day at the Stadium.

It’s Luis Severino Part 4. Maybe they can get him a win today.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann DH
Greg Bird 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B
John Ryan Murphy C

Never mind the old timer’s:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Picture by Bags

Bugaboo

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Carlos Carrasco out-pitched Masahiro Tanaka but there the Yanks were, down by a run, 3-2, in the bottom of the 8th inning, bases loaded. Stephen Drew hit the ball hard but directly at left fielder Michael Brantley. That was your ballgame as the Indians scored 4 runs in the top of the 9th and beat the Yankees again–4 in 5 games this year. This time it was 7-3.

We don’t have to like it, but that’s baseball, Suzyn.

[Image Via: 4CP]

Let’s Try This Again

vw

The Yanks lost to the Indians in Cleveland recently when Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar started. The two pitchers go again this weekend–Carrasco tonight, Salazar tomorrow afternoon.

Good as they are, this is a last place team we’re talking about and it behooves the Yanks to win the next three games, less the locals turn cranky.

Brett Gardner CF

Chase Headley 3B

Alex Rodriguez DH

Brian McCann C

Carlos Beltran RF

Greg Bird 1B

Chris Young LF

Stephen Drew 2B

Brendan Ryan SS

Tonight gives Tanaka Time.

Never mind the riff raff:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Photo Via: NYC Nostalgia]

Too Short

twin

Long night for the Yankee offense. They had to deal with Josh Tomlin, Cleveland’s thin-lipped starter who bears a slight resemblance to a young Gary Oldman. Tomlin threw darts, mixed pitches, changed speeds and rocked the Yanks--and the rest of us–to bed. The Yanks kept crushing pitches but they’d go foul because Tomlin placed them just so. The Bombers hit some balls hard in fair territory too but they were either directly at fielders or Cleveland’s men were making nice plays to turn those balls into outs.

A home plate umpire with a horeshit strike zone didn’t help. But he’s not to blame. Tomlin was.

As Crash Davis once said, “Fuck this fucking game.”

But in the 9th inning, there the Yanks were–down 3-2 with men on second and third, 2 out for Didi Gregorious. He hit a harmless fly ball to left field to end the game but the Yanks had their chance right there. Close but no.

They’ll get them tonight, Carrasco or no Carrasco.

Picture by Bags

Back to the Grill Again

bronxmorning

The Indians were a pain in the ass for the Yanks last week in Cleveland. Now, they’re in town for a four-game series.

Let’s hope the Yanks keep on playing well and win 3 of 4.

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

Tonight gives Nova.

Never mind the moisture:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Silver Throat Sings Again

Suzyn

I hadn’t seen this before–The John Sterling Project–but cannot be surprised that it was put together by our old chum, William.

Thanks, my dude.

[Photo Credit: Corey Sipkin/N.Y. Daily News]

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