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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

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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

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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]

Firebird

birdland

What? I wasn’t going to mention Bird in the title?

The kid hit a pair of 2-run home runs  yesterday to boost the Yanks. Even better was Nathan Eovaldi. Guy’s stuff is so good–he threw 4 pitches yesterday at 101–it’s easy to be critical of him. He was perfect through 5, faltered in the 6th, and then showed some guts but coming back out and pitching a clean 7th. Shreve held the Twins down in the 8th and Betances put heads to bed to close it out.

It’s clear what the Yankees saw in Eovaldi and while he is not a finished product he’s improved, don’t you think?

Final Score: Yanks 4, Twins 3.

[Photo Credit: William Claxton]

Overheated

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It’s Eovaldi vs. Santana this afternoon on an uncomfortably warm day in the Bronx.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Carlos Beltran RF
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

Remember Me? Benny Blanco from the Bronx

abomb

Excuse me for losing faith but when Alex Rodriguez came to the plate with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th inning last night, I didn’t think he’d strike out or pop out, I thought he’d hit into a double play. Rodriguez is in a slump and was 1-27 going into the at-bat. Never mind the lack of hits, the swings haven’t been that good the past week. I wasn’t trying to reverse jinx him by anticipating the double play, I just didn’t have confidence he’d put a good swing on the ball. Well, shows what I know. After taking a cutter outside for a ball, Rodriguez put a fine swing on a fastball, low–but not low enough–and outside–but not outside far enough–and hit a grand slam. Nobody in big league history has hit more of them than Rodriguez.

The Yanks had been trailing 4-1. Now, they had a lead. They scored 3 more times in the 8th and beat the Twins, 8-4.

They’re all important wins and this was no exception. Looked like they were done after CC Sabathia fell apart in the 7th inning. Seems as if the Big Guy hits a wall later in games and can’t recover. But the late comeback gave us another reason to appreciate these 2015 Yankees who have given us a good deal of pleasure so far.

[Photo Credit: Elsa/Getty Images]

The Long Haul

foggyempirestate

Yanks need a big game from the Big Fella on a hot summer evening in the Bronx.

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

Never mind the dog daze:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Picture by Bags

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