If you were awake to see the finish of this one, my heart goes out to you. I really hope you use a personal day or something to catch up on sleep because you deserve it after that. The Yankees blew multiple leads last night in the series opener against the Texas Rangers, the final one after a 3+ hour rain delay in the top of the 9th. Good grief.
Ivan Nova stinks, but you already knew that. He kept the stench turned up last night, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks in 5 innings pitched. Ian Desmond teed him up for a solo home run in the second at-bat of the game and it was typical Nova from there. He doesn't have a third pitch and there are stretches when his sinker doesn't sink. That makes it kinda tough to be an effective Major League starter.
The Yankee bats battled to support Nova with a barrage of singles against Texas starter Chi Chi Gonzalez. Hard singles, bloop singles, it was a cornucopia of singles that produced 5 runs over the first 5 innings. Mark Teixeira broke the cycle with a solo home run in the bottom of the 7th to give the Yankees a 6-4 lead, and that's when the shenanigans started.
The rain that had been present for most of the game started to pick up in the 7th inning. Dellin Betances had no issues with it, cruising through a 1-2-3 inning on 11 pitches. But it intensified in the 8th inning and Andrew Miller did the unthinkable and gave up a home run to a lefty in the bottom of the 8th. By the time the 9th inning came, it was a downpour and the field was soaked. Aroldis Chapman was having problems gripping the ball and threw 7 balls on his first 9 pitches, and after Joe came out to argue with the umpires about the conditions, the game was stopped.
It restarted 3 hours and 35 minutes later, and when it did it went down the toilet in a hurry. Kirby Yates, in for Chapman, came back to strike the 3-1 hitter out for the first out of the inning. He then hit the next 2 batters to load the bases and gave up the lead on a 2-run single by Adrian Beltre. But that wasn't all. Yates hit Prince Fielder in the next at-bat and gave up another 2-run single to Elvis Andrus to seal the game. Helluva job. Read More
The majority of the writing and conjecture involving the Yankees of late has revolved around the notion that this season is all but over. The team is once again a game below .500, and their run differential yields a Pythagorean record of 33-38 (a 75 win pace). And while they have not be awful, the sense of pessimism is nothing short of pervasive. As a result of this, there have been plenty of discussions regarding who should be dealt, and who should be kept to be a part of the next great Yankees team.
As of now, there is no strong consensus in this matter, outside of the free agents to be and the players that we wish we could ... well ... wish away. Didi Gregorius is one of the most polarizing players in this respect, and he is young enough to be a part of the future core, yet unexciting enough that some feel he isn't worth keeping around (though, the presence of Jorge Mateo may be the cause of that) - particularly if he can fetch something of value. So where does the truth lie? Read More
Well that was fun, huh?? Today's series/season finale against the Rockies was arguably the greatest roller coaster ride of the no-longer-so-young 2016 season. From up 4 early to down 4 late, and when the ride was over the Yankees came away with a win courtesy of Starlin Castro's walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th.
That early 4-run lead came in the bottom of the 2nd and all 4 runs came on one swing. Colorado starter Jon Gray loaded the bases on 2 walks and a Castro infield single and Chase Headley came up looking for a strike to drive. He got just that on the first pitch of the at-bat and he unloaded it into Monument Park for a grand slam. A little of the old power and patience.
That should have been more than enough for CC Sabathia with the way he's pitched for the last month, but today was an off-day for the big fella. He gave 2 of those runs back immediately in the top of the 3rd on a bloop 2-run single by Charlie Blackmon. Sabathia helped set that situation up by throwing away a bunt attempt, and compounded his problems in the 4th by serving up a 3-run homer to Nick Hundley on a poorly located 2-strike cutter. He didn't make it through 5 innings and got tagged for 6 runs, but hey, as great as he's been I think we can give him a pass on this one.
The Rockies' lead ballooned to 8-4 in the 5th when Anthony Swarzak came in to relief CC and gave up a double (CC's run) and a 2-run shot to Ryan Raburn. But luckily Walt Weiss' bullpen is just as crappy as Joe's, and they gave it all back in a big bottom of the 7th. Carlos Beltran got things started with a 3-run homer to pull New York within 1 and Didi Gregorius came through with a clutch 2-out base hit to tie the game up at 8.
That got things into the hands of the late-game crew and for a change they didn't foul anything up. Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman each fanned 2 in scoreless innings in the 8th and 9th, and Starlin wasted little time sending everybody home in the bottom half of the 9th. He hit a no-doubter to left on the second pitch he saw and that was all she wrote. Big moment for Starlin, who's been pretty awful since the first few weeks of April. Read More
I have no amusing into for this recap. The Yankees stink and they're incapable of beating the Colorado Rockies in any park, American League or National.
Charlie Blackmon started off last night's game with a leadoff home run against Ivan Nova, and if that wasn't a sign of what was in store over the next 8 and a half innings, I don't know what is. Nova gave up 2 more runs in the 1st, another in the 2nd, one more in the 4th on another Charlie Blackmon home run, and he got charged with one in the 5th after giving up a leadoff double and a walk without recording an out. It was the latest in what is becoming a long string of poor starts by Nova and it should be his final start in a Yankee uniform.
To their credit, the offense tried to put up a fight to keep up with Nova's awful pitching as only they can. Alex Rodriguez drove in a run in the bottom of the 1st on a GIDP (#ProductiveOuts) and Didi Gregorius scored on a fielding error in the 2nd to make it 4-2. An A-Rod sac fly scored another run in the 5th and Didi tripled home the final run in the 6th, but by then Nova and Nick Goody had already done too much damage. Read More