Game 159: Royals @ Yankees

From… Sam Borden (LoHud): YANKEES (102-56) Jeter SS Damon LF Teixeira 1B Rodriguez 3B Matsui DH Posada C Cano 2B Swisher RF Cabrera CF Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (9-6, 4.72) ROYALS (64-94) Maier LF Hulett 2B Butler 1B Pena DH Callaspo 3B Teahen RF Buck C Betancourt SS Anderson CF Pitching: RHP Robinson Tejeda (4-2, 3.41) TIME/TV: 7:05, YES. Tejeda, like Joba, can be filthy if everything clicks. Let’s hope that’s not the case tonight as the Yankees seek victory number 103.

Yanks interested in Yusei Kikuchi?

Yusei Kikuchi, an 18-year old lefty who pitched for the Hanamaki Higashi High School baseball team as recently as Monday, is expected to be the number one pick in Japan’s upcoming amateur draft. However, Kikuchi is currently debating whether or not to skip Japan’s draft completely so that he may seek a contract with an MLB club (he’ll be considered a free agent). We could learn of his decision this week. Despite the very raw nature of Kikuchi’s talent, his fairly impressive two-pitch repertoire has reportedly enticed a bevy of organizations, including the Yankees, who have apparently scouted him this Continue reading Yanks interested in Yusei Kikuchi?

Recapping The Walk Offs

After the Yankees’ 11th walk off win of the season, Steve listed the walk offs and linked to the relevant boxscores. With one home game remaining and the Yankees walk-off total up to 15, I thought it would be fun to run through them all, with the links pointing towards replays of each exciting walk off hit. 4/22– Yankees beat A’s 9-7 on two run homer by Melky Cabrera in the 14th. It was Melky’s second home run of the day. 5/1– The Yankees score 6 runs in the last two innings to turn a 9-4 deficit into a 10-9 Continue reading Recapping The Walk Offs

Still Coors East, but not as prolific

I’m glad Anthony McCarron from the Daily News pulled the stats on home runs at Yankee Stadium as it’s something I’ve been wondering about. It just “seemed” that the home runs were down a bit from early on and now we can examine the details:

The new Yankee Stadium has produced more homers than have ever been hit in the Bronx before and the most homers in the majors this year. But the home-run epidemic that gripped Yankeeland earlier this season has lessened, and the team does not believe the frequency of baseballs soaring into the seats has to be addressed.

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Earlier this season, the Stadium was on pace to break the single-season record for home runs in one ballpark – 303 at mile-high Coors Field in 1999. Entering last night’s game, there had been 233 home runs at the new park with two home games remaining.

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Tigers or Twins?

From Joe at RAB: While the Twins make a great baseball story, we’re still focused on what this will mean for the Yankees. Would they prefer Detroit or Minnesota? The question might sound like a no-brainer at first. The Twins are without their slugging first baseman and have generally been the inferior team during the season. But they’re the hot team, and hot teams can be hell on any team in the playoffs, even the team with the best record in baseball. Joe goes on to make the case that the Yankees should be rooting for the Twins, who are Continue reading Tigers or Twins?

Boston loses fifth game in a row, clinches playoff spot

I know this is a Yankee blog, but Boston clinching a spot in October despite losing five in a row is pretty damn amusing. To think for a brief moment in August I actually thought the Rangers might pull a Wild Card berth out. Far more importantly, the Yankees beat the Royals 4-3 in the 9th inning of last night’s contest, recording their Major League-leading 15th walkoff win of the year, this time on a Juan Miranda single off old friend Kyle Farnsworth. Good to see that ol’ Farnsy hasn’t changed much since his time in pinstripes. The Yankees are Continue reading Boston loses fifth game in a row, clinches playoff spot

Game 158: Royals 3, Yankees 4

If these last few games are indeed meaningless’ no one has told the Yankees or Juan Miranda. Another solid outing by AJ Burnett kept the Yankees close as they trailed 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth. Still, the Bombers have been the masters of the comeback win, utilizing a variety of players, and Tuesday night was no different, as Juan Miranda had the game-winning single of Krazy Kyle Farnsworth. The Yankees 4-3 win puts their win streak at seven.

The Royals were the first to draw blood as they built a rally in the top of the third. Josh Anderson singled to right and stole second. Yuniesky Betancourt singled the third. Billy Butler drove in a RBI single to right and Kansas City took the 1-0 lead. Mark Teixeira put the Bombers on the board with a solo homer in the sixth, his 39th of the season.

The tie was short-lived, however, as AJ walked Teahen and got Buck to fly out, before Girardi called on Phil Coke. Gordon singled to Coke and Anderson reached on a throwing error by Coke, while Teahen scored. Maier grounded out to Coke, however, instead of getting the easy out at home and saving a run, the reliever got the out at first, allowing Kansas City to make the score 3-1. Nick Swisher got one of the runs back, crushing the ball over the centerfield wall and pulling the Pinstripes within one.

The Yankees needed another walk-off win as they faced off against former teammate Kyle Farnsworth in the ninth. Francisco Cervelli singled to second as the ball deflected off Kyle Farnsworth. Eric Hinske, pinch hitting for Ramiro Pena, singled to right, sending Cervelli to third. A sac fly by Robinson Cano tied the game. Hinske picked up his first stolen base of the year and got to third on Buck’s throwing error. Farnsworth intentionally walked Damon, bringing up Juan Miranda with two on and two out. Miranda connected with a fastball, sending it off Farnsworth’s shin and scoring Hinske as the Yankees poured onto the field and AJ Burnett prepped the pie!

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A note about the comments

Yes, I know Blogger sucks and its commenting system is awful. I also realize that WordPress and almost every other blogging software is light years ahead of Blogger in every conceivable way. Regardless, Blogger’s upgraded itself enough whereby it’s still way quicker (and, more importantly, freer) to get a site up-and-running via Blogger than anywhere else. I also have a strong affinity for Google products of all kind, be it G-Mail, Picasa (the hell with Flickr and its 200-photo limitations), and hopefully Wave, once I receive my invitation. But perhaps most importantly, Google is hosting my domain name for free, Continue reading A note about the comments

Why not Juan Miranda, too?

In the year of the Walk-Off, why not add Juan Miranda to the mix? In an utterly insignificant game, Yankee fans could still enjoy a good outing from Burnett and the fifteenth walk-off win of the year–against the immortal Kyle Farnsworth. To put the Yankees’ walk off wins in perspective, in the entirety of the 2009 season, the Yankees had exactly one homestand–just one in an eighty-two home game season–in which they did not walk off. That’s pretty incredible. The game ultimately played out like a spring-training game, with the latter innings including such things as Robinson Canó playing first Continue reading Why not Juan Miranda, too?