Playing games away from the cavernous Coliseum can’t be much fun for Oakland’s young pitchers. The Yankees pulverized an A’s starter for the second straight game, pounding Oakland 9-3. Vin Mazzaro — yet another A’s starter boasting a shiny ERA in a rotation full of hurlers with sub-4.00 marks — proved that, like Trevor Cahill, [...]
The Bombers’ bats continued to batter the Oakland A’s Tuesday night. Phil Hughes improved over his last outing, picking up another win and holding the Athletics to just two runs despite struggling at times. Big hits by Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira gave the Yankees a lead early and at the end of the night they took a 9-3 victory and were a game ahead of Tampa Bay for the top of the AL East.
Brett Gardner got the Yankees started with a lead off single in the bottom of the first. He stole second and Jeter worked a walk. With Teixeira at bat the Yankees pulled off a double steal, but Teixeira got hit by a pitch and the bases were loaded with no outs. Robinson Cano then hit into a double play, scoring Gardner for the first run of the game. Nick Swisher hit the ball to Mark Ellis at second, and was safe at first when Ellis misplayed the ball, scoring Jeter and keeping the inning going. Jorge Posada then connected for his tenth career triple, scoring Swisher and putting the Yankees up 3-0.
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An interesting post from Dan Szymborski of Baseball Think Factory renown over at ESPN: What would this AL East race look like if the Sox had stayed healthy? ….For those five starters, there were a combined 996 missed plate appearances compared to what would be expected. Those 996 plate appearances had to go somewhere, so [...]
It is with great pleasure that Mike and I introduce the newest member of the Yankeeist family: Matt Warden, who had been blogging about the Yankees at Matt on Earth, and has quickly become a good friend and trusted ally of ours. Given our like-minded sensibilities, including Matt’s interest in and reliance on advanced statistical [...]
One of the frequent cautions we hear when the Yankees bring in a left handed hitter is brought to the Yankees is that he will get pull happy playing in Yankee Stadium. I can’t recall if this was exactly the case with Curtis Granderson, but I’m sure at least a few people brought it up. [...]
Much has deservedly been made of Derek Jeter‘s poor season. Coming into Monday night’s game his career slash stats were .314/.385/.454. His season line was .270/.335/.381. No professional hitter will be happy to bat .044 points below his career average in a season. But Derek is having a bad year only by his standards. His [...]
New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays
You have a vested interest in this, the two teams are deadlocked for the division lead, and they’re the best two teams in the majors. Yet, there’s really not a whole lot to get excited about. Boston is nowhere to be seen, and any other Wild Card challengers are four games behind them. Sure, the winning team gets home-field advantage in the ALCS, but I can’t get excited about something that might happen. Otherwise, they’re fighting for the right to play Minnesota or Texas, and those teams are so close that it really doesn’t matter who the team gets, though it’s probably more pleasant to play in Texas than Minnesota in October. So, what’s really up for grabs is division bragging rights, but (quoting Yankee Universe) World Series championships are the only things that matter, right? I imagine that, with two weeks left, both teams will start resting their players anyway with an eye on the playoffs, leaving less to watch. With that in mind, what else is there that you should watch?
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[image title="simpsons_two_bad_neighbors" size="full" id="21038" align="center" linkto="full" ] Those who watch Yankees games on YES know that Michael Kay will often mention Homer Bush’s role on the 1998 Yankees whenever discussing how important good baserunning and stolen bases are, particularly from bench players. He tends to pontificate on the topic for a while, suggesting Bush was [...]
While driving home from my first class of the Fall Semester last night, I listened to part of the game on the radio. As I passed Exit 19 on the southbound, Ramiro Pena knocked in Jorge Posada to give the Yankees six runs. Right before he did that, everyone’s favorite radio whipping boy and whipping [...]