Yanks’ Division Lead Shrinks To Two Games With A Loss To Baltimore

How most of us feel right now

Abysmal: Extremely bad; appalling

That’s the word I’d use for tonight’s loss to Baltimore. And thanks to that dreadful showing by the Yankees, their Division lead is down to two games.

Hiroki Kuroda didn’t help his own cause when he gave up two singles and a sac fly to start the second inning. It put the O’s up 1-0.

In that same inning, with a man on second Mark Reynolds blasted a home run into left field to make it 3-0 – he would add a second dinger in the ninth inning of Derek Lowe which gave the Orioles a 5-0 lead.

One positive – look, I’m trying here – was that Kuroda pitched into the ninth inning. He gave up four earned runs on eight hits, struck out four and didn’t walk a batter – he gave up another home run in the sixth to J.J. Hardy.

The Yankees offense was held to just four hits by Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez.… Click here to read the rest

Game 131: A Fistful of Dollars

Get three coffins ready.

The next 16 games are the biggest of the year. Three teams are left contending for the AL East playoff spot, and over the next two weeks, the Yankees will play 13 games against the Orioles and Rays. This is the stretch-run, these are the most important games of 2012, and the Yankees, Rays, and Orioles will be willing to sacrifice just about every resource to survive. No matter how it plays out, all three teams will be beaten and exhausted following this set.

Tonight, we have the Orioles. The underdogs of the AL East. It’ll be painted as a match up of young and gritty players against the rich and old Yankees. Will veteran wisdom be on their side, or will the team’s collective age inspire retirement by the hands of Baltimore? Who will overcome? There’s no time for narratives now, the Orioles will aim for the heart.

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Curtis Granderson CF
Eric Chavez 3B
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix DH

On the mound, we have Hiroki Kuroda and RHP Miguel Gonzalez dueling it out.… Click here to read the rest