Game Thread: A’s vs Yankees, Sunday September 23

Today’s game almost seems like a formality after yesterday’s marathon of come backs and tension. But that’s the beauty of baseball. They do this everyday. The Yankees used every pitcher they have yesterday, so the team needs Hiroki Kuroda to give them some length, desperately. The A’s will counter with A.J. Griffin. The Yankees have also quietly turned a page. They’ve won seven in a row and are 9-1 over their last ten. Unfortunately, Baltimore is right their with them, just a game behind. Enjoy.… Click here to read the rest

Have the Orioles been lucky or good?

Just a passing fancy..

..or will it last?

One of the biggest surprises this season has been the reemergence of the long dormant Baltimore Orioles. Its a franchise that hasn’t been above .500 since their 98 win group in 1997, and hasn’t broken 70 wins since 2006. This year, they’re 86-62 and have been a thorn in the side of the 1st place Yankees for the past month. Unlike other sports, the 162 game baseball season is a great way of sorting out the men from the boys. That’s not to say there aren’t one year wonders, most years one or more teams will emerge that seem to get a heaping of good luck after years and year of being snake bit. That’s life at the blackjack table in a game loaded with randomness. In other instances, a young team poised for a breakout will put things together and go from doormat to perennial contender for multiple years. Skill being the dominant factor in their success.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees come back four runs to win epic 14-inning marathon on walkoff E-3

The A’s got out to a pretty good start in the first, when three consecutive doubles (Stephen Drew, Seth Smith, and Yoenis Cespedes) let them jump out to a 2-0 lead off Ivan Nova.

But the A’s were playing sloppy, bad baseball for much of the first few innings, their fielders choking on easy plays, their pitcher unable to find the strike zone, and, by the second, the bombers had managed to sneak out to an almost-accidental 4-2 lead after a wild pitch let A-Rod score. A’s starter Travis Blackley lasted all of two innings–but he threw 59 pitches.

But pitching wasn’t the story tonight. If we witnessed a couple of gems last night, then today we witnessed whatever the polar opposite of that would be. Neither pitching staff could do much to stem the bleeding–though Derek Lowe and Jim Miller did the best they could in the early going–and the A’s made things worse by misplaying balls with alarming frequency.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees 10 A’s 9: Are You Kidding Me?

Courtesy of Fangraphs

How crazy was today’s game? Well, it’s after 7:00 p.m and I am just writing the recap for a 1:00 p.m. game.

How crazy was today’s game? Both starters were pulled after only two innings – well, 2.1 for Ivan Nova and 2.0 for Travis Blackley – and a total of 18 pitchers used.

How crazy was today’s game? The teams combined for 19 runs and 31 hits.

How crazy was today’s game? Both teams used nine pitchers each.

How crazy was today’s game? Raul Ibanez, who came into the game in the fifth inning, finished 3-4 with two home runs and a double.

How crazy was today’s game? The A’s scored four runs – including hitting back-to-back home runs and three total – in the top of the 13th inning to break it open, and they didn’t win.

How crazy was today’s game? The Yankees were down 9-5 in the bottom of the 13th and tied it up with three singles in a row, a wild pitch, a sac fly and a home run.… Click here to read the rest

Game 151-Bullpen needs a blowout

There’s a theory making the rounds that the recent sruggles of David Robertson and last night’s blown save by Rafael Soriano is a product of an overworked bullpen that’s running out of gas down the stretch. I’m not so sure I buy that. If you watch the replay, the pitch Soriano gave up the game-tying HR on had plenty of life on it, he just caught too much of the plate and the hitter did a good job getting to a pitch below his knees. Also, let’s not forget Soriano wasn’t even the Closer for over a month to start the season, setting up for Mo in limited appearances until early May. But anytime you have more games than days left in the season, you have to be a bit concerned that the bullpen may wear down. Especially when you’re on a winning streak of mostly tightly played games.
Here’s your lineup, courtesy of LoHud:
1. Jeter SS
2. Suzuki CF
3.… Click here to read the rest