Author Archives: Gabe Lezra

Super Nova! Yankees hurler rebounds, K’s 10 in 5-2 win over Blue Jays

Casey McGehee pummeled his first home run in the top of the fourth inning, a three-run blast that had Yankees’ radio announcer John Sterling yelling “How do you like that, Casey at the bat!” (what did you really expect?). The three run shot put the game out of reach for the Jays, with Nova dealing, and you could pretty much tell that by the fourth inning. There were a few moments of worry for the young pitcher–Rajai Davis was particularly impressive, collecting two hits and two runs, while swiping third base in the bottom of the eigth–but they were nothing he couldn’t handle, especially considering how well he was commanding his breaking arsenal.

Derek Jeter blasted an RBI ground rule double in the top of the sixth inning, putting the Yankees up 5-1–Jayson Nix singled home Teixeira before McGehee homered in the fourth, after which Edwin Encarnacion drove in Davis. Jeter’s drive gave him 150 hits on the year for the 17th consecutive season (yes), tying only Hank Aaron; there aren’t many things that could make Jeter more of a lock to join the hall of fame, but being on a list of two with Hank Aaron certainly won’t hurt the Captain’s candidacy.…

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No Felix, no problem: Yanks edge M’s 6-2

I don’t mean to be totally dismissive of the Mariners–it’s not like Freddy Garcia was King Felix or anything, and they did get a lot of walks–it just seemed like the Yankees were in control of the afternoon. After Raul Ibanez homered in the fifth inning to put the Yanks back up by two, both teams seemed set on cruise control: the Yankee bullpen was flawless again, with Logan, Robertson and Soriano putting up fantastic outings, and they put the game to bed after Garcia exited in the seventh.

It was an important win for the Yankees, who took the series from Seattle–their first win in their past three series. They go into a very tough four game set against Detroit at Comerica with some momentum, the first time they’ve had any in a couple weeks.

  • Ichiro Suzuki added a sun-aided double in the bottom of the seventh, extending his hitting streak with the Yankees to twelve games, and tying the record for longest hitting streak to begin a Yankee career.

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Ichiro Suzuki: not as bad as you think

Curtis Granderson, 2.0 WAR
Nick Swisher, 1.8 WAR
Ichiro Suzuki, 1.6 WAR
Andruw Jones, 1.0 WAR
Raul Ibanez, 0.5 WAR

Ichiro is only .2 WAR less than Nick Swisher–and no one has any problem with Swish. But how can Ichiro have such badf offensive numbers and still be worth more than one and a half wins above a replacement-level player?

He’s still really, really good at defense.

After watching Curtis Granderson make a couple of serious miscalculations yesterday–he just cannot seem to get his routes to the ball straight–and after seeing Andruw Jones and Raul Ibanez make a mockery of playing left (and Swish, well, he’s fun to have in right), it seems more and more clear to me that the Yankees could really do with a better-fielding player somewhere in the outfield.

Ichiro has a 14.9 Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR), and 12 defensive runs saved (DRS) this season; he has a career UZR/150 of 10.9. Over the past three years, he has averaged about a 9.0 UZR.…

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God save the king! Felix reigns in New York with two-hit, complete game 1-0 win

The way to beat a pitcher like Hernandez–and I mentioned this in the pregame, noting that it was a truism about baseball–is that you need to take any chance he gives you. You need essentially spotless pitching and to get hits whenever he gives you an opening.

Well, the bombers got another impressive outing from Hiroki Kuroda, who threw six innings of one run ball–Mike Carp (Mike Trout’s less delicious cousin) dropped a two-out RBI single into left field in the second–and the bullpen tossed three innings of shutout ball. Normally, one run in nine innings is enough for this Yankee offense.

But not today. This was not a case of traditional Yankee OMG-RISP-OMG mania; rather, this was a game where they were simply dominated. They didn’t take their chances because they didn’t get any chances. They had one runner in scoring position all game–Robinson Cano in the first inning–and only three other base-runners total. This was not a case of missing clutch hitting; this was a case of missing hitting period.…

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New night, same story: Red Sox survive late Yankee rally, take finale 3-2 in 10

The Sox managed to hang on to their two run lead for most of the game thanks to a stellar performance from Felix Dubront–final line: 6.1 innings, four hits, one run, five walks, eight k’s. The youngster had good command for most of the night, and managed to tame the Yankee offense whenever they put any runners on; this, of course, may also be related to the Yankees’ recent struggles at the plate, though I tend to give credit to pitchers in these circumstances.

Hiroki Kuroda matched Dubront pitch for pitch after the second inning: the veteran’s fastball was touching 94-95 MPH, while his slider was sharp, and his two-seamer was diving down. In fact, he should have probably only conceded one run in the second inning, as Andruw Jones–showing off all the reasons that the bombers desperately need Brett Gardner (or at least Ichiro!) in left–took a terrible route to Sweeney’s line drive. The ball bounced past Jones, who adjusted too late, and on to the wall, allowing Saltalamacchia to score from first; you have to imagine that Gardner–and Suzuki–would have been able to cut the ball off and hold the Boston catcher at third.…

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