The Yankees needed to win yesterday’s game to avoid falling 5 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays in the division race and to avoid an embarrassingly awful four-game sweep at home. Luckily they had Masahiro Tanaka on the mound, and while he didn’t last as long as he did in his last start against Toronto , he was just as great. Tanaka kept most of the power hitters off balance, and helped shut out the Blue Jays lineup for the first time since the All-Star Break.
In his last two starts against Toronto (16 innings pitched), Tanaka is 2-0. He has walked three batters, struck out 15, has held the potent Blue Jays lineup to a paltry .164 BA and he has not allowed a home run. That last one is important because that team likes the long ball and hits it often.
So how do you shut down a team with such a potent offense? You don’t allow them to feast on fastballs.… Click here to read the rest
Check out this video of A-Rod scoring on Didi Gregorius’s sac fly earlier today and see what Statcast has to say about it.
Not bad for a 40 year old. … Click here to read the rest
Carlos Beltran said, “Turn the page.”
Pitching matchup: R.A. Dickey vs #TANAK
Drew 2B… Click here to read the rest
Here’s your game thread for the doubleheader.
Game one lineups:
Pitching matchup for Game 1: Estrada vs Big Mike… Click here to read the rest
Per Marly Rivera of ESPN: Earlier today, the Yankees recalled OF Slade Heathcott and C Gary Sanchez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Heathcott hit .267/.315/.343/.657 in 64 with Scranton while Sanchez has hit .295/.349/.500/.849 in 35 games at Triple A. He played 58 games with Trenton and batted .262/.319.476.795.
Also of note: Heathcott will wear #72 and Sanchez #73. … Click here to read the rest
It was the rubber game of a three-game series. The Yankees won the first game thanks to starter Aaron Small who pitched well enough to pick up the win – nine hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings – and three-hit nights from Jason Giambi, Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada. A-Rod and Posada both homered. The Yankees dropped the second game 9-2 thanks to Shawn Chacon and Felix Rodriguez combining to give up six runs in the fourth inning to the Red Sox who were already up 2-0 going into the inning. Fun fact: Al Leiter pitched 5 2/3 innings of relief.
That brings us to the Sunday afternoon rubber game. I attended this game with a couple of my friends who sat with me in my usual Sunday afternoon seats at the old Stadium.
The top of the first inning was uneventful.… Click here to read the rest
Last night, E.J. and yours truly recorded a podcast. Domenic was busy laywering and couldn’t make it.
We discussed the still upcoming (thanks to the rainout) Blue Jays series, the pitching match-ups, how the Yankees have fared since we last recorded, Bryce Harper, Yoenis Cespedes and much, much more!
Enjoy! … Click here to read the rest