Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson turns 68-years-old today.
Here’s video from his most iconic game:
Happy Birthday, Reggie!
Well, the Yankees lived up to their alternate nickname this afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Bronx Bombers belted five home runs en route to a 7-1 victory at the Stadium.
Mark Teixeira, Zoilo Almonte, Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano and Brian McCann all went deep – Tex and McCann hit two run dingers, the rest were solo shots with Almonte’s landing way out in Section 203 of the bleachers.
Almonte was a late addition to the lineup after Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched with flu-like symptoms.
David Phelps pitched five scoreless innings but it was a tough five innings. He tossed 50 pitches through two innings and gave up five hits and three walks and worked out of a few jams.
The Yankees’ scoreless streak ended at 23 innings when Dellin Betances gave up a first pitch home run to Starling Marte deposited a solo shot into the left field seats but Betances recovered to pitch two innings while striking out three.…
Where were you 16 years ago this afternoon?
If you were lucky, you were at Yankee Stadium and witnessed David Wells pitch a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins.
It was the 15th perfect game in the history of MLB and the Yankees’ first in the regular season. (Don Larsen’s was during the World Series in 1956)
It’s a really nice day out so I don’t expect you to watch the game in its entirety but I’m posting it anyway in case you feel like taking a trip down memory lane. Enjoy!
It’s raining and there will be no Yankee game so I thought why not relive “Walk Off Weekend” which occurred May 15-May 17, 2009 against the Minnesota Twins.
It began with Melky Cabrera’s walkoff:
Continued with Alex Rodriguez’s walkoff:
And concluded with Johnny Damon’s walkoff:
It was a four game series, Friday to Monday, and while the Yankees didn’t walk off on that Monday night, they did win the game and swept the four game set.
Anyway, enjoy your afternoon!
If you’ve looked at a radar today, you will see that a wall of rain is on its way to the NYC area and because of that, the Yankees have postponed tonight’s game.
The Yankees and Pirates will play a single admission doubleheader Sunday.
The deal is if you had tickets for tonight, you can exchange them for tickets to a game at a later date. If you have tickets for Sunday, you get to attend the doubleheader.
UPDATE 1:15 P.M.: Yankees PR says that if you have tickets for tonight you can exchange them for Sunday tickets if you’d like and that’s subject to availability, of course.
The Yankees couldn’t get much going against Mets’ starter Jacob deGrom but the one run they were able to scratch out in the seventh was enough to get the win and help them earn the Subway Series split.
deGrom who was making his big league debut held the Yankees to that one run on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts. He earned the loss thanks to Alfonso Soriano‘s RBI double but he pitched a great game.
As for the Yankees and their pitchers, well, they were pretty much lights out tonight.
Starter Chase Whitley only pitched 4.2 innings but he made the most of them. He gave up two hits, walked two batters and struck out four. After Whitley exited the game, Joe Girardi called upon Dellin Betances to get the third out of the fifth inning and he did. He got Eric Young Jr. to ground out.
Betances came out for the sixth and set the Mets batters down in order with three strikeouts which was pretty impressive until he did the same exact thing in the seventh inning.…
Tonight’s the last game of the 2014 Subway Series and the last Subway Series game for Derek Jeter. Let’s pour one out for him, shall we?
Anyway, here are your lineups:
E. Young LF
C. Young CF
Enjoy the game!
It’s okay to admit that I like the Mets’ parting gift for Derek Jeter, right?
This is made of subway tiles. pic.twitter.com/nGYldTlIYf
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) May 15, 2014
They also had a cake!
Here's part of Jeter's gift: pic.twitter.com/cyaOEO4fu7
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) May 15, 2014
The Mets also presented Jeter with a $22,222.22 check for his Turn Two foundation. Jeter joked with Mets’ COO Jeff Wilpon and asked if it was a check for $222.22. Oh Derek, you card.
Last night, the Yankees’ new stopper Masahiro Tanaka pitched a four-hit complete game shutout against the Mets and I wanted to look at his performance through pictures and charts because they’re fun and colorful and we need that on this dreary day in New York.
Terry Collins may have had a point about three of the Mets’ fly balls being home runs in Yankee Stadium but they weren’t in Yankee Stadium last night so it’s a moot point and he should really stop whining already.
Here’s the heat map of where Tanaka’s swings and misses were located:
As you can see, a few guys were chasing the infamous Tanaka splitter but they also were having issues with his slider (more on that in a bit).
Next up is a nice chart made by our overlord Jason that breaks down all of Tanaka’s pitches last night: How many he threw, which kind, how many ended up being swings, misses, which ones were fouled off, chased out of the strike zone and in play.…