Hughes Falls Apart, Yankees Crushed By Raul Ibanez 12-2

Not So Filthy Hughes
Phil Hughes entered this game trying to rebound from a 6 run game against the Royals and somehow had an even more disastrous start. The pitcher couldn’t even make it out of the first inning, going 0.2 IP, giving up 7 runs on 6 hits. Hughes repeated some bad habits of last year, starting today’s game with 11 straight four-seam fastballs. When three sliders didn’t work against Kyle Seager, Hughes started to rely on the curveball. It was pretty clear that he was over-rotating on the curveball, as the pitches were missing their location towards right-handed batters by a few feet. For some reason this was his pitch of choice with the bases loaded against Ibanez, who launched a grand slam to right center field.

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Voldemort’s Revenge
How about Raul Ibanez? He came into this series batting .194/.250/.403 in 72 plate appearances. After a two homerun game tonight, he is 4 for 9 with 3 homeruns and 8 RBI’s in this series.…

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The comeback kids strike again: Yankees 4, Mariners 3

I wrote about it earlier but it bears repeating, I really love the 2013 Yankees.

oc_cutie_mark___wizard_hat_by_esipode-d4gf0i1I am enjoying watching guys like Lyle Overbay stepping up in key situations and guiding the team to victory. And I obviously love that Robinson Cano also was a part of the comeback that helped the Yankees avoid losing to Seattle and Felix Hernandez. But do you know what I am really enjoying? Seeing the reactions from fans of other teams throughout baseball who absolutely gobsmacked by how well the Yankees are doing despite having $100M currently on the DL.

“How are the Yankees doing this?”
Is it sorcery?”
“I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THE YANKEES CAN KEEP WINNING WITH THIS RAGTAG LINEUP!”

It is glorious.

CC Sabathia had an odd outing. He lasted six and one-third innings, gave up all three of Seattle’s runs on 10 hits but also struck out 10 batters. The last pitcher to give up at least 10 hits and strike out 10 in the same outing was none other than Sabathia in August 2011.…

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Kuroda, Cano and Wells combine to beat Royals 4-2

Hiroki KurodaThe Yankees swept the Royals today, winning 4-2 on Mother’s Day. The real star of the game was Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda didn’t strike a lot of batters out, fanning just one, but he only walked one as well, limiting the Royals to six hits over 7.2 innings. With that kind of control, you don’t need a lot of strike outs. Kuroda was efficient as well, throwing just 98 pitches. He got into some trouble in the eighth inning, and even got into a verbal spat with the home plate umpire, but none of that was enough to undo a solid performance.

The Yankees got their runs off the long ball, remember that thing the Yankees weren’t supposed to have this season. The Bombers were down one to nothing in the third inning when Robinson Cano put a ball into orbit, sending it 406 feet to right center. Chris Stewart was on at the time. The shot gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead.…

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Quick recap: Yankees 3, Rockies 1

Since this is a quick recap, let’s have some fun with numbers:

  • CC Sabathia retired 11 batters in a row before the rain delay and had only thrown 51 pitches.
  • The rain delay lasted 1 hour and 59 minutes.
  • Mariano Rivera has converted 13 out of 13 saves.
  • The Yankees only scored six runs this series and still won two out of three games.
  • Robinson Cano got the 1500th hit of his career, clubbed his ninth home run of the season and collected RBI #20.
  • Vernon Wells picked up his 16th RBI of the season.
  • The Yankees’ batters had six hits and seven strikeouts.
  • They only had two hits of the extra bases variety – Cano’s dinger and Chris Nelson‘s double.
  • The Yankees’ pitchers also threw more strikeouts to Rockies batters (5) than gave up hits to them (4). David Robertson helped that total with three K’s of his own.
  • Sabathia was hitless in two at bats with two strikeouts.
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Oakland 5, Yankees 4: Sorry the recap was delayed

The recap is delayed because I actually went to today’s game.

Normally, I sit in section 413 which is in the shade and on days like today, the temperature difference between the sun soaked seats and covered seats feels like it’s at least a 20 degree swing so my brother and I walked out to left field.

This was our first view:

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I was roasting out in the sun and kept getting and hiding from it. I’m pale, I wasn’t wearing sunscreen on my arms because I was expecting to be in the shade and knowing my luck, I’d be purple by the end of the day.

We stayed in those seats until it was 2-1 Oakland in the fourth.

Then we walked all the way from 331 to 305, which were our original seats when we transferred from the old Stadium to the new Stadium in 2009. My brother noticed that our old seats were empty and went to sit in them.…

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Hughes picks up first win: Yankees 4, Athletics 2

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Weather-wise today is probably one of the nicest days we’ve seen here in the Northeast so far in 2013 and baseball-wise, Phil Hughes easily had his best performance of 2013.

He pitched eight scoreless innings, gave up only four hits, walked two batters, struck out nine and 82 of his 118 pitches were strikes. Better yet, his velocity was hovering around the 93-94 mark in some spots. He pitched like a guy who had confidence in his stuff and after not lasting past the fourth inning in his first two starts, Hughes has lasted longer in his past four starts – today’s included. His shortest outing was his six innings against Toronto on April 28. The two starts prior, he pitched seven innings. He’s also striking out more batters. He had nine in his last start as well.

Offensively, the Yankees were aided by two home runs, one by Chris Stewart and the other by Lyle Overbay. I know, it’s really unbelievable what these guys are doing.…

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Athletics 2, Yankees 0: Knicks Win!

I’m sorry, I didn’t watch the Yankee game at all. I was too busy nearly having a heart attack watching the Knicks nearly blow a 26-point lead to the Boston Celtics.

Thankfully, they didn’t. They won their game and their series and have advanced to the second round to meet the Pacers.

As for the Yankees, nothing good happened in tonight’s game. Obviously, because they were shut out by a guy who had a 4.65 ERA coming into tonight’s game.

Not that ERA is the be all, end all of pitching stats but a 4.65 is still pretty terrible. CC Sabathia gave up a home run on the first pitch he threw and it didn’t get better for the Yankees after that.

But as they say, and as I’ve said many times before, on to the next one. And the next one is tomorrow afternoon when our old friend Bartolo Colon faces off against Phil Hughes.

Some notes:

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Quick recap: Yankees 5, Astros 4

This could have been a disastrous loss for the Yankees. Thankfully, they were able to overcome blowing a four-run lead and pick up a win against the Astros tonight. It marks their 17th win of the season and it’s their sixth win in their last seven games.

David Phelps started in place of injured Ivan Nova and made it through one turn before the Astros lineup figured him out and scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning. He allowed six base runners and even hit two batters during that inning.

The Yankees added an insurance run in the sixth inning on double play ground out by Ichiro Suzuki which scored Eduardo Nunez. Lyle Overbay was out at second but because he avoided a quick tag, Nunez scored before he was called out.

Robinson Cano and Ben Francisco hit home runs for the Yankees who have an off day tomorrow before a three-game series this weekend against the Oakland Athletics.…

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And all’s right in the world again: Yankees 7, Astros 4

I guess it’s a good thing this was a game against the Houston Astros because if the Yankees were facing another team, a better one, I’m not sure this win would have been possible.

Hiroki Kuroda, even though he didn’t give up any runs, had a rough first three innings and again, was lucky he was facing the Astros. He settled down and retired 11 of 12 batters after the third inning. He gave up only four hits in seven innings, walked four and struck out eight. He finished with 4-1 record in April and a 2.25 ERA. He’s 3-0 in his last three starts with a minuscule 1.23 ERA.

Another great stat for Kuroda from those last three starts? He’s averaging 7 1/3 innings.

The Yankees offense was able scratch and claw their way to some early runs and they had a 4-0 lead heading into the eighth inning when David Robertson came in. Robertson got two outs then gave up two runs on a home run by Chris Carter.…

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