Game 37 Quick Recap: KC 12 NYY 1

If he had the goods to strike out 16 Orioles his last time out, Michael Pineda should have been good for at least 9 or 10 Royals last night in the series opener.  At least he should have been good for that if he had the same filthy slider he was sporting last Sunday, but that slider was strangely absent from his arsenal and Pineda ended up following his best start of the season with his worst.  Because the Yankees have decided to take this week off from hitting, it added up to a very 1-sided loss.

Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain got the scoring started for KC in the bottom of the 1st with a pair of back-to-back doubles.  They teamed up again for the second Royals run in the 3rd when Moustakas tripled and Cain hit a sac fly to bring him home.  Pineda was able to keep KC at 2 through 5 innings, but he really had to battle to do it.  …

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Game 36 Quick Recap: TB 6 NYY 1

The less said about this game the better.  Chase Whitley didn’t look good and didn’t last long, leaving in the 2nd inning with what now sounds like a serious elbow injury.  Esmil Rogers replaced him and promptly gave up a 3-run homer to make it 4-0 Tampa and all but turn out the lights.

The lineup did next to nothing against a guy named Erasmo Ramirez.  When I say I’ve never heard of this dude, I’m not kidding.  He pitched 5 shutout innings and then handed it over to another dude I’ve never heard of for another 4.  They combined for 5 hits allowed and 8 strikeouts, the lone bad mark a super garbage time solo shot by A-Rod in the top of the 9th.  You can’t put enough lipstick on that pig.

It was a bad game and a really bad end to the series.  No doubt about that.  The offense went away, the decision making could have been better, and the relief pitching could have too.  …

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Game 35 Recap: Rays 3 Yankees 2

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When you get 7 innings and 3 ER from your 5th starter, you should win the game.  When you get that starting pitching performance and have your offense going up against the guy who came into last night leading the AL in Hard Contact %, you should definitely win the game.  The Yankees didn’t win the game last night, falling for the second straight time for the first time in a long time.

The start of the game was eerily similar to the other night.  Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner get on to set the table, heart of the order singles them in.  Just like that, 2-0 Yanks.  And just like the other night, they never scored again.  They had plenty of opportunities.  They left a runner at third with 1 out in the 2nd, ended up stranding 2 in the 5th on a bad decision to send Mark Teixeira home on a single, and had at least 1 man on base in 7 of the 9 innings.  …

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Game 34 Recap: Rays 4 Yankees 2

Eovaldi vs TB

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Give the Yankees credit.  Even though they don’t lose a lot these days, they still manage to make each less extra frustrating.  If that’s their way of making up for playing so well for the last month, I guess I appreciate the effort in keeping my emotions balanced.  They jumped out to an early lead against Tampa ace Chris Archer last night, only to sputter offensively and cough up the lead in the late innings.

That early lead was very early, as in “scoring multiple runs in the 1st inning again” type of early.  Single-Single-Walk from the red hot top of the order loaded the bases to start the game and Brian McCann singled in Jacoby Ellsbury to get New York on the board.  Carlos Beltran followed up with a a ribbie single of his own to make it 2-0, but the inning stalled when Chase Headley, Stephen Drew, and Garrett Jones failed to bring in even 1 more run with their 3 outs.  …

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Game 33 Recap: Yankees 11 Rays 5

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Michael Pineda set the bar for starters pretty damn high with his performance on Sunday afternoon, and while nobody was expecting that or anything like it from CC Sabathia last night, it would have been nice to see him put a decent start together.  Emotions are starting to run a little bit higher in Yankeeland relative to CC’s struggles and inability to successfully adapt to life as a different pitcher.  Another bad start on the heels of Pineda’s dominance would only serve to fuel those flames.

So naturally CC came out, walked the first 2 batters of the 1st inning, and gave up what would have been a 2-run double to Logan Forsythe to center field.  The only thing that saved him was Steven Souza forgetting how to run the bases and getting thrown out at home, which limited the scoring to 1.  CC got a strikeout to end the threat, but it wasn’t the kind of start that inspired confidence.…

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Game 32 Quick Recap: NYY 6 BAL 2

Two words: Big Mike.  That’s all you need to know to know what this afternoon’s game was all about.  Michael Pineda was a man on fire today, striking out 16 in 7 1-run innings to lead his team to another game and series victory over the Baltimore Orioles.  He didn’t walk a batter and his only blemish was a solo home run by JJ Hardy in the 2nd.  He was spectacular.

The offensive charge in support of him was led by Carlos Beltran.  No really, it was.  Beltran went 2-2 with 2 BB and his first home run of the year.  That got the Yankees on the board in the bottom of the 4th and sparked a 4-run inning against Bud Norris, capped off by a 2-run double off the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury.  The Yanks tacked on runs in the 5th (Brian McCann solo homer) and the 7th (Didi Gregorius RBI double), and that was more than enough for Pineda and Dellin Betances.  …

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Quick recap: Orioles 6, Yankees 2

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I’ll be the first to admit that I missed this game and boy, am I glad I did!

Chase Whitley gave up five runs on six hits (three of them home runs) in 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five.

The Yankees offense was stymied by Wei-Yin Chen for seven innings, he scattered five hits, gave up one run, walked one and struck out seven.

Jose Pirela got the start at second and went 2-4. He was the only Yankee with a multi-hit game. Carlos Beltran and John Ryan Murphy had an RBI apiece.

Tomorrow the Yankees look to take three out of four with Michael Pineda trying to get his fifth win of the season.

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Game 29 Recap: Yankees 4 Orioles 3

A-Rod 661 vs BAL

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What better way to get over your first series loss in a while than by starting the next series off with a win back at home?  That’s just what the Yankees did last night as they welcomed Baltimore to town for the first time this year.  The game was too close for comfort all night, but they finally held onto the last lead they took to get this weekend 4-piece kicked off right.

Nathan Eovaldi got the start last night and he was about as Nathan Eovaldi as you’d expect.  He could get ahead but he couldn’t put anybody away.  He could blow a fastball by you early in the count and then miss with one badly with 2 strikes and give up a hit on it later in the count.  It’s becoming very clear that Eovaldi still has a lot of work to do, and his development into a more refined, effective, consistent pitcher could be slow.  …

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Game 28 Recap: Blue Jays 5 Yankees 1

The Yankees got themselves back on the path of victory on Tuesday night thanks in large part to a lights out pitching performance by Michael Pineda.  I’m no longer greedy enough to ask for something identical from CC Sabathia, but something like a “too dimly lit to read” pitching performance from him would have been nice.  It definitely would have gone a long way in helping to secure the Yankees’ 6th straight series victory.  Instead we got more of what’s become the new normal for CC and a disappointing L to send the team to Baltimore for the weekend.

Sabathia’s troubles started early.  A bunt single and a double by the first 2 Toronto batters put them in business in the bottom of the 2nd, and a misplaced slider to Ezequiel Carrera turned into a 2-run single and a lead that Toronto would never relinquish.  They tacked on another run in the 4th on a leadoff single by Russell Martin, a balk, and a Chris Colabello ribbie single on another poorly-located slider, and another in the 6th on a solo home run by Martin.  …

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