Game 18 Quick Recap: NYM 8 NYY 2

The middle game of this Subway Series was expected to be the one that went the Mets’ way.  Matt Harvey is a god on Earth with a 3-0 record, CC Sabathia is an old bum with an 0-3 record.  That was the story being told at least, and once the game started that was basically how things played out.  Like the first game on Friday, this one was over early.

Sabathia just didn’t have it yesterday.  He couldn’t throw his fastball for strikes down in the zone and missed badly with it at times.  He also didn’t seem to have good command of any of his other pitches and that led to him having to throw more fastballs.  That’s not the best strategy when you’re working in the high 80s, and the Met hitters picked up on it pretty quickly.  They got on the board quickly with a Lucas Duda solo home run and really put the hurt on CC in the 4th, when they scored 4 runs with 2 outs on a triple-single-homer string of at-bats.  …

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Game 15 Recap: Yankees 13 Tigers 4

Teix HR vs DET

Mark Teixeira and a masked man in a Robinson Cano jersey celebrate Teix’s 7th inning home run. Courtesy of the AP

It was a beautiful night for baseball in Detroit tonight.  Temps in the 30s, a brisk wind blowing through the stadium, and bountiful snow flurries.  Exactly the type of picturesque evening you think of when you think about America’s national pastime.

Unless you were David Price and Adam Warren, the 2 starting pitchers for the Yankees and Tigers.  Price picked up where he left off last year, giving up 6 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks, and a hit batsman in the top of the 1st to put his team in an early hole.  Warren almost dug them out with a 4-run bottom half.  He walked 4 of the first 5 batters he faced in the game, including 1 to bring in the first Detroit run, which was the real problem.  Stupid people will tell you Didi Gregorius should have made better plays defensively.  …

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Game 13 Recap: Tigers 2 Yankees 1

Sabathia vs DET

Deserved better. Courtesy of the AP

Things were looking up for the Yankees as they headed to Detroit for a 4-game series.  They had swept division rival Tampa Bay, gotten back to .500 in the process, and they looked like they were starting to come together offensively after a sluggish start.  But as Matt pointed out in his post yesterday, that was happening against a pretty mediocre and pitching-weak AL East.  A solid showing against a really good Tigers team would be a much better sign that things really were coming together for New York.

And of course, right on cue the Yankee lineup shows up and drops a stinkbomb on everything.  THey were pathetic against Alfedo Simon last night, wasting a spectacular start by CC Sabathia and ending the team’s first winning streak of the year at 3.

Sabathia was good from the start, facing the minimum through 3 and pitching his first 6 innings scoreless.  He gave up 3 hits and 1 walks in those 6 innings, but never got into any real trouble thanks to timely ground balls and (for once) stellar defense behind him.  …

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Game 12 Recap: Yankees 5 Rays 3

Pineda vs TB

Not the best Big Mike we’ve ever seen, but good enough to win. Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees locked up their first series win of 2015 with the shutout-blowout (showout?) victory over the Rays on Saturday night.  They had a chance to lock up their first sweep of the young season and get themselves back up to .500 this afternoon.  Michael Pineda got the ball for the occasion, hoping to follow the path Masahiro Tanaka set last night with his dominant outing.

It didn’t get off the kind of start Pineda or Yankee fans were hoping for.  He walked the first batter of the 1st inning and gave up a 2-run home run to the next one, Steven Souza, to put the Yanks in a quick hole.  But he worked out of the inning without further damage, thanks in part to another gunned down base stealer by John Ryn Murphy, and settled down through the 4th.  He gave up some hits here and there, but mostly kept the Tampa lineup at bay.  …

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Game 11 Quick Recap: NYY 9 TB 0

Young GS vs TB

Hold that, Tampa Bay. Courtesy of the AP

Jake Odorizzi looked really good in his first 2 starts of the season.  Masahiro Tanaka not so much.  Based on recent history, you could guess how this game was going to go last night, but as the old saying goes, that’s why they play the game.

Tanaka was masterful last night.  Absolutely spectacular.  He gave up a base hit to Tampa leadoff hitter David DeJesus to start the bottom of the 1st, then proceeded to sit down the next 15 batters he faced.  He didn’t walk a batter, he struck out 6 in that stretch, and when he did give up his second and final hit of the night (a double to lead off the bottom of the 6th), he erased it with 2 more strikeouts.  He was working his fastball more, throwing it a bit harder than he did in his first 2 starts, and he looked much more like the Tanaka that we saw in the first half of last season.…

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Game 10 Quick Recap: NYY 5 TB 4

A-Rod HR vs TB

Luscious. Courtesy of the AP

All A-Rod, all the time.  He was the alpha and the omega for the Yankees in their series-opening win against the Rays last night.  We’re going just bullet points to recap it for the suckers like me who missed all the action.

– Final line for A-Rod: 3-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI.  He had 60% of the Yankee hits and 80% of their RBI.

– The first homer came in the top of the 2nd off Tampa starter Nathan Karns.  Karns threw a meatball and A-Rod absolutely obliterated it into the left-center field seats.  It measured at 477 feet. Yowza.

– The second came in the 6th, when Ernesto Frieri tried to put A-Rod away with a 94 MPH heater.  He didn’t and A-Rod lined it into deep left, just inside the foul pole.

– He even came up with the game-winning hit, driving in Brett Gardner with a go-ahead RBI single in the 8th.  …

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Game 9 Recap: Orioles 7 Yankees 5

A-Rod HR vs BAL

Team MVP. Courtesy of the AP

Well that sucked.  The Yankees looked like they had a little mojo going after the wins on Sunday and Monday night, then they stumbled in game 2 of this series on Tuesday, and fell back on their faces last night with a bummer of a 7-5 loss to the O’s.  They had a lead going to the bullpen and the bullpen coughed it up.  The Yanks are now 3-6 on the season and have yet to win more than 1 game in a series.

Nathan Eovaldi was the brightest spot of the night for the Yanks in his second start of the young season.  After looking very much like the pitcher who struggled to finish off hitters and keep guys off base last year in his debut, Eovaldi was much sharper the second time around and showed some of that swing-and-miss potential in his offspeed stuff that had been sorely lacking.

He did give up 8 hits in 5 innings of work, and Baltimore got an early run off him in the 1st on 3 base hits and another in the 4th on a Manny Machado leadoff home run.  …

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Game 8 Quick Recap: Orioles 4 Yankees 3

Teix K vs BAL

Classic strikeout face. Courtesy of the AP

If you’ve been reading my stuff since AB4AR, then you know my theory on winning streaks.  They don’t really start until you reach 3.  2 of anything in a row is not a streak.  That’s just good small sample size luck.  The Yankees had a chance to start their first true winning streak of 2015 tonight in the second game of their first road series,

CC Sabathia was back on the mound for his second start, and his outing was another frustrating and familiar one.  He gave up the long ball (solo homer by Adam Jones in the 1st), he struggled to throw his fastball for much velocity or consistent command, and his lack of mobility came back to bite him on some bad defensive plays.  The Orioles put up 3 runs on 5 hits against him over the 4 first innings.

To his credit, CC did settle down and work through the next 3 innings unscathed.  …

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Game 7 Recap: Yankees 6 Orioles 5

Drew GS vs BAL

The gang’s all here. Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees’ season-opening tour of the AL East made its way outside New York for the first time last night, as the Yanks traveled to Baltimore to start a 3-game series with the rival Orioles.  They had Big Mike on the hill, a lineup feeling better about itself after the big offensive breakout on Sunday night, and a bullpen that should have been back to normal after a long few days last week.

Michael Pineda got off to a bit of a rough start,surrendering 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd on an Adam Jones leadoff single, Manny Machado double past a diving A-Rod down the third base line, and a Jonathan Schoop ribbie double to left that stood up on challenge replay.  He was missing with his fastball in spots and you could tell there was something a bit off with his stuff.  Then he struck out the 8-9 hitters to end the threat and you could start to see him pull it together.…

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