Game 154 Quick Recap: Yankees 2, White Sox 1

Hooray! A victory!

I didn’t see any of this game either but it was for a good reason. I was attending a charity event and hanging out with this guy.


Yes, that’s friend of the blog, David Cone, and I can call him that since he was nice enough to give us a shout out on YES last season.

Anyway, I was getting updates on my phone – so was my brother – and when I saw that Chase Headley hit the double to tie the game and A-Rod hit the double to get the lead, I was pretty happy.

I was also happy to see that the Yankees held onto the lead and didn’t give up any stupid late home runs. Good job, guys!

And Adam Warren pitched a good game which is nice. He needed it.

Now, win the damn game tomorrow so that magic number can shrink even more!

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Game 153 Quick Recap: White Sox 5, Yankees 2


I’m not going to pretend and say I watched this game. I didn’t. I was keeping track on Twitter and all I know is the Yankees hit into about 300 double plays and couldn’t take advantage of a pitcher really trying to help them score by walking them.

How annoying.

Also annoying, CC Sabathia giving up home runs to Mike Olt and Gordan Beckham. And Olt’s went a long way into left field.

And even more annoying? Chasen Shreve seems to have lost the ability to pitch. Either that, or he never could and the league is catching up to him.

Anyway, today’s game isn’t until 4:05 so we have time to prepare ourselves for the Danks/Warren matchup. Let’s hope the Yankees can score some runs against a dude with a 7-13 record and a 4.59 ERA.

Great, now he’ll pitch a one-hit shutout. Sorry, everyone.

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Game 152 Recap: Yankees 3 White Sox 2

Beltran HR vs CHW

The no-doubt second half team MVP. Courtesy of Getty Images

With the disappointing Toronto series in the rearview, the Yankees needed to start winning games and fast against some lesser competition.  They did just that last night back at home, jumping out to an early lead against the Chicago White Sox and holding on for the win behind a strong team pitching performance.

Michael Pineda took the hill to start and believe it or not, he actually outpitched Chris Sale last night.  The White Sox singled off him a ton, even loading the bases with 2 outs in the 3rd inning, but never did any damage with them.  The only time they got to him was on Trayce Thompson‘s solo home run to lead off the top of the 6th.  Pineda’s fastball was lively and moving, his slider was sharp, and he gave his team a solid start.

Joe used a bit of an unconventional lineup against Sale, sitting Gardner, McCann, Bird, and Didi.  …

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Game 151 Recap: Blue Jays 4 Yankees 0

Nova vs TOR III

Ivan Nova salutes the adoring Toronto crowd after exiting in the 6th inning. Courtesy of the AP

Going into last night’s game, I expected Ivan Nova returning to the rotation in place of Masahiro Tanaka to be the biggest thing working against the Yankees.  Turns out it was everything else.  Nova actually pitched well but got bested by Marcus Stroman and a sad showing by the lineup to drop the Bombers’ final game against the Blue Jays in the 2015 regular season and deal a major blow to their division title hopes.

Nova was in trouble early, putting runners on second and third with a single and a double in the top of the 1st.  He worked out of the jam with big strikeouts of Jose Bautista and Justin Smoak though, and those outs really set the tone for the rest of his night.  He wasn’t perfect and he put a runner on in almost every inning, but Nova’s stuff looked better than it had in a while and he was able to locate his fastball better in big spots.  …

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Game 150 Recap: Yankees 6 Blue Jays 4 (10 Innings)

Bird HR vs TOR

I wish I was Joe Espada’s right hand in this picture. Courtesy of Getty Images

My days of staying up ’til the end of every game are much fewer and farther between than they used to be, but I didn’t nod off once watching last night’s game.  That was awesome.  Even if you weren’t a fan of the Yankees or Blue Jays, you had to be entertained by that game.  It had a little bit of everything – as in a ton of huge hits and big pitches by both sides – and the Yankees came out on the winning end to even the series thanks to their 22-year-old stud rookie first baseman.

But we’ll start with their 21-year-old stud rookie starting pitcher, because he pitched a very nice game.  The last time he faced the Blue Jays, Luis Severino got clobbered.  He said he was throwing too much in that game and that he was going to “pitch” more in this game, and I’d say he did an excellent job of that.  …

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Game 149 Recap: Blue Jays 4 Yankees 2

Gardner K vs TOR II

Courtesy of Getty Images

It always blows when you lose games early.  It especially blows when you lose games early in pennant races and that’s exactly what the Yankees did last night.  A tough 1st inning, a bunch of missed opportunities, and a comeback that was too little too late cost them the first game of this all-important final series with the Blue Jays and pushed the division deficit back up to 3.5 games.

Adam Warren was the starter and he was working on an 80-85 pitch limit last night, a step up from his previous start.  He used a boatload of those pitches up in the bottom of the 1st and gave Toronto all the runs they would need.  Ben Revere singled to lead off the inning, Warren hit Josh Donaldson with an 0-1 fastball, and Jose Bautista singled up the middle to score Revere and make it 1-0.  3 batters, no outs, 1 run.  One of the worst ways to open the game imagainable.  …

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Game 148 Recap: Yankees 11 Mets 2


Get the man some Captain Crunch. The big guy’s hungry. Courtesy of Getty Images

Innings limits are a trick thing to deal with.  You can do it the smart way, like the Yankees did with Luis Severino, and have a pitcher working with no restrictions late in the season when games are at their most important.  Or you can do it the not-so-smart way like the Mets have done with Matt Harvey and end up getting killed in a game you probably should have won.  I’m sure the Yanks will take wins however they can get them right now, and last night’s late offensive breakout/Subway Series victory was a positive heading into the final showdown with Toronto.

Harvey was on top of his game last night.  No doubt about that.  The Yankee lineup got but 1 hit off him in 5 scoreless innings, a Brett Gardner single in the 3rd.  Harvey created the rest of his own trouble with a walk and an error, but the Yankee bats were unable to turn those into anything.  …

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Game 147 Quick Recap: NYY 5 NYM 0

McCann HR vs NYM

Heart of the order doing the damn thing. Courtesy of Getty Images

Mets got the Yanks 5-1 last night.  Yanks one-upped them by completing the shutout today.  A pretty good Michael Pineda, a slew of relievers, and a pair of home runs from the middle of the order came together to even the series and stave off the takeover of the city for another day.

The first homer came minutes into the game, as Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner singled to start the rally in the top of the 1st and Carlos Beltran launched a 3-run home run off Noah Syndergaard to promptly put the Yankees up 3-0.  Both the Gardner and Beltran hits came on 0-2 pitches.  Syndergaard settled down after that and looked like he was going to turn in a decent outing, but Beltran singled off him with 1 out in the 6th and Brian McCann went long ball to make it 5-0.

Pineda did a fine job holding the lead he was given.  …

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Game 146 Quick Recap: NYM 5 NYY 1

No Teix, no A-Rod, no McCann, no Ellsbury, no offense.  The Yankees played with half a lineup last night, and in a completely expected turn of events they managed to score a single run with that lineup and lose the series opener to the Mets.

Of course they got that run in the top of the 1st too.  Brett Gardner walk, Carlos Beltran bloop single, Chris Young sac fly.  That was it, that was the offense against Mets’ starter Steven Matz.  The Yanks stranded 2 runners in the 1st, 2 more in the 2nd, and 2 in the 6th against Matz, then for good measure loaded the bases against closer Jeurys Familiar in the 9th with 1 out and didn’t score.

Masahiro Tanaka looked excellent for most of the game, but he made 3 bad pitches on the night and all 3 hurt him.  Hung a splitter to Lucas Duda in the 2nd that Duda hit for a game-tying solo home run, hung another one to him in the 4th that he hit for a double, and hung a 2-strike slider to Daniel Murphy in the 6th that Murphy took yard.  …

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