Swept away: Mets 3, Yankees 1

I honestly can’t think of anything to say other than, “Welp!”

Seriously, what can you do? The Yankees decided to have a bad week during the same week as the Subway Series. Stuff happens. And it’s not as tragic as people are making it out to be. Everyone needs to calm down. This isn’t the Yankees’ A team. If the Mets had completed a four-game sweep with a healthy Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis in the lineup, I’d probably be despondent. But I can’t even be that upset right now.

And if you had told me on Opening Day that the Yankees would be 30-23 and only two games out at this point in the season, I’d’ve been ecstatic.

So they lost to the Mets. Big deal! And it was a sweep. So what? At least it wasn’t a six-game sweep which is what the Yankees did to the Mets 10 years ago.…

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Quick recap: Mets 2, Yankees 1

Well, someone had to lose tonight and unfortunately it was the Yankees.

The game was flying by because neither team could get a run across until the Yankees finally scored in the top of the sixth when Brett Gardner hit a triple which was followed by a Jayson Nix RBI single to make it 1-0 Yankees.

Gardner would factor in a big play in the bottom of the frame when Daniel Murphy took Phil Hughes deep to the 385 sign in the outfield. Gardner jumped up and robbed Murphy of what could have been a two-run home run. The Mets ended up not scoring that inning.

They got their first run on a solo shot by David Wright off Hughes in the bottom of the seventh. Hughes was fine tonight throwing seven innings of one run ball. He held the Mets to four hits – two by Wright and two by fellow starter Jonathon Niese – and struck out six.

The Mets took the lead in the eighth off of David Robertson who clearly didn’t have anything working tonight.…

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Quick recap: Yankees 4, Rays 3 (11)

I love the New York Yankees.

This is not a secret to anyone who knows me or to any of you but that statement is especially true this season. They are so much fun to watch. Different guys step every day and most of the time it’s a guy you wouldn’t expect.

Case in point, today’s hero: Lyle Overbay.

The Yankees were down to their final out in the top of the ninth inning against Tampa’s closer Fernando Rodney when Overbay worked a walk which ended up being a crucial play because it set up a two-run rally to tie the game.

Then, Overbay came to bat two innings later and hit a home run to put the Yankees up 4-3 and help them pick up their 30th victory of the season.

Starter Vidal Nuno held his own for six innings. He gave up two runs on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

Ivan Nova came into the game in the bottom of the 10th and was able to get into and work his way out of a base loaded, one out jame to prevent the Rays from scoring and winning the game.…

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One win and two losses: Yankees 9, Rays 4

The Yankees won the game which is a very good thing.

  1. This means that they have ended a possible extended losing streak and this is now the latest they’ve gone in a season without suffering through a three-game losing streak since 1955.
  2. They won a game in Tampa which is no small feat. The Yankees have terrible numbers there of late.

But, of course, there was also bad news tonight. It seems like we can’t go a day without hearing some. The Yankees lost Curtis Granderson to injury, again. He was hit by a pitch, again. He was hit in his left hand with the same result as the J.A. Happ pitch in Spring Training, a fracture. This time it’s his pinky.

[Insert a very long and drawn out expletive here]

I swear, this season is astounding in regards to injuries. This team should not be 29-18 but they are.

Of course, Granderson wasn’t the only injury in the game. They seem to come in pairs this season as well.…

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NuNOOOOOOOOOO: Orioles 3, Yankees 2

There’s an old saying that goes like this, “You can’t expect to win a ballgame when you give up two home runs to Chris Dickerson.” Okay, so I lied, that’s not an old saying but it should be.

Phil Hughes wasn’t terrible tonight which is a good thing considering how awful his last start was but he wasn’t spectacular either. He was serviceable and had a quality start in which he lasted six innings (Hooray!), only gave up two runs on five hits, walked two and struck out five (Yay!) Of course, it didn’t help that those two runs were solo home runs by the aforementioned Dickerson who I guess felt like showing off for his former team. It was the first multi-homer game of his career.

And after hitting three home runs last night, the Yankees only had one extra base hit tonight, a double by Brett Gardner. Much like Dickerson did for the Orioles, Travis Hafner was the Yankees’ offense tonight. …

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Too Many Home Runs, Yankees Beat The Orioles 6-4

Robinson Cano, Rob Thomson

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

The Pitching

CC Sabathia clearly didn’t have it, but he made whatever he had last 6.1 IP. They call him an ace for a reason, and he always finds a way to keep the team in the game, even during his stinkers. He allowed 11 hits and 4 runs, and only earned 2 strike outs. It’s something to keep an eye on, especially while he’s still showing lower velocity, but despite some early shaky starts, CC still owns a 3.43 ERA this season.

On the other side of the mound, Freddy Garcia gave up just 3 hits and 2 walks. Good to see the ex-Yankee still throwing that nasty splitter, but he didn’t have to do it against his old team.

The (Lack of) Hitting

The Yankees offense would have been a real big complaint if it weren’t for all the home runs. Knowing they scored 6 runs, it really doesn’t seem like a problem, but the Yankees had just 4 hits through the first 8.0 innings of this game. …

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Toronto is now very aware: Yankes 7, Blue Jays 2

Coming into the season, the Toronto Blue Jays were crowned the winners of the offseason and why wouldn’t they be? They traded for half of the Miami Marlins’ roster, and acquired both Melky Cabrera and National League Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey. So they were expecting to challenge perennial AL East leaders New York, Tampa and Boston for the Division title after all of those moves.

As of May 18, the first place Yankees are now 8-1 in head-to-head matchups against the Blue Jays and are now 10 games ahead of them in the standings. Guys, whenever I complain about the Yankees playing Toronto too much, you all have permission to smack me because so far, the Yankees are owning the Blue Jays in 2013.

Of course, this can all change in the second half of the season but for right now, this is really something to see.

Helping lead the Yankees to victory this afternoon were Robinson Cano and David Phelps.…

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#HIROK: Yankees 5, Blue Jays 0

What’s the best way for the Yankees to stop a mini-slide? Well, so far in 2013, the cure to all of the Yankees’ ills is to play the Toronto Blue Jays.

I jokingly titled tonight’s game thread as “Do the Yankees always play the Blue Jays?” And part of me was annoyed because I’m sick of them already and it’s only mid-May. Now, I realize I was being silly after the Yankees’ 5-0 victory.

Hiroki KurodaEarlier today, the Yankees got the news that Andy Pettitte was placed on the 15-day DL because of his trapezius strain (IT’S A TRAP!) and after dropping two of three to the Seattle Mariners, they needed Hiroki Kuroda to continue what he’s been doing pretty much all season and that is to come out and shut down the Blue Jays lineup.

And that’s just what he did.

He lasted eight innings and only allowed two hits. This is the fourth straight start that Kuroda’s gone at least seven innings and allowed two earned runs or less.…

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Game recap: Seattle 3, Yankees 2, Injuries 2

Days Since Last Injury -- 0

Can the person with the Yankee player voodoo doll please stop already?

It wasn’t enough that Andy Pettitte had to leave the game due to a tight left trapezius muscle but then Chris Stewart also left the game due to injury. Once again, the Yankees have lost battery mates during the same start.

It’s insane! This season is ridiculous. They might as well remodel the home clubhouse in Yankee Stadium and turn into a triage unit.

And on top of it, they’ve now lost two out of last three and dropped the series to Seattle.

The Yankees were shut down by a combination of six pitchers who held them to two runs on eight hits and who struck out 10. And who got the win for Seattle? Oliver Perez who pitched a whopping one and one-third inning of work. He struck out three.

Hector Noesi, who started for Seattle, only lasted four and one-third innings but held the Yankees to one run on three hits and he struck out four.…

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