Game 124 Recap: Yankees 1 Astros 0

Eovaldi vs HOU

Nasty Nate’s finally here. Courtesy of Getty Images

I’ve watched Nathan Eovaldi‘s last 2 starts and I have to say, I think something’s happening here.  I think he’s starting to put it together and when he puts it all together I think he’s going to be really good.  I mean it.  If you’ve watched his last 2 starts and you don’t realize this and believe it, you’re not watching closely enough.  Eovaldi has suddenly become the ace and the stopper of this pitching staff and last night he was the reason the Yankees managed to scratch out a 1-0 win.

A free-swinging team that isn’t afraid to strike out should have been a perfect matchup for Eovaldi if he was on, and they proved to be that perfect immediately.  Eovaldi struck out the side in the top of the 1st, fanned 2 more in the 2nd, and rattled off 8 straight outs to get through the 4th scoreless.  He did have to work around 2 singles in the 2nd and 2 walks in the 5th, but his stuff was top notch again and he made a lot of big pitches to get outs when he needed them.  …

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Game 123 Quick Recap: CLE 4 NYY 3

CC Injury vs CLE

Not the type of meeting on the mound you want to see. Courtesy of Getty Images

A win this afternoon and a series split would have been OK after losing the first 2 games.  It also would have been a cool way to end the weekend with back-to-back W’s on Jorge Day and Andy Pettitte Day.  Unfortunately it wasn’t in the cards, as another mostly non-existent offensive performance and more shoddy late-game relief work combined to give the Indians just enough to take the game and the series.

The big story of the day was CC Sabathia and his early exit.  CC didn’t look good from the start, giving up 2 runs in the top of the 1st on a monster Carlos Santana home run and putting 8 men on base (4 hits, 4 walks) in 2.2 innings.  On the pitch that recorded the eighth out, Sabathia appeared to hurt himself and immediately left the game.  We came to find out that it’s another problem with his right knee and the bullpen was left with a crapton of work to do.…

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Game 122 Quick Recap: NYY 6 CLE 2

McCann-A-Rod vs CLE

This picture made me laugh. Courtesy of the AP

It was Jorge Posada Day at The Stadium today.  Nice job by the Yankees to not ruin it and snap that horrid 2-game losing streak.  Some of you guys in the comments were getting a little panicky again, so I’m hopeful this righting of the ship did a little to calm you down.

It was a damn home run fest in the 1st inning.  Francisco Lindor hit a solo shot off of Luis Severino to put the Indians on the board in the top half, and Brett Gardner and Brian McCann each took Danny Salazar yard in the bottom.  Gardner’s homer came with Jacoby Ellsbury on base, and the Yankees were staked to a 3-1 lead.

They added to that lead with a pair of manufactured runs in the bottom of the second.  2 singles from the bottom of the order set the table, a throwing error by Salazar on an Ellsbury grounder brought in the first run, and a Carlos Beltran sac fly brought in the second.…

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Game 121 Quick Recap: CLE 7 NYY 3

There are 3 fundamental parts to playing baseball: hitting, pitching, and fielding.  You don’t necessarily have to do all 3 of them well to win a game, but it helps if you do at least one of them well.  Last night the Yankees didn’t do any of them well and lost their second straight game to the last place Indians.  Let’s recap it in terms of how bad they were in all 3 parts, eh?

Bad Hitting– Just as they did the last time they faced him, the Yankee lineup got dominated by Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco.  He struck out 11 over 6.2 innings and only gave up 1 run, which came in the 4th on a Carlos Beltran double and Greg Bird single.  The Yanks did scratch 2 across in the bottom of the 8th, but one of those runs was unearned on an error.  They didn’t make much hard contact against Cleveland pitching and Beltran’s double was the only XBH.…

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Game 120 Recap: Indians 3 Yankees 2

Joe Ejection vs CLE

Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees looked like they had things going in the right direction again after a road series victory over the Jays and a sweep of Minnesota to kick off a 10-game homestand.  That forward momentum hit a speed bump last night, as the Indians came into town, got to Ivan Nova early, and held on late for a 1-run win.

Nova was not at his best last night.  Command was the issue again and he didn’t really have any consistent feel for his fastballs or his curveball.  He couldn’t drop his sinker down in the zone for strikes, he was missing off the corners with his 4-seamer, and he threw a lot of flat curveballs that caught too much of the plate.  Cleveland got to him for a run in the 2nd on a leadoff walk and a double, another run in the 3rd on a pair of singles, and another in the 4th on a 2-out walk, single, single rally.  …

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Game 119 Recap: Yankees 4 Twins 3

Bird HR vs MIN I

/in Dan Le Batard’s voice


Bird HR vs MIN II


Bird HR vs MIN III

GIVE IT TO ME AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bird HR vs MIN IV

This afternoon was glorious.  Simply glorious.  Greg Bird officially arrived on the national scene, hitting 2 home runs, accounting for 100% of the team’s offensive output, and leading the Yankees to a sweep of perennial punching bag Minnesota.  Don’t worry about rushing back from that shin bruise, Sexy Teixy.  #GREGBIRD’s got this.

Before we even get to the real slurping of Bird, let’s take a few words and acknowledge the sneaky great start turned in by Nathan Eovaldi today.  He did get charged with 3 runs in his 7 innings of work, but that really boiled down to a bad pitch to Joe Mauer that Mauer hit for a 2-run single in the 6th.  Other than that one bad inning, Eovaldi was a hoss.  He set the Twins down in order through the first 5 innings, overwhelming them with a mix of 100-MPH heat, low-90s splitters, and just enough offspeed stuff to keep hitters honest.  …

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Game 118 Recap: Yankees 8 Twins 4

A-Rod HR vs MIN

The newest addition to Stacey’s A-Rod photo collection. Courtesy of Getty Images

Freakin’ A-Rod, man.  He is just the best.  He picked the perfect time break out of his recent slump last night, pummeling a go-ahead grand slam late in the game to pull the Yankees out of the jaws of defeat and propel them to what became a comfortable victory.

That slump was still fully engaged for his first 3 at-bats of the night.  Alex made outs with runners on base in the 1st and 3rd innings, and popped out to second base to lead off the 6th.  He was arguably the most stagnant part of a very stagnant offense over the first 6 innings.  About the best thing they did was make Minnesota starter Mike Pelfrey work hard and throw a lot of pitches to get through 5.1 innings.  The lone run they generated came on a Carlos Beltran double and Greg Bird RBI single in the 4th.

CC Sabathia was back on the mound after his little Toronto nightclub whatever thing, and he looked like the CC of old for most of the night.  …

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Game 117 Recap: Yankees 8 Twins 7 (10 Innings)

Walk-Off vs MIN

“Sweet walk-off groundout, bro!? Courtesy of the AP

Where do you even start with last night’s game?  There were all kinds of unusual things happening, both really good and really bad, and somehow the Yankees came out on the winning side of it in extras.  Definitely not how you draw it up, but whatever.  We’ll take it.

Let’s start with the most important event of last night’s game, Bryan Mitchell getting struck in the face with a liner and leaving the game in the top of the 2nd.  It happened with 2 on and 2 out and came off the bat of former Yankee Eduardo Nunez (more from him later), and you could see on replay that Mitchell never had time to see the ball or react to it.  The ball appeared to strike him near the right eye and he went down immediately.  There was a lot of blood, and although he walked off the field under his own power, he did so without removing a towel from his face.  …

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Game 116 Quick Recap: TOR 3 NYY 1

The smart thing to say about this series is that the Yankees still came away from it with 2 wins in 3 games and the division lead back, but after taking the first 2 and getting a really good start from Luis Severino, you wanted to be greedy and get the sweep.  Severino definitely pitched well enough to get a win this afternoon, but an unfortunate outfield incident, a few bad pitches, and the offense falling victim to Drew Hutchison‘s bizarre homefield advantage combined to give Toronto something to show for themselves.

Severino was filthy today.  Absolutely filthy.  And he did it all almost exclusively on his 4-seam fastball.  He threw it to both sides of the plate and up and down in the zone, moving batters’ feet and getting them to swing through a lot of pitches they couldn’t keep up with.  He mostly overpowered a lineup of dangerous power hitters and struck out 9 in his 6 innings of work.…

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