Game 115 Quick Recap: NYY 4 TOR 1

You know what the best part about stealing a game on the road to re-take the division lead is?  It’s coming back the next day and getting another win behind a lights out performance from your staff ace.  That’s exactly what the Yankees did this afternoon to gain another game on the Jays and set themselves up for a payback sweep tomorrow.

Masahiro Tanaka was great today.  He had all of his pitches working, he worked efficiently through the first half of the game, and he seemed to get better as the day went on.  Toronto got to him for a run in the 5th after he walked Ryan Goins on 4 pitches to start the inning and loaded the bases before recording an out, but that was the best and really only chance they would get.  They would manage just a single baserunner over the final 4 innings and Tanaka picked up 5 of his 8 strikeouts in that timespan.  …

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Game 114 Recap: Yankees 4 Blue Jays 3

Beltran HR vs TOR

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I don’t even know how to write an effective introduction to this recap.  This game went from incredibly frustrating to incredibly awesome to incredibly stressful in a span of about 20 minutes at the end, and when it was all over the Yankees had stolen the first game on the road to regain the AL East lead.

In one sense, the Yankees had a pretty good night against David Price.  They racked up 11 hits again him in his 7+ innings of work and gave themselves plenty of run-scoring opportunities.  In the only sense that matters, they did nothing.  They couldn’t put any of those hits together in a sequence that brought a run across the plate, and Price exited with a 3-run lead in the 8th.

That 3-run lead came courtesy of a 3-run 3rd inning against New York starter Ivan Nova.  He hit leadoff batter Kevin Pillar and then gave up a single to Ben Revere on an 0-2 pitch to put runners on the corners with nobody out.  …

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Game 113 Recap: Yankees 8 Indians 6

Gardner vs CLE

There’s the Brett Gardner we all know and love. Courtesy of Getty Images

Hey, how ’bout that?  A win!  I sarcastically didn’t think the Yankees were going to get any more of those this season, and I seriously thought there were some people out there who wouldn’t have been able to handle another loss on #GREGBIRD Day.  But the bats woke up and the crooked numbers returned to the scoreboard as the Yanks ended this disappointing series on the right note.

To borrow some of David Cone‘s early game analysis, Trevor Bauer has pretty much been an all-or-nothing pitcher this season.  You know what you’re going to get pretty early with him, and when Brett Gardner drew a 4-pitch walk as the second batter of the game to put 2 on and nobody out, I felt pretty good.  Brian McCann brought everybody home with a towering 2-out home run to right field and the Yanks were off and running.

They picked up another run in the top of the 2nd on a Stephen Drew solo shot, 2 more on ribbie doubles by Drew and Gardner in the 4th, and they really could have busted the game open if they would have been able to capitalize on another 2 on/no outs situation in the 3rd.  …

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Game 112 Recap: Indians 2 Yankees 1

A-Rod K vs CLE

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Man these guys stink right now.  They don’t hit at all.  They’ve scored 9 runs in the last 7 games.  NINE.  And 4 of them came in 1 game.  There’s getting tired, there’s regressing to the mean, and then there’s what’s going on with the Yankee offense right now.  It has almost completely disappeared from existence.  Shame too, because even a tiny bit more would have been good enough to win again last night.

CC Sabathia pitched 6 innings and only gave up 2 runs, but this outing was nothing like the one before it.  This was more of the hittable, always-in-trouble CC we’ve seen for most of this season, and it took some splendid defense behind him to keep Cleveland from scoring more.  He put the leadoff runner on in 4 of the first 5 innings and needed big double plays to get out of the 3rd and 5th.  That second double play came after a game-tying single, the third Cleveland hit of the inning, and they pulled ahead with 3 more singles in the 6th, the run-scoring one coming off the bat of former Yankee farmhand Abraham Almonte.…

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Game 111 Recap: Indians 5 Yankees 4 (16 Innings)

Walk-Off Loss vs CLE

Gut punch. Courtesy of Getty Images

Last night basically broke down into 2 separate 8-inning games.  The Yankees scored 2 runs in each of those mini-games, more than they had been scoring over the weekend but not enough to pull out a much needed win.  The top of the lineup continued to suck, and Andrew Miller blew his first save of the season in extra innings to send the Yankees home losers for the fourth straight game.

If there is one silver lining to take from last night, it was the encouraging start by Luis Severino and the fact that he didn’t let the game get out of hand early.  He was not sharp in the first 2 innings, missing his spots with his fastball and falling behind too many batters.  That’s a dangerous approach against a team that draws walks and makes contact, and the Indians made Severino pay with 2 runs on 5 base hits in the first 2.…

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Game 109 Quick Recap: TOR 6 NYY 0

I spent the bulk of my late morning and early afternoon sitting in a car dealership following the game on Gamecast and Twitter, so that tells you how many Saturday went.  I really don’t have the energy to write a coherent recap.  Let’s just hit the typical Yankee loss talking points, shall we?

The Lack of Offense- The Yankee have pounded David Price in the recent past, so this game should have been one to right the offensive ship.  Instead they didn’t score anything.  They barely threatened.  3 hits, none for extra bases, and they didn’t capitalize on the 2 times they had 2 runners on base.  The slump is real.  4 runs scored in 4 games.

The One Bad Inning- Ivan Nova was a beast through 5.  He struck out 6, only gave up 2 hits, and his stuff was really popping.  Then he tired in the 6th, loaded the bases on a walk and 2 singles, and served up a hanging curveball to Justin Smoak for the game-ending grand slam.…

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Game 108 Quick Recap: TOR 2 NYY 1 (10 Inn.)

Well so much for figuring out how to hit a knuckleball.  The Yankees were stymied again by R.A. Dickey, scoring 1 meager run against him in 7 innings and then never scoring another one in a frustrating extra-innings loss.

They had plenty of chances to get a big hit too and didn’t do it.  Had 2 on with 2 outs in the 2nd and got nothing.  Had 2 on with 2 outs in the 3rd and got nothing.  Carlos Beltran walked to lead off the 4th and was immediately erased by a GIDP.  A 1-out single in the 7th led to nothing, the runner didn’t even advance.  And then just for good measure, they grounded into 2 more inning-ending double plays after leadoff baserunners in the 8th and 9th.  The only run of the night came on a Mark Teixeira home run to left, his 30th of the season.

Nathan Eovaldi more than did his job in holding the powerful Jays offense down.  …

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Game 107 Recap: Yankees 2 Red Sox 1

Sabathia vs BOS

#TBT. Courtesy of Getty Images

I think I said in the recap of his last good start that we had gotten to the point where you just have to appreciate the good starts from CC Sabathia when he has them because there aren’t a lot of them anymore.  Last night was one of those good starts.  It was vintage Sabathia in the series finale against the Red Sox as he pitched to the little run support that he got and led his club to another series victory.

Whatever CC did between starts, it helped bring something out of him because he was dealing last night.  He came out firing fastballs in the low-mid 90s and he really had good command of his stuff, arguably better than we’ve seen at any point this season.  He struck out 4 and allowed only 2 baserunners, both of them coming in the 2nd inning, in 4 scoreless and seemed to be pitching with the kind of swagger we used to see from his years ago.…

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Game 106 Recap: Red Sox 2 Yankees 1

Severino vs BOS

Luis Severino makes a plea to the baseball gods for just 1 run of support after completing the 5th inning last night. Courtesy of Getty Images

The hype machine was turned up to 11 for Luis Severino‘s Major League debut last night, and with good reason.  Severino has done everything to earn the quick promotion up the ladder, dominating at every level he’s pitched, and he was getting inserted into the middle of a playoff race to bolster the team’s biggest area of weakness.  The buzz was justified and Severino lived up to it last night, but the bats couldn’t get anything going against a pesky knuckleballer and the Yanks dropped the middle game of the set.

Severino came out firing in the first couple innings.  He featured a mid-high 90s 4-seamer, a low 90s cutter, and a low 90s slider, and just from the pop of the glove you could tell that everything had some extra oomph on it.  …

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