Game 22 Recap: Rays 3 Yankees 2 (13 Innings)

A-Rod K vs TB

They can’t all be winners. Courtesy of the AP

Well that was ugly.  The offense had been clicking for a while heading into this afternoon’s series finale against the Rays, but it sure laid an egg today.  Not a lot of hitting and tons of striking out was the recipe for today, and it wasn’t a good enough recipe to make 2 runs allowed by the pitching staff over 12 innings stand up.

Michael Pineda was effective again today while also being inefficient.  He held the Tampa lineup to 2 earned runs on 6 hits, he didn’t walk a batter while striking out 5, and he got 9 outs on the ground.  The only time Tampa got to him was the 4th, when a pair of ground ball singles gave Kevin Kiermaier a chance with 2 outs.  On the 9th pitch of the at-bat, he tripled to center to bring in both base hits and give the Rays a 2-0 lead.…

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Game 21 Recap: Yankees 4 Rays 2

McCann vs TB

The man of the night. Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees were thinking big picture with what they did in the offseason, they were thinking big picture with how they went about managing and planning for their older and injury-concern-ier guys in Spring Training, and they’re still thinking big picture now that the wins and losses matter.  Joe worked his 6th starter into the rotation last night to give his horses a little more rest, and that meant another opportunity for Chase Whitley to show what he can do as a Major League starter.  While the rest aspect became less important as news of Masahiro Tanaka‘s DL trip came out, Whitley’s solid outing and place in the rotation for the foreseeable future became the focal point.  Oh, and the Yankees won again.

It was another quick start for the offense, who jumped on Tampa starter Jake Odorizzi in the bottom of the 1st.  Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single and the 2 power bats hitting 3-4 with A-Rod out of the lineup did what you want them to do.  …

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Game 20 Recap: Yankees 4 Rays 1

Gardner BB vs TB

The look of a man who knows he just had a good at-bat. Courtesy of the AP

While CC Sabathia‘s last start stirred up a lot of conversation and worry among the Yankee fanbase, Adam Warren‘s terrible start has barely registered as a blip on the radar.  He entered tonight with a tripleslash entirely in the 5s in 3 starts, he’d failed to complete 6 innings in any of them, and he’d walked more batters than he’d struck out.  The injuries to other starters gave him the benefit of more time, but with Chase Whitley pitching tomorrow it is worth wondering if Warren has already reached the point of pitching for his job.  If he has, then tonight was the start he needed to solidify it for a while longer.

It didn’t start out pretty.  Warren had runners on second and third with 1 out in the top of the 1st, but struck out Evan Longoria and got James Loney to ground out to end the threat.  …

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Game 19 Recap: Yankees 6 Mets 4

A-Rod Out vs NYM

This play, and this picture, was/is laugh out loud funny. Courtesy of the AP

There was a battle this weekend, good people.  You might not have even realized it was happening, but the very foundation of New York City was held in the hands (and legs, and bats, and gloves) of 2 titans of local sport.  For years they’ve battled for city supremacy, with the evil empire from the Bronx reigning supreme time and time again.  But not this year.  Not with the Mets poised to strike while the empire was down.  Not with The Dark Knight and The Guy With The Hair and that third baseman who’s not A-Rod and that young catcher who always gets hurt and Curtis Granderson‘s rotting corpse and the closer who got pinched for steroids.  Surely this was the year that the Mets would take back the city, reclaim it as their own, and vanquish the evil empire back from whence they came.  Or maybe not, since they played like a JV high school team last night and got beat.  …

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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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