Nova hurls another gem as Yanks shut Rays out 5-0

For all of the success Ivan Nova has had this season, I’m amazed I haven’t read more about the fact that this was a player the Yankees didn’t even protect in the 2008 Rule V draft, and who they nearly lost to San Diego for chump change until the Padres apparently decided he wasn’t good enough for them. Nova continued to show why he’ll almost certainly be getting the ball in Game  2 of the ALDS, firing 7 2/3 shutout innings — tied for his second-longest outing of the season — against the Rays and leading the Yankees to a Continue reading Nova hurls another gem as Yanks shut Rays out 5-0

Slumbering bats no match for brilliant Haren in first complete-game shutout against Yankees this season

What do you get when you mix several players simultaneously slumping, with injuries to what feels like half the lineup, combined with facing two of the top four pitchers in the American League at the outset of a week that featured a game that ended at 2am along with a flight to the west coast and having to play three games in three cities within a three-day span? Apparently something that looks like the current iteration of the rather bruised, exhausted and pretty-hard-to-watch-right-now Yankees, who lost to the Angels 6-0, dropping their fourth game in a row. Not to take Continue reading Slumbering bats no match for brilliant Haren in first complete-game shutout against Yankees this season

Britton brilliant as Baltimore blanks Bombers 2-0

This was the Zach Britton Baltimore’s been waiting for all season. The young lefthander had the Yankees completely fooled with a filthy two-seamer (Ken Singleton and Michael Kay kept calling it a sinker, but Brooks has it as a two-seamer) that racked up an absurd -3.6007 linear weights, complemented by a superb slider, and hurling seven shutout innings — yielding only four hits, walking one and striking out five — that led the Orioles to a 2-0 shutout of the Yankees, for Baltimore’s season-high sixth straight victory (and the Yankees’ sixth time being shutout in 2011). Britton was so good Continue reading Britton brilliant as Baltimore blanks Bombers 2-0

Nova leads Yanks to 3-0 win and series victory over Twins

Ivan Nova bounced back from his shelling against the Royals last Tuesday as well as any0ne could’ve hoped for, hurling seven shutout innings of five-hit, five-strikeout, one-walk ball against the Twins, leading the Yankees to a 3-0 victory and series win. It was yet another impressive start in a season full of them for the Yankees’ young righthander. Nova’s finest moment came in the fifth, with the score still 0-0. The Twins put their first two runners on — the second one reached on a fielding miscue between Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher — and Nova was facing a second-and-third, Continue reading Nova leads Yanks to 3-0 win and series victory over Twins

Sabathia hurls best pitching performance of Bombers' season in 1-0 complete game shutout over Rays

CC Sabathia. What else is there to say? On an afternoon in which James Shields was just as good, matching zero for zero, Sabathia got the better of his fellow AL East ace, hurling a 1-0 complete game shutout with nine strikeouts to secure the series victory against Tampa Bay and send the Yankees into the All-Star break on an important winning note. Not to take anything away from Shields, who was the hard-luck loser in pitching eight innings of one-unearned-run ball, but Sabathia’s performance was incredible for so many different reasons: It was the big man’s first nine-inning complete-game Continue reading Sabathia hurls best pitching performance of Bombers' season in 1-0 complete game shutout over Rays

Yankees beat Indians 4-0 in second shutout of season

The Bartolo Colon Renaissance Tour continued Saturday afternoon for 6 2/3 more brilliant shutout innings before encountering an unfortunate roadblock in a pulled left hamstring. In the postgame Joe Girardi said he didn’t know how long they’d be without Colon until tomorrow, while Brian Cashman said he expected a DL stint. Knowing what we know about hamstrings, this could take a while — while Curtis Granderson got back in a month last May, Phil Hughes took nearly three months to get back in 2007 and Andy Pettitte two months last year. Best-case scenario would obviously be the former, but it Continue reading Yankees beat Indians 4-0 in second shutout of season

Colon tosses first Yankee complete-game shutout since May 2009 as Yanks beat A's 5-0

Bartolo Colon authored the first complete-game shutout by a Yankee pitcher since CC Sabathia did it against the Orioles on May 8, 2009, as the Yankees beat the Athletics 5-0 on Memorial Day. Some of my Twitter pals were teasing me as I’ve been rather obsessed with the fact that the Yankees not only hadn’t yet recorded a shutout in 2011 but were also the only team in MLB not to do so this season prior to this game, but as the complete game has become an increasingly rare feat — not to mention the fact that keeping a Major Continue reading Colon tosses first Yankee complete-game shutout since May 2009 as Yanks beat A's 5-0

Beckett dominates Yankees as Boston picks up second win of season

Josh Beckett was outright destructive last night, obliterating the flailing Yankee offense in an outing almost as dominating as his Game 6 series-clinching win in the 2003 World Series (a complete-game shutout, two walks, five hits, nine strikeouts), as he threw an eight-inning two-hit, 10-strikeout shutout (the strikeout total was the most he’s ever had against the Yankees in a regular season game), as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 4-0 to win their first series of the season. As our own William astutely noted on Twitter last night, the Yankees were “reacting like they didn’t think Beckett threw a Continue reading Beckett dominates Yankees as Boston picks up second win of season

Granderson, Sabathia power Yanks to 5-0 shutout over A's to complete four-game sweep

It’s fun being right. In Monday’s A’s series preview I wrote “Sabathia should dominate the A’s lineup and I expect the big man to come through once again in this contest.” Obviously this was far from a bold proclamation, but nevertheless it feels good to be validated. And it feels even better in the face of nonsensical comments like this guy’s. Of course, despite my confident prediction I can’t say I expected CC Sabathia to toss eight innings of one-hit ball, using only 95 pitches to record 24 outs. Sabathia was outrageously good, taking advantage of an incredibly light-hitting A’s Continue reading Granderson, Sabathia power Yanks to 5-0 shutout over A's to complete four-game sweep