Game 163’s pitching performances

Game 163 is in the books. We experienced two different types of pitching performance in the play-in-game to get to the play-in-game. Martin Perez and David Price both feature similar repertoires; they both work fastball-changeup and occasionally mix in a breaking ball to keep hitters honest. Awhile back I did a miniseries of sorts on visualizing pitch sequencing in a manner that seemed more intuitive to me. I’ve extended that project out a bit to give a clearer visual of what a pitcher tried to establish in each individual start. The result is this:   Hopefully that simplifies what David Continue reading Game 163’s pitching performances

Yanks end regular season swept on road for first time all year following Rays' dramatic late-inning comeback to clinch Wild Card

The Yankees capped off the 2011 regular season by getting swept on the road for the first time all year — and swept for only the third time all season — as the Tampa Bay Rays came storming back from a 7-0 deficit to win 8-7 in extra innings. The loss was the Yankees’ fourth in a row, and dropped their record in extra-inning games to a fluky 4-12 on the season. Additionally, the sweep was Tampa’s second-ever sweep of the Yankees, both of which came at Tropicana Field, and it was the first time the Yanks had been swept Continue reading Yanks end regular season swept on road for first time all year following Rays' dramatic late-inning comeback to clinch Wild Card

Yanks drop second straight game to Tampa Bay

I admittedly haven’t been watching much baseball since the Yankees clinched their playoff spot last Wednesday, and so I didn’t see a single inning of last night’s 5-3 loss to the Rays. This feeling of ennui in the aftermath of Yankee losses is a weird one — one that will undoubtedly be shaken off come 8:37pm Friday night — but also represents an enjoyable reprieve after 155 games of caring deeply about the outcome of a given Yankee game. In fact, I couldn’t help but be mildly annoyed to see the Yankees leading 3-2 through six innings while Boston jumped Continue reading Yanks drop second straight game to Tampa Bay

Yankees lose to Rays 5-2

Ah, the weirdness of having home field advantage through the first two rounds of the playoffs locked up despite still having regular season games to play while your two primary division rivals duke it out for the Wild Card. James Shields had his way with the Yankees for seemingly the 8,000th time, coming within one out of a complete-game in pitching Tampa Bay to a critical 5-2 victory over the Bombers on Monday — critical for Tampa in that, coupled with Boston’s 6-3 loss to the Orioles, pulled the Rays into a rather unfathomable tie for the AL Wild Card Continue reading Yankees lose to Rays 5-2

Series Preview | Yankees vs. Rays VI: The end

Beginning tonight, the Yanks and Rays duke it out in the final regular season series of the year. The Yanks can win the season series with one win this week; the best the Rays can do is tie it. Aside from exacting a small measure of revenge against Tampa — who won the season series between these two teams for only the second time in team history last season — this series is essentially completely devoid of meaning for the Yankees, having locked up best record in the AL over the weekend, although with the Rays still clinging to a Continue reading Series Preview | Yankees vs. Rays VI: The end

Rays wreck Yanks as Moore wins first career MLB start

I skipped this one, and it looks like I didn’t miss all that much, as the Rays bludgeoned the Yanks 15-8 behind a beastly performance from rookie phenom Matt Moore, who struck out 11 Yankees and allowed zero runs over five innings, picking up the win in his first career Major League start. Ordinarily the Yankees getting completely and utterly shutdown by a rookie they’ve never seen before would drive me up a wall, except for the fact that (a) the Yankees clearly (and correctly) didn’t care whether they won this game, as evidenced by the many regulars who received Continue reading Rays wreck Yanks as Moore wins first career MLB start

Yankees clinch 17th American League East title; beat Rays 4-2

Approximately seven hours after earning their 2011 postseason berth, the Yankees clinched their 17th American League East title, beating the Rays 4-2, sweeping the doubleheader, securing the series victory and ensuring a stress-free final week of the season as the team prepares to kick off the American League Division Series next Friday, September 30. CC Sabathia and Jeremy Hellickson were locked in a pitchers’ duel in this one, with the former going 7 1/3 and giving up two runs — both on solo home runs, to Kelly Shoppach and Sean Rodriguez, natch — and the latter going seven and also Continue reading Yankees clinch 17th American League East title; beat Rays 4-2

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

Series Preview | Yankees vs. Rays V: Shields is the new Felix

The Yankees kick off their last 10 games of the season with four against the Rays this week, three against Boston this weekend and three more with the Rays next Monday through Wednesday, before the ALDS kicks off on Friday, September 30. This week’s set was initially supposed to be a two-gamer, but rain has forced the series to both double in size and also include a doubleheader on Wednesday. The Yankees are 6-5 against the Rays on the season, which is only two wins shy of their total against Tampa Bay in all of 2010. The Rays came into Continue reading Series Preview | Yankees vs. Rays V: Shields is the new Felix