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

How good are the Texas Rangers?

The Yankees have had the best record in baseball for most of the Summer. That kind of performance will get you acknowledged as the best team in your league 100% of the time, but it would be unwise for the Yankees and their fans to get complacent. For most of the season the Texas Rangers have been right on the Yankees’ heals, competing for the best overall record. A lot can change between now and the end of the season, but there’s a good chance that the Yankees’ path to the World Series runs through the Lone Star State. All Continue reading How good are the Texas Rangers?

"Who would you rather face?"

I hate this question. However, it’s an inevitable one that baseball fans will continue to ask because until you know who your team’s postseason opponent is there isn’t really much else one can do aside from debate whether one team would be “preferable” to the other. The reason I hate this question is because there’s no good answer. There are no “easy” teams to play in the playoffs. If a team is good enough to make the playoffs, then they’re a good team. The general consensus among Yankee fans on Twitter and elsewhere seems to be that Texas would represent Continue reading "Who would you rather face?"

Yankees blow Rangers out 12-4 for second straight game

For the second straight evening the Yankees won a 12-4 laugher against the Rangers, although unlike Tuesday night it didn’t get that way until midway through the game. The Rangers actually held two leads in the early going, but the Yankees battled back, and were able to add seven more runs to the 5-4 lead they took into the fifth. Ivan Nova was good enough, although once again wasn’t really fooling anyone, finishing the game with a 5 2/3 innings of four-run ball along with seven hits, three walks and only two strikeouts. Derek Holland was worse, getting touched up Continue reading Yankees blow Rangers out 12-4 for second straight game

Yanks dump Rangers 12-4

Nothing soothes the nerves quite like a good old-fashioned blowout. Despite fooling most of the American League this season, the Yankees are apparently on to Alexi Ogando‘s chicanery, as they knocked him around for six runs in a mere 1 2/3 innings en route to a 12-4 blowout of the Rangers. This was the second time on two tries this season they hung at least five on Ogando, and last night they really didn’t waste any time. Alex Rodriguez got things going in the second inning with a leadoff single. After a Robinson Cano pop-out, Jorge Posada doubled, putting men Continue reading Yanks dump Rangers 12-4

Series Preview | Yankees vs. Rangers III

The Yankees and Rangers meet for the third and final time of the 2011 season tonight, squaring off for a three-game set in the Bronx. The Yankees have won four out of the six games the two teams have played thus far. Texas is 7-5 in June, and started the month out with five straight wins but is coming off a four-game set with last-place Minnesota in which they lost three times. The Twins actually held the third-best-wOBA-in-the-AL Rangers to two total runs over their last two games. The Ranger pitching staff, which began the year on fire, has regressed Continue reading Series Preview | Yankees vs. Rangers III

Bronx Bombers ride the rally rollercoaster; lose 7-5

As you may have guessed from the title, the Yanks showcased some serious moxie during last night’s bout only to ultimately taste the bitter pangs of defeat. Let’s see if we can briefly relive that exhausting experience one more time. Just as the old (and slightly obvious) baseball adage states, the outcome of the game generally begins and ends with the quality of the pitching. Needless to say, Bartolo Colon didn’t have his best stuff and it cost him early. During the bottom of the first, Michael Young began his offensive onslaught with a home run. Later in the second inning, Continue reading Bronx Bombers ride the rally rollercoaster; lose 7-5

Yankees recall joys of winning; 4-1 over Rangers

After “enjoying” the cold spacious confines of Comerica, the Yanks were definitely in need of a win. Fortunately, last night provided just such an occasion. Let’s break it down. Offense: It’s only appropriate to quote a cliché Sterling-ism. “The Grandyman can, ohh, the Grandyman can!” Curtis smashed two booming homeruns. The first shot was deposited in the top of the first. Jeter singled and Curtis Granderson promptly gave the Yanks a 2-0 lead. Matt Harrison was as advertised; he struggled early in the game (he’d eventually settle down and retire 10 in a row), and boy, did Grandy make him pay. Continue reading Yankees recall joys of winning; 4-1 over Rangers

Yankees vs. Rangers II: Deep in the heart

This weekend, the Yankees and Rangers meet for the second of three times this season — this is the Bombers’ only trip to Texas — with nearly identical pitching match-ups as the two teams’ first three-game set. The Rangers enter this series with perhaps slightly less swagger than they did the Bronx three weeks ago, as the team has cooled off considerably since its 9-1 start. While the Rangers remain a very good team, it’s no surprise that they’ve returned to earth to an extent, given the otherwordly performances they’d received from their starters through the first two weeks of Continue reading Yankees vs. Rangers II: Deep in the heart