Yankees win third straight series; beat Toronto 7-3

For the first time in seemingly forever, the Yankees actually jumped all over a Lefty-They’ve-Never-Seen-Before™ in the form of Jo-Jo Reyes (who only lasted three innings and gave up five runs — now that’s more like it!) and never looked back, taking the rubber game against the Blue Jays 7-3 on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon. Things started off promisingly in the 1st, as a Derek Jeter leadoff double was plated by a Curtis Granderson double (his first of two on the game — is this man on fire or what?), as the Yankees took a 1-0 lead before an out Continue reading Yankees win third straight series; beat Toronto 7-3

Yanks fashion dramatic late-inning comeback, beat Blue Jays 5-4 in second walk-off win of season

If, after being stifled by Ricky Romero for seemingly the 80,000th time, you felt like the game was probably over for the Yankees after the Blue Jays’ ace departed with a 4-1 lead after seven strong frames, it’d be hard to disagree with that sentiment, considering the Yankees were 1-18 when trailing after the 8th inning in 2011 (h/t Kim Jones). However, the Yankees apparently had other ideas. In the bottom of the eighth inning, a Curtis Granderson double, and a two-out Robinson Cano double followed by a Russell Martin (who also hit a solo home run in the second Continue reading Yanks fashion dramatic late-inning comeback, beat Blue Jays 5-4 in second walk-off win of season

Blue Jays thump Yanks 7-3

Bartolo Colon got through the first five innings relatively unscathed (save a first-inning solo Jose Baustista, which happens) before giving up five runs in the sixth inning, which wound being plenty for the Blue Jays, who beat the Yankees 7-3 Monday night. True to form, the Yankees couldn’t do much of anything against spot starter Carlos Villanueva, who they had previously only seen in two one-inning relief appearances, and so for all intents and purposes he was yet another scrubby-pitcher-the-Yankees-have-never-faced-before-and-were-subsequently-owned by. Villanueva only lasted five innings, but struck five men out and only gave up two hits and one run Continue reading Blue Jays thump Yanks 7-3

Game Thread and Series Preview: Yankees vs. Blue Jays III: Don't pitch to Jose Bautista

It’s no secret that Jose Bautista has, in seemingly record time, become the most feared hitter in baseball. What Bautista has accomplished thus far in 2011 this is insane — through a mere 38 games, Bautista has a .549(!) wOBA, which is comprised of a .353/.500(!)/.816(!!) triple slash (both his OBP and SLG lead MLB), and has already accumulated 4.3 fWAR. ZiPS Update has him finishing the year at .292/.423/.649 (.459 wOBA), which, incredibly, seems almost conservative. Unless he falls off a cliff, Bautista seems like a near-lock to become the Majors’ first 10-fWAR player since both Barry Bonds and Continue reading Game Thread and Series Preview: Yankees vs. Blue Jays III: Don't pitch to Jose Bautista

Even micro-er recap: Yanks hang on to beat Blue Jays 5-4

Sorry for another abbreviated weekend recap; we should be back up to regular speed on the weekends soon. Anyway… – A.J. Burnett closed out another solid April as a Yankee, throwing six innings of four-run ball in the Yankees’ 5-4 victory. He gave up nine hits but didn’t walk anyone, which is wonderful coming from Burnett. I saw the beginning of the game and thought A.J. looked great, but I gather began to tire around the sixth. – In a shocking turn of events, Jose Baustista didn’t go yard. – Derek Jeter continued his descent into worthlessness, with an 0-3 Continue reading Even micro-er recap: Yanks hang on to beat Blue Jays 5-4

Microcap: Yanks drop a winnable one against Jays

This one’s gonna be bullet-point style, as I missed most last night’s 5-3 Yankee loss and have a variety of personal obligations to tend to: – Ricky Romero was his usual studly self, holding the Yankees to two runs over six innings, though he wasn’t very economical about it, needing 109 pitches to get through those six frames. According to the postgame, the Yankees blew a huge opportunity in the fifth, loading the bases with no outs, but Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez — the two guys you’d most want up in that situation — couldn’t get the job done. Continue reading Microcap: Yanks drop a winnable one against Jays

Game Thread and Series Preview | Yankees vs. Blue Jays II: It's Lima Bautista Time

Note: Please use this post as your game thread for tonight. The Yankees (14-8, 1st in the AL East) meet the Blue Jays (12-13, 3rd in ALE) for the second time in two weeks as Toronto comes to the Stadium for a three-game set this weekend. As regular readers know, Toronto emerged as one of my least-favorite teams to face last year, and true to form, the Extra-Base Hits are currently boasting a top-five offense in the American League (and really, it’s probably more like top-three, as I don’t know what the heck Cleveland and Kansas City are doing in Continue reading Game Thread and Series Preview | Yankees vs. Blue Jays II: It's Lima Bautista Time

Rivera blows first save of the season, Yankees lose in the 10th

I need to be careful when I boast. In yesterday´s open thread I pointed out Mariano Rivera´s incredible start to the season. In Tuesday night´s game the greatest reliever of all time allowed his first runs of the season, walked his first batter of the season and blew his first save of the season. We all know he´ll do these things every year. It´s just that there are moments when it genuinely seems as though Mo will go the entire year without giving up a run, or walking a batter. A.J. Burnett was frustrating in this one, but kept the Continue reading Rivera blows first save of the season, Yankees lose in the 10th

Yankees vs. Blue Jays I: Oh, it's you again

The Yankees head up to Toronto to face their most annoying foe of the 2010 season (for some people that distinction might go to Tampa Bay, but at least the Rays were a playoff-bound team last year). Toronto was one of only two teams — along with Tampa Bay —  to notch 10 wins against the Yankees last season, and their ridiculously annoying penchant for hitting two-baggers (27 doubles in 18 games) and home runs (33) against the Yankees last season led me to sardonically dub them The Toronto Extra-Base Hits. Combined with a slew of top-notch pitching performances — Continue reading Yankees vs. Blue Jays I: Oh, it's you again