Game 144 Quick Recap: Yanks 5 Rays 4

Young HR vs TB

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A more classic “if you turned this one off early, you missed out” game this could not have been.  This game was brutal for the first 8 innings.  But the Yankees kept plugging and turned a near no-hitter loss into a dramatic, improbable walk-off win in the span of 3 outs.

Let’s just skip right to the good part.  Bottom 8th, 1 out, Chris Young at the plate.  Tampa starter Alex Cobb had no-hit the Yanks up to that point, allowing only 2 walks the inning prior.  Young doubled into left-center off him to break up the no-no and end his night, and Joe went to the ailing Martin Prado to try to put a run on the board against reliever Brad Boxberger.  Prado put 2 on with a big 2-run home run on a hanging changeup to make it a 4-2 deficit.

Jake McGee came on for the save in the 9th and immediately hit Chase Headley (in the grill) to put the leadoff man on.  …

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Game 144: “We Just Have to Win Our Games. Period.”

Those words from the mouth of GM Brian Cashman as the Yankee sit 4.5 games out of the Wild Card, with three teams in front of them and under 20 games remaining.

Prado, Gardner, and Beltran are all still out of the lineup – Joe Girardi did say pregame he hopes Gardner can play this weekend, and that he felt better today.

Lineups…

Tampa Bay Rays New York Yankees
Ben Zobrist, LF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
David DeJesus, DH Derek Jeter, SS
Evan Longoria, 3B Brian McCann, C
James Loney, 1B Mark Teixeira, 1B
Wil Myers, RF Chase Headley, DH
Matt Joyce, LF Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Yunel Escobar, SS Stephen Drew, 2B
Kevin Kiermaier, CF Chris Young, LF
Curt Casali, C Brendan Ryan, 3B
Alex Cobb, SP Michael Pineda, SP
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Sounds Like Beltran’s Elbow Has Finally Had Enough

The bone spur in Carlos Beltran‘s elbow has been a “see how long he can go” situation since it was first diagnosed.  It sounds like that finish line may have been reached yesterday.  Beltran felt pain in his elbow during batting practice prior to last night’s game and was scratched from the lineup.  Speaking to the media, he didn’t sound like a man who was confident he was going to be able to keep playing through the pain:

“I felt pain during BP.  Talked to a doctor after, and I have already received three cortisones, so they don’t recommend another one. We talk about, what is the next step? I will probably give myself two or three more days, and if I can’t go out and take a swing like I normally take in a game, I might need to have the surgery.”

A little time off has been helpful here and there to keep him playing, but after 3 cortisone shots he’s not going to get another one.  …

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Game 143 Recap: Yanks 8 Rays 5

Teix-McCann vs TB

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A sputtering lineup can ill afford to lose 2 of its hottest hitters, yet that’s where the Yankees found themselves again last night heading into the middle game of their 3-game set against Tampa.  Then things got worse when Carlos Beltran was scratched before the start of the game.  Or did they?  With a lineup featuring Ichiro Suzuki in the 6-spot, the Yankees erased an early deficit and got the win they needed to keep their playoff hopes alive for another day.

The deficit came swiftly and without warning from the Ray lineup against starter Chris Capuano.  Ben Zobrist led of the game with a single after the crack Yankee infield failed to catch a foul pop up, and it quickly became apparent that Capuano had nothing.  He got 1 out, went walk-double-walk-single-single to the next 5 batters and his night was over.  Joe, not wanting the game to slip away that early, pulled the plug on Cap and went to his ‘pen and it was the right decision.  …

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IIATMS Podcast Episode 30: Past, Present, and Future

Domenic, Stacey, and the resurrected E.J. deliberate the fate of Brian Cashman, prognosticate the rest of the season and the upcoming off-season, begin to scratch the surface of the farm system, and reminisce (at least a little bit) about Derek Jeter.

And, as promised, here is the glorious sequence of errors from the Dodgers-Padres game earlier this week. I suggest that you open this musical number in a background tab and let the entire experience enfold you.

Keep the question coming! Tweet us @DomenicLanza, @StaceGots, and @ejfagan.

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Game 143: Odorizzi v. Capuano

As per Mark Feinsand, Brett Gardner will be out for a “significant amount of time,” as Joe Girardi stated “I’m not sure when we’ll get him back. It’s a concern of mine.” There are twenty games left in the season, including tonight, so it stands to reason that Gardner will not return in 2014.

So that’s awesome.

Tampa Bay Rays New York Yankees
Ben Zobrist, LF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Brandon Guyer, CF Derek Jeter, SS
Evan Longoria, 3B Brian McCann, C
Wil Myers, RF Carlos Beltran, DH
James Loney, 1B Mark Teixeira, 1B
Yunel Escobar, SS Chase Headley, 3B
Logan Forsythe, 2B Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Ryan Hanigan, C Stephen Drew, 2B
Sean Rodriguez, DH Chris Young, LF
Jake Odorizzi, SP Chris Capuano, SP
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Should Yankees Sign Victor Martinez This Offseason?

New York Daily News writer John Harper wrote a column yesterday saying that the Yankees should sign Victor Martinez.

Martinez has had a career year at age 36 for the Detroit Tigers, as he has hit .335/.406/.571 with a 165 wRC+ and a .411 wOBA. The 30 home runs Martinez has hit already are a career high. He is the only player in MLB with an OBP that is over .400 and has an amazingly low 6.8 percent K rate. Martinez’ .315 BABIP is right in line with his career rate, so that suggests that he has not been overly lucky to have this career year.

Obviously, the Yankees need a hitter producing like Martinez and more than one of them. Their offense this year is among the worst in franchise history and has made this season brutal to watch. However, Martinez just does not seem to fit into the Yankees right now.

The Yankees desperately need to get younger, and Martinez would add another old position player to go along with Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran.…

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Quick Hit: Can I Start Calling Them The B-Team Now?

If you’ve been hung up on the horrific offense, you might not have noticed this positive trend that Sweeny touched on last night.  The bullpen has been lights out for the last week.  20.2 scoreless innings is damn good and 7.2 of those innings have been pitched by the bargain bin collection of Huff, Whitley, Rogers, Hill, and Outman.  Add in another 3 from Shawn Kelley in 4 appearances and that’s more than half of that 20.2-inning scoreless streak being attributed to the 2nd, 3rd, and maybe 4th levels of the relief corps.

They don’t fill you with the level of confidence that comes with Betances and D-Rob, but give a tip of the cap to this crew.  They’re doing the job and doing it well when their name gets called.

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Quick hit: Thanks a lot, Yanks!

I was in my dad’s hospital room watching the Yankees/Rays game last night.

My poor dad, who had been asleep for most of my visit, actually had his eyes open so he was also watching the Yankees’ feeble attempts to get runners on base and score. At one point, he rolled his eyes and I’m pretty sure that if his arms weren’t strapped down – to prevent him from pulling out his lines – he would have waved his hands in disgust like he does when he’s healthy and at home.

Anyway, my dad watched the Yankees’ eighth and ninth innings and he just looked completely irritated and frustrated. So thanks a lot, Yankees, I actually saw a glimpse of my real dad for the first time in a while and it seems like your awful play brought it out.

Some of my thoughts from last night’s debacle:

  • The team is just boring to watch.
  • Even if it it’s not hit in a traditional 6-4-3 or 4-6-3 fashion, Derek Jeter will always seem to hit into a double play at the absolute worst time.
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