About Last Night: David Phelps and the Sixth Inning of Doom

As you all know, David Phelps picked up the loss last night in Kansas City and I thought we could take a look at the inning where the game boarded the train to Loserville: The dreaded sixth inning.

And what makes this disaster of an inning even more frustrating for both the Yankees and their fans is that the team had just tied the game thanks to Carlos Beltran‘s and Yangervis Solarte‘s heroics in the top of the sixth inning after being stymied by Royals’ starter Danny Duffy and they had turned what was a frustrating performance into an exciting comeback.

So when the Yankees took the field for the bottom of the sixth inning, Phelps started things off with a five-pitch walk to Billy Butler. As you can see, there was nothing good about this at bat and nearly everything was out of the zone:

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Next, he walked Alex Gordon on six pitches:

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And then Salvador Perez, somehow, hit the pitch highlighted in blue for a three-run shot to put the Royals up 6-3.…

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Game 61: Phelps v. Duffy

Pitching has been the key to the Yankees back-to-back wins against the A’s and Royals, as the team continues to struggle to put up crooked numbers. The four-spot the Yankees put up last night represents their high-water mark of late, as the team has not scored more than four runs since May 26. Facing Kansas...

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Saturday Afternoon Open Thread: 6/7/14

Six years ago today, Johnny Damon went 6-6 and won the game on a walk-off single. It happened against the Royals.

I remember that day clearly because I was in Fenway Park watching the Red Sox beat up on the Seattle Mariners. It was a hot, steamy afternoon in Boston and I was hiding in an air conditioned suite waiting for the guys in the manual scoreboard to update the Yankees/Royals score.

I was also being berated by Sox fans all day because of how bad the Yankees were that season. It was a lot of fun! (Yes, that was sarcasm.)

Anyway, feel free to talk about whatever you want. Honestly, I hope most of you living in the Northeast will be out and about enjoying the nice weather.

Have a happy Saturday!

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Yankees Draft Recap: Rounds 1-10

With the first 10 rounds of the MLB Draft completed, here’s a look at the nine players the Yankees picked over the last two days. Their first five selections were pitchers (4 college, 1 high school) and the next four selections were position players (all college).

Second Round (55th): Jacob Lindgren, LHP (Mississippi State)
Lindgren was...

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Game 60: Whitley vs Guthrie

The Yankees are in Kansas City to play the Royals in a three-game set and Carlos Beltran is back in the lineup! Hooray!

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner RF
Beltran DH
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Solarte 3B
Ichiro RF
Roberts 2B
Ryan SS

KANSAS CITY
Aoki RF
Infante 2B
Hosmer 1B
Butler DH
Gordon LF
Perez C
Cain CF
Moustakas 3B
Escobar SS

The pitching matchup is Guthrie vs. Whitley

Enjoy!

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What Can Kendrys Morales Do For You?

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With the first-year player draft commenced, the last remaining big-name free agent is now free of his draft pick compensation. Teams no longer have to give up their highest non-protected pick to sign designated hitter and first baseman Kendrys Morales. Yesterday afternoon, we heard that Morales will finally decide on offers, and he doesn’t plan on taking his time.

Of course, the Yankees asked Morales to wait just a few more days. Unsure with the state of their own lineup, the Yankees are still interested in Morales’ bat, however they’d like to see how Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira respond to playing after dealing with elbow and wrist issues. Assuming one of these players needs further surgery or time on the disabled list, the Yankees would become the obvious favorite to land the switch-hitting Morales.

But if Teixeira and Beltran miraculously remain healthy for the rest of the season, it’ll be difficult to plug Morales into a regular position.…

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Don Zimmer The Catcher

The passing of Don Zimmer this week hit me pretty hard. I moved to New England in 1975 and watched a lot of Red Sox games and he became a sympathetic figure to me for the collapse of his Boston Red Sox and for the booing he received even if it meant my favorite team won during those years. And then with the Yankees for those glorious championship years, I really felt that he made Joe Torre a better manager and I enjoyed the way Derek Jeter rubbed his head and the laugh invoked by the action. I wanted to write some sort of tribute for the man I did not really know but had developed a fan fondness for, cemented when he stood up to Steinbrenner and told him to stuff it. But what could I write that hasn’t been written a hundred times by writers all over the country?

All the aspects have been covered—his managerial years, his championships with the Dodgers as a player, Bill Lee, the Red Sox, his run with the Yankees and his final years becoming a beloved figure in Tampa.…

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