Game 136 Recap: Yankees 8 Orioles 6

Bird HR vs BAL

Greg Bird, lefty killer. Courtesy of Getty Images

I don’t know what to say to people who aren’t on board with this team yet.  if you don’t enjoy watching and don’t have full confidence in this team at all times, you must live a very sad life.  The Yankees opened up a home set with the Orioles this afternoon and they pulled the comeback card again today, slowly battling back from a rough start for Big Mike before icing the game late with a big blow from the Birdman.

It was a quick start for Michael Pineda, as he retired the side in order in the top of the 1st on fewer than 10 pitches.  But his fastball command was not present in the slightest today, and that lack of command got him in big trouble in the 2nd inning.  He walked Chris Davis to start the inning, gave up a single to Jimmy Paredes, and threw a horrible 0-2 fastball down the pipe Jonathan Schoop that Schoop yanked out to left field for a 3-run home run.  … Click here to read the rest

Quick hit: Eovaldi shut down for two weeks

Well, this isn’t good news:

This elbow problem may explain his last shaky outing.

Eovaldi has been the Yankees’ best starter since June and news of him needing to be shut down for any period of time is bad enough, but having it happen while the Yankees are chasing the Blue Jays for the division lead could end up being disastrous. … Click here to read the rest

Game 136: Pineda vs. Chen

Happy Labor Day, everybody.  Hope yours has been as relaxing so far as mine has been.  The Yanks don’t get to relax today, instead they’ll start a 3-game home set against the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon.  First pitch is set for a few minutes after 1 PM local time and the starting pitchers will be Michael Pined and Wei-Yin Chen.  Here’s the rest of the Yankee starting lineup:

1) Jacoby Ellsbury CF
2) Chase Headley 3B
3) Alex Rodriguez DH
4) Carlos Beltran RF
5) Chris Young LF
6) Greg Bird 1B
7) John Ryan Murphy C
8) Didi Gregorius SS
9) Jose Pirela 2B

As always, go Yankees!… Click here to read the rest

I still refuse to quote Meatloaf and some thoughts on baseball

Happy Monday morning! I hope you all have nice plans for Labor Day. I did but messed up my knee and instead, I’m home icing it and watching reruns of old game shows.

Anyway, here are a few things I wanted to talk about this morning. Some are Yankees related, some are not, but all are baseball related.

1) I am very happy with this weekend’s results. And while I would have preferred a sweep because Toronto won’t lose, I am glad the Yankees took two out of three games against the still pesky and annoying Tampa Bay Rays. In fact, this was the first time the Yankees won the season series against the Rays since 2009. Doesn’t that seem crazy? Yesterday’s game seemed like it was going to be a frustrating loss but Brian McCann and Alex Rodriguez had other plans. I actually loved watching the dugout’s reaction to A-Rod’s home run because they were still celebrating McCann’s. The looks on everyone’s faces were classic.… Click here to read the rest

Game 135 Recap: Yankees 6 Rays 4

A-Rod HR vs TB II

“Thanks, bat. I’ll just toss you over here and be right back.” Courtesy of Getty Images

There was reason for pessimism heading into this afternoon’s rubber match against the Rays.  Ivan Nova had been battling his command lately and Tampa was rolling out staff ace Chris Archer, who has owned the Yankees in his short career.  The Yanks got to him in 1 big inning to pull themselves ahead, then tacked on enough runs for their bullpen to take the W home.

It was another up and down day for Ivan.  He got hit around a bit in the early innings, gave up a 2-run homer to Kevin Kiermaier in the 2nd, and another run on a walk and a pair of singles in the 3rd to put his team in a 3-0 hole.  But he also managed to gather things up after the 3rd and work 3 more innings scoreless, turning in a 6-inning, 3-run performance when his day was done.  … Click here to read the rest

Sunday Morning News And Notes: 9/6/15

Hope everyone’s enjoying the middle portion of their 3-day Labor Day weekend.  I’m still coming to terms with Wisconsin’s loss last night and the fact that I’m sitting in my company’s office while I write this, and I thought a quick notes post might be therapeutic.

– It sounds like it’s all but a done deal that CC Sabathia will rejoin the rotation on Wednesday.  He’s been throwing bullpens without issue since getting another injection in his knee, and he threw a 4-inning, 60-pitch sim game before Friday night’s series opener against the Rays.  Sabathia’s return will give the team the 6-man rotation it was hoping to use this month to give guys an extra day of rest, and hopefully the time off and new knee brace will help him pitch more like he was before his last start.  The Yankees can’t afford to have more bad CC starts at this stage of the season.

Mark Teixeira told every reporter within earshot that he was “100%” confident he would play again this season the other day.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 134 Quick Recap: Rays 3, Yankees 2

I’m so sorry.

I completely forgot that I was supposed to write this recap. I must confess, I barely watched the game because we’re fostering kittens and they were all over me all day.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The Yankees lost (as you tell by the title).
  • They lost a game in the standings because relying on Baltimore to beat Toronto two games in a row was too much to ask.
  • Nathan Eovaldi lost for the first time in about three years.
  • The Yankees only had five hits.
  • Eovaldi only lasted 5 1/3 innings.
  • A positive is that the bullpen didn’t give up any runs.

Hopefully the Yankees can win the rubber game tomorrow afternoon.… Click here to read the rest