Game 163: Tampa plays in Texas to see who gets eliminated from the playoffs first!

I figured we could have a game thread for the Tampa/Texas showdown in Arlington tonight.

I remember watching last year’s “play in” games and being at the edge of my seat even though I had no rooting interest. Tonight, I’m hoping for the Rangers to prevail just because the Rays annoy me so much. From Joe Maddon‘s hipster glasses to the entire team acting like they’re too cool for school, I find them so off putting. And who wants to see someone like Josh Lueke get a World Series? Not me.

Plus, it would be absolutely hilarious if the newly activated, just coming back from a PED suspension, Nelson Cruz plays a big role in the game. It will be nice to see people’s heads exploding over it.

Here are the lineups:

Kinsler 2B
Andrus SS
Rios RF
Beltre 3B
Pierzynski C
Cruz DH
Moreland 1B
Gentry LF
Martin CF

Perez P

Jennings CF
Myers RF
Zobrist 2B
Longoria 3B
Young DH
Rodriguez LF
Loney 1B
Escobar SS
Molina C

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Your favorite moments of 2013

Good afternoon IIATMS readers,

I realize this season wasn’t a typical New York Yankees season. There were injuries galore, bad hitting, and bad pitching but even with all of the negative stuff, the team still managed to win 85 games and in those 85 victories, there were some cool moments sprinkled in. So what I wanted to know was what was your favorite moment (or moments) from the 2013 season?

I know it’s hard to believe but we do have a lot to choose from. And having been there to witness the event(s) in person is not a requirement of this post. Personally, my favorite moment happened in Boston and I wasn’t there. I just watched it on TV.

If you read this blog regularly, you probably know what moment I’m going to choose as one of my favorites but instead of just writing about it, I’ll also show it to you.


Come on, you have to admit that was hilarious at the time.… Click here to read the rest

Welcome to the early offseason

It’s here. The first day of the offseason, at least for us folks who root for the boys in pinstripes, and I have to say, so far, it’s an odd feeling.

I’m so used to gearing up for the postseason and preparing myself emotionally for the games – because I tend to get a little too into playoff baseball – and now, I’m not sure what to do. I used to get myself so worked up that by the time everything was over, I’d be exhausted. This year, I am looking forward to having an October filled with watching games that don’t actually mean anything to me. Aside from rooting against the Red Sox and Rays (because really, who wants to see them win anything?) I’m just going to sit here and watch baseball from the perspective of a neutral fan of the sport.

During the past few seasons, I didn’t have to do that until at least mid-October.

And to be honest, I’m pretty excited about Game 163 tonight in Arlington because play-in games are a lot more enjoyable when your team isn’t involved.… Click here to read the rest

Monday Morning End Of Season Musings

Andy vs HOU

Well at least they ended the season on a winning streak.  That’s something to build on for 2014, right?  In all seriousness, I can’t tell you how glad I am that this season is over.  It was absolutely exhausting.  I started writing AB4AR in August of 2009, and jumped right into the drama of a World Series run, staying up late to take notes on each game, write, drink, scream, and stomp around my apartment like a child.  Covering this year’s team, who won’t play a single postseason game, was a way more arduous task than that.  Between the injuries, the re-injuries, the bad starting pitching, the even worse situational hitting, and the front office’s decision to basically stand pat and not address any of it, the 2013 season was a meat grinder of disappointment.  I’m actually looking forward to covering the offseason and hot stove topics for a few months just to break up the monotony of writing about Derek Jeter‘s rehab, Phil Hughes‘ HR allowed, CC Sabathia‘s command, and the lineup’s inability to get a hit when they really need it.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees 5, Astros 1 (F/14): Goodbye, 2013

It’s finally over.

It took 14 innings for it happen but the Yankees ended the 2013 season on a high note with a 5-1, extra inning win over of the Houston Astros.

The game was tied going into the 14th inning when the Yankees scored four runs to bust the game open. Mark Reynolds got things started with a solo shot to left field to put the Yankees ahead 2-1 and the Yankees offense piled on after that.

Starter David Huff allowed one run through five innings but had to settle for the no decision because it took so long for the offense to get going. The Yankees ended up using six relievers in this game and they all pitched scoreless innings with five out of the six recording at least one strikeout. The Yankee pitchers combined for 19 strikeouts today: Huff finished with seven, Brett Marshall went two innings and had three, Dellin Betances went 2.1 innings and had four strikeouts, Preston Claiborne pitched 2/3 of an inning and had one, David Phelps pitched one inning and had two strikeouts and Matt Daley went two innings and also had two strikeouts.… Click here to read the rest

Game 162: The party’s over

I kept telling people that I was okay with the Yankees not making it into October. I kept telling them I was tired and that I wanted a stress-free month but now that the end of the season is here, I’m really sad to see it go.

Anyway, here are the lineups for the last game of the 2013 season:

Nunez 5
Murphy 2
Granderson 8
Wells 7
Reynolds 3
Hafner DH
Adams 4
Ryan 6
Almonte 9

Huff P

Villar 6
Altuve 4
Dominguez 5
Carter 3
Martinez 9
Laird 0
Crowe 8
Corporan 2
Elmore 7

Bedard P

You’ll notice that Robinson Cano is missing from the lineup so it is quite possible that last night’s game was the last time we’ll see Cano in a Yankee uniform.

Enjoy the last Yankee game thread of the year, folks.… Click here to read the rest

About last night: Andy Pettitte completes his career

David Phillip/AP

David Phillip/AP

If you were a Hollywood scriptwriter, the outcome of last night’s Yankees/Astros game is pretty close to how you choose to have your gritty veteran pitcher character’s career come to an end. Though, if it were a true Hollywood ending, the complete game victory would have come in the seventh game of a World Series, and in front of Yankee fans in Yankee Stadium. Unfortunately, the Yankees’ 2013 season will be ending in the regular season so that scenario wasn’t an option this time. In any case, last night was close to perfect and it was the ending Yankee fans wanted to see for Andy Pettitte.

The scene was set earlier this week when the Yankees were officially eliminated from postseason contention so instead of gearing up from one last playoff run, Pettitte’s last start would be in front of his hometown crowd in Houston, taking place in the only other Stadium he called home in his career.… Click here to read the rest