Game 71: Just how good is this Dickey guy, anyway? (Game Chat)

Yankees

D. Jeter, SS
C. Granderson, CF
A. Rodriguez, 3B
R. Cano, 2B
M. Teixeira, 1B
N. Swisher, RF
R. Ibanez, LF
C. Stewart, C
C. Sabathia, P

Mets

A. Torres, CF
R. Tejada, SS
D. Wright, 3B
S. Hairston, LF
L. Duda, RF
J. Turner, 1B
R. Cedeno, 2B
J. Thole, C

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Battle for New York? More like Battle of Cy Young Frontrunners

Here is the tale of the tape:

CC Sabathia has gone seven or more innings in each of his last six starts.  Consequently, his ERA during this recent stretch has dropped from a mediocre 3.78 to a much more respectable 3.55.  In addition, CC threw his first complete game of the year the last time he took the mound on Monday against the Braves.  During his first eight starts this season, Sabathia failed to last seven innings on six different occasions.  A big time outing this evening would bode very well for CC in locking down the AL starting position at the All-Star Game in 16 days.  Plus, the Yankees have not had a Cy Young Award winner since Roger Clemens took home his sixth Cy Young Award in 2001.

R.A. Dickey is rapidly turning into baseball’s most heart-warming story of 2012.  The 37-year-old knuckleballer is having a year for the ages.  No matter your fan allegiance, you have to be happy for the guy who went through so much hardship as a child. …

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The clutch hitting thing

The Yankees have been on national television a thousand times already. While that is good for ratings and for far-flung Yankee fans like yours truly, it also provides these national outlets plenty of opportunities to put up their statistics on how badly the Yankees are faring with runners in scoring position and with the bases loaded. While certainly these are valid statistics, they do not tell the entire story. The bottom line is how many runs your team scores and how many runs the other team scores. And that equation is going in the Yankees’ direction more often than not.

The Yankees are second in the majors in run differential behind only the Texas Rangers. In the American League, the Yankees are fourth in scoring and prevent runs third best in the league. That is a winning combination. Should we really care on how that gets done? It is often said that the Yankees failed in the post season last year because of this same problem with clutch hitting.…

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The Farm Report: 6/23/12

…and a 7-6 victory in Game 2:
Portland took a one-run lead in the first, but the Thunder stormed back in the second, in big part to a RBI double from Addison Maruszak, who scored later on a wild pitch.  The Sea Dogs took a 3-2 lead in the third, but Trenton found their swing in the fifth.  Doubles by Zoilo Almonte and Maruszak helped the Thunder take a 6-3 edge.  Portland tied the game in the top of the seventh, but a RBI single from Jose Pirela gave Trenton the walk-off victory.  Zoilo went 2-4 with a double and a run scored.  Maruszak went 2-4 with two doubles, a stolen base and four RBIs.

Tampa got stomped 8-1 by Lakeland:
Tampa was never really in this game, scoring their lone run in the ninth as they already trailed by nine runs.  Ramon Flores went 3-4 and Zach Wilson went 2-4.  Caleb Cotham got smacked around, going four innings and giving up seven runs on nine hits, a walk and two Ks.  …

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Ibanez ties it. Chavez wins it. Yanks beat Mets, 4-3

Reaction to Ivan Nova‘s start was mixed on Twitter. Some said the Yankees’ starter was bailed out by the homers. But the truth is closer to the fact that he kept the Yankees in the game and made three bad pitches. One resulted in a Kirk Nieuwenhuis solo homer in the bottom of the third. The second was a double to Omar Quintanilla that compounded a fielding error by Alex Rodriguez to lead to another run. And Daniel Murphy hit a double to center that led to the third and final run in the bottom of the sixth. But it really could have been worse. Nova got out of a second and third situation in the fourth with only one of the runs scoring on a ground out and struck out Kirk Nieuwenhuis to end that threat. Nova struck out seven in his five and two-thirds innings and walked three.

Once the Yankees took the lead, they still had to preserve it by getting nine more outs.…

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June 23 Game Thread: the chickens strike back

After falling in game 1 following a shaky start from Andy Pettitte, the Yankees will try to rebound behind Ivan Nova, who will square off against noted tall person Chris Young.  Chat it up, have fun, and let’s go Yankees!

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