Two Games in Washington

Before Friday, I’d never seen the Yankees play anywhere in the Bronx. That changed this weekend, even if it felt like I was in Yankee Stadium for part of it. Nationals Park had many ups that surely outweighed the downs and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.

Let’s get the negatives, however few there may...

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The Farm Report: Father’s Day Edition

Trenton beat Harrisburg 4-0:
The Thunder broke through in the third, as Jose Gil drew a walk to start the inning.  Gil stole second and scored on a single from Yadil Mujica for the first run of the game.  Melky Mesa was hit by a pitch in the fourth, moving to second on a passed ball and stealing third.  Addison Maruszak singled to right, plating Mesa for a 2-0 lead.  Abraham Almonte singled to start the fifth, scoring on a double by Zoilo Almonte.  Trenton plated a run for the fourth straight inning in the sixth, as Mesa drew a walk and stole second.  Gil struck out on a wild pitch which allowed Mesa to advance to third.  A single from Maruszak plated Mesa and the Thunder took the 4-0 win.

Abraham went 2-4 with a run scored, a double, a stolen base and a walk.   Maruszak also went 2-4 with a pair of RBIs.  Mesa was actually 0-2 but scored twice and swiped two bags.  …

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Yankees keep streaking behind Nova’s strong outing

Derek Jeter worked a full count before smacking a single to start the game.  Curtis Granderson followed by grounding a double into the corner in right.  Washington pitcher Edwin Jackson intentionally walked Robinson Cano, loading the bases for Teixeira.  Teix drove a sac fly to center, plating the Captain for the first run of the game.  Nova needed just eight pitches to get through the first inning, but gave up a lead-off homer to Adam LaRoche in the bottom of the second, tying the score.

The Nationals threatened to take the lead in the fourth, as LaRoche started the inning with a double to right and Ian Desmond‘s single put runners on the corners with one out.  Nova escaped trouble, however, as Robinson Cano turned a grounder from Danny Espinosa into an inning-ending double play.  In the top of the fifth, Curtis “I’m not a home run hitter” Granderson put the Bombers back in the lead by knocking his 21st long ball of the season.…

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Yankees get zero hits with runners in scoring position, win anyway

Even Soriano is happy after nine straight wins.

The Yankees extended their winning streak to an impressive nine games in the fashion to which they’ve become accustomed: Unbelievable pitching from starters and relievers, lots of home runs, and no hits with runners...

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Game Thread: Yankees versus Nationals, Sunday June 17th

The Yankees have won eight consecutive games coming into today’s matinee against the Nationals. All good things must come to an end but there is no reason why the team can’t make it nine straight wins. Incredible starting pitching has fueled the Yankee surge. Ironically, CC Sabathia has probably been the team’s worst starter during...

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When statistics are meaningless

For example, heading into today’s game, the Yankees are 6-3 on Sundays. Does that mean anything? Well, I suppose it’s better than being 3-6. But in the grand scheme of things, it is a meaningless statistic. The real important statistic is that the Yankees are 39-25 on the season.  And yet, on some broadcast or in some highlight show or in some blog, if the Yankees were 3-6 on Sundays, then there would be some kind of blurb about it being a problem for the Yankees. Happens all the time.

Take another statistic: The Yankees are 2-13 when they score two runs or less. That is a pathetic .133 winning percentage in such games. So the meme that would be started is that the Yankees cannot win low scoring games. The problem is that the statistic is meaningless. If you look at the statistics for all thirty teams in the major leagues, the winning percentage when scoring two runs or less is .126 (60-418).…

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