Yankees Win Rubber Match, Garcia Picks Up 150th Win Of His Career

Now, that’s much better boys.

After yesterday’s two-hit, complete game shutout loss to the Mariners, the Yankees were looking for a series win in the rubber game with Freddy Garcia on the mound against Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma.

Things didn’t start off too well for Garcia. He gave up a first pitch single to...

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No Felix, no problem: Yanks edge M’s 6-2

I don’t mean to be totally dismissive of the Mariners–it’s not like Freddy Garcia was King Felix or anything, and they did get a lot of walks–it just seemed like the Yankees were in control of the afternoon. After Raul Ibanez homered in the fifth inning to put the Yanks back up by two, both teams seemed set on cruise control: the Yankee bullpen was flawless again, with Logan, Robertson and Soriano putting up fantastic outings, and they put the game to bed after Garcia exited in the seventh.

It was an important win for the Yankees, who took the series from Seattle–their first win in their past three series. They go into a very tough four game set against Detroit at Comerica with some momentum, the first time they’ve had any in a couple weeks.

  • Ichiro Suzuki added a sun-aided double in the bottom of the seventh, extending his hitting streak with the Yankees to twelve games, and tying the record for longest hitting streak to begin a Yankee career.

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Game Thread: Mariners vs Yankees, Sunday August 5th

The bad news is that the Yankees are 4-6 over their last ten games. The good news is they still have a commanding 6.5 game lead in the AL East. Maybe it’s just me, but this last week of mediocre baseball has felt like the dog days of summer. While I don’t think we should...

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Ichiro Suzuki: not as bad as you think

Curtis Granderson, 2.0 WAR
Nick Swisher, 1.8 WAR
Ichiro Suzuki, 1.6 WAR
Andruw Jones, 1.0 WAR
Raul Ibanez, 0.5 WAR

Ichiro is only .2 WAR less than Nick Swisher–and no one has any problem with Swish. But how can Ichiro have such badf offensive numbers and still be worth more than one and a half wins above a replacement-level player?

He’s still really, really good at defense.

After watching Curtis Granderson make a couple of serious miscalculations yesterday–he just cannot seem to get his routes to the ball straight–and after seeing Andruw Jones and Raul Ibanez make a mockery of playing left (and Swish, well, he’s fun to have in right), it seems more and more clear to me that the Yankees could really do with a better-fielding player somewhere in the outfield.

Ichiro has a 14.9 Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR), and 12 defensive runs saved (DRS) this season; he has a career UZR/150 of 10.9. Over the past three years, he has averaged about a 9.0 UZR.…

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The Farm Report: 8/4/12

Trenton lost to Bowie 8-7:
The Thunder had an eight game win streak going into Saturday’s game against the Baysox, but it would not go any longer.  Bowie jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three.  The Thunder finally got on the board in the top of the fourth on back-to-back homers by Zoilo Almonte and Luke Murton.  They put together another rally in the top of the sixth.  Almonte lined a single to right and Murton reached on an error.  A double by Addison Maruszak plated Almonte.  Murton was out at the plate on a fielder’s choice by JR Murphy, but Walter Ibarra followed with a double to right, plating Maruszak.  Jeff Farnham lined a single in left, plating Murphy and Ibarra and giving Trenton a 6-5 lead.  The Baysox tied the game in the bottom of the inning and the Thunder took another lead with a solo homer by Adonis Garcia in the seventh.  Unfortunately, they couldn’t hold onto the lead, as Rhyne Hughes drew a lead off walk in the eighth and Manny Machado hit a homer, which not only gave Bowie the 8-7 win, but completed the cycle for him.…

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God save the king! Felix reigns in New York with two-hit, complete game 1-0 win

The way to beat a pitcher like Hernandez–and I mentioned this in the pregame, noting that it was a truism about baseball–is that you need to take any chance he gives you. You need essentially spotless pitching and to get hits whenever he gives you an opening.

Well, the bombers got another impressive outing from Hiroki Kuroda, who threw six innings of one run ball–Mike Carp (Mike Trout’s less delicious cousin) dropped a two-out RBI single into left field in the second–and the bullpen tossed three innings of shutout ball. Normally, one run in nine innings is enough for this Yankee offense.

But not today. This was not a case of traditional Yankee OMG-RISP-OMG mania; rather, this was a game where they were simply dominated. They didn’t take their chances because they didn’t get any chances. They had one runner in scoring position all game–Robinson Cano in the first inning–and only three other base-runners total. This was not a case of missing clutch hitting; this was a case of missing hitting period.…

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