Sep
04

Posada powers Yanks to seventh straight win

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Twenty minutes into Thursday night’s game against the Blue Jays, it looked as though the Yankees were going to walk away with an easy win. While Derek Jeter grounded out, Johnny Damon walked, Mark Teixeira singled and A-Rod walked. Hideki Matsui then hit an RBI single that led to a bases-clearing error by Travis Snyder. Jorge Posada added another single, and the Yanks had a 4-0 lead before the Blue Jays came to bat.

In the end, the score belies the game. While the Yankees held on to win 10-5, it wasn’t that much of a blow out, and it wasn’t ever a really close game. It was though a rather boring game and an endless one to boot. The Yankees needed five pitchers to get through a hapless Blue Jay team, but when the dust settled, the Magic Number had dipped to 22.

With Sergio Mitre nursing a bruised arm, the Yankees turned this game over to Chad Gaudin. For three innings, he threw an OK game. In the fourth, he was anything but OK. Nursing a 5-0 lead, Gaudin couldn’t throw strikes. He walked Vernon Wells, struck out Randy Ruiz and then watched the wheels fall off. After a single, an HBP, a single, a sac fly and a single, the Yankees saw their lead wither to two runs, and Gaudin’s night was over.

Chad gave way to Alfredo, and for a few innings, the Yankees continued to roll. Jorge Posada added a pair of RBIs to give the Yanks a 7-3 lead, but in the sixth, Aceves lost the zone too. A few doubles, an error and a passed ball brought the Blue Jays to within two, and while Aceves would get out of the inning, it wasn’t the best of performances. He couldn’t throw strikes in the sixth, and his stuff, electric early on, wasn’t doing much of anything by the end.

Yet, despite these lackluster pitching performances through six innings, the Yanks wouldn’t encounter any more problems. David Robertson struck out two in one inning of work, and Brian Bruney carried them through a solid 8th. Then, the Bombers returned. A-Rod lined a two-out home run just over the left field wall. Hideki Matsui walked, and then Jorge Posada capped off his four-hit night with a two-run home run deep into right. Jason Frasor, by the way, had given up just one home run in 45.1 innings before running into the Yanks in the 9th.

With that win, the Yanks moved to 38 games over .500. They held their 7.5-game lead over the victorious Red Sox, and every win brings them one game closer to the AL East title. It was a long slow three-hour and 37-minute affair, but I’ll take the W every day.

Categories : Game Stories

80 Comments»

  1. Salty Buggah says:

    Too bad I had to miss the game after the 1st. Good thing the Yanks won.

  2. Mike HC says:

    It almost seems that it is a foregone conclusion that this team is going to win every night. Everything is right with the world when the Yanks are dominating.

  3. Little Bill says:

    It was a long game that just kind of dragged on and on. Too bad Gaudin couldn’t go further in the game, but I’m not gonna go crazy over a guy who won’t be much of a factor in more important games. The good thing is with Joba going tomorrow we should get to see some of the callups- Hopefully Melancon and Dunn.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      Seeing both of them in a game would be the best thing ever!!! (after winning a WS of course)

    • Jeffrey says:

      Well if Michael Kay is right and Joba goes 3 IP we gotta expect the Yankee bullpen to pitch the other 6 innings. Bruney and Aceves will get the day off. I hope we see the call ups and Melancon, Edwar, Albaladejo, and Dunn get in the game. Robertson, Coke, and Marte could also get innings. I expect to see Hughes close it if there’s a save situation.

      • Jamal G. says:

        Hughes gets two days of rest after recording four-plus outs, and he pitched 1.1 innings on Wednesday.

        • Says who? At no point have the Yankees put Hughes on the Joba Rules plan.

          • Jamal G. says:

            Just take a peak at the game logs. Remember, Brain Cashman was publicly upset that Joe Torre informed the media about the Joba Rules in 2007, they were supposed to be kept under wraps, much like Hughes Rules are now.

        • Greg G. says:

          Is that the “official” plan, Jamal? Seems weird to me, given that Joe G. has said that Hughes will close while Mo is out.

          • Jamal G. says:

            Yeah, how often is he going to be deployed in a game where he needs four-plus outs to record the save, though?

            Again, if you take a look at Phil Hughes’ game logs, it’s pretty clear how he is being handled, and how similar his usage is to Joba Chamberlain in 2007.

            • Greg G. says:

              He pitched 2 innings on Jul 17th, then pitched on Jul 19th.

              He pitched 1.1 innings on Aug 12th, then pitched on Aug 14th.

              In both instances, he recorded more than 3 outs and came back after one day of rest. It’s not like it hasn’t happened before.

              • Jamal G. says:

                I’m inclined to look at the sampling as a whole rather than isolate two occurrences and toss away the entire point.

                For example, look at Neftali Feliz: he has been publicly put on the Neftali Rules ( http://bit.ly/9MEWE ), which were modeled after the Joba Rules; yet, Feliz’s usage has deviated from those guidelines quite a number of times when the in-game situations beckoned for his appearance.

                Now, are the Rangers more liberal with their rules than the Yankees were with Joba? Obviously, but that can be attributed to the medical history that Joba Chamberlain has in regards to his pitching arm. Feliz does not come with those same medical red flags as does Joba, so they are a bit more liberal with him.

              • Jamal G. says:

                My response got caught in moderation (apparently, RAB hates bit.ly links, and would rather tiny.url links), and I don’t really want to go into detail again.

                However, to sum it up, my point was that Neftali Feliz has been publicly placed under the same set of rules that Joba Chamberlain was placed under in 2007, and checking his game logs would suggest that the Rangers aren’t as strict with their usage of Feliz as the Yankees were with Chamberlain in 2007. Now, that doesn’t mean Feliz is not under the same set of rules, it’s just that – as I will speculate – Feliz’s medical records contain less red flags with his throwing arm than that of Chamberlain, so the Rangers probably feel more comfortable relaxing the rules a bit.

                So, like Feliz, just because Hughes has deviated from the rules, does not mean he is not under them.

                • Jamal G. says:

                  Well, this was a waste.

                • Greg G. says:

                  Fine, Jamal. He’s under the rules, but they might deviate from them. Your original statement was a definitive “Hughes gets two days of rest”. That may or may not be true for today’s game, and given the circumstances (Mo is not available, Hughes will be called on to close), they might be more inclined to bend them.

                • Bo says:

                  I think its pretty apparent that Hughes is being limited in a way especially in games that don’t mean much. They can afford to space him out and give him a day off after he pitches. They are def taking it careful with him. If you dont think so you havent been paying attention to Cashman’s MO.

                • Jamal G. says:

                  You’re right, Greg, so I’ll amend that to it’s very likely that he’ll get two days of rest.

                • Greg G. says:

                  Jamal — I feel like we spent a lot of bandwidth on an issue where we 99.7% agreed.

                  :-)

                • Jamal G. says:

                  Heh, you are 100% correct.

  4. Salty Buggah says:

    We, as Yankees fans, are spoiled for many reasons. One of them is having Jorge Posada. He is the best offensive catcher in the Majors (NMD). When he’s gone, we will still be spoiled with Montero coming along. I love being spoiled.

  5. Greg G. says:

    It was a long slow three-hour and 37-minute affair, but I’ll take the W every day.

    Or, as Mike A. would say, every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

    (or in this case, twice on Monday, as they have a DH!)

  6. Jeffrey says:

    Melky is starting to heat up, .417 over the last 7 games not including his 2 hits tonight. Besides that when the Yankees have 7 guys (Melky, Damon, Cano, Posada, A-Rod, Swisher, Jeter) hitting over .300 in the past week its no surprise they seem to win every game.

  7. Jeffrey says:

    How about Aceves? He has 10 wins now, more than Washburn, Shields, and Garza.

    • Meh. Relief wins don’t impress me much. Right place, right time, especially tonight. He hasn’t done that much to earn that win. It’s pretty crazy that he has more than those pitchers, but it doesn’t tell me much about him.

      • Jeffrey says:

        I agree its an interesting stat considering he is in double digits. Aceves was pitching better earlier in the year, but it seems like he alternates good and bad outings. The best thing about him is he can eat innings while not letting the game get away.

        • whozat says:

          Ben said he DIDN’T think it was interesting.

          Aceves has often come in when the starter shat the bed early and pitched a couple innings, for a team that has made a habit of storming back late in games. He did a great job early on, but he’s been kinda middling for the last month-plus. All it really says is that he happened to be pitching when his team came back from being behind and managed to pitch well enough not to give that lead back.

      • Greg G. says:

        I agree Ben, wins aren’t a great stat for starters or relievers. Still, Ace must be doing something right to have that many opportunities to rack up wins.

        • Mostly it’s just a function of being in the right place at the right time. He comes into pitch when the starters don’t do a very good job, and since he pitches a few innings at a time, he’s often on the mound when the Yankee offense kicks in.

          • Greg G. says:

            I totally agree. Although, to be fair, the offense had already “kicked in” by the time he entered tonight’s game.

            I guess all I’m saying is that if he really sucked (a la Veras) he wouldn’t have been given enough opportunities to get to 10 wins. Looking at his W total is probably not the best stat to measure that, though.

            • Jeffrey says:

              The few stats that stand out for Aceves are the 1.01 WHIP, 1.5 BB/9, and his 4.9 K/BB rates.

              • The Three Amigos says:

                The majority of his runs in his long relief outings have come in the last inning of work for him. Since his spot start back injury and sore shoulder, he clearly gets tired earlier his pitch count then later. He is also at the end of a long season adjusting to a completely new role.

  8. Jeffrey says:

    Rangers are hurting with injuries to Young and Hamilton’s back having a pinched nerve. The Rays are 6 games behind the Red Sox after their loss tonight. Its looking more and more like the Red Sox take the wild card. What does it take for the Red Sox to play the Angels and the Yankees match up with the Tigers?

    • All it takes is for the Angels to finish with a better record than the Tigers. If the seeding looks like this:

      1. Yankees
      2. Angels
      3. Tigers
      WC. Red Sox

      …then the Yankees will play the Tigers in the ALDS and the Red Sox will play the Angels. Even if the Angels somehow manage to close the eight-game gap separating them from the Yanks, as long as the wild card comes out of the East, the Yanks will play the Tigers.

      • Jeffrey says:

        As long a the Yankees don’t have to play the Angels in the first round they are in good shape.

        Red Sox are 2-4 against the Angels with 3 games left to play this year.
        Red Sox are 7-1 against the Tigers this season.

        The Yankees are 2-4 against the Angels with 4 games left to play.
        Tha Yankees are 5-1 against the Tigers this year.

        Seems like both teams have struggled with the Halos and tamed the Tigers. Thats why we’re better off with the Yankees against the Tigers right now. Then either the Red Sox or Angels get eliminated.

        • Whitey14 says:

          It does not matter at this point whom the Yankees play. I’d like to think Boston or Los Angeles would put up a good fight, but truthfully, the Yankees have put themselves in the drivers seat and they’ve earned it through superior play. They’ll have the opportunity to get their rotation lined up, their bullpen fresh, and rest players that need it.

          Things would have to fall just perfectly for the three other teams for one of them to knock off New York in the playoffs, but here’s hoping ;-)

  9. Jamal G. says:

    With that win, the Yanks moved to 38 games over .500.

    Yeah, but if you take away their five seven-game winning streaks, they would be just three games over .500.

    /Lombardi’d

  10. Salty Buggah says:

    Gaudin wasn’t good today but you know who else wasn’t? Brett Tomko

    5.2 IP 8H 6R 6ER 1BB 2SO 3HR

    ERA after that game: 4.40

    Brett Tomko, meet Mr.Regression-to-the-mean.

  11. LivefromNewYork says:

    Tonight it’s Doc Halladay versus the Patchwork Kids.

  12. Trapped In El Duque's Glove says:

    Marte’s line since he was activated: 3.1 – 0 – 0 – 1 – 5

    Man I hope he keeps this up!

  13. OmgZombies! says:

    Confidence lever. Over 9000
    Swagger = Mick Swagger

  14. Jersey says:

    In the last couple days, there’s been some talk about how there’s not a single team who the Yanks should be scared of. And I mostly agree, but you know who’s got me a little worried? St. Louis. I’m not counting my chickens, but it is pretty clear that even in a seven-game series, that rotation will be a bitch. They’ve gone 38-18 since July 1. That’s scary good.

    • Jose says:

      Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright are both formidable at the top of their rotation. The team has the 3rd fewest runs allowed in all of MLB. However, I’m still confident that our pitching could match up with theirs.

      If I were on a NL team I would be concerned about facing SF in a short series. Their 1-2 punch is absolutely insane.

      • Bo says:

        You should respect every team you meet in the post season. Theres a reason why they are there. If you dont you end up like the 2006 Yankees.

        • I, for one, doubt that Joe Girardi will bat A-Rod 8th in the post-season this year.

          • Jose says:

            He is going to use the DH rule to bat for Arod. They’ll have to have the pitcher hit, but that is still an offensive upgrade.

        • Jose says:

          I respect every team we ever play. I never assume any wins are guaranteed. I never believed when we played the Nationals that they would just lay down and let us sweep them. Then they ended up taking 2 out of 3 from us.

          I just believe in our team’s ability to match-up when it comes to the postseason. Could we have a repeat of 2006? Absolutely. You have to remember though, there are just as many reasons for the Yankees to be in the postseason as there are other teams.

      • Jersey says:

        I agree, the top of SF’s rotation is spooky. But if you look at the numbers, since Carpenter’s return, he and Wainwright have been almost as good as Cain and Lincecum. Not quite as good, but close.

    • Rick in Boston says:

      That doesn’t scare me. In a tougher division/league the Yankees are 42-16 since July 1.

    • Jamal G. says:

      The Cardinals have the best 1-2-3 in the rotation in baseball if you include Jonel Pineiro. Think about this for a moment: in a seven-game series, you will see the starting pitchers ranked second (Chris Carpenter), third (Pineiro) and ninth (Adam Wainwright) in terms of regressed tRA in the National League – that’s nuts.

      Oh, and let’s not forget to mention a bullpen that’s ranked eight in MLB in WXL.

      Without question, the Cardinals are my pick to win the NL title, and I don’t think they will face an elimination game throught the NL portion of their postseason run.

      • I’m not sure you’re giving the Phillies enough credit.

        • Jersey says:

          I don’t know that STL will steamroll the NL as Jamal suggests, but I would definitely pick STL over the Phils. I don’t trust the Phils rotation after Cliff Lee.

          • Jamal G. says:

            Cole Hamels’ struggles this year are being vastly overblown. Outside of the Giants and Cards (and you could argue the Red Sox as well), the Phillies boast the best 1-2 punch atop their rotation in baseball.

        • Jamal G. says:

          That bullpen is atrocious, man (second-worst WXL amongst contenders, ahead of the Rockies); and unless that starting rotation has a 2005 White Sox-esque run in them, I think that’s going to be their fatal flaw. Heh, but if Pedro Martinez keeps pitching to a 7.67 K:BB, that may not be all that improbable.

      • Jose says:

        Pineiro has only 19 BB and 7 HR allowed, while striking out 84 in 177.2 IP. I know his regressed tRA is phenomenal, but I have a tough time buying he can continue at this level.

        • Jamal G. says:

          While that may be a valid worry in regards to his performance over future seasons, I don’t think it’s fair to not give him the benefit of the doubt that he will continue to pitch the way he has for two more months like he has for the past five.

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