Yanks hammer Blue Jays to finish off sweep

Betances & Brackman finish up their seasons
Fan Confidence Poll: September 5th, 2011

We play today, we win today, das it. Mariano Duncan’s mantra still holds true 15 years later, and the Yankees sure are doing a whole lotta winning these days. Sunday’s 9-3 beat down of the Blue Jays gave them the series sweep and pushed them even further out in front of the AL East.

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Derek Loves The Lefties

Despite all the struggles Derek Jeter went thought last year and the first part of this year, there’s one thing he never stopped doing, and that’s hit lefties. He tagged them for a .382 wOBA last year and came into this game with a .410 wOBA off southpaws, so he took care of business when Brett Cecil caught too much of the plate with an 87 mph fastball in a 1-1 count in the third inning. Jesus Montero (single) and Brett Gardner (hit-by-pitch) had reached base ahead of the Cap’n, so it was a three-run shot that landed not too far away from where his 3,000th career hit landed. It gave the Yankees a four-zip lead in the early going.

Sabathia Shows No Ill Effects

(Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Last time out, CC Sabathia threw 128 grueling pitches in a six-inning outing against the Red Sox, but the Yankees opted not to give him an extra day of rest before this start. He came out of the gate in this game and was a little wild at first, but he quickly settled down and chipped in his usual seven-plus strong innings. The two runs he allowed came in the fourth inning on a single, walk, double down the left field line, and an RBI groundout. Nothing too crazy.

Sabathia threw another 111 pitches (79 strikes, or 71%), struck out ten, walked just the one, and got six outs on the ground compared to two in the air. It was his fifth double-digit strikeout game of the year (compared to five total during his first two years in pinstripes), and he’s now just two whiffs shy of becoming the 65th member of the 2,000 career strikeout club. Over his last seven starts, the big guy has walked just six compared to 55 strikeouts in 49.2 IP. That’ll do.

F**k! Just Another Homer

It’s always fun when a batter shows some frustration after making contact and the ball drops in for a hit anyway, usually a bloop single or a ground ball with eyes or something like that. It’s not often that the hit is a homerun though, but that’s exactly what happened on Alex Rodriguez‘s solo homer in the sixth inning. Cecil busted him inside with a 2-0 sinker that Alex hit off the label, prompting a four-letter level of frustration. The ball looked like a pop-up off the bat, but it just kept carrying and carrying and carrying, and soon enough to dropped into the first row of seats in right for a solo shot. How about that?

Speaking of frustration, I enjoyed Paul O’Neill giving Cecil tantrum-throwing tips after he exited the game was caught on camera smashing various items in the dugout. Never use the pitching hand!

Dejected catcher is dejected. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


Rafael Soriano took over for Sabathia and immediately gave up the obligatory solo homer to Jose Bautista, but kinda sorta settled down to record the final two outs of the frame. He’s been much better since coming off the DL, no doubt about it, but there have been a lot of loud outs in his last few outings going back to Boston. Cory Wade finished things off with a scoreless ninth inning.

Gardner basically created a run in the first inning with a walk and stolen base before coming around to score when the shortstop threw the ball away on Mark Teixeira‘s would-be ground out. Nick Swisher clubbed a two-run insurance homer in the bottom of the ninth, and Jeter plated two more with a single in the same inning. Andruw Jones was the only player in the lineup that failed to reach base, even pinch-runner Eduardo Nunez managed to pick up a knock later in the game. He ran for Jesus Montero after the starting DH reached base for the third time (two singles and a reach-on-error).

The Yankees swept Toronto for the first time in a series longer than two games for the first time since 2005, and they’ve now won four games in a row and seven of their last eight. They improved to 24-3 in day games at home and 37-9 in day games overall. The Rangers annihilated the Red Sox, so the lead in the AL East increased to 1.5 games and two in the loss column. The Rays beat the Orioles, so the lead in the wildcard race remained 9.5 games. The magic number to clinch a postseason berth dropped to 15 with the win.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stuff, and ESPN the update standings.

Up Next

It’s a Labor Day matinee against the Orioles, who are coming to town for a three-game series to close out the mini-homestand. Freddy Garcia gets the start against Jo-Jo Reyes Brian Matusz at 1:05pm ET. If you want to catch the game before the unofficial end of the summer, RAB Tickets can help get you there.

Betances & Brackman finish up their seasons
Fan Confidence Poll: September 5th, 2011
  • http://www.simdynasty.com/index.jsp?refer=Jeety Jeety

    It’s good to have the Captain back… go for 4,000 Jeter

  • john

    i cant believe you dropped the F bomb in your post

    Fuck! Just Another Homer

    • Andrew 518


  • http://twitter.com/jmhs Jake S

    Scott Proctor was warming in the 8th. I was really hoping the Yanks would score 10 runs so we could see the Proc make his glorious return.

  • Dino Velvet

    Yankees are still hitting too many home runs.


  • PaulF

    I was at this game with my family who doesn’t follow baseball too much and they told me they were surprised that Jeter only had 4 hr’s and I was like “Yeah, he doesn’t really hit too many over the fence anymore,” and then he crushes one.

    Later I overheard the idiot behind me saying that he didn’t like Andruw Jones because “he just hasn’t produced.” I had to politely point out the man’s numbers on the scoreboard. Too bad he didn’t hit one out today.

    • http://twitter.com/jmhs Jake S

      Did you hear the idiots booing A-Rod after the strikeout? It was like being back in 2006.

  • Pat D

    The weather this upcoming week is looking very problematic. Hopefully there won’t be another doubleheader in the future.

  • NHYankeesFan

    I thought Brian Matusz was pitching tomorow. At least thats what it says on MLB Network

  • Brett

    Heh, the Jays broadcast was going crazy about the A-Rod homer.

    Gregg Zaun was going on about how the MLB has to “do something” about the park when they went to him in the studio, and Buck Martinez/Pat Tabler spent a good 5-10 minutes talking about it in the booth during the game. Then, on Sportsnet Connected (Which is essentially the “Sportscentre” of the network that Rogers owns) they showed Cecils post-game interview where he said pitching in YS3 was like pitching in AAA Vegas again.

    It’s almost as if the Jays weren’t playing in the same park as the Yankees or something like that.

    • FIPster Doofus

      YS3 isn’t even the most homer-prone stadium in the majors. By Blue Jays logic, I guess something should also be done about Rangers Ballpark. Morons.

      • Brett

        Hahaha, no kidding. I was floored when Zaun said that. I mean, really? After 3 years this whole “YS3 is a minor league park” shit still going on?

        I was looking at HR per game in each stadium (I know, that may not exactly the best way to go about determining how HR friendly a park is) and the Rogers Centre came in at 2.51 HR/game opposed to the 2.54 HR/game at Yankee Stadium.

    • boogie down

      According to ESPN’s MLB Park Factors, for 2011, YS3 rates as the sixth-friendliest run environment, while Rogers Centre is 3rd. For HR’s, YS3 is 2nd, and Rogers Centre is waaaay down the board at number 4.

      Shut up, Canada.

      • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

        Yeah, but in the metric system, those numbers are 12 and 15, respectively.

        • Rainbow Pinstripes

          This is so amazing.

    • Januz

      I do not see where Cecils is exactly pitching like Ricky Romero (Let alone an elite lefty this season). I also did not hear him (Or the Jays Broadcasters for that matter) complaining about the Stadium when he was beating the Yankees in 2010. He is simply making excuses about why he basically sucks this season.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Quality win, game and a half lead in the division. Not so sure how much longer they’ll hold onto it, I dunno why but it seems like there’s a lot to talk about after this week.

  • Nickel

    I’m very happy that Girardi is sticking to the 6-man rotation for another turn. I’m flying out to LA and will be at Saturday’s game against the Angels. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, C.C.’s gonna be pitching that game. :-D

  • http://www.FromThisSeat.com FromThisSeat.com

    The matchup with the Red Sox in the next few weeks is going to be very interesting. Red Sox def have their number this season but in the playoffs, anything goes.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Fuck Boston. They’ll lose to Texas in the first round. They have just as many weaknesses if not more than we do. They’ll get a Texas sized ass whoppin’ on them.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    The Yankees swept Toronto for the first time in a series longer than two games for the first time since 2005


    • Sayid J.

      I was surprised by this as well.

  • Jimmy

    Here’s hoping the Jays can turn it around for the next few days.

  • http://twitter.com/nomchompksy Nom Chompsky

    Assuming Jeter keeps up his improved hitting, the Yankees will have two 3+ win players (Jeter and Martin) and 6 (!) 4 win players (A-Rod, Tex, Cano, Swisher, Gardner and Granderson). I think that order is correct.

    Of those, the last 4 are likely to have 5 win seasons. Which means the Yankees will get something like 17 WAR out of their outfield alone. Or, to put it differently, the Yankees will get like 17 WAR out of their infield alone.

    This team is sneaky-good.

    • mbonzo

      Sneaky good? I think the only underrated players, at this point, are Gardner and maybe Swisher.

      • Rainbow Pinstripes

        I think he has a point however – you’ve got the “A-Rod will never be worth his contract” “Jeter is toast” “Teixeira can’t hit for average” people, so in many ways it may seem as though the Yankees infield isn’t worth it.

        That’s how I read it, anyways.

      • http://twitter.com/nomchompksy Nom Chompsky

        I mean, I think there are people out there, especially media types, who’d say that the Phillies and Red Sox are clearly better. While they might have more talent, no team has performed as well as the Yankees this year — second in the league in pitching AND batting WAR (Sox are 4th and 1st respectively).

  • Bronx Byte

    The Blue Jays should be mad as hornets after getting swept at the Stadium.
    They can go home and take their frustrations out on the Boston Sux.

  • LarryM.,Fl.

    The Yankees have played well to remain with and overtake the Red Sox in the standings. This rise in the standings has come with a few players filling in for the starters. Guys such as Chavez, Nunez, Jones and Cervelli have played well for the starters in the lineup. Nunez and Cervelli have improved to the point that when in the lineup the team does not miss a beat both offensively and with the D. Chavez and Jones getting more swings has been a plus. The other important aspect is the recuperation for Jeter and Arod. Jeter is looking great at the plate. Arod should be sure to follow with some added swings.

    This comes with Cashman and Girardi showing faith in Nunez. Chavez and Jones were signed for their abilities to add to the club. Now, Montero will get his month of play to see if he’s ready to be a regular DH. Hopefully, he’ll get some playing time time behind the plate.

  • OldYanksFan

    Jeter and Nunez has almost identical numbers against RHP (.666 OPS v. .668). Does it make any sense, from a perspective of both resting Jeter (which he seems to respond to these days) and keepng Nuney fresh to have Nunez start against RHP maybe 1 out of every 3 or 4 starts?

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    Off topic but Napoli’s HR against the Sawks, wow.


  • Samuel

    If anyone in the Yankee system DESERVES a promotion it is definitely RHP Josh Schmidt.

    All he does is get people out, with lots of strikeouts, and during the last couple years he has been a great Yankee trooper with all the demotions back to Trenton.

    Get the kid his cup of coffee and let him throw a couple garbage innings in a blowout.

    • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      Define “Organizational Arm”.

    • Samuel

      This was supposed to be in the DoTF post. How did it end up here?

  • Mitchell

    Axisa continues to be smart about baseball but oafish in word choices for his posts.

    • JimIsBored (Jim S)

      We all read the comments section just to see what you think about Axisa’s writing style.