May
04

CC & Jeter give Yanks much-needed win in KC

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Source: FanGraphs

The Yankees scored six runs on Friday night, the same number of runs they scored in their previous four games combined. It seems like their plan is to win every game by 4+ runs so they don’t have to worry about finding a replacement closer for Mariano Rivera, which is something I can get behind. Let’s recap…

  • Two Outs: Bruce Chen had a man on first with two outs in the seventh and the bottom of the order due up, but he never got the final out. Eduardo Nunez tripled into the right field corner to plate Robinson Cano, then Chris Stewart pixie-dusted an RBI single to left to score Nunez. With Chen on the ropes, Derek Jeter launched a two-run homer to left that effectively put the game away. Two-out rallies are my fave.
  • Beast Mode: CC Sabathia has now gone exactly eight innings in each of this last three starts. He only struck out five Royals on Friday, though he held them to two runs and at one point retired a dozen in a row. The only thing that annoyed me is that he gave up three extra-base hits to left-handed batters, which isn’t something he should be doing. Sabathia only threw 108 pitches and other than a little trouble in the first and eighth, it was a stress-free start.
  • Future Closer: It wasn’t a save situation, but David Robertson struck out the side in order in the ninth inning. He’s now struck out the last eight batters he’s faced and ten of the last eleven. That’s pretty cool. Rafael Soriano was warming with men on base in the eighth before Sabathia escaped the jam. Does that tell us anything about who gets what role? I dunno.
  • Leftovers: Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer in the first, his seventh career dinger off Chen … Cano had a legit line drive single to right (not another ground ball with eyes) and a fly out to the warning track, which I hope is a sign he’s getting himself together … everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit except for Jayson Nix, plus Jeter and Tex had two knocks apiece … the recently recalled Dewayne Wise pinch-hit for Nix late and doubled to left, plus it was neat to have a defensively competent outfielder on the field in the late innings … it’s nitpicking now, but how awful was that hit-and-run sending the runners in the fourth? The lead-runner (Tex) is arguably the slowest guy on the team and the hitter (Cano) swings at everything and wasn’t going to take ball four if his life depended on it. Ran themselves right out of an inning.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the nerd score, and ESPN the updated standings. Hopefully the bats are starting to come alive and the Yankees can build off this win. They’re due for a six or seven game winning streak. Game three of this four-game set is a dreaded Saturday night game. Those should be outlawed. Hiroki Kuroda gets the ball against Felipe Paulino, who is coming off the DL to make his first start of the season.

Categories : Game Stories
  • Leslie C.

    Much needed win tonight.

    Why should Saturday night games be outlawed?

    • jjyank

      Huh I didn’t realize that. Weird that it’s a night game on YES. Usually weekend night games are ESPN or something. Oh well, guess I’m not going out tomorrow haha.

      • forensic

        Sunday night games are ESPN. Saturday night games are usually done to avoid FOX blackouts, which is definitely something I can get behind.

        • Sarah

          Tomorrow’s game doesn’t start late enough to avoid the blackout. Double sucks.

          • forensic

            Yeah it does. FOX’s blackout ends at 7 (eastern) and that’s when the game starts.

            • Sarah

              That’s what I thought, but MLB.com says:
              “Due to Major League Baseball exclusivities, live games occurring each Saturday with a scheduled start time after 1:10 PM ET or before 8:00 PM ET and each Sunday with a scheduled start time after 5:00 PM ET, will be blacked out in the United States (including the territories of Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands).”

              http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/help/fa.....ons.jsp#q8

              Assuming that’s accurate, the blackout doesn’t end until 8 pm est.

              • forensic

                Well, that would be very new then because their blackout usually ends at 7.

                • Sarah

                  It would be like Fox to screw us.

                  • forensic

                    Looking at it closer, that may just be an mlb.tv blackout rule. Everything else has always said 7pm for regular tv.

                    • Sarah

                      Which is fine if you don’t rely on mlb.tv to see your team.

                    • forensic

                      Ah, sorry about that.

                    • Sarah

                      Think it also applies to Extra Innings type packages. If you get YES, you’re ok. If not, you can’t watch.

                    • forensic

                      Nah, I have extra innings, it’s fine after 7.

          • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

            I don’t think it’s blacked out. It starts at 7pm, and the Fox blackout is 4pm I think.

  • jjyank

    Great win. CC continues his stretch of great starts, the offense put up a respectable number of runs, and one of the closer candidates struck out the side. As I noted in the game thread, D-Rob has not allowed a single run since August 29 of 2011. Pretty impressive.

    Let’s hope Kuroda can follow up on his last two solid starts and take the series lead!

    Also, losing Mo is terrible, but just knowing that he will come back makes me feel better. This morning was very sad, but I’m feeling very good about things tonight.

  • forensic

    You’re welcome for the Robertson stat. ;-)

    Stupid Prince Fielder messing everything up in the middle of that run.

  • Slu

    I like Sat night games. But I am married with a one year old, so I never go out anymore!

    • forensic

      Same here, but mine’s 6 months old. Also makes sure I get the game since I’m very often blacked out by FOX.

      • jjyank

        Fair enough. I’m cool with Saturday night games for the time being, since I’m a 23 year old stuck in my home town thanks to the allure of in-state tuition for a grad program. Which means non of my high school friends are around anymore, as I live in the middle of nowhere New Jersey (yes, that does exist). But when I move out next month, these will be problematic. Guess I just gotta find the bars in D.C. that show Yankee games.

        • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

          I personally prefer day games, even though I’m on the west coast and they start at 10am. Also, the regular home night games start at 4, which is right after I get home on most days.

        • Don’tcha Know?

          Whatever you do, don’t go to the Rhino Bar in Georgetown (if they’re even still around). Every baseball season I was forced to gaze at a giant banner reading “Boston Red Sox”. . . Unless, of course, they’re playing the Red Sox, in which case, heckle the fuck out of the bar owner.

          • Don’tcha Know?

            - In college -

          • jjyank

            I can assure you, if I walk into a bar and see a Red Sox banner, I will promptly walk right back out.

            • Don’tcha Know?

              It’s on the outside, on M Street, staring you down at every corner. I regret not ripping it down and burning it. Maybe you’ll take the torch where I did not.

              • jjyank

                I might just take that challenge. Where on M Street? A couple years ago I had an internship on 14 and K street, we went out sometimes but never came across that particular bar.

                • Don’tcha Know?

                  It’s past the Wisconsin intersection, closer to Georgetown Univ. I haven’t been there in 4 years, but I imagine it’s still there. Past the Shops at Georgetown, past Chipotle, past Georgetown Cupcake. It’s like an old Irish pub on the outside. My memory’s shot but it may be across from the furniture place Thomas Moser. Shit, I need to get back there. I love that city.

                  • jjyank

                    I think I know where you’re talking about. My internship was on K street, but I lived in Arlington, VA at the time, which is right across the river from Georgetown. My girlfriend goes to Georgetown Law, but the campus is separate, so I doubt she could help me find that bar. It really is a great city, I’ve lived there for short periods of time, and I’m looking forward to moving down there permanently.

                    Look at this Don’tcha Know?. We can be friends when we’re not talking about baseball haha!

                    • forensic

                      Relationships that begin with larceny and arson may not last very long though… :-)

                    • jjyank

                      Oh I disagree sir. I forged a lifelong friendship with my freshman year undergrad roommate under similar circumstances. I decline further comments. But friends who burn together, stay together!

                    • Don’tcha Know?

                      Hahaha. How sweet. But yeah, Rhino Bar is pretty easy to find. It’s on M. It was even featured heavily on The Real World: DC. Lots of good bars there. My favorite was always Mr. Smith’s because of the open beer garden and ridiculous happy hour. That too is on M by Barnes and Noble. Then there’s Old Glory for BBQ and Clyde’s for brunch. Screw it. I’m going back there. I’m hungry and in need of a drink. Peace out, betches.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Connecticut can be rough like that as well. Modern Apizza is one of the best places on earth but, yup, Sox crap everywhere. Just wear your hat and wear it proud.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Don’t know where you live, but we’ve discovered that ordering takeout and, then, sitting on our stoop with our food and some nicely concealed alcohol is a great alternative for when you can’t get out. Did it tonight after our ten month-old went to sleep and didn’t even check the game until the 8th. RAB Parents unite!

  • forensic

    Both of Cano’s well-hit balls were leading off the inning, so they weren’t surprising. Some splits:

    Leading off: .455
    Bases empty: .340
    Runners on: .170
    RISP: .120
    RISP and 2 outs: .000

    I think it’s really in his head now and he’s pressing and over-extending himself, as evidenced by that terrible swing on the hit-and-run.

    • jjyank

      I think he’s definitely pressing, and at this point hit-and-runs probably hurt him more. If I were to guess, Cano felt like he HAD to make contact and swung at a bad pitch. I’m not saying Cano would have taken that pitch for ball four anyway, but I don’t think it helped.

    • G

      Well that was him desperately trying to reach it because he knew Tex was hung out to dry trying for 3rd…

      • forensic

        If Cano just takes it and walks then Tex isn’t hung out to dry at all.

        • jjyank

          Yeah this. Cano had three balls, he could have taken the pitch and the nobody would be hung out to dry. I think he’s just pressing.

        • Wow

          Hmmm sorry I was watching the highlight of that, I missed the early stages of the game. Didn’t realize it was at 3 balls.

  • jjyank

    By the way, the O’s are about to beat Boston in the 13th inning, 6-4. I do have Jim Johnson on my fantasy team, so the save is a nice cherry on top to a Boston loss.

  • forensic

    It’s amazing that Martin has been so abysmal that I actually want Chris freakin’ Stewart to play more for now.

    I had a low opinion of Martin’s abilities in the first place, and right now I’m not sure it could go any lower.

    • MannyGeee

      too funny. chris stewart is outhitting someone

      • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

        He’s out fWARing Albert Pujols too! (0 to -0.8)

        • forensic

          Add another 0-4 with a K to that after tonight. It’s amazing, he’s now under .200 in average. He’s also hearing boos at home now.

          • Who’s Your Daddy?

            Put your hands up if you have as many homers as Albert Pujols.

            One guy right here, I’ve got my hand up

          • jjyank

            That’s crazy. I knew that deal wasn’t good to begin with (like almost everyone else on the planet) but I didn’t think year one of the deal would be bad. I know, it’s only the second month of a six month season. But Angels fans must be pissed.

            • forensic

              Yeah, I’m loving it since I can’t stand much of anything about the Angels, their fans, and their announcers. Once he gets one, I’m sure he’ll be fine. Long-term Yankee signings seem to start badly like this too until some big moment like Giambi in the rain in the 14th inning something.

              • jjyank

                I too have a hatred of the Angels. Probably because they always seemed to play the Yankees tough in the mid-2000’s. Also the Mike Sciosia love always annoyed me.

                • Fin

                  At least the Yankees knew Arod’s age. The Angles had no idea how old AP is. I expect him to be fine, but 250m fine, I doubt it. What are the odds that hes better Ortiz? It seems to me Albert is the worst signing, right from the start in the history of baseball. He could very well be 35 or older. They could have signed a declining 35 or 37 year old to a 10 year contract. If only the Yankees were as smart as the Cards.

                  • forensic

                    It’s not even the age. His numbers have been generally declining for a few years. Obviously, they’re still great numbers for a regular player, but nothing compared to what they’re paying for (which is unfortunately what it seems the Yankees may also be in for).

        • Jesse

          Everyone’s out fWARing Pujols right now. Everyone.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    The big man is in Beast Mode. David Robertson is here to mend our broken hearts. We have actual outfielders who can play defense. We will see Mariano Rivera take the mound at the Stadium again. Confidence level rises from -3 to 10 gazillion.

    • jjyank

      +1 on that.

      Look, I know losing Mo is terrible. Hell, the guy is my childhood idol and my favorite pitcher of all time. But the Yankees can weather that storm. Rivera will come back, and between D-Rob (who is in beast mode himself right now) and Soriano, the bullpen can hold down the fort for 2012.

  • sangreal

    Really should have been 2 unearned runs for CC. Not sure how Nunez avoided the error, or how his other recent error was later turned into a base hit. In this case, I suppose it was because the ball was hard hit?

    • Jesse

      I guess, but Nunez also got bailed out of another error. Before today’s game Joe Torre overturned Nunez’s error in the OF the other day and changed it to a hit, and because of it Boone Logan’s ERA jumped from 0.86 (I believe that’s what it was) to 2.6ish.

      • Jonathan

        Boone Logan is a dick anyway. He came out of a restaurant when about 5 or 6 of us were waiting for the big names to come out and sign tonight and he goes, “Are you really waiting for them to come out? Leave my fucking teammates alone!”. We weren’t bothering them while eating. There wasn’t a mob. Nobody said a word to him. Just prick mode. Must be tough to stay at 5 star hotels, eat at 5 star restaurants, get to play baseball, get paid millions and bang insanely hot girls wherever you go.

        Also, tonight I showed up the second ARod did and there wasn’t anyone within 100 feet of me or trying to get there to get his autograph and said, “Alex would you please sign one?”. He didn’t act like I was there. So I asked again, “Mr. Rodriguez do you have the time to sign a ball?”. And he didn’t answer, or look up or anything. He got out of the Suburban and had a brown paper bag with something in it in his left arm and as I stepped away, since it was clear he wasn’t going to sign, he fucking swung the bag out and hit me with it. He didn’t stop or apologize or anything. Just kept going. I felt like I was in a cheesy movie where I’m a ghost and no one can see me. What. A. Dick.

        • E from NY

          I’m sorry, but I still haven’t stopped laughing at this and it’s been about three minutes. That’s harsh.

        • Monterowasnotdinero

          ARod is a dick. We had a similar experience in ST. The only ones around and he ignored my young son and I although we were very respectful etc.

          He could care less. Maybe he’ll strike out to end our season 3x in a row! That’s got to be another record he can claim. I want him to succeed for the Yanks but agree with your assessment.

        • Fin

          Rofl, You are a ghost. These dudes dont give care about you or me. Nor should they. THey put their 12hrs in at the ballpark. If you cant get your creepy aurograph at the stadium,leave em alone when they are on their time. your lucky dudes like Arod arent allowed to punch u in the head, like they should.

          • jjyank

            I kind of agree. Why does everyone assume baseball players have to be the nicest guys on the planet? I’d be cool if they were, but how many times a day do you think these guys get hounded for autographs? After years and years of that, I would probably ignore you too. These guys have very little privacy, and I can’t blame them for getting frustrated by it. It’s like they’re politicians or something, just because you can play baseball well doesn’t mean you love the spotlight and getting hounded after games.

            • jjyank

              It’s *not like they’s politicians

              • Kosmo

                just consider how many times they do sign autographs, probably something in 10s of thousands. Arod has given alot of dough to charity . No one is perfect.

                • jjyank

                  Exactly. If these guys signed an autograph for every single person that ever asked, they would never be able to do anything else. If I was a baseball player, I’d be happy to sign autographs during batting practice and maybe a few right after the game before I leave the stadium, but when I’m on my way to dinner or something a few hours later? Hells no, I would want some time to myself/friends/family.

            • Bavarian Yankee

              I agree. Here in Europe you NEVER ask for autographs because we respect the privacy of a person. People let you know when/if they sign autographs and then you can ask for one. I mean what do you expect? Can you imagine what it is like being bothered by hundreds of people every day just because they want your autograph? That has got to be annoying as f***. If you’re in the mood to sign some you let people know and everybody can enjoy it.

        • Midland TX

          Glad to hear he is squaring up and making solid contact again.

    • forensic

      The ball was a rocket. Yes, he should’ve tried to backhand it, but there’s still no guarantee that he gets the speedy Dyson anyway.

      As for the other one. He took a bad route to hit, but it didn’t really hit his glove much, hence the no error. If you’re suddenly going to start giving errors for bad routes then Granderson better look out.

  • Jonathan

    And I’m nitpicking Mike but that wasn’t a hit and run with Tex/ARod and Cano. Girardi just sent the runners on 3-2 to try and stay out of the double play. A hit and run means the batter MUST swing and try and protect the runner. Now, I do agree with you that it was incredibly stupid. I was about 5 rows up on the 3rd baseline halfway between home and 3rd and just kept telling my dad there is no way you can send the runners in this situation. You have a lefty up so there’s a clear path to throw to third and Tex is extremely slow. He fucked up not bunting Nunez yesterday too but I know you have bunting even if you have the tying run on 1st and one of your worst hitters at the plate that actually has a chance to beat the bunt out as well.

    • Bavarian Yankee

      I thought the “hit and run” was a pretty good idea in that situation but Cano just can’t get it done right now. It was a pretty good pitch too, so that just happens. Nothing to get upset about. The Rays with all those 2 strike bunts and what not are far more frustrating to watch (but it’s fun as a Yankees fan XD).

    • J

      Yea hard time believing it was a hit and run with 2 strikes. I still think the move was OK, you figure cano will make contact of some sort but lately it hasn’t been solid contact, so stay out of the DP, maybe even open up a hole or two.

      If Cano is swinging the stick like he should that never gets called.

  • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero

    Damon leading off and playing LF for the Indians. Wow.

    Pujols is just an amazing story.

    Blue Jays (back to back shutouts on the road) and Tampa are scary with those staffs.

    Sorry to be off topic but didn’t see the Yankee game. Looking forward to a hot streak now.

    • Bavarian Yankee

      just looked up Pujols numbers and couldn’t believe that he’s got an OPS that’s barely above .500!!! That contract is getting even uglier pretty fast. That said I have no doubt that Pujols will turn it around soon enough, he’s still just too good for numbers like that.

    • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero

      Oh and Melky batting 3rd for the Giants against Greinke. Can he even reach the seats at that park?

  • Bavarian Yankee

    finally a good, old W. Feels pretty good.

  • J

    I actually didn’t mind sending the runners with Cano up; I totally get why Girardi did it. Chen is around the zone with not exactly strikeout stuff, Cano is a good contact hitter but has been beating the ball into the groud lately. Stay out of the DP and potentially get runners on second and third with less than 2 out.

    • Steve (different one)

      Agreed. Cano has been bouncing to 2B Almost every AB. If he does that again, it’s 2nd/3rd with 1 out.

      No reason at all to swing at that pitch. The player failed but we prefer to blame the manager because it’s easier.

      • Midland TX

        Bingo. See also 90% of the complaints about IBBs.

  • paul a

    Derek has been carrying this team so far, and if theres anyone in the game more deserving to be the next player to hit .400 it is our captain.

    • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

      I give it about a .5% chance but I completely agree. And I will say “he did it for Mo” even though he was already over .400 when Mo went down. Even though it won’t happen it’d be great if Jeter made a serious go of it, say .380 or higher at the ASB.