Yankees top Athletics behind Nova and homers

Murphy picks up five hits in Tampa win
Injury News: Robertson, Tex, Gardner, Venditte

Source: FanGraphs

The winning streak has reached three games, believe it or not. Given how terrible the Yankees looked at this time last week, I’ll take it. I don’t care how bad the opposing teams are. Let’s recap…

  • Quality Start: Ivan Nova pitched well but he’s still not right, at least not when compared to the guy he was down the stretch last year. Maybe we should stop holding him to that standard. Nova allowed three runs — two on solo homers — in seven innings, striking out four and walking one. He still tends to miss his spot by a not small margin and quite frankly, Ivan’s got a little A.J. Burnett in him right now. That said, I’ll obviously take three runs in seven innings all season long.
  • Dingers: Although the first run of the game came when Coco Crisp over-ran a Robinson Cano line drive, the Yankees did most of their damage with the long ball. Mark Teixeira launched a two-run shot to right in the third inning, Cano led off the fifth with a rocket to center, and Nick Swisher drove in a pair with an opposite field shot a few batters later. Teixeira’s ball had the most height but Cano’s shot was the most impressive, out to dead center on a line.
  • More Offense: Two Yankees went hitless on the night (Derek Jeter and Eric Chavez) while five had two hits apiece (Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez, Teixeira, Raul Ibanez, and Swisher). Chavez did draw a walk however, as did Granderson and Russell Martin. It’s probably worth noting that Teixeira doubled but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. He now has 12 hits (four doubles, two homer) and five walks in his last 47 plate appearances to raise his season line to .231/.294/.406. That still stinks, but it’s better than the .212/.269/.364 line he had before this little hot streak.
  • Leftovers: Left-handed batters vs. A’s starter Tyson Ross: 9-for-15 with three doubles, three homers, and two walks … Granderson had a pair of opposite field singles, only his sixth and seventh hits to left field this year … A-Rod stole his team-leading sixth base after swiping just eight in the last two years combined … Boone Logan (one strikeout) and Rafael Soriano (two strikeouts and one double allowed) threw scoreless eighth and ninth innings, respectively … Oakland’s bullpen retired 14 of 16 batters faced … Ibanez was left in to face a lefty in the late innings yet again … Chavez heard some boos, which is incredibly weak on the part of the A’s fans.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the nerd score, and ESPN the updated standings. About 700 lbs. worth of pitcher meet tomorrow when CC Sabathia and Bartolo Colon give it a go in game two of this three-game weekend set on Saturday afternoon.

Murphy picks up five hits in Tampa win
Injury News: Robertson, Tex, Gardner, Venditte
  • Havok9120

    I always like the insta-recaps on the West Coast games. Anyway, to quote my last post in the GT:

    Nice win. Could it have been better? Sure. Could my broadcast have been in English? That would’ve been nice too.

    But we still doubled up the other team and got the win. 3 straight.

  • tipsie

    You’re killing me: 700 lbs of pitchers. Freaking hilarious.

  • pistol pete

    Nova wasn’t great but he keeps on winning. He’s making some nasty pitches but is inconsistant making too many mistakes up in the zone. He has lot of potential, is young and inexpensive and a very good back end guy. He’s got an inate way of winning as his 21 and 6 record over the past year and a quarter highlights. He hasn’t lost on the road since June 3rd 2011, unbelievable.

    • Who’s Your Daddy

      “an inate way of winning”?

      Well, he plays the game the right way. He’s resilient. He’s a gamer. :)

  • Nathan

    That is pretty weak for the A’s to boo Chavez. It isn’t like he asked to be traded, opted out of a contract or pulled a Pavano with his injuries. If my memory serves correctly, the A’s declined his option and didn’t even offer him a lesser contract.

    I’ll be at the game tomorrow and if it’s like my previous visits, it’ll be a majority of Yankee fans. 50/50 at least. I’ve talked with some A’s fans and they say they actually enjoy when the Yankees visit since it fills the stadium when it usually is pretty empty. Kind of sad…they ARE a MLB team. I don’t blame the fans for staying away considering the team refuses to field a competitive team.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Blame the Giants. This team should’ve moved to San Jose years ago, but San Francisco continues to block it.

  • Who’s Your Daddy

    Pfft Eric Chavez… trying to clog up the bases with his walks.

  • BamBino

    Was at the game tonight; A’s fans are pretty weak in general. I’ve lived in the bay area for few years, always go see the yanks in Oakland and I always leave the park shocked at how horrible A’s fans are. They’re either trying to get in your face, booing their former players who left either via free agency or trade, chanting steroids at A-rod (moronic considering the amount of A’s players who juiced), or attempting to talk baseball while overly drunk. Only positive about A’s-Yanks games, you spend $80 and get seats five rows off the field.

  • Sean in LA

    Remember that A ball pitcher that left in the off season, Jose Quintana? Apparently this happened..


    • Kosmo

      definitely a head scratcher.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      2 runs in 6 innings. Nice start for him, but let’s see him repeat it….and repeat it again.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Is today’s (Saturday) game going to be blacked out? I see a 4:05 PM start time but not on FOX.

    • Kramerica Industries

      FOX is airing night games for, like, the next six weeks or so, so the Yankees will have plenty of Saturday matinees to come.

      To answer the question – no blackout.

  • Rupaul

    these games go too late for the east coast, it’s ridiculous. they should start games at 4 or 1 pm everytime an east coast team travels west

    • Arya

      They should start a game at 10 AM local time so you can watch the game on the east coast? Games usually start at 7 local time during the week so people can get off work and get to the ballpark. When the Yankees play a west coast team in the stadium should they start the game at 10 PM ET so the west coast folks can watch the game after work?

    • hogsmog

      I mean, having lived on the west coast, it’s disappointing when the Yanks are starting at 4:00 PM (as in, 7:00 eastern), and by the time you sit down to watch at 6 or 6:30, it’s the seventh or later. Bumping the time up to 1:00PM (4:00 Eastern) or 10:00AM (1:00 Eastern) would make the game impossible to watch for anyone who works. Sure you have to stay up until 1 to watch all of these, but that’s doable (you just might be tired that week ;) ), and you can go to sleep if it’s a blowout.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      It’s age old. The only reasonable “solution” if there is one is to start West Coast games at 6PM and East Coast games at 9PM. That’s the only reasonable compromise.

      But it well never be standard. They do it on Saturday “night” games occasionally, but that’s it.

  • Steve (different one)

    If the season ended today, the Yankees would be the second wildcard.

    Seems pretty odd to say that after the last week.

    • Havok9120

      Depends on how far onto the Crazy-Bus a person was. This was the point of everyone who was saying “calm the heck down people.” We’re one game out of 2nd place and 4.5 back for the division with over two-thirds of the schedule still to be played.

  • bpdelia

    Ive always been a big rodriguez fan but the last few years he has totally changed. Hate the cliches but the dude IS a leader now.
    Team has no more speed? Hitting less hrs? Ok ill hit for avg and steal bases. Best instincts ive ever seen in a ballplayer all around. Amazing ballplayer.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    It’s pretty sad how fans treated him. It seems like forever ago but they were relentless from like 2005 until 2007. It took that amazing, superhuman 2007 season for fans to stop booing him every time he made an out. I think the fact that he’s declined like he has makes us appreciate what a privilege it was to watch him in his prime for so many years.

  • Pinstripes in Cali

    Yanks fan first, but I probably go to ~20 A’s games a yeaR because I live in Oakland. A’s fans are a pretty classless lot. Last night, the booed Jeter, ARod, Swisher, and Chavez. Really? Boo Jeter? boo two of the guys that ever produced anything for your pathetic franchise?

    • G

      Historically I wouldn’t call the A’s a pathetic franchise, although they certainly are now and Chavez is one of their best players in the past decade. Swisher didn’t play there for too long so it’s not all that surprising, but Chavez is. When they came back to the stadium with Matsui, he was showered with loving remarks and cheers. Should be the same.

  • CS Yankee

    The bad news…Jeet looked lost last night with the stick, So cant get a clean inning to save his life, when Nova gives up a hit it is crushed, & Joe’s use of Raul on LHP versus Jones is sad.

    The good news…Our 3-4-5 hitters have arrived, our Ace is on the bump today, the SP looks like it is getting better (Kuroda will pitch in vast wasteland of Oakland, which should bring success), Logan looks like a beast out there, and Swish is getting back to form.

    A sweep, coupled with some GardRo returns might just get me back to a 9.

    • G

      Lost? What are you looking at… He put a few good swings on the ball. One particular at bat he drove a ball pretty close to the gap but it happened to tail a bit towards the left fielder.

      He didn’t get a hit, but he doesn’t look lost.