Jun
10

Martin, Yanks walk off with Subway Series sweep

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Source: FanGraphs

Sometimes a sweep is more than a sweep. When it’s the Red Sox or Rays or another contender, sweeps mean a little better than they usually do. When it’s the Mets? Forget it. The best. The Yankees securing bragging rights to the city with a come from behind walk-off win over the Amazin’s on Sunday, sweeping the three games to conclude an excellent homestand. The Yankees have won three in a row, six of seven, eight of ten, and 13 of 17. That’s pretty awesome. Let’s recap…

  • Botched: Andy Pettitte has been magnificent since un-retiring, but he had his first real disaster inning on Sunday. Scott Hairston started the second with a double, Vinny Rottino continued it with a ground ball single, then Robinson Cano extended it by botching a potential inning-ending double play. The Yankees instead got zero outs on the play. Pettitte then walked Omar Quintanilla — he hit a homer once, gotta pitch him like he’s Barry Bonds now — and allowed a two-run double down the right field line to Jordany Valdespin. The botched double play ball hurt, but Andy didn’t exactly help himself by leaving some pitches out over the plate.
  • Rally Killer: A three-run deficit that early in the game isn’t the end of the world, especially since Jon Niese was willing to give it back by putting the first two men on base in the bottom half. Of course, Nick Swisher snuffed out the rally with an ill-advised bunt attempt that resulted in a force out at third. The Yankees went on to score zero runs in the inning. It’s hard enough to beat the other team, but having to overcome your own stupidity is damn near impossible.
  • The Lead: Niese was mowing the Yankees down until the seventh, when Russell Martin hit a cheap two-run homer — hit the top of the wall, bounced straight up, and a fan grabbed it. Derek Jeter started the eighth inning rally with a infield double — yep, infield double — then Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, and Alex Rodriguez followed up with consecutive singles. A-Rod‘s go-ahead single was a bloop into the triangle, the exact kind of RISPBABIP luck they haven’t been getting in recent weeks. After about six innings of frustration, the Yankees had the lead.
  • Blown Save: That one-run lead lasted all of two batters. Rafael Soriano came out of the bullpen to allow back-to-back rockets to Lucas Duda and Ike Davis, putting the go-ahead run on second with no outs. A one-out single put men on the corners, at which point Joe Girardi pulled his backup backup closer in favor of Boone Logan. The matchup lefty escaped the jam with a strikeout and a ground ball. After the big comeback, the blow save was a big letdown.
  • The Russ Bus: That said, the Mets’ bullpen is so bad that a win seemed inevitable once they went to the bottom of the ninth tied. Sure enough, Jon Rauch hung a slider to Martin to lead off the inning, resulting in a non-cheapie homer to left field for the team’s first walk-off homer since September 2010. The game was over, the sweep was complete. Pretty great ending to a great series.
  • Leftovers: Martin is now hitting .319/.418/.681 since the start of the Royals’ series before the West Coast trip and is up to a 117 wRC+ for the season … the top five hitters in the order went a combined 9-for-19 and A-Rod was the only guy without multiple hits … the Yankees ground into three double plays and seven in the series … big ups to Clay Rapada and Cory Wade for two scoreless innings between Pettitte and Soriano … don’t forget Jayson Nix‘s play to cut down the lead runner at third in the ninth, it was huge at the time … Pettitte finished with eight strikeouts in six innings, raising his season strikeout rate to 8.64 K/9 (24.7 K%).

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the advanced stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Rays swept the Marlins, so they remain tied atop the AL East with New York in the loss column. The Yankees are off to Atlanta for a three-game set with the Braves, starting Monday evening when Ivan Nova gets the ball against Randall Delgado.

  • Brian S.

    Disagree Mike, sweep of Boston>sweep of the Mets. Then again I don’t live in the City so I could see why you feel the way you do.

    • forensic

      I agree, intradivision sweeps are better since you control the result of the other teams you battle with to reach the playoffs.

      But, like you, I’m not in NY anymore, so that could affect me too.

    • Brian S.

      Speaking of which, we are going to play Boston 17 times in a span of less than four months. That is going to get really annoying.

      • Steve (different one)

        Did anyone else think Martin Kendry Morales-ed himself on home plate? Surprised it wasn’t mentioned at all.

      • Steve (different one)

        I think something like 34 of the last 81 games will be against Boston or Toronto. Yuck

    • Jimmy McNulty

      The Mets are kind of the Washington Generals of baseball, you really feel sorry for them more than anything. Whereas the Red Sox are worthy rivals. Whereas with the Mets it’s like a rival between Secretariat and bottle fo glue.

      • Brian S.

        If you saw what their fans say about us you wouldn’t feel that way.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          No, I agree with McNulty here. It never truly feels like a fair fight, no matter how much it may initially seem like one.

          Mets fans say all sorts of things. They then go root for the Mets.

        • Jimmy McNulty

          Yeah that’s kinda like saying “Oh fuck her, she’s a fat slut anyways” when you get shot down. It’s clearly jealousy, and you really can’t take someone who roots for the Mets seriously. I mean come on, they root for the fucking Mets…they obviously have poor decision making skills.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        You must not have been around for the mid-late 80s when the Mets ruled this town.

        As a Yankee fan, it was completely unbearable. The only thing we had was Mattingly.

        Let’s hope that never happens again in my lifetime.

        • Brian S.

          I bet WFAN will be entertaining tomorrow.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          There was no interleague play, though, so it still felt differently.

          Yes, in ’86, every other kid decided to show up at school with a Mets fan. I can tell you that this twelve year-old did NOT.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            “cap,” not “fan.”

          • dc1874

            …I grew up in FLUSHING early 70′s …only Yankee for miles…I HATED the METS then and still do to this day!!!

            • Havok9120

              Breathe man. We won. :P

              • Robinson Tilapia

                “What do you think about Flushing, Queens?”
                “I think it’s a good idea.”

        • jim p

          And let’s forget it ever did happen in our lifetime.

    • Esteban

      Yeah, I’ll take a sweep of the Red Sox, Rays, or Angels any day over a sweep of the Mets.

    • Havok9120

      I’ve never lived in NYC (or anywhere closer than 4 hours from it), and haven’t lived in-state for almost 8 years.

      Despite that, every fiber of my being enjoys beating the Mets at LEAST as much as beating the Sox. My logical and objective side hates me for it, but I don’t care. Its not as important to the Yankee’s season, but DAMN does it feel good.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      A sweep of the Mets means very little other than not having to deal with needling from Met fans. I make fun of the Mets but, in the end, I really hold them no ill will.

      A sweep of the Sox is always the sweetest, no matter what the standings reflect.

      • MidlandTX

        Yep. I will say it was a bit sweeter when Valentine was managing them. Listening to him blame the umps for getting swept by the Nationals was like a walk down memory lane.

      • Florida – Ralph

        This is exactly how I feel.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Also has very little to do with living in the city. The 2000 subway series was a long time ago. There’s not that much magic around the games besides the fact that you know more people rooting for the other team.

      • forensic

        But the fact that you know more people rooting for the other team is exactly why it matters whether you live in the city or not. You’re inevitably going to know more Mets fans if you live there and enjoy these more for that reason.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I understand what you’re saying, but I’d no longer say there’s any extra electricity in the air about the subway series, certainly not in NYC. It happens every year. You get some friends together, make fun of one another and, eventually, you point and laugh at the scowl on the Met fan’s face.

          We could say that it’s enjoyable on a smaller level, but there’s no extra huge meaning to this all anymore.

          • Havok9120

            I can sort of agree with that. Its become less of a rivalry with them not being competitive for so long and is therefor not as interesting/fun/agonizing.

    • vicki

      ’12 mets > ’12 redsox

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Overachieving team also much more likeable than underachieving, overpaid team.

  • forensic

    Jeter’s hit was a single and an error, not a double.

    • Havok9120

      He knows I think, but how can someone resist typing out “infield double” and getting the chance to cackle maniacally in memory?

  • Greg C

    I didn’t see any doubles in the box score. So I’m assuming “forensic” is correct. How does one hit an infield double, anyway?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I know it was a single and an error, but anytime you have a chance to write “infield double,” you do it. Jeter hit a ground ball to short that Quintanilla whiffed on and it trickled into shallow center.

    • Brian S.

      You know.

    • DERP

      It happened earlier in the season in a Royals-Orioles game. Hosmer hit a slow roller down to third that hugged the line. While the Orioles were hoping that it would go foul, Hosmer ran all the way to second. The ball died on the line right in front of the base.

      • Havok9120

        That’s pretty sweet, actually.

        • vicki

          hosmer. does not entirely suck.

  • Dela G

    Andy’s slider is a thing of beauty. it’s amazing how each of his 8 ks were on sliders

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Really a perfect series:

    A blow out
    A good game, but comfortable win
    A comeback

    Nice way to end the weekend. Sucks to hear that Brett Gardner is out to the ASB, I wonder how long it will be before people start clamoring for them to acquire another bat.

    • Need Pitching

      People started clamoring for another bat on January 13.

      • Brian S.

        And do you really think we need another starting pitcher?

        • Havok9120

          It depends on if you think Nova/Hughes have figured it out for good.

          He’ll probly change it back after another successful turn or two through the rotation. Remember, until somewhat recently, he rolled with “Needed Pitching,” and had since, look at that, January 13.

          • Brian S.

            Nova and Hughes both seem like they are on the upswing. So I think we’re good.

            • Havok9120

              I’m hoping so as well.

              But I’ve hoped that far too many times in Hughes’ case. I need to see at least one more good start. And with Nova I need one or two more where he does his groundball thing.

          • Need Pitching

            Nah, I think I’ll just leave it alone as Need instead of Needed, regardless of what happens. No such thing as too much good pitching.

            I will change it, however, if this staff carries the Yankees to #28.

        • Need Pitching

          I’m good with the rotation as is.
          Can never have too much good pitching though.

        • Jimmy McNulty

          Yes, they badly need another starter. Phil Hughes still sucks, he’s sporting a 4.98 FIP and he’s allowing two home runs every nine innings. He could go the next 50 innings without allowing a home run and his HR/9 would still be too high. I’m unsure what to think of Nova, a lackluster minor league career, an impressive rookie season, and he’s getting hit really hard this year. Kuroda’s pretty inconsistent, and who knows what the rest of the season will be like for Pettitte. Yeah, I’d like another starter.

          • Havok9120

            A) the Kuroda’s inconsistent thing needs to die. He’s been darn good over the last, what, 8 turns through the rotation? He’s had 3 truly bad starts and 2 meh starts to go with 7 good-great starts. That’s 9 starts of 3 runs or less (usually less).

            B) Nova’s much less of an enigma than that sounds. The guy is pitching COMPLETELY differently than he did last season or during his previous career. He’s a GB pitcher who hasn’t been pitching toward the groundball. If that changes, I’ll be quite confident.

            C) Hughes is a total question mark. We can’t just ignore 6 of 7 starts being quite good-excellent.

            I’m not arguing your conclusion here, just saying that you’re making things sound shakier than they actually seem to be.

            • forensic

              I still can’t help but be concerned by Kuroda. His K numbers are way down, lefties are still hitting him around pretty well, and he hasn’t pitched well yet on 4 days rest.

            • Jimmy McNulty

              A.) Perhaps I am too hard on Kuroda, I don’t think he’s as good as his past few starts suggest, much like I don’t think he’s as bad as his awful starts were. His last three starts were good, but they were against Oakland, Detroit, and the Mets. That also has to matter. If he was the three in the rotation I’d be completely fine with it, he’s feeling more like the two, though.

              B.) Okay you can’t say this:

              Nova’s much less of an enigma than that sounds

              Then follow it up with this:

              The guy is pitching COMPLETELY differently than he did last season or during his previous career.

              Basically the way he’s been pitching the past 70 or so innings isn’t the way he pitched his first eight hundred innings. He’s not a strike out pitcher, never was in the minors and I’m unsure why we’re expecting him to find this new strike out pitch in the majors. Sure it’s possible, he’s still young and his game has changed while he was a prospect, but I think what we saw last year is what we’ll get.

              He’s a question mark, but I don’t think so in a bad way. He did have an impressive rookie campaign and he’s shown steady improvement all throughout the minor league level and at age 23 put together a very successful AAA season. I think he can be a good pitcher to have in the rotation especially while under team control, I’m just unsure if I’m confident throwing him against anything higher than the other team’s four in the CS or the WS.

              We can’t just ignore 6 of 7 starts being quite good-excellent.

              I’m not saying you should. Much like Nova he should be judged on his entire body of work. He had a good first half in 2010 and a good stint in the bullpen in 2009. Other than that his career’s been marred by inconsistent velocity, lack of a secondary pitch, injuries, and problems with the long ball. He has 450 innings as a starter across six seasons, an ERA of 4.88, a HR/9 of 1.30, and a FIP of 4.53. I have zero confidence in him. He’s yet to have a start where he doesn’t allow a home run, and the fact that there will be people celebrating his first start without a home run in mid-June (at the earliest) is pathetic. He’ll have to go four or five starts without a home run before I’ll reconsider him as a legitimate rotation option.

              • Havok9120

                With Nova, I say it that way (and still would) only because I thought you were taking his being a question mark as an inherently bad thing, which you’ve cleared up that you don’t. He definitely IS a question mark, but in such a way that improvement (from already good results, even if the process has been less than stellar) is expected.

                Phil Hughes, as I said, is a total and complete question mark. That said, despite the HR rate, he’s obviously a legitimate rotation option. The bar for a #5 or even #4 really isn’t all that high. Other than that, I don’t really disagree with anything you have to say about him. I will say that people (and I caught myself doing this a week or two ago) who don’t like Hughes to begin with (like me), are starting to grasp at straws to justify it during this streak. Opposing home runs are annoying. They can sink a team’s chance of winning. They also aren’t something we can look at and say “he’s still giving up homers, therefore he still sucks,” which I feel we’re starting to do here. You’re right that the opposing team matters….but, again, the results matter more. If (IF) he’s started to get to the point where he’ll beat teams with average offenses and the circular line ups will give him trouble, well, he’s officially like 65-70% of MLB pitchers.

                Our issues in the rotation have become what RISPFail is finally starting to: we keep harping on it, but our criticisms keep getting more and more specific in order to prove our point. First it was RISPFail, then that started to improve so it was runners on 3rd, then that started to improve and the focus became bases loaded. All the while the situation as a whole continues to improve (if very slowly) and we keep winning games. At some point we need to step back and take a breath.

                • Jimmy McNulty

                  Question marks are never good things. I think Nova has a chance of righting the ship, obviously I wouldn’t not sign a Cole Hamels or just because I have Ivan Nova nor would I prevent Nova from upgrading the rotation. It really could go either way, he could be a young pitcher with a solid rookie season and then the league could have figured him out and he bombs or he could right the ship and be Brandon McCarthy.

                  If Hughes is the five, that’s fine, I’m more concerned with the playoff rotation than anything at this point. Clearly Hughes doesn’t deserve a spot. When he’s giving up two home runs every nine innings you absolutely can say “he’s still giving up lots of homers therefore he still sucks.” He also still doesn’t have a secondary pitch, which is another reason why he sucks. Better pitchers have had worse ERAs with better home run rates. A pitcher has very little control over when he gives up home runs, which largely explains Josh Beckett and Randy Johnson’s 2006 seasons, and Hughes has been lucky to give up a lot of solo shots, but he’s still allowing home runs at an absolutely atrocious rate. Like I said before he could go the next 50 innings without allowing a home run and his HR/9 would still be too high.

                  • Ted Nelson

                    There aren’t many guys in all of baseball who aren’t question marks for good reasons. Most guys who aren’t question marks aren’t question marks because you know that they stink.

              • Need Pitching

                Why can someone who gives up homeruns not be a legit rotation option?
                He’s given up 2 runs or fewer in 14/23 starts since returning from the DL last year (and 3 ER or fewer in 16/23), despite being very homer prone.
                I’m not saying Hughes is or will be great, but to say he’s not a legit rotation option because he gives up HR’s is a bit dramatic. He’s not going to be a top of the rotation starter. He likely won’t be a consistent mid-rotation starter. But I’ll take a back of the rotation starter who holds opponents to 2 runs or less in the majority of his starts any day. I’m sure he’ll still mix in the occasional horrible start, but most of his games he’s giving the Yankees a great chance to win, despite the HR’s.

                • Jimmy McNulty

                  He gives up home runs at an absolutely atrocious rate and has his whole career. If he goes the next 50 innings without surrendering a home run (which won’t happen, in fact I’m unsure if he’s ever gone 50 innings period without allowing a home run) his HR/9 would be 1.14, which is still pretty high. The streak of giving up few runs is really a mirage, pitchers have very little control over when they surrender home runs and when they don’t. He’s getting lucky by surrendering them with few runners on base. He has a 1.34 WHIP so he allows quite a few base runners, eventually the home runs will come with runners on and he’ll sink the team’s chances.

                  • Need Pitching

                    “He gives up home runs at an absolutely atrocious rate and has his whole career”

                    league average HR rate this year is 1.24, league average HR/FB% is 13.5% this year. Hughes has been better than both of these numbers every year of his career except this year (and a slightly higher 1.28 HR/9 in 2009). Not sure how better than current league average is “absolutely atrocious” his whole career. It most definitely is absolutely atrocious this season, but since it’s never been nearly this high ever before, it is very likely to regress to his normal rates.

                  • Need Pitching

                    Also, 63.3% of his PA against this year have come with the bases empty. 67% of his HR’s given up have been with the bases empty. It’s not like he’s been inordinately lucky in allowing solo homers. At most, given random distribution of the homers, all of one of his solo homers given up should have been a non-solo HR.

                    And his HR/9 rate post-DL last season was 0.7 over 64.1 innings, showing he does at least have the possibility of limiting HR’s. Hughes certainly has enough flaws so that he can’t be trusted to be a top of the rotation starter, but he’s giving plenty of indication that he can be a solid rotation piece, despite the homers, aided by his better than average K/9, BB/9 and LD% rates.

                    • Jimmy McNulty

                      Also, 63.3% of his PA against this year have come with the bases empty. 67% of his HR’s given up have been with the bases empty.

                      …And his aggregate performance is still fucking awful. His FIP is 4.98 and his ERA is lower than that, that difference in HR rate explains a bit of that.

                      And his HR/9 rate post-DL last season was 0.7 over 64.1 innings, showing he does at least have the possibility of limiting HR’s.

                      By all means we should look at a 64 inning sample as opposed to a 450 inning career as a starter. Okay still in that 64 inning sample he had a 4.48 ERA (nothing great by any means), a K/BB under two, and poor peripherals. He was a better pitcher than his first three awful starts but still not a good pitcher.

                      Hughes certainly has enough flaws so that he can’t be trusted to be a top of the rotation starter, but he’s giving plenty of indication that he can be a solid rotation piece, despite the homers, aided by his better than average K/9, BB/9 and LD% rates.

                      http://www.fangraphs.com/graph.....;type=mini

                      He also has enough flaws to where he’s not good enough to be a middle of the rotation starter. The reason why his walk rates are so low is because his pitches are catching too much plate and there’s no reason to not swing. I’m guessing that also explains his LD rate too. His K/9 is better than average, but only slightly. When you’re as hittable as Phil Hughes is and surrender as many XBHs as he does a decent K/9 really isn’t all that impressive. Yet still FIP accounts for all of these things and he’s not grading out all that well.

                    • Ted Nelson

                      So… his pitches are so easy to hit that guys are striking out on them and not hitting line-drives on them? How does that work?

                      Hughes is also still young enough that looking at his career can be misleading.

                      No one is arguing that he should be in the middle of the Yankees’ rotation… you seem to be arguing against a strawman there.

                    • Need Pitching

                      FIP doesn’t account for LD rate, or any batted ball data
                      Not saying the 64 innings mean anything other than he is capable of having stretches of limiting HR’s
                      The % bases empty stuff was just to refute the “luck” you said he’s been having in giving up solo HR’s. Statistically he’s barely been luck in that regard, with only 1 HR in expected difference.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    Wubba wubba wubba Robin Roberts wubba wubba wubba

                    Love,
                    Suzyn Waldman

                  • Ted Nelson

                    Your 5th starter doesn’t have to be a world beater.

                    • Jimmy McNulty

                      If that’s all he is, that’s fine. But they still don’t have a 1/2 that really inspires confidence in the playoffs (if you’re going to mention 2009 are A-Rod and CC going to play like the 2009 postseason versions of themselves or the rest of their post season careers and where’s Damon and Matsui’s post season production going to come from), and since Kuroda, Pettitte, and Nova really don’t deserve to lose their rotation spot (at least Nova doesn’t yet) it’s Hughes that needs to be bumped for a better 2.

                    • Ted Nelson

                      That is currently what he is.

                      The top of their rotation isn’t incredible, but there’s good depth 1-5. CC hasn’t been totally dominant this season… but, still, how many guys would you rather have going forward? Pettitte was a #2 in 2010, and looks like one so far. Kuroda has been a top of the rotation guy for 4 years now, and has allowed more than 3 Rs in 2 of 10 starts this season (and he held Texas and Detroit to 2 Rs while getting killed by Minni… so it’s not a good team thing). Kuroda has had terrible run support, and as much as we can try to ignore W-L… tough not to get frustrated if a guy is under .500.

                      It would be great to have 2 Cy Young guys at the top of the rotation, sure. This isn’t a perfect rotation. Who are you going to get, though, and at what cost? I don’t think that they need to add another P just for the sake of adding a P. Getting a mid-rotation SP probably doesn’t add much besides depth.

    • Havok9120

      Erm. That started as soon as we traded Monty (oh, the irony. Where’s the Irony Guy for that bit of gold?), then restarted when Raul face-planted int the Spring, then re-restarted about 4 days into the RISPFail.

      In other words, its basically perpetual. We had people calling for another bat LAST season, and the Yankees had the best offense in the league.

  • Betty Lizard

    Russell Russell Russell Russell Russell Russell Russell Russell Russell Russell Russell Russell Russell Russell Russell Russell Russell Russell Russell Russell Russell Russell Russell Russell Russell!
    With an extra helping of Russell on the side . . . .

    • Havok9120

      Feeling vindicated? :)

      • Betty Lizard

        Yeah, baby!

        “when no one steps on my dreams,, there’ll be days like this”

  • forensic

    A-Rod‘s go-ahead single was a bloop into the triangle

    Looked like a solid line drive to me.

    /boxscore’d

  • Neo

    I missed the walk off, was there any pie?

    • forensic

      Sadly, no. It appears to have moved to Pittsburgh permanently.

    • Deep Thoughts

      You’re missing the point.

      If you get off on creampies there are plenty of other websites out there for you.

    • Got Heeeeeeem

      I thought Swisher said he was taking over pie duties.

      • Havok9120

        No. We just assumed he would.

  • Bubba

    Well, I no longer want “Black Hole” Martin batting tenth but I think I’ll still refer to him by his pirate nickname.

    • Betty Lizard

      He went away
      And you hung around and bothered me every night
      And, when I wouldn’t go out with you
      You said things that weren’t very nice

      My boyfriend’s back, and you’re gonna be in trouble
      (Hey la, hey la, my boyfriend’s back)
      When you see him comin’, better cut on the double
      (Hey la, hey la, my boyfriend’s back)

      • vicki

        you, miss, demonstrate excellent taste. in hard-nosed catchers and in rockin’ girl groups. i curtsey.

  • Erica

    Buzzy, fun atmosphere at the Stadium, even when the Yankees RISP-failed.

    1) what was up with Swisher’s bunt?
    2) the booing directed toward Rafi were a bit excessive
    3) A-Rod is singlehandedly one of the most frustrating players to watch and root for

    • Havok9120

      Swish did the bunt on his own. Girardi confirmed it postgame according to Jennings.

      • Erica

        Thanks. Didn’t get to see the post game of course. Silly Swisher.

        • Havok9120

          Indeed. Girardi didn’t come out and say that he admonished Swish for it, but he did say that he told Swisher that “he’s capable of hitting the ball out of the park.” Hard to see him saying that in any context except “dude, what the heck were you thinking?”

          • Erica

            That’s exactly what I said after he hit the ball! He can mash the hell out of the ball, why would he bunt?! Oh well. He won’t do it again.

    • Betty Lizard

      I decided “a while” ago to just be happy every game that Alex plays and isn’t hurt. (Plus I always think he’s going to hit a home run . . . .)

      Besides, he fixed Boone Logan. He’s just one guy . . .

      • Erica

        Hahaha… he may have fixed Boone but perhaps he transferred his magical powers completely to Boone in the process. Womp.

        • Ted Nelson

          His power is down, but A-Rod’s offensive production this season is right in line with his last two seasons. .363 wOBA, .361 wOBA, .358 wOBA.

          He also got on in 2 of 4 PAs last night, including knocking in the first go-ahead run. What was frustrating last night?

          • Havok9120

            The ball that died on the track (again) sure made me sad.

            • Ted Nelson

              I don’t know that hitting a ball to the warning track makes someone the most frustrating player to watch, though. Even when Bonds was all ‘roided up, I’m sure he hit plenty of long outs.

  • forensic

    Wow, Dusty Baker brought Chapman in for a 2 inning save with a 3 run lead with men on 1st and 2nd. He’s since allowed a single (to a lefty), HBP (to a lefty), double, and a walk. He now has to face Cabrera and Fielder with the bases loaded and no outs in a tie game still in the 8th inning.

    • forensic

      So, he can’t get all those other scrubs out, but he gets Cabrera, Fielder, and Delmon Young (though a wild pitch did allow the go-ahead run first).

  • dkidd

    this game reminded me what it felt like to be a yankees fan in the late 90′s:

    down 3 runs late in the game, total confidence we would find a way to win

    • Pat D

      2009 was like that, too. So was one of the Sheffield seasons, can’t remember if it was ’04 or ’05, but it seemed like they had a lot of come from behind wins one of those years.

  • Kosmo

    Swisher must have a rock for a brain. Bunting ? Another head scratcher.
    If Soriano blows a save on every 10th try I´d be more than happy about it.
    Pettitte was as well as Niese a pleasure to watch pitch.

    • Alex

      I didn’t think it was a horrible decision. The team has struggled with runners in scoring position so moving the runners to second and third with one out would have allowed the yankees to at least move in a run on a groundout or a pop fly. It was just horribly executed. Don’t confuse decision making and execution. If that ball is a foot towards the first baseline, the pitcher doesn’t even look at third.

      • Kosmo

        I don´t confuse the two. thank You . Girardi wasn´t too keen on the idea either.

  • nsalem

    Tonight we have our first shot at being 10 games over .500

    If you through out A.J’s one bad start his era is now 1.89
    Melky has OPS of .934 is about 50 points higher than any Yankee.
    I don’t think it would have happened for either of them in NY and they were two players I really liked.
    I am very happy that both of them are succeeding elsewhere.

  • detroit_yankee

    “don’t forget Jayson Nix‘s play to cut down the lead runner at third in the eighth, it was huge at the time ”

    That play was in the top of the ninth (Nix cut down Davis at third), not in the eighth.

    All in all, a terrific way to cap of the weekend sweep.

  • Alex

    The only thing that would have made this better was a pie or something at the end. I was at the game and I was very disappointed that there weren’t any post-walkoff shenanigans by Swick or somebody. Someone needs to step up and fix this as long as the solution isn’t that stupid thing the Tigers did with the two cups of water.

  • JohnC

    Can’t complain about what Granderson has done here but Austin Jackson looks like he is starting to get it. Was hitting over 300 before he got hurt. Last night gets a big 2 run double of Chapman to key a 4 run 8th in Tigers come from behind win

    • Jim Is Bored

      I like when trades go well for all teams concerned. It means they’ll be more likely to do more business in the future.

      Plus it’s fun to see Yankee farmhands succeed, even if it’s not with the Yanks.

  • JohnC

    Our fickle fan base strikes again. Soriano finally blew a save yesterday and what happens? He gets showered with boos as he leaves the mound. had been perfect in save chances until yesterday.

    • Erica

      Yeah, I thought the boos were a bit excessive. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It’s not as though Soriano gave up a crap-ton of home runs, or something.

    • nsalem

      JohnC I heard it also. Unfortunately many of the people who frequent Yankee Stadium are casual fans at best and I doubt that the majority of them are aware of Soriano’s record. I think his holds especially true as you get into the more expensive sections. The legends and lower field boxes are filled with people who spend their day gawking at the many celebrities walking by.

      • Ted Nelson

        Probably filled with corporate ticketholders.

  • Greg

    Girardi was brilliant this series. Especially yesterday pulling Soriano in the ninth in favor of Logan.