May
11

Yankees hang on for 3-2 win over Royals

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Source: FanGraphs

Don’t look now, but the Yankees are on something of a roll. Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Royals was their fourth straight victory and 11th in their last 15 games. Since the 1-4 start, they’ve gone 21-9. Pretty remarkable. Let’s recap…

  • Dandy Andy: After two dud outings, Andy Pettitte rebounded to hold Kansas City to two runs in seven rock solid innings. He missed his spots a few times pretty badly — none worse than the pitch Billy Butler hit for a solo homer — but nothing like those last two starts. Pettitte struck out seven and walked just one, recording eleven outs on the ground compared to just three in the air. Needless to say, it was very good to see vintage Andy out there after that little hiccup.
  • Shields’ Two Mistakes: The Yankees were down 2-1 in the fifth inning when Royals’ starter Jamie Shields made two mistakes. First, he hit nine-hole hitter Chris Stewart with a two-strike pitch to leadoff the inning. Second, he grooved a 3-1 fastball to Vernon Wells with two outs, a pitch that landed over the left field wall for a go-ahead two-run homer. Shields pitched very well aside from those two mistakes, but they ultimately cost him and his team the game.
  • Leftovers: David Robertson struck out the side in the eighth and was absolutely disgusting. Just nasty stuff. Unhittable. Mariano Rivera allowed a double in the ninth but otherwise nailed things down for his 14th save in as many chances … Jayson Nix has reached base seven times in the series after picking up two hits and a walk in this game … the Yankees managed to win even though the one through five hitters went a combined 2-for-19 with a walk. One of those hits was the Wells homer, the other a Travis Hafner infield single … Lorenzo Cain walked on three balls in the fifth inning because apparently no one in the ballpark was paying attention. It was a long at-bat with a lot of pickoff throws to first, but still. How does no one catch that?

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. In case you’re wondering, the Yankees now lead the AL East by a full game. It’s early though, I wouldn’t get too excited just yet. They’ll go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon, when Hiroki Kuroda gets the ball against right-hander Ervin Santana.

Categories : Game Stories
  • Pseudoyanks

    OK, when does Mo just say F Retirement!

    • trr

      How we’ll miss him when he’s gone! if ever a reliever deserved to be a 1st ballot HOF-er, it is he

  • Eddard

    Andy struggles, Phil dominates. Phil struggles, Andy turns things around. Consistent pitching has been the key to the team’s hot start. And tomorrow they go for the sweep with their most consistent pitcher, Hiroki. And don’t give me that “they’re just getting lucky winning these 1 run games.” People said the same thing about the Os last year when they had a dominant pen. The Os never went away and still haven’t.

    They’ve already secured the .500 road trip that many thought was unattainable. I just don’t know why people continue to doubt this team. It’s foundation is its pitching, which has been relatively healthy. They get enough offense to win and that will improve as the reinforcements start trickling in starting next week. Sole possession of 1st place.

    • forensic

      Andy struggles, Phil dominates. Phil struggles, Andy turns things around.

      Consistent pitching has been the key to the team’s hot start.

      Is it just me, or are those two groups contradictory to each other?

      They’ve already secured the .500 road trip that many thought was unattainable. I just don’t know why people continue to doubt this team.

      This from the person who was driving the ‘hope for 4-4′ bandwagon entering the road trip.

      And no, I don’t know why I bothered with this…

      • Eddard

        The point is all starters will struggle at some point during the season, but when Andy struggled Phil picked up the slack. The staff as a whole has been consistent with Hiroki leading the way.

        I wasn’t leading the “hope for 4-4″ bandwagon. I said they could at least do that by taking one in CO, two in KC and splitting the DH in Cleveland. But there were many saying they’d be lucky to go 3-5, especially after that first 2-0 loss. This is a resilient bunch and they’ve shown it all year.

        • forensic

          Fair enough…

  • forensic

    If only Huston Street didn’t suck so much, it would’ve been a nearly perfect night in the AL East…

    • vicki

      i really hated that walk-off. tampa needs to lose hope, dammit.

      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

        I have never trusted Huston Street as a closer, and I had a really bad feeling when he walked Zobrist on a 3-2 count and brought Longoria to the plate.

        After the home run, well, my Twitter says it all.

  • forensic

    With the way things usually seem to end up for Kuroda, you’d think he’ll pitch well, but the opponent will be just a bit better, and with a likely short back end of the bullpen, it could turn into a loss.

    At least they already won the series, and hopefully the reverse lock is in full effect and they do to Santana what they did to Davis.

    • Eddard

      How can it be a reverse lock if Hiroki Kuroda is on the mound? It’s not like they’re sending out Vidal Nuno against Santana. It’ll be a good pitching matchup like tonight.

      • forensic

        The result is what’s taken into account for the reverse lock. And with him, they seem to enjoy just not quite scoring enough runs.

  • JasonK

    For a guy that has so readily taken every opportunity to rip into Vernon Wells – I’m paraphrasing, but didn’t you say he crashed down to Earth just a week or two ago? – I’ve noticed that you’re pretty weak when it comes to giving him his due. Just saying. Not very becoming.

    • forensic

      Is he supposed to write an homage to every player who had a good game the prior night?

      And he did crash back to earth since his start (other than against Toronto), but he’s done a fine job the last couple games of making an impact again. How much more do you expect him to say about this game?

  • Bob Buttons

    FWIW Ken Singleton lost count too, but not the YES balls-strikes graphic guy.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Actually, I think the count was switched to 3-2 all of a sudden before that last pitch of the AB.

      Let me check that.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Yeah, it did, and Kenny helped fuel that confusion, referring to the count as 2-2 when it was 1-2, and 3-2 when it was 2-2.

        http://i1102.photobucket.com/a.....2wut-1.png

        • forensic

          Gameday is the only thing I know of that actually had it correct in real-time. I actually made a comment in the game thread that Cain had just walked on only 3 balls according to what Gameday kept track of.

  • dkidd

    mo saves an andy win

    same as it ever was…

    #stillcantaccepthatmoisretiring

  • Jenny C

    First place!

  • SeventhAce

    They’re only .5 games behind the fucking Rangers for best record in AL, those assholes out in the west get to beat up on the Astros… where as the big dogs in the ALE are at each others’ throats.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Except for the Blue Jays, who are chihuahua puppies.

  • FIPster Doofus
    • forensic

      Eh, it’s not a library. If he’s trying to interact with fans and family, they’re certainly going to be farther away from him and in a louder atmosphere than the reporters who I’m sure were practically sitting on Mo’s lap in the dugout, much like they do with Girardi and any other interview. If it’s too much, then go find a corner in the clubhouse, the media room, or something else.

      Joba wasn’t really right either with his reaction, but it’s not like that’s exactly the setting where Mo should expect silence.

      • vicki

        yeah, mo is mo and all, but you don’t shush a grown man.

        • mustang

          You also don’t talk down to man in front of an audience.

      • WhittakerWalt

        I get the impression that Joba’s kind of an immature dick.

        • mustang

          Agree.

        • jim p

          I get the impression that if the Warren Kelley Claiborne crew keep working well that Joba will be bringing us some infield or catcher improvements before long.

        • WhittakerWalt

          Update: with his non-apology today, it’s confirmed. Joba’s an ass.

    • mustang

      I can see both sides of the issue however I think the way Joba addressed it was totally immature. He couldn’t wait to go into the clubhouse and address the issue privately.

      • mustang

        To make myself clear I don’t think Joba did anything wrong in the exchange until the “Don’t ever shush me again,” part.

        • Mike HC

          That was definitely the most questionable part of Joba’s response, but Mo shushed him in public and was cracking jokes to the reporters about him, so it is fair for Joba to stand up for himself in front of that same crowd as well.

    • Mike HC

      From that description, gotta say that I’m with Joba on this one.

    • Mike HC
  • Kosmo

    regarding Joba´s actions: during the course of a season 25 men with jock egos will on occasion get on each other´s nerves. Totally serene clubhouses don´t exist. The swarm of media surrounding athletes lives and reporting on every trivial matter helps to create the 3 ring circus that currently exists in pro sports. Years ago the baseball media would have swept this under the carpet. This non-story is more about bad sports journalism than about footnoting every moment of a ballplayers life.

    • MannyGeee

      Ding ding… “non-story” is the winner. No one should care.

    • Kosmo

      `than´ should read ´and`.

    • Mike HC

      I gotta disagree with you here. I thought that exchange was definitely interesting and don’t think the media should have swept that under the rug. I don’t think the media blew it up to more than it was, but just reported what happened.

      • trr

        to me, it’s really not that big of a deal. Mariano is practically a saint (yes, to me too!) while Joba is something of a rockhead, but rockheads deserve respect too. Going forward, Mo finishes his stellar career in grand fashion, and awaits the call from Cooperstown. Joba will probably hit the DL again, and either be a throw-in to a deal at the t/deadline, or else he will leave in the off-season, bounce around as relievers do and finish his mediocre career in the quiet embrace of a baseball backwater like Seattle….

        • Mike

          Joba put,s himself in the “Stay off MY mound” club. Is it the stupidity or the classlessness?

  • nick swishah is a stahting pitchah

    It’s early but it’s not THAT early. We’re almost a quarter of the way through the season. Considering the fact that Boston had their best start in years, I’d be happy being 3-4 games back with all these injuries. To actually be a full game up is really something.

    Also, Mo being 14 for 14 in saves at 43 after a year off with brutal injury is flat-out stupid

    • trr

      Hell, he’s only on pace for what? 65 saves?

  • Kosmo

    a bit off topic but NY needs a solid everyday catcher. Carlos Ruiz for Nova anyone ?

    • adjusts batting gloves

      Why do you make this trade if you’re the Phillies? Chooch is like a minor deity down here, and a big fan draw despite the PED suspension. They also don’t have anyone else behind the plate. If they blow up the team, they’ll probably start by trying to deal Utley for two or three top prospects.

      • Kosmo

        Ok fair enough. One reason is he´s 34 and a FA after the season is over. If the Phils can unload Ruiz for a SP why not? They can also unload about 4 million in salary for a cost controlled SP. I don´t see much of a risk either from NY or Philly. Joseph and Valle are probably the Phillies catchers of the future. I also think the Phils can´t compete this season with the Braves or Nationals.

        • vicki

          this season, nor several moving forward.

  • Eddard

    Joba needs to learn some dignity and class. When Mariano says something, you listen. When Joba is around as long as Mariano has been and has earned respect then he’ll be taken more seriously. Mariano is right, Joba is wrong.

  • hogsmog

    Hehe, at overthemonster it seems like Sox fans are puzzled as to why their team sucks in May, and that the Yankees keep winning. It boggles my mind that they’re able to recognize that the Yankees are playing way over their head, but still believe their own start was due to having a legitimately awesome team.