Nix’s walk-off hit gives Yankees doubleheader sweep of Blue Jays


Two games, two wins, one day. That’s pretty rad. A few hours after coming back from a four-run deficit in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Blue Jays, the Yankees came back from a much more modest one-run deficit (twice) before walking off with a 3-2 win in the nightcap.

Orange Gatorade? Yuck. Lemon lime or GTFO. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty)

Orange Gatorade? Yuck. Lemon lime or GTFO. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty)

Sir Nix-A-Lot
Remember what I said earlier about needing unexpected contributions to make a serious run at a playoff spot? This game is exactly what I was talking about. Toronto southpaw Mark Buehrle, who has been mostly awful against the Yankees in his long career, held New York in check for the first 6.2 innings before surrendering a game tying solo homer. Who hit the homer? Utility infielder Jayson Nix. Contribution: Unexpected.

Nix didn’t stop there though. Two innings later, with the winning run on third, he provided the walk-off single to left against another veteran left-hander, this time Darren Oliver. Mark Reynolds deserves props for setting up the rally with a leadoff walk, as does pinch-runner Ichiro Suzuki for stealing third with one out. An Eduardo Nunez sacrifice bunt was mixed in there as well. Between drawing a two-out walk in advance of Chris Stewart‘s go-ahead homer in Game One and both the game-tying homer and walk-off single in Game Two, Nix had one helluva day at the plate. This guy, man. He’s just a baseball player. That’s what he is.

(Jeff Zelevansky/Getty)

(Jeff Zelevansky/Getty)

Phinally, A Good Start
These last few weeks and months have been pretty disastrous for Phil Hughes, so bad that the Yankees had won just four (!) of his previous 16 starts coming into Tuesday night. Most of that was his fault, of course. It’s not like Phil has been lights out this year. Needless to say, getting six innings of two-run ball — no homers! — out of him in the second game of the doubleheader was a pleasant surprise.

Rajai Davis created the first run with his legs while Vernon Wells contributed to the second with his defense. Davis singled, stole second, moved to third on a ground out, and scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. Wells was unable to cut off a Munenori Kawasaki gapper that rolled to the wall for a triple in the fifth. Obviously the ball into the gap is on Hughes, but I surprised to see it get all the way to wall. A sac fly brought home Kawasaki later in the inning.

All told, Hughes allowed the pair of runs on six singles, one triple, and two walks in those six innings of work. He struck out six and, get this, generated eight ground ball outs compared to four in the air. What the hell is that about? The eight ground ball outs tie a season-high, which Hughes has done on three other occasions. By Game Score (54), it was Phil’s best outing in six second half starts. Fair to call this an unexpected contribution? I think so.

(Mike Stobe/Getty)

(Mike Stobe/Getty)

Is there anything more enjoyable to watch than a locked in Robinson Cano? After a 4-for-4 showing in the afternoon, Cano went 2-for-4 in the nightcap and plated the Yankees’ first run with a two-strike, two-out single to left in the third. He also made a few stellar defensive plays on balls hit up the middle. When Robbie gets hot, he gets best hitter in the world hot. That’s what he is right now.

How about Austin Romine? He went 3-for-3 with a double and scored the team’s first run on Cano’s single. One of Romine’s two singles was off the wall and maybe two feet from being a homer to right as well. It was one of those “he hit it so hard he was held to the single” jobs. Between Stewart in the first game and Romine in the second, New York’s catchers went 4-for-7 with a double and a homer on Tuesday. Unexpected contribution? Unexpected contribution.

Unsung hero: Preston Claiborne, who was with the team for the day as the doubleheader’s 26th man. He replaced Hughes with a man on first and no outs in the seventh, then retired five of the six men he faced to chip in two scoreless innings with a short bullpen. Romine threw out an attempted base-stealer for the other out. Those were two pretty big innings to bridge the gap between the Hughes and Mariano Rivera, who tossed a scoreless ninth. Mo pitched in both ends of the doubleheader.

Cano, Nix, and Romine combined for seven of the club’s eight hits. The four through seven hitters went 0-for-13 with two walks — one intentional and one unintentional. Alex Rodriguez had his worst game since coming off the DL, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and a rally killing double play in the eighth. After being outrageously hot last week, Alfonso Soriano is suddenly in an 0-for-15 slump. As you probably remember from his first stint in pinstripes, Soriano is insanely streaky. He’ll come out of it soon enough.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some nerdier stats, and ESPN the updated standings. Depending on the outcome of the late game, the Yankees will be either five games (Athletics lose) or six games (Athletics win) back of the second wildcard spot in the loss column. New York did, however, move passed the Royals in the standings with the two wins, so there are only three teams ahead of them in the race now. If the Angels manage to beat the Indians, they’ll move ahead of Cleveland by percentage points as well. Cool Standings has the Yankees postseason odds at 10.5%. Progress. Glorious progress.

Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
Same two teams on Wednesday night, the middle day of this four-game, three-day series. Adam Warren is making the spot start in place of Andy Pettitte — the Yankees need to use a spot starter at some point in the next four days because of the doubleheader, so they’ll get it out of the way and give the veteran starters an extra day of rest in the process. Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey will be on the bump for Toronto. Check out RAB Tickets if you want to catch the game live.

Categories : Game Stories


  1. trr says:

    Tonight, the 25th man was the #1 guy.
    Way to go, Jayson, way to go

  2. Kramerica Industries says:

    (material I didn’t say in the game thread since it would’ve been forgotten quickly enough)

    To me, this is why rest-of-season projections mean nothing.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, I’m operating on a little bit of fringy memory here:

    The Yankees have won 10 of their last 13 games and, yet, they have barely made a budge on the deficit that matters the most – they’re deficit in relation to the Rays. They’ve passed Kansas City, they’re on the Indians tail, and they’re only one back of the Orioles now (if the Yankees win the next two games, they’ll probably pass the Orioles since the O’s are the Rays bitch; more on that in a sec.). But the Rays, the team they are trailing and holds a playoff spot? STILL 6.5 in the back of them, and more games off the schedule as well.
    To me, this is the most obvious reason why saying stuff like “the Yankees probably need to go 26-11 down the stretch” and the like is pretty worthless discussion. 26-11 might end up not being good enough. 23-14 might end up being more than enough. All the Yankees CAN do is continue to win games at the rate they’re winning at right now (.769 over the last 13). But projections, or stuff like “if the Rays go .500 the rest of the way, the Yankees need to go X-Y to match or better that” is just irrelevant conjecture.

    The real important thing are the head-to-heads. If the Orioles have any spine, they’ll give the Yankees a chance to enter that series only five games back. The Orioles are now 5-9 against the Rays this season, have dropped seven of the last eight, and, the most damning thing, is that they are 2-6 at home against the Rays this season, and lost five straight home games to them. This is 2011 Red Sox/Yankees type stuff where they simply CANNOT win on their home field against a crucial division rival. There’s no justifying, no defending, no anything how they’ve performed. It’s abysmal. It’s nightmarish. And even a win tomorrow night cannot justify the other eight games. I’ve personally always considered it a very damning mark on a purported-to-be contending baseball team when a division rival posts a winning record in your home ballpark in a season. The Orioles do not pass the test in 2013.

    BTW – Orioles were 29-9 in one-run games in 2012. They are 14-22 in 2013 and have lost their last six one-run decisions. Almost like that shit is unsustainable, right?

    • Chris says:

      Great observations and insights. I was just talking with my buddy about this today. They need to win almost all the 7 games against the Orioles and 6 against the Rays to have a shot. 4-3 and 4-2 is not going to cut it. Can’t just pick up 1 and 2 games. It is asking a lot but they need to go 5-2 against the O’s and 5-1 against the Rays to have a shot at getting in. The debacle against the Padres and White Sox is really hurting us right now.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        Pretty much. In theory, a 2/3 jobber this weekend seems successful, but what does it really do? It picks up one game on the Rays, and it wipes three head-to-heads from the schedule. It accomplishes much less than it seems.

        There-in lies the bigger problem. The Yankees only have two series’ victories over the Rays since 2010. And they have yet to sweep the Rays at Tropicana Field in the “Rays” era (two-gamers don’t count). So it’s certainly a case of the work being cut out for them. Hopefully, the Yankees enter that series only five games back.

      • nycsportzfan says:

        The bad teams are not playing spoiler at all either. Its like they have all just packed it in for the most part, albeit, they could just be this bad. We need a bad team or 2 to win some series to make a diffrence for us as well as the yanks winning.

        I can’t believe were still 6.5 out of the WC? I thought we were closer then that before winning 2games yesterday??lol Did we lose ground while sweeping a double header??lol

        • OldYanksFan says:

          Bottom line is we PROBABLY need to play .700+ baseball going forward. If we do this, we will pass KC, the O’s and Cleveland.

          Basically, we need to have a better record than:
          Boston, TB, Texas or Oakland.
          This will be difficult.
          One of those teams will need to play around .500 ball.

          Over the last 10 games, we have gained:
          5 games on the O’s.
          4 games on Boston
          2 games on TB
          2 games on Cleveland
          4 games on KC
          1 game on Texas
          2 games on Oakland

          Because Intra-League games have Texas and Oakland with an easier schedule, I think we need to pass Boston or TB.

          Both TB and Boston have relatively difficult schedules remaining. We have 6 left against TB and 7 left against Boston.

          It is definitely a LONG road ahead, but it is possible.
          We are 6.5 behind Boston. If we (eventually) Win 5 of 7 against them, that leaves us with 3.5 games behind.

          A Lot has to go right.
          As someone above mentioned, the bottom line is we need to keep winning. 26 and 11 gives us 92 Wins, which may do the trick. That’s exactly .700 ball.

          • Rick says:

            Rays have jumped the Red Sox. A collapse for the Red Sox is not unfathomable. It’s also not unfathomable to expect the A’s to go into a slump, either. Bottom line, win games and control what you can. It’s not just the Rays that we’re chasing. IMO, they’re the best out of the 3 teams we need to gain significant ground on. We should be more focused on catching Boston and Oakland.

          • nycsportzfan says:

            Good info. Thanks for posting.

    • dkidd says:

      waiting for the rays to cool off is futile. the only way we catch them is by dominating the head-to-heads

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        This too. That’s just not a pitching staff that is likely to fall into any deep ruts. They even had that six game skid recently and the Yankees didn’t really capitalize on it.

    • BigBlueAL says:

      They dont have to catch the Rays to at least get a WC spot. Catching the Red Sox would be enough.

      • Havok9120 says:

        That’s the thing.

        Nothing you said up there is wrong, KI. But a) people enjoy that stuff and, b) the Rays and Yanks can both make the playoffs. Hell, they could still both theoretically lose the division and make the playoffs. I’ll stick with passing and beating whoever we can, and I won’t blame those obsessive enough to keep the necessary percentages in their heads. Baseball is entertainment, and that entertains most people.

        • vicki says:

          well look who finally came in from the pool party.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I think the problem happens when we try to put forth our opinions as statements of fact (ie “they have no chance of winning this game,” “93 wins WILL take the Wild Card.” Of course, 3/4 of that are joke comments from Eddard, but I digress.

          No, none of that is true. KI is right in that you could go 40-10 the rest of the way, or whatnot, and it still may not be enough because the other team may do even better. I’d still rather take my chances on winning as many games as possible.

    • Evan3457 says:

      The Rays are now in 1st, and the Yanks are 5 games behind Oakland for a the 2nd Wild Card spot.

  3. Gonzo says:


  4. Pat D says:

    Fruit punch is the only Gatorade for me. The original kind only, not that G2 shit.

  5. W.B. Mason Williams says:

    Was at the game. What a win.

    Gotta say Buerhle was getting hit pretty hard, but almost always right at a fielder. The Toronto defense also had some sparklers

    Hughes two runs came via the 1000 cuts. Lots of dinky ground balls and bloop singles.

    A-Rod and Gardner were perfectly placed to either make or break this lineup tonight. Unfortunately it was the latter. Seriously, the top and the very middle of the lineup and they were useless at the plate.

  6. Wheels says:

    I’m not sure if Ichiro exactly deserves props for stealing third, he was lucky. But hey, we won.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      If there is an out where it is apparently acceptable to risk an out at 3rd, it is with one out in the inning.

      Forced the matter, successful, drew the infield in, and Nix lined one over their heads. Worked out perfectly.

      • Wheels says:

        K, gotcha.

        • Kramerica Industries says:

          I mean, you aren’t wrong, but I do think that the Blue Jays weren’t entirely expecting that, and maybe it caught Lawrie off guard himself. I dunno. If that was with zero outs or two outs, and it backfired, that would’ve been legit hair-pulling-out irritation.

          • Wheels says:

            Makes sense, the zero outs or two outs thing. Still, it was a ballsy move. I guess sometimes you’ve got to say, What the fuck?

      • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

        You’re right in that 1 out is the only situation where it’s even worth it to steal 3rd in that situation. But it was ill-advised for a different reason. Even an average throw would’ve gotten Ichiro; he obviously didn’t get the lead and jump that was necessary to steal that bag maybe more than 20% of the time if you ran that situation 100 times.

        If you’re gonna risk an out and a baserunner in a crucial situation like that, it should only be if you feel like they’re not holding you close enough to second, or you feel you’ve read the pitcher’s move perfectly, or if there’s a high chance of a pitch in the dirt or something.

        • Kramerica Industries says:

          You are completely right with your observations. No disagreement.

          But, you know, this was a day when the Yankees won the first game thanks in large part to a timely three-run home run by Chris Stewart, and won the second game thanks in large part to Austin Romine’s 3-3 and Jayson Nix hitting a two-out, game tying HR and then getting a walk off hit two innings later. It was a weird day in the Bronx with, dare I say it, some Bronx magic working in the Yankees favor. Very easily could’ve lost both. Instead, kept the momentum of the weekend going with two spectacular wins.

          Lets keep it going tomorrow and beyond.

          • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

            Yep yep yep. Don’t mean to harp on the negative, no matter whether the decision was a good one or not, it worked out well and I’ll take the two wins in one day. With all the bad breaks the Yankees have gotten regarding injury, I’m certainly not apologizing for any win.

  7. dkidd says:

    watching the giants hit against the red sox is no fun

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      You’re watching this too?

      Runner on 3rd, 0 outs in the 4th, with Posey, Pence, and Crawford –> no runs
      Runner on 3rd, 0 outs in the 5th –> no runs
      Runner on 2nd, 0 outs in the 6th, AGAIN Posey, Pence, and Crawford –> no runs

      That was spectacularly bad. You can’t teach that kind of #RISPFAIL.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      It’s about fucking time they didn’t screw up a RISPY situation. Third time’s the charm for BUSTAH.

      Fucking ‘Nole.

    • SDB says:

      1st and 3rd, one out, again. Please don’t fuck this one up. Please?

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        Sorry if I spoiled this. is just about the second greatest thing ever, and it’s worth every penny I paid for it.

  8. SDB says:

    Goddamn Giants.

    At least the Mariners are coming back against the A’s.

    • dkidd says:

      two wild cards is fun

      • Havok9120 says:

        It really is though. I still hate the single game play-in (three games please, kthxbi), but adding the second wild card has definitely made this year more interesting for several teams. One of them being mine helps too.

        That said, the opposite was true for most of last season. The drama in much of the AL was much reduced by the second WC. We’ll see how it goes.

  9. Deathstroke Heathcott says:

    As long as one of Cano or Soriano are insanely hot in a given game, this offense can do enough to win games. If they both slump at the same time for an extended stretch the rest of the way, that’s when we’ll basically be knocked out of the playoffs.

    • dkidd says:

      as terrible as he looked today, there’s still a chance a-rod puts the team on his back in september

    • Havok9120 says:

      I disagree. I think everybody being average (for them) still leaves us with a pretty good offense at the moment. Not what we’ve seen this last week or so, no, but this last week has been kinda nuts.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

        We don’t have enough margin for error with how many games we are back right now and our pitching isn’t absolutely shutdown to get by on pretty good.

        We can’t just settle for playing solid .600 ball the rest of the way, we have to start sweeping more series to really make up ground and if both Cano and Soriano slump at the same time, I don’t care if everyone else is average, it’s not gonna be enough.

  10. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

    A’s losing 4-7 in the 8th.

    fucking Giants are laying down like dogs

    Indians tied 1-1 in the 8th

    If everything holds, Yanks only 5 games out in Wild Card.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      To me, this is less important, the A’s.

      No head-to-heads left there. They have to legit play five games better than Oakland from here on out; hard to do with only 37 games total. Six head-to-heads with the Rays mean more control of destiny.

      • dkidd says:

        which is why the indians and their cushy schedule scare me. we could scorch through the al east and still finish behind oakland and cleveland

        • Kramerica Industries says:

          You really kind of have to hope that the Indians just hit one of their skids again. You can actually blame the Angels. The Indians were on their way to an 0-7 homestand until the Angels blew a 5-0 lead in the 6th inning against them in the final game. That breathed new life into them; 5-3 since then.

  11. dkidd says:

    josh hamilton is a moron

  12. Dalek Jeter says:

    The Red Sox just lost to the Giants (lol) on a walk off, bases loaded, 4 pitch walk. That was awesome to tune into.

  13. Mr. Roth says:

    So Boston just got dealt a loss by a walk off walk. I watched the gameday and it looks like they got squeezed pretty bad. Good for the fuckers.

  14. Kramerica Industries says:

    John Farrell is a moron.

    Seriously decided to bring in a wild guy like Brayan Villareal with the bases loaded in the 9th rather than bring in Uehara.

    Four pitches, four balls. Ballgame.

    I’ll take it, but that was unreal stupidity.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      Don’t you know that you’re not allowed to bring the closer into a non save situation on the road?

    • Tom says:

      There was an article on Fangraphs about the Peavey trade (which Villareal came over in), and one of the comments after it said it all in assessing Villareal

      Upside: Shutdown power righty
      Downside: He’s Brayan Villareal

      He’s like Nuke LaLoosh. But Salty is no Kevin Costner.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        I don’t always visit FG, but I did see that article, and I did see that comment. Pretty spot on.

        (that was not meant to sound like a Dos Equis commercial, btw.)

  15. dkidd says:

    wow, boston got screwed by the home plate ump

    oh, well. enjoy second place

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      It was a strike, but that was still stupid. Frankly, one could give the cheap argument that the Red Sox deserved to lose for that moronic decision.

      • dkidd says:

        red sox fans are starting to figure out that john farrell is an awful in-game manager

        • Havok9120 says:

          Judging by Over the Monster, most of them knew it already when the trade happened. They were just willing to allow themselves to forget it when they found themselves running away with a playoff spot in a rebuilding year.

          Hard to blame them, really.

  16. Get Phelps Up says:

    No 3-0 autostrike for the Red Sox there!

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      Also that makes Brian Villareal is the 2nd boston pitcher this season to give up a walkoff in their Sox debut.

  17. Kramerica Industries says:

    So the A’s and Red Sox lose.

    Not an awful night around the league, I guess.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Royals too. And maybe Cleveland. And, though Skynet didn’t level the stadium causing them both to lose, at least no strange twist of the rules allowed both the Orioles and Rays to call it a win.

  18. Wheels says:

    Seeing the Sox lose was a perfect nightcap to this fine baseball day.

  19. Athletics lose. Yay. Cleveland still going against Anaheim.

  20. That Red Sox home plate umpire was Mike Evritt, aka guy who ejected Brett Gardner.

  21. Elton Cod says:

    Both of these wins were great to have. Just share this fantasy with me for a moment: Yankees sweep this series. They sweep they Rays. From then on they don’t sweep everything, they even lose a series or two – but they still go on a pretty stupid winning percentage streak. They do this because of the improved offense, but also because CC, Pettitte, and Hughes finally lock in; because the returned Derek Jeter and the unexpected Chris Stewart and Jayson Nix provide timely contributions; because Alfonso learns how to hit a breaking pitch. They make the playoffs, and the Red Sox do not. It would be a lovable team, full of old hardened Yankees making last stands and gritty utility ad-hoc Yankees transcending their journeymen selves because they have Yankee uniforms on and because of Derek Jeter’s leadership and Chris Stewart’s veterinarian presence, and because how they united together in response to Dempster’s HBP.

    • OldYanksFan says:

      Sori does NOT have to learn to hit the breaking ball. He just needs to stop swinging at them. The reason why it looks like he can’t hit a CB is because none of them are anywhere near the strike zone (but Sori is swinging at them anyway).

  22. Kramerica Industries says:

    Some of these results are very important, since I really don’t fancy a great game tomorrow with Adam Warren on the mound.

    Prove me wrong, Adam. You’ve pitched like shit for months now.

  23. Len S. says:

    I’m just curious, but were there any other viable options for this game? It seems like the cupboard is bare at this point.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Starters? No one that would make me feel any better, unless you want to trade for Matsusaka and throw him out there. Yeah….

  24. Chris says:

    I’m in.

  25. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Looking too far ahead, I know, but who really cares: How insanely amazing would a Yankees/Red Sox one game wildcard playoff be?

    Just in case the parallels to 78′ aren’t already enough, what with the media circus between a star player and the owners and the huge second half playoff push and all.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      If this does turn out to be the case, I’m calling Brett Gardner will have the Bucky Dent-esc hit.

    • Elton Cod says:

      I’ve thought about this possibility. I think 1-game playoffs are great. They are the stuff of baseball sports movies and the stuff of Yankee history. The team is kept alive all year by the Overbays and Nixes and Stewarts, then pushed into a crazy rally streak by the return of the True Yankees, then wins the playoff when Gardner pulls a Bucky. Hopefully Dempster is throwing the pitch, in there as a stop-gap closer, a la Randy Johnson in Little Big League. Would be a fantastic story, worth far more than a few draft pick slots, even if we got swept in the ALDS.

  26. Dalek Jeter says:

    Bases loaded, no out in LA, looks like we’re going to be tied in the loss column with the Indians by dawn’s light.

  27. Kramerica Industries says:

    There is a part of me that enjoys seeing just how badly #SciosciaBall can fail sometimes.

  28. Get Phelps Up says:

    I’m having trouble figuring out which is worse, the Angels leaving bases loaded/ 0 out in the last inning or the Indians being totally shut down by the Angels terrible bullpen.

  29. FIPster Doofus says:

    “Orange Gatorade? Yuck. Lemon lime or GTFO”

    I’ve never disagreed more with you, Mike.

  30. Mickey Schesiter says:

    Oh no! Don’t look now but Romine has a higher BA than Stewart! Free honey for everyone! Yay!

    • Vincent Vega says:

      He’s got a .406 BA since the AS break with an OBP approaching .500.

      Dude’s mashing

      • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

        If you look at his monthly splits too he’s been improving his ba, obp, and slg month by month. By September he should be a .400/.500/.600 hitter.

  31. JLC 776 says:

    Helluva day.

  32. nycsportzfan says:

    This is getting fun. I actually like the pitching matchups against the rays as well. I think we could take that series. The yanks are clearly having fun now and gelling.

  33. TCMiller30 says:

    Will the Yanks send down Joba in favor of Claiborne? Probably not.
    Should they? Absolutely!

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      With 10 days left until rosters expand, I start to care less and less. I’m only pissed off in the sense that the level of trust in both Joba and Huff appears to be non-existent, yet here they are taking up two bullpen slots. I understand preserving depth by not burning up too many guys without options and/or who can refuse assignments, but it is quite the hole they’ve painted themselves in by doing so.

      We all appreciate Presto’s service last night. It was a nice “don’t get too used to Scranton there, buddy” moment.

  34. MannyGeee says:


    oh wait.

    Don’t look now, but this motherfuckin train is ROLLIN

  35. Brett is Bubbas Son says:

    Just a question for someone who knows the rule book better than I do but on Nunez’s sac bunt Toronto’s catcher jumped up in front of him to field the ball. Nunez seemed to wait for the catcher to pass him before running down to first. If I am not mistaken had he bumped into the catcher he would have been awarded first and Ichiro second on interference in the base path, correct?

  36. JGYank says:

    Passed KC. One down, 3 to go. Baltimore and Cleveland are next and we are right behind them. Both need pitching anyway. Then one of Oak/Tam/Bos/Tex and were in. Odds look a lot better. If we play really well, then we will pass Cleveland and Baltimore for sure. Then one of the other four will probably collapse or at least play .500 ball and then we’ll strike.

  37. OldYanksFan says:

    It probably won’t happen, but a BIG difference in the remainder of the year could come from some adjustments made (for The Team) by a few players. It is NOT possible to ask Gritner to hit 25 HRs/yr or to ask Stewie to bat .300. But some adjustments ARE possible.

    1) This team does NOT Walk enough. This was a mainstay of previous Yankee teams, which not only raised our OBP, but wore down and frustrated the opposing Pitchers.
    Soriano: 1 BB/23 AB
    Ichiro: 1 BB/21 AB
    Romine: 1 BB/18 AB

    Give these guys some Quaaludes and MAKE them take some Pitches.
    Can we BEG them to make the adjustment (for the team’s sake)?

    2) Aside from talking Ichiro into WALKing more, we know the guy has HR power to RF, ESPECIALLY to the Porch in YS3. For THE GOOD OF THE TEAM, in selected situations, can we talk Ichiro into TRYING TO HIT A HR? Like with 2 out and no-one on base? I know he feels there is more honor in a slap base hit the other way, but we need more HRs (we are 14th of 15 in both HRs and Totals bases).

    3) Can we FINE (like $1,000) a guy who tries to pull an outside pitch? I mean, no batter should have to TRY to go the other way, but at the same time, no one should TRY and pull an outside pitch. We just can afford rolling over and having weak infield ground balls).

    Lets face it, if we could have convinced Teix and Grandy (and to some extent Swisher) to do that, we may not have had those early exits from the PS.

    I mean, it’s FUN to pull the ball.
    It’s fun to try and clobber the ball (Teix, I’m looking at you).
    But for the sake of the team, can these guys make some small adjustments in the last 40 games where we simply CAN’T throw away games or scoring opportunities.

    I mean…. FOR THE TEAM????

  38. FA says:

    Just reliving last night’s euphoria. Keep on rollin’, crew!

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