Fan Confidence Poll: May 30th, 2011

Record Last Week: 3-3 (29 RS, 24 RA)
Season Record: 28-23 (264 RS, 209 RA, 31-20 pythag. record), tied in the loss column
Opponents This Week: @ Athletics (Mon. to Weds.), Thurs. OFF, @ Angels (three games, Fri. to Sun.)

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Yankees salvage series, beat Mariners 7-1

Yay Andruw. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

This one got out of hand early. Nick Swisher put the Yankees on top with a solo homer in the second, then Andruw Jones broke things open with a bases clearing double to the opposite field in the third. Eduardo Nunez also chipped in a run scoring triple, though he only gets a two for the slide into the base. T’was ugly. The Yankees were up seven-zip before the Mariners came to bat in the fourth, and CC Sabathia made it a non-issue the rest of the way. The big guy gave up just one run (a garbage time solo homer by Justin Smoak) in eight innings, and did exactly what the team needed him to do after a pair of rough losses and early exists by A.J. Burnett and Ivan Nova.

It’s off to Oakland now, and you’ll be able to watch the Yankees while chowing down during your Memorial Day cookout at 4pm ET on Monday. Bartolo Colon will take on the amazingly awesome Trevor Cahill. Enjoy the holiday if you’re not going to be around. Here’s the box score and WPA graph of Sunday’s game, by the way.

SWB backs Phelps with ninth inning rally

Triple-A Scranton (8-4 win over Louisville) mounted a four-run, ninth inning rally off the $30M man
Austin Krum, LF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Ramiro Pena, SS: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – 13 for his last 36 (.333) with two doubles and a homer
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K – 16 K in his last nine games
Jorge Vazquez, 1B, Brandon Laird, DH, Kevin Russo, 3B & Doug Bernier, 2B: all 1 for 4 – JoVa scored a run … Laird doubled in a run and came around to score … Bernier scored a run, drove one in and whiffed twice
Justin Maxwell, LF: 1 for 2, 2R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – third straight game with a jack … nine for his last 18 with two doubles and three homers
Dan Brewer, RF: 0 for 4, 2 K
David Phelps, RHP: 8 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 7-5 GB/FB – not a perfect outing, but he only needed 82 pitches (57 strikes, 69.5%) to complete eight innings even with all those baserunners
Randy Flores, LHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1-1 GB/FB – half of his dozen pitches went for strikes

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Open Thread: Aaron BOONE!

That one doesn’t need an introduction. It’s probably the best individual Yankees moment of my lifetime, and Boone will never have to buy himself dinner in New York again. Here is your open thread for the night. The ESPN Sunday Night Game features the Reds at the Braves (Cueto vs. Jurrjens), but talk about whatever your want. Have at it.

Game 51: Save us CC, you’re our only hope

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

After two brutal, borderline unwatchable losses, the Yankees will send CC Sabathia to the mound to try to salvage this series against the Mariners. The good news is that Sabathia has a 1.94 ERA in six starts against Seattle since becoming a Yankee, and he’s won five of them. Please, just win. Here’s the lineup…

Derek Jeter, DH – I laugh every time I write this
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Andruw Jones, LF
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Frankie Cervelli, C

CC Sabathia, SP

Today’s game starts at 4:10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Try to enjoy.

Fun Fact: Jeter made his big league debut 16 years ago today, also in Seattle. Cool.