Tagged: Joba Chamberlain

A-Rod and Teixeira Carry Yanks

A-Rod drove in two in the ninth with a home run, which was an absolute bomb by the way, to tie the game and sent it into extras.  In the eleventh, Mark Teixeira hit a “wall scraper” to win the game down the left field line.  Wow! What an exciting game but there is plenty more about this game that made it spectacular.

AJ Burnett and Nick Blackburn both threw outstanding games; Burnett went 6 innings and Blackburn went 5.2 each giving up a run.  Burnett gave up five walks which could’ve led to some pretty bad happenings for the Yanks but he got out of it like both teams did over the course of the game.  Blackburn gave up three hits and walked two while striking out three.  Overall, the starters threw a pitchers duel that was exciting to watch.  They always are, waiting to see who makes the first mistake that will cost them the game.

When Joba Chamberlain and Phil Coke combined to throw a perfect seventh inning I thought the Yanks were gonna cruise to another win with the way the bullpen was pitching.  Yeah right! Phil Hughes came in to pitch the eighth and that is where everything went wrong.  He was chased after only getting two outs after he gave up two hits and a walk which led to two runs.  It was a tough performance from Hughes and the Twins took the lead going into the final inning.

This is where I picked up the game on the radio on my way home from the movies with some friends.  I figured out that the Yanks were down 3-1.  It was killing me how the Yankees might end up losing to the Twins.  It was terrible.  But then it all happened.  Mariano Rivera finished the eighth and got out of the ninth with no more damage.  This was the time for the Yankees to hit there stride.  And they did.  Teixeira got on base and Alex Rodriguez brought him home with a bomb to the bullpen.  The game was tied and we almost won it in the ninth too.  Swish almost hit one but it was a few steps short of the wall.

In extras, it was pretty close with each team making their fair share of mistakes, pitching and fielding.  In general, the pitching only made a few mistakes to let guys get hits but the biggest one was when the Twins’ Joe Nathan threw the ball to second to try and pick off Brett Gardner and he threw it into the outfield.  Gardner shimmied over to third and was immediatley the number one priority for the Twins’ defense.  But Gardner made a mistake too.  On a line drive to the middle of the infield, Gardner took off towards home.  But he didn’t realize it was hit right at Orlando Cabrera and Gardner was doubled off at third.  That killed me.

The Yanks were unable to capitalize in the tenth but when Mark Teixeira came up in the eleventh, he came threw and hit a bullet down the the left field line that hit the top of the wall and bounced into the stands for the homer.  The game was finally over and the Yankees won again.  Just like I predicted they would.  It was a great game that was not only going have every one on the edge of their seats, but it was key to the outcome of this series.  Now the Yankees don’t necessarily have to win on the road they can have the comfort of playing another game at home if they are unable to win in Minnesota, which won’t be an easy task.

-Dillon

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Lose… I Don’t Think The Yankees No How To Lose Right Now

If we can finally beat the Red Sox, then I say the Yankees can’t lose right now.  0-8 against the Sox on the season was enough for the Bombers who burst out last night for a 13-6 win in Yankee Stadium.  Melky’s bomb in the fourth off the struggling John Smoltz was just the beginning of an explosive offensive outbreak that put the game out of reach for the Red Sox.  An eight run fourth inning was enough for the Yankees but they added on another four to make sure.

The game was definitely homer friendly as six bombs left the yard.  Teixeira hit his 28th on the year to put up the Yankees 13-4.  Now, that’s all that would be for the Yankees but as I predicted, the Red Sox didn’t go out quietly.

Anthony Claggett #39 of the New York Yankees talks with catcher Jorge Posada #20 against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium on April 18, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.

In the ninth, Anthony Claggett came in to the game to try and hold down the Sox for another inning and secure the Yankees their first victory of the season over the Sox.  Well, Claggett gave up two runs and the pressure started to build for the Yankees.  But fortunately, the Yanks got out of it and came out with the win.  A huge win for us.  I was ecstatic.

1-8

So, now we’re 1-8 eight against the Red Sox on the season.  Now, I am totally fine with having a losing record against them for the season.  As long as we win some of them and we come out on top at the end of the season.  This is a sign to me that the Yankees are still on a roll and they are not going to be stopped.  I honestly think the Yankees don’t know how to lose right now.  They are just tearing it up.

So how did Victor Martinez do in his first Red Sox-Yankees game.  Well, he went 0-3 with three walks.  He did score a run but other than that, he was invaluable in the Red Sox offensive attack.  Casey Kotchman, another new arrival for the Sox had a pretty good game as he went 1-4 with a two run homer.  He also walked once and scored two runs.  Not bad for his first dose of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry.

Mo didn’t appear at the end of the game because we were up by so much.  No need to bring him in right.  We’re winning by so much that we definitely won’t need him.  Well, when Clagget started getting into trouble, I thought we might need him after all if they couldn’t get out of this trouble.  Well, fortunately enough Mo didn’t have to waste a day of rest and was able to stay out in the bullpen.

Jed Lowrie, a recently called back up after rehabbing from his stint on the DL.  He has played pretty well of late but yesterday he re-injured himself.  Well, he may have.  He came out of the game early because of numbness in his hand and forearm soreness.  Hopefully he’s alright so he doesn’t have to back on the DL.  That would really stink. He’s a good kid with a lot of potential.

The Yankees added some depth to their starting rotation.  Since Phil Hughes and Alfredo Aceves have had such great success in the bullpen, the Yankees have opted to keep them there.  But who is still there to start?  That’s why they got Chad Gaudin.  He’s been with the Padres most recently and had played with the Phillies recently as well.  Gaudin should be a good fit to this Yankees team.  He definitely adds the depth we needed in the pitching staff and I think this move makes us a lot lot lot lot lot better.

Well, I am extremely happy with the Yankees’ performance yesterday and I’m sure every other Yankee fan is too.  They played great.  Joba was great.  The offense was obviously on fire.  The pitching didn’t totally blow it.  The defense was good.  And everything was just flowing right.  Just watch all you Red Sox fans.  The Yankees aren’t done with you yet.  The Yanks were just STELLAR.

Tonight we’ve got Burnett going against Beckett.  The marquee matchup in this series that everyone always looks forward to.  It’s going to be great.  Burnett has not faired well agains the Sox recently so he’s looking for some revenge and he may get it if the Yankee offense can put up another great performance like last night.

Go Yanks!

-Dillon

New Mark Teixeira T Shirt

Teixeira ShirtYes.  I finally got my hands on a Mark Teixeira t-shirt.  I’ve been working on it for a while, trying to find one in my size.  I checked Olympia Sports, Champ Sports and some local sports stores but I couldn’t find any.  I didn’t want to go online to get it becuase my mom didn’t want to use her credit card online.  So yesterday while I was watching my brother and his friend and Chuck E. Chesse’s, I asked my mom if I could go over to the Olympia Sports that was right across the street.  She allowed me to do so and I walked over with my friend who I met outside the shopping center.  I looked around for a bit and I couldn’t find any Teixeira shirts at all.  I went over to the counter to ask if they had any in the back.  They went and checked and came back to tell me that they didn’t have any.  I was so bummed.  Then, right as I was leaving, a man walked in with a box of stuff that I assumed was just more stuff for the store.  When we left and were just outside the store, the lady from the store ran out the doors and caught us before we were too far away.  In that box was a supply of Yankees t-shirts and Mark Teixeira shirts were included.  I was so happy.  I went back inside and the got one out for me in my size.  I payed for it and was on my way with my new Mark Teixeira t-shirt.  Finally, after many weeks of searching, I finally found one.  I was so excited.

The funny thing is, I’ve been looking a really long time for one of these.  I don’t know why I couldn’t find any.  I couldn’t even find any Robinson Cano shirts.  The only Yankees shirts anyone had was Jeter, Chamberlain, Sabathia, and Posada.  Now, you may think this is becuase I live in the Boston area where most people are Red Sox fans.  But usually all the stores have bigger varieties of t-shirts.  Usually they’ll have an even number of Jeter, Chamberlain, Sabathia, Posada, Teixeira, Burnett, and Cano shirts.  When I couldn’t find any that I wanted, I was thinking they just didn’t want to sell it to me.  It was the weirdest thing.  But now that I have my Teixeira shirt, I am feeling more relieved.  After a long time looking for it, I finally came out victorious and can call myslef a proud owner of a Mark Texieira Yankees t-shirt.

-Dillon

What To Do On An Off Day

Hmmmmm… what to do on an off day?  That’s the question for me today.  There aren’t many over the course of the year, but there are a few here and there.  And today’s one of them.  So what should I do?  The Yanks aren’t playing.  In fact, there are only two games scheduled for today.  The Angels and Giants face off in Frisco, and the Tribe and Brew Crew face off in “bugville.”  That’s Cleveland for any of you unfamiliar with the Yankees’ and Joba Chamberlain’s situation in Cleveland last year.  So that’s it.  No more baseball other than that until tomorrow.  So the question still remains, what should I do?  I know. 

I’m going to analyze how bad the Nationals are.  Why not.  It shouldn’t be that hard.  So I’m going to start with this.  Their pitching. 

 

It’s horrific.  Their best starting pitcher is probably Shairon Martis, who at  5-1 has a 5.06 ERA.  It’s terrible.  And that’s just the start of things.  He has the most wins on the team.  Ron Villone has a .96 ERA and has appeared in 22 games.  That is the best reliever they’ve got.  He has at least been somewhat good.  The next lowest ERA on the team for someone that has pitched in at least 10 games is 3.51 from John Lannan who is their number one starter.  The guy with the highest ERA is Logan Kensing who has an ERA at 13.40.  Everything is going wrong for the Nats on the pitching side.  They have very little upside and way too much downside.

 

The offense has some upside to it.  A ton more than the pitching does.  To start, you’ve got Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn.  Two top offensive guys in the league.  But after them, you’ve got some other guys who are either young with some potentioal or other guys who just haven’t hit it huge in the bigs.  Some of those players are Elijah Dukes, a potentially very good player.  He hasn’t hit it big yet but I think he will sometime soon.  Also, Nick Johnson, Christian Guzman, and Austin Kearns are some guys that are good players, but they aren’t good enough to take the Nats to bigger places.  Obviously this is true or else it would have happened the last couple years.

The defense is alright.  They don’t have any gold glove contenders.  They don’t have anyone that makes great defensive highlights day in and day out.  They just don’t have any spark on defense and that is why they aren’t noticed defensively.  They don’t have guys that dive out for catches in the outfield and they don’t have guys that make “Top 10” worthy double plays.  They aren’t terrible, but they aren’t great either.

So overall, the Nats suck.  The Yanks should have their way with them and should come out with a swwep.  Now, I’m not the kind of guy to underestimate a team.  The Nats are a really bad team.  But they still can’t be underestimated.  Their offense does have some spark so if our pitching is not top notch, they could build a lead up.  So I am expecting at least two out of three games won for the Yanks but the sweep would be perfect as well.  We need this sweep to keep going and keep pace with the Red Sox who are in first.

CC is going tomorrow against Shairon Martis.  It should be a pretty good matchup as our ace goes agaisnt their ace (as far as I see it).  So hopefully we can take advantage of the not so good pitching.  Offense- you need to score runs.

Let’s go Yanks.

-Dillon

Yanks Walk Off In Improbable Fashion

Well, the Yank and Sox just ended a rivalry series but they are still in the news together.  Both teams are involved in the top two interleague series’ taking place this weekend.  The Yankees are playing the Mets in the first Subway Series this season, and the Red Sox are taking on the defending champs Phillies.  Both great matchups.  Both headline matchups.  So far, the Yanks have taken the first game of the series with the Mets on a walk off.  The cause of the walk off- an error by Luis Castillo.  More on this later.  Now the Red Sox were in no need of a walk off.  They beat the Phils 5-2.  They shut out one of the best hitters in baseball, Chase Utley, and overall dominated the Phils.  So here we go.

Joba took the bump for the Yanks against Livan Hernandez who has been pitching very well for the Mets lately.  He pitched all right through four innings of work.  But at least we can say he pitched through three innings.  The funny thing is, he only gave up one hit.  But he gave up two runs.  The reason for this is five walks.  And all of you know how much I hate walks.  So he gave up the two runs, but nothing to drastic.  He also struck out three.  He had a pretty good night despite only pitching through four.  And when a pitcher comes out early, I always get worried because we have to give it up to the bullpen.  And that hasn’t exactly worked out that well for us most of the season.

Brett Tomko was the first to come out from the ‘pen and he caused the most damage of all.  He gave up four runs on three hits and two walks.  He gave up a homer to Gary Sheffield that drove in two of the runs he gave up.  He only pitched .2 of an inning so it’s even worse that he gave up so much in such a little time. 

Dave Robertson came in and pitched 1.1 innings.  He gave up one hit, one walk, one run, and had three strikeouts.  Not terrible but we needed him to hold them to no runs.  That would have been better.  Phil Coke came in to relieve Robertson and pitched 1.2 innings of perfect ball.  He gave up nothing.  Zero.  Zilch.  Nada.  You get the idea.  Then he was relieved by Mariano Rivera who was in for the last out of the eighth.  And things went pretty bad for him.

Rivera came in and gave up a hit and a walk that would lead to a run to tie the game for the Mets.  This was not what I expected from Rivera at all.  Well, I was wrong, obviously.  He did strike out two so the one run was all they got.  It was all up to the Yanks offense now.  Rivera pitched a good ninth and the game was still tied.

The Yanks then came up to the plate to first face Pedro Feliciano.  HE got one out and handed it over to Francisco Rodriguez.  K-Rod if you will.  He is the one who had problems.  Not often found from K-Rod.  He gave up a hit and a walk and then, everything went wrong for the Mets.  A-Rod came up to bat and popped it up to Luis Castillo.  The Mets second baseman dropped the ball and two runs scored.  The Yanks took the game on an improbable play.  A walk off not often seen but it happened and the Yanks got the win.  It was a great way to end and exciting and pant wetter of a game.  Way to go Yanks.  Luis Castillo- sorry it had to happen to you.

A win for the Yanks has been scarce over the last few games.  They were swept by the Sox and that just made it even worse.  But this win over another rival must boost their confidence.  We need to get some more wins and hope the Phils can get it done against the Red Sox.  We are currently 2 game back of the Sox who are in first.  Hopefully we can get some more wins against the Mets to make up for the sweep from the Red Sox.

Go Yanks!

-Dillon

No No-No for Josh Beckett

Sorry Josh.  You had the stuff man, but my boy Curtis Granderson didn’t feel like going hitless for the night.

Josh Beckett was smoking hot last night.  He had it all going on.  He had a fastball that was clocking in at… well, I don’t know how fast it was but it was dominant.  His curveball was filthy and his offense was giving him run support.  All looked to be going well for him.  So after about five innings, I start to notice that Mr. Beckett has a no-no going so far.  He hasn’t given up a single hit to any of the Tiger batters.  It’s about time Beckett has had an extremely dominant start. 

Now, I’m not saying he hasn’t been good for the Sox this season, because he has, but his stuff that he used to have- his almost unhittable fastball, a nasty breaking ball, and just overall smarts for the game- hasn’t necessarily been there all year.  He’s had some very good starts so far this season and has been a big part of the Red Sox success.  But last night, he was pitching probably the best I’ve seen him pitch all season. 

So back to last night’s game.  He was STELLAR through six innings of work giving up only two walks.  He struck out a handful of guys and were just making guys look foolish at the plate.  Staring at curveballs that just plopped right into the strikezone.  He was just nasty. 

So along rolls the game and we get into the seventh inning.  Beckett continues to pitch well and, my boy, Curtis Granderson steps up to the plate.  Here is the current status of the inning. 

  • Two outs.
  • Runner on first.
  • 2-1 count.

Josh Beckett threw a fastball with some tailing action that comes back in on Granderson and Granderson lined it into right field.  The first hit of the game.  Now, Granderson’s last at-bat ended in a strikeout as Beckett through a nasty pitch that just tailed back onto the plate, similar to the pitch that Granderson hit for the game’s first hit.  Maybe that hit was payback for the strikeout???

Beckett still had a great game despite not throwing the no-no.  I mean, c’mon.  A no-no is extremley hard to throw.  So many pitchers have had great games after their possible no-no, or even perfect game, was ruined.  Earlier this week, Joba Chamberlain was pitching agaisnt the Indians.  He was absolutely STELLAR as well.  His fastball was dominant and his curve was also dominant.  He had a perfect game going through four but gave up a homer to Victor Martinez.  It happens.  And last season, the Red Sox’s own Curt Schilling was one out away from a no-no when he gave up a single to Shannon Stewart.  It ruined his game but he still had an excellent performance.  It happens.  It’s hard to throw a no-no or a perfect game.  You still had a good outing though, didn’t you?  Think about that.

Beckett ended the game having pitched 7.2 innings, striking out nine, and only allowing two hits and two walks.  His performance helped the Red Sox defeat the Tigers 10-5.  And isn’t that what every player’s job is?  To help their team win.  I’m pretty sure it is. 

Now, my boy Curtis Granderson ended the game with some big stats.  He went 2-4 with a base clearing triple.  He was great. 

The effort from Josh Beckett was fantastic.  I always like to see guys in the MLB who work hard, and every day until they retire.  They are the true baseball players.  Beckett is one of the best in the business.  He’s always working hard.  And despite that Red Sox uniform he wheres, I still appreciate his hard work and his great play.  It is what makes the MLB great.  It’s what makes baseball great. 

-Dillon