C’mon Jorge. It goes like this. Uno… dos… tres… so on. How can you not think this was hilarious. I mean, Yankee fans as well as everyone else around the MLB community should get a kick out of this. And I figured that after being away from this blog for a week or so I should start back up with something simple and funny. This is the perfect thing.
The Yankees are still rolling with the division lead over the Red Sox which is now up to 6.5 games if you were wondering. Last night, they played the second game of a three game series against the O’s at Camden Yards and there were plenty of exciting moments, and strange ones as well.
The Bombers are the Bombers. You have to expect them to hit a lot of homers. Not only while they are at homer friendly Yankee Stadium, but also while they are on the road. I mean, they are just a really talented and powerful team that hits a lot of homers. Get over it haters.
Robby Cano hit one in the second inning. Jorge Posada hit one in the third and then hit another one in the fifth. A two homer night wasn’t the only thing that got Posada recognized though. More on that in a second. Nick Swisher and Eric Hinske both went yard in the seventh. So there is your list of homers on the night and as always, a very impressive performance by the Bombers.
So, Posada had a great game offensively against the O’s yesterday. But I don’t think he remembered how to count. Twice, Posada got the counts messed up and the home plate umpire had to remind him of what was going on.
At one point, HP ump Angel Hernandez had to remind Posada that he had just looked at ball four and was awarded a walk. This was a few seconds after Posada looked at the pitch and as he was getting ready for another. The pitcher would’ve loved to get another chance but the umpire was alert and gave Posada the heads up. The second time he messed up the count. He thought he had struck out. When he started walking back to the dugout, Hernandez, as well as guys in the dugout were telling him it was only two strikes. It was great. Hysterical.
Both Derek Jeter and A-Rod were filmed by the camera men at the game laughing about the incident and Johnny Damon was also in there somewhere too. It was really funny and all his teammates were getting a kick out of it. What I really don’t get is how Posada, being a catcher, messed up two different counts in one game. It is really strange and it doesn’t happen often.
So remember Jorge. Uno, Dos, Tres, Cuatro.
He can get on base in a variety of ways
He can field second base with the best of them
He and Derek Jeter are the best double play team in the bigs
And Robinson Cano has developed into a legitimate power threat
The Bronx Bombers are exactly that… a group of dudes who where pinstripes and go yard a lot. I mean, this year, the Yankees have six guys with at least 20 homers on the season. Teixeira, Damon, Matsui, Swisher, Cano, and Rodriguez. This is a Major League best and it just shows how the Yankees play the game of baseball. Now, I know everyone will speculate that the reason the Yankees have so many home runs is because of that right field fence. But the dimensions are the same from the old stadium. It is really no different than the old stadium but because of the power surge, people are thinking that the right field fence is the reason so many baseballs have left the playing field in Yankee Stadium.
Cano has evolved as a very good second baseman that can play the field and can hit in a variety of ways. He can hit for power and go yard, or he can get on base with a single of maybe a double down the line or in the gap. Cano has really developed into a good hitter who can take his pitches and get on base by way of the walk. This is a really powerful thing when a batter can take pitches and allow the opposing pitcher to walk him. It’s a free base and it requires nio work on behalf of the batter. Most of you who read my blog a lot would know by now that I hate walks with a passion. But that is only if the Yankees’ pitchers walk opposing batters. If Yankee batters are the ones being walked, I love the walk. Check out how good they are here:
Since Cano has been up in the big leagues, he has partnered with Derek Jeter to become one of the best double play teams in the Major Leagues. Derek Jeter has been doing it for years and now Cano has made this duo a great thing to watch. It really is amazing how quickly and accurately these two guys turn two. Jeter does a great job of getting to the ball. He really takes advantage of his range at short. He gets the ball to Cano pretty quickly and then Cano, who is the most important part of this duo, catches the ball and basically misdirects it towards first. It is that fast. I’m almost 100% sure that Cano is the fastest double play turner in the Majors. I’ve never seen anyone even close to it. It’s amazing.
Cano doesn’t have a ton of speed but he runs the basepaths like a true professional. You rarely see him make a mistake on the paths; he always knows when to go and when to hold up. He does have some speed and will use it if he really needs to get to the next base. You won’t go to a Yankees game and expect to see Cano attempt to steal second. It’s just not something the Yankees try to do with Cano. It’s alright since the Yankees aren’t a running team. They rely on power and just pure hitting. And they can get away with it too since they have the talent to do it.
I have begun to really like Cano over the past couple years. He is really turning into a true pinstriper. He’s great to watch and he is becoming more and more of an important hitter in the Yankees lineup. Yeah, he’s batting fifth or sixth most of the time but that’s because they have other guys filling in the top of the order and that puts him in the middle to the backend of things. That just shows how great the Yankees are. Cano recorded his fourth career walk off hit on August 12th against the Jays. With the game tied at three in the 11th inning, Cano sent a shot to right center field that just missed being a homer. It hit off the wall and scored Alex Rodriguez from second. Cano has become a huge force in the Yankees’ lineup and will continue to improve with experience.
Well, before I get to the Yankees-Red Sox recap, I’ve got to let my thoughts be heard on a few other things that happened yesterday around the MLB.
Most baseball fans know Chase Utley. The second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies. He’s got that good defensive record, a strange power source from a second baseman, and a great mind for the game. Yeah, him. But he wasn’t playing in Sunday’s matchup between the Phils and Mets. Eric Bruntlett filled in for him and made his presence known in an unusual way. In a game that had so many unusual scenarios, Bruntlett made a play that only one other person has done before. But that was just the end of everything that happened yesterday.
The Phils scored six runs in the top of the first off of Oliver Perez. But Perez didn’t make it out of the first inning. He was facing Pedro Martinez, who was making his return to NY after being cut by the Mets this past off-season. Pedro had a 3-0 count and manager Jerry Manuel came out to pull Perez. An unusual happening. A pitcher getting pulled in the middle of an at bat. Strange.
Well, the Mets eventually got out of the inning. Then they had a little fun of their own. To lead off the bottom half of the inning, Angel Pagan hit a shot to the left center gap that sent Shane Victorino running to the wall. The ball got wedged under the wall and Victorino thought he could get away with calling it as a double. But the umps didn’t think it that way. The umps didn’t make the call and the left fielder picked it up and threw it in. This whole time, Pagan had been running the bases and wound up with an inside the park homer. The ball was wedged underneath the wall but it wasn’t so badly wedged that it would take some work to get it out and that it should have been a double. The umps made the right call. Strange.
Later in the game, Jeff Francoeur, the Mets’ right fielder, made a great sliding catch to rob Eric Bruntlett of all people of a base hit. At first the umps called Bruntlett safe as he went on to third as Francoeur was unaware of the call. Then the umps met and reversed the call after both Francoeur and Jerry Manuel argued the call. It was another crazy moment that was obviously a catch when the replay showed it. Strange.
Now, the biggest highlight of the game was Bruntlett’s play in the bottom of the ninth which ended the game. With runners on first and second, Jeff Francoeur (there seems to be a recurring theme of players being involved in multiple strange plays) stepped up to the plate. He hit a liner with a full count up the middle. With the runners in motion, Bruntlett had been moving to cover second base. The ball was hit right to him on a line. He snagged it, tagged second base, and tagged David Murphy who was on first at the start of the play. An unnasissted triple play to end the game, the first in the NL history, second in MLB history. Strange.
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OK so back to the Yankees-Red Sox game. Last night, the aces of the two clubs faced off in the rubber match of the series. It was set to be a great pitcher’s duel, as was Beckett’s and Burnett’s not to long ago. And it was a really good game. The Yankees opened up the game with two runs early. The first was on a Derek Jeter solo shot and the second on Hideki Matsui’s first shot of the night which was also a solo shot. The Yankees scored two more runs on the Red Sox in the third inning, neither on homers. Then, Robinson Cano homered in the fourth, and A-Rod homered in the fifth to drive in two more. Matsui hit the final Yankee homer in the eighth which was another solo shot. A home run barrage, as Yankees.com puts it, lit up the sky in Boston as the Yanks rolled to an 8-4 victory. Sweet Sweet Victory.
The Red Sox did score four runs but CC kept them at bay most of the night. The Yankees did jump on top early and that was a big advantage for them as the game went on. The Red Sox tied the score in the second but the Yankees went back ahead and never looked back. The Sox didn’t leave the yard once in the game, surprisingly. The lack of the long ball in a game dominated by the long ball is probably what did the Red Sox in.
CC finished the game with eight strikeouts as all his stuff was dominant. Phil Hughes and Mariano Rivera were successful out of the ‘pen as they finished the game off. Beckett finished with five K’s on the night, not bad. He also gave up all five homers though. Not good.
So let’s take a look back at the series that was. Game One:
The Yankees score 20 runs against Brad Penny and the REd Sox. Another terrible outing for Penny who would later be pulled from the starting rotation to make room for Wakefield who is coming back soon. Another home run happy game sent many bombs flying through the Boston sky. The Red Sox had their fair share of runs too. They just weren’t able to make up for what the pitching let up. Too bad. They scored 11 runs.
The Red Sox stole the Yankees’ thunder for game two as they burst out with another 14 runs compared to the
Yankees’ Nick Swisher’s single run. Swish hit a solo shot to left to score the only run for the Yanks on the day. A very disappointing loss for the Yanks and a touche to the REd Sox was all that was in me for Saturday.
Then came game three which I just talked about. A very exciting series that was truly a back and forth one. Great to watch and I’m sure, as always, it was great to play in for both teams. No fights broke out which was good for the teams. I don’t think either could afford losing anyone right now, especially the Red Sox who are in the Wild Card race and don’t have that big of a lead anymore. It was a clean series that was fun to watch as a fan. Especially since the Yankees won.
C’mon. You can’t not be thinking sweep right now. The Yankees have totally dominated this series, giving the Red Sox nothing. Nothing at all. The pitching has been STELLAR, the offense has been great, the bullpen (probably the biggest reason we lost so many games to the Sox earlier in the season) has been good as well, and the momentum of the Yankees has left the Red Sox in the dirt. As I said a few days ago, I don’t think the Yankees know how to lose.
CC started the game going the first half of the game without giving up a hit. Obviously everyone was thinking about the possibility of a no-no and, well… who couldn’t? CC ended up only giving up two hits, and two walks in his 7.2 innings of work. He racked up nine K’s, excellent work. He had a nasty slider that got a few guys out and made them look really foolish. The bullpen kept up the consistency that was far from anywhere near New York at the beginning of the season and Phil Hughes and Nate Robertson combined to go the rest of the game only giving up two hits and no walks (both hits credited to Robertson).
Such a sight to see. The Yankees beating up on the Red Sox. Just like it ought to be. Well, to all you Red Sox fans out there. Here’s something positive that you can take out of all this. You’re only 5.5 games out of first. At least you can say that you are in better position than the Orioles to make a run. The O’s are 22.5 games back. That’s a pretty good thing, right?
The offense last night was clearly good enough to get past the Red Sox, considering CC pitched his heart out. Well, in pretty much any other game, five runs is a good afternoon for a team that has their pitchers pitch relatively well. Derek Jeter helped out that cause late in the game with a two run homer to right. Of course it would be to right. Where else does anyone hit a home run to in Yankee Stadium. Mark Teixeira went 1-3 with an RBI and two walks. Robby Cano went 3-4 and scored a run. Jose Molina, filling in for Jorge Posada, went 1-2 with an RBI, a run scored, and a walk. The offense was definitely there yesterday and it was great to see another butt-kicking of the Red Sox handed out by the Yankees.
Tonight, the final game in the series has everyone thinking sweep. Right now, the way the series has gone so far, it looks like a no brainer. The Yankees have everything going right. The pitching, the offense, the defense. Everything is running smoothly. Tonight, Andy Pettitte and Jon Lester go at it and it’s a pretty good matchup. Both guys are second of the rotation guys. Both have good stuff and could easily be the top man in any rotation. They have their ups and downs. They will definitely put on a show but I still have my money on the Yankees sweeping the Sox. I said earlier before this series started that I thought the Yankees would win three out of four. But now I am totally thinking sweep.
Yes. 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.
There were clearly doubts about the Yankees’ offense’s ability to score runs during the Red Sox series. But man, maybe they were just saving it to make their cross town rivals look really bad… not to mention their ace. Yeah. The Yanks demolished the Mets in the Subway Series finale, 15-0. The series was split one game apiece but the Yanks broke that split with authority as they did everything right in the rout of the Mets.
AJ Burnett took the mound and man, was he STELLAR… for the most part. He went seven strong innings, giving up four hits and four walks. No runs. He shutout an injured, but still powerful Mets offense. His curve was filthy and no one could lay off it. Alex Cora struck out after going up 3-0 in the count. Burnett used the curve to strike him out as Cora chased. His fastball was also very good. Clocking in at 95-96, as usual, Burnett was just dominating Mets’ batters. He struck out Carlos Beltran on a low fastball that got Beltran fired up. Jerry Manuel came out to defend his player and got booted. It was an intense couple of minutes… just joking, it wasn’t really that intense. So Burnett was really good today… there you go.
The offense was also very good. I mean c’mon… the score was 15-0. Robby Cano and Hideki Matsui both hit monster shots for round trippers. Francisco Cervelli had a big game at the plate, as well as behind it. More on that later. Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon, Melky Cabrera. They also had big games. Mark Teixeira went 1-4 on the game and wasn’t really that much of a factor. Same with A-Rod, who went 0-4. But that’s alright since everyone else contributed a lot. He was fine.
So, Francisco Cervelli. How ’bout this kid. He is batting under .200 when he is called up to the Majors. But the Yanks didn’t bring him up for his bat. They did so for his play behind the plate. Both behind the plate and at the plate, Cervelli showed that he was ready to play. He had a great offensive game and really controlled the game behind the plate. In the top of the third, the Mets threatened with the bases loaded, but Cervelli guided Burnett, a veteran, through the next three at-bats and got three straight outs. He was such a big presence behind the plate that I am so glad we have. During an Alex Cora at-bat, Cora was up 3-0, as mentioned before. Cervelli got up, very wide, and gave Burnett a big target for his fastball. He nailed it. This just showed me that Cervelli is indeed a professional. He was STELLAR.
So everything was going extremely well for the Yankees today. The pitching was STELLAR, the offesne definitely did their job in scoring some runs, and the DEFENSE played extremely well as well. Johnny Damon made a nice running catch in the outfield. The infield played good D and didn’t allow anything into the outfield on the ground. And definitely the defensive highlight of the game was on a ground ball up the middle by Reed. Ramiro Pena, fresh off the bench, got to the ball, shoveled it to Robinson Cano at second and Cano made the bare handed grab and threw it to first to complete the double play. As this happened I was thinking, “that’s on top plays tomorrow.” Derek Jeter also made a nice double play in the game. too. Cano got a ground ball and threw it to Jeter who made a perfect leap over the hard slide of Gary Sheffield and made the throw to first. It was another nice defensive play that doesn’t always get recognized in the box scores. Well, it gets recognized here.
It was great. I loved to watch them play so perfectly. As I write this, the Phils-Red Sox game is headed to the ninth and the Phils are up 11-5. This is good for us because if the Phils hang on, we’ll get another game back in the AL East standings.
Great win guys!
Go Yanks… Go Phils
The Yankees-Red Sox series is pretty much the only thing on my mind among everything else baseball. Obviously it is because I am a Yankee fan and we are in the middle of a season series with our rivals. It’s great. I’m sure every other Yankee fan blogger out there is talking about the same things I am. It’s just how things go. If your team is in a rivalry series, you are going to write about it. So here we go.
Chien Ming Wang did exactly what I assumed he would do when he took the bump last night. He sucked. He was the second Yankee pitcher in a row to be chased before the third inning. Tuesday night, it was AJ, and last night, Wang was chased as well. In Wang’s 2.2 innings pitched, he gave up four runs on six hits and three walks. He gave up one homer to Mike Lowell. Bottom line… he was aweful.
On the other side of things, the Red Sox sent Tim Wakefield to the mound, who has been having a very good season. At 7-3 before the game, he showed how good of a season he has been having. He went 6 innings only giving up 8 hits, three runs, and had two strikeouts. I wish those were the kind of stats we could have from the Yanks pitching. But yeah right. Wang was terrible.
As far as the offense goes, they were fine. They did score last night which made me happy. They only scored five runs so they didn’t do that great. They are definitely capable of more than that. The pitching is what ruined it for us. They were unable to hold the Red Sox offense to a few runs or fewer. They gave up too many early runs and we were out of it by the time we made our comeback. We only lost by one run but hey… you can’t always expect a comeback from the offense. It’s a two way road. The offense does their job and the pitching staff does their job. That’s how it rolls.
We had our big offensive performers last night as did the Red Sox. For us it was obviously Mark Teixeira… when has it not in the recent past. He went 4-5 with a homer and two runs. Johnny Damon hit a homer as his only hit on the night, but at least that’s something. Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui also had good nights at the plate. Matsui went 2-3 with a run scored and Posada went 2-5 with run scored and an RBI. Robby Cano also pitched in with a RBI despite going hitless for the game.
The pitching… well they were so bad I’m not going to talk about them any more. Except Phil Coke and Alfredo Aceves. Kudos to you guys. But Wang and Hughes. You guys sucked. A thumbs down from Simon for you guys.
So I’m really disappointed about how we haven’t been able to get a win against the Red Sox yet this season. If we could get one win, that would STELLAR. So far, it hasn’t looked good so I am not expecting anything good from the Yanks in game three of the series. We do have CC going to the mound for us. He is going against Brad Penny who hasn’t been very consistent this season. He has been alright but maybe we can get something from him. But again, I’m not expecting anything good today.
So we start up interleague action again after the series with the Red Sox. We head back home to host our cross town National League rivals. The Mets. They are having a decent season so far and can’t be underestimated. Johan Santana has been lights out this season. Too bad he hasn’t gotten a ton of run support. But he’s great. We play him and the Mets for three. Then we have a day off before facing the Nats at home for three. We go right into a three game series with the Marlins after the Nats’ series. Then we have the Braves for three after a day off following the Marlins series. We finish everything off against the Mets again in Citi Field. So that’s the near future. Maybe we can get some wins against our interleague opponents because we obviously can’t get any against the stupid Red Sox.
Go Yanks. Maybe we’ll get a win. Possibly. Actually, probably not. I’m being really pessimistic right now aren’t I.