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.
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.
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.
Being a Yankee fan, or even for those Red Sox fans on this MLBlogosphere, these next four days should present nothing else but Red Sox-Yankees analysis on any Yankee fan’s or Red Sox fan’s blog. That’s so simple. The best rivalry in baseball is nothing short of what it is put up to be. It is the single best part of the MLB. It is my favorite part of the year when the Yankees and Red Sox face off and everyone else’s involved in this rivalry. And basically, it is the only thing that should be talked about by any Red Sox or Yankee fan during the 18 games they play each other every year. It is just STELLAR.
So, everyone knows that the Yankees have been unsuccessful against the Red Sox thus far this season. They have been unable to win at home or on the road; extremely disappointing to Yankee fans. Now, with first place in our posession (meaning the Yankees), the Bronx Bombers have a certain upside to things now, now that they have succeeded past the Sox without actually beating them. But these next few games they play against the Red Sox will be played with a bigger sense of importance. The Yankees can really pull away from the Red Sox, and push their already solid 2.5 game lead to maybe a 5 game lead or a 6 game lead at best. A sweep would be phenominal seeing that we haven’t beaten them once this season. Four straight wins would be STELLAR.
The Yankees and Red Sox play a total of ten games to finish off the season series. Three of those are in Boston and the rest of them are in New York. This is a huge advantage for the Yankees and they need to take advantage of it. I can’t think of any better way to say it than that. If you can’t win at home, you don’t have as good a chance to win on the road.
Victor Martinez… just aquired in a blockbuster deal from the Cleveland Indians. A catcher/first baseman that has helped the Red Sox immensely in their current infield situation. They have Mike Lowell who hasn’t been to the top of his health. Since this has been the case, he has not started at third in the recent past and has forced Kevin Youkilis to shift over to third, the position he came to the Red Sox to play. Victor Martinez has fit into the first base position and has let Jason Varitek remain behind the plate. Late in the games, Mike Lowell has appeared to pinch hit giving the Red Sox much needed depth. Martinez will get his first dose of the Yankees-Red Sox action and will be a huge part in it. Martinez is the offensive bat that has fit into an already loaded lineup for the Red Sox that has its fair share of power and just general good hitting. It will be interesting to watch how he performs.
Now, going sort of off topic. How about that Kung Fu Panda?
No not that one… this one.
Pablo Sandoval has been a huge part of bringing the San Francisco Giants back into the playoff race. They are currently first in the wild card race in the NL, only a half game ahead of their closest competitors in the NL West, the Colorado Rockies. The Giants aren’t going to get to the top of the division, with the Dodgers easily pulling away from day one, but with Sandoval leading the way offensively, the Giants could be the underdog that gets into the playoffs. They have the pitching; Lincecum and Cain. They have the defense; Rowand and Molina among them. They have the offense; Sandoval and Sanchez. What else is their that they need. Obviously they don’t have an overly great team, but they have what it takes to perform to a high standard and they could surely make it to the playoffs. Now, how far will they go in the playoffs? I’m not so sure. They do have to face off against the best of the best in the NL; the Dodgers, the Phils, most likely, and possibly the Cards, the Cubbies, or even the Brew Crew. All tough teams, but they should have enough to get into the playoffs in the first place. Sandoval leads the way offensively and all I can say to the Giants is this:
THE KUNG FU PANDA WILL LEAD YOU TO WHERE YOU NEED TO BE.
I go to camp for a week…
I barely get any sleep…
I come back Friday after a whole day of driving in traffic…
I realize the Yankees’ lead over the Red Sox has been diminished to a half game…
I see the Yankees are having trouble with the White Sox…
The trade deadline produced many bigtime player trades…
Roy Halladay is still in Toronto…
And I am back blogging on MLBlogs.
Now, while I was at camp all week, I was bummed that I was unable to keep up with all the things happening around the MLB, especially since the trade deadline was Friday. I still had a great time, but the feeling of not knowing what was going on was killing me. Now, I survived, as I always do, but it was still hard not having that part of my life around.
I got back and immediatly checked MLB.com to see all the trades that had happened. Here’s what I figured out:
The BoSox pulled off a deal for Victor Martinez
Cliff Lee is in Philly (where I happened to be for camp this past week)
Jake Peavy is with the in the South Side of Chicago
Adam LaRoche has been with three teams in about a week and a half
Orlando Cabrera finds a home in Minnesota
Well, it’s all very exciting and all and I’m glad to be back. Now, I was unable to post something until today because I have been so busy since I got back. But yesterday, something great happened in Chicago. That’s right, it’s got to do with the Yankees. Melky Cabrera hit for the cycle against the Chicago White Sox and the most recent man to enter himself into the history books, Mark Beuhrle. In fact, Beuhrle looked nothing like he has all season. Especially after throwing the perfect game. He went 4.1 innings, giving up 7 runs on 12 hits and a walk. He gave up the one homer to Cabrera and that was it for the long ball. For Melky Cabrera, this achievment puts him in with the likes of many famous Yankees from teams past. The 15th cycle in team history was a great show to see. Now, even though this happened, I would still go with Brett Gardner in center field. No offense to Melky for this great performance but Gardner is still my pick. It was still a great show though.
Melky’s cycle is the second to happen this year. As many remember, the year was basically kicked off with a performance of a lifetime from the O-Dog, Orlando Hudson of the LA Dodgers. Hudson took only six innings to get the four hits required for the achievement. But he did it. One of the greatest offensive performances this year kicked things off in April. Melky’s performance was great and it will go down in the books as many others have for accomplishing this feat.
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.
Runner on first.
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.