Monday, May 30, 2011

Yankees 5, A's 0

Whatever joy juice Colon has in his right arm, put me in for some.

Nice of Colon and CC to rest the bullpen--assuming the White Sox hold on here, back to first base by the requisite "percentage points."

Especially nice to see the Yankees score as they did. Double steals, two-out hits, Jeter's sweet little sac fly.

I somehow expect Colon to rip off his right sleeve and reveal a rippling bicep, like a pro wrestler.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Yankees 7, Mariners 1

Happy birthday to me, all because of CC . . .

Mariners 5, Yankees 4 (12)

What a way to start a birthday--stay up half the night after the Yankees blow a lead . . . against Felix Hernandez . . . then lose on a bloop . . . off Mo. Sheesh.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

2 of three from Jays!

Ech--so I give up on the comeback last night, don't check the schedule today. 2 victories in 16 hours.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Jays 7, Yanks 3

Colon walked off after the sixth, and it was over to "Too Big To Fail."

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Two of three from the Mets

Hate the Red Sox.

Can't lose to the Mets.

And today's victory included my favorite half-inning of the season, during which no single ball traveled more than 150 feet in the air, yet the Bombers scored eight runs.

Five of the last six--build on it!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Yankees 4, Orioles 1

Harginger or one-off? The whole last terrible week for the Yankees started with the 11-inning loss to the Royals, despite outhitting KC 14 to 4. The Yankees still aren't coming up with crucial base hits, aren't moving runners over, aren't stealing, are just now starting to bunt, and the combined forces of Jeter, A-Rod, Swisher, Gardner, Posada and even Tex have been like a jukebox chained to the ankle of a drowing man.

Mo blew a save. No big deal, yet.

Colon was brilliant . . . but for how long.

A-Rod saved the gave by keeping the extra-inning ball in the infield . . . an infield defensive gem, at last!

Now they face a starter they faced the previous night . . . right the ship, guys.

22-19.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Yankees 6, Rays 2

Our long national nightmare is over.

21-19.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Red Sox 7, Yankees 5

Emily Dickinson:

"This is the hour of lead, remembered if outlived."

Red Sox 6, Yankees 0

Mickey Mantle, asked about the Bronx Zoo of the 79s, once said, "Yeah, we had fistfights when I played. We just didn't hold a press conference after every one."

Not exactly on point with Georgie, but . . .

Oh yeah, the game. I switched the channel before Adrien's ball landed in the bleachers.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Three in a row

I keep this mostly for myself; nevertheless, I was happy when Blogger Dashboard crashed for two days and prevented me from laying out the gory details.

I saw on TV when the Houston Texans, in their first season, defeated the Pittburgh Steelrs despite managing a mere 46 yards of offense. It was calculated that if Texan quarterback David Carr had simply snuck the ball on every play, the yardage would have been greater.

And so it was Wednesday night, a 4-3, 11-inning Royals defeat of the Yankees. The Yankees outhit the Royals--what? 14-4? I don't even want to look. Every single Royal hit resulted in precisely one run. Economy of effort like that will help.

Bingo: the next day, the Royals come out 6-0 and cruise. Friday, the Yankees, as they so often do, give up one crucial late-inning run and allow it to become their undoing. Just like that, 21-13 becomes 20-16.

The main fear here is that, offensively, the Yankees are becoming too much like two different clumps of Orioles, the Singleton-Murray-DeCinces-Lowenstein-Crowley-Bumbry-Ayala bunch of the late 70s and early 80s, and the Ripken-Palmeiro-Anderson-Murray-Zeile crowd of the mid- to late-90s, the low-average, high-power, station-to-station teams that were good for a lot of homers and 94-97 wins per season, but collectively won a single World Series, in the hybrid year of 1983, when the was team built around Ripken, Murray, Singleton and a bunch of spare parts (John Lowenstein, part of a three-headed leftfield monster, hit a memorable grand slam off Goose Gossage, a blast that effectively eliminated a pretty good Yankee team from contention that year). Brett Gardner has seemingly forgotten how to steal a base, no one seems able to lay down a bunt, and Gardner, Jeter, Swisher, A-Rod, Posada and even Cano stuck with batting averages ranging from surprising to embarrassing.

It's easy to win hitting 4 home runs--though the Yankees have hit four homers and lost already. But there is something to be said for simply dumping the ball over second with a man on third.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Yankes 3, Royals 1

Our long national nightmare is over: Jeter is hitting the ball. .283 the second week of May?

Sparky Anderson said one of the smartest things about baseball, which is that the season doesn't even start until May 15th. Everything before that is positioning.

Of course, Sparky proved that wrong in '84, when Detroit started 35-5 and began printing playoff tickets.

It looks as though, from the two-out-of-three proposition, Colon and Garcia will have to hold up.

Two-out-of-three is the minimum required here, with Girardi set to have CC fit and rested for the Red Sox.

20-13.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Yankees 12, Rangers 5

Late edition--

Jeter's 4 hits had Olbermann calling up comparisons to Ruth's last home runs in Forbes Field (of all things). Jeter will be 1) better than he has been through May 7; 2) not as good as yesterday.

Who'd a thunk Granderson would be all that? A year ago I was cursing the loss of Austin Jackson.

Nice to see CC get a win he doesn't--cruelly put--he didn't deserve.

Equally nice to see CC hang in there at 4-0 and about 9,000 pitches through three innings.

Live by the homer . . . Jeter, Posada, Gardner . . . base hits, guys.

10-13, and virtually tied. Need to fatten up on them Royals before Boston.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Yankees 4, Rangers 1

I should have gone up to Dallas to see it--Granderson, as good as we had hoped lately; and Nova.

Dare we hope we have a winner here?

18-12. 1 game in front.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Tigers 4, Yankees 0

You're no the only team with talent.

Tigers 4, Yankees 2

Andruw Jones thrown out at the plate. That's your game, folks.

17-10.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Yankees 5, Tigers 3

Colon continues, about as well as we could hope.

And very little is more satisfying than the winning run line-driven straight up the middle, straight at my face. Thank you, Nick Swisher.

17-9.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Yankees 5, Blue Jays 2

On a day in which the thrill of first base is, strangely, not the biggest story . . .

16-9, 2.5 games up.