Monday, July 8, 2013

Yankees Take Weekend Series Against the O's

The Good

Our pitching stepped up in a major way over the weekend, with Ivan Nova pitching a complete game on Friday with 11 strikeouts and holding the O's to 2 runs.  Pettitte put up 6.2 innings with 3 earned runs, and Kuroda pitched 7 shutout innings. 

The offense wasn't overpowering, but got just enough runs to win the first two games of the series, and set itself up to win the third game.  Wells had a walk off 2-run single on Friday, and Nunez brought in the go-ahead run in the 6th inning of Saturday's game. 

The Bad

Yes we carried a 1-0 lead into the 9th last night, and with Mo on the mound you expect a win, but the offense is going to have to do a little better than that.  The Orioles starter was out after the 5th inning, we had 4 innings of relief pitchers to face, and we couldn't score a single run?  Or get an extra base hit for that matter?  No, instead, the bullpen pitched 4 no hit innings against us, allowing just 1 walk for the rest of the game.  Just saying, the offense needs to come through there.

The Ugly

There's no way to sugar coat this boys and girls, Mariano blew a save yesterday.  He gave up a 2-run homerun to Adam Jones, and surprise, the Yankee offense could not get a run across in the 9th to tie it, much less 2 runs to win the game.  Mo blowing a save is like witnessing two dinosaurs being smashed together at the speed of light, a rare yet terrifying sight with an eerie sense of beauty.

Time to Pay the Piper

At least someone is getting paid, because the kids certainly aren't.  0 homeruns means $0 for the Children's Health Fund.

Travis Hafner 12hr = $24
Vernon Wells 10hr = $20
Brett Gardner 7hr = $14
Kevin Youkilis 2hr = $4
Jayson Nix 2hr = $4
Robinson Cano 20hr = $40
Ichiro Suzuki 5hr = $10
Lyle Overbay 9hr = $18
Brennan Boesch 3hr = $6
Francisco Cervelli 3hr = $6
Chris Stewart 3hr = $6
Ben Francisco 1hr = $2
David Adams 2hr = $4
Curtis Granderson 1hr = $2

Mark Teixeira 3hr = $6
Zoilo Almonte 1hr = $2

Total 84 hrs = $168


Anonymous said...

Those children are hurting! Our offense better do something about it.

Rich Mahogany said...

Not as much as those dinosaurs.

I think it's time to accept a sobering fact. This team isn't getting better this season. The injured players aren't coming back strong, or aren't coming back at all. The pitching is solid, the offense is lackluster. The bad offense gives the pitching a razor thin margin of error, as demonstrated yesterday. Since most of the team needs an offensive revamp, it doesn't make sense to trade for significant improvements. We will keep seeing acquisitions of the Reid Brignac, Alberto Gonzalez, and Luis Cruz variety.

This is not enjoyable to consider, especially since this team is the Yankees and not the Marlins.

Fernando Alejandro said...

At least the Marlins could beat the Royals.