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CC leads Yanks to Victory over A’s

CC Has Great Outing, Nice Way To Help Team Bounce Back

Well, they lost 2 in a row, which probably means they are going to go on another 8 game winning streak. Haha. CC pitched great yesterday, and after awhile, the offense picked itself up again. The Yankees beat the Athletics last night 7-2.

Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia pitched a wonderful game last night. He went 8 innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits, and he struck out 7 along the way. He went deep into the game again. Anybody who still thinks the Yankees were stupid to pay him so much is an idiot. CC is worth his weight in gold, and that is saying something!

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia dominates the A's over 8 innings.

CC is such a work horse.

The only runs CC gave up were solo homers. In the first, after Arod was plunked, CC threw behind Kurt Suzuki. On the next pitch, he homered. That’s not the way it was supposed to happen! Anyway, it was great to see CC protect Arod like that. In the 2nd, the rookie Everidge hit a solo homer. But other than that, CC’s performance was flawless.

David Robertson pitched the 9th. The pitching was fabluous last night. I love CC.

Defensive Analysis: The Yankee defense was solid as usual, but the A’s defense was atrocious. In the words of my younger brother Tommy as he watched the game, “All they do is dive and miss!” That really was true last night! They made 4 errors, and were just sloppy all around.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees had many chances to score, and they didn’t. But then they found their hitting shoes and began scoring. They got a run in the 2nd, thanks to a Melky double and Jeter knocking him in on an error. 1-1 game now. They got another run in the 3rd. Arod singled and scored on a Posada double later on. 2-2 game.

The Yankees blew the game wide open in the 6th. With 1 out, Nick Swisher doubled. Then Melky came up, and again he had a typical Melky moment. He was hit by a pitch in his cute little butt, which had me screaming for him. But after he got hit, he kind of fell on Kurt Suzuki, and he was in an awkward position on him, kind of like he was trying to mount Suzuki or something. It was hysterical. I was laughing, and they got a shot of the whole Yankee dugout. Joba, Mitre, (sexy!) Jorge, Cano, Tony Pena, everyone was laughing and making fun of Melky. When Melky was finally on his feet, he started to chuckle. And wouldn’t you know, this little Melky moment may have sparked the team.

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Oh, Melky.

Following Melky’s at-bat, Jeter singled to give the Yanks a 3-2 lead! Then Johnny doubled to score Melky. Tex and Arod walked, Matsui singled, and Jorge got a sac fly. By the end of the inning, it was 7-2 Yanks. That’s the way it wound up.

Jeter had 3 hits last night…AGAIN!

It was a fun game last night. Great pitching, a big offensive inning, and Melky having a Melky moment. The heroes for the win are CC, for having another great start, Jeter, for having 3 hits for the 3rd game in a row, and Melky, for sparking the team by just being himself. I love him :) The Red Sox (smelly Sox) won, so the Yankees’ lead remains at 7 games. Tonight Chad Gaudin makes his first start as a Yankee, and we wish him luck. GOOD LUCK! AND GO YANKEES!!!

Johnny and Swish. Which is the bigger idiot? I love these guys.

A Win And A Loss

Hey, We Can’t Win’em All.

My little blogging break is over, now that my 16th birthday came and went. It’s nice to be back to blogging about the Yankees, even if I have to blog about a loss. But they did win Saturday. On Saturday they beat the Mariners 5-2, while yesterday they lost 10-3.

Pitching Analysis: On Saturday, Sergio Mitre pitched for us, and I love saying that he performed very well. He really did. He gave up a run in the first on a sac fly, but Cano made an error that made the runner on in the first place. Mitre just allowed 1 more run in the 4th on an infield single by Jack Hannahan. He really did a nice job. I was so proud of him. He won for me!

Good job, hottie!

Yesterday was Joba’s turn, and he did not do too well. He got himself into trouble too many times, and unlike Mitre, he was unable to escape it. In 5 innings, Joba gave up 4 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks. He didn’t have his good stuff yesterday. Alfredo Aceves relieved him, but did not do much better. He allowed 4 runs in 1 & 2/3 innings. Chad Gaudin gave up 2 runs in 1 & 1/3 innings. The pitching wasn’t really there yesterday, but you can’t expect them to be dominant every day, so whatever.

Joba wasn’t too good yesterday.

Defensive Analysis: I don’t really remember anything spectacular or stupid to note about the defense, so I’m sure it was solid as usual for both games. There is one thing: on Saturday’s game in the 7th inning, Jose Molina caught Ichiro at 3rd base, which is always an accomplishment. Go Jose!

Offensive Analysis: On Saturday, the Yankees scored 5 runs, most of them came early. In the 2nd, Molina singled to knock in Cano. Then Jeter knocked one in on a sac fly, and then with 2 outs Nick Swisher hit a 2-run homer, bringing the Yankee lead to 4-1. They got another run late in the game. When the pitching is on, offense is less important. So 5 runs was enough on Saturday.

Yesterday, the pitching was bad, and the Yankees only scored 3 runs, which was not enough. Jeter singled, and Ramiro Pena scored all the way from first! In the 4th, Swisher hit his 20th homer of the year, a 2-run shot which made the Yankees have a 3-2 lead. But the pitching could not hold the lead (cough, cough, Joba) so the Yankees lost 10-3.

Yesterday, Jeter passed Luis Aparicio for the most hits as a shortstop. Way to go, Jeet!

So the Yankees took 3 out of 4 in Seattle. Not too shabby. The heroes for Saturday were Nick Swisher for his homer, and Sergio Mitre for looking sexy and pitching a great game. Although they lost yesterday, the Yankees still have a really cozy 7.5 game lead over the Sox! What is happening to the Red Sox? Whatever it is, I like it! They won for me on Saturday, but they lost on my actual birthday. Hey, we can’t win’em all.

I don’t really care about the loss too much. I had a wonderful birthday despite it. I want to thank all you guys for wishing me a happy birthday. THANK YOU!!!! If I get a chance later, I’ll post some pictures.  

 

The Drama Club!

Yankees Win Again in Dramatic Fashion

I’m giving the Yankees the nickname “The Drama Club.” It seems like every time the Yankees win, they do it dramatically. That definetely was the case last night. I was so happy when they won, because I wanted them to win for Melky on his birthday. The Yanks beat the Blue Jays by the score of 7-5.

Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain pitched for the Yankees last night. It was an adequate start for Joba. He went 6 innings, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits, striking out 5 along the way. He was good early, but then ran into a little trouble.

Joba’s performance was not as good as he wanted it to be.

Joba had a scorless 1st, and an easy 1-2-3 11 pitch 2nd inning. It got a little ugly in the third. Joba walked the #9 hitter (never a smart idea) Joe Inglett, who has a really cool batting stance. Then Scutaro singled. Hill forced out, and the Adam Lind walked to load the bases. Then cleanup hitter Lyle Overbay, the obvious annoying guy of this series, hit a double in the right-center gap which cleared the bases and tied the game at 3. Ugh. In the 4th, Joba gave up a leadoff home run to the rookie Randy Ruiz, which gave the Jays a 4-3 lead.

Bruney pitched a scorless 7th, Coke and Robertson combined for a scorless 8th, and Mo picked up the save in the 9th. But he actually gave up a run! (GASP!) Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo home run to centerfield. Mo actually did the worst out of all the relievers. But he got the save, so whatever!

The pitching was pretty good last night. If you take away the 3rd, Joba pitched very well. The bullpen did a wonderful job of keeping the game at 4-3, and giving the Yankees the opportunity to win.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was again strong last night. The Yanks played errorless baseball once again. In the 1st inning, Johnny Damon made a nice play. Scutaro hit a liner to left, and it was a little over Johnny’s head. Damon went back, and thanks to a little jump, he caught the ball. Nice way to start the game.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees came out swinging against Richmond. Jeter hit a first pitch single, followed by a Damon double. Tex singled to score Jeter. The Jorge hit a 2 out double, which scored Damon. For some unknown reason, Tex attempted to score, and failed miserably. He touched third base when the cuttoff man released the ball. That was a stupid way to end the inning. And for a long time, I thought that play would be the difference in the game.

In the 2nd, Cano got a leadoff double, moved to third because of a balk, and then scored on a sac fly by the birthday boy, Leche. That made it 3-0, and that was all the offense for a long time.

The bottom of the 8th is where it all changed. Hideki Matsui, who was 0 for 3 at the time, hit an ENORMOUS home run into right field. ENORMOUS!!! That tied the game at 4, and gave the crowd something to cheer about. Then Posada comes up, and he hits a home run to right field! But Cito Gaston wanted to make sure it was a home run. From his angle, it looked like a fan stole the ball from Inglett. But according to the replay, Inglett just missed it, and it was ruled a home run! YAY! Yankeed lead 5-4! How dramatic was that?!

Matsui hits a bomb to tie the game………

……and Posada hits one to give Yanks the lead! BACK-TO-BACK!!!

The Yankees weren’t done yet. Hinske hit a 1 out double. Then my man Melky hit a single, which scored pinch runner Jerry Hairston. Melky stole second, and scored on a Johnny Damon single. Melky had a nice birthday. He was 1 for 3 with 2 RBI, 1 run, and a stolen base. 

What a game for the Yankees! They jumped out early, then lost the lead, but came back dramatically late in the game and held on for the lead! The heroes for last night are Jorge & Hideki, for providing back-to-back drama, which was the 3rd night in a row the Yankees went back-to-back. The other heroes are Bruney, Coke, Robertson, and Mo for shutting down the Blue Jay offense and giving the Yankees the chance to make it dramatic. I’ll throw Melky in there as well, just for having a nice birthday. I love you, Melky! There was no change in the Yankee lead in the division. The Red Sox won as well, cheating it up at home and having brawls with cute rookie pitchers. How classless are they? The rubber game of the series will be played in the afternoon, and the Yanks look to live up to the new name I gave them. GO YANKEES!

I have a quick lookalike. I think there is a small resemblance between these two pitchers.

 

Last night’s starter Scott Richmond…..

 

  

……and Yankee star Dave Righetti!

They kind of look alike. They are making the same face. It is hard to tell from the pictures, but last night I noticed it.

It Had to End Sometime

Yankees Winning Streak is No More After Jays Take Game 1

The Yankees 7 game winning streak came to an end last night, but come on. They can’t win every game. There were positives and negatives about last night’s loss. The Blue Jays beat the Yankees 5-4.

Pitching Analysis: Sergio Mitre started for the Yanks last night. He is really sexy. He struck out the first 2 men he faced, and I thought, “Oh boy. 2 out in the 1st, it’s time to give up 5 runs.” Well, Mitre allowed singles to Lind and Overbay, and I was beginning to think my prediction was right. But Mitre proved me wrong, and struck out Vernon Wells to end the inning. He struck out the side!

Mitre struck out 2 more in the 2nd, having an easy 11 pitch inning. In the 3rd, Inglett struck out for Mitre’s 6th of the night. I was just starting to think that maybe he found it. But then Aaron Hill hit a solo home run. Darn. Why did I have to think that? I’m always wrong!

The 4th inning was gross. Overbay led off with a walk, followed by a Vernon Wells single. Bautista hit a comebacker, that was snabbed nicely by Mitre. Mitre fired to 2nd, not too accurately, and it went off Cano’s glove into centerfield, scoring a run, and no outs were made on the play. He got the double play ball, and just screwed it up! By the end of the inning, the Jays were up 4-2. In the 5th, Mitre allowed a solo bomb to Lyle Overbay.

Mitre’s biggest problem last night was throwing the ball to 2nd!

Mitre didn’t really pitch THAT badly. He went 5 innings, allowing 5 runs of which just 3 were earned, on 6 hits and he struck out 6 along the way. It was a better performance. That throwing error really messed the whole game up. If he can fix that problem, and then pitch the way he did last night again, I guarantee the Yankees will win for him. But that’s IF he can do it again!

Alfredo Aceves pitched the rest of the game. He was marvelous, allowing just 2 hits over 4 innings. He is a weapon out of the pen!

Defensive Analysis: Aside from Mitre’s crazy throw, the defense was great. Robinson Cano made a nice play in the 3rd. Scutaro hit a ball in the hole to Cano’s left, and he ran it down and threw across his body from the outfield to make the play. Underrated!

Offensive Analysis: The offense started out good, but then it sort of died toward the end of the game. Jeter hit a leadoff home run for the Yankees. Then in the 3rd, he hit a single up the middle to lead off  the inning. He stole 2nd, and Barajas’ throw went into centerfield, allowing Jeter to go to 3rd. Speed kills! Then Swisher hit a sac fly, which gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead.

In the 4th, the Yankees were trailing 4-2, and Robinson Cano stepped up to the plate. He went deep to leadoff the inning! Then Jerry Hairston Jr came up. He’s adorable. Anyway, he hit a home run, his first as a Yankee, to tie the game at 4! Cano and Hairston back-to-back! He was a great pickup for the Yankees. When they got him, I was like, “Why did they get him? They have an abundance of benchies.” Well, I’m sure happy they got him. He has impressed me in every game he was in. And now the Yankees have a killer bench, in Hairston, Hinske, Pena, Gardner, (I miss him) and backup catcher Molina. (I would rather have Cervelli, but whatever!) That was all the offense for last night. They had chances to score more, but they couldn’t get the big hit.

Jerry Hairston Jr. hits a solo home run in the 4th inning that ties the game.

Hairston has been nothing but a nice surprise for me. He was a wise acquisition.

So the Yankees lost a game. They didn’t really play badly, they just got beaten. It happens. It’s annoying, but it happens. The Red Sox are back at Fenway, cheating by stealing signs (it’s my theory) and they beat the Tigers last night, narrowing the Yankee lead to 5.5 games. It is very important for the Yankees to win these last 2 games at home, because then they go on the road to Seattle. Even though they are pretty good on the road, they are way better at home and can’t really afford to lose at home, especially while the Red Sox are cheatin’ it up (again, it’s just my theory) at Fenway. With Joba on the mound tonight, the Yankees are seeking a win to start a new winning streak. GO YANKEES!

Oh, Yeah Baby! There’s A 1 Now!

Yanks Take 1st of 4, Finally Fill That Win Column

YEAH!!! It took the Yanks 9 games, but they finally did it. The Yankees beat the Red Sox last night by the score of 13-6. All day I was waiting and waiting for 7:00. I was DYING to see this game. And the results were even better than I had hoped for.

Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain was a bit shaky last night, but he did pick up the win. He went just 5 innings, and gave up 4 runs on 6 hits. But the bad thing was he walked 7 men in 5 innings! It wasn’t Joba’s best start, but he gave the team the chance to win. Good enough for me.

To lead off the 3rd inning, Joba allowed a homer to Pedroia. I was so mad when that happened. I was SO close to throwing my shoe, but I caught myself. Then in the 4th, Casey Kotchman hit a 2-run homer. Settle down, Joba!

After the Yankees had an offensive outburst in the 4th, Joba got into some trouble in the 5th. He wound up walking the bases loaded, which was stupid because he had a huge lead. He made it out of the inning having only given up 1 run. The bullpen did a nice job last night, Robertson, Coke, and Melancon had scorless outings. Rookie Anthony Claggett pitched the 9th, and gave up 2 runs. He was the guy who gave up 8 runs to Cleveland in a 20 to something Yankee loss.

Joba Chamberlain is pumped for the win despite giving up a career high seven walks on the night.

Although he struggled, Joba made it out of some tought jams, and was surely pumped.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was fine last night. Even though Joba was laboring, the defense didn’t get lazy. They were able to make all the plays. In the 3rd, Ortiz grounded into a nice 4-6-3 double play. I love seeing him struggle. He went 0 for 5 and left 9 men on base last night. Ha! I guess he can’t do anything unless he’s all juiced up.

YOUK OUT! Derek Jeter leaps over Kevin Youkilis to complete a double play in the Yankees' 13-6 win over the Red Sox last night at the Stadium. The third-inning twin killing helped Joba Chamberlain survive five rough innings for the win.

A nice double play.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankee bats were on fire last night. They scored 13 runs on 18 hits! I felt bad for Smoltz, though. It’s sad because he used to be one of the best in the game, and now it’s like he is struggling and doesn’t know when to quit. But I had to get over that because my Yanks really needed this game.

After Posada’s baserunning blunder in the 3rd, I thought for sure that the Yankees would lose all life. Thank God I was wrong. In the 3rd, Damon homered to tie the game at 1. In the 4th, the Yankees were trailing again. Posada had a leadoff double, and scored on Cano’s single. Then Swish walked. So my man Melky came up to the plate. And then the game completely turned around. Melky smashed a 3-run homer into the second deck in right, giving the Yankees a 5-3 lead. Later in this inning, Posada hit a 3-run homer. He definetely made up for the baserunning mistake. The Yankees scored 8 runs in the 4th, and kept putting on runs throughout the game, winning in blowout fashion.

Jorge homers to add to the lead.

This game could not have been better for me. They got their first win against the Sox! The Yankees totally demolished the Red Sox. It was great. I woke up this morning with a smile on my face, and I’m ready for the game tonight. The heroes for last nights game are the Yankee lineup, for making the Red Sox look horrible, and mostly Melky Cabrera for providing the shift in momentum that lead to the Yankee victory. The Yankees now have a 3.5 game lead in the division. Hey, I know it was just 1 game, but it was a BIG one for the Yankees. I know the next 3 are going to be tough, but I know we are ready. LET’S GET THOSE SMELLY SOX! 

Game 2 & Game 3: Polar Opposites, Yanks Bounce Back With a Win

Yankees Take Series, Had Everything Working Last Night

I guess my fellow bloggers were right. Sometimes you just lose a game. I thought for sure game 2 would be a start of bad things for the Yanks, but last night they played the way I’m used to them playing: well. It was a great game, and the Yankees won 6-2 over the Rays.

Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain had the best start of his career last night. He went 8 innings of shutout ball, only giving up 3 hits and walking just 2, whie striking out 5. I am happy to eat my words about Joba. Before these past 3 good starts, I was very hard on him. I guess I expected him to be perfect everyday. But as Girardi said, he doesn’t have many innings under his belt. He is still learning how to pitch. I always liked Joba, but when he was pitching poorly I was beginning to think he was a fluke. Not anymore. I hope he stays a Yankee for his whole career. I think he saw the light and discovered what he was doing wrong. I know he will be dominant now.

Joba Chamberlain strikes out five in eight strong innings.

In Joba We Trust!

Brian Bruney came in to pitch the 9th since the Yanks had a big lead, and there is no other way of saying it: he really pitched badly. In previous outings when he gave up runs, he said he saw good things. It would be lying to say that there were good things last night. Bruney pitched just 1/3 of an inning, and allowed 2 runs. A leadoff triple to Crawford and a monster 2 run homer for Longoria. Then after a Zobrist pop out, Pena doubled. Bruney’s command just wasn’t there. He fell behind in the count to every hitter he faced. I feel bad for Bruney.

Mo came in and inherited Bruney’s mess. He nailed down the final 2 outs, but did not get a save. It doesn’t matter. He saved the game anyway!

Defensive Analysis: Like everything else, it was the polar opposite of game 2. The defense was incredible last night. Because Joba was pitching quickly and was on a roll, the defense was on its toes, ready to make every play. Pitching and defense. They go hand-in-hand. In the top of the third, Mark Teixeira made a fabulous play to rob Navarro of a hit. He hit a liner above Tex’s head, and Tex leapt like 5 feet into the air, extended his arm as far as humanly possible, and caught the ball! It was amazing. I love Tex. He is such a good player.

Offensive Analysis: It was much better last night. In the 1st, Jeter lead off with a triple and scored on a single by Tex. I guess Jeter was mad about the previous game. There were a lot of homers last night. In the 6th, Cano was up. He fouled a ball right off his shin. The trainer came out to look at it, but Cano stayed in the game. 2 pitches later, Cano hit a monster home run. That eases the pain a little!

Matsui double in the 8th, then Posada doubled, scoring pinch runner Ransom. In the 9th, my man Melky hit a home run for his 9th of the year. The Melkman delivered! I can’t get over how good of a year he is having. Then Tex hit his 26th homer of the year. I heard my Dad go “Whoa!” from the shower when Tex hit that one! It was quite a bomb.

Perfect spot on the bat! Ooh. We know where that’s going. :)

It all adds up to a 6-2 Yankee win. It was a comforting win for me. They paid me back for the bad game. But I learned from my fellow bloggers that even a bad game is better than no game. That is so true. I hate the offseason. I long and yearn for baseball; it is my life. But a good game is better than a bad game, and the heroes for last night’s good game are Joba, for the best start of his young career and Tex for his production with both the bat and the glove. The Red Sox lost to the A’s last night, so the Yankees have a ******** 3.5 GAME LEAD IN THE AL EAST!!!!! O TO THE M TO THE G!!!!! This is getting good! I LOVE YOU GUYS, NOW RUN AWAY WITH IT! 27 IN THE BRONX! HURRRAAAHHHH!!! 

Strong Start By Joba and Hits From Top to Bottom Lead Yankees to 8th Straight

From Jeter to Melky, Yankees Bats Produce as Joba Goes 7

Last night versus the Athletics, the Yankees played well in every way. The pitching was excellent, and Jeter and Melky performed greatly. From the number 9 hole, Melky Cabrera went 3 for 4, not being retired. He had 3 hits and reached on an error, setting up rallies for the Yanks. It is good to see production like that from the bottom of the order. The Yankees won by the score of 8-3.

Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain arguably had his best start of the year last night. He went 7 innings, giving up 1 run on just 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6. He was superb.

The only run he surrendered came in the first inning. With 1 out Orlando Cabrera doubled, stole third, and scored on a sac fly by Hairston. The rest of the night went well. He had 1-2-3 innings in the 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th. When he did get into a jam, like in the 5th with 2nd and 3rd 1 out, he toughened up to get out of it unscathed. In the 5th he sturck out Ellis and Patterson to end the inning and the Athletic’s threat.

Phil Coke came in to pitch the 8th after Joba started it and let 2 men aboard. Coke did a great job getting out of the inning allowing no runs. David Robertson came in to pitch the 9th because the Yankees had a big lead. He gave up 2 runs, but he nailed down the victory for the Yanks. The pitching was so strong again yesterday. If Joba continues pitching so well and building confidence, he is going to be unstoppable. Hopefully he will be more consistent.

Defensive Analysis: It was strong last night. There weren’t too many men on base last night. Joba worked quickly for him, keeping the defense on their toes and alert and ready to make the plays. Most likely, if the pitching is good, the defense will be also.

Offensive Analysis: Like I said before, the Yankees got production from almost everybody up and down the lineup. The 2nd inning is where it all started. Like the night before, it all started with an infield single, this time by Cano. Then Melky doubled. With 2nd and 3rd and 1 out, Jeter served a hard single to right, scoring Cano. Then Damon gets a broken bat infield single. Jeter is forced at second, and Orlando Cabrera throws to first, but no one is there! The throw hits Damon, so he is safe and Melky scored. Then Tex hits a ball to short, and Cabrera flips it wildly. Everyone is safe. The Yankees scored 2 runs that inning.

Derek Jeter delivers an RBI in the 3rd inning.

In the 5th, Swish led off with a walk, Melky gets an infield single, Jeter forces Melky, then Damon forces Jeter and Swisher scored. In the 6th, Arod doubled, and Arod scored on a Matsui ground out. In the 7th, Melky lead off with a single. Then Jeter hit a ball to short, and Cabrera flipped to second, but a hustling Melky beat it out, giving Jeter a hit! But after being called safe, Melky started losing his balance, and dancing around trying to stay on the base. He fell over, but kept his foot on the bag! He was safe! Melky always does something funny! I love him! The Yankees added a bunch of runs in the 8th, due to more bad defense by the A’s.

The Yankees played well last night to extend their winning streak to 8 straight. The heroes were Joba, for his best start of the year, Jeter for getting lots of hits and passing Ted Williams on the all-time hits list, and Melky Cabrera for his production from the 9 spot, and his comic relief on the bases! Lets keep playing like this! Make the Red Sox feel pressured! #27 in the Bronx! HURAAAAHHHH!!!!!!

  I’m not even going to ask.

 

In Joba We Trust!

 
On Old Timer’s Day, Yankees Get Fabulous Performance From Joba

Yesterday, the Yankees beat the Tigers for the three game sweep, the second game in a row with the score 2-1. They did it with good pitching, and timely homers from their big sluggers.

Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain was fantastic yesterday. I was wrong, and I admit it. I never thought he would pitch so well yesterday, coming off two bad starts against the Angels and Mariners, and because he had 9 days off! I’m glad I was wrong!

In the first inning, Joba struggled a bit. He got himself into a first and second jam with 1 out thanks to Polanco and Cabrera, but came out of the inning without giving up a run due to a Clete Thomas stirkeout. But it took 23 pitches to do so.

In the top of the third, Joba gave up a leadoff walk to Granderson. Granderson tried to steal second, and Posada flung the ball into centerfield, allowing Granderson to advance to third. This made me go on a rant about how the Yankees need Cervelli. (A lot of things make me do that! I love that man!) I was also thinking Joba would get all freaked out and give up a bunch of runs, like that time Ransom made an error and Joba gave up like 5 unearned runs. But this time, Joba managed to get out of the inning without giving up anything! WOW!

In the top of the 4th, Clete Thomas hit a monster solo shot into the right field bleachers. But Joba remained composed and did not let it go to his head. He got out of that inning having given up just that run.

The top of the 5th was the biggest jam for Joba. Granderson hit a hot-shot to Swisher, who let the ball go through his legs, and Granderson wound up at third. Then he plunks Polanco later on. Unbelievably, Joba struck out Marcus Thames with a 97 mph fastball to get out of the jam without giving up any runs! Again!

Joba pitched 6 & 2/3 innings of 1 run ball. Job well done for Joba! The bullpen yesterday, the “Philthies” Phil Coke and Phil Hughes did great. And Mo closed out the series with his 26th save of the year.

                    

Defensive Analysis: A few stupid plays happened, like Jorge throwing the ball into center and Swish letting a tough hop get by him, but it didn’t cost anything. Overall, solid yesterday.

Offensive Analysis: Not much yesterday; Jackson pithced very well. There were only 5 hits, and 2 worth mentioning. In the bottom of the 4th, Arod hit a solo bomb that tied the game at one. Then in the bottom of the 6th, Big Tex launched a ball into the Teixeira’s Terrace in right to give the Yanks a lead that they never relinquished. Tex and Arod made up 80% of the Yankees hits, both going 2 for 4. Posada got the other hit, a nice double.

The heroes yesterday were Joba, Tex and Arod, and the Philthies. It is so great that the Yankees were able to sweep this series where all the games were close. Good pitching like the Tigers have is like what we may see in the postseason, and it is good to know the Yankees can handle it. And best of all, with the Red Sox loss, now the Yankees are 1 game out! Go get’m boys! Make me proud!  

Doc’s in the House

What is a fair package for the Yankees to give up to acquire Roy Halladay?

The Yankees have many talented prospects that can be fair game for trading. Austin Jackson, Jesus Montero, and Andrew Brackman, Ramiro Pena, and Francisco Cervelli, just to name a few. They also major leaguers that could go. Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Melky Cabrera, Brett Gardner, and Jose Molina are all quality baseball players that may be helpful for the Jays. But are they expendable for the Yankees?

The Blue Jays want A LOT for the best pitcher in baseball. And a select few, the Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, Cardinals, and maybe the Angels, can afford him. The Yankees should get Halladay to keep him away from the already-strong Red Sox. But the problem with the Yankees giving up there prospects for the Doc is that at the end of the 2010 season, Halladay is a free agent and may not want to return to the Yankees. That means the Yankees wasted the future of their franchise for an immediate contributor, which they have done too many times before. 

But saying Halladay wants to remain a Yankee, which prospects should the Yankees trade? I really hate to say it, but I think Joba Chamberlain should be considered. So far this year, he has not adapted to his a role as a starter; too many pitches (balls) too little innings, too low velocity on his once overpowering fastball. Even if the Yankees tried to put him back in the bullpen, he may that dominant guy of 2007. He is still a good pitcher, and still has a high trade value, and with work can be great again. Maybe the Jays are up for that.

Aside from Joba, I think the Yankees should trade star catching prospect Jesus Montero. The Yankees already have a very suprisingly good young catcher in Francisco Cervelli. Montero is still a few years aways from the big leagues. His primary skill is his bat, where he has Mike Piazza potential. But I think the Yankees need a strong defender and great game caller behind the plate, and that is what Cervelli brings to the table. He can also perform with the bat by doing the little things like bunting. He is not an automatic out. So although Montero is surely a great hitter, I think the Yankees have enough in their lineup and Cervelli is more valuable to the team. And besides, it would be hard for the Blue Jays to turn down an offer with such a talented prospect like that in it!

I’m sure Brian Cashman is working on putting Halladay in pinstripes. I hope he doesn’t do anything stupid by trading away somebody very valuable to the future of the Yankees. So Joba Chamberlain, Jesus Montero, and maybe others will bring the Doc to the Bronx. We can only hope.

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