Tagged: Rivera

*WHEN ANGELS PLAY WITH FIRE*

   – *WHO’S ON THE HILL?*



Sergio Mitre (3-2) vs. Roy Halladay (14-9)

   – *DOING A DECENT JOBA*

   Joba Chamberlain provided 4 quality innings in yesterday’s 5-3 victory over the Angels. Is it just me, or was 3 becoming a magic number with this guy? If Chamberlain made an appearance for 7 innings, he’d allow 3 runs. If Chamberlain made an appearance for 3 innings, he’d allow 3 runs. If Chamberlain was having an off-day on the mound, struggling to get out of the first inning alone… (you guessed it)- he’d be plucked by Girardi after allowing 3 runs! It was honestly a relief to see Joba make his exit on a good note, letting up a solo-shot in the second to keep things under control, and give the Yankees a reasonable chance to make a comeback.

   – *THE SWISH*

   Nick Swisher brought his ‘energy’ to the table, nailing a solo-shot in the 3rd inning off of Jered Weaver to tie things up, and calling it a day with 2 runs across the plate. Jeter put it best a while back… “Energy? Is that what you’re calling it?”

   – *BIG TEX*

   My final “shout-out” has to go to Mark Teixeira. “Tex” came out of this one 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s, giving the Yanks some breathing room to back up our relievers. A giant triple in the 5th brought two runners home, and despite pointing out a ‘catcher interference,’ the outstanding hit shifted the lead back to our side…

   – *MO WITH THE WALK?*

   A wise man once told me, “Mariano Rivera once walked a batter, just to see what it feels like.” Mo’s walked a mere 11 batters this season… ELEVEN! In the past 4 years, his grand total tallies up to an astonishing 30 BB’s to date! He never ceases to amaze me…

*MVP HONORS*

MARK TEIXEIRA
3 for 4, 2 RBI’s

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .330
Damon, LF 4 1 0 0 0 1 3 .284
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 3 2 0 0 1 .285
  1-Gardner, PR-CF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .272
Rodriguez, A, 3B 2 1 0 0 2 0 2 .286
Matsui, H, DH 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 .275
Posada, C 3 0 0 0 1 0 3 .280
  2-Guzman, F, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Molina, J, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .243
Cano, 2B 4 0 2 1 0 0 2 .319
Swisher, RF-1B 4 2 2 1 0 2 2 .254
Cabrera, Me, CF-RF 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 .280
Totals 29 5 9 4 5 4 15

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Chamberlain 4.0 4 1 1 0 2 1 4.39
Aceves, A 2.1 2 1 1 2 2 0 3.72
Coke (H, 19) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.91
Hughes, P (BS, 2)(W, 7-3) 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 0 3.18
Rivera, Ma (S, 40) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.69


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*GAUDIN’S BIG DAY*

   – *WHAT’S NEXT TO COME?*  

Andy Pettitte (9-6)  vs. Brad Penny (7-7)

   – *PLUCKED, BUT PROVIDED!*

  Chad Gaudin took the mound last night, and despite being pulled by Girardi in the 5th – Yankee fans witnessed a job well done. Although he headed to the bench with the bases juiced, this last minute slide was hardly enough reason to knock the solid day that Gaudin provided.

   – *ACE TO THE RESCUE*  

   With the bases loaded, Girardi made the decision to bring in Aceves as Gaudin’s pitch count climbed. He couldn’t of made the swap at a better time, because in the blink of an eye – Aceves created a ground-out double play that retired the sides before disaster struck.

   – *TEX GOES DEEP*

   Suggesting that one player is responsible for a win never sounds very fair… but consdering Teixeira had all 3 runs batted in to give us our final score – I think it’s safe to say that we “couldn’t of done it without ’em.” The ball he clobbered yesterday was his 31st of the season – and trust me, it was a SHOT to left that Yankee fans will remember.

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .331
Damon, LF 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 .285
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 1 3 0 1 2 .283
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .254
Matsui, H, DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .265
Swisher, RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .245
Cano, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 .313
Cabrera, Me, CF 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .267
Molina, J, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .244
Totals 32 3 6 3 1 9 5

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Gaudin 4.1 1 0 0 5 5 0 4.94
Aceves, A (W, 8-1) 2.1 4 2 2 0 2 1 3.82
Coke (H, 15) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.68
Hughes, P (H, 13) 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3.39
Rivera, Ma (S, 36) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.90

*PETTITTE TAKES HALLADAY* – 8/5

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*  

   Sergio Mitre (1-0) vs. Marc Rzepczynski (1-2) 

   – *WHO WOULD’VE THOUGHT?*

   Pettitte’s earned his stripes in the majors, but the way that Roy Halladay’s looked this year – predicting a win isn’t an insult to anybody. Halladay came into last nights game with an impressive 11-4 record, while Pettitte kicked off the Toronto series with a mediocre 8-6, 4.00+ ERA to date. It didn’t seem to matter…

   Through 6.1 innings, Pettitte allowed one single run and made his departure while the Yankees clung on to a 2-1 lead. With Damon, Teixeira, Rodriguez, and Cano ending this one with 2 for 4 nights – New York went on to steal the series opener 5-3. ‘Mo was called upon in the 8th to wrap things up when Hughes started to slip – but in tipical Rivera fashion, the Jays couldn’t put a dent in the lead we continued to build.

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .319
Damon, LF 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 .279
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 .285
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 1 2 1 0 1 0 .265
Matsui, H, DH 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 .260
Posada, C 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .272
Cano, 2B 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .306
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .288
Hinske, RF 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .262
  Hairston, J, RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .258
Totals 36 5 10 4 0 5 8

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Pettitte (W, 9-6) 6.2 4 1 1 4 6 0 4.35
Hughes, P (H, 10) 1.0 2 2 2 0 3 0 3.66
Rivera, Ma (S, 31) 1.1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1.96

*SWEEP NO MORE*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*  

   Andy Pettitte (8-6) vs. Roy Halladay (11-4)

   It’s anyone’s ballgame with these 2 on the mound…

   – *MELKY HITS FOR THE CYCLE!*

   Despite three losses in Chicago, the Yankees managed to avoid the sweep and maintain first place in the AL East. The entire game was epic, with both clubs notching a combined 26 hits, 13 RBI’s, and 76 at bats.

   The highlite of the game had to be Melky Cabrera hitting for the cycle, (the first cycle recorded by the Yankees since 1995.)  The final checkmark Cabrera needed as the game came to a close was the dreaded triple… and with a shot to the wall in right, (in the 9th inning no less,) – he slid into third safely for the milestone…

   Sabathia walked away with the win thanks to the rally – and New York avoided what would of been the first sweep since the All-Star break. Signal Hughes and ‘Mo to wrap things up, and you blow the whistle with another clockwork finish.

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 6 0 2 1 0 0 3 .322
Damon, LF 6 0 1 1 0 1 2 .276
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 1 0 2 0 2 .282
Rodriguez, A, DH 4 1 1 0 1 0 2 .261
Swisher, RF 3 2 2 0 2 1 1 .241
Cano, 2B 5 1 1 0 0 1 7 .304
Cabrera, Me, CF 5 3 4 4 0 0 3 .292
Hairston, J, 3B 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 .259
  a-Matsui, H, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .260
  1-Ransom, PR-3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .190
Molina, J, C 4 1 1 1 0 2 3 .254
  b-Posada, PH-C 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .272
Totals 40 8 15 8 6 6 25

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sabathia (W, 11-7) 7.0 10 5 5 0 5 2 3.95
Hughes, P (H, 9) 0.2 0 0 0 1 2 0 3.43
Rivera, Ma (S, 30) 1.1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2.01

*A JOBA WELL DONE*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?* 

   Andy Pettitte (8-5) vs. David Hernandez (2-2)

   – *CHAMBERLAIN GOES DEEP*

   What can I say? When I wrote my little Joba article yesterday, (see “The Joba Debate,”) – I knew that the All-Star break could do wonders for the ‘short outing’ funk he’s been in. More importantly, I believed that the critics had yet to see a solid start they could reference when debating his position in the rotation.

   Last night, he proved that when he’s comfortable – he’s good to go. Not only did he lower his ERA to 4.05, but he navigated us through 6 innings, allowing one single run. Tack on 8 more strikeouts, and you have a start as good as anybody…

   “Probably the best I’ve seen him all season,” said Teixeira. True indeed. I think the more time we give Joba to blossom, the more impressive he’ll become.

   – *WHAT ELSE WENT DOWN?*

   *Yesterday’s game was also “Old Timers Day.” Legends such as Goose Gossage, Yogi Berra, and Ken Griffey Sr. came out to play. How wierd was it seeing Mussina in the mix? He doesn’t even have a gray hair on his head, and he’s already pitching on “Old Timers Day” with the likes of Whitey Ford… Talk about retiring young…

   The rest of the game was what’s becoming ‘beautiful clockwork.‘ Let’s see if this sounds familiar: A-Rod homered. Teixeira homered. Hughes setup ‘Mo to perfection. ‘Mo closed the game and got the save. Go figure…

   We’ll end here with the specifics, and the Tigers swept under the rug:

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .321
Gardner, CF 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .277
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 .280
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 .255
Matsui, H, DH 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 .263
Posada, C 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .282
Cano, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 .308
Swisher, RF 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .235
Cabrera, Me, LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .281
Totals 27 2 5 2 5 5 13

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Chamberlain (W, 5-2) 6.2 3 1 1 3 8 1 4.05
Coke (H, 10) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.96
Hughes, P (H, 6) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.70
Rivera, Ma (S, 26) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2.25

   *Now on to the Orioles…

*CC CONQUERS VERLANDER*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

   Joba Chamberlain (4-2) vs. Edwin Jackson (7-4)

   – *TIGERS LOSE 2ND STRAIGHT*

   As assumed, today’s 2nd victory over the Tigers was a low scoring game. (Big surprise.) With a match-up as great as Sabathia and Verlander, I didn’t even expect to see a homerun in this one – but each side had one, and the real question became: who would actually score again?

   A-Rod parked one in the 7th off of Verlander, giving him 18 thus far – and helping the Yanks pull ahead late in the game. Keep in mind folks – Alex Rodriguez missed weeks after his hip surgery… and as cliche as it sounds – where would he be, had he been the healthy the entire season? Grumble all you want, but the question is intriguing. I think A-Rod would be sitting somewhere between 25-30 homers right now, and the All-Star appearance would of been set in stone yet again. It’s a shame that he missed the game due to lack of votes, while Josh Hamilton made the cut missing more time than anybody…

   With the Yanks leading 2-0 heading into the 8th, Aceves was brought in for relief duty by Girardi. Although he allowed a single run, he managed to move us through the inning with the lead in-tact, setting up Rivera for what he does best.

        + SIDENOTE: I thought Ace would make a great starter. I’m just throwing in my 2 cents here, but why would we give this guy one single opportunity to make a starting appearance? Some might argue that we “need him in the pen,” – but he was a proven pitcher who kept his ERA at a minimum… When the chance was given, his appearance wasn’t even that bad! Let me get this straight… Wang kicks things off with a 30.00+ ERA and gets 7 chances. Ace relieves like a monster, keeps his ERA through numerous innings below 3.00 – and gets plucked from the rotation after one single start? It upsets me because I watched Ace like a hawk, and always took note of how well he was performing. When the idea was mustered-up to make him the 5th starter, I felt like the organization was using their heads for a change. Now look at us: we’re on to Sergio Mitre…

   The game ended in tipical form, with ‘Mo being brought in to close – and closing like a pro. That gave Rivera his 25th save of the season, and yet another reason to crown him the “best closer of all time.” Trevor who? Oh… Trevor Hoffman – the all-time saves leader who pitches in the under-achieving National League. (Notice: I didn’t say the NL sucked lol… I simply said they under-achieve. Plenty of great players, but the AL is where it’s at.) Don’t kid yourself.

   Here’s a wrap-up for those who missed it:

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 2 0 0 1 2 .325
Damon, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .278
  Gardner, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .282
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 0 0 1 3 1 .277
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 1 1 1 0 1 2 .250
Matsui, H, DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .266
Posada, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .281
Cano, 2B 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 .310
Swisher, RF 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .236
Cabrera, Me, CF-LF 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 .285
Totals 30 2 7 2 1 8 8

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sabathia (W, 9-6) 7.0 5 0 0 3 4 0 3.66
Aceves, A (H, 4) 1.0 1 1 1 0 2 1 2.64
Rivera, Ma (S, 25) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.31

*That’s right: it’s right from the source from now on.

  

  

*A.J. OK – HUGHES INCREDIBLE*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

   CC Sabathia (8-6) vs. Justin Verlander (10-4)

   *You don’t need to be a Yankees/Tigers fan to appreciate this match-up. I expect goose-eggs across the board…

   – *YANKS RALLY AFTER ALL-STAR BREAK*

   Yesterday’s game was what the doctor ordered. Although it wasn’t the Burnett we’re becoming accustomed to seeing, he managed to keep the runs at a minimum – and with a little run support, we pulled off the victory. (After the recent Angels fiasco, thank god…) This biggest surprise of the night came when A.J was plucked in the 7th, and Hughes came in to offer his services from the pen. In a mere 2 innings, Phil managed to whiff 6 batters and grasp the ‘W’ for his 4th of the season… Believe the ‘pen hype people – he’s on fire.

   Mo managed his 24th save of the season. (Yawn…) Blow it in the 9th? That’s a language he can’t seem to translate.

   Here’s a look at the other noteworthy mentions:

JETER: 2 for 4, 1 run

DAMON: 2 for 4, 3 runs

TEIXEIRA: 3 for 5, 1 HR, 3 RBI’s

MATSUI: 2 for 4, 1 RBI

CANO: 2 for 4