Pittsburgh 2, NYY 1

April 24, 2017 – 7:39 am

Where was this version of Ivan Nova when he was in a Yankee uniform? Sheez, when he was traded to Pittsburgh he was pitching to a 4.90 ERA. Since then it’s been 2.75. As they say, good pitching beats good hitting, and this game was just more proof of that. The good news is that Jordan Montgomery gave Nova and the Pirates a run for their money, going six innings and allowing just two runs. Montgomery continues to impress as the number five starter.

So the Yankees end up losing a series after winning three in a row. Hard to complain about that. But now we’ve got Boston and Baltimore coming up. We’ll learn a lot more about just how good (or bad) this team is over the next week.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0   1 6 0 9 3
Pirates 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 X   2 8 1 7 4
WP: I. Nova (2-2)   LP: J. Montgomery (1-1)   S: T. Watson (6)
HQS: NYY – J. Montgomery (6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR)
HQS: PIT – I. Nova (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – J. Ellsbury, PIT – None

LOB: NYY 8, PIT 7   RISP: NYY 0-for-6, PIT 1-for-10

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NYY 11, Pittsburgh 5

April 23, 2017 – 7:40 am
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 5 1   11 13 0 6 3
Pirates 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0   5 8 2 10 4
WP: D. Betances (2-1)   LP: F. Rivero (1-1)   
HR: NYY – C. Carter, S. Castro, A. Judge, PIT – A. McCutchen, D. Freese

LOB: NYY 7, PIT 8   RISP: NYY 5-for-11, PIT 2-for-8

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Pittsburgh 6, NYY 3

April 22, 2017 – 7:40 am
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0   3 10 1 8 2
Pirates 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 X   6 8 3 9 4
WP: J. Nicasio (1-2)   LP: C. Sabathia (2-1)   S: T. Watson (5)
HR: NYY – None, PIT – J. Mercer, J. Bell

LOB: NYY 11, PIT 6   RISP: NYY 0-for-7, PIT 3-for-7

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NYY 9, White Sox 1

April 20, 2017 – 7:38 am

Nice bounce back by the offense after being shut down the previous night by Miguel Gonzalez. This early in the season you are understandably nervous that the strong offensive showing is just a fluke, and that it will eventually return to what we saw much of last year. So anytime they get shut down for one game, it’s easy to think “Oh no, here we go down the tubes”. So that’s what made the offensive outburst in this one so nice. And it wasn’t just one or two players — everyone in the starting lineup got at least one hit, and everyone scored at least one run or got one RBI. It doesn’t get more balanced than that.

And the icing on the cake here was a quality start from Tanaka. Now the talking heads seemed to think he’s was struggling a bit and didn’t have his “good stuff”, but you could have fooled me. Over 7 innings he gave up 1 ER on 6 H with 6 Ks. On a per game basis, all three of those stats are better than what he did last year. So if in fact he was struggling, I can’t wait to see what he’s like when he isn’t struggling!

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
White Sox 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   1 6 1 7 2
Yankees 2 2 0 0 4 0 0 1 X   9 11 0 7 3
WP: M. Tanaka (2-1)   LP: D. Covey (0-1)   
HQS: NYY – M. Tanaka (7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – C. Headley, S. Castro, A. Hicks, A. Judge, CWS – None

LOB: NYY 3, CWS 6   RISP: NYY 3-for-5, CWS 1-for-10

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White Sox 4, NYY 1

April 19, 2017 – 7:38 am

And so the eight game win streak comes to an end. Not much you can do when you got someone pitching like Miguel Gonzalez was. It was pretty obvious from the first couple of innings that runs were going to be scarce. The good news is that Luis Severino pitched excellent as well. He did give up two home runs that netted four runs, but still he looked as good as ever, giving up just three hits while striking out ten and not walking a batter. So even though this one goes in the L column, it’s still encouraging as the Yankee starting rotation continues to pitch well above expectations. And in the long run, that’s what is going to determine where the team is come October.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
White Sox 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0   4 3 1 11 0
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1   1 4 1 5 3
WP: M. Gonzalez (2-0)   LP: L. Severino (1-1)   S: D. Robertson (4)
HQS: NYY – L. Severino (8 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO, 2 HR)
HQS: CWS – M. Gonzalez (8.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – None, CWS – A. Garcia, L. Garcia

LOB: NYY 4, CWS 0   RISP: NYY 0-for-3, CWS 1-for-2

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NYY 7, White Sox 4

April 18, 2017 – 7:37 am

Well, there was certainly no regressing to the mean in this one. Yet another solid start from Jordan Montgomery, and once again the offense looked solid. Only downside to this one was Warren not being able to close it out and give Chapman yet another day of rest. But hard to fault Warren for the job he’s done so far this year. Win streak now at eight and counting……

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
White Sox 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1   4 11 2 5 3
Yankees 0 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 X   7 10 0 9 1
WP: J. Montgomery (1-0)   LP: D. Holland (1-2)   S: A. Chapman (4)
QS: NYY – J. Montgomery (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – M. Holliday, A. Judge, CWS – Y. Sanchez

LOB: NYY 3, CWS 6   RISP: NYY 3-for-7, CWS 2-for-7

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NYY 9, St. Louis 3

April 17, 2017 – 7:53 am

OK, we’re starting to enter bizarro world. We all kinda figured the Yankees weren’t really as bad as they looked in that first week, but now that they’ve won seven in a row, certainly no one believes that they are this good. I’m guessing we’ll see some significant “regression to the mean” over the next couple of weeks, which should tell us a lot about just how good or bad this team really is.

For now, though, the Yankees keep hitting on all cylinders, that’s for sure. Pineda gives up just two runs in seven innings, for his second straight good start. The starting pitching is all looking very good right now. Heck, Tanaka is the weakest link here — and you have to believe that ultimately he will be the ace of the staff. And the bullpen has been stellar from the git-go — they currently lead the league in ERA (1.23), and there’s really no reason to think they won’t continue to dominate the way they have.

And offensively — an area where there were lots of question marks — they are second in the league in R/G (5.00) and lead the league in OPS (.796). In this win, Greg Bird finally looked like he has snapped out of his slump, going 3-for-3 with a 2-run home run. And Headley, Hicks, and Castro continued with their hot bats going a combined 6-for-10. And remember that we’re still without two of our best players from last year, Sanchez and Gregorius. The potential for this offense is kind of scary!

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Cardinals 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1   3 8 0 8 3
Yankees 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 5 X   9 13 1 5 7
WP: M. Pineda (2-1)   LP: A. Wainwright (0-3)   
HQS: NYY – M. Pineda (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – A. Hicks, G. Bird, STL – Y. Molina

LOB: NYY 6, STL 8   RISP: NYY 4-for-7, STL 1-for-8

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NYY 3, St. Louis 2

April 16, 2017 – 7:41 am

It’s starting to look like a long year for all the CC-haters out there. Sabathia turned in his third straight good start Saturday, and each start has been better than the previous one. The offense could only put up three runs against the Cardinals’ Carlos Martinez in a rather bizarre outing which included 11 strikeouts but also 8 walks. But that was more than enough runs as CC held the Cards to just one run over 7.1 innings, and the bullpen once again did it’s job of holding the lead from there.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Cardinals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1   2 5 2 10 2
Yankees 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 X   3 5 0 17 8
WP: C. Sabathia (2-0)   LP: C. Martinez (0-2)   S: T. Clippard (1)
HQS: NYY – C. Sabathia (7.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – None, STL – S. Piscotty, J. Gyorko

LOB: NYY 12, STL 6   RISP: NYY 1-for-13, STL 0-for-4

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NYY 4, St. Louis 3

April 15, 2017 – 7:38 am

Everything is starting to click now. Tanaka looks to be getting back in form after a rocky start, going 6.1 innings and giving up only 3 runs (a “quality” start). The bullpen is starting to look like everything it was advertised to be, with Tyler Clippard bailing Tanaka out of a second-and-third one out situation to preserve the lead and ultimately the win. And the offense keeps coming through, with someone different contributing each night — in this one it was Castro and Romine with the home runs that made the difference. And so the Yankees are now in second place in the East. Nice comeback from that terrible start.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Cardinals 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0   3 6 1 9 4
Yankees 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 X   4 9 0 10 4
WP: M. Tanaka (1-1)   LP: M. Wacha (1-1)   S: A. Chapman (3)
QS: NYY – M. Tanaka (6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR)
QS: STL – M. Wacha (6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 2 HR)
HR: NYY – S. Castro, A. Romine, STL – M. Carpenter

LOB: NYY 8, STL 7   RISP: NYY 0-for-9, STL 1-for-5

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NYY 3, Tampa Bay 2

April 14, 2017 – 7:34 am

A series sweep, a 4-game winning streak, and over .500 for the first time this season. Now we’re cooking. Luis Severino recorded his first W since 2015 (yeah, unbelievable), and looked great doing it — a 7-inning quality start with 11 Ks and just one walk. And Aaron Hicks (like Aaron Judge) also seems to be starting to figure things out. After a rather poor 2016 (.217 BA and .617 OPS), he’s now at .313 and 1.226.

Now to see if they can continue to look this good with the St. Louis Cardinals, who so far are off to a weak start, coming into town.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Rays 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0   2 7 0 15 2
Yankees 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 X   3 7 0 7 5
WP: L. Severino (1-0)   LP: X. Cedeno (1-1)   S: A. Chapman (2)
HQS: NYY – L. Severino (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 11 SO, 1 HR)
HQS: TB – M. Andriese (6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – A. Hicks (2), TB – P. Bourjos

LOB: NYY 7, TB 6   RISP: NYY 0-for-8, TB 1-for-4

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