Houston 5, NYY 1

May 13, 2017 – 7:59 am

Looks like the Baby Bombers may be finally coming back down to earth. That’s three straight games scoring three or fewer runs. Shades of 2016.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Astros 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 1   5 11 1 11 2
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1   1 7 1 13 0
WP: L. McCullers (3-1)   LP: J. Montgomery (2-2)   
HQS: HOU – L. McCullers (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – None, HOU – B. McCann

LOB: NYY 7, HOU 8   RISP: NYY 1-for-9, HOU 3-for-10

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Houston 3, NYY 2

May 12, 2017 – 7:34 am

Good pitching beats good hitting, and man was this one a perfect example of that. Dallas Keuchel made the Baby Bombers look like little leaguers. Particularly embarrassing was the bottom of the sixth. The Yankees have men on first and third with no outs, and then Keuchel proceeds to strike out Judge, Headley, and Gregorius to end the threat. And all three struck out swinging on third strike pitches that were no where close to the strike zone.

Now against a pitcher like Keuchel, you can kind of understand that. But what the sam hill was Joe Espada doing sending Ellsbury to home on the play that ended the game? The Astros have just substituted a new left fielder for defensive purposes so you know he has a good arm, and Sanchez’ hit was well in front of him. Ellsbury didn’t stand a chance. Plus you have your number three and four hitters coming up. Sending Ellsbury was totally inexcusable. As good as Keuchel was, this game ended up being very winnable, and Espada blew it, period.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Astros 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0   3 9 2 8 3
Yankees 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1   2 7 0 14 4
WP: D. Keuchel (6-0)   LP: M. Pineda (3-2)   S: K. Giles (10)
QS: NYY – M. Pineda (6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR)
HQS: HOU – D. Keuchel (6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – None, HOU – C. Correa

LOB: NYY 9, HOU 8   RISP: NYY 1-for-9, HOU 2-for-11

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Memories Of Last Year

May 11, 2017 – 1:55 pm

What a difference a year can make, no? At this point last year, the Yankees were averaging scoring 3.8 R/G while the pitching was giving up 4.4 R/G. Clearly that’s going to lead to lots of lost games — and sure enough at this point last year the Yankees were 13-18, five games below .500. Fast forward to this year, and the offense is scoring at the rate of 5.8 R/G while the pitching is coming in at 4.0 R/G. And sure enough, that nets them a 21-10 record, eleven games over .500. That’s how amazing this season has been so far — in just 31 games, they are a net SIXTEEN games better than they were last year. Wow.

Obviously they are playing great ball now, and at some point they are going to regress back to something not quite so phenomenal. The big question is just where will it all end up? Hopefully they’ll stay competitive all season and we end up with very meaningful games in September.

Cincinnati 5, NYY 3

May 10, 2017 – 7:52 am

Is it time to start worrying about Sabathia? That’s four bad starts in a row now — 22 earned runs over just 20.2 innings for a 9.58 ERA over that period. Seems like he would do this last year — pitch pretty well for a month or two, then stink it up, then start pitching better. Totally unpredictable. I guess as long as he’s the number five starter, you just live with it? The Yankee offense was a bit off in this one, so it ended up in the loss column. But given that they are averaging 5.9 runs per game, even with CC stinking it up, they’ll still have a chance of winning.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   3 7 1 7 6
Reds 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 X   5 8 0 7 4
WP: T. Adleman (2-1)   LP: C. Sabathia (2-2)   S: R. Iglesias (6)
HR: NYY – G. Sanchez, D. Gregorius, CIN – None

LOB: NYY 8, CIN 8   RISP: NYY 1-for-6, CIN 4-for-13

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NYY 10, Cincinnati 4

May 9, 2017 – 7:35 am

Yet another start for Tanaka where he didn’t look all that great, but nonetheless got the job done, giving up four runs (three earned) in seven innings. But with the Yankee offense going the way it is these days, that’s plenty good to notch an easy win. Once again it was everyone up and down the lineup delivering, with seven different batters getting RBIs. Particularly encouraging was Gary Sanchez, going 3-for-3. If he gets back to where he was at the end of last year, with everyone else hitting the way they are, the pitching is going to be pretty much irrelevant!

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 3 0   10 13 2 5 7
Reds 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0   4 11 1 6 1
WP: M. Tanaka (5-1)   LP: R. Davis (1-2)   
HQS: NYY – M. Tanaka (7 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – B. Gardner, M. Holliday, CIN – J. Votto

LOB: NYY 11, CIN 6   RISP: NYY 5-for-16, CIN 3-for-9

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NYY 5, Cubs 4

May 8, 2017 – 7:42 am

What a bizarre game. Severino comes through with an outstanding start, Judge and Ellsbury deliver key hits, and the Yankees take a three run lead into the bottom of the ninth, three outs away from a very nice sweep of the Cubbies. Then Aroldis Chapman implodes and blows the save and we’re off to extra innings. The Yankee offense then totally disappears, with the first six batters in extra innings striking out. But the Chicago offense is just as bad — both teams managed just two hits in the first eight extra innings. Finally, thank goodness, the Yankees score what ends up being the winning run in the 18th with two bunts and a fielder’s choice — Baby Bombers, indeed. Sheez.

Oh well, I guess in terms of the big picture the Yankees got the W and a three-game sweep of Chicago. They maintained a half-game lead over Baltimore, who also happens to be red hot right now. And incredibly, they now have the best record in the entire MLB. Who would have thought that a month ago? Let’s just hope that this extra-inning marathon doesn’t have any short-term effects on the team as they now go to Cincinnati, who also happens to be playing pretty good right now.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18   R H E SO BB
Yankees 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1   5 10 0 22 5
Cubs 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   4 11 2 26 10
WP: C. Shreve (1-0)   LP: P. Strop (0-2)   
HQS: NYY – L. Severino (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO, 1 HR)
HQS: CHC – J. Lester (7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – J. Ellsbury, CHC – J. Baez

LOB: NYY 11, CHC 18   RISP: NYY 1-for-13, CHC 2-for-15

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NYY 11, Cubs 6

May 7, 2017 – 7:39 am

The Baby Bombers just keep rolling along. Now I’m told that one of these teams is in a rebuilding year while the other is the reigning World Series Champions with good odds to repeat. Hard to tell which one is which at this point! It was Aaron Hicks and Starlin Castro carrying the offense this time, going a combined 7-for-9 with 6 RBIs and two home runs. Now Aaron Judge has been getting the lion’s share of the media coverage so far this year, but the reality is that both Castro and Hicks have higher BAs than Judge, and both are within spitting distance of Judge on OPS — heck, Hicks is just one percentage point behind Judge. That’s not to diminish what Judge has done so far, but just to point out that all three so far are having incredible seasons. Now you can safely assume that not all three are going to continue at this pace. But on the flip side, seems like at least one of them is headed for a fantastic year — if not two or even all three of them. Bottom line, things continue to look incredibly good for the 2017 Yankees!

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 5 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 0   11 14 1 5 6
Cubs 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 0   6 7 2 6 5
WP: J. Montgomery (2-1)   LP: B. Anderson (2-2)   
HQS: NYY – J. Montgomery (6.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – A. Hicks, S. Castro, CHC – None

LOB: NYY 7, CHC 7   RISP: NYY 5-for-14, CHC 2-for-10

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NYY 3, Cubs 2

May 6, 2017 – 7:45 am

With the Yankees down 2-0 in the ninth, you kinda had to figure they had the World Champion Cubbies right where they wanted them, no? Sure enough the never-say-die Baby Bombers score three in the ninth after coming down to their last strike, with Brett Gardner doing the honors this time with a 3-run homer. That gives Gardner five HRs in the last six games. Every game it’s like that — someone somewhere in the lineup comes up with a big night to power the Yankees to a win.

And let’s not overlook an excellent outing from Michael Pineda. Two runs on just three hits over six innings. He’s starting to show some good consistency — he’s 4-0 over his last five starts, and the Yankees have won all five of those games. Now to see if Montgomery can match that. The bar keeps getting raised higher and higher, which is of course a good thing!

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3   3 11 2 10 3
Cubs 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   2 4 0 10 2
WP: J. Holder (1-0)   LP: H. Rondon (0-1)   S: A. Chapman (7)
HQS: NYY – M. Pineda (6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 2 HR)
HR: NYY – B. Gardner, CHC – K. Schwarber, K. Bryant

LOB: NYY 9, CHC 6   RISP: NYY 2-for-11, CHC 0-for-5

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NYY 8, Toronto 6

May 4, 2017 – 12:15 pm

That’s three ugly starts in a row for CC. Definitely cause for concern — but then again, he’s got a history of figuring out what’s wrong and righting the ship. So all we can do is hope for the best. But hey, with the Baby Bombers a bad start is easily overcome, right? Aaron Judge just continues to amaze, not only hitting for power but hitting for average as well. Certainly he’s going to come back down to earth at some point — but in the meantime, man is he fun to watch.

With Boston beating Baltimore (man what an ugly series that was!), the Yankees are in sole possession of first place, and have won three series in a row against East division rivals. The fairy tale season continues against the World Series champion Cubs over the weekend. More fun, fun, fun!

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Blue Jays 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   6 8 0 11 5
Yankees 3 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 X   8 12 0 11 8
WP: D. Betances (3-1)   LP: J. Biagini (0-1)   S: A. Chapman (6)
HR: NYY – M. Holliday, A. Judge, TOR – S. Pearce

LOB: NYY 10, TOR 6   RISP: NYY 3-for-9, TOR 3-for-13

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NYY 11, Toronto 5

May 3, 2017 – 7:38 am

Nice bounce back for the Baby Bombers after taking the last two games off. The potential for this offense is mind numbing. They are leading the league in R/G, OBP, SLG and OPS — and that’s with Didi Gregorius having only played four games and Gary Sanchez five games. Can you imagine what they are going to be like with both of those guys back in the lineup on a regular basis? And add to that the possibility of Greg Bird at some point returning to his 2015 and spring training form. It does boggle the mind. But then again, we’re dealing with a ton of small sample size issues here, so it could just as easily all go to hell and we could end up with a repeat of last year’s dismal offensive team. But for now, things are looking oh so good!

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Blue Jays 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 0   5 11 1 7 2
Yankees 1 4 1 1 0 1 3 0 X   11 16 1 10 4
WP: M. Tanaka (4-1)   LP: M. Latos (0-1)   
HR: NYY – A. Judge (2), A. Hicks, B. Gardner (2), TOR – S. Pearce (2)

LOB: NYY 8, TOR 8   RISP: NYY 4-for-12, TOR 1-for-10

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