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Pitching excels behind weak hitting, creating a miserable week for the Bronx.


Yankees
drop two straight series

It
is very rare that anyone thinks or says the words ‘Thank God it’s
Monday’ but I can only imagine that is what is being muttered by
every single managerial character in the Yankee organization this
morning. One can almost hear the sigh of relief being exhaled across
Yankeedom as the team gets the hell out of Florida, leaving that
stadium and a dismal week behind them. 

It’s
hard to take a streak like this, interrupted by the occasional win,
after such a thrilling May. So as we buckle down for Atlanta on
Wednesday, it’s worth contemplating what went wrong. 

The
bright side of things is that it definitely was not pitching;

In
fact, study these numbers: 

From
May 15th to June 13th, the Yankees pitching staff averaged around 30
runs
given up every seven games. That’s not a poor performance in
the least: Definitely not one that warrants a series lost to the
god-forsaken Nationals. So it must have gotten worse going
into the series against the Nationals…

On
the contrary, since June 13th to today (seven games of play), the
Yankees pitching staff has given up only 18 runs

The
question stands: How is it that with the best pitching our staff has
given since May 15th, we performed the worst. This is not exactly a
Sherlock Holmes-caliber mystery;

The
New York Yankees are not hitting. 

Since
May 1st, through today, the Yankee batting average has dropped close
to 40 points

The
following is the Yankee hitting stats for the month of May, with a
game average at the bottom: 

Date G Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS LOB
May 1, 2009 to May 31, 2009 28 17-11 1103 980 155 276 60 5 47 152 94 3 170 11 11 7 9 22 17 6 .282 .349 .497 .846 197
Average 1.0 39.4 35.0 5.5 9.9 2.1 0.2 1.7 5.4 3.4 0.1 6.1 0.4 0.4 0.2 0.3 0.8 0.6 0.2 7.0

The
following is the Yankee hitting stats so far for the month of June,
with a game average at the bottom: 

Date G Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS LOB
Jun 1, 2009 to Jun 21, 2009 19 9-10 716 620 95 153 33 1 25 89 86 3 99 5 3 2 6 17 15 1 .247 .342 .424 .766 127
Average 1.0 37.7 32.6 5.0 8.1 1.7 0.1 1.3 4.7 4.5 0.2 5.2 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.3 0.9 0.8 0.1 6.7


These
stats (mind you, thats what they are, just stats) mean to me the
following: In May, with Gardner on third, we may have won the game
last night. In fact, we also may have come back to take the game
against the Nationals, where Cano grounded into a DP to end it. That
walk-off/comeback spark has deserted us, along with that serious
chunk of the team BA. 

But
most importantly , remember this: When Teixeira and A-Rod do decide
to awaken from their respective slumps, take a deeeeep yawn, stretch
their arms, and lumber over to the metaphorical plate,
hopefully sometime around the All-star break, we will
look nothing like the .242 we have right now in the month of June. So
stay strong, Yankee fans, 4.0 games is nothing. 

And
with that, I’ll leave you until tomorrow, when I’ll give
thoughts/predictions on the upcoming series.

Link
of the Day:
No
immediate word on Sabathia’s injury

Extra
Note:
How about Brett Gardner? 

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Bruney gets apologetic, Jose Veras gets DFA’d, CC gets win

Bruney gets apologetic

Brian Bruney did two things over this weekend: He pulled himself out of the minors, with a shutout outing in Scranton, and he embarrassed himself, pulling himself out of a feud with Francisco Rodriguez. 
What did he say again? “He’s got a tired act,” Alright, harmless.
But I side with K-Rod here despite my blatant Yankee bias because I refuse to be a hypocrite. A hypocrite in the sense that if I agreed with what Bruney said about K-Rod’s celebrations, I’d have to explain this:

jobacelebratessmaller.jpg
(taken from mlbtoday.net  )

So it was kind of a lose-lose situation for Bruney; Either he not say anything and look like the lesser man after that altercation, or he apologize and look like a fool. I’d say he made the right move and apologized, bowing down to the mighty will of the great, theatrically-flawed Rodriguez.
“Obviously, I probably shouldn’t have said what I said,” Bruney admitted, “I made that mistake and I’m moving on,”

Ok, fantastic. All I really cared about was how he returned to the Yankees. And he did so just fine. One third inning, no runs. Thank you Bruney, and now please, stop talking. 

Jose Veras gets DFA’d

In a way the most important thing (Yankee-related) that happened today. Veras, had been struggling all season (as of today, a 5.96 ERA, 25 innings and 17 ER), and with Bruney coming up, there were several options. There were a good amount of DFA possibilities; Berroa, Tomko, Veras. There was also the thought of Robertson being sent down. 

I held my fingers crossed for Robertson of course, because I have that blind belief in the occasional young guy. I think he has serious potential and should get as much time as possible with jeopardizing wins (until he’s not longer categorized as a win jeopardizer). 

I figured that Berroa would be the best option because Pena has easily been outperforming him as the backup infielder, and the guy just didn’t seem to fit. It would be a loss if he was picked up off the waiver list, but it seems worth it. Veras looked like he was turning it around…

But it was Veras. Luckily, our bullpen, with Bruney back, is starting to look considerably above average, the exact opposite of early this season (take a walk down memory lane, why don’t you). 


CC Gets the Win

Before I bid you good night, CC looked stellar today, approaching what he looked like near-break last year. He is our ace now, and with him off our minds, we can focus on worrying on Wang (congratulate him if you see him, he has a new baby boy) and Burnett and Pettitte and Hughes and Joba and…



(introducing this new section)
John Sterling/Suzyn Waldman Quote of the Day: (near word for word) “Swung on and HIT IN THE AIR TO DEEP LEFT CENTER FIELD, AND THAT BALL IS….Caught! Wait, no! It’s off the wall!” 


Yankee Play of the Day:  Melky’s great grab

Missed Opportunities as Yank’s lose lead, game to Sox

I will not write much on the loss tonight. I will only give my thoughts on two aspects.

Missed Opportunities
I do not mean to repeat what I wrote in the other post I gave today. I am not saying “I told you so”.
But I cannot go without mentioning the 21 runners left on base. The 1 for 11 with RISP. Brad Penny did not pitch as well as it looks, once you study the the Yankee half of all nine innings:
1st Inning: First and Third, 2 out. No runs scored.
2nd Inning: First and Second, none out. No runs scored, baserunning error on Nick Swisher
3rd Inning: First with no out. No runs 
4th Inning: First and Second with two out. No runs
5th Inning: Penny’s only 1-2-3
6th Inning: First with one out. No runs
It was not by any means a performance that deserved the 0 runs it yielded. But it got that number because, aside from the 1 for 11 and the 21 LOB, the 2-3-4 hitters went 1 for 12. 
So with that,
This is Where The Yankees Turn It Around

This is where the team turns it around. Let’s be optimistic: It’s not even the All Star break yet. The Yankees have always played better after the break, and with that, the Yankees can erase these dismal runners-stranded performances from our memories. The Yankees can be clutch, but it can’t just be streaky moments vs. the Twins. They will need to find it in them to make it against everything – because lets be real, we know the lineup is capable. 
Extra Note: 
We are all thankful for the ace that C.C. has become