Since we last "spoke," I lost 10 pounds. All of it sweat during yesterday's Trenton Thunder game. I spent more money on drinks than on my ticket ($12 to $10). And while Manny Banuelos looked good, especially with his control, he ended up as the losing pitcher, leaving the game trailing the Reading Phillies 3-2, in a game the Thunder lost 4-3.
On Saturday, CC Sabathia did what CC Sabathia does: Shuts opposing teams down (14-4). 8 innings, 1 run, 3 hits, 3 walks. Mariano Rivera did what Mariano Rivera does: Pitches a scoreless 9 (23) -- although he did let 2 runners on, but finished the job. And the Yankee bats did what the Yankee bats do: Get enough runs for their pitchers. Against Ricky Romero (7-9), the Yanks got 2 runs in the 2nd, 1 in the 3rd and 1 in the 4th, and that was all they needed: Yankees 4, Toronto Blue Jays 1, at the Rogers Centre/SkyDome/SkyDump. Brett Gardner went 3-for-4, including 2 doubles.
Yesterday, the long-awaited first victory of the season for Phil Hughes (1-2), who outpitched Carlos Villanueva (7-2). The key for the Yankees was 4 runs in the 4th, including RBI doubles by Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson. Again, Gardner went 3-for-4. Cory Wade, David Robertson and Boone Logan each pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Hughes. Yankees 7, Blue Jays 2.
So it's a split of the 4-game series at the PeskyDome. They say if you can win 2 out of 3 at home (54 out of 81), and split on the road (41 out of 81), you'll make the Playoffs (95 out of 162). The Yankees are a game and a half behind the Red Sox, just 1 in the loss column. And, due to the fact that the Sox have played more games than the Yankees, the Yanks still have a Magic Number over them.
Jeter hits 3007 DONE
Rivera saves 582 19
A-Rod homers 626 137
A-Rod hits 2762 238
Magic Number 70 (to eliminate Scum, 63 for Rays, 56 for Jays, 53 for O's)
The Yankees start a 4-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays -- still over .500, but fading fast as most sensible people (read: Non-Yankee-Haters) expected -- in St. Petersburg, in a few minutes from this writing. A.J. Burnett and Alex Cobb are the opposing starters.
Following this series in Geezerland, the Yanks come home for a 10-game stand, against the Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles, before heading out on the road to play the Sox -- both sets, 4 with the White ones in Chicago, and then off to Scum Town to play the Red ones.
The season is ready to get serious. Come on you Bombers!
Fan Confidence Poll: August 21st, 2017
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