Friday, May 11, 2012

Yanks Should Have Had Sweep Over Rays

Once again, the interference of real life meant that I couldn't post for 3 days. It also prevented me from doing this year's edition of "How to Be a Met Fan in Miami" in time for the start of that series tonight. It'll have to wait until their next series at the new Marlins Ballpark.

Bye-bye, Flyers! Bring on the Rangers -- if, that is, they can beat the Washington Capitals in Game 7 tomorrow night without choking as usual!


The Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays have played a 3-game series at Yankee Stadium II, and here's how it went:

* Tuesday night: Raul Ibanez hit 2 home runs, his 4th and 5th of the year. Curtis Granderson hit his 10th. James Shields (5-1) gave up the Grandy homer and the 1st of Ibanez'. The Yanks came back from a 2-0 deficit. Ivan Nova (4-1) pitched very well. Rafael Soriano made it interesting in the 8th, but David Robertson (1st save) shut the door in the 9th. Yankees 5, Rays 3.

* Wednesday night: Brutal. The Yankees scored a run on Robinson Cano's double in the 1st, and then Jeff Niemann and reliever Fernando Rodney (2-0) shut them out the rest of the way. The Yanks got 9 hits, but only the 1 run. Somehow, David Phelps, Boone Logan, Cory Wade and Soriano kept the Rays off the board for 8 innings.

But in the 9th, David Robertson (0-1) fell apart in the role that we expect to see filled by Mariano Rivera. He loaded the bases, gave up a game-tying sacrifice fly, and then gave up a 3-run homer to Matt Joyce. Rays 4, Yankees 1.

After the game, D-Rob tweeted, "I expected to be slaughtered tonight on Twitter, but the support y'all have shown reminds me how amazing Yankee fans are." His next tweet: "Tonight sucked, but if there is one thing Mo has shown me it's how important it is to turn the page." And his next: "And look, it's already after midnight, which means it's a new day. Let's take this series tomorrow! #GoYanks"

All of which shows that he knows how to approach this.

* Last night: Again, the Yankees came back from a 2-0 deficit. CC Sabathia settled down after that for some serious dealing (5-0). Granderson hit his 11th homer, Cano his 3rd. CC pitched 8, and Joe Girardi decided not to throw Robertson back out there for the 9th, trusting Soriano -- which worked, for his 1st save. Yankees 5, Rays 3.


With this series in the books, the Rays are now tied for 1st in the American League Eastern Division with the Baltimore Orioles. The Toronto Blue Jays are 2 games back. The Yankees are 2 1/2 back, 2 in the loss column. And the Boston Red Sox, now dealing with Josh Beckett's misbehavior, poor form and getting booed, are 7 1/2 games back 7 in the loss column.

Alex Rodriguez now has 2,808 career hits, 192 short of 3,000. He has 634 home runs, 66 short of 700, and 129 short of an all-time record of 763.

Tonight, the Yankees start a 3-game weekend series at home against the Seattle Mariners:

* Tonight, 7:00 on YES: Hiroki Kuroda vs. Felix Hernandez.

* Saturday, 4:00, the Fox Game of the Week: Phil Hughes against ex-Yankee Hector Noesi.

* Sunday, 1:00, on YES: Andy Pettitte returns, against Blake Beavan, a 23-year-old righthander from the Dallas Metroplex with 21 major league appearances thus far. The Yankees have never faced him before. Uh-oh...

The Mariners are not very good right now. We need to sweep these guys.

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