Saturday, June 28, 2014

Nuno, Bullpen Shut Out Red Sox. No, You Don't Have to Get Your Eyes Checked.

Note to self: Have eyes checked. Might need a new prescription for my glasses.

Because I saw that Vidal Nuno started for the Yankees against the Red Sox, and not only did the Yankees win, but shut The Scum out.

Nuno didn't get out of the 6th inning -- no surprise there -- but allowed no runs on 2 hits and 2 walks. He silenced the Sox bats, if not (yet) his critics (myself included).

Dellin Betances didn't allow a run either, which wasn't surprising. Adam Warren and Matt Thornton also pitched, and neither one of them allowed a run, which was incredibly surprising.

Of course, you need runs. The Yankees got 'em. Kelly Johnson hit a home run. So did Brett Gardner. So did Brian McCann. (In case you're keeping track of home runs hit this season, that's Brian McCann 9, Brett Gardner 7, Kelly Johnson 5, Robinson Cano 4.)

Yankees 6, Red Sox 0. WP: Nuno (2-4). No save. LP: Brandon Workman (1-1).

The fact that the Yankees needed "only" 4 pitchers to beat the Red Sox is pretty amazing even if you knew nothing else about the game. So is the fact that no save was necessary.

Okay, enough dispassionate reporting, let's get to the fun, partisan fact:

Six-nil! We beat The Scum six-nil! We beat The Scum six-nil! We beat The Scum six-nil!

The Yankees are now 41-37. In spite of all their difficulties, they're a game and a half behind the Toronto Blue Jays, 45-38. The Baltimore Orioles are 42-37, 1 game back. Which means that, due to a difference in total games played, both the Yankees and the O's are ahead of the Jays in the all-important loss column.

The Red Sox? 36-44, 7 1/2 games back. The Tampa Bay Rays? In the immortal words of Sir Cute One, "Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away, now it looks as though they're here to stay." 33-49, 11 1/2 games back, and we're still in June.

But then, Paul McCartney is 72, which makes him the same age as the average Rays fan. Ha!

Yeah, I know, the ghost of John Lennon is telling me, "Yer a swine!"

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Anyway, the series continues tonight, with Masahiro "Hero" Tanaka starting against John "Mo" Lester.

Come on you Pinstripes! Beat The Scum again!

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Days until the U.S. national soccer team plays again: 3, this Tuesday afternoon, at 4:00 PM Eastern Time, vs. Belgium, at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. The USMNT lost 1-0 to among-the-favorites Germany, but since Portugal beat Ghana, we advanced to the knockout stage anyway. (A draw between Portugal and Ghana would also have done the trick.)

Days until the Red Bulls play again: 6, next Friday night, at 8:03 PM, away to the Houston Dynamo. Last night, Metro needed a stoppage time goal from Thierry Henry to preserve a 2-2 draw at home to Toronto FC. Yes, that is embarrassing.

Days until the Red Bulls next play a "derby": 18, on Wednesday, July 16, at 7:00 PM, away to the Philadelphia Union, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Days until Arsenal play again: Officially, not until the new season starts in August. Unofficially, it's this, and I'm just busting about it:

Days until the Arsenal-Red Bulls match at Red Bull Arena: 28, on Saturday, July 26. Just 4 weeks. Just 5 days after that, Red Bull Arena will also host Bayern Munich, perennially and again Champions of Germany, vs. C.D. Chivas of Guadalajara, perhaps the most legendary club of Mexico.

Days until the next Yankees-Red Sox series begins (after this one, that is): 34, on Friday night, August 1, at 7:00 PM, at Fenway Park. Just 5 weeks.
Days until the 2014-15 Premier League season begins: 49, on Saturday, August 16, with Arsenal at home to Southeast London club Crystal Palace. Just 7 weeks.

Days until Rutgers plays football again: 61, on Thursday, August 28, away to Washington State, at CenturyLink Field, home of the NFL Champion Seattle Seahawks. (It had been listed as August 30, but was moved up.) Just 2 months.

Days until East Brunswick High School plays football again: 68, on Thursday, September 4, home to Woodbridge. Just 11 weeks. It's on a Thursday night, rather than a Friday night, because of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
 Days until Rutgers makes its Big Ten Conference debut: 77 days, on Saturday, September 13, at 8:00 PM, against old enemy Penn State. Just 11 weeks.

Days until Derek Jeter's last regular-season home game (barring injury): 89, on Thursday, September 25, against the Baltimore Orioles. Under 3 months.

Days until the next North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham: 91, on Saturday, September 27, at the Emirates Stadium.

Days until Derek Jeter's last regular-season game (barring injury): 92, on Sunday, September 28, against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Days until the Devils play again: 103. The 2014-15 NHL schedule has been released. They open on Thursday, October 9, away to the Philadelphia Flyers. They once again get screwed by Commissioner Gary Bettman and his schedulemakers, this time having to play 4 road games before their home opener, on Saturday, October 18, at 7:00 PM, vs. the San Jose Sharks.

Days until the Devils play another local rival: See the previous answer. The first game against The Scum is Tuesday night, October 21, at the Prudential Center. The first game against the Islanders is Saturday night, November 29, at the Nassau Coliseum. The Devils' last trip to Uniondale, before the Isles move to Brooklyn, is Monday night, December 15.

Days until Game 7 of the 2014 World Series -- the absolute latest you can ever again see Derek Jeter in a competitive game: 123, on Wednesday, October 29. A little over 4 months, and no more Jeter -- not as an active player, anyway.

Days until the next East Brunswick vs. Old Bridge Thanksgiving game: 152, on Thursday morning, November 27, 10:00 AM. A little over 5 months.

Days until New York City FC make their Major League Soccer debut: Unknown, but a new MLS season usually begins on the 2nd Saturday in March, which would be March 14, 2015. That's 259 days. Under 9 months. Whether it will be a home game, and thus at the new Yankee Stadium, is yet to be determined.

Days until the New York Islanders' last game at the Nassau Coliseum: 287, on April 11, 2015, at 7:00 PM, against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Under 10 months.

Days until the Islanders' first home game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn: Unknown, but an NHL regular season usually begins on the 1st Friday in October, which would be October 2, 2015. That's 461 days. That's under 16 months. Or, to put it another way, "461 Sleeps Till Brooklyn." Until then, even with their 4 straight long-ago Stanley Cups, they're just a Small Club In Hempstead.

Days until the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: 769, on Friday, August 5, 2016. Under 26 months.

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