Monday, August 4, 2014

Yanks Win Series at Fenway, But No Rest for Weary as Tigers Come to Town

A Sunday night ESPN game. Against the Boston Red Sox. At Fenway Park. The starting pitchers were David Phelps and Clay Buchholz.

All those who went into this game thinking the Yankees were going to win, don't raise your hands, because you're lying bastards.

In fact, Phelps had to leave the game after 2 innings. Joe Girardi said he'd been dealing with elbow inflammation for "three or four weeks."

That's how long Phelps has been pitching better! What the hell?

Well, he didn't pitch well yesterday. After 2 innings, it was 5-3 Boston.

Two of those Yankee runs scored on a double by Brett Gardner. Lately, as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would say, "He has a little bit the quality, and the mental strength."

The Yankees closed to within 5-4 on a double by former Scummer, new Yankee Stephen Drew. Then David Ortiz hit a home run to make it 7-4 after 4.

Just in case you're keeping track, that's 457 career home runs for Ortiz -- 58 with the Minnesota Twins, and 399 since he discovered that steroids, and lying about them, can be fun!

But the Yankees tied the game in the 5th, thanks to a double by new boy Chase Headley and a single by Drew. That was it for Buchholz, who didn't have his good stuff. And then, in the 6th, Gardner hit a home run, his 15th of the season -- his 5th of the week.

According to ESPN, it went 420 feet. How is Brett Gardner hitting home runs with that frequency, and that distance? At this rate, Sox fans will soon start calling for Gardner to be tested for steroids! Ignoring, of course, Ortiz and his established transgression.

That made it 8-7 Yankees, and the bullpen made it stand up: Esmil Rogers in the 5th, 6th and 7th; Dellin Betances in the 8th; and David Robertson in the 9th.

8-7! We beat The Scum, 8-7! Took 2 out of 3 at Scumway Park!

WP: Rogers (1-0). SV: Robertson (29). LP: Craig Breslow (2-3).

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So, with 8 weeks to go in the regular season, here's how the American League Eastern Division stands:

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Baltimore6248530.0
Toronto6053473.5
NEW YORK5753485.0
Tampa Bay5457448.5
Boston49623913.5

Things don't get any easier for the Yankees: They come home to face possibly the best team in baseball, the Detroit Tigers, with MVPs Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander, and Cy Young Award winners Verlander, Max Scherzer and David Price.

Here are the projected pitching matchups:

Tonight, 7:05 PM: Brandon McCarthy vs. Scherzer.

Tomorrow, 7:05 PM: Hiroki Kuroda vs. Price.

Wednesday, 7:05 PM: Chris Capuano vs. Verlander.

Thursday, 1:05 PM: Shane Greene vs. Rick Porcello -- and when Rick Porcello is your 4th starter, you'd got a very strong rotation.

Come on you Pinstripes... It'll be difficult, but not impossible!

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