Late Game Power Surge Propels Yankees to 9th Straight Win in Camden Yards

Late Game Power Surge Propels Yankees to 9th Straight Win in Camden Yards

Maybe it’s just that we notice it more often than not, but it often seems that whenever a television broadcast displays a graphic, or the announcers mention, a lack of some type of statistic (for example: “Mychal Givens hasn’t allowed a run in May”), it always seems to break immediately afterwards.

And did it break tonight for the New York Yankees.

Down 6-1, entering the 6th inning, the Yankees finally got to the Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher, Andrew Cashner, and going into the final third of the game, they were only trailing 7-3.

Then, everything broke right. (And luckily, I’m not talking about broken bones! Nobody new to add to the IL tonight.)

Let’s get into it:

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Quick Hit: Yankees Win First Game of DH, Thanks to HR's by Torres (2), Sanchez & Maybin

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Rays 7, Yankees 2: Bats Are Afraid

Rays 7, Yankees 2: Bats Are Afraid

The Yankees struggled to score runs against the Rays on Thursday at the Slop….sorry, the Trop, while the Rays got on base against all 3 Yankee pitchers seemingly with ease to tie up the series at 1-1. Of particular note, the Rays used their “Opener” strategy to perfection, and Yankee tempers flared in the 6th.

(Photo Credit: Chris O’Meara, AP)

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Bombs, Controversy, and Another Man Down: The Yanks Reach .500

Bombs, Controversy, and Another Man Down: The Yanks Reach .500

The Yankees came into Saturday’s game looking to win their second series in a row, and gain some semblance of momentum despite the vast number of injuries the team has experienced this year. Saturday’s rubber match had a little bit of everything: controversy, home runs, strong pitching, and yet another significant injury. Ultimately, the Yankees beat the Royals easily, 9-2, and moved to 10-10 on the season.

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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When It Rains, It Pours: Yankees Drop Rain-Shortened Game to White Sox

When It Rains, It Pours: Yankees Drop Rain-Shortened Game to White Sox

In trying to be clever and think of a good title for this game recap, I ventured into looking for idioms related to rain. After a simple search, I found quite a nice list from TheFreeDictionary.com with a plethora of idioms I’ve never heard before (“It's raining pitchforks,” or, “Charge it to the dust and let the rain settle it.”), but one in particular stood out on the list, and had absolutely nothing to do with rain (or so I thought):

“Win some, Lose some.”

It’s lone definition, “…used especially as consolation following some loss or failure,” to me it encapsulates the current Yankees team almost to a T. It really seems as though each ‘win’ the Yankees have had this year has come at the expense of a loss. The wins have truly been few and far between, yet the losses continue to accumulate.

It’s an idiom that is said to have it’s origins from sports gambling in the early 1900s, yet others have pointed towards a similar expression as to showing it has roots from baseball. That’s how we’ll tackle today’s recap from last night:

“You win a few, you lose a few. Some get rained out. But you got to dress for all of them.” -Satchel Paige

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Looking Ahead...The Day Before Opening Day!

Looking Ahead...The Day Before Opening Day!

The Yankees offseason strategy seems to have been that the Red Sox won the division by eight games last years, but it is very unlikely so many things will go well again for Boston. There is a possibility they are right about that, but that can hardly be called a strategy in any meaningful sense. When the Yankees were eliminated by the Red Sox in the ALDS last fall, they had some clear weaknesses that needed to be addressed. Their starting pitching was not strong enough; defense at third base was a problem; first base was at best a big question mark; and the injury suffered by shortstop Didi Gregorius created a hole at that position. 

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Early Spring Training Thoughts and Musings

The doldrums of winter are mercifully coming to an end - unless, of course, you live in the Northeastern part of the United States. For those of us still suffering through a winter season that refuses to recognize that baseball season is here, at least we can take solace in the fact that the chilly free agent signing period is finally thawing into a proper Spring Training. Here are some things I have been thinking about as the calendar has turned to March:

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Competing Interpretations of the 2018 Yankees

Competing Interpretations of the 2018 Yankees

As the 2019 season approaches, most Yankee fans hope, perhaps even expect, that this year ends not with the team handed a defeat by the Red Sox, but rather with a celebration in the Bronx or at some yet undetermined National League ballpark. The question of whether or not the team is good enough to achieve that goal will be answered over the next nine months, but how we look at that question has a lot to do with what we think happened in 2018…

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