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Jeter's career highlights in LEGO, Jeter's last home game, Giants play away Thursday Night Game of DOOM
Watching these Jeter career highlights in LEGO form is hilarious – I’ve seen these clips a million times, so to see them in LEGO is somehow fitting… maybe because Jeter himself his held together with plates and screws at this point in his life. It should also be pointed out that all of these highlights happened… I dunno, like 10 years ago. That’s kinda sad, no?
Tonight is Derek Jeter’s final home game (weather permitting) and Sunday at Fenway will be the final game of his career. Jeter had a great run and did amazing things, but the last two seasons have been a nightmare for that guy (Jeter is ranked 92 with a -0.2 WAR on fangraphs – yeoch). Oh well – everybody can’t end their career like Mariano Rivera.
Anyway, if there’s no Yankees tonight or you just don’t give a shiz, the New York Giants are playing the Thursday Night Game of DOOM on CBS. The away team always loses this game and, of course, the Giants are on the road.
AWESOME SPORTS DAY!
#sarcasm #myteamsstinkthisyear #calgontakemeaway
I’ve put the Yankees in my rearview mirror and hoped the Giants week one performance was an aberration… but it’s probably not. Read the rest of this entry
Now that the Yankees have all been but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, I shifted my focus to football… only to find that the Giants stink again. Read the rest of this entry
My favorite Yankees blog, River Ave Blues, today lamented that Brett Gardner got thrown out of last night’s contest, which was an "important game." I’ve got to disagree – last night’s game was not important. The Yankees stopped playing important games in 2014 the instant they lost that series to the Detroit Tigers. Read the rest of this entry
Nobody grounds slowly to third quite like Jeter. It’s a metaphor for the 2014 season.
The Yankees are now 8 games out of the division and 3.5 games out of the second wild card spot. While the former may be impossible, the latter is not… but it’s probably impossible for this team. They just can’t score runs and if you can’t score runs, you can’t win. It’s that simple. If you watched the last two games against Baltimore, you know what I’m talking about. The Orioles are not a great team, and they simply GAVE the Yankees runs in both games, but the Yankees couldn’t take advantage of an opportunity.
So yeah… the Orioles are not a great team and I don’t think anyone is picking them to win the World Series, but they’re not a horrible team. Like the Yankees. Let’s all just look reality in the mirror. It’s a miracle the Yankees are over .500 – it’s really incredible because they are terrible at 50% of that which it takes to win a baseball game.
It is what it is – might as well start looking forward to next year.
Against All Odds, the Yankees are still somehow in the playoff hunt, just 1 game out of the second wild card spot behind Toronto. I think Phil Collins is certainly the artist of the year for the Bronx Bombers.
Although there were no blockbuster trades at the deadline, the Yankees are certainly a better team than they were just a few short weeks ago. It’s no question that the new acquisitions have improved the defense, and the offense does seem marginally better, too. Part of that could be addition by subtraction in the case of Brian Roberts not getting four at bats every day. Now if we could just get Derek Jeter less at bats and post a realistic batting order, the Yankees could really be on to something. I’m thinking of something like this:
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
LF Brett Gardner
1B Mark Teixeira
DH Carlos Beltran
C Brian McCann
3B Chase HeadleySS Derek Jeter
2B Stephen Drew
RF Martin Prado
I know this will never happen because the sky will fall if Jeter bats lower than second in the lineup, but I can dream. I’m not sure why Prado is getting batted ninth by Girardi, but I’m just going to say that Girardi knows something I don’t and I’ll just leave him there. As for Jeter… I’m sorry, the guy just doesn’t hit the ball hard enough anymore to bat second. If Gardner’s on 1st, you can almost count on Jeter grounding the ball to a middle infielder for a double play. You almost have to start Gardner/whoever is on first to at least try to open the hole for Jeter… although if you have the second baseman covering second when Jeter is up, you’re a lousy manager. (And yes, we’ve seen that this year.)
Anyway, the David Phelps injury SHOULD have me hitting the panic button, but at this point, I’m very "whatever" about injuries. Yeah, the Yankees need another starter, but let’s be realistic. It’s clear the league stinks this year. Sure, the Athletics are solid and the Tigers also boast a great roster, but most teams are terrible. The Yankees should have been out of it a long time ago, but the AL just can’t bury them, so there’s no reason to think that Phelps injury is going to bury them after the Tanka and Pineda’s injuries didn’t end the season the way I thought they would. Also, it sounds like Pineda is only a few weeks (two more weeks?) away, so the Yankees can probably limp along on Chase Whitley until then…
Whitley went to the bullpen after the acquisition of Chris Capuano… didn’t he? So he can go back to the rotation… I think. Oy. Keeping up with the 2014 Yankee’s roster moves is a full time job.
The Yankees could actually get into that wildcard play-in game. It’s possible… and if Tanaka is back and healthy AND available to pitch that game… well, it’s easy to see them winning that game in that scenario. If Pineda is back too, who knows where they could go from there if they’re hot? It’s a lot to hope for… but stranger things have happened.
This Rangers at Yankees four game set is one of the most punishing series I can remember. In the first game, the Yankees gave the Rangers… I dunno, five extra outs? Last night, the Bombers gave Texas 5 EXTRA INNINGS instead.
Look, the Yankees are bad this year, we all know this – but the Texas Rangers are positively LOATHSOME. As bad as the Yankees are at scoring runs, 4 runs in 25 innings over two games is BEYOND PATHETIC!
Eventually, new arrival Chase Headley (and late arrival – dude couldn’t make it to the Bronx by game time) delivered us from evil with last night’s walk off single in the 14th. This happened only after Quest Love and Wyatt Cenac left after the 13th inning, so… racism. Amiriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight?
I know the Yankees are trying to piece it together by adding low cost rental players because they’re fairly close int he second wild card hunt, but it seems like they should really be trying to get the moon for David Robertson instead of adding aging players. But who knows – maybe the injured pitchers will come back, the veterans will return to form… Maybe Mark Teixeira will get back in there at first, Beltran will start hitting, Derek Jeter will stop his never ending GIDP skid and this team will actually score some runs. Because they have Headley now. Right.
At least the infield defense got better – one less thing for the over taxed pitching staff to sweat!
Stick a fork in it, the Yankees 2014 season is over.
Although Masahiro Tanaka’s elbow injury does not require surgery, he is expected to miss six weeks, which really means at least six weeks, which I suspect will easily turn into eight weeks. Given the Yankees patch work starting pitching rotation and inept offense, the Yankees can’t afford to miss one of Tanaka’s starts, never mind 6 weeks worth. This essentially turns the Yankees from an 85ish win team to a 75ish win team, meaning no miracle can help them get the playoffs and the season is effectively over.
Unless the Yankees can pull off a trade for David Price or someone similar (which they probably should NOT do as it’s this sort of trade away the future thinking got them into this mess in the first place), their season is completely screwed.
I can’t stress that enough – the Yankees have effectively been eliminated from the playoffs and we’re not at the all star break yet. This is easily shaping up to be the worst Yankees season for me since the strike.
Let’s do a quick starting pitcher autopsy:
CC Sabathia (knee, knee again), Michael Pineda (shoulder again), Ivan Nova (elbow) and Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) – four of five opening day starters are gone. Somehow, 39-year-old Hiroki Kuroda is the only member of the rotation to avoid the starting pitcher injury bug. The oldest guy. The guy who ran out of gas last year is the last man standing. Bizarre.
If this team had the 2004 Yankees offense, maybe they could bludgeon their way into the playoffs against the mediocre AL East, but this team can barely hit with a high school squad, so that’s not gonna work.
Yeah, we’re pretty well boned all right.
The Yankees actually have a better record on the road than they do at home. Maybe they’ll play better when they start their road trip…
The Yankees have not only lost another series, but they’ve now lost two series in a row to teams with records under .500. That is unbelievable… or, it makes perfect sense if you’ve been watching these guys.
Last night’s loss certainly wasn’t Hiroki Kuroda’s fault. Here’s his line: 8 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. You can’t ask for much better than that.
I know David Price is a good to great pitcher (depending on who you ask), but the Yankees offense is friggin horrible. Here is the offense’s line:
4-31, 1 XBH, 1 R, 5 BB, 11 K, 8 LOB, 1-9 w/ RISP.
Four hits. And Derek Jeter had 2 of them.
Let me just reiterate: the non-Derek Jeter Yankees went 2-29 last night. That’s it. Again, David Price is great and all, but it’s not like he’s Randy Johnson in his prime.
In other comedy news, Vidal Nuno will try to avoid the sweep this afternoon. Cue the end to Deer Hunter.
The Yankees lost this past series to the Red Sox… the lowly, fourth place Red Sox. At home. This is their third series loss in a row. The worst part of this is this caliber of play from this club surprises no one. The best part is the Yankees are somehow only 2 games out of first place because everyone is terrible this season. When reached for comment, Derek Jeter was heard to shout, "Get off my lawn!" and other old man cliches.
So, what are the problems and how do they get fixed? Read the rest of this entry