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The count was 3-2 as it so often is with Aaron Judge. Top of the 9th and here comes the breaking pitch, darting out of the strike zone, and there goes Judge swinging and missing as he sets the mark for consecutive games with a strike out for a non-pitcher. On the other hand, earlier in the game he a ball so far that it reached the third deck, and it took awhile for everyone to wrap their head around what they’d just seen.

Oh, and the Yanks won—dancing around a competent performance by junk-ballin’ Jamie Garcia—5-3.

Is it too much to ask for a sweep? Perhaps. Baseball has a way of punishing you when you ask for such things. But it is not too much to ask Luis Severino to go out there, not mince around and put heads to bed.

Never mind the gluttony:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Borough to Borough

Sonny Gray was terrific, Jacob deGrom, less so. And Aroldis Chapman—who came up gimpy—did not look good once again but the Yanks held on for a 5-4 win.

Thank you, Fellas.

Tonight, the Subway Serious shifts to Queens. Yanks are going to need to score a bunch tonight I figure.

We’ll be there root-root-rootin’ them on.

Never mind the Shake Shack:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Thank You For the Love You Brought My Way

A few loud crack of the bats and we were finally able to let out a sigh of relief. The Yanks didn’t hit much but a trio of late homers—Judge, Hicks, Sanchez—along with a stellar job from the bullpen was enough to down the Mets, 4-2.

Tonight offers a good match-up—young Sonny Gray, looking for his first win with the Yanks (and a little help from his offense), against the formidable Jacob deGrom.

Never mind the flowing locks—and devastating stuff:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Not Ready For Prime Time

Luis Severino and the Yanks took one on the chin on Saturday and then last night, the Yanks held their own against Chris Sale and took the lead in the 8th, before Aroldis Chapman gave it up in the 9th—and to be fair he surrendered a home run on a 102 mph pitch. The Yanks blew it in the 10th and dropped 2 of 3 to their rivals.

Our boys just ain’t good enough right now.

What a frustrating weekend it turned out be. And if you look at the glass half-full, got to figure the Yanks will go out and fuggin’ lose 3 of 4 to the Mets this week, right?

Ugh.

Okay, never mind the gloom:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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And For My Next Trick…

Our boys looked dead in the water again last night for 7 innings. Ass dead, dead ass. Then in the 8th, down 3-0, Aaron Hicks hijacked an inside pitch and launched it just fair down the right field line for a 2-run home run. A rally of walks and base hits followed and the Yanks had a 5-3 lead.

Not happy to leave well enough alone, Aroldis Chapman promptly walked the bases loaded to start the 9th. His ass got saved when a fly ball out to Hicks left turned into a double play thanks to aggressive base-running by our old chum Nunie. When the final out was made we all breathed a sigh of relief. What a huge win, especially with Dr. Doom, Chris Sale looming tomorrow night, all of a sudden the Yanks have a chance to steal the series with a win today.

I know Drew Pomeranz has been damn good this year but Luis Severino needs to act like the Ace we hope he can be, especially with Tanaka joining C.C. on the DL.

Never mind the southpaws:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Send in the Clowns

Wow, what a crappy night for the Yanks who lost the game (4-0) and the series to the damn Jays.

Now, they are back at home for 3 against the Red Sox and Boston is on a roll. The Yanks are not. Let’s hope they can turn this around.

Never mind the standings:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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How About Another Win?

Our hero A—aron Judge is still down in the dumps but the rest of the boys got on the good foot last night as the Yanks pounded the Jays, 11-5.

Sonny Gray makes his second start for the Bombers tonight. Looking for a series win heading into the big serious with the Sox this weekend.

Never mind the blue and boo birds:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Just Passing Through

Tuesday night in Toronto was no bueno for our Yanks. Josh Donaldson hit a pair of homers off C.C. and our boys left a million guys on base in a dispiriting, 4-2 loss.

More tonight with Masahiro on the hill.

Never mind the summertime blues:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Let’s Go Yanks!

Yanks in Toronto for 3 against those damn Jays.

Never mind the locals:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Where the Wild Things Are

It was not easy, there were a lot of strikeouts—on both sides—but the Yanks were able to survive a close one in Cleveland last night, 2-1. Aroldis Chapman benefitted for a pair of nifty defensive plays in the 9th, and whew, the Yanks got a win.

Let’s hope they get another one today and escape Ohio with a split.

Never mind the nonsense:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Walk Tall

Enough with this horseshit three-game losing streak. Time for a win.

Never mind the funky drummer:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Hit the Bricks Pal and Beat It

Man, oh, man, was that ever frustrating. Hours of rain delays and all the Yanks had to show for it was a 2-0 loss. And on a getaway day, to boot. I was muttering aloud by the end of it.

Welp, they have a tough few weeks ahead of them and they begin with a formidable four-game task in Cleveland. Tonight gives Kluber, who is no picnic. On the good foot, Sonny Gray will make his Yankee debut and we’re all looking forward to that. The Indians are good, let’s hope the Yanks find a way to hold there own and then some.

Never mind that nut banging on the drum:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Under the Hood

Yanks dropped a close one to the Tigers and the Red Sox won a close one against the Indians moving Boston a half-game back into first place. Today gives a matinee at the Stadium. Warm, muggy, summery.

Never mind the thickness:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Summer Harvest

I feel bad for the kid Fowler that came up, hurt himself, then gets traded. Hope he’s okay.

And I will be rooting for him in the future. Good luck, Dude!

Meanwhile, Sonny Gray will start Thursday and Jaime Garcia goes on Friday. New players! Fun. The Yanks beat the Tigers on Monday night, 7-3. Aaron Judge homered, Clint Frazier tripled, and Miguel Cabrera did a lot of barking, an old dog on a lousy team.

Back at it tonight. Keep it moving’ boys, more than plenty of work left to be done.

Never mind the standings:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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The Son Also Rises

The Yanks have traded for Sonny Gray.

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Summer Fun

The Yanks keep rolling along. They got another win yesterday—Brett Gardner drove home the clinching run with a base hit in the bottom of the 9th—as their hot streak continues. That makes us happy. Good to be happy on a Sunday.

They also got themselves a new pitcher.

It is sunny today and lovely.

Never mind the clouds:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Boom Bip

The Yanks hit a bunch of loud home runs last night—solo shots from Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge (of the Winfield line drive variety), and a 3-run bomb by Clint Frazier. Combined with Masahiro Tanaka’s masterful 14-K performance, it was more than enough for the Yanks to cruise to a 6-1 win, and bump the Red Sox out of first place.

More this afternoon on a cool, gray summer day in July. A kid named Caleb Smith gets the start for the Bombers. He’ll probably need a mess-o-help from the offense.

Never mind the chill:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Cloudy With a Chance of Homers

The Yanks blew a 3-0 lead, the Rays squandered a 5-3 lead, and our boys stole a victory when Brett Gardner hit a solo home run in extra innings. Sure, it was not pretty, but against the Rays, sheeeeeeeeet, we’ll take it.

Our man Tanaka is on the hill tonight.

Never mind Evan Longoria:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Dem Rays

Belated but not too late. Here goes a game thread.

Never mind the storm clouds:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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The Ghost of Phenoms Past

Whenever I think of Homer Bailey, I’m reminded of how treacherous it is to anoint a pitching prospect as a future star. Sure, things worked out with Clayton Kershaw, but we don’t have to look beyond our own backyard to remember the trials and tribulations of Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes. According to Baseball Prospectus, the top five pitching prospects in 2008 were Clay Buchholz, Joba Chamberlain, Clayton Kershaw, David Price, and Homer Bailey. That group has produced a first-ballot Hall of Famer, an occasional All-Star, a middle of the rotation innings-eater, a flash in the pan, and Bailey.

Homer’s had a nice career, if you allow that any eleven-year stint in the major leagues is a nice career, but he appears to be nearing the end of the road. He’s only made six starts this year, but they’ve been forgettable. In 27.1 innings he’s allowed 26 runs (I’ll spare him the embarrassment of calculating that ERA) along with 43 hits and 13 walks. He did manage two wins in his first two starts of July, allowing a total of two runs over 12.1 innings, but his last two starts have been abject disasters — 14 runs in 4.2 innings. (That sound you hear in the background is Gary Sánchez starting up the Score Truck.)

It seems perfect that the Yankees have their own phenom on the mound today. Luís Severino has been exactly what you’d expect from a young pitcher with a huge future. He hasn’t been Dwight Gooden, but no one has, really. There have been bumps in the road, but in general he seems to be getting better over the course of the season. At his worst he tends to lose focus and make mistakes; at his best he is virtually unhittable, carrying his 100-MPH velocity deep into his starts. His spot in the rotation is the one that I look forward to the most. Each dominant outing pushes my memories of the misguided handling of Hughes and Chamberlain deeper into my subconscious. Severino will be a star.

All of this, of course, points to a huge win and a series sweep for the Yankees, so relax and enjoy!

As Alex would say, Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Gardner, LF
C. Frazier, RF
Sánchez, C
Holliday, DH
Gregorius, SS
Headley, 1B
Triple Play Frazier, 3B
Ellsbury, CF
Torreyes, 2B

Severino (6-4, 120.2 IP, 136 K, 30 BB, 104 H, 3.21 ERA, 1.11 WHIP)

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