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Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Yankees’ rally falls short for CC against Tigers

Right-hander Anibal Sanchez pitched a season-high 6 2/3 innings and John Hicks lifted a three-run homer in the Tigers’ 4-3 win over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Sanchez, who has struggled for much of this season, kept opposing hitters off-balance and buckled down with runners in scoring position, as he held the Yankees to one hit in six at-bats in those situations.

Didi Gregorius singled home Gary Sanchez in the eighth inning to bring the Yankees within a run, which forced Tigers manager Brad Ausmus to call on Shane Greene for a five-out save. Greene, who was making his first appearance as closer, got Matt Holliday to bounce into a 6-4-3 double play to end the eighth before working around a pair of two-out walks—one intentional—and his own errant throw in the ninth.

Not only was that an extremely frustrating loss (the errant throw by Shane Greene almost sent Ellsbury home from first base to tie the game!), but at the same time, Chris Sale gave up 7 runs, the Red Sox came back to take a 9-7 lead and then the Indians came back to score 1 in the 8th and then 2 off of Kimbrel in the 9th to take a lead, only for Christian fucking Vazquez to hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth, so the Yankees head back to second place in the AL East.

This division is right there for the taking, but the Red Sox aren’t going to make it super easy, either.

Let’s hope that we don’t get the normal daytime Tanaka tomorrow in the series finale. Also, it sucks to see the Indians losing tough games against the Red Sox, as you imagine that the regression will not be pleasant for the Yankees when they go to Cleveland for four games this weekend.

--Posted at 9:52 pm by Brian Cronin / 18 Comments | - (0)


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Nobody gets big hits. Between Sunday and tonight how many times did they shit the bed? How many runs have they averaged since the ASB? I mean 11-20 in one run games is pathetic.

townies dodged Kluber, natch. Guess who won’t.

That 11-20 is as much a function of poor situational hitting as the bullpen meltdown a while back. In any number of those games they had many scoring opportunities, and failed repeatedly.

If they make post season they’re going nowhere with their awful RISP ability. Veteran players, young players, they all have the same stink on them in those situations.

Worse yet townies win thanks to wild pitch strike out with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th.

Oh yeah, I was following that game on ESPN and they had three outs there for a while but weren’t updating. It drove me nuts until I realized why.

So they’ve had two wild pitch walk-offs in the past week?

As far as the one-run wins go, if there were to be two teams virtually tied for first, one of which has a terrible record in one-run & extra inning games, one of which has a stellar record - and, I repeat, virtually tied for first - which team would you rather have?

You can explain the one-run games however you like, but they’re still less predictive, less indicative of talent, and they’re where we should expect most correction. It means that in non-one-run games Team 2 has been that much better.

If anything, this - as frustrating and annoying as it’s been - has to bode well, doesn’t it?

Eh, numbers like 1 run games are usually either bad luck or a symptom of a bad bullpen.  I don’t think this team has a bad bullpen.  I think they bullpen was bad for a stretch.

I’m also not worried about their hitting with RISP. If they are good hitters who are aren’t slumping then I have confidence in them.

Exactly. If you’re going to be around 1st place and have bad numbers somewhere, and if you had the magical power to shift those numbers around, wouldn’t you make the bad numbers the least predictive, most-likely-to-correct ones?

Because that’s what SG (I presume) has managed to do here.

The Yankees also battled back in more than a few games only to come up 1 run short. That’s not a bad bullpen. It’s a bad start, good bullpen, and good offense leading to a one run loss. I’d chalk the one run loss record mostly to randomness.

[9] Yes.  There’s no reason to believe that the Yankees’ record in one-run games is predictive of anything.  They are not ‘due’ to make up some of those losses, but you should assume that going forward they will be around .500 in those games because that’s what history has shown us, regardless of how good a team is.

I mean yeah, if you have a shitty bullpen you should expect to lose more one run games but it’s pretty damn hard to claim the Yankees have a shitty bullpen.

[10] I agree 100% on this. We’re starting to think alike.

You…uh, might want to get yourself checked out.

(12) I think the doctor might get a little concerned if I go in and tell him I might be coming down with a case of Biggus Pinus.

Apropos of nothing… well, of Austin Jackson robbing Hanley Ramirez (you know the comments)... went and watched the Edmonds catch again and just started laughing. Can’t get over that. Love how even he’s laughing.

8/2 @Yankees lineup vs DET
Gardner LF
Ellsbury CF
Judge RF
Sanchez C
Gregorius SS
Holliday DH
Headley 1B
T. Frazier 3B
Torreyes 2B
Tanaka P

Clint is hitting 213 and OPSing 643 last 14 days and 160/582 last 7 days FWIW.

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