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It’s Been a While

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Hey fellow bloggers and other people… We are so super
sorry we haven’t written in 1 month + 3 weeks or something… Hehe our bad… We
promise that from now on we will start writing a lot more, because school is
ending… day by day… We will have the daily postgame reports over the weekend
games and a full series recap of each series starting with the Yanks vs Phils
series. Well a lot has happened during the past month and a half or so a lot
has happened… 2.99 perfect games, the struggles of Tex and the power drought of
A-Rod, the unbelievable showing by Robby Cano, and the Yankees are back in
first place. Well tied at least, but that is good enough for me. Plus a bunch
of non-baseball things are happening and we will get that all down.

The Yankees have gone 25- 17 in the time we haven’t blogged
which I would say is pretty good. The Yankees have gotten their share of
injuries (Nick Johnson, Jorge Posada, Marcus Thames etc.) but the rookies have
filled in. Kevin Russo has played remarkably well, definitely higher than I
expected. Cervelli has constantly been coming up in big spots and knocking in
the run always. With 2 out and the bases loaded or with 0 out and a runner on
second. Nick Johnson has been injured and to be honest I’m a teeny bit happy.
The dude wasn’t getting the job done. Curtis Granderson is back, Jorge is back
and he hit 2 grand salami’s in 2 days. The past month has been pretty good so
far, except the starting pitching hasn’t been nearly as good, but it is still
doing pretty well. A-Rod hasn’t been hitting his homers and he only has 8 midway
through June. A-Rod has to get his homerun stroke back or else… I’ll cry…

Tex has been heating up in the past week or so and we can
only hope that they both have 30 at the end of the year. Oh yeah also Tex had 3
homers against the Red Sux a while back! We all thought he was coming out of
it… But no. On the good side, Cano has been phenomenal. His average is STILL
over .380 and is probably the early leader for the MVP. Nick Swisher has also
done very well in the early stages of the season and Jeter is heating it up
too. Gardner has kept his average over .300 most of the way through and has
done a great job so far. Javier Vazquez is doing better every start, and Phil
Hughes just hit his first bump in the road against the Astros on Sunday, but
other than that he is doing great along with Andy Pettitte, who has gotten of
the best start of his career.

Now onto the other non Yankee things. The most uncommon
thing has happened. 2 perfect games + a game that should be a perfect game and
you all know what that was. First let’s all start with the good moments. Dallas
Braden a week after yelling at A-Rod for stepping on his mound… and had the
media battle with Rodriguez threw a perfect game retiring all 27 Rays, the second
time they had been a victim of a perfect game since… Last year. Next Roy
Halladay, who hasn’t missed a beat since being roughed up by the Yankees on
Tuesday. So Halladay had his perfect game against Josh Johnson and the Marlins.
The score was 1-0 on a Cameron Maybin error. I feel so sorry for Josh Johnson.
And here’s the one you’ve all been waiting for. Armando Gallaraga’s perfect
game. No. Wait. Almost Perfect Game, but Jim Joyce messed up the call at first.
What can you say? People make mistakes and what comes out of this is the class
of Armando Gallaraga. After the game after Joyce apologizes for blowing the
s*** out the call, Gallaraga says, “Everybody makes mistakes. I applaud Gallaraga
for that and in my mind and world, he threw a perfect game.

On the same discussion, we go the surprising players so far
like the pitchers, and Ubaldo Jimenez who is sparkling this year, Jimenez
thrusting a 13-1 record with a 1.15 ERA, in fact the only game he lost he gave
up 0 earned runs. Jimenez has been popping up in the discussion for the lowest
ERA ever, most wins since Denny McLain and even National League MVP. That’s how
it proves how great he’s been nthis year. On the other side of the diamond are
the hitters. Jose Bautista has had a bunch of homers, Troy Glaus heads the
National League in RBI’s Vladimir Guerrero is resurging and Adrian Beltre and Martin
Prado are in the top 5 for average with Cano leading with more than 30 points
more… Corey Hart has 17 homers. It’s hard to choose an offensive surprising
player. I almost forgot to mention Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes who are
shutting down batter after batter.

Thanks for listening, and after this we promise, and we mean
promise to start writing again.

Thanks,

The Yankeeholics.

Yankeeholics Postgame 4/22

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The Yankees were going for their 7 straight win but didn’t
get it, a result of CC Sabathia’s horrible first inning. Walk, out, walk, homer
by Kurt Suzuki to give the A’s a 3-0 lead, and they would never turn back. They
would add on a run in the 4th to go up 4-0. CC wasn’t pitching
great, but it was his control killing him. He ended up with 6 walks more than
he had all season. Thames and Tex added on runs but not much happened except
the first triple play of the year, in the bottom of the 5th, 5-4-3.
Groundball to A-Rod, step on third throw to second, Cano fired to first for the
triple play. Andrew Bailey closed the game to give the A’s the final game of
this 3 game set.

Player of the Game:
Dallas Braden
: Braden went 6 innings only giving up 2 runs to get his third
win of the season. Braden didn’t keep the ball in the infield that well, giving
up 2 homers and getting more outs in the air then on the ground. He did get the
outs, leaving the last three innings to his pen. CC didn’t pitch horribly
though, having one bad inning in which, if he had pitched well, would probably
come out with the win. One pitch to Kurt Suzuki was enough to lose the game in
this case.

Play of the Game: The
Yankee Triple Play
: The first Yankees triple play since 1968 was of the
around the horn variety. Suzuki hit a ground ball to A-Rod at third who stepped
on the bag, made an off balance throw to second and Cano fired to first, to get
the slow footed Kurt Suzuki.

Drive of the Game:
Kurt Suzuki’s three run homer in the first:
CC struggled in the first and
Kurt Suzuki, who had an odd day, took advantage of it. CC walked Rajai Davis on
4 pitches and Ryan Sweeney as well. Suzuki then came up and on the first pitch
killed the ball to give the A’s a three run lead. This was the only bad inning
for Sabathia and if this had never happened the Yanks would have won and CC’s
3.00 ERA would actually be a 2.00 ERA. 3.00 isn’t bad though, it’s the win that
matters which didn’t pull through.