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 McCann on Phelps: “For me, pitching’s about location. It’s about executing pitches, setting guys up. And he’s been doing that as well as anybody. He’s got two different fastballs, he’s got a great slider, front door to righties. He can go anywhere he wants.”

The Yanks rode Thousand Dollar Car, Ace David Phelps to  a 4-3 win over the  the NL Central 2nd place Reds last night.

Cincy  came to NY winners in 8 out of their last 11 games, stalled offensively in this 1st game back  after the All Star break. Except for two HR’s ( one in the 3rd, one in the 7th innings) from  Joey Votto  replacement  Bryan Pena, and an error induced run in the 4th, Phelps kept the Reds in check  for 6.1 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 1 BB, 7 K’s, ERA now 3.87.

With the exception of light hitting SS Zack Cosart getting 2 knocks, one a bunt single in the 5th, Phelps held the top  6 in the order hostage allowing just a 2 for 23 line,  Cincinnati was also 0-7 with RISP, leaving 7 men on base with 2 outs.

Most of  the damage came from the bottom 3, Pena 2 Taters, and the only extra base hits, Heisey had 2 singles, and Santiago, 1 single.

Down 2-1 in the 4th inning, Cosart led off with  a single, Jersey Boy Todd Frazier hit a potential DP ball  to  Roberts, but he botched it putting Phelps in a jam with 2 on and no outs. A ground ball out moved the runners up  90  feet each, and the game was knotted when Jeter misplayed a ground ball  to SS. The run was gonna score anyway on the ball  to Jeter, but the miscue cost Phelps some pitches, not a good thing when  your trying to coax length out of replacement starters and not turn Betances and D-Rob into rag arms.

You can’t predict, but if Roberts fields the ball  cleanly and pulls off the twin killing,  Phelps never even pitches to  Mesoraco, Ludwick, or Pena, adding an extra 9 pitches to  what  was a very manageable pitch count until  Phelps tired in the 7th inning. It’s tough enough trying to navigate innings with  this rotation without the middle of the Yankee infield adding to  the problems, but this defense has been leaky all  season, so  more of the same to  start  the 2nd half of the season from Baseball’s Infield version of F Troop

In that 4th  inning, Phelps punching out Ludwig with a man on 3rd and 1 out was the key AB, if Ludwig puts the ball in play, especially a fly ball  the Reds take a lead, but Phelps got the K, then induced his nemesis Pena  to make the 3rd out on an F/8.

Phelps ran out of gas at 98 pitches with  1 out in the 7th, and just like we’ve seen in many of the the 1st 84 games, Girardi  called on Betances for a multi inning Hold, this time it was 5 outs, 3 on punch-outs, and  D-Rob who locked it down with a 13 pitch, 1 hit, no  run, 9th inning..

The Wee Three

Ellsbury, McCAnn  and Beltran  all  came through on offense for a change. It wasn’t exactly the Core 4, or the 1961 Bomb Squad but it’s all  the Yanks have to  count on if they’re gonna avoid missing October baseball  for the 2nd year in a row.

McCann is starting to get the media off his back in July, he’s picked up  hits in 10 of the 12 games this month, last night he roped a  2 out RBI double to  center field to give the Bombers a 1-0 lead.

You were hoping with  2 outs both Gardner (HBP) and Teixeira (BB) would have plated, but a combination of  a plodding Teixeira  on the base paths, and the speed of Billy Hamilton  cutting off the McCann gapper, held the Yanks to  just  the 1 run. Beltran had a chance to  get his 2nd half going North in the 1st but he once again rolled over a pitch for a weak ground ball out with another score 90  feet from pay dirt .

The Reds tied it in the 3rd on Pena’s 1st Tater of the game, but Leake couldn’t throw a shutdown inning and the NY boys scored 1 to make it 2-1 after 3 innings. Jeter and Ellsbury led off  the 3rd with singles. It looked like more lack of clutch hitting was on the way when Texy  struck out, and Bubba lined out, but Beltran  finally earned some of his paycheck lining an RBI single to  center field  to  give the Bombers their 2nd lead of the night, and their 2nd 2 out RBI knock

Ellsbury was the final Wee Three member to  cash in when he belted a go ahead 2 run Tater  in the bottom of the 5th inning. Jeter led off with his 2nd knock of the game, and Ells drove an 89 MPH cut fastball  with  no  cut attached into  the right field seats, a very clutch Yankee Stadium HR. This particular HR was exactly what  the Yanks had envisioned Ellsbury doing more of, you don’t need to  crush  them to right field son, this baby landed 3 rows in, but it looks like a 400 footer in the box score, and with one swing two  runs scored.

It was Ellsbury’s 7th HR, so maybe he can reach that  15 Tater goal K Long had set for him preseason, in fact all  3 mercenaries will need to display a lot more of this type of clutch hitting in the 2nd half.

It might not be enough to  carry this Bomber squad, but McCann  and Beltran really need to  erase the smell of suck that has permeated in the Bronx on their watch in their 1st year in Stripes. They just  can’t be as bad as they  were for 3 months in McCann’s case,  and pretty much the whole season for Beltran who  was batting a putrid .216,  with 28 RBI’s and a  .671 OPS before last night

Ellsbury who is batting .284 has been fine, it would be a shot in the arm if he could hit with  a bit more power, despite that not being his game. At least in Yankee Stadium, maybe he can figure out how to  turn on some pitches and jack  them into  those  fright field seats, hell back up  replacement player Byran Pena looked like David Ortiz hitting in that Band Box last night.

Matinee today  with Simon  vs McCarthy.

The Reds pitching will get a bit tougher the next  2 games, so this will be a challenge to  take the 3 game series.

Simon who hasn’t fooled many Yankee hitters  and Cueto who has fared much better vs the Bombers, sans 6 career HR’s vs McCann (3) Beltran (2) and Teixeira (1) are both NL All Stars, so  they’re capable of having back  to back  hat tip  outings vs this inconsistent offense

McCarthy is another throw  it against  the wall see if it sticks starter in Cashman’s rag tag  replacement rotation. Hopefully the offense gets him some runs, McCarthy induces ground balls at  guys, and  the infield plays a better game then last night, let’s try to  steal  the series.

The Yanks will  counter with Kuroda against Cueto on Sunday

the Whole 9

Blind on Blind, the Happy ReCap


Written by Sal

July 19, 2014 at 7:37 am

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  1. nice win. let’s see if the Wee 3 can carry over to today, although we might see Cervelli subbing for Bubba, although lefty righty might make day after a night game irrelevant, but that’s so un-Girardi like

    throw ground balls Mac, hope they can catch then throw straight… Could also use Beltran to start seeing red, if Cashman isn’t gonna upgrade a bat Beltran is our shotgun rider


    July 19, 2014 at 7:46 am

  2. Baby steps last night. Hopefully, we keep moving in the right direction. Very quietly, Phelps has become a quality back of the rotation guy. Doesn’t get flustered, and I like his moxie. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Wee Three really went on a tear for a couple of weeks? Putting to bed the stench of their performance (or lack of performance) in the 1st half. Then, with confidence, continue on to try to make a run for the playoffs. I can dream……can’t I?


    July 19, 2014 at 1:31 pm

  3. Hey bondsie good stuff… How about McCarthy today, I had to listen on the radio but will watch the archive,I know no Votto or Phillips but this has to give him confidence

    I just checked out some stats.. Can’t wait to remix a few boston hacks that Gardner has some better production numbers then Napoli, who does walk a lot, but that also skews his OBP.. Gardner has 146 total bases, Napoli 117.. Gardner more RBI’s hits, 1 less HR lol…. and some other peripherals you wouldn’t think is comparable to Napoli… Napoli does have a better OPS, but a lot of that is his high OBP, due to walks

    Gardner has also played in more games so there is that


    July 19, 2014 at 3:18 pm

  4. So far so,good,2-0!!! actually scoring runs,getting good pitching.GARDY had 3 rbi today,that will help his battle vs Napoli-lol He actually has been the Yanks most consistent player,is having a good season.
    McCann and Beltran are hitting for a change,so lets hope it continues.McCarthy is making Cashman look good!!! The O’s lost a heartbreaker to the A’s last night so maybe things are going to go right for our boys.
    Cueto on the mound Sunday should be pretty tough.


    July 19, 2014 at 6:08 pm

  5. hey Big D lol…yeah 3 more in the Napoli chase lol..

    I’m the 1st to admit to the Boston fans that i’m not a big Gardner fan, but this one know it all had no clue Gardner was having a better then complimentary player type season, and would hands down be Boston’s best out fielder

    it helps when some of the numbers are in Napoli’s time zone.. unfortunately Nap[oli got the big hit to beat KC, who really went into Boston and rolled over

    Shields had them dead and lost them, then last night they couldn’t hit De La Rosa pathetic lol….

    good stuff Big D…


    July 20, 2014 at 6:07 am

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