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Simon Says, the Offense Stalls In Detroit

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The Bomber bats, sans a 2nd inning  off speed pitch that Teixeira yanked over the right field wall, for the most part sounded like a Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid… that’s ok if you wanna save money on gas, but on a cold rainy night in Detroit the Tigers slipped past the Yanks 2-1.

The loss ended their 3 game winning streak, but continued their losing record vs teams that aren’t the Tampa Rays. Maybe sometime in late September this loss might be a big deal if the Yanks are somehow in a pennant race 1 game behind a trip  to October, but the bigger buzz was how great CC Sabathia pitched against a red hot Tiger line-up

Sabathia with his revamped approach pitched a complete game, 8 innings, 7 hits, 2 runs, 3 BB’s, 5 K’s 4.35 ERA. Checking in at Brooks,  45 of Sabathia’s 98 pitches were sinkers and change-ups, he mixed in the 4 seam fast ball 28 times, he showed the Tigers 20 sliders (11) and curves (9) He sat  at about 89 to 91 with the heater and he had about a 5 MPH differential between the fast balls and the change up

Ironically with Sabathia  now being touted as a ground ball pitcher, it was the ground ball that sunk the Big Man in the 7th inning after Davis, JD Martinez, and Cespedes found the holes to plate the 2 Detroit runs.

The Game of Inches reared it’s ugly head when Kinsler hit an F/7 deep  enough for Davis to  tag up  and land on 2nd base after his lead off single. Cabrera then hit a tailor made DP to Gregorius but one batter too late. After an intentional pass to V-Mart, JD Martinez found the tip of Gregorius’ glove for a game tying  single to  left field…

A tremendously slick  fielding defensive first SS probably is expected to range far enough to  at least glove that  ball, but Gregorius is having a nightmare opening to his Bomber  career at the moment

Cespedes was then  able to hit-em where they  ain’t and won the game with  a single just to  the left of where Gregorius was positioned.. The seeing eye knock  plated the lumbering V-Mart. So  Girardi  pushed all  the wrong buttons, walking the go  ahead run and pitching to  the wrong Martinez. To punctuate the negative inning our $153M CF couldn’t throw out the one legged man in an ass kicking contest  Victor Martinez

Sabathia got a lot of credit for his ground ball  prowess but it was Simon  that  really had that peripheral  dialed in

Groundouts-flyouts: Sabathia 6-5, Simon 11-0

The Bomber bats were dormant vs Simon, the only real pressure they put on him came in the 8th inning after Headley singled was sac bunted to  2nd, landed on 3rd after a Gregorius single, not sure why Espada didn’t force a play at  the plate, a wet ball that  was also  bobbled?

That  Gregorius hit was it for Simon who handed the ball  to Gas Can Chamberlain.  Ellsbury had a chance to make Gas Can a goat but he slammed into  a 4-6-3 DP to  end any thoughts of a comeback

The Yanks had some chances against Simon but couldn’t get the clutch hit..

McCan’t doubled in the 2nd inning but Headley and Drew were punched out. Gardner singled and stole a base in the 3rd but A-Rod couldn’t deliver a knock.

Ellsbury led off the 6th  with  a single but was once again caught stealing, and the back breaker was the aforementioned 8th inning when the  $153M Doughboy couldn’t rise to  the occasion

Gregorius, Drew and McCan’t are catching a lot of flack but the Doughboy might be hitting the softest .283 .356 .302 .658 in baseball, out of 15 hits he has 14 singles,  1 double and 6 walks.. He also has more caught stealing (3) then  stolen bases (2). I hate to keep piling on but  this is another  highly potential albatross contract in waiting for Cash-Brenner

To give Ellsbury his due, he made a circus catch in the 5th inning to  take an extra base hit away from V-Mart,  the ball was closer to Beltran and Son, but the old right fielder has about as much range as a dollar store water pistol..  Gardner also  saved Sabathia’s bacon with a nice shoestring grab that  followed the Ellsbury gem, so  the Bomber out field kept the inevitable outcome on ice for at least  2 innings.

Sabathia pitched great, if he can  be this consistent with his newly found change up you have a warm fuzzy feeling that he can stay  competitive in most games he pitches. We have to  hope the Tigers stay  asleep and the Bombers didn’t blow their only chance for a win on this 4 game trip  to Mo-Town

The Yanks will  also  stay in rotation  using Tanaka in Detroit on Thursday, so  they avoid a Tanaka vs the Mets in NY on Friday despite the chatter he might get  an extra day

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Written by Sal

April 21, 2015 at 8:41 am

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  1. good to see Sabathia dealing, bad to see the offense not pick him up… Can’t count on A-rod every night.. As much as i wanna blame Espada with Ellsbury / top of the order coming up, at his pay scale all you need is a knock, or two.. then hope Betances and Miller can deal for 2 innings

    I guess the DP was hit hard, and the last thing they needed was an extra inning game, at least the pen is rested great job in that regard by Sabathia

    Eovaldi scares you against this team.. he’s tailor made, maybe the split will kick in tonight, how often do you get Cabrera to bounce into 2 DP’s?

    Also have to think if the Yanks didn’t have a bunch of innings on Betances and Miller, Sabathia gets yanked in the 7th….but you still can’t trust the other 5 guys in that pen

    is what it is, the offense left their bats at the airport

    sal

    April 21, 2015 at 8:50 am

  2. The Doughboy made a spectacular catch last night! Came all the way over from just about left-center, covered a lot of ground, and lunged at the last second, caught the ball, and went into a dive & skid across right-center, passing Beltran & Son in his wheelchair going the other way. A great catch! Simon put them to sleep last night. Great sinker & change up! I thought Headley might score, but saw Davis was very shallow, once he booted it I thought he would go, but Espada held him up. I, at least would’ve had him round the bag, come down the line a bit, and then with the boot, send him home. Tight game, wet ball, had to be a good throw under those conditions, I woulda rolled the dice & sent him.

    mosconebailbonds

    April 21, 2015 at 10:47 am

  3. It was a great catch by Ellsbury. His arm is another story. I remember WPIX Sports Reporter Jerry Girard who many years ago made a comment about then Yankee Pitchers Bob Shirley. He “throws like Laverne.”
    I actually think that the real Laverne throws better than Ellsbury.
    It’s a shame to lose to the Tigers when you can shut down Miggy completely. That is not going to happen often. I also saw sawdust brain Didi made a ridiculous throw to Drew at second and almost messed up the easy out at first. It only happened because Miggy was running on that one. Our Ozzie Smith like shortstop is supposed to gobble everything up, or at least knock them down, before they get to the outfield and allow the winning run to score.
    Old Gas Can with the over the top fist pump. Beltran is closer to Social Security Disability benefits than he is to being a prime time professional baseball player. Another good Cash Mush move. Wonder if they all saw the Melky walk off last night.

    noogerguy

    April 21, 2015 at 11:20 am

  4. Michael Kay is a friggin jinx.
    he aint superstitious but he loves to tweak those that are.
    Right after he said C. C. needs to be taken out with a lead,, ol Tub of Lard spit the bit.
    Didi didnt help but big head Todd put the mal occio on him by then.
    he does it with no hitters , etc,,
    We are innundated with trash.

    bubbaband

    April 21, 2015 at 11:33 am

  5. I heard Beltran & Son has petitioned the league to allow him to use the electric wheelchair in the outfield this year. It could only help.

    mosconebailbonds

    April 21, 2015 at 1:24 pm

  6. hahahaha good stuff boys

    Noogsie I remember the red sox fans on their site saying Damon looked like Jesus and threw like Mary back when he looked like Jesus…. Yeah that run was scoring no matter who was running, maybe Sabathia might have held up

    Somewhere Mick Kelleher is scratching his head Moscone, still trying to figure out why he got taken on the Tessio Ride

    Donny… baseball is flooded with superstition, so your take might be all we need to know…I gotta say CC did a good job, we can’t expect him to toss a shut out, you just knew that 1-0 lead was gonna eventually disappear, i’m surprised it lasted until the 7th inning

    sal

    April 21, 2015 at 2:18 pm

  7. It was a brutal loss,very reminiscent of lots of losses last season,involving well pitched games and no offense. Rest assured Jobber loved getting out of the rally,he certainly is a lot better than the nameless,faceless bullpen not named Betances and Miller. In fact,Shreve is now back,Pinder taking his room at the Scranton Holiday Inn. Melky’s hit was the 11th walk off of his career.

    dallasbomber7

    April 21, 2015 at 4:47 pm

  8. yeah Big D Joba owns Ellsbury good move by there Tigers bringing him in in that spot

    sal

    April 22, 2015 at 5:51 am


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