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Dallas Does The Yanks

With the Astros going 13 innings in Thursday night’s loss to  the Angels, Ace Dallas Keuchel took the high road after carving up the Yanks and pretty much said his motivation wasn’t inspired  by beating the $200M 27 time World Champs, it was to save the tired bull pen, so  he just  went out and pitched his 3rd complete game of the season whitewashing the Bombers 4-0

What  a guy, he did it all  for his teammates, the complete game, 9 innings, 6 hits, 1 BB, 12 K’s No  runs, 2.17 ERA was the wanna be Smith Brother’s 3rd of the season, juxtaposed, the whole Bomber team combined has one 8 inning complete game by none other then CC Sabathia, a 2-1 loss against Detroit in April

This and That

In the last  7  games the Yanks had been on an offensive roll, batting .353 with 19 home runs, getting 13 or more hits in six of them, they’ve also  become Ace killers taking out, David Price, Justin Upton Verlander, Jacob deGrom, Felix Hernandez, Max Scherzer and Cole Hamels so  they  flew to Houston breathing fire, sort of..

The silver lining next  to they don’t have to  face this guy  again for a while, Keuchel never busted the speed limit last night, he may have touched 91 on the gun, so there is hope for Sabathia who  will never see past 92, and Tanaka who lives 90 / 92, an occasional  94 now that his elbow has a minor glitch in it

You don’t need the high  octane cheese to be successful, you just  can’t bogart the plate too often, something every Bomber starter falls in love with more often then not.. Maybe Sabathia learned an old trick from a new dog last night

The Yanks didn’t get  a runner past first base until  the 9th  when they loaded them up off a tiring Keuchel.. With 2 outs ARod singled, Teixeira walked and Beltran singled, bringing up Jose Pirela who mashes LHP. Unfortunately the mashing came to  a halt against this kid, and until his big moment in the 9th,  Pirela was 0-3 with a punch out

They  elected to  stay  with Keuchel despite Pirela’s splits being favorable vs LHP..

Of course Joey Binder then  brings in McCann  as a pinch hitter, so Houston wisely stuck  with the kid stud pitcher vs the wide eyed masher who  easily could and did expand the strike zone, and it paid off..

The young anxious Bomber left fielder flailed at an 0-1 low outside 80 MPH change up, the pitch  had depth and was heading down and away, nothing a hitter could do  with  a pitch like that  except roll it over

It landed in Valbuena’s glove for a 5-4 ground out to  end the game.. It’s the type of AB you wanted to see a vintage Derek Jeter with a bat in his hands, but that  was another time and place in Bomber  history…

Their Grass Is Better

The one thing we were all sure to  witness on this little weekend jaunt to Houston was something we all  wish  the Yankees were, Young, Talented, Energetic, and Emerging as the team of the future.. That ain’t happening anytime soon, the way MLB conducts their business, the more you lose the more you win

In this era all  teams get revenue sharing from TV, but teams that  tank games and sell off their high priced veterans in an effort to replenish  their system with young studs will  always look like the Astros do  at the moment

All it took for Houston to have a buzz team was

 The four years, the Astros just completed:

56-106, followed by 55-107, followed by 51-111, followed by 70-92 which, to Astros fans, had to feel like 114-48. It’s that the Yankees would never be allowed to put a product on the field even remotely resembling that.

When  the Red Sox found gold thanks to the Dodgers taking  bad paper off their hands in 2013, they  parlayed that  salary dump and  new found payroll  flexibility  into  a World Championship in 2013.. They looked really smart for  one season, except they’ve  finished in last place in 2012 / 2014, they’re in last place in 2015 despite trying to  buy  back their swagger this off season

The Yanks could have dumped Teixeira and Sabathia before the Red Sox flipped Beckett, Gonzalez and Crawford, but in NY the team isn’t allowed to  tank  a season, I guess  the Steinbrenner’s feel that’s not in their DNA

They  could have maybe flipped Cano at the deadline in 2013, possibly traded away Robertson, and Kuroda last yr once it was obvious they  weren’t going anywhere… Instead the bought Headley, McCarthy, and Prado, and they  still  didn’t go  anywhere, but they had to  fake a playoff run  in Jeter’s swan  song money grab  farewell season

The last time the Yanks looked like the Astros was 96, the next time they resemble the team in the other dugout this weekend might be 2017 / 18, that’s if they  don’t trade away their future for more aging, just  about, or soon to be past  their prime players like Hamels, or rentals like Cueto and Jeff Samardzija

The free wheeling days of George Steinbrenner are now long gone, it’s common knowledge to even  the casual baseball fan  that  every team locks up  their young players. Teams like the Yanks can’t just pluck them from the nest  anymore, not with $50M in revenue from TV sources padding the small market team’s pockets

If the Dodgers grab Cole Hamels at the deadline they’ll be close to  a $300M payroll, at least until Zack Greinke opts out, and the $71M he’s owed comes off the books..

I’m sure Yankee fans despite the quick fix resurgence of ARod and Teixeira are tired of seeing retreads like McCann, Beltran, Sabathia, and to  a somewhat lesser degree the injury prone Ellsbury and Tanaka holding the bean  counting Hal Steinbrenner hostage

The Yanks aren’t gonna be the Astros anytime soon, but if they  stand pat and suck it up they might infuse some youth to  go  with Tanaka, Pineda, Ellsbury, Gardner, Betances and Miller in an effort to  bring back the Glory Days of 96 / 98 / 99  / 2000

the Whole 9


Written by Sal

June 26, 2015 at 7:06 am

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  1. that Smith Brother wanna be averaged 89 with his fastball good to see, Tanaka and Sabathia maybe have a future

    time to bury the Red Sox while their heart and soul is on the DL.. a few more series losses and they’ll be dumping salary looking for prospects in 3 weeks..

    Lets hope the Yanks who suck but not bad on the road can at least stay close with 3 wins in the next 6.. right now they’re only 2 games under .500 on the rd


    June 26, 2015 at 7:54 am

  2. Did anyone get the license plate of thst semi that ran over our Crankies ???
    Man ,, that is a Pitcher.


    June 26, 2015 at 8:22 am

  3. The Astros are now reaping the rewards of absolutely sucking for years,all their top draft choices are now
    coming of age. Yankee fans and owners would never tolerate losing 100 games/year for 3 years in a row.
    We are going nuts after just not making the playoffs for 2 years. They just got out pitched last night,Warren pitched well,they just could not hit. They usually have trouble with lefty pitchers,especially with that lineup last night=Pirela in lf,the last time he played the of in the spring,he became a chalk out line on the fence,got a concussion and missed a month;Petit who was released by the Astros in the spring;Drew batting under 200=combined they were 0-10. I had to watch the Astros tv broadcast,they gave out beards and showed all the fans with them repeatedly,I had to turn off the sound. This morning,I was listening to Beningo/Moose,some imbecile called in and wanted the Mets to trade for Stenchiro!!-lol
    Needless to say,it was not well received-lol


    June 26, 2015 at 9:58 am

  4. Shockingly, I am going to question why Gardner was not penciled in last night. He is one of the hottest hitters in baseball, who had played 13 straight games and Joey wanted to give him a blow after that long hard trex on the chartered jet, following a day game and then last night’s game. Does Cal Ripkin ever come to mind?
    Joey pulls this maneuver all the time. Ride the hot hand, you jackass. If you want to play Young, there are still 2 other outfield spots. I am never in favor of sitting down a guy who is hitting everything in sight. I don’t give a shit about the lefty on lefty thing and the splits. When you’re hot, you are never overmatched.


    June 26, 2015 at 10:07 am

    • Hey fellas spot on
      My vote would have been Pirela 2nd base Young who is hot vs LHP and Babe in the line up Petit makes little sense
      They just hate Pirela’s infield D

      Let’s hope they can take 3 of the next 6
      Stuck in traffic check in latter


      June 26, 2015 at 1:17 pm

  5. Saw a bunch of second guessing on Pirela batting vs the lefty
    On the Axisa Twitter account
    Kid mashes Lhp he did get a bit anxious but I’m glad he got a shot
    McCant was a better option?


    June 26, 2015 at 2:18 pm

  6. Clutch Dinger and even more clutch bullpen work.
    Great W,,,


    June 26, 2015 at 11:23 pm

  7. Yanks eked one out. The Astros pitcher lasted 3+ last start,their announcers were shocked he was shutting out the Yanks,as were we all.Finally Beltran and Jones singled and Young,who has a .400+ lifetime average vs the Astros & is from Houston hit a 3 run bomb,breaking the Yanks scoreless streak.
    The 3 Musketeers=Shreve,Wilson,Betances=shut them down for the win!! The fkn rays lost to the sux in extra innings so now the Yanks are 1/2 game back,tied in the all important(lol) loss column!! Tanaka Saturday,lets hope he does a lot better than he did vs the Tigers!!!


    June 27, 2015 at 12:33 am

  8. Hey boys thanks for the run down only saw the score on the phone, read the wrap, looks like Young is paying off as is Shreve

    Gotta give Cashman credit for those guys good pick ups especially Shreve, I guess Young too, all,he had was a bad month everything else has been really good and he ain’t hurt

    I know it’s annoying but good to hear from the Astros announcers once in a while, as long as the Yanks are winning lol

    Althoug the Rucco kid is good, and despite me saying bad things about Flaherty he’s good too

    3-3 over the last 6 after the Keutchel whitewashing and I’m a happy camper, be better to come home 4-3 but let’s hope for 4-2 now lol

    Thanks boys if you get the chance keep me posted


    June 27, 2015 at 10:44 am

    • For some reason I’m blacked out
      Despite being in Boston territory
      But Sterling is singing. Oh McCann can

      Good job boys stout line up today
      Young is as hot as Ellsbury ever was


      June 27, 2015 at 4:28 pm

  9. McCan’t hit a grand salami,, but Murphy is still the better Catcher, imho,,

    Fugging Flaherty just said how much better Tanaka is “finishing his pitches” much better, wtf,,
    1 and a half batters ???? Finishing what ??
    2 men on !
    Nobody out !
    yeah them pitches be finished so much better huh Flash,, ?


    June 27, 2015 at 4:38 pm

  10. Babe Gardner hit his 2nd double of the game,Young hit a 2 run homer,Oberholtzer threw at Arod and was ejected immediately.Roberto Hernandez,aka Fausto Carmona now pitching for Astros. Astro announcers in shock-lol


    June 27, 2015 at 5:04 pm

  11. Be happy you are blacked out-its 6-6,0 out in bottom 5th.Tanaka has nothing,just serving up meatballs,time to go back to the dl or have surgery and quick jerking around.Pathetic


    June 27, 2015 at 6:12 pm

  12. Yeah Dallas B, but Flash said he was really finishing off his pitches much better,
    Kool-aid spewing punk,,
    Another Yankee arm spits the bit,, grrrr,


    June 27, 2015 at 8:35 pm

  13. Alls well that ends well,Yanks won 9-6. Yanks scored 2 in 8th on GARDY walk,controversial play at 2nd where GARDY came in spikes high and Altuve dropped the ball and missed the bag-it was replayed,called safe-then after Arod popped out,Tex hit one off the lcf wall for 2 runs.Tex had been 0-4,including popping out with bases loaded in 1st inning.Wilson pitched the 8th,giving up only a 2 out single.Headley homered in the 9th,then Betances got the save,Shreve was the winner.The only negative was Tanaka,not being able to hold a 6-0 lead.He did not look good to me,did not seem to be throwing hard,as they said in the movie Major League,”they’re hammering the slow crap”. In the post game,GeniusJoe blew off numerous questions about Tanaka being injured,just said his location was off,Tanaka said via translator he had a mechanical issue-no velocity-that he needs to work on. Anyhow,the Yanks won,so we have a few more days to worry about Tanaka.Yanks 1/2 game out,rays beat the sux.


    June 27, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    • Thanks fellas
      Saw the wrap on the win
      Had the game on game day radio
      Until we had to split
      Saw the Astros replays Tanaka had nothing
      We’re finding out velocity isn’t as important as depth on the breaking pitches from the little I saw tanaka had neither
      I just got back saw the Jones Gardner gaffe damn Jones got in the way despite Flash blaming Babe


      June 28, 2015 at 3:27 pm

  14. BS double I get no touch it’d s knock but should have been a full out error


    June 28, 2015 at 3:29 pm

  15. Jones should never have been in the outfield today or anyday,,
    Gardiner needs to call him off way before this,,
    bush league play,,
    Pinieda should sue for lack of support,,


    June 28, 2015 at 3:36 pm

  16. Kid’s got 93 pitches yanks can’t touch him take some fucking pitches get him out of the game
    Where’s PentLand, sleepin
    Yanks playing like they don’t care if it’s a split just get on the plane

    Pineda looks great 1 great one 1 bad one hope they don’t waste the great outing
    This Astros kid SS is great


    June 28, 2015 at 3:59 pm

  17. Correa / Franco why can’t the yanks find guys like that

    Pineda Is hanging everything at 80 pitches
    Looks like He’s a 6 inning hero despite the amount of pitches


    June 28, 2015 at 4:04 pm

  18. At least Pineda pitched a good game
    Another bomb like Tanaka San and we’d have two problems

    Pineda is on again on again off again
    So bad outing coming up too bad they wasted the good one

    2 hits sounds like the boys ran out of grinding gas
    Bourbon Bob and Ice Cream Cone are making this kid sound like they faced King Felix


    June 28, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    • Another hat tipper for the boys

      Woman’s soccer is pretty hot


      June 28, 2015 at 4:50 pm

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