Help Us Felix Part II: Jays-Yanks Gamers XII & XIII

While Felix Hernandez takes the mound against the charmed Orioles out west, the Yankees play two against the Blue Jays – the first pair in a stretch of seven games to be played against the Jays in the next 13 days.

Before this day is done the Yanks could be up by 1.5 in the standings, down by 1.5, or somewhere in between.

In the first game of the Yanks-Jays twin-bill, Andy Pettitte makes his long-awaited return against Henderson Alvarez, while the nightcap features David Phelps vs. Ricky Romero, who’s trying to end a streak of 6 straight starts without a win.

We may see Brett Gardner pinch-run before the night is through and we’re almost certain to see a heavy dose of the Yankee bullpen given the limited innings we can expect from both starters in pinstripes.

Looks like it’s moving day in the Bronx – let’s make it a good one.

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  • 3-0 Yanks after one. Three straight hits to start the inning followed by some productive outs to clear the bases. Great start.

    IronHorse - YF September 19, 2012, 1:30 pm
  • Andy F’in Pettitte. 5 innings of shut out ball so far. Just whhat the doctor ordered. Still just a 3-run lead – bats need to get busy. But great to have Pettitte back.

    IronHorse - YF September 19, 2012, 2:24 pm
  • Yank pitching through 7 without damage. Alvarez settled down nicely since the Yanks got to him in the first and is still in there.

    IronHorse - YF September 19, 2012, 3:01 pm
  • Working today, but wow, what a great return by Pettitte.

    attackgerbil September 19, 2012, 3:16 pm
  • Except David Robertson is going to muck it.

    attackgerbil September 19, 2012, 3:16 pm
  • Story of this game so far: Andy Pettitte is a hero. David Robertson is not.

    IronHorse - YF September 19, 2012, 3:28 pm
  • Ichiro makes a falling basket catch on a line drive with the bases loaded. Lord. I will retract the hit I put out on Robertson now.

    IronHorse - YF September 19, 2012, 3:29 pm
  • Ichiro is doing more than his fair share today.

    attackgerbil September 19, 2012, 3:41 pm
  • GAME II
    ++++++

    Jeter leads off with single.

    attackgerbil September 19, 2012, 7:16 pm
  • That’s number 200 on the season.

    attackgerbil September 19, 2012, 7:17 pm
  • So Joe Saunders has matched and outlasted King Felix in Seattle. WHATEVER Baltimore. If that game goes into extra innings and they win again you just have to laugh. Gotta give it up to Phelps, Pettitte, and Ichiro (7 for 8!?!) today. Good stuff.

    IronHorse - YF September 20, 2012, 12:17 am
  • If I ever go to Vegas I’m wearing a 2012 Baltimore Orioles hat.

    IronHorse - YF September 20, 2012, 1:29 am
  • 2010 66-96 .407 30gb last place
    2011 69-93 .426 28gb last place
    2012 85-64 .570 .5gb 2nd place [thru 9/19]

    you know i don’t believe in luck…odd bounces, blown calls, lapses in judgement, brain farts, and assorted injuries, are stuff that “just happens” in the course of a 162 game season played over 6 long months…i do have to admit though, that in the time i’ve been following baseball, i don’t think i’ve ever seen a run like the o’s are on here in 2012…i can’t call it luck, but it certainly defies logic…at the least they are the most improved team this season…buck should enjoy this run as much as possible, including the chance to thumb his nose at the yankees, and particularly the red sox, because i have a hunch that his o’s might have trouble repeating their one run and extra inning sucess in 2013…

    dc September 20, 2012, 11:37 am
  • Yeah dc. I can’t see this happening again to the O’s or anyone else any time soon. It feels like a once-a-decade thing if that.

    They are the only team with a negative run differential that would make the playoffs in either league were the season to end today.

    In blow-outs (5+ run difference), they are a .500 team: 23-23. But in 1-run games they are an absurd .771 (27-8). And in extra innings they are off-the-charts at .882, having won their last 15 in a row for a season record of 15-2. Their Pythag has them at 73-76. Except they are outperforming that by 12 games to sit at 85-64.

    By comparison, the Yankees are .645 in blowouts, .463 in 1-run games (ouch), .500 in extra innings, and have outperformed their Pythag by one game.

    The weird thing about all that is that it’s not like guys on the O’s are having amazing break-out years. And if you look at their hitting stats, including their clutch-situation splits, etc. they are average at best. It’s like they have done the absolute minimum you could ever do and still have a shot at being 85-64. And there they sit.

    IronHorse - YF September 20, 2012, 6:13 pm
  • good pickup on the run differential IH…i’ve been tracking that for awhile with the o’s…again, like i say, given that stat and the winning percentages you cited, it suggests that their success defies logic…i know i saw somewhere that the odds of a team making the playoffs with a negative run differential are miniscule, and few teams [none?] have done it [missing paul here...i'm too lazy to do the research], yet here the o’s sit with, according to espn, a 90% chance of making the playoffs…the premise is that if you’re getting blown out that much, you’re probably losing a bunch of the 1-run and extra inning games too, but they’re not…i didn’t realize they had that ridiculous of a winning percentage in those games…if they make the playoffs, and it sure looks like they will, buck is probably hoping that all the games are extra innings and decided by 1 run

    dc September 20, 2012, 6:54 pm
  • Couldn’t follow game yesterday – seems like Hughes was erratic but the bats covered him. Ichiro battting .321 as a Yankee with espcially high production down the stretch here (9 for his lastt 10???). Every time I start believing again in Hughes he lays an egg. All eyes on CC tonight – I really hope his performance doesn’t point to physical problems he’s not revealing. He needs a dominant start and vs. The A’s would be good timing…

    IronHorse - YF September 21, 2012, 3:45 am
  • i saw quite a bit of the game…hughes continues to be an enigma…he had one inning where he struck out 4 batters [one reached on a passed ball]…his line was an odd one: 5 inn, 4 hits, 4 earned runs, 3 walks, 9 k’s, 1 HR, and 1 HBP…the HBP forced in a run…he kind of summed it up best himself with this quote: “…Changeup command came and went. Fastball was kind of all over the place,…” [espn]…confirms my observation that he was very inconsistent…how else do you explain that line?…ichiro’s on fire right now…homer, double, 3 RBI…looks like joe’s going to throw away the book that says lefties can’t hit lefties…

    the good news: the runs of course, but also robertson pitched a hitless ninth for the save, with 3 k’s

    i share your concern about cc…i don’t think he’s completely honest about when he’s not 100%…the last time his wife had to threaten him that she’d tell the yankees…i know we don’t have a lot of SP options, but i’d rather have him skip a start or 2 if it helps him get right…

    dc September 21, 2012, 9:02 am
  • Sox playing O’s tonight, will be rooting against my team.

    Devine September 21, 2012, 3:09 pm
  • That was a huge win: CC dominates, Robertson another perfect inning. A small amount of payback for the 4 1-run loss games suffered in Oakland thatt started the Yankee’s frittering away of theiir 10-game division lead.

    IronHorse - YF September 22, 2012, 1:48 am
  • Thome just CRUSHED that automatic double into right field. A homer in almost every ballpark. Run scores and O’s go up 7-6 in the 12th.

    Devine September 22, 2012, 5:05 pm
  • 16 consecutive extra-inning W’s for O’s…whoa.

    Devine September 22, 2012, 5:25 pm
  • Home run derby at Yankee Stadium as the O’s hit three homers for four runs in the top of the 13th.

    Devine September 22, 2012, 6:10 pm
  • Yanks load bases with none out. Wow.

    Devine September 22, 2012, 6:18 pm
  • And evenutally win. Lord.

    Devine September 22, 2012, 7:15 pm

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