Weekly game thread: Apr. 30 – May 6

The Yankees did a decent job going 3-and-3 last week while they were playing some of the AL’s best in the Tigers and Rangers. This week should be much easier as they face the Orioles and the Kansas City Royals. If going 3-3 was acceptable last week, they should go at least 5-2 this week.

Mon: Yankees 2, Orioles 1. W: Hiroki Kuroda (2-3, 3.69), L: Jason Hammel (3-1, 1.97), S: Mariano Rivera (5, 2.16). HR: Eric Chavez (3, off Hammel).

Hiroki Kuroda had another strong start and by now he actually has a solid ERA as he gave up just one run over seven innings. Hammel continued his strong season, holding the Yankees scoreless except for Chavez’s 2-run shot in the 2nd inning.

Tue: Baltimore 7, Yankees 1. W: Brian Matusz (1-3, 4.67), L: Phil Hughes (1-4, 7.48). HR: Curtis Granderson (9, off Matusz), J.J. Hardy (4, off Hughes), Chris Davis (5, off Hughes).

This is becoming a text book Phil Hughes start. He wasn’t awful, but lost his command and surrendered a pair of home runs. Then, because he throws so many pitches per inning, he ran out of gas by the 6th which led to more runs. In all his line was pretty ugly: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K.

The Yankees offense looked pretty awful against a mediocre pitcher in Matusz. The 1-2-3 hitters, Derek Jeter, Granderson, and Alex Rodriguez, actually went 7-for-12. The 4-9 hitters were held hitless though, going 0-for-22.

Wed: Baltimore 5, Yankees 0. W: Jake Arrieta (2-2, 3.52), L: Ivan Nova (3-1, 5.58). HR: Nick Markakis (3, off Nova), Matt Wieters (7, off Nova).

Nova looked pretty good in his first three starts, but after back to back stinkers, his ERA is looking pretty ugly. He wasn’t awful in this game, he held the Orioles to just one run through the first five innings, a homer by Wieters, but needed to escape a few jams to do so. Then a run in the 6th and three more in the 7th and suddenly it was an ugly line.

It’s not like it mattered much though as the Yankees were shutdown offensively by Arrieta. This time it was the 2-3-4 hitters doing all the work, going 4-for-12 as the 5-1 hitters went a combined 1-for-19. The Yankees didn’t walk a single time and were K’d 10 times.

Thurs: Kansas City 4, Yankees 3. W: Danny Duffy (2-2, 3.57), L: David Phelps (0-1, 3.74), S: Jonathan Broxton (5, 1.86). HR: Mike Moustakas (4, off Phelps).

David Phelps made his first start in the major leagues and wasn’t bad. He allowed a run in the 2nd and another in the 3rd, but kept the Yankees right in the game. He wasn’t very efficient with his pitches though as he threw 85 in just four innings before being lifted.

Clay Rapada and D.J. Mitchell allowed a pair of runs in the 5th inning to give the Royals a 4-1 lead and that was all they needed as the offense was no where to be seen. They had a total of 16 baserunners and just three runs. Derek Jeter had four hits, Andruw Jones three, and Russell Martin two, but when it counted nobody came through.

The Yankees have now scored six runs in four games this week against bad teams.

Source: FanGraphs

FriYankees 6, Kansas City 2. W: CC Sabathia (4-0, 4.15), L: Bruce Chen (0-4, 4.98). HR: Derek Jeter (5, off Chen), Mark Teixeira (4, off Chen).

After a rough week and terrible news the day before, this was exactly what the Yankees needed. CC was great, he pitched eight innings and only allowed two earned runs (and those runs could have easily been unearned thanks to a terrible play by Eduardo Nunez in the field).

The offense wasn’t amazing, but they did a solid job. A 2-run home run by Teixeira in the 1st got them on the board and kept them in the game until a four run 7th. That inning Robinson Cano singled, Nunez tripled, Chris Stewart singled, and then The Captain homered. By the way, Jeter went 2-for-5 and his average dropped to .404.

David Robertson came in to pitch the 9th inning, but it wasn’t a save situation. He still struck out the side for his 19th, 20th, and 21st strike outs of the season (in just 12 innings).

Source: FanGraphs

Sat: Kansas City 5, Yankees 1. W: Felipe Paulino (1-0, 0.00), L: Hiroki Kuroda (2-4, 3.75). HR: Russell Martin (3, off Jose Mijares).

SunYankees 10, Kansas City 4. W: Phil Hughes (2-4, 6.67), L: Luke Hochevar (2-3, 9.00). HR: Alex Rodriguez (5, off Tommy Hottovy), Robinson Cano (2, off Hochevar), Nick Swisher (7, off Hochevar).

The Yankees offense finally broke though in this one thanks to a 6-run 3rd inning capped off by a grand slam by Cano and a solo shot by Swisher, who played in his first game in a week. The Yankees also got a run in the 2nd and three in the 8th on a 3-run shot by A-Rod. It is a positive sign to see two struggling Yankees with home runs today.

In an even bigger positive sign, Hughes finally had a strong start. He went 6.2 innings and appeared to actually get stronger as the game went on. It was the first time this season that he pitched into the 7th inning. The pitch count still needs to come down, but it was a big step in the right direction and probably saves his spot in the rotation.

Source: FanGraphs

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