Ode to Pineda’s Pine Tar Gate
The dazzling performance by starter
Michael Pineda that lead the Yankees to defeat the Red Sox last night 4-1, has been entirely dwarfed by pine tar.
Surprise, surprise everyone from
ESPN’s Baseball Tonight to the NY Daily News is focusing on the brown, gooey substance located on the inside part of Pineda’s right wrist and not the game of baseball that was played between one of oldest rivalry’s in sports.
Forget that Dean Anna hit his first Major League homer, or how
Cesar Cabral and David Phelps struck out five Red Sox bats in the last two and half innings to seal the win for the Yankees.
And no need to mention that the Yankees bats are getting warmer, or how Captain
Derek Jeter had two hits, and scored a run in his last, first regular season game vs. Boston in the Bronx.
No let’s instead over analysis Pineda’s hand in the third inning and the fifth inning until everyone’s eyes start bleeding for ultimately no reason at all.
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Mariano Rivera celebrates a victory against the Baltimore Orioles on August 31, 2009 by shaking catcher Jorge Posada’s hand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The significance of a
bullpen reared its ugly head last night when the Yankees lost the rubber match between to the Orioles, 5-4.
Heading into the ninth inning tied at 3-3, the Orioles took advantage by scoring a pair of runs off reliever
The Yankees attempted to answer back but only managed to score one run off a
sac fly, and lost the game 5-4.
Reality bites, but if closer
David Robertson had been available, the Yankees odds of winning the game, and taking the series go up dramatically.
D-Rob’s experience and career numbers vs. the active Orioles line-up compared to Kelley’s, and the rest of the bullpen lack there of proves it.
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All it took was one text to ruin my good mood from the
New York Yankee Opening Day win against the Orioles.
Like many other baseball nerds, I opt to have text message alerts when there is breaking news about Yankees.
And at exactly 4:45pm this afternoon, my
iPhone’s text message went beep and it was the last update I was expecting.
When reliever Sean Kelly closed out today’s 4-2 win, against Baltimore instead of
Mariano Rivera’s heir apparent David Robertson, nobody blinked.
D-Rob has been used in three of the Yankees last four games, so skipper
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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter batting in Shea Stadium (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Coming off a six-game road trip that felt a heck of a lot longer, the Yankees are finally back home.
Realistically, it is precarious to make any conclusions based off the first week of any baseball season, but too much happened in
Yankees Universe not to throw caution to the wind this time.
I mean after last season it is tough to not be on edge. I guess it is true that like the players, the fans have to settle in too.
For Yankees fans that entails adjusting to a lot of new faces, while at the same time trying to come to grips with saying goodbye to the Captain.
Admittedly, I was jumpy watching these six games, but this group breeds the confidence that I so missed in 2013.
So yes…. I am guilty of reading way too much into the first of many two, three-game sets the Yankees will play on the road during the 2014 season.
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