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Ivan Nova’s shutout marks the 21st consecutive winning season for the Yankees

Sep 21, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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Yankees starter Ivan Nova held the Giants scoreless over nine fantastic innings of work this afternoon. The right-hander surrendered just six hits and a walk while striking out seven. In fact, the Giants never had a runner reach third base and had a runner reach second only twice. The offense gave Nova six runs of support, scoring three times in the third, twice in the fourth, and once in the sixth. Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong was on the hook for five of the six runs, bumping his ERA up to 5.90.

The win pushes the Yankees to 82-73, meaning they will finish the season with a winning record for the 21st consecutive season. In 1992, they finished 76-86.

As it pertains to the AL Wild Card, the Yankees temporarily move into a tie with the Royals, both 2.5 games behind the Indians for the second Wild Card. The Rangers enter tonight’s action a half-game out of it.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    The Yankees are three games out in the loss column with 7 games remaining. 4 of those games are against lousy teams (SF for 1 and Houston for 3). They also have 3 remaining games with Tampa Bay which is 4 games ahead in the loss column. If they can sweep Tampa Bay, they have a chance. I can’t see them catching Cleveland, as the Indians face the dregs of the AL.

  2. 18thstreet - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Congratulations to the New York Yankees and their fans for a successful year! Never could have done it without A-Rod.

    I’ll never forget this scrappy bunch of overachievers, consisting of the highest paid reliever in baseball history, the highest paid shortstop in baseball history, and the highest paid third baseman in baseball history. And when they faced injuries, did they give up? NO! They traded for Vernon Wells. And when he didn’t work out, did they give up? NO! They traded for two years of Alfonzo Soriano! It’s a classic David-Goliath story. Inspiring to us all.

    Thankfully, things will be much better next year. Their best reliever is retiring. Their best starting pitcher is a free agent. Their best position player is a free agent. Their best hitter is will face a year-long suspension. Even better times are right around the corner! All they have to do is find replacements for (or re-sign) Cano, Rodriguez, Granderson, Kuroda, Rivera, Pettitte, and Logan. And I’m sure that Jeter will provide 150 games at short.

    Wait ’til next year, New York!

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      You forgot to mention their highly paid (overpaid he admitted) first baseman who should return from his injury next season. He might be an upgrade over Overbay.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:45 PM

        I know I know:

        HATTIE: If… if. Ven die bubbah halla tsehen qulishkes, het gehaya zadeh.
        TOMMY: Sure, but… besser die viller ein der kenner.

        For next year, if the Yanks stay healthy, and
        If the Yanks re-sign Cano
        If the Yanks QO Granderson and he accepts and
        If the Yanks QO Kuroda and he accepts and
        If CC returns to previous years ability and
        If Arod only gets suspended for <100 games* and
        If Jeter is fine with DH'ing 90% of the time and
        If the Yanks can get McCann (please no QO) and
        If the Yanks can get Tanaka and
        If Teixeira returns from the wrist injury and
        If Nova can continue to improve

        They could have a good group of players. Robertson can take over for Mo, and Cashman does a good job with his bullpen pickups on the cheap. I think Kuroda is gone, although he'd be a huge plus with Pettitte retiring. A rotation of CC/Kuroda/Nova/Tanaka and then Phelps/Warren/Nuno/Marshall isn't too bad. A lineup of Soriano/Gardner/Granderson in the OF, Arod/Ryan/Cano/Teix in the IF with McCann at C would be really good.

        But again, if….

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:47 PM

        Pineda?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:54 PM

        Pineda is icing on the cake. The Yanks were treating him really weird at the end of the minor league season, starting him only 3-4 innings at a time and then 2-3 at the end. If he comes back, even better because no one keeps a 5 man rotation the entire year.

    • djeter220 - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      Don’t think no one recognized you ripping off a Bill Burr rant.

    • badintent - Sep 22, 2013 at 2:55 AM

      You brag that the Yanks will have to sign Cano and others. Like they don’t for over 25 years. ? Remember Dave Winfield. He made the HOF last time I check.So did Catfish Hunter.Another Yankee Free agent signing.And the line goes around the block, and the next. Book Tanaka too. The team does need to get younger and faster. They will. Tex is under contract. He’ll be back . We will have mandatory wrist shields for the entire team so punkass teams can’t throw 4 pitchesat one batter and break a wrist or forearm. So to celebrate , we’ll be sending KFC chicken buckets to Red Sux clubhouse for Henry’s spook squad and their payroll media backstabbers. Bobby V. says thanks for the $3 million for DOING NOTHING TO EARN IT. How’s that Carl Crawford Free Agent signing working out for ya ?

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    even if petite and Kuroda do not come back they still have Nova who is becoming a solid starter and Pinieda hopefully being healthy. with CC figuring out what went wrong we don’t have that bad of a rotation with Phelps taking up the rear. its gonna be the offense that will have question marks. If tex comes back healthy it might help, I hope they sign Overbay for next year as a back up. loved what he did for us this year.

  4. thevauntedchris - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    lyle stefan overbay was so overvalued on this team because of a few timely homeruns in the first half. no thank you for 2014. batting average under .250. on-base percentage under .300. slugging percentage under .400. Gross. I can’t believe David Adams couldn’t back up first and third and do better than that.

  5. florida76 - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    For a team with the huge payroll like the Yankees, I’m stunned they only have 21 straight winning seasons. Not a significant accomplishment, the Yankees only measure of success are World Titles, where they have more than doubled the next closest team, the Cardinals.

  6. zackd2 - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Love how they lost their 1b, SS, 3B, and CF each for 75-90% of the season, are basically a handful of games behind “great” teams, yet somehow they’re still criticized. Imagine if they ended up with a record like the Sox last year?

  7. cackalackyank - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Lots of work to be done to keep that streak going. I think the list of who is certainly back is much much shorter than the to do list, or shopping list. Pitching staff as of start of off season: Sabathia, Nova, Phelps, and ?, ?. Bullpen: Robertson and ?, ?, ?, ? ,? . Infield: Texeira,?, Jeter, and Nunez.
    Outfield:Gardiner, Soriano, Suzuki. DH:Wells. Catcher: Romine. There are 8 question marks and a huge amount of room for upgrades there, plus five other openings for reserve platoon types. Lets not forget that the farm system is far from brimming with talent. Even if it supposedly was, the way NYY has overrated talent in the last 5-7 years would make for a dubious level of production. Someone previously mentioned Pineda, and I have left him off deliberately. Not sure whether to list him as a starter or bullpen. I am wondering if there might be an attempt to try him out for the closer spot. I am sorry to say I do not really see it in Robertson. I left A-Rod out for obvious reasons. I realy do not think he will be out for the whole year, but certainly half of it.

  8. blynch67 - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Exactly. I’m pretty impressed with their showing this year, even if the don’t make the playoffs.

    Forget the payroll thing for a minute – ANY team that suffers that many man-games lost due to injuries is basically going to struggle to get near .500, IMHO. I believe I read that they lost something like 1,250 man-games this season.

    That the Yankees are still this close on 9/22 is pretty impressive.

  9. blynch67 - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    I think the Wild card teams will have 90 victories (.550%), when all is said and done. The Yanks would need to win 8 of their remaining games to reach 90 wins.

  10. blynch67 - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Scratch that, lol… They only have 7 games left, so even if they run the table, they can only win 89 games.

    I think is more likely they will end up winning 86, maybe 87 games

    They have
    1 at home against the Giants (Andy/Mariano day) ………………….win
    3 against TB, in TB ……………………………………………………………….win 1, lose 2
    3 against Houston, in Huston, including Andy’s last start………….win 2, maybe 3

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