Daily Archives: May 15, 2011

Down on The Farm 5/15/11

Betances dealing it.

SWB L 9-3

2B: Russo (4, Fox, M), Montero, J (7, Atchison).
HR: Maxwell (13, 2nd inning off Fox, M, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Russo 2; Montero, J 2; Maxwell 4; Molina; Pena, R.
RBI: Maxwell (27), Russo 2 (7).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Maxwell 3; Vazquez, Jo.
SF: Russo.
Team RISP: 0-for-6.
Team LOB: 5.

E: Brackman (2, fielding), Pena, R (3, fielding).
Outfield assists: Dickerson (Exposito at 2nd base), Maxwell (Sutton at home).
DP: 2 (Pena, R-Russo-Laird, Vazquez, Jo-Russo-Laird).

Trenton W 3-2

2B: Gil (4, Turgeon), Mesa (9, Turgeon).
3B: Krum, A (1, Turgeon).
TB: Krum, A 4; Gil 3; Mesa 3; Maruszak.
RBI: Mesa (11), Krum, A 2 (13).
2-out RBI: Krum, A 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Romine, Au 2; Maruszak; Johnson, C.
SAC: Pirela.
GIDP: Joseph.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 8.

SB: Krum, A (13, 2nd base off Brooks/Blaquiere).

E: Pirela (12, fielding).
Outfield assists: Mesa (Dykstra, A at home).
DP: (Maruszak-Joseph-Gil).

Betances 5.2 3 1 0 5 6 0 0.76
Arbiso 2.1 2 1 1 2 0 0 4.56
Norton (W, 1-0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1.93

Tampa L 5-3

2B: Lyerly, R (9, Miller, S), Almonte, A (5, Zawacki).
TB: Almonte, A 3; Lyerly, R 4; Medchill 2.
RBI: Lyerly, R 3 (29).
2-out RBI: Lyerly, R 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mack, D; Murton.
GIDP: Castro, K.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 7.

Charleston W 10-6

2B: Sosa (6, Stroup), Murphy, JR (12, Stroup), Mojica (8, Couch).
HR: Sanchez, G (3, 5th inning off Stroup, 2 on, 2 out), Flores, R (4, 9th inning off Swinson, S, 2 on, 2 out), De Leon (7, 9th inning off Swinson, S, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Sosa 3; Mojica 3; Murphy, JR 3; Segedin; Roller, K; Sanchez, G 5; Flores, R 4; De Leon 6; Feliz, A 2.
RBI: Mojica 2 (11), Murphy, JR (25), Sanchez, G 3 (18), Flores, R 3 (20), De Leon (18).
2-out RBI: Sanchez, G 3; Mojica; Flores, R 3; De Leon.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Roller, K 3; Feliz, A; Murphy, JR; Mojica.
GIDP: Roller, K; Segedin.
Team RISP: 5-for-15.
Team LOB: 8.

SB: Feliz, A (4, 2nd base off Stroup/Peley).
CS: De Leon (1, 2nd base by Couch/Peley).

DP: (Mojica-Feliz, A-Roller, K).

* Players names in Red are not a mistake that’s me just giving everyone a heads up on stud prospects to watch.

NYY vs. BOS – 5/15/11


Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

As you can see, Posada is not in the lineup. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, considering how badly Posada is faring against left-handers. Even less surprising, considering Lester is one of the elite left-handers in the game.


Freddy Garcia (2-2, 2.61) vs. Jon Lester (4-1, 2.96)

From MLB.com’s Gameday:

Lester’s streak of four straight wins was snapped last time out in a 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays, in which he gave up five runs. He’s done well against the Yankees lifetime, going 6-1 in 12 starts.

Garcia will try his array of offspeed pitches against Boston, having defeated the Royals by allowing only a solo homer in six-plus innings on May 11. Garcia pitched an inning of one-run relief at Fenway Park in a 4-0 loss on April 10.

The Yanks desperately need a win here, so hopefully they get it. Enjoy the game.

Latest on Posada


The news of Jorge Posada‘s apparent rift with the Yankees continues to be a hot topic today following Saturday’s incident, which may have rendered the veteran catcher/DH in breach of contract. It remains to be seen whether Posada will be back in the lineup today or whether the Yanks will take action against him, but in the meanwhile, here’s the latest info and reactions.

  • As of now, the only thing that’s clear about what caused the stir is Posada asked out of Saturday’s lineup when he discovered he was batting ninth, write Joel Sherman, George A. King III and Brian Costello of the New York Post.
  • The Yankees considered suspending Posada, tweets Buster Olney of ESPN.com.
  • It’s long been known that Posada and Yankees manager Joe Girardi have a strained relationship, but it’s now apparent that GM Brian Cashman and Posada don’t get along, either, writes Sherman.
  • The Posada situation speaks to a larger dilemma for the Yankees, who are having to deal with stars during their decline phases, according to Sherman.
  • Posada acted uncharacteristically unprofessional, and the only way he can rectify the situation is if he admits he made a mistake, writes Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
  • Girardi failed at one of his goals: minimizing distractions and negativity, tweets Jon Heyman of SI.com.
  • Posada’s explanation that he received treatment for an ailing back doesn’t add up for Heyman (via Twitter).
  • Peter Gammons relays a bit of wisdom from a former GM about the risky nature of rostering declining stars (via Twitter).
  • Posada should ask for forgiveness for one mistake in what has been an otherwise exemplary career, tweets Sherman.
  • The only resolution for the situation is if Posada begins hitting immediately, tweets Olney.

Beckett Dominates Yanks in 6-0 Loss

From MLB.com’s Thomas Boorstein:

NEW YORK — On a night when the biggest story concerned off-field developments, the Yankees turned in another meek performance in a 6-0 loss to the Red Sox on Saturday night.

Josh Beckett, who has been a Yankees whipping boy for most of his Red Sox career, shut his rivals down for the second time this season. He pitched six scoreless innings to best CC Sabathia and help position Boston for a three-game sweep of the weekend series.

But more attention was paid to Jorge Posada, who was dropped to ninth in the lineup by manager Joe Girardi before asking out of the game entirely.

General manager Brian Cashman, speaking in an impromptu news conference during the third inning, said that no injury precluded Posada from playing. The Yankees replaced Posada with Andruw Jones approximately 40 minutes before the game’s first pitch.

After the game, Posada said he had a stiff back and needed time to clear his head. Girardi said he knew nothing of the back injury until after a seventh-inning ejection ended his participation in Saturday’s game.

Sabathia started with a wobble in the first, when he hit Jacoby Ellsbury on an 0-2 pitch and surrendered a single to Dustin Pedroia that moved Ellsbury to third. But the left-hander steadied himself with three strikeouts against Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz. Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz. Those K’s began a string of 12 straight Red Sox batters retired by Sabathia.

That string came to an end when Jed Lowrie started the fifth with a single. After a Mike Cameron flyout, Carl Crawford singled. Then Sabathia made his biggest mistake by walking Jason Varitek, who entered the game hitting .154 with a .241 on-base percentage, on four pitches. Ellsbury followed with a two-run double over the head of left fielder Brett Gardner. Sabathia escaped further trouble by intentionally walking Pedroia and inducing a double-play grounder from Gonzalez.

“It was just one of those things,” Sabathia said of his walk to Varitek. “I couldn’t find the strike zone and ended up with a walk.”

The wheels came off Sabathia (3-3) in the seventh inning, which he began having thrown 88 pitches. A leadoff walk to Cameron portended trouble, and after a wild pitch, Varitek burned the lefty again with an RBI single. After a lineout and a Pedroia single, Gonzalez blew the game open with a three-run homer into the right-field seats.

“I felt a lot better than the last start,” Sabathia said, referring to a seven-inning, 10-hit and four-run performance in Texas. “Everything was working the way I wanted it to. Just got into a spot there in the seventh and didn’t make the pitches I had to.”

After pulling Sabathia, who allowed six runs, struck out six and walked three, from the game, Girardi, took exception to the strike zone during Varitek’s seventh-inning at-bat and earned an ejection from home-plate umpire Mike Winters for arguing balls and strikes.

Sabathia said Posada’s situation did not affect him.

“I had no idea,” he said. “I was pitching today.”

The Yankees (20-17) made Beckett work, but they could not score against him for the second time in as many games this season. After going eight innings without a run against Beckett at Fenway Park on April 10, they came up empty again Saturday. Beckett struck out nine and walked two, stranding two runners each in the first, third and fifth innings. His other three frames were perfect.

“He was really good,” said Mark Teixeira, who snapped an 0-for-30 slide against the Red Sox with a single off Matt Albers in the eighth. “Three at-bats against him, I don’t think I got one good pitch to hit.”

The Yankees, who played in front of a season-high 48,790 fans, have averaged 3.9 runs in their past 15 games after averaging 5.7 in their first 22. Saturday’s game marked their fourth shutout this season.

“We’re just in a rut,” Teixeira said. “There’s really no reason to overanalyze it or hang our heads too much. We’re just in a rut. When you slump as a team, you’re going to lose games. The great thing about baseball is if I’m in a slump and the guy behind me is hitting well, we’re fine. But when everyone’s kind of in a little bit of a rut, it doesn’t lead to a lot of wins.”

During his first five seasons with the Red Sox, Beckett posted a 6.26 ERA against the Yankees. In 2011, he has recorded 14 scoreless innings, with 19 strikeouts against three walks.

“There are days when you really should be scoring a lot of runs, but he was pretty on tonight,” Teixeira said. “It was going to be tough to scratch anything across the board tonight.”


Jeter, SS 4 0 1 0 1 1 2 .267
Granderson, CF 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 .281
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 1 0 1 2 4 .254
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 5 .252
Cano, 2B 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 .279
Martin, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .245
Gardner, LF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .259
Swisher, RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .222
Jones, An, DH 4 0 1 0 0 3 2 .229
Totals 34 0 7 0 3 13 20 .250
Sabathia(L, 3-3) 6.2 7 6 6 3 6 1 3.47
Robertson, D 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.88
Ayala 2.0 3 0 0 0 2 0 2.25
Totals 9.0 11 6 6 3 8 1 3.78