Daily Archives: June 20, 2011
SWB W 2-0
Scranton scored there first run of the game in the bottom of the 2nd when P. J. Pilittere doubled (1) in Jordan Parraz. They scored the other run in the 4th when Jordan Parraz doubled (13) in Brandon Laird. Pitching in the win was Warren who moves to 6-2 he went 7 innings striking out 8 and only giving up 2 hits.
Tampa W 10-3
Tampa got on the board quickly in the top of the first when Walter Ibarra homerd (5) scoring Abraham Almonte. In the top of the 6th Kyle Higashioka hit a solo home run (3). Tampa scored four runs in the 8th two when Walter Ibarra doubled (15) in a Emerson Landoni and Abraham Almonte. Romanski got the win moving his record to 6-5. He went 7 innings striking out 11.
Staten Island W 8-3
GCL Yankees W 6-5
2B: Snitker (1), Alcantara, A (1). 3B: Luna (1). HR: Snitker (1), Skinner (1) .
The All-Star game is quickly approaching. Players from different teams are going to show up in Phoenix Arizona, take in that they made it to the big time and get ready to give there all, to give there respectable league an advantage in the World Series. Players like Jose Bautista, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson just about have there spots locked while players like Mark Teixeira have to wait out till the end to find out if they are starting in the All-Star game. But beyond all that, fans only think of the big names like Adam Jones, Russell Martin and Josh Beckett but don’t realize that there are underrated players that deserve a chance to be in the All-Star game. Players with stellar defense, hitting ability and speed. Players like, Brett Gardner.
Why not Gardner? Gardner has the fourth highest WAR (Wins Above Replacement) in 2011 with 2.9, which means if Gardner is placed in the lineup for the Yankees, they win 3 more games with him in the lineup. Gardner’s WAR numbers are just behind Jacoby Ellsbury (3.0), Curtis Granderson (3.9) and Jose Bautista (4.6). Not a bad group to be considered in huh? Taking a look at the fielding metrics which is used to determine the best outfielder, Brett Gardner is considered the best outfielder in the American League. His UZR (ultimate zone rating) is the highest in the AL and you do not want to put him on base because his speed is considered a weapon. In 2010, Gardner has the third highest WAR which is just behind Jose Bautista and Josh Hamilton. Though he differs from them in the power category, Gardner is known to draw walks, slap base hits and become a nuisance on the bases when he reaches.
I admit, Gardner’s start to the season was not exactly the best having to move down to the 9 hole after struggling for the first two weeks, but since April 23rd he had a 54 for 157 (.344 BA), a .422 OBP and over a .900 OPS. Although Gardner’s stealing abilities have not exactly caught up to him, he proves to be a very reliable asset to the All-Star game, if fans would be willing to give him a chance and vote for him to be on the roster.
Mon., 6/20/11, 7:10PM EST
Ivan Nova (6-4, 4.46) vs. Johnny Cueto (4-2, 1.68)
Nova’s Last 3 Starts: 2-1, 3.86, 10 K, in 18.2 IP
Cueto’s Last 3 Starts: 2-0, 0.86, 16 K, in 21.0 IP
Tues., 6/21/11, 7:10PM EST
Brian Gordon (0-0, 3.38) vs. Travis Wood (5-4, 5.11)
Gordon’s Last 3 Starts: 0-0, 3.38, 3 K, in 5.1 IP
Wood’s Last 3 Starts: 1-1, 5.30, 9 K, in 18.2 IP
Wed., 6/22/11, 12:35PM EST
TBA vs. Mike Leake (6-3, 4.04)
Leake’s Last 3 Starts: 2-1, 1.96, 14 K, in 23.0 IP
Here is the link to a great series preview podcast, from Ricky Keeler at YanksGoYard.com: http://yanksgoyard.com/2011/06/17/yankees-cubs-preview-will-wrigley-contain-yankee-bats/ The link to the podcast is at the end of the article.
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From MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:
CHICAGO — Nick Swisher dropped the bat to watch his blast soar high into the night, over Wrigley Field’s famous ivy wall toward the rowhouses, and immediately knew he’d be dialing long distance very soon.
Playing on the same diamond his father once called home, Swisher blasted a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning, sparking the Yankees to a 10-4 Father’s Day victory over the Cubs on Sunday.