Daily Archives: July 26, 2011

Minor Night-Cap 7/26/11

SWB W 11-2

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Russo 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .295
Golson CF 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .280
Montero C 4 1 3 1 0 1 4 0 1 .291
Lamb DH 4 2 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 .292
    a- Pilittere PH-DH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .228
Vazquez 1B 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 4 .245
Parraz RF 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 .302
Krum LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 .254
Nunez, L 2B 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .213
Bernier SS 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .283

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mitchell (W, 8-7) 6.0 4 2 2 6 3 1 3.11
Carlyle 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.62
Wordekemper 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.96
Whelan 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.27

Trenton W 4-3

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Kruml CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 .299
Joseph, Co 2B 5 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 .274
Romine C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .287
Lyerly 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .276
Mesa RF 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .229
Almonte, Z LF 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .271
Pirela SS 5 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 .244
Sublett DH 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 .286
Maruszak 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .256

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Heyer (W, 8-6) 6.0 3 2 2 2 6 0 4.03
Romanski (H, 4) 2.0 3 1 0 0 1 0 1.17
Whitley (S, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4.42

Tampa W 2-1 F/11

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Almonte, A CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .235
Castro, K SS 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .312
Mustelier LF 5 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 .313
Roller 1B 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .248
Segedin 3B 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .235
Johnson, C DH 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 .393
    a- Murton PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .272
Abeita C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231
Medchill RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .226
Landoni 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .226

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Marshall 5.0 4 1 1 1 6 0 3.69
Sneed 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.74
Claiborne (W, 2-4) 3.0 1 0 0 0 4 0 3.32
Marte, R (S, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.72

Charleston L 6-4

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Sosa, E CF 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .269
Feliz 2B 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 .221
Brown DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .238
Mahoney 1B 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .298
Sanchez, G C 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 .240
Flores LF 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .275
Ferraro RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .310
Toussen SS 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 .309
Lassiter 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .267

Pitching

Nuding 5.0 3 3 3 5 2 1 4.48
Barreda (BS, 4)(L, 4-2) 1.2 3 3 3 1 2 0 4.62
Dott 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.50
Montgomery 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1.74

Gulf Coast Yankees W 12-9

GCL Yankees
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Custodio SS 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 .315
Rosario, J 2B 5 2 2 1 0 0 3 0 0 .299
Tejeda, I C 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .365
Bichette 3B 4 1 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 .333
Calderon, Ye RF 3 1 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 .268
Santana, R CF 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .254
Taveras, D DH 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .302
    1- Lopez, Da PR-DH 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .325
Alcantara LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .300
Kuo 1B 2 2 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 .236

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Varce 3.0 5 3 2 0 1 0 3.94
Rutckyj 3.0 4 6 4 2 5 1 7.59
Casanova (W, 1-0) 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0.00
Hinojosa (S, 5) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00

 

NYY vs. SEA – 7/26/11

RUMOR THREAD

8:13PM, Dan Knobler of CBSSports.com

said that the team with the best chance to trade for Jimenez is the Yankees (Twitter link)

7:13PM, Andrew Marchand:

“M’s GM Jack Zduriencik told me he wouldn’t trade King Felix for 12 prospects.”

 

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Lineup:

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Francisco Cervelli C

Pitchers:

C.C. Sabathia (14-5, 2.62) vs. Doug Fister (3-11, 3.30)

Enjoy the game. Shall we make it 17? Weak day for trade rumors but if anything comes up from now into later tonight, we’ll let you know on this very game thread, so keep checking.

Afternoon Notes: Chavez, Soriano, Laird, Jimenez

AFTERNOON NOTES: CHAVEZ, SORIANO, LAIRD, JIMENEZ

by Mike D.

 

Via Joel Sherman, Eric Chavez will be activated today. To make room for Chavez on the MLB roster, Brandon Laird will be optioned down to Triple-A Scranton. Also, Sherman says that the plan is to activate Soriano tomorrow. This is because Soriano already pitched 2 days in a row, so he wouldn’t necessarily be in best shape to also pitch today.

Sherman says that according to scouts, “Soriano threw 93mph in rehab, but word was Soriano also was either pacing, saving himself or not overly interested — or is that just the usual.” Hmm. I’d imagine it’s probably a little bit of all those three.

On the tradefront, Sherman mentions that the feeling he is receiving from executives is that the Rockies “want to find (a) trade for Jimenez”. This is surprising considering we’ve heard that the Rockies don’t necessarily want to trade Jimenez. He notes that the Yankees, Red Sox, and Reds are all still calling, but shockingly the Blue Jays are also kicking the tires.

Robertson creates dilemma for Yankee brass

David Robertson began the season as Girardi’s 4th option in a deep bullpen behind Mariano, Rafael Soriano & Joba Chamberlain.  His role was as a 6th/7th inning pitcher who was often brought in with runners on base and asked to strand them with his strikeout stuff.  As Joba and Soriano both got injured, Robertson continued to excel in every role and has been sensational since taking over as the 8th inning set-up man to Mo.

DRob & Mo have combined to form the top relief duo in the American League by almost any metrics…

  • WAR? Robertson is 1st (1.6), & Mo is 2nd (1.5)                                     
  •  ERA? Robertson is 3rd (1.58) & Mo is 7th (1.88)

There’s no need to give any further stats on Mo as we all know he’s the G.O.A.T.(Greatest Of All Time)  and this article is about Robertson and what his role will be going forward.

Robertson has been a solid pitcher in the pen since 2009 but this year he has raised his game to an elite level.  He credits an off-season workout regimen with getting him stronger this year and it shows in his stuff. His velocity is up over 1 MPH from 2009 (91.7 mph) & 2010 (91.9 mph) averaging 93.0 mph on his fastball this yr. His Curveball is crisper and more consistent and he’s also mixing in a Cutter and a bit of a Change Up at times also. All of this has added up to a dominating 14.2 K/9 ratio.

He’s not a big guy by any means but like Mo, the ball just seems to explode out of his hand and get on the hitters much quicker than they expect. It is why he & Mo continue to blow Fastballs by hitters even though the radar gun says only 92-94 MPH. His perfect mechanics and full extension give him that extra little late giddy-up. A pitcher like Joba, who doesn’t use his legs and gets by on pure arm speed may throw harder but hitters see the ball better and make more consistent/harder contact.

The one knock on Robertson is his walk rate is way to high at 5.7 BB/9. However it seems sometimes he is choosing to get to certain hitters with no fear of putting runners on. His .181 opposing batting AVG has led to a sick 88.2 LOB% as it appears he takes it to another level when runners are in scoring position. This is especially true with the bases loaded as he set a MLB-record by striking out 9 straight batters with the bases juiced.

 The question upcoming is what happens when Rafael Soriano returns from the DL this week? Soriano got a 3yr $35M contract to be the 8th inning guy and heir apparent to Mo’s closer spot. IMO, the Robertson-Mo combo is the best 1-2 punch the Yanks have had since Mo-Wetteland in 1996 and shouldn’t be messed with yet.

Initially, Soriano will likely be eased back into the mix with some low leverage appearances. However, if Soriano eventually starts to flash the form he showed in TB last yr when he had a 1.73 ERA and saved 45 of 48 games, then he can be considered for the 8th inn role. Until then, its Robertson’s role.  If Sori can flash his 2010 form the team may be better off with Robertson back in his 7th inning role and as a mid-inning fireman. Often, these are more important, high-leverage situations anyway and DRob’s strike out arsenal might be more effective.

The bigger question may be what happens in the coming years if Mo retires after 2012?  Well, that is a long ways away but I think Robertson has shown the stuff, attitude, temperament & confidence to be a good closer. If he ever improves on his walk rate he will be even more dangerous. A lot can happen before 2013 and the way Mo is going, who’s to say he won’t still be throwing chainsaws up to the plate. But if I had to choose between Robertson or Soriano for my closer, I’d prefer Robertson.  Soriano’s body language didn’t portray a confident pitcher in April. Hopefully he will be healthy, confident and effective upon his return, but can he do any better than Robertson has?  And until a pitcher proves he can handle the stress of the Bronx, that is always a big question mark, especially if/when asked to replace the G.O.A.T.

A-Rod News

A-Rod News

Alex Rodriguez (knee) has been jogging in a pool and on an elliptical machine this week.

A-Rod underwent surgery on his right knee in mid-July and is not expected to return to the Yankees until mid-August, at the earliest. “He sends me what he does every day,” manager Joe Girardi said Monday. “He’s feeling pretty good. He’s moving along.

Morning Bits 7/26/11

Good morning.  The bats went crazy last night after the rain delay.  Good outing from Garcia. Better news is that Boston lost as well.

Stick with the site today and all through the week for the latest trade rumors and updates.

here are your morning links…

* Good news for the people that get nervous when a ground ball is hit to Nunez.  Chavez is most likely back today and A-Rod is on schedule.

* The offense was alive last night as well for Scranton WB Yankees.

* Mariano will soon become the saves leader.  Will that record be unbeatable?

 

AL EAST STANDINGS

American League
EAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10
Boston 62 38 .620 31-18 31-20 542 417 +125 Lost 1 7-3
NY Yankees 60 40 .600 2 33-20 27-20 523 388 +135 Won 2 7-3
Tampa Bay 53 48 .525 9.5 24-25 29-23 421 393 +28 Lost 1 3-7
Toronto 51 51 .500 12 24-24 27-27 485 468 +17 Won 1 6-4
Baltimore 40 58 .408 21 26-28 14-30 401 514 -113 Lost 1 4-6

Yanks Put Up a 10 Spot; All Garcia Needs

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
SEA
0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0   3 8 2
NYY
2 0 1 5 0 1 0 1 x   10 11 0
W: Garcia (9-7)
L: Vargas (6-9)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 2 2 3 0 0 2 .273
Granderson, CF 2 1 1 2 1 0 1 .266
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 2 3 0 0 1 .243
Cano, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .293
Laird, 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
Swisher, DH 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 .258
Martin, C 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 .224
Jones, An, RF 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 .221
Dickerson, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .292
Nunez, E, 3B-2B 4 2 2 1 0 0 1 .273
Gardner, LF 4 2 2 1 0 0 1 .288
Totals 34 10 11 10 2 3 9 .260
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Garcia, F(W, 9-7) 7.2 8 3 3 1 5 0 3.23
Logan 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.33
Garrison, St 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 8 3 3 1 7 0 3.49

Game Review from MLB.com’s Matt Fortuna:

NEW YORK — In 2001, a 24-year-old Freddy Garcia anchored the staff of a Seattle Mariners team that matched a Major League record with 116 wins before falling to the Yankees in the American League Championship Series.

Ten years later at Yankee Stadium, the now 34-year-old Garcia found himself in the middle of this old rivalry once again, this time on the winning side.

A decade never seemed further away than it did Monday during the Yankees’ 10-3 win over the Mariners, prolonged by a one-hour, 57-minute rain delay to start the game.

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