Daily Archives: August 8, 2011

Minor Night Cap 8-8-11

SWB L 3-1

BATTING
2B: Golson (8, Redmond).
TB: Dickerson; Vazquez; Lamb 3; Parraz; Golson 2; Bernier.
RBI: Lamb (20).
2-out RBI: Lamb.

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Smith, G (L, 3-3) 6.0 4 3 3 5 5 0 5.16
Schmidt 3.0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2.08

Tampa L 4-3

BATTING
2B: Mack (12, Mozingo).
HR: Roller (5, 7th inning off Mozingo, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Almonte, A; Ibarra, W; Roller 4; Alcantara; Mack 2.
RBI: Roller 2 (20), Johnson, C (9).

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Marquez (L, 0-1) 3.1 6 4 4 1 1 1 8.64
Marte, R 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.14
O’Brien 4.0 2 0 0 5 6 0 2.09
Flannery 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.23

Charleston W 5-1

BATTING
3B: Grote (1, Hebert).
TB: Toussen 2; Mojica; Mahoney 2; De Leon, K 2; Grote 3; Lassiter 2.
RBI: Mojica (35), Mahoney 2 (18), Grote 2 (4).
2-out RBI: Mahoney 2; Grote 2.

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Barreda 3.0 1 0 0 2 0 0 4.21
Kahnle 3.0 1 1 0 1 6 0 4.30
Dott (W, 1-0) 3.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1.59

Staten Island L 7-5

BATTING
2B: Wilson, Z (9, Fontanez), Gamel (11, Gould).
HR: Wilson, Z (6, 8th inning off Weldon, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Culver 3; Gamel 2; Grice 2; Nunez, R; Wilson, Z 6; Stevenson; Castillo, Al 2.
RBI: Nunez, R (27), Stevenson (24), Gamel (19), Grice (17), Wilson, Z (21).
2-out RBI: Nunez, R; Stevenson; Gamel; Grice; Wilson, Z.

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Tracy 4.0 6 4 4 1 3 0 3.18
Cotham (L, 0-1) 2.0 2 2 1 2 1 0 1.50
Arneson 2.0 3 1 1 1 2 0 3.00

Brett Gardner About To Make Stolen Base History

BRETT GARDNER ABOUT TO MAKE STOLEN BASE HISTORY

by Delia E.

The next time that Brett Gardner gets on base, he could make history with his next stolen base.  Gardner already has 21 consecutive stolen bases after he was caught stealing June 18th but he only needs 1 more stolen base to tie Derek Jeter for the All-Time consecutive steals record which is set at 22. Derek Jeter set that record in his 2001 & 2002 season with the Yankees, stealing 22 consecutive bases from 7/20/01 – 6/02/02.

Also worth mentioning, Gardner is tied with Alfonso Soriano for 21st in franchise history with 121 career stolen bases. Will tomorrow’s game be the game that Brett Gardner ties the record with Jeter? We’ll have to wait and see.

Evening Notes: Posada, Rotation, Romero, Wade

Good (early) evening folks. Here are some notes to hold you over on this off-day.

Sad but necessary: The light at the end of the tunnel is in sight.

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees released left-hander J.C. Romero by his request. He had fairly good numbers in Scranton for the Yanks, posting a 2.92 ERA, 10 K, 5 BB, in 12 1/3 IP. Lefties were only hitting .171 off him. For some reason, the Yanks just didn’t like what they saw out of him, as he was never called up to New York.

Jon Heyman says the Yankees may indeed go through the six-man rotation one more time. They do realize that Ivan Nova is their second best pitcher (arguably) and know he “has to stay in.”

— The Yankees will not cut Jorge Posada, says ESPN’s Buster Olney. Posada’s two choices are: (1) deal with being a “rarely used bench player” or (2) ask for his release. Any true Yankee fan can’t like the way this has turned out with Jorge, but when you are in a pennant race, winning is Rule #1.

— The starting rotation for this coming series at home versus the Angels has finally been confirmed. Tomorrow/Tuesday will be A.J. Burnett. Wednesday’s game is Ivan Nova and Bartolo Colon will pitch on Thursday. Not that this is the reason why Colon is pitching in the day game on Thursday, but Colon has been dominant in day games this year. He has a 2.28 ERA, an 8.0 K/9, 1.5 BB/9, and only a .216 BAA in 8 day games this year. 6 of those 8 were starts.

— An interesting link here. Mike Axisa of RAB discusses how valuable Cory Wade has been this year. He even compares Wade to the “fireman” role David Robertson held before his 8th Inning GuyTM promotion. Noted is the fact that Wade is presumably under team control for cheap through 2015. Though as Axisa brings up, middle relievers don’t always (usually don’t) have lasting success from year to year. In fact they can’t be fairly inconsistent year in and year out.


Looking at Granderson’s success 1 year after his adjustments

A year ago this week, Curtis Granderson was lost. He was hitting a career worst .239 with 10 hrs through 87 games and against lefties he was an anemic .206/.243/.275.  This led Kevin Long to work with Grandy on a “total reformation of the swing”  in the midst of an August pennant race.

Long got Curtis to close his stance to become more balanced, eliminate extraneous movement, shorten his swing and follow through with both hands on the bat rather than finish one-handed. Amazingly, the changes paid immediate dividends and have continued to help him to this day.  Now that we are almost exactly one year from those fateful sessions in Texas, it’s a good time to measure the progress.

Granderson has played in a season’s worth of regular season games (158)  since the reforms and here are the results:

— .271 ba – .364 obp – .562 slg – .926 ops with 157 hits in 580 AB

— He has 76 extra base hits including 24 2Bs, 10 3Bs, 42 HRs – 120 RBIs & 127 runs scored

— His strikeouts are still high with 162 Ks & 79 BB, he’s stolen 24 bases in 35 attempts

Those are huge numbers and they cannot be considered as lucky or Small Sample Size anymore as they have covered 665 Plate Appearances.

Is this sustainable?

No doubt that KLong’s work with Curtis has been paramount in this turnaround. He throws left handed batting practice to him on a regular basis and he will be vital if Granderson is to continue this success. Grandy had a similar season in 2007 only to go into a 3 -year regression which led to the reformation.

— His 2007 Ratios .250 ISO, .913 OPS, .395 wOBA & 141wRC+ with 84 XBH & 122 Runs

— His 2011 Ratios  .289 ISO, .928 OPS, .398 wOBA & 152 wRC+ and is on pace for 93 XBH & 143 Runs

So as indicated, Granderson has shown this type of ability before but the main reason he is on pace to eclipse his 2007 career year has been his complete turnaround vs LHP. Even in 07′ he was a .160/.225/.269/.494 OPS hitter vs lefties and entering this yr was a career .215/.277/.353/.630 hitter.

But this year he has seen success vs LHP that he hasn’t even come close to in his 6 prior yrs in MLB.  His .277/.347/.600/.947 line is a massive improvement.  What is even more impressive is that he leads ALL  MLB hitters with 11 HR & 33 RBI vs LHP!  That’s not a misprint – he leads ALL of MLB, not just lefties but also right handed hitters. So he went from one of the worst hitters vs LHP to leading all of baseball in HRs & RBIs vs LHP. Amazing!

Is he A.L. MVP?

He is definitely in the conversation. Jose Bautista, Adrian Gonzalez & Jacoby Ellsbury are his competion up til now. Bautista has had the best year but playing for a 4th place team will hurt him.  Gonzalez has hit very well and been a popular choice but Curtis has 10 more HRs and is very similar to AGonz in most categories except for BA & OBP. Ellsbury has come on very strong lately and has been great in every category. Grandy has a chance if he finishes strong and the two Boston players steal votes from each other. But my vote would go to Bautista at this point.

In any event, he’s proven this year that the adjustments he made last August weren’t just luck. Let us know if you think he will continue to bash lefties in years to come and whether he should be the A.L MVP.

Morning Bits: Posada, Ex Bat Boy, Hughes

Tough loss last night.  Yankees are now 1 game back.  Off day today.

and here are your links…

* Well it’s about time.  Yankees have announced that they are sitting Posada.  The main question is can you afford to have a guy sit on your bench that can’t play a position on the field?

* Posada said he is not happy with his new role on the bench.

* Ex-Yankee bat boy writes a tell all book.

* Hughes to be skipped in the rotation after coming out of the bullpen last night.

AL EAST STANDINGS

EAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10
Boston 70 43 .619 37-22 33-21 617 473 +144 Won 2 6-4
NY Yankees 69 44 .611 1 37-22 32-22 603 436 +167 Lost 2 8-2
Tampa Bay 59 54 .522 11 27-28 32-26 483 451 +32 Lost 2 6-4
Toronto 58 56 .509 12.5 28-26 30-30 534 522 +12 Won 1 6-4
Baltimore 44 67 .396 25 27-30 17-37 456 591 -135 Lost 1 3-7

Unlikely homers from Nunez, Gardner give Yanks lead…only to have game blown in 9th and 10th

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
NYY
0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0  0 2 8 0
BOS
0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1  1 3 11 0
W: Bard (2-5)
L: Hughes (2-4)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gardner, LF 5 1 3 1 0 1 1 .282
Jeter, SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .273
Granderson, CF 2 0 0 0 3 0 1 .273
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 1 0 1 2 2 .251
Cano, 2B 5 0 1 0 0 0 4 .295
Swisher, RF 5 0 0 0 0 3 3 .267
Chavez, Er, DH 4 0 0 0 0 3 2 .304
Martin, C 4 0 2 0 0 1 0 .228
Nunez, E, 3B 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 .273
Totals 37 2 8 2 4 11 17 .265
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Garcia, F 5.0 5 1 1 3 1 0 3.16
Logan 0.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 3.03
Wade 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.80
Soriano, R(H, 11) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.26
Robertson(H, 24) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.41
Rivera, Ma(BS, 5) 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.87
Hughes, P(L, 2-4) 0.1 2 1 1 1 0 0 7.11
Totals 9.1 11 3 3 5 4 0 3.49

A few rants:

— I had no idea why Joe Girardi decided to bring Phil Hughes in to the 10th. It’s a tie ball game and Phil Hughes hasn’t pitched to a batter out of the bullpen since 2009. It’s not the same. You can’t just throw a starter out there into a tight game against a strong Boston lineup if it’s his first bullpen appearance in 2 years. Then of course, Hughes gave up a run and the game was over.

— Aside from that, you have closer Mariano Rivera who threw a 9 pitch inning (although it was a blown save) in the 9th. 9 pitches. 9. Ok if it were maybe a 15-25 pitch inning you wouldn’t bring him in to the 10th. Most of Mariano’s innings are around 10-15 pitches. Add that to 9 and you get maybe 20-24 pitches in two innings. On any other blown save that’s probably about how many pitches Mariano would throw. And you don’t see Joe Girardi taking him out halfway through that inning.

— And then people will say “Forty-one-year-old closer, not the most important game in the world” Nothing against RAB or Mike A’s article, but I disagree. It may not be the most important game in the world as far as the regular season goes. But, when you face a team in the postseason, do you want to go into it remembering how poor your regular season results were against them? I don’t think so. This game was a lot more important than people give credit. A win here gives them the ability to say, “Hey, we took a series from Boston at Fenway after they just swept us in our own stadium.” It’s all about confidence.

— On a better note, Freddy Garcia looked pretty good compared to the other two starting pitchers of the series. He didn’t go deep into the game, but that is why the Yankees have a very strong bullpen. They don’t necessarily need their starters to go very deep into games.

Here’s the game review from MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:

BOSTON — Mariano Rivera knew he was in trouble, that the cutter out of his hand might be destined to clang against the left-field wall, sparking one of those rallies the Yankees always seem so surprised by.

The closer coughed up a one-run lead in the ninth inning and Josh Reddick ended a long evening with a game-winning hit off Phil Hughes in the next frame, lifting the Red Sox to a 3-2 victory at Fenway Park early Monday morning.

“It’s a loss,” said Rivera, who suffered his fifth blown save of the year. “A loss is a loss; it doesn’t matter how you look at it, unfortunately. The only one to blame is myself, so we have to just continue playing hard. That’s all I can say.”

The outcome clinched the season series for the Red Sox, who have already taken 10 of the first 12 meetings between the rivals, and puts Boston back atop the American League East with a one-game lead.

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Minor Night Cap 8-7-11

SWB L 5-4 F/8

BATTING
2B: Vazquez (15, Volquez), Dickerson (8, Volquez).
HR: Laird (12, 6th inning off Burton, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Dickerson 3; Montero; Vazquez 2; Laird 4; Nunez, L.
RBI: Vazquez (82), Laird 2 (53).
2-out RBI: Vazquez.

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Banuelos 6.0 7 2 1 0 5 0 2.45
Kensing (BS, 2) 1.0 3 2 2 0 1 1 3.12
Whelan (L, 1-2) 1.0 1 1 1 1 1 0 2.23

SWB W 4-3 F/7

BATTING
2B: Lamb (9, Thompson), Parraz (25, Thompson), Brewer (9, Thompson).
TB: Dickerson; Lamb 3; Vazquez; Parraz 3; Molina; Brewer 2; Bernier 2.
RBI: Brewer (9), Bernier 2 (26), Lamb (19).

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Pendleton 3.2 2 2 2 2 0 1 3.13
Brackman 2.2 2 1 1 1 4 0 7.12
Romero, J (W, 1-0) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.33

Trenton L 3-2

BATTING
2B: Joseph, Co (32, Irwin), Lyerly (12, Irwin).
TB: Pirela; Joseph, Co 2; Lyerly 2.
RBI: Lyerly (23).
2-out RBI: Lyerly.

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Betances 5.0 6 2 2 1 6 0 3.57
Venditte (L, 3-6) 2.0 1 1 1 1 0 1 2.83
Halsey 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5.61

Tampa W 8-7

BATTING
2B: Mack (11, Loup).
3B: Almonte, A (9, Molina), Mack (2, Turnbull).
TB: Almonte, A 4; Ibarra, W; Roller 3; Murton 3; Mack 7; Johnson, C; Landoni.
RBI: Murton 2 (55), Ibarra, W (43), Mack 3 (19), Johnson, C (8), Roller (18).
2-out RBI: Murton; Mack.

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Black, S 2.0 7 7 6 1 2 0 6.89
Gipson 4.0 2 0 0 0 4 0 2.60
Sneed 2.0 1 0 0 0 4 0 3.86
Casanova (W, 1-0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6.23

Charleston L 7-3

BATTING
2B: Lassiter (9, Almonte, Y).
3B: Toussen (3, Almonte, Y).
TB: Toussen 4; Brown; Higashioka; Sanchez, G 2; Feliz 2; Lassiter 3.
RBI: Toussen 2 (14), Brown (4).

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Forer (L, 1-5) 3.0 8 5 5 1 0 1 5.22
Recchia 3.2 3 2 2 1 0 1 2.96
Rondon 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.84
Perez, K 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 5.08

Staten Island L 10-2

BATTING
TB: Williams, M; Gamel 2; Grice; Nunez, R; Wilson, Z; Stevenson; Liccien.
RBI: Culver (30), Grice (16).
2-out RBI: Grice.

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
DeLuca (L, 3-2) 3.1 5 3 3 4 0 0 3.40
Varce 2.2 6 4 4 1 3 1 14.21
Lewis 2.0 3 2 2 0 1 0 5.60
Richardson, M 1.0 0 1 1 3 0 0 3.12