Daily Archives: August 10, 2011
Ivan Nova (10-4, 3.81) vs. Garrett Richards (who is making his MLB debut; was 12-2, 3.06 in Double-A)
— A-Rod will DH in a rehab game on Friday and then play at third on Saturday. It is not known whether he will be playing for Class-A Tampa or the Gulf Coast League Yankees.
— The Yankees are coming into this game 2.5 games back from Boston. The Red Sox will be playing in Minnesota at 8:10pm EST. Depending on what happens, the Yanks could drop to 3.5 games back or go to 1.5 games back. Hopefully, the latter occurs.
Enjoy the game.
In December 2010, the New York Yankees were in a huge race of their own. It wasn’t a play-off race to the World Series or a fight for first place. This race was so intense that Brian Cashman almost depended on it. This race, was the fight for “Type A” free agent Cliff Lee. It was all over the newspapers that were on every stand across New York City. It was on major sports websites such as MLB.com & ESPN. The Yankees could fantasize Cliff Lee in pinstripes pitching along names such as CC Sabathia & A.J Burnett, but it would only be a fantasy to the New York Yankees. The Philadelphia Phillies swept up Cliff Lee at an offer that he just couldn’t refuse leaving the Yankees will rotation troubles.
A couple of weeks later the Yankees felt another blow to their rotation when 15 year veteran Andy Pettite retired from Major League Baseball. The Yankees looked at their rotation which currently only consisted of CC Sabathia, A.J Burnett & Phil Hughes and figured that it wasn’t the best rotation to go by until they signed Bartolo Colon & Freddy Garcia. Sure, Colon hasn’t been in the Majors since 2009 & Garcia was another free agent but that didn’t stop the Yankees from taking chances. The chances that they took really helped them so far in the season.
The Yankees had a new rotation heading into the year: CC Sabathia, A.J Burnett, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova & Freddy Garcia (Colon was placed in the bullpen) but when things look good on paper, they don’t always turn out the way that it is expected. Phil Hughes was placed on the disabled list with a dead arm, leaving Bartolo Colon to come into the rotation & show New York what he was made of. The rotation so far, had done it’s job. Here is a look at how each pitcher has done so far in the 2011 season.
1. CC Sabathia (16-5)
There was no doubt with how well that CC Sabathia is pitching. He currently harbors a 16-5 record which is very impressive. In 25 games he has pitched 182.2 innings recording 168 K’s & a 2.81 ERA. The only problem with Sabathia is while he is able to shut down other teams, he has yet to beat the Red Sox this season. He is 0-4 against the Sox with an ERA slightly above 8.00.
2. A.J Burnett (8-9)
A.J Burnett has improved slightly since the 2010 season after the Yankees had hired pitching coach Larry Rothschild. The main thing that Rothschild told Burnett is to keep going even after the opposing team has either scored or homered. Burnett has impressed by keeping composure during those moments this year, but the main problem for Burnett is the lack of run support. The reason Burnett has 9 losses is because the Yankees don’t provide enough runs for them. Overall though Burnett has gotten better, but MLB still labels him as a .500 pitcher.
3. Phil Hughes (2-4)
With every great rotation there are some kinks within. In this case, it was Phil Hughes. Coming of an 18 win 2010 season, everyone expected great things from Phil Hughes, until he was knocked around in April. Hughes had lost velocity in his pitches and was placed on the DL with a “dead arm”. Hughes rehabbed for 2 months, finally coming back in July. Since Hughes has been back he hasn’t pitched well. He had the one game between the Chicago White Sox where he threw a complete game shutout, but the game only went 7 innings due to rain. Other than that, Hughes has been an up & down roller coaster. He’s 2-4 with a 7.11 ERA. Not exactly what you were expecting from an 18 game winner, though I must say 20 K’s in 38.1 innings isn’t half bad.
4. Ivan Nova (10-4)
In Ivan Nova’s rookie year with the Yankees he has pitched tremendously. 106.1 innings, 67 K’s, 10-4 & a 3.81 ERA is an excellent season for a rookie. While Phil Hughes was on the “DL”, Nova took Hughes’s spot in the rotation and has pitched to potential. There’s no major issue with Ivan Nova, but he was sent down to the minors at one point during the year to make room for Phil Hughes. Nova was brought back up to the Major Leagues during the doubleheader with the Yankees & Orioles and has stayed with the team since hopefully for the rest of the season.
5. Bartolo Colon (8-6)
When the Yankees first signed Bartolo Colon they were unsure of how he was going to pitch. For one thing he’s 38 years old. Another thing, he hasn’t been in the Majors since 2009. The Yankees were willing to take risks, and this risk worked out for the Yankees. In 113.2 innings & 100 K’s, Colon is 8-6 with a 3.33 ERA. And another interesting tidbit? He only gave up 51 runs in 113.2 innings. Tell me that he’s not dealing, cause in reality he is.
6. Freddy Garcia (10-7)
Freddy Garcia doesn’t throw fast anymore that’s no secret, so having a 10-7 record with 86 MPH stuff is very impressive. In 122.1 innings Garcia has 81 K’s, allowed 47 runs and has a 3.12 ERA, the second lowest ERA on the Yankees behind CC Sabathia. Garcia is more of a flyball pitcher which works well for him since that’s how he gets outs. Garcia has shown to be a very important part to the Yankees pitching rotation and let’s face it, with him and Colon, the Yankees have an important back end of the rotation.
Admit it. Before the season started you were nervous about how the Yankees rotation would shape out. You thought that the Yankees wouldn’t be able to keep up with teams such as the Tampa Bay Rays or the Boston Red Sox. Well the way that it turns out, the Yankees actually have the 2nd best record in the AL & the 3rd best record in the Major Leagues behind the Boston Red Sox & Philadelphia Phillies. With the Yankees 2011 rotation, they have a great chance to making the play-offs and there will be no doubt that if they keep pitching the way they are pitching, then they will make it all the way to the World Series.
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- Game Review from MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:
NEW YORK — Those games when Mariano Rivera’s cutter refuses to defy physics are still few and far between. The nights when A.J. Burnett walks out the door without a win have seemed much more frequent.
The Yankees had to reluctantly swallow both on Tuesday. Burnett came unhinged in a four-run sixth inning, and Rivera served up Bobby Abreu’s go-ahead two-run homer in the ninth as the Angels swatted out a 6-4 victory in the Bronx.
“It can happen any time,” said Rivera, who was also victimized by blowing a save on Sunday against the Red Sox and hadn’t allowed a homer all year at home. “You have to make sure the pitch gets there. This time, I didn’t.”
SWB L 3-2 F/7
2B: Russo (17, Shell).
TB: Russo 2; Brewer; Montero; Parraz.
RBI: Montero (54).
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SWB W 4-3 F/8
3B: Bernier (4, Flande).
HR: Montero (12, 1st inning off Flande, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Russo; Brewer 2; Montero 4; Bernier 3.
RBI: Montero 2 (53), Russo (43)
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Trenton L 6-5
2B: Mesa (17, McHugh).
3B: Sublett (5, Stoner).
HR: Lyerly (4, 8th inning off Stoner, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Pirela; Joseph, Co; Lyerly 4; Mesa 2; Sublett 3; Gil; Maruszak.
RBI: Krum (15), Lyerly 3 (26).
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Staten Island L 1-0
2B: Nunez, R (16, Morgan), Williams, M (9, Morgan).
TB: Williams, M 2; Gamel; Nunez, R 2; Stevenson 2; Wilson, Z.
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Gulf Coast Yankees L 4-3 F/7
2B: Duran (2, Cardona), Custodio (8, Cardona), Santana, R (9, Broussard).
HR: Duran (2, 6th inning off Roman, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Santana, R 4; Custodio 4; Duran 6.
RBI: Tejeda, I (17), Duran 2 (8).
2-out RBI: Duran.
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