Daily Archives: August 18, 2011

Minor Night Cap 8/18/11

SWB L 5-1

BATTING
TB: Dickerson; Vazquez 2; Lamb; Nunez, L.
RBI: Vazquez (83).

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Betances (L, 0-1) 6.0 7 3 3 0 8 1 4.50
Brackman 2.0 1 2 2 1 3 1 6.83
Valdes 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00

Tampa W 7-2 F/7

BATTING
2B: Abeita (9, Wesson), Mustelier (7, Wesson).
3B: Almonte, A (11, Wesson), Ibarra, W (3, Little).
TB: Almonte, A 4; Ibarra, W 5; Mustelier 3; Abeita 3; Castro, K.
RBI: Almonte, A (41), Ibarra, W 4 (47), Abeita (13), Castro, K (41).
2-out RBI: Almonte, A; Ibarra, W 4; Abeita; Castro, K.

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Gil (W, 5-1) 5.0 6 2 2 3 0 1 3.60
Sneed 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.19

Charleston L 9-6

BATTING
2B: Brown (4, Santiago), De Leon, K (18, Santiago).
3B: Grote (2, Fleet).
TB: Brown 3; Mahoney; De Leon, K 3; Grote 3; Sosa, E.
RBI: Mahoney 2 (24), De Leon, K (53), Brown (8), Grote (7), Higashioka (13).
2-out RBI: Brown.

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Forer (L, 2-6) 2.0 5 5 0 2 2 0 4.50
Recchia 4.0 6 1 1 0 4 0 2.62
Perez, K 2.0 3 3 3 3 6 0 4.86

Staten Island L 1-0

BATTING
2B: Austin (4, Palacios), Gumbs (9, Palacios).
TB: Gumbs 2; Austin 2; Wilson, Z.

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Rodriguez, W 6.0 3 0 0 1 5 0 3.76
Brebbia 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Pinder (L, 2-2) 1.0 3 1 1 1 1 0 1.23

Gulf Coast W 7-5 F/10

BATTING
2B: James 2 (6, Talley, Geronimo), Anderson, T (4, Talley).
3B: Rosario, J (5, Geronimo).
TB: Rosario, J 3; Anderson, T 3; Tejeda, I 2; Bichette; Duran; Jones; Lopez, Da; Kuo; James 4.
RBI: Kuo (18), James 3 (10), Rosario, J (23), Tejeda, I (23), Jones (1).
2-out RBI: Kuo; James.

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Prior 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.29
Morton 3.1 3 1 1 0 2 0 2.20
De La Cruz, Jo (BS, 1) 1.2 6 3 3 0 1 0 5.13
Maines (BS, 1) 2.0 1 1 0 0 2 0 1.93
Cowsert (W, 3-2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.29
Hinojosa (S, 7) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.98

Gulf Coast W 4-3 F/7

BATTING
2B: Jones (1, Castillo, E).
HR: Custodio (1, 1st inning off Castillo, E, 0 on, 1 out), Lopez, Da (3, 3rd inning off Castillo, E, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Lopez, Da 4; Custodio 4; Bichette; Jones 2.
RBI: Custodio (18), Lopez, Da (13), Bichette 2 (44).
2-out RBI: Lopez, Da; Bichette 2.

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Rutckyj 4.0 4 3 3 1 2 1 5.36
Vinas (W, 1-0) 1.0 0 0 0 2 1 0 8.18
Sharp (H, 1) 1.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 21.60
Checo (S, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2.53

 

Game 122 | Yankees @ Twins

C.C. has struggled of late but looks to bounce back and win game 17 tonight.

Lineup:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher DH
Andruw Jones RF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner LF

Pitchers:

C.C. Sabathia (16-7, 2.93) vs. Brian Duensing (8-11, 4.53)

Pregame Notes:

— The Yanks have released Buddy Carlyle. Raul Valdes has taken his spot.

— According to Jack Curry, A-Rod envisions himself as DHing on Saturday and Sunday and returning to third base on Tuesday. Curry also says he definitely won’t play before Saturday as he has running to do and defense to work on.

— From Marc Carig, Rodriguez says the poker issue was “extremely inaccurate and unfair.” He has not met with MLB officials yet on the topic.

— Joba Chamberlain says that he could start throwing in a couple of weeks and a realistic return time would be mid-April next year.

Enjoy the game.

Series Preview: G122-G125 | Yankees @ Twins

Thurs., 8/18/11, 8:10PM EST

C.C. Sabathia (16-7, 2.93) vs. Brian Duensing (8-11, 4.53)
Sabathia’s Last 3 Starts: 1-2, 5.73, 19 K in 22.0 IP
Duensing’s Last 3 Starts: 0-3, 5.68, 16 K in 19.0 IP

Fri., 8/19/11, 8:10PM EST

Phil Hughes (3-4, 6.55) vs. Kevin Slowey (0-0, 4.91)
Hughes’ Last 3 Starts: 2-1, 2.19, 10 K in 12.1 IP
Slowey’s Last 3 Starts: 0-0, 5.73, 4 K in 11.0 IP

Sat., 8/20/11, 7:10PM EST

A.J. Burnett (9-9, 4.61) vs. Francisco Liriano (8-9, 5.12)
Burnett’s Last 3 Starts: 1-0, 7.88, 11 K in 16.0 IP
Liriano’s Last 3 Starts: 1-1, 7.94, 13 K in 17.0 IP

Sun., 8/21/11, 2:10PM EST

Ivan Nova (12-4, 4.21) vs. Nick Blackburn (7-10, 4.53)
Nova’s Last 3 Starts: 3-0, 5.21, 12 K in 19.0 IP
Blackburn’s Last 3 Starts: 0-2, 5.33, 6 K in 16.2 IP

The starting pitchers for Saturday and Sunday are still tentative, depending on Freddy Garcia’s finger. If it heals and he can throw his splitter/fork-ball, then most likely he will pitch Saturday and Burnett will pitch Sunday. If it does not heal quickly enough, then Burnett will probably pitch on Saturday with Nova on Sunday.

On Ricky’s series preview podcast, he discusses:

  1. Recap of Yankees/Royals
  2. Why Yankees fans should not panic about one loss
  3. Pitching Matchups
  4. CC’s bad August, but no concern
  5. Are the Yankees Duensing’s daddy?
  6. Hughes’ good progress
  7. Up and down Liriano
  8. Tex domination of Blackburn
  9. The Dangerous Steal by Ben Revere
  10. Minny’s shaky bullpen

Be sure to give it a listen. Yankees-Twins Podcast Preview

Who Should Be The Centerfielder: Gardner Or Granderson?

l to r: Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson

When Brett Gardner first came up to the big leagues, his primary position was center-field. He played it well in the 2009 run for the World Series even though his role was part-time. In 2010 that all changed when Curtis Granderson came into the picture. Granderson previously was on the Tigers before the Yankees exchanged him for Austin Jackson. Gardner was shifted into left field while Granderson stood in center. But after observing Gardner & Granderson for quite some time, Yankees fans wondered who would be a better CF: Gardner or Granderson?

While both players have been fantastic to the Yankees, it’s hard to choose which one is a better centerfielder. Offense-wise, Curtis Granderson has more power and is able to hit HR’s oppose to Gardner and his “Gardnerian swing” which puts him on base to steal. Granderson’s fast, but Gardner’s faster and in the outfield Gardner is a full force out there. Let’s compare Brett Gardner & Curtis Granderson’s defensive numbers shall we?

Brett Gardner

1.Brett Gardner

There’s no doubt about it, Brett Gardner is special. He’s a good hitter, excellent base-stealer and provides Gold Glove defense. Gardner’s career in CF spans over 4 seasons beginning in 2008. In his career in CF, Gardner has been in 176 games, starting in 123 of them. In 1143.1 innings, Gardner has had 345 put-outs, a remarkable 2 errors & 10 assists. Gardner’s career fielding percentage in CF is .994, which is very impressive. Gardner’s range factor per-game is 2.02 while his range factor in 9 innings is 2.79.

Now let’s compare Curtis Granderson:

2. Curtis Granderson:

Curtis Granderson

Curtis Granderson is the Yankees starting CF, and an excellent one at that. After the Kevin Long adjustment, the Curtis Granderson trade worked out wonders for them, and why wouldn’t it? Granderson’s career in CF is a longer one than Gardner’s, since Granderson had an earlier start than Brett Gardner. Here’s Granderson’s defensive numbers. In 8 seasons, Granderson has played in 913 games, starting in 852 of them. In 7690.1 innings, Granderson had 2293 put-outs, 18 errors & 36 assists. Granderson’s fielding percentage in CF is .992, which is also impressive. Granderson’s range factor per-game is 2.55 while his range factor in 9 innings is 2.73.

Looking at the numbers you can see that’s it’s very hard to compare Gardner & Granderson on the field, but if I were the one who chose who played centerfield, I would choose Gardner for this reason. Brett Gardner finds a direct route to the baseball every time, which makes it easier to make catches while Granderson “zig-zags” to get to the route of the baseball, thus taking him more time to find it and less time to react. It’s not an easy decision on who should be the CF, as both men are equally talented.

So who do you think should be CF for the Yankees? Gardner or Granderson? Be sure to leave your comments in the box below.

Morning Bits: Homerun Call, Jeter, Girardi, Proctor, A-Rod

Tough loss when you lose it on a homerun call that was replayed and the umpires still got it WRONG!!!  Oh well if Colon was a little sharper they wouldn’t have been in that situation.  Also if Jeter didn’t get picked off in the first inning then Granderson’s homerun would have scored 2 runs and not been a solo homerun.  On to a new series today against the Twins.

And here are your morning links…

* Why not lead off with the double I mean the Homerun.

* Success against lefties is helping Jeter’s recent surge.

* Why didn’t Girardi protest the controversial call last night?

* Proctor does not blame the Yankees for being overworked in the past.

* A-Rod’s defense can wait…the Yankees need his bat.

AL EAST STANDINGS

EAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10
NY Yankees 74 47 .612 40-24 34-23 652 473 +179 Lost 1 5-5
Boston 74 48 .607 .5 38-24 36-24 649 512 +137 Lost 2 5-5
Tampa Bay 66 56 .541 8.5 31-28 35-28 519 475 +44 Won 2 7-3
Toronto 63 60 .512 12 31-29 32-31 586 565 +21 Won 2 6-4
Baltimore 47 74 .388 27 29-35 18-39 506 644 -138 Lost 2 3-7

Bad umprires’ decision harms Yankees chances of coming back in 9th in 5-4 loss

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NYY
1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 10 0
KC
0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 x 5 8 0
W: Chen (8-5)
L: Colon (8-7)
SV: Soria (22)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 1 4 0 0 0 0 .290
Granderson, CF 4 2 3 1 1 0 1 .277
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 0 0 1 1 3 .247
Cano, 2B 3 0 1 1 1 1 3 .306
Swisher, RF 3 0 1 1 2 1 3 .269
Jones, An, DH 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .238
a-Posada, PH-DH 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 .237
Martin, C 4 1 1 1 0 1 5 .226
Nunez, E, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .263
Gardner, LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .284
Totals 34 4 10 4 6 8 18 .268
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Colon(L, 8-7) 5.0 7 5 5 2 4 2 3.54
Noesi 3.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3.67
Totals 8.0 8 5 5 3 5 2 3.57

Instead of giving the regular game recap from MLB.com, I’ll give you some quotes and photos on the blown home run call. Colon again couldn’t pitch into the 6th inning and really couldn’t get his fastball by anybody. Noesi pitched 3 solid innings in relief of Colon, saving the rest of the bullpen for this upcoming series in Minnesota. Both Granderson and Martin had solo homers, while Cano and Swisher drove in the 2 other runs. For what it’s worth, Bruce Chen did a pretty good job. Despite the fact that Yankee hitters tend to own him, Chen was able to keep the Royals in the game (6 IP, 3 ER).

From Lohud:

It was first-base coach Mick Kelleher who delivered the Yankees lineup and went over the ground rules before Monday’s series opener here in Kansas City. “They were pretty explicit and clear, but there was one question that I had,” Kelleher said. “It was about the top rail in left-center field. It was padded, the ball had to leave the ballpark. We talked about that twice… There’s a fence that goes up that’s green, then above the green there’s a little cyclone fence. I said, ‘What’s that?’ They said, ‘It’s clear and open. Above that is a padded rail, so it has to clear the padded rail.'”

“That’s not what they told me,” Kelleher said. ‘That’s not what we covered at home plate. The ball had to leave the ballpark. If it hits that top green thing, that’s not leaving the ballpark. That’s what they explained. There’s a little chain-link cyclone fence that’s maybe a foot or 18 inches, then on top of that is the padded bar. It’s supposed to go over the padded bar. If that wasn’t the case, there would be a yellow line indicating balls over the yellow line, home run. Bam. There you go.”

And here are a few photos from Marc Carig: Photo 1 & Photo 2

If that wasn’t called a homer, the Royals would have 4 runs. The Yankees came back in the 9th and ended with…4 runs.

They tied that ballgame.