Daily Archives: August 19, 2011

Game 123 | Yankees @ Twins

In his last outing v.s the Rays, Hughes pitched 6 innings of 2 run ball


Lineup:

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

Pitchers:

Phil Hughes (3-4, 6.55 ERA) vs. Kevin Slowey (0-0, 4.91 ERA)

Pregame Notes:

— Freddy Garcia might end up going to the DL after he cancelled a schedule bullpen session. Garcia who suffered a cut from a kitchen accident is still unable to throw the splitter.

UPDATE: Yankees placed RHP Freddy Garcia on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 8, with a laceration to his right index finger.

As expected, the newly-claimed Aaron Laffey will replace him on the active roster. Garcia hasn’t pitched since August 7, so he is eligible to return from the disabled list for the doubleheader in Baltimore next weekend.

— The Yankees claimed LHP Aaron Laffey off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. To make room for Laffey, the Yankees DFA’d Gustavo Molina. Laffey will join the Yankees tomorrow in Minnesota.

— Alex Rodriguez could be activated as early as tomorrow, but to make sure A-Rod’s 100% Girardi most likely won’t activate him until Tuesday which is the home-opener v.s the Athletics.

Alex Rodriguez (knee) said his workout Friday at Target Field was “encouraging.”

A-Rod said he wasn’t timid running the bases and reacted at “game speed” on defense. It sounds like he’s a pretty good bet to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday, though Rodriguez said he will wait overnight to see how his body recovers.

Enjoy the game.

My Yankee Playoff Rotation Plan

There has been one question that has been going around for the past months amongst Yankee fans and MLB fans alike. Who will be the Game 2 starter when the ALDS begins? Will it be the young kids like Ivan Nova or Phil Hughes or will the veterans in Colon and Garcia fill out the rotation? The good news for the Yankees is that they have the best bullpen in baseball, so they only need their starter to go six innings to shorten the game. Today, I am here to give you my plan on how I would set up the rotation for the postseason.

Game 1: CC Sabathia – even with CC’s recent struggles, how can you not put this guy at the top of your playoff rotation? Yes, he is 0-4 against the Boston Red Sox, but you have to trust that this guy can win a game when it matters the most. He is only 2-2 in the month of August, but the thing you have to love with this ace is that when he does not have his best stuff, he always battles his way through the game, gives the Bombers innings, and always keeps the offense in the game. Plus, you have to expect his recent struggles are because of the new six-man rotation and the after effects of that rain delay filled game against Seattle. You can pen Sabathia into that first game.

Game 2: Ivan Nova – You can go either way with this decision. It is tough to trust a playoff rookie with an important Game two start. I went with Nova because you have to ride the hot hand. He is 8-0 in his last nine starts and it seems the only team he can’t seem to dominate lately is the Kansas City Royals. If we are going by the hot hand, you have to love the fact that in the second half of the season, he has only given up three home runs and walked a total of four batters in five games. He has become more confident with his offspeed stuff. If New York doesn’t win the division, his road ERA (3.71) is a whole run lower than his home ERA (4.62). I will give one of the frontrunners for AL Rookie of the Year the ball in this spot.

Game 3: Freddy Garcia – This decision I know will be questioned by a lot of people, but Freddy is a guy who is 6-2 in his career in the postseason. He knows how to get it done compared to Colon’s 2-3 lifetime record. The one thing I worry about is the finger injury. Hopefully, that will be healed by September. However, I go by the numbers and he has only lost two games from June 17th to today! He doesn’t have the fastest velocity like a Colon/Hughes, but he locates very well and that split-fastball has been a weapon all season.

He also is an innings’ eater! Over that stretch of time from June 17th on, he has only had two starts where he has not reached the 6th inning. I like a veteran who can be crafty and give a team length. Plus, he is not as good a long man candidate as the guys I have in the bullpen.

My Long Men: Bartolo Colon and Phil Hughes

If I had to have a Game 4 starter, I would give it to Hughes just because I like that his velocity is staying on the uptick for now and he is beginning to gain his confidence back. We talked about on the podcast how Hughes has only given up six earned runs in his last 18 innings while walking just three batters. His ALCS wasn’t impressive last year, but I think you can get a good enough Hughes for five innings if you need it in a Game 4 of an ALDS or ALCS. The bullpen, in my opinion, ruins Hughes’ confidence because of the constant switching of roles of a young pitcher. Remember Joba Chamberlain everybody.

The reason I like Hughes and Colon to be in the bullpen is because they can play a Mike Mussina role from past years. They are two guys who can come in and throw 94-95 mph for 1-2 innings if let’s say Nova and Garcia struggle early in the ball game. Colon’s rough outing in KC is a small blip, but I can still trust him in a big spot. Like I mentioned before, if the other 2-3 pitchers give this team five innings, then it should not be a problem. As for AJ Burnett, he still has a lot to prove if he even wants a shot at being near this rotation in October.

Well, that is my rotation plan! Now, I want to hear yours, Yankee fans. No matter how you slice it, rotation has enough talent to get this team past the Red Sox and into the World Series.

Morning Bits: A-Rod, Girardi, Garcia, Irabu

Some nice home runs last night was a good sight to see.   That ballpark is very nice to look at.  Same time tonight.

here are your morning links.

* A-Rod eyes a Saturday return.

* In the it’s a little to late department Girardi now says he should have protested the game with the homerun call.

* Garcia bound for the disabled list?

* Death of Irabu is ruled a suicide.

 

AL EAST STANDINGS

American League
EAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10
NY Yankees 75 47 .615 40-24 35-23 660 477 +183 Won 1 6-4
Boston 75 48 .610 .5 38-24 37-24 653 515 +138 Won 1 5-5
Tampa Bay 66 56 .541 9 31-28 35-28 519 475 +44 Won 2 7-3
Toronto 64 60 .516 12 31-29 33-31 593 565 +28 Won 3 6-4
Baltimore 47 74 .388 27.5 29-35 18-39 506 644 -138 Lost 2 3-7

Sabathia snags 17th win with help from offense in 8-4 win

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NYY
0 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 2 8 15 1
MIN
0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 10 0
W: Sabathia (17-7)
L: Duensing (8-12)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 .291
Granderson, CF 5 1 3 0 0 0 1 .281
Teixeira, 1B 3 2 2 2 2 1 2 .249
Cano, 2B 5 0 1 0 0 0 5 .305
Swisher, DH 4 1 1 2 1 1 3 .269
Jones, An, RF 4 2 2 1 1 0 1 .246
Nunez, E, 3B 5 2 2 0 0 1 3 .266
Cervelli, C 5 0 2 2 0 0 2 .253
Gardner, LF 4 0 0 1 0 0 1 .281
Totals 40 8 15 8 4 3 19 .269
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sabathia(W, 17-7) 7.0 10 4 3 1 9 0 2.96
Robertson(H, 27) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.27
Wade 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.22
Totals 9.0 10 4 3 1 11 0 3.57

And here is the game recap from Jordan Schelling of MLB.com:

MINNEAPOLIS — CC Sabathia had no idea if it was fair or foul. Joe Girardi thought it looked foul from his vantage point. But Mark Teixeira was not surprised it was initially called fair.

For the second straight night, the Yankees had an opponent’s home run reviewed, and this time, the call went in their favor as it was ruled to be just a long foul ball for Justin Morneau. Taking two runs off the board in the first inning, it was a big call that helped the Yankees on their way to an 8-4 victory Thursday night at Target Field.

“Oh, a huge break,” Teixeira said of the call. “Two runs in the first inning against a good pitcher, that could’ve given them some momentum. And I’m always a big believer that if you give CC a lead, he’s going to hold it. Because of that, we were able to get him a lead in the next couple innings, and he held it.”

As he picked up his 17th victory of the season, Sabathia helped the Yankees maintain their half-game lead over the Red Sox in the American League East.

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