Monthly Archives: September 2011

Rain out updates

Updates with the Rain out

Game 1 of the ALDS between the Tigers and Yankees was suspended due to rain.

The game will pick up in the bottom of the second inning Saturday at 8:37 p.m. ET. Game 2 will now be played on Sunday at 3:07 p.m. ET., which was previously scheduled to be an off-day. As a result, there will be no off-day before the teams resume the series Monday in Detroit. No word on when CC Sabathia or Justin Verlander will pitch next, but it’s safe to say neither will pitch twice during the series.

Ivan Nova will pitch when play resumes Saturday in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Tigers.

2011 ALDS: Game 1 | Yankees vs. Tigers

Sabathia-Verlander - doesn't get much better than this!


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


C.C. Sabathia (0-0, 0.00) vs. Justin Verlander (0-0, 0.00)

Podcast Preview:

In this podcast, Ricky previews tonight’s Game 1 between the Yanks and Detroit.  Here is the link. You are encouraged to contact Ricky with any questions regarding tomorrow’s Game 2. Either comment your question right on this thread, or talk to Ricky on twitter at @arth65456. If you want to know Ricky’s pick and why, you’ll simply have to give it a listen…or else.

Pregame Notes:

— In non-Yankee news, Terry Francona will not return with the Red Sox. He is now officially gone. Also, Angels’ GM, Tony Reagins is resigning.

— Joe Girardi reportedly met with the beat writers, and said that A-Rod’s knee is “perfectly fine.”

Series Preview: 2011 ALDS | Yankees vs. Tigers

Fri., 9/30/11, 8:37PM EST – Yankee Stadium

C.C. Sabathia (19-8, 3.00) vs. Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40)

Sabathia career postseason: 7-4, 4.66, 71 K in 77.1 IP (13 starts)
Sabathia vs. Tigers: 15-12, 4.54, 165 K in 202.0 IP
Verlander career postseason: 1-2, 5.82, 23 K in 21.2 IP (4 starts)
Verlander vs. Yankees: 4-3, 3.97, 54 K in 56.2 IP

Sat., 10/1/11, 8:37PM EST – Yankee Stadium

Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70) vs. Doug Fister (11-13, 2.83)

Both Nova and Fister will making their first postseason starts.
Nova vs. Tigers: 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 K
Fister vs. Yankees: 1-2, 6.00, 10 K in 18.0 IP

Sun., 10/2/11 : OFF-DAY

Mon., 10/3/11, 8:37PM EST – Comerica Park

Freddy Garcia (12-8, 3.62) vs. Max Scherzer (15-9, 4.43)

Garcia career postseason: 6-2, 3.11, 45 K in 55.0 IP (9 starts)
Garcia vs. Tigers: 18-8, 3.88, 172 K in 213.1 IP
Scherzer will be making his first postseason start.
Scherzer vs. Yankees: 3-0, 2.84, 21 K in 19.0 IP

Tues., 10/4/11, Time TBD – Comerica Park (if necessary)


Wed., 10/5/11 : OFF-DAY

Thurs., 10/6/11, Time TBD – Yankee Stadium (if necessary)


Yankees Mailbag Post-Season Edition: 9/30/11

Hello there Yankees fans! And welcome to a special edition of Yankees Mailbag where you send in your questions and I answered them. Before we begin, let me recap what has happened since the last Yankees Mailbag. Yankees clinched the AL East, have the best record in the American League and get home-field advantage in the ALDS and the ALCS if they make it that far. Also the Rays had clinched the AL Wildcard while the Red Sox were eliminated and went home. Now that we got that covered let’s answer some questions!

Our first set of questions come from @PrimoBledBlue. He asked a couple of great questions and I will address them all here. His first question was:

Q: Which team would the Yankees be suitable facing in the postseason: Rangers or the Tigers?

A: Since the schedule was set and stone they will be facing the Tigers, but I was hoping that the Yankees would face the Rangers instead since they are 7-2 in the season series vs. the Rangers and the best part would have been no Cliff Lee. But the Yankees have to take what they can get and play the Tigers and hopefully they can send the Tigers home.

His second question was:

Q: For the ALDS, Should the Yankees have a 4 man starting rotation, which 4 would you select? (CC, Nova, Colon, Hughes…IMO)

A:  Well, for the 4 man rotation it would be difficult, since Colon hasn’t performed well, but if I was to choose the rotation for the 4 man, it would be CC, Nova, Garcia, Burnett. I would give Burnett the 4th spot in the rotation because he has pitched better as of late, and is not struggling like Bartolo Colon is. I would use Phil Hughes in the bullpen due to his back, and I feel that he can produce better in the bullpen than in the r0tation during the play-offs.

His third question was:

Q: Would you rather have Montero DH in the play-offs or Posada? Or both?

A:  I would choose both of them to DH during the play-offs. Montero would go vs. left handers and Posada would go vs. right handers. And it would be wrong not to give Jorge a spot on the roster, just saying. As you know by now, it has been announced that Posada will be the DH against Detroit’s right handers in the ALDS.

His 4th question was:

Q: Which team would you prefer making the AL Wildcard: The Red Sox, The Rays or the Angels

A: I wanted the Rays to win the AL Wildcard and I’m glad that they did make the Wildcard. I’m going to leave my dislike for the Red Sox out of this and just say that the Red Sox didn’t deserve to go to the play-offs. For crying out loud they only won 7 games out of the whole month of September. The Angels tried to mount a comeback vs. the Rays but the Rangers helped put a halt in that. But the Rays deserved to go, it would just be a shame if it came back to bite us.

His final question was

Q: Do you think A.J Burnett deserves a postseason start? Why or why not?

A: Burnett should be able to get a postseason start in my opinion. Burnett has pitched better than Phil Hughes and Bartolo Colon towards the end of the year and he had that very impressive outing last time around. (plus that one batter relief outing he had really impressed). So Burnett should get a start in the postseason. However, we now know that A.J. will be in the bullpen at least for the ALDS.

Our next question comes from these followers @Southyank, @Nick_Eustaquio, & @mannyberrios. They all asked the same question so I figured I would nip this one in the bud here. Here was the question.

Q: Who’s the #3 starter?

A: The #3 starter is Freddy Garcia. Colon hasn’t pitched well towards the end of the year, Burnett pitched to a batter yesterday so the pitcher would be Freddy Garcia. He has been the most consistent besides Nova (CC hasn’t been very consistent in September). Burnett would probably pitch in relief or if the Yankees needed an emergency starter, that is where Burnett would come in.

Our next question comes from @ehom87. He asked:

Q: Will Valdes be the 2nd lefty in the bullpen on the postseason roster?

A:  Unfortunately Valdes wasn’t picked to be on the postseason roster for the ALDS series. The Yankees are going to have him go to Tampa so he can work on throwing and if the Yankees play the Rangers in the ALCS then Valdes will come back, but as of right now Valdes didn’t make the cut.

The next question comes from @tazc23. She asked 3 questions so I am going to answer them. Her first question was:

Q: How did the Yankees feel about Betances’s first pitching outing? I know it was short.

A: The Yankees figured that Betances was nervous, which was why he had a 27.00 ERA going into Game 162 vs. the Rays. But Girardi liked his pitches. He just feels that Betances could work on it a bit more which is what the off-season and Spring Training is for.

Her second question was:

Q: In A.J’s last outing vs. the Red Sox did he approach the game differently, or was it because the Red Sox were playing bad?

A: Burnett did approach the game differently. He felt that the game v.s the Red Sox was a tryout for him to make the postseason roster, and Burnett did pitch outstanding. Burnett pitched well against the Red Sox when they were in Fenway in late August, but Burnett had a no-decision. I think the Red Sox slumping had something to do with it, but Burnett looked extremely sharp, and his breaking ball was working for him.

Her final question was this:

Q: What did Seattle do to A-Rod for his initiation? 

A:  Unfortunately I searched for hours on this but found nothing. Apparently some things pre-Yankees you will never find out about.

Our final question comes from @Baseballblahs. His question was:

Q: Does A-Rod’s health questions change the roster at all?

A:  It might, since there is no time-able on A-Rod’s return. After working with Kevin Long before the Rays game he had hit another setback which could ultimately decide what happens to him and the Yankees from here on out. I wouldn’t expect a dramatic roster change, but A-Rod might not be in the games like we all want him to be.

That’s all the questions I got for this Yankees Mailbag! If you have any questions, just send them to my Twitter @dfiregirl4 and I will make sure to answer them in the next Yankees Mailbag.

ALDS Roster Finalized


by Mike D.

The ALDS roster has been finalized and announced. Here it is:

Infielders / DH

#1) Mark Teixeira
#2) Robinson Cano
#3) Derek Jeter
#4) Alex Rodriguez
#5) Eric Chavez
#6) Eduardo Nunez
#7) Russell Martin
#8) Jesus Montero
#9) Jorge Posada


#10) Brett Gardner
#11) Curtis Granderson
#12) Nick Swisher
#13) Andruw Jones
#14) Chris Dickerson

Starting Pitchers

#15) C.C. Sabathia
#16) Ivan Nova
#17) Freddy Garcia

Relief Pitchers

#18) Mariano Rivera
#19) David Robertson
#20) Rafael Soriano
#21) Boone Logan
#22) Phil Hughes
#23) A.J. Burnett
#24) Cory Wade
#25) Luis Ayala

Comparing Tigers vs. Yankees Hitters

Just an article all about stats.   I’m going to show you the stats for the main hitters for both teams thanks to   Enjoy

Tigers Team Batting

C Alex Avila* 63 137 33 4 19 82 3 73 131 .295 .506
1B Miguel Cabrera 111 197 48 0 30 105 2 108 89 .344 .586
2B Ramon Santiago# 29 67 11 3 5 30 0 17 38 .260 .384
SS Jhonny Peralta 68 157 25 3 21 86 0 40 95 .299 .478
3B Brandon Inge 29 53 10 2 3 23 1 24 74 .197 .283
LF Brennan Boesch* 75 121 25 1 16 54 5 35 83 .283 .458
CF Austin Jackson 90 147 22 11 10 45 22 56 181 .249 .374
RF Magglio Ordonez 33 84 10 0 5 32 2 23 41 .255 .331
DH Victor Martinez# 76 178 40 0 12 103 1 46 51 .330 .470
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 9/29/2011.

Yankees Team Batting

3B Alex Rodriguez 67 103 21 0 16 62 4 47 80 .276 .461
LF Brett Gardner* 87 132 19 8 7 36 49 60 93 .259 .369
SS Derek Jeter 84 162 24 4 6 61 16 46 81 .297 .388
CF Curtis Granderson* 136 153 26 10 41 119 25 85 169 .262 .552
2B Robinson Cano* 104 188 46 7 28 118 8 38 96 .302 .533
RF Nick Swisher# 81 137 30 0 23 85 2 95 125 .260 .449
1B Mark Teixeira# 90 146 26 1 39 111 4 76 110 .248 .494
DH Jorge Posada# 34 81 14 0 14 44 0 39 76 .235 .398
C Russell Martin 57 99 17 0 18 65 8 50 81 .237 .408
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 9/29/2011.

Morning Bits: Teixeira, Girardi, A-Rod, Bullpen, Burnett

Well today is the day most Yankee fans couldn’t wait for.  Tonight the Yankees enter the postseason.  Verlander vs C.C.    Should be one hell of a game.  I hope everyone enjoys the weekend and enjoys the game tonight.

and here are your morning links.

*Mark Teixeira does not like the idea of adding more playoff teams.

* Good news Girardi says A-Rod can play everyday in the playoffs.

* MLB/TBS announce playoff schedule and announcers.

* Yankees bullpen is the key to October run.

* Girardi will rely on Burnett out of the bullpen in the ALDS.

I kinda like the ALDS Logo alot.

First 3 game times are set

First 3 game times are set

AL Division Series
Game Matchup Day Date Time ET TV
Gm 1 DET @ NYY Fri Sep. 30 8:37 PM TBS
Gm 2 DET @ NYY Sat Oct. 1 8:37 PM TBS
Gm 3 NYY @ DET Mon Oct. 3 8:37 PM TBS

That’s all.  Enjoy the rest of the night.

Montero Fine After Foul Ball Strikes Throwing Hand


Jesus Montero is fine after getting struck in the hand by a foul ball in yesterdays game which forced him to leave the game. Montero had tests done earlier today and X-Rays came back negative.

“When it hit me, I felt a lot of pain, but I looked at my fingers and saw that I was okay.” Montero spoke with press about the incident. “Thank God nothing happened.”

Montero said he could return for the ALDS which begins tomorrow in which he will share his DH-ing role with Jorge Posada.

Some Yankee News

Some Yankee News

Raul Valdes will not be on the ALDS roster against the Rangers.

In other words, Boone Logan will be the lone left-hander out of the bullpen. Valdes will be sent to Tampa in order to stay sharp and could be used if the ALCS if the Yankees face the lefty-heavy Rangers.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Thursday that Jorge Posada will the primary designated hitter against the Tigers’ right-handed starters during the ALDS.

As expected. Posada finished the season with a disappointing .235/.315/.398 batting line, but he had 14 homers and an .814 OPS against right-handed pitching. There’s little doubt that he can still be a weapon. The Tigers don’t have any left-handed starters, so we will likely only see Jesus Montero late in games.

Ivan Nova will start Game 2 of the ALDS against the Tigers on Saturday.

CC Sabathia is lined up to start Game 1 and Game 4, so Nova would get the ball in a potential deciding Game 5. Nova, 24, went 16-4 with a 3.70 ERA and 98/57 K/BB ratio over 165 1/3 innings this season. He did not face the Tigers during the regular season.

A.J. Burnett will pitch out of the bullpen during the ALDS.

Burnett began his new role Wednesday night against the Rays, getting Sean Rodriguez to ground out to begin the bottom of the seventh inning before being replaced by Andrew Brackman. While Joe Girardi hasn’t discussed his plans for Burnett, chances are they will only use him if they are trailing early and need someone to burn up innings.

WAR stats for 2011 Yankees

2011 Yankees WAR

Age WAR Acquired
Mark Teixeira# 31 2.2 Free Agency
Nick Swisher# 30 3.3 Traded
Alex Rodriguez 35 2.7 Free Agency
Jorge Posada# 39 -1.0 Free Agency
Eduardo Nunez 24 -0.7 Amateur Free Agent
Jesus Montero 21 0.6 Amateur Free Agent
Russell Martin 28 1.3 Free Agency
Andruw Jones 34 0.9 Free Agency
Derek Jeter 37 0.8 Free Agency
Curtis Granderson* 30 5.2 Traded
Brett Gardner* 27 4.4 Amateur Draft
Chris Dickerson* 29 0.3 Traded
Eric Chavez* 33 -0.1 Free Agency
Francisco Cervelli 25 0.3 Amateur Free Agent
Robinson Cano* 28 4.7 Amateur Free Agent
Team Total 30.6 23.9
Age WAR Acquired
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 9/29/2011.

Morning Bits: Roster decisions, Garcia gets game 3, ALDS

So the regular season is set and that means the Yankees first opponent is set as well.  The Yankees will be facing the Tigers in the first round of the playoffs Friday night.   The other game will be Tampa Bay (what a comeback last night and what an epic downfall by Boston) at Texas.  Enjoy the day off everyone.

and here are your morning links…

* The Yankees have many post season roster decisions.

* Freddy Garcia has been chosen to start game 3 of the ALDS.

* Matthews from says Rays could come back to bite the Yankees.

* Post season opponents Yankees and Tigers are evenly matched.

Here is the schedule for the first round of the ALDS.

Game Matchup Day Date Time ET TV
Gm 1 DET @ NYY Fri Sep. 30 8:37 PM TBS
Gm 2 DET @ NYY Sat Oct. 1 TBD TBS
Gm 3 NYY @ DET Mon Oct. 3 TBD TBS
Gm 4* NYY @ DET Tue Oct. 4 TBD TBS
Gm 5* DET @ NYY Thu Oct. 6 TBD TBS

Last night while other teams where worrying about if they were getting in or not getting in The Yankees ground crew was doing this below.   I am not worried with the Yankees losing towards the end to Tampa as most of the regulars got much needed rest and the rotation is now set.

Rays come back to defeat Yanks 8-7, and clinch the AL Wildcard

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
1 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 7 9 1
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 8 10 1
Jeter, SS 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 .297
Pena, R, 2B 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .100
Granderson, CF 3 1 1 0 0 1 3 .262
a-Golson, PH-CF-LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .182
Teixeira, 1B 4 2 2 5 0 0 1 .248
Chavez, Er, 3B 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .263
Cano, DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .302
b-Posada, PH-DH 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .235
Swisher, RF 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .260
Dickerson, RF 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 .260
Jones, An, LF 4 1 1 1 0 1 3 .247
Gardner, CF 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .259
Montero, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .328
Romine, C 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .158
Nunez, E, 2B-SS 4 1 1 0 1 1 0 .265
Laird, 3B-1B 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 .190
Totals 46 7 9 6 5 11 18 .263
Betances 2.0 1 0 0 2 2 0 6.75
Kontos 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.00
Laffey 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.88
Hughes, P 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 5.79
Valdes 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3.00
Burnett, AJ 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.15
Brackman 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Logan 0.1 2 3 3 0 1 0 3.46
Ayala 1.0 2 3 3 1 1 1 2.09
Wade(BS, 1) 0.2 1 1 1 0 0 1 2.04
Proctor(L, 2-6) 2.2 3 1 1 2 3 1 7.14
Totals 11.1 10 8 8 9 10 3 3.73

And here is the game recap from’s Bryan Hoch:

ST. PETERSBURG — The aroma of spilled bubbly wafted to the third-base side of Tropicana Field, and though the Yankees had nothing to celebrate, there was an appreciation that something magical had taken place.

An unforgettable conclusion to a memorable regular season went into the history books as Evan Longoria lifted the Rays to the American League Wild Card, homering off Scott Proctor in the 12th inning on Wednesday to cap a wild 8-7 victory.

“I really can’t believe it,” said the Yankees’ Mark Teixeira. “I think fans should be excited. That was probably one of the best days in baseball’s history. Every game tonight, all across baseball, seemed like it mattered. And there were some great finishes.”

Read the rest of this entry

Game 162 | Yankees @ Rays

Dellin Betances


Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano DH
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Jesus Montero C
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Brandon Laird 3B


Dellin Betances vs. David Price (12-13, 3.35)

Pre-Game Notes:

— Alex Rodriguez was scratched from the lineup today with a sore right knee. There is no time-able given as to when A-Rod can return.

Enjoy the game.

This just in….

This just in….

Dellin Betances will start Wednesday’s season finale against the Rays.

Wednesday’s starter has been TBA until now. Betances struggled in his major league debut against the Rays last week, throwing just seven out of 27 pitches for strikes while walking four and hitting a batter. The Yankees are expected to rely heavily on their bullpen in this game, mostly with pitchers who will not be on the playoff roster.

Morning Bits: Mets Block Yankees, Cano & Tex flip flop, Postseason, Joba

Today is the last day of the regular season.  Teams to keep a close eye on tonight are Tampa and Boston who are still both tied for the wild card.  Also last night Atlanta lost and the Cardinals won so now they are tied as well.   Enjoy the exciting last day of the season everyone.

and here are your morning links

* Yankees were blocked by the Mets from putting their AAA team in Newark for one season while their stadium got redone.  If you hated the Mets before now you will really hate them for this.

* With only a couple days left in the season Girardi has flipped flopped Cano and Teixeira in the batting order.  Looking forward to hearing what all you think of this move.

* The Yankees are very eager for the postseason to start.

* Joba helps build a walking track in his home state.

AL East Wild Card

Tampa Bay 90 71 .559 46-34 44-37 699 607 +92 Won 4 6-4
Boston 90 71 .559 45-36 45-35 872 733 +139 Won 1 3-7

NL East Wild Card

St. Louis 89 72 .553 45-36 44-36 754 692 +62 Won 1 7-3
Atlanta 89 72 .553 47-33 42-39 638 601 +37 Lost 4 3-7