Daily Archives: September 9, 2011
The final deciding game will be held tomorrow.
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Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones RF
Jesus Montero DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner LF
Bartolo Colon (8-9, 3.72) vs. Jered Weaver (16-7, 2.49)
Cervelli actually has been scratched from the lineup, but no new lineup has been given. I would assume Russell Martin would simply take Cervelli’s spot above in the lineup. Enjoy the game.
Fri., 9/9/11, 10:05PM EST
Bartolo Colon (8-9, 3.72) vs. Jered Weaver (16-7, 2.49)
Colon’s Last 3 Starts: 0-2, 4.87, 16 K in 20.1 IP
Weaver’s Last 3 Starts: 2-1, 6.50, 18 K in 18.0 IP
Sat., 9/10/11, 9:05PM EST
C.C. Sabathia (19-7, 2.97) vs. Dan Haren (14-8, 3.20)
Sabathia’s Last 3 Starts: 2-0, 3.05, 27 K in 20.2 IP
Haren’s Last 3 Starts: 1-2, 5.50, 13 K in 18.0 IP
Sun., 9/11/11, 3:35PM EST
Freddy Garcia (11-7, 3.50) vs. Ervin Santana (11-10, 3.18)
Garcia’s Last 3 Starts: 1-0, 5.93, 6 K in 13.2 IP
Santana’s Last 3 Starts: 2-0, 3.20, 11 K in 19.2 IP
The Angels do have something going for them in this series: success at home. They are 21-10 against the Yankees at home (in the last 31 Yankees @ Angels games). In addition, the Angels have won 10 out of their last 12 home games.
Here is Ricky’s Series Preview Podcast. Make sure you check it out!
It’s that time again ladies and gentlemen! It’s time to head to Yankee Stadium, wait in line overnight for tickets to New York’s biggest party: The Post-Season! Yes, there’s anticipation all around, with ticker tape parades, champagne and the World Series trophy on the mind for the teams that worked the hardest, but before they can get to the World Series, the teams have to get through the ALDS & ALCS. The Yankees understand that they want to get to the top, but if they want to get to the top, they need to make a good post-season roster.
The Yankees have a good hitting team, that’s for sure but if the Yankees want to go to the post-season, they need a good pitching rotation and a good lineup. First let’s talk pitching. The Yankees have had some inconsistency’s in their starting rotation, mainly with A.J Burnett which is why I wouldn’t put him in the starting rotation coming into the ALDS. Here is how I would picture the starting rotation would look for the New York Yankees:
1. CC Sabathia
2. Ivan Nova
3. Freddy Garcia
4. Bartolo Colon
You may have noticed I did not include Phil Hughes or A.J Burnett. As I mentioned before about Burnett, I wouldn’t add him to the post-season roster UNLESS he improves dramatically in September. In Phil Hughes’s case, I would add him to the bullpen so he could be a middle reliever, or a back-up starter if one of the pitcher’s don’t pitch well. Now let’s talk lineups.
We all know that we are going to have the big boys like Jeter, Granderson, Tex, A-Rod, Cano, Gardner, Martin & Swisher. The question would be who else will be considered for a spot on the roster. There’s Jesus Montero of course who I would gladly give a spot to. There’s also Francisco Cervelli & Eduardo Nunez in which I would give a spot to. Of course Andruw Jones would get a place on the roster as well as Chris Dickerson as a back up outfielder. Here is how the lineup v.s righties would look if I was Girardi:
1. Gardner LF
2. Jeter SS
3. Granderson CF
4. Teixeira 1B
5. Rodriguez 3B
6. Cano 2B
7. Swisher RF
8. Posada DH
9. Martin C
If one of the players needs a day off or if they injure themselves, you could either switch either Jones or Dickerson with Granderson, Swisher & Gardner (You would move them down the lineup if they are starting instead of Gardner). You could also switch Jeter with Nunez & Martin with Cervelli. The reason I would give Jorge Posada a spot in the lineup is because we’ve seen what Jorge can do. When he’s hot, he’s hot and if this is his final season with the Yankees, I’m sure the fans would want to see Posada go out with a bang. Now let’s review the lefty lineup. The main part is switching Gardner & Jeter since Gardner is weaker against lefties. Here’s the lefty lineup I would put if I was Girardi:
Now I think that this would be a great time to discuss the Yankees bullpen and who should make the bullpen roster. Here is how the bullpen roster would look like:
C Mariano Rivera
RHP David Robertson
RHP Rafael Soriano
RHP Luis Ayala
RHP Corey Wade
LHP Boone Logan
RHP Hector Noesi
RHP Phil Hughes
I doubt that Girardi would give a spot to Scott Proctor unless he pitched very well, and as I mentioned in the Yankees Mailbag could be used as a mop up man. I originally had Lance Pendelton on the roster list, but had to delete his name after Pendelton was DFA’d. Guess the Yankees will be looking at new younger pitchers to fill the roster space instead.
The Yankees are going for 28, and if they plan on getting 28 they need to have the strongest roster possible in order to defeat their opponents during the pennant race.
Now that you’ve heard my choices, I want to hear from you. Who do you think should make the postseason roster? Is there someone I didn’t mention that should be on the roster? Place your choices in the comments below.
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- Here is the game recap from MLB.com’s Elliott Smith:
BALTIMORE — When the Yankees racked up four runs and six hits through the first four innings on Thursday against Baltimore starter Alfredo Simon, it looked as if offense would carry the day.
But then, against a pitching staff that ranks last in the American League, the well went dry.
The Yankees did not get a hit after the fourth inning, drawing just two walks and striking out eight times during that span, as New York saw its three-run lead dissipate en route to a 5-4 loss in 10 innings at Camden Yards.
The Yankees made some stellar defensive plays to remain in the game, but their inability to get on base was their undoing in a second extra-innings loss to Baltimore in as many days.