Daily Archives: September 14, 2011

Game 148 | Yankees @ Mariners

Ivan Nova takes the mound tonight against the Mariners' tough lineup.

Lineup:

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

Pitchers:

Ivan Nova (15-4, 3.94) vs. Jason Vargas (8-13, 4.49)

Pregame Notes:

— Pedro Feliciano has undergone rotator cuff surgery, and will now obviously not pitch for the Yanks this year. Steve Garrison who was designated for assignment has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Trenton.

— The 2012 schedule has been released. Here it is.

Enjoy the game.

Minor League Recap – High A Tampa Yankees

As with many A – ball teams, the Tampa Yankees saw a lot of turnover on their roster throughout the season.  Despite all the changes they finished 74-64 in the 12-team Florida State League.  They were led by an offense that finished 3rd in Runs scored & 2nd in Batting Average.  Tampa’s pitching staff finished 10th with a 3.98 team ERA.

The team went through a lot of changes during June. It’s three top hitters, 3B Robert Lyerly, OF Deangelo Mack and CF Zoilo Almonte were promoted to AA Trenton and were eventually replaced by Kyle Roller, Rob Segedin, Slade Heathcott & JR Murphy from Low A Charleston.  Unfortunately, Slade & Murph had there seasons cut short by injury and Roller and Segedin had some trouble adapting to the more advanced pitchers.

HITTERS

Abe Almonte had a 30-game hitting streak

Abraham Almonte – CF, 22, 5’9″ 205

Almonte is a well-built switch-hitter who finished the season on fire with a 30-game hitting streak. He was hitting a pathetic .218/.294/.280 with 12 XBH at the midpoint of the season but was .314/.369/.475 with 30XBH in the 2nd half to finish at .268 with 30 sbs.  Almonte has a plus glove and great speed and shows flashes of being a dynamic offensive player but he’s been wildly inconsistent throughout his career so it remains to be seen if he can build on his huge 2nd half.

Kyle Roller – 1B, 23, 6’1″ 235

Roller’s a big lefty hitter drafted in the 8th rd in 2010 because he can stroke and he did just that in 2011. He was roping in Charleston to start the season with a .925 OPS that got him promoted after 50 games. He held his own against better pitching to finish the season at .284/.371//482/.854 with 31 doubles & 16 HRs in 110 games.

Rob Segedin

Rob Segedin – 3B, 22, 6’3″ 220

Like Roller, Segedin was drafted in the 3rd rd of 2010 for his stick.  He began mashing in CHS with an .878 OPS but he did not hit in Tampa after his promotion with a .245/.311/.309 slash in 52 games.  It doesn’t damper his upside as a productive hitting corner IF or OF. His season total was a respectable .287/.358/.403.

Deangelo Mack – LF, 24, 5’10” 190

Mack had a solid year for Charleston and even played 40 games for Trenton from May to July when Melky Mesa was injured. He hit .248/.357/.388 for Trenton but was a .300 hitter in his 59 games for CHS. Overall, he hit .280/.361/.436 with 8 HRs among his 31 xtra base hits. Mack has a good feel for the strike zone and a nice lefty stroke but doesn’t have good power or speed for a corner OF which may hurt his future value.

Walter Ibarra – 2B, 23, 5’11” 180

Ibarra is in his 6th season in the organization and he repeated the FSL despite hitting .301 last yr.  This yr he had his best season hitting .297-.333-.421 with 10 sbs and 33 xbh. The Yanks have a lot of talented 2B in the system rated higher than Ibarra so his future may be as a utility player.

PITCHERS

Marshall is now fully recovered from Tommy John Surgery

Brett Marshall – RHP, 21, 6’0″ 195

Marshall was given an $850,000 signing bonus as a 6th rounder in 2008 but underwent Tommy John Surgery in July 2009. He came back to throw 84 innings last yr and looked good. He got off to a poor start in April this season but rebounded to have a great yr as he got stronger in his 2nd year from TJ surgery. Since May1, he went 8-4 2.87 with 100 Ks in 119 IP and saw a big uptick in his stuff and Ks in the 2nd half.

Brett threw a career high 140.1 IP this season which is big having never thrown more than 87. He proved his arm is healthy.  Overall, he was 9-7 with a 3.78 ERA , 3.24 FIP, 7.3 K/9 & 3.1 BB/9.  He has a good 2-seam fastball he used to post a 1.88 GO/AO ratio. His FB is in the low 90s with ability to throw in the mid 90s and he also features the makings of a plus slider. The organization has to be pleased with his season and they will likely have him begin in AA Trenton next yr.  Look for Marshall to be a highly rated prospect in upcoming rankings.

Jairo Heredia – RHP, 21, 6’1″ 190

Heredia has been a highly ranked prospect for years but is terribly injury prone. Many had given up on him but he returned this season and showed the talent by going 8-2 3.29 with 9.0 k/9 & 2.1 bb/9 through June. However, he was then placed on the DL never to return.  He’s still only 21 and has excellent command to go along with a plus Curveball and low 90s fastball with movement but he has not shown any durability.

Ryan Flannery – RHP, 25, 6’4 245

Dominating yr as the team’s closer going 3-1 with 19 saves and a 1.24 ERA. Had a 7 to 1 K to BB rate and 2.30 Ground Out to Air Out ratio but at 25, he’s very old for this league and needs to prove himself at AA where he didn’t fare well allowing  16 baserunners in 5 IP.

Jose Quintana is a deceptive lefty

Jose Quintana – LHP, 22, 6’0″ 170

Quintana began the season as a reliever and did so well they made him a starter in July. Overall, he finished with a 10-2 record, 2.91 ERA, 2.96 FIP, 7.8 k/9, 2.5 bb/9 and 1.16 GO/AO rate. His strikeout ad groundball numbers were better as a reliever but that is true for most pitchers. Jose is a bit of an unknown not getting a lot of coverage prior to this season.  He sits n the 89-91 range and throws a curve & change.

Michael O’Brien – RHP, 21, 5’11” 185

O’Brien pitched well in Low A so was brought up in late June and continued his success in Tampa. Combined he finished 7-7 with a 3.16 ERA with 99 Ks in 119 IP. He saw a big drop in his Ks after his promotion and was shut down for the season in mid-August

Staten Island wins the NYPL Championship

Champions!!!!!

Hitting

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Williams, M CF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .333
Culver SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .200
Gamel RF 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 .294
Austin 3B 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .429
Nunez, R 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .158
Stevenson DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .300
Wilson, Z LF 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .235
    Grice LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Gumbs 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .091
McCoy C 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .188

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Tracy (W, 2-0) 6.0 3 0 0 0 4 0 0.00
Arneson (H, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Wetherell (H, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Pinder (S, 3) 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.00

Recap

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — To the strains of “New York, New York,” the Staten Island Yankees celebrated wildly at first base after wrapping up their second New York-Penn League championship in three years.Once the players hit the locker room, the sparkling apple cider flowed freely and the party really started. Players danced as they passed around the silver trophy, others dove head-first and slid from one doorway to another on a slick plastic sheet. Some threw handfuls of ice in between exchanging bear hugs. After all, clinching a Championship Series in front of the home fans is more than a reason to celebrate.Matt Tracy struck out four batters over six shutout innings and Zach Wilson smacked a solo homer as the Yankees beat the Auburn Doubledays, 2-1, to complete a sweep of the best-of-3 Championship Series.”This is a great ending to a great season,” said Tracy, who improved to 2-0 in the playoffs. “It’s a great feeling to pitch in a game that means something against a good team in a close game. This is such a great feeling and it’s a good feeling to win this title with this great group of guys.”The victory gave the Yankees’ short-season affiliate its sixth championship in 12 years.

The 22-year-old left-hander gave up three hits, fanned four and threw 54 of 83 pitches for strikes. He did not allow a Doubleday to reach third base and retired 14 of his final 15 batters.

Wilson deposited the first pitch he saw from Auburn starter Nathan Karns (0-2) over the left-field fence to give Staten Island a second-inning lead.

Wilson finished second in the league with 10 homers during the regular season, but his blast in the clincher is one he won’t forget.

“He had been throwing first-pitch fastballs to a lot of guys, so I was waiting on it,” said Wilson, New York’s 21st-round pick in this year’s Draft. “I knew it was [gone].

“It means a lot to me. It was kind of a nail-biter, with us having a one-run lead from the second inning. And then to get a second in the eighth and see them get one in the ninth, you couldn’t ask for anything better.”

The Baby Bombers doubled their lead in the eighth on Tyler Austin’s one-out RBI single.

“It was a good pitch,” said Austin, who also singled in a run in Game 1 of the semifinals against Brooklyn. “He threw a slider in the dirt that I swung at and then he left me a fastball up that I was able to hit up the middle.”

The Doubledays made thing interesting in the ninth. A single and an error put runners on the corners and Justin Miller’s sacrifice fly halved Auburn’s deficit. But Branden Pinder retired Angelberth Montilla on a forceout and he got Caleb Ramsey to hit a sharp one-hopper to first base, setting off the celebration.

“It’s unbelievable. It’s a great feeling to be here,” Austin said. “We’ve been working hard and we’ve worked our butts off and now it’s our time. It’s amazing. I don’t know if words can describe what I’m feeling. We were able to accomplish something that not many people have the chance to accomplish.”

The victory provided a perfect end to manager Tom Slater’s first season in the New York-Penn League.

“I wouldn’t say there were huge ranges of emotions tonight, I just had to stay even-keeled and let them play,” Slater said. “We have good players, and that is the bottom line. It’s fun to work with them. They are all good kids who want to be great. They worked extremely hard all year long. They came in, stuck to their routine, played hard and had fun while they were playing.

“[Tracy and Wilson] are guys who played at major college programs. They are used to games like these, where they’re playing for a chance to go to the postseason.”

Ashley Marshall is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

Morning Bits: Mariano, Martin, Cervelli

Yankees won 3-2 but the bigger story of the game is Mariano got his 600th Save.   Congrats to him.  Also not to be out shined Burnett actually got the win.  Another 10PM start tonight.

The Yankees Magic Number is now at 12.

and here are your morning links…

* For Mariano save 600 is a TEAM accomplishment not a player accomplishment.

* The move to the Yankees helped revive Martin’s career.

* For Mo, the real saves come in October.

* Cervelli was put on the DL yesterday.

AL EAST STANDINGS

EAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10 POFF
NY Yankees 90 57 .612 46-27 44-30 797 590 +207 Won 3 6-4 99.7
Boston 86 61 .585 4 43-29 43-32 801 644 +157 Won 1 3-7 93.5
Tampa Bay 82 65 .558 8 42-33 40-32 632 552 +80 Lost 1 8-2 6.1
Toronto 74 74 .500 16.5 38-36 36-38 693 704 -11 Lost 1 5-5 0.0
Baltimore 59 88 .401 31 34-40 25-48 620 772 -152 Won 1 4-6 0.0

Mo earns 600th save in Yankees’ 3-2 win

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NYY
0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 9 0
SEA
0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
W: Burnett (10-11)
L: Furbush (3-9)
SV: Rivera (41)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .296
Swisher, RF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .261
Golson, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 .248
Cano, 2B 4 1 2 2 0 0 1 .305
Montero, DH 4 1 2 0 0 0 2 .333
Jones, An, LF 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 .243
a-Granderson, PH-CF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .268
Martin, C 3 0 0 0 0 2 4 .238
Nunez, E, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .254
Gardner, CF-LF 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .262
Totals 32 3 9 2 0 8 11 .266
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Burnett, AJ(W, 10-11) 6.0 4 2 2 2 11 0 5.20
Soriano, R(H, 21) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.18
Robertson(H, 33) 1.0 1 0 0 2 3 0 1.17
Rivera, Ma(S, 41) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2.05
Totals 9.0 6 2 2 4 17 0 3.70

And here is the game recap from MLB.com’s Taylor Soper:

SEATTLE — All was good in Yankee land Tuesday night at Safeco Field.

Not only did the Bronx Bombers keep their American League East lead at four games with a 3-2 win over Seattle, but closer Mariano Rivera inched closer to breaking the all-time saves record with his 600th career save, securing New York’s third straight victory in front of 18,306.

It was save No. 41 on the season for Rivera, who needs just one more save to tie Trevor Hoffmann atop the all-time saves list.

But for a humble Rivera, the team’s victory trumped any individual milestone.

“Thank God that we won,” the veteran closer said afterward. “That’s the most important thing.”

The save didn’t come in usual fashion. With two outs and Dustin Ackley at the plate, Ichiro Suzuki attempted to steal second on a 1-0 count. Russell Martin popped up quickly and threw a dart to the glove of Derek Jeter, who applied the tag and sealed the deal.

“We left him on his own right there,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said of Ichiro. “You’ve got to trust him. He’s a great basestealer. Mariano was really quick on the hitter before and got back to the leg kick there a little bit. Ichi thought he could get it and took off, but they made a good throw. He was aggressive and they got him.”

Rivera helped starter A.J. Burnett secure his first win since Aug. 15, but that may have never come had it not been for a midgame adjustment on behalf of Burnett.

The righty had labored through the first few innings, hitting two batters, throwing two wild pitches and allowing two runs, all by the end of the third frame.

But then the Arkansas native found what he called a “happy medium.” During his last two starts, Burnett made a big change by moving his hands from his belt to up near his chin prior to his delivery and kept them high throughout the windup.

On Tuesday, for whatever reason, that was restricting him from whipping the ball and letting it go.

“It worked early in Boston [on Sept. 1], but I just didn’t feel very powerful,” he said afterward. “I didn’t feel very loose. It was almost like it was more effort.”

So between innings, Burnett and pitching coach Larry Rothschild talked and Burnett decided to keep his hands lower like they were before and also kept some of the new changes as well. It worked almost perfectly as the 33-year-old retired 10 of the 14 batters he faced after the third inning, giving up three hits in that span.

“It was two games,” manager Joe Girardi said. “The first three innings, he struggled, and the last three innings, he was as good as he’s been.”

The result was a six-inning, season-high 11-strikeout performance from Burnett, who fooled the Mariners with his off-speed pitches all night.

Although it came against a struggling Mariners squad that has double-digit strikeouts in five of its last six games, Burnett held Seattle to two runs on four hits and it was good enough for his 10th win, marking his seventh straight season of 10 or more.

“It’s a big confidence boost,” Burnett said. “The bottom line is that I was able to make that adjustment and keep my team in the game. I had some runners on and never broke down, never broke confidence and was making pitches when I needed to.”

A big credit to his performance goes to Martin, who started behind the plate after missing the past two games with a bruised right thumb. Martin stopped a flurry of Burnett pitches in the dirt.

“He loves it,” said Burnett, looking across the clubhouse at his catcher. “I got one by him tonight, so I got bragging rights, but we’ve said it all along when he’s like that back there, you have confidence.”

Martin seemed to agree, with one exception.

“I do love it, except when I take it off the shoulder,” said the catcher, who went 0-for-3. “Any meat part, I don’t like it as much. It seems like I’ve been finding meat a lot lately.”

Setup man David Robertson nearly lost the Yankee lead in the eighth when he loaded the bases with two out, but Robertson got pinch-hitter rookie Trayvon Robinson swinging at strike three to help set the stage for Rivera’s 600th save in the ninth.

Mariners starter Charlie Furbush limited New York to two runs through five innings, but he allowed Nick Swisher to score on a Robinson Cano fielder’s choice in the sixth that put the Yankees up 3-2 and ended up being the difference.

Cano also hit a solo shot in the second and picked up his 110th RBI in the process to set a career high. That gave the Yankees an early 1-0 lead, and they added to that after an Andruw Jones double scored Jesus Montero to give New York a 2-0 advantage.

But thanks to an erratic Burnett, the Mariners came back with a run in the bottom of the frame. Miguel Olivo moved to third on Burnett’s first wild pitch of the game and scored on a Brendan Ryan single two batters later.

Another Burnett wild pitch in the third inning moved Kyle Seager to third base, who later scored on an Olivo sacrifice fly.

With two more wild pitches on Tuesday night, Burnett has thrown the most wild pitches in a season of any pitcher in the last 11 years with 25. He has thrown a Major League-high 58 wild pitches since joining the Yankees in 2009.

Montero, who started at designated hitter, finished 2-for-4 with a run and is now 12-for-30 since his debut Sept. 1. Jeter extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the first inning.

The Yankees could have won by even more had it not been for two baserunning gaffes Tuesday. The first came in the fourth when Montero was caught too far off second base on a grounder to shortstop Brendan Ryan, who nabbed a sliding Montero.

Then in the sixth, Montero lifted a deep fly ball to center field with one out. Cano mistakenly did not stop running from first base, and by the time Casper Wells made the catch in center, Cano was already at third base. Wells threw back to first for the easy 8-3 double play.