Daily Archives: September 15, 2011

Open Thread

"I don't want to mislead you guys, but I haven't touched a bat in five days." ~Alex Rodriguez

Good evening everyone. There isn’t a whole lot a whole lot going on Yankee-wise. I do have some quotes from Brian Cashman about Alex Rodriguez’s thumb injury though, courtesy of ESPNNY.com.

He’s got a Grade I sprain and it’s not going to go away completely this season. It only goes away with time which is not something that’s necessarily in our favor…It’s a sprained collateral ligament and it’s more of an irritating thing than anything else. It could take six days, or 15 days, or 30 days, and even if he feels 100 percent, one wrong move or one bad swing or checked swing or dive or whatever could bring it right back to square one again. It’s just something he’s going to have to deal with.

With A-Rod not at full capacity, the Yanks can’t afford for any of their hitters to be fully absent offensively in the playoffs. There can’t be any dreadful outages from players like Swisher and Cano (random examples not picking on them). Quite frankly, despite the excellence of Nova, Garcia, and Colon in this regular season, you don’t know how they will pitch in the postseason. Therefore, they will need full offensive production: 1-9 in the lineup.

Anyway, the Red Sox are playing the Rays at 7:05 and you can catch that game on the MLB Network. The Sox are 4 games behind the Yankees and the Rays are 4 games behind the Sox. Safe to say, the Yanks are in great shape. They start a 3 game series in Toronto, tomorrow. Talk about whatever you want to here on this thread and have a good night.

Soriano 1st and 2nd Half

I'd like to Thank the Yankees for Paying me all this cash to pitch the 7th inning.

God didn't give up the run you did!

To be honest Soriano is not my favorite Yankee and that to me stems from how he was brought to the Yankees.  It is well documented that Cashman did not see fit that the money was worth the position.  The Yankee higher ups had a difference of opinion and over ruled Cash and pulled the trigger on getting Soriano in pinstripes with a three year 35 million dollar contract.   He had an up and mostly down beginning with the team.  I was not impressed how he handled himself on the mound after giving up big hits walking around or looking up at the sky or how he handled himself in post game interviews either.  In late May was put on the disable list with an inflamed ligament in his throwing elbow.   It was shut down for basically the rest of May into late July.  A good thing of this injury was that David Robertson got the shot in the 8th inning and proved he was awesome at this job.  When Soriano came back he was in a lesser role as the 7th inning guy.

Here is his first and second half splits

Split

G

PA

AB

R

H

HR

BB

SO

BA

1st Half

16

69

56

9

15

1

11

10

.268

2nd Half

18

66

61

6

14

2

5

14

.230

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/13/2011.

As you can tell from the graph in more games his runs hit and BB and average all have gone down.  Strikeouts went up which is good to see.  I think Soriano will settle in for the stretch run.  He did have that blown save against Baltimore not to long ago but I’m not going to hold that against him.  He currently has 20 Holds.  I think with all his experience from Tampa he will look to shine in the playoffs.

Some more Splits to ponder

Split G PA AB R H 2B HR SO SO/BB BA
vs RHB as RHP 33 78 73 8 14 0 2 17 5.67 .192
vs LHB as RHP 32 57 44 6 15 2 1 7 0.54 .341
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/13/2011.

Morning Bits: Martin, Rivera, Cervelli, Cano, A-rod

The Yankees lost a heart breaker in extra innings late last night in walk off home run style.  Boston and Tampa both lost yesterday as well.  The Yankees are off today as they get a much need break.  They are back at it Friday at 7pm in Toronto.

Yankees Magic Number is now 11

* With pain comes pride for the Yankees Martin.

* Yankees closer Mariano Rivera also serves as counselor and critic.

* Cervelli’s continuing concussion problems is cause for concern. (say that 5 times fast)

* After getting hit on the right foot Cano had an X-Ray and it was negative. (thank god!)

* A-Rod is set to return to the lineup on Friday.

AL EAST STANDINGS

EAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10 POFF
NY Yankees 90 58 .608 46-27 44-31 798 592 +206 Lost 1 5-5 99.8
Boston 86 62 .581 4 43-30 43-32 805 649 +156 Lost 1 2-8 93.2
Tampa Bay 82 66 .554 8 42-33 40-33 634 558 +76 Lost 2 7-3 4.8
Toronto 75 74 .503 15.5 38-36 37-38 698 708 -10 Won 1 6-4 0.0
Baltimore 60 88 .405 30 35-40 25-48 626 774 -148 Won 2 5-5 0.0

Nova’s great start goes to waste in extra-innings loss

Ballgame over, Yankees lose in extras.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
NYY 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
SEA 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 9 0
W: Delabar (1-0)
L: Wade (5-1)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 0 1 0 0 2 2 .295
Granderson, CF 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 .265
Teixeira, 1B 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .246
Cano, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 .305
Swisher, RF 4 1 1 1 1 0 1 .261
Montero, DH 5 0 0 0 0 3 3 .286
Jones, An, LF 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .241
1-Gardner, PR-LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .261
Martin, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .236
Nunez, E, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .254
a-Chavez, Er, PH-3B 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .274
Totals 38 1 4 1 2 9 10 .265
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nova 7.1 5 1 1 4 5 0 3.81
Robertson 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.16
Soriano, R 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4.05
Logan 1.1 2 0 0 1 1 0 2.82
Wade(L, 5-1) 0.2 1 1 1 0 1 1 2.16
Totals 11.0 9 2 2 5 10 1 3.68
And here is the game recap from MLB.com’s Taylor Soper:

SEATTLE — Mariano Rivera’s 601st save will have to wait for now.

New York reliever Cory Wade gave up a 12th-inning walk-off solo shot to Luis Rodriguez, as the Mariners avoided the sweep with a 2-1 win over the Yankees on Wednesday night in front of 20,327 at Safeco Field.

Rivera, who picked up his 600th save on Tuesday night, still needs one more to tie Trevor Hoffmann atop the career saves list.

It was another one-run loss for the Yankees, who managed just four hits all night and had their three-game winning streak snapped.

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