Daily Archives: September 19, 2011

Mariano Rivera Gets His 602 Save

Mariano Rivera notched his 602 save today in a Yankees 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins

The familiar sound of “Enter Sandman” made way through Yankee Stadium in the top of the 9th inning. Mariano Rivera was coming. When Yankees fans hear Mariano is coming, it’s a blessing to see him come in and notch the save for your team. Today was no different. The Yankees had a 6-4 lead going into the 9th and needed Mo’s services once again. But this save was a little different than any other save that Mariano needed to get. This save was the save that was going to mount him at the top, making him the best closer of all-time. This save…was save 602.

Mariano easily glided through the 9th inning and got a huge hand from Yankees fans everywhere. One of the first players out of the dugout was the man who caught Mariano for 15 years, Jorge Posada. Posada led the barrage of Yankees towards the mound, each of them giving him a hug. His family who was in the stands looked the most proud, seeing that Mo did something no one else might be able to do, which is get 602+  saves in his career. After the Yankees gave Mo their hugs Posada forced Rivera to stay on the mound while they went back to the dugout, leaving him to take in the sound of the crowds cheer. Mo then took off his cap and waved it to the fans who erupted in cheer.

Reporters talked to Joe Girardi after the game, who had nothing but nice words about his closer.

“He really burst into the scene in 1996, and were talking about a lot of seasons later and he’s still doing it at a high level.” Girardi beamed with pride.

This was win for the Yankees in the books, but for the record books this game was special and it was all because of a man named Mariano Rivera.

Congratulations Mariano Rivera. Let there be many more saves to come…please, because we really like to hear Enter Sandman at Yankee Stadium to give us closure that you’re coming in.

Minor League Recap – Short Season A Staten Island Yankees

The Short-Season Staten Island Yankees won the regular season 14-team New York Penn League with a 45-28 record and also won the league post-season championship.  They did so with a strong all-around team that was 2nd in team average (.265), 3rd in runs scored and 5th in team ERA (3.50).  The success of the Yanks 2 lowest level teams (Staten Island and Gulf Coast Yanks) proves the success of the latest drafts in 2010 & 2011 and bodes well for the future of the organization.

HITTERS
CF – Mason Williams – 20, 6’0″ 150

Impressive rookie year for Mason Williams

Williams was arguably the best prospect in the entire NY Penn Lg and he did nothing to disappoint with his on-field performance.  He tore up the league finishing 2nd with a .349 average and 1st with 28 stolen bases & 94 Hits. He also finished in the top 10 in OBP (.395), SLG(.469), OPS(.863), Triples(6), Total Bases(126) and Runs(42). Mason is a wiry athlete with plus speed, a plus arm and a smooth left-handed stroke.  He has a good feel for the strike zone but was very aggressive at the plate.

Williams has been compared to Brett Gardner because of his outstanding speed and defense.  He projects to add more power as he grows into his slim frame and could end up being a cross between Gardner & Curtis Granderson.I was impressed to see that despite his immense physical talent, his coaches also regard him as a very hard worker who lives in the batting cage and has an infectious personality.  Be prepared to see Williams in everybody’s Yankee  Top 10 prospect lists this year and with his skill set & work ethic he could rocket through the system. He’s shown the ability to make hard contact so it will be interesting to see how much power he can generate as he starts to add more strength and weight to his 6’0″ 150 lb frame.

1B – Zachary Wilson – 21, 6’1″ 205

Wilson was a 21st round pick out of Arizona State who finished 2nd in the lg with 10 HRs plus a big solo shot for the 1st run in the 2-1 championship game. He hit .256 with a .346 OBP & .456 SLG% but doesn’t do anything particularly well except hit for power.

2B – Angelo Gumbs, 18 – 6’0″ 175

Angelo Gumbs - 2010 2nd round Pick

Gumbs is an athletic, up the middle player taken by the Yanks in the 2010 Draft. He got a $750,000 bonus as a 2nd -rd pick and has flashed all of the tools the team paid for despite tailing off at the end of the season due to injuries. He has great bat speed and a lot of raw power which he used to  hit .264/.332/.406 with 3 HRs. Gumbs showed off his good speed with 11 SBs & 4 triples. This speed may make him better suited as a CF or LF moving forward because he wasn’t great at 2B with 9 errors.

SS – Cito Culver, 19 – 6’0 185

The Yanks were criticized for taking Culver with their 1st pick in 2010 but he’s impressed scouts with his rocket arm and a nice compact swing from both sides of the plate. Like most players right out of HS, he was inconsistent during the season but he showed a good approach at the plate but his poor August had him finish at .250/.323/.337. Cito is going to take a while to develop both offensively & defensively as he must cut down on his 17 errors. One area he is advanced in is his base running, as he shows good instincts and above average speed which he used to steal 10 of 10 bases.

3B – Tyler Austin, 20 – 6’2″ 200

Tyler Austin mashed all year long

Austin was a 13th round pick in 2010’s draft who started the season in the Gulf Coast Lg where he mashed the ball to a .390/.438/.622 clip in 20 games before he was promoted to Staten Island.  He kept on hitting after the promotion in 27 games to finish a combined .354/.418/.579 for a .997 OPS.  Tyler was also a perfect 18 of 18 in Stolen Base attempts.

Leading up to the draft Austin was considered a high ceiling H.S. player with big time power and solid speed & arm strength. But many thought he was a project but he has come out mashing.  Tyler overcame testicular cancer as a teenager and battled back from a broken had last yr.  He also has a reputation as a “gamer”, a hard-nosed type of player.  He sounds a lot like Bichette to me and it seems the Yanks are looking for guys like this based on their recent draft picks. With his MLB power, solid speed & attitude, Austin is one of my favorite prospects and I will be following him closely as he develops.

PITCHERS

RHP – Bryan Mitchell – 20, 6’2″ 175

Raw righthander Bryan Mitchell

Mitchell is a tantalizing prospect with a high ceiling but is still very raw. He has plus stuff but his questionable mechanics and inconsistent arm angle make him a project. The couple of videos I saw of him look like 2 different pitchers. Mitchell had a mediocre season but finished with 4 strong starts at the end of the season during which he gave up 3 ER in 21 IP.  Overall, he went 1-3 with a 4.09 ERA, 8.6 K/9,  4.5 BB/9 & impressive 2.19 GO/AO ratio. The high strikeout & ground ball rates are very encouraging as he is likely to improve his command/control as he refines his mechanics.

LHP – Evan DeLuca – 20, 6’1″ 195

DeLuca is a New Jersey kid who played his HS ball at Immaculata in Somerville where he was picked in the 44th rd of the 2009 draft by the Yankees.  Like Mitchell, he has taunted with his amazing stuff and wild bouts of inconsistency.  I read scouting reports on him in the beginning of the season where he was sitting at 91-93 and topping at 94-95 and was getting excellent results at 3-1 2.19 ERA through July 22.  But later reports had him at 87-89 which led to him getting ripped in his last 4 starts and eventually finish the yr on the DL.

LHP – Matt Tracy – 22, 6’3″ 212

Tracy was a 24th rd pick out of U of Mississippi this yr who had a solid season splitting time as a starter and reliever.  He was 1-2 with a 3.04 ERA, 2.65 FIP, 9.1 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and 2.26 ground out to Air out ratio. He was the team’s best starter in the post-season going 2-0 including 6 shutout innings of 3-hit ball in the clincher.

RHP – William Oliver – 24, 6’2″ 185

Oliver had a strong season going 5-2 with a 3.45 ERA, 7.5 k/9, 3.7 bb/9 & 1.83 GO/AO rate.  The 35th rd pick in 2010 out of Palomar College is a lot older than most of the players in this league so will need to prove himself at a higher level to show he’s a prospect.

RHP – Branden Pinder – 22, 6’3″ 210

Branden Pinder dominated NYPL hitters

Pinder was a 16th rd pick out of Cal State Long Beach this year and quickly got himself comfortable as Staten Island’s closer.  He used his 94-95 MPH fastball with excellent command to finish 2-2 with 14 saves and a minute 1.16 ERA. He held hitters to a .152 BA and had a 11.0 k/9 & 1.5 bb/9 in 31 ip.  He really has no quality secondary offerings but with command of a mid 90s heater he need only develop one other pitch to advance as a MLB reliever.

Game 152 | Twins v.s Yankees

Yankees are hoping of a repeat of Burnett's last outing, which he pitched 6 brilliant innings of 2 run ball

Lineup:

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

Pitchers:

Scott Diamond (1-4, 3.94) v.s A.J Burnett (10-11, 5.20 ERA)

Pregame Notes:

This is the Yankees final home stand of the season with 1 game v.s Minnesota, 4 v.s the Tampa Bay Rays & 3 v.s the Boston Red Sox.

Enjoy the game.

Morning Bits: Posada, Concerns, Rivera, Rest

Good morning all. Finally that road-trip is over and the Yanks are back at home today versus the Twins at 1:05pm.

Here are your morning links:

— Posada most likely will not catch Mariano Rivera’s 602nd save.

— Bob Klapisch says the Yankees have a lot to be concerned about.

— The Yankees’ priority in yesterday’s game was rest for the veterans, and it came at the cost of winning the game.

— Boston lost yesterday to Tampa, so they are now just 2 games apart. (choke-choke)

AL East Standings:

EAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10 POFF
NY Yankees 91 60 .603 46-27 45-33 809 606 +203 Lost 1 4-6 99.4
Boston 87 65 .572 4.5 44-33 43-32 819 673 +146 Lost 2 2-8 90.3
Tampa Bay 85 67 .559 6.5 42-33 43-34 658 572 +86 Won 2 7-3 8.6
Toronto 77 75 .507 14.5 40-37 37-38 712 719 -7 Won 1 7-3 0.0
Baltimore 62 89 .411 29 37-41 25-48 642 790 -148 Lost 1 6-4 0.0

Yanks shut-out 3-0 by Toronto in series finale

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NYY
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
TOR
0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 x 3 7 0
W: Morrow (10-11)
L: Garcia (11-8)
SV: Francisco (16)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gardner, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .259
Nunez, E, 2B 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 .261
Cano, DH 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .303
Rodriguez, Al, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .284
Swisher, RF 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .260
Chavez, Er, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .266
Martin, C 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .235
Dickerson, LF 3 0 1 0 0 2 1 .333
Pena, R, SS 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .067
Totals 30 0 5 0 1 9 5 .264
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Garcia, F(L, 11-8) 4.2 5 3 3 3 4 2 3.77
Laffey 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4.15
Ayala 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.74
Proctor 0.1 1 0 0 2 0 0 6.25
Valdes 1.1 1 0 0 0 2 0 2.70
Kontos 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.40
Totals 8.0 7 3 3 6 7 2 3.71
And here is the game recap from MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez:

TORONTO — Four cities, two coasts, 10 games and six losses later, the Yankees can finally look forward to the prospect of going back home. Those are the thoughts that dominated their minds late Sunday afternoon, after being stifled by Brandon Morrow in a 3-0 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

The Yanks are hoping an eight-game homestand that includes seven games against the hungry Rays and Red Sox is just what they need to kick-start them for the regular season’s final stretch.

“I think we’re going to be energized getting home, without question, because we’ve been gone for about a month,” third baseman Alex Rodriguez said after the Yankees dropped two of three to the Blue Jays. “We love playing in front of our home fans, and we get a lot of energy from playing in our stadium.”

Energy is an element the Yankees have seemed to lack in recent days. Going from Baltimore to Los Angeles to Seattle to Toronto in 11 days can do that to you. Their latest series saw some poor starting pitching (from CC Sabathia, Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia, respectively), a few head-scratching baserunning blunders and, most recently, a poor offensive showing against a man who had given up 15 runs in his last two starts.

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