Daily Archives: September 27, 2011

Game 161 | Yankees @ Rays

^^^ = The Red Sox' only hope.

Lineup:

Eduardo Nunez 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

Pitchers:

Bartolo Colon (8-10, 4.02) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.90)

Enjoy the game.

Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Final Week, Prospects, MVP, A.L. Bullpens, Montero

Welcome to another addition of Spanning The Yankee Blogs.  Lots of good stuff out their as the Yankees are about finished with the regular season and move on to the playoffs Friday night.

The Gospel of Smoov tackles everything about the final week of Yankee baseball.

Seedlings to Stars has an  article on Yankees prospects (Montero, Romine, Betances, Banuelos and Brackman).

Bleeding Yankee Blue talks about Cano and the MVP chase.

River Ave Blue’s compares the American League bullpens.

Yakov Sports says Montero For King Felix Hell No!!!

Yanks Go Yard have a picture from the Yankees rookie hazing.

The ALDS 25 Man Roster: If I Were Girardi

2011 ALDS Championship

The day is coming and rather quickly I might add. The first day of the post-season will soon be here. The New York Yankees have done everything right so far this season. They have the best record in baseball, they have home field advantage in the ALDS & ALCS (The World Series is National League) and they are 1st in their division beating out the Boston Red Sox. There is still one more thing to do though, and that is make the 25 man Postseason Roster. Like Joe Girardi I have been watching the Yankees since Spring Training, wondering whose post-season material and whose just not there yet. Also throughout the season I have been watching, very carefully. I don’t look at averages only, I also look at stats. As an example, let’s take a look at Brett Gardner for a moment. His AVG is .261 which I know fans think is bad…but take a look at Gardner’s OTHER stats. This season he has hit 7 HR (3 more than last year) & has 47 SB (which ties his season high from last year). I would say that’s a good year, even if average wise it’s a little low. But I like to give them the benefit of the doubt though. In the offseason last year Gardner had surgery, so I always keep that in mind when he’s batting.

Anyway, the Yankees are going to need a 25 man roster to play in the ALDS and if I were Girardi, this is who I would bring:

1. Derek Jeter – SS
2. Eduardo Nunez – SS/2B
3. Curtis Granderson – CF
4. Mark Teixeira – 1B
5. Robinson Cano – 2B
6. Alex Rodriguez – 3B
7. Brett Gardner LF/CF
8. Nick Swisher RF
9. Russell Martin C
10. Jesus Montero DH/C
11. Jorge Posada DH/C
12. Andruw Jones LF
13. CC Sabathia LHP
14. Ivan Nova RHP
15. Freddy Garcia RHP
16. Phil Hughes RHP
17. Raul Valdes LHP
18. Hector Noesi RHP
19. Boone Logan LHP
20. Bartolo Colon RHP
21. Luis Ayala RHP
22.  A.J Burnett RHP
23. Rafael Soriano RHP
24. David Robertson RHP
25. Mariano Rivera RHP

After reading how I would want my 25 man roster, you are probably wondering, why A.J Burnett? I wouldn’t start A.J Burnett, but he could be of use in the bullpen during the ALDS. He could be one of those pitchers who comes in when things get out of hand, and Burnett has shown that he could be effective in 3+ innings. Also you may be wondering, why did I leave off Austin Romine. In honesty, his catching skills are great, but his bat is a little weak. It would be nice if he could work on his hitting skills and come Spring Training next year show everyone what he was working on. I also wanted to make room for Jorge Posada since he has done a fantastic job when he’s came off the bench in September.

So even though this would be how my 25 man roster would look like, I’m a bit curious on how Girardi’s will look. Now I want to hear from you. Is there anyone that I didn’t list that you would like to make the play-offs (Romine might be one of them). Just put your players in the comments section below.

Morning Bits: Hughes, Cashman, Rivera, Playoff Schedule

Yankees lost.  Oh well they already clinched everything so no biggie.  But bigger news is Boston lost and their is now a tie for the wild card spot!!!!   I love this time of year.  As most of you know i’m pulling for the one game playoff so i’d like to see both Boston and Tampa end the season with the same record.

and here are your morning links…

* Phil Hughes will be on the ALDS roster out of the bullpen.

* The Yankees brain trust have announced that they want Cashman back for next year.

* Rivera won the pitcher of the week for the AL.

* The playoff schedule irk Joe Girardi.

Wild Card Race

AMERICAN W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10
Tampa Bay 89 71 .556 45-34 44-37 694 604 +90 Won 3 6-4
Boston 89 71 .556 45-36 44-35 864 726 +138 Lost 1 2-8

Noesi, Yanks unable to hold Rays down; 5-2 loss means tie for Tampa and Boston

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NYY
1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
TB
0 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 x 5 9 1
W: Shields (16-12)
L: Noesi (2-2)
SV: Farnsworth (24)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .298
Granderson, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .264
Cano, 2B 4 1 2 2 0 1 0 .305
Rodriguez, Al, DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .278
Posada, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .239
Chavez, Er, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .259
Martin, C 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .237
Romine, C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
a-Montero, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .351
Nunez, E, RF 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 .262
Gardner, LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 .259
Totals 31 2 6 2 3 4 11 .264
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Noesi(L, 2-2) 2.0 5 3 3 2 1 0 4.47
Valdes 2.0 2 1 1 0 2 1 3.27
Hughes, P 1.2 1 0 0 2 1 0 5.86
Kontos 0.2 0 1 1 2 1 0 3.38
Ayala 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.64
Brackman 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Totals 8.0 9 5 5 8 6 1 3.70
And here is the game recap from MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:

ST. PETERSBURG — For the Yankees, the last three games of the year constitute a tuneup series to prepare for the American League Division Series, as evidenced by the loud laughs in their clubhouse after the game.

Everyone, it seemed, had something to feel good about on a festive Monday at Tropicana Field. Certainly, the Rays did, posting a 5-2 victory that vaulted Tampa Bay into a tie with the Red Sox for the American League Wild Card.

“I actually saw one of their players look at the scoreboard when there was a loud cheer today,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “That probably wouldn’t happen on a normal day. And they should be excited.”

A Robinson Cano homer and run-scoring single accounted for most of the offense against right-hander James Shields, who finished one out shy of a complete game and picked up his 16th win of the season.

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