Daily Archives: September 29, 2011

First 3 game times are set

First 3 game times are set

AL Division Series
Game Matchup Day Date Time ET TV
Gm 1 DET @ NYY Fri Sep. 30 8:37 PM TBS
Gm 2 DET @ NYY Sat Oct. 1 8:37 PM TBS
Gm 3 NYY @ DET Mon Oct. 3 8:37 PM TBS

That’s all.  Enjoy the rest of the night.

Montero Fine After Foul Ball Strikes Throwing Hand

MONTERO FINE AFTER FOUL BALL STRIKES THROWING HAND

Jesus Montero is fine after getting struck in the hand by a foul ball in yesterdays game which forced him to leave the game. Montero had tests done earlier today and X-Rays came back negative.

“When it hit me, I felt a lot of pain, but I looked at my fingers and saw that I was okay.” Montero spoke with press about the incident. “Thank God nothing happened.”

Montero said he could return for the ALDS which begins tomorrow in which he will share his DH-ing role with Jorge Posada.

Some Yankee News

Some Yankee News

Raul Valdes will not be on the ALDS roster against the Rangers.

In other words, Boone Logan will be the lone left-hander out of the bullpen. Valdes will be sent to Tampa in order to stay sharp and could be used if the ALCS if the Yankees face the lefty-heavy Rangers.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Thursday that Jorge Posada will the primary designated hitter against the Tigers’ right-handed starters during the ALDS.

As expected. Posada finished the season with a disappointing .235/.315/.398 batting line, but he had 14 homers and an .814 OPS against right-handed pitching. There’s little doubt that he can still be a weapon. The Tigers don’t have any left-handed starters, so we will likely only see Jesus Montero late in games.

Ivan Nova will start Game 2 of the ALDS against the Tigers on Saturday.

CC Sabathia is lined up to start Game 1 and Game 4, so Nova would get the ball in a potential deciding Game 5. Nova, 24, went 16-4 with a 3.70 ERA and 98/57 K/BB ratio over 165 1/3 innings this season. He did not face the Tigers during the regular season.

A.J. Burnett will pitch out of the bullpen during the ALDS.

Burnett began his new role Wednesday night against the Rays, getting Sean Rodriguez to ground out to begin the bottom of the seventh inning before being replaced by Andrew Brackman. While Joe Girardi hasn’t discussed his plans for Burnett, chances are they will only use him if they are trailing early and need someone to burn up innings.

WAR stats for 2011 Yankees

2011 Yankees WAR

Age WAR Acquired
Mark Teixeira# 31 2.2 Free Agency
Nick Swisher# 30 3.3 Traded
Alex Rodriguez 35 2.7 Free Agency
Jorge Posada# 39 -1.0 Free Agency
Eduardo Nunez 24 -0.7 Amateur Free Agent
Jesus Montero 21 0.6 Amateur Free Agent
Russell Martin 28 1.3 Free Agency
Andruw Jones 34 0.9 Free Agency
Derek Jeter 37 0.8 Free Agency
Curtis Granderson* 30 5.2 Traded
Brett Gardner* 27 4.4 Amateur Draft
Chris Dickerson* 29 0.3 Traded
Eric Chavez* 33 -0.1 Free Agency
Francisco Cervelli 25 0.3 Amateur Free Agent
Robinson Cano* 28 4.7 Amateur Free Agent
Team Total 30.6 23.9
Age WAR Acquired
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/29/2011.

Morning Bits: Roster decisions, Garcia gets game 3, ALDS

So the regular season is set and that means the Yankees first opponent is set as well.  The Yankees will be facing the Tigers in the first round of the playoffs Friday night.   The other game will be Tampa Bay (what a comeback last night and what an epic downfall by Boston) at Texas.  Enjoy the day off everyone.

and here are your morning links…

* The Yankees have many post season roster decisions.

* Freddy Garcia has been chosen to start game 3 of the ALDS.

* Matthews from ESPN.com says Rays could come back to bite the Yankees.

* Post season opponents Yankees and Tigers are evenly matched.

Here is the schedule for the first round of the ALDS.

Game Matchup Day Date Time ET TV
Gm 1 DET @ NYY Fri Sep. 30 8:37 PM TBS
Gm 2 DET @ NYY Sat Oct. 1 TBD TBS
Gm 3 NYY @ DET Mon Oct. 3 TBD TBS
Gm 4* NYY @ DET Tue Oct. 4 TBD TBS
Gm 5* DET @ NYY Thu Oct. 6 TBD TBS

Last night while other teams where worrying about if they were getting in or not getting in The Yankees ground crew was doing this below.   I am not worried with the Yankees losing towards the end to Tampa as most of the regulars got much needed rest and the rotation is now set.

Rays come back to defeat Yanks 8-7, and clinch the AL Wildcard

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NYY
1 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 7 9 1
TB
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 8 10 1
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 .297
Pena, R, 2B 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .100
Granderson, CF 3 1 1 0 0 1 3 .262
a-Golson, PH-CF-LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .182
Teixeira, 1B 4 2 2 5 0 0 1 .248
Chavez, Er, 3B 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .263
Cano, DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .302
b-Posada, PH-DH 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .235
Swisher, RF 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .260
Dickerson, RF 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 .260
Jones, An, LF 4 1 1 1 0 1 3 .247
Gardner, CF 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .259
Montero, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .328
Romine, C 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .158
Nunez, E, 2B-SS 4 1 1 0 1 1 0 .265
Laird, 3B-1B 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 .190
Totals 46 7 9 6 5 11 18 .263
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Betances 2.0 1 0 0 2 2 0 6.75
Kontos 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.00
Laffey 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.88
Hughes, P 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 5.79
Valdes 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3.00
Burnett, AJ 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.15
Brackman 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Logan 0.1 2 3 3 0 1 0 3.46
Ayala 1.0 2 3 3 1 1 1 2.09
Wade(BS, 1) 0.2 1 1 1 0 0 1 2.04
Proctor(L, 2-6) 2.2 3 1 1 2 3 1 7.14
Totals 11.1 10 8 8 9 10 3 3.73

And here is the game recap from MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:

ST. PETERSBURG — The aroma of spilled bubbly wafted to the third-base side of Tropicana Field, and though the Yankees had nothing to celebrate, there was an appreciation that something magical had taken place.

An unforgettable conclusion to a memorable regular season went into the history books as Evan Longoria lifted the Rays to the American League Wild Card, homering off Scott Proctor in the 12th inning on Wednesday to cap a wild 8-7 victory.

“I really can’t believe it,” said the Yankees’ Mark Teixeira. “I think fans should be excited. That was probably one of the best days in baseball’s history. Every game tonight, all across baseball, seemed like it mattered. And there were some great finishes.”

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