Daily Archives: September 30, 2011

Rain out updates

Updates with the Rain out

Game 1 of the ALDS between the Tigers and Yankees was suspended due to rain.

The game will pick up in the bottom of the second inning Saturday at 8:37 p.m. ET. Game 2 will now be played on Sunday at 3:07 p.m. ET., which was previously scheduled to be an off-day. As a result, there will be no off-day before the teams resume the series Monday in Detroit. No word on when CC Sabathia or Justin Verlander will pitch next, but it’s safe to say neither will pitch twice during the series.

Ivan Nova will pitch when play resumes Saturday in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Tigers.

2011 ALDS: Game 1 | Yankees vs. Tigers

Sabathia-Verlander - doesn't get much better than this!


Derek Jeter 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


C.C. Sabathia (0-0, 0.00) vs. Justin Verlander (0-0, 0.00)

Podcast Preview:

In this podcast, Ricky previews tonight’s Game 1 between the Yanks and Detroit.  Here is the link. You are encouraged to contact Ricky with any questions regarding tomorrow’s Game 2. Either comment your question right on this thread, or talk to Ricky on twitter at @arth65456. If you want to know Ricky’s pick and why, you’ll simply have to give it a listen…or else.

Pregame Notes:

— In non-Yankee news, Terry Francona will not return with the Red Sox. He is now officially gone. Also, Angels’ GM, Tony Reagins is resigning.

— Joe Girardi reportedly met with the beat writers, and said that A-Rod’s knee is “perfectly fine.”

Series Preview: 2011 ALDS | Yankees vs. Tigers

Fri., 9/30/11, 8:37PM EST – Yankee Stadium

C.C. Sabathia (19-8, 3.00) vs. Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40)

Sabathia career postseason: 7-4, 4.66, 71 K in 77.1 IP (13 starts)
Sabathia vs. Tigers: 15-12, 4.54, 165 K in 202.0 IP
Verlander career postseason: 1-2, 5.82, 23 K in 21.2 IP (4 starts)
Verlander vs. Yankees: 4-3, 3.97, 54 K in 56.2 IP

Sat., 10/1/11, 8:37PM EST – Yankee Stadium

Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70) vs. Doug Fister (11-13, 2.83)

Both Nova and Fister will making their first postseason starts.
Nova vs. Tigers: 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 K
Fister vs. Yankees: 1-2, 6.00, 10 K in 18.0 IP

Sun., 10/2/11 : OFF-DAY

Mon., 10/3/11, 8:37PM EST – Comerica Park

Freddy Garcia (12-8, 3.62) vs. Max Scherzer (15-9, 4.43)

Garcia career postseason: 6-2, 3.11, 45 K in 55.0 IP (9 starts)
Garcia vs. Tigers: 18-8, 3.88, 172 K in 213.1 IP
Scherzer will be making his first postseason start.
Scherzer vs. Yankees: 3-0, 2.84, 21 K in 19.0 IP

Tues., 10/4/11, Time TBD – Comerica Park (if necessary)


Wed., 10/5/11 : OFF-DAY

Thurs., 10/6/11, Time TBD – Yankee Stadium (if necessary)


Yankees Mailbag Post-Season Edition: 9/30/11

Hello there Yankees fans! And welcome to a special edition of Yankees Mailbag where you send in your questions and I answered them. Before we begin, let me recap what has happened since the last Yankees Mailbag. Yankees clinched the AL East, have the best record in the American League and get home-field advantage in the ALDS and the ALCS if they make it that far. Also the Rays had clinched the AL Wildcard while the Red Sox were eliminated and went home. Now that we got that covered let’s answer some questions!

Our first set of questions come from @PrimoBledBlue. He asked a couple of great questions and I will address them all here. His first question was:

Q: Which team would the Yankees be suitable facing in the postseason: Rangers or the Tigers?

A: Since the schedule was set and stone they will be facing the Tigers, but I was hoping that the Yankees would face the Rangers instead since they are 7-2 in the season series vs. the Rangers and the best part would have been no Cliff Lee. But the Yankees have to take what they can get and play the Tigers and hopefully they can send the Tigers home.

His second question was:

Q: For the ALDS, Should the Yankees have a 4 man starting rotation, which 4 would you select? (CC, Nova, Colon, Hughes…IMO)

A:  Well, for the 4 man rotation it would be difficult, since Colon hasn’t performed well, but if I was to choose the rotation for the 4 man, it would be CC, Nova, Garcia, Burnett. I would give Burnett the 4th spot in the rotation because he has pitched better as of late, and is not struggling like Bartolo Colon is. I would use Phil Hughes in the bullpen due to his back, and I feel that he can produce better in the bullpen than in the r0tation during the play-offs.

His third question was:

Q: Would you rather have Montero DH in the play-offs or Posada? Or both?

A:  I would choose both of them to DH during the play-offs. Montero would go vs. left handers and Posada would go vs. right handers. And it would be wrong not to give Jorge a spot on the roster, just saying. As you know by now, it has been announced that Posada will be the DH against Detroit’s right handers in the ALDS.

His 4th question was:

Q: Which team would you prefer making the AL Wildcard: The Red Sox, The Rays or the Angels

A: I wanted the Rays to win the AL Wildcard and I’m glad that they did make the Wildcard. I’m going to leave my dislike for the Red Sox out of this and just say that the Red Sox didn’t deserve to go to the play-offs. For crying out loud they only won 7 games out of the whole month of September. The Angels tried to mount a comeback vs. the Rays but the Rangers helped put a halt in that. But the Rays deserved to go, it would just be a shame if it came back to bite us.

His final question was

Q: Do you think A.J Burnett deserves a postseason start? Why or why not?

A: Burnett should be able to get a postseason start in my opinion. Burnett has pitched better than Phil Hughes and Bartolo Colon towards the end of the year and he had that very impressive outing last time around. (plus that one batter relief outing he had really impressed). So Burnett should get a start in the postseason. However, we now know that A.J. will be in the bullpen at least for the ALDS.

Our next question comes from these followers @Southyank, @Nick_Eustaquio, & @mannyberrios. They all asked the same question so I figured I would nip this one in the bud here. Here was the question.

Q: Who’s the #3 starter?

A: The #3 starter is Freddy Garcia. Colon hasn’t pitched well towards the end of the year, Burnett pitched to a batter yesterday so the pitcher would be Freddy Garcia. He has been the most consistent besides Nova (CC hasn’t been very consistent in September). Burnett would probably pitch in relief or if the Yankees needed an emergency starter, that is where Burnett would come in.

Our next question comes from @ehom87. He asked:

Q: Will Valdes be the 2nd lefty in the bullpen on the postseason roster?

A:  Unfortunately Valdes wasn’t picked to be on the postseason roster for the ALDS series. The Yankees are going to have him go to Tampa so he can work on throwing and if the Yankees play the Rangers in the ALCS then Valdes will come back, but as of right now Valdes didn’t make the cut.

The next question comes from @tazc23. She asked 3 questions so I am going to answer them. Her first question was:

Q: How did the Yankees feel about Betances’s first pitching outing? I know it was short.

A: The Yankees figured that Betances was nervous, which was why he had a 27.00 ERA going into Game 162 vs. the Rays. But Girardi liked his pitches. He just feels that Betances could work on it a bit more which is what the off-season and Spring Training is for.

Her second question was:

Q: In A.J’s last outing vs. the Red Sox did he approach the game differently, or was it because the Red Sox were playing bad?

A: Burnett did approach the game differently. He felt that the game v.s the Red Sox was a tryout for him to make the postseason roster, and Burnett did pitch outstanding. Burnett pitched well against the Red Sox when they were in Fenway in late August, but Burnett had a no-decision. I think the Red Sox slumping had something to do with it, but Burnett looked extremely sharp, and his breaking ball was working for him.

Her final question was this:

Q: What did Seattle do to A-Rod for his initiation? 

A:  Unfortunately I searched for hours on this but found nothing. Apparently some things pre-Yankees you will never find out about.

Our final question comes from @Baseballblahs. His question was:

Q: Does A-Rod’s health questions change the roster at all?

A:  It might, since there is no time-able on A-Rod’s return. After working with Kevin Long before the Rays game he had hit another setback which could ultimately decide what happens to him and the Yankees from here on out. I wouldn’t expect a dramatic roster change, but A-Rod might not be in the games like we all want him to be.

That’s all the questions I got for this Yankees Mailbag! If you have any questions, just send them to my Twitter @dfiregirl4 and I will make sure to answer them in the next Yankees Mailbag.

ALDS Roster Finalized


by Mike D.

The ALDS roster has been finalized and announced. Here it is:

Infielders / DH

#1) Mark Teixeira
#2) Robinson Cano
#3) Derek Jeter
#4) Alex Rodriguez
#5) Eric Chavez
#6) Eduardo Nunez
#7) Russell Martin
#8) Jesus Montero
#9) Jorge Posada


#10) Brett Gardner
#11) Curtis Granderson
#12) Nick Swisher
#13) Andruw Jones
#14) Chris Dickerson

Starting Pitchers

#15) C.C. Sabathia
#16) Ivan Nova
#17) Freddy Garcia

Relief Pitchers

#18) Mariano Rivera
#19) David Robertson
#20) Rafael Soriano
#21) Boone Logan
#22) Phil Hughes
#23) A.J. Burnett
#24) Cory Wade
#25) Luis Ayala

Comparing Tigers vs. Yankees Hitters

Just an article all about stats.   I’m going to show you the stats for the main hitters for both teams thanks to baseball-reference.com   Enjoy

Tigers Team Batting

C Alex Avila* 63 137 33 4 19 82 3 73 131 .295 .506
1B Miguel Cabrera 111 197 48 0 30 105 2 108 89 .344 .586
2B Ramon Santiago# 29 67 11 3 5 30 0 17 38 .260 .384
SS Jhonny Peralta 68 157 25 3 21 86 0 40 95 .299 .478
3B Brandon Inge 29 53 10 2 3 23 1 24 74 .197 .283
LF Brennan Boesch* 75 121 25 1 16 54 5 35 83 .283 .458
CF Austin Jackson 90 147 22 11 10 45 22 56 181 .249 .374
RF Magglio Ordonez 33 84 10 0 5 32 2 23 41 .255 .331
DH Victor Martinez# 76 178 40 0 12 103 1 46 51 .330 .470
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/29/2011.

Yankees Team Batting

3B Alex Rodriguez 67 103 21 0 16 62 4 47 80 .276 .461
LF Brett Gardner* 87 132 19 8 7 36 49 60 93 .259 .369
SS Derek Jeter 84 162 24 4 6 61 16 46 81 .297 .388
CF Curtis Granderson* 136 153 26 10 41 119 25 85 169 .262 .552
2B Robinson Cano* 104 188 46 7 28 118 8 38 96 .302 .533
RF Nick Swisher# 81 137 30 0 23 85 2 95 125 .260 .449
1B Mark Teixeira# 90 146 26 1 39 111 4 76 110 .248 .494
DH Jorge Posada# 34 81 14 0 14 44 0 39 76 .235 .398
C Russell Martin 57 99 17 0 18 65 8 50 81 .237 .408
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/29/2011.

Morning Bits: Teixeira, Girardi, A-Rod, Bullpen, Burnett

Well today is the day most Yankee fans couldn’t wait for.  Tonight the Yankees enter the postseason.  Verlander vs C.C.    Should be one hell of a game.  I hope everyone enjoys the weekend and enjoys the game tonight.

and here are your morning links.

*Mark Teixeira does not like the idea of adding more playoff teams.

* Good news Girardi says A-Rod can play everyday in the playoffs.

* MLB/TBS announce playoff schedule and announcers.

* Yankees bullpen is the key to October run.

* Girardi will rely on Burnett out of the bullpen in the ALDS.

I kinda like the ALDS Logo alot.