Daily Archives: March 21, 2012

Hughes looks sharp as Yankees beat Rays 5-2

Phil Hughes did what he had to do. He went 5 innings, he made it to his pitch count, his velocity was good and he had command of his pitches in a Yankees 5-2 victory over the Rays.

Hughes’s only mistake was a hanging breaking ball for Matt Joyce which resulted in a 2 run homer. Other than that, Hughes was sharp and has proven that he is a contender for one of the spots in the rotation. Clay Rapada went an inning without giving up a run on 2 K’s, Cesar Cabral (1-0) had an impressive afternoon with 2 innings and 6 K’s & Mike O’Connor had 1 strikeout in one inning pitched without giving up a run.

THE GOOD: Justin Maxwell continues to hit the ball hard, going 1 for 2 with an RBI, Mark Teixeira was on base 2 out of 3 times & Robinson Cano was 1 for 3, Alex Rodriguez was 1 for 2 with a walk & Cole Garner was 1 for 3 with 2 runs scored.

THE BAD: There wasn’t really anything bad about today. Yankees just had a bit of trouble scoring late.

WHAT’S NEXT: Brett Gardner & Curtis Granderson are slated to make the trip to Ft. Meyers to face the Boston Red Sox in a Spring Training rematch. The game will be on ESPN & also on YES Network (choose YES Network if you can). David Phelps will get the start while CC Sabathia pitches in a minor league game.

O/U: Pineda and Nova

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Player: Michael Pineda

Stat: Strikeouts

O/U: 190

Report: Pineda has been a highly polarizing player for the Yankees this spring. A lot of Yankee fans seem to be down on this kid and are already calling this trade a bust.  People really need to take a step off the ledge. We really cannot judge this trade for about 5 years since this trade was not just about this year. He is only 22, is still developing, and its only spring training. Can we at least wait until the year starts before we get serious about evaluating players? For example Roy Halladay’s velocity has been down for Philadelphia and people are not freaking out. I am not comparing the two pitchers at all please do not accuse me of that. My point is some pitchers take time to build up arm strength.  Do I like that he came in overweight? No, but unfortunately he is not the first guy(ex: CC and Hughes). I watched him for extensively for the first time last night and I saw things he can build on. I am not really concerned about the velocity. He hit 93 pretty regularly and touched 94 at times, which is what you would expect in the beginning of the game in the regular season let alone spring training. I could also tell he was holding back a little in my eyes anyway. The 1st inning his location was hideous and it got him into big trouble. However, the next two innings he located his fastball, got ahead of hitters, and mixed up his pitches well enough to strike out 5 out of 6 batters. It was really a great sign that he made adjustments so quickly. That is impressive for such a young pitcher.  He seems to be really improving his changeup and trusting it more. His slider is a true put away pitch.  Anyway Pineda struck out 173 batters in 171 innings last season. So projecting an added total of 20 innings I think 190 is a good number for his O/U for strikeouts.

The Verdict: I think with Pineda’s secondary pitches continuing to improve and giving hitters something else to worry about that he gets to 190 strikeouts.

The Player: Ivan Nova

Stat: ERA

O/U: 3.95

The Report: I am not as optimistic about Nova as I am Pineda. I still believe Nova will turn out to be a solid long term starter for the Yankees. I still loved the mental toughness he displayed last season and the potential for his stuff to improve. However, I can see a little step back this year. It has nothing to do with how he has looked this spring, but because he outperformed his peripheral numbers last year by a good deal. Nova’s FIP was 4.10 compared to his 3.70 ERA.  What is really troubling was his 5.51 K/9 compared to his 3.10 BB/9. That must improve if he is going to sustain his success from last year. What helped him out last year was his .283 BABIP against him and his 52.7 GB %. He will really need the development of his slider to continue this year.

The Verdict: I will say over with his ERA being around the 4.05 to 4.10 area.

So what do you guys think? O/U 190 K’s for Pineda? O/U 3.95 ERA for Nova? Give me your thoughts.

Yankee Book Giveaway

I am pleased to announce that we are giving away a book from Triumph Books written by Author David Fischer.  The book is titled “100 Things Yankees Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die”

All you need to do to enter is sign up for our email subscription located on the right hand side of the page. (Under the comments)  The deadline is Friday at 1pm.   All new email signups will be put into a hat and one winner will be chosen.   The winner will be contacted through email that they won and asked for an address to send the copy to.

Good Luck to all!!!

Here is the info of the book.

100 Things Yankees Fans

Should Know & Do Before They Die

By David Fischer


Most Yankees fans have taken in a game or two at Yankee Stadium, seen highlights of a young Don Mattingly, and have heard the story of the team’s dramatic run to the 1978 World Series.But only real fans know the Yanks origins as the Highlanders, were lucky enough to hear Mel Allen’s great calls,or have visited the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore.

100 Things Yankees Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by David Fischer reveals the most critical moments and important facts about past and present players, coaches, and teams that are part of the storied history that is Yankees baseball. Scattered throughout the pages, you’ll find pep talks, records, and Yankees lore to test your knowledge, including:

§         Numbers with huge impact such as 3, 7, and 56

§         Famous nicknames like Babe, Iron Man, Louisiana Lightning and Yankee Clipper

§         The story behind the Bleacher Creatures and Roll Call

§         The infamous Peterson-Kekich family swap

Whether you’re a die-hard fan from the days of Casey Stengel and Mickey Mantle or a new supporter of Joe Girardi and Derek Jeter, this book contains all of the things Yanks fans should actually see and do in their lifetime.

If you bleed navy and white, then 100 Things Yankees Fans is for you. It offers the chance to be certain you are knowledgeable about the most important facts about the team, the traditions, and what being a Yankees fan is all about.

About the Author:

David Fischer is the author of more than a dozen books on baseball, including The Story of the New York Yankees, The Ultimate Yankees Record Book, and A Yankee Stadium Scrapbook, as well as biographies of Babe Ruth and Alex Rodriguez. A longtime magazine writer, he is also a senior consultant for the Guinness Book of World Records. He lives in River Vale, New Jersey.

Spring Training: 3/21/12 Lineup

Lineup vs. Rays

Russell Martin, C
Robinson Cano, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Raul Ibanez, DH
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Dewayne Wise, CF
Cole Garner, LF
Chris Dickerson, RF

Phil Hughes RHP

Pregame Notes

Nick Swisher had stayed back at Steinbrenner Field today and will get treatment on his right groin.

— According to Bryan Hoch, Andy Pettitte seemed excited to be at Spring Training camp.

— Here is an interesting Tweet.


— Here’s a little treat for all the Yankees fans out there. Here is Andy Pettitte’s full press conference from yesterday!

Enjoy the game everyone!

Morning Bits: Jeter, Pettitte, Swisher, Marakovits

Good morning all.  The bats were alive in last night’s game which was great to see.  Let’s get right to the links.

* Derek Jeter remained out of the game with a calf injury.

* Bradley from the Star Ledger writes that Pettitte’s feeling about being with the Yankees again is weird.

* As we mentioned yesterday Meredith Marakovits is the new replacement for Kim Jones on the Yes Network.

* The Yankees Homecoming dinner is set for April 12th.

* Bryan Hoch of mlb.com reports that impressive Pettitte wows Yanks on the mound.

* Swisher exited his first game back with a groin injury.

Cashman on the Andy Pettitte signing