Daily Archives: April 5, 2012
Empire State Yankees L 3-0
Not a good start for the team with a new name. Only one hit for the team by Raymond Kruml who hit a double. Pena had an error on a throw.
|Manny Delcarmen (L, 0-1)||1.2||1||3||1||4||2||0||5.40|
Trenton Thunder L 5-3
Doubles: Mustelier (1, Hutchison), Almonte, A (1, Hutchison). Rbi’s: Mustelier (1), Mesa 2 (2). Zolio Almonte had 4 Strikeouts. Ouch!
|Shaeffer Hall (L, 0-1)||4.0||7||4||3||2||3||0||6.75|
Tampa Yankees L 8-5
Kelvin Castro had 2 hits in the game. Players to have RBI’s were Castro, K (1), Mojica (1), Murphy, JR (1), Roller (1).
|Vidal Nuno (L, 0-1)||2.0||4||2||2||0||2||0||9.00|
Charleston River Dogs was suspended because of rain
Mason Williams did lead off with a triple though. Oh well.
Friday, 4/16/12, 3:10pm ET
Pitching for the Yankees: C.C. Sabathia
Spring Training Numbers: 0-1, 5.00 ERA, 13 K, 21 H in 18.0 IP
Pitching for the Rays: James Shields
Spring Training Numbers: 3-0, 2.08 ERA, 23 K, 19 H in 21.2 IP
Saturday, 4/17/12, 7:10pm ET
Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda
Spring Training Numbers: 2-1, 2.92 ERA, 17 K, 23 H in 24.2 IP
Pitching for the Rays: David Price
Spring Training Numbers: 1-0, 3.13 ERA, 23 K, 20 H in 23.0 IP
Sunday, 4/18/12, 1:40pm ET
Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes
Spring Training Numbers: 0-1, 1.56 ERA, 12 K, 16 H in 17.1 IP
Pitching for the Rays: Jeremy Hellickson
Spring Training Numbers: 0-2, 9.00 ERA, 10 K, 33 H in 20.0 IP
Best of the Spring:
— Alex Rodriguez – .300 AVG / .390 OBP / .520 SLG, 2 HR, 14 RBI in 50 AB (19 games)
— Curtis Granderson – .383 AVG / .500 OBP / .723 SLG, 2 HR, 7 RBI in 47 AB (19 games)
Weakest of the Spring:
— Raul Ibanez – .150 AVG / .190 OBP / .333 SLG, 3 HR, 10 RBI in 60 AB (21 games)
— Brett Gardner – .214 AVG / .313 OBP / .286 SLG, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 8 SB, 0 CS in 56 AB (21 games)
Best of the Spring:
— Desmond Jennings – .327 AVG / .377 OBP / .531 SLG, 3 HR, 7 RBI in 49 AB (16 games)
— Evan Longoria – .283 AVG / .340 OBP / .609 SLG, 4 HR, 9 RBI in 46 AB (16 games)
Weakest of the Spring:
— Matt Joyce – .156 AVG / .229 OBP / .313 SLG, 3 HR, 7 RBI in 64 AB (23 games)
— Carlos Pena – .107 AVG / .254 OBP / .214 SLG, 1 HR, 2 RBI in 56 AB (20 games)
And with this series, regular season Yankees baseball is back! Enjoy!
The 2012 MLB season is now underway. The start of each season brings with it a plethora of changes and this season is no different. The names Reyes, Pujols, and Fielder are on the back of different colored jerseys than they were last season. The playoffs have been expanded to include an extra wild card team in each division. Terry Francona will be calling games from the television booth instead of the Fenway dugout. There’s a new stadium in Miami and Ozzie Guillen will be in the dugout there instead of in Chicago. Changes everywhere you look.
One of the things that hasn’t changed is the American League East being the most powerful division in baseball. In addition to the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays the Toronto Blue Jays appear to be creeping closer to bridging the gap with those teams and could be a serious contender for a playoff position.
With all of these teams having a valid and legitimate chance to make the postseason and with the winning of the division taking on more importance under the new playoff system, never has it been more important for the Yankees to get off to a good start.
We all know the old standby clichés that get tossed around after a slow start. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint”, “It’s a long season”, etc. Recent history in the AL East suggests that those clichés may not be accurate.
Since the Rays emerged as a constant threat in the AL East in 2008, the need for a fast start has become obvious. When the Yankees and Red Sox were dueling each other for a long stretch of time it was easier to start slow and make up ground. The reason for this was quite obvious, the teams in between either team were going to be easy to pass over time. Not anymore folks, getting by the Rays, Red Sox, and Blue Jays will require winning streaks rather than counting on any of those teams to just collapse. This year the AL East will become ever more challenging because of the looming threat that Toronto has become. You now have four teams doing battle for the division and against one another for one or even both of the AL wildcard spots and that is going to lead to pressure every step of the way.