Daily Archives: April 8, 2012
Empire State YankeesW 10-0
The Empire Yankees finally put up a bunch of runs. They had two doubles by both Dickerson and Laird. Jack Cust had a four hit and four RBI day. DJ Mitchell (if you don’t know he is my favorite guy in AAA) did a nice job check his stats below.
|D.J. Mitchell (W, 1-0)||5.0||1||0||0||1||4||0||0.00|
Charleston River Dogs W 1-0
Only 5 hits by the River Dogs by only three players. Two each were by Dante Bichette Jr & Casey Stevenson. Mason Williams has the other hit as well as a stolen base. This was the third night that the River Dogs won a one run game. Mitchell went six innings shutting out the Braves on one hit and one walk with six strikeouts, facing just one batter over the minimum.
|Fred Lewis (W, 1-0)||1.0||1||0||0||1||1||0||0.00|
|Zachary Varce (H, 1)||1.0||0||0||0||1||1||0||0.00|
|Pedro Guerra (S, 1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
Opening Day is supposed to be the beginning of another glorious season. It was supposed to symbolize that baseball was back, the cold winters were over and that Spring and Summer were on it’s way. The Yankees wanted to give their team the win on Opening Day and everything looked good so far–until the Yankees reached the bottom of the first inning and were in a bit of a pickle. CC Sabathia didn’t have his fast ball command and Joe Girardi thought of the match-up to get out of the inning: walk Sean Rodriguez with the bases loaded and go to Carlos Pena. Girardi figured that Pena is an either/or kind of player; he can either strike out or he can hit the ball out of the park. With CC Sabathia struggling with his fastball command, Girardi should have known better than to let Sabathia face Carlos Pena. Pena hit a grand slam in the 1st inning on a fastball that was over the plate.
When the Yankees came back and had the lead 6-5 at the time, everyone let that go a bit–until the bottom of the 9th occurred and Mariano Rivera was in a pickle. Once again, Joe Girardi over-managed. He went onto the field and told Mariano Rivera to walk both Evan Longoria & Luke Scott to have the bases loaded. Mariano was able to get Sean Rodriguez on a strikeout, but Carlos Pena once again hurt the Yankees and won on Opening Day for the Rays.
Throughout the 9th inning, I questioned myself; did Joe learn anything from the first inning? Apparently he learned nothing. I feel that Joe Girardi goes with his binder a lot during the season. I don’t know when Girardi is going to learn that the binder is just a piece of paper full of statistics that mean absolutely nothing in the game. Baseball is a game of chance, so you can’t go with hardcore statistics in a game because it might not work out for you. Opening Day was the prime example of baseball being that game of chance.
Girardi had a lot of habits that were pretty bad in 2011. One of them was once again the binder, replacing players that were working for him with struggling players because of match-up numbers. He also had the habit of imploding A.J Burnett when Burnett was on the team. Girardi’s over-managing cost the Yankees in the 2011 ALDS and it might not look good for Girardi if he over-manages in 2012.
But to be fair, is it too early to say that Girardi will cost the Yankees a World Series? Yeah, it’s a little too early. How about this though. Ask me that same question in October and I’ll have an answer for you.
Let’s try this again Yankees, shall we?
Lineup vs. Rays:
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher DH
Raul Ibanez RF
Brett Gardner LF
Chris Stewart C
RHP Phil Hughes vs. RHP Jeremy Hellickson
Start Time: 1:40pm
Field: Tropicana Field
T.V: YES Network
Enjoy the game everyone!
Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Take these lyrics by Bob Marley to heart Yankees fans. Everything will be okay.
I admit, these first two games have been extremely painful to watch. I’ve have had my share of swearing at the TV screen and hiding my face in my hands, be it for Joe Girardi’s horrible managing or the umpires that seemingly were bribed by the Rays. Either way, the opening to this season has been difficult to witness and of course leaves many fans in doubt and despair.
But when I hear debates of “is Mariano Rivera done?”, “are the Yankees in trouble”, and especially, “can the Mets go all the way?” I laugh them off. It’s 2 games people. 2 GAMES! It’s incredible how much people can judge on such a small sample size. And ironically, I want to be a sports writer, whose job is to stir up stories and worries like this early on.
And when I think back, there are a ton of teams – World Series champion teams – that went through rough starts, be it two games, or two months. For example, the 1998 Yankees. Ya know, the one that’s considered arguably the best team in baseball history? They started off 1-4 in ’98, and looked like one of the worst teams through the first week. Yet we all know what followed – 125 wins, Chad Curtis, sweeps, etc.
Another example is the more recent champs – the 2009 Yanks. They lost 2 of 3 (I was at game 2) to the Orioles in their opening series, then went on to lose the first game at the new Yankee Stadium, and get crushed 22-4 by the Indians. 103 wins and 19 walk off wins later, the Yankees were World Champions. Who here even remembers their slow start? I kinda didn’t until thinking about it.
In general, the Yankees aren’t falling off the face of the earth. Hiroki Kuroda is not already a bust. And the Mets aren’t going to make the playoffs. It’s been two games people. Come on. Give it a little time, and maybe as soon as tonight – the Yankees will right the ship. Trust me, it’s been rocked plenty times before.
Hiroki Kuroda was slated to make his Yankees debut against the potent Rays lineup but he was tentative and struggled with command as the Yankees once again fell to the Rays in Game 2 of the 3 game set.
THE GOOD: Derek Jeter was 2 for 4 in the game as well as Curtis Granderson. Raul Ibanez (who came in to replace Andruw Jones) had yet another RBI. The Yankees rallied for 4 runs with 3 of them coming from a Nick Swisher HR in the ninth inning.
THE BAD: Hiroki Kuroda was very tentative in his 6 innings of work. Kuroda didn’t have good numbers against left handed batters and was the victim of the Luke Scott slug fest. Clay Rapada didn’t do any better, giving up 2 runs against right handed hitters even though his numbers vs. right handers are atrocious. Alex Rodriguez (once again) ended the game but this time it was a ground out unlike the last time he ended a game. Also there was the poor managing of Joe Girardi. Girardi allowed his pitchers to struggle before going to the bullpen (including Rapada). If this is going to be a continuing factor throughout the year then I don’t like it.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees are attempting to avoid a series sweep by sending the new and improved Phil Hughes on the mound. He will face off against the 2011 ROY Jeremy Hellickson. The game is at 1:40pm on YES Network.