Daily Archives: April 10, 2012

Minor Night Cap 4/10/12

Empire State Yankees 2-0 Suspended after 4innings

PTF Romine (DL) Notes: Colin Curtis and Doug Bernier each had a hit and an RBI.

PTF Dellin Betances (N/A)

Ramon Ortiz 4.0 1 0 0 2 5 0 0.00

Trenton Thunder L 7-1

PTF Zolio Almonte – 4 AB’s 1 Run 2 Hits 1K .381 AVG Notes: Just a couple scattered hits.

PTF Brett Marshall (N/A)

Craig Heyer (L, 0-1) 4.2 5 2 1 2 3 0 1.93
Michael Dubee 0.2 0 0 0 3 2 0 0.00
Lee Hyde 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Preston Claiborne 1.1 2 5 0 3 2 0 0.00
Kelvin Perez 1.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00

Tampa Yankees W 5-4

PTF J.R. Murphy – 4 AB’s 1 Hit 1 RBI .222 Avg  Notes: Eduardo Sosa and Rob Segedin both had 3 hits.

PTF Nik Turley (N/A)

Michael O’Brien (W, 1-0) 5.2 2 1 1 1 8 0 1.59
Branden Pinder 2.0 6 3 3 0 3 0 6.75
Mark Montgomery (S, 1) 1.1 0 0 0 0 3 0 7.71

Charleston River Dogs L 2-0

PTF Dante Bichette Jr. 3 AB’s 0 Hits 1 K. .300 Avg.  Notes: Only 4 hits all singles by four different players.  Tyler Austin had an outfield assist.

PTF Bryan Mitchell (N/A)

William Oliver (L, 0-1) 5.0 5 1 1 1 3 0 1.80
Ben Paullus 2.0 2 1 1 1 2 0 2.25
Philip Wetherell 2.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.00

Game 5 Lineup: Yankees @ Orioles

Lineup vs. Orioles:

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Freddy Garcia

Start Time: 7:05pm
Field: Camden Yards
T.V: MY9, MLB Network
Radio: WCBS

Pregame Notes:

Andy Pettitte is slated to pitch again on Sunday. He pitched last night giving up 1 run on 2 hit ball in 3 innings. For Pettitte it is all about taking it step by step.

— Russell Martin wasn’t quite sure what happened between him and Robert Andino towards the end of the game. This was what he said to the media: “Um, I don’t remember what happened at the end there. A little yapping session towards the end. Nothing crazy. … Probably maybe a look that I gave him. Maybe he didn’t like the way I looked at him or something. I don’t really know. … I think he was inviting me to a sparring session next offseason by the way. I don’t know. I’ll get his number. We’ll talk it over later.”

Enjoy the game everyone!

Resting Jeter And A-Rod – Good Or Bad?

It’s been emphasized time and time again this year, that the aging superstars Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez need rest and won’t be playing every day of the week, as they once did for many years. With both being on the wrong side of 30 and production dropping considerably, Joe Girardi believes the more rest the better for the (it’s debatable) future Hall-of-Famers.

As evident in the opening games of the season, Girardi seems to be serious about his plan to rest the veterans, as in just the second game of the season, Jeter was at DH with Nunez at shortstop. And last night, A-Rod was the DH with Nunez playing third. Joe recently said that this cycle of resting A-Rod and Jeter will continue throughout the season, primarily when the Yankees face lefties.

And that’s where I got a little thrown off and of course questioned Joe’s decision. Take Braves third basemen Chipper Jones. Still the third basemen yet being 40 years old, Chipper has played only 10 games as the DH since 2007, when he was 35. Though facing injuries including one right now that sidelined him for the beginning of the season, when healthy and playing third Chipper still is able to put up productive numbers in the middle of Atlanta’s lineup.

Who can’t say the same about Jeter and A-Rod? In 2010 at age 36, Jeet played in 157 games. 157. He batted .270, but nonetheless still played in the majority of the games and at shortstop. I really don’t understand why Joe thinks resting them will boost their production. Maybe that’s not his idea, and it’s just to prevent injury.

But both Jeter and A-Rod are fit and healthy athletes, and in recent years they still played most of the games at their usual positions. I don’t like the idea, or pre-determined thought that once a player hits 35+ every move to his left or right could be a strained hamstring. It just makes no sense to me.

When the whole left side of the infield is resting or DH-ing every other game, it hurts the team as a whole more then it prevents hurting Rodriguez and Jeter. You want the most experienced, battle-tested, championship-winning players on the field, don’t you? Having Eduardo Nunez filling in every night for them is not something that I want to see, despite the Yankees ironically going on tears whenever he’s in the starting lineup day after day.

I have nothing against Nunez or Girardi, and maybe it’s just the simple bias Yankee fan who wants to see Jeter play every night. But either way, I feel that this system of rest is kind of corrupted, and is not the ideal way to play out the final seasons of two of baseball’s greatest figures.

Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Defense, Girardi, Jeter, A-Rod

Good Afternoon and welcome to another issue of Spanning the Yankee Blogs.   I scan the best from the week and bring them to you in one article.  Away we go….

* An A-blog for A-Rod has a nice article filled with stats on the shift in defending the Yankees.

* Bleeding Yankee Blue looks into if we have the modern day Mantle and Maris.

* Bomber Boulevard looks into the 2012 Season for five areas of success.

* Bronx Baseball Daily writes it’s no time to panic but concerns of a slow start.

* It’s about the Money Stupid is defending Joe Girardi.

* Lady Loves Pinstripes asks if the Yankees are in trouble.

* New York Baseball Digest has the charm of John & Suzyn.

* NYY Universe has 25 questions for the 25 players.

* Pinstripe Alley is worrying about and trying to figure out Joe Girardi.

* River Ave Blues has a full view of Girardi’s rotating DH plan.

* Sliding into Home has an article why Giambi wasn’t a bust.

* The Captain’s Blog writes “No Defense” for Girardi’s plan to rest Yankees’ veterans.

* The Greedy Pinstripes has a nice interview with former Yankee farmhand Mitch Hilligoss

* The Yankee Analysts writes Sometime soon, it may be time to get excited about Bryan Mitchell.

* Yanks Go Yard has some thoughts on resting Jeter and A-Rod.

Morning Bits: Pettitte, Nova, Jeter, Martin

Good Morning all nice to see a win last night for the team.   They do it again tonight at the same time.

— Here is a nice plug if you are looking for tickets for the Yankees or other teams such as the Cubs.

Mark Feinsand of The Daily News reports that Andy Pettitte “feels good” after minor league start.

Daniel Barbarisi of The Wall Street Journal writes that the Yankees are battling a shifting tide.

Mark Simon from ESPN Stats has a closer look at Nova’s win.

Andrew Marchand of ESPN says Jeter still sets the tone for the Yankees.

Bryan Hoch of mlb.com has the story of the words between Andino & Martin at the end of the game.

Super Nova makes dazzling debut as Yankees beat Orioles 6-2

The Yankees (1-3) knew that it wasn’t a time to panic when they entered Camden Yards. The Yankees had been 0-3 before in 1998 which led them to the World Series later that year. Tonight as they faced Brian Matusz on the mound, the Yankees bats were alive and Ivan Nova dazzled as the Yankees defeated the Orioles (3-1) 6-2.

SUPER NOVA DAZZLED: Ivan Nova had all of his pitches working for him. He had the dancing slider, the dancing curveball and he was able to spot his fastball on both sides of the strike zone. Although Nova gave up 10 hits, the 10 hits didn’t matter since all the Orioles were able to get were a measly 2 runs.

JETER GOES 4-4: Derek Jeter continues his hot hitting for the Yankees, going 4-4 in the game. Jeter raised his batting average to .412 and Jeter doesn’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon.

GARDNER MAKES A CASE: Brett Gardner wasn’t originally in the Yankees lineup vs. Brian Matusz but he came in the game in the bottom of the 6th inning as a defensive replacement. His offense and defense was impressive today as he went 1 for 2 with a SB and an RBI. Gardner also made a catch that not many other outfielders in the game could have made to end the game for Mariano Rivera. Maybe Girardi might want to reconsider having him in the lineup more often.

ROBERTSON GETS A BIRTHDAY APPEARANCE: On David Robertson‘s 26th Birthday last year, he was able to get the relief win for the Yankees. On David Robertson‘s 27th Birthday, he made an 8th inning relief appearance and although Robertson was in a little jam, he was able to get out of it with 2 strikeouts and a ground ball. (Oh, and the fact that he was able to make Nick Markakis argue with the home plate umpire was an amusing bonus for Yankees fans.)

GRANDERSON’S BAT IS ICE COLD: Curtis Granderson started last season with red hot hitting, but this season started out with an ice cold bat. Granderson was 1 for 4 with a BB but his overall average is .188. We all know Granderson is better than this. All he has to do is figure out how to not hit into the shift and everything will work out fine.

PETTITTE HAS ANOTHER OUTING: No, Andy Pettitte isn’t in the Bronx, but he made an outing for the Tampa Yankees and I must say it was quite impressive. His final line was: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 K, 0 BB. Looks like Andy Pettitte will be in the Bronx before we know it. No word when his next start is.

WHAT’S NEXT: Game 2 in Camden Yards will have Freddy Garcia on the mound making his season debut! Hopefully the Yankees can continue their hitting and get another win vs. the Orioles! The game is on MY9 tomorrow at 7:05pm.

YANKEES FACT: After tonight’s win, the Yankees are 101-55 in Camden Yards.