Daily Archives: April 12, 2012

Minor Night Cap: Tyler Austin, Dante Bichette Jr., Banuelos,

Empire State Yankees W 7-2

PTF Romine (DL) Notes: Kevin Russo had two hits.  Steve Pearce had a homerun.  Colin Curtis walked an impressive five times in the game.

PTF Dellin Betances (N/A)

Manny Banuelos 2.0 3 2 2 6 0 0 10.13
Pat Venditte 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6.00
Manny Delcarmen (W, 1-1) 3.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1.35
Cody Eppley 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0.00
Kevin Whelan 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00

Trenton Thunder L 6-1

PTF Zolio Almonte – 3 AB’s 1BB 3 K’s.  Notes: Only 6 hits by 3 players (Ibarra, Mahoney, Mustelier).  Mesa had an outfield assist.

PTF Brett Marshall – Not a good start for our player to follow.

Brett Marshall (L, 1-1) 4.1 9 5 5 2 5 1 6.75
Michael Dubee 0.2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.00
Lee Hyde 1.0 1 1 0 1 2 0 0.00
Kelvin Perez 2.0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0.00

Tampa Yankees W 5-4

PTF J.R. Murphy – 4 AB’s 2 Runs 3 hits (Double, Homer) 2 RBI’s.  Notes: Jose Mojica also had 3 hits. Roller and Sosa each had two hits.

PTF Nik Turley (N/A)

Shane Greene 4.1 4 4 3 2 1 0 3.86
Kramer Sneed 2.2 1 0 0 2 3 0 0.00
Manuel Barreda (W, 1-0) 1.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 18.00
Rigoberto Arrebato (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2.70

Charleston River Dogs W 9-3

PTF Dante Bichette Jr. 4 AB’s 2 Runs 3 hits 1 Run 1BB.  Notes: Mason Williams had a stolen bases as well as 2 hits and an RBI.  The Star of the game was Tyler Austin who had 2 homers and 3 RBI’s.  If you aren’t following Austin you better start soon as he is starting off this season red hot.

PTF Bryan Mitchell (Pitches tomorrow)

Caleb Cotham (W, 1-0) 5.0 6 2 2 0 1 1 3.00
Wilton Rodriguez 3.0 1 1 0 0 4 0 0.00
Mariel Checo 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 3.00

Yankees Live Chat

To go to the live chat, please Click Here

Series Preview: Yankees vs. Angels | 4/13/12-4/15/12

Pitching Matchups

Friday, 4/13/12, 1:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda
Last Start: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, .333 BAA

Pitching for the Angels: Ervin Santana
Last Start: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, .304 BAA

Saturday, 4/14/12, 1:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes
Last Start: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, .263 BAA

Pitching for the Angels: C.J. Wilson
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, .136 BAA

Sunday, 4/15/12, 8:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, .345 BAA

Pitching for the Angels: Jerome Williams – Williams missed much of Spring Training with a hamstring injury and made two Minor League rehab outings recently. Last year, in 44 IP Williams had a 3.68 ERA, 5.73 K/9, 3.07 BB/9, and 4.62 FIP.

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

— Derek Jeter – 10 for 27 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB so far

— Brett Gardner – 6 for 17 with 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB so far

Who’s Not

— Alex Rodriguez – 4 for 23 with 2 doubles, 5 BB, 6 K so far

— Mark Teixeira – 5 for 25 with 1 RBI, 6 BB, 6 K so far

LAA Offense

Who’s Hot

— Torii Hunter – 8 for 25 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI, 1 BB so far

— Peter Bourjos – 5 for 17 with 1 HR, 1 double, 6 RBI, 1 SB so far

Who’s Not

— Erick Aybar – 4 for 19 with 4 RBI, 3 K so far

— Howie Kendrick – 5 for 24 with 2 BB, 6 K, 2 SB so far

Enjoy the home opening series!!

Is David Phelps another David Robertson?

When the Yankees brought in David Phelps to be in the Yankees bullpen, I figured that the Yankees were using him to get more pitching depth. With Cesar Cabral on the DL and Clay Rapada taking another spot, the Yankees needed to fill the other spot in the bullpen. While watching the game on Tuesday, David Phelps came in the game and retired 7 batters, four of them on strike outs. While watching Phelps, he reminded me somewhat of the Yankees 8th inning man; David Robertson. Why you ask?

Yankees RHP David Phelps

1. Movement: David Phelps’s pitches had a nasty factor & they were very effective in his outing, sort of like David Robertson’s. Although David Phelps doesn’t throw as hard as David Robertson does, he was working the inside corner and the outside corner. Vs. left handed hitters he worked the ball inside so the ball would be in on the hands. For right handed hitters, he threw the ball over the plate but gave top spin to the baseball which fooled the hitters, the same way that David Robertson does when fooling batters.

2. Strikeouts: David Robertson & David Phelps have another thing in common; they are both strikeout pitchers. Robertson had 100 K’s last season and started this season off strong with 6 strikeouts in 3 games. David Phelps is on an equally strong start, playing 2 games and striking out 5. Looks like Robertson have some competition for strikeouts.

Yankees RHP David Robertson

Although David Robertson & David Phelps have somewhat the same qualities, they also have their differences. David Phelps in his 2 short career appearances for the Yankees has had 2 hit-less consecutive innings while David Robertson has never had 2 hit-less consecutive innings.

Another difference between Phelps & Robertson is Robertson tends to walk a lot of batters which is fine if you don’t give up runs but it tends to put the “stress out” factor on him. Robertson has to end up being “Houdini” and making base runners disappear. Phelps comes after hitters and throws consistent strikes. Phelps in 3 innings pitched has not walked a batter.

Again, the sample numbers are small but Robertson & Phelps have things in common which might turn Phelps into the next 100 K dealer for the Yankees. Originally, David Phelps is a starter but he can come out of the bullpen or in the future he could nab a rotation spot for the Yankees. No matter whether in the bullpen or in the rotation, David Phelps will be a star…even if he’s compared to D-Rob from time to time.

Morning Bits: State of the Yankees, Posada, Rivera

How Sweep It Is!!!!!  Things are looking up for the ball club as they have won 3 in a row.  Not all the wins have been convincing though and the starting pitching still is not in full form yet.   Today is an off day before the home opener.   Make sure you stop by later tonight as Delia will be hosting a Live Chat.

On to the links…..

— ESPN’s Andrew Marchand has the state of the Yankees.

— 100 Years ago the Yankee pinstripes were born.

Les Carpenter of Yahoo Sports writes that Mariano Rivera answers the call again for the Yankees.

Jorge Posada will be throwing out the first pitch on Friday for the home opener.

Mark Simon of ESPN Stats is at again this time taking a look at the road trip and the statistical mixed bag it was.

— For my prospect people Jose Campos was unhittable last night and has yet to give up an earned run this season.

— Trenton manager Tony Franklin earned his 1,000 win which is very impressive.

— The Charleston River Dogs rout Augusta 11-5 last night.

Swisher hits 2 run jack in 10th to give Yanks 6-4 win & series sweep

It was a cold, dark and somewhat rainy evening. The Yankees (3-3) were desperate for a series sweep. The Orioles (3-3) were desperate to stay alive in at least one game. In the end, Nick Swisher and his bat were the deciding factor of the game, giving the Yankees the sweep and the win in the 10th inning as the Yankees defeated the Orioles 6-4.

GRANDERSON WAKES UP: Curtis Granderson got his first two of three RBI’s of the 2012 season on a 2 run shot to Eutaw Street, giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead at the time. Granderson overall went 2 for 5 with 3 RBI’s.

SABATHIA STRUGGLES BUT KEEPS YANKS CLOSE: CC Sabathia struggled in his second start of the season on the cold night in Baltimore but as the ace he was able to keep the Yankees in the game to give them the chance to get the  lead. Sabathia had a no decision after 6 innings.

BIRTHDAY BOY GETS WHAT HE WANTED; HITS: Mark Teixeira was celebrating his 32nd Birthday and told everyone what he wanted for himself was a hit. Well, the Orioles gave Mark the best birthday gift ever; 2 hits. I’m sure Tex is feeling pretty good now.

“HOUDINI”…IN SORIANO?: Rafael Soriano came in the game tonight after cutting his finger yesterday and pitched…sort of like David Robertson. Soriano got himself into a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the 9th inning inning but (like his bullpen mate Robertson) he was able to get Adam Jones out which sent the Yankees to the 10th. Robertson was one of the many pitchers in the bullpen that didn’t pitch tonight.

MO GETS 605: Mariano Rivera notched his 605th career save tonight, getting his second save out of three tries. I expected nothing less from Mo, but just wondering…when Mo retires, will there be a t-shirt with the number of all of his saves? That would be an awesome collectors item.

WHAT’S NEXT: Well the Yankees (finally) come home to the Bronx but they do not play tomorrow. Tomorrow night the Yankees will reunite with former player Jorge Posada at the Homecoming dinner where Posada will get a special award. Gene Monahan is also slated to be there to reunite with his former team. Monahan retired at the end of last year. Friday is a day game at Yankee Stadium and the Yankees can start fresh now that they are .500. Hiroki Kuroda is slated to get the start.

AROUND THE AMERICAN LEAGUE: Tampa Bay (4-1) scored 4 runs in the ninth inning off of Jose Valverde but the runs were charged to Justin Verlander as the Rays beat the Tigers 4-2. James Shields get the win, Justin Verlander gets the loss. Verlander has not lost  a game since July 2011. The Red Sox (1-5) under the management of Bobby Valentine are sinking further and further as the Sox fall to the Blue Jays (4-2) 3-1. Ricky Romero gets the win, Jon Lester gets the loss.