Daily Archives: April 15, 2012

Minor Night Cap: Pettitte, Tyler Austin, Mason Williams.

Empire State Yankees L 7-2

PTF Romine (DL) Notes: Steve Pearce had 2 hits.  Kruml and Curtis had an RBI each.

PTF Dellin Betances (N/A)

Ramon Ortiz (L, 0-1) 5.0 5 3 3 1 1 1 5.40
Jason Bulger 1.0 5 4 4 1 0 0 9.53
Pat Venditte 2.0 2 0 0 1 1 0 4.50
Michael O’Connor 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.59

Trenton Thunder W 2-1

PTF Zolio Almonte – 3AB’s 0 Hits 1BB, SB.  Notes: Cody Johnson had a solo homer.

PTF Brett Marshall (N/A)

Craig Heyer (W, 1-1) 6.0 5 1 1 0 7 0 1.69
Kelvin Perez (H, 1) 1.2 1 0 0 1 2 0 0.00
Lee Hyde (H, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Ryan Flannery (S, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.50

Tampa Yankees W 6-1

PTF J.R. Murphy – 3AB’s, 0 Hits, 1Run, 1BB.  Notes: Medchill had a solo homer, 3 hits total, 3 runs, 3RBI’s, and 1BB.

PTF Nik Turley (N/A) – The story was Andy Pettitte.  But also my new favorite guy to watch is O’brien.

Andy Pettitte 4.0 2 0 0 0 3 0 1.29
Michael O’Brien (W, 2-0) 5.0 7 1 0 0 3 0 0.84

Charleston River Dogs W 7-5

PTF Dante Bichette Jr. (DNP) Notes: Austin is still on fire. 4AB’s 1 Run 2 Hits (3 run home run) 1BB, AVG .438.  Mason Williams – 5AB’s, 1 Run, 2 Hits (Double, Triple), 1RBI.

PTF Bryan Mitchell

William Oliver 6.0 3 1 1 3 5 0 1.64
Fred Lewis (H, 1) 1.2 2 3 3 2 1 0 11.57
Mariel Checo (BS, 1)(W, 1-0) 0.1 1 1 1 2 1 0 5.40
Pedro Guerra (S, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.29

Game 9 Lineup: Angels vs. Yankees

Andy Pettitte in today's game (photo courtesy of David Aardsma)

Lineup vs. Angels:

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

Ivan Nova RHP

Start Time: 8:05pm
Field: Yankee Stadium

Radio: WCBS

Pregame Notes:

— Andy Pettitte pitched earlier today and he was absolutely fantastic. His line: 4 IP, 0ER, 2H, 3K, 0BB. I don’t know about you but I think that Pettitte’s on his way back to the Bronx.

— No flu can bring Brett Gardner down! After having flu-like symptoms for the past 2 days, Gardner is back in the lineup. I wouldn’t expect him to feel 100% better, but at least he’s well enough to play.

— According to Jack Curry, Joe Girardi tells him that he doesn’t go to the binder all that much during the season so far. I want to believe you Joe, I really do. But…

— If Ivan Nova wins tonight’s game, then he will be tied in second for the all-time longest winning streak with 13 wins.

Enjoy the game everyone!

Yankees Player of the Week: Week 1

New York Yankees Starting Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, Of Japan,  Delivers In The Seventh-inning Against The Los Angeles

The New York Yankees had a solid week going 4-2 after 2 losses to open the season in Tampa. I discounted the first two games since then it would be over a week of evaluating. With that being said my Yankees player of the week for week number 1 is Hiroki Kuroda. I will try to give starting pitchers just as much love as everyday players in this award, since they most likely will only get to pitch once a week in most cases.

It came down to Kuroda, Derek Jeter, David Phelps, and Nick Swisher for this week’s award.

The Case for Jeter – Jeter hit .370 for the week with 1 HR and 3 RBI. He set the tone for the Yankees sweep in Baltimore with leadoff hits in all 3 games including a HR. In fact, Jeter is an incredible 6 for 8 leading off games this year.

The Case for Phelps – Phelps would have gotten more consideration had the Yankees offense helped him out and came back in yesterday’s game. I know that is not his fault, but with his best performance coming in a blowout, I could not give it to him. He also had a great outing against Baltimore, along with a terrific job of saving the bullpen after Phil Hughes hit the showers early yesterday.

The Case for Swisher – Swisher hit .261 for the week with 2 HR, 8 RBI, and had two big clutch hits during the week. The first was a game winning home run on Thursday in Baltimore to break a 4-4 tie in the 10th inning. The second was a bases clearing 3 run triple in the 1st inning of the home opener on Friday.

The Case for Kuroda – There was a lot of talk about Kuroda going into the home opener after his failure during his Yankees debut. Most of it centered on how he would not be able to make the switch from the NL to the AL. Eyebrows were also raised when he said he was nervous about starting the home opener. Kuroda proved all those doubters wrong on Friday in his start against the Angels. He was extremely dominant on the mound, pitching 8 shutout innings, allowing only 5 hits, and striking out 6. He tried for a CG shutout but was pulled after an infield single in the 9th. In addition, Kuroda did not allow a batter to get past 2nd base.

Kuroda barely even used his splitter which is his best pitch. Instead he primarily used his fastball, sinker, slider, and curve, and the sinker and slider were his most effective pitches. That is what is so great about Kuroda. He has multiple plus pitches and knows how and when to use them. Kuroda used that sharp sinker of his to induce 3 double play ground balls. He also pitched very quickly so he could assure that the fielders behind him would field to their potential.

I think Kuroda deserves the award this week because of the way he proved his doubters wrong in his domination of the Angels’ lineup on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, but feel free to disagree with me. Vote for who you think deserves the award and give your reasoning in the comment section.

Morning Bits: Phelps, Hughes, Rodriguez, Pettitte

Good morning everyone and a Happy Sunday to you all!! Tonight Ivan Nova is scheduled to take the mound for the Yankees in the final game of a 3 game set! The game is on ESPN & first pitch is at 8:05pm. Here are your morning links!

— David Phelps was having the time of his life on the mound yesterday but the best part? He got to face his childhood idol Albert Pujols–and retire him all 3 times he faced him!

— We all know that Phil Hughes was awPhil (sorry, couldn’t resist) yesterday, but Phil Hughes’s pitch count might be the thing that knocks him out of the rotation.

— After Joe Girardi placed Alex Rodriguez back in the cleanup spot for yesterday’s game, Alex Rodriguez failed to–well–clean up!

— Andy Pettitte is going to make his 3rd outing on Sunday and increase his pitch count as he continues the road back to the Bronx. With that said, Andy. Please come back. Soon.

Hughes implodes as Yanks fall to Angels 7-1

The way that the Yankees game went, it felt as if A.J Burnett was on the mound. Phil Hughes had a high pitch count and was rocked around by the Angels as the Angels beat the Yankees 7-1 in the second game of the 3 game series.

HUGHES ROCKED ABOUT: Phil Hughes looked pretty much the same way that he did when he was in Tampa. In his second start of his season, Hughes threw too many pitches and gave up HR’s to the Angels. He was eventually lifted in the 4th inning in favor of David Phelps.

PHELPS PITCHES FABULOUS: David Phelps pitched after Phil Hughes and looked absolutely amazing. His line was also impressive: 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 1H, 4K, 2BB, 1HR. Phelps was pitching as if he wanted to stay and frankly I would let him after that performance.

GARDNER CATCHES BUG: Brett Gardner is known for catching outfield baseballs in a flashy fashion, but the Yankee OF caught something else; a flu bug. Gardner was sick the night of the home opener and still wasn’t feeling well before today’s game. Girardi gave Gardner the day off in hopes that Gardner will feel better tomorrow.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees and the Angels will play the tie breaker to see who will win the series. The game will be on (wait for it) ESPN at 8pm. Ivan Nova will get the start.