Daily Archives: April 19, 2012

Minor Night Cap: Empire, Tampa, Charleston all win.

Empire State Yankees W 5-3

PTF Romine (DL)

Steve Pearce – 1R, 1H (3-Run Homer), 3RBI, 1K, .315

Colin Curtis – 1R, 2H, 1K, .250

Doug Bernier – 1H (Double), 1RBI, 1BB, 1K, .306

PTF Dellin Betances (DNP)

Adam Warren (W, 2-1)  – 6.0IP, 4H, 1R, 1Er, 2BB, 5K, 5.17ERA

Juan Cedeno – 1.0IP, 1H, 1K

Manny Delcarmen – 0.1IP, 1H, 1R

Jason Bulger – 0.2IP, oH

Kevin Whelan (S, 3) – 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 1K, 1HR

Trenton Thunder L 6-2

PTF Zoilo Almonte – 0H, 1K, .255

Luke Murton – 1R, 2H (Double, Solo Homer), 1RBI, 1K, .263

Walter Ibarra – 1H (Double) 2K, .286

PTF Brett Marshall (DNP)

Josh Romanski – (L, 1-1) 7.0IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 1BB, 6K, 1HR, 5,19ERA

Michael Dubee – 2.0IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2K, .318

Tampa Yankees W 5-2

PTF J.R. Murphy – 3AB, 0H, 1RBI, 1BB, .250

Eduardo Sosa – 1R, 2H (Double, Triple), .240

Kyle Roller – 1R, 2H, 1BB, 1K, .200

Shane Brown – 2H, 2RBI, 2K, .500

PTF Nik Turley (DNP)

Jose A. Ramirez – (W 1-2) – 6.0IP, 4H, 1ER, 4BB, 3K, 1.29era

Vidal Nuno – 2.0IP, 3K

Manuel Barreda – 1.0IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1K, 1HR

Charleston River Dogs W 9-8

PTF Dante Bichette Jr. (DNP)

Mason Williams – 1R, 2H, 1RBI, .328

Tyler Austin – 1R, 1H (Double), 1RBI, 2K, .432

Gary Sanchez – 1R, 2H, 1RBI, 1BB .375

Cito Culver – 1H, 3K, .146

Angelo Gumbs – 1R, 2H (Double, Grandslam), 5RBI, 2K, .200

PTF Bryan Mitchell – 1.2IP, 4H, 5R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K, .372

Daniel Mahoney – 2.1IP, 3H, 1R, 2BB, 1K

Mariel Checo – 2.0IP, 1H, 1ER, 3K

Pedro Guerra (W, 1-0) – 3.0IP, 2H, 1R, 1Er, 1BB, 7K

Game 13 Lineup: Twins vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. Twins:

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

Phil Hughes RHP

Start Time: 7:05pm
Stadium: Yankee Stadium
T.V: YES Network
Radio: WCBS

Enjoy the game everyone.



How does Gardner going to the DL affect the Yankees?

On Tuesday night, everything was going right for Brett Gardner. He already had a double to drive in a run and a walk so far and helped the team tie the game to give the other team members the chance to get the lead for the ball club. He was in the outfield, watching CC Sabathia pitch into a small jam. CC only needed 1 more out and the Twins only needed one hitter to try to sneak a base hit past the Yankees to get the runs home. Josh Willingham thought that he could be that guy. With the swing of the bat, Willingham lofted a sinking liner to left field. Gardner was on his horses heading towards the ball. He ran faster and faster before getting off his feet, catching the ball and rolling on his side, his face scrunched up with discomfort. He got up, started shaking off his arm and headed towards the dugout before completing his 2 for 2 night with 2 doubles and 2 walks.

After the game, Gardner told reporters it was nothing to worry about. He banged up his wrist and was worried about it for the moment, but as the game went on, the wrist felt better and better. Gardner thought that he had gotten away with something there; he thought wrong.

The next day, he headed towards the batting cages to take his normal BP

Brett Gardner hit the DL yesterday with a strained shoulder. The question is, how will this affect the Yankees?

swings. He felt great hitting the balls out towards the outfield grass, taking in the smell of Yankee Stadium. He decides to take a break from swinging the bat and decides to return later before the game to take some more practice swings. At around 6:30pm, Gardner went back to take his swings, but as time went on, something felt–off. Gardner had soreness in his shoulder and went to tell Joe Girardi who eventually scratched him out of the lineup. While the game went on, Girardi had Gardner go to the doctor to get an MRI done. The result was a bruised shoulder and a muscle strain. After the 6-5 loss to the Twins, Girardi revealed that Gardner was going to the DL with a muscle strain which resulted in a big blow to the Yankees. The Yankees recalled Cody Eppley (a player that they claimed off of waivers from the Texas Rangers) to give depth in the bullpen.

With Brett Gardner heading towards the DL, the Yankees are now relying on their outfield bench (Ibanez & Jones) to take Gardner’s space while Gardner is gone. Jones and Ibanez aren’t the best candidates to play left field since they are already in their mid to late 30’s and don’t have the versatility to play LF anymore. Girardi also said that the Yankees were willing to use Eduardo Nunez in LF as well to give Nunez more options on where to play the field when a player needs a day off. LF would be a test for Nunez to see if he can play while Gardner is away (and not commit an E-7 every day).

In 2011, Brett Gardner saved 22 runs for the Yankees due to his range and speed in the outfield overall saving 35 runs in his career. The 22 defensive runs tied Austin Jackson who plays center field for the Detroit Tigers. Both players ended up taking home the Fielding Bible Award for their efforts in the outfield. Gardner also had 7 assists in 2011 and already had 1 assist to begin the 2012 campaign.

To put it this way; the Yankees on the bench aren’t Brett Gardner. They aren’t as fast as he is and sometimes don’t read the ball very well off of a players bat. Andruw Jones only had 1 assist for the Yankees in 2011 while with the Phillies, Raul Ibanez had 5 assists but is heading into a regression coming into the season.

Long story short, the Yankees bats are going to need to pick it up and score a lot of runs because the other teams in the league see Brett Gardner not being in LF as a weakness since they consider him a threat. Well, I guess it’s a good thing that Curtis Granderson is a fast center fielder, isn’t it? Get well soon Gardy.

Offensively where’s 3-4-5?

Coming into the season, the Yankees were ranked #1 in power. And of course why wouldn’t they? With the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira & Robinson Cano, the Yankees would be expect to have a monster beginning of the season, but there is a slight issue. Apparently our 3-4-5 hitters in the lineup seem to be missing their power. Ever since the first day of the season, the middle of the lineup has been in a battle with trying to get on base and scoring some runs.

Last year, the Yankees looked to the 3-4-5 hitters in the lineup for power. This year so far, the Yankees are getting their offense elsewhere (namely the 1 & 9 hitters in the lineup). The Yankees are awaiting for the 3 main guys to wake up, but it’s pretty hard to wait for them forever.

l to r: Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter

Mark Teixeira: We all know the drill with Mark Teixeira. He is notorious for slow April’s (except for oddly last year). Mark Teixeria has driven in 3 RBI’s and has 2 doubles so far in the season, but the issue with Mark is his batting average; he’s batting .267 to start the season. Teixeira doesn’t know how to get regular base hits on a consistent basis, which is what makes his average go down. Teixeira also has 5 strikeouts to start the year, most of those strike outs coming with RISP. Mark Teixeira needs to change his game plan and learn how not to swing for the fences all the time, because it will hurt him in the long run.

Alex Rodriguez: A-Rod is off to a slow start in the power department this season after only playing 99 games in 2011. A-Rod is batting .222 with 1 HR and 2 RBI’s. And to add to that, he’s not showing plate discipline, already striking out 8 times in his 44 AB’s. We are all positive that A-Rod is going to become a hot hitter soon, but April is a very tough month for the Yankees since they have to face the Red Sox, the red-hot Texas Rangers and the even hotter Detroit Tigers. It would be nice to get Alex Rodriguez back into form before then.

Robinson Cano: The pride and joy of the New York Yankees is having an unusual slow start to begin the 2012 season. Cano is batting .260 with 1 HR and 3 RBI’s to begin the 2012 campaign. The plus side with Cano is that he is getting on base since he has already walked 6 times to begin the season. I’m not too worried about Robinson Cano down the line, but it would be nice if he could heat up his bat for the stiff competition up ahead.

Offensively, where are the 3-4-5 hitters in the lineup?

While the 3-4-5 portion of the lineup is experiencing power delays and base hits, the Yankees are getting the job done with 2 players that you wouldn’t normally expect to begin the 2012 season; Derek Jeter & Brett Gardner. Jeter is coming off a great 2011 season where he hit .297 while Brett Gardner is attempting to perform better in 2012 after hitting .259 in 2011.

Derek Jeter: The hot hitting of Derek Jeter goes back to Spring Training, when he hurt his calf and was sidelined for a couple of days. Jeter had the same issue in 2011 where he hurt his calf and his quest for 3,000 hits was delayed. Jeter  came back from his calf injury and has been hot ever since. Jeter has 3 HR’s and 9 RBI’s to begin the 2012 campaign. Hey, maybe hurting both his calves was a good thing, since the Yankees got a hot bat to begin the season .

Brett Gardner:  Let’s face it, Brett Gardner is the last person on our minds that you would expect to help Derek Jeter carry the Yankees while A-Rod, Cano and Teixeira attempt to get out of their cold April funks. Gardner so far is one of the only 2 Yankees batting over .300 with a .321 AVG. Gardner’s numbers so far are impressive. He has 3 RBI’s, 5 BB, 2 SB & has scored 5 runs to begin the season. Your thinking that the 3 RBI’s aren’t special since the power guys also have 3 RBI’s, but there is a difference between them and Gardner- Gardner isn’t an RBI hitter.

Unfortunately for the Yankees, Brett Gardner went to the DL late last night with a bruised shoulder and muscle strain meaning that the 3-4-5 hitters really have to step it up. Will they be able to carry the Yankees over such ball clubs such as the Red Sox, the Rangers & the Tigers? Well, they better because without Gardner, the Yankees are going to have to tack on runs since there is no one saving runs in the outfield.

Morning Bits: Kuroda, Nunez in the OF, Fenway Park, Hughes

Good morning all.  Tough loss last night.  The Yankees are back at it again tonight.  With one hit tonight Jeter will tie Dave Winfield on the all time career hit list.

Let’s move on to the links….

The New York Times writes: Kuroda loses command and Yankees lose Gardner.

The Daily News writes what I have been asking since the off season now with the Gardner injury Nunez will see some outfield action.

The Boston Globe has an article about the Yankees thoughts on Fenway Park.

The Star Ledger writes Phil Hughes is searching for answers before his start.

Yanks fall to Twins 6-5 after poor outing from Kuroda

Well, this looks like it’s going to be the year of A.J Burnett…Part deux. No, A.J Burnett didn’t sneak into the stadium, steal Hiroki Kuroda‘s jersey and blew the game for the Yankees, but it certainly felt as if Burnett was on the mound as the Yankees fell to the Twins 6-5.

KURODA PITCHES POORLY: Hiroki Kuroda was so sharp in his last outing with the Yankees, pitching 8 shut out innings for the Yankees. Today, a different Hiroki Kuroda came to the mound, gave up 6 runs and called it an evening. So far it seems that Hiroki Kuroda has two sides to him: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde…sort of like A.J. After this outing, fans might be questioning, is Kuroda going to be able to transition from the NL to the AL, or will this be another A.J Burnett, Javier Vasquez, Carl Pavano deal gone wrong?

JETER CONTINUES RED HOT HITTING: Derek Jeter continues to hit a hot bat, going 3 for 5 with a HR. Unfortunately, the homer came in the 9th inning and was the only run in an attempt to rally.

GARDNER TO THE DL: Well, this hasn’t been a very good week for Brett Gardner. After having the flu over the weekend, Gardner had another setback. Apparently the catch he made–ended up straining his elbow, so he’s heading to the DL. Gardner was having a very good April and most likely his April will end with a .321 AVG. RHP Cody Eppley was recalled to take Gardner’s spot on the roster for the time being. Don’t worry–Gardner will be back. Soon.

WHAT’S NEXT: The final game of the home stand is tomorrow night with Phil Hughes on the mound. The game is at 7:05pm on YES.