Daily Archives: April 24, 2012

Minor Night Cap: D.J. Mitchell, Charleston wins (again), Trenton wins big


Empire State Yankees L 4-3

PTF Romine (DL)

Colin Curtis – 1H (Double), 2K, .226

Brandon Laird – 2R, 2H (2-Run Homer), 2RBI, .237

Ramiro Pena – 2H (Double), 1K, .264

Doug Bernier – 1RBI, 1BB, 1K, .262

PTF Dellin Betances (DNP)

D.J. Mitchell (L, 2-1) 6.0IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 6K, 2HR, 3.13era

Juan Cedeno – 1.oIP, 1K, 1BB, 2.08era

Jason Bulger – 1.0IP, 2K, 2BB, 6.48era

Trenton Thunder W 11-4

PTF Zoilo Almonte (DNP)

Abraham Almonte – 3R, 3H (Double), 2SB 1RBI, .288

Kevin Mahoney – 2R, 2H, 1RBI, 1SB,  1BB, .321

Ronnier Mustelier – 1R, 3H (2, Doubles), 4RBI, .358

Walter Ibarra – 3R, 3H (Triple), 2RBI, .315

PTF Brett Marshall (W,3-1) – 5.2IP, 4H, 2R, 1Er, 3BB, 4K, 1HR, 4.35era

Lee Hyde – 0.1IP, 1K, .245era

Ryan Pope – 1.0IP, 1K, 4.91era

Francisco Rondon – 1.0IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K, 9.00era

Michael Dubee – 1.0IP, 2H, 1R, 1Er, 1BB, 4.05era

Tampa Yankees L 9-1

PTF J.R. Murphy – 1H, .255

Rob Segedin – 1R, 1H, .304

Kyle Roller – 2H, 1RBI, 1BB, 1K, .259

Shane Brown – 2H (Double), .250

Tyson Blaser – 1H (Double), 1K, .286

PTF Nik Turley (DNP)

Jose A. Ramirez – 4.0IP, 8H, 4R, 3Er, 2BB, 3K, 1HR, 6.75era

Vidal Nuno – 3.0IP, 3H, 3R, 2Er, 2BB, 2K, 2.92era

Rigoberto Arrebato – 2.0IP, 2H, 2R, 2Er, 1BB, 2K, 6.75era

Charleston River Dogs W 4-1

PTF Dante Bichette Jr. – 1BB, 1K, .273

Mason Williams – 1H, 2K, .310

Benjamin Gamel – 2H (Triple), 2K, .262

Tyler Austin – 1R, 2K, .367

Gary Sanchez – 2R, 2H (double), 2K, .365

Angelo Gumbs – 1R, 2H (Double), 1RBI, 1K, .216

Cito Culver – 1H, 1RBI, 1BB, .183

Reymond Nunez – 2H, 2RBI, 1K, .236

Anderson Feliz – 1H (Double), 1K, .286

PTF Bryan Mitchell (DNP)

Caleb Cotham (W, 2-0) – 5.oIP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 2K, 2.00era

Brett Gerritse – 3.0IP, 1H, 3K, o.ooera

Phillip Wetherell (S,3)  1.oIP, 1BB, 2K, o.75era

Game 17 Lineup: Yankees @ Rangers

Lineup vs Rangers:

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

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

Start Time: 8:05pm
Field: Ballpark in Arlington
T.V: YES Network
Radio: WCBS

— We should get more information about Michael Pineda during tonight’s game.

UPDATE ON PINEDA: Michael Pineda will get a second opinion on his shoulder tomorrow before the Yankees release the prognosis & diagnosis. Pineda will visit Dr. Altchek.




Enjoy the game everyone!

Loyal? Stubborn? Or Just Plain Stupid?

When Freddy Garcia walked off the field in Fenway Park this past Saturday, there was a sigh of relief mixed in with the disappointment that fans felt.  Garcia  had just been shelled for the third time in as many outings this year.  The Red Sox took what looked like batting practice off of Garcia, chasing him after just 1 2/3 innings, collecting 7 hits and 5 runs.

Garcia had just run his ERA to an unsightly 9.75 in three horrific outings.  Worse than the numbers  was Garcia’s stuff on the mound.  While Garcia’s fastball had left him long ago, this year’s version seemed slower than slow.  His pitches seemed to be lobbed rather than thrown this year. The changing of speeds that Garcia relied upon last year while compiling a respectable renaissance season with the Yankees? Well, its hard to change speeds effectively when everything is just so slow.

It was simply obvious to anyone who witnessed Garcia’s third consecutive disaster that he needed to leave the rotation and needed to leave it immediately. To send Garcia out there every five games to get shelled and give the bullpen a hard workout obviously wasn’t going to work, not even until Andy Petitte returned.

The consensus among most rational folks was that David Phelps, who had been very impressive in relief this year, would fill Garcia’s rotation spot in the short-term.  After all, there was no way Girardi would elect to keep Garcia in the rotation after those debacles right?


Just yesterday this was Girardi’s quote when asked about Garcia “We’re not sure what we’ll do, if we’ll put Freddy there or bring CC back on his normal rest,” Girardi said. “But Freddy is going to pitch again, if that’s the question. Freddy’s going to start again.”

Folks, he just doesn’t get it. What kind of message does Girardi send to his team, especially the other pitchers on the staff, when he acts like this? What an incredibly hypocritical and contradicting stance to take in light of the fact that Girardi has mentally abused every young pitcher underneath him during his tenure with constant “every start is a referendum on your job” tactics!

It’s just unfathomable that a pitcher could be so dreadful and have his job declared safe by Girardi. It’s not as if Garcia has been unlucky, “just a hair off on his location”, or having slight mechanical issues. Garcia has been getting crushed and giving his team absolutely nothing.

Is it possible that Cashman is influencing this decision? I suppose it is possible that a General Manager who makes what looks like a bad signing would want to encourage his manager to give that guy every possible chance.  In the end though, it’s Girardi’s decision and the decision he’s made is the wrong one.  He’s sending a simple message here, and it won’t be lost on his players. The message is “if you’re old and I like you, you get unlimited chances. If you’re young and you’re not one of my guys, you are pitching for your job every time you go out there.”

That’s just no way to run a team or a clubhouse.

Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Pettitte, Martin, Campos, Cano

Here is the best from the week.  Give most of them a read.  Enjoy!

* Bleeding Yankee Blue has an article about Yankee prospect Jose Campos.

* Bronx Baseball Daily writes about the Russell Martin conundrum.

* It’s about the Money Stupid is scouting the prospect loaded Charleston River Dog’s.

* New York Baseball Digest has an article about Pettitte, Pineda and the rest of the Yankees rotation.

* Pinstripe Alley brings up the topic of to DH or not to DH.

* River Ave Blues has a nice article about the importance of Pettitte.

* The Captain’s Blog has a great read on The Boston Globe going on the record to defend the use of anonymous sources, tarnishes Gamons

* The Greedy Pinstripes asks does Nunez fit into the future.

* The Yankee Analysts has the scouting report on Yu Darvish.

* Yanks Go Yard looks at Cano’s improved plate discipline.

Morning Bits: Garcia, Kruk blasts Swisher, Jeter, Pineda

Good morning all.  Nice strong outing from C.C. last night.  Tonight is an interesting matchup as we have Darvish vs Kuroda. Let’s get right to the links….

— Yesterday Ivan Rodriguez announced his retirement and catches lots of praise from the Yankees reports Mark Feinsand of The Daily News.

Bryan Hoch of mlb.com writes that the Yankees commit to Garcia for the next start.

John Kruk blasts Nick Swisher for excessive celebration in win over the Red Sox.  (finally someone agrees with me about Swisher).

Richard Justice of mlb.com writes Jeter is defying all who wrote him off.

— Today’s MRI will shed light on the Pineda injury writes Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.

Sabathia has a strong outing as Yankees beat Rangers 7-4 for 4th straight win

Coming into the Ballpark of Arlington, the Yankees knew that they needed something from CC Sabathia; a good strong outing. CC was able to get through 8 innings as the Yankees took Game 1 of the 3 game set, 7-4 over the red-hot Texas Rangers.

SABATHIA GOES STRONG: The Yankees needed length from CC Sabathia to rest the tired bullpen and sure enough, Sabathia did what Girardi needed. Sabathia went 8 innings, giving up 4 runs. There were times where Sabathia ran into trouble, thus getting the bullpen up but he was able to get out of it without having to get taken out of the game. It seems CC like the hot weather, huh?

JETER SWINGS A HOT BAT: It seems that Derek Jeter’s hot streak continues to follow him, this time all the way down to Texas. Jeter was 4 for 5 in tonight’s game and continues to have a near .400 average. Jeter, whatever you are doing, please don’t stop. It’s working.

A-BOMB’S AWAY!: Alex Rodriguez put on quite a show with his HR in tonight’s game. Rodriguez hit a 3 run jack which at the time gave the Yankees a 6-1 lead. A-Rod also had 2 walks today, so it wasn’t a bad day for him at all…well, aside from the boos that we heard in the stadium.

CHRIS STEWART…SABATHIA’S PERSONAL CATCHER?: Chris Stewart had the start tonight and was put behind the plate to catch CC Sabathia. This was Chris Stewart’s second consecutive start with CC Sabathia on the mound. This seems to be working for CC so far. CC has 2 wins with Chris behind the plate, and as long as Stewart is here, Sabathia might want to use him more often.

ANDRUW JONES GOES HITLESS: Today was Andruw Jones’s 35th birthday, but unfortunately he couldn’t get anything going. He was 0 for 4 tonight and continues to swing a cold bat. He did do a decent job fielding LF with the sun shining on him, so I’ll give him credit for that.

MARIANO GETS 1, 2, 3: Mariano Rivera came in the game in the 9th inning to shut the door, and sure enough Mariano did. Rivera had some trouble with his cutters though, two of them being hit really hard (one of them to the warning track.) Of course, Mo didn’t let that bother him and he got the outs when needed. That is the sign of a true closer. Battling when he doesn’t have his pitches in tact.

WHAT’S NEXT: A pitching match-up that has been anticipated since Sunday will finally get it’s chance tomorrow night. Hiroki Kuroda will go for the Yankees vs. a pitcher that the Yankees have never seen before…Yu Darvish. First pitch for that game is at 8:05pm on YES & MLB Network.