Daily Archives: April 27, 2012

Minor Night Cap: Empire State wins behind strong outing from Betances

No full out detail tonight so here are the scores:

Empire State Yankees: W 3-1 Betances gets his first win on the season he went 5 innings only giving up 1 hit.

Trenton lost 2-1

Tampa Lost 3-2

Charleston Lost 7-0

Game 19 Lineup: Tigers vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. Tigers:

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

Ivan Nova RHP (3-0, 3.79 ERA)

Start Time: 7:05pm
Field: Yankee Stadium
T.V: YES Network
Radio: WCBS 880

Enjoy the game everyone!





Cautiously waiting on Pettitte’s return

March 16th, 2012 seems like decades ago. Out of absolutely nowhere, Andy Pettitte un-retired and signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Yankees. The saying “you can’t have enough pitching” applied nicely to the deal, as the Yankees already had six formidable starters fighting for five spots. And come on, it’s Andy Pettitte – how could the Yanks say no?

Well here we are, amazingly nearly a month into the season, and surprise! Things aren’t working out as planned. Michael Pineda is done for the year with a torn labrum in one of the most catastrophic starts to a Yankee career to date. CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova have pitched well, but not up to their capability. Hiroki Kuroda is throwing either gems or getting knocked out before the 5th inning. But most importantly, Phil Hughes and Freddy Garcia have been absolutely terrible, posting a 7.88 and 9.75 ERA respectively.

Fans have been calling for their heads, as have I, but hold up – the Yankees aren’t in trouble quite yet. They’re the Bronx Bombers, and the offense has clearly carried them directly to this good start in 2012. But eventually, when good hitters meet struggling pitchers, things can and will get messy.

And heres’ where the irony kicks in – suddenly, we are relying on Andy Pettitte once again to be our savior and carry this pitching staff. Where have we heard that before?

In all seriousness, Pettitte will be a very important piece to the Yanks’ puzzle now. However, he is turning 40 and hasn’t pitched in a year and a half. Now I do think he can pitch close to what he was before, but not totally. And even that may not be enough to get the Yankees to where they want to be – in City Hall receiving their 28th Championship rings.

Right now with the current rotation, I’d have to say the Yanks have a decent shot at making the playoffs. But to go far and win the World Series, they’ll need all they can get out of Andy Pettitte, as well as Hughes and Garcia to step it up big time.

Though it’s pretty much May and I’m pulling my hair out as I watch Phil and Freddy continuously get smacked around, I’m not panicking. But in the end, these two starters won’t get the Yankees anywhere come October. So here’s to Andy coming back soon and pitching like he never left, because without this insurance policy, the Yanks would be in serious trouble right now.

Series Preview: Yankees vs. Tigers | 4/27/12-4/29/12

Pitching Matchups

Friday, 4/27/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 3-0, 3.79 ERA / 4.00 FIP / 2.77 xFIP, 9.47 K/9, 0.95 BB/9 in 19.0 IP

Pitching for the Tigers: Justin Verlander, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 8 K, 3 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 2-1, 1.72 ERA / 1.78 FIP / 3.17 xFIP, 8.90 K/9, 2.30 BB/9 in 31.1 IP

Saturday, 4/28/12, 4:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Freddy Garcia, RHP
Last Start: 1.2 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 0-1, 9.75 ERA / 4.73 FIP / 3.92 xFIP, 6.00 K/9, 2.25 BB/9 in 12.0 IP

Pitching for the Tigers: Drew Smyly, LHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 7 K, 2 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 0-0, 1.13 ERA / 3.96 FIP / 3.52 xFIP, 8.44 K/9, 3.38 BB/9 in 16.0 IP

Sunday, 4/29/12, 1:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: C.C. Sabathia, LHP
Last Start: 8.0 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 8 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 2-0, 5.27 ERA / 3.37 FIP / 2.71 xFIP, 9.88 K/9, 2.30 BB/9 in 27.1 IP

Pitching for the Tigers: Max Scherzer, RHP
Last Start: 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 10 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 1-2, 8.24 ERA / 3.25 FIP / 3.52 xFIP, 10.53 K/9, 2.75 BB/9 in 19.2 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

— Derek Jeter – 12 for 22 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

— Robinson Cano – 7 for 21 with 2 doubles, 2 BB in the last 7 days

— Nick Swisher – 7 for 21 with 3 doubles, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

— Curtis Granderson – 3 for 17 with  RBI, 5 BB, 8 K in the last 7 days

DET Offense

Who’s Hot:

— Miguel Cabrera – 8 for 24 with 3 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

— Jhonny Peralta – 2 for 18 with 1 doubles, 1 BB, and 4 K in the last 7 days

— Austin Jackson – 3 for 19 with 1 doubles, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

— Delmon Young – 4 for 22 with 1 double, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series!

Morning Bits: Pineda, New Stadium for AAA Yanks, Pettitte

Good morning all.   It’s Friday and who can’t be excited for that?  New series tonight as the Tigers roll into the stadium.  Should be an interesting series.

Let’s get right to the links….

The Star Ledger reports that Cashman is facing heat now after the Pineda injury.   My opinion you can’t predict injuries he shouldn’t be put to the fire over this.

Dan Martin writes that Mo says “We need Pettitte Back” ,  I and many Yankee fans agree with you Mo.

— The Empire Yankees/ Scranton Wilks-Yankees were sold to Mandalay.   The new stadium looks very nice and much better than the previous one if any of you haven’t been before it wasn’t that nice.

The Daily News writes that Mariano has felt injured Pineda’s pain quite literally.

ESPN New York has a cool feature showing what the Yankees who were traded or let go are doing this year.