Daily Archives: May 4, 2012

Minor Night Cap: Tampa wins 2-0 behind Ramirez 10 K’s

Empire State Yankees L 3-0

PTF Romine (DL)

Kevin Russo – 2H, 2BB, 1K, .325

Raymond Kruml – 2H, 2K, .195

PTF Dellin Betances (DNP)

Ramon Ortiz (L, 0-3) 6.0IP, 5H 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K, 4.18era

Chase Whitely – 2.oIP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 1K, 2.87era

Kevin Whelan – 1.oIP, 1H, 1K, 2.77era

Trenton Thunder L 7-5 F/10

PTF Zoilo Almonte (DNP)

Ronnier Mustelier – 3R, 3H (solo homer), 1RBI, 1BB, .353

Cody Johnson – 1R, 2H, .294

Melky Mesa – 2H, 2RBI, 1K, .240

Luke Murton – 1H (solo homer), 1RBI, 1K, .273
PTF Brett Marshall – 7.0IP, 11H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, 3.82era

Ryan Pope (L, 1-3) 2.2IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 3K, 3.77era

Michael Dubee – o.1IP, 6.ooera

Tampa Yankees W 2-0

PTF J.R. Murphy – 1R, 1H, .250

Rob Segedin – 1H, 2RBI, 1BB, .306

PTF Nik Turley (DNP)

Jose A. Ramirez – (W, 2-4) 6.0IP, 2H, 2BB, 10K, 5.06era

Branden Pinder – 2.oIP, 1H, 1BB, 1K, 4.60era

Mark Montgomery (S, 4) – 1.oIP, 2K, 2.02era

Charleston River Dogs W 5-1

PTF Dante Bichette Jr. 1K, 2.13

Mason Williams – 1R, 1BB, .305

Tyler Austin – 1R, 1H, 1K, .344

Gary Sanchez – 1R, 1H, 1BB, 2K, .333

Benjamin Gamel – 1R, 1H (double), 2RBI, 1K, .247

PTF Bryan Mitchell (DNP)

Brett Gerritse – 4.0IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 4K, 4.50era

Joel De La Cruz – (W, 1-0) – 2.0IP, 2H, 1BB, 2K, 0.00 era

Fred Lewis – 2.oIP, 2H, 1K, 4.o5era

Phillip Wetherell – 1.oIP, 1BB, 1K, 1.06era

Game 26 Lineup: Yankees @ Royals

Lineup vs. Royals:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones RF
Jayson Nix LF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Chris Stewart C

CC Sabathia LHP

Start Time: 8:10pm
Stadium: Kauffman Stadium
T.V: YES Network
Radio: WCBS880

Pregame Notes:

— Nick Swisher took batting practice today for the 1st time since his injury. He’s still not slated to come back til next week.

— David Robertson  will be the closer while Mariano Rivera is out for the remainder of the season. Brian Cashman said that Robertson will get an opportunity since he earned it.

— You might want to change your scorecards. On May 1st, Eduardo Nunez was charged with an error that allowed 2 runs to score for the Orioles. Joe Torre revoked the error and gave Nick Johnson a double. Boone Logan has been charged with both runs.

— Dewayne Wise was called up to take Mariano Rivera’s roster spot.

— You thought Mariano was going to just retire with an ACL injury? No way. Mariano Rivera said, “Iwill be back. I’m not going out like this.”

Enjoy the game to the best of your ability (and please win Yankees).


It can’t end like this

We have all witnessed Greatness

Injuries happen all the time in baseball and it’s always a struggle for team’s to overcome the lost performance when a regular goes down.  Like ARod pointed out “we’re the  New York Yankees. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us.”  But the Yankees suffered an injury last night that goes beyond on-field performance.  When Mariano Rivera announced after the game that he had torn his ACL and his Meniscus,  it was a major blow to the team’s chances for a Championship this season and will leave a hole in the team’s sole. But when Mo said that he doesn’t know if he will ever pitch again, I felt that someone had knocked the wind out of me.  Watching Mo say those words while fighting back tears and then going on to say he feels bad that he let his teammates down was gut-wrenching.  To think that we may never see Mariano pitch again just doesn’t seem fair yet also doesn’t seem real.  I still don’t think I fully comprehend the loss although I know we may be getting robbed of the opportunity to properly enjoy and say good-bye to the greatest closer of all time.  After an almost perfect career in which he’s defied the odds so many times, we never envisioned it could end like this.

At 42 years old, Mo overtly hinted in Spring training that this was going to be his last season and now that his season is over, could it signal the end of his career also?  Facing a rigorous rehabilitation process that will take about a year may be too much for even Mo to undertake.  If it is the end, the Yankees lose so much. Derek Jeter said it best – the Yanks have guys who can close games, but Mo can never be replaced.  Forgetting for a second his on-field accomplishments,  Mariano is the heart of the Yankees clubhouse , a true gentleman and perhaps the most respected Man and Player in MLB by his teammates and opponents.  A true class act, he said he wants to stay with the team to help the guys through this.  He has tutored countless pitchers in his career and is a walking, breathing example of how to play the game.  Always in tip-top shape, always properly prepared, never fazed by adversity – every pitcher can learn from the G.O.A.T.

When God created Closers, he created Mariano Rivera.  He’s unquestionably the best closer in the history of MLB.  He’s saved more games than anyone in history with 608 and even more impressive is Rivera has the best ERA+ of ANY pitcher in the history of baseball – starter or reliever and it’s not even close!  For those that do not know what ERA+ is, it adjusts a pitchers ERA taking into account ballpark factors and the pitcher’s ERA compared to other pitchers in his league at the time.  As such, it’s a great tool to compare pitchers of different eras.  Mo’s ERA+ is 206, which is over 50 points higher than the #2 pitcher Pedro Martinez.  Even more impressive are his Post-season stats.  A record 42 saves, with 8 wins – 1 loss, a 0.70 ERA and 0.76 WHIP.  And for this season, this will be the area they miss him the most.  If the Yanks make it to the post-season, they will greatly miss his amazing experience and calmness in the toughest situations and the immense luxury he provides Joe Girardi to manage for only 8 or 7 innings knowing he has Mo for the last 3-6 outs.

The Bullpen is the #1 strength on the current Yankee team so, on the field, they have the arms to help compensate for the loss of their great closer.  Boone Logan & Cory Wade are throwing well and Rafael Soriano was an All-Star closer in the AL East in 2010 with 46 Saves for Tampa Bay.  David Robertson is arguably the nastiest non-closer in MLB and should take his 24.3 IP scoreless streak from the 8th inning to the 9th.  Like Mo, Robbie has ice-water in his veins and is unfazed in any situation.  In fact he seems to pitch better with runners on base and with the bases loaded specifically.  Last yr he faced 19 batters with the bases loaded – Robertson Struck Out 14 of them, Walked None and allowed merely 1 base hit….Ice Water! His only weakness is he tends to Walk too many hitters but has been improving on that steadily since the All-Start Break last yr.  Since July 26th, 2011,  Robertson has allowed only 1 run in 38 IP with 55 K’s and just 12 Walks for a 2.8 BB/9 and 4.6 SO/BB ratio.

In addition to Soriano & Robertson, there could be more help on the way.  It may be a matter of time until Phil Hughes returns to the pen where he was sensational for the 2009 World Series winners.  It’s also possible that David Aardsma and even Joba Chamberlain could return in the 2nd half to provide fresh arms. So it’s possible the Yanks could withstand the loss of performance this  regular season.

But while his production may be matched, no one can ever duplicate his swag.  If Mo has pitched his last game, I’ll never forget his aura & his totally unflappable demeanor.  His devastating Cutter buzzing in on lefties – leaving hitters holding only a handle after sawing off their bats.  Watching him trot out from the bullpen to Enter Sandman and throw chain saws up to the plate year after year have been a privilege for me to watch. His pinpoint command, his impeccable mechanics – all things of beauty.  Mariano may be the player I miss the most when gone and the guy I tell little kids about when I’m 80 years old.  I sincerely hope he hasn’t pitched his last game but if he has, I am forever grateful that I got to witness the greatest reliever of all-time pitch for my team for 18 years and bring 5 WS rings to the Bronx.  Mo was blessed by God in so many ways but he doesn’t deserve to go out like this. If anyone can comeback from this injury next yr at 43 yrs old, it is Mariano Rivera.  Here’s hoping we haven’t seen the last of Mo and that he can make it back for his proper last hurrah.

Morning Bits: Rivera

Morning everyone. I’d say ‘Good Morning’ but there’s n0thing good about this morning. CC Sabathia takes the mound tonight at 8:10pm. Here are the morning links.

— Now that Mo has a season ending injury, will he decide to come back in 2013 to put a storybook ending on his career?

— Mike Lupica of the Daily News says that Mariano Rivera‘s career is not supposed to end like this.

— Mariano Rivera’s teammates were shaken up by the whole injury ordeal.

Bats struggle as Yanks fall to Royals 4-3

KANSAS CITY — It was David Phelps’s first start in the rotation to replace Freddy Garcia and although he only went 4 innings, he pitched well. Unfortunately the Yankees couldn’t capitalize on that as the Yankees fell to the Royals 4-3.

PHELPS PITCHES WELL: Phelps only went 4 innings but that was mainly because he had been in the bullpen this whole time and wasn’t as stretched out. Throughout 4 innings, Phelps gave up 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 5. Hey, it’s better than what Freddy Garcia was doing. Where the other  2 runs came from you asked? One was from Clay Rapada and the other was from D.J Mitchell. Maybe we should give Phelps another chance. This kid has some real potential.

OH NO, MO: As you may have already heard, Mariano Rivera suffered a knee injury during batting practice today. Rivera was rushed to the hospital after the incident and had an MRI. The results released that Rivera has a torn ACL and he most likely have thrown his last pitch of his career.

A-ROD, CANO & TEIXEIRA STRUGGLE: Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira are all struggling, there is no doubt about it. Rodriguez grounded out in the 9th inning, handing Kansas City their first home game of the season. Teixeira and Cano were unable to capitalize on a lot of opportunities which hurt the Yankees. Yes, the Yankees are struggling–and it doesn’t help that the 3 players aren’t performing well.

WHAT’S NEXT: CC Sabathia will take the mound tomorrow as the Yankees try to take Game 2 of the 4 game series. First pitch at 8:10pm.