Daily Archives: May 13, 2012

Minor Night Cap: Banuelos shines, Trenton wins behind Three 2-Run Homers

Empire State Yankees L 3-1

PTF Romine (DL)

Kevin Russo – 1BB, 1K, .283

Colin Curtis – 2K, .178

Steve Pearce – 1R, 1H (Double), 1BB, 1K, .361

Jack Cust 1H, 1BB, 2K, .281

Ronnier Mustelier – 1H, .286

Brandon Laird – 2K, .223

Cole Garner – 2K, .128

Ramiro Pena – 1BB, 1K, .243

Gustavo Molina – 2K, .091

PTF Dellin Betances (DNP)

Manny Banuelos – 6.0IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 7K, 3.15era

Chase Whitely (L, 4-2) – 1.0IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 2.75era

Adam Miller – 2.0IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 1K, 4.50era

Trenton Thunder W 7-4

PTF Zoilo Almonte (DNP)

Abraham Almonte – 2R, 3H (2-Run Homer), 2RBI, 1BB, 1K, .289

Corban Joseph – 1R, 1H, 2BB, .296

David Adams – 2H, 1BB, .231

Cody Johnson – 1R, 2H (2-Run Homer), 2RBI, 1K, .280

Melky Mesa – 1R, 3H, 1RBI, 1BB, 1K, .254

Luke Murton – 1H, 2K, .273

Kevin Mahoney – 1R, 1H (2-Run Homer), 2RBI, 1BB, 1K, .273

Jeffrey Farnham – 2BB, 1K, .150

Addison Maruszak – 1R, 1BB, .207

PTF Brett Marshall (DNP)

Craig Heyer – 3.0IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 4.17era

Francisco Rondon (W, 2-0) – 2.0IP, 3H, 3.55era

Ryan Flannery – 1.1IP, 3H, 1BB, 0.98era

Ryan Pope – 1.oIP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 1K, 6.27era

Lee Hyde – 0.2IP, 1K, 2.13era

Preston Claiborne – 1.0IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 1K, 4.03

Charleston River Dogs L 3-1

PTF Dante Bichette Jr. – 2K, .246

Mason Williams – 0H, .310

Cito Culver – 1K, .206

Tyler Austin – 1K, .299

Gary Sanchez – 1R, 1H, 1K, .358

Angelo Gumbs – 1K, .270

Reymond Nunez – 0H, .250

Kelvin De Leon – 1H, .292

Nick McCoy – 1BB, .333

PTF Bryan Mitchell (DNP)

Scottie Allen – 6.oIP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 4K, 4.98era

Wilton Rodriguez (L, 1-1) – 2.0IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 1K, 2HR, 4.15era

Week 5 Yankees Player of the Week

Unlike the last 2 weeks it was not very hard to find 4 worthy candidates for Yankees player of the week this week. The Yankees were one David Robertson save away from a perfect week but they will settle for 5-1. There were good moments from Robinson Cano’s grand slam in Kansas City, to wins over stud pitchers like James Shields, David Price, and Felix Hernandez, to the first saves post Mariano Rivera, and Jesus Montero’s return to the Bronx. The nominees for Week 5 Yankees Player of the Week are CC Sabathia, Raul Ibanez, Phil Hughes, and Robinson Cano.

The Case For Sabathia – CC Sabathia came up huge for the Yankees in the biggest game of the week. Sabathia was pitching the rubber game of the series vs.Tampa Bay against Tampa’s lefty ace David Price. After getting swept by Tampa in the opening series of the year it was important for the Yankees to take the series at home. 2 early errors by Eduardo Nunez put Sabathia in an early 2-0 hole. A lot of pitchers would have lost their cool and imploded but Sabathia is to much of a professional and a leader to allow that to happen. He shut down Tampa Bay for the rest of the night. Sabathia pitched 8 innings, giving up 7 hits, 0 earned runs, and struck out 10 batters.

The Case For Ibanez – Raul Ibanez was a much maligned signing by the Yankees this offseason. His awful spring training did not help his case and many fans wanted him cut already. He has been proving people wrong ever since.  On the week Ibanez hit .444, with 4 HR’s, and 9 RBI. Ibanez’ 2 HR’s on Tuesday vs.Tampa Bay were the difference in a 5-3 win. His 3 run homer Friday vs.Seattlegave the Yankees the lead for good after the Yankees were down 2-1. Also, Ibanez started the scoring yesterday vs.Seattle with an RBI double and added another home run for good measure.

The Case For Hughes – Hughes has really seemed to turn a corner this week. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come for the upcoming season and not another tease. Hughes had 2 wins for Yankees this week on Sunday at Kansas City and yesterday vs.Seattle. He got solid run support in both games but that should not diminish what he did. On Sunday at Kansas City Hughes pitched 6.2 innings, allowing 6 hits, 3 earned runs, and struck out 7.  Yesterday vs. Seattle Hughes pitched 7.2 innings, allowing 6 hits, 1 earned run, and struck out 4. Hughes has thrown harder, finally scratched his cutter for the most part, and has been mixing his pitches better with 2 strikes.

The Case for Cano – If you would have told me that week 5 would be the first week Cano was a nominee for Yankees player of the week I would have laughed. It took Cano awhile to get here but he has arrived with a big bang. Cano batted an incredible .500 on the week with 2 HR and 9 RBI. Cano finally made his presence felt on the 2012 season with grand slam on Sunday in Kansas City. It was big home run for him and the Yankees because loosing 3 out of 4 to a team that had not won a home game all year prior to the series would have been brutal.  Cano’s HR on Thursday vs.Tampa Bay gave the Yankees the lead for good in the rubber match game. He had 3 hits that night and followed that up by going 4-4 Friday vs.Seattle.

It was very tough to pick a winner this week. On most weeks Cano and Ibanez would be runaway winners and Sabathia and Hughes are deserving as well. I am going to give it to Cano over Ibanez since I do not think it is a coincidence the moment he gets hot the Yankees started rolling. Ibanez might have had more big hits than Cano this week so I could have easily given it to him as well.  Vote in the poll and discuss in the comments who you guys think the Week 5 Yankees Player of the Week is.

Game 34 Lineup: Mariners vs. Yankees

Happy Mother’s Day!

Lineup vs. Mariners

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

Andy Pettitte LHP

Start Time: 1:05pm
Stadium: Yankee Stadium
T.V: YES Network
Radio: WCBS 880



Welcome Back, Old Friend

Today is finally the day that Andy Pettitte makes his long-awaited return to the Yankees. It’s been 19 months since he was last on the mound, and today all is back to normal as Andy toes the rubber on Mother’s Day against the Mariners.

Though Pettitte was more or less an average starter through most of his second go-around with the Yanks, his final season in 2010 proved to be one of his best ever. His 11-2 record and 2.70 ERA through the first half had many thinking he could not only win 20 games, but be in serious contention for the Cy Young.

A groin injury that sidelined him for two months ended those thoughts, but Pettitte would finish the season strong, throwing 7 innings of 2 run ball in each of his two postseason starts. When he retired prior to last season, there was no doubt he still could pitch.

And here he is now two years later, pushing 40 years old, and trying to prove just that.

A 240-game winner, Andy returns to the game already with Hall of Fame worthy credentials. 19 postseason wins, five World Series titles; but of course we all know he’s not in it for the stats. He’s in it to win, and for the love of the game. That’s what made Andy my favorite pitcher on the Yanks in his second go-around in New York.

I’m not saying his absence was the reason the Yanks didn’t go all the way in 2011, but it definitely had some impact. His veteran prescience rubbed off on everybody in the clubhouse. Just call him the second captain. He was always there to pick up his teammates, and the team as a whole whenever needed. He was the stopper, Old Reliable, Dandy Andy – you name it. He was the ideal veteran pitcher of all thirty MLB clubs.

Now I only saw him pitch once in person, but boy was it a great game – Game 6 of the 2009 World Series. That’s right. I and 50,000 others watched #46 deliver on three-days rest, stymieing a ferocious Phillies lineup that was trying to force a Game 7. I know Hideki Matsui did a hell of a lot to make sure that didn’t happen, but Andy did as well. He grinded out at-bat after at-bat, and really cemented his place in my book as my favorite pitcher I’ve ever seen.

Clearly, this is not a real analysis of Andy Pettitte here today. It’s more of a “welcome back” type of post. Andy Pettitte has, and always will be my favorite Yankee pitcher, and it means that much more to me that he’s back. I think we all can agree that today will be very special, and hopefully it’s one of many starts Andy will make in the future, once again being the heart and soul of the Yankees’ rotation.

So here’s to you Andy Pettitte, good luck the rest of the way in 2012!

Morning Bits: Rotation, Pettitte, Ibanez

Good morning everyone and Happy Sunday to you all! Happy Mother’s day to all the mothers out there! Also, today is a gigantic day; it’s the return of Andy Pettitte! Here are your morning links!

— The Yankees starters seems to be getting it together. In the past couple of games, the Yankees starters have a 1.31 ERA. Will it go lower now that Andy is back?

— Today it will be Veterans Day in Yankee Stadium. No, I’m not talking about the Holiday, but I am talking about Andy Pettitte being on the mound and a bunch of veteran players in the lineup.

— Let’s put it this way; Raul Ibanez ’em-powers’ the Yankees. Especially with what he’s done the past couple of games.

Hughes dominates as Yanks beat Mariners 6-2

Phil Hughes was looking to build on his last 2 outings. Hughes looked somewhat like the early season 2010 Hughes in the previous outing, but today it looked like a carbon copy of the fabulous Hughes, going 7.2 IP giving up only 1 run as the Yanks were able to take game 2 of the 3 game set with a score of 6-2.

HUGHES LOOKS LIKE 2010: Phil Hughes looked absolutely flawless today, going 7.2, with 1 run on 6 hits while striking out 4. His ERA coming into the game was 6.61 but with a brilliant performance, Hughes was able to lower his ERA to 5.50. Yep, Hughes has looked fantastic so far. It looks like he has finally turned the corner.

JAYSON NIX SHOWS POWER: Jayson Nix started at SS today while Derek Jeter hit in the DH spot and Nix did not disappoint. Nix hit his first HR of the season which at the time gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead.

‘RAUL’ BE LOOKING AT MONUMENT PARK: Raul Ibanez hit a solo shot today in the Yankees 6-2 win and the ball went all the way to monument park. An interesting story about Ibanez: Joe Girardi was so concerned with his hitting during Spring Training, that called all of the scouts that have seen Ibanez before. It turns out him not hitting in ST is normal. Well, Ibanez seems to be a good signing–now.

WHAT’S NEXT: Tomorrow it’s Mother’s Day in Major League Baseball! The Yankees will wear pink cleats, carry pink bats and will have pink wristbands. But that is not the best part. Tomorrow, Andy Pettitte will make his Season debut. Keep in mind though…Pettitte has not pitched in 573 games after he ‘retired’ after the 2010 season. The game will be on YES Network and the start time is at 1:o5pm.