Daily Archives: May 14, 2012

Minor Night Cap: Matt Tracy with a good line

Empire State Yankees L 1-0

PTF Romine (DL)

Ronnier Mustelier – 1H, 2K, .282

Brandon Laird – 2H (Double), 1BB, 1K, .234

Pitching
PTF Dellin Betances (DNP)

Adam Warren (L, 2-2) – 7.oIP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 6K, 1HR, 4.58era

Cody Eppley – 1.oIP, 2K, 0.00era

Manny Delcarmen – 1.oIP, 3K, 1.50era

Tampa Yankees L 7-3

PTF J.R. Murphy – 1BB, .207

Rob Segedin – 1R, 2H (Double), 2K, .300

Kyle Roller – 1R, 1H (Double), 1RBI, 1K, .238

Kyle Higashioka – 1R, 2H (double), 1RBI, 1K, .200

Neil Medchill – 1H, 1RBI, 2BB, .259

Pitching
PTF Nik Turley (DNP)

Matt Tracy – 5.oIP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 4K, o.ooera

Sean Black (L, 0-2) – o.2IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 10.45era

Kramer Sneed – 2.1IP, 1H, 1BB, 1K, 6.62era

Rigoberto Arrebato – 1.oIP, 3.24era

Charleston River Dogs L 6-2 F/10

PTF Dante Bichette Jr. – 1BB, .240

Mason Williams – 1R, 1H (Solo Homer), 1RBI, .305

Tyler Austin – 1H, (double), 1RBI, 2K, .298

Gary Sanchez – 3K, .342

Pitching
PTF Bryan Mitchell (DNP)

William Oliver – 5.oIP, 5H, 2R, 2Er, 2BB, 5K, 3.21era

Daniel Mahoney – 2.oIP, 3H, 1BB, 1K, 3.50era

Fred Lewis – 2.oIP, 1H, 1K, 2.95era

Joel De La Cruz (L, 2-1) 1.oIP, 5H, 4R, 0ER, 2K, 0.00era

Game 35 Lineup: Yankees @ Orioles

Lineup vs. Orioles:

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

RHP Ivan Nova

Start Time: 7:05pm (Scheduled)
Stadium: Camden Yards
T.V: YES Network
Radio: WCBS 880

UPDATE:  The start time for the game has been pushed back to 7:15pm.

Enjoy the game everyone! 

Travel Day

One of the most incredible weeks at the plate you’ll ever see by Josh Hamilton, yet another off the field controversy in Boston, life without Mariano,  Jered Weaver sings, and Andy’s back all are the leading stories as 20% of the season is now over with in MLB.

Alright Hamilton!!

The season that Josh Hamilton has had so far has been incredible. The week that Hamilton just had can only be described as jaw dropping.  After tying the MLB record with four home runs in one game on Tuesday night against the Orioles, Hamilton kept his human highlight reel going and finished the week of May 7th-May 13th 14-30(.467) with 9 home runs and 18 RBI’s.

Hamilton is currently leading the AL in all three Triple Crown statistical categories with a .402 batting average, 18 home runs, and 44 RBI’s.  The only thing that can stop Hamilton from becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years are injuries. With the lead Hamilton has built up in home runs and RBI’s, even one DL stint won’t stop him.  There is simply no reason to believe that Hamilton won’t continue to play at a high level.  You can mark it down, if Hamilton can play 130 games this year, he’s going to replace Carl Yastremski as the latest Triple Crown winner.

FORE!!!

“I spend my off-days the way I want to spend them. My off-day is my off-day.”

Those were the words spoken by Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett after he was confronted by the media about reports that he had played golf the day after being scratched from a scheduled start due to a sore lat on May 2nd. 

Whether or not Beckett was actually hurt or played golf on an off day isn’t really the issue. The issue is his complete and total lack of understanding about how he would be perceived for commenting as he did.  A supposed ace with a 5.97 ERA being paid 15.75 million a year through the 2014 season needs to know when to act contrite.  Beckett not only didn’t learn a thing from the beer and chicken episode of last season, he simply doesn’t care about anything but Beckett.

The Red Sox will probably explore dealing Beckett this season, but with his  contract they would most likely have to eat a large chunk of the money owed to Beckett.  It doesn’t really make sense for the Red Sox to move Beckett just for the sake of moving him. Unless they can get decent value back or rid themselves of most of the money owed on his contract, its likely that Beckett will continue his sideshow act in Boston for the rest of this season.

Life Without Mo

The overreaction by the media to the blown save by David Robertson in his second save situation since Mariano Rivera’s season ending injury was equally predictable, sad, and comical at the same time.

While the timing of the first runs allowed by Robertson since August 29th of 2011 wasn’t exactly great, people seemed to forget that Rivera blew a save in similar fashion to the very same team on opening day.

Robertson has allowed runs in just 2 of his last 42 appearances and still has a 4 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio this season.

Pitching the 8th inning for the New York Yankees puts a pitcher under a microscope as much as closing does just about anyplace else.  The notion that Robertson isn’t “mentally ready” to close for the Yankees is one that I just don’t buy into.

Mariano Rivera himself faced the same question as Robertson does now in 1997.  Rivera moved from the setup role into the closer’s role in 1997 after the Yankees let John Wetteland walk away as a free agent following the 1996 season. This was largely due to the fact they had faith in Rivera’s ability to assume the role.  Rivera started the 1997 season by blowing 3 of his first 6 save attempts as the media screamed questions about his ability to handle the closing role in NY due to the extra pressure that comes with that job in the Bronx. Rivera seemed to work out pretty good huh?

Jered Weaver Sings

Jered Weaver entered last night’s game with the Texas Rangers with a 5-0 record, an ERA of 1.60, and 49 strikeouts in 7 games started so far in 2012. Weaver was also only one start removed from throwing a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins. So what could go wrong?  When you’re pitching against the Texas Rangers, a lot can go wrong, as Weaver soon learned.  Weaver was battered by Texas, allowing 10 hits and 8 earned runs over only 3 1/3 innings.  Nelson Cruz hit a line drive grand slam off of Weaver in the third inning to send Weaver into the dugout after the final out of that inning raging with anger and screaming.  In the fourth inning, after Josh Hamilton hit a two run off of Weaver, Weaver was pulled by manager Mike Sciosia.  As Weaver walked off the mound to the Ray Charles classic that is played in Arlington after a pitcher is pounded, Weaver sang along with the crowd in a surreal scene.

Weaver wasn’t the first ace to make an early exit against the Rangers this year and he certainly won’t be the last either. Texas leads MLB with an incredible .296 batting average and also leads MLB with a .488 slugging percentage.

Andy Petitte Returns

After a 16 month layoff Andy Petitte returned to the Bronx yesterday and took a loss to the Mariners.

Nostalgia and feel good story stuff aside, Petitte’s start wasn’t much to write home about. Petitte failed to get a single swing and miss on the 32 cutters he threw to the Mariners yesterday, who aren’t exactly murder’s row.  First start back or no first start back, that is a very bad sign.

Petitte’s fastball is now in the 88-89 MPH range at best, which means he is going to have to hit corners consistently with precision.  Petitte deserves a few more starts before anyone can decide what he is at this point, but he’s got to do a lot better than he did yesterday to be an impact pitcher for the Yankees.

If The Playoffs Started Today……..

In the AL, the Yankees would host the Rays in a one game playoff to determine who would face the Texas Rangers in the next round.  The Orioles would face the Indians in the other matchup. 

In the NL, the Nationals would host the Mets in a one game playoff to determine who would face the Dodgers in the next round. The Braves would face the Cardinals.

East Beasts

In both the AL and the NL the power is clearly massed in one division.  Of the 7 teams above .500 in the NL , 4 of them reside in the NL East.  The teams in the NL East have a combined record of 33-23 vs the teams in the NL Central and a combined record of 31-21 vs the teams in the NL West.

In the AL, of the 7 teams above .500, 4 of them reside in the AL East.  The teams in the AL East have a combined record of 33-19 vs the teams in the NL central and a combined record of 27-22 vs the teams in the AL West.

The only two teams in an Eastern Division who are below .500 are the Phillies and Red Sox, who are both playing exactly .500 ball vs teams outside of their divisions.  When two teams with the payroll that Philadelphia and Boston have are the only two teams in the Eastern part of the nation below .500, you don’t have to wonder where the best talent and baseball are.

Tweet Of The Week

“Nothing gets hit harder than a hanging slider” @UrKllinMeSmalls  after Smoak took Petitte deep at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Series Preview: Yankees at Orioles | 5/14/12-5/15/12

Pitching Matchups

Monday, 5/14/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 8 K, 2 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 4-1, 5.02 ERA / 4.84 FIP / 3.67 xFIP, 8.60 K/9, 2.63 BB/9 in 37.2 IP

Pitching for the Orioles: Jason Hammel, RHP
Last Start: 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 8 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 4-1, 2.09 ERA / 2.51 FIP / 2.76 xFIP, 8.84 K/9, 2.56 BB/9 in 38.2 IP

Tuesday, 5/15/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: C.C. Sabathia, LHP
Last Start: 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 7 H, 10 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 5-0, 3.51 ERA / 2.79 FIP / 2.67 xFIP, 9.29 K/9, 1.75 BB/9 in 51.1 IP

Pitching for the Orioles: Wei-Yin Chen, LHP
Last Start: 7.2 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 3-0, 2.68 ERA / 3.19 FIP / 4.45 xFIP, 6.81 K/9, 2.92 BB/9 in 37.0 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

— Robinson Cano – 11 for 22 with 3 doubles, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

— Raul Ibanez – 6 for 17 with 1 double, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

— Curtis Granderson – 3 for 23 with 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 8 K in the last 7 days

— Russell Martin – 2 for 15 with 1 double, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K in the last 7 days

— Mark Teixeira – 5 for 22 with 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K in the last 7 days

BAL Offense

Who’s Hot:

— J.J. Hardy – 9 for 27 with 3 doubles, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

— Nick Markakis – 8 for 24 with 2 doubles, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 5 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

— Matt Wieters – 4 for 24 with 1 double, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K in the last 7 days

— Chris Davis – 3 for 16 with 1 RBI, 7 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series everyone!

Morning Bits: Tweaking the lineup, Jeter, Martin

Good Morning all.  Good start from Pettitte yesterday only two mistake pitches away from getting the win.  New week and a new series starts tonight.  Let’s start the week of right with some links….

— Not sure if everyone saw this before the game but the Yankees honored former Marine and purple heart recipient Megan Leavy and bomb sniffing dog.  Article is from The Daily News written by Sean Brennan.

— Yesterday the Yankees wore Pink for breast-cancer awareness writes Joey Nowak of mlb.com.

Bryan Hoch of mlb.com has a story about how Russell Martin’s mom is never far from his thoughts.

— Yesterday Jeter tied Robin Yount for 16th all time on the career hit list writes Nowak of mlb.com.

— Everyone check out this article by Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.COM about tweaking the Yankees lineup.  Thoughts?

Yanks fall to Mariners 6-2 in Andy Pettitte’s return

It was a joyous day in Yankee Stadium on an early Sunday afternoon as Andy Pettitte made his way to the mound. He knew that he was ready to take on the Seattle Mariners lineup and start his 2012 season on the right foot. Although he didn’t walk away with the win, Andy did walk away (somewhat) on the right foot. Pettitte had given up 4 runs in 6+ innings pitched but received the loss because the Yankees offense couldn’t get the clutch hit.

The Yankees had plenty of opportunities to score, especially in the 5th & the 8th inning. They started both those innings with the bases loaded and no one out, but all the Yanks could do was get 2 runs; both on walks. Derek Jeter grounded into a double play in the 5th and Mark Teixeira grounded into a double play in the 8th thus ending the Yankees rally.

Nick Swisher raised some eyebrows in the 9th inning when he tried to stretch a double into a triple and was gunned down at third. Swisher ended the rally in the 9th as Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez  both flew out to end the game.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees head to Camden Yards for 2 games in which I like to call “their home away from home”. Ivan Nova will pitch tomorrow and CC Sabathia will pitch on Tuesday before the Yanks pack it up and head to Toronto.