Daily Archives: May 22, 2012

Game 43 Lineup: Royals vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. Royals:

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

Phil Hughes RHP


Note: This week I am writing a Yankees mailbag so if you have questions, leave them in the comments below. Now, I also have another article for next week and all you guys would have to do is answer this question: After the Yankees sluggish start, what would you change about the team if you could. Put your answers in the comments sections and I’ll incorporate them in the article next week.

Spanning the Yankee Blogs: A-Rod, Teixeira, Betances, Sanchez

Once again like we do every Tuesday afternoon here is a list of links from the other Yankee Blogs.  Enjoy them.

* An A-blog for A-Rod writes about warning track A-Rod.

* Bleeding Yankee Blue ponders why Mark Teixeira should give up switch hitting.

* Bronx Baseball Daily says that John & Suzyn aren’t going anywhere….unfortunately.

* It’s about the Money Stupid has a story about the new Nick Swisher.

* NYY Universe looks at what to do with Dellin Betances.

* Pinstripe Alley takes a look at prospect Gary Sanchez.

* River Ave Blues details the impatient offense.

* The Captain’s Blog asks who are the 2012 Yankees?

* The Yankee Analysts look into Nova’s slider.

Morning Bits: A-Rod, Tex, Girardi, Last place

Good morning all.  Another night and another Yankee loss.   This team just looks so flat.   Ugh. Hopefully today things will change.

Let’s get right to the links…

The Boston Globe reports that the Yankees are now in the AL East cellar.

— MLB.com writer Mike Bauman writes that the Yankees need A-Rod and Tex to produce soon.   That’s stating the very obvious.

Tim Smith of The Daily News says that Girardi is running out of options.

Paul White of The USA Today writes that the numbers big and small say that the Yankee are in trouble.

Empire State Yankees won last night over Columbus.

Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY asks if A-R0d is next to be moved in the batting order.

— Here is the Recap of last nights game: It’s not pretty.

Royals blank Yanks 6-0 and send Yanks to 3rd straight loss

Let’s face it: right now the Yankees look flat out terrible. All faith was put on Hiroki Kuroda in tonight’s series debut but Kuroda gave up 3 runs in 5.1 IP. The ball was handed to Cody Eppley who faced one batter and Clay Rapada who faced 3 batters. Rapada started the 7th inning but was taken out due to a right hander coming to bat. That was when everything went wrong and the Yankees put in Freddy Garcia.

Garcia on the second pitch gave up a 2 run HR on a hanging curveball which sealed the deal and sent the Yankees to their third straight loss. But it wasn’t all Garcia’s fault. Once again, the Yankees couldn’t figure out a way to hit with runners in scoring position. The Yankees had a great chance in the third inning with bases loaded and no one out, until Robinson Cano & Alex Rodriguez struck  out and Raul Ibanez hit a long fly ball that was caught at the warning track.

One thing crossed my mind while watching the game tonight; the Yankees sorely need Brett Gardner back. I’m not saying that it’s because of Brett Gardner that the Yankees are struggling mightily but ever since Gardner was placed on the DL, the Yankees are 15-16 without him. That’s not a good number. Well the Yankees will have to be with Gardner for a little while longer. While the Yankees go on a West Coast swing, Brett Gardner & David Robertson will head to Tampa, Florida to rehab themselves back into playing shape. Gardner had the MRI today on his elbow while David Robertson said he no longer feels the oblique injury. Unfortunately there might have been no need for Robertson this whole time since the Yankees haven’t seemed to been able to get it together and get a lead.  Here’s another disturbing stat for the Yankees: Yankees are 6 for 69 with runners in scoring position. You would have to think this is going to end soon, right?

Tomorrow Phil Hughes will get the start for the Yankees as the Yanks try to stop their 3 game skid and find a way to get out of last place. Did I forget to mention they were in last place? It must have slipped my mind. Well, back to work the Yankees go.