Daily Archives: June 9, 2012

Gardner experiences setback

Gardner experiences setback

by Fishjam25

Brett Gardner had another setback in his rehab from an elbow strain.  Per ESPN, Joe Girardi says he will now be out until after the All-Star Break.  This is terrible news for the Yanks as they badly need all of his elite skills – defense, speed, hitting with RISP and ability to work pitchers.  I can’t say I am surprised and I am questioning why the Yanks let him play in Charleston yesterday after he scratched Thursday with stiffness in the elbow.  I’m beginning to doubt whether he will return this season at all and think the Yanks need to find a solution that is not on the current MLB team.  That could mean a trade or it could mean finally giving a shot to Ronnie Mustelier or Eduardo Nunez in LF/DH.

Game 58 Lineup: Mets vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. Mets:

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

RHP Phil Hughes

Say No To Garza

Now that the MLB Draft is over teams will really start to focus on their plans for the trade deadline. The first major rumor for the Yankees this year was that they are interested in Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza. Garza is a familiar name after pitching 3 years for the Rays. Garza had a breakout season last year, but has struggled this season going 2-4, with a 3.99 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 8.4 K/9.  Garza may be the best pitcher on the market this year, but may be one the Yankees would be wise to avoid.

It may too early to write this article since a lot can happen between now and the trading deadline. You do not know who will be pitching well or who will be injured. However, if the deadline was today I would avoid Garza and probably would avoid him on the real trade deadline as well. The recent surge of the Yankees has been led by the starting pitching. C.C. Sabathia has not been quite as dominant as he usually is, but he is nobody to worry about. Andy Pettitte has been the ultimate stabilizing force for the rotation. Even the most optimistic Yankees fan could not have predicted how dominant he has been. Hiroki Kuroda has not gotten enough credit for the job he has done. Kuroda is 5-6 on the year, with a 3.46 ERA, and a 1.25 WHIP. Also, he has allowed 3 runs or less in 9 out of his 12 starts. Kuroda is a solid #3 starter even in the AL East. Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova are wild cards, but have shown signs that they are ready to pitch to their talent level. Hughes has allowed 2 runs or less in 4 of his last 5 starts. Nova showed what he can do last season and fired a gem Wednesday against the Rays, so maybe that will get him back on track. The 2009 Yankees won the World Series with C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte as their 2 best pitchers, so they proved that they can win with that combo already. I am confident that Kuroda, Hughes, or Nova are all capable of being a solid # 3 pitcher and that one of them will step up.

Matt Garza is not an ace pitcher, but Theo Epstein may try to sell him as one. The Cubs are in desperate need of young players and will try to get a haul for Garza. They overpaid for Garza to begin with and will want to recoup that talent. Garza was outstanding last season going 10-10, with a 3.32 ERA, a 2.25 WHIP, a 2.95 FIP, and 9.0 K/9. However, that season is an anomaly when you compare it to his career stats and it’s not a coincidence that his breakout season came in his first season in the NL. Garza was a nice #3 pitcher for the Rays in the AL East, but was never a #1 or 2, as he averaged a 3.85 ERA over his 3 years in Tampa. Garza also struck out less people in Tampa than in Chicago, as he struck only 7.01 batters per 9 innings. In addition to that Garza’s FIP was only 4.24 in Tampa. Another warning sign to me is that this would be the third time in his career that Garza would be traded. The Twins, Rays, and now perhaps the Cubs felt he was expendable so why should the Yankees pay a big package for him? Very few great players get traded 3 times in a career. Maybe it was because he was with two small market teams who wanted to get something for him, but it may not be a coincidence that the Twins and Rays traded him.

A lot of the improvements Garza made last season have not been there this season. This combined with only 1 stellar season in the NL leads me to believe he is only a #3 pitcher in the AL East.  The Yankees may need to trade for a starter at the deadline and Garza may very well be the best one available, but that does not mean they should target him. Trading is about value and I have a feeling Theo Epstein wants a lot more than what Garza is worth. The Yankees could probably trade for somebody for less who would do almost as well, or just stick with what they have. I don’t think Kuroda is much worse than Garza if he is worse at all. The Yankees farm system has taken a slight hit this year so they really can’t afford to give away any big pieces in the wrong deal. The Yankees should not be buying Matt Garza as a pitcher who will put them over the top.

Morning Bits: Hughes, Chamberlain, Gardner

Good morning everyone and Happy Saturday to you all! The Yankees and Mets play a night game because….it’s a Fox game. Just wanted to remind you in case you wanted to go and get some earmuffs or if you want to listen to the radio instead. Here are your morning links!

— Phil Hughes had arguably the best start of his career vs. the Detroit Tigers, but can that build momentum for him going into tonight’s start vs.the Mets and Dillon Gee?

— Joba Chamberlain threw off a mound for the first time–and he feels ‘good.’

— The Charleston RiverDogs took the first game in a 3 game series vs. the Savannah Sand Gnats–and Brett Gardner helped! Gardner went 1 for 3 with a stolen base, a single and a run scored after a Cito Culver HR.

Yanks power past crosstown rivals in 9-1 victory over Mets

It was first night of the Subway Series at Yankee Stadium and the Yankees made sure to treat their crosstown rivals the New York Mets to a laser show. Hiroki Kuroda pitched very well until he got injured in the 7th inning and the Yankees bats woke up in a 9-1 victory over the Mets.

The Yankees bats consisted of a lot of HR’s tonight: 2 2-run shots by Robinson Cano, One HR by Nick Swisher and one HR by Andruw Jones. 3 of the 4 homers were back to back to back. The last time the Yankees hit a back to back to back games was in August of 2009 vs. the Baltimore Orioles when Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano & Melky Cabrera all went yard. The Yankees also learned how to hit with RISP after A-Rod hit a SAC Fly, Nick Swisher double and an Andruw Jones single.

Hiroki Kuroda however was the star of the night going 7 shutout innings of 1 hit ball before getting hit in the foot with a baseball which forced him from the game. Kuroda however has a left foot contusion which means it’s bruised and not broken. There’s no timeable as to when Kuroda will return.

Brett Gardner did a rehab assignment tonight with the Charleston River Dogs (I gave updates throughout the night on my Twitter account) and Gardner had a good game. He went 1 for 3 with a SB, a single and a run scored. If all goes well this weekend, the Yankees will see Gardner in Atlanta on Monday to play against the Braves (which ironically was Gardner’s favorite team growing up as a kid).

David Robertson will do a rehab assignment in Triple A in Rochester and will either start tomorrow or Sunday.

Tomorrow the Yankees will send Phil Hughes out on the mound against Dillon Gee of the Mets. The game is a FOX game and will start at 7:05pm.