Daily Archives: June 11, 2012

Game 60 Lineup: Yankees @ Braves

Lineup vs. Braves: 

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

Jorge Soler chooses Cubs over Yankees; signs with them

Jorge Soler chooses Cubs over Yankees; signs with them

By Delia E.

Once again the Yankees get the odd end of the stick. After speculation that Jorge Soler might sign with the Yankees, Soler decided to sign with the Chicago Cubs.  Soler was supposed to be a cheap defensive outfielder (think Brett Gardner but with power). The Yankees felt that the Reds had overpaid Arolodis Champan and that the A’s overpaid Yoenis Cespedes which was why they proceeded Soler with caution.

Travel Day

Interleague play, buyers and sellers, A.J. Burnett dealing, and more this week from the world of MLB.

Interleague Play

The main phase on interleague play got underway this weekend and the results were AL 22 wins and NL 20 wins.

The Diamondbacks, Yankees, Nationals and Rays swept the A’s, Mets, Red Sox, and Marlins respectively.

Jim Leyland’s comments about interleague play last year accurately summed up the feeling of many players, managers, and fans.  Leyland said:

“It certainly was a brilliant idea to start with — it was a tremendous idea — but it has run its course.

“I’ll probably get a phone call (for saying this), but this is totally ridiculous, and I think a lot of people feel the same way,”

Leyland’s comments last year were on the mark.  After the 1994 strike that crippled the public’s interest in MLB, iinterleague play was a useful gimmick to help restore interest in the game.  As time has marched on, interleague play has developed the feel of being an interruption to the season, especially with an additional wildcard now up for grabs in each league.

Buyers And Sellers?

The arrival of interleague play and first questions about which teams will assume the roles of buyers and sellers before trade deadline seem to fit together like peanut butter and jelly.

Last year’s trade activity was very limited and largely confined to the very late stages before the deadline.  This year’s activity could be far more spirited due to the incredible number of teams in contention for a playoff spot.

In the AL, only Seattle, Oakland, Kansas City, and Minnesota appear out of any contention for a playoff spot. In the NL, only Houston, Colorado, Chicago, and San Diego appear to be out of any contention for a playoff spot.

Teams like Detroit and Philadelphia, who were expected to breeze to playoff spots, are struggling to stay in contention.  Teams like Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland are firmly in the battle for the playoff spots.  This trade deadline season has the look of a seller’s paradise. In recent years the trade deadline deals have been dominated by salary dumps or looming free agent rentals.  It has been quite a while since we saw old fashioned player swaps for need by GM’s.  I think it is very possible that some of those old fashioned player swaps could take place this summer.

There are simply so many contending teams with needs this year as the deadline season begins that it is very possible that GM’s may make some moves in the manner that their predecessors did for years and years before free agency altered the way baseball business was conducted.

A.J. Burnett To The All Star Game?

Yesterday in an interleague game vs. the Royals, A.J. Burnett continued the fantastic 2012 season he’s been having.

Burnett has been stellar for the Pirates this season, compiling a 6-2 record with a 3.61 ERA.  Burnett’s  performance has been even better than it looks by those numbers.  When you remove one awful outing against the Cardinals in which Burnett allowed 12 earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings pitched, Burnett’s ERA in his other 9 starts is 1.89.

Burnett has now won five games in a row, and the Pirates have now won seven consecutive games that Burnett has started as they’ve moved into a tie for first place in the NL West with the Reds.

Burnett was the subject of incredible scrutiny in NY, with much of the New York media making him a scapegoat for anything wrong with the Yankees during his time there.

While many are simply attributing Burnett’s success with the Pirates to a lack of pressure in a smaller market, it probably isn’t that simple.  When Burnett was traded he wondered aloud if he had let too many people tinker with him and his former catcher Russell Martin backed up Burnett’s assertion.

The Yankees basically gave Burnett away to the Pirates, receiving two very ordinary single A prospects in return for Burnett while eating twenty million dollars of his remaining guranteed salary.

The Pirates may have made this trade hoping for Burnett to get off to his traditional good start while looking to trade him to another team before the trade deadline.  Now, with the Pirates leading the NL Central, it is likely that the Pirates keep Burnett and look to deal him in the offseason instead.

If The Playoffs Started Now….

In the AL, the Yankees would host the Orioles in a one game playoff with the winner advancing to play the Rays.

The White Sox would play the Rangers in the other series.

In the NL, the Braves would host the Giants in a one game playoff with the winner advancing to play the Dodgers.

The Pirates and Reds would have a one game playoff to determine who went on to play the Nationals in the other series.

Tweet Of The Week

“Everything” @nyyeric in response to being asked what the last place Phillies needs were in a theoretical trade for OF Juan Pierre.

Series Preview: Yankees at Braves | 6/11/12-6/13/12

Pitching Matchups

Monday, 6/11/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova, RHP
Last Start: 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 7-2, 5.09 ERA / 4.76 FIP / 3.89 xFIP, 8.02 K/9, 2.67 BB/9 in 70.2 IP

Pitching for the Braves: Randall Delgado, RHP
Last Start: 6.1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 4-5, 4.26 ERA / 4.08 FIP / 4.14 xFIP, 7.19 K/9, 4.40 BB/9 in 61.1 IP

Tuesday, 6/12/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: C.C. Sabathia, LHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 12 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 7-3, 3.69 ERA / 3.51 FIP / 3.19 xFIP, 9.07 K/9, 2.53 BB/9 in 85.1 IP

Pitching for the Braves: Mike Minor, LHP
Last Start: 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 4 K, 5 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 3-4, 6.57 ERA / 5.53 FIP / 4.57 xFIP, 7.86 K/9, 3.71 BB/9 in 63.0 IP

Wednesday, 6/13/12, 1:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 5-6, 3.46 ERA / 4.63 FIP / 4.10 xFIP, 5.73 K/9, 2.75 BB/9 in 75.1 IP

Pitching for the Braves: Tim Hudson, RHP
Last Start: 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 3 K, 3 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 4-2, 3.83 ERA / 3.14 FIP / 3.83 xFIP, 5.17 K/9, 2.50 BB/9 in 54.0 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

— Robinson Cano – 9 for 22 with 1 double, 3 HR, 5 RBI in the last 7 days

— Russell Martin – 7 for 19 with 1 double, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

— Derek Jeter – 3 for 23 with 3 BB, 4 K in the last 7 days

— Curtis Granderson – 4 for 24 with 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 6 K in the last 7 days

— Alexl Rodriguez – 4 for 19 with 3 RBI, 5 BB, 6 K in the last 7 days

ATL Offense

Who’s Hot:

— Michael Bourn – 13 for 26 with 4 doubles, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

— Freddie Freeman – 7 for 18 with 1 double, 2 RBI in the last 7 days

— Jason Heyward – 7 for 21 with 2 doubles, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

— Dan Uggla – 6 for 19 with 1 double, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 6 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

— Jose Constanza – 2 for 18 with 5 K in the last 7 days

— Brian McCann – 3 for 18 with 1 double, 4 BB, 4 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series!

Morning Bits: Soler, Pettitte, Gardner, SWB, Robertson

Good morning everyone. Great win yesterday to secure the sweep against the Mets. The Yankees now head to Atlanta to take on the Braves tonight at 7pm ET. Here are your morning links…

— The Yankees are trying very hard to sign Cuban OF Jorge Soler.

— The NY Times discusses how the Yankees are now waiting even longer for Brett Gardner to return.

— Despite a swollen and bruised hand from yesterday’s game, Andy Pettitte thinks he should be able to make his next start.

— The SWB Yanks have dropped their second straight game to Louisville, though David Robertson made a solid rehab relief appearence.

Have a nice day!