Daily Archives: June 15, 2012

Game 63 Lineup: Yankees @ Nationals

Lineup vs. Nationals:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Jayson Nix 2B
Phil Hughes RHP

Robinson Cano is just getting the day off tonight. There’s nothing wrong with him. He is available to pinch hit tonight if needed.

Also David Robertson is back on the roster and in the bullpen as the 8th inning guy should the Yankees need him tonight.

Makeshift Bullpen Getting It Done

 

 If you were to tell me at the beginning of the season that Clay Rapada, Boone Logan, Cody Eppley and Corey Wade would be pitching important innings this year I would have told you to get your head examined. At the start of the year the Yankees had a bullpen that projected to be elite. They have lived up to that billing, but it has not been because of the guys you expected. With Mariano Rivera and David Robertson going down those 4 pitchers and Rafael Soriano have all stepped up in a huge way.

The fact that Soriano has saved 11 out of 12 games this year comes as no surprise. He was an elite closer in Tampa Bay and will continue to be here. I was in the minority at the time of his signing because I liked the move. The Yankees had a shaky rotation at the time so why not make the games pretty much over with a lead after 7 innings? He also gave the Yankees insurance in case the unthinkable happened, which it finally did this year. Soriano deserves huge credit for taking over for Mariano Rivera almost flawlessly so far. It was an outrage that he got booed after blowing the save on Sunday against the Mets. However, since I expected this from Soriano he isn’t the real story here; Clay Rapada, Boone Logan, Cody Eppley, and Cory Wade are.

Joe Girardi has always gotten the most out of his bullpens during his tenure as Yankees manager. He always makes sure they are well rested and he has done a phenomenal of mixing and matching since David Robertson got hurt. This was particularly evident against Atlanta. All three games were close and the late innings were all high leverage innings. Rapda, Eppley, Wade, and Logan all got opportunities to get holds and have converted.  Rapada has been a great LOOGY this year, as he has held lefties to a line of .163/.280/.256/.536. Eppley has relied on his fantastic sinker to get the job done this year. He has thrown his sinking fastball 78% of the time this year to induce an incredible ground ball rate of 70.5%. If you keep the ball on the ground that much you will be successful.                                                                                                                                                                                          

Boone Logan was a guy I always thought had the potential to be this good and more than just an average LOOGY. Logan’s line vs. lefties (.195/.255/.293/.548) is outstanding along with his 13.09 K/9 and 2.45 ERA. I always liked his hard fastball and slider combination, but he has completely changed the way he was pitched this year.Logan has only thrown his fastball 47.7 % of the time as opposed to 62 % last year, and 67 % the year before. Hence, he has thrown his slider 49.9 % of the time this year as opposed to 35.9 % last year, and 26.1 % of the time the year before.Logan’s slider has an incredible Whiff % of 26.49%. Cory Wade has been a great jack of all trades guy because he has the ability to throw 5 different pitches at any time. He is best known for his slow curve that has kept hitters off balance. He has let up big homers to Mark Trumbo and Miguel Cabrera of late but has been solid for the most part this year. Wade is 0-1 on the year, with a 2.63 ERA, a .95 WHIP, and 9.9 K/9.

These 4 Yankees have been the unsung heroes of the season.  Now with David Robertson back they will face less pressure and should continue to thrive. Also, they can stay fresher because with the Yankees having all of these late leads lately they have been getting a ton of work. Robertson makes this bullpen perhaps the best in the MLB even without the great Mariano Rivera. The starters also deserve credit for carrying their weight without Robertson available. If the Yankees go on to have a great season people need to remember this time when Robertson got hurt and these 4 pitchers held the fort down.

Series Preview: Yankees at Nationals| 6/15/12-6/17/12

Pitching Matchups

Friday, 6/15/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes, RHP
Last Start: 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 6-5, 4.76 ERA / 5.00 FIP / 4.35 xFIP, 8.34 K/9, 2.38 BB/9 in 68.0 IP

Pitching for the Nationals: Gio Gonzalez, LHP
Last Start: 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 0 HR On the Season: 8-2, 2.35 ERA / 2.07 FIP / 2.92 xFIP, 11.02 K/9, 3.72 BB/9 in 72.2 IP

Saturday, 6/16/12, 1:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Andy Pettitte, LHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 8 K, 2 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 3-2, 2.81 ERA / 3.66 FIP / 2.89 xFIP, 8.64 K/9, 1.94 BB/9 in 41.2 IP

Pitching for the Nationals: Jordan Zimmermann, RHP
Last Start:  7.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 7 K, 2 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 3-5, 2.91 ERA / 3.87 FIP / 3.44 xFIP, 6.52 K/9, 1.51 BB/9 in 77.1 IP

Sunday, 6/17/12, 1:35pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 8-2, 4.64 ERA / 4.50 FIP / 3.82 xFIP, 8.00 K/9, 2.55 BB/9 in 77.2 IP

Pitching for the Nationals: Edwin Jackson, RHP
Last Start: 8.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 K, 3 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 3-3, 3.02 ERA / 3.51 FIP / 3.95 xFIP, 6.95 K/9, 2.46 BB/9 in 80.1 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

— Robinson Cano – 8 for 24 with 1 double, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

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

— Mark Teixeira – 6 for 20 with 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 BB in the last 7 days

— Alex Rodriguez – 6 for 21 with 1 double, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 4 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

— Russell Martin – 3 for 20 with 1 double, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 7 K in the last 7 days

WSH Offense

Who’s Hot:

— Bryce Harper – 10 for 21 with 2 doubles, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

— Tyler Moore – 6 for 12 with 2 doubles, 2 HR, 5 RBI in the last 7 days

— Ian Desmond – 8 for 22 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

— Danny Espinosa – 8 for 22 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

— Jesus Flores – 1 for 18 with 1 double, 1 BB, 6 K in the last 7 days

— Michael Morse – 4 for 24 with 1 double, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 7 K in the last 7 days

— Steve Lombardozzi – 3 for 17 with 1 double, 4 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series!

 

 

Morning Bits: Nationals, Gardner, Torre, A-Rod, Bullpen, Red Sox

Good morning everyone. Tonight the Yankees begin a three game series in Washington versus the Nationals with Phil Hughes on the mound.

Here are your links…

— As the interleague series against Washington kicks off, the Yankees know that the Nationals are no longer one of the weaker teams in the National League.

— Yanks’ LF Brett Gardner will be out another 3-4 more weeks.

— Joe Torre has been announced as the Team USA manager for the World Baseball Classic and wouldn’t mind managing his former player Alex Rodriguez.

— The Daily News discusses how the Yankees bullpen is excelling quite well despite not having Mariano Rivera.

— The Hartford Courant looks at how the Yankees and Red Sox seem to be heading in opposite directions.