Daily Archives: June 24, 2012

Game 71 Lineup: Yankees @ Mets

Lineup vs. Mets:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Chris Stewart C
CC Sabathia P


— Say hello to our newest rival on the team we hate the most:

Minor Night Cap: Afternoon game at Staten Island

This afternoon I had the opportunity to sit in the press box at a Staten Island Yankee game.   Richmond County Bank Ballpark (say that three times fast) is very easy to get to and from my trip from north Jersey it was about thirty-five minutes. This was my first trip to the ballpark and it will definitely not be my last.  If you haven’t been here it’s a must see the view’s are amazing (when not blocked by tanker ships going by) but seriously you are staring at Manhattan and the rise of the freedom towers.  You are also looking directly at the statue of liberty from your seats as well.   Tickets to a game range from $10 to $25, which is definitely reasonable.

On to my game notes I hope you can take away some tidbits from what I watched….

Gabriel Encinas (6th round pick of the 2010 draft) is 6’3” 195 from California.  Encinas went 3-0 last year in his work with the Gulf Coast League.  In his first outing this year he went 1.2IP giving up 1H, 2R, 1ER and striking out 2.

1st inning of work.  Encinas works quick with no runners on.  3 up 3 down with 1K.

Bottom of the first: Danny Oh (LF) – With a rocket shot in a full count that the third baseman robbed him with an excellent catch.

Jose Rosario (SS) keeps his hands back well and laced a shot into right field.

Cayones (RF) hits a shot where the short stop tried to turn the double play without watching the ball and it went to the outfield.  Rosario with heads up base running moved to third.

First pitch to Butler (1B) is a wild pitch and Rosario scores easily.   Butler lined a nice hit to CF Cayones moved to third.

Ravel Santana (CF) who was out of the lineup for three games was 0-11 with 8K’s they gave him 3 days off to work on his swing.  He is coming back from a broken ankle and torn ligaments suffered last season.   Works a walk to the load the bases.

Matt Snyder  (DH) worked a four-pitch walk that brings a run in. Staten Island up 2-0

Wes Wilson (C)  – Hits a bases clearing triple.  Note:  Santana running from second almost passed Butler who was on third.  Santana’s speed is something to see. Staten Island up 5-0

Matt Duran (3B)  – Fly’s out to first.

Jamiel Orozco (2B)  – grounded out to second.

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Week 11 Yankees Player of the Week

The Yankees finished 3-3 on the week coming off their undefeated week last week. The starting pitching dropped off a bit as Phil Hughes and Andy Pettitte both had their struggles. A little drop in starting pitching had to be expected because their prior pace was not going to be sustainable. They struggled with RISP yet again this week, but used the long ball for wins especially against the Nationals on Sunday and the Mets yesterday. They have proved that they can hit them anywhere as they have 5 in the first 2 games at big Citi Field. The nominees for Week 11 Yankees Player of the Week are Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, Robinson Cano, and Nick Swisher.

The Case For Teixeira: Texiera had a hit in every game this week prior to last night’s game. Texeira batted .400 on the week with 1 HR, 2 RBI, and 5 runs scored.

The Case For Sabathia: CC had perhaps his best start of the year on Monday against the Braves. He fired his first complete game of the year, allowed only 2 runs on 7 hits, and struck out 10. Sabathia had been coasting along fine this year, but wasn’t his dominant self until Monday. Hopefully he can carry that momentum into tonight’s start as he has the tough task of having to out pitch R.A. Dickey.

The Case For Cano: Cano had a monster power week this week as he belted 4 HR’s. His 2 run homer Friday could have been huge if the Yankees could have capitalized againsr Francisco Cordero. 3 out of the 4 homers were solo though as Cano continues to struggle big time with RISP. It would be scary to think what his numbers would be if he was hitting just decently with RISP because he has still managed to have an all-star caliber 1st half with a .908 OPS.  For the week Cano hit .286, with those 4 HR’s, and 5 RBI.

The Case For Swisher: Swisher hit .357 for the week, with 2 doubles, and 2 RBI. Swisher missed 2 games this week so his RBI and HR totals are low but his average is impressive. He had multi hit games in 2 of the 4 games he played in this week. Unfortunately he did knock over Ike Davis’ ball over the fence for a 3 run HR that gave the Mets a 5-0 1st inning lead on Friday.

The Week 11 Yankees Player of the Week is Robinson Cano. You are encouraged as always to vote in the poll and discuss your choice in the comments.

Morning Bits: Martin, Home Runs, Teixeira

Good morning everyone and a Happy Sunday to you all! Tonight is an ESPN game (hey, better than FOX) and will begin at 8pm which means there’s a good day of baseball ahead from the other 28 teams. Let’s get onto the morning links!

— Russell Martin had a stiff back last night which prompted Dewayne Wise to pinch hit for him and for Chris Stewart to catch for him. But Russell Martin isn’t concerned about his back.

— Same story, different day: The Yankees continue to rely on the home run ball to win games. Why is it a problem? Because they have the issue of not hitting with runners in scoring position. Trust me NY Daily News…the fans have noticed how bad we are when it comes to small ball.

— Coming into tonight’s game, Mark Texieria has a game plan. He plans on batting left handed vs. R.A Dickey.