Daily Archives: June 25, 2012

Minor Night Cap: Mason Willaims earns player of the week, Slade Heathcott returns

SWB L 9-8

Chris Dickerson has 1 run, 2 hits and a walk.

Corban Joseph – 2R, 1H, 3BB

Russell Branyan – 1R, 2H (2-Run homer), 3RBI, 2BB

Pitching –

Dellin Betances3.oIP, 5H, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, 4K, 6.39era

Trenton W 7-1

Luke Murton hit a 2 run homer and Addison Maruszak had two hits one which was a double.

Pitching –Vidal Nuno started the game going seven innings giving up 2 hits, 1 walk, 6 K’s and 0ER.  His record moves to 3-1 on the season with a 0.89era.

Tampa W 9-3

Slade Heathcott made his debut this season coming back from an injury.  He had 1 hit, 1RBI and 1 K.  Ramon Flores had a run and 3 hits. Rob Segedin (solo)  , Kyle Roller (3 -Run)  and Neil Medchill (2-Run) all hit homers.

Pitching – Phelps went 3.1 innings with 4 hits 0ER 2K, and has a 0.00era.

Charleston W 3-2

Mason Williams was just awarded the player of the week click here to read the article.

Williams had a solo home run in the game.

Tyler Austin went hitless having a walk and strikeout his average is still very high at .329

Dante Bichette Jr. had two hits

Gary Sanchez had 1 hit and 2 Rbi’s his average is .313

Pitching – Matt Bashore picked up the win he is now 1-1 on the season.  Bashore went 5 innings giving up 2 hits, 2 walks, striking out 4.  His era is at 1.00

Staten Island W 7-2

Saxon Butler (He is my guy to watch) – 1R, 2H (solo homer), 1RBI, .435

Fu-Lin Kuo – 1R, 3H (Double), 3RBI, .625

Pitching – Evan Rutckyj went 6.2 innings earning the win giving up 4 hits with 2 earned runs, 2 walks and striking out 4.  His era is now at 3.97.

Gulf Coast W 2-1

Austin Jones – 1H (Double), 1K, .316

Mikeson Oliberto – 1R, 3H (Double), .278

Jorge Alcantara – 1H, 2RBI, 2BB, .250


David Aardsma – 2.oIP, 2H, 3K, 0.00  – Good to see that he still hasn’t given up a run. Should be in the Bronx in under 30 days.

Game 72 Lineup: Indians vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. Indians: 

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Dewayne Wise CF
Chris Stewart C

RHP Hiroki Kuroda


Travel Day

Chemistry,  the start of what could be a busy trade season, some reality about ex Yankees, interleague mercifully over with and more as MLB’s season draws closer to the midway point.


Yesterday afternoon at Fenway Park, Kevin Youkilis hit an RBI triple that marked the end of his Red Sox career. Once a key member of a feared Red Sox lineup, Youkilis’ batting average and OBP had taken steep declines in 2011 and 2012.   With a contract that expires at the end of this season, and having been replaced by rookie Will Middlebrooks as the Red Sox starting third baseman, it was inevitable that Youkilis would be traded for the best deal that Red Sox GM Ben Cherington could swing.

This trade was a no brainer for both clubs involved. The White Sox had a glaring need for a third baseman and even with Youkilis’ offensive production being down, one would have to think that he’ll still be an improvement at third base for the White Sox over Orlando Hudson.  With the Red Sox agreeing to pick up a little over 5.5 million of the 8 million dollars remaining on Youkilis’ contract, the White Sox traded two players with little realistic upside and are taking a small gamble that adding Youkilis can help them stay in contention in the AL Central.

Youkilis had reportedly had issues with some of his teammates off the field as well as a public clash with manager Bobby Valentine earlier this year.  Because of this, the media coverage of this trade in the last 20 hours has emphasized one of the most ridiculous clichés used in regards to baseball, chemistry.

The Red Sox historic collapse lead to the firing of manager Terry Francona after revelations of clubhouse clashes and pitchers playing video games while drinking beer and eating fried chicken.  As amusing as many found the jokes that followed, the bottom line is that poor play on the field in September was the reason that the Red Sox missed the playoffs, not clubhouse squabbles or Popeye’s fried chicken.

If the Red Sox had won two more games in September, it is very unlikely that any of the fried chicken jokes and reports of clubhouse squabbles ever would have seen the light of day.  It is also very unlikely that Youkilis would have been traded yesterday if his offensive production was at the level it had been prior to 2011.  Baseball is a game that is about talent and production.  Players who don’t produce are replaced by players who display more talent or production.  The guys who sit on the bench while you hit can’t help you hit a slider away or a fastball up.  Production in baseball is up to the individual player and can only be controlled by that player.

Professional athletes are paid millions of dollars to perform at the highest level and expected to perform as professionals. There are very few people alive, if any, who haven’t personally disliked some or many of the coworkers they have had to deal with at their jobs.  Their bosses still expect them to perform their duties to the best of their ability.  When you are being paid millions of dollars to pitch or hit a baseball, the excuse of not liking some teammates in the locker room rings very hollow.  The San Diego Padres could hold team sleepovers and make smores while holding hands and singing Kumbaya but it won’t help them hit or pitch the ball better.

Some Red Sox fans and  mainstream MLB media apparently expect the good times to roll now that Youkilis is gone.  Apparently “team chemistry” has been improved.  For those of us who stopped believing in fairy tales long ago, we’ll stick with the notion that the Red Sox season hinges on the return of  and production of some key injured players.

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Series Preview: Yankees vs. Indians | 6/25/12-6/27/12

Pitching Matchups

Monday, 6/25/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 6 K, 3 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 6-7, 3.57 ERA / 4.40 FIP / 4.02 xFIP, 6.32 K/9, 2.85 BB/9 in 88.1 IP

Pitching for the Indians: Josh Tomlin, RHP
Last Start: 6.2 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 3-4, 5.12 ERA / 4.25 FIP / 4.29 xFIP, 5.40 K/9, 2.13 BB/9 in 63.1 IP

Tuesday, 6/26/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes, RHP
Last Start: 4.1 IP, 6 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 4 HR
On the Season: 7-6, 4.94 ERA / 5.12 FIP / 4.16 xFIP, 8.85 K/9, 2.30 BB/9 in 78.1 IP

Pitching for the Indians: Justin Masterson, RHP
Last Start: 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 9 K, 0 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 4-6, 3.98 ERA / 3.85 FIP / 3.96 xFIP, 7.12 K/9, 3.70 BB/9 in 97.1 IP

Wednesday, 6/27/12, 1:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Andy Pettitte, LHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 3-3, 3.29 ERA / 3.58 FIP / 3.05 xFIP, 8.56 K/9, 2.30 BB/9 in 54.2 IP

Pitching for the Indians: Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP
Last Start: 6.2 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 8 K, 4 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 7-5, 4.59 ERA / 5.28 FIP / 5.24 xFIP, 6.34 K/9, 5.36 BB/9 in 82.1 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

Nick Swisher – 6 for 17 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

Raul Ibanez – 5 for 15 with 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Robinson Cano – 6 for 21 with 4 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

Curtis Granderson – 3 for 24 with 1 RBI, 3 BB, 10 K in the last 7 days

Russell Martin – 3 for 17 with 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

CLE Offense

Who’s Hot:

Johnny Damon – 4 for 11 with 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Shin-Soo Choo – 9 for 25 with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Lonnie Chisenhall – 5 for 14 with 1 double, 1 triple, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

Jason Kipnis – 3 for 19 with 1 BB, 5 K in the last 7 days

Jose Lopez – 3 for 18 with 2 doubles, 1 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series everyone!

Morning Bits: Swisher, Indians, Scranton Yankees, Gardner

Nice series for the Yankees as they take 2 out of 3 from the Mets and 5 of 6 overall.   New series starts tonight against Cleveland which can be seen on YES or ESPN2.   First pitch is scheduled for 7pm.

Enjoy the day now onto the links….

Mike Mazzeo of ESPN NY has all the quotes from the Yankees last night.  Of course Swisher had this one, “Not bad for a bunch of chickens”.

Justin Albers of MLB.COM has the preview of the Yanks vs Indians series.

— New York Times writer David Waldstein looks into how the Yankees feasted on the National League during inter-league play.

— The Scranton Wilkes Yanks halt six – game skid.

Jeff Bradley of The Star Ledger had a good column from yesterday about how the Yankees aren’t complete until Brett Gardner returns.