Monthly Archives: July 2012

Game 103: Baltimore @ Yankees

Good evening everybody. Here is tonight’s lineup:

Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Russell Martin C
Ramiro Pena SS

Ivan Nova P

-The Yankees received good news on Mark Teixeira today. He was diagnosed with inflammation in his wrist and will be re-evaluated in 3 days.

Yankees Acquire Casey McGehee

According to Joel Sherman, the Yankees have traded RHP Chad Qualls to the Pirates for 3B/1B Casey McGehee. In 293 PA this year, the right-handed McGehee has hit .230/.297/.377. He will be beneficial as another right-handed bat in an otherwise heavily left-handed roster with the injuries to Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. This year against left-handers, McGehee has a very strong 119 wRC+, a .348 wOBA, and a .807 OPS. He also brings a lot of value as a pinch hitter with a line of .292/.382/.542 coming off the bench in his career which is rather impressive. McGehee plays both 3rd and 1st base so he can add some pop to the lineup at 1st base while Teixeira is out, and then he could probably platoon with Eric Chavez at 3rd with A-Rod out. Sherman also notes that the Pirates are giving the Yankees $225,000 of the $485,000 differential between the contracts of Qualls and McGehee.

Chad Qualls was going to be the odd man out of the bullpen anyway with Joba Chamberlain returning from the DL so this is a good move by Cashman to get some value out of the right-hander instead of simply sending him down or DFA’ing him. However, this trade doesn’t come without a negative side, as McGehee’s defense at third base is not anything to rave about. Also as William J. of The Captain’s Blog pointed out on Twitter, the trade makes the Yankees lineup even more suscepible to splits as McGehee is extremely weak against right-handed pitching (.222 AVG, .616 OPS, 67 wRC+ this year).

Joba will be activated tonight and will be a great piece to have in the bullpen as someone who can get both righties and lefties out.

Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Sanchez & Williams, Phelps, A-Rod, Mariano

* An A-blog for A-Rod has a nice article about Yankee stud prospects Gary Sanchez & Mason Williams.

* Bleeding Yankee Blue has some last minute trade options.

* Lady Loves Pinstripes has her latest power rankings.

* Pinstripe Alley takes a look at David Phelps and his pitch sequence.

* River Ave Blues takes a look at the “Year of the setback.”

* The Captain’s Blog takes a look at the Yankees stance with the trade deadline.

* The Yankee Analysts is thinking about the lineup without A-Rod in it.

* Yanks Go Yard has a good article about Mariano Rivera and 2013.

Morning Bits: Pettitte & Tex injury updates and more

Good morning all.  Another tough loss last night both with the game and with Tex having to leave the game.  MRI results of that injury will be coming later today.   Today is also the last day for trades to be made.  Will the Yankees surprise everyone and jump in and make a trade?  Lot’s of things can happen today so check back often for updates.  Tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:05PM EST.   Tillman vs Nova.

Enjoy the day.  Now for the links…

Matt Ehalt of ESPN NY writes that the Yankees are having one-run issues.

Ethan Asofsky of MLB.COM has all the latest on the Tex injury.

— Lot’s of tidbits from about Pettitte, Swisher at DH, and the trade deadline.

Zach Schonbrun of The New York Times writes that Yankees offense and lead are slipping.

Game 102: Baltimore @ Yankees

Jeter warming up via Bryan Hoch of MLB.COM

Good evening all. Here is the lineup.

Derek Jeter SS

Curtis Granderson CF

Mark Teixeira 1B

Robinson Cano 2B

Nick Swisher DH

Raul Ibanez LF

Eric Chavez 3B

Ichiro Suzuki RF

Chris Stewart C

Pitching – Freddy Garcia RHP


Kuroda’s exceding expectations

Kuroda went 8 strong last night in ND vs Boston

When Brian Cashman signed Hiroki Kuroda in January on Friday the 13th, the move was totally overshadowed  by the trade of Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda announced on the same day.  While most were patting Cash on the back for acquiring a possible #2 for the Yankee rotation, they were talking about Pineda.  Kuroda was thought to be a decent veteran pick-up who could eat innings as a back-end starter.  While we all know what happened to Pineda, Kuroda has done his utmost to pitch like that #2 starter the team was looking for.

While Kuroda had some ups and downs early in the season, he’s found his groove and is currently one of the top pitchers in the American League.  He leads the team and ranks in the Top 10 in Wins (8th), ERA (10th) & WHIP (8th).  Coming from the NL West to the AL East, most thought his numbers would suffer as the competition is greater and the ballparks are smaller.  However, thus far his numbers are nearly identical to his career numbers in the N.L. in almost every category.  This is astounding since even if he wasn’t facing better lineups (which he is), just moving from Dodger Stadium to Yankee Stadium should cause a stark change in his performance. But Kuroda has been even better in his new, smaller home park going 7-3 with a 2.63 era, 1.02 whip and tidy 0.77 HR/9. Read the rest of this entry

Series Preview: Yankees vs. Orioles | 7/30/12-8/1/12

Pitching Matchups

Monday, 7/30/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Freddy Garcia, RHP
Last Start: 7.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 8 K, 0 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 4-4, 5.16 ERA / 4.02 FIP / 3.98 xFIP, 7.38 K/9, 2.51 BB/9 in 61.0 IP

Pitching for the Orioles: Miguel Gonzalez, RHP
Last Start: 2.2 IP, 7 ER, 7 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 2-2, 4.28 ERA / 5.50 FIP / 5.20 xFIP, 7.49 K/9, 4.28 BB/9 in 33.2 IP

Tuesday, 7/31/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova, RHP
Last Start: 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 5 K, 6 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 10-4, 4.08 ERA / 4.44 FIP / 3.98 xFIP, 8.02 K/9, 2.95 BB/9 in 128.0 IP

Pitching for the Orioles: Chris Tillman, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 5 K, 4 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 3-1, 1.66 ERA / 3.34 FIP / 4.65 xFIP, 7.06 K/9, 3.74 BB/9 in 21.2 IP

Wednesday, 8/1/12, 1:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 3 HR On the Season: 10-8, 4.08 ERA / 4.77 FIP / 4.30 xFIP, 7.94 K/9, 2.15 BB/9 in 121.1 IP

Pitching for the Orioles: Zach Britton, LHP
Last Start: 5.2 IP, 6 ER, 6 H, 2 K, 3 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 1-0, 5.74 ERA / 5.81 FIP / 5.28 xFIP, 4.60 K/9, 6.32 BB/9 in 15.2 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

Russell Martin – 5 for 13 with 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB in the last 7 days

Mark Teixeira – 6 for 22 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

Eric Chavez – 0 for 12 with 2 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

Andruw Jones – 3 for 17 with 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K in the last 7 days

BAL Offense

Who’s Hot:

Omar Quintanilla – 11 for 26 with 3 doubles, 1 HR, 2 RBI in the last 7 days

Nick Markakis – 9 for 29 with 1 double, 1 HR, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Chris Davis – 7 for 23 with 1 double, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

Matt Wieters – 1 for 19 with 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 9 K in the last 7 days

Taylor Teagarden – 1 for 12 with 7 K in the last 7 days

Mark Reynolds – 3 for 21 with 3 BB, 9 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series everyone!

Morning Bits: Joba news, Pettitte injury, Bobby V. says Yankee could miss playoffs

Good morning all.  Losing a series to the Red Sox always stinks.  New series tonight against Baltimore who is fighting to be one of the wild card teams.  The series should be good one.  Also this week we might be seeing Joba back with the team.

Let’s get right to the links….

Steven Miller of has the story of Joba’s outing yesterday.  He notes that Joba will be playing catch in the Bronx today.

Bryan Hoch of has all the latest on Pettite’s ankle.

Ian O’Connor of ESPN NY has the story on how Bobby Valentine says the Red Sox can make the playoffs & Yankees could miss it.

John Harper of The Daily News writes that Mark Teixeira reveals he snapped out of his funk by defying order to change swing.

Slight setback for Pettitte; Tyler Austin removed from game in Tampa

Slight setback for Pettitte; Tyler Austin removed from game in Tampa

by Fishjam

Apparently Andy Pettitte over did it in Seattle with his throwing program and will have to back it off a bit.  He had been throwing up to 55 pitches on flat ground but experienced a good deal of swelling in the ankle so he has been trying to stay off his feet.  Per ESPNs Andrew Marchand:

“Doc said he was hoping it would be healed a little better than it was,” Pettitte said. “The first two weeks it healed really quick and I feel like we have slowed down a little bit. He said, ‘Let’s try to stay off it a little bit.’ That is where we are at.”

In Minor League News, Tyler Austin was removed from a game in Tampa today after suffering an unknown injury.  I was listening to the game on MILB Gameday Audio and Austin hurt himself jumping against the RF fence trying to rob a home run.  There was about a 5 minute delay while he was attended to but he remained in the game.  He then Doubled in the bottom of the inning (2nd inn) but was removed after that.  No official news on the injury yet.  Austin just returned to action on 7/25th after missing about 3 weeks and the Futures Game with a concussion.  He was 2 for 2 today to raise his Tampa average to .300 (6 for 20) and is now hitting .322 with 15 HRs, 17 SBs and a 1.003 OPS for the season.

Game 101 Lineup: Red Sox vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. Yankees:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher DH
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix 3B

Hiroki Kuroda RHP


Week 15 Yankees Player of the Week

The Yankees had a solid week going 3-2 vs. Seattle and Boston. The highlight of the week was the bases clearing double by Jayson Nix in the 8th inning on Wednesday that gave the Yankees the series win. It was a huge hit because it looked like the Yankees were about to go 1-6 on their west coast trip after another game of failed RBI chances. However, Nix changed all of that and the Yankees carried that momentum into a blowout win on Friday against Boston. The Yankees could have won yesterday after Mark Teixeira’s dramatic game tying home run off of rival Vincente Padilla, but Curtis Granderson misplayed Pedro Ciriaco’s fly ball and the Yankees lost 8-6. The nominations for Week 15 Yankees Player of the Week are Curtis Granderson, Jayson Nix, Hiroki Kuroda, and Mark Teixeira.

The Case For Granderson: While Granderson cost the Yankees yesterday’s game with his defense he did have a very nice week with the bat. Granderson hit .308, with 3 HR’s and 6 RBI on the week. Granderson hit a grand slam Friday vs. Boston to put that game to rest.

The Case For Nix: Nix only had 2 hits in 7 AB’s on the week but he made them count. The first hit, as I mentioned before, was a huge bases clearing double to give the Yankees the series win in Seattle. Nix also had a 2 run HR after Boston went up 6-1 to help get the Yankees back into the game.

The Case For Kuroda: Kuroda had a dominating start Monday in the Seattle when the Yankees really needed one following a sweep at the hands of the Oakland A’s. Kuroda pitched 7 innings, allowed 1 run on 3 hits, and struck out 9.

The Case For Teixeira: Mark Teixeira has made himself a fixture on the nomination list for this award the last few weeks. This week he did not disappoint again this week. He hit .348 on the week, with 1 HR, and 7 RBI. He could have hit even higher because he had many hard hits in Seattle that he got robbed on. Teixeira had an RBI in 4 out of the 5 games this week. Also, as I mentioned before, Teixeira hit a game tying HR yesterday off rival and noted head hunter Vincente Padilla.

The Week 15 Yankees Player of the Week is Mark Teixeira. Teixeira’s HR off Padilla was my favorite moment of the season so far even though the Yankees lost. To see a class act like Teixeira hit that HR off of a guy like Padilla was great. Teixeira has had an amazing July and the Yankees will need him to continue it into August with the loss of Alex Rodriguez.  As always vote for your choice in the poll and discuss in the comments.

Morning Bits: Jeter, Rodriguez, Headley, Teixeira

Good morning everyone and happy Sunday to you all! Yankees lost yesterday but what still has fans in a winning mood was Mark Teixeira’s HR off his rival Vincente Padilla! That was the highlight of the season right there! Tonight’s game is an ESPN game which will start at 8:05pm. Here are your morning links:

— Derek Jeter has no plans to retire anytime soon, so could he possibly reach 4,000 hits by the time he’s ready to hang up his cleats?

— With Alex Rodriguez out of the picture for the next 8 weeks or so, do the Yankees go and get Chase Headley from the Padres?

And Mark Teixeira tweets a very important question–and gets an answer from David Robertson:

Game 100 Lineup: Red Sox vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. Red Sox:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones LF
Jayson Nix 3B
Russell Martin DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chris Stewart C

CC Sabathia LHP

What the Ichiro trade could mean for the Yankees

When the Yankees traded for Ichiro Suzuki on July 23, I thought that it was a practical joke just like when I thought it was a practical joke when the Yankees announced they re-signed Andy Pettitte. I soon found out along with the rest of Yankees universe that the Ichiro trade was real. Brian Cashman had traded Yankees minor league pitchers D.J Mitchell and Danny Farquahr while the Mariners had sent Ichiro and cash considerations.

Ichiro is supposed to be able to provide depth to the Yankees outfield after Brett Gardner went down with a season ending injury. Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones both platooned in the beginning when Girardi thought that Gardner would miss just 2 weeks, then a month, then two months, then the whole year. After he found out that the Yankees were going to be without Gardner for the rest of the year, they acquired Ichiro to fill their problems. There’s only one small problem: Ichiro has never played a game in left field his entire career. Ichiro is primarily a right fielder which happens to be the perimeter of Nick Swisher, at least for this season.

Ichiro could change everything for the Yankees since he’s a slap hitter and has tremendous amounts of speed, but he could change things so much that the Yankees might not need Nick Swisher at the end of the season when it’s time to decide which spare parts to keep and which spare parts to let go of. A lot of things come into consideration just how much the team could change during the 2012 off-season.

When I asked around on Twitter about how Yankees fans felt about the Ichiro trade, the responses varied:

@loverofbaseball: I was surprised at first. Seemed like a no lose trade, only cost the Yankees $2 Million and minor league pitchers.

@yankeeman76: I’m so ready for Ichiro I can hardly believe it! #stoked

@gobibs: I think he’ll be a good fit

@MichaelPacholek: Getting Ichiro could be good. Giving up only 2 “Who is he?” pitchers for him helps.

@aj_rotger: Pumped. Needed the speed and OF d-fence.

@grandchief415: It’s a smart move, no-cost and he’ll be re-energized.

@JeweleeYankee: Excited!…and nervous.

The trade could be one of the biggest trades that Cashman could do during this season. It could bring some new life to the Yankees and it could help them get into the play-offs and keep their gigantic American League East lead but the Yankees might not want to get their hopes up. Ichiro has declined since 2010 and isn’t the same player he was years ago. However, he could be just as useful as the rest of the Yankees bench and could be the answer to the Yankees problems in left field, but it never hurts to think ahead into the off-season where it could be time for Cashman to decide who stays and who goes.

Morning Bits: Yankees, Angels, Pedroia, Ichiro, Chamberlain

Good morning everyone and a happy Saturday to you all! Yankees play at 4pm and it’s a FOX game. CC Sabathia will go on the hill for the Yankees. Here are your morning links!

— Now that the Angels have acquired Zack Grenike, if the Yankees faced the Angels again–who would win?

— After the Yankees defeated the Red Sox 10-3 in last night’s game, Dustin Pedroia bashed the Red Sox organization now that the Sox are 11.5 games behind the Yankees.

— Anthony McCarron of the Daily News says to catch Ichiro Suzuki play this summer at Yankee Stadium while you can before he heads off to Cooperstown as a future Hall of Famer.

—  Joba Chamberlain is just days away from returning to the Yankees, which is good because the Yankees could use all the bullpen help they could get.




Game 99 Lineup: Red Sox vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. Red Sox:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Andruw Jones DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Russell Martin C

Phil Hughes RHP