Daily Archives: July 9, 2012

2012 All Star Game Lineups

Lineup vs. National League:

Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Josh Hamilton LF
Jose Bautista RF
Prince Fielder 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli C
Curtis Granderson CF

RHP Justin Verlander

Lineup vs. American League:

Carlos Gonzalez DH
Melky Cabrera CF
Ryan Braun LF
Joey Votto 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Buster Posey C
Pedro Sandoval 3B
Dan Uggla 2B
Rafael Furcal SS

RHP Matt Cain

Game Time: Tuesday July 10, 2012 @ 8pm
Stadium: Kauffman Stadium
Network: FOX 

Some Notes:

— Tony LaRussa said that it was a “tough call” to pick SF Giants starter Matt Cain over NYM starter R.A Dickey for the start in the All-Star Game, but I believe the reason behind it might be that the NL starting catcher Buster Posey has no idea how to catch R.A Dickey’s knuckler (remember this is only Posey’s 3rd full MLB year.

— Tonight is the Home Run Derby which Yankee second basemen Robinson Cano will be taking apart of. That will be on ESPN.

Travel Day

MLB has reached the halfway point and it’s time for that special break in the regular season.  All-Star week is a time to reflect upon what’s done, what’s ahead, and to enjoy the fun. Today we’ll take a look at the all-bust team.

The All-Bust Team

First Base- Justin Smoak(Sea)

Smoak is best known as the key player that the Texas Rangers dealt to the Seattle Mariners for Cliff Lee in 2010. In 2012, Smoak has been anything but a key player. Batting only .203, with a pathetic .265 OBP and a .332 slugging percentage, Smoak hasn’t cost Rangers GM Jon Daniels a wink of sleep over his decision to deal him.

Second Base-Rickie Weeks(Mil)

It’s hard to believe this is the same guy we’ve witnessed the last few seasons. Weeks is batting only .199, with a .314 OBP and a .343 slugging percentage.   Weeks is on pace to strike out 200 times in 2012.

Third Base- Ryan Zimmerman(Wash)

If anyone knows where the real Ryan Zimmerman is, please contact the Washington Nationals immediately.  Zimmerman is currently producing at .243/.308/.386, all about 40 points below his lifetime numbers.

Shortstop- J.J. Hardy(Balt)

In 2011 Hardy gave O’s fans something to cheer about at SS with a breakout season.  In 2012 the only thing Hardy has given O’s fans is indigestion.  Hardy’s line of .224/.262/.380 isn’t exactly conjuring up images of Cal Ripken in Camden Yards

Catcher-Russell Martin(NYY)

To borrow a quote from Gordon Gekko, if this guy owned a funeral parlor no one would die.  It’s hard to believe that Martin was an all-star selection in 2011.  Martin’s line of .179/.300/.348 is a black hole in the Yankee lineup.

Outfielders- Jose Tabata(Pitt), Shane Victorino(Phil), Brennan Boesch(Det)

Tabata makes the list, even though he was sent down to AAA ball this past week.  Not only was Tabata’s line an ugly .230/.295/.341, but he also looked to be giving minimum effort on the field.  The Pirates are hoping a little trip to AAA ball will get the message across to Tabata.

Victorino couldn’t possibly have picked a worse time to have a bad year. A free agent at the end of this season, Victorino’s line of .245/.311/.369 isn’t going to run up his price nor will it run up the possible trade returns for the Phillies should they decide to trade Victorino.

Boesch was a nice spark for the Tigers in 2011 and great things were expected of him this year. Boesch’s line of .243/.277/.365 is a huge disappointment this season in Detroit

The Home Run Derby

Of all of the skills competitions in the major sports that take place before all-star games, the home run derby is the King.  It’s something that baseball has gotten right, helping to build the excitement of all-star game festivities.  Fans love it, and players actually seem to have just the right blend of competitive spirit and fun.

If The Playoffs Started Right Now

In the American League:

The Angels would host the Orioles in a one game playoff to determine who would face the Yankees.

The Rangers would have home field advantage against the White Sox in the other series.

In the National League:

The Reds would host the Braves in a one game playoff to determine who would face the Nationals.

The Pirates would have home field advantage against the Dodgers in the other series.

Tweet Of The Week

“Uh-oh, this is going to get bad” @NYYEric after the Yankees and Red Sox had ALREADY scored 10 runs in the first inning of Friday night’s game.  Going to?

Morning Bits: Jeter’s shoulder, Sabathia back July 17th & other news.

Good morning all.  With all the injuries to this team they still sit atop the AL East.  All-Star break is here and this gives everyone a chance to rest and relax who are not in the game.  C.C. should be back soon enough and the Yankees can make the push to extend this lead in the second half.

What is the biggest surprise in the first half?

Martin’s horrid start?

Jeter keeping his average above .300?

All the injuries?

Let’s start the morning off right with some links….

Austin Laymance of mlb.com has an article about Jeter saying his muscle spasms in his shoulder aren’t “a big deal”.  As a player gets older though you worry about things like this.

—  The Yankees welcome the Angels to start off the second have of the season.  The lineup which is stacked with rookie sensation Mike Trout will be a lot to handle for this pitching staff.  Alex Angert of mlb.com has the preview.

David Waldstein of The New York Times has the recap of last night’s game with some quotes.

— Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia will be off the disabled list July 17th writes Roger Rubin of The Daily News.

— The Philadelphia Inquirer has a story that the Yankees have some prospects that the Phillies would be interested in.

Andrew Machand of ESPN NY looks at DJ3K one year later.

(Standings from ESPN.COM)

Yankees win series vs. Boston with 7-3 victory

The Yankees needed a distraction from yesterday’s night game which was just abysmal. Tonight, the Yankees got exactly what they needed from the almost 4 hour game as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 7-3 and won the series at Fenway Park.

After being insulted by Vincente Padilla before the game, Mark Teixeira made the Red Sox eat their words by hitting a double which scored Derek Jeter. Nick Swisher was able to ground into a force out which scored Granderson. All of this was done in the 1st inning. The Yankees had scored 13 of their 28 runs this series in the 1st inning. In the 5th inning Alex Rodriguez woke up from his slumber in the 5th inning when he hit an RBI triple to score Teixeira. Andruw Jones had 2 RBI’s in the game when he brought A-Rod home in the 5th and hit his 4th HR in the series in the 7th inning which scored Swisher.

Ivan Nova didn’t have his best stuff tonight but he was able to battle through it, going 6 innings and only giving up 2 runs (only one earned). Cody Eppley had gotten into trouble in the 6th inning but Clay Rapada and David Robertson were able to bail him out to finish the inning. Robertson started the 8th inning and although he was able to get the first two outs with ease, he walked Jarrod Saltalamacchia.  He gave up a RBI double to Mike Aviles which plated Saltalamacchia.

The Yankees are off for the next 4 days but there is still a lot of baseball this week. Tomorrow night is the Home Run Derby where Robinson Cano will lead the American League vs. the National League (fingers crossed Cano wins again.) On Tuesday is the game we have all been waiting for: The 2012 All-Star Game! Yankees return on Friday to Yankee Stadium where they will face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. First pitch for Friday will be at 7:05pm and Hiroki Kuroda will take the mound.