Daily Archives: July 16, 2012

Game 89 Lineup: Blue Jays vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. Blue Jays:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C

Phil Hughes RHP

Pregame Notes:

Brett Gardner was a little sore after yesterday’s sim game and was given the day off. The Yankees will see how he feels tomorrow but Joe Girardi says he is “concerned and puzzled.”


Travel Day

The Yankees and Angels put on a show, Red Sox soap opera continues,  and more this week.

A Great Show

There’s nothing quite like having a fantastic and memorable weekend.  The Yankees and Angels certainly had one this weekend, in one of the best series played all year by any two teams.

On Friday night Mark Teixeira and Russell Martin bailed out Hiroki Kuroda with 8th inning heroics that lead to a 6-5 Yankee victory.  Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo put on a show for the Angels that continued throughout the weekend. Trumbo homered against the Yankees for the fifth consecutive game and Trout went 2-4 including a double with two stolen bases.

On Saturday afternoon Robinson Cano added an RBI double to a two-run homer and Curtis Granderson hit a two-run blast of his own to lead the Yankees to a 5-3 victory that included yet another stellar performance by Rafael Soriano

. On Sunday afternoon a furious late rally by the Yankees was stopped when Alex Rodriguez popped up to end the game with bases loaded.  Yankee manager Joe Girardi’s bizarre pitching decisions were punished by the Angels in a game that included a rare suicide squeeze that was executed to perfection by Eric Aybar in the 8th inning.

At the end of the three games the Yankees had scored 19 runs on 28 hits to the Angels 18 runs on 31 hits in a series that featured 14 home runs. Trumbo went 5-12 in the series, with 4 RBI’s.  Trout did nothing but cement the notion that he could become the first player since Fred Lynn to win both the Rookie Of The Year and MVP awards in his first season.  Trout went 7-14 and added four stolen bases over the weekend.

Baseball really doesn’t get any better than the way the Yankees and Angels played it this weekend. Power, speed, great fielding plays, a suicide squeeze, this series had it all.  Which is why it’s a shame that Alex Rodriguez’ popup to end Sunday’s game has gotten more hype than the rest of this great series

. By now everyone knows by A-Rod is such an easy target.  The money, the PED admissions, the womanizing, uneasy relationships with teammates and managers,  and the postseason failures have justifiably lead to a high level of scrutiny and criticism for A-Rod.  Yesterday’s failure to produce in a dramatic moment caused a typical A-Rod overreaction from the media and fans.  A-Rod’s two-run home run in the first inning of yesterday’s game was one of the reasons the Yankees were down only 2 runs when he came to the plate in the 9th inning and overall he had a good series, going 4-13.

A-Rod’s decline in power is obvious to everyone, as is the fact that his contract is going to hinder the Yankees for years to come.  It’s just getting a little outrageous for fans and media to blame one popup in a game where he went 2-5 with a two-run home run for a Yankee loss.  Girardi’s decision to send Ivan Nova out to start the 7th inning was absurd.  His decision to send Chad Qualls out for the 8th inning was even more absurd once Boone Logan was used later and was obviously available.  Girardi’s comically sad handling of the pitchers in the later stages of the game allowed the Angels to score five runs in the last three innings.  That loss wasn’t on A-Rod, it was on the entire team and manager.

Mad Genius Or Just Mad?

Very often in life, when people don’t understand something or someone, they label it genius.  Bobby Valentine has often been labeled misunderstood, or a mad genius.  Lots of people are now beginning to think that they’ve understood him all along, he’s just a guy who won’t shut up.

After an early season soap opera with longtime Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis that may have lead to Youkilis’ departure in a trade to the White Sox last month, Valentine still won’t shut up.

On April 15th Valentine said of Youkilis: “‘I don’t think he’s as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason.”

Yesterday, on the eve of Youkilis’ return to Fenway Park with the White Sox, Valentine said: ”I think the comment I made early, he made a big issue out of, and I don’t think he ever wanted to get over it,”

In Valentine’s short stint as the manager of the Red Sox he has come across as a  petulant child with very severe ADHD. While Youkilis’ was never very popular with fans outside of Boston, it’s likely that he’ll have a lot fans over the next three nights who’d like to see him shut Valentine up, if only temporarily.

If The Playoffs Started Today

In the American League:

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

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

In the National League:

The Pirates would host the Braves in a one game playoff to determine who would meet the Nationals.

The Reds would have home field advantage against the Giants in the other series.

Tweet Of The Week

-Around this time last year some Yankee fans were calling Rafael Soriano “Sorryano”, I hope they like humble pie.  @NYYankeesFan92

Series Preview: Yankees vs. Blue Jays | 7/16/12-7/18/12

Pitching Matchups

Monday, 7/16/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes, RHP
Last Appearance: 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 10 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 9-7, 4.33 ERA / 4.48 FIP / 4.15 xFIP, 8.31 K/9, 2.08 BB/9 in 99.2 IP

Pitching for the Blue Jays: Henderson Alvarez, RHP
Last Start: 5.1 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 0 HR On the Season: 5-7, 4.36 ERA / 5.18 FIP / 4.38 xFIP, 3.02 K/9, 1.93 BB/9 in 107.1 IP

Tuesday, 7/17/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: C.C. Sabathia, LHP
Last Appearance: 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 9 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 9-3, 3.45 ERA / 3.21 FIP / 3.25 xFIP, 8.83 K/9, 2.44 BB/9 in 107.0 IP

Pitching for the Blue Jays: Brett Cecil, LHP
Last Start: 4.1 IP, 6 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 3 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 2-1, 6.75 ERA / 5.65 FIP / 5.08 xFIP, 7.09 K/9, 3.38 BB/9 in 26.2 IP

Wednesday, 7/18/12, 1:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
Last Start: 7.1 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 8-7, 3.67 ERA / 4.17 FIP / 3.94 xFIP, 6.95 K/9, 2.58 BB/9 in 115.1 IP

Pitching for the Blue Jays: Ricky Romero, LHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 8-5, 5.03 ERA / 5.17 FIP / 4.51 xFIP, 6.34 K/9, 4.64 BB/9 in 116.1 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

Robinson Cano – 5 for 11 with 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Eric Chavez – 3 for 7 with 1 HR, 1 RBI in the last 7 days

Curtis Granderson – 4 for 11 with 1 triple, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Derek Jeter – 4 for 12 with 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

Russell Martin – 1 for 7 with 1 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Nick Swisher – 1 for 6 with 1 double, 5 BB, 2 K in the last 7 days

TOR Offense

Who’s Hot:

Adam Lind – 6 for 10 with 1 double, 5 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

J.P. Arencibia – 4 for 10 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

Rajai Davis – 0 for 7 with 2 K in the last 7 days

Colby Rasmus – 1 for 12 with 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K in the last 7 days

Brett Lawrie – 2 for 12 with 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series everyone!

Morning Bits: Trades, Joba, A-Rod better at DH

Good morning all.  It would have been nice to see them win last night but at least they took the series and the took the season series from them as well.  The Yankees begin a series with division rival Toronto Blue Jays tonight.  On the mound is Alvarez vs Hughes.

Enjoy the day.  Now here are some links….

Mike Mazzeo of ESPN NY ponders to deal….or not to deal for Cashman.

Bryan Hoch of mlb.com has the scoop on Chamberlin and his progress back to the Bombers.

— Hoch has another article this one with Ethan Asofsky.  The both write that A-Rod’s numbers are boosted when he is the DH.