Daily Archives: July 19, 2012

Game 92 Lineup: Yankees @ Athletics

Lineup vs. Athletics:

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

RHP Freddy Garcia

Pregame Notes:

— The Yankees still do not have an update on Brett Gardner‘s MRI but the Yankees are going to approach the situation as if he will come back in September.

UPDATE: Gardner will have arthroscopic surgery next week which will most likely end his 2012 season.

David Phelps was brought up from Triple-A last night while D.J Mitchell was optioned to Scranton. Phelps will have the same role Cory Wade had so he won’t just be the long man.

Darnell McDonald was sent to Triple-A after being DFA’d on Tuesday. I guess he didn’t chop off his locks for nothing then.


Noticing fan reactions at the Stadium

Fans love Swish….ARod….not so much

Peter Botte with the Daily News wrote about ARod’s return to 3B yesterday  and how the fans gave him a rough time.  I was at yesterday’s game and it’s always interesting to  pick up the reaction of the fans and hear what people have to say.  For instance the crowd absolutely LOVES Nick Swisher. He runs out on the field pointing and motioning to all of the fans from the 1B line to the RF bleachers like Hulk Hogan entering the ring before a match.  And the fans absolutely eat it up.

ARod on the other hand got booed after his error in the 1st inning, booed after not handling a slow roller that would have been a hit anyway and there were grumblings after every out he made.  The only applause he received were mock cheers when he caught a pop-up later in the game.

Here’s 2 guys with almost IDENTICAL stats but treated totally different ways. One who is loved because he comes across as a regular guy with a great personality and the other who is not really liked because of his contract status and the mistakes he made in his early career.

Look at the numbers, is there anything here that would cause the fans to think one guy is great and the other is atrocious….

.267/.350/.438/.788  14 hrs – 41 rbi

.258/.343/.464/.808  13 hrs – 52 rbi

I think a lot has to do with expectations created by contracts.  As regular people we can’t fathom the amounts of money theses guys get.  And as such we tend to love a guy who earns his money and is a bargain and loathe the guy who is overpaid.  It isn’t that they think Swisher is clutch while ARod is not because no one has failed more in the post-season (maybe Tex) the last 3 years than Swisher.

Swish is an easy guy to like.  He’s always in a good mood, smiling and outgoing.  But his numbers have gone downhill a bit every year since 2010 and I don’t think he deserves a 3 or 4 yr deal worth $11-14M per year like most think he will get.  I try to evaluate players on how they can help the team win and Swisher’s smile doesn’t drive in runs or throw out runners from RF.  What does everyone think of the way these 2 players are treated and do you think that perhaps more players should follow Swisher’s lead?  Should Swisher’s personality be considered when deciding whether to bring him back in the offseason?

Series Preview: Yankees at Athletics | 7/19/12-7/22/12

Pitching Matchups

Thursday, 7/19/12, 10:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Freddy Garcia, RHP
Last Start:  5.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 4 K, 5 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 4-2, 5.25 ERA / 4.19 FIP / 4.24 xFIP, 6.75 K/9, 2.81 BB/9 in 48.0 IP

Pitching for the Athletics: A.J. Griffin, RHP
Last Start:  6.0 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 1-0, 2.63 ERA / 4.65 FIP / 4.31 xFIP, 6.00 K/9, 2.25 BB/9 in 24.0 IP

Friday, 7/20/12, 10:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova, RHP
Last Start:  6.0 IP, 6 ER, 9 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 3 HR
On the Season: 10-4, 4.18 ERA / 4.59 FIP / 3.96 xFIP, 7.97 K/9, 2.71 BB/9 in 116.1 IP

Pitching for the Athletics: Tommy Milone, LHP
Last Start:  6.0 IP, 2 ER, 10 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 9-6, 3.54 ERA / 4.29 FIP / 4.13 xFIP, 5.98 K/9, 2.05 BB/9 in 114.1 IP

Saturday, 7/21/12, 9:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 K, 3 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 9-7, 4.22 ERA / 4.52 FIP / 4.26 xFIP, 8.10 K/9, 2.19 BB/9 in 106.2 IP

Pitching for the Athletics: Jarrod Parker, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 9 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 6-4, 3.16 ERA / 3.49 FIP / 4.29 xFIP, 7.02 K/9, 4.05 BB/9 in 91.0 IP

Sunday, 7/22/12, 4:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: C.C. Sabathia, LHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 10-3, 3.27 ERA / 3.13 FIP / 3.26 xFIP, 8.84 K/9, 2.39 BB/9 in 113.0 IP

Pitching for the Athletics: Bartolo Colon, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 6-8, 3.88 ERA / 3.99 FIP / 4.08 xFIP, 5.50 K/9, 1.46 BB/9 in 111.1 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

Jayson Nix – 5 for 10 with 2 doubles in the last 7 days

Robinson Cano – 9 for 21 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Derek Jeter – 8 for 23 with 3 doubles, 2 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

Mark Teixeira – 6 for 18 with 1 double, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

Curtis Granderson – 6 for 19 with 1 triple, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

Nick Swisher – 3 for 16 with 1 double, 1 RBI, 7 BB, 7 K in the last 7 days

OAK Offense

Who’s Hot:

Jonny Gomes – 5 for 9 with 2 HR, 7 RBI in the last 7 days

— Yoenis Cespedes – 11 for 21 with 2 doubles, 2 HR, 6 RBI in the last 7 days

Josh Reddick – 7 for 21 with 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Chris Carter – 3 for 12 with 2 HR, 4 RBI, 6 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

Cliff Pennington – 0 for 9 with 2 K in the last 7 days

Derek Norris – 0 for 12 with 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K in the last 7 days

Coco Crisp – 1 for 7 with 1 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

Brandon Inge – 4 for 21 with 1 double, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 6 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series everyone!

Morning Bits: 5th Starter, A-Rod not uncomfortable, Cano hit streak at 21 games

Good morning all.  The Yankees now have a 10 game lead in the A.L. least.  A double digits lead is huge and as they start a west coast trip let’s see if they can keep this streak going.  Tonight’s game is a 10:05PM start in Oakland.  On the mound is Garcia vs Griffin.

Enjoy the day now onto the links…

Mike Mazzeo of ESPN NY asks who you think should be the 5th starter.

Mazzeo also has another article about how Girardi mentions that A-Rod doesn’t look uncomfortable.

Cano now has hit streak to 21 games Steven Miller & Cash Kruth of mlb.com have the story.

Peter Botte of The Daily News writes that A-Rod had no field day at third base yesterday and drew boos after committing a two base error.

Kuroda gives Yankees the sweep in 6-0 rain shorted victory

When the Yankees started their game 45 minutes late, all eyes were on Hiroki Kuroda to see if the rain delay was going to slow him down. In the end, Kuroda looked victorious as the Yankees swept the Blue Jays 6-0 in a 7 inning game.

The Yankees started their run scoring bargade with a Derek Jeter double in the 1st inning, followed by an RBI single by Nick Swisher and a 2 run homer by Mark Teixeira (it was also Mark Teixeirs figurine day at the stadium). Andruw Jones scored the 4th run in the first which plated Robinson Cano. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Dewayne Wise hit a ground rule double which scored Jayson Nix, but Wise and Nix weren’t done scoring runs. In the 6th inning Wise singled and scored Nix for a second time which equaled the 6 runs for the Yankees.

Kuroda pitched 7 innings of shutout baseball and earned the win after the game was cut short due to a rain delay.

— Robinson Cano has a 21 game hit streak which is the longest active hit-streak in the majors.

— No news on Brett Gardner and his MRI results.

Mariano Rivera went to the New York Stock Exchange and rang the opening and closing bell.

The Yankees now head to the West Coast where they will play 4 games vs. Oakland (I won’t cover the series until Sunday which is an afternoon game) and 3 vs. Seattle.