Daily Archives: July 23, 2012

Game 96 Lineup: Yankees @ Mariners

Lineup vs. Mariners:

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

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

Pregame Notes:

— If you haven’t heard already (I’m sure you have), the Yankees have traded D.J Mitchell & Danny Farquahr to the Seattle Mariners for Ichiro Suzuki. The Yankees have designated Dewayne Wise for assignment to make room for Suzuki on the roster.

— In other notes, Eduardo Nunez came off the minor league DL today after a 3 month stint.

— If Suzuki performs better than the Yankees expect then the Yankees could re-sign him to a 1 year deal in the off-season, but there’s a catch–no more Nick Swisher at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees Acquire Ichiro Suzuki

Yankees Acquire Ichiro Suzuki

According to Jack Curry, the Yankees and Mariners have agreed on a trade to send Ichiro Suzuki to the Yankees in exchange for D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar. Also, Joel Sherman is reporting that the Yankees will pay just more than $2 million of what is left on Ichiro’s salary.  Ichiro is batting .261 on the season, with 4 HR’s, 28 RBI, and a .642 OPS. The general consensus seems to be that the Yankees got Ichiro for next to nothing.

Travel Day

The breaking out of the brooms was the story that dominated MLB this week  as the 2012 MLB season passes the 60% threshold.


Tigers-White Sox

There was no bigger favorite in MLB to win their division in 2012 than the Detroit Tigers.  Playing in a division regarded as weak, the Tigers added Prince Fielder to the roster in the offseason and looked as sure as death and taxes to win the AL Central.

The Tigers had been sluggish all year,  but it never felt anything but inevitable to me that eventually they’d pass the Indians and White Sox.  The Tigers sweep of the White Sox finally puts them where virtually every writer and fan thought they’d be when the season began. Miguel Cabrera hit his 300th career home run to lead the way on Sunday.

Though the Tigers’ lead in the AL Central is only 1 1/2 games, the bottom line is that the Tigers are much more likely to pass the Yankees and Rangers for the first or second playoff seed than they are to lose the Central and that’s where their focus is.


Despite losing star first baseman Joey Votto, the Reds swept their division rival to maintain a slim lead on the Pirates while all but ending the Brewers playoff hopes.


No matter which team you are a fan of, its pretty hard not to like the story of the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates.  It was exactly 20 years ago that the Pirates last made the playoffs.  After concluding their sweep of the Marlins, the Pirates now have the third best record in the National League with only 68 games left to play.  A.J. Burnett ran his record to 11-3 with another fantastic start.  Burnett looms as a legitimate Cy Young contender, his 2012 performance mocking those foolish enough to have called his trade by the Yankees for two inconsequential minor league prospects  a good one.  Andrew McCutcheon is on fire, now leading MLB with a .372 batting average along with 22 home runs and a 1.070 OPS.  The Pirates are a legitimate team and the time to stop doubting them has arrived.  Sometimes something is as good as it seems, regardless of how unlikely that something is.

As far as the Marlins go, it is very hard to believe that they are now 44-51 when you look at who is on their roster.  Their offseason additions looked to have made them a serious contender, but Marlins fans must feel like a guy at a train station whose looking down the tracks for a train that never left its station.  If it wasn’t already assumed that the Marlins won’t make the playoffs, it is now.

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Series Preview: Yankees at Mariners | 7/23/12-7/25/12

Pitching Matchups

Monday, 7/23/12, 10:10pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 9-7, 3.46 ERA / 4.05 FIP / 3.89 xFIP, 6.92 K/9, 2.43 BB/9 in 122.1 IP

Pitching for the Mariners: Kevin Millwood, RHP
Last Start: 5.0 IP, 7 ER, 10 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 3-7, 4.15 ERA / 3.57 FIP / 4.35 xFIP, 6.62 K/9, 3.35 BB/9 in 102.0 IP

Tuesday, 7/24/12, 10:10pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Freddy Garcia, RHP
Last Start: 5.2 IP, 4 ER, 9 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 4-3, 5.37 ERA / 4.20 FIP / 4.20 xFIP, 7.04 K/9, 2.85 BB/9 in 53.2 IP

Pitching for the Mariners: Felix Hernandez, RHP
Last Start: 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 8 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 8-5, 2.82 ERA / 2.78 FIP / 3.12 xFIP, 9.15 K/9, 2.30 BB/9 in 140.2 IP

Wednesday, 7/25/12, 3:40pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova, RHP
Last Start: 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 10-4, 4.10 ERA / 4.43 FIP / 3.89 xFIP, 7.98 K/9, 2.63 BB/9 in 123.0 IP

Pitching for the Mariners: Hisashi Iwakuma, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 1-2, 4.86 ERA / 5.61 FIP / 4.32 xFIP, 6.60 K/9, 4.27 BB/9 in 46.1 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

Jayson Nix – 5 for 14 with 2 doubles in the last 7 days

Mark Teixeira – 8 for 23 with 1 double, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

Derek Jeter – 8 for 24 with 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Robinson Cano – 9 for 28 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

Eric Chavez – 2 for 14 with 2 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

Chris Stewart – 2 for 11 with 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 K in the last 7 days

Curtis Granderson  – 5 for 24 with 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 9 K in the last 7 days

SEA Offense

Who’s Hot:

Jesus Montero – 12 for 26 with 4 doubles, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

John Jaso – 4 for 11 with 1 BB in the last 7 days

Carlos Peguero – 3 for 9 with 1 HR, 2 RBI in the last 7 days

Michael Saunders – 7 for 23 with 1 double, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

Justin Smoak – 3 for 29 with 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 12 K in the last 7 days

Dustin Ackley – 5 for 28 with 1 triple, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K in the last 7 days

Miguel Olivo – 3 for 16 with 1 RBI, 8 K in the last 7 days

Kyle Seager – 6 for 31 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K

Enjoy the series everyone!

Morning Bits: Swisher likely to sit, past weekend fluke or omen?, Soriano, Jeter

Good morning all and now the streak is at 4.   The Yankees are probably happy to get out to Oakland and move onto Seattle.  Today would be a good day to get back into the win column because tomorrow they face King Felix.   On the mound tonight is Kuroda vs Millwood.   First pitch is at 10:10PM EST.

Enjoy the day now for some links….

Evan Drellich writes instead of taking a risk, Swisher likely to sit for the Seattle series.

Josh Liebeskind has the pregame report of tonight’s game.

Wallace Matthews asks if this past weekend is a fluke or omen.

— Also from ESPN NY Soriano was surprised by the game-tying home run & was it a bad hop or a bad field in the 12th?

Christopher Connors of The Bleacher report has 4 bold predictions for the bronx bombers in the 2nd half.