Daily Archives: August 11, 2012

CC sent to 15-day Disabled List with Sore Elbow

Per NJ.com, Sabathia has been complaining of stifness in his elbow since August 3rd against Seattle.  But an MRI showed no damage and the pain subsided.  However, it stiffened up again vs Detroit.  Now it makes sense why Girardi had a quick hook with CC.  Girardi claims the team is being extra careful with their ace and if it was October he would probably make his Monday start.  That is a good sign at least but anytime your horse has an elbow injury it has to scare the crap out of you.  CC has been so durable throughout his career, but the Yankees have to be concerned and take the conservative approach with a 6 game lead.

Phelps to start Monday / Derek Lowe Signed

David Phelps will start on Monday in CC’s place.  Phelps has been dominating the last 6 weeks with a 0.60 ERA over his last 8 games.  In 15 innings, he’s allowed just 5 hits and 5 walks while striking out 22.  He’s made 3 starts on the year, with a 2.08 combined ERA and 16 Ks over 13 ip.  He’ll likely be limited to 3-5 innings since he isn’t stretched out.

To back Phelps up and provide depth, the team has signed veteran Derek Lowe.  Lowe was cut by Cleveland after a disastorous season.  He’s gone 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA and has allowed a whopping 201 baserunners in 119 ip.  Lowe will be in the pen on Monday to back-up Phelps. Ryota Igarishi will take CC’s roster spot tomorrow in Toronto.

Is Selig’s “New Deal” Working?

Maybe people haven’t been thinking about it much with the postseason still about two months away, but boy is change coming this October. The playoff format included in the new collective-bargaining agreement adds another wild card team to each league and a one-game playoff between the two wild cards to decide who plays in the ALDS.

If that’s not enough for you, the ALDS itself is going to run in a 2-3 format, like it did during the 1995-1997 seasons. Which means, the wild card team will have home-field for the first two games, and the higher-seeded, division winning club will have the remaining three, if necessary. Next year, it will go back to the 2-2-1 in place since 1998.

Maybe that was just a waste of web space, because most MLB fans are aware of what’s to come. And even though many of them, including myself, are opposed to it – in a way, Bud Selig’s original idea for this plan is being realized.

If the playoffs started today, 7 of 11 (three-way tie in AL Wild Card right now) teams would be in the playoffs for the first time since at least before last season. Selig’s hope for more first-time contenders (or first time in a long time – looking at you Baltimore and Pittsburgh) was one of his big reasons for adding the extra wild cards.

As much as it pains be to say this, there’s no doubt Selig knew what he was doing – at least for this season. It’s been exciting to this point, with a lot of teams contending who simply have been horrible in recent years. If those clubs keep it up and make it a tense, epic finish to the season come September, it might change my view – only slightly – on the new playoff system.

Of course the actual postseason need to be played, but I really have to hand it so Mr. Selig – you really hit the nail on the head for this one. You’ve crushed your fingers with mostly everything else though.

Game 113 Lineup: Yankees @ Blue Jays

Lineup vs. Blue Jays:

Derek Jeter DH
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Jayson Nix SS
Casey McGehee 3B
Chris Stewart C

RHP Ivan Nova

Morning Bits: Ichiro’s big night, Nova on the mound and more

Good morning a great win for the Bombers last night as the hits were a plenty.  Ichiro had his biggest game as a Yankee.  Ichiro had 2 hits and 5 Rbi’s.   Others with 2 Hits last night were: Jeter, Cano & Swisher.   Today’s game is set for a 1:07 EST first pitch.  On the mound will be Nova vs Laffey.   Can Nova shake off his latest funk?  Tune in and find out.

Now for some links…

Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY has his take on Nova.

Matthews has an article about Ichiro fitting in well with the Bombers.

Chris Toman of MLB.com has some tidbits about the Yanks including: Girardi hopes Feliciano will be in the pen next month, Phleps happy to get chances in big spots and more.