Daily Archives: August 22, 2012

Game 124 Lineup: Yankees @ White Sox

Lineup vs. White Sox

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Andruw Jones DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Casey McGehee 3B
Ichiro Suzuki LF

RHP Phil Hughes

Pregame Notes:

— As you may all have heard, Bartolo Colon was suspended for 50 games for the use of steroids. This has been the second former Yankee this month to get suspended.

Ivan Nova will miss at least one start after experiencing discomfort in his shoulder. The Yankees are expecting Nova to be put on the DL.

Here’s today’s Poll question:

Bartolo Colon suspended for testosterone use

Bartolo Colon suspended for testosterone use

By Delia E.

The Office of Commissioner of Baseball released details that Oakland Atheltics pitcher Bartolo Colon received a 50 game suspension without pay after he tested positive for Testosterone, with him becoming the second former Yankee in a week to get suspended. Colon’s suspension is effective immediately.

Here is the statement that Colon released following his suspension: “I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A’s. I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension as required by the Joint Drug Program.”

What Can the Yankees Do With Ivan Nova?

I and everybody else in the Yankees blogosphere have written plenty this season about Ivan Nova’s struggles.  Everybody knows the reasons at this point. He can’t locate any of his pitches consistently, he is not getting back to trying to get ground balls as opposed to strikeouts, and his attitude at times has been in question. Nova has been by far the worst Yankees starter this season and has been consistently miserable besides in the month of June. Nova now owns a 4.92 ERA and continues to lead MLB in extra-base hits allowed after yesterdays latest disaster in Chicago. The question at this point is what can the Yankees do? With the division lead down to four games they need to be more proactive.

Mercifully, CC Sabathia is scheduled to return on Friday, which should help bring better consistency back to the rotation. What might seem obvious to everybody is to insert David Phelps into the rotation for Nova. Phelps has been great this year in any role the Yankees have asked him to play, as he has a 2.69 ERA. However, the problem with inserting Phelps into the rotation is that Nova is unlikely to help you in the bullpen, and the Yankees really need help there as well. With Joba Chamberlian’s struggles the Yankees have nobody in their pen they can really count on outside of David Robertson and Rafael Soriano. Boone Logan has a 7.43 ERA for almost two months now, Cody Eppley has 5.40 ERA in August, and Derek Lowe probably came back down to earth in his last outing. The bullpen has had two major implosions over the last two weeks to cost the Yankees wins.                                                                                      

Sabathia coming back on Friday combined with tomorrow’s off day gives the Yankees a chance to skip Nova’s turn and let Phelps make another start. They could even skip him twice with an off day next week if they felt he needed more tutoring. They could then return Phelps to the bullpen for the stretch run where he will be needed, especially for the postseason. A playoff rotation of Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte, and Phil Hughes is very solid. Phelps would be of much better use in the bullpen, as he could get high leverage outs later in games or come on early in the game if a starting pitcher struggles. But for now it makes sense for Phelps to stay in the rotation for another turn or two while they try to fix Nova.

Morning Bits: Jeter’s pursuit of Rose, Pettitte pitching in 2013 and more

Another bad game for the bombers last night.  Nova just isn’t cutting it lately.   At least Tampa lost as well so they didn’t gain any ground.  On the other hand Baltimore did win so the caught up.   Tonight’s game starts at 8PM EST.  On the mound will be Hughes vs Sale.

Enjoy the day.  Now for some links…

Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY has an article about the Yankees & Nova’s struggles.

Jason McCallum of ESPN Stats takes us inside the numbers of Jeter’s pursuit or Rose.

Mark Feinsand of The Daily News reports that Andy Pettitte is targeting to return in September and won’t rule out a return in 2013.