Daily Archives: September 2, 2012

Week 19 Yankees Players of the Week

The Yankees suffered yet another bad going 3-4 against Cleveland, Toronto, and Baltimore. They had an inexplicable series loss to Toronto after Rafael Soriano blew a save in the 1st game and a combination of bad defense, bad pitching by CC Sabathia and going 3-17 with RISP lost them the 3rd game. They could have made up for it against Baltimore but lost two out of three to them as well, which could very easily have been a sweep if not for an error by J.J. Hardy. This is the 2nd time I can remember this season where nobody is really worthy of player of the week. The Yankee with the highest average this week was Robinson Cano at .250 and there were not really any spectacular pitching performances. The only Yankee who shined this week was David Robertson. He pitched 4.1 innings of scoreless baseball and had holds in all 3 of the Yankees wins. He is your Week 19  Player of the Week. Hopefully next week we can actually have four legitimate candidates again.  They play huge games against Tampa Bay and Baltimore again so a lot of people need to step up more.

Game 133 Lineup: Orioles vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. Orioles:

Derek Jeter DH
Nick Swisher 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Eric Chavez 3B
Raul Ibanez RF
Russell Martin C
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Chris Dickerson CF
Jayson Nix SS

Phil Hughes RHP

Morning Bits: A-Rod, Hughes, Nunez

Good morning everyone and happy Sunday! Yankees were able to come back and win yesterday so now their lead coming into today is 3 games. Yankees will try to make it a 4 game lead (and will try to take the series) with Phil Hughes on the mound.

— Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-4 yesterday and while Cashman said A-Rod will play again today, A-Rod said he wouldn’t.

— Speaking of Hughes, he had been working on his slider as proven last time when the Jays couldn’t figure him out. Hughes might unveil it again–or does what he always does and bring a new pitch against the Orioles.

— Eduardo Nunez possibly had one of the biggest RBI’s yesterday in the 4-3 victory over the Orioles which means something. Yankees should never send down Nunez again.

Yankees rally to regain 3 game lead over AL East over Orioles

For the first 7 innings, it looked as if the Orioles were in control to finally close the gap of the AL East to one game, leaving the Yankees in shock and despair. However, the game ended up taking an odd twist in the 7th inning where walks were the way to score tying and go ahead runs as the Yankees defeated the Orioles 4-3 to tie the series at one game apiece.

Eduardo Nunez (who joined the roster today) hit an RBI to cut the lead to a one run deficit. Ichiro then followed suit with a walk to load the bases. Derek Jeter didn’t have to do anything fancy to get the run home–he walked. So did Nick Swisher which gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead. 

David Phelps wasn’t sharp but he was able to keep the Yankees in the game throughout 5 innings. It was startling that he gave up 5 walks and hit a batter. Boone Logan took over for 2.2 innings and David Robertson & Rafael Soriano followed. 

The biggest bullet that was dodged (besides the Yankees having a 3 game lead instead of a  1 game lead) was Curtis Granderson. Granderson left the game after he grimaced during his at-bat. His MRI showed he had mild tendinitis and he will most likely play tomorrow, at least that’s what he told reporters. 

“”I didn’t feel a pop or a snap or anything like that. Just something didn’t feel right.” Granderson said. Well Curtis, we’re glad that you’re all right. With A-Rod coming back Monday and Teixeira on Friday, we didn’t need anyone else getting bit by the injury bug. 

— Brandon Laird was claimed off of waivers by the Houston Astros, so there was another Yankee we lost to them. We also lost Justin Maxwell earlier in the year.