Monthly Archives: June 2013

Morning Bits

Good morning everyone!

The Yankees fell to the Rays yesterday by a score of 3-1 to wind up with a split of their four game series with the Rays.

Ivan Nova was very good in defeat but after exiting with two runners on base and two outs in the 7th inning, Shawn Kelly walked the bases full and Boone Logan gave up a hit that allowed two runs.

The Yankee offense was stagnant outside of Brett Gardner and Zoilo Almonte who went 3-4 and 2-4 respectively.

The Yankees are off today and will resume against with a game against the Rangers, who are coming to town to begin a three game series on Tuesday.

Now on to today’s news links:

Michael O’Keefe and Teri Thompson of the New York Daily News report that Alex Rodriguez is on his way back to the Bronx soon.

Jon Heyman of CBSSPORTS.com says it is looking more likely that Robinson Cano will test free agency at the end of the season.

Have a great day everyone!

Game 75 Lineup: Rays vs. Yankees

It’s the series finale of the Yankees & Rays! Also Happy Old Timer’s Day! Here’s your Yankees lineup!

Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Zoilo Almonte LF
Jayson Nix SS
David Adams 3B
Chris Stewart C

Ivan Nova RHP

Yankees Player of the Week

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The Yankees had a very good week going 4-2 against the Angels, Dodgers and Rays. They salvaged their final game against the Angels after nearly blowing a 6-0 ninth inning lead and they hung on to win 6-5. They split a doubleheader against the Dodgers, but the night game was embarrassing as they got shutout by a bad pitcher in Chris Capuano.  Their offense futility continued the next night in an 8-3 loss to the Rays. However, they had two huge wins the last two days over Tampa Bay, as Zoilo Almonte gave them the spark they seemed to need. Yesterday’s win was one of the best of the year as Vernon Wells hit a bases clearing double to give the Yankees a 7-5 lead in the 7th inning after the Rays had gone up 5-3 on a Will Myers grand slam. This week’s nominees for Yankees player of the Weel are Mariano Rivera, Zoilo Almonte, Lyle Overbay and Ichiro Suzuki. 

Mariano Rivera- Mo had three saves on the week and he really started to use his two-seam fastball on righties a ton this week. He looks as nasty as ever. 

Zoilo Almonte- Almonte hit .625 on the week with a home run and 4 RBI. He has shown great discipline at the plate and has given the Yankees a much needed spark. He had three hits in Friday’s win and three RBI in yesterday’s win. 

Lyle Overbay- Overybay continues to get the job done in place of Mark Teixeira. He hit .318 with 4 RBI on the week. 

Ichiro Suzuki- Ichiro has hit better at the plate of late and hit .273 with 1 HR and 4 RBI on the week. Also, he made a few sparkling plays out in right field. 

Not much an argument can be made against Zoilo Almonte this week, so he is your Yankees Player of the Week. Vote for your player of the week and discuss the week that was in the comments. 

Game 74 Lineup: Rays vs. Yankees

Here we are! Game 3 of the 4 game set and we have CC on the mound, coming off a GREAT start last time in Anaheim. Here is your starting lineup!

Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Zoilo Almonte RF
Jayson Nix SS
David Adams 3B
Chris Stewart C

LHP CC Sabathia

Some Notes:

Derek Jeter is at the stadium for the weekend and he took BP with the team.

— In case you’re wondering, John Sterling’s HR call for Zolio Almonte is “Curses, Zoiled Again!”

Morning Bits

Good morning everyone!

Lead by a rookie playing his first major league game in pinstripes, the Yankees beat up on the Rays by a score of 6-2 last night.

Zoilo Almonte didn’t waste any time endearing himself to Yankee fans after being given the call up from Scranton-Wilkes Barre.  Almonte went 3-4 including a home run.

Eight of the nine Yankee starters got hits last night, with only Jayson Nix failing to reach base.

David Phelps allowed 8 hits but only 2 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings and the Yankee bullpen did an excellent job in holding the Rays scoreless in the last 3 1/3 innings.

The Yankees and Rays will play the third game of this four game series today starting at 1:05 PM ET.  The game will be broadcast on YES.

Ivan Nova(2-1, 5.16 ERA) will face Chris Archer(1-3, 5.03 ERA) this afternoon.

Now on to today’s news links:

Anthony Rieber of Newsday reports that Rays manager Joe Maddon has no sympathy for the Yankees.

Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News says the Yankees should invoke the spirit of George Steinbrenner.

Have a great day everyone!

Game 73 Lineup: Rays vs. Yankees

Here’s the lineup for Game 2 of this 4 game set! David Phelps vs. Roberto Hernandez!

Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Zoilo Almonte LF
Jayson Nix SS
David Adams 3B
Austin Romine C

RHP David Phelps

Some Notes:

— The Yankees have DFA’d Reid Brignac and Alberto Gonzalez now has his spot on the roster. Surprising fact, the Yankees were 27-16 before acquiring Brignac. After acquiring Brignac? 12-17.

Yankees Reaching a New Low

VERN-OFF: Vernon Wells, mired in a 13-for-110 slump, grounds out to the pitcher to end the sixth inning of the Yankees’ 8-3 loss to the Rays last night — a game in which he was pinch hit for by Zoilo Almonte, who had one prior big league at-bat

What can you really say at this point? This Yankees offense is just painful to watch at this point. Chris Stewart, no that is not a typo, has been the Yankees’ best right handed hitter this season. The Yankees have had only two home runs from right handed hitters in the last 30 days; one from David Adams and one from Mark Teixeira. Remember last year when the Yankees hit too many home runs or something like that?

On some level I feel as though some Yankees fans are they getting what they deserve for complaining about the 2012 that finished 1st in MLB in home runs (245), 2nd in runs (804), first in wOBA (.342), and 1st in wRC+ (113). That was an offense that should have been appreciated and not get torn down. Some people are just too spoiled. Those people are now seeing exactly what a brutal offense looks like.

This year the Yankees are 21st in MLB in runs scored (279), 17th in home runs (73), 26th in wOBA (.297) and 27th in wRC+ (83). Austin Romine, Reid Brignac and Vernon Wells all have WAR’s 0 or below. David Adams (.1 WAR), Lyle Overbay (.2) Jayson Nix (.2) are not far away from that mark. Whenever the team is down three runs the game is probably over and you just can’t win that way.

The Yankees only have a grand total of two hitters who strike any feat into opposing pitchers whatsoever. Brett Gardner has had a great season, but he isn’t capable of carrying the team for long stretches. Robinson Cano has only had a good, but not spectacular season for him. Even the starting pitching has had a recent rough patch, which you cannot blame them for since they have been carrying the team all season.

With the way things are going the Yankees seem to be in danger of falling out of the race before the injured players return and the trade deadline. Although, Boston’s struggles have allowed the Yankees to not fall very far back at this point. Those are really the only two avenues that can really make a difference at this point. The Zolio Almonte’s and Thomas Neal’s of the world are unlikely to put this team back on track.

It will be interesting to see what happens at the trade deadline. Even if the Yankees fell out of it there are not really many  pieces on this roster that they could sell because most of the players either suck or make too much money. Unfortunately, the Yankees won’t get lucky like the Red Sox did and have another team come save them of their horrid contracts.

If the Yankees are still in the race how many good pieces would they give up for a rental player? Since they are probably more than one bat away from competing for a championship I would be hesitant in giving away any top prospect for a rental. However, if a good hitter becomes available that is under team control for a few years that would be a different story. We can all dream about Giancarlo Stanton and Chase Headley I suppose.

Who is at fault for this mess? Its tough to assign blame between Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman since nobody really knows what exactly is going on in upper management. My gut feeling tells me that Cashman’s hands were tied so tight because of the budget that the majority of the blame should go to Steinbrenner.

There is not much Cashman could have done last winter when he was only permitted to give out one year deals. I’m going to assume that Cashman would have brought back Russell Martin if he had the financial ability to. There was nobody signed at either third base or shortstop this winter that would have made a big difference. Eric Chavez would have been an upgrade, but he would never had been able to stay healthy playing everyday and he seemed eager to leave New York anyways.

In the outfield the Yankees could not have anticipated Curtis Granderson going down to fluke injuries, but the fact that right field is a mess is no surprise. However,  Ichiro Suzuki felt more like an ownership move, so I do not really put this one on Cashman either. The guys he targeted in Nate Schierholtz and Tori Hunter are both having very good years and would have been upgrades.
Steinbrenner is getting what he deserves at this point. The product on the field, attendance and TV ratings are a disaster right now.

That’s what you get when you self impose an unnecessary budget when you own a team that is probably worth more than any team in professional sports and put a product on the field that in no way matches the prices you are charging for tickets. Not to mention the fact that Steinbrenner still says winning is the number one priority when clearly was not the case last offseason. All you can hope for at this point is that what’s happening with the Yankees right now causes change.

Morning Bits

Good morning everyone!

The Yankees fell to the Rays last night by a score of  8-3.

Andy Pettitte allowed 5 earned runs on 9 hits in 6 2/3 innings.

The Yankees continue to struggle offensively, scoring 3 runs on only 6 hits.

Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner were hitless, lowering their batting averages to .221 and .216 respectively.

The second game of the three game series with the Rays begins at 7:05 PM ET tonight and will match David Phelps(4-4, 4.08 ERA) with Roberto Hernandez(4.7, 5.02 ERA).

Now on to today’s news links:

Mark Feinsand, Roger Rubin, and Anthony McCarron say that the Yankees are too aggressive on the basepaths.

Matthew Stanmyre of the Star-Ledger talks about how atrocious Vernon Wells has been at the plate.

Jon Heyman of CBSSPORTS.com has this to say about the Yankees seeking bats via trade and wonders if any are available.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post thinks the Yankees may need to dump Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain at any cost.

Have a great day everyone!

 

Game 72 Lineup: Rays vs. Yankees

It’s a brand new series! Here’s your starting lineup!

Brett Gardner CF
Jayson Nix 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Stewart C
Reid Brignac SS

LHP Andy Pettitte

Morning Bits

Good morning everyone!

The Yankees managed a split of a doubleheader yesterday with the Dodgers.

The afternoon game saw Lyle Overbay and Ichiro Suzuki get the big hits that propelled the Yankees to a 6-4 win.

Hiroki Kuroda didn’t have his best stuff and allowed eight hits in 6 2/3 innings but managed to allow only two runs.

The night game was a disaster for the Bronx Bombers. Phil Hughes allowed ten hits and five earned runs over six innings in a bad outing and the offense managed only three hits all night long.

The Yankees play the first of three games against division rival Tampa Bay tonight in the Bronx.

Andy Pettitte(5-4, 3.95 ERA) will battle Matt Moore(8-3, 4.12 ERA) tonight.  Game time is 7:05 PM ET and YES will broadcast the game.

Now on to today’s news links:

Peter Botte and Stephen Lorenzo of the New York Daily News point out the value of Ichiro Suzuki lately.

Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger says that Phil Hughes mediocre June performance may cost him his rotation spot.

Have a great day everyone!

In a cruel twist of fate, the Yankees will need A-Rod the most

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Two weeks ago, it appeared that the Alex Rodriguez era in New York was coming to a crashing conclusion. MLB had announced they are seeking to suspend him and about twenty other ballplayers for having connections to Anthony Bosch, the PED supplier from the Biogenesis clinic in Miami.

Many Yankees fans reacted with pure joy, believing that A-Rod and his mess of a contract could finally be shed by the team. With him taking only baby steps in his long road back from a second hip surgery, the looming 100-game suspension almost certainly would ensure that 2013 would be a year without the 37-year old has-been slugger.

As the Yanks had just gotten Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis back off of the disabled list, there was little doubt that the team wouldn’t continue its surprisingly hot start to the season. Yet, just returning home after losing six out of ten games on the West Coast, the Bombers have hit a low point. The offense can barely score more than two runs a game, and the pitching has been average at best.

Adding injury to insult, Tex and Youk were both placed back on the disabled list with the same injuries that had them land on it in the first place. Inflammation in the right wrist for Mark, and a herniated disc for Kevin, one that was just operated on and will take 10-12 weeks at the minimum to heal.

If it explains their anemic performance since first returning from the DL, so be it. But the fact remains that the disabled list has once again inflated back to including all of the potent Yankee hitters not named Robinson Cano. With Youkilis almost certainly done for the year, and the constant threat of Teixeira suffering the same fate, it is not looking promising for the lineup to get any better any time soon.

That is, until A-Rod comes back.

You read that right. As far as the public knows, the only evidence MLB has been able to sniff out of Biogenesis is the journal of names and drugs Bosch allegedly kept for keeping tabs on all his clients. If I were a betting man, the investigation could go on well into the winter. Meaning (when he is physically ready), A-Rod can come back and be re-inserted as the team’s everyday third baseman.

It sounds ridiculous and trust me it’s not something I want to see happen. I am just like the common fan who would forever love Brian Cashman if he was able to get #13 out of the Bronx somehow. But, putting all the baggage Rodriguez brings with him aside, the Yankees need offense in the worst way possible. The trade market looks incredibly thin for impact bats, and the Yankees probably don’t have the pieces to acquire one even if they tried to.

So if I’m the Yankees and I can count on A-Rod hitting .280, driving in runs, and having the occasional power to hit one out, why the hell wouldn’t he be welcomed back? The fact is, no one knows if Curtis Granderson will still have enough pop in his broken hands to be the main power source of the lineup, or if Derek Jeter’s cranky ankle will hold up for him to be a reliable top-of-the-order hitter for the stretch run.

At this point in the year, as the lineup looks as bad as its been in decades, Alex Rodriguez may be the last hope for the Yankees to have a shot at competing for a playoff spot. The Red Sox, Orioles, and Rays are not going away anytime soon, and they have the younger, more athletic, and overall healthier ball-clubs.

Counting on Lyle Overbay, Vernon Wells, and Travis Hafner to be a potent middle-of-the-order bunch come the dog days of summer and the tense moments of a pennant race is not the way to go. As lost as the season once seemed for the Yankees’ oldest, most banged-up stars, it may be up to the Captain, and more importantly A-Rod alone, to keep Yankee Stadium’s lights glowing for the month of October.

As crazy as it sounds, it may be the only rational route to another Yankee playoff berth.

Game 71 Lineup: Dodgers vs. Yankees

Game 1 was great, so let’s make Game 2 even better! Here is the starting lineup for the nightcap with Hughes on the mound!

Brett Gardner CF
Jayson Nix SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells DH
Thomas Neal RF
Ichiro Suzuki LF
David Adams 3B
Lyle Overbay 1V
Austin Romine C

Phil Hughes RHP

 

Game 70 Lineup: Dodgers vs. Yankees

Let’s play an (unplanned) two games today! Yankees vs. Dodgers! Here’s Game 1’s lineup!

Brett Gardner CF
Jayson Nix SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Thomas Neal DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
David Adams 3B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Stewart C

Hiroki Kuroda LHP

* Game 1 will broadcast on the YES Network. Game 2 will broadcast on My9.

Morning Bits

Good morning everyone!

Last night’s rainout has resulted in the scheduling of a doubleheader for today at Yankee Stadium.

The first game will begin at 1:05 PM ET and will be broadcast by WWOR.  Hiroki Kuroda(6-5, 2.78 ERA) will face Hyun-Jin Ryu(6-2, 2.85).

The second game will begin at 7:05 PM ET and will be broadcast by ESPN and YES.  Phil Hughes(3-5, 4.89 ERA) will face Chris Capuano(1-4, 5.45 ERA).

Now on to today’s news links:

Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com has this piece on Don Mattingly stating that not getting the manager job for his old team was a blessing.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post says an old and pricey,decaying roster is the same theme as last year for the Yankees.

Mike Fitzpatrick of the AP writes about Mark Teixeira heading to the DL again and Kevin Youkilis requiring back surgery that will sideline him for at least 10-12 weeks.

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News has this article on Don Mattingly returning to Yankee Stadium for the first time with the Dodgers.

Have a great day everyone!

Game 70 Lineup: Dodgers vs. Yankees

Welcome home Don Mattingly to Yankee Stadium. Now, let’s give Mattingly a proper welcome, shall we? Here is the lineup.

Brett Gardner CF
Jayson Nix SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Thomas Neal DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
David Adams 3B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Stewart C

Phil Hughes RHP

Some Notes:

Mark Teixeira has been placed on the 15-day DL. Yankees have recalled RHP Adam Warren–AND they called up OF Zolio Almonte. Chris Bootcheck has been DFA’d.

Morning Bits

Good morning everyone!

After a travel day back to New York the Yankees will kick off a nine game home stand at Yankee Stadium tonight against the Dodgers.

Game time is at 7:05 PM ET and WWOR will broadcast the game.

Phil Hughes(3-5, 4.89 ERA) will face Hyun-Jin Ryu(6-2, 2.85 ERA).

Here are today’s news links:

Dayn Perry of CBSSPORTS.com says Yankee GM Brian Cashman is leaning towards putting Mark Teixeira on the DL again.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com has this article about Cashman saying that he isn’t counting on Kevin Youkilis to return this year.

George A. King III of the New York Post reports that Cashman isn’t happy about Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long’s comments to the media about Mark Teixeira’s condition.

Have a great day everyone!