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Wild Card Watch: September 3, 2013

Good morning Yankees fans! I am back with another Wild Card Watch! Yesterday the Yankees were 3.5 games back and needed to gain some ground. Did they? Here’s the results from last night along with the final scores of our Wild Card contending teams:


Wild Card Final Scores (WC Teams are in BOLD):

White Sox 1, Yankees 9: David Huff pitched 5.1 IP of one run ball, Derek Jeter drove in two runs and the Yankees scored a season high 8 runs in the 4th inning as they demolished the White Sox 9-1 to take game one of the three game set. Tonight’s pitching match-up: Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99 ERA) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.89 ERA)

Rays 2, Angels 11: Erick Aybar had a big night for the Angels, hitting a two-run homer and a two-run triple, Grant Green had his first MLB home run and Garret Richards navigated after a shaky start as the Angels hand the Rays their fifth straight loss with a 11-2 victory. Tonight’s pitching match-up: Matt Moore (14-3, 3.41 ERA) vs. Jason Vargas (8-5, 3.54 ERA).

Orioles 7, Indians 2: Nate McLouth and Matt Weiters both hit two-run HR’s and Bud Norris pitched seven innings of one run ball as the Orioles beat the Indians 7-2. Tonight’s pitching match-up: Chris Tillman (15-4, 3.61 ERA) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (9-9, 3.95 ERA).

Rangers 2, Athletics 4: Coco Crisp hit the game deciding home run and Yoenis Cespedes HR’d as the A’s win 4-2. The Rangers and Angels are now tied for first in the AL West (which is why the Rangers are in the Wild Card standings. Tonight’s match-up: Martin Perez (8-3, 3.58 ERA) vs. Bartolo Colon (14-5, 2.94 ERA).

Royals 3, Mariners 1: Royals reliever Will Smith tossed 4.1 IP after starter Danny Duffy left the game in the fourth inning and the Royals got to King Felix, scoring three runs including a Mike Moustakas single as the Royals beat the Mariners 3-1. Tonight’s pitching match-up: Erasmo Ramirez (5-1, 5.18 ERA) vs. Bruce Chen (6-2, 2.79 ERA).

Come back tomorrow for another Wild Card Update!

Wild Card Watch: September 2, 2013

Last night on Twitter I asked my followers if they would prefer that I placed the Wild Card standings on my Twitter account and I got a huge response. All of the answers were yes. So I decided why not do a Wild Card Watch on Yankees Fans Unite as well? That way we can keep tabs on where the Yankees are for the rest of the month, dissecting what the Yankees have to do in order to get the second Wild Card spot. Here was the Wild Card standings from last night, since all the teams that are in the Wild Card race played afternoon games.

BTHeQjaIcAAc33tThe good news is, the Yankees didn’t lose any ground for the second Wild Card spot. The Tampa Bay Rays lost so the Yankees are still 3.5 in the race. The bad news (for now) is that Baltimore and Cleveland leapfrogged over the Yankees for the other two spots. Now, the reason I say it was bad news for now is because a brand new series means brand new teams play against one another. Yankees will host the Chicago White Sox for three games and the Cleveland Indians will host–the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees have a chance to once again leapfrog over Baltimore and Cleveland since one of those teams in the Wild Card race would have to lose the games and the series. Now, the White Sox are no pushovers for the Yankees since they have Jose Quintana, Chris Sale and Hector Santiago going in that series, but the Yankees have a slightly different team and the offense clicked as of late. What will happen on Labor Day? Hopefully the Yankees labor their way to a victory, then hold their breath to hope either Baltimore or Cleveland lose the game, then hold their breath and hope the Rays lose their game. Yankees can’t fall backwards. It’s only going forwards from here. Come back to the blog tomorrow for another Wild Card Watch.

Series Preview: Yankees vs. Indians | 4/8/13 – 4/11/13

Pitching Match-ups

Monday, 4/8/13, 4:05 p.m. 

Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda (0-1, 13.50 ERA)
Indians: Ubaldo Jimenez (0-0, 1.50 ERA)

Tuesday, 4/9/13, 7:05 p.m.

Yankees: Andy Pettitte  (1-0, 1.13 ERA)
Indians: Carlos Carrasco (8-9, 4.62 ERA in 2011)

Wednesday, 4/10/13, 7:05 p.m.

Yankees: Ivan Nova (0-1, 7.71 ERA)
Indians: Brett Myers (0-1, 12.60 ERA)

Thursday, 4/11/13, 7:05 p.m.

Yankees: Phil Hughes (0-1, 6.75 ERA)
Indians: Zach McAllister (0-1, 3.00 ERA)

Series Preview: Yankees vs. Indians | 6/25/12-6/27/12

Pitching Matchups

Monday, 6/25/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 6 K, 3 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 6-7, 3.57 ERA / 4.40 FIP / 4.02 xFIP, 6.32 K/9, 2.85 BB/9 in 88.1 IP

Pitching for the Indians: Josh Tomlin, RHP
Last Start: 6.2 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 3-4, 5.12 ERA / 4.25 FIP / 4.29 xFIP, 5.40 K/9, 2.13 BB/9 in 63.1 IP

Tuesday, 6/26/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes, RHP
Last Start: 4.1 IP, 6 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 4 HR
On the Season: 7-6, 4.94 ERA / 5.12 FIP / 4.16 xFIP, 8.85 K/9, 2.30 BB/9 in 78.1 IP

Pitching for the Indians: Justin Masterson, RHP
Last Start: 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 9 K, 0 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 4-6, 3.98 ERA / 3.85 FIP / 3.96 xFIP, 7.12 K/9, 3.70 BB/9 in 97.1 IP

Wednesday, 6/27/12, 1:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Andy Pettitte, LHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 3-3, 3.29 ERA / 3.58 FIP / 3.05 xFIP, 8.56 K/9, 2.30 BB/9 in 54.2 IP

Pitching for the Indians: Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP
Last Start: 6.2 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 8 K, 4 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 7-5, 4.59 ERA / 5.28 FIP / 5.24 xFIP, 6.34 K/9, 5.36 BB/9 in 82.1 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

Nick Swisher – 6 for 17 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

Raul Ibanez – 5 for 15 with 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Robinson Cano – 6 for 21 with 4 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

Curtis Granderson – 3 for 24 with 1 RBI, 3 BB, 10 K in the last 7 days

Russell Martin – 3 for 17 with 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

CLE Offense

Who’s Hot:

Johnny Damon – 4 for 11 with 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Shin-Soo Choo – 9 for 25 with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Lonnie Chisenhall – 5 for 14 with 1 double, 1 triple, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

Jason Kipnis – 3 for 19 with 1 BB, 5 K in the last 7 days

Jose Lopez – 3 for 18 with 2 doubles, 1 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series everyone!

Previewing the 2012 Indians | Interview Series

Over the course of the next month or two, we will be previewing the Yankees’ competition in the American League. To do this, I will interview one blog for each team in the league.

Today we’ll finish up the AL Central by looking at the Cleveland Indians. I interviewed Matt Van Wormer of Did The Tribe Win Last Night?

1) The Tribe finished in 2nd place in the AL Central with a 80-82 record last year. What are your reflections on the 2011 season?

The 2011 was a very fun, exciting and memorable season.  The Tribe started off hotter than the sun and cooled just a bit too much to make it into the playoffs.  Magic seemed to intervene every single game, from walk-off Grand Slams one night to a walk-off single the next.  There was a game winning run scored via the suicide squeeze.  It was ALMOST a great season.  Hopefully, 2012 will be a bit more successful.


2) At the trade deadline last year, the Indians traded a sizable package of prospects for Ubaldo Jimenez. How imperative is it for Ubaldo to return to his elite 2010 form in 2012 and make the trade worth it for Cleveland?


The starting rotation is going to be very important in relation to the Indians success in 2012.  Ubaldo has worked much more this offseason than he did last offseason and I think that will definitely help him return to the form that we saw him in while playing for Colorado in 2010.  If we can get 2010 Ubaldo, we are in for a real treat.  If not, well, it will just be one of those moves that gets questioned for the next 3 or 4 years.


3) How do you feel about the Indians’ offseason to this point? Do you feel that GM Chris Antonetti has done a good job in addressing the team’s possible weaknesses?


The one thing that is really irking me is the handling of the 1st base situation.  Matt LaPorta can NOT be part of the plans when it comes to setting the lineup for 2012.  He showed us over and over that he cannot handle the duties of an everyday 1st baseman and Antonetti has not addressed that position at all.  It also doesn’t help that we traded a 28 year old Fausto Carmona for a 31 year old Roberto Hernandez Heredia.  But that’s a whole other story.


4) Considering the Tigers just signed Prince Fielder and look to be the clear favorite for the AL Central, currently what is the general confidence level of Tribe fans?


The Prince Fielder signing was huge for the Tigers but that move was a necessity for them after the possible season-ending injury to Victor Martinez. While a lineup with Miguel Cabrera and Fielder is scary, the Tigers have a lot of people who will need to step up to make the Tigers go like they did in 2011. Cabrera and Fielder can’t bat before and after themselves and Justin Verlander won’t be able to start 162 games. Yes, the Tigers are a good team but they aren’t unbeatable.


5) What do you think of the Indians’ farm system at this time? Are there any noticeable strengths or glaring weaknesses? Are there any young prospects that could have an impact on the 2012 major-league club?


The Indians farm system is consistently ranked as one of the best in baseball.  The Columbus Clippers, Akron Aeros and Lake County Captains have experienced quite a bit of success over the past few seasons but I don’t know that any of them will be ready to jump to the Show in 2012.  Jason Kipnis’ success during the 2nd half of 2011 wasn’t a surprise to anyone but it was surprising how quickly he became successful.  When you can turn two prospects into a player like Ubaldo Jimenez, you know your farm system is good.


6) Finally, how do you project the team will do in 2012?


Simply answered, better than 2011.  I see this team making a nice jump as they come together and fight for a win each and every day of the season.  The only thing I am weary of is the 1st base position.  Other than that, I am very confident about the prospects of the 2012 season.

NYY @ CLE – 7/6/11

Let's hope that arm of Phil's can dominate those Indians!


Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF


Phil Hughes (0-1, 13.94) vs. Justin Masterson (6-6, 2.85)

Enjoy the game.


Yankees sent RHP Buddy Carlyle outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Carlyle successfully cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Bombers last week. The 33-year-old right-hander will stick around as organizational depth.

Yankees optioned RHP Lance Pendelton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Pendleton was called up just a couple of days to serve as a long reliever. He’s registered a 3.21 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 14 major league innings this season.

Yankees released RHP Kanekoa Texeira.

The Yanks claimed Texeira off waivers from the Royals in late May but weren’t pleased with his performance (22.85 ERA in 4 1/3 innings) at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Pedro Feliciano (shoulder) has been shut down again.

Feliciano can’t seem to get healthy and is now looking at only an outside chance of returning before the end of the regular season. The left-hander suffered a torn shoulder capsule during spring training.

Mariano Rivera (triceps) said Wednesday that he “might take another day” off to rest.

Rivera has been sidelined all week with a sore right triceps muscle and the Yankees aren’t going to rush him back. The right-hander has a 1.91 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 21 saves through 33 innings of relief this season.

Sereies Preview @ Cleveland

RHP AJ Burnett (8-6, 4.05)
RHP Josh Tomlin (9-4, 3.86)
6:35 p.m

LHP CC Sabathia (11-4, 3.05)
RHP Carlos Carrasco (8-4, 3.54)
7:05 p.m

RHP Phil Hughes (0-1, 13.94)
RHP Justin Masterson (6-6, 2.85)
7:05 p.m.

and here is the link to Ricky’s series preview.  Give it a listen.

Ricky’s Preview

Series Preview: NYY vs. CLE ~ 6/10/11-6/12/11

Friday, 6/10/11, 7:05PM EST

Ivan Nova (4-4, 4.50) vs. Fausto Carmona (3-7, 5.33)

Nova’s Last 3 Starts: 0-1, 4.96, 5 K, in 16.1 IP

Carmona’s Last 3 Starts: 0-3, 7.36, 12 K, in 18.1 IP

Saturday, 6/11/11, 1:05PM EST

Bartolo Colon (4-3, 3.39) vs. Mitch Talbot (2-2, 4.18)

Colon’s Last 3 Starts: 2-1, 3.98, 18 K, in 20.1 IP

Talbot’s Last 3 starts: 1-2, 6.32, 8 K, in 15.2 IP

Sunday, 6/12/11, 1:05PM EST

TBA vs. Josh Tomlin (7-3, 3.71)

Tomlin’s Last 3 Starts: 1-2, 8.00, 14 K, in 18.0 IP