Daily Archives: April 26, 2012

Minor Night Cap: Charleston streak comes to an end

Empire State Yankees L 6-4

PTF Romine (DL)

Colin Curtis – 1Rbi, 1BB, 1K, .214

Francisco Cervelli – 1H, .179

Dewayne Wise – 1R, 3H (solo homer), 1Rbi, 1K, .407

Steve Pearce – 2H (double), 1BB, .389

Jack Cust – 1H, 2K, .300

Brandon Laird – 1R, 1H, 1K, .239

Kevin Russo – 2R, 3H, (2, doubles), 1Rbi, 1K, .276

Ramiro Pena – 1H, 1K, .262

Doug Bernier -1H, .267

Pitching
PTF Dellin Betances (DNP)

Ramon Ortiz (L, 0-2)  – 5.2IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, 3K, 5.09era

Michael O’Connor – 1.1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 1HR, 2.53era

Pat Venditte – 1.0IP, 1BB, 2K, 3.60era

Jason Bulger – 1.oIP, 1H, 5.79era

Trenton Thunder L 9-2

PTF Zoilo Almonte -  (DL)

Abraham Almonte – 1H (Double), 1RBI, 1BB, .274

Walter Ibarra – 1BB, 2K, .279

Ronnier Mustelier – 1BB, 2K, .356

Cody Johnson – 3K, .286

Melky Mesa – 1K, .214

Luke Murton – 1H, .270

Neil Medchill – 1R, 1H (solo homer) 1RBI, 2K, .125

Jeffrey Farnham – 2K, .192

Yadil Mujica – 1R, 3H, .455

Pitching
PTF Brett Marshall (DNP)

Craig Heyer (L, 1-2) 5.0IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, 1K, 4.57era

Francisco Rondon 2.oIP, 1H, 1BB, 3K, 6.43era

Michael Dubee 2.oIP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 1K, 5.19era

Tampa Yankees L 2-1 F/11

PTF J.R. Murphy – 2H, 1RBI, 1K, .266

Ramon Flores – 1K, .192

Kelvin Castro – 3K, .203

Rob Segedin – 1R, 2H, .321

Kyle Roller – 1H (double) 1K, .238

Eduardo Sosa – 1H, 1BB, .260

Tyson Blaser -2H, .400

Garrison Lassiter – 1K, .077

Jose Mojica – 0H, .238

Pitching
PTF Nik Turley (DNP)

Micahel O’Brien 6.0IP, 5H, 1R, 1Er, 7K, 4.50era

Manuel Barrada 1.oIP, 1K, 9.00era

Mark Montgomery 2.0IP, 1H, 3K, 2.61era

Aaron Dott (L,0-1) 1.2IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 3K, 1.13

Charleston River Dogs L 5-2

PTF Dante Bichette Jr. – 1H, 1RBI, .254

Mason Williams – 1BB, .329

Benjamin Gamel – 1H, .261

Gary Sanchez – 1K, .343

Tyler Austin – 2R, 3H (double, solo homer), 1RBI, 1K, .377

Angelo Gumbs – 2BB, 1K, .224

Kelvin De Leon – 1BB, 2K, .205

Reymond Nunez – 1BB, .226

Anderson Feliz – 1H, 1BB, 1K, .298

Pitching
PTF Bryan Mitchell (DNP)

Scottie Allen (L, 1-2) 5.0IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 2BB, 3K, 4.95era

Zachary Varce 2.0IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 2K, 1.80era

Mariel Checo 1.0IP, 2K, .245era

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Brett Gardner to begin hitting drills tomorrow

Brett Gardner to begin hitting drills tomorrow

By Delia E.

It looks as if Brett Gardner is on track to get back in the lineup after his 15 day DL stint is up. According to Joe Girardi, Gardner will pick up a bat and do hitting drills for the first time since last week when he was sent to the DL with a muscle strain in his elbow. Gardner had been limited to just running drills before getting the OK to hit again.

Yanks should follow Rangers model – make Robertson starter

Robertson has the repertoire to succeed as a Starter

Only about a month ago we were all talking about how much pitching depth the Yankees had.  The Yanks were 7-deep at the Major League level with 5 guys ready to go in AAA.  Since then, nothing has gone right.  The starting staff is 29th in MLB with a 5.73 ERA, Michael Pineda has a labrum tear and is out for the year, and our 2 top pitching prospects have had brutal starts to their seasons in AAA.  Once a luxury, Andy Pettitte is now being depended upon to come save this staff.  But can Andy be relied on at his age  after a year off? And even if he’s effective, is it enough with both Hughes & Garcia struggling badly?

It may be time for the Yanks to think outside of the box.  I was talking to some friends last year around this time about the Yankee pitching staff and who had the best pure stuff.  We were all pretty much in agreement that the nastiest pitcher was David Robertson.  We then discussed making Robertson a starter and really couldn’t find a valid reason why it shouldn’t be attempted.  After all, you generally want to maximize ways for your better pitchers to help you and Roberston could be much more helpful throwing 200 innings a year rather than 65-70.

The Yanks need to learn from perhaps the best run team in the league - the Texas Rangers.  They have successfully turned CJ Wilson from a reliever into a top-notch starter and are doing the same with Neftali Feliz this year after getting a solid season from reliever turned starter Alexi Ogando last year.  Boston has taken notes and is using power set-up man Daniel Bard as a starter this year.

So why not Robertson?  Since the start of last season, he’s been more effective than anyone in MLB with a 0.96 ERA.  He has the repertoire to do it with 3 plus pitches and a 4th that could be plus if he had to use it more.  In relief he generally uses the Fastball and Cutter with a few Curveballs mixed in.  DRob also throws a change-up from time to time and it could be a very effective pitch as a starter.  He has perfect mechanics – using his legs and mid-section to generate most of his power.  His mechanics are very unique but if I had to compare him to a couple of pitchers I’d say Tim Lincecum and to a lesser extent, Pedro Martinez.  Both are multi-Cy Young winning starters despite being under 6’0″.

The Questions?

The first problem is Robertson has never been a starter in his pro career so there would be a big increase in his workload.  He’s never thrown more than 85 innings in a season so it would be a big increase.  But he has perfect mechanics that don’t put a lot of stress on his arm so I think he would hold up.  The second issue is his style.  Currently as a late inning reliever he is often in full-blown strikeout mode.  With no room for error and often pitching with men on base, he goes for the K and has done it better than anyone in the A.L. with a 13.4 K/9 since last April.  This has led to him averaging 18 pitches per inning where the average starting pitcher is around 15 pitches per inning.  This would be a small adjustment in my opinion as he could afford pitching to a bit more contact with some wiggle room that he doesn’t enjoy in his current role.

The other con is how do you replace him in his current role as the best set-up man in baseball?  Well, the Yanks already have Rafael Soriano and David Aardsma should be back in the 2nd half to help as well.  But what I would do is put Phil Hughes back in that role.  Hughes was awesome in the pen in 2009, going 5-1 with a 1.40 ERA – 0.85 whip – 11.4 k/9 and  .456 OPS against.  Phil is currently struggling as a starter because he lacks the secondary pitches to start.  Robertson has those secondary pitches.

It would not be ideal to make this switch during the regular season which I brought up to YFU poster Ballpark the other day.  But as he mentioned, it is still early enough to give it a try.  Robertson could be sent down to the minors for however long it took to get lengthened out. With Pettitte on his way up, the Yanks could afford to be patient getting DRob ready.  Even if he wasn’t ready until mid-season, we really need him for the 2nd half and playoffs.  A rotation of CC, Pettitte, Nova, Robertson & Kuroda would be pretty impressive.  If Robertson doesn’t take well to starting, he can always be put back into the pen.  It really seems like low risk, potential very high reward.  So what do you guys think? Would Robertson be a good starter?

Morning Bits: Pettitte, Pineda, Pitching

Off day today for the Yankees.  Big bats with the next series against Detroit.  Let’s start the morning off right with some links….

The New York Post has all the details from Pettitte’s start yesterday.

The New York Post also writes the loss of Pineda is a major blow to Cashman’s plan.

Richard Justice of mlb.com writes the Yankees are facing unexpected arm crisis.

How Aw-Phil! Yanks fall to Rangers 7-3 in series finale

Tonight’s story before the game may have been about Michael Pineda, who will be out for the rest of the 2012 season. Tonight’s story after the game was Phil Hughes’s horrid outing as the Yanks fell to the Rangers 7-3 in the final game of a 3 game set.

HUGHES WAS AW-PHIL: This was supposed to be a game that could have spelled ‘redemption’ for Hughes. Instead, Hughes went 2.2 IP giving up 4 runs on 5 hits and allowing 1 HR. Hughes had issues with getting hitters out when he let them reach on base. It looks like Phil Hughes is in the same boat as Freddy Garcia at this point; both of them are pitching badly for the Yanks.

EL CAPITAN HITS AGAIN: Derek Jeter is an unstoppable force offensively. Jeter was 2 for 4 and his average reached a whopping .420. It looks like Jeter is not going to stop hitting, no matter whose on the mound. That sounds like a good idea Jeet. As a matter of fact, why don’t you spread it over to some of your teammates. They can use the hits more than you can.

ANDY PETTITTE’S FINAL LINE: Andy Pettitte pitched for the Trenton Thunder and his final line looked like this: 5 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 1BB, 3K. Pettitte was credited with the loss but the numbers aren’t important. Pettitte still feels that his legs are a bit weak so Cashman will have Pettitte pitch 2 or 3 more minor league games before he is called up to the Majors. The question when Pettitte returns; whose spot is he going to take?

WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees have a day-off tomorrow while they prepare for the Tigers series. Joe Girardi released his rotation for the Tigers series and it looks a little like this:

1. On Friday, Ivan Nova will get the ball and face the Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander.

2. On Saturday, Freddy Garcia (no, they aren’t skipping his turn) will face the Detroit Tigers rookie Drew Smyly.

3. On Sunday, the Yankees ace CC Sabathia will face Max Scherzer.

SIDE NOTE: For all you fans with Brett Gardner in your fantasy leagues, expect him to come off the DL on May 3 during the Kansas City series if everything goes well the next couple of days. Gardner most likely won’t take batting practice until early next week since he doesn’t want to rush the elbow and make things worse.

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