Monthly Archives: May 2012

Morning Bits: Martin, Loaded Bases

Good morning everyone. The Yankees avoided the sweep last night and moved within 1 1/2 games of first place in the AL East. The Yankees are off today as they travel to Detroit for a three game set with the Tigers that begins Friday night. Here are your morning links…

-The New York Times takes a look at the Yankees’ struggles with the bases loaded. http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/30/bases-loaded-and-the-yankees-are-coming-up-empty/

-Marc Carig http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2012/05/yankees_catcher_russell_martin_6.html informs us about what Yankee catcher Russell Martin had to say about umpire Laz Diaz and his actions last night.

Have a nice day!

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Game 50 Lineup: Yankees @ Angels

Lineup vs. Angels

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C

RHP Ivan Nova

Morning Bits: Igarashi, Swisher, Hughes

Good morning everyone. Andy Pettitte was unable to win his first game on the road last night. The Yankees look to avoid the sweep tonight with Ivan Nova on the mound. Here are your morning links…

— The Yankees have claimed former Mets’ reliever Ryota Igarashi off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Marc Carig discusses Nick Swisher’s unluckiness in last night’s game, along with some other miscellaneous items.

— Via the NY Daily News, Joe Girardi is unwilling to give up on Phil Hughes as a starter in the Yanks’ rotation.

Have a nice day!

Game 49 Lineup: Yankees @ Angels

Lineup vs. Angels:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C

LHP Andy Pettitte

Notes:

– Brett Gardner took more dry swings today and felt no issues with his elbow. He will probably hit off a tee and toss tomorrow. David Robertson also played catch today and made 50 throws. There was no issue with Robertson’s oblique

Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Phelps, Gardner, Kuroda, NYY Sale, Austin

Here is this past week’s best from around the Yankee blogs. Enjoy!

An A-Blog for A-Rod discusses David Phelps’ role with the Yankees.

Bronx Baseball Daily analyzes how the Yankees are missing the injured Brett Gardner more than we think.

The Captain’s Blog looks at the Cubs’ David DeJesus as a strong trade target for the Yanks.

It’s About the Money Stupid reviews the Yankees and Mets broadcasters.

Pinstripe Alley attributes Hiroki Kuroda’s struggles not to the league change, but to general poor location of his pitches.

River Ave. Blues examines the story put out by the Daily News regarding the possible sale of the Yankees and shoots it down for now.

The Yankee Analysts takes a look at Tyler Austin’s success and how he could easily make his way into Top 100 Prospect Lists.

Morning Bits: Swisher, Granderson, Gardner, Robertson

Good morning everyone. Tough loss last night. Andy Pettitte will take on Dan Haren tonight at 10:05pm ET.

Here are your morning links…

— The Yankees just narrowly avoided a potential disaster last night with the Swisher-Granderson collision, writes Marc Carig.

Carig also provided injury updates for several players including Brett Gardner and David Robertson.

With the loss last night, the Yankees are 2.5 games back from the Rays and Orioles who are tied for 1st place.

Have a great day!

Game 48 Lineup: Yankees @ Angels

Lineup vs. Angels

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C

RHP Phil Hughes

UPDATES:

– Brett Gardner took dry swings today and so far, so good. The best case scenario would be that Gardner would be back by the Mets vs. Yankees series on June 8 but Gardner would still have to go through hitting off a tee, light batting practice, live batting practice & a rehab assignment.

– David Robertson played catch today. All went well and he is scheduled to play catch tomorrow. Girardi has no rehab plan for Robertson as of yet.

– Russell Martin is back in the lineup after suffering a stiff neck. He aggravated it yesterday while lifting weights but he’s feeling better.

Series Preview: Yankees at Angels | 5/28/12-5/30/12

Pitching Matchups

Monday, 5/28/12, 9:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 7 K, 2 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 4-5, 4.94 ERA / 5.07 FIP / 4.26 xFIP, 8.75 K/9, 2.47 BB/9 in 47.1 IP

Pitching for the Angels: Jered Weaver, RHP
Last Start: 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 6-1, 2.61 ERA / 2.92 FIP / 3.62 xFIP, 7.43 K/9, 1.96 BB/9 in 69.0 IP

Tuesday, 5/29/12, 10:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Andy Pettitte, LHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 8 K, 1 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 2-1, 2.53 ERA / 4.34 FIP / 2.95 xFIP, 8.02 K/9, 2.11 BB/9 in 21.1 IP

Pitching for the Angels: Dan Haren, RHP
Last Start: 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 14 K, 0 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 2-5, 3.76 ERA / 3.26 FIP / 3.36 xFIP, 8.21 K/9, 1.95 BB/9 in 64.2 IP

Wednesday, 5/30/12, 10:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 5-2, 5.46 ERA / 4.84 FIP / 3.57 xFIP, 9.00 K/9, 2.73 BB/9 in 56.0 IP

Pitching for the Angels: Ervin Santana, RHP
Last Start: 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 3 K, 7 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 2-6, 4.45 ERA / 5.50 FIP / 4.12 xFIP, 6.68 K/9, 3.76 BB/9 in 64.2 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

— Mark Teixeira – 10 for 23 with 4 doubles, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

— Alex Rodriguez – 8 for 24 with 1 double, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

— Raul Ibanez – 3 for 17 with 1 double, 3 K in the last 7 days

LAA Offense

Who’s Hot:

— Albert Pujols – 9 for 28 with 2 doubles, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

— Kendry Morales – 8 for 28 with 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

— Erick Aybar – 3 for 21 with 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K in the last 7 days

— Mike Trout – 5 for 30 with 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K in the last 7 days

— Maicer Izturis – 3 for 16 with 1 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series!

Game 47 Lineup: Yankees @ Athletics

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Jayson Nix LF
Chris Stewart C

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

Week 7 Yankees Player of the Week

The Yankees went from being in last place at the start of the week to being in 3rd place, only 3.5 games out of 1st, and feeling very good about themselves. The Yankees finished the week going 4-2. They went on a 4 game winning streak after a meeting with Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi. Hopefully it can have the same effect on the team that it did when Cashman visited the team in Atlanta in 2009. They preached that it was not a panic meeting and that they have confidence in them. This week has shown what the Yankees offense can be when the middle of the order hitters are hot at the same time. Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, and Robinson Cano carried the Yankees this week to 4 straight wins. It may not have been against good competition, but considering where this team was on Monday after the loss to Kansas City it was huge to turn it around quickly. This week’s nominations for Yankees Player of the Week are Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, and Andy Pettitte.

The Case For Teixeira: Teixeira raised his average by over 20 points and has gotten it up to almost .250 this week. Hopefully he has moved past his sickness and his customary cold start to have go onto have his usual power numbers. However, he teased us before this year after he got his average over .280 with an outstanding game in Boston, so he needs to keep it up this time. Teixeira has carried the Yankees to their past 2 wins at Oakland. He had 2 HR’s and 5 RBI yesterday, and his 2 run homer on Friday in the 3rd inning got the Yankees out to a lead they would never relinquish. He also had hits in 2 of the 3 games against Kansas City and 3 walks and an RBI in the game he did not have a hit in. Teixeira batted .400 on the week with 3 HR’s, and 8 RBI.

The Case For Rodriguez: Alex Rodriguez answered a lot of his critics on Wednesday against Kansas City. Starting Sunday against Cincinnati when he hit a ball that everybody thought was gone but it wasn’t the media started to wonder if A-Rod was loosing his power. I myself thought it was not a bad idea to bat him 2nd. However, he hit 2 HR’s on Wednesday to quiet everybody. He also had multi hit games on Monday vs. Kansas City and Friday at Oakland. A-Rod batted .292 on the week with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI.

The Case For Cano: Robinson Cano has become a regular nominee for Yankees Player of the Week lately. Cano played a big role in yesterday’s win in addition to Teixeira with 3 hits and a HR. Also, Cano has an RBI in the last 4 games. For the week Cano hit .304, with 3 HR, and 4 RBI.

The Case For Pettitte: Andy Pettitte continues to look like he has not missed any time and looks better than ever. Pettitte pitched 7 innings, allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, and struck out 8. Pettitte allowed 3 infield hits so he had a bit of bad luck and his runs were allowed on 2 solo HR’s. The strikeouts Pettitte has been recording since he returned have been very impressive.

The winner for Week 7 Yankees Player of the Week is Mark Teixeira. Stunningly, Teixeira is the first 2 time winner of the award this year. The problem is he has not even been nominated during any other week other than the 2 weeks he has won. This shows how bad Texeira has been this year other than his 2 very hot weeks. According to Wally Matthews, Teixeira has stopped listening to all the suggestions he has been getting and has gone back to his old style. Teixeira had been trying to hit the ball other way more to raise his batting average. It was not working, as he was just replacing some outs he would hit into the shift by hitting them the other way and getting outs. Worst of all he was not hitting for the same power that he did last year. At this point he is best off being what he is than what he was trying to be. He is never going to hit .300 again so is it really worth it to have him hit .270 with 25 HR’s and 95 RBI rather than what he did last year? I don’t think so. There are worse things in the world than having a guy hit almost 40 HR’s, 115 RBI, and play a gold glove 1B. Most teams would sign up for that.  If he were to ever hit in the postseason there would be no problem. Hopefully going back to Teixeira’s old approach will continue to have the success that it did this week. It is a close race this week so vote in the poll and discuss in the comments.

Morning Bits: Series Sweep?, Cashman, Ibanez, Gardner, Robertson

Good morning everyone and Happy Sunday to you all! The Yankees go for the sweep today in Oakland. Hiroki Kuroda is on the mound for the Yankees today (for some reason, every time I see Kuroda starting a game, I get the same feeling that I used to get when A.J used to start a game.) Anyway, onto the morning links!

– The Yankees will try to go for the series sweep, but when was the last time they actually swept a team? Try April 9-11 vs. the Orioles in Camden Yards.

– The New York Post takes a look at Brian Cashman’s track record as the Yankees General Manager.

– When the Yankees signed Raul Ibanez, they thought they were going to use him as a DH, maybe get him into LF once or twice a week. Now with the injury to Brett Gardner that has sidelined him since April 17, Ibanez had to play the outfield a lot more than planned.

– The Yankees are being very  careful when it comes to rehabbing David Robertson. So is my idea of bubble wrapping the players and pitchers to prevent injuries still out of the question?

Teixeira homers twice as Yanks defeat A’s 9-2

There was an all too familiar face for the Yankees as they got into the batters box to begin the game. Their old friend Bartolo Colon, who was with the Yankees last season and spending this year with the Athletics was on the mound, having to pit himself against his former team. The Yankees were able to get 6 runs off of Colon in his 6 innings as the Yankees won their fourth straight with a 9-2 victory over the A’s.

Mark Teixeira had a promising game in the Yankees and A’s opener and showed that his bat was just about ready to wake up when he went 4 for 5 with 2 homers, 5 RBI’s and 2 singles. This was Teixeira’s best game by far this season. Robinson Cano also hit a homer during the game and Derek Jeter tied George Brett for 14th place on the All-Time hit list.

There was more news on Brett Gardner coming in from Tampa today. Gardner will pick up a bat on Monday and will see if he has any issues with the elbow. If he doesn’t have any issues then Gardner could be activated by the time the Yankees come back to New York. But if Gardner does suffer another set-back then Gardner might have to wait until the All-Star Break to come back to the team.

Game 46 Lineup: Yankees @ Athetics

Lineup vs. Athletics

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Chris Stewart C

LHP CC Sabathia

Morning Bits: Teixeira, Robertson, Maine, Martin

Good morning everyone and a Happy Saturday to you. Yankees play at 4:05pm today (it’s 1:05pm on the West Coast) and CC Sabathia will take the mound in hopes of having a great outing (he lost the last 2 in a row). Let’s get to the morning links, shall we?

– Mark Texieira seems to be feeling a little better. He hit a 2 run homer and he tried to stretch a double into a triple. The best part? He didn’t cough.

– Looks like David Robertson won’t go ‘Tiger’ hunting after all. Joe Girardi said that it’s impossible that D-Rob will be with the team during the Yankees & Tigers series.

– You guys remember John Maine, 15 time winner for the Mets in 2007 right? Well, he’s a Yankee now. Yankees signed him to add pitching depth since Manny Banuelos is on the DL.

– We all know Russell Martin’s bat has been ice cold for the past couple of weeks, waiting for it to thaw out. But Joe Girardi says that they are sticking by Martin no matter what.

Game 45 Lineup: Yankees @ Athletics

Lineup vs. Athletics:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C

RHP Ivan Nova

Yankees Mailbag: 5/25/12

Hello Yankees fans, and welcome to another Yankees Mailbag! I haven’t done these types of articles in a while and given the current state of the Yankees, I thought it would have been the right time to do one. Let’s re-cap what’s happened so far, shall we? Yankees lost some vital parts to their team; players such as Mariano Rivera, David Robertson & Brett Gardner. The Yankees pitching has looked pretty shaky to begin the season and apparently it looks as if the Sandman sprinkled some of his magic dust on the Yankees offense. You sent your questions in via Twitter and now, I shall answer them. Let’s get started shall we.

The first question comes form @yankees_cris. As a matter of fact, he asked a couple of questions about the Yankees. Here is his first question.

@yankee_cris: Given the current rotation, would you trade for an additional starter?

With the Yankees struggles in the rotation, it wouldn’t hurt to trade for an additional starter, but I don’t believe the Yankees will make such a move. If I could, I would probably trade Freddy Garcia for another arm, but again I don’t see that happening. What the Yankees could do though is either stretch out David Phelps or they could bring up D.J Mitchell to be a starter if they need to. Both players have great numbers, so if the rotation does end up sinking those two could be a quick backup plan.

@yankee_cris: Do you think Nunez will be down at AAA for the rest of the season? When should they bring him back up?

I don’t think Eduardo Nunez will be down in AAA for the rest of the season. The Yankees originally sent down Eduardo Nunez so that he could work on his defense which he will be doing once he gets off the DL. The Yankees might bring Nunez back up if they see his errors decrease. No question Nunez has a great bat, but the Yankees want him to get the every day playing time so that his glove can catch up to the rest of him.

@yankee_cris: Are you a fan of personal catchers? Seems Stewart is only catching CC. Think CC will get too comfortable with only Stewart?

To answer the first part, I like the idea of a personal catcher because it’s the same person once every 5 days. The personal catcher really gets to know the pitcher which is important in any ball game. I don’t think CC will get comfortable with only Stewart since he has seen other catchers before. CC recently worked with mostly Russell Martin in 2011 and in 2010 he worked with Jorge Posada. CC knows how to adjust to different catchers so I don’t think Stewart being in there every 5 days for just CC is a big deal. It’s important for the catcher to know at least one person on the staff and Girardi chose to pair Stewart with Sabathia which hasn’t been a bad paring at all.

Our next question comes from @dp57. She asks:

@dp57  Why don’t the Yankees just buy their own MRI machine. It would be more economical, right?

It would help a lot for the Yankees to have their own MRI machine, but I don’t think Cashman included that in the budget when he was thinking about what the team needed this season. It would help cut down on medical bills, that’s for sure.

Our next questions comes from @secondz2late & @NataliaYank250. They basically asked the same question, so here was their question.:

@secondz2late: Why are the Yankees sucking so bad?

@NataliaYank2530: Can you tell me why the Yankees suck so much right now?

It’s a gigantic slump up and down the lineup. Usually it’s only 3 to 4 players at the most at a time but at this time, everyone decided to stop hitting. Just like hitting is contagious up and down the lineup, not hitting is also contagious.

Our next question comes from @cindy_fay. She asks:

@cindy_fay: How come the Yankees only scored a total of 2 runs in 2 games? Everybody’s slumping? Men left on base is so frustrating

That’s a question that I’m not sure of the answer to myself. It seems to me though that the Yankees are struggling up and down the lineup. It would be understandable if it was just 2-4 players, but having the whole team struggle (minus Raul Ibanez) is a very frustrating thing, I agree.

Our next two questions come from @mbrax10. He asked

@mbrax10: Ask Joe [Girardi] when is he quitting.

@mbrax10: Ask when is [Joe] Torre coming back

To sum up both of your questions, Joe Girardi is not going to quit and Joe Torre is not coming back. That’s the reality of it. Besides, it’s only May! Maybe when it’s September we could worry about stuff like this but right now, it’s far too early in the season.

Our next question comes from @elprieto80. He asks:

@elprieto80: With the recent woes/injuries, do [Dellin] Betances and [Manny] Banuelos have a chance of making ‘The Show’ this season?

 Well, I would expect to see them as September call-ups like Betances was last year but as far as during the season, I don’t think so. Both Betances and Banuelos are struggling a bit (Betances is 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA & Banuelos is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA) Also as of right now, Banuelos is on the DL with I believe it’s eiither a back or an elbow injury (He’s had both and I’m not sure which one it is at this point).

Our final question comes from @CarmRodr. She asks:

@CarmRodr: How is the team staying together during this slump? What are they doing as a team to motivate one another?

Well they seem to be together when they are all slumping. But seriously, Joe Girardi has tried literally everything that you can think of to get them out of their slumping state. He’s let them come to work late, he’s let them get to work early, he even had the pitchers take inter-league batting practice so the guys could ease their minds.  Girardi is doing all that he can to get the Yankees back on the right track. The only thing that we can do now is just sit and wait for this team to start hitting. Don’t worry, they can’t slump this badly forever.

These were all the questions that I got for the Yankees Mailbag! Thank you all for sending in your questions!

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