Monthly Archives: June 2012

Game 77 Lineup: White Sox vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. White Sox:

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

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

 

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My 2012 NL All-Star Roster

These are my selections for the NL All- Star team.

Starters:

C- Carlos Ruiz- Phillies: It is not often we have years where there are 3 outstanding hitting defensive catchers to pick from. That is the case in the NL this year with Ruiz, Yadier Molina, and Buster Posey. Ruiz wins out as he has been stellar this year and has carried a bad Phillies lineup. Ruiz has hit .362, with 11 HR’s, 42 RBI, and a 1.01 OPS this year.

1B- Joey Votto- Reds: Votto is a runaway pick this year as Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols moving to the ALhas made 1B a weak position in the NL. Votto has been the NL MVP for the 1st half this season. Votto is hitting .349, with 14 HR’s, 47 RBI, and a 1.109 OPS.

2B- Aaron Hill- D’Backs: Hill got a slight edge over Astros 2B Jose Altuve in a tight race due to his power. Hill has hit for a much higher average this year than normally in his career to go along with his power. Plus the man just hit for the cycle twice in 11 days. Hill is hitting .293, with 10 HR’s, 35 RBI, and a .848 OPS.

SS- Starlin Castro- Cubs: Castro is one of the top young players in MLB and one of the lone bright spots on the Cubs. However, the Cubs have not been pleased with his personality at times this year. Castro is hitting .297 on the season, with 6 HR’s, 39 RBI, 16 stolen bases, and a .745 OPS.

3B- David Wright- Mets: Wright has been the leader of the Mets this season. He has led them into unexpected contention. He has little protection in the lineup, hits at a pitchers park, and has still been stellar. Wright is hitting .361 on the year, with 9 HR’s, 49 RBI, and a 1.028 OPS.

OF- Carlos Gonzalez- Rockies: Outfield is a loaded position in the NL and CarGo has been perhaps the best.  It is really hard to separate him from what he, Carlos Beltran, Ryan Braun, and Andrew McCutchen have done this year. CarGo has been the lone bright spot on theRockiesthis year. He is hitting .338 on the season, with 17 HR’s, 56 RBI, and a 1.000 OPS.

OF- Ryan Braun- Brewers: Braun has gotten past all the controversy about his alleged steroid usage and has gone on to have a terrific season.  Prince Fielder leaving has not had any negative effect on him. Braun is hitting .311 on the season, with 20 HR’s, 52 RBI, and .988 OPS.

OF- Carlos Beltran- Cardinals:  Beltran has been the biggest bargain this season in MLB. His health scared teams off and the Cardinals got him for cheap. They have been rewarded big time. Beltran is hitting .312 in the year, with 20 HR’s, 59 RBI, and a .982 OPS.

DH- Andrew McCutchen- Pirates: I just made the DH the best non starter. McCutchen does not get the credit he deserves inPittsburgh. He has carried that team this year to contention in the NL Central. McCutchenn is hitting .336 on the year, with 14 HR’s, 48 RBI, and a .966 OPS.

SP- Stephen Strasburg- Nationals: With all due respect to Matt Cain and R.A Dickey Strasburg deserves to be presented on this national stage. The sky is the limit for this kid as long as he stays healthy. Strasburg is 9-2 on the year, with a 2.60 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP, and 11.8 K/9

Reserves:

C- Yadier Molina- Cardinals: .316/12 HR’s/44 RBI/.885 OPS

C- Buster Posey- Giants: .300/10 HR’s/40 RBI/.850

1B- Paul Goldschmidt- D’Backs: .286/10 HR’s/32 RBI/.883 OPS

2B- Jose Altuve- Astros: .309/ 5 HR’s/23 RBI/.803 OPS

SS- Jed Lowrie- Astros: .261/14 HR’s/33 RBI/.839 OPS

3B- Chase Headley- Padres: .272/ 8 HR’s/ 38 RBI/.806 OPS

3B- David Freese- Cardinals: .285/13 HR’s/47 RBI/.829 OPS

OF- Melky Cabrera- Giants: .355/7 HR’s/38 RBI/.912 OPS

OF- Giancarlo Stanton- Marlins: .278/ 17 HR’s/47 RBI/.893 OPS

OF- Matt Holliday- Cardinals: .300/12 HR’s/47 RBI/.882 OPS

OF- Michael Bourn- Braves: .306/ 7 HR’s/20 SB’s/27 RBI/.971 OPS

P- R.A. Dickey- Mets: 11-1/2.31 ERA/.91 WHIP/9.1 K/9

P- Matt Cain- Giants: 9-2/2.27 ERA/.90 WHIP/9.0 K/9

P- Johnny Cueto- Reds: 9-4/2.26 ERA/1.14 WHIP/6.6 K/9

P- Clayton Kershaw- Dodgers: 5-4/2.74 ERA/1.04 WHIP/8.6 K/9

P- Gio Gonzalez- Nationals: 10-3/2.78 ERA/1.08 WHIP/10.7 K/9

P- James McDonald- Pirates: 7-3/2.44 ERA/.98 WHIP/8.1 K/9

P- Zack Grienke- Brewers: 9-2/2.82 ERA/1.17 WHIP/9.0 K/9

P- Madison Bumgarner- Giants: 10-4/ 2.85 ERA/1.06 WHIP/ 7.5 K/9

P- Cole Hamels- Phillies: 10-3/3.03 ERA/1.08 WHIP/9.2 K/9

P- Craig Kimbrel- Braves: 22 saves/1.55 ERA/.79 WHIP/14.9 K/9

P- Aroldis Chapman- Reds: 9 saves/1.98 ERA/.77 WHIP/15.9 K/9

The NL starting pitching is crazy good as you can see. My NL roster only has 2 relievers compared to myALone that has 5. This is always a highly debatable subject so tell me what you would have done differently in the comments as there are lots of different ways you can go.

Morning Bits: Wise, Warren, Jeter, Gardner

Good morning everyone. Last night’s game was ugly, I admit but it’s time to turn the page and focus on today. Hiroki Kuroda starts for the Yankees and first pitch is at 1:05. Here are your morning links! 

– Last night Dewayne Wise pitched great for the Yankees (no, this isn’t a typo). Adam Warren–ehh–not so much.

– Derek Jeter made history last night by overtaking Cal Ripken Jr. on baseball’s all-time hit list.

– Here’s an article that I wrote for Yahoo! about how Brett Gardner actually changes the dynamics to the Yankees when he’s in and out of the lineup.

Minor Night Cap: SWB wins big

SWB W 11-4

DH – Jack Cust – 2R, 1H (3-Run Homer), 3RBI, 1BB, 3K, .267

OF – Ronnier Mustelier – 2R, 1H (Triple), 1BB, .307

1B – Russell Branyan – 2R, 2H (2-Run Homer), 3RBI, 1BB, 1K, .299

Pitching

Nelson Figueroa (W, 5-2) – 5.0IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K, 3.90era

Trenton L 8-4

DH – David Adams – 1R, 2H (Solo Homer), 2RBI, 2BB, .270

3B – Addison Maruszak – 1R, 2H (2-Run Homer), 2RBI, 1K, .278

Pitching

Mikey O’Brien (L, 4-2) – 4.oIP, 11H, 8R, 6ER, 1BB, 3K, 4.17era

Tampa – L 9-5

DH – Slade Heathcott – 2R, 2H (Double, Solo Homer), 1RBI, 1BB, .318

OF – Rob Segedin – 1R, 1H (Double), .290

OF – Neil Medchill – 2H, 2RBI, .251

2B – Jose Toussen – 1R, 3H (Double), 1BB, .208

Pitching

Matt Tracy (L, 2-2) 4.2IP, 6H, 7R, 6ER, 4BB, 4K, 1HR, 2.33era

Charleston L 10-2

OF – Tyler Austin – 1R, 1H, 2K, .327

DH – Dante Bichette, Jr. – 1H (Double), .265

Pitching

Bryan Mitchell (L, 5-6) – 4.0IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, 4.50era

Staten Island L 8-5

OF – Taylor Dugas – 2R, 1H, 3BB, 1K, .423

2B – Fu-Lin Kuo – 1R, 3H (2, Doubles), 1K, .588

C – Isaias Tejada – 1R, 1H (Double), 1RBI, 1BB, .200

Gulf Coast W 6-3

1B – Austin Jones – 2R, 2H, (Double), 1RBI, .325

DH – Ericson Leonora – 1R, 2H (Double, 3-Run Homer), 4RBI, 1BB, 1K, .324

Game 76 Lineup: White Sox vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. White Sox:

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

Adam Warren RHP

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My 2012 AL All- Star Roster

The MLB All-Star break is fast approaching signaling the end of the first half and the All-Star game. Like it or not the All-Star game is important as the winning league gets home field advantage for the World Series. Unfortunately we don’t always get the best choices as sometimes it turns into a popularity contest. I will reveal my All-Star game rosters over the next two days starting with the AL today.

Starters:

C- Joe Mauer- Twins: Mauer has not regained the power he had in his previous years but has been far and away the best AL catcher this year. Mauer is hitting .321, with 3 HR’s, 31 RBI, and a .848 OPS. His lineup protection and his stadium do him no favors either.

1B- Paul Konerko- White Sox: It was very close race between Konerko and Prince Fielder. Konerko won out in the end because his OPS is almost 100 points better. Konerko is hitting .332, with 13 HR’s, 39 RBI, and a .958 OPS. Konerko has led his White Sox into a surprise lead in the AL Central.

2B- Robinson Cano- Yankees: Cano is the first Yankee to make the team in a run away. Cano’s stats compared to the other 2B are astounding. His .307 avg is 27 points higher than any other AL 2B. His 18 HR’s are 7 more than any other AL 2B. Last but not least his .950 OPS is 151 points higher than anybody else’s.

SS- Derek Jeter- Yankees: Jeter has fallen off of late but still leads theALin hits. He is hitting .304 on the year, with 7 HR’s, 25 RBI, and a .760 OPS.

3B- Miguel Cabrera- Tigers: This was the closest race out of nay position between Miggy, Adrian Beltre, and Mark Trumbo. Trumbo hasn’t played in as many games as the other 2 so that dropped him out. Cabrera gets the edge over Beltre because of less protection, a tougher park, and slightly better numbers. Cabrera is hitting .312 this year, with 16 HR’s, 62 RBI, and a .912 OPS.

OF- Josh Hamilton- Rangers: The biggest no brainier out there doesn’t need much explaining. Hamilton is hitting .312 this year, with 24 HR’s, 67 RBI, and an astounding 1.022 OPS. That says it all.

OF- Jose Bautista- Blue Jays: Bautista may only be hitting .237 this year but that certainly does not tell the whole story. Bautista has the most walks among AL outfielders which helps make up for that average. The fact that he has 26 HR’s, 61 RBI, and a .906 OPS this year helps to.

OF- Josh Willingham- Twins: Stunningly the team with the worst record in theALhas 2 All-Star starters. Willingham has put up great numbers in a really tough park. Willingham is hitting .272 on the year, with 15 HR, 49 RBI, and a .920 OPS. He would be a great trade target for teams.

DH- David Ortiz- Red Sox: Big Papi has put up yet another stellar season forBoston. Ortiz hit .309, with 21 HR, 53 RBI, and a 1.028 OPS. He has helped Boston overcome a number of injuries to keep them in contention.

SP- Chris Sale- White Sox: This would be a selection nobody would have guessed at the beginning of the season.Sale has been absolutely dominant for the White Sox this year going 9-2, with a 2.27 ERA, a .96 WHIP, and 8.9 K/9

Reserves:

C- A.J. Pierzynski- White Sox: .272/ 12 HR’s/42 RBI/.816 OPS

1B- Prince Fielder- Tigers: .300/12 HR’s/50 RBI/.869 OPS

1B- Billy Butler- Royals: .296/15 HR’s/46 RBI/ .868 OPS

2B- Ian Kinsler- Rangers: .280/9 HR’s/38 RBI/ .799 OPS

SS- Asdrubal Cabrera- Indians: .291/10 HR’s/37 RBI/.853 OPS

3B- Mark Trumbo- Angels: .315/19 HR’s/53 RBI/.992 OPS

3B- Adrian Beltre- Rangers: .330/13 HR/51 RBI/.895 OPS

OF- Mike Trout- Angels: .345/ 8 HR’s/32 RBI/.944 OPS

OF- Adam Jones- Orioles: .295/19 HR’s/41 RBI/.891 OPS

OF- Josh Reddick- A’s: .260/18 HR’s/39 RBI/.855 OPS

DH- Edwin Encarnacion- Blue Jays: .285/22 HR’s/54 RBI

P- Jered Weaver- Angels: 8-1/2.31 ERA/.91 WHIP/7.3 K/9

P- C.J. Wilson- Angels: 9-4/2.36 ERA/1.14 WHIP/7.3 K/9

P- Justin Verlander- Tigers: 8-4/2.52 ERA/.97 WHIP/10.3 K/9

P- David Price- Rays: 10-4/2.95 ERA/1.25 WHIP/8.3 K/9

P- Jake Peavy- White Sox: 6-4/2.84 ERA/.99 WHIP. 7.7 K/9

P- Felix Hernandez- Mariners: 6-5/3.09 ERA/1.22 WHIP/ 9.3 K/9

P- Jim Johnson- Orioles: 22 Saves/1.07 ERA/.74 WHIP/5.6 K/9

P- Chris Perez- Indians: 23 Saves/2.54 ERA/.99 WHIP/8.9 K/9

P- Fernando Rodney- Rays: 21 Saves/1.07 ERA/.77 WHIP/8.8 K/9

P- Rafael Soriano- Yankees: 17 Saves/1.88 ERA/1.47 WHIP/8.2 K/9

P-Ernesto Frieri- Angels: 10 Saves/0.00 ERA/.90 WHIP/15.4 K/9

The Angels led all teams with 5 All-Star’s even though they are all reserves. The White Sox were 2nd with 4 and the Yankees, Rangers, and Tigers all had 3. The Yankees would have had 4 but Josh Reddick had to be selected over Curtis Granderson because every team is required to be represented, which is a ridiculous move. This is a highly debatable subject so please leave your thoughts in the comments and tell me what you would have done differently.

Morning Bits: Jeter, Warren, Robertson, Bullpen, Rotation

Tough loss last night.  A lot of second guessing today by many fans.  Game time tonight is 7:05pm.  On the mound for the White Sox is Quintana and for the Yankees rookie Adam Warren.

Let’s get right to the links…..

– Last night Derek Jeter tied Cal Ripken on all time on the career hit lit.  Steven Miller of mlb.com has the story.

– Adam Warren is to make his big league debut tonight.  Tyler Emerick of mlb.com has the preview of the game.

– Robertson thought he would have started the 9th inning last night reports Andrew Marchand of ESPN NY.

David Waldstein of the New York Times says the Yankee bullpen faltered in the 9th.

Waldstein also has another article about how the Yankees are looking from within to patch the rotation.

Game 75 Lineup: White Sox vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. White Sox:

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

Ivan Nova RHP

Series Preview: Yankees vs. White Sox | 6/28/12-7/1/12

Pitching Matchups

Thursday, 6/28/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova, RHP
Last Start: 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 7 K, 3 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 9-2, 4.25 ERA / 4.47 FIP / 3.82 xFIP, 7.91 K/9, 2.57 BB/9 in 91.0 IP

Pitching for the White Sox: Dylan Axelrod, RHP
Last Start: 5.1 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 0-1, 4.85 ERA / 6.06 FIP / 5.40 xFIP, 6.23 K/9, 2.08 BB/9 in 13.0 IP

Friday, 6/29/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Adam Warren, RHP
Last Start (AAA): 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season (AAA): 5-5, 3.86 ERA / 4.23 FIP, 6.15 K/9, 2.81 BB/9 in 86.1 IP

Pitching for the White Sox: Jose Quintana, LHP
Last Start: 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 2-1, 1.25 ERA / 2.97 FIP / 3.87 xFIP, 4.98 K/9, 1.25 BB/9 in 43.1 IP

Saturday, 6/30/12, 1:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 7 K, 2 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 7-7, 3.40 ERA / 4.23 FIP / 3.97 xFIP, 6.51 K/9, 2.83 BB/9 in 95.1 IP

Pitching for the White Sox: Jake Peavy, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 10 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 6-4, 2.84 ERA / 3.14 FIP / 4.01 xFIP, 7.74 K/9, 2.06 BB/9 in 104.2 IP

Sunday, 7/1/12, 2:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes, RHP
Last Start: 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 8-6, 4.48 ERA / 4.88 FIP / 4.20 xFIP, 8.44 K/9, 2.19 BB/9 in 86.1 IP

Pitching for the White Sox: Gavin Floyd, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 9 K, 0 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 6-7, 4.80 ERA / 4.44 FIP / 3.91 xFIP, 8.50 K/9, 2.40 BB/9 in 90.0 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

Robinson Cano – 9 for 22 with 1 double, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Dewayne Wise – 3 for 8 with 1 triple, 1 HR, 3 RBI in the last 7 days

Nick Swisher – 7 for 23 with 1 double, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Alex Rodriguez – 5 for 18 with 1 double, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

Russell Martin – 0 for 11 with 3 K in the last 7 days

Curtis Granderson – 2 for 21 with 2 RBI, 5 BB, 7 K in the last 7 days

Mark Teixeira – 3 for 20 with 3 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K in the last 7 days

Derek Jeter – 5 for 23 with 3 K in the last 7 days

CWS Offense

Who’s Hot:

Alex Rios – 11 for 24 with 2 doubles, 2 HR, 5 RBI in the last 7 days

Kevin Youkilis – 5 for 12 with 1 double, 2 RBI in the last 7 days

Alexei Ramirez – 8 for 21 with 1 triple, 3 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Gordon Beckham – 6 for 19 with 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

Paul Konerko – 1 for 17 with 4 BB, 1 K in the last 7 days

Adam Dunn – 3 for 24 with 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 12 K in the last 7 days

Alejandro De Aza – 5 for 24 with 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 6 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series everyone!

Morning Bits: Sabathia, Pettitte, Wise, HRs, SWB Yanks

Good morning everyone. The Yankees begin a new series tonight against the White Sox at 7:05pm ET. Here are your links…

— The Yankees have lost both C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte to injuries. Sabathia luckily will only be missing 2 starts, while Pettitte will be out for around 6 weeks.

— Dewayne Wise says it’s not his fault that the umpire Mike DiMuro made a bad call on his “catch”.

— The Yankees lead home run scoring while stranded runners wait for hits.

— The Scranton/Wilkes-Barres Yankees defeated Gwinnett for the second straight game last night. Ramon Ortiz had a strong performance on the bound and Francisco Cervelli broke the 2-2 tie with an RBI single, leading them to victory.

Have a great day!

Andy Pettitte fractures ankle; out 6 weeks, Warren & Garcia step in for C.C. & Pettitte

The Yankees suffered a big blow today during today’s game in the 5th inning when Andy Pettitte limped off the mound after a Casey Kotchman liner hit him in the ankle. The prognosis revealed Andy Pettitte has a fractured ankle and will be out for a minimum of 6 weeks. The Yankees injury woes continue after losing Brett Gardner in April, Mariano Rivera in May and CC Sabathia earlier today. Yep, this isn’t a slap into reality–this is a punch back to reality.

Tweets:

Here is something I wouldn’t have imagined for this year  Betances going to AA

Warren’s last 10 games (from MILB.COM)

Game 74 Lineup: Indians vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. Indians:

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

LHP Andy Pettitte

Tweets:

— According to Jon Morosi, the Yankees along with the Rangers have a scout in attendance at Zack Greinke’s start today versus the Reds.

CC Sabathia to DL

CC Sabathia to DL

By Delia E.

Well, CC Sabathia is the next Yankee who will join Mariano Rivera & Brett Gardner on the exclusive DL list. Sabathia has a Grade 1 adductor strain and didn’t tell anyone about it until after his bullpen session yesterday. Sabathia will be out until after the All-Star Break. But fear not (or fear a lot): The Yankees have summoned Freddy Garcia to come into the rotation to take CC’s place in the meantime. You know how things were too good to be true for the Yankees? Well–we were just slapped back into reality.

Yankees Report Card: June

Here’s a new monthly article I like to call the Yankees Report Card. Every month based on the Yankees performances (pitchers included), I will give them a letter grade from A-F and explain why they got the grade they deserved. If there is a grade that you might not agree with, place the grade that you would have given a player down in the comment section below. All stats are as of June 26. 

Derek Jeter (B): Derek Jeter’s bat hasn’t been as hot as it was in April & May since his average is .240 in the month of June. However, Jeter hit 2 home runs in the month of June (He’s not a HR hitter so it’s remarkable) and he has 7 RBI’s.  It also helps that he kept his average over .300 for the past 3 months. A downside as to why Jeter didn’t get a higher grade? He struck out 17 times.

Curtis Granderson (B-): Curtis Granderson’s average for June is .211, but of course we all know Curtis Granderson isn’t hitting for average. In the month of June, Granderson hit 5 home runs, drove in 14 RBI’s and walked 13 times in the month of June. Granderson’s strikeouts are however a little outrageous. He struck out 29 times in June which brings his total for the season so far to 86.

Mark Teixeira (B): Again, it looks as if Mark Teixeira isn’t hitting for average since he’s batting .241 in the month of June. Instead Tex is hitting for power and RBI’s. Although he’s only hit 3 HR’s, he’s driven in 13 runs and walked 13 times. He also doesn’t struck out a lot since he’s only done it 14 times. Teixeira also has been hitting with RISP lately which was why I bumped his average from a B- (which was his original grade) to a B.

Alex Rodriguez (B): Alex Rodriguez hit only .225 in the month of June, but he hit 6 HR’s, drove in 15 runs and walked 11 times. Although A-Rod is looking a little hotter at the plate, June wasn’t his best month. May was. If he keeps hitting home runs that help win games then he’ll continue to pass on his report card.

Robinson Cano (A): Robinson Cano’s bat in the month of June is “muy caliente”. After a slow start to the season, Cano is batting .325 in the month of June while also hitting 9 HR’s, driving in 16 RBI’s and walking 12 times. It seems to me with the 9 HR’s that Cano is hitting, he’s practicing for the Home Run Derby. Well then by all means, you don’t need the practice, but keep hitting them anyway Robbie. Chicks dig the long ball.

Nick Swisher (A): June has been Nick Swisher’s best month by far with a .338 average. Swisher hit 4 HR’s, drove in 14 RBI’s and walked 10 times. Not only that, but Swisher has been making great plays in the outfield. Swisher makes watching him play in right field fun, and not only that but you can’t help but get a smile on your face just by watching Swisher play with a smile on his face.

Raul Ibanez (C-): In the month of June, Raul Ibanez has seemed to have faltered a bit after having a good April and May. In June, Ibanez is hitting .169 with 2 HR’s & 7 RBI’s. He also has only walked once. The good we can take away from this is that he only struck out 8 times. That’s something, right?

Russell Martin (D+): Well, June has been Martin’s best month so far–but the numbers are still pretty bad. Martin’s batting .217 in June with 4 HR’s & 9 RBI’s. The only reason he doesn’t get lower than a D+ is because he knows how to call games, but hitting the baseball is just as important as calling a game Russell. Maybe July will be your month?

Andruw Jones (D+): Andruw Jones hasn’t played a lot in June–but that’s no excuse for doing almost absolutely nothing at the plate. Jones only hit 2 HR’s & drove in 4 runs in 34 at-bats. His average is also at .206. He doesn’t get an F however because he does do well in the outfield when he’s in there but seriously Andruw, where’s the power?

Chris Stewart (B): Chris Stewart has 8 at-bats less than Andruw Jones and he has been able to do more with his at-bats. Stewart is batting .306 in June and has driven in 4 RBI’s but don’t expect the ball to go out of the park with him. He also is known for calling great games and his defense is good (I know he made a mistake in the Mets series finale game but come on, everyone makes mistakes). Stewart always does something when he plays which is probably why Cashman and Girardi thought it made most sense to go to him as a backup catcher. Well, wherever you got him from, don’t return him. He’s awesome.

Jayson Nix (B-): Nix hasn’t gotten a lot of at-bats in the month of June, but he has been able to get on base with a .263 average in June. Nix has no homers or RBI’s but he’s a bench player so it’s understandable. Whatever you’re doing to get on base Nix, don’t stop.

Eric Chavez (B): Eric Chavez is another one of those bench guys that is always doing something amazing (when he’s not injured). Chavez has a .294 average in June with 2 HR’s & 4 RBI’s but what really makes him deserve a B is that he’s a great defender at third base when Alex Rodriguez is out of the lineup. Of course did you expect anything less from Chavez? Chavez is a 6 time Gold Glover after all.

Dewayne Wise (B-): June has been Dewayne Wise’s best month so far with a .286 average. It also helps that he got his first home run of the season in the month of June–and how it was a 3 run homer.

CC Sabathia (B+): CC Sabathia is the Yankees ace but he has looked like he doesn’t have great command of his pitches. In 5 starts he’s 3-1 with a 3.03 ERA with 36 strikeouts. It however amazes me when CC doesn’t have his best stuff and then he ends up going into the 7th inning or so which gives the bullpen a break.

Hiroki Kuroda (A-): Hiroki Kuroda in the month of June has been flat out terrific. He’s 3-1 with a 2.38 ERA with 32 strikeouts. It’s also Kuroda’s first winning month of the season. Kuroda was 2-3 in both April and in May. Impressive, huh?

Ivan Nova (A+): Ivan Nova in the month of June has been flat-out dominant. He’s 3-0 with a 1.27 ERA  with 22 strikeouts. He’s also 9-2 on the season which is very impressive. Who said that Nova was going to have a Sophmore slump?

Andy Pettitte (B+): Andy has sure been good in the month of June, which is why his record is 1-1 with a 3.08 ERA. Both of Pettitte’s starts were good, even the loss (if you take out the 5 run 1st inning from the Mets). Andy, are you sure you’re 40, because you’re pitching like an All-Star.

Phil Hughes (B+): Phil Hughes has been great for the Yankees in June going 4-1 with a 2.67 ERA. The only thing that stopped him from getting an A-? He’s given up 7 HR’s in the month of June. Other than that, he looks like the Phil Hughes of 2010!

Cody Eppley (B+): Cody Eppley has been one of the biggest surprises in the Yankees bullpen only giving up 5 earned runs in 18 innings which results in a 2.50 ERA. He’s also held opponents to a .234 average against him. It helps to have a right handed side armer, doesn’t it?

Clay Rapada (A+): Clay Rapada has emerged from the Yankees bullpen and has became one of my favorite pitchers to watch. He is 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA and holds batters to a .071 average against him! I had been rooting for Rapada to make the team since Spring Training so it makes me glad that he has a chance to show Joe (Girardi) what he can do.

Freddy Garcia (A): Ever since being placed in the Yankees bullpen, Freddy Garcia has been dominant. He’s 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA and holds batters to a .190 average. I’m still a little iffy about Garcia though since I don’t fully trust him, but he’s been doing well so I tip my cap to him.

Boone Logan (A):  Boone Logan is in Clay Rapada territory meaning that he has one of the lowest numbers in the bullpen. He’s 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA while holding batters to a .107 ERA. This bullpen just gets better and better, doesn’t it?

David Robertson (A-): David Robertson was on the DL for a bit but when he came back he was a little rusty in his first outing which explains the 2.45 ERA in June, but since then he’s been Houdini. Stranding batters and striking them is all apart of Robertson’s description. Girardi has been cautious of Robertson since he is just coming back from an oblique injury, but he’s having another great year.

Rafael Soriano (A+): Can anyone say ‘lights out’? Soriano is having a ridiculous month with a 0.96 ERA in the closer role. It makes the Mariano Rivera season ending injury a little less painful when you have someone who is already a closer in the bullpen. Soriano, keep it up.

Cory Wade (F): Cory Wade in June is very baffling. The guy has an 11.05 ERA and seems to be having trouble straightening himself out. Well, Wade better get it together soon or he might be wearing a new uniform in the Yankees organization. Maybe a Scranton Wilkes-Barre uniform?

Morning Bits: Pettitte, DiMuro, Wise, Jeter, Prosepct Rob Refsnyder

Strong outing by Hughes last night as he went 8 innings without giving up a run and more importantly without giving up a home run. Today is a day game.  Game time is 1:05.   On the mound for Cleveland is Jimenez and for the Yankees is Andy Pettitte.

Let’s get right to the links…..

Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY has a write-up about how umpire DiMuro missed the call on the Wise missed catch.

Matthews of ESPN NY has another story about nothing to worry about with the Yankees.

Bryan Hoch of mlb.com has a piece of Jeter reflecting on his 38th birthday.

– Umpire Mike DiMuro admits his error in the call writes Steven Miller of MLB.com

– Yankees draft pick Rob Refsnyder who was in the college world series had some interesting tweets that stirred some controversy.  Check out this article from Mark Feinsand of The Daily News.

Minor Night Cap: Corban Joseph with three doubles and Mitchell w/ strong outing

SWB W 3-1

DH – Russell Branyan – 1H, 2RBI, 2K, .299

2B – Corban Joseph – 1R, 3H (3 – Doubles),  1BB, .269

Pitching

D.J. Mitchell (ND) 7.0IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K, 5.36ERA

Trenton L 5-4

OF – Zoilo Almonte – 1R, 1H (Solo Homer), 1RBI, 1K, .276

2B – Jose Pierla – 1R, 2H, 1K, .361

1B – Luke Murton – 2H, 2RBI, 1BB, 1K, .248

Pitching

Adam Miller (L, 0-3) 4.0IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, 1HR, 5.08ERA

Tampa Game 1 – L 7-6 F/8

Slade Heathcott – 1R, 1H (Double), 1RBI, 1BB, .250

JR Murphy – 1R, 2H (solo homer), 1RBI, 1K, .251

Kyle Roller – 1R, 1H, (2-Run Homer), 2RBI, 1BB, 1K, .252

Pitching

Shane Greene (ND) – 5.1IP, 7H, 6R, 2ER, 8K, 3.81ERA

Tampa Game 2 – W 6-5 F/7

OF – Ramon Flores – 3R, 3H (2 Solo Homers), 2RBI, .292

C – Tyson Blaser – 1R, 3H (Triple), 3RBI, .355

Pitching

Jose A. Ramirez (ND) 3.0IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 3K, 4.14ERA

Charleston W 7-6 F/10

OF – Mason Williams – 1R, 1H (Double), 1BB, .307

OF – Tyler Austin – 1R, 1H, 2BB, 1K, .329

DH – Gary Sanchez – 2H, 1RBI, 2BB, 1K, .309

3B – Dante Bichette Jr – 1H, 2RBI, 1K, .268

Pitching

William Oliver (ND) 5.oIP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 3K, 4.66ERA

Staten Island W 4-1

2B – Fu-Lin Kuo – 1R, 2H (Double), 1RBI, 1K, .583

OF – Ravel Santana – 1R, 1H, 1RBI, 1BB, 1K, .167

Gulf Coast W 4-3

Jerison Lopez – 1R, 3H (Double), 1BB, .440

Mikeson Oliberto 1R, 2H (Triple), 2RBI, K, .360

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