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Freddy and his Mysterious Splitter

Freddy Garcia’s splitter in the above photo had extremely unusual movement, causing Juan Rivera to strike out.

Yesterday the New York Times published an extremely interesting article written by Zach Schonbrun about the uniqueness of Freddy Garcia’s splitter and how it has posed a large challenge to batters as well as physics experts. The author took specific note in the article of a splitter Garcia threw to Juan Rivera on April 29 last year. The unique pitch, instead of barreling straight down like a normal splitter, moved sharply down and to the right against the right-handed Rivera.

The game continued without any mention of the pitch. But Mike Fast, then a writer for Baseball Prospectus who happened to be watching on television, noticed the bizarre movement and reached out to a friend, Alan Nathan, a physics professor at the University of Illinois.

Nathan had published numerous papers on the physics of baseball and pitching. But he, too, had never seen anything like what Garcia had done. This was not simply the Magnus effect — the principle responsible for the curve in a curveball.

“There was something else going on,” Nathan said. “The left-right movement wasn’t determined primarily by the spin; it was determined by something else.”

Over the next months, Nathan analyzed frame-by-frame replays of the pitch to record its spin and looked at PitchF/X data to gather any clues about its movement.

I won’t recap the science behind this unusual instance (you can click on the link at the top of this article to read about what was found in the study) as Schonbrun did but I will say this- Garcia still has the tools to pitch effectively against good American League lineups. Other fans I have listened to seem to think it is simple as: Garcia will pitch well with his mixing up of pitches against the weaker lineups and not fare nearly as well against the good lineups. However, I don’t think this is necessarily the case. The movement he possesses on his pitches, such as the unique splitter investigated in the article, is very good and what it comes down to is whether or not Freddy has his command.

When he’s in control of his pitches, you’ll see that devastating splitter tailing down and away from a lefty. Even the best lefties in the league- Hamilton, Gonzalez, Dunn, etc. will struggle to hit that pitch if he locates it well. Now I don’t know what sort of role Garcia will have on the team in the postseason (probably in the bullpen), but if he can keep good command of that splitter, he should be a very useful piece on that pitching staff, in my opinion. Anyway, I just thought I would share the article with you, as it presents some pretty interesting stuff.

What do you all think about Freddy Garcia: what kind of role, if any, should he have on the Yankees postseason pitching staff? Any thoughts on the article regarding the science behind Freddy’s splitter?

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I’d like to take this opportunity to say that I have genuinely enjoyed my time here at YFU as an editor and writer. You guys, our supportive readership and commenters, have been fundamental in making this a fantastic, unforgettable experience for me. Now, I am leaving my position at the helm of YFU for personal reasons, but I do so knowing that the site will be in excellent hands and the quality you guys have come here for will be ever present. I look forward to seeing/talking to you all in the comments section as the Yankees make their pursuit of WS #28.
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Series Preview: Yankees vs. Mariners | 8/3/12-8/5/12

Pitching Matchups

Friday, 8/3/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: C.C. Sabathia, LHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 6 ER, 8 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 10-3, 3.57 ERA / 3.33 FIP / 3.34 xFIP, 8.79 K/9, 2.36 BB/9 in 126.0 IP

Pitching for the Mariners: Kevin Millwood, RHP
Last Start: 6.1 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 4-8, 3.90 ERA / 3.47 FIP / 4.33 xFIP, 6.48 K/9, 3.20 BB/9 in 115.1 IP

Saturday, 8/4/12, 1:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
Last Start: 8.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 10-7, 3.28 ERA / 3.82 FIP / 3.76 xFIP, 7.01 K/9, 2.29 BB/9 in 137.1 IP

Pitching for the Mariners: Felix Hernandez, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 9-5, 2.79 ERA / 2.94 FIP / 3.28 xFIP, 8.88 K/9, 2.38 BB/9 in 155.0 IP

Sunday, 8/5/12, 1:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Freddy Garcia, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 4-5, 5.10 ERA / 4.09 FIP / 4.04 xFIP, 6.99 K/9, 2.28 BB/9 in 67.0 IP

Pitching for the Mariners: Hisashi Iwakuma, RHP
Last Start: 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 13 K, 3 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 2-2, 4.10 ERA / 5.28 FIP / 4.06 xFIP, 7.58 K/9, 4.25 BB/9 in 59.1 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

— Raul Ibanez – 5 for 12 with 1 double, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

— Jayson Nix – 4 for 10 with 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

— Derek Jeter – 10 for 26 with 1 double, 4 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

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

— Russell Martin – 5 for 17 with 2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

Unless you want to count Mark Teixeira who was recently sidelined with a wrist injury, no one on the Yankees has really been slumping in the last 7 days. Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson have hit for low averages and OBPs of late, but they each have hit 2 HRs and 6 RBIs in the same timeframe, so that’s not really a slump.

SEA Offense

Who’s Hot:

— Brendan Ryan – 8 for 17 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

— Kyle Seager – 10 for 22 with 1 double, 3 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

— Mike Carp – 8 for 20 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

— Trayvon Robinson – 4 for 10 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

— Casper Wells – 3 for 22 with 1 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

— John Jaso – 2 for 11 with 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series everyone!

Yankees Acquire Casey McGehee

According to Joel Sherman, the Yankees have traded RHP Chad Qualls to the Pirates for 3B/1B Casey McGehee. In 293 PA this year, the right-handed McGehee has hit .230/.297/.377. He will be beneficial as another right-handed bat in an otherwise heavily left-handed roster with the injuries to Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. This year against left-handers, McGehee has a very strong 119 wRC+, a .348 wOBA, and a .807 OPS. He also brings a lot of value as a pinch hitter with a line of .292/.382/.542 coming off the bench in his career which is rather impressive. McGehee plays both 3rd and 1st base so he can add some pop to the lineup at 1st base while Teixeira is out, and then he could probably platoon with Eric Chavez at 3rd with A-Rod out. Sherman also notes that the Pirates are giving the Yankees $225,000 of the $485,000 differential between the contracts of Qualls and McGehee.

Chad Qualls was going to be the odd man out of the bullpen anyway with Joba Chamberlain returning from the DL so this is a good move by Cashman to get some value out of the right-hander instead of simply sending him down or DFA’ing him. However, this trade doesn’t come without a negative side, as McGehee’s defense at third base is not anything to rave about. Also as William J. of The Captain’s Blog pointed out on Twitter, the trade makes the Yankees lineup even more suscepible to splits as McGehee is extremely weak against right-handed pitching (.222 AVG, .616 OPS, 67 wRC+ this year).

Joba will be activated tonight and will be a great piece to have in the bullpen as someone who can get both righties and lefties out.

Series Preview: Yankees vs. Orioles | 7/30/12-8/1/12

Pitching Matchups

Monday, 7/30/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Freddy Garcia, RHP
Last Start: 7.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 8 K, 0 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 4-4, 5.16 ERA / 4.02 FIP / 3.98 xFIP, 7.38 K/9, 2.51 BB/9 in 61.0 IP

Pitching for the Orioles: Miguel Gonzalez, RHP
Last Start: 2.2 IP, 7 ER, 7 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 2-2, 4.28 ERA / 5.50 FIP / 5.20 xFIP, 7.49 K/9, 4.28 BB/9 in 33.2 IP

Tuesday, 7/31/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova, RHP
Last Start: 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 5 K, 6 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 10-4, 4.08 ERA / 4.44 FIP / 3.98 xFIP, 8.02 K/9, 2.95 BB/9 in 128.0 IP

Pitching for the Orioles: Chris Tillman, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 5 K, 4 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 3-1, 1.66 ERA / 3.34 FIP / 4.65 xFIP, 7.06 K/9, 3.74 BB/9 in 21.2 IP

Wednesday, 8/1/12, 1:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 3 HR On the Season: 10-8, 4.08 ERA / 4.77 FIP / 4.30 xFIP, 7.94 K/9, 2.15 BB/9 in 121.1 IP

Pitching for the Orioles: Zach Britton, LHP
Last Start: 5.2 IP, 6 ER, 6 H, 2 K, 3 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 1-0, 5.74 ERA / 5.81 FIP / 5.28 xFIP, 4.60 K/9, 6.32 BB/9 in 15.2 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

Russell Martin – 5 for 13 with 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB in the last 7 days

Mark Teixeira – 6 for 22 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

Eric Chavez – 0 for 12 with 2 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

Andruw Jones – 3 for 17 with 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K in the last 7 days

BAL Offense

Who’s Hot:

Omar Quintanilla – 11 for 26 with 3 doubles, 1 HR, 2 RBI in the last 7 days

Nick Markakis – 9 for 29 with 1 double, 1 HR, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Chris Davis – 7 for 23 with 1 double, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

Matt Wieters – 1 for 19 with 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 9 K in the last 7 days

Taylor Teagarden – 1 for 12 with 7 K in the last 7 days

Mark Reynolds – 3 for 21 with 3 BB, 9 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series everyone!

Series Preview: Yankees vs. Red Sox | 7/27/12-7/29/12

Pitching Matchups

Friday, 7/27/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes, RHP
Last Start: 7.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 9-8, 4.09 ERA / 4.59 FIP / 4.27 xFIP, 8.03 K/9, 2.20 BB/9 in 114.1 IP

Pitching for the Red Sox: Aaron Cook, RHP
Last Start: 6.1 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 2-3, 3.50 ERA / 4.59 FIP / 4.58 xFIP, 0.75 K/9, 0.75 BB/9 in 36.0 IP

Saturday, 7/28/12, 4:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: C.C. Sabathia, LHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 2 HR On the Season: 10-3, 3.30 ERA / 3.26 FIP / 3.30 xFIP, 8.78 K/9, 2.33 BB/9 in 120.0 IP

Pitching for the Red Sox: Jon Lester, LHP
Last Start: 4.0 IP, 11 ER, 9 H, 2 K, 5 BB, 4 HR
On the Season: 5-8, 5.46 ERA / 4.18 FIP / 3.80 xFIP, 7.48 K/9, 2.84 BB/9 in 120.1 IP

Sunday, 7/29/12, 8:00pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 9 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 10-7, 3.34 ERA / 3.88 FIP / 3.75 xFIP, 7.17 K/9, 2.37 BB/9 in 129.1 IP

Pitching for the Red Sox: Felix Doubront, LHP
Last Start: 5.0 IP, 6 ER, 8 H, 6 K, 3 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 10-5, 4.54 ERA / 4.31 FIP / 3.82 xFIP, 8.83 K/9, 3.45 BB/9 in 107.0 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

— Mark Teixeira – 9 for 26 with 2 doubles, 4 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

— Derek Jeter – 8 for 25 with 1 HR, 1 RBI in the last 7 days

— Robinson Cano – 9 for 30 with 1 double, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

— Andruw Jones – 1 for 15 with 1 RBI, 10 K in the last 7 days

— Chris Stewart – 1 for 9 with 1 BB, 1 K in the last 7 days

— Eric Chavez – 2 for 17 with 3 BB, 4 K in the last 7 days

— Raul Ibanez – 4 for 24 with 2 RBI, 1 BB, 7 K in the last 7 days

BOS Offense

Who’s Hot:

— Will Middlebrooks – 8 for 23 with 1 double, 1 HR, 1 RBI in the last 7 days

— Jarrod Saltalamacchia – 4 for 13 with 1 double, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

— Carl Crawford – 2 for 22 with 8 K in the last 7 days

— Ryan Sweeney – 1 for 9 with 1 double, 1 BB in the last 7 days

— Cody Ross – 5 for 26 with 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series everyone!

Series Preview: Yankees at Mariners | 7/23/12-7/25/12

Pitching Matchups

Monday, 7/23/12, 10:10pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 9-7, 3.46 ERA / 4.05 FIP / 3.89 xFIP, 6.92 K/9, 2.43 BB/9 in 122.1 IP

Pitching for the Mariners: Kevin Millwood, RHP
Last Start: 5.0 IP, 7 ER, 10 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 3-7, 4.15 ERA / 3.57 FIP / 4.35 xFIP, 6.62 K/9, 3.35 BB/9 in 102.0 IP

Tuesday, 7/24/12, 10:10pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Freddy Garcia, RHP
Last Start: 5.2 IP, 4 ER, 9 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 4-3, 5.37 ERA / 4.20 FIP / 4.20 xFIP, 7.04 K/9, 2.85 BB/9 in 53.2 IP

Pitching for the Mariners: Felix Hernandez, RHP
Last Start: 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 8 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 8-5, 2.82 ERA / 2.78 FIP / 3.12 xFIP, 9.15 K/9, 2.30 BB/9 in 140.2 IP

Wednesday, 7/25/12, 3:40pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova, RHP
Last Start: 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 10-4, 4.10 ERA / 4.43 FIP / 3.89 xFIP, 7.98 K/9, 2.63 BB/9 in 123.0 IP

Pitching for the Mariners: Hisashi Iwakuma, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 1-2, 4.86 ERA / 5.61 FIP / 4.32 xFIP, 6.60 K/9, 4.27 BB/9 in 46.1 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

Jayson Nix – 5 for 14 with 2 doubles in the last 7 days

Mark Teixeira – 8 for 23 with 1 double, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

Derek Jeter – 8 for 24 with 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Robinson Cano – 9 for 28 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

Eric Chavez – 2 for 14 with 2 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

Chris Stewart – 2 for 11 with 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 K in the last 7 days

Curtis Granderson  – 5 for 24 with 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 9 K in the last 7 days

SEA Offense

Who’s Hot:

Jesus Montero – 12 for 26 with 4 doubles, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

John Jaso – 4 for 11 with 1 BB in the last 7 days

Carlos Peguero – 3 for 9 with 1 HR, 2 RBI in the last 7 days

Michael Saunders – 7 for 23 with 1 double, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

Justin Smoak – 3 for 29 with 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 12 K in the last 7 days

Dustin Ackley – 5 for 28 with 1 triple, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K in the last 7 days

Miguel Olivo – 3 for 16 with 1 RBI, 8 K in the last 7 days

Kyle Seager – 6 for 31 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K

Enjoy the series everyone!

Series Preview: Yankees at Athletics | 7/19/12-7/22/12

Pitching Matchups

Thursday, 7/19/12, 10:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Freddy Garcia, RHP
Last Start:  5.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 4 K, 5 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 4-2, 5.25 ERA / 4.19 FIP / 4.24 xFIP, 6.75 K/9, 2.81 BB/9 in 48.0 IP

Pitching for the Athletics: A.J. Griffin, RHP
Last Start:  6.0 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 1-0, 2.63 ERA / 4.65 FIP / 4.31 xFIP, 6.00 K/9, 2.25 BB/9 in 24.0 IP

Friday, 7/20/12, 10:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova, RHP
Last Start:  6.0 IP, 6 ER, 9 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 3 HR
On the Season: 10-4, 4.18 ERA / 4.59 FIP / 3.96 xFIP, 7.97 K/9, 2.71 BB/9 in 116.1 IP

Pitching for the Athletics: Tommy Milone, LHP
Last Start:  6.0 IP, 2 ER, 10 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 9-6, 3.54 ERA / 4.29 FIP / 4.13 xFIP, 5.98 K/9, 2.05 BB/9 in 114.1 IP

Saturday, 7/21/12, 9:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 K, 3 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 9-7, 4.22 ERA / 4.52 FIP / 4.26 xFIP, 8.10 K/9, 2.19 BB/9 in 106.2 IP

Pitching for the Athletics: Jarrod Parker, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 9 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 6-4, 3.16 ERA / 3.49 FIP / 4.29 xFIP, 7.02 K/9, 4.05 BB/9 in 91.0 IP

Sunday, 7/22/12, 4:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: C.C. Sabathia, LHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 10-3, 3.27 ERA / 3.13 FIP / 3.26 xFIP, 8.84 K/9, 2.39 BB/9 in 113.0 IP

Pitching for the Athletics: Bartolo Colon, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 6-8, 3.88 ERA / 3.99 FIP / 4.08 xFIP, 5.50 K/9, 1.46 BB/9 in 111.1 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

Jayson Nix – 5 for 10 with 2 doubles in the last 7 days

Robinson Cano – 9 for 21 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Derek Jeter – 8 for 23 with 3 doubles, 2 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

Mark Teixeira – 6 for 18 with 1 double, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

Curtis Granderson – 6 for 19 with 1 triple, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

Nick Swisher – 3 for 16 with 1 double, 1 RBI, 7 BB, 7 K in the last 7 days

OAK Offense

Who’s Hot:

Jonny Gomes – 5 for 9 with 2 HR, 7 RBI in the last 7 days

— Yoenis Cespedes – 11 for 21 with 2 doubles, 2 HR, 6 RBI in the last 7 days

Josh Reddick – 7 for 21 with 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Chris Carter – 3 for 12 with 2 HR, 4 RBI, 6 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

Cliff Pennington – 0 for 9 with 2 K in the last 7 days

Derek Norris – 0 for 12 with 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K in the last 7 days

Coco Crisp – 1 for 7 with 1 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

Brandon Inge – 4 for 21 with 1 double, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 6 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series everyone!

Series Preview: Yankees vs. Blue Jays | 7/16/12-7/18/12

Pitching Matchups

Monday, 7/16/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes, RHP
Last Appearance: 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 10 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 9-7, 4.33 ERA / 4.48 FIP / 4.15 xFIP, 8.31 K/9, 2.08 BB/9 in 99.2 IP

Pitching for the Blue Jays: Henderson Alvarez, RHP
Last Start: 5.1 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 0 HR On the Season: 5-7, 4.36 ERA / 5.18 FIP / 4.38 xFIP, 3.02 K/9, 1.93 BB/9 in 107.1 IP

Tuesday, 7/17/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: C.C. Sabathia, LHP
Last Appearance: 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 9 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 9-3, 3.45 ERA / 3.21 FIP / 3.25 xFIP, 8.83 K/9, 2.44 BB/9 in 107.0 IP

Pitching for the Blue Jays: Brett Cecil, LHP
Last Start: 4.1 IP, 6 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 3 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 2-1, 6.75 ERA / 5.65 FIP / 5.08 xFIP, 7.09 K/9, 3.38 BB/9 in 26.2 IP

Wednesday, 7/18/12, 1:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
Last Start: 7.1 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 8-7, 3.67 ERA / 4.17 FIP / 3.94 xFIP, 6.95 K/9, 2.58 BB/9 in 115.1 IP

Pitching for the Blue Jays: Ricky Romero, LHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 8-5, 5.03 ERA / 5.17 FIP / 4.51 xFIP, 6.34 K/9, 4.64 BB/9 in 116.1 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

Robinson Cano – 5 for 11 with 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Eric Chavez – 3 for 7 with 1 HR, 1 RBI in the last 7 days

Curtis Granderson – 4 for 11 with 1 triple, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Derek Jeter – 4 for 12 with 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

Russell Martin – 1 for 7 with 1 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Nick Swisher – 1 for 6 with 1 double, 5 BB, 2 K in the last 7 days

TOR Offense

Who’s Hot:

Adam Lind – 6 for 10 with 1 double, 5 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

J.P. Arencibia – 4 for 10 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

Rajai Davis – 0 for 7 with 2 K in the last 7 days

Colby Rasmus – 1 for 12 with 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K in the last 7 days

Brett Lawrie – 2 for 12 with 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series everyone!

Series Preview: Yankees at Red Sox | 7/6/12-7/8/12

Pitching Matchups

Friday, 7/6/12, 7:10pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
Last Appearance: 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 11 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 8-7, 3.17 ERA / 4.00 FIP / 3.86 xFIP, 7.04 K/9, 2.73 BB/9 in 102.1 IP

Pitching for the Red Sox: Josh Beckett, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 K, 3 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 4-7, 4.06 ERA / 3.75 FIP / 3.99 xFIP, 6.40 K/9, 2.13 BB/9 in 84.1 IP

Saturday, 7/7/12, 12:35pm ET (Double-Header Game 1; makeup of PPD game on 4/22)

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes, RHP
Last Start: 8.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 8 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 9-6, 4.29 ERA / 4.60 FIP / 4.15 xFIP, 8.49 K/9, 2.10 BB/9 in 94.1 IP

Pitching for the Red Sox: Franklin Morales, LHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 7 K, 2 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 1-1, 2.51 ERA / 2.59 FIP / 3.61 xFIP, 9.63 K/9, 2.30 BB/9 in 43.0 IP

Saturday, 7/7/12, 7:15pm ET (Double-Header Game 2)

Pitching for the Yankees: Freddy Garcia, RHP
Last Appearance: 5.1 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 2-2, 5.94 ERA / 4.48 FIP / 3.98 xFIP, 6.69 K/9, 1.98 BB/9 in 36.1 IP

Pitching for the Red Sox: Felix Doubront, LHP
Last Start: 4.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 4 K, 5 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 8-4, 4.42 ERA / 4.20 FIP / 3.78 xFIP, 9.13 K/9, 3.41 BB/9 in 89.2 IP

Sunday, 7/8/12, 8:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 9-3, 4.05 ERA / 4.53 FIP / 3.91 xFIP, 7.76 K/9, 2.67 BB/9 in 104.1 IP

Pitching for the Red Sox: Jon Lester, LHP
Last Start: 6.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 9 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 5-5, 4.33 ERA / 3.63 FIP / 3.59 xFIP, 7.33 K/9, 2.33 BB/9 in 108.0 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

Robinson Cano – 11 for 26 with 2 HR, 8 RBI in the last 7 days

Andruw Jones – 4 for 11 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI in the last 7 days

Eric Chavez – 3 for 10 with 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

Russell Martin – 0 for 15 with 4 K in the last 7 days

Nick Swisher – 4 for 21 with 2 BB, 9 K in the last 7 days

BOS Offense

Who’s Hot:

Adrian Gonzalez – 9 for 26 with 1 RBI in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

Nick Punto – 1 for 13 with 1 BB, 2 K in the last 7 days

Daniel Nava – 3 for 23 with 1 double, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

— Jarrod Saltalamacchia – 3 for 20 with 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K in the last 7 days

Mike Aviles – 3 for 18 with 1 double, 1 BB, 4 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series everyone!

Series Preview: Yankees at Rays | 7/2/12-7/4/12

Pitching Matchups

Monday, 7/2/12, 7:10pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Freddy Garcia, RHP
Last Appearance (has been in bullpen): 2.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
On the Season: 2-2, 6.39 ERA / 4.12 FIP / 4.03 xFIP, 6.68 K/9, 2.32 BB/9 in 31.0 IP

Pitching for the Rays: Matt Moore, LHP
Last Start: 7.1 IP, 4 ER, 10 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 4-5, 4.19 ERA / 4.46 FIP / 4.26 xFIP, 9.20 K/9, 4.30 BB/9 in 88.0 IP

Tuesday, 7/3/12, 7:10pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova, RHP
Last Start: 7.1 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 3 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 9-2, 4.03 ERA / 4.48 FIP / 3.87 xFIP, 7.78 K/9, 2.65 BB/9 in 98.1 IP

Pitching for the Rays: James Shields, RHP
Last Start: 7.2 IP, 4 ER, 14 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 7-5, 4.04 ERA / 3.69 FIP / 3.43 xFIP, 8.51 K/9, 2.75 BB/9 in 104.2 IP

Wednesday, 7/4/12, 3:10pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: David Phelps, RHP
Last Appearance (has been in bullpen): 3.1 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 1-3, 3.16 ERA / 4.54 FIP / 3.92 xFIP, 8.27 K/9, 3.41 BB/9 in 37.0 IP

Pitching for the Rays: David Price, LHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 11-4, 2.92 ERA / 3.41 FIP / 3.30 xFIP, 8.34 K/9, 3.01 BB/9 in 104.2 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

Robinson Cano – 12 for 29 with 2 doubles, 4 HR, 10 RBI in the last 7 days

Dewayne Wise – 7 for 14 with 1 double, 1 triple, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Eric Chavez – 5 for 14 with 1 double, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

Russell Martin – 0 for 11 with 4 K in the last 7 days

Raul Ibanez – 2 for 19 with 3 BB, 5 K in the last 7 days

— Mark Teixiera – 3 for 24 with 1 double, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K in the last 7 days

Derek Jeter – 6 for 26 with 1 double, 1 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

TB Offense

Who’s Hot:

Ben Zobrist – 11 for 25 with 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Jeff Keppinger – 5 for 15 with 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

Luke Scott – 0 for 11 with 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K in the last 7 days

— BJ Upton – 2 for 26 with 1 RBI, 2 BB, 10 K in the last 7 days

Sean Rodriguez – 1 for 12 with 1 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series everyone!

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!

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!

Series Preview: Yankees at Mets | 6/22/12-6/24/12


Pitching Matchups

Friday, 6/22/12, 7:10pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Andy Pettitte, LHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 6 K, 3 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 3-2, 2.77 ERA / 3.50 FIP / 3.03 xFIP, 8.51 K/9, 2.22 BB/9 in 48.2 IP

Pitching for the Mets: Jon Niese, LHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 4-3, 3.82 ERA / 4.18 FIP / 3.41 xFIP, 8.84 K/9, 3.35 BB/9 in 75.1 IP

Saturday, 6/23/12, 7:15pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova, RHP
Last Start: 7.2 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 9-2, 4.32 ERA / 4.46 FIP / 3.88 xFIP, 7.70 K/9, 2.43 BB/9 in 85.1 IP

Pitching for the Mets: Chris Young, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 1-1, 3.06 K/9, 3.00 FIP / 5.93 xFIP, 4.08 K/9, 2.55 BB/9 in 17.2 IP

Sunday, 6/24/12, 8:00pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: C.C. Sabathia, LHP
Last Start: 9.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 10 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 9-3, 3.55 ERA / 3.21 FIP / 3.18 xFIP, 9.06 K/9, 2.40 BB/9 in 101.1 IP

Pitching for the Mets: R.A. Dickey, RHP
Last Start: 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 13 K, 2 BB
On the Season: 11-1, 2.00 ERA / 2.72 FIP / 2.70 xFIP, 9.36 K/9, 1.91 BB/9 in 99.0 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

Nick Swisher – 6 for 12 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

Robinson Cano – 7 for 19 with 3 HR, 3 RBI, 7 BB in the last 7 days

Mark Teixeira – 7 for 22 with 4 doubles, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

Raul Ibanez – 1 for 16 with 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K in the last 7 days

Andruw Jones – 1 for 12 with 2 BB, 5 K in the last 7 days

Alex Rodriguez – 3 for 21 with 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K in the last 7 days

NYM Offense

Who’s Hot:

David Wright – 8 for 22 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Lucas Duda – 5 for 16 with 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

— Jordany Valdespin – 5 for 16 with 1 double, 1 triple, 2 RBI in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

Omar Quintanilla – 1 for 16 with 1 K in the last 7 days

Andres Torres – 1 for 10 with 2 BB, 1 K in the last 7 days

Daniel Murphy – 2 for 16 with 1 double, 1 RBI in the last 7 days

Kirk Nieuwenhuis – 3 for 20 with 1 HR, 1 RBI, 8 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series!

Series Preview: Yankees vs. Braves | 6/18/12-6/20/12

Pitching Matchups

Monday, 6/18/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: C.C. Sabathia, LHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 4 ER, 10 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 8-3, 3.70 ERA / 3.40 FIP / 3.28 xFIP, 8.97 K/9, 2.53 BB/9 in 92.1 IP

Pitching for the Braves: Mike Minor, LHP
Last Start: 7.1 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 4 K, 1 BB
On the Season: 3-4, 6.01 ERA / 5.18 FIP / 4.51 xFIP, 7.55 K/9, 3.45 BB/9 in 70.1 IP

Tuesday, 6/19/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, 8 K, 2 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 6-6, 3.43 ERA / 4.54 FIP / 4.01 xFIP, 6.20 K/9, 2.77 BB/9 in 81.1 IP

Pitching for the Braves: Tim Hudson, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 8 K, 0 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 4-3, 3.90 ERA / 3.07 FIP / 3.55 xFIP, 5.85 K/9, 2.25 BB/9 in 60.0 IP

Wednesday, 6/20/12, 1:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 9 K, 2 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 7-5, 4.50 ERA / 4.66 FIP / 4.15 xFIP, 8.76 K/9, 2.43 BB/9 in 74.0 IP

Pitching for the Braves: Tommy Hanson, RHP
Last Start: 5.1 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 2 K, 6 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 7-4, 3.32 ERA / 4.27 FIP / 4.34 xFIP, 7.64 K/9, 3.65 BB/9 in 81.1 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

— Nick Swisher – 7 for 16 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

— Robinson Cano – 7 for 20 with 1 double, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 7 BB in the last 7 days

— Curtis Granderson – 8 for 26 with 2 doubles, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 5 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

— Russell Martin – 1 for 18 with 2 BB, 5 K in the last 7 days

— Raul Ibanez – 1 for 15 with 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K in the last 7 days

ATL Offense

Who’s Hot:

— Andrelton Simmons – 9 for 19 with 1 double, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

— Jason Heyward – 6 for 18 with 3 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

— Brian McCann – 6 for 22 with 3 doubles, 2 HR, 3 RBI in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

— Dan Uggla – 1 for 18 with 1 double, 7 BB, 9 K in the last 7 days

— Chipper Jones – 4 for 18 with 2 BB, 2 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series!

Morning Bits: Swisher, Sabathia, Minor League Links

Well the Yankees have won 9 straight having swept the Mets, Braves and Nationals. The Yanks again take on the Braves with the new series starting tonight at 7pm ET at Yankee Stadium. Here are your morning links…

— Nick Swisher was not in the lineup in yesterday’s game because of what he called “like the worst charley horse ever”, and he needed crutches to leave the clubhouse last night.

— C.C. Sabathia through looking back at videotape has noticed a fixable flaw in his mechanics.

— The Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees stormed past Syracuse yesterday and are now five games back behind the Pawtucket Red Sox in the International Leeague North Division.

— The Staten Island Yankees look to defend their New York-Penn league title with completely new faces.

Have a great day everyone!

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