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Yanks fall flat on Opening Day in 8-2 loss to Red Sox

Looking back at the game, the second inning is where the Yankees fell flat. CC Sabathia made some costly pitches which resulted in the Red Sox scoring four runs off of the Yankees ace. The three run ninth inning by Joba Chamberlain didn’t make matters any easier. In the end, the Yankees looked as flat as Sabathia’s fastball in the fourth inning. The offense was barely existent, minus the two run single by Francisco Cervelli in the fourth. To put it in perspective, the Yankees as a team looked sluggish. So sluggish that by the time the ninth inning rolled around, no one was in their seats.

The Yankees had one chance to score some more runs in the seventh when Cervelli and Brett Gardner got on base with back to back walks, but Eduardo Nunez, Robinson Cano and Kevin Youkilis struck out to end the inning, and any chance of the Yankees coming back in the game.

The Yankees pitching wasn’t as sharp either. David Phelps was able to tightrope out of danger in the sixth inning due to a base-running blunder by Jacoby Ellsbury, but the seventh was where everything fell apart. Phelps gave up a run with the assistance of Boone Logan, Chamberlain gave up three in the ninth. Now it’s back to the drawing board for the Yankees, as they prepare to take on the Red Sox again on Wednesday night.

Some Notes:

Mark Teixeira went to visit the doctor today and got the OK to take off the brace on his wrist–but he has to wear it when he works out.

Derek Jeter had some treatment done in Tampa today and played catch in the OF. Although Jeter could come off the DL on Saturday, I doubt he would since the Yanks want him to play a full nine innings before he returns.

Curtis Granderson had X-Rays on his forearm and told reporters in Tampa that his arm is feeling better. He’s allowed to shag fly balls but he can’t throw them back in the infield.

Phil Hughes pitched in an extended Spring Training game today, and went seven innings. Hughes will next pitch for Scranton Wilkes-Barre in five days, meaning he’s on track to return on April 11. Girardi left open the option that Hughes could return by Saturday but David Phelps is still in line to make that start.

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Morning Bits: Sabathia on the mound today, Gardner & Cano, playoff scheduling

Good morning.  The Yankees lost a tough game last night.  Two caught stealing as they fall one run short.   On the good side of things Baltimore lost as well.   Today is a new day and the Yankees have an afternoon game.  Start time is 1:10PM EST as Sabathia will be on the mound.

Let’s get the morning started with some links…

Wallace Matthews writes that C.C. needs to step up today and give the Yankees a strong outing.

Jordan Garretson of MLB.com has the recap of the game where he says the Yankees prime opportunity turned into a missed one.

Garretson also has a lot of tidbits on the Bombers including Gardner’s return and the slumping Cano.

– If you are going to read one article check out this one by Jayson Stark of ESPN who looks into the October scheduling nightmare of the Playoffs.

Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Logan, Sabathia, Playoffs and more

* An A-blog for A-Rod takes a closer look at Boone Logan.

* Bronx Baseball Daily has the video of Mike Francesa falling asleep on the air.

* It’s about the Money Stupid writes a good article on the rule of run differential.

* Pinstripe Alley dives into Sabathia and his disappearing fastball.

* River Ave Blues looks into the resurgence of Russell Martin.

* The Captain’s Blog says the Yankees need Sabathia to come up aces.

* The Greedy Pinstripes ponders who should be on the hot seat.

* The Yankee Analysts ask who would you want to pitch in a one game playoff?

* Yanks Go Yard questions who should be the Yankee MVP.

Morning Bits: Girardi, Hughes, C.C. vs Shields and more…

Hope many of you are enjoying a nice day off from work as summer ends.   The playoff push is getting interesting as the Yankee continue to struggle.  An important next two series begins today with Tampa and after them will be at Baltimore.  A-Rod should be back in the lineup today.  Hopefully that helps the lineup.

Enjoy the day and now for some links.  Enjoy!

Mike Mazzeo of ESPN NY has the thoughts of Girardi which is “We need to play better baseball.”

Matt Ehalt of ESPN NY writes that Girardi sticking with Hughes late backfired.

Ethan Asofsky of mlb.com has the preview of today’s matchup between C.C. vs. Shields which starts at 1:10PM EST.

Zach Schonburn of The New York Times writes that Yankees have the lead in the division but the O’s have the momentum.

Andrew Burton of The Bleacher Report has seven reasons the Yankees shouldn’t re-sign Nick Swisher.

– Matt Tracy won his SWB debut yesterday as the SWB Yanks won 6-2.  Read the recap of the game.

Morning Bits: Sabathia, Soriano & Hughes

Good morning all.   Hughes had a good outing and Cano made a hell of a double play.   Soriano came in and closed the game out.   Tampa lost which is good but the O’s won again.   Today is a day game as C.C. will be on the mound against Happ.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:05PM EST.
Enjoy the game.  Now for some links…

ESPN Stats shows how Sabathia owns the Jays.

Andrew Marchand of ESPN NY writes that Mariano mentors an angry Soriano.

Mark Feinsand mentions that Hughes gave a gritty effort.

Morning Bits: Phelps on the mound tonight, C.C. didn’t want the DL and more

Good morning all.  With C.C. on the DL David Phelps will get another go around as a starter.  It will be interesting to see how many innings they let him go tonight since he has been in the bullpen.  This will be a big series against Texas.   On the mound for Texas will be Dempster first pitch will be thrown at 7PM Est. Enjoy the game.

Now for some links….

Chris Toman of MLB.com has some tidbits on the Yankees including that C.C. fought the choice to go on the DL.

Andrew Simon of MLB.com has the preview of the Yanks vs Rangers series with the best record on the line.

– The SWB – Yanks split the double header yesterday with Syracuse.

Morning Bits: Andruw Jones, Joba back in August, Kuroda on the mound, Cano hit streak at 20

Good morning all.  The Yankees have now won 9 out of 11 games and look to continue this hot streak with another win today in an afternoon start time.  On the mound will be Romero vs Kuroda.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:05PM.  The game also can be seen on TBS.

Enjoy the day!!! Now for some links….

Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY looks into Lefty Killer: Andruw Jones.

Matthews also has an article about Joba which targets him back onto the ball club August 10th.

Steven Miller of mlb.com has a bunch of Yankee notes including Gardners MRI, Joba notes, and Mo probably not coming back this year.

– Kuroda looks to keep the Yankee hot streak going.  Quinn Roberts has the game preview.

Tim Smith of The Daily News writes about C.C.’s strong showing coming off the DL.

David Waldstein of The New York Times look at the Yankees’ non-problem in left field.

Ray Monell of Yahoo has a short article about Cano’s 20 game hit streak.

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Morning Bits: Sabathia, A-Rod’s stiff neck, Mariano back this season?, Gardner with a set back

Good morning all.  Great win last night and good outing by Phil Hughes.  After Swisher went down looking at a strike Ibanez came to the plate and gave the Yankees what they needed with a grand slam.  Tonight’s first pitch is for 7:05 on the mound Cecil and returning from the DL for the Yankees C.C. Sabathia.

Enjoy the day and here are some links….

Matt Ehalt of ESPN NY asks which C.C. will the Yankees get tonight.

– Last night a stiff neck by A-Rod pushed him into the DH spot writes Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.   But that is a good thing as his numbers are better at DH then when he plays the field.

– Rivera mentioned yesterday that he is not ruling out a return to the Yankees this season. (Hoch and Steven Miller have that story)

– Brett Gardner is shut down and now may be out for the season.  Brendan Prunty of the Star Ledger has the details.

Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Sabathia, Swisher, Logan, Jeter

Good afternoon all.   Every Tuesday at this time I scan all the Yankee blogs and post an article from each.   Lot’s of great articles on our favorite team give them all a read if you can.  Enjoy!!

* An A-blog for A-Rod has a good article on mid-season minor league thoughts and afterthoughts.

* Bleeding Yankee Blue digs into some Yankee history with former PR guy Marty Appel.

* It’s about the Money Stupid is reflecting on the Yankees 2012 Interleague season.

* Lady Loves Pinstripes has some facts about the team for the month of June.

* NYY Universe writes that Swisher is starting to sizzle.

* Pinstripe Alley mentions how they would format the MLB regular season and playoffs.

* River Ave Blues is thinking about resting Derek Jeter.

* Sliding into Home has the roster for the 2012 Old Timers’ Day.

* The Captain’s Blog is examining the Yankees’s RISP problems.

* The Yankee Analysts is taking a close look at Sabathia’s season.

* Yanks Go Yard takes a look at Boone Logan.

 

Rotation jelling at the right time

Andy’s perfect balance & mechanics have been a big boost

Things have certainly changed for this Yankees team over the last 2 weeks.  On May 21st, they had just been shutout by the lowly Kansas City Royals 6-0 to drop them to 21-21 and into a tie for the basement in the AL East – 5.5 games out of 1st.  The team had just gone 1-6 over their last 7 and the bats were failing at a miserable rate, having scored 2 runs or less in 5 of those 7.  But since then, the team has picked things up.  Thanks to 5 straight wins over KC and the Oakland Triple A’s, they have found their stride and have won 10 of their last 13 to put them a half game behind Baltimore for 1st place.

So what has changed  in the last 13 games to propel this team?  Well the offense has picked it up scoring 5.4 runs per game but it has been the pitching staff that has done the heavy lifting.  They have an American League-best 3.06 ERA with 10 Quality Starts.  Except for Phil Hughes’ clunker in L.A., the starters have pitched at least 6 innings of every game which is a huge lift to a bullpen that has lost its top 2 arms.

Below are the numbers for the starters over that period and it seems everyone is pitching well at the same time.  I believe Pettitte has been a big stabilizing factor for this team and the rest of the staff.  It seems both Nova and Hughes have begun to work faster, be more aggressive and concentrate more from pitch to pitch in their last few outings – all Pettitte trademarks. It could be just a coincidence but I think Andy’s presence and value to the team goes beyond taking the mound every 5th day.

With the rotation throwing well, if some of the bats start to heat up this team can go on one of their typical hot summers and begin to build a lead in the division that no one seems able to run away with.  The rotation and pen seem strong and if Cashman wants to make a deal, he may look to add something to the offense.  A lot will be learned in the near future with David Robertson & Brett Gardner attempting comebacks.  If Brett has another setback, this team will definitely need another OF.  What do you all think of this team?  Is the turnabout in the last 13 games for real and what would you add at the trade deadline, if anything?

W-L

ERA

IP

H

ER

HR

BB

K

Kuroda

1-0

1.20

15

11

2

1

2

7

Pettitte

2-1

3.00

21.1

18

7

4

3

21

Sabathia

2-0

3.21

14

15

5

2

4

9

Nova

3-0

3.74

21.2

18

9

3

5

11

Hughes

2-1

4.43

20.1

20

10

3

5

18

10-2

3.22

92.1

82

33

13

19

66

Rotation has been glaring weakness thus far

Freddy has stunk up the joint

The Yanks are off to a solid start at 9-6 but they still have much to be concerned about.  Their offense continues to be a bit streaky but they still lead MLB averaging 6.0 runs per game. Mariano blew the Save on Opening Day but the bullpen has been lights out otherwise, leading all of baseball with a 2.14 ERA.  Defense you ask? The Yanks have a MLB-low 4 errors through 15 games for a league best .993 Fielding %.

So with a League-best Offense, Bullpen & Defense, why is the team only 9-6? Well, the starting pitching has not done the job.  They have the 2nd worst ERA in all of baseball – even worse than the brutal Red Sox staff.   The Yankee starters have a combined ERA of 5.84, allowing Hits and Baserunners more than any staff in baseball. They’ve allowed a WHIP of 1.59, allowing 107 Hits in 81.2 IP.  The starting rotation was the main focus of the offseason and was supposed to be a team strength.  Obviously, it’s too early to draw any conclusions as we are not even 10% into the long season yet.  However, let’s take a look at where each starter is after 3 turns through the rotation.

CC Sabathia

1-0 5.59 ERA – 1.34 WHIP – 19.1 ip – 10.3 k/9 – 2.8 bb/9 – 9.3 h/9 – 1.4 HR/9 - .716 OPS against

CC has had trouble with his Fastball command in the early going which has led to more hits and runs.  However, all of his supporting numbers are strong – his Strikeout & BB rates are fine which point towards a 3.02 xFIP which is exactly the same as 2011.  His last start vs MIN was his best as he pitched into the 8th inning and got his 1st win.  Stuff-wise, his Velocity is down.  CC has always been a slow starter and takes a while for his velocity to build to his peak levels.  However, he is a little bit lower than where he usually starts averaging a mere 91.5 MPH.  I’m not concerned but it is something to keep an eye on to see if it climbs to his standard 93-95. So overall, I’d say CC is fine and just off to his annual slow start.

Hiroki Kuroda

1-2 5.00 ERA – 1.61 WHIP – 18.0 ip – 6.0 k/9 – 3.0 bb/9 – 11.5 h/9 - 1.5 HR/9 – .876 OPS against

Kuroda has been an enigma with 1 absolute gem and 2 terrible outings. Obviously the real Kuroda will fall somewhere in between. Thus far, he’s been getting hit much harder than usual but it looks like he has enough stuff to be successful in the tougher AL lineups.  I imagine it will take him a while to find out what works best for him.  As a veteran pitcher with multiple pitches, I believe Kuroda will eventually find the right mix to be a successful mid-rotation starter for the team,

Phil Hughes

1-2 6.75 ERA – 1.88 WHIP – 13.1 ip – 10.1 k/9 – 4.1 bb/9 – 12.8 h/9 – 2.7 HR/9 – 1.012 OPS against

Hughes has shown a better Fastball than all of last year but continues to throw too many pitches as he just can’t seem to put batters away without max effort.  He doesn’t have a pitch to get easy outs and it’s led to him averaging 21.5 pitchers per inning.  Phil needs to conserve pitches so he can go deeper into games otherwise he won’t last as a starter. None of his secondary pitches have been successful as he tends to leave them all up and in the hitting zone. His FB is hard to hit when he commands it and moves it around but without a good secondary pitch he may be best served in the pen where he can let loose for 1 or 2 IP.

Ivan Nova

3-0 3.79 ERA – 1.42 WHIP – 19 ip – 9.5 k/9 -  0.9 bb/9 – 11.8 h/9 – 1.9 HR/9 – .987 OPS against

Nova has won all 3 of his starts and 15 in a row dating back to last yr.  He has also gotten great run support in each of his 3 outings which helps.  With the exception of Nova’s sterling Walk rates, his supporting numbers are not too far different from Hughes’. Nova has allowed a lot of hits but he gets away with it by getting double plays and Strikeouts when he needs to and  by limiting walks.  He usually limits HRs too but this yr has been an exception so far. Nova does a fine job of pitching deep into games and has 4 solid pitches to go through a lineup multiple times. He’s a strong #3 starter.

Freddy Garcia

0-1 9.75 ERA – 1.92 WHIP – 12ip – 6.0 k/9 – 2.3 bb/9 – 15.0 h/9 – 1.5 HR/9 – 1.094 OPS against

Garcia has been downright awful.  All of his rates are in line with last year but he has gotten hit much harder.  36% of his batted balls have been hit for line drives as he has left a lot of Splitters and Curveballs up and in the middle of the plate.  One has to think that Garcia can adjust and pitch better but can the Yankees afford to keep throwing him out there to get beat up and eat up the bullpen?

Help on the Way?

Andy Pettitte is only a few weeks away as he’s scheduled to throw 80-85 pitches in Double A Trenton this week. Michael Pineda had a setback and is nowhere near returning.  David Phelps has been excellent in long relief for the Yanks while DJ Mitchell and Adam Warren are ready and able in AAA.  Right now, I would make no immediate moves.  Obviously Hughes and Garcia are on the hot seat but no move needs to be made just yet. When Andy is ready I’d make my moves. If Hughes cannot show improvement, Andy & Phelps go in the rotation with Hughes to the pen.  If Garcia is still struggling, I’d like to send him to AAA but he’d likely request his release.

Morning Bits: Sabathia, Stewart, 1912 Uniforms, Cano, Girardi

Nice start from C.C. last night.  Hopefully this gets the team going in the right direction.  Game time same time as last night. Here are the links….

– C.C. Sabathia performs like an ace last night when the Yankees needed him to reports Tim Smith of The Daily News.

– The bottom of the order came through last night against the Twins reports Marc Craig of The Star Ledger.

– Dan Martin of The New York Post writes that backup catcher Stewart came up big last night.

– Take a look at these uniforms from 1912 that the Yankees will be wearing Friday against the Red Sox as they celebrate 100 years at Fenway.

– Cano’s recent skid minor in Girardi’s eyes reports Joey Nowak of mlb.com.

– Stewart has more rbi’s than A-Rod and Cano reports Matt Ehalt of Espn New York.

Minor Bits: Sabathia, Soriano, Phelps

Good morning all.  Yankees needed extra innings last night but getting a win is what matters.   Same time again tonight.  Let’s get right to the links….

Mark Feinsand reports C.C. Sabathia is ready to put his last start in the past with today’s performance.

Bryan Hoch reports Soriano was out of yesterday’s game because of a split nail.

Mark Simon of ESPN Stats does a great job showing Phelps resembling David Robertson.

– Recap of the 7-1 Loss for the Trenton Thunder last night.

Morning Bits: Sabathia, Stewart, Cano, A-Rod

Good morning all.  Today is the day we all have been waiting for!!! Yankee Baseball is Back!   Enjoy the day and the game.

Here are the links….

The New York Times looks at the early schedule for the Yankees.

Mark Feinsand of The Daily News writes that Yankee Ace C.C. Sabathia turns out to be exactly what GM Cashman expected.

Mark Carig of The Star Ledger has the story of Stewart the new Yankee back-up catcher arriving on short notice.

– Another article from Carig about how Cano is now in a starring role and having fun with it.

Espn has a story about A-Rod joining facebook.

Morning Bits: Pettitte, Cervelli, Sabathia, Season Preview

We are now one day away from Yankee Baseball.   For all you baseball nuts though you should be happy with many other teams playing today so enjoy.

Let’s get right to the links….

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post has a nice write up about Pettitte.

David Waldstein has all the details of the trade yesterday and the demotion of fan favorite Cervelli.

The Times-Tribune has a nice write up about Cervelli and Ortiz joining the AAA team.

Jorge Ortiz of USA Today has his predictions for the AL EAST.

Chad Jennings of Lohud says the Yankees have a few issues.

ESPN New York is breaking out the crystal ball on the Yankees 2012 season.

Bill Madden from The Daily News has his preview of the AL East.

Bryan Hoch of mlb.com says after three years C.C. remains the “rock” of the team.

Morning Bits: Pineda, Sabathia, Pitching Staff, Chase for 28

Good morning all as we now enter the week of the start of the season of Yankee baseball!!!!!!!!  The first game in case you don’t know is Friday against Tampa Bay.  Let’s get right to the morning links…..

Northjersey.com mentions that C.C. Sabathia struggled yesterday.  Again we can all agree it’s not Sabathia’s spring training starts we care about it’s how he pitches in the regular season and his track record speaks for itself.

– Kevin Kernan of The New York Post says Pineda needs change to avoid injury.

– Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York writes about Tim Kurkjian’s view that the Yankees pitching staff is not as strong as most people think it is.

– Bryan Hoch of MLB.COM writes that if the Yankees stay healthy in 2012 they have a great shot in the chase for 28.

– Another article from Hoch getting the views from the Yankee players of the new Miami ballpark.

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