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Series Preview: New York Yankees AT Baltimore Orioles

August 31, 2009 1 comment

Here is the series preview for the 3 game set in Baltimore:

Tonight: LHP Andy Pettitte (11-6, 4.18) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (9-12, 5.26)

Pettite has been-well-awesome lately. In his last start Pettite went 7 IP giving up 5 hits and 2 ER. In his last start against the Orioles Pettite got the no-decision going 7.1 IP 6 hits and 1 ER. Andy is 25-6 with a 3.65 ERA in his career against the Orioles. Guthrie got the loss in his last start against the Yankees and is 3-4 with a 4.66 ERA career wise vs. the Bombers.

Tuesday: RHP A.J. Burnett (10-8, 4.10) vs. RHP David Hernandez (4-6, 4.24)

Burnett is 9-1 with a 4.61 ERA in his career vs. the O’s. Hernandez has been better than his numbers may indicate this year. Hernandez pitched 6 innings giving up 3 hits and 1 ER in his only career appearance vs. the Yankees.

Wednesday: LHP CC Sabathia (15-7, 3.56) vs. RHP Jason Berken (4-11, 6.33)

CC will look to continue his great pitching of late vs. the Orioles. CC is 7-1 with a 2.55 ERA vs. the Orioles career wise, while Berken is 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA in one career start vs. the Yankees.

PREDICTIONS:

TONIGHT: Yankees win 6-2

TUESDAY: Orioles win 7-4

WEDNESDAY: Yankees win 9-2

New Blog

August 31, 2009 Leave a comment

Hey guys, I know I’ve left this site before, so the title may worry you. There is good news, better news, and bad news.

Good News: I am still posting here, often too.

Better News: I have also started ANOTHER blog with about 9 or 10 other blog authors (think of it as a mega-blog) THIS is the new blog. I know I have a few followers, so if you follow this can you please follow that too? Thanks. It contains the best of Yankees blogging universe.

Bad News: The new blog needs readers, so read up guys!

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The Joba Problem

August 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Joba Chamberlain pitched 3 innings today, throwing only 35 pitches in the process. The reason the Yankees pulled Joba out of the game so quickly is because they decided that he will have an entire new set of rules. Joba will work his way up to being able to pitch a full game for the Bronx Bombers. The question is though….why? I know Joba has to have his rules, but why did they have to start all over? What happens if another pitcher gets hurt in the 3rd, has to leave the game, and they need the whole bullpen to be used then? Why now? I am disgusted at the way the Yankees have handled Joba.

Categories: Joba Chamberlain

Suggestion to the Mets

August 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Everyone once in a while I do a post in which I make a suggestion to a team. Well next up in the series is a group of suggestions to the New York Mets.

Here is how to fix the Mets.

-Fire Jerry Manuel

-Fire Omar Minaya

-Fire entire medical staff

-Fire Hitting and Pitching Coaches

-Trade Jose Reyes to the Boston Redsox for Jacoby Ellsbury and Lars Anderson (at least.)

-Sign John Lackey
-Sign Chone Figgins

Jerry Manuel should be fired because his team (the Mets) do not even know the fundamentals of baseball. If a team isn’t playing well, thats one thing, but if a team drops pop ups, doesn’t touch third base, and throws to first when no one is covering….that is a problem. Also, Jerry, not every player can play every position.

Omar Minaya is a trainwreck. Enough said.

The Mets have been one of the most injured teams in baseball and that can’t just be because the players are fragile. The staff must have something to do with it.

The Mets have not hit or pitched well this year. Even when the team was healthy, they struggled.

The Reyes trade would really shake up the Mets. Ellsbury helps out in the outfield, with Gary Sheffield gone. Lars Anderson can be the future 1st baseman of the Mets.

Lackey and Figgins are both free agents in 2010 and are both members of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim now. Lackey can be a top 2 starter, while Figgins can play nearly every position.

Apology to Sergio Mitre

August 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Dear Sergio Mitre,

I am very, very sorry I had repeatedly said that I did not want you on the Yankees. I wrote that I wanted you designated, released, traded, put on every kind of waivers possible, and even at one point I think I said I wanted you to pitch for the Redsox just so that the Yankees could beat them. Yesterday you proved me wrong….for one start at least. You pitched 6.1 Innings of scoreless, 1 hit baseball, with the sinker moving. You showed that you have done your job as the 5th starter.

I apologize,
Brandon

Yankees Recap: 8/29 Chicago Whitesox AT New York Yankees

August 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Prior to the 2003 season, the Yankees were involved in a big bidding war with the Boston Red Sox for the services of Cuban defector Jose Contreras. The Yankees ultimately won that battle, but in the long run Contreras was a bad signing. The Yankees got a little revenge yesterday, pounding the now Chicago White Sox pitcher en route to a 10-0 Yankees victory.

The game also marked the finest performance this season by Sergio Mitre since his recall by the big club back on July 21. He retired the first 13 White Sox to start the game and allowed just one hit over 6 1/3 innings, before being forced to depart when a line drive off the bat of A.J. Pierzynski struck his right forearm. For now, Mitre will be considered day-to-day after the imprint of the baseball was clearly visible on his arm.

The Yankees offense gave Mitre plenty of support early and often. Consecutive base hits by Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano, and Jerry Hairston Jr. (2 RBI), starting in place of Melky Cabrera, put the Bombers up 2-0 in the 2nd inning. A walk to Jose Molina and a sac bunt by Derek Jeter set things up for Johnny Damon, who delivered both runners with a double for a 4-0 Yankees advantage.

The Yankees continued the onslaught in the 4th with another four-run outburst. Jeter singled to start the frame and Damon reached on an error by Jayson Nix that allowed both runners to move into scoring position. An Alex Rodriguez single and a Hideki Matsui double extended the lead to 6-0 and sent Contreras to the showers. Swisher greeted D.J. Carrasco with an RBI single and Cano brought the final run home with a productive ground out.

Mitre cruised through the first four innings, his slider working as effectively as it ever had, and recording five ground ball outs plus a pair of strikeouts. Rodriguez temporarily kept the perfect game going when he dove to his right to snare Paul Konerko’s grounder and threw out the White Sox 1st baseman to start the 5th inning. But DH Jim Thome ripped a line drive past Mark Teixeira to break up the no-no and perfect game in one swing of the bat.

Mitre walked Brent Lillibridge to open the 7th before Pierzynski’s ball ricocheted off Mitre’s arm and went behind the mound. Before feeling the pain, the Yankees starter tracked the ball down and threw out the White Sox catcher at 1st base for the inning’s first out. Trainer Gene Monahan and manager Joe Girardi quickly came to the mound and immediately got Mitre out of there once they saw the swelling that had begun. The White Sox wouldn’t benefit from Mitre’s removal though, as Chad Gaudin came on and allowed just one walk in 2 2/3 innings while striking out four.

Game Notes

Alex Rodriguez belted his 23rd home run of the season in the 8th inning for the game’s final tally. It was home run #576 for his career, putting him 7 behind Mark McGwire for 8th place on the all-time list.

Derek Jeter had his 7th 3-hit game of the month and his 14th multi-hit game. He’s now 13 hits shy of tying Lou Gehrig’s franchise record.

Joba Chamberlain goes in the series finale this afternoon (1 P.M. ET) as the Yankees go for the series sweep. Girardi would not reveal if Chamberlain was on a pitch count as has been rumored. Freddy Garcia makes his third start of the season for the White Sox.

*This post was written by Drew Sarver of My Pinstripes*

Jose Contreras to Start Today for the Whitesox

August 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Jose Contreras will start today for the Whitesox today, replacing the TBA sign. Conteras, a former Yankee, is 5-12 with a 5.09 ERA this year. Contreras was 15-7, 4.64 with the Yankees from 2003-04 before he was traded for Esteban Loiaza. He is 2-5, 4.20 in seven career starts against the Yankees since.

Categories: Chicago Whitesox

Game Recap: Friday August 28th Whitesox AT Yankees

August 29, 2009 5 comments

Home runs, strong pitching, walk off wins, and whipped cream facials have been the mark of ball games played at the new Yankee Stadium this season. Last night’s game with the Chicago White Sox was right out of the 2009 playbook. Robinson Cano crushed a 3-run home run in the bottom of 10th inning to give the Yankees a 5-2 victory and made Cano the recipient of pie ala Burnett.

Left-hander Randy Williams struck out Mark Teixeira and then got some help from the wind as Alex Rodriguez‘ deep fly to center died short of the warning track. But Williams walked Hideki Matsui and Nick Swisher, setting up a showdown with Cano, who had been hitless in four at-bats on the night. After working a 2-2 count, Cano launched a Williams fastball into the Yankees bullpen for the team’s 11th walk-off win of the season. The strong winds had no chance to play a factor since the ball more of a line drive than fly ball. Brian Bruney worked a scoreless top of the 10th to improve to 4-0.

CC Sabathia had given the Yankees a dominant outing, striking out 10 batters through six innings. But the big man, protecting a 2-0 lead built on home runs by Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon, ran into trouble in the 7th. If not for some key defensive plays, Sabathia may very well have left the game with the Yankees trailing.

Jermaine Dye started the 7th with a double and Sabathia issued his first walk of the game, putting Carlos Quentin aboard. Alex Rios‘ double to right cut the Yankees lead in half and put the tying and go ahead runs in scoring position. One out later, Sabathia induced a ground ball by Ramon Castro. Quentin, running on contact, was easily gunned down at the plate by Rodriguez. The Yankees third baseman then made a huge play, diving into foul territory to snare Jayson Nix‘ fair ball that barely went over the third base bag. Though he had no play to make, A-Rod’s stop prevented not only a run from scoring, but a bigger inning from occurring.

Gordon Beckham lined a game tying single to right, but Nick Swisher came up with, arguably, his best throw of the season- a one-hopper to Jose Molina, who thrust his right leg out to block the plate and tagged out his White Sox counterpart Castro for the inning’s final out.

Game Notes

Derek Jeter hit his 22nd lead off home run, putting in him sole possession of second place on the career franchise list. He’s just two home runs behind Rickey Henderson for the #1 spot. The home run was also the 223rd of his career, pushing him past Don Mattingly for 10th place on the team’s career list. The home run was his lone hit, and number 2,705, 16 behind Lou Gehrig.

CC Sabathia finished August 5-0, 2.64 and is 7-1, 2.95 since the All-Star break.

*This post was written by Drew Sarver of My Pinstripes*

News and Notes

August 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Drew Sarver at My Pinstripes has allowed me to start using his game recaps on my blog. So now we will have recaps of the games here.

Drew can be followed on twitter here.

I can be followed here.

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September-Call Up Options

August 28, 2009 Leave a comment

I recently commented on a Chad Jennings blog post and asked him who he thought would be called up in September, if Ramiro Pena could play CF in the MLB yet, and if Austin Jackson could play all three outfield positions.

Here was his response:

The call-up situation changed today with the announcement that Joba Chamberlain will be pitching every five days, but only going a few innings at a time. That likely means more pitchers going up than I originally expected.

Of the five pitchers on the 40-man — Melancon, Claggett, Ramirez, Albaladejo and Dunn — I now think three will go up on September 1 and the other two will go after the season. I’ll take a guess that Albaladejo is the one most likely to go up on September 1.

Postion players, I think only Cervelli and Pena will go up on September 1. After the season, I think Duncan, Miranda and maybe Jackson.Pena looks good in center field, but I wouldn’t have him start a game there in New York. Maybe late in a game that’s already decided. For a guy who’s hardly played the position, playing center field in a big league ballpark is going to be quite a bit different from a minor league park.

No doubt Jackson can play all three spots in the big leagues right now and be well above average defensively.