AJ Burnett gets rocked early, Yankees unable to complete the comeback late
FINAL SCORE: YANKEES 6 PHILLIES 8 (F9th)
- Top of the 1st: Johnny Damon singles to center field. Alex Rodriguez doubles to right field, Damon scores (NYY 1, PHI 0)
- Bottom of the 1st: Jimmy Rollins singles to center field. Shane Victorino hit by pitch. Chase Utley homers to right field. Rollins, Victorino, & Utley scores (NYY 1, PHI 3)
- Bottom of the 3rd: Chase Utley walks. Ryan Howard walks. Jayson Werth singles to center field. Utley scores, Howard to 2nd base (NYY 1, PHI 4)
- Bottom of the 3rd: Raul Ibanez singles to right field. Howard scores, Werth to 3rd (NYY 1, PHI 5)
- Bottom of the 3rd: Carlos Ruiz grounds into a force out, Werth scores (NYY 1, PHI 6)
- Top of the 5th: Eric Hinske draws a 1-out walk. Derek Jeter singles to right field, Hinske to 3rd. Johnny Damon gounds out softly to first base, Hinske scores (NYY 2, PHI 6)
- Bottom of the 7th: Chase Utley homers to right field (NYY 2, PHI 7)
- Bottom of the 7th: Raul Ibanez homers to right field (NYY 2, PHI 8)
- Top of the 8th: Johnny Damon gets an infield hit. Mark Teixeira doubles to left field, Damon to 3rd. Alex Rodriguez doubles to left field, Damon & Teixeira scores (NYY 4, PHI 8)
- Top of the 8th: Nick Swisher moves the runner (ARod) to 3rd on a ground out to 1st. Robinson Cano out on a sacrifice out, Rodriguez scores (NYY 5, PHI 8)
- Top of the 9th: Jorge Posada doubles. Hideki Matsui singles to left field, Posada to 3rd. Derek Jeter hits into a double play, Posada scores (NYY 6, PHI 8)
STARTING PITCHING (from Yahoo Sports)
- AJ Burnett: 2 innings, 4 hits allowed, 6 earned runs, 4 BB, 1 HR, 2 SO, 7.00 ERA
- Cliff Lee: 7 innings, 7 hits allowed, 5 earned runs, 3 BB, 3 SO, 2.81 ERA
KEY PERFORMERS: Chase Utley 2-for 3 with 2 HRs and 4 RBI
OBSERVATIONS: 10 down, 1 to go.
In a surprising, wonderful, great, awesome, any good word possible move the Yankees have dropped Eric Hinske off their playoff roster and added Freddy Guzman. As a Yankees fan I am extremely extremely thrilled by this move. Hinske is a pointless player to have on the roster and Guzman adds speed if the Yankees start Gardner (which they should.)
ERIC HINSKE: Plays OF, Pinch-hits
ANALYSIS: Why do the Yankees need a pinch-hitter? They would only need one for Jose Molina, but they have Jorge Posada for that.
Shelley Duncan has been called up to the Yankees. It is unknown when he will arrive. This will allow the Yankees to give more players rests AND not use Eric Hinske as much. Also, Brett Gardner has been activated and is in the game one starting lineup.
Here is the lineup:
1. Jeter SS
2. Swisher RF
3. Teixeira 1B
4. Rodriguez 3B
5. Cano 2B
6. Posada C
7. Hinske DH
8. Cabrera LF
9. Gardner CF
As of now I’m thinking Shelley will be brought back next year in a Hinske type role if he plays well enough. SWB is messed up right now, as they have no good hitters or pitchers at this point. Gotta feel bad for John Rodriguez as he has stated it is his dream to play in the Bronx. Similar #’s to Shelley, but no need for two of them. Likely won’t reach that dream.
Every month we will preview the Yankees 2010 Roster based on our opinions of who the Yankees will sign.
Here are the Yankees Free Agents for next year:
SS-Jerry Hairston Jr.
RF-Eric Hinske, Xavier Nady
So here is what I project will happen with those players:
Jose Molina-No contract offered
Jerry Hairston Jr.-No contract offered
Johnny Damon-Offered Arbitration, accepted
Eric Hinske-No contract offered
Xavier Nady-No contract offered
Hideki Matsui-No contract offered
Andy Pettite-Re-Signed to a 1 Year Deal
So here is how the roster would look
C-Jorge Posada, Francisco Cervelli
3b-Alex Rodriguez, Ramiro Pena
Lf-Jason Bay (signed to a 5 year $85 Million deal in offseason)
Cf-Melky Cabrera, Brett Gardner
Rf-Nick Swisher, Shelley Duncan
SP-Andy Pettite/Jarrod Washburn if Pettite retires
SP-Phil HughesSecurity Starters (in case of injury) Ian Kennedy, Alfredo Aceves, Josh Towers
Long Relief-Alfredo Aceves
Middle Relief- Dave Robertson, Phil Coke, Zach Kroenke
Set-Up- Damaso Marte, Danys Baez (signed to a 2 year deal, the Yankees have been wanting him for a long time)
So, in my opinion, the Yankees will get younger this offseason, with the bench especially getting younger.