Recap: Yankees Swept By Red Sox

I am going to ditch my typical recap format because I do not have the heart for it right now. The lone bright spot last night was Mark Melancon, who pitched two shutout innings of varying quality, with one going 1-2-3 and the other having him load the bases and then get three straight outs. Everyone else pretty much stunk. Three runs allowed by Pettitte with two outs in the 5th, including a steal of home? Are you kidding me? No runs off the uninspiring trio of Hunter Jones, Michael Bowden, and Takashi Saito, all of whom fell behind almost every hitter they faced? Unacceptable. Don’t get me started on Angel Berroa’s defense. The sweep is not the end of the world, but the Yankees need CC to step up tonight. More later…..… Click here to read the rest

Mark Melancon making his debut right now

1st batter: Broke Jacoby Ellsbury’s bat on a 95 mph fastball.

2nd batter: Dustin Pedroia flies out on the first pitch, 95 mph.

3rd batter:  Gets David Ortiz to pop up on a 96 mph fastball, after getting strike 1 looking on a 95 mph heater.

A very impressive debut for Melancon, and he couldn’t have thrown more than 5-6 pitches, so hopefully he’ll get another inning.… Click here to read the rest

The Current Roster And Upcoming Changes

With all of the changes to the Yankees roster over the last few days, I thought it would be constructive to lay out the roster as it currently stands and highlight some possible upcoming changes.

Lineup

C: Jorge Posada
1B: Mark Teixeira
2B: Robinson Cano
SS: Derek Jeter
3B: Angel Berroa
LF: Johnny Damon
CF: Brett Gardner
RF: Nick Swisher
DH: Hideki Matsui

Bench

UIF: Ramiro Pena
CF: Melky Cabrera
C: Jose Molina

Rotation

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Joba Chamberlain
CC Sabathia
AJ Burnett
Andy Pettitte

Bullpen

Mark Melancon
Dave Robertson
Damaso Marte
Jose Veras
Phil Coke
Jon Albaladejo
Edwar Ramirez
Mariano Rivera
Steven Jackson

The Yankees are carrying a whopping 13 pitchers, including 9 relievers, due to Chien-Ming Wang hitting the DL. There are a number of changes to expect in the next two weeks. Phil Hughes will start on Tuesday, and Brian Bruney should be back within two weeks, as should Alex Rodriguez. Furthermore, the Yankees desperately need another bat off the bench, as Tyler Kepner notes:

They had Jorge Posada at third and Hideki Mastui at second against the Red Sox’ Ramon Ramirez, with Angel Berroa and Brett Gardner due up.

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Minors Recap, 4/24

Scranton defeats Rochester, 6-2

  • Alfredo Aceves put together his best outing of the season, giving up 4 hits and a walk in 6 2/3 shutout innings, and striking out 6.  However, his ERA on the season is 5.74, a result of his early struggles.
  • Anthony Claggett walked 1 in 1 1/3 shutout innings.
  • Shelley Duncan was 2 for 5.
  • Juan Miranda was 1 for 4 with a double and a walk.
  • Austin Jackson was 1 for 4 with a triple, and is hitting .405 on the season so far.
  • Eric Duncan was 1 for 4.

Trenton defeats New Britain, 6-3

  • Ivan Nova put together a solid start, giving up 2 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks in 7 innings of work, and striking out 6.
  • Kevin Whelan gave up a run on 2 walks and 2 hit in 1 inning.
  • Jorge Vazquez was 1 for 4.
  • Francisco Cervelli was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Tampa defeats Clearwater, 6-1

  • Lance Pendleton pitched effectively, giving up a run on 6 hits and a walk in 7 innings, and striking out 6.
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4/24: Yankees at Red Sox

RHP Joba Chamberlain (0-0,5.06)

LHP Jon Lester (1-2, 5.50)

  • First incarnation of the greatest rivalry in baseball (or all sports?).  Both teams just starting to hit their strides at 9-6 apiece
  • Both young aces also have yet to catch their rhythm.  Both Joba and Lester with ERAs in the fives.
  • Watch Joba’s velocity.  It’s still a little down from where he was last year as a starter.  Eiland has worked with him to “smooth out” his delivery.  Has this robbed him of his power?
  • Can Joba get deep in the game.  He’s wasted a lot of pitches early on.
  • Molina behind the dish tonight with Jorge at DH: because Joba is more comfy with Jose or to shut down Ellsbury, etc.?
  • Watch out Brett!  Lester leads the A.L. in pickoffs with 3
  • Let’s go Yaaaannnnkkksss!!!
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