Game 100: Yankees 2, Rays 6

Bad News:
CC: In 5.2 innings pitched he gave up 9 hits, 6 runs (5 earned), walked two and struck out 6. He wasn’t helped by the poor defense, but it was clear CC didn’t have it last night.

Defense: The Yankee defense has really improved from the last couple seasons. Obviously Teixeira is a big part of that, but there are some throws even he can’t stop. Jeter and A-Rod both threw the ball away for errors, but there were other poor defensive plays that certainly did not help. Zobrist’s “triple” was mostly due to Nick Swisher misplaying a hit down the first baseline and then doing his best Bobby Abreu while he tried to catch up with the ball.

Offense: Kazmir definitely looked better than he has this season, however, the Yankees batters did not capitalize on his mistakes. Jeter, Damon, Cano and Cabrera all went 3-0 and the Yankees as a team went 2-7 with runners in scoring position.… Click here to read the rest

Snell traded to Seattle

MLBTR (via Dejan Kovacevic) is reporting that Ian Snell, along with Jack Wilson, has been traded to the Mariners for Ronny Cedeno, Jeff Clement (who never got enough playing time, in my opinion), Brett Lorin, Aaron Pribanic, and Nathan Adcock. I guess this means Ian Snell won’t be joining the Yankees and that they’ll have to look for pitching depth elsewhere (not that he was at the top of the list, of course). The trade is strange for Seattle, though. I thought that they were sellers? Hmmm….

UPDATE – It looks like Cliff Lee is headed to the Phillies.… Click here to read the rest

Wang goes under the knife

Wang needs a tear in his capsule repaired, apparently. The capsule is the soft-tissue membrane. Typically, the capsule is tightened in surgery.

The Yankees either don’t know or aren’t saying how long Wang will be out. But it will be for the rest of this season and quite likely some of next season as well. This will be Wang’s second shoulder surgery in eight years.

Seriously, what a bummer. Wang won 19 games each in 2006 and 2007 before getting hurt last year (Lisfranc/foot injury). An armchair doctor like me can only wonder if the lack of strength/pain in his foot changed his delivery, resulting in this shoulder injury.

UPDATE: Tyler Kepner has more on this subject. Particularly interesting is the chain of events that put Wang in the position to be running from second base on the play that tore up his foot:

Wang came to bat in that game against the Astros’ Roy Oswalt with one out and runners on first and second in the top of the sixth inning.Click here to read the rest

Are CC and AJ Being Abused?

Mike at RAB asked this question yesterday, and this is what he found:

The crew at Baseball Prospectus developed a stat called Pitcher Abuse Points (PAP), which is intended to measure … well … pitcher abuse. You can read a ton more about PAP here, but it’s calculated by cubing each pitch a guy throws past 100 in a start, and just summing up the “points.” So if Sabathia throws 105 pitches in a start, his PAP is 125 (five pitches cubed, or 5 x 5 x 5). Justin Verlander is the far and away the most abused pitcher in the game this season, checking in at 85,763 PAP. CC ranks 8th with 45,585 PAP, while AJ’s 31,387 PAP is good for 17th.

Of course, the better a pitcher is, the more likely that a team will let him stay out there deep into games and rack up a high pitch count. However, even if we take the PAP stat at face value, BP writers themselves are beginning to question the 100 pitch limit:

Similarly, the obsession with the nice round number of 100 has become less a line of death as much as a suggestion.

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Minors Recap, 7/28

Scranton defeated by Durham, 4-2

  • Josh Towers got the start, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk in 7 innings, while striking out 7.
  • Damaso Marte took the loss, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits (2 left the yard) in 1 2/3 innings, and striking out 3.  The strikeouts indicate that his stuff is likely good, but the 2 home runs indicate that he has some work to do still.
  • Kevin Russo, Shelley Duncan, John Rodriguez, and Chris Stewart were 1 for 4.
  • Ramiro Pena was 0 for 4.
  • Austin Jackson was 1 for 4.
  • Yurrell de Caster and Juan Miranda were 1 for 4 with a double.
  • Colin Curtis was 2 for 4.

Trenton falls to Harrisburg, 2-1

  • Jason Stephens started, giving up a run on 7 hits in 3 1/3 innings, and fanning 2.
  • Humberto Sanchez struck out 2 and gave up a hit in 2 2/3 scoreless.
  • Austin Krum was 2 for 3 with 2 walks.
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Wang done for the year

Pete Abraham reports that Chien-Ming Wang will have season-ending surgery tomorrow morning. Tough year for Wang.

UPDATE – From Bryan Hoch:

Chien-Ming Wang will have arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder capsule on Wednesday under the care of Dr. James Andrews and will miss the remainder of the 2009 season.The Yankees hurler had an MRI on Monday in Birmingham, Ala., and met with Andrews on Tuesday. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the team has no timeframe on how long Wang will need to recover.

“We’ll probably know more after the surgery,” Girardi said.

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Yanks Party like it’s 2008

I took a little nap tonight after work, waking up to turn on the Yankee game only to wonder whether I was still asleep, having a nightmare from the 2008 season.  Any of this sound familiar?:

  • Jeter’s throwing error contributes to a run in the second.
  • The Yankee right fielder shows little range, sliding and coming up short on a run scoring Crawford triple in the 3rd.
  • A-Rod throwing error later in the inning plates another unearned run later in the inning.
  • Matsui gets himself thrown out at second with some inexplicable baserunning.
  • The Yankee first baseman drops a blooper which leads to 2 more runs in the 6th.
  • Jeter grounds into a rally-killing double play in the 8th.

No, this was not one of 35 different games in 2008, this was tonight in the Yankees’ ugly 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

These games are huge.  The Rays are a formidable club who could easily wind up costing the Yankees a playoff berth this year. … Click here to read the rest