Quick Bits: Pettitte, Dunn, Gardner

Three quick items to end the night: In 8 IP, Andy Pettitte was perfect for 6 2/3 of them until a Jerry Hairston Jr. error and a Nick Markakis single ultimately ended the fun. Andy was still stellar, though, striking out 8 and giving up 1 ER on 2 hits (0 BB). The Yankee offense, led by Nick Swisher, took care of the rest as the team won, 5-1. Andy hasn’t just been the best Yankee pitcher since the break, he’s been the best pitcher in the AL, period. Let’s hope the ride continues into September. Tyler Kepner informs us Continue reading Quick Bits: Pettitte, Dunn, Gardner

Yanks acquire Guzman; interested in Garland

Via Marc Carig, we learn that the Yankees have acquired Freddy Guzman (not Christian Guzman) from the Orioles for a PTBNL. Guzman’s wheels appear to be his best asset, as his offense is extremely limited (I use that phrase kindly). Carig notes that Guzman will head to Scranton. Also, from Jon Heyman, we learn that the Yankees have inquired about Arizona’s Jon Garland (along with the Rockies). Garland has a 3.86 ERA since the All-Star break, but, in the end, he’s still Jon Garland. He’s a rubber arm without much use beyond that and, when one considers his less than Continue reading Yanks acquire Guzman; interested in Garland

Yankees Playoff Tickets Not That Pricey

From Darren Rovell: Those expecting to hear of a price gouge for Yankees postseason tickets might be surprised. It’s not coming. CNBC has seen the final face value prices that the Yankees submitted to Major League Baseball and increases will be much smaller than the jump season ticket holders saw for home games played at the old Yankee Stadium in the 2007 postseason, the last time the Yankees were in the playoffs. In fact, some 2009 postseason seats will cost LESS than this year’s regular season prices. Wow. The big bad Yankees are not raising ticket prices on most seats Continue reading Yankees Playoff Tickets Not That Pricey

Orioles and Blue Jays

Is it too much to ask for a seven-game sweep this week? Obviously we’re bound to lose at least one of these games, but the way the Yankees have been playing, they really should go 6-1, and honestly, I’ll be pretty disappointed if they don’t go 7-0, because you know the Red Sox absolutely would if they had seven straight games against these two miserable teams.

Joba’s fastball does not rule

Here’s Ben over at RAB on Joba’s latest start: For Joba, the problem seemed to be one of velocity. While he was throwing more strikes, he averaged below 92 with his fastball and peaked at around 94.4. His changeup, slider and curve were all working nicely, but I still wonder, as I have many times this season, where Joba’s 97 mph fastball went. He threw it last year regularly as a starter but only occasionally this year. Now here are some interesting numbers on Joba’s fastball via FanGraphs: From 2007-2008, Joba famously started as a reliever and he then transitioned Continue reading Joba’s fastball does not rule

Planning Joba's Remaining Starts

With the new and improved Joba Rules now in place, the Yankees have a plan to keep Joba Chamberlain on regular rest while limiting his innings. Let’s look at the remainder of his scheduled starts and try to determine what that plan might be. It seems evident that Joba’s limit is somewhere around 160 innings, and is currently at 133.2, leaving him with 27 innings for the regular season. This is how I would like his remaining starts to go: September 4th at Toronto: 3 IP September 9th vs Tampa: 3 IP September 15th vs Toronto: 4 IP or 60 Continue reading Planning Joba's Remaining Starts

The Joba Conundrum

One of the benefits of a nice long vacation is that you miss some of the daily minutae, especially when covering a game/team on an almost-daily basis. Sometimes it’s good to step away, regroup. Then I had a chance to see a small part of yesterday’s game and I was confused all over again. The Joba Rules must be written in pencil. Lightly, as they seem to be changing after each outing.

We had family over yesterday, helping us celebrate our triumphant return, so my focus was muted. When I looked up in the fourth inning and Joba was out of the game, I started to sweat. What happened? How badly is he hurt? What’d I miss? Evidently nothing, as the Joba Rules now call for him to pitch 3 innings for the next few starts before ramping back up to a whopping 5 innings as the season comes to a close.

He was not injured, nor was he in any particular trouble on the mound. But Manager Joe Girardi has a grand scheme to preserve Chamberlain’s arm for the playoffs a month from now. And on Sunday, that meant pulling him after three innings, regardless of the score.

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Wright the Trendsetter

After so many mocked the new, safer, helmet a few weeks back, David Wright has agreed to become the first to wear it (even if he planned to wear it anyways).

As David Wright prepares to come off the disabled list Tuesday, he plans to make good on his word. Even before he was struck on the helmet by a Matt Cain fastball on Aug. 8, he said he would wear the new extra-protective S100 helmet from Rawlings, no matter how it looked.

And he shall be… Kazoo!

At least someone’s willing to put his safety and common sense ahead of bravado…

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