Andy’s dominance continues against Texas

Last night, Andy Pettitte pitched a gem, giving up 2 ER over 7 IP. He struck out 7 and lowered his ERA to 4.18. Amazingly, Andy Pettitte has been the best pitcher in the AL since the All-Star break. His FIP of 2.32 is the lowest of any AL pitcher over the last 30 days and his ERA of 2.61 is actually the second lowest during that period of time (King Felix sits above him with a 2.45 ERA). Andy has been an important piece of the Yankees’ playoff puzzle. Without his dominance, the rotation would look rather inconsistent (e.g., Joba, Mitre). He gave the Yankees exactly what they needed last night—a clean, crisp outing—as the bats took care of the rest, allowing for a 9-2 win. Lately, Pettitte has indicated that he would like to continue pitching after 2009 and, given Chien-Ming Wang’s absence and the way Pettitte has performed this season, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him end up with the Yankees again next year.… Click here to read the rest

Game 126: Rangers 2, Yankees 9

Bronx Cheers:

Bruney: His line was not particularly bad, but that’s mainly because Pudge grounded into an inning ending double play. Bruney’s control was lacking. He gave up back-to-back singles and walked the bases loaded before Pudge got him out of trouble.

Cano’s baserunning: Cano had a good game at the plate and made some nifty plays that New York fans have come to expect. The one part of his game which appears to need some improvement is his base running. Today he got picked off and caught stealing.

Curtain Calls:

Pettitte: Andy put in a dandy performance, picking up his 11th win of the season and going seven innings strong. He only gave up five hits, two runs and three walks. New York needed a solid starting pitching performance and the veteran delivered.

Matsui/Cano: Both went 2-4 and scored a run.

Posada: Jorge’s three-run shot in the second was all the Yankees needed to win.… Click here to read the rest

The Baltimore Orioles of Canada

Great win last night; let’s hope they can close the series out this afternoon. Additionally, we need the damn White Sox to get their acts together and grab a game away from Boston tonight, especially since (a) you know if the White Sox get swept they will end up taking at least one game from the Yankees this weekend; and (b) the Red Sox have three guaranteed victories this weekend, what with them getting to play against their new favorite punching bags, the Baltimore Orioles of Canada.… Click here to read the rest

A-Rod a victim of illegal search and seizure

From the AP:

An appeals court ruled Wednesday that federal agents were wrong to seize the infamous drug list and samples of 104 Major League Baseball players who allegedly tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003.In a 9-2 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with three lower court judges who chastised investigators who had a warrant for only 10 drug test results as part of the BALCO investigation into Barry Bonds and others.

The panel said federal agents trampled on players’ protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski said the players’ union had good reason to want to keep the list under wraps, citing leaks of players purportedly on the list.

“The risk to the players associated with disclosure, and with that the ability of the Players Association to obtain voluntary compliance with drug testing from its members in the future, is very high,” the judge wrote. “Indeed, some players appear to have already suffered this very harm as a result of the government’s seizure.”

Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and Red Sox slugger David Ortiz both have acknowledged being on the list, and The New York Times has reported the Dodgers’ Manny Ramirez and Sammy Sosa also could be found on it.

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Joba to start Sunday

Joba Chamberlain has 5 more starts left this season and his next start will come on Sunday against the White Sox (on regular rest). After that, I’m not sure what the plan will be, exactly, as Joe Girardi noted that Joba will still be given “extra rest” as the season winds down in order to keep his innings in check. His schedule will probably be contingent upon a number of factors (e.g., the team’s performance, etc.). If Joba were to start on regular rest after the White Sox game, I believe he’d face Toronto, Tampa Bay, Toronto (again) and LA.… Click here to read the rest

And once more, for good measure, because we still can't get over Nick Swisher bunting in the bottom of the 9th with no outs and the tying run on second

As always, TSJC of RAB commenting fame hits the nail on the head:

“Forget the fact that Swish doesn’t bunt with great alacrity for a second. Frank Francisco threw 23 pitches last night. 10 of them were balls.

Think about that for a second. Nick Swisher collects walks like they’re going out of style. Frank Frank is rattled, because he’s just turned a 10-5 lead into a 10-9 lead with two men on and none out. The first two pitches he threw that Swish squared to bunt on were both out of the zone.

What were the odds that Swish works a bases-loading walk there, like 85%?

Exceedingly likely alternate universe game scenario #1:
1) Swish walks the bases loaded.
2) An ice-cold Melky still lines into a DP at second, but the tying run scores.
3) A red hot Derek Jeter rips a game-winning single.

Exceedingly likely alternate universe game scenario #2:
1) Swish walks the bases loaded.
2) An ice-cold Melky swings for the fences and hits a flyout, scoring the tying run on an unintentional sac fly.… Click here to read the rest

Game 125: Rangers 10, Yankees 9

Bronx Cheers:
Joba: After starting the second half solidly, Joba has not looked good as of late. Last night, he struggled with closing out innings and only last four on the night. He gave up nine hits, seven earned runs and three walks.

Gaudin: Chad Gaudin did little to help the Yankees stay in the game when he relieved Joba in the fifth. He went 3.2 innings and gave up seven hits (four for extra bases) for three earned runs.

Swisher: Nick Swisher essentially ended the Yankees rally in the ninth with an ugly popped up bunt. He went 0-5 at the plate on the night.

Curtain Calls:
Posada: Posada went 2-4 at the plate, with three RBIs, a run and a homerun. I’m not going to lie, when he was able to get that RBI infield single in the ninth I thought for sure the Yankees were going to win.

Matsui: The DH also went 2-4 with two runs and three RBIs.… Click here to read the rest

Bunt-Gate

Last night, Joba Chamberlain was awful. Although he was given a 4-run lead in the first inning, he coughed it up by allowing 7 ER over 4 IP. In fact, I would argue that he delivered one of the more frustrating performances we’ve seen from Yankee pitchers this season (maybe it’s because I was at the game and watching it in person made it seem even worse). However, somehow, the Yankees managed to mount a comeback in the ninth inning. They scored 4 runs, trimming the Rangers’ lead by one (10-9), and had runners at first and second with no outs. Things were looking very good for the Yankees and, amazingly, they had a shot at winning despite Joba’s dreadful performance.

That is, until Joe Girardi overmanaged and cost the team the game. Instead of allowing Nick Swisher to extend the inning via a hit or a walk, he instructed Swisher to bunt. Why he did this, I have no idea, as Swisher popped out and failed to move both runners into scoring position.… Click here to read the rest

Cashman’s triumph

Here’s a post that was inevitable.

From Joel Sherman (NY Post):

Who knows how matters might have played out if the Yankees had actually made their trade for Santana after the 2007 season. But more and more, GM Brian Cashman’s restraint then is being paid off now. Cashman philosophically could not advocate giving up significant prospects and handing Santana a state-of-the-art pitching contract. And the Yankees did have long-term concerns about how Santana would hold up physically.

They have similar worries with CC Sabathia. But with Sabathia, the Yanks gave up just a lot of money; and their plan at the moment they rejected overtures to obtain Santana was to wait a year and be the big bidder on Sabathia. A trade for Santana would have cost the Yanks Phil Hughes, Melky Cabrera, Ian Kennedy and Jeff Marquez. Hughes has been a revelation as the Yanks’ eighth-inning man, Cabrera has delivered competence in center field and the Yanks used Marquez to acquire Nick Swisher.

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