CC and the offense get it done in Boston

CC Sabathia threw 6 2/3 innings last night, giving up 3 ER on 8 hits while capturing his league-leading 15th win. He walked 0 and struck out 8. Although CC labored in the Fenway finale, tossing 118 pitches to Jose Molina, he was hurt by a couple of defensive miscues from Robinson Cano (one can argue that the pop-up error was on Tex for not taking control of the play). Cano’s pair of errors ultimately extended CC’s outing yet the Boston lineup deserves a lot of credit for making him work. Luckily for Sabathia, the Yankee offense got it going Continue reading CC and the offense get it done in Boston

Minors Recap, 8/23

Scranton beats Buffalo, 2-1 Jason Hirsh continued his impressive pitching, giving up a run on 6 hits in 6 innings of work, with 4 strikeouts.  Since being acquired from Colorado, the 6’8″ righty is 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA, and 16 strikeouts against 4 walks in 21 innings.  His one major problem is the flyball, as he has a .42 GO/AO ratio. Mike Dunn continued his strong AAA pitching, giving up a hit in 2 scoreless.  Since he was added to the 40-man roster in the offseason, Dunn will likely be called up to the bigs when the rosters expand Continue reading Minors Recap, 8/23

Another Saturday afternoon game in Boston, another Yankee loss

Was it really a surprise to anyone that the Yankees lost yesterday afternoon’s contest at Fenway? Despite Friday evening’s incredibly pleasing shellacking, Saturday’s outcome seemed predetermined, especially when you consider that the Yankees now have a sterling 6-10 record in Saturday afternoon games in Boston dating back to the beginning of the 2003 season. Obviously 16 games is a fairly small sample, but they really seem to play some pretty terrible baseball during the day in Fenway Park. Anyway, time for CC to right the ship tonight. Another series win along with a 7.5-game lead would be a fantastic way Continue reading Another Saturday afternoon game in Boston, another Yankee loss

Rockies sign Giambi (and Ortiz)

Just a quick item on the day. The Rockies have signed Russ Ortiz. Last week, Ortiz opted out of his minor-league contract with the Yankees and will join a Colorado club which has also signed our old friend, Jason Giambi. When the Yankees traded for Nick Swisher, a lot of fans were wondering why the team didn’t choose to bring back Jason Giambi, instead. I think that answer is pretty clear after Giambi’s miserable return to Oakland. Yikes.

Blaming Burnett

Below me, Steve has a nice writeup out detailing the struggles between A.J. Burnett and Jorge Posada, struggles which were on display in yesterday’s game against Boston. In terms of Burnett’s pitch selection, Posada and Burnett found it difficult to get on the same page, and the issue seemed to be a contributing factor to Burnett’s 9 ER outing. However, after the game, Burnett stated that Posada “calls fine back there” and that it was a matter of individual execution rather than game-calling. While that’s certainly debatable (with Posada behind the dish, batters have a .751 OPS against Burnett), especially Continue reading Blaming Burnett

Romine, Kennedy, among those ticketed for AFL

According to Chad Jennings, the Yankees have ticketed 6 players to play in the Arizona Fall League during the offseason.  These players include Tampa catcher Austin Romine, RHP Ian Kennedy (rehabbing after aneurysm surgery), Scranton outfielder Colin Curtis, Tampa 3b Brandon Laird, and AAA lefty relievers Zach Kroenke and Mike Dunn.  According to Jennings, there may be a few additional players added, most likely pitchers. I’m interested to see what Romine and Laird can do in the typically hitter-friendly AFL, but am a little surprised that Jesus Montero is not on the list.  Maybe he will be added later, or Continue reading Romine, Kennedy, among those ticketed for AFL

If ya can’t beat em, hate em

0-8 seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it? Or are the Yanks in the Red Sox heads now? Market corrections are a bitch, as we’ve seen on Wall Street recently and now with the Yanks-Sox rivalry. The Yanks have pulled the season series to 5-8 and have their two best pitchers going the next two days. Personally, I’m starting to dream up scenarios where the Yanks actually take the season series with the BoSox. Not that it matters, the division is well in hand and there won’t be any tiebreakers this year. The way the Sox look right now, Continue reading If ya can’t beat em, hate em

Minors Recap, 8/21

Hello friends.  After completing a certain annoying standardized test today, I am back in business.   And without further adieu, tonight’s recap. Scranton falls to Lehigh Valley, 9-1 Romulo Sanchez got the start, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks in 4 1/3 innings, with 6 strikeouts.  Sanchez, reportedly hitting 99 on the gun of late, could make an interesting bullpen piece, though the Yankees seem to be using him as a starter for now. Zach Kroenke gave up 3 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks in 1 1/3 innings, striking out 1 and raising his ERA Continue reading Minors Recap, 8/21