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 against Sox ace, Josh Beckett, scoring 8 ER off him—5 of which were on HR’s—over 8 IP. Prior to yesterday’s effort, Beckett had been undefeated at home, so the victory was no small task. In the end, the Yankees won, 8-4, as they now hold a commanding 7 1/2 game lead over Boston. The team has also won 7 of its last 10 and can return home on a high note (especially with today’s off-day) as they prepare for their series against Texas.… Click here to read the rest

Candidates for the Next Commissioner of Baseball

Bud Selig has now been Commissioner of Baseball for more years than anyone since Judge Landis. Some say he has been a good boss, some say he has been a bad boss. I have my opinion, but I don’t care about that today. My main gripe against Bud is that he should have never been Commissioner to start with. He was an owner, and not a very good one, as evidenced by his teams one playoff appearance under his reign. Ewing Kaufman ran circles around the guy, and George Steinbrenner left him in the dust. How he was chosen for the job is still a mystery.

Anyhow, Bud is 75 now, and starting to look like Mr. Burns from The Simpson’s more and more every day. Bud has said he will step down in a few years, but I think the sooner the better. Like today. But that won’t happen, because he needs a replacement, and it takes time to find quality candidates.… Click here to read the rest

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 on September 1.
  • Jon Albaladejo struck out the side in a perfect 9th.
  • Kevin Russo was 3 for 4 with a double.  He’s hitting .340 on the season with a .861 OPS, and given his versatility in the infield, it’s not too hard to imagine Russo being a useful player in the bigs.  Probably not with the Yankees though, as Jerry Hairston and Ramiro Pena are ahead of him in the utilityman depth chart.
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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 to start the week off.… Click here to read the rest

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.… Click here to read the rest

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 after yesterday’s performance, I think the central problem here is not Posada. He and Burnett are going to experience their share of bumps and bruises as they get to know each other better—that’s a given. Instead, we must look at A.J. Burnett as the main reason A.J. Burnett has failed this season against Boston.

Prior to 2009, Burnett had been dominant against the Red Sox, posting a 2.55 ERA against them.… Click here to read the rest

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 perhaps his injury was worse than it seems.  Ian Kennedy will be able to get some much-needed innings in Arizona.  The rules for AFL eligibility are below, which might indicate that one of Laird or Romine will have to be promoted to AA by season’s end.

  1. All Triple-A and Double-A players are eligible, provided the players are on at least a Double-A level roster no later than Aug.
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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, they’ll be lucky to make the playoffs at all. The Rays won last night, pulling them to within 3 in the Wild Card of the rapidly-fading Sox and the Texas Rangers remain at 1 game out. But I’m sure they will just draw a few starters from that amazing farm sys. . . oh, that’s right. Never mind.

The Yanks spent their money on sure things this past off-season.… Click here to read the rest

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 to 1.75.
  • Edwar Ramirez gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings.
  • Kevin Whelan gave up a run on a hit and 2 walks, and struck out 1.
  • Kevin Russo was 1 for 3 with a walk and a double, and is hitting .335 on the season.
  • Austin Jackson was 0f or 4.
  • Juan Miranda was 1 for 2 with a double.
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