Game 50: Indians 3, Yankees 7

On Saturday the Yankees’ pitching imploded, giving New York one of the most disappointing losses of the season so far.  The Yankees bounced back on Sunday, however, spurred on by a strong pitching performance by A.J. Burnett and getting some late offense to give them the 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Both starting pitchers had their good stuff working for them early, but the Indians were the first to break through and get on the board.  In the top of the third inning Burnett gave up a lead off single to Lou Marson.  He moved to second on a sac bunt by Jason Donald and scored on a single by Trevor Crowe, giving the Tribe a 1-0 lead.

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Players to Watch in the Dominican Summer League

For most prospect watchers, there is virtually no point in following the Dominican Summer League, but for some reason, I enjoy keeping track of it anyway.  The DSL is a short season rookie-level league with a level of competition traditionally below that of the Gulf Coast League, where most American high school draftees make their professional debuts.   The DSL is traditionally the first professional stop for Latin American teenagers signed on or after July 2 who are not considered advanced enough to make their stateside debuts, because of some combination of a lack of professional coaching, lack of English Continue reading Players to Watch in the Dominican Summer League

Cano enters his prime

Very quietly at age 27, Robinson Cano is starting to fulfill his promise as a big league player. Across most (prominent) offensive stats he is among the league leaders in category after category. He currently sits at #2 in MLB for Batting Average at .362 (behind Justin Morneau @ .368) #3 in the AL for Slugging at .607, 4th in OPS at 1.012, 6th in RBIs, #1 in Hits, #3 in Doubles and 5th in Runs Scored. He leads the Yankees in every major offensive category with Hits, Runs, 2B, HRs, RBIs, Total Bases, BA, OBP and SLG. For those Continue reading Cano enters his prime

A-Rod Is "One Class Act"

Because I know that this story will soon disappear into the ether and A-Rod will quickly go back to being a villain for daring to trod near a pitcher, I wanted to highlight it here. First, we hear from Chad Jennings: When today’s game ended, Alex Rodriguez left Yankee Stadium and began making his way to New York-Presbyterian Hospital to check on David Huff. Before Rodriguez could get there, Huff was released from the hospital and was back with his teammates in time to catch the bus to the Indians hotel. Rodriguez asked for Huff’s phone number so that he Continue reading A-Rod Is "One Class Act"

Sherman: Yankees To Pursue Lee In Offseason

From Joel Sherman: One AL executive went so far as to say last week, “I have no doubt that the Yankees will sign Cliff Lee.” The assumption is logical. Javier Vazquez ($11.5 million) will come off the payroll, and Andy Pettitte ($11.75 million) contemplates retirement annually. Their combined salaries are roughly what it is going to take on an annual basis to secure Lee. There is no doubt the Yankees front office is enamored of Lee. The Yankees can imagine going forward with Lee and his former Indians teammate, Sabathia, heading the rotation followed by A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes, Continue reading Sherman: Yankees To Pursue Lee In Offseason

What’s the next move with Joba?

The level of disgust in Yanklee land directed at Joba Chamberlain is palpable these days. Bill Madden referred to yesterday’s outing as “Comic relief”. The NY Post has a new nickname for Joba, calling him ‘Chamber-Lame’. Even his (always measured with the media) manager Joe Girardi effectively laid down the gauntlet in yesterday’s post game, and the frustration in his voice was evident. He said this: “We had the game where we wanted, we had our eighth-inning guy in, we needed four outs from him … and he left pitches in the middle of the plate. He just didn’t make Continue reading What’s the next move with Joba?

What's the next move with Joba?

The level of disgust in Yanklee land directed at Joba Chamberlain is palpable these days. Bill Madden referred to yesterday’s outing as “Comic relief”. The NY Post has a new nickname for Joba, calling him ‘Chamber-Lame’. Even his (always measured with the media) manager Joe Girardi effectively laid down the gauntlet in yesterday’s post game, and the frustration in his voice was evident. He said this: “We had the game where we wanted, we had our eighth-inning guy in, we needed four outs from him … and he left pitches in the middle of the plate. He just didn’t make Continue reading What's the next move with Joba?

I have no answers*

I missed this game, due to a matinee of “American Idiot” — which marked the first time in history I knew the words to every single song in a Broadway musical — and a second consecutive Saturday dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Given my lifelong love of Green Day I unsurprisingly thought “Idiot” was fantastic. I was also predictably excited that upon exiting the theater I saw that the Yankees were beating Cleveland 10-5 after six innings, and all seemed right with the world. I turned my BlackBerry off as I was trying to conserve my battery and figured Continue reading I have no answers*

Is Vazquez Hurt?

Is this what it looks like when a pitcher tries to pitch hurt? There are five things about Javier Vazquez that make me nervous. 1.  Loss of command Courtesy of Fangraphs, we see the following: In his 13 year career, Javier Vazquez has averaged 2.38 walks per nine innings.  Prior to this year, his high was in 1998, his rookie season, when he walked 3.55 batters per nine innings.  The following year, he cut the walks down to 3.03 per nine innings.  Since then he has not walked more than 3 batters per nine innings, and last year he walked Continue reading Is Vazquez Hurt?