Everyone knows Derek Jeter is having a down year this season. When he had a similarly bad year in 2008, fans began to question if it was the beginning of the end for DJ. But his huge 09 campaign seemed to erase those doubts. Which one is it? Was 2009 one last hurrah for the captain, the outlier in a downward trend? Or is 2010 just an unlucky year for Derek and we can expect a major correction to get his numbers back where they belong? Lets walk through this and see where the numbers lead us. Double Plays-Much has Continue reading Derek Jeter-In decline or down year?
Well that kind of sucks. The worst part is that A-Rod’s brief appearance in Friday night’s game means that his stint on the DL starts today, as opposed to being applied retroactively to Monday, and now he won’t be eligible to come back until after rosters expand. Considering that he basically missed this whole week anyway, it would have been a lot smarter to just put him on the DL earlier and rested the leg, now he’s going to get even more time to do it. At least we’ll get a chance to look at Nunez.
Personally, I’m more worried about Javy Vazquez at this point. Jason detailed his arm issues earlier, and after today, I’m just not sure how you can keep running him out there everyday. His fastball has no zip, so when he misses with it it’s the meatiest of meat balls, and his inability to get outs is forcing the Yankees to extend the bullpen in pretty much all of his starts. At this point, he’s so ineffective it just seems silly to not put him on the DL, let him rest his arm, and give Ivan Nova a few turns through the rotation in his spot. Because running him out there every 5 days does not seem to be working. Continue reading A-Rod to the DL, Javy Should Go With Him
Joe Girardi just announced it on the post game. Alex will be sent to the 15 day DL to get his aching calf healed and Righty Ivan Nova will be called up and will start this Monday facing Toronto. With the Yanks not having any days off until this Thursday, and then not getting another one until 2 weeks after that (Thursday (9/9) the idea is to push everyone back and see if struggling starters AJ Burnett and Javier Vazquez benefit from an extra day of rest. This also reduces Phil Hughes’ innings for the year a bit. Girardi downplayed Continue reading Alex to DL, Nova called up
This one started out rather inauspiciously, as Ichiro Suzuki turned on Home Run Javier Vazquez‘s third pitch of the game and deposited it into the seats for a 1-0 lead before the Yankees could record an out. Two batters later Russell Branyan launched what may have been the longest home run in New Yankee Stadium history, hitting the first ball ever into the right field upper deck for a majestic blast and staking Seattle to a 2-0 lead. This time though the Yankees would not be deterred by a couple of early runs, coming right back at Jason Vargas in Continue reading Bombers overcome another shaky start by Vazquez as 7th-inning rally propels Yankees to 9-5 victory over Mariners
About last night. Felix did what Felix does. Over eight innings, he struck out 11 and allowed no runs. He walked only three batters, and scattered four hits. The Yankees never had much of a chance, because AJ Burnett turned from Jekyll to Hyde, allowing five runs over his first four innings and letting in a sixth in the sixth inning. He looked good at times, and even settled down towards the end of the game, but the damage was done. In terms of probability, the Yankees didn’t have much of a chance: Yet much like Bill Murray in Groundhog Continue reading As if it never happened…
In the least surprising loss of the season, the Yankees fell to the Mariners 6-0 on the strength of eight more shutout innings from Felix Hernandez. Meanwhile, A.J. Burnett coughed up six earned runs to the worst-hitting team in Major League Baseball. Hernandez’s season line against the Yankees is 26 innings of one-run ball. That’s a 0.35 ERA. If there’s any upside, it’s that the Yankees won’t have to face King Felix in the playoffs.
Frank Piliere of MLB Fanhouse has spent some time with the Yankee minor league affiliates lately, scouting Andrew Brackman and Manny Banuelos. As good as the Manny-Banny report was, it would seem he saved the best for last. He penned an absolutely glowing report on Dellin Betances, putting him at the top of a Yankee farm system which is knee deep in pitching these days. Some highlights and commentary: What can you say about a guy who is 6-foot-8? His presence is immense on the mound and that’s one of the first things you notice about Betances. And this is Continue reading Full Scouting Report on Dellin Betances
Here’s the info, I’m sure some folks will not be pleased about this one: Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports says via Twitter that right-handed pitcher Zach McAllister is the player to be named later from the July 30th Austin Kearns deal with the New York Yankees. McAllister, 22, is 8-10 with a 5.09 ERA in 24 starts this year for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He has a 1.530 WHIP with a 6.0 SO/9 ratio. I have to think the Yanks were down on Z-Mac, feeling he was exposed somewhat in AAA this year. As our own Eric Schultz detailed this morning, the Continue reading Zach McAllister PTBNL in Austin Kearns deal
So here’s Matt’s Week in Review for the past week. I started off with examining A.J. Burnett’s success with the curveball during his game against the Royals on Sunday. I said Phil Hughes should pay attention to this, and he did drop ten curveballs in his six inning, two run, six strikeout performance yesterday. I’m glad he was able to do that. Now, he just needs to work in the changeup more (he didn’t throw ANY yesterday). My second Monday post pitted the offenses of the SOB’s and High Sox and found out that the SOB’s have the “better” offense Continue reading Matt’s Week in Review 8/16-8/20