The Farm Report: 6/30/11 – Beware of Errors!

Trenton Thunder beat Altoona Curve 8-6:

The Thunder used two big innings to kick off a victory against Altoona.  RBI doubles by Corban Joseph and Melky Mesa put Trenton up 4-1 after the first.  Altoona tied it up on a three-run homer by Starling Marte in the top of the second, but the Thunder came roaring back in the bottom of the inning.  Raymond Kruml singled and stole second, moving to third on a single from Joseph.  Austin Romine singled him in and scored along with Joseph when Bradley Suttle grounded a single to center.  Altoona picked up a couple runs in the sixth, but Trenton held on to take an 8-6 win. Joseph and Kruml both went 3-5 while Romine, Cody Johnson and Mesa each picked up a pair of hits.  Steve Garrison got the win despite allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits over just five innings.

Tampa Yankees was postponed due to rain.

Charleston RiverDogs lost the final game of the series to the Augusta Green Jackets 5-1:

Shane Green pitched five innings and gave up five runs on eight hits. … Click here to read the rest

TYA Open Thread, Thursday June 30, 2011

Everything is right in Yankee land tonight. The Bombers are in first. Mark Teixeira leads baseball in home runs. CC Sabathia is still CC Sabathia. Bartolo Colon and Phil Hughes are coming back soon. Derek Jeter is set to resume pursuing a career milestone in grounding into double plays hits sometime next week. If there is anything bad in Yankee land, anything at all, it would be that there is no game tonight! Enjoy the open thread.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees Sweep Brewers, Win 5-0

Look, you can see a man titty! (Courtesy Reuters)

 

It all came together this afternoon for the Yankees, as they defeated the Brewers 5-0, swept the series and actually survived by playing Cervelli/Pena/Nunez at the same time, again. It was a big day. CC Sabathia was rightfully the star, matching his career high 13 strikeouts over a dazzling 7.2 innings. He picked up his 11th win this year, currently the best in the majors.  Mark Teixeira hit his MLB leading 25th homerun which also happened to be the 300th of his career. The Yankees have now won 5 straight games for the first time all year. Ramiro Pena also played.

Sabathia started the game off by striking out the side and that would really set the tone for the afternoon. In the bottom of the first, after Gardner and Swisher walked, Cano sliced a 2 run double into left to get the Yankees out in front right away.… Click here to read the rest

Negotiating With The Big Sleep

(Ryan Braun, who somehow went 3-for-3 and ended Sabathia’s day with two outs in the eighth, clearly has memory problems.)

But while Sabathia’s 13-K performance against his former team, arguably his best start so far in a season which has been consistently excellent, was a reminder of just how dominant he can be, it was also a reminder of what scars may be left by his absence.

Quietly hanging over the season, in which the Yankee’s dependence upon Sabathia seems greater than ever, is the Ace’s opt-out clause.  He’s not just reminding the Brewers of what they lost, he’s negotiating with the Yankees, reminding them of what they could lose.

His line through Thursday – 11-4, 3.05 ERA, 106 K, 129 ⅔ IP – puts him on pace for his best season in a Yankee uniform.  And that doesn’t even take into consideration that Sabathia has consistently been a second-half monster.  Over the course of his career, his ERA, winning percentage, K/9, K/BB, IP/G, and WHIP have all improved dramatically after the All-Star Break.  … Click here to read the rest

Yankees vs. Brewers: Sweep City

YANKEES

Brett Gardner CF
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Francisco Cervelli C
Ramiro Pena 3B

LHP CC Sabathia

 

BREWERS

Rickie Weeks 2B
Carlos Gomez CF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder DH
Corey Hart RF
Casey McGehee 3B
Mat Gamel 1B
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
George Kottaras C

LHP Randy Wolf

MLB Network/ YES Network

 

Despite the usual, afternoon game without Jeter lineup, the Yankees are looking to sweep the Brewers today to improve to 48-31. The Yankees are currently 2.5 games ahead of the Red Sox. Meanwhile, the Brewers, baffled by the existence of Francisco Cervelli, look to salvage the last game of the set and stay a game ahead of the Cardinals in the NL Central. Enjoy.… Click here to read the rest

Derek Jeter is better than Eduardo Nunez

This is a bit…lacking in perspective. Derek Jeter is not the Derek Jeter of old, to be sure, but he’s not yet a player with a negative value. Before being put on the DL he’d accumulated a total of 0.5 fWAR in 2011, which, while stellar, is still a net contribution to the Yankees. The only way he could be hurting them is if he were taking a spot that should go to a better player, and he’s not doing that (unless you want to game out a hypothetical Jose Reyes acquisition, but that’s too complicated for this argument). So unless you think Eduardo Nunez is a better starting shortstop than Derek Jeter these days, then leaving some of the finer points aside, Jeter is still a valuable asset for the Yankees.

But based on the rest of Steve’s post, apparently that’s exactly what he thinks. To which I can only respond, are we watching the same Eduardo Nunez? I mean, Derek Jeter hasn’t been good by any means (Fangraphs calculates his defense and base-running to both be below league average, to go along with a wRC+ of 83, meaning he’s been below league average in every aspect of the game) but Nunez has undoubtedly been even worse.… Click here to read the rest

With Colon and Hughes due back, what of the rotation?

Bartolo Colon could start on Saturday. Phil Hughes may not need another rehab start, per Brian Cashman. If they both come back soon, the Yankees could be left with “too much pitching”, at least in terms of the rotation. They would have those two to go along with CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Freddy Garcia and Ivan Nova. So, unless the Yankees want to go to a six man rotation (which would be stupid), they’re going to have to boot someone from the rotation.

Obviously, Sabathia and Burnett aren’t going anywhere. Colon has most definitely pitched well enough to stay in the rotation, and Hughes, despite early struggles, deserves another shot. That leaves one of Garcia or Nova as the odd man out, and both have statistical and anecdotal cases to stay in the rotation.

Garcia’s posted a 3.28 ERA with a 4.07 FIP (101 FIP-; in this version, over 100 is worse than league average) and a 4.18 xFIP (107 xFIP-).… Click here to read the rest

Yankees pummel Brewers 5-2; prepare brooms

D-Rob = Freak (c/o Al Bello/Getty Images)

Since getting swept by Boston earlier this month, NY has come back with a vengeance and the National League has had to deal with it — they’ve won their last six series and have gone 14-4 in the process. It’s no wonder they lead the American League with a 46-31 record and trail only the Philadelphia Phillies in terms of the best record in all of Major League Baseball. Last night was no different as the Yankees once again proved to be the superior team. Let’s break it down.

In terms of pitching, “good” A.J. definitely showed up. He worked through seven innings, allowed two earned runs, struck out four, and walked two. He also managed to induce three double plays. The best part was, those opportunities to “melt down” came and he managed to bend but not break. Just such an instance occurred in the sixth inning. Jonathan Lucroy singled to center. Rickie Weeks then reached first base on a fielder’s choice (forcing the first out).… Click here to read the rest

Game 78: Brewers 2, Yankees 5

After an uneventful bottom of the inning, the Brewers continued to hit Burnett hard, but this time he was able to get out of it scoreless with some help from his defense. Corey Hart singled, and then Mat Gamel hit a long fly ball that Curtis Granderson was able to make an impressive catch on. Hart had been running, and the Yankees were able to catch him off first base for a double play. Casey McGehee struck out swinging and the inning was over.

The Yankees’ first hit off Shaun Marcum came with one out in the bottom of the third, with a Brett Gardner double. Granderson walked and Mark Teixeira grounded out to move the runners to second and third, but Alex Rodriguez struck out to end the Yankees’ threat. In the top of the fourth, Ryan Braun singled (and stole second) and Prince Fielder walked, but Burnett was able to get out of the inning with no runs scoring after Corey Hart hit into yet another double play.… Click here to read the rest