Yankees Defeat Reds 4-2; Joe Morgan Screams in Agony

The Yankees rolled to yet another victory today, winning the first game of the day night doubleheader 4-2. Freddy Garcia, him of a 34% GB rate survived the most homer happy park in the national league, going 7 innings, walking 1 striking out 4 and allowing 0 earned runs on just 89 pitches. Despite a lineup that could make a grown man cry, just 3 position players contributing positive WPA and Ramiro Pena’s defensive miscues, it was another win on this very positive road trip so far. The Yankees got on the board first in the 3rd inning. After back Continue reading Yankees Defeat Reds 4-2; Joe Morgan Screams in Agony

Game 72: Yankees 4, Reds 2

After having their game rained out on Tuesday, the Yankees hit the diamond early on Wednesday for the first game of a doubleheader.  With many of their starters resting on the bench, the Yankees used a strong outing by Freddy Garcia and some timely hits to give them a 4-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

Garcia got into some trouble in the first inning, giving up a one out double to Brandon Phillips. Joey Votto worked a walk, but Garcia settled, striking out Jay Bruce before getting Scott Rolen to fly out to end the inning.

Mike Leake took the ball for the Reds, and the Yankees had him throwing lots of pitches early. Brett Gardner singled in the top of the third, and soon Leake not only was throwing a lot of pitches, but a lot of check throws to first as he tried to keep the Yankees’ speedy outfielder honest. Curtis Granderson grounded a single to right, moving Gardner to third. Nick Swisher followed by grounding out to first, while Votto tried to get Gardner at the plate, but the throw was too high for Ryan Hanigan to get the tag down.  Another run scored when Robinson Cano singled to left, giving the Pinstripes a 2-0 lead.

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Girardi defends lineup decision with misinformation

Okay, now I’m angry. Speaking of his decision to guarantee Derek Jeter the leadoff spot upon his return from the disabled list and move Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner down the order, the Yankees’ manager said this:

“These guys have done a great job,’’ Girardi said Wednesday of Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner, who have batted leadoff since Jeter went on the disabled list June 14. “I will put him in the leadoff spot. He has been our leadoff hitter all year.’’

Of course, that isn’t even remotely true. The Yankees started the year with Jeter and Gardner sharing the leadoff role in a platoon situation, more or less the same thing they should be doing now, given Jeter’s severe platoon splits. But Gardner started the year in a bad slump and was moved down for performance reasons, with Curtis Granderson moving up to the top of the order. Continue reading Girardi defends lineup decision with misinformation

Circuit Breakers: A Look at the Yankees’ Longest Homerless Streaks

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog). Jorge Posada’s sixth inning home run in the first game of today’s day/night doubleheader was his seventh of the season, but first since April 24. The two-run blast, which gave the Yankees a 4-2 lead, also ended the longest homerless streak in Posada’s career. The 38-game drought was one day longer than a previous power outage that lasted between the 2002 and 2003 seasons. Power Outages Among Yankees’ Regulars Player Tm Start End G AB BA OBP SLG Brett Gardner NYY 7/5/2010 4/19/2011 84 273 0.212 0.337 0.297 Derek Jeter NYY 5/10/1997 8/6/1997 Continue reading Circuit Breakers: A Look at the Yankees’ Longest Homerless Streaks

Game Thread: Yankees vs. Reds, 6/21/2011 (12:35PM EST on YES)

Today’s double header kicks off with an afternoon matinee as the Yankees search for their 43rd win on the season.  Although they have beeen very efficient when it comes to trouncing interleague oponents over the years, today may prove different as the Bombers will be heavily reliant on their “B Squad.”  Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Russell Martin will all be out of the lineup meaning Girardi will have the best bench in the history of the universe the bottom half of the batting order will be comprised of Nunez, Pena, Cervelli, and Garcia.  Here’s your open thread for the afternoon. *NOTE* Be sure to Continue reading Game Thread: Yankees vs. Reds, 6/21/2011 (12:35PM EST on YES)

Maybe that Montero plan will happen after all

Over at the Pinstriped Bible, Steve Goldman wondered about Russell Martin and his hot start that has since diffused (H/T to friend of the blog Rebecca Glass and her YDB on the Four Letter: Martin had a great start. He has already hit three-fourths as many home runs as he hit in the previous two years combined. At the same time, Martin really did hit .261/.364/.356 over the last three seasons. That wasn’t a bad dream that can be wished away. The Yankees gambled on Martin and won with his fine April. How much longer do you wait to collect Continue reading Maybe that Montero plan will happen after all

Gardner getting frustrated with role?

As I outlined yesterday, Brett Gardner is one of the Yankees’ best players this year, and he’s become one of the best all around players in baseball as well. Yet Joe Girardi still has him playing in a somewhat supporting role in the regular lineup, hitting at the bottom of the order and, recently, sitting against left-handed pitchers. And via Ben Shpigel, Gardner doesn’t sound all that happy about it:

Girardi platooned them for the first two weeks — Jeter led off against left-handers, Gardner against right-handers — but abandoned that idea when Gardner began the season in a 6-for-40 slump. Jeter, who threw long toss Tuesday at the Yankees’ complex in Tampa, Fla., had been entrenched ever since before being injured June 13.

Yet over his last 50 games, Gardner has hit for a higher average than Robinson Cano, slugged better than Alex Rodriguez and is tied with Curtis Granderson for the highest on-base plus slugging percentage (.943) on the team. He hits well (.286) and gets on base (.390) against left-handers, but he rarely starts, benched for Andruw Jones, whose power potential Girardi prefers.

The Yankees, though, are scheduled to face right-handed starters for at least the next six games. When asked what he could do to change Girardi’s mind, Gardner said, “Hit .400 against them, I don’t know.”

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Yankees on track for best ERA in years?

Though offense is down league-wide and has been trending in that direction for the past two seasons, it doesn’t change the fact that, for all the concern about Yankee pitching heading into the 2011 campaign, the staff has actually acquitted itself quite well through the season’s first 71 games. While ERA is mostly an afterthought these days due to the enormous wealth of pitching data we have at our disposal, it’s still worth noting that the Yankee pitching staff on the whole is currently carrying the 4th-lowest ERA in the American League at 3.55 — behind only the stingy pitching Continue reading Yankees on track for best ERA in years?

Do the Yankees need to trade for a starting pitcher?

I think Rob Neyer is probably overstating the Yankees’ looming abundance of pitching once Phil Hughes returns, mostly because I don’t think Brian Gordon really belongs in that category and because everyone but C.C. Sabathia still makes me feel nervous that they could blow up at any time. Still, it does serve as a good counterweight to the prevailing assumptions of this entire season that the Yankees will be aggressively pursuing additional starters at the trade deadline. In fact, the Yankees’ starting rotation has been surprisingly strong this season, one of the leagues best.

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