Coming into Tuesday night’s game Larry had mentioned Zack Greinke‘s unusual ERA-FIP split of 4.70 to 2.30 in his series preview. For a split second during the game, we got a taste of why. In the first inning, after Brett Gardner reached base on a hit by pitch, Curtis Granderson lofted what should have been a routine fly ball to center field. Instead of catching the ball, Nyjer Morgan tripped on the grass, and the bloop dropped in for what was ruled an RBI triple for Granderson. In the next at-bat, Mark Teixeira grounded one to the first base side, which produced an out, but also allowed Curtis to score. For anyone trying to understand how a pitcher can have a light’s out FIP but a below average ERA, that’s how. Instead of having a runner at first with two outs, Greinke’s official line after one inning was two runs allowed and two base runners.… Click here to read the rest
In the bottom of the second, the Yankees offense got to Greinke. Eduardo Nunez led off the inning with a single and Gardner followed with a walk. Granderson lined out and Teixeira grounded out, plating Nunez and moving Gardner to third. Alex Rodriguez worked a walk and a single from Robinson Cano gave the Yankees another run. Nick Swisher, who has heated up lately, drove a three-run shot to right center and the Yankees were up 7-0 after just two innings.
Freddy Garcia kept the Brewers’ offense quiet until the fourth inning. Prince Fielder got Milwaukee’s bats going with a single to right. Casey McGehee followed with a single, but was out at second on a fielder’s choice by Corey Hart. Mat Gamel singled to right, scoring the Brewer’s first run. Yuniesky Betancourt flied out to right, allowing Hart to score. Swisher threw in to home, but Martin got Gamel out at second to end the inning with the Yankees up 7-2.… Click here to read the rest
The Yankees ran wild off Greinke and Jonathan Lucroy, who has the worst CS% of any backstop in the majors (14.3%). It was only the fifth game of the season in which New York nabbbed four or more bases, and all of them came in the first three innings, before the game was effectively put out of reach. The green light should be more or less permanent as long as Lucroy is behind the plate.
Swisher had a great game, both at the plate and in the field. Swisher’s much-improved throwing was on display tonight, as he not only gunned down Corey Hart at the plate on a Mat Gamel single in the sixth, but also nearly caught Prince Fielder advancing to second on a McGehee single in the fourth. Swisher had by far his best season for outfield assists last year and is on pace to nearly match that number in 2011. Swisher also made a couple of nice sliding stops in the corner, preventing extra bases. … Click here to read the rest
For the Tides, Jake Fox hit like it was March again, going 3-5 with 2 home runs. For the Yankees, there was much less to cheer about. Jesus Montero allowed a passed ball and had another error, third baseman Brandon Laird went 1-4 with a run scored but also struck out twice, and Mike Lamb, yes that Mike Lamb, went 2-4 with a double and a triple. Pitcher Greg Smith walked 6 batters and allowed 7 hits and 6 runs in 6 innings.
Manny Banuelos started for the Thunder tonight, and walked just one batter while striking out 7 and allowing 5 hits over 5 innings. He did allow a home run, however, something that’s been a bit of a problem for him this season. Offensively, Corban Joseph went 3-4 with a couple of doubles and an RBI, and Bradley Suttle went 2-4 with a double and an RBI.… Click here to read the rest
It’s Zack Greinke mania here in Yankee land with the former Kansas City Royals Ace back in the Bronx for the first time as a Milwaukee Brewer. Moshe revisits the trade for Greinke that wasn’t, while Larry drew attention to Greinke’s bizarre ERA-FIP split of 4.77 to 2.30 in his series preview. Larry highlighted that Greinke has an unbelievably high BABIP of .348 and is getting crushed to the tune of .339/.373/.661 with runners in scoring position. As Lar noted, this could be awful luck, or it could mean that when Greinke isn’t locating his pitches he’s leaving them out over the plate. We’ll see.
Here’s the lineup:
Freddy Garcia – P
Game starts at 7pm, on YES. Enjoy.… Click here to read the rest
With Zack Greinke taking the mound for the Brewers later this evening, I expect there to be plenty of comments regarding Brian Cashman’s determination that Greinke was not a great fit for New York. Rather than just repeat myself on the issue, I decided to repost the post I wrote back when Greinke was first sent to the Brewers.
A hot topic amongst Yankees fans over the last few days has been the mental state of Zack Greinke and his ability to handle New York. Many contended that his Social Anxiety Disorder made him a lock to melt down in New York, an assumption that is simply ignorant of the many contours of the human psyche. Having social anxiety disorder does not necessarily mean that you shy away from added attention or that you will have performance anxiety in more stressful situations. Some people who know Greinke, such as Joe Posnanski, thought that Greinke would thrive in a place like New York.… Click here to read the rest
The acrimony over the Hector Noesi situation (I can’t believe I just typed that) has reached its peak lately. In case you haven’t been following the insanity, the argument goes something like this: Hector Noesi is being handled poorly. Instead of being allowed to develop on the major league team, he’s rotting away in a long reliever role where he pitches infrequently and his potential is being wasted.
In an alternate universe where Hector Noesi profiles as a 1-3 type starting pitcher, I would totally agree with that. Unfortunately, this isn’t quite that parallel universe. We all know Noesi has one plus tool, which is command. He throws strikes and that’s great. He just doesn’t have the stuff to consistently miss bats that would allow him to profile in a larger role. He secondary pitches are average. Ordered from best to worst they’d look like this: Changeup, slider and curveball. None of those are good enough to produce a lot of swing and misses at the major league level right now.… Click here to read the rest
I’ll continue my theme of trade-related pieces today by looking at a guy we all thought would be a target for a mid-season trade: Chris Carpenter.
Let’s be honest Yankee fans, as soon as Albert Pujols got hurt, you were a little intrigued by the idea of the Cardinals starting to slip in the standings (but, seriously, it sucks that Pujols is out, especially since he was getting hot and is just a freaking joy to watch when he’s on fire). Right now, they’re only three games out and with the Reds not exactly lighting the world on fire, it appears that the Cardinals will be focused (as they should be) solely on catching the Brewers. I’ll say that with as close as St. Louis is in the standings, it’s still a bit too early to talk about them writing off 2011 but let’s examine if Carpenter is still worth of trade consideration.
His 4.26 ERA in the NL Central is a little “meh” but upon closer inspection, he’s having a good year.… Click here to read the rest