Game Thread: Athletics vs. Yankees, 7/22/2011 (7:05PM EST on MY9)

Hurray for Fridays, the Yankees not being in Canada or Tampa any longer, non-artifical surfaces in general, upcoming weaker portions of the schedule, and non-divisional-rivalry matchups!  Now if only we could do something about this blistering heat other than find the closest/most powerful air conditioning unit, we’d really be in business.  Tonight’s game will mark Hughes’ third start since coming off of the Disabled List, and his second start since the “mechanical alteration” was evidently applied to his curveball.  Here’s to hoping for the best! Also, incase you hadn’t heard, George A. King of, reported that the Yankees have signed Marcus Thames (who Continue reading Game Thread: Athletics vs. Yankees, 7/22/2011 (7:05PM EST on MY9)

The lessons of Brett Gardner

Mike Jaggers-Radolf’s excellent post on Brett Gardner, and several of the comments it generated, got me thinking about how he was a player that virtually everyone who follows the minor league missed on (see Mike Axisa’s mea culpa here).  In particular, I wanted to address several points  raised in the comment section of the Gardner post, which formed the inspiration for this post.  Tom Swift got my brain going by asking: We should consider how it was that Gardner was not more highly thought of as he came up in the minors. My recollection is that the hype was much Continue reading The lessons of Brett Gardner

A.L. East Foes Jockey for Position as Deadline Nears; Light Schedules Give Each Team Chance to Fatten Up

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog). With the trade deadline looming, the next 10 days could determine which teams will enter the stretch drive in the best position. For some clubs, however, the biggest impact could come from their upcoming schedule, not a potential acquisition. After a disappointing 4-4 road trip following the All Star Break, the Yankees return to the Bronx looking to gain some ground on the division leading Red Sox. Luckily, the upcoming 10-game home stand, which includes three of the league’s worst teams, seems ideally suited for that purpose. Not only have the Yankees Continue reading A.L. East Foes Jockey for Position as Deadline Nears; Light Schedules Give Each Team Chance to Fatten Up

Yankees Bring Back Thames

According to George King of the New York Post, the Yankees have signed outfielder Marcus Thames to a minor league contract.  He will report to the Tampa minor league complex to start, and will eventually be assigned to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

On the surface, this seems like a depth move, but it could also signal the end of the Andruw Jones era in pinstripes.  Jones was brought into be the right-handed outfielder on the bench who could pinch hit and occasionally spell the lefty-heavy starting crew.  He’s done that pretty well, and has hit lefties to the tune of .240/.321/.507 while playing league average defense.  His performance against RHP has been deplorable (albeit in 25 PAs), but everyone knew he couldn’t hit righties anymore.  Still, this has led to some speculation his days were numbered.

Thames, who was let go by the Dodgers on Tuesday, was hitting .197/.243/.333 at the time of his release.  While he played half of his games at Dodger Stadium, a park that stifles offense, I’m not convinced he’ll benefit from switching to the NL to the AL.  He hit well playing for the Yankees last year, but he was benefited by an unusually high .345 BABIP.  That’s not something the Yankees can count on him recapturing again this season; especially at age-34. Continue reading Yankees Bring Back Thames

Imagining Shields

Let’s get nuts. Apparently the Rays are thinking about dealing right handed pitcher James Shields. Ken Rosenthal, however, says that an offseason deal is more likely. Let’s first assume that Shields will be available and that, even though we haven’t heard anything, the Yankees are interested. Honestly, why wouldn’t they be? Shields is a good pitcher and does have a fairly manageable contract. Yeah, he’s in division and that might complicate things, but that should never really hold a team back from at least inquiring on a good pitcher. I’ll run Shields and his contract through the trade value calculator Continue reading Imagining Shields

Oh Cashman, my Cashman, bring me a bat

For those of you wondering whether the Yankees need to acquire a bat: If the team finishes out July at its current monthly wOBA of .308, it would represent the Yankees’ worst monthly offensive output in nearly 10 years. The last time they posted a monthly wOBA this low was in September of 2001. And for those who prefer a park- and league-adjusted comp: The team’s current 90 wRC+for the month of July would be its lowest month since April 2004. And I’m not interested in, “well the Yankees have faced good pitching and it’s a down year for offense.” Continue reading Oh Cashman, my Cashman, bring me a bat

Series Preview | Yankees vs. A's II: Oakland? More like jokeland

The A’s roll into town this weekend for the first of six games they’ll eventually have to play at Yankee Stadium this season. The Yankees already got the hard part out of the way, sweeping the A’s — who pitch to a 2.71 ERA/3.37 FIP at home and 3.61/3.77 marks on the road — on their home turf back at the end of May. Now Oakland and its Field-aided pitching staff get to come to the Bronx, where there will be no endless acres of foul territory and a rather unforgiving short porch in right field. That’s not to Continue reading Series Preview | Yankees vs. A's II: Oakland? More like jokeland

Game 96: Yankees 1, Rays 2

With CC Sabathia and James Shields on the mound, Yankees and Rays fans got a pitcher’s duel Thursday night.  The Rays took a quick lead and held it as the Yankees struggled to give Sabathia any offense on his birthday.  In the end, the Rays managed to split the series with a 2-1 victory.

The Yankees got a couple runners in the first inning when Derek Jeter walked and Robinson Cano singled, but they were unable to score.  In the bottom of the inning, Sabathia got Ben Zobrist and Sean Rodriguez to fly out, before giving up a solo homer to Evan Longoria.  Upton went down, but the Rays were out in front 1-0.

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The Farm Report: 7/21/11 – A good day for everyone, except Trenton

Scranton beat Columbus 6-5:
The Yankees got on the board with a RBI single from Gustavo Molina in the second.  Kevin Russo drove a two-run double to left to give them a 3-0 lead.  Columbus scored their first run in the bottom of the third, but Scranton was far from done.  Austin Krum started the sixth with a double and scored on a grounder by Luis Nunez.  Russo doubled in the seventh, coming around to score and put the Yankees up 5-1.  Columbus put together a three-run rally in the bottom of the inning, but Jordan Parraz scored on a sac fly from Krum, putting the Yankees ahead 6-4.  Nick Johnson (yes, that Nick Johnson) homered for Columbus in the ninth, but it was not enough, as the Yankees took the win. Russo went 3-5 with a run scored, three doubles and two RBIs.  Krum went 3-3 with two runs scored, a double and a RBI.  Lance Pendleton got the win, going six innings and giving up just one run on three hits and two walks.

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