Yankee comeback bid falls short; lose to Jays 16-7 as Colon throws shortest outing of the season

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Safe to say this was not the way the Yankees were hoping to kick off the second half of the season.

Events unfolded about as terribly as one could imagine in Thursday night’s ballgame, as the Blue Jays scored eight times in the first inning and led 9-0 after two. Though the eight first-inning runs were Bartolo Colon‘s, he was only officially charged with three due to an Eduardo Nunez error (shocking!), and though Colon appeared to be getting somewhat squeezed by the home plate umpire he still didn’t pitch well and was yanked after only 2/3 of an inning. This was easily the shortest outing by a Yankee starter this season, and during the game speculation ran rampant that Colon either wasn’t fully healthy or perhaps re-injured himself covering first base. After the game Colon admitted that he’s preoccupied with his leg, and if Colon is less than 100%, it’s probably time for the Yankees to bring Ivan Nova back up and let Colon heal properly.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report 07/14/11 – Ivan Nova Alert

Double-A Trenton beat Reading 9-5
Ray Kruml was 3-for-4 with a double and a stolen base. Jose Pirela and Damon Sublett doubled, and Corban Joseph tripled. Shaeffer Hall wasn’t very good despite the win, giving up four hits, four runs, three walks, and striking out three over five innings. Josh Romanski, Chase Whitley, and Ryan Pope combined for four innings of one-run ball. Of note in this game was that Philly closer Brad Lidge appeared on a rehab assignment, and was terrible. In two-thirds of an inning he gave up two runs, a hit, hit a batter, walked a batter, and threw three wild pitches (!).

High-A Tampa lost to Palm Beach, 5-3
Walt Ibarra was 3-for-5, Rob Segedin was 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base, and Zolio Almonte and JR Murphy each collected a hit as well. Graham Stoneburner threw six innings of six-hit, two-run ball, with a walk and six strikeouts. Mike Gipson gave up the lead with four hits and a walk, and three runs, in just two-thirds of an inning.… Click here to read the rest

Game 89: Yankees 7, Blue Jays 16

The Blue Jays added another run in the bottom of the second.  Lind leadoff with a double to left.  Encarnacion drove a liner to right for an RBI single, giving Toronto a 9-0 lead.

The Pinstripes finally found their bats in the top of the third.  Andruw Jones drove a solo homer to left center, giving the Yankees a quick run.  Brett Gardner singled to short and Derek Jeter worked a walk.  Curtis Granderson the tripled, as Eric Thames struggled to make the play on his line drive to right.  Mark Teixeira grounded out, but Granderson crossed the plate and the Yankees were down 9-4.

The Bombers continued to claw their way back in the sixth.  Nick Swisher, who was robbed earlier in the game, leadoff with a single.  Russell Martin lined a single to left and Jones hit his second homer of the game, making it a 9-7 game in Toronto’s favor.

Toronto got a couple runs back, when Hector Noesi gave up a couple singles in the bottom of the inning. … Click here to read the rest

Pre-second half newsdump

  • Jason fielded a few Q’s for the Mothership.
  • The Yankees have called up outfielder Greg Golson to take Alex Rodriguez‘s spot on the 25 man roster.
  • Major League Baseball has obtained a copy of Bartolo Colon‘s medical records, as they continue to investigate whether human growth hormone was used as a part of his stem-cell therapy treatment. Because HGH is bad kids, mmmkay? Very, very bad. The World Anti-Doping Agency says so, and their word is as good as a stone tablet from Mt. Sinai.
  • They also signed LHP J.C. Romero to a minor league contract when Washington released him a day before his opt-out clause could be exercised. That could potentially fill the need for a LOOGY, though I assume Brian Cashman isn’t done shopping yet.
  • It seems to me that there is (or was, I guess) a very simple solution to this problem: Derek Jeter could have just quietly offered to pay Christian Lopez‘s tax bill.
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Series Preview | Yankees vs. Blue Jays IV: Anyone but Bautista

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The Yankees open the second half of the season with a four-gamer in Toronto, heading back up to Canada for the first time since April.

The Bombers are 5-3 against the Blue Jays this season, and only need four wins in their remaining 10 games against the Extra-Base Hits to exceed their 2010 win total against the Jose Bautistas. When the teams last met, the Bombers took two of three at home, thanks in part to their most exciting comeback of the season.

Toronto comes into this series in 4th place in the AL East, with a 45-47 record. The team once again boasts a strong offensive attack — a .326 wOBA, 5th-best in the AL, and 105 wRC+ — and its starters have adhered pretty closely to the solid numbers the group posted last season, but unfortunately for Toronto the rest of the league’s staffs got better while they’ve mostly stayed the same.… Click here to read the rest

Mid Season Top Prospect List

Well, why not? Here’s my “process”- I like upside, I like guys who are young for their level and I also have to consider the results. Tools don’t always translate into results obviously and it goes the other way as well- just because a guy is putting up huge numbers in A ball doesn’t make him a big prospect. It’s always a balance for me between scouting information and actual results. Also, I reserve the right to be wrong/have my own opinion/etc. I’m not always right and don’t have all the definitive information like some clairvoyant savants do. That being said, I like having discussions about this stuff so if you disagree, let me know about it. Here it is:

 

1 Jesus Montero

2 Gary Sanchez

3 Manuel Banuelos

4 Dellin Betances

5 Austin Romine

6 Slade Heathcott

7 JR Murphy

8 Adam Warren

9 Corban Joseph

10 Mason Williams

11 Brett Marshall

12 Bryan Mitchell

13 Graham Stoneburner

14 Cito Culver

15 David Adams

16 Andrew Brackman

17 Jose Ramirez

18 Rob Segedin

19 Angelo Gumbs

20 David Phelps

21 Dante Bichette Jr.… Click here to read the rest

Bud Selig speaks at annual chat; preaches status quo (mostly)

Who's number one? I'm number one.

Over the past few years during the Allstar Break, Commissioner Bud Selig has hosted an annual internet chat with baseball fans from around the globe. During this year’s Q&A, Selig addressed a number of hot topics. Let’s recap some of the more frustrating intriguing points raised.

On a salary cap:
Selig was pretty adamant about his feelings on this one. He essentially guaranteed that the salary cap topic would not be involved with the next Basic Agreement. In conclusion: it’s still a good day to be a Yankee fan (or a fan of any big market for that matter).

On a related note, Bud Selig firmly believes that the current system works.  He assured the audience that competitive play amongst all the divisions exists now more than ever, and cited the recent success of both the Indians and Pirates organizations as proof.

On evaluating umpires and instant replay:
Selig talked about the processes in place that are designed to assess umpires. … Click here to read the rest