The Farm Report: 7/29/11 – 14 inning walk-off for Tampa!

Trenton lost 3-2 to Richmond:
Trenton drew first blood, as Raymond Kruml singled to start and stole second.  He moved to third on Corban Joseph’s groundout.  Austin Romine singled and the Thunder had a 1-0 lead.  Richmond got their first lead of the evening in the fifth.  Juan Perez singled and stole second.  He moved to third on an error by Joseph, which put Sharlon Schoop on first.  Perez scored on a groundout, tying the game, and Richmond pulled ahead on a single by Francisco Peguero.  Trenton got the run back in the bottom of the inning, as Joseph hit a RBI double.  The game stayed tied until the eighth, when Chris Dominguez hit a solo homer to put the Flying Squirrels in front again.  Trenton was unable to score in the late innings and took a 3-2 loss.

Kruml went 2-5 with two runs scored.  Austin Romine was 3-4 with a double and a RBI.  Corban Joseph went 2-4 with a double and a RBI.  … Click here to read the rest

Game Thread: Orioles vs. Yankees, 7/29/2011 (7:05PM EST on YES)

The Bombers will conclude this month with a series against the beleaguered Baltimore Orioles. As Larry noted in his series preview, the O’s haven’t played particularly well for the majority of this season, and have been especially ineffective of late. The Yankees, on the other hand, are currently 20 games over .500, have averaged 5.19 runs per game (AL average is 4.34 R/G), and have also enjoyed successful series against both the Althetics and the Mariners.

Also, in case you’re interested, Baseball Prospectus’ Playoff Odds Report has the Bombers chances listed at a gaudy 96.7%.  Contemplating the postseason at this juncture may be a bit premature; still, you have to like those odds!   Use this as your game thread for the evening.

Today’s lineup (c/o

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
6. Nick Swisher (S) RF
7. Eric Chavez (L) 3B
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Yankee prospect roundup

In the days leading up to the trade deadline, a lot of rumors are circulating involving Yankee prospects.  We’ve heard a ton about the Yankees’ upper level prospects (Montero, Banuelos, Betances, etc), but this week there has been some great discussion of some of the lower level guys in the system to watch.

Dante Bichette Jr: Bichette is on a ridiculous hot streak right now, and made #3 on the Baseball America hot sheet after batting .737/.760/1.000 in the past week (not including today’s 2 for 6 with a home run and a double).  The hot sheet had this to say about Bichette:

He has shown the advanced plate approach that one would expect from a player who grew up around the game and has had great amateur instruction. Bichette has played only third base, though his future as a fielder might lie in a corner-outfield position. His quickly-blooming power is a boon for Yankees system that doesn’t boast many others.

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Irabu’s Tragic Death Follows Career Haunted by Unfulfilled Expectations

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog).

Hideki Irabu, the first Japanese born player to wear pinstripes, was found dead in his Los Angeles’ home on Thursday, the victim of an apparent suicide.

At his introductory press conference, Irabu tries on the pinstripes he always wanted wear.

When Irabu first came to the United States, he was billed as the Japanese Roger Clemens, but his career yielded more punch lines than punch outs. That’s why it’s easy to forget he was once one of the most coveted international free agents in recent memory.

In the winter of 1997, the San Diego Padres were granted the right to exclusively negotiate with Irabu, who, as a member of the Chiba Lotte Marines, was considered by many to be the best pitcher in Japan. However, Irabu had other plans. He only wanted to play for the Yankees. After much wrangling between the Marines, Padres and Yankees, Irabu was finally able to strong arm his way to New York.… Click here to read the rest

Can this team win in October?

By these measures, the Yankees come away looking like the most balanced team in the American League, with the Rangers making a strong case as well. And contrary to popular belief, it’s actually Boston who could desperately use some pitching help, as their rotation is a bona fide disaster right now.

But of course these numbers include 5th starters and spot starters who aren’t likely to be making starts in the playoffs, and the postseason is as much about individual matchups as overall rotation strength. So let’s look at each team on the level of the four individuals most likely to comprise their playoff rotations. The list of players I’m assuming comprise this list as of now are as follows:

Yankees: C.C. Sabathia, Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia, A.J. Burnett

Red Sox: Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Alfredo Aceves

Tigers: Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, Brad Penny

Angels: Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, Ervin Santana, Joel Pineiro

Indians: Justin Masterson, Josh Tomlin, Carlos Carrasco, Fausto Carmona

Rangers: C.J.Click here to read the rest

Yanks-Sox in Hunt for Jimenez

What are the Rockies seeking from the Red Sox?  According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports, the Rockies have requested Kyle Weiland and Will Middlebrooks; presumably as a starting point.  While both are good prospects capable of eventually being solid major league players, the prospects being asked of the Yankees have much higher ceilings.  In fact, it’s not even close.  If I was O’Dowd, I’d start with Anthony Ranaudo, Ryan Lavarnway, and Middlebrooks and go from there.  Even still, the Yankee haul is still better a better deal.  (If  Banuelos is removed from the Yankee deal, it’s pretty even.)  

Honestly, my opinion is that the Red Sox entered the Jimenez sweepstakes for the sole purpose of driving up the price on the Yankees.  It’s a pretty smart move, and it wouldn’t be the first time these two clubs engaged in this type of activity.  Ultimately, despite the frenzy of the last couple of days, I don’t see Jimenez neither moving to the AL East, nor elsewhere around the league. … Click here to read the rest

CC Sabathia: Next 300 Game Winner?

Chris Jaffe at THT provided an interesting list yesterday, highlighting the 25 winningest liveball-era pitchers prior to turning 31. Here is the top 10, click through to see the entire list:

202 (224) Catfish Hunter
192 (266) Bob Feller
191 (207) Hal Newhouser
190 (193) Wes Ferrell
189 (286) Robin Roberts

185 (209) Don Drysdale
174 (268) Jim Palmer
173 (237) Waite Hoyt
171 (???) CC Sabathia
171 (223) Mel Harder

As you can see, CC Sabathia is in the top 10 all-time for wins at his age, coming in at 9th with 171 victories before the age of 31. While his odds for actually reaching 300 wins are still not that high, as you can tell by the fact that no one else in the top 10 (and only 4 of the top 25) got there, this does suggest that he is set up nicely to take a run at that milestone. In fact, it seems fairly likely that he will be the next pitcher to take aim at the number, as a look at the active wins leaders illustrates:

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Hideki Irabu and the struggles of Asian ballplayers

Irabu’s fate as a ballplayer was mostly sealed the minute he decided to come to America having earned the moniker of “Japan’s Nolan Ryan.” Additionally, he refused to report to the Padres when they secured his rights, stating he would only play for the Yankees, and forced his way to New York. Irabu’s first start drew a crowd of over 50,000 at Yankee Stadium and Irabu pitched well, exiting to a standing ovation from the crowd.

That was basically the high point of Irabu’s career, however, and it wasn’t long before Irabu was a pariah in New York. He didn’t get along with the media or teammates, he frustrated the organization with his lack of hustle and conditioning, and things finally came to a head when George Steinbrenner publicly called him a “fat pussy toad.” Irabu was shipped to Montreal and then wound up in Texas before his career ended with a whimper, a classic tale of failing to meet some ridiculously outsized expectations.… Click here to read the rest