Series Preview | Yankees vs. Mariners II: One Guaranteed Loss

"Hey Yankees! Just put on some Boston uniforms and I'll be sure to suck against you!" (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Starting tonight the Yankees get three more games at home against another light-hitting American League counterpart, only this time instead of the second-worst offensive attack in the AL they get to face the team not only featuring the most execrable offense in the Major Leagues in the form of the Seattle Mariners, but currently in the throes of one of the worst losing streaks of any team in recent years, having dropped fifteen straight contests. A year after posting one of the worst offensive seasons since the implementation of the designated hitter (.286 team wOBA, 78 wRC+), Seattle is, rather incredibly, managing to out-Mariner itself in ineptitude, posting a .279 team wOBA and 77 wRC+.

That the Mariners managed to hang in the race through the first few months of the season at all is of course yet another testament to their pitching staff, which, prior to this weekend’s completely unsurprising shellacking by the Red Sox — who have only lost three games all month!… Click here to read the rest

Game 99: Athletics 5, Yankees 7

The Yankees put together their own two-out rally in the bottom of the second.  Russell Martin singled to center and stole second.  Andruw Jones followed by lining a RBI single to center and the Yankees trailed 2-1.

Colon was back on track from the third inning on, and the Yankees struck again in the bottom of the fourth.  After getting two outs, Martin was hit by a pitch.  Jones worked a walk and Eduardo Nunez hit a long fly ball for a double, giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead.

The Bombers poured it on in the bottom of the fifth.  Derek Jeter worked a leadoff walk and Curtis Granderson connected with his 27the homer of the year.  Mark Teixeira followed with a single to center and he moved to second when Robinson Cano grounded out. Martin singled, putting runners on the corners and Jones hit a RBI single to make it 6-2.

As the eighth inning began, rain poured in the Bronx and David Robertson took over on the mound. … Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report, 07/24/11 – Soriano and CMW at Trenton

Double-A Trenton beat Bowie, 6-4
After Bowie scored three in the bottom of the first, Trenton answered right back with three runs of their own and went ahead in the fourth. The big hit here was a bases-clearing double by Addison Maruszak. Zolio Almonte homered to put Trenton ahead in the top of the third, but Bowie eventually tied it up. In the sixth, Addison Maruszak put the team ahead again for good with an RBI single. Starter Schaefer Hall gave up four runs, three earned, striking out four and walking just one. Brad Halsey and Ryan Pope combined for scoreless relief.

High-A Tampa lost to Bradenton, 2-1
Tampa led 1-0 going into the bottom of the eighth on excellent pitching by Graham Stoneburner (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 4 K, 2 BB), but Bradenton tied it up off Dan Burawa and walked off in the bottom of the ninth. Oh well. An Abe Almonte homer was Tampa’s only offense, though David Adams finally returned to the Tampa lineup and doubled.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees enjoy extended batting practice; win 7-5

(Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

After yesterday’s frustrating loss, the Yankees returned with a vengeance this afternoon. Even though the A’s scored first and attempted a late rally, the game just never felt within their reach. Instead they left New York dispirited — flying off to wherever they’re scheduled to play next with yet another series loss at the hands of the Yankees.

All those in favor of offense…say “I”

After stranding 11 runners yesterday, the Yankees came out “guns a blazin” today. In the bottom of the second with two outs, Russell Martin singled to center field. Martin then promptly stole second base. This worked out very conveniently as Andruw Jones then managed to hit a line drive to center field. Thanks to Russell’s speed and Cocoa Crisp’s noodle arm, the Yankees were able to grab their first run.

Later in the fourth inning (again with two outs) Gonzalez extended the inning after hitting Russell Martin with the second pitch (a rogue curveball) of the at bat.… Click here to read the rest

Open Thread: Cash-Ninja

So I check in to the MLB trade rumors week in review, and you know what they have on the Yanks? Squat. Oh sure, they signed Marcus Thames to a minor league deal, and made a phone call to the Tampa Bay Rays that lasted about a minute. Other than that? Nothing.

And that’s just the way I like it. Did anyone hear anything about the Nick Swisher deal in 2008? Did anyone predict Cash was going to boldly swoop in and land Curtis Granderson the following year? Nope. Early in the morning last July, Joel Sherman woke us up with news of an almost completed deal for Cliff Lee. Kerry Wood? Lance Berkman? Nada, mi amigos. Brian is in ninja-mode, stealthily surveying the field before he strikes quickly, decisively and with deadly accuracy. I bet he doesn’t even call any other GMs this week. He just sits back, and when that phone rings the other GM doesn’t get to hang up the phone until a deal is struck.… Click here to read the rest

Game 99-Bartolo brings the heat

Weather reports have today cooling off to a balmy 90 degrees this afternoon, but with high humidity and the threat of thunderstorms it will feel pretty similar to the past few days here in the NY metro area. That sounds like baseball weather to me, so head out to the ballpark or curl up in front of your A/C, whatever your preference. Here’s your lineups, courtesy of Brian Heyman over at LoHud:

1. Jeter DH
2. Granderson CF
3. Teixeira 1B
4. Cano 2B
5. Swisher RF
6. Martin C
7. Jones LF
8. Nunez SS
9. Laird 3B

Facing Big Bart is the outstanding Gio Gonzalez, so the Yanks have their work cut out for them this afternoon. GO YANKS!!!!!!… Click here to read the rest

On induction day, mixed feelings about the Hall

I suppose that sounds rather cynical and, well, it is. In fact, I just generally don’t care for pageantry. Pageantry, with the occasional exception, strikes me as phony, something either completely vapid or opaque, meant to add artificial meaning to an otherwise mostly meaningless occasion (I’m still trying to figure out while I was sitting in the middle of a football field listening to people say things that had been said a million times before for over an hour just to get my high school diploma handed to me) or to put a false happy face on an otherwise contentious or controversial matter. The Hall induction strikes me as the latter.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly happy for the people being inducted. But especially in the case of Blyleven and Alomar, am I really supposed to watch them give their speeches today and forget that neither of them should be standing there today, because they should already have been enshrined?… Click here to read the rest

Looking at Matt Garza

One trade name that has popped in recent weeks is that of Matt Garza. We know for a fact that Yanks were scouting him recently, but have heard mostly negative reports on his availability. The Cubs just gave up 3 of their top 4 prospects to acquire him, and with one more year of team control and a low price tag this year (5.95M) considering his production (2011 WAR-2.9) you figure it will cost plenty if he is made available. But the Cubs are out of it, so a package of MLB ready talent may make sense for them where they fill multiple needs heading into 2012. Yankee GM Brian Cashman may have a package of prospects he’d be willing to part with for rotation help this year that doesn’t upset his depth chart too much, and could shop around a few places to see if he gets any nibbles. We all know the Yanks could use a #2. Is Garza worth it?… Click here to read the rest

Could E-Jax be a Yankee?

Until recently, it seemed likely the White Sox would be buyers.  They are still just 4.5 games back in the middling AL Central.  But Ozzie Guillen’s most recent tantrum, the diminished performance of Alex Rios and Adam Dunn, and a general impression of growing tension within the clubhouse has some, including Ken Rosenthal, speculating that Kenny Williams may dangle some interesting players during the next week.

Unlike Carlos Quentin, a trade including E-Jax could be spun as something other than a white flag, as the White Sox have been using a six-man rotation for much of the season.  If Williams can get a major-league ready hitter in the deal, it might even help both teams involved over the short term.

Although his traditional stats (6-7, 3.97 ERA, 1.43 WHIP) don’t necessarily show it, E-Jax has been Chicago’s best starter in 2011.  He leads the rotation in WAR (2.8), FIP (3.18), xFIP (3.39), SIERA (3.62), K/9 (7.31), and HR/9 (0.62).  … Click here to read the rest