As regular readers know, I am incredibly interested in and fascinated by pitching analysis, and in turn, PITCHf/x. As a result, Brooks Baseball, TexasLeaguers.com and Joe Lefkowitz’s PITCHf/x site have become mandatory daily visits for me. While I feel as though I have a pretty good grasp on a...
The win salvages a split with the last place Orioles after the Bombers dropped the first two games of the series, and the return of Garcia allowed the Yankees to push C.C. Sabathia back a day, lining him up to start the series opener in Boston tonight. More importantly at this point in the season, it also crystallized a fact that seems to be strangely debated by Yankees fans right now: Freddy Garcia is a playoff starter.
Honestly I can’t believe there’s even talk that Garcia wouldn’t have a spot in the October rotation at this point. Without question, Garcia has been one of the Yankees three best starters over the course of the full season. Over 128.1 innings he’s pitched to a 3.09 ERA, and a 3.66 FIP despite a K/9 below 6.0. That’s mostly because he’s been very good at limiting walks and home runs (even if his xFIP indicates he might be getting lucky on the latter count).…
Here’s what we know so far:
- The Yankees are 2-10 against the Red Sox in 2011. They are 78-42 against everyone else.
- The Red...
Each team went down in order in the second and third innings, but the Yankees added a couple runs in the fourth. Robinson Cano singled to left and Nick Swisher knocked a homer to right, giving the Bombers a 3-0 lead.
Garcia looked strong, as he didn’t allow a baserunner for three straight innings. In the bottom of the fifth, however, he gave up a solo homer to Mark Reynolds and the Orioles were on the board. David Robertson gave up a solo homer to J.J. Hardy in the bottom of the eighth, making the game 3-2, but the Yankees sent Mariano Rivera to the mound for the ninth and they came away with the win.
Brett Gardner: Gardy went 0-3 with a walk and a steal.
Jorge Posada: Jorgie went 0-4.
RISP: The Yankees had more opportunities to score than I realized, but were unable to take advantage of them. They were 0-5 with runners in scoring position.…
…but lost the second game 2-0:
The game stayed scoreless through the first three innings, but the Red Sox broke out in the top of the fourth. Nate Spears walked and Ryan Lavarnway homered to left, giving Pawtucket a 2-0 lead. Back-to-back singles by Gustavo Molina and Greg Golson in the bottom of the ninth gave Scranton a chance, but Chris Dickerson grounded out to end the game. Despite his game ending hit, Dickerson went 2-4 with a double. Golson was 2-3. Dellin Betances pitched a strong game, but came up on the losing side when he gave up two runs on two hits and four walks over seven innings. He also had eight strikeouts.
Trenton lost to New Hampshire 10-4:
The Fisher Cats scored first, with a run in the first inning, but Trenton got it back in the second. Robert Lyerly doubled and scored when Melky Mesa reached on a fielder’s choice. Unfortunatley, the Fisher Cats broke the game open in the top of the fourth, scoring eight runs. …
A-Rod is a big, important force for the Yankee lineup, and keeping him healthy should be paramount, especially considering his contract. With rosters expanding in only a couple of days, there’s no need to put him on the DL, but he shouldn’t play until he’s 100%. I don’t know how badly his thumb is hurt, but obviously it’s worse than it appeared when it first happened, and, at the risk of sounding terribly obvious, aggravating it would be a bad idea. It sounds like the Yankees are being cautionary here, which is almost certainly the way to go. They can win without Alex, especially considering the playoff picture, but having him at full strength for the playoffs gives them a much better chance.