The Farm Report: 08/27/11 – Lots of rain and a few losses.

Tampa lost 6-5 to Brevard County:
Tampa scored first when Abraham Almonte knocked a leadoff homer in the first.  Brevard County put two on the board in the top of the second to take a lead.  Rob Segedin started the bottom of the second with a ground-rule double, scoring on a sac fly form Kelvin Castro to tie the score.  Brevard County broke the tie in the sixth and took a 6-2 lead as the game headed into the final inning.  Tampa managed a rally, as Kyle Roller started with a walk and Segedin singled to right.  Neil Medchill walked to load the bases and Cody Johnson grounded into a force out at the plate.  Castro singled to center, scoring two runs and Walter Ibarra plated Johnson on a single.  Unfortunately, the Yankees rally ran out, as they took a 6-5 loss. Ibarra was 2-4 with a double and a RBI.  Segedin was 2-4 with two runs scored and a double.  … Click here to read the rest

Open Thread-Looking at the 40 man

With September call ups soon underway, I thought it would be fun to kick around who stays and who goes on the 40-man roster. Brackman , Betances, Garrison, Pendleton, Pope, Whelan, Laird, Dickerson, Golson, Maxwell and Melky Mesa are all on the 40 man, so they can be called up without making a roster move. In order to call up Montero, Banuelos, or Romine you’d have to take someone off this list and have them clear waivers before you can send them to AAA, which means you could lose them.

The Yanks opened up one (potential) spot this afternoon, optioning Jeff Marquez to AAA. He was on the 60 day DL, but now when he’s ready to come back he can go straight to Scranton since he’s already cleared waivers. Players on the 60 day DL don’t count, which is why you have 46 names on this 40 man list. Aaron Laffey is also still on this list, but that’s probably because he hasn’t cleared waivers yet, which often takes about a week.… Click here to read the rest

Deconstructing AJ Burnett

Tough to watch

This past week, there were two outstanding, granular breakdowns on what’s been going on with AJ Burnett this season. Mark Simon of ESPN looked at his curveball, and found that in his first 6 starts out of the All Star break, he allowed just 15 hits on that pitch. But recently has see the movement on the breaking ball go from a 6 inch vertical break to just 4 inches leading up to the Twins game last week where he gave up 7 runs in just 1.2 IP. So for whatever reason, be it fatigue over the course of a long season or the diminishing of his stuff at this point of the season due to age, he’s not getting the same break on his curveball. Further, he found that he’s throwing the pitch right over the middle of the plate recently, which he rarely did prior. Here’s a quick chart from the article showing the breakdown on the pitch:

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Today's doubleheader postponed to Sunday

Per Yankees.com, today’s previously scheduled doubleheader against the Orioles will now be played tomorrow, and the teams will also still plan to play Monday’s game at 7:05pm. Tomorrow’s game has apparently been rescheduled for Thursday, September 8, in the middle of another series at home against the O’s followed by a trip to the west coast to play the Angels.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report 08/26/11 – Losses almost everywhere

Double-A Trenton lost to New Britain, 4-2
Trenton led 2-1 on single runs in the fourth and second, but Ryan Pope blew the save with three runs in the top of the ninth inning. Zolio Almonte went 2-for-4 with a double. Schaeffer Hall threw 6.2 innings of six-hit, one-run ball, with five walks (ew) and three strikeouts.

High-A Tampa lost to Brevard County, 8-7
This one was pretty wacky and back-and-forth, but Brevard County took the lead with a two-run eighth inning. Abe Almonte and Mitch Albieta both went 2-for-4, and DeAngelo Mack’s one hit was a triple.

Low-A Charleston lost to Savannah, 7-6
Savannah walked off on Charleston, who had a 4-2 lead through three but couldn’t hold it. Jose Mojica was 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk, and both Ramon Flores and Jeffrey Farnham doubled.

Staten Island beat Aberdeen, 8-4
Hooray, a win! Staten Island scored five through the first four innings. Mason Williams had a big day, going 4-for-5 with a triple, walk, and stolen base, as well as three runs scored.… Click here to read the rest

Game Thread: Yankees vs. Orioles, 8/26/2011 (7:05PM EST on YES)

“I’d like to see how smart Theo Epstein is with the Tampa Bay (Rays) payroll. You got Carl Crawford ’cause you paid more than anyone else, and that’s what makes you smarter? That’s why I like whipping their butt. It’s great, knowing those guys with the $205 million payroll are saying, ‘How the hell are they beating us?'” — Buck Showalter, March 2011

Well, as it turns out, the guys with the $205M payroll are competing for divisional supremacy (once again), and preparing for a postseason run (once again). Meanwhile, the Orioles continue to suck and will “enjoy” the abudance of meaningless baseball remaining this season.

Tonight’s game kicks off at 7:05 as the Yanks begin an agonizing five game set against Baltimore. As Larry noted in the preview, the matchups certainly favor the Bombers on paper, but you know how that often goes. Of course, who knows how many of these games will actually end up happening if Irene decides to bend the entire east coast over a barrel.… Click here to read the rest

Jesus Montero’s excellent timing

With September 1, the date that major league rosters expand, rapidly approaching, Jesus Montero seems to have turned up the heat in an effort to make it to the bigs.  In the last week, Montero made the BA hot sheet , checking in at #4 with a .364/.391/.1000 effort, plus four big home runs (he hit two in a game twice).  He’s also OPS’ing an even 1.000 in the month of August.  While I and others have criticized Montero for not performing to his potential earlier in the season, he seems to have gotten the message that he has to perform to be promoted.

How much playing time will be available for Montero is another story.  Russell Martin’s recent resurgence (highlighted by his huge 5 for 5 2 HR performance yesterday against Oakland that lifted both the Yankees and my fantasy team) has put to rest any notions that Montero would be taking over the starting catcher position anytime soon, especially because of Martin’s far superior defense.  … Click here to read the rest