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

Believe it or not, while rain battered the east coast, some of the Yankees’ minor league affiliates managed to play some baseball today.  Scranton and Staten Island were rained out, while Trenton only managed to play one game of their doubleheader.

Trenton lost 7-4 to New Britain:
The Rock Cats scored two in the third and doubled their score in the fourth.  Trenton turned it around in the bottom of the inning, however.  Corban Joseph led off with a double to center and Austin Romine homered.  Melky Mesa singled and scored on a triple by Damon Sublett, who crossed the play on a sac fly from Jose Pirela to tie the game.   The game stayed knotted until the top of the seventh, when New Britain scored three runs to take a 7-4 win.  Romine went 1-3 with a run and two RBIs.  Nobody had more than one hit in the game.  Jeff Marquez threw six innings and gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk.

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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 Continue reading Open Thread-Looking at the 40 man

Deconstructing AJ Burnett

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 Continue reading Deconstructing AJ Burnett

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.

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

Scranton played a doubleheader with Pawtucket and lost the first game 6-1…
This wasn’t close. Scranton scored their lone run in the bottom of the ninth on a Brandon Laird homer. Mike Lamb doubled and walked over the course of the game. Adam Warren went 6.2 innings, giving up five hits, six runs (all earned), striking out eleven and walking three.

…and lost the second game 7-3
Jorge Vazquez put Scranton ahead with a two-run homer in the first, but Pawtucket went ahead in the second and with two more in the third, pulled away. Vazquez actually homered twice. Andrew Brackman had a very good relief appearance, going 3.2 innings with two hits, three strikeouts, and NO WALKS. Continue reading The Farm Report 08/26/11 – Losses almost everywhere

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

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 Continue reading Jesus Montero’s excellent timing