PITCHF/x Scouting Report: Félix Doubront

The Yankees take on the Red Sox’ left handed pitcher Félix Doubront this afternoon. The 24 year old Venezuelan hit the big leagues in 2010 for 3 starts and 9 relief appearances. In his first short 25.0 inning season he posted a 4.32 ERA, 4.12 FIP, 8.28 K/9, and 3.60 BB/9. Last year he returned to the minors, and for 70.1 innings in Triple A, put up a 4.22 ERA, 4.51 FIP, 7.81 K/9, and 3.33 BB/9. He was given some brief relief opportunity in 2011 as well, but with superstar pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lackey out for the Continue reading PITCHF/x Scouting Report: Félix Doubront

Sherman-Yanks won’t bring back Swisher

Amidst all the 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway park yesterday, a significant bit of Yankee news appears to have been overlooked around the blogosphere. In his Friday column, Joel Sherman said in no uncertain terms that the Yanks don’t plan on bringing pending free agent Nick Swisher back after this season.This is the first time I’ve seen that in print from a trusted source, so in my view it has to be taken seriously. Sherman’s article addressed the Yankee long term plans with Nunez, and the Swisher line was thrown out almost in passing. Here’s the quote, in its full Continue reading Sherman-Yanks won’t bring back Swisher

Nova’s Curveball Key To Third Win

As the Highlanders squared off against the Red Sox this afternoon, Ivan Nova did his best impression of Smoky Joe Wood. His final line was 6.0 innings, 7 hits, 2 runs, and 5 strikeouts. Out of 3 starts, he has now won 3 games, thanks to a continuous barrage of run support for the pitcher. Let’s take a look at the PITCHF/x numbers to see how he went about one of the most potent offenses in baseball. Nova threw the four-seamer, two-seamer, changeup, slider, and curveball tonight. The four-seamer sat at the new standard 92.6 mph, and topped out at Continue reading Nova’s Curveball Key To Third Win

The Farm Report: 4/20/2012

Empire State beat Norfolk 6-4:

Empire State was able to pull off a comeback victory tonight, scoring three runs in the bottom of the 8th to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 6-4 lead. Dewayne Wise got the comeback started with a walk, and was then driven in by a Steve Pearce double. Pearce continued his recent string of hot hitting tonight, going 3-4 in the game with two doubles and an RBI. Brandon Laird and Ramiro Pena added RBI singles, and Juan Cedeno nailed down the save despite allowing two hits in the ninth. In addition to Pearce’s big night, Pena and Kevin Russo went 2-4, while Jack Cust was also 2-4 with a triple. Starter Russ Ortiz allowed four runs in the game, but finished seven innings.

Trenton beat Harrisburg 6-5 in 12 innings:

The Thunder won a wild one in Trenton tonight, taking their game into the twelfth inning and falling behind 5-3 before scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning to take the walk off victory 6-5. The tying run scored on a throwing error by Harrisburg with one out, and then Melky Mesa brought the winning run home with a sacrifice fly one batter later. Abraham Almonte and Ronnier Mustelier had the biggest nights offensively for Trenton. Almonte went 3-6 and was intentionally walked in the 12th, while Mustelier went 3-7 with two RBI. Both of them collected a triple. Craig Heyer got the start tonight, and pitched six innings while allowing three runs, only two of them earned. He did however let Trenton’s 3-1 lead slip away in the 6th, however.

Tampa lost to Daytona 9-2:

This game got off to a bad start for the Yankees from the very first inning, as the Yankees were able to get the first two batters of the game to second and third base with no outs via a leadoff double, a bunt single, and a stolen base, but failed to get any runs out of it thanks to three consecutive pop ups from the 3-4-5 hitters. Daytona would promptly score three runs in the bottom of the inning, before adding four in the second and one more in the third. Yeah, it was that kind of night.

Starter Kramer Sneed obviously had a rough night, allowing six runs on four hits and three walks in just 1.2 inning before being pulled. Aaron Dott did have a nice night later on in relief, however, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings while allowing one hit and striking out six. At the plate, Eduardo Sosa went 2-4 with a double and Kelvin Castro went 3-4 on the night. They also scored the Yankees’ two runs. This ends the Yankees’ winning streak at five.

Charleston beat West Virginia 4-3:

Another night, another win for the Riverdogs. Charleston hitters struck out 10 times and only collected four hits, but six walks and three West Virginia errors definitely helped the cause. Tyler Austin collected single to extend his hitting streak, while Gary Sanchez added his fifth double of the season. The other two hits went to Ben Gamel and Reymond Nunez. Scottie Allen was solid in his start, holding West Virginia to two runs over six innings while allowing six hits and striking out three. Continue reading The Farm Report: 4/20/2012

Red Socked by Yanks, spoil Fenway’s party

Clay Buchholz could not keep the New York Yankees inside Fenway Park as he gave up five solo homers to spoil the Red Sox’ birthday celebration for their beloved home. The day started with a forty-five minute ceremony as the Red Sox brought back many players from their past. In a moving display, each player from history walked in from an outfield door to take their positions around the ballpark relating to where they played when with the Red Sox. Only Carl Yaszrzemski came from the dugout and Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr, both in their nineties, were wheeled out from by the dugout. You only had to be a fan of baseball and not necessarily a fan of the Red Sox to appreciate the history and spectacle associated by this party. It was wonderfully done. The only problem was that the Red Sox couldn’t win the game. And frankly, they never had a chance. The Yankees won, 6-2.

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Game fourteen: Fenway

The Yankees meet the Red Sox for the first time in 2012 this afternoon, and the game has a little bit extra meaning today, as the two teams will be marking the 100th birthday of Fenway Park. The Yankees are even donning throwback uniforms for the occasion.

If you think the first two weeks of the season have been tough sledding for the Yankees, just be glad you aren’t a Red Sox fan (not that you needed another reason for that, of course). Boston enters today’s game 4-8, they just got knocked around by the Rangers at the beginning of this week, the manager is taking potshots at the team’s clubhouse leaders and they’ve managed to turn today’s historic celebration into a soap operatic continuation of late 2011. Good times.

Here’s the lineup each team will send out for the contest:

Yankees (7-6):

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C

Ivan Nova RHP

Red Sox (4-8):

Mike Aviles SS
Ryan Sweeney RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Cody Ross LF
Jason Repko CF

Clay Buchholz RHP

First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 P.M., and you can catch the game on YES or the MLB Network. Heads up, the over/under on the number of innings Michael Kay spends needlessly rambling about Bobby Valentine is currently set at 2.5, if you’re into that sort of thing. Enjoy! Continue reading Game fourteen: Fenway

Previewing Red Sox Vs. Yankees: Happy Birthday, Fenway

Today is Fenway Park’s 100th birthday. I figured I’d let you know in case you weren’t already aware—it’s not live most major television networks are covering it, or like ESPN has been treating it like some baseball Tim Tebow. Alright, that’s not entirely fair. Fenway Park could probably throw a better 20-yard pass than Tim Tebow*.

*ZING! And I know that makes little to no sense. Still.

In all seriousness, Fenway has been around for a long time; it’s one of my favorite places to watch baseball (rooting interests aside, of course), and it’s really cool that it’s still around after all these years. You know, because we can’t exactly say the same about our stadiums.

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Game 14: Yanks v. Sox: Fenway turns 100

The Yankees and Red Sox renew their rivalry for the first time today as Boston celebrates the centennial of its home ballpark. Be sure to check out this special series preview before tuning in. Lineups! Yankees: 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Curtis Granderson, CF 3. Alex Rodriguez, 3B 4. Robinson Cano, 2B 5. Mark Teixeira, 1B 6. Nick Swisher, RF 7. Raul Ibanez, LF 8. Eric Chavez, 3B 9. Russell Martin, C SP: Ivan Nova Red Sox: 1. Mike Aviles, SS 2. Ryan Sweeney, LF 3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B 4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B 5. David Ortiz, DH 6. Kevin Youkilis, Continue reading Game 14: Yanks v. Sox: Fenway turns 100