Is Defense Undermining The Yankee Pitching Staff?

Yankee starting pitchers have a 6.08 ERA, almost a full run worse from the terrible Boston Red Sox. Given the personel on the staff, this should be a surprise. Kiroda, Nova, and Sabathia were reasonable good bets entering the season, and are still reasonable good bets going forward, to be very strong contributors to the Yankee starting rotation. Phil Hughes and Freddy Garcia were more questionable, but I don’t know anyone who expected them to both be this spectacularly bad. I don’t want to take away anything from how bad the starters have been, but I think something else could Continue reading Is Defense Undermining The Yankee Pitching Staff?

Does Hughes hold the keys to Garcia’s future?

That picture is not what Freddy Garcia wants to see tomorrow night. If we assume for a moment that D.J. Mitchell will be optioned back to Triple-A when Brett Gardner returns from the disabled list this Thursday (which is probably a safe assumption, to be sure) the next roster decision the Yankees will have to make, barring any unforeseen circumstances between then and now, will be the one we’ve been eagerly anticipating for a month and a half now: Andy Pettitte‘s return to the Yankees’ active roster.

It’s not known exactly when Pettitte will be ready to join the Yankees, but the smart money right now says he gets two more minor league starts at least. If that’s a good timetable, and assuming he stays on a regular five day schedule, that would peg his arrival date as Thursday May 10th, which just so happens to be the night of the final game of a three game set with division rival Tampa Bay at Yankee Stadium. If that is indeed the day Pettitte comes back, one other current member of the 25 man roster will have to go within the next 10 days.

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Basking in the glow of C.C. Sabathia

The world of the New York Yankees has spent so much time this season talking about what is not working in the rotation. There is Freddy and Phil and sometimes Hiroki. There has been the lost Pineda story lines and all the rest. Can we take a time out among all of that and simply bask in the glow of C.C. Sabathia for a minute? Sometimes, I think we take him for granted. He is the ace. We count on him making his 32 to 34 starts and adding a bit of sanity to our Yankee world. And he rarely lets us down. We just assume that he is going to go out there and pitch well. His size and frame become topics of stories before his pitching does. And yet, among the whirlwind of this early season, he goes out there and beats the Rangers and Tigers in the same week. Do we even understand how good C.C. Sabathia has been for his tenure in New York?

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Williams exits Charleston game in 2nd inning

The Charleston Riverdogs are wrapping up their series in Hickory at the moment, but Mason Williams got an early end to his day when Anderson Feliz entered the game as a pinch hitter for him in the top of the second inning. Williams started the game as the Riverdogs’ DH and lead off the game with a groundout before being removed. No idea what that’s about at the moment. Continue reading Williams exits Charleston game in 2nd inning

See, you can never have too much pitching

It seems like only yesterday when baseball prognosticators everywhere were wondering what the Yankees would do with all their starters. The team didn’t have room for all those arms! The Yankees had too much pitching, literally, for four games. That’s about how many starts it took for everyone to realize that Freddy Garcia didn’t have it. I didn’t forecast this. I thought the Yankees would have a surplus of starters at least for a few games, but now everyone knows why you can never have too much pitching. Now, the question is whether or not the Yankees have enough pitching? Continue reading See, you can never have too much pitching

Series Preview: Yankees vs. Orioles Take Two

When we last saw the Orioles, they were walking back to their dugout, having just been swept by the Yankees in the second series of the year for both squads. The Fightin’ Showalters have been hot ever since the end of that series, going 10-5 since the Yankees left the Charm City. In that span, though, they’ve scored 60 runs while allowing 58, so they’ve been a little above where their pythag record says they should’ve been (8 wins). Regardless, they’re playing good ball right now. Coming into Sunday, they had three players with wOBAs over .400 and wRC+s over Continue reading Series Preview: Yankees vs. Orioles Take Two

More roster moves coming this week

Freddy Garcia survived his latest abomination on the mound and the promotion of D.J. Mitchell, but he’s not out of the woods yet as the Yankees have more roster decisions to make in the next coming days, at least one of which will definitely require the removal of someone currently on the Yankees’ 25 man roster.

That, of course, is the return of Brett Gardner, who is scheduled to come off of the disabled list Thursday. Since the Yankees have been carrying 13 pitchers since Gardner hurt his wrist on a sliding catch against Minnesota, it will be a pitcher who gets removed for his return as well, and the only two likely candidates are Mitchell and Garcia.

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PITCHf/x Scouting Report: Jason Hammel

Tonight, the Orioles will send right handed pitcher Jason Hammel to the mound in the Bronx. Originally drafted by the Rays in 2002, Hammel saw his first major league game in 2006. Although he was a highly touted pitching prospect, he spent his 3 seasons with the Rays in limbo between the rotation and the bullpen, posting a 5.90 ERA. At the beginning of the 2009 season, the Rockies traded for the 26 year old at the time and stretched him out as a starter. He would go on to post a 4.33 ERA and 3.71 FIP in his first Continue reading PITCHf/x Scouting Report: Jason Hammel