Game twelve – Game three with the Twins

The New York Yankees play the third game of their series with the Minnesota Twins and the next to last game of the homestand at the Stadium. The Twins won the first game as Carl Pavano was good and Freddy Garcia was not. C.C. Sabathia evened the series last night with his best outing of the young season as the Yankees jumped all over Francisco Liriano to win going away. Tonight features the third start of the season for Hiroki Kuroda (1-1, 2.67). Kuroda has had one bad outing and one terrific one. Pitching for the Twins will be Jason Marquis. Marquis will be making his first start of the season. His season was delayed when his little girl was in a bicycle accident and seriously injured. No doubt Marquis will have his daughter as inspiration when he pitches tonight. While glad his daughter is doing just fine and is now home, this first start does not bode well for the Twins. Marquis will not be allowed to pitch too long in the game and the Twins’ bullpen is susceptible and was taxed yesterday by a short outing from Liriano.

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Melancon Has Nightmarish Outing, but Yanks’ Kammeyer Still Owns Inning of Greatest Infamy

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23). Before the Red Sox acquired A’s reliever Andrew Bailey, and after his subsequent injury, Mark Melancon was considered to be a potential closer. Now, he may finally get that opportunity, but not in Boston. Less than 24 hours after surrendering six runs to the Texas Rangers, Melancon was optioned to the minors. Melancon’s fall from grace culminated in yesterday’s nightmarish outing during which the right hander surrendered six runs, including three homeruns, without recording an out. Melancon’s implosion wasn’t entirely without precedent, as 131 pitchers (including 45 relievers) previously allowed Continue reading Melancon Has Nightmarish Outing, but Yanks’ Kammeyer Still Owns Inning of Greatest Infamy

Winning the Battle, Losing the War

In watching, religiously, the past couple of weeks of baseball one flaw in play has stood out: The Yankees are winning the battle at the plate this season. Definitively. And it’s not always paying off. Through 11 games, the 6-5 Yankees are third in the AL East. Joe Girardi’s squad, expectations sky-hight heading into the season, has been scrutinized for playing near-.500 ball. The Yankees are 6-2 since leaving Tampa behind and there is certainly no intention on my part to fabricate a level of panic that isn’t there. But Phil Hughes and Freddy Garcia have lost the confidence of Continue reading Winning the Battle, Losing the War

State of the Yankees

I wrote just before the season started that the New York Yankees opened with a killer schedule for the month of April. With a dearth of off days and tough competition (the Twins notwithstanding), I opined that it would be a good run and put the Yankees in good shape to survive the month just over .500. Half way through the gauntlet, so far so good. It all seems a bit of  roller-coaster ride thus far. Three losses to the Rays, three wins against the Orioles and a mixed bag after that. The starting rotation has been somewhat of a mess, something we did not expect. But otherwise, the Yankees are in good shape. Let’s take a look at where the Yankees are to this point.

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PITCHF/x Scouting Report: Jason Marquis

The Twins will send out Jason Marquis for his first start of 2012 tonight against the Yankees. Marquis grew up a Yankee fan in Staten Island, and has always indicated his desire to pitch in New York. In 2011, Marquis pitched 120.2 innings for the Nationals, before being traded to the Diamondbacks. In his time in Washington, he pitched to a 3.95 ERA, 3.78 FIP, 5.30 K/9, and 2.91 BB/9. He only pitched 11.1 innings with the Diamondbacks, or 3 starts, before a bizarre broken leg injury pitching against the Mets. Pitch Repertoire The right hander’s arsenal of pitches include Continue reading PITCHF/x Scouting Report: Jason Marquis

Sabathia’s Non-Sinking Sinker Fixed

We were all waiting for CC Sabathia to put together a great performance at some point. He may have given up three runs last night, but his pitching was a lot better than his ERA would indicate. In fact, the southpaw only allowed 4 hits and a walk in 7.1 innings, along with 7 strike outs. Looking at how tough the first two outings were for Sabathia, its worth looking into how this performance was any different from before. In his win against the Twins, Sabathia threw 112 pitches, 48% four-seamers, 27% sliders, 15% two-seamers, 8% changeups, and 2% curveballs. Continue reading Sabathia’s Non-Sinking Sinker Fixed

Twins need to move Liriano

Francisco Liriano‘s brief outing against the New York Yankees on Tuesday night was yet another reminder with how hard and how far the left-hander has fallen. When I talk to people about him, you get two very different opinions. One is that Liriano has simply lost the ability to pitch well. The other is that the Twins have ruined him with their pitch to contact mentality. Wherever the truth lies, the obvious fact is that his tenure in Minnesota has come to a breaking point. Would not it be in the best interest of both the team and the pitcher to simply find a way to have another team take Liriano off the Twins’ hands?

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