Nightly Links: Recap, Campos, Thomson

The Yankees beat the Orioles tonight 6-4 in extra innings with a struggling Sabathia on the mound and a depleted bullpen backing him up. Sabathia’s Second Chance After a rough first start in Tampa, and a long game that depleted the bullpen last night, it was important that CC Sabathia have a long and strong start tonight. Despite a quick first inning, the big lefty looked rusty from the start, sitting 89-91 with his fastball. By the second inning, Sabathia started showing signs of weak fastball control. Combined with an unfortunate linedrive to hand by Robet Andino which could have Continue reading Nightly Links: Recap, Campos, Thomson

Game Six: Bring Out Your Brooms

Behind their ace CC Sabathia, the Yankees are looking for the road sweep of the Baltimore Orioles tonight. A win would put the team at .500 entering their home opener, a somewhat successful result for a road trip, and a dramatic improvement over their 0-3 start. Facing the O’s last year, Sabathia had a 1.69 ERA and 9.00 K/9 over 16.0 innings. Pitching for Baltimore is right hander Jake Arrieta. The 26 year old faced the Yankees 3 times last year, and held the team to a 4.24 ERA through 17.0 innings despite an abysmal 6.0 BB/9. LHP CC Sabathia Continue reading Game Six: Bring Out Your Brooms

Game six: Sabathia and Yanks look for sweep

Two wins this week against the Orioles have done much to quiet some of the angst surrounding a Yankee team that started the season with three straight losses. Tonight, C.C. Sabathia will try for his first win of the season to complete the sweep. The big right-hander is 17-2 lifetime against the Orioles in 22 starts with a crisp 2.54 ERA. Sabathia beat the Orioles in Camden Yards in both of his starts there last season.

Sabathia will match up against Jake Arrieta (1-0) who had a good spring and won his first start against the Twins earlier in the season. Arrieta was 2-0 against the Yankees up until last season when he lost is only decision to them. Arrieta has pitched against the Yankees five times and has a combined ERA of 3.99 in those games. Arrieta featured a four-seam fastball against the Twins and brought it to the tune of 94.59 MPH. Arrieta also threw a slider and curveball 17 and 16 times respectively against the Twins. He also threw eleven changeups. Arrieta featured a sinker in past seasons. He did not throw one in his first outing.

The goal for the Yankees will be to wear down Arrieta and get him out of the game as early as possible. Both bullpens pitched a heavy burden in last night’s twelve inning contest and whichever team can get the starter out early will have the advantage. Sabathia is more capable of going deeper into the game and that bodes well for the Yankees. Sabathia will need better fastball command than his first outing if he is to go deep into this game.

Here are tonight’s lineups:

Yankees:

Derek Jeter SS

Curtis Granderson CF

Robinson Cano 2B

Alex Rodriguez 3B

Mark Teixeira 1B

Nick Swisher RF

Raul Ibanez DH

Russell Martin C

Brett Gardner LF

Orioles:

Nolan Reimold LF

J.J. Hardy SS

Nick Markakis RF

Adam Jones CF

Matt Wieters C

Mark Reynolds 3b

Ronny Paulino DH

Wilson Betemit 1B

Robert Andino 2B

It is sort of odd to see Paulino as the DH. If something were to happen to Wieters, Paulino would have to catch and the Orioles would lose the DH. Our own Brien will be attending this game so we hope he has a good one to watch. There were some showers in Baltimore earlier this afternoon. But there should be no problem starting the game at 7:05 or getting the complete game in tonight. In afternoon games today, the Red Sox lost to the Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays came back in the top of the ninth off of Justin Verlander to win their afternoon contest. Continue reading Game six: Sabathia and Yanks look for sweep

Starter’s Guide to Pitchers Making Their Major League Debut

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23). Last decade, the Yankees were the victim of a frustrating phenomenon. Whenever a pitcher would make his major league debut against them, the team’s offense would go into a shell. From 2000 to 2010, starters breaking into the big leagues against the Bronx Bombers posted an ERA of 2.32 in 66 innings, versus an ERA of 5.40 in nearly 1,900 innings against the rest of baseball. Since then, however, the Yankees have had more luck against first timers, winning the last two games, including last night’s extra inning Continue reading Starter’s Guide to Pitchers Making Their Major League Debut

Reconsidering Greinke

The Brewers announced late last night that they and their ace pitcher, Zack Greinke, had broken off talks of extending Greinke past the 2012 season. In the final year of a four-year contract he signed with the Kansas City Royals back in 2009, Greinke would likely be the best right handed pitcher on the market next off-season, and while Brewers general manager Doug Melvin believes talks may resume at some point in the future recent events have made a free agent bidding war ever more likely. There was, of course, the Matt Cain contract extension during Spring Training which set the Continue reading Reconsidering Greinke

The Ever Changing Ivan Nova And His New Fastball

When Ivan Nova took the mound on Monday night it was hard to expect that a pitcher who struggled so mightily in Spring Training would be so successful. Right out of the gate, Nova looked like a different pitcher than he did a year ago. While we had seen a lot of his transformation by the end of last year, there were still some new tricks he had yet to show us. I decided to look at PITCHF/x to get a more in depth take on some unfamiliar pitches. When it comes to Nova’s fastball, his four-seam sat at 92.4 Continue reading The Ever Changing Ivan Nova And His New Fastball

Too early to worry about Teixeira

Will Mark Teixeira bunt to foil the shift? Will he start driving the ball the other way? Is he all messed up now? Judging from the story lines and fan concerns thus far this season, those questions are how the thoughts have gone so far in this incredibly early 2012 season. Yes, Mark Teixeira is off to a bad start this season. After five games, he is batting .150 with a .290 on-base average and a .200 slugging percentage. Between Spring Training and the first five games, Teixeira has not hit a homer in 2012. In his first five games, Teixeira is not driving the ball and only has an 11 percent line drive percentage. Okay, granted. The numbers are ugly.  But again. We are talking about five games. Kevin Youkilis is batting .079 for the Red Sox. The same kinds of things are being said up there. Five games are way too soon to draw conclusions.

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Soriano tore nail in bullpen

If you were wondering where Rafael Soriano was during last night’s 12 inning affair in Baltimore, it turns out there’s a perfectly logical explanation for his abscence; he tore a finger nail while throwing in the bullpen. “That’s why we left (David Phelps) in,” Joe Girardi said. “When it got to be the 11th inning and we were running out of pitching, I said, ‘Can the trainer go down there and see if we can file it off and see if they can get it to stop bleeding?’ They got it to stop bleeding and it was a question of, was I going to use him or not. Me and Larry (Rothschild) were going back and forth because, if you put him in there and then it starts bleeding again, you could be in trouble because now all you’ve got left is Mo.” Girardi said he’s not sure if Soriano will be available for Wednesday’s game or not. If he’s not able to go, the Yankees will need a strong performance from C.C. Sabathia, as relief options could be thin for Girardi. David Phelps and Cory Wade pitched multiple innings last night and figure to be unavailable for tonight’s contest, while Mariano Rivera and David Robertson have each appeared in back to back games so far this series. Continue reading Soriano tore nail in bullpen

Phelps impresses in extended outing

David Phelps pitched a stellar 2.1 innings in relief of the extra-erratic (five wild pitches?!) Freddy Garcia last night. He didn’t allow a baserunner and struck out four Oriole hitters, using mostly his fastball. It was definitely impressive and let me dream that he’ll be used in some more higher leverage spots. Before we get into the pitch f/x of Phelps’ outing, let’s think about his potential usage. As the long-man, it seems that Phelps will be used sparingly, as most long men are. This makes sense as they’re usually reserved for blowouts or short outings. Given the team’s bullpen Continue reading Phelps impresses in extended outing