Not a good day for the Thunder, who entered the bottom of the 8th with a 3-1 lead and proceeded to allow New Hampshire to score three runs, including two in the ninth, to walk away with the victory this afternoon. Brett Marshall pitched a pretty good game in his start, lasting 7.2 innings and holding the Fisher Cats to four hits with six strikeouts and no walks, but two of those hits were solo home runs, and he exited with one out remaining to go in the 8th and a 3-2 lead. Francisco Rondon entered the game in relief and promptly walked the first batter he faced, leading to his being removed for Ryan Flannery, who got the Thunder out of the inning with the lead intact. Flannery had less luck in the ninth, however, failing to record a single out before the Fisher Cats scored the winning run.… Click here to read the rest
Coming into Sunday’s game you got the feeling that the Yankees could put the Tigers away, if the Bombers could just get a quality start out of their rotation. Enter one Carsten Charles Sabathia. CC Sabathia wasn’t quite brilliant in his eight inning, eight strike out, two hit, two run performance, but he was dominant, and easily could have gone the distance against the Tigers had the Yankees needed him to. Sabathia’s fastball topped out at 94 mph and was sitting around 91 mph. He was locating it on the corners with ease, and mixing in a nasty slider to put hitters away. From start to finish it was a vintage Sabathia performance, the kind of outing that suggests the big guy is just about ready for lift off. Given how he’s pitched his last two outings Sabathia could easily be about to put together one of his patented strings of brilliant starts.… Click here to read the rest
It wasn’t all good news tonight for the Yankees, however, as Nick Swisher felt a twinge in his hamstring in the bottom of the third inning, and, after some hemming and hawing, had to be removed in favor of Andruw Jones (who homered in the 8th, incidentally). At the time of writing, there hasn’t been any official word commenting on the severity of the injury, though apparently manager Joe Girardi believes that Swish will not need to go to the DL. Hopefully this isn’t more serious than it seems, though you never want to hear “get an MRI” and “tightness” together in the same sentence. For what it’s worth, the injury didn’t appear to be too bad–Michael Kay and company spent about a minute talking about how it’s better to take people out before minor injuries develop into major ones (thanks, guys)–and Swish seemed more than capable of walking around. We’ll keep you updated as more details become available.
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Swisher not going on DL yet.
The last two Yankee games have been as exciting as any this season. Friday the Yankees rallied back twice to win it in the 9th. Saturday the Yankees put up a late fight, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the hole that Freddy Garcia put them in. Both games were baseball at its best, and I’m quite a bit sick of it. No more of these come backs! No more finding the team in a hole before they’ve even come to bat! I vote for a good old fashioned, 11-1 New York Yankees’ style pounding. Fortunately we have just the pitcher on the mound to deliver his part of the bargain. CC Sabathia will look to build on the progress he showed in Texas while the Rangers will counter with the struggling Max Scherzer. Typically this game would have victory written all over it, but the Yankees have struggled against Scherzer in the past. Enjoy.
Using the data from Brooks Baseball, the following are Garcia’s pitches and velocity with 2011 listed first and 2012 listed second:
- Four-seam fastball – 87.77 (2011), 87.48 (2012)
- Two-seam fastball – 87.64, 87.30
- Slider: 80.46, 80.89
- Curve: 71.63, 72.19
- Change: 80.89, 79.97
- Splitter: 79.51, 81.00
Unless you want to consider the small hair he is off on his fastballs, Garcia isn’t throwing that much slower than a year ago. And according to the same Brooks Baseball data, his revolutions per minute (RPM) are up on most of his pitches over a year ago. That would seem to bury speculation that there is something wrong physically with Freddy Garcia (unless the Yankees come up with some mystery illness to put him on the DL).
Personally, the problem seems to be mechanical. Of all the data Brooks Baseball provides us, the only real change in anything I see is in Garcia’s vertical release point. Last year, his vertical release point was for his two fastballs and slider were, -1.27, -1.29 and -1.27.… Click here to read the rest