The Farm Report: 4/29/2012

Rough day for the system, who went just 1-3 in pretty much the most ignoble of fashions. One team was shut down entirely, another blown out, and the third loss came after blowing a two run lead heading into the 8th. Here’s a run down of the damage:

Empire State pounded Lehigh Valley 8-2:

For such a high scoring affair, the runs came fast and furious in this contest, with all ten runs scored in the first two innings. Lehigh Valley got the action started in the very first inning with a two run home run from Cody Overbeck, but the Yankees came back with a five run bottom of the first and then added three more in the second, aided by an error by Dominic Brown on a fly ball off the bat of Jack Cust that plated two runs. Brandon Laird had the best day at the plate for the Yankees, going 3-5, while Jayson Nix, Colin Curtis, and Craig Tatum added a hit, and walk, and two RBI each.

D.J. Mitchell was supposed to start this game for the Yankees, but he was obviously otherwise engaged. Michael O’Connor took the start in his place, allowing two runs and striking out four over five innings. Pat Venditte pitched three scoreless innings in relief, allowing three hits and striking out three as well.

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Phelps to start Thursday

This was pretty much a foregone conclusion after the announcement that Freddy Garcia is going to be removed from the Yankees’ starting rotation, but Joe Girardi confirmed in his postgame press conference that it will be David Phelps taking Hughes’ place. Phelps will make his first major league start Thursday night in Kansas City and, if he pitches well, it could very well spell trouble for Phil Hughes, as Andy Pettitte will be scheduled to make what could be his final start before joining the major league roster Saturday. Continue reading Phelps to start Thursday

CC Sabathia and Curtis Granderson lead the Yankees past the Tigers, 6-2

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 Continue reading CC Sabathia and Curtis Granderson lead the Yankees past the Tigers, 6-2

Sabathia Goes Eight, Yankees Cruise In 6-2 Win Over Tigers

On the day that Alex Rodriguez passed Willie Mays for 8th place on the all-time RBI list, the most impressive performance–and the one that should dominate the post-game narrative tonight–came from the Yankees’ giant ace, Carsten Charles Sabathia. Big CC went eight strong innings against the powerful Detroit offense, surrendering only four hits, and two earned runs–one on a double from Miguel Cabrera that scored Brennan Boesch in the 6th inning, and the other a monstrous solo shot by Prince Fielder in the 4th. It looks like CC is finally rounding into his traditional May form here at the end of April, with two fantastic starts in a row against arguably two of the best teams in baseball (first Texas and now Detroit).

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Game Thread: April 29, 2012, Tigers vs. Yankees (Rubber Match!)

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 Continue reading Game Thread: April 29, 2012, Tigers vs. Yankees (Rubber Match!)

Cody Eppley sent down

The second half of today’s roster move has been announced. Cody Eppley is heading back to the Empire State Yankees. The New York Yankees Public Relations Twitter account (@YankeesPR) stated: “Cody Eppley was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/WB to make room on the roster for D.J. Mitchell.” Someone should let those folks know that it is the “Empire State Yankees,” but at any rate, several beat writers for the Yankees have mentioned that Freddy Garcia has been told that he is heading for the bullpen. That means that either David Phelps or D.J. Mitchell will get a spot start before Andy Pettitte arrives in mid-May. The guess here is that it will be Phelps.

Cody Eppley did a fine job in his brief time with the Yankees. He pitched in four games for a total of 5.1 innings and had an ERA of 1.69 to go with a WHIP of 1.13. It seems hard to imagine Freddy Garcia being able to come close to those numbers in the bullpen, but apparently, the Yankees do not want to eat his contract just yet. Much of this will be clarified during the telecast and in Girardi’s post game comments. Stay tuned. Continue reading Cody Eppley sent down

Game 21: CC Is No Freddy Garcia

Sometimes, it’s good to have an ace. Alright, it’s always good to have an ace. Especially when your pitching staff is put under the microscope every second of every day by people who are payed to instill panic in their readers (hello, Andrew Marchand). CC Sabathia is set to start the Yankee’s series ending matinee today (1:05 PM EST, on YES, TBS), matching up against sometimes-brilliant, sometimes-terrible Max Scherzer. This should provide the panic-ridden Yankees fanbase a slight reprieve in a season that has already come to resemble a Shakespearean drama thanks to our ever-vigilant media hype-mongers (hi, again). So, if you’re looking to try to forget about Freddy Garcia, look no further: CC is on the mound, and everything is going to be alright.

Unless he loses, of course. Or if he pitches anything less than an 8-inning, four-hit, one-run gem. Then get ready for people to MELT DOWN. Because, you know, the Yankees’ rotation is terrible and awful and they’re going to lose tons of games and Jesus Montero is the second coming of Yogi Berra/Carlton Fisk/Johnny Bench/Mike Piazza combined.* You know, because I get payed to terrify people.

*Sorry, I have to say that once an article. It’s in my contract. 

For what it’s worth: Miguel Cabrera is really good against CC (9 for 16 with two home runs); and CC isn’t great, historically, against the Tigers (15-12, 4.52 ERA). BUT, hitters are batting .357 against Scherzer, and he’s allowing fewer home runs (around 8% HR/FB) than his career average, despite allowing more fly balls (35% GB rate).

Lineups: 

Yankees (11-9)

Pitcher: CC Sabathia (2-0, 5.27 ERA, 3.43 FIP, 2.77 xFIP)

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Mark Teixiera, 1B
Nick Swisher, RF
Raul Ibanez, LF
Eric Chavez, DH
Chris Stewart, C

Tigers (11-10)

Pitcher: Scherzer (1-2, 8.24 ERA, 3.31 FIP, 3.58 xFIP)

Austin Jackson, CF
Brennan Boesch, RF
Miguel Cabrera, 3B
Prince Fielder, 1B
Brad Eldred, DH
Ryan Raburn, LF
Ramon Santiago, SS
Gerald Laird, C
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D.J. Mitchell called up

In a rather cryptic message, the Twitter account of the New York Yankees’ PR department (@YankeesPR) just made the following announcement: “RHP D.J. Mitchell was recalled from Scranton/WB earlier today. He’ll be making his Major League debut.” What does that mean? Well, it means that D.J. Mitchell is now a member of the 25-man roster, but what is the corresponding move? And what does it mean that he’ll be making his Major League debut? Is he starting? Or is he simply debuting with a Yankee uniform on his back?

The guess here is that Cody Eppley will be the one sent down. But maybe it means the end of Freddy Garcia. More later when details are released. Continue reading D.J. Mitchell called up

Freddy – What it is and what it isn’t

Everybody, including New York Yankees’ manager, Joe Girardi, is doing a lot of thinking about Freddy Garcia. While I am writing this piece, Brien is hard at work writing one as well. All of the Yankees universe is wondering about Garcia. Girardi was quoted by several sources as stating that there is no crispness in Garcia’s pitches and that his velocity is down. Those are two different things: crispness and velocity. And Girardi is wrong about at least one of them. Freddy Garcia hasn’t lost any velocity from last season. But crispness might be another story altogether.

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