Bullpen, Ibanez carry Yanks past O’s

The New York Yankees’ bullpen pitched seven and a third innings of scoreless relief picking up a forgettable performance by Freddy Garcia to beat the Baltimore Orioles, 5-4 in twelve innings. Garcia lasted only four and two-thirds innings and became only the sixth pitcher in major league history to throw at least five wild pitches in a game. Two of those wild pitches scored runs. The weird thing about all those errant tosses is that Garcia had not thrown five wild pitches in an entire season since 2007.

The game started on a high note for the Yankees. Wei-Yin Chen, a pitcher from Taiwan, made his major league debut for the Orioles. He quickly got behind Derek Jeter, 2-0 and then threw Jeter a fastball right down the middle of the plate. Jeter took the pitch to just right of dead center for an impressive home run. The Yankees then had a chance to put Chen on the ropes as Nick Swisher hit a booming double just short of where Jeter hit his shot. Robinson Cano was next up and squared a pitch from Chen to center, but it hung up long enough for Adam Jones to run down for the first out. Alex Rodriguez was then hit by a pitch to make it first and second with one out. Chen got out of the jam when Mark Teixeira flied weakly to left and Curtis Granderson struck out.

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Survivor South Bronx

Within the span of about a month, the Yankees went from having a pitching shortage to a surplus, especially after Andy Pettitte decided to take a page out his good buddy Roger’s book by announcing his comeback however. Most felt that someone was going to get the proverbial “heave-ho” from the rotation, but with Pettitte still not in Major League shape, and Michael Pineda on the DL with shoulder tendinitis, the remaining Yankee starters are safe for the interim. However, the numbers game will eventually prove cruel for at least one current member of the Yankees’ rotation. The leader in the clubhouse (literally) is Freddy Garcia, who did not do much to help his case Tuesday night against the Orioles.

Freddy was far from steady against the perennial AL East bottom-feeders, as he had virtually no command of any of his pitches as he became the first person in over 10 years to throw five wild pitches in one game, a distinction that not even the oft-wild basket case, A.J. Burnett could put on his resume. Everybody knows that Garcia is not the pitcher he once was and has outperformed the expectations of both fans and the front office alike during his Yankee tenure. However, the truth is at this stage of his career he relies too much on deception and slow moving junk in order to put away hitters.

It’s hard to say what the Yankees will do with him once Pineda gets healthy or Pettitte gets in shape (whichever happens first). Perhaps they will opt to demote one of their younger, albeit more effective, pitchers like a Nova, Pineda, or Hughes with options left. Whatever they decide to do, at least they have a plethora of viable options, which is more than I can say for Yankee teams in recent memory. Continue reading Survivor South Bronx

Game 5 Recap: Yankees 5, Orioles 4

It looked for some time on Tuesday like the Yankees would have to wait another day for a chance to pick up their first series win of the season. But a late rally off Wei-Yin Chen, and a strong performance from David Phelps in relief, led to an extra innings Yankee victory and a 2-3 record on the young season. Chen, 26, making his first start as a Major Leaguer, was impressive but for two innings. Derek Jeter‘s leadoff home run in the first inning looked like a omen of things to come after Nick Swisher followed it up with a double. Continue reading Game 5 Recap: Yankees 5, Orioles 4

The Farm Report 4/10/21012

Empire State’s game suspended in 4th:

The Empire State Yankees had the systems second suspended game of the season when their game was halted after the bottom of the 4th with the Yankees leading 2-0. The Yankees got on the board in the top of the 4th thanks to a sacrifice fly by Colin Curtis an an RBI double by Doug Bernier. Ramon Ortiz made is debut with the Yankees, allowing just one hit and walking two to go with five strikeouts in his four innings.

Trenton lost to Portland 7-1:

The score pretty much says it all. Trenton never really threatened at any point in the game, other than the 5th inning, when they scored their lone run, and the 9th, when the first two batters reached base. Hitting into three double plays didn’t help matters any, nor did making four errors. Zoilo Almonte went 2-4 with the run scored.

Tampa defeats Clearwater 5-4:

The Yankees jumped out to a 4-0 lead by scoring two runs in the third and fifth innings, then added an insurance run on an RBI double by Rob Segedin in the 8th. Segedin finished the game 3-3 with a walk, the double, and two RBI. That insurance run would prove to be quite important as Clearwater would score three runs in the bottom of the inning to pull within a run of the Yankees at 5-4, before Tampa called upon Mark Montgomery to put out the fire. Montgomery got a groundball to end the inning and the threat, then struck out the side in order in the 9th to earn his first save of the year.

Charleston loses to Augusta 2-0:

It was a rough night for the Riverdogs hitters, who managed to get just four hits in the game none of them for extra bases. Gary Sanchez had a particularly rough night, going 0-3 with three strikeouts. Angelo Gumbs was also 0-3, and has yet to collect his first hit with Charleston. Continue reading The Farm Report 4/10/21012

The Confusing Priorities of Major League Baseball

Earlier today, the Miami Marlins announced that Ozzie Guillen would be suspended for five games for his inflammatory remarks about Fidel Castro (and Bud Selig subsequently rubber-stamped the decision). This comes as no great surprise for two consequential reasons. In terms of general insensitivity and idiocy, there is a very significant Cuban expatriate community within Miami (not to mention the fact that Marlins Park is essentially located in Little Havana). Guillen certainly crossed a line in his praise for Castro, regardless of how back-handed the remarks may have been, and it is unsurprising that such statements would reverberate throughout the Continue reading The Confusing Priorities of Major League Baseball

Game Five: 陳偉殷 Who?

Freddy Garcia takes the mound for the Yankees tonight to try for the first winning streak of the year. In his 17.0 innings this spring, the righty held opponents to a 3.71 ERA, but was also able to keep opponents to a low .212 batting average. Garcia’s career numbers at Camden Yards include 46.1 innings and a 2.33 ERA. Against the lineup tonight, the 35 year old has largely been successful, though Markakis has a .385/.471/.615 line (5 for 13 with 3 walks) and Mark Reynolds has a .333/.385/1.000 line (4 for 12 with 1 walk and 2 homeruns). Pitching Continue reading Game Five: 陳偉殷 Who?

Game 5: Keep it going

The Yankees and Orioes are back at it tonight for the middle game of their three game series at Camden Yards in Charm City, with the Yankees hoping to ride the arm of Freddy Garcia to their second win of the season. Last night’s game ended with an altercation between Russell Martin and Robert Andino, as the Yankee catcher felt Andino was tipping locations to hitters at the plate, so we’ll ssee if any fireworks spill over into tonight. Lineups are as follows:

Yankees:

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

Freddy Garcia RHP

Orioles:

Endy Chavez LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Reynolds 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Robert Andino 2B

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

Interesting lineup from Joe Girardi, who apparently isn’t interested in rolling with the Eduardo Nunez plan in back to back games. Or in giving A-Rod or Jeter a game off yet, which I assume means I’ll be seeing Eric Chavez tomorrow night. First pitch is at 7:05, and remember, this game is on My 9, not YES. Enjoy! Continue reading Game 5: Keep it going

Contemplating Cano’s next contract

The decision about whether to resign Robinson Cano (for how much money and how many years) will be one of the most difficult decisions to face Brian Cashman in the supposed “austerity budget” era.  With Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez in their late-30’s, Cano is probably the core of the Yankees’ lineup for the foreseeable future, along with the possibly-declining Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson.  Cano has a $15 million option for 2013, and is due to hit free agency after that season.  He also changed agents to Scott Boras relatively recently, which gives the impression that he intends to Continue reading Contemplating Cano’s next contract

What are the ugliest parks in baseball?

Buzzfeed this week ranked the ugliest ballparks in the MLB. The list: Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Rays) Minute Made Park (Houston Astros) Marlins Park (Miami Marlins) Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks) Angels Stadium of Anaheim (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City Royals) Oakland Coliseum (Oakland Athletics) Rogers Centre (Toronto Blue Jays) A friend made a great point about this list: MLB really has come a long way. Twenty years ago, a list of the ugliest ballparks would include quite a few clunkers. Basically any stadium built before 1990 was horrendously ugly, except for a few old gems. On that Continue reading What are the ugliest parks in baseball?