No case for Freddy

Freddy Garcia does not need to make his next start. He doesn’t need to make the start after that either. Joe Girardi said he wanted to “sleep on it” when asked about Garcia’s rotation spot, but as far as I can tell the only thing worth giving that much thought to is whether or not it’s even worth keeping Garcia around in a relief role, or if it makes the most sense to just cut him loose and use the roster spot on someone else.

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Breaking down Freddy’s horrific April

It’s no secret that Freddy Garcia has been awful thus far in 2012. He’s throwing batting practice, has lasted just 1.2 IP in each of his last two starts, and sports and 9.75 ERA on the year. His spot in the rotation is very much in doubt, even his perpetually reticent manager said ‘he’ll sleep on it’ when asked if Garcia will make his next start. For his own part, Freddy seemed bewildered in yesterday’s post game interviews when asked about his performances of late. Questioned about his future in the rotation, he replied “I don’t know what’s going to Continue reading Breaking down Freddy’s horrific April

The Farm Report 4/28/2012: Pettitte demoted!

Okay, the story isn’t really that dramatic, but Andy Pettitte has technically been sent down a level as he attempts to work himself into big league game shape in the minor leagues. His next start was due to come Monday in Portland, Maine, but the weather is looking rather cold and nasty up there, so the Yankees are sending him back down to High-A Tampa for that start. He threw 81 pitches in his last outing, so I would assume the Yankees will want to get him pretty close to 100 in that outing. If he can do that, he may only need one additional minor league outing before he’s ready to come to the Bronx.

Good news on the injury front as well, as both Manny Banuelos and Graham Stoneburner are slated to come off the disabled list this week. Banuelos will start for the Empire State Yankees on Wednesday, while Stoneburner will get the ball for Double-A Trenton on Tuesday.

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PITCHf/x Scouting Report: Max Scherzer

The Tigers will send right handed pitcher Max Scherzer to the mound for the rubber game of this matchup. The 27 year old was an 11th overall round pick in the 2006 draft by the Diamondbacks. After a successful minor league career, he started his first full season in 2009, before being traded to the Tigers in the three team Curtis Granderson deal for Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson. In his first year with Detroit, Scherzer posted a 3.50 ERA, 3.71 FIP, 8.46 K/9, and 3.22 BB/9 through 195.2 innings. He followed up his 2010 performance with a similar season Continue reading PITCHf/x Scouting Report: Max Scherzer

Freddy stinks, Yankees’ comeback falls short, Tigers win 7-5

The Yankees could have tapped C.C. Sabathia to start today’s game after having a day off on Thursday, but instead manager Joe Girardi decided to stick with Freddy Garcia, giving him every opportunity to work out of the early season funk he’s found himself in. Garcia responded by throwing up another stinker on the mound, and though the Yankees offense did their best to bail him out for the second Saturday in a row, this week’s comeback attempt would come up about 10 feet short.

Things almost started off well enough for Freddy. Austin Jackson opened the game with a walk, but the Yankees then had him caught stealing on a pitch out. Eduardo Nunez couldn’t handle the throw from Russell Martin with Jackson sliding into him, however, and Jackson found himself in scoring position. Garcia responded with a couple of called strikeouts, including getting Miguel Cabrera looking at a nice splitter up in the zone. With first base open Garcia pitched around Prince Fielder, ultimately putting him on base intentionally, but went right after leftfielder Andy Dirks, and with Garcia quickly ahead in the count 0-2, it looked like the Yankees might benefit from Jim Leyland’s peculiar approach to lineup construction early in this affair.

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Game Thread, Saturday April 28, Tigers vs. Yankees

Lost somewhere in all the hype about how Justin Verlander is now the best pitcher in baseball is the fact that the Yankees have typically hit him well. Last night’s game was no different, as the bombers pulled off an impressive 7-6 come from behind victory to beat the Tigers. Today’s game doesn’t augur as kindly for New York. Freddy Garcia has struggled mightily this season. The Tigers, on the other hand, feature one of the deadliest lineups in baseball. Call me a pessimist, but I don’t see Sweaty Freddy getting through four. The Tigers will counter with Drew Smyly. Game Continue reading Game Thread, Saturday April 28, Tigers vs. Yankees

Game 20: Freddy’s last stand?

A night after walking off with Justin Verlander’s start, the Yankees are back at it with the Tigers at the Stadium for the middle game of this three game series. Freddy Garcia takes the mound one week after failing to complete the second inning in Boston, with the Yankees opting not to take the opportunity to push this start back to the next series with Baltimore. The kind of makes you wonder if this isn’t a make or break start for Garcia as some sort of decision on the odd man out of the rotation looms. He’ll be opposed by Tigers’ lefty Drew Smyly who, I must confess, I’d never heard of until I checked the probable pitchers for this series. Here are the starting nines:

Tigers (10-10):

Austin Jackson CF
Brennan Boesch RF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Andy Dirks LF
Brad Eldred DH
Alex Avila C
Jhonny Peralta SS
Ramon Santiago 2B

Drew Smyly LHP

Yankees (11-8):

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

Freddy Garcia RHP

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PITCHf/x Scouting Report: Drew Smyly

Rookie pitcher Drew Smyly takes the mound for the Tigers this afternoon. After an exceptional college career, Smyly was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2010 draft and received a $1.1 million signing bonus. In 2011, the Tigers started the left handed pitcher in high-A where he went on to post a 2.58 ERA, 2.34 FIP, 8.63 K/9, and 2.35 BB/9 in 80.1 innings. He also started 45.2 innings in double-AA last year, posting an even better 1.18 ERA, 2.21 FIP, 10.45 K/9, and 2.96 BB/9. Despite only pitching one season of minor league ball, the 22 year old Continue reading PITCHf/x Scouting Report: Drew Smyly