No case for Freddy

Freddy’s struggles have been covered at length and at volume here, there, and everywhere else, so I’m not going to dedicate that much more space to making the case against him. After yesterday’s game, he’s gotten a total of four starts and has an ERA of 12.51. That’s not an example of one bad start driving up the average, as Freddy has been bad in each of his outings, or an unfortunate case of bad luck. Put simply, Garcia’s “stuff” has been awful, particularly his splitter, which he just cannot throw with any break consistently enough. He’s throwing the same flat, 80 MPH, meatball that he laid in for Andy Dirks in the first inning yesterday, batters are waiting for it, and they’re hitting it a mile when they get it.

What’s more, the Yankees have a replacement in their pocket already in David Phelps. I think there’s been a touch too much optimism as to what Phelps is capable of amongst those who have been calling for him to take Garcia’s spot in the rotation (or Phil Hughes‘, for that matter) but, that said, he’s at least a better pitcher than Garcia is right now, which certainly counts at the margins.…

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Breaking down Freddy’s horrific April

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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...

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

Empire State beat Lehigh Valley 8-4:

A night after scratching out a win on five hits, the wandering Yankees broke out at the plate for 11 hits and eight runs, powered by a sixth run third inning after Lehigh Valley opened the scoring in the top of the inning. Lehigh Valley scored three runs in the sixth to bring the game within reach at 6-4, but the Yankees tacked on a couple of insurance runs in the eighth before turning the game over to Kevin Whelan in a non-save situation. Whelan wouldn’t need them, however, as he pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts to one hit allowed to close out the win for the Yankees.

At the plate, Kevin Russo led the way for Empire State, going 2-4 with a walk, a double, and three RBI. Old buddy Francisco Cervelli went 3-5 with a double and an RBI, raising his season average to .213 in the process. Jayson Nix went 2-4 with a double and two RBI.…

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

It wasn’t to be, however, as Garcia threw the flat splitter in the middle of the zone that has been his calling card this month, and Dirks shot it over the wall in right for a three run homer. The Yankees quickly got a home run of their own off the bat of Nick Swisher in the bottom of the inning, but Garcia wasn’t done doing his damage. Freddy allowed the leadoff man on base for the second consecutive inning on a single from Alex Avila, but Garcia again retired the next two batters, this time holding the runner on first in the process. But with the top of the Tigers’ order up for the second time, the flood gates finally opened as Jackson singled and Brennan Boesch and Cabrera hit back to back doubles to extend Detroit’s lead to 6-1. Girardi wasn’t going to give Garcia any more rope than that with a couple of left handed batters due up, going to the bullpen for LOOGY Clay Rapada, who retired Fielder on a lineout to Alex Rodriguez to get the Yankees out of the inning.…

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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...

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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...

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