The Yankee Catching Conundrum

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) I know this is going to come as a complete shock, but the Yankees really haven’t gotten much from the catcher position this season.  After breathing life back into his career last year, Russell Martin has regressed back to his 2009-2010 levels of offensive futility (.187/.333/.333, .309 wOBA, 90 wRC+).  And Chris Stewart, despite my best efforts to hype up his early production, has settled into the exact no-hit/all-field role we all anticipated him filling as CC Sabathia‘s personal catcher Martin’s backup.  This adds up to a combined .196/.314/.313 tripleslash, Continue reading The Yankee Catching Conundrum

Yanks salvage series

Like Tuesdays game, but in the other direction, the third inning proved to be a big one in the Yankees/Angels matchup. Down 1-0 thanks to a first inning sac fly, and having twice failed to drive runners home, the Yankees broke out for five runs in the inning thanks to a three run homer by Curtis Granderson and a two run homer by Robinson Cano. This put the Yankees up 5-1, though the lead was relatively short-lived. In the bottom of the fourth, Ivan Nova started the inning off by walking Kendrys Morales and then surrendering an opposite field blast Continue reading Yanks salvage series

Russell Martin upset with Laz Diaz

Put this in the “Major League Umpires are always pure professionals” file:

Yankees catcher Russell Martin lashed out at home plate umpire Laz Diaz after last night’s 6-5 victory over the Angels. After the two had earlier argued over balls and strikes, Martin said the umpire refused to let him throw the ball back to his own pitchers whenever a new ball was put into play.

“[Diaz] told me I had to earn the privilege,” said Martin, a seven-year veteran, three-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner. “Even at the end of the game after I get hit in the neck. I’m like, can I throw the ball back now? He’s still like no. I’m like you’re such a (expletive). Like for real. Unbelievable. I even told him like when there’s guys on base, I like to keep my arm loose. No. I’m not letting you throw a ball back. That’s pretty strange to me.”

Is there any reason for Diaz to not get suspended if this is true? Nope. Will he? Of course not. Continue reading Russell Martin upset with Laz Diaz

Yankees escape California with a 6-5 win

The New York Yankees won a nail-biter in Anaheim as they beat the Angels, 6-5. The win gave the Yankees a 4-2 trip to California and with losses by the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles, closed to within a game and a half of the division lead. Curtis Granderson hit a three-run homer in the third inning to deep right and Robinson Cano follow two batters later and hit a two-run shot of his own. The five run inning gave the Yankees a 5-1 lead, but the Angels tied the score in the bottom of the fourth off of Ivan Nova and that score held up until the top of the sixth. Raul Ibanez hit a triple off the wall in center field and Nick Swisher drove him in with a sacrifice fly. Cory Wade struck out three of the four batters he faced to get the ball to Rafael Soriano. Soriano made it interesting as usual in the ninth, but held on for his sixth save in as many opportunities. Nova got the win and improved his record (if not his ERA) to 6-2.

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The Farm Report: 5/30/12

With the suspended games yesterday, the Yankees affiliates were very busy today!  Overall, it was a successful day for the Yankees minor leagues, who went 4-2 and scored 40 runs to their opponents 28.  Dellin Betances had a good outing while Tyler Austin went 5-5 in one of the RiverDogs’ games today.

Empire State beat Toledo 5-2:
Toledo scored first with a run in the second and another in the third.  Empire State responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third.  Ramiro Pena hit a ground-rule double.  He scored on Matt Antonelli’s single.  Steve Pearce knocked a double to left, plating Antonelli and tying the game 2-2.  Gustavo Molina hit a go-ahead solo homer in the fourth, giving the Yankees their first lead of the day.  Empire State added some insurance in the seventh, when Antonelli  was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a wild pitch.  Jack Cust drew awalk and Antonelli went to third on another wild pitch.  Ronnier Mustelier grounded a single to center, bringing in a run.  Colin Curtis loaded the bases on a fielder’s choice to second and Brandon Laird grounded out, allowing Cust to cross the plate and giving Empire State a 5-2 win over the Mud Hens.

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Game 50: Get outta Cali

Things started well enough for the Yankees on the West Coast leg of this current road trip with a sweep of Oakland, but tonight they’ll try to avoid suffering that same fate themselves down in Anaheim. The Angels are riding an eight game winning streak after taking the first two games of the series, and got above .500 for the first time since Opening Day after last night’s win. Ivan Nova will get the call to send the Yankees back to civilization on a high note. Here are the lineups:

Yankees (26-23):

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C

Ivan Nova RHP

Angles (26-25):

Mike Trout LF
Alberto Callaspo
Albert Pujols 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Mark Trumbo RF
Howie Kendrick 2BB
Erik Aybar SS
Peter Bourjos CF
Bobby Wilson C

Earvin Santana RHP

First pitch is at 10:05, and the game can be seen on YES. Enjoy! Continue reading Game 50: Get outta Cali

Game 50: Begging the Question

Is there any explanation for the Yankees inability to win in Los Angeles that doesn’t invoke some sort of logical fallacy? While the Angels have been a very good team for the better part of this decade, that doesn’t quite excuse the Yankees’ veritable incompetence against Los Angeles’ “second team” over that time. As per several of the Twitterati elite, the Yankees are 11-25 as the visiting team since 2005 … which strikes me as baffling, at the very least. A few items of note: On Monday, MLBTR looked into the Yankees payroll situation as part of its ‘2013 Contract Continue reading Game 50: Begging the Question

Pat Venditte has torn labrum in one of his throwing shoulders

Pat Venditte, the Yankees switch pitching minor leaguer who has steadily worked his way up the ladder, has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder.  Prior to landing on the DL, Venditte had primarily started to pitch left-handed, in the hopes that his right shoulder would heal quickly and he would not miss much time.  Now he is faced with a tough decision.  Surgery could end his 2012 season and give him a late start in 2013.  Venditte could also choose to put his switch pitching to rest, for the time being at least, and focus on pitching left-handed.  According to Donnie Collins, however, being a switch pitcher is a big part of Venditte’s identity and he does not seem ready to let that go. Continue reading Pat Venditte has torn labrum in one of his throwing shoulders

Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys…or Jets…or 49’ers

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23). During the early part of the 20th century, professional boxing was the most popular sport in American and the heavyweight champion was the king of the sports world. Even the great Babe Ruth took a backseat when Jack Dempsey was in the room. Nowadays, however, most sports fans probably can’t even name the titleholder. There are lots of reasons for the decline of boxing. Demographics, economics, and even politics play a role in many intriguing theories, but one factor, in particular, is reoccurring: the impact of violence on participation. Continue reading Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys…or Jets…or 49’ers