CC dominates, Yanks win 5-3

CC Sabathia turned in his best start of the year tonight, striking out 10 Tampa Bay Rays (including striking out the side in the 6th), walking just one, and allowing 7 hits and 2 runs, though neither run was earned. The first inning was definitely eventful. After Ben Zobrist grounded out to short, Sabathia hit the ever feared Sean Rodriguez. He followed it up by striking out B.J. Upton and surrendering an infield single to Jeff Keppinger. Then, Eduardo Nunez happened. Brandon Guyer hit the ball to Nunez, who booted it and kept the inning going. Carlos Pena dropped a Continue reading CC dominates, Yanks win 5-3

The Farm Report: 5/10/12 Everybody’s A Winner!

With the big club’s victory, the entire Yankees’ system pulled off a sweep today. Charleston showed off their power, against the Power, despite not having Mason Williams or Gary Sanchez in the line-up. Empire State got an extra inning victory, reminding me once again that I should look back and see how many extra innings games we have seen in the minors this year – it is feeling like a daily occurrence. The news was not all good, however, as Tony Franklin said Rob Lyerly’s shoulder has probably benched him for the season.

Empire State beat Columbus 4-3 in ten innings:
With two outs in the first, Steve Pearce doubled to left. He scored on a single from Jack Cust, giving the Yankees the lead. In the fourth, Chad Huffman got the Clippers started with a double. Jose Lopez doubled him in and scored on a sac fly by Beau Mills, giving Columbus the lead. They added another run in the fifth, putting the Yankees behind 3-1. Pearce doubled in the eighth and Cust homered to right, tying the game. In the bottom of the tenth, Pearce doubled again. Cust was intentionally walked, but Gustavo Molina lined a single to left, plating the winning run for a 4-3 Empire State victory.

Pearce had a great day, going 4-5 with three runs scored and three doubles. Cust went 2-2 with a run scored, a homer, three RBIs and three walks. D.J. Mitchell went six innings and allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk. He struck out six. Chase Whitley got the win with a scoreless, hitless inning in relief, walking one batter and striking out two.

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Game 31: Progress for Some, Setbacks for Others

Contrary to my expectations, there did not seem to be an uproar with respect to David Robertson’s “closer mentality,” which is a veritable breath of fresh air in a season that has been full of stiflingly bothersome news and events. It seems as if many recognize that one game is far from demonstrative of a player’s abilities – shocking, I know – and are willing to give Robertson et al the benefit of the doubt in the wake of Mariano Rivera’s season-ending injury. This, I think, qualifies as progress for the more aggressive and pessimistic portion of the Yankees fanbase Continue reading Game 31: Progress for Some, Setbacks for Others

Game 31 – Not so much fun…for the batters

Tonight is a clash of the premier left-handed aces in the American League. At least, that is the way it looks on paper. C.C. Sabathia has won his last four starts in convincing fashion and once again is asked to pick up a victory after a Yankees loss. Sabathia has been marching deep into games and the Yankees’ bullpen could use that kind of outing again tonight. David Price has always been very good for the Tampa Bay Rays. This season, he has ratcheted it up a couple of notches. At 5-1, with an ERA of 2.35, Price is currently sporting his best career FIP at 2.48. To say this will be a tough contest for the Yankees is a pretty huge understatement.

This is not the same David Price the Yankees have faced in the past. He is throwing twice as many change ups as he has in any previous year and he is transforming himself into a two-seam fastball pitcher instead of a four-seam thrower. Price currently has the highest percentage of ground balls of his career as a result. This plays nicely into the hands of the Rays who use spray charts as well as any team in baseball. Sabathia will have to be at the very best of his game and the Yankees will have to eek out a couple of runs to win this one. And if by chance, the Yankees do have a small lead by the end of the game, then we will have to hold our collective breaths again in the ninth.

Not that it means anything, but Sabathia has pitched three times in his career with Mike Estabrook behind the plate as the umpire. He is 0-1 with 14 strikeouts and no walks in 22 innings pitched. Price has only pitched once with Estabrook behind the plate and won that game.

Again, this is how the game looks on paper. The game still has to be played and anything could happen. Since this is the rubber game of the match and each team has won a game, the outcome will determine whether the Yankees end up the series closer to the Rays in the standings or further behind. The lineup Joe Maddon presented seems a little soft. But again, let’s see what happens.

The Lineups:

Tampa Bay Rays:

Ben Zobrist – RF

Sean Rodriguez – 3B

B.J. Upton – CF

Jeff Keppinger – DH

Brandon Guyer – LF

Carlos Pena – 1B

Elliot Johnson – SS

Chris Gimenez – C

Will Rhymes – 2B

New York Yankees:

Derek Jeter – SS

Nick Swisher – RF

Robinson Cano – 2B

Alex Rodriguez – DH

Mark Teixeira – 1B

Curtis Granderson – CF

Andruw Jones – LF

Eduardo Nunez – 3B

Chris Stewart – C

That game is scheduled for 7:05 at Yankee Stadium III and will be telecast locally on the YES Network. Continue reading Game 31 – Not so much fun…for the batters

Updates from Michael Pineda

Sweeny Murti of CBS recently spoke to Michael Pineda to get some more information on the events leading up to his shoulder injury, and how he sees things going forward.  It’s a good read, and I recommend taking a look at the entire thing, but here are some highlights: Pineda debunked the notion that he was damaged goods prior to the trade, and described the circumstances surrounding his injury: I think the first time (I felt something was) my last start in spring training. I tried to throw hard and I felt pain in my shoulder. I rested for a couple Continue reading Updates from Michael Pineda

Curtis Granderson’s Continuing Power Surge

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) A while back, I wrote a piece that examined Curtis Granderson’s statistical profile for the 2011 season and attempted to predict the likelihood of him maintaining that MVP-caliber level of production moving forward.  My expectation was that he would likely see a regression in his career-high HR numbers, but could still produce at a high level in 2012 with a more selective approach at the plate and a spike in his LD rate to supplement the dip in power.  We’re a little over a month into the 2012 season and C-Grand’s numbers Continue reading Curtis Granderson’s Continuing Power Surge