How they stack up: Hitters

Yesterday, I checked in on how the Yankees’ offense and pitching staff stack up against the rest of the AL, now let’s take a look at the position players, one by one. We’ll go numerically according to the scorebook. Catcher: Russell Martin AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS/OPS+: .210/.347/.391/.739/99 Avg. AL catcher: .244/.314/.399/.713 Martin vs. Pos. Avg: 85/110/97/103 wOBA/wRC+: .334/108, fifth/t-fifth among AL catchers w/at least 160 PA (11) First Base: Mark Teixeira AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS/OPS+: .245/.316/.455/.771/104 Avg. AL first baseman: .248/.324/.427/.750 Tex vs. Pos. Avg.: 98/97/106/102 wOBA/wRC+: .331/106, both seventh among qualified AL 1B (13) Second Base: Robinson Cano AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS/OPS+: .290/.347/.511/.858/128 Avg. AL second baseman: .246/.310/.372/.682 Continue reading How they stack up: Hitters

Morning injury update

A few notes on the injury front as we wait on the edge of our seats for the beginning of the Subway Series tonight:

  • Brett Gardner is set to begin his rehab assignment with Charleston tonight. That probably ends any hope of him returning before Monday, but boy wouldn’t it be fun to watch that game tonight?
  • David Robertson threw live batting practice at Yankee Stadium yesterday, and with everything turning out okay he should be out on his own minor league rehab tour shortly.
  • Most impressive of all, Joba Chamberlain is scheduled for a bullpen session today. Joba, of course, is working his way back not only from Tommy John surgery, but from that significant ankle injury he suffered in Spring Training. That he’s throwing off of a full mound so soon after that seems nothing short of amazing to me.

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Yankees fail to complete sweep in 7-3 loss

The Yankees entered play Wednesday night winners of their last three games and 10 of their last 13, but they ran into one of those games where nothing goes right for youand failed to capitalize on an opportunity to take over first place in their division. David Price was good, the Yankees’ defense not so much, and the Bombers’ offense failed to come up with the big runs as the Yankees dropped the series finale 7-3.

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Yankees Lose 7-3 Behind Some Weak Defense

Tonight’s matchup was between arguably the top two left handed starters in the American League, CC Sabathia and David Price. With an Orioles loss tonight, the winner of this matchup would sit a top the America League East in first place, while the other fell to third. The last time these two met up wasn’t so long ago, less than a month, a May 10th start that had Sabathia giving up 2 unearned runs and earning 10 strikeouts to Price’s 5 earned runs and 11 hits. The way the Yankees have hit Price in his recent matchups encouraged the dreams Continue reading Yankees Lose 7-3 Behind Some Weak Defense

The Farm Report: 6/7/12

If you missed my run down of the Yankees draft picks, check these out, along with Brien’s update on a few players who have already signed.  Tampa got rained out again, but the other three affiliates were hard at work this evening. In injury news, Kevin Whelan has been put on the DL, I am not sure why at the moment. Tyler Austin hurt himself sliding into second, which resulted in players on both teams being pulled. No official word, but it sounds like Austin was having trouble putting weight on his left foot.

Empire State beat Durham 6-2:
The Yankees drew first blood as Jack Cust singled in Kevin Russo for a run in the first inning.  The Yankee lead stayed at one run through four innings, but they pulled away in the fifth.  Colin Curtis started the inning with a double to center, scoring on Gustavo Molina’s single.  Doug Bernier lined a single, moving Molina to third on an error.  Chris Dickerson hit a sac fly and Kevin Russo followed with a double.  Cust was hit by a pitch and Russell branyan singled in Bernier and Russo to give the Yankees a 5-0 lead.  In the top of the eighth, Brandon Laird singled and scored on another double from Curtis.  Durham was able to put two runs up in the bottom of the eighth, but the Yankees held on for the 6-2 victory.

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Game Thread: 6/7 — Yanks go for sweep

UPDATE (7:00): Apparently this one is starting at 7:30. Had no idea the weather was bad in the Bronx. The Yanks will go for the sweep against the Rays tonight in a battle of lefty aces as CC Sabathia goes for the Yankees against David Price for the Rays. Lineups! Tampa: 1. Elliot Johnson, SS 2. Ben Zobrist, DH 3. Desmond Jennings, LF 4. B.J. Upton, CF 5. Sean Rodriguez, 3B 6. Carlos Pena, 1B 7. Jose Lobaton, C 8. Matt Joyce, RF 9. Drew Sutton, 2B New York: 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Curtis Granderson, CF 3. Mark Teixeira, Continue reading Game Thread: 6/7 — Yanks go for sweep

Game 56: Divisional sweeps are the best sweeps

After getting two more strong outings from their starting pitchers and taking the first two games of this intra-divisional series with the Rays, the Yankees will look to keep both streaks going, and they’ll do so by sending their ace, C.C. Sabathia, out to take the Yankee Stadium mound. Usually you expect that Sabathia will have the upper hand in any pitching matchup, but that’s a little more muddied tonight as, for the second time this season, he’ll be opposed by Tampa Bay’s own stud lefty, David Price. Once again tonight, a win by the Yankees and a Baltimore loss will move the Bombers into first place in the division. Here are the lineups:

Rays (31-25):

Elliot Johnson SS
Ben Zobrist DH
Desmond Jennings LF
B.J. Upton CF
Sean Rodriguez 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
Jose Lobaton C
Matt Joyce RF
Drew Sutton 2B

David Price LHP

Yankees (31-24):

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Jayson Nix LF
Chris Stewart C

C.C. Sabathia LHP

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Enjoy! Continue reading Game 56: Divisional sweeps are the best sweeps

Yankees’ draft updates

Via K. Levine-Flandrup, the Yankees have agreed to terms with seventh round pick Taylor Garrison. They’ve also apparently reached an agreement with eighth round pick Taylor Dugas (his girlfriend tweeted a picture of him signing his contract) and 33rd round pick Saxon Holt as well. On the other end of the spectrum, 30th round pick Raph Rhymes tweeted that he will not be signing with the Yankees, choosing instead to return for his senior season at LSU.

And though it isn’t technically draft related, Ben Badler reports that the Yankees have agreed to sign Dominican right-hander Manolo Reyes for $600,000. Reyes, a hard thrower with a 99 MPH fastball, was previously signed by the Braves, before MLB terminated the deal due to paperwork problems. Reyes’ bonus won’t count against the $2.9 million cap for international signings under the new CBA, but the contract still needs to be approved by MLB. Continue reading Yankees’ draft updates

How the Youthful Rays Were Beat by an Old Man

“I don’t really try to strike guys out,” Pettitte said. “I feel like I’m able to keep guys off balance an awful lot right now. My command was just really good tonight. I only left a couple of balls over the heart of the zone all night long. I’ve been real happy with my command and the feel of all my pitches. I didn’t think it would come back so quick.” Who really thought it would come back so quick? A pitcher one year removed from baseball came out Tuesday night to win the first game of the series against Continue reading How the Youthful Rays Were Beat by an Old Man