Dipping into the depth

Remember that time in February and March when it looked like the Yankees had too many starting pitchers? There were CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda who were obviously guaranteed rotation positions. Then, there was the return of Andy Pettitte. Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova, and Freddy Garcia were all in play, as was (for at least a short period of time) trade acquisition Michael Pineda. David Phelps and D.J. Mitchell, already on the 40-man roster, were knocking on the door to the Majors and Adam Warren was just behind them. Our prospect-loving hearts were, of course all a flutter, thinking that Continue reading Dipping into the depth

Freddy Garcia could surprise us

Like most people watching the Yankees play the Indians yesterday, as soon as Andy Pettitte was hit by that comebacker, the first word that came to mind was, “Crap.” We hoped it was just a bruise, but inside, we all knew better. And sure enough, the news was just about as bad as could have been expected. Following on the heels (pun not intended) of the news concerning C.C. Sabathia, great feelings about the state of Yankee pitching flew out the window. As Joe Girardi tried to keep the Yankees in the game yesterday with the likes of Cody Eppley and Clay Rapada, a strange thing happened. Joe Girardi brought in Freddy Garcia and the first thought that occurred in this brain was, “Oh good.” How did that thought get in there?

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The Farm Report: 6/27/12

Empire State beat Gwinnett 3-2:
After four innings, the Yankees scored the first run of the day.  Chris Dickerson singled to left and Francisco Cervelli was hit by a pitch.  Ronnier Mustelier grounded a single to center, plating Dickerson.  Brandon Laird hit a solo homer in the sixth, but Gwinnett tied the game in the top of the seventh.  Dickerson tripled in the seventh and scored on a single from Cervelli, giving the Yankees a 3-2 win.  Dickerson went 3-4 with two runs scored, a triple and a stolen base.  Cole Garner went 3-4 as well and Laird was 2-4 with a homer.  Ramon Ortiz went six innings and held the Braves scoreless on six hits, two walks and two Ks.  Manny Delcarmen threw three scoreless innings and gave up just one walk, striking out three.

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Yanks win game, lose Pettitte

After finding out that they were to lose CC Sabathia for two starts, the Yankees definitely needed a win, if for no other reason that spirit lifting. They got that, thanks to some timely hitting by Eric Chavez and Robinson Cano, but there’s no way this win lifted the team spirits. In the fifth inning, the Yankees were up 2-1 and Casey Kotchman was batting. He ripped a ball that bounced once on its way through the infield and unfortunately, it found Andy Pettitte’s leg. He fell to the ground, not even attempting to go for the ball. Manager Joe Continue reading Yanks win game, lose Pettitte

Dellin Betances takes a big step backwards, headed down to Trenton

Via Josh Norris, Dellin Betances has been demoted to Trenton.  It has been no secret that the Yankees’ heralded pitching prospect has struggled mightily this season, after making his major league debut last September.  Brien has often said he thought the Yankees brought Betances up from Trenton before he had truly proven he could pitch there, and I have always been inclined to agree.  This seems to prove it.

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Sweep of Tribe a bright spot on a gloomy day

Obviously the story of the day is the injury bug, and what the Yankees will do to address those problems. First we found out that C.C. Sabathia was being placed on the disabled list with a strained adductor, but it sounds like that move is as much about being cautious as anything else, and Sabathia is expected to miss just two starts before returning. Then Andy Pettitte was struck with a line drive in the ankle and had to leave the game, though the news on him was not so pleasant. In between, the Yankees had an actual game to play and, mercifully, were able to come on top of Cleveland 5-4 to finish off a sweep of the Indians, though they did manage to make it quite the nail biter.

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Are Power Hungry Yankees Better Off as Bronx Bunters?

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23). The Yankees homer today, they win today. Although not as elegant and universal as Mariano Duncan’s rallying cry during the 1996 season, this year’s version of the Bronx Bombers have done just fine relying on their powerful lineup. Not only are the Yankees on pace to surpass the single season home run mark of 264 established by the Seattle Mariners in 1997, but they are also in line to establish a new record for most games with at least one home run. Most Home Runs and Games with a Continue reading Are Power Hungry Yankees Better Off as Bronx Bunters?