6/25 Game Thread: Indians at Yanks

Fresh off a series win against the Mets, the Yanks resume intraleague play against the Indians.

Lineups:

Cleveland:

1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
4. Carlos Santana (S) C
5. Michael Brantley (L) CF
6. Johnny Damon (L) LF
7. Casey Kotchman (L) 1B
8. Jack Hannahan (L) 3B
9. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) DH

New York:

1. Derek Jeter (R) SS
2. Curtis Granderson (L) DH
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
4. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
5. Nick Swisher (S) RF
6. Raul Ibanez (L) LF
7. Eric Chavez (L) 3B
8. Dewayne Wise (L) CF
9. Chris Stewart (R) C

Hiroki Kuroda and Josh Tomlin take the hill for the Yanks and Cleveland respectively. … Click here to read the rest

No Nation for Old Stars; Youkilis Is Latest to Bid An Early Fenway Farewell

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23).

Branch Rickey once stated that he would rather trade a player one year too early than keep him one year too late. Rightly or wrongly, that philosophy has been the Boston Red Sox modus operandi for the last 30-plus years, and, yesterday, Kevin Youkilis became the most recent example.

Kevin Youkilis bids farewell to Fenway crowd after 11 years in the Red Sox organization. (Photo: SI)

It wasn’t too long ago that Youkilis was considered part of the heart and soul of the Boston Red Sox. However, the combination of reoccurring injuries, a new management regime, and the emergence of rookie standout Will Middlebrooks conspired to make him the odd man out in Boston. In fact, the Red Sox were so eager to get rid of Youkilis, they not only settled for pennies on the dollar in terms of talent received in return, but also paid the Chicago White Sox about $6 million to complete the deal.… Click here to read the rest

Surprises

The Orioles acquired Hammel from the Rockies in what appears to be the most one-sided trade of the off-season They finally dealt the veteran innings-eater, Jeremy Guthrie, for the aforementioned Hammel and flame-throwing reliever Matt Lindstrom. Hammel, who has a career ERA of 4.73 in seven major league seasons, has been nothing short of outstanding, sporting an 8-2 record with a 2.61 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and is among the top-10 in strikeouts in the American League. It must be the thicker air but Hammel looks like a changed man. More impressive is the fact that he is making the oft-difficult NL to AL transition while playing in arguably the best division in baseball. Guthrie on the other hand has been abysmal, with a 3-6 record, a 6.34 ERA, and a K/BB ratio of almost 1:1.

Melky Cabrera:

Ahh, a familiar name to Yankees fans that was part of one of Brian Cashman’s trademark, ill-fated deals for starting pitching.… Click here to read the rest

The Yankees are not George Foreman

The latest iteration of this theme, carried over for most of the past two seasons, is that the Yankees’ offense is “too dependent on home runs,” and this year there’s been an added “they can’t hit with runners in scoring position” twist to the recipe. Now, to be fair, the Yankees do have the worst batting average with runners in scoring position in the American League, but this is almost certainly a statistical anomaly. After all, even if you do believe in the mythical powers of clutchitude, the Yankees’ struggles in this regard involve plenty of players with a solid history in that regard, so it’s not as though there’s some sort of tidy “the Yankees eschewed getting clutch hitters” narrative you can build around this offense.

So, in other words, cases like the one Joel Sherman made in today’s Post are entirely overstated:

This Yankees lineup is much more a knockout-reliant heavyweight. Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira as Sonny Liston, George Foreman and Mike Tyson.Click here to read the rest

A closer look at CC Sabathia’s season


Hopefully that wasn't a fastball.

CC Sabathia is the only player the Yankees signed as part of their 2009 massive shopping spree who has continued to earn his gaudy paycheck in the seasons that followed the Championship year. In fact, CC has been a better pitcher with the Yankees than he has been on average over the course of his career (due mostly to a couple league average seasons that he had when he first came up with Cleveland). In his 3+ seasons with the Yankees CC has pitched to a 136 ERA+ and a 1.19 WHIP, versus 125 and 1.23 for his career. The start to this season, however, has been a little different.

If the season were to end today CC would have an ERA+ of 118 and a WHIP of 1.23. Those are good numbers, but last season CC had an ERA+ of 145 (which is really, really good) and a WHIP of 1.23. It’s a little premature to suggest that CC is declining (plus, it’s only been about half a season) but something in 2012 has been a little off.… Click here to read the rest