Last night’s pitching match up was billed as one of the best of the year. R.A. Dickey, on a fantastic run, was set to square off against CC Sabathia, perennially one of the game’s best lefties. And of course, everything went according to plan. Both pitchers were as sharp as ever and their teams reflected that and played a clean game behind them. I’m being a little liberal with my definitions here, of course, as the teams combined for five errors (three for the Yanks, two for the Mets) and the starters combined for 19 hits and ten runs (six earned) in 11.2 innings (though to be fair, one of the runs against Sabathia was an inherited runner).
Neither team scored in their first two at bats, though the Yankees had a chance. With runners on first and second and one out in the top of the second inning, Raul Ibanez singled to right field. Yankees third base coach Robbie Thompson, playing it safe, held Mark Teixeira at third, which loaded the bases.… Click here to read the rest
Trenton lost a close one to Portland 6-5:
The Thunder jumped out to a quick lead. Jose Pirela singled and stole second. Zoilo Almonte singled to left, plating Pirela and Melky Mesa homered for the 3-0 lead. The Sea Dogs responded with two runs in the top of the second. They tied the game with a run in the fourth and took a 4-3 lead in the sixth. The Thunder retook the lead int he seventh, as Addison Maruszak reached on an error and moved to second. Jeffrey Farnham doubled him in and scored on a grounder from Abraham Almonte. Portland scored two runs in the top of the eighth, as Ryan Dent followed Derrik Gibson’s triple with a homer. They held on for the 6-5 defeat of Trenton.
Zoilo went 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI. Melky Mesa went 2-4 with a run scored, a homer and two RBIs. Mikey O’Brien got the start, going five innings and giving up three runs on four hits, four walks and three Ks. … Click here to read the rest
Tonight’s game features an A-list pitching match up. The visiting Yankees will put their ace, CC Sabathia on the mound. CC may not have been the best Yankee hurler during the team’s recent stretch of great play, but he’s always consistent and the Yankees will look for him to continue to be so now that the magic of the 10 game winning streak is over. The Mets will counter with their phenom: R.A. Dickey. Dickey is one of baseball’s best stories this year, but hear’s hoping the Bombers knock him around. Enjoy.… Click here to read the rest
D. Jeter, SS
C. Granderson, CF
A. Rodriguez, 3B
R. Cano, 2B
M. Teixeira, 1B
N. Swisher, RF
R. Ibanez, LF
C. Stewart, C
C. Sabathia, P
A. Torres, CF
R. Tejada, SS
D. Wright, 3B
S. Hairston, LF
L. Duda, RF
J. Turner, 1B
R. Cedeno, 2B
J. Thole, C
Here is the tale of the tape:
CC Sabathia has gone seven or more innings in each of his last six starts. Consequently, his ERA during this recent stretch has dropped from a mediocre 3.78 to a much more respectable 3.55. In addition, CC threw his first complete game of the year the last time he took the mound on Monday against the Braves. During his first eight starts this season, Sabathia failed to last seven innings on six different occasions. A big time outing this evening would bode very well for CC in locking down the AL starting position at the All-Star Game in 16 days. Plus, the Yankees have not had a Cy Young Award winner since Roger Clemens took home his sixth Cy Young Award in 2001.
R.A. Dickey is rapidly turning into baseball’s most heart-warming story of 2012. The 37-year-old knuckleballer is having a year for the ages. No matter your fan allegiance, you have to be happy for the guy who went through so much hardship as a child. … Click here to read the rest
The Yankees have been on national television a thousand times already. While that is good for ratings and for far-flung Yankee fans like yours truly, it also provides these national outlets plenty of opportunities to put up their statistics on how badly the Yankees are faring with runners in scoring position and with the bases loaded. While certainly these are valid statistics, they do not tell the entire story. The bottom line is how many runs your team scores and how many runs the other team scores. And that equation is going in the Yankees’ direction more often than not.
The Yankees are second in the majors in run differential behind only the Texas Rangers. In the American League, the Yankees are fourth in scoring and prevent runs third best in the league. That is a winning combination. Should we really care on how that gets done? It is often said that the Yankees failed in the post season last year because of this same problem with clutch hitting.… Click here to read the rest