It’s time to play my favorite baseball guessing game: Name that player! The rules are simple. I’ll put up two sets of statistics describing two different players. Once I’ve broken down these players entirely by the numbers, I’ll reveal who each player is at the end of the post. This is always fun for me; [...]
Joba Chamberlain made another rehab appearance yesterday, this time with Double-A Trenton. He entered the game with two outs and the bases empty to get some work coming into the middle of an inning, and proceeded to strike out the side after allowing a leadoff single in his second inning of work. Altogether, Joba allowed one hit and struck out three in 1.1 innings of work, and apparently saw his fastball velocity top out at 98 MPH. The plan is for Joba to make one more minor league appearance, probably with Trenton as well, to make sure he’s sharp enough to return to the big league roster. His rehab clock expires on August 8th, so he can make as many appearances between now and then as the team likes, but it sounds like he could be back up by this weekend now.
In today’s 60 Seconds of Sound, which recaps the last 24 hours in New York sports, Rex Ryan discusses the Jets running game, Eli Manning prepares for the season and the Mets reacts their win over the Diamondbacks.
Some recommended Yankees related reading to start your work week:
- Ken Davidoff says that the Yankees still have an age problem, namely that they’re too old. He blames this on the fact that the team is a perennial contender and that the farm system hasn’t produced as much in recent years, but I think it’s more a matter of having certain players that you’re latched together with for better or worse (Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera) getting older, as well as the team finding good value in older bench/role players like Andruw Jones and Raul Ibanez. The good thing for them is that the only problematic commitment to any of these players is to A-Rod.
- Joel Sherman writes that the growth of other big spending powers is taking the luster off of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry.
- Jon Heyman runs down a long list of infielders the Yankees could be targeting before tomorrow’s non-waiver trade deadline.
- Mark Teixeira credits his turnaround this season to deciding to disobey an amorphous order to change his swing and use more of the field from the left side of the plate.
As he always does, Alex Rodriguez has created some discussion this season, especially with regards to his position in the Yankees’ lineup. While he wasn’t hitting poorly, he wasn’t his typical self, with a lower power output than usual (.173 ISO, on pace to be the lowest of his career). However, he was making decent [...]
Via George King, Andy Pettitte has suffered a setback of sorts in his attempt to rehab a fractured ankle. An x-ray taken Friday indicated that Pettitte has not seen the amount of healing in the ankle that Yankees’ team doctors had hoped for, something he blamed on perhaps working a little too hard in his attempt to return to the Yankees’ rotation. The left-hander specifically singled out a recent event in Seattle in which he experienced a new round of swelling in the area, confessing that he “did a little too much.”
Pettitte is currently on the 60 day disabled list, and is not eligible to return to the active roster until August 27th. The original plan had called for him to return sometime around September 1st, which would have given him roughly a month’s worth of starts to prepare for the postseason. There’s no official word on what this news means for Pettitte’s timetable yet, but you’d have to figure it will delay his return for at least a week or two from the sound of it.
It was déjà vu for the Yankees in the Bronx Sunday night, as they fell behind early–the Red Sox scored twice in the second inning–and saw their late-inning rally disappear when Pedro Ciriaco dropped a big hit to re-take the lead. Starters Hiroki Kuroda and Felix Dubront both pitched fantastic games, with the only blemishes on either record coming in the top of the second–when Kuroda allowed two runs on a double to Ryan Sweeney–and the bottom of the seventh–when Russell Martin (yes) hit a home run into the right field stands. With the win, the Sox clinched their first series victory against the Yankees since last August.
Empire State lost to Pawtucket 4-0:
Jason Repko hit a solo homer to start the third, giving Pawtucket the 1-0 lead. The Yankees looked like they might get the run back in the top of the fourth, as Chris Dickerson led off with a single and Corban Joseph drew a walk. Unfortunately, the Yankees couldn’t bring a run home as the next three batters went down in order. Ryan Lavarnway doubled in Che-Hsuan Lin in the fifth, and Lars Anderson hit a sac fly for the 3-0 lead. Andy LaRoche homered to left in the eighth, but that was more than Pawtucket needed as they defeated Empire State 4-0.
The Yankees managed just two hits on the day, with Dickerson going 1-4 and Jack Cust going 1-4 with a double. Michael O’Connor went five innings and allowed three runs on seven hits, two walks and four Ks.
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The Yankees fought their way out of a 6 – 1 deficit Saturday night only to see victory slip away after Curtis Granderson misread a fly ball in the top of the ninth inning. It was a disappointing ending to what at one point seemed like a vintage Yankee come back in the making. Sunday’s [...]