If Elvis Andrus is Available, the Yankees Should Pounce

The Texas Rangers have a really good problem. Jurickson Profar is a mega-prospect, who hits and fields like a future star shortstop. At 19 years old, he has hit .278/.361/.456 in 117 games. The Rangers are considering promoting Profar in September, and using him through the postseason. They believe he is major league ready. The problem is that the Rangers already have one of the better shortstops in the game. Elvis Andrus, still just 23 years old, has been worth an average of 3.5 wins per season since he entered the major leagues. He is a +7 UZR/150 defender at Continue reading If Elvis Andrus is Available, the Yankees Should Pounce

Derek Jeter’s Sudden Pull Power

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) It’s been another monster offensive month for Derek Jeter so far in August.  After predictably cooling down in May after his scorching hot April, and dipping down to a .608 OPS in June, Jeter started picking the batting average back up in July with a .346 month.  Since July has changed over to August, Jeter has been on an absolute tear, nearly matching the numbers he posted in April.  Jeter’s rocking a .386/.407/.602 line in 92 August plate appearances, good for a .428 wOBA, a .324 season batting average that Continue reading Derek Jeter’s Sudden Pull Power

Watch: Girardi confronts White Sox fan

After last night’s loss, Joe Girardi was apparently not in the mood to tolerate a heckling White Sox fan during his postgame interview. Check out the video:

This is being spun in the press as Girardi blowing up and losing his cool, but I don’t really see it. Girardi clearly isn’t by being heckled during his interview and does confront the fan, but he gets a security guard to remove the offending fan, and the entire “confrontation” lasts approximately five seconds. It’s not something you see everyday or anything, but it’s not like Girardi engaged in a war of words or tried to attack the guy or anything. I guess we can anticipate a rash of “the Yankees are cracking” articles before the series in Cleveland begins. Continue reading Watch: Girardi confronts White Sox fan

Bayless wants to ask if Jeter is juicing

Skip Bayless is, well I was searching for an appropriate pejorative there, but I think just saying that he’s Skip Bayless does more justice to the point I’m looking to make than anything else, so you should never take a single thing he says seriously, nor even assume that he actually means it for any purpose other than to create good daytime television, but he’s gone and said something that may raise the ire of a Yankee fan or 100,000. You see, Bayless thinks we would be making a mistake if we didn’t ask if Derek Jeter, having a career resurgence at the ripe old age of 38, is able to do this in part because of “Performance enhancing” drugs. He’s not accusing Jeter of anything, of course, just saying that we have to wonder. And, Jobu help me, I sort of agree with him.

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The MVP and Derek Jeter

No one predicted that Derek Jeter would be the best hitting shortstop of 2012, but so far, the 38 year old has outproduced prime players like Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera. Over the last month, The Captain is hitting .386/.412/.588 at a point in the season where this team desperately needs offense. With Septembers in sight, MVP discussion is beginning to brew, and Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune believes Jeter deserves to win. He argues that the shortstop’s contributions to a winning team make him more valuable than players like Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout, who may not fulfill Continue reading The MVP and Derek Jeter

Sale outduels Hughes to complete ChiTown sweep

After back to back nights of awful pitching, the Yankees got the quality outing they so desperately needed from Phil Hughes in the series finale with the White Sox Wednesday night. Unfortunately, Chicago’s young ace Chris Sale was even better, and he and the Chicago bullpen shut down the Yankees’ offense on the way to a 2-1 victory, completing a three game sweep of the Bombers in the process.

  • First thing’s first, Phil Hughes gave the team exactly what they needed last night. After another lousy performance by Ivan Nova last night and the total meltdown in the series opener, Hughes came out and pitched seven innings of two run ball, holding the White Sox to five hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. One of those hits was a home run, but it was of the solo variety and, either way, two runs over seven innings from your starter is good stuff on any day.
  • Unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough on this day because, if Hughes was solid, Chris Sale was downright spectacular, holding the Yankees’ lineup to three hits and a walk with a whopping thirteen strikeouts in 7.2 innings of work. The lone blemish on his ledger was a solo home run by Derek Jeter, the only run the Yankees could muster all night.
  • Somewhat oddly, all three of the hits Sale allowed went for extra bases. In addition to Jeter’s home run, Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano both doubled, though the Yankees were unable to make hay in either of those situations.
  • And that pretty much sums up the action for the night, really. David Robertson took the ball in the eighth inning and worked himself into some trouble by putting two runners on base, but a slick play from Cano turned a well hit grounder into an inning inning double play to keep the deficit at one going into the ninth. Addison Reed pitched the ninth inning for Chicago and struck out two more Yankees, though Cano sandwiched a single in there to put the tying run on base.
  • There’s not really a whole lot you can say about a game like this. Sale’s a great young pitcher who brought his A+ stuff to the ballpark tonight, and the Yankees just had no answer for it. It happens, but at least they’ve got a solid outing from Hughes to hang their hats on going into a weekend series with Cleveland that begins on Friday night. And C.C. Sabathia will be coming back too, so there’s plenty to look forward to as we get ready for the home stretch of the season.

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Yankees Swept By White Sox, Lose 2-1

After winning two series at home by beating the Texas Rangers three out of four and Boston Red Sox two out of three, the Yankees flew to Chicago and got swept out of town in three games by the White Sox. Poor Phil Hughes pitched a great game giving up two runs on five hits in seven full innings. He struck out five and walked two batters. Unfortunately for him, those two runs were all the Sox would need to hold on. Alex Rios hit his 20th home run of the season off Hughes in the sixth inning to put Continue reading Yankees Swept By White Sox, Lose 2-1

The Farm Report: 8/22/12

A tough day on the farm for the Yankees with the lone victory so far coming from Staten Island. Empire State could turn things around, but they are in extra innings and I can’t stay awake much longer. Tampa and Trenton both got pretty well stomped, while Charleston took a walk off loss.

Empire State is in extra innings, but here’s the game thusfar:
The Yankees had a chance at an early lead when Francisco Cervelli’s second inning single was followed by a double to center from Melky Mesa. Cervelli tried to score, but was called out at the plate. Kevin Russo singled to start the fifth.  He moved to second on a ground out by Ramiro Pena and scored on a single by Chris Dickerson for the 1-0 lead. Buffalo tied the game in the seventh, as Adam Loewen drew a lead off walk and Josh Satin followed with a single to right. Matt Den Dekker grounded out, scoring Loewen.  After nine, the game was still tied. Dickerson started the tenth with a walk and Corban Joseph followed suit. Unfortunately, Eduardo Nunez popped out and Brandon Laird and Kosuke Fukudome flew out.

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