Jeter’s Four Hits Not Enough For Shaky Bullpen, 9-6

It felt like the longest 9 innings ever. Two blown leads and 3 hours and 44 minutes later, the Yankees emerged from their first game in Chicago with only a 4.0 game lead in the AL East. With an injury plagued team, we all knew August would be a tough month, but the situation is getting more dangerous with the surging Rays looking unbeatable.

Freddy Garcia was shaky in the beginning of this game, and worked through some rough jams in the first and second inning. Through the third, fourth, and the beginning of the fifth inning, Garcia looked as good as he had all season. He was throwing 90 mph and had all the hitters confused on the swing/splitter pitch. At one point he had struck out 6 of 8 hitters.

It all started to fall apart in the middle of the fifth, when a delay in the game, thanks to a blown fair/foul call that was reversed caused a stir from both benches.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 8/20/12

Trenton lost to Altoona 6-2:
After four scoreless innings, the Thunder drew first blood in the bottom of the fifth, as Addison Maruszak hit a solo homer to left. Altoona got the run back in the top of the sixth, but Trenton retook the lead in the bottom of the inning. Jeff Farnham singled and moved to second on a sac bunt by Walter Ibarra. Adonis Garcia doubled him in for the 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, the Curve had a big eighth inning, plating five runs with two outs. That would prove to be more than enough, as the Thunder was unable to put up much fight in the last two innings, losing 6-2.

Garcia went 2-4 with a double, a stolen base and a RBI. Maruszak and Farnham both went 1-3 with a run scored, with Maruszak tagging a homer. David Adams had the Thunder’s only other hit. Shaeffer Hall pitched a strong game, going 6.2 and giving up one run on five hits, a walk and six Ks.… Click here to read the rest

Game 122: Woe is Pineda

Michael Pineda is in the news for the first time in what seems like forever, as he was … drum roll, please … arrested for drunk driving.

I am not sure what aspect of this is most depressing. Is it the fact that this is the first news we’ve heard on Pineda since his surgery? The fact that this piles on to the purported make-up and maturity issues leaked from the Mariners? Or the fact that the only image Yankees fans have of Pineda involves his being out of shape and, now, drunk? In actuality, it’s all of the above.

Well that, and the fact that the Yankees and Major League Baseball are more than likely to do a great deal of nothing about this, as is their wont. I will climb off my soapbox for the time being, but for shame to all parties involved, in perpetuity.

Onto the lineups:

New York Yankees Chicago White Sox
Derek Jeter, SS Dewayne Wise, CF
Nick Swisher, DH Kevin Youkilis, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B Adam Dunn, DH
Mark Teixeira, 1B Paul Konerko, 1B
Curtis Granderson, CF Alex Rios, RF
Eric Chavez, 3B A.J.
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Pinstripes Prove Slimming for Hiroki Kuroda’s ERA

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

Despite concerns, Kuroda has fit into pinstripes quite nicely. (Photo: AP)

Can Hiroki Kuroda handle the pressure of New York? That was the question on the minds of many when the Yankees signed the 37-year old right hander during the offseason, but since then, Kuroda has proven that pinstripes suit him just fine.

With about eight more starts remaining, Kuroda has posted the best ERA, on both a real and adjusted basis, of his career, despite crossing over to the more menacing A.L. East. He is also one win shy of his all-time high and on pace to throw the most innings of his career. In more ways than one, Kuroda has distinguished himself during his first season in pinstripes, but perhaps the most surprising aspect of his success is just how dominant he has been at Yankee Stadium.

With last night’s 4-1 victory over the Red Sox, Kuroda lowered his home ERA to 2.22, which ranks 23rd out of the 177 pitchers who have thrown at least 100 innings during a season at Yankee Stadium since the original ballpark opened in 1923 (excludes six seasons from 1974-1975, when the Yankees played at Shea Stadium).… Click here to read the rest

Coming Soon: Yankee September Call-ups

September, and the expanded rosters that come with it,  is just ten days away. The Yankees are a banged up team, piecing together strong performances out of a range of bench and platoon players. This will let up some when Alex Rodriguez, C.C. Sabathia, and Andy Pettitte return, and Mark Teixeira gets healthy, but the Yankees will still need their 2nd string players to play significant time. In fact, given the season-long involvement of the Yankee bench in regular play, this may be the most important group of September call-ups in recent franchise history.

There’s a couple of complications that will force Brian Cashman to make tough decisions before call-ups. The Triple-A Empire State Yankees and Double-A Trenton Thunder are both currently solidly leading their divisions, and are poised for a strong playoff run. The High-A Tampa Yankees are also leading their division, but by a narrower margin. The Yankees quite frequently run into having to trade-off between their Triple-A playoff run and MLB needs in September.… Click here to read the rest

What’s up with Eric Chavez?

If you had told me that the Yankees were going to play Eric Chavez for 82 games and counting this season, I’d have told you that it was a great idea … in 2002. If you had then told me that Chavez would hit .300/.357/.536 I’d have thought you were talking about 2002. Of course, that gaudy line is not Chavez’s line from 2002. In 2002 Chavez hit .275/.348/.513. The first set of numbers I’ve thrown up there is what Chavez has hit this season for the Yankees. In case you’re wondering, the man he replaced at third, Alex Rodriguez, was hitting just .276/.358/.449 when he went down with a broken hand after 94 games. Over roughly the same period of time Chavez has been the better hitter. What’s going on?

The first thing to point out is that Chavez may simply be playing to his god given abilities. Before his name became synonymous with the disabled list Chavez was a perennial 4 or 5 fWAR player for the Athletics.… Click here to read the rest