Yanks Win An Ugly One, CC Wins 12th Game Of The Season

I really don’t even know where to begin with this recap other than saying, “Phew!”

This game had it all: good pitching, not so good pitching, good fielding, not so good fielding, dinky hits, long balls, lots of hits, lots of runs and thank goodness, the Yankees were able to come out on top.

CC Sabathia was given the responsibility to stop the bleeding and stall the losing streak at two games. He did just that.

The game itself wasn’t pretty and it became extremely scary for Yankee fans in the bottom half of the seventh inning.

By the time the inning was finally over it was 8-7.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 8/8/12

Trenton lost to Reading 7-2
The Thunder scored first, as Zoilo Almonte hit his seventeenth homer of the season to start the second.  The Phillies tied the game in the fourth on a RBI single by Brandon Tripp.  In the sixth inning, Reading plated two runs for a 3-1 lead.  Abraham Almonte lined a single to center to start the bottom of the inning, moving to second on a sac bunt by Jose Pirela.  Zoilo reached on a fielding error, that let Abraham score.  Reading put together another solid rally in the eighth, plating three more runs and putting the Thunder in a big hole.  In the end, the Phillies beat Trenton 7-2.

Abraham went 2-4 with a run scored.  Zoilo went 1-4 with a homer.  David Adams, Adonis Garcia and Jose Gil each had a hit for the Thunder. Vidal Nuno went six and gave up three runs on six hits, a walk and eight Ks.  Graham Stoneburner went two innings and, while he had a good first inning of work, his second was tough.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 110: Just Win … Maybe?

New York Yankees Detroit Tigers
Derek Jeter, SS Austin Jackson, CF
Nick Swisher, RF Omar Infante, 2B
Robinson Cano, 2B Miguel Cabrera, 3B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Prince Fielder, 1B
Eric Chavez, DH Delmon Young, DH
Curtis Granderson, CF Jeff Baker, LF
Russell Martin, C Brennan Boesch, RF
Ichiro Suzuki, LF Gerald Laird, C
Casey McGehee, 3B Ramon Santiago, SS
CC Sabathia, SP Anibal Sanchez, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., on the YES Network. Let’s go Yankees!… Click here to read the rest

Yankees Dealing with ARod’s Injury by Shuffling Lineup, but Is Girardi Playing Cards Correctly?

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

Note: Since this post was originally published, Joe Girardi made out a lineup along the lines of the recommendations below. I will take all the credit if it works out, but defer all blame to him should it not.

Since Alex Rodriguez went on the disabled list, the Yankees have gone 5-7, ceding three games off their division lead in the process. After last night’s game, Eric Chavez, who has mostly filled in at third, placed the blame for the Yankees’ slide squarely on Arod’s injury. Considering how often Rodriguez was maligned during the season, I guess absence really does make the heart grow fonder.

I think the injury bug is starting to catch up to us where I think we got away with it early. This all seems to be when we lost Alex. He’s just a huge part of our lineup, and I think we’re really showing how important he is to this team.” – Eric Chavez, quoted by the LoHud Yankees Blog, August 7, 2012.

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About that lineup

A few games later, and I’m reconsidering that opinion. Not so much because of the batting average or the strikeouts or the lack of steals or because he’s not a Leadoff Hitter, but because of his team leading 29 home runs and .247 ISO (which, incredibly, is higher than his batting average!). Put very succinctly, putting your best power hitter in the leadoff position makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, especially when you’re going to be sticking Ichiro Suzuki and Russell Martin directly in front of him in most games. That’s not a recipe for maximizing your opportunities to score runs at all, and though lineup construction might not mean much in the long run, such a drastic departure from an optimal configuration can easily make an outsized impact in a small sample size. Not to be pedantic, but every run counts when you’re struggling to win close games, and Granderson’s best attribute right now is that he’s got the ability to go deep in any at bat.… Click here to read the rest