Game Thread: Yankees at Indians, Sunday August 26, 2012

After a disappointing sweep at the hands of the White Sox, the Yankees have split their opening games in the series against Cleveland. Every time it looks like the Yankees are going to start playing well in the second half, they seem to lose steam. Losing two of three to Cleveland after dropping three in a row to the White Sox would cement that. Every game may not be a must win at the moment, but the Yankees will put themselves in that situation if they let the Rays close to within two games in the AL East. Things are getting interesting, and not in a good way. Winning the series against Cleveland is a smart way to get things moving in the right direction. The Yankees send Freddy Garcia to the mound, while the Indians counter with Ubaldo Jimenez. Remember when Jimenez was a prize to be had? Me neither. He’s been awful this year. Enjoy.… Click here to read the rest

Would A-Rod make sense for the Dodgers?

"Hollywood? Really?"

In the wake of the mega-deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto from the Red Sox to the Dodgers, a question popped up immediately in the minds of many Yankee fans, myself included. The Dodgers seem to have no regard for future obligations with their deep pocketed new ownership group. The Red Sox just got out from under 262M of contracts and have effectively hit the reset button for their franchise with one fell swoop. If there’s one contract the Yanks have on the books that they would love to get out from under, it’s the Alex Rodriguez deal. Would the Dodgers be interested?

One thing we know for sure, there’s no longer any such thing as a contract that can’t be traded. Anyone who thinks there is just hasn’t been paying attention. AJ Burnett, Carlos Zambrano, and now this mega deal by Boston which included a non-productive player who just had Tommy John surgery.… Click here to read the rest

RISP failure or bad luck and good pitching?

The first one was in the fourth inning and perhaps this is a fail. There were two outs and Mark Teixeira came to the plate following Robinson Cano‘s double. As is his wont, Teixeira let a first pitch fastball right down the middle go by for strike one. That was the one good pitch he had in the at bat. Should he have gone for it? Perhaps. But he did not. Justin Masterson then executed a perfect pitch for strike three. Teixeira argued with the umpire, but it was a strike and a perfect pitch. You could call that a fail on Teixeira letting that first pitch go by or you can tip your cap to Masterson for the perfect strikeout pitch.

The fifth inning rally was a tough one to watch. With one out, Eric Chavez singled up the middle. Russell Martin singled to right. The Yankees had something going. Raul Ibanez hit a rocket up the middle. Would it have gone through the infield with the infielders shading the middle?… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 8/25/12

Trenton lost to Akron 4-3:
Akron took the lead with a solo homer from Chun-Hsiu Chen in the second. Trenton jumped in front in the fourth. JR Murphy drew a walk and David Adams followed with a homer to left. The lead was short-lived, however, as Akron responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Adams hit a ground-rule double in the top of the sixth, scoring on a single by Addison Maruszak and tying the game 3-3. The Aeros wasted little time in retaking the lead for good, as Jesus Aguilar and Ryan Rohlinger both drew walks. Aguilar scored on a double by Michel Hernandez and Akron beat Trenton 4-3.

Adonis Garcia went 2-5 with a double. Adams went 2-4 with two runs scored, a double, a homer and two RBIs. Maruszak went 2-4 with a RBI. Shaeffer Hall went six and gave up four runs on five hits and four walks. Francisco Rondon threw two innings and gave up three hits, striking out two.… Click here to read the rest

RISP-tastrophy! Yankees lose 1-3 behind Masterson’s gem, missed opportunities

But there’s the catch: this lineup just couldn’t get it done. Kuroda had a rocky first few innings, where his pitches were sailing high on him, and he just couldn’t seem to keep control of–or even locate–the strike zone. He let a couple of Indians get on base in the first inning, then made one terrible mistake to Michael Brantley, and that was it. He settled down as the night wore on, collecting strikeouts, locating his pitches, and waiting for his offense to wake up.

But it never did. Watching this team play baseball tonight was like having front row seats to an open-heart operation where the anesthetized patient is awake but totally paralyzed (a sort of living horror the likes of which few people have ever experienced). Tonight was the baseball equivalent of the medical phenomenon known as “anesthesia awareness”.

Look, I’m still a RISP-nonbeliever. But I’m not immune to these awful games.

  • The answer that I give when I get the RISP question is basically this: “Look, baseball is a game of probability, luck, and what we generally accept to be a mean, or normalcy.
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Yankees Blow An Opportunity To Increase Their Division Lead, Lose 3-1

I won’t say tonight’s game was a must-win but I will say it was a game the Yankees should have won. The Indians were in the midst of a nine-game losing streak coming into tonight but snapped that streak by handing the Yankees their fourth loss in five games. So far this has been the road trip from hell for New York who were swept in Chicago and with a loss tomorrow could finish the trip 1-5.

Tonight, the Yankees seemed to have the bases loaded every inning and couldn’t do anything. They ended the game 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position and their lone run came on a sacrifice fly by Mark Teixeira in the sixth inning.

Hiroki Kuroda was victimized by a three-run home run in the first inning by Michael Brantley.

That’s all the Indians would need to lock up the victory. Kuroda ended up pitching a complete game allowing only four hits in the loss.… Click here to read the rest