Could Washington’s “Strasburg Rules” Be A Roadmap For Michael Pineda?

Sad Mike Pineda is sad. Courtesy of the AP

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

The news of the Washington Nationals’ decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg for the season caused major waves in the baseball world this past weekend, and with good reason.  It’s not every day that a team willingly shuts down its best pitcher during a playoff race.  In fact, I can’t think of any day where that’s happened.  The arguments for and against the move both have strong cases for being “right.”  Strasburg is the cornerstone of the franchise and the Nats have a lot riding on him.  To risk his and the franchise’s future at the expense of one year could be dangerous.  On the other hand, many a baseball purist will argue that opportunities to reach and win a World Series are precious and few, and are never guaranteed.  The Nats’ chances of capitalizing on that opportunity this season are considerably diminished without Strasburg in the rotation.… Click here to read the rest

It’s about the (injuries), stupid!

I know that retrospectives that boil down to “too many people got hurt,” aren’t exactly fan favorites nor overly entertaining to read. The most common rejoinder to that line of reasoning is something along the lines of “injuries are no excuse.” Except that, well, they kind of are. Or, at least, they are when, a) they’re completely out of your control, b) they cost you the presence of several crucial starters for extended periods of time, and, c) your team has a record of 79-62 and sits in first place in your division in mid-September in spite of all of those freak injuries.

Which, you probably noticed, is exactly the situation the Yankees find themselves in right now. Consider for a second the number and magnitude of injuries the Yankees have had to overcome this year that can easily be described as purely freakish, nothing anyone could do to prevent them, injuries. In chronological order: Brett Gardner (injured his elbow diving for a ball in the outfield) will have missed essentially all of the 2012 season, Mariano Rivera (tore his ACL while warming up for a game) will have missed all but the first month of the season, Andy Pettitte (fractured his ankle thanks to being hit by a line drive while pitching), has missed the last two and a half months, and Alex Rodriguez (broken metacarpal after being hit with a pitch) missed over a month, during which time the Yankees suffered through the majority of their recent slide in the standings.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees can’t put away Red Sox, tied with O’s once more

The Good:

  • Nick Swisher broke out of his recent funk a bit, going 2-5 with a double and a single. The single came in the ninth inning, putting the go ahead run on base, but went for naught as Eduardo Nunez got himself thrown out trying to steal second base with two outs.
  • Joba Chamberlain came on with the bases loaded and one out with the game tied at three runs apiece in the seventh inning, and a ground ball and a pop up later had worked the Yankees out of the jam without a run scoring and the game still tied. I think it’s safe to say that the Yankees aren’t trying to avoid using Joba in high leverage situations anymore, and he’s certainly earning his spot in that relief role right now.
  • David Robertson struck out the side in order in the eighth, albeit before allowing three hits and the winning run in the ninth. Still Robertson is a one inning reliever by trade, so I think it’s unfair to hold his second inning of work against him when his first inning went so well, and it’s probably fair to wonder why Robertson was left in the game after he allowed singles to Pedro Ciriaco and Mike Aviles.
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Trenton drops Game 1 of ELCS to Akron 3-0

Adams started the sixth with a double, but once again Trenton couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity. Akron got some insurance in the bottom of the inning, as Holt started with a triple to right. Chen doubled him in and Akron held a 3-0 lead. Trenton went down in order in the seventh and eighth. David Aardsma made another rehab appearance for Trenton, pitching the eighth inning and giving up a leadoff walk, a single to Jordan Henry and another walk, loading the bases with no outs. He escaped the inning by striking out Chen and getting Aguilar to ground into a double play. With one last chance to  make it a game, Maruszak hit a one out single in the ninth, but Trenton couldn’t rally as they fell 3-0.

Bronx Cheers:
Tyler Austin, Ramon Flores and Zoilo Almonte: Each went 0-4, with Austin striking out twice.

RISP: As a team, Trenton went 0-7 with runners in scoring position. They stranded seven runners.… Click here to read the rest

Losing To The Red Sox? Seriously?

There’s a reason the Boston Red Sox are in last place. They’re terrible, horrible, no good and very bad. The Red Sox hadn’t won in like two months – okay, that’s an exaggeration but still the Yankees should be beating teams that are this bad.

The Yankees, as usual, had issues with runners in scoring position and the Red Sox had all the luck in the world. They barely hit the ball and yet they kept getting guys on base and scoring with those dinky hits.

One positive thing about the game was Joba Chamberlain’s outing. He has really turned things around of late and that change in mechanics is working wonders for him.

This game was just uber frustrating to watch but it’s really a micro-chasm of the… wait, no, I’m not saying that. When I start sounding like Michael Kay, it’s time to end the recap. So let’s move the discussion to the comments, shall we? … Click here to read the rest

Game 141: Batting Fourth, James Loney

New York Yankees Boston Red Sox
Derek Jeter, SS Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Nick Swisher, RF Scott Podsednik, DH
Alex Rodriguez, DH Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Robinson Cano, 2B James Loney, 1B
Russell Martin, C Cody Ross, LF
Steve Pearce, 1B Ryan Lavarnway, C
Curtis Granderson, CF Ryan Kalish, RF
Andruw Jones, LF Pedro Ciriaco, 3B
Jayson Nix, 3B Mike Aviles, SS
Hiroki Kuroda, SP Jon Lester, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m., on My9 and MLB Network. Let’s go Yankees!… Click here to read the rest