Some good news for the Yankees today, as Phil Hughes tells Andrew Marchand that he is healthy and able to pitch after leaving Game Three with back stiffness in the fourth inning. Hughes says that he could have continued pitching in the game, but manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild weren’t comfortable with what they were seeing out of him and decided to make a pitching change. That was the right move, in my opinion, as Hughes was having al ot of trouble locating his pitches at that point, and you can’t leave an aching fourth starter in a game like that and risk having them let things get out of control.
Hughes also say that he feels like he could pitch out of the bullpen as early as today, something that I doubt we’ll see. Aside from any lingering issues with his back, the Yankees will likely need Hughes to start a potential Game Seven if the series goes that far, thanks to the rain out of last night’s contest. In most cases you wouldn’t want to worry about that yet, but the reality is that the Yankee will have to get that far in order to win the series, so winning the next three games while leaving yourself without a viable pitcher for that game would likely prove to be a Pyrrhic victory at best.
Baseball America has released their draft report cards for 2012 and the Yankees’ is one of the handful that do not require a subscription. They singled out fifth round pick Robert Refsnyder as the best pure hitter drafted by New York. The outfielder from the University of Arizona started his career in Charleston this season, after winning the College World Series. Peter O’Brien (second round) is cited as the best power hitter, but he is a big question mark defensively at catcher. Corey Black (fourth round) and top pick Ty Hensley got nods for having the best fastballs, while Nick Goody (sixth round) was mentioned as having the best debut and being closest to the majors. Goody, a closer for LSU worked his way up to the Tampa Yankees with a combined 1.12 ERA over 32 games, averaging 14.6 Ks per nine and a 5.78 K/BB ratio. Austin Aune, Taylor Dugas, Saxon Butler and others are all mentioned as well so make sure to check it out.
(The following was originally published at The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23). Is the Bronx Zoo back? Before Tuesday’s pivotal game three, Joe Girardi (perhaps with an assist from Brian Cashman?) decided to bench Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher, two players who have been stalwarts for him throughout his tenure as Yankee manager. The moves, which were [...]
I feel as though I need to say something about Alex Rodriguez, once again the story of the day, this morning, but frankly: What else is there to say? This has been the story of the postseason for over a week now, and other than a silly report of some in-game hijinks, absolutely nothing has changed. So I guess I’ll just rehash the old points and briefly address the new ones.
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It’s not going to happen. I should really just end it here, but allow me to justify this statement. This rumor about a Yankee trade with the Marlins is just not happening. It starts with the awful contract. It wouldn’t be the first time in baseball history, or even the first time this year that [...]
Game Four has been in a rain delay without rain for over an hour now, and an MLB oficial just announced on TBS that the game will be postponed until tomorrow at 4:07 P.M., when Game Five was scheduled to start. This is really something of a disaster for the Yankees, who now won’t be able to have C.C. Sabathia come back to pitch Game Seven on three days rest, something that they’d need to do to win the series. They really would have been better off playing under threat of rain and having a delay force out the starters if need be, rather than pushing the game back to tomorrow. The odds of winning the series were already as long as they could have been…and they just got worse.
There’s a 7% chance the Yankees win the ALCS. That’s a pretty low numbers, but if you go game by game, the Yankees should have the upper hand tonight. With CC Sabathia on the mound against Max Scherzer, we all know who the better pitcher is. Pitching isn’t what’s hurt this team though, it’s been [...]
Here are the full lineups for tonight’s ALCS game:
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez SS
C.C. Sabathia LHP
Austin Jackson CF
Omar Infante 2B
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young DH
Jhonny Peralta SS
Andy Dirks LF
Avisail Garcia RF
Gerald Laird C
Max Scherzer RHP
I’ll be honest: That’s basically the exact lineup I would have written out tonight if I were Joe Girardi. Scherzer is a tough customer, leading the league in K/9 and finishing behind only Justin Verlander in raw strikeout totals, but he’s somewhat weaker against left-handed batters, and shoulder troubles have knocked his fastball velocity down a little bit. Might as well stack him up with lefties and switch hitters (with the exception of Curtis Granderson), and hope those guys start hitting the ball hard when he comes in the zone.