Game 135: Nova needs to be super

Last night was a big win for the Yankees and a win today would be even bigger so if Ivan Nova knows what’s good for him, he’ll pitch well.

Got it?? (Kidding)

Here’s the Yankees lineup:
Gardner CF
Jeter SS
Cano 2B
Soriano DH
Rodriguez 3B
Granderson LF
Reynolds 1B
Ichiro RF
Stewart C

(As of the writing of this post- 11 AM – the Orioles haven’t posted their lineup)

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Yankees 8, Orioles 5: Staying alive

stayin-alive

I can admit that I didn’t have high hopes going into this one, right? It’s not hard to understand why I’d feel this way because CC Sabathia has been struggling this season, he struggled in his last start and well, he wasn’t great tonight either but luckily for him and for us, his offense bailed him out with a five-run fifth inning.

So the game was scoreless until the fourth inning when Chris Davis hit an RBI single to put the O’s up 1-0. The Yankees came right back in the bottom of the frame and went ahead 2-1 thanks to a two-run home run by Alfonso Soriano.

Of course, because nothing is easy, the Orioles came right back in the top of the fifth and scored three runs to go ahead 4-2. Danny Valencia hit a two-run shot and Manny Machado hit an RBI single.

In the bottom of the fifth, Curtis Granderson led the inning off with a double which was immediately followed by an RBI double by Mark Reynolds which cut Baltimore’s lead to 4-3.…

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Game 134: Robbie’s back!

Here’s your game thread, my apologies for it’s tardiness. I lost track of time.

Oops.

To say this series is do or die is a bit of understatement. The Yankees need to win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.

YANKEES
Gardner CF
Jeter SS
Cano 2B
Soriano LF
Rodriguez 3B
Granderson DH
Reynolds 1B
Ichiro RF
Romine C

ORIOLES
McLouth LF
Machado 3B
Jones CF
Davis 1B
Hardy SS
Markakis RF
Valencia DH
Casilla 2B
Teagarden C

The pitching matchup is CC Sabathia vs. Miguel Gonzalez. Sabathia is looking to bounce back from another lackluster game in his last start. Gonazlez is 0-1 against the Yankees this season but has a 2.25 ERA at Yankee Stadium in two starts.

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Quick hit: A change to the rotation

Joe Girardi had hinted earlier that he had some news regarding changes to the pitching rotation this weekend. Now, we know what they are.

Because of yesterday’s off-day, Phil Hughes‘ next start will be Monday against the White Sox instead of on Sunday against the Orioles. Andy Pettitte, who was on the schedule as Monday’s starter will now be pitching on Sunday on regular rest.

Personally, this is great news for me because I’m going to Sunday’s game and I wanted the Yankees to have a chance to win and not have to watch as Phil Hughes gives up a 500-foot home runs to Chris Davis.

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Joba Chamberlain: Not So Bad

If someone happens to come up to you and mention Joba Chamberlain, the proper Yankee fan reaction is to drop one’s head and let out and long and drawn out sigh.

After Tommy John surgery and a freak trampoline accident, Chamberlain has been far from the same pitcher we witnessed in his rookie season. The velocity remains on his fastball, the movement as well, and he still has one of the best breaking sliders in the MLB. But Chamberlain has been flat out awful in 2013, where he’s managed to lower his ERA to 4.21 in recent weeks, but maintained a 1.596 WHIP.

Something caught my eye in his recent outing against the Blue Jays on Wednesday. It was typical mop up duty for the reliever, who probably won’t see another high leverage inning with the Yankees again. He went 2.0 innings with just one base runner on a walk. He worked relatively quickly, he was inducing ground balls, and most shockingly he was hitting his spots.…

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Some Off-The-Radar Prospects

Greg Bird 2013

It’s been another non-banner year for the Yankee Minor League system in 2013.  Their top hitting prospects didn’t have the big take-off years that many were hoping for/predicting, some of their higher-level prospects took a step back rather than forward as they started getting closer to Major League consideration, and injuries continued to affect the top pitching prospects in one way or another.  This year’s draft class brought some high-ceiling talent, though we’ll have until next year to get a real good idea of what we’re working with there.  It wasn’t a great year by any stretch of the imagination, but there were some promising developments from lesser known players lower in the system.  As many of the MiL teams wrap up their 2013 seasons, here are a few names to keep an eye on for 2014.

Abi Avelino- SS Short Season Staten Island

Signed as a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic, Avelino created a little buzz for himself heading into the start of the GCL season this year after hitting .313/.409/.402 in 55 games there in 2012.  …

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