Author Archives: William Tasker

Every scrape needs a scapegoat

The injury to Mark Teixeira seriously weakened the Yankees’ attack against left-handed pitching. Guys like Andruw Jones needed to step up. Not only has not done so, he’s fallen into an open manhole cover. He has four hits in September. Four! In 29 at bats.  That gives him a tidy little batting average of .137 for September. And that followed an August where he had only six hits in 37 at bats. That meant a .162 batting average for August and a lovely 10-66 over the two month span to give him a .151 batting average down the stretch. Only two of those hits were homers, one in August, one in September.

And it goes further back than that. Before yesterday’s two strikeouts in two at bats performance, his second half triple slash line looked like this: .146/.262/.262. Just typing that made the coffee curdle a little in the mouth this morning. How is a guy with that kind of prolonged ineptitude not DFAed?…

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This weekend in Yankees baseball

Friday (today):

Hiroki Kuroda goes for the Yankees and the Blue Jays will start Chad Jenkins. Kuroda, of course, has had a successful season for the Yankees and has been a terrific pickup for the team this season. And yet, Yankee Universe still tends to hold its breath whenever he starts. That is probably because after watching him all seasons, he has games where he will simply handcuff a team for seven or eight innings, and in others, he will be rather ordinary and prone to the long ball. Thus, Yankee fans are never sure which Kuroda will show up on a particular night. But let’s put it this way: A lot of the Yankees’ post season (if they get there) hopes are pinned to Kuroda being successful. If he cannot be counted on to win a game like this, can you really count on him for the playoffs?

Chad Jenkins is 24 years old and has pitched in a grand total of eleven major league games.…

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Yankees win handily, magic number down to six

The top of the third started meekly enough. The Yankees trailed at that point, 1-0, as Sabathia had allowed a single, a slow ground out and another single in the bottom of the second. Chris Stewart started it off with a weak ground out. Despite a lineup full of left-hand batters, Girardi decided not to make changes despite the left-handed Duensing. That allowed Chris Dickerson to bat and he singled to center. Ichiro Suzuki did the same thing to make it first and second with one out. Duensing then walked Derek Jeter to load the bases. Robinson Cano, who appears to be back in the groove again after three hits last night, hit a line drive over the head of Ben Revere in right to score Dickerson and Suzuki. Jeter stopped at third. Nick Swisher singled to score Jeter and send Cano to third. Curtis Granderson then hit a hot smash by the first baseman, Chris Parmelee, that rolled all the way to the corner.…

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Yanks blow it in the seventh, lose, 5-4

The Yankees had base runners in all of the first three innings off of Vasquez, but could not push a run across. Derek Jeter extended his hitting streak with a lead off single in the first. But was still there after Ichiro Suzuki fouled out and Alex Rodriguez struck out. Robinson Cano, the DH in this game, singled to right-center and Jeter went to third. But with two outs, Nick Swisher went the route of Ichiro and fouled out to the third baseman to end the inning.

Vasquez worked around a two-out walk to Raul Ibanez in the second but Nix popped out to end that inning. In the third, Vasquez allowed a one-out single to Ichiro only to strike out A-Rod again on a 3-2 pitch. Ichiro ran on the play and was gunned out by Joe Mauer to complete the double-play.

Meanwhile, Phil Hughes was coasting along. He worked around a two out single in the first and a lead off single in the second and retired the order in the third.…

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No runs in six, Pettitte wins, 6-3

All things considered, Liam Hendriks did not pitch that bad of a game for the Twins until the seventh inning. His manager, Ron Gardenhire, probably exposed Hendriks for one inning too many. After six innings, he had allowed four runs on six hits with four strikeouts and only one walk.  Three of the runs were allowed in the top of the first. In that inning, Hendriks allowed a walk to Derek Jeter to start the game. Ichiro Suzuki hit a ball off the wall in right for a double and Jeter went to third. Jeter then scored on a Robinson Cano ground out. The big blow, however, was when Nick Swisher hit a booming homer to right-center that banged off the facing up the upper deck out there.

Hendriks later served up Curtis Granderson‘s fortieth homer of the season–a solo job–in the fourth that was hit even deeper than Swisher’s bomb. Granderson’s back-to-back forty-homer seasons are the first time that has happened for the Yankees since Jason Giambi did it in 2002 and 2003.…

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