Series preview: Four-game set with the Indians starts tonight

[caption id="attachment_77821" align="aligncenter" width="550"]Yanks vs CLE Here’s hoping this series goes better than the last. Courtesy of Getty Images[/caption]

The Yankees current winning ways started in Cleveland last week. New York has won six of its last seven, and hope to keep adding numbers to that ‘W’ column when the Indians start a four-game series at Yankee Stadium today.

Here’s a glance at each game in the series:

Thursday, August 20: RHP Ivan Nova vs. RHP Josh Tomlin

Nova has shown signs of improvement recently, having one real tough outing in his last five. For many of the Indians batters, this is their first look at Nova. The only Cleveland player with any amount of significant at-bats against him is Mike Aviles, and he has only had eight appearances against Nova.

Tomlin is making just his second start of the season. He’s gone through a series of injuries and rehab assignments in the last couple of years.

Matchup to watch:
Ryan Raburn vs. Nova: 3-for-5, 1.200 OPS.
Mark Teixeira (if he can play) vs. Tomlin: 4-for-13 with two home runs.

Friday, August 21: RHP Masahiro Tanaka vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco

Tanaka’s arm did not fall off this season despite what the doctors at the local papers were telling you. In fact, Tanaka is having a fine season and is coming off his best performance of the year having thrown a complete game and striking out eight against the Blue Jays on August 15.

Carrasco has pitched very well as of late. He has a 1.36 ERA in his last four games with 29 strikeouts in 33 innings. Continue reading Series preview: Four-game set with the Indians starts tonight

Yankees shockingly roll over and die for Pitcher They've Never Seen Before

The most surprising thing ever happened on Monday night, and by most surprising I mean least surprising thing in American history, as the Yankees got completely shut down by a Pitcher They’ve Never Seen Before™ for the approximately 800 millionth time over the last two seasons. I’m sorry, but there’s just no excuse for a game like this. Bases loaded, no out in the first inning, and the team fails to score. Five total hits off Carlos Carrasco, who came into this game with an ERA above 4.50, and who struck seven Yankees out during his seven scoreless innings. Seriously, Continue reading Yankees shockingly roll over and die for Pitcher They've Never Seen Before

Yanks get revenge on Tomlin; pound out season-high 18 hits in 9-1 drubbing of Indians

After being embarrassed by Josh Tomlin in his Major League debut last July, the Yankees turned the tables Sunday afternoon, pounding out a season-high 18 hits on their way to beating Tomlin and the Indians 9-1 and taking their third straight of this four-game set. Freddy Garcia recovered after his worst start of the season this past Tuesday against Boston, throwing 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball with an impressive six strikeouts. It’s amazing how effective Garcia has been for the most part this season against pretty much every team not named the Red Sox. Luis Ayala and Kevin Whelan Continue reading Yanks get revenge on Tomlin; pound out season-high 18 hits in 9-1 drubbing of Indians

Yankees beat Indians 4-0 in second shutout of season

The Bartolo Colon Renaissance Tour continued Saturday afternoon for 6 2/3 more brilliant shutout innings before encountering an unfortunate roadblock in a pulled left hamstring. In the postgame Joe Girardi said he didn’t know how long they’d be without Colon until tomorrow, while Brian Cashman said he expected a DL stint. Knowing what we know about hamstrings, this could take a while — while Curtis Granderson got back in a month last May, Phil Hughes took nearly three months to get back in 2007 and Andy Pettitte two months last year. Best-case scenario would obviously be the former, but it Continue reading Yankees beat Indians 4-0 in second shutout of season

Game Thread and Series Preview | Yankees vs. Indians I: Rick Vaughn would be so proud

The Cleveland Indians have been in first place in the AL Central since their sixth game of the season, despite the fact that neither their offense (.324 team wOBA, which is pretty good in the current depressed 2011 hitting environment, but nothing extraordinary) or pitching staff (a middling 3.89 team ERA, 7th-best in the AL) appears to be particularly imposing on paper — save for Asdrubal Cabrera, who has come out of nowhere (.301 wOBA in 2010) to post an 9th-best-in-the-American-League .391 wOBA. Given that most prognosticators pegged the Indians for a 4th- or 5th-place finish in 2011, the Tribe’s Continue reading Game Thread and Series Preview | Yankees vs. Indians I: Rick Vaughn would be so proud

A look at the 2011 Cleveland Indians

The fantastic World of Sports hasn’t been entirely at all kind to Cleveland fans. He-who-must-not-be-named left the now-crippled Cavaliers in decidedly mind-boggling fashion in preference of the weepy Miami Heat. The Browns have enjoyed only three winning seasons over the past two decades resulting in a measly two postseason appearances.  And of course, this ultimately brings us to baseball where aside from 2001 and 2007, in which the Indians lost in the ALDS and ALCS respectively, the Tribe has been generally underwhelming at best. After finishing in fourth place in the AL Central with a 69-93 record in 2010, the Continue reading A look at the 2011 Cleveland Indians

The Yankeeist Interview with former Yankee catcher John Ellis

I’m extremely honored to present the first player interview in Yankeeist history, as former Bomber backstop John Ellis was generous enough to share some of his time with me to talk baseball.John debuted in the Bigs with the Yankees in 1969 and enjoyed a successful career highlighted by longevity. John’s contributions spanned across three different franchises (Yankees, Indians and Rangers) and he posted a career .262/.312/.392 triple slash (69 HR) in the process. He was part of the trade that sent Graig Nettles to the Yankees before the 1973 season, and was also the first designated hitter in Cleveland Indians history, Continue reading The Yankeeist Interview with former Yankee catcher John Ellis

Seven-run seventh propels Yanks to 11-4 thrashing of Indians

The Yankees pounded the Tribe 11-4 last night, taking three of four from a rather hapless Cleveland team. Despite the final score, this was a tense game until the top of the sixth. Dustin Moseley — spot starting for the injured Andy Pettitte after Sergio Mitre showed he wasn’t up to the task five days ago — was fantastic, throwing six innings of four-hit, one-run ball. Moseley got into some trouble in the first, but once he settled down it was fairly smooth sailing. Between Moseley’s effectiveness as well as the fact that starter Mitch Talbot had to come out Continue reading Seven-run seventh propels Yanks to 11-4 thrashing of Indians

Yankee offense doubles output of first two games combined in beating Indians 8-0

After averaging two runs per in the first two games of this four-game set, the Yankee bats finally came alive in Cleveland, tagging Fausto Carmona for seven earned runs en route to an 8-0 victory. It was the team’s first shutout since CC Sabathia‘s Father’s Day victory over a month ago. A.J. Burnett had the curveball working, which was a good thing considering Burnett told reporters after the game “When A.J. doesn’t have his curveball, it’s going to be a tough night.” What A.J. failed to mention is why, for $16.5 million a year, he doesn’t have his curveball every Continue reading Yankee offense doubles output of first two games combined in beating Indians 8-0