Here’s Alfonso Soriano talking about returning to the Yankees.
I can admit that I wasn’t expecting much from CC Sabathia tonight, right? He hasn’t had a good season to begin with and he has not been good against the Tampa Bay Rays in what seems like decades. Coming into tonight’s game, he had a 7.29 ERA against them already this season.
Of course, with that being said, I wasn’t quite expecting what happened in the second inning. And in case you missed the game, here’s a visual representation of Sabathia’s second inning:
Yes, it was that bad.
Sabathia teased us all by starting off well in the first inning and setting the Rays down in order. His secondary pitches were working well and it looked like maybe, Yankee fans would see a good Sabathia outing for a change.
It was not meant to be because in the next inning, everything went to hell in a hand basket. The Rays scored six runs on three singles and two doubles. Five of those runs came with two outs in the inning.…
Oh come on, I had to do this.
So this is a big series for the Yankees. The Rays are on a tear of late and the Yankees can make up some ground against them while the Red Sox and Orioles are beating each other up this weekend.
Here’s tonight’s lineup in case you missed it:
Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Travis Hafner DH
Brent Lillibridge 3B
Austin Romine C
The Yankees need Sabathia to be better than he was in his last start when he gave up seven runs on nine hits in five innings against Boston. Actually, they need him to be better than he had been in the first half and so far this season, he’s 1-2 with a 7.29 ERA against Tampa.
OFFICIAL: #Yankees acquire OF Alfonso Soriano and cash consideration from Cubs in exchange for Minor League RHP Corey Black.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 26, 2013
Soriano is batting fourth and playing in left tonight.
Here’s the lineup:
The last time we saw Alfonso Soriano in a Yankee uniform was the night of October 25, 2003.
Unfortunately for Yankees, it was not a good occasion because that was the night they lost Game 6 of the World Series to Josh Beckett and the then Florida Marlins in Yankee Stadium.
Soriano’s last at bat came in the bottom of the eighth inning – he led off the inning off with a single. Sadly, Derek Jeter followed that up with a fly ball out to center and Nick Johnson ended the inning by hitting into a double play.
Nearly ten years later, Soriano has come back home to the Yankees.
During his five years with the Yankees, Soriano batted .284/.322/.502/.824 with 98 home runs and 270 RBI. After the trade to Texas for Alex Rodriguez in early 2004, Soriano played with the Rangers for two seasons, then was traded to the Washington Nationals for Armando Galarraga, Terrmel Sledge and Brad Wilkerson in December 2005.…
So this isn’t exactly how I pictured my first post at IIATMS going, however, while I enjoy the analytical part of the game, I also enjoy the storytelling component of baseball just as much. The game of baseball was founded on stories and tales that have been debated for over a century now. Now, that’s not to say this story is one that should be debated, but it’s just a little something I thought would be cool to share with you.
I attended the game at Fenway Park this past Monday night and it just so happened that the Boston Red Sox were scheduled to take on the Tampa Bay Rays in what could be considered a pretty meaningful series for July. Tampa Bay walked into the series on a five-game winning streak and were only a game and a half out of first place.
Naturally, I expected to see a good game, and while you can’t predict baseball – I was right, I got to see a good game.…
To say Austin Romine was the surprise offensive star of the game yesterday would be more than appropriate. He’s swung the bat horribly since being called up and even after yesterday’s big game his season batting line still stands at just .193/.212/.277 (.215 wOBA). Yet there he was, getting his second start behind the plate in 3 days and going 3-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored. Add in his 1-3 day with another double, run scored, and RBI on Tuesday and it was a nice little series for Romine, who’s quietly putting up a very good month in July in incredibly limited playing time. He’s still at just 87 total PA for the season, but a quick peak at Romine’s monthly splits shows that he might be putting some things together.
For the month, Romine is hitting .333/.364/.524 in 22 PA with 4 2B, 4 R, and a pair of RBI. His .887 July OPS is close to double the .478 he posted in 24 June PA, which was close to double the .287 he posted in 37 May appearances. …
For today’s random box score of the week, I decided to go back to the year of my birth, 1974.
Originally, I was going to write about five years ago tonight, when Joba Chamberlain waltzed into Fenway Park and pitched a 1-0 shutout but decided against it. Long story short, that game reminds me of a bad time in my life so I figured I’d avoid writing about it. So I went back to the main box score page on Baseball Reference and clicked on 1974. And in a funny twist, the game played on July 25, 1974 also happened to be a 1-0 shutout.
How’s that for a coincidence?
In 1974, the Yankees were facing the Milwaukee Brewers at home. Well, not really at home, they were in Shea Stadium that year because Yankee Stadium was being refurbished.
This is a running joke in my household because my dad, mom and brother were all born in years when the Yankees won the World Series – 1941, 1947 and 1978 respectively – and my birth year’s claim to fame was that the team played their home games in Shea Stadium.…