Well, the news isn’t surprising. Kevin Youkilis has finally been placed on the 15-day DL. He got an MRI which didn’t show much of anything and receiving an epidural in his back, the Yankees finally decided to bite the bullet and add Youkilis to the illustrious roster of high paid players currently on the DL. They’re calling his injury a lumbar spine strain.
Corban Joseph who got the call and who is on the 40-man roster, is batting .273/.347/.477/.824 with Scranton. He’s hit four home runs, six doubles and has nine RBI in 22 games. He has primarily been playing second base but has some experience at third.
UPDATE 3:37 PM – From Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger:
Brian Cashman says the decision to play Kevin Youkilis on Saturday was “a mistake by everyone involved.”
Okay, everyone. Find a comfortable spot, sit down, take a deep cleansing breath and relax.
Now, close your eyes and picture something pleasant in your mind. Maybe you’re picturing some kittens or puppies.
Or maybe a really good meal. I like steak, so that’s what I’m picturing.
You should be fully relaxed now so listen to me very carefully.
Last night was just a bad game. It happens from time to time. This doesn’t mean the Yankees are going to crash and burn now. They just swept the Toronto Blue Jays in a four-game series and that’s a very positive thing.
I understand that Houston is in the American League now and you don’t want to lose to teams like that but it’s not the end of the world. Yes, Andy Pettitte had an off-night and yes, the offense was shut down by Houston pitching but stranger things have happened.
In your relaxed state, I want you to also take the following advice.
Do not, I repeat, do not read any of the New York newspapers today. They, meaning certain columnists, tend to overreact to games like last night’s and they add fuel to the panic fire, so to speak so just avoid that nonsense. It’s a nice day in the New York area, go out for lunch and avoid every newsstand you see.
Also, do not listen to sports radio. Of course, knowing the guys in New York, they’re still talking about that not-so-great quarterback being released from the NY area football team that wears green uniforms so you may be safe for now.
Just avoid baseball stuff until just before game time tonight. The good news is, Hiroki Kuroda is starting tonight and he will more than likely rescue you from your melancholy mood. (I hope.)
Here are Joe Girardi and Andy Pettitte talking about last night’s 9-1 loss to the Astros.
The RailRiders swept their double-header against Charlotte. Chris Bootcheck was strong on the mound and Zoilo Almonte had a big second game, though he picked up hits in both. Tampa was beaten soundly by St. Lucie, while Trenton and Charleston were rained out.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Charlotte 5-4 in Game 1:
The RailRiders threatened in the top of the first, as Melky Mesa and Dan Johnson both singled, but they came up empty. Charlotte scored in the bottom of the inning, as Brent Morel doubled in Carlos Sanchez. Corban Joseph tied the game with a solo shot in the third, and the RailRiders took the lead in the fourth. David Adams grounded a double to left, scoring on a single by Cody Johnson. Addison Maruszak drew a walk and Bobby Wilson bunted the runners over. A single by Joseph plated two more runs, but he was thrown out trying to get to second, ending the inning. The Knights got one run back in the bottom of the inning, making the score 4-2. A sac fly by Mesa in the sixth gave Scranton some insurance, which proved helpful as the Knights rallied in the seventh. Preston Claiborne gave up three straight singles, loading the bases. Another single by Morel scored a run and Lars Anderson brought home another on a ground out before Claiborne struck out Josh Bell to give Scranton the 5-4 win.
Joseph went 2-3 with a run scored, a homer and three RBIs. Mesa also went 2-3, hitting a double and picking up a RBI. Almonte and Adams both went 1-4, with the latter scoring a run and hitting a double. Dellin Betances went 3.1 innings and gave up two runs on five hits, three walks and six Ks. Sam Demel threw a hitless 2.2 innings and struck out three. Preston Claiborne gave up two runs on four hits and two Ks in one inning of work.
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(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod. Stats have not been updated to reflect last night’s game)
In a situation where he was going to be more important than ever, Robinson Cano has done everything the Yankees have needed him to do so far this season. He’s hitting .316/.374/.612 (.417 wOBA) in 107 plate appearances, with a team-leading 7 HR, 17 R scored, 17 RBI, and 1.3 fWAR. He hasn’t made an error in the field, he hasn’t missed a game or even an at-bat due to injury, sickness, or whatever, and he’s looked every bit worth the 9-figure salary he’s sure to get at some point. There are plenty of other kudos to hand out to other players on the team for the job they’ve done, but it’s more than fair to say that without Cano this team would not be off to the 15-9 start it is.
Before the season, I dissected Cano’s poor 2012 performance against left-handed pitching, a statistical anomaly never seen before and a potential cause for concern about Cano’s expected offensive productivity moving forward. He hasn’t completely put the issue to bed, but Cano has done enough early on to at least make me believe he’s putting last year’s issues in the rearview.
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That game was the pits. Do I have to rehash it? Really? Okay, fine.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Andy Pettitte was awful.
- So was the offense.
- Vidal Nuno was pretty good even though it was in mop up duty.
- Oh, Kevin Youkilis‘ MRI was negative. Not that it has anything to do with the game but I have to post something, I suppose.
- Hmmm. What else?
- Yep, I got nothing.
On to the next one as they say…
Tonight, the New York Yankees are welcoming the Houston Astros to their first game in the new Stadium. Houston has beaten the Yanks just one time in nine meetings which includes a 1-5 record in the Bronx. The Astros’ only win over the Yankees was that infamous six-pitcher no-hitter in June 2003.
Here’s Houston’s lineup, which will be facing Andy Pettitte:
Lucas Harrell P (2-2, 4.08)
Houston is 7-18 overall and has lost four straight. The Yankees are 15-9 overall and just completed a four-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays.
(I posted the Yankees’ lineup earlier.)
With the Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells deals working out for the organization, you have to think their scouting department has done a wonderful job finding players on the scrap heap. At this point, any player that interests the Yankees also interests me, and last season Chris Nelson interested the Yankees. Over the weekend, the Rockies DFA’d the infielder, and his defense and offense still look like an interesting fit to the current Yankee lineup.
With the 9th pick in the 2004 draft, the Colorado Rockies selected the 18 year old short stop Chris Nelson. On Saturday night, they released the 27 year old third baseman Chris Nelson, after nearly a decade of false hope. At one point time, Nelson was considered one of the best infield prospects in baseball, flashing both power and leather in the early part of his career. In 2005, he was ranked the 26th best prospect in baseball after batting .347/.432/.510 in Rookie Level. Over the next few years, the young infielder struggled, and it wasn’t until 2007, his age 21 season, that he started to hit in the upper levels. From 2007 to 2010, Nelson moved from High-A to Triple-A, and posted a respective OPS of .861, .657, .832, and .868 along the way. In 2010, at the age of 24, Nelson got the call to the majors. The rest of his career would be a roller coaster of high’s and low’s in the majors and minors.
Despite playing in what’s widely considered the most hitter friendly ballpark, Nelson has hit just .279/.322/.416 over 664 career plate appearances. While this is far from awful, the ballpark factor drops his wRC+ to just 86, which is well below a league average hitter. In his four seasons, he owns virtually no platoon splits, with an 84 wRC+ against lefties, and an 87 wRC+ against righties. (Though just 2 of his 13 home runs have come off southpaws) As for his home and away splits, his numbers at home have been far better, where he’s hit .316/.363/.460, compared to .238/.275/.366 on the road.
A team must be extremely weary when acquiring any hitter from the Rockies, but Nelson has a few numbers that indicate he might not continue his awful hitting on the road. The effects of Coors Field can be drastic, but they’re usually more suited towards power. My own park factors, using this five year regressed method, found that the home run rate for right-handers was 113% in 2010 (FanGraphs also has it at 113%), 115% in 2011 (113%), and 113% in 2012, for singles it was 108% (105%), 106% (105%), and 107%, for doubles it was 108% (113%), 111% (113%), and 112%. What’s odd is that Nelson’s BABIP at home was .369, or .62 points higher that his .307 BABIP on the road. Though there’s an obvious boost in singles and doubles hit in Coors, it should not have such a startling effect.
From home/away splits, to his odd platoon splits, to his BABIPS, to batted ball rates, Nelson’s stats are rather wacky, and considering that we’re working with 664 plate appearances, he seems to have fallen victim to small sample size.
I won’t say that Nelson will ever live up to his 9th overall draft selection, but the Yankees should have a clear interest in him. He’s a right-handed batter that can play short stop, second base, and third base. Especially if Kevin Youkilis goes down with his back injury, the Yankees will desperately need another right handed infielder. As awful as Nelson’s been, his minor league numbers indicate that he could be an upgrade over Jayson Nix and Ben Francisco. A change of scenery could do Nelson well, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Yankees acquire him from the Rockies over the next 10 days.