Perhaps Sabathia Is Too Healthy

I’ve been trying to keep everyone up to date with CC Sabathia‘s velocity since the beginning of the season. Ever since his elbow surgery, pitching just hasn’t been the same for the big lefty. A number of reasons could be contributing to his high hit rates of late, and Brad did a great in-depth analysis of just that yesterday.

The good news is that Sabathia is definitely starting to build up arm strength. He’s slowly built his way from a high 80’s four-seam to a low 90’s four-seam in the matter of two months, and in the last 50 pitches against the Rays on Sunday, Sabathia’s fastball was sitting between 92 and 93 mph.

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Sabathia’s four-seam fastball sat at 92.3 mph last year, so this is close to exactly what we saw in 2012. It’s obviously a great sign, but why is he still getting hit around? Could he be getting beat early in games when the velocity is lower?…

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Confessions of a frustrated Yankee blogger

I write a lot of revealing stuff about my life on my personal blog. I do it because it’s cathartic for me – writing out how you’re feeling, what your fears are and writing about everyday struggles can be a very good thing. I also do it because it helps other people who are going through the same troubles as I am. Sometimes the person reading my work knows someone going through something similar and it helps them to understand what their partner/friend/family member is dealing with on a daily basis.

So I figured I could get personal with you guys as well.

I’ve been writing on this blog for since last October and I feel like we all know each other well enough for me to be a little more revealing and I have a few secrets that I felt like I needed to share with all of you today.

Now, I hope that after this first confession, you don’t think less of me but I thought I needed to be truthful with everyone before I could go on with my day, so here it goes…

I didn’t watch one second of last night’s game and that’s why I didn’t write a recap.…

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First Rough Stretch Officially Reached

Nix E vs NYM

Well here we are.  The low point of the season to date has been reached.  The Yankees wake up this morning losers of 4 straight games, games they were outscored 21-9 in, and 6 of their last 8.  They’ve looked absolutely putrid in those 4 games, on the mound, at the plate, and in the field.  For the first time this season they have the appearance and accompanying performance of the cobbled together, replacement-level mess they were expected to be.  The quick gust of wind that was blown in the team’s sails when Curtis Granderson returned to the lineup has been snuffed out by his re-injury, and tonight the boys will try to wake up out of their funk in time to not get swept out of town by the effing Mets.

The results aren’t even as frustrating as the level of play that’s created them.  When a team, even the Mets, beats your best pitchers for 1-run wins you just tip your cap and move on.  …

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The Farm Report: 5/29/13 – Teix and Youk play in Trenton

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Norfolk 5-2:
The Tides broke through first, as Jason Pridie started the bottom of the first with a double and scored on a single by Buck Britton. They added to their lead in the second, as Zelous Wheeler drew a walk and scored on a Trayvon Robinson double to center. A double by Pridio plated Robinson and Norfolk held a 3-0 lead. Norfolk struck again in the top of the sixth, when Wheeler singled and scored on a passed ball by Bobby Wilson. The RailRiders finally scored in the top of the eighth. With two outs, Corban Joseph drove a single to right. Thomas Neal and Zoilo Almonte drew walks, loading the bases, and Ronnier Mustelier singled in Joseph and Neal. Norfolk got one run back in the bottom of the inning and Scranton couldn’t put together another rally, falling 5-2.

Joseph went 2-4 with a run scored. Neal went 0-2 with a pair of walks and a run.…

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Game 52: Subway Series game three

The Subway Series is in the Bronx tonight. I know, so exciting!

Hopefully the Yankees can muster more than one run tonight. That would be nice.

METS
Tejada SS
Murphy 2B
Wright 3B
Duda DH
Buck C
Ankiel CF
Byrd RF
Davis 1B
Baxter LF

Hefner P

YANKEES
Gardner CF
Cano 2B
Hafner DH
Overbay 1B
Boesch RF
Ichiro LF
Nix 3B
Brignac SS
Stewart C

Phelps P

Go Yankees!

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Quick hit: Granderson has surgery, Tex and Youk are close to returning

Brian Cashman told the media gathered in Trenton to watch Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis‘s rehab game that outfielder Curtis Granderson had surgery on his fractured hand.

He added that it will not affect the original timeframe.

Good news on Tex and Youkilis, it looks like they should be back on the big club by Friday.

 

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Help Wanted: A Fifth Outfielder (Left-Handers Need Not Apply)

In a show of incredible endurance, Ben Francisco sat on the Yankees’ 25-man roster until May 26th. It clearly wasn’t his contributions that kept him on the roster, rather it was the need for a right-handed outfielder for Joe Girardi to play against left-handed starters. With Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis on the precipice of rehab assignments, there was finally little need for a guy who had just 3 hits in 40 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers.

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REUTERS/ FRED THORNHILL

To replace Francisco, the Yankees stacked their bullpen for the time being with 13 pitchers, something that will not likely last. The newest edition, David Huff, has already been replaced by Joba Chamberlain, but that hasn’t stopped the Yankees from carrying a 13 pitchers. It’s not the worst plan, as the team will likely need some innings eaters as the team deals with injuries to Andy Pettitte, and some questions in their rotation around Hiroki Kuroda, who took a liner to the calf, David Phelps, who took a liner to his pitching arm, and CC Sabathia, who’s battling a cold streak.…

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