The farm continues to excite, with another extra inning victory today. Dellin Betances had his second decent start in a row, though he had trouble finding the plate at times. Overall, the Yankees minor league teams went 2-2 today and gave us plenty to think about.
Empire State lost to Rochester 4-3:
Dellin Betances gave up a lead off single in the first. Darin Mastroianni moved to second on a ground out and got to third on a passed ball. Another ground out brought Mastroianni home and the Red Wings had the first run of the day, Betances walked two more batters and had a wild pitch, but he minimized the damage. Kevin Russo started the bottom of the inning with a walk. Dewayne Wise drew one as well and a wild pitch let both runners move over. A single from Brandon Laird plated two runs and the Yankees took the lead. Mastroianni found himself on base again in the second, after Laird got a missed catch error with two outs. Ben Revere singled to left, and the game was tied 2-2. Laird hit a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth, once again putting Empire State ahead. Rochester responded with a run in the top of the fifth, as the game stayed tied until the eighth. Aaron Bates singled to right and moved to second on a sac bunt. Joe Benson replaced him on the bases and moved to third on a ground out before scoring on a single from Mastoianni, putting Rochester ahead for good as the Yankees fell 4-3.
Dellin Betances had another good start, despite a shaky first inning. He went six innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits. He continues to struggle with his control, allowing six walks and striking out just two. Only 55 of his 108 pitches were strikes. Russo went 2-3 with a run scored and a walk. Laird went 2-4 with a homer and three RBIs. He also had an error that led to a Rochester run.
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#Yankees from @BryanHoch: Mariano Rivera is being carted off the field with a right knee injury suffered during batting practice — Steve Berthiaume (@SBerthiaumeESPN) May 3, 2012 Just saw the replay of Mariano hitting the wall. He looked like he was in a LOT of pain. — Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) May 3, 2012 As per [...]
The New York Yankees take their two-game losing streak and three-game hitting funk to Kansas City to face the Royals. And the game already has some ominous undertones. First of all, the Royals have not won at home this season. They are 0-10 there this year. Why is this ominous? Consider that the Yankees have already stopped Brian Matusz‘s losing streak and ended Ivan Nova‘s winning streak. The superstition thing is creating crazy arcs of static electricity. Add in the fact that the Yankees will feature a pitcher who has never started a game in the big leagues and as a team, are banged up, let’s just say that confidence isn’t exactly oozing from the pores this afternoon.
The Yankees’ suddenly feckless lineup will face Danny Duffy, the young left-handed Royals’ pitcher. Duffy has missed some time due to discomfort in his pitching elbow. That’s never a good thing. And in Duffy’s limited experience facing the Yankees, he has gotten pummeled. Duffy, when healthy, throws a 95 MPH, four-seam fastball, a slider, a curve and a change. He uses the slider the least of all his secondary pitches. Duffy can strike a lot batters out at times but also tends to walk quite a few. That latter quality will get him in trouble with the Yankees…or at least the Yankees of a week ago. The Royals really need a long outing from one of their starters, but the odds with Duffy are long in that direction.
As mentioned earlier today, David Phelps gets his big start today and since that post covered his potential outing, it won’t be repeated here. Reports are that he will have lots of family in the stands, so he’ll have a big rooting section. Good luck, Mr. Phelps. Hopefully this outing won’t self-destruct in ten seconds.
Derek Jeter – DH
Curtis Granderson – CF
Mark Teixeira – 1B
Alex Rodriguez – 3B
Robinson Cano – 2B
Andruw Jones – RF
Eduardo Nunez – SS
Russell Martin – C
Jayson Nix – LF
The top five have been shaken up a bit. Jeter has a DH night.
Jarrod Dyson – CF
Alex Gordon – LF
Billy Butler – DH
Eric Hosmer – 1B
Jeff Francoeur – RF
Mike Moustakas – 3B
Chris Getz – 2B
Alcides Escobar – SS
The game starts at 8:10 and can be found locally on the YES Network.
While writing the title for this game thread, I was torn between the tasty pun that you see before you and a reference to the ever-shuffling line-up. Given that I am mostly depressed by any references to Mark Teixeira’s offensive production at this point in time, I stand by my decision. With Swisher likely out [...]
There have been many discussions here and elsewhere about everything that has gone wrong for the Yankees so far this year. Presently, the Yankees are sitting in 4th place in the AL East at 13-10, 4 games behind the division-leading Toronto Blue Jays. This is not a position that Yankee fans are used to seeing [...]
Derek Jeter is hitting .400/.440/.590 on May 2nd. That alone is pretty insane. Its even crazier because Jeter is 38 years old and a shortstop. Few people would fault Jeter for slowly fading into oblivion as he caps off a career as one of the best shortstops ever to play the game. But instead, he’s [...]
David Phelps gets the start tonight against the Kansas City Royals in the post-Freddy era. And while it is always fun to see a young gun get a chance to show what he can do, there is also little comfort in such a start coming after two straight Yankee losses which has bumped the team all the way to fourth place in the division. Fourth place! Blasphemy! Phelps has been a mixed bag so far this season. He has looked brilliant and he has been whacked for four homers in just 17.2 innings. His walk percentage is higher than his minor league numbers and all his numbers suffer from such small sample sizes that we simply have no idea what to expect when he takes the mound tonight. But then again, after the starts from Freddy and Phil, what do the Yankees have to lose by giving him his chance?
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The upper ranks of the Yankees’ top prospect lists drew a lot of attention over the offseason. From stalwarts like Manny Banuelos to hard chargers like Mason Williams, enigmatic top pick Dante Bichette Jr., and newcomer Jose Campos, there was no shortage of intriguing young players throughout the ranks of the Yankees’ minor league affiliates. However, through the first month of the season, it’s a slugger who went under the radar over the winter who has made the most noise on the field.
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(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) For once, it looked like the Yankees were in a position to prove the old adage of “you can never have too much pitching” wrong. It was late in Spring Training and they had no less than 10 guys who could make a legitimate claim to [...]