Tonight’s Yankee Lineup: 4/29/13

Well, well, well, look at this:

Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Travis Hafner DH
Brennan Boesch RF
Jayson Nix 3B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Austin Romine C

Andy Pettitte LHP

You’ll notice something right away, Austin Romine is getting the start and catching Andy Pettitte. No pressure, kid. You’ll also notice that Kevin Youkilis is out, again. Maybe they should put him on the DL already? Honestly, what’s one more guy on the DL? Pretty soon the whole team will be there.

This is the first time the Yankees are facing the “new to the AL” Houston Astros in 2013 and hopefully, the boys from the Bronx will continue their winning ways.
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What a difference a year makes

As I was sitting in the upper deck of Yankee Stadium yesterday, I was struck by how different the lineup was from last year at this time. Yes, the Yankees have a ton of injuries and this isn’t a new development but seeing names like Brennan Boesch and Lyle Overbay in the lineup was just so amusing to me.

So I thought it would be funny to compare the lineup on 4/28/12 to 4/28/13.

April 28, 2012 was a Saturday and the Yankees were facing the Detroit Tigers in the Bronx. Unfortunately, Freddy Garcia was starting for the Yankees and just like the previous Saturday when he gave up a bunch of runs to the Red Sox in Fenway, he gave up six runs in one and one-third innings of work.

Here’s the Yankee lineup that faced Drew Smyly last April.

Yesterday, the 2013 Yankees took on the Toronto Blue Jays and R.A. Dickey at the Stadium and this time, with a patchwork lineup, including Bosech, who was a Tiger and in their starting lineup last April 28, the Yankees came out on top.

On Saturday, I was at a baby shower and the father of the baby, who is a huge Mets fan, hugged and kissed me ‘hello’ and said, “Man, your Yankees are unbelievable.” I said, “You’re right, they are.” Of course, we were all hoping that the Yankees would be able to “keep their heads above water” until the regulars started coming back but I think they’ve definitely exceeded expectations.

As of this post, the Yankees are 15-9 overall and in second place in the AL East. Yes, it’s early and yes, things can change but right now, we should all be happy with this start, no matter who is in the lineup. Continue reading What a difference a year makes

Quick hit: Matsui to sign a one-day contract

Reports have surfaced that the Yankees will be signing Hideki Matsui to a one-day contract so he can retire in Pinstripes. According to George King of the New York Post:

Plans are in the works for Hideki Matsui to sign a one-day contract with the Yankees and ceremoniously retire as a member of the team he spent seven seasons with and became a fan favorite.

The Yankees have a Bobblehead Day planned for on July 28 at Yankee Stadium planned for Matsui, who retired from baseball in December.

I love this idea and I cannot wait to see what the Yankees do for Matsui. I was there on Opening Day 2010 when the 2009 Championship team received their rings and Matsui, who was there as a visiting player with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, was honored by his teammates.

I’m sure if they choose July 28 as the day to honor Matsui, it will be a great afternoon for him and for the fans in attendance. And on a personal note, I will be thrilled because July 28 is a Sunday and I have tickets for that day. Continue reading Quick hit: Matsui to sign a one-day contract

How good was CC’s April?

We can close the books on the month of April for CC Sabathia. CC won’t pitch again until Friday, May 3rd. Numerically, CC’s month wasn’t as strong as it might seem. Sabathia started six games for the Bombers. He pitched 43 innings, just a tad above seven innings a start. CC is always a work horse, and the durability stats are impressive. But his slash line was 3.35/3.90/3.82. He was worth 0.6 fWAR. Given that a pitcher usually starts 33 games, we can infer that over the course of the full season had he maintained his April pace Sabathia would be worth 3.3 fWAR. That’s not bad, but that’s also not CC. That would be his worst faring since 2004. Continue reading How good was CC’s April?

Enter Sandman

Yesterday was a good day.

The weather was beautiful. I was in my happy place, Yankee Stadium. I ate steak covered fries – yes, they exist. I scored the game for four innings – I ended up meeting up with some friends and didn’t score the rest of it because I was too busy chatting. Brennan Boesch and Lyle Overbay hit home runs. Phil Hughes pitched well again – though he had some bad luck in the latter innings. The Yankees won the game and even better, they swept a four-game series against Toronto.

And finally, I saw this for the first time since 2011:

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Thoughts On Nova’s Injury

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Despite coming away with a 4-game sweep of the Blue Jays, this past weekend was another costly one for the Yankees.  In the span of just a few innings and probably less than an hour of real time, they lost both halves of their starting battery on Friday night, losing Francisco Cervelli to a fractured right hand and Ivan Nova to what was officially diagnosed as right triceps inflammation.  I already spent some time on Saturday discussing Cervelli’s injury and its implications, and I do believe that will be the greater loss for the Yankees , but there’s plenty to consider with respect to Nova’s injury as well.  Now that we know exactly what the injury is and that he won’t be spending any time under a knife to deal with it, this seems like a good time to discuss.

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This week in Yankees baseball

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The New York Yankees won five out of seven this week as they swept the Toronto Blue Jays four games to none over the weekend. I expected the team to lose two of three down in St. Pete against the Rays. I did not expect a sweep of the Blue Jays, though I did believe the team would win the series. My prediction was 4-3 for the week. The only trouble for the team is that their counterparts in the American League East keep winning too. The Red Sox continue their blistering pace and the Orioles won all week as well.  All four teams in the AL East other than the Toronto Blue Jays have won seven of their last ten. The Yankees remain two and a half games behind the Red Sox in second place, a half a game up on the Orioles.

In theory, this week coming up works really well for them. They remain home for the entire week and the next weekend is sandwiched in between two off days on Thursday and Monday before the team  heads out on a road trip. They play the struggling Houston Astros for three games and then have a three game set with the Oakland Athletics, a team that has lost eight of its last ten games. Making the theory a reality is always the tricky part. So let’s take a closer look at the week ahead.

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The Farm Report: 4/28/13

It was a disappointing day for the Yankees’ farm teams. Trenton and Tampa both gave up nine runs in their losses. Charleston eked out a win against Kannapolis, despite very little offensive output.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was postponed due to rain.

Trenton lost to Portland 9-5:
The Thunder jumped out to an early lead in the first. Jose Pirela, Tyler Austin and Kyle Roller hit consecutive singles, plating the first run of the game. A double by Kyle Higashioka scored Austin and Roller for the 3-0 lead. Portland worked its way back into the game during the top of the second. Michael Almanzar drew a walk and Christian Vazquez lined a single to second. Heiker Mensese worked a free pass to load the bases and a single by Ryan Dent plated two runs, cutting the Thunder lead to one. Austin drew a leadoff walk in the third and scored on a single by Higashioka for a 4-2 advantage. The SeaDogs tied the game in the top of the fourth on a two-run double from Shannon Wilkerson. They took the lead when Almanzar hit a two-run homer in the top of the fifth, giving Portland the 6-4 lead. Shane Brown was hit by a pitch in the seventh, scoring on a single by Pirela. Unfortunately, Trenton wasn’t able to get any closer and Portland added some insurance in the eighth and ninth, taking the 9-5 win.

Pirela went 2-5 with a run scored and a RBI. Ramon Flores went 0-2 but took three walks. Austin went 1-3 with two runs scored and a walk. Higashioka went 2-4 with a double and three RBIs. Francisco Rondon gave up six runs on seven hits, four walks and three Ks over five innings. Danny Burawa held Portland scoreless, walking one, giving up a hit and striking out two. Shaeffer Hall gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk over two innings.

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Lyle Overbay powers Yankees to a sweep of the Blue Jays

R.A. Dickey was good. Lyle Overbay and Phil Hughes were better. Dickey gave the Blue Jays seven innings of four hit baseball. Normally that’s enough to get your team the victory, but not when two of those hits were homers. Brennan Boesch gave the Yankees their first run with a solo shot in the second inning. That was enough to keep the Yankees in the game until the seventh inning. With Travis Hafner on base Lyle Overbay hit a home run in the seventh frame to put the Yankees ahead three to two, the eventual margin of victory. Continue reading Lyle Overbay powers Yankees to a sweep of the Blue Jays