The Yankees’ flagging bullpen

To Girardi’s credit, he has made it work for most of the season. The Cody Eppley, Clay Rapada, Boone Logan road show was given a cast of other characters like Chad Qualls and Cory Wade, etc. David Phelps was a big help too but he is now forced to make starts and has been missed. If you expose the Eppleys and Rapadas of the world, sooner or later they will get exposed as marginal pitching talents.

Then along came Joba Chamberlain. Joba was supposed to be a godsend. His big arm would ride into the corral and rescue the flagging bullpen. Reports out of the minors were that he was throwing gas and Yankee fans had visions of the 2007 Joba. It hasn’t happened. Chamberlain has had no confidence in his fastball and when he does throw it, the pitch gets whacked somewhere in a hurry. Joba has a 2.85 WHIP and has given up two homers, fifteen hits and four walks in his six-plus innings thus far.…

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Trying to come to terms

The next line is going to be hard for me to read later and it’s something I wish I didn’t have to write, but here goes: Nick Swisher is most likely not going to be back with the Yankees in 2013. Writing that sucked. I’ve been a Nick Swisher fan (almost...

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Freddy and bullpen crack – Yankees lose, 9-6

The Yankees did score six runs, thanks in part to another huge night by Derek Jeter and some timely hitting by Mark Teixeira. But the Bombers did leave eleven men on base and ran into an out at home to end another threat. In the first inning, after a lead-off single by Jeter and a walk by Nick Swisher set the table, a great play by Gordon Beckham at second robbed Robinson Cano of a hit and forced Swisher at second. Teixeira, playing his first game after missing a few with a sore wrist, then singled in Jeter. Curtis Granderson walked to load the bases and Gavin Floyd was really struggling. But Eric Chavez grounded weakly to third to score Cano and after Raul Ibanez was hit by a pitch, Ichiro Suzuki could not keep the rally going and grounded weakly to second.

With two out in the top of the second, Swisher singled and Robinson Cano singled. Teixeira walked to load the bases and the Yankees had Floyd on the ropes.…

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Jeter’s Four Hits Not Enough For Shaky Bullpen, 9-6

It felt like the longest 9 innings ever. Two blown leads and 3 hours and 44 minutes later, the Yankees emerged from their first game in Chicago with only a 4.0 game lead in the AL East. With an injury plagued team, we all knew August would be a tough month, but the situation is...

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The Farm Report: 8/20/12

Trenton lost to Altoona 6-2:
After four scoreless innings, the Thunder drew first blood in the bottom of the fifth, as Addison Maruszak hit a solo homer to left. Altoona got the run back in the top of the sixth, but Trenton retook the lead in the bottom of the inning. Jeff Farnham singled and moved to second on a sac bunt by Walter Ibarra. Adonis Garcia doubled him in for the 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, the Curve had a big eighth inning, plating five runs with two outs. That would prove to be more than enough, as the Thunder was unable to put up much fight in the last two innings, losing 6-2.

Garcia went 2-4 with a double, a stolen base and a RBI. Maruszak and Farnham both went 1-3 with a run scored, with Maruszak tagging a homer. David Adams had the Thunder’s only other hit. Shaeffer Hall pitched a strong game, going 6.2 and giving up one run on five hits, a walk and six Ks.…

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Game 122: Woe is Pineda

Michael Pineda is in the news for the first time in what seems like forever, as he was … drum roll, please … arrested for drunk driving.

I am not sure what aspect of this is most depressing. Is it the fact that this is the first news we’ve heard on Pineda since his...

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Pinstripes Prove Slimming for Hiroki Kuroda’s ERA

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23).

Despite concerns, Kuroda has fit into pinstripes quite nicely. (Photo: AP)

Can Hiroki Kuroda handle the pressure of New York? That was the question on the minds...

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