Is Sliding Head-First Linked To Gardner’s Injury History?

Could Brett Gardner be too gritty? When you consider his injury history, and the elbow surgery he’ll now undergo next week, the answer seems to be yes. The left fielder has always been solid, consistent, and produced one of the highest WARs in the game, with the downside of the occasional missed game. Perhaps I...

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Freddy and the dreamers

David Phelps showed the Yankees again in tantalizing fashion that he could be a better option than Garcia. Phelps has made three starts this season. None of them lasted five innings. All three featured far too many pitches thrown per inning. But all in all, they were not bad innings. In those three starts, he has pitched twelve and a third innings. He has allowed eleven hits and three runs. The walks are a problem as he has allowed six of those in his three starts. His game scores were 47, 57 and 60 (51 is average). That is a far better game score average than Freddy.

It would seem silly for the Yankees to pick up a starter in trade as Pettitte will be back in September and should be ready for the post season. Any starter brought in would be a stopgap that would either cost money or prospects. Why not give Phelps the job until Pettitte returns? Seriously, what could it hurt?…

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Yanks Fall To A’s, Rookie Pitching, And Cubans

It looked like an impossible task for the Yankees last night, a rookie pitcher. A.J. Griffin wasn’t a top draft pick, he wasn’t even a top prospect, but he’s been pitching like an ace. The Yankees started off last night’s game with a few hard hit balls, a bizarre line out to Yoennis...

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The Farm Report: 7/19/12

Trenton beat Reading 1-0:
The Thunder and the Phillies played five innings of scoreless baseball before Trenton finally broke through.  A solo homer by Neil Medchill gave the Thunder the only run they would need  with one out in the sixth.   They had a chancee to score more, as Jose Pirela walked and Addison Maruszak singled, but David Adams ended the threat by hittting into an inning ending double play.  Maruszak was the only Thunder player to get more than one hit, going 2-44.  Pirela, Adams and Medchill each had one hit, with Medchill’s homer being the difference maker.  Shaeffer Hall went seven innings and held the Phillies scoreless.  He gave up seven hits and one walk, striking out five.

Tampa lost to Bradenton 4-3:
Mason Williams started the game with a double to right.  Adonis Garcia singled him in and the Yankees had an early 1-0 lead.  Bradenton responded with two runs in the bottom of the first.  With two outs in the fifth, Williams singled to center and stole second.  …

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