6/27 Game Thread: Martin’s Back

This afternoon, Andy Pettitte takes on the Indians and Ubaldo Jimenez. The Yankees are looking for their 5th straight win and a three game sweep behind strong pitching efforts from Hiroki Kuroda and Phil Hughes. Not only has the pitching rebounded, but the hitters appear to have their RISP trouble in the past. Russell Martin...

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Is Rafael Soriano…liked?

But a funny thing happened between then and now. Well, first, Mariano Rivera tore his ACL during warmups, which certainly isn’t funny. David Robertson, the clear fan favorite, got the first crack at filling in for Mo this season, but then he had his first meltdown in what seems like forever against Tampa Bay before going on the disabled list himself. That left Soriano as the last relief ace standing, and so far he’s been nothing short of a revelation in that role.

The save conversion rate (16 saves in 17 chances) gets the most mainstream attention, but lest you think that Soriano is just compiling saves, consider that he also sports a 1.63 ERA and 2.33 FIP in his 27.2 innings this season, and has yet to allow a home run either. And not to give too much credence to the “some guys are just closers” idea, but Soriano has been even better since assuming that mantle. Since recording his first save of the season back on May 10th, Soriano has allowed just two earned runs in 14.2 innings (an ERA of 1.20), with a strikeout to walk ratio of 13-2.…

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Yankees pitching is in good shape

After spending a morning pouring over the numbers, a couple of nice nuggets were uncovered. First, every Yankee starter currently manning the rotation has an average game score of at least league average or higher. The league average game score is 50 and even Phil Hughes has brought his game score average to that level (50.3). All four of the others are over 50. Ivan Nova is at 51.2. C.C. Sabathia is at 56.2. Hiroki Kuroda is sitting at 53.9 and Andy Pettitte is at 59 even. This position of all five starters over league average seemed unattainable at the start of the season.

The Yankees’ pitching as a whole are second in the American League in strikeout to walk ratio. At 2.96 strikeouts per walks, only the Texas Rangers are ahead with a ratio of 3.06. The White Sox are close at 2.84 but no other team is in the in the ballpark. This is excellent news as walks and strikeouts are two of the few things a pitcher is said to be able to control.…

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June 26 Recap: Phil Huge

Apologies for the brevity of this recap, but I was a little short on time tonight.  After a strong pitching performance by Hiroki Kuroda in Monday’s game, Phil Hughes looked to keep the line moving against the surprisingly decent Cleveland Indians squad.  He went up against Justin Masterson, Cleveland’s righty-killing groundball specialist.

After a scoreless 1st...

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The Farm Report: 6/26/12

Trenton lost to New Britain 5-4:
Damon Sublett started the game with a double, scoring on a single from Luke Murton.  The Rock Cats took the lead in the bottom of the inning with a two-run homer by Oswaldo Arcia.  Jose Pirela started the third with a single and Melky Mesa and Luke Murton drove in back-to back singles to plate a run.  A sac fly by Addison Maruszak gave teh Yankees a 3-2 lead, but New Britain tied the game again in the bottom of the inning.  The Rock Cats took a 5-3 lead in the fourth and Zoilo Almonte hit a solo homer in the fifth, but that was all the Thunder could do, taking a 5-4 loss.

Murton went 2-3 with a pair of RBIs.  Pirela went 2-4 with a run scored.  Adam Miller went four innings and gave up five runs on eight hits, two walks and two Ks. Kelvin Perez and Preston Claiborne each pitched two hitless innings.…

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