Wondering About David Phelps’ Role

Courtesy of The AP

(The original version of this post was published at An A-Blog for A-Rod last week.  This version has been updated to reflect Phelps’ most recent outing)

The late-spring injuries helped, but David...

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What’s behind Teixeira’s surge?

It’s hard to tell in retrospect how much of Teixeira’s early season struggles were due to his own approach/failings at the plate and how much were attributable to his physical condition, but whatever the case, Joe Girardi finally decided to give his ailing slugger a rest last weekend against Cincinnati. Tex basically say out the entire series, making just one appearance as a pinch hitter in the final game of the set, before returning to the lineup against Kansas City in the seventh spot in the lineup. Teixeira responded with an okay performance against the Royals, going 2-9 with three walks and a double, before getting another day to rest thanks to the team’s scheduled off day last Thursday.

Since the Yankees began their current road trip, however, Tex has legitimately been on fire. In the four games played so far, Teixeira is 10-16 with three walks, three doubles, and four home runs. His overall season line is all the way up to .263/.330/.491, which is pretty remarkable for its respectability, and his wOBA/wRC+ are up to .351 and 120 respectively, which are both right in line with where he was at the end of last season.…

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Trumbo, Angels walk off in a see-saw game

Memorial Day clearly meant “offense” to the Yankees and Angels, as they combined for 17 runs, 25 hits, and four errors in a back-and-forth game that ended on a walk-off homer from Anaheim’s Mark Trumbo as the ninth inning started.

The game started off crazily enough, with the Yankees plating...

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Trumbo’s walk-off bomb sinks Yankees, 9-8

Hughes hung in there for five and a third innings, but the Angels roughed him up for eleven hits and seven runs. Hughes struck out three and did not walk a batter, but could not keep his fastball out of the sweet spots in the hitting zone and he paid for every one of his mistakes. Even the outs he recorded were hit to the warning track. Those kinds of outings happen once in a while and Hughes will just have to take the ball the next time out and have a better outing.

Bobby Cassevah relieved Weaver and pitched three and a third innings and besides allowing one of Weaver’s base runners to score in the first, kept the Angels in the game. Cassevah did allow a solo homer to Curtis Granderson (his fifteenth of the season) that tied the game and he walked three, but Cassevah probably saved the Angels this ballgame.

Hughes gave up single runs in the third and fourth.…

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The Farm Report: Memorial Day Edition

Trenton beat Richmond 4-3:
Zoilo Almonte grounded a single to center to start the second inning.  He stole second, but Trenton loaded the bases on a pair of walks by Kevin Mahoney and Addison Maruszak.  Damon Sublett drew the third straight base on balls, plating Almonte for the first run of the game.  Richmond had a chance to strike back in the bottom of the inning, as Juan Perez singled and errors by Michael O’Brien and Luke Murton allowed him to reach third, as Ryan Cavan was safe at first.  Cavan stole second and Wendell Fairley drew a walk, but the Thunder escaped with the shut out intact as Gary Brown flew out to end the threat.  Murton made up for his error with a solo homer to start the fourth, giving the Thunder some insurance.  With two outs in the ninth, Abraham Almonte drew a walk and Jose Pirela was hit by a pitch.  David Adams lined a double to right, plating both runners and giving the Thunder a 4-0 lead.  …

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Game 48-Hot pitcher vs team on a roll

I'm going back to Cali, Cali, Cali

They say that momentum in baseball is tomorrow’s starting pitcher. That theory will get a test today as Phil Hughes, who is 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA in his past 4 starts facing a red-hot Angels...

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Cubs’ DeJesus a Perfect Fit for Yankees; Would Help Fill Outfield Void

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

Overlooked in the Yankees’ weekend sweep of the Athletics was the not so subtle implication by Joe Girardi that left fielder Brett Gardner could wind up missing at least six more weeks of the season. Gardner’s return will largely depend...

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