Game 104: McGehee’s Debut

Casey McGehee has made it to the Bronx wearing number 45. In the team’s current rut, the Yankees need something to change their pace, and hopefully McGehee can spark something. On the mound, Phil Hughes takes on left handed Zach Britton. The 24 year old Britton has...

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What to expect from Casey McGehee

So what do we expect from McGehee? That is hard to peg as he has been a National League player for his entire career. He has played for the Cubs, Brewers and Pirates. McGehee was acquired mostly to serve as a stopgap for Alex Rodriguez at third with A-Rod out for six to eight weeks with a fractured bone in his hand. McGehee will likely platoon with Eric Chavez at third and the duo will give the Yankees very good defense at that corner no matter who plays. McGehee has had very positive fielding metrics the past two seasons. He had a low fielding percentage in 2011 with twenty errors, but his overall fielding was still regarded as above league standard.

So, McGehee will hold his own on defense. What about offense? His splits the last couple of seasons have strongly favored his right-handed bat against left-handed pitching. But his overall career numbers show a much closer balance between the splits.…

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The Farm Report: 7/31/12

Trenton beat Altoona 2-1:
Oscar Tejeda started the second with a solo homer for the Curve, who held the slim lead through six innings as Gerrit Cole kept the Trenton offense in check.  The Thunder rallied in the seventh though, as Zoilo Almonte lead off with a homer to tie the game.  Melky Mesa reached on a single and Luke Murton followed with a single.  A double play ball by JR Murphy allowed Mesa to score, giving the Thunder a 2-1 win.

No one on Trenton had more than one hit, as they scattered six hits.  Rob Segedin went 1-2 with a double and a walk.  Almonte’s homer was accounted for the Thunder’s other extra base hit.  Altoona’s Gerrit Cole gave Trenton a hard time, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out six.   Brett Marshall gave Trenton six strong innings. allowing one run on four hits, three walks and four Ks.

Tampa beat Charlotte 6-4 in 11 innings:
The  Yankees jumped out to an early lead, as Adonis Garcia reached on an error in the first, and Slade Heathcott followed with a single and they both moved over on a wild pitch.  …

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Nova flames out. Yankees lose to O’s, 11-5

It seemed from this angle that the game’s balanced changed with Mark Reynold’s at bat in the top of the second. Nova had started the inning by allowing consecutive singles to Adam Jones and Matt Wieters. Nova then blew away both Lew Ford and Wilson Betemit on strikeouts. It looked like he was going to get out of the inning as he had Mark Reynolds, one of the most prolific strikeout batters in history, down 0-2 in the count. Nova and Martin had a little conference to decide what the next pitch would be. It would be a terrible decision. Nova threw the flattest of sliders and Reynolds punished it for a ground rule double to left. Here is pictorial proof of how bad that pitch was (from Brooks Baseball):

From there the floodgates opened and Nova could not hold back the flood. Omar Quintanilla singled to score two. Nick Markakis singled and J.J. Hardy walked to load the bases.…

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