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Ask anyone who knows the great game of baseball, and they’ll tell you the same thing: to win, you need pitching. To win it all, you need even better pitching. Any discussion of where things went wrong in 2010 has to begin with a serious discussion of the ultimate failure of the Yankee pitching staff. Injuries played a part, but the return of Javier Vazquez was underwhelming, AJ Burnett had his worst season ever and the bullpen never seemed to mesh until the Kerry Wood acquisition. The staff needs an overhaul, not a tweak, if the Yankees are to return to the World Series next year. So, who’s in and who’s out for 2011? (Highlighted players below don’t figure to return in 2011)

Under Contract (5):

CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Alfredo Aceves, David Robertson, Jonathon Albaladejo

Arbitration Eligible (6):

Boone Logan, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Chad Gaudin, Sergio Mitre, Dustin Moseley

Free Agents (5):

Andy Pettite, Mariano Rivera, Javier Vazquez, Royce Ring, Kerry Wood

Minor Leaguers on 40 man roster (5):

Andrew Brackman, Steve Garrison, Hector Noesi, Ivan Nova, Romulo Sanchez

As things stand now, only five players have contracts for next year, and Aceves hasn’t pitched since May because of a bothersome back. Counting on his return is iffy at best and although he was extremely effective in 2009, there is no guarantee he will be ready or effective in 2011. As we dig into the scenarios below, new players are noted by an (*).

Starting Rotation:Projected

1. CC Sabathia

2. Cliff Lee*

3. Phil Hughes

4. Andy Pettite

5. AJ Burnett

Right now, the Yankees return two starters from the 2010 team; Sabathia and Burnett. Hughes is entering his first year of arbitration eligibility, but also figures to return. The key to the 2011 rotation is Pettite, who is contemplating retirement. If he returns for another campaign, the Yankees are reasonably set, only needing one more piece – which figures to come from the free agent market. The obvious target is Cliff Lee, who would team with Sabathia to give the Yanks an awesome 1-2 punch atop the rotation. In that scenario, Burnett slides into the 5 spot (based on his erratic performance, where would you put him?), with Hughes 3 and Pettite 4. If Pettite retires, then the team is in a bind. Jorge de la Rosa (8-7, 4.22 for the Rockies) is an interesting option, in that he’s always been a high strike out guy, with decent peripherals and is left handed. Oh, and he figures to be fairly inexpensive. Another option is the well-traveled Ted Lilly. There are also minor league players who might do, led by Ivan Nova and Hector Noesi. Nova had an extended cup of coffee during Pettite’s injury time in 2010. While he impressed in spurts, he tended to get hit hard his second time through a line-up and at this point might project to fill more of a swingman role, taking the place of Sergio Mitre and Chad Guadin. As far as Javier Vazquez is concerned, I’m sure the Yankees will wish him well as the door is slamming behind him.

Bullpen:Projected

CL Mariano Rivera

RH Joba Chamberlain

RH David Robertson

LH Boone Logan

LH Scott Downs*

SW Ivan Nova

Like the starting rotation, the bullpen hinges on a Core Four member’s off-season free agency decision. Unlike Pettite, who is a 50/50 shot to retire, pretty much everyone expects Mariano Rivera to come back and anchor the pen. Expect Joba Chamberlain, coming into his first year of arbitration eligibility to be back and once again vie for the 8th inning job. If he doesn’t secure it, Joba becomes trade-bait for 2011. Robertson and Logan were wild at times, but both pitched well enough to be invited back this year. The intriguing questions come in the last two spots. Joe Girardi is known to covet left-handed relievers (why else take a chance on Royce Ring?!?), and one of the best in baseball hits the free agent market this year. He’ll be expensive, but expect the Yankees to make a major push for Scott Downs (5-5, 2.64). Finally, the Yankees have a cheaper option for the swingman role in Nova, who can fill the role. Expect Mitre to get a spring training invite if nobody else signs him, but not at his 2010 salary. And only because Girardi has some kind of love affair with the guy, going back to their days in Florida, not based on ability. Wood would be a great addition, were he to return in the 8th inning spot, but the reality is he still wants to close – and he will want closer type money this offseason. There is also the question of what to do with Jonathon Albaladejo, who looks like a classic AAAA pitcher: unhittable at AAA, but eminently more so in the majors.

On a final note, there’s been a lot of talk recently about a Joba & <insert Minor League Prospect> for Zach Greinke trade. I really hope the Yankees aren’t tempted by the idea. Greinke is a nice kid with excellent stuff. But he has emotional and confidence issues pitching for the Royals. New York would tear the kid up within a month, and the Yanks would be stuck with another Ed Whitson for the next two years – and $27 million.

Name Age 2010 Salary 2011 Contract
Alfredo Aceves

28

$ 435,650.00 $ 436,000.00
A.J. Burnett

34

$ 16,500,000.00 $ 16,500,000.00
CC Sabathia

30

$ 24,285,714.00 $ 23,000,000.00
Jonathan Albaladejo

28

$ 403,075.00 Under team control
David Robertson

26

$ 426,650.00 Under team control
Dustin Moseley

29

$ 235,000.00 Arbitration Eligible
Boone Logan

26

$ 405,000.00 Arbitration Eligible
Phil Hughes

24

$ 447,000.00 Arbitration Eligible
Joba Chamberlain

25

$ 487,975.00 Arbitration Eligible
Chad Gaudin

28

$ 737,500.00 Arbitration Eligible
Sergio Mitre

30

$ 850,000.00 Arbitration Eligible
Kerry Wood

33

$ 10,500,000.00 Free Agent
Javier Vazquez

34

$ 11,500,000.00 Free Agent
Andy Pettitte

38

$ 11,750,000.00 Free Agent
Mariano Rivera

41

$ 15,000,000.00 Free Agent
Royce Ring

30

Unknown Free Agent
Potential Free Agent Signings
Jason Frasor

32

$ 2,650,000.00 Free Agent
Scott Downs

34

$ 4,000,000.00 Free Agent
Jorge de la Rosa

29

$ 5,600,000.00 Free Agent
Cliff Lee

32

$ 9,000,000.00 Free Agent
Ted Lilly

34

$ 13,000,000.00 Free Agent
Potential Trade Targets
Zack Greinke (KC)

26

$ 7,250,000.00 $ 13,500,000.00

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As we prepare for tonight’s tilt with the Rays, there are numerous questions surrounding the Yankees. Will Andy Pettites groin be fully healed before the playoffs? Will Phil Hughesinnings limit result in him being ineffective? Who will be the fourth starter? Will the offense ever remember how to hit? Can Derek Jeter regain the form that made him a Yankee icon?

But the biggest question of all has to be this: Why is Joe Girardi still the manager?

Yes, I realize Girardi was the manager last year for #27. But many observers, myself included, felt the team won despite his managerial hijinx, not because of them. And the job he’s done this year – well, this current road trip pretty much sums up his season.

A manager’s job is two-fold: one, to put his players in the best position to do their job; and two, to motivate and inspire his squad to shine. Girardi consistently fails to do either. He insists on putting in line-ups where there are as many reserves as regulars. (How else do you explain bench players accounting for 21% of the teams plate appearances this season?). Quite frankly, I’m getting tired of seeing a bottom of the order consisting of Ramiro Pena and Francisco Cervelli. (That particular duo has started together an incredible 15 times this season – better than 10% of the season). It’s nothing against either of those guys, but this is supposed to be the Yankees, not the Orioles. Or the Cubs.

Girardi over-relies on the bullpen; the Yankees only have 3 complete games as a staff – 11th best in the AL. Don’t forget; this is the same guy who was run out of the Marlins clubhouse largely because he burned his bullpen so badly in 2006, they fell out of contention. It makes you wonder if Alfredo Aceves‘ workload contributed to his (possibly career-threatening) injury.

He also rubbed that clubhouse the wrong way, as the players simply got tired of his act. I doubt we’ll ever hear anyone on this team complain about the skipper – they’re all too professional for it – but I defy anyone to tell me this team actually wants to win for Girardi. To be blunt, lately the Yankees look as though they would rather be taking a nap than playing baseball. That type of lethargy is direct reflection on Girardi’s leadership -or lack thereof.

Last night’s game – with the odd bullpen choices (Kerry Wood and Boone Logan combined to throw fewer pitches in 1 1/3 innings than Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre did in 2/3 of an inning), lackadaisical hitting, base running blunders – was a microcosm of the season thus far. Lost in all the noise about the bullpen maneuvering and Brett Gardner’s inexplicable attempted steal of third were two other moves that make absolutely no sense. In the 5th, Jorge Posada was caught stealing. On a straight steal. With two out. Later, in the 11th, after Austin Kearns led off with a sharp single, Girardi had Curtis Granderson bunt. If you have the heart of the order coming up, that makes sense. But not when the next hitter is Colin Curtis.

I’m sure the infamous binder had all kinds of percentages for each of the weird moves we saw. But games aren’t won in a computer model; they’re won by players on the field. Speaking of computer models, the Pythagorean prediction says the Yankees should be 89-55 or two games better than they’ve played. Why do you suppose that is?

Managers can rarely win a game. But when they insist on managing like the league idiot, they can certainly lose them. For that reason, Joe Must Go.

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I was going to write about the sudden spate of injuries that hit the Yankees this past week. But I figured enough has been written and said regarding Andy Pettitte‘s groin, Alex Rodriguez‘s calf, Nick Swisher‘s forearm, Alfredo Aceves‘ back and Lance Berkman‘s ankle that you probably know more about their injury status than I do. Besides, after a post about Javier Vazquez‘ dead arm, I’ve had my fill of negativity. ESPN loves to talk about how the Red Sox have overcome their injuries to remain in the hunt, but they generally neglect that some pretty important players in the “Evil Empire” have dealt with – and are still dealing with – some significant injuries. So, if Boston is playing with such extreme grit and fortitude, than the Yankees must
be doing something even better – after all, the Beaneaters are still 5 ½ games back. So I decided to write about one of those things. (Ok, enough of the digression – but it gave me a chance to get a dig in on the Red Sox, and I can’t pass those up!)

One of those good things for the Yankees lately is the play of Curtis Granderson. Traded to the Yankees for Austin Jackson and Phil Coke during last offseason, Granderson has been largely a disappointment this year. Many fans (me included) have wondered what happened to the guy who hit 30 home runs last year; who blended speed and power into an all-star caliber player. Just 5 short weeks ago I wondered aloud if just maybe, Dave Dombrowski had snookered Brian Cashman. Even Joe Girardi had seemed to lose faith in his stating center fielder – after acquiring Austin Kearns in a deadline deal, the skipper looked to be employing a platoon between Granderson and Kearns.

But something magical happened between then and now. I’m not sure what it was, but the Yankees should patent it and sell it to every player in a season long slump. Most folks point to Kevin Long instilling a new swing and enhanced plate discipline during a 3 game respite on the last road trip. I’m not quite sure that’s all there is to Granderson’s revival. After all, you have to presume Long was working with Granderson over the previous 100 odd games, so I suspect there was a riot act read to him either before or during that hiatus. Whatever the case, Granderson has emerged from that brief interlude with a revamped approach – he’s quieter at the plate now, holding his hands closer to his body and slightly lower, and his crouch isn’t as exaggerated as before. Don’t listen to all of those folks saying Long adjusted Granderson’s swing – the one thing anyone who’s played the game knows, is a player’s swing is as natural as breathing. Even if you need to make changes, it’s not something that can be done in a few days. But the approach can. In Granderson’s case, those adjustments have made a world of difference. His bat was always quick; he just found himself swinging at air too often because his approach at the plate inhibited his view of the ball. It caused his head to bob; his hands had to drop and come in to get into hitting position. As a result, pitchers knew they could bust him inside, leaving Curtis vulnerable to off-speed pitches away.

Although hardly a sample size to get excited about, the results from a few tweaks in Granderson’s in Granderson’s hitting style have been eye-popping:

Date

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

BAbip

k%

Before 8/12

0.239

0.306

0.415

0.722

0.317

22.0%

Since 8/12

0.364

0.440

0.727

1.167

0.421

12.0%

The last two columns are the ones that may indicate this isn’t a temporary change in Granderson’s fortunes. Granderson is swinging and missing less often (though still more than I’d like for a speed guy) and when he hits the ball, he is scorching it more often. I doubt he can maintain that average on balls in play for an extended period (or the OPS – both are in Barry Bonds territory), but if he can hold that metric at a .350 or so clip and keep the strikeouts down it translates to a .308 batting average and .414 on base average for the rest of the season, very respectable numbers that the Yankee will gladly take from their 7 hole hitter.

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The trade deadline has come and gone and Brian Cashman was certainly busy over the final 48 hours, landing three new players. With Lance Berkman, Austin Kearns and Kerry Wood now wearing Pinstripes, let’s look back at what were generally considered the Yankees biggest needs heading into this year’s trade season and see how well Cashman did in addressing them.

  1. Bullpen: The struggles of Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson and Chan Ho Park this year, along with injuries to Alfredo Aceves, Sergio Mitre and Damaso Marte turned what looked like a major strength at the beginning of the season into a major question mark. Cashman picked up Wood hours after the Indians activated him from the DL. And that’s been Kerry Wood’s big problem throughout his career – the guy just can’t stay healthy. At one time, he was supposed to be the Next Big Thing; now, his career has devolved into that of middle innings guy. Still, Wood has a plus fastball and curve and hitters don’t like to face him. Additionally, acquiring him gave the Yankees the perfect excuse to send Park and his thrill-a-minute pitching style packing, so that’s a plus right there. Also, Cashman gave up virtually nothing to get him, other than money and a future low-grade prospect, so there isn’t much risk involved here. Of course, this doesn’t really address the eighth inning role, but adding a power arm is never a bad idea. Grade: B-
  2. Outfield bench: Replacing Melky Cabrera, Johnny Damon and Eric Hinske with Randy Winn and Marcus Thames didn’t exactly pan out. Thames has demonstrated that his all-hit, no-glove reputation is well deserved and Winn played so well he was asked to run away from Yankee Stadium. Enter Austin Kearns. Kearns represents a serious upgrade to this unit. Unlike Thames, he is a better than league-average defender at both corner spots and league-average in center, if needed. He has better than average speed, although it’s never translated to stolen bases. He has decent power from the right side, although not enough to ever be considered a power hitter. In other words, he is the epitome of a fourth outfielder even though his past teams were so awful he found himself thrust into starting roles. Once again, Cashman brought a solid player in from Cleveland for cash or the infamous PTBNL (btw, I want to meet that guy one day – he gets traded A LOT), so there isn’t much risk involved, either. The only thing keeping this from being an “A” is that Kearns doesn’t project as a guy you want starting 3-4 weeks in a row, should a serious injury occur. Grade: B+
  3. Infield Bench: This is the one area that still needs some work. Neither Ramiro Pena nor Kevin Russo are guys you really want to see with a bat in their hands, but the Yankees were unable to find any help. A waiver trade is always a possibility, but Tampa, Boston and Texas will know what the Yankees are up to and probably try to block any such move. Grade: F
  4. Designated Hitter: A full-time DH wasn’t a serious need, even if Nick Johnson is likely done. Using the DH role to rotate some of the Yankee vets would have been fine, if a strong utility guy could be found. None were, so Cashman did the next best thing: bring in some big-time thunder for the DH role. Although undeniably on the downside of very good career, Lance Berkman’s arrival means the Yankee line-up gets lengthened, with legitimate power threats from 2-8. The undeniable shocker of the trade deadline. Grade: A

Overall, I give Cashman a B- for this year’s deadline dealing, although that stands to improve if the Yanks can swing a deal for utility infielder.

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This is a current list of players who are on the disabled list:

Alfredo Aceves:  Date: May 9th  Status: 15-Day DL  (Bulging disk in lower back)

Nick Johnson: Date: May 8th  Status: 60-Day DL (Sore right wrist)

Damaso Marte: Date: July 17th  Status: 15-Day DL (Inflamed left shoulder)

Sergio Mitre: Date: June 5th  Status: 15-Day DL (Oblique strain) *[Starting on Saturday]*

Andy Pettitte: Date: July 20th  Status: 15-Day DL (Strained left groin – out 4-5 weeks)

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Here is a link dump, covering some stories over the last few days:

Mitre making progress “Right-hander Sergio Mitre threw in the bullpen on Friday in Tampa and is scheduled to throw two “innings” in the bullpen on Monday. Mitre was placed on the 15-day DL on June 15 with a strained left oblique. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it would be “reasonable” to expect Mitre back soon after the All-Star break.”

Yankees have interest in Wigginton?  “The Yankees have some interest in Ty Wigginton, according to Ed Price of AOL FanHouse. Price suggests the Yankees would be interested in the 32-year-old as a part-time player, rather than as an everyday starter.”

A-Rod donates $250,000 to Bronx hospital “Rodriguez donated $250,000 to help fund the construction of the Bronx hospital’s outpatient center, according to a news release from the Yankees. The center offers treatment for cardiac illnesses, asthma, diabetes and neurological disorders, among other health issues, according to the Yankees.”

Adam Dunn A Fit For Yanks? “Dunn would help a number of teams, and a GM guessed the Yankees or Angels could be a fit. “Could you imagine him at Yankee Stadium?” another observed. The Yankees’ offense has suffered a bit after losing Damon and Hideki Matsui during the offseason and with Nick Johnson out for an undetermined length, so Dunn might look pretty good batting sixth in the Bronx.”

Aceves’ bullpen session cut short Aceves had been scheduled to throw 40-45 pitches off a full mound but felt more discomfort in his lower back, which has kept him on the disabled list since May 12. Aceves is being sent to New York to be evaluated by team physician Christopher Ahmad.

“From what I understand, he started his bullpen [session] and wasn’t able to finish it,” manager Joe Girardi said. “They’re going to have to look at every alternative they have to see what’s the quickest way to get him right.”

This is Aceves’ second setback as he attempts to return from the lower back strain, and surgery could now be considered an option. Aceves was 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 10 games for New York this year after going 10-1 with a 3.54 ERA in 43 games (one start) in 2009.

Five Minor Leaguers handed suspensions “Four of the players were pitchers, including two Yankees’ prospects, Daury Aquino and Alexander de los Santos. D-backs pitcher Joel Matos and Royals hurler Freddy Rodriguez were also found in violation of the policy. All four tested positive for metabolites of the drug Stanozolol.”

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Improving Aceves throws off half-moundRight-hander Alfredo Aceves took another step toward returning to the Yankees’ bullpen on Saturday, throwing off a half-mound before his team’s afternoon matchup against the Mets.”

Yankees sign  Eric Bruntlett Via Donnie Collins, the Yanks have signed utility infielder Eric Bruntlett to a minor league and assigned him to Triple-A Scranton.”

Mariano Rivera has retired a career-best 21 straight batters. “Incredible. The ageless Rivera is having one of the best stretches of his career at age 40 and has shown no signs of slowing down. Mo currently owns a 1.11 ERA, a 0.58 WHIP and 16 saves in 17 tries.”

Hughes Joins Elite Company “This from Elias Sports Bureau – With his 10th victory on Saturday, Phil Hughes became the 12th Yankees starting pitcher to start a season winning at least 10 of his first 11 decisions.”

Extreme

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From Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY:

DETROIT — The Yankees are expected to place right-handed relief pitcher Alfredo Aceves on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday due to lingering pain in his lower back.

Aceves, who experienced back pain in spring training and felt it again while pitching Saturday at Fenway Park, suffered a setback while throwing a bullpen session at Comerica Park before the Yankees’ 5-4 loss to the Tigers Monday night.

“Ace isn’t doing too good,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Tuesday night’s game, which was rained out and rescheduled for Wednesday as part of a day-night doubleheader. “He felt fine until he actually tried to do the movement. He felt it yesterday in the bullpen and we had to shut him down.”

Aceves, who is 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 10 relief appearances, said he believed his problem was a bulging disk.

“When I try to throw, it pinches me,” he said. “I’m trying to play but it’s not in my hands. You don’t want to pitch that way.”

With this injury, the Yankees are really running short of reliable arms in the bullpen. If anything, Aceves was considered one of the stronger guys come out of the pen. Other than Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera, who else can the fans count on? From what I’ve seen this season, the answer is nobody.

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Well, with another Boston series over, the Yankees head to Detroit and remain hot as they have won 5 of their last 6. The Yankees are 11-7 on the road this season while Detroit is 9-3 at home. Looks like this 4 game series could get split right down the middle or swing in the Tigers favor if the Yankees aren’t careful enough.

The Good

Jorge who? I’m sorry, I totally forgot about Jorge the way Francisco Cervelli is playing. Over the last week Francisco is hitting to a .474 batting average and drove in 6 runs during the time he filled in for Posada.

While overall Teixeira didn’t have a great week as he hit .250, he did have a monster game against the Red Sox on May 8th. Overall, Mark went 4-6 with 3 long balls (one against a position player) and drove in 5 runs in the 14-3 flogging of the Red Sox.

The Bad

Injuries, Injuries, Injuries. This week Robinson Cano had a scare where we thought he might be out for a prolonged period of time and Al Aceves left the game on Saturday after his back flared up. He is going to miss a few days, but it is a loss you don’t want to have. Hopefully, the Yankees won’t need to call on the long relievers anytime soon. (more…)

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C.C. Sabathia wasn’t very sharp yesterday, but he pitched well enough to get the win. Unfortunately, he was one pitch away from putting himself in line for the win, when the umpires decided to stop the game due to the heavy rain. His pitching line was: 4.2IP 4H 3R 3ER 2BB 4K (89 Pitches, 52 for Strikes). Alfredo Aceves wound up with the win, improving his record to (W, 3-0) on the season.

As for the offense…

Mark Teixeira had a career day, by hitting three home runs off Red Sox pitching. Tex already has more hits than he had in all of April, so he’s really heating up now. He was 4-for-6 on the game, picking up 3 runs and 5RBI’s. Francisco Cervelli went 3-for-5, and knocked in 5RBI’s. Nick Swisher went 2-for-4, picking up 2 runs and 3RBI’s.

New York Yankees
Hitters AB R H RBI BB SO #P AVG OBP SLG
D Jeter SS 5 2 2 0 1 0 22 .304 .343 .464
B Gardner CF 5 1 2 0 0 1 24 .348 .431 .427
M Teixeira 1B 6 3 4 5 0 0 12 .207 .343 .396
A Rodriguez 3B 2 3 2 1 3 0 27 .276 .373 .438
K Russo 2B
1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
R Cano DH 5 2 1 0 1 1 16 .348 .400 .661
N Swisher RF 4 2 2 3 1 1 19 .298 .381 .558
R Winn LF 3 0 0 0 2 1 27 .192 .250 .308
F Cervelli C 4 0 3 5 1 0 15 .429 .500 .500
R Pena 2B-3B 4 1 1 0 1 0 22 .136 .167 .182
Totals 39 14 17 14 10 4 186      
BATTING
2B: R Pena (1, C Buchholz); D Jeter (6, J Van Every)
HR: M Teixeira 3 (5, 5th inning off C Buchholz 0 on, 1 Out; 7th inning off R Ramirez 0 on, 0 Out; 9th inning off J Van Every 1 on, 1 Out)
RBI: M Teixeira 5 (20), A Rodriguez (19), F Cervelli 5 (12), N Swisher 3 (23)
S: B Gardner
2-out RBI: F Cervelli 4, N Swisher 2
GIDP: M Teixeira, R Cano, D Jeter
Yankees RISP: 8-18 (M Teixeira 2-3, D Jeter 0-1, F Cervelli 3-3, R Pena 0-3, B Gardner 0-1, A Rodriguez 1-1, R Cano 0-3, N Swisher 2-3)
Team LOB: 9
BASERUNNING
SB: A Rodriguez (2, 2nd base off S Schoeneweis/V Martinez); B Gardner (14, 2nd base off S Schoeneweis/V Martinez)
FIELDING
DP: 1 (D Jeter-R Pena-M Teixeira).
 New York Yankees
Pitchers IP  H  R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
C Sabathia 4.2 4 3 3 2 4 2 89-52 3.04
A Aceves
(W, 3-0)
1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 19-15 3.00
B Logan
(H, 3)
0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2-2 2.08
D Robertson 0.1 2 0 0 0 1 0 14-8 12.91
J Chamberlain 1.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 21-10 2.63
D Marte 1.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 12-6 3.86
Totals 9.0 8 3 3 4 9 2 157-93  
PITCHING
HBP: D Pedroia (By C Sabathia)
First-pitch strikes/Batters faced: C Sabathia 13/20; A Aceves 5/5; B Logan 0/1; D Robertson 2/3; J Chamberlain 3/5; D Marte 2/5
Called strikes-Swinging strikes-Foul balls-In Play strikes: C Sabathia 21-6-13-12; A Aceves 5-1-6-3; B Logan 0-1-1-0; D Robertson 3-2-1-2; J Chamberlain 5-1-1-3; D Marte 2-1-0-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls: C Sabathia 3-7; A Aceves 1-1; B Logan 0-0; D Robertson 0-0; J Chamberlain 0-3; D Marte 2-1
Game Scores: C Sabathia 46

 

 

Final Score: Yankees 14, Red Sox 3

(Box Scores Courtesy of ESPN.com)

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The Pitching:

Andy Pettitte didn’t have his best stuff today, but he worked out of trouble and earned his fourth win of the season. He was pulled from the game after five innings and 77 pitches, and made many fans concerned about what happened to him. We later found out that he is day-to-day with an inflamed elbow. His pitching line was: (W, 4-0) 5.0IP 6H 1R 1ER 2BB 2K (77 Pitches, 46 for Strikes). Sergio Mitre tossed 2.1 innings in relief, allowing 2 earned runs on 3 hits.

Damaso Marte entered the game with one out in the 8th inning, recorded an out and left the game. He was replaced by David Robertson, who has struggled mightily this season. D-Rob recorded the last out of the inning without any problems. Girardi sent him back out to the mound to close out the game, and that’s when it got ugly. Robertson continued his early season struggles as he served up back-to-back home runs to Wieter and Reimold, allowing the Orioles to pull within two runs. Boone Logan replaced him. Logan got one out, walked two batters and the ball was than handed to Aceves. Alfredo nailed down the victory with ease, picking up his first save of the season (S,1). This is what A World Without Mo looks like. Not pretty. 

The Offense:

Nick Johnson went 3-for-3 today. It was a huge game for him. He hit a solo blast in the bottom of the 1st inning off David Hernandez, and picked up a double and a single later in the game. His batting average is now up to .171 on the season. Nick Swisher hit a solo home run off Hernandez in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Mark Teixeira his a two-run double off of Mark Hendrickson. It was his only hit of the game. 

Brett Gardner went 1-for-3, picked up a run, a walk and another stolen base on the season (SB, 13). Randy Winn went 1-for-3, with a run and a stolen base. A-Rod went 1-for-4 and knocked in an RBI. Derek Jeter went 1-for-5, picking up two runs and an RBI.

Final Score: Yankees 7, Orioles 5

The Yankees will have the day off tomorrow, and will resume play on Friday night against the Red Sox. The team will ship up to Boston and open up a three-game series at Fenway Park. (more…)

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The Pitching:

It seems as if A.J. Burnett is turning a point in his Yankee career. The guy isn’t walking the ballpark anymore, and he looks completely dominant so far this season.

Burnett hurled 7 1/3 innings, allowing an unearned run on 5 hits. His final pitching line was: (W, 4-0) 7.1IP 5H 1R 0ER 2BB 8K (107 Pitches, 68 for Strikes). Damaso Marte and Alfredo Aceves both came on in relief, each recording an out to finish up the 8th inning. With Mariano Rivera still out, Joba Chamberlain had to nail down the save. Joba posted up a scoreless frame, striking out two batters in the process to record the save (S,2). 

The Offense:

Francisco Cervelli has done a fantastic job filling in for Jorge Posada in the lineup. He went 3-for-3, and collected two runs on the game. Brett Gardner went 1-for-3, picking up 2 runs, a walk and a stolen base (SB, 12). Robbie Cano went 2-for-4

Swisher, Teixeira and A-Rod went a joint 0-for-9. Alex did pick up an RBI when he was walked (with the bases loaded), forcing a runner to cross the plate.

Final Score: Yankees 4, Orioles 1

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