Posts Tagged ‘Marcus Thames’

The Pitching:

Yesterday, A.J. Burnett had one of his “good days”, and completely dominated the Orioles lineup. He went eight strong innings, giving up only three hits and no runs. His final pitching line was: (W, 3-0) 8.0IP 3H 0R 0ER 1BB 4K (116 Pitches, 77 fror Strikes). As you can see from his line, the one walk he issued in the game really stands out. That’s definitely a good sign, considering he usually throws a couple a game.

Mariano Rivera wasn’t seen for a few days, and Girardi decided to bring him out of the pen in a non-save situation. I agreed with the move, and he posted up another scoreless frame to end the game. His 0.00ERA streak continues.

The Offense:

Robinson Cano is simply unstoppable right now. The guy hit two more home runs tonight, and hit a double as well. He went 3-for-4, picking up 3 runs and 2RBI’s. Robbie currently leads all of Major League Baseball with a .407AVG. He also stands in 3rd place in home runs, trailing Paul Konerko (10) and Kelly Johnson (9).

Marcus Thames continued his dominance against left-handed pitchers, as he went 3-for-3 on the game, picking up a walk and an RBI. Derek Jeter went 2-for-5 on the game. Nick Swisher went 0-for-5, and Curtis Granderson went 0-for-4.

Final Score: Yankees 4, Orioles 0


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The Pitching:

C.C. Sabathia didn’t have his best stuff today, and wound up pitching a complete game. That alone, tells you how big a contributor this guy is to the team. Complete games are not as common as they once were, and to get one when you aren’t at your best is even more impressive.

Sabathia had this to say about his stuff: “I was all over the place, really,” Sabathia said. “I had no command of anything. My changeup was decent, and that was the only thing that really kept me in the game. I just tried to battle. I still was all over the place and getting behind guys, and I just tried to make pitches when I needed to.”

C.C.’s pitching line was: (L, 2-1) CG, 8.0IP 4H 4R 3ER 6BB 5K (97 Pitches, 51 for Strikes)

The Yankees turned a 5-4-3 triple play (started by A-Rod) in the bottom of the 6th inning to get Sabathia out of a jam. It was the first triple play I ever witnessed by the Yankees, as it was the first one they got in the past 42 years. Hard to believe. You can watch it here.

The Offense:

Marcus Thames hit home run in the 5th inning to put the team’s first run on the board. In the 6th inning, Mark Teixeira also hit a solo homer. Those were the only two runs the Yankees scored on the game. A-Rod, Cano and Swisher all went 1-for-4. (more…)

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  CC Sabathia #52 Of The New York Yankees Delivers

The Pitching: 

C.C. Sabathia was coming off his no-hit bid, and he posted up another stellar performance tonight. He went 6 innings, allowed only one run and struck out 9. His pitching line was: (W, 2-0) 6IP 3H 1R 1ER 0BB 9K (73 Pitches, 58 for Strikes). His control was great and was in the strike zone all night. Could this be a Cy Young year for the big guy?

The Offense: 

Derek Jeter went 2-for-4, with a run and an RBI. Marcus Thames went 2-for-3 on the game (hitting .500 thus far). Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-3, and knocked in one RBI. Brett Gardner pinch ran for Macus Thames in the bottom of the 6th inning. Gardner wound up stealing second base (SB, 4), and scored on a single by Derek Jeter, which was deflected by pitcher C.J. Wilson.

Final Score: Yankees 5, Rangers 1

The ball club’s record improves to (W-L, 7-3) on the season with this victory. Tomorrow, the Yankees will host the Rangers in the Bronx again. The game is slated to start at 1:05PM ET. The pitching matchup will be RHP Scott Feldman vs. RHP A.J. Burnett. The game will be televised on YES.

  The Grounds Crew Roll Out The Tarp


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A.J. Burnett was handed the ball today to start against the Tigers, and he pitched really well. Burnett’s line was: W, 6.2IP 3H 1R 1ER 3BB 2K. With the win, his spring record moves to (W-L, 1-1). David Robertson came on in relief and recorded the last out of the 7th inning with ease. Chan Ho Park pitched a scoreless 8th inning, and Joba Chamberlain closed it out in the 9th. Joba gave up two hits, but didn’t allow a run. He picked up his first save of the spring (S, 1).

There wasn’t much offense in this game today. Curtis Granderson doubled in the 1st inning, knocking in Jorge Posada for the first run of the game. The only other run scored came in the 4th inning, when Marcus Thames jacked a solo home run off of Nate Robertson to put the Yankees ahead 2-1. Those two runs were enough to nail down the victory.

Jorge Posada went 2-for-4 with a run. Granderson went 2-for-4, and knocked in one RBI.

With this win, the Yankees record improves to (10-13). The team will head back to George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida for a rematch against Detroit. The pitching matchup will be LHP Andy Pettitte vs. RHP Max Scherzer. Mariano Rivera is scheduled to pitch for the Yankees in relief. The game will be televised on the YES Network and on MLB.TV. (more…)

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2009 was a short season for Brett — and no, we’re not talking about his height — due to injury. However, he hit .270 in his limited time and played a decent centerfield. Out of spring training Brett had won the starting job in center field, Bubba Crosby be damned. Unforunately, his starting job didn’t last too long.

Looking ahead to 2010: Brett likely will be in some sort of a battle with Randy Winn for the starting job in left field even though some reports indicate that Winn is just a bench piece. Either way, I see Gardner being the starter as long as he can hit the ball and historically, if everything holds up, his average will rise this year. This year, if Gardner is the starter in left, expect Winn or Marcus Thames to possibly platoon in against lefties. The Daily News has also indicated that he has taken time out of his spring training to work on his bunting. About time, eh?

2010 Projection: .280, 6 HR, 50 RBI, 40 SB

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…Spring Training! What did you think I was going to say, Christmas? Pfft, that day is just a mere speed bump in baseball fan’s lives known as ‘Off season’. Either way, the Yankees released their non-roster invitee list and it looks something like this:

OF Marcus Thames, LHP Wilkins Arias, LHP Jeremy Bleich, OF Colin Curtis, RHP Grant Duff, OF Reid Gorecki, C Kyle Higashioka, RHP Jason Hirsh, LHP Kei Igawa, RHP Zach McAllister, C Jesus Montero, C PJ Pilittere, LHP Royce Ring, C Mike Rivera, C Austin Romine, RHP Amaury Sanit, RHP Zack Segovia, OF Jon Weber, RHP Kevin Whelan and OF David Winfree.

Tell me, are you as excited to see Kei Igawa pitch to Marcus Thames in intersquad games? You’re not? Then you must not be a true Yankees fan then. I kid, regardless, 9 days until Spring Training.

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Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated tweeted earlier today that the Yankees have signed Marcus Thames. Joel Sherman reports that it is a minor league deal and if Thames makes the major league roster, he’ll make $900k. Thames was originally drafted by the Yankees in 1996 as the 899th pick in the 30th round and then was traded to the Texas Rangers in June 2003 for Ruben Sierra.

In Thames brief career as a Yankee, he only had 13 Plate Appearances, but is best known for hitting the first pitch he saw from Randy Johnson as his first career home run.

After being traded, Thames played primarily for the Detroit Tigers where he amassed a .245 BA, 99 HRs and 255 RBIs while playing left field and some first base.

Going into 2010, it is unlikely that Thames will be the starter, however, he will likely battle with Randy Winn, Jamie Hoffmann, and whomever the Yankees call up from AAA for the right to hit against left handed hitters this season. Career wise against left handed pitchers, Thames has hit .256, 40 HRs with a .516 SLG in 620 ABs.

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post finds that Johnny Damon returning to the Bronx is unlikely, because the Yankees  are telling agents they have only $2M to spend.  Cashman would have to lobby Hal Steinbrenner to expand the budget to bring back Damon. Supposedly, when they were targeting Mike Cameron back in July, Hal Steinbrenner would not approve a $5.5MM increase. Damon would have to cut his salary demands by a lot, and that is unlikely. If this report is correct, $2M isn’t going to get you anything noteworthy on this FA market.

If they move on from Damon, the team’s next targets are: Xavier Nady, Reed Johnson, Rocco Baldelli, Jerry Hairston Jr., and Marcus Thames.

According to Chris Haft of MLB.com, the “signing of first baseman Aubrey Huff likely finishes the Giants’ offseason efforts to upgrade the ballclub.” So, that means no Damon for the Giants? Isn’t this guy running out of options?

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