Up to this point, Hiroki Kuroda has had an up and down season. He will have one good, and then one bad start, but today he pitched a good game for the second staight start. He threw 7 innings, and gave up only 1 run on 4 hits. His performance led the stifled Yankees offense to a 2-1 victory. With all the rotation struggles, Kuroda and CC made things look a whole lot better, by each giving a quality start and giving the Yankees bullpen some much needed rest.
Chavez Goes Deep:Eric Chavez provided all of the offense tonight, when he belted a 2 run home run. It was his first home run at home as a Yankee, all of his previous home runs were on hit on the road. He’s being given more playing time with the injury to Brett Gardener, and he’s put up respectable numbers.
Pettite Set To “Help”:After a 96 pitch outing at Class A Tampa, Andy Pettite said he feels strong, and is “ready to help” at the big league level. Phil Hughes is set to start tomorrow, could it be his last?
Look Ahead: As I stated, Phil Hughes will take the mound tomorrow night, and I already have the feeling he won’t get past the fifth inning.
Question Of The Day: What should the Yankees do with Andy Pettite and the rest of the rotation?
CC Sabathia was truly dominant for the first time this season, and that wasn’t the only good news. He went 8 innings of 2 run ball, and led the Yankees to a 6-2 win. The win gave the Yankees the series win, taking 2 0f 3 from the high powered Detroit Tigers. The game was pretty straightforward, but we have many things to talk about.
Milestones: Alex Rodriguez moved into 8th place on the all-time RBI leaders, passing Willie Mays after he drove in two more runners today. He still doesn’t look entirely comfortable at the plate, but he could break out at any moment. Curtis Granderson also had 2 RBI’s, and recorded the 500th of his career.
Swisher Day-to-Day: Nick Swisher tweaked his hamstring after a walk in the third inning, and an MRI showed a slight strain in his hamstring. Things could have been much worse, and Swisher is only expected to miss 3-5 games.
Best News Of The Day: After 4 painful starts, Freddy Garcia has been removed from the starting rotation, and will be replaced by David Phelps. Phelps has been strong in long-relief situations this year, posting a 3.47 ERA and showing the ability to throw strikes with all of his pitches. Garcia will now go into the bullpen in a long-relief role, which I don’t really understand. This move makes things even more interesting for when Andy Pettite returns to the Yankees. He has a minor league start tomorrow, and then he could be promoted to the big club, which would put Phil Hughes job security on high alert.
Look Ahead: The Yankees have a chance to take first place from the surprise Baltimore Orioles, as they face off in a 3 game series. Hiroki Kuroda will pitch, and he will look to feed off of CC’s great performance.
After going only 1 and 2/3 innings against the Tigers, you wouldn’t think Freddy Garcia would be smiling. After giving up 6 runs, Joe Girardi yanked him from the game. The Yankees would rally, but a fly ball off the bat of Eric Chavez fell about 10 feet short to end the game. After a comeback victory in game 1 of the series, the Yankees fell to the Tigers by a score of 7-5.
We Have “Confidence”: Those were Joe Girardi’s words before Garcia made this start, but i’m wondering what kind of confidence that is. He’s made 4 starts, and his ERA is above 12, and players are hitting over .400 against him. I have “confidence” that Garcia has no more than 1 start left with the Yankees this year.
The Positives: The Yankees bullpen was forced to pitch great once again, and for yet another game they did. They pitched 7 and 1/3 innings of 1 run ball. Rapada, Phelps, and even Epply threw well. Nick Swisher continued his successful April, hitting 2 more home runs, and putting his RBI count up to 23, which is first in the AL. Curtis Granderson proved that he can still hit left-handed pitching, when he belted a solo shot off the player he was traded for, Phil Coke. Granderson has 17 home runs off lefties last year, which was the most in baseball.
Up Next: The Rubber game of the series will send CC Sabathia to the mound, as he’ll face off against Max Sherzer. It really feels like we need this game to get going in the right direction.
What concerned you guys most about today’s game? I would be happy to have some conversation about it.
Before you start reading this, I want everyone to know that I think Brian Cashman gets too much criticism than he deserves. He’s under a lot of pressure, and he has made many good decisions, along with many bad ones. I will mainly focus on Cashman’s pitching decisions in this post.
Ah yes, the scapegoat, Brian Cashman. A team with a payroll around 200 million dollars, and he has only produced one championship in 11 years. This is the common complaint Yankees fans make when they talk about the GM. They have many valid arguments, but they also must realize that he has made many good decisions. I’m going to go through some of Cashman’s poor decisions in recent years, with regards to pitching.
Well lets start with the most obvious one. A.J. Burnett. He signed a 5 year, 95 million dollar contract in 2009, and boy did he disappoint. His first season was his best, even though his ERA was above 4, and he only won 13 games. However, he did come through in game 2 of the World Series, pitching 8 innings of one run ball. After that, he was terrible, hardly even getting through 5 innings without major damage. Ironically, A.J. threw 7 shutout innings in his first start with the Pirates.
Javier Vasquez: Cashman signed this guy on two different occasions, but neither one of them worked out. He had an ERA of 4.91 in 2004, and a 5.32 ERA in 2010.
Kei Igawa: After Boston made a splash and signed Matsuzaka to a big deal, Cashman felt he needed to make one as well. Igawa was a terrible sign, as he went 2-4, with a 6.66 ERA in only 13 starts.
Carl Pavano: He went 9-8 over 3 seasons, and spent nearly all of his contract on the DL. Very easy to hate the guy.
Jeff Weaver: If only Jeff had some of his brother Jered’s talent. I remember Jeff Weaver for one pitch that cost the Yankees the World Series, although I haven’t forgotten that he sucked other than that too.
Jose Contreras: In two years, this hyped up pitcher had an ERA of 4.64, and only 15 wins.
Hughes, Chamberlain, Kennedy: I have to be careful here. Personally, I have always loved Joba Chamberlain, and I really hope he can come back and eventually help the Yankees. But after being the best set up man in baseball, he disappointed as a starter. Phil Hughes was so hyped up, that he probably never could have lived up to expectations. Still, the guy has the straightest fastball I’ve ever seen, and he can’t get outs. Ian Kennedy is the wild card here. We all know that he’s currently the ace of Arizona’s staff, but don’t you remember how much he struggled in his time with the Yankees? I always wanted him traded, and I was glad when he was. He proved me, and many others wrong. I can’t blame Cashman that much for trading Ian Kennedy.
Not Signing Lee: The Yankees put all their ducks in one pond in 2011, hoping to sign Cliff Lee. They offered him the most money, but it was not enough as he signed with the Phillies. After that, the whole off-season was ruined because we had counted on getting Cliff Lee.
If you thought that the Yankees performance Wednesday night was pathetic, you probably had a good reason to think so. What was more pathetic, and perhaps more interesting, were two fans at the game. The Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland threw a ball into the crowd intended for a young boy. The ball was caught by an elderly man, perhaps in his 50′s, and he gave it to his apparent girlfriend, who looked significantly younger. The young boy cried for a few minutes because he didn’t get the ball. The fans next to him were almost mocking the child, by looking and taking pictures of the ball. The YES commentators rightfully criticized the couple for not giving the boy the ball, and eventually a Rangers player tossed the innocent child a ball. Rangers fans, so classy.
Bad News Hughes: Joe Girardi showed his lack of confidence in Phil Hughes, yanking him from the game after only 2 and 2/3 innings. He gave up 4 runs, and hit two batters. The Yankees received terrible news that Michael Pineda will be out for the entire season with shoulder surgery, so it looks like only one of the current starters will lose their job.
The Positives: Seems like Derek Jeter always finds a way into my blog. He extended his hitting streak to 15 games after picking up two more hits. David Phelps wasn’t great, but he continues to throw strikes, which I love.
Look Ahead: A day off tomorrow, and then the Yankees look to avenge their 2011 playoff exit, as they face off against the Detroit Tigers. Ivan Nova will start.
Once again the New York Yankees have trouble facing a pitcher they have never seen before. Nevertheless, it was the young phenom Yu Darvish, who threw a wide array of pitches, and had the Yankees off-balance all night. Hiroki Kuroda pitched well, going 6 and 2/3 innings, only giving up two runs. But that was simply not enough, as the Yankees bats were silent all night, going down quietly to the Rangers, 2-0. With the loss, the Yankees fall to 10-7, and into a four way tie for first place in the AL East.
We Had Chances: By no means did Darvish pitch dominantly, but he when he got into jams, he was able to strike hitters out. He had 10 strikeouts on the night. In the top of the third, New York had the bases loaded with nobody out, but Darvish struck out Curtis Granderson on a questionable call, and then Alex Rodriguez grounded meekly into an inning ending double-play.
The Positives: Derek Jeter kept his torrent April going, adding 2 more hits in 4 at bats. He also increased his hitting streak to 14 games. Joe Dimaggio here we come? Robinson Cano also added two hits in the loss. The pitching from top to bottom was what the Yankees envisioned for the season, but they simply could not come through with the clutch hit.
Look Ahead: The rubber game of the 3 game set is Wednesday night, where the ever unsteady Phil Hughes will take the mound. Please keep us in the game Hughes.
Derek Jeter had 4 hits, CC went 8 strong, and A-Rod hit a 3-run home run as the Yankees beat the Texas Rangers by a score of 7-4. It’s New York’s fourth straight win, their longest winning streak of this young season. Things may have been a little hard to watch early in the year, but the Yankees are starting to hit their stride as they took the final game against Minnesota, won both games against Boston, and today they beat a good Texas team rather routinely.
CC Warming Up: After two uncharacteristic starts to start the year, the Yankee ace is starting to pitch like we are you to seeing. He went 8 innings, and pounded the strike zone. He gave up 4 runs, but when your team is leading the entire game, you’re going to give up a few runs, because you are supposed to attack the zone. That is why CC’s ERA has been around 3 the last few years. It doesn’t mean he’s not pitching as well, it just means he is always playing with the lead.
A-Rod Dominant In Texas: From his playing days as a Ranger to now, A-Rod has always hit well in Arlington. His 3-run home run ended up being the game winner, and he also added 2 walks. Great to see A-Rod hitting with power, we need it to continue.
En Fuego: If you thought .382 was a great average for the 37 year old Derek Jeter. After going 4 for 5 tonight, the captain raised his average to .411.
Look Ahead: The Yankees get their first look at the free-agent phenom, Yu Darvish. For New York, it will be Hiroki Kuroda.
Anytime the Yankees scheduled game gets postponed, I will give a quick recap of the recent games and also the upcoming games.
Tonight’s final game of the series against the Boston Red Sox was postponed at around noon due to the terrible forecast. Perhaps this is for the best for New York, as they leave Boston in fashion, after scoring 2 touchdowns in a comeback win. The Yankees have, as Bobby Valentine said, put the Sox at rock bottom.
The starting pitching, with the exception of Ivan Nova , has been terrible. And yet the Bombers are in first place in the division, and things can only really get better from here. There have been some painfull losses, but the team has never let those losses carry over to the next day.
Up next the Yankees will play the reigning two-time AL Champion Texas Rangers. It should be a tough series, but it should also be a good measuring stick to where the team is at.
After 6 innings of unwatchable baseball, I was tired of seeing my beloved Yankees being crushed by the Red Sox, I thought it was a good time to go eat dinner. I’m currently in Ithaca, New York visiting my future school, Ithaca College (Also the Bombers!). So my dad and I went to Gino’s Pizza, it was quite good. But something wasn’t right. At the end of every Yankees game I get a text message with the final score, and I still hadn’t got that message (It had been almost 2 hours from the end of the sixth inning). So I asked my dad to check the score, and when he told me it was 15-9, I was almost sure he was joking, but when he showed me the screen, my disbelief turned into joy. 14 runs in two innings brought the Bombers all the way back from a 9-1 deficit after 6 innings.
NICK SWISHER: This guy never ceases to amaze me. He went over the green monster to hit a grand slam, and then crushed a 2-run double off the center field wall, and then proceeded to be a gorilla at second base. It’s awesome to see somebody show that emotion, to show how much it really means to him. After the game, Swisher said,”I’m just having fun man.” Please continue to do so Nick.
MARK TEXEIRA: Slow starter? He may have had slow starts the past few years, but after homering from each side of the plate, and driving in 6 runs, I think those comments will keep quiet for a while. Perhaps the most incredible thing, he hit a homerun over the green monster, batting LEFT-HANDED. I really cant remember the last time he hit the ball the other way from the left side.
Everybody Else: Good job getting on base guys.
Bullpen: Once again the Yankees bullpen did the job, going 7 and 1/3 innings, giving up 4 runs. Phelps proved he was human, but he still gave the Yankees 4 valuable innings, and he works fast, which I love.
Get Him Out: Those are the thoughts of Yankee fans when Freddy Garcia is out there, and I think its time a change was made in the starting rotation. Phelps would be the obvious choice.
How It Felt: This game is the of the season that really got me excited. Coming back from a 9 run deficit against the Red Sox? We may never see anything like this ever again.
Up Next: The Yankees look to completely destroy the minds of Boston, by sweeping the three game set. Nobody better to do so than CC Sabathia.
One More Thought: Umm…..HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!
Heading into the first of 18 games against the Boston Red Sox, not many would have predicted that Ivan Nova would be the perfect guy to start the series opener. Once again, Ivan Nova proved everybody wrong. He threw 6 solid innings of 2 run baseball, and led the Yankees to their most gratifying win thus far. The Yankees defeated the rival Red Sox fairly handily, by a score of 6-2. It’s good to get the first win against the Sox this early in the season, so we don’t have to hear about how the Yankees “Can’t beat the Sox”.
SuperNova: As stated earlier, Nova pitched well. He gave up 7 hits, but walked none, and did a great job of attacking the strike zone. He goes to 3-0 on the season, and has been by far the best Yankee starter so far. After being sent down last summer, Nova has not lost a game. Yes, NONE.
Fenway Kind: After the impressive pre-game ceremonies for the 100th anniversary, the dimensions proved kind to the Yankee hitters. They hit 5 homeruns, the most in a single game by the team this year. 2 for Eric Chavez, and 1 for A-Rod, Nick Swisher, and Russel Martin. Over the years, the Yankees have abused the green monster, and have a very high runs-per-game average at Fenway.
How It Feels: Beating the Red Sox is like nothing else. Yankees fans cannot deny how much we need the Red Sox. We hate them, but what would we do without them? We would have no rival, nobody to hate, to compete against. For myself, I am always extremely nervous. I would be lieing if I said I wasn’t scared. When we lose, nothing hurts more. But when we win, words cannot describe how happy I am.
Look Ahead: In game two of the three game set, the Yankees send unsteady Freddy to the mound. The offense will once again need to pick up their starting pitcher.