Saturday, May 2, 2009
The Yankees looked half asleep today at least offensively, you can tell CC is starting to get frustrated as the Yankees are 2-4 in his games and the last 2 games he has pitched pretty well with nothing to show for it. He was cruising along today and had a 1-0 lead early but the Yankees couldn't do anything off of Matt Palmer who is a 30 yr old rookie which says it all right there. This is what gets me about the Yankees offense, they have a bunch of great games where they score a ton of runs and it makes them look better then they are, I still think Kevin Long is terrible and needs to go. A-rod coming back will help them but they have too many days where they are facing guys like today and can't do anything with them. CC is showing signs of improvement, he really hasn't pitched bad at all his last two times out but he still isn't getting the wins and not dominating like he can. The Yankees will try to win the series tomorrow with Phil Hughes on the mound trying to have his 2nd good start in a row. The way the bullpen is going if he keeps pitching well the Joba to the pen talk is going to heat up again. Chien-Ming Wang pitched 4 hitless innings in extended spring training and they thought he looked good, he will be pitching every fifth day and they will give him at least a couple more starts before they see if they are going to bring him back. A-rod looks ready to come back by Friday when the Yankees go on the road but we will see.
This is the game post via Peter Abraham and the Lohud Yankees Blog. I am sorry I couldn't post my own stuff but I just didn't have time before the game. CC will try to make it 2 good starts in a row and 5 in a row for the Yanks. No roster moves were made yet but the bullpen will be watched. I will be back later with more and any updates on A-rod and Wang. Game 24: Angels at Yankees (updates with comments from Brian Cashman) Posted using ShareThis
What a thrilling come from behind win for the New York Yankees. I was at the game and what a great game it was. Jorge Posada hit a 2 run homerun early and then had the game winning 2 rbi single in the ninth. Andy Pettitte started off pretty well but then fell apart in the sixth before leaving with the bases loaded and two outs. Mark Melancon came in and gave up a 3 run triple and wild pitch and all of the sudden it was 6-4 Angels but the gritty, gutty Yankees came back with 4 runs in the eighth and 2 runs in the ninth to win the game. Robinson Cano has been great and he had 3 more hits and some stellar defense. Mark Teixeira continued to struggle but had a walk to lead off the ninth, maybe that will get him going. Melky Cabrera and Ramiro Pena continue to play well but the bullpen is all messed up right now. The Yankees though got the win and that is all that counts, CC Sabathia will be on the mound tomorrow as the Yankees go for their 5th straight win. Brian Bruney played catch before the game and felt fine. A-rod was 1-6 again today and you can find more about his day from Peter Abraham on his blog and also the Associated Press. He is scheduled to play 5 innings tomorrow at third base. Peter Abraham also reported on his blog that Joe Girardi was meeting with Brian Cashman after the game and it would appear a move or moves are going to be made. I would think the bullpen could be changing again, Edwar Ramirez and Jose Veras have been dreadful and I wonder if they will get rid of these guys. I am sure there will be some news tomorrow regarding roster moves. The Yankees are now 13-10 and tied with the Red Sox in the loss column and 1 game behind Toronto for first place, I don't think anyone thinks Toronto will keep it up.
Friday, May 1, 2009
I know its raining now but it is supposed to clear up and we should have baseball. I will be heading out to the Bronx in a few minutes some I am not going to put as much as I usually do but I will post more tonight when I get home from the game. The Yankees have won 3 straight scoring 26 runs their best 3 game stretch of the season. Phil Coke in his last 7 outings has gone 6 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Big Tex is 2 of his last 20 with 0 RBI in six games, he does have 9 walks though, he is one guy that is definitely glad it is May. Hideki Matsui is hot going 15 of his last 28, with 6 extra base hits, 7 RBI and 6 runs scored. He is on a 10 game hitting streak. Nick Swisher is hot again going 6 for his last 14 with 3 homeruns and 6 RBI. Melky is 11 of his last 32 with 5 RBI and 6 runs scored. Ramiro Pena is hitting a little going 5 for his last 13. The lineup is as follows Jeter(SS) Damon(LF) Tex(1B) Matsui(DH) Cano(2B) Posada(C) Swisher(RF) Cabrera(CF) Pena(3B) Enjoy the game everyone, I may chime in from the stadium.
The Yankees finished the month of April 12-10, a winning record which usually doesn't happen. This is their best April since 2006. Mark Teixeira is happy the month of April is over as he struggled mightily I am sure dropping his career 256 April average. Robinson Cano is a guy who isn't happy as he had his first good April of his career, hopefully he can take it into May. CC Sabathia had his best start last time out and he is looking forward to the warmer weather and getting on a roll. The Yankees survived the month and A-rod should be back within the next week or so. The Yankees also lost Brian Bruney to injury, Wang to ineffectiveness and Xavier Nady and didn't come out too bad. They got off to a good start on their 8 game homestand and at the end of this homestand if it goes well they can be in good shape. Here is looking for a strong May and the Yankees begin to make their move. They currently sit in third place 2 games back of the Red Sox and 1 game back of the Blue Jays. Andy Pettitte will try to get May off to a good start tonight.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
A.J. Burnett didn't have his best stuff tonight but he battled through 7 innings leaving the game in a 4-4 tie. Phil Coke came in for the 8th and had a 1-2-3 inning and Mo got the save in the ninth. Johnny Damon had a solo homerun, Robinson Cano extended his hitting streak to 17 games and Melky Cabrera had a big RBI hit in the eight as well as Ramiro Pena having a 2 run double for his first 2 RBI of his major league career. Derek Jeter broke out of his slump with 2 hits and a walk and RBI. Mark Teixeira had a double and a walk and Hideki Matsui had a rbi single. Jorge Posada had a hit and Nick Swisher had a hit and 2 walks. Everyone in the Yankees lineup had at least one hit. The Yankees will try and make it two in a row tomorrow with Andy Pettitte taking the hill against the Angels best pitcher right now Jered Weaver who the Yankees usually hit. I will be at the game and may do some live blogging from the stadium.
Selena Roberts leaked exerpts from her upcoming book today along with A-rod taking part in his first game in quite a while. A-rod was 1-6 with a homrun and 2 walks. He served as the DH and took it easy today. He will play against the Pirates in Bradenton, Florida and serve as the DH tomorrow and then in a few days start running full speed and playing the field and should be back in about 10 days. The book is just silly, she obviously has a vendetta against A-rod and who really cares. I mean come on how much he tips at Hooters, does anyone give a hoot about this other then the waitresses there, I don't think so and she says he might have and could have all over the book, I am just a amateur but come on where is the journalistic integrity there, I mean no sources or evidence or anything. I could sit here and say you may have robbed a bank or could have and what does that mean. I could have or may have took steroids but did I, well who knows?? I mean this is just terrible journalism by Selena Roberts who by the way was wrong about the Duke Lacrosse case, listen you got your big story lady, getting A-rod to admit he did steroids, now just end it, nothing else is going to come out of this. I am glad A-rod is saying I won't go there and that is all he will say and the Yankees until this goes away, good for them. Gary W. Marchese Jr. Voice of Yankees Universe Writer(http://nyyankeesrumors.com The fastest growing site for Yankee fans so please visit that as well as this site and spread the word.
Here are some pregame notes as always via Peter Abraham and also from the AP in Tampa regarding A-rod. I also have the Yankees lineup, the Yankees are on a 8 game homestand now looking to get a few games over 500 and start to make a move and establish homefield advantage. A.J. Burnett makes the start looking to bounce back from his bad start in Fenway last time out. That was his only bad start and his ERA looks bad because of it but he has pitched well other then that start and I look for him to bounce back tonight. Robinson Cano has a 16 game hitting streak going and Hideki Matsui has a 9 game hitting streak going. Mark Teixeira is 1 of his last 16 and must be thrilled to see that tomorrow is May 1st. A-rod had 8 at bats in a extended spring game today and was 1 for 6 with 2 walks. He did hit a homerun. He didn't really run during the game, he did do windsprints afterwards. The reports are that he looked rusty but he feels good and is happy to be back on the field. I will get more into A-rod later. Here is the Yankees lineup: Jeter(ss) Damon(lf) Tex(1b) Matsui(dh) Cano(2b) Posada(c) Swish(rf) Cabrera(cf) Pena(3b)
The Selena Roberts A-rod book fallout has started as the Daily News got a hold of some excerpts. I don't know how they got them a couple of weeks ahead of the book being released but they did and the most alarming thing if you want to say that is that the book alleges that A-rod did steroids when he was in high school and also when he was a Yankee someone saw him with Kevin Brown a pitcher at the time doing HGH together. My opinion of all of this is who cares, we know he did steroids and we know he does crazy things in his personal life, who cares how much he tips waitresses and who he hangs out with and about his divorce and all of that, I really don't care and I am not sure that anyone else does either at this point. A-rod will just have to say no comment and the same for the rest of the Yankees and eventually it will go away we hope. A-rod just needs to come back and play baseball like he says he will and help the team win. If Alex performs and the team wins the fans aren't going to care about anything else.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Joba Chamberlain was sharp tonight pitching 7 strong innings and the Yankees had another big inning. Joba pitched 7 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits with 3 walks and 6 strikeouts he was also hitting 93-95 on the gun which is a great sign as his velocity has been up his last two starts and this was the best that he has looked. The Yankees had a 7 run fourth inning today and that was all they needed although it got interesting at the end. Nick Swisher hit two homeruns, one from each side of the plate becoming the 10th Yankee to do that. Hideki Matsui walked 3 times and had a double as he continues to get better. Robinson Cano extended his hitting streak to 16 games. Melky Cabrera had another hit and Ramiro Pena had a hit. Johnny Damon had 2 hits and a RBI. The game got interesting in the ninth as Jon Albaladejo gave up a couple of runs and left with 2 runners on and 2 outs. Mariano Rivera who didn't appear to be completely warmed up came in and gave up a 3 run homerun to Curtis Granderson before getting Polanco to pop out to second to end the game. The Yankees ended the roadtrip on a high winning the last two games behind two young guns after a miserable weekend in Boston. The Yankees now come home and begin a 8 game homestand tomorrow with Anaheim and then Boston and Tampa Bay come in. I forgot to mention also it was Joe Girardi's 100th win as manager of the Yankees, I like that he said he would like to do that in a year.
Barry Bonds has basically been blackballed by baseball, I know they deny it but it appears to be collusion by the owners. Barry Bonds is a easy guy to root against, he has a ton of baggage, he is considered a bad guy in the clubhouse and much more but one thing is for sure the guy can hit. I am starting a rumor and discussion here for the sake of debate. I am wondering if anyone thinks the Yankees should sign Barry Bonds, I know they don't have a spot this year it seems but what about next year when Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui are coming off of the books? I just want to state that I am not for that move and wouldn't be under any circumstances but I am sure there are people that would be. I want to go over the pros first, he is always a threat, he can hit, he is a lefthanded hitter and he only has to DH in the american league. The cons are obvious with the steroid allegations and the ongoing investigations and court cases with him, the media firestorm although the Yankees are used to that and of course him just being a oronary guy and bad in the clubhouse. I would love to hear what Yankee fans have to say about this subject, please comment and email me and let me know either way what the thoughts on this are.
The New York Yankees take on the Detroit Tigers tonight in the last of 3 from Comerica Park. The two teams split the first two and tonight Joba Chamberlain will take on Rick Porcello. The game is at 7:05PM on the YES network and WCBS 880 radio in NY. Here are some notes via Peter Abraham and Yankees.com. The 10 runs scored in the 7th inning on Tuesday were the most the team has scored in one inning since they scored 10 in the 4th inning against Baltimore on Sept 29, 2007. Robinson Cano's single on Tuesday extended his hitting streak to 15 games which matches a career high. He last did this on June 1-17, 2006. He is hitting 364 during the stretch. Hideki Matsui's triple was the 11th of his career and 1st since Sept 22, 2007 in Toronto. He is hitting 406 over the past 8 games. Derek Jeter has a 8 game hitting streak. Yesterday Jose Molina became the first player to log a sac fly and a grand slam in the same inning since Oakland's Sal Bando vs California on May 7, 1975 according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The lineup for the Yankees is as follows: Jeter(ss) Damon(lf) Tex(1b) Matsui(dh) Cano(2b) Posada(c) Swisher(rf) Cabrera(cf) Pena(3b)
The Yankees finish up a tough roadtrip tonight trying to win the series in Detroit with Joba on the mound against young Rick Porcello. They will begin a 4 game series with the Angels tomorrow night at home. It will be the start of a 8 game homestand, the Yankees have played the least amount of games at home in the majors up to this point and it will be nice to be home for a while. Here are the matchups vs the Angels: Tomorrow: Anthony Ortega vs A.J. Burnett Friday- Jered Weaver vs Andy Pettitte Saturday- Matt Palmer vs CC Sabathia Sunday- Joe Saunders vs Phil Hughes The Yankees never beat the Angels but this is their chance to win some games against them. Ortega will be making his second career start tomorrow, Weaver is good but struggles against the Yankees and Matt Palmer is making his 5th career start.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The New York Mets lost to the Florida Marlins tonight by the score of 7-4 at Citi Field. The Mets won the first game of the series yesterday. The Mets problem continues to be starting pitching, other then Johan Santana they are really struggling, John Maine pitched well yesterday but that was the first good game from someone other then Johan Santana that I can remember. The Mets will finish the series with the Marlins tomorrow afternoon with Josh Johnson going against Johan Santana, this should be a good matchup. The Mets other problem is the defense, Daniel Murphy just looks terrible out in the field but boy can he hit and Gary Sheffield is an adventure when he is out there. The Mets also don't really hit in the clutch and Carlos Delgado may be out for a while, not sure how long right now. The Mets also released Freddy Garcia today, he just wasn't getting the arm strength back and they had to let him go, it was worth the risk though that they signed him and tried to make it work.
The Yankees ended the losing streak with a 11-0 win in Detroit. Franchise Phil restored order with 6 shutout innings, he had 2 walks, 2 hits and 6 strikeouts. He would of pitched the 7th but didn't need too after the Yankees scored 10 runs in the 7th. Mark Melancon also pitched a 1-2-3 inning and Edwar Ramirez and Jose Veras finished the game off, Jose Veras hit a guy and gave up a hit but got out of it. Hideki Matsui continued his hot hitting with 2 hits and a RBI and Robinson Cano also had 2 hits and a RBI. Nick Swisher had 2 hits, 2 walks and a RBI, Melky Cabrera had 2 hits, 2 walks and a RBI. It looks like Melky Cabrera wants his job back and for right now has it back, he has to keep playing. Jose Molina had 1 hit but it was a grandslam. Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon each had a hit a piece. The Yankees needed a game like this and maybe now they will relax. Joba Chamberlain will try to get them a series win tomorrow going against young Rick Porcello from NJ at 7:05 on the YES network. I hope the Yankees hitting will now get on a roll again, A-rod continues to progress and it looks like he could be back next week or not too long after that which will be a huge boost for the team.
Here are the notes and lineups for tonights game. In the last two games the Yanks have 1 walk and 17 strikeouts. Robinson Cano is up to 380 and has a 14 game hitting streak. Nick Swisher is struggling going 6 for his last 35 and has 2 RBI in that time. Hideki Matsui has a 7 game hitting streak and is 11 of his last 27. The Yankees have scored 3 runs in the last 19 innings. The Yanks are 32-39 in April over the last 3 seasons. Steven Jackson was sent back to AAA as expected. Jorge Posada is out with a sore hamstring which would explain him not running to first last night. Yanks lineup: Jeter(ss), Damon(lf), Tex(1b), Matsui(dh),Cano(2b),Swisher(rf),Cabrera(cf),Molina(c), Pena(3b)
April 28 This from Hal Steinbrenner via the Yankees: “A few weeks ago I indicated that in light of the economy we would review the pricing of a small number of our premium locations at Yankee Stadium; specifically, our Suite Seats. I mentioned a small number of locations because in excess of 3.4 million seats, including 37,000 full season equivalents as well as approximately 85% of all our premium locations have already been sold. Yet, there are a few hundred Suite Seats in our premium locations that have not been sold on a full season basis. As a result, and for many of our fans who have already purchased full season Suite Seats in such premium locations, the Yankees are announcing today a program that adjusts certain prices and benefits affecting such Suite Seats.” For the 2009 regular season only, the following price adjustments and benefits are being adopted effective immediately for a few hundred Legends Suite and Delta Sky 360 Suite Licensees. A. The full season Legends Suite and Ticket Licenses in the first row in Sections 15A, 15B, 24B and 25 will be reduced from $2,500 to $1,250 per regular season game. All fans who have purchased such full season Suite and Ticket Licenses will receive, at their choice, a refund or a credit. B. The full season Legends Suite and Ticket Licenses in the first row in Sections 11, 12, 13, 27B, 28 and 29 will be reduced from $1,000 to $650 per regular season game. All fans who have purchased such full season Suite and Ticket Licenses will receive, at their choice, a refund or a credit. C. All fans who purchased full season $2,500 Legends Suite and Ticket Licenses in the first row, in Sections 16 – 24A, will receive an equal number of complimentary Legends Suite Seats in the first row in Sections 16 – 24A for each of the remaining regular season games during the 2009 regular season. D. All fans who purchased full season $1,250 Legends Suite and Ticket Licenses will receive an equal number of complimentary Legends Suite Seats in the $1,250 Legends Suite price category for 24 games during the 2009 regular season, as selected by the Yankees. E. All fans who purchased full season $850 Legends Suite and Ticket Licenses will receive an equal number of complimentary Legends Suite Seats in the $850 Legends Suite price category for 8 games and in the $500 Legends Suite price category for 4 games during the 2009 regular season, as selected by the Yankees. F. All fans who purchased full season $600 Legends Suite and Ticket Licenses will receive an equal number of complimentary Legends Suite Seats in the $500 Legends Suite price category for 10 games during the 2009 regular season, as selected by the Yankees. G. All fans who purchased full season $500 Legends Suite and Ticket Licenses will receive an equal number of complimentary Legends Suite Seats in the $500 Legends Suite price category for 8 games during the 2009 regular season, as selected by the Yankees. H. Future 2009 regular season sales of full season $1,250, $850, $600 and $500 Legends Suite and Ticket Licenses, will receive comparable (dependent upon the price of the Legends Suite and Ticket License) benefits during the 2009 regular season, subject to availability. I. The Delta SKY 360 Suite and Ticket Licenses in the first row in Sections 218A – 222 will be reduced from $750 to $550 for each regular season game. All fans who have purchased such full season Suite and Ticket Licenses will receive, at their choice, a refund or a credit. In addition, for 2009, so as to encourage fans to purchase full season ticket plans in the Field Level Sections 115 – 125, the Yankees are also adopting a program affecting a few hundred seats. And, for our fans who have already purchased, on a full season basis such Field Level seating priced at $325 Sections 115 – 125, the following program is being adopted effective immediately: A. Going forward all fans when purchasing, on a full season basis, three (3) full regular season ticket plans priced at $325 per regular season game in Sections 115 – 125 will receive a fourth full regular season ticket at no additional cost. B. All fans who have purchased full season plans priced at $325 per regular season game will receive complimentary regular season tickets within Sections 115 – 125 for remaining regular season games during the 2009 regular season as follows: 1. If you purchased two (2) or three (3) full season tickets you will receive two (2) tickets for every other regular season game, commencing with either the Thursday evening game on April 30, 2009 or the Friday evening game on May 1, 2009 and alternating for the remainder of the season.2. If you purchased four (4) or five (5) full season tickets you will receive two (2) tickets for every regular season game during the balance of the 2009 regular season, commencing with the Thursday evening game on April 30, 2009. 3. If you purchased six (6) or seven (7) full season tickets you will receive three (3) tickets for every regular season game during the balance of the 2009 regular season, commencing with the Thursday evening game on April 30, 2009. 4. If you purchased eight (8) full season tickets you will receive four (4) tickets for every regular season game during the balance of the 2009 regular season, commencing with the Thursday evening game on April 30, 2009.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Here are the pregame notes and the Yankees lineup via Peter Abraham of the Journal News and the Yankees lohud blog. The Yankees are 16-11 against the Tigers the last four seasons and 8-6 at Comerica Park. CC Sabathia has made 26 career starts against the Tigers and is 13-9 with a 4.70 era and 7-2 with a 3.80 era in Detroit. Hideki Matsui has hit safely in 6 straight games and is 10 of 23. He is now hitting 280. Robinson Cano has a 13 game hitting streak, he has hit safely in all but one game this season. Nick Swisher has gone cold, going 5 of his last 31(181) in his last 8 games. He is now hitting 286, he has struckout 11 times in those 31 at bats and has 2 RBI. The Yankees are 32-28 in April over the last 3 seasons. The Yankees had a terrible weekend but I am not ready to panic yet, I will give them to 30 games before I really go crazy, they need CC to step up today and start pitching the way he can and then hopefully Phil Hughes will show what he is capable of tomorrow and the pitching will get on a roll and before you know it they will have A-rod back and will be playing more home games and can take advantage of that. Here is the lineup for tonight Jeter(ss) Damon(lf) Teixeira(1b) Matsui(dh) Cano(2b) Swisher(rf) Cabrera(cf) Molina(c) Pena(3b) Enjoy the game and hopefully I will be back later with a happy postgame.
I forgot to mention this before but I have teamed up with Voice of Yankees universe and will be posting stuff on that site. Please visit that site and leave comments and emails also at http://nyyankeesrumors.com/ I am trying to expand my horizons and hoping this will work out well for me. I will still be posting regularly on here and nothing will change other then having to post on there and getting more people to see my work. I appreciate the support and will continue to provide you with the best coverage that I can.
Tomorrow- CC Sabathia vs Justin Verlander Tuesday- Phil Hughes vs Edwin Jackson Wednesday- Joba Chamberlain vs Rick Porcello The Yankees need to have a good series and need CC Sabathia to get them off on the right foot with a strong performance tomorrow. Phil Hughes vs Edwin Jackson is a game where you don't know what Hughes will give you although I think he will pitch well and then Joba Chamberlain against Rick Porcello is a battle of tow young guns. The Yankees need to forget about Boston quickly and just go out and get a win and get it rolling.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
The Yankees had a terrible weekend in Boston getting swept by the hated Red Sox. The Yankees had a 4-2 lead in the ninth with two outs on Friday when MO blew the save giving up a 2 run homer to Jason Bay to tie the game and it just seemed to snowball from there. Yesterday the Yankees had a 6-0 lead and A.J. Burnett just could not hold it and the pen got roughed up and tonight the Yankees couldn't get anything going and lost 4-1. The Yankees are a mess right now but they were playing good before this weekend other then the games Chien-Ming Wang pitched. The starters need to start getting more consistent and then the bullpen will be in better shape and can be in more defined roles. The offense is the same old thing, yeah they can score runs but they don't do the little things, they strand too many runners and right now third base and CF are automatic outs and Big Tex isn't playing the way he eventually will. The Yankees just need to go out to Detroit have a good series and get back on track, they will get A-rod back in a couple of weeks and that will help as they do need him. The bright side of tonights game was Mark Melancon who pitched two shutout innings, he was very impressive in the seventh getting them out 1-2-3 on I belive 5 pitches. His second inning was shaky as he loaded the bases with no outs but showed a lot of poise by getting a groundout to third which got the force at home then a strikeout and groundout to get out of trouble. I believe him and Dave Robertson will evolve into late inning guys they can trust and the more experience the better for them.
The lineups and pregame notes as always via Peter Abraham: The game is at 8:00pm on ESPN. Tonight is the 24th time in Andy Pettitte's Yankee career that he will start a game trying to avoid a sweep for the Yankees. In those starts he has gone 17-1 including 4-0 last year. This note comes via the Elias Sports Bureau. Yesterday was only the third time in Yankees history that they lost a game by 5 or more runs when leading at some point by 6 or more runs. The last time this happened was June 5, 1956 against Cleveland. It was also the largest lead blown against Boston since May 16, 1968. Derek Jeter is 8 of his last 21, Damon is 9 of his last 21, Swisher has reached base safely in all 17 games. Phil Coke has thrown four scoreless innings in a row and Hideki Matsui is 7 of his last 18. Robinson Cano is having by far the best April of his career, hitting 366 with 5 homeruns and 15 RBI. He also has a 12 game hitting streak. The Yankees are 7 for 36 with runners in scoring position this series. I know you can't blame the offense yesterday but once again the last two innings they had 2nd and 3rd one out and couldn't score, it is just inexcusable that it happens time after time and nothing is done about it. Yankees lineup Gardner(cf) Jeter(ss) Teixeira(1b) Swisher(lf) Cano(2b) Posada(c) Matsui(dh) Cabrera(rf) Berroa(3b) Red Sox lineup Ellsbury(cf) Pedroia(2b) Ortiz(dh) Youkilis(1b) Drew(rf) Bay(lf) Lowell(3b) Varitek(c) Green(ss) The Yankees really need to win this game and just get out of town and have a good series in Detroit. They really need a good start to give the bullpen some rest and you may see Steven Jackson and Mark Melancon, these guys are going to have to step up along with Dave Robertson.
The AA-Trenton Thunder are 8-6 on the season. I think this may be the weakest team in terms of prospects but they have some pitchers that are worth watching. Zach McAllister- 1-0 2.08 era, 17 1/3 innings, 10 hits, 5 walks and 9 strikeouts. George Kontos- 0-1 3.77 era, 14 1/3 innings, 16 hits, 7 walks and 16 strikeouts. Michael Dunn- 1-1 1.44 era, 8 2/3 innings, 7 hits, 2 walks and 15 strikeouts There aren't too many position players but there are a couple. Francisco Cervelli- 175 avg, 2 hr and 6 rbi, He is off to a rough start. Reegie Corona- 275 avg, 0 hr, 3 rbi. The Yankees got him back after losing him in the rule 5 draft. Eduardo Nunez- 263 avg, 0 hr, 4 rbi. Jorge Vasquez- 214 avg, 1 hr, 6 rbi, Yankees plucked him from Mexico and he had a great first game with a homerun and 4 RBI's but not much since. Colin Curtis- 364 avg, 0 hr, 4 rbi's.
I was doing this everyday but stopped because it is too much to keep up with. I have decided to do a once a week post about the minor leagues. I am going to go through each minor league team and post some stats from certain players who are doing well or are big prospects or whatever. If anyone has any suggestions on what else I can do with the minor leagues please let me know. AAA-Scranton- They have started off on fire as a team going 14-1. I will post Dave Robertson, Mark Melancon, Angel Berroa and Phil Hughes stats but they are all with the Yankees now. Phil Hughes- 3-0 1.86 era, 19.1 ip, 17 hits, 3 walks and 19 strikeouts. Ian Kennedy- 1-0, 2.00 era, 18 ip, 11 hits, 5 walks and 21 strikeouts. Dave Robertson- 0-0, 0.00 era, 8 ip, 4 hits, 2 walks and 14 strikeouts. Mark Melancon- 2-0, 0.00 era, 10.1 ip, 4 hits, 3 walks and 17 strikeouts. The offense has been led by Shelly Duncan who is batting 368 with 5 homeruns and 20 RBI. Eric Duncan no relation but was the first round selection out of Seton Hall Prep in 2003 and hasn't lived up to his potential yet is batting 385 with 7 RBI. Austin Jackson who is the Yankees top position prospect is batting 386 with 10 RBI. He has a 462 OBP. If you want all the latest news and stats check out Chad Jennings blog at http://community.thetimes-tribune.com/blogs/yankees/.