Saturday, July 25, 2009

Yanks winning streak ends at 8

The New York Yankees lost to the Oakland A's today by the score of 6-4 ending their 8 game winning streak. Andy Pettitte got the start and was great through 6 innings, he ran into trouble in the 7th when he left with the bases loaded and the score tied at 1. Alfredo Aceves came in and got a popup and then had a 0-2 count but gave up a 2 run single and then proceeded to give up 3 more runs after that. The Yankees offense was nonexistent other then a Brett Gardner rbi triple until the 8th inning when Derek Jeter hit a 2 run homerun and Big Tex added a solo homerun. The Yankees had 1st and 2nd with no outs in the ninth but Jorge Posada grounded into a double play and Derek Jeter flew out to end the game. The Yankees will try and start a new winning streak tomorrow with Sergio Mitre on the mound, they also want to win this series before heading out on the road to face Tampa for 3, Chicago for 3 and Toronto for 2 and then coming home for 4 HUGE games against the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees after tomorrows game have a rough stretch and we will see how they react to that. Derek Jeter tied Bernie Williams for 5th on the alltime Yankees list in games played, next up is Babe Ruth who he will pass in 9 more games.

Game 97: Athletics at Yankees

Here is the link to the notes and lineup via Peter Abraham's Lohud Yankees Blog. It is a beautiful day out and I want to get out there in the sun and do some swimming so that is why I left the link instead of typing everything out. The Yankees are rolling and going for their 9th straight this afternoon. Andy Pettitte will try and make it 2 straight strong starts after 2 straight bad ones before the break. The Yankees ended Hope Week yesterday and I am sure all you Yankee fans out there know about this. I am not just saying this because I am a Yankees fan but they do these things right. It was a tremendous week for them being out there in the community doing all these good things and all the players and staff were involved and they also went 5-0 during this time. I don't know if it is coincidence or not but there seems to be a lot of good karma going around and maybe that is helping. The trade talks are heating up with Matt Holliday going to the Cardinals yesterday, this was a good move for them for right now because they have protection for Pujols in the lineup and they should win that division now and who knows once you get to the postseason especially in the NL. Roy Halladay seems on his way to Philidelphia which will really make Mets fans sad but nothing has happened as of yet. The Yankees I am sure are working the phones, I know they inquired into Cliff Lee but the price is too high, I would look for a Jarrod Washburn or someone like that and it may even happen after the deadline in a waiver deal. Everyone go out and enjoy the day and hope the Yankees get another win. Game 97: Athletics at Yankees Posted using ShareThis

Friday, July 24, 2009

Yanks win 8th in a row

The New York Yankees defeated the Oakland A's tonight by the score of 8-3. Joba Chamberlain got the start and had his second straight good outing since the break. He went 7+ innings giving up 2 hits, 1 run, 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. Phil Coke was good in the 8th as he got out of a 1st and 2nd no out jam without allowing a run. Dave Robertson pitched the ninth, he gave up a couple of runs but got the job done as he finished the game. The offense was led by Derek Jeter going 3-5, Jorge Posada had a solo homerun and Melky Cabrera also had 3 hits. A-rod had a double. The Yankees have really been doing the little things like moving runners over and hitting sac flys, taking walks and getting clutch hits. They aren't just hitting homeruns anymore which is a great sign. The Yankees will try and make it 9 in a row tomorrow with Andy Pettitte on the mound. The Yankees remain 2 1/2 up on the Red Sox in first place in the AL East and the best record in the AL.

Yanks go for 8th straight

The New York Yankees take on the Oakland A's at 7:05 tonight from the stadium on the YES network. They will be looking for their 8th straight win and another strong pitching performance. Joba was good Sunday and they hope he can contiue that with a second straight good start. Here are the notes and lineup via Peter Abraham The Yankees will be facing a 21 year old rookie tonight who they hit back in April but he has been hot lately. He has allowed one run on 11 hits in his last 4 starts. He has walked 7 and struck out 25. The Yankees have a 2.29 era since the break. They have their lowest team era of the season at 4.37 which is 9th in the league. The Yankees are 3-0 against Oakland this season and have won 7 straight dating back to last season. The New stadium has given up 157 homeruns this year which is only 3 fewer then the old stadium gave up last year. Johnny Damon is 8 of 23 since the break, Tex is 9 of 27 with 5 xbh and 7 rbi's. Jorge Posada is 6 of 20 with 4 rbi's and 5 xbh. A-rod is 3 of 4 on stolen bases since the break which is a good sign with his hip. The Yankees have won 27 of their last 36 home games. Yankees lineup: Jeter(SS) Damon(LF) Tex(1B) A-rod(3B) Posada(C) Matsui(DH) Cano(2B) Swisher(RF) Cabrera(CF)

Yanks win 7th straight

The New York Yankees defeated the Oakland A's last night after a long rain delay. The game started at around 9:50 and ended about 12:30 this morning. CC Sabathia got the start and was shaky early but pitched 7 innings giving up 3 runs on 9 hits with 0 walks and 4 strikeouts. Phil Hughes came on in the 8th inning and stayed in for the 9th retiring all 6 batters he faced to get his first major league save. I wonder if this is in his future, he sure seems like he was born to do this but we saw it with Joba and he ended up back where the Yankees said, so I am sure Phil Hughes will be back in the rotation next year but we will see. The Yankees offense was led by Mark Teixeira who hit a big 2 run homerun on a 3-0 pitch to get the Yankees back in the game after being down 3-0 early. He also had a double later on in the game. Eric Hinske had a rbi single, he seems to always get a big hit when he plays. Johnny Damon had 2 hits and Derek Jeter had a hit and a walk. A-rod had a walk and stolen base and Jorge Posada had 2 hits and 2 rbi's. Robinson Cano had a hit and Melky Cabrera also had a hit in his one at bat. The Yankees seem to be scoring runs in other ways other then hitting only homeruns which is a good sign with the strong pitching and defense they are playing. The Yankees will go for 8 in a row tonight with Andy Pettitte on the mound.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Notes from around MLB

Congratulations to Mark Buehrle of the White Sox who tossed a perfect game today against the Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa Bay is in on Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay, they are trying to make a big splash so watch out for them Yankees and Red Sox. How don't the Mets just fire Tony Bernezard, what evidence do they need, he obviously is a hot head and his main job is the minor league system which just stinks. If anyone did their normal job like he does his they would of been fired long ago, well I guess welcome to the Mets world, they are pretty incompetent all around. I am betting the Yankees make a trade for a Jarrod Washburn type to add depth to their rotation, Joe Girardi said today that Joba's innings limit is a concern.

Oakland A's at New York Yankees

The New York Yankees begin a 4 game set with the Oakland A's tonight at the stadium. CC Sabathia will be on the mound against local product Vin Mazzaro, he hails from Rutherford and will have plenty of friends and family on hand. Rajah Davis will have plenty of support also as he is from the area. Here are the pregame notes and lineups via Peter Abraham of the Journal News. The Yankees are 6-0 since the All Star break thanks to a 2.17 era. The pitchers have only allowed 13 runs and 44 hits over 54 innings. Pitching is always the key for any team and it really does win. The Yankees have only outscored the opposition by a score of 23-14 in their 6 game winning streak. They have played three one run games and two, two run games. This bodes well as it is how you win in the postseason. Mo has converted 97 of 101 save chances since April 21, 2007. He has not allowed a run in his last 15 appearances which spans 14 2/3 innings. He has given up 4 hits while striking out 15 in that stretch. His era dropped from 3.38 to 2.18. I guess he is still pretty good huh, so much for his demise. Phil Hughes has a 0.81 era in 16 relief appearances. He has allowed no runs in his last 14 appearances. He has struck out 22 in his last 17 2/3 innings. The Yankees are 7-1 against Oakland over the last 2 seasons outscoring them 38-25. Brian Bruney has to get it going, his last 8 appearances he has allowed 11 hits, 8 earned runs, 8 walks, 6 strikeouts and 3 homeruns. Right handers are hitting 345 against him this season. Nick Swisher has 6 errors in RF, only Justin Upton of Arizona has more and he has 7. Melky is 2 for 20 since the break and is batting 223 since June 1st with a 299 obp and 15 rbi's. I guess Brett Gardner got his job back for now. A-rod is 6 for his last 18 with 2 homeruns, 5 rbi's, 4 runs scored and 2 stolen bases. The Yankees have the best record in baseball since he came back at 44-22. Yankees lineup: Jeter(SS) Damon(LF) Tex(1B) A-rod(3B) Matsui(DH) Posada(C) Cano(2B) Hinske(RF) Gardner(CF) Oakland lineup: Davis(RF) Cabrera(SS) Hairston(CF) Holliday(LF) Garciaparra(1B) Suzuki(C) Cust(DH) Crosby(3B) Ellis(2B)

Yankees/Oakland Pitching matchups

Tonight- Vin Mazzaro vs CC Sabathia Tomorrow- Brett Anderson vs Joba Chamberlain Saturday-Gio Gonzalez vs Andy Pettitte Sunday- Dallas Braden vs Sergio Mitre Tonight is the only game the Yankees will see a righty in this series, which is intersting. I would look for Eric Hinske to play right field tonight. The Yankees will try and keep it going with their ace on the mound and lets see if Joba can make it two in a row tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Yanks sweep away another opponent

The New York Yankees won their 6th in a row today and completed their second consecutive sweep. A.J. Burnett got the win going 7 innings giving up 2 runs on 6 hits with 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. Phil Hughes came on in the 8th and did his job giving up a single but erasing that on a double play. Brian Bruney came on in the ninth with a 6-2 lead but after striking out 2 guys he gave up solo homeruns to Adam Jones and Nick Markakis and Mo came in to get the last out and the save. Joe Girardi said after the game that it was the best stuff Brian Bruney has had in a while but he still gave up 2 runs and needs to get better. Mo said he isn't worried and that Bruney is fine. The offense came out firing with 4 runs in the first inning on a rbi single by A-rod, a rbi infield single by Robinson Cano and a 2 run single by Nick Swisher. Jorge Posada had a solo homerun later and the Yankees added another run in the 8th. A-rod had 2 hits and Posada had 2 hits and 2 rbi's. Robinson Cano also had 2 hits, Damon, Jeter, Tex, Swisher and Gardner all had a hit each. The Yankees are now 1 1/2 up on the Red Sox. If the Sox win tonight it will be a game and if they lose it will extend to 2 games. The Yankees open up a 4 game series with Oakland starting tomorrow night in a makeup game from April with CC Sabathia on the mound.

Game 94: Orioles at Yankees

Here are the pregame notes and lineup via Peter Abrahams Lohud Yankees Blog. It is a day game and I didn't get a chance to type anything out. A.J. Burnett will try and continue his hot pitching and the Yankees will try to win their 6th in a row and 2nd straight sweep and stay in first place. Game 94: Orioles at Yankees Posted using ShareThis

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Yanks win again take over first place

The New York Yankees won their fifth game in a row tonight and in doing so they took over sole possession of first place. They now lead the Red Sox by 1 game in the AL East. Sergio Mitre got the start and pitched fairly well going 5 2/3 innings giving up 8 hits, 4 runs with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. Alfredo Aceves pitched 1 1/3 scoreless giving up 0 hits, 0 walks and 0 strikeouts. Phil Coke came on and pitched a scoreless 8th and Mo finished it off with a 1-2-3 ninth for his 26th save. The offense really didn't do much again but A-rod had a big 2 run single and also added a walk and stolen base. Cody Ransom had a double and a couple of walks with a stolen base. Johnny Damon had a rbi single, just missing the 200th homerun of his career. Robinson Cano had a couple of hits with one of them being a 2 run homerun. The Yankees once again played very good defense. They will look for their 2nd straight sweep tomorrow afternoon with A.J. Burnett on the mound.

Yanks go for 5 in a row

The New York Yankees will take on the Baltimore Orioles tonight from the stadium. Sergio Mitre will be on the mound making his Yankees debut. He hasn't pitched in the majors since Sept 2007, he missed all of last year with Tommy John surgery and then was suspended 50 games to start this year for PEDS, he claimed it was a mistake, something he took at GNC but anyway here he is. He is 10-23 in his career with a 5.36 era. Here are the pregame notes and lineup from Peter Abraham. The Yankees are 30-16 at home this year, 24-9 in their last 33 games at home. The Yankees are 42-22 since A-rod came back which is the best record in the major leagues over that stretch. The Yankees team era is 1.50 since the all star break. The Yankees have only scored 11 runs since the all star break. Melky Cabrera is only batting 230 since June 1st and is 2 of 13 since the break. Mo and Phil Hughes didn't pitch last night so they will be ready to go for tonight. The Orioles are 1-13 in divisional road games this year and 15-30 overall away from Camden Yards. Brett Tomko was DFA'D to make room on the roster for Sergio Mitre. He is in the rotation for good for now but I bet the Yankees make a trade for a Washburn or Cliff Lee or someone like that in the next 9 days. Yankees Lineup: Jeter(SS) Damon(LF) Tex(1B) A-rod(DH) Posada(C) Swisher(RF) Cano(2B) Cabrera(CF) Ransom(3B)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Yanks win on Matsui walkoff homerun

The New York Yankees won their 3rd straight game 2-1 tonight. Andy Pettitte got the start and went 7 1/3 innings giving up 1 run on 6 hits, 2 walks and 8 strikeouts. Phil Coke came on and got 3 outs and Alfredo Aceves got the final 2 outs. Their were 2 sparkling defensive plays first by Big Tex to nail the guy at the plate with a good tag by Molina and then one play later on a wild pitch with Molina throwing to Phil Coke and nailing another guy at the plate. Offensively there really is nothing to say, Eric Hinske hit a homerun and Matsui hit a walkoff homerun, no one in the lineup had more then 1 hit. The Yankees offense has to get going here but the most important thing is pitching and defense and ultimately if they keep doing those things well, they are going to be in great shape. The Yankees play tomorrow night with Sergio Mitre making his first start for the Yankees.

Orioles at Yankees

The New York Yankees will open a 3 game series with the Baltimore Orioles tonight at the stadium. Andy Pettitte will be on the mound against David Hernandez. Here are the pregame notes and lineup as always via Peter Abraham of the Journal News. The Yankees are one game behind Boston and have gone 16-5 in their last 21 games. Andy Pettitte has had a lot of success against the Birds going 25-6 with a 3.73 era in 35 career starts against them. He is 10-2 with a 2.76 era in the Bronx. This is the first time he is facing them since last Sept 21st when he won the last game ever played at the old stadium. The Yankees pitching for the last 3 games has gone 27 innings with 20 hits allowed, 5 earned runs, 12 walks and 24 strikeouts. MO has converted 38 straight save oppurtunities at home going back to 2007. He has thrown 13 1/3 scoreless innings in his last 13 appearances allowing 4 hits with one walk and 12 strikeouts. The Yankees are 17 games over 500, they have not been 18 games over since the final day of the 2007 season. A-rod has 5 homeruns in his last 6 games and one in each of the last 2 games. He has 19 for the season and rather amazingly only 20 players in baseball have more. He needs one more homerun to tie Harmon Killebrew on the alltime list which is 9th place. 10 of his 19 homeruns have tied the game or given the Yanks the lead. Phil Hughes has been filthy going 16 2/3 scoreless innings in his last 13 appearances with 9 hits, 3 walks and 21 strikeouts. The Yankees have gone 23-9 in their last 32 home games. Yankees lineup: Jeter(SS) Damon(LF) Tex(1B) A-rod(3B) Matsui(DH) Cano(2B) Hinske(RF) Cabrera(CF) Molina(C)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Pitching matchups for Mets/Washington series

The New York Mets start a 3 game series with the Nationals tomorrow and this may be just what the doctor ordered as the Mets lost 3 out of 4 to the Braves and are just fading quickly with none of their players coming back anytime soon and they lost Sheffield to injury the other day and Fernando Nieve today. Tomorrow- Livan Hernandez vs J.D. Martin Tuesday- Oliver Perez vs John Lannan Wednesday- Mike Pelfrey vs Craig Stammen

Yankees Orioles pitching matchups

Tomorrow- Andy Pettitte vs David Hernandez Tuesday- Sergio Mitre vs Rich Hill Wednesday- A.J. Burnett vs Jason Berken I don't think the Yankees have ever seen any of these guys but they aren't the best pitchers in the world and the Yankees are at home. I would love to see the Yankees sweep them also but they need to take at least 2 out of 3. It will be interesting to see Mitre on Tuesday and if the Yankees could catch lightning in a bottle and not have to make a trade. Andy Pettitte will try and have a strong second half unlike last year, but he usually does and A.J. Burnett battled in his first start after the break but will be looking to put together a better outing and also have another strong second half like he did last year.

Yanks sweep Tigers

Joba Chamberlain started and finally pitched a really good game going 6 2/3 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits with 3 walks and 8 strikeouts. Phil Coke came on and threw one pitch and got a pop up to short. Phil Hughes pitched the 8th giving up a single but thats it, he also had 2 more strikeouts and Mo closed out the game. The Yankees won their second consecutive game 2-1. The offense was led by A-rod who had a couple of hits, one being a solo homerun and Mark Teixeira who also had a solo blast and another hit. Jorge Posada had a hit and that was it for the Yankees offense as Edwin Jackson was the hard luck loser in this one. Joba Chamberlain was throwing 95+ pretty much the whole game and finally had his devastating slider, lets hope this can continue and he can start getting his act together. The Yankees are now 1 game out of first behind the Red Sox who lost 2 in a row to the Blue Jays. The Yankees begin a 3 game series tomorrow with the Baltimore Orioles at the stadium.

Yanks go for Sweep

The Yankees are 4-1 against the Tigers this year and have won four in a row. Here are the notes and lineup via Peter Abraham. The Yankees are 18-5 against the AL Central this year. Joba is 1-1 with a 5.05 era in his last 7 starts. Opponents are hitting 311 against him. Phil Hughes has not allowed a run in his last 12 appearances which is a stretch of 15 2/3 innings. He has allowed 8 hits, 3 walks and has 19 strikeouts. He has 0.89 era in 14 relief appearances. Mo has allowed one run over his last 15 appearances. He has a save in 8 of the last 11 victories and has converted 21 straight save oppurtunities. Derek Jeter is hitting 431 in his last 12 games. He has 9 runs scored, 5 rbi's, 8 walks and only 4 strikeouts. Robbie Cano has a 10 game hitting streak batting 390 during the streak. Brian Bruney has not pitched since July 10th. He has really struggled since coming back going 6 1/3 innings with 6 runs and 9 hits and 8 walks. A-rod has 571 homeruns, he needs 3 more to pass Harmon Killebrew and take over 9th place all time. It was really great to see Moose out there again and here him interviewed by Kim Jones. Old Timers Day is always a great day. Yankees lineup: Jeter(SS) Gardner(CF) Tex(1B) A-rod(3B) Matsui(DH) Posada(C) Cano(2B) Swisher(RF) Cabrera(LF)

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