Saturday, October 3, 2009
There isn't much to say about tonights game, the Yankees lost 5-3. Andy Pettitte started and wasn't great at all just couldn't get anything going. I wouldn't look too much into it though, as he said it is over and I am looking forward to the playoffs. The bullpen was good again making the decisions on the Yankees very tough as to who the last couple of spots on the playoff roster is going to go to. The Yankees will have Joba Chamberlain work out of the bullpen tomorrow and that is where he will be used in the ALDS it appears and then they will see what to do in the ALCS should they get that far. The Yankees still don't know who they will be playing as that could be a factor with some roster choices depending on who they play. The Twins will send Carl Pavano to the mound tomorrow with the Tigers sending Justin Verlander, if they both win or both lose there will be a one game playoff on Tuesday from the Metrodome. The Yankees have one hour after they know their opponent to choose which series they want but I am sure they are taking the extra days off so they will use 3 starters and be able to use Hughes and Mo in every game also. The most important thing about this game was the Yankees came out of it healthy and have one more meaningless game tomorrow. The regulars will play tomorrow except for Posada who will be managing as is a tradition from the Joe Torre days. It looks like this could be a trend in the playoffs also with Molina catching A.J. and Posada being the DH.
The New York Giants will take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City and the New York Jets will head to New Orleans to take on the Saints. I will start with the Giants, I expect them to beat the Chiefs by a lot. I don't think there will be any looking ahead as they know what happened last year when they went into Cleveland and everyone thought they would win and they got beat up. The Chiefs have no passing attack and the Giants will be getting Kevin Dockery back to help the secondary, I expect Brandon Jacobs to get going and have a big game running. I am taking the Giants. Giants 28- Chiefs 10 The Jets I think are going to lose their first game of the season. The Saints have the best offense and although I think the Jets defense is very good they will give up some points and I don't think Mark Sanchez and the offense can keep up with the Saints. I would think the Jets keep it competitive but lose. Saints-24 Jets 17 My random pick of the week will be the Monday night game between Brett Favre and the Vikings and the Green Bay Packers. It should be interesting but Favre will be at home so it won't be like when he returns to Green Bay later in the year. I think the Vikings are good but not sure they are as good as they have looked, the Packers aren't great but should be better then they are. I will take the Vikings in a close one. Vikings 24 Packers 21 Those are my picks for week 4 of the NFL season, I was right last week with the Giants wrong about the Jets and I did get the Colts right so I am 2-1 for the season, lets see how I do. I would like to hear other opinions so please comment here and let me know if you think I am right, wrong or whatever lets have some fun with the picks as we go along.
The Toronto Blue Jays fired GM J.P. Ricciardi today and the Padres did the same with their GM Kevin Towers. The Blue Jays is interesting because the players have said they want Cito Gaston out so there could be a while new power structure there and we will see if they can be back to being competitive with the Yanks and Red Sox. Kevin Towers is a longtime friend of Brian Cashman and has made several deals with him over the years, it will be interesting to see if the Yankees have any interest in bringing him in at any position not GM of course but something else. In other news the Twins are currently leading the Royals 4-1 with Detroit getting started in about an hour, if the Twins hold on and the Tigers lose, they are starting a pitcher who hasn't pitched at any level in 3 months then they will be tied with tomorrow being the last regular season game.
The Yankees look to stay healthy and hope that Andy Pettitte and A.J. Burnett fare better then CC did last night heading into the postseason. Here are the pregame notes and lineup via Josh Thompson of the Journal News who is covering for Sam Borden. The game is at 7:08PM tonight from Tampa on the YES network. Mark Teixeira, who is tied for first in the AL with 39 HR and first in RBI with 121, is only the third first-year player in club history to reach those power totals. You may know the others: Babe Ruth (54 HR, 136 RBI) in 1920 and Jason Giambi (41 HR, 122 RBI) in 2002.THE 900 CLUB: The Yanks now have 902 runs, marking the 16th time in franchise history they have scored 900 or more. It’s also the third time this decade. Juan Miranda jacked his first homer of his career last night. It also happened to match a team milestone. The homer was No. 242 for the club, matching its previous high set in 2004. It is their ninth 200-homer season this decade. That said, Elias Sports Bureau says the Yankees haven’t ended a season as MLB’s outright home run champ since 1961 (read: Maris and Mantle). The season is almost over for last year’s darling, but Friday night was a record-setting one for the Rays. The otherwise disappointing B.J. Upton went 5 for 5 with six RBI and hit for the cycle. He was the first player in franchise history to hit for the cycle; tied the club record for hits; and set a career-high for RBI. … The Rays also became the eighth team in MLB history to win 180 games over two seasons after losing 180 the two seasons before. It wasn't all bad for Tampa although they won't make the postseason, remember they are in the best division and had some injuries. In the Who-Plays-The-Yankees race, Detroit sends rookie Alfredo Figaro (1-2, 5.74) against Chicago’s Freddy Garcia (2-4, 4.78), while the Twins, down a game, send Nick Blackburn (11-11, 4.08) on three-days rest against Kansas City ace and future Cy Young winner Zack Greinke (16-8, 2.06). The Yankees would love to see this come down to tomorrow. Yankees Lineup: Gardner(CF) Damon(LF) Tex(1B) Matsui(DH) Posada(C) Cano(2B) Swisher(RF) Hinske(3B) Hairston(SS)
It looks like the Yankees are getting something they wanted with the Twins winning tonight and the Tigers losing Detroit has a 1 game lead with 2 to play. If the Twins win tomorrow it will mean that no matter what Detroit does Sunday will matter and Justin Verlander is scheduled to pitch, the Yankees won't have to face him in game 1 if they played Detroit and that would be a huge advantage. The best thing would be for them to finish tied and have to play a game on Tuesday because the Vikings play at the Metrodome on Monday night. It will be interesting to watch tomorrow and see what unfolds. I would love to see the Twins tie it up tomorrow and make the last day really exciting.
The New York Yankees were defeated by the Tampa Bay Rays by the score of 13-4 tonight. CC Sabathia only lasted 2 2/3 innings giving up 9 runs, 5 earned. He just didn't have his fastball command at all and was terrible. I guess the good thing is you want to get a bad one out of the way before the postseason. I am sure it was hard for him to focus on a individual goal rather then winning for the team. He will get to redeem himself in game 1 one Wed at Yankee Stadium. He will set the tone for the series and I would hate to be his opponent as I am sure he will be very angry and focused. The Yankees have nothing to play for and just wanted to remain healthy, they suffered a scare in the first inning when Mark Teixeira was hit in the hand and stayed down on the ground for a while. It was originally thought that it hit him in the shoulder but he said it grazed his hand and he was scared and wanted to make sure he had all his faculties before he got up. I don't know if it was on purpose or not but it could have been retaliation for Carlos Pena getting hit on the wrist and breaking it last time these two teams met at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees will send out Andy Pettitte tomorrow for his final tuneup before the playoffs.
Friday, October 2, 2009
The New York Yankees will begin a 3 game series in Tampa to end the regular season. The only storyline is CC Sabathia trying to get 20 wins tonight. He is only expected to pitch 5 innings. Here are the pregame notes and lineup via Sam Borden of the Journal News. CC Sabathia and Adam Wainwright will both be going for 20 wins tonight to become the first pitchers to do it this season. CC Sabathia is 0-1 with a 4.35 era this season in 3 starts against Tampa. CC Sabathia is 9-0 with a 2.11 era in his last 11 starts. He will be the game 1 starter on Wed at home in the ALDS. Derek Jeter has led off the Yankees 1st inning with a hit in 10 of his last 16 games. He has done it a major league best 52 times this season. The Rays will finish this season with only the 2nd winning season in franchise history so it wasn't all bad this season for them. Yankees Lineup: Jeter(SS) Hairston(LF) Tex(1B) A-rod(3B) Swisher(RF) Posada(DH) Cano(2B) Cabrera(CF) Molina(C)
The Minnesota Twins start a 3 game series with the K.C. Royals tonight from Minnesota. The Detroit Tigers will begin a 3 game series tonight at home against the Chicago White Sox. The reason I am posting this is because it is the only race left and also it directly affects the Yankees as they will play the winner of the AL Central which will be the Twins or Tigers. The Tigers magic number is 2 so the Twins have to look for a sweep and hope the Tigers lose 2 out of 3 and force a one game playoff or get swept and win the division. Here are the matchups for the 3 game series for both teams. Detroit Tonight- Edwin Jackson vs Jake Peavy Tomorrow- Alfredo Figaro vs Freddy Garcia Sunday- Justin Verlander vs John Danks Minnesota Tonight- Jeff Manship vs Lenny Dinardo Tomorrow- Nick Blackburn vs Zach Greinke Sunday- Brian Duensing vs Luke Hochevar
Thursday, October 1, 2009
The Minnesota Twins stayed alive this afternoon with a 8-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers. The Twins are 2 games out with 3 to go so it is still a long shot but they have a shot anyway. The Twins head home to take on Kansas City and the Tigers will take on the White Sox at home. There was an interesting twist to the game today, in the ninth inning Delmon Young got hit by a pitch and apparantly was unhappy with his own teammate who caused this all by hitting a Tiger earlier in the game. Delmon Young got up off the ground and pointed at his own dugout and manager Ron Gardenhire said that the pitcher did the wrong thing also. The Yankees hope this goes down to the final day so the pitching rotations will be all messed up and the best scenario is if they tie and have to play a game on Tuesday to see who will play the Yankees starting on Wednesday.
Here is a link to an amazing story, Mike Blowers the former Mariner and Yankee made some bold predictions before Saturdays Seattle/Toronto game. Check this out it is truly amazing. It is now gaining publicity all over the internet and is also on the Lohud Yankees Blog at least a link to a story on mlb.com. I would like to hear what everyone has to say about this one because I have never seen or heard anything like it. http://mynorthwest.com/?nid=374&sid=218287
Tomorrow- CC Sabathia vs David Price Saturday-Andy Pettitte vs Jeff Niemann Sunday- A.J. Burnett vs Wade Davis This is the last series of the regular season and doesn't mean anything. The pitchers will only pitch 5 or 6 innings as a tuneup. The regulars may play tomorrow to try and get CC his 20th win but he won't be in there much longer then 5 innings. They just don't want to get hurt head back home and get ready for Wednesday's Game 1 of the ALDS.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The New York Yankees lost to the Kansas City Royals by the score of 4-3 tonight. They capped off a wonderful inaugaural season at the new Yankee Stadium with a 58-23 record. The Yankees of course are only temporarily done with their home ballpark as they will be back there after a weekend getaway to Tampa to close out the regular season. The story of this game was Joba Chamberlain not able to back up his good performance against the Red Sox last week. He was not very good at all today last only into the fourth inning giving up 3 runs on 7 hits with a few walks. The bullpen only gave up 1 run the rest of the way. Damaso Marte, Sergio Mitre, Phil Hughes, Mariano Rivera all pitched. Derek Jeter had 2 hits, Nick Swisher had a 2 run homerun and that was about all for the Yankees offense. They tried to stage a late rally getting 2nd and third in the ninth inning but Ramiro Pena flied out to center to end the game. The Yankees will try and get CC Sabathia his 20th win on friday and then Andy Pettitte and A.J. Burnett will also pitch just getting in tuneups before the postseason. It does look like the Yankees will be taking on Detroit, the Twins have to win tomorrow otherwise the Tigers will clinch the division.
The New York Yankees will take on the K.C. Royals tonight at 7 from the Stadium. This is the final home regular season game of the season. The Yankees have won 31 of their last 38 at home and last nights victory tied a major league record for most wins by a team in the first year of their new stadium. The 57 wins by the Yankees this season equals the total of the 1912 Red Sox according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Yankees can break the record with a win tonight. Here are the pregame notes and lineup via the Yankees Press notes and Sam Borden of the Journal News. The game winning single by Juan Miranda last night was the 15th walkoff victory of the season for the Yankees. That is second on the alltime Yankees list to the 1943 team which had 17. Miranda was the 9th different Yankee to hit a walkoff and second rookie, Francisco Cervelli was the other. That sure is a lot of pie. The Yankees also won their 9th game last night when trailing after 7 innings and 5th when trailing after 8. It really is incredible, most teams don't win when losing after 7. Mark Teixeira hit his 39th homerun last night tying him for the league lead. He will be the league leader with one more as Carlos Pena is done for the season and can't hit anymore. K.C. has lost 6 of 7 and found out last night what Yankee fans know about Farnsworth, he isn't very good and they are paying him 4.25 million. After struggling in the first inning so often this season Joba was sharp early last time out retiring the first 11 batters he faced. Yankees Lineup: Jeter(SS) Damon(LF) Tex(1B) A-rod(3B) Matsui(DH) Posada(C) Cano(2B) Swisher(RF) Cabrera(CF)
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The New York Yankees defeated the Kansas City Royals tonight by the score of 4-3. They continued their magical season with their 15th walkoff win and 50th come from behind victory of the year. A.J. Burnett got the start and looked great pitching 6 1/3 innings allowing 2 runs, 1 earned on 3 hits with 3 walks and 8 strikeouts. Phil Coke came in to pitch and pitched a inning and 2/3 he gave up a couple of runs but basically because of his fielding as he took his time on a bunt and let Gordon beat it out then threw a ball hit back to him into center field and then on another comebacker to him didn't throw home when the runner was clearly dead in the water. Dave Robertson pitched 2/3 of an inning not allowing a hit or run. Brian Bruney finished it off with 1 1/3 scoreless innings as he trys to work himself onto the postseason roster. Juan Miranda had the walkoff hit which is great to see out of another young guy. Francisco Cervelli had a hit, A-rod had a hit and a walk. Derek Jeter had a hit and a walk, Mark Teixeira had a solo homerun giving him 39 homeruns and 121 rbi's. Nick Swisher had a solo homerun and Jose Molina had a hit. The ninth inning started with a single by Francisco Cervelli, Eric Hinske had a pinch hit single putting Cervelli on third. Robinson Cano got ahead 3-0 and got the green light and promptly crushed a ball to deep center, it was caught but was a sac fly. Eric Hinske then stole second and went to third when the ball was thrown into center. Johnny Damon was walked intentionally and Juan Miranda hit a single off of Kyle Farnsworths leg. The Yankees will go for the sweep in the final regular season home game of the year. Joba Chamberlain will try and end his season on a good note and continue the success he had from his last start against Boston.
The Yankees will go for their 7th straight victory and 102nd overall. The Yankees will continue to rest some regulars and focus on getting read for the postseason. Peter Abraham of the Journal News and Lohud Yankees Blog will be leaving us after today and headed to the Boston Globe to cover the Red Sox. I want to wish him all the best but not the Red Sox and maybe he will be back around for the ALCS. Chad Jennings who I interviewed earlier this year on this blog will be taking over for Peter and will start next Wed with game 1 of the playoffs. He has done a great job with the AAA Scranton blog and deserves this oppurtunity. I have reached out to him to personally congratulate him and wish him the best. Sam Borden will be filling in for Peter for the last few games and I know he will do a fine job as well. Here are the pregame notes and lineup via the Yankees Press Notes. The Yankees are 45 games over 500 for the first time since ending the 2002 season at 103-58. They have not been 46 games over since the 1998 team was 114-48 which is just crazy but these two teams have been compared a lot and they can have something in common with a Yankees victory tonight. The Yankees have gone 30-7 over their last 37 home games. They have just made this a huge homefield advantage once again and it should be even that much more intimidating during the playoffs so lets go fans, lets make the stadium rock. The Yankees are 50-16 at home since A-rod returned. The Yankees have 5 players with 25+ homeruns. The players are Robinson Cano, Hideki Matsui, A-rod, Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira. This is the first time in team history they have done this. Johnny Damon has 24 and Jorge Posada has 22. K.C. has lost 5 of its last 6 even though they have played better in Sept. A.J. Burnett after having a tough few weeks has given up 3 runs in his last 12 2/3 innings. His fathers surgery went well and maybe his mind will be clearer now also. Jorge Posada will catch tomorrow and Ian Kennedy threw a simulated game today. This is from Peter Abraham. Yankees Lineup: Jeter(SS) Damon(LF) Tex(1B) A-rod(3B) Matsui(DH) Swisher(RF) Gardner(CF) Molina(C) Pena(2B)
The New York Yankees defeated the Kansas City Royals from a rain soaked Yankee Stadium by the score of 8-2. The game was delayed nearly 2 hours and then only took about 2 1/2 to complete. Chad Gaudin got the start and was good, the Yankees are 7-0 in his starts so he has really given them something to think about for the postseason and for next year. Alfredo Aceves finished off the game. Gaudin gave up 2 runs in 6 2/3 innings. Aceves finished off the last 2 1/3 innings. The lineup had Ramiro Pena, Francisco Cervelli, Shelly Duncan and Juan Miranda in it. Shelly Duncan had a rbi single, Francisco Cervelli had a couple of hits but the biggest one of all was Ramiro Pena hitting his first career homerun. The guys in the dugout gave him the silent treatment before jumping all over him, it was a great scene and you could tell how much they really like this kid. The Yankees have had a great year and a lot of the veterans have come up huge but a lot of the young kids have also stepped in and done a great job. Ramiro Pena and Francisco Cervelli have so impressed the Yankees they probably have spots on the 25 man roster next season. It is really great to see when you have a mix of young and old and the team just keeps rolling along. Robinson Cano had a grand slam which is good for him because if he hits in the cluth in the playoffs that will be huge for this team. He and Melky Cabrera will be off today and you will see the rest of the guys back in there. A.J. Burnett makes his final start of the regular season hoping to keep his recent success going and carry a good frame of mind into the postseason.
Monday, September 28, 2009
The Yankees take on the Royals at 7:05 on YES. The Yankees have clinched everything they could in the regular season. The goal now is to stay healthy and finalize their playoff rosters. They will see how Robertson does this week and if Bruney can continue to be effective as well as see if Gaudin will be a long man or they will go with 2 lefties etc. The games don't mean anything as they could lose them all and still have the best record in baseball. Hereare the pregame notes and lineup via Peter Abraham. RHP Dave Robertson has been cleared to pitch and you can expect to see him tomorrow at some point. He has been out since Sept. 5 with a sore elbow. He has 61 strikeouts in 41 innings and could play a big role in the postseason. Andy Pettitte banked an additional $750,000 when he went over the 190-inning mark. He needs 8.2 innings to get to 200 and another $750,000, which won’t be happening. The Yankees are 44 games over .500. They have not been 45 games over since finishing 2002 with a 103-58 record. Yankees Lineup: Gardner(CF) Cabrera(RF) Damon(LF) Posada(DH) Cano(2B) Hinske(3B) Miranda(1B) Cervelli(C) Pena(SS)
Sunday, September 27, 2009
The New York Giants won big today over the Tampa Bay Bucs 24-0. Eli Manning was good and the Giants finally got their running game going with Brandon Jacobs getting 92 yards and Ahmad Bradshaw had 104. Steve Smith was the leading reciever once again with 7 catches for 63 yards. Mario Manningham had 4 catches for 55 yards and Kevin Boss had a couple of catches for 27 yards. Sinorice Moss had a catch for 18 yards and a touchdown and Travis Beckum the rookie tight end had a couple of catches for 8 yards. The Giants defense was dominant as they held Tampa Bay to 86 yards of total offense. The thought coming into this game was yes Tampa is not a very good team but that they could score points and the Giants just totally shut them down. The Giants will head to Kansas City to play the chiefs next week another team they should beat before returning home to play the Raiders. The New York Jets defeated the Tenesee Titans by the score of 24-17 today at the Meadowlands. The Jets have been very impressive going 3-0. Mark Sanchez continues to impress as well as their defense. Sanchez was 17 of 30 for 171 yards, 2 touchdowns and a interception. The Jets did not run the ball well at all as Leon Washington had 46 yards and Thomas Jones had 20. Cotchery was the leading reciever with 8 catches for 108 yards. I picked the Giants to win and the Jets to lose so I am 1-1 on the year with my picks and I am also going to win the Indianapolis game so I will be 2-1 in my first week of picks.
These pictures say it all, there are a lot more out there on the web but I thought I would just post a couple. The New York Yankees are the AL East division Champs and have homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. I think it was fitting that Andy Pettitte got the win and Mariano closed it out for him like they have done so many times before. Derek Jeter got a couple of more hits. The scene was great as they had a nice celebration but kept mentioning to Kim Jones on YES that they aren't finished and this is the first of their goals. I really feel confident with this team going into the playoffs with CC Sabathia being the ace of this staff and Pettitte and A.J. Burnett falling behind him and a good bullpen with a deep lineup. This team should beat Detroit or Minnesota because they are just better then them. The ALCS will be fun if they make it there because they will play one of their two rivals in the Angels or Red Sox. The Yankees will take this last week to rest some guys and get Dave Robertson into 2 or 3 games and make sure he is ready to go for the postseason. Joba will make his last start on Wednesday and that will be important also as they want to see him pitch well again before putting him in the bullpen for the first round and him being the 4th starter after that. The Yankees will enjoy this now but in another week get back to work and focus on winning 11 more as they strive for Title 27.
RED SOX (91-63)Ellsbury CFPedroia 2BBay LFYoukilis 1BOrtiz DHLowell 3BDrew RFVaritek CGonzalez SS Pitching: RHP Paul Byrd (1-2, 6.04). The Yankees need one win in their last seven games to clinch the division title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Only the Red Sox can catch the Yankees in the division and for the best record in the league which they would have to win all of their games and hope the Yankees lose all of theirs. The Yankees are going to clinch and hope to do it in front of the Red Sox today. Here are the pregame notes and lineups via Peter Abraham. After losing the first eight games of the season series, the Yankees have won eight of the last nine games against Boston. The Red Sox lead the season series 9-8. Each team has scored 97 runs. The Yankees have won four straight, 12 of 18, 21 of 30 and 37 of 51. Boston has lost four of its last six. Robbie Cano needs one hit for 200. … Johnny Damon is one home run shy of a career-high 25. The Yankees have won six straight games at home against Boston. It’s the longest such streak since 2001 when the Yankees won seven straight. Johnny Damon needs one more game to mark his 14th consecutive season of at least 140 games. Only four players in history have been as durable. Hank Aaron, Brooks Robinson and Pete Rose played at least 140 games for 16 consecutive seasons. Willie Mays did it 15 years. Cal Ripken Jr., in case you were wondering, did it 16 out of 17 years. Pettitte is 17-9, 3.76 in 33 career starts against Boston. Pettitte need 5.2 innings to reach 190 innings and an additional $750,000 in bonus payments. Yankees Lineup: Jeter(SS) Gardner(CF) Tex(1B) A-rod(3B) Matsui(DH) Swisher(RF) Cano(2B) Cabrera(LF) Molina(C) Sox Lineup: Ellsbury(CF) Pedroia(2B) Bay(LF) Youk(1B) Ortiz(DH) Lowell(3B) Drew(RF) Varitek(C) Gonzalez(SS)