Saturday, July 18, 2009

Yanks win 2nd in a row

The New York Yankees defeated the Detroit Tigers today by the score of 2-1. This was a great pitching matchup of CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander and they didn't disappoint. CC Sabathia struggled a little bit early but was able to get out of trouble and settle down finishing with 7 shutout innings. He gave up 5 hits with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. Alfredo Aceves came in to pitch the 8th inning and gave up a solo homerun but preservenind the lead. Mariano came on in the ninth and pitched a 1-2-3 inning for his 25th save. The offense didn't do much against Verlander, A-rod hit a solo homerun to right field that barely got out in the seventh and Melky Cabrera had a infield single for a RBI in the same inning. Derek Jeter had a couple of hits and Johnny Damon had a double. Nick Swisher had a double and that was about all the the offense for the game. The Yankees will go for the sweep tomorrow with Joba Chamberlain on the mound against Edwin Jackson it is also Old Timers Day with the festivities starting on Yes at 11:30AM.

Game 89: Tigers at Yankees

Here are the pregame notes, no lineup yet, I am afraid I won't have that for you before we leave. Game 89: Tigers at Yankees Posted using ShareThis

Yanks go for 2 in a row over Tigers

The New York Yankees will try and win their second consecutive game over the Tigers this afternoon at the Stadium. Today marks the 10 year anniversary of David Cones perfect game and he will be on hand to throw out the first pitch and I am sure they will have some kind of pregame ceremony. I will be heading out to the stadium in about half an hour so not sure if I will have the lineup and notes before then but if not I will be back later with the postgame recap and notes if any. There was one not from yesterday that I forgot to mention. Sergio Mitre will be called up and be the fifth starter on Tuesday against Baltimore. He has been performing well at AAA and the Yankees feel Alfredo Aceves is too valuable out of the bullpen. Enjoy the game today and I will try to put something up before I leave if there is anything.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Yanks come out of break strong

The Yankees kind of had rookie Luke French on the ropes early but couldn't knock him out although they did make him throw a lot of pitches. The Yankees got to the bullpen in the 7th though and took a 5-3 lead. A.J. Burnett was very erractic pitching 6 innings giving up 3 runs on 6 hits, with 5 walks and only 1 strikeout, he just wasn't sharp at all although he did battle and keep the team in the game. The thing is with A.J. and CC you don't want to hear that, they are the guys you expect to go out and dominate and get you the win. Phil Hughes was a savr once again pitching 2 shutout innings, striking out 6, he just looks so calm and confident out there on the mound and for good reason. The offense had their big hit when Big Tex blasted a 3 run homerun in the 7th inning to give the Yankees the lead. Melky Cabrera had a big hit but Jorge Posada was thrown out at the plate to erase that and Johnny Damon had a couple of hits. Mark Teixeira besides having the big homerun also had a couple of other hits. Hideki Matsui had 2 hits and a rbi and Robinson Cano had 2 hits as well as Derek Jeter. A-rod and Nick Swisher were the only guys in the lineup without a hit. Mariano Rivera came on for the save and we look forward to a great matchup tomorrow with CC Sabathia taking on Justin Verlander tomorrow at 1:05 on the Yes network.

Detroit at Yankees(2nd Half begins)

The New York Yankees take on the Detroit Tigers at 7:05 tonight from the Stadium. The game is on the YES network. A.J. Burnett will try to continue his dominant ways and get the Yankees off on the right foot in the second half of the season. Here are the notes and lineup from Peter Abraham. The Yankees won two of three earlier in the year in Detroit. Lucas French gets the start for the tigers, he is a 23 year old lefty who has appeared in four games with two starts. He has allowed 12 hits in 14 innings with 8 strikeouts. The Yankees are 5-15 against teams who currently lead their divisions. The Yankees are 16-5 against the AL Central this year. Robinson Cano is 18 of 50 this month. Johnny Damon is 5 of 30 this month with 5 runs scored. The Yankees are 12-11 in one run games, losing 7 of their last 10. They need to get better in these games like they were early in the year. Derek Jeter is 29 of his last 76 which is a 382 batting average. He raised his batting average from 301 to 321. Hideki Matsui is 12 of his last 31 with 4 homeruns and 12 rbi's and 6 runs scored. Phil Hughes is rolling as a reliever going 13 games, 18 2/3 innings, 7 hits, 2 earned runs, 5 walks and 19 strikeouts. Mo has allowed 1 run in his last 13 2/3 innings with 15 strikeouts. He has walked 9 batters in his last 111 2/3 innings, that is just insane. He is the best ever. Robinson Cano has attempted 34 stolen bases in his career and been successful 16 times, he just shouldn't run unless it is a hit and run. A-rod is 22 of his last 29 with 8 homeruns, 22 rbi's and 17 runs scored. Yankees lineup: Jeter(SS) Damon(LF) Tex(1B) A-rod(3B) Matsui(DH) Posada(C) Cano(2B) Swisher(RF) Cabrera(CF)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pitching matchups for Yanks/Detroit Series

Tomorrow- Lucas French vs A.J. Burnett Saturday- Justin Verlander vs CC Sabathia Sunday- Edwin Jackson vs Joba Chamberlain This should be a good series, it would be nice for the Yankees big pitchers to come out and shut down Detroit and for the Yankees to grind it out against Verlander and Jackson, Joba needs a big start here, otherwise the noise will grow about putting him in the bullpen or sending him down or whatever. The Yankees need to take 2 out of 3 here and get on a roll at home to come out in the second half.

2nd Half upon us

The New York Yankees will have off today and start a 10 game homstand tomorrow with 3 against Detroit, 3 against Baltimore and 4 against Oakland. This would be a good time for the Yankees to come out of the gate flying and go at least 7-3, the Tigers are good but Oakland and Baltimore are under 500 and very beatable. Damaso Marte is beginning a rehab assignment today which is a good sign. If he could come back it would be really nice to have two lefties in the pen instead of just one, that would be a real advantage to the Yankees. The Yankees have to get Joba Chamberlain going and hope they find lightning in a bottle with Sergio Mitre as the 5th starter or trade for one before the deadline in a couple of weeks. The Yankees currently lead the wildcard and our 3 back of the Red Sox. They are in a good position considering they should play better, you have a rested A-rod, Big Tex should be more consistant offensively and I look for AJ and CC to have big 2nd halfs and I wouldn't doubt Andy doing it also, the key will be Joba and whoever the 5th starter is, because Joba needs to get deeper in games so they don't kill the bullpen which has been much better lately. Lets go Yankees as the second half commences tomorrow. The Mets play Atlanta starting tonight with Oliver Perez on the mound against Derek Lowe. Pedro Martinez signed with the Phillies yesterday so that is something to watch also. Enjoy the 2nd half, it should be fun ride.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Homerun Derby

You have Albert Pujols as the hometown favorite tonight but you also have Adrian Gonzalez and Ryan Howard, Prince Fielder. The AL has Carlos Pena as the best shot I guess you would say. I am going with Albert Pujols what does everyone think?? It should be fun then watch the all star game tomorrow with the AL taking it as usual. Roy Halladay gets the start against Tim Lincecum.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Game 88: Yankees at Angels

Here are the pregame notes and lineup via Peter Abraham. The Yankees will try and salvage the final game of this series, roadtrip and the first half before the all star break. The Yankees will be off until Friday after today when they start a 9 game homstand with Detroit, Oakland and Kansas City. The Yankees really struggle with the Angels and need to get a win so they don't have to sit around for a few days and think about it. They have been playing so well but the first two games the pitching has been horrible and today the Yanks have their ace going so hopefully that will change. They have a rested Mo and Hughes also which is a good thing. Game 88: Yankees at Angels Posted using ShareThis

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