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Yankee Game (7/23/09)

The Yankees were able to keep their 6 game winning streak alive last night, extending it to 7 as they defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-3. After a 2 hour and 43 minute rain delay, the game was finally able to get under way in the Bronx. With the win, the Yankees were able to widen the gap within the AL East Standings, leading 2.5 games over Boston.


Sabathia lacked control early in the game, but was able to finish strong throwing another 7 strong innings surrendering just the 3 runs on 9 hits, while striking out 4. Hughes came in to pitch the 8th and 9th, and boy was he flawless surrendering no runs on no hits. I have to say, Hughes has impressed me far more than i’d have expected. I think he belongs in the bullpen, and not in the starting rotation. He is practically untouchable. He was also able to pick up his first career save last night as well.

The Yankees offense proved that it didn’t have to gain the early lead to win ballgames. The “Comeback Kids of the Bronx” were able to come back from a 3-0 deficit, thanks to a 4 run fourth giving the Yanks a 4-3 lead. Tex was able to spark the offense, swinging at a 3-0 pitch and drilling it into the second deck in right field (a 2 run homer). Arod worked a walk, and was later drove in on a double by Jorge Posada, tying the game at 3. Then, Posada was able to score on an RBI single by Hinske, giving the Yankees a 4-3 lead. Then, in the bottom of the fifth, Tex was able to come through again, doubling down the right field line, scoring Derek Jeter giving the Yanks some extra insurance. Later in the inning, Posada, with the bases loaded, hit an RBI single to center field giving the Yanks a 6-3 lead that they would hold on to to win the game.

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 1 1 0 1 2 2 .316
Damon, LF 4 2 2 0 0 1 1 .281
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 2 3 0 2 1 .279
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 1 0 0 1 2 2 .253
Matsui, H, DH 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .257
Posada, C 4 1 2 2 0 1 0 .286
Cano, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 .310
Hinske, RF 3 0 1 1 0 1 3 .266
  Cabrera, Me, RF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .277
Gardner, CF 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 .274
Totals 33 6 10 6 4 11 16  
BATTING
2B: Posada (14, Mazzaro), Teixeira (25, Mazzaro), Cabrera, Me (15, Casilla, S).
HR: Teixeira (24, 4th inning off Mazzaro, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Jeter; Damon 2; Teixeira 6; Posada 3; Cano; Hinske; Cabrera, Me 2.
RBI: Teixeira 3 (70), Posada 2 (44), Hinske (17).
2-out RBI: Hinske.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jeter 2; Gardner; Hinske 2.
Team RISP: 4-for-13.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Gardner (20, 2nd base off Mazzaro/Suzuki, K), Rodriguez, A (6, 2nd base off Mazzaro/Suzuki, K).

FIELDING
DP: (Jeter-Cano-Teixeira).

I’ve noticed that in the second half, the Yankees aren’t “wasting” at bats. Meaning, they are adding just enough insurance to earn the win. They aren’t blowing out teams winning 10-0. They are able to get a 3 or 4 run lead, allowing their pitching to work with some room. Anyways, just an observation.

Tonight, the Yankees will take on the Athletics again, with Chamberlain getting the start for the Yanks and Brett Anderson taking the mound for the A’s. I think I’ll take Chamberlain because it seems like he has found his groove during the second half and has learned to keep the ball down. Also, its hard to go against the Yankees, who have been on a tear this second half winning 7 straight.
Players of the Game
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Phil Hughes: Pitched 2 innings of flawless relief, earning his first career save
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Jorge Posada: 2-4 scoring once and driving in 2
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Mark Teixeira: 2-4 with a 2 run homer and 3 RBIs
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Yankee Game (7/22/09)

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The Yankees were able to extend their winning streak to six straight games and take out their brooms for the second consecutive series, as they swept the Orioles yesterday 6-4. The Yankees were also able to cushion their spot in 1st place, moving two games ahead of the Boston Red Sox, who were swept yesterday by the Texas Rangers. The Yankees, since moving into first place, now have the best record in the American League and the second best record within both the AL and NL, behind the Dodgers. (Yankees: 57-37 Dodgers: 61-34).


The Yankees received another great pitching performance from AJ Burnett who went 7 strong innings allowing just 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 6. Hughes came in to pitch the eighth, surrendering 0 runs on 1 hit and striking out 1. However, Bruney came in to finish the game but was unsuccessful allowing back-to-back homeruns to Adam Jones and Nick Markakis. This set up a save opportunity for Rivera who came in and got the final out of the 9th, securing his 28th save of the season. After yesterday’s game, Yankees pitching has allowed an average of just 2.3 runs a game since the All Star Break. Not bad!

The Yanks offense also remained hot with Posada leading the Bombers going 2-3 with a solo homerun and an RBI double. Swisher also drove in a pair with his double in the first. Arod contributed an RBI single of his own plating the Yankees first run of the game, along with Cano and his RBI single.

 
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 1 1 0 0 2 5 .317
Damon, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .278
  Cabrera, Me, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .274
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 .277
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 .257
Matsui, H, DH 4 1 0 0 0 2 3 .260
Posada, C 3 2 2 2 1 0 0 .282
Cano, 2B 4 0 2 1 0 1 1 .310
Swisher, RF 2 0 1 2 2 0 1 .235
Gardner, CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 .278
Totals 33 6 11 6 3 5 16  
BATTING
2B: Jeter (19, Berken), Posada (13, Sherrill).
HR: Posada (12, 3rd inning off Berken, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Jeter 2; Damon; Teixeira; Rodriguez, A 2; Posada 6; Cano 2; Swisher; Gardner.
RBI: Rodriguez, A (55), Cano (49), Swisher 2 (50), Posada 2 (42).
2-out RBI: Cano; Swisher 2; Posada.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gardner; Jeter 2.
Team RISP: 7-for-15.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Rodriguez, A (5, 2nd base off Sherrill/Zaun), Gardner (19, 2nd base off Meredith/Zaun).
CS: Gardner (5, 2nd base by Berken/Zaun).

FIELDING
E: Swisher (6, fielding).
DP: (Jeter-Teixeira).

Overall, I felt that the Yankees played a great game. Their pitching was good, their offense was good, and their defense was good, besides Swisher who just missed a fly ball in the third resulting in an error. But he would redeem himself with a homerun robbing catch and a diving catch later in the game.

Tonight, the Yankees will look to extend their winning streak as they take on former first baseman Jason Giambi and the Oakland Athletics. CC Sabathia will look to give the Yankees another quality start as he takes on Vin Mazzaro of the A’s. I think I’ll go with Sabathia because of his recent outings going at least 7 strong innings, setting up “lights outs” relief for Hughes and Rivera. Mazzaro has a 2-6 record and is posting an ERA of over 4 and with the Yanks pitching allowing an average of 2 runs per game, it looks like the Yanks will only need 3 or 4 runs to win it.
Players of the Game
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Nick Swisher:1-2 with two walks and a 2 run double. Also made some fantastic plays as well
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Jorge Posada: 2-3 with a solo homerun and an RBI double (walked once)

Yankee Game (7/18/09)

The New York Yankees were able to move within two games of first place, defeating the Detroit Tigers 2-1. The Yankees received stellar pitching from CC Sabathia and offensive help from Alex Rodriguez. With yesterday’s win the Yankees have now won 15 of their last 20 games, marking the best stretch of games this season for the Bombers.

As mentioned before, Sabathia pitched another great game for the Yankees going 7 strong innings allowing 0 runs on 5 hits, while striking out 4. The Tigers only run came off of Alfredo Aceves in the 8th on a solo homerun by Marcus Thames. Other than that the Yankees pitching was able to shut down the Tigers offense. Rivera earned his 2nd save coming off the All Star Break, and his 25th of the season.
However, the Yankees offense was also being shut down by one of the Tigers’ ace. Justin Verlander went 7 strong innings as well, but gave up a solo homerun to Alex Rodriguez, which really ended up being the turning point in the game. Later in the inning, Cabrera knocked in Cano for the second run of the game for the Yanks. Otherwise that was all the Yanks could muster up, but it was enough for them to come out victorious.

 
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 2 0 0 1 2 .325
Damon, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .278
  Gardner, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .282
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 0 0 1 3 1 .277
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 1 1 1 0 1 2 .250
Matsui, H, DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .266
Posada, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .281
Cano, 2B 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 .310
Swisher, RF 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .236
Cabrera, Me, CF-LF

3 0 1 1 0 0 0 .285
Totals 30 2 7 2 1 8 8  
BATTING
2B: Damon (21, Verlander), Swisher (19, Verlander).
HR: Rodriguez, A (18, 7th inning off Verlander, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Jeter 2; Damon 2; Rodriguez, A 4; Cano; Swisher 2; Cabrera, Me.
RBI: Rodriguez, A (51), Cabrera, Me (35).
2-out RBI: Cabrera, Me.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Matsui, H; Teixeira; Jeter.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
CS: Jeter (4, 2nd base by Verlander/Laird).

FIELDING
PB: Posada (3).
DP: 2 (Jeter-Cano-Teixeira 2).

Today, as I finish watching the 63rd Old Timers Day, I will make a prediction for today’s game. Chamberlain will be facing the Tigers Edwin Jackson (2009 All Star). I have to go with the Tigers due to Chamberlain’s inconsistency so far this season. However, we’ve seen the Yankees overcome an ace (yesterday against Verlander) so maybe they can go for the sweep and get off to a great start capping off the second half of the season. Good luck to all the teams!
Players of the Game
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Alex Rodriguez: 1-4 with a solo homerun that got the Yankees on the board
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CC Sabathia: 7 innings, 0 runs, 5 hits, 4 K’s

Yankee Game (7/12/09)

The Yankees followed their sweep of the Twins, with another sweep…but this time, it was the Angels doing the sweeping. The Yankees lost their 3rd game in a row yesterday, resulting in a sweep by the Angels. New York had plenty of opportunities to score against the Halos by loading the bases twice, but couldn’t capitalize, losing 5-4.


CC Sabathia had a bad fourth inning surrendering 4 runs. But he remained in the game for 6.2 innings, until he was pulled out in the seventh. Through those 6.2 innings Sabathia allowed 5 runs on 9 hits. It wasn’t a performance to remember for the Yankees ace.

The Yankees offense almost had another come from behind victory, but fell just one run short of tying the game. They were able to load the bases twice (in the seventh and eighth innings) but helped the Angels get out of it by hitting into two inning ending double plays. The offense left 9 men on base throughout the entire gam and were 3 for 9 with RISP. Overall, it wasn’t a good game played for the Yanks pitching and offense.

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Hopefully the All-Star Break can help the Yankees recharge and get on another winning streak. On Friday, the Bombers will return back to the Bronx, starting a 10 game home series with a 3 game set with the Tigers. I might be going to a game some time next week when the Yankees take on the Orioles, so I’ll keep you guys posted. Just want to wish everyone good luck towards the second half of the season, and want to encourage you to watch tonight’s Homerun Derby showdown and tomorrow’s All-Star Game. I will post my thoughts and opinions for each, so make sure to check back now and then for an update. Thanks!

ArodFan13

*The New York Yankees Get Graded*

Well, its that time in the season where the first half seemed to have flown by. Many teams have shown that they are contenders, early, and are winning their way to the top of their division. Unfortunately, the Yankees are second in their division, but are 1st in the Wild Card. Anyways, before I start grading the Yankees on their performance during the first half of the season, I would like to update you on the standings.

American League

East W L PCT GB
 Boston 53 34 .609
 New York 51 36 .586 2.0
 Tampa Bay 48 40 .545 5.5
 Toronto 44 45 .494 10.0
 Baltimore 39 48 .448 14.0

Central W L PCT GB
 Detroit 47 39 .547
 Chicago 45 42 .517 2.5
 Minnesota 44 44 .500 4.0
 Kansas City 37 50 .425 10.5
 Cleveland 35 53 .398 13.0

West W L PCT GB
 Los Angeles 48 37 .565
 Texas 48 38 .558 0.5
Seattle 45 42 .517 4.0
 Oakland 36 49 .424 12.0


National League

East W L PCT GB
 Philadelphia 47 38 .553
 Florida 45 44 .506 4.0
 Atlanta 43 44 .494 5.0
 New York 41 45 .477 6.5
 Washington 26 60 .302 21.5

Central W L PCT GB
 St. Louis 48 41 .539
 Milwaukee 45 42 .517 2.0
 Chicago 42 42 .500 3.5
 Houston 43 44 .494 4.0
 Cincinnati 42 44 .488 4.5
 Pittsburgh 38 49 .437 9.0

West W L PCT GB
 Los Angeles 55 32 .632
 San Francisco 49 38 .563 6.0
 Colorado 46 41 .529 9.0
 Arizona 38 50 .432 17.5
 San Diego 35 52 .402 20.0



Now for the grading… I’ll start by grading the Yankees everyday position players, starting rotation, and bullpen. If there is anyone that I leave out that you would like to see graded, just let me know by commenting. Thanks

Player……………………Grade

Mark Teixeira               A  

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Teixeira was a great pickup for the Yankees over the 2008 off season. Through the first half of the season, Teixeira’s glove has really helped the Yankee’s infield gain confidence. They know that all they have to do is throw the ball in his direction and 99.99% of the time, Teixeira will scoop it, pick it, or stretch for it. Through 81 games played at first base, Teixeira has only made 1error! But not only is Tex a tremendous defensive player, but his bat also sparks the Yanks lineup. Teixeira is leading the Yankees in homeruns (21) , RBIs (63), and total bases (176), batting in the number 3 slot. Teixeira will be making his second appearance in the All Star Game and representing the Yankees for the first time.

Robinson Cano            B

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Cano had a great first half to the season. He is batting a high .309 and is leading the team in hits (109) and doubles (24). He has fielded 48 double plays, and in 86 games at second base has only made 3 errors.


Derek Jeter                  

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Jeter’s bat has really come alive this season. He leads the Yankees in batting AVG (.320), is second  in hits, behind Cano (108), and second in stolen bases behind Gardner (17). Jeter has only made 4 errors in 80 games at shortstop and has turned 39 double plays. Jeter will be making his 10th consecutive appearance in the All Star Game as the starting shortstop.


Alex Rodriguez           B-

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Even though Alex is my all-time favorite player, I have to give him a B-. Even though Arod was out for more than a month, he is only batting .267. He has also committed 5 errors in 52 games this year at third base. I guess I have to cut him some slack since throwing from third base to first base isn’t as easy as he makes it look. But he has made up for lost time power wise hitting 17 bombs (2nd on Yankees) and driving in 50 runs in 57 games. He leads the team in OBP (.419) and slugging percentage (.562) Arod has also walked 48 times as well.


Jorge Posada            C+

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Posada, like Arod, was out for a while too. He has played 49 games behind the plate and 5 games as a DH. He is hitting .281 with ll homeruns and 38 RBI. He has called some great games behind the plate, and has thrown out 20 runners trying to steal. All he needs to do is stay healthy for the remainder of the season and get his swing going again.

Melky Cabrera           B

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I know Melky isn’t the greatest hitter in the Yankees lineup,  but he has his clutch game winning hits and he comes through with his glove. Melky is batting a steady .280 with 8 homers and 38 RBIs. He has played 80 games for the Yankees this season (in the outfield) and has only made 2 errors. He has a very strong arm and can play pretty much anywhere in the outfield.

Nick Swisher              B

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Swisher was another great pick up for the Yankees. He has played 84 games for the Yanks (70 in the OF and 10 at 1B) and has made 4 errors. He is batting .238 with 14 homeruns and 47 RBIs. He has also pitched an inning for the Yankees striking out 1 and giving up no runs. (I loved watching that game!!!) He is a great outfielder and has made some tremendous plays through the first half of the season.

Brett Gardner              A

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I get chills whenever I watch Gardner play. He is probably the best rookie I have ever seen perform. He hits for average and runs like a cheetah. He leads the team in stolen bases (18) and triples (5). It seems like every time I turn on the TV Gardner is either on base or gets a nice hit down the line. He deserves to be rookie of the year. He has played 76 games for the Yanks this year (68 in the OF) and has made only 1 error.

Johnny Damon          B+

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I give Damon a lot of credit.. He has been hitting the ball with a lot of power this year and may be on his way to 100+ RBIs. You can tell that he has been working on his swing. He leads the team in runs scored (62) and is second in triples (3). He is batting .276 with 16 homeruns and 50 RBIs. Pitchers must see him as a power threat when he is up, especially if he is batting at Yankee Stadium. He’s played 81 games for the Yankees and has made 4 errors. if he can stay hot, he might even reach 30+ homeruns, which would be a career high.

Hideki Matsui            C+

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Matsui has been the Yankees DH this year. He is batting .266 with 14 homeruns and 40 RBIs this season and has played 77 games for the Yankees. I give him credit for going out there and still being capable to go yard with all the injuries he has had these past few seasons.

C.C. Sabathia         A-

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Sabathia seems to be settling in nicely with the Yankees. He it tied for first with 8 wins (along with
Burnett and Pettitte) and leads the starting rotation in ERA with 3.70. He has also pitched 2 complete games through the first half of the season, and is the only Yankees pitcher to do so, so far. He has 89 strikeouts while only walking 41. If he can keep up the good work, he could be in line for between 15-20 wins.

AJ Burnett              B

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Burnett was another great pickup for the Yankees. He has a record of 8-4 with a 3.77 ERA. He leads the team in strikeouts (101) but has walked 60 batters. Hopefully he can give the Yankees another 8 wins through the second half and help them win a playoff spot.

Andy Pettitte           B

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Pettitte has been a solid starter for the Yankees this season. This is probably going to be his last year in pinstripes but he has shown that he is still capable with an 8-4 record while posting a 4.85 ERA. He has struck out 70 but has allowed 15 homeruns. 

Mariano Rivera      A

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Rivera has been “lights out” this season, tied for first with the most saves throughout the AL (23). He  has struck out 43 batters in 37 innings and has allowed only 30 hits. He has a 2.43 ERA and seems to be the only consistent reliever in the Yankees bullpen this season. He will be representing the Yanks in the All Star Game as well.


So, there you have it. I know I left some guys out, but it was probably better that way (you wouldn’t want to see their grade). Let me know if you think the grading system is fair or unfair or if you’d like to see me grade any other Yankees player. Also, just a reminder, if you have a question about the Yankees, the All Star Game, Homerun Derby, or anything baseball, just comment on one of my posts and i”ll be happy to answer it. Thanks for the support and continue to comment!

ArodFan13