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*Homerun Derby Analysis*

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On Tuesday July 13th, 2009, 8 sluggers battled it out for the chance to be named the 2009 Home Run Derby Champion. Many people of St. Louis believed it would be their hometown hero Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals, but he barely managed to advance to the second round, forced to a swing-off between him, Carlos Pena of the Rays, and Joe Mauer of the Twins. Albert was able to come out victorious in the swing-off after Pena only hit 1 and Mauer, zero. 


In the second round, Pujols would have to face Ryan Howard, Nelson Cruz, and Prince Fielder. Pujols and Howard were eliminated, which left Fielder and Cruz in the finals.

I was rooting for Cruz because he was my second choice after Mauer, and I think that he was the underdog at the time. It would have been nice to see Cruz get his name out there as the Home Run King but he still was able to keep it close and put on a show for the fans. Prince walked away with the crown, after hitting 23 homers on the night, and was announced the 2009 Home Run Derby Champion. Congratulations to Prince Fielder; the 2009 Home Run Derby Champion!
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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

*Homerun Derby Predictions*

As you may know the 2009 Homerun Derby is tomorrow! I can’t wait, as I watch the Homerun Derby and All Star Game every year! It’s so fun to watch MLB’s biggest sluggers go out there and hit monster shots. You won’t see this in batting practice! Anyways, I just wanted to give you my prediction on who will go the distance and possibly win the 2009 Homerun Derby.

Derby Participants

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Albert Pujols

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Prince Fielder
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Joe Mauer

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Brandon Inge

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Ryan Howard

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Adrian Gonzalez
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Nelson Cruz

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Carlos Pena


Advancing to the second round will be…
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Pujols
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Mauer
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Howard
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Pena

Advancing to the finals will be…
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Pujols

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Mauer


2009 State Farm HomeRun Derby Champion…

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Albert Pujols

Now of course I would want to see Mauer win. I just love watching him bat and he is probably the best all around hitter in baseball. He can hit for power and average and is a great clutch hitter. But I went with Pujols because he has home field advantage and knows where to hit the ball. He also has the most power I’ve ever seen! But I could be wrong. Just like last year, even though Hamilton put on a show, Morneau still came out on top (even though Hamilton deserved it). Who knows? Maybe the M&M boys will win the Derby back-to-back.

Yankee Game (7/9/09)

Deja Vu crept in on the Yankees offense today, as they defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-4. The Yankees swept the Twins for the second time this year, beating the Twins 7 out of 7 times this year. The victory also marked the Yanks 13th win out of their last 15 games. But the main reason for Deja Vu was due to the Yankees offense. Almost for the second time in three games, each of the Yankees starters had at least one hit, except for Nick Swisher who went 0-5.

As for Alfredo Aceves…………Let’s just say I would rather see him in the bullpen for the remainder of his career. Aceves was taken out in the fourth inning, after loading the bases. He ended up surrendering 4 runs (3 of them earned), over 3.1 innings pitched, and allowing 4 hits. He didn’t earn the win, and rightfully so, but I guess he pitched “ok” for a reliever.
As mentioned before, the Yanks almost accomplished another rare-feat having every one of their starters getting at least one hit. But this time, Nick Swisher just couldn’t find his groove at the plate going 0-5 with a strikeout. But otherwise, the Yankees knocked Liriano for 6 runs and 7 hits over 5.1 innings. Gardner and Ransom, 2 of the the Yankees rookies, contributed a hit each and each drove in 2 runs to help the Yankees defeat the Twins. The Captain (Derek Jeter) added his own RBI single while Mark Teixeira blasted a solo homer for the first time in a career-long 95 at bats. The Yankees were spoiled, once again, with their bullpen, which came through and pitched 5 innings of scoreless relief. Mariano came in, in the ninth, to close out the series finale, earning his 23rd save of the season.

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 1 1 1 0 2 .314
Swisher, RF 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 .239
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 1 1 0 2 0 .281
Rodriguez, A, DH 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 .247
Posada, C 3 2 1 0 0 2 1 .289
Cano, 2B 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 .304
Cabrera, Me, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 6 .277
Ransom, 3B 3 0 1 2 1 1 1 .185
Gardner, CF 4 0 1 2 0 2 3 .286
Totals 34 6 8 6 3 9 15  
BATTING
2B: Cano (23, Liriano), Cabrera, Me (13, Liriano).
HR: Teixeira (21, 5th inning off Liriano, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Jeter; Teixeira 4; Rodriguez, A; Posada; Cano 2; Cabrera, Me 2; Ransom; Gardner.
RBI: Ransom 2 (10), Gardner 2 (19), Jeter (36), Teixeira (63).
2-out RBI: Jeter.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gardner.
GIDP: Jeter.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Rodriguez, A (3, 2nd base off Liriano/Redmond, M).
CS: Gardner (4, home by Liriano/Redmond, M).

FIELDING
E: Aceves, A (1, pickoff), Ransom (4, throw).

Players of the Game

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Cody Ransom: 1-4 with 2 RBIs

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Brett Gardner: 1-4 with 2 RBIs
Overall the Yankees played one of their better games this season offense and pitching wise, but not defensively as Aceves and Ransom each committed an error. Tomorrow, they will look to extend their winning streak (13 out of 15 games) against the Angels. Chamberlain (4-2) will be getting the start for the Yanks, while Joe Saunders (8-5) starts for the Angels. Once again, it’s hard to decide who will win tomorrow’s game because Saunders seems to be a more consisitent pitcher than Chamberlain this year. However, with the Yankees offense heating up on this road trip, it seems to me that tomorrow is anyone’s game.

Yankee Game (7/6/09)

Well, the Yanks were able to rally late, but came up short as the Blue Jays avoided a four game sweep and salvaged a 7-6 win over the Yanks. The Yanks were able to out hit the Jays (12 to 8), but not out score them as they snapped their three game winning streak. 

Andy Pettitte’s command was off today, as he allowed 6 runs and walked 5 through 6 innings. He also surrendered 5 hits with two of them resulting in home runs. After Pettitte was taken out in the seventh, the Yanks brought in Bruney who was able to get 2 outs but then gave up 2 hits and surrendered a run giving the Jays an important 7th run which allowed them to hold off the Yanks.
As far as the Yanks offense is concerned, their bats were shut down today (except for Hinske’s solo shot in the fifth) up until the seventh inning. I guess its better late than never but the Yanks offense just couldn’t pick up that game tying run to possibly push the game into extra innings. Before I analyze/summarize the Yanks offense, I just want to point out, for those of you who didn’t watch the game, that the umpires made a few bad calls on the Yanks today. Not just balls and strikes, but key safes and outs. 
In the first inning with no outs and Jeter at second, Derek decided to steal third. Now, I’m not defending Jeter’s decision to steal third because he was already in scoring position. What I want to point out is that on the replays, the throw from the catcher might have beat Jeter, but the tag didn’t. Jeter was clearly safe, but I guess Marty Foster lives up to the fact that if the throw beats the runner, he is automatically out.  Girardi was ejected that inning, but I agree with him when he said “He’s either out or safe.” It doesn’t matter if the throw beat him, its all on the tag. However, that wasn’t the only awful call that the umps made today. In the bottom of the seventh inning with Hinske on first and Cano on second, Gardner hit a hard ball to the shortstop who flipped to the second baseman Hill for the force out. However, Hill was at least 2 feet off the bag when he caught the ball, but Wally Bell rushed the call and called Hinske out. Even without the replays following the play, you could see Hill never touched the base. Hill even turned to go back and tag the base but he saw Wally make the out call, so he stopped. This prevented the bases from being loaded and the next batter for the Yanks, (pinch hitter Damon) was hit by a pitch. This would have walked in the Yanks game tying run and would have pushed the game into extra innings, giving the Yankees a chance to sweep the Jays. Overall I was fed up with the umps today, and so was Girardi and probably many other Yankee fans.
Anyways, back to the Yanks offense. With Hinske making his first debut for the Yanks, Eric blasted a solo shot in the fifth inning off Romero giving him his first home run as a Yankee. Then in the seventh inning, the Yankees were able to rattle up League and Accardo, of the Jays, for 2 runs making it a 7-3 ball game. Next inning, the Yanks put up a run on a bases loaded walk issued by Frasor moving the Yanks within 3 runs (to tie). Then in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, Matsui pinched hit for Melky and delivered a 2 run single, to close the gap and move the Yanks within 1 run. But then the next batter (Eric Hinske) struck out on a 3-2 slider that ended the game.
Now, I hate to blame people for a loss, but I have to say that neither the Yanks offense nor pitching was really a problem today. Now you might be saying to yourself “What is this guy crazy??? Pettitte gave up 6 runs over seven innings!!!” But, what I forgot to mention was that Wally also made another bad call at second, calling one of the Jays’ runners safe at second with two outs, when the replays clearly showed him out by a foot and a half. The next batter was Rios who hit a 3 run shot off of Pettitte. However, the home run could have easily been avoided if Wally Bell could just open his eyes!!! So don’t blame Pettitte or the Yankees offense today for their tough loss.

Toronto AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Scutaro, SS 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 .280
Hill, A, DH 5 1 0 0 0 1 2 .295
Wells, V, CF 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 .257
Rolen, 3B 4 0 1 2 1 1 3 .327
Rios, RF 5 1 1 3 0 1 3 .264
Millar, 1B 2 1 0 0 2 0 1 .233
  Overbay, 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .260
Bautista, J, LF 3 0 1 0 1 1 2 .256
Barajas, C 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 .268
McDonald, Jo, 2B 4 1 1 1 0 1 2 .267
Totals 35 7 8 7 6 6 15  
BATTING
2B: Wells, V (23, Bruney), Rolen (25, Bruney).
HR: Rios (10, 3rd inning off Pettitte, 2 on, 2 out), McDonald, Jo (1, 7th inning off Pettitte, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Wells, V 4; Rolen 2; Rios 4; Bautista, J; Barajas; McDonald, Jo 4.
RBI: Barajas (40), Rios 3 (44), McDonald, Jo (1), Rolen 2 (32).
2-out RBI: Barajas; Rios 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: McDonald, Jo; Barajas; Bautista, J.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Bautista, J (Rodriguez, A at 1st base).
DP: (Bautista, J-McDonald, Jo-Millar).

 
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 2 0 0 1 3 0 1 .314
Swisher, 1B 4 0 3 2 1 0 3 .242
Teixeira, DH 5 0 0 0 0 2 6 .273
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .244
Posada, C 5 1 1 0 0 2 3 .282
Cano, 2B 5 2 2 0 0 2 1 .303
Cabrera, Me, LF-CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .280
  b-Matsui, H, PH 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 .267
  1-Ransom, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .180
Hinske, RF 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 .264
Gardner, CF 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 .278
  a-Damon, PH-LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .284
Totals 37 6 12 6 4 8 20  
a-Hit by pitch for Gardner in the 8th. b-Singled for Cabrera, Me in the 9th. 
1-Ran for Matsui, H in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: Swisher (18, Romero, R), Cano 2 (21, Accardo, Frasor).
HR: Hinske (2, 5th inning off Romero, R, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Swisher 4; Rodriguez, A; Posada; Cano 4; Cabrera, Me; Matsui, H; Hinske 5; Gardner.
RBI: Hinske (12), Swisher 2 (43), Jeter (35), Matsui, H 2 (38).
2-out RBI: Jeter; Matsui, H 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Posada; Teixeira 2; Rodriguez, A; Swisher 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-11.
Team LOB: 11.

BASERUNNING
CS: Jeter (3, 3rd base by Romero, R/Barajas).

 

Umpires: HP: Chad Fairchild. 1B: John Hirschbeck. 2B: Wally Bell. 3B: Marty Foster-Worst Umps I’ve ever seen
I usually don’t hand out players of the game from the other team when they win, and I won’t start now. But today I am going to post (in my opinion) the worst players of the game… (HINT: These people aren’t from the Yankees or Blue Jays)
Worst Players of the Game
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Wally Bell: 2 awful calls at second base
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Marty Foster: awful call over at third base
Tomorrow the Yankees will be on the road and will face the Minnesota Twins for a 3 game set. The Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia (7-5) will be taking on Scott Baker (6-6), who has won his last four games. Honestly, I’m not sure who will win tomorrow. Both pitchers have been inconsistent this year, so its hard to decide who will come out on top. It will mostly come down to who scores early and will be able to hold onto that lead for the remainder of the game. The game is scheduled for 8:05 PM tomorrow night on MY9.

Yankee Game (7/5/09)

The New York Yankees won their 48th game of the season, out slugging the Jays 10-8. Chamberlain pitched one of the most forgettable performances of his career, not getting the win and lasting just 3 2/3 innings. Chamberlain surrendered a career high eight runs, but only having three of the eight runs count as earned. However, with support from the Yankees offense and relief from a flawless Aceves, the Yanks were able to hold on to a 10-8 victory.

Matsui hit an important, clutch three-run homer closing the gap between the Jays and Yanks to 1 run  (Yanks trailing 8-7 at that point).
Jeter and Posada each went 4-5 with Jeter hitting a 2 run homer which gave the Yanks a 9-8 lead in the fifth. The Yanks wouldn’t look back as Aceves pitched 4 innings of scoreless relief only surrendering one hit. Posada added some insurance of his own with an RBI double, later in the fifth inning, giving the Yanks a 10-8 lead over the Jays (which remained the final score of the game) Posada ended up with 3 RBIs for the day, Matsui had four of his own, and Jeter contributed two, both coming from his home-run.
Arod sat today, giving him the day off, while Ransom took his place at third. Ransom had one of his worst games of the season going 0-3 with 2 strikeouts, a walk, and an error in the field.
Tomorrow the Yankees will go for a sweep of the Jays, as Andy Pettitte (8-3) will look for his 9th win of the season and he’ll be taking on the Jays hard throwing Ricky Romero (6-3). As far as my prediction for tomorrow’s game, I’ll have to go with the Yankees since Pettitte, probably  the most consistent starter on the team, will be on the mound and I always get a good feeling when he starts for the Yanks. Unfortunately, Boston won today, so the standings remain the same with the Yanks still 1 game behind the Red Sox. But if the Sox can suffer a loss tomorrow, the Yanks will have a chance to tie them at the top of the division. We’ll see!!!
Oh and I almost forgot the players of the game…
Players of the Game (In My Opinion)

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Derek Jeter: 4-5 with a go-ahead homer to give the Yankees the lead in the fifth
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Jorge Posada: 4-5 with a go ahead double and 3 RBIs
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Hideki Matsui: 2-4 with a clutch 3-run home run
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Alfredo Aceves: 4 innings pitched allowing just 1 hit, striking out 5, and surrendering 0 runs