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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)
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Yankee Game (7/20/09)

The Yankees won their fourth straight game tonight, defeating the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 (the third in a row they won 2-1). It was also another walk-off win for the Bombers, this time with Matsui delivering the game winning hit (a solo homerun to right-center). And of course, AJ Burnett came though with the pie-in-the-face. I guess its a small price to pay!


Pettitte was able to hold the Orioles to just 1 run on 6 hits through 7.1 innings. He also struck out a season high 8 batters! One of Pettitte’s best performances all year. He didn’t get the win, but was still able to keep his team in the ball game. But what really held the Yanks in it late was two great back-to-back games in the eighth. After Pettitte was taken out in the eighth, Coke came on to try and keep the game close. And he did just that. The first batter he faced was Nick Markakis with 1 out and a man on second and third. Markakis hit a hard ground ball to Tex, who made an incredible off-balance throw to Molina, who snow coned it, and tagged the runner out at the plate for the second out. Then, Coke delivered a wild pitch to Adam Jones (the next batter) and it slipped away from Molina and started to roll towards the Yanks dugout. However, Molina dove to the ball, made a great throw from his knees to Coke who was covering home, and Coke was able to tag out Roberts at the plate to end the inning. Roberts didn’t even touch home plate, but instead slid around it. Then Aceves came in after Coke was able to get the first out in the ninth, and was able to shut the door. However, the Yanks still had a chance to win it in the bottom of the ninth.

The Yanks were able to win another ballgame scoring just two runs. But the runs proved to be big ones, as the first came from a solo homer off the bat of the newly acquired Eric Hinske, tying the game at 1. However, from that second inning on, The Yanks offense experienced a drought until Matsui came up in the bottom of the ninth with one out. On a 2-2 count, Matsui belted a solo homerun off Johnson to win the game for the Yanks. (Their fourth straight win!)

As I am typing this, I see that Boston is trailing 6-2 to the Rangers in the bottom of the seventh. Hopefully the Rangers can hold on and beat the Sox. If so, the Yankees will move up to first place and be tied with the Red Sox for the second time in 7 games. Sergio Mitre will be making his big league debut tomorrow, and hopefully he can prove to the Yankees that he belongs in the back of the rotation. With Wang out, the Yanks need a fifth starter and hopefully Mitre can give them what they need. Mitre will be facing Rich Hill of the Orioles who has a 3-2 record coming into tomorrow’s game. I can’t make a prediction though because I’ve never seen Mitre pitch, so I’ll make sure to pay attention to him tomorrow and then recap in tomorrow’s post what I think about him.
Player of the Game 
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Hideki Matsui: 1-3 with a game winning homerun (walk off)

*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!

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Yankee Game (7/10/09)

I figured it would be to good to be true: The Yankees in first place. The Yankees were tied for first for one day, but then fell back to second place Friday night, as they suffered a 10-6 loss to the Angels. Once again, it was the Yankees pitching who faltered last night allowing the Angels to pick up 10 runs on 13 hits. The Yanks were able to out hit the Halos, slugging 14 hits of their own, but it turned out to be not enough to take the first game of this three game set.

Joba Chamberlain had another “awful” night blowing a four run lead for the Yankees in the fifth inning. Joba allowed a fifth inning 3 run blast to the Angels, Morales. Chamberlain left later in the inning, after giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on 9 hits through 4.1 innings pitched. However, the bullpen was also anything but “spectacular” Friday as Melancon and Bruney allowed 5 runs  (4 earned) on 4 hits through 4 innings of, what I don’t consider, relief. Bruney allowed a 3 run blast of his own to the Angels shortstop, Aybar, in the seventh.
Well, on a good note, I can say that the Yankees offense remained hot slugging 14 hits and scoring 6 runs. Now, in my opinion, I think 6 runs are sufficient enough to win a game. So it wasn’t the Yankees offense with the problem last night. The Yankees almost had every one of their starters collect a hit, but Ransom went 0-3 with 2 k’s. Ransom hasn’t been swinging a hot bat this season, batting a weak .176. Honestly, I would have thrown Ransom down to triple A and kept Pena up to make room for Hinske, but that would be too logical for Girardi and Brian Cashman. Anyways, Jeter had his fourth four-hit game of the season, boosting his AVG to .321. Alex Rodriguez went 3-5 with a double and a solo homerun, finishing the night with 2 RBIs. Swisher also collected a couple of RBIs, going 1-5.

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, DH-SS 5 1 4 0 0 0 0 .321
Damon, LF 4 0 1 1 1 1 2 .279
Teixeira, 1B 5 2 1 0 0 0 4 .280
Rodriguez, A, 3B 5 2 3 2 0 2 3 .257
Swisher, RF 5 0 1 2 0 0 2 .238
Cano, 2B 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 .306
Cabrera, Me, CF 3 0 1 1 2 0 1 .278
Ransom, SS 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 .176
  a-Posada, PH-C 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 .287
Molina, J, C 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 .277
  b-Matsui, H, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .266
  Melancon, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Bruney, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 40 6 14 6 4 7 21  
a-Walked for Ransom in the 7th. b-Flied out for Molina, J in the 7th.
BATTING
2B: Rodriguez, A (7, Saunders), Jeter (17, Saunders), Cano (24, Saunders).
HR: Rodriguez, A (15, 5th inning off Saunders, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Jeter 5; Damon; Teixeira; Rodriguez, A 7; Swisher; Cano 3; Cabrera, Me; Molina, J.
RBI: Rodriguez, A 2 (47), Swisher 2 (47), Damon (50), Cabrera, Me (33).
2-out RBI: Cabrera, Me.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rodriguez, A; Damon; Ransom; Matsui, H 2; Posada.
GIDP: Damon.
Team RISP: 4-for-11.
Team LOB: 11.

FIELDING
E: Rodriguez, A (5, throw), Jeter (4, fielding).
DP: (Rodriguez, A-Cano-Teixeira).

The Yankees will try to work their way back to the top of the division today, as Andy Pettitte (8-4) will face Jered Weaver (9-3) for the second game of the series. Today’s game looks pretty evenly matched with two great pitchers taking the mound for both teams. The offense for both teams are also very similar, with a threat in the lineup every batter. So, its hard for me to say who’s going to win today’s game. Obviously I’m hoping Yankees, but it looks like it’s, once again, anyone’s ballgame.