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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 (7/19/09)

The Yankees swept Detroit today, defeating the AL Central leading Tigers 2-1 Sunday. Before the game, the Yankees hosted its 63rd Annual Old Timer’s Day. One familiar face to young Yankee fans was Mike Mussina. It was weird seeing him depicted as an Old Timer. Anyways, I always love watching all the Old Timer’s take the field for the Old Timer’s Game. Seeing players like Yogi, Guidry, Ford, Larsen, Zimmer, Cone, Girardi, and Mussina is really special for fans young and old. Hats off to these guys!


Anyways, the Yanks were able to move within 1 game of the division leading Red Sox. Chamberlain pitched his best game of the year going 6 2/3 innings allowing just 1 run on 3 hits and striking out 8. Coke took over for the final out of the seventh getting an inning ending ground ball on just one pitch. Hughes hurled another scoreless eighth and Mariano picked up his 3rd consecutive save (26).

As for the Yanks offense, Arod belted a solo shot in the fourth, tying the game at 1. Teixeira followed suit with a dinger of his own (solo) in the sixth, giving the Yanks their second run, which they would hold onto for the victory. Both sluggers went 2-4 on the afternoon and Posada was the only other Yankee to get a hit.

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .321
Gardner, CF 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .277
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 .280
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 .255
Matsui, H, DH 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 .263
Posada, C 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .282
Cano, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 .308
Swisher, RF 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .235
Cabrera, Me, LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .281
Totals 27 2 5 2 5 5 13  
BATTING
2B: Teixeira (24, Jackson, E), Posada (12, Jackson, E).
HR: Rodriguez, A (19, 4th inning off Jackson, E, 0 on, 2 out), Teixeira (23, 6th inning off Jackson, E, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Teixeira 6; Rodriguez, A 5; Posada 2.
RBI: Rodriguez, A (52), Teixeira (67).
2-out RBI: Rodriguez, A.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rodriguez, A; Cano 3; Teixeira.
GIDP: Cano; Cabrera, Me.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Posada (5, throw).

Tomorrow the Yankees will take on the O’s, starting a 3 game set. Pettitte will look for his 9th win of the season as he faces David Hernandez of the O’s. I’ll take Pettitte for tomorrow due to Hernandez’s lack of control and Pettitte’s consistency. If the Yanks can win tomorrow and Boston can drop another game, then the Yanks can sneak up into first place for the second time in 10 games and hopefully force Boston to drop into second. Mitre will be making his big league debut on Tuesday, and hopefully he can give the Yankees a solid start, giving him the role as the Yanks fifth starter.
Players of the Game
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Alex Rodriguez: 2-4 with a solo homerun to tie the game at 1 
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Mark Teixeira: 2-4 with a solo homerun to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead
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Joba Chamberlain: 6 2/3 strong innings, 8 K’s, 1 run, 3 hits

*YANKEES TAKE CONTROL OF AL EAST*

After the Boston Red Sox lost last night,
8-6 to the Kansas City Royals (haha), the standings were
updated and showed the Red Sox and New York Yankees tied for
first place in the AL East Division. Both teams are 17 games
over .500 with a 51-34 record (.600%). Today, both teams will
look to hold their place at the top, with the Yankees playing
the Angels in Anaheim and the Red Sox playing the Royals at
Fenway. Now, in my opinion, these match-ups seem
pretty unfair. I mean, the Yankees have to play the Angels
who have a 46-37 record and are a half a game back from the
AL West. The Royals, on the other hand, have basically the
Angels record backwards with a 37-48 record and are 9.5 games
back from the AL Central. There’s a big difference as far as
competition. The Red Sox should be beating up on the Royals,
with their eyes closed! But the Yankees are going to have to
work to keep their spot at the top. So, if the Yankees fall
back a couple of games this weekend, just look at the team
they’re facing and who the Red Sox are facing. I’m not
cutting the Yankees slack because I’m a Yankee fan, but the
numbers don’t lie. Nobody out there can say that the Royals
are as tough as the Angels. Maybe if Zack Greinke is
pitching, but otherwise, they’re not even comparable. Oh and
another note, Zack Greinke is not even pitching against the
Red Sox this series so there’s one less problem for the Sox
to deal with. All I can do is hope that the Yankees offense
continues to remain hot because they are going to have to
score a lot or runs off of the Angels who are another
big offensive club. It seems that Yankee pitching
struggles when they face big offensive clubs, so the Yanks
need to give their pitching run support. As for my advice to
the Red Sox, just sit back, relax, and take a nap. They don’t
need any advice against the Kansas City Royals. I know they
lost last night, but that was their bullpen’s fault. If they
can just get their starter to go 6 or 7 innings, it’s lights
out for the Royals.

Yankee Game (7/7/09)

In 3 1/2 hours of convincing baseball on Tuesday, CC Sabathia and the Bronx Bombers reaffirmed that the past two weeks have not been a fluke. They hit as well as they pitched, they pitched as well as they hit, and they bundled all of that into a 10-2 victory at the Metrodome. I have to say that last night was probably one of the best offensive nights for the Yanks as every starter picked up at least one hit. However, not one of the Yankees 16 hits left the Metrodome, showing how well the team was able to hit with runners in scoring position. C.C. Sabathia pitched one of the greatest, if not the best, game this year allowing just 1 run on 3 hits through 7 innings.


Otherwise, it was all about the Yankees offense Tuesday night. In the first inning, Matsui drove in the Yanks first run with an RBI single. Then in the second, Fransico Cervelli and Teixeira each drove in a run making it 3-0 Yankees. Sabathia gave up his only run in the bottom of the second. Two more runs scored for the Yanks in the fourth, but it would have been more, if it weren’t for Carlos Gomez’s spectacular catch that robbed Alex Rodriguez of a grand slam in center field. Arod probably hit the ball about 410 feet but Gomez timed it perfectly and brought it back into the ballpark, making it just a sacrifice fly. But, the grand slam wasn’t necessary because in the top of the 6th the Yanks rallied for 5 runs. Brett Gardner and Cervelli highlighted that rally, tripling and doubling in succession. And Robinson Cano singled home two runs, snapping an 0-for-22 skid with runners in scoring position. Each hitter in the Yanks starting lineup last night, had at least one hit. Also each starter, except for Jeter and Damon, drove in at least one run as well.

Overall I think the Yankees had one of their best games this year. Sabathia surrendered 1 run over seven innings and the Yanks scored 10 runs on 16 hits. Keep in mind that not one ball left the Metrodome yesterday for the Yanks, yet they were still able to score 10 runs. It just shows you how well the lineup came through with runners in scoring position. (7-17 with RISP)
The Yankees have now won 11 out of their last 13 games. Last time the Yanks played the Twins at the stadium, they swept them in four games. Maybe they can do it again, this time at the Metrodome.

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 2 1 0 1 1 2 .313
  Ransom, SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .177
Damon, LF 3 0 1 0 1 2 1 .284
  a-Cabrera, Me, PH-LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .278
Teixeira, 1B 6 1 4 1 0 0 3 .281
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 1 1 1 1 1 4 .246
  Hinske, 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .261
Matsui, H, DH 3 0 1 1 2 0 2 .268
Swisher, RF 3 1 1 1 2 2 4 .243
Cano, 2B 5 2 2 2 0 0 4 .305
Gardner, CF 5 2 3 2 0 1 1 .287
Cervelli, C 4 1 2 2 0 0 1 .269
Totals 40 10 16 10 7 7 24  
a-Popped out for Damon in the 7th.
BATTING
2B: Cano (22, Baker, S), Cervelli (3, Dickey).
3B: Gardner (5, Dickey).
TB: Jeter; Damon; Teixeira 4; Rodriguez, A; Matsui, H; Swisher; Cano 3; Gardner 5; Cervelli 3.
RBI: Matsui, H (39), Cervelli 2 (9), Teixeira (62), Rodriguez, A (44), Swisher (44), Cano 2 (45), Gardner 2 (15).
2-out RBI: Matsui, H; Teixeira; Swisher; Cano 2; Gardner 2; Cervelli.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Swisher 2; Rodriguez, A; Cano 2; Jeter; Ransom.
SF: Cervelli; Rodriguez, A.
GIDP: Hinske.
Team RISP: 7-for-17.
Team LOB: 12.

The Yankees will continue to play the Twins on Wednesday with Burnett (7-4) getting the start for the Yanks and Anthony Swarzak (2-2) for the Twins. I’ll have to go with the Yanks this time because if the Yanks can keep their offense hot, then they can give AJ some support and set him up for the win. And if they can win and the Red Sox can drop one, then we’ll have a tie for 1st in the AL East.
Players of the Game

Yankee  Starting Lineup (7/7/09) and C.C. Sabathia

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I will be answering questions from the fans…

Hey everyone,

Yesterday was a great day for me as I got to see Teixeira start at first base over Kevin “Useless” for the 2009 All Star Game!!! And I also got to see the Yankees out slug the Blue Jays in a great come from behind victory. The Yanks have a chance to sweep the Jays today and tie the Red Sox at first place in the AL East Divison (as long as Boston loses today!)
But my main reason for this post are to remind fans that if you want me to answer any questions you have regarding the Yankees or the 2009 All Star Game, just comment on some of my latest posts and I’ll try to answer them as best as I can.
Thanks and Go Yankees!
~Steve

Arod and Weather: Heating Up!

  

Well, Summer is here and in full gear as the 2009 All Star Game gets ready for it’s 80th Anniversary, in 10 days. Baseball is approaching the halfway mark in the season with the Red Sox leading the AL East, the Tigers with the AL Central, and the Angels and Rangers battling it out for control of the AL West. As for the NL, the Phillies hold a one game lead over the Marlins for the NL East, the Cardinals are also hanging onto a one game lead for the NL Central, and the Dodgers (with the best record in baseball 51-29) are dominating the NL West. But one future Hall of Famer (debateable) can’t wait for Summer to roll around.

Alex Rodriguez was in one of the worst slumps of his career batting just .213 in 40 games played. Alex had just 9 homeruns, 28 RBIs, 18 runs scored, and 30 walks. Things weren’t looking too good for the New York Yankees clean up hitter. As a result, manager Joe Girardi decided to give Arod a rest and bench him, back-to-back games, against the Marlins in Miami. “It’s not easy, I can tell you that, but it is important,” Girardi said “It is hard not having his bat in the lineup.”

However, once the weather started to heat up, Arod followed suit. Between June 23rd and July 3rd (Yesterday) Alex has been batting .377 (boosting his AVG to .237) with 5 homeruns, 14 RBIs, 9 runs, and 12 walks. It seems as though Alex has been seeing the ball better and has found his swing. “It feels pretty good,” Rodriguez said. “I like when I hit the ball to right-center and hit the ball in the air. The key for me is to try to stay aggressive.”

Hopefully Alex can stay hot for the remainder of the season and help the Yankees sneak past the Red Sox to regain their place at the top of the AL East Division.

             

               Last 10 Games (Alex Rodriguez)

DATE Game ID OPP AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB AVG H_A

06/23/2009

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@ATL

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.207

A

06/24/2009

2009/06/24/nyamlb-atlmlb-1

@ATL

3

1

1

0

2

2

0

0

.210

A

06/25/2009

2009/06/25/nyamlb-atlmlb-1

@ATL

5

2

3

1

4

1

1

0

.223

A

06/26/2009

2009/06/26/nyamlb-nynmlb-1

@NYM

2

1

1

1

2

3

0

0

.227

A

06/27/2009

2009/06/27/nyamlb-nynmlb-1

@NYM

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

.227

A

06/28/2009

2009/06/28/nyamlb-nynmlb-1

@NYM

1

0

1

0

0

3

0

0

.232

A

06/30/2009

2009/06/30/seamlb-nyamlb-1

SEA

4

1

1

1

2

1

1

0

.233

H

07/01/2009

2009/07/01/seamlb-nyamlb-1

SEA

4

1

2

1

2

0

0

0

.239

H

07/02/2009

2009/07/02/seamlb-nyamlb-1

SEA

3

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

.235

H

07/03/2009

2009/07/03/tormlb-nyamlb-1

TOR

3

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

.237

H

                                                         Alex Rodriguez 2009 Season Stats

                     

G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS GO/AO
SEASON  50  169  27  40  88 6 0 14 42 42 3 30 2 0 .237 .400 .521 .921 1.24