Category Archives: Ex-Players

Game 13. Yanks edge Boston 3-2, but are banged up.

Ivan Nova is either very good or very bad. A lot like A.J. Burnett was. Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde and you don’t know which one will show up.

Tonight was the good Nova. 7 1/3, 2 R, 8 H, 0 walks and 4 K. He goes to 2-1, 5.94. Matt Thornton got one out, David Phelps one, and Shawn Kelley got the last three outs for the save, his third.

The Yanks blew a chance in the first. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and one out, Sori hit what appeared to be a SF. But Ellsbury took off for 3rd & was gunned down before Beltran could cross the plate. Timing play. Out. No runs.

Nova then gave up a run in the 2nd, and would have given up another if Gardner didn’t gun out the runner at the plate. Gardner should have two Gold Gloves already. It’s a shame he doesn’t have one yet.

Beltran hit a 2-run HR in the third to give the Yanks the lead. #361 of Beltran’s career (#3 for the year) tied him with Joe D. on the all-time list. Beltran is 5th on the all-time list for switch-hitters. I knew 3 above him—-Mantle, Murray and Chipper Jones. I could not remember #4. Thanks to my friend Josh “The Yankee Truth” Imboden for letting me know Lance Berkman retired with 361 HR.

The Yanks got a break in the fourth, and it helped them win the game.  McCann and Solarte walked, then a force out. 1st & 3rd, one out. Cervelli hit into what was originally called a DP. Girardi challenged, and the call was overturned. Cervelli was safe. 3-1. Farrell (Boston mgr.) ejected. But in straining to touch the bag, Cervelli was hurt. Romine or Murphy up soon?

Later, Solarte got hurt doing the same thing—straining for the bag, but he stayed in the game. Good thing. Roberts has back issues. Jeter didn’t play because of a strained quad. The team is fragile. There could be a couple of call ups soon, and I really don’t like the minor league situation. The best call up if they need an infielder would be Scott Sizemore for 3b. After that, …. it depends on who all is hurt.

Meanwhile Carlos Beltran had to go to 1B tonight. Ichiro to RF. This would actually prove to be a lucky break later when Ortiz hit one that Ichiro caught. Should have been a double. Beltran would not have got it. Ichiro did. Later in the same inning, the Red Sox loaded the bases but Phelps got a K to get out of it. Without Ichiro’s catch, no zero on the scoreboard.

Now to check on the injuries.

At 7-6, the Yanks are tied for first w/Toronto and Tampa in what looks to be a very tight division. Long way to go.

Yanks off Monday. Cubs in Tuesday.

 

Game 8. Nova and Nuno lousy in 14-5 loss.

Nova and Nuno are two names that are four-letter names. It’s safe to say that both heard four-letter words after their outings today in a 14-5 Yankees loss.

Nova started and gave up 7 R in 3 2/3. Nuno also gave up 7 R, but in 3 1/3 innings of relief.

Nova gave up 3 runs before the Yanks had a chance to bat. Cesar Cabral (1/3) and Dellin Betances (1 2/3) pitched scoreless relief.

Rafael Soriano and Kelly Johnson HR’d in the Yankees loss. For Soriano, career HR #407 tied Duke Snider on the all-time list.

Derek Jeter got hit #3322. Jacoby Ellsbury got 3 hits and Yangervis Solarte had 3 hits and an RBI.

UConn pulled off the double, winning the mens’s NCAA basketball title last night and the women’s tonight. The women wound up 40-0 and beat a previously undefeated ND team tonight for the title, and beat ND badly.

 

Game 6. Yanks get first HR of 2014 in 6-4 win.

Brett Gardner, of all people, got the Yanks off the HR schneid with a 2-run blast as the Yanks hung on to beat Toronto 6-4 on Sunday afternoon.

The Yanks had gone five games without a HR before Gardner hit their first HR of the season to put them up 6-1. They needed that HR.

The Yanks broke out with three in the first when Gardner walked, stole second (the Yanks haven’t been caught stealing this year yet, and had three steals today) moved to third on a groundout by Jeter, and scored on an Ellsbury groundout. After a walk to McCann and a HBP to Soriano, Kelly Johnson doubled home two runs.

CC gave a run back right away on a leadoff HR by Melky.

The Yanks got three in the fourth on a walk to Roberts, who stole second. Solarte doubled him home and Gardner homered to put the Yanks up 6-1.

Derek Jeter had two hits in the game to move him to 3320 for his career. The two hits passed Paul Molitor on the all-time hits list and puts Jeter #8 all-time. Next up are Carl Yastrzemski at 3419 and Honus Wagner at 3430. Jeter should end his career #6, behind Rose, Cobb, Aaron, Musial and Speaker.

CC gave up 3 runs in the sixth. He went 6, 4 R,  7 H, 0 walks and 6 K. (1-1, 7.50). He has given up 10 R in 12 IP this season so far.

Adam Warren a 1-2-3 seventh. Shawn Kelley a scoreless 8th,  giving up a two-out triple.

Robertson Save #2 in the 9th. With one out, he gave up a hit and a walk but got out of it.

Gardner the HR and 2 RBI. Jeter 2 hits. Johnson 2 RBI.

Soriano finally got a hit and is now 1 for 19.

 

 

Game 5 lineup and notes.

Today’s lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann DH
Alfonso Soriano LF
Kelly Johnson 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Dean Anna 2B

Michael Pineda RHP

Teix DL’d. Romine brought up.

I don’t give detailed stats this early into the season. Not until we have a lot.

The Yanks are still looking to hit their first HR of the season. Jeter is one hit away from tying Paul Molitor for 8th place all-time.  Meanwhile, Dean Anna got his first hit last night and Soriano is 0 for 12 so far this year. The Yanks are 5 for 5 in SB so far, three by Ellsbury.

This will be Pineda’s first regular season start as a Yankee.

 

 

Game 3. Scrubs lead Yanks to 4-2 win. Torch passed.

Joe Girardi put out a different lineup vs. a lefty pitcher tonight. He sat Ellsbury, McCann and Kelly Johnson. He played Soriano in LF (didn’t help. Sori is now 0 for 11). He DH’d Beltran and put Ichiro in RF, Cervelli C and Solarte at 3B.

Ichiro and Solarte helped the Yanks to a 4-2 win tonight over Houston.

Ivan Nova struggled but got the win. He gave up a run in the first, but it easily could have been more. He went 5 2/3, 2 R, 6 H, 5 walks and 1 K. Not pretty, but a win.

Adam Warren was an unsung hero tonight. Great job. Four batters, four outs. 1 1/3, 2 K.

Shawn Kelley a scoreless 8th. 2 K.

Then…. the torch officially got passed. No more Mo for the 9th. Robertson pitched a scoreless 9th & got the save.

The Yanks are still looking for their first HR of the season.

Derek Jeter got hit #3318 tonight. He is now one behind Paul Molitor on the all-time list.

Five of the Yanks’ seven hits tonight came from bench players. The 40-year-old Ichiro got two hits and scored three runs.

Yangervis Solarte, who stole Nunez’ job away from him, got his first three MLB hits in his second MLB game.

It’ll be interesting to see what becomes of Nunez, who was DFA’d by the Yanks when they decided to keep Solarte over Nunez.

Meanwhile, Opening Day at the Stadium on Monday will see a tribute to the “core four.” Pettitte and Rivera will be throwing out the first pitch(es) to Posada & Jeter.

Yanks rotation set, and the value of patience

Although the #5 starter hasn’t been officially named yet (it appears to be Pineda), Joe Girardi announced his rotation for the first four games. It’ll be CC, Kuroda and Nova to begin the season in Houston. Tanaka goes in game 4 at Toronto in his first MLB start.

From Jack Curry of YES:

As noted, w/ Tanaka starting April 4, he’s in line to go April 9, 15, 20, 26, May 2, meaning extra rest 3 times in 1st month.

Meanwhile, I got into a discussion with someone on another blog. I can’t believe someone has this little patience. The person called J.R. (John Ryan) Murphy a third-string catcher who can’t hit. I reminded the person that Murphy has a total of 26 MLB at bats and hasn’t turned 23 yet. Their response was that Trout is a superstar.

Really?

I reminded this person that by their criteria, that

1) they would have given up on Mickey Mantle. After all, the 19 year old Mantle was sent down in the summer of 1951.

2) they would have given up on Sandy Koufax. After all, in spring training of 1961, Sandy was a 25 year old lefty who (1955-1960) had a career record of 36-40.

3) they would have traded Mariano Rivera. For on 11/29/1995, Mo’s 26th b/day, Rivera had an MLB line of 10 starts, 9 relief appearances. 5-3, 5.51.

4) I did not mention this one.  In spring training of 1977, a 26 1/2 year old Ron Guidry had this MLB line:   1 start, 16 relief appearances. 0-1, 4.55.   ‘

I don’t know if J.R. Murphy WILL amount to anything. But this person wants to give up on him after 26 at bats in the majors and before he turns 23?

Really?

Thank God this person isn’t Brian Cashman.

 

S.T. Game 10. Kuroda, Pineda impressive in Yanks win.

Hiroki Kuroda and Michael Pineda were impressive, and Carlos Beltran hit a 2-run HR, but the Yanks winning run in tonight’s game vs. the Tigers scored on a balk. The Yanks won 3-2.

Kuroda pitched 2 2/3, giving up no runs and striking out five.  He gave up one hit and one walk. Shawn Kelley got the last out in the third, then David Robertson pitched a scoreless fourth, striking out one.

Pineda then came in and pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and striking out four.

The Yanks had a 2-0 lead at that point because of Beltran’s 2-run HR in the third.

Matt Thornton then gave up two runs in the seventh. Preston Claiborne pitched a scoreless eighth and Jim Miller a scoreless ninth. In the bottom of the ninth, Zellous Wheeler singled and Francisco Cervelli singled him to third. Tiger pitcher Luis Marte then balked away the game.

Derek Jeter was 2 for 2 with a walk.

Also today, the Yankees announced that Yogi Berra’s wife Carmen passed away at the age of 85.

Spring Training has started.

I don’t have much to report, since I am still trying to get going after a major snowstorm. We got 19 1/2 ” of snow Thursday, another 2-4 Saturday and expect 2-4 again tomorrow. I’m sick of it.

The Yanks just began spring training and questions on their bullpen and infield need to be answered.

In other baseball news, Hank Aaron needed hip surgery after falling on ice. Aaron turned 80 earlier this month.

Also, former SS (6x All-Star) and manager Jim Fregosi died at 71 after a stroke.

A.J. Burnett signed with the Phillies.

Roy Oswalt retires

Roy Oswalt won’t make the HOF, but was a very good pitcher for Houston, the Phils, Texas and the Rockies from 2001-2013. He announced his retirement today. He finishes with a 163-102 record, ERA 3.36 (ERA+ 127).

He won 20 games twice and led the league in wins once and ERA once. A 3x All-Star, he finished in the top 5 for the CYA five times. He went 5-2, 3.73 in the postseason.

A-Rod drops lawsuit

So Alex Rodriguez has apparently decided to take his medicine. He won’t be carrying his lawsuits into federal court. A-Rod, whose suspension was upheld but was reduced from 211 to 162 games, spent how much money on saving what, 49 games? In the meantime, he sued, or wanted to sue, everyone including his own team and union to save his butt. The only reason he probably dropped the suit was probably because estimates are that by proceeding, it would have cost him $10 million more in lawyer’s fees. That plus the $22 million he is losing this year b/c he won’t be playing. Right now the only thing keeping him going is probably the $61 MM the Yankees owe him from 2015-2017. Don’t think the Yanks wouldn’t like to just drop that and him.

…and A-Rod never did tell his side of the story under oath, did he? Not once did he take the stand in his own defense. His lawyer, both on 60 minutes, and in other interviews, comes across as really smarmy, doesn’t he? What a bunch of losers.

A .299 career b/a (if 2 of those outs would have been hits, it’d be rounded up to .300). 654 HR, 1951 RBI, between 2900-3000 hits. You wonder if after a whole year off, if he ever will come back to pass Willie Mays (660) in HR, get his 3000th hit or 2000th RBI. Frankly, I hope he never plays again.

If he does come back, it’d be at age 39 (40 in July 2015) and after a year off and two recent hip surgeries. His skills were declining pre-suspension to where he was becoming a slightly above average ballplayer. After the suspension?

You have to wonder why someone so rich, so talented, would stoop so low as to even have the phone number (as Bob Costas pointed out) of scum like Bosch. Stupidity, greed, no moral compass…. Without the junk, he would have been known as one of the greatest players ever, and that would have happened even if his numbers weren’t asterisked or artificially enhanced. If he would have been completely clean, and wound up with say a .290 average instead of .299, 554 HR instead of 654 and 1800 RBI instead of 1951, would he be in the HOF instead of (as it now appears) never getting in? You bet, if clean, he’d have been a shoo-in with those kinds of numbers. The same goes for other players who won’t get in. If the numbers of Palmeiro, Bonds, and Clemens (to name just three) would have been slightly lower, they STILL would have had HOF credentials. So why do it?

It’s all about THEM. Greed. Selfishness. And I have no sympathy towards them whatsoever.

In other baseball news, Fernando Rodney went to Seattle. There were some Yankees fans hoping the Yanks would sign him to go with Robertson. Not me. He can take his me-first, hot-dogging, arrow-shooting act elsewhere. Give me TEAM players.

Bronson Arroyo finally got a deal—with Arizona. The guy does eat innings. While just a slightly above average pitcher, he has given 200 or more innings each year since 2005, except for one year where he missed by one inning or so.

A friend recently asked me for my prediction for the Yanks this year. I replied that it was too early to do so. I want to see who gets hurt in spring training (remember Michael Pineda showing up out of shape and then getting hurt in 2012?) and what late pickups there are. Remember that the Yanks picked up Lyle Overbay basically just on the eve of Opening Day last year. Remember the unexpected spring training injuries to Granderson and Teix. How many of you remember that the guy getting the most reps at first base in spring training last year was Juan Rivera? Given all that, I won’t make any predictions until the eve of Opening Day. Too many things can happen between now and then.