Tag Archives: Cabrera

AL wins All-Star Game, 5-3. Derek 2 for 2 in last ASG.

The AL will have home-field advantage for the World Series after winning the All-Star Game 5-3.

Derek Jeter, in his final All-Star Game, went 2 for 2 with a double and a single. In his career, Jeter—against the best in the other league—went 13 for 27.

Mike Trout of the Angels, arguably the best player in the game today, won the All-Star Game MVP.

The Yanks’ Dellin Betances didn’t get into the ballgame.

Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers had a 2-run HR, and his teammate Max Scherzer got the win.

The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig had a forgettable night. 0 for 3, 3 strikeouts.

Game 77. Yanks end skid with 5-3 win.

The Yanks snapped their four-game losing streak by beating Toronto 5-3 Wednesday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 40-37, keeps them in third in the AL East, 2 1/2 back of Toronto, 1 behind Baltimore. They are one game out of that last WC spot.

Mark Teixeira homered and drove in three runs, Hiroki Kuroda went 6 1/3 innings for the win and David Robertson picked up a five-out save.

Kuroda’s first pitch of the game was hit for a HR by Jose Reyes.

The Yanks came back with four in the third. Johnson walked, Cervelli doubled him home, and after two out, Ellsbury singled in Cervelli and Teix hit his 14th HR of the year (355 career).

Ex-Yankee Melky Cabrera has been a thorn in the Yanks’ side this year in these games vs. Toronto, and he was again in the fifth, driving in two to cut the lead to 4-3.

A walk, HBP, walk and SF by Teix gave the Yanks an insurance run in the seventh.

Kuroda went 6 1/3 (W, 5-5, 4.23), 3 R, 8 H, 2 walks and 4 K.

Kelley 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.98.

Thornton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.87.

Warren 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.85.

With an off-day today, the need for a win after a four-game losing streak, and the fact that Robertson didn’t pitch in a week, Girardi went early to Robertson for the five-out save.

Robertson 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Save #18. 3.08.

Jeter got hit #3388.

Earlier in the day, Tim Lincecum of the SF Giants threw a no-hitter against the Padres. It was the third no-hitter this season, following ones by the Dodgers’ Josh Beckett and Clayton Kershaw. It was the second of Lincecum’s career—both against SD. The only other pitcher to have two no-hitters, with both coming against the same team, was HOF Addie Joss of the Cleveland Indians, who did it against the Chicago White Sox in 1908 & 1910. Joss tore a ligament in his elbow a few months after his second no-hitter and died at the age of 31 in 1911 of a form of meningitis. Joss was a forgotten great who died much too soon. Lincecum became the second Giant to throw multiple no-hitters, the other being HOF Christy Mathewson.

Game 71. Yanks sweep Toronto with 6-4 win. Close to 1 1/2.

The Yanks swept the Blue Jays tonight, closing the sweep with a 6-4 win. The win put the Yanks at 38-33 and closed the gap to 1 1/2.

Toronto has now lost 16 in a row at Yankee Stadium.

David Phelps (W, 3-4, 4.13) pitched a strong 7 innings, and his only mistake was a 2-run HR he gave up to Melky.

7 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 7 k.

Shawn Kelley made things tight, giving up a 2-run dinger to Juan Encarnacion. 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.58. He’s been shaky since his return from the DL.

Matt Thonton 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.21.

Adam Warren the save, his second. 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.04.

The Yanks got off to a quick lead, scoring in the first on a double by Gardner, a single by Jeter (2 hits tonight take him to 3385) and a SF by Ellsbury.

Ellsbury (20) and Roberts (6) each stole two bases tonight.

Kelly Johnson had a SF in the second to make it 2-0, but couldn’t tack on as Jeter struck out with the bases loaded. In the third, Phelps gave up Melky’s game-tying HR.

The Yanks got it back in the bottom of the third on a SF by Beltran. At this point, it appeared the Yanks were getting sac flies (which was good) but not getting that big blow to break the game open. They were 3 for 14 with RISP and left 11 on. The margin of victory could have been bigger. For a while, you wondered if they were doing enough. Turns out, they were.

Beltran got a ground-rule double in the fifth to make it 4-2. Roberts 2 SB in the sixth led to an RBI groundout by Jeter to make it 5-2.

In the seventh, Solarte walked with the bases-loaded to force in a run. 6-2. Then Kelley gave up the 2-run HR in the 8th for the final score of 6-4.

A great sweep by the Yanks to cut the margin from 4 1/2 to 1 1/2 on Toronto. Now to separate themselves from Baltimore this weekend by winning two of the three or sweeping the series.

Beltran had 2 rbi. Jeter, Ellsbury & Teixeira, 2-3-4 in the lineup, each had two hits. As mentioned above, both Ellsbury and Roberts stole two bases.

Baseball awards.

Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Max Scherer of the Tigers won the NL CYA and AL CYA respectively.

MVPS went to Andrew McCutcheon of the Pirates (NL) and Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers (AL), respectively.

The Yankees’ Robbie Cano finished fifth for the AL MVP.

There could be snags in the posting of Masahiro Tanaka of Japan.

Game 116. Gardner saves Mo, 5-4.

For the first time in his career, Mariano Rivera has blown three straight save opportunities. Miguel Cabrera became the first to hit three HR off of Mo during Mo’s career—-and the last two came on successive at bats, also a first.

Andy Pettitte is having a lot of difficulty in tying ex-NY Giant great Carl Hubbell on the all-time list with 253 wins. Andy is stuck on 252.

Today, he went just 4 1/3, 1 R, 8 H, 3 walks and 3 K. 13 outs, 11 baserunners. A struggle. ERA 4.62. Once again, he had the first-inning blues, giving up a run.

A-Rod tied it in the 2nd with HR #648* (asterisk intended). Nunez made it 2-1 in the same inning with a sac fly. The HR was, of course, A-Rod’s first of the season.

A-Rod’s single made it 3-1 in the 3rd. This RBI was #1952* in his career, passing the great Stan Musial on the all-time list.

Alfonso Soriano hit his 20th HR of the season, #392 of his career, in the  fourth to make it 4-1. The hit was the 2000th of Soriano’s career.

Then it got interesting.

Kelley 1 1/3. 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.48.

Logan 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.95.

Robertson gave up a HR in the 8th. 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.84.

Then Mo gave up a HR to Cabrera to lead off the 9th. 4-3. Fielder lined out. Victor Martinez hit a HR off Mo (3 hr given up by Mo in his last 2 appearances) to tie the game. Mo rebounded with a groundout and flyout and eventually won the game.

Rivera (W, 3-2, 2.44) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. His ERA has gone from 1.56 to 2.44 in his last three outings.

With two out in the 9th, Gardner, who made a great catch that went for a DP earlier, homered (8) to win the game.

A-Rod, others suspended

Some dozen players were suspended for 50 games, basically the rest of this season, while Alex Rodriguez got 211 games— the rest of this season and all of 2014— for links to PEDS.

One player receiving 50 games was Yankees C Francisco Cervelli, who because of a broken hand and other ailments has played in just 17 games this year. He did have a surprising 3 HR in those 17 games. Maybe now we know why.

Others included Fernando Martinez at AAA S/WB, just picked up by the Yanks for minor league depth a few weeks ago, ex-Yankee prospect Jesus Montero, now with Seattle, Nelson Cruz of Texas, Everth Cabrera of SD (who just killed the Yanks this weekend), Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers, Bastardo of the Phils and Valdespin from the Mets.

Ryan Braun ‘fessed up a couple of weeks ago and got a 65-game ban.

Players like Bartolo Colon and Melky Cabrera were already nabbed and won’t face double jeopardy.

All these players accepted their suspensions except for A-Rod. A-Rod is appealing his suspension and will be allowed to play while he’s appealing.

Frankly, I don’t like that at all. Unfortunately, that’s the way it works. One huge distraction. I kind of want the Yanks to win, but Alex to go 0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts. I feel dirty having him on the field right now.

If I were an opposing pitcher, I sure as hell would look to deck Alex.

A-Rod apparently got 211 games for obstructing the investigation, looking to destroy evidence, repeated violations of the PED policy and allegedly recruiting others into Biogenesis.

Frankly (again), I’m tired of A-Rod. $275 MM talent. 10 cent head. At this point, I wish he’d just go away.

MVPs to Miggy, Posey

Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown season (the first in MLB in 45 years) won him the A.L. MVP award today. Cabrera hit .330-44-139 with an OPS+ of 165.

Buster Posey won the award in the NL with a .336-24-103 mark, OPS+ 172. His OPS+ was the best in the majors. He led the majors in batting average (after Melky disqualified himself after having been nabbed for PEDs).

Robbie Cano of the Yanks finished 4th in the MVP voting, Derek Jeter 7th. In the past three years, Cano has finished 3rd, 6th and 4th.

For Jeter, it was the eighth time in his career he finished in the top 10 for MVP.

Rafael Soriano finished 2oth in the balloting, and someone (?) actually gave a 10th place vote to Raul Ibanez (.240-19-62, OPS+ 104), who finished 24th.

Meanwhile, if you didn’t already hear, the Yanks’ AAA franchise in Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre has a new nickname: the RailRiders.

Giants sweep away Tigers for crown

As I stay at home today with work called off because of Hurricane Sandy, I hope everyone stays safe.

Meanwhile, last night the S.F. Giants won their second title in three years. This time, it was in a sweep. The Giants defeated the Tigers 4-3 in ten innings.

Pablo Sandoval, who tied a record with three HRs in Game One, was named the WS MVP. He hit .500 (8 for 16) for the Series.

In the second, Pence doubled, and Belt tripled to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.

Miguel Cabrera put the Tigers up 2-1 with 2-run HR in the third.

In the sixth, Buster Posey put S.F. up with a 2-run HR, but Delmon Young tied it with a HR of his own in the bottom of the sixth.

Some littleball won the game and the Series for the Giants in the 10th. Ryan Theriot singled, was bunted over to second by Brandon Crawford, and then Marco Scutaro, with two out, singled in Theriot.

The final out was a strikeout of Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, who watched strike three go by.

Now as for that ring, I wonder if PED users (Melky) shouldn’t get diamonds but should get cubic zirconia instead?

Game 162. YANKS CLINCH AL EAST and #1 SEED IN AL

If this was Bobby V’s swan song as Red Sox mgr., the Yanks made it one he won’t forget.

The Yanks won the A.L. East tonight, trouncing Boston 14-2 (actually the Orioles loss to Tampa Bay, courtesy of three Evan Longoria homers, happened before the Yanks’ game was over so that clinched it) to win not only the best record in the East, but also sew up the #1 seed for the entire A.L.

They will start the best of five ALDS on the road. The first two games will be on the road, the next three at home as the format has changed. All they know is that they will open up in Baltimore or Texas. The Rangers collapsed in the last week, handing the A.L. West title to Oakland. So it’s Det-A’s and Yanks/Balt. or Texas in the A.L. For the N.L., it is Cincy/SF and Washington/Atlanta or St. Louis.

Hiroki Kuroda gave up a run in the top of the first tonight but after that it was a bloodbath. The Yanks got 3 in the second on Granderson’s 42nd HR of the year.

Cano made it 5-1 in the third with HR #32.

Robbie wasn’t done. Not by a long shot.

He made it 7-1 in the 5th with HR #33.

With the bases loaded in the 6th he singled in two. 9-1. He went 4 for 4 with a walk, 2 HR, 6 RBI. He finished the year .313-33-94.

Granderson wasn’t done either. The Yanks got 5 in the 7th (Boston got a run in the top of the 7th) to make it 14-2, which was the final score.

Granderson started the inning by hitting HR #43, which put him just 1 HR behind Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera (Cabrera’s Triple Crown was the first in MLB since Carl Yastrzemski did it in 1967 [and how many people remember that Killebrew tied Yaz that year with 44 HR?] ). It made it 10-2. The Grandy Man wound up .232-43-106. I hate the batting average, and the strikeouts (over 190, a new Yankee record), and wish he had more SB (just 9 for a guy with speed) but you can’t argue too much with 43/106. Still, .232-43-106 looks too much like an Adam Dunn line.

That second Granderson HR of the night was the Yanks’ 245th of the year, a new team record (of course, had the 1961 Yanks (240) had a DH…)…

Anyway, Ichiro doubled in two to make it 12-2. A bases-loaded single by Swish (.272-24-93) made it 13-2 and a SF by Teix (.251-24-84) capped the scoring.

Kuroda went 7, 2 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 4 K. He finishes at 16-11, 3.32. He and Phil Hughes (16-13, 4.23) tied for the most wins on the team.

2/3 for Eppley. 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.33.

Rapada 1/3. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.82.

Garcia finished up. I don’t know where he’ll be next year. 1 IP, o R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 1-2-3, all by K. 5.20.

Jeter ends the season at 3304 career hits. In 2013 he should pass Eddie Collins (3315) and Paul Molitor (3319) in April.

A-Rod got hit #2900 tonight. He finishes 2012 with 2901 hits. Next year he needs 99 hits for 3000. He needs 14 HR to pass Willie Mays and 50 RBI for 2000.

Game 109. Yanks’ comeback in 9th falls short, 6-5.

The Yanks scored two in the ninth, and down 6-5 with two out, had runners on 2nd and 3rd, but Curtis Granderson (more on him in a bit) popped up to end the game.

It is the 12th loss in the last 18 games for the Yankees, and I noticed something about the first 2/3 of the season (2/3 + 1 game now).

What kind of team are the Yankees, anyway?

Consider this. In the first 42 games of the season, the Yankees were a .500 team. 21-21.

Then they got hot. They won 26 of their next 35 games.

After that? They have become a .500 team again. 16-16.

Do the math. 21-21, plus 26-9, plus 16-16 give you what they are now. 63-46. That 26-9 in the middle looks awfully good, but in the other 74 games out of 109 they are a .500 team.

Now here is what is really disturbing. That 26-9 run? It was fueled by going 12-3 in interleague play. Now I hate interleague play. Maybe I should love it.

Take away that 12-3 run in the middle of that hot streak, and the Yanks are 51-43. That is an 88 win pace. Not the pace of a division champ, but of a wild card, if that. Remember that in the only year since 1994 (the strike year) that the Yanks missed the playoffs—2008—the Yanks won 89 games, and consider that outside of that 26-9 run, that the Yanks are a .500 team for the other 74 games.

It makes you wonder what kind of team they will be over the next 53 games.

If they keep being a .500 team (except for that 35 game run), and they go 27-26 they’ll be a 90 win team, and that may not be enough.

In other words, they need to snap out of it, and soon.

Another observation before the game recap. Ichiro, like A-Rod, isn’t what he used to be. He did have two hits and two RBI tonight. But the Yanks lineup had A-Rod, Ibanez and Chavez in it. Now it’s Ichiro, Ibanez and Chavez. So, with A-Rod’s injury, you are substituting Ichiro for A-Rod. Now A-Rod gets criticized often, mostly because of his salary and for not being the A-Rod of old. But consider this. A-Rod’s OPS+ this year is still a 114 (14% above league average). Ichiro’s is an 80, 20% BELOW league average. Don’t get me wrong. I like Ichiro. Both players aren’t what they were. But that’s a huge difference. Don’t tell me that A-Rod isn’t missed right now.

But people on Twitter aren’t thinking. They are clamoring for Ichiro to leadoff. Now I’ll get to Granderson in a minute, but do these people realize that Ichiro came into this game with a .286 OBP? That he walked only 17 times this year? That he still HAS NOT DRAWN ONE WALK AS A YANKEE? Is THAT what you want out of a leadoff hitter? I think not.

Now for the game.

Through three innings, Phil Hughes was doing pretty well, but as YES’ Jack Curry reports,

Hughes was a 2-pitch pitcher tonight (FB, curve) as he barely used change. Didn’t have put away pitch. Threw 102 pitches, 34 were fouled off

Eric Chavez hit a 2-run HR in the top of the fourth (HR #11) to put the Yanks up 2-0.

Then that beast, Miguel Cabrera, struck again. He hit a solo HR, his 29th, to make it 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth. Two outs and a single later, Hughes had a 1-2 count on Jhonny Peralta. Once again, with two strikes on a hitter, Hughes couldn’t put him away. Peralta doubled in the tying run.

Once again, from YES’ Jack Curry:

Hughes needed 42 pitches to navigate through the 4th, in part because Tigers fouled off 17 pitches. Hughes threw 43 across 1st 3 innings.

That says it all about not putting people away.

In the fifth, Cabrera struck again with a two-run double to put the Tigers up 4-2.

Hughes 4 1/3, 4 R, 8 h, 0 walks and 3 K. (L, 11-9, 4.10).

Logan 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.55.

Cody Eppley 1 2/3, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.19, as the Tigers made it 5-2 in the sixth. A single and double with two out.

Clay Rapada 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.70.

Doubles by Swish and Ichiro made it 5-3 in the seventh.

Joba came in and gave up a run in the eighth that proved to be the ballgame.

2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 6.75.

In the ninth, Teix popped up, Chavez singled. Swish struck out, but then Ibanez walked, Ichiro singled in a run and Martin doubled in another to cut it to 6-5. Granderson then popped up to end it.

I’m concerned about Granderson. The 29 HR are nice, but the batting average is down to .240. Two more strikeouts tonight give him 135 for the year. He has the Yankees record for striking out (169 last year), and he is on a pace to shatter that. His pace is for 200 strikeouts! Now as for him leading off, he DOES lead the team in walks, and his OBP coming into the game was .339 as opposed to Ichiro’s .286.

But Granderson’s .240 BA and just 8 for 11 in SB aren’t what I’d like to see. I wonder if he’s too HR conscious (or if the coaches have made him that way). The 29 HR are nice, but I really think it might benefit the Yanks if he concentrated more on getting the BA up to .270, stole more bases, and concentrated less on the HR. In 2007 for Detroit, Granderson hit .302 and was 26 of 27 in SB. He still had 23 HR that year, along with 38 doubles and a MLB-leading 23 triples. Yes, he still struck out a lot (141 times) but that’s more of the player I’d like to see. Make more contact and use your speed more, Curtis.

Jeter had one hit to take him to 3231. Chavez has been hot, and he had 2 H, 2 RBI (the 2-run HR). Teix had two hits, and Ichiro had 2 h, 2 RBI.

The Yanks better snap out of it, and soon. The race is tightening up.

Update: The lead is down to 4 1/2. The time to snap out of it is now, with CC going tonight (Wed.).