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Game 16. Aaargh, Matey. Pirates beat Yanks, 6-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia gave up HRs and 2 runs in each of the first two innings, and the Yanks (10-6)  lost to the Pirates, 6-3, on Friday night.

The Yanks’ lineup will be interesting this weekend in Pittsburgh. For one thing, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius, the Yanks’ starting C and SS, are both still on the DL, and the Yanks lose the DH in the NL park.

In case you are wondering, the last Yankee pitcher to hit a HR was Lindy McDaniel in 1972.

Starlin Castro batted 3rd and had 2 hits, and Jacoby Ellsbury, the cleanup hitter, had 3 hits.

But I’m still trying to get used to Ellsbury in the 4 slot.

CC gave up a HR to the first batter he faced, then the Pirates struck for another run in the first.

In the second, he gave up a 2-run HR and the Yanks were in a quick 4-0 hole.

They got one in the third on a walk to Gardner, a double by Headley, and Gardner scored on a fielding error on the play. Greg Bird just missed tying the game later in the inning on a long drive that was just foul.

The Yanks made it 4-3 in the fifth on singles by Ellsbury and Judge, and both scored on a fielding error on a ball hit by Bird.

Any hopes for a comeback evaporated in the seventh when a two-out, two-base error by Castro led to two Pirate runs. The Yanks threatened, getting the tying run to the plate with two out in the ninth, but it wasn’t to be.

Sabathia (L, 2-1, 2.70) 5 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 walks, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Warren 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, both unearned, 0 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 0.84
Layne 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Faced one batter, walked him. 2.25
Holder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.57


Game 50. Lineup, stats and comments.

The Yanks begin a four-game home and home series against the Mets at Citi Field tonight. Pitchers have to hit tonight and tomorrow night.

The Yanks are 30-19, tied for 1st, pct. points above Boston in the A.L. East. They are three games better than their Pythagorean (expected) record. OPS+ 94 (100 is average, higher the better) ERA+ 116.

With Mo’s next appearance, he will surpass Dennis Eckersley and go into fourth place all-time on the games pitched list.

BA/HR/RBI    SB/total Attempts    OPS+    Comments  Team Leader 

Gardner CF .259-5-20  9/13  103   HR, RBI a pleasant surprise.
Nix SS .231-1-11  5/5  63
disappointing offensive numbers, but do you remember the HR was off Verlander?
Cano 2B .291-13-34  2/2  137
Wells LF  .264-10-24  4/6  108  Last 8 games: 4 for 35.
Adams 3B .300-2-5  0/0  122   batting 5th. 12 for 40. 11th MLB game.
Suzuki RF .244-2-8  5/6  66   At 39, Ichiro has turned into…. Nix?
Overbay 1B .250-8-28  0/0  103
Stewart C .274-3-7  2/2  90  Great numbers when compared to Romine.
Hughes SP   2-3, 5.51  ERA+ 77   Good or bad Hughes tonight?

As a hitter, Hughes has four plate appearances in his MLB career and is 0 for 3, 1 strikeout and 1 sac bunt.

FYI, the last Yankee pitcher to hit a HR was Lindy McDaniel at the end of 1972.        

Game 61. The Big Man gets to hit.

CC Sabathia gets to hit tonight, and the Braves should beware the Big Man. CC is 25 for 100 in his MLB career (.250) and although there is just one walk as opposed to 27 strikeouts, he does have 3 doubles, 3 HR and 14 RBI. So if the big man gets a hold of one, look out. He could become the first Yankee pitcher to HR since Lindy McDaniel at the end of the 1972 season.

The yanks enter the game tied for 1st in the AL East at 35-25. This is one game better than their Pythagorean record. It also is tied for the best record in the AL.

Believe it or not, the ERA+ (113) is better than the OPS+ (111).  It’s a My9 game. A “homecoming” for Andruw.

Jeter 6 .315-6-20  5/6   112   3167 hits, 17 behind Ripken
Granderson 8 .251-18-34  3/6  128
Teixeira 3  .252-11-36  1/2  110
Rodriguez 5 .277-9-25  6/6  114
Cano 4 .300-11-30  1/1  135
Swisher 9  .245-9-37  1/1  103
Jones 7 .232-6-13  0/0  110  19 for 82
Stewart 2  .239-0-7  0/0  39  11 for 46
Sabathia 1   7-3, 3.69  ERA+ 115  career batting stats above

David Robertson threw a 1-2-3 inning today at AAA. More in the minor league report to come but it looks as if he’ll be back soon.

Boston released Marlon Byrd. The Blue Jays released Vlad Guerrero. CBS’ Jon Heyman reports: Jays chose not to call him up & agreed to grant him his release. so Vlad will look for different opportunity. There is no thought of retirement.

I like Vlad but see no spot for him on the Yanks. If he was a lefty hitter and could play the OF, then… but…

at this point, Mustelier, as a righty hitting OF, makes more sense than Vlad.

WFAN Sweeny Murti: Andy Pettitte going to throw bullpen session today. Said his hand feels great. Still on schedule for Sat in DC.

Clemens trial over. Now to the jury.

Teofilo Stevenson, Cuban boxer (and gold medal winner 1972, 1976, 1980, heavyweight) dies at 60. You wonder what may have happened had he fought Ali, Frazier, Foreman, Shavers, Holmes, etc.

Game 70. Yanks comeback to win 10-4 behind Swish and Gardner.

Yanks 40-29, 2 g.b. of Boston (Boston won this afternoon). Wild Card leader. 3rd best record in baseball.
OPS+ 115 ERA+ 117
Three games worse than the Pythagorean record.

Tonight’s lineup (ESPN Sunday night game)

Gardner LF .286-3-17  14 sb/24 att OPS+ 114 (SB % disappointing)
Granderson CF .285-21-53  10/16  155
Teixeira 1B .251-21-54   2/3  142
Rodriguez 3B .282-13-42  4/5  132   626 HR
Cano 2B .293-14-46  6/7  131   highest BA among regulars
Swisher RF .228-6-29 1/2  100    .170 RISP, .071 RISP and 2 out
Martin C .236-9-28  7/7  109
Nunez SS .257-2-10  8/9  91
Sabathia LHP 8-4, 3.28  ERA+ 125

Granderson still leads the majors in HR (tie) and R. Teixeira is one tied with Granderson for the MLB HR lead.

CC is a .258 career hitter. He has 3 HR, 14 RBI and has a decent (for a pitcher) OPS+ of 69. All this in 97 AB. I hate watching pitchers hit, but tonight could be different. If he gets that big body into one, who knows… maybe Lindy McDaniel (1972) will no longer be the last Yankee pitcher to homer.

In the U.S. Open, Rory McIlroy is putting on a show.

Recap: Gardner leads off the game with a HR (4). But CC isn’t on. He gives up a run in the first. Leadoff double, long flyout, groundout. A scratch hit but an out. 1-1 after one.

In the third, our old buddy Alfonso Soriano hits a 3-run HR. 4-1 Cubs.

The Yanks came back with two in the fourth. Teix was robbed of a hit as Ramirez looked like 1970 WS MVP Brooks Robinson in making a diving catch of Teix’s liner. Alex singled, and the ump caught the infielder off the bag on Cano’s dribbler. Two on, one out and Swish singled in a run. Nunez later got an RBI groundout. 4-3. In the bottom of the inning, the Cubs got a man on 3rd, one out but CC left him there.

The Yanks tied the game in the sixth. With Alex on 2nd and one out, Swish singled but A-Rod had to hold at third. Martin got a SF to tie the game. The Yanks had 1st and 2nd, two out but CC whiffed.

Teix made a nice play to end the 7th.

In the 8th, Swish broke the game open with a 3-run HR (7).

CC went 7, 4 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 3 K. He was not CC, but he got the win. He’s now 9-4, 3.39.

D-Rob went the 8th. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K. ERA now 1.23.

D-Rob deserves to be on the All-Star team. But some Yankees who don’t deserve it (Jeter, Martin, A-Rod?) may keep him off.

The Yanks broke it open in the 9th. Gardner (3 h, .294) doubled. Granderson tripled him in. Teix doubled in Granderson and A-Rod doubled in Teix. Three more runs. 10-4.

Marquez finished. 1 IP, 0 R, 2 h, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.25 ERA.

Gardner had 3 hits tonight and is at .294. He gets a lot of flak because of his lack of power. After games of 4/19, Gardner was hitting .128. Since then, he’s hit .336. It is easy to forget that at the end of June last year, that Gardner was at .321 when he was hit on the wrist by a pitch. He never was the same and finished at .277.

When Gardner is on, he’s a force. Offensively and (as we saw on Saturday) defensively.

Swish gets to .237 with his big day today.


Game 73. Yanks at Dodgers.

Derek Jeter SS .279-8-39-7/10; 105; 2832 hits, .217 for June.
Curtis Granderson CF .246-7-22-6/6; 110
Mark Teixeira 1B .229-12-45-0/1-105; hope he doesn’t try stealing 3rd again.
Alex Rodriguez 3B .280-9-50-2/4-125  592 HR, Still the 299 SB.
Robinson Cano 2B .362-14-50-2/4-171; Leads majors in BA, AL in hits.
Jorge Posada C .279-9-26-0/0; 147
Nick Swisher RF .299-11-45-0/1-142
Brett Gardner LF .322-3-23-24/29-126
CC Sabathia LHP 8-3, 3.68 ERA+ 111

CC is 1 for 2 as a hitter this year. For his career, 25 for 98, a .266 average, with 3 HR and 14 RBI.

The last Yankee pitcher to hit a HR was Lindy McDaniel in 1972.

The Yanks are 45-27, one game below their Pythagorean record. They are in 1st in the AL East, 2 games up on Boston and Tampa.

The Team OPS+ is 118, ERA + 106.

A late one. 10:10 pm start for us Easterners.   

Andrew Brackman, the Yanks’ #1 pick of a few years ago has been promoted to AA Trenton. Considering Brackman’s size, maybe he should have been drafted by the NBA last night.

Off day thoughts.

Hideki Matsui
Interleague is over.
You can come back now, Hideki.

After the hibernation that Godzilla went into for interleague (ok, he did PH but it seemed like he was MIA), Matsui must be looking forward to actual playing time again. He couldn’t play OF (ok, he could, but the Yanks wouldn’t risk it) so he was relegated to solely PHing and being an OF only in case of emergency.

It’s been a rough year for Hideki Matsui. He just turned 35, and is having an off year. .246-10-28 as we are nearing the halfway point. OPS+ 110. This from someone with a .291 career average (MLB only, not counting his excellent Japanese career) four 100-rbi seasons and a career OPS+ of 122. He is in the last year of his deal, and it’s pretty certain the Yanks won’t be bringing him back. With his knees, he would have to take a paycut from $13M to Dh for another AL team or possibly resume his career in Japan, where he is a national hero.

Matsui has been low maintenance, and a credit to the pinstripes. He has been a true clutch hitter and pure class all the way. As he nears the end of his time with the Bombers, I hope Yankee fans give him a standing ovation each time he comes to bat as the season winds down.

This classy Yankee deserves that much.   

Yankee pitchers during interleague action:

Pettitte, 1 for 5 (double and RBI) a sac
Burnett, 1 for 5
Wang 0 for 3 a sac
CC 1 for 4, RBI
Joba 0 for 2 with a sac (and a bullet that thankfully didn’t hurt the opposing pitcher)
Aceves 0 for 2
Mo 0 for 1 with an RBI (and the out was well hit)
Coke 0 for 1
Tomko 0 for 1

3 for 24, 3 RBI.

…and Lindy McDaniel remains the last Yankee pitcher to HR.

Lindy McDaniel, the last Yankee pitcher to HR to date
Still the last Yankee hurler to go yard…

Finally, the pitching is finally improving. The ERA+ hasn’t reached 100 yet, but it’s at 98 after hovering around 91 for far too long. The OPS+ is 114 but let’s look at the improving pitching. ERA+ marks.

CC 123
AJ 112 (a big improvement lately)
Andy 100
Joba 115
Wang 44 (ok, he has a long way to go, but the 34.50 is now 10.06… we know he has a long way to go, but a 4.70 in the last three starts is improvement. Still below par, but with the Yanks offense, he can get by with that as the #5 starter. The length of those starts [5, 5 and 5 1/3] needs work)    

Hughes 99 (but has an ERA of 1.50 as a reliever! That’s a 292 ERA+ in that role)
Rivera 149
Aceves 203
Coke 132
Bruney 154
Robertson 169 (why’d it take so long to dump Veras for him?)

Much better… Tomko is still there, (79) but you have weeded out:

Veras (traded to Cleve.) 73
Albaladejo 73
Edwar 84
Marte (injured) 29
(Melancon (4 games) and Claggett (1) we won’t get into, too little to show).

Still, you can see how much improvement Bruney/Hughes/Aceves are over Veras/Edwar and Alby.

Big difference. 

Now if Cashman can get one more bullpen arm (sorry, Tomko) at the deadline without giving up much (no Montero, A-Jax, McAllister…), that would help… 

CC: 7 years, $160M…and an opt-out clause after 2011

Mark Feinsand has some of the particulars:

The Yankees increased their offer to seven years and $161 million, though it includes an opt-out clause after the first three years.

That’s $23M per year, if you were wondering.

Lindy McDaniel was the last Yankees pitcher to hit a HR. It was in 1972. My money is on C.C. (interleague play) to be the next one.

Mike F. tipped me off to Ankiel rumors, then I saw a Joel Sherman post on Ankiel and also heard from the “Yankee Truth” on Ankiel. Specifically regarding the Yanks dealing Ian Kennedy (and maybe Melky?) to the Cardinals for Ankiel. My first reaction was I’d do it…IF the Yanks could get Ankiel to sign an extension. Ankiel is a free agent after 2009. If Cashman can get Ankiel to sign an extension with the Yanks, you get a CF with some pop (and only 29, 30 next year). He may or may not need to work at his d a bit, but there is no question the former pitcher brings an arm to CF. (and who knows, if you need a pitcher in the sixteenth inning of a game after using everyone, maybe use him? There are worse alternatives).

Ankiel, of course, is the former Cardinals pitcher who had a nice rookie season in 2000 (runnerup for ROY) and then lost it completely in the 2000 postseason when he couldn’t find the plate and was a wild pitch machine. Already a decent hitter, he was forced to give up pitching and concentrate on hitting. He did have an issue (Mitchell Report) but you have to give him credit for battling back to the majors…as an OF. Some story there. He missed a month or so this year, but still hit .264-25-71, 42 walks, 100K, OPS+ 119. Pretty good for anyone, much more so for a converted pitcher. His lefty bat in CF would help offset the power lost by lefties Abreu and Giambi.

But in giving up a Kennedy, I’d want someone who would be more than a one-year rental. If I’m giving up someone who may or may not have potential (and Kennedy will turn 24 in nine days), I need to get back someone with potential too…and not just for one year.

Baseball reference has the writer’s HOF ballot up, complete with stats.

Mike F. sends along the note that on this day in 1946, the “Big Train” passed away due to a brain tumor. Walter Johnson was just 59. His 417 wins rank 2nd all-time, and he is one of the greatest pitchers ever (#1 in my book). 417-279, 2.17 (dead ball era, but an ERA+ of 147). His career strikeout record stood for years. 110 career shutouts. 110. Think about that one. Nowadays pitchers won’t have 110 complete games in a career, much less 110 shutouts. Do you want to know how out of reach 110 shutouts is? Consider this. The guy in second place (Grover Cleveland “Pete” Alexander) had 90. Cy Young? 4th with 76. 76. The great Cy Young was 34 shutouts short. “Modern” era? Warren Spahn with 63. 110 shutouts? Ridiculous. And for mostly lousy teams, too. Check out Johnson’s W-L record in 1-0 games sometime.

The Big Train

You might find this interesting, esp. who is #1.

Minimum of 1000 IP, 3000 PA and 100 decisions for career and active leaderboards for rate statistics. +=HOF, * = lefty pitcher.

Rank Player (age) Adjusted ERA+ Throws
1. Mariano Rivera (38) 199 R
2. Pedro Martinez (36) 154 R
3. Lefty Grove+* 148 L
4. Walter Johnson+ 147 R
5. Dan Quisenberry 146 R
Ed Walsh+ 146 R
Hoyt Wilhelm+ 146 R
Joe Wood 146 R
9. Johan Santana* (29) 144 L
10. Roger Clemens 143 R
Brandon Webb (29) 143 R