Perfect For 17 Games

SCBBGL1X2BB_THAnd counting. The Yankees have not made an error in their last 17 games, tying the major league record for consecutive games without an error set by Boston in 2006. Mark Teixeira and solid pitching are a big reason for the error-less streak. It is no coincidance that the Yankees have been winning during this streak. Hopefully, the Yankees can go out tomorrow and come out the final game of the series with a win and extend the streak to 18 for the all time MLB record.

Mark Teixeira Field

Game 50: Yankees at Indians

Today’s game starts early, 12:40 to be exact. Phil Hughes looks to repeat his last start, and further solidify his role in the starting rotation. Chien-Ming Wang ,however, sits in the bullpen waiting for an opportunity to present itself. Andy Pettitte still says he will make his next start, but Joe Girardi is not ready to say so yet. Anyway, here’s the Yanks starting lineup via PeteAbe:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

DH Hideki Matsui

RF Nick Swisher

CF Brett Gardner

C Francisco Cervelli

And on the hill, Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes

“Just a day off”

Jorge Posada is just taking a day off tonight, because today is a day game after a night game.

Melky should come back tomorrow

According to Joe Girardi, Melky Cabrera should be back on the field tomorrow. Where, he said he doesn’t know yet.

Game 49: Yankees at Indians

Let’s start it off with tonight’s lineup:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

C Jorge Posada

DH Hideki Matsui

RF Nick Swisher

CF Brett Gardner

Andon the mound, Carsten Charles Sabathia

CC returns to Cleveland, this time as the Yankee's ace.

CC returns to Cleveland, this time as the Yankee's ace.

“Stop, he’s a starter.”

Those words came straight from Brian Cashman’s mouth when he was asked about Joba Chamberlain and the whole starter-reliever issue. The article comes fromErik Boland of Newsday. When Joba’s velocity and his level of adrenaline in the bullpen vs. his level of adrenaline as a starter was brought up, Cashman had this to say

“That’s all crap,” he said. “Wake up and smell the coffee. If he’s on national television on ESPN and throws 91 on the 22nd pitch, why would you think if he comes in in the eighth inning protecting a 4-3 lead [he'd throw 96]? Stop, he’s a starter.”

I can not agree more, Joba is a starter. Throughout his whole minor league career he was a starter, and if he didn’t switch to the bullpen for a while when he came up we wouldn’t be even having this conversation. Some people make the argument that the 8th inning is very often the most important inning of the game, if that was the case why don’t the Yankees move CC Sabathia into the pen? While theyr’e at it, why not put Burnett and Hughes in the pen as well? If the 8th inning is truly more important, why are starters more valuable than relievers andwhy do they get paid more? I don’t mean to offend anyone, and I am sorry if I did, but, Joba is a starter.

Pettitte thinks he’ll make his next start

Via PeteAbe, Andy Pettitte expects to make his next start. Andy actually hurt his back Monday in Texas, but was loose enough to start last night. However, Andy reaggravated his back a few ttime last night when he slipped on the mound. Pettitte did manage to make it through 5 innings last night though as he toughed it out for the win. “He’s a fighter. He’s going to find a way to get through it,” Jorge Posada said. “I’ve known Andy a long time and he’s not coming out even if he’s messed up. He wouldn’t admit it.” When asked if he thought if he would miss his next start, Pettitte said, “No, no, no, I’ll be there.”

It feels like the first time

The New York Yankees are in first place in the AL East. Woo, that felt good to type. This is the first time the Yankees have been in first all by themseleves since the last game of 2006, as a recent commenter on 161st Street, Riz, pointed out. Boston lost today, so the Yanks are a full game in first now.

Game 48: Yanks in Cleveland

As the Yankees look to take game 1 of this 4 game series against the Tribe, they send out the following lineup, via Peter Abraham, to face the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, Cliff Lee:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

C Jorge Posada

DH Hideki Matsui

RF Nick Swisher

CF Brett Gardner

And on the mound, Andy Pettitte

Jorge Posada

Jorge Posada, returns tonight from the DL.

What’s The Word?

There is not word, yet, on who was or will be removed from the 25-man roster to make room for Posada. I have a feeling it’s going to be Cervelli because the Yankees probably want him to play everyday and he can’t really do that up here. I will have updates, as soon as they become available.

Mixed Reports On Melky…

The other day we heard that he would be out 5-7 days, now Marc Craig of The Star Ledger is saying that Cashman said Melky will be avaible of the bench during this Cleveland series. We will have to wait and see.

Matt Wieters Debut Tonight

Matt Wieters will make his Major League debut tonight for the Orioles. He is real good, simple as that. It’s not too often you see a young catcher who can hit like he can, and I don’t think he is bad defensively. I’m going to keep on eye on him, he could really be something special in the next few years. Still, let’s not jump the gun.

A Night Out

CC Sabathia and crew went out to the Cavs-Magic game last night. I was watching part of the game, when I saw Mariano Rivera in the stands, I was just like, “Is that Mo?”

Magic Cavaliers Basketball

Roster Update

Kevin Cash was optioned to Scranton. I didn’t even know that Cash had options, but in this case it was probably a no brainer for the Yanke.. Well, I think I like it better this way.

Update 6:56 via Pete Abe

It’s raining, and the tarp is being put down. The start will be delayed…boo.

Update 8:30
First pitch…yay!

Off Day Musings (1st Edition)

Off Day Musings

Hip Hip Jorge!

Via Peter Abraham, Jorge Posada is definitely returning tomorrow in Cleveland. He will be a big help offensively to the Yankees, defensively we all know he not too good handling the pitchers and such, but his bat will surely be a welcome addition. There is no word on a corresponding roster move yet, I figure its got to be Berroa, Cash, or Cervelli. I think the best move would be to keep Cash and Cervelli and just said goodbye to Berroa, who doesn’t appear to useful to the Yanks.

Mark DeRosa?

ViaMLBTR, Buster Olney says the Yankees are considering making a trade for Mark DeRosa. Here’s what he had to say:

Imagine DeRosa as a big hunk of tuna, bait on a hook. One of the looming shadows circling below is that of the New York Yankees, who are weighing options and haven’t decided whether to take a shot at the versatile veteran.

I like Mark DeRosa, he is a good ball player. He could give the Yankees some help here and there in the infield and even in the outfield. Plus he is a good hitter. However, I don’t think the Yankees need him. They already have a very capable defender to backup the infielders in Ramiro Pena, plus he hasn’t been abysmal with the bat. The biggest issue with Mark DeRosa though, is his price tag. He is probably going run the Yanks a shiny prospect, which I don’t think that he would be worth. Now, don’t get me wrong if the Yankees can get him cheap, I guess he’d be worth it, but I don’t see that happening. In the end, I just don’t think Mark DeRosa is worth trading a good prospect when they already have Pena who has filled in very nicely.

A Good Problem To Have

Chien-Ming Wang pitched two 1-2-3 innings last night, and looked more like his old self. He wasn’t lights out, but he was better. If Hughes continues to pitch respectable ball games and Wang can keep coming out a throwing good innings every once when they call on him, the Yankees will have a tough descision to make. Do you leave Wang in the pen, I don’t think that would be a good plan, Wang is meant to be a starter. Do you send Hughes to Scranton, I don’t know how well he can develop down there, I think he needs to pitch in big league ball games. I don’t think you put Hughes in the bullpen either. I am 100% against Joba in the pen, so I won’t even discuss that. I don’t know what the Yankees will do, that’s why Brian Cashman is the GM. I do know though, that if it continues to be a tough descision that it’s a good sign because that would mean everyone is pitching well.

Well, that’s it for this edition of Off Day Side Notes, don’t forget the Yankees play tomorrow at 7:05 in Cleveland. It’ll be Andy Pettitte up against Cliff Lee, a battle of southpaws.

Game 47: Yankees at Rangers

How y’all doing tonight. I reckon we got a ball game to play tonight. It’ll be the Yanks up against Derek Holland and the Rangers. Here’s the lineup that Holland will have to face:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodiguez

2B Robinson Cano

DH Hideki Matsui

RF Nick Swisher

CF Brett Gardner

C Kevin Cash

And on the mound, Allan James Burnett

 

Hurry Up, We Need You Now!

Jorge Posada and Xavier Nady are rehabbing down in Tampa. Jorge played 5 innings of defense today in a simulated game, and he could rejoin the team in Cleveland. Nady also played in the simulated game and went 1-3 as a DH. The Yankees could really use these guys tonight, just look at tonight’s lineup. It’s effectively a 5 person lineup with the way Matsui and Swisher have been hitting and the way Gardner and Cash hit. The Yankees really need AJ to step up tonight.

Notes

  • Wang continues to rust in the bullpen
  • Melky supposedly is going or went for an MRI on his right shoulder today after injuring it last night, hopefully all is well
  • Andrew Brackman, one of the Yankees top pitching prospects, had an off night. Check this out.
  • You can get the Yankees media guide, which is usually only available to writers.
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Game 46: Yankees at Rangers

Tonight at 8:00 pm Eastern Time, the Yankees will put up the following lineup to face Kevin Millwood:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

CF Melky Cabrera

DH Hideki Matsui

RF Nick Swisher

C Francisco Cervelli

And on the hill, Joba Chamberlain

 Joba in a suit

Some Lineup Shufflings

Joe Girardi moved Melky all the way up to the sixth spot tonight, while he put Swisher all the way down to the eight hole. Hopefully, Swisher can start hitting soon again.

What to do when Jorge and Molina return?

River Ave Blues has an interesting piece up on the aforementioned question on the catching situation. In my opinion I would really like to see the Yankees keep Cervelli on the team, but I don’t think they can carry 3 catchers for too long, so that would be unfairly harsh to Molina. That’s why Brian Cashman is the GM, and I’m not.

Obama nominates Sotomayor

Normally, anything about politics would not be on this site. However, I felt I should mention this one thing. President Obama has nominated Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court. She is a Puerto Rican who grew up in the Bronx as a lifelong Yankee fan. She is known for saving baseball in 1995 when she ended the strike. “A lifelong Yankees fan, I hope this will not disqualify her in the eyes of the New Englanders in the Senate,” Obama said.

Let’s hope for a good game tonight.

Game 45: Yankees at Rangers

Today’s game in Texas is scheduled to start at 2:05. Usually Texas does not have many day games because of the severe heat, but they do today. However the high today in Arlington is only supposed to be 87 degrees, which is below average there. Here is the lineup Joe Girardi sends up against Matt Harrison:

DH Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

CF Melky Cabrera

RF Nick Swisher

SS Ramiro Pena

C Kevin Cash

And on the mound, Phil Hughes

Back where he almost achieved greatness

Phil Hughes will be back in Texas, where he no-hit the Rangers through 6.1 innings before leaving with a hamstring injury.

Why is he even playing?

I don’t really understand why Kevin Cash is even playing. I could understand having him catch 1 out of every 5 days, but Girardi is putting him in the lineup at a higher rate than that. He is a career .180 hitter, and he isn’t even holding up to that this season. Well, whatever.

Welcome back, to one of you

Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez both used to suit up in a Rangers uniform. The Rangers fan might applaud Teixeira, but they will definitely boo Alex.

Update via Bryan Hoch

Brian Bruney is going back on the DL. This is not a good sign at all, I do not think he will be back anytime soon. We will just have to wait and see. A new pitcher will be here tomorrow, I hope to see Melancon.

Update on the game and callup
The Yankees defeated the Rangers 11-1. Phil Hughes tossed a stellar 8 inning shutout. David Robertson is coming up for the injured Brian Bruney.

May 23rd 5-4 Yankees over Phillies

On Saturday morning, I was just going through my regular routine of a day, figuring I would settle down and watch the Yankees on FOX at 4:00. Then I got from someone, and that someone asked me if I wanted tickets for the Yankee game that day. I took the offer right away! Well, boy was I lucky I got to see a great game, ending in dramatic fashion. If you didn’t see the game, I recommend that you check up on it here at MLB.COM.

I really got to see a great game. From Mark Teixeira’s amazing play, to Alex Rodriguez’s game changing home run in the ninth, to Melky Cabrera’s walk off base hit.

Here are some pictures I took

I was in the last row in the Grandstand, and from where I was you could see the old stadium through the openings.

I was in the last row in the Grandstand, and from where I was you could see the old stadium through the openings.

 

My view

My view

On a side note, while I was down on field level or whatever it is called, a drunk Cubs fan had his beer laying on the floor right in the middle of the walking area. As you probably would have expected, someone knocked it over. The drunk guy took a while to process what just had happened, and then he said, “duuuude, you, you, you, you tooootallly recked my beeeeeer.” It was entertaining.

Game 42: World Champions come into town

Here is tonight’s lineup:
SS Derek Jeter
LF Johnny Damon
1B Mark Teixeira
3B Alex Rodriguez
DH Hideki Matsui
RF Nick Swisher
2B Robinson Cano
CF Melky Cabrera
C Kevin Cash
SP AJ Burnett

Chien-Ming Wang was activated before tonight’s game. I guess the Yanks are just playing it safe just in vas Joba can’t make his next start. Also, he was put in the pen for now because Aceves, Bruney, and Mariano are unavailible. Aceves because he pitched yesterday, Bruney is feeling some pain (MRI negative, but still scary), and Mariano because he has pitched a lot lately. Jonathan Albaladejo was optioned down to Scranton.

This is a big test for the Yankees playing the WS champs. If they can win 2 out of 3, that would be great! However, tonight isn’t looking good, 5-0 Phils in the top of the 5th.

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