Game 133: Yankees at Orioles

Tonight with their ace on the hill the Yankees look for the sweep of the Baltimore Orioles. Here is the starting lineup via Pete Abe:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Nick Swisher – You are used to see “Mark Teixeira” in this spot, right? Don’t worry, supposedly Mark is just getting a day off.

3B Alex Rodriguez

DH Hideki Matsui

2B Robinson Cano

CF Melky Cabrera

RF Eric Hinske

C Jose Molina – It has become blatantly obvious that Jose is CC’s personal catcher, yet many such as Pete Abe keep denying it and just say that Posada is just getting a day off and it happens to occur when CC is pitching.

And on the mound, the aforementioned CC Sabathia

Notes:

  • In case you are wondering, River Ave Blues says that September call up, Mike Dunn, is wearing number 31.
  • A-Rod may not need 2nd hip surgery. I’m not a doctor by any stretch of the imagination, so my opinion on this is “whatever the doctor says.” I’ve seen a few people argue that if he doesn’t get the 2nd surgery he may never be 100%, which seems plausible to me, but most people are saying that if there is you can avoid going under the knife, you should because no surgery is 100% guaranteed to work, especially hip surgery. That sounds even more plausible to me.
  • To me safety always comes first, but it may not always be the most stylish option!

Game 108: Red Sox at Yankees

Tonight the Yankees begin what is no doubt the biggest series of the year and it happens to be against the Red Sox. The Yankees come into this 4 game series 2.5 games ahead of the Red Sox, but they could leave the series 1.5 games behind Boston. The Yankees have to be looking to at worst split the series. Here is tonight’s starting lineup via Pete Abe:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

DH Hideki Matsui

C Jorge Posada

2B Robinson Cano

RF Nick Swisher

CF Melky Cabrera

And on the mound, Joba Chamberlain

Jose teaching Jorge how to catch

Marc Carig tells us that prior to Andy Pettittes last start, Jose Molina gave Jorge Posada a few tips on how to catch Pettitte. One of the tips was to make sure Pettitte keeps throwing his cutter. Make sure you check out the whole story here. Anyway, I was thinking, is Jorge really that bad a game caller that he needs Molina to help him? I mean Posada has caught Pettitte much more than Molina, but somehow Molina knows how to catch Andy better.

No roster moves

According to Pete Abe, Anthony Claggett is still with the team, but he thinks Ramiro Pena could be on his way up very soon.

Game 84: Yankees at Twins

Last night the Yankees took game 1 of this three game series against the Twins by the score of 10-2, if you think about it the score could have been 13-2 if it wasn’t for an amazing play by center fielder Carlos Gomez to rob A-Rod of a grand slam. It was just a fascinating play that is worth a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th look, so here it is. Anyway, tonight the Yankees look to clinch a series win by of course winning, and to do that they send out the following lineup via PeteAbe to face Anthony Swarzak (rookie who the Yankees have never faced):

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

DH Hideki Matsui

C Jorge Posada

2B Robinson Cano

RF Nick Swisher

CF Brett Gardner - who gets yet another start while Melky sits on the bench, seems a bit weird to me

And on the hill, Allan James Burnett

The guy in the front is pitching for the Yankees tonight, the guy in the back (Halladay) is not and will not be pitching for the Yankees. Hey, but that gives me an idea...Burnett for Halladay, straight up. I'd do it, get JP on the phone *sarcasm*

The guy in the front is pitching for the Yankees tonight, the guy in the back (Halladay) is not and will not be pitching for the Yankees. Hey, but that gives me an idea...Burnett for Halladay, straight up. I'd do it, get JP on the phone *sarcasm*

Forget about Halladay

In case you needed more re-enforcements of the idea that Roy Halladay will not be wearing Yankee pinstripes, Joel Sherman “tweets” that Yankee officials told him there is zero chance. The price is just to high on him, there’s no way the Yankees would give so much up for a 32 year old pitcher no matter how good he is. In case you’re wondering, my guess is that he goes to the Phillies, and if he isn’t traded JP Ricciardi should be fired for putting Halladay out there like this and then not doing anything.

Molina is in the house

Jose Molina has rejoined the Yankees. While, I have not heard anything on who was sent down, the Yankees said they won’t carry three catchers, so I guess Cervelli was/or will be sent down. We’re going to miss you Francisco Cervelli, but we’ll probably see you again in September, and you can further develop down in the minors in the meanwhile.

Montero added to the Eastern League All Star team

Jesus Montero who has been hitting very well since being promoted to the Trenton Thunder, has been added to the EL All Star team. While he has only been with Trenton for 26 games, he is hitting .299 with 5 home runs and 15 RBI’s. And he is doing all this is a ballpark known to be a pitcher’s ballpark, and in a league known as a pitcher’s league. He can flat out hit.

Off Day Musings (3rd Edition)

odm 3rd

Right now everything is going well in Yankee Universe, winning seems to do that. After losing series to both the Nationals and the Marlins, things weren’t looking so good, and many were calling for Girardi’s head. However, since then things got back on track and the Yankees took 2 out of 3 from the Braves, and swept the lowly Mets. Today the Yankees are off, and they are gearing up for 7 game home stand, in which they play the Mariners 3 times and the Blue Jays 4 times. After that the Yankees set out for a road trip to Minnesota then Anaheim before the All Star Break begins. Let’s not get to ahead of ourselves though, because for now we should just be enjoying an off day, but I know there are many people out there (myself included) who don’t like off days because they want to see Yankee baseball every day. While, I can’t do anything about the Yankees not playing, I can hopefully quench your thirst for baseball with a few stories, links, and rumors.

Mo 500th save

Rivera the great reaches his 500th save

Last night Mariano recorded his 500th Major League save, 2nd on the all time list to Trevor Hoffman who has 571 saves. Despite how great Hoffman is, we all know that Mariano is the greatest reliever of all time. What makes Mo great is that his only goal is to help his team win, he is not trying to set records or anything. After last night’s game, things got emotional as every member of the Yankees gave Mo a hug. All of his teammates were so happy for him, some people got some memorabilia. Cody Ransom got to take home the bat that Mo used in the at bat in which he got his first Major League RBI. Chien-Ming Wang asked Mo to sign a ball to give to his son, JJ Wang, so that JJ would always know that his father played with the great Mariano Rivera. He truly is unbelievable. Recently, ESPN sat down with Mariano for an interview, it was a few days before he actually got his 500th save. It definitely is worth a watch, it was just amazing to see how humble Mariano really is. Check it out.

Should I stay or should I go?

According to PeteAbe, Jose Molina is set to return to the big league roster very soon. He was with the team yesterday, and he did some base-running drills. Now he will begin a rehab assignment that should last for about a week before he rejoins the Yankees. The big question though is, “What to do with Fransisco Cervelli?” There are only a few options:

  • Carry 3 catchers – One option is to carry Jose Molina and Fransisco Cervelli, along with Jorge Posada. In this option, somebody obviously has to be either sent down or DFA. Ramiro Pena sent down? Brett Tomko DFA? I’m not crazy about this option.
  • Send the kid to AAA – Another option is to carry just Jose Molina and Jorge Posada, and to send Fransisco Cervelli to AAA. This would be a tough call, Cervelli calls a great game, the pitchers love him, and he brings a spark to the team. I really don’t know if this is the right option, I’m 50-50 on this.
  • Trade Jose Molina – The final option is to trade Jose Molina and carry Jorge Posada and Fransisco Cervelli. To me this seems kind of harsh to Molina, plus what do you do if Jorge or Cervelli gets hurt, Kevin Cash? Maybe? Jose Molina has done nothing to deserve being traded, the pitchers love throwing to him just like Cervelli. If they were to trade Molina, I doubt they would get much in return, but there should be some teams out there that would like to have him. I really am unsure on what to do with this whole situation, but that’s why I’m not the general manager. However, feel free to pretend that you are Brian Cashman, and comment on the move you would make.

Huston Street?

The rumors keep on burning that Huston Street will be a Yankee. I still feel the same way on him, I’d absolutely love to have him in the bullpen as he would provide an 8th inning fix, and possibly even a future closer since he has already been closing ballgames, but the thing is that I don’t think he is worth the price that the Rockies are going to want for him. He only becomes more expensive now that the Rockies are winning ballgames left and right. How to you feel about the Huston Street comments? Feel free to comment.

How to get your baseball fix?

Well as you know the Yankees are not playing today, but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch baseball today. Here are some notable games set to take place tonight:

Boston @ Baltimore (NESN, MASN) 7:05

Lester goes for Boston

Berker goes for Baltimore

Tampa Bay @ Toronto (SUN, TSN) 7:07

Niemann goes for Tampa Bay

Halladay goes for Toronto

NY Mets @ Milwaukee (ESPN, FSWI) 7:08

Nieve goes for New York

Looper goes for Milwaukee


Update: I just realized this was my 100th post. Pretty cool.

Game 51: Yankees at Indians

The Yankees are sending out a bit of a different lineup tonight up against Cleveland’s southpaw Jeremy Sowers, so let’s start with that via PeteAbe:

SS Derek Jeter

RF Nick Swisher

1B Mark Teixeira

DH Alex Rodriguez

C Jorge Posada

2B Robinson Cano

LF Melky Cabrera

3B Angel Berroa

CF Brett Gardner

And on the mound, Joba Chamberlain

Joba against the Red Sox in 08

I told you it was “different”

I don’t particulary like tonight’s lineup. For more than one reason too. I don’t that Nick Swisher, who these days can not buy a hit, is batting 2nd. I don’t like that Johnny Damon isn’t in there, but maybe he needs a day off. Most of all, I do not like that Angel Berroa is playing third with Alex DH’ing. I have no problem with Alex DH’ing every once in a while, but I do have a problem with Angel Berroa as the starting third baseman. Why can’t Ramiro Pena play, by sitting him you are just retarding his development, and it’s not like he has shown no signs of life at the plate. I just don’t get it. Hey, lets look on the brightside…

Melky Cabrera is back

Yep, that is the bright side. He is back in the lineup tonight, after injuring his shoulder in Texas.

Let’s hope for a good one

I hope Joba goes out there tonight and puts some of the bullpen advocates to rest, however Joba has not fared well against the Indians in his career (10.2 innings, 8 earned runs) and it is silly to think that anything can put the so called B-Jobbers (by River Ave Blues) to rest. Well, hopefully the strange lineup can help the Yankees pitchers out tonight.

Bad news on the injury front

Jose Molina and Xavier Nady both had setbacks today. Jose re-injured his strained left quad, and will probably not return anytime soon. It was just yesterday when the Yankees thought he would return within a week. Nady began a throwing program today but he had to stop because he felt discomfort in his right elbow. He’ll try again tomorrow, but this isn’t a good sign.

Update 8:02
3 innings in the book. Joba has been perfect so far. 1-0 Yanks.

Game 19: Yankees at Tigers

Yankees lineup via Peter Abraham:

SS Derek Jee-tah

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

DH Hit-Deki Matsui

2B Robinson Cano

RF Nick “the not so quick” Swisher

CF Melky “Leche” Cabrera

C Jose Molina

3B Ramiro Pena

And on the mound for the Yankees, Carsten Charles Sabathia

CC Sabathia

I guess Johnny is feeling better since that collision with the green monster. I see Jose is playing today, although I would rather him catch Hughes tomorrow. And finally, Pena is starting a third, yay!

Update 7:45
1-0 Tigers on a double + a single. Going into the bottom of the third. Verlander keeps throwing first pitch strikes, so how do the Yankees solve that? Oh yeah, swing at then until Verlander stops.

Update 9:30

Yankees lose 4-2. It looked like they could make a comeback in the 9th inning, but Jorge’s double play kind of killed it. Overall, CC pitched well but Verlander pitched better. At least it was a short game. Here is the box score.

Phil Hughes makes his MLB 2009 debut tomorow night against Edwin Jackson. You can catch the game on YES.