Game 75: Yankees at Mets

Tonight the Yankees look to defeat the Mets for a sweep of the series. The Yankees won the previous two games in the series with great pitching and timely hitting. It also doesn’t hurt that the Mets can not hit, can not field, and their pitching is mediocre. When your second best pitcher is Livan Hernandez you know youre in trouble. Livan has been surprisingly good for the Mets this year, sporting a 4.05 ERA. However, in his one start against the Bombers this year, he went 5.1 innings and allowed 6 runs. I’m sure the Yankees are willing to take that again, and here is the lineup via PeteAbe they send out in hopes of doing just that:

SS Derek Jeter

RF Nick Swisher

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

LF Melky Cabrera

CF Brett Gardner

RHP Chien-Ming Wang

I'm going to keep using this picture because I'm really feeling it.

I'm going to keep using this picture because I'm really feeling it.

Call a doctor

You know the story, a flu has been spreading through the Yankees clubhouse. The newest victim is Phil Hughes, and Mark Teixeira isn’t feeling 100% either. Anyway, I’m trying to keep track of all the players who have or had this flu (several coaches reportedly also have the flu): So far I have Hideki Matsui, Melky Cabrera, Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon, and Phil Hughes down as players who have or had the flu.

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Phillies interested in Chien-Ming Wang

Frequent commentator Steven Cheung pointed out that ESPN Rumor Central says that the Phillies like Chien-Ming Wang. You can read the story here, but the full story requires insider access, which I don’t have. My take on it: Now would be the worst time to trade Wang because his trade value is down from his horrific start of the the 2009 campaign. Even when his value goes back up, I see no reason to trade Wang unless the Phillies overwhelm Brian Cashman with an offer too good to refuse. You can never have enough starting pitching. If Wang was to be traded, I would assume Hughes goes back into the rotation. If that’s the case, what do you if Hughes or Wang or any other rotation member struggles for that matter? What do you do when Joba and Hughes both reach their innings limit (Joba’s is about 150-160, Hughes is more unknown but is believed to be around 180)? Chien-Ming Wang should not be traded unless the Yankees get an amazing return, which I see as 99.9% not happening.

Just won’t die

The rumors of Huston Street to the Yankees are still well and alive. I still feel the same way, I would love to have Street in the Yankees pen, but I think the Rockies asking price will not be worth it. Maybe Brian Cashman has a trick up is sleeve. We will just have to wait and see.

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Game 70: Yankees at Braves

The Yankees have played their last two series against the Nationals, and the Marlins. They have lost both series, going 2-4. The Yankees have not looked very good lately, and surprisingly it’s more their hitting than their pitching that has looked bad. For the most part the Yankees pitching has been pretty good, minus some bullpen appearances (cough…Brett Tomko…cough) and CC Sabathia who had to leave Sunday’s game in the second inning. The good thing about baseball is that there are many games left in the season, and the Yankees still have time to get back on track. Tonight, they look to do just that as they send the following lineup via PeteAbe out to face Tommy Hanson, the highly touted Braves prospect who has looked good in his first 3 major league games (4.08 ERA):

SS Derek Jeter

RF Nick Swisher

1B Mark Teixeira

2B Robinson Cano

C Jorge Posada

LF Melky Cabrera

CF Brett Gardner

RHP Chien-Ming Wang

Chien-Ming Wang looks to go out and solidify his rotation spot after a fairly good outing last time out against the Nationals in which he would have only given up 1 run if it wasn't for a bad play by Ramiro Pena, and a blown call by the first base umpire. Oh well, no need for excuses. "Go get em Chien-Ming!"

Chien-Ming Wang looks to go out and solidify his rotation spot after a fairly good outing last time out against the Nationals in which he would have only given up 1 run if it wasn't for a bad play by Ramiro Pena, and a blown call by the first base umpire. Oh well, no need for excuses. "Go get em Chien-Ming!"

Damon still day-today

Johnny is on the bench today still nursing that pain in his calf. He is day-to-day and can pinch hit tonight if necessary.

CC still in question

After being removed from Sunday’s game in the 2nd inning, CC took yesterday off, today he received treatment, and tomorrow he will throw a bullpen session. At first he was said to have “left biceps tendinitis” now it’s being called a sore arm. When asked whether or not he thought this was a result of throwing 253 innings last year, CC said, “No, that’s not it, It could be the 120 pitches this year.” To me that is code for, “Yeah Joe has been using me a bit too much this year, and I feel that is the reason why I have this issue right now.” Take it as you want, but if the extra pitches towards the end of his pitched games this season is the reason CC has this “sore arm”, then Joe Girardi has seemingly made two mistakes in handling prized players (Alex not getting days off, and now CC). However, it is not right for me to point fingers, because nobody except for the Yankees themselves know why CC has a “sore arm.”

Give us a break

On Sunday, the Marlins had a mistake with their lineup and defensive positioning. The Yankees played the rest of the game in protest. If the protest was won the Yankees would have been able to replay the game from the point where the Marlins made the mistake. However, as expected MLB denied the Yankees protest.

Scott Proctor, a recovering alcoholic

Tyler Kepner has an interesting article about Scott Proctor. The article contains many things, that we as Yanke fans had no idea were going on. Make sure you read the article, it is very interesting.

Flip Flop Fly Ball

Thanks to River Ave Blues, I just discovered a great baseball website. The name of the site is Flip Flop Fly Ball, and it is run by Craig Robinson. What he basically does is create infographs relating to interesting baseball information. It is a great site, and a must read for all baseball fans.

Cody Ransom will be back

Cody will be back with the big club tomorrow according to PeteAbe. Either Berroa will be DFA or Pena optioned down. I really hope Berroa gets the axe, I feel like I have something against him that I was born with. It’s weird.

Batting Stances Guy

Whether you have heard of him or not, the batting stances guy is a dude who mimics hundreds of ballplayers’ batting stances. In my opinion, he is funny to watch, but he kind of over-exaggerates players’ stances, which I guess he means to do. Anyway, the other day I saw a video of him doing the 2009 Yankees batting stances, and I thought I’d share it with you.

By the way, 161st Street is on Twitter

However, I will not be posting excessively like some people do. I just plan on having automatic “tweets” whenever I create a new blog post. So, the real reason 161st Street is on Twitter is to make the blog more accessible to people who are on Twitter very often. Here’s the link, in case you are a “Twitter” or whatever a user of Twitter is called.

Sorry for not posting a new edition of “Off Day Musings”. I did not have computer access yesterday.

Game 66: Nationals at Yankees

Today’s game was scheduled to start at 1:05, but it did not. Supposedly first pitch is supposed to be at 4:05. Let’s hope so. Here is the Yankees starting lineup via PeteAbe that they would like to send out to the field today:

CF Brett Gardner

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

RF Nick Swisher

DH Hideki Matsui

C Francisco Cervelli

SS Ramiro Pena

And on the mound, Joba Chamberlain

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Chien-Ming Wang to get another start

Chien-Ming was rewarded with another start for his good performance last night. He allowed 3 runs in 5 innings, but if you really think about it if it wasn’t for two mistakes (which were not his), he would have only given up 1 run. In the 5th inning, Chien-Ming had to get 5 outs. Posada had a National runner out at second but Ramiro Pena couldn’t hold onto the ball. In that same inning, Alex Rodriguez made a nice to play to throw Guzman out a first but the ump called him safe. If it wasn’t for that Wang probably would have only given up 1 run. I think we have the old Wang back, and we are close to seeing some nice 7 to 8 inning outings. He will pitch this Tuesday against the Marlins. Here is a picture of Guzman being called safe when he was clearly out.

Guzman was outJeter still out

Jeter is still out of the lineup with a stiff left ankle. It would make no sense to play him today anyway, considering how wet the field probably is.

Game 65: Nationals at Yankees

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Tonight, Chien-Ming Wang looks to prove to the Yankees he can still pitch. The Yankees beleive in him, and so do the fans, but the Yankees can’t afford to throw Wang out there every five days if he continues to lose. That is why Wang needs to show results tonight, and he knows it. His stuff is there, it is just a matter of putting it all together. I have faith that he can do that tonight against the Nats, who looked awful last night except for the starting pitcher Shairon Martis (who for some reason was taken out of the game to early, fire Manny Acta, haha). Anyway, Wang could have luck on his side today. Yesterday his wife gave birth to their first child, Justin Jesse Wang. In Taiwanese culture babies bring good luck to the parents, let’s hope so. As Wang trots out to the mound in the top of the 1st inning, the following lineup via PeteAbe will walk up to the plate for the Yanks in the bottom of the 1st:

LF Johnny Damon

RF Nick Swisher

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

C Jorge Posada

DH Hideki Matsui

CF Melky Cabrera

SS Ramiro Pena

And on the mound, the aforementioned Chien-Ming Wang

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Jeter not in the lineup tonight

Derek Jeter is not playing tonight with “left ankle stiffness.” He had a MRI, which came back negative. So far he is day to day.

Kyle always getting into trouble…

whether he’s on the mound on breaking up fights with dogs. Yes, breaking up fights with dogs. Kyle had to get stitches on his left hand because one of his dog’s bit him when he tried to break up a fight. Always getting into trouble.

Game 64: Nationals at Yankees

Tonight the Yankees will play the first game of a three game series against Manny Acta (yes he is still the manager) and the Natinals Nationals. It’s hard to ever say that the Yankees have to sweep a series, but this is one where maybe we can say it. The Nationals are in my mind the worst team in baseball and their 16-46 record supports that. They are already 20 games behind in their division. Anyway, tonight the Yankees send out the following lineup via PeteAbe to face Shairon Martis of the Nationals:

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 Melky Cabrera

And on the hill, Charles Carsten Sabathia

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Congratulations to the Wang family

Today Chien-Ming Wang and his wife Chia-Ling became parents. Today they welcome Justin Jesse Wang into the family. Congrats Chien-Ming, hopefully this brings good luck to your start tomorrow.

Bye Bye Veras

The Yankees activated Brian Bruney from the DL today, and to make room for him they DFA Jose Veras. This is the move I wanted them to make, but I expected Tomko to get the axe. Hopefully this puts the end to leadoff walks in the 8th inning.

Peace. Don't think I'll miss you.

Peace. Don't think I'll miss you.

Game 60: Yankees at Red Sox

Tonight the Yankees look to improve their 2009 record against the Red Sox to 1-7. That just sounds really bad. Anyway, I am extra confident tonight because the Yankees have their ace pitching for them. Here is the starting lineup via PeteAbe:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

RF Nick Swisher

DH Hideki Matsui

CF Melky Cabrera

C Francisco Cervelli

And on the hill, Charles Carsten Sabathia

Personal Catcher

It appears Cervelli has become CC’s personal catcher. I don’t particularly like personal catchers because in the playoffs the Yanks would not start Cervelli every time CC pitched. To me it just seems like trouble waiting to happen. Still, this seems to be a Posada issue. How come most experienced, good pitchers who come to New York don’t want Posada catching them? Is it just me that notices this?

Redemption…again

Chien-Ming Wang will get another start. This one will come against the Nationals on Wednesday, who despite the fact that they arent too good, they hit right handed pitchers fairly well (.265/.345/.417 to be exact). Wang understands he won’t just keep getting chances, “I’m getting one more chance,” he said. “I have to pitch good.” I found this interesting from Pete Abe:

The x-factor in this situation is that Mrs. Wang will have birth induced on Tuesday if she does not have the baby beforehand.

My friends in the Taiwanese media tell me that the birth of a baby is said to bring good luck in Chinese culture. For Wang’s sake, he better hope so.

Wouldn’t that be something?

Bruney express

Brian Bruney threw 25 pitches to Berroa and Pena. He will get a rehab assignment in Trenton on Saturday, and if all goes well he could be activated on Tuesday.

Game 59: Yankees at Red Sox

After last nights miserable loss, the Yankees send the following lineup via PeteAbe out to face Tim Wakefield:

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 Melky Cabrera

And on the mound, Chien-Ming Wang

Wang just do it

Expecting

Chien-Ming Wang’s wife is expected to give birth any time now in New York. However, according to PeteAbe Wang was fine and is ready to pitch. The Wang’s are having a boy. I’m sure Taiwan is jumping up and down with the news, the get excited over anything Wang touches, never mind a baby Wang.

Let’s win a game

The Yankees are 0-6 against the Red Sox this year. I’m not panicking at all, they could get swept again and I’d still be confident in the Yankees. But, a win would be nice.

Can we please beat this team!?

Can we please beat this team!?

Make sure you check out my bio on the Yankees first round pick, Slade Heathcott.

Game 54: Yankees 8 Rangers 6

Melky does it again!

Melky does it again!

I didn’t see much of today’s game, but I did see the most important part. I literally walked in the door, sat down, turned on the game, and saw Melky’s at bat in which he hit the game winning 2 run home run. It was not a walk off home run because it was in the 8th, but it seemed to be the reason the Yanks won. I heard that Chien-Ming Wang pitched better than his stats look, but I can’t really say much about him. Here is the AP report in case you want to catch up on what happened, I still do.
4.2 innings, 7 hits, 5 earned runs, 1 walk, and 5 strike outs. Ehh, the important thing is that the Yanks won.

4.2 innings, 7 hits, 5 earned runs, 1 walk, and 5 strike outs. Ehh, the important thing is that the Yanks won.

Burnett Suspended
AJ Burnett has been suspended 6 games for the little incident we saw the other day. He has already appealed the suspension.

Game 53: Rangers at Yankees

Here’s tonights lineup via PeteAbe for the Yanks:

SS Derek Jeter

1B Nick Swisher

LF Johnny Damon

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

DH Hideki Matsui

RF Melky Cabrera

CF Brett Gardner

And on the mound, Andy Pettitte

Chien-Ming Wang to start

As I mentioned in a previous post, Chien-Ming Wang will start tomorrow. CC Sabathia will be pushed back a day in the rotation. And…Phil Hughes will go to the bullpen. Yeah, Phil Hughes is going to the bullpen, no typos. I really don’t understand the move, but Chien-Ming Wang had to return to the rotation eventually. I just don’t really like Hughes in the pen. I will have more if I hear more (this was just announced a few minutes ago at 4:30ish)

Bad Blood

Last night Vicente Padilla threw at Teixeira twice last night. In 2005 when Teixeira was a Ranger, he faced Padilla who at the time was with the Phillies. In his first AB Teixeira hit a 2 run home run, in his second AB Teixeira hit a solo home run, in his third AB Teixeira was plunked. Every time since, there has been some issues. “Every time I’ve faced him since, there seem to be balls near my head, near my body,” Teixeira said. “There’s really no reason for it in baseball, If you can’t get a guy out, don’t hit him.” “That’s just not the right way to play the game, but unfortunately, that guy’s been doing it his whole career.” Hmmm. Here’s the link from Marc Craig.

Moving on up

Jesus Montero is moving on up to AA Trenton. Here’s a nice article by once again Marc Craig.

Update 4:58

Phil Hughes in the bullpen is temporary says Brian Cashman. He is a starter long term. I figured this, but the news is still calming.

Update 5:45

Cashman was just on 1050 ESPN. He basically said Hughes to the pen is just a two week thing. If Wang does well in the rotation and the rest of the rotation is doing well, Phil goes to Scranton to continue starting. If Wang doesn’t do well or the rotation has another problem Hughes goes back in. Tough break for Hughes, he was pitching well, but this was the move to make. You can’t leave Wang in the pen forever, and there is no one else who can be removed from the rotation, so it has to be Hughes. However, the Yankees envision Hughes as a future starter, and I could not agree more. He could go back into the rotation this year if there are injuries or other issues, and in 2010 he could effectively replace Andy Pettitte in the rotation.

Update 6:30
Teixeira scratched with a sore ankle from last night. Xrays negative. Day to day.