Yankees even the series backed by Burnett

Last night the Yankees took game 2 of the World Series by the score of 3-1. The Yankees were opposed by Pedro Martinez, and while he pitched well, he did not pitch as well as Burnett did for the Yankees. A.J. went 7 strong innings allowing only 1 run, while striking out 9 and only walking 2 batters. A.J. really showed his worth last night, and depending on the situations the Yankees may consider starting him on short rest for game 5. On the offensive side Mark Teixeira got the Yankees on the board by hitting a solo homer in the 4th inning, then in the 6th Hideki Matsui hit another solo homer to give the Yankees 2 runs, and that’s all they would need. However, the Yankees picked up an insurance run in the 7th when Jorge Posada (pinch hitting for Jose Molina) singled to score Brett Gardner (pinch running for Jerry Hairston Jr.). Mariano Rivera came in for the 8th and 9th, and shut the down, albeit with some difficulty. Still, the Yankees won, and evened out the series 1-1 going into Philadelphia for 2 games.

Side Note

As you already know, Joe Girardi opted to put Jerry Hairston Jr. in right field last night in place for the slumping Nick Swisher (4-35 this postseason, a .114 average). I don’t disagree with the move to sit Swisher, but I’m not sure I think Hairston was the best replacement. I understand Jerry had good numbers against Pedro (1o-27), but Eric Hinske is 8-30 against Pedro, and Hinske is generally considered the better hitter out of the duo of Hairston and Hinkse. And if Girardi didn’t want to play Hinske, Gardner was an option as well, but I too probably would have chose Hairston over Gardner. What’s your take?

Game 77: Mariners at Yankees

Last night the Yankees defeated the Mariners by the score of 8-5. Going into the fifth the Yankees were leading 3-1, but Joba allowed 2 more runs to score and had to leave after just 5.1 innings. A-Rod hit a clutch 2 run home run int 7th to put the Yankees up 5-3. Then in the 8th Brian Bruney came in and allowed 2 runs, making it a tie game again, 5-5. Then in the bottom of the 8th the Yankees scored 3 runs, the big hit, a RBI double, coming off who else but Melky Cabrera’s bat. So going into the 9th the Yankees led 8-5, and Mariano Rivera picked up his 501th save to keep the score that way. Tonight the Yankees look to take game 2 of the series, and to clinch a series win. As the Yanks look for that win they send out the following lineup via PeteAbe:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

DH Alex Rodriguez

C Jorge Posada

2B Robinson Cano

RF Nick Swisher

CF Melky Cabrera

3B Cody Ransom

And on the mound, Andy Pettitte

Pena sent down

Ramiro Pena was optioned down to Scranton Wilkes-Barre tonight, which means Eric Hinske was probably officially put on the 25 man roster. At first I wondered, “If Hinske is here, why is Ransom playing third tonight?” Supposedly Hinske is not a good third baseman, despite the fact that Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi said Hinske can play third. Well, maybe he will pinch hit for Cody tonight.

What’s up with Joba?

River Ave Blues has a good article about Joba Chamberlain and his inconsistencies, including the velocity of his fastball. Check it out.

Coors Field East?

Tristan H. Cockcroft of ESPN has a story up about the new Yankee Stadium and all the home runs that have been hit there. According to him, 12 home runs have been hit at the new place that would not have been hit at the old place. However, what I find interesting is that he says that there have been 7 non-home runs hit in the new stadium, that would have been home runs in the old Yankee Stadium. So if his numbers are correct, the new stadium has only produced 5 extra home runs. You should read the full article for some very interesting information, here it is.

Game 76: Mariners at Yankees

Tonight the Yankees begin a 3 game series against the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners send Brandon Morrow to the hill to take on the Yankees. You may or may not remember Brandon Morrow, but he pitched a no-hitter against the Yankees with 2 outs in the 8th inning last year. Guess who broke it up, Wilson Betemit. The Yankees hope that doesn’t happen again and I’m Let’s hope that doesn’t happen again tonight, and I’m sure the Yankees are confident it won’t as they send out the following lineup via PeteAbe out to face Morrow:

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, Joba Chamberlain

Nice to have a full lineup with a DH, right?

Yankees acquire Hinske

You may or may not know that the Yankees acquired Eric Hinske from the Pirates today. I wrote a post on the trade earlier today. Check it out. According to PeteAbe, Hinske’s plane was delayed from Pittsburg so he is not here yet, and no roster move has been made yet.

Ivan Nova flirts with a no-hitter

Last night Ivan Nova had a no-hitter through 5.2 innings in his AAA debut last night for Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Pretty cool.

Mike Lowell goes on the DL

The Red Sox placed Lowell on the 15 day DL today. Now I usually don’t post about other teams, but I plan on relating this to a Yankee situation. The reason Mike Lowell is on the DL is because his hip is still bothering him coming hip surgery, the same surgery that ARod had. This should be a warning to the Yankees that ARod has to be regulary rested if they don’t want him to reinjure his hip.

Yankees acquire Hinske

You gotta cut that goatee, Eric.

You gotta cut that goatee, Eric.

The Yankees have just acquired Eric Hinske from the Pirates. The Yankees sent Eric Fryer and Casey Erickson to the Bucs in exchange for Hinske and cash. Erickson and Fryer will not be missed, although Fryer did come over in the deal that sent Chase Wright to the Brewers. Still, both Fryer and Erickson were not considered real prospects. For the Pirates this move was really just a salary dump. Hinske’s 2009 contract is worth a total of 1.5 million, he supposedly has already earned 700,000$ and the remaining 800,000$ will be split between the Yankees and the Pirates.

Hinske will add depth to the Yankees. He can play left and right field, and he can play third and first base. Now with Hinske on the bench, the Yankees can give ARod, Teixeira, Swisher, and Damon a day off when needed. This doesn’t mean much, but Hinske was on both the 2007 World Series Champions, the Red Sox, and the 2008 AL Champions, the Rays. I really like this move because Hinske will provide some needed pop off the bench, and he allow some other guys to get regular days off.

Hinske will be in uniform tonight as the Yankees take on the Mariners, I wonder if he will get a start? Ramiro Pena will be optioned down to Scranton. The Yankees want Ramiro to get regular playing time to continue to develop. The other thing that is interesting is that according to Joel Sherman, Ramiro Pena will play some outfield down in the minors because the Yankees want to turn him into a super utility guy. Hmm…well we will just have to see, but I really do like the move to acquire Hinske.