Sox add to the comedy that has been their 2012 season by trading for native son and all-time comedian, Steven Wright, at the deadline. Unsurprisingly, Wright is a knuckleballer.
Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
Summer is half-way done, which always makes me feel like I haven’t got nearly enough relaxin’ accomplished. Time to relax, TO THE EXTREME.
Chris Tillman is 3-1 with a stellar 1.66 ERA since being called up this year, but historically, the Yankees have made his life miserable, scoring 20 runs in as many innings off the righty. Ivan Nova is on the bump for the Bombers. Comment away.
He received a cortisone shot after being examined by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad along with Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and will be reevaluated in three days.
Teixeira is ~70 points off his career OPS of .900, and ~40 points off his career first-half OPS. Historically, Teixeira’s slugging average is 50 points higher in the second half, and true to form, over the last four weeks he’s romping with a 1.000 OPS. Losing Teixeira from the lineup is going to cost runs at a time when that 10-game lead of less than two weeks ago doesn’t look so precious. Losing Teixeira in the field? Teixeira has one error in 837 chances this year and leads in several significant advanced defensive metrics, while being third in the majors with 839 innings played. Any length of time with Chavez or Swisher at first is a significant development. Teixeira is having what may be his finest season in the field at first base. From the eyeball test, I can’t count the number of plays I have seen him make this year that cause me to whistle and shake my head, knowing that he just saved a rocket from being a double to the corner, or scooped a short throw from ARod, or held the bag on a wide throw from Jeter. It can be a genuine pleasure to watch his stellar glove work, but past that, he makes the routine completely routine which is the most important job of a first baseman.
Side note: I had a maintained a conception that when Teixeira comes up with a man on first, it’s a Betty Crocker Blue Ribbon recipe for the 463DP. The truth is that he’s not really much different from any other batter batting in any slot in that regard. So much for the eyeball test.
Monday, July 30th, 2012
Saturday, July 28th, 2012
Jon Lester gets his fifth start of July today in Yankee Stadium and is in desperate need of a confidence boost. His first start of the month was against Oakland and was a well pitched game in a no-decision. Since then, he has had a truly tough month, culminating in his last start against Toronto — a four-inning outing — where his game score was negative three.
C.C. Sabathia gave up three runs over seven innings — two off the long ball — his last time out in a contest the Yankees lost against Oakland in extras. It’s FOX baseball beast time. Comment away.
Friday, July 27th, 2012
Phil Hughes has fared poorly against Boston over his career, with Boston as a team slashing 307/367/476 against the righty and scoring 41 runs on him over ~51 innings lifetime. He has yet to record a win against Boston at YS. Aaron Cook is coming off a loss in Toronto where he was arguably undone by poor fielding. The Yankees saw Cook at the Stadium last year as a Rockie, roughing him up.
Friday night Beast baseball in the Bronx. Comment away.
edit: lineups added
Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
Last night’s 2-1 victory over Texas evened the Sox record at .500. With his team only four games out of the wildcard, Josh Beckett takes the mound tonight in his home state looking to hold the Rangers at bay while Derek Holland gets the rock for his side at Arlington. Lineups follow, comment away.
Ivan Nova pitches in the rubber match today at Safeco, with the Yankees losing last night’s contest to an effectively wild Felix Hernandez and losing ARod for a couple months due to a pitch in on the hands from said same pitcher. Hisashi Iwakuma gets his fourth big league start for the M’s. Lineups follow, comment away.
Some change-ups hurt more than others. Apparently a Felix Hernandez change-up to the 5th meta-carpal hurts a whole lot.
A-Rod’s likely replacement Eric Chavez said in the post-game that when he broke his hand in the same place it took him exactly 8 weeks to come back. That would put A-Rod back for the last two weeks of the season. Heating up lately to the tune of a .315 BA in July, this one hurts, no matter how much everyone – YFs included – like to trash A-Rod.
With Pineda, Joba, Mo, Pettitte, Gardner, and now A-Rod all down for huge stretches of the season, the Yankees have certainly had their share of injuries. It’s hard to see Chavez’s body holding up as an everyday third baseman so reinforcements will almost certainly have to be called in. And perhaps now we’ll see Ichiro batting higher in the line-up after all.
One thing is for sure: this final West coast trip of the 2012 season has been ugly all around for the Yankees.
Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
Clay Buchholz is pitching against the Rangers tonight and has the unenviable task of holding back the Texas lineup while hoping for some run support against Martin Perez. Boston has given up 22 runs across their last three games NOT INCLUDING the 15 run freak show allowed against the Jays. Comment away.
Monday, July 23rd, 2012
The Yankees come to Seattle having lost four straight a few hundred miles south on I-5 and having lost one of two injured starting outfielders for the rest of the season. Fortunately, Ichiro wanted out of Seattle. He will get his wish, after playing three more games against his old teammates. Hiroki Kuroda is on the mound for the Bombers at Safeco, and Kevin Millwood pitches for the Mariners. I wonder how high the ratings for this game would have been in Japan before the trade, and how high they will be now? Ichiro will play in RF tonight, and bat in the eighth slot. With Raul Ibanez in left and ARod out there, this literally looks like a Seattle old timers’ game. Except they are the Yankees’ starters. I wonder what Bone is doing… Could he suit up by first pitch?
Lineups follow, Comment away.
Boston’s reward a dismal display against the Jays is a road trip beginning with the best home team in the American League. Felix Doubront is on the mound in Arlington, while Scott Feldman returns to the rotation after a spot relief outing just before the break. It’s 93 and breezy at the ballpark, probably the coolest day of the three game set.