Saturday, June 30, 2012
Yankees vs. White Sox Post Game Recap 6/30
The Yankees were able to bounce back against the White Sox winning 4-0
Hiroki Kuroda gave the Yankees the great start they needed to help out the bullpen. Kuroda picked up his 8th win of the season going seven inning allowing three hits, one walk and no runs, adding 11 strikeouts.
David Robertson was able to bounce back with a spotless 8th inning, getting two strikeouts and looking like the Robertson pre injury.
Rafael Soriano was brought in after Boone Logan walked Adam Dunn in the 9th inning for a non-save situation and got a double play to end the game.
Curtis Granderson was able to hit his 23rd homerun of the season, a solo shot in the 1st inning off Jake Peavy for his second homerun in as many days.
Dewayne Wise, coming off his relief appearance on Friday night, got the start in left field on Saturday. He was able to get a two out RBI double in the 2nd inning, scoring Nick Swisher. Wise followed it up with his 2nd homerun of the season, a solo shot in the 5th inning.
Robinson Cano’s month of June continued to be great as he extended his hitting streak to seven games, ,going 2-4 including a solo shot in the 6th inning for his 19th homerun of the season.
Russell Martin, who has been battling a bad back, was in the lineup today and went 0-3 with 2 strikeouts as he is now batting .189 for the season.
Tomorrow is Old Timers Day at Yankees stadium as that will start before the game as Phil Hughes (8-6, 4.48) will face Gavin Floyd (6-7, 4.80) as Yankees will look to tie the series with the White Sox.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Yankees vs. White Sox Post Game Recap 6/29
The Yankees got hammered in the second game of the series, as they lost to the White Sox 14-7 as today’s game showed how C.C Sabathia and Andy Pettitte will be missed.
Adam Warren’s major league debut was short lived as the 24 year old right hander was hit hard by the White Sox. In his 2.1 innings, Warren gave up eight hits, two walks and six runs, including homeruns to A.J Pierzynski and Paul Konerko.
David Phelps, in his first appearance since being called back up, was able to eat some innings going 3.1 innings. Phelps allowed four hits and two runs while striking out five; he would also suffer the loss. Phelps may be next in line to get a start after Warren's poor performance.
Cory Wade was hung out to dry Friday night as Girardi tried to get 3 innings out of him. The end result is not what he had hoped for. Wade got crushed, giving up six runs in 2.1 innings and throwing nearly 60 pitches before finally getting pulled.
Dewayne Wise came in for the Yankees to face his former team after Wade and was able to get both batters out that he faced on a fly out and ground out.
Derek Jeter was able to pass Orioles great Cal Ripken Jr. for 13th on the all-time hits list with a first inning lead off double for his 3,185th career hit.
Curtis Granderson was able to knock Jeter in right away in the first inning hitting his 22nd homerun of the season.
Andruw Jones was able to get to hit with a two out two run double off the wall scoring Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher. The hit gave the Yankees a four run 1st inning. Jones would add another double in the 4th inning, matching his season total coming into the game in just one night.
Jayson Nix, who got the start in left field, was able to hit his 3rd double of the season in the 4th inning scoring Swisher and Jones.
The Yankees will be playing the third game of the series against the White Sox Saturday afternoon as Hiroki Kuroda (7-7, 3.40) will be facing Jake Peavy (6-4, 2.84).
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Yankees vs. White Sox Post Game Recap 6/28
The Yankees suffered a tough 4-3 loss in the first game of the series with the White Sox, spoiling a good start from Ivan Nova. The bullpen was unable to get the final three outs in the top of the 9th, blowing a two run lead.
Ivan Nova was able to step up with a great start the day after the Yankees lost their top two pitchers to injuries in C.C Sabathia and Andy Pettitte. Nova went 7.1 innings allowing six hits and three walks while striking out five and only giving up one run on homerun by Alejandro De Aza. De Aza had Nova's number, going 4-4 off him.
Boone Logan and Cody Eppley were able to get two big outs with De Aza on second base with one out for the Yankees in the 8th inning. Logan got Adam Dunn to fly out and then Eppley was able to strike out Paul Konerko to keep the lead going into the 9th.
With Rafael Soriano unavailable for the game due to pitching in four of the last five games, Girardi left Eppley in the 9th. Eppley gave up a hit to start the inning then was pulled for Clay Rapada, who made a throwing error, sailing a double play ball into center field. This lead to David Robertson coming in with runners on 1st and 3rd and subsequently giving up a 3 run homerun to Dayan Viciedo as the White Sox got a 4-3 lead.
Curtis Granderson was able to steal another base in Thursday's game, making it two straight games with a steal for Granderson. It appears Granderson is going to be more aggressive on the base paths with the long absence of Brett Gardner and the Yankees in need of some steals.
Alex Rodriguez was able to get the Yankees offense started with a 2 out RBI double in the 5th inning, scoring Curtis Granderson for the first run for the Yankees.
Robinson Cano would double Alex Rodriguez home right after for another 2 out RBI, giving the Yankees a 2-1 lead at the time.
Mark Teixeira was able to hit a solo shot in the bottom of the 8th inning, providing a nice insurance run for the Yankees. It was Teixeira's 13th homerun of the season.
The Yankees will be playing the second game of a four game set against the White Sox on Friday night as Adam Warren (0-0, -.--) will be making his MLB debut and Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.25) will be on the mound for Chicago.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Yankees Suffer Two Big Injuries
Yankees got bad news before Wednesdays game as it was found out C.C Sabathia suffered a strained adductor muscle which is near the groin and it will force Sabathia to miss his next two starts. Sabathia was 9-3 on the season with 105 strikeouts and a 3.45 ERA. Sabathia first felt the injury against the Mets in the 4th inning. If the Yankees were in the stretch run, he would be pitching through it but they don’t want to risk a major injury. They would rather him miss two starts.
The Yankees will be bringing up Adam Warren from Triple A to take Sabathia's start on Friday against the White Sox. Adam Warren is 5-5 in the minors with a 3.86 ERA and will get a crack at the majors with at least one start.
The big injury blow for the Yankees was suffered in the 5th inning of the game against the Indians when Andy Pettitte took a line drive off the ankle, fracturing it on his left leg. Pettitte threw a couple pitches and gave it a go, throwing one game pitch but was clearly in to much pain as Girardi then pulled him. The injury put Pettitte in a walking boot but they said he wont need surgery. He is expected to miss at least six weeks as most people are figuring for a late August, early September return. Pettitte was 3-3 with a 3.22 ERA as he was pitching great in his comeback season.
Freddy Garcia, who was originally going to be taking Sabathia's start on Friday, was needed to pitch in Wednesday's game and pitched well. Garcia went 2.1 innings, not allowing a run and picked up the win in relief. Garcia, who had an awful start to the season in the rotation, has been better in the bullpen. He is 2-2 on the season with a 6.39 ERA. Garcia was in the Yankees rotation last year and was 12-8 with a 3.62 ERA which lead to him being re-signed and Yankees will hope he can pitch like last year to fill in for Pettitte.
If Garcia and or Warren struggle, David Phelps seems like the logical choice to get the next crack at the rotation as he was sent back to the minors to stretch his arm out more. Phelps had two spot starts already for the Yankees this year and also pitched in the bullpen, giving him 33.2 innings pitched in the majors this year with a 1-2 record and 2.94 ERA.
The A.L East is one of, if not the best division in baseball with all teams over the .500 mark. The Yankees will need to get C.C back soon and have someone step in for Pettitte, who has been pitching great, or it might force Brian Cashman to make a trade before the deadline in July.
Yankees vs. Indians Post Game Recap 6/27
The New York Yankees took down the Indians 5-4 on Wednesday, and completed a three game sweep Cleveland at Yankee Stadium.
Andy Pettitte was forced to leave the game early after taking a line drive off his ankle in the 5th inning. This injury to Pettitte coming the same day C.C Sabathia was placed on the DL with a groin strain that he suffered against the Mets. Pettitte went 4 innings allowing 3 hits 1 walk 2 runs only 1 of which was earned due to a Alex Rodriguez throwing error and struck out 7 batters.
Cody Eppley and Clay Rapada struggled to finish the fifth inning as they gave up a combined 3 hits before Freddy Garcia came in to finish the fifth by striking out Jose Lopez. Garcia would go 2 1/3 scoreless innings without allowing a base runner and picking up 2 strike outs while picking up his 2nd win of the season.
David Robertson was able to cruise through the 8th inning getting 2 strikeouts setting up for Soriano. Things got very interesting for Soriano in the ninth inning as Soriano didn’t have his good stuff allowing 2 hits 2 walks and 1 run, but was able to get Asdrubal Cabrera to fly out and leave the bases loaded and picked up his 17th save of the season.
Eric Chavez was able to bust out of his funk with RISP as he was 1 for 22 coming into Wednesday afternoon. Chavez laced a two out two-run double in fourth inning scoring Cano and Ibanez. Chavez was able to get another 2 out RBI in the 8th giving the Yankees a insurance run which ended up being very important by hitting a base hit and scoring Mark Teixeira.
Robinson Cano belted his seventh homerun in the last 10 games and 18th of the year at a perfect time in the 6th inning taking Ubaldo Jimenez the other way scoring Alex Rodriguez and giving the Yankees a 4-3 lead at the time. Cano also had two base hits going a nice 3 for 4 on the day.
Russell Martin who missed the last few games with a back injury was back in the lineup but went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts as his average is now .193 for the season.
Yankees will be starting a 4 game series against the A.L Central leading Chicago White Sox at home as Ivan Nova (9-2 4.25) will face Dylan Axelrod (0-1, 4.85).
What has happened to Cory Wade?
Cory Wade has had an awful June after really stepping up for the Yankees after Mariano Rivera and David Robertson both went down with injuries as Wade was great in the set up role in the Yankees bullpen for much of the early season.
Wades stats for the month of June have been really awful and got even worse in Tuesday nights game where he gave up four runs against the Indians. In June, Wade has pitched 7.1 innings allowing 14 hits, four walks, nine earned runs and three homeruns while only getting three strike outs. Wade saw his ERA for the month end up being a whopping 11.05.
Things have gotten really bad since June 16th in his last five appearances:
June 16 @Washington 0.2 innings 1 hit 1 walk 1 earned run 1HR
June 20 vs. Atlanta 0.1innings 2 hits 1 earned run
June 22 @NYM 1.0 innings 2 hits 1 earned run
June 24 @NYM 0.1 innings 1 hit 1 walk
June 26 vs. Cleveland 0.2 innings 4 hits 4 earned runs 1HR
Wade had a great April and May, as in April he pitched 10.2 innings allowing eight hits, one walk and two earned runs having a 1.69 ERA. In May, Wade went 12.1 innings allowing nine hits, two walks and four earned runs for a 2.92 ERA.
With Wade's sudden drop off it brings the question up of what is wrong with him? Is it just tired arm from a lot of work early in the season, is he possibly hurt, or is this who Wade is. With Joba Chamberlain and David Aardsma still a little ways a way, a roster move seems unlikely right now unless he is hurt and should get a chance to work things out in games like last night where the Yankees have a big lead. Girardi using him in a set up role like before seems very unlikely now.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Yankees vs. Indians Post Game Recap 6/26
The Yankees were able to pick up the 6-4 win over the Indians, winning the first two games in the series, and giving the Yankees a nice four game winning streak.
Phil Hughes was very good on Monday night, bouncing back from his poor performance against the Atlanta Braves when he gave up four homeruns. Hughes, in picking up his 8th win of the season, allowed six hits one walk and no runs in eight innings, while striking out four batters in a fantastic start.
Cory Wade continued to struggle as he gave up four hits and four runs, including a homerun in the 9th inning. Wade, who was used a lot when Rivera and Robertson went down with injuries, pitched very well in that time, but has now allowed runs in four of his last five appearances.
Rafael Soriano, who Girardi probably wasn’t planning on using going into the 9th with a six run lead, was needed to close the game after Wade gave up four runs. But with only two pitches, Soriano was able to get save number 16.
Chris Stewart, in his third straight start filling in for Russell Martin, was able to get a base hit and RBI in the 2nd inning. It was his 8th of the season and scored Nick Swisher on a liner that hit off a diving Jack Hannahans glove. Stewart would add a sac fly in the 8th inning for another RBI capping off a good night.
Curtis Granderson was able get a clutch base hit later in the 3rd inning with a bases loaded, scoring Stewart and Dewayne Wise and helping the Yankees rally with two outs.
Alex Rodriguez, fresh off a day off, was able to hit his 13th homerun of the season in the 7th inning off Tony Sipp.
Derek Jeter celebrated his 38th birthday with a solid 2-5 game getting two base hits with his family in attendance.
Like Jeter, Nick Swisher was able to get 2 hits, going 2-4 in the game and Swisher was able to score both times. Swisher got his average up to .272 on the season in the process.
The Yankees will be playing the final game of the series Wednesday afternoon looking for a sweep as Andy Pettitte (3-3, 3.29) will face Ubaldo Jimenez (7-5, 4.59).
There was still plenty of great moments for the Rangers this season, and here are the top ten moments.
10. Gaborik gets OT winner against Florida (Jan 5, 2012)
With former President Bill Clinton in attendance, Marian Gaborik sent the Garden faithful into a euphoric state when he blasted a shot from the slot by Florida goaltender Scott Clemmensen. The game winner gave the Rangers a 3-2 victory, and their third win in a row.
9. Rangers score four in the second to beat Pittsburgh (November 29, 2011)
The Rangers erased a 1-0 deficit in the second period with a four goal barrage. Ryan Callahan tied the game eight minutes into the second with a power play goal. John Mitchell and Brad Richards scored ninety seconds apart to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead, and Marian Gaborik added another power play goal with less than minutes left in the second period. The win was the Rangers seventh win in a row at home.
8. Richards beats Coyotes with 0.1 seconds left (December 17, 2011)
Just when the game looked like it was headed to overtime, Brad Richards spun a backhand shot that deflected off of Keith Yandle's stick and passed goaltender Mike Smith. The goal was originally disallowed by the refs who said time had expired, but after review the puck crossed the line with 0.1 seconds left, and the Rangers won 3-2.
7. Richards scores game-winning goal in Winter Classic (January 2, 2012)
In a much anticipated match-up between the Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers in the Winter Classic, the two teams did not fail to entertain. The Flyers jumped ahead 2-0 in the second period, but the Rangers came back to tie the game, and five minutes into the third period, Brad Richards buried a rebound opportunity to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead and victory.
6. Lundqvist stops Briere on penalty shot (January 2, 2012)
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was in the spotlight all season, and he never failed to please Ranger fans, especially with 19 seconds left in the Winter Classic and the Rangers clinging to a 3-2 lead. Ryan McDonagh was penalized for covering the puck with his hand in the Rangers crease. The Flyers were awarded a penalty shot taken by Danny Briere. Lundqvist remained patient while Briere came in, and he stopped Briere's attempt through the five-hole, and kept the Rangers ahead 3-2.
5. Rangers reach 50 wins (March 30, 2012)
The New York Rangers hosted the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden looking to notch their first 50 win season since the 1993-94 season. The Rangers dominated the Canadiens from start to finish en route to a 4-1 victory. Michael Del Zotto netted two goals in the third period to give the Rangers a 4-0 lead, and Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves for the shutout.
4. Kreider scores first career goal against Ottawa (April 23, 2012)
Chris Kreider was coming off a National Championship with Boston College when he got the call up from the New York Rangers during their series with the Ottawa Senators. The Rangers were facing elimination in Game 6 and came out with a gutsy 3-2 victory that included Kreider's first career NHL goal. With just under a minute to go in the second period, Kreider beat Ottawa's Craig Anderson to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead. They went on to beat Ottawa 3-2, and eliminate Ottawa in seven games.
3. Rangers sweep season series from Flyers
If there was one team the Rangers wanted to see in the playoffs this past season, it was the Philadelphia Flyers. The Rangers went 6-0 against their division rivals this season, including their exciting 3-2 win over the Flyers in the Winter Classic. The Blueshirts outscored Philly 24-11 in the season series, and swept the season series from the Flyers for the first time in 40 years.
2. Richards ties game with 6.6 seconds left (May 7, 2012)
The Rangers were on the brink of elimination against the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Rangers were trailing the Caps 2-1 late in the third period. Joel Ward of Washington took a double-minor penalty for high-sticking Carl Hagelin. The Rangers pulled goalie Henrik Lundqvist for a two-man advantage and with 6.6 seconds left on the clock, Brad Richards poked the puck passed Caps goalie Braden Hotby off the post and in. The Rangers stayed on the power play into overtime where Marc Staal fired a shot from the point passed Holtby for the victory. The Rangers went up 3-2 in the series and defeated the Caps in seven games.
1. Lundqvist wins the Vezina Trophy
Henrik Lundqvist dazzled between the pipes this season for the Rangers,and this year it earned him the Vezina Trophy, given to the top goaltender in the league. Lundqvist was at the top of the league in almost every category. Lundqvist posted 39 wins including 8 shutouts. He also boasted a .930 save percentage with a 1.97 goals against average. It was no surprise to the fans that Lundqvist brought home the hardware this year, he was one of the main reasons the Rangers achieved so much success this season. Lundqvist was also up for the Hart Trophy, given to the league MVP.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Yankees vs. Indians Post Game Recap 6/25
The Yankees were able to take the first game of the series against the Indians winning 7-1 as the Yankees bats jumped on Indians starter Josh Tomlin early, tagging him for six runs in three innings.
Hiroki Kuroda gave the Yankees a great start while picking up his 7th win of the season. Kuroda went seven innings allowing five hits, two walks, and only one run while striking out seven batters, bouncing back from his loss in Atlanta. Kuroda continues to be good in June as he has a 2.67 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP for the month.
The Yankees bullpen finished off the final two innings as Clay Rapada pitched in the 8th and Freddy Garcia in the 9th. Neither of them allowed a base runner.
Robinson Cano kept his bat red hot, hitting a two-run RBI double in the first inning, and hit his 17th homerun of the season and second homerun in as many days in the 3rd inning.
Nick Swisher followed Cano with another solo shot, his 12th homerun of the season, as the Yankees went back to back and belly to belly off Josh Tomlin in the 3rd inning.
Dewayne Wise got the start in center field and hit his 1st homerun of the season, a 2-run shot in the 2nd inning scoring Eric Chavez. Wise also got his first 2 RBIs of the season as well off the homerun. Wise would get his 3rd RBI of the game and the season in the 6th inning by hitting a triple.
Alex Rodriguez got Monday's game off, but Eric Chavez continues to hold his own on days when he’s in the lineup. going 1-3 with a walk a two runs scored.
Curtis Granderson average continues to drop going 0-3 with two strikeouts in Monday's game as June has been unkind to Granderson who is only hitting .216 for the month.
Yankees will play the second game of the series Tuesday night as Phil Hughes (7-6, 4.94) will face off against Justin Masterson (4-6, 3.98).
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Yankees vs. Mets Post Game Recap 6/24
The Yankees were able to pull off the 6-5 win over the Mets, winning the series at Citi Field and taking five out of six games for the Subway Series, as Yankee fans get the bragging rights for this year.
All indications of this game going in looked like it would be a great pitchers duel between R.A. Dickey and C.C. Sabathia. Unfortunately for New York baseball fans looking forward to this match up neither one of them pitched up to their capabilities tonight.
C.C Sabathia didn’t have his best stuff tonight but also didn’t get a lot of help from the fielders behind him as in his 5.2 innings Sabathia allowed nine hits, two walks, five runs, only one of which was an earned run, striking out three batters in the no decision.
The Yankees bullpen pitched well again, as Boone Logan was able to go 1.1 innings without allowing a base runner and picking up two strikeouts. David Robertson made things a little interesting in the 8th inning, trying to pick up the final two outs of the inning as Andres Torres got to 3rd base with two outs; but Robertson got a ground out to end the inning. Rafael Soriano came in the 9th to close the door and picked up his 15th save of the season.
It was a rough night again defensively for the Yankees. After two errors in Saturday nights game they committed another three on Sunday night as Chris Stewart had two throwing errors on attempted steals, the second of which was more Cano’s fault for not catching it as it went right under his glove between his legs. Cano also had a error fielding a ball in the 6th inning, for his 4th of the year.
Derek Jeter had a tough night going 0-5 with a strikeout, as his average keeps heading south at only .305 for the season and hitting .244 for June.
Nick Swisher was able to provide the Yankees with a big 3-run shot off R.A Dickey in the 3rd inning for his 11th home run of the season.
The Yankees will be back at home to face the Cleveland Indians for the first time this season on Monday night as Hiroki Kuroda (6-7, 3.57) will be facing Josh Tomlin (3-4, 5.12).
In addition to the DPOY award and making All-NBA Defensive Second Team, Chandler was named to the All-NBA Third team. He was not alone in receiving this distinction, as Carmelo Anthony was also added to the team. Chandler and Anthony were joined by Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade, Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo, and Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki.