Showing posts with label A-Rod. Show all posts
Showing posts with label A-Rod. Show all posts

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A-Rod Update

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
A-Rod took some swings in the cage yesterday and reported no pain in his calf. So will he be in the lineup today? No. The answer is no. Girardi said that A-Rod will not be playing until he can prove he can run with no pain.

"That's not running, so, I'll see where he's at tomorrow. He felt better today. But he didn't run and obviously that's a concern."

My guess is we won't see A-Rod until next week, this weekend at the earliest. With the offensive explosion we have had the past two games A-Rod can take his sweet time.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Really A-Rod.....Really?

"He won't stop hugging me."






















"Help me, Jeter!"

Injuries Galore

  • A-Rod left the game with tightness in his right calf, no tests have been scheduled and he has been listed as day to day. My guess is that A-Rod will sit out tomorrow and Girardi will give Ramiro the start at 3B. 
  • Swish also left with tightness but in his right forearm, no test have been scheduled for him either and he also has been listed as day to day. I really hope Swish plays tomorrow since I will be attending the game, I will be sitting in section 203 and I would love to him salute us. 
  • Nick Johnson's (remember him?) wrist is hurting again, his return to playing baseball this year looks grim.
  • The Yankees have "sharply limited" Javy Vazquez between start work due to his Little Leauge World Series fastball.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A-Rod Hates the Rain

Monday, March 8, 2010

Relax, It's Only Spring

Well, it's started. What's started you ask? The complaining and the doom and gloomers that call themselves Yankee fans, that is what has started. The Yankees are 1-3 in Spring Training and, when you read some the message boards, you'd think they were 10 games out with 9 games to go. Look at the line-ups the Yanks are throwing out there. It's the first week in March for crying out loud. The Yankees are a veteran team and do not need to play everyone all the time. When traveling they don't take but 4 or 5 regulars. And they play 3 innings. Mo won't throw 6 innings in Florida. Girardi won't put his everyday line-up out there until the last week of spring training.
So if you really are a true Yankee fan you will believe in Girardi and Cash, trust that A-Rod and Jeter know how to pace themselves and that the rest of the organization is doing the right things. How can't you think that. And they continue to tweak the roster adding Park to the relief corps. So let's all be quiet and let our team do it's thing because you don't think anyone else will ever give the Yankees their due.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Yankees Watching LEBRON!!!!

Here are the boys at the Knicks game. Notice the different styles of dress (A-Rod, Melky, Tex). CC and Melky matched their shoes with their shirt. That is very impressive for Melky; he strikes me as a guy who doesn't know what day it is.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

"The Monkey is Out of the Bottle"




























A-Rod 2009 Postseason Numbers (Check the Line, Yo):

09 Postseason Totals:
15 Runs, 19 Hits, 5 2Bs, 6 HRs, 18 RBIs, 12 BB, .365 AVG, .500 OBP

Alex was truly amazing this postseason, it seemed he was knocking home runs and big hits all month.

Thank You Kate Hudson.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Checking Out With a Win

I'll be making my getaway to New Hampshire to spend some time with the family tomorrow. So, this was the last game I'll be seeing for the rest of the week. It was a good one though.

A.J. came out of the gate throwing heat. He was thrwoing 95-97 mph consistently and it served him well early on. When that started to fail him, he turned to a vicious breaking ball. Although the score was close, the way Burnett pitched made it feel like the lead was much larger.

He's been fantastic since that start against Boston and I pray he stays healthy because right now A.J. is a guy worth watching every start. He K'd seven in as many innings and gave up only two runs. Much of that was due to the fact that he limited his walk total to three which is a major improvement for Burnett. He was challenging hitters, rather than nibbling and the results were fantastic. The bullpen was just as good as well. The two Phil's worked together for an easy eighth inning and Mariano had a 1-2-3 ninth inning while K'ing two.

The offense didn't score to many runs but were solid and four runs sould be enough to win a game. Cano opened up the scoring by leading off the second with a homer. Its been a long time since Robi's flashed his power. It wasn't that long ago that some people were talking about 30 home run potential with him and its nice to see him show some of that again. The fifth inning was what sealed the deal. Brain Tallet started the inning by walking Brett Gardner, big mistake. The Toronto lefty was clearly distracted by Gardner throughout the rest of the inning. He ended up walking Mark Texeira with the bases loaded and throwing a wild pitch to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead. Vernon Wells got the Jays a run closer in the following inning with a solo homer but that was all they would get and A-Rod would tack on another run with a ninth inning homer off of Jeremy Accardo anyway.

Great bounceback win after a clunker by Sabathia and the Yankees are rolling right now.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Pettitte and Pen Dominates, Yankees Win

Man this game was short wasn't it? That's really due to Andy Pettitte and Jarrod Washburn who both turned in very nice starts. Andy was really impressive in this one. Unlike in past starts at the Stadium he seemed to be challenging guys more, he wasn't nearly as afraid to throw strikes as he was in other starts. Jarrod Washburn matched him as well as you could have hoped for him to though.

The Yankees got a lead briefly in their half of the third on a Johnny Damon homer but the Mariners managed to manufacture a run in the fourth after a leadoff double by Javier Lopez to tie it back up. In the fifth when Melky hit a solo shot the Mariners came right back the next half an inning to tie it up again on a Ken Griffey Jr. homer. I'll say this for the Mariners, they definitely don't give up easily.

This tie wouldn't last that long though. With Washburn still in, Mark Texeira led off the sixth with a ground ball base hit jsut beyond the reach of the Mariner's third baseman. Next up was A-Rod and he continued his hot hitting with an absolute bomb to dead center. This was no cheap New Yankee Stadium home run. When it finally dropped into Monument Park, the Yankees pulled ahead for the final time. Andy would throw one more scoreless inning before giving way to Phil Coke and Alfredo Aceves, who combined for a scorelss eighth. Mariano ended it with an easy 1-2-3 inning in with the Mariners couldn't even lift the ball off of the ground.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Streaking

This is the kind of game that a team has when things are going good. Since that last game against Atlanta they've been riding a six game winning streak and show no signs of slowing down. Last night was clearly not one of those nights when Joba dominates deep into a game. However, he gutted it out for a solid performance and let his all-star offense do the job its supposed to do.

Joba seemed unwilling or unable to throw strikes, yet again at the New Stadium. He walked three, not horrible but not great either, but it really showed in the fact that he had 96 pitches when he got pulled from the game with one out in the sixth. He was having a very nice game until he tired late into his outing. Through the first four inning the Mariners only got one run off of him on a homer by Ronny Cedeno. However, in the fifth they tagged him for two runs on a series of singles, walks, and three stolen bases. He gave way to Phil Coke in the sixth with a guy on second and one out. Coke finished the inning without further incidence and Hughes pitched an uneventful seventh.

At this point the Yankees had already blown their first lead of the game in the sixth and let the M's tie it back up at three. When Alex Rodriguez hit a two run homer (following a Johnny Damon double) to give them a 5-3 lead the game should have been over. Brian Bruney and Mariano Rivera were due to finish the game. Brian Bruney blew the lead again though, leading to another tie at 5-5. I suppose if you're being optimistic you could say this just set the scene for the drama in the ninth and gave Matsui, Jeter, Swisher, and Melky chances to be heroes but I'm concerned about Bruney. Since returning, he has not been the same pitcher.

Luckily they did retake the lead had Mariano Rivera to save the game in the ninth but it was definitely a lucky win.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Yankees Win

With the Yankees floundering and Cashman in the stands, it was clear they needed a win yesterday. Well, they pulled together and actually managed to pull it off, thank god.

For the first few innings it looked like we were going to be watching a pitcher's duel in which two or three runs might actually be enough. Not exactly though. The Braves pitcher, Kenshin Kawakami, was hit by a line drive by Joba and immeidately left the game. The Braves next pitcher, Kris Medlen, wasn't really any easier to hit though. In the fifth the tie was broken by a Jeff Franceour solo homer. It wasn't until the sixth that the Yankees finally broke up the perfect game with a seemingly unremarkable walk by Brett Gardner.

One problem I've had with Gardner on the basepaths this year is that he has a tendency to take to big of a lead. Pitchers know that he's going and he gets picked off more than he should. This was the case in last night's game. In what became the game defining play, Medlen fired a throw over to first, Gardner dove back, and the ump called him out. Replays showed he was safe and Girardi certainly thought he was safe but that's not how the ump saw it. Girardi went out their and got ejected, in the process firing up his team. I don't know if that really matters or not but the Yankees definitely seemed more animated today. The next batter, Fransisco Cervelli, hit the first home run of his career to tie it up and the rally would only continue. After singles by Jeter and Damon and a walk of Teixeira A-Rod had the chance to prove a point. As he often does in situations like that, he came through with the big hit and gave Joba a lead to work with. The Yankees would go on to tack on more runs with a Nick Swisher, who was almost benched for the game, home run and more by capitalizing on some mistakes by Atlanta in the later innings.

After the A-Rod hit though, the pitching took over. Joba was very strong through his first six innings. The only run he gave up was on a solo home run to Jeff Franceour and had five strikeouts. What was especially ecnouraging was the fact that he walked none. That's been his biggest problem this year. He was still shaking off Fransisco Cervelli but when he pitches like that, who cares? He did seem to tire though in the seventh. He gave up one earned run in that inning and another unearned run before giving way to Phil Coke who got out of the jam. Bruney almost gave it up in the 8th but Mariano came in and restored order.

Another big game today If they can get a win with Pettitte against Derrek Lowe then they may be ready to go on another one of those winning streak things. They won with the liveblog so for now I guess it stays. Hopefully this time comments will actually work.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

New Memories

Going to my first game at the new stadium today felt very much like my first game at the old one. I'm older and I know much more about the game now but it felt very much the same. Part of it was because I went with my mom (seeing as I she lets me live in her basement, it seemed only fair) and some of the rest of my family that went with me to my first game but it was mostly the feeling of awe at my surroundings.

For the first time, their was no giant bat or stands selling jerseys. Their were certainly some feelings of nostalgia as we walked past the old, condemned stadium as well. However, it was impossible to feel all that sad when the new stadium came into view. Walking into the "Great Hall" was simply mind-blowing. The massive pictures of great Yankees players and moments are just great tributes to their history and the spaciousness of it all is very welcome. Monument park was unfortunately closed two hours before the game so we couldn't get it, so we went straight to our seats after a quick trip to the (miraculously clean) bathroom.

We then proceded to watch eight of the worst innings of baseball I have even seen in person. It started out perfectly fine. Andy Pettitte held the other team scoreless for the first two innings before taking a hit in the third. Raul Ibanez absolutely crushed a ball to dead center to give the Phillies a run and a 1-0 lead. It would last though. Robinson Cano, who had a great game, led off the Yankees half of the third with a leadoff double (or error, depending on what team you root for) and scored with some small ball. Melky bunted him over to third and Nick Swisher got the RBI with a sharp groundout to the shortstop.

Both pitchers kept the opposition quiet for the next few innings, aided by a sliding catch in foul territory by Mark Teixeira. Then came the 5th and John Mayberry. Pettitte had been struggling with his control all afternoon and started off the inning with back to back walks before giving up a three run homer to a rookie making his ML debut named John Mayberry, of course inciting a mass orgasm amongst the Phillies fans arou
nd me. One, slightly drunk fan directly in front of me just kept repeating Mayberry's name. From here on out things were pretty dismal. Pettitte battled through seven innings without giving up any more runs and was followed by nearly perfect performances by Phil Coke (1 and 2/3 innings) and Jose Veras (1/3 of an inning). However, the only run they got was a solo shot by Jeter in the 6th. The only other time they came close to scoring was in the 8th when Brett Gardner got a pinch-hit double with one out. Even then, Matsui and Jeter followed up with back to back strike outs to blow the big chance. What was really incredible was how they failed to capitalize on Charlie Manuel removing dominant starter, J. A. Happ after only about 75 pitches.

By the time the ninth rolled around the stadium was pretty quiet. The fans woke up in a hurry though. Damon led off with a huge walk and took second while Mark Teixeira struck out. Then came who else but A-Rod. I have to admit that I didn't harbor much hope for him when they got two strikes on him and nodded in agreement when my dear mother felt a need to say, "He's so bad in the clutch." A couple pitches later he ties the game up against Brad Lidge with an opposite field home-run, hit the way only Alex can. The cheers and clapping went on long after Alex crossed home plate. The Yankees didn't waste any time winning it either. Robinson Cano quickly followed him up with a base hit and a rare steal of second which proved to be of the utmost importance. Melky Cabrera then laced a single to right centerfield and Cano ran on home drawing a late throw. It wasn't long before he got the now traditional pie in the face. Not a bad introduction to the new stadium at all.

On the way out we ran into a friend who used to sit near our old seats in years past. We also saw that Freddy (of the spoon and pan) had made the trip across the street and that today was his 84th birthday. On the way to the car, I couldn't resist taking a peek through the fence encircling The House That Ruth Built. However, their's no arguing that the new stadium is beautiful and makes powerful tributes to the Yankees proud past. Today gave me confidence that Mystique and Aura have moved across the street and that we to can make a new home for ourselves in this baseball nirvana.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

A-Rod's Pretty Good At Baseball

For an awful choker, he seems to have quite a few home runs doesn't he? Even so, he wasn't the Yankees MVP for today, no that goes to Mark Texeira. His four for four today put the Yankees in a position to win and left him only a triple shy of the cycle. Mariano also returned to the Mariano of old with two awesome innings. Again, the problem was the middle relief. The home run Morneau hit off of Coke could have been huge and they almost blew the game. Right now the Yankees are rolling and they need to maintain at least some of this momentum, rather than fall of another cliff.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Life After Death



















I honestly can't remember the last time a Yankees pitcher threw a complete game shutout. Maybe Mussina did it a couple times. Anyway, Sabathia finally did exactly what the Yankees signed him for. He ended a far to long losing streak with an absolutely dominating performance and gave the bullpen a desperately needed rest. He was in command the entire game and only walked one while striking out eight. And of course, Alex Rodriguez had to steal the show. In his first at bat back he crushed a ball for a home run to left-field. That gave the Yankees three runs, which was all they needed. Other than that nobody really seemed to stand out, other than the fact that Swisher was definitely not picked off and congratulations to Fransisco Cervelli on a good first game.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Breaking News: Manny Tests + For P.E.D.S














Major League Baseball is expected to announce Thursday that Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and will be suspended for 50 games, The Los Angeles Times is reporting.

Ramirez's suspension is expected to be announced Thursday, The Times said.

Triple-A outfielder Xavier Paul has been told by the Dodgers that he will be promoted later today, according to The Times.

In his first full season as a Dodger, Ramirez is batting .348 with six home runs and 20 RBIs. Los Angeles has bolted to a 21-8 record -- best in the majors -- and a 13-0 record at home that set the modern major league record for home winning streak to start a season.
UPDATE: Yahoo says that Manny tested positive for a sexual enhancer. Manny did not test positive for a steroid or human growth hormone.

Friday, May 1, 2009

A-Rod Steroid Mess

Talk of the A-Rod and steroids heated up again yesterday. The Daily News ran an article based on Selena Roberts' new book. The story talks about A-Rod's suspected steroid use in high school. The article said things like Rodriguez 'may have' and 'suspected of'. It used Alex's benching totals from sophmore year as it's main proof.

Now to seems to me you don't break a story without any hard evidence, which is exactly what Roberts did. Without any conclusive proof (names, dates, witnesses) these accusations mean nothing. Selena Roberts is just trying to get her book sold. You can do this to almost any Major Leauger. The book also higlights his Hooters tipping habits and "sleezy womanizing". Her book, cleverly titled "A-Rod", is set to drop May 4th. I personally will not be picking this one up.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Third Base

When A-Rod went down we knew the Yankees were going suffer a huge loss. A-Rod's the best or second best third baseman in baseball (David Wright?). Still, nobody expected a line of .180/.226/.320 from Cody Ransom. We also hoped to see at least average fielding. But we didn't get that and after Ransom went down yesterday, their weren't many Yankees fans sweating the loss. A-Rod is making a faster recovery than expected and could be back by early May if he suffers no setbacks. However, they still need to shore up that hole for a few more weeks. Among the candidates are Angel Berroa, Ramiro Pena, and Eric Duncan.

First we have the favorite, Ramiro Pena. Pena was a long shot to make the ML roster going into Spring Training. However, he impressed during Spring Training and made the team. Pena's strength is really his glove. He's a fantastic shortstop and the idea of him and Cano up the middle is tantalizing. However, he's definitely not a ML level hitter. He's never even played in AAA and last year had a line of .266/.330/.357. He's not going to hit any better than Ransom. Pena will probably get the job and his defense is a weapon but if he's Derek Jeter's succesor I'd be shocked.

Next up is Angel Berroa. Unlike the other two, Berroa has quite a bit of ML experience. His ROTY award in 2003 gave him more second chances than Sidney Ponson. He never followed up on that yera's success and since then has been barely replacement level. He also has next to no experience at third base. He played the position for one third of an inning in 2007 and I assume he tried it out in Spring Training but their's nothing to indicate he'd be a very good third baseman. As a SS he's been slightly below average so I hold little hope for him. The only reason he's getting a look is his hot start in AAA. He's batting .316/.365/.491 so far for Scranton. I have very little hope for him.

And finally we reach the Yankees own fallen star, Eric Duncan. Ideally for the Yankees, and Duncan, he would have continued on his path to stardom and given the Yankees a much cheaper, less annoying replacement for Alex Rodriguez when he opted out of his contract. However, things didn't work out like that did they? Instead, he had a few poor, injury plagued years and fell off the map completely. He's now blocked at third base by Mark Teixeira as well. Although he's dabbled in the outfield, his chances of being a Yankees starter are pretty much zero. The Yankees have nothing to lose by giving him a shot and if they can catch lightning in a bottle with him, then he could regain some of his former luster as a trade chip. He's cooled since last we checked in on him but he's still batting .326/.400/.419. I say give him a shot and hope for the best. Simply DFA Ransom to make room for him on the 40 man roster. Duncan, like Pena, has the potential to give the Yankees something. However, theirs none of the risk.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Checking in on Eric Duncan

The story of Eric Duncan is familiar to most fans by now. The Yankees first round pick a few years ago burst onto the scene as the sole bright spot in the Yankees farm system. He had an incredible year in the Arizona Fall League once and seemed like the Yankees future third baseman. However, the native New Yorker's star has fallen far. He's had a few weak, injury filled years. He's also been bounced around the field. After starting out as a third baseman, he moved to first. Then the word was he was trying out the outfield. He didn't even get an invite to Spring Training this year.

He didn't even make most top prospects lists. However, with A-Rod's injury and Teixiera's wrist troubles, their seems to be opening for him. Cody Ransom has been about as bad as you can be as well. Clearly, the Yankees would like a better bat in that spot. Meanwhile, Duncan has been raking in AAA. Granted, its only been 6 games for him but he's hitting .364/.440/.500. Why not try and catch lightning in a bottle for a few weeks with Duncan? If he hits then it would at least boost his trade value. If he doesn't, then they don't lose anything. Its not like Cody Ransom is crushing the ball. Just a wild thought.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Off Day Update

  • Video of Joba's arrest is out on the web.
  • All of the Yankee's minor league rosters were released today.
  • Sliding into Home has another Original Yankee Stadium Destruction photo update.
  • The mystery of the black curtain has been solved.
  • Selena Roberts A-Rod book has been pushed back.
  • New Stadium Insider talks of Standing Room ticket prices.
  • Check out the official list of Yankee Sponsors.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Odds and Ends

  • A-Rod has been placed on the DL.
  • Ramiro Pena beat out Berrora for the utility infielder spot.
  • Stadium Insider gives a great review of the New Stadium (I will post my thoughts later tonight).
  • To amend the obstructed views in the bleachers the Yankees have added some TVs (right).