Showing posts with label IPK. Show all posts
Showing posts with label IPK. Show all posts

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Kennedy Will Have to Earn His Way Back

According to Joe Girardi via Pete Abraham, Ian Kennedy will not definitely return to the rotation once he becomes fully healthy. IPK was actually activated from the DL yesterday, and sent to High A Tampa. He pitched well in his start there, and may make another before heading to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Although the back end of the rotation doesn't look so great right now, this is the right way to handle it. Kennedy was horrible while he was healthy, and has to prove that he can pitch well enough to get big league hitters out before he gets called up. I think that this will happen, and he may not be in the minors too much longer, with Giese/Ponson as the fifth starter.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Kennedy Completes Rehab Start

Yesterday Ian Kennedy pitched for the Gulf Coast Yankees making his first start since he strained his lat. We don't know how many pitches he threw exactly but he was supposed to throw under 50 pitches. His numbers were: 1 Run on 3 Hits with no walks and 7 strikeouts over 3 innings. Chase Wright also pitched in that game. 

Monday, June 9, 2008

I.P.K. Injury Update

I.P.K. took a step in the right direction of getting healthy. Today he threw his first bullpen session since straining his right lat muscle last month. It lasted 30 pitches and only consisted of fastballs and change-ups. Later in the week he will be throwing more bullpen sessions and be mixing in breaking pitches. He said "It feels back to normal again." Which is a good sign for the Yankees. Even if I.P.K. is fully healed the Yankees might not have a spot for him. He had this to say about that: "I try not to think about it,because all I can do is get healthy," Kennedy said "Whatever happens, happens. Otherwise it will just drive you crazy.

I.P.K. Showing his stuff during one of his many grueling rehab exercises

Monday, April 21, 2008

Should We Be Worried?

No. No we should not. The Yankees are currently 10-10, fourth place in the AL East. They have scored 84 runs and allowed 93. Their team line in Avg/OBP/SLG is .265/.334/.425. All of those things are very bad. Fun Fact: It's April 21st. None of those things really matter right now. Sure, it's frustrating, but the Yankees won't finish with the 81-81 record they are on pace for. The Yankees have a lot of guys underachieving right now, who are bound to pick up. Robinson Cano is currently playing below replacement level. Robbie has a career .307/.340/.478 line and is currently 25 years old. He'll pick up. Jorge Posada will be back soon. Basically, there is no way this lineup will continue to hit at a pace of 4.2 runs/game. Pitching will most likely be the Yankees weak point all year, but there's no way it will be this bad. The Yanks currently have three pitchers below replacement level (Moose, Hughes and IPK). Not that any of those guys are guaranteed to be great (though we hope so for Hughes and Kennedy), but there's no way they will be this bad all year (even Moose). There's no way of putting it nicely, all three of those guys have been awful this year, but Hughes and Kennedy have FIPs (fielding independent pitching) below their ERA's, suggesting that they are also having some bad luck. Hughe's FIP is almost five points below his ERA, Kennedy's is 4.68 points below. Those two guys should pick up and be average to good pitchers. Mussina may very well be done, but if he can be league average until Joba is ready to replace him, the Yankees should be in good shape.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Kennedy, Mo Sharp

After Billy Traber finished Joba's inning, the Sandman came in for his one inning of work. He threw 13 pitches/8 strikes, striking out one batter and inducing two weak grounders. Looks like classic Mo. Ian Patrick Kennedy then came in to pitch his scheduled four innings, and unlike Joba, got threw all of them, pitching very well. He allowed two hits and walk, along with two strikeouts. Of his ten outs that didn't come via the K, eight of them were groundouts, another good sign. I know I shouldn't read too much into spring stats, but IPK and Hughes in the rotation is going to be very exciting. Following Mr. Kennedy was LaTroy Hawkins, who allowed one hit and got two groundball outs to close out the game.

Final Score: 4-0 Yankees

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Spring Recap #4

The Yankees lost to the Twins today, 7-5 at Legends/Steinbrenner Field. I was able to watch the 8th and 9th innings on ESPN. Here are some highlights.
Shelley Duncan hit a bomb in the bottom of the ninth. It really looks like he'll make the team. Derek Jeter was 2-2 with a walk. Robbie Cano was 3-3 with a double. Johnny Damon was 1-3 with a stolen base.
IPK threw two innings, giving up a solo homer to Delmon Young. Heath Phillips followed with a 1-2-3 inning striking out one. Joba proved he was human, giving up a two-run homer to the mighty Garret Jones. He struck out one and walked one. Jon Albaladejo pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on 4 hits, striking out two and walking none. I was able to watch Edwar Ramirez pitch, and he was awful. He didn't locate well, and his change didn't seem to move as much as last year. He gave up three earned runs on two hits and a walk. Chris Britton faced two batters, getting them both out. Ross Ohlendorf was pretty nasty. He hit 95 on the gun, with movement. he gave up one hit, but it was weakly hit, and Chris Woodward was out of position. Both of his outs were strikeouts.

One of the announcers, don't know who, said the Yankees won't make the playoffs because they don't have "that #1 starter." When will they learn?

In more important news, Bobby Murcer is okay.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Nothing New Here: Hank Speaks and Kei Sucks

The Yankees played an exhibition game against the University of South Florida. That's right, THE University of South Florida. The Yankees were dominating, with Phil, Joba and IPK combined for five scoreless innings, with a hit and six whiffs. Then, all of a sudden, the man who needs no introduction, Kei Igawa entered. He promptly walked two, plunked the next guy, then gave up a grand slam. But don't worry, it was to the great Eric Baumann. I mean, there's no shame in giving up a long home run to Eric Baumann.

Also, Hank the Tank voiced his opinion yet again. Hank spoke profoundly of his thoughts on our friends up in Boston. Here's what he said:
“Red Sox Nation?” Hank says. “What a bunch of [expletive] that is. That was a creation of the Red Sox and ESPN, which is filled with Red Sox fans. Go anywhere in America and you won’t see Red Sox hats and jackets, you’ll see Yankee hats and jackets. This is a Yankee country. We’re going to put the Yankees back on top and restore the universe to order.” (Source)
Well, that's about the best thing he possibly could have said.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Waiting For Spring

There are just nine days until pitchers and catchers report, and the Yankees still have a lot of questions to be answered during Spring Training. They still have one bench spot to fill along with three bullpen slots. The bench will likely be filled by Morgan Ensberg, Kevin Mench (assuming we sign him), or Nick Green (remember him?), with Alberto Gonzalez and Brett Gardner also having outside chances. The bullpen is where it gets a little complicated. Presumably, Mariano, The Farns and LaTroy will occupy three slots, with either Moose or IPK as the long man. If Joba starts the year in the 'pen, that complicates things further, but we won't worry about that right now. So, the players competing for the three remaining bullpen slots are: Chris Britton, Jonathan Albaladejo, Brian Bruney, Sean Henn, Kei Igawa, Jeff Karstens, Ross Ohlendorf, Scott Patterson, Edwar Ramirez, Jose Veras, Steven White, Chase Wright, Dan Giese, Heath Phillips, Darell Rasner, Scott Strickland and Billy Traber. Some of those are more likely than others, and guys like Alan Horne, Jeff Marquez, Steven Jackson, JB Cox and Mark Melancon could help mid-season. My Pre-ST predictions (or maybe preferences) are Albaladejo, Britton and Patterson (or maybe Ohlendorf).

In other news, Derek Jeter and the state of New York came to an agreement over their tax dispute.