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SWB Game 4-11 Betances
6 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2012 - 6:34AM #21
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Apr 12, 2012 -- 6:13AM, Stratocaster wrote:

Apr 12, 2012 -- 6:00AM, BigGuy wrote:

Apr 12, 2012 -- 5:39AM, Stratocaster wrote:

Didn't you get the memo on Betances BG? He's out! Time to give all that love to Jose Campos. He was really good last night in his second start. Man, it's going to be a long grind if we start paying attention to this kid now! LOL

I said when the trade was made this kid may end up being the big piece of that deal before its all over. He must be something special.  I was surprised at Betances yesterday after such a nice 1st start.  Not a good sign.  I think the guy's going to be stuggling off and on with his control for awhile. He's just so big, its all mechanics.  Banuelos didn't pitch well either his 1st start.  I'm looking for improvement today.  They've got the stuff, but without control they're in trouble.  So far, DJ Mitchell's has looked the best.  Cervelli finally got his 2nd hit of the year and a walk.  I'd consider that a big improvement for him from his poor start.  Of course there was another stolen base against him.  I think he's 0-5 or 6 now.

Yeah, when the trade went down, there were a few articles where scouts talked very highly about Campos. They basically said not to consider the trade just Montero for Pineda... to really keep an eye on Campos. He won player of the year honors with his team last season, and was considered the 2nd or 3rd best pitching prospect in his league. We're just four years of development and a year of TJ surgery away from seeing him at AAA! LOL Buy your 2017 SWB season tickets now!! :-)

Yeah, you always have to include that TJS time. lol

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6 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2012 - 9:46AM #22
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The Shutdown Bullpen

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(Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Everyone knew the bullpen would be one of the Yankees’ greatest strengths coming into the season, just as it has been over the last three or four years. The David Robertson and Rafael Soriano setup tandem were going to bridge the gap to Mariano Rivera while Cory Wade and Boone Logan handled miscellaneous innings. Clay Rapada and David Phelps won the last two spots with excellent Spring Trainings. Joba Chamberlain‘s ankle injury means his midseason return is extremely unlikely, but the Yankees have more than enough depth to survive the loss.

Mo blew the save on Opening Day, turning a one-run lead into a one-run loss and leaving a bitter taste in everyone’s mouth. The Yankees lost the next two games but have since rebounded to win three straight, and the one constant through it all has been stellar bullpen work. Since that blown save, the relief corps has allowed just three runs in 19 innings, and all three came when a left-handed specialist was left in to face right-handed batters. They’ve given up just eleven hits and four unintentional walks during that time, striking out 28. That is, as the kids say, stupid good.

Robertson has been his usual superb self and Rivera shook off that blown save to pitch well in three other appearances, but the headliners so far have probably been Phelps and Wade. Phelps has retired all nine men he’s faced so far, five on strikeouts. Wade was a disaster in Spring Training — 23 baserunners and 11 runs in 12.2 IP — but has thrown five scoreless innings in the regular season, allowing just two hits, one intentional walk, and one hit batsman against nine strikeouts. His 42-pitch effort on Tuesday night allowed the Yankees to win in extra innings.

The bullpen will get a much needed rest today after the last two games have gone longer than expected, and they deserve it. The starters have been generally ineffective through six games, putting even more pressure on these guys keep games close and winnable. Relievers have a way of being tossed aside and forgotten — as we always say, the bullpen right now is the not the bullpen they’ll have at the end of the season — but these seven guys have been the steadying force in the late innings and are a big reason why the Yankees are 3-3 and not 2-4 or 1-5 or worse.

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
6 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2012 - 9:48AM #23
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  • Dellin Betances got the start against Buffalo this afternoon and gave up up 3 homeruns. His final numbers on the start were 3.1 innings, 7 hits, 8 runs, 6 walks, 3 K’s. After the terrible start from Manny Banuelos, I assumed that he was working on his cutter, I have no idea if Betances is doing the same. Offensively, Brandon Laird had the only multi-hit game going 2 for 4. Doug Bernier had a double as well, and Dewayne Wise hit his second homerun of the year. It feels good to have so much outfield depth. The Scranton Yankees lost 12-3 to Buffalo. (Box Score)

  • In Trenton, Shaeffer Hall rebounded from his rough first start. The left hander went 7.0 innings, giving up 4 hits, 1 run, and earning 3 strikeouts. The Thunder hitters continued to mash today, with Ronnier Mustelier, Jose Gil, and Addison Maruszak all having doubles and multi-hit games. Mustelier had the only homerun. Trenton beat Portland 10-1. (Box Score)

  • Nik Turley got his second start of the year in Tampa, and it was another beauty. After giving up only 4 hits and 1 earned run in his first start, the lefty went 6 innings today, with 7 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Most impressively, Turley had 8 groundouts and 1 flyout. In relief, Francisco Rondon was strong through 3.0 innings, only giving up 1 walk and drawing 7 strikeouts. Mark Montgomery earned the save, going 1.0 inning, with 1 hit, 2 walks, and 1 strikeout. Offensively, Rob Segedin had the only multi-hit game, 1 of which was a double and the other a homerun. Ramon Flores and Zach Wilson also had doubles. Tampa beat Clearwater 2-1 in 12 inning. (Box Score)

  • Jose Campos continued his success in Charleston tonight by going 5.0 innings, giving up only 2 walks, 1 run, and 8 strikeouts. Of his 75 pitches, 48 were strikes (64%) and he drew 4 groundouts and 2 flyouts. He has now pitched 11 innings in A ball, only giving up 1 hit, 1 run, and earning 10 strikeouts. Not bad for a throw in. Offensively, Benjamin Gamel, Tyler Austin, Angelo Gumbs, and Reymond Nunez all had 2 hits, while Anderson Feliz went 3 for 4. Mason Williams doubled and stole a base, Bichette tripled, and Feliz and Austin both had a double and triple. Charleston beat August 11-5. (Box Score)
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6 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2012 - 9:54AM #24
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First Pitch: State of the Yankees

April, 12, 2012

The Yankees finished their first road trip of the season 3-3, which left manager Joe Girardi quite happy going into the home opener on Friday.

"You don't want to go home feeling like you are in a hole already," Girardi said.

Six games in, the Yankees have shown the great, the good, the bad and the ugly. So let's go through it.

1) Mariano Rivera blew the save on Opening Day, but overall the bullpen has been great. Their combined ERA is 2.11 in 21 1/3 innings, and they were the real reason the Yankees swept the Orioles. You know that Rivera and David Robertson are almost sure things. What has been very impressive is that Boone Logan, Cory Wade and David Phelps have started so well. The Yankees are very, very deep out there.

2)Fittingly, Derek Jeter, No. 2, is in this spot. It is amazing how good Jeter looks at the plate. He is a very dangerous player once again. Last year at this time, he was only dangerous to the Yankees.

1) Raul Ibanez had a good opening week. He has a team-best six RBIs. He also leads the club with two stolen bases.

1) The Yankees have been unable to come through with runners in scoring position. Overall, they are hitting .222 in RISP situations -- and that is after going 4-for-10 on Wednesday. This is what got them in trouble in last year's ALDS -- this must improve for the Yankees to get to and advance in October this season.

2) The starting pitching hasn't been very good. Ivan Nova is the only starter to have a very good start, and he had to spray 10 hits over his seven innings. CC Sabathia fought through six innings on Wednesday for a workmanlike, but not great, start. The starters figure to get better soon.

1) Alex Rodriguez not only has bad numbers (.174 with no homers or RBIs), but he has looked slow at the plate. He has hit only a couple of balls really hard. This is sort of strange, because he seemed very locked in the first two games in Tampa, but in the last four he has looked almost tired. A-Rod may just be regressing from elite to great, and now to just a good player. His cleanup spot could be in jeopardy at some point this year.

2) Mark Teixeira has been feeling the shift. He even admitted it after his lucky popped-up double that set up Nick Swisher on Wednesday. Teixeira, at the moment, seems closer to breaking out than A-Rod.

3) Robinson Cano also has goose eggs in homers and RBIs, so I had to put him in here, but I fully expect him to come out of it big-time. I picked him to win the MVP in the American League. I don't think he wants to make me look bad.

UP NOW: Swisher was just looking to make contact in the 10th inning Wednesday night -- boy, did he ever. For more on the Yankees' first week, Mark Simon looks at it statistically.

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
6 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2012 - 9:58AM #25
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The Sweet Smells of Victory

The New York Yankees have a new fragrance line—blue bottle with the NY logo for men; pink bottle for women—and sure, it's pretty funny, but it could have been a little zestier. It would have been better had it been called "Steinbrenner Scion" or "Profligate" or "Midnight Pavano" or something seductive like that. I've yet to locate an actual bottle of the stuff, but I hope it smells of elderflower, Don Zimmer and entitlement.

[SP_GAY] The Cloudbreak Group

'New York Yankees for Her'

The truth is, this isn't terribly new. Athletes have been hawking scents for a while now. Michael Jordan did a fragrance, as did Derek Jeter, Roger Federer, and naturally, soccer fashion obsessive David Beckham. Fragrances are an easy income source—seriously, all you have to do is drop some cat hair and a couple Tic Tacs inside a bottle of ginger ale, shake it wildly and mark it up to $120—so it's surprising more athletes and sports franchises don't leap at the opportunity. What man doesn't want to go into a department store and come out smelling like Dirk Nowitzki midway through Game 6?

I'm exaggerating a little here; a hit fragrance is not as simple as some ingredients and slapping on a label. You also need an abstract black and white TV commercial that makes no sense, preferably directed by a European who goes by one name and screams at the caterer for bringing carbs onto the set. You need a creative bottle design, something that will be embarrassing enough to make all the people at TSA laugh when they make you hurl it in the trash at the airport. But most importantly you need a great slogan. Something succinct but also irresistible, that really captures your scent, that sums up its allure in the time it takes a bus advertisement to pass. Something like these hypothetical sports scents for 2012:

Kentucky Wildcat: Stays just one season—but the memories last a lifetime.

Petrino for Him: Hop on and enjoy the ride. Wait, look out!

Stan Van Gundy: When a man just doesn't care anymore.

Mets: Hey, we're 4-2. That so doesn't stink.

Cameron Duke: Fall in love with yourself, over and over.

Valentine for Boston: The perfectly wrong amount of crazy.

Unwind by John Daly: Wait, do I smell like wings?

Chaos by the Jets Front Office: When you can never have enough quarterbacks.

Bayless Fantasy: For the underappreciated genius who scores between 1.4 and 140 points per game.

2 a.m. Enberg: Oh, my.

Flirty Parcells: Go ahead, be a tease—then abandon us.

Ozzie for Miami: (Silence.)

Suspicious by Pro Cycling: Apply this two weeks before the Tour de France. Hide.

Gray Moyer: For the pitcher who remembers "McHale's Navy."

Silent Belichick: When a man has nothing to say. Or he does, and refuses to say it.

Linsanity: Smells a lot like February

Peyton & Elway: This stuff better work.

Slippery NCAA: Watch us make $$$ on student-athlete sweat.

Owners Meetings: When you need to smell like hairpieces and Gulfstreams.

Snyder for Washington: When you gotta pay twice the price.

Bubba Watson's Rough: Escape the woods!

Split Personality by the Knicks: Spend half the night smelling like Mike D'Antoni. Then half the night smelling like Mike Woodson.

Andy Murray No. 4: What it'd give to be Andy Murray No. 3.

Brooklyn Nets: They have no idea what this stuff will smell like.

Augusta for Men: When you've reached the top, and want to shut the door.

Augusta for Women: Unavailable.

Favre!: Still available, technically.

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
6 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2012 - 10:00AM #26
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“There’s something about going home”

Every year, I buy a small scorebook that fits perfectly in the front pocket of my computer bag. I use it for every regular season and playoff game, but I never use it in spring training. For spring training games, I always keep score on the disposable lineup sheets that are available in every press box.

Without meaning to, I used those disposable lineup sheets for the first three regular-season games against Tampa Bay. It just never occurred to me to pull out the scorebook and keep an official, lasting record.

“Opening the season in Tampa seemed kind of weird,” Derek Jeter said yesterday. “Almost like we were still in spring training because we never left.”

It really did feel that way. In the press box, writers joked that we should be able to talk to CC Sabathia in the seventh inning, just like we would in an exhibition game. Those first three games felt like a continuation of all the meaningless games the Yankees had played the previous month.

“Once we got on that plane and left Tampa,” Nick Swisher said. “I think something clicked for us to say, alright spring training’s done, and we really need to step it up.”

For whatever reason, the Yankees played better baseball in Baltimore. Of course you could argue that their opponent wasn’t nearly as good — and the Yankees certainly didn’t play perfect baseball — but they got some big hits when they needed them, the bullpen was outstanding and there were finally some signs of life in a team that didn’t have much of a spark in St. Petersburg. The rotation hasn’t looked sharp, and the middle of the order has struggled, but the Yankees have won three in row heading into today’s off day.

“All things considered, it wasn’t a terrible trip,” Mark Teixeira said. “It definitely didn’t start the way we planned on Opening Day, but it happens. We didn’t get the job done in Tampa, but we did here (in Baltimore). We fought and won two really tough games the last two nights.”

That’s true. These past two games were tough games. The Yankees blew plenty of scoring opportunities, but the bullpen kept giving the lineup chances until Swisher and Raul Ibanez finally came through with big hits. It’s still only three games, just like that opening series was only three games, but it’s a much better feeling heading into tomorrow’s home opener.

Spring training is definitely over.

“There’s something about going home,” Joe Girardi said. “And really feeling like the season’s really started when you go home.”

Associated Press photo

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
6 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2012 - 10:14AM #27
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Campos unhittable in RiverDogs win

Yankees prospect has yet to allow an earned run this season

04/11/2012 11:52 PM ET
Jose Campos has surrendered just one hit in 11 innings this season.
Jose Campos has surrendered just one hit in 11 innings this season. (Charleston RiverDogs)

Jose Campos showed off his talent in his 2012 debut, but Wednesday, he was even better.

The Yankees' No. 5 prospect tossed five hitless innings in his second start of the season as the Class A Charleston RiverDogs defeated the Augusta GreenJackets, 11-5.

After fanning three over six scoreless frames in his first outing, the 19-year-old right-hander struck out eight and walked two on Wednesday.

"It feels very good," Campos said through a translator. "I've been working with our pitching coach, Danny Borrell, on my mechanics. I'm very happy with the outings I've had."

The only run off Campos came in the first after a pair of RiverDogs errors. Leadoff hitter Kelby Tomlinson reached on a fielding error by second baseman Angelo Gumbs, then came around to score two batters later when first baseman Reymond Nunez made a throwing error following a groundout.

"My mind was set to do my job and keep working," Campos said. "I know errors are going to happen, so I have to keep working hard and command my pitches and give the team a chance."

Campos allowed only two more baserunners over the rest of his outing, both on walks. Meanwhile, the Charleston offense lit up the GreenJackets, scoring nine runs for Campos and then adding two more after he left the game.

Yankees' No. 8 prospect Dante Bichette Jr. tripled in three runs and Tyler Austin added a triple, a double and two RBIs.

"[The offense gave me] confidence to attack hitters," Campos said. "I was more comfortable."

Augusta's first hit of the day did not come until the sixth, when Fred Lewis took over for Campos. Tomlinson led off the inning with a double, while three other GreenJackets -- Jose Cuevas, Elliott Blair and Charles Jones -- also recorded base knocks in the frame.

"That's one of my goals, to try to throw a no-hitter all the way," Campos said. "But I know I'm in development and I might not throw nine innings. I was looking to give the team a chance to win."

After coming over to the Yankees with Michael Pineda in the offseason trade that sent Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi to Seattle, Campos has not allowed an earned run in two starts with the RiverDogs. Over 11 innings, the native of Venezuela has only yielded a single hit.

So what will he do for an encore his next time out?

"I'll keep working hard and just keep attacking the hitters," Campos said. "Work on my confidence, keep commanding my pitches and go to work every five days."

David Heck is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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6 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2012 - 3:29PM #28
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Apr 11, 2012 -- 5:43PM, BigGuy wrote:

SWB  AAA  Yankees  Game  4-11-12

The SWB Yankees were pounded by the Buffalo Bisons at Buffalo's home opener by a 12-3 score.  The loss drops the Yanks record to 1-5.

Pitching:  Dellin Betances made his 2nd start of the year, after a very good first start his first time out he had a lot of issues in this game.  Betances gave up 2 runs in the 2nd inning on a solo homer, walk, and double to give Buffalo a 2-0 lead at that point. He worked out of trouble in the 3rd inning after issuing 2 walks.  In the 4th, he got rocked for 7 more runs featuring 2  2-run homers, a single, and his 6th walk of the game before he was taken out with 2 runners on base that eventually scored.
Betances' line:  3.1 IP,  8 runs,  7 hits (3 HR),  3 K's--6 walks

Jason Bulger came on in relief of Betances and immediately gave up a 3-run homer (2 runs charged to Betances) to give Buffalo a 9-3 lead.  Bulger was touched up for 1 run in the 5th to up the Buffalo lead to 10-3, on 2 walks and a deep rbi sac fly that Chris Dickerson made a great diving play on.  Dickerson slid head first into the wall on the play and had to leave the game. 

Mike O'Connor came on to pitch the 6th.  Buffalo scored a run on a Brandon Laird error and 2 singles to give Buffalo an 11-3 lead.  Buffalo made it 12-3 with a run in the 7th on a walk and double.

Juan Cedeno came on in the 8th to stop the bleeding by striking out the side, but not before he gave up a double.

Offense:  Jeurys Familia got the start for Buffalo. The Yanks had a threat going in the 2nd on singles by Brandon Laird and Ramiro Pena, but they were stranded.  SWB took a shortlived 3-2 lead in the 3rd on a 3-run homer by DeWayne Wise after walks to Francisco Cervelli and Jack Cust.  In the 6th Laird singled and Pena walked, but they were stranded.  The Yanks didn't get another hit until 2 out in the 9th when Doug Bernier doubled.  Buffalo pitching struck out 11 Yankees. 

Notes:  Francisco Cervelli went 1-3 with a single, walk and  strikeout to raise his average to .111  There was another stolen base against him.  Buffalo's 12 runs was the most scored for an opening day at Buffalo's Coca Coca field.

Ewwwww......  So much for the farm.

It may be about time to flush out AAA.  

So much for ghosts and mystique and aura... All we have left are Steinbrenners.
6 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2012 - 4:59PM #29
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Apr 12, 2012 -- 9:58AM, BigGuy wrote:

The Sweet Smells of Victory

The New York Yankees have a new fragrance line—blue bottle with the NY logo for men; pink bottle for women—and sure, it's pretty funny, but it could have been a little zestier. It would have been better had it been called "Steinbrenner Scion" or "Profligate" or "Midnight Pavano" or something seductive like that. I've yet to locate an actual bottle of the stuff, but I hope it smells of elderflower, Don Zimmer and entitlement.

The Cloudbreak Group

I heard the Boston Red Sox are countering with their own brand of perfume/cologne.......it smells like greasy fried chicken under a heat lamp, and stale beer. They should call it "Suxcess".

6 years ago  ::  Apr 13, 2012 - 1:26AM #30
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Campos unhittable in RiverDogs win

Yankees prospect has yet to allow an earned run this season

Thanks BG....didnt know about him. Someone to watch!! Laughing
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