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SWB Game 5-2 Banuelos
2 years ago  ::  May 02, 2012 - 9:59PM #1
BigGuy
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SWB  AAA  Yankees Game  5-2-12

The SWB Yankees defeated Rochester, at Rochester, in a home game by a 2-1 score.  The win ups their record to 14-10.  The 4 games over .500 is a season's best.

Pitchcing:  Manny Banuelos, coming off the DL from a Lat muscle issue in his back, made his 3rd start of the year. It was his 1st start since April 12th.  He came into the game 0-1 with a 8.53 ERA. 
Banuelos got the side in order in the first 2 innings racking up 3 strikeouts as he looked very sharp, especially his curve.   In the 3rd,  he gave up 2 singles and a wild pitch, but worked out of a 2nd and 3rd jam with his 4th K and a groundball back to to the mound. He got the first 2 outs of the 4th inning including his 5th strikeout and was taken out.  He retired the first 6, and last 5 men he faced.  Banuelos left the game with a 1-0 lead, but did not figure in the decision.

Banuelos' line:  3.2 IP.  0 runs,  2 hits,  5 K's--0 walks.
ERA 6.00,  60 pitches-38 strikes.

Jason Bulger came on to get the final out in the 4th.  He got the side in order in the 5th.  In the 6th, after 2 outs, Bulger gave up a bunt single and rbi double to tie the score at 1. He got the side in order again in the 7th. Bulger got the win (1-0).

Cody Eppley tossed scoreless 8th and 9th innings to pick up his 2nd save.

Offense:  Cole DeVries got the start for the Red Wings.
Steve Pearce led off the 2nd inning with a solo homer (4) to give SWB a 1-0 lead.  In the 3rd, Jayson Nix hit a 2-out double, but was stranded.  Brandon Laird led off the 5th with a double.  Cole Garner followed with an infield single, but once again they could not score. The Yankees broke the 1-1 tie in the 7th when Francisco Cervelli singled and scored when Doug Bernier hit a rbi double to take a 2-1 lead.

Notes:  Francisco Cervelli went  2-3, scoring the winning run. He's upped his average to .227.  Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte was placed on the DL with a sore right arm.

"Jay Z got him a big raise, but he also got him a 30-day vacation – it’s called October," --Pete Rose
2 years ago  ::  May 02, 2012 - 10:02PM #2
BigGuy
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Update: Eric Chavez leaves game with whiplash and possible concussion


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9:11pm: Chavez left the game with whiplash and a possible concussion. He hurt himself while diving for a ball an inning prior to leaving the game. Chavez will undergo more tests, but I can’t see any way he’ll avoid the DL. It’s worth noting that MLB instituted the 7-day DL for concussions last season, just in case you forgot (I did).


8:31pm: Eric Chavez left tonight’s game for an unknown reason in the middle of his fifth inning at-bat. He appeared to get dizzy all of a sudden and had to be helped off the field. Very weird. Eduardo Nunez replaced him at third base, leaving the Yankees with just Chris Stewart on the bench. Update(s) to follow.

"Jay Z got him a big raise, but he also got him a 30-day vacation – it’s called October," --Pete Rose
2 years ago  ::  May 02, 2012 - 10:04PM #3
BigGuy
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April 2012 Monthly Wrap-Up


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With one month officially in the books it’s time for this year’s inaugural edition of the Yankees Monthly Wrap-Up series. For those unfamiliar with my monthly rundowns, feel free to check previous editions out here.



At 13-9 (1.5 games out of first), April 2012 was a solid month overall for the Yanks despite some of the worst starting pitching any of us have seen from the team in quite some time. By comparison, a year ago the Yanks finished out April 15-9 and were 1.5 games up in first.


The Offense



The Yankee offense — and bullpen — were the reasons the team was able to compile a winning record in April. Not much to complain about here, as the Bombers had the second-highest wOBA in the AL after the Rangers, and the best offense in the game when adjusted for park and league. Interestingly, the Yankees’ .358 team wOBA in April was better than every monthly wOBA they put up in 2011 except for last August, when they annihilated the ball to the tune of a .378 wOBA. Out of the Yankees’ last 67 months’ worth of play (dating back to the beginning of the 2001 season), this was the team’s 21st-best monthly offensive performance by wOBA, and the 8th-best by wRC+.


The Yankees somewhat oddly hit a slightly-below-league average percentage of fly balls, but when they did put them in the air they cleared the fence at the best rate in the league. Less surprisingly they saw a below-league-average percentage of fastballs — I say less surprisingly because, as always, they hammered the fastball (top wFA/C in the league). They also saw the second-highest percentage of two-seamers.


On an individual basis, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher carried the day, and their significantly above-average performances helped pick up the disappointing months put up by notorious slow-starter Mark Teixeira (87 wRC+), and, more surprisingly, Robinson Cano (93 wRC+). I’m actually fairly surprised more hasn’t been made of Cano’s nonexistence at the plate thus far; he’s given the team almost nothing and it’s kind of crazy to think how good the offense could be if he were contributing. Russell Martin also had a forgettable month (88 wRC+), but he’s not expected to shoulder a significant portion of the offensive load. For those wondering, Jesus Montero hit .259/.271/.420 in April, while the Yankees have gotten .236/.304/.393 out of the players that have hit in the DH slot so far this season.


Starting Pitching



I more or less covered the Yankees’ wretched April starting pitching on Friday, but it’s worth nothing that CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda were able to help keep the Yankees from registering their worst month of starting pitching in 10 years, though at 5.80 they did secure their second-worst month of collective starters’ ERAs since 2002.


At varying points during April CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova each looked very good, but each also contributed some shaky starts. Freddy Garcia and Phil Hughes were flat-out terrible. If he had enough innings to qualify Hughes’ horrendous 2.9 HR/9 would be second-worst in all of baseball.


Bullpen



The bullpen was insane in April, with a 2.00 ERA that was the team’s third-lowest monthly ERA of its last 61 months. While ERA is a flawed metric — even moreso for relief pitchers — that’s still pretty ridiculous. The only months the Yankees’ relief corps have pitched to a lower ERA since 2002 were August 2002 (1.57) and August 2010 (1.82). I hope you all enjoyed the Yankee bullpen relief performance in April, because we won’t be seeing it again for a while.


Any conversation about the bullpen has to start and end with David Robertson, who continued the stretch of dominance he kicked off a year ago by allowing no earned runs over 11 innings and striking out 14.73 men per nine in April. One of these days D-Rob might give up a run, but let’s hope it doesn’t happen again for a long, long time. David Phelps was the only member of the ‘pen who really registered a “poor” performance by the numbers, although his ability to mop up multiple innings while mostly still keeping the team close was certainly useful, and his ledger is partially skewed by a presumably unsustainable propensity for giving up the long ball (2.04 HR/9). If Phelps can throw to an ERA anywhere near what xFIP thinks he can (4.11), he’ll be a more-than-serviceable replacement for Sweaty Freddy as the fifth starter.

"Jay Z got him a big raise, but he also got him a 30-day vacation – it’s called October," --Pete Rose
2 years ago  ::  May 02, 2012 - 10:05PM #4
BigGuy
Posts: 47,869

Gardner still feeling pain in elbow, will be shut down for a few days


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Via Marc Carig, outfielder Brett Gardner still feels some pain in his right elbow and will be shut down for a few days. He had been swinging a bat in the cage the three or four days and is eligible to come off the DL tomorrow, though that obviously won’t happen. Despite Gardner’s setback, the Yankees are not planning to call up another outfielder according to Joe Girardi. That is just insane.

"Jay Z got him a big raise, but he also got him a 30-day vacation – it’s called October," --Pete Rose
2 years ago  ::  May 02, 2012 - 10:06PM #5
BigGuy
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Update: Yankees sign Cuban outfielder Adonis Garcia


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Update (6:08pm): Via Marc Carig, Garcia signed a one-year minor league deal worth $400k. So the report of six years and $16M was just slightly off the mark, eh?


5:00pm: Via Ben Badler, the Yankees have signed 26-year-old Cuban outfielder Adonis Garcia. The terms of the contract are unknown, but Brian Cashman shot down reports of a six-year, $16M offer back in March. I would be stunned if the deal came even remotely close to that number.


The 5-foot-7, 180 lb. right-handed hitter put up a .270/.313/.461 batting line during winter ball, though Badler says Garcia “doesn’t have any standout tools, so it’s hard for scouts to see him fitting in as a big league regular.” Whatever the signing bonus is, it will not count towards this year’s international spending limit. That doesn’t kick in until July 2nd.

"Jay Z got him a big raise, but he also got him a 30-day vacation – it’s called October," --Pete Rose
2 years ago  ::  May 02, 2012 - 10:07PM #6
BigGuy
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Dodgers In Serious Talks With Bobby Abreu



The Dodgers are in serious talks with Bobby Abreu, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (on Twitter). Details still need to be worked out, so the deal is not yet done.


The Angels released the 38-year-old Abreu late last week, and earlier today we heard that several NL teams have expressed interest. Abreu posted a .353 on-base percentage with 21 stolen bases and 78 walks last year, but got off to a slow start in 2012. He is a client of Peter E. Greenberg & Associates and is available for a pro-rated portion of the MLB minimu

"Jay Z got him a big raise, but he also got him a 30-day vacation – it’s called October," --Pete Rose
2 years ago  ::  May 02, 2012 - 10:08PM #7
BigGuy
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Oh what a difference a couple of days make. On Monday, the Yankees beat the Orioles 2-1 to pull within half a game of Baltimore for second place in the AL East. Since then, Baltimore has outscored New York 12-1 on the strength of strong pitching performances by Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta. Buck Showalter’s club won easily on Wednesday evening, despite a close game early, moving to 16-9 on the season.


Ivan Nova, with his 15-game winning streak on the line, worked out of severals jams in his second start against Baltimore. Keeping his team in the game through six innings with far from his best stuff, Nova finally imploded in the seventh inning, allowing five runs in six and a third frames.


It could have been worse. Nova allowed five baserunners in the first two innings but worked out of trouble. After a strong third, he led off the fourth inning by surrendering a solo home run to Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, Wieters’ seventh of the season. Nova worked out of trouble in the fifth but allowed a second run on a base hit to left field in the sixth, with runners on first and third. Nick Markakis took Nova deep for a solo shot in the seventh, giving Baltimore a three-run lead. Matt Wieters almost took Nova deep again, doubling off the center field wall to extend the Orioles lead to 4-0. Clay Rapada came in and struck out the first batter he faced but an RBI single by Nick Johnson gave Baltimore yet another run.


All told Nova allowed nine hits, four walks, five runs, and two home runs in six and a third innings, striking out three. After striking out 20 and walking just 2 through his first three outings, Nova has walked seven in his past two starts. He’s also surrendered six home runs on the season, nearly half his full season total from 2011.


Jake Arrieta, meanwhile, pitched brilliantly. Through eight innings Arrieta struck out nine, walked none, and allowed just five hits. The sophomore righty did now allow a base runner to reach second base and only Alex Rodriguez reached base twice off him. Arrieta was replaced in the ninth inning by closer Jim Johnson, who entered with a five run lead. Johnson pitched a perfect ninth and the Orioles won by a score of five to nothing. Arrieta won. Nova took the loss, his first since last June, snapping his winning streak one short of Roger Clemens‘ Yankees record of 16.


In further bad news for the Yankees, Eric Chavez left the game after hitting his head going for a ground ball down the third base line and feeling woozy in his following at bat. The oft-injured third baseman was replaced by Eduardo Nunez and it was revealed later in the game that Chavez is suffering from whiplash and a possible concussion. Chavez is hitting .290 on the season with three home runs.

"Jay Z got him a big raise, but he also got him a 30-day vacation – it’s called October," --Pete Rose
2 years ago  ::  May 02, 2012 - 10:10PM #8
BigGuy
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(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog;


Eduardo Nunez is a poor defensive player. Maybe one day his inner gold glove will finally shine through, but at this stage, his defense remains a serious liability. Considering all the supporting evidence, such a statement shouldn’t be controversial. And yet, for some reason, the Yankees’ brain trust of Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi not only seem unconvinced, but, on the contrary, apparently believe he is capable of playing just about every position. Not satisfied to endure his erratic defense in the infield, the Yankees have now cast Nunez as an outfielder, which, predictably, has already yielded worrisome results.



Nunez’ misplay of a fly ball in last night’s game cost the Yankees two runs. (Photo: AP)



The Yankees handling of Nunez is a classic case of a team desperately trying to shoe-horn a hitter into a defensive position so they can keep his bat in the lineup. The only problem, however, is Nunez can’t hit either (at least he hasn’t hit).  In 431 plate appearances, the Yankees’ jack-of-all-trades has hit .268/.315/.375, which equates to an OPS+ of 84. In fairness to Nunez, his sporadic playing time might account for his subpar offensive numbers, but that doesn’t explain his struggles in the minors.


In six minor league seasons, Nunez came to the plate 2,772 times, compiling a line of .274/.318/.369, which is almost exactly the same as his major league output. At no point during his time on the farm has Nunez given any hint of developing into an above average hitter, so, once again, it’s difficult to understand the Yankees’ high expectations for him.


Another strike against Nunez is his relatively advanced age for a player with so many flaws. At 25, Nunez no longer qualifies as a prospect, making the Yankees’ commitment seem even more incongruous. Besides, how many players at his age, who have serious question marks about their glove and bat, manage to stick around in the majors, much less be given an important role on a championship caliber team?



Earlier in the season, Nunez’ error on a ground ball proved instrumental in a loss to Tampa.



Eduardo Nunez seems like a nice guy and good teammate, which makes it difficult to offer a scathing review of his performance. However, it’s hard to look at his body of work and justify the way in which the Yankees have opted to use him. Granted, he does possess certain physical abilities, such as speed and a strong arm, but none of them have been developed to a major league standard. So, instead of allowing him to flounder with the big club, the Yankees and Nunez would be better served by a return trip to Scranton.  After all, if Nunez really is a diamond in the rough, as the Yankees seem to believe, he should be able to sparkle at triple-A (something he has yet to do).


Cashman and Girardi aren’t strangers to occasional bouts of stubbornness, so maybe their steadfast support of Nunez is really an attempt to avoid admitting a mistake? If so, that strategy seems more likely to backfire because their insistence upon forcing him into a role, any role, is only serving to tarnish his reputation and, potentially, lower his confidence. Maybe Nunez will eventually fulfill the Yankees’ high expectations, but right now, he is only digging his hole deeper. At some point, Cashman and Girardi will have to own up their mistake because, only then, will they finally be able to help Nunez start to overcome his.

"Jay Z got him a big raise, but he also got him a 30-day vacation – it’s called October," --Pete Rose
2 years ago  ::  May 02, 2012 - 10:11PM #9
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May 2, 2012 -- 10:05PM, BigGuy wrote:



Gardner still feeling pain in elbow, will be shut down for a few days


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Via Marc Carig, outfielder Brett Gardner still feels some pain in his right elbow and will be shut down for a few days. He had been swinging a bat in the cage the three or four days and is eligible to come off the DL tomorrow, though that obviously won’t happen. Despite Gardner’s setback, the Yankees are not planning to call up another outfielder according to Joe Girardi. That is just insane.




Can Yankees please dip into AAA for a real defensive OFer? Yell Enough already..if Gardner/Swisher continues to exhibit problems, it's time to make a move for some reinforcements.  Stop experimenting with Nunez.....Yell

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2 years ago  ::  May 02, 2012 - 10:14PM #10
BigGuy
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Roster Nonsense




That's all you can call it. Since the 2012 season began the New York Yankees have been plagued by bizarre roster management. It is becoming harder and harder to comprehend, forget about trying to defend them. Some of it is to be expected. If you've been following the Yankees in the post-George Steinbrenner/Rise of Brian Cashman era, you know how the Yankees handle their roster. That is not the surprising part. The surprising part is new to 2012 and it needs calling out like Russell Martin needs an extra base hit.


To cut to the chase, the Yankees need to call up an outfielder, yet they still haven't. Gardner is on the DL, Swisher is hurt and Raul Ibanez is Raul Ibanez. Solution? More pitchers! The problem is having to get someone like DeWayne Wise onto the 40 and then onto the 25. Lets look at how the Yankees have gotten into this predicament in the first place.


40-Man Forever: The Yankee Way. You make it to the 40 and you pretty much have baseball tenure. It's how we had such Roster Greats as mystery man, Reegie Corona and depth chart champ, Ryan Pope. Other useful players can be put on the roster, but because he got there first he's staying. Here is a list of current 40-Man roster reserve players:


Who is Brad Meyers. He's on the DL and he's on the 40. I don't even think this man threw a pitch in spring training. Do we really need two light hitting middle infielders, whatever Brandon Laird is and the corpse of David Adams on the roster? I feel like we'd be ok with just two of them on there. Pena and Laird I suppose. Do we need two catchers? Francisco Cervelli is a major league backup catcher and Austin Romine is a broke back Chris Stewart. One is fine. Clearly the Yankees found Cody Eppley more valuable than Melky Mesa, so what is the point of Melky Mesa? I just made room for 5 DeWayne Wises. We only need 1 DeWayne Wise.


DL-itis: The Yankees are allergic to the Disabled List. Remember that time in 2011 when Russell Martin was hurt, but not hurt enough to help the team and then Francisco Cervelli was trotted out for what felt like forever? That's what the Yankee current outfield situation is like. Brett Gardner was put on the DL. Ok. We need another outfielder. Nope. Nick Swisher goes down. We REALLY need an outfielder. No. I can understand the need for another reliever, I can understand trying to get by until Gardner gets back, but I do not understand being ok with having just one real outfielder. If Brett Gardner is going to need more time before he gets back then the Yankees need to put Nick Swisher on the Disabled List. I know we want to get him back ASAP, but we also need someone who can catch a ball. We'll get Brett Gardner back and everything will suddenly get much better, then a healthy Swisher and we're back to normal.


The way they handle the 60-Day DL is just as bad. Cesar Cabral and Joba Chamberlain can both be put onto the 60-Day DL. Cabral has a broken elbow. Joba Chamberlain is Joba chamberlain. They think Joba will be back by July, but last i checked that is more than 60 days away. I have no idea what is going on with Cesar Cabral.


Inefficient Bullpen: We might have one of the best bullpens in baseball, but that doesn't mean it's economical. Two LOOGYs are not the most efficient way to run a bullpen. Now that we have 8 arms in the pen, those two lefties seem to be clogging up the works. There are more clogs. Freddy Garcia is a clog. Rafael Soriano is also a clog. What is he doing on this team?


I understand collecting depth and conserving your options in which to use it, but if you're never actually going to use that depth then what is the point of collecting it? Woah. Yes, DeWayne Wise would have to go through waivers if he's sent back down, but wasn't this what we brought him in for? The New York Yankees would rather DH Russell Martin than call up Jack Cust. The New York Yankees would rather have 13 pitchers than three outfielders. They take a chance and they pay for it and they will continue to pay.


"Jay Z got him a big raise, but he also got him a 30-day vacation – it’s called October," --Pete Rose
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