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6 years ago  ::  May 09, 2012 - 9:19AM #31
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I love Drob but he's got to cut down on the # of pitches if he's going to close. He will never be able to pitch back to back if every inning is 25 pitches.

6 years ago  ::  May 09, 2012 - 9:35AM #32
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May 9, 2012 -- 9:19AM, newinn wrote:

I love Drob but he's got to cut down on the # of pitches if he's going to close. He will never be able to pitch back to back if every inning is 25 pitches.

Soriano too, for that matter.  26 pitches for him.  I'm happy with the outcome of course, but they will both have to be more efficient most of the time.

6 years ago  ::  May 09, 2012 - 9:48AM #33
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May 9, 2012 -- 9:35AM, Stratocaster wrote:

May 9, 2012 -- 9:19AM, newinn wrote:

I love Drob but he's got to cut down on the # of pitches if he's going to close. He will never be able to pitch back to back if every inning is 25 pitches.

Soriano too, for that matter. 26 pitches for him. I'm happy with the outcome of course, but they will both have to be more efficient most of the time.

Yep, him too. You know they both were able to share the 8th inning job when Mo was around. If Drob threw 25 pithces one night the could use Sori the next night in a set up spot assuming he didn't throw a ton of pitches also

6 years ago  ::  May 09, 2012 - 10:08AM #34
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May 9, 2012 -- 6:49AM, Stratocaster wrote:

RHP Adam Warren: 4.2 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/2 GB/FB – 64 of 101 pitches were strikes (63.4%) … 44 hits allowed in 31.1 IP That line suggests he's getting behind in counts and rather than walking guys he's throwing some fat pitches that are getting hit? I haven't paid much attention to him so far, but that's what it looks like...at least last night.

That's what its looked like since last June after he got off to a very nice start.  This kid's got good enough stuff and better velocity than both Phelps and DJ, but his command hasn't been that sharp in the last 12 months now.  He gets behind in counts and then the hitters are just sitting there.  He beats himself.  I have to say I was excited when he was drafted because Webson clued me in on the kid.  He watched him pitch for NC during the college WS and was very impressed.  He had some ridiculous numbers like 22-4 at UNC, but he's been another disapointment so far. He's been in a word, mediocre.

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
6 years ago  ::  May 09, 2012 - 10:11AM #35
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May 9, 2012 -- 9:19AM, newinn wrote:

I love Drob but he's got to cut down on the # of pitches if he's going to close. He will never be able to pitch back to back if every inning is 25 pitches.

Those high pitch counts for Robertson  have to be a major concern for Girardi.  The days of Mo's 9 pitch innings are over.  DRob is going to have to be more conservative with his pitches or he's not going to be pitching very many back-to-back games.   Last night was worse than usual, but he's often gotten himself in and out of trouble.  I'm going to have to stuck up on Tums.

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
6 years ago  ::  May 09, 2012 - 10:12AM #36
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Games #29 & 30 SWB 0-4 / COL 1-3

DATE: May 8, 2012 

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Columbus Split Tuesday Twin Bill  

Clippers win opening game 1-0, while Yankees come from behind to win night cap 4-3

Rochester, NYOn the same night the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (15-15) saw their season long losing streak get extended to five with a 1-0 loss, the Yankees came from behind and stopped that streak in its tracks with a 4-3 win.  The Yankees and Columbus Clippers (17-14) split a double header at Frontier Field in Rochester, with the visitors taking a 1-0 win in game one and the Yankees coming from behind to win game two 4-3.

The Clippers would get the only run they would need in the top half of the fifth inning in the first game of the twin bill.  Beau Mills led off the inning off SWB starter Manny Banuelos (LP, 0-2) with a single to right field just out of the reach of second baseman Kevin Russo for a base hit.  The next hitter Andy LaRoche doubled to centerfield out of the reach of Yankees centerfielder Cole Garner scoring Mills for a 1-0 lead.

Clippers starter David Huff (WP, 1-1) took care of the rest as he did not allow a run tossing the four hit complete game shutout for his first win of the season.  The southpaw, making his second start and third appearance of the season walked one and struck out five in his 7.0 innings of work.  Banuelos who took the loss for the Yankees was impressive on the night as well, allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts in his 5.0 innings.  The left hander’s pitch count was increased to 75 in his second start since coming off the disabled list on May 2nd.

Game two of the double header got off to a much more offensive start as both the Clippers and Yankees picked up early runs. Columbusgrabbed a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first inning off SWB starter Adam Warren.  Former SWB Yankee outfielder Chad Huffman doubled to right center scoring Cord Phelps who led the inning off with a single for a 1-0 lead.  With one down Matt LaPorta doubled into left center plating Huffman with the second run of the inning.

The Yankees answered with single runs in each of the first and second innings off Clippers starter Kevin Slowey (LP, 2-3).  Jack Cust picked up his SWB best 16th run batted in with a single to center scoring Kevin Russo, who led the inning off with a single and then stole second base to put himself into scoring position.  SWB tied the game in the second inning at 2-2 on Russo’s two out RBI double to left that scored Ray Kruml who had singled with two out and stole second base to put himself in scoring position.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre grabbed the lead in the bottom of the third on the first Triple-A homer from Ronnier Mustelier, a line shot over the wall in left good for a two run shot off Slowey and a 4-2 Yankees lead.  Cust led off the third with a double to left center and scored on the Mustelier long ball.

Columbus got to with one run at 4-3 scoring a run off Warren in the top of the fourth inning.  With two out and the bases loaded for Cord Phelps, the Clippers second baseman singled to left scoring LaRoche to get the visitors within one run at 4-3.  Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh waived home the runner from second base Matt Pagnozzi, testing Kruml’s arm in left.  Kruml’s one hop throw was in time and Pagnozzi was tagged out by Yankees catcher Gustavo Molina for the final out of the inning with SWB maintaining the lead at 4-3.

Juan Cedeno (WP, 2-0) picked up the win in relief of Warren tossing 1.0 scoreless innings and Kevin Whelan pitched 1.1 scoreless innings for his seventh save of the season.

The Yankees and Clippers are back to the standard one game, nine inning format on Wednesday night with a 7:05 PM first pitch from Frontier Field.  Right hander Dellin Betances (1-2, 6.25 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees while the Clippers have not announced a starter for the third game of the series.


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6 years ago  ::  May 09, 2012 - 10:15AM #37
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A new world for Robertson and the Yankees

Last night brought a new reality for the Yankees, and that reality will probably linger into the foreseeable future. Mariano Rivera needs surgery, Dave Robertson is the new closer, and Brian Cashman is not actively looking for any sort of replacement.

“I have no interest in going outside the organization, put it that way,” Cashman said. “It doesn’t mean that we won’t do that at some point, but it’s not something I want to do. That’s certainly not something I’m doing at this stage. I haven’t made any phone calls.”

The Yankees late innings will fall to Robertson and Rafael Soriano, both accomplished pitcher in their own right, but neither one of them heading for a first-ballot entry into Cooperstown.

“I have a ton of faith in what David Robertson is capable of doing,” Joe Girardi said. “I’ve watched it year after year for a while here, but any time that we see someone different than Mo, it’s just different. We’ve been watching this for a long, long time, watching him close games since 1997. I don’t care if the next guy that became the closer — let’s just say, for example, he’s going to end up with 700 saves — it would be strange to see that guy come in and not Mo.”

It will be strange. Instead of Metallica, it’s Lynyrd Skynyrd, and that’s about as different as you can get. But Robertson hasn’t allowed a run in his past 26.1 innings, the longest such streak by a Yankeee since — you guessed it — Rivera in 1999.

It’s going to be different. And the Yankees are going to find out whether it can work.

“You get nervous every time you go into a game, I feel like,” Robertson said. “You still get a little jittery. I don’t think that’s ever really going to go away. I bet you can ask somebody who has been playing for 20 years and they’d probably tell you they get nervous when they go out there. … I think it was good to get the first one under my belt. I’m very happy about it. I’m glad no one scored and I didn’t ruin the game.”

Associated Press photo

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6 years ago  ::  May 09, 2012 - 10:23AM #38
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The New Bullpen Era


(REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

For the first time in 15 years, the Yankees have someone other than Mariano Rivera closing the door in the ninth inning. The Sandman tore his right ACL shagging fly balls before last Thursday’s game, thrusting David Robertson into the closer’s role on a full-time basis. As we saw last night, things are going to be very different at the end of the game going forward.

As he usually does, Robertson created a bit of a mess against the Rays on Tuesday before striking his way out of the jam to secure the win. It’s what he does, make jams so he can pitch his way out of them. Unfortunately, that act is far less enjoyable in the ninth inning than at any other point of the game. If Robertson can’t wiggle his way out of trouble and a run(s) scores, the Yankees now have three outs to respond. That’s it. If he does the same in the eighth, they’ll have six outs to recover. Not much, but better than three. The margin for error is tiny.

This probably sounds stupid given how things turned out, but I thought last night’s game was a perfect example of why I believe that at the very least, Joe Girardi needs to be a little more flexible in the late innings. The Yankees were up two runs going into the eighth, but the top of the order was due up. That’s a pretty good spot to use Robertson given the degree of difficulty, allowing Soriano to finish the game against inferior hitters in the ninth. If the bottom of the order was due up in the eighth, then by all means go to Soriano. In a perfect world, you’d have Robertson pitch to the toughest batters.

Obviously pulling that off is much easier said than done. Pitchers do like knowing their specific role/inning and bouncing them around could have some negative impact. Might be a lot, might be negligible. Who knows. Girardi can play coy all he wants, but we know that Robertson will be his man in the ninth inning going forward. He’s certainly earned it and I’m not going to ding the manager for marrying relievers to specific innings when literally every other manager in baseball does it. This isn’t just a Girardi thing, but it will be more noticeable with Rivera on the shelf.

“What I think is Mo probably would have thrown 12 pitches, broke a bat and we would have been gone 20 minutes ago,” joked Robertson following last night’s game, though there is some truth there. We’ve been spoiled by Mariano’s stress (and walk) free ninth innings for a baseball lifetime, and we’re going to be in for a serious culture shock over these next six months or so. I have full confidence in Robertson doing the job, but he is going to test our patience and raise our blood pressure along the way. This is a new era of Yankees baseball, and to be quite honest, it makes me nervous.

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
6 years ago  ::  May 09, 2012 - 10:26AM #39
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Rays Place Jeff Keppinger On Restricted List

The Rays placed infielder Jeff Keppinger on the restricted list due to a personal matter following last night’s game, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports. The Rays called up outfielder Brandon Guyer in a corresponding move and indicated that Keppinger’s absence will be a short one.

The Rays signed Keppinger to a one-year, $1.25MM contract in January. The 32-year-old has a .313/.338/.453 batting line in 68 plate appearances as a second and third baseman in Tampa Bay. Players on the restricted list do not count toward a team's 25-man or 40-man roster. They do not accrue service time and they don't always get paid.

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6 years ago  ::  May 09, 2012 - 10:28AM #40
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Yesterday in my article about Ivan Nova and his problem with hard contact, I intimated that Nova’s high HR/FB% was a bit unlucky. He didn’t do me any favors by giving up two more homers, one to Jose Molina and one to Luke Scott, during his start last night. The one to Scott, though, was definitely a Yankee Stadium Special, so I went to Nova’s page on Hit Tracker to see if Nova was actually getting unlucky with the long ball, or if I was just being a bit of a Pollyanna.

He has now given up eight home runs on the year, leading to an 18.2 HR/FB%. If we go by the classifications on HTO, Nova’s given up one no doubt homer, the one to Nick Markakis in Yankee Stadium lat week. Three homers have been classified as “plenty” while the remaining four have been dubbed “just enough” to get out. What might matter more, though, is how many of those homers would’ve gotten out in xx number of parks. Three of the homers Nova has given up would’ve gone out in fewer than 10 Major League parks, including last night’s homer surrendered to Scott (2). Let’s go batter-by-batter (starting with last night) and examine the homers, courtesy as always, of Brooks Baseball.

Jose Molina, 5/8:

Jose  Molina HR 5/8

Yeah, he left an 0-2 pitch right over the plate. Jose may not be the most powerful of hitters, but even he’s going to hit a homer on that pitch, especially if it’s a hanging slider.

Luke Scott, 5/8:

Luke  Scott 5/8

On this one, I can’t really blame Nova. He put the pitch in a pretty good spot and even Scott didn’t think it was out after he hit it.

Matt Weiters, 5/2:

Matt Weiters 5/2

Again, looks like a pretty good pitch, but Weiters was able to handle it and hit it out. For the record, HTO labeled this one as “plenty,” though it would’ve been out in only 7 parks.

Nick Markakis, 5/2:

Nick  Markakis 5/2

Yeah, that location tells us all we need to know.

David Ortiz, 4/20:

David  Ortiz 4/20

Same as Markakis. When you leave the ball there, it’s going to go a long, long way. This is the only homer Nova’s given up on the road.

Mark Trumbo, 4/15:

Mark  Trumbo 4/15

Hitter’s count? Check. Bad location? Check. Homer? Check. Like the Ortiz shot, this one would’ve been out in all 30 parks.

Chris Iannetta, 4/15:

Chris  Iannetta 4/15

It’s a hitter’s count, but it’s not in an awful location. Tip your cap to Iannetta? Well, this one, we should note, would only get out of one park…the park that it did get out of.

Matt Weiters, 4/9:

Matt Weiters 4/9

Like many of the others, we see a hitter’s count and a bad pitch location. Granted, this one should’ve been 1-1 instead of 2-0, but that third pitch’s location is unforgivable. You can’t help but hit a homer on that.

So, has Nova gotten a bit unlucky on his homers? Possibly. Two homers came off of pretty good pitches, but the others were off of fat pitches that even the meekest of Major Leaguers could turn into extra bases. I highly doubt Nova’s going to give up homers at the rate he’s doing now (1.91 HR/9, 18.2 HR/FB%), but he’s got to watch his location in hitter’s counts. I understand the desire not to give in, but sometimes you need to swallow your pride and give up a walk instead of a hit.

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