Sunday, May 20, 2012

Series Awards: vs. Toronto 5/18 - 5/20

Jake Taylor Award
Raul Ibanez - Raul ended up going 5-for-12 in the series, and only one of those hits was a single. He hit a home run in Game 1, and another homer in Game 3. Although he didn't go deep in the middle game of the series, Ibanez did hit a couple of doubles.

Gentry Award
Dewayne Wise - Wise actually started all three games in the series, but could only go 0-for-8. That's bad enough, but Dewayne also struck out 4 times.

Rick Vaughn Award
Andy Pettitte - He wasn't quite spectacular in his first outing, but this time around we saw how dominant the man can still be. In the first game of the series Andy threw 8 innings, giving up 0 runs on 4 hits and a walk, while striking out 9.

Kelner Award
Ivan Nova - Although Boone Logan's performance in Sunday's rubber match was pretty bad, I couldn't ignore another poor start from Ivan Nova. In his last start on the 14th, Ivan gave up 5 runs in 5.1 innings. On Saturday Nova gave up 5 runs again, but went 6 innings. So I guess that's an improvement.


The awards are named after one of the best baseball movies of all time... Major League.

Jake Taylor Award - Awarded to the most valuable position player. Named after the hard-nose veteran catcher that, despite making the league minimum, was the heart and soul of the 1989 American League East winning Cleveland Indians.

Gentry Award - Awarded to the least valuable position player. Named after the very first man cut from the 1989 Cleveland Indians, #47 Gentry. A man so insignificant he wasn't even given a first name.

Rick Vaughn - Awarded to the best pitcher in the series. This one is, of course, named after the "Wild Thing". The man that made Clu Haywood look silly in the division deciding game.

Kelner Award - Awarded to the worst pitcher in the series. Named after the Opening Day starter for the '89 Indians. Not a good game for Mr. Kelner, as Indians' announcer Harry Doyle famously quipped "thank God" after Kelner left the game. And yet another bad player without a first name.

Reds @ Yankees 5/20/12


Raul Ibanez continues his Yankee Stadium dominance with a two run home to put the Yankees up 2-0. 

Shaky 7th inning for CC Sabathia. He allows 2 solo home runs and walked three batters in a row, the last one walking in a run, to give the Reds a 3-2 lead.

A two run 9th inning rally on a miscue by Derek Jeter allows two more insurance runs to score. We go to the bottom of the 9th with a score of 5-2 Reds. 

Reds win 5-2

Going For The Series Win

This should be a fun pitching match up in the series finale between the Yankees and the Reds. Johnny Cueto for the Reds faces off against Yankees ace CC Sabathia. This game will be televised on YES at 1:05 pm ET. Here is the lineup.

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Raul Ibanez DH
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 1B
Dewayne Wise LF
Chris Stewart C