Monday, July 30, 2012
Ty Hensley made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Yankees and it was probably one to remember. He allowed three runs in 2 IP with 2 walks and a strike out. His velocity sat at 92-93 mph but touched as high as 95 mph. He looked very rusty and uncomfortable but you try not pitching for two months and see how well you do.
Yankees lose their third straight 5-4 to the Orioles
On the eve of the July 31st trading deadline the Yankees will take on the Baltimore Orioles at Yankees Stadium. On the mound for the Yankees will be Freddy Garcia and will be facing the Orioles Miguel Gonzalez. We can really put the nail in the coffin for the division with a sweep here but it has to start tonight. The game will be televised at 7:05 pm ET on YES.
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher DH
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chris Stewart C
"#1"? I don't know, Hanley.
Hanley Ramirez & Randy Choate to Los Angeles Dodgers, Nathan Eovaldi & Scott McGough to Miami Marlins
Can the Dodgers overtake the San Francisco Giants for the National League West title?
I think they can, and that they will. Both teams have been close when it comes to their pitching, as the Giants team FIP so far is at 3.84 while the Dodgers team FIP sits at 3.62. Seeing as how the Dodger pitching has been much better than the Giants pitching over the last month, I think that gives LA the nod on the run prevention side of things.
Neither team has been blowing anybody away with their bats, as San Francisco's team wRC+ has been 92, compared to Los Angeles' wRC+ of 86. But with Hanley Ramirez taking over at SS for the team, where they've gotten a wRC+ of 69 so far in 2012, I can see the Dodgers having a better offense as well.
I don't care how far away from New York you move, Melky, I'm still going to pick on you. Or at least the team you play for.
What does this mean for the Yankees?
Even if I assume the Dodgers win the NL West I don't see them getting past Washington, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, or St. Louis. And looking beyond this year I don't think it matters either.
Personally, I don't want the Yankees to pay any big money for a starter. Unlike some people, I believe Michael Pineda will return and give the team quite a bit out of the rotation. Along with CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, and Phil Hughes, the rotation looks fine to me. It's the catcher and right field slots that I believe the Yanks will have to address this off-season.
Don't be sad, Michael. I still believe in you.
I mention all of that for those people that believe signing Greinke as a free agent will be tougher now, as the Dodgers already have their claws sunk into Zack's meaty white flesh.
I'm just glad the Rangers weren't able to sign Greinke, because if there's a team that... as of right now... I think can beat the Yankees, it's the one out of Arlington, TX.
The New York Yankees used their 10th round pick, 347th overall, on college first basemen Matthew Snyder. Matthew has spent his collegiate career at Ole Miss University. Matthew signed for, like his teammates two rounds previous to him, a well below slot deal at 10K.
Matt is a big guy, sitting at 6'6", and has major league blood running through his veins. His father, Brian Snyder, played 12 years in the minor leagues and two years in the show. He also has a brother, Brandon Snyder, who plays for the Texas Rangers. All these traits helped him his .363 with 7 HRs and 29 RBIs as a Senior at Ole Miss. His left handed swing has plenty of time to develop while we work through the Mark Teixeira contract. The only thing that concerns me about Snyder is whether he will be a hitter only type player of if he will round out as a complete player.
Matt Snyder is already playing 1B for the Staten Island Yankees in the New York Penn League. In 25 games and 87 at bats at the time of this writing Matt has a .322 average, 2 HRs, 22 RBIs, 12 BB's, 9 K's, and an insane .918 OPS. He looks way too good and way too mature to be playing at Staten Island for much longer.