Thursday, September 20, 2012
Monday the Yankees will send Mark Teixeira to the Instructional Leagues when they start up on Monday down in Tampa. The very informal way the instructs are played will allow Mark to ease back into hitting and allow him to get as many at bats a game as he wants really. The Yankees hope to get him back sometime next week so this is the first step. Get well Mark!
Ichiro hits an Ichibomb to make it 2-1 Jays
Ichiro knocks in two more to put the Yankees up 3-2. Ichiro is 9 for his last 10.
Derek Jeter RBI single makes it 4-2 Yanks
Nick Swishe hits a grand slam to put the Yanks up 8-2
The Yankees are fresh off of a double header sweep of the Blue Jays yesterday and look to finish the job tonight in Yankees Stadium. The Yankees will send Phil Hughes to the mound to face off against Aaron Laffey. The game will be televised at 7:05 pm ET on YES and MLB Network.
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Russell Martin C
Curtis Granderson CF
Casey McGehee 1B
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Jayson Nix 3B
Our friend Rob Abruzzese over at Bronx Baseball Daily was pretty upset with the crowd, and some of his twitter followers, last night when Yankees fans were booing Alex Rodriguez. Sure the guy had a bad day, which included two games and 9 outs made in 7 at bats, but if it weren't for his contributions along with, to name a few, Russell Martin and Eduardo Nunez we would not be in first place right now. Abruzzese posted today how the Yankees fans should not be booing Alex, what have you done for me lately kind of fan base or not, and I have to agree. Click the link and read as he goes into depth in it and I would do it no justice to paraphrase it.
Everyone who got their hopes on getting something, anything out of Pedro Feliciano during his 2 year tenure worth $8 million will be highly disappointed as it is very likely that Pedro is done for the season. Pedro rehabbed through the minor leagues and his 30 day window passing every test only to hurt his ankle covering first base in his last rehab assignment. The Yankees used that as an opportunity to reset his 30 day window and has likely shut him down for the season. Sounds about like his, and our as fans, luck huh? Thanks for nothing Pedro.
Through 148 games Rafael Soriano has thrown 63.1 innings, which isn't much when you consider that Mariano Rivera threw more than 63.1 inning in all but 4 of his 17 seasons (not counting this season). But if you look at Soriano's career stats you'll see that he's only thrown 63.1 innings or more in 2 of his 11 MLB seasons.
Rafael has averaged 1.11 innings an appearance over his career, which is more than he's averaged this season with New York (.97). Unfortunately that bit of information does not make me feel a whole lot better, as I'm afraid he's been overworked a bit. Maybe the fact the innings he pitched earlier this season were under less stressful circumstances should make me feel better.
I don't think the Yankees care about my health, as I've felt like this guy a lot while watching the Yankees recently.
In his last 3 non-injury seasons, Soriano has averaged about 69.2 innings per season. So again... things could be all right, as he's not on pace for any more than that 3-year average. I still hope the offense can put enough runs on the board so that we can give him some rest, since over the past 7 games Soriano has appeared in all but one of them (he got the save in the other 6).
With zero open dates left on the calender that's not a good trend to continue. I mean... unless you don't want the Yankees to win. And in that case...
"Oh, you people can kiss the fattest part of my ass."