Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Yankees @ Twins 9/25/12


Derek Jeter extends his hitting streak to 19 games

The Yankees bats came to life in Target Field last night and will look for more of the same as these same two teams go at it again tonight. There are only 9 games left in the regular season, barring any play in games, and the Yankees have their biggest division lead in almost a month at 1.5 games. The Yankees magic number to clinch a playoff spot in down to 5 with the Angels and Yankees losses compared. The Yankees will send Phil Hughes to the mound tonight to face off with Esmerling Vasquez. The game will be televised at 8:10 pm ET on MLB Network.


Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano DH
Nick Swisher 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Raul Ibanez LF
Jayson Nix 2B

Go Yankees!!

Pat Venditte To Miss At Least Half Of 2013

Yankees switch pitcher Pat Venditte, 27, will miss at least half of the 2013 season with a torn labrum surgery in his right shoulder. I wonder more if Venditte was a fan draw and less of a legit prospect for the Yankees because while his numbers look good he is vastly underwhelming from both sides of the mound. Venditte tore his labrum in mid May of this season and tried to rest and rehab it before opting for surgery. At 27 years old time is really running out for Pat. Get well soon!

Brett Gardner & David Aardsma Activated

Both Brett Gardner and David Aardsma were activated tonight off the 60 day DL as late season reinforcements for the Yankees post season push. Steve Pearce and Justin Thomas were designated for assignment to make room for the two on the 40 man roster. I fully expected Cory Wade and Derek Lowe to get the ax but I guess with Mark Teixeira progressing well and the need for pitching outweighs the need for first basemen depth.

This Day In Yankees History 9/25/12

With two outs in the 9th inning in this 1968 game Mickey Mantle stepped to the plate for his final at bat in Yankees Stadium. He would walk on the at bat.

In 1998 the Yankees won their American League record breaking 112th game of the season beating those pesky Devil Rays.

Alex Rodriguez hits the Yankees 127th home run of the season at Yankees Stadium establishing a franchise record for most home runs in one season at home.

Yankees Magic Number

The Yankees magic number to win the AL East!!

Thinking About 2013 : 4th Outfielder

We will not have to go far on this one because I have already written about this one time. Andruw Jones will not be back with the Yankees next season, not if Brian Cashman is half as smart as I think he is anyways. We will need a replacement, preferably one who is young, not a defensive and base running liability, and can, oh I don't know, actually hit the ball. The great thing about it is we will not even have to go outside the organization because we already have Chris Dickerson.

Chris Dickerson has never been given a fair shake for the Yankees in the majors and that is a damn shame. Chris has done nothing but rake in the minor leagues and helped fill in quite well when needed due to injuries. He is now out of options so the Yankees have to keep him with the big club all season long and they finally have an actual spot for him. He can play all three outfield positions including center field more then adequately, something we have not had much of here lately when Granderson has needed time off. He is a left handed hitter, which tend to flourish in Yankees Stadium, but can hit both righties and lefties equally as well. He has 20 SB speed and a positive UZR, not that this is a great stat for defense, in the field to go along with his batting average, slugging, on base, and OPS. I think it is finally time for Chris Dickerson to shine for the New York Yankees in 2013.

"Nope... Binder Still Says No Chris"
This man, who seems to be slowly transitioning into Joe Torre 2.0, is the only man standing in the way of Chris Dickerson and his dream.

David Aardsma Expected To Be Activated Today

David Aardsma told reporters yesterday in Target Field that he expects to be activated off the DL and be back with the big league club today. The guy has not faced Major League caliber batters in nearly two years and struggled in rehab a little but is on his way back to the show. I love the idea of bringing him back now and getting a few of the jitters and "firsts" out of the way in lesser pressure situations rather then him get it all out of his system next year, assuming we pick up the option. In a matter of a month David had his first baby and is back in the show and I cannot think of a better guy for it all to happen to. Congrats to you David.