Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CC falls apart in 6-3 loss to Mariners

CC Sabathia gave up 4 earned runs in 5 innings of work and Dellin Betances followed him by surrendering another two tonight as the Yankees frustratingly lost this series' opener to the Mariners, 6-3. Through 4 frames in this one, CC was absolutely dealing, giving up no runs and just three hits, but then in the top of the fifth he had his big inning, as the M's circled the bases 4 times on 5 hits to turn the game's tides. 

Anyway, the Yanks offense, which, come to realize, hasn't really done anything for about a week now, struggled mightily this evening against Seattle Starter Chris Young, scoring just 1 earned run in 5.2 at-bats when Mark Teixeira hit his second solo home run in as many games in the bottom of the second. Besides that, the Bombers also pushed across individual runs in the third and ninth, when Brian Roberts scored from third on a throwing error and Brett Gardner singled in Ichiro.

Besides those guys, as you all already know, Robinson Cano also made some news in this contest, going 1-for-5 with an RBI in his first game in the Bronx since signing with the Mariners this offseason.

Jacoby Ellsbury & Michael Pineda Are Injured, Great

Before we get down to business all I can think about is the movie Friday with Chris Tucker and Ice Cube and the comment that Tucker's character makes about how dumb you have to be to get fired on your day off. Michael Pineda is currently serving a suspension for the use of an illegal substance, pine tar specifically, and is in jeopardy of being added to the disabled list... what? Jacoby Ellsbury is also nursing a nagging injury that the Yankees are surely going to overreact with.

Ellsbury is out of the lineup tonight with a sore hand that has been bothering him for a few days now. Tests were done on the hand and everything came back clean and negative which is encouraging but the Yankees are sitting Ellsbury tonight. Pineda was throwing a simulated game down in Tampa and pulled himself after just one inning with a tight lat muscle. Pineda will go for an MRI on the lat and his next start next Monday is now obviously in jeopardy.

My question is, and I have not found this so maybe one of the readers can help me here, can we back date a DL trip while the player is suspended? I doubt it but I don't know that for sure.

Game Thread: Yankees vs. Cano 4/29

The New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners will play the first of a three game set tonight at Yankee Stadium in a game that marks the return of long time Yankee second basemen Robinson Cano to the Bronx. This will be the first time that Cano comes back to Yankee Stadium since leaving this winter for 10 years, $240 million, an even more offensively anemic team than he was on in 2013, and a whole lot of rain. The pitching matchup is CC Sabathia for the Yankees and Chris Young for the Mariners and the game will be played at 7:05 pm ET. The game can be seen on the YES Network, MLB Network, MLB TV, and can be heard on the radio with WFAN.

There should be plenty to talk about tonight on Twitter so give us a follow by following @GreedyStripes as we agree with the Cano supporters and those who appreciate what he has done and bash the people who boo Cano. We're always up for a healthy Yankee discussion so give us a follow and if that's not your thing then leave us a comment in the comments section of this post and we will answer back.

Enjoy the game Yankees family and enjoy the rest of your evening.

Think Robinson Cano Is Regretting Seattle Yet?... Meme

So who thinks that Robinson Cano is regretting signing with the Seattle Mariners yet? Better yet, who thinks Curtis Granderson regrets signing with the New York Mets yet? Especially when the Yankees are enjoying first place in the American League East, the Mariners offense might be a little better than the 2013 Yankees offense, and the Mets suck. You made your beds now line it with $100 bills and lay in it gentlemen.

Preview: New York Yankees vs. Seattle Cano's 4/29

The New York Yankees will host the Seattle Mariners tonight in the first of a three game set in the Bronx. This obviously marks the first time that Robinson Cano has made his way back to the Bronx and to Yankee Stadium since teaming up with Jay Z and shocking the baseball world by signing a 10 year and $240 million contract with the Mariners over the winter. The Yankees will send CC Sabathia to the mound to face off with the M's Chris Young among all the boo birds in the Bronx. The game will be played at 7:05 and can be seen on the YES Network, MLB Network, on your computer with MLB TV, and can be heard on the radio with WFAN.

Sabathia has won two straight starts and seems to be back to more of the CC Sabathia of old and less of the inconsistent 2013 version. To be honest CC was helped out a lot by the Yankees offense that scores 24 runs in his last two starts against the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox but CC did more than his fair share giving up only one earned run in seven innings against Tampa and only gave up two runs in six innings against the Red Sox. For the Yankees sake let's hope we will see more of the same from Sabathia tonight.

Young is coming off a start in which he gave up three runs on four hits with five walks in a seven inning no decision against the Houston Astros last time out. Young did not pitch in the Major Leagues last season because of shoulder problems but is still a intimidating force standing at 6'10" on the mound. Let's hope the Yankees can jump on his rust and score early and often to spoil Cano's return to the Bronx.

Go Yankees!!

Cano I Will Applaud Tonight, Jay Z Not So Much...

Okay so a couple of hours ago I praised, appreciated, and basically thanked Robinson Cano for his tenure in the Bronx as a Yankee but that doesn't mean I need to do the same for Jay Z. Just listen to the song, it tells my thoughts on the matter perfectly.

Robinson Cano: The Yankees Highlights Tribute

Yes I wen't there, sorry not sorry. I am in the part of the Yankees camp that actually appreciates everything that Robinson Cano did for the Yankees. I also understand that baseball is a business and Cano left. We steal other teams free agents all the time, hard to be mad when the shoe is on the other foot. Don't hate, let's appreciate Cano and everything he did in a Yankee uniform. 

Can't Predict Baseball: Perfect Game Star Turns Yankee

On this day in 1924 future New York Yankees starter Bump Hadley throws a perfect game against the Hadley-Lynn team of Massachusetts. The Mercersburg Academy standout strikes out 26 of the 27 batters he faced. Career pitching line with the Yankees you ask? 49-31 record, 4.28 ERA, 1.531 WHIP, and a 5.3 WAR in five seasons.

On this day in 1933 Washington Senators catcher Luke Sewell tagged out two New York Yankees runners trying to score on the same play. Lou Gehrig and Dixie Walker are the victims of this unusual play at home plate.

You really can't predict baseball.

Injury Update For Brett Gardner & Yangervis Solarte

The New York Yankees will host the Seattle Mariners tonight and will need all hands on deck and got some good news yesterday on both Brett Gardner and Yangervis Solarte. Both players were held out of Sunday's finale against the Angels simply to give each two days of rest for their nagging injuries and both are expected to be back in the lineup tonight in the Bronx.

Gardner fouled a ball off his foot and had an X-ray that came back negative. Gardner was very optimistic about the foot and said it felt better Sunday than he expected it to. It is likely that Gardner could have played Sunday if need be but the Yankees seem to be cautious, which is never a bad thing.

Solarte was held out of the game due to a sore shoulder after a diving play over the weekend. Solarte had tests on the shoulder and everything came back clean and negative. Another cautious move by Girardi it looks like. Solarte is expected to be in the lineup or available off the bench tonight.

Now that we are closer to 100% let's beat those Seattle Cano's.

Quick Hit: I'm Selfish & I Hate The 10 Day Roster Rule

I know this is going to sound somewhat bitter, and I am not bitter whether you believe that or not, but I truly hate the rule that states a player has to wait 10 days after being sent down to the minor leagues before being called back up. The New York Yankees sent down Scott Sizemore on Easter Sunday, April 20, and would not be eligible to come back to the major until at least tomorrow. Why this is significant is because it would be nice to call up Sizemore and let him start at second base tonight.

It would be nice to have #24 back in pinstripes playing at second base tonight and #22 in center field, both of Cano's old uniform numbers, while Robinson Cano comes back to the Bronx for the first time since darting for Seattle.

Trenton Thunder Game Recap 4/28

9th Inning Triple is Game-Winner for Thunder

MANCHESTER, NH - Taylor Dugas laced a triple up the right-centerfield gap in the top of the 9th to score Yeral Sanchez from first base in the Trenton Thunder's 2-1 series-opening win against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
The Thunder and Fisher Cats traded scoreless innings until the top of the 7th inning when Yeral Sanchez singled with one out off newly-inserted reliever Richard Bleier. Sanchez advanced to second base on a wild pitch and then moved to third base with two outs when Dugas grounded to second base. The next batter was Ali Castillo who struck out, but the pitch got away from New Hampshire catcher A.J. Jimenez for a wild pitch and allowed Sanchez to score for a 1-0 lead.
After the Fisher Cats tied it on an unearned run in the bottom of the 8th inning, Trenton called upon Dugas to provide the game-winning hit. With one out and the bases empty, Sanchez ripped a single at the first baseman Mike McDade, who knocked down the baseball but couldn't make the play to allow Sanchez to reach with an infield single. That set the table for Dugas' winning hit which moved the Thunder to a season-best six games over .500.
Thunder starting pitcher Zach Nuding got the no-decision, despite throwing 5.2 shutout innings with only four hits surrendered. He turned the ball over to reliever Taylor Garrison who didn't allow a hit in 3.0 IP and allowed just one unearned run in his first Double-A victory.
Cole Kimball entered in relief of Garrison with two outs in the ninth innings and after issuing a walk, was able to induce a game-ending fielder's choice to end the ballgame and secure his first save of the season.

Trenton continues their four-game series with New Hampshire Tuesday in the second game of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. with the Trenton Thunder pre-game show beginning at 6:20 p.m. on 91.3 FM WTSR or online at www.trentonthunder.com.

Being posted with permission from the Trenton Thunder. The original post can be seen HERE

This Day In New York Yankees History 4/29

On this day in 1939 Lou Gehrig came up to plate at Yankee Stadium in the fourth inning and laced a single off of Washington Senators pitcher Ken Chase for his 2,721st and last hit of his Major League career. Gehrig would finish with the Yankees franchise record for most in history, recently passed by Derek Jeter. The Iron Horse and the Yankee captain's record would stand for 70 seasons until another 35 year old captain passes him in 2009.

On this day in 2006 the Yankees rout the Toronto Blue Jays 17-4 to become the sixth American League team to score in all eight innings that the team came to bat. The only other time a New York Yankees team scored in every inning of a full game was in July of 1939 when they beat the Browns 14-1 in Yankee Stadium.