Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Kuroda Dominant in 5-1 Win Over Red Sox

Hiroki Kuroda threw 7 innings of one-run ball and Brian McCann went 4-for-4 with 3 RBIs tonight as the Yankees bounced back nicely from yesterday's embrassment with a 5-1 win over the Red Sox. 

In those 7 frames, Kuroda, a man notorious for struggling at this time of the year, really did look great, surrendering just four hits while walking none and striking out eight.

Still, since Boston's Anthony Ranaudo, a 24-year-old rookie from New Jersey, only allowed a two-run home run to the aforementioned McCann and a sac fly to Jacoby Ellsbury during his 5 1/3 innings the contest stayed close until the bottom of the seventh, when a pair of RBI Singles off Alex Wilson put things out of reach. 

No, those singles, which came off the bats of McCann and Brett Gardner, weren't necessarily amazing, but since they did make it 5-1 to take the pressure off the corresponding relievers they were definitely huge, even if McCann's was slightly tainted by Carlos Beltran getting thrown out. 



As I arrived home from work tonight and placed my keys, my personal phone, my work phone, and my wallet on my nightstand like I do every night, my 9-year old son walked into the room and asked me a very embarrassing question.  It wasn't one I was very prepared for nor was it one I expected from a 9-year old that just started the 4th grade.

So there we were...and it was time to have THE TALK.  When is an appropriate age to have THE TALK, you ask?  Well, apparently in this instance it was at 9.  I mean he had already been exposed to it through movies and on television, so I would rather put it in my own words so he could hear it directly from his father.  Undoubtedly he had heard things about it at school from his friends and that is why I was having to "deal" with it on this particular day.

"Dad, is the guy who played the Human Torch the same guy that played Captain America?"

At first I didn't know what to say as it is such a delicate subject, so I counted to ten and took two deep breaths and responded with: sometimes when a movie studio and an actor love an idea so much they create a movie about a famous comic book character or characters that doesn't live up to expectation.  So instead of keeping that actor in the role, they put him in ANOTHER comic book movie based in the same character universe and then act like that other movie didn't exist.

Yes Son, Chris Evans is both Johnny Storm aka the Human Torch AND Steve Rogers aka Captain America.
I guess with CGI this could have still happened?
But then there is a whole other problem with this do I go on to explain how the same person is both Daredevil AND Batman?  Or that Christopher Reeve, Dean Cain, Tom Wellman, Brandon Routh, and now Henry Cavill are ALL Superman.  And Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer (ha!), George Clooney, Christian Bale, and now Ben Affleck are indeed all the SAME character.  Maybe Jack Nicholson will make his 2nd appearance as the Joker now that Heath Ledger is unable to reprise his amazing role.

I'm just glad that he hasn't seen Blade: Trinity or Wolverine: Origins (due to the violence) and Green Lantern (due to the violence against our collective eyes).  How would one possibly explain how Ryan Reynolds could be three different superheroes at the same time? Wait does van Wilder count as a hero?

I think with the knowledge he gained tonight he is prepared to figure out all the disparities in the various Spider-Man movies and future renditions to come.  Good luck on that son!

Just remember that it is a very touchy subject and it should come up at some point with your own son or daughter.  Be patient with them, use words they can understand, and most importantly be prepared to face some tough realities about comic book movies in general.

Yankees Add Kyle Higashioka To 2014 AFL Roster

The Yankees said they would be adding a catcher to be named later to the Scottsdale Scorpions Arizona Fall League roster and that catcher has been announced today, Kyle Higashioka.

Prado Day-to-Day With Hamstring Strain

Yankees Utility Man Martin Prado will miss tonight's game against the Red Sox with a mild hamstring strain, team Manager Joe Girardi revealed earlier today.

“We’ll see how he is tomorrow, but right now he’s down,” Girardi said. “Our hope is it won’t be too long. We’ll have to see.”

Prado, who suffered the wound in last night's loss to the Red Sox, is currently listed as day-to-day. Besides him, Girardi also provided a positive update on RHP Masahiro Tanaka, the club's ace who could hold their playoff future in his hands. 

"Every manual test that they did came out really well," Girardi said. "They just said he had some arm fatigue and he is scheduled to throw a bullpen sometime this week. Hopefully, he is ready to do it."

Tanaka, a 25-year-old rookie who played in Japan last season, has not appeared since July 8's loss to Cleveland. In that outing, which lasted just 6 2/3 innings, Tanaka surrendered 5 earned runs, the only time he has done so this season. 

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Nick's Picks 2.0: Red Sox VS Yankees 9/3/14

I am pretty sure by this point the Yankees are hating going to work, because this is driving me nuts to watch. After a horrendous display last night, I could have jinxed that, a new night is what the team needs. This series can still be won, and needs to be won. Tonight is going to be Kuroda on the mound and he can get it done, if only we have enough support behind him. My picks tonight will not be as crazy as yesterdays, because I do not think I can be any more wrong than I was with those picks. 

Breakout Hitter: Watch out for Carlos Beltran tonight. The team as a whole has not faced Red Sox starter Anthony Ranaudo much, but in that small sample Beltran has taken him deep. Look for Beltran to belt one tonight, no really I think he might get one. I think Carlos goes 2-4 and drives in two runs, scoring two and helping the team to a big victory. 

Pitcher to watch: I think that tonight we are going to see Kuroda put together a pretty decent outing. Hopefully he quiets those bats because we do not want another game like last night. Kuroda is due to finally get that 10th win, and I think he pitches seven strong with six strikeouts. We need you tonight Hirok! 

Simply Cluth: Come on Ichiro! I want something from you at the bottom of the lineup. We need you to act as a table setter and get on for the big boys at the top. Look for Ichiro to get on and cause some havoc. Yeah, we know he wont be stealing any bases, but you never know. Ichiro will be the big run tonight. 

Simply, we need a win tonight. Not too confusing, just a W at the end of the day. The Yankees cannot afford to keep this up, they need to get on a winning streak and stay on it. I have a notion that tonight we finally pull through and start this streak, I hope. Yankees will win tonight 5-3. Let's go Yankees! Remember YCPB!  

9/3 Yankees Open Thread vs. Boston Red Sox

Welcome to tonight’s open thread for the second game of this three game set between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees will send Hiroki Kuroda to the mound as the team looks to push towards the playoffs with an extremely small margin of error. The Boston Red Sox will send Anthony Ranuado to the mound looking to be the spoiler for the Yankees. The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network, MLB TV, and can be heard on the radio with WFAN.

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It’s an open thread and it’s a Yankees and Red Sox game so there should be plenty to talk about. Feel free to use our comments section to chat during the game about whatever you would like. Enjoy the game Yankees family and enjoy the rest of your evening. As always, go Yankees!

Cashman's Thought Process For September Explained

The leg bone's connected to the, brain bone. The brain bone's connected to the... well you get the idea. Brian Cashman must be holding in his farts and they must be traveling up his spine because he is coming up with some shitty ideas this month.

Martin Prado Out w/ "Mild,Mild" Hamstring Strain

This has become comical at this point for the Yankees, I am on the verge of literally laughing here. Martin Prado is out today and Joe Girardi has all but deemed him out for tomorrow as well with a "mild, mild hamstring strain." Let the pampering begin.

9/3 Yankees Game Preview vs. Boston Red Sox

The New York Yankees continue their playoff push towards October in Derek Jeter’s final season tonight against the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees will send Hiroki Kuroda to the mound to face off with the Red Sox rookie starter Anthony Ranuado. The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network, ESPN's Wednesday Night Baseball, MLB TV, and can be heard on the radio with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on WFAN.

Kuroda has been pitching well putting to bed the talks of a late season fade for a third consecutive season. Kuroda is coming off a start against the Detroit Tigers in which he allowed just two runs in another quality start. Kuroda has thrown three consecutive quality starts and has allowed more than three runs in just one of his last nine starts this season. Kuroda may actually be getting stronger as the season goes on this time around. 

Ranuado is making his second career start against the New York Yankees this season and looks for his fourth win of the season tonight in the Bronx. Ranuado beat the Yankees in his major league debut holding New York to just two runs over six innings on August 1. 

Go Yankees!!

Why Is Derek Jeter So Untouchable?

The Yankees manager Joe Girardi stated yesterday that he was unwilling to move Derek Jeter down in the order and out of the second hole in the lineup. Girardi said, to paraphrase a bit, that the entire lineup was struggling and it was unfair to single out Jeter specifically in the lineup and for the struggles, something I read first when I wrote it hours before Girardi basically said the same exact thing. Why is Jeter so untouchable?

Joe Girardi is the same manager that wasn't afraid to move Jorge Posada down in the lineup during the 2011 season. Girardi even ruffled Posada's feathers enough by benching and DH'ing him that Posada was ready to call it a career and walk away from the team, reportedly anyway. Girardi was also the man that moved Alex Rodriguez down in the order the very next season and even pinch hit for him with Raul Ibanez in the 2012 postseason. Girardi benched A Rod for a lot of the stretch run during that 2012 season as well. Why is Jeter untouchable and Posada and Rodriguez not?

Jeter's August numbers were brutal, not that he was alone, after slashing .207/.226/.261. He's not the only one to blame but the idea of moving the lineup around should not be completely out of the discussion either. Shame on Girardi. 

Masahiro Tanaka & David Phelps Still On Track To Be Saviors

The New York Yankees got a couple of updates on starting pitchers Masahiro Tanaka and David Phelps and both got encouraging news for this season. Tanaka and Phelps are still on track to return to the Yankees in 2014 and may be the saviors and the lift that New York needs for their postseason push.

Tanaka was diagnosed with a "tired arm" by team doctor Chris Ahmad yesterday and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session sometime this week. Every test that came back was negative meaning there is no structural damage to the arm or the elbow, both great signs. While Tanaka will end up being shut down nearly a week making this a setback this is a much better scenario than having the team learning their decision to try and avoid surgery and being wrong. Great news.

Phelps threw a 25 pitch bullpen session yesterday throwing fastballs and changeups and is scheduled to ramp up his production to 35 pitches on Friday. I'm not entirely sure why the Yankees are being so cautious with Phelps when they weren't with Tanaka but they know more about the injuries and the risk than I do, and I am willing to admit that. Phelps will have his entire arsenal at his disposal on Friday and if all goes well he will also have all his pitched available on Sunday when he throws a simulated game on Derek Jeter Day.

Phelps may come off the disabled list after the simulated game before Tuesday night's game with the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium (New York is off on Monday). Tanaka is looking more and more like a mid September addition to the rotation, the date of September 12th keeps being thrown around Twitter and the Yankees blogosphere.

The Argument Against Jacob Lindgren Stinks

The argument against calling up Jacob Lindgren in a word, stinks. All I have heard is how Lindgren has thrown too many innings this season between his time at Mississippi State and the Yankees minor league affiliates. Yankees fans are quick to point out that the one troubling inning that Lindgren had at the end of the season was a telltale sign enough to keep him in the minor leagues until Spring Training, what kind of logic is that? When did the team start making excuses to keep guys like Josh Outman on the team and not call up flame throwers and exciting young arms like Lindgren? When did we start to ignore 79 innings of sample size and blame one bad inning or outing for a relief pitcher for why we cannot call up a player?

One has to keep in mind that the Yankees manager is still Joe Girardi and Girardi has shown an unwillingness to use rookies in any capacity lately, especially in the pitching staff. Bryan Mitchell was called up three different times this season before he was used (and he pitched well by the way before being sent right back down for a veteran struggling arm in Matt Daley) and we all by now know the story of Shane Greene and how he burst onto the scene out of necessity in the starting rotation out of necessity. If the innings are really a concern, which they aren’t because Lindgren was a starting pitcher not too awful long ago, then how many innings will Girardi realistically give to Lindgren? Is thinking that Girardi would give Lindgren five innings be being too generous to Joe?

Also when did one bad outing damn a relief pitcher? What if the Yankees had used that same approach with David Robertson? Robertson was sent down to the minors multiple times before sticking as the Yankees set up man and now is the closer that replaced the great Mariano Rivera. Speaking of Rivera he was also demoted in his time as a Yankees reliever and was a failed starter as well, good thing we called him up anyway. Dellin Betances struggled in 2013 when he was called up but was used this season out of necessity, look how well that turned out. Don’t base your decision off one bad outing down in Double-A is all I am saying.

If you want to keep Lindgren down because of the 40 man roster crunch I can get behind that and understand that, I don’t necessarily agree with it but still. Call a spade a spade, don’t piss on me and tell me it’s raining. Don’t tell me you’re going to let Matt Thornton go so you can call up guys like Jacob Lindgren and Tyler Webb only to shove more journeyman LOOGY’s down my throat. I’m tired of being lied to and I’m tired of losing with mediocre talent while good talent rots in the minor leagues praying to be traded so they can play. That is all. 

Quick Hit: I'm Finally Convinced, Fire Brian Cashman

Brian Cashman 20 minutes before making his September call up decisions........

I have been one of the biggest supporters and apologists for Brian Cashman during his tenure as the New York Yankees general manager but after yesterday's round of roster moves and September call ups I'm done defending him. Fire Brian Cashman, sooner rather than later. If you want to save face let him continue to ruin the team and the organization for the remainder of the season and give him the boot after the season. This is ridiculous and I'm tired of it.

So you let Matt Thornton go and build up Tyler Webb and Jacob Lindgren to call up Rich Hill and trade for Josh Outman. What do we do in September? We bring Hill back and totally ignore Lindgren (more on him later specifically) and Webb.

We start the clock on Slade Heathcott and designate switch hitter Zoilo Almonte for a month's worth of Chris Young and some guy named Antoan Richardson. To be completely honest I am pretty familiar with Richardson but I was trying to drive home my point with the decisions going on right here.

You call up John Ryan Murphy and once again slap Austin Romine in the face. You make a roster move for Preston Claiborne but you leave Manny Banuelos in the minor leagues, oh yeah we have Rich Hill. Is this guy doing it on purpose or do the personnel people really know something I don't?

I'm utterly wordless right now.

Charleston’s Luis Niebla Named Season’s Final SAL Pitcher of the Week

Becomes Third RiverDog in 2014 to Take Home League’s Pitcher of the Week Award

CHARLESTON, SC - Charleston RiverDogs pitcher Luis Niebla received the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week Award on Monday for games played August 25-September 1. Niebla spun a career-high seven scoreless innings and earned a win in his only outing of the season’s final week on Thursday, August 28 against the Greenville Drive.

A right-handed pitcher from Obregon, Mexico, Niebla started the RiverDogs home finale and fanned seven batters in a 10-0 Charleston victory over the Drive last Thursday. He allowed only three hits and did not walk anyone.

Niebla joins fellow pitchers Caleb Smith (April 21-27) and Jaron Long (May 26-June 1), as well as outfielder Dustin Fowler (June 9-15), as RiverDogs honored as either SAL Pitcher or Player of the Week this season.

This Day In New York Yankees History 9/3: Instant Replay In MLB Is Born

It took until the 2008 season for Major League Baseball to listen to the screams and get instant replay and wouldn't you know it, Alex Rodriguez was in the middle of the first controversy with replay. A Rod hit a towering fly ball that bounced off the Tropicana Field catwalk behind the foul pole in left field that was immediately called a home run. The Rays catcher Dioner Navarro disputed the call and two minutes and fifteen seconds later the umpires upheld the call on the field.

Also on this day in 1961 Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle become the first pair of teammates to each hit 50 home runs in a single season. Mantle hit his 50th against the Detroit Tigers in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game at 5-5. Mantle finished the 1956 season with 52 home runs as well so this was his second 50 home run season.

Finally on this day in 1947 the Yankees beat the Red Sox 11-2 by hitting 18 hits in the game, all singles. Joe DiMaggio and Tommy Henrich led the barrage at Fenway Park with four hits each in the Yankees victory.