Browsing Posts published in July, 2010

The New York Mets edged the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 5-4 victory on Saturday night. On a night where both the Braves and Phillies lost, it was imperative for the Mets to gain some ground. Now, the Mets stand 6.5 games out of first place in the NL East. They’ll look to take their second straight series win tomorrow.

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In another game with a playoff atmosphere, the New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4. Robinson Cano was the player of the game, going 3-4 with a huge home run in the top of the ninth to give the Yankees the win. Javier Vazquez went 6.1 innings strong, but Dave Robertson got the win and Mariano Rivera picked up the save. With the win, the Yankees move to 66-37 on the season and guarantee that they will remain in first in the AL East over the Rays.

Teammates in 2011? - J. Meric/Getty Images

Initial Reaction:

Although there was much buzz about the Yankees and their deadline deals, there was still an important game that needed to be played this tonight. Much like yesterday’s game, tonight’s game had a playoff feel to it. Both pitchers, Javier Vazquez and Matt Garza, had their good and bad moments…

J. Vazquez 6.1 IP 4 ER 8 H 3 K 0 BB 1 HR
M. Garza 7 IP 4 ER 5 H 9 K 1 BB 2 HR

Positives From The Game:

DFA: The best news before the game started? The addition of Lance Berkman, Austin Kearns, and Kerry Wood meant that Chan Ho Park got designated for assignment. So long CHoP.

What a Bomb!: Mark Teixeira’s sixth inning home run went right down the first base line, but it would have been out anywhere in the park. This tied the game at three.

Batting Sixth: Nick Swisher obviously wasn’t too bothered with being moved to sixth in the lineup, as he hit a home run in the top of the seventh to tie the game at four apiece.

The Pen: Boone Logan and Dave Robertson pitched effectively in the seventh and eighth innings, shutting down the top of the potent Rays’ lineup.

Robby!: Robinson Cano had another fantastic game going 3-4, but his two doubles didn’t match up with his solo shot in the top of the ninth inning to give the Yankees a 5-4 lead.

Negatives From The Game:

Sir Lancelot: In an unimpressive first game as a Yankee, Lance Berkman went 0-4. Obviously, he will turn it around, but it’s never fun watching someone pop out, foul out, fly out, and strike out.

Game Changer: Carl Crawford can affect a game in many ways. It looked like he was going to single-handedly beat the Yanks in his first two at bats. He ended up going 2-3 with an RBI and a steal. If the Yanks can’t have him next year, I hope he goes far, far away from the AL East.

Interesting Facts:

Alex Rodriguez, remember him? He went 0-4 and is still stuck on 599 career home runs.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees will finish their three game series in St. Petersburg tomorrow afternoon at 1:05. The game can be viewed on the YES Network.

Projected Starters:

CC Sabathia (13-4, 3.15 ERA) vs. James Shields (9-9, 4.79 ERA)

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Tonight’s game had a playoff feel to it. Outside of the Yanks wheelin’ and dealin’, baseball’s two best teams were locked in a tightly contested contest. Nick Swisher’s first inning home run set the tone, but Phil Hughes’ sixth inning mistake to Matt Joyce proved to be the difference as the Rays edged the Yankees, 3-2.

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The Yankees have been in the thick of trade rumors all summer. Tonight, the Yankees completed their first trade. Earlier this evening, the Yankees and Astros agreed on a trade for first baseman/outfielder, Lance Berkman. Berkman (.245, 13 HRs, 49 RBIs) has dealt with a plethora of injuries this year. Berkman has made three trips to the disabled list, but has played well over the last week. Berkman gives the Yankees a powerful designated hitter who has slugged at least 24 HRs in each of his ten previous seasons. Berkman’s high water mark came in 2005 when he clubbed 45 HRs and drove in 136 runs.

Berkman is owed $6.5 million for the rest of the season, but it is believed the Astros are picking up a large sum of the remaining deal. The Yankees will send Triple A reliever, Mark Melancon and Single A speedster, Jimmy Parades to Houston.

One Interesting Note: Berkman had a no-trade clause in his contract. Berkman reportedly rejected a deal to the White Sox, but chose to go to the Yankees to play alongside long-time friend, Andy Pettitte. Berkman has a $15 million team option for 2011 that the Yankees will not pick up.

My Reaction: A great move by the Yanks. Nick Johnson has not played in months and Berkman will give the Yankees even more flexibility. Also with this move, the Yankees are banking on Jorge Posada to catch all games during the post-season.

In somewhat of a less exciting move, the Yankees acquired Indians right fielder, Austin Kearns. Kearns (.268, 8 HRs, 42 RBIs) is only owed $270,000 for the rest of the season. Kearns is a plus defender (+11.4 UZR) and hits lefties extremely well (.799 OPS)

My Reaction: Given Marcus Thames’ struggles, the Yankees really do not have a reliable right handed bat off the bench. Kearns gives the Yankees a cheap, versatile option.

David Wright’s big night was all for naught tonight as the Mets fell to the Diamondbacks for remarkably, the 4th time this season. The Diamondbacks are 4-11 in their last 15 games, with all 4 wins against our Mets. Pathetic.

Mexicans are being rounded up everywhere the Diamondbacks play.

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The Yankees will ship down to the picturesque Tropicana Field for three games this weekend. With Tampa Bay only two games behind the Yankees, expect emotions to run high during this pivotal AL East tilt.

'Too Cool For A Chest Bump, Jeet?' AP

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By the end of the season, both Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols should achieve major milestones in their career. The Yankees third baseman is one homerun shy of hitting his 600th, while Pujols is eleven away from No. 400. When it’s all said and done, both players will finish atop the all-time homerun list, but who will have more?

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Dustin Moseley made the most of his opportunity as a starter in his first start of the season, throwing six strong innings. Behind a seven-run seventh inning the Yankees beat the Indians, 11-4.

This was probably a strike; AP


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After last night’s disappoint loss, R.A. Dickey threw 8 2/3 innings of shutout ball to pace the Mets to a 4-0 victory. Dickey (7-4, 2.33 ERA) has been great for the Mets this season. The 52-50 Mets will now have to deal with Roy Oswalt in Philadelphia, but will look to use this home stand to get back in contention in the NL East.

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With Saturday’s trade deadline fast approaching, the Yankees will look to make a few additions to sure up their bench and bullpen. However, one big fish (not looking at you, Roy Oswalt) still sits out there on the trade market. Slugging Washington Nationals outfielder/first baseman Adam Dunn is available. Dunn (.278, 23 HRs, 63 RBIs) is one of the game’s premiere/most consistent power threats. Since 2004, Dunn has clubbed at least 38 HRs per season. With all of the fielding positions already filled, does Dunn make sense as the Yankee designated hitter?

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