Browsing Posts published in June, 2011

Ace CC Sabathia was absolutely electric today. In maybe his most dominant start as Yankee, Sabathia tied a career-high with 13 Ks over 7.2 innings as the Yanks won, 5-0. Sabathia has now eight of his last nine starts and leads baseball with 11 victories. Speaking of Major League leads, Mark Teixeira clubbed his 25th homer, tops in baseball. Not only did Teixeira claim the home run lead from Jose Bautista, but today’s home run was his 300th career blast.

Teix Message Sent

Some fun facts from today?

Five in a row: The Bombers have their longest winning streak of the year with five victories.

23-4: The Yanks’ record in day games.

14: The Brewers accounted for half of their outs, via the K.

19: Brett Gardner’s stolen base total this season, which is down from last year.

What’s Next?

The Yankees will make a long trek over to Citi Field for three game against the Mets starting on Friday night.

Friday, 7:10 PM: Ivan Nova (7-4, 4.26 ERA) vs. Jon Niese (7-6, 3.67 ERA)

 

The New York Mets looked fatigued from their previous two victories in Detroit. Justin Verlander wasn’t even at his best and pitched seven strong innings. A couple of solo homers off the bats of Daniel Murphy and Carlos Beltran were all the runs the Mets offense scored.

 

Beltran and Murphy both homered in Thursday’s matinee.

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The more I watch Prince Fielder, the more I salivate over his home run potential at Yankee Stadium. Fielder, 27, is second in the National League with 21 home runs and is set to become a free agent in the off-season. Fielder has already clubbed 213 home runs and has averaged a home run once every 15.2 at-bats. Fielder is rated as a below average defender, making a transition to the American League to DH almost inevitable. Would the Yankees consider shelling out $20+ million per season to bring in one of the premiere left-handed power hitters in the game? Would Fielder become the Yankees present-day answer to David Ortiz?

A Swing Made For Yankee Stadium

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For the third time in four games, the Mets scored at least 14 runs in a game. Every player in the lineup recorded at least one hit, with seven players recording two or more hits. Jose Reyes had his 41st multi-hit game of the season, which leads Major League Baseball, but ironically saw his average drop. The Mets are now 41-39 and while they aren’t making up ground on the Braves, with the wins piling up, they are putting less teams between them. With the season one game away from being half way over, you have to be accepting of where they stand.

New York Mets' Carlos Beltran (15) congratulates Angel Pagan (16), who scored on a Daniel Murphy two-run single, against the Detroit Tigers in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

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Ho hum. Another day, another Yankee win. The Yankees beat the Brewers tonight, 5-2 as they have won 14 of their last 18 games. AJ Burnett went seven strong, surrendering two runs en route to his eighth victory. Burnett’s fastball and curve looked great tonight. Hopefully, he can piece together quality starts. D-Rob and Mo locked down the last two, as usual. Russell Martin hit a three-run bomb (his tenth) as part of a four-run fourth. Martin hadn’t homered in 69 at-bats, so it was nice to see him go deep. Hip Hip Jorge also hit a solo blast (his ninth) that was reviewed and confirmed by the umps. Jorgie is hitting .390 in June so he’s been putting in work. Other than that, the Yankees only had six hits, but used the long-ball to pace their victory. The club moves to 47-31 overall and has a 2.5 game lead over the Red Sox in the division. The Yankees will give the ball to CC tomorrow as they go for the matinée sweep. They will have to take down the Wolf Pack. This team is playing so well right now that a sweep would seem fitting as the Big Man goes for his MLB leading 11th win.

Thursday, 1:05 PM: Randy Wolf (6-4, 3.20 ERA) vs. CC Sabthia (10-4, 3.25 ERA)

For you New Jersey NYSOS readers, Derek Jeter will make a rehab start in Double A Trenton on Saturday. I’m sure tickets are gone by now, but you can try. Speaking of Trenton, Phil Hughes threw 6.1 scoreless today for the Thunder (maintaining a velocity around 94 MPH) and Brian Cashman indicated that Hughes is on pace to start July 4th in Cleveland. Huuuuuuuughes.

There it is. The Kool-Aid that is the Mets recent overall play is sitting right in front of you, begging to be sipped. New York, 40-39, over the .500 mark for the first time since they were 3-2 are playing good baseball. They are nine games over .500 since starting the season 5-13, sparking my first Mets rant of the season. But do you trust these Mets? I feel like I’ve seen this movie (nightmare) before…

A New York Mets fan holds up a sign that reads "Don't Trade Reyes!," regarding the Mets shortstop Jose Reyes during an interleague baseball game between the Mets and the Texas Rangers, Friday, June 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 8-1.

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Underrated? A manager who has the full-backing of ownership and a seemingly unlimited payroll can be underrated? Despite the injuries across the board, erratic pitching of AJ Burnett, depleted bullpen, and the accompanying egos that encompass the Yankees, Joe Girardi has done a hell of job with his first place ball club. New faces have risen to the occasion and the entire pitching has been essentially rebuilt. Given these facts, Joe Girardi is proving that he’s not only underrated, but the top manager in baseball.

Hey You!

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The Mets hit grand slams in consecutive innings — after going nearly 2 years without hitting one — en route to an easy win.  R.A. Dickey finally got some run support for his 4th win of the year, and the Mets move their record to 40-39.  It is their first time above the .500 mark since April 6th.

The Mets scored early and often to put this one out of reach.  When the Tigers came to bat in the bottom of the 5th, it was already 13-0.  The lead was built on 2-out hitting — their first 9 runs all came with 2 outs.  Each starter got a hit, and 7 different Mets drove in runs.  With Justin Verlander looming for Thursday’s game, this was a big win for the suddenly hot Mets, winners of 5 of their last 6.

Will it Stay Fair? (mlb.com)

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The New York Yankees defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in an impressive offensive outburst. Freddy Garcia got the win for the Yankees as they outscored the Brew Crew 12-2. With the win, the Bombers move to 46-31.

See Ya, Zack - Nick Laham, Getty Images

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The NFL remains locked out, leaving many free agents players and their families in limbo. The top Jet wide receivers, Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards, are in this group, but have expressed a desire to return to Gang Green. However, there are a host of other talented wide receiver options that the Jets could potential be interested in. After giving the Jet defense headaches for four seasons, could Randy Moss be the key to an AFC Championship? Could the recently freed, 6’5″ Plaxico Burress continue to call New York home? Both options have obvious upside, but could potential problems outweigh the positives?

Future Teammates?

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