Browsing Posts tagged Freddy Garcia

The Yankees head to the West Coast later this week to begin a four-game set in Oakland against the Athletics. No doubt it’ll be a tough series but New York’s excelling right now and should be a solid option with your free MLB picks.

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Entering this season, the Yankees had seven viable arms for only five rotation spots. After Michael Pineda’s injury, Freddy Garcia’s demotion, and the erratic pitching of Phil Hughes and Hiroki Kuroda, the Yankees have some serious questions. Outside of CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova, the Yankees don’t have any reliable options. Andy Pettitte is a week or so away from joining the rotation, but through 21 games, the Yankees’ pre-season strength has now become a concern. Entering Monday, the Yankees are 12-9 and current sit 1.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the East. Granted, the Orioles seem to start strong every season, but Yanks need some quality starts this week. David Phelps is set to join the rotation and will make his first start on Thursday.  

With 141 games to go, the Yankees will find a happy medium with their rotation and the Yankee offense will help offset any poor starts. The Yankees are currently third in baseball with 112 runs scored and the offense will continue to be this team’s strength. We all know that championship aspirations live and die in the post-season and those post-season runs start and end with starting pitching. The Yankee rotation will take form as the season goes, but so far, this team’s strength is now an apparent weakness. 

Huh? Putting the prized off-season acquisition in the minor leagues? Can’t be!

However, this is the only move that the Yankees can (and should) make. It’s been well documented that the Yankees will open the season with six able starting pitchers and five rotation slots. CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Ivan Nova, and Phil Hughes are mortal locks for the rotation which leaves Michael Pineda and Freddy Garcia vying for the final spot. Garcia was extremely impressive last season, going from a Spring Training invite to rotation stalwart. Garcia essentially saved his career, posting a 12-8 record while sporting a 3.62 ERA.  Coming back to the Yankees on a one-year, $4 million deal made perfect sense. Then came the trade that shook the Yankee Universe..

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Freddy Garcia and the Yankees agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal this week. Garcia was extremely consistent for the Bombers last year, posting a 12-8 record with a 3.62 ERA in 25 starts. The Yankees invited Garcia to Spring Training solely as a non-tenured players last year. Garcia made approximately $4 million through incentives last season and wanted to return to the Bronx. Garcia drew strong interest from Boston, but ultimately came back to New York.

In a smaller move, the Yankees inked utility man, Jayson Nix to a minor league contract. In the spring, the 29-year-old Nix will compete for a utility role. Nix posted a very unimpressive .169/.245/.309 line last season in 46 games for the Blue Jays, but Nix has smacked double digit home runs in three of the last five years. Presumably, Nix will compete with Ramiro Pena, Eduardo Nunez, and possibly Eric Chavez (if re-signed) for playing time. Like Garcia last season, Nix’s roster spot is not guaranteed, but you can bet the Yankees see something in the righty.

The Detroit defeated the New York Yankees 5-3 in Game #2 of the American League Divisional Series this afternoon. Miguel Cabrera provided the bulk of the offense for the Tigers with 3 RBI, and the Yankees had no answer for Max Scherzer, who allowed no runs in six innings. With the loss, the series is tied at one apiece as both teams head to Detroit for two games.

One of Those Days - Chris Trotman, Getty Images

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The Yankee lineup lacks some serious punch when Teix, Grandy, and Jeter have the day off. With Eric Chavez, Chris Dickerson, and Ramiro Pena subbing in, the Yankee offense was unable to generate any offense as it fell 3-0 to Brandon Morrow and the Blue Jays. Morrow tossed eight shutout innings, striking out eight Yankee hitters. With the loss, the Yankees wrap up their four-city, ten-game road trip with a 4-6 record. 

Freddy Garcia struggled once again for the Bombers, lasting only 4.2 innings. He gave way to two Adam Lind home runs. 

Eduardo Nunez had three hits in the win, but made a bonehead attempt to take second on a base hit to right field. 

The Yankees will makeup a game tomorrow at home against the Twins. Afterwards, their next seven games will come at home against the Rays and Red Sox. With the Rays only trailing the Red Sox by two games in the AL Wildcard race, expect a lot of scoreboard watching this week.

Monday, 1:05 PM: Scott Diamond (1-4, 3.94 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (10-11, 5.23 ERA)

For years, we’ve been hearing about Jesus Montero’s raw power. For years, we’ve been hearing about the moon shot homeruns. For years, we’ve heard the comparisons to Miguel Cabrera. Well, Montero hit the first (and second) of many home runs to come. Robbie Cano added in a Grand Slam in the second inning as the Yanks out-muscled the O’s, 11-10. 

The First of Many

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The stage was set. After four hours, the Yankees handed Mariano Rivera the ball with a 2-1 lead. Rivera would give way to a Dustin Pedroia sac fly, plating Marco Scutaro to tie the game at 2. Boston would win the game an inning later on an RBI double by Josh Reddick off Phil Hughes. It’s a devastating loss for the Bombers as they drop the series to their divisional foes and fall behind them by a game in the AL East.

Damnit

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The trade deadline came and went without much movement as the Yanks topped the Birds, 4-2. Brett Gardner’s, bases-loaded, RBI triple in the fourth proved to be the difference. Freddy Garcia picked up his tenth win as he struck out six in six innings. The bullpen was electric as the Yanks improved their daytime record to 31-7 and overall record to 64-42. 

Freddy Dealin'

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Talk about going from bad to worse. The Seattle Mariners dropped their 16th straight game tonight as the Yankees embarrassed the M’s, 10-3. A two-hour rain delay couldn’t slow down Freddy Garcia as he gave us 7.2 innings of three-run ball. Mark Teixeira crushed his 27th bomb and Derek Jeter added a homer of his own while droving in three runs. With the win, the Yankees move to 60-40 and currently sit 2.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox.

Freddy Tossin' The Pill

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