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Another Dissapointing Loss

Robinson Cano was one of the few highlights from tonights game.

 A split series with the now 4-8 Minnesota Twins is all the Yankees can now hope for. There are many words that could describe Yankees fans feelings right now, but none would hit home more than dissapointing.   With a  tough stretch of games upcoming, the Yankees targeted this series as a good opportunity to get rolling, but the Twins had other plans.  The night ended on a towering fly ball from Mark Texeira that was about 10 feet short of a homerun.  Hiroki Kuroda was anything but good, allowing 6 runs in 4+ innings.  The bullpen proved strong once again, but the bats just did not have anything in them.  Kuroda, who pitched fabulously in his last start, falls to (1-2) on the year.  So far its been hit or miss for Hiroki. 

The Captain  Continues: Derek Jeter is on fire to begin his 2012 campaign, and he continued that with his 3-5 night.  He had two singles, and another homerun to right center field to make it a 6-5 game.  Worn out? Too old? No range? He has everybody thinking otherwise. Boone Logan Impressive:The lefty was very effective tonight, including striking out 4 straight batters at one point. 

Cano Back On Track: The much talked about slow start by Cano is being way overdone.  This guy is the best hitter on our team,(Besides Jeter at the moment) and has actually looked pretty good at the plate, he’s just not getting the breaks.  He went 2-4 including his first homerun of the year. Many more to come. 

Look Ahead: The Bombers finish their four game set with the Twinkies tomorrow, as they’ll send Phil Hughes to the mound.  Lets hope he can simply keep the Yankees in the game during his time on the mound.  And hopefully he doesn’t get to many 0-2 counts, because he can’t put away hitters.

You Cannot Be Serious

Pavano getting checked out on the mound. What was going on with him today?

Wow.  The New York Yankees just got beaten by Carl Pavano and the Minnesota Twins.  Yes, the same Carl Pavano that was paid 40 million dollars by the Yankees, and made a grand total of 19 starts in four years.  This is by far the most irritating loss of the year.  Pavano’s fastball never got any higher than 87 mph, and he was throwing straight junk.  Coming in the game, the Twins were 2-7, and Yankees fans looked at this series as a great opportunity, but we just wasted the first game.

Freddy Garcia pitched quite lackluster for the second straight game, going 5 and 2/3, giving up 5 runs.  With Hughes and Garcia pitching the way they are, lets hope the killer P’s(Pettite, Pineda, Phelps) get back to the team quickly.

The Positives: It’s hard to take many from this game, but three Yankee players come to mind. Derek Jeter continued his hot start with another inside-out homerun to right field.  He had two hits to move his batting average up to .378.  Curtis Granderson also had a good night, hitting a deep homerun into the upper deck in right, and then making a fantastic defensive play to deny Justin Morneau an extra-base hit.  And last is Alex Rodriguez.  He had 2 hits and another line drive that unfortunately went straight to the left fielder.  He is starting to look more comfortable at the plate, which is going to be key if the Yankees have success this year.

Look Ahead: CC Sabathia will be back on the mound tomorrow night, looking to get his first good start under his belt.  Bottom line: this is a must win against a below average team, with our ace on the mound.

The Bombers Wake Up

Derek Jeter

It was Jackie Robinson Day around baseball today, and the Yankee bats finally woke up.  The Yankees defeated the Angles by a score of 11-5.

Derek Jeter is off to a great start to the year, and has been on fire after getting hit number 3000 last summer.  After hitting a line drive double to right in his second at bat, he cracked a 3-run homerun into the short porch in right.  It was a Jeterian swing, as he took a middle in pitch, kept his hands in, and drove the ball to the right field seats.

Raul Ibanez also hit a 2-run homerun, his being a little more extravagant than Jeter’s.  He hit a towering shot to right field.  Ibanez’s age was questioned when the Yankees signed him, but he has come up with some big hits for the team.  He only has 4 hits this year, but he has 9 RBIs.

Ivan Nova wasn’t great, but he wasn’t bad either. He didn’t have his best stuff, but he went 6 innings, giving up 4 runs, striking out 8.  The win marks the 14th straight decision that Nova has gotten for a win, which ties him with Whitey Ford.

Jim Joyce, the home plate umpire, gave the fans some comedy, with his constant yell/shriek of his strike call. How can he yell that loud, that many times? Another thing I found funny was Mark Texeira stealing a base, he actually looked somewhat fast….lets hope he’s not sacrificing power for speed.

Overall it was a good night for the Yanks, and they come out of this series with 2 out 3 wins, against a very talented Angels team.  Tomorrow night could be trouble, as we have Wild Freddy pitching, and are facing Carl Pavano.(Yeah, that GREAT Yankee)

Predictable

Just keep hoping Girardi.  It may only be his second start of the year, but Phil Hughes poor start today was very predictable.  He went 3 and 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on eights hits.  His start combined with a poor offensive day from the Bombers led to a disappointing 7-1 loss to the Angels.

An at-bat that really told whole story was when Albert Pujols came up in the third.  After throwing him two excellent curveballs, he tried to waste a high fastball.  He got the ball up, in fact, it was around Pujols’ neck.  But with no life behind that fastball, Albert was able to crush an RBI double to center field.  After giving up a 3-run homerun to Howie Kendrick (Who is that? Exactly), Hughes was taken out of the game.

The only bright spot of the day came from David Phelps, a rookie who barely made the team out of spring training.  He pitched 4 and two thirds innings of one hit ball, that hit being a solo homerun to Vernon Wells. That is the only hit Phelps has given up in 8.1 innings of work this year.

I really hope that Girardi can recognize that Hughes simply doesn’t have it as a starter right now, and address the situation. In the rubber game of the series, it will be Ivan Nova on the mound for Yankees.  Nova is a pitcher I really like because he isn’t afraid of anybody. He had a great first start, and you better believe I will be rooting for him tomorrow.

Hip Hip Hiroki

On a day where Hip Hip Jorge (Jorge Posada) threw out the first pitch, it was Hiroki Kuroda who stole the show.  The free agent pick up showed Yankee fans why he was worth signing, even at age 38.  He got ahead in nearly every count, and had the opposing squad(LA Angels) totally off balance with his off-speed pitches.  He threw 8+ innings, and was given a standing ovation upon his exit in the top of the ninth. 

Another highlight was A-Rod matching Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth on the all time homerun list with 630 homeruns.  It was vintage A-Rod, belting a shot just right of center field.  If he could get back to hitting like that, the Yankees will be in good shape.  A-Rod had 3 hits in 4 at bats, and brought his average back above the mendoza line, where it belongs.  Lets hope this game is launching pad for the rest of his season.

Curtis Granderson added his second homerun of the year with a lined shot to right field, and Nick Swisher continued his clutch hitting with a bases clearing double in the first inning. 

After a sluggish start, New York has won 4 in a row, and, until today, you can’t say they were performing on all cylinders. Phil Hughes is scheduled to start tommorow, and if you read my previous post, you’ll understand my concern.

Day Off Dilemma: Phil Hughes

On days where the Yankees aren’t playing, (Days Off) I will be starting a series called Day Off Dilemma’s, where I discuss one problem I have with the Yankees, or perharps even baseball in general. Today’s will be about Phil Hughes, currently fourth in the starting rotation in for the Bombers.

Yes, I heard all the hype surrounding Hughes after being a first round draft pick, and a supposed “star” in the making while he was in the minors.  Even I was a believer after he had thrown 7 innnings of no hit ball against the Rangers.  But while he still had a no-hitter going, he injured himself, and was on the DL for an extended period of time.

He came back, and while he served as an 8th inning set up man, I loved him. He had good velocity, and he threw strikes.  He had a great year, and so did the Yankees. That year was 2009, and they won the World Series.  The next year, he earned a spot in the starting rotation.  And, for the first half of the season, he looked great.  But after the All-Star break in 2010, he has never been the same pitcher.  He can’t throw the ball nearly as hard as he used to, and his fastball is DEAD STRAIGHT. He got hit hard throughout last year, but Brian Cashman(GM) and Joe Girardi(Manager) were convinced he could get back to his form 2010, in which he went 18-8.

My opinion: put this guy in the bullpen where he can be effective, or trade him.  When Michael Pineda and Andy Pettite join the team in May, I sure hope Phil Hughes is the odd man out of the rotation, because he simply cannot perform at a high level as a starter.

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Sweeter Than A Swisher

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For a second straight night the Yankees went to extra innnings. Tonight it was Nick Swisher who came up big, with a towering two run homerun to right field.  Obviously its great to sweep the Orioles and get back to even water (3-3).  Nothing has come easy this year, but New York battled to get back to .500 before their home opener against the Angels on Friday.

CC definately did not have his best stuff, but he battled to give the Yankees 6 innings.  He gave up 4 runs, but it could have been much worse.  The only thing that concerned me about CC tonight was his velocity, which topped out at around 91-92 mph. (I think I did see one 93 in there)  He kept his team in the game, and gave them 6 innings, which was desperately needed after last night’s 12 inning game, when the only reliever not to enter the game was Rafael Soriano, who got out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth.

The offense continues to stuggle with runners in scoring position, but as long as the team is winning we’ll try to ignore that.  Jeter and Cano both look to be confident at the plate, but I cant say that about many others.  It’s good to see the Grandy man get off the schneid with a two run bomb in the first, and another RBI to tie the game. 

Now we look ahead to Friday, and the home-opener against the Pujols led Angels.  If the Yankees are going to make a run this year we all know that they’ll have to beat the Angels, who made waves this offseason signing Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson to big deals.  Hideki Kuroda will start for the Yankees, and lets hope he can improve on his first outing against Tamba Bay.