Going home & movin’ on

Game 142: Home run 50?
Jeter out of Sunday's game

The game thread is kinda lifeless tonight (Holy Shit-Rod!), so I figured I’d get this posted. It is the playoffs after all.  

What kinda fallout would there be if Dice-K pulled this shit in pinstripes? Lupica’s brain would explode.

Go read the first question of this week’s Ask BA. 

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 loss to Richmond) Richmond wins the best-of-five series 3-1…Scranton’s year is over, so the Yanks are calling up Jeff Karstens, Mighty Matt, Sean Henn, The Ghost of Kei Igawa, Bronson Sardinha & Ross Ohlendorf according to Chad Jennings…only Ohlie’s call-up requires a 40-man move (outside of sticking Andrew Brackman on the 60-day DL, I don’t see any reasonable 40-man move that can be made)
Brett Gardner: 1 for 5, 1 E (fielding)
Jose Cruz Jr.: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Bronson Sardinha: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 BB, 2 K – left 3 runners on base
Angel Chavez: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K – .291-.336-.433-.769…very nice year
Eric Duncan: 0 for 3, 2 BB, 2 K – grounded out to third to end the game, and Scranton’s season (I don’t mean to dump on the kid, there’s enough people already doing that)
Jeff Karstens: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HB – when you’re facing elimination, what more could you possibly ask from your starter?
Ben Kozlowski: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K – after a great year, he just couldn’t get it done in this one
Ross Ohlendorf: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HB – allowed the winning run in the top of the 9th on a sac fly

Double-A Trenton (4-0 win over Portland) Trenton wins the best-of-five series 3-1, making it umpteenth time in history a Red Sox team was bounced from the playoffs by a Yankees’ team…Trenton will take on the winner of the Akron-Erie series in the Eastern League Championship Series (Akron leads the series 2-1, but is losing tonight)…Tyler Clippard is your Game 1 starter
Reegie Corona & Austin Jackson: both 2 for 5, 1 E – Corona K’ed twice…Ajax doubled
Colin Curtis: 0 for 4, 3 K
Cody Ehlers: 1 for 3, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K
Matt Carson: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB – led Trenton is just about every offensive category this year
PJ Pilittere: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI – say hello to your (possible) 2009 backup
Marcos Vechionacci: 0 for 4, 2 K – overmatched in Double-A in every possible way
Jeff Marquez: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 WP – picked a runner off first…and that’s only the 2nd best start by a Yankee farmhand today
Eric Wordekemper: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – word (ekemper)
Justin Pope: 1 IP, zeroes

Short Season Staten Island was off. Their best-of-three series against Brooklyn kicks off tomorrow. SI has won the last two NY-Penn League Titles, and 4 of the last 7.

Game 142: Home run 50?
Jeter out of Sunday's game
  • Mike R.

    I’m rooting for Pliterre to get the back-up job. I think it would be extremely helpful for the pitchers, Hughes in specific.

  • Ivan

    I am not worried at all with Phil Hughes. He will be ok. Yes he has struggled but even with average velocity he still can overpower hitters, so imagine when he gets his real fastball back.

    Don’t worry, he will be ok. I know Hughes will do well not only in the stretch run but in near future as well.

  • zack

    Maybe Karstens really did turn it around. Nice to see the Trenton pitching dominate Portland and totally out pitch them, and thats not even the Trenton rotation that was supposed to be so great!

  • JP

    It’s strange that Sardinha would get the call instead of Gardner. I would think a pinch runner with good defense would be more valuable than a pinch hitter that won’t see any valuable at bats. Sorry just a rant

    • Wordekemper = Wizard

      All I can think about this is that September call-ups aren’t a) particularly meaningful, and b) worth many 40-man alterations unless they’re going to be impact guys for the playoffs. Sardinha has been in the system a while, Gardner hasn’t, and Gardner probably has a full year ahead in AAA. So he’s, if not earlier, a September call-up next year and Sardinha, if he doesn’t perform well next year, becomes The Future of Kevin Reese?

      • JP

        That’s a good point. I guess it’s time to see if Sardinha will sink or swim. Give him a cup of coffee in the bigs and if it doesn’t motivate him next year I guess it’s time to cut bait.

  • Mike R.

    Over at Lohud Pete Abraham is speculating that if Torre is not back next year Dave Eiland, the pitching coach from Scranton, could be a front runner to replace Guidry. I love what the guy has done with the pitchers he has had. Any toughts?

  • Michael T

    DiceK is pretty much now a $100 million, league average pitcher. The AL Barry Zito. Compare the stats of these two guys and they are remarkably similar. Same innings, same ERA, same WHIP, same walks, same ERA. DiceK is only better in terms of Ks and he hasn’t allowed any unearned runs. And to account for league and park difference, I’d look at his ERA+, which was 110 before the start tonight but likely closer to 100 now, since league average is 4.54. (Zito is 98).

    And, for the most part Japanese pitchers get worse not better after their first year. Check out DiceK’s best comp, Nomo. He had ERA+ of 15 and 120 his first two years at age 26/27. For his career he was 98.

    Choke on it Theo.

  • DKA

    Mike R:

    I’d like to see someone like Eiland or Nardi Contreras take over for Guidry next year. I like the idea of having someone used to grooming younger pitchers and, while I have nothing but gut feeling to back this up, I don’t know if Guidry is the kind of pitching coach that would excel at bringing these guys to the “next level.”

    I’m nowhere near a major league pitcher, but it took me several months to trust my own footing in getting back into running after suffering numerous small injuries last year. I can absolutely relate to the “Hughes isn’t trusting his footing” theory. Sad to see people down on him, but he’ll have the last laugh here.

    • dan

      I think Eiland would be a good choice, considering he had half of next years pitching staff under his watch this year. As good a job as Contreras has done, I think his talents are best suited for Tampa. You don’t teach pitchers new things once they get to the majors, and Nardi has excelled in that area.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    I don’t see any reasonable 40-man move that can be made)

    I wouldn’t be sad to see Brian Bruney go at this point.

  • Doublegrapes

    Why did Scranton take out Karstens after 90 pitches. They should have let him pitch the 8th inning. Karstens development is more important than Sean Henn’s.

    The same thing in game 3. DeSalvo throws only 83 pitches in 7 strong innings. Wouldn’t a nice complete game playoff win help his trade value.

    Let these guys throw 100-110 pitches. DeSalvo and Karstens aren’t 21 years old. Let them pitch!