After last night’s debacle in Anaheim, I’d imagine that most Yankee fans are looking ahead with trepidation to tonight’s game. The Yanks don’t play well in Anaheim. They’ve lost four of five on the road, and they’re staring up at a Blue Jays team that has, as of this writing, won nine in a row.
Meanwhile, down on the farm, the Yanks’ AAA kids are battling the Durham Bulls. So we won’t see any call-ups for a least a few more days. But tonight’s starter offers up something new for Yankee fans. Alfredo Aceves will become the 13th pitcher to make a start for the Yanks when he takes the mound tonight. Aceves, known as the Mexican Gangster, has appeared in two games this season at the Big League level. In seven innings, he’s allowed one run on five hits and two walks while racking up seven strike outs. He replaces Darrell Rasner in the rotation.
Of all the arms in the Yankee system, Aceves was one of the biggest surprises this year. The Yanks signed him out of the Mexican League in February, and he rocketed through the farm this year. He put up an 8-6 won-loss record, but in 140.2 innings, he was downright filthy. He allowed 111 hits and 27 walks along with 114 strike outs, and his ERA was a stingy 2.62. Opponents hit just .217.
As Aceves takes the mound tonight, the Yanks are playing for little than pride right now. But hopefully, the 25-year-old will give us something to watch tonight. At the very least, it’s a new face and a new arm. We no longer have to suffer through another Darrell Rasner start.
Cano 2B – Still no walks since the middle of August.
Moeller C – The forgotten Yankee.
Yankee Notes: The Angels have scratched Jered Weaver from his start tonight, and in his stead, Ervin Santana (15-5, 3.23) will start…The Scranton Yanks and Durham Bulls are battling it out for the IL Championship. You can follow the action and watch the game for free here. While the Yanks are winning, David Price is throwing quite well…In the Penn League, Jonathan Albaladejo had a rocky first inning, but Jeremy Bleich is throwing nicely. Mike will have more on those two games later tonight.