Sabathia stumbles against Tigers

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Sometimes, you just get smacked around. That’s what happened to both CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander today. Verlander, upon whom Detroit is depending for a bounceback season, allowed four runs, two earned, in his two innings of work, walking four along the way. None of the hits were for extra bases, though — in fact, the Yankees didn’t have a single XBH the entire game. Girardi pulled Sabathia after 1.2 innings, in which he allowed five earned runs on six hits, a walk, and a Gary Sheffield home run. Worst of all, he didn’t strike out a single Tiger.

After the game, PeteAbe and the beat crew spoke to CC, who said he’s fine. Of course he’s going to say that. What do you expect immediately after the game? “My shoulder was barking the entire time.” Even if it was, CC certainly wouldn’t mention anything right after the game. He’d get it checked out before anyone said anything to the press. Not that I think there’s a problem. Just saying that if there were, the press wouldn’t have found out so soon without CC showing some obvious signals on the mound.

Pete Caldera notes that two of the singles off Sabathia were bloops, a good sign for sure. Also, it appears his slider/cutter wasn’t working. As we learned earlier this month, it takes him a while to find the groove on his cutter. It’s good that he was out there working on it, results be damned. We’ll see how his handle of the pitch progresses in his next start.

Following Sabathia, Aceves allowed two runs in 3.1 innings of work, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out one. The killer were his two home runs, both to Gerald Laird. You can bet Aceves will remember that if the two face off during the season. Brian Bruney pitched a perfect sixth, striking out two. Veras followed with an identical frame, and Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless, one-hit ninth. The zero walks from the last three guys is encouraging, though that can probably be attributed to Detroit’s scrubs filling the lineup. They’re not going to walk their way onto the roster.

As mentioned previously, the Yanks scored four runs on zero extra base hits, and didn’t manage any runs off the Tigers bullpen. Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira each collected a pair of singles and a walk, Posada walked twice, Cody Ransom picked up another base hit (.346 BA so far this spring), and Kevin Cash knocked an RBI single. Nick Swisher left six men on base, about which he quipped:

“Give me some of those burritos. I need to feed that village of people I left on base.”

Not an inspiring day at the plate by any means, but the Yanks still mustered four runs in two innings off Verlander with singles and walks. The only stories of the day, really, were CC’s poor performance and Melky going hitless yet again (though he did walk once). Everything’s turning up Gardner these days.

Update: I’ve just been informed that Team Netherlands is playing on ESPN2 right now, so feel free to use this as a game thread for that. The regularly-scheduled open thread will hit at it’s normal 7 p.m. slot tonight.

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  • radnom

    Ransom needs to save some hits for April.

    • anonymous

      Lets hope thats what Swisher is doing.

      • http://evilempire20.com/ Ryan S.

        Swisher is still OBPing in the .400s this ST I believe, so he’s doing all right.

        • anonymous

          He still needs to make some contact and get his timing down.

        • Reggie C.

          Lets make him a #3 hitter!!

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Swish: 25 PA’s, 2 hits, 7 BB, 3 K, 4 RBI = .111/.346/.111
          Nady: 19 PA’s, 4 hits, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 RBI, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 HR = .211/.250/.526

          Who would you give the RF job to, based on that early sample?

          • http://evilempire20.com/ Ryan S.

            They don’t happen to have ST UZR data available, do they? I know the small sample would probably make it ridiculous anyway.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Haven’t seen any, and yeah, it would also be a flawed sample.

              Let’s just concede that Swisher’s probably playing a better OF than Nady. Asssuming that, who would you give the job to?

              • http://evilempire20.com/ Ryan S.

                Swisher, without question. We all know he has about equal pop in his bat to Nady, so his lack of XBH doesn’t concern me much at this point. When I heard a Mark Teixeira interview explaining how he has two swings to work on, that made me realize that all switch hitters have two swings to work on, so I think that’s part of the reason he hasn’t been swinging the bat that great.

          • mustang

            XXXXXXXXXXXX-Man

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Mustang digs the longball.

              • mustang

                He is an outfielder.
                It’s to early for this.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  OF COURSE IT’S TOO EARLY FOR THIS. That’s why we’re doing it, we’re sado-masochistic.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Mark: Joe, as of right now who is the AL MVP?

                  Joe Morgan: That’s difficult to answer because the season is not over,

                  Ken Tremendous: The question was “as of right now.”

                  Theoretical Joe Morgan: Right, and it’s hard to answer because of what will happen in the future.

                  KT: But…the question is: right now, who’s the MVP. Like, now. At this moment.

                  TJM: But I can’t answer that, because I can’t tell the future.

                  KT: Hang on. Let me try something. What time is it.

                  TJM: No way to tell.

                  KT: Because you don’t know what time it will be in the future?

                  TJM: Correct.

                  KT: Fair enough.

                  http://www.firejoemorgan.com/2008/08/sisyphus-rock-kt-joechat.html

                • mustang

                  LMAO

                • kunaldo

                  man i miss FJM

          • mustang

            And you know if the numbers were turn around Swish would already have the job on RAB.
            LOl

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Not necessarily.

              I’m impressed by Nady’s slugging… but I’m just as impressed by Swisher’s OBP. Outside of those three XBH, Nady’s looked pedestrian. Outside of those 7 walks, Swisher’s looked pedestrian. Both players have one big flashing-light amazing performance surrounded by mediocrity.

              I’m calling it a tie, right now.

              • mustang

                Come on Tommie and I love RAB you know that, but if the numbers were turn you know there would be at least one thread on how Nady had a career last year and how his early spring numbers prove it. How Swisher should have the job along with 3-D Stats to prove it.

              • mustang

                I was also joking somewhat.

          • anonymous

            I want Swisher out there. Im just annoyed with him not finding anything to hit in ST so far.

  • http://evilempire20.com/ Ryan S.

    I was telling my friend today that I think Justin Verlander is as important to the Tigers as Johan Santana is to the Mets – that in no way means he’s better than Santana (obviously), just that his team is going to lean on him just as hard. If I was a Tigers fan, I’d be freakin’ nervous right about now.

    • Reggie C.

      An equally important question is whether Rick Porcello makes the team. Porcello is probably the Tigers’s second best pitcher in the camp already. Cut Willis loose.

      • http://evilempire20.com/ Ryan S.

        Its tough to cut a guy you owe still owe :::gulp::: $22M.

        • http://www.freewebs.com/ps3tf2/ Double-J

          Kei Igawa says hello. Ugh.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            We only owe Igawa 12M.

            (Yeah, that’s right… I just said “only”.)

            • http://evilempire20.com/ Ryan S.

              Its the posting fee that killed us. Is that $26M to the Hanshin Tigers something we had to pay upfront?

              • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                Yes, the posting fee is paid up-front to the player’s Japanese team for the opportunity to negotiate with the player, it has nothing to do with the contract.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Yes. The posting fee is paid at once, up front, to the Tigers and is not calculated in future salary obligations.

                That 26M is gone. If we find someone dumb enough are regrettably forced to surrender the AAA pitcher of the year to someone else in a trade to strengthen our bench, that team is only on the hook for 4M each for ’09, ’10, and ’11.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I got it: Three way trade. We get Teahen, the Tigers get Igawa, and the Royals get Dontrelle Willis.

          BAM!

          • http://evilempire20.com/ Ryan S.

            Yeah, all we need to do is pick up everyone’s salary and we could pull that off!

  • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Puerto Rico has Best Buy advertisements on their sleeves (which is pretty awesome, btw). Some “small-market” team in MLB has got to try that, right?

    • http://evilempire20.com/ Ryan S.

      Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome your 2012 Florida Irish Spring Soap Bars!

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome your 2012 Florida Irish Spring Soap Bars Aqua Velva Aftershaves!

    • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      And they have T-Mobile stickers on their batting helmets. Pudge is up right now and he looks like the awning of a store on the Fulton Mall.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Hmmm, I wonder how long Mr. Swisher plans to leave those burritos in his microwave…

    • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Dude! NICK SWISHER CLEARLY READS RAB!

      I just figured it out. Brace yourselves… Nick Swisher is DonnieBaseballHallOfFame.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        [ head explodes ]

        • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          What happened to that guy, anyway? Banned?

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            No idea… maybe he gave up.

            • http://evilempire20.com/ Ryan S.

              I’ve seen several run-ins between him and RAB … I think he finally did get banned. Last I saw, like a month or so ago, he was posting as Donald Duck.

              • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

                To reiterate, not banned.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Yeah, DBHOF can be grating sometimes (can’t we all… especially me), but he didn’t really cross unforgivable lines. He didn’t do anything banworthy, for the most part, he just vehemently disagreed (disagreebly).

                  He wasn’t dropping ethnic slurs left and right like Sean Connery…

                  … which reminds me, screw you, Joe, you think you’re so smart what with your greasy hair and your dago mustache.

                • http://evilempire20.com/ Ryan S.

                  TSJC, you’re definitely the worst enemy of all those incapable of proper grammar and syntax, I will give you that.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

            Definitely not banned.

            • http://evilempire20.com/ Ryan S.

              Whoops, sorry for the above post and my incorrect speculation then. Feel free to delete.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Ryan, you are SO gonna get banned now…

  • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Ha. At least Beltran swung that time.

    (That was too easy, my bad.)

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