Scranton wins, but loses Kennedy to injury

Game 19 Spillover Thread
Verlander dominant as Yanks fall to Tigers

Update (11:03pm): Unconfirmed, but apparently Kennedy left the game with a blister. No biggie.

Triple-A Scranton (7-3 win over Rochester) beat an old friend for the second time in two weeks
Doug Bernier, Eric Duncan & Chris Stewart: all 0 for 4 – Bernier drew a walk & K’ed … E-Dunc drew a walk & K’ed four times (there’s the Eric Duncan we all know and love) … Stewart drove in a run
John Rodriguez & Shelley Duncan: both 3 for 4, 1 HR, 1 K – J-Rod’s was a solo shot … Shelley drove in 2, scored a pair of runs & committed a throwing error … he leads the International League with 6 homers
Todd Linden: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB
Juan Miranda: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
Austin Jackson: 1 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 SB – hitting .340 in 53 at-bats … but with 15 K
Luis Nunez: 3 for 4, 1 BB
Ian Kennedy: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 6-3 GB/FB – 50 of 82 pitches were strikes (61.0%) … picked a runner off first … left the game with an unknown injury after walking a batter in the fifth … I’ll update this post if I find out what’s up, but it could just be a precautionary thing
Zach Kroenke: 2.1 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 3-1 GB/FB – 20 of 25 pitches were strikes (80.0%) … now that is some damn fine relief work
Anthony Claggett: 2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-2 GB/FB – 19 of 30 pitches were strikes (63.3%)

Double-A Trenton had a scheduled off day.

High-A Tampa (6-0 win over Lakeland)
Austin Krum: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1CS
Eric Fryer: 0 for 5, 1 R, 1 K – 2 for his last 15 (.133)
Jesus Montero: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Brandon Laird, Damon Sublett & Addison Maruszack: all 0 for 4 – Laird drove in a run & K’ed … Sublett scored a run & K’ed twice … Maruszack K’ed, was caught stealing & committed a fielding error
Austin Romine: 1 for 3 – ejected for arguing a call at third
Matt Cusick: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI
Jeremy Bleich: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 4-8 GB/FB – now that looks like the kind of line you want to see from a first rounder
Adam Olbrychowski: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB – season debut after starting the year on the DL … I hope the move to the pen is permanent, he’s a one pitch guy but luckily that one pitch (fastball) is exceptional
Jon Hovis: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (6-1 win over Savannah)
Carmen Angelini: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
Ray Kruml & Garrison Lassiter: both 1 for 3, 1 BB – Kruml swiped two bases & scored a pair of runs
David Adams: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Brian Baisley: 1 for 2, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Abe Almonte & Melky Mesa: both 0 for 4 – Melky K’ed
Taylor Grote: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Chase Weems: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI
Manny Banuelos: 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 Balk, 5-3 GB/FB – third time in four starts that he hasn’t made it into the fifth, although he’s probably on a strict pitch count
Dan Kapala: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 3-1 GB/FB
Everyday Arbiso: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0-4 GB/FB – I dunno why, but it seems like he pitches every day
Casey Erickson: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Game 19 Spillover Thread
Verlander dominant as Yanks fall to Tigers
  • A.D.

    Nice line for Bliech, sporting the 1.66 ERA thus far.

  • Accent Shallow

    Is Angelini out there with one of these?

    • Accent Shallow

      Argh.

    • A.D.

      Posting Link FAIL

  • A.D.

    It could or couldn’t be precautionary for IPK?

    Also definitely and injury and not a trade?

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

      IPK and Melky for Bruce?

      It’s really happening?

      • cult of basebaal

        huh?

        • cult of basebaal

          never mind, i get it …

  • A.D.

    Olbrychowski…does he just throw gas or have some movement?

    • A.D.

      Ahh power sink. So are the Yanks just going to go with him as a reliever going forward, or just stretching him out.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Dude, how sad is it that the first thing I look at is to see if Angelini committed an error because my day will be a strange let down if he does not?

    • Brian

      Should change the “Brackman Watch” to the “Angelini Error Watch”

  • Accent Shallow

    You know who I’d like to see in the Yankees system? A corner OF with a Nick Markakis-type ceiling.

    (Yeah, that’s a lot to ask for, I know. I just like that profile in a player: plays great D, few offensive weaknesses)

    • A.D.

      So I take it Shelly Duncan doesn’t cut it there for you?

      Personally, I’d like a 20 year old Alex Rodriguez

      • Accent Shallow

        Sure, that would be very nice.

        However, a Nick Markakis-type is more common than A-Rod, no?

        • kSturnz

          We need a catching prospect with a pujolsesque bat.. oh wait

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pics/hostpics/5e4be77c-8e57-4d7a-8533-add8ed030ad5JerkStore.jpg Slugger27

      i couldnt agree more… we need an up-and-coming grady sizemore too… a 21 year old mauer would be nice as well

      • Accent Shallow

        Between Montero and Romine, we may have the latter if everything breaks right.

        Sure, it’d be nice if all of our minor league players were studs, but clearly that’s out of this world. I’m not trying to be wildly unrealistic here, I’d just like a power hitting corner OF type with good defense in the minors, and I don’t believe we have anyone who fits that description in the organization outside of the short season players.

        Tabata did fit that description, but he’s gone. (Defensibly, in my opinion)

        • Rich

          Not mine. Trading Tabata when his value was at a low point for a nearly 29 year old league average OFer whose value was temporarily elevated because he was having career half season, and reliever entering his mid-30s, was incredibly short-sighted.

          • Accent Shallow

            Hmm. Tabata was hitting .248/.320/.310 over 79 games in Trenton. He was traded, then proceeded to hit .348/.402/.562 for the Pirates AA affiliate over 22 games.

            This year, he’s still in AA, and is hitting .258/.333/.306 through 16 games

            He’ll be 21 this summer, so he has tons of time to turn it around and become anything from a useful player to a multiple All-Star, but trading him was defensible. Not brilliant and unassailable, but defensible. Obviously, it looks worse in retrospect since the team missed the playoffs, but only time will tell if it hurts.

            • Accent Shallow

              I feel I should clarify a little. I’m assuming you mean that one shouldn’t trade a prospect with Tabata’s ceiling without getting more in return? I’d tend to agree, but when that prospect is having performance issues (power not showing up in games, hitting for a poor average when he’s a contact hitter-type), and major makeup issues, I can buy selling low on him, especially when you’re trying to put a potential playoff team over the top. Of course, the trade looks lousy since the Yankees tanked.

              However, this could turn out like the Red Sox trading Jeff Bagwell, or the Tigers trading Smoltz. As I said, only time will tell.

            • Rich

              Not only was he struggling at the plate last season, he had personality issues as well. I get that.

              But he was one of the few position prospects in the organization at AA or above that possessed a high ceiling. That’s why I preferred holding on to him, unless he was part of a deal for a player that could become part of the core (for example, I wondered at the time what else the Pirates would have wanted for Bay instead of Nady/Marte, since they were already shopping him).

              In contrast, trading Ohlendorf, Karstens, and McCutchen was entirely defensible because they were blocked and probably couldn’t have been protected in the Rule 5 draft, however, the Yankees have no such redundancy with position prospects.

              The most compelling rationale for the trade, imo, is to cite the Yankees’ business model which forces them to make moves to try to ensure that they win in the present, but that philosophy can impose far reaching costs if other moves aren’t made to compensate for it.

              If they are able to do that, I would agree that the trade was defensible, but at least to this point, they haven’t.

              • Rich

                I didn’t see your second post when I wrote and submitted this.

              • Dave M

                Ohlendorf and Karstens were on the 40 man and couldn’t have been taken in the rule 5 draft (as far as I know).

  • In-Between Axl

    Another injury? You don’t say!

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    Austin Romine: 1 for 3 – ejected for arguing a call at third

    Future clubhouse cancer? Jed Lowrie and Jacoby “steals home” Ellisbury never had an incident like this. Needless to say, I’m worried.

    • pat

      Word on the street is he called the ump a lint licker.

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

        Is it true he steals the rest of High-A Tampa’s lunch money?

        • pat

          I heard he changes peoples facebook status to IS GAY whenever he gets a chance.

          • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

            I was wrong about him. This is one sick fuck we are dealing with.

            • Joey

              Are we talking about pat or Romine now? lol

          • andrew

            ietc.

  • Blackdragon905

    Yanks now dead last in the AL hitting with RISP and it’s by a fairly good margin.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/stats/aggregate?sort=avg&split=39&group=7&season=2009&seasonType=2&statType=batting&type=reg

    • pat

      Last year the Rays finished dead last in the AL hitting with RISP.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      salt in the wounds, man.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      And they’re still scoring over five runs per game.

    • Chris V.

      also batting .071 with the bases loaded

    • Accent Shallow

      This means one of two things:

      A) Yankees are a team of chokers unable to handle the pressure of being expected to win a championship every year
      B) Situational hitting shouldn’t differ greatly from regular hitting, so we should expect this to correct itself a bit over the coming months.

      Personally, I’m going with B.

      • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pics/hostpics/5e4be77c-8e57-4d7a-8533-add8ed030ad5JerkStore.jpg Slugger27

        im so taking “A”

        • RollingWave

          and so would all the columnist

      • Axl and josh’s Lovechild

        It’s obviously choice A. This is the most disappointing team ever and we may have to consider blowing it up and rebuilding with our only good piece, Cano. Yeah that’s right, ship Tex, Swisher, CC, AJ all out, it’s time to realize we built a bad team and it’s not going anywhere.

    • Bob Stone
  • touchtoneterriost

    Hopefully Kennedy will get traded.Like Kei Igawa he’s no good use in the minors.

    • Accent Shallow

      While I think Kennedy is a prime candidate to be traded, I’d prefer to hold off on that until later in the year; we still don’t know if Hughes is going to put it together at the MLB level, or the extent of Wang’s problems. Kennedy is excellent depth should Hughes regress or Wang fail to get back to where he should be.

      I think he’s gotta be a better pitcher than Igawa — Kennedy has been lights out at every level of the minors, and outside of 2007, Igawa hasn’t been stellar in AAA.

      • Accent Shallow

        Secondly, I’d say it’s 50/50 between Kennedy being traded/being the 6th starter next year.

  • kSturnz

    winfield on BBTN?

  • Ayer

    Any idea what’s going on with Anthony Clagget? He was pitching really well early on and it seems like he has completely lost it since getting shelled in Cleveland that day.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Two words:

      Chase Wright

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        A few words:

        Chase Wright pitched pretty damn well in the Minors since that fateful Sunday night.

        • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pics/hostpics/5e4be77c-8e57-4d7a-8533-add8ed030ad5JerkStore.jpg Slugger27

          if one setback up in the bigs ruins your pitching career, then u were never gonna make it anyway

    • Accent Shallow

      He’s a relief prospect, and not an elite one?

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Don’t lie, everyone felt a little bit of joy when you realized IPK might be hurt.

    • Jack

      Why?

    • pat

      No way man. You can hate on people all you want but hoping they get injured is baaaaad karma.

      • Bo

        He’d hurt his trade value and he’s gone for a bat or a reliable reliever in July.

    • Dave M

      That ain’t right man.

  • DP

    Haha I just finished watching the (MLB) game on DVR, so couldn’t participate in the commenting and don’t want to write this at the end of a mile long comment list- but after skimming through it, I think the bridge jumpers should be allowed to stay. I personally find it hilarious that someone can be SO negative and SO illogical and repeatedly state there is a “whole world out there!” WHAT THE FUCK DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?

    Legit question (I’m sorry I am so off topic): If Hughes starts pitching lights out, and Wang is pronounced ready to go, what do they do? And no, I’m not going there, but honestly what would they do assuming no injuries and nobody is Wanging themselves out of the rotation?

    • kSturnz

      Joba is a starter.

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pics/hostpics/5e4be77c-8e57-4d7a-8533-add8ed030ad5JerkStore.jpg Slugger27

      move hughes back down

      • DP

        Well at some point IMO Hughes needs to be fixed into the majors. In my theoretical situation, Hughes would be pitching real well. I think Cashman would have a real tough time sending him down in that instance.

        • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pics/hostpics/5e4be77c-8e57-4d7a-8533-add8ed030ad5JerkStore.jpg Slugger27

          its really the only option that makes sense for the organization… keeping wang in the minors isnt plausible

    • pat

      Instead of watching that game you could have smashed yourself with a hammer and gotten the same effect.

    • Accent Shallow

      I assume they’d send Hughes down if Wang can get his issues ironed out. Might not be the right decision, since Hughes needs to learn how to get major league hitters out.

      Of course, he needs to pitch well for awhile before we have one of those “good problems”

      • DP

        Yeah I mean somebody else can get hurt, pitch bad, yada yada. Which is why it’s hypothetical. Wouldn’t the best way for Hughes to learn how to get major league hitters out be to pitch in the majors? Remember, part of the question involves him making a bunch of good starts. Even Girardi said, “We didn’t bring him up for one start” which sounds to me like “He can pitch himself onto the team.” At some point you can’t just leave a guy to dominate AAA.

        • Accent Shallow

          Again, the best place for Hughes to learn is in MLB. Unfortunately, there are no rotation slots for him if Wang returns to form. I don’t know what they should do with him, but I’d imagine he gets sent down.

          The second most likely option would be to keep him up, give him spot starts and relief outings. I’d put the odds on 90/10. For those scenarios.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

            It’s the Melancon issue too, right? Mark Melancon is so dominant in AAA that it’s not helping him develop any more. He needs to face constant pressure. He needs to learn — as he did last night — how to pitch out of jams even if he creates those jams. Going two innings with 4 K’s every few days in AAA is great for Scranton but useless for Melancon’s future potential.

            Same for Hughes.

            • Accent Shallow

              Agreed, but where can you fit him in? Sabathia and Burnett are pretty locked in to relation spots, Pettitte slightly less so. That leaves Chamberlain and Wang. I’d imagine the Yankees don’t want to move Chamberlain back into a setup role, and Wang, if healthy, is a picture perfect #2 starter.

              Whither Hughes, then?

              • Bo

                the best place to learn is the majors? really???

                i kinda thought the majors was the place for excellence. not learning on the job.

                • Accent Shallow

                  Hughes has to learn how to get major league hitters out. He can’t learn how to do that in the minors.

      • Jeff

        If Hughes pitches that well then the options depend on what the team has going on with both the starters and relievers. Like what someone said part of it depends if Wang is back to normal. The other question mark in the rotation is Joba, he hasn’t been terrible but he hasn’t been overpowering like he can be, but I’m in the camp that thinks he should be starting. If Bruney’s injury turns out to be more serious the Yankee’s need to make a move to take care of the 8th inning. To me that means either someone in the bullpen steps up and grabs that job like Veras, Robertson, or Melancon. The other option is putting Joba back in the pen and putting Hughes in the rotation. I can’t see Hughes working out of the pen when Joba already has the experience doing that.

        The other option would be for the Yankees to go with a 6-man rotation, which is unlikely.

    • RollingWave

      don’t worry, AJ or Joba would be on the DL by then

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Bay, Wake hand Red Sox 11th straight

    Am I the only one who read those first three words as ‘wake and bake’?

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pics/hostpics/5e4be77c-8e57-4d7a-8533-add8ed030ad5JerkStore.jpg Slugger27

      i read them as “douche and doucher”

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      I could tell you what I read but it wouldn’t be suitable for a family blog.

      • A.D.

        This is a family blog??????

        • http://statspeak.net dan

          Ben’s family read this (and his parents occasionally comment), not sure about Mike and Joe.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

            Joe’s dad reads and comments.

            • Jack

              I’m calling it:

              tsjc = Joe’s dad

            • http://statspeak.net dan

              Every day you learn something new.

            • Dave M

              This goes out to the parents of Joe, Ben, and Mike;

              You’ve done well to raise Yankee fans for sons. You should be proud of this site they have built too. Thanks!!

  • http://statspeak.net dan

    Get rid of the Brackman watch. We need an Angelini watch.

    • http://statspeak.net dan

      my bad, didn’t see brian’s comment above

  • GG

    how many SB’s is A-Jax likely capable of in a full MLB season?

    • DP

      I’m gonna say 50. Capable being the key word. He’s stolen 37 in 134 games, so I mean maybe in a really good OBP year.

      • http://statspeak.net dan

        Where did you get those numbers? MiLB.com has 24 in 144 games last year and this year combined.

  • Joop

    I hope no one else did because I sure as hell didn’t.

    • Joop

      My bad. This is supposed to be a response to Manimal.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    You know what really grinds my gears, when you put “Old friend” and I have to click on it to see who it is.

    /family guy reference

    • http://statspeak.net dan

      Is Jones considered a friend still? I don’t think he and Cashman are BFF anymore.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Well damn Gina, do I have to do all the work? You can’t just click a little link without complainin’?

      • Joey

        ietc (the c in this case stand for comeback)

        • Drew

          twhi. (That was highly inefficient)

          • http://statspeak.net dan

            SWD (So Wuz Dat)

            • Jack

              SWIAILTMMSCIABAPIIZT (Sometimes, when I’m alone, I like to make my shaving cream into a beard and pretend I’m in ZZ Top)

              • Drew

                WTFJHH?

  • Matt L

    At what point does Montero get moved to Trenton, he is clearly not being challenged in Tampa much like he was never challenged in Charleston?

    • http://statspeak.net dan

      If he gets moved at all, I doubt they’d do it before mid-season. It’s only been 17 games for him, it’s way too early to be thinking about a call-up. Keep in mind, Brandon Inge is hitting .323/.432/.694 right now. Montero will probably cool off.

    • Am I the only Kevin?

      I think he stays in Tampa the entire season. There is no way you send him up to AA and expose the AA pitchers to a new and very green C. If he moves up this season, it will be for a cup of coffee at the end of the season or concurrent with a permanent position change (the first scenario being much more likely than the second, IMO).

      Tampa, with the EST and instructional coaches there, is the best place for him to develop his catching skills.

  • Bo

    Kennedy is the definition of trade bait.

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