Aug
30

Freddy leads Yanks to a win in return from DL

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A four-game series with the Orioles that started so terribly on Friday ended with a split on Monday. The Yankees rode some homeruns and strong pitching to the win, putting last week’s ugly stretch further away in the rear-view mirror.

(Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Freddy Sez: Nice Job!

It’s been more than three weeks since we’d last seen Freddy Garcia on a big league mound, and if his 21 splitters and changeups are any indication, the cut on his right index finger if perfectly fine. The only blemish on Garcia’s ledger was a solo homer by Mark Reynolds, a fifth inning shot that was the first long ball he’d allowed in 69 IP. That’s a span of eleven starts (the last homer he surrendered was a leadoff shot by Jacoby Ellsbury in the first inning of that 1.2 IP, 4 R disaster on June 7th) and the longest such streak in the AL this season. It was like Freddy never left, he was mixing his pitching and getting hitters to pop-up on soft stuff off the plate.

All told, Garcia threw six full innings on just 88 pitches (six swings and misses), and he probably had another inning in him if need be. I don’t have a problem with Joe Girardi taking it easy on him in his first start back after the long layoff. Sweaty Freddy’s ERA is down to 3.09 on the season, and he’s held the Orioles to just three total runs in three six innings starts this season. He’s been pretty awesome this year, and like I said, it was like he was never gone. No rust whatsoever.

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Smokin’ Hot

There was a time, maybe a month and a half ago, when it looked like Nick Swisher was going to finish the season with maybe 15 homers if he got lucky. He slumped so badly in the first two months of the season that he had just ten long balls through the team’s first 90 games. Then he got hot, hitting four homers in the next nine games, and now he’s hit seven homers in his last eleven games following a two-run job off Alfredo Simon in the fourth inning. It was a no doubter off the bat, and his sixth bomb in his last eight hits. At .177 WPA, it was easily the biggest play of the game. Meanwhile, Swisher is up to .267/.383/.464 on the season, which is a minor miracle considering that he was at .206/.321/.288 as late as May 28th.

Leftovers

The first run of the game came on a Mark Teixiera double in the first, a 3-2 fastball that he hooked into the right field corner. Curtis Granderson (who walked) was running on the pitch and scored rather easily. Robinson Cano also had two hits and nice diving defensive stop, plus Eric Chavez doubled to left-center field. Add in Swisher’s homer, and that’s all the Yankees hits. Five of them, three for extra bases (all three of Baltimore’s hits when for extras, by the way). Brett Gardner drew a walk and stole a base, might as well note that somewhere.

The three-headed bullpen monster of Rafael Soriano, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera wasn’t as stellar as usual, but they did the job. Soriano walked a batter with one out in the seventh, then struck out the next two guys with some serious heat. He was up to 95 with the fastball. Robertson gave up a solo homer to J.J. Hardy, a poorly located fastball in an 0-2 count. It’s the first homer he’d given up in 366 days, when Alexei Ramirez of the White Sox got him. It’s also the first run he allowed on the road this season. Mo was untouchable in the ninth. Flawless victory, fatality.

Derek can't figure it out either. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Can anyone come up with a logical reason why Andruw Jones didn’t pinch-hit for Jorge Posada with two outs in the top of the ninth against lefty Mike Gonzalez? Maybe because they had a short bench with Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez banged up? Otherwise it doesn’t really make sense. Posada hasn’t hit lefties at all, and at least Jones has a chance of running into one for an insurance run. Very odd.

The YES telestrator was off all night, every time Michael Kay or Ken Singleton tried to use it to point something out, they were wide left. This, now this is the type of hard-hitting analysis you expect from RAB.

The Rays lost to the Blue Jays and the Red Sox were idle, so the Yankees are 1.5 games back in the division and 7.5 games up on the wildcard. As you can see in the sidebar, their magic number for a postseason berth is just 23.

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78 Comments»

  1. The YES telestrator was off all night, every time Michael Kay or Ken Singleton tried to use it to point something out, they were wide left. This, now this is the type of hard-hitting analysis you expect from RAB.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xiyYqPMIdE

  2. IRF says:

    RIP D-Rob’s homerless strea

  3. Jimmy McNulty says:

    I kinda wanted Freddy to pitch the 7th, but he’s coming off the DL…take it easy on the sweaty fella, Girardi made the right move.

  4. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Related note, who thinks Swisher will top 30 HRs?

  5. Posada hasn’t hit lefties at all

    This is an understatement. Before tonight, he was hitting .102/.185/.119 vs. lefties. That’s worse than most NL pitchers. There’s no way Jorge should ever face a lefty again unless the Yanks are seriously undermanned. They weren’t tonight in the 9th.

    No harm, no foul though.

    • Jesse says:

      If that’s an understatement what would you say in one sentence about Jorge not hitting lefties this year then?

      • jerrynyg says:

        “Posada’s epic failures against left handers this year have raised my blood pressure and caused milk to curdle in my refrigerator.”

      • OldYanksFan says:

        Against LHP, Posada has a sub .300 OPS! (That’s OPS, not OBP!)
        Against LHP, Posada has a sub .300 OPS! (That’s OPS, not OBP!)
        AGAINST LHP, POSADA HAS A SUB .300 OPS (THART’S OPS, NOT OBP!)
        AGAINST LHP, POSADA HAS A SUB .300 OPS (THART’S OPS, NOT OBP!)

  6. Kiko Jones says:

    Were my ears deceiving me or did Jack Curry make a WWI reference in the post-game show? (I think it was Soriano striking out someone; something along the lines of “…like Franz Ferdinand, he took him out.“)

    heh heh

  7. Jetrer says:

    “This, now this is the type of hard-hitting analysis you expect from RAB.”

    That’s not really analysis, its more straight up reporting. You really need to get deeper into the issue, maybe analyzing Singleton’s telestrating mechanics, or perhaps using Tele F/X data.

    I expect more.

  8. Cy Pettitte says:

    the sweaty one continues to amaze me.

  9. Cuso says:

    The irony is, we’re going to know after tomorrow’s game if the series will be a bad one for us.

    Anything can happen, and there’s no resulting dooooom.

    But if Lackey bests CC, we might as well look forward to Friday vs. Toronto.

    (… as i secretly fantasize about a repeat of the 2009 Burnett v. Beckett game).

  10. Pat D says:

    Well at least Chris Singleton just put the whole scheduling thing into perspective.

  11. Cuso says:

    Berthiaume is a complete POS, by the way.

  12. Drove down to the stadium, it was gorgeous. Great win. They are 9-1 in games I see live. Cashman should buy me season tix.

  13. dkidd says:

    2 things:

    can we retire “sweaty freddy”? the man’s nickname is “the chief”

    that’s an extremely…festive picture of mattingly

    • Kiko Jones says:

      Yeah, he has more than earned being called “The Chief”.

    • Jesse says:

      I don’t mind the nickname “Sweaty Freddy”, not just because it rhymes, but he tends to sweat a lot. But, I’m with you though, I’ll always know him as “The Cheif”.

      And btw, I did not really see that in the Mattingly pic at first glance, but now that you say it….

      Anyways, when the magic number goes down to 22 will there be a pic of Roger Clemens?? If so, my money is on Axisa using this pic: http://media.photobucket.com/i.....kees11.jpg

    • The Master says:

      As a Venezuelan, I can tell you that his real nickname is “The Torpedo”. Anyway, any other is better than sweaty freddy lol.

  14. Kiko Jones says:

    Speaking of Fenway—and yes, I know this is not even a barely tenuous segue—how is it that a scab like Kevin Millar (he was a replacement player during the ’94-’95 strike) ended up w/ a decade-long career as a player in MLB and is now an analyst for MLBN? And why does he get absolutely no grief for crossing the picket line?

    • Pat D says:

      As for the playing part, the Marlins gave him a shot after their ’98 firesale and he had a few good years, then he had a couple decent years with the Red Sox. He hit some home runs, would take a walk, and played undemanding defensive positions.

      The Red Sox wisely cut ties with him after 2005 and he just rode out the last few years when the Orioles and Blue Jays were silly enough to employ him.

      As for him working for MLBN (and also Fox), well, people are stupid. MLBN has bad analysts anyway. What’s really more appalling is that they gave him a “talk show.” As if his voice, his frosted hair and his chin pubes weren’t annoying enough. I like also how the DirecTV description for that show describes him as “2004 World Series Champion Kevin Millar.” Is that supposed to make me care about his opinions?

      • Kiko Jones says:

        I hear ya, Pat D. But I just don’t understand how his having been a replacement player would not preclude him from anything MLB-related besides his likeness not being used in baseball video games. I mean, MLB teams hiring a former scab—one who cannot be part of the MLBPA—should’ve raised a stink, but it didn’t. And for MLBN to do the same, well…

        • Pat D says:

          The MLBPA has always been in the wrong regarding replacement players, as far as I’m concerned. I remember when I still bought baseball video games having a list of guys I’d have to create since they weren’t in the game already. I think Shane Spencer might have been one of them, too.

          MLBN certainly doesn’t have to pay attention to the MLBPA regarding anything, they’ll higher anyone they think is going to give them ratings.

  15. Dale Mohorcic says:

    Is Kay going to come up with a nickname for soriano/Robertson/mo like he did with “QuanGorMo” (sounds like the name of a mortal kombat villain)?

  16. Dale Mohorcic says:

    Is Kay going to come up with a nickname for soriano/Robertson/mo like he did with “QuanGorMo” (sounds like the name of a mortal kombat villain)? Maybe SorBertMo?

  17. mbonzo says:

    Freddy has been so good, just insane how much value we’ve gotten out of him. Also, I can’t wait for Thursday to see the roster moves. Also, found this and its exactly how I feel about Bud Selig and instant replay.

  18. No more AJ says:

    Why is Burnett pitching in Boston with so much on the line!?!?! I can’t handle it anymore. Make some decisions Girardi!!!

    • mbonzo says:

      Whats on the line? Maybe one game in the loss column. What if he goes out there and throws a 2008 Burnett start? He’ll get all the confidence in the world and it might be a jumping off point to pitching well in Sept and even October. There is much more to be gained than lost.

  19. FIPster Doofus says:

    I hope the Yankees re-up Freddy for another year. Last season with the White Sox, his ERA/FIP/xFIP line didn’t turn out well, but he threw a decent chunk of innings and had 18 quality starts out of 28. Granted, that’s not the best stat, but if a bottom-of-the-rotation starter can consistently give a great offense like the Yankees’ six innings and three runs, they’d take it (especially on the cheap). And, obviously, Garcia has been even better than that this year, shattering preseason expectations.

    If the Chief comes back next season and reverts to 2010 form, he’ll still be a good enough back-end starter when one considers the high-powered offense on his side.

    • mbonzo says:

      I think quality starts is an underrated stat, its certainly better than wins. If you could find a starting pitcher with a 4.50 ERA who gave you exactly one quality start each game, I’d be all over that for a team with such high run support. If a player consistently throws quality starts, but the numbers are not in the optimal 3′s, I think I’d rather have the guy who’s gonna give you 8 scoreless one game and 6 ER in the next.

  20. Kiko Jones says:

    Agreed, mbonzo.

  21. Monteroisdinero says:

    Freddy has been great-gave up 2 hits last night. He has great control and his stuff should “age” well. Sign the man for next year. Almost every start this year has been good and he doesn’t implode.

  22. MUIDATS EEKNAY says:

    The home plate ump was killing me in this game. He was calling pitches that were way inside to lefties strikes. And on Swisher’s first at bat after the homer, Simon* gave him a message-pitch 94 mph heater way up and in, without so much as a warning from the ump. Follow that 2 pitches later with a called strike that was way inside, and my blood was really boiling.

    *The same guy who, you know, SHOT AND KILLED SOMEBODY in January of this year.

    • NEPA Yankee says:

      Didn’t mean to shoot him, just “Send Him A Message”. Shot got away from him. Don’t know for sure if the order came from Showalter or not. MLB will investigate when they’re done with ARod.

  23. Monteroisdinero says:

    The ump had a huge strike zone for both teams last night.

    • http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....evDate=829

      Seems like it was particularly brutal with lefties up. Wasn’t anything egregious against righties. Wonder if it’s a positioning thing, apparently it was a young umpire? Seems like something he might be able to correct.

      • CS Yankee says:

        He stayed on the left side of the catcher all night and had no clue where the left inside black was…that swish called strike was easily 3 balls away from the black.

        When he took off his mask, I thought he looked like he was 21. Seems like by the time they get to the pros, they are in their 40′s and are well seasoned (fat). He wasn’t shy though, calling them loud and without doubt.

  24. bumboklaat says:

    So I was checking out Swish’s stats off the YES menu above. Why is Marcus Thames listed??? weird. . .

  25. Bronx Byte says:

    The chances of Freddy Garcia pitching a quality start are high. The chances of Burnett throwing a quality start are slim and none.

  26. Monteroisdinero says:

    The walks, the wild pitches, the curves in the dirt, the falling behind hitters, the inability to hold baserunners, the mental weakness/implosion factor, the only having 2 pitches…..

    Oh sorry-this was supposed to be sent thursday night at 9 PM…

    • CS Yankee says:

      Sometimes even a blind squirrel finds a nut…but what if that blind squirrel is nuts?

      /ajisamentalmidget’d

  27. Billy Pilgrim says:

    Freddy Garcia is a #2 pitcher.

    CC
    Garcia
    Colon
    Nova

    We’ll have to live and die with that rotation. Burnett dropped after Thursday’s start and Hughes dropped in the postseason.

    • CS Yankee says:

      Do not disagree with this order.

      Would like to see Nova go against the BoSox though before postseason.

      Hail to The Chief (The Sweaty Freddy Chief of sub-90 pitching)

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