An in-house rotation fix

First it was Obi-Wang. Then it was Joba Chamberlain down in the minors. Now it’s Mike Mussina, the supposed rock of stability that always seems to be one little tremor away from a landslide. Hamstring injuries have run rampant through the Yanks organization in 2007, and they’ve been on the rise in all of baseball the last couple of years. Maybe guys are slacking off during pregame stretching, maybe their muscles are deteriorating from PED use, maybe they’re all just fluke injuries. No matter what’s causing them, the Yanks have to deal with ’em.

Looking at the schedule, I figure the rotation shakes out like this:

Thursday: off
Friday: Igawa
Saturday: Pavano
Sunday: Pettitte
Monday: off
Tuesday: Rasner
Wednesday: Igawa
Thurday: Pavano
Friday: Pettitte
Saturday: TBD

That TBD guy is what I’m here to talk about.

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Down on the Farm

Yo, Felix flat schooled the Sawx tonight, in the Fens no less. Whaddya think, Hughes-Clippard-Tabata for The King? I’d do it, but I dunno if the M’s brass would…

Triple-A Scranton (10-3 loss to Richmond)
Alberto Gonzalez: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
Bronson Sardinha: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Andy Phillips: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 K, 1 E (fielding) – played second…
Eric Duncan: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Andrew Beattie: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB – meet the new career minor leaguer on the block…
Tyler Clippard: 4 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K – 61 of 92 pitches were strikes (66.3%)
Colter Bean: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HB – lowered his ERA to 6.35

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I made a pretty substantial error in yesterday’s Down on the Farm: I wasn’t paying full attention to the Double-A box score, and jumped the gun thinking Trenton lost the game after the top of the 9th because they were on the road. In fact, Trenton was home, and they rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the 9th, and eventually won in 12. My bad, here’s the box score.

On to tonight’s action:

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 loss to Richmond)
Bronson Sardinha: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 RBI – signs of life…
Eric Duncan: 0 for 5, 3 K – coming back to Earth I see…
Shelley Duncan: 3 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS
Steven Jackson: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 10-0 GB/FB - just when you thought that deal couldn’t get any better… 
TJ Beam: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 E (pickoff)

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Triple-A Scranton (8-5 win over Richmond)
Kevin Reese: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Alberto Gonzalez 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 2 K- moved up to the 2-hole, right where he belongs
Bronson Sardinha: 0 for 4 –after a monster spring, he’s 0 for 2007
Andy Phillips: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – batted cleanup. No really.
Eric Duncan: 1 for 4, 3 K
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Chris Basak: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Mighty Matt DeSalvo: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 5-1 GB/FB – 77 pitches (44 for strikes, 57.2%) is way to many to throw in 3 innings…
Ben Kozlowski: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K – once upon a time he was one of the best LHP prospects in the game…
Chriss Britton: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

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From today’s (Sunday) games…

Triple-A Scranton snowed out. Game will be made up as part of a May 15th doubleheader.

Double-A Trenton scheduled off day.

High-A Tampa scheduled off day. Apparently that’s the only thing that can stop Jose Tabata.

Low-A Charleston (8-1 win over Greenville)
Mitch Hilligoss: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
Austin Jackson: 1 for 5, 2 K – went 9 plate appearances between strikeouts, a baseball miracle
Chris Malec: 3 for 4, 2 R
Eduardo Nunez: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
Josue Calzado: 1 for 2, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 HBP
Wilmer Pino: 1 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Michael Dunn: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 6-4 GB/FB – this time last year he was a no-hit first baseman…guess the conversion is going well
David Robertson: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K- here’s a guy who could really step up and grab the spotlight with Cox and Melancon out…

Salt on the wounds

After their team’s first 5 games…

Nats’ rotation: 22.1 IP, 31 H, 22 ER, 12 BB, 14 K

Yanks’ rotation: 21.2 IP, 36 H, 24 ER, 10 BB, 12 K

Take solace in the fact that the Yanks play in the AL East…

Down on the Farm

Man, Alex is simply scorchin’ the ball this year. After games like that, you wonder how pitchers ever get that guy out.

Triple-A Scranton (5-3 win over Norfolk)
Andy Phillips: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Bronson Sardinha: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – threw runners out at second and third from RF
Eric Duncan: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB – 3 hits so far this year, all for extra bases (1 2B, 2 HR)…couldn’t be happier for the kid
Ross Ohlendorf: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 5-7 K/BB – eh, hopefully the 32 degree temperature was the culprit
TJ Beam: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

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