Colon strong, but bats disappear in loss to O’s

The first game of the post-Hurricane Irene era ended the same way as the last few games of the pre-Hurricane Irene era, meaning the Yankees lost, but it didn’t really look the same. Let’s recap…

  • For the first time in what feels like forever, the Yankees’ starting pitcher was fantastic. Bartolo Colon was dominant and efficient, cruising through the first six innings on less than 75 pitches while allowing just two baserunners (both hits). He held his velocity late into the game, pumping 94 mph gas to the last hitter he faced, and his two-seamer had its usual wrinkle and was effective to batters on both sides of the plate. Colon did give up a pair of runs, one each in the seventh and eighth innings, but two runs in 7.2 IP is plenty good in my book. No blame gets assigned to Big Bart this afternoon, and his effort was clearly a good sign for the future.
  • The offense though, where did it go? The Yankees did have five hits (three by Mark Teixeira) and a walk, but they didn’t get a single runner as far as second base the entire game. That’s the first time that’s happened since the Bryan Bullington game last year, which I’m sure you remember. Two double plays and Frankie Cervelli getting thrown out at second on a bloop single (not his fault, just an unfortunately play) will do that to an offense.
  • There’s really not much more to add here. Boone Logan retired the only batter he faced to clean up Colon’s mess in the eighth, and John Hirschbeck’s strike zone was huge but consistent for both teams. That’s pretty much it. Here’s the box score, here’s the FanGraphs’ stuff, and here’s the updated standings.
  • The Yankees have lost four of five games to the lowly A’s and O’s, and they’re 9-9 in their last 18 against mostly weak competition. That’s not getting it done, they needed to pad that wildcard lead during the last two weeks and didn’t do it at all. Tampa housed the Blue Jays, so they’re six back at the moment.

The second game of today’s doubleheader will begin at 7:35pm ET. For those of you worried about blackouts and what not, it’s been confirmed that the game will be available on both YES and MLB.tv. WFAN 660 has the radio call, remember. Anyway, that game will feature Ivan Nova against Brian Matusz, and hopefully the offense shows up this time.

Game 130: After Irene

Hurricane Irene passed through Baltimore and NYC already, which is pretty nuts since the original forecasts said it would be a 30-hour event around here. I got off lucky, no power outage, nothing like that. If I hadn’t known any better, I would have thought it was just a thunderstorm. Like I said though, I got off lucky. There’s a lot of people that didn’t and are without power or have flooded basements or worse. Win it for them, Yanks. Here’s the starting nine…

Derek Jeter, DH
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Andruw Jones, LF
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Frankie Cervelli, C

Bartolo Colon, SP

The game starts at 1:35pm ET and can be seen on YES. If you’re going to listen on the radio, tune into WFAN 660, not the usual WCBS 880. WCBS is covering the hurricane.

New York Yankees, the high school years

Hurricane Irene has passed through NYC and believe it or not, it looks like the Yankees will actually be able to play both games of today’s doubleheader in Baltimore. That seemed impossible last night. While you wait for the first game to start, check out this slideshow from SI.com with high school photos of a various Yankees, both past and present. Mark Teixeira hasn’t aged a day in 13 years.

Colon, Nova set to start Sunday’s DH

As Irene batters the East Coast, the Yankees and the Orioles are currently scheduled to play a double header later today, and the Yanks have made some slight adjustments to the rotation. They currently have announced that Bartolo Colon will start Game 1 and Ivan Nova will start Game 2. This move gives the Yanks some flexibility for Monday. They could ask CC Sabathia to throw on regular rest or they could activate Freddy Garcia, thus allowing CC to start against the Red Sox on Tuesday. Either way, A.J. Burnett lines up to start one of the games in Fenway whether any of us want to see that or not.

GCL Yanks wrap up season as Irene distrupts schedule

Apparently Jesus Montero hit a bunch of homers while I was on vacation, because he was named the fourth hottest prospect in the minors in this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. Here’s some other stuff that happened while I was gone…

  • Jorge Vazquez hit his 30th homerun of the season, tying Shelley Duncan’s Scranton/Wilkes-Barre single-season franchise record. He’s got another week-and-a-half to break it.
  • Graham Stoneburner will not be playing in the Arizona Fall League despite missing all that time with the neck strain. I thought he was a shoo-in.
  • No Yankees farmhands were named to the Double-A Eastern League All-Star Team. That’s the fancy end-of-season team, not the team that played the All-Star Game or anything like that.
  • Triple-A Scranton’s run of four consecutive division titles will almost certainly come to an end. One more loss or one more Pawtucket win will knock them out of the race. Lehigh Valley’s magic number for the wildcard is two, so the Yankees are going to need some serious help to make the playoffs. The season ends on September 5th.
  • Low-A Charleston was mathematically eliminated from postseason play. Double-A Trenton and High-A Tampa are both still alive but need to make a big run in the next week and a half. It’s entirely possible that all four full season affiliates will miss the playoffs (in the same season) for the first time in basically forever.

Triple-A Scranton was postponed due to Hurricane Irene. They’re going to play two on Monday.

Double-A Trenton Game One (7-4 loss to New Britain in seven innings)
Austin Krum, CF & Yadil Mujica, 3B: both 0 for 3 – Mujica whiffed
Corban Joseph, 2B: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding) – 11 for his last 29 (.379)
Austin Romine, C: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – ISO is “up” to .088 this year after .134 last year
Rob Lyerly, 1B: 1 for 3, 1 K
Melky Mesa, RF: 1 for 2, 1 R
Damon Sublett, LF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K – Sublett committed a throwing error, and he’s now got more triples (seven) than doubles (six) or homers (two)
Jose Pirela, SS & Addison Maruszak, 1B: both 0 for 2 – Pirela drove in a run … Maruszak walked and whiffed
Jeff Marquez, RHP: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 10-5 GB/FB – recently outrighted, so he can probably forget about a September call-up if he was expecting one
Kanekoa Texeira, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB

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