Suttle’s hot hitting continues in a pair of wins

John Nalbone has quotes from Mark Newman about the promotions of Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances.

  • Double-A Trenton lost. Dan Brewer had a pair of hits including a solo jack, but Corban Joseph and Austin Romine combined for 11 hitless at-bats. Damon Sublett singled twice and walked while Matt Cusick had a triple and homer among his three knocks. Andrew Brackman allowed one run and struck out a pair in five innings while J.B. Cox allowed a three of runs in just under two innings.
  • High-A Tampa won the first game of their doubleheader. Bradley Suttle‘s hot streak continued with a solo jack though Melky Mesa did nothing productive behind him. Craig Heyer tossed seven innings of one run ball in a complete game effort.
  • High-A Tampa won the second game as well. Suttle did it again, this time with a double and two walks. Melky Mesa atoned for game one with a homer. Nothing exciting on the mound.
  • Low-A Charleston lost. Slade Heathcott was hitless in four at-bats and J.R. Murphy had the night off, so it was a rather boring night offensively. Kelvin Castro doubled. Yippee. Shane Greene, just up from Staten Island amidst the promotion madness, allowed just one run and struck out seven in six innings.
  • Both Triple-A Scranton and Short Season Staten Island had their games canceled because of the weather. Neither game will be made up.
  • The Rookie GCL Yanks were off.

Regular old DotF returns tomorrow.

Open Thread: End of a successful homestand

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I wasn’t around to see most of it, but the Yankees went 5-2 on the homestand, and in the end that’s all that matters. The next 16 games are going to be pretty important, because that’s basically the last “easy” stretch of the season for the Yanks before they run the gauntlet in September.

Anyway, here’s tonight’s open thread. The ESPN Sunday Night Game features the Twins and the lowly Angels (Baker vs. Weaver), which is pretty much the only thing going on tonight. Joe Mauer’s hitting .467/.549/.707 in his last 22 games. He’s good at this baseballing thing. Talk about whatever you want, so enjoy.

Sabathia makes Yankee history

By holding the Mariners scoreless for six innings before the rains came this afternoon, Yankee ace CC Sabathia quietly set a franchise record. With his 16th consecutive start of at least six innings and no more than three earned runs, CC broke a tie with Ron Guidry for the longest such streak in franchise history.

Gator’s streak came during his 1978 Cy Young Award winning season, and as Sabathia piles up the traditional counting stats, his Cy candidacy will grow stronger. I’m not sure I’d give it to him, but just being in the discussion is enough to make me happy.

Game 124: CC at home for the series win

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No one has taken to pitching at the new Yankee Stadium quite like CC Sabathia. In his two seasons in pinstripes, the Big Man is 16-2 in the Bronx with a 2.92 ERA. In 12 starts this year, he’s 9-0 in the Bronx, and he hasn’t lost a game at home since he faced the Mariners on July 2, 2009. As the Yanks close out a home stand and try to win the series against the Mariners, Sabathia will get the ball.

It’s tough to overstate Sabathia’s importance to the Yanks this year. As Javier Vazquez and AJ Burnett have struggled to find anything approaching an effective consistency, Sabathia has been the stalwart in the rotation. He’s 16-5 with a 3.12 ERA. Although his K rate is down to 7.1 per 9 IP, he doesn’t allow many long balls, and he gives the Yanks length, averaging seven innings per state.

This year, Sabathia has dominated the Mariners. He’s 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA in 15 innings against Seattle. The team has hit just .208/.250/.245 against him, and Sabathia will try to use his lefty-lefty advantage to neutralize Ichiro Suzuki and Russell Branyan today. Branyan, who has owned the Yanks this year, is just 1 for 10 against CC with no home runs and six strike outs.

Opposing Sabathia will Luke French. The 24-year-old lefty is making his sixth start of the year. In eight appearances, he is 2-3 with a 4.02 ERA. He doesn’t strike anyone out — just 3.8 per 9 IP — but has allowed only two home runs in 40.1 innings this year. In his one appearance against the Yanks, he allowed a run in three innings of mop-up work on July 9. The lone scored on a Mark Teixeira home run.

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Austin Kearns LF
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez 3B

Carsten Charles Sabathia P

Weather permitting, the game starts at 1:05 p.m. and will be on the YES Network.

Update (3:18 p.m.): The Yankees have announced that the game will resume at approximately 3:30 p.m. No word yet on who will take the mound for the Yanks in the top of the 7th. CC Sabathia and the Bombers are leading the Mariners 5-0 after 5.5 innings.

Austin Kearns in 2011?

Will we see this in 2011? (AP Photo/Wagner)

I know I’m getting ahead of myself this year, but should the Yankees try to resign Austin Kearns in the offseason?  Assuming  they are sold on Brett Gardner and will not be signing Carl Crawford, I think Kearns might have a role for this team beyond 2010.

Kearns has had a solid year after signing for 1 year/$750k with the Indians in the offseason, but has he done enough to either make significantly more money and get signed to be a full time player?  On point #1, I’d say the answer is no.  I don’t see him getting a multi-year deal in the offseason for very much money.  On point #2, I can see him getting a chance to start full time, but likely on a bottom feeding team.  Maybe he’d rather do that than sign on as a 4th outfielder, but if he’s willing to become a part time player next year at the age of 31, I think he’s a great fit for the Yankees.

Kearns would become a great 4th OF for this team, filling the role many had hoped of Randy Winn.  He can play the corners well defensively, and could probably still handle in CF in a pinch(though Mo forbid it ever got to that).  He also shows no drastic splits vs. lefties or righties, which can be viewed as both a positive and a negative for a bench player.  The negative is that he doesn’t provide any great skills(like Marcus Thames vs. LHP) but I think the positive that he isn’t completely inept against either RHP or LHP outweighs the lack of a great skill.  And anyway, if Kearns was great against either hand while being adequate against the other he would certainly be a starter elsewhere.

I have no idea what Kearns has in mind for 2011 and at this point maybe he doesn’t either. He’s played in almost 1000 games without ever reaching the playoffs.  Maybe a deep run this season and he realizes he’d rather get 300 AB’s for a contender than 600 for a bottom feeder.  Maybe he knows that next huge contract isn’t coming and is content with the $20+ million he’s made so far (assuming he hasn’t gone Antoine Walker or Mark Brunell on us).  It truly comes down to Kearns’ desires, but I would love to see him back in the pinstripes in 2011.

Offense comes up big in 9-5 win

Javy Vazquez with diminished velocity can survive. Javy Vazquez with no command is like any pitcher with a high 80s fastball and no command. Seattle hit him hard at times, leading to his exit before recording an out in the fourth. The Yanks have Ivan Nova to help give the rotation a rest. It could mean more than just a day for Vazquez.

Biggest Hits: Breaking the tie

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Twice in this game the Yankees broke ties. The Mariners got out to a quick lead on homers by Ichiro and Russell Branyan, but the Yanks came back with a quick two of their own on a Robinson Cano double. Two batters later, Jorge Posada crushed an outside pitch over the wall in left to put the Yankees ahead. It granted Javier Vazquez a reprieve, but he’d give back those runs in due order.

Neither the Yankees nor the Mariners mustered a run from the bottom of the third through the top of the seventh. After a rough first inning Jason Vargas settled in, at one point retiring 14 straight. He came out for the seventh, and three batters in had runners on the corners with one out. That brought up the rookie, Eduardo Nunez. Vargas dealt him a 1-1 fastball up and away, and Nunez slapped it through the hole and into right, driving home Austin Kearns for the go-ahead run.

The middle innings might have been slow, but when the Yanks put on base they did a good job of driving them home. Nine of their 13 base runners scored, and the team was 4 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

It could have been worse for Vazquez

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Joe Girardi had the definitive take on the Yankees’ decision to recall Ivan Nova and declare him Monday’s starter: “The greatest problem would be that he pitches extremely well Monday.” Confidence in Nova could afford the Yankees the flexibility to give Javier Vazquez some time off in an attempt to straighten himself out. He had a rough outing right from the start, and it lasted just three innings and a batter. It might have been shorter still if not for a break in the third.

The Yanks went on a tear in the first to undo the two home runs Vazquez surrendered, and with two outs in the third it looked like he might be back on track. Ichiro had homered for for the second time to lead off the inning, but Vazquez then got two outs, including a strikeout. At the plate was Jose Lopez, who has the lowest OBP, by 10 points, of any qualified MLB player. So it came as no surprise when he came up with a two-out single.

Franklin Gutierrez followed with a single of his own, and then Casey Kotchman hit one to Cano’s right, tying the game. Matters got a bit worse when he walked Josh Bard to load the bases for Michael Saunders, who had homered off Vazquez when the Mariners played at the Stadium on June 30. Vazquez threw him a fastball low and then a curveball high for two called strikes before getting Saunders to chase a changeup high and away. He flied it right to Swisher, ending the threat.

Vazquez would last just one more batter. It doesn’t take a scout to see that something’s wrong with him on the mound. Perhaps a little rest will help.

Three cheers for Guadin

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Chad Gaudin hasn’t had the greatest time with the Yankees this season. He’s been decent at times, but most of our prevailing memories involve him giving up runs. He was in danger of being DFA’d earlier, but now with roster expansion on the horizon the Yankees will certainly hang onto him through the end of the year. Yesterday he came through in a big way.

Last night he pitched two perfect garbage time innings in relief of A.J. Burnett. Joe Girardi called on him again today with on outs in the third. Gaudin inherited a runner, but stranded him. He then pitched two more scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three. That let the Yanks get to the tougher part of their bullpen and hold onto a win.

Miscellany

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From August 1 through August 16 Robinson Cano hit .231/.333/.288 in 60 PA. On the 17th he hit his first homer of the month. Since then he’s 7 for 19 (.368) with four walks (.478 OBP) and four extra base hits (.895 SLG).

Russell Branyan has 11 hits at the new ballpark. Seven of them are home runs. Whenever he accepts his future role as bench bat, I hope it’s with the Yanks.

Via Chad Jennings: Boone Logan has retired 30 of his last 36 batters faced. That includes 23 of the last 25 lefties he’s faced.

After his 1 for 3 day Austin Kearns is now 13 for 37 (.351) with three walks (.415 OBP) and four extra base hits (.514 SLG) since joining the Yankees on August 1.

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More at FanGraphs. Also the box score.

Up Next

CC Sabathia and Luke French end this homestand at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Wins at every level

Mikey O’Brien is done for the season with an injury described as “nothing serious.” An MRI will reveal the truth tomorrow.

  • Triple-A Scranton won. Jesus Montero picked up a pair of hits, including a three run homer. He also threw out a pair of basestealers. Eric Bruntlett also had three hits. The Ghost of Kei Igawa allowed two runs and struck out five in 6.2 innings of work.
  • Double-A Trenton won. Both Dan Brewer and Austin Romine had a pair of base knocks, with one of Romine’s being a long ball. Al Aceves allowed a solo homer in a rehab start, going 2.1 innings. Hector Noesi followed him with six scoreless innings, striking out six and allowing just four hits.
  • High-A Tampa won. Bradley Suttle‘s hot stretch continues, with three hits including a double. Melky Mesa failed to do anything productive in five trips to the plate. Graham Stoneburner struck out five in six scoreless innings.
  • Low-A Charleston won. Slade Heathcott drew a walk and J.R. Murphy doubled. Luke Murton went deep. Nothing exciting on the bump.
  • Short Season Staten Island won. Rob Segedin singled and walked while both Gary Sanchez and Cito Culver drew free passes of their own. Garrison Lassiter also walked twice, so apparently they were handing them out for free. Tommy Kahnle struck out three and walked one in a pair of scoreless innings.
  • Rookie GCL Yanks won. Mason Williams and Angelo Gumbs both went 0-for-4, but Ben Gamel picked up a pair of hits including a double. Ramon Flores singled and walked. Some guy named David Triplet made his pro debut, but he doesn’t appear to be anything special on the surface. He’s already 23, so he’s probably an undrafted free agent.