PeteAbe brings the good news. A-Rod mashed in a simulate game today (?), but more importantly he took 54 grounders of varying degrees of difficulty at the hot corner, and ran in the outfield without incident. “It’s the best I’ve felt since the injury,” Rodriguez said. Yes, A-Rod wasn’t exactly tearing the cover off the ball before the injury, but the Yanks have scored 2 or fewer runs in 6 of 14 games this month. Getting the cleanup hitter back and healthy is better than any trade acquisition could ever be. · (16) ·
Triple-A Scranton was rained out, they’ll play two tomorrow.
Double-A Trenton (4-3 win over New Hampshire)
Ramiro Pena: 1 for 5, 2 K
Austin Jackson: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – threw a runner out at second from CF … 3 XBH (2 doubles & a jack) in the past 2 days
Colin Curtis & Kevin Russo: both 2 for 4, 1 2B – Russo also tripled & drove in 2
Edwar Gonzalez, Jose Tabata & Reegie Corona: all 1 for 4 – Tabata scored a run & K’ed … Corona K’ed twice
PJ Pilittere: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
George Kontos: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 4-3 GB/FB
Zach Kroenke: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB – southpaw is holding righties to a .148 avg, lefties to .250
Mike Gardner: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 4-0 GB/FB – he’s been a 2 inning closer all season
Quickly: We can blame Kyle Farnsworth and Joba Chamberlain for shoddy relief work today. We can criticize Andy Pettitte for walking the number eight hitter in the Mets’ lineup with two outs and the bases loaded. We can point fingers at the umpires and absolve the team of blame in a game where Johan Santana didn’t look that great. Or we can note that the bottom of the lineup — Melky Cabrera, Alberto Gonzalz, Chad Moeller and pinch hitters Shelley Duncan and Morgan Ensberg — went 0 for 11 with one walk. No matter what, this team is looking pretty pathetic, and they will remain in last place, five games behind the Rays. · (63) ·
I honestly don’t have a ton to say. Same as las night: Hit ball, win game. Pettitte vs. Santana. Yeah. Wooo!
Oh, and via PeteAbe, there’s a chance Joba stays in the bullpen. Yeah. Because the starting pitching has been soooo good.
While Hank Steinbrenner can shoot off his mouth all he wants these days, every now and then, a piece comes along that reminds us of the checks and balances in the Yankee organization. This time, we’ve got Kat O’Brien talking with a measured and calm Hal Steinbrenner. Hal, who noted that the season is a 162-game “marathon,” also said, “There’s nothing that makes me regret [not getting Santana].” Good thing, as BBTF notes, these two share equal power in the Yankee organization. · (14) ·
Game 1 (4-0 win over Louisville in 7 innings)
Brett Gardner & Juan Miranda: both 1 for 2, 1 R – Gardner drew 2 walks, stole a base & was caught trying to steal another … Miranda launced a 2-run bombed & drew a walk
Justin Christian: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB - one of the most under-rated players in the system
rest of lineup: combined 1 for 15, 1 2 R, 1 2B, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP - Jason Lane scored a run & drew two walks … Eric Duncan committed a fielding error … Chris Stewart doubled & scored a run
Dan Giese: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 11-7 GB/FB – 63 of 90 pitches were strikes (70%)
Jim Callis of Baseball America posted his first mock draft today, and has the Yanks taking Arizona prep southpaw Kyle Lobstein. Callis writes:
The obvious move would be for New York to use its financial muscle to pay what it takes to get whatever top talent falls because of signability. Hosmer would be a coup for the Yankees, but Cole could be too raw for their tastes. They’ve been scouting a lot of lefthanded pitchers, making high schoolers Kyle Lobstein (Arizona), Brett DeVall (Florida), Mike Montgomery (California) and Robbie Ross (Kentucky) candidates.
Lobstein would be a bit of an over-draft at #28, and frankly I think there’s a chance he’d still be around when the Yanks picks again at #44. Plus Robbie Ross is better than Lobstein. The Yanks are going to take whichever signability guys falls to them, it’s almost guaranteed.
Instead of dealing with media blackouts and questionable May weather, the Yanks and Mets are going to send their stadiums out in style in June with a two-stadium, one-city double header, date TBD. The Yanks will skip Darrell Rasner’s start, and Andy Pettitte will face Johan Santana tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. Now stop reading the blog and do something else with your Friday night. · (3) ·
It’s kinda crappy out. It’s not supposed to let up, according to The Weather Channel. Though they’ve been wrong before. Everywhere I’ve read at this point claims the game is on. So let’s hope they can get it in.
Not much to say. Hit ball. Win game. Das it.
And on the mound, Darrell Rasner.
Update: Wouldn’tcha know, they called it. Too bad there’s no chance we get 1/4 doubleheader tomorrow. That would be soooooo sweet.