Winning streak ends at four, Yanks fall to Angels

The actual text poll from the Angels' broadcast.

The game started with a 15-pitch at-bat by Derek Jeter, which was pretty awesome. The rest of the game? Not so much. Let’s recap “night game on the west coast” style…

  • Ivan Nova probably did just enough to keep his rotation spot in this game. The Angels tagged him for two runs in the first and another run in the fourth, but the end result was eight hits, two walks, three runs (two earned) in six innings, which is plenty from a fifth starter. Unfortunately, Nova doing just enough to keep his rotation spot is probably bad news for the Yankees overall.
  • Jered Weaver was on the ropes after two innings, having thrown 53 pitches and giving back one of those first inning runs. He rebounded to complete seven innings on 119 pitches, retiring nine of the final ten men he faced. Some hacky at-bats by the Yankees didn’t help matters though.
  • The Yankees only had three hits (but five walks), one of which was a ground rule double by Jorge Posada that absolutely cost them a run. If it doesn’t hop into the stands, Nick Swisher scores from first since he was running on contact with two outs. Dems the breaks.
  • Here’s the box score, here’s the WPA graph.

That’s pretty much all there is to say. There’s no shame in losing to a guy like Weaver, especially when you’re running a rookie like Nova out there. Hell, we should be surprised the score was as close as it was. CC Sabathia gets the ball against (I think) Ervin Santana on Saturday night (it definitely won’t be Dan Haren, I’m sure of that much), another brutal west coast night game. It’s Southern California, don’t they want to play under the sun on a weekend? Lame.

SWB walks off on Charleston’s huge night

Make sure you scroll down for tonight’s game thread.

Double-A Trenton hitting coach Julius Matos has been suspended indefinitely after an altercation with manager Tony Franklin. All the details are here. In happier news, Rob Lyerly was selected for the High-A Florida State League All-Star Game, the only Tampa Yankees to make the team. You can also vote for the Triple-A All-Stars now.

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 win over Toledo, walk-off style) they faced an old pal, who was rehabbing a foot injury
Austin Krum, CF & Kevin Russo, 2B: both 2 for 5 – Krum doubled and whiffed … Russo tripled and scored
Jesus Montero, DH: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – seven for his last 21 (.333) with a doubles, triple, and a homer
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Brandon Laird, 3B: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB – walk-off single
Jordan Parraz, RF & Gus Molina, C: both 0 for 3 – Parraz walked and whiffed … Gus drove in a run bit saw just three pitches in his first three at-bats
Dan Brewer, LF & Doug Bernier, SS: both 2 for 4 – Brewer doubled and struck out … Bernier drove in a run, whiffed, and committed a throwing error
David Phelps, RHP: 7.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 7-5 GB/FB – 75 of 111 pitches were strikes (67.6%) … retired a rehabbing big leaguer all three times he faced him, including a three-pitch strikeout
Eric Wordekemper, RHP: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – five of seven pitches were strikes … that’s his ninth strikeout of the year (23.1 IP)
Kevin Whelan, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1-1 GB/FB – nine of 15 pitches were strikes (60%)

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Game 55: House of Horrors

(Photo Credit: Flickr user via Creative Commons license)

For the longest time, it seemed like Angels Stadium was a complete nightmare for the Yankees. They won just five of 24 games in Anaheim from 2005 through the 2009 All-Star break, which is absolutely dreadful. But for whatever reason, the Angels and their stadium are just like any other team now. I don’t think many of use dread playing the Halos anymore, likely because they’re clearly a team in decline  and (of course) the 2009 ALCS. Good times, good times. Here’s your starting nine…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Russell Martin, C
Nick Swisher, RF
Jorge Posada, DH
Brett Gardner, LF

Ivan Nova, SP

Dan Haren Update: RAB fave Sam Miller reports that Haren will have tomorrow’s scheduled start pushed back to Tuesday because of his back issue. I assume the Angels will just bump Ervin Santana up to Saturday and Joel Pineiro up to Sunday. Thursday’s off day allows them to pitch on normal rest, so that’s not an issue.

2011 Draft: Tyler Beede tells teams he’s going to college

Via Keith Law, high school right-hander Tyler Beede has sent a letter to area scouts informing them that he plans on following through on his commitment to Vanderbilt. High school outfielder Josh Bell did something similar. Beede, who I wrote about a few weeks ago, is a first round arm and this is just a way of building leverage in neogitations. Someone will still draft him high, but anything that could cause him to slide in the draft is good news for the Yankees.

2011 Draft: Keith Law’s Mock Draft v3.0

Keith Law’s latest mock draft hit the interwebs today (Insider req’d), and he still has the Pirates taking UCLA RHP Gerrit Cole first overall. Rice 3B Anthony Rendon is going second to the Mariners, and he now has UCLA RHP Trevor Bauer going to the Diamondbacks at three. Klaw says that high school lefty Daniel Norris is looking for Tyler Matzek money ($3.9M), and Kevin Goldstein added some more bonus demands on Twitter. We’ve already heard about Josh Bell telling teams he doesn’t want to turn pro as well as the ridiculous bonus demands of Dylan Bundy and Archie Bradley.

2011 Draft: Joe Ross

The draft is just three days away, so between now and then I’m going to highlight some players individually rather than lump a few together in one post.

Joe Ross | RHP

The brother of Oakland A’s right-hander Tyson Ross, Joe attends Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland just like his brother did a few years ago. He’s a very good student with a strong commitment to UCLA.

Scouting Report
Unlike Tyson, Joe is much more conventional. His delivery and arm action are clean, and he gets good downhill plane from his 6-foot-2, 180 lb. frame. Ross’ fastball typically sits 90-94 mph with some armside run, but he ran it up as high as 96 this spring and there’s reason to believe there’s even more velocity coming with that frame. His breaking ball is more of a curveball but occasionally it morphs into a slider. When right, the pitch is delivered in the high-70’s with some horizontal break to go along with the downward action. Ross also throws a low-80’s changeup. He’s a very good athlete and it’s easy to project three better than average pitches down the line given what he has right now.

Ross doesn’t project as a true ace, but instead a notch below that and there’s ain’t nothing wrong with that at all. The commitment to UCLA and presumably high price tag would have to work in the Yankees favor if they want to have a chance at him with the 51st overall pick. Keith Law and Baseball America considered Ross the 25th and 36th best prospect in the draft in their latest rankings, so he’s a legit first round talent.