Yankees top ChiSox behind Colon, Cano

It’s only been three relief appearances and two starts, but Bartolo Colon has turned into must see television. The 38 going on 29-year-old hurler brought the pain again on Wednesday, giving the Yankees eight innings and a sorely needed win.

Like a boss. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Bartolo Gets The Last Laugh

Before his year long hiatus in 2010, Colon last pitched for Ozzie Guillen and the White Sox in 2009, though not very well. Ozzie had some fun at the right-hander’s expense during his pre-game press conference, poking fun at him for being back in the big leagues. A few hours later, Colon was the one laughing while Guillen sat helplessly in the clubhouse.

Simply put, Bartolo was brilliant. He dominated the ChiSox hitters with the hard stuff, throwing 88 fastballs out of 99 total pitches. He didn’t just top out at 96 mph, he hit that with his 94th pitch of the game. The Spring Training concerns over his ability to hold velocity over multiple innings seems silly now. Of the 24 outs he recorded, six were strikeouts and 13 (!!!) others came on plays made on the infield (ground ball or pop-up). Bartolo threw nine or fewer pitches in four of his eight innings, so he was effective and efficient.

Colon’s biggest jam came early, right in the second inning when the White Sox loaded the bases with no outs. He struck out Gordon Beckham looking for the first out, then sat down Omar Vizquel and Juan Pierre on routine fly balls to escape the inning. Granted it wasn’t exactly the most formidable of batters, but it’s tough to escape bases loaded and no outs in the big leagues regardless of who you face. That was it, Bartolo retired the next nine men he faced before allowing a run on dinky ground balls with eyes in sixth. There’s no other way to put it, Colon was masterful. Regardless of what happens from here on out, he’s been worth every penny of his contract.

That poor baseball. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

A Homer, Then A Dormant Offense

After the previous two games, the Yankees needed to do something early in this one to put everyone at ease. Robinson Cano did just that with a first inning three-run homer, giving Colon breathing room and fans a reason to unclench their fists. After that hit though, the bats went back to sleep. Mark Buehrle used his slow, slower, slowerer, slowest approach to retire 19 of the final 24 men he faced, allowing a mix of harmless singles and walks in the meantime.

Aside from Cano (1-for-4 with the homer), Andruw Jones (2-for-3), and Derek Jeter (1-for-3 with a walk), the rest of the team combined for just two hits (singles by Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez) and a walk in 20 plate appearances. Buehrle completed seven innings on just 106 pitches, not nearly enough for a finesse pitcher against the Yankees. They’ll bust out of it, but it’s always frustrating to sit though.

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Leftovers

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a manager get kicked out of a game as early as Guillen did on Wednesday, getting run up for arguing balls and strikes between the top and bottom of the very first inning. He got angry, went to the clubhouse, and tweeted what you see above. Patetic indeed.

During the last turn through the rotation, the five Yankees starters combined for this line: 36.1 IP, 23 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 8 BB, 26 K, 50 GB, 33 FB. That’s a 1.49 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. Too bad they’ve only won two of those games because of the offense, but that will definitely do. Keep up the good work, fellas.

What’s Wrong With Mo™ Week is over, and there was much rejoicing. One-two-three went the ChiSox in the ninth, and neither of the two balls in play were particularly threatening. That’s how we like it.

At two-hours and 11 minutes, this was the shortest game in New Yankee Stadium history. Oh, and congrats to Joe Girardi on his 300th win as Yankees manager.

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The Yankees will attempt to salvage a split of this four-game series with CC Sabathia on the mound tomorrow. The new version of Edwin Jackson gets the call for Chicago, and if you’re interested in going, check out all the still available and dirt cheap tickets on RAB Tickets.

Maxwell goes deep two more times in SWB win

It’s been a busy night, so scroll down for injury updates on Mark Teixeira (shoulder) and Phil Hughes (possible thoracic outlet syndrome), plus news about a personal info leak regarding Yankees season ticket holders.

Jesus Montero‘s groin is healthy enough that he caught in the bullpen today, so … progress! Hopefully gets back into a game by the weekend, but no sense in rushing it. Not with that kind of injury. Project Prospect, meanwhile,  has a scouting report of Manny Banuelos from Monday’s start.

Triple-A Scranton (8-5 win over Charlotte)
Greg Golson, LF: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
Frankie Cervelli, C: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K – not sure what the plan is now, though there’s a chance that we’ll see him back in the Bronx by the weekend
Jorge Vazquez, 1: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Justin Maxwell, CF: 2 for 5, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K – dude is absolutely on fire right now … that’s three straight games with a homer, four in the last three games, and seven in the last ten games … he’s also drawn 14 walks in 18 games (but has struck out 30 times)
Jordan Parraz, RF: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Kevin Russo, 3B & Doug Bernier, SS: both 1 for 4, 1 R – Russo struck out once … Bernier drove in a run and whiffed twice
Ramiro Pena, 2B: 0 for 4, 1 K
P.J. Pilittere, C: 2 for 3, 1 BB – yay P.J.!
Hector Noesi, RHP: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1-2 GB/FB – 41 of 71 pitches were strikes (47.7%) … that is a new career high in walks, the previous high was three, done several times … blame it on the long layoff, that’s not a typical Noesi start at all
George Kontos, RHP: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3-1 GB/FB – 26 of 41 pitches were strikes (63.4%) … 16-5 K/BB ratio in 16 IP
Amaury Sanit, RHP: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB – 27 of 41 pitches were strikes (65.9%)
Eric Wordekemper, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 12 of 18 pitches were strikes (66.7%) … just 2 K, 3 BB in 9.2 IP

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Hughes may have low-level thoracic outlet syndrome

Joe Girardi said in his post-game press conference that some of the tests run on Phil Hughes show that the right-hander may have a low-level amount (is that the right word? not sure how to phrase it) of thoracic outlet syndrome. Hughes will go to St. Louis to see a specialist who will determine a) if he has it, and b) the necessary treatment. I’m not a doctor (Girardi said it was a circulation problem), so I have no idea what the hell that means. I do know this: Jeremy Bonderman had thoracic outlet syndrome in 2008, and he was never the same again.

Update: Some other players that have had it: Matt Harrison, Noah Lowry, Kenny rogers, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Update Part Deux: Turns out someone I know has TOS, didn’t even know they had it. It’s basically a “cluster of pinched nerves,” and the recovery time depends on the severity. It could have been caused by something like a herniated disc, for example. My buddy had to stop bowling, which is obviously a lot less strenuous than throwing a baseball in the big leagues.

Teixeira leaves game with sore shoulder

Update (9:37pm): Tex woke up with a sore shoulder after diving for a ball last night, and it started to bother him after he dove for another ball tonight. He’s just sore, there are no tests scheduled. Phew.

Original Post (9:07pm): Eric Chavez pinch hit for Mark Teixeira in the bottom of the eighth inning tonight, though it’s unclear why the Yankees’ starting first baseman left the game. There was no obviously play where he might have injured himself, though he did get pulled off the bag by an errand throw in the previous half inning. That’s the only thing I can think of. We’ll update this post once we learn more.

Yanks’ season ticket holder account info leaked

Updated (8:41 p.m.): The Yankees’ ticket office accidentally leaked personal information from nearly 20,000 season ticket holder accounts, Deadspin and NYY Stadium Insider. The accidental leak, first reported by sjanowsky on the NYY Fans forum, is said to contact names, addresses, phone numbers and accounts numbers for non-premium season ticket holders.

Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky had more:

Precisely 21,466 season ticket plans are listed in the document, representing all of the “non-premium” seats that make up the vast majority of Yankee Stadium, excluding only the suites and the first few rows in the infield. So the high rollers and celebrities aren’t in here. Instead it’s regular folks like Mike Janos of Tarrytown, N.Y., who has seats 19 through 24 in row 18 of section 211, or small businesses like All American Laundry in the Bronx, which opted for the 15-game “Friday” plan.

The release of the spreadsheet can be traced to a simple mistake by a hapless Yankees season ticket rep, one wrong click revealing the team’s records to all of his contacts. Monday morning, an account executive sent an email to nearly 2,000 clients, a regular informational newsletter that they receive periodically. According to several fans who received the email, a file labeled “STL Homestand Newsletter (042511)” was attached that contained the information on all non-premium ticket holders — not just the rep’s own licensees.

Within minutes, he attempted to “recall” the message using a Microsoft Outlook command, but this only works if both parties use the same system. Thousands received the file.

We called multiple season ticket holders at random, based on their entries in the file. First we tried their work numbers, then their cell phones, and finally their email addresses. None had heard a single thing from the Yankees about their information being leaked. (The Yankees haven’t returned our call.)

Deadspin is currently “working on a way for fans to check if their information has been compromised,” but based upon reports on Twitter and NYY Fans, anyone with a non-premium ticket plan should just assume his or her account information was included on the spreadsheet. Petchesky notes that the security implications of this inadvertent leak are unclear. Because most people aren’t very creative with passwords, it’s probably likely that some accounts could be accessed, and season ticket holders should just their online account passwords to something more secure.

Outside of the security implications, the leak gives us a glimpse into the Yanks’ ticket sales volume. Ross at NYY Stadium Insider summarized:

  • The Yankees’ total non-premium ticket licensee ticket revenue for far in 2011 is approximately $131,978,910 (plus or minus 1% accuracy due to possible discounting)
  • There are 17,686 non-premium subscriber accounts
  • There are 26,904 full season equivalents
  • There are 21,468 ticket plans
  • There are 59,498 ticket plan seats
  • 2,179,237 total subscriber tickets sold

These numbers show a robust volume of sales but seem to fall short of claims by Yankee brass. Still, the club is obviously not hurting for ticket sales and fans. Whether those folks are showing up to the games is another question.

The team, meanwhile, issued a perfunctory statement. They confirmed that season ticket account ID numbers were released but said that the spreadsheet did not contain any birth dates, social security numbers, credit card numbers, or other financial info. “The Yankees deeply regret this incident and any inconvenience that it might cause,” the team said in the statement.

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A few minutes ago, the Yankees sent an email out to their season ticket holders notifying them of the security breach. The email, sent without a subject line and posted in its entirety after the jump, claims that “remedial measures were undertaken so as to assure that a similar incident could not happen again.” The club has not urged its season ticket holders to change their account passwords but did reiterate the fact that no financial data was included in the leak. We’ll continue to follow this story as it develops.

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