Fan Confidence Poll: August 1st, 2011

Record Last Week: 5-2 (47 RS, 25 RA)
Season Record:
64-42 (560 RS, 410 RA, 69-37 pythag. record), two games back in the loss column
Opponents This Week:
@ White Sox (four games, Mon. to Thurs.) @ Red Sox (three games, Fri. to Sun.)

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Gardner & Garcia help close out homestand with a win

I’m going to be perfectly honest: I really didn’t watch very much of this game. I was too busy following all the trade deadline happenings, so I didn’t do much more than take a quick glance at the television every few minutes. I did listen though, which isn’t always the wisest of decisions when Michael Kay and Paul O’Neill are in the booth. Anyway, let’s quickly recap…

  • The big blow of the game: Brett Gardner‘s bases loaded triple in the fourth. All three runners came around to score, turning a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead. Having the speedy Eduardo Nunez on first helped, a guy with even average speed wasn’t scoring ahead of the relay throws. Gardner’s not going to hit many grand slams (he does have one in his career), but triples are almost as good. He crossed the plate on Curtis Granderson‘s groundout two batters later.
  • Those four runs are all the Yankees would need, thought they had chances to score more. Nick Swisher left the bases loaded twice in the first three innings, once with a regular ground ball for out number three, once with a comebacker that Jake Arrieta turned into a 1-6-3 double play. They also left men at second and third in the sixth and men at the corners in the seventh.
  • Freddy Garcia chugged through six innings, giving up two runs on five hits (all singles) and two walks. He struck out six and generated 14 swings and misses, his third highest total this year and more than he got in any game last season. The trio of Hector Noesi (two outs), David Robertson (four outs), and Mariano Rivera (three outs) closed the game out. Noesi allowed a single and struck out a batter, D-Rob struck out the side in the eighth.
  • Derek Jeter left the game with a bruised right middle finger (he’s day-to-day), forcing some defensive shenanigans since Robinson Cano started at DH. Frankie Cervelli pinch-hit for Jeter in the fourth inning, then took over at second base while Nunez slid over to short. Cervelli had never played second before, not in the minors or majors. He had to make just two plays in the field, the first covering second on a steal attempt (runner was safe), and on the second he had to range to his left to snag a ground ball. He turned around and got the force out at second, which was pretty impressive. Cano came into the game for defense seventh. Nice job filling in, Frankie.
  • Curtis Granderson had a single, both Nunez and Mark Teixeira had two singles and a walk, Swisher had a single, Eric Chavez a walk, and Russell Martin a walk. That sums up the offense outside of Gardner’s big triple.
  • The Yankees wrapped up their ten-game homestand with a 7-3 record, losing one game each to the Athletics, Mariners, and Orioles. That’s a big success. Here’s the box score, here’s the advanced stats, and here’s the standings.

Now the Yankees hit the road for seven games against various forms of Sox. The first of four against the White Sox will be played Monday night, when CC Sabathia gets the ball against Jake Peavy. If you’re in the Windy City, RAB Tickets can get you into the game for cheap.

Mitchell & Marshall roughed up in losses

In case you missed it, Manny Banuelos has been promoted to Triple-A Scranton. Brad Halsey, meanwhile, has been demoted to High-A Tampa.

Triple-A Scranton (6-3 loss to Rochester)
Kevin Russo, 2B & Gus Molina, C: both 2 for 4 – Russo doubled and scored a run … Molina struck out
Greg Golson, RF & Luis Nunez, SS: both 1 for 3, 1 R – Golson drove in a run and stole two bases
Mike Lamb, DH & Jordan Parraz, LF: both 0 for 4 – Parraz struck out
Jorge Vazquez, 1B & Brandon Laird, 3B: both 1 for 4, 2 K – JoVa drove in a pair of runs
Austin Krum, CF: 0 for 3, 1 BB
D.J. Mitchell, RHP: 5 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 4-6 GB/FB – 57 of 96 pitches were strikes (59.4%) … disaster? disaster
J.C. Romero, LHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 3-0 GB/FB – threw just five pitches, four strikes … they have to call him up, right? didn’t add anyone at the deadline, heading to Fenway next weekend … he’d help
Buddy Carlyle, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 11 of 18 pitches were strikes (61.1%)
Eric Wordekemper, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-0 GB/FB – half of his 22 pitches were strikes

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Open Thread: Rotation Plans

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The trade deadline has come and gone, and for the first time since 2002, the Yankees didn’t make a single move. That’s in the past now, so the Yankees are moving on with the team and rotation they have. Jack Curry says they’re leaning towards employing a six-man rotation for at least the next turn through the rotation, which makes sense. They can’t just take Phil Hughes out of the rotation and re-insert Ivan Nova because the scheduled won’t allow it, they don’t line up. By keeping Hughes in the rotation for another turn, the Yankees can do this…

Monday @ White Sox: CC Sabathia
Tuesday @ White Sox: Phil Hughes
Wednesday @ White Sox: A.J. Burnett
Thursday @ White Sox: Ivan Nova
Friday @ Red Sox: Bartolo Colon
Saturday @ Red Sox: Freddy Garcia or Sabathia
Sunday @ Red Sox: Garcia or Sabathia

Everyone gets an extra day of rest, and the Yankees will be able to run their top three starters out there in Fenway Park next week. They have the Monday after the Boston series off, so they can re-evaluate things then. It’ll give them a chance to take Hughes out of the rotation, take Nova out of the rotation, whatever their heart desires. They also have the option of sticking to a six-man rotation for the next few week, though I don’t love the idea. It would allow them to give Colon and Garcia extra rest for the next few weeks, and that’s a good thing because they need to save some of those bullets for what we hope is a playoff drive. Either way, that rotation above is what we’ll see this week, in all likelihood.

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Here is the night’s open thread. The ESPN Sunday Night Game is in St. Louis for the Cubs and Cardinals (Dempster vs. Westbrook), but talk about whatever you like. Go nuts.

Yankees quiet as 2011 trade deadline passes

This seemed unthinkable a few days/weeks/months ago, but the Yankees did not make a single move before today’s 4:00pm ET non-waiver trade deadline. Several reporters have confirmed it in case you were holding out hope that something happened under-the-radar. It’s the first time since 2002 that they didn’t make any kind of move in late-July.

The Yankees talked with the Rockies about Ubaldo Jimenez, with the Dodgers about Hiroki Kuroda, with the Astros about Wandy Rodriguez, and I’m sure many other clubs about many other players, but none of the returns justified the cost. Waiver trades can still happen in August t(hat’s how the Yankees got Chad Gaudin two seasons ago), and Wandy’s contract will certainly clear waivers. He’s not completely out of play yet. What you see is what you’re getting though, this is the team the Yankees will likely finish the season with.

Sunday’s Trade Deadline Open Thread

The non-waiver trade deadline is 4pm ET today, though we’ll occasionally see news of a deal leak out a little later than that. I remember word of the Kerry Wood trade broke at like, 4:15pm ET last year. Do the Yankees have a starting pitcher up their sleeve? We’ll find out soon enough. Let’s keep track of the latest here throughout the day, with the most recent news up top…

  • The Yankees aren’t going after any big-name arms at the moment, if anything they’ll make small, incremental upgrades. (Morosi)
  • Nevermind, Wandy’s not going to Cleveland. The Yankees wanted the Astros to pick up half the money on the lefties deal, but Houston said no and talks about the left-hander are dead. (Justice, Heyman & Jayson Stark)
  • The Yankees are not deep in any talks, and get this, it sounds like Wandy is heading to the Indians for two minor leaguers. How about that. (Olney & Richard Justice)
  • Bell Mike Adams is apparently headed to the Rangers. It was unlikely the Yankees would get him anyway, but at least now we don’t have to worry about it. (Ken Rosenthal)

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Jeter day-to-day with a bruised right middle finger

Derek Jeter left today’s game with an apparent right hand injury. He got hit by a pitch in the fingers to leadoff the third, and also hurt the same digits last night on a ground ball. He was in obvious pain after the hit-by-pitch, but no work on the extent of the injury. We’ll update with more when he get it.

Update: It’s a bruised right middle finger and x-rays were negative. The Cap’n is day-to-day.