Yanks leave bats in Baltimore, fall to Mets

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

It’s late and we’re all getting raptured on Saturday anyway, so let’s recap this quickly…

  • The Yankees had runners on base in each of the first six innings but scored their lone run on a Mark Teixeira solo homer. They were 1-for-10 with men in scoring position as a team, and the one hit was (yet another) Derek Jeter infield single that didn’t even move Brett Gardner from second to third. The lineup went to sleep late in the game again, as just one of the final 16 Yankees reached base and the Mets bullpen went nine up, nine down. That’s the exact opposite of what’s supposed to happen.
  • Freddy Garcia was pretty good, and I didn’t even think the pitch that Daniel Murphy hit out for the go-ahead run was all that bad. Splitter down in the zone, he just golfed it out. Otherwise he put seven men on base and allowed two runs in seven innings, a perfectly fine job and the kind of outing we’d take from Sweaty Freddy all season long. Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson did their job in the eight and ninth innings, respectively. The pitching was most definitely not the problem.
  • Typical Yankees’ loss, pretty good pitching and lousy offense. All these early season games in the Bronx have resulted in a 13-12 record at some, so way to take care of business boys. Here’s the WPA graph and here’s the box score.

Another lame Saturday night FOX broadcast for Game Two of the Subway Series, when A.J. Burnett gets the ball against Chris Capuano.

Montero’s big double goes for naught as Whelan blows save

The Yankees are very well-represented in this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. Gary Sanchez and Manny Banuelos were ranked as the 12th and 13th hottest prospects in the minors, Jorge Vazquez got some love as the older guy pounding younger competition, and Ramon Flores is gaining some helium. Good times.

Steve Garrison (groin) has started throwing in Tampa and is close to returning, but Graham Stoneburner (neck) has yet to get back on the mound. The Reds released Chase Weems recently, who is the kid the Yankees sent to the Reds for Jerry Hairston Jr. in 2009. That one worked out well.

Triple-A Scranton (6-5 loss to Lehigh Valley)
Kevin Russo, LF & Justin Maxwell, CF: both 1 for 5, 2 K – Russo doubled, scored a run, and drove one in
Dan Brewer, RF: 0 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K –
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 PB – six for his last 22 (.273) with three doubles … big three-run double in the seventh capped a five-run comeback
Jorge Vazquez, 1B & Brandon Laird, 3B: both 1 for 4 – JoVa got hit by a pitch, Laird scored a run
Luis Nunez, 2B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HBP
Ramiro Pena, SS: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 2B
P.J. Pilittere, DH: 0 for 4, 1 K, 1 SB – that’s his first stolen base in five years
Carlos Silva, RHP: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 9-3 GB/FB – 55 of 85 pitches ere strikes (64.7%) … sat 86-88 early on, and he was really working on the offspeed stuff as well
George Kontos, RHP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 16 of 27 pitches were strikes (59.3%)
Randy Flores, LHP: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 11 of 18 pitches were strikes (61.1%)
Kevin Whelan, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – 11 of his 18 pitches were strikes (61.1%) … the comeback wasn’t meant to be

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Game 43: Meet The Mets

Regardless of your feelings about Interleague Play, it’s always a fun time when the Yankees and Mets get together. The 2011 edition of the Subway Series kicks off tonight, and you can say it’s “just another game all you want,” but there are bragging rights on the line for a lot of friends and family around the city. Here’s the lineup…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Russell Martin, C – somebody get this man a day off
Jorge Posada, DH
Nick Swisher, RF
Brett Gardner, LF

Freddy Garcia, SP

It was raining in New York earlier, the game is scheduled to start on time (7:05pm ET). Both YES and SNY will have the locally locally while MLB Network will carry it nationally enjoy.

Injury Notes: Phil Hughes will meet with the team doctor tonight to get looked over and determine the next step in his throwing program. He’s been playing catch with no problems for two weeks now … Chris Dickerson underwent a thorough examination this afternoon and although the results are not known, he seems confident that he does not have a concussion … Pedro Feliciano’s rehab program is coming along well and he’s “getting strong.” He’ll test his arm by throwing in early June … click here for updates on A-Rod and Eric Chavez.

Non-Injury & Injury Updates: A-Rod & Chavez

Via Jack Curry and Dom Amore, Alex Rodriguez did not have his surgically repaired him examined today as scheduled. “We’ve had a lot of late nights,” said Joe Girardi, who indicated that Alex will have the joint looked at another time. A-Rod feels fine and the exam is just a routine check-up, so there’s no urgency. He wouldn’t be playing if it was something to worry about.

In other news, Marc Carig reports that Eric Chavez is making progress on his way back from a deep bone bruise in his foot, and hasn’t walked with a limp in days. That’s good news, but he’s still a ways off from returning. With all due respect Chris Dickerson, get well soon, Chavy.

2011 Draft: Williams Jerez

The draft is just 16 days away, so between now and then I’m going to highlight some players individually rather than lump a few together in one post.

(Photo Credit: NY Post)

Williams Jerez | OF

Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Jerez moved to New York City with his father two years ago. He attends Grand Street High School, Dellin Betances‘ alma mater, and opened eyes this spring while playing for the Hank Steinbrenner sponsored Hank’s Yanks team that gives underprivileged players a chance to participate in showcase events they otherwise couldn’t afford. This article says Jerez has a full ride to JuCo powerhouse San Jacinto waiting for him, though his high school coach says he’ll turn pro as long as it’s a “big contract” because he “wants to help his family.”

Scouting Report
Jerez certainly passes the eye test. He’s fantastic athlete and a big kid at 6-foot-4 and 190 lbs., showing off all five tools. Power is his weakest tool at the moment, but the lefty swinger gets good leverage in his hacks and projects to have average pop down the road. Jerez has good foot speed that he uses both in the field and on the bases, and his arm is strong and accurate. How much he fills out and slows down as he gets older will determine if he can remain in center field long term. There is definitely some rawness to Jerez’s game, especially since he hasn’t faced the best competition as an amateur. He’s a long-term project, not doubt about it, but one with considerable ceiling. Here’s some video of him taking a few swings. The kid certainly looks good in a uniform, eh?

The Yankees very clearly have some interest in Jerez, and it’s not just because he played for Hank’s Yanks. They had a pair of scouts on him at the James Monroe Tournament last month, and even brought him to Tampa over the winter to work out with the team and introduce him to some players, including Robinson Cano. Damon Oppenheimer has always been fond of toolsy athletes, and he really kicked it up a notch last year. Jerez fits that profile to a tee, though it’s unclear what a “big contract” is to him. If he wants seven figures, then he’s a candidate to slide in the draft because a) teams are skeptical about giving that much money to a project, and b) there will be a ton of alternatives available.

Jerez did not make Keith Law‘s latest top 100 draft prospects list, though Baseball America recently ranking him 53rd overall. He’s a candidate to go anywhere from the second round on down.

The RAB Radio Show: May 20, 2011

It’s time for the the first installment of the Subway Series. If this rain ever stops we’ll see some Mets-Yanks action tonight. Mike and I take a look at what the Yanks will be facing. The Mets are pretty banged up right now, but they’ve managed to put together some wins lately, and have a decent record. I’m not sure I like their chances this weekend, but they’re not the pushovers many might assume they are.

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