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The Yankees record is 25-14, three games behind the American League East leading Tampa Bay Rays. And the Yankees are home against Tampa for the next few games, then have a short road trip (across the river) to face the New York Mets for three games, and then on to Minnesota.
While the Yankees did not get into first place after Tampa's dominant nine-game West Coast road trip earlier in the month, they have a chance to make up two games quickly.
After the Yankees, the Rays head to Houston where they luck out against the worst team in baseball.
He has been really good in his time as a starter . Gardner has put up a line of .280 BA/.345 OBP/.380 SLG/.725 OPS with two doubles, a homer, 3 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He also scored 10 runs. In February, Yankee fans would have signed on the bottom line for those slash numbers for the entire 2010 season. Currently at .321/.399/.412/.811, Gardy has surpassed all of our expectations.
After there was talk about his lack of power, he comes up and wins one game with a grand slam , and ties another with a two-run shot in the bottom of the 9th. Even if he wasn't hitting home runs, I remember lots of stinging line drives ripped all over the field. His OPS is 1.064 over the last two weeks.
The three and four hitters are finally cranking. Tex has raised his season average to .219 with a two-week spurt of .300/.375/.640/1.015 OPS with five homers and 16 RBI. Although, during the last two Yankee losses, he has come up in the last inning with runners on base and made out both times.
A total pleasure to watch play the game. No HR's so far (tied with Ben Zobrist in that category). Enthusiasm, ability to call a game, sets up hitters well, and really comes through with RISP. He slashes .647/700/.882/1.582 in that situation with 15 RBI.
I like his aggressive hacks at pitches in the strike zone. Good to see that aggressive nature in this take a pitch down the middle world we live in.
Huh? Why? Well, despite his .231 average, Miranda has a .872 OPS with a long double and booming home run. I love the way he attacks the baseball, looking to hit. But while he is aggressive, he does not swing at too many bad pitches.
I have noticed his tendency of being pull happy, trying to pull fastballs on the outside corner. Even the HR he hit last night was on an outside fastball, but he did try and pull a similar pitch in the 9th inning, too.
He must only like the pitch over the plate because he takes too many fastballs on the inner half.
I truly believe the Nick Johnson signing was a waste of $5 million, when Damon or Miranda could have been had for about the same money.
Because of injuries to Chan Ho Park and Alfredo Aceves, the Yankees had the Chris Britton memorial shuttle to Scranton working overtime. They needed arms and brought up Romulo Sanchez and Ivan Nova to the majors.
Both players responded very well, combining for 6.2 innings of no run ball, allowing five hits, a walk while striking out four.
I was not a huge fan of the trade for Swisher , not because of his talent, but when the Yankees got him they had a glut of 1B/DH/RF types already on the roster.
But since the injuries to Curtis Granderson and now Swisher, you really see how Swisher's presence is missed in the lineup and in the outfield. His new mentality in the batters box really lengthened the Yankee lineup.
Despite the not so bad start Monday, Hughes still had a good two weeks. He made three starts, going 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA and 1.105 WHIP. He only walked three batters in 19 IP, a very impressive number.
One start after being skipped and it was more of the same from Andy. 6.1 IP, no runs, good stuff and his fifth victory.
He is moving up the charts quicker than a Taylor Swift single. He was impressive in his two outings, one a start, and one a relief appearance. He pitched seven solid innings in Detroit (but lost a tough one), and entered Monday night's game to face Kevin Youkilis, and got him swinging with two men on.
His curve appears to have that good break and location, but he needs to keep the fastball on the corners, not in the middle of the plate.
He is beginning to swing at non-hittable pitches, getting himself out in the process. His last two weeks have produced .239/.327/.326/.653 OPS with six strikeouts.
Three starts, no wins, 5.09 ERA. I know he was ripped off by the bullpen last night and should have gotten the win in Boston before the rain fell, but he is the ace and he can not go three straight starts without a victory.
If I were him, I would sit down with Joe Girardi and tell him, "Unless I am getting knocked around, I want to go eight or nine innings every start. No more of this seven inning garbage."
Two starts, 0-1 record and 8.18 ERA. He is back to Bad AJ, issuing seven free passes and 16 hits in two starts. Almost Ugly. If he has no control of the curveball, he is useless.
He is improving, but he still walks too many. Six walks in five plus innings, but seven whiffs. He should throw his curveball more for strikes early in the count. No one swings at it and if they do, it isn't a hittable pitch.
I really would not care if this guy hit five game winning home runs last week, he stinks. The only reason he is not part of the ugly group is the one game-winning home run.
He obviously can't field, can't throw and can't hit righties. He is the ultimate one-dimensional player.
And with a team beset by injuries, that is the worst type of position player to have on the roster.
If I see one corpuscle of blood come across the hall...I mean one more weak ground ball to short, I am going to freak out. FREAK OUT!
Last night, I had more confidence in Juan Miranda coming through in the ninth inning than I would have if Randy Winn got on base and Jeter came up with a chance to win the game.
He takes too many fastball strikes, can't hit with authority with the ones he does swing at, and flails at WAY TOO MANY breaking pitches outside the zone.
He needs to play or go on the DL. It is a waste to have him on the roster without using him.
If a limping Kirk Gibson can go to the plate in the 1988 World Series against Dennis Eckersley, then Posada could have pinch hit for Winn in last night's game.
Posada is showing his age with all the nagging injuries. As I said, either DL him or play him.
Boone Logan stinks. Why is Girardi the only one who does not see this? In 6.1 innings this season, Logan has allowed ten runners! Lefties are hitting .357 off him with a .500 slugging percentage.
Send him out and bring up a versatile position player like Kevin Russo, who is now playing outfield in Scranton.
Whew! Not much to say, we all saw the two games.
I pretty much said a couple things about Joe already, but for him to need another pitcher by sending down a speedy outfielder like Greg Golson when Nick Swisher is unavailable, this might be the dumbest move I have seen all year.
Except when Girardi brings Logan into a game.
Girardi has this penchant for resting certain guys as DH's, giving them a half day off. That is stupid. Either give them the full day or play them in the field. Have a set DH.
The revolving DH has pushed the Yankees into a non-DH situation three times recently where the pitcher would need to hit, one which was Monday night when there were no bench players left. If the game went into extra innings, then Vazquez would have had to hit.
And if Posada can not play, then Cervelli is the only catcher with Ramiro Pena as the back-up. But when Pena was removed from the game the other day (Alex went in), the DH was lost and not only did the Yankees have no one to pinch hit, they had no backup catcher at all!
Girardi needs to have much better roster management. With too many guys unavailable, but still on the roster, they need versatile guys and a set DH.