Sunday, May 31, 2009

CRM List

I'm doing the nighttime education thing - and studying Customer Relationship Management software. I'm actually trying to find the top CRM vendors and the process is harder than it sounds. Fortunately, I've found a good CRM list with CRM software success steps which highlights top CRM vendors with their market share data and identifies the top 10 steps to CRM implementation success. Very helpful.

A little while ago I started the Jeremy Bleich Watch and Domenic has been great with his minor league updates but I still would like to add more minor league coverage to the blog. I don't want to do daily updates for each team. However, more regular updates on some of the Yankees more highly touted prospects seem to be both due and doable. For now, I'm going to begin keeping tabs on Zack McAllister, Dellin Bettances, and Andrew Brackman (in addition to Jeremy Bleich). I`m not sure where this is going to end up but for now it seems like a good next step.

Wrapping Up May

The Yankees have finished May and now let's check totals from that month.

Time for some statistical fun!

Hitting
The Yankees came in with the 3rd best team average (.281) passing both the Red Sox (.271), Jays (.279) and Rays (.279). As for long-balls the Yankees finished best in the league in home runs totaling up to 42. Thank you Jet-Stream. Scoring 151, 4th in the league, and driving in 148, 3rd in the league. Yankees team OBP is 7th in the league coming in
at .350 which is similar to last month. Their slugging % is best in the game, .490. The same mid-range BABIP as last month is good as well (.300).

Looks like the Yankees are putting on the same amount of people as last month but now they are able to get them in. With the Teixeira and A-Rod combo working the Yankees drove in and hit out a lot more.

Pitching
The Yankees clocked 17 wins this month (4th) and 10 losses (4th). Coming in at 15th the Yankees ERA is a shinny 4.24. The K were good this month the Yanks came in 7th (202). Giving up an insane 42 HR, New Stadium has its downside.
Starting Pitching had a 4.32 ERA (14th)

Relief Pitching had a 4.10 ERA. Giving up a league leading 19 home-runs, they pitched 85.2 innings.

Fielding
The Yankees team UZR is .02.

Here are the current standings.

Yankees Drop A Tough One

The Yankees dropped a tough one today vs. the Tribe. Pavano pitched well. That about describes the luck the Yankees had. Teixeira, the only one who did damage vs. Pavano, extended his season-high hitting streak to 13 games and had four RBIs. He hit a two-run homer, his 16th, in the 6th.






















Notes:
  • The Indians won for the seventh time in their last 10 home games.
  • Jhonny Peralta won the game with his third career walk-off hit. He had three RBIs against the Yankees after having just one in his seven previous starts.
  • Mark Teixeira had four RBIs, giving him 34 for the month. That's the second most he had in a month in his career (35 in September 2005). His 219 homers in his first seven seasons are tied with Todd Helton, Hank Aaron and Joe DiMaggio for 11th-most.
  • Yankees RHP Joba Chamberlain is scheduled to start Monday night. It would be his first appearance in Cleveland since the 2007 AL division series when he was bombarded by a swarm of bugs.
  • Jeter has batted .397 (25-for-63) during a 14-game hitting streak.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Posada's Return

I don't know why, but this took me completely by surprise. Posada will be activated off of the DL today and I would logically assume that he will be behind the plate today. Kevin Cash has been DFA'ed which I think is a smart move. He really has little to no value to the Yankees and Fransisco Cervelli has clearly outplayed him thus far.

Their are some conflicting reports about whether or not Melky is available tonight so I guess we'll have to wait until game time to find out.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Checking in on the Prospects

It's almost June, so I thought we'd see how things are going down on the farm:
Charleston (A-) - Charleston doesn't have much in the way of position player prospects but they have some pitchers to keep an eye on:
  • Andrew Brackman: Most of us have heard of Brackman by now. The 2007 first round pick out of NC State is a TJ survivor, and stands at 6'10" with 100 mph potential. He hasn't gotten back to triple digits yet, but he has been solid in Charleston. 7.8 K/9 is decent, 4.7 BB/9 not so much. He's been a groundball machine though, inducing a grounder 63% of the time. However the important thing is that he's healthy. He put a nice little run together until his last start, in which he walked 10 batters.
  • David Phelps: Phelps was a 14th round pick out of Notre Dame last year, and he has pitched very well in his brief pro career. He's got a 3.44 ERA in 52.1 IP, as well as 7.1 K/p and 1.4 BB/9.
  • Brett Marshall: Marshall was a 6th round selection out of high school last year. This was a highly regarded pick, but he has yet to live up to expectations with a 4.93 ERA, 5.4 K/9, and 4.5 BB/9. However, he is young for the league, most guys his age would be in Extended Spring Training right now.
  • Manuel Banuelos: The fact that Banuelos is pitching in Charleston as an 18-year-old is impressive enough. Even more impressive is that in 37.1 IP this season he has a 3.38 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, 9.2 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9. Look for Banuelos to be climbing the prospect lists next season.
Tampa (A+) - Tampa is probably the most loaded of the Yankee farm teams, with plenty of position and pitching prospects:
  • Jesus Montero: Everyone knows about Jesus. Questions about his future behind the plate, but his bat will play anywhere, and he's just 19. He has a .910 OPS, and is very young for the Sally league. His walks are up this year, while strikeouts remain the same. He hits a line drive 1 out of 5 at bats and has shown improved power this year as well. Oh, and he has a .288 wOBA. Praise Jesus.
  • Austin Romine: Jesus' catching partner has not adjusted as well to the SAL. His power is a little up, but so are his walks and strikeouts. He's ahead of Montero defensively, but his .743 OPS and .318 wOBA don't quite measure up.
  • Jeremy Bleich: The 2008 sandwich pick has been solid this year: 3.83 ERA, 6.1 K/9, 2.6 BB/9, 1.30 WHIP.
  • Dellin Betances: The 6'8" Staten Island product has been inconsistent this year. 8.9 K/9 (good), 5.3 BB/9 (bad). However he hasn't gotten much help from his defense. He has a .353 BABIP, resulting in a big difference between his ERA (4.87) and his FIP (3.73). However, he recently landed on the DL.
Trenton (AA) - Trenton's roster has been kind of inconsistent this year due to promotions and demotions:
  • The 21 year-old sinkerballer has been great so far in Trenton. In 47 IP he has a 1.91 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP to go along with a 52% groundball rate. His 6.1 K/9 doesn't give him the ceiling of Brackman or Betances, but he also has a much higher floor. Z-Mac is one of my favorite prospects and I think he will have a very successful, if unspectacular, big league career.
  • Wilkins De La Rosa: WDLR lit up the minors last year, and pitched very well in Tampa before being promoted to Trenton this year, where he has had a tough time adjusting. He currently has a 4.57 ERA, but he is averaging more than a strikeout per inning. He probably profiles as a reliever, but Wilkins is still new to pitching, so he has plenty of time to improve.
  • Ivan Nova: Nova is a guy with great stuff who had never really harnessed it until this year. The Padres took him in the Rule 5 draft but returned him, and he has posted a 3.26 ERA in 47 IP.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA):
  • Austin Jackson: A-Jax, the Yankees #1 prospect and centerfielder of the future is having a successful season as a 22 year-old in AAA. His .899 OPS and .399 wOBA are very impressive, but he still has plenty of work to do before he's big league ready. He has a sold walk rate (10.6%), but he really needs to cut down and strikeouts (24%). He also has an IsoP of just .097. The explanation the Yankees have for this is that he's working on shortening his swing to cut down on strikeouts, and once he gets the new swing down, the power should come. Given his athleticism I'd say this is a decent explanation, but he has to get that done before he can assume the centerfield role in the Bronx.
  • George Kontos: Kontos has thrown 28 IP to a 2.25 ERA for the Scrankees, and has a 7.7 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9.
  • Mark Melancon: 16.2 IP, 2.16 ERA, 11.3 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, 6.5 H/9, 0.96 WHIP, 62% GB rate. Why is he still in Scranton? He's got nothing left to prove in the minors.
There it is, consider yourself updated on the most important Yankees' prospects.

Promote Pat Venditte!

By now, I am sure most of the Yankee faithful have heard about Pat Venditte, the switch-pitcher out of Creighton that had a rule named after him following a back-and-forth showdown with Ralph Henriquez of the Brooklyn Cyclones. What most may not be aware of is just how dominant Venditte has been thus far in the minors:

2008 - Low-A - 32.2 IP, 13 H, 10 BB, 42 K, 0.83 ERA

2009 - High-A - 20.0 IP, 15 H, 1 BB, 31 K, 0.90 ERA

While it is highly unlikely that Venditte could be as dominant at the Major League level (at nearly 24 he is older than the bulk of his competition), it is not inconceivable that he could be a worthwhile addition to the bullpen at some point in the future. He throws 90-plus with both arms, has good control of his off-speed stuff with both arms, and garners a ton of groundballs (57% thus far). With that sort of acumen for groudballs, Venditte may actually be able to retain some of his dominance at higher levels - he is allowing a .341 BABIP this season, which may be attributed to the weaker fielders at High-A. In short, Venditte has proven himself at Single-A and, with the Yankees bullpen in shreds, the organization could benefit from seeing what Venditte has to offer against tougher competition.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Some Positive Injury-Related News

We'll do this in bullet form, courtesy of Pete Abe:
  • Melky Cabrera had an MRI today and he likely will not need to go on the DL, as he should only be out 5-7 days after running into the wall and injuring his shoulder yesterday
  • Brian Bruney visited Dr. James Andrews, who examined his elbow and found no structural damage. He has a flexor muscle strain, and apparently it was not fully healed when he came back. He'll likely be out 2-3 weeks, but it could be a lot worse, as many of us thought he may need TJ
  • Jorge Posada is playing in extended spring training games and should be activated in Cleveland on Friday. That should be a boost for the offense
Nothing new on Xavier Nady, Damaso Marte, or Jose Molina, but hopefully all those guys will be back soon.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

5/26-Yankees at Rangers; Game 46

YANKEES (26-19)
  1. Jeter SS
  2. Damon LF
  3. Teixeira 1B
  4. Rodriguez 3B
  5. Cano 2B
  6. Cabrera CF
  7. Matsui DH
  8. Swisher RF
  9. Cervelli C

Pitching:
RHP Joba Chamberlain (2-1, 3.70)
Last appearance:
5/21 vs BAL/0.2 IP, 0 ER
Dec = ND
RANGERS (26-18)
  1. Kinsler 2B
  2. Young 3B
  3. Hamilton DH
  4. Cruz RF
  5. Murphy LF
  6. Byrd CF
  7. Davis 1B
  8. Saltalamacchia C
  9. Vizquel SS
Pitching:
RHP Kevin Millwood (4-4, 3.12)
Last appearance:
5/21 at DET/8.0 IP, 4 ER
Dec = Loss





TIME: 8:05
TV: My9

RAIN DELAY

What To Do About The Bullpen?

Now that Brian Bruney is back on the DL the Yankees have some decisions to make about their bullpen. Mo is the same old Mo, Aceves has shown some good versatility, and Phil Coke has been solid, but other than that its a pretty terrible bullpen. We really can't have Bret Tomko pitching the tenth inning come September. So where do we go from here? River Ave. Blues seems to think we need to pick up another reliever via trade, but I think we should wait to see what we have. The Yankees recently called up David Roberston from AAA, which is a good start. I also think Mark Melancon should be recalled, and the two should be up for good. Let them get used to pitching in the majors, which I think will not take very long. Once Damaso Marte comes back, that should still be a decent bullpen even if Bruney is out for an extended period of time, which seems likely given the fact that he will be visiting Dr. James Andrews soon. The bullpen come playoff time could be Mo, Marte, Melancon, Robertson, Coke, and Aceves. If Edwar Ramirez or Jose Veras can revert back to their 2008 selves we could carry a 7th reliever, or swap Aceves out for whoever figures his shit out. While that's not a great bullpen, it is far from bad, and it beats wasting trade pieces to acquire overpriced and overratted relievers.

Hughes Dominates

This was a big start for Hughes with the spectre of Wang hanging over him and he delivered in the best way possible. Obviously the offense also murdered Texas pitching but Hughes was the story yesterday. I was particularly impressed by his 3 straight K's to get out his only jam of the day.

Also Bruney is going on the DL and Robertson will come up to replace him.

Monday, May 25, 2009

5/25-Yankees at Rangers; Game 45

YANKEES (25-19)
  1. Jeter DH
  2. Damon LF
  3. Teixeira 1B
  4. Rodriguez 3B
  5. Cano 2B
  6. Cabrera CF
  7. Swisher RF
  8. Pena SS
  9. Cash C
Pitching: RHP Phil Hughes (2-2, 7.06).

RANGERS (26-17)
Lineup TBA
Pitching: LHP Matt Harrison (4-3, 4.71).

TIME: 2:05
TV: YES

Yanks Drop Tough One

I didn't get to see the first half of this game so the first thing I saw was Mark Teixeira's bizarre home run, something is wrong when you can break a bat and hit one out. Anyway, this was a tough one to lose after getting eight awesome innings after C.C. The Yankees just ran out of good pitchers and had to go to Brett Tomko. Never a good option.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Looking Good






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Saturday, May 23, 2009

New Memories

Going to my first game at the new stadium today felt very much like my first game at the old one. I'm older and I know much more about the game now but it felt very much the same. Part of it was because I went with my mom (seeing as I she lets me live in her basement, it seemed only fair) and some of the rest of my family that went with me to my first game but it was mostly the feeling of awe at my surroundings.

For the first time, their was no giant bat or stands selling jerseys. Their were certainly some feelings of nostalgia as we walked past the old, condemned stadium as well. However, it was impossible to feel all that sad when the new stadium came into view. Walking into the "Great Hall" was simply mind-blowing. The massive pictures of great Yankees players and moments are just great tributes to their history and the spaciousness of it all is very welcome. Monument park was unfortunately closed two hours before the game so we couldn't get it, so we went straight to our seats after a quick trip to the (miraculously clean) bathroom.

We then proceded to watch eight of the worst innings of baseball I have even seen in person. It started out perfectly fine. Andy Pettitte held the other team scoreless for the first two innings before taking a hit in the third. Raul Ibanez absolutely crushed a ball to dead center to give the Phillies a run and a 1-0 lead. It would last though. Robinson Cano, who had a great game, led off the Yankees half of the third with a leadoff double (or error, depending on what team you root for) and scored with some small ball. Melky bunted him over to third and Nick Swisher got the RBI with a sharp groundout to the shortstop.

Both pitchers kept the opposition quiet for the next few innings, aided by a sliding catch in foul territory by Mark Teixeira. Then came the 5th and John Mayberry. Pettitte had been struggling with his control all afternoon and started off the inning with back to back walks before giving up a three run homer to a rookie making his ML debut named John Mayberry, of course inciting a mass orgasm amongst the Phillies fans arou
nd me. One, slightly drunk fan directly in front of me just kept repeating Mayberry's name. From here on out things were pretty dismal. Pettitte battled through seven innings without giving up any more runs and was followed by nearly perfect performances by Phil Coke (1 and 2/3 innings) and Jose Veras (1/3 of an inning). However, the only run they got was a solo shot by Jeter in the 6th. The only other time they came close to scoring was in the 8th when Brett Gardner got a pinch-hit double with one out. Even then, Matsui and Jeter followed up with back to back strike outs to blow the big chance. What was really incredible was how they failed to capitalize on Charlie Manuel removing dominant starter, J. A. Happ after only about 75 pitches.

By the time the ninth rolled around the stadium was pretty quiet. The fans woke up in a hurry though. Damon led off with a huge walk and took second while Mark Teixeira struck out. Then came who else but A-Rod. I have to admit that I didn't harbor much hope for him when they got two strikes on him and nodded in agreement when my dear mother felt a need to say, "He's so bad in the clutch." A couple pitches later he ties the game up against Brad Lidge with an opposite field home-run, hit the way only Alex can. The cheers and clapping went on long after Alex crossed home plate. The Yankees didn't waste any time winning it either. Robinson Cano quickly followed him up with a base hit and a rare steal of second which proved to be of the utmost importance. Melky Cabrera then laced a single to right centerfield and Cano ran on home drawing a late throw. It wasn't long before he got the now traditional pie in the face. Not a bad introduction to the new stadium at all.

On the way out we ran into a friend who used to sit near our old seats in years past. We also saw that Freddy (of the spoon and pan) had made the trip across the street and that today was his 84th birthday. On the way to the car, I couldn't resist taking a peek through the fence encircling The House That Ruth Built. However, their's no arguing that the new stadium is beautiful and makes powerful tributes to the Yankees proud past. Today gave me confidence that Mystique and Aura have moved across the street and that we to can make a new home for ourselves in this baseball nirvana.

Bleich Dominates Again

Bleich followed up two very nice starts with another gem. Through six innings he gave up only one run in the first inning. He also contained what his been his biggest problem by only walking one guy while striking out four. All of a sudden his ERA is down to 2.94 and his K/BB is up to 2.19.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Some Love For Mo?

One of the least underappreciated players on the Yankees is Mariano Rivera. His contribution to the dynasty Yankees can be overrated at times and he's probably a little overpaid right now. However, after early struggles some people thought he was finished. Through this nine game winning streak, he's been nothing short of unbelieveable, with plenty of performances of more than one inning and has not yet given up a run. So, can we give Mariano some love here?

Thursday, May 21, 2009

9 Straight

















The Yankees pulled off another win tonight scoring 7 vs the O's and only giving up 4. They lost Joba in the 1st inning due to a knee injury. Cano s
macked a bullet of a home run and knocked in a couple, he was the Yankees main offensive player in this one. The Pen did a OK job shutting it down. Here are a few game notes:
  • Girardi saw Joba walking around the clubhouse. He said the bruising wasn’t that bad as of tonight and said he was “hopeful” Joba will make his next scheduled start.
  • Damon didn’t take BP today. Girardi said he is day to day also. They’ll make a determination about whether or not he plays tomorrow afternoon before the game.
  • Coke was only available in an emergency tonight but Joe wanted to stay away from him. He expects him to be available tomorrow.
  • Damon collided with the left-field wall while trying to make a play on Jones' homer in the fifth inning.
  • Chien-Ming Wang (hips) is slated to make his third rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday night at Pawtucket.

5/21-Yankees at Orioles; Game 41

YANKEES (23-17)
  1. Derek Jeter SS
  2. Robinson Cano 2B
  3. Mark Teixeira 1B
  4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
  5. Hideki Matsui DH
  6. Nick Swisher RF
  7. Melky Cabrera LF
  8. Francisco Cervelli C
  9. Brett Gardner CF
Pitching:
Joba Chamberlain (2-1, 3.76 ERA)
Last appearance:
5/16 vs MIN/6.0 IP, 2 ER
Dec = ND

Orioles (16-24)
Lineup TBA
Pitching:
Adam Eaton (2-4, 7.93).
Last appearance:
5/15 at KAN/5.0 IP, 7 ER
Dec = Loss






TIME: 7:05 p.m.
TV: MY9.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Streaking

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Comic #2

In-Game Comic

5/19- Yankees at Orioles; Game 39

YANKEES (21-17)
  1. Derek Jeter SS
  2. Johnny Damon LF
  3. Mark Teixeira 1B
  4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
  5. Hideki Matsui DH
  6. Nick Swisher RF
  7. Robinson Cano 2B
  8. Melky Cabrera CF
  9. Francisco Cervelli C
Pitching:
LHP CC Sabathia (3-3, 3.70 ERA)
Last appearance:
5/14 at TOR
8.0 IP, 2 ER/Dec = Win

Orioles (16-22)
  1. Brian Roberts 2B
  2. Adam Jones CF
  3. Nick Markakis RF
  4. Aubrey Huff 1B
  5. Melvin Mora 3B
  6. Nolan Reimold LF
  7. Lou Montanez DH
  8. Gregg Zaun C
  9. Robert Andino SS
Pitching:
RHP Brad Bergesen (1-1
, 5.27)Last appearance:
5/13 vs TAM
5.2 IP, 4 ER/Dec = Loss





TIME: 7:05 p.m
TV: My9
WEATHER:

Monday, May 18, 2009

5/18- Twins at Yankees; Game 38

YANKEES (20-17)
  1. Derek Jeter SS
  2. Johnny Damon LF
  3. Mark Teixeira 1B
  4. Alex Rodriguez DH
  5. Nick Swisher RF
  6. Robinson Cano 2B
  7. Melky Cabrera CF
  8. Ramiro Pena 3B
  9. Francisco Cervelli C
Pitching:
LHP Andy Pettitte (3-1, 4.00 ERA)Last appearance:
5/13 at TOR/6.0 IP, 1 ER
Dec = Win


TWINS (18-20)
  1. Denard Span LF
  2. Bredan Harris 2B
  3. Joe Mauer C
  4. Justin Morneau 1B
  5. Joe Crede 3B
  6. Jason Kubel DH
  7. Michael Cuddyer RF
  8. Carlos Gomez CF
  9. Nick Punto SS

Pitching: LHP Glen Perkins (1-2, 4.27)
Last appearance:
5/13 vs DET/5.1 IP, 5 ER
Dec = ND







TIME: 7:05 p.m.
TV: YES/ESPN
WEATHER:

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bleich Watch

Big start today from Jeremy Bleich. After three mediocore outings he pitched the way he needs to. He got the tough loss after going seven innings and giving up only one run. His K/BB was 5/2. We need to see more of that though and less of what we've seen the past three games.

Cash Rules

Wang: “Performance-wise he was terrific. This was a much better hitting club. Columbus is a much better offensive club than the team he was facing last time, but his stuff was better last time to be honest. Although he performed great in both outings, he didn’t have the slider that he had last time. His changeup was better today than last time. His fastball velocity was a little bit lower this time than it was last time.
“At the same time, he handled the lineup and got a lot of groundballs. Facing guys like (Travis) Hafner kind of tells you a little something you want to know. I know Hafner is on a rehab assignment and he’s a guy who can really do some damage if you’re making mistakes, not making some pitches, and he made his pitches. That tells you a lot.
“What you’d love to see are all pitches working at optimal levels, but that’s not always realistic. Obviously the most important thing is performance and he has performed in his two starts here, there’s no doubt about that.”
“Ultimately, with him, as long as he’s getting sink, he can pitch and be successful, there’s no doubt about that. And he feels good about himself. I had a chance to talk to him in the trainer’s room, so these are two trips well worthwhile for me. Our team is winning in New York and we are getting closer to being healthy and adding guys like a Bruney and a Wang and that’s a great thing for us.”

Bruney: “He looked healthy, which is the biggest thing for him. Unlike Wang, he’s coming off of an elbow injury, so you want to see health, and I saw health.”

Walking Off























Yet another dramatic win for the Yankees today as Johnny D wins the game with a walk off homer. Gardner had a chance to end the game in the eighth on a bunt by Cervelli. He keep rounding 3rd before Mauer threw the ball to first. In a great play he taged the speedster out. Gardner misjudged Mauer:
"I thought he was going to throw it to first, He got back to the plate a lot quicker than I thought he would."













This is the first time that the Yankees have won 3 straight walk-off wins since 1972. Girardi had this to say:
"I've never been a part of something like this, There's probably a few more gray hairs on my head after these last three, but they have things that take care of that."
As long as the Yankees keep winning I don't care how they do it.

Notes:
  • Chien-Ming Wang (hip) pitched seven shutout innings, only giving up 4 hits, in his second rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, against Columbus.
  • Brian Bruney (elbow) started the second game of that Triple-A doubleheader and could be back with the big club by Tuesday. Woo Hoo the 8th inning will be safe.
  • The Twins are 1-for-25 with runners in scoring position during the series, stranding 34 overall.

Looking For A Sweep

After two uber close games the Yankees will turn the ball over to A.J. Burnett, looking for their 5th straight win and a sweep of the Twins. After this the Yankees have a chance to make up some ground on Toronto/Boston. The Yankees next face the Orioles, Phillies, and Rangers while Toronto and Boston have two series against each other coming up this month. If they play well, than by the end of May the Yankees could be only a game or so out of first.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

A-Rod's Pretty Good At Baseball

For an awful choker, he seems to have quite a few home runs doesn't he? Even so, he wasn't the Yankees MVP for today, no that goes to Mark Texeira. His four for four today put the Yankees in a position to win and left him only a triple shy of the cycle. Mariano also returned to the Mariano of old with two awesome innings. Again, the problem was the middle relief. The home run Morneau hit off of Coke could have been huge and they almost blew the game. Right now the Yankees are rolling and they need to maintain at least some of this momentum, rather than fall of another cliff.

Lack of Posts

You've probably noticed the fact that I've been making less posts, the past two weeks and I just want to let you guys that this is not a trend. Life has just been very busy the past two weeks and their hasn't much time for the Yankees.
YANKEES (18-17)
  1. Jeter SS
  2. Damon LF
  3. Teixeira DH
  4. Rodriguez 3B
  5. Swisher 1B
  6. Cano 2B
  7. Cabrera RF
  8. Gardner CF
  9. Cervelli C
Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (2-1, 3.89).

TWINS (18-18)
  1. Span CF
  2. Harris 2B
  3. Mauer DH
  4. Morneau 1B
  5. Kubel LF
  6. Cuddyer RF
  7. Buscher 3B
  8. Redmond C
  9. Punto SS
Pitching: RHP Nick Blackburn (2-2, 4.32).

Thursday, May 14, 2009

5/14-Yankees at Blue Jays: Game 34

YANKEES (16-17)
  1. Jeter SS
  2. Damon LF
  3. Teixeira 1B
  4. Rodriguez 3B
  5. Matsui DH
  6. Swisher RF
  7. Cano 2B
  8. Gardner CF
  9. Cervelli C
Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (2-3, 3.94).

BLUE JAYS (23-13)
  1. Scutaro SS
  2. Hill DH
  3. Rios RF
  4. Wells CF
  5. Bautista LF
  6. Rolen 3B
  7. Millar 1B
  8. Barajas C
  9. McDonald 2B

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Brett v Papi

5/13-Yankees at Blue Jays; Game 33

YANKEES (15-17)
  1. Damon DH
  2. Swisher RF
  3. Teixeira 1B
  4. Rodriguez 3B
  5. Cano 2B
  6. Cabrera LF
  7. Gardner CF
  8. Pena SS
  9. Cervelli C
Pitching:
LHP Andy Pettitte (2-1, 3.82).Last appearance:
5/07 vs TAM/6.0 IP, 5 ER
Dec = ND


BLUE JAYS (23-12)
  1. Scutaro SS
  2. Hill 2B
  3. Rios RF
  4. Wells CF
  5. Lind DH
  6. Rolen 3B
  7. Millar 1B
  8. Barajas C
  9. Bautista LF
Pitching:
RHP Scott Richmond (4-1, 3.29).Last appearance:
5/08 at OAK/8.0 IP, 5 ER
Dec = Loss






TIME: 7:07 p.m.
TV: YES
RADIO: 880

Jeter and A-Rod- Volume 2

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wang Pitches Well in Scranton

Today was Chien-Ming Wang's first real start after spending time in extended spring training working on his mechanics and building arm strength. Pitching for the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, and he had a very good start. His final line: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K, 7-4 GO/AO, 82 pitches, 49 strikes. Love the strikeouts and groundballs, a few too many walks, but he apparently had pretty good control of all his pitches. Now the question is where Wang will make his next start. Personally, I would give him one more in Scranton and Hughes one more in the majors, then switch if Wang pitches well again.

Update, 10:48 PM: Question answered: Wang will pitch one more time in AAA.

How To Lose Fans and Alienate Average People

No changes were planned to the policy preventing fans with tickets in other parts of the stadium from getting close to the field during batting practice. Seats in the first nine rows, called the Legends Suite, cost $500 to $2,625 and come with access to three restaurants and lounges. The area is separated from the rest of the lower deck by a concrete moat.

“There’s an area by the Legends Suite which is not an area that fans can get into,” he said. “If you purchase a suite, do you want somebody in your suite? If you purchase a home, do you want somebody in your home?”
-Yankees spokesperson, Leon Trost

5/12-Yankees at Jays; Game 32

YANKEES (15-16)
  1. Gardner CF
  2. Damon LF
  3. Teixeira 1B
  4. Rodriguez 3B
  5. Matsui DH
  6. Cano 2B
  7. Cabrera RF
  8. Cash C
  9. Pena SS
Pitching:
RHP A.J. Burnett (2-0, 5.26).
Last appearance:
5/06 vs TAM/6.0 IP, 3
ER
Dec = ND

BLUE JAYS (22-12)
  1. Scutaro SS
  2. Hill 2B
  3. Rios RF
  4. Wells RF
  5. Lind DH
  6. Rolen 3B
  7. Overbay 1B
  8. Barajas C
  9. Snider LF
Pitching:
Roy Halladay (6-1, 3.29).
Last appearance:
5/06 at LAA/8.0 IP, 1 ER
Dec = Win





Time: 7:07
TV: MY9
Radio: 880
Notes: Jeter has been pulled from the lineup due to an oblique pull. More info as it comes. Here is Swish's new haircut:

Monday, May 11, 2009

Jeter and A-Rod

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

A Mother's Day Tribute-Yankee Wives

Mother's day is a time to honor the important women in your life. Today, The Chuck Knoblog is going to highlight the numerous Yankee wives in a hot epic list.

10.) Mystery Matsui
Hideki announced last March that he secretly married his longtime girl. He did not reveal any details about her and only showed a sketch of her (right). This announcement came after Matsui made a bet with fellow Yankees, Jeter and Abreu on who would get married
first. Hideki is also known across Japan for his large collection of pornos.















9.) Cynthia Rodriguez
Though they are no longer together I need someone to fill out the bottom of my list. Though Cynthia and Alex have gone through some rough times she still made an SI. If she can crash with Lenny Kravitz in Paris then she can make number 9 on our list.







8.) Allison Jaskowiak Kennedy
Though she could woop my ass Allison comes in at number 8 on our list. IPK's sweetheart overcame bulimia and has a sick jump-shot, which is a very unique skill set.















7.) Leigh Teixeira
Leigh had a major role in Mark coming to the Yankees, so we can thank her for that. Though it seems she wears the pants in the relationship; she still comes in at number 7 on our list. Oh and don't worry; Marky gets his:














6.) Karen Burnett
Not too much is known about A.J. Burnett's lovely wife. We do know that she lives year-round in her hometown of Baltimore with the couple’s two sons Ashton and AJ Jr. There are also rumors that she is a former stripper, which does not come as a shock. Anyway it is hard to put this beauty at number 6 but wait until you see the rest of them.














5.) Amber Sabathia
Amber and CC Sabathia were high school sweethearts and were married on June 9, 2003. Together they have three children and the family is located in Cali. All I can say is: "We know who is on the bottom."
















4.) Laura Posada
HIP HIP JORGE! Laura Posada, the co-founder of the Jorge Posada foundation comes in at number 5 on our list. So not only is she smoking
hot she is also working for a cure of cranio-
synostosis. Nice work Jorge.















3.) Michelle Damon
This is around the time in the list where we break the "Ridiculously Hot Barrier". This is another rumored former stripper and she has a bad rep before hooking up with Johnny. Whatever, she fought with Curt Schilling's wife so she is cool with us.

















2.) Laura Cover
This is definatly the sleeper of this list. Coming in at number 2 is Aaron Boone's wife Larua. Former playmate, we still don't know what Boone did to be worthy of this. She was Miss October for PlayBoy; weird right?
















1.) Danielle Gamba
Swisher strikes again as his wife takes the top spot in our Mother's Day countdown. All I can really say is "Damn".