Tagged: Damon

*A GARDNER IN YOUR FIELD*

   – *WHY SEARCH?*

   Why are Yankee fans so concerned with a vacant left field? Nobody wants to see Damon walk, but from a budget standpoint, it appears our former outfielder will be playing with a different club in the 2010 season. How do I feel about this? It would be disappointing to lose Damon after losing Melky to Atlanta, but we already have a solution! Why are we doubting the abilities of Brett Gardner? It’s rediculous. Gardner may be a “young gun,” but I can highlite quite a few reasons he deserves our confidence:

   + Last year was Gardner’s first full season. The Yankees went on to win the World Series. How can we downplay the impact Gardner had in numerous games?

   + Gardner wrapped up the ’09 season batting .270. This should be the focal point of those who fear his bat is a weakness. Gardner’s on the RISE, not decline. His batting average is increasing.

   + Speed, athleticism… To consider Gardner a ‘pinch runner’ and little more is obsurd.

   – So in conclusion, let’s settle down. Damon may walk, but there’s no need to panic. The Yankees have an extremely talented, YOUNG, capable outfielder riding the bench right now…
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*WHEN ANGELS PLAY WITH FIRE*

   – *WHO’S ON THE HILL?*



Sergio Mitre (3-2) vs. Roy Halladay (14-9)

   – *DOING A DECENT JOBA*

   Joba Chamberlain provided 4 quality innings in yesterday’s 5-3 victory over the Angels. Is it just me, or was 3 becoming a magic number with this guy? If Chamberlain made an appearance for 7 innings, he’d allow 3 runs. If Chamberlain made an appearance for 3 innings, he’d allow 3 runs. If Chamberlain was having an off-day on the mound, struggling to get out of the first inning alone… (you guessed it)- he’d be plucked by Girardi after allowing 3 runs! It was honestly a relief to see Joba make his exit on a good note, letting up a solo-shot in the second to keep things under control, and give the Yankees a reasonable chance to make a comeback.

   – *THE SWISH*

   Nick Swisher brought his ‘energy’ to the table, nailing a solo-shot in the 3rd inning off of Jered Weaver to tie things up, and calling it a day with 2 runs across the plate. Jeter put it best a while back… “Energy? Is that what you’re calling it?”

   – *BIG TEX*

   My final “shout-out” has to go to Mark Teixeira. “Tex” came out of this one 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s, giving the Yanks some breathing room to back up our relievers. A giant triple in the 5th brought two runners home, and despite pointing out a ‘catcher interference,’ the outstanding hit shifted the lead back to our side…

   – *MO WITH THE WALK?*

   A wise man once told me, “Mariano Rivera once walked a batter, just to see what it feels like.” Mo’s walked a mere 11 batters this season… ELEVEN! In the past 4 years, his grand total tallies up to an astonishing 30 BB’s to date! He never ceases to amaze me…

*MVP HONORS*

MARK TEIXEIRA
3 for 4, 2 RBI’s

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .330
Damon, LF 4 1 0 0 0 1 3 .284
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 3 2 0 0 1 .285
  1-Gardner, PR-CF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .272
Rodriguez, A, 3B 2 1 0 0 2 0 2 .286
Matsui, H, DH 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 .275
Posada, C 3 0 0 0 1 0 3 .280
  2-Guzman, F, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Molina, J, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .243
Cano, 2B 4 0 2 1 0 0 2 .319
Swisher, RF-1B 4 2 2 1 0 2 2 .254
Cabrera, Me, CF-RF 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 .280
Totals 29 5 9 4 5 4 15

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Chamberlain 4.0 4 1 1 0 2 1 4.39
Aceves, A 2.1 2 1 1 2 2 0 3.72
Coke (H, 19) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.91
Hughes, P (BS, 2)(W, 7-3) 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 0 3.18
Rivera, Ma (S, 40) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.69


*THE NECCESSARY WIN*

   – *WHO’S ON THE HILL?*

Joba Chamberlain (8-5) vs. Jared Weaver (15-5)

   – *YANKEES AVOID THE SWEEP*

   New York returned to form yesterday, swinging their way to a late lead and avoiding the sweep by division rival Baltimore. Coming off of two consecutive losses, Yankee nation was prepared to see the first bombed series in quite some time, but an 8th inning rally set the ‘W’ in stone…

  Sabathia provided yet another “quality start,” holding the O’s to 3 earned runs over the coarse of 7 innings. *CC is currently the AL leader in wins… (Which shouldn’t come as a surprise when you consider how dominant he’s been in our rotation thus far.) As Jeter likes to put it, “when you do well – these records and accomplishments seem to surface on their own.” That’s a fact.

   Jeremy Guthrie made the start for Baltimore, and managed to keep things in check the majority of the game. Things were tied heading into the 6th, but an additional 2 runs on our end persuaded his departure. He made his exit with 5 earned on 12 hits, ruining any chance he had to manuever an indecision…

   – *GOING BIG IN THE EIGHTH*

   It seems as though New York finally decided to wake up in the 8th inning of this one, putting 8 more runs on the board to seal the deal. (And you thought the fire was extinguished…) Matsui smacked a 3 run blast to insure the win, and ‘big 92’ was in the books after a hard fought game. An excellent large-margin victory to get us back on track.

   Yankees 13 – Orioles 3 (FINAL)

*MVP HONORS*

HIDEKI MATSUI
3 for 5, 1 R, 5 RBI’s

   – *CANO’S MARCH TO 400*

   Robinson Cano scored career run number 398 today!

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 3 3 0 1 0 2 .332
  Hairston, J, 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .255
Damon, LF 3 1 1 0 2 0 2 .286
  1-Gardner, PR-CF 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 .272
Teixeira, 1B 5 1 2 2 0 2 6 .282
  2-Duncan, S, PR-RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
Rodriguez, A, 3B 2 0 1 1 1 1 3 .287
  Hinske, 3B 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .242
  Pena, R, 3B-SS 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 .284
Matsui, H, DH 5 1 3 5 1 0 4 .275
Posada, C 5 1 1 0 1 1 6 .283
  Cervelli, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .259
Cano, 2B 5 2 3 0 0 1 4 .318
Swisher, RF-1B 5 1 2 0 0 0 2 .252
Cabrera, Me, CF-LF 5 1 2 4 0 0 0 .279
Totals 43 13 20 13 7 5 31

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sabathia (W, 17-7) 7.0 5 3 3 4 1 0 3.42
Hughes, P (H, 16) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.10
Bruney 0.2 0 0 0 2 0 0 4.09
Ramirez, E 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.66

   


*LABOR PAINS*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*  

CC Sabathia (16-7) vs. Matt Garza (7-9)

   – *YANKEES SMOKED AGAIN*

   Where do I begin? Yesterday’s matchup in Toronto was one of those games that kicked off pretty exciting, and ended pretty brutal. With a redeeming win under our belt from the day before, New York actually led this one heading in to the bottem of the 5th… but it stopped right there. That’s when Sergio Mitre fell apart, and the Blue Jays posted 8 runs in the 5th inning alone… When Melancon was finally called upon, Mitre departed with a disappointing 9 earned to call his own. Josh Towers made his debut on the mound, and what a debut it was…

   – *IN YOUR FACE!*

   So what can top David Wright catching a 95mph fastball to the helmet? How about Randy Ruiz catching a Josh Towers bullet to the face. It doesn’t get much worse then this folks. Here’s the conversation Towers’ is expected to have with his grandchildren one day:

GRANDSON: “Grandpa… Who was the first batter you ever pitched to in the majors?”

TOWERS: “I’d rather not talk about it. Go to sleep…”

GRANDSON: “But you pitched for the Yankees! Tell me!”

TOWERS: “Ok you little brat! His name was Randy Ruiz, and I beaned him in the face! Are you happy now? Thanks for pouring salt in my wounds!”

   *It won’t be a pretty sight…

   – *CHASING HISTORY*

   Well, if there’s one positive thing we can take from this 14-8 slaughter – Jeter’s only 3 hits away from Lou Gehrig’s franchise record. Jeter went 3 for 3, and we can almost garentee we’ll witness history in tomarrow’s double header.

SWISHER: 2 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI’s

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 3 1 3 0 1 0 0 .334
  Pena, R, SS-2B 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .276
Damon, LF 5 1 2 0 0 1 3 .289
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 5 .279
  Cervelli, C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .266
Matsui, H, DH 5 1 2 2 0 0 1 .266
Swisher, RF 4 2 2 3 1 1 2 .249
Cano, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .318
  a-Hinske, PH-3B 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 .251
Hairston, J, 3B-SS 3 1 1 0 2 0 1 .254
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 1 1 3 0 1 2 .276
Molina, J, C-1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .223
Totals 39 8 13 8 4 7 17

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mitre (L, 3-2) 4.1 11 11 9 2 5 0 7.02
Melancon 0.1 1 1 1 2 1 0 3.95
Towers 3.1 3 2 1 0 1 0 2.70

*RUN SUPPORT*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

Joba Chamberlain (8-4) vs. Roy Halladay (13-8)

   – *SETTING IT OFF*

   Chad Gaudin replaced Sergio Mitre in yesterday’s matchup, and despite allowing 3 earned before departing, his work on the mound was more then enough to get the job done. That’s because the run-support we witnessed has become the ‘norm’ for the Yankees this season. Even the great Aceves allowed 2 runs before getting plucked, but with Jorge having a 4 hit, 4 RBI game at the plate – this one was nearly over before it started…

   Ricky Ramiro was ripped apart early on, allowing 4 runs in the top of the 1st alone. By the time Ramiro called it a day, he walked out of this one with 7 earned on 6 hits. We saw a solid relief job from Toronto’s Brandon League and Shawn Camp, but things again went sour in the 9th, as Jason Frasor let up an additional 3 runs to seal the deal. Those runs were the result of a solo shot from A-Rod, and a 2-run shot from Jorge Posada.

   How about Damaso Marte’s 9th inning appearance? A lot people seem to hold Marte’s past against him, (which is fair, because the numbers never lie…) – But as of late, he’s been perfect on the mound. I don’t know if the DL knocked something loose, but when it comes to filling the gaps and making single inning appearances, the K’s have been there – as well as the outs. His ERA has gone from 10.00+ to 8.00+ in a matter of days… I don’t want to jump the gun, but it really seems like he’s getting it together heading into the post-season. Perfect timing…

MARTE: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K’s

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .330
Damon, LF 3 2 0 0 2 2 1 .291
Teixeira, 1B 4 2 1 0 1 2 1 .281
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 2 2 2 1 2 0 .276
Matsui, H, DH 3 2 1 1 2 0 2 .265
  1-Hairston, J, PR-DH 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .256
Posada, C 5 1 4 4 0 1 1 .288
Cano, 2B 4 0 0 0 1 2 5 .318
Swisher, RF 4 0 0 0 1 1 3 .248
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 0 2 1 0 1 0 .277
Totals 35 10 10 8 8 13 15

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Gaudin 3.2 4 3 3 3 2 0 4.98
Aceves, A (W, 10-1) 2.1 2 2 1 0 3 0 3.88
Robertson, D (H, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.38
Bruney (H, 10) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4.40
Marte, D 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 8.38


*SPANKING THE SOX*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

Joba Chamberlain (8-4) vs. Freddy Garcia (0-1)


   – *A TOTAL BLOWOUT*

   And to think – the skeptics were concerned about Mitre on the hill…

   A day after the world witnessed New York’s 12th walkoff of the season, Yankee fans got a glimpse of what games look like when they’re not close at all. In a display of heroics, Sergio Mitre took the mound and held the White Sox to one single hit over a 6.1 inning span. Chad Gaudin was given the daunting task of keeping that number in tact – and for the 2.2 innings he showed his face today, he did just that.

SERGIO MITRE: 6.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 SO

   – *DAILY DOUBLES*

   Talk about repetative hitting… Robinson Cano, Jerry Hairston Jr, Johnny Damon, and Hideki Matsui all had individual doubles off of Jose Contreras in this one…

   – *RUNS BATTED IN-SANE*

   The Yankees also combined for an impressive 10 RBI’s on 14 hits…

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 .333
  Gaudin, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .036
Damon, LF 4 1 1 2 1 0 2 .289
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 0 0 1 2 6 .283
  Cabrera, Me, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .268
Rodriguez, A, 3B 5 2 2 2 0 1 4 .269
Matsui, H, DH 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 .271
  a-Hinske, PH-DH-RF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .255
Swisher, RF-1B 5 1 2 1 0 1 2 .243
Cano, 2B 5 1 3 2 0 0 1 .315
Hairston, J, CF-RF-SS 3 1 1 2 1 0 3 .261
Molina, J, C 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 .232
Totals 38 10 14 10 4 5 22

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mitre (W, 3-1) 6.1 1 0 0 1 2 0 5.65
Gaudin 2.2 0 0 0 1 4 0 4.90

*PIE IN YOUR EYE*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

Sergio Mitre (2-1) vs. Jose Contreras (5-12)

   – *ANOTHER WALK-OFF!*

   The White Sox entered New York yesterday with an even .500 record, and every intention of climbing the latter to first in their division. The Yankees were coming out of a shakey series with Texas, looking to get their act together and maintain their 6 game lead in the AL East. With Sabathia and Buerhle on the mound for this matchup – one could only speculate which team would come out on top…

   If you only caught a fragment of the game, it was clear heading into the 7th that the pitchers were doing their jobs. Jeter hit his 17th homerun of the season in the 1st, followed by Damon’s 23rd of the season in the 3rd. Outside of these clutch runs, Buerhle held the Yankees to a commendable 8 hits before being replaced with reliever Matt Thornton. Unfortunantly, Sabathia didn’t make it out of this one unharmed either  – allowing his own 2 runs before being replaced by Phil Hughes.
 
   With both sides unwilling to budge, the 9th inning came and went – and an extra inning fell into our laps again. Bruney was called in to handle the top, which left New York in position to finish the job in the bottom. The situation suddenly became all too familiar…

   With 2 runners on, (and 2 outs already established,) – Robinson Cano stepped to the plate. I have to admit, I expected Robby to get a single and juice the bases for Melky – but to our surprise, he opted to clobber one over the fence to give the Yanks their 12th walk-off win of the season! You couldn’t ask for a better outcome to get these guys hyped-up again… These “extra inning antics” almost always result in us catching fire – so sweeping the Sox and kicking off another win streak is surely in our forecast. Cue Burnett with the pie – and it’s a wrap!

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 1 1 1 0 0 2 .329
Damon, LF 5 1 2 1 0 1 1 .290
Teixeira, 1B 5 0 1 0 0 1 1 .286
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 0 1 0 1 0 1 .267
Matsui, H, DH 4 0 1 0 1 1 4 .268
  1-Hairston, J, PR-DH 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .260
Swisher, RF 3 1 0 0 2 1 4 .241
Cano, 2B 5 1 1 3 0 1 5 .313
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .268
Molina, J, C 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .239
Totals 39 5 10 5 4 5 20

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sabathia 7.0 8 2 2 1 10 0 3.56
Hughes, P 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3.28
Rivera, Ma 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.83
Bruney (W, 4-0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.34