Jeter leads thumping of Rangers

April 23, 2012 | 59 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Another 4 hits for Derek, now hitting .411/.436/.644

Minor League Players of the Week, v2 – The ‘Betances WTF’ edition

April 22, 2012 | 17 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

– The second edition of 2012, covering April 16th – April 22 games –

DJ Mitchell, 24, RHP, AAA
8 IP, 7 K, 1 BB, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 HR
Notable: 2.12 ERA over 17 IP, 3.08 FIP

One of the three pitchers who was reportedly in the running for the long relief spot out of Spring Training (which went to David Phelps), Mitchell went eight innings and allowed only two hits versus Rochester (Triple-A for the Twins). The soon-to-be 25-year old (in May) really has nothing left to prove in the minors.

As we’ve remarked several times in the past few months, Mitchell’s future with the Yankees looks very limited, especially with the additions of Pineda and Pettitte pushing him further down the depth chart. In fact, Phelps would still be in AAA if if weren’t for injuries. However, with Pineda being shut down and poor performances by Freddy Garcia and Phil Hughes, Mitchell may have a glimmer of hope of cracking the Bronx.

Gary Sanchez, 19, RHB C, A
454/.478/.636 in 23 PAs
Notable: 4 2B, 1 BB, 3 SBs

The heir to the Montero throne, Sanchez logged 10 hits on the week, including four doubles. He also stole 3 bases, and get this…they all came in one game. In fact, he’s stolen 5-for-5 on the season (career-high), in addition to hitting .356/.414/.458 in 55 PAs.

Honorable Mentions:

Jose Campos, 19, RHP, A
11 IP, 12 K, 2 BB, 12 H, 3 ER, 0 HR

Two more impressive starts from other piece in the Montero deal, 23 K / 5 BB in 22 IP for the season

Nik Turley, 22, LHP, A+
12.1 IP, 14 K, 4 BB, 10 H, 3 ER, 0 HR

Another solid week for the lefty. 27 K / 9 BB in 23.1 IP for the season

Pedro Guerra, 22, RHP, A
3 IP, 7 K, 1 BB, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 HR

6 appearances in 2012, 14 K / 2 BB in 10 IP

Tyler Austin, 20, RHB COF/1B/3B, A
.333/.384/.625 in 26 PAs (2 2B, 3B, HR, 2/2 SBs)

Last week’s MLPW winner just hits

Abe Almonte, 22, SHB OF, AA
.333/.419/.555 in 31 PAs (2B, 3B, HR, 3/4 SBs)

First season at AA, hitting .262/.318/.443

In the ‘I’m Losing My Prospect Status’ Category…

Dellin Betances, 24, RHP, AAA
9 IP, 7 K, 10 BB, 10 H, 10 R, 7 ER, 0 HR

17 BB in 17.1 IP this season

Boston’s prayers answered

April 22, 2012 | 54 comments | in Featured | by SJK

ESPN Boston:

“I think we’ve hit bottom,” Valentine said. “I told [the team] after the game, ‘You have to sometimes hit bottom.’ If this isn’t bottom, we’ll find some new ends to the earth, I guess.”

They were also something less than stand-up in their response to the debacle, abdicating their leadership roles in favor of making a quick exit.

“I’ve got nothing for you guys,” Dustin Pedroia said as he dressed and hurried out of the clubhouse.

David Ortiz was just as anxious to leave, followed in short order by Adrian Gonzalez. “Not talking today,” Ortiz said as he put his hat on and walked away.

But Ortiz did offer one telling critique. “It’s [expletive] embarrassing. Put it down like that.”

So you’re saying there’s a chance

April 21, 2012 | 64 comments | in Featured | by Louis Winthorpe III

Yanks come back from 9 runs down. Youkilis hit by Phelps. Bobby V booed by Fenway Fans.  Does it get any better?

3/6, 1 HR, 6 RBI


April 20, 2012 | 19 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Chavez blasted 2 of the 5 HRs off Laptop Thief

We know their fanbase is diseased, but will any of them really buy this hat?

April 20, 2012 | 31 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

The Red Sox throwback 1912 hat:

And they are on sale for $35. Really.

Binder says: Ibanez vs. the Green Monster

April 20, 2012 | 10 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Per Lohud, the world’s worst outfielder, Raul Ibanez, is getting another start in the field, and will now be facing up the Green Monster in Friday’s series opener versus Boston. Hilarity may ensue.

And don’t forget to head over to our Live Game Chat if you’re stuck behind a computer at work or if you’re at home eating hot pockets that your mom just made.

Celebrate 100 years of beautiful Fenway Park

April 19, 2012 | 27 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Grandy gets 3 dinghies

April 19, 2012 | 23 comments | in Featured | by Louis Winthorpe III

Curtis goes 5/5, with 4 RBI, and 14 total bases.

C. Grand sends 3 out of port.

Double whammy: Kuroda rocked, Gardner to DL

April 19, 2012 | 52 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Hiroki Kuroda on Wednesday night: 4.1 IP, 6 ER, 10 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 2 HR

And then after the game we learn this…


The New York Yankees placed left fielder Brett Gardner on the 15-day disabled list due to a bruised left elbow and a strained arm muscle.

“We will have to sit him down for a while,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after his team lost to the Minnesota Twins, 6-5, on Wednesday night. “We’ll try to get him back after 15 days.”

Gardner hurt the elbow while making a sliding catch in the third inning Tuesday night. After the game, he said he slightly injured his wrist, but did not mention the elbow.

With Gardner out, the Yanks will play Andruw Jones and possibly Eduardo Nunez in left. Designated hitter Raul Ibanez can also play the outfield.

Ibanez cannot play the outfield. Please no Ibanez in the outfield.

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