Tagged: Melky Cabrera

Tough Loss in Extras

The Yankees took a tough loss at the hands of the Angels yesterday afternoon after they forced extra innings on a Jorge Posada homer.  The Yankees were unable to hold the Angels scoreless and on a bomb to left field, Jeff Mathis walked off with the double.  The Angels avoided a sweep which would’ve kept the Yankees undefeated in the playoffs.  It also would have avoided extreme embarrasement on their part to have been swept.  This win will be a boost for the Angels who will play again today against a CC Sabathia who was about as dominant as there is when he pitched in the opener of the ALCS.  His opponent on the mound for the Angels will be Scott Kazmir, another tough competitor and a worthy opponent.

The Yankees hit four homers yesterday accounting for all of their runs, but the lack of runs in extras cost them.  Jeter, A-Rod, Posada and Johnny Damon all went deep but other than that, the offense was pretty quiet.  The offense will need to wake up today to help Sabathia through a tough start on three days rest.

The decision by Joe Girardi yesterday to put in Alfredo Aceves can be supported by the fact that he is a right handed pitcher and the batter he came in to face, Jeff Mathis, was also a righty.  It was a tough break and Girardi is getting a lot of negative comments from everywhere.  Hopefully it won’t affect the game plan for today.

If the Yankees can win today, they will be in very good position to win the series in the next game at Yankee Stadium.  If they don’t, they still have the home field advantage to use in order to win this series.  It is unlikely the Angels will be able to pull off a win in New York so it is most likely that the Yankees will at the least, need to use the home field advantage to good use.  They should be able to close it out wherever they are.  They are such a solid team that as long as they don’t make any errors, mentally and on the field, they should beat the Angels and move on to the World Series in pursuit of their 27th world championship.

One last thing: how about that throw from Melky Cabrera on the walk off hit by Mathis?  He was at the foot of the wall and he bombed a pretty accurate throw to just the right of home plate.  Did I mention it was pretty much right on target.  It was a crazy good throw.  I knew he had a great arm, but he just launched it from the wall and it came closer than I though it would be to getting Howie Kendrick out at home.  Wow.

-Dillon

Lose… I Don’t Think The Yankees No How To Lose Right Now

If we can finally beat the Red Sox, then I say the Yankees can’t lose right now.  0-8 against the Sox on the season was enough for the Bombers who burst out last night for a 13-6 win in Yankee Stadium.  Melky’s bomb in the fourth off the struggling John Smoltz was just the beginning of an explosive offensive outbreak that put the game out of reach for the Red Sox.  An eight run fourth inning was enough for the Yankees but they added on another four to make sure.

The game was definitely homer friendly as six bombs left the yard.  Teixeira hit his 28th on the year to put up the Yankees 13-4.  Now, that’s all that would be for the Yankees but as I predicted, the Red Sox didn’t go out quietly.

Anthony Claggett #39 of the New York Yankees talks with catcher Jorge Posada #20 against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium on April 18, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.

In the ninth, Anthony Claggett came in to the game to try and hold down the Sox for another inning and secure the Yankees their first victory of the season over the Sox.  Well, Claggett gave up two runs and the pressure started to build for the Yankees.  But fortunately, the Yanks got out of it and came out with the win.  A huge win for us.  I was ecstatic.

1-8

So, now we’re 1-8 eight against the Red Sox on the season.  Now, I am totally fine with having a losing record against them for the season.  As long as we win some of them and we come out on top at the end of the season.  This is a sign to me that the Yankees are still on a roll and they are not going to be stopped.  I honestly think the Yankees don’t know how to lose right now.  They are just tearing it up.

So how did Victor Martinez do in his first Red Sox-Yankees game.  Well, he went 0-3 with three walks.  He did score a run but other than that, he was invaluable in the Red Sox offensive attack.  Casey Kotchman, another new arrival for the Sox had a pretty good game as he went 1-4 with a two run homer.  He also walked once and scored two runs.  Not bad for his first dose of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry.

Mo didn’t appear at the end of the game because we were up by so much.  No need to bring him in right.  We’re winning by so much that we definitely won’t need him.  Well, when Clagget started getting into trouble, I thought we might need him after all if they couldn’t get out of this trouble.  Well, fortunately enough Mo didn’t have to waste a day of rest and was able to stay out in the bullpen.

Jed Lowrie, a recently called back up after rehabbing from his stint on the DL.  He has played pretty well of late but yesterday he re-injured himself.  Well, he may have.  He came out of the game early because of numbness in his hand and forearm soreness.  Hopefully he’s alright so he doesn’t have to back on the DL.  That would really stink. He’s a good kid with a lot of potential.

The Yankees added some depth to their starting rotation.  Since Phil Hughes and Alfredo Aceves have had such great success in the bullpen, the Yankees have opted to keep them there.  But who is still there to start?  That’s why they got Chad Gaudin.  He’s been with the Padres most recently and had played with the Phillies recently as well.  Gaudin should be a good fit to this Yankees team.  He definitely adds the depth we needed in the pitching staff and I think this move makes us a lot lot lot lot lot better.

Well, I am extremely happy with the Yankees’ performance yesterday and I’m sure every other Yankee fan is too.  They played great.  Joba was great.  The offense was obviously on fire.  The pitching didn’t totally blow it.  The defense was good.  And everything was just flowing right.  Just watch all you Red Sox fans.  The Yankees aren’t done with you yet.  The Yanks were just STELLAR.

Tonight we’ve got Burnett going against Beckett.  The marquee matchup in this series that everyone always looks forward to.  It’s going to be great.  Burnett has not faired well agains the Sox recently so he’s looking for some revenge and he may get it if the Yankee offense can put up another great performance like last night.

Go Yanks!

-Dillon

Melk-Man Hits For Cycle

I go to camp for a week…

I barely get any sleep…

I come back Friday after a whole day of driving in traffic…

I realize the Yankees’ lead over the Red Sox has been diminished to a half game…

I see the Yankees are having trouble with the White Sox…

The trade deadline produced many bigtime player trades…

Roy Halladay is still in Toronto…

And I am back blogging on MLBlogs.

Now, while I was at camp all week, I was bummed that I was unable to keep up with all the things happening around the MLB, especially since the trade deadline was Friday.  I still had a great time, but the feeling of not knowing what was going on was killing me.  Now, I survived, as I always do, but it was still hard not having that part of my life around.

I got back and immediatly checked MLB.com to see all the trades that had happened.  Here’s what I figured out:

  • The BoSox pulled off a deal for Victor Martinez
  • Cliff Lee is in Philly (where I happened to be for camp this past week)
  • Jake Peavy is with the in the South Side of Chicago
  • Adam LaRoche has been with three teams in about a week and a half
  • Orlando Cabrera finds a home in Minnesota

Well, it’s all very exciting and all and I’m glad to be back.  Now, I was unable to post something until today because I have been so busy since I got back.  But yesterday, something great happened in Chicago.  That’s right, it’s got to do with the Yankees.  Melky Cabrera hit for the cycle against the Chicago White Sox and the most recent man to enter himself into the history books, Mark Beuhrle.  In fact, Beuhrle looked nothing like he has all season.  Especially after throwing the perfect game.  He went 4.1 innings, giving up 7 runs on 12 hits and a walk.  He gave up the one homer to Cabrera and that was it for the long ball.  For Melky Cabrera, this achievment puts him in with the likes of many famous Yankees from teams past.  The 15th cycle in team history was a great show to see.  Now, even though this happened, I would still go with Brett Gardner in center field.  No offense to Melky for this great performance but Gardner is still my pick.  It was still a great show though.

Melky’s cycle is the second to happen this year.  As many remember, the year was basically kicked off with a performance of a lifetime from the O-Dog, Orlando Hudson of the LA Dodgers.  Hudson took only six innings to get the four hits required for the achievement.  But he did it.  One of the greatest offensive performances this year kicked things off in April.  Melky’s performance was great and it will go down in the books as many others have for accomplishing this feat.

-Dillon

Gardner To DL

Since when was Brett Gardner going to the DL.  I had no idea until my friend told me about it today.  Well, that’s a bummer since he has been playing really well for us lately.  His solid centerfield play, his improving offensive production, and his mere presence in the game made the Yankees that much better.  Now we’re going to have to rely on Mr. Melky to get the job done until Gardner returns.

Now, nothing against Melky, but I’d rather have Brett in there for a few reasons.  One- he’s faster and can track down balls faster.  On the offensive side of that, he can get on base and run better than Melky can which gives him that advantage.  Two- his offense has been better than Melky’s lately and Melky hits in streaks and can’t really keep his consistency going.  Three- I just like Gardner better.  Don’t hate me all you Melky fans.  It’s my decision.

So, with Gardner going to the DL, the next question is, who should they bring up.  The answer to that question is Jonathon Albaladejo.  This, in turn, leads to another one of my brain farts in which my friend had to not-so-nicely tell me about.  WHEN DID ALBALADEJO GET SENT DOWN?

I had no idea he had been sent down to the minors and I just assumed he hadn’t been playing lately.  Well, that was totally off.  Well, after all that, Albaladejo is back and I have it in my head all right.  Finally.

So to sum it all up, Gardner’s on the DL, Albaladejo got called up, and the Yankees are still a game and a half up on the Red Sox in the East.  All is good in Yankee land.

P.S. I’m going to be at camp this week so I won’t be able to write anything for about a week.  I’ll try to get something up this next weekend because I get back Friday but I’m not sure if I will have time since I will probably be sleeping, trying to make up for my lack of sleep I am sure to have by the end of my camp experience.  So, see you then.

-Dillon

Yanks Can’t Win Against Halos or Sox; All Star Week Begins

Man, the Yankees can’t seem to pull out a win against either the Red Sox or the Angels.  It’s bad enough that we were just swept by the Halos but now we’re three games out of first behind the Red Sox who are the second team we have been unable to figure out for the first half of the season.  Yesterday, we sent CC to the mound in hope of stopping the sweep, but I guess that didn’t go over very well with the Angels because they still beat us.  The final score was 5-4 and the Yankees unfortunately ended the first half of the season on a sour note.  A sweep, not my idea of a good end to the first half.

As far as the Yankees go, they didn’t play all that bad.  CC pitched all right going 6.2 innings giving up nine hits and three walks.  He gave up all five runs that the Angels would get in the game.  When he was relieved in the seventh, Phil Hughes came out from the ‘pen and continued his dominance from the ‘pen.  He went the remainder of the game giving up two walks and striking out one.  A STELLAR performance from Mr. Hughes.

The offense played pretty well too.  Here are my top performers for the day:

  • Derek Jeter- 2-5, 1 RBI
  • Melky Cabrera- 2-3, 2 Runs, 1 RBI
  • Jorge Posada- 1-1, 2 RBI
  • Hideki Matsui- 0-1, 1 Run, 3 Walks
  • Phil Hughes- 1.1 IP, 1 K, 0 Runs Allowed

So, the All Star break is here and the Yankees are second in the AL East, three behind the Boston Red Sox.  We’ve got some guys representing the Bombers in St. Louis for the game and I feel that the second half of the season is going to be a good one.

Now onto other thoughts running through my brain right now…

The Home Run Derby is tonight and I have a feeling it is going to be a good one.  In the NL, there are a quartet of first base sluggers that are definitely give us a good show.

In the AL, there are a few guys that I don’t feel will last very long, not mentioning any names… Brandon Inge… cough cough.

Here are the rest of the AL contestants.

First Round:

Albert Pujols will dominate the general competition sending balls into the stands left and right.  Adrian Gonzalez will be the Josh Hamilton of 2009.  He is the one guy that I don’t think is getting a lot of credit for being here.  He is going to have a great derby.  Fielder and Howard will do well in general but I don’t know if they will make it to the second round.  Brandon Inge is out after the first round.  Nelson Cruz will make a run as will Carlos Pena.  I think Joe Mauer will have a good derby despite not being considered as much of a power hitter as the rest of the competitors (not including Brandon Inge).  Mauer will make it to the second round but probably not much further.

After first round, guys still in it:

Albert Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez, Ryan Howard, Joe Mauer

Second Round:

Gonzalez will use his high home run count from the first round to stay ahead of the pack and get into the finals.  Pujols will continue to hit a ton of bombs.  Mauer and Howard will fall despite having another round of good numbers.  They won’t catch up to Gonzalez and Pujols.

After second round, guys still in it:

Albert Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez

Final Round:

It could go either way and I think either guy will have a great chance at putting on a show and getting the victory.  Personally, I would like to see Adrian Gonzalez win it because I think it would be nice to see him get credit for being the big power hitter that he is.  He can go the other way better than any of the other competitors and that is why he is my favorite to win the event.

Overall, the Home Run Derby is an event for the fans and it is usually greatly enjoyed.  I am looking foward to seeing this one.  It’ll be a great time.

-Dillon

Talk About Scoring Some Runs…

There were clearly doubts about the Yankees’ offense’s ability to score runs during the Red Sox series.  But man, maybe they were just saving it to make their cross town rivals look really bad… not to mention their ace.  Yeah.  The Yanks demolished the Mets in the Subway Series finale, 15-0.  The series was split one game apiece but the Yanks broke that split with authority as they did everything right in the rout of the Mets.

AJ Burnett took the mound and man, was he STELLAR… for the most part.  He went seven strong innings, giving up four hits and four walks.  No runs.  He shutout an injured, but still powerful Mets offense.  His curve was filthy and no one could lay off it.  Alex Cora struck out after going up 3-0 in the count.  Burnett used the curve to strike him out as Cora chased.  His fastball was also very good.  Clocking in at 95-96, as usual, Burnett was just dominating Mets’ batters.  He struck out Carlos Beltran on a low fastball that got Beltran fired up.  Jerry Manuel came out to defend his player and got booted.  It was an intense couple of minutes… just joking, it wasn’t really that intense.  So Burnett was really good today… there you go.

The offense was also very good.  I mean c’mon… the score was 15-0.  Robby Cano and Hideki Matsui both hit monster shots for round trippers.  Francisco Cervelli had a big game at the plate, as well as behind it.  More on that later.  Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon, Melky Cabrera.  They also had big games.  Mark Teixeira went 1-4 on the game and wasn’t really that much of a factor.  Same with A-Rod, who went 0-4.  But that’s alright since everyone else contributed a lot.  He was fine. 

So, Francisco Cervelli.  How ’bout this kid.  He is batting under .200 when he is called up to the Majors.  But the Yanks didn’t bring him up for his bat.  They did so for his play behind the plate.  Both behind the plate and at the plate, Cervelli showed that he was ready to play.  He had a great offensive game and really controlled the game behind the plate.  In the top of the third, the Mets threatened with the bases loaded, but Cervelli guided Burnett, a veteran, through the next three at-bats and got three straight outs.  He was such a big presence behind the plate that I am so glad we have.  During an Alex Cora at-bat, Cora was up 3-0, as mentioned before.  Cervelli got up, very wide, and gave Burnett a big target for his fastball.  He nailed it.  This just showed me that Cervelli is indeed a professional.  He was STELLAR.

So everything was going extremely well for the Yankees today.  The pitching was STELLAR, the offesne definitely did their job in scoring some runs, and the DEFENSE played extremely well as well.  Johnny Damon made a nice running catch in the outfield.  The infield played good D and didn’t allow anything into the outfield on the ground.  And definitely the defensive highlight of the game was on a ground ball up the middle by Reed.  Ramiro Pena, fresh off the bench, got to the ball, shoveled it to Robinson Cano at second and Cano made the bare handed grab and threw it to first to complete the double play.  As this happened I was thinking, “that’s on top plays tomorrow.”  Derek Jeter also made a nice double play in the game. too.  Cano got a ground ball and threw it to Jeter who made a perfect leap over the hard slide of Gary Sheffield and made the throw to first.  It was another nice defensive play that doesn’t always get recognized in the box scores.  Well, it gets recognized here.

  

It was great.  I loved to watch them play so perfectly.  As I write this, the Phils-Red Sox game is headed to the ninth and the Phils are up 11-5.  This is good for us because if the Phils hang on, we’ll get another game back in the AL East standings.

Great win guys!

Go Yanks… Go Phils

-Dillon

So The Yanks Lost To The Red Sox Again…

I really don’t know what else to talk about anymore.  The pitching was all right, the offense scored a little.  And the bullpen wasn’t terrible.  It all adds up but the Red Sox were just little better in every one of those stats than we were.  It’s that simple.

CC took the bump and was really good through seven innings.  He came back out for the eighth and wasn’t able to get a guy out.  He left three possible runs on base that came back to bite him in the butt.  He finished the game with four earned runs, including the three in the eighth inning.  He must have ran out of juice.  Brad Penny on the other side was also very good.  He pitched well in a six inning effort giving up six hits, a walk, but no runs.  Manny Delcarmen gave up three runs in the seventh inning after coming in for Penny.  He was then relieved by Takashi Saito who finished up the inning and saved what was left of Delcarmen’s professionalism.  The Yanks had the lead but CC would give it back up in the eighth.

So overall, the pitching wasn’t terrible.  It was STELLAR through the seven innings.  But in the eighth it crumbled to pieces.  The Sox’ pitching was also very good.  It was tough to lose one in which there was such good pitching. 

The offense was able to score some runs, but it took until the seventh to get it going.  We couldn’t get anything off Penny who only allowed six hits and a walk.  Manny Delcarmen was kinder to us and gave us three.  That was all we’d get though and that is a little disappointing.  Here are my top performers for the day.

  • Alex Rodriguez: 1-3, 2 RBI
  • Francisco Cervelli: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 Run
  • Melky Cabrera: 2-4, 1 Run
  • Hideki Matsui: 2-3
  • Derek Jeter: 2-5
  • CC Sabathia: 1 ER through seven.  AFter that, he’s not on this list

IT was another tough loss to the Red Sox and I am very disappointed.  Maybe we’ll get ’em next time.  We’ve got interleague play coming up and maybe we can score some more and have good pitching against our opponents (Mets, Marlins, Nats, Braves).

-Dillon