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Yankees score early; Colon takes it from there

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 30, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post


It took Oakland starter Trevor Cahill one inning to settle in. Bartolo Colon was locked in from the beginning, and that made the difference in a 5-0 Yankees win in Oakland. A three-run first inning gave Colon all the run support he would need. The Yankees chipped away for two more late-inning runs, but those hardly mattered with Colon pitching so well. He tossed a complete game shutout, the Yankees first shutout since September of last year. He struck out six, walked none and scattered four hits.

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77 Responses to “Yankees score early; Colon takes it from there”

  1. LGY May 30th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Bar-to-lo! Bar-to-lo!

  2. Rich in NJ May 30th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Colon has definitely been the most unexpected upside surprise of the season. No one else comes close.

  3. MoRings42 May 30th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    And it should’ve been his 2nd of the year. This guy has been insane so far. Cliff who?

    wow

  4. blake May 30th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Bartolo performed a “Colon”oscopy on the As today. Awesome job and great win!

  5. RS May 30th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    It is actually fun watching Colon pitch. Spotless command but also has the velocity to get away with a mistake here and there.

    And kudos to Cervelli with a great game behind the plate and at the plate

  6. Captain Clutch May 30th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I wonder why Joba was warming up and not Mo. I hope he is ok.

  7. LGY May 30th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Why through May? He played through October. What are his second half splits vs. lefties?

    ——-

    I’m saying his overall numbers are awful since the end of May last year so that’s possible its when his struggles started.

    I’m not sure about 2nd half vs LH. Unfortunately, they don’t have complex splits like that anywhere :(

  8. Yankee Trader May 30th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Gordito! Saltimbanquito
    ————————-

    Yankeefem-

    A little fat charlaton????????

  9. MoRings42 May 30th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Garcia is no chump either.. who do you think gets replaced when Hughes comes back?

  10. blake May 30th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Wasnt a save situation…..thats why no Rivera

  11. BoJo May 30th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    blake May 30th, 2011 at 6:42 pm
    Bartolo performed a “Colon”oscopy on the As today
    __________
    I was just about to use that line!

    :-(

  12. Rich in NJ May 30th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Another positive is that this is the third of three top young starters who they did well against, in part because they pushed up the pitch count early, which has been a hallmark of the Yankees’ offensive approach since Stick started rebuilding this franchise with high OBP players. Cash has carried on the same approach.

  13. UnKnown May 30th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Joe was going to let Colon go pretty far in the 9th. At least far enough where the game would be in danger. Only reason why Joba would be the man up in the pen vs a clean up RP like Pendleton.

    Great Great Win. Next up the Chief.

  14. LGY May 30th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Garcia is no chump either.. who do you think gets replaced when Hughes comes back?

    —–

    If no injuries, def Nova.

  15. BoJo May 30th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Someone name me a pitcher we could have acquired that would be better than Colon….I can’t think of anyone. A former Cy Young winner who still has got IT.

  16. Yankee Trader May 30th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    LGY and Yankeefem-

    Post ASB Posada hit .230.

    Attached splits:

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/p...../2010/7987

  17. GreenBeret7 May 30th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Garcia has been a great pick-up on the cheap, as well as Colon, Martin and Chavez….Jones in short bursts. I said at the beginning og the year that NYYs only needed 10-12 wins a piece out of the #4 and #5 spots and 12-15 out of the #3 spot. That’s pretty much the pace being set and with a little more consistant offense, they’d be well ahead. Garcia, Colon, Burnett and Sabathia could easily have had 2 more wins each.

  18. Rich in NJ May 30th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    “Garcia is no chump either.. who do you think gets replaced when Hughes comes back?”

    He’s not close to coming back, so who knows what the rotation will look like if and when Phil comes back?

  19. G-C May 30th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Unbelievable work by Colon.

    Its just about unfathomable how well he’s pitched thus far.

    3.26 ERA, 62/15 K to BB ratio in 66 innings. Ridiculous.

  20. BoJo May 30th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Does anyone recall when Jorge had he last concussion of 2010? I’d like to see his splits since then. I can’t recall a player coming back for concussions without suffering for some time before recovering (if they do at all)…

  21. Salliedogs7 May 30th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Colon was awesome today. Shades of his cy young year.

  22. BoJo May 30th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    BTW—Tex entering what are usually the months when he gets hot…

  23. LGY May 30th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Yankee Trader

    We are looking for Post ASB vs LHP.

  24. Rich in NJ May 30th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blo.....da-ag.html

    Early Sept, BoJo.

  25. 108 stitches May 30th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    If the season ended now, Colon would be the odds on favorite to win the Comeback Player of the Year Award.

  26. Yankee Trader May 30th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    BY MARK FEINSAND
    DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
    Saturday, September 11, 2010
    ARLINGTON, Tex. – Jorge Posada was cleared on Wednesday to resume regular play, but the Yankees’ training staff wasn’t ready to let him get back behind the plate Friday night.

    Although tests were negative, Posada said he was diagnosed with a “mild, slight concussion” by team trainer Gene Monahan, who wanted the catcher to take two more days before resuming his starting duties.

    Posada took a couple of foul tips off his mask on Tuesday against Baltimore, then had trouble sleeping that night. He was sent for neurological tests on Wednesday and doctors said he did not have a concussion.

  27. BoJo May 30th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Jorge Posada
    Sept 10 thru Oct 3
    47 ABs
    7 H
    1 double
    1 home run

  28. yankeefeminista May 30th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    # LGY May 30th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Why through May? He played through October. What are his second half splits vs. lefties?

    ——-

    I’m saying his overall numbers are awful since the end of May last year so that’s possible its when his struggles started.

    I’m not sure about 2nd half vs LH. Unfortunately, they don’t have complex splits like that anywhere :(
    ______
    RE the lack of complex splits :( Shouldn’t fangraphs be keeping these?

    I don’t have the splits but overall stats .259/368/481 in August, so not that bad for at least that month. Maybe on a rainy day, I will have a look at the game logs and his AB’s to see what I can find out about his splits. But not sure they would be definitive anyway if he was in post-concussion state.

  29. yankeefeminista May 30th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    #

    # BoJo May 30th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Jorge Posada
    Sept 10 thru Oct 3
    47 ABs
    7 H
    1 double
    1 home run
    _____
    Again, not sure how the sample size and concussed state would impact how he is hitting now. If they felt he was irreparably injured, then they wouldn’t have played him in the first place this year, no?

  30. yankeefeminista May 30th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    # Ghostwriter May 30th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Yankee Trader May 30th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Gordito! Saltimbanquito!
    ————————-

    Yankeefem-

    A little fat charlaton???????

    ========================
    tightrope walker.
    ___
    Yes, Bartolo is the acrobat and circus performer who works his magic.

  31. Yankee Trader May 30th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    All I can add is that Posada hit .207 with 52ABs in Sept/Oct of 2010, and interstingly .217 for the entire year in night games.

  32. LGY May 30th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    RE the lack of complex splits Shouldn’t fangraphs be keeping these

    —–

    They should!

    I should send them an angry email. :D

  33. BoJo May 30th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Jorge Posada
    Sept 10 thru Oct 3
    47 ABs
    7 H
    1 double
    1 home run
    8 walks
    4 RBI

    Combined with 2011
    ABs 132+47 = 169
    H 23+7 = 30
    BA .178
    Doubles 1+5 = 6
    Homers 1+6 = 7
    RBI 4+16 = 20
    Walks 8+21 = 29

    Someone else can calculate the percentages

  34. MTU May 30th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    This is what you get when Bartolo has the Controlo.

    Did you people know that Colon is the third winningest Dominican pitcher behind the great Juan Marchical, and Pedro ?

    What a pleasure to watch someone throw the ball like that.

    Every start is a blessing served with lot’s of gravy.

    :)

  35. Yankee Trader May 30th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    58 Ab’s 2 homers 7 RBI’s Sept/Oct 2010

  36. Wang IS Taiwan May 30th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    who really believes Hughes will “be back”?

  37. MTU May 30th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Wang-

    I do.

    ;)

  38. Yankee Trader May 30th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Did you people know that Colon is the third winningest Dominican pitcher behind the great Juan Marchical, and Pedro ?

    —————————————————–

    And Colon does it without the high leg kick that Marichal had!!

  39. Yankee Trader May 30th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Wang-

    I believe Hughes will be back. Not so sure about Sorryano!

  40. MTU May 30th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    YT-

    Yeah. But he has centrifugal force working in his behalf.

    :)

  41. BoJo May 30th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    YT–Are you including the play-offs in your numbers?

  42. yankeefeminista May 30th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    #

    # LGY May 30th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    RE the lack of complex splits Shouldn’t fangraphs be keeping these

    —–

    They should!

    I should send them an angry email. :D
    ________
    Please do! :D

  43. yankeefeminista May 30th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    # MTU May 30th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Wang-

    I do.

    ;)
    _
    I do too.

  44. Joe from Long Island May 30th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I believe Phil Hughes will “be back”.

    I am skeptical about Posada. I’m rooting for him, but I’m skeptical. This will be one of the toughest decisions/moves for Brian Cashman, more so than Bernie Williams.

  45. Swishalicious33 May 30th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    ESPN suggesting that Colon used steroids, surprise surprise.

  46. MTU May 30th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    I got a sneaking suspicion that the Dr. who treated Colon is going to be getting a more buisness.

    A lot more.

    If I were him I’d get that extra Mercedes right now !

    :)

  47. BoJo May 30th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    YT–Or are you including Sept 1 thru Sept 9 in your numbers? I started on Sept 10 AFTER he got back from foul tips.

  48. Yankee Trader May 30th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    MTU-

    Yes he does-he’s a whirling dervish! :)

  49. MTU May 30th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    YF-

    I go a step further. Better than ever.

    :)

  50. Yankee Trader May 30th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Bojo-

    Probably. All I have are Posada’s splits for 2010. You can compare them back to 2004.

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/p...../2010/7987

  51. MTU May 30th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    The ESPN crew is just jealous that Bartolo has found the fountain of youth.

    There were no steroids involved.

    Stem cell therapy combined with plasma-rich treatment.

    An Effing miracle.

    :)

  52. BoJo May 30th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    It’s been my belief since mid September that something was wrong with Jorge…On the double steal Boston pulled off late last year, he looked totally bewildered. He has looked confused on base paths (more than usual)…including one where he couldn’t remember infield fly rule.

    I’m not a doctor, but while pretending to be online, it is my opinion that there may be something wrong with him physically–too many concussions…they add up.

  53. yankeefeminista May 30th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks to everyone for Po stats and info. We still, however, don’t have second half stats vs. LHP and then there is the question of their relevancy to Posada’s limited appearances vs. LHP in 2011.

  54. yankeefeminista May 30th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    #

    # MTU May 30th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    YF-

    I go a step further. Better than ever.

    :)
    _____
    As a starter?

  55. BoJo May 30th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    YT–that explains it…I looked at game logs and was able to split out since after his foul tips.

  56. MTU May 30th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    YF-

    Yes M’am. If that’s what the Yanks choose.

    I think the velocity will come all the way back at some point.

    No reason it shouldn’t.

  57. BoJo May 30th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    yankeefeminista May 30th, 2011 at 7:19 pm
    Thanks to everyone for Po stats and info. We still, however, don’t have second half stats vs. LHP and then there is the question of their relevancy to Posada’s limited appearances vs. LHP in 2011.
    _______
    Joe would of course be much better to answer this than me, but if it is a concussion issue, I wonder if that has affected how he sees the ball coming from his left…(batting right handed).

    Again, a phusical explanation seems most likely to me.

  58. Yankee Trader May 30th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Anyway. Another win for the Yankees during the day, and going against 2 lefties,pretty good ones, but we do well against lefties, night or day.

  59. BoJo May 30th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Might be bad wording in my last post…not a sight issue per se, but rather how his brain interprets the data…could there be a difference in how he recognizes balls from right and left side…I suspect there is.

  60. MTU May 30th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Trader-

    With a little bit better play and/or luck we would be on 4 straight right now.

  61. yankeefeminista May 30th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    # BoJo May 30th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    It’s been my belief since mid September that something was wrong with Jorge…On the double steal Boston pulled off late last year, he looked totally bewildered. He has looked confused on base paths (more than usual)…including one where he couldn’t remember infield fly rule.

    I’m not a doctor, but while pretending to be online, it is my opinion that there may be something wrong with him physically–too many concussions…they add up.
    ____
    Well, this is the million dollar question. If they felt he was damaged goods, I doubt they would play him and they would have had their “out.” However, generally his AB’s had improved to the point where he was starting to drive the ball, but post the caught-looking vs. the Red Sox and the “indiscretion,” Posada has been given such inconsistent play and has been platooned so that it is hard to ascertain both what the cause of his “struggles” are and what the Yankees desired result is.

  62. BoJo May 30th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Anyway, I hope that whatever Jorge does in the rest of his career, that at least he has his health and enjoys a long, healthy life.

  63. yankeefeminista May 30th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    # BoJo May 30th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Might be bad wording in my last post…not a sight issue per se, but rather how his brain interprets the data…could there be a difference in how he recognizes balls from right and left side…I suspect there is.
    _____
    This crossed my mind as well, but it is purely speculative. Plus they didn’t consider him a platoon DH until the Ofers against LHP, so hard to even guess.

  64. Yankee Trader May 30th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Bojo-

    I would imagine ballplayers, like the rest of us, have their eye examinations once a year under their medical plans. If not, Posada needs one.

  65. MTU May 30th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Bartolo.

    That was such a great game I’m giving you this photo tribute.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/cybermrb03/Flowers?authkey=Gv1sRgCJq5iZnvrLqXEw#

    Beautiful deserves beautiful.

    You deserve it. You’ve been a freakin’ godsend.

    :)

  66. Yankee Trader May 30th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    MTU-

    Thanks for the beautiful [pictures of] flowers!! :)

    Gotta go. new Post————————————>

  67. yankeefeminista May 30th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Nice, MTU. I’m leaving, but will check it out once I come back home. See you later.

    :arrow:

  68. BoJo May 30th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Yankee Trader May 30th, 2011 at 7:29 pm
    Bojo-

    I would imagine ballplayers, like the rest of us, have their eye examinations once a year under their medical plans. If not, Posada needs one.
    _____
    Not an eye sight issue IMO. He could have 20-20, but have slow reaction time recognizing something from his left side. I don’t know how they would even test for it…

    The brain is such a mysterious thing to me…no telling what concussions could do…but again, Joe would be better to give his opinion.

  69. MTU May 30th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Bartolo did all the work.

  70. baxterny May 30th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Bartolo did all the work. No,medical science did all the work.Just happened to be his body

  71. BoJo May 30th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    My last comment on this and then I’m out…

    IIRC, I don’t believe any ball club has really figured out yet how to handle concussed players. They take a while to recover, and some never do. But it must also be hard to know when to cut the cord, as opposed to waiting for them to come back.

    I don’t think there are yet tests which can neasure hand eye coordination and reaction time for regular and post concussion performance. A lot more work needs to be done, and the Yankees are charting new territory here as every club with such a player does.

    For example, I really regretted Ryan Church or David Wright getting nailed…I think both their careers suffered and they haven’t been same since…

  72. Ghostwriter May 30th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    BoJo May 30th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Not an eye sight issue IMO. He could have 20-20, but have slow reaction time recognizing something from his left side. I don’t know how they would even test for it…

    The brain is such a mysterious thing to me…no telling what concussions could do…but again, Joe would be better to give his opinion.
    ================================

    That is an interesting hypothesis. I wonder if he has pursued it. The head injury could have scrambled his rains such that the messages from his optic nerves aren’t reaching or being deciphered by his brain. He might have lost areas of his peripheral vision from the left side. He might be losing the ball in flight for a splict-second, and not realizing it, which could be enough to destroy his timing. Obviously, this is pure speculation, based on about 26 ABs… The more likely possibility is that this is just a slump.

  73. Ghostwriter May 30th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Ghostwriter May 30th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    BoJo May 30th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Not an eye sight issue IMO. He could have 20-20, but have slow reaction time recognizing something from his left side. I don’t know how they would even test for it…

    The brain is such a mysterious thing to me…no telling what concussions could do…but again, Joe would be better to give his opinion.
    ================================

    That is an interesting hypothesis. I wonder if he has pursued it. The head injury could have scrambled his rains such that the messages from his optic nerves aren’t reaching or being deciphered by his brain. He might have lost areas of his peripheral vision from the left side. He might be losing the ball in flight for a splict-second, and not realizing it, which could be enough to destroy his timing. Obviously, this is pure speculation, based on about 26 ABs… The more likely possibility is that this is just a slump.
    ————————

    Obviously, we can’t rule out age as a possibility either…

  74. BoJo May 30th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Yup–pure speculation…none of that 50% stuff. We deliver the highest grade speculation on the market today.

    :-)

  75. BoJo May 30th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Have a great rest of holiday!

  76. Wang IS Taiwan May 30th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    MTU — you truly are one heck of a photographer!! I’m the worst, so I really appreciate seeing the beauty that you capture.

    Gotta go to work. Later guys! Enjoy your holiday.

  77. pierceferrisse May 31st, 2011 at 1:32 am

    I read recently that Jeter’s bat speed has been measured at 83 mph. Please comment.

    Pierce

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