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Pitching matchups in Minnesota

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 24, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Tonight
LHP Andy Pettitte (4-3, 2.97)
vs.
RHP Liam Hendriks (1-7, 5.88)
8:10 p.m., YES Network

Tuesday
RHP Phil Hughes (16-12, 4.05)
vs.
RHP Esmerling Vasquez (6-4, 6.75)
8:10 p.m., MY9

Wednesday
LHP CC Sabathia (13-6, 3.47)
vs.
RHP Samuel Deduno (6-5, 4.54)
1:10 p.m., YES Network

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152 Responses to “Pitching matchups in Minnesota”

  1. CountryClub September 24th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Man, look at the pitchers the Twins are throwing out there. The Yankees bats better do some damage.

  2. Yankee Trader September 24th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    YF and Shame-

    You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

  3. Tabbert September 24th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    WOW…. Look at those ERA’s for the twins. No wonder they are not very good. We cant take them lightly though… They do have some pop in that lineup. Also… Ben Revere is a human highlight reel out there.

  4. Tabbert September 24th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I was at the orioles spring training complex a lot this year ( bc its beautiful and easy to snag autographs) and Ben Revere decided it would be a good idea to sign his name literally one inch above Joe Mauer’s. He had a Entire baseball to find free room… but he chose to sign right above Mauer. Oh well. He is a really cool guy and one heck of a ball player. Plus… he just has one of those great baseball names.

  5. bruceb September 24th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Wish Chad hadn’t posted those ERAs. There will no doubt be weeping and gnashing of teeth around the fifth inning when it’s still 1-0. Home runs don’t come cheap at Target Field, even though they’re up this year.

  6. blake September 24th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Ive only heard of one of those pitchers for the Twins…..which coukd be terrible news…..hope not.

  7. MTU September 24th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    All righties.

    That means no Jones.

    Traditionally the Yankees have owned the Twins.

    With names like Liam and Esmerling I’m not so sure.

    How did Samuel sneak in there ?

    :)

  8. Yankee Trader September 24th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Blake-

    I too have no problem going on the road first unless this killer scenario unfolds:

    Yankees and Orioles tie after the last game of the season Oct. 3rd.

    Baltimore, ends of with better division record and gets home field so Yankees take bus after Boston game to Baltimore to play the 4th.

    Yankees lose and have to take a cross country flight after the game to open up for two games in Oakland starting the very next day, the 5th.

    You’ll need 5-6 starters there and an offense able to catch it’s second wind to advance further.

  9. Yankee Trader September 24th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I believe the Tommy John surgery bug decimated the Twins starters earlier in the season.

  10. Yankee Trader September 24th, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Correct that. The Yankees take a cross country flight to Oakland to play one game for the right to advance and play the #1 seed on Sunday the 6th of October.

  11. 86w183 September 24th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Don’t see the Yank busing it from Boston to Baltimore under any circumstances. An acela express charter perhaps, but odds are that they fly.

    A Wild Card play in game out West would be brutal. Then fly somewhere for the Wild Card game and then… if they win twice home? Yech

    Just win the damn division… Mariano Duncan needs to start passing out T-shirts.

    “We Play Today, We Win Today… DASSITT”

  12. Shame Spencer September 24th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Yankee Trader September 24th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    YF and Shame-

    You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

    ————————-

    True story!!

    Any time-table on Tex? I’ve been away a few days and it throws off my news cycle.

    I’m toying with the idea of calling in sick on Wednesday just to watch the game live….

  13. Hassey September 24th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    starting pitching may be the only advantage we have, and hopefully need, to take this series in Minny. They can score (look at their lineup and you’ll know why) and they will be trying to run all over us.

  14. Yankee Trader September 24th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Update on Twins from RABs:

    http://riveraveblues.com/2012/.....ins-76394/

    Monday: LHP Andy Pettitte vs. RHP Liam Hendriks
    Hendriks, 23, has been up-and-down all season and has pitched to a 5.88 ERA (5.38 FIP) in 72 innings. He’s a classic Twins pitcher in that he doesn’t walk anyone (2.88 BB/9 and 7.0 BB%) and doesn’t strike anyone out (5.38 K/9 and 13.2 K%), but he doesn’t get many ground balls either (41.7%). Hendriks is five-pitch pitcher, using two upper-80s/low-90s fastballs (two- and four-seamer) to set up an array of offspeed pitches: low-80s slider, low-80s changeup, low-70s curveball. Lot of separation between those pitches. The Yankees have never faced Hendriks, who has pitched decently against the Royals and Indians the last two times out.

  15. Yankee Trader September 24th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I heard the earliest on Tex might be when the Yankees come back to NY for the 3 vs Boston.

  16. Shame Spencer September 24th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Yankee Trader September 24th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I heard the earliest on Tex might be when the Yankees come back to NY for the 3 vs Boston.
    ————–

    It’s what I figured.. if Tex can’t make it back, who plays 1st in our PS lineup? I’d like it to be Chavy, but I’m sure Uncle Joe will mix and match… Thoughts?

  17. MTU September 24th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    YT-

    The only person I like whose name is Liam is an actor.

    As for this imposter……

    To the dungeon with him.

    And then off with his head.

    ;)

  18. Yankee Trader September 24th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Tuesday: RHP Phil Hughes vs. RHP Esmerling Vazquez
    A former reliever with the Diamondbacks turned starter for the Twins, the 28-year-old Vazquez has pitched to a 6.75 ERA (5.36 FIP) in four starts and 20 innings since being recalled. He’s walked 15 and struck out just eight in that time with a 31.8% ground ball rate. Vazquez is offspeed heavy, throwing his low-90s four-seamer and sinker just ~45% of the time. A low-80s changeup is his top offspeed pitch, and he’ll also mix in a mid-70s curveball. The Yankees scored five runs in zero innings (!) against Vazquez back when he was pitching out of the Arizona bullpen, but otherwise they haven’t seen him. They’ll also be the first above-average team he faces as a starter after four games against the dregs of the AL Central.

  19. Yankee Trader September 24th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    And last but not least Pitcher #3 from the above attached article covering the Twins offense and bullpen also:

    Wednesday: LHP CC Sabathia vs. RHP Sam Deduno
    Deduno, 29, has made 14 serviceable starts since being recalled from Triple-A at midseason (4.54 ERA and 5.54 FIP) in 77.1 innings. He gets a ton of ground balls (57.9%) and won’t miss a ton of bats (6.40 K/9 and 16.1 K%), typical Twins stuff, but he will walk himself into trouble (5.94 BB/9 and 15.0 BB%). Deduno sits right around 90 with two fastballs (four-seamer and cutter), and will throw his hard, low-80s curveball almost one-third of the time. A low-80s changeup is a distant third offering. He makes it three starters the Yankees have never faced before, for all intents and purposes.

  20. MTU September 24th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    What. No Verlander. No Kershaw. No Halladay.

    Talk about teeing it up for us.

    :)

  21. Warning Track Power September 24th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Thrilled the Yankees were able to take 2 of 3 over weekend.

    Not so thrilled with Nunez and his poor defense. If there was a player on this team that was destined to DH and never wear a glove again, Nunez is that person.
    Very frustrating because he has a lot of talent as a hitter/base runner, but he is a HUGE liability at SS. There is no way around that fact.

  22. 86w183 September 24th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Of course they should sweep this series. But the Twins just took two from the Tigers so who knowz?

  23. Yankee Trader September 24th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Shame-

    I don’t want to think about the scenario if Tex can’t make it back for the postseason.

    As long as I don’t see Smiley Jones except maybe sitting at the end of the bench high fiving Cano after he leads the Yankees to victory in the postseason. :)

  24. MTU September 24th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    86-

    The Yankees have destiny in their own hands.

    What they make of it is up to them.

    Certainly should help when you are facing weak Pitching.

    :)

  25. Madrugador September 24th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Look a little deeper.
    This team has always had trouble with a pitcher they have never seen before and Hendriks with his bad record and poor ERA pitched very well in his last two starts where he got his first win.
    Past performance does not predict future outcomes.

  26. 86w183 September 24th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    MTU —-

    Hope they become a team of destiny rather than density

  27. MTU September 24th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    YT-

    Jones will be working on his balloon collection in between shots on the N2O bottle.

  28. MTU September 24th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    86-

    That line is thick with sarcasm.

    ;)

  29. Hassey September 24th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    If their destiny is in their own hands, who decides which player actually HOLDS the destiny?

  30. Mike Ri September 24th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Just like to take a second and wish my Fantasy Baseball team good luck in the Championship series this week…….

    Im counting on Jeter Arod Ichiro and Hughes to help bring the title back to me !!!

  31. Yankee Trader September 24th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    MTU and crew-

    Maybe the Yankees are getting more info on the 3 pitcher’s they’ll face and not just getting it from the RAB’s article posted a short while ago. :)

  32. Tabbert September 24th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I am ready for the Blue Jays Game to start at 3. Going to be rooting for them in the worst way to pull out the W.

  33. MTU September 24th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    If the Yankees can’t polish of this trio they should be hung by their collective thumbs.

    That said, you can never predict baseball.

    ;)

  34. MTU September 24th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Two women’s names you really gotta love are “Destiny”, and “Splendor”.

    I like “Paloma” too.

    :)

  35. Yankee Trader September 24th, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    If their destiny is in their own hands, who decides which player actually HOLDS the destiny?
    ———————————-

    If as 86w183 mentioned it’s a team of DENSITY, then that would be CC Sabathia who holds the key to their DESTINY because……………………….

    Density equals mass divided by volume.

    Am I correct? :)

  36. MTU September 24th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    YT-

    Absolutely.

    In this World as well as in the next.

    ;)

  37. Yankee Trader September 24th, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    MTU

    Paloma?

    Ah the Name Game:

    Put in your names:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeF7jqf0GU4

  38. MTU September 24th, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    YT-

    Yeah. I kinda dig those romantic sounding Spanish names.

    “Esperanza” is another example.

    I think it means “hope”.

    As in, I “hope” I get a date with her.

    :)

  39. The Genius Maker September 24th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I am pretty excited if Gardner can swing the bat well

    My recent Yankee blogs
    http://stevewigdor.blogspot.com/

  40. MTU September 24th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    GM-

    That would be an interesting development but I kinda doubt they’ll actually let him do it.

  41. CountryClub September 24th, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    There was a little discussion on this board last week about what their record needed to be over the final 14 games. I was one of the people saying they needed to go 11-3 to win the division. So now they need to go 8-2 (since they’ve already won 3 of 4). IMO, they need to win all 3 remaining series and they need to sweep 1 of them. I think this Twins series would make the most sense if you were hoping for a sweep.

  42. Yankee Trader September 24th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    MTU-

    LMAO!!! :)

    Hope, Hope, bo Hope
    Banana fana fo Fope
    ………………

  43. MTU September 24th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    CC-

    IMO you’re setting the bar kinda high.

    Hope they don’t let you down.

  44. Shame Spencer September 24th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    It’d be awesome if he could bat… but you wonder what you’d really get from him at this point. If he really is 100%, that would have to be the biggest fear – just the general rust. I’d imagine he’d have a hard time adjusting to the big league pitching in such a short span. Getting the timing down, etc. Tough to ask that of him, but I’d be thrilled to see Gardner again. Anything that keeps Jones away from…. any position on the field.

  45. MTU September 24th, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Well at least Girardi won’t get to take his foot off the accelerator this time.

    :)

  46. tomingeorgia September 24th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Mr. MTU,
    A woman named “Destiny” would scare the hell out of me. I’d be destined to what?

  47. Yankee Trader September 24th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Genius-

    Long time no hear!

    A number of players have suffered thumb injuries and even a broken wrist this year from the head first slide.

    Even if Gardner can swing a bat, I’m concerned not only of reinjury, or worse yet of a new injury.

    Do you take both Ichiro and Gardner, add Nunez as DH/late inning speed and drop Jones?

  48. MTU September 24th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Mister Tom-

    You just need to think more romantically and watch more old movies.

    :)

  49. The Genius Maker September 24th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Our offense is going to have to get better for us to win. the bullpen is a little shakier than in the past and our starting pitching is as well evenif we can throw a competent starter every day. CC is not the normal ace and Kuroda has struggled of late. Granderson, Cano, Jeter and The extra guys have all been struggling. It would be nice if we got something out of Pearce, Mcgahee or Jones. Ibanez had the huge game, but he had been awful before that. Of course having a good hitting/fielding tex would be important as well.

    Dominate the weaker teams and lock up the division and then hope it all comes together

  50. Yankee Trader September 24th, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Genius-

    Would be great if they could entice Larry Bowa to come back from TV to be a coach with the Yankees again.

  51. MTU September 24th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Fortunately, this isn’t the Yankees first rodeo.

    :)

  52. Yankee Trader September 24th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Braves center fielder Michael Bourn woke Sunday with a sore and swollen left thumb, after not taking his own advice regarding head-first slides.

    http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-b.....raves_blog

  53. MTU September 24th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    YT-

    If he’s hurt that thumb he lost his “identity”.

    :)

  54. Warning Track Power September 24th, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Madrugador September 24th, 2012 at 1:01 pm
    Look a little deeper.
    This team has always had trouble with a pitcher they have never seen before and Hendriks with his bad record and poor ERA pitched very well in his last two starts where he got his first win.
    Past performance does not predict future outcomes.

    ———————————————————————————————————
    That is false. The Yankees once had a very poor record against “new pitchers”, but that has been rectified. I don’t have the stats with me, but what used to be a problem is no longer
    such a problem.

  55. The Genius Maker September 24th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Hey YT! I have been posting in my blog the last days, but haven’t made it to the board much of late. The answer is I would definitely take Gardner even if he can’t hit. It also means you don’t need Nunez because you have enough pinch runners. I would probably take Nix just in case we get an injury; I just can’t watch Nunez in the field anymore. Nix has played as well as we could hope and done a pretty good job defensively wherever he plays. I would not keep Mcgahee or Pearce which might mean we keep Jones. I am not opposed to dropping him though but I need to see the matchups and also how people finish up. Tex being back also would help (I really wish the Yanks didn’t mess up and bring him back to soon; that was a huge mistake. I can see Swisher DH’ing against righties if Ichiro is still hot, Gardner can hit and Tex is back. That would leave Chavez as the off man out. Against righties, we probably will want to sit Gardner or Ichiro (and maybe even Granderson if he doesn’t get going – his OPS is down to only .802 as his 2nd half has only been .727)

  56. MTU September 24th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Who said deserts can’t be beautiful or interesting ?

    https://picasaweb.google.com/109721757058432487394/TheSecretPLACE?authkey=Gv1sRgCJzmxeLw1YneSg#

    :)

  57. The Genius Maker September 24th, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I am not worried about new pitchers; I am worried about our guys getting quality AB’s and if they do they will beat poor pitchers.

    And yes YT, I would love to have Larry Bowa back (I think Cano liked him as well)

  58. MTU September 24th, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Replace Girardi with Bowa.

    :)

  59. Yankee Trader September 24th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    MTU-

    Would need to lose both thumbs. Is there a future for retinal scanning?

  60. The Genius Maker September 24th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    As for Gardner, I would not be worried about long term issues if he hits. Either he can or he can’t. But even just a pinch runner and a defensive replacement is very valuable and he could always try and bunt frequently. He is by far our best defensive OF. Granderson in CF is close but Garnder has better range and a slightly better arm. On the corners, Ichiro is not as fast as he used to be, in fact he has slowed a decent amount, but Ibanez and Jones have turned a lot of outs into hits (even the ones you don’t realize)

  61. MTU September 24th, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    YT-

    Facial recognition is where it’s at.

    Just ask your Federal Gov’t.

    ;)

  62. CountryClub September 24th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    MTU,

    I’m not saying that’s what I expect them to do. Rather, I think that’s what they need to do if they want to win the division (or at least stay out of a tie).

  63. MTU September 24th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Time to get some lunch.

    Catch you dudes and dudettes later.

    :)

  64. 86w183 September 24th, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I’ve always considered Desserts to be beautiful and interesting

  65. MTU September 24th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    CC-

    That’s gonna be tough.

    Let’s see what they’ve got.

  66. Yankee Trader September 24th, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Genius-

    You meant against lefties, sit Gardner, or Ichiro. I don’t want to see Nunez in the field either. In all fairness he didn’t have time to get much needed playing time at SS in AAA, because he had the dreaded “thumb” Injury.

    Would rather they keep him as another right-handed bat to DH on occasion and pinch hit/run.

    There are no match-ups left in which I would consider adding Jones, as he has done ‘Squat”-no offense Jack-since that weekend early in July in Fenway..

  67. MTU September 24th, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    86-

    And fattening.

    Later.

    ;)

  68. 86w183 September 24th, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    A waist is a terrible thing to mind!

  69. The Genius Maker September 24th, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    oops, yes, against lefties is what it should have said. Sorry about that

  70. Yankee Trader September 24th, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    MTU-

    Before you go, I saw the great photos. Nice Tarantula. Do you get any black widow spiders, and do you turn them over to make sure they have hourglasses on their abdomens?

    Enjoy lunch. I’ll be going soon, also.

  71. blake September 24th, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    If Gardner can play and hit Id go Gardner, Granderson, Ichiro in the outfield with Swisher at DH vs RHP in the post season…..even if Gardner is rusty offensively he couldnt be much worse than the alternatives and obviously youd have a lot better defense. (This is also assuming Tex can play )

  72. UnKnown September 24th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Key to these last 10 games is to get ahead early. These lesser teams will become very disinterested if they fall behind early.

    Let a team like the Twins hang around till late and they will sense a chance to spoil things and be tough to beat all of a sudden.

  73. Yankee Trader September 24th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    86w183-

    A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory!

    I have to go so I fully expect the Yankees to win the division during the last series vs Boston at home.

    I think the other teams in will be the Tigers, Rangers, Orioles and the A’s will hold off the Angels for the WC.

    Just my 2 cents subject to change at any time;)

    Have a great day everyone and….

    Go Yankees-Score early and often!!

  74. Tabbert September 24th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I would sure love to watch a Orioles vs Tigers elimination wild card game. It would bring me so much joy. I hate the tigers very much because of last year and I don’t need to explain my displeasure with the orioles.

  75. Don September 24th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Nunie was traded this winter.

  76. The Genius Maker September 24th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Agreed Blake. His defense is worth one base every other game (Gardner). We will be a little susceptible against lefties with all of our righties stinking against them. I can;t believe we have nobody in the organization who is a lefty killer

  77. blake September 24th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    “I would sure love to watch a Orioles vs Tigers elimination wild card game.”

    The Tigers are a lot closer to winning the central than they are the WC…..they are 4.5 games back for the 2nd WC and only 1 game back in the division so its unfortunately much more likely that theyll stroll right in to the ALDS while a team with a much better record is rewarded by playing a one game WC round.

  78. blake September 24th, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    “I can;t believe we have nobody in the organization who is a lefty killer”

    Well we had one…..nah I dont want to go there…dont have the energy today.

    Id DH Nunez and play ichiro, Granderson, Swisher in the outfield vs LHP

  79. Against All Odds September 24th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Don September 24th, 2012 at 2:19 pm
    I wouldn’t be surprised if Nunie was traded this winter.

    —————

    If he’s in a package that brings back Upton I’m all for it.

  80. Against All Odds September 24th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Well we had one…..nah I dont want to go there…dont have the energy today.

    ——————

    I do :)

  81. The Genius Maker September 24th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Nunez is a very good trade candidate to a team that will just throw him at SS every day. The Yanks could do that for one more year in the minors until jeter is ready to move out, but I am not sure they will

  82. blake September 24th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Postseason lineups in everyone is healthy and Gardner and Tex can both play.

    RHP

    Jeter SS
    Ichiro RF
    Cano 2B
    Arod 3B
    Tex 1B
    Swisher DH
    Granderson CF
    Martin C
    Garnder LF

    LHP

    Jeter SS
    Swisher RF
    Arod 3B
    Tex 1B
    Cano 2B
    Martin C
    Granderson CF
    Nunez DH
    Ichiro LF

  83. Warning Track Power September 24th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I wonder what the latest on Feliciano is? There was talk earlier this summer that he
    was pitching again and potentially a call-up very late this month.
    Well it’s the 24th of the month with 10 games remaining.

  84. Tabbert September 24th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    blake- That’s true. Not really sure what i was thinking… obviously the tigers only way in would be to win the Central. But.. it sure would be great to watch that game. Lol

  85. jacksquat September 24th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I like those lineups Blake. But Girardi might go with Ibanez at DH vs rhp (Swisher RF, Ichiro LF) even if Gardner is healthy.

    I have not heard of a single one of those Twins pitchers. You would think the Yankees should pound them.

  86. The Genius Maker September 24th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    It is not like Nunez is a great offensive player (.674 OPS this year). he is at least somewhat respectable .776 against lefties

  87. Tabbert September 24th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I REALLY wish we could pry Ben Revere away from the twins. That guy gets no love. He is far more exciting to watch in the outfield than mike trout. Also… for anyone who thinks trout catch was amazing…. Ben Revere puts on quite the show too.

    Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqQEGtvQ1Es

  88. Warning Track Power September 24th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Does anybody else agree with me regarding the Tigers or White Sox?

    IMO, the team to fear the most are the Tigers.
    #1-Cabrera
    #2-The Tigers starting staff has the ability to shut down any team in the playoffs for
    5 games or 7 games

    Maybe I’m not very familiar with the White Sox, but that team does not put the fear in me
    like the Tigers do against Yankees

  89. blake September 24th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    “It is not like Nunez is a great offensive player (.674 OPS this year). he is at least somewhat respectable .776 against lefties”

    Yes….hes not Mike Trout or anything….but hes better than rhe alternatives

  90. UnKnown September 24th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    WTP – Agree 100%

    I will pass on playing Leyland this year for sure. I have the Tigers as the team I least want to see not only from the Central but from the entire AL.

    That is why the 1 seed would be great because then no matter who wins the Central the Yankees wouldn’t face them till the ALCS if even at all.

  91. Tabbert September 24th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Warning Track-

    The Tigers concern me way more than the white sox, no doubt. I also want no part of Miggy Or Prince hitting in Yankee Stadium. That being said… Fister is not nearly as good as we saw him for the stretch run last year. Outside of Verlander… they don’t really scare me. But… I would much rather face the white sox… whom ironically have better starting pitching and a potent lineup.

  92. bruceb September 24th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I’ve always believed the Tigers would finish ahead of the White Sox…and still do. Not because the Tigers are that great, just because I believe in their pitching more than I do the White Sox’s.

    Angels just obliterated the White Sox. Too late to win the AL West but I still think they will pass the As, who are no more than an average team with good pitching and a weak lineup.

    Fact that the Yankees couldn’t win one game against them in regular innings – at home or away – doesn’t augur well for our chances the rest of the way.

  93. blake September 24th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Chris Sale isnt Verlander but hes pretty darn good…..I do agree that the Tigers are more dangerous and I do think theyll win the central

  94. jacksquat September 24th, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Hitting in September:

    Ichiro: .424 .452 .593 1.045

    Martin: .246 .358 .491 .849

    Jeter: .333 .389 .391 .780

    Arod: .273 .326 .416 .741

    Cano: .235 .340 .395 .735

    Granderson: .190 .264 .460 .724

    Swisher: .208 .322 .325 .647

    ————————————————–

    Ibanez: .188 .297 .500 .797 (37 PA)

    Nix: .207 .343 .310 .653 (40 PA)

    Stewart: .154 .353 .231 .584 (17 PA)

    Nunez: .207 .226 .345 .571 (31 PA)

    Chavez: .167 .235 .233 .469 (34 PA)

    Jones: .115 .314 .115 .430 (35 PA)

  95. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Nunez has had only 80 bats. I wouldn’t really consider him a .674 OPS player.
    _____
    Blake, Odds: He murders LHP.

  96. Tabbert September 24th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    uh bruce-

    I hope your joking about The A’s offense. That team has fire power. Cespedes and reddick are a pretty lethal combo. Not to mention that they have POP from several other players like carter, gomes, moss, and smith. Yea.. its not a ELITE offense… but they cant put up runs in bunches. oh.. and they have a outstanding rotation.

  97. jacksquat September 24th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    TwinsOWNstankees

    That handle looks similar to another… switched from O’s to Twins now, eh?

  98. Tabbert September 24th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Baseball teams should just be happy that the A’s Lost Mccarthy, and Brett Anderson. This A’s team is the real deal. This isn’t a one and done type thing. That rotation is going to be one of the best young cores in all of baseball for years to come. This team is already reminding me of a young Mulder, Hudson, Zito, Chavez, Giambi, Team.

  99. Shame Spencer September 24th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    How good one is against LHP is only measured on our team by how much better they are than Andruw Jones. Using that criteria, Nunez is basically a rockstar.

    Watching Cespedes play has made me absolutely sick all year.

    Passing in him was unequivocally a mistake by a ball club like the Yanks.

  100. Shame Spencer September 24th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Passing on him*

    UGH.

  101. bruceb September 24th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Tabbert, Cespedes and Roddick are outstanding young talents but the A’s offense cannot be compared with teams like the Rangers, Angels, Tigers – or even the Yankees. A tough series, three good games and two vital walk-off wins. I would have taken 2-1 on Friday afternoon but the fact that the Yanks couldn’t beat the A’s in regular innings in seven attempts concerns me greatly.

  102. TwinsOWNstankees September 24th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Actually, Roddick is just an over the hill tennis player… I thought Stankee fans were supposed to be knowledgeable…

  103. Warning Track Power September 24th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    UnKnown September 24th, 2012 at 2:58 pm
    WTP – Agree 100%

    I will pass on playing Leyland this year for sure. I have the Tigers as the team I least want to see not only from the Central but from the entire AL.

    That is why the 1 seed would be great because then no matter who wins the Central the Yankees wouldn’t face them till the ALCS if even at all.
    ——————————————————————————————————–
    Guess I am not alone on this subject.
    Could be the WS have better overall pitching and a better overall lineup compared to the WS, but Leyland & his team still scare me to no end.

  104. jacksquat September 24th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Twins have the worst pitching WAR in baseball (5.0)

    Yankees are 7th

    A’s are 11th

    http://www.fangraphs.com/leade.....;players=0

  105. Tabbert September 24th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    What scares me more than the tigers, rangers, a’s, orioles, is not winning the east and being forced to play this 1 game elimination game. As long as we don’t have to play in that game, i will be okay with whoever we play.

  106. Warning Track Power September 24th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Jack
    Let’s hope that trend continues.
    The Twins played 2 games yesterday.
    Even though the games were at home, they should be tired and ripe for
    the picking tonight.

  107. Warning Track Power September 24th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    bruceb September 24th, 2012 at 3:23 pm
    I would have taken 2-1 on Friday afternoon but the fact that the Yanks couldn’t beat the A’s in regular innings in seven attempts concerns me greatly.
    ————————————————————————————————–
    Bruce
    I think you’re making something out of nothing. The a’s are no slouch this year and for whatever reason, they seem to play very well vs. Yankees.
    Every seasons there is a team or two that plays the Yankees tough, despite being a severe mis-match on paper.
    Wins are wins.
    I don’t care if the game is decided by 1 run or is a blowout after the 5th.

  108. Tabbert September 24th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    The A’s only trailed the rangers by 1 game in the division like a week ago…. they are LEGIT. Winning 2 of 3 from them is damn good. No way the angels catch them in my mind.

  109. bruceb September 24th, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    WTP

    The point I’m trying to make (and clearly failing to do so) is that the 2012 Yankees are not good enough for anyone to assume they are going to roll over a bad team or overcome a good one on any given day.

    I hear Francesa on the radio right now saying nonchalantly that he expects the Yanks to go 6-1 over the next seven games. Quite frankly, I’ll be amazed if that happens. And I’ll wager that if it does, at least two of the games will be decided by one run.

  110. TwinsOWNstankees September 24th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    It’s gonna be tough going 6-1 considering the fact that we are sweeping you out of Minny.

  111. RayVT September 24th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I think the A’s play 7 games against Texas. Texas also has 3 games against the Angels. Could be a photo finish.

  112. RayVT September 24th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    What would be cool, would be Texas, Angels & A’s all end up tied. (3-way) with a playoff.

  113. TwinsOWNstankees September 24th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Anyone else going to the game tonight?

  114. bruceb September 24th, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    abbert September 24th, 2012 at 3:35 pm
    The A’s only trailed the rangers by 1 game in the division like a week ago…. they are LEGIT. Winning 2 of 3 from them is damn good. No way the angels catch them in my mind.

    The A’s are much improved this year and a team for the future but they’re not ready to win the World Series this year. Let’s see how they get on against the Rangers (who they face seven times in their last 10 games) before calling them legit. To me, they’re still pretenders right now.

  115. blake September 24th, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    “It’s gonna be tough going 6-1 considering the fact that we are sweeping you out of Minny.”

    I thought you were an Orioles fan?

  116. Warning Track Power September 24th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Bruce
    I see what you’re trying to say. There is no team in the AL that is good enough to roll over
    bad teams or overcome a good team on any given day.
    There is not AL team that is 30 games or more over .500.
    The NL has two(Washington and Cincy)

  117. TwinsOWNstankees September 24th, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Ummm…..

    Why have 2 of you said that?

    I feel like its pretty obvious by my ID that I am a Twins fan through and through.

    I guess NY school are really slipping, can’t say I am shocked.

  118. Against All Odds September 24th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I wonder if this person is even a fan of either team or just a Yankee fan looking to have fun.

  119. Shame Spencer September 24th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    We need to win every series. We just need to win all of ‘em… a sweep would be nice, but I’m hoping just winning all of them will be enough.

  120. bruceb September 24th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    TwinsOWNstankees (yeah, seriously?)

    Why don’t you go stick your head up a dead bear’s bum you ass wipe? Had enough of your inane comments last week when posing as an Orioles fans without you contaminating this blog this week with your inane boasts and non-factual ravings. Go out and get a life.

  121. UnKnown September 24th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Anyone else going to the game tonight?

    ———

    I’ll be there. Meet me by the Kirby Puckett statue. I will let you buy me a Murray’s Steak Sandwich, some Cheese Curds, and Fried Pickles. Haha.

  122. TwinsOWNstankees September 24th, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Unknown,

    Sorry bud, I was just curious, not looking for a date.

    Gross…

  123. Tabbert September 24th, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Who is ready to win the world series then? The cardinals were fueled by a young stud last year that carried them to the world series, the giants relied on a young pitching staff to win them the world series, the rays made it to the world series in 2008.

    I guess i don’t understand what you mean when you say they aren’t ready to win. Who are you or anyone for that matter to decide when its time for someone to win? Its a tournament… ANYONE can win. They have stud starters, a very good bullpen, and have been tops in the majors in homers the second half of the season i believe. So.. to recap: They have a good rotation, bullpen, and offense…. but apparently they cant win because they aren’t ready.

    What about when the rangers beat us in the ALCS? They had never been there, or done that. So… they weren’t ready to win yet. By using your logic… it wont ever be time for Anyone new to ever win because they haven’t ever won before. Heck.. why even have a tournament? Lets just give the team with the most experience and past success the title… because the other teams aren’t ready yet, or its not their time yet.

  124. UnKnown September 24th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Aardsma might be in the house tonight.

    http://twitter.com/TheDA53/sta.....41/photo/1

  125. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Thinking Jays may be able to stop the O’s. Game on at 4 and I’ll be watching.

    Look out for all non-contending team to play role of spoiler. Those teams can play loose as a goose now.

  126. UnKnown September 24th, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Unknown,

    Sorry bud, I was just curious, not looking for a date.

    Gross…

    ——-

    Shoot you got me. LOL.

  127. UnKnown September 24th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    “Since May of 2001, Pettitte is undefeated against the Twins in 11 starts. Combining the regular season and postseason, Pettitte is 9-0 with a 2.74 ERA. If you push the date back to 1999, Pettitte is 12-1 with a 2.51 ERA, having held Minnesota to three or fewer runs in all but three of his 16 starts.”

    Per Marchand

  128. Tabbert September 24th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Trisha-

    I will be watching the Jays game at 3 as well. Actually i will be watching both of these games tonight and every orioles game the rest of the season. This is what makes baseball so great… I will be watching the Yankees on Tv, Watching the orioles on the laptop, and following whats going on in the Central and West on the Ipad with MlB at bat. I wont be able sleep all week because of how nervous/ exciting this final week is.

  129. Tabbert September 24th, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Ichiro won AL player of the week!

  130. bruceb September 24th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I guess i don’t understand what you mean when you say they aren’t ready to win. Who are you or anyone for that matter to decide when its time for someone to win?

    Calm down. It’s only an opinion. That’s what we do here…express them.

  131. pat September 24th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    YankeesWFAN

    On Sunday David Aardsma tweeted that “big day tomorrow” and today he tweeted picture of Target Field. 2+2=back in the majors? @DA53.

  132. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Tab – I’m watching right along with you (while playing Rapunzel online with my niece, my phone to her phone. :( )

    I’m predicting our Yanks end up the season at least 3 games ahead of the O’s.

    :)

  133. Tabbert September 24th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    back to back walks for the jays to start the inning! Yes… colby rasmus just drew a walk. Got a good feeling about this game!!!

  134. tomingeorgia September 24th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    trisha,
    Go, Jays! We have to win tonight, even so. Damn, I love it! Let’s go, Yankees.

  135. Tabbert September 24th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    spoke to soon… forgot how bad the blue jays hitters are. Rajai Davis batting 5th?! Yea.. orioles will win all four.

  136. charlestonchew September 24th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I think with Kuroda’s recent struggles that Phil Hughes will be starting Game 2 of the ALDS, given that he continues to pitch well in his next starts and that Kuroda doesn’t turn in dominating performances. It’s certainly a possibility. We’ll have to see how it plays out.

    CC, Hughes, Pettitte, Kuroda
    CC, Kuroda, Hughes, Pettitte
    CC, Hughes, Kuroda, Pettitte
    CC, Pettitte, Hughes, Kuroda
    CC, Pettitte, Kuroda, Hughes.

    What will Girardi do? Hmmmmm.

  137. TwinsOWNstankees September 24th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Love how scared the Yankee fans are of the little O’s.

    We are gonna sweep you, O’s take 3 of 4, Yanks lose division and win WC, and CHOKE yet again in the first round. Just this year the choke will be in the WC first round instead of the ALDS first round in previous years.

    Go Twins!!!

  138. mick September 24th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Aardsma might be in the house tonight.
    ===========================
    Only if he can tweet from the bullpen.

  139. TwinsOWNstankees September 24th, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    You Yankee fans should be happy the WC playoff is only 1 game. At least this years CHOKE will be quicker than usual.

  140. TwinsOWNstankees September 24th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Chew,

    Doesn’t matter, Yanks aren’t making it to the ALDS.

  141. Warning Track Power September 24th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Hoping the Jays can win at least 1 game tonight in the DH vs O’s

  142. mick September 24th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    CC, Pettitte, Kuroda, Hughes.
    ===================
    andy’s turn is next Thurs.
    wouldn’t want him to wait till game 3 on Tues.
    Sunday is long enough
    Unless he throws a sim on Thurs.

  143. Tabbert September 24th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Bruce-

    I am calm. But your claiming that Its not the A’s time… my question is, when will it be their time then?

    No one ever thought the rays would make it to the world series in 2008… It wasn’t their time. They proved everyone wrong.

    Oakland Has proved over 150+ games that they are legit. This isn’t a hot team in may…. were talking about a team that is contending with the world series favorite rangers in the west and have been doing so all year!

  144. UnKnown September 24th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    http://twitter.com/M_Marakovit.....52/photo/1

    ——-

    Takes a big stick to go yard here.

  145. TwinsOWNstankees September 24th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Considering how bad the Yankee pitching is though, Girardi might have to use all 4 of those pitchers in the WC playoff game alone. I guess you/he does need to decide the order in which he will use them out of desperation in the WC game.

  146. Tabbert September 24th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I believe that andy is our best road starter. Still very upset that joe elected to start hughes in game 2 of the ALCS instead of Andy… but oh well. Anyways.. i trust andy more than anyone else on our staff to take care of business on the road.

  147. Tabbert September 24th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Every time i see target field… I think of Berkman Going DEEEEEEP to left! and Grandy hitting that shot off the wall to right. Ah that was a fun game.

  148. ctyankeefan. September 24th, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Shame the twins wont be making the playoffs this year (or anytime soon). Im sure the Yanks miss meeting them there.

  149. mick September 24th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    hughes and Kuroda should really pitch at home.

  150. bruceb September 24th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Tabbert, stranger things have happened. I admire the A’s for what they have done this season with a limited budget. They’ve made themselves a very tough team to beat (particularly for the Yankees). But would I rather meet them than the Rangers or Angels in the play-offs? Absolutely.

  151. randy l. September 24th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    “hughes and Kuroda should really pitch at home.”

    kuroda?

    isn’t he going to be demoted to the bullpen?

    i’d be worried and basically scared to death if girardi started him.

    it’s just a matter of time before he realizes he’s not in the national league anymore.

    plus he has been karma. something about not being patient with some waiter. i might have that mixed up though.

  152. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    “spoke to soon… forgot how bad the blue jays hitters are. Rajai Davis batting 5th?! Yea.. orioles will win all four.”

    Patience, dear Tab! They’ll get it done. We have 6 good innings for it to happen!

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