Posts Tagged ‘Jorge Posada’

ALDS Game One: Tigers Vs. Yankees Redux

October 1, 2011

Game One of the ALDS was suspended in the middle of the second inning last night due to heavy rain. Jorge Posada will lead off for the Yankees in the bottom of the second with the score knotted up at one a piece. While fans were only treated to less than 30 pitches from aces Justin Verlander and C.C. Sabathia, tonight’s game will resume with another great pitching match-up. Red-hot Doug Fister (11-13, 2.83 ERA) will take the hill for the Tigers. Fister has not lost nor allowed more than one earned run in his last eight starts. They Yankees will counter with Rookie sensation Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70 ERA). Check out how many Earned Runs each pitchers has allowed per week this season.

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With a low chance of precipitation, baseball fans shall be treated to some great October ball at Yankees Stadium this evening.

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The Yanks are Well-Stocked at Catcher

September 6, 2011

Catcher is not currently a position of worry for the Yanks, with Russell Martin being an All-Star this year and Francisco Cervelli a more than capable back-up who plays great defense and gets clutch hits.  Martin has handled a difficult position with class and dignity, as he was signed to replace fan favorite and member of the Yanks ‘Core Four’ Jorge Posada.  He is a main reason why the Yankees are sitting in first with the best record in the American League despite a questionable starting rotation after C.C. Sabathia. Check out his 2011 numbers here:

Home Rune (Blue), RBI (Orange), Errors (Green)

Yet in New York, the future is always now.  Here are three up and coming Yankee catchers who all have a chance to be legitimate stars in the near future.  One of them is contributing in a big way already.

Perhaps the Yankees should be grateful that Seattle did not trade Cliff Lee to them last year after all.  The centerpiece of that aborted trade was Jesus Montero, the top position player prospect in the Yankees organization.  Montero was called up Sept. 1 as part of the expansion of MLB rosters to 40 players.  He is batting .385 with two Home Runs, and has become the Yankees DH against LHP.  The question to ask moving forward is if he will be on the post-season roster at the ripe old age of 21.

Austine Romine and Gary Sanchez are two other promising young catchers in the Yankees system.  Romine is 22 and was just promoted to AAA Scranton after completing the season at AA Trenton.  Expect him to be a Major Leaguer for some team in the future.  Sanchez is only 18 but was one of the most highly coveted players in the Dominican Republic when he signed with the Yankees.  He is a longer term prospect, but some scouts feel he has the most talent of this entire group.

So, do any of these kids have what it takes to replace All-Star Russell Martin or back-up Cervelli?  Time will tell…

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Untouchable Yankees?

August 10, 2011

Last weekend, in the middle of a big series against the Red Sox, Joe Girardi did a courageous thing: He informed Yankee legend, Jorge Posada that his days as even a platoon DH are done.  A .230 batting average with 31 RBIs will not cut it. You simply cannot have sure outs in an AL East lineup and expect to get to the playoffs, let alone progress.

While the Yankees are content with getting little return out of Posada’s $13.1 million contract, they continue to send the struggling A.J. Burnett to the mound. (Burnett is making $16.5 million this season) Since the end of June, Burnett is 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA and appears to be the weakest member of the Yankees’ current six-man starting rotation. Check out how Burnett compares to the five other Yankees’ starters since the end of June:

ERs allowed (Blue) HRs allowed (Orange) & Walks (Green)

However, if the Yankees send Burnett to the bullpen they could damage his psyche even further and risk their investment over the next two years.  Is there a contract that is ‘too big to play’? If you are in the middle of a Pennant Race, the answer has to be a resounding no!

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