Yankees vs. Rangers Pitching Preview

Monday
NYY: Chamberlain (4-3, 2.24 ERA)
TEX: Padilla (12-5, 4.52 ERA)

Tuesday
NYY: Pettitte (12-8, 4.18 ERA)
TEX: Harrison (2-2, 7.40 ERA)

Wednesday
NYY: Ponson (6-2, 4.23 ERA)
TEX: Hunter (0-0, 10.80 ERA)

Thursday
NYY: Mussina (14-7, 3.44 ERA)
TEX: Feldman (4-4, 4.97 ERA)

SOME QUICK NOTES FROM ANALYST OLD CURRY BASTARD:
You probably don't hear much about the Rangers..due to the fact that the Angels are running away with the AL West Division.

The Rangers have played well enough...to atleast put them in wild card consideration (they are currently 6 games back in the wild card race)

Here's what the yankees have done against Rangers so far this season

6/30 Lost 2-1. Yanks waste a solid outing from Mussina..and can only muster 1 run (AROD HOMER)

7/1 Another LOSS! 2-3 . Mariano entered a tie game in the 9th..and allowed the go ahead run to score.

7/2 In true 2008 yankee fashion..the yankees decide to score all their runs in one game. YANKEES WON 18-7!!!! (Giambi hit a grandslam, AROD 3 run blast...YANKS SCORED 9 times in the 7th inning)

Now had they just scored that many runs over the entire series they would have swept the Rangers


Huge win today. Nady rallies the troops

Yankees win 14-9

Xavier Nady went 4-5 with a HR and 6 RBI's today.

Since joining the Yankees, he has gone 10-26.


Andy runs out of gas and has a terrible outing

5.1 INN, 11 HA, 3 BBI, 4 K, 9 ER, 15.188 ERA, 2.625 WHIP, L

Yankees 6 Angels 12

This series is not going to be easy.


Yanks vs. Angels Pitching Preview

Thursday
LAA: Garland (9-6, 4.30 ERA)
NYY: Pettitte (12-7, 3.76 ERA)

Friday
LAA: Santana (11-5, 3.57 ERA)
NYY: Ponson (6-2, 4.59 ERA)

Saturday
LAA: Weaver (9-8, 4.11 ERA)
NYY: Mussina (13-7, 3.56 ERA)

Sunday
LAA: Lackey (9-2, 2.93 ERA)
NYY: Rasner (5-8, 4.92 ERA)


Deal or No Deal.. Cash making some moves and we like em

The Trade Deadline is approaching

So far the Yankees have acquired:
Xavier Nady
Damaso Marte
Pudge Rodriguez

A starting pitcher would be nice. We will see.


Yanks get Pudge


The New York Yankees have found a replacement for Jorge Posada.

New York acquired catcher Ivan Rodriguez from the Tigers on Wednesday for right-handed pitcher Kyle Farnsworth.

Rodriguez, who is in the final year of his contract, waived his no-trade clause to join the Yankees, sources told ESPN.com.

"He's hitting over .290 I believe and he's been hot so we're looking forward to having him," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after New York's 13-3 rout of the Orioles on Wednesday.

Farnsworth played for the Tigers in 2005. (Source)


The Birds got the best of Betemit as he went 0-5

The Yankees dropped their third in a row after an eight-game winning streak. They fell to four games behind the first-place Rays.

"It's frustrating," said Alex Rodriguez, who struck out in the ninth inning as the potential tying run when the Yankees were down three. "That's a game that we need right there and we have to have."

Darrell Rasner, perhaps pitching for his rotation spot before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline, was the losing pitcher. But Damaso Marte, who the Yankees picked up from Pittsburgh on Saturday, was the real culprit in his third Yankees appearance.

Rasner (5-8, 4.92 ERA) went six innings plus two batters and was charged with four runs. Marte allowed a three-run double to lefty-hitting Aubrey Huff and an RBI double to Melvin Mora in the Orioles' four-run seventh. Those runs turned a 2-1 lead into a 6-1 cushion, which really hurt when the Yankees rallied in the final two innings.

Yankees 6 O's 7 (Box Score)


I hope the Yankees don't keep on sliding.

Picture of Yankees 4th Outfielder Melky Cabrera

Yankees lose 2 in a row.


Posada opts for season ending surgery. " Hip Hip Jorge everybody "

NEW YORK (AP) -- If the New York Yankees are going to earn a 14th consecutive playoff berth, they'll have to do it without Jorge Posada.

The five-time All-Star catcher will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, ending his attempt to return to the lineup for New York's postseason push.

Posada has struggled with shoulder pain most of the season, weakening his throws and limiting his playing time behind the plate. Sports Illustrated


YANKS ACQUIRE THE X-MAN


The Yankees have acquired outfielder Xavier Nady and left-handed reliever Damaso Marte from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for four Minor League prospects -- right-hander Ross Ohlendorf, outfielder Jose Tabata, right-hander George Kontos and lefty Phil Coke.

Nady was having his best year ever with the Pirates.
.323 AVG
51 R
13 HR
57 RBI

I've seen Nady play a bunch with all-the time he spent with the mets in 2006. He definetely displayed power and some cluth abilities. He crushes left handed pitching. But don't expect him to walk much. He can play all three outfield positions. This will help the yankees out a bunch.

FROM BASEBALL INTELLECT.COM
"With Hideki Matsui out for the year and Jorge Posada's health this season in doubt, the Yankees' lack of depth has been exposed recently. Brett Gardner, Wilson Betemit, Richie Sexson, Shelley Duncan...all have been have been used as options and not one has worked out (though to be fair, Sexson has only had 5 ABs).

However, in Nady, the Yankees get a player that can move all over the field. He can start out at first base with Jason Giambi moving permanently to DH or shift to left field as Damon moves over to center to give the Yankees line-up a bit more potency. If there is a particularly tough lefty that Bobby Abreu can't handle, Nady could be shifted over to right field to take his place for the day."
Source: http://www.baseball-intellect.com/Articles/trade-xavier-nady-marte.html


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