Tagged: Ben Sheets

Yankees vs. Athletics 4/21/10

The Yankees sealed their 5th series in a row on the back of a splendid pitching performance from Phil Hughes. Hughes was locked in from the first pitch, firing immaculate fastballs to get ahead in the count, and then using his devastating curve to put away the hitter. His opponent, Ben Sheets, was doing a good job as well, mixing his off speed effectively with high heat. The first runs of the game finally came in the fourth inning, with A-Rod and Cano hitting back-to-back triples before a Posada grounder scored Cano and gave the Yanks a 2-0 lead. To this point, the only A’s baserunner had come via the walk in the 1st inning, and Hughes looked in complete control as he continued to no hit the A’s. His pitch count was low, low enough to go the distance, and when the eighth inning started, every Yankee fan was on the edge of their chair, praying for the first Yankee no-no since David Cone back in 1999. But alas; Eric Chavez swung hard at the first pitch of the eighth inning, the ball went straight back to Hughes, where it ricocheted off his glove and landed in front of the mound. A dazed Hughes frantically searched the air for the ball, before realizing that it had landed right in front of him. By the time he had recovered, Chavez had reached first, and the no hitter was gone. There were no now more pressing matters to deal with; the Yankees held a very slim lead, and when Hughes walked Gabe Gross to put two on with one out, Girardi immediately replaced him with Joba Chamberlain. Hughes trudged off with a career high 10 K’s, with his parents cheering him on from the crowd. Joba gave up a single which allowed Eric Chavez to score and make it a one run ball game, but managed to escape the inning with no further damage. A Gardner RBI tacked on an insurance run for the Yankees in the ninth, and after a brief stutter, Mariano Rivera shut the door on a 3-1 win for his sixth save of the season and the Yankees 6th win in a row.

Player of the Game
Phil Hughes- 7.0 IP, 1 Hit, 1 ER,  2 BB, 10 K’s
Hughes no hit the A’s for 7 whole innings, at one point retiring 20 hitters in a row. He had an aura of dominance on the hill, throwing hard fastballs and bending curveballs to completely fox the A’s batters. A piece of bad luck denied him his no-hit bid, but it was still an outstanding outing from Hughes, who lowered his ERA to a stellar 2.19.
Drive of the Game
Robinson Cano’s Triple in the 4th Inning
With A-Rod on at third and nobody out, Cano smashed the ball down the right field line for a triple. A-Rod scored easily, and Cano would later score on a Posada ground ball. This was an extremely crucial play in a game where runs were at a premium, as it gave the Yankees a lead they would never let go of.
Play of the Game
Ben Sheets and Kurt Suzuki turn a Strikeout-Throwout Double Play in the First
In the first inning, the Yankees were well set up, with runners on first (Nick Johnson) and second (Derek Jeter) with no outs for Mark Texeira. With the count full, the runners took off, Sheets’ pitch was perfect, catching the outside corner to strike out Tex looking, and Suzuki threw a bullet to third to catch Jeter stealing and snuff out any chances of a rally.

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Bengie
Molina resigns with the Giants

Jerry
Hairston Jr. signs with the Padres

 
Doug Davis
signs with the Brewers

Joel Pineiro
signs with the Angels

Rick Ankiel signs with the Royals
Gary
Matthews Jr. to mets, Brian Stokes to angels

 
Jose
Contreras signs with the Phillies

Miguel Tejada signs with the Orioles
Ben Sheets signs with the Athletics
Jon Garland signs with the Padres
Xavier Nady signs with the Cubs
Orlando Cabrera signs with the Reds
Jim Thome signs with the Twins
Randy Winn signs with the Yankees
Eric Byrnes signs with the Mariners
Melvin Mora signs with the Rockies

Johnny Damon, Mets

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Why would Johnny Damon be going into retirement? I mean
mulling it over? He wanted a four year contract, which probably means that he
is not going to retire. Damon is old (36) but he did have a productive year
last year and I bet he still could produce 20-25 homers and a .290 BA. Damon
was crucial to the Yankees World Series championship last year and would fit
perfectly in left field next to Granderson. Lots of people think that Johnny Damon
will return including me. He doesn’t seem to have any other suitors, and the
Yankees are waiting for Damon’s price to drop. Well at least that is what
ex-Yankees Jerry Hairston Jr. says. He was talking on Jim Bowden’s radio show
on XM 175 earlier and he said “The Yankees didn’t make me an offer, because he’s
waiting on Damon’s price to come down.” Damon’s price certainly will go down
because nobody is signing him and this might stay the same until February,
where JD will have to settle for 2 million.

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                The Mets
have not had a good week. And not a 2008 Yankee type postseason overall like
people thought they might have. They have signed Kelvim Escobar and Jason Bay,
two very good players. Bengie Molina resigned with the Giants leaving the Mets
with Omir Santos and Henry Blanco which will not be good. Santos had a good
rookie year but will not be able to produce Bengie Molina style. Joel Pineiro
also signed with Angels today, leaving the Mets with Ben Sheets. Ben Sheets is
a risk to take and if they sign him they might get a year of All-Star talent
behind Johan the great or they might get a former star soaking up on the DL
with injuries all year. Sheets is a big risk, but if he doesn’t get injured
then the Mets will be competition, once again, in the NL East.

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Hairston, Sheets, Nady,

Jerry Hairston Jr. has signed with the San Diego Padres for 2 million dollars. This signing will cut down the Yankees left field options to Damon, Reed Johnson, Rocco Baldelli, and Marcus Thames. The Yankees did not make an offer to Hairston which probably was the reason he signed with the Padres. Jerry Hairy will play all over for the Padres. He will play third base most, I would say, because of the trade of Kevin Kouzmanoff. He will give youngster Everth Cabrera and veteran David Eckstein days off. I don’t see why the Yankees didn’t offer Damon a deal. He would give Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher, and Alex Rodriguez days off, plus he would platoon with Brett Gardner in left field. Jerry Hairston Jr. was very important to the Yankees last year and to lose him is a big loss.
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Ben Sheets is throwing a bullpen session for teams tomorrow and the Nats, D-Backs,Cubbies, Rangers, Cardinals, Blue Jars, Dodgers, Brewers, and Mets will be there. MLBTraderumors says to not rule out the Yankees, Orioles, and the Mariners. The Angels will not be there. The Yankees will probably not sign him, after acquiring Javier Vazquez from the Braves. I think the Orioles should go after a left like Erik Bedard to go along with youngster Brian Matusz in the rotation. I feel the Mariners are done, only needing to fix up their bench. It would be amazing but very unlikely that the Yankees signed Ben Sheets.
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The Cubs are interested in Xavier Nady along with Jermaine Dye. The Yankees of course and the Braves have been linked to Nady. The Yankees have not had any recent talk to Damon so Nady might have to be the Yankees left fielder next year. 

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December 14th 2009. The day the Yankees got screwed.

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Well I figured out that this day had turned from bad to
worse when I got home. I found out that Halladay is pretty much a Phillie and
that Godzilla is almost red, unlike we all thought(see Godzilla ain’t red.)
Well a bit more happened and we will explain it why it was good or bad for the
Yankees.

John Lackey becomes a
Boston Red Sux.
John Lackey signed to an 85 million, 5 year deal to play
with the rival Red Sox. The Red Sox have perhaps the best rotation in baseball
with Lackey joining Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Dice-K and one of Tim Wakefield
and Clay Bucholtz. This would be a very hard team to face in a 3 game series
with Lackey then Beckett then Lester. Torture for the Yankees and other
American League teams. Also the Yankees will have to look into oft-injured Ben
Sheets and Justin Duchscherer to get an ace type starter now that Lackey and
Halladay are gone.

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Phillies get Halladay
before the holidays.
Roy Halladay is very, very close to being a
Philadelphian Phillie. All that stands in his way from having an almost guaranteed
trip to the World Series is a full agreement on players in the deal and a
physical. Cliff Lee would go to the Mariners, Halladay to the Phillies, and prospects
to the Blue Jays. This messes up the Yankees because once again, we can only
turn to Ben Sheets or Justin Duchscherer. Though this is good for the Yankees
because Halladay is out of the AL! I mean Cliff Lee is back in the AL but he is
in the AL West and the Yankees will face him 1-3 times this whole year. Better
than facing Roy Halladay 5 or 6 times a year. Though now the Yankees are very
desperate for a starter which means (like I said before) Ben Sheets, Justin
Duchscherer and perhaps looking into the possibility of King Felix.

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 Godzilla is red. Just not the way we thought. The
Angels have signed Hideki Matsui to a 1 year, 6.5 million dollar deal. Matsui
is red, just not the way I thought he would. I can’t possibly imagine our World
Series MVP playing for the team we faced in the ALCS. Sad day in my world. This
means that the Yankees are surely going to sign Johnny Damon, and that process isn’t
going very good right now. If that doesn’t work out then the Yankees are left
with Jason Bay and Matt Holliday, and don’t worry the Red Sox aren’t going for
either of them. The Red Sox on the other hand are in serious discussion with
Mike Cameron which is good because that leaves fewer teams that want Matt
Holliday or Jason Bay, which is good in a way.

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Pretty much the few good things that come out of this are…
Halladay out of the AL and we have less choices which means we would have a
better chance to sign someone. Everything else is bad. Comments, questions,
disagreements? Feel free to comment. 

Update: The Roy Halladay deal turned into a 4 team deal. The A’s are that other team.

  • The Phillies get Roy Halladay, Phillippe Aumont, Tyson Gillies, Juan Ramirez, and $6MM.  The Phillies will give Halladay a three-year extension plus vesting options.
  • The Mariners get Cliff Lee.
  • The Blue Jays get Kyle Drabek, Brett Wallace, and Travis d’Arnaud.
  • The A’s get Michael Taylor.

The Red Sox also signed Mike Cameron to a 2 year deal which means there is almost no chance that they will resign Jason Bay


Thanks to
David Rosvally for details of the John Lackey signing.