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Yankees’ Brett Gardner Has Surgery, Should Be Ready for Spring

Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner had surgery on his wrist yesterday to remove some inflammation and everything went well. The Yankees expect that he’ll be ready to go by spring training.

Gardner suffered through wrist tendinitis during the second half of last season. He had a couple of cortisone shots, but when that didn’t help, he decided to have surgery.

Gardner had a hot first half last year hitting .319 with a .836 OPS until July 4. From  July 5 and on, his numbers took a nose dive as he hit .229 with a .679 OPS the rest of the way. Hopefully now that he’s had surgery to repair his wrist he can have a full season in 2011 like his first half last year.

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ALCS Game 1: Yankees Rally Late To Win

The Yankees lead the majors in come-from-behind wins this season, so it is natural that they rely on them in the postseason as well. In the ALDS they came from behind twice to beat the Twins, and last night they came back from a 5-0 deficit to beat the Rangers 6-5 while taking Game 1 of the ALCS.

Here are some highlights:

That was a huge win. The Yankees needed to take the first game, and they showed a lot by winning despite Sabathia’s poor performance. That’s how you win pennants.


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ALCS Game 1 Pitching Stats: CC Sabathia vs. C.J. Wilson

Tonight’s pitching showdown is between two lefties CC Sabathia vs. C.J. Wilson. One is a big hefty ace of the staff and the other is comparably smaller and doesn’t have the resume of Sabathia, but has done a great job in 2010. Sabathia is known for leading the league in wins this season and Wilson for successfully converting from a reliever back to a starter and leading the league in walks. On to the stats.

2010 numbers:

Sabathia: 34 G, 21-7 record, 237.2 IP, 3.18 ERA, 1.19 WHIP
Wilson: 33 G, 15-8 record, 204 IP, 3.35 ERA, 1.25 WHIP

Career numbers vs. respective teams:

Sabathia: 14 G, 8-3 record, 86 IP, 4.29 ERA, 1.42 WHIP
Wilson: 20 G, 3 GS, 0-3 record, 39.1 IP, 4.12 ERA, 1.42 WHIP

Numbers vs. respective teams in 2010:

Sabathia: 1 G, 1-0 record, 6 IP, 1.50 ERA, 0.50 WHIP
Wilson: 3 G, 0-1 record, 14.1 IP, 5.65 ERA, 1.88 WHIP

2010 Home/Road splits:

Sabathia on the road: 18 G, 10-5 record, 126.2 IP, 3.34 ERA, 1.26 WHIP
Wilson at home: 19 G, 11-3 record, 114.1 IP, 3.70 ERA, 1.26 WHIP

Career playoff numbers:

Sabathia: 11 G, 6-4 record, 67.1 IP, 4.41 ERA, 1.49 WHIP
Wilson: 1 G, 1-0 record, 6.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.63 WHIP

Key matchups vs. Sabathia:

Michael Young: 12-for-38 (.316) with 4 2B and a .746 OPS
Josh Hamilton: 1-for-10 (.100) with 1 2B, 3 BB, 4 K and a .508 OPS
Ian Kinsler: 2-for-9 (.222) with 2 HR, 1 BB, 0 K and a 1.189 OPS

Key matchups vs. Wilson:

Nick Swisher: 6-for-20 ( .300) with 3 2B, 1 HR, 4 BB, 6 K and a 1.017 OPS
Derek Jeter: 5-for-14 (.357) with 1 HR, 3 BB, 5 K and a 1.042 OPS
Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-13 (.077) with 1 2B, 4 BB, 3 K and a .522 OPS
Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson are a combined 0-for-11 with 5 K’s
Austin Kearns: 3-for-7 (.429) with 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K and a 1.071 OPS

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Jim Tracy Sabotages Rockies Rally



The fireworks started early at Coors Field on Saturday night.

The Giants won a slug fest 11-8 over the Rockies in a game no one would have expected 19 runs to be scored in. The Rockies had scored seven runs to erase another poor start from ace Ubaldo Jimenez, putting him in line for his 15th win.

With the momentum in the Rockies favor and three lefties due up for the Giants in the top of the 7th, it seemed like the Rockies were in a good position to take their third straight game from San Francisco. Joe Beimel, who has thrown only two pitches since Tuesday seemed like he would take the mound to get the lefties and leave it up to Betancourt and Street to close the game out.

Instead, Jim Tracy chose to go to Manny Corpas in the 7th. Corpas, fresh off his June in which he had a 9.45 ERA, did what he has done for the past three weeks. Corpas proceeded to give up a triple and two singles before being removed from the game in favor of Beimel, who should have started the inning.
Corpas has struggled over the past three weeks. His slider has been flat. When Corpas does not have his slider he is in big trouble. That has been the case for a while now for the Panamanian. It is clear that his confidence is shaken and he is afraid to attack the zone with his fastball, leaving his flat slider over the plate to be crushed.
To Corpas’ credit, his struggles are not entirely his fault. Tracy continues to wear out his arm. He leads the club with 39 appearances. That is nearly half of the Rockies 81 games so far. While that may not seem like a ton of games, keep in mind that Corpas did not start the season as a one inning guy. For the first quarter of the year, the right hander was the long man in the bullpen. Without recording an out on Saturday, Corpas still has logged 44 innings.
The logic does not seem to makes sense for Tracy. He obviously wanted to save Beimel for Aubrey Huff, but the only problem with that is if Huff came up in the inning (which he did), the Rockies would already be in trouble and Beimel would be pitching without a lead.
It is clear that Corpas needs a few days off. Not only to rest his arm, but also to rest his bruised psyche. It is difficult for any pitcher to take the mound for as long as Corpas has and continue to struggle without it affecting the ego.
While Tracy’s decision made an impact on this game, another glaring issue came to the forefront. It would have been easy for the Rockies to chalk up Jimenez’s recent struggles to two bad games if the righty would have been dominant once again. However, Jimenez struggled for the third straight start.
The flame-throwing Dominican was not himself from the get-go. While he got out of the first two innings with less than 20 pitches, he was helped by two great plays by Ian Stewart and Melvin Mora. Then in the 3rd inning Jimenez handed the Giants seven runs. He threw 38 pitches in the frame. The scoring was capped off by a grand slam off the bat of Travis Ishikawa after two Jimenez walks.
Jimenez, instead of throwing his sinking fastball and mixing in his other pitches, was pitching backwards for most of the game. He was throwing more breaking balls and changeups than fastballs, and his fastballs were only registering 95-96 MPH consistently. The grand slam to Ishikawa came on an 88 MPH changeup. That is not exactly the pitch of choice to a guy who has started four games all season long.
The Rockies go for the series victory on Sunday. Jason Hammel takes the hill against Matt Cain. Winning a four game series against the Giants would be as big as it gets in July.
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Rockies Come From Behind, Then Survive Late Brewers Rally

Who would have thought that the magical formula for the Rockies to start playing better would be to lose their best player?

That’s exactly what seems to have happened, as the Rockies rallied for the first time all season, beating the Brewers 8-7 at Coors Field on Saturday night.

The Rockies were down 4-1 heading into the bottom of the 7th inning after a disastrous top of the inning spoiled an otherwise phenomenal outing by Jeff Francis. After Miguel Olivo got the Rockies within two runs with his 9th home run of the season, Seth Smith , appropriately nicknamed Mr. Late Night, stepped to the plate and delivered a huge game tying 2-run home run deep to right field.

The Rockies would claim a lead after Jason Giambi’s quality at bat in the 8th inning saw score Brad Hawpe off a sacrifice fly.

With two outs, Smith struck again, looping a pitch to left field. Chris Nelson, making his Major League debut, rounded third base and never stopped. The throw from Ryan Braun in left field was right on the money, but Nelson lowered his shoulder and knocked the ball out of catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s glove. The ball flew all the way towards the Rockies dugout, allowing Ian Stewart to score as well.

The game looked to be wrapped up, but Manny Corpas allowed a three run home run to Corey Hart in the 9th inning, and then a single to Prince Fielder and a double to Braun. After a failed attempt at the final out by Franklin Morales, Rafael Betancourt came in and sealed the win after a long battle with Lucroy , who fouled off eight pitches before lining out to right field.

The game was a nail biter for Rockies fans, but it gave the Rockies something that they have not seen all season.

It was the first time that they found a way to fight their way back into a game and pull out a win. In fact, this was the first game all season in which the Rockies won when trailing at any point after the 4th inning.

Saturday night was also a testament to the Rockies’ depth . Jonathan Herrera, filling in at second base (as Clint Barmes is covering shortstop while Tulowitzki recovers) went 4-for-5 out of the leadoff position. Hererra’s early chances have been limited to late inning pinch hits and spot starts. It is very difficult to get in the groove at the plate at the Major League level without getting consistent at bats. By starting for the second day in a row, Hererra showed that he can hit at this level.

In addition to Herrera, Nelson showed his ability. In his first Major League plate appearance, the former No.1 draft pick laid down a sacrifice bunt and landed on first base when Brewers pitcher Zach Braddock chose to try and get the lead runner at third base unsuccessfully.

Nelson showed speed and toughness when, instead of sliding into home plate, he chose to put his shoulder down and knock the ball out of the catcher’s glove. Plays like that will spark a team, especially when it comes from a guy stepping onto a Major League baseball field for the first time.

Are the Rockies a better team without Troy Tulowitzki ? The answer to that question is easy. No. They are far better with Tulowitzki in the lineup. However, if there is one thing that Rockies fans have learned about their team is that when their backs are against the wall, they start fighting.

When adversity seems to smack them in the face, their character comes out and they decide that it is time to find a way to win.

This is the Rockies team everyone was expecting. A team not content with a one run lead, they pour on the runs and make it extremely difficult for the opposition to win the game. It is a team that scores eight runs in a game instead of two. If the Rockies can gain a little more momentum, the injury to Tulowitzki might not be the worst thing that ever happened.

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