Pitching matchups for the Rays series

The series that Joe Girardi called the two most important games of the Yankees’ season:

Tonight: LHP Scott Kazmir (7-3, 2.63) vs. LHP Andy Pettitte (9-6, 4.22)

Scouting Report:
Rays: The Rays ace had a career May,
but has struggled in his last few appearances. Kazmir admitted his
slider and changeup weren’t up to par in a five-inning appearance June
27 at Pittsburgh, and he didn’t fare much better vs. the Red Sox on
Wednesday night. Kazmir threw 107 pitches in five innings and gave up a
season-high seven hits. The reigning American League strikeout king
matched his season-low by fanning three Sox batters and will look to
reestablish his dominance vs. the Yankees. Kazmir won a May 15 contest
in New York, delivering six shutout innings en route to a 5-1 Rays win,
and will face the Yankees for the second time this season.

Yankees:
The Yankees’ sharpest pitcher since early June, Pettitte was off his
game in the opener of a four-game set with the Red Sox on Thursday,
allowing five earned runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings to take his
first loss since May 17. The loss prompted a closed-door meeting led by
manager Joe Girardi.

Wednesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (5-6, 4.08) vs. RHP Sidney Ponson (5-1, 4.19)

Scouting Report:

Rays: Jackson pitched masterfully on
Friday, holding the Royals to two runs on four hits in eight innings.
The 24-year-old right-hander faced the minimum through six innings en
route to his fifth win of the season. If Jackson is locating his 97-mph
fastball, his other pitches can work well, particularly his slider.
Jackson is 2-2 with a 4.42 ERA in 10 career appearances against the
Yankees and is 2-1 with a 3.44 ERA in five career appearances at Yankee
Stadium.

Yankees: Ponson struggled against his former Texas club Wednesday
night, giving up seven runs and nine hits through five-plus innings.
The seven runs matched his season high in runs allowed, and Ponson
surrendered two home runs in the sixth inning before exiting the game.
The right-hander recorded just one strikeout and gave up two separate
leads before a New York rally gave him a no-decision. Ponson said he
felt good physically through all his pitches, but the mechanics weren’t
there.

22 Comments

Who you callin’ a blog writer, Sean? LOL.

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I’ve voted for Giambi like 25 times already. The all-star game is a popularity contest anyway. Why do you think a Fat Papi leads all voting at 1B and he’s not even playing? It’s a JOKE.

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Great scouting reports Bryan. I guess this is why you are a professional writer and some of us are blog writers.

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EVERYONE WHO WRITES ON THIS BLOG NEEDS TO GET THEIR BUTTS OVER TO MLB.COM OR ON THEIR PHONE AND GET GIAMBI INTO THE ALL STAR GAME, DO IT 10 TIMES, IT TAKE 1 MINUTE!!!! HE’S IN THIRD PLACE TO THE RAY’S ROOKIE!!!!!!!! COME ON PEOPLE, HOW DOES NYC NOT HAVE GIAMBI IN FIRST, THE RAYS HAVE 50K FANS ALL TOGETHER, COME ON!!!!!!!

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I like the idea of chasing Nady, but who do we sacrifice to get him?
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Digidee,
Cano isn’t an automatic out lately. He hit .295 through May, .287 through June, and is hitting .395 so far in this July. I think he’ll take a run at hitting .300. I’m just glad he’s starting to warm up.

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Big Matt gets all the stats but doesn’t watch the games in Oakland.
Gardner is gonna be around awhile. Kennadia, Ponson, Rasner all is trash. Rasner might make a long reliever.

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Yankees should definitely sign Nady or Jason Bay Now, before the rays can get their hands on one of them. This will also solve our offensive problems. X. Nady is hitting .323 w/ 12 HR and he can play outfielder as well as 1B and 3B. And I doubt he’ll cost us a lot of players. Jason Bay is also not a bad idea. He’s hitting .290 w/ 17 HR.
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Screw Holliday or Texiera. Their Agent is Scott Boras, and we all know what an *** he is. We can get Texiera as a free agent in the offseason.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 8, 2008

Scranton/WB
Toledo (Tigers) 7p
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Altoona (Pirates) 7:05p
Trenton

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St. Lucie (Mets) 7p
Tampa

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Lexington (Astros) 7:05p
Charleston

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GCLYankees
GCL Blue Jays 12p
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 7, 2008

Scranton/WB 1
Toledo (Tigers) 8
W: C. Lambert (8-5, 3.25); L: J. Karstens (3-4, 4.41)
HR: TOL: M. St. Pierre (2), B. Inge (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_07_swbaaa_tolaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Trenton 6
New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 4
W: C. Wright (7-2, 3.36); L: J. Machi (0-3, 6.18); SV: A. Claggett (6)
HR: NHM: T. Snider (12), J. Arencibia (4).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_07_treaax_nhmaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
St. Lucie (Mets) POSTPONED
Tampa
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Lexington (Astros) 0
Charleston 2
W: DeLaRosa (4-3:2.26) L: Icenogle (1-6; 6.06) S: Ortiz (22)
HR: CHA: J. Montero (8).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_07_lexafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Staten Island 4
Auburn (Blue Jays) 2
W: C. Erickson (2-0, 2.66); L: J. Monti (1-1, 3.27); SV: J. Selenes (2)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_07_staasx_aubasx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
GCLYankees 3
GCL Phillies 4
W: R. Simon (2-2, 5.30); L: R. Martinez (0-2, 6.30); SV: J. Ellis (2)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_07_yanrok_phlrok_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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I think when the Mets traded Kazmir for Zambrano, they thought they were getting Carlos. I’m not sure putting Melky as lead-off would fare any better. Right now, Cano-Cabrera-Molina are an automatic 1-2-3. The Yankees should just stay out on the field.

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I can’t see the Yankees trading him. I just can’t. He’s essentially a rookie on whose shoulders the weight of the Yankee Universe was put without regard to whether he could handle it or not. Everyone (including those here) thought he and Hughes would be a collective 18-6 now and he couldn’t handle it. It’s clear that he has the stuff to get the job done. He doesn’t have the mental capacity yet.

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I was making a case for Gardener more as a player than a leadoff man but once we have time to spare he does have every quality of a leadoff man. Matt, you suck dude. Sometimes you make points that are just so good that I cant make a case for anything.
RCN, I think if Kennedy comes back and still doesn’t produce he’ll be traded.

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the Yankees still have to address their serious power outage.. Damon, Matsui, and a not-as-potent Posada.. hopefully Matsui will be back in two weeks and not out for the whole season

IF Matsui stays out for the season, then i think Hank, Cash, and Girardi need to brainstorm about another big bat

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I heard the same report. We sent a scout to look at Zambrano. Dumpster diving gives Ponson and Zambrano too much credit.

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Gardener does struggle to get on base but he makes pitchers struggle trying to get him out. He has a lot more patience at the plate then some of the current Yankees. The more pitches he makes a pitcher throw the more likely the pitcher is gonna make a mistake. He’s not gonna struggle after he a while. Once he gets going and starts hitting he has everything a leadoff man should have. Speed, patience and the ability to hit.

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Yep, Victor Zambrano was with the Rockies until he was released by their Triple A team when he put up a 0-6 record with a 9.45 ERA. What’s funny is that on SI.com’s truth and rumors section, I saw that the Yanks might be interested, they have been dumpster diving for pitching lately so it doesn’t surprise me that they would be interested.

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That Kazmir deal was one of the most lopsided in recent memory. Even when the deal was made everyone though the Mets were douchbags, so it’s not like it was a suprise or anything. If a Yankee GM pulled a trade like that someone would be shot, literally.

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How is IPK doing down on the farm? He getting healthy? Has anyone given any thought to what happens if IPK comes back and still fails to produce?

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Oh wait, it’s Pettite starting against Kazmir, not Ponson. Well, I still stand by my agrument that we need to bring up Kennedy in placeof Ponson. I believe that he will work though his problems if given time, and it is not as though we would be taking a spot away from a future ace of our rotation. Kennedy may never develop into an ace himself, but he would be a solid middle order pitcher behind Hughes(who I do believe will work through his problems and become an ace), Joba( who sure is looking like an ace) and Wang(who is an ace, and still a fairly young pitcher at that).

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Kazmir the Texan is a stud, I can’t believe the Mutts traded him for Victor Zambrano. I heard on ESPN that the Mariners will probably trade 34 yr old LHP Jarrod Washburn (5.03 ERA) before they trade Bedard. And Gardner’s game winning hit was nice but, if he continues to struggle to get on base, why not have Jeet as the leadoff hitter? Then Abreu at 2 and Alex at 3….I know Girardi loves playing around with the batting order.

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It says a lot that Ponson is getting another start. I was all for for giving him a 2nd start as I felt he earned that after hs 1st, but it was always a question of when, not if, he would screw up. The reason would rather see IPK replace Ponson in the rotation as soon as possible is that Ian is part of our future whereas soon Ponson will be part of our past(some may say not soon enough). Ponson may give us the occasional good start, but if this is who we depend on to beat Kazmir, frankly we better give up on the AL East and start chasing Boston for the wildcard.

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How can Ponson feel good physically when he can’t look down and see his own feet?

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