Friday, June 20, 2008

Snaphot: Yankees News and Notes for June 20, 2008

Yesterday: NY Yankees 2, San Diego Padres 1

Led by Mariano Rivera, the Yankees Bullpen has been brilliantWith a 2-1 win over San Diego yesterday, the surging Yankees have won 12 of their last 15 games. Brian Lewis of the NY Post credits the bullpen.

Yesterday, Jose Veras, Kyle Farnsworth and Mariano Rivera nailed down a one-run win for the Yankees. It marked the ninth time this season New York has won when scoring three runs or less. Last year, they won six such contests.

During the Yankees current seven-game winning streak, the bullpen has been stellar. The Joba-less unit has allowed only four earned runs with seven walks and 30 strikeouts, pitching to a 1.77 ERA over 201/3 innings.

Just 28-30 on June 4, the Yanks have gone 12-3 since with their bullpen pitching to a 1.67 ERA, with 16 walks and 41 strikeouts.

Veras, yesterday's winner, has tossed nine scoreless innings over seven appearances in that span, allowing just four hits. After not making the team out of spring training, Veras hasbecome a valuable bridge to Rivera.

Chamberlain, Veras, Farnsworth and Rivera combined to strike out 15 batters, the Yankees' highest total in a game since striking out that many on June 3, 2002, against the Orioles.

Yankee pitchers finished this three-game series with 40 strikeouts, reaching double figures in each of the games. Rivera faced nine batters in the series and struck out seven.

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In a recent Sports Illustrated poll (of 495 major leaguers), Derek Jeter was voted the most overated player in baseball. In the survey, published in the June 23 issue, Jeter led all players with 10 percent of the vote. Alex Rodriquez tied with Boston right fielder J.D. Drew for third with 7 percent.

One week earlier SI did a survey, "Whom would you like to build your team around." Rodriguez finished first, Jeter second. Polls are great.

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With the bats unable to bust through yesterday against Padres starter Josh Banks, New York used their legs.

The Yankees stole four bases yesterday - their second straight game with four steals - leading to both their runs. They hadn't stolen four bases in consecutive games since June 14-15, 2002, against the Mets.

This style of play would make any National League enthusiast (I'm looking at you Hank Steinbrenner) proud.

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Anthony McCarron writes about Jason Giambi's resurgence and his "power mustache."

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