Joe Girardi admits Alfredo Aceves saved the Yankees bullpen yesterday afternoon when he was forced to take CC Sabathia out after 3.2 innings. Aceves actually pitched longer (and better) than CC, going 5.1 innings of no run ball. While Aceves pitched well enough to be in the rotation, Girardi will keep him in the bullpen, but he also said that Aceves has opened his eyes to the possibility of eventually placing him in the rotation.
“We haven’t really talked about it,” Girardi said. “But anytime someone pitches well over distance, it’s going to trigger a thought.”
Along with a well pitched game, Aceves also had an injury scare an inning into his start. Luckily, Girardi said everything is fine with Aceves and no further tests will be needed.
“He said he feels fine today,” Girardi said. “When I asked him that he said, ‘You’re going to use me today?’ I’m like, ‘No, no, no.’ I just wanted to make sure. He said his leg felt fine.” Girardi said he could maybe use Aceves in short relief on Wednesday, but more likely he won’t be available again until Friday.”
“Ich has been swinging good,” Girardi said. “So I’m going to give Ich a day today, and Beltran will be back in there tomorrow.”
— David Phelps will throw 85-90 pitches for the Yankees, but with no Aceves in the pen, Phelps will have to give the Yankees some length. Girardi said he’ll also rely on using some of his relievers for multiple innings.
— Brendan Ryan will be activated from the disabled list tomorrow. Michael Pineda‘s suspension was slated to end yesterday but the rain out pushed it until today. Once Pineda’s suspension is up, he’ll go on the disabled list.
— I would like to introduce a new segment in my pregame posts called “Stat Pack”. It involves some interesting stats that I happen to find in my game notes that I think are share-worthy (and may or may not shock you). Here’s tonight’s”Stat Pack” notes.
1) Yankees batters have homered in six of their last seven games since April 26. (9HR over the stretch).
2) The Yankees are 15-1 in 2014 when leading after six innings but just 1-12
when tied or trailing after six.
3) Tonight the Yankees and Angels will meet for the fourth of six games this season, having gone 2-1 vs. Los Angeles-AL at Yankee Stadium from 4/25-27… are 9-5 in the last 14 games between the two teams since 5/30/12 and 16-12 since the start of 2011… their 61-66 record vs. the Angels since 2000 is their only losing mark vs. any AL team over the span.