Thursday, July 31, 2008
...Rodriguez, who is a free agent after the season, asked for a meeting with Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski at the team hotel in Cleveland, at which he was the one who suggested a trade to the Yankees.
"They need a catcher and I want to catch every day," Rodriguez reportedly told Dombrowski. "Why don't you see if you can work something out?"
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I was wrong
Surprisingly Kyle was very upset. I am almost sad to see him go. He did shut down David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez.......
Kyle Farnsworth for Pudge Rodriguez - what a really great move by Cashman.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Don't get me wrong...a player of Texiera's talent always makes sense. For the Yankee current roster, however, I think it creates too many issues.
As a gold-glove 1B and switch hitter, Tex would play 1st every day. With 1B occupied Giambi would be relegated to DH duty. With Giambi at DH, Damon would have to play LF. With Damon in LF, where would Nady play?
One potential solution would be to trade or bench Melky, move Damon to center and play Nady in left. As we've seen before, our D takes a pretty good hit with Johnny in CF.
A more probable outcome is that the Yanks pass on Tex for now and go after him this off season when Giambi is gone. Being a Scott Boris client, we most likely do not have to worry about Tex signing with the team that trades for him before hitting free agency this winter.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Lester's whip is 47th best in baseball while his era is 18th. So a bit of luck has definitely helped him. Also, he has really gotten his walks under control - BB/9 2006 - 4.76, 2007 - 4.43, 2008 - 2.99.
His Babip has actually gone up a tick from last year 2006- .332, 2007-.285, 2008 -.298
So what gives? Is this luck or is this a pitcher with good stuff learning to control it? Probably a little of both, but the Lance Armstrong of baseball is due for his era to start matching his peripherals stats.
One thing of note....how does one gain velocity on the fastball AFTER cancer?
Friday, July 25, 2008
It's not Joba becoming our ace and beating the sox or the trade that fills two of the Yankees biggest holes - a right handed bat and a lefty out of the pen and it wasn't even Joba punking out Youkilis again (what did he do to piss Joba off!).
The best news of the day comes to us via mlb.com;
"Hughes is slated to start and pitch two innings on Monday for the GCL Yankees"....
but that's not it...wait for it....
"Pavano is tentatively scheduled to toss two frames on Tuesday for the same club, assuming that a batting-practice session goes as expected on Saturday. "
Finally, Carl is on his way back! Now the Yankees are unstoppable!
So we start with Joba's velocity as a reliever which was third best in baseball at 95.8 miles per hour on average.
As a starter Joba's fastball actually rates a little better, tied for first in baseball among starters but down a bit at 94.9 miles per hour.
But what about his velocity late in games?His late start against Oakland ended like this;
95 mph Fastball
96 mph Fastball
100 mph Fastball
98 mph Fastball
Joba is the real deal as a starter or a reliever. He stuff translates well to starting or relieving.
He is the kind of prospect that comes along once every 20 years. Wherever he is it is something special to watch.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
While Brian has definitely shown a potentially unhealthy love for the depth of our minor leagues (pitching, anyway), it's time to be realistic and trade away some of those kids while their value is high and before they potentially get exposed. Some of the kids I would trade -
Phil Coke (26, AA)- One of the few lefties in the Yankee organization, Coke is 9-4 with a 2.60 ERA.
Eric Wordekemper (25, AA) - Righty reliever has a 3-2 record and a 3.67 ERA. 41.2 IP, 47 H and 35 K's put him in the lower echelon of our pitching prospects.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Now this team is clearly flawed. There are two spots in the rotation that are questionable at best and the lineup has 3 outs at the bottom in Melky, Molina and Gardner. Also, Matsui and Posada are most likely done for the year, Giambi is coming back down to earth(.216 in July) and Jeter is having maybe his worst year as a Yankee. With all this somehow the team is close to the top of the wild card race. The question is, is this good fortune or is the Yankee team good enough to compete. Their run differential is a little worrisome (+32) when compared with the other contenders oakland (+57), Minnesota(+33) and Boston(+87). With Cano heating up, Andy pitching well and Hughes and Wang due back in September they should stay in it regardless of any big moves by Cashman(which I personally would not expect).
The question of whether they have enough to make it back to the postseason will probably not be determined into the final days of September...perhaps even the final weekend in Boston.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Edwar Ramirez has now gone 9 innings without giving up a hit( 9 0 0 0 2 14). He is looking to be a bit streaky but is definitely showing he can be a very value able member of the bullpen. Jose Veras is still pitching well and Farnsworth has his era down to 3.43 with 8 straight hitless innings of his own. Add in Mariano and the decent contribution from Dave Robertson and the bullpen could be the Yankees biggest strength. There are a number of good power arms(Yankees bullpen leads the AL in strikeouts by relievers) and the one question mark, Latroy Hawkins, is most likely gone when Bruney is ready.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
It started for me with Carlton Fisk. I remember screaming "Kill him, Thurm!" at the TV as an 8 year old. From there, names like Bob Stanley, Dwight Evans, Rich Gedman, Marty Barrett, Spike Owen and Mike Greenwell (grrrr! my all-time most hated player!) made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. I am a Yankees fan, and there is always at least 1 Red Sox player that I completely loathe!!
Recent history saw Jason Varitek the object of my hatred. The smug look, the likes of Tim McCarver, Joe Morgan and especially Peter (I Love Theo!) Gammons gushing over his leadership and handling of the staff (what crap!), the fight with A-Rod...man I hate Varitek! I still hate him, but now that he is completely inept at the plate (218/299/354) he's taken a back seat to the new public enemy #1 - Jonathan Papelpuss.
Yankees clubhouse manager Rob Cucuzza said how impressed he was with the Red Sox players. A few of them asked to see Thurman Munson’s locker. “Those guys and Terry (Francona) have been incredibly respectful,” he said. “I didn’t really know them before this and they’ve been great.”
Then we have Jonathan Papelbon, who is wearing a sleeveless blue t-shirt with a drawing of a hand making an obscene gesture. Yes, that obscene gesture.
Classy.It's obvious that the guy just doesn't get it. There is a right way and a wrong way to do things, and it's obvious no one has shown this idiot the right way.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
6 games behind the Sox for the division and a half game closer to the wild card, the Yanks once again have their sights set on a 2nd half postseason run.
With Joba in the rotation along with Pettitte and Moose, they make for a very solid top 3. If the Yanks could add a healthy Erik Bedard by the deadline, our rotation would rival any in baseball.
The offense has vastly underperformed so far this year. Adding Richie Sexson will help add some thump vs lefties and off the bench, and a productive Cano will help the O get back on track.
All of this talk about selling whether by writers or even by Cash himself is mildly amusing. In his usual stealth manner, Cashman is simply throwing the competition off his trail by hinting at a Yankee sale. Don't get fooled - its not gonna happen!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Joba has A 2.08 ERA vs the Sox (obviously all out of the 'pen) are we're all looking for more of the same today. Hopefully, Joba can show the world exactly what a true ace looks like - a 7 inning, 3 hit 0 run, 12k performance would certainly go a long way to setting things in the right direction.
Any way we can get a 'W' is what we really need, and Joba is the guy to get one. So let's hope we celebrate Joba day in style.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Of course the standard reaction of Yankee fans when you bring this up is there are a lot of Bostonians in New York just like there are a lot of New Yorkers in Boston. Then I ask why don't you hear the same roar from the crowd in Boston when the Yankees hit a big home run?
It pains me to write this but the truth of the matter is Boston fans have made themselves very comfortable in the Bronx. So I ask why doesn't anyone mention it?
Thursday, July 3, 2008
The next week will go a long way in making the 2nd half run an easier stretch, or making it a really tough road to hoe.
Those feisty Rays are playing like they have yet to wake up, and the Sox, while certainly flawed, are never an easy opponent.
Thursday: LHP Jon Lester (6-3, 3.48) vs. LHP Andy Pettitte (9-5, 3.98), 7:05, YES
Friday: RHP Josh Beckett (7-5, 3.65) vs. RHP Darrell Rasner (4-4, 4.22), 1:05, YES
Saturday: RHP Justin Masterson (4-2, 3.75) vs. RHP Mike Mussina (10-6, 3.87), 3:55, FOX
Sunday: RHP Tim Wakefield (5-6, 3.72) vs. RHP Joba Chamberlain (2-2, 2.22) vs. 8:05, ESPN
Mnday: Off Day
Tuesday: RHP Matt Garza (6-4, 3.76) vs. Sidney Ponson (5-1, 4.19)
Wednesday: RHP Scott Kazmir (7-3, 2.63) vs. Andy Pettitte (9-5, 3.98)
PeteAbe reports that there are whispers that the Sox may call up Clay 'Computer Boy' Buchholz for Saturday's game.
If the Yanks want, they could skip Ponson and throw Pettitte and Rasner vs the Rays (probably a good idea!).
Both series being at home, I think it's imperative that we show some nuts and kick some butt. 4-2 would be enough, but I really want a 5-1 stretch. The obvious game of worry is the matinee Friday pitting Rasner against Joshy Blisters. If we can turn that one into a battle of the 'pens we can win.