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Still up in the air

September 28, 2010

Nothing is set in stone yet. The Yankees still need a win or a Red Sox loss to clinch. Hopefully that changes tonight.

Other issues:

  • A.J. Burnett certainly has pitched terribly, but whether he takes the mound for the Yankees in October is still up in the air. Jon Paul Morosi inexplicably (because he’s usually terrible) and astutely comes to the conclusion that he should not.
  • Just a note on why I didn’t do a game story last night. Um, I was too disgusted to watch the rest of the game after Burnett defecated on the mound continued to serve up homers to the Blue Jays.
  • Regardless of who is on the mound in the playoffs, this team needs to hit. That means not getting dominated by guys like Marc Rzepczynski and his 5.56 ERA. Work the count, get on base, and hit the ball out of the ballpark. Lather, rinse, repeat.

A terrible idea

October 10, 2008

Buster Olney:

But here’s an outside-the-box thought: The Yankees could sign Hudson and shift Cano to first base, a position that the Yankees are currently trying to fill. This would give the Yankees incredible range on the right side of the infield, and Cano has the kind of power to justify his place at a position usually reserved for power. (Source)

Playing Cano at first base would be an incredible waste of value.

PeteAbe: Hates Joe Girardi

October 8, 2008

Heyman said that Joe Girardi has problems in the clubhouse with the veteran players and it’s something he needs to address.

I’m sure some people will waste time wanting to kill the messenger or figure out who is telling Heyman this information. The point is that what he is saying is true. It’s pretty much the same thing I’ve been writing about on this blog since May. Girardi’s style takes a lot of getting used to.

This isn’t about candy and ice cream. It’s about whether he can lead a group of people. (Source)

Abraham is always first in line to throw Girardi under the bus, even when the issue in question was probably made up by the unreliable Jon Heyman.

In the case that it is true, my concern would be with the veteran players and not with Girardi. The vets need to shut up and get in line. Especially Posada, who should have no right to say anything until he is back on the field.

Couldn’t have said it better

October 7, 2008

John Paciorek/ has a good analysis of ARod’s swing.

The 2009 New York Yankees

September 23, 2008

According to Joe Sheehan:

C: Posada, Molina
1B: Teixeira
2B: Cano, Betemit
SS: Jeter
3B: Rodriguez
LF: Damon
CF: Cabrera, Endy Chavez
RF: Abreu, Nady
DH: Matsui
SP: Wang, Chamberlain, Mussina, Hughes, Kennedy, Pavano
RP: Rivera, Ramirez, Veras, Coke, Aceves, Giese

Shermanator: He’s a machine

June 12, 2008


If the Rockies go into full dump mode, eyes will be on star outfielder Matt Holliday. But if I were the Yanks, I would hone in on Garrett Atkins as long as the belief was that he could play first. He is about to get very expensive and, in Ian Stewart, Colorado has a high-end prospect ready to replace Atkins at third now. Atkins destroys lefty pitching and is not a free agent until after 2010.

Nick Shlain: C’mon Joel, you’re better than this. Wait, no your not. What am I talking about?

Where is the need for hitting on this team? Sure, the Yankees are 14th in all of baseball in RS/G. But, didn’t losing ARod and Po, the two best hitters on the team, for extended time have something to do with that? Going forward, the Yankees don’t need offensive help.

Also, what is the plan by getting Atkins? Play him everyday at 1B? So Giambi can DH and Matsui can practice karate? That doesn’t make our offense better. The only parts of the offense that need improvement are 2B and CF and we just have to wait until Cano and Cabrera get it together.

If the plan is to use him as a spare part, then allow me to let you in on a little secret: spare parts aren’t the difference between making and not making the playoffs.

Also, Atkins has terrible home/road splits the last two years, benefiting heavily from his home park. In 2007, he had a tOPS+ of 120 at home and 81 on the road. This year, 130 and 75. Adding his road production wouldn’t make our offense better.

Sherman says the point of this column is for the Yankees to trade for guys for this year, but makes a point about Atkins contract going through 2010. 

Colorado needs a long-term answer in center, and the Yanks should not be afraid to deal Melky Cabrera as a key element to a major deal (does Cabrera, Kennedy and Melancon get this done?).

This deal is terrible. I would never do this, Brian Cashman would never do this. It is waaaaaaaay too early to be giving up on Melky and Kennedy. Melancon is recovering from injury so I don’t know how many teams really value him. I know that we do though.

Three scouts who cover the Yankees’ system say Triple-A center fielder Brett Gardener can play in the majors now, and his speed would be an element sadly lacking on the current squad.

It is great that we have other players in our minor league system. But, that doesn’t mean we go and trade Melky if we aren’t getting anything good back.

Now, it’s great that three scouts think that Gardner can play in the majors. But, that doesn’t mean he can. I’d like to see him get a shot and get called up for Duncan and get a little playing time and we’ll see how he does. My point is we need to see how he does because his strikeout rates in the minor leagues don’t suggest that he can be an everyday MLB-er.

Melky goes deep, Yanks win 3-1

June 11, 2008


Bill Simmons, April 2005:

But if I had to pick one thing that gives the Red Sox their biggest advantage over the Yankees heading into the 2005 season, I’m going with Keith Foulke – partly because of rumors that Rivera is breaking down, partly because he’s the only closer who uses Danzig as his entrance music, partly because Foulke’s gritty October performance vaulted him past Rivera as the premier money reliever in baseball.

Peter Abraham, Journal News: Had a chance to watch Brett Gardner on Saturday in Scranton. Hitting him ninth could help the offense. They don’t have anybody like him. The question is whether they’re ready to sit Melky or consider trading him. At some point soon, they’re going to have a make a decision on Gardner. He looks ready.

I’m not ready to give up on Melky. He had a terrible May and is having a bad June, but that is the kind of inconsistency you get with a young player.


June 6, 2008

Tyler Kepner, NY Times, has a great feature story on #7 Yankee Prospect RHP Mark Melancon.


June 4, 2008

Joel Sherman, NY Post:

They are 58 games into the season and yet playing as much for 2009 and beyond as 2008. That will not sit well with veterans whose baseball biological clock is ticking away as Chamberlain tries to learn to be a major league starter on the job.

How are they playing for 2009? Do you not understand that having a great pitcher pitch more will prevent more runs from scoring?

The veterans are watching as the team blew up its greatest strength (the late-game relief tandem of Chamberlain and Rivera).

If late-game relief is your greatest strength than your in trouble. Look at all the good Mo and Joba have done, the Yankees are in LAST PLACE.

Also, if you think the veterans are going to revolt over Joba going to the rotation, you’re an idiot. The only player I can recall saying he wasn’t in favor of the move was Johnny Damon and he is an idiot.

ARod knows:

“We all know how valuable and important starting pitching is, and Joba has great talent. I love it,” Rodriguez said. (Source) 


June 3, 2008

Ugh, Mike Lupica, NY Daily News:

They have had just about everything since they have been Steinbrenner’s Yankees. They have had more money and more controversy than everybody else in baseball. They have brought the World Series back to the Stadium. They have given us Joe Torre and Derek Jeter and A-Rod and Roger Clemens and Rivera and Posada. They have given us four million in attendance and $200 million in salaries every single year and remain the greatest (regular-season) baseball show on earth.

Yes, this is all correct.

They have even given us that collapse in the 2004 American League Championship Series and changed the course of history here and in Boston. They have been in the playoffs every single year since 1995.

Okay, still good.

The Yankees have given us everything except this:

Except a pitching phenom.

BAM! Not true.

Now they are so sure they have one in the rock star known as Joba, so sure he is a phenom no matter how they use him, that they fast-track him out of the eighth inning and into a full-time role as a starter. They overreact to another slow start the way they did to a buried Ortiz jersey.

They are overreacting to a slow start even though this was the plan before the season? 

Last year the schoolgirl crush around here was on Phil Hughes. Hughes came out of the bullpen and pitched the way he did against the Indians to keep the Yankee season alive in the playoffs, and suddenly he was somebody classified as a Big Pitcher around here, for a long time.

He wasn’t just “suddenly classified as a Big Pitcher.” He was the number one pitching prospect in baseball before the 2007 season.

Only now Hughes is hurt and Ian Kennedy is hurt and neither one of them was setting the world on fire before they got hurt.

Wait, so Hughes was a phenom and then he got hurt to lose his phenom status? This is incredibly stupid, but if he was a phenom before he got hurt, then haven’t the Yankees given you a pitching phenom, no matter how short-lived you consider his phenom status?

My head hurts.

He makes you remember something Bill Parcells said about Tony Romo a couple of years ago when Romo came off the bench and out of nowhere and started to first look like a star for the Cowboys.

“Let’s not anoint him,” Parcells said.

It was too late by then with Romo and it is too late with Joba Chamberlain. You first heard it last year when the kid came through the bullpen door and started blowing the doors off the eighth inning. Suddenly this kid with the funny name and as much arm as the Yankees had seen in a long time was eliciting the same kind of roar that Rivera got when he came out to pitch the ninth. Sometimes it was louder, because Joba was young and new and Rivera was not. Tuesday Joba will hear the same kind of noise, just a few minutes after 7.

Seriously, fuck this noise.

He is no sure thing, by the way, even though he is treated like the second coming of Bob Gibson. They have rushed him into this role even talking about how careful they are. And, because the Yankees are making things up as they go along with this kid, no matter what they say, they have no backup plan if he can’t do the job as a starter.

Mike Lupica knows what he’s talking about here…..NOT!!!11!!!!

When did you become pitching coach of the Daily News softball team, Mike? C’mon, don’t pretend you have the first clue about bringing along young pitchers.

Mike, you are not that guy. You are the guy who will quote Parcells in any column even if its not on football.

Suddenly it is against the law to even suggest they should leave him where he is, unless you’re sure Joba will win more games than the new setup men will lose.

This is perhaps the dumbest thought process ever. This is not the correct way to judge if moving Joba into the rotation was the right move.

“I love it when I hear they’re just going to go out and find somebody to pitch the eighth, like there’s a lot of those guys around,” one former Yankee said to me yesterday. “Just about everybody in baseball wants that kind of eighth-inning closer.”

You know what every team wants more? A frontline Ace like Joba in their rotation.

They were right about Mo once. They were right about Pettitte. They got guys like Clemens and David Wells and David Cone, but you could have made the call on them.

C’mon, I’m Mike Lupica, I scouted all those guys and knew they were sick before the Yankees.

Now they want to be right about one of their own kids, because they hardly ever are. It happens at a time when the Red Sox produce kids who produce a no-hitter a year.

Yup, the Yankees drafted Phil Hughes in 2004 because of Clay Buchholz’ no-hitter in 2007. Makes sense.  

The Yankees spend money and make money and win more than 90 games a year. The Yankees do a lot. They just don’t do phenoms very well. Or power pitchers at all, at least not since Guidry was striking out the world.

He just completely ignores Pettitte this entire column. How many times did he save the Yankees in the playoffs? Just because he used HGH doesn’t mean that stuff didn’t happen.

Now here comes Joba out of the bullpen Tuesday, not for the top of the eighth, but for the top of the first. They ask an awful lot of this kid. Time will tell if they have asked too much.

I really want Joba to dominate tonight and shut everyone up right away, but its unrealistic. It’s his first start at Yankee Stadium and he’s gonna be pumped up like crazy with the Stadium crowd hanging on every pitch. Plus, he isn’t even going to get to 80 pitches tonight. It’s going to be fun, but he’s not going to throw a no-hitter.

Nothing against Eric Wilbur, but he sucks

June 1, 2008

Eric Wilbur,

David Ortiz has apparently once again gotten the Yankees front office all hot and bothered, thanks to his presence in a silly All-Star Game promotion. The “Call Your Shot” event will give a fan the chance to choose a spot in Yankee Stadium where he or she thinks the Red Sox slugger can deposit the ball. Then, Ortiz has one swing to summon Babe Ruth. Simple enough.

But according to the New York Times’ Jack Curry, the Yankees don’t want Ortiz to take that swing….

…Imagine poring over spreadsheets and hit charts for Ortiz, only to arrive in the Bronx and see that Alex Rodriguez is going to take his shot instead. Nothing against A-Rod, but if you’ve got one swing with everything on the line, I’m not sure he’s your man.

Last year he was.

Late & Close (7th inning or later, tied, down one or up one):

Chokey McChokeChoke: .357/.439/.686 in 82 PA
Big Sloppy Clutchness: .263/.371/.395 in 89 PA

Vote or Die

May 31, 2008

The Yankees are coming out with an “Essential Games of Yankee Stadium” DVD with this being the last year at Yankee Stadium. The cool thing about it is that they are letting the fans pick the games. Click here to vote (Pick 5 games, one from each era: 1970-89, 1990-99, 2000-08).

Here are my picks:

5. 1976 ALCS Game 5: Chris Chambliss hits a walk-off homer to send the Yankees to the World Series and is mobbed on the field.

4. July 1, 2004: The Dive. Derek Jeter dives in the stands to catch a Trot Nixon pop up, ends up bloody and leaves the game. ARod plays SS, Sheffield plays 3B and John Flaherty hits a walk-off 2B.

3. 2001 World Series Game 4: Tino Martinez ties the game on a two-strike, two-out homer in the bottom of the ninth. After the clock strikes midnight, Jeter hits a walk-off homer to right and is crowned Mr. November.

2. 2003 ALCS Game 7: Grady Little leaves Pedro in, Jorge Posada ties the game. Aaron Boone sends the Yankees to the World Series on a walk-off homer off Tim Wakefield.

1. 1996 World Series Game 6: The game that started the dynasty. Joe Girardi gives the Yankees a lead they won’t give back with a 4th inning triple as they go on to win their first World Series in 18 years.