Monday, August 31, 2009

Series Preview: New York Yankees AT Baltimore Orioles

Here is the series preview for the 3 game set in Baltimore:

Tonight: LHP Andy Pettitte (11-6, 4.18) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (9-12, 5.26)

Pettite has been-well-awesome lately. In his last start Pettite went 7 IP giving up 5 hits and 2 ER. In his last start against the Orioles Pettite got the no-decision going 7.1 IP 6 hits and 1 ER. Andy is 25-6 with a 3.65 ERA in his career against the Orioles. Guthrie got the loss in his last start against the Yankees and is 3-4 with a 4.66 ERA career wise vs. the Bombers.

Tuesday: RHP A.J. Burnett (10-8, 4.10) vs. RHP David Hernandez (4-6, 4.24)

Burnett is 9-1 with a 4.61 ERA in his career vs. the O's. Hernandez has been better than his numbers may indicate this year. Hernandez pitched 6 innings giving up 3 hits and 1 ER in his only career appearance vs. the Yankees.

Wednesday: LHP CC Sabathia (15-7, 3.56) vs. RHP Jason Berken (4-11, 6.33)

CC will look to continue his great pitching of late vs. the Orioles. CC is 7-1 with a 2.55 ERA vs. the Orioles career wise, while Berken is 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA in one career start vs. the Yankees.


TONIGHT: Yankees win 6-2

TUESDAY: Orioles win 7-4

WEDNESDAY: Yankees win 9-2

New Blog

Hey guys, I know I've left this site before, so the title may worry you. There is good news, better news, and bad news.

Good News: I am still posting here, often too.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Joba Problem

Joba Chamberlain pitched 3 innings today, throwing only 35 pitches in the process. The reason the Yankees pulled Joba out of the game so quickly is because they decided that he will have an entire new set of rules. Joba will work his way up to being able to pitch a full game for the Bronx Bombers. The question is though....why? I know Joba has to have his rules, but why did they have to start all over? What happens if another pitcher gets hurt in the 3rd, has to leave the game, and they need the whole bullpen to be used then? Why now? I am disgusted at the way the Yankees have handled Joba.

Suggestion to the Mets

Everyone once in a while I do a post in which I make a suggestion to a team. Well next up in the series is a group of suggestions to the New York Mets.

Here is how to fix the Mets.

-Fire Jerry Manuel

-Fire Omar Minaya

-Fire entire medical staff

-Fire Hitting and Pitching Coaches

-Trade Jose Reyes to the Boston Redsox for Jacoby Ellsbury and Lars Anderson (at least.)

-Sign John Lackey
-Sign Chone Figgins

Jerry Manuel should be fired because his team (the Mets) do not even know the fundamentals of baseball. If a team isn't playing well, thats one thing, but if a team drops pop ups, doesn't touch third base, and throws to first when no one is covering....that is a problem. Also, Jerry, not every player can play every position.

Omar Minaya is a trainwreck. Enough said.

The Mets have been one of the most injured teams in baseball and that can't just be because the players are fragile. The staff must have something to do with it.

The Mets have not hit or pitched well this year. Even when the team was healthy, they struggled.

The Reyes trade would really shake up the Mets. Ellsbury helps out in the outfield, with Gary Sheffield gone. Lars Anderson can be the future 1st baseman of the Mets.

Lackey and Figgins are both free agents in 2010 and are both members of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim now. Lackey can be a top 2 starter, while Figgins can play nearly every position.

Apology to Sergio Mitre

Dear Sergio Mitre,

I am very, very sorry I had repeatedly said that I did not want you on the Yankees. I wrote that I wanted you designated, released, traded, put on every kind of waivers possible, and even at one point I think I said I wanted you to pitch for the Redsox just so that the Yankees could beat them. Yesterday you proved me wrong....for one start at least. You pitched 6.1 Innings of scoreless, 1 hit baseball, with the sinker moving. You showed that you have done your job as the 5th starter.

I apologize,

Yankees Recap: 8/29 Chicago Whitesox AT New York Yankees

Prior to the 2003 season, the Yankees were involved in a big bidding war with the Boston Red Sox for the services of Cuban defector Jose Contreras. The Yankees ultimately won that battle, but in the long run Contreras was a bad signing. The Yankees got a little revenge yesterday, pounding the now Chicago White Sox pitcher en route to a 10-0 Yankees victory.

The game also marked the finest performance this season by Sergio Mitre since his recall by the big club back on July 21. He retired the first 13 White Sox to start the game and allowed just one hit over 6 1/3 innings, before being forced to depart when a line drive off the bat of A.J. Pierzynski struck his right forearm. For now, Mitre will be considered day-to-day after the imprint of the baseball was clearly visible on his arm.

The Yankees offense gave Mitre plenty of support early and often. Consecutive base hits by Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano, and Jerry Hairston Jr. (2 RBI), starting in place of Melky Cabrera, put the Bombers up 2-0 in the 2nd inning. A walk to Jose Molina and a sac bunt by Derek Jeter set things up for Johnny Damon, who delivered both runners with a double for a 4-0 Yankees advantage.

The Yankees continued the onslaught in the 4th with another four-run outburst. Jeter singled to start the frame and Damon reached on an error by Jayson Nix that allowed both runners to move into scoring position. An Alex Rodriguez single and a Hideki Matsui double extended the lead to 6-0 and sent Contreras to the showers. Swisher greeted D.J. Carrasco with an RBI single and Cano brought the final run home with a productive ground out.

Mitre cruised through the first four innings, his slider working as effectively as it ever had, and recording five ground ball outs plus a pair of strikeouts. Rodriguez temporarily kept the perfect game going when he dove to his right to snare Paul Konerko's grounder and threw out the White Sox 1st baseman to start the 5th inning. But DH Jim Thome ripped a line drive past Mark Teixeira to break up the no-no and perfect game in one swing of the bat.

Mitre walked Brent Lillibridge to open the 7th before Pierzynski's ball ricocheted off Mitre's arm and went behind the mound. Before feeling the pain, the Yankees starter tracked the ball down and threw out the White Sox catcher at 1st base for the inning's first out. Trainer Gene Monahan and manager Joe Girardi quickly came to the mound and immediately got Mitre out of there once they saw the swelling that had begun. The White Sox wouldn't benefit from Mitre's removal though, as Chad Gaudin came on and allowed just one walk in 2 2/3 innings while striking out four.

Game Notes

Alex Rodriguez belted his 23rd home run of the season in the 8th inning for the game's final tally. It was home run #576 for his career, putting him 7 behind Mark McGwire for 8th place on the all-time list.

Derek Jeter had his 7th 3-hit game of the month and his 14th multi-hit game. He's now 13 hits shy of tying Lou Gehrig's franchise record.

Joba Chamberlain goes in the series finale this afternoon (1 P.M. ET) as the Yankees go for the series sweep. Girardi would not reveal if Chamberlain was on a pitch count as has been rumored. Freddy Garcia makes his third start of the season for the White Sox.

*This post was written by Drew Sarver of My Pinstripes*

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Jose Contreras to Start Today for the Whitesox

Jose Contreras will start today for the Whitesox today, replacing the TBA sign. Conteras, a former Yankee, is 5-12 with a 5.09 ERA this year. Contreras was 15-7, 4.64 with the Yankees from 2003-04 before he was traded for Esteban Loiaza. He is 2-5, 4.20 in seven career starts against the Yankees since.

Game Recap: Friday August 28th Whitesox AT Yankees

Home runs, strong pitching, walk off wins, and whipped cream facials have been the mark of ball games played at the new Yankee Stadium this season. Last night’s game with the Chicago White Sox was right out of the 2009 playbook. Robinson Cano crushed a 3-run home run in the bottom of 10th inning to give the Yankees a 5-2 victory and made Cano the recipient of pie ala Burnett.

Left-hander Randy Williams struck out Mark Teixeira and then got some help from the wind as Alex Rodriguez‘ deep fly to center died short of the warning track. But Williams walked Hideki Matsui and Nick Swisher, setting up a showdown with Cano, who had been hitless in four at-bats on the night. After working a 2-2 count, Cano launched a Williams fastball into the Yankees bullpen for the team’s 11th walk-off win of the season. The strong winds had no chance to play a factor since the ball more of a line drive than fly ball. Brian Bruney worked a scoreless top of the 10th to improve to 4-0.

CC Sabathia had given the Yankees a dominant outing, striking out 10 batters through six innings. But the big man, protecting a 2-0 lead built on home runs by Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon, ran into trouble in the 7th. If not for some key defensive plays, Sabathia may very well have left the game with the Yankees trailing.

Jermaine Dye started the 7th with a double and Sabathia issued his first walk of the game, putting Carlos Quentin aboard. Alex Rios‘ double to right cut the Yankees lead in half and put the tying and go ahead runs in scoring position. One out later, Sabathia induced a ground ball by Ramon Castro. Quentin, running on contact, was easily gunned down at the plate by Rodriguez. The Yankees third baseman then made a huge play, diving into foul territory to snare Jayson Nix‘ fair ball that barely went over the third base bag. Though he had no play to make, A-Rod’s stop prevented not only a run from scoring, but a bigger inning from occurring.

Gordon Beckham lined a game tying single to right, but Nick Swisher came up with, arguably, his best throw of the season- a one-hopper to Jose Molina, who thrust his right leg out to block the plate and tagged out his White Sox counterpart Castro for the inning’s final out.

Game Notes

Derek Jeter hit his 22nd lead off home run, putting in him sole possession of second place on the career franchise list. He’s just two home runs behind Rickey Henderson for the #1 spot. The home run was also the 223rd of his career, pushing him past Don Mattingly for 10th place on the team’s career list. The home run was his lone hit, and number 2,705, 16 behind Lou Gehrig.

CC Sabathia finished August 5-0, 2.64 and is 7-1, 2.95 since the All-Star break.

*This post was written by Drew Sarver of My Pinstripes*

Friday, August 28, 2009

News and Notes

Drew Sarver at My Pinstripes has allowed me to start using his game recaps on my blog. So now we will have recaps of the games here.

Drew can be followed on twitter here.

I can be followed here.

September-Call Up Options

I recently commented on a Chad Jennings blog post and asked him who he thought would be called up in September, if Ramiro Pena could play CF in the MLB yet, and if Austin Jackson could play all three outfield positions.

Here was his response:

The call-up situation changed today with the announcement that Joba Chamberlain will be pitching every five days, but only going a few innings at a time. That likely means more pitchers going up than I originally expected.

Of the five pitchers on the 40-man -- Melancon, Claggett, Ramirez, Albaladejo and Dunn -- I now think three will go up on September 1 and the other two will go after the season. I'll take a guess that Albaladejo is the one most likely to go up on September 1.

Postion players, I think only Cervelli and Pena will go up on September 1. After the season, I think Duncan, Miranda and maybe Jackson.Pena looks good in center field, but I wouldn't have him start a game there in New York. Maybe late in a game that's already decided. For a guy who's hardly played the position, playing center field in a big league ballpark is going to be quite a bit different from a minor league park.

No doubt Jackson can play all three spots in the big leagues right now and be well above average defensively.

Series Preview: Chicago WhiteSox AT New York Yankees

The Whitesox come to the Bronx tonight to take on the Yankees for a 3 game set.

*Quick note* Jake Peavy will NOT be pitching in this series.

FRIDAY: LHP Mark Buehrle (11-7, 3.92) vs. LHP CC Sabathia (15-7, 3.59)

Notes: CC Sabathia is 6-0 lifetime in 10 head to head starts against Buehrle. Earlier this year these two aces faced off....Melky Cabrera hit for the cycle in that game, as the Yankees beat the Sox 8-5. Buehrle is 1-6 with a 6.84 ERA lifetime vs. the Yanks. CC Sabathia is 15-4 with a 3.77 ERA.

SATURDAY: TBA vs. RHP Sergio Mitre (2-1, 6.82)

As of now I have no clue who will start this game. Mitre faced the Chisox earlier this year, losing in a 10-5 loss. He pitched 3 innings giving up 7 hits and 5 ER. In his career he is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in 3 starts against the Whitesox.

SUNDAY: RHP Freddy Garcia (0-1, 6.75) vs. RHP Joba Chamberlain (8-4, 4.34)

Garcia was wanted in spring training by the Yankees, but chose the Mets instead. Garcia is 4-3 with a 4.19 ERA in 9 career starts against the Yankees. Joba faced the Whitesox 5 times in his career (all in relief) pitching 5 innings giving up 5 hits and 1 ER.


FRIDAY: Yankees win 6-2

SATURDAY: Whitesox win 9-6

SUNDAY: Whitesox win 5-3

The Phil Coke Problem

Phil Coke has pitched in 59 games this year, seven more than Mariano Rivera for the team lead. Coke has blown five saves, the next most is one for a combined five pitchers. Coke is 4-3 with a 5.05 ERA following yesterdays horrible outing. Coke does have an impressive .209 Batting Average Against vs. Lefties. Coke is also 4-1 with a 3.19 ERA at home and an 0-2 record with a 7.84 ERA away. The main problem with Coke, however is that he has given up six homeruns to lefty hitters. The Yankees will most likely call-up either Mike Dunn or Zach Kroenke come September, and with Damaso Marte coming back as another lefty he won't have to pitch as much.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Minor League Recap (8/24-8/26)

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (71-57) had a very poor start to the week, losing all three games.

(8/24) The Buffalo Bisons took game three of the series by a score of 7-2. Anthony Claggett dropped to below .500 (6-7) after going 5 inn. allowing 7 hits and 2 earned. Zach Kroenke had another poor outing in relief, giving up 4 hits and 2 earned in 2 inn. Yurendell de Caster had a 2-run single (18) in the loss.

(8/25) The Bisons split the series with the Yankees after shutting them down; 4-0. Ivan Nova pitched a strong 7 innings, allowing 6 hits and just 1 earned. Mark Melancon got rocked in his two innings in relief, allowing 5 hits and 3 earned.

(8/26) SWB lost the opener to the Syracuse Chiefs 4-3. Kei Igawa fell to 9-8 after he went just 4.2 inn. and gave up 8 hits and 2 earned (4 runs). Mike Dunn and Edwar Ramirez pitched well in relief, combining for 5 strikeouts over 4.1. Yurendell de Caster hit home run number 4 (20) and Colin Curtis hit number 6 (24).

Transactions: C Brian Peterson was placed on the 7-day DL.

Performer of the Week: Really no player well deserving. Edwar Ramirez (3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 K) or Mike Dunn (2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 K).

The Yankees remain 2.5 games ahead of Syracuse in the division.

*This post was written by Dan Reiner*

Yankees Have Interest in Brad Penny

According to the NY Post, the Yankees are interested in signing RHP Brad Penny to replace Sergio Mitre in the rotation. Penny would cost $100,00 to sign for the Yankees, or any other team interested in signing him (besides the Redsox.)

I like the idea of this, as long as it doesn't get in the way. What I mean by that is that I would NOT want Brad Penny on the Yankees playoff roster. I would like him as a September starter to fill in the last spot over Mitre. Other teams interested are the Rockies, Marlins, and Giants. I think the best fit for him is the Rockies.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Previewing the Yankees Roster Part I

Every month we will preview the Yankees 2010 Roster based on our opinions of who the Yankees will sign.

Here are the Yankees Free Agents for next year:

C-Jose Molina
SS-Jerry Hairston Jr.
LF-Johnny Damon
RF-Eric Hinske, Xavier Nady
DH-Hideki Matsui
SP-Andy Pettite



So here is what I project will happen with those players:

Jose Molina-No contract offered

Jerry Hairston Jr.-No contract offered

Johnny Damon-Offered Arbitration, accepted

Eric Hinske-No contract offered

Xavier Nady-No contract offered

Hideki Matsui-No contract offered

Andy Pettite-Re-Signed to a 1 Year Deal

So here is how the roster would look

C-Jorge Posada, Francisco Cervelli
1b-Mark Texeira
2b-Robinson Cano
3b-Alex Rodriguez, Ramiro Pena
SS-Derek Jeter,
Lf-Jason Bay (signed to a 5 year $85 Million deal in offseason)
Cf-Melky Cabrera, Brett Gardner
Rf-Nick Swisher, Shelley Duncan
DH-Johnny Damon

SP-CC Sabathia
SP-A.J. Burnett
SP-Joba Chamberlain
SP-Andy Pettite/Jarrod Washburn if Pettite retires
SP-Phil Hughes
Security Starters (in case of injury) Ian Kennedy, Alfredo Aceves, Josh Towers

Long Relief-Alfredo Aceves

Middle Relief- Dave Robertson, Phil Coke, Zach Kroenke

Set-Up- Damaso Marte, Danys Baez (signed to a 2 year deal, the Yankees have been wanting him for a long time)

Closer-Mariano Rivera

So, in my opinion, the Yankees will get younger this offseason, with the bench especially getting younger.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Series Preview: Texas Rangers AT New York Yankees

The Texas Rangers are in town for a three game set. Here are the matchups:

TUESDAY: Kevin Millwood (9-8 3.48 ERA) AT Joba Chamberlain (8-3 3.98 ERA)

Notes: Joba Chamberlain is making his first start since August 16th when he went 5 IP giving up 7 hits and 4 ER. Joba has had 3 no decisions against Texas, with a 7.11 ERA. Kevin Millwood is 1-4 with a 4.50 ERA in 8 games vs. the Yankees in his career.

WEDNESDAY: Derek Holland (7-7 4.72 ERA) AT Andy Pettite (10-6 4.25 ERA)

Notes: Holland has faced the Yankees twice in his career going 0-1 with a 9.95 ERA. Pettite is 9-9 with a 5.56 ERA in his career vs. Texas.

THURSDAY: Dustin Nippert (4-2 3.95 ERA) AT A.J. Burnett (10-7 4.08 ERA)

Notes: Nippert has never faced the Yankees in his career. Burnett is 3-2 with a 3.99 ERA in his career vs. Texas.


Tuesday: Yankees 9, Rangers 8

Wednesday: Yankees 6, Rangers 2

Thursday: Rangers 7, Yankees 4

Monday, August 24, 2009

Royals DFA Ron Mahay

The Royals Designated Ron Mahay for assignment today. I have wanted Mahay on the Yankees for about 3 years now and I haven't stopped saying that. He has had an off year this year with his 4.79 ERA and 55 hits in 41 innings. Still, he can help the Yankees. Sure the Yankees would have 3 lefty relievers, but he can be a one-year rental for the Yankees. He can help them for the playoff chase and allow the Yankees to keep Zach Kroenke and Mike Dunn in AAA and maybe send them to the Arizona Fall League.

Also, why hasn't Damaso Marte been placed on waivers yet? He must be healthy to be placed and he is healthy. If someone claimed Marte he could be gone (with his 4 year contract) for nothing OR one small prospect. Then the Yankees could use a combination of Phil Coke, Kroenke, and/or Dunn as their lefty relievers.

Suggestion to the Yankees: September Call-Ups

Every year in September the MLB rosters expand to 40 players, rather than 25. Here's who I believe the Yankees should call-up for the pennant race.

*Most teams call up 3 or 4 players before the AAA and AA playoffs end, then call up more*

1. Zach Kroenke, LHP, AAA Scranton. Kroenke has been lights out in AAA this year, with a sub-2.00 ERA. Kroenke would help the bullpen by giving them another lefty reliever and by giving them length.

2. Ramiro Pena, INF, AAA Scranton. Pena has seen a lot of time in the MLB this year and could help with the infield depth. We don't want Jose Molina being the backup third baseman, do we?

3. Mark Melancon, RHP, AAA Scranton. Melancon has had limited time in the MLB this year, but has had pretty good results in his time there. Melancon can help out with depth.

4. Shelley Duncan, OF, AAA Scranton. Duncan had one day in the majors this year before being sent down in favor of Jerry Hairston Jr. Duncan has been stellar in AAA.


5. Josh Towers, RHP, AAA Scranton. Not on the 40-man but could be a spot-starter or a long reliever if needed.

6. Jon Albaladejo, RHP, AAA Scranton. Closing in AAA, has seen time in the MLB.

7. Juan Miranda, 1b, AAA Scranton. One and done this year in the MLB.

8. Kevin Russo, INF, AAA Scranton. One of the most consistent players in AAA this year, needs a spot on 40-man.

9. Austin Jackson?!?!?! OF, AAA Scranton. This is one I am uncertain about. He could use the experience, but they don't want to rush him.

10. Francisco Cervelli, C, AAA Scranton. Was great in his time in the MLB. Currently on the 7-day DL in AAA.

This would give the Yankees 35 players, 36 with Brett Gardner returning. That is more than enough.

PROBLEM: 4 of these players (Kroenke, Towers, Russo, Jackson) do not have spots on the 40-man roster.


1. DFA Kevin Cash. With Cervelli, Molina, and Posada all healthy, and Cash on the DL in AAA, he is completely not needed.

2. DFA Sergio Mitre.

That still leaves 2 extra spots needed, so two of those (I suspect Towers and Russo) wouldn't be called up.

OTHER OPTIONS: Anthony Claggett, Mike Dunn, Kevin Whelan, Edwar Ramirez.

*This is pure speculation*

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Minor League Recap 8/20-8/23

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees reached the 70 win plateau this week, after going 2-2 this half week.

(8/20 [day]) On Thursday, the Yanks split a 7-inning doubleheader with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, taking game one 4-3. Ivan Nova went a strong 6 innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 ER. Jonathon Albaladejo blew the save, but got the win in relief. Austin Jackson hit the game-winning single (55) in the bottom of the 7th. Other RBIs were driven in by Shelley Duncan 2 (84) and Yurendell de Caster (16).

(8/20 [night]) The Yankees lost the night portion by a score of 9-4. Kei Igawa got knocked around again, going just 2.1 inn. and allowing 6 hits and 4 earned. Mark Melancon gave up 3 earned over 1.2 innings. On the plus side, Kevin Russo hit home run number 3, and Shelley Duncan hit number 27. RBIs were driven in by Juan Miranda (76), Kevin Russo (24), and Shelley Duncan 2 (86).

(8/21) On Friday, the SWB got roughed up again in a 9-1 loss to the IronPigs. Romulo Sanchez took the loss, going just 4.1 inn., allowing 6 hits and 3 ER. Zach Kroenke gave up 3 earned in 1.1 inn. of relief. The lone RBI was driven in by Reegie Corona (8).

(8/22) On Saturday, the Yankees took the opener against the Buffalo Bisons, shutting them out 1-0. After a 56 minute rain delay, Josh Towers had a very strong outing, going 6 scoreless innings, allowing just 2 hits while striking out 5. Mark Melancon and Jonathon Albaladejo combined for 3 scoreless, hitless innings. Albaladejo got save number 8. The lone Yankee RBI was driven in by Shelley Duncan (87).

(8/23) On Sunday, the Yanks won game two of the series against the Bisons by a score of 2-1. Jason Hirsh improved to 3-0 as he went 6 innings, allowing 6 hits and 1 earned. Michael Dunn pitched two scoreless innings in relief and Jonathon Albaladejo struck out the side to get save number 9. Austin Jackson’s two-run double (57) in the 3rd inning provided all the Yankee scoring for the game.

Transactions: Ramiro Peña was optioned to SWB, as Damaso Marte was called up to the MLB team. Amaury Sanit, George Kontos, and Doug Bernier were all placed on the 7-day DL, while Romulo Sanchez was activated.

Player of the Week: (Thursday-Sunday): Shelley Duncan (.250 [4-16] 1 HR 5 RBI)

*This post was written by Dan Reiner

Friday, August 21, 2009

Jim Rice: Biggest Hypocridiot Ever

If you are wondering...yes I did make up the word hypocridiot (combination of the words hypocrite and idiot).

Also if you are wondering, why? Well here is why:

So let me get this straight. Jim Rice decides to inspirational speak to a group of little leaguers. He then decides to bash players that make too much money and care only about money. Once he started talking about Derek Jeter in the same sentence as Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez, however....thats horrible.

“You see a Manny Ramirez, you see an A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez), you see (Derek) Jeter … Guys that I played against and with, these guys you’re talking about cannot compare.”

Ok, so he has a strong opinion. This doesn't make him the worst guy...does it?

Yes, it does.

Here is why:

As I was watching the Yankees game tonight, Michael Kay told a great story.

Adrian Wojnarowski emailed him, saying that when he was a kid he had a Redsox yearbook. In the yearbook was a Q&A with Jim Rice. Rice was asked what his favorite part of being a baseball player was. His response "the 1st and 15th of the month." For those of you that don't know, those are the days that players get paid.

So let me get this straight. Jim Rice criticizes one of the most unselfish, team before player players for caring too much about money....but he says his favorite part is the money?

Classless, selfish, hypocritical.

Series Preview: Yankees AT Redsox

The Yankees start a 3 game series in Boston tonight. The series could very well be the clinching moment in either teams season, as the Yankees can take as big as a 9 1/2 game lead on their rivals. The Redsox, however could narrow the lead down to as little as 3 1/2 games. Lets get to the matchups and predictions:

FRIDAY: Andy Pettite AT Brad Penny
Andy Pettite has been great of late, while Brad Penny has been...well....Brad Penny. Pettite last faced the Redsox in New York last Sunday pitching 7 IP while giving up 5 hits and 0 ER. Penny only faced the Yankees once this year pitching 6 scoreless innings, while giving up 6 hits.

SATURDAY: A.J. Burnett AT Junichi Tazawa

Burnett last faced Boston last Friday in the epic battle that Tazawa ended up losing on Alex Rodriguez's walk off homerun in the 15th inning. Burnett was nothing short of spectacular in that game giving up only 1 hit (which came in the 1st inning) in 7 2/3.

SUNDAY: CC Sabathia AT Josh Beckett

Beckett was the other pitcher in the 15 inning game, pitching 7 scoreless innings of his own. CC Sabathia 7 2/3 giving up only 2 hits in a Yankees 5-0 win. Sabathia is always at his best in August going 32-9 with a 3.14 ERA in his career in August. Beckett is 14-15 with a 4.18 ERA, however.


FRIDAY: Yankees jump out and score 2 in the first on a 2-run single by Jorge Posada (that already happened) and hold on to that lead, winning 7-4.

SATURDAY: The Redsox will take this game (although I am very, very likely to be wrong on this) by capitalizing on walks by Burnett. Redsox win 5-4.

SUNDAY: Duel in Boston. Enough said. 2-0 Yankees win.

Pena Optioned, Marte Activated

Getting ready for a big game tonight against Boston...but here's a note.

Damaso Marte has been activated from the 60-Day DL, with Ramiro Pena being optioned as the other move.

Marte has a 15.19 ERA this year in 7 appearances, 2 against Boston. Against Boston he has a 9.00 ERA going 0-1 in 2 IP.

Marte has gotten lefties out, however, as his Opponents Batting Average vs. Lefties is at .222. Against righties it is .438.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Minor League Recap- 8/16-8/19

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees had a 2-2 week, in which they lost and regained key pitchers.

(8/16) On Sunday, the Yankees lost game three of four to the Durham Bulls by a score of 5-2. Russ Ortiz only allowed 9 hits and 3 earned in just 4 innings. After the game, Ortiz opted out of his contract, ending his Yankee career. Kevin Russo drove in RBI 23 and Chris Stewart drove in number 15.

(8/17) On Monday, the Yankees tied the series against the Bulls with a win; 9-3. Newly activated Josh Towers went 6 innings, allowing just three hits and striking out five, improving his record to 5-6. RBIs were driven in by Shelley Duncan (78), Juan Miranda 2 (74), Colin Curtis (22), Austin Jackson 2 (54), and Yurendell de Caster 2 (14).

(8/18) Tuesday, the Yankees took the series opener against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 10-5. Anthony Claggett took the win in 2.1 innings in relief, improving his record to 6-6. Jason Hirsh started, and went four innings allowing 4 hits and 2 earned. Zach Kroenke allowed 4 hits and 2 earned in just 1.2 innings in relief. RBIs were driven in by: Colin Curtis (23), Shelley Duncan 4 (82), Juan Miranda (75), Yurendell de Caster (15), Brian Peterson (3), and Reegie Corona 2 (7). The game had a 1:04 delay.

(8/19) The game was rained out against the IronPigs. No makeup has been announced.

Transactions: Romulo Sanchez and Cody Ransom were placed on the 7-day DL.

Player of the Week (Sunday-Wednesday) : Shelley Duncan (.333 [4-12] 0 HR 5 RBI)

*This post was written by Dan Reiner*

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Interview with Pete Abraham

I was able to get Pete Abraham of the Weschester Journal News to interview with me.

1. How have the players reacted to all the books written about the team this year - Torre' book and Selena Roberts'. Did you sense more tension? Also, do you feel that that had something to do with the slow start?

Tension? They have the best record in baseball and terrific chemistry. Why would a book by somebody who managed them in 2007 cause tension in 2009? The slow start was due to poor pitching and A-Rod being on the DL. Not any books.

2. Who is your favorite player to cover on the Yankees? Why?

Nobody in particular on this team, they're a pretty good bunch. It's a great honor to cover Mariano Rivera.

3. Do you feel that Chien-Ming Wang will ever return to his prime form?

Unfortunately, probably not. That foot injury altered his mechanics and led to a serious shoulder injury.

4. Some beat writers say that they want Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes should be the Yankees future closer, while you say that they should be starters. Why?

I think this issue has been beaten to death. Joba is obviously a starter and the Yankees have said Hughes will start as well.

5. What is your favorite and least favorite stadiums to visit?

I like Safeco Field. I dislike Oakland.

6. Question for kids out there that may want to be a beat writer when they grow up. What is it like? The traveling, asking questions, press conferences, getting to be near players?

That is a pretty involved question. It's a very enjoyable job but there is a lot of hard work and a lot of hours involved. I'm not sure what you mean by getting to be near players. They're just people who play baseball, it's not a big deal.

7. Jim Bouton, a former Yankee, wrote a book revealing private information about his teammates and friends. Selena Roberts wrote a book about one player, Alex Rodriguez. Do you feel players have to be more careful about trust and being a close team? Has the loss of privacy in any way cause a lack of chemistry?

I've never heard any of the players talk about books and it doesn't impact team chemistry in the slightest.

8. The Yankees asked the Pirates to help pay for Eric Hinske's salary this year.....are they really having money issues or are there other reasons?

I don't think they're having money issues. But if the other team will pay some salary, they might as well try and get it.

9. When Joe Torre rejected the Yankees offer you called it "the most shocking thing in a long time." What since has surprised you the most? Why?

In terms of what has surprised me since, it was A-Rod being on steroids. I had foolishly believed his denials.

10. Any funny or interesting stories you have from your time as a Yankee beat writer?

There are too many to mention. Plenty of interesting and funny things happen.

Quick Questions:

Do you like the new Yankee Stadium as much as the old one?


Best 1-2 Combination in baseball?

Pitching or hitting? Pitching I'd say it's Lincecum and Cain. Hitting I'd say Mauer and Morneau.

World Series predictions?

As I wrote in the beginning of the season, I think the Yankees will win it.

Date of Austin Jacksons MLB Debut?

No idea. Depends what they do in the offseason.

Will Joe Torre get his number retired? Will he make up with the Yankees?

I would hope so on both accounts.

Thanks once again for doing this, Pete.

Edited Version of Importance of Role Player's Post

Connor Reed who wrote the original post has added new information, so I will re-post it.

The importance of a role-player is commonly overlooked. They deliver when you need them, but they don’t play everyday, or enough to make All-star teams, and don’t make big pay checks, which leaves them out of the spotlight. However, they can easily change an outcome, which they commonly do.

Take the 2004 Boston Red Sox as an example. The team was loaded with stars (Ortiz, Pedro, Manny, Varitek, Damon, Schilling). But when the entire season’s work was on the line, a man making less than a million bucks came through: Dave Roberts.

Trailing by one in the ninth inning of game four, just an inning from elimination, he came in to run for Kevin Millar. Mariano Rivera twice attempted to pick him off with no avail, and Roberts took off on the first pitch, beating Jorge Posada’s near perfect throw by centimeters. Roberts scored from there on Bill Mueller’s line drive, tying the game, which allowed Ortiz to win the game three innings later. In the eighth inning of the following game, Roberts again came in to replace Millar. Pitcher Tom Gordon was so paranoid by Dave’s presence he threw three consecutive balls in the dirt. When he finally got a strike, Roberts was off, racing to third on Nixon’s single, and later scoring the tying run on a Jason Varitek sacrifice fly. Five innings, later, thanks to Roberts, David Ortiz was able to win it again.

Avid baseball fans remember these events. Just as they remembered how Herb Washington, a track star with no baseball experience, was hired as a “designated pinch-hitter” for the Athletics in 1974 and 1975, appearing in 105 games despite lacking a defensive inning or at-bat. They remember how Manny Mota, Gates Brown, Rusty Staub, and Lenny Harris were excellent pinch-hitters. They know how important these guys are to winning a championship.
PH OBP Bunt Singles PH PA SB as a Sub
2008 Rays 298 21 131 5
2007 Rays 253 9 69 1

The Rays do too. When you don’t have much money to spend, you can’t buy big name players. You have to change the management’s style. Look at these differences (PH = pinch-hitters).

So, who are the role players in the game today? Willie Bloomquist and Eric Bruntlett play every infield and outfield position, Mike Redmond bats .268 against righties and .331 against southpaws, Joey Gathright is an excellent pinch-runner, Brad Ausmus is a defensive upgrade to basically any catcher, and Johnny Gomes can give a manager more power. These aren’t the only guys, though. Alex Cora, Ryan Spilborghs, Eric Hinske, Omar Infante, Brett Gardner, Joey Inglett, Alex Amezaga, Hector Luna, Jolbert Cabrera, Willie Harris, Mark Loretta, Matt Stairs, Mark DeRosa and Greg Norton – all guys who are unknown to many fans – also can be called role-players.

All in All, these underrated players are needed on a championship team, and most helpful to teams like the Rangers, who don’t have many big-name stars.

*This post was written by Connor Reed*

Monday, August 17, 2009

Russ Ortiz Opts-Out of Contract

Russ Ortiz opted out of his AAA contract today, ending his Yankees career. Ortiz was great for the Scranton Yankees going 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA in 3 starts. Ortiz was given an opt-out clause after 3 starts for AAA and chose to exercise it. The Yankees have now lost one of their few options for a 5th-starter if Sergio Mitre struggles. The options left appear to be Chad Gaudin, Josh Towers, or Kei Igawa.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Brett Tomko to Start Tomorrow for the A's

Brett Tomko will make his first appearance of the season for the A's against the team that released him, the Yankees. Tomko will replace Justin Duchscherer, who was supposed to start until he was declared unable to pitch. The reason? "Non-baseball related reasons." According to the SF Gate "Duchscherer was scratched from a rehab start at Triple-A Sacramento on July 31 with what the team called a non-baseball related issue which was never explained."


MONDAY: A.J. Burnett vs. Brett Tomko

Burnett is coming off a 6 IP 10 H 3 ER performance against the Blue Jays. Tomko I imagine really wants to beat the Yankees, who he claimed did not give him a fair-shot.

Tuesday: CC Sabathia vs. Vin Mazzaro

Sabathia beat the Athletics earlier in the year pitching 7 Innings while giving up 3 ER. Mazzaro faced the Yankees giving up 6 ER in 4.1 IP.

Wednesday: Chad Gaudin vs. Brett Anderson

Gaudin, a former Athletic, will make his first start as a Yankee. Anderson has been inconsistent this year, but at times has been lights out.

PREDICTION: Yankees take game 1 8-4, game 2 5-4 and lose game 3 6-3.

Examining the Importance of the Role-Player

There are tons of types of role players. Willie Bloomquist can play every infield and outfield position, Joey Gathright can add speed to the bases in any situation, Brad Ausmus can provide a defensive upgrade late in the game, Mike Redmond can pinch-hit against lefties (.268 average vs. righties, .331 against southpaws), and Johnny Gomes can add more power when you need it. Of the thirty teams that prepare to play ball each spring, only one will go all the way. The team that does has a lot going right. They need good pitching, consistent hitters, smart base runners, aggressive managing, and a good bench, which is often overlooked.

Let’s look at the 2007 Boston Red Sox. Besides a strong lineup and good rotation, they definitely had a great bench. Alex Cora could play most infield positions with a quality glove, and Doug Maribelli, used to catch Wake’s knuckler, could sub in as a pinch-hitter. Wily Mo Pena was a raw power threat, and utility player Eric Hinske could also swing the bat well. Jacoby Ellsbury provided as an excellent pinch-runner or defensive replacement. Take a team like the Mets, who have been substantially underachieving in 2009. Along with being plagued with injuries, the organization has failed to put together a good bench. Alex Cora has been starting with the Reyes injury, and Angel Pagan, who has slowed down due to a past hamstring injury, is basically their only pinch-runner. Omir Santos and Brian Schneider have been splitting time as backstop, and both of them have sub-300 on-base percentages. The other reserves are Fernando Tatis, Fernando Martinez, and Jeremy Reed, who bat .252, .258, and .176, respectively.

Everyone knows the Cinderella story of the 2008 Rays. How’d they do it? Stacking their roster with as many weapons and tricks as possible. They didn’t have any star players (Carl Crawford was by far the biggest), yet they still managed an AL pennant. Look at the difference in their bench and role players from 2007 (PH = Pinch-Hitter).

PH OBP Bunt Singles PH PA SB as a Sub
2008 Rays .298 21 131 5
2007 Rays .253 9 69 1

The best pinch-hitter in baseball today is probably Matt Stairs. In 268 pinch-hit plate appearances, he holds a career .284 average, 17 homeruns, and 50 runs batted in.

*This post was written by Connor Reed*

AAA Recap of the Week

The International League North division leading Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees had a solid, rain shortened past week.

(8/10) On Monday, young gun Anthony Claggett and the Yanks took the series opener against the Norfolk Tides in a 6-1 victory. Claggett went 5 inn., allowing only 3 hits and 1 ER, lowering his ERA to 2.92. Kevin Russo went yard for the first time this season; giving him RBI number 21. Other RBI’s were driven in by Austin Jackson (48), Chris Stewart 2 (13), and Juan Miranda (67).

(8/11) Newly signed Yankee Russ Ortiz threw a gem in his second outing in a SWB uniform on Tuesday, going 7 innings, one hit and 6 k’s in a 9-0 shutout of the Tides. Kevin Russo hit his second home run in two nights, his only two thus far for the team, along with Cody Ransom hitting his third in AAA. RBI’s were driven in by Reegie Corona (5), Austin Jackson (49), Kevin Russo (22), Juan Miranda 2 (69), Cody Ransom 3 (11), and Chris Stewart (14).

(8/12) Wednesday’s game against Norfolk was postponed due to rain, rescheduled for the following night, and a day/night doubleheader.

(8/13) In the day portion of the doubleheader on Thursday, the Yankees took a rain-shortened 4-2 loss to the Tides in 7 innings. On the plus side, Shelley Duncan hit home run number 26 and drove in RBI number 77, while Yurendell de Caster drove in RBI number 11. Big Rumulo Sanchez took the loss, and Mark Melancon did a great job in 2.2 innings of relief.

(8/13) The night (and makeup) game of the doubleheader was again postponed due to rain. No makeup date has been announced.

(8/14) The Yankees took the series opener against the Durham Bulls on Friday. The team knocked around Andy Sonnanstine, smacking 11 hits and 7 runs off of him. Juan Miranda hit home run number 17. RBI’s were driven in by: Colin Curtis (21), Austin Jackson 3 (52), Cody Ransom (12), Yurendell de Caster (12), John Rodriguez (52), and Juan Miranda 2 (71). The stud Zach Kroenke got the win in relief, going 2.2 inn., with 4 Ks and no hits. He replaced Ivan Nova in the 5th inning, who also got smacked around, giving up 9 hits and 5 ER in 4.1 inn.

(8/15) The Yanks took a loss on Saturday to the Bulls 5-4. Kei Igawa only went 4 innings, allowing 8 hits, 3 ER and 2 home runs. Juan Miranda hit his 18th home run, which is RBI number 72, and John Rodriguez hit his 14th , RBIs 53-55, in the loss.

The lone transaction of the week was Josh Towers being demoted to AAA from the MLB team on Wednesday.

Player of the Week: Juan Miranda (.421 [8-19], 2 HR, 6 RBI)

*This post was written by Dan Reiner*

Friday, August 14, 2009

Alex Rodriguez Pulled from Line-Up

The title tells it all basically. Alex Rodriguez was pulled from the line-up today with back spasms. Rodriguez will be replaced in the line-up by Jerry Hairston Jr.

Joba to Pitch Sunday

Joba Chamberlain will start Sunday in Seattle, with A.J. Burnett, CC Sabathia, and Chad Gaudin pitching against Oakland.

Tonights Lineup:

1. Jeter SS
2. Damon LF
3. Teixeira 1B
4. Rodriguez 3B
5. Matsui DH
6. Posada C
7. Cano 2B
8. Swisher RF
9. Cabrera CF

Andy Pettite will start. Pettite is 1-6 with a 4.26 ERA in Seattle in his career.

A Few Links of Note

For a good read on Derek Jeter go to this. This is a great read by a great beat-writer in Pete Abraham.

I've mentioned it before....but bookmark this site also....great read!

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Once again, I will say thanks to everyone that has read today. I don't care if you just stopped by for a quick second or for an hour...either way it's great. Keep up the commenting and reading and hopefully I can get some new writers to help out and maybe even some interviews with Yankees beat-writers!

Friday Five

Friday Five is a new feature that we will be doing weekly here at the Pinstriper. I will give you guys 5 questions and you guys can answer them in the comments if you would like to. I will comment my own 5, also.

1. Who has been the best surprise this year for the Yankees?

2. Who has been the worst surprise for the Yankees?

3. Who is your AL CY Young?

4. Who is your AL MVP?

5. Who has done a better job with their team this year? Don Wakamatsu (Mariners) or Ron Washington (Rangers)?

I got this idea from this great site!

Redsox Acquire Alex Gonzalez

The Redsox made a trade today, acquiring Alex Gonzalez from the Cincinnati Reds. Gonzalez, an often injured defensive whiz at short, will get the majority of the playing time at short, with Nick Green backing him up.

To be completely honest I do not see this as an upgrade for the Redsox. Green is a great defensive player, also and he has been hitting better.

Yankee Recap: Yankees Steamroll Mariners 11-1

The Yankees defeated the Mariners yesterday in the first game of a four game set.

How it Happened: The Yankees scored 2 runs in the second inning to take an early lead. In the third Hideki Matsui hit his first of a pair of homeruns in the game. With a 4-0 lead early, the Yankees kept rolling. Meanwhile, pitching wise CC Sabathia was lights out. Sabathia went 8 innings giving up 3 hits and 1 ER on a Josh Wilson homerun. CC also got his fist double-digit strikeout game as a Yankee.

Player of the game: Tie between CC Sabathia and Hideki Matsui. Matsui hit 2 homeruns and got 5 RBI's.

News and Notes: Sergio Mitre will start Saturday for the Yankees, with Chad Gaudin pitching Sunday. Alex Rodriguez got the day off and may get the day off tonight. Derek Jeter acted like he had no idea that he had been hit by a pitch the day before when he was talking to the media.

We will begin to have daily recaps and series-previews starting next week, with a new writer.

Yankees Dilemma: Damon Arbitration?

Today was a great day for the Pinstriper, as we were mentioned on

Also today on mlbtraderumors, I saw this article.

Joel Sherman of the NY Post argues that Hideki Matsui (who hit 2 homeruns last night) will not be back next year. His other argument is that Johnny Damon could not be asked back next year, like Bobby Abreu this year.

I'd like to see Damon re-signed, as the Yankees have a choice of him, Jason Bay, or Matt Holliday this offseason.

Personally, out of those three, I choose Damon at this Yankee Stadium. If they make any changes with the walls or anything I choose Bay. If the Yankees choose Bay than the Redsox don't get him. Of course the Redsox could choose Bobby Abreu, or even one of those three to fill Bay's spot.

Either way this will be a tricky situation for the Yankees.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Russ Ortiz to the Rescue?

WARNING: Another plea to the Yankees to get rid of Sergio Mitre.

Sergio Mitre was not exactly rocked on Monday night, but he still did not get the job done. Mitre was mostly damaged because of his own throwing error.

Still, Mitre has been everything but lights out in the MLB. There is someone in AAA who has been lights out, however: Russ Ortiz. Ortiz has been stellar in 2 starts for Scranton pitching 13 scoreless innings with only 5 hits allowed and 9 k's.

Ortiz was not great for the Houston Astros this year, but has been good in the past- long long past.

So my idea is for the Yankees to DFA Mitre, call-up Ortiz, put Ortiz in the bullpen, and insert Chad Gaudin into the rotation.

If Ortiz is able to pitch well enough he can keep his job as a long-man and if Gaudin struggles they flip-flop the roles.

If Ortiz struggles, they can just get rid of him, too. No harm no foul.

It really is a win-win situation.

*If you are a Yankees fan that is reading this I am looking for another writer to help me out with this blog. Email me at if interested. Thank you.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Predicting how the Yankees Playoffs May Play Out

The Yankees completed a four-game sweep of the Boston Redsox last night. That got me thinking....if the playoffs were played starting would the Yankees fair?

First of would be the playoff matchups.

1. NYY
3. DET

2. LAA
4. BOS

So...lets say the Yankees play the Tigers. Here's what the pitching matchups would be:

GAME 1: CC Sabathia vs. Justin Verlander

This matchup was played out earlier in the year at Yankee Stadium and the Yankees won that game 2-1. Still, Verlander and CC are both aces, but I'd call this even. I'm going to give the Yankees the win on this one.

GAME 2: A.J. Burnett vs. Edwin Jackson

This is another great matchup of aces. Jackson pitched against the Yankees twice this season, losing one and getting a no-decision in the other. Through the two games combined Jackson pitched 13 Innings giving up 9 Hits and 2 Runs. Burnett faced the Tigers once (I was there) pitching 6 innings giving up 3 runs on 6 hits in a No-decision. He was not all that great. I'm going to give Jackson the win in this one.

GAME 3: Jarrod Washburn vs. Andy Pettite

I'm giving Pettite the start in case the Yankees want Joba to get extra rest. Washburn has had a great year, but he is struggling of late. Pettite has had a rough year but is amazing of late. Still, I will give the win to Pettite due to his proven post-season track record.

Game 4: Rick Porcello vs. Joba Chamberlain

Both pitchers are young phenoms that will one day probably (hopefully) be game one starters. I'll give the Yankees and Joba the win, though.

*Based on records as of this day I have the Angels beating the Redsox*

Game 1: CC Sabathia vs. John Lackey

I'll give Lackey the win, beware Lackey, he is playing for a contract.

Game 2: A.J. Burnett vs. Jered Weaver

I'm a big Jered Weaver supporter, as I believe he is one of the best in the game. I think that Weaver loses this game, however, as A.J. Burnett pitches a solid game.

Game 3: Joe Saunders (healthy) vs. Andy Pettite

I don't care how much Joe Saunders struggles, or battles with injuries, I still think he is a great pitcher. I can see Pettite struggling against LA, with his career ERA vs. LA is 4.70.

Game 4: Ervin Santana vs. Joba Chamberlain (or possibly CC Sabathia)

Whichever one of CC or Joba pitches...will be firing. They won't let themselves lose this game.

Past that game the series repeats itself pitchers wise, which makes it too difficult to predict.

I will leave you with this stat, though: The Yankees 4 main starters (CC, A.J., Joba, Pettite) have a combined 4.50 ERA vs. the Redsox, Angels, and Tigers.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Look Back-Mike Lowell

In the first part of my look back series, I will examine what could have been if the Yankees signed Mike Lowell back in 2007.

Lets say the Yankees sign Lowell to the reported offer of 4 years $60 Million. Here is most likely what would have happened since.


The Yankees would have two all-star capable Left-Fielders. The Giants were reportedly interested in a Matsui-for-Matt Cain swap, as were the Yankees. With no Lowell, though, the Yankees had Giambi at 1st and Matsui/Damon at DH. *In Peter Abraham's article he says the Yankees could have gotten both Matt Cain and Noah Lowry for Matsui....what a trade. *Also check out the bottom where a Tim Lincecum for Alex Rios trade was being proposed. Blue Jays probably still crying over that one.


With Mike Lowell's giant contract and Teixeira or Rodriguez's giant contract, they couldn't afford all three.


Makes perfect sense. Whichever is left over from the Yankees goes to the Redsox.

So lets recap. Here are the possible lineups.


1. Jeter SS
2. Damon DH
3. Teixeira 1B
4. Posada C
5. Cano 2B
6. Lowell 3B
7. Swisher RF
8. Cabrera LF
9. Gardner CF

SP: Matt Cain


1. Jeter SS
2. Damon DH
3. Lowell 1B
4. Rodriguez 3B
5. Cano 2B
6. Posada C
7. Swisher RF
8. Cabrera LF
9. Gardner CF

Both lineups look much worse than their current one, while the 2nd one has back-to-back hip surgery patients.

So even though the Yankees might have a better rotation....I am very happy the Yankees did not sign Mike Lowell back in 2007.

Suggestion to the Redsox

In the first-part of my suggestion series I have a suggestion to the Redsox.

The Redsox need a capable MLB shortstop that can play every day. Sure, Nick Green has been pretty good, but they need a starting shortstop. The Redsox did claim Christian Guzman off waivers, but we do not know what will become of that. Guzman, 31, has 2 years (including this year) left on his contract. I do not believe he is the answer.

What I do believe is that the Redsox need to trade a top prospect, such as a Michael Bowden, Lars Anderson, or even Jacoby Ellsbury for Yunel Escobar of the Braves.

While I do not know if the Ellsbury-Escobar trade would work salary and teams agreeing wise, I do believe this fits the needs of both teams. The Braves need an MLB Outfielder that is young and lively, while the Redsox need a shortstop of the same kind. I would do it if I was either team, personally.

Yankees DFA Towers, Activate Gaudin

The Yankees Designated Josh Towers for assignment today to make room for newly-acquired Chad Gaudin. Towers was called up yesterday, with Mark Melancon being demoted, in case of a short start by CC Sabathia, or an extra-inning game following Friday's 15 inning marathon.

For Towers this isn't a bad thing necessarily. Sure, he would like to have stayed on the MLB roster, but now he knows the Yankees thought highly of him enough to call him up. While he is still not going to be on the 40-man roster, he will have the opportunity to be claimed by another team and be on their MLB roster. If not, he goes back to the same point he was already at.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Yankees Acquire Chad Gaudin....Is That it for Sergio Mitre?

Here is the press release from the Yankees:

The New York Yankees tonight announced they have acquired right-handed pitcher Chad Gaudin from the San Diego Padres in exchange for a player to be named later.

Gaudin (pronounced Go-DAN), 26, was 4-10 with a 5.13 ERA (105.1 IP, 60 ER), 105 strikeouts and 56 walks in 20 games (19 starts) with the San Diego Padres this season. He held his opponents to three earned runs or less in 12 of his 19 starts, including five straight from July 8-31, and earned National League "co-Player of the Week" honors (with Florida's Hanley Ramirez) for the period ending June 28, after going 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA and striking out 20 batters in 15.0 innings pitched.

He owns a 32-35 career record with two saves and a 4.58 ERA in 205 games (69 starts) over parts of seven seasons with Tampa Bay (2003-04), Toronto (2005), Oakland (2006-08), Chicago-NL (2008) and San Diego (2009). In 69 career starts, Gaudin is 20-28 with a 4.85 ERA, striking out 306 batters in 378.2 innings pitched with a .276 opponent's batting average. He is 12-7 with a 4.00 ERA in 136 relief appearances, striking out 125 batters in 175.2 innings pitched with a .260 opponent's average.

In addition, Gaudin made three scoreless relief appearances for the Athletics in the 2006 American League Championship Series against Detroit (3.1 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 K). Born in New Orleans, La., he was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the 34th round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft.


Personally, I love this move for the Yankees. It allows them to use Gaudin as a fifth starter, if neccessary, and adds pressure to Sergio Mitre to step it up a notch. Of course, Gaudin could be used out of the MLB rotation immediately as a fifth-starter, or they can take the opposite approach and start him out in the bullpen. Either way, this move adds depth and you can never have too much depth!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Yankees Sign Ortiz, Miss Out on Byrd

The New York Yankees signed RHP Russ Ortiz to a minor-league deal today. Ortiz will report to AAA Scranton to help the in-need-of-starting Scranton Yankees. Ortiz was used as a 5th starter for the Astros, but did not win a game after April 26th.

In other news, the Redsox signed Paul Byrd to a minor-league deal today. Where were the Yankees on this one? Byrd is a highly-capable 5th starter, maybe even a 4th starter for some teams. He was partially responsible for the Yankees 2007 ALDS loss to the Indians, as he defeated the Yankees in the final post-season game at the Old Yankee Stadium. (I was there, he out-pitched both Wang and Mussina.)

Preparing for Boston

With the Yankees victory and the Redsox loss tonight, the Yankees head into their 4 game series against the Redsox 2 1/2 games ahead of their rivals from Beantown.


Thursday: John Smoltz (2-4 7.12 ERA) AT Joba Chamberlain (7-2 3.58 ERA)

For Thursdays game I predict that the Yankees will take an early 2-0 lead and hold on with a strong performance from Chamberlain. After a little bit of troubles, Joba goes 6 IP with 2 ER, as the Yankees win 6-2.

FRIDAY: Josh Beckett (13-4 3.27 ERA) AT A.J. Burnett (10-5 3.89 ERA)

On Friday the Yankees will struggle against Beckett. With the bats trying to come alive, and failing, Burnett is under too much pressure. Burnett falters, giving up 4 ER in 6 IP. The Yankees lose to the Redsox 5-4 after a late rally.

SATURDAY: Clay Buchholz (1-1 6.05 ERA) AT CC Sabathia (11-7 3.95 ERA)

Saturday will be a pitchers duel between the reigning Cy-Young and the possible future Cy-Young. After 6 scoreless innings the Yankees get on the board with a 2-run 7th inning. The Yankees go on to win 3-2.

SUNDAY: Jon Lester (9-7 3.79 ERA) AT Andy Pettite (9-6 4.35 ERA)

The Series wraps up on Sunday with a battle of southpaws. My prediction is that the Redsox will win 8-5 after shaky performances by both Lester and Pettite.

Yankees Designate Cody Ransom for Assignment, Promote Claggett

The New York Yankees made some roster decisions before tonights game.

-They designated Cody Ransom for assignment (making me very excited.)

-They promoted Anthony Claggett from AAA Scranton. Claggett is most known for his role in the Yankees infamous loss to the Indians on April 18th.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Baseball Myth?

Many fans go crazy over the usage of "lefty-specialists" in baseball. This is how pitchers like Mike Stanton and Mike Myers stuck around baseball for so long. While they were great pitchers, they were often used to get certain left handed hitters out and then taken out of the game.

So lets look at certain pitchers in the game today and determine: Do matchups (righty vs. righty lefty vs. lefty etc) mean as much as people think they do?

Phil Coke:
.222 vs. left
.219 vs. right

Yes, the numbers are better vs. righty hitters. The Yankees do use Coke as a lefty specialist sometimes, but also use him as a set-up man.

J.P. Howell
.250 vs. left
.161 vs. right

J.P. Howell is not exactly a specialist for the Rays this year, as he has done long-relief and even some closing. Still, the numbers are startling.

Scott Downs
.275 vs. left
.227 vs. right

Yes, Scott Downs is a closer on the DL currently, but he has been used before to get lefties out. The numbers once again show that he has an easier time when there is a so-called "mis-match."

Now lets look at some Yankees pitchers from the right-side. Are they better against the righties or the lefties?

Alfredo Aceves

.242 vs. right
.207 vs. left

Aceves is a long-reliever and has been lights out against teams not named Chicago. The stats show he is doing better in mis-match situations.

Brian Bruney

.324 vs. right
.205 vs. left

Bruney has been, well, horrible this season. After a semi-strong start he has absolutely faltered out of the pen. The numbers say he has still been very good against lefties, though.

David Robertson

.230 vs. right
.170 vs. left

Robertson has been used mostly in the wipe-up or 7th inning roles.

Of course, however you can make the opposite argument, that lefty-specialists DO work out, if you use the right ones.

Hideki Okajima

.159 vs. left
.288 vs. right

Pedro Feliciano

.176 vs. left
.255 vs. right

I ask you, though: Bases loaded two-outs 7th inning your team is up 1 run. Would you rather have a lefty-specialist in, or your power set-up man?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Plea to Yankees: Call up Zach Kroenke and Shelley Duncan

Here are a few things I would like the Yankees to do

- Purchase the contract of Zach Kroenke and demote Mark Melancon. Melancon needs to pitch and it is obvious Joe Girardi is not willing to use him in pressure situations. Kroenke spot-started today and gave up 1 run on 2 hits in 5 Innings of work. He can be a long-man/lefty specialist, allowing Alfredo Aceves to work his way into the rotation, if neccessary.

-DFA Cody Ransom and re-promote Shelley Duncan. It is absoluetly pointless to have Ransom in the MLB right now and it is absoluetly pointless to have Duncan sitting in AAA. If the Yankees want a righty bat off the he is.

-Place a waiver claim on every-yes i do mean every-starting pitcher on the block. Brian Bannister, Jon Garland, Doug Davis, even Bruce Chen for all I care (just kidding about Chen...he is a perfect fit for the Royals). Anyone but Sergio Mitre.

-Trade Juan Miranda in a trade for one of these pitchers. He could be an MLB player right now for about any team. He is worthless to the Yankees, however, unless Mark Teixeira gets hurt. Even then, the Yankees have Shelley Duncan. It is also for the better of Miranda's career, even though he is on the Yankees 40-man roster, he is very unlikely to get playing time with the Yankees. With Jorge Vazquez waiting in AA for the AAA's a perfect time to use him for trade bait.

-For now, DFA Sergio Mitre and purchase Josh Towers' contract. Towers has reached his peak in AAA (like Mitre did) and is now ready to give it a shot in the MLB. If they don't want to do this, why not give Kei Igawa a shot? Yes, I am being serious. If you are going to spend all this money to have him...why not make him useful? He has reached his prime in AAA, also, and he could possibly help out the club in some way.

For all the Yankees fans reading this- I ask you to remember one thing. Austin Jackson was the price for Jarrod Washburn. Austin Jackson is also a top, top prospect. If it will take Austin Jackson to get any of the pitchers I mentioned above...don't do it.