Posada: “I want to find out”

Posada.jpgCleveland played host to the breaking point for Jorge Posada, always one of the most blunt Yankees and the most likely to speak his mind on any given topic. When he tried to throw and his right shoulder told him no this afternoon, Posada said that enough was enough — he’s convinced the diagnosis of a strain is incorrect, and he intends to find out just what is wrong with his throwing arm.

Say what you will to paint a rosy picture, but very few people ever walk into Dr. James Andrews’ office without the world’s most noted orthopedic surgeon finding something he can clean up.

In the short term, of course, this hurts the Yankees. Jose Molina has been a wonderful backup since he came over in July, but he isn’t the type of player who you’d ever give a four-year, $52.4 million deal to. Therein lies the important part — the Yankees need to be able to see the forest from the trees here, and understand that they don’t want to be stuck with a catcher who can’t catch (and reacts like he gulped a gallon of lemon juice when you bring up first base) in Years 2, 3 and 4.

Does that look like a bad investment now? Let’s Monday morning quarterback for a bit and say perhaps, but flash back, and the Yankees knew they were going to need Posada back. To do that, they were going to have to overpay for him after a 2007 season when he, and arguably not Alex Rodriguez, was the team’s most indispensable player. To lose Posada for an extended period of time could have crushed the ’07 Yankees.

Now they’ve lost Posada for at least 15 days. I suspect it’ll be longer than that. 

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I would dab a little Moose, but since I’m loosing my hair I don’t see any reason to do that. HA!HA!

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I wish Matt would dab Moose also.

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Wow, a couple breaks, but if that’s what it takes! We at least took advantage of the opportunity tonight. Abaldejeho (sp?) did nicely and I thought the day would never come but Farny did his job and looked like Clark Kent (mild mannered) in doing it! Nice to see that from The Farns… Joba was back to his usual self and Mo, sheesh, what can ya say, Mo’wed ‘em down is all.

For as bad as we’ve looked for the first 4 weeks, we’re not in bad position at all really. We can actually absorb all of this and come out looking good if we start getting some consistency on both side of the coin going forward here…

I just can’t see that Baltimore is that vastly improved to be a true AL East leader through the first half and beyond… and I think that while Boston is like us, capable of going on a tear themselves, I just have this hunch it’s not in the ‘cards’ for them this year… so we still have a shot to contend, we just need those cliches, solid pitching and timely hitting. I see Hughes settling down and I even think Kennedy will show us his set too, but maybe not as soon as Hughes. I do have to give Mussina some props for gutsiness, that fifth looked like it could get ugly. As a 5th he hasn’t been doing awfully bad, save those challenges of Manny, he hasn’t looked bad really, just maybe a short tank to work with?

Our pen obviously is still a huge ? but with better starting outtings we’ll more often than not be in better shape when we need the pen rather than needing the pen to replace the starter for ineffectiveness. Wang has been amazing really, I’m impressed with how he’s been so focused. Pettitte won’t have too many awful starts, he’ll be keeping us in more games than he’ll be losing for us easily.

Man I hate to see Po go down… he’s such an integral part of our squad. But this is the opportunity for someone to step up, let’s see who does or doesn’t!

It isn’t a crucial time yet, but it could be soon if we don’t have some breaks go our way… with ARod nursing possibly still and Jete coming off leg problems, you hope nothing bad happens to either of those guys at this point or we’re in the proverbial pickle!

Maybe Kevin Long should take a page out of ‘Dodge Ball’ and use the Rip Torn method… “if you can swat this wrench out of the air with that bat, you can hit a ball!” :P

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theres a hard hit ball for an RBI yey Matsui!

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Just don’t give Scotty Proctor the matches.

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pretty unfortunate for the Tribe…another day and only Abreu reaches base

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Hahahah, ok Joe, just call me when you need to give ‘em a ‘pep talk’, I’ll take it from there! :)

Let’s go Yanks!!!

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bases loaded!! Didn’t deserve the first 2 hits but oh well :)

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Good point Runts, but dang, sometimes ya gotta light a fire under their britches!

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that’s part of the problem – how to tell the lineup they’re pathetic without making them get even more impatient at the plate.

And we’re losing.

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Sheesh. I realize this is the first (to my knowledge) time we’ve faced Laffey, but is it just me or does it seem like we make a living on making no-name pitchers look like Cy-Young candidates? No-hit through 5?!

We are pathetic, someone needs to TELL them they ARE pathetic and stop coddling ‘em. Someone needs to step up and say, uhh guys, the opposition isn’t THAT good to make you look THAT bad.

Sorry for the rant, but jeez, this is pathetic. If I were at the game I’d be pulling out my paper-bag; for-shame for-shame.

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The reality at the #5 spot is we are not looking for someone to pitch a no hitter. If we had a pitcher who could keep leads and not give up runs in bunches, that would work. Best rotation ever was: Clemens, Pettitte, Wells, El Duque, Mussina. Mussina filled his role at 5.

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Arun, Kennedy got lucky only giving up 3 runs, the outfield made some run saving plays.

You can keep Kennedy here and ruin him forever if you prefer. Its better than he goes back down and gets his confidence back. Once you start doubting that you can play in ny and you tell reporters you’ve lost your confidence to the point you don’t turn on the tv, your through. Kennedy said this.

Who replaces Kennedy? Watch the waiver wire? Watch out for trades, unlikely at this point in the season unless someone wants to dump a 6th starter like Shawn Chacon? Only free agents of note: Clemens? Wells? Minor league options: Karstens? Henn? Rasner? Igawa? Horne? Marquez?

I am not avocating anyone at this point. I would caution that the Yankees rushed Kennedy and obviously we shouldn’t do the same thing with Marquez and Horne. Igawa has the most invested and I would think he would be the first choice. If Igawa fails again, I would guess trades and the free agent market become more realistic. Clemens and Wells are both out for now, no one in the organization wants either and not because of their age or performance. Unfortunately, Corey Lidle is not still with us.

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I think you’re right, this team does need some shaking up, but it needs to be done on the offensive side I’m getting sick of seeing this garbage!!

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Agreed, but there needs to be a major shakeup somewhere be it with kennedy or not but the team isn’t doing much right now. We’re 2/22 in this Cleveland series with runners in scoring position and that’s pathetic. Cano is a .300 hitter batting .150, Kennedy and Hughes are winless and I believe 0-8 with horrific ERA’s but we are still .500. As bad as we’ve been we’re still winning games, I hope the hibernation ends soon, maybe Shelly can hit some bombs like he did in Scranton because we need some life right now.

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I hope we do catch lightning in a bottle. This team needs something to go in its favor for once this season, unfortunately I get the feeling he will be more like Igawa, good in the minors, bad in the majors. He hasn’t shown much so far in the majors, and he didn’t have a godd ST.

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I’d rather Rasner than Igawa and I think we could catch lightning in a bottle with Rasner for a short (2-3 start stint) for Kennedy to get some confidence in his stuff. He did improve last start and he needs to throw first pitch strikes. his stuff isn’t overpowering or strikeout material, but there are 7 fielders behind him to make plays and he seems to be too timid for contact.

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You’re right, I think Horne is going to be out another week or so with an injured biceps. There’s really no other viable alternative at AAA even though Igawa, and Rasner are having good seasons. I think we all know what will happen when Igawa shows his face at this level we’ve all seen it before, and Rasner I have no confidence in either.

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All rookies are going to go through these “growing pains”, it’s just a thing that’s going to happen. Myself, along with many other Yankees fans obviously want to see results with Kennedy and Hughes right now… But unfortunately that’s not going to happen, we need to let this ride out. I feel that Hughes is going to come around, we all saw how dominant he could be last year e.g. (ALDS). Many critics have said Kennedy is the best of the trio (Hughes, Chamberlain, Kennedy) because he can throw any pitch for strikes simply isn’t showing it this year. Even with his 3 ER performance against the Indians he still threw 50+ balls, which isn’t going to work in the Majors.

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The problem with sending Kennedy down now is that the guys who could take his place are not ready yet, for example Horne, or not viable, example Igawa.

Besides, in his last start he showed poise after that 3 run second. It maybe just a flash in the pan but I prefer to think that he may have finally turned a corner.

It really is mental for him right now and if he gains some confidence he’ll show you in a hurry why the Twins were so keen on getting him and the Yanks equally on keeping him.

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wholohan,

I agree with what you just said. I think there are just too many fans who are stuck in the old ways, and just aren’t patient enough to give new ways a chance, not realizing the expensive quick fixes haven’t worked for a long time. Again, if given time, Hughes and Kennedy will develop into high quality pitchers, the future counts just as much as the present.

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The other point to make about Posada DH’ing, they’d have to carry an additional catcher, this would mean Ensburglar, Gonzalez or Duncan will go down. Probably Duncan will go back down at some point anyway because we don’t have a lefty.

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Hughes is the real deal, he may wined up being a 3 or a 4 in the rotation but he is big league material. Kenendy, I don’t know, I think he needs to go down for a while and find his game again. Kennedy is simply not ready and has admitted to the media.

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Melky’s job is pretty secure for right now, he’s on the big club now Gardner is unproven up here. I love how when things go bad people lament on not getting Santana. Please, Pettitte and Wang are the inning eaters we need right now. Duncan you cannot expect the Yankees to continue to overpay for free agents after they develop especially when you have them in your system now, that logic is simply asinine and has obviously not worked seeing as we havent won in a while with the best on paper team in baseball. If Hughes and Kennedy were pitching okay we’d all be saying ‘Thank god we didn’t make that trade.’ Hughes was the best prospect rated by Baseball America, he’s taking his lumps now but will get things together eventually we all saw what he could do last year but with the added pressure he’s buckling, he’s only 21 and it’s showing. Kennedy I don’t know about but I think he’ll be okay as well but we still have plenty of pitchers in the minors to slot into that spot until IPK gets some confidence to attack the strike zone. Most of us said the price was too high over the summer and I stand by what I said, it’s still too high and we’re going to be better off in the future without him.

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I think Sentinel argued with all and everyone.

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I didn’t see the both games against Boston Mussina pitched. The first game, the Yankees were up and Girardi let Mussina go after Manny and we lost. The 2nd game, I think Manny had 2 HRs off Mussina, lesson learned?

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Gardener is not ready but he appears headed to be our everyday centerfielder of the future.

Mussina has been our #3 this year but Phil Hughes is better at this point. Mussina has over 250 career wins even though he was stuck on the Orioles. Hughes (or anyone) will be lucky to reach 200.

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bpark,

I enjoy bating you into arguments about Mussina, only because you’re the only one crazy enough to argue with me about anything on this blog. HA! HA!

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Gardner hasn’t shown he can play at the ML level yet, I can’t see him taking over for Cabrera, yet. Losing Posada is especially tough since there are no real viable alternatives, Cervelli won’t be back until the second week of May I think, and there isn’t anyone in the minors who can really take his spot at this level.

Someone mentioned Montero. He’s still a couple of years away yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him being converted to 1B in the near future especially if Austin Romine continues to progress as a catcher like he has, he is a bit better defensively than Montero.

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Wang beating Sabithia last night was the first time I remember him being a big game pitcher. Sabithia was on also and Wang dropped him to 0 and 5 or 1 and 4. Wang may be close to replacing Pettitte in game 1/7’s of series.

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Mussina’s been decent this year, not great. He screwed up repeatedly challenging Manny, he could have won both of those games.

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Melky will probably take over for Abreu in right, although offering Abreu a 2 year deal would be smart.

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Again, not going after Santana was the right thing to do, any person sane person can see that for themselves. Santana is 3-2 with a 3.12 ERA while the Mets as a whole are only 13-11 as compared to the Yanks who are currently 13-13. Doesn’t sound to me like having him would make much of difference to this team even if he were part of the rotation. Like I have said many times, he doesn’t guarantee anything. Taking him would have created more holes in this team. Staying with the likes of Hughes, Kennedy, and Cabrera would offer a much larger payoff in the future. Staying with those players is no more of a risk than gambling on a player who would have weakened this team not just for this season, but quite possibly for years to come especially since he is just as accessible to injuries as anyone else.

I agree, one of the main reasons for this team’s problems has been the offense, but when you have an iffy pitcher (Mussina) and two rookies (Hughes, and Kennedy) struggling badly, and the bullpen that is a mess, you can hardly say that it has done what it was expected of it from top to bottom. Hawkins has been a disaster, Traber, who wasn’t much of a pick up, is no longer with the team, Farnsworth is ok for now (just a matter of time before he blows up), Ohlendorf has pretty much crashed and burned lately due to overuse. Only River and Chamberlain have been consistently good. In short,both the offense and the pitching are to blame equally for yet another slow start. Pitching and hitting go together, it’s up to the pitchers to keep this team in the game, and give the offense a chance to win, and it’s up to the “O” to take advantage of that opportunity.

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Well, as I mentioned in my post at 2.47 I think not making the trade was the right choice for the long run.

We do have several top prospects in center field, but if one of them ever proves ready to take the major league job, we can shift Melky to left. He has played quite a bit out there and with his range and arm, he will be a huge defensive lift in left field. Hey, he can be moved to right field as well, that’s how good his arm is.

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Question for Bryan Hoch: If Posada is out for the season, would Girardi consider being the back-up catcher when he has someone like Rob Thompson as his bench coach?

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The last deal for Santana included Kennedy, at this point excellent trade, Melky is on notice from Gardener anyway.

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Can someone explain to me how Posada has a dead arm but can hit doubles all day to center? Is it a different motion? Different arm? I’ll take Posada at DH over Sui if this is the case.

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Posada sure was mashing those doubles saturday.

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Someone mention Santana; This is how i felt about Santana, with him you had 2 quality starters that could give you decent and maybe better wins and quality innings. If the Yankees would have lost Hughes and Melky and they would have gone to the twins and reach their potential, we would have gotten them back thru free agency, the Twins will never pay enough to keep superstars think about it New York Yankees or Twins no brainer. With Santana, Wang, Pettite, and drag along Moose(Tampa, KC etc) then the decision would have been easier with Joba and kennedy. The offense as the old saying you to go wait until after the 4th of July if anyone is not hitting by then put on the bench.

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I think Giambi leads the team in HRs? He probably also leads the team in Ks now that Betemit is gone.

List of people who have been mentioned as 1B candidates this year:

Giambi
Ensburglar
Matsui
Damon
Posada
Molina
Duncan
Betemit

This is ridiculous, Giambi got it on lock.

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I agree with Chaz somewhat but I don’t think Hank will force Cashman to retire. I remember an article that was all about Hank some time in January and he likes prospects and it goes back to breeding horses. He likes to see his horses grow and become better thoroughbreds and he hated the fact that his father traded away all of the prospects for washed up players. I think it’s just a front he’s putting on just to make a show of things to show that he’s really passionate about the Yankees but I think we all know he already is.

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Oh ok, gotcha. Yeah, I don’t really think that needed to happen. I mean Giambi really is fine as a fielder. He’s not GOOD, but he scoops, he stops balls, and that’s really what you need. He’ll make a HORRIBLE play every once in a while, but it doesn’t really cost the Yankees all that much. What DOES cost the Yankees is his poor hitting. If he hits, I don’t care about his defense. If he doesn’t hit, then you’re kind of screwed.

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Elf,

People were suggesting Giambi be bumped from first to DH by Posada, I laid out the dominoe effect based on that scenerio.

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I always used that argument when defending Arod and his “non-clutchness.” He just never had the opportunity to be bailed out by his good pitching. His “clutch” stats as a Yankee KILL the clutch stats of Brosius as a Yankee. It’s like a baseball illusion that fans have a tough time realizing.

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I don’t know about marginal. Cano would start on any team except maybe the Phillies. Cabrera is our best hitter right now, and Damon and Giambi aren’t the players they once were but they are both still fine players.

Cano is gonna have slumps but he is a streaky player. He is gonna hit near 500 one month and he is gonna have months like this. Over a 162 game season everything evens out. I just hope he is on a tear come October.

And that’s another thing. I think this team is too talented to miss the playoffs. But even if we miss the playoffs this year, thats not the end of the world. Since 2001, we have played playoff baseball every year with nothing to show for it. Our 12 year playoff streak is 11 years longer than the world champion Red Sox but that doesn’t matter. What we did by not trading for Santana is going back to the basics and building a team that will contend for years to come. Sure, if we miss the playoffs there are going to be a lot of people screaming for Cashman’s resignation and they might get it(thanks to Hank) but ironically that will be for finally doing the right thing. All those free agents and monster trades never got us anywhere.

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Cano may be struggling right now, but is FAR from a “marginal” player. Cabrera is practically carrying the offense right now, so I wouldn’t go “marginal” with him, either.

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I agree that one of the problems (and I’d say the biggest problem) is the starting pitching. I just think that you have to keep your eye on the offense. I TOTALLY agree that super solid/balanced pitching means that you can have marginal players on the team and not care. For instance we all look at Brosius and Chad Curtis and players like that as good, solid players for the Yankees. They were actually not all that great. Brosius was a good glove, but really only had one decent offensive year. What pitching does is it allows lesser players to get late hits which makes them look “clutch” when in actuality it just covers up all the other times that they failed.

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Funny, Duncan, seems like I have the exact same opinion in reverse. The pitching wouldn’t look nearly as bad if our offense would actually help them out.

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Baseball have not change in 100 years. Your team revolves around your pitching staff. Good pitching make marginal ballplayers like Cano, Cabera, Damon, Giambi acceptable. But when your pitching is bad, especially your starters all the little things you did not notice, you start seeing. Robinson Cano biggest problem I seen it since last year, he is too cocky. Major league players watch everything, you have to improve and work very hard to stay in the game. New York Yankees problem is starting pitching.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 28, 2008

Scranton/WB 6:05PM
Buffalo (Indians)
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Tampa 7PM
Clearwater (Phillies)
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 27, 2008

Scranton/WB 2
Syracuse (Blue Jays) 1 GAME 1
W: D. Rasner (4-0, 0.87); L: D. Romero (0-1, 1.84); SV: J. Veras (8)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_27_swbaaa_syraaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Scranton/WB 0
Syracuse (Blue Jays) 2 GAME 2
W: J. Parrish (3-0, 2.42); L: J. Marquez (1-4, 7.01); SV: M. Gosling (2)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_27_swbaaa_syraaa_2&t=g_box&did=milb
New Britain (Twins) 5
Trenton 7
W: J. Jones (4-0, 2.61); L: J. Rainville (1-3, 10.29); SV: E. Wordekemper (4)
HR: NBR: L. Hughes (8), D. Winfree (4). TRE: M. Carson (5).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_27_nbraax_treaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Clearwater (Phillies) 5
Tampa 0
W: A. Bastardo (2-0, 1.17); L: A. Aceves (2-1, 3.25)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_27_clrafa_tbyafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Columbus (Rays) 3
Charleston 8
W: A. Olbrychowski (1-2, 4.37); L: J. Johnson (1-3, 5.25)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_27_clmafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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bpark,
What do you mean by the whole Girardi/Giambi thing? I don’t understand.

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And lastly, remember the “lost player” in the whole Santana non-trade: Melky. I don’t think he’s a batting-title-winning future HOFer or anything, but he really is a solid player that would be tough to replace. I’m glad they still have him and if EITHER Hughes OR Kennedy pan out, the non-trade will have been the right move.

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You guys can argue with me all you want. I am looking at it from Girardi’s perspective and he puts together the lineup. This is not personal opinion. I based this perception on what Girardi did early in the year when Giambi was the DH. I am assuming Giambi would DH but maybe Giambi would be a pinch hitter who knows?

I personally and hears my opinion believe Sui should have been traded in the off season but I am convinced that the Yankees will eventually have a new centerfielder in the next 2 years.

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It definitely is early, but still, at this early time I’m a little worried about the offense. Posada is a HUGE loss and as I just said, Arod isn’t the same since the quad tweak. I don’t mean the same as last year because that’s completely unfair, but he’s not his usual self. Just check out his strikeouts. 19 so far to 6 walks. He’s not catching up to the fastball and IF it has anything to do with the quad, that’s a problem. If it doesn’t and he’s just still warming up then all of this meaningless and I’m totally wrong (which I hope).

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I’m still not sold on not going for Santana being “pure lack of knowledge of baseball.” Santana is awesome. Probably the best. 18 wins is pretty much a guarantee. But I still feel that the Yankees are going for a more BALANCED rotation. Will the kids pan out? Who knows. That’s the risk they’re taking. But if you think about it, if Hughes turns out to give you 10 wins and Kennedy gives you 8, then all of the sudden you’ve equally Santana (strange manipulation of statistics, I know, heh). But really what the Yankees need is for Hughes to be to be a 15+ game winner and for Kennedy to be a 12+ game winner. They probably won’t get that this year, but that’s how it is. That’s the risk the Yankees took. They might have to…heaven forbid…miss the playoffs one of these years.

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What’s that thing called when bad things happen? Murphy’s law? Well whatever it is…its clearly happening. It’s kind of sad how were only a month in and everything wrong is happening (with the exception of Wang, Pettite, Joba, and Mo). There is no bullpen, there is no hitting. Those things balance each other out. When the Yankees are sometimes lucky enough to get hits and runs…the bullpen blows it. When the Yankees still don’t get hits…the bullpen blows. I feel like half of them give up runs every time they’re pitching. But like I said were only one month in. I’d rather Posada gone now then in August or September. This is sort of screaming at Cashman to reevaluate the bullpen he created. With a crucial key to your defense gone….the pitchers need to step up. And the bats need to start moving. The yanked could say how sad they are that Posada is gone all they want. But the truth is everyone has to step up and do their part. I’ve got enough aggravation from the Rangers these days I don’t even wanna go to that game tomorrow…I want the Yankees over .500!!!

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Still early in the season to worry about the hitting. Posada’s loss big. But the number one issue with the Yankees are they starting pitching. It was pure lack of knowledge of baseball to turn down a starting pitcher who can give you innings and at least 18 victories. It helps your offense overcome loss of key players and help your bullpen in the dog days of August. Posada big hurt, Hitting not consisted, can overcome that. Starting Pitching is a major problem.

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I do have to admit that watching the last few games, I’m still a little worried about the offense. Melky and Matsui have really been good so far, but if you watch Arod, it looks like that quad is still bugging him. He’s hanging in there, but I get the feeling that it will seriously affect his power numbers. And with Posada down, that’s going to be tough for the offense to pick up. I guess if Cano wakes up and Giambi’s power comes back consistently that’ll help a bunch, but until they do it seems like the offense will have to rely too much on Melky and Matsui who are notorious streaky hitters, meaning at any given month they could below the Mendoza line.

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When Melky Cabrera, a guy with minimal upside in the power categories is leading the team in jacks, you know the offense SUCKS.

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Damon in center? He’s not exactly leading the team in homeruns and hitting .300 is he? Who is? Oh yeah, Cabrera, our starting center fielder. I don’t think we overpayed Posada to get him back. He’s the best catcher in the AL right now. How was anyone supposed to know that he would have something happen to his wing?

With the exception of IPK and Hughes, this pitching staff has done exactly what we need it to do from top to bottom. The bullpen has held its own, Wang and Pettite have been lights out, Chamberlain has been great, and Rivera is throwing like he is 30 years old again. The reason why we are at .500 is because our lineup couldn’t hit their way out of a wet paper sack.

We are DEAD LAST in the majors in BA with RISP. That is completely inexcuseable! If you would have told me that our pitching would have been limiting teams to around 4 runs per game, I would have told you that the Yankees would be 10 games over .500 by now. The bats are costing us games? What, did I wake up in the Twilight zone?

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I feel Girardi benched Cabrera earlier in the year when Giambi played DH to be a reflection of his philosopy.

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The Melkman has to start at center. Giambi, Damon and Matsui can always share playtime, with the hot bats in the lineup.

Though all of this is moot. Posada is being sent to the DL to heal his shoulder, which may be best for now. I was talking about later years, like 2010 or 2011.

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Posada at first = Giambi at DH, Damon in center.

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Posada doesn’t want to do anything but catch. I have to think someone in the organisation has to talk to him about this at some point. I personally doubt he will be catching for the rest of his contract and at some point we will likely have to shift him to 1st base. Maybe not for the next couple of seasons but as good as he is, it seems unlikely that he can handle catching at 40. Though his bat and leadership will still be very valuable at that point.

Does anyone know what the word is on Cervelli? How long before he is healthy again? I doubt Montero is ready to join the big league club at this point. He’s still a kid.

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Posada as a DH is not an option anymore?

If we did that, G would stay at first. Damon could split time with both Cabrera and Sui in the field.

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Ok. I’ve been gone since Friday afternoon (a 10th wedding anniversary weekend will do that) but COME ON!!!!!! WTF! This isn’t right! This whole 3/3 wins-losses thing is getting REALLY OLD and I’M SICK OF IT. The SUCHS have lost 5 STRAIGHT! WE SHOULD HAVE A 3 GAME LEAD ON THEM! LOOK AT US! 3 DAMNED LOSSES, EVERY STINKING ONE BY ONE STINKING RUN!!! COME ON! Yesterday’s win was a fluke. Problem is, those were the games we used to win when we were on our run. There is absolutely no question that Joba stays right where he is.

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