The more things change…

OK, now it’s starting to feel like 2007 all over again. What is up with this team and their sluggish first half starts? The Yankees dropped a 6-4 decision to the Tigers last night on an evening when Alex Rodriguez received some especially bad news, being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 2 strain of his right quadriceps.

What happened to that well-conditioned team we were all talking about in Spring Training? The injury bug has bit hard here, with A-Rod, Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter all missing time. When you’re looking ahead to Wilson Betemit’s rehab assignment at Triple-A, that’s a really bad sign.

Phil Hughes struggled again last night and you have to wonder how long the leash will be. Sure, it’s 60 feet and six inches no matter where Hughes pitches, but you have to remember that he’s 21 and maybe adjusting at the big league level won’t work out.

I said the same thing with Ian Kennedy — there is no shame in it if either of those guys has to dip back down to the Minors for a stint. If the Yankees give International League Pitcher of the Week Darrell Rasner a turn or two while Kennedy or Hughes tweaks a few things, it’s only to their long-term benefit.

Last night was not the time to mention it to Hughes, but I knew just what he was talking about when he said he couldn’t see the catcher’s signs. Back in the day, we fixed it by having the catcher tap parts of his thigh for pitches instead of flashing fingers. Then again, pitching a night game at Yankee Stadium is quite a bit different than hurling under the starry skies at some municipal field in New York. You’d hope the lighting is better.

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With as many road games in cold weather as we just had, April could have been much worse.

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2 scoreless outings for Edwar. So far, so good.

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Giambino is starting to heat up.

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Damon has quietly brought his average up to .276

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Melky Cabrera – 2 for 4 with another RBI…………..IF YOU NEED HIM!

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Not only is Clemens a drug addict, but he’s also a pedophile. The 6.50 ERA he would bring to the rotation would be no help, either. He needs to be castrated for molesting a 15 year old child, and then thrown in the klink for perjury and sexual assault. He can go to hell. I’m not intending offense here, but you guys that still want to see him associated with this team are why Yankees fans and the team itself are a national punchline. GONE is the mystique and honored reputation of the Yankees. GONE is the respect that was given when wearing a Yankees uniform. This team is a joke right now.

Wells is a complete has been. He has NOTHING left.

I see that Hughes is “injured” (cough-bs-cough-cough). He needs time to figure out what the hell he’s doing wrong. Obviously he is still too young to make these adjustments at the big league level.

I don’t know what everyone was expecting (including myself) with Joe G. taking the helm. He’s running this team the same damn way Torre was. He is not bringing a different look to the club. It’s just more of the same hope-for-the-homerun mentality that has made this offense predictable and exploitable. Even worse, the Yankees used to be patient at the plate, working walks and making pitchers make a mistake. Now they chase pitches out of the zone, and some guys just look clueless up there.

While I will never give up on this team, it is apparent to me that we will have to make fundamental changes to this team before we can compete with Boston in the near future. Right now Theo has Boston completely dialed. They are winning games late. They cannot be buried in any game (how many games have they won this year with late inning comebacks?). They are confident and dangerous.

We cannot use this laundry list of injuries as an excuse. We are the Yankees, for Christ’s sake. Get off of your butts, get your chins up, and start getting it done. 6 runs should not be enough to beat us. Let’s see if IPK can take lemons and make lemonade, because his replacement is going to be Kei Igawa if he can’t get it going. This kid obviously has the talent, maybe he can have a good outing and give us a ray of sunshine to start May off the right way. April is gone, so let’s forget it, and get off on the right foot today. GO YANKEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I agree completely with RCN on that aspect… we were a scrappy club in 98, you really knew that we’d make ‘em work for that last strike, or that last out, etc. Now, pffft, I knew that game was over last night after Pettitte gave up the first HR.

There’s no fire in their bellies. You don’t see any enthusiasm unless they’re ahead. What happened to the drive to be scrappy?

Does it take youth? Can these aging stars exude that still or have the years sapped it out of them?

Heck I’d think a mil or two would make me scrappy no matter what the age… but well…

A slightly younger Steinbrenner would be in their grills by now me thinks. Where’s Hank when you need him?!

I just think that you can’t look at the results to this point and say; just keep doing what you’re doing, it’ll turn around. No… you have to change some things up. This is Joe’s responsibility.

It’s bad enough enduring the haterz every freaking day just because I’m a fan… if we have to endure the smack, then they should have to endure some tongue lashings themselves!

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I am a bit surprised at how Joe is managing. I guess we all expected something different from him. Some more fire and spark. I don’t know…. Just sucks. The Red SUCHS are winning games the way it takes to win WS. They are winning when they have to, timely hitting. I STILL remember 1998. It TRUELY wasnt over until it was over. If we had one more bat left, we could win. I don’t believe that now.

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We flat out stink! This team right now, is no better than the one we fielded at the beginning of last year and in many cases worse. And we certainly can’t HOPE for a second half like we had. We’re not doing anything right at the moment.

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I agree completely. Bringing in a once great pitcher is definitely not the solution to our problems. Over the last couple of years, we have had Randy Johnson or Roger Clemens in our rotation, a combined 12 Cy Young awards there. Yet they were both shadows of their former selves, and neither pitched well when it counted the most.

Signing or trading for high priced veteran talent has to stop. It has got us nowhere. We are doing the right thing with the youth movement,it has just been giving us the wrong results so far. But with a little patience and no panic driven actions, we will build another dynasty. After all, our most recent titles came from a talented young core, not aging future Hall of Famers.

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The last thing this team needs right are two old farts like Wells, and Clemens who are waaaaayyyyyyyy past their prime, and whose skills have badly deteriorated. Clemens is too injury-prone, and can’t be relied on to stay healthy, he is liable to go down at anytime with an injury at any time for who knows how long. He just can’t be relied on to answer the bell like late last season when he put in a miserable appearance against the Indians. It was only because of Hughes that the team was able to play one more game giving them a chance by outpitching, and outperforming Clemens. Wells is in even worse shape with ERAs well over 4.00 in his last 3 years. He has nothing left, he’s finished. Lets not start resorting to quick fixes with old geezers who are pretty much done making thing more difficult for this team, that resolves nothing.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 30, 2008

Trenton 2
Connecticut (Giants) 3
W: J. Hedrick (1-2, 3.00); L: G. Kontos (0-3, 3.52); SV: S. Romo (7)
HR: CT: A. Witter (6).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_30_treaax_nrwaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Tampa 1
Sarasota(Reds) 3
W: J. Smith (5-1, 1.60); L: J. Valdez (4-1, 1.32); SV: S. Watson (6)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_30_tbyafa_sarafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Augusta (Giants) 2
Charleston 1
W: J. Paterson (3-1, 3.00); L: D. Betances (3-1, 2.59); SV: D. Otero (4)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_30_augafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Our team is struggling rightnow because of many major factors:

First of all, we know ML pitching is not easy to hit. But you’re not being paid millions of dollars for nothing. The lineup’s approah has ben atrocious. We’re swinging at bad pitches, and making things harder for ourselves.

Second of all, the pitching… it’s kind of a mix up. The failures of Hughes and Kennedy have outblown the success of Wang, Mussina and Pettitte ( although, like I said previously, Pettitte had a bad start today, which is acceptable afte rwinning two straight of his previous starts. ) Wang’s seven innings of no run, nine k ball are a distant memory right now, and we only scored one run in THAT game, albeit against Sabathia.

The bullpen has held up, but they soon too will feel the heat of so much work because of our bad pitching three nights out of five. Mussina has been doing great lately, maybe he’s found a good gameplan, but hitters will soon discover him as well.

If the Yankees have lacked one thing in their World Series drought years, it’s pitching. Cashman is allergic to sensible pitchers ( Pavano, Brown, Jaret Wright… oh God, let’s stop. )

Anyway, we need Girardi to strop being so nice to these guys and refresh their memories, embarass them a little ( behind closed doors of course. ) Put them in their place. I mean, check out the box score on tonight’s loss. two runs? five hits? Who was on the mound, Beckett? No, Bonderman.

These guys are sleep walking through games, and need to be woken up. I’ve been in these situations, and the cure is a little scolding to smack some sense, some adrenaline, some aggression back into the team. Good luck Joe.

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Yeah the only way we’re going to stop the bleeding is to get a day off! Oh the humanity!!!

Pettitte started out looking good, but gack… and the offense did too, then GACK.

Yeah what I’d give to be a fly on the wall in the clubhouse… where’s Billy Martin when you need him? Someone needs to start a fire under these guys’ BUTTS… Proctor should do just fine.

And what is the BIG deal about what Proctor did? Sheesh, call it a weird baseball ritual, not like the guy was doing something a pyromaniac would do…

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/01/sports/baseball/01pins.html?ref=baseball

Sunday baseball:

Hughes out, Rasner in. Best decision in my opinion. What happens if Kennedy struggles? doe sJoba step into the rotation? The above link says Steinbrenner is itching to do that.

Six-Two Tigers… the Yankees SUCK. Big time. Play some damn baseball dammit. Oh yeah, we have 40 million plus on the DL. This month has been a fallen one for the Yanks.

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Maybe they should allow performance enhancing drugs again.

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Hughes, 15-day DL. Strained oblique.

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Gonzalez is playing at 3rd.

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Clemens or Wells would have to really want to pitch and take only a couple of Million to do. They would get a shot at a ring but either would have to compete with Mussina for a playoff spot in the rotation.

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Basically, Clemens or Wells would give us more than Ian Kennadia, Rasner, Karstens or Bubba Sparks. Clemens owes us after his performance last year. He owes us a cheap deal. Plus we need him to work with Hughes. Gammons reported today on ESPN news that we have had internal discussions about this. The ball would be in Clemens’s court.

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I’ve been saying te same thing, as it stand now 60% of the rotation have a hard time getting through 5 innings, while only Wang, and Pettitte can be considered real innings-eaters. This team is burning out its pen way too fast, it’ll be lucky to last until August.

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Part of the problem with the Yankees middle relief in recent years can be found in the short stints of the Yankee starters. I mean when our starters go 2-3 innings or at most five innings what do you expect from your middle relief come August? I count warming up as add on to relief appearances. Get starters who can go longer into games then the arms of your middle relievers will not be falling off come August.

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Yeah, I could see Proctor running around the lockerroom bribing his teammates to break his arm so he can go on the DL. HA! HA!

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I didn’t say Torre made him do anything, Torre just made things worse by the way he handled things. Proctor is responsible for his own actions.

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So Matt, If you are defending yourself in the court room, you say Mr Torre make me set something on fire sir? No judge is buying that. What Proctor did was wrong, he set a bad example for kids.

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i still kinda chuckled at the thought of proctor seeing his former mgr came to the dodger blues… i mean if only i could catch his initial reaction to that LOL

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Proctor turned his season around after he joined the Dodgers because they had a solid pen as he was 3-0 with a 3.38 ERA

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Without a doubt the deal is still impacting the team.

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arun,

I agree with you wholeheartedly about what you just said. I’ve had thos sentiments since Day 1 of the trade, but of course was jumped on for expressing those sentiments. But now we know who has been right all along, don’t we!!! HA! HA!

At the time of the trade PRoctor was struggling, but only because Torre was overworking him that season after overworking him the season before. In ’06 Proctor was in 83 games and had pitched 100+ innings. Last season before the trade he was 2-5 with a pretty decent ERA of 3.81, but was ahead of the pace he set the season before by having appeared in 52 games with 54+ innings. He was struggling at the tim like the rest of the pen, but he was not the worst pitcher in the pen nor was he struggling the most.

Proctor has struggled a little bit as his ERA is at 5.14, but he has turned it around a bit as he had an ERA of 8+ a couple of weeks ago. No that Torre has a solid pen to work with, he doesn’t have to work Proctor’s *** off like he did with the Yanks.

If he is an “arsonist” like bpark contends he is you can thank Torre for making him into one.

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People like Bruneye who give other teams a walk off wins and walk 4 in a row, lose my confidence in a hurry.

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Maybe I just happen to see all the games where he had baserunnerS and not the games he performed well. I think he had alot of walks too.

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bpark,
I’m not sure where you’re getting your “Proctor info” from because last year he had a 3.81 ERA with the Yankees and the year before he had a 3.52 ERA. He definitely trailed off last year, but that’s because he was obviously overworked. When he FINALLY got some rest, he went on to have a 3.38 with LA last year. He was WAY better than Farnsworth.

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Proctor showed the kids how to become arsonists when they grow up. He is not better than Farnsworth and Proctor was terrible last year. He is not Bryan Bruneye, Karstens, Henn terrible but he had a rough year.

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I still can’t believe we dealt Proctor for Betamit. Proctor was our best reliever aside from Mo before Joba was brought up.

Hey, does anybody know how Proctor is doing in LA? Torre worked his arm off yet?

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The only good thing about that pairing is that Giambi has his BA over the “Betamit Line”. Bad thing,expect more Ks from Betamit. I think it will be Ensberg, that’s why he’s with the Yanks.

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Matt, I have a feeling it will be Giambi and Betemit starting.

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Elf, good points.

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First of all, I think one reason for the starts every year s due to the inclimate weather everyone plays in plus the fact that this is an older team which would mean it would take a little longer for these guys to get started as compared with other teams. IF you look bat at some of the games this season, the offense seems to do better in warmer weather.

Betamit shouldn’t be allowed near this team, period. He’s a walking disaster area with no ability as a starter. He has no business being on this team let alone starting at any position. This team should have cut him long ago. Ensberg can provide more offense than this no-talent hack plus he is a natural 3B. He will continue to be A-Rod’s backup at 3B, and if need be have Duncan start at 1B in place of Giambi, both players are far more talented than Betamit.

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Bryan,
Like I said in a past blog, I really think these injuries have a lot to do with the schedule. Jeter and Arod hustle like no one I’ve ever seen and when you do that everyday with no days off it’s not going to work. Plus, you have to remember the lack of rest they were getting due to the lack of day games on travel days…that makes it even worse.

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I guess Wilson is on 3rd.

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Ensburglar is not the answer to Arod’s offense. Is Sheff available?

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 30, 2008

Trenton 6:35PM
Connecticut (Giants)
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Tampa 7PM
Sarasota(Reds)
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Augusta (Giants)
Charleston 7:05PM
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 29, 2008

Scranton/WB 10
Buffalo (Indians) 4
W: D. Giese (2-0, 1.35); L: M. Ginter (0-4, 7.71); SV: J. Veras (9)
HR: SWB: E. Duncan (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_29_swbaaa_bufaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Trenton 4
Connecticut (Giants) 1
W: C. Wright (4-1, 2.95); L: R. Ray (2-1, 5.73); SV: M. Gardner (3)
HR: TRE: C. Ehlers (5).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_29_treaax_nrwaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Augusta (Giants) 3
Charleston 6
W: Z. McAllister (3-1, 1.13); L: O. Odle (1-3, 6.00); SV: J. Ortiz (8)
HR: CHA: B. Laird (2), W. Ibarra (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_29_augafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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