Let there be light

This is a gorgeous afternoon in Detroit, and there’s pretty close to a full house on hand here at Comerica Park. Day games seem to be good news for the Yankee bats — the Yankees have three of the American League’s top five hitters in day games, with Hideki Matsui (.429, 12-for-28), Derek Jeter (.405, 15-for-37) and Johnny Damon (.390, 16-for-41).

Interesting town, this Detroit. The Yankees don’t stay downtown, preferring to bus in from about 40 minutes away, but a lot of the writers do. Outside my hotel this morning I watched them setting up for a country music hoe-down. Someone I was talking to was checking into the hotel and was told, “Oh, you must be here for the hoe-down.” Country music isn’t necessarily my cup of tea but I’d check it out if we had the time.

The Hockeytown bar across the street from Comerica Park, to contrast, was blaring loud hip hop into the streets after midnight last night. We could make out lyrics from blocks away. Then we got into the worst smelling taxi cab I’ve ever experienced in my life. Apparently – and this is no joke – the driver was carrying around his dirty laundry in the trunk. If I had to guess, his day job is manure hauling.

With the strange scheduling here — I know this is a day game, but it’ll be night when we’re all wrapped up — it seems I’ll be lucky just to squeeze in a few hands at the poker tables in town. As I’ve been telling everyone, Detroit is kind of like playing a three-game series in Atlantic City. Someday I’ll have to swap travel stories with Chris Britton. He’s probably become quite the familiar face with all his trips between New York and Scranton.

Check these stats of the day — Jeter’s first-inning home run was his first in 128 at-bats, the longest such streak to begin a season in his career … Yankees relievers have not allowed a run in 11 IP over the last three games … Yankees pitchers have allowed one walk in the last two games.

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IF Abreu were to be moved this i July, then it’s Manny we should sign ( pending the Red Sox don’t re-up with him ) and push him into Right Field.

He’d fit beautifully in the three hole, with Tex in the five hole. Brrrrrrrrrrrrr. Shivers just thinkin bout that lineup.

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Offseason priorities should be set in this order, as I see it in my opinion:

1. C.C. Sabathia or Ben Sheets:

The departing of Pettitte could highly affect our approach this offseason when it comes to signing C.C., since he’s a southpaw. If he does go, we pounce on him, if not, then signing the premier right hander Ben Sheets should be our move.

2. Mark Teixeira- As aforementioned, I really don’t know about this one. Boston, both NY and LA clubs, Atlanta, the White Sox, Toronto…. they all could be in on this guy. If we’ve already spent big bucks on a premier pitcher, we may be beaten. It all comes down to the money with this one. ( Tex is good friends with Bora$$ ) Outcome: Yankees, Mets, and Red Sox will be final candidates.

3. Re-sign Abreu- Oh yeah, no doubt. Place him in rightfield, while Cabrera and Damon man the other two slots. Matsui moves over to permanent DH duties with the occasional Left Field spell.

4. Sign relief pitcher- Luis Ayala, Brandon Lyon, Joe Beimel… enough said. This years pitching free agent class is stacked.

5. Push Joba into rotation- Pending we sign a good reliever, although I think that Cashman is planning to make moves 4 and 5 before the trade deadline. Who knows? Maybe Abreu is trade bait. Although I’ve heard Damon thrown around as well.

About it. Feel free to throw any more suggestions at me.

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bpark23,

I agree, the signing of K-Rod by the Yankees would be a long-shot … but, they have to look in that direction to find a reliever to replace Joba Chamberlain [as the 8th inning set-up man] so, Joba can be moved to the starting rotation … Regarding, Bobby Abreu … I think it’s very important for the Yankees to re-sign him. Abreu is one of our most productive hitters; and, the Yankees should sign him to a four-year deal … I think this is a major priorty for the Yankees this off-season !!!

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bpark,

we know keyswahili is you so give it up!!!!

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bpark,

keep your alter ego off this blog, we know it’s you!!!

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Robert,

Who really cares what Betapuke has done in a small handful of AB’s since coming back from the DL. They are completely misleading for one thing, he doesn’t have that many of ABs this season so he still has the math on his side so his numbers are a little more inflated than they would be if he would have more ABs. We saw the true Betapuke before he was injured, someone who won’t provide much offense,will have a hard time hitting his weight, won’t provide anything more than an an occasional HR, and nothing else. Since he is noting more than a bench player and nothing more the fact that he has a little power doesn’t mean anything since his number of ABs are limited, and infrequent plus the fact that he is very limited as a hitter as his BA would indicate makes that fact even less important. Who cares how he hit in Atlanta? Atlanta is a much more hitter friendly park than either Dodger Stadium, or Yankee Stadium, his numbers have declined since leaving Atlanta. Betapuke has done nothing substantial to help this team since the Yanks were suckered into making the trade for him last season costing this team a good reliever in Proctor which only hurt this team after the trade and still has hurt this team. Betapuke is total garbage, period!!!!! We can all cherry pick whatever stats we want to make an argument, but the smart, and intelligent thing to do is look at the whole picture especially when it comes to player like Betapuke who won’t do anything to help this team.

One last thing, his pink eye isn’t much of an excuse for his lousy start, as he himself said it only affected 5 ABs and those came during night games. Look at the whole picture Robert!!

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Jimmy, K-Rod like every other good reliever is gonna wanna close. I highly doubt Abreu comes back, my guess is we go after Manny if Cashman retires and move either, Sui, Damon or Cabrera to RF.

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Well, at least the Yanks are shoing some smarts and not showing any interest in garbage in Wells. No way can that fat boozer help this team. Good news about Betamit going on the DL, at least he won’t have the chance to hurt this team for a while. Yanks need to keep Ensberg and cut that no-talent, at least Ensberg can field, and has a lot more offensive ability.

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Also, Chaz, I agree with the signings you suggested the Yankees need to make …

Priority #1 … Mark Teixeira … Priorty #2 … C.C. Sabathia … Priority # 3 … re-sign, Bobby Abreu … and, yes, a reliever like K-Rod should be considered. I think Joba Chamberlain is more valuable to the Yankees in the starting rotation. The only way this can happen, is if we find a replacement for Joba as the 8th inning set-up man!

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Chaz,

Yeah, I agree with what you are saying about too many lefthanded batters on the roster. But, I really am more concerned about the Yankees defense in the infield … Giambi and Duncan are just not cutting it at first … Having an excellent fielder like Doug Mientkiewicz coming off the bench as a late inning defensive replacement [at first] is so valuable, especially on this Yankees team … Duncan and Ensberg are really the same kind of player, so I would say we only need one of them on the roster [and, that would be our righty power, and hitting off the bench] … Even though Morgan Ensberg has shown he can be somewhat useful at third, I think overall Alberto Gonzalez can fill that roll, in addition to the roll of the backup infielder [at all infield positions], which would make both Ensberg and Wilson Betemit expendable … But, of course, Doug M. was not re-signed [and, not on the team], so we have to live with Cashman’s decision, and that’s the reason Morgan Ensberg is on this team … Hopefully, the Yankees will make room on their roster, so that Alberto Gonzalez remains on the team as the backup infielder … Gonzalez is a much better player than Betemit, and at least gives us one solid defender off the bench. … Jimmy27NYY …

http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

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As far as Red Sox fans complaining about the schedule. What the hell are they complaining about? Aren’t they in 1st place in the division? That’s like whining about having to scratch a ticket to win the lottery. What the hell has happened in this world that now Boston fans have this sense of entitlement? Let me guess, the Red Sox should be awarded a bye for the entire season now? Just give them a seed in the playoffs without even playing one game because they’ve won 2 lousy titles? Hello, 2 World Championships does NOT make a dynasty. 2 in a row doesn’t even make a dynasty. I used to hate Boston fans when they expected to lose, now they expect to win and have become even worse. In fact, I will attach the title of “Most Obnoxious Fans in the History of Pro Sports” to Red Sox fan. Please, New York, do something soon to shut these people up. I’m tired of hearing it.

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Jimmy, I would agree with you about re-signing Doug M., IF we weren’t already loaded with left handed hitters. We really need to employ more right handed hitters to try and balance out this lineup. We still have a helluva time against lefty pitching.
South, I agree. IF we could manage a coup and acquire Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia, we would have a complete 25 man roster for the first time in almost a decade. Looking at it, even objectively, we would have one of (if not THE) best rotations in the game, Mark Teixeira in the 3 hole, and Abreu in the 5 hole would give A-Rod a shot at 74 homeruns, and make our lineup freaking video game ridiculous. And our bullpen is already shaping up to be great THIS season (who would have thought?). If you ask me, we should make a mid-season push for K-Rod in LAA to supplement this deal. Even if we had to deal IPK and another SOLID prospect to land K-Rod, we would have a seemless transition from the best closer in the game, to the guy that will be one of the best. If we can’t get K-Rod, I think we should chase Jonathan Broxton from the Dodgers, just go look at his numbers over the last few seasons, and be impressed.

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If Cash is gone and with him the youth movement, there is a reasonable chance Manny is here next year either as a DH or LF.

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Manny grounds out to short …. [third out of 9th]

Twins win !!!! …. Twins 9, Red Sox 8

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Well, Boston has a rally going in the top of the 9th….

Two Runs In, Runner at 2nd, Two Outs, Manny Up … Twins 9, Red Sox 8

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Bottom of the 8th…

Twins 9, Red Sox 6

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Bottom of the third…

Twins 7, Red Sox 1

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Going into the bottom of the third…

Twins 5, Red Sox 1

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Mu guess is Gonzo stays this time and Abraham’s premenition is correct, Ensburglar is released when Arod comes off the DL. Ensburglar was not gonna play again than Betemit got hurt.

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Top of the third…

Twins 5, Red Sox 0

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My guess is Busta is on to something, Gammons said we were having internal discussions about Clemens, either he was wrong or it was Wells we were discussing or Gammons knew something

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Olney dead certain we will move Damon when Posada and Arod are healthy, he made have info, they said Sheff would be dealt before Abreu was acquired, I doubted it but they were right.

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I don’t like to see any players get injured, [I hope Wilson Betemit's injury is not serious], but I am happy Alberto Gonzalez is back with the Yankees … Overall, I think he is much more valuable to the Yankees than Betemit … Much talk as been made about the “so-called” lefthanded [hitting?] and, power by Wilson Betemit … But, that is not what the Yankees need in regards to a backup infielder … An infielder who is an excellent fielder, with speed, and a good contact hitter – Alberto Gonzalez – is way more important to this team, than Betemit, who has shown he is not a great defender [especially at third] … This was the same error Brian Cashman made when he did not re-sign Doug Mientkiewicz, who as an excellent fielder at first base would be much more valuable to the Yankees than Morgan Ensberg …[I still don't see the value of Ensberg on this team] … He’s very much the same type of player as Giambi and Duncan … Anyway, in my view, Alberto Gonzalez and Doug Mientkiewicz would have made the Yankees bench a lot more stronger, then Betemit and Ensberg … Jimmy27NYY …

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Giambi could be back as a DH also, assuming a move is made with Sui or Damon.

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Hey guys, we re-signed Mussina after declining his option. Giambi will be back at reduced salary unless he retires or plays in cali.

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Betemit again demonstrates that he has thunder in his bat. Gonzalez is a good defensive replacement at third & short; Ensberg is expendable. Rasner is our number 3 pitcher, no guarantee that Kennedy or Hughes will be effective this year and they should be candidates for long relief, not Rasner.

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Why would the Yanks want to bring him back? I could undertsand that move if we were to lose out on Teixeira, but only then should we consider him. Even IF, i would rather look withing the system for a firstbaseman than go out again and sign Giambi.

He has an average glove , at best, and doesn’t display range, at all. It’s like sitting a tree out there at first. Potential solutions from within would be Eric Duncan, Shelley Duncan, Juan Miranda ( I don’t like their chances ). Simply because the Yankees have always been an offensive minded club.

Now, if you asked me who we should put our focus on:

Ben Sheets
C.C. Sabathia
Derek Lowe
John Lackey

OR

Mark Teixeira

Well it’s more likely that we sign TWO of those pitchers than signing Mark, because it’s basically going to be a fight between Boston, Mets, Yankees, Indians, Orioles, Dodgers, and the whole other pack of darkhorses after just one player. It’d be pretty much a crapshoot.

Now between four impact pitchers, with our financial prowess, we could pry away ONE with ease, and possibly TWO. Out of that pack of pitchers ( assuming that Pet and Moose depart ) we should pounce on Sabathia. That would leave us with Wang, Sabathia, Kennedy and Hughes. Now, at this point, we have a number of options. I expect the Yankees to push Chamberlain into the rotation, what spot? I don’t know.

OR

The less likely alternative: Sign another free agent pitcher. I doubt Cashman would do this, simply because they have been planning on pushing Chamberlain in to the rotation later this year, and have him there permanently next year, based on his performance.

The strategy I would take, if I were Cashman, is to talk simultaneously with Tex and Sabathia ( or whatever other impact pitcher ).

What do u guys think?

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Acording to Trade Rumors.com Giambi has a $22M club option with a $5M buyout. Thats where I was getting my info but also it has a nice list of 2009 free agents for those who are interested: http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2007/12/2009-mlb-free-a.html

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With Miranda on the DL, Jason Lane is getting work at 1B in Scranton. Giambi for 2009 would have to be at a drasticly reduced price. I don’t think there is an actual club or player “option” on his $23M per year contract!

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suspect

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Stroll is a strange word to be used in what I would supect to be the hectic world of the Yankees GM! It’s his job to know exactly who is available and at what cost! I think those commercials about enormous phone bills are inspired by Cashman’s.

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Not sure that we have to pick up Giambi’s option for him to return. Handshake agreements are common here.

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I wonder what thoughts stroll by Cashman’s mind these days.

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I realize the troubles as you’ve mentioned Rob but I figure one out of that bunch plus others that have been mentioned before me will do well. As I said I’m not sold that this is Andy’s last year. I don’t think the Yankees will take Giambi’s option for this year but I agree this year there are enough problems.

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Betances is still in A ball and was injured. Horne is still injured and had control issues. Marquez is not off to a good start but improving. McCutchen is at AA and was passed over for promotion to AAA, (Bo Hall went instead, a reliever.)
White’s ERA is still over 3 as is Patterson (a reliever.) The best starter right now is Giese but he’s not on the 40man.
While Chamberlain survived the rapid rush through the system, Kennedy did not, so we’re not likely to see any repeats!

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Villone is with the Dodgers?
Igawa had a bad start but Igawa made it worse.
Giambi (not Duncan who might be off the 40 man roster) will be on 1st next year, lets worry about this year though.

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When Hughes does come back in July, ( supposing that Kennedy is himself in the five spot. ) I would guess that Rasner would be pushed to the long relief role or even a role with more purpose, like mid-relief. It really doesn’t matter though, with Hughes taking back the three spot. I hope these guys finally go back to being themselves on the mound, I originally thought that these were their growing pains, it just got out of hand with all the losses and the lack innings pitched. None were able to get past the fifth, even the fourth at times! It’s obvious that Kennedy’s problems are mental, I think he’ll do great when he gets the call. When it comes to Hughes, like Wholo said: Who knows how long he was hiding his injury? I think he’ll come back out strong as well. The Yanks just need to tread some waters right now, until the horses get back on their feet.

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I couldn’t agree more with that post BD. Wang is starting to strike more people out this year which is a plus for him. I think he’ll end up winning 20-22 games this year. He may not win a Cy this year because history shows that with the start Cliff Lee has had it’s his, but either way Wang will have a Cy Young worthy year. I may be in the minority but I’m not going to count Petitte as a sure thing gonner for next year. He said before all the Mitchell Report BS that he wanted to pitch for ten more years (no way that happens) but I think he’ll want to pitch in the new Stadium and he’ll probably have enough gas in the tank to do so. He’s shown he still has the stuff to be a #4-5 guy next year and hopefully Raz, Hughes, and Kennedy have all pitched well and can fill voids next year. We may end up with CC because he sounds like he wants to test the market and Cleveland is a cheap ball club historically. I have not lost faith in Hughes but like you said thats regardless because he’s gone until July. I don’t know why White keeps getting skipped over especially for Igawa who is pitiful, but maybe the Yankee brass knows something we don’t. Next year will bring more youngsters into the picture as Betences, Horne, Marquez, McCutchen will all have had a year down below. I hoped this season would go off with a flying start, but in my gut had a feeling that it may be patchwork and a grind, and thats what it is right now but we’re still afloat and we definitely have some of the peaces (Arod now, hopefully Posada not too much longer) coming back soon.

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Wholo, note that I said “if”. I’m not saying it would be a good move to sign him, because he comes with baggage and nobody wants an attitude problem on the team. My exxagerated point was that this team needs to find some consistency in that rotation ( which we have ) and anyone is welcome if they can do job, even Wells.

Wang
Mussina
Rasner
Pettitte

Those four pitchers have become staples in the rotation. Wang is our staff ace, pardon the lack of Ks.

Mussina is our version of Greg Maddux.

Rasner is the underdog trying to earn a roster spot, he’soff to a good start. Another good outing may permanently seal the deal.

Pettitte is our stopper, it’s unfortunate that he will leave this year. Big hole to fill, same with the Moose. I wonder how that will play out in the off-season.

That five spot is what’s a mess. Igawa seems to be on his way out of here, with the brass already trying to skip his start and replace it with Rasner’s. Hughes won’t be here until July, so he’s not an option at this point. Kennedy will get another shot, and seems to be the next candidate, with the dark horse being Scot Patterson or Steven White, I wouldn’t bank on it though.

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Like I said he WAS a good hitter, even with the Yankees he sucked. I noticed the strikeouts like all his stats were good for that year and a half. But in the present time he has shown no reason to be on the roster, there are better options within this organization. The points you make are like me taking Carl Pavano’s stats and saying he’s worth us signing again because he showed he can pitch well. Our 1B options will be: Duncan, Jeter (unlikely), and Juan Miranda maybe not at the beginning of 2009 but definitely a possibility of a mid-season call up, or through the free agent market for a Mark Texiera. Like I said he was a good hitter, nobody can argue that but for whatever reason he’s not anymore, and just because Betemit was on Cashman’s radar for a while doesn’t make him a good player we don’t have to go over all the bone-head moves he’s made throughout his tenure here. By the looks of it we’re going to end up disagreeing always on this point because there’s nothing he can do to change my opinion unless he all of a sudden bats .300+ with power again.

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w,

So what is Ensberg batting? And if Shelley Duncan could start poking ball over the RF fence he’ll get to play more!
I like Gonzalez too, but we’ll still see more right handed pitchers!

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w,

I believe his manager in LA was the much malined Grady Little (at least for 2007) who was fired for Torre! Not surprising to see production fall off when playing time is sporadic. He was on Cashman’s radar when at Atlanta and may get regular playing time at 1B in 2009 if he’s still around! And I thought you would recognize the SOs!

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Villone @ SaintLouis
Record-1W-0L
ERA-1.26
IP-14.1
Hits-7
RUNS-3
ER-2
HR-1
BB-8
SO-14
NICE!

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I’m assuming you’re giving me Betemit’s stats from when he had a good few years, but I’ll counter with these stats:

2006 (you only give his Atl stats so I’ll only give his LA stats)
AB: 174
BA: .241
OBP: .306
SLUG: .437 (solid)
SO: 45

and in 2007 (With LA and NYY):
AB: 240
BA: .229
HR: 14 (He’s supposed to have plus power)
SO: 82
R: 33

He’s supposed to be an offensive threat and he’s not, he might have been with Atlanta I never argued he wasn’t but here and now he’s worthless. 33 runs scored when 14 were home runs is terrible. I didn’t feel like doing the math to combine the OBS and SLUG for the split so I did things that had easy math. He strikes out way too much 34.2% of the time so roughly 1 out of every 3 ABs and he’s close to the Mendoza line batting last year. There are three better options off the top of my head (in no order: Duncan, Ensburg, Gonzalez) that can all hit, albeit Duncan hasn’t shown is he can consistently yet this year and can field better. He’s not worth the roster spot and has no value on the trade market because when you have somebody on the bench you need them to be a little clutch and be contact hitters, not strike out machines.

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And Ron Villone?

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BTW, Chris Woodward batted .206 and was cut by the bottom dwelling Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, the Phillies AAA team. The Iron Pigs opened in Scranton for four games and, if I remember correctly, made three errors at SS!

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At worst Wells will fill some seats in Scranton and replace Heath Phillips as a starter! If he pitches in Trenton, I’ll spend $10 and drive an hour each way to cheer another old fart I somewhat resemble!

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Who can find a positive in the rain? A second Igawa start is no longer necessary!

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w,

Guess the player from the following stats:

Year-2005-2006
Team-ATL-ATL
AB-246-199
AVG-.305-.281
OB-.359-.344
SLUG-.435-.497
SO-55-57

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BD Wells should not be allowed anywhere near this locker room because of your well noted attitude problem. I know he’s always had it even when he was a Yankee but enough is enough we need to surround our kids with positive figures, not old fat washed up pitchers who are cranky. Hughes will have a roster spot because he has proven he can pitch well on a big scene (look at last year). Who knows how long he hid an injury to keep his roster spot (if he did it was stupid). Either way Hughes has a rotation spot, Wells/Clemens are useless to this team. Do we really want someone who went 9-9 with a 5.43 ERA, 82K in 158 IP, 202 hits, and a 1.54 WHIP, who also made $3M? It’s a waste of a roster spot when we can hold the fort down from within. Wells pitched in the NL what’s going to happen when he comes to easily the deepest division in baseball, he’s going to get lit up from now until October. I’m glad to see Gonzalez back maybe now the Yankee brass will realize we should keep him and cut our losses with Betemit, he was hot coming back but we all saw last year he hits a few games then gets cold for a dozen, so we should read too much into a couple of nice games. Ensburg can field the hot corner better as well and can be spelled by Gonzalez who has shown nothing but great things in his short tenure with the big club. Sucks the game got rained out looks like we’ll be in for another 20 or so straight games while the Sox fans/ESPN still complain about their horrible schedule to start the season.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD May 11, 2008

Scranton/WB POSTPONED
Indianapolis (Pirates)
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Trenton POSTPONED
Akron (Indians)
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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BD,

That’s why I say “when ready.” Wells “rubber” arm should allow him to start AND relieve! Also, he will not need time in warm weather Tampa!

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Gonzalez is back.

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Moose is our #3 guy. Rasner is 4.

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Robert, Thanks I wasn’t aware of that rule. Keep up the good work w/the minor league scores..
I keep hearing about Wells, Is this true the Yanks may be interested in him? I thought we were going young! It was mentioned earlier that all the running in ST probably didn’t help a bit. Our DL list keeps growing. Game today called off, I guess that’s good, it gives us a chance to face them again possibly at full strength. Rasner deserves the opportunity to do well and make the team. Moose is doing fine, As long as our other starters are getting their 7 innings in, Our pen is vastly improved. He’s getting us some quality work which is much needed.
“GO YANKEES”

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I don’t know why peolpe are assuming that Kennedy and Hughes are just going to waltz back into the rotation. They need to prove themselves first. If and when they prove they can be consistent, only then will Rasner be brought into the bullpen, which isn’t bad anyway. Until then, Rasner is our number three guy. I don’t want to see guys peeing on themselves on the mound, I want to see guys who are hungry and willing to throw strikes and don’t care about numbers. Razzkatrazz is the guy and though Wells is the old fart with the attittude problem, if he comes into the rotation and provides solid work, I’ll be more than happy to have him.

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postponed? Isn’t this the Yanks only trip to Detroit? Oh well off-day lost somewhere down the line.

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Nice one on sponsoring Rasner’s page Bryan!! Clicked the link last night but missed that bit :O

Full steam ahead with Andy tonight hopefully!

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Wells would get the Clemens tour of Tampa, Scranton and Trenton with a whole lot less publicity.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD May 11, 2008

Scranton/WB 2PM
Indianapolis (Pirates)
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Trenton 2:05PM
Akron (Indians)
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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The upside of Hughes and Kennedy is far greater than with Rasner, so expect him to be in the pen when both are ready.

Wells, of course, would have to be effective on the farm before pitching in NY. He would be a rather cheap temporary “fix” especially for the Yankee$$$$$$. Those of you complaining about his gut go look up a World Series MVP for the Tigers named Mickey Lolich!

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fjr,

The 10 day rule is voided for an injury replacement.

Matt,

No pop? What do you call slugging .769? I’m sure you wouldn’t cut a .417 BA either, unless you’re crazy! The only legitimate knock I see on Betemit is stupidity for hiding an eye problem!

And for the rest of that 95%, you are all off the list of candidates for scouting jobs with the Yankees! Please apply in Boston!

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Rasner the Bryan Hoch lookalike is doing well but there is a reason he was released and there is a reason he had a poor spring. Rasner will continue to start but he will be the first one bumped if Hughes is ready and we have Wells.

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I think prideoftheyankees is dead on. We are keeping ourselves in the hunt while waiting for our best two hitters from last season to return.

While it is too early to say Rasner is going to hold down his spot for the rest of the season, the early returns have been promising. The thing about building from within is we are going to run in problems, and sometimes people we weren’t expecting to help us out will step up, maybe Rasner is that guy.

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Moose won his last four games holding the other team to 1-3 runs in 5-7 innings.. what the heck else do you people want? at this point i’d say the Yankees have 4 fairly reliable starters in Wang, Pettitte, Moose, and Rasner.. the 5th starter has yet to be determined

there have been surprises in almost every year for the last 3 years (like Wang, Cano, and Melky in 2005 and Joba in 2007) so who knows what surprises this year may have (whether from the farm or from late-season low-cost hires/trades like Shawn Chacon, Aaron Small, and Al Leiter)

though at this point a .500 average and 4.5 games behind, i think the Bombers are doing well considering there’s no A-Rod and Posada – like they’re drafting in a car race ready to take first place when the time is right

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Matt, I know it’s a small sample, and I expect his success to balance out with some struggles. Obviously teams will recieve scouting reports on him and he’ll run into a couple road blocks. I just hope that when he does, guys aren’t throwing around ” SEND HIM DOWN!” comments, because that would be a little unfair. But, we might as well root for him while he can. I’m just happy to see a pitcher go out there and give us stability, and Rasner has done that. Question is, how much success woukd it take for Rasner before he finally EARNS his way into the rotation.

I know one thing is certain, he’s gotten off on the right foot.

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At this point, I can’t say Rasner has won a permanent position in the rotation. It’s far too early to say that. He’s only had two starts against teams who haven’t seen him. I would wait and see how he does down the road.

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BDSouth,

I agree with you, Mussina is nothing more than a 5 or 6 inning pitcher, he’s only gone longer than that once this season, if anything that’s more of a weakness than a strength. IT looks like this team is more concerned about limiting his innings this season than anyone else’s.

Also it would take “The Beer Guzzler” longer to get ready to pitch in the majors than it would Chamberlain at this point, on top of that, he’s 45-years-old, has a lousy attitude and is a pathetic pitcher at this time. Since when can a mess like that help any team? Teams will just wonder if that’s his stomach under his jersey or a keg of beer.

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CAVS WIN BABY! YEAH! YANKEES WIN!YEAH! wait up, that was abit over board. THE CAVS WON ! YEAH!

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD May 10, 2008

Scranton/WB 1
Indianapolis (Pirates) 5
W: T. Taubenheim (3-5, 5.67); L: D. Giese (2-2, 1.13)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_05_10_swbaaa_indaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Trenton 1
Akron (Indians) 3
W: K. Dixon (1-3, 5.26); L: G. Kontos (1-4, 3.38); SV: R. Newsom (9)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_05_10_treaax_akraax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Tampa 1
Brevard County (Brewers) 5
W: J. Axford (2-2, 3.45); L: G. Duff (1-2, 2.86)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_05_10_tbyafa_breafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Charleston 0
Asheville (Rockies) 8
W: J. Chacin (5-1, 1.87); L: D. Betances (4-2, 3.73)
HR: ASH: J. Cunningham (7), D. Christensen 2 (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_05_10_crdafx_ashafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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I keep hrienaig Wlels nmae mtineoned but olny in tihs bolg. I hvav not seen it awyehrne esle. Waht geos? Is Wlels rlealy bnieg csnosderid?, Is he mnkaig a cbomceak? i dno’t tnihk we need him or Cemelns. We wnat yunog arms, Waht do you tknik? We cna’t birng Gnzeoalz up yet he msut saty 10 dyas boefre he can be rcelaeld. Iawga nedes to gvie an osntundiayg pmfoacrenre in order to saty in the Ynekae setysm. We need to go aovbe .500 and nveer look bcak..
” GO YKENEAS” “GO YANKEES.

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Go CAVS!

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Damn, I jinxed it.

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Go Twins. I’m hoping for a Boston defeat here. The score is 2-1 Twins in the middle of the 6th. With some luck, we may be able to get this gap down to 3.5 games. Isn’t it amazing that through all our struggles we are still very much in striking distance?

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Bpark, why isit you always attack us with those interesting comments. Rasner a long reliever? Why!? The guy’s been nothing if not consistent. In my opinion, he should be our number three guy from here on out. He’s proven enough. We had a couple of question marks for him on the Mariners’ start on whether or not he could handle a tough lineup and BAM, he delivers. If what you say is true, the Yankees’ brass is on weed.

Now, on to some of my quirks with our rotation. I see we have three pitchers that we can depend on for great starts on a consistent basis: Wang, Pettitte and Rasner. Mussina I don’t know about, I’m just not sold on this veteran. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that he also looks like a good 5-6 inning starter, just because he’s won five starts in a row ( he deserves it ).

My question is: That five spot. Hughes, Igawa and Kennedy are all pitchers that could potentially fill that out. Igawa has one more chance to prove himself. When he goes abck out there next week against the Rays, we’ll see what happens. Assuming he’s his usual self, it would whittle down to Kennedy and Hughes ( though Hughes doesn’t key in until July… ) So let’s make it Kennedy, White and that son of a gun Wells.

So far, I think we have turned a corner here when it comes to our rotation. The top four spots are basically nails in the coffin ( though Mussina seems like he could break down any time ) and it’s basically that five spot that may have some dancing around to deal with.

Another Question for me would be, what happens to Hughes when he comes off the DL in July? This assuming that we have a set rotation by then ( it could be Wells, Kennedy, White in the five spot. ) If it’s Wells, he could be pushed into the ‘pen. Same with Steven White. Kennedy on the other hand needs to prove himself. So yep, it’s that five spot that remains a doozy.

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Rasner is a long term option as a long reliever not a starter.

If Wells signed today, he wouldn’t be active for a month.

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Matt you’re right Igawa’s leash is about as short as it gets. He may have some value on the trade market for a decent minor leaguer or something like that just because he is a lefty pitcher with some major league experience. Rasner has a spot in the rotation for now, and I think we’ll see Kennedy back eventually. I’d like to see White get a chance but who knows. We have enough options in the minors to get through until the All Star break when we get Hughes back healthy. We’re treading water water for now but we really need to get a win tomorrow against Robertson and then take it to the Rays at their place to start making a run at the Sox. I don’t want to see the lead get too much bigger than it already is.

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I don’t think so. IF Igawa has another bad outing, and Kennedy has another good one, then we could see Kennedy back in the rotation or at least Steve White possibly. I think it could be Igawa’s last start as a Yankee if that happens, he’s nothing more than a minor league pitcher.

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Rasner is earning his way into the starting rotation folks. He gives up an early homer and it doesn’t bother him. If I were Kennedy I’d get my act together quickly or his spot is about to be taken.

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Mo 10 for 10 with a 0.00 ERA thats money. Joba looks like he has put the criticisms of his character and the game winning home run behind him. The offense looks good, Giambi hit the ball hard a couple of times, Cano is taking walks which will only force pitchers to pitch to him so I expect his average to rise. We’re still at .500 but we’ll be getting Arod (hopefully) back soon and end this moronic Betemit/Ensburg platoon at the hot corner. I was into Raz before his first start because of his fringe stats (K:BB, BAA, WHIP) in AAA and he has pitched very well twice and this time against a very good offense. If we can get some sort of stability in the 5 hole while Hughes is on the DL this team can really turn a corner.

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With the tying run at the plate and one out I was cringing at the thought of a 3 run homer. Good thing Farnsworth is still ‘off form’. Now we can turn this game over to Joba and Mo.

If all goes well, this should be the game. I guess they have both spoiled me a bit.

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Credit that escape to Rodriguez. Poor strikeout to blow the rally

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the pen could do with a rest, not sure how the word pitching got in there. Looks like Farnsworth has refound his ‘form’

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Girardi is clearly a fool if he reels in Rasner who the Tigers hadn’t figured out and brings in Farnsworth. The bullpen could do with pitching a rest and KF although could strike out three is just as likely to load the bases.

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I meant pitches, not pitchers. Spelling was never my strong suit.

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Talk about a short leash. Rasner got pulled with a 4 run lead after giving up a single to lead off the 7th. He was under 90 pitchers and had given up just one run, I’m suprised Giradi didn’t leave him out there.

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Rasner is looking great. Second start in a row now. He is definitely making a case to keep his spot.

That leaves one blank spot in the rotation. Yes, okay, Igawa will likely be given another start, but as far as I am concerned the faster we get rid of him the better. SO, the question is, who takes his spot when he gets his brain beat in a few days from now?

I don’t like the idea of signing a free agent like Clemens or Wells, there is a reason these pitchers have no jobs in a market starving for starting pitching.

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I have a feeling this is spurring on Rasner’s fine performance today.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/r/rasneda01.shtml

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only 60 pitches for 5 innings from Rasner. Exactly what’s needed. I hope Hughes, IPK, Igawa etc are taking note

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Horne has been out with a biceps injury for a while.

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From previous blog:

Guys, Betemit has been injured. More uselessness added to useless. It’s time for a call up, since Betemit will be plced on the 15 Day DL anyway.

The question that quizzes me is:

Is it going to be Gonzalez that’s called up or a pitcher ( Steven White, Alan Horne ) OR will we see Wells be signed?

Oh, how I love dilemmas!

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