Pitching matchups for the Twins series

TONIGHT
Nick Blackburn, RHP (7-5, 3.65) @ Sidney Ponson, RHP (5-1, 3.96)

Scouting Report:
Yankees: Ponson, who signed with New York on June 18, will be making
his fourth start in a Yankees uniform this season. During his last
outing he surrendered one earned run over six innings while recording
two strikeouts against Tampa Bay. Ponson owns a 10-2 record with a 2.42
ERA in 15 career appearances against Minnesota.

Twins: A stellar first half has Blackburn being mentioned as a Rookie of the Year candidate. The sinkerballer has started to become more consistent, delivering quality starts in five of his last six outings. He’s started to eliminate his problems with the big inning and could be a factor for the Twins in the second half. He’ll make his second start against the Yankees. In the first, he left having pitched just 4 1/3 innings after he was struck in the face by a Bobby Abreu line drive.

TUESDAY
Kevin Slowey, RHP (6-6, 4.26) @ Darrell Rasner, RHP (5-7, 4.97)

Scouting Report:
Yankees: Rasner battled through five innings en route to his fifth
victory during his last outing against the Blue Jays. The
27-year-old allowed four runs in the first inning but
settled in and managed to get through five innings on 108 pitches. He
finished his outing with six strikeouts for his first victory since
June 18. After starting the season with three straight victories,
Rasner is now 2-7 with a 6.19 ERA over his past nine outings. He is 1-1
with a 3.97 ERA in two career starts against the Twins.

Twins: An infected fingernail on Slowey’s right middle finger pushed him back in the rotation.  After a string of good starts, Slowey has found some trouble recently. He’s given up at least five earned runs in each of his last two starts. The Twins need Slowey to make quicker adjustments on the mound and keep the ball down in the zone. He’ll try when he faces the Yankees for the first time this season.

WEDNESDAY
Glen Perkins, LHP (7-2, 3.84) @   Mike Mussina, RHP (12-6, 3.49)

Scouting Report:
Yankees: Mussina surpassed his win total from the entire 2007 season
when he picked up his 12th win Friday night against the A’s. He threw
six innings of one-run ball and scattered nine hits to quiet the
Oakland offense. Mussina struck out six — four looking — and did not
record a walk for the second straight game. He is now 11-3 with a 3.00
ERA in his last 16 starts.

Twins: The rookie left-hander continues to impress the Twins in a starting role. Perkins held a hot-hitting Rangers lineup scoreless for six innings, allowing three hits and walking three. He’s 3-0 in his last three starts and has not lost since May 30, going 5-0 with a 3.81 ERA over that span. That last loss came against the Yankees. Perkins gave up five earned runs on 10 hits over just four innings in that first outing at the Metrodome.

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talk sweep after rasner pitches tomorrow.
Good points made today on this thread.

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Dang, poor Po… that hurts, but nothing we haven’t been dealing with all season long. I hope he comes back ‘as’ good ‘as’ new…

On Chamberlain, I’d agree, his walks per inning is well within reason for his type of pitcher. About the only thing you could really ding him on is somewhat luck driven in the WHIP statistic. At 1.30 he’s got one of the lower WHIPs on our staff, but, if you look at Mo’s… at .068 THAT is well below the standard… which I’ve always seen as between 1.00-1.20. 1.20 is actually on the higher side of average in a given year. Perhaps this year is a shift outside the mean… but yeah he’s doing fine, you have to lay the blame at the offense’s doorstep when your pitcher gives up 2 or less, even the occasional 3 should be absorbed by the offense.

Hmmm, ten days…. ten days. We’d better get on it and do it soon… otherwise it’s what we’ve got. We ‘can’ be competitive with what we’ve got, but I don’t think it’ll be competitive enough. We only need add true production, either Runs, or RBIs. It doesn’t matter if they deal for a star, they’ve just got to produce.

I like the deal possibilities to some extent with Colorado, we could get two birds with one team which might be critical unless we’re making several separate deal attempts right now, which it appears we are, but nothing that’s standing out as being more in our favor or to our satisfaction I s’pect.

How ’bout that A-Rod… Heheh I’m telling ya, he likes crushing ‘em out of that stupid dome. I hope so, isn’t this the last year for the Metrodome too, or is it 2010? Well either in one or a couple of years that wind at the new park will be something else to deal with. But I’d have to check but offhand I think he’s homered there every series for the last couple years.

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I think Posada is done, he may miss all of next year if its rotator cuff surgery.

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Looking for another sweep, let’s go Ponson keep the winning streak going. Uh Oh POnson in some trouble with 1 out in 2nd top with bases loaded. Hope he get’s out of it. An A-Bomb from A-Rod.

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Looking for another sweep, let’s go Ponson keep the winning streak going. Uh Oh POnson in some trouble with 1 out in 2nd top with bases loaded. Hope he get’s out of it. An A-Bomb from A-Rod.

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A-Rod SMASH! rAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHhHHH!

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Forgot about Gardner. He can motor, but Abreu and Damon are faster than Cabrera.

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“our 2 fastest runners (Damon and Abreu) “? Gardner and Melky are the two fastest

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If Abreu could consistently pull the ball to right, he might make a cool 2 hitter. That would put our 2 fastest runners (Damon and Abreu) in the top 2 spots in the order.

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hopefully Damon can pick up where he left off and hit well.. and if Robbie can keep up the way he hit over the weekend, then i think the Yankees will have a strong part of their offensive engine back

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Jeter is usually the best 2 hole hitter in the game, because he’s the best inside-out hitter in the game. He’s not doing enough of it this year, leading the team in GIDPs but we need his ability to hit the ball to right field in the 2 hole. Abreu is best used when he can spray the ball to all fields.

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It is a lot I’m just tossing out names as a possibility. I just hope the Yankees are going to make a deadline deal that helps this team especially in the OF and rotation.

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I think abreu should hit second behind jeter at first. and have Arod at third with Giambi backing him up. Only if matsui, posada and damon weren’t hurt. this line up will be just perfect

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Too much to ask for almost ANY hitter in the big leagues to hit just step into the 3 hole for the New York Yankees. The New guy needs a comfy 4 or 5 spot in the order unil he settles in.

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IF we could pry Nady from Pittsburgh he could possibly hit 3rd he’s a .320 hitter 15 homers almost 60 RBI on a lousey team and the Bucko’s want to bring some kid up to play a corner outfield spot so they’re shopping both Nady and Bay and are willing to move one or both. You’d like to get McLouth but Nady would be nice and is a decent 3 hole option. But I agree again with you Chaz I like Arod in the 3 hole right now.

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Or, switch Cano and Abreu.

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Even IF we trade for a new hitter, can we realisticly expect that new guy to come in and immediately hit 3rd? That’s just not going to happen. If you ask me, the 3rd hitter this season is clearly A-Rod, with Giambi/Sexson in the 4 hole behind him. If Damon can still swing a bat, then we’re in better shape at the top of the lineup.
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Damon
Jeter
A-Rod
Giambi/Sexson
Abreu
Cano
Cabrera
Molina/Moeller
Gardner/Christian
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If not:
Jeter
Cano
A-Rod
Giambi
Sexson
Abreu
Cabrera
Molina/Moeller
Gardner/Christian

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has anyone noticed the pitching perfomances of the past series. The starters were really good. and the bullpen has just been excellent. Now, yes they yanks may need more pitching, but to give up some of the bright minor leaguers the yanks have for a 2 or 3 month rental just does not make sense at the moment. I think they might need more offense. for god sake, joba has given up less than 3 runs in over half his starts while the offense has given him nothing at all to work with. so the offense might be a bigger issue than pitching as they yanks do have wang coming back in sept, and also have a whole lot of pitchers who coulda pitched this year in the majors, but didnt because of injuries (sanchez, Brackman among others).

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The Joba control issues are more an ESPN-esc creation than a reality. He is going to go games like the last two where he blows everybody down, but here’s the thing people know what’s coming from Joba: 95-100 mph fastball and a 85-90 mph slider. He features a curveball every so often early in the count but he’s been a 2 pitch pitcher thus far and been successful. He’s not like a Moose who has a mysterious side to him where you know you’re getting an 85 mph fastball but who knows what it’s going to do and the knuckle curve is devastating this year. Joba is pure gas and I liken him to and shorter Randy Johnson who struck fear in the hearts of hitters with his 100 mph fastball and his ridiculous slider, two pitches and probably a HOF career. I’m not saying Joba will amount to Randy but the pitches are similar. And Chaz you’re right the offense is pathetic when you can’t get him decisions with a 2.52 ERA.

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Well, if we are going to get a catcher to replace Posada offensively, the best one on the market is Miguel Olivo. He still sucks with a bat, but not as bad as Yorvit does. Plus Yorvit has a bad attitude.

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How exactly has Joba not had great control, especially for a power pitcher? He’s walked only 33 hitters in 71 innings so far this season. So 1 walk every 2+ isn’t controlled enough? He’s also managed to fan 84 hitters in the same span. News flash: Power pitchers walk more hitters than finesse guys. Did Nolan Ryan give a crap about walking 4 hitters a game? No, because he was busy punching out a dozen in the same game. Joba needs to change NOTHING. The offense needs to score that kid some damn runs. A 2.52 ERA and they can’t get him a decision? Pathetic.

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Well Jorgie is on the DL now and I’ll be he’s gone for the year so that decreases the logjam I guess.

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Damon and Posada being hurt really has put a logjam at DH hasn’t it? We have 4 guys competing for 2 positions. I guess Posada and Sexson in when it’s an LHP. And Giambi and Damon in against RHP. I guess we can use Posada as a pinch hitter for Molina in late innings, and then bring in Moeller to finish catching the game.

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Joba, control will be an issue when he start facing the better hitters. Once you around the league 3 or 4 times those hitters wise up, start taking more pitchers. Do not get wrong I think he is fantastic. But after the all-star game you better come out smoking. Those good hitters like that hot weather, ball flys out. Hitters, they need a third place hitter and drop abreu down to 6 spot.

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I just read that if the Rockies decide on trading Fuentes (not necessarily to the Yankees) that they would also look into trading Yorvit Torealba. I read that the Yankees might be interested since Po is hurting and can’t really catch….this might be an interesting 1 1/2yr rental (assuming Po undergoes offseason surgery that he was expecting)……the Rockies are looking for pitching. I don’t believe keeping Molina and Moellers sub .230 batting averages in the lineup on a daily basis is necessary, PLUS Torealba has caught in the World Series (07).

Is there any validity to the Yanks trading some pitching for Torealba? The Rockies are looking for pitching prospects. The blog said the Yanks are willing to offer up: Ohlendorf + 2 pitching prospects (A or AA).

Thoughts please.

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I just read that if the Rockies decide on trading Fuentes (not necessarily to the Yankees) that they would also look into trading Yorvit Torealba. I read that the Yankees might be interested since Po is hurting and can’t really catch….this might be an interesting 1 1/2yr rental (assuming Po undergoes offseason surgery that he was expecting)……the Rockies are looking for pitching. I don’t believe keeping Molina and Moellers sub .230 batting averages in the lineup on a daily basis is necessary, PLUS Torealba has caught in the World Series (07).

Is there any validity to the Yanks trading some pitching for Torealba? The Rockies are looking for pitching prospects. The blog said the Yanks are willing to offer up: Ohlendorf + 2 pitching prospects (A or AA).

Thoughts please.

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Mduncan you said: “That when those rookies have to step up and Joba have get his control together stop walking batters.” his last two starts he has a 17:1 K:BB ratio and has been amazing. If the Yankees could score runs he’s have 3-5 wins more by now. Both of those starts he’s allowed 2 ER and got a ND, thats hard luck for his stats and horrible for the offense.

Cano has been showing a lot more plate discipline in the past few weeks (before the all star game until now) and has shown as he’s raised his average to the highest point of the season since the first game where he went 1 for 3 and was batting .333. He is not on the block in my book but Melky sure is. He’s a great defensive CF but I think you can make up for some of his defensive skill with a more offensive CF and we need some offensive spark.

I don’t hate the Sexon deal because he’s a .380 hitter against lefties whereas Big G has been floundering lately. Posada (as much as he’s one of my favorite Yankees) needs to take care of himself and get the shoulder fixed. He hurts us behing the plate and when you have Molina who throws out everybody (including Reyes) why would you play Posada. Plus Giambi is a better hitter and Sexon is more attractive right now against lefties (judging by numbers only). It’s a sad thing but Posada is an odd man out.

And I think Kennedy has to be trade bait, but I have nothing to back that up. He might be able to resurface in another program and we can get some good return for him then we do it. We keep Hughes and Joba and get another new kid to make a better Big Three. I like Kennedy he’s a very cerebral pitcher and has solid stuff, but I don’t think he’s fit to be a Yankee under the spotlight of the Bronx thus necessitating a move to get someone who can hack it at The Big Ballpark.

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I wonder if you saw Cabrara fill in for Williams defensively Chaz, I am sure there is some ugly footage available.

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Did Ian Kennedy goe first two innings for Scranton followed in his next game in the past two days 7 strong innings giving up just two hits and one run. Does this mean he is fit again to be called up. The fact that there has been no discussions on this leads me to think that he may be being shopped around. Has anyone any knowledge on the above.

Aussie Bryan

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Bpark, I know I agreed with you last week about Gardner doing better in his first call up than *Gardner*……
Cabrera, my bad.

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Bpark, I know I agreed with you last week about Gardner doing better in his first call up than Gardner, but it’s simply NOT the case. In 2005, Cabrera hit .211 in his 19 at-bats. Gardner hadn’t broke .100 in his first 20. Further, Gardner is hitting .163 right now, just exactly WHAT do you see in him so far?

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Still not sold on Gardner. So f-ig what he’s done better than Cabrera in his first call-up. How does that mean he will be a better player over-all? How many rookie of the year winners have eventually become stars in the majors? Like 30%?

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 21, 2008

Richmond (Braves) 7p
Scranton/WB

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Trenton
New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 7:05p
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Brevard County (Brewers) 7p
Tampa

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Charleston
Greensboro (Marlins) 7p
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Brooklyn (Mets) 7p
Staten Island

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GCLYankees
GCL Blue Jays 12p
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 20, 2008

Scranton/WB 7
Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 2
W: J. Karstens (5-4, 3.71); L: B. Mazone (8-8, 3.70)
HR: SWB: C. Ransom (16), E. Duncan (10).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_20_swbaaa_lhvaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Trenton
Portland (Red Sox) POSTPONED
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Brevard County (Brewers) 5
Tampa 3
W: J. Axford (4-6, 4.45); L: Z. McAllister (4-5, 2.50); SV: M. McClendon (9)
HR: TAM: A. Perez (6).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_20_breafa_tbyafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Charleston 7
Greensboro (Marlins) 8
W: S. Alexander (8-8, 4.64); L: A. Olbrychowski (5-4, 4.34); SV: C. Madden (3)
HR: CHA: A. Romine 2 (6). GBO: M. Stanton (23), T. Hickman (10).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_20_crdafx_gboafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Staten Island 4
Brooklyn (Mets) 7
W: J. Mejia (1-1, 6.23); L: L. Greinke (0-4, 3.04)
HR: STA: A. Maruszak (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_20_staasx_broasx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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If Cano learns ANY plate discipline at all, he becomes the premiere hitter on the team, and a lock for the 3rd spot in the batting order. Cabrera’s defense, and the fact that he’s at worst a .250 hitter means we don’t need to replace him at centerfield, either. Explain to me how we can replace his throwing arm in center? Only Ichiro or Jeff Francoer rival Cabrera’s gun. At worst, he’s moved to right if Gardner pans out.

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I’m not interested in any trade that deals Cabrera or Cano unless it means getting a BIG name player. Jason Bay does not fall into that category. He may be Pitts’ star, but he’s a borderline star at best in any major market. He’s good, but not worth dealing our second baseman. Besides, it’s likely that we will be renting whatever outfielder we get unless we decide to deal Abreu. Cano is only a few seasons from competing for an AL MVP.

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Sexson is straight waste, we have Giambi and he will take at bats from Giambi/Posada and Damon.

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That being said I am very impressed with Gardener, he way better than Cabrara was his first stint. I think we need to rid ourselves of Duncan, Kennadia and Abreu.

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In response to GM Mattress Susuki’s comment about needing 4 new players. We need a starter, 2 relievers and Juan Pierre. So I’d agree. Wang will be back and I am not interested in shitbomber Pavano or Garcia.

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I say 2/3 this series. I’d like the sweep, but Rasner right now lost his edge. Its sad because I think he knows how to pitch, but just lost his confidence.
To be fair, he gave us a lot more to watch then Hughes and Kennedy. Hughes will be back, but I think Kennedy is on his way out to get Nady and Marte.

Um, the pirates want Cano? Um, no on Cano. But if they do that sort of deal for Bay (a better player then Cano) we have Alberto Gonzalez to replace him. So he can’t hit a ball off a tee. I’m just saying if the yankees make a deal like that, then you’d think they think that Bay would replace the offense that Cano gives you, and gonzalez is a better fielder.

I don’t want them to make the deal, though. Heck, if they are going to trade Cano, then they might as well try to get Holiday. I wouldn’t mind that deal at all.
Eh, keep Cano. Get Nady.

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If those rookies are worth their salt( Hughes and kennedy) with Wang due back in Sept. The Yanks can win this thing. They need to get to 12 games over 500 and these hot shot rookies should be ready when mussina and pettite tire, because they will when the dog days of august & eary Sept. That when those rookies have to step up and Joba have get his control together stop walking batters. As “Old Dizzy Dean” use to say those base balls will come back to hurt you.

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Let’s hope Blackburn isn’t hit in the face again!
That was a scary moment.

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Rasner is looking more and more like the career minor leaguer that we’ve grown to know and hate. As much as I slam the Yankee offense, we sincerely need an alternative to Rasner in the rotation. I think he may be good enough to come out of the pen in long relief, but he’s NOT worthy of starting games on the bump for the Bombers. Ponson still has a jury in deliberation on whether or not he is worthy. His record does look mighty good against Minnesota.

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