8/18 – Yankees at Athletics

YANKEES (74-45)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF

Pitching: CC Sabathia (13-7, 3.64)

ATHLETICS (53-65)
Kennedy 3B
Davis CF
Suzuki C
Hairston LF
Garciaparra 1B
Ellis 2B
Everidge DH
Sweeney RF
Pennington SS

Pitching: Vin Mazzaro (4-8, 5.54)

NOTES FROM THE OAKLAND COLISEUM

What do you say to CC Sabathia right now? If you’re Joe Girardi, the answer is, “Keep doing what you’re doing.” Sabathia’s on one of his second-half rolls, winning all three of his August starts and really pitching exceptionally in the last two (8/8 vs. Boston – 7 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K … 8/13 at Seattle – 8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K’s).

It doesn’t seem like the Yankees are all that concerned about Alex Rodriguez right now, despite his recent tailspin. I know many out there don’t feel the same way, gauging the public opinion by my e-mail.

You look at Rodriguez’s numbers (.256, 21 HRs, 63 RBIs) and they’re not horrible, especially considering he missed the first month and is coming off a major hip surgery. They’re not the usual All-Star stats you’re used to seeing, but A-Rod 2009 really isn’t an All-Star player.

Call off the panic alarms – the Yankees are seven games up on Boston and Rodriguez is still a very good player. It’s just that every once in a while he’ll pound a Brett Tomko slider into a 1-2-3 double play. As for A-Rod’s batting average, Girardi said, “I’m pretty convinced that he’ll end up higher than he is right now.” Not holding out hope for .300 though.

A.J. Burnett and Jorge Posada need to have a “chat” regarding their mixed up signs. Burnett threw three wild pitches in his last start at Yankee Stadium and the miscommunication forced Burnett to balk in a run last night. Burnett said the problem is likely him, but it takes two to tango. They need to hammer that out.  
 
Two quick injury updates — Brett Gardner will wear a splint for another 10 days on his left thumb and the Yankees don’t think he’ll be ready Sept. 1st, though they expect to see him in September at some point. Lefty Damaso Marte (remember him?) could join the Yankees as soon as Friday at Boston. Marte’s rehab assignment is up but he has been excused for personal reasons that he is handling.

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I have not problem with the fact that A-Rod is not up to par. What bothers me is the fact that other than Swisher, everyone else in the starting line-up has a higher batting average. Why should he be batting clean-up. He is not Mr. Clutch this year.

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Bryan if Marte joins Yankees for Boston series who do think will be sent down? Why not wait until Sept when roster can be expanded

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Sorry, meant in excess of 200 million.

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Aussie Bryan–Don’t know if you are living in Australia or moved from there or what. I lived in Melbourne for 4 years and Aussies don’t know much about major league baseball. They don’t play much baseball in Australia and their heads are into Aussie rules football and rugby. It’s not so much negativity with true Yankee fans but a deep passion that gets upset when players and the team are not playing up to their potential on any given night or for a period of time. With the payroll being well in excess of 2 million then there are high expectations, particularly for guys like ARod who are being paid millions and have a 10 year contract. ARod’s antics off the field and his steroids episode doesn’t help his cause on the field. Sure he’s had injuries and perhaps he needs to rest for a while and put someone on the field that is healthy and able to produce game in and game out. I hope your positive attitude and predictions come true. Some negative and controversial comments attract bloggers and is part of the Yankee ethos. Bland, airy fairy generalizations don’t get me too excited I must say. You left the blog because of the negativity. I would leave if there weren’t some bloggers here like seeknay and Todd E. to keep things stirred up and add some humor. In fact, I’m concerned that we seem to have lost some of those bloggers lately.

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Guys

Again negativity, look at the present NOT the future at this stage, focus on now that is what this team has to deal with, the future will take care of itself when the time is right.

Have a look at Posada,s all round game now look at his batting average now look at the delayed start to the season and llok at the progress made, look at his defensve skills look at the runners being thrown out, just go bqack to the last two games he has been the catcher. Look at the performances of the starters of late when he has been in as catcher.
Show some respect He may be the DH next year he may not, but right now I would not have him anywhere else but behind the plate. Thuis team suffers when he is or has been DH or they suffer offensively when Cervelli or Molina are in the line up. As for Arod back off him as well I wiould swap his numbers for anyone else at 4, again look at the big hits he has had this year in clutch situations or have we forgotten the last series against The Red Sox. He too has had a very poor physical start to the season because he has missed 28 games at the start. He will not hit his peak until September and on I believe.

Aussie Bryan

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Hey All, I’ve been reading most of ur comments regarding Arod and some of it is fair and not fair. For instance, I don’t think any player is the world is worth what Arod is getting, no way, no how! I don’t care what sport you’re in! Secondly, I think it’s ridiculous that the Yanks give him a 10 yr contract, that’s just absurd! Now on the numbers, he may not be batting 300 or whatever but consider that most of his hr’s have won, tied or given the Yanks a lead. That says alot b/c we all know that Arod is NOT clutch. He is not know for that but to have him do it this year is really nice stat that gets lost in the shuffle. Another HUGE aspect is Tex’s numbers – if he wins the mvp, he owes a huge thx to Alex b/c some may say that protection in a lineup is BS, but numbers don’t lie. Look at Big Papi is Boston after Manny left.

In regard to Posada, he has no business catching anymore – plain and simple! The decision at years end should be very easy – let go of Matsui and make Jorge the full time DH and platoon the catching position between Cervelli and Molina. That’s it – no questions asked!

What’s you take?

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bryan, if Marte joins team in Boston who do you think will be sent down. Why not wait until Sept to add Marte when roster expands

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD August 18, 2009
Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 5
Scranton/WB 10
W: Claggett (6-6, 2.87); L: Savery (2-1, 5.16)
HR: LHV: Mayberry (10).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_08_18_lhvaaa_swbaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Erie (Tigers) 5
Trenton 6 (4) SUSPENDED
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Daytona (Cubs) 5
Tampa 4 (7)
W: Siegfried (2-0, 2.89); L: Phelps (2-1, 1.27); SV: Cales (13)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_08_18_dbcafa_tbyafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Daytona (Cubs) 0
Tampa 1 (7)
W: Ortiz, J (1-3, 5.49); L: Perconte (0-1, 4.66)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_08_18_dbcafa_tbyafa_2&t=g_box&did=milb
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GCL Yankees
GCL Braves POSTPONED
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD August 19, 2009
Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 7:05 PM
Scranton/WB
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Erie (Tigers) 7:05 PM
Trenton
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Daytona (Cubs) 7:00 PM
Tampa
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Charleston
Rome (Braves) 7:00 PM
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Tri-City (Astros) 7:00 PM
Staten Island
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GCL Braves 12:00 PM
GCL Yankees
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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I think that the people who complain about A-Rod will find fault with him no matter what he does. The Yankees made the money offer and he did what anyone who lives in this world would do he accepted. A-Rod is 34 or 35 years old I don’t see him hitting 50 home runs and drive in 145, those days are over. The one issue he has failed to do is “BIG TIME PLAYERS DO BIG TIME THINGS IN BIG TIME GAMES”. He chokes in big games. Joe Giradi is the key if he sit back and wait on the long ball he is going to blow it. Bunt, hit and run, and manufacture runs. The last few games he has been waiting on the long ball.

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Aussie Bryan has been away from the blog for a while , some of it because I recently returned to NYC and caught up with a number of games against Detroit and Tampa. I must say I was VERY impressed. One of the reasons I have been away from the site was one word negativity. Some people expect, no demand this team win every single game. As soon as they stumble individuals jump on the starter, the manager, Rodriguez Jeter Posada in fact anyone who on the day has not had 3/4 hits or thrown a complete shut out. And I do mean jump on them. Have a look at the record, 30 over .500. Look at the performances since the break, a phenonemal run. In 120 games the team has averaged 5.6 runs per game, quite consistant. Jeter could not have said it better, some days you hit the ball hard but straight at someone, **** happens. Posada today hits it 390 to deep centre just missing a grand slam, but gets a run in. This team is performing every day and every day it is some else who excels or picks everyone up. Across the board, Jeter, Damon, Texeira, Rodriguez Matsui, Posada Cano Swisher Cabrera and with starters such as CC, Burnett Chamberlain Pettite and then yes MR ????. Tell me a better sidwe across both divisions. Enjoy it for what it is a great team that excels for days with the occasional loss.

A rod has indeed been a big influence on this side. Have a look at his record in close games this year , consistant, absolutely. Let us not forget the man missed 28 games, 28 games and it has taken its time for him to be what he was. He then cops one badly on the elbow, comes back and still hits. I believe he will be at his peak in September and then look out.

As usual everyone has the right to an opinion but be fair dinkum and not just look at the bad days, look at what it takes to be 30 over 500.

Aussie Bryan

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Okay, let’s all slow down a bit. A Rod may not be his usual self this year, but the Yankee record before and after his return says it all. Just before his return there was talk of Girardi being sacked, and the Bombers have since been the best team in baseball. Teix’s numbers with and without A Rod are that of two very different players, the rest of the lineup have picked it up too.

The pitching has been a big part of course, but at very least the pitching improvement indicates the team has been bonding well as a squad, and even that suggets A Rod has not been a disruptive force in the clubhouse, rather the opposite. Add that to the fact that he has actually been clutch this year, the home runs and big hits have more often than not come in tied games or ith NY trailing. Fact is, I rather have these contributions from A Rod than his usual numbers where everything seems to come with the Yanks already ahead by a few. Fact is in a game where failing 7 times out of 10 is a success, I have no problems with the occasional double play.

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Errata: I meant to say Robertson walked 2 batters on 4 pitches each.

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First of all, the important stuff: Yankees win! Sweet.

Now, a few points:

– So, 2009 A-Rod isn’t of the same caliber as in the past. Agreed. Thankfully, this is a team that is solid up and down the lineup with different people contributing to the offense–and to wins–every night. Word of caution: let’s not go all “Buster Olney” and proclaim the demise of A-Rod before its time.

Is Joe Girardi genetically predisposed against complete games performances from his starting pitchers? I mean, CC is dealing, his pitch count is at 94 after 8 innings, and aside from the two solo HRs, he keeps the A’s in check. So why is he not pitching the 9th?! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Instead, David Robertson can’t find the plate and immediately walks 2 batters on 4 pitches. I swear I was hoping for Robertson to give up a 3-run HR to see if that would knock some sense into Girardi, but probably not.

– Yeah, a 7-game lead can evaporate very quickly. But if the Yankees can concentrate on winning series, they’ll be fine.
– Can’t wait for the weekend. Anybody know what the pitching matchups will be? And will Mitre be in the mix?

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Sabathia has given up two home runs in the first two innings. Not a great start. I hope this doesn’t continue. The As don’t hit many home runs so if this keeps up it could be a short night for JJ. The Sox squeeked out a win over the Blue Jays tonight so the Yankees need to win this one to stay 7 games up.

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If the Yankees are going to win the pennant and continue their winning streak they are on now we need great pitching from the starters and good solid and consistent pitching from the bull pen and we need clutch hitting from the top of the lineup especially. We can’t expect the guys at the bottom of the lineup who aren’t being paid the big bucks to get it done. Guys like Tex and ARod have got to get it done and produce game in and game out. They can’t take games off when they’re in the lineup. The best clutch hitter the yankees have right now I’d suggest is Johnny Damon. But he needs the guys behind him to bring him home and not strand him on base.

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Bryan: You say the Yankees are 7 games ahead of the Sox and so we shouldn’t sweat it. Well all the Yankees have to do is get swept by the As and depending on how the Sox do against the Blue Jays, and then go into Boston and get swept by the Sox which has happened twice already this year and the lead could be whittled down to 1 game. 7 games can appear in a hurry which they have lately or they can disappear in a hurry. Yanks have had their streaks both ways this year.

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I think Posada has had his day. He trikes out too often this year and hits into DPs. He’s not the clutch hitter he used to be and his arm isn’t very reliable any more either. I would think this would be his last year with the yankees. They need to bring up Cervelli next year and make him the catcher of the future. Posada has been disappointing this year. I know he had some surgery and perhaps that affected him but I think his best years are behind him.

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Fair point. But this is what A-Rod is for the purposes of 2009. Personally, I wonder if he’ll ever return to the level that the Yankees bought high on after the 2007 season, but there’s nothing you can do about it. They may be paying him $32 million this year but I don’t expect him to perform up to “those standards,” whatever a $32 million ballplayer is supposed to be. He’ll probably wind up passing Barry Bonds, but I just think we’ve already seen the best days of his career. Maybe I’m wrong.

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Bryan: Thanks for your comment. Not too encourage for us Yankee fans after having resigned him for 10 more years at multi million dollar salary. Think of what we could have had for that much money. And the organization has paid other players in the past big dollars and they were on the DL for years. I know there is always a risk in signing older players to long term deals and perhaps that’s why management should not be pressured into long term deals. If a player is insisting on a 10 year deal at 32 years of age management should say, “no thanks” and let them walk. Let’s face it there are not too many players that produce at a high level as they get past 35. Perhaps you’re right but I hope you’re not for the sake of the Yankees and the fans and the future of the organization.

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personally if Marte is not able to do any better than he did before he was sent down or was injured I don’t look forward to his return. He was not a very reliable reliever early in the year. One would hope that the mangement knows what he is capable of doing at this point. We don’t need another pitcher in the bull pen who is going to be inconsistent down the stretch.

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Sorry Bryan I think you’re making excuses for ARod. WE’re not paying him 500,000 a year to play ball. We’re paying him millions and so we should expect a lot more and he should be producing a lot more. Forget about the surgery at the beginning of the year. If that’s a legitimate reason then perhaps he should have had the full surgery done at the beginning of the season and brought in someone to replace him full time who could produce and let ARod take the year to recuperate. What’s the use of having a player who can’t really produce the numbers he should be producing? Otherwise we’re having to make excuses all the time for his poor production. If he’s playing full time and earning the money he’s earning then it’s justified if people have high expectations. Would we allow another player who is not being paid as much and doesn’t have the profile of ARod who is not producing to continue to be an everyday player? I think not.

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