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Some closing thoughts from Bright House Field, where the Phillies defeated the Yankees with two runs in the ninth inning off Wilkins Arias…
- Nick Johnson is well aware of what the public perception is of his injury problems, and he grinned widely when somebody brought up how – no matter how trivial this back tweak might be – the bottom scroll on the TV news is still going to say that Johnson was scratched with a stiff lower back, and someone will inevitably say, ‘Here we go again.’
“It won’t be too long,” he said. “I’m not really worried about that.”
- Joe Girardi was mentioning how under conditions on a day like today, sometimes the ball can feel a little bit slick – perhaps a hint to not put all that much stock in the pitching. This may not get much sympathy from those of you up north, but some of the Yankees were feeling the chill out in that left-field bullpen. Put it this way – at first pitch, it was 49 degrees. Phillies.com’s Todd Zolecki checked the weather for Philadelphia at the same time and it was 40 degrees. So basically we could have played this one at Citizens Bank Park, as long as they cleared the snow.
- Girardi mentioned Zach McAllister (scoreless fourth), Ivan Nova (scoreless fifth) and Boone Logan (scoreless 1 1/3 innings) under the heading of “a lot of good things.”
- Roy Halladay should wind up being a pretty good deal for the Phillies. 24 pitches, 21 strikes. Girardi said, “He doesn’t change much, that’s for sure.” The Yankees saw him five times out of 18 games against the Blue Jays in 2009 and should be doing handsprings now that the good Doc has departed the American League East.
- Girardi’s message for tomorrow, when Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain will both pitch against the Rays: “No one’s going to be our fifth starter the first time through the rotation. It doesn’t happen that way. They’re going to be competitive, there’s no doubt about it. We’ll watch them closely, but all these guys need to get their arm strength back. Just try not to overthrow tomorrow. Try to stay within yourself.”
The Blue Jays’ asking price for Roy Halladay is too rich for the
Yankees to stomach at this moment, and as was widely believed, Toronto
is asking for the cream of New York’s young talent.
reported confirmation on Friday that the Blue Jays’ request of the
Yankees for Halladay is that New York should structure a deal around
either Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes, plus catcher Jesus Montero and
MLB.com has reported that the Blue Jays are enamored
especially by Montero, a power-hitting prospect whose bat is close to
Major League ready at this time. There is some question if Montero will
physically be able to catch at the big league level, and could become a
first baseman somewhere down the line.
manager Brian Cashman said that he is aware of the request for talent
on the pitching front and called it “pricey.” Cashman is still smarting
somewhat from dealing three young players for Curtis Granderson, but
said he would be willing to dip into the farm again if needed.
hesitant to move certain young players because of what they can do for
us in the future,” Cashman said. “At the same time, for the right
player, I’ll move anybody.”
The blog has been a little quiet of late. Let’s spruce it up with this morning’s pop off the MLB.com Hot Stove report…
A.J. Burnett and Roy Halladay struck up a sincere friendship during
their time together with the Blue Jays, and not surprisingly, Burnett
would enjoy seeing it continue in Yankees pinstripes.
told the New York Daily News in Tuesday’s editions that he would like
to see Halladay be traded to a contending team, preferably the Yankees,
with whom Burnett won his first World Series title this year after
signing a five-year, $82.5 million deal.
“I think it’s time for
him to get a fresh start,” Burnett told the newspaper. “He’s paid his
dues there, been the face of the organization, done everything they’ve
asked him to do and more. At this point in his career, I think he just
wants to win.”
Burnett added that he believes Halladay would be able to handle the increased attention New York brings.
don’t think he would let anything distract him,” Burnett said. “He’s
not really the type of person that gets intimidated easily. It doesn’t
matter where he pitches; he’s going to be the same. None of the stuff
that goes on here would faze him at all.”
The nice part about holding the General Managers’ meetings at a Chicago airport hotel must have been that it was easy for Brian Cashman to get back to New York.
Cobbling through this morning’s reports, it’s clear that the Hot Stove is alive and well, though there isn’t much concrete to hitch onto. Sure, the Yankees would be interested if the Blue Jays decide to move Roy Halladay — just the way they were in July (New York Daily News). But who’s to say Toronto can really stomach seeing Doc in their division pitching for either the Yankees or the Red Sox? That’d have to be one heck of a prospect package.
File the name Curtis Granderson under those that we might be seeing a lot of this winter (New York Post). We said in Spring Training that if the Yankees didn’t make the playoffs, it would be because a lot of things more important than Melky Cabrera vs. Brett Gardner went wrong. Well, neither really played All-Star caliber ball and the Yankees didn’t seem to suffer a bit. But looking to 2010, Granderson could be an impact player for a team that could lose both Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui.
Also today in the Post, the Yankees are planning to wait until after 2010 to discuss extensions with Joe Girardi and Derek Jeter. Arbitration-eligible Brian Bruney is expected to be tendered a contract, and Cashman has received some level of interest from Japanese teams in the long-forgotten Kei Igawa, though his preference would be to stay.
The most significant moves this week were to outright Josh Towers and Freddy Guzman into free agency. That means there’s still plenty of work left to do.
Not much news here at Rogers Centre, but plenty of talk about this series and the problems it presents for the Yankees — chief among them the presence of Mr. Roy Halladay. The Yankees have struggled against him historically, but then again, so has everybody else. And more problems await Wednesday, when the Yankees don’t know what they’ll get out of Sergio Mitre. Stealing a victory from Halladay tonight seems pretty important at this point.
Here are the lineups with the roof closed and the rain coming down in Toronto:
Pitching: Andy Pettite (8-6, 4.51)
BLUE JAYS (51-54)
Pitching: Roy Halladay (11-4, 2.68)
NOTES: Damon leads all Major Leaguers with 30 career hits off Halladay. He is 30-for-86 (.349) in his career, with five doubles, a triple and two home runs … with a win, Pettitte will tie CC Sabathia with 16 wins in the month of August since 2005, tops in the bigs … Damaso Marte struck out two, walked one and allowed a hit in 0.2 scoreless innings of a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton on Tuesday … Joba Chamberlain threw an extra bullpen session in preparation for his start Thursday, which will come on seven days’ rest … Eric Hinske started in right field Tuesday in place of Nick Swisher, who is 2-for-14 lifetime off Halladay. Hinske is 6-for-24. “If your numbers are OK against Roy, you’re doing all right,” Girardi said.”
Hey folks, Anthony DiComo here filling in for Bryan Hoch on this two-gamer up north. I’ll be blogging here, but if you want live updates on lineups and news from the clubhouse, feel free to follow along on Twitter @anthonydicomo.
Tuesday: Andy Pettitte (8-6, 4.51) vs. Roy Halladay (11-4, 2.68)
Wednesday: Sergio Mitre (1-0, 7.90) vs. Mark Rzepczynski (1-2, 3.25)
As you can see, the Yanks have their work cut out for them, in a two-game series that would have been a lot easier had the Blue Jays managed to trade Halladay before the deadline. Didn’t happen, and now the Yanks have to face him.
I’ll have more from the clubhouse in a bit, but until then, let’s all hope Mr. Hoch is shooting low on the golf course.
OH, DOCTOR: The Yankees contingent could not avoid questions about the American League’s starting pitcher, Roy Halladay — not after the Blue Jays ace told reporters that he believes it’s about a 50-50 chance that he will be traded in-season.
Derek Jeter said that he isn’t the type of person who would go out of his way to recruit someone like Halladay, especially in the middle of the season, when any move would mean the Yankees would have to dump a player off their roster. But Jeter said he was relishing not having to face Halladay and having him on his side for a change.
“You see what he’s done to us,” Jeter said. “That’s pretty much all you’ve got to say.
I’ve said it time and time again. He’s the best pitcher in the league.”
Mark Teixeira lauded Halladay as a competitor and hard worker. He said that even if the Yankees don’t wind up with Halladay in pinstripes, the hope is that the right-hander would be traded out of the American League East, and preferably to the National League.
“Every winter, I look at the free agent list of pitchers and I hope
that every one of those pitchers pitches in the opposite league,” Teixeira said. “That’s
just the way it is. This division is so stacked as it is, you don’t
want any extra players coming into it.”
UP IN THE AIR: Jeter, Rivera and Teixeira
shared a charter flight here Sunday from the West Coast after the loss
to the Angels. Teixeira said that he spent a great amount of the flight
talking baseball with Rivera — Yankee dynasty edition, as Rivera
killed time by regaling his new teammate with some of the stories from
the 1996-2000 dynasty era.
“I got to talk with Mo a lot,” Teixeira said. “We just talked about New
York and how special it was when they were winning. The All-Star Game
is kind of old hat for these guys – they’ve done it so much that it’s
just, ‘Hey, it’s July, let’s go to the All-Star Game!’”
“It was a nice time,” Rivera added. “I was sharing how we did it in
those years and what we accomplished. Tex is a tremendous ballplayer.
We haven’t had a first baseman like that in a long time, since Tino
HEY, BUDDY: Jeter said that he is looking forward to catching up with Joe Torre, who will be in uniform as a coach for the National League. Torre still keeps up with Jeter and the Yankees, and they communicate frequently and check in by phone every once in a while. They haven’t met in person since the winter in New York.
“It’ll be awkward, probably, to see him,” Jeter said.
PRINCE ALBERT’S SHOW: The pace here in St. Louis will be a lot less hectic for Jeter and Rivera than it was last year in New York, when they were being shuttled all around town. That’s part of the benefit and problem of having the All-Star Game in your home city. Now, the Yankees can enjoy being guests and not hosts this week.
“You definitely enjoy it,” Jeter said. “Last year was unbelievable, the way the fans treated not
just me, but the Yankees players in general during those few days. During
the game was really something. Last year was more of a celebration of Yankee Stadium than
anything. This year it seems like it’s almost a celebration of Albert.”
This is a couple of days old, but doing some housekeeping here — Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported via his Twitter that the Yankees will not pursue ace Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays, saying that officials told him there is “zero chance” while citing the main reasons their chase of Johan Santana never reached fruition.
You’ll remember then that the price in terms of prospects and a contract extension were considered much too high. Phil Hughes would be one constant in both the potential Santana and Halladay swaps, and at other points Ian Kennedy (out after having an aneurysm in his pitching arm) and Melky Cabrera were involved in the Twins talks.
In the Post this morning, George King writes his Yankees-Twins gamer around Halladay, noting that he was asked by a player: “Are we in the Halladay thing? What will it take?”
King’s response: “The answer to the first question is always, ‘Yes.’ The answer to the second one is ‘a lot.’”
Hat tip to MLBTradeRumors.com.
I went to the DHL All-Star FanFest yesterday at the Javits Center in New York, and I have to say, if I could grab my 8-year-old self from the 1980s and bring him to it, he would have loved it. I mean, Cal Ripken is running an infield clinic for kids today. That says it all, doesn’t it?
If you have a baseball-crazy kid and can get to the New York area, he or she needs to spend a few hours at the Javits Center this weekend.
Either way, here in the present-day, I’m proud to say I did better in the video batting cages than the Yankees did last night facing Roy Halladay. Limited to just an Alex Rodriguez single and a Derek Jeter double, the Yankees went extremely quickly and quietly in a 5-0 shutout loss to quite possibly the best pitcher in baseball.
They’ll try again this afternoon as Darrell Rasner tests out some mechanical adjustments while facing the Jays’ Jesse Litsch.
Assorted notes and quotes: Looks like Chad Moeller is in the lineup for the Yankees … Eric Milton signed a Minor League deal with the Yankees but it looks like he may not pitch before the year ends. The Yankees apparently want to supervise his rehab and consider signing him for ’09 … Carl Pavano threw 45 pitches to live hitters and remains, believe it or not, ahead of Phil Hughes …