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Have you seen this man?

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 29, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

pudge.jpgIf so, call Brian Cashman immediately.

Clearly the Tigers sent an imposter to New York in exchange for Kyle Farnsworth.

Pudge Rodriguez is 10 of 55 (.182) for the Yankees with one RBI (that coming on Aug. 3). He has struck out 10 times, grounded into four doubles plays and walked only three times.

He’s 5 of his last 37.

But who can kill the move? Everybody (which the exception of Newsday’s Ken Davidoff) said it was a great trade when Cashman made it. But they’ve even missed Kyle Farnsworth, now that Jose Veras is back to being Jose Veras.

Pavano is 2-0, Krazy Kyle is missed. Next thing you know Girardi will start telling stories about Bob Gibson and saying “no question” a lot. It’s a world gone mad.

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33 Responses to “Have you seen this man?”

  1. mel August 30th, 2008 at 12:01 am

    I was sad to see Krazy Kyle go. He had grown on me. And to hear that he took it roughly told me that he enjoyed his time here. Even if we didn’t always appreciate him.

    The run kind of ended when Molina was yanked, huh?

  2. RalphieD August 30th, 2008 at 12:01 am

    have we given up on veras already?

  3. russomcbo78 August 30th, 2008 at 12:14 am

    what about the rest of the team, what about AROD???

    not even a ghost of last year..

  4. Larry Mahnken August 30th, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Farnsworth has a 5.23 ERA in Detroit. Oh, how I miss him.

  5. Brandon (There is no more doubt the true captain of this team is Jorge Posada ) August 30th, 2008 at 12:26 am

    Garcia to Trenton Monday

  6. j August 30th, 2008 at 12:34 am

    these are all signs that we will win the world series this year. lol.

  7. Rally Point August 30th, 2008 at 12:37 am

    I like Pudge and I can only hope he’ll show up soon. Krazy Kyle actually became Sane Kyle this year; a shame we traded him after he said he started to get comfortable this year here in New York with Girardi showing confidence in him. It is what it is, I am probably a stupid Yankee homer that hopes too much, but Pudge is a great catcher, and like I said I can only hope his bat shows up. I have confidence.

  8. Sanji Watsuki August 30th, 2008 at 12:44 am

    I don’t want Farnsy back. He simply hasn’t been very effective for Detroit.

    The trade was equal. =\

  9. Brandon (There is no more doubt the true captain of this team is Jorge Posada ) August 30th, 2008 at 12:45 am

    LOL

  10. PUDGE, THE 08 CURSE August 30th, 2008 at 12:49 am

    someone say pudge is a bust??

    no way? really?

  11. Tank August 30th, 2008 at 12:51 am

    Garcia is a stud.. and the only thing holding him back is his mentality. If he is fully committed, he can easily be in the BX by the middle of 09 and dominate. He has that cocky-Joba/Beckett personality too, which is good.

    Not only does have killer stuff (just a tick below Joba), but his command has always been good and he has very clean and repeatable mechanics– Nardi actually mentioned earlier in the year that he uses Garcia’s mechanics as a model for other young pitchers.

    If his head his screwed on straight, he’s going to fly through the system, being promoted to Trenton is a great start. He’s still only 22, people forget that.

  12. Eric August 30th, 2008 at 12:54 am

    Jose Veras is back to being Jose Veras? Jose being Jose means walking the ballpark… he has always had good stuff, but not good command since he had TJ. His walk rate is a pretty decent 3.6/9 IP this year. In 2006-2007 his walk rate was 5.6/9 IP. Veras will be fine, he has just been overworked lately.

  13. Steve August 30th, 2008 at 12:54 am

    This trade is the polar opposite of Volquez for Hamilton, in this case, both players stink horribly for their new team.

  14. Tank August 30th, 2008 at 12:55 am

    Garcia is a stud. If he’s committed, he can easily be in the BX by the middle of next season, his stuff is that good. He could make a Joba-like impact next yr if everything goes right.

    Not only is his stuff killer (just a tick below Joba’s) but he has always had good command and clean/repeatable mechanics. Nardi said in an interview earlier in the year that he uses Garcia’s mechanics as a model for other young pitchers. He is very advanced pitching-wise. The TJ surgery set him back.

    If his head is screwed on straight, he’s going to fly through the system. Being promoted to Trenton is a good start. He’s still only 22, people forget that. He’ll still be among the younger players at his level.

  15. Peter Lacock August 30th, 2008 at 12:58 am

    Opinions change from game to game. Wait, make that from pitch to pitch. It’s what have you done for me TODAY, it’s not even ‘lately’. All these veterans will be fine next year when most of them are brought back by Cashman (who’ll have a fresh, new contract himself) and the pitching staff is stabilized. Not that this season is over yet.

  16. AZ Four August 30th, 2008 at 1:05 am

    Veras needs some time off, he has been overused lately.

    Relievers are so inconsistent. Just 2 weeks ago, Bruney looked terrible and a walk machine like 06 Bruney and Marte was shaping up to be Felix Heredia 2.0. Now they are our 8th inning guys and pitching lights out.

    Robertson came out the gate flying and then after that Baltimore game where he gave up 5 runs, he continued to get shelled for 2 weeks. Hawkins started out badly then threw 11 scoreless innings then blew that game in Baltimore, then pitched lights out, then started to skid. Farnsworth started the year terribly, then pitched well until he was traded.

    Wouldn’t shock me if Bruney starts to tail off and Edwar re-takes the 8th. Or it wouldn’t shock me if Robertson came up in September and earned his way into the 8th inning or if Veras re-claimed it by the Detroit game. That’s why we have a deep pen, guys move up and down the pecking order based on performance.

    Right now, its the Bruney/Marte platoon.

  17. steve August 30th, 2008 at 1:09 am

    dodgers losing 9-3 in arizona in the 8th

    torre about to go 5 games under .500 and have a career-high 8 game losing streak.

    also watch out for the rockies.. they are only 2 behind the dodgers in the loss and could steal that pathetic division if the d’backs don’t snap out of it.

  18. Wangawa August 30th, 2008 at 1:15 am

    The trade was a wash. Everyone knew that we sold high on Farnsworth and that he was going to go back to being the ol’ Farnsy, which he did. Pudge is old, although I thought he would at least be better than Chad Moeller, but that hasn’t even happened.

  19. PUDGE, THE 08 CURSE August 30th, 2008 at 1:29 am

    like most things, i was right on with this one ; )

  20. Mr. Exceptional August 30th, 2008 at 1:37 am

    Joba will be back in the pen, a move I figured would happen, and Kyle will be forgotten. Pudge will show up for the final month and the Yankees will squeak into the playoffs.

    Once in…anything is possible.

  21. Wang IS Taiwan August 30th, 2008 at 2:16 am

    Of course I’m not one of the baseball writers you’re referring to, Pete, when you say “everybody” thought the trade was a good deal.

    I posted way back when saying that Pudge had a reputation for being a selfish catcher — more interested in throwing out runners (showing off his arm) than calling a good game. I just didn’t think you should put in a brand new catcher mid-stream — especially when we were struggling to begin with. I think we can say that our borderline guys have not done as well since Pudge’s arrival.

    It’s also telling that Pettite who likes to “get along” asked for Molina. Mussina has been vocal in the past about wanting a particular catcher as a partner, but when Pettite did it, you knew there was a problem. The other lower-rung guys had no say in the matter.

    I honestly didn’t care all that much about Pudge’s hitting — I just didn’t want his presence blowing up the good rhythm Molina and Chad had with the pitchers.

    I don’t miss Farnsworth — it was nail-biting each time he came into the game, but getting rid of Chad for Pudge (hall of famer or not) was a bad idea.

  22. Brandon (There is no more doubt the true captain of this team is Jorge Posada ) August 30th, 2008 at 2:30 am

    Correct me if I’m wrong Manny is Dodger right ? WTF

  23. steve August 30th, 2008 at 2:31 am

    yes… why?

  24. Soap August 30th, 2008 at 2:32 am

    “It’s also telling that Pettite who likes to “get along” asked for Molina. Mussina has been vocal in the past about wanting a particular catcher as a partner, but when Pettite did it, you knew there was a problem. The other lower-rung guys had no say in the matter.”

    Oh yeah sure. Because Pettite has pitched so well recently with Molina as his catcher.

  25. G. Love August 30th, 2008 at 2:40 am

    So I guess the plan is get the Boston wild card lead down to 3 before the last series and then go into Boston for a suicide series that will lead to a 1 game playoff?

    If that somehow were to occur, I think I’d pass out.

    Although, based on how this season has gone, we’ll get to Boston 3 back, sweep them and the Twins or White Sox will win the wild card, lol.

    Either way, I like what I’m seeing from everyone in the lineup except Arod who I believe will come around. Arod’s a stat padder. I can’t imagine him finishing a season below 35 dingers and 100 RBI. He has a big finish in him.

    As for Pudge, he looks about as useful as Melky in the 9 hole.

    I think that will change now that he has 3/5 of the rotation committed to him.

  26. Wang IS Taiwan August 30th, 2008 at 2:48 am

    Soap, Pettite himself said he felt made good pitches his last outing, but the results were poor. You can’t have your pitcher and catcher so out-of-sync that it makes things even more of a struggle for the pitcher.

    So you’re saying you like Pudge as a receiver, I guess, or perhaps you just like to argue…I, along with most of the fans, would like to see less of Pudge at this point.

  27. Wang IS Taiwan August 30th, 2008 at 2:50 am

    I hate having to depend on the other teams to lose in order to make any headway in this battle. But then again, the team didn’t earn the right to be master’s of their own destiny.

    We won a tough game today, but so what?

  28. Jersey August 30th, 2008 at 2:57 am

    I couldn’t believe they traded their 8th inning guy for a catcher. A pitcher who will fetch them at least a draft pick. I thought they should have just went out and got a Benji Molina for a prospect or a Paul Lo Duca for free.

    The pen was on fire with Krazy as the 8th guy. It hasn’t been the same since he left.

    And the ERA of the whole staff has suffered without Molina everyday.

  29. Kalee Naraine August 30th, 2008 at 7:23 am

    i agree wit dis!!!!!!!

    WE WANT PUDGE!

  30. Mark August 30th, 2008 at 7:49 am

    http://m.nypost.com/ms/p/nyp/n.....yid=122779

    Miss the juice Pudge?

  31. Tidrow August 30th, 2008 at 9:35 am

    I guess the 2 games Pudge caught for Pavano and the one he caught for Ponson against the Angels Aug1 where he pitched 7in and gave up 0 runs or Aug 6 against Tex where Ponson only gave up 3 runs in 6.1 innings don’t count? Give me a break about calling games. I don’t hear Rivera complaining about Pudge. It’s all about the pitcher ans what he throws. Calling games is overrated.

  32. Victor the Predictor August 30th, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Ivan Rodriquez’s career with the Yankees will be brief.
    Even if Jorge has limited time behind the plate in 2009, Frankie Cervelli will be on call and ready if needed at AAA.
    Jesus Montero and Austin Romine are at least 2 years away from being ready.

  33. Hitman August 31st, 2008 at 5:05 am

    The Tigers won’t get away with this!

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