I dont think they need to trade for another bat even if Nady is done for the season. With Swisher in right and Gardner/Melky in center I think they are still fine. They need to add another quality bullpen arm.
I really dont think we need Nady, I mean he would be a help to the organization but isnt a “must have” player. Melky and Gardner are good in the outfield and Swisher is a fan favorite and a descent/good player. I mainly think to win game the Yankees need to play more small ball (which they’ve been doing more lately). If the Yankees get rid of Matsui, they can DH Posada and put Cervelli behind the plate. But, whatever. Best of luck to the Yankees.
I think trading for a solid 8th inning arm is top priority, but if they could get an OF/RP package from some team, thatd be ideal. Unfortunately DeRosa/Cleveland wouldnt really be a match, since their bullpen is so bad they traded for Jose Veras. That’s monumentally bad.
If Nady is done, I think they will need another outfielder, if only because the offense has been so streaky, they could use a steady, solid hitter. I’d love to add Street, but wouldn’t mind getting a look at Kontos, Dunn or more of Melancon first.
tough break with X. You had to have figured the chances were pretty good he’d feel something. Maybe he’ll get some good news and he just won’t be able to throw back to back days or something. His bat coming off the bench or even in a reserve role with Swish would make them both more valuable. Hopefully his season isn’t over, but it probably is.
Unfortunately for Yankee fans, Smoltz’s first appearance with the Red Sox was much more impressive than it appears from the box score:
First of all, although he gave up four runs in the first inning, he only gave up one run on four hits and no walks in the four innings after that.
Second, I saw a few of his pitches on ESPN and stats about batters’ success against them. And let me tell you — his slider and curve looked really, really, really nasty. And batters performed very poorly against them — even factoring in the first inning.
And although they showed batters hitting .800 against his fastball for the game, he was already dialing it up to 93 mph in one of the pitches they showed.
If his health holds up, I think he’s going to be a huge addition to their staff. And if Andy fades again like he did last year — which he shows every sign of doing again this year — his addition and Andy’s subtraction could really change the relative strength of the Yankees’ and Red Sox’s respective starting staffs.
On the other hand, it wouldn’t surprise me if Bard turns out to be their Veras, if Saito continues to disappoint, if Papelbon doesn’t continue to get worse with the passage of time, and we don’t turn out to have a relief corps that’s as good or better than theirs by late this season.
P.S. All told, I think the Red Sox will continue to beat us like a rented mule.
I say that because:
(1) We swing for the fences almost every at bat and rarely show any understanding of the concept of hitting outside pitches to the opposite field — which allows us to bludgeon the middle relief and half ass starters of lousy teams, but almost guarantees that we’ll continue to lose against better pitchers and better teams and all but guarantees yet another early exit in the postseason. (How many years has it been now since we won a single post season series?)
(2) The more important the game, the more the Red Sox elevate their play. In contrast, the more important/significant the game, the more we disappear and play small.
(3) I think we can be counted on to do stupid things in terms of lineup, strategy, rest between starts, etc., while the Red Sox can be counted on to to very intelligent things.
(4) I don’t believe our primary catcher is fundamentally sound, I don’t think his baseball I.Q. is very high, and I don’t think he’s in control of his emotions, while I think theirs is way better on all of those counts — although theirs should be suffering from the ravages of age like ours seems to be doing and probably will show his age before the year is out. But I think sound fundamentals, a high baseball I.Q., and having control of your emotions — all of which I think is true of Varitek — goes a long way.
As someone who knocks Cashman for some of his blunders, I refuse to nail him for the Nady/Marte deal.
Karstens had to go. Had to. If he didn’t, he pitched just well enough to let Girardi give him innings and he didn’t have AL East (or MLB IMO) stuff. He was like a teachers pet kind of pitcher who was just bad enough to keep getting the ball.
Tabata is still in the minor leagues and until he gets promoted to the show and is a productive player and not the next Milledge, he’s nothing.
Ohlendorf would be nice to have in the pen, but he wasn’t settling into the role and the team was jerking him around from long man to short…not to mention he had no shot of starting here which he appears to excel at.
So we traded a Quad A pitcher who pitched good enough to stay on a MLB roster in Karstens, a minor league OF prospect who gets injured a lot, has personal issues and isn’t lighting the minors up and a starting pitcher who couldn’t crack our rotation and didn’t fit in our bullpen.
If Marte comes back and can get some big outs for this team, he’ll have been worth it alone considering our pen is biggest weakness next to the feast or famine offense.
I feel bad for Nady but when they said he was going to try to rehab an injury that normally required TJ surgery I pretty much figured we’d never see him in the OF again.
His slider and curve didn’t look sick in the fifth inning? I’m just asking — seriously.
They definitely looked sick to me. He struck out the side. And according to ESPN stats (I saw on TV), their average was something like .250 against the slider and .188 (or less) against the curve (or vice versa) however they might calculate it — even including the first inning when he was hanging pitches like crazy (probably because he was overthrowing it and it was his first appearance in the majors this year. So if he had too much adrenaline going, it wouldn’t be surprising. But he looked like an ace to me — and one that I wouldn’t want my team to be facing late in the season/in the post season.
But again, Boston Dave, you didn’t think his pitches were absolutely sick in the fifth?