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Packing a nice lead to take on the road

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 26, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees leave shortly for Florida and a nine-game, 10-day road trip that will see them play the Rays (3), White Sox (4) and Blue Jays (2).

The Yankees (60-38) and 2.5 games ahead of Boston and 6.5 ahead of Tampa Bay. Somehow John Smoltz has a 7.04 ERA. That can’t be true.

If the Yankees hold those same leads when they return to the Bronx on Aug. 6, it will have been a successful road trip. Going 5-4 would be just fine. They could really bury Tampa, though, couldn’t they?

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Meanwhile, just wanted to say that I really enjoy the breathless reports that a team had a scout on hand to watch a player like Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee pitch.

I’m trying to imagine that phone call.

General manger: “Hello?”

Scout: “It’s me, just say Roy Halladay. He is very good. Make that very, very good. He got almost everybody out when I was watching.”

General manager: “That seals it, we’re making the deal.”

Scouts do serve a valuable purpose if a player is coming back from injury or you need to check our lesser-known players. They’re also a GM’s eyes and ears in different cities. But do teams really need scouts to tell them Halladay and Cliff Lee are good?

Also, most teams (including the Yankees) have a bunch of pro scouts who attend a game literally every day. It would be news if the Yankees didn’t have somebody at a game.

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