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Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Today in the Journal News on Apr 29, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Having lost four of their past five games, the Yankees got back on the winning track with an 8-3 win against the Orioles on Wednesday. CC Sabathia pitched into the eighth inning for the third time this season, getting big outs when he needed them and continuing his strong start to the season.

The downside was a second-inning pitch that hit Jorge Posada just above the right knee. Posada left the game and is unlikely to play tonight’s series finale. The notebook also has items on the all-star game, Chan Ho Park and the return of HOPE Week.

 
 

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91 Responses to “Today in The Journal News”

  1. JohnC April 29th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    TOugh matchup tonight. Matsz has 2 of the O’s 4 wins. Pitched a gem against the Yanks last September at the Stadium I remember.

  2. Shame Spencer April 29th, 2010 at 9:45 am

    GTLU is the worst thing to happen to me at work since those ridiculous games on facebook… now that I’m 1.000 I just keep writing down different combos for tonight. My desk is starting to look like something out of ‘A Beautiful Mind’….

  3. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 29th, 2010 at 9:46 am

    You know, I had been totally unaware that the Yankees had lost 4 of their last five before last night. I was really looking at one set of games (series, duh) at a time. So all I saw was 2 of 3 in Oakland, 1 of 3 in Anaheim and now 1-1 in Baltimore.

    I didn’t do this consciously, but I really think it helps my perspective. You don’t go too far back, and don’t look too far ahead. I was naively under the impression that they had been playing fairly well. And then the “they lost 4 of their last 5″ stuff and almost automatically, the perspective changes to, “well, that stinks.”

    I think I’ll stick with the one series at a time mantra. :)

  4. blake April 29th, 2010 at 9:46 am

    I haven’t seen matsz pitch much…how bout a scouting report from someone who has?

  5. LGY April 29th, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Talk about going through the AL East ringer. Matusz has already faced Tampa twice, Boston once, and now the Yankees tonight.

    Even if he pitches well, I don’t think he lasts longer than 6 against this lineup. I don’t see them pushing him to the 110 pitch range and so far this year the most they have gone with him is 102 in both of his past 2 starts.

    AJ just has to keep them in the game at worst and then the Yankees can go to work on the O’s bullpen if Matusz holds them down.

  6. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Blake-

    Maybe Pat M. will chime in on Matusz.

    He is a southern Cal. product who Pat has followed since early on.

    He was very high on him IRC.

  7. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 29th, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Shame Spencer April 29th, 2010 at 9:45 am
    GTLU is the worst thing to happen to me at work since those ridiculous games on facebook? now that I?m 1.000 I just keep writing down different combos for tonight. My desk is starting to look like something out of ?A Beautiful Mind??.

    **********

    Want to hear somethign even sadder?

    Yesterday, I wrote down on a post it, the two remaining Baltimore opposing pitchers so I can plan my GTLU submission accordingly. I was reviewing work that someone under me did and it was a mess and I used a post it to mark each page that had to be corrected. I started running out of post its and without realizing it used the one I wrote the pitchers down on.

    So I was going over the corrections with him page by page, and when I got to the one with the pitchers, I was like “Ummm- just ignore that”

  8. blake April 29th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    MTU,
    I just know he’s supposed to be good. Really have only seen a few highlights of him.

  9. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Blake-

    I think the O’s may have 2 up and comers in Matusz and Tillman.

  10. MaineYankee April 29th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    http://www.bostonherald.com/sp.....rticleFull

    This is an interesting article on the state of the RS.

  11. Mark in Tampa April 29th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    “I think the O’s may have 2 up and comers in Matusz and Tillman.”

    They said that about Guthrie, Bedard, Cabrera, and a few others as well. With all of them, their talent is evident, but they never seem to develop the way they are projected. Some teams have difficulty taking players from prospects to polished ML players, and Baltimore seems to be one of those, at least with pitching.

  12. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Mark-

    What was wrong with Bedard ?

    When he was healthy he was very good.

    I think Matusz is very talented, and will be good.

    Much better prospect than Guthrie or Cabrera IMO.

  13. MaineYankee April 29th, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Baltimore also seems to have pitchers that hit Yankees. I was glad when Cabrera wasn’t with the O’s anymore.

  14. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 29th, 2010 at 10:07 am

    MaineYankee April 29th, 2010 at 10:05 am
    Baltimore also seems to have pitchers that hit Yankees. I was glad when Cabrera wasn?t with the O?s anymore.

    ************

    He was the worst! And he only seemed to hit Jeter on the elbow

  15. Andrew April 29th, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Cabrera had no idea where the ball was going when he pitched. He nor Guthrie had anywhere near the pedigree, polish or consistently good stuff that Matusz and Tillman have at such a young age. They are both legitimately talented, and have had some early success in the majors, albeit it in very small samples and mixed with the usual rookie inconsistencies/terrible outings. I think both those guys will have far far better careers than Cabrera and Guthrie. Only a matter of time and health for them.

  16. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 29th, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Good morning!

    It’s nice to wake up after a Yankee victory. I don’t expect tonight to be easy as Matusz is tough, the Yankees are still not hitting on all cylinders and Posada is out of hte lineup. If they lose this game, it would be bad ending to what started out as a very good road trip. Going 4-5 after winning 2/3 and ending it losing 2/3 to the O’s just would not be good.

  17. Joe from Long Island April 29th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Hi all –

    One thought before I get to work-
    The impression I get of Brett Gardner is that he is not a natural ballplayer. He just seems to be working whenever I watch him, whether it’s at bat or on first base checking out the pitcher.

    However, he has done fairly well by working his tail off, and trying to maximize the one advantage he does have, his speed.

    If he can continue to slap a few to left, and maybe show some gap power, OBP around .350, use his speed and learning to read pitchers for about 50 SBs, and play an average LF/CF, he will be very, very useful part of the lineup.

    Like Pete always said, he Gardner has proven people wrong every step of the way, don’t ignore him.

  18. blake April 29th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    A lot of people (scouts included) seem to disregard the ability to locate as part of a pitcher’s “talent”. In reality the ability to repeat a delivery and command pitches is a talent just the same as velocity and movement are.

  19. Shame Spencer April 29th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Wow Erica, you definitely have me beat. But I can commiserate with the post-it situation. My boss was at my desk before discussing a spreadsheet and all of a sudden she asked, “Who are Jet, John, Tex, and Al?”
    “Oh, I was just jotting down the Yankee line up.”
    “Really?? Last nights line up?”
    “Well no.. I was trying to guess todays because..”
    “Does it change?”
    “Usually, yes.”
    “So you try to guess it?”
    “Um.. yes, sometimes I try to-”
    “Wow! You must really like the Yankees.. Who spends their time trying to guess a starting line up at 8am?”
    “You’d be surprised..”
    “You think OTHER people do this?”
    “Well.. um.. yea, I mean.. I think that some might..occasionally”

    ..I’ve now spent the last two hours at since that conversation reading sports pages and trying to figure out if Girardi will be using Thames tonight..

  20. Mark in Tampa April 29th, 2010 at 10:16 am

    “What was wrong with Bedard ?”

    As I said, the talent was evident with these guys, but they never really became the pitchers they should have been. Bedard, had he reached his potential, could have been a LH Oswalt, approximately. There were a lot of questions about Bedard even before the injuries. Some of it was his attitude, which is not the O’s fault. But, IMO, if Bedard, Guthrie and the others had come through the A’s or Braves systems, I think we would have seen them become much better pitchers than what they became. Either that, or those teams would have seen much earlier that the potential isn’t there.
    Yes, Cabrera may not have been successful anywhere, but the O’s also had a couple other young pitchers who looked very good at times and never panned out.

  21. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Blake-

    “A lot of people (scouts included) seem to disregard the ability to locate as part of a pitcher’s “talent”. In reality the ability to repeat a delivery and command pitches is a talent just the same as velocity and movement are.”

    Spot on.

    They also have a somewhat understandable bias towards “big-bodied” pitchers leading to a certain amount of Myopia.

    Guess they are just playing the odds with respect to projected durability.

    But it still bugs me a little when you see the Lincecum’s, Oswalt’s, and Guidry’s of the game.

  22. Mark in Tampa April 29th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    “A lot of people (scouts included) seem to disregard the ability to locate as part of a pitcher’s “talent”. ”

    As you say, baseball people are included in this. The guys with the big arms always get another chance. Every pitching coach thinks he can fix the location issues, but you can’t coach a guy to throw 95+.

  23. MaineYankee April 29th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Shame Spencer

    You just gave me a good laugh. :lol:

  24. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 29th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Shame Spencer-

    LOL.

    Last season, in the early days of me running GTLU I kept track of all submissions on post its. One point, I spent a week at a client sitting in a room with one guy directly across the table from me. I would sit there and furiously scribble everyone’s submissions on post its and then organize them all and post-its would be every where. I have no idea how, but he never caught on to what I was doing.

    I used to be so afraid that I would be at work and someone would walk by and look at my desk during GTLU and yell “YOU’RE that Erica”

    I also started considering myself an expert on the Yankee line up

  25. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 29th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Blake, I don’t know if you saw the article I posted a few days ago about when Phil was drafted, but it had good quotes from Mark Newman about him. Here’s one that seems to apply to what you just posted:

    http://www.northjersey.com/spo.....t_day.html

    ****At age 17, Hughes “didn’t have the big-time breaking ball,” Newman said. “What he did have was really good poise and a mound presence. He had a compact arm stroke, which helps project future control, and he threw quality strikes with his fastball.”***

    Phil seems like he was pretty raw as far as pitches go, so the Yankees seemed to have done a lot of projecting with him in terms of command.

  26. upstate kate April 29th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    blake April 29th, 2010 at 10:15 am
    A lot of people (scouts included) seem to disregard the ability to locate as part of a pitcher’s “talent”. In reality the ability to repeat a delivery and command pitches is a talent just the same as velocity and movement are.

    Karl Farnsworth says hello

  27. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Blake-

    What makes a guy like Halladay extra special is that he would seem to represent the the perfect “hybrid” between a Maddux type control and movement pitcher,and a classic power pitcher.

  28. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 29th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Erica -

    Didn’t start out this way, but now I really look at every lineup I enter in the spreadsheet and actually have a reaction to it. :)

    Fortunately, no one is around to witness my growing obsession with this.

    Hey!

    I mentioned to my husband that I was thinking about going to the Charleston game in Lakewood next Wednesday morning and he thought it was a great idea!

  29. blake April 29th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Mark,
    I agree that you can’t teach 95+ and while command is somewhat more teachable than “stuff” is, I don’t think its as teachable as people think it is. Repeating a pitching motion takes athletism and coordination and while some guys have the natural abilty to throw a baseball hard they don’t have the abilty to do that and its just as important if not moreso.

  30. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 29th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I don’t see why everyone thinks throwing 95+ is practically a guaranteed key to success in them big leagues. How many hard throwing pitchers have we seen come down the pike that actually do not know how to pitch? Pitching is more than just throwing a baseball; if it weren’t, all of us who have ever played catch could be called pitchers.

  31. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 29th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Doreen – GTLU Standings & Rules April 29th, 2010 at 10:25 am
    Erica -

    Didn?t start out this way, but now I really look at every lineup I enter in the spreadsheet and actually have a reaction to it.

    Fortunately, no one is around to witness my growing obsession with this.

    *************

    LOL- do you find yourself laughing at some of them and saying “Well, that doesn’t have a chance” (Umm- yeah, I never did that either :roll: )

    I would also get angry at Johnny Damon-less submissions.

    And hubby approval is awesome! Go for it :-)

  32. blake April 29th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    MTU,
    Halladay is a perfect hybrid of a guy with great stuff that can repeat his delivery with absolute precision…its why he is what he is.

    Betsy, thanks for the link

  33. Bronx Jeers April 29th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    This may not be the best picture of Robbie but I think we’d all agree given the context it’s pretty sweet to see.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/stats/i....._mlb_stats

  34. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 29th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    http://www.northjersey.com/spo....._work.html

    Masters at work

    Interesting pregame scene in the Yankee clubhouse: Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer, an Orioles’ broadcaster, and Mariano Rivera showing each other how they gripped the ball when delivering certain pitches.

    Soaking in the instruction was Phil Hughes, who was talking to Palmer before Rivera came over.

    “Two Hall of Famers,” Hughes said. “I listened to everything they said.”

    On the other side of the clubhouse, several Yankees were watching the Mariners-Royals game on TV when Nick Swisher, on his way to batting practice, yelled, “We’re not watching Bruney [former Yankee Brian Bruney, a Washington Nationals’ reliever]?”

    Nobody switched stations as Swisher walked away.

    *****

    I love that Phil is interested in learning all he can from Palmer……..kid is special.

    A great big :mrgreen: that the Yankees didn’t care one bit about Bruney’s outing.

  35. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Pitching is an art.

    At it’s core is the ability to disrupt a hitter’s timing thru various mechanisms- deception, movement, changes of speed, location, etc.

    Throwing is not pitching.

    nuff said.

  36. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 29th, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Blake, you’re welcome!

  37. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Blake-

    I think we have just stumbled onto the answer to the “loser gene”.

    Breed more Halladay’s. :)

  38. Mark in Tampa April 29th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    blake,

    I am not really intending to debate what makes a pitcher successful. I was observing that we seem to hear all the time about the ‘impressive’ young pitchers on their way for the O’s. And then, they never become what they are supposed to be. I realize this happens to most prospects, but the other side of the coin is the A’s- their cupboard is always bare, supposedly, and then they lead the league or are top 5 in ERA.

  39. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 29th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Btw- my line up submission is ready!!!

    I haven’t had a win in a while so today is a MUST WIN

  40. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 29th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Erica – always OPPC – Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 29th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    *************

    LOL- do you find yourself laughing at some of them and saying “Well, that doesn’t have a chance” (Umm- yeah, I never did that either )

    I would also get angry at Johnny Damon-less submissions.

    And hubby approval is awesome! Go for it

    ————————

    Erica -

    No comment. :D

    I would have gone to the game even if he didn’t like the idea, but it’s always better to have not so much “approval” as someone telling you to have a good time! :)

  41. Mark in Tampa April 29th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    ““We’re not watching Bruney [former Yankee Brian Bruney, a Washington Nationals’ reliever]?””

    Krod was. :)

  42. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 29th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    MTU, it is – that’s why velocity is overrated to a large degree. I suppose throwing 95 plus can cover flaws that throwing 90 can’t hide, but that doesn’t account for why there is some obsession with pitchers throwing 95 plus.

    CB posted yesterday that Ty Wiggington said that Phi’s FB on Tuesday was the most explosive FB the O’s had seen to date (and think that night he was at 92 or 93 for the most part). I’m sure they’ve faced pitchers who threw harder than Phil did, but his was the most explosive. What does that tell you?

    I didn’t understand Jorge’s response about best FB in that Yahoo piece. Why was he basing it purely on velocity? There’s no way Kyle Farnsworth has a great FB despite him throwing hard.

  43. Mark in Tampa April 29th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    “I haven’t had a win in a while so today is a MUST WIN”

    Erica,

    You had better win, there are already whispers about sending you down to one of the lesser Yankee blogs until you can get things straightened out and come back to the big-time.

  44. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Betsy-

    Great points.

    there is much much more to pitching than the radar gun.

    But it does not hurt to have 95+mph heater with lots of movement that you can also command. ;)

  45. upstate kate April 29th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    that was good Mark in Tampa :)

    these LHP always give me problems, and then where do you put cervelli?

  46. Steve April 29th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Not gone unnoticed is how much better Brett Gardner has been in tracking balls hit to left and left center field. It’s no longer necessary to shield one’s eyes knowing Damon is not out there.

  47. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 29th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    MTU, how many pitchers out there are like that?

  48. blake April 29th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    MTU,
    Good point..get to work on cloning Halladays :)

  49. MaineYankee April 29th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I hear a Hisssssssssss coming. :lol:

  50. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 29th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Mark in Tampa April 29th, 2010 at 10:38 am
    ?I haven’t had a win in a while so today is a MUST WIN?

    Erica,

    You had better win, there are already whispers about sending you down to one of the lesser Yankee blogs until you can get things straightened out and come back to the big-time.

    ****************

    Oh NO!!!! Or worse- you may have Cody Ransom come up and replace me!

  51. Shame Spencer April 29th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I think I have mine ready too.. although I dont know if I ever want to submit it since I’m 100% accurate in this game thus far..

  52. blake April 29th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Mark,
    I wasn’t trying to debate…just adding to what you said.

  53. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Betsy-

    Not many. They are the rarest of the rare especially when they more in their arsenals.

    Think of the truly great ones- koufax, etc.

    Blake-

    I’ll try to get right on it.

    But the odds of success are low.

  54. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 29th, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Shame Spencer-

    While the winning percentage is no doubt important, you can’t be named season champion if you don’t climb to the top of the rankings!

  55. NYY626 April 29th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Did anyone see the swish interview with Kim yesterday? He was talking about twitter, and halfway through the interview, Nick and Kim started cracking up. I think Jetes yelled out “I wanna be one of your followers” or something. It was cute.

  56. Mark in Tampa April 29th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    “I wasn’t trying to debate…just adding to what you said.”

    That’s fine. It just looked like my original point that the O’s have pitching development issues was getting turned into something else.

  57. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Mark-

    If you want to think of some teams that appear to have pitching development issues don’t leave out the Reds and the Jays.

    Great at destroying young arms.

  58. blake April 29th, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Mark,
    I wasn’t trying to do that…my apologies if it came across like that.

  59. Erin April 29th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    NYY626 April 29th, 2010 at 10:51 am
    Did anyone see the swish interview with Kim yesterday? He was talking about twitter, and halfway through the interview, Nick and Kim started cracking up. I think Jetes yelled out ?I wanna be one of your followers? or something. It was cute.

    *******************
    That’s funny :)

  60. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 29th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Erin-

    Where were those cupcakes you sent me the link to from?? I want one. Seriously.

  61. Erin April 29th, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Erica – always OPPC – Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 29th, 2010 at 10:57 am
    Erin-

    Where were those cupcakes you sent me the link to from?? I want one. Seriously.

    *********************
    Erica, I think it was some bakery out of England. Hang on, let me take a look….

  62. randy l. April 29th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    “I, of course, have to defer to you on Cervelli’s catching ability but I agree that he might be an overachiever in the mold of Brosius.”

    mtu-

    no need to do any deferring because your instincts could be as good a mine.

    my father played only semi pro ball in maine , but he has watched the yankees since the time of ruth and has an eye for yankee talent that is amazing at times.

    back in the mid seventies he used to tell me about this young third baseman for cleveland that had the perfect yankee stadium swing and that the yankees should get him. it turned out to be graig nettles.

    another thing to think about with cervelli in a big picture sense is that he’s never had a manager play him full time in any of his years in the minors that i can see. he has an mazing lack of playing time and at bats for his time there.

    it’s possible that cervelli , maybe because he put so much energy into it, is better when he doesn’t play full time. maybe when he plays a lot he can’t keep up the high focus and energy he puts into each pitch.

    i’m just speculating here, but i think that playing full time and playing part time would be two different things for cervelli. there’s no way of telling at the mlb level of course unless he’s given a starting position.

    the other thing i want to make clear is that being a solid mlb catcher, especially for the yankees, is a very big deal. cervelli has already overachieved and pretty much guaranteed a lengthy mlb career with what he’s showed so far.

    here’s how his value works. think if the yankees and red sox switched vistor martiez and posada.

    martinez could catch against teams that don’t run well with cervelli replacing him in series with teams like the angels. rangers , and rays. or he could be there to replace him down the stretch in games where a stolen base threat is put in to pinch run.

    the yankees could carry a poor throwing but good offensive catcher because they have a guy like cervelli backing up.

    the red sox would kill for cervelli to pair with martinez. so when i say that i’m not going crazy over him, i don’t mean that he’s not a good player because he is.

    catcher for the yankees is a premier position. when they have been at their best they have almost always had a really good catcher starting. i don’t think cervelli will get to that level,but that doesn’t mean he’s not going to be instrumental in adding rings to yankee fingers.

  63. Erin April 29th, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Erica-here’s the link to their site:

    http://www.cupcakeoccasions.co.uk/#

  64. randy l. April 29th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    meant to say : no need to do any deferring because your instincts could be as good a mine or better.

  65. NYYROC April 29th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Promos for Yankees On Deck show AJ playing guitar and Phil on drums. Wonder if they really play or was that “RockBand”? Couldn’t tell, it was just a quick clip.

  66. Bronx Jeers April 29th, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I’d say the odds of AJ plunking someone tonight are pretty high.

    I mean, the odds of him hitting someone are usually high anyway. Tonight though? Maybe a little higher.

    Guthrie’s been a one man wrecking crew this season. He’s not just hitting people. He’s injuring important players.

    It sucks that someone else is going to gave to pay for his mistakes but that’s the way it is.

  67. SJ44 April 29th, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Cervelli is definitely too busy back there at times. He cost CC a few strikes last night being too quick to come out of his crouch after a pitch.

    He has to learn to be less hyper back there and hold the glove longer for the umpire to get a better read on the pitch.

    I’ve noticed that in just about all of his starts this year.

    He’s a high energy kid. Just has to harness it a little bit.

  68. Erin April 29th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    NYYROC April 29th, 2010 at 11:05 am
    Promos for Yankees On Deck show AJ playing guitar and Phil on drums. Wonder if they really play or was that ?RockBand?? Couldn?t tell, it was just a quick clip.

    **********************
    I saw that commercial last night-it looks hilarious. I started cracking up when I saw Hughes on drums. :)

  69. Patrick April 29th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    randy,

    That’s a great post about catching and the value of catchers.

  70. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 29th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    NYYRoc, thanks for telling me that as I never watch Yankees on Deck. When is that on, before the game? I can’t picture Phil on drums – that seems more like AJ’s thing, lol.

  71. Yankee Trader April 29th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Wonder if the 5 days between starts contributed to some of our starters wildness. CC’s lone loss was the game he walked two in the 1st inning and gave up runs.

    At this stage, Nick Johnson is not doing the job in the two spot. His strikeouts equal his walks. Of course Damon would be perfect, but if we’re looking for a lefty in that spot, I would go with the currently hot Swisher, as Gardner doesn’t work the count well and Granderson is not ready.

    Therefore Doreen I’m going with an early GTLU against the lefty Matusz.

    Jeter SS
    Swisher RF
    Tex 1B
    A-Rod 3B
    Cano 2B
    Thames DH
    Granderson CF
    Cervelli C
    Gardner LF

  72. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 29th, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Watching Cervelli right now is certainly refreshing when you think about the void the Yankees had the last few years in the back up catcher position

    Sal Fasano, Wil Neives, Kelly Stinnett are all names that come to mind

    I realize Cervelli hopefully has a much brighter future than those guys, but its just so nice to have a back up catcher right now that isn’t an automatic out

  73. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 29th, 2010 at 11:09 am

    AJ’s control has been much better this season; I do hope he “accidentally” hits someone tonigh or at least gives them something to think about with a brush back pitch.

  74. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 29th, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Erin April 29th, 2010 at 11:04 am
    Erica-here?s the link to their site:

    http://www.cupcakeoccasions.co.uk/#
    *********

    Darn. It is in England :-(

  75. Patrick April 29th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Good point about Cervelli being too busy behind the plate, I do see that. He has too much energy sometimes. That helps him though when blocking balls. I think as he gets more comfortable in the big leagues he’ll realize that he doesn’t have to be brimming with energy every second of the game.

    I do think Cervelli will be a key backup for a long time. I actually think he has the ability to hit .250 or higher throughout a season. He won’t hit many HR but he will probably get his share of doubles. The key is his defense and even as a young guy he’s already a great defensive catcher. He’s only going to get better.

  76. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 29th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Yankees on Deck doesn’t even seem like it’s on in the next few days, per YES’ schedule.

  77. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 April 29th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Cano hit his 15th lifetime HR against the Orioles, way to go Cano!!

    As far as Chan Ho Park, I see why Philly so easily let him walk. He good but the stints on the DL really impacts his team.

    Joe might have used him in long relief, Tues instead of Robertson who knows.

  78. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 29th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Oops, nevermind – I see that it’s on Sunday. I will have my VCR set up to tape that for sure!

  79. Erin April 29th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    . i don?t think cervelli will get to that level,but that doesn?t mean he?s not going to be instrumental in adding rings to yankee fingers.

    *************************
    randy, I’m very happy to hear that. ;)

  80. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 29th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Betsy – Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 29th, 2010 at 11:11 am
    Yankees on Deck doesn?t even seem like it?s on in the next few days, per YES? schedule.
    ************

    I think its on Sunday mornings.

    And whenever the next episode is, is the premeire for the season.

    I hope they do more “How Well Do You Know Your Teammate” with Jorgie and Mo

  81. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 29th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Erica, thanks!

    LOL I’ve only caught it a few times, but that segment is hilarious. I wouldn’t mind if they went with different players this time, though.

  82. NYYROC April 29th, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Betsy, I think YOD is on Sunday. I believe they gave the date and time on the commercial. (I see you already checked the YES TV schedule, I thought it would be on their website). Keep your eyes open during tonight’s game. I’m sure they’ll run the promo again.

  83. Tom in NJ April 29th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    The LHYB would be better off with Ransom as Damon’s PGF

    Pete Abe’d

  84. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 29th, 2010 at 11:17 am

    NYYRoc, if I’m home, I will keep an eye out for it -it sounds hilarious, lol.

  85. Bronx Jeers April 29th, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Hey I just saw Jim Kaat on 6th ave.

    I’ll tell you for a guy who’s 70+ years old he looks like he could beat the snot out of me.

  86. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 29th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Tom in NJ April 29th, 2010 at 11:16 am
    The LHYB would be better off with Ransom as Damon?s PGF

    **********************

    HISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  87. MaineYankee April 29th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Bronx Jeers April 29th, 2010 at 11:18 am
    Hey I just saw Jim Kaat on 6th ave.

    I?ll tell you for a guy who?s 70+ years old he looks like he could beat the snot out of me.

    —————————————————————————————-

    Maybe it’s time to hit the gym. :lol:

  88. NYY626 April 29th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I hope they do more “How Well Do You Know Your Teammate” with Jorgie and Mo
    _________________________________________________________________________
    Best. Segment. Ever.

    Jete is also pretty cute when he does the Captain segment. I liked the one last year when he was desribing Alex and said “this player gets his haircut every 10 days”. He couldnt supress his laughter lol

  89. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Randy-

    I understand you being humble and all but the fact of the matter is that you played the game, and have direct experience.

    I’m just an observer, and probably a pretty poor one at that.

    Appreciate the commentary on Cervy.

    Homegrowns are huge plus. :)

  90. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 29th, 2010 at 11:29 am

    New thread :arrow:

  91. Erin April 29th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    New Post: Girardi happy with all-star rule changes


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