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Yankees postgame stuff

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on May 31, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter got hit in the left hamstring by an 89 mph Mitch Talbot fastball during the second inning of Monday’s 11-2 win over the Indians and came out after a single in the seventh.

“We won’t really know until tomorrow,” Joe Girardi said about his condition. “He got hit in the back of the hamstring and it stiffened up. So I just said, ‘I’m going to take you out and get some ice on it.’ We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”

Jeter left without speaking to reporters. But Nick Swisher said: ”I’ll bet you a million dollars he’ll be in the lineup tomorrow.” …

Brett Gardner cut the top of his right thumb sliding into second when he was caught stealing in the seventh. He had a band-aid on it and said he should be fine for Tuesday night against the Orioles. …

At some point, these opposing managers are going to wise up and not issue an intentional walk to Mark Teixeira so A-Rod can hit with the bases loaded. “It’s been amazing what he’s done what that’s happened,” Girardi said.

Because after this latest grand slam, Rodriguez is now 5 for 5 with a walk, a sac fly, three homers and 18 RBI in the seven times it has happened.

“I would appreciate if we’d keep those numbers to ourselves and not share them with other managers,” A-Rod said with a smile. …

Even though he’s off to the best start of his career at 7-1, Andy Pettitte said he will evaluate after the season whether to retire. He said his ultimate decision will be based on when he feels it’s time to be with his family more, and that he can’t envision pitching much longer. …

Swisher had the best May and best month of his career, finishing at .374 with 34 hits. He had seven homers and 17 RBI for the month. He hit .164 the last two Mays combined. …

Curtis Granderson got another hit off a lefty, a seventh-inning single off Rafael Perez, making him 8 for 34 (.235) with no homers and three RBI.  The lefty-hitting center fielder had done some other damage against a lefty in this series that marked his return from the DL. He smacked a double Friday and another one Sunday off reliever Tony Sipp. Granderson hit .183 against lefties for the Tigers last season.

“His at-bats have been pretty good,” Girardi said. “I don’t always look at just numbers. I look at at-bats. He’s hit the ball deep to center a number of times off of lefties. He’s had a couple of hits off of Sipp in this series. He looks comfortable. He’s getting a good pitch and he’s putting a good swing on it and hitting it hard. So we’ve been happy with his at-bats against lefties.” …

The Yankees’ starting 1-5 batters merely went 36 for 80 (.450) with nine doubles, five homers and 29 RBI in the four-game series, and they scored 29 runs. …

The team is 3-1 so far on this mostly soft stretch of 16 games against the Indians, Orioles, Blue Jays, Orioles again and Astros. …

OK, that’s it for now. Back at Yankee Stadium Tuesday when Baltimore is in. Lefty Brian Matusz is down to start for the Orioles and Javier Vazquez is scheduled to go for the Yankees, who have already won five of six against the O’s.

 
 

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231 Responses to “Yankees postgame stuff”

  1. Carl May 31st, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Keep it going Yanks.

  2. uber scuffler May 31st, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Things are looking up chaloots!

  3. Mark May 31st, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Phillies really need to a find a new guy to handle the binoculars or they are going to fall out of the race this summer…

  4. Carl May 31st, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    # Mark May 31st, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Phillies really need to a find a new guy to handle the binoculars or they are going to fall out of the race this summer…

    Same thing I said. It’s obvious those binoculars were giving them an advantage.

  5. Carl May 31st, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Maybe that’s why the Yankees were changing signs so much in the World Series?

  6. 57' Yank May 31st, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Looks like Chisox manager Guillen really knew his stuff about Swisher !!!! LOL

  7. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 31st, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Phil, from the previous thread – thanks!

    I would sit Jeter tomorrow no matter how badly he wants to play; he’ll be fine, but that thing is going to be bruised and stiff. I’m going to tomorrows game and would love to see him play, but I would just be conservative. Of course, maybe the game will get rained out.

    I know that walking Tex sets up the DP, but Tex is not close to being the hitter that Alex is and he’s just easier to get out. Get Tex out and maybe walk Alex to face Cano – who, though terrific, isn’t Alex. Either way, if managers are going to keep doing this, then Alex is going to keep making them pay.

  8. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 31st, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I &hearts: Curtis Granderson.

  9. blake May 31st, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Jays win, two back in loss column.

  10. the gay Yankee fan May 31st, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    It also helps that the Cleveland pitcher was throwing meatballs.

  11. MTU (aka GBURL) May 31st, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Thank You Toronto. :)

  12. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 31st, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I guess I should have rooted for the Jays, but I would prefer to shake them loose…….

  13. Giuseppe Franco May 31st, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Toronto is a decent team but they do have some big holes that will keep them from hanging around the entire season.

    Lots of long balls but a whole lot of strikeouts, too.

    Teams with strong pitching can exploit that.

  14. Jerkface May 31st, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I think a lot of the consternation in walking Tex is the fact that Tex is a flyball hitter , so they are worried about a Sac fly maybe?

  15. Jerkface May 31st, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Lots of long balls but a whole lot of strikeouts, too.

    Teams with strong pitching can exploit that.

    Like the Rays? :x

  16. MTU (aka GBURL) May 31st, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    The object is to close the gap between us and the leader.

    If it’s Toronto who helps us do that then great.

    It should always be “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”.

    When we’ve taken over the lead you can hate whoever you want.;)

  17. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 31st, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    We haven’t even played the Jays yet; our whole 2nd half will be spent playing them, lol.

  18. Mark in Tampa May 31st, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    “I think a lot of the consternation in walking Tex is the fact that Tex is a flyball hitter , so they are worried about a Sac fly maybe?”

    Not really on today’s walk. The pitcher just couldn’t find the zone, and once it got to 3-0, I think they figured they would start over with a new hitter and a chance for a DP. Last IBB, they were setting up the DP. Why do that with a guy coming up who has 590 HRs and 20 grand slams, I don’t know. Maybe they misread the lineup card and thought Jeter was coming up?

    It may also play into it that Arod swung right through a lot of pitches eariler in the game. Maybe they thought he was having an off day.

  19. Phil the Thrill May 31st, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    The Jays seem tough. But we have to take each of these teams seriously and grind.

  20. Banks May 31st, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    We face the Jays next weekend

    Romero-Burnett
    Pettitte-Morrow
    Vazquez-Talet (he’s supposed to come off the DL and make his start tomorrow)

  21. Phil the Thrill May 31st, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Tex is due for a pretty massive correction. He’s been a 150 OPS+ type guy in his prime and is a legitimately great hitter who might go off at any time.

  22. River May 31st, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Boston swept the Jays on the road last month

    I expect us to do the same.

  23. Ace Ventura is better May 31st, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    57′ Yank May 31st, 2010 at 9:50 pm
    Looks like Chisox manager Guillen really knew his stuff about Swisher !!!! LOL
    *************************

    He actually never said anything too bad about him – just that his antics could grate on you after awhile – he also said he probably played him in a position that he wasn’t comfortable in (centerfield) and batted him out of position (leadoff) as well which may have lead to his poor season..

    now he did say that javier vazquez was soft and had no b_a_l_l_s which so far he’s been right on the money with..

  24. m May 31st, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Thanks for the postgame, Brian.

    __________________________________________________________

    Anyone want to take a guess as to when’s the last time we were this close to TB in the standings?

  25. Giuseppe Franco May 31st, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Like the Rays?

    ———-

    Yeah, actually. Do you want to argue whether the Rays will have a distinct advantage over the Jays by the end of the year?

  26. Jerkface May 31st, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    We know that atleast one of his IBBs was just spite from Joe Maddon.

  27. Alex May 31st, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    In Scranton today

    Nova – 5 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
    Melancon – 1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K (allowed 2 inherited runs to score too).

  28. Jerkface May 31st, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Yeah, actually. Do you want to argue whether the Rays will have a distinct advantage over the Jays by the end of the year?

    Not particularly. I find it fairly evident that the Rays will end up second or out of the playoffs, and the Jays will most certainly be out of the playoffs by years end.

  29. m May 31st, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Jerkface,

    I’m assuming that you think the Yankees win the division.

    Who’s your WC choice as of 5/31?

  30. Jerkface May 31st, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Who’s your WC choice as of 5/31?

    But of course on the Yankees. Too good a team and a really good second half one at that!
    As for the wild card? Boston , though I hate to say it. There are 4 teams in the AL east who have better records than every team in the AL outside of Minnesota, so the wild card will probably come from the East.

    The Rays won’t add payroll most likely and their offense is not as good as it was in the early goings. Their pitching won’t be as strong as it was (and its already starting to flake a bit). The Jays I just don’t see as a playoff team because their offense is hugely unsustainable.

    And the Red Sox are actually winning with pitching and defense. I think by August 1 the Yankees will be in control and the red Sox will be fighting with the jays and rays for the WC

  31. Pat M. May 31st, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    I’ve become a fan of Women’s Professional Surfing……..Not quite on par with Women’s Professional Beach Volleyball, but nevertheless not too bad…….Posada gets back, Yanks will be a lock to be up 3 games in the AL East come the break…….I posted that a few weeks ago, and it’s becoming rather clear that’s a conservative prediction………

  32. Jerkface May 31st, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    .Posada gets back, Yanks will be a lock to be up 3 games in the AL East come the break…….I posted that a few weeks ago, and it’s becoming rather clear that’s a conservative prediction………

    Posada’s preternaturally fast healing of that fracture is going to prove a boon. The yankees might contend with injuries, but if they heal fast the other teams are in trouble.

    Posada’s been huge with the bat and once we get him back its officially a circular lineup again.

  33. CR9 May 31st, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Pat M

    I love women’s professional volleyball! How is everything with your wife? Is she out of the hospital?

    Hope you got to spend a great Memorial Day together.

  34. Jerkface May 31st, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Even Miranda is at an above average P/PA at the moment. His presence at DH won’t hurt the Yankees and Cashman isn’t going to maintain this same 25 man…

  35. MTU (aka GBURL) May 31st, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Anyone know, or care to speculate what’s up with Montero ?

    He’s really underperforming thus far. :(

  36. MTU (aka GBURL) May 31st, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Pat M.-

    You can put me down as believing that the Yanks will be in first by the ASB, or sooner.

    Hope your Wife is feeling better ?

  37. Francis May 31st, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Montero is suffering from Joba-syndrome… too much too soon. Read too much of his press clippings and thought he was better than he really was.

    Demote him and watch him tear it up….

  38. m May 31st, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Unless the Tigers roar back, the WC will come out of the East. Going by memory the Sox are still 6 games back of TB right now. The Sox would have to go on a tear (or continue their current one) to position themselves in the conversation of either the division or WC.

    As for the Rays’ offense. With that pitching & defense, do they really need that much? Right now they’re 16 games over .500. It’ll take a lot of self-destruction for them to fall out of contention.

    As for my earlier query, it feels like it’s been forever, but the last time we were this close was exactly 2 weeks ago. Hopefully the Rays made their charge, and we played our worst stretch.

  39. m May 31st, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Montero? Just hitting a wall. Too much, too soon. He’ll be okay. He’s a lot younger than Tabata was. A lot, apparently.

  40. Carl May 31st, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    J-Hair with a grand slam against the Mets. True Yankee.

  41. MTU (aka GBURL) May 31st, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Something is not right with Montero.

    The jump from AA to AAA should not make that much difference.

    He really hasn’t been right since a series of collisions weeks back.

    Going from hitting .320 or so at AA to .230 or so at AAA does not seem to make a whole lot of sense.

  42. MTU (aka GBURL) May 31st, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    m-

    I don’t buy that argument.

  43. Ace May 31st, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Montero is 20 yrs old and in AAA. Relax.

  44. Jerkface May 31st, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    The red Sox are only 2.5 back from the wildcard

  45. gfd May 31st, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Speaking of stealing signs, in 2001 vs Diamondbacks STOLE SIGNS, but Posada didn’t realize it before it was too late. He has commented on it before. Phillie has Halladay, but they should’ve kept Lee too, there’s no one behind Halladay in the rotation.

  46. MTU (aka GBURL) May 31st, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    m-

    “Hopefully the Rays made their charge, and we played our worst stretch.”

    I think our trajectory is up and theirs is down.

    They have managed to avoid Mr. Murphy so far but I do not think that is going to continue.

    Let’s see what happens when the roles are reversed.

  47. Erica in NY May 31st, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    I am going to the game tomorrow night!!!!!

    I really hope Jeter is in the line up!

  48. trisha - #28 is on its way!!! May 31st, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    I said from the beginning of the season that the Jays had a very good team this year and I stand by that. I don’t think many felt that they would still be holding their own on May 31st. They lead the league in homers and are second only to the Yanks in runs. They’re the 6th in the AL in pitching, true, but the Yanks are 5th and they’re managing to hold their own.

  49. MTU (aka GBURL) May 31st, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Ace-

    So was Heyward, and where is he now ?

    A Hitter with Montero’s capabilites should not just drop about 100 points going from AA to AAA.

    I am concerned. I hope he breaks out of it soon.

    So I’m not going to just relax until I see significant improvement.

  50. tampayank May 31st, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    how great is Vin Scully? what a classic old school voice(watching game on mlb network)

  51. Patrick May 31st, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    The jays are not for real. They have a tough schedule going forward, look for them to start losing

  52. Carl May 31st, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    # MTU (aka GBURL) May 31st, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Ace-

    So was Heyward, and where is he now ?

    A Hitter with Montero’s capabilites should not just drop about 100 points going from AA to AAA.

    I am concerned. I hope he breaks out of it soon.

    So I’m not going to just relax until I see significant improvement.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo....._wall.html

  53. pat May 31st, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    “We couldn’t make pitches on Granderson,” Acta said. “It’s easy to look at the home runs, but they were set up by the at-bats he had. He came into the series hitting .199 against lefties over the last three years. He went 3-for-3 against our guys.”

    Welcome back, Curtis.

  54. Joba Tips his Cap May 31st, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Manny hit a hr tonight.
    Jays look pretty real to me, at least for now.

  55. MTU (aka GBURL) May 31st, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Carl-

    Thanks for the article.

    That’s one hell of a slump and regression so far.

    Hope their right and he adjusts, and simply snaps out of it after a while.

    Time will tell.

  56. trisha - #28 is on its way!!! May 31st, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    patrick put it this way. I’ll be surprised if they start to lose but anything is possible.

  57. trisha - #28 is on its way!!! May 31st, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    “Jays look pretty real to me, at least for now.”

    Seriously.

  58. Josh May 31st, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Doesn’t matter who we face, if Joba is pitching, it is going to equal runs and a loss!!

  59. Erica in NY May 31st, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Good night Yankee people

  60. ac1 May 31st, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    toronto has faced boston 3 times i think and the yankees 0 times. tough times ahead for them… and i said earlier a team being compared to the 1998 yankees by some stupid espn guys should not be losing this many games with so few hits and runs. No way they win this division.

  61. CR9 May 31st, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    ac1

    Toronto has lost 5 of 6 games to the Red Sox already, iirc.

  62. tampayank May 31st, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    ha bad error on K. Johnson

  63. Bakula May 31st, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Trish – You know a lot more about the game of baseball than others give you credit for.

  64. Pat M. May 31st, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    My wife is home and I want to thank everyone here for all the warm concerns….Very special place with very special people……….Granderson will be a major factor from this point forward…..He’s a real good baseball player…….In the 2 hole he’s going to be devastating force for opposing pitchers to deal with …….

  65. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 31st, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Erica, I’m going to the game, too!

  66. pat May 31st, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    “Look, I like home runs more than anyone,” said Rodriguez, who has hit 590 for his career but added that he was trying not to do too much with big swings and settle instead for driving in important runs.

    A bit of a different approach from Alex since last year but with .404 BA and 37 RBI with RISP so far this year- Works for me.

  67. Jerkface May 31st, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    The jays are last in on base percentage and last in batting average. #1 in swinging out of the zone, #1 at swinging in the zone, last in pitches per plate appearance.

  68. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 31st, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Jays are tough – they can hit and they have good pitching; I’m not taking them lightly at all.

  69. Jerkface May 31st, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    At any rate, a good season for the Jays is 3rd place. They are probably capable of that but will most likely end in 4th.

  70. CR9 May 31st, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Pat M

    Agreed about Grandy. Im almost glad he got a month off; could serve to benefit him later on down the road.

    Awesome news about your wife!!

  71. Bo knows May 31st, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Someone posted a picture of Montero, as really looking svelte, as in dropped a lot of weight this year. Let’s hope he’s adjusting.

  72. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 31st, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    The only strike out pitcher facing the Jays next week is AJ; I can see Andy having a tough time and certainly Javy, who I don’t trust at all.

  73. CR9 May 31st, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Betsy/Erica

    Enjoy the game tomorrow!! Javy will dominantly pitch 7 IP 1 R in a 3rd Yankees victory in a row.

  74. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 31st, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    I didn’t mean to imply that Andy WILL struggle, just that it’s possibly not a great matchup for him.

    CR – lets hope!

  75. dipididoo May 31st, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Bakula is Trish?

  76. trisha - #28 is on its way!!! May 31st, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    I don’t know that I necessarily measure anything by whether or not the Sux have mastered them. The Orioles swept the Sux for that matter. The Jays starting pitching is certainly in better shape than it was earlier and Brandon Morrow seems to be getting better with each start. Greggs has been great for them as a closer and they already have three players in double figures in homers and three more knocking at the door. Then they have Romero, Marcum and Cecil, all really good starters.

    They definitely have the horses if the horses continue to gallop.

  77. MTU (aka GBURL) May 31st, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Let’s take our series with Baltimore.

    Nite All. :)

  78. trisha - #28 is on its way!!! May 31st, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    “Bakula is Trish?”

    Grow up. If you want the answer to that email Chad and ask. Don’t suggest ridiculous things just because some agrees with my as*essment.

    Bakula, thank you.

  79. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 31st, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    I don’t know if the Jays will keep this up or not, but I always respect whatever opponents we play.

  80. trisha - #28 is on its way!!! May 31st, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    And by the way, Bakula is someone who has posted here in the past.

  81. trisha - #28 is on its way!!! May 31st, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    “Jays are tough – they can hit and they have good pitching; I’m not taking them lightly at all.”

    You are exactly right, Betsy, and you always say that you respect whatever opponents we play. That’s a really smart way to look at it because we know that on any given day in baseball, any team can win.

  82. Jerkface May 31st, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Vazquez is a strike out pitcher, and a tough matchup for the Jays in that he will go out of the zone with breaking pitches. Its also a tough match for Javy because they will hurt his fastball.

  83. Jerkface May 31st, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Pettitte will be tough on them too. They hit: .194 .261 .334 .595 vs Lefties as a team and his cutter and curve out of the zone will get a lot of chases

  84. Jerkface May 31st, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    The yankees match up real well vs a AJ-less, Halladay-less Toronto team. Of course, no matchup ever survives a real game being played so we’ll see.

    Yankees can only lose 3 of the next 12 so they should pick their spots wisely :)

  85. Patrick May 31st, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    TRI-TRI-TRIPPPLEE POOOSSTTT

    Yeah so anyways, sure the Jays look legit right now, they almost tied the record for HR in a month. They are on a hot streak against sub-par competition. You can’t look at how they’ve played and say they are for real, you have to look at the talent on their roster. They just don’t have enough talent to stay in this race for much longer.

  86. Pat M. May 31st, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    The Jays got off to great start in 09 before a slew of injuries hit the staff……..Their free swing DNA will catch up with them at some point……They’ll do well to play .500 this season, as Cito’s very foot will wear them down by late summer if not before then…….Just an off the wall opinion

  87. Pat M. May 31st, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Cito’s Heavy foot

  88. Patrick May 31st, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    By the way trisha, kudos for calling that the Jays will play well. You’ve been 100% right so far on this topic. I don’t mind if the Jays are a good team, as long as they don’t threaten the Yanks of course. I don’t really have a stake in this argument, I just think they don’t have the talent to compete.

    The Giants on the other hand… they better start losing more ballgames.

  89. trisha - #28 is on its way!!! June 1st, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Sub-par competition? They’ve played Texas, Oakland, the Rays, and Minny amongst others. I don’t know if I consider them having the most homers in the league (by 20) a fluke. Their starting pitching has really started to come around and they have a very good closer in Gregg. They have talent on their roster. I’m not saying they are going to win the division, I’m saying that I don’t think they are going to be sinking any time soon.

  90. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) June 1st, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Jerkface, at this point, I don’t think any team is a good matchup for Javy.

  91. trisha - #28 is on its way!!! June 1st, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Patrick, thank you. And while I seriously don’t think they’ll overtake the Rays or the Yanks I am definitely keeping an eye on them. You know how a team’s confidence can grow on itself! I remember listening to Chuck Knoblauch on a postgame in 1998 saying that every night the Yanks went out to play they expected to win. I’m certainly not comparing the teams, just using that as an example of playing with a swagger. I think the Jays have that swagger right now, at least in as much as the Jays could have some swagger, not being used to it. The Rays must have been puking today when Morrow no hit them into the sixth. That would have been the second time this season and the third time in two years!

    :)

  92. Pat M. June 1st, 2010 at 12:19 am

    I hope your wrong Tricia because I place 20.00 on them for the unders at 71 wins back in March…..But I did place 20 on the Senators / Nationals on the overs at 72……

  93. Jerkface June 1st, 2010 at 12:27 am

    The jays are only better than .500 against the orioles, indians, white sox, athletics, and rangers.

    I wouldn’t say they are a sterling baseball team.

    Consequently, the yankees are only UNDER .500 against the tigers, mets, and rays. By 1 game to the tigers and rays at that.

  94. trisha - #28 is on its way!!! June 1st, 2010 at 12:38 am

    If they even play 500 ball the rest of the way they’re well over that. You should have listened!

    :)

    The Nats really cleaned up today. The only thing that worries me in the short run is that Pudge is injured. I truly believe he has made a tremendous difference in their pitching, as you can imagine someone with his experience would. Their starting pitching has been surprisingly good, and when they manage to get the ball to Clippard, more often than not, they’re in the money. Matt Capps still leads the league in saves. They get pretty consistently good offense from Dunn, Zimmerman, Kennedy, certainly Willingham, Guzman when he plays, Desmond, and Pudge was doing a great job for them offensively too. They also have a pretty solid bench.

    But now that Pudge is down, I’ve seen them start to lose a little ground where they were on a pretty steady course with him in there. Hopefully he won’t be out too long.

  95. m June 1st, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Dodgers won on a balk. How’s that?

  96. Joe June 1st, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Padres leading the Mets 17-6 in the 7th inning

    Oliver Perez in the game lol… only time hes going to get into a game

  97. Soul June 1st, 2010 at 12:51 am

    m,

    Runner on 3rd, 2 outs and the guy balked

  98. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) June 1st, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Ouch, 17-6? LOL

    Still, I think it’s a shame that the Mets players have to resort to talking negatively (and openly at that) about a teammate. I think it’s shameful, actually. Exactly what has that team done to be talking about anyone? I’m sure Perez is trying.

  99. m June 1st, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Soul,

    lol. I meant, how’s that? Not “how did that happen?”

    But what a kick in the rear. Worse than a wild pitch or a passed ball.

    Joe,

    Are you saying Ollie is still in the bullpen?

  100. Yank1 June 1st, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Mets players want Perez released

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....BOLzFSTx2K

  101. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) June 1st, 2010 at 1:05 am

    The Mets players ought to shut up and stay out of the GM’s way; what a joke.

  102. CR9 June 1st, 2010 at 1:06 am

    What a special year for Duke University and the New York Yankees!!!!!

    The subject of stalking, lies, and vitriol from Selena Roberts, Alex Rodriguez carries the Yankees on his back all postseason, delivering big hit after big hit on the way to the 27th Yankees World Series Title.

    In a year that there were many more talented and athletic teams in the NCAA Tournament – a year in which Coach K grew as a coach from his duties with the USA Men’s team – Duke’s hard nosed physical team plan led to a championship.

    Jon Scheyer said just before the NCAA Tournament while at a dinner with Mickey Krzyzewski and her daughters when asked about his experiences in his 4 years at DUKE! Jon Scheyer: “The best is yet to come” he said. And how profoundly true that statement turned out to be.

    Then, the subject of more lies and vitriol from Selena Roberts, the Duke Men’s Lacrosse team gets the first championship in their history, with the Duke Seniors getting their deserved sendoff!!!!!!!!!!!

    There is no greater feeling in life than to see “the Good” rewarded!!

  103. Mike DC June 1st, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Duke wanted it more than Baylor… Patriot Jim Nantz was right!!!

  104. m June 1st, 2010 at 1:10 am

    Wow. I don’t know what to say. Players on a crappy team want one of theirs gone? And Chester Cheetoe with this gem, “That’s really a tough question,” Manuel said. “[Maybe] extra innings or something like that, but it’s going to be tough to find spots for him.”

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....z0pZiN3h4x

    No wonder they suck. They’re not a team, just a bunch of high school cliques. They deserve everything they get.

    As for Perez, maybe he should take the minor league assignment. Less chance of getting stabbed in the back.

  105. m June 1st, 2010 at 1:13 am

    CR9,

    I read the (very short) recap @ espn.com. I didn’t realize it, but the NCAA gave 33 players an extra season due to the extraordinary circumstances stemming from the shortened season that year. There were 3 or 4 fifth year seniors on the squad, who have come close but never over the top until today.

    Those kids aren’t innocents to be sure, but no one deserves to be railroaded by prosecutors and columnists.

  106. Mike DC June 1st, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Similarly, isin’t Perez being selfish by refusing the minor league assignment, when he clearly is hurting the team by being on the ML roster? He can’t get anyone out and is a complete mess and is utterly useless out of the bullpen. They are basically playing with a 24 man roster.

    Perhaps thats why players are lashing out at him… he is handcuffing the team even though he has no right to. Rather than try and fix himself in AAA, he is content with being a mop up man who is hated on his own team. He still gets his ML salary and everything but is not making any effort to fix himself by going to AAA.

  107. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 June 1st, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Boy 18-6 Padras. Mets must be tired !tonight

  108. m June 1st, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Perez is definitely being selfish. But why on earth did they sign him to that contract? Oh, wait. We’re talking about Omar.

  109. Banjo June 1st, 2010 at 1:22 am

    If Perez goes to the minors, there is no guarantee he will get called back up this year, even if he does well. Look at us with Kei Igawa.

    Why would he want to go on bus trips and have to life the minor league life again when he doesn’t have to? As a veteran, you have the luxury to determine your future.

    If they gave him some kind of guarantee that he’d be up in a month or something, then it is different. But the Mets want to get rid of him period, so if he goes to the minors, he isin’t coming back.

    Either way, the Mets players are a bunch of losers. Wouldn’t you rather he be a mop up man than losing games for you every 5th day?

  110. Joe June 1st, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Manual isin’t helping things with that cold quote either.

  111. gfd June 1st, 2010 at 1:29 am

    They put him in a game that was already lost, and he still gave up 3 runs.

  112. CR9 June 1st, 2010 at 1:34 am

    m

    Absolutely. That’s what makes Duke lacrosse such a heartwarming story.

  113. Nate June 1st, 2010 at 1:56 am

    Hey Betsy, it’s Cy. I had to reset my email so I can’t send PM’s or anything until a mod reactivates my account. So if u PM’d me back I didn’t get it.

  114. braeden June 1st, 2010 at 2:14 am

    Rockies pitcher Ulbaldo got his 10th win, and yet the team is 4th in their division and 4games back.

  115. Jerkface June 1st, 2010 at 2:31 am

    He has just over a third of their wins!

  116. Jerkface June 1st, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Kanakoa Teixeira designated for assignment, back into the fold I think?

  117. Carl June 1st, 2010 at 3:16 am

    # Jerkface June 1st, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Kanakoa Teixeira designated for assignment, back into the fold I think?

    Yeah. I think we can get him back for 25k

  118. Nick in SF June 1st, 2010 at 3:28 am

    All your Tex are belong to us.

  119. Carl June 1st, 2010 at 3:56 am

    http://www.facebook.com/album......f16c887d2d

    David Huff posted some pictures of Yankee Stadium on his facebook. The Visitors clubhouse looks nice.

  120. Patrick June 1st, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Nice to get the lesser Tex back, he’ll help out the bullpen later this season. (maybe now?)

    Also Nick, that joke was incredibly lame

  121. sunny615 June 1st, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Jeter to the outfield?

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=5237520

  122. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) June 1st, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Was Giambi being selfish? I thought so – so I guess Perez is, too, but who wants to go to the minors? That’s no call for the Mets players to be calling out one of their own. LOL Most of them have struggled at some point this year – and their careers. That clubhouse has not improved with Manuel instead of Randolph at the helm.

  123. Billy D June 1st, 2010 at 8:12 am

    “Why would he want to go on bus trips and have to life the minor league life again when he doesn’t have to? As a veteran, you have the luxury to determine your future.”

    He does, but how smart is he really being? Keeping in mind he’s being paid the same money whether he stays with the Mets or goes to AAA, is he better off going to AAA, working on his mechanics/delivery and potentially rediscovering the form that made him an average to above average MLB pitcher over 2007/2008, or languishing in the Mets bullpen waiting for that mop up moment when the Mets are either ahead or behind by 5+ runs in a non-competitive game? Luxury of detrmining his future? Maybe he needs to consider that he doesn’t have one in this game after 2011, if he doesn’t figure things out.

  124. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) June 1st, 2010 at 8:13 am

    If Tex #2 was any good, he’d still be on Seattle, so I doubt he’ll help us any.

  125. Billy D June 1st, 2010 at 8:16 am

    “If Tex #2 was any good, he’d still be on Seattle, so I doubt he’ll help us any.”

    Yup. If he can’t make it in the Seattle pen, no reason to think he makes it here.

  126. MaineYankee June 1st, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Betsy

    He may not have been ready for the majors yet. I saw him pitch last year in Portland and he didn’t look to bad.

  127. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) June 1st, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Maine, that’s fine. I don’t expect much, but I’m willing to give any arm a try, lol

  128. pat June 1st, 2010 at 8:40 am

    The health risks many pitchers accept just to take the ball every 5 days.

    KenDavidoff Story on pitchers who use anti-inflammatory medication, and the health risks they accept. http://bit.ly/9u4ERA

  129. Rich in NJ June 1st, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Anti-inflammatories are really hard on your stomach. I had to take them with Zantac.

  130. 86w183 June 1st, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Anti-inflammatory drugs — the legal PEDs

    If the Yanks take “little Tex” back it’ll be for the minor leagues, not the big club

    I wonder if Selena Roberts will be invited to go with the Duke Lacrosse team when it visits the White House?

  131. Steve June 1st, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Take the Orioles seriously. Somehow, Nick Markakis and a few of his teammates manage to do damage to Yankee pitching.
    Disregard their position of being 18 1/2 games out.

  132. Patrick June 1st, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Tex #2 is good, Seattle was dumb to cut him

  133. Patrick June 1st, 2010 at 9:10 am

    sunny615, I don’t see the rush to proclaim that Jeter needs to move to the outfield. In 2008 he was average defensively at short. In 2009 he was significantly above average. He already has a positive UZR this year.

    His defense for the time being is fine, I fully expect him to be at short next year.

  134. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 1st, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Steve -

    True, the Orioles always seem to give the Yankees a hard time. They’re no walk in the park.

    Fortunately, I don’t think the Yankees fall into the same trap as some fans do when looking at the upcoming schedule. :)

  135. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 1st, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Off-Topic:

    I need someone to start GTLU for me today at about 12:30. Any takers? :)

  136. Erica in NY June 1st, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Doreen- I can :-)

  137. upstate kate June 1st, 2010 at 9:21 am

    good morning Doreen
    I would be happy to start GTLU for you

  138. upstate kate June 1st, 2010 at 9:24 am

    ah, looks like Erica beat me to it!

  139. Erica in NY June 1st, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Patrick,

    Last week was ridiculously close. Good game!

  140. Erica in NY June 1st, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Upstate Kate-

    It doesn’t matter. You can have the honors. I did it for half a season.

  141. ac1 June 1st, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Kanakoa Teixeira designated for assignment, back into the fold I think?

    ___

    Since they didnt hold him all year, doesnt he revert back to the yankees?

  142. Patrick June 1st, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Erica,

    You barely beat me, just like Week 1 :9

  143. SJ44 June 1st, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Here it is June 1 and its a good time to take the temperature of this team.

    They are 11 games over .500, have the second best record in baseball, and are only 2 games behind Tampa in the loss column. The Tampa team that Buster Olney called, “just like the 1998 Yankees”. Uh, not quite Buster, but thanks for playing.

    They spent the entire month of May with pretty much half a lineup. Yet, still leads the majors in runs scored.

    Their bullpen is a mess. Its the weakest part of the team. Yet, they still sit in great shape and are about 2-3 weeks away from seeing the trade market form. Unless some guys in the pen get going, I suspect you will see them make a move or two to shore up the bullpen in the next month-six weeks.

    Posada should be back in the next few days. That lengthens the lineup even more and gets a veteran back behind the plate.

    All in all, Saturday’s brutal loss aside, its hard to complain about the position the team is in at the present time.

  144. Erica in NY June 1st, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Patrick June 1st, 2010 at 9:27 am
    Erica,

    You barely beat me, just like Week 1 :9
    *************

    I was abolsutely convinced that the peer pressure to bench Tex for the sake of the Yankees was going to cost me the week. There was over a 20 point differential between Tex and his replacement. If I had lost by anything within that differential there would have been a hissy of ginormous proportions

  145. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) June 1st, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Erica, where are you sitting at tonight’s game?

  146. Patrick June 1st, 2010 at 9:33 am

    All in all, Saturday’s brutal loss aside, its hard to complain about the position the team is in at the present time.

    Indeed, but you know some will find a way :0

  147. Erica in NY June 1st, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Betsy – Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) June 1st, 2010 at 9:32 am
    Erica, where are you sitting at tonight?s game?
    *************

    300 level behind home plate

  148. SJ44 June 1st, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Reading some of the posts in the other thread, I saw some folks are “worried” about Jesus Montero. My advice….don’t worry.

    You find out more about prospects when they struggle than when they succeed.

    I think a lot of fans believe player development is one curve that only goes upward. There are never any dips. That’s not the case. With VERY few exceptions, there are more valley than peaks. Which is why you learn more about the prospect through the valleys than the peaks.

    In Montero’s case, you are dealing with a kid who is the youngest player in AAA. He is also playing the most demanding position on the field. Add to it, the hype of being the Yankees #1 prospect, the ego that goes with that, and you can see how that can be a challenge.

    Its actually a GOOD thing he is struggling. When you struggle and do what’s necessary to work yourself out of it, which he will, it makes you more ready for the challenge of playing in the majors.

    I don’t think people realize just how difficult it is to play at the big league level. Its why folks who post, “Montero will catch 120 games next year for the Yankees”, couldn’t be more incorrect. He’s not close to being ready for that workload at the ML level.

    The Yankees always break in their catchers slowly at the major league level. They usually team him with a veteran to help in the process.

    They aren’t breaking it for Jesus Montero. Nor should they.

    Its best he spends the entire season in AAA, working hard each day to get better.

    In the end, if he is what everybody thinks he is, he will find a way to put his game together more consistently and do well in Scranton the rest of the way.

  149. ac1 June 1st, 2010 at 9:36 am

    The Tampa team that Buster Olney called, “just like the 1998 Yankees”. Uh, not quite Buster, but thanks for playing.

    _____

    This was just a ridiculous thing to predict right from the beginning. No way Tampa’s pitching was going to all stay under a 3 ERA all year and they just dont score runs with any consistency. They are 7 or 8 in the AL in runs scored.

    Almost as ridiculous was Mitch Williams last week suddenly jumping on the Sox bandwagon and predicting they were going to win the world series, after one 3 game win streak (while they were still 7 games back).

  150. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) June 1st, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I think the Rays are terrific and they have great pitching, but Buster trying to pimp that team as the 1998 Yankees is shameful. If they are the 1998 Yankees, then the teams behind them are GREAT teams as well and they’re not.

    SJ, I agree basically, but the Yankees farm system is not that well-stocked and I don’t see what trades they can make for reliable bullpen arms.

  151. Erica in NY June 1st, 2010 at 9:39 am

    What do you guys think about Philly gettting blanked 4 times in the last week?

  152. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) June 1st, 2010 at 9:39 am

    I’m going to the game, too – I THINK I’m on the first base side, but I’ve no idea. I almost don’t want to go – it’s going to be hot, sticky and rainy.

  153. Patrick June 1st, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Betsy, there are plenty of players that other teams desire and would take for bullpen arms

  154. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) June 1st, 2010 at 9:41 am

    AC, Tampa’s pitching is still ridiculous…..I think the comparisons were asinine as well as insulting (to the 1998 Yankees), but their pitching is absolutely for real. Jeff Nieman (take a look at HIS stats – wow), David Price, Matt Garza -cripes, lol.

  155. ac1 June 1st, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Hopefully, Montero will come up with September call-ups and get a taste of the majors, but the Posada/Cervelli combo is fine with me.

    I like that all starting yankees besides Tex and Granderson, and some of the bench, are hitting over .300 (.299 in ARod’s case).

    And even with Cano’s rough start through half of May, he is back up to near .370.

    Cervelli (who is apparently not better than a .200 hitter), is around .320. Even friggin Marcus Thames is well over .300.

    Jeter, who some worried was done, back over .300.

    Granderson hitting Lefties!

    Gardner back at 9th and back to .300.

    Posada back this week!

    Get the pen straight and it’s on…

  156. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) June 1st, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Patrick, our farm system took a hit with the recent trades; even if what you say is true, I really hate to trade more arms just for the priviledge of giving some mediocre veteran a look.

  157. ac1 June 1st, 2010 at 9:45 am

    AC, Tampa’s pitching is still ridiculous…..I think the comparisons were asinine as well as insulting (to the 1998 Yankees), but their pitching is absolutely for real. Jeff Nieman (take a look at HIS stats – wow), David Price, Matt Garza -cripes, lol

    ____

    Tampa’s pitching has been good. HOWEVER, they were not all staying under 3.00 all year. And good hitting will eventually catch up to them. It’s the AL East. Even the Orioles can hit.

  158. Patrick June 1st, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Betsy,

    True, true. There are still some trade pieces in there though. And I wouldn’t want Cashman to go trade for a mediocre veteran reliever, I’d want a legitimately good pitcher. Since 2008 think of the bullpens Cash has assembled. He pays a lot of money for guys he thinks are high-end talent (Marte, Rivera). Then he grabs guys out of the bargain bin (Marte, Gaudin, Park, etc) or calls up young guys. He isn’t going to waste prospects on a mediocre reliever.

  159. Billy D June 1st, 2010 at 9:48 am

    “What do you guys think about Philly gettting blanked 4 times in the last week?”

    And 5 times in their last 9 games. 10 runs in their last 9 games (2-7). In that stretch, they went 5 games straight without scoring on the opposition’s starting pitcher. Pretty surprising given the bats on that team, but they’re all in a funk.

  160. SJ44 June 1st, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Betsy,

    There is more than enough talent in the farm system to attract whatever the Yankees need on the trade market.

    That’s not even an issue.

  161. NYY626 June 1st, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Betsy and Erica – have a great time at the game tonight! I hope the weather holds up.

  162. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) June 1st, 2010 at 9:50 am

    AC, I never said they were going to stay under 3, but they are still outstanding and not to be underestimated.

  163. blake June 1st, 2010 at 9:50 am

    The Rays starting pitching is good but very young. They were never going to pitch to a sub 3 ERA for an entire season. The Yankees are a much much more balanced and experienced team IMO.

  164. Billy D June 1st, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Any update on Jeter’s hammy?

  165. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) June 1st, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Patrick, I have faith in Cash – always have – but it depends who’s available. He might get desperate because our pen is absolutely brutal – we need more than 1 arm, unfortunately.

  166. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 1st, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Thanks, Erica! I appreciate it. I’ll be back to close the game (I hope – going to Paramus Mall so my daughter can spend some time with her apartment-mate to be.)

    And thanks, upstate kate, for offering to help, too. :)

  167. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 1st, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Oops!

    I should have read further. LOL

    upstate kate – you can do the honors, as Erica said. Thank you so much!! :)

  168. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) June 1st, 2010 at 9:55 am

    SJ, who are some of these arms that will bring back any kind of quality reliever?

  169. Joe from Long Island June 1st, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Erica – I think the Phillies are in a hitting slump. Simple as that. While I don’t follow them that closely, they’ve got the roster to get it going. Yeah, they’re missing Rollins, but everyone else is there. If anyone else knows more about their situation, feel free to comment.

    I think the Yanks’ pen will work itself out. Robertson was improving, until he got hit by Mauer’s line drive; when his back is Ok, he’ll get it going again. Park seems to be getting better, after his hammy injury; he just got winded at the end of the his second inning of work yesterday. Marte has been in his ok role vs. lefties. Joba? Let me know when you’ve got him figured out. And Mitre has done better than last year, now that his arm strength is back.

    All in all, I think Gaudin is the one most at risk in that pen, and if Cash can improve on him – not impossible to do – that will be the move.

    Of course, injury changes all this.

  170. blake June 1st, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see Jeter out of the Lineup or at DH today. He was probably going to get a day off soon anyway and Joe (rightfully so) has been conservative with injuries thus far.

    Yanks are in great shape on June 1.

  171. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) June 1st, 2010 at 9:55 am

    NYY, thanks!

  172. SJ44 June 1st, 2010 at 9:56 am

    You don’t just trade arms to find pitching.

    A kid like David Adams in AA has real trade value because he could be in the majors next for a team. He’s that good.

    That kid could bring you a decent arm.

    You have guys like Laird, Miranda, McAllister or Nova, David Phelps, all guys who have trade value to some teams.

    You may not match up for a certain player. That happens.

    However, they have the talent to make a deal and they aren’t “draining the farm” to do so.

  173. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) June 1st, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Blake, but having an ERA under 3 isn’t the standard. I’m not giving the Rays the division by any means, but I don’t necessarily buy that experience is better. IMO, talent trumps all.

  174. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) June 1st, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I just prefer not to trade those guys; we’re going to need them at some point. I hate to trade an Adams – one of our few prospects that’s not a catcher – just for some reliever.

  175. Erica in NY June 1st, 2010 at 10:01 am

    NYY626 June 1st, 2010 at 9:50 am
    Betsy and Erica ? have a great time at the game tonight! I hope the weather holds up.
    ************

    Me too.

    It sounds like most of the trouble is early afternoon. Its hopefully out of the way by the start of the game

  176. 86w183 June 1st, 2010 at 10:01 am

    If you work at ESPN you must engage in over-the-top hyperbole at least once a week in order to keep your job. (Chris Berman is running about 8 years ahead)

    Comparing these Rays to the ’98 Yankees is laughable. If you go position by position only Longoria and Crawford would start for cryin’ out loud.

    Yes their pitching is good, but it’s not THAT good and that’s with most of the bullpen having career low ERAs to this point.

  177. R June 1st, 2010 at 10:02 am

    The Oakland A’s are playing good baseball and are in 1st place by 1 game in the AL West. They won’t be easy for Boston in their 3-game series.

  178. Jerkface June 1st, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Adams is a second baseman though, and we have the best second baseman in the AL on the team. Not every guy we bring up can change position or become a super-utility type.

  179. SJ44 June 1st, 2010 at 10:03 am

    David Adams is never taking over for Robinson Cano at second base. He has no future in NY.

    His future is as a trade chip.

    Most of these guys aren’t going to be Yankees. The key is to do a good job of self scouting, which the Yankees do, to know which guys you keep and which guys you deal.

    In some cases, such as Adams’ case, its pretty tough to expect a kid with his talent to spend half his career in the minors hoping Cano gets hurt. Since that’s his only real shot at playing second base for the Yankees.

  180. raymagnetic June 1st, 2010 at 10:03 am

    All bullpens look brutal when they start pitching too many innings. There’s a reason why they’re in the bullpen.

    The more length the starters give, the better the bullpen will start to look.

  181. Patrick June 1st, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Betsy,

    Cashman isn’t going to get desperate and trade a lot for a mediocre reliever. He just isn’t. It’s really obvious that his bullpen philosophy is to pay for high end talent and build the rest from within.

    I don’t get the desperation when it comes to the pen. Yeah they look bad right now but there’s reason to be optimistic. The talent is there for the pen to be really good. You add one good pitcher and it’s a great pen if a couple guys step up and pitch to their talent level.

    Remember last year everyone around this time was talking about Huston Street? He was the number one target around here for a long time. Well the Rockies got better and so did the Yankees’ pen so that talk went away by the time July rolled around. The bullpen is going to change, and soon if these guys can’t pitch well.

  182. Erica in NY June 1st, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Joe from Long Island June 1st, 2010 at 9:55 am
    Erica ? I think the Phillies are in a hitting slump. Simple as that. While I don?t follow them that closely, they?ve got the roster to get it going. Yeah, they?re missing Rollins, but everyone else is there. If anyone else knows more about their situation, feel free to comment.
    **************

    I was just imagining the mass panic if the Yankees got blanked 4 times in a week and then in the other days didn’t score more than 3 runs. It probably is nothing more than an offensive slump, but that really caught my eye this week. Its also semi-nice to see other “good” teams struggle. It happens to everyone. Its just part of the ebb and flow of a season

  183. blake June 1st, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Betsy,
    The main reason Tampa has gotten off to such a great start is because their starting pitching has been ridiculous…their offense has been inconsistent and struggled at times.

    When the starting pitching falls back to earth a bit then so will the Rays…its already started a bit. They are a good team, no question about it, but as you say talent trumps all and the Yankees have more all around talent than Tampa does. And I believe experience does matter, especially with starting pitching over the course of 162 games.

  184. Jerkface June 1st, 2010 at 10:07 am

    In some cases, such as Adams? case, its pretty tough to expect a kid with his talent to spend half his career in the minors hoping Cano gets hurt. Since that?s his only real shot at playing second base for the Yankees.

    And to build on this, eventually they have to go on the 40 man to avoid the Rule 5. So then Adams is one of your few infielders on the roster are you going to bring him up to backup Cano? Probably not.

    Cano plays every game, barring injury, so generally the utility players for the yankees should be able to spell SS primarily, and be able to play 3rd and 2nd moderately well.

  185. gfd June 1st, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Lackey goes for bosox tonight. What’s funny is NESN today is already lamenting the A’s coming to town.

  186. Erica in NY June 1st, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Just flipped my Yankee calendar

    Welcome to AJ Burnett month!

  187. GreenBeret7 June 1st, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if even if Montero pulls out of this slump/problem that he doesn’t open up next year with Scranton. They’d first need to find him a spot on the 40 man roster to bring him up. Even at mid-season of 2011, he’ll still barely be 21 years old.

    I’m also not buying that idiotic article by Marchand that NYY is trying to push Jeter into the outfield as a condition of his next contract. To begin with, they don’t have a ready for prime time replacement for him. Pena has the glove, but, not the bat. Eduardo Nunez could have the bat, but, at this time, not the glove.

  188. MTU(aka GBURL) June 1st, 2010 at 10:12 am

    The BP is going to get fixed one way or another of that you can be certain.

    The USS Yankees Battlecruiser is not going to be allowed take on too much water via the BP.

    It will be fixed internally, or Cash will go out and get a piece.

  189. MTU(aka GBURL) June 1st, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I’m down with Pat M’s prediction from last night.

    Yankees in 1st place by the ASB. :)

  190. Erica in NY June 1st, 2010 at 10:17 am

    MTU(aka GBURL) June 1st, 2010 at 10:15 am
    I?m down with Pat M?s prediction from last night.

    Yankees in 1st place by the ASB.
    ***************

    I will stick with this as well

  191. MTU(aka GBURL) June 1st, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Erica-

    Welcome aboard the Yankee’s Express !

    Next stop 1st place. :)

  192. whatever June 1st, 2010 at 10:21 am

    My friend just told me the yankees traded jobs for melky saito and a prospect
    ..

    Is it true?

  193. Mark in Tampa June 1st, 2010 at 10:22 am

    “Pena has the glove, but, not the bat. Eduardo Nunez could have the bat, but, at this time, not the glove.”

    Welcome to life after Jeter. We have been spoiled to have one of the great offensive SS of all time for 15 years; as well as Posada, one of the truly great offensive catchers of all time; and Mariano. Closers just don’t last as long as he has.

    There is a whole generation of Yankee fans who are destined to be disappointed, no matter who the future SS and closer end up being. We have grown accustomed to their level of performance w/o realizing that it is not the norm. You just don’t replace these guys with equal value. With Montero, there is a chance that we will see Posada-type production, or even better, but there is no guarantee he even becomes a viable ML player.

  194. Jerkface June 1st, 2010 at 10:22 am

    lol

    No, why would that be true?

  195. Patrick June 1st, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Was just looking at Trenton’s roster. They have 3 nice young hitters – Laird, Romine, Adams. All 3 guys are killing the ball, hopefully this continues. It’s nice to finally have some hitting prospects

  196. SJ44 June 1st, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Its not going to be difficult to find parts on the trade market.

    Some teams are losing a lot of money and a lot of games. Their advance ticket sales for the summer are down. Some by as much as 10%.

    That means, they will be looking to get rid of guys whose paychecks don’t match up to the teams bottom lines.

    The key is to shop smartly and Cash has shown he can do that. Look at his in season trades over the years. Molina, Hinske, Hairston, Jr, etc.

    All guys he acquired for next to nothing. He even had the Pirates kick in 400K in the Hinske deal.

    I think they will look for a bat and a bullpen arm in the next 2 months. Sooner if the bullpen continues to struggle.

    I predict when they find what they are looking for, the cost won’t be as large as some fans think it will be.

  197. Patrick June 1st, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Is it true?

    yup!

  198. MTU(aka GBURL) June 1st, 2010 at 10:24 am

    And for all of you who think Javy Vasquez is cooked, or is some sort of mental midget.

    I have news for you.

    I have been hard at work in my lab. He had a mild regression of his “loser gene” but I have tweaked my “formula”, and Javy should improve starting tonite.

    Expect a competitive game. ;)

  199. Patrick June 1st, 2010 at 10:25 am

    SJ44,

    Yup, agreed. Unless Cash goes after a big time reliever like Joakim Soria

  200. GreenBeret7 June 1st, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Right now, Jeter is still playing a more than adiquate major league quality shortstop and will next year. He has a chance to accomplish something that’s never been done before….collect 3,000 hits as a shortstop. Quite likely, that won’t ever be done again. After that, a position switch would be probable. Of his 2814 hits, all but 18 have been as a shortstop.

  201. Jim Mason June 1st, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Yanks in first place before ASB. where are all the bridge-jumpers from 10 days ago?

  202. 86w183 June 1st, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Montero is doing fine. I haven’t seen any of the “panic” about him that some are referring to. The idea he’s going to be the primary catcher in 2010 is highly unlikely. But I could see him catch 40-50 games and DH a lot if all goes well.

    I suggested Jeter to the OF 3 or 4 years ago since his greatest strength defensively is his ability to track balls in the air followed by a strong, accurate throwing arm. I’m not convinced it will ever happen, however nor am I convinced it needs to. But that is one tricky 2011-beyond contract situation, isn’t it?

  203. GreenBeret7 June 1st, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Correction: more than ***adequate***

  204. Erica in NY June 1st, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Jim Mason June 1st, 2010 at 10:26 am
    Yanks in first place before ASB. where are all the bridge-jumpers from 10 days ago?
    *************

    Did you bother actually looking to see who the bridge jumpers were before making such a comment? The people posting now are regulars who would never yell the sky is falling.

  205. GreenBeret7 June 1st, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Right now, most of the offensive talent in the minors is as right handed bats. Of the best, (Romine, Montero and Adams) they hit right handers nearly as well as they do left handers.

  206. upstate kate June 1st, 2010 at 10:30 am

    question for all you baseball minds out there regarding the IBB of Tex yesterday. That walk wasn’t intentional until the count was 3-0. If you don’t care about walking him, why not just pitch Tex carefully? Or is it generally better to concede the walk and start w/ a new batter?

  207. trisha - #28 is on its way!!! June 1st, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Raymagnetic, you beat me to that punch. When the offense was struggling mightily and the starting rotation had a temporary layover, a lot of pressure was put on the bullpen to hold the line. You can only go to that well so many times before it dries up too. If hitters press and starters press, so do relievers press. A confluence of events. And having Park down obviously didn’t help the situation.’

    I agree with Raymagnetic. This bullpen will be fine.

  208. ac1 June 1st, 2010 at 10:33 am

    In some cases, such as Adams’ case, its pretty tough to expect a kid with his talent to spend half his career in the minors hoping Cano gets hurt. Since that’s his only real shot at playing second base for the Yankees.
    ___

    If Adams is a future MLB player, just move him to short in the minors. This is the position that will open up first.

  209. Jerkface June 1st, 2010 at 10:35 am

    If Adams is a future MLB player, just move him to short in the minors.

    Easier said than done. You don’t see many 2B move to SS. He likely doesn’t have the skills to play a major league short.

  210. Patrick June 1st, 2010 at 10:36 am

    If Adams is a future MLB player, just move him to short in the minors. This is the position that will open up first.

    Yeah because anyone can play short right?

    He’s at second because he doesn’t have the range for short.

  211. Jerkface June 1st, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Speaking of short, the yankees have really busted out on their big SS prospects haven’t they? Terrible, terrible players.

  212. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) June 1st, 2010 at 10:43 am

    SJ, I agree with that………if the Yanks can get something they need for him, then go for it. I think right now he’s hurt, though – so hopefully he’ll be back soon.

    Blake, if the Yankees are healthy and performing, then sure – their offensive talent trumps the Rays. I’d rather be safe and assume the Rays will continue their good pitching (though maybe not at this level) than to assume that there will be a major drop off. The same thing that can be said about the Rays young pitchers can also be said of Phil, so we really need to depend on CC, Andy and AJ (not counting on Javy at this point).

  213. Mark in Tampa June 1st, 2010 at 10:47 am

    “He has a chance to accomplish something that’s never been done before….collect 3,000 hits as a shortstop.”

    GB7,

    Then, is Jeter right now the all-time hits leader as a SS? And if so, is he the best SS of all time?
    Honus Wagner is normally considered the greatest SS, but he played nearly 1000 games at other positions. Ernie Banks played, iirc, more games at first than short. And I think Jeter is way better than Cal, take out the consec games streak and it’s not even a discussion. Ozzie was obviously better defensively, but the offensive numbers are so much in favor of Jeter. Vizquel will probably go down as one of the most underrated players ever, but I would still take Jeter.

  214. LGY June 1st, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Every year it seems the media and fans wait for the “inevitable” decline of Jeter, Mo, Andy, Jorge. The second any of these guys face a little adversity or go through a little slump the worry starts about decline, position changes, contract status, etc.

    Yet, every year these guys continue to defy odds. Year after year the worrying is proved to be misguided. Andy is probably a better pitcher than he was 10 years ago. Jorge is probably a better hitter. Mo is Mo year after year. Jeter maybe had the best year of his career just last year. When someone finally brought to Jeter’s attention concerns about his defense, he worked his tail off and dramatically improved that part of his game.

    All season we have heard concerns about Jeter, but he is coming around as always. There was concern he wasn’t hitting any line drives a couple weeks ago, but now he is at 20% for the month (right where he is supposed to be) Apparently according to several articles just last week the defensive metrics that are so “reliable” 30% into the season showed he was back on the decline in that part of the game. Those numbers and articles now look real silly, because he has drastically improved them in just less than 10 days.

    I am not betting against Jeter for the “inevitable” decline or position change. Even if he gets worse defensively he still presents a huge advantage with his bat relative to other SS.

    A few special Yankee players have showed us that just because you get older does not mean you automatically get worse.

  215. Patrick from CT June 1st, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Lots of good comments this morning.
    The Yankees bats woke up this weekend and they should continue to hit through this strech of not so great teams. Granderson coming back ha helped a lot and he looks like the #2 hitter the Yanks needed. Gardner hits better out of the 9 hole where there is less pressure.
    Now they only need a healthy Posada back and get the Pen straightened and we will see the trainer start really rolling…

  216. Steve June 1st, 2010 at 10:49 am

    The Rays are still a good team but their weaknesses are now showing up. The late game heroics have lessened and with the lack of attendance support, they actually have no problem packing up to go on the road.

  217. SAS June 1st, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Erica and Betsy,

    This is just a polite reminder than the 2 of you are responsible for the Yankees’ win tonight. You have to take on this burden if you are lucky enough to go to a game.

    Also, if you see a really close place to park or be let out at the Stadium so I might be able to walk, I would be grateful to know about it. Thanks in advance.

    Have a wonderful time.

  218. ac1 June 1st, 2010 at 10:52 am

    So after 2011, do the Yankees hold onto Posada? I say YES for Full time DH and 3rd catcher. It is clear to anyone with eyes what Posada means to this team. (His presence alone). He may be winding down his days as a starting catcher, but he is the LEADER of this team and he can still hit.

  219. GreenBeret7 June 1st, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Jeter will probably the best overall pure shortstop in history when figuring in base running, defense, power and run production. He’s still not finished adding to his numbers.

  220. MTU(aka GBURL) June 1st, 2010 at 10:55 am

    The Yankee have the best Catching pipeline in all of Baseball.

    They have more good catching prospects than dogs have fleas.

    Catching will be the least of their concerns going forward.

    It will be as it has always been. :)

  221. Erica in NY June 1st, 2010 at 10:56 am

    SAS June 1st, 2010 at 10:51 am
    Erica and Betsy,

    This is just a polite reminder than the 2 of you are responsible for the Yankees? win tonight. You have to take on this burden if you are lucky enough to go to a game.

    Also, if you see a really close place to park or be let out at the Stadium so I might be able to walk, I would be grateful to know about it. Thanks in advance.

    Have a wonderful time
    ****************

    Thanks!!!! I remembered to pack the important white t-shirt with my trusty Yankee hat, so we should be fine. (I have a normal black rain coat too. I was forbidden to keep wearing my butterfly raincoat in public)

    We usually park in Lot B which is behind/under the MetroNorth Station. Its a little bit of a walk across the street to the stadium, but with the elevators they have to take you up to the station and around it may not be that bad

  222. Tom in N.J. June 1st, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Erica, can you please bust out your “Don go Don” sign for tonight?

  223. Erica in NY June 1st, 2010 at 10:57 am

    new thread :arrow:

  224. JM June 1st, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Looks like the whole Phillies team is just in a batting slump. Obviously they miss Rollins but they still have so many on the team who can rake but it seems all their bats have gone cold at once.

    Still, there is a small part of me that wonders if the fact that they were caught stealing signs right before this slump started could have a bit to do with it.

  225. miggs June 1st, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Erica have fun at the game!

  226. 86w183 June 1st, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Most of the Yanks draft investments at SS have been busts, but Eduardo Nunez is a major talent. He’s hitting .311 in Scranton, has 12 extra base hits, is 12-15 SB and has cut down on his errors (only 6 in 49 g).

    He also turns just 23 this June…. on the 15th, the same birthday as Andy Pettite (15 years removed) and yours truly (29 years removed)!

    Speaking of prospects, has anyone noticed how well Zach McAllister has been pitching? He’s 4-0, 2.33 in his last four starts. He is also just 22 years old (23 in Dec.). I bet he’s in the rotation in 2011 unless he becomes the key to a big deal. I’m hoping he’ll be a Yankee.

  227. MTU(aka GBURL) June 1st, 2010 at 11:01 am

    The Phillies can slump all they want. Hope they have a 100 year slump.

    In fact, they can start forfeiting games for all I care.

    Any time a major competitor goes in the tank for whatever reason it’s time to rejoice.

    Good work Phillies. Keep it up ! :)

  228. MTU(aka GBURL) June 1st, 2010 at 11:02 am

    86-

    I have. He and Warren have been on my radar all along. :)

  229. What's a fan to do? June 1st, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Steve what lack of attendance please explain?

  230. Steve June 1st, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Steve what lack of attendance please explain?

    “““““““““

    Easily explained. Just look at the box scores when the Rays play at home.

  231. TV Gossip June 1st, 2010 at 5:08 pm

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