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Postgame notes: The popup that wasn’t

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Jun 10, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees Orioles BaseballWhen Luke Scott hit that sixth-inning fly ball, he slammed his bat to the ground. Everyone in the ballpark seemed to think it was a routine fly, but Nick Swisher just kept going back. From the grass, to the track, the wall, Swisher jumped but couldn’t make the catch and Scott had an easy triple.

“I thought he popped it up, then I saw his reaction,” A.J. Burnett said. “Next thing I knew he was on third.”

Miguel Tejada followed with an RBI double and the Orioles had their 4-3 lead.

Swisher said he’d like to see a replay. He thought he had it until the ball was rolling away. That triple and the two-run first inning — when Brunett hit three batters including one who struck out on the pitch — seemed like the low points of the game, but Burnett was more upset about the Scott Moore home run in the fifth.

“It was pretty much a middle cut,” he said. “We all know what they do with them when they middle cut. I can deal with hitting guys in the foot, I guess, because the hook was down and in. I got one swing on it, so that’s kind of funny.”

Given the A-Rod injury and such, it’s probably more important to hear Joe Girardi’s postgame interview than Burnett’s. Here’s Girardi.

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Yankees Orioles Baseball• Some discussion about whether Alex Rodriguez should have been in the lineup in the first place given the fact his groin was already bothering him. Girardi said it’s not especially unusual for a player to feel tight before first pitch and trust that the game will loosen up the muscles. Rodriguez said he thought about taking himself out of the lineup, but he’d gotten loose the past two nights and believed it would happen again.

• Jorge Posada said he believes he could catch this weekend, but he’s not sure the Yankees are going to let him. “Everything feels good,” he said. So what’s left for him to do behind the plate? “Play in a game,” he said.

• Two passed balls tonight: “The second one was my fault,” Burnett said. “I missed a sign. The first one just got away.”

• Girardi said it was Burnett’s fastball command that hurt him tonight. Burnett said the curveball was his problem in the first inning, but after that the curveball was good for him. “You’ve got to get ahead,” he said. “Getting behind, an aggressive team will get ya.”

Yankees Orioles Baseball• Who bats cleanup if Rodriguez can’t play tomorrow? “We’ll make that decision tomorrow,” Girardi said. He mentioned Cano, Posada and Swisher as candidates. He said Teixeira will stay in the No. 3 hole.

• Two quick tidbits on Rodriguez: This is the first he remembers having soreness on the right side since his surgery, and he said the hip feels fine, it’s only the groin that bothers him.

• Depressing Orioles stat of the night: This was their first multi-run first inning since May 22.

• Mark Teixeira was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a strikeout. His batting average is now a season-high .226.

• Curtis Granderson hit his third triple of the season.

• Chan Ho Park has been better lately. Tonight he pitched a hitless inning with two strikeouts.

• Derek Jeter has now reached base in 28 straight games, the longest streak in the major leagues this season. That guy is so washed up!

Associated Press photos of Swisher, Jeter and Teixeira, and Moeller’s play at the plate.

 
 

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96 Responses to “Postgame notes: The popup that wasn’t”

  1. JAP June 11th, 2010 at 12:02 am

    The Lakers got cheated :(

  2. Phil the Thrill June 11th, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Glad to hear the hip is fine.

  3. Billy D June 11th, 2010 at 12:05 am

    “The Lakers got cheated”

    Not so much. Might have cheated themselves a bit with bad offense, but given the multitude of layups the Celtics missed, the Lakers were lucky to be close this evening.

  4. Tyler June 11th, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Yeah, more than the Lakers being cheaters their starters simply got outplayed by the Celtics bench. Lakers will still take this in 6 I think.

  5. Billy D June 11th, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Groins can be a biatch. Doesn’t sound serious, but they need to make sure it stays that way. I’d keep him out of the Houston series and have him good to go when the Phils come to town.

  6. JAP June 11th, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Billy D

    Were you watching the same game I was? The same one that had Kobe getting hung all over and airballing shots, with no foul called. The same one with every Celtics player going over the back and not getting called for it, leading to second chance points? The same one that had the Lakers getting called for several cheap over the back calls?

    oh how could I forget, Rondo and every other player just swiping at Kobe and co and not getting any foul calls, but getting gifted “steals” …

    Please, the Celtics are lucky that Doc sent in video and whined like the poor punk he is. He’s the difference in the game, him and the referees. It’s really pathetic.

  7. baseballfab June 11th, 2010 at 12:09 am

    NBA finals will be decided by if the refs let them play or not, if they do, the Celtics lock down the Fakers with their defense, if they don’t the Fakers win. Tonight they let them play….

  8. Tyler June 11th, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Billy-

    I know the Astros aren’t very good but without Arod the Yankees lineup definitely has a huge hole especially with Posada still trying to find his groove. It’s scary that this is bothering Arod especially something that is lingering and can turn into a fairly big problem like a groin.

  9. baseballfab June 11th, 2010 at 12:10 am

    JAP you are SO FUNNY!! Phil Jackson the KING of whiners finally got some of his own medicine and it tasted like poo. Deal with it.

  10. tampayank June 11th, 2010 at 12:11 am

    yeah Alex I had a femoral stress fracture years ago from overuse(running) and the first symptom I had was tightness in the groin that would come and go…..and “it was hard to describe” ……….I’m hoping for the best for AROD b/c if it’s not the result of a pull than it could go back to the hip

  11. JAP June 11th, 2010 at 12:11 am

    baseballfab

    “Tonight they let them play….”

    I’d like a hit off whatever you’re smoking. That actually made me laugh.

  12. baseballfab June 11th, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Thank you Jap I appreciate it, as you have me in stiches!

  13. Billy D June 11th, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Tyler:

    I’m with you, but the Yankees have to look big picture on this. Nothing will be decided this weekend. Give Arod the time he needs.

  14. JAP June 11th, 2010 at 12:13 am

    LOL, you don’t see Phil complaining after EVERY call. Even when it was a clear foul, Doc is running up and down the courts yelling at referees (which BTW should be a tech). Doc Rivers is the one who taught Perkins how to act, like a classless scumbag who complains about everything. They can clearly commit a foul, yet find a way to argue and run around the court like fools.

    Kobe has too much class to act like that, but maybe if he did, the outcome would be different.

  15. ray (sox fan) June 11th, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Jap, you think Doc Rivers was whining. I think maybe you are the consummate whiner!

  16. JAP June 11th, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Ray,

    Don’t be upset over the Red Sox. Enjoy the Celtics win and go away, it won’t last for long.

    I have every right to. They won the game solely because of Doc Rivers and the referees. There’s no other way around it. This is the NBA Finals, you can’t just complain and get gifted calls, it isn’t right. The NBA is a joke

  17. Billy D June 11th, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Jap:

    I was watching the game that was rather than the game your wharped mind saw. Lakers were stone cold outplayed in this one and it took the Celtics failure to be less than deadly from 2 and a half feet to even keep it close. Hasn’t been a game yet where the best team hasn’t won.

  18. baseballfab June 11th, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Kenny Smith on NBA TV with some great analysis of blown calls tonight. All he highlighted were against the Celtics.

  19. Tyler June 11th, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Billy-

    Oh I totally agree. This series won’t mean much in the grand scheme of things and I’m with you on it. I was saying that this injury is pretty scary as Arod being out is really going to leave a huuuuge void. And a groin can be such a lingering, nagging injury. The Yanks have to keep an eye on it.

  20. JAP June 11th, 2010 at 12:17 am

    LOL – yeah, the Lakers surely got the calls in this one. Please, if you believe that, it’s just time for you to jump from the 10th floor. Unreal

  21. Will June 11th, 2010 at 12:17 am

    “The NBA is a joke”

    Truer words have never been spoken.

  22. Tyler June 11th, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Ray-

    I couldn’t believe the Sox lost tonight. After Bard got the first 2 with the bases loaded I thought it was over especially with Branyan up. Bard just looked like he had no fastball command. He had the slider (?) working though. That was nasty tonight.

  23. baseballfab June 11th, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Haha! Phil Jackson whining again at the press conference, all that dude does is act like a dick. And whine. And whine.

  24. EC June 11th, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Really looking like we’re going to need a pick up another legit bat at some point

    And the bench is simply atrocious. The only professional hitter is Thames vs. lefties.

  25. Billy D June 11th, 2010 at 12:19 am

    “Kenny Smith on NBA TV with some great analysis of blown calls tonight. All he highlighted were against the Celtics”

    The officiating in this series has been brutal, but it’s been evenhanded in its brutalness (is this a word?). Way too many whistles. Refs let ‘em play a little more the last two games, but in general, I feel like they are calling things too tight.

  26. JAP June 11th, 2010 at 12:20 am

    LOL – make fun of Phil, one of the greatest coaches of all time. Doc Rivers hasn’t done anything or earned anything. He’s had players handed to him, and he complains about EVERY single call that goes against him, then whines to the NBA, and magically the next game gets EVERY call to go his way….Riiiiiiiiiiiiight, that isn’t smelly, is it?? hahahah

  27. ray (sox fan) June 11th, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Hey Tyler

    The Sox have some issues with closing games. I will be a bit surprised if they resign Papelbon for the big bucks and years he will want, and I am just not sure if Bard is ready to be the closer.

    I have to hand it to Rivera, he is one of a kind to be so effective for such a long time.

  28. Sacfly June 11th, 2010 at 12:23 am

    How would you feel if the bat we picked up was Carlos Quinton mixed in a nice with reliever Putz package? He would make a nice 4th OFer to.

  29. baseballfab June 11th, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Jap, why being a Faker fan? You are an East Coaster, why root for those phony FLOPPERS???

  30. JAP June 11th, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Ray

    Not to worry, I’m sure Papelbum will resign for the league minimum, no concerns there.

    Or Maybe Soria will just be given to the Red Sox for cash considerations…oh wait

  31. JAP June 11th, 2010 at 12:25 am

    I’m not a Lakers fan, but I’d like to see a fair game called. That’s all, it’s pretty simple.

    Unfortunately, I’m guessing I won’t ever see that, especially with Boston being the opposing team.

  32. pistol pete June 11th, 2010 at 12:27 am

    We need a bat, now! Cash please get to work, now!

  33. Billy D June 11th, 2010 at 12:28 am

    “I’m not a Lakers fan, but I’d like to see a fair game called. That’s all, it’s pretty simple.

    Unfortunately, I’m guessing I won’t ever see that, especially with Boston being the opposing team”

    You’re an idiot…………..only not as smart.

  34. JAP June 11th, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Billy D

    I won’t act as immature as yourself and stoop to your level of name calling. But it’s a good try though. :)

  35. Sacfly June 11th, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Any thoughts on the possible trades? Reliever/DH , What it will take trade wise? Just baseball talk!

  36. Tyler June 11th, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Ray,

    I think I would be surprised too. At least earlier in the year it looked like Papelbon’s fastball just wasn’t exploding like it used too. It does make you appreciate Rivera more definitely. I just have never seen Bard have such poor control of his fastball. Granted I don’t watch a ton of Sox games but he just seemed to have no idea where it was going.

    Beltre though is having a monster season at the plate. He is really raking.

  37. Billy D June 11th, 2010 at 12:33 am

    “I won’t act as immature as yourself and stoop to your level of name calling. But it’s a good try though”

    Thanks for making my point.

  38. Ken June 11th, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Can we trade AJ for Lee?

  39. YanksfaninPA June 11th, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Just got back from Camden Yards. Deff a tough loss to those bunch of losers! BP was fun and all. Was easily 80-20 Yankee fans how embarrassing for them… and I got my mini broom without the pole confiscated! Them lowly Orioles.

  40. Billy D June 11th, 2010 at 12:37 am

    “Any thoughts on the possible trades? Reliever/DH , What it will take trade wise? Just baseball talk!”

    Putz will be available and not terribly expensive prospect-wise. Not sure on the hitter.

  41. Sacfly June 11th, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Billy D 12:37
    What about Quinton,wht you think dh/4TH of type?

  42. Tyler June 11th, 2010 at 12:41 am

    I’m thinking Putz and DeJesus will be 2 big targets. Putz won’t cost as much prospect wise as a Soria type. Maybe even Matt Thornton of the White Sox also. I’m thinking that White Sox bulpen will be good to attack as they seem to have some good arms but that team is underachieving and Kenny Williams is losing patience.

  43. Sacfly June 11th, 2010 at 12:44 am

    YanksfaninPA
    All good we still won the series.Only reason we lost is AROD our clean up hitter became Penna due to injury.Hope you had fun cant believe they took your broom.Ive brought a real broom to a game before.lol At least you were courteous to bring the minni.

  44. Sacfly June 11th, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Tyler 12:41
    Thornton would be great.Hes a beast but thats gona cost . I like Dejesus but he is having a great year and not to exp either realy team friendly contract.

  45. Tyler June 11th, 2010 at 12:51 am

    You think Thornton would cost more than Putz. I thought they would be relatively comparable. Neither is the closer of that ballclub.

  46. Sacfly June 11th, 2010 at 1:00 am

    I think Thorton has closer talent. If they were gona go cheap way they try and move Jenks and Thorton most likely would slide to ther closer role.JMO Another possible bat would be Kearns from the Indians.

  47. XLJ June 11th, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Brunett had a weird game. I honestly thought both the home run and Scott triple were going to be routine fly out. And A-Rod who was hurt couldn’t get a a routine ground out which cost him a run was just bad luck.

  48. Chainsaw June 11th, 2010 at 2:04 am

    “The officiating in this series has been brutal, but it’s been evenhanded in its brutalness”

    ————-

    bottom line.

    I am pretty sure the Celtics haven’t played close to their best. The Lakers need a healthy Bynum to get back to playing their best.

    If the Celtics can actually play as well as they had been against Cleveland and Orlando, they should win. Not having Bynum at 100% is a huge loss.

    But either way, the refs have really embarrassed themselves this series.

  49. Chainsaw June 11th, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Thornton should cost a ton (no clue what he actually would cost).

    He is a dominant relief pitcher and a lefty.

    The White Sox would trade Jenks or Putz in a heartbeat over Thornton, IMO.

  50. Chainsaw June 11th, 2010 at 2:07 am

    “Not to worry, I’m sure Papelbum will resign for the league minimum, no concerns there.”

    ————-

    wow.

    proof that JAP is clueless.

  51. Sacfly June 11th, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Chainsaw
    I agree on Thorntons cost. What bats would you like to see in pinstripes come trade deadline? What relief ptcher should we go for?

  52. Carl (Trade August Romain) June 11th, 2010 at 4:08 am

    Pujols and Prince. Put em on the bench.

  53. You ask! June 11th, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Sacfly

    Bats: Lance Berkman, Paul Konerko,Ty Winnington, .

  54. Nick in SF June 11th, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Who’s got World Cup fever?!?!!?!?!!?

    I do!

  55. GreenBeret7 June 11th, 2010 at 6:32 am

    You ask! June 11th, 2010 at 5:04 am
    Sacfly

    Bats: Ty Winnington

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    The Yankees will have a problem acquiring Ty Winnington. He hasn’t been born, yet. Perhaps if Ty Wigginton and Josh Willingham could mate.

  56. GreenBeret7 June 11th, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Compliments of George (The) King (Of Conclusion Jumpers And BS Artists).

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....hdd6QcQhsK

  57. Mark in Tampa June 11th, 2010 at 6:51 am

    One of the things that the doctors said last year is that there were likely a lot of hip injuries in the past that went mis-diagnosed as groin strains because that is one of the main symptoms. While it may be too soon to reach that conclusion, it does have to be a concern, at least.

  58. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 11th, 2010 at 6:58 am

    GB7 -

    I don’t like George King’s work too much, either, but I’m sure that very thought crossed the mind of many Yankees fans last night. It is a concern – heck, even if it’s “just” the groin, it’s a concern.

    But it might be something as simple as he needs to be rested for a week or so. No use jumping to conclusions. By game time, there’ll probably be some news, anyway.

    Jorge Posada can’t get back to catching fast enough for me, though. He is not the same hitter. During the pre-game interview yesterday, he said when you DH you have too much time to think about what you did wrong in your last at bat; when you catch, you are so involved in the rest of the game, you just go up there and hit. There is definitely an art to being a successful DH; and perhaps at some point Posada will be fine doing that job. But right now, it’s not a natural thing for him and as long as he considers himself a full-time (or 2/3 time) catcher, it’s going to be difficult for him to jump that mental hurdle into DH-dom.

    With ARod likely to miss at least a few games, it sure would be nice to have Jorge heat up some. Tex has been having some success the last few games. I’m hoping that will continue on the homestand. Nice long homestand this time, right? At least 9 games?

  59. upstate kate June 11th, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Kim Jones asked Alex about the hip in the post game show, he kind of ducked the question, saying he wasn’t a Dr and didn’t know if there was a connection.

    It sure has been a long time since the Yankees have had a regular line up!

  60. jpb1973 June 11th, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Some good news from the minor leagues:

    Dellin Betances debuted last night for the Tampa Yankees. He pitched 6 innings, gave up 3 hits, 1 run, 0 walks (thats big news) and struck out 6 batters.

  61. blake June 11th, 2010 at 7:23 am

    I feel pretty confident the Yanks win that game last night of Alex and Gardner are able to play.

    Still lost no ground and about to enter a series they should fair pretty well in.

  62. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 11th, 2010 at 7:25 am

    blake -

    Gardner in the #9 spot really is a lineup changer isn’t it?

    upstate kate -

    It seems like the Yankees haven’t gone two consecutive games without someone suffering from something. :(

  63. upstate kate June 11th, 2010 at 7:26 am

    I agree Blake. AJ wasn’t good, but he kept the team in the game. Oh well, that young kid got to start his career w/ a win against the Yankees!

  64. upstate kate June 11th, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Doreen
    no wonder Girardi is winning at GTLU!

  65. blake June 11th, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Boy Tennessee fans are feeling a little karmic justice towards Lane Kiffin today..considering most absolutely hate him.

    I never say the Yankees should sweep a series but at home against Houston when you won’t face Oswalt should be as close as it gets…

  66. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 11th, 2010 at 7:29 am

    upstate kate -

    Indeed!

    Today should be interesting in GTLU – without Alex in there, there are different possibilities for cleanup, plus, does Russo or Pena play third? And how will the lineup be ordered? I bet someone wins today, though.

  67. blake June 11th, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Doreen,
    He really is….so is Alex in the cleanup spot. You can pitch to the lineup a lot differently when he’s not in there. Chances are one of those two guys would have created another run or two…oh well at least they lost no ground…we can pretend all three teams won if it makes us feel better :)

  68. upstate kate June 11th, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Robbie did well (to say the least) last time he batted clean up.

  69. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 11th, 2010 at 7:38 am

    upstate kate -

    My bet is Cano bats cleanup tonight.

    blake -

    That works for me!! :) Hey, if you’re going to lose, you might as well do it when your competition loses, too.

  70. Mark in Tampa June 11th, 2010 at 7:44 am

    “I never say the Yankees should sweep a series but at home against Houston when you won’t face Oswalt should be as close as it gets…”

    But, Boston and Tampa Bay play Florida and Philly this weekend, but they will miss Halladay and Josh Johnson because they pitched against each other last night. Of course, the Yanks will be facing Halladay next week.

  71. blake June 11th, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Mark,
    That’s true but that doesn’t effect the Yankee series. Its hard to sweep any team and I’d be happy with 2 of 3 but this is one where a sweep should be a realistic goal

  72. upstate kate June 11th, 2010 at 7:57 am

    I know wins don’t tell the whole story, but what an exciting time for young AL east pitchers. Price has the most wins, and Phil and Bucky are tied for 2nd in the AL!

  73. Mark in Tampa June 11th, 2010 at 7:58 am

    I agree, this is a series they should sweep. Tonight will be the toughest game, against Brett Myers. He shut them down last time he pitched, but Andy should be able to handle the Astros lineup pretty well.

  74. austinmac June 11th, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Myers, who is pitching for the Astros tonight, had 7 shutout innings against the Rays a few starts ago. No game or series is easy. I hope Gardner plays so Russo can play third.

    This will be a chance for all we armchair scouts to see if Berkman has anything left.

  75. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 11th, 2010 at 8:01 am

    I have to say, thinking about it, ARod probably should have bowed out of the game before it started last night. I know, easy to say, 20/20 hindsight and all. And I understand he was hoping it would loosen up as it had.

    But Pena batting 4th (can’t call it cleanup if it’s Pena) really changed the dynamic of that one inning. ARod would never be asked to bunt in that situation, and, really there’s no one who would pitch to Cano with a base open and Jorge having some struggles at the plate.

    The other situation was in the bottom of the first. ARod couldn’t even try to make what he himself called a routine play at third. That play led to a run. Pena makes that play and maybe the game ends up differently.

    I didn’t lose sleep over this, and these things happen. But sometimes being a “gamer” trying to help the team ends up hurting the team. :(

  76. MTU (aka GBURL) June 11th, 2010 at 8:02 am

    The turning point in last night’s game was when Swish missed that fly ball.

    Downhill from there.

    Time to chow down on Houston. Good vibes for us there.

    Let’s hope The Marlins come up big against the Rays.

    Caution should be exercised with respect to both A-Rod and Gardy.

    If Alex needs some time off bring up Laird to play third. He has been raking and has an improved glove @ 3rd.

  77. blake June 11th, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Kate,

    It really is…lot of good young pitching throughout the sport.

  78. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 11th, 2010 at 8:03 am

    austinmac -

    I’m with you. I subscribe to the “on any given day,” theory, so I’m never comfortable declaring any team “easy.” And in baseball, it really has to do with the starting pitcher. If a guy is on, he can make a weak team shine.

  79. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 11th, 2010 at 8:05 am

    What totally boggles my mind is the Mets. At the start of the season, their rotation looked in shambles. But they’ve had a few shutouts and really good games by guys that hadn’t really been consistent in the past and the Asian pitcher (I forget his name) who pitched well against the Yankees has been a bright spot.

    “Just goes to show ya, Suzyn, you can’t predict baseball.” :lol:

  80. MTU (aka GBURL) June 11th, 2010 at 8:06 am

    I look forward to the day when the whole lineup is healthy at the same time and we begin to see what it is truly capable of. :)

    We’re fortunate that our SP is so strong.

    There are some things that need fixing by the Trade deadline.

  81. pat June 11th, 2010 at 8:07 am

    The leap from groin injury to hip injury with Alex is premature but not an unnatural place for a mind to go probabably for Alex more than anyone.

    When you have a serious health issue and then something acts up- even if it’s not in the same area- lots of peoples minds go to the “here we go again” place.

    Many times the reassurance of hearing a doctor say it’s not related is the best healing necessary. Hopefully that’s the case with Alex.

  82. MTU (aka GBURL) June 11th, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Pat-

    having the Dr. certify Alex one way or another is mandatory.

    He shouldn’t put another foot on the baseball diamond until that is done.

  83. upstate kate June 11th, 2010 at 8:08 am

    I really don’t pay that much attention to the NL, but the NL has been an exciting division…every team there still has a decent chance. Of course the Braves have WS good luck charm Hinske.

  84. upstate kate June 11th, 2010 at 8:09 am

    meant the NL EAST obviously!

  85. MTU (aka GBURL) June 11th, 2010 at 8:10 am

    I want JJ Putz in a Yankee uniform.

    And a strong DH as well.

  86. Betsy - prove it, Phil June 11th, 2010 at 8:13 am

    I just refuse to make the leap that everyone else is. To me, Alex has a groin injury – that’s it, nothing to do with the hip. Until I hear otherwise, that’s my presumption. Whether they would have won the game last night? I’m assuming they wouldn’t have, but then it’s not something I’ve thought about.

    Baseball isn’t like football or basketball, where team can overwhelm their opposition based strictly on talent. I’m taking it one day at a time with the Yankees/Astros…..I refuse to predict a sweep, lol.

    Doreen, don’t even talk to me about the Mets – ugh, I despise them. Yet, they’ve done a very good job developing Pelfrey, Davis and now Niese.

  87. MTU (aka GBURL) June 11th, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Blake-

    I agree with you.

    With a healthy A-Rod and GGBG in the LU last night we win that game.

  88. MTU (aka GBURL) June 11th, 2010 at 8:18 am

    The optimist’s view of things :

    With all of our injuries we have managed to hang around and are only 2 games behind the leader.

    And it is certainly better to get the injury bug over with early in the season than when you are trying to make a final push for the flag.

    Time is still on our side and we have degrees of freedom we wouldn’t have if this all occurred later rather than earlier.

    Adjustments can and will be made. ;)

  89. blake June 11th, 2010 at 8:21 am

    kate,

    The braves are actually my NL team…there is a lot of talent in the NL east and the braves are an impact bat and some bullpen help away from being really good.

  90. Betsy - prove it, Phil June 11th, 2010 at 8:25 am

    I can’t post it, but people should check out No Ma**s for their interview with Mark Newman; it’s outstanding. Here’s a sampling:

    SJK: Looking at the draft this year, there seemed to be a strong slant towards athletic, premium-position type players. Was that the blueprint heading into the draft, and was that a reflection of where you think the current needs are in the farm system?
    MN: No, we approach the draft as we approach signings internationally — we want to get the best players we can. We’d like to get athletic players, which means you’ll probably be drawn to middle-of-the-field guys. Our first 4 picks are athletic guys. Culver is a plus runner. Gumbs is a plus runner. Williams is a plus-plus runner. Culver is a shortstop. Gumbs is a shortshop. Williams is a centerfielder that can be shortshop. They can move.

    SJK: When you’re looking at a high school player vs. a college player vs. an IFA, do you evaluate them differently because of age, competition, and cultural differences?
    MN: Yes, there’s different ways you project. You’re looking for baseball tools, but also for size and potential for strength. You’re looking for that stuff in all three areas of players. And what you project depends on where they’re at. You project less for a college kid versus a high school kid. And with an IFA, you’re signing 16 and 17-year old kids, so you’re projecting more than with a high school kid in the US.

    SJK: Moving away from amateur talent and on to the topic of the current system, would you agree that the system is significantly thinner now than it has been over the last few years?
    MN: Oh yeah, we gotta rebuild. We traded Ian Kennedy, Austin Jackson, Phil Coke, Vizcaino, Mike Dunn…with the Yankees, there will always be times when it’s stronger than others because of trades.

    SJK: Over the years, I’ve read that you discourage a slider in favor of the curveball. Is that accurate?
    MN: To say we discourage a particular pitch is incorrect. All of our players have individual development plans based on their particular abilities. We will try to get someone to develop a breaking pitch and then a second breaking pitch, but not at the same time. If push came to shove, we’d develop the curveball because it has a broader application, but it’s case-by-case depending on the player.

    SJK: Adam Warren has handled the FSL so far, and Jose Ramirez has done the same in the Sally League. Any chance of a promotion in the near future for either of them?
    MN: Some chance. Jose Ramirez would be more likely, but he’s young and Latin and may need a little bit more time there. This is Adam Warren’s first full season, so we’re not going to go crazy with these guys.

    SJK: Looking at Tampa, their relief corps is pretty stacked. You have Jon Ortiz, Pat Venditte, Tim Norton — any chance these guys could be moved up soon?
    MN: We’ve got a bunch in Trenton too. They could. Likely not in the next two weeks, but they could at some point.

    SJK: Hector Noesi: Biggest surprise in the system this year?
    MN: No, he was probably a surprise last year. He had come back from elbow surgery too. He’s a big-time strikethrower. He’s going to be a major-league pitcher.

    SJK: What do you think his ceiling is?
    MN: Probably a middle-of-the-rotation.

    SJK: What’s the timetable of the return for David Adams and Manny Banuelos?
    MN: Banuelos is getting close. He’s a couple weeks away. Adams has a high-ankle sprain, and that’s going slowly. Maybe two more weeks.

    SJK: Looking at your dynamic catching prospects, Austin Romine has hit the ball very well at Trenton. Did you expect this type of offensive production from him?
    MN: He’s gotten better offensively every year. He’s a smart guy and has a really good swing. He has a gameplan and knows how to execute that gameplan.

  91. blake June 11th, 2010 at 8:26 am

    MTU,

    I think the biggest trade the Yanks need to make is for a medicine man to keep everyone healthy.

  92. Betsy - prove it, Phil June 11th, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Well, they had Hughes scrap his slider………..

  93. Erin June 11th, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Hopefully all goes well when Alex visits the doctor this morning.

    Until I hear otherwise, I’m looking at it like he’s got a groin injury and nothing more. I can see where people would make the jump that his hip is a problem again but I think that’s a little premature.

  94. Erin June 11th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    New Post: Heading home

  95. MTU (aka GBURL) June 11th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Blake-

    “I think the biggest trade the Yanks need to make is for a medicine man to keep everyone healthy.”

    It’s certainly obvious that the Geritol isn’t working. :)

  96. Texago June 11th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Alex hasn’t had his power all year. He should have about 15-17 HR’s by now. The hip could be a problem, and he is going to be 35, in a post Steroid era. It’s incredible thathe was able to come back that soon from hip surgery in the first place.
    No matter what happens to Arod, it doesn’t negate the fact that we still need a Righty bat for the bench, and arm for the pen, for the stretch.


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