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Pitching matchups in Arizona

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 21, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Phillies Yankees BaseballTonight
RHP A.J. Burnett (6-5, 4.33)
vs.
RHP Rodrigo Lopez (2-6, 4.70)
10:09 p.m., YES Network and ESPN

Tuesday
LHP Andy Pettitte (8-2, 2.47)
vs.
RHP Dan Haren (7-5, 4.71)
9:40 p.m., YES Network

Wednesday
RHP Javier Vazquez (6-5, 5.01)
vs.
LHP Dontrelle Willis (2-2, 4.78)
9:40 p.m., YES Network

The Yankees won’t face Ian Kennedy, who took the loss last night against the Tigers. Kennedy allowed only three runs last night, but back-to-back home runs did him in. He’s 3-5 with a 3.60 ERA, easily the lowest ERA in the Diamondbacks rotation.

Kennedy developed a bad reputation in New York after that ugly postgame interview in Anaheim, but personally I always liked him a lot. Whatever the outside perception, Kennedy’s a good guy, and I’m happy to see him pitching well.

Speaking of good guys, I covered Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch at the very end of his playing career. I had just graduated from college, and Hinch basically spent two years teaching me the ins and outs of professional baseball. Having him in the clubhouse made a huge difference for me as a baseball writer. I’ve been surprised to see his team struggle with him as manager. He knows the game as well as anyone I’ve ever met, but his team has been absolutely awful this season.

Associated Press photo of Pettitte

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116 Responses to “Pitching matchups in Arizona”

  1. Patrick June 21st, 2010 at 10:58 am

    repost:

    Phitins,

    Perhaps you should stop worrying about the Yankees’ problems and start worrying about:

    1. your dreadful starting rotation
    2. overpaid and underperforming RF
    3. overpaid and underperforming 1B
    4. your best player (utley) having the worst season of his career
    5. your inept GM

    When those 5 issues are addressed, then maybe you can make suggestions to help the Yankees.

    In other words, don’t criticize your betters

  2. Jerkface June 21st, 2010 at 11:01 am

    You don’t need any kind of special sexuality to see that the Phillies are an ugly team. They do, infact, have an alien manning third and a hobo patrolling RF.

  3. Patrick June 21st, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Oh right excuse me, I meant their overpaid and underperforming LF. Jayson Werth is actually pretty good :)

    Oh and on the topic of Werth. Philly Phitins, you realize if the Yankees want him next year they will have him. And there’s nothing your beloved Phillies can do to stop them. But, lucky for you, we don’t need his hobo ass

  4. The Philly Phitins June 21st, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Jerkface

    As far as the Yankees being better looking than the PHILLIES, I never look at men in that way, but hey dude, whatever rings your bell !

  5. Chip June 21st, 2010 at 11:06 am

    A couple of thoughts:

    1. Consider that the Twins wanted (at last report) Hughes, Melky and Jeff Marquez for Johan Santana. In not making that trade, the Yankees held onto a good young pitcher on the verge of becoming a top young pitcher, they spun Mellky into Javy Vazquez, and Marquez into Nick Swisher while using the money they would have had to spend on Johan to sign a younger, better, healthier pitcher in CC.

    2. Yankees have the best record in baseball and there are two ways to look at this:
    a) Yankees have done this well without Tex or Alex hitting and with Jorge and Granderson in and out of the lineup, my goodness imagine how strong this team?s going to be when those three get on track.
    b) Yankees have done this well without Tex or Alex and with Jorge and Granderson in and out of the lineup. Can they keep it up? Can the club rely on getting the same amazing pitching they?ve gotten from Andy and Hughes and the offensive production they?ve gotten from Cano, Gardner, Swisher and Cervelli?

    Which camp are you in?

  6. blake June 21st, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Phitins = closet Yankee fan.

    He just can’t tell his Santa Claus booing buddies that.

  7. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 June 21st, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Rockies are scouting TY Wigginton as per http://www.hotstove.com

  8. GreenBeret7 June 21st, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Perhaps a player that NYYs might look into acquiring for next to nothing is Akinori Iwamura from Pittsburgh. Not sure what they’d want but, maybe something like NYYs paying $1 mil of the $3 mil left and sending Pittsburgh Romulo Sanchez or expanding it and getting Dotel for the bullpen and sending Luis Nunez to Pittsburgh. Nunez is a AA shortstop at Trenton.

  9. austinmac June 21st, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Vinny B–Thanks for the kind words.

  10. Erica in NY June 21st, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Patrick-

    I lost the week by a lousy 12.5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You stomped on Fran

  11. Irreverent Discourse June 21st, 2010 at 11:08 am

    chip – 2 is a result of 1, they are not independent thoughts or actions.

    We are in first place BECAUSE of the other half of your lineup, and when the better half gets it going the other half won’t have to carry the team.

  12. Chip June 21st, 2010 at 11:09 am

    GB7 –

    Why would you want Iwamura?

    He’s been terrible on both sides of the ball (probably because his knee isn’t fully rehabbed).

    I’m in favor of getting someone for the bench, but even in terms of guys who aren’t going to cost anything there are better/healthier options:
    Jake Fox
    Ryan Theriot
    Jason Nix
    Clint Barmes

  13. Irreverent Discourse June 21st, 2010 at 11:09 am

    gb7 – no, his arm is totally destroyed. the pirates never requested a physical or medical recorsd from the rays when they acquired him. plus, he’s awful.

  14. Patrick June 21st, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Erica,

    I wish my team had saved some of those points for subsequent weeks. I need all the help I can get! Maybe my team is finally turning the corner.

  15. Irreverent Discourse June 21st, 2010 at 11:10 am

    none of the guys on that list are available chip.

  16. rj June 21st, 2010 at 11:10 am

    blake June 21st, 2010 at 11:06 am
    Phitins = closet Yankee fan.

    He just can’t tell his Santa Claus booing buddies that.

    ===================================

    He’d be tasered if they found out.

  17. Ben F June 21st, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Lets go Flyers….oops !

  18. rj June 21st, 2010 at 11:11 am

    GB, remind me again, why do the Yankees want Iwamura & Dotel? Dotel 5+ ERA, and also we’ve been there before. Iwamura ~.180. And I don’t think Romulo is “next to nothing”. Well, he’d be next to nothing if we were getting something other than Pittsburgh’s garbage in return.

  19. The Philly Phitins June 21st, 2010 at 11:11 am

    blake

    I have a stiff chin for any insult you guys throw my way, but Never call me a Phreakin Yankees Phan, capice?

  20. Chip June 21st, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Irreverent Discourse June 21st, 2010 at 11:10 am
    none of the guys on that list are available chip.
    ———————

    Fox and Nix were both Designated for Assignment, so I would say they for certain are available.

  21. Jerkface June 21st, 2010 at 11:13 am

    I do not know his health status, but were Iwamura to be healthy he’d be better than Theriot, Nix, Barmes, and Fox.

    if iwamura is suitably injured and I had to take 1 of those 4 I guess I’d take Theriot

  22. Joe from Long Island June 21st, 2010 at 11:13 am

    GB – interesting thought about Iwamura. It looks like the big thing leading to his release from Pitt is his lack of hitting. Is he an upgrade over Pena and Russo? I think that’s the question. I’m not sure he is.

  23. Irreverent Discourse June 21st, 2010 at 11:14 am

    chip – why do we want DFA’d players that bat .150?

  24. Irreverent Discourse June 21st, 2010 at 11:14 am

    iwamura is being released because they lied about his medical records. plus, he sucks.

  25. Patrick June 21st, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Chip,

    All of those players are terrible.

  26. rj June 21st, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Irreverent – to give the whiners here someone new to whine about. They miss Randy Winn.

  27. blake June 21st, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Phitins,
    You’re just overcompensating…trying to prove to yourself that you still like the Phillies…embrace who you really are man…why else would you hang out here all day? We can get you that Yankee fan starter kit when you’re ready to stop lying to yourself.

  28. Patrick June 21st, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I have a stiff chin for any insult you guys throw my way, but Never call me a Phreakin Yankees Phan, capice?

    Stop responding to insults, start responding to posts about how bad your team is. Because they are terrible. Please explain

  29. GreenBeret7 June 21st, 2010 at 11:16 am

    There’s nothing wrong with Iwamura. he played a solid 2nd base for Pittsburgh and plays a very good 3rd base. His average stinks, but, he can still run. It taliking his contract is a way to get Dotel, it’s worth a $1 mil shot and sanchez is no loss. NYYs have to do something with Luis Nunez this year or lose him anyway.

  30. rj June 21st, 2010 at 11:17 am

    blake June 21st, 2010 at 11:15 am
    Phitins,
    You’re just overcompensating…trying to prove to yourself that you still like the Phillies…embrace who you really are man…why else would you hang out here all day? We can get you that Yankee fan starter kit when you’re ready to stop lying to yourself

    =============================================================

    He can’t bring himself to admit he’s developed a man-crush on Jeter…

  31. Chip June 21st, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I’ll tell you a guy I would like to see the Yankees get is Scott Mathiesen, the RHRP the Phillies designated over the weekend.

    26 years old, he’s had a couple of TJ’s in the past, but he’s throwing very hard and though he hasn’t had much work in the majors this year, his AAA line is very impressive:

    29.2 IP, 20 hits, 12 bb, 34 K

  32. Jerkface June 21st, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Phitins got a taste of New Yankee Stadium in the World Series, now its an itch that must be perpetually scratched. He thirsts for winning baseball, and finds it lacking in Philadelphia.

  33. Erica in NY June 21st, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Patrick June 21st, 2010 at 11:09 am
    Erica,

    I wish my team had saved some of those points for subsequent weeks. I need all the help I can get! Maybe my team is finally turning the corner.
    ***********

    I know what you mean. I stomped Boston Dave last week by over 40 and had the second most points in the league. I wish I could have banked them.

    The only thing that makes me feel better is that even if I had played Tex, I would have still lost by 3.5 which would have been even more irritating. Stupid Matt Garza with his -17.

    If it makes you feel any better I am back to being a sub-.500 team

  34. Chip June 21st, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Irreverent Discourse June 21st, 2010 at 11:14 am
    chip ? why do we want DFA?d players that bat .150?
    ———————

    Sometimes players who are DFA’d or Non-Tendered can work out (see Kelly Johnson and Jose Batista for examples early this year)

  35. Jerkface June 21st, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I?ll tell you a guy I would like to see the Yankees get is Scott Mathiesen, the RHRP the Phillies designated over the weekend.

    He is on revocable waivers, if the yankees claimed him (another team surely would) they will pull him back, its roster finagling.

  36. Billy D June 21st, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Jake Fox
    Ryan Theriot
    Jason Nix
    Clint Barmes

    Chip:

    Barnes won’t be available due to Tulowitski’s injury. Nix and Fox are just flat out bad. Theriot is OK. Decent on base guy who can run and play both MI positions. Probably more useful than Pena. Don’t know what the Cubs are thinking at this point or what Theriot’s contract status is, but I wouldn’t give up much to get him.

  37. ac1 June 21st, 2010 at 11:20 am

    We already had the Dotel experiment. No thanks.

  38. Patrick June 21st, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Chip,

    I will agree that Mathieson has potential. Very good stuff..

    And of the bunch that Chip mentions I’ll take Theriot or Iwamura if he’s healthy.

    Erica,

    How in the heck did Garza put up a -17?

  39. Chip June 21st, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Billy D –

    Theriot is (I believe) up for arbitration after this season.

    He’s been moved to the bench in Chicago and is more of a utility infielder for them with Starlin Castro playing everyday. I would guess that his value is similar to that of Jerry Hairston’s last year.

    As a point of reference the Yankees gave up a non-prospect in Chase Weems to get Hairston from the Reds.

  40. GreenBeret7 June 21st, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Joe from Long Island June 21st, 2010 at 11:13 am
    GB – interesting thought about Iwamura. It looks like the big thing leading to his release from Pitt is his lack of hitting. Is he an upgrade over Pena and Russo? I think that’s the question. I’m not sure he is

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

    His offense would be better than either, but, Russo and Pena have the advantage of versatility. Sanchez has a great arm, but, he’s wild as Hell and undependable. If NYYs were to call up a bullpenner, I’d prefer that they recall Nova, but, not sure that would help his value as a trade piece. I’m just looking for a better bat and glove at third base to spell Rodriguez.

  41. rj June 21st, 2010 at 11:24 am

    If the Bucs would “throw in” McCutcheon, I’d go for the deal…. :)

  42. Zach S June 21st, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Being a Marlins fan (my NL team) I’ve always rooted for the D-Train and wanted him to do well. I don’t want him to do well on Wed however, and hope the Yankees can get the W.

  43. The Philly Phitins June 21st, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Yankees Phans are a strange lot, you have a PHasination for 13 yr old boys, children and man crushes, whew thank God a Phitin, that’s Not how we roll in Philly!

  44. Erica in NY June 21st, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Patrick June 21st, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Erica,

    How in the heck did Garza put up a -17?

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

    He went a robust inning and a third and managed 7 hits, 3 walks, (two K’s woohoo!) and 7 earned runs. And one big fat loss. THat all adds up to a pathetic -17.

    I am not sure he had his best stuff. LOL

  45. Tom in N.J June 21st, 2010 at 11:28 am

    What in the world is a Phitin?

    No Phillies fans I know call the team the Phitins. The Phightins is what they are known as colloquially in the lesser Philadelphia area.

  46. Patrick June 21st, 2010 at 11:29 am

    If the Bucs would “throw in” McCutcheon, I’d go for the deal….

    Which one?

    Philly Phitins, shut up now, your team is terrible. Enjoy 3rd place

  47. rj June 21st, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Andrew!

  48. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 21st, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I always thought Kennedy got a lot of grief on this blog for one ill-advised post-game interview. I always saw it as a young kid, failing for maybe the first time, putting the face of bravado on a bad game, trying to look for the positives.

    I hope he continues to do well for the Diamondbacks.

  49. GreenBeret7 June 21st, 2010 at 11:36 am

    In the Arizona series, it looks like Pettitte draws the tough match-up with Dan Haren. Burnett gets Lopez and Vazquez gets Willis, on Wednesday.

  50. Bronx Jeers June 21st, 2010 at 11:37 am

    For the life of me I just don’t understand how people continue to engage this parasite.

  51. cs in la June 21st, 2010 at 11:41 am

    …..just don’t acknowledge him, thats what he wants. he just cant erase his nightmare from last october but will crawl back under his rock in philly soon.

  52. Chip June 21st, 2010 at 11:42 am

    If we’re talking about raiding the Pirates the guys I would target are:

    Position Players
    Andy LaRoche
    Delwyn Young

    Pitcher
    Ross Ohlendorf

  53. blake June 21st, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Phightin = Philly fan
    Phitin = closet Yankee fan or mets/sox troll…can’t decide which we have here. Leaning towards the former because he spends so much time on this website.

  54. The Philly Phitins June 21st, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Phitiin is an attitude, about Philly they don’t quit Phight phight, correctly spelled Phightin, it’s a Philly thing that outsider will never get. I use Phitin as a moniker here only

  55. Irreverent Discourse June 21st, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Chip – yes, sometimes they can work out. Then what happens when its not april and pitchers can pitch? see bautista and kelly johnson now.

  56. SJ44 June 21st, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I would stay away from the DFA market.

    The chances of getting anything helpful is slim.

    They have enough assets to make deals with functional players on underachieving ML teams.

  57. GO LAKERS June 21st, 2010 at 11:49 am

    “Phitiin is an attitude, about Philly they don’t quit Phight phight, correctly spelled Phightin, it’s a Philly thing that outsider will never get. I use Phitin as a moniker here only”

    They don’t call it the city of ‘brotherly love’ for nothin you know.LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. Irreverent Discourse June 21st, 2010 at 11:49 am

    they don’t quit phighting in philly because philly phucking sucks, and has the worst night-liphe of any city i’ve epher phisited.

    you think its hometown pride, but you just sound and look ridiculous.

  59. Rocco June 21st, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Phitins

    They don’t quit? What happened on Saturday night?

  60. The Philly Phitins June 21st, 2010 at 11:53 am

    How do Yankees tout the best record in baseball, and yet Phail to realize the huge target on your back, in your division, your League, and in the NL? Teams want you to be dethroned you get that don’t you?
    A 200, plus mm payroll and yet you couldn’t win for 8 yrs, we loved the egg on your faces.

  61. Chip June 21st, 2010 at 11:53 am

    SJ44 June 21st, 2010 at 11:48 am
    I would stay away from the DFA market.

    The chances of getting anything helpful is slim.

    They have enough assets to make deals with functional players on underachieving ML teams.
    ——————-

    SJ –

    I wouldn’t look at a Jake Fox as a long term fix either. And of course my desire would be for the club to make a deal for a better player to augment the bench (Theriot); but in the meantime, much as I think Kevin Russo may become a functional ML utility player, he’s not there yet.

    Fox has shown power and while his best position is DH, he can play 3b and a little in the OF corners. I just think until a better fit can be found, it would be a no risk pickup. He certainly won’t cost a legitimate prospect – probably something like Jonathan Albaladejo.

  62. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 21st, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Reminder

    To the GTLU Players:

    There IS GTLU for tonight’s game. It will begin at 3:30 and end at 6:00.

    I will not be here to start the game; I will try to start it myself if I get a wifi connection. Otherwise, please feel free to just submit lineups and I will catch up with you all later. I am hoping to be home by 6:00.

    It’s another day filled with lots of driving, some of it planned, some of it a last minute addition to my day. We’re leaving for Florida on Thursday and I still have to pack and color my hair. And I have to go into the City on Wednesday. I am starting to be at my wit’s end. :shock:

  63. Chip June 21st, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Chip ? yes, sometimes they can work out. Then what happens when its not april and pitchers can pitch? see bautista and kelly johnson now.

    Right, but I’m not looking for a full time player, just someone who can provide a little more offense off the bench than a Kevin Russo.

  64. GreenBeret7 June 21st, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Unless they players NYYs get are already part time players, not really sure trying to get a full time player to accept a part time role works well. brining up Vazquez to help out at 3rd base is no answer. No idea if he will hit, but, it’s certain that he’s not going to sparkle on defense, either at 3rd or 2st base. Totally against bringing up Laird this year. The bullpen is where NYY needs help, and, regardless of how it affects his value, I’d use Nova over anything else NYYs have in the minors…..including Melancon. Baltimore will try holding Cashman up to bring Wigginton over. Not really much else, short of Jose Lopez out there for infield help.

  65. SJ44 June 21st, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Chip,

    You can find bench pieces on the trade market.

    Jake Fox is no answer. He’s not much of an upgrade, if he’s one at all, to what they have.

  66. The Philly Phitins June 21st, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    We support our team, that’s sports. We aren’t passive cookie cutte Phansr, were passionate active Phightins, rooting so the team knows we are with them!

    Saturday, is Phorggoten get up, dust yourself off, and attack attack the next one, we don’t lick our wounds, or entertain pity parties, ever!

    As you say in New York, not for nothin!

  67. Jerkface June 21st, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Johnson isn’t doing too porly, he just isn’t slugging like he did in April. Still getting on base.

  68. ac1 June 21st, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    why are people acknowledging the Philly fan instigator?

  69. GreenBeret7 June 21st, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    The Cubs aren’t giving Theriot away for nothing. He’s now their 2nd baseman, and Mike Fontenot is the backup infielder, They have no replacements.

  70. Irreverent Discourse June 21st, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    ac1 – boredom.

  71. Irreverent Discourse June 21st, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    phitin – sorry i couldnt tell there was egg on our face, we were too busy playing baseball in october.

  72. Elizabeth June 21st, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Ian Kennedy is easily one of my favorite players in baseball. It’s really nice to see him having success (even though he never gets run support). I wrote a piece about him back in September for Hardball Cooperative after he had that big inning against the Angels. Good for him.

  73. Phil the Thrill June 21st, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    GCL play started a few minutes ago and we’re loaded on that team. If milb.com ever releases the roster, I can tell you just how loaded.

  74. ac1 June 21st, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Irreverent Discourse June 21st, 2010 at 12:07 pm
    ac1 – boredom.

    ___

    Touche. I think i am groggy in my office from the broken AC, the loud noises coming from K St., the fresh paint on the walls, and the 1000% humidity (over the 96 degrees).

    I dont even have it in me to fight with a dellusional phillies fan today :(

  75. Tom in N.J June 21st, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Phil, is this it?

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....38;cid=475

  76. LGY June 21st, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Starting 5:

    New York Yankees: 3.70 ERA

    Tampa Bay Rays: 3.73 ERA

    Boston: 4.30 ERA

  77. Billy D June 21st, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    This look right, Phil?

    Taylor Anderson CF L R 6-0 175 12/03/1991 Prospect NYY
    Chris Austin C R R 6-2 200 09/06/1991 Prospect NYY
    Cito Culver SS B R 6-0 185 Prospect NYY
    Kelvin De Leon RF R R 6-2 190 Prospect NYY
    Josh Dezse P R R 6-4 205 06/18/1992 Prospect NYY
    Kelvin Duran CF Prospect NYY
    Gabe Encinas P R R 6-3 195 12/21/1991 Prospect NYY
    Ben Gamel CF L L 5-10 180 05/17/1992 Prospect NYY
    Michael Gerber CF L R 6-2 175 07/06/1992 Prospect NYY
    Angelo Gumbs SS R R 6-0 175 10/13/1992 Prospect NYY
    Kyle Hunter P L L 6-3 185 06/18/1989 Prospect Kansas State NYY
    Fu-Lin Kuo 3B R R 6-0 180 Prospect NYY
    Eladio Moronta CF Prospect NYY
    Taylor Morton P 12/18/1991 Prospect NYY
    Reymond Nunez 1B R R 6-4 225 Prospect NYY
    Michael O’Neill CF R R 6-0 175 06/12/1992 Prospect NYY
    Kyle Perkins C Prospect NYY
    James Ramsay CF L L 6-0 170 03/02/1992 Prospect NYY
    Yobanny Reyes RP R R 6-0 180 11/29/1988 Prospect Dominican Republic NYY
    Gary Sanchez C R L 6-2 205 Prospect NYY
    Carlos Urena 1B R R 6-1 200 Prospect NYY
    Jackson Valera C Prospect NYY
    Martin Viramontes P R R 6-5 190 07/12/1989 Prospect Loyola Marymount NYY
    Mason Williams CF L R 6-0 150 08/21/1991 Prospect NYY

  78. Patrick from CT June 21st, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    The Yankees need to and should win 2 of 3 against Arizona.
    Their schedule the next 3 weeks is crazy with 2 west cost trips befor the all star break.
    If they can go 11-8 or better in the games remaining before the break, that would be great!
    Stay healthy guys and get ready for a big run in the second half…

  79. ac1 June 21st, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Starting 5:

    New York Yankees: 3.70 ERA

    Tampa Bay Rays: 3.73 ERA

    Boston: 4.30 ERA

    __

    Tampa peaked already. There is nothing that would make anyone believe they will top Boston and NY moving forward. Boston is in a stride and the Yankees will probably hit one around the ASB.

  80. Wave Your Hat June 21st, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Boston’s ERA by month:

    April: 4.61
    May: 4.29
    June: 3.63

  81. Phil the Thrill June 21st, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Billy D,

    No. Several of the players you list have not even signed yet and some, may never sign.

  82. blake June 21st, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I believe in Boston’s rotation more than I do their offense. They have good arms…Lester and Buchholtz are legit….I don’t think they will hit like this all season…could be wrong, hope I’m not.

  83. Irreverent Discourse June 21st, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    kinda upset we miss kennedy. that guy owes us some ER.

  84. ac1 June 21st, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    With Boston, they are hitting. Their pitching is getting better but they can really only count on Lestah and Buchholz (but i think he will cave to tougher teams). Overall, with Tampa fading, Yankees have the best 5 combo (especially with Javy back on track). Now get Burnett back on track and that is a dominant 5.

  85. SJ44 June 21st, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Boston always gets fat during interleague.

    We will know more about the Red Sox after they complete their upcoming schedule takes them on the road for 24 of the next 31 games.

  86. mick June 21st, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Erica in NY June 21st, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Patrick-

    I lost the week by a lousy 12.5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    =====================
    Garcia of St. L. had a big day :)

  87. Joe from Long Island June 21st, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    As pointed out, Boston’s pitching is picking up. Their season will turn on their question marks in the rotation – Beckett coming back from injury, DiceK and his whole shtick, and Lackey’s arm holding up. I know any team can have injury issues, but I think our staff has less of a concern here than Boston.

    Tampa – their whole team is coming down to earth.

    It will be a tight 3 1/2 months. Very little margin for anybody.

  88. mick June 21st, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I still have to pack and color my hair.
    ==========================
    Doreen,
    Yankee Blue or Pinstripes?

  89. Erin June 21st, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    ed_price #Rays owner: ?Everyone believed that with a winning team on the field, fans would fill the stands. That has not been the case.?

    ed_price So #Rays want “to explore all potential new ballpark options within Tampa Bay, including those outside St. Petersburg and Pinellas County.”

  90. The Philly Phitins June 21st, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Just seen the (not so) Lady Gaga pictures in a Yankees jersey (vulgar to say the least,) why do you think she picked your teams iniform/image to disrespect in that way?

    The Phitins think she was trying to attract the resident womanizer on the team, Alex.

  91. mick June 21st, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Joe from Long Island June 21st, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    As pointed out, Boston’s pitching is picking up. Their season will turn on their question marks in the rotation – Beckett coming back from injury, DiceK and his whole shtick, and Lackey’s arm holding up. I know any team can have injury issues, but I think our staff has less of a concern here than Boston.
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    An OF of Hall, McDonald and Gaza or whatever, is suspect :)

  92. What a joke... June 21st, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Boston just a a run at some pretty weak teams lately though. Being at home also gives them an edge in games, as compared to on the road.

    The Rays had a great run on the road games, at home they aren’t doing as well. I expect that their road domination will taper off some.

    If Jeter, Alex and Teixeira can get on track with their hitting they should start doing really well against all competition.

  93. ac1 June 21st, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    ed_price So #Rays want “to explore all potential new ballpark options within Tampa Bay, including those outside St. Petersburg and Pinellas County.”
    __

    I dont blame them. What a disgrace. Tampa is a quality team now and fun to watch. If Tampa doesnt want to support them, go somewhere that will.

  94. G. Love June 21st, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Elizabeth,

    You should link us to that piece you wrote about Kennedy, because I’m finding it hard to believe why any Yankee fan would call him one of their favorite players in baseball.

    Outside of his rookie September callup he was horrible here. He didn’t listen to the pitching coach or catcher. He quit on the mound a few times when he got frustrated. He was terrified to throw strikes and when he finally did they were rocketed all over the ballpark. He didn’t handle defeat gracefully at all. He burned the bullpen in every start he had.

    It was more than one interview in Anaheim that built up Yankee fan animosity toward the guy.

    The worst thing we all knew, and every single one of us in here knew it, was the minute you traded him somewhere else he would pitch well. Meaning, he couldn’t handle pitching in the Bronx.

    So I’d love to read what you wrote that swayed you to call him one of your favorite players in baseball.

    As a Yankee fan, he’s one of my least favorite. He was spoiled and churlish and when the Yankees sent him back down to AAA to work on some things he spouted off and said, “he had nothing left to learn there” yet he couldn’t get a major league hitter out to save his life at that time.

    That never endeared him to me for a second.

  95. Bret the Hitman June 21st, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    What’s the Konerko rumor?

  96. mick June 21st, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Fla. never draws.
    Orlando would do better than Miami or Tampa.
    Maybe they would give Disney a run for the money, so it’s a no go.

  97. ac1 June 21st, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Boston just a a run at some pretty weak teams lately though. Being at home also gives them an edge in games, as compared to on the road.

    The Rays had a great run on the road games, at home they aren’t doing as well. I expect that their road domination will taper off some.

    If Jeter, Alex and Teixeira can get on track with their hitting they should start doing really well against all competition.

    __

    The problem with the weak team argument is that this is what the yankees have been feeding on lately too. They finally won a series against a GOOD team. No doubt, Boston will definitely have a battle on their hands being on the road 24/31 games coming up. Their splits are ALOT better at home.

  98. blake June 21st, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Move the Rays to Charlotte. :)

  99. mick June 21st, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    As a Yankee fan, he’s one of my least favorite. He was spoiled and churlish and when the Yankees sent him back down to AAA to work on some things he spouted off and said, “he had nothing left to learn there” yet he couldn’t get a major league hitter out to save his life at that time.
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    Kennedy reminded me of that Mad character, Alfred E. Newman of, “What Me Worry,” fame.

  100. Billy D June 21st, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    “We will know more about the Red Sox after they complete their upcoming schedule takes them on the road for 24 of the next 31 games”

    Looks like it’s actually 22 of 31. Last 10 of those is the big west coast swing thru Oakland, Seattle (rat finks will probably already have dealt Lee) and Disneyland.

  101. Irreverent Discourse June 21st, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    only a phillies fan would care what lady gaga does.

  102. Jerkface June 21st, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Lady Gaga owns.

  103. Warning Track Power June 21st, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    when i think of the team in AZ, i always think about the 2001 world series win that slipped through the Yankees’ hands.
    i don’t know about the rest of you here, but the loss in game 7 still stings.
    nothing would be finer then a 3 game sweep and total domination beginning tonight.
    add to that, Mo making at least 1 appearance and getting a save in the park where he could not get 3 outs to clinch game 7.

  104. What a joke... June 21st, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Any decent team will do well against the weak teams, though there will always be exceptions. My point was that Boston just went through a part in their schedule that had them playing a lot of the teams that are already packing it in and talking of trading players away. The road games they have coming up won’t be quite as easy.

  105. The Philly Phitins June 21st, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Philly thinks it’s phunny she CHOSE the Yankees to disrespect.

  106. GreenBeret7 June 21st, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    The Devil Rays will have to find another city to pay off their lease if they intend to move that team. That lease runs thru 2027. The only way out of it is if the team gets a new park in Tampa or, somebody pays off that lease.

  107. Irreverent Discourse June 21st, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    phitin – of course she did… you have to be worth disrespecting. otherwise, what’s the point? no one gives a crap she was flipping people off at a mets game.

  108. The Philly Phitins June 21st, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    What…joke

    Enjoy your Day to Day 1st place, while the Yankees play their Phull share of weak teams this week!

  109. The Philly Phitins June 21st, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    What…joke

    Enjoy your Day to Day 1st place, while the Yankees play their Phull share of weak teams this week!

  110. Erin June 21st, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    New Post: One-on-one Teixeira interview tonight on MLB Network

    :arrow:

  111. blake June 21st, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I was half kidding when I said move the Rays to Charlotte but in all honesty a ball park would look great in the uptown area and the braves have no competition for the fanbase from north Florida to virgina….There are about 5 states of Braves fans because that’s the only team close by to cheer for..plus I would get to watch the Yanks more often. ;) (best reason)

  112. the gay Yankee fan June 21st, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Mo making at least 1 appearance and getting a save in the park where he could not get 3 outs to clinch game 7.

    ——

    Mo was only able to get two. The Yankees came to within one strike of winning the WS. We were snake bitten.

  113. GO LAKERS June 21st, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    “What…joke

    Enjoy your Day to Day 1st place, while the Yankees play their Phull share of weak teams this week!

    Tsk Tsk! Why so bitter? Doctor refuse to give you a lollipop again?

  114. mick June 21st, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    The RS just played La, Az,Phil,Cleve,Balt,Oak&,KC… 16 of 23 at home with the 7 road games at Balt and KC.

    When have we had a stretch like that?

  115. BIG AL June 21st, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Ian Kennedy was only nice when around reporters and players. When he was in SWB, he was obnoxious towards fans, especially young kids. Phil Hughes always went out of his way to be kind to his fans, pose for pictures etc. Most players in SWB were like Phil, but, Kennedy thought he was better than everyone around him. When he was in AA and up with the Yankees, he telegraphed his curve ball, and that’s what got him lit up. Phil Hughes saw it, Dave Eiland saw it, but Ian threw the ball down into the ground on his curve, thus he had a much higher release point, that was easy to P/U. Maybe after the Yankees got rid of him, he started listening, he was never this good in New York. When SWB went to the national series in OK. after winning the Governor’s Cup 2 years ago, Kennedy started that game, and blew any chance SWB had of winning. When he came out of the game after 1 inning, all he did was complain about everything, and took no responsibility for his performance. I’m glad he’s out of the Yankees organization.

  116. BIG AL June 21st, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    blake June 21st, 2010 at 1:04 pm
    I was half kidding when I said move the Rays to Charlotte but in all honesty a ball park would look great in the uptown area and the braves have no competition for the fanbase from north Florida to virgina….There are about 5 states of Braves fans because that’s the only team close by to cheer for..plus I would get to watch the Yanks more often. (best reason)

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    Blake – I’m with you. I’d love to see an AL East team in charlotte, so I to could get to the yankees more often. people in the Winston-Salem area take long weekends to travel to Atlanta to watch the Braves. They have the SE tied up as a fan base.

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