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Could Andy Pettitte start the all-star game?

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 23, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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At this rate, it would be hard to keep Andy Pettitte out of the all-star game. He’s 9-2 with a 2.48 ERA, and he should make two more starts before the rosters are announced.

“People have been mentioning it to me my last couple of starts so you think about it,” he said. “There’s no doubt, I’d love to make it. It would be great. Hopefully I’ll keep pitching well and maybe that’ll be something I’ll have the opportunity to get in.”

Question is: Can Pettitte pitch his way into starting the game? He’s not the only guy having this kind of season. With apologies to Phil Hughes, Colby Lewis, Jeff Niemann, Ricky Romero and Jon Lester, here are five other strong candidates to start for the American League.

David Price
10-3, 2.45 ERA, 73 strikeouts
Might have been the front runner if not for a few pitchers making a significant push in the past few weeks. Including…

Cliff Lee
5-3, 2.55 ERA, 67 strikeouts
It’s hard to give the start to a guy who opened the year on the disabled list, but Lee has walked only four guys this year. Four! And he’s already tied for the league lead in complete games.

Clay Buchholz
10-4, 2.47 ERA, 62 strikeouts
I know, I know. Yankees fans hate Clay Buchholz, but he’s pitched well and he’s won seven of his past eight starts.

Jered Weaver
7-3, 3.04 ERA, 107 strikeouts
The league leader in strikeouts also hasn’t walked many guys. Only 23, which is fewer than any of the Yankees starters.

Francisco Liriano
6-4, 2.98, 93 strikeouts
Check it out, Liriano is good again. He’s allowed only two home runs all year.

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197 Responses to “Could Andy Pettitte start the all-star game?”

  1. Erin June 23rd, 2010 at 9:23 am

    I vote yes. :D

  2. Dirk from Rockland June 23rd, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Who’s the manager? That’s right– Joe Girardi– Pettitte will get the start

  3. Jason P. June 23rd, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I think AJ Burnett should pitch in the Home Run Derby…

  4. Chip June 23rd, 2010 at 9:29 am

    As with everything, it will depend on the schedule. If Andy’s available then I don’t see why he wouldn’t – but I also don’t discount the possibility that with the game being in LA that Girardi would pick a local guy to make the start.

  5. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Erin June 23rd, 2010 at 9:23 am
    I vote yes.

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    Not sure that your vote counts, Erin. Between Pettitte and Cano, they might think that you have ulterior motives….or interior motives.

  6. Tom in NJ June 23rd, 2010 at 9:31 am

    “I also don’t discount the possibility that with the game being in LA that Girardi would pick a local guy to make the start.”

    Local guy, hmmmmm. I know of a Young Master who is from the area.

  7. CountryClub June 23rd, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Ya know, after looking at the 10 names Chad mentioned, it’s very possible that Hughes doesnt make the roster. I thought he’d be a lock, but there is some legit competition.

    If the season the game was this weekend, I think Girardi would start Pettitte. But there’s two more starts to go…things could change.

  8. Shame Spencer June 23rd, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Question: Do you guys think Andy’s second half will be better or worse than his first? He’s been a notoriously better pitcher in the second half throughout his career, but his numbers right now are just ridiculous.. what do you guys think?

  9. Erin June 23rd, 2010 at 9:34 am

    GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Not sure that your vote counts, Erin. Between Pettitte and Cano, they might think that you have ulterior motives?.or interior motives.

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    LOL :)

  10. Tom R June 23rd, 2010 at 9:35 am

    ROBINSON CANO Vs. MIGUEL CABRERA mid season MVP

    Who has a higher batting avg., with runners on base, runners in scoring position, Cano or Cabrera?
    Robinson Cano should be the number 1 pick for MVP at this point.
    RBI’s have to do with the players in front of you, Robbie Cano has carried the NYY offense, even when Teixeira and Rodriguez haven’t produced as they should.
    Therefore my vote (up to this point) is leaning to choose Robinson Cano.

    Please refute this claims if you can. I’ve talked to my fellow writers and they seem to agree.

  11. Rick June 23rd, 2010 at 9:37 am

    With decent run support, Andy should win 18 games in the regular season and 3 in the postseason.

  12. YANKEES June 23rd, 2010 at 9:38 am

    “Jason P. June 23rd, 2010 at 9:28 am
    I think AJ Burnett should pitch in the Home Run Derby…”

    LMFAO! YES!!!

    And Pettitte has been fantastic. No reason why he doesn’t deserve it.

  13. Erin June 23rd, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Tom R June 23rd, 2010 at 9:35 am
    ROBINSON CANO Vs. MIGUEL CABRERA mid season MVP

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    To me, this is absolutely no contest: Cano :)

  14. Disco June 23rd, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Lee
    Lester
    Liriano
    Weaver
    Phil
    Romero
    Buchholz

    all for sure over Pettitte and thats just off my head. guess it depends on how many pitchers are selected or available to pitch.

  15. ac1 June 23rd, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Hughes will not start over Pettitte.

  16. ac1 June 23rd, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Lee
    Lester
    Liriano
    Weaver
    Phil
    Romero
    Buchholz

    all for sure over Pettitte and thats just off my head. guess it depends on how many pitchers are selected or available to pitch

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    How do you figure? None of those guys, maybe Buchholz or Weaver though weaver is 7-3, have a claim over andy. Lee missed a month (1/3 of the season so far), Lester has been good but started out real bad, Liriano is good too, but not better than Andy, Romero? REALLY? And Phil has 10 wins but an era more than a half point higher than andy.

  17. Apple byte June 23rd, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Plenty of LH pitchers mentioned as All Star choices. Start Buchholz so he can go the maximum innings allowed and then go 1 pitcher each inning until Mariano closes it out.

  18. ac1 June 23rd, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Cano looks even more like an MVP because of how public Tex’s sub .230 average and ARod’s lack of power and injury looks.

  19. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Hughes could really make his case with two really solid starts like he was having in late april and early March. Pettitte is having a career year so far. 11 of 14 starts listed as quality. Only two games of allowing 4 or more runs. Doesn’t include a 5 inning start, allowing 1 run. 10 of his starts of allowing 2 runs or less. Not earned runs, just 2 runs. He could easily be 13-1 with run support, and averaging just 2.6 walks and striking out 6.6 per 9 innings. Equally impressive is just 79 hits in 94.1 innings. The only time he had allowed so few hits was with Houston in 2005. In fact, it’s the lowest hits per 9 innings of his career, so far.

  20. CountryClub June 23rd, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Again, you have to remember that Girardi is managing the game. If Andy finishes strong, and he’s in the discussion, I think he’ll get the nod.

    If his ERA jumps to 3 and he loses the next two games, he’ll have to be happy just making the team.

  21. ac1 June 23rd, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I can see Angel fans reaction to seeing Pettitte start in their house over Weaver. Plus, Pettitte put the main in their 2009 postseason also. Will be sweeeeet.

  22. ac1 June 23rd, 2010 at 9:46 am

    put the main

    Put the nail.

  23. Erica in NY June 23rd, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Erin-

    I just realized this morning that June was AJ Burnett month on our Yankee calendars.

    I think we need to go to July early

  24. Chip June 23rd, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Outfielder/first baseman David Winfree has signed a minor-league deal with Seattle, tweets Donnie Collins of the Scranton Times-Tribune. Winfree was playing for the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate in Scranton before being released last week.

  25. John_Halfz June 23rd, 2010 at 9:48 am

    He’s at the end of his career and should be given a chance to start. His second half will likely be worse than his first half unless he can maintain the BABIP of .265 (career .314).

  26. champ809 June 23rd, 2010 at 9:48 am

    the right thing to do would be to start Weaver in the game as it’s in his homepark and his #’s warrant it….

    Weaver 2 innings
    Hughes 1 inning
    Pettite 1 inning
    Lee 1 inning
    Lester 1 inning
    Liriano 1 inning
    Bucholtz 1 inning

    Valverde for the save

  27. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Erin June 23rd, 2010 at 9:34 am
    GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Not sure that your vote counts, Erin. Between Pettitte and Cano, they might think that you have ulterior motives?.or interior motives.

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    LOL

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    Of course, I meant that you might kidnap them to clean your house, dust in the hard to reach places, take out the trash, wash the car and move furniture around. Use them like servants and stuff.

  28. Chip June 23rd, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Here’s the thing about Hughes starting the All-Star game:

    The Yankees are skipping him out of regular season games (that count) I don’t think, with Girardi managing, that he’ll be inclined to burn some of Phil’s innings in an exhibition game. He may be on the roster but I don’t think he’ll pitch much.

  29. Erin June 23rd, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Erica in NY June 23rd, 2010 at 9:47 am
    Erin-

    I just realized this morning that June was AJ Burnett month on our Yankee calendars.

    I think we need to go to July early

    **********************************
    That’s funny-I said the same thing yesterday. It’s too bad he had a bad month, considering it’s HIS month. :(

    But the good thing is-I actually am flipping my calendar when I leave work today (I’m officially on vacation starting tomorrow)-so hopefully that will be good luck for AJ.

  30. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I can’t imagine Pettitte repeating this season in the 2nd half, butm by no means should he fall apart. Repeating this first half would be difficult for anybody to repeat.

  31. Erin June 23rd, 2010 at 9:54 am

    GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Of course, I meant that you might kidnap them to clean your house, dust in the hard to reach places, take out the trash, wash the car and move furniture around. Use them like servants and stuff.

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    LMAO. I don’t think I would use them like servants-I’d just use their money to hire people to clean, etc. ;)

  32. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Erin June 23rd, 2010 at 9:54 am
    GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Of course, I meant that you might kidnap them to clean your house, dust in the hard to reach places, take out the trash, wash the car and move furniture around. Use them like servants and stuff.

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    LMAO. I don’t think I would use them like servants-I’d just use their money to hire people to clean, etc.

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    what possible use would you have for them, then, besides the money? (snicker/chortle)

  33. blake June 23rd, 2010 at 9:57 am

    The AL could have their work cut out for them this year when you consider the starting pitchers that the NL can run out there. There is just great young pitching throughout baseball right now.

  34. Erin June 23rd, 2010 at 9:58 am

    GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 9:56 am

    what possible use would you have for them, then, besides the money? (snicker/chortle)

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    We’re getting into dangerous territory here. I’ll just say use your imagination. ;)

  35. Munson Fan June 23rd, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I agree and would love to see Pettitte get the nod to start the All-Star Game. He’s been so solid for so many years. His numbers are good enough to justify it, but…..there’s definitely quite a bit of competition there. Tough call.

    Burnett doesn’t need to throw for the All-Star Game’s Homerun Derby, he’s got his own homerun derby going on every 5th game. Someone’s got to straighten him out. If the Yankees go after Cliff Lee in the off-season, I wonder if that makes Burnett expendable? I know it would be tough with his contract, but I’m sure there would be takers (probably in the NL West). I’d rather have Lee than Burnett. And, imagine what we could get in return.

    I also wonder what happens with Gardner if the Yanks go after Crawford in the off-season. Gardner is playing way too good to become a 4th outfielder again. In fact, I think he’s playing better than Granderson. He’s just as good defensively, steals more bases, and is hitting nearly 100 points higher. And, of course, he can actually hit lefties! Lack of homerun power is Gardner’s only drawback. Maybe the Yanks should consider keeping Gardner and moving Granderson if they sign Crawford?

  36. ANSKY June 23rd, 2010 at 9:59 am

    The reason one can’t put Hughes on the list of possibilities is that Pettitte’s pitching better. I mean … Hughes is pitching really well, but how could he get the start if Pettitte doesn’t? The only possible answer would be whether the timing would conflict with Pettitte’s turn in the rotation.

    Then there are the other guys Chad listed too, who are also well worthy of consideration.

    Phil is in a slow-down phase of his ‘Joba Rules’ season innings limit too, but he’ll get his chance down the road. And besides, I’d rather see him pitch in the playoffs than the all-star game.

  37. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 9:59 am

    It is really nice to have the leading candidates for the Cy Young and MVP awards of the first halh. Throw in 3 possible Gold Gloves and another WS title and that’s quite a haul.

  38. Giuseppe Franco June 23rd, 2010 at 10:02 am

    # Chip June 23rd, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Here’s the thing about Hughes starting the All-Star game:

    The Yankees are skipping him out of regular season games (that count) I don’t think, with Girardi managing, that he’ll be inclined to burn some of Phil’s innings in an exhibition game. He may be on the roster but I don’t think he’ll pitch much.

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    He’s not going to pitch much. And neither is anyone else unless the game goes deep into extra innings.

    Typically, these guys only pitch one inning unless they start the game, and even then, the starter only tends to throw two innings.

    Hughes and his innings cap has no bearing on the All Star Game. None.

  39. Erica in NY June 23rd, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Erin June 23rd, 2010 at 9:51 am

    That?s funny-I said the same thing yesterday. It?s too bad he had a bad month, considering it?s HIS month.

    But the good thing is-I actually am flipping my calendar when I leave work today (I?m officially on vacation starting tomorrow)-so hopefully that will be good luck for AJ.

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

    Good idea. I will be sure to flip mine on Friday before I start my vacation

  40. Chip June 23rd, 2010 at 10:03 am

    If Andy repeats his first half then he’s going to win his first Cy Young. It would be nice, but I think it’s probably not realistic.

    And while Cano is certainly in the conversation for MVP I don’t think you can hand it to him just yet. Miguel Cabrera is having an all-time great season and reminding everyone why he’s one of the best offensive players in the game. In fact, with Manny now in the NL and Alex slipping a bit it’s likely that Cabrera is the best right handed hitter in the American League.

  41. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 10:04 am

    There is very little difference between this year’s starts and last years through 14 games and considerably better than his first 14 starts of 2008. He’ll be just fine.

  42. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Referring to Burnett’s numbers

  43. champ809 June 23rd, 2010 at 10:05 am

    If Hughes gets elected to the ASG then Joe will get him in the game…1 inning tops in front of his hometown crowd…

    If the Yanks do go after Crawford it would mean to me that they will move Granderson and shift Gardner back to CF…..at this point I think Gardner will be a Yank for awhile….

  44. Alan June 23rd, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Tyler Clippard has 16 holds and a 1.58 ERA. Take him and Alberto Gonzalez back from the Nationals even up for Chamberlain. A good bullpen arm and a utility infielder problem solved.

  45. Chip June 23rd, 2010 at 10:06 am

    It could actually be a PR nightmare for Girardi to pitch Hughes in the All-Star game:

    “You skipped Hughes in regular season games that matter but will throw him in an extra exhibition game?”

    “There are lots of opportunities to make the All-Star game…why is Girardi more worried about getting Hughes in there than pitching him in real games…”

  46. champ809 June 23rd, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Chip

    Miggy is def the current runner up in the MVP race but Cano is without a doubt leading….the Yanks would be 10 games out if Cano’s not doing what he’s doing right now with the starts that Jeter,Tex and ARod have gotten off to…

  47. Shame Spencer June 23rd, 2010 at 10:08 am

    How does Hughes’ inning limit have anything to do with the less than 30 pitches he may or may not be throwing on July 13th?

  48. Giuseppe Franco June 23rd, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Unless Gardner really hits a wall in the second half, I think the Yanks will set their sights on Cliff Lee rather than Crawford.

    I don’t see Granderson going anywhere. He hasn’t gotten off to a good start but the talent is there.

  49. MaineYankee June 23rd, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Chip

    If they take defense into account (which isn’t always the case. ) Cano would get the edge.

  50. LGY June 23rd, 2010 at 10:09 am

    The USA defense need to get their act together.

  51. pat June 23rd, 2010 at 10:10 am

    I’d prefer Pettitte and Hughes go to the All-Star game as the guys who pitch if the game gets to the 11th and 14th inning rather than start it.

  52. Shame Spencer June 23rd, 2010 at 10:11 am

    LGY – can’t watch the games today :( keep me updated?? Gamecasts for soccer matches are more irritating than those for baseball games by far..

  53. NYYROC June 23rd, 2010 at 10:12 am

    On the last Joe Girardi Show, Joe mentioned to Kay, something to the effect that he’d like to take as many of his guys as possible. You have to figure Jeter and Cano get voted in. Then there are Andy, Hughes, and Mo. IMO Swisher and Gardner should be All Stars. Joe mentioned since he sees these guys every day he is more inclined to select them. He did mention the fact that he has to have a guy from every team could have a bearing on selection. IIRC a few years ago Francona selected a .208 hitting Varitek. If he can do that Joe should pick whomever he wants.

  54. champ809 June 23rd, 2010 at 10:12 am

    in the case of Miggy he’s had help as AJax,Magglio and Boesch have all started off great in front of him

  55. Giuseppe Franco June 23rd, 2010 at 10:12 am

    # Chip June 23rd, 2010 at 10:06 am

    It could actually be a PR nightmare for Girardi to pitch Hughes in the All-Star game:

    “You skipped Hughes in regular season games that matter but will throw him in an extra exhibition game?”

    “There are lots of opportunities to make the All-Star game…why is Girardi more worried about getting Hughes in there than pitching him in real games…”

  56. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I see Andy starting the ASG. A no brainer. He will be on 4 days rest and has never started one before. He is in the running for Cy Young and Ubaldo is in the NL. Let’s go!

  57. Chip June 23rd, 2010 at 10:13 am

    MaineYankee -

    Yeah, but as you say, they don’t always take defense into account and also we’ve seen a bit of anti-Yankee bias in the past with these things.

    In the end, the only award I care about a Yankee winning is World Series MVP.

    Franco –

    Even if Gardner hits a wall I think the Yankees will focus on Lee. The question is whether they also go after Crawford or if they use that money to get a second pitcher this winter.

    My opinion – sign Lee and trade for Dan Haren. The D’Backs are going to seriously pare payroll this winter and Haren is one of the guys they may move. Give me a rotation of CC, Haren, Lee, Hughes and AJ next year and I’ll take my chances on having Gardner in the 9 spot of the lineup.

  58. LGY June 23rd, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Shame,

    The USA defenders have made 2 sloppy mistakes so far just letting the ball get past them allowiing Algeria to get a chance at goal. The first one, the USA was extremely fortunate. The shot went off the crossbar. Just an inch away from the US being down 1-0 again in the first 5 minutes.

    The USA attack looks good though. Had one good shot so far that was close.

  59. BFKAD June 23rd, 2010 at 10:14 am

    # Jason P. June 23rd, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I think AJ Burnett should pitch in the Home Run Derby…

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    Very funny

  60. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Alan June 23rd, 2010 at 10:06 am
    Tyler Clippard has 16 holds and a 1.58 ERA. Take him and Alberto Gonzalez back from the Nationals even up for Chamberlain. A good bullpen arm and a utility infielder problem solved.

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

    Now, you can look up the number of blown saves and inherited runners that Clippard has allowed. Not sure why people assume that just because a player is hitting well when they play full time that they’ll hit well as a bench player once a week. Gonzales can’t even start ahead of guys like Guzman or rookies.

  61. Giuseppe Franco June 23rd, 2010 at 10:14 am

    # Chip June 23rd, 2010 at 10:06 am

    It could actually be a PR nightmare for Girardi to pitch Hughes in the All-Star game:

    “You skipped Hughes in regular season games that matter but will throw him in an extra exhibition game?”

    “There are lots of opportunities to make the All-Star game…why is Girardi more worried about getting Hughes in there than pitching him in real games…”

    ————–

    Dude, it’s probably only going to be one inning which would probably mean he’ll throw about as many pitches as he normally would during a side session.

    There is no PR nightmare forthcoming. I know playing Devil’s Advocate is your favorite game next to fantasy trade proposals, but this one is way out there even for you.

  62. blake June 23rd, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I think its Cano to this point as well…he’s an impact player on both sides of the ball. Also we all know how team record factors into the MVP voting…whether it should or not.

    I’m attempting to watch this soccer match…I have no idea what’s going on..

  63. champ809 June 23rd, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Crawford I think is a better more sound PLAYER than Granderson so it’s conceivable that the Yanks could move Grandy, sign Crawford and Lee and switch Gardner back to CF….

    The White Sox may be interested in Granderson-hometown kid CF- in the offseason and may consider a Grandy for Thornton + type of deal

  64. BFKAD June 23rd, 2010 at 10:18 am

    The real advantage Cano has in the MVP race is his ability to carry the best team in baseball while people around him either fall to injury or slump horribly. Not to take anything away from Miggy and my view is most certainly biased, but Cano has probably made the biggest impact for his team.

  65. Cash Money June 23rd, 2010 at 10:18 am

    would you guys do a joba and granderson for justin upton trade?

  66. Giuseppe Franco June 23rd, 2010 at 10:19 am

    My opinion – sign Lee and trade for Dan Haren. The D’Backs are going to seriously pare payroll this winter and Haren is one of the guys they may move. Give me a rotation of CC, Haren, Lee, Hughes and AJ next year and I’ll take my chances on having Gardner in the 9 spot of the lineup.

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    There is no reason to trade for Haren, especially if Pettitte returns, and I would expect him to at this point.

    You may not like Pettitte but the Yankees do. A lot. He’s not going anywhere if he decides to keep pitching.

    One of these years, Pettitte will follow through with his retirement. But I can’t see it happening at the end of this season when you consider he’s having a career year right now.

    I could only see him retire if his elbow or shoulder blows up.

  67. champ809 June 23rd, 2010 at 10:20 am

    GB

    Clippard went through a week where after pitching in almost every game of the first 20 he gave up most all the runs he’s given up this year….

    look at his game logs the last month….he’s having a phenomenal year out of the ‘pen.period.

  68. LGY June 23rd, 2010 at 10:20 am

    :shock:

  69. BFKAD June 23rd, 2010 at 10:20 am

    # Cash Money June 23rd, 2010 at 10:18 am

    would you guys do a joba and granderson for justin upton trade?
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    The only people that wouldn’t is are the Diamondbacks.

  70. BFKAD June 23rd, 2010 at 10:20 am

    sorry about the typo but the blown call just made me soil myself

  71. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Hard to believe that Pettitte has only been to 2 All star games, in ’96 and ’01. He’s only pitched in one of the, A scoreless 1 inning in 2001.

  72. Roger(The Dutch Yankees Fan) June 23rd, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I don’t think that was offside…

  73. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I could see Lee pitching for the Twins in game 7 against us in the ALCS.

  74. LGY June 23rd, 2010 at 10:22 am

    USA almost scored. It was just Gomez and the goalie and he hit it hard but right at the goalie. The ball then ended up on the other side of the net with Dempsey. He put it in the back of the net but he was called offside.

    Very, very close call though. Not so sure he was offside.

    USA offense looks good. I think they will break through soon.

  75. LGY June 23rd, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Showed the replay.

    Bad call.

    USA screwed again.

  76. BFKAD June 23rd, 2010 at 10:23 am

    # GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Hard to believe that Pettitte has only been to 2 All star games, in ‘96 and ‘01. He’s only pitched in one of the, A scoreless 1 inning in 2001.
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    Not to take anything away from Andy, but when you aren’t the best pitcher on your own team it’s tough to make the game.

    He’s had some stiff competition on his own team forever.

  77. Patrick June 23rd, 2010 at 10:23 am

    The mid-season MVP isn’t between Cabrera and Cano. It’s between Morneau and Cano.

    It’s tough to choose a starting pitcher for the AL because unlike last year with Greinke there isn’t one guy that’s far better than everyone else. I’d throw all those names in a hat and pick one

  78. Patrick June 23rd, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Anti-American conspiracy!!!

  79. Cash Money June 23rd, 2010 at 10:24 am

    BFKAD June 23rd, 2010 at 10:20 am
    # Cash Money June 23rd, 2010 at 10:18 am

    would you guys do a joba and granderson for justin upton trade?
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    The only people that wouldn’t is are the Diamondbacks
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    I don’t know about that. Did you see their bullpen last night – disastrous. Joba as bad as he is is light years better than what they have, granderson is a notch worse than upton but upton is batting 250 – and makes 10 million dollars per year for the next 5 years – AND THEN he’ll get a big raise. Granderson is only owed about half that.

  80. Thomas Robust June 23rd, 2010 at 10:26 am

    If USA don’t win this one, many Americans will be furious at FIFA and the way their officials work.

  81. Patrick June 23rd, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Joba + Granderson for Upton? I would do it, the D-back wouldn’t You have to realize, Justin Upton is one of the most valuable commodities in MLB. He’s a young, cost-controlled future superstar. He is very close to becoming one of the top 5 players in the game.

  82. Roger(The Dutch Yankees Fan) June 23rd, 2010 at 10:26 am

    England just scored so that means the US has to win

  83. BFKAD June 23rd, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I don’t know about that. Did you see their bullpen last night – disastrous. Joba as bad as he is is light years better than what they have, granderson is a notch worse than upton but upton is batting 250 – and makes 10 million dollars per year for the next 5 years – AND THEN he’ll get a big raise. Granderson is only owed about half that.
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    Does adding Joba Chamberlain to a struggling pen make it better?

    Justin Upton is a young star player, the Diamondbacks would never do that.

  84. Giuseppe Franco June 23rd, 2010 at 10:27 am

    They just traded one of their top prospects to get Granderson in the offseason. He’s got a very team friendly contract and still a young guy.

    The fans may be ready to give up on Granderson but they Yanks aren’t. Not even close. He’ll get it together. He’s too good of a player not to.

  85. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 10:27 am

    The mid-season MVP isn’t between Cabrera and Cano. It’s between Morneau and Cano.
    ==========================================
    And you know what happens when we go up against Mauer or Morneau.

  86. BFKAD June 23rd, 2010 at 10:28 am

    # Thomas Robust June 23rd, 2010 at 10:26 am

    If USA don’t win this one, many Americans will be furious at FIFA and the way their officials work.

    _________________________________________________________

    FIFA will say “We can’t review every call.” I’m sure FIFA has upset more than one country in the past.

  87. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 10:29 am

    champ809 June 23rd, 2010 at 10:20 am
    GB

    Clippard went through a week where after pitching in almost every game of the first 20 he gave up most all the runs he’s given up this year….

    look at his game logs the last month….he’s having a phenomenal year out of the ‘pen.period.

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

    Out of 32 games, Chamberlain’s only had 6 bad games. That’s a weeks worth of games. Should those games just be ignored. Clippard wouldn’t survive over a full season in the AL East. He’s allowed 12-25 inherited runners to score. It’s bad enough for a reliever to give up his own runs but when you allow have of the inherited runners to score, that’s bad. Add those 12 runs to his ERA and he’s over 5.00 a game. Period.

  88. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 10:31 am

    GF
    I agree on Grandy.
    The 1st year in NY is usually not a great one.

  89. BFKAD June 23rd, 2010 at 10:31 am

    champ809 June 23rd, 2010 at 10:20 am
    GB

    Clippard went through a week where after pitching in almost every game of the first 20 he gave up most all the runs he’s given up this year….

    look at his game logs the last month….he’s having a phenomenal year out of the ‘pen.period.
    ____________________________________________

    We’ve been through that nightmare before. Tyler Clippard? No thank you.

  90. Mike RI June 23rd, 2010 at 10:33 am

    USA must attack !!!

  91. BFKAD June 23rd, 2010 at 10:34 am

    The injury really hurt Granderson’s chances to impress the fans early on.

    He had that spark against the Red Sox and he was the greatest thing since ’07 Joba Chamberlain, and then he got injured and everyone was saying WTH GET RID OF THIS CLOWN….. typical.

  92. BFKAD June 23rd, 2010 at 10:35 am

    No trip in the box there?

  93. LGY June 23rd, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Great pass by Donovan and Dempsey almost breaks through but the Algerian defender made the play to kick the ball away at the last second.

  94. BFKAD June 23rd, 2010 at 10:36 am

    ALTIDORE!!!!???? no keeper!!

  95. Mike RI June 23rd, 2010 at 10:36 am

    DAMN .. .SO CLOSE . . great try Dempsey !!

  96. Roger(The Dutch Yankees Fan) June 23rd, 2010 at 10:36 am

    OMG!How could you miss that?

  97. LGY June 23rd, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Alitdore got a deflection right in front of an open net but with a miserable finish on a bouncing ball to just sail it. Really terrible job by Altidore.

  98. Mike RI June 23rd, 2010 at 10:38 am

    OMG > . . COME ON !!!!!!!!!! how many chances !! UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  99. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 10:38 am

    hockey and soccer…whew!

  100. Shame Spencer June 23rd, 2010 at 10:39 am

    LGY – Thanks SO much for giving us the blow by blow!! I CANNOT believe we got another goal taken away from us. I just keep staring at the 0-0 on my computer and its killing me.. you’re making it more bearable.

  101. Mike RI June 23rd, 2010 at 10:39 am

    PLAY SOME DEFENSE USA !!!!

  102. champ809 June 23rd, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I’d rank Morneau behind Cano and Miggy right now….

    and again GB cut it however you want to he had a bad week from overuse and outside of that he’s been one of the top 5 setup relievers in baseball. Period.

  103. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I’ll be happy when the soccer crap is over. I don’t care whether the USA wins or not. The most over rated game ever. The only reason they play it in the rest of the world is because it’s cheap to buy the equipment to play. One ball a year.

  104. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 10:43 am

    hockey and soccer…you can’t touch the ball/puck…ridiculous

  105. champ809 June 23rd, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I’m not saying bring Clippard back because I happen to believe that Joba’s throwing very well this year but it’s getting beyond silly the reluctance of some on this board to just give props to former Yanks that deserve it. I don’t get it frankly as it’s not a knock against anybody…

  106. BFKAD June 23rd, 2010 at 10:44 am

    # GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I’ll be happy when the soccer crap is over. I don’t care whether the USA wins or not. The most over rated game ever. The only reason they play it in the rest of the world is because it’s cheap to buy the equipment to play. One ball a year.
    __________________________________________________

    What are opinions like?……

  107. Mike RI June 23rd, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Come on . .USA soccer isn’t bad ! . . This game is intense !!

  108. Giuseppe Franco June 23rd, 2010 at 10:45 am

    # GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I’ll be happy when the soccer crap is over. I don’t care whether the USA wins or not. The most over rated game ever. The only reason they play it in the rest of the world is because it’s cheap to buy the equipment to play. One ball a year.

    ———–

    I’m with you, brother. Glad I’m not the only one who thinks that.

    Although I do hope my fellow countrymen win, just like any sport, I’m certainly not going to turn on the TV to watch any of it.

  109. BFKAD June 23rd, 2010 at 10:46 am

    # mick June 23rd, 2010 at 10:43 am

    hockey and soccer…you can’t touch the ball/puck…ridiculous
    __________________________________________________

    You can actually catch the puck out of the air in hockey but you cannot carry the puck.

    You can’t really compare hockey with soccer. Much better pace and you can drop your clubs and fist fight in hockey. Who doesn’t love that?

  110. Shame Spencer June 23rd, 2010 at 10:46 am

    # mick June 23rd, 2010 at 10:43 am

    hockey and soccer…you can’t touch the ball/puck…ridiculous

    —————–

    Lol, mick, not sure how much soccer or hockey you’ve watched but I assure you a big part of the game is touching the ball/puck.

  111. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 10:46 am

    soccer is not an American sport….unpopular here

  112. BFKAD June 23rd, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Drop your gloves…. watching all of these sports is really messing me up.

  113. LGY June 23rd, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Come on. Soccer is not just popular throughout the world amongst poor people. There is a great tradition of the sport.

    How do you explain how popular soccer is in the wealthy Western European countries?

  114. Roger(The Dutch Yankees Fan) June 23rd, 2010 at 10:46 am

    GB7

    Pfff…..That’s such a stupid comment

  115. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Although I do hope my fellow countrymen win, just like any sport, I’m certainly not going to turn on the TV to watch any of it.
    ==========================
    Especially with that buzzing sound in the background.

  116. Munson Fan June 23rd, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Not sure why everyone is so high on Granderson. I like him too – good clubhouse guy, solid player, reasonable contract, etc. But, he’s not a superstar. Granted, Gardner isn’t either. But, still, look at Granderson’s career stats. They’re solid, but not exceptional by any stretch of the imagination. And, his career numbers against lefties are abysmal. Why do people think he’s suddenly going to start hitting lefties just because he signed with the Yankees? Those numbers may get a bump, but they’re not going to change dramatically. The “talent” in hitting lefties is NOT there. Never was.

    So, what’s Girardi going to do in important games (like the playoffs) when we’re facing a lefty pitcher…..sit the starting centerfielder? That’s ridiculous. Then, we would be platooning him – and we shouldn’t have traded one of our best prospects for a player that may need to be platooned in centerfield during the playoffs because he can’t hit lefties. In my opinion, if you (by some miracle) get the chance to get a young superstar (like Upton) but would need to move Granderson – or even Joba – to do it, you do it.

  117. Mike RI June 23rd, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Come on USA >. . got to come out 2nd half and capitalize !!

  118. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 10:48 am

    if you can’t touch it, i’m not interested

  119. LGY June 23rd, 2010 at 10:51 am

    The 2nd half is going to get very interesting.

    A tie for both teams here will be absolutely useless with England up 1-0.

    Both teams need goal/s.

  120. Shame Spencer June 23rd, 2010 at 10:52 am

    If they could find a way to mash commercials and more advertising into soccer games it would be just as popular in the United States as it is in every other country.

  121. Patrick June 23rd, 2010 at 10:52 am

    What you think they move it with their mind? Of course you touch the ball

  122. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 10:53 am

    What you think they move it with their mind? Of course you touch the ball
    ================
    not with your hands

  123. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 10:54 am

    If they could find a way to mash commercials and more advertising into soccer games it would be just as popular in the United States as it is in every other country.
    ===========================
    theres no commercials cuz theres no interest

  124. SJ44 June 23rd, 2010 at 10:54 am

    The Diamondbacks aren’t trading Justin Upton. He’s their franchise player.

    Fantasy trades aren’t interesting to discuss. Especially the one’s that have no chance of happening.

  125. Mike RI June 23rd, 2010 at 10:56 am

    SJ44. . what do you think of World Cup Soccer ?

  126. LGY June 23rd, 2010 at 10:56 am

    mick,

    Dude. When exactly would these commercials play? There is only one break in soccer at HT.

  127. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 10:56 am

    sj, how’s the nephew?

  128. Patrick June 23rd, 2010 at 10:57 am

    not with your hands

    You are…. dumb

  129. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Dude. When exactly would these commercials play? There is only one break in soccer at HT.
    ==============================================
    Not for those with ADD, which most of us have.

  130. Giuseppe Franco June 23rd, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Discouting Granderson as unsuitable to be the everyday center fielder for the Yankees simply because he’s “not a superstar” is not exactly a strong argument.

    You don’t have to be a superstar to play on this team. Their entire outfield is composed of non-superstars and they are doing a pretty good job as far as I’m concerned.

    Like I said, they just traded one of their top young players for Granderson in the offseason. He is not going anywhere.

  131. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 10:58 am

    You are…. dumb
    ===========
    Explain. Can you use your hands to score in soccer.?

  132. Roger(The Dutch Yankees Fan) June 23rd, 2010 at 10:58 am

    If you don’t like the sport..that’s your opinion.But giving reasons like it’s only popular because poor people can play it and i don’t like it because you can’t touch the ball with your hands is just ridiculous

  133. LGY June 23rd, 2010 at 10:59 am

    SJ,

    I just saw that your nephew has to have surgery after getting hit. Hope he recovers fast and gets to at least enjoy the festivities around the Futures Game.

  134. blake June 23rd, 2010 at 10:59 am

    GF,
    I agree on Granderson, don’t see them swapping his contract for what Crawford’s will be. As of right now If I had to guess, the 2011 yankee outfield will look very much like the 2010 Yankee outfield.

    As for soccer, I don’t have a problem with other folks that like it but its just not my thing. I’ve tried to watch it many times…it just doesn’t hold my interest. Just not very big where I grew up.

  135. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Given his youth, defense and speed, not to mention his low cost, it’s doubtful that Arizona would trade Upton for any one position player in baseball.

  136. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 11:00 am

    If you don’t like the sport..that’s your opinion.But giving reasons like it’s only popular because poor people can play it and i don’t like it because you can’t touch the ball with your hands is just ridiculous
    ==================
    how so?

  137. SJ44 June 23rd, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Mick,

    Surgery later today. Won’t know the timetable for a return until after the surgery.

  138. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Just not very big where I grew up.
    ========================
    You mean America, right?

  139. Patrick June 23rd, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Explain. Can you use your hands to score in soccer.?

    No obviously not

  140. Patrick from CT June 23rd, 2010 at 11:02 am

    If Andy gets his 10th win and is still feeling healthy, Joe will start him.

  141. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 11:02 am

    No obviously not
    =============
    good answer. dumb though.

  142. Shame Spencer June 23rd, 2010 at 11:03 am

    There aren’t enough stoppages in play.. actually, there are none aside from half time.

    There are a million ways to argue this:

    1. You can’t touch the ball with your hands vs. it requires more skill to only use your feet

    2. You can’t get people to advertise for an unpopular sport vs. the sport would be popular if there was room for advertisers

    3. Its boring vs. its European

    To each his/her own. Its just nice to have something to discuss other than ridiculous trade proposals, All Star speculation, and the Phillies troll.

  143. Patrick June 23rd, 2010 at 11:05 am

    good answer. dumb though.

    Yeah you’re pretty freaking stupid

  144. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 11:05 am

    To each his/her own. Its just nice to have something to discuss other than ridiculous trade proposals, All Star speculation,
    ========================
    But that’s baseball and we love it :)

  145. pat June 23rd, 2010 at 11:05 am

    In re: Marlins firing Sanchez

    ed_price #Marlins owner J.Loria: “We owe it to our fans to put this team in the best possible position to win.” Except, you know, (by) spending money!

  146. Mike RI June 23rd, 2010 at 11:06 am

    COME ON USA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  147. Roger(The Dutch Yankees Fan) June 23rd, 2010 at 11:07 am

    A goalkeeper can

  148. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Yeah you’re pretty freaking stupid
    =======================
    No talking sense to you. Look at Shame’s answer to my question, that shows intelligence, but then again you are a soccer fan.

  149. pat June 23rd, 2010 at 11:07 am

    EDIT

    Sanchez= Gonzalez

  150. Patrick from CT June 23rd, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Why all this talk about changing the outfield?
    Because there is not a true “super star”?
    The Yankees have enough “super stars” at other positions.
    You need some lunch box guys to round out the team.
    With Gardner proving he’s an every day guy, the starting outfield is set for 2010 and 2011.
    Crawford or anyone else, not required.
    The #4 and #5 outfielder? Let the kids play at least the first half of the season.

  151. Giuseppe Franco June 23rd, 2010 at 11:10 am

    SJ,

    Man, so sorry to hear about your nephew. We we’re just tlking about how often he was getting plunked at that level.

    Best wishes to him and the rest of the family.

  152. Roger(The Dutch Yankees Fan) June 23rd, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Mick

    So he lacks intelligence because he’s a soccer fan…?

  153. Tom in NJ June 23rd, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I never played Soccer. So, I don’t have an appreciation of it.

    I can see though, how somebody can become a fan of the game.

  154. Joe June 23rd, 2010 at 11:10 am

    time to take a nap. will put on a soccer game.

  155. Patrick June 23rd, 2010 at 11:11 am

    No talking sense to you. Look at Shame’s answer to my question, that shows intelligence, but then again you are a soccer fan.

    No I’m actually not a soccer fan. I find it boring. I haven’t watched an entire world cup match, let alone soccer outside of the world cup. I don’t know the name of any guy on any team except Messi who’s apparently the best player and Altidore because I just saw him screw up an easy goal.

    Just because I don’t like it doesn’t mean it’s a bad sport. That’s why you’re stupid. Because you are ignorant and pretend that your opinion is fact.

  156. Cash Money June 23rd, 2010 at 11:12 am

    GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 10:59 am
    Given his youth, defense and speed, not to mention his low cost, it’s doubtful that Arizona would trade Upton for any one position player in baseball.
    ***********

    Since when is 50 million dollars for the next 5 years considered low cost? and he has 93 k’s in 69 games (that comes out to about 218 k’s in a full season) that makes granderson look like joe dimaggio in terms of striking out. He’s good but lets not make him out to be Willie Mays just yet.

  157. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Mick

    So he lacks intelligence because he’s a soccer fan…?
    ===================================
    Not possible?

  158. Patrick from CT June 23rd, 2010 at 11:12 am

    To me the infield has more questions then the outfield.
    Can Arod hold up play 3b 5 days a week?
    Can Georgie hold up catching 4 days a week?
    When will Jeter show his age?
    Will Tex ever hit above .230?

    Enjoy the best team in baseball, your New York Yankees…

  159. Mike RI June 23rd, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Come on USA . .ATTACK !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  160. CPinDC June 23rd, 2010 at 11:12 am

    On MLB Network last night, they were discussing whether Steven Strasburg will go to the ASG this year after 3 to 5 games!!

  161. LGY June 23rd, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Dempsey. You have to be kidding me!!!

  162. BFKAD June 23rd, 2010 at 11:14 am

    wow

  163. Joe June 23rd, 2010 at 11:15 am

    they should make the nets bigger in soccer. really big like as long as the GWB

  164. Mike RI June 23rd, 2010 at 11:15 am

    DEMPSEY !!!!!!!! WIDE OPEN . . UNreal

  165. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 11:15 am

    No I’m actually not a soccer fan. I find it boring.
    ==============================
    OK, keep watching it then, that makes a lot of sense.
    Opinion, not fact.

  166. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Trying to figure out the Dogger pitchers for this weekend, I’m guessing that Hershaw pitches on Sunday. Looks like Kudora and Padilla get the other starts. Billingsley and Monesteros are on the DL.

  167. Shame Spencer June 23rd, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Its moments like these I’m forced to speculate what a true soccer fan might think of a bunch of Americans who like baseball calling their sport boring (baseball, which is largely considered one of the most boring sports ever invented.. an as.sessment I strongly disagree with, but understand).

  168. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 11:16 am

    That’s Kuroda, not Kudora.

  169. LGY June 23rd, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Dempsey had another wide open net on a deflection off one of his shots that just missed, and he skie dit also

  170. Munson Fan June 23rd, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I’m not saying the Yankees’ outfield needs to be filled with superstars. You’re missing the point. The point is that Granderson CAN’T hit lefties. And, odds are this is not going to change. My argument is that maybe the Yankees would be better off keeping Gardner as the starting full time centerfielder and getting a more stereotypical corner-outfielder who can hit lefties. Or, come to terms with the fact that Granderson will probably need to be platooned and get another corner outfielder that can share time with him to hit against lefties. Otherwise, we’re just giving away outs.

  171. Joe June 23rd, 2010 at 11:18 am

    what a surprise, the game is tied 0-0. probably will end that way ! :)

  172. Tom in NJ June 23rd, 2010 at 11:18 am

    GB, ESPN has Padilla, Kuroda, and Kershaw going against CC, A.J. and Pettitte.

  173. MaineYankee June 23rd, 2010 at 11:20 am

    GB7

    They might be wise not to use Padilla because of what happened when he was with Texas. Tex. isn’t exactly a big fan of his. Good chance for some payback.

  174. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 11:20 am

    # Shame Spencer June 23rd, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Its moments like these I’m forced to speculate what a true soccer fan might think of a bunch of Americans who like baseball calling their sport boring (baseball, which is largely considered one of the most boring sports ever invented.. an as.sessment I strongly disagree with, but understand).
    ===================
    They think we are dumb Americans.

  175. mick June 23rd, 2010 at 11:24 am

    See how soccer talk rivals baseball talk.
    As we come to a screeching halt.

  176. Disco June 23rd, 2010 at 11:25 am

    How do you figure? None of those guys, maybe Buchholz or Weaver though weaver is 7-3, have a claim over andy. Lee missed a month (1/3 of the season so far), Lester has been good but started out real bad, Liriano is good too, but not better than Andy, Romero? REALLY? And Phil has 10 wins but an era more than a half point higher than andy.

    —-

    sabermetrics not era and wins

  177. Roger(The Dutch Yankees Fan) June 23rd, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Mick

    ‘They think we are dumb Americans.’

    —————————————————————————-

    No we just think you are

  178. Nick in SF June 23rd, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Sucessive yellow cards to mick = red card.

  179. JohnC June 23rd, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Stoneburner on the hill for Tampa today. So far, 2 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, 1K

  180. Joe from Long Island June 23rd, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Hi all –

    SJ sorry to hear that your nephew needs surgery, hope all goes well. Hope he’s back in there soon, and continues with his life and career.

    I think soccer’s ok – every four years. Talk about MLB umpires’ job performance. Joe West would love in in FIFA. :lol:

  181. Shame Spencer June 23rd, 2010 at 11:29 am

    There aren’t a lot of subplots right now with the Yankees no matter how we may lament over every at bat, inning, game. The season is barely at the half way point so standings aren’t as important. The second half could look drastically different from the first and all the things we’re discussing now may end up looking pretty foolish depending on the outcome. I love baseball, but I’m glad there are some other distractions (the draft was a good one too) to keep us from analyzing stats/individual players/single games to death.

  182. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Tom in NJ June 23rd, 2010 at 11:18 am
    GB, ESPN has Padilla, Kuroda, and Kershaw going against CC, A.J. and Pettitte.

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

    Thanks, Tom. Pettitte vs Kershaw is quite a match-up of lefties at opposite sides of the age spectrum. Other than Ramirez and Anderson, not sure who Pettitte has faced. Both of them have killed Pettitte for years. Luckily, only one of them can play, except as a pinch hitter.

  183. LGY June 23rd, 2010 at 11:35 am

    The refs screwed the USA, but if they don’t score they don’t have anyone to blame by themselves.

    Miserable job finishing their chances. 2 wide open nets.

  184. Rick June 23rd, 2010 at 11:35 am

    If indeed this turns out to be Andy’s final year, the Yankees will need to sign Cliff Lee as a free agent. There’s special arms in the system but none may emerge until 2012 at the earliest.
    If Andy returns, Carl Crawford enters the picture, Granderson is moved, Gardner is the CF.
    It seems less and less likely that Granderson will ever be able to hit lefthanded pitching unless Kevin Long suddenly works magic with him.

  185. champ809 June 23rd, 2010 at 11:36 am

    An argument can be made that the 2011 Yanks would be much stronger,dynamic and sounder subbibing Crawford for Grandy….

    Jeter SS vs. Jeter
    Crawford Grandy
    Tex Tex
    ARod ARod
    Cano Cano
    Posada Posada
    Swish Swish
    Velli Velli
    Gardner Gardner

  186. SJ44 June 23rd, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Thanks GF and Joe. I appreciate it.

    Just a bump in the road. He will bounce back.

    Hopefully to AA when he gets back.

  187. Mike RI June 23rd, 2010 at 11:41 am

    i agree .>USA had its chances . . we still have some time . . big play here

  188. blake June 23rd, 2010 at 11:42 am

    I disagree. If gardner continues to show that he can play every day then I think they pass on Crawford and pursue Lee regardless of what Andy does.

    They will still have the Javy’s spot to fill whether Andy comes back or not. I have seen improvement in Granderson vs lefties even if the splits don’t show it yet and really don’t think they will trade his short term cost controlled contract for the money and years Crawford will get.

  189. JM June 23rd, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Granderson is not going to get moved. I don’t think they Yankees are going to give up on him so quickly and I still think he’s going to have a really hot streak that will show everyone what a great player he can be.

  190. SJ44 June 23rd, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Only problem with that is, you may tie up too much money in one player that doesn’t give you that much more production than you are getting now.

    That’s the slippery slope you have.

    If Gardner continues to produce, I don’t see them dealing Granderson to tie up huge money on Crawford.

    Regardless of what Andy does, I do think they will go all in on Cliff Lee.

    Most people in baseball I talk to already act as if it’s a foregone conclusion Lee ends up with the Yankees next year.

    Don’t know if it’s true. Just what I’m hearing.

  191. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 11:43 am

    MaineYankee June 23rd, 2010 at 11:20 am
    GB7

    They might be wise not to use Padilla because of what happened when he was with Texas. Tex. isn’t exactly a big fan of his. Good chance for some payback.

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

    I think the whole team would be willing to have him pitch against them every 5 days, especially Jeter and Cano. Wonder if Swisher and his .094 career average will sit that night? Not sure that he’s going to be digging in against Sabathia or Burnett.

  192. blake June 23rd, 2010 at 11:48 am

    The recent history of Yankee decision making would suggest that they will choose to strenghten the rotation over upgrading an outfield spot.

  193. Erica in NY June 23rd, 2010 at 11:48 am

    New thread :arrow:

  194. Mike RI June 23rd, 2010 at 11:51 am

    GOALLLLLLLLLLLL>> USA USA USA USA .. i’m crying right now . . Unreal . .

  195. ron June 23rd, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Baseball blows soccer away but that is just my opinion.

    I don’t look down on anybody who likes soccer or dislikes baseball but i do have a problem with other countries mocking us for chosing baseball over soccer or for just not being interested in soccer.

    There are reasons i don’t care for soccerm,not sure what they are but for them too think we are dumb americans or for us too think the same of them would be wrong.

    It is like a person calling another person stupid for not liking steak,doesn’t make much sense.

  196. BIG AL June 23rd, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I can’t believe all the bloggers that think Granderson has decent numbers in his career.

    His bet year was 2007: BA .302, 2008: BA .280, 2009: BA .249, 2010: BA .235. 2007: OBP .361. 2008 .365, 2009 .327, 2010 .313.

    Does anyone, other than me, see the trend his career is taking.

    OK, this was a bad trade, and we may not be able to make mid-season corrections, but, Crawford in LF and Gardner in CF, should be the future OF, with Swisher staying in RF.

    This is not a case of having to adjust to New York.

  197. PJH June 23rd, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Mick- I dont really like soccer, but your argument is pretty foolish. Ill remind you that you don’t touch the ball with your hands to score runs in baseball either.

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