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Pitching matchups vs. Kansas City

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 22, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

APTOPIX Rays Yankees BaseballTonight
LHP CC Sabathia (12-3, 3.13)
vs.
LHP Bruce Chen (5-3, 4.06)
7:05 p.m., YES and MLB Network

Friday
RHP A.J. Burnett (7-8, 4.99)
vs.
RHP Brian Bannister (7-8, 5.65)
7:05 p.m., YES Network

Saturday
RHP Sergio Mitre (0-1, 2.88)
vs.
RHP Kyle Davies (4-6, 5.45)
1:05 p.m., YES Network

Sunday
RHP Phil Hughes (11-3, 3.99)
vs.
RHP Anthony Lerew (1-4, 8.54)
1:05 p.m., YES Network

Associated Press photo of Burnett slamming Nick Swisher with a pie.

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130 Responses to “Pitching matchups vs. Kansas City”

  1. Crawdaddy July 22nd, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I would love a sweep by the Yankees, but I’ll be please with them winning 3 out of 4.

  2. MTU July 22nd, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Craw-

    That’s how I see it 3 of 4 (hopefully). :)

  3. yondo123 July 22nd, 2010 at 11:25 am

    AROD CANT HIT CHEN..HE PITCHES TOO SLOW

  4. bisonthrow July 22nd, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Yea 3/4 would be good… with how streaky AJ and Phil have been of late and adding in Mitre. Hopefully CC will do his job tonight and we will be able to score enough runs to protect the other three

  5. Bronx Jeers July 22nd, 2010 at 11:27 am

    According to Tim McCarver, the picture above possibly depicts the event that led to the cuts on AJ’s hands.

    Pie tossing can be hazardous to your health.

    Ole Timmy was in rare form that day folks.

  6. champ809 July 22nd, 2010 at 11:28 am

    repost

    champ809 July 22nd, 2010 at 11:27 am

    You literally are a dunce if you think he’s the worst defensive CF in the AL….

    He’s been twice the defender that Granderson has been.

    no offense

  7. Irreverent Discourse July 22nd, 2010 at 11:28 am

    WYH – well, anyone saying “he should be doing this” is misusing the stats. this does happen frequently, and i apologize in advance if i do some day do that. its hard explaining things i don’t have graduate level understanding of :)

    also, to fill you in from earlier, BABIP does not count home runs. they do not effect the number no matter if you hit 1 or 90.

    BABIP = ( hits – home runs ) / (at bats – home runs – strikeouts + sac flies)

    the homeruns and strikeouts are subtracted in the denominator to eliminate those at bats from the equation. home runs and striekouts are eliminated because the ball was not “in play”. the sac flies are added in because those at bats are not counts in AB’s even though they are in play.

  8. Erin July 22nd, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Crawdaddy July 22nd, 2010 at 11:21 am
    I would love a sweep by the Yankees, but I?ll be please with them winning 3 out of 4.

    ****************************
    3 out of 4 is my guess too (although I certainly wouldn’t complain if they sweep) ;)

  9. Irreverent Discourse July 22nd, 2010 at 11:29 am

    champ – you say that with absolutely nothing to back it up… other than “watch the game”.

    excuse me if we don’t give a crap how good you think he is.

  10. LGY July 22nd, 2010 at 11:29 am

    It doesn’t seem like I explained the list I posted well, since I am confusing a lot of people :)

    The list which Ruth tops, is the highest single season BABip since 1913.

    So, if Jackson keeps up his .426 BABip, he will have set the record for the highest number in a single season since 1913.

  11. Erin July 22nd, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Bronx Jeers July 22nd, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Ole Timmy was in rare form that day folks.

    **********************
    Ugh-don’t remind me! That was just painful to listen to. LOL

  12. Irreverent Discourse July 22nd, 2010 at 11:30 am

    lgy – gotcha. i hate looking at single season numbers so i didnt even notice thats what you said :)

  13. RJ July 22nd, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Bronx Jeers July 22nd, 2010 at 11:27 am
    According to Tim McCarver, the picture above possibly depicts the event that led to the cuts on AJ’s hands.

    Pie tossing can be hazardous to your health.

    Ole Timmy was in rare form that day folks

    ””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””

    I’m just so happy to see both of the weekend games are on YES. No McCarver, Buck, Morgan, et al.

  14. Fran the original July 22nd, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I see that Kyle Davies is pitching Saturday. I believe that Alex hit #500 off him. Maybe Alex can hit #600 off him on Saturday.

  15. Tom in N.J. July 22nd, 2010 at 11:33 am

    “According to Tim McCarver, the picture above possibly depicts the event that led to the cuts on AJ’s hands.”

    I thought A.J. cut his hand with a knife while scratching out Torre’s face from every photo of the Yankees from ’96-’07

  16. Wave Your Hat July 22nd, 2010 at 11:33 am

    “also, to fill you in from earlier, BABIP does not count home runs. they do not effect the number no matter if you hit 1 or 90.”

    I understand that. My point was, when talking about a player like Babe Ruth, it is a little misleading to talk about BABiP for that very reason.

  17. MTU July 22nd, 2010 at 11:34 am

    How the hell does Joe Morgan ever fit into the broadcast booth with his massive ego and John Miller both taking up the limited space ?

  18. LGY July 22nd, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Ty Cobb comes in at 4th on the list with a .416 BABip in 1922.

    He only had 4 HRs that year, so we can go with him instead of the Babe ;)

  19. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 July 22nd, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Hey Doreen

    Jetes SS
    Swish RF
    Tex 1B
    Alex 3B
    Cano 2B
    Jorge C
    Thames DH
    Granderson CF
    GGBG LF

    Thanks!

  20. Irreverent Discourse July 22nd, 2010 at 11:39 am

    jackson:
    FP – .978
    assists – 3
    fielding errors – 5
    throwing errors – 0
    UZR/150 – 13.6
    out of zone plays – 66

    granderson:
    FP – .994
    assists – 3
    fielding errors – 1
    throwing errors – 0
    UZR/150 – 17.0
    out of zone plays – 33

    So, other than the balls out of zone he got to… austin jackson is trailing in every measurable category for a fielder.

    I think maybe you need to watch the games closer, champ. what you are seeing when you watch jackson is not even close to reality.

  21. hardwired7 July 22nd, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Forget ROY, A-Jax now has his sights set on the “All-Time Single-Season BABip Leader” trophy.

    I’ve heard for some players that’s actually more coveted than a WS ring.

  22. blake July 22nd, 2010 at 11:42 am

    I don’t know if Jackson is the best CF in baseball (Gutierrez probably is), but he’s certainly very very good defensively and should only get better.

    Offensively he’s just a different type player than Granderson is. Rewind to this winter….if you take the information Cashman had to go on then the trade made a lot of sense. Granderson has much more power and was an established big leaguer that could help the team now.

    Hindsight, granderson has gotten hurt and underperformed and Jackson has performed above expectations to this point. That doesn’t mean things will stay that way.

    Judge the trade 3 years from now…not in the present. Give Granderson a chance to play to the level he’s capable of and let’s see what Jackson really becomes….then we can decide if it was a good trade or not.

  23. Irreverent Discourse July 22nd, 2010 at 11:45 am

    WYH – i don’t really find it misleading, unless you are under the assumption that all ruth did was hit home runs. even when they weren’t going over the fence he was still putting balls in play at a ridiculous clip. if you look at that career leaders list, you’ll see that most players average is within .020 of their babip for their careers. certainly not .140 under it like jacksons is at the moment.

  24. Wave Your Hat July 22nd, 2010 at 11:46 am

    OK LGY, Ty Cobb it is.

    You don’t think Austin Jackson is the next Ty Cobb?

  25. Irreverent Discourse July 22nd, 2010 at 11:47 am

    do we have any AP images of jackson sharpening his cleats?

  26. SJ44 July 22nd, 2010 at 11:49 am

    He hasn’t been twice the defensive CF Granderson has been this year. Geez Louise, do you constantly have to overrate every young player to make a point?

    Fact is, Granderson has played a very good defensive CF this year.

    Does he make some curious breaks on balls? No more so than any other CF. We just see it more since we watch Granderson everyday.

    You started out by saying Jackson was the best defensive CF in the AL. That is incorrect, he’s not. Franklin Gutierrez of the Mariners is a far better defensive CF than Austin Jackson.

    Just because the Tigers broadcasters think Jackson is doesn’t make it so.

    He is a good young player. He also is playing a bit above his head for periods of the season which is a big reason why his BA is so high.

    If you delved into his numbers and overall game more, instead of overrating yet another Yankee farmhand, you would see his season isn’t as grand as you think it is.

  27. champ809 July 22nd, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Granderson cannot hold AJax’s Glove defensively my friend.

    I’m not even knocking he trade and totally understand why Ca$h made the move…

    And again the Cf in Detroit is twice the size of the Cf in Yankee stadium and AJax is playing with 2 stiffs beside him whereas Grandy has 2 very good fielders next to him. All these factors matter as well.

  28. weez July 22nd, 2010 at 11:51 am

    SS – Jeter
    RF – Swisher
    1B – Teixiera
    3B – Rodriguez
    2B – Cano
    C – Posada
    CF – Granderson
    DH – Thames
    LF – Gardner

  29. Warning Track Power July 22nd, 2010 at 11:52 am

    this is the perfect series for the Yankees to dominate, win the series and try to increase their lead in the AL east.
    this is not the weekend to play poorly or take the opponent for granted.

  30. Irreverent Discourse July 22nd, 2010 at 11:54 am

    champ – i don’t even understand who you are trying to convince at this point, no one believes you.

    i bet i watch more tigers games than anyone here on MLB extra innings (directv rules). clearly you don’t even watch tigers games. lol…

  31. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 22nd, 2010 at 11:56 am

    “Fact is, Granderson has played a very good defensive CF this year.”

    He’s played alright. There have been a couple of balls that he’s misjudged. I’m not as disappointed in his defense as I am in his offense. We could have gotten these numbers or better from Melky.

  32. P July 22nd, 2010 at 11:56 am

    cano had a career .266 avg in the minors. nobody expected him to be this good.. in fact we almost traded him and wang in a pkg.. point is, you dont have to have monster minor league stats to become a major league allstar!

  33. LGY July 22nd, 2010 at 11:57 am

    “You don’t think Austin Jackson is the next Ty Cobb?”

    ————————-

    :lol:

    btw, you never gave me your opinion of what you think of Brandon Laird as a RH caddy for Granderson potentially as early as next year.

    Maybe he could backup Arod at 3rd and corner OF as well.

  34. Wave Your Hat July 22nd, 2010 at 11:57 am

    “you’ll see that most players average is within .020 of their babip for their careers. certainly not .140 under it like jacksons is at the moment.”

    I’m not among those who insist Austin Jackson will continue to hit at the pace he is currently hitting, so we aren’t disagreeing there.

    All I said originally is that Jackson has hit well over the last 28 days, and he has done that.

  35. upstate kate July 22nd, 2010 at 11:57 am

    GTLU
    SS Jeet
    RF Swish
    1B Tex
    2B Robbie
    C Po
    DH Thames
    CF Grandy
    LF GGBG
    3B Nino

    giving Alex the night off as Girardi said he was going to rest him and Jeet on this homestand…Jeter was hot yesterday, so i want to leave him in

    thanks

  36. champ809 July 22nd, 2010 at 11:58 am

    It’s not Tigers broadcasters…It’s opposing players opinions as well as advanced scouts opinion..

    And I said that Guti probably still gets the nod but most that I’ve heard and read have said that Ajax is right with him and I’ve read at least twice scouts say they saw him as being the best this season…other teams advanced scouts.

    And again this is not a case of overhyping a young player the fact is he’s playing a great defensive Cf and having a very good rookie year to date.

    What’s so wrong with giving him his props?

    I was accused-by you actually SJ- of overhyping Gardner in January when I predicted that he very well could and would do what he’s doing now based on his track record in the minors and his season last year. How’d that work out?

    You guys sometimes are too argumentative….

  37. Mike Ri July 22nd, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Hey Granderson has played well against the Sox .. if thats worth anything .

  38. Irreverent Discourse July 22nd, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    champ – so where are these opposing players and advanced scouts that are praising his outfield play?

    citation needed to prove ridiculous argument.

  39. RayVT July 22nd, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Bill D July 22nd, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Yeah I agree!

    LPB173

    I agree as well! Thanks for clarifying it for me!

  40. Wave Your Hat July 22nd, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    LGY-

    I haven’t seen Brandon Laird play, just looking at his numbers I don’t think he’s ready yet. And isn’t he a 1B/3B type? He’s never played in the OF, so how’s he going to caddy Grandy?

  41. icebird753 July 22nd, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    sexier person- ca$ha or ke$ha

  42. Nick in SF July 22nd, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Who said Derek Jeter never poses for pictures?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9.....817064549/

  43. champ809 July 22nd, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    GTLU

    Jeet DH
    Swish RF
    Tex 1B
    ARod 3B
    Cano 2B
    Jorge C
    Grandy CF
    Gardy LF
    Pena SS

    CC “Big Baby” ‘Bathia….13 wins era under 3 and 10 Ks tonight…

  44. Crawdaddy July 22nd, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Champ,

    Stay away from the water with that advanced scouts BS.

  45. champ809 July 22nd, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    All you have to do irrelevant is read….the info is out there

  46. Chuck58 July 22nd, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Doreen, reckon I’ll try GTLU again… :-)

    [1] SS Jeet
    [2] RF Swish
    [3] 1B Tex
    [4] 3B Alex
    [5] 2B Canoe
    [6] C Sado
    [7] DH Thames
    [8] CF Grandy
    [9] LF Brett the Jet

    Thanks!

  47. RayVT July 22nd, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    LF Brett Gardner
    SS Derek Jeter
    1B Mark Teixeira
    3B Alex Rodriguez
    2B Robinson Cano
    C Jorge Posada
    RF Nick Swisher
    CF Curtis Granderson
    DH Marcus Thames

  48. champ809 July 22nd, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Yeah Craw because you know more than guys that have been getting paid for 30 to 40 yrs to scout players….

    I’ll keep that in mind.

    Or better yet wake up and get a clue…

  49. Abe Peterham July 22nd, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    SS – Jeter
    RF – Swisher
    1B – Teixiera
    3B – Rodriguez
    2B – Cano
    C – Posada
    CF – Granderson
    DH – Thames
    LF – Gardner
    Thnx dor

  50. justinxdance27 July 22nd, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    SS- Jeter
    RF- Swisher
    1B- Tex
    DH- Arod
    2B- Cano
    C- Posada
    CF- Granderson
    LF- Gardner
    3B- Pena

  51. LGY July 22nd, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Wave,

    It was reported that he started taking fly balls in the OF before games. Nothing major but something interesting to watch. Maybe he would be able to handle corner OF? GB7 could prob answer that question best.

    I haven’t seen him either, but when I looked up his stats recently I was intrigued by his very good SLG% vs LHP.

    Thought it was interesting so was just throwing it out there.

  52. Chuck58 July 22nd, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Went with the main lineup tonight, hoping to get out of the gate quickly.
    So, had to disagree with Kate re sitting A-Rod.
    And, masher RH DH at 7, two fast guys at the bottom in Grandy and Gardy
    [good luck, Erin, since you have the same lineup :-)]

  53. JM July 22nd, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    My guess is, if Austin Jackson was having the kind of year he is having in New York, we’d all be raving about him.

    That being said, I still like the trade and I still believe Granderson can turn it around.

  54. LGY July 22nd, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    I also wonder if the Yankees will try Montero in the corner OF if the catching thing doesn’t work out.

    RF in YS is pretty easy to handle as far as outfields go.

  55. MTU July 22nd, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Another thing to keep in mind.

    Regardless of how the Grandy trade works out.

    No GM bats a thousand. They are all fallible and make mistakes.

    Except of course, the geniuses like Theo, Jack Z, and Billy Beane.

    They never make mistakes, especially Theo. :)

  56. Irreverent Discourse July 22nd, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    champ – no, i’m not here to prove your arguements for you. i think i’ll keep going on what is actually happening in baseball, and you can live in your fantasy land with your “advanced scouts” that don’t share their opinions with the public.

    seriously, you can’t find one quote from mid season that proves anything you have said? that’s pathetic. i will consider everything you post from here out just as much BS speculation until you prove otherwise.

  57. Erin July 22nd, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Chuck58 July 22nd, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    [good luck, Erin, since you have the same lineup ]

    ************************
    Thank you! Good luck to you too :)

    Now let’s just hope we win.

  58. MTU July 22nd, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    LGY-

    Not likely Jesus has the footspeed for that. :)

  59. Wave Your Hat July 22nd, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    LGY-

    Laird’s SLG vs LHP this year IS very good. But let’s remember it’s on about 100 ABs and he hasn’t shown that kind of power before.

    But I won’t pretend I’m some kind of Brandon Laird expert, ’cause I’m not. :)

  60. MTU July 22nd, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    WYH-

    Why not ? It’s so much more fun when everyone pretends to be an expert. :)

  61. Chuck58 July 22nd, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    “Erin July 22nd, 2010 at 12:17 pm
    Chuck58 July 22nd, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    [good luck, Erin, since you have the same lineup ]

    ************************
    Thank you! Good luck to you too

    Now let’s just hope we win.”

    Thank you. Got my fingers crossed for luck!

  62. Fran the original July 22nd, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Doreen,

    OK. Here goes:

    Derek SS
    Swisher RF
    Tex 1B
    Alex 3B
    Robbie 2B
    Jorge C
    Thames DH
    Granderson CF
    Gardner LF

    Thanks :)

  63. Bret The Hitman July 22nd, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Excellent posts on Austin Jackson and Jesus Montero.

    Both of them have been true ambassadors and have made our minor league system look much more stocked than typically portrayed in the past.

    How can the Mariners not be second-guessing themselves right now with Montero’s recent rampage?

    Other GM’s must be falling over themselves to get access to our young players from top to bottom.

    Cashman is in an excellent position at the trade deadline because he has surplus talent and limited needs, not to mention the Yankees are in first place and have played consistently better than the competition for the entire season.

    I just want to add to the Montero debate.

    Put me in the camp that wants him to develop as a catcher through Scranton’s playoff run which reached September 17th. The playoffs, even though it’s AAA, will expose him to high intensity, high pressure, high leverage at bats. He needs to be part of a battery and calling pitch sequences in precisely those situations if the Yankees would ever trust him as an emergency backstop in the 2010 MLB playoffs.

    I’d like to see Montero experience the AAA playoffs, get called mid September, work with Pena and be added as the last man on the playoff roster in place of either Nick Johnson or Alfredo Aceves. Surely one of them will be out for the year, if not both. The Yankees should exploit that loophole.

    In the playoffs, the Yankees could use Montero as a DH or pinch hitter. If Posada gets injured during the post season, I’d rather have Montero as the third catcher over Moeller.

    The 40 man roster issues can be solved at the deadline of Cashman does a 2-1 deal(s) or a 3-1/4-1 deal(s).

  64. champ809 July 22nd, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    LGY

    The problem with Montero to the OF is that he’s not very athletic and he’s a very slow runner so he’d most likely be a huge defensive liability in the OF.

    I think the kid can stick as a catcher. He won’t be Bench or Pudge but being fair to Jorge neither was he. If he can be somewhere between Jorge and Piazza with his offensive potential then I’d let him catch 80-100 games until Sanchez is ready.

  65. Irreverent Discourse July 22nd, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    is the organization still holding out hope that NJ will return this year? i haven’t heard anything official about it in a while.

  66. MTU July 22nd, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Bret-

    Much happiness going forward with birth of your niece. :)

  67. MTU July 22nd, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Bret-
    Congratulations on the birth of your niece Sloane. :)

  68. tampayank July 22nd, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I’ve thrown in the white towel on NJ

  69. champ809 July 22nd, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I can’t see Ca$h making a roster move just to get Montero 2 weeks on the bench at the end of Sept….

    Maybe

  70. Chuck58 July 22nd, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Erin – good news!
    Fran picked our lineup also!
    We have a good shot, now :-)

  71. 86w183 July 22nd, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Champ809 —-

    I’m very impressed with Austin Jackson and wish the Yanks still had him. Still, I was in favor of the trade at the time and still think Granderson will do big things for the Yanks.

    However I bet you can’t name any of the scouts who supposedly said he’s right there with Franklin Gutierrez. Any scout not employed by the Tigers who offered up that analysis would be unemployed.

    I’d say he and Granderson are comparable defensively and the numbers bear that out. The fact that Jackson plays with slugs in the OF in a big OF actually inflates his out of zone numbers because he makes plays out of zone that Granderson and other good CF could make but don’t have to.

  72. MTU July 22nd, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Bret-

    Best of luck to you and your family with the birth of Sloane. :)

  73. Erin July 22nd, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Irreverent Discourse July 22nd, 2010 at 12:24 pm
    is the organization still holding out hope that NJ will return this year?

    **********************
    Who?? ;)

    I have no idea, but I’ll be REALLY surprised if NJ makes it back.

  74. Bret The Hitman July 22nd, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    MTU,

    Thanx!

    I added an ‘e’ to the end of her name last night.

    Shame on me.

    It’s “Sloan”

    Everything thing went great and the baby and mother are both happy and healthy!

  75. Erin July 22nd, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Chuck58 July 22nd, 2010 at 12:30 pm
    Erin ? good news!
    Fran picked our lineup also!
    We have a good shot, now

    ************************
    I saw that!! That’s always a good sign :)

  76. Chuck58 July 22nd, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Sure is! hahaha

  77. MTU July 22nd, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Bret-

    “Everything thing went great and the baby and mother are both happy and healthy!”

    That is everything one could hope for at the present moment.

    Much joy going forward. :)

  78. Patrick from CT July 22nd, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I hope AJ pitches a complete game so Swish can hit him with a pie…

  79. Nick in SF July 22nd, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    rare photo of Hank at Yankee Stadium:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9.....818648232/

  80. Patrick from CT July 22nd, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Doreen,
    GTLU-
    Jeter-ss
    Swish-fr
    Tex-1b
    Arod-3b
    Cano-2b
    Posada-c
    Granderson-cf
    Thames-dh
    Gardner-lf

  81. MTU July 22nd, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Nick-

    What an insult to Dr. Kissinger. :)

  82. Erin July 22nd, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Bret-congratulations on the birth of your ni-ece!! I love her name!

    BTW- if her last name is Peterson, that would just be too cool. ;)

  83. ADam July 22nd, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    GTLU

    SS Jeter
    RF Swish
    1B Tex
    3B AROD
    2B Robbie
    C Jorge
    DH Thames
    LF Gardy
    CF Grandy

  84. Felix July 22nd, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Cnnsi.com is reporting that World Series winning Manger Ralph Houk has died at age 90

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....?eref=sihp

  85. MTU July 22nd, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Nick-

    I forgot to ask. How was the PR food ?

  86. Chuck58 July 22nd, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    That’s true, Felix. Champs in 1961 and 1962, and AL Pennant in 1963.
    RIP, Major.

  87. Warning Track Power July 22nd, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Jeter-SS
    Swisher-RF
    Tex-1B
    ARod-3B
    Cano-2B
    Posada-C
    Granderson-CF
    Thames-DH
    Gardner-LF

  88. Nick in SF July 22nd, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I had an excellent Jamon, Queso, Y Huevo sandwich at the PR restaurant last night, thank you.

    Photo will possibly by posted eventually, but I’m trying to stay chronological and I’m heavily backlogged.

    Just posted Phil Hughes win #9 photo: :oops:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9.....818711960/

  89. Chuck58 July 22nd, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Heavily backlogged, Nick?
    Better eat more fiber ;-)

  90. JobaTipsHisCap July 22nd, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    ““Trying to bloop it over the pitcher’s head and into center field,””

    That’s a good approach by Jeter. :)

    4 games on YES, no My9, chance to sweep KC is increased significantly.

  91. Fran the original July 22nd, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Erin – good news!
    Fran picked our lineup also!
    We have a good shot, now
    *****************************
    Chuck and Erin,

    I hope we win. But you never know what surprises Joe has.

  92. MTU July 22nd, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Nick-

    I’m just the opposite, I already have tribute #12 twelve ready and waiting for him. :)

  93. Chuck58 July 22nd, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    That’s true, Fran.
    That’s why Joey is Da Man :-)

  94. Irreverent Discourse July 22nd, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    nick – whats the story behind the photo’s? just where you happen to be when he wins?

  95. Don Vito A. Bellamo July 22nd, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    that is a 4 game sweep right there, folks ! :-)

  96. Warning Track Power July 22nd, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Nick in S.F.-
    Take care of that backlogged situation ya hear

  97. Joe from Long Island July 22nd, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    People are talking about backlogged situations…..

    We need a game. Tonight cannot come fast enough :)

  98. BB67 July 22nd, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Jesus Montero, DH: 3 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – eight for his last nine with two doubles & two homers … .420/.532/.740 in July … he hasn’t struck out in ten days.

    .823 ops for the year.

  99. MTU July 22nd, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Joe-

    Any new trade speculations on your part ?

  100. upstate kate July 22nd, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    congrats Bret
    don’t forget the Yankees onesie as a gift to get her starting out correctly :)

    Chuck/Erin/Fran
    your line up was my original one, since its night game after a day game…but then I thought I would get cute, seeing as Girardi said he was going to rest Jeet/Alex…

  101. Nick in SF July 22nd, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    chuck, that’s a sad commentary on my photo skills.

    MTU, visits for wins 10 and 11, plus ASG appearance, have been made and photos taken, they just haven’t been posted yet.

    Irreverent Discourse, the story, as it is, is just that I said I would honor Phil with a meal appropriate to his Orange County roots when he got his first win — commenter Betsy suggested In-N-Out Burger. Esteemed commenter Pat M. then ruled than a visit to In-N-Out must be made each time Phil gets a win this season. I already had set up this photo ‘blog’ to document my research in Taiwan, as seen here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9.....451651434/

    …so it seemed the appropriate place to document my tributes to Phil’s success along with other Yankee-related photos and other things that pique my interest.

  102. Erica in NY July 22nd, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Joe from Long Island July 22nd, 2010 at 1:00 pm
    People are talking about backlogged situations?..

    We need a game. Tonight cannot come fast enough
    *************

    I agree

  103. pat July 22nd, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    If you are on Twitter and are looking for prospects to hug, you should follow Josh Norris. He’s the Thunder beat writer and has video of games in his tweets.

    jnorris427 In case you missed it, here are each of the nine Charleston RiverDogs at-bats from yesterday’s first inning. http://bit.ly/aSkP2i

  104. blake July 22nd, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    If the Cards were to trade for Oswalt then that would be some rotation for the rest of the NL to face..

    Reports are that Chris Paul wants a trade and that the Knicks and Magic are two of the teams he would accept a trade to. Put CP3 on the Knicks and the are instantly pretty good and put him on the Magic and they are better than the Heat IMO…should be interesting.

  105. MTU July 22nd, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Blake-

    I saw the Oswalt to the Cards rumor earlier but didn’t post it.

    Carpenter, Wainwright, and Roy O. That would be tough.

    Roy even said he might not force the Cards to pick up his 12 option.

    There are going to be some big trades by the TD. :)

  106. Chuck58 July 22nd, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    hahaha, Nick – no worries;
    indeed, your photo displays are always enjoyable.

    Now, when Sergio does well, will you celebrate at El Pollo Loco?

  107. BB67 July 22nd, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    The lakers were mentioned as one of his teams he wouldn’t mind.

  108. MTU July 22nd, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Chuck-

    My YMH tributes are unique. Unlike Pat M. and Nick who just add calories to honor Phil I subtract them by dedicating hiking excursions to his victories. :)

  109. m July 22nd, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Richie Rich,

    Welcome aboard!

    I don’t think it’s necessary to tear down Austin Jackson or Curtis Granderson to support your position.

    I don’t think anyone would’ve thought that Jackson would polish up his bat quite this soon.

    As for Coke. Lord. You guys know that he’d never be our EIG. I know that he’d help this sad sack of a bullpen. But…no. Not the 8th.

    Granderson had disappointed to be sure. And I personally would like Gardner in CF over Granderson. But. You can’t undo trades (well the gm’s could, but they won’t). Scherzer is the one that’s lighting it up now.

    Anyway, it’s too soon to write off Granderson.

    And btw. How about that Nick Swisher? He cleaned up really well. Once upon a time I was leery about him in RF. But, he improved in lots of areas. Really honing his craft. That’s so nice to see.

  110. pat July 22nd, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    YankeesPR Yankees’ 2009 WS trophy on display inside Gate 2 from Thurs-Sun. Fans can take photos with the trophy from gates opening until 1st pitch.

  111. Joe from Long Island July 22nd, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Trade specs…

    I really think – emphasis on just my wild thoughts – that Cash is not going to deal anybody from the system for a mediocre relief pitcher. We have enough of those already. If that’s all he can get, then he’ll go the in-house route.

    If he’s going to make a deal, then he’ll use his chips for someone who will make a real difference, now and in the future. That’s why the speculation about Soria yesterday got my attention. Because, I can see Cash moving talent for a player of that caliber. Otherwise, it’s “why bother” with all it takes to do a deal.

    SJ is right – taken in isolation, KC has no need to deal Soria. However, if trading him allowed KC to accomplish some other, desirable, end….like unloading salary of a Jose Guillen, then that’s another thing. And it’s not like they need Soria to fill a need for them – they’re not going anywhere this year, why do they need a lockdown closer. Soria is only useful to them in that he allows them to achieve some other goal besides winning games and improving their record this year.

    So, the logic for that deal is there. But, like Sterling likes to say, you can’t predict baseball.

  112. blake July 22nd, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    MTU,

    It would make the cards pretty tough in a playoff series.

    If Paul were to go to the Lakers then go ahead and cancel the NBA season and give them the trophey.

  113. Erin July 22nd, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    m July 22nd, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    And btw. How about that Nick Swisher? He cleaned up really well. Once upon a time I was leery about him in RF. But, he improved in lots of areas. Really honing his craft. That?s so nice to see.

    ************************
    How could you not love The Swish? :)

  114. m July 22nd, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Oooh. I saw you mention Lakers as one of his teams. I know exactly who and what you’re talking about.

    Heard it on the radio last night. Lakers, Heat, and Knicks. I would love to have Paul on the Lakers, but too little too late, Chris! We’ve already signed Blake AND Fish. I think the Knicks make a big push for him. He’ll just replace Steve Nash’s role in Phoenix East.

    What kind of package will it take to land Chris Paul? It might not be that much, as he’s going to “ratchet up his exit strategy” in the next few weeks.

  115. Nick in SF July 22nd, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I have had Mexican food to honor Aceves, but Mitre deserves Mexican with an LA twist, so El Pollo Loco would be a good choice to celebrate his first win. Or Del Taco.

    Mmmmmm, this could be a good Saturday.

  116. Chuck58 July 22nd, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    MTU, always good. Hiking, biking, kayaking, running [all of which means I can celebrate with more food and drink!! Yay!]

    Tough call, Nick – maybe combine Del Taco AND El Pollo Loco? Mmmmmm…..

  117. Giuseppe Franco July 22nd, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    When Swish came over in the trade from the White Sox, he had just finished a .200 season and was not a good defender at all.

    A year and a half later, he’s improved his defense significantly and he’s hitting .300. He’s also one of the best run producers on the team right now and has become a fan favorite.

    I’ll argue that Granderson has more tools to work with than Swisher and I believe he’ll turn things around.

    If Long can do wonders with Swisher and Gardner, he can certainly do the same for Granderson.

  118. Erica in NY July 22nd, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Nick in SF July 22nd, 2010 at 1:15 pm
    I have had Mexican food to honor Aceves, but Mitre deserves Mexican with an LA twist, so El Pollo Loco would be a good choice to celebrate his first win. Or Del Taco.
    ***************

    If Mitre does well you should eat a big plate of meat aka a Meat Tray…
    Get it?? :lol:

  119. MTU July 22nd, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Joe-

    There is no doubt that some point a guy like Soria would be a difference maker.

    It would be great to have a guy like that as the heir apparent to Mo.

    Unfortunately, It seems unlikely that Cash would offer up the pieces that would likely be required unless it was known that Mo wishes to depart the scene in a fixed amount of time.

    I am still thinking we will upgrade the bench at the very least.

    There has been speculation about johnny Peralta, and others.

    WYH wants a platoon partner for Grandy.

    Prices may drop over the next week or so. :)

  120. LGY July 22nd, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Okafor’s huge contract is the wildcard in the CP3 sweepstakes.

    If the Knickerbockers are willing to take that on (they have the cap space to do so) they could jump ahead of the pack.

  121. m July 22nd, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Do they still have El Pollo Locos?

    Nick in SF,

    Since you’re on. I wanted to get your thoughts on the Monty Python problem. (since you like probabilities and you like to argue :lol: )

  122. blake July 22nd, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Joe,

    I can see that. The Royals are a long way from being competitive….they may not even be competitive over the life of Soria’s contract. A closer is pretty meaningless if you’re not good enough to have leads consistently anyway. So I do think they would trade him if they could unload salary and aquire some players that could help them cheaply rebuild. However, I have reservations about giving top prospects for a relief pitcher. If they’d take lesser prospects in exchange for ridding themselves of Guillen they I say do it because Soria would be a difference maker this year…I don’t know if that’s something they’d do though.

  123. Nick in SF July 22nd, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I can see you’re having a tough day at work, Erica. :(

    m, I don’t like to argue, I just don’t like seeing you be wrong. But go ahead.

  124. MTU July 22nd, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    GF-

    I like your optimism and common sense with respect to Granderson.

    If Long could turn around Swish and improve GGBG you would certainly think he could help Grandy.

    That’s why I said with respect to Grandy that I refuse to write him off so soon. Especially before K-Long has had a chance to do some intensive off season 1 on 1 with him.

    He will be this year’s project much like Cano was IMO.

    Let’s hope it bears the same fruit. :)

  125. Erica in NY July 22nd, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    New thread :arrow:
    Ralph Houk pas-ses away (gotta love filters)

    Nick, I will respond there

  126. m July 22nd, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Are you (or anyone else) familiar with the problem? I asked Number 1 Son if he watched Jersey Shores. He said no that it dumbs you down. So I teased him with, “And what you do when you go out is not dumbing you down? You can’t tell me you guys are discussing philosophy.”

    And he’s all, “As a matter of fact, we were talking about the monty python problem last night…” and then we got into this long discussion about it. I immediately thought of you. :)

  127. Mike_Boston July 22nd, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Jeter-SS
    Swish-RF
    Tex-1B
    Arod-3B
    Cano-2B
    Jorgie-C
    Grandy-CF
    Thames-DH
    Gardy-LF

    I would think Joe rests/DH Arod Sat, day after night game and Jeet on Sun. Might as well go with best team today and go from there, especially since yesterday was a day game.

  128. MTU July 22nd, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I want AJ Burnett to be as good at delivering the baseball as he is delivering pies. For at least the next 5 games anyway. :)

  129. Tyler July 22nd, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    1. Jeter SS
    2. Swisher RF
    3. Tex 1B
    4. Arod 3B
    5. Cano 2B
    6. Posada C
    7. Granderson CF
    8. Thames DH
    9. Gardner LF

    Thanks Doreen!

  130. ML July 22nd, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    1. Jeter SS
    2. Swisher RF
    3. Tex 1B
    4. A Rod 3B
    5. Cano 2B
    6. Posada C
    7. Grandy CF
    8. Miranda DH
    9. Gardner LF

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