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Off day notes and links

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 05, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Is it just me, or was this a slower off day than usual? The trade deadline has come and gone, Alex Rodriguez has his 600th home run, everyone is well aware of where the Yankees sit in the standings and a Red Sox-Yankees series needs no additional hype. It’s been a quiet day, in a good way.

Not such a quiet day for the Red Sox.

Kevin Youkilis is out for the year. The team announced that Youkilis will have surgery to repair his thumb tomorrow. He’s expected to be back in time for spring training. The news came one day after Jacoby Ellsbury was activated from the disabled list, and three days after Mike Cameron was placed back on the DL with a lower abdominal strain.

Without Youkilis, Cameron or Dustin Pedroia, here’s the lineup Boston is using the night before coming to the Bronx: Ellsbury CF, Scutaro SS, Ortiz DH, Martinez C, Drew RF, Beltre 3B, Lowell 1B, Kalish LF, Hall 2B. The Yankees could see something similar this weekend.

Some other notes.

• Tim Redding, who had been arguably Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s best starting pitcher, has accepted a contract offer to play in Korea. I’m not sure he had pitched his way past Ivan Nova for a call-up, but he had a 0.69 WHIP during the month of July. That’s insane. Just like Donnie Collins predicted, Kei Igawa was moved into the rotation to fill Redding’s spot. Also, Amaury Sanit is back from his suspension.

• Speaking of guys who used to play for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre: Cody Ransom has been designated for assignment by the Phillies and Chad Tracy has signed with the Marlins.

The Royals have designated Jose Guillen. He’s a right-handed hitting outfielder, but if the Yankees had any interest, I imagine they easily could have traded for him instead of Austin Kearns.

Adam Dunn has been claimed off waivers. Jon Paul Morosi writes that the claiming team is unknown, but I find it hard to believe he could have slipped all the way to the Yankees.

Someone finally owns the Texas Rangers, and it’s not Mark Cuban.

• When rounded — like it will be in every statistical listing ever — Mariano Rivera now has a 1.00 career WHIP. Russell Kahn marvels at that number over at Mr. Blogtober. … By the way, Russell calls that post the first of a 954-part series. If I ever claim to have a 954-part series in the works, feel free to smack me right in the head.

Associated Press photo of Alex Rodriguez. Why a picture of Alex Rodriguez at the top of this post? I have no idea, but he looks like he’s 12 years old in that picture. I think that’s why I went with it.

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152 Responses to “Off day notes and links”

  1. MTU August 5th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Have good evening Chad.

    Thanks for all the links and glad you had a chance to catch your breath a bit. :)

  2. SAS August 5th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Chad,

    You are terrific.

  3. CR9 August 5th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Jeremy and Melk Man

    Yes. The New York media and National media doesn’t like any New York team – sans Mike Lupica and his love of the Mets. The NY media wants to see all NY teams fail, but the Yankees first and foremost.

    And Yes. The Boston and National media are schills for the Red Sox, and try to make them look good, so as to drive up the fandom of their clubs.

    They make the Boston teams into the underdog – and who doesn’t want to root for an underdog. This season – if the Red Sox fail – will be blamed solely on injuries, while the 2008 Yankees were not given the same excuse.

    But how in the world can anybody believe that the Celtics – the leader in NBA titles – are the underdogs? Not sure, but like Kevin Garnett said “ANYTHING’S POSSSSSSIBLE!”

  4. pat August 5th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Does anyone else have to fill out the sex, year of birth, zip code survey when you switch threads or is it just me?

  5. CB August 5th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    One of the better newspaper articles I’ve seen in quite some time was written by Marc Carig today – it was a very strong analysis of Alex’s swing mechanics. Very good article, the kind you don’t see in newspapers very often. Very analytic and objective.

    I haven’t seen that article linked to or discussed very much in the Yankee’s blogosphere.

    Contrast that to the NY Daily News’ awful back cover from today which has drawn significant (and appropriate) criticism – and commentary today.

    That’s the crux of the issue. Carig writes a great piece and is largely ignored. The News is insulting and inflammatory and gets talked about.

    There’s so much noise now the worst thing media outlets and journalists can be is ignored. That’s why they want to make themselves the story.

    Writer’s for the Boston paper’s are no different. Just take a look at Dan Shauneggsy’s ridiculous article yesterday about Jacoby Ellsbury.

    Here’s the Carig article.

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde….._kept.html

  6. kd August 5th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    mariano rivera is the best ever.

    it’s a good weekend for the yankees to put the sox away by sweeping

  7. PaulieNumbers August 5th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    @CB That link is broken. You don’t happen to have the real one, do you? I’d love to read it.

  8. pat August 5th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    CB

    I read that article earlier today and left you a note and the link in a previous thread.

    Reading it made me wonder if the timing of going from a weight shifter to a back legger may have caused some of the hip issues?

  9. MTU August 5th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    CB-

    I told everyone what to do the that part of the news in the previous thread.

    I’ll repeat it here.

    It’s for your dog or parakeet to crap on. Not fit for anything else.

    We’ll maybe to start a fire with.

  10. Joe from Long Island August 5th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    CB – a few of us were “talking” about the Carig article earlier today. You’re right, it’s a shame that an excellent piece of analytical sports journalism goes virtually ignored, while trash like that Daily News piece generates a buzz. But, I guess that’s what passes for journalism and writing these days. It is sad, especially for those who remember when newspapers actually were relevant, instead of merely yearning for relevancy. Work like this does not achieve that goal, in my opinion, but instead serves to make the readership even more cynical.

    It’s a shame.

  11. Chad Jennings August 5th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    You know CB, I actually meant to link to Marc’s article today. I read it this morning, but forgot about it. I think I’ll link to it tomorrow.

    The Star-Ledger approaches the beat a little differently than most newspapers, and Marc’s had some freedom to really go after some off-beat, in-depth stuff. That story on Alex’s swing is a good example.

  12. Phil in Columbus August 5th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    mariano rivera is the best ever.

    ******************
    Mo’s post season WHIP is .77, what amazes me is that his era is lower than his whip at .74. Plus his HR/9 is at .1. IMO it is unreal that his era is lower than his whip over 133 innings.

  13. Chad Jennings August 5th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Here’s Carig’s article.

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde....._kept.html

  14. PaulieNumbers August 5th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    @Chad Jennings Thanks Chad! Much appreciated.

  15. Patrick August 5th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Ok I know this was last topic but what is up with Sabathia’s kids’ names? I like the guy, seems like a good person and obviously he’s a great player but come on. He named his children: Carsten Charles III, Jaeden Arie, Cyia Cathleen and now Carter Charles. Naming 3 kids after yourself just seems unbelievably arrogant.

  16. Patrick August 5th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    CC has three kids now with the initials C.C.

  17. CB August 5th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Paulie-

    Here’s the link. This and the scouting report Frankie Pilierre did on Alex’s decreased power this season make for nice companion pieces. Chad had a very good blog entry on Frankie’s piece if you missed the link.

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde....._kept.html

    pat-

    Thanks so much for that. The shift in his approach definitely could have had an impact. That said – even earlier in Alex’s career he was very explosive through his base when he’d pivot. He’s modulated his approach but I think that’s always been the fundamental source of his power.

  18. Eroc August 5th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    CR9,

    Were you singing “Sweet Caroline” after the buzzer sounded at the end of game 7?

  19. Nat August 5th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Yep, I read Marc’s article this morning. It was great. I sent it to a few friends and commented that his article in the kind I’d like to see.

    As I mentioned in the previous thread its obvious Alex has an extraordinary baseball IQ. And instead of the typical garbage too many media participate in these days I wish they would talk baseball with Alex. Because they don’t, because they are in the business of verbal p*rn, we, the fans, miss out on some great insight from one of the best players ever.

    At this point, even if someone tried to do it I wouldn’t blame Alex if he doesn’t trust anyone. Hopefully there are a few media people who he trusts.

    Chad I hope you get the chance to talk some baseball with Alex and get some good feature stuff. It would really be appreciated.

    Besides the horrible headline, the Daily News actually had an article (the one that mentions Wells) with a lot of pitchers talking about Alex’s approach, including Andy Pettitte. It was great reading their view of how he approaches his at-bats.

  20. Erica in NY August 5th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Curtis Granderson’s Yahoo blog entry about A-Rod

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/bl.....ng-content

  21. SAS August 5th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    m,

    Just came back in after a few minutes off. Yes, I had to do that when I registered. I think it gives the blog an idea of who is on the blog. It is not a prying issue.

  22. jacksquat August 5th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Off course Cuban wasn’t going to get the Rangers. Bud Selig wouldn’t allow it. MLB even had the option to award the team to the second highest bidder.

  23. CB August 5th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Chad-

    The Star-Ledger has indeed changed a great deal and is structured in a very different way from what it was when Ed Price was there. They’ve been structuring things more like a blog. Their lack of original reporting on the beat can be frustrating. Lots of linking to other stories.

    In that format giving marc the freedom to do different kinds of pieces – like the one about Alex makes a great deal of sense.

    I just thought the contrast between that and the nonsense the Daily News went with was very stark. After reading marc’s piece you feel like you have a better understanding and appreciation for the game. After seeing the News back page it just leaves you feeling more cynical about the tabloid “press.”

  24. Jason Voorhees August 5th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    .

  25. CB August 5th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Chad-

    Don’t know if you have the leeway or bandwith to do it – but a similar story about how Gardner’s swing has changed would be very interesting. There’s been some stories about swisher but far fewer on how Gardner has changed his approach and swing this season.

  26. VT Yankee Fan August 5th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Wow, I just saw the video of Mark Reynolds getting beaned on Tuesday. No wonder he was loopy on the field last night.

  27. SJ44 August 5th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    If you talk to Alex, he can talk to you about AB’s he had 12 years ago in games. The pitcher, the pitches he saw, what he hit, how he was worked, etc. Its something to hear.

    The only other baseball player I’ve ever talked to with such a memory for this stuff is Jim Palmer.

    To this day, Palmer can tell you practically every pitch he threw in many of the games he pitched. Its incredible to hear him talk about a game he pitched 35 years ago with such precision.

    Alex is the same way. His baseball IQ may be higher than anyone’s in the game.

    Yet, nobody talks about that.

    He worked out some with my nephew this off-season. He watched his swing for less than five minutes, and gave him two swings keys and he immediately saw dividends from the changes. He’s got a great baseball mind.

    A lot of what’s happened to Alex has been self-inflicted when it comes to the media.

    A LOT more however, has not. Like the Daily News headline today. Completely unnecessary and unprofessional.

    He’s good guy, a great teammate, and a guy that has grown up a lot over the past couple of years.

    I think the back nine of his career, on and off the field, is going to go a lot better than some of the pundits are predicting.

  28. Nat August 5th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Here is the article from the Daily News I was talking about. I skipped Wells’ part because he wasn’t talking baseball. Reading the pitchers talk about Alex’s approach and focus on the game even from the dugout was the interesting part.

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

  29. GreenBeret7 August 5th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Noesi and Nova both have taken an unusual beating tonight.

    Mesa will finish tonight with a 3-4 with 2 runs scored and a 3 run homer.

    One thing that gets overlooked is his arm. Last year, he had 15 assists and 3 DPs from right field in 82 games and 4 assists and 1 DP in 39 games in center field.

    They have learned to stop running on him.

    This year he has 5 assists and 2 double plays from center field in 91 games.

  30. blake August 5th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    CB, Chad,

    That is a really good article. Thanks for linking it. I wish more columnists would choose to write about the great player that Alex is instead of picking apart his personality and discussing PED’s every breath. Many scouts considered Alex the most talented kid they had ever seen when he came up….PEDs didn’t give him that, his work ethic, or baseball IQ (which is off the charts). I guess that stuff just doesn’t sell papers….sad.

  31. Nat August 5th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    SJ44 thats exactly what was in the article I just linked. He hit a HR off Harkey in 1995 right before he turned 20 and a couple of years ago he and Alex were talking about it.

  32. CB August 5th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    This was great stuff from Granderson’s blog piece on Alex:

    When people ask about Alex, I just remain truthful. He is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen. His drive and passion to win are above any individual accomplishments he could achieve. On top of all that, he is an amazing teammate. After the trade, he called me within minutes to welcome me to the team. Other players followed, but he made that first phone call and made me feel welcome. When I came to New York for my press conference to be announced as a Yankee a week later, Alex flew in from Florida to show his support. He has helped me with everything else in New York from hitting to which route is the best to take home after a game.

    I think it’s easier for people to get caught up and judge people based on what they see on “SportsCenter,” or read on Page 6 or even here on Big League Stew, but just remember that you don’t always get the whole story that way. I’ve had a lot of teammates in my career when you consider my time in the minor leagues, in Detroit and here in New York. But there is no doubt that Alex Rodriguez is one of the best teammates I’ve ever had.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/bl.....ng-content

  33. GreenBeret7 August 5th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    SJ, Ted Williams and Bob Feller had/have that same recall of pitches and situations. amazing stuff to listen to. Feller is a baseball fan’s dream.

  34. Tar August 5th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Pat

    Only when I registered did I have to give that info.

    Thanks to everyone for that excellent article.

    As for the Daily News, I use to visit Sports Illustrated web site almost on a daily basis (sports info only, haha). Since the hack job by Ms Roberts, I have been there maybe once or twice. I am getting very tired of the Daily News and some of it’s Loopy sports “reporters”.

  35. blake August 5th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Many of the great ones do seem to have terrific memories….probably one of the reasons they were great….because they could remember sequences from the past and use that to their advantage.

  36. Yankee Trader August 5th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Enjoyed the Carig article and the Granderson blog.

    SJ44-
    Greg Maddux was the same way.

  37. clarko August 5th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    I need to comment, as a portrait artist. This portrait of Alex is unlike anything I have seen in 35 years of making portraits- be the subject rich, poor, exhaulted, Sainted, – even the current Pope!
    Alex R. Is amazed by what he has done, crazed by his accomplishment! Those eyes say it all, and that is what he plays/lives for!!! Great photo portrait! Now we know Mr. Rodriquez!
    His pre-600 comments were so much Bally hoo!
    He is really an artist who lives in his world- one of his own making. It is wayyy above money! Even Alex money. It is rarefied, living, beyond the crappundits imaginations, so they write to destroy him. Imagine being the cast-off child of a feckless father, who ditches his only son to an empty field to drill baseballs , alone, as a kid. He does this. The Lupicas hate him because he is still alone, still in his world, a place they will never, ever, taste! the mediocre detest such accomplishments, done outside their smug world views! Who will write the histories of these eventless historians?
    nobody, not even the fans, like me, who read them every day.
    having said that, hats off to Chad for his enthusiasm!
    k
    k

  38. Joe from Long Island August 5th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Great article by Carig. The Times occassionally runs similar analytical pieces. I’ve seen them on things ranging from the mechanics of baseball, to historical items, to financial aspects of the game. Sad that writing like this isn’t encouraged more. Maybe because it takes more effort all around than yellow journalism.

    SJ – I find that really incredible, about guys like Alex and Jim Palmer (I always like Palmer when I was a growing up, even though he played for the Orioles.). Guys like this strike me as real geniuses in their own fields. Simply amazing minds, to go along with amazing physical skills.

  39. SAS August 5th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Granderson’s article was most impressive. I hope he does it more often. Does his blog site have a name.

  40. MTU August 5th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Gb-

    Thanks for the additional info. on Mesa’ arm.

    Another positive to go with the others.

    Not much of a fan of the talking heads or mediots.

    I learn more from people right here on this blog. :)

  41. blake August 5th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    They showed Alex’s milestone homers last night on MLB network (1, 100,200,300,400,500, and 600) and you could see what Carig was talking about pretty evident throughout the years.

    Really the one that stood out the most to me was 400 (his first year in NY)….he almost had a closed stance it looked like, I don’t remember that (maybe it was just the angle) but I do think its interesting when you see old film of a hitter and you immediately notice things that are different in their stances and swings….it happens gradually and you really don’t notice anything has changed many times until you see the old film.

  42. CB August 5th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Just listen to the comments Alex makes in the post games he does – even the ones on the field right after the game.

    When he’s actually asked about the game and the situation he’s able to speak about it with remarkable specificity. It’s very different than the way other players respond. He’s always talking about exact counts, specific pitches, their location. He’s very specific and analytic in his comments. You get a sense of how his mind picks the game apart. Just very different. He says things like that about defensive plays he makes (as a fictional example, “Andy got ahead and threw him a cutter down and away, that let me take a step to my left and that’s why I was able to make that scoop on the ball…”

    He talks that way about plays and at bats he wasn’t even involved with. He’s always picking apart the game.

    But then, he’s usually asked weird questions that don’t really have to do with the game so well you don’t get a chance to hear as much of the good stuff as you’d like.

  43. pat August 5th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    And I got my burn a few more guys from the Boston pen wish.

  44. Nat August 5th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Yep CB, just too bad we don’t get the chance to hear more of it.

  45. blake August 5th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    CB,

    There are guys that can talk about what they did during the game but you’re right, Alex will many times will talk about counts and pitches that another guy hit….pretty remarkable memory and focus on the game he has. and never gets credit for….but none of that matters right. Who he’s dating or whether he was shirtless in central park is of much more interest.

  46. Captain Clutch August 5th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Goob job by the Indians. They won’t win the game but at least they got Papelbum into the game. Too bad Bard didn’t pitch also.

  47. GreenBeret7 August 5th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    John Van Benschoten gave up 5 runs for Tampa to blow a 8-3 lead in the 9th inning. Ouch.

  48. Bo knows August 5th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    GB

    Thanks for the heads up on Mesa a while back. I noticed that he had a good June and started checking daily. Now it’s almost as much fun as following Ajax when he went on a tear in the FSL. The only fly – the strikeouts. But that’s two months and counting of very good hitting with power in the FSL.

  49. Eroc August 5th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Orioles sweep the Angels

    Good debut for Buck

  50. CB August 5th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    SAS-

    Curtis writes a blog for Yahoo sports that’s part of their general baseball blog. Curtis’ “column” is called the “Grandstand” and he writes an entry every once in a while. Not a regular thing.

  51. CB August 5th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    SAS-

    Here’s the link for Curtis’ blog on Yahoo:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/bl.....Granderson

  52. Captain Clutch August 5th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    “He has helped me with everything else in New York from hitting to which route is the best to take home after a game.”
    ———————-

    Maybe Arod can actually teach him how to hit…..

  53. Erica in NY August 5th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    SAS August 5th, 2010 at 9:54 pm
    Granderson’s article was most impressive. I hope he does it more often. Does his blog site have a name.
    *********

    At the bottom of Granderson’s latest entry, there is a link to read his previous writings.

    I really enjoy his writings.

  54. GreenBeret7 August 5th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Bo, those strikeouts by Mesa could be the only thing that stalls him in the minors. He;s very much a Curtis granderson clone as a player except for the arm and that he hits right handed. Even his strikeouts are down this year and walks are up a bit.

  55. Captain Clutch August 5th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Good at bat by Shelley…Let Papelbum keep throwing pitches…..

  56. pat August 5th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    “Maybe Arod can actually teach him how to hit?..”

    or at least give him the same pep talk he gave Robbie in spring training because that worked. :wink:

  57. GreenBeret7 August 5th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Montero with a no contact night. 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.

    Laird is 2-4 with 2 singles.

  58. jesusmonterofordh August 5th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    crowe pathetic

  59. blake August 5th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Off night for Laird.

    GB,

    I hadn’t heard much about Mesa until recently…where’d he come from?

  60. Bo knows August 5th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    What that article also shows is Long the technician. At bat adjustments are made for specific reasons and desired results and are repetition intensive. The adjustments he made with Swisher are self evident. Watching Granderson at bats drive me crazy – everyting is moving even his hands on the bat. Talk about bad mechanics. Here’s to Long in the off season and the Grandy tutorials. They can’t come soon enough.

  61. SAS August 5th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Thanks CB, Erica

  62. G-C August 5th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    I wasn’t around to weigh in on the bullpen situation but I figured I’d put in my two cents now.

    I saw CB’s insight on Robertson and thought it was excellent. He never gets mentioned in the “heir to Mariano” conversations, but the guy has a chance to be a superstar caliber reliever if he continues to progress.

    Its really phenominal that he induces as many swings and misses on his fastball as he does. He throws it 80 percent of the time and this year its only averaged 91.9 MPH. That tells you that it has really special late life and movement and that he also does a terrific job of hiding the ball. The only thing limiting him so far has been his command, both in and out of the strike zone. I really do believe his problems with walks are a byproduct of his mental approach and nibbling rather than mechanics. I’m no pitching coach, but I love his mechanics and always have- he has long, clean arm action and throws the ball the same way almost every single time.

    Robertson’s fastball, if he continues to develop command of it, could become one of the single best pitches in baseball. He has that Soria/Mo like quality of being able to miss a heapload of bats and induce weak, awkward swings with average fastball velocity, and there are not many pitchers with that to their credit. Couple that with a knockout, plus-plus curveball- its almost scary to think about how good he could be if he could actually get that pitch over with some semblance of regularity.

    Mark me down as someone who thinks Robertson is a big time sleeper to emerge as a major star in the next year or two.

  63. GreenBeret7 August 5th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Mesa came to the yanks the year before Laird, Romine and Montero, 2006. He’s 23.

  64. CB August 5th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Trevor Crowe was out in front and hooked foul two consecutive Papelbon fastballs before he struck out on a pitch out of the zone. The first came in at 97 and the second at 96. Crowe was too fast on both pitches.

    That would never have happened 3 years ago. A hitter sees Papelbon’s fastball so well and so early that he pulls it foul with authority.

    Papelbon’s not even close to what he used to be.

  65. Joe from Long Island August 5th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Great discussion tonight, guys. But, I have to get up early in the AM. Pleasant dreams all.

    Let’s get’em tomorrow.

  66. Bring in the Goose August 5th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb.....id=5439258

    I’m still waiting for someone to include Ramirez and Ortiz in these discussions.

    Seems only fair, no?

  67. MTU August 5th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Have a good night everyone. :)

  68. Bo knows August 5th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    An OF that can hit with power, run and throw and steal bases. Whoa. Come on Mesa, I don’t care if you’re 23. Give ‘er.

  69. JobaTipsHisCap August 5th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    omg, they will be in trouble tomorrow night on My9

  70. Betsy August 5th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    CB, Carig is a pretty thoughtful writer. I don’t always agree with him, but I think he’s a smart guy who actually understands the game. He’s not like Sherman, Madden, etc…………and that’s a good thing.

  71. blake August 5th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    GB,

    Thanks…seems like he’s doing well.

    I agree on Papelbon. He’s just not the same guy..should be interesting what the Sox decide to do with him.

  72. Betsy August 5th, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    I always make a point to go to NJ.com – and I promise (let’s see if I can keep it) not to check Daily News* anymore on line (yes, they deserve an * because they aren’t a real newspaper).

  73. Betsy August 5th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Carig (I think) wrote an article about Phil’s curve recently – really, it was a very interesting piece and informative as well.

    I still think the Sox will be tough even if they end up falling out of the race…………

  74. GreenBeret7 August 5th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Mesa finishes up the night with a 4-6 night, 2 runs scored, a 3 run homer and the walk-off single for his 4th RBI.

  75. ZachA August 5th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Baltimore is 3-0 under Showalter…lol

  76. Betsy August 5th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I skipped that article in the News because I was not interested in reading Boomer’s opinion – never liked him, won’t start now.

    All the media cares about is giving the fans what they think they want: Alex and his current girlfriend, Alex involved in another controversy. They don’t ask him interesting questions – because they don’t care about interesting answers.

  77. GreenBeret7 August 5th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Mesa is an outstanding center fielder but plays all 3 spots equally well. If he ever developes to full potential, he will be a full package.

  78. Nat August 5th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Betsy the article is three pages, Wells is like the first three paragraphs in italics. Just don’t read the italics. Worth a read.

  79. Betsy August 5th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Wow, that was a fantastic article – I think I learned more about hitting in the few minutes it took me to read it than I knew in the accumulated years that I’ve been a fan. I hope Alex is going to be healthy going forward as 7 years is a long time…….

  80. WMD August 5th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Break up the O’s

  81. Betsy August 5th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Nat, ok – even though I promised I’d avoid the News*, I will check it out.

  82. Betsy August 5th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....hes_t.html

    This wasn’t a Carig article, but this is representative of the kinds of articles NJ.com has. I can’t recall seeing an article like this in Newsday, the Post or the News. Newsday is ok – the other two? Not so much.

  83. Betsy August 5th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Nat, that was good stuff…….Alex is a baseball savant, but he doesn’t get the credit for it.

  84. Nat August 5th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Betsy I was surprised. I avoided that article all day because of the headline. It does the article a disservice. Even when they have an article with good baseball information their tabloid genes get in the way.

  85. Bronx Jeers August 5th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    A 954 part series covering Mo’s faultlessness?

    That’s it? Only 954?

    Here’s #955

    http://www.mosnewyorkgrill.com/

  86. Russ August 5th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Chad! Thanks so much for the shout-out re Mo’s WHIP on Mr. Blogtober. Most WHIPs are listed to the thousandths place–I admit that the ten-thousandths place is excessive. So, for today, Mo’s career WHIP is 0.999. It’s unlikely that it stays under 1 forever. After all, the only two pitchers with career WHIPs under 1 died before they got a chance to regress.

    As for the comment on the 954-part series, well, I’m already 1/472 the way done! And the way that Mo is pitching in his 40s, I could be wrapped up before he’s even retired. :-)

    Here was part 2: http://mrblogtober.fantake.com.....-2-of-954/

    What a trip to see my own name on the LoHud Yanks blog. Thanks again for the call-out. Big weekend coming up. Hope you enjoyed the calm before the storm.

  87. Betsy August 5th, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Tabloid genes = loser genes, lol

  88. GreenBeret7 August 5th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    WOW!!! This is really bad news for Russell Martin and the Dodgers. He suffered a fractured right hip and a torn labrum. The words being used were surgery and Bo Jackson. If that’s the case, his career is in real jeopardy, and certainly his catching career.

    http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb......38;c_id=la

  89. Betsy August 5th, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Oh man – I’m not familar with Russell Martin, but it would be a tragedy if his career were to end on that play. I never like to hear about players on any team being injured………..how sad. I hope he’s going to be ok……..

  90. theREALkevin August 5th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    the headline is just for shock value. it has all you guys talking about, doesn’t it?

  91. Nat August 5th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    I think most people know how media works REALkevin. Doesn’t mean people have to like it and not talk about the nature of it.

    And actually, most people weren’t talking about that article at all. We’ve spent most of our time talking about Carig’s article in this thread.

  92. SAS August 5th, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Jeers,

    Good evening. I think Mo should stick to baseball. His restaurant is not so good.

  93. SAS August 5th, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    REAL Kevin,

    More importantly, we don’t want to read or buy the paper. So much for a bad headline

  94. Betsy August 5th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Yeah, I never got the “there’s no such thing as negative attention” theory…….

  95. pat August 5th, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Chad

    Good luck in the game tomorrow.

  96. Erica in NY August 5th, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Good night Yankee people

  97. Bronx Jeers August 6th, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Good evening. I think Mo should stick to baseball. His restaurant is not so good.

    ———————————————————————————————————–

    No? I didn’t figure it would be “outstanding” but I did read that when the Yankees have the night off Mo frequently eats there and sometimes does little stop and chats at the tables.

    I’ll tell you they could probably put a dried out McDonalds burger on my plate and charge me 30$ but if Mo came by my table to say hi….it would be a 4 star restaurant in my mind. :wink:

  98. m August 6th, 2010 at 12:06 am

    pat,

    I like this place, but I get angry every time I have to list my age. I’m not that old, but I don’t want to think about it that often.

    Love you, Jeff, but my computer has had its fill of cookies!

  99. pat August 6th, 2010 at 12:17 am

    “I think Mo should stick to baseball. His restaurant is not so good.”

    I’m surprised. We’ve gone a handful of times and the food was good and friends of ours have gone and were very pleased.

    Our waiter told us Mo usually comes in on Sundays with his family for dinner.

  100. SAS August 6th, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Mo wasn’t there the night we went. It is expensive and although I am not a steak lover, whatever I had was mediocre. My husband wasn’t thrilled with the steak.

  101. SAS August 6th, 2010 at 12:20 am

    pat,

    Our age definitely beats the alternative. I am sure I am older than you are.

  102. pat August 6th, 2010 at 12:21 am

    m

    I know!

    I haven’t moved, been reborn or had a sex change now stop asking me! :wink:

  103. pat August 6th, 2010 at 12:37 am

    SAS

    I’m closer to 50 than 40 but feel 25 and have been known to act 15 on occasion.

  104. Bronx Jeers August 6th, 2010 at 12:43 am

    # SAS August 6th, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Mo wasn’t there the night we went. It is expensive and although I am not a steak lover, whatever I had was mediocre. My husband wasn’t thrilled with the steak.

    ——————————————————————————–

    Yeah I see nothing on the menu that suggests that the meat is prime-dry aged. Which is of course the gold standard for steak. And if a restaurant is using that type of meat, they are definitely going to let you know.

    I see the chef is from the Sheraton hotel chain. That’s not exactly haute cuisine pedigree.

    I want to eat a steak for my upcoming birthday as well. But I wouldn’t hump my butt up to New Rochelle unless it was a can’t miss meal.

  105. SAS August 6th, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Pat,

    Exactly. I am 65. It blows my mind to believe it. Things change but still stay the same. Mentally I feel younger than that. Physically…not so much. I can only try to feel young, so I do. It is fun being a grandparent. Things like that.

    Think of all the Yankee seasons I have seen. The Yankees that only GB remembers playing for the Yankees. I even saw Joe DiMaggio play on TV.

  106. SAS August 6th, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Jeers,

    Smith and Wollensky is my favorite steak house. It is has a varied and very delicious menu.

  107. Bronx Jeers August 6th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    I hate it when you have to enter your birth year on a computer. It’s like “Wow! Do I really have to scroll down this far to get to my year?”

    And do they really have to start with the current year? Are newborns using computers these days?

  108. Ed August 6th, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Jeers,

    that would be smart gifted kids. lol, how you doing buddy?

  109. m August 6th, 2010 at 12:52 am

    “Are newborns using computers these days?”

    Judging by some of the comments, yes. ;)

  110. Ed August 6th, 2010 at 12:56 am

    mel;

    I was a newborn exactly 26 years ago. lol. :)

  111. Bronx Jeers August 6th, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Hanging in there Ed. Thanks.

    SAS,

    I’ve been to S & W’s here in NY. They certainly know what they’re doing. It’s expensive but you’re definitely leaving happy.

    m,

    Good point.

    Gotta get my beauty sleep as I have an AM date with my doctor.

    It’s funny but when you’re younger you only go to the doctor when you’re sick but as you get older you go just to make sure you’re not dying.

  112. SAS August 6th, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Well all I think I will sign off for tonight. Hope we all have a happy 4 game weekend. Go Yankees.

  113. m August 6th, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Anything less than a series win will be seriously depressing. We’re playing the M*A*S*H unit. Hopefully they won’t mash. :mad:

  114. Nick in SF August 6th, 2010 at 3:18 am

    “I get angry every time I have to list my age.”

    Hint: 1918 works.

  115. Roger August 6th, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Joba will miss throwing to Youk’s head this series…

  116. RhapsodyInBlue August 6th, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Bob Ryan thinks Cano is a switchhitter.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....d+Sox+news

  117. Fran the original August 6th, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Looking forward to this weekend. Hoping that with Boston coming in without Pedroia and Youklis the Yanks can take 3 of 4.

  118. MaineYankee August 6th, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Fran

    I’m greedy. I want a sweep. :lol:

  119. Guru Man August 6th, 2010 at 7:52 am

    repost

    This entire discussion about the Red Sox minors not being strong enough to plug their holes is absurd. In 2008 the Yanks were decimated with injuries and our minor leagues couldn?t help at all either. The Red Sox have produced some very good players of late out of their minor leagues, but we couldn?t replace Posada, ARod, or the DH either? Look who we have to fill the spots. So this entire line of discussion about the RS minor leagues being so overrated is off mark. In fact, the Red Sox young pitchers (now in the majors) have been better than ours. Lester and Buchholz is better than any twosome we have generated.

    Regardless, it doesn?t matter, the Yanks strength should be getting the elite free agents and then filling in with some young and cheap home grown talent where you get a few Cano?s and Gardners who blossom into very good/great pros. It is OK to have a few flyers that are young and cheap because the elite players can carry the team, but you need to hit on a few of your young guys otherwise you are just an old team.

    We just filled out DH hole by signing Berkman. If Tex went down, we would have a weak replacement in Miranda. if any infielder went down, we have no average replacement. In the OF we have no OF replacement and in fact, we just went out and got a guy (who I think is pretty useless for this team) who is nothing other than insurance if someone did get injured. So let?s not pretend that it is the RS fault they can?t replace the injured guys with good minor league options, because no team can plug that many holes. The RS are a very formidable team and losing Youkilis is probably the final straw to break the camel?s back, but the RS are still a good team and have a really good record even with all their injuries. if they were healthy they would be right on our heels.

    We have two main issues right now assuming we are healthy. We have a weakness against lefty pitching, specifically, in the OF as a team with lefties can match up against us. We also only have one lefty right now and I am a believer that you need two lefties in the pen to face the righty killers (Ortiz and Pena come to mind). You need to play the matchup game in the postseason. Marte is a huge player to get healthy for us; think about how huge he was against Ryan Howard last year?HUGE.

    We messed up royally not getting a RH bat that actually hits lefties, but our team is good enough to overcome it. Marte getting healthy is very important to us because the rest of the team is just fine and if they don?t get it done, well, they just didn?t get it done.

    Finally, I would not be shocked to see Burnett go to the pen; his 2 pitch repertoire actually would fit in nicely. He also used to throw in the 95+ range consistently and coming out of the bullpen could bring some gas and a hard biting curve?of course, he could be wild thing as well and we don?t have the luxury of experimenting.

  120. Bill D August 6th, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Good morning people. Wonder whether the stabilized ownership situation in Texas and an almost certain trip to the playoffs will have some impact on the Rangers ability to keep Cliff Lee. Given his stated willingness to negotiate with Philly and Seattle prior, he impresses me as a guy who will pitch anywhere, so long as the money’s right.

  121. mick August 6th, 2010 at 8:09 am

    # Apple byte August 5th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    mick August 5th, 2010 at 7:06 pm
    SJ said we won’t need 4 starters for the ALDS, maybe he has info we don’t have

    ………………………………………………………..

    It’s a 5-game series with a day of travel. Four starters would be needed for the ALCS and the WS.
    ============================================================
    Indeed. BUT what about the ALDS??!!?? Can’t get a straight answer. Still looks like we need 4 starters for it if there’s only 1 off day between games 2 & 3. Unless you have CC go on 3 days rest right after game 4.

  122. Betsy August 6th, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Lee knows he’s getting his $$ from the Yankees and he seemed to want to play here with his friends. That said, the team that “owns” a player always has an edge over the other teams so we’ll have to wait and see. I hope the Yankees have a contingency plan in case Lee stays in Texas.

    I’ll be happy with a split. I don’t care who’s in the lineup for the Sox, they keep producing and I don’t expect that to change. Also, except for CC/Lackey (and even with that one: CC isn’t pitching that well and Lackey is always capable of pitching a good game), the pitching matchups are clearly in the Sox favor.

  123. Guru Man August 6th, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Some good articles posted from folks!

    In talking about Alex, some have said he has a great baseball IQ. I agree and if you watch him play you can see someone who is very much on top of the game situation. he is excellent at reading flyballs and taking the extra base, he is great at stealing bases even though he is not quick (even less now), he has a good feel for when to throw home and when to go for a double play, he really does the little things as well as any “big man” in the game.

    That being said, I think he could do better at his tags at 3rd base. Too many times he catches the ball out in front of the bag instead of closer to the runner (think how Cano catches the ball and is almost tagging the guy at the same time). The only other criticism is his ability to catch pop ups. he still concerns me on them more than others and I think it is because he sometimes gets his mitt in front of his eyes…

    Overall, I have been a huge ARod supporter and on thid blog fought with people when they said he was a choker…ARod is a great player and a better person than I think his reputation is for most.

  124. MaineYankee August 6th, 2010 at 8:27 am

    I think if you watch Arod he has done better with pop ups. I think Mick Kelleher(sp) is credited with helping all the infielders. He won’t be as good around the bag being a SS most of his career compared to Cano who came up playing 2B.

  125. Erin August 6th, 2010 at 8:27 am

    I’m a day late on this, but congratulations to CC (and Amber) on the arrival of the newest little CC. :)

  126. Bronx Jeers August 6th, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Aren’t they playing the media game today?

  127. Erin August 6th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Bronx Jeers August 6th, 2010 at 8:30 am
    Aren?t they playing the media game today?

    ***************************
    They are. I’m not sure what time it is though.

  128. Betsy August 6th, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Boy Bob Ryan is a stooge………..

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....sy/?page=1

    Team Checkbook? What are the Red Sox? Hypocrite.

    Blaming the Yankees for ruining Joba is absolutely ridiculous…..actually the whole article sounds like sour grapes. Unless he’s saying the Rays are a mediocre team, then I need to know exactly why this old man thinks the Yankees should have shaken them by now (though to be fair, people here for a long time were saying the Yankees were by far the best team in the division). I don’t disagree with how good the Sox have been – and I think they would have been right there without all the injuries – but he sounds like a writer who’s just writing for the sake of a paycheck here.

  129. Guru Man August 6th, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Maine, ARod dropped one this year? Yes, he dropped 2 or 3 the year before but a popup really should not be dropped…ever, but if you drop 1 or even 2 in a career that is enough. A catcher gets a little more leeway on this and obviously the sun is not in my example.

    One other point I should make is that I don’t like Robby Thompson at 3rd base. To get thrown out at home once or maybe twice a year with nobody out is the most this should happen. Robby has had us thrown out at home 6 times (I am positive about 5) and that is just awful.

  130. Crawdaddy August 6th, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Why bother reading Boston papers when you can’t stand what they write about regarding the Yankees?

  131. Crawdaddy August 6th, 2010 at 8:51 am

    By the way, Bob Ryan’s expertise as a writer is NBA basketball not MLB, therefore, I wouldn’t care to read anything he has to say about baseball.

  132. GreenBeret7 August 6th, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Guru Man August 6th, 2010 at 7:52 am
    repost

    This entire discussion about the Red Sox minors not being strong enough to plug their holes is absurd. In 2008 the Yanks were decimated with injuries and our minor leagues couldn?t help at all either. The Red Sox have produced some very good players of late out of their minor leagues, but we couldn?t replace Posada, ARod, or the DH either? Look who we have to fill the spots. So this entire line of discussion about the RS minor leagues being so overrated is off mark. In fact, the Red Sox young pitchers (now in the majors) have been better than ours. Lester and Buchholz is better than any twosome we have generated.

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

    Exactly what has the Boston system produced from the farm in the last 7-8 years? Two starting pitchers, two bullpenners, a 2nd baseman, a 1st baseman and a center fielder.

    The last catcher they produced was Fisk. The last right fielder was Nixon. The last left fielder was Rice. No shortstops since Garciaparra. since Youkilis is at first, the last 3rd baseman was Butch Hobson.

    They have nobody in the system to replace these players. Lars anderson? Seriously? He’s hitting .240 without power.

  133. Bill D August 6th, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Betsy:

    At Chamberlain’s age, it is probably not appropriate to say that he is ruined at all. Still, I don’t think it’s unfair to suggest that the Yankees handling of Chamberlain over the past few seasons has not necessarily served his best interests.

  134. Bill D August 6th, 2010 at 8:55 am

    “Why bother reading Boston papers when you can’t stand what they write about regarding the Yankees?”

    And then there’s that.

  135. RhapsodyInBlue August 6th, 2010 at 8:58 am

    What bother to read the Boston papers?

    Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.

  136. raymagnetic August 6th, 2010 at 8:58 am

    A Boston writer has something negative to say snout the Yankees. What are the odds?

    I’m tired of hearing about the Red Sox injuries. Injuries are a part of the game you deal with it and overcome or you don’t. Bottom line.

    I don’t feel any type of sorrow when it comes to the Sox. Playing the what if game is silly and a waste of time.

  137. raymagnetic August 6th, 2010 at 9:00 am

    *about

  138. Erin August 6th, 2010 at 9:00 am

    raymagnetic August 6th, 2010 at 8:58 am
    A Boston writer has something negative to say snout the Yankees. What are the odds?

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

    :lol:

  139. Guru Man August 6th, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Betsy, that article was not that bad (outside of the embarrassing comment about Cano being a switch hitter). The Yanks have had their own injuries and are in a good position to finish strong if Andy comes back well and Marte is back in the fold (not to mention the effective Aceves). I kind of agree the Yanks screwed up with the Joba rules and their own change in plans so quickly showed their own admission. That being said, the rest is on Joba now to get the job done.

    Ryan admitted he is taking jabs at the Yanks…nothing wrong with that.

  140. GreenBeret7 August 6th, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Guru Man August 6th, 2010 at 7:52 am
    repost

    This entire discussion about the Red Sox minors not being strong enough to plug their holes is absurd. In 2008 the Yanks were decimated with injuries and our minor leagues couldn?t help at all either. The Red Sox have produced some very good players of late out of their minor leagues, but we couldn?t replace Posada, ARod, or the DH either? Look who we have to fill the spots. So this entire line of discussion about the RS minor leagues being so overrated is off mark. In fact, the Red Sox young pitchers (now in the majors) have been better than ours. Lester and Buchholz is better than any twosome we have generated.

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

    Who has Boston produced in the last 7-8 years that have actually produced much of anything? 2 starters, 2 relief pitchers, 1 1st and 2nd baseman and a center fielder.

    What do they have in the minors? Lars anderson? Seriously? He’s a .240 hitter with no power.

    The last catcher they produced was Fisk. The last right fielder was Nixon. The last left fielder was Rice. The last 3rd baseman was Hobson. The last shortstop was Garciaparra. Pitching? Forget it.

  141. Bill D August 6th, 2010 at 9:03 am

    “I’m tired of hearing about the Red Sox injuries. Injuries are a part of the game you deal with it and overcome or you don’t. Bottom line”

    Same rallying cry of the 2008 Yankees, Ray. Probably going to achieve the same results too.

  142. blake August 6th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Some of Boston’s injuries were just plain bad luck and there is nothing you can do about that. However, the way the team was constructed also contributes to the why….signing and counting on a 38 Yro CFer for example…

    Pay no attention to Bob Ryan.

  143. GreenBeret7 August 6th, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Guru Man August 6th, 2010 at 7:52 am

    This entire discussion about the Red Sox minors not being strong enough to plug their holes is absurd. In 2008 the Yanks were decimated with injuries and our minor leagues couldn?t help at all either. The Red Sox have produced some very good players of late out of their minor leagues, but we couldn?t replace Posada, ARod, or the DH either? Look who we have to fill the spots. So this entire line of discussion about the RS minor leagues being so overrated is off mark. In fact, the Red Sox young pitchers (now in the majors) have been better than ours. Lester and Buchholz is better than any twosome we have generated.

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

    Who has Boston produced in the last 7-8 years that have actually produced much of anything? 2 starters, 2 relief pitchers, 1 1st and 2nd baseman and a center fielder.

    What do they have in the minors? Lars anderson? Seriously? He’s a .240 hitter with no power.

    The last catcher they produced was Fisk. The last right fielder was Nixon. The last left fielder was Rice. The last 3rd baseman was Hobson. The last shortstop was Garciaparra. Pitching? Forget it.

  144. GreenBeret7 August 6th, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Guru Man August 6th, 2010 at 7:52 am
    repost

    This entire discussion about the Red Sox minors not being strong enough to plug their holes is absurd. In 2008 the Yanks were decimated with injuries and our minor leagues couldn?t help at all either. The Red Sox have produced some very good players of late out of their minor leagues, but we couldn?t replace Posada, ARod, or the DH either? Look who we have to fill the spots. So this entire line of discussion about the RS minor leagues being so overrated is off mark. In fact, the Red Sox young pitchers (now in the majors) have been better than ours. Lester and Buchholz is better than any twosome we have generated.

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

    Who has Boston produced in the last 7-8 years that have actually produced much of anything? 2 starters, 2 relief pitchers, 1 1st and 2nd baseman and a center fielder.

    The last catcher that they produced was Fisk.

  145. MaineYankee August 6th, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Guru Man

    I don’t share the same level of perfection you do.

    I tend to take into account what a player or coach contributes overall to the team.

    If you want you can find a flaw with everyone on this team.

  146. Erica in NY August 6th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Good morning!

    Pretty excited about the games this weekend. I swear, after every off-day I feel like its been 3 months since I have seen baseball

  147. Erin August 6th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    New Post: Let’s play two

    :arrow:

  148. Erica in NY August 6th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    New thread :arrow:
    Let’s play two

  149. Guru Man August 6th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Bill D – what you said about Joba was better put than the way I wrote it!

    raymagentic – injuries are part of the game, but sometimes they are overbearing and something no team can overcome. In 2008 this is what happened to the yanks and honestly, Boston has the right to claim it this year if they fall short.

    I would say normal injuries are part of the game

  150. Bill D August 6th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    “However, the way the team was constructed also contributes to the why”

    This is true, though in fairness Cameron tore an abdominal muscle before the season and has been borderline useless since. But poor roster construction was a clear problem for Boston and it really manifested itself at the trade deadline, IMO. They clearly needed to add a bat to have any hope of competing (pre-Youkilis injury – they have no hope now). But because of the lack of flexibility in their roster (read: the DH can only DH, no corner infielders were capable of playing outfield, etc) the bat in question had to be an outfielder. The Red Sox couldn’t even consider acquiring a guy like Berkman simply because, even as they badly needed the bat, they had no place they could put him. It had to be an outfielder and there just were very few available, and the better ones that were had to big a price tag (ie: Nats wanted a Gordon Beckham type for Dunn).

  151. SportsGeek August 6th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Some comments about Mo…

    The original post by Chad said “When rounded — like it will be in every statistical listing ever — Mariano Rivera now has a 1.00 career WHIP.”

    That is really an amazing stat! But, I want to add to it that the career WHIP is actually below 1.000. I think that’s how I would emphasize it.

    Also, in some ways even more incredible, is the fact that Mo’s WHIP has been under 1.00 the last 3 years in a row, and 4 of the last 5… Seems like Mo ages like a fine wine.

    Finally, his number of saves this year is “off” just a little bit. But that’s not his fault. There just have not been enough save opportunities. Lots of the Yankees wins are by 4 or more runs.

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