The LoHud Yankees Blog

A New York Yankees blog by Chad Jennings and the staff of The Journal News


Some off day news and notes

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 30, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I’m about to head out on a late-night drive to Boston. Before I leave, here are a few notes and links. We’ll start with Major League Baseball’s official announcement of some changes to the offseason.

During both the 2008 and 2009 off-seasons, the Major League Baseball Players Association raised with the Commissioner’s Office certain concerns regarding the operation of the free-agency market. Although the Commissioner’s Office found no evidence that any Club violated the collective bargaining agreement, or otherwise acted improperly, the parties agreed to discuss the concerns of both Players and Clubs to determine whether the process could be improved for both sides.

As a result of those discussions, the parties agreed to make certain procedural changes to the free-agency process for the 2010 and 2011 off-seasons that address the concerns of both parties. The changes include allowing free agents to negotiate with all Clubs at an earlier date, earlier dates for contract tenders and free agent arbitration offers, new protocols regarding public comments regarding free agent negotiations, improved procedures for the transmittal of free agents’ medical records, and a prohibition on including “most favored nations” provisions in Player contracts. Specifically, for the 2010 off-season, the new dates that have been agreed to by the parties are as follows:

- Free agents may negotiate with any Club on midnight of the fifth day after the World Series rather than after 15 days as provided for under our current agreement.

- Clubs must offer salary arbitration to free agents by midnight on November 23 in order to preserve their right to draft pick compensation. Free agent Players must accept by November 30.

- Clubs must tender contracts to Players under reserve by December 2.

The parties intend to evaluate whether these changes improve the process for both Players and Clubs, and discuss them in connection with their upcoming collective bargaining negotiations.

Some links…

• An important part of getting Kerry Wood: The Yankees simply outbid the Red Sox. “It ended up being a great move for them and cost us,” Theo Epstein said during a WEEI interview.

• If the Yankees do end up with the Twins in the first round, it’s possible but unlikely Justin Morneau will be back.

• If the Yankees end up with the Rangers in the first round, it’s all but certain Josh Hamilton will be back.

• Buster Olney says there is speculation that this winter’s market for Carl Crawford will come down to the Red Sox and Angels, not the Yankees.

• Possibly helping Robinson Cano’s MVP chances: Miguel Cabrera is finished for the season.

• I wrote a little bit about momentum this morning and wrote a little bit more for tomorrow’s paper. Be sure to check out the 2005 report from The Hardball Times about momentum. I don’t think I’m the first person to cite it when writing about the momentum myth lately.

Comments

comments

 

Advertisement

252 Responses to “Some off day news and notes”

  1. Tom in N.J. September 30th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Safe trip, Chad. The weather could be brutal…

  2. m September 30th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Safe travels. No texting or tweeting on the road. Check in when you get there, please. :)

  3. jacksquat September 30th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Our friend Jose Molina puts the Jays up 4-0 on Minny in the 5th.

  4. pat September 30th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Travel safe.

  5. jacksquat September 30th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Our friend Jose Molina puts the Jays up 4-0 on Minny in the 5th.

    with a two run homer!

  6. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    So what happens if our games with the Sux are rained out? I think we’d have to make them up if it comes to HFA.

  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Boy those Royals can hit the ball.

  8. Rich in NJ September 30th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    The Yankees have to be in the bidding for Crawford, even if it’s only to raise his price…not that they can’t actually use him.

  9. Carl September 30th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    PUT IT ON THE BOARD YEEEEEEEEES!

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    In fairness to all of the playoff teams, everyone seems to be wearing down during this last week.

  11. jacksquat September 30th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    jacksquatSeptember 30th, 2010 at 9:25 pmOur friend Jose Molina puts the Jays up 4-0 on Minny in the 5th.

    with a two run homer!

    oops, sry, it was solo homer

  12. jacksquat September 30th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Liriano had allowed on 6 home runs all year, until today where he has given up 3 in one game.

  13. m September 30th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Hughes had problems with the Jays, too.

    trisha,

    Following the Rays/Royals. The Sox (both colors) are dead.

    Hoping the Sox and Rays blow up their bullpens.

  14. pat September 30th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Lester 8 runs 4 innings. Ouch.

  15. m September 30th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    No Cy Young for Lester!

  16. Erica in NY September 30th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Remember Chad-
    No blogging while driving!!!!!!!

    Drive safe. I hear the weather is going to be wicked rainy

  17. GreenBeret7 September 30th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Trisha, HFA won’t be a consideration in making up the game since NYs are already in the post season. Both the yanks and red sox would have to agree to play a day-night double header on (most likely) Saturday.

  18. KPB September 30th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    GB7

    Haven’t seen you in awhile, how’s everything going?

  19. KPB September 30th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Have a safe trip Chad.

  20. pat September 30th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Rays narrow it to 1 run…..

  21. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    GB, thanks.

    mel, I was going to watch whichever you weren’t between Minny and Rays. But at this point I think I’ll stick with the Rays also and then go back to Minny later.

  22. VT Yankee Fan September 30th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Can someone explain the “most favored nation” provisions mentioned in the original post?

  23. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Just get this to Soria…

  24. KPB September 30th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Is KC still getting a lot of hits and being pests like they were earlier in the year?

  25. tyanksfan36 September 30th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Do you think that the Rays only having one starting LHP helps or hurts their chances in the postseason or does it make no difference? Just something I was thinking about.

  26. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Maybe not so much tonight, but they sure gave the Twins fits!!!

  27. Eduardo September 30th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    @West Coast Yankee Fan
    Your obsession with Trisha is borderline psychotic. Think about toning it down a little?

  28. GreenBeret7 September 30th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    KPB September 30th, 2010 at 10:01 pm
    GB7

    Haven’t seen you in awhile, how’s everything going?

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

    doing pretty well, KPB. Thanks for asking. Hope all is going well with you and your family.

    Been staying away because I got tired of the BS from idiots like the three California phonies pretending to be Yankee fans. They border of stalking, besides being blowhards. It’s a pity because, for the most part, I enjoy the info of some and the being able to rag on Randy, Maine and MTU. They’re easy targets, but, it’s all in fun. Of course, what could be more useful than getting updates on the Muppets from the E twins.

  29. KPB September 30th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    trisha

    Was that an answer for my question? If so, thanks. :smile:

  30. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    KPB, it was.

    :)

    Eduardo, thank you.

  31. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    KPB, the Royals absolutely do not make it easy for any teams they face!

    Jays beating Minny 5-2, top of the 7th.

    GO JAYS!!!

  32. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    “like the three California phonies pretending to be Yankee fans”

    Interesting.

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Wow, Lester’s wheels fell off. 8-2 ChiSox.

    :)

  34. m September 30th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I linked the espn article about the changes. What I took out if it was the Sox are known for using the clause. Looks like the player would have the same trading rights as the player with the most favorable clause. Like if Pitcher A had a full NTC, then the player with the most favored nation clause would also have a full NTC.

  35. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    YESSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Betsy September 30th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Thanks, Chad!

    It’s actually not raining that hard (if at all) on LI – it’s been very windy, though.

    I like not having to wait 15 days to see what the Yankees do with Lee………

  37. m September 30th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Whew. Looks like Tejeda got squeezed, but Johnson goes down swinging.

    The player would have the same trading rights as the player with the best clause on the club.

  38. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    mel, again in terms of be careful what you wish for, HFA definitely gets us Texas…

    But HFA also gets us HFA throughout the AL series.

  39. pat September 30th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Delay of game -Power outage. There’s a joke in there but I’ll pass.

  40. KPB September 30th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    GB7

    Everything’s pretty good here, thanks. Better now that it has cooled off some. I hear you about the BS, that’s why I don’t post to much. I’d really like to be able to in the morning, but I’m either away from the pc or asleep. I enjoy reading them when I get a chance later on in the day. As you said I have to be up on the MNN (Muppet News Network) It’s been awhile since my last joke to you, so I hope you have the strength to handle another one.

    Why do sergeants have so much trouble in the Army……… Because they already have two “stripes” against them. :lol:

  41. m September 30th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Definitely a double-edged sword.

  42. jacksquat September 30th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Bautista just hit a slam (53), 9-2 Jays over Twins.

  43. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Definitely is.

  44. West Coast Yankee Fan September 30th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    GB – unfortunately you don’t get to define what a Yankee fan is. If a nuanced and intelligent critique of blatant mismanagement by Joe Girardi and other nonsensical baseball decision making disturbs you, that’s your right. But those that do so are no less a Yankee fan than you or anyone else. The blind allegiance of sycophants is no badge of honor and those that care and support about the Yankees have every right to be disturbed by some of what has gone on this year. As is evidenced by the fact that we sit helplessly watching Kansas City with no control over our own destiny anymore.

  45. m September 30th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    US Cellular, right? More like a dropped call…

  46. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    “Bautista just hit a slam (53), 9-2 Jays over Twins.”

    Poor Gardy. He just has that kind of face that makes you feel sorry for him.

    :(

  47. KPB September 30th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    trisha

    I remember the Royals being pesky. Like flies that wouldn’t leave you alone. Almost like the bugs and Joba a few years ago.

  48. Joe from Long Island September 30th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Hey, GB – and I thought you were upset with me for not having you over for dinner, lol.

    It’s been a rough week. The mrs. had some friends from Germany stay over with us, and I’ve had to reconfigure my menus a bit. And, if the truth be known, they got in the way a bit with the celebrating when the Yanks clinched a playoff spot with CC on Tuesday.

  49. m September 30th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Um. Joba and Mo have how many blown saves between the two of them? Exactly. Lots of reasons we don’t control our own destiny. A myriad of reasons. The Girardi thing has been beaten to death.

    Sycophants. Huh!

  50. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    KPB, you know they’ve been that way for a while. You’re right. Posters who only bother themselves with wins and losses lose the true essence of the different teams. I remember KC giving teams fits for a while now. They are 2nd in hits and average in the majors!

  51. KPB September 30th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    As is evidenced by the fact that we sit helplessly watching Kansas City with no control over our own destiny anymore.
    ————————

    I thought people were watching KC because the Yankees were off tonight.

  52. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    “Um. Joba and Mo have how many blown saves between the two of them? Exactly. Lots of reasons we don’t control our own destiny. A myriad of reasons. The Girardi thing has been beaten to death.

    Sycophants. Huh!”

    Amen.

  53. jacksquat September 30th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I still don’t know if I really want the Yanks to win the division or not. :)

    I do fear Cliff Lee…

  54. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    “I thought people were watching KC because the Yankees were off tonight.”

    That would be a yes, of course.

    :roll:

  55. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Soria is such a damned good closer…

  56. m September 30th, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Hey, maybe the Rays don’t want to face Lee either!

  57. pat September 30th, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    “I still don?t know if I really want the Yanks to win the division or not.”

    Me either but I like the idea that the decision is theirs.

  58. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    DID YOU HEAR THAT STAT ABOUT THE ROYALS?????

    That is amazing.

  59. Betsy September 30th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I actually have no interest in any of these games, lol. I love having a night off from baseball – I can relax for once.

  60. Eduardo September 30th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    What stat?

  61. SAS September 30th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Hi all,

    It seems like a nice quiet evening on the blog.

    ———————————————–

    GB,

    I know you enjoy the guys on here, but I enjoy your opinions too. I have about given up the game threads. The only problem is that we are in AZ, and I can’t get the Yankees so I am here, even when I am quiet to catch up with what is going on in the game. It has been wild, annoying etc. Everyone complains regardless of how we are doing.

    In any case, I’m glad all is well. When I didn’t see your name for a bit, I was worried.

  62. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Check this out. The Royals are the only team in the majors who have never lost a game when they’ve had a lead in the 8th!!!

  63. m September 30th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Pat the decision is not theirs, but I like the fact that they’re at least paying lip service. Haha.

    At least they’re in. It’s all gravy now.

  64. KPB September 30th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    trisha

    I didn’t know where they ranked. Truth be known, I only follow the Yanks. But, I do remember when a team gives them troubles. Going with my bug reference above, I considered spraying my TV when we played them to try and shoo them away. :smile:

  65. GreenBeret7 September 30th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Joe from Long Island September 30th, 2010 at 10:31 pm
    Hey, GB – and I thought you were upset with me for not having you over for dinner, lol.

    It’s been a rough week. The mrs. had some friends from Germany stay over with us, and I’ve had to reconfigure my menus a bit. And, if the truth be known, they got in the way a bit with the celebrating when the Yanks clinched a playoff spot with CC on Tuesday.

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

    Oh, please, Joe. Reconfigure the menu? What’s so hard about boiling a few potatoes, grilling a few sausages and opening a can of sauerkraut?

    Oh, wait…that’s me.

    How are things going other than toughing it out at the grill, Joe?

  66. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    NICE catch!!!!

    I am really proud of those Royals. :)

  67. Eduardo September 30th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    That is an impressive stat, Trisha. Thanks for sharing.

  68. Carl September 30th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Tied with Tampa

  69. pat September 30th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    m

    Decsion is not theirs now but the possibility that the decision could be theirs lives.

  70. Don Vito A. Bellamo September 30th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    THREE GAME SPRINT TO THE FINISH !!! ;-)

  71. Bret The Hitman September 30th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Joakim Soria.

  72. CecilioGuante September 30th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    nice job Royals

  73. m September 30th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Tied in the loss column. Nice. Winning the division is matter of pride. Should be us, not the upstart Rays.

  74. Bret The Hitman September 30th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Becoming a true Yankee well in advance.

  75. jacksquat September 30th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blueSeptember 30th, 2010 at 10:40 pmCheck this out. The Royals are the only team in the majors who have never lost a game when they’ve had a lead in the 8th!!!

    Somewhat impressive. But they’ve probably also had the lead in the 8th fewer times than most teams in baseball.

  76. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    KPB, with the advent of Extra Innings I started following a lot of the teams a lot more. And before Extra Innings I watched a lot of games that the Sux played against other teams so got to see a lot of the AL teams quite a bit. So I learned to have a true appreciation for what different teams really had to offer. That’s why it would drive me crazy to have people say a team “stunk” just because they had a losing record. The Rays are a case in point. They had good offense and good starting pitching – but a wretched bullpen. They set some record for blown saves one season. They were leading the majors taking a lead into the 7th inning but they also set the record for blown saves!

    KC has been a team that can really hit up a storm. Unfortunately they don’t ever seem to have a stable of starters who play at the same level. If they did, watch out, because Soria is amazing! But yes they are pesky.

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

    And generically speaking, hats off to my Nats!!!

    :)

  77. KPB September 30th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    GB7

    In case you missed it please see my 10:26 post. It has a joke for you at the end. Kind of a shake your head and groan type, but I think you’d like it.

  78. GreenBeret7 September 30th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    SAS, next spring, if you have trouble getting Yankee games, try the MLB-TV.com set-up. About $130.00 for the year. You’ll get every game except for the Saturday afternoon games, but, you can get the radio feeds with it. Not a bad deal. I get that and for another $30 or so, I get the minor league TV feeds. Just a thought. With those and Directv MLB package, I might miss about 3-4 games. If I can’t get the Yankee games live, I watch the archived games.

  79. GreenBeret7 September 30th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    KPB September 30th, 2010 at 10:46 pm
    GB7

    In case you missed it please see my 10:26 post. It has a joke for you at the end. Kind of a shake your head and groan type, but I think you’d like it.

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

    KPB, I read it…just had to clean the coca cola off of the computer.

  80. GreenBeret7 September 30th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan September 30th, 2010 at 10:28 pm
    GB – unfortunately you don’t get to define what a Yankee fan is. If a nuanced and intelligent critique of blatant mismanagement by Joe Girardi and other nonsensical baseball decision making disturbs you, that’s your right. But those that do so are no less a Yankee fan than you or anyone else. The blind allegiance of sycophants is no badge of honor and those that care and support about the Yankees have every right to be disturbed by some of what has gone on this year. As is evidenced by the fact that we sit helplessly watching Kansas City with no control over our own destiny anymore.

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

    Disturbed pretty well describes you.

    Anybody that thinks that a team that wins 94-97 games in the AL East is “backing in” to the post season is an idiot.

  81. Dj September 30th, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Yay for the Royals! My friend was actually at the game tonight, I told her to root extra hard for them…

  82. SAS September 30th, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    GB,

    I would get it, but we are only here in April and a few days in May, and now we are here for a week so I am just too cheap to do that for that short an amount of time, but thanks for your thoughtfulness. I watched on ESPN and was actually grateful that they were on which is a huge change from my feelings when we are in NY.

  83. blake September 30th, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Tied with 3 to go…its possible.

  84. Purenyyankee September 30th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Amazing. Tampa is trying to hand us the division. If Stump Girardi had a clue and if Tin Man Burnett and Gutless Vazquez had any heart, we would have a 5 game lead.

  85. Rich in NJ September 30th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    As long as Pettitte is OK, we’re golden.

  86. Giuseppe Franco September 30th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Couldn’t agree more with GB. Haven’t been around much lately for the same reasons he cited.

    This place generates more manure than a dairy farm when the Yanks aren’t playing well.

  87. m September 30th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    I’m not trying to poke fun at WCYF. But does anyone think the Yankees were helplessly watching KC with no control over their destiny?

  88. Betsy September 30th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Well this is good news, sort of………

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....KHeadlines

    NEW YORK — The Yankees are treating the back stiffness that affected Andy Pettitte in his last start as a one-time occurrence that should not impact his start Friday night in Boston or his ability to pitch in the playoffs

    That is, unless it happens again.

    “Right now, we consider it a low-level red flag,” GM Brian Cashman said. “If it happens again it will be a higher-level red flag. We’ll find out Friday.”

    ***********

    I don’t think there’s such a thing as a minor back injury. I have definite questions about Andy: his rustiness, his health (no pitching on 3 days rest for sure) ……………..I just can’t assume he’s a good thing given these facts

  89. Rich in NJ September 30th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    In effect, the Yankees are a game out given the tie breaker.

  90. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    “Anybody that thinks that a team that wins 94-97 games in the AL East is “backing in” to the post season is an idiot.”

    Or who continue to have self-imposed nightmares about a few weeks in August but conveniently forget a shaky rotation, season-long injuries, an offense that had problems getting runners in, and a closer who himself blew six games. None of that matters of course, it’s the two proclaimed weeks in August when Girardi failed to read the forum and do what California knew should be done. He’s never forgiven him and remains in a perpetual snit about it.

    :roll:

  91. Rich in NJ September 30th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    “I don’t think there’s such a thing as a minor back injury.”

    The operative word is injury. His back is not necessarily injured.

  92. Betsy September 30th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    I meant issues, not facts…………

    If the division is still in play on Sunday, Phil would go; could he still pitch game 3 of the ALDS?

    I really think if AJ pitches a good game on Saturday that he’s good to go for the ALDS………….and I don’t mean as a #4 starter.

  93. Fran the original September 30th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Thanks KC. Hope the Royals can win a few more this weekend.

    Of course the Yankees will need to win as well.

  94. m September 30th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    With a Yankee win and a TB loss tomorrow, the Yankees will be in control of their own destiny.

  95. SAS September 30th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    WTG Yankees. Back in 1st place and we didn’t even have to play a game. That’s the way I like it.

  96. Betsy September 30th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Semantics, Rich – his back froze up on him and that’s scary………I’m not going to assume the worst, but then I’m not going to assume everything is hunky dory either.

  97. Rich in NJ September 30th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    No, Betsy, substance.

    Stiffness is not necessarily a sign of an injury.

  98. West Coast Yankee Fan September 30th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Blaming Mo for being where we are now? And you call yourself a Yankee fan? That’s the most amazing thing I ever heard. Blaming Mo? Wow.

    The reality is that we are tied with the Rays right now, in essence one game back. Care to defend Girardi’s lineup he put out there for the series in Tampa end of July when he started such stalwarts as Curtis, Kearns, Peña, etc?

  99. Ross September 30th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    An excellent result, with Soria closing out the victory over the Rays. However, the Yanks STILL have to break that season ‘tie’ and win one more than the Rays over these last three games.

  100. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    “I’m not trying to poke fun at WCYF. But does anyone think the Yankees were helplessly watching KC with no control over their destiny?”

    Why, he’s more than earned the right.

    And no mel, I think you can tell that the group of posters on tonight were watching for the outcome but hardly with a feeling of helplessness.

    Please.

  101. m September 30th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Things are far from hunky-dory. But things will be okay.

  102. cs in la September 30th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    What does Buster Olney know? I mean, seriously.

  103. ericns1 September 30th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    safe drive Chad

  104. cs in la September 30th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Its funny, the Yankees have to win 2 out of 3 from the Rays without even playing them this weekend.

  105. Carl September 30th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Bautista just hit his first opp field home run lol

  106. Bret The Hitman September 30th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Stiffness can be a sign of great health.

    sorry about that.

  107. KPB September 30th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    SAS

    I agree with GB7 about the MLB.TV. That is what I have and it’s fantastic. You get to choose what feed you want (home or away), if you miss it you can go back and watch it from the beginning or pick an inning, and you can watch any game from the season. Also, they have a huge library from present to 1950s for sure, but possibly late 40s. The radio broadcasts go back even further than that. Downside, if it’s a national televised game your blacked out. And when you go back to watch it later you’re stuck with the national feed. Or, if it’s a team in your restriction area it’s blacked out. But, you can see the feed of your choice later.

  108. Rich in NJ September 30th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Hunky-dory can lead to complacency…

    Just sayin’.

  109. Bronx Jeers September 30th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Wow, what happened to Lester tonight?

    And a big thank you to Mr Grienke for keeping this weekend interesting.

    I’m headed up to Boston tomorrow morning and if God is willing and the creek don’t rise there will be a baseball game tomorrow night.

    I have no idea how to pass an evening in Boston if the game gets called. They have bars there right? But I hear last call is around 1:00am? Puritans I assume.

  110. Betsy September 30th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Rich, I guess. I’m hoping that he stiffened up because of rustiness…………I guess we’ll see tomorrow (if they play the game)

  111. KPB September 30th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    SAS

    You can also get it for a monthly fee.

  112. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    “Blaming Mo for being where we are now? And you call yourself a Yankee fan? That’s the most amazing thing I ever heard. Blaming Mo? Wow.

    The reality is that we are tied with the Rays right now, in essence one game back. Care to defend Girardi’s lineup he put out there for the series in Tampa end of July when he started such stalwarts as Curtis, Kearns, Peña, etc?”

    YAWN!!!!! This thing actually believes he knows more than Girardi.

    And since he is a one-trick pony with no hopes of ever learning anything beyond that one trick, my boredome factor has been more than saturated.

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

    GB, good call on the California faction. I hadn’t noticed that before you mentioned it.

  113. pat September 30th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    “But does anyone think the Yankees were helplessly watching KC with no control over their destiny?”

    Too many good restaurants in Boston for them to be channel surfing in a hotel eating room service.

  114. jacksquat September 30th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    With back problems, if it’s muscular, not necessarily too bad. If it’s spinal, can be a problem for… ever.

    And Bautista with #54…

  115. blake September 30th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Yea…essentially they are a game out….probably will still need a sweep at Fenway unless KC can manage to win 3 of 4 in their series.

  116. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    “I have no idea how to pass an evening in Boston if the game gets called. They have bars there right? But I hear last call is around 1:00am? Puritans I assume.”

    Where are you staying? Are you anywhere near the Copley Plaza?

  117. m September 30th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    I’m not blaming Mo. Just pointing out how ridiculous it is to single any one person out. Yet you continue to do it!

    Keeping pounding that drum. Some of us have moved on.

  118. Yank 97 September 30th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    # Bret The Hitman September 30th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Joakim Soria.

    What about him :lol:

  119. Yogi Mantle September 30th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Betsy, there are absolutely differences in back problems. Major differences.

    Is it muscular? Is it stemming from tightness in the groin area (this is a very common, though poorly diagnosed source or lower back problems)? Is it compression on the nerves? Is it a disk problem?

    All will cause problems, but some are quite minor compared with others.

    I’ve had back problems that were totally cleared up by simple manipulation or acupuncture.

    The illiosolas muscle (not sure if I spelled that right) can go into spasm and it pulls the lower back too far forward. A 10 minute treatment to end the spasm and no more back pain. I’d say that is minor.

  120. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Okay forget for the moment HFA.

    If you had to pick the team we see in round one, who would it be? It’s fine to be okay with either. Just curious about who you’d prefer to see.

  121. m September 30th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    I noticed it but never wanted to say anything. People have the right to post what they want, but I thought Cali people were supposed to be laid back? ;)

  122. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    “What about him”

    I would probably give up a lot to have him on my team.

  123. Betsy September 30th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Yogi, sorry to hear you’ve had back problems, but I’m glad they were cleared up.

    I guess it’s not going to do me any good to worry, so I’ll just assume Andy is going to be ok.

  124. Rich in NJ September 30th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    What’s the under/over on Bautista’s 2011 HR total?

    I’ll say 20.

  125. Rich in NJ September 30th, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Apparently, m is confusing Cali with NJ.

  126. PepeSilvia September 30th, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Are any of you rooting for the Rays now? I honestly hope they win the division, with morneau out, mauer not 100 percent, and the yankees history with the twins, I’d really rather see them than the rangers.

  127. PepeSilvia September 30th, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Are any of you rooting for the Rays now? I honestly hope they win the division, with morneau out, mauer not 100 percent, and the yankees history with the twins, I’d really rather see them than the rangers.

  128. ericns1 September 30th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    SAS – I joined Yankees Universe and got free audio for the season – great to hear the clubhouse reports after the game

  129. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    I REALLY feel bad for Minny and Gardenhire. 13-2 Jays. As someone who is never fond of annihilation on either side of the ledger, it does bother me.

  130. jacksquat September 30th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Ignoring the HFA factor, I’d much rather face the Twins. Not that they aren’t good, I just fear Cliff Lee. More than any other pitcher the Yankees could face, he has the ability to just completely shut down their offense. I’ve seen enough of that guy.

  131. Bronx Jeers September 30th, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Where are you staying? Are you anywhere near the Copley Plaza?

    ———————————————————————————–

    Westin Copley.

  132. m September 30th, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Holding out for the division, but I’d rather face the twins. Win-win for me. Like just about everything else in my life.

  133. SAS September 30th, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    KBP,

    If I can get it for the month of April, that would be perfect. I’ll get all the playoff games because they are nationally televised. However, over this weekend, we will probably get SF/SD instead of Yankees/Sox. That is an annoyance.

  134. Rich in NJ September 30th, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    “Are any of you rooting for the Rays now?”

    Noooooooo!

    Whatever happens, happens.

  135. Yanks78 September 30th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Shows how quickly things had changed— Lester was a legit. darkhorse for the CY Young, probably 2nd or 3rd place and had better ERA and peripherals than CC. A good start would have gotten him 20 wins and an ERA of 2.8-2.9.

    Then tonight, he gives up 8 runs and his ERA goes from 2.9ish to 3.26. Now his numbers are worse than CC.

    In a way, it sucks that one bad start can ruin your chance at a CY Young.

  136. West Coast Yankee Fan September 30th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Trisha I’ll trade you one of hundreds of bleacher tickets I have kept in a Keds shoebox for decades – for one intelligent comment from you that isn’t blindly defending the indefensible.

  137. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Pepe, that’s why I asked the question. Some people have been frantic for the division, but that automatically means Texas. HFA splits don’t really feel like HFA to me at all, especially since you are playing teams in the first two rounds that you’ve played all season. The only place I really want HFA is the one place we won’t have it – the world series.

    GRRR!!!

  138. SAS September 30th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Sorry I mixed up your initials KPB

  139. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    “Trisha I’ll trade you one of hundreds of bleacher tickets I have kept in a Keds shoebox for decades – for one intelligent comment from you that isn’t blindly defending the indefensible.”

    Z-zzzzzzzzzzz

  140. KPB September 30th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    SAS

    If you go the monthly route, you can get it anytime you want to. You can also cancel anytime you’d like.

  141. MTU September 30th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Blake-

    Winning last night would have made the road ahead a lot easier but
    most people like stories that have interesting plots, or surprise endings don’t they ? ;)

    Strange game that baseball. Never can tell what’s gonna happen.

    GB-

    If you feel like a you need a harrassment fix I’m usually around in the AM but that’s if you don’t need your beauty sleep. ;)

    Good night you rascally wabbitts. There ain’t no more news that’s fit to print.

  142. blake September 30th, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Liriano is pretty good himself and the Yanks have seen him much less than Lee….never a good idea to wish to play anybody….just play out these last 3 hard and then beat whoever you wind up playing.

  143. Jerkface September 30th, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    The yankees are no longer a game out. The rays and yankees now have an identical record with 3 to play.

    They just need to win 1 more than the Rays.

  144. Yogi Mantle September 30th, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    I wonder how many votes for MVP Bautista will lose due to suspicion of PED aided stats?

    Making the jump he made is possible, I guess, but he has almost doubled his career number of HR’s. That’s a huge jump. When coupled with a number of fellow players who have shown increases in HRs, it has to be questioned.

  145. West Coast Yankee Fan September 30th, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    So much for your garbage about not being a Yankee fan because I live in California. Jealous are you? Where’s home Newark?

  146. GreenBeret7 September 30th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    The one area that Cashman needs to strengthen this winter is the bullpen. Other than resigning Kerry Wood, I’d target Robinson Tejada or Joaquin Benoit. Trying to sign a soriano isn’t realistic unless Rivera calls it a night after the season. He’s not taking a backup roll at any price unless a team offers him a Rivera type contract for 5 years.

  147. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    “Westin Copley”

    I think you should be fine if you don’t mind a more upscale clientele. It seems that their lounge is open forever. I don’t know much about the kids bars there. In fact, I think you’d be safer in the Copley bar. There isnt going to be a lot of levity toward Yankee fans in beantown this weekend, I would think!

  148. Fran the original September 30th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    I would say I’d rather the Yanks face Minnesota, but I’ve learned from the past be careful what you wish for.

  149. Betsy September 30th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    As Rich said, whatever happens, happens – no WS caliber team should be scared of any team.

  150. blake September 30th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    MTU,
    Had the Yanks won last night then at least they would have controlled their own fate…they still have a shot but will need to play well and get a little help from KC….in better position than yesterday though.

  151. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    “Holding out for the division, but I’d rather face the twins. Win-win for me. Like just about everything else in my life.”

    I hear ya! I’ll adjust no matter.

    :)

  152. KPB September 30th, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    SAS September 30th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Sorry I mixed up your initials KPB
    —————

    YOU DID WHAT!!!!!!!!!……… Just kidding. I didn’t even notice until you said something, and I went back and looked closer. :lol: To get all I described earlier, you have to get the premium and I think it’s like $15.00.

  153. blake September 30th, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    They are tied but because of the tiebreak they are for all practical purposes a game out of where they need to be….

  154. PepeSilvia September 30th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Trisha, exactly how I feel, why go crazy over these next 3 games all to face a pitcher who has been absolutely dominant against the yankees in the post season, coupled with one of the most powerful lineups in baseball? Especially when considering the current state of the twins. I say rest who needs to be rested and just see how it plays out.

  155. MTU September 30th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Blake-

    The name of the movie I will dream about tonite is “V for Vendetta”.

    It’s the right theme for victory against Boston.

    See you in the AM. Dream well. :)

  156. trisha supporter September 30th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    “I’ll adjust no matter.”

    I hear ya!

    :) :) :) :)

  157. blake September 30th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    MTU,
    I’m out too…nite all.

  158. SAS September 30th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    KPB,

    Sounds good to me. Remember when watching TV was free. We have 2 cable companies, etc.

  159. KPB September 30th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    MTU

    I read earlier about your dog. I hope everything goes well.

  160. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Pepe I hope that’s what Girardi does. Let it play out and keep guys as fresh as you can.

    But it’s all good because I don’t think our Yankees can be beat – not to say they might not lose a game, but overall I think we’re on our way to 28.

    :)

  161. Yogi Mantle September 30th, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    I don’t root for the Yankees to face any certain team. Too often it doesn’t work out as you would think. That’s happened too much the last few years.

    What a team can do during the regular season doesn’t mean a thing when they reach the post season.

    For all we know, AJ could end up being the MVP of the team for the post season. (Not likely, but hey, you never know).

  162. GreenBeret7 September 30th, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    SAS, you can purchase MLBTV.com on a monthly basis for about $25-$30 a month.

  163. JobaTipsHisCap September 30th, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    if Yanks didn’t waste those games vs. Sux which they blew 5 or 6 runs lead….

  164. Betsy September 30th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Nite, blake!

  165. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    “I hear ya!

    :) :) :) :)

    Life is sure good when you’re a Yankee fan!

    :)

  166. Bronx Jeers September 30th, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    I think you should be fine if you don’t mind a more upscale clientele.

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

    More upscale than myself? Inconceivable!

    I went up there for the 1st time last season and as I was by myself, I was a bit worried about announcing my allegiance. But when I got to the park I actually felt embarrassed that I wasn’t wearing at least a Yankee hat. There was lots of Yankee gear and and I didn’t see anybody getting hassled.

    Honestly, from what I saw, Sox fans have it much harder in the Bronx.

  167. MTU September 30th, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    KPB-

    Very kind of you to say so. The little Mop is doing just fine so far.

    Right now He is only good for light dusting until he is fully recovered.

    I hope thing are good down on the bayou ? I would love to celebrate the division win there. Beer, crawfish, gumbo. Man it makes my mouth water. And of course, Ronstadt singing it in blue.

    Time to dream. Be well. :)

  168. Melk Man September 30th, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    “if Yanks didn’t waste those games vs. Sux which they blew 5 or 6 runs lead….”

    Thanks to Jaba

    lol

  169. trisha supporter September 30th, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    “Life is sure good when you’re a Yankee fan!

    :)”

    It absolutely is!

    :) :) :)

  170. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    “(Not likely, but hey, you never know).”

    You’re right, you never know. And that’s the joy of sitting back and enjoying the show without summoning every rain cloud you can find in the sky…

  171. EA September 30th, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Hate the new NYYfans layout

    Then again, I hated this one at first too but got used to it

  172. PepeSilvia September 30th, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Lets hope so, I like the optimism I’m hearing from everyone

  173. KPB September 30th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    SAS

    I’m at the age where I’m in the middle between how it was and where it is now. When I started going to school you could still be paddled and said the pledge every morning. By the time I got through Jr. High both were gone. I remember when cable first came out, I was so excited about having 15 channels instead of 3. My dad laughed and said that’s kind of how he felt about having TV instead of radio.

  174. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    “if Yanks didn’t waste those games vs. Sux which they blew 5 or 6 runs lead….”

    But seriously, isn’t it easy to assign blame to certain games when you could as well assign blame to so many other games? And believe me, I am not into blame but I am just pointing out so many times there were opportunities – for all teams I’m sure. How about the series with the Rangers (I believe that’s the one) where the Yankees left 32 men on base? See there have been any number of situations that, were they different, would have led to a different outcome.

    But the important thing is we’re in the postseason. That’s what we’ve played for, and now it’s here.

    Time to hold onto that faith in the team you know can do the job, and really, enjoy the show!

    With that, I think I will go and enjoy another show – things I’ve DVRd but haven’t gotten to watch!

    Good night sweet Yankee fans. What a wonderful (Yankee) universe!

    :)

  175. Betsy September 30th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    The new layout is ok………….It’s similar to another board I go to. I don’t like change, however, so I prefer the old layout

  176. tyanksfan36 September 30th, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    I’d rather them play the twins too. They’ve been far more dominant against them this season and in the past. Also, cliff lee has their number and its not likely they will beat him especially in a playoff atmosphere. The Rangers are also getting Hamilton back to 100% and Feliz can pitch multiple innings more than one day because he is so young. I think regardless, its going to come down to the yanks and rays in the alcs because my life could not be so good that I wouldn’t have to deal with annoying rays fans until next season.

  177. jonnycat September 30th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    has anyone else seen the pbs show 10th inning? Just watched it and it’s very good. Sometimes you forget things about those 96 yanks and the ones of the next few years. A few things: man, Torre was cool back then, passionate, motivated. Also, ‘he brought national league type baseball’ to the NY Yankees. I think that’s true. How many scrappy guys are on the ’10 team? One, maybe 2 at most? That 96 team was hungry, would bust their hump. These days….just wait for the long ball. ‘cept they aren’t coming as much as years past. I wish we had more fire in the belly as I look at our post season challengers

  178. trisha supporter September 30th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Good night sweet Trisha. Has anyone ever told you that you are the greatest!

    :) :) :)

  179. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Bronx, I’m talking about the bars on Commonwealth, certainly not fenway field!

  180. Jim September 30th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Looks like the Rays are trying to give up the division. It’s obvious neither the Yankees nor the Rays want any part of facing Cliff Lee 2x in a short series. I suspect Gaudin will be coming in early in every game of the Sox series. Girardi and Maddon better watch out because they are going to outsmart each other into a Twins/Rangers pennant.

  181. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    “Good night sweet Trisha. Has anyone ever told you that you are the greatest!”

    You just did, and you made my night. THANK you for that. Truly.

    :)

  182. KPB September 30th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Betsy

    How’s it going tonight? Forgive my ignorance, but what layout are you referring to?

  183. Bronx Jeers September 30th, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    How bad could they be if they close at 1:00am ?

    You barely have time to get drunk! :wink:

  184. Betsy September 30th, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    KPB, hi!

    Someone mentioned the new layout on NYYFans, so since I post there, I responded.

    Can’t complain about tonight; I don’t know where this rain is that was supposed to come, lol

  185. KPB September 30th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    trisha

    I know you’re tough and can handle your own, but please don’t continue feeding them. If in doubt remember the problem you had before. This just sounds like the same person over and over again trying to get to you.

  186. tyanksfan36 September 30th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Jonnycat

    I have about 20 minutes left of the tenth inning to watch. I have really enjoyed it so far. I read Joel Shermans book “birth of a dynasty” about the 1996 team a month or so ago and it really made me wish I had followed the Yankees back then(I was only 9-10 in 1996 and I’m a girl so I wasn’t into sports as much) it was really a good read regardless of your take on Joel Sherman cause I know a lot of people don’t like him. I would recommend it.

  187. m September 30th, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    tyanksfan is a she? One more for the good guys.

  188. KPB September 30th, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Betsy

    Glad you’re doing well. Don’t poke at the rain clouds. Remember rain, rain go away. :lol: I haven’t heard of NYYFans is it any good, and are you under the same SN?

  189. SAS September 30th, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    I am going to sign off for the night. Have a good one everybody.

  190. Betsy September 30th, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    KPB, lol, I have a reason for wanting the rain to come……….not to stay for long, but just to come for a bit. I don’t really want to get into that, though.

    NYYFans? It’s like most boards – it drives me crazy sometimes, but I’m so used to posting there that I can’t leave it, lol.

    No, I don’t use my real name there…………my screen name is in honor or Clemens

  191. tyanksfan36 September 30th, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    m

    Yes I am a she lol. The 36 in my name is a reference to my favorite tampa yankee 3rd baseman bradley suttle, let’s just say he makes the pinstripes look good haha.

  192. KPB September 30th, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Goodnight SAS

  193. KPB October 1st, 2010 at 12:02 am

    bradley suttle, let’s just say he makes the pinstripes look good haha
    ————————————-

    Way to be subtle. :smile:

  194. jc in tw October 1st, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Is winning the division this yr actually good? It means we probably will face Cliff Lee twice in ALDS…
    By the way, Lee tonight: 7.0 IP 4H 0ER 0BB 8SO

  195. BIG AL October 1st, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Nobody else wants it, the Yankees might as well take the division and HFA.

    Either way I’m good, they’ll beat whomever they play.

    Can’t understand all the negative crap – Take a look, we are back in 1st place!

    PT Barnum said it best; “There’s a fool born every minute.”

    We sure got are share on this blog.

  196. tyanksfan36 October 1st, 2010 at 12:14 am

    KBP

    Play on words? It is true about him looking good in pinstripes. I’ve got lots of pictures to prove it.

    On a side note. I saw a guy at school today with an AJ Burnett shirt, I don’t know how he goes out in public with that thing on. I’d be too embarrassed.

  197. BIG AL October 1st, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Good night folks – Later.

  198. Betsy October 1st, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Actually it’s a sucker born every minute

  199. KPB October 1st, 2010 at 12:19 am

    tyanksfan36

    Yes, play on words. I was teasing you in jest. As far as the shirt, maybe today was laundry day.

  200. tyanksfan36 October 1st, 2010 at 12:23 am

    KPB

    For him I hope it was laundry day cause no one should go out in public with an AJ shirt on. Honestly I wouldn’t be happier to not see a #34 jersey for the rest of the year.

  201. KPB October 1st, 2010 at 12:28 am

    tyanksfan36

    #31′s absence wouldn’t exactly bring tears to my eyes.

  202. CompassRosy October 1st, 2010 at 12:32 am

    “In a way, it sucks that one bad start can ruin your chance at a CY Young.”

    Well, at least that won’t happen to Felix ;-)
    (he won’t pitch Sunday, M’s shut him down)

    __________________________
    Re-post from CY discussion…

    Sorry, I’m a bit late to the party here, but couldn’t resist adding to the discussion of one of my all time favorite Mariners.

    “Felix’ ERA in losses is 4.54…”

    And CC’s ERA in losses is 6.29
    Felix’s combined ERA in his 13 wins and 9 ND’s is 1.38

    “Felix has the best numbers, but he doesn’t pitch in the AL East like CC does regularly.”

    And yet…
    ~Felix is 10-7 vs. teams with a .500 or better record (3-5 vs. teams under .500)
    ~CC is 7-3 vs. teams with a .500 or better record (14-4 vs. teams under .500)
    Seems like CC is the one feasting on weak sisters ;-)

    This is a little out dated (I’ve been busy) as it was prior to Felix’s last start (a win in Arlington) but his numbers only got better….
    http://tinyurl.com/29apyd5
    ____________________________

    All that said…
    I (and no doubt Felix himself) would trade his CY contention, in a Seattle second, for TEAM contention in the American League ;-)

  203. GreenBeret7 October 1st, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Seems like CC is the one feasting on weak sisters

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

    Sounds pretty sexist to me, Rosy. We here on LoHud are politically correct and prefer “weak persons”.

  204. pat October 1st, 2010 at 12:44 am

    “I (and no doubt Felix himself) would trade his CY contention, in a Seattle second, for TEAM contention in the American League”

    He could have had both but chose Seattle instead of the AL East.

  205. CompassRosy October 1st, 2010 at 12:44 am

    :-)

  206. KPB October 1st, 2010 at 12:45 am

    We here on LoHud are politically correct and prefer “weak persons”.
    —————————

    GB7

    I saw that!!

    It’s not nice to pick on Maine, MTU,and Randy when they’re not here. :lol:

  207. CompassRosy October 1st, 2010 at 12:46 am

    The smilie was for GB and his “weak persons” comment.

    _____________

    Yep – Felix indeed could have chosen the AL East. But, instead chose to stay “with the one that brung him.” Absolutely love him for that.

  208. GreenBeret7 October 1st, 2010 at 12:55 am

    You have to think that if NYY’s proposed trade for Gaecia a few years ago had gone through, Hernandez would have signed with them when they were hot for him coming out of Venezuela.

  209. GreenBeret7 October 1st, 2010 at 12:55 am

    ***Garcia***

  210. GreenBeret7 October 1st, 2010 at 12:57 am

    KPB October 1st, 2010 at 12:45 am
    We here on LoHud are politically correct and prefer “weak persons”.
    —————————

    GB7

    I saw that!!

    It’s not nice to pick on Maine, MTU,and Randy when they’re not here.

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

    That’s the best time to pick on internet bullies like them….when they’re not around.

  211. KPB October 1st, 2010 at 1:00 am

    GB7

    I hear you. Between dust mops, dairy cows, and golf clubs, it’s the only way someone can stand a chance.

  212. BTX October 1st, 2010 at 1:03 am

    why would Freddy Garcia be anyones idle?

    if you chose an idle, wouldn’t you chose Clemens, Smoltz, Maddux, Fernando Venezuela, Doc Gooden, etc?

  213. KPB October 1st, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Well it’s been a long day, so I’m going to bed. Goodnight everybody.

    Betsy, if your still out there, I hope you got your little bit of rain.

    GB7, I hope you show yourself (on here, not obscene) more during the afternoon, it’s been fun.

  214. RSM October 1st, 2010 at 1:11 am

    This is getting ridiculous. Rays and Yankees both keep losing. I’m starting to buy into the conspiracy that neither team wants to face Lee twice in a short series.
    We may see a lot of Burnett, Vazquez and Gaudin this weekend. That should seal the deal ;)

  215. Rich in NJ October 1st, 2010 at 1:14 am

    “why would Freddy Garcia be anyones idle?”

    All the time off he had because of injuries? j/k

  216. m October 1st, 2010 at 1:21 am

    RSM,

    It’s like the garter belt thrown at a wedding. Nobody wants it!

  217. Rich in NJ October 1st, 2010 at 1:23 am

    “Burnett, Vazquez and Gaudin”

    Right now, Mitre is probably better than any of them.

    Some enterprising writer should try to find out how he fell out of favor with Girardi, while the sucky Gaudin fell in.

  218. EA October 1st, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Gaudin stole the pictures from Mitre’s locker?

  219. RSM October 1st, 2010 at 1:27 am

    We need Leslie Neilson to umpire this weekend!
    Sadly, many here may be too young to get that reference.

  220. CompassRosy October 1st, 2010 at 1:34 am

    “why would Freddy Garcia be anyones idle?”

    Likely he is Felix’s because he is a fellow countryman.

  221. theREALkevin October 1st, 2010 at 2:01 am

    surprised that tyanks is a girl. maybe i should have guessed with the elementary school teaching stories, but their writing style is definitely kinda masculine in my opinion. no offense obviously, i mean who cares about writing styles? just an observation.

  222. Nick in SF October 1st, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Good news, people, the Museum of Blogology has accepted this thread’s nomination for Worst Comment Thread of the Week on a Sports Blog.

    And I helped!

  223. Rich in NJ October 1st, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Given what’s usually posted on some threads here:

    Hate the new NYYfans layout

    Is this really possible?

    Good news, people, the Museum of Blogology has accepted this thread’s nomination for Worst Comment Thread of the Week on a Sports Blog.

    And I helped!

    Maybe the former isn’t a blog so…

  224. GreenBeret7 October 1st, 2010 at 3:05 am

    BTX October 1st, 2010 at 1:03 am
    why would Freddy Garcia be anyones idle?

    if you chose an idle, wouldn’t you chose Clemens, Smoltz, Maddux, Fernando Venezuela, Doc Gooden, etc?

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

    Perhaps because the thought of having the original “American Idle” as an idol turned his stomach.

  225. sevrox October 1st, 2010 at 4:42 am

    From previous comment: subscribing to mlb.com for games is a good move. Not only does it put you in touch with both team’s feeds (which is a bonus when MLBExtraInnings is carrying Dewayne Staats or Hawk Harrelson), but there’s the comfort of not missing any games, except the FOX forced f*ck on Saturdays. I’m wired into mlb.com, ExtraInnings package on digital cable, and XM radio. Beats the hell out of watching one game of the week (if the Yanks were the featured team) and catching up with reading anything Yankee in The Sporting News every two weeks in the offseason.

    Speaking of which, I hope AJ Burnett gets moved this offseason to a weak team in the Nat’l League. Eating someor most of his contract is well worth it, based on the agita he causes all Yank fans and probably his teammates. The crappy last two months when the Yanks were barely a .500 team gives you an idea of the force they were from April through July.

  226. sunny615 October 1st, 2010 at 5:33 am

    Rays lose. Tied for first. It’s all up to the Yanks now.

  227. tyanksfan36 October 1st, 2010 at 6:07 am

    TheREALkevin

    No offense taken, I am not a girly girl, never have been. I grew up with boys all my life and I’ve always gotten along better with them which may effect how I write.

  228. Doreen October 1st, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Good morning all.

    Nice to wake up and find that the Rays lost to the Royals.

    I know Lester lost, but who were the RSox playing, again?

    And the Jays beat Minnesota?

    I’m starting to get very confused. :lol:

    It sure does seem to be a situation where it looks like no one wants to face Cliff Lee. Boy, the guy walks NO ONE. Especially in the 5-game series situation, it’s not something to look forward to at all. The Yankees did get to him once this year, though.

  229. JD October 1st, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Just glad no Toronto in the playoffs.

  230. blake October 1st, 2010 at 7:47 am

    JM,
    Seriously…sounds crazy but I’d rather the Yankees play just about anybody than Toronto….

  231. blake October 1st, 2010 at 7:48 am

    JD. Sorry for the typo.

  232. Tom in N.J. October 1st, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Did the Yanks do the “dress the rookies up in costumes” thing this year?

  233. sunny615 October 1st, 2010 at 8:13 am

    The Red Sox lost to the White ones.

    With the Twinkies losing, the Yanks/Rays are fighting for the best record in baseball and HFA.

    We’ll see how well Girardi does the Rest vs Must Win management now.

    ps – what would you all rather have – rested players or win the division and HFA?

  234. Betsy October 1st, 2010 at 8:13 am

    KPB, I’m getting the rain, lol – it’s coming down like cats and dogs. It’s probably bad in Boston, too – I don’t think the Yankees should start Andy or their regulars isn this weather.

  235. Betsy October 1st, 2010 at 8:15 am

    At this point, I don’t care about the division. The Yankees lose a tie-breaker anyway – I’d rather rest the guys. I would not push them over the course of 3 days…………….and can Girardi please rest Swisher? Cano, too.

  236. Laura - I Bleed Blue October 1st, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Forget the division and HFA. Rest the guys for the final push. I’d rather play MIN anyway. I don’t want to see Cliff Lee again until is meet the press ceremony at the stadium.

  237. Doreen October 1st, 2010 at 8:21 am

    sunny615 -

    I really don’t know!! :)

    I want both.

    If the Yankees are rested and at or close to full strength, and if their pitching can go back to being a strength, then I don’t think division and HFA matter. But those are big ifs right now.

    I’m never convinced that HFA is as important as other people believe, unless there is a 5th or 7th game. I know the Yankees stats in away games this year are not nearly as good as they are at home, but they still had a winning road record (up until the last couple of weeks it was among the best), so they seem to do what they have to on the road but not much more than that.

    And then there’s the whole – it’s the playoffs, a new season, you never know what can happen, “thing.”

    I want them to win out.

  238. Betsy October 1st, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I don’t give a darn who we play – you have to beat who you have to beat – so I just rest the guys. I would have much preferred winning the division as being the 2nd best team in the division does not give me good feelings (and that’s what they would be; after 162 games, it’s clear who the best team is), but at this point, it is what it is. Andy has to pitch (hopefully not tonight, assuming it’s also raining in Boston), but aside from his start, I only want to see Phil hurl a few innings – no need to push him on Sunday and go fairly significantly over his IL before the playoffs. I don’t get why CC won’t be pitching either

  239. Chambliss October 1st, 2010 at 8:28 am

    I am about 20 miles north of Boston and no rain yet. It appears to be staying west for now.

    Very happy to see an early world series game. Wish that there were more for the kids.

  240. upstate kate October 1st, 2010 at 8:30 am

    An interesting twist…I guess I would really love it if they could win the AL east, more for bragging rights, but most important is getting players ready for the post season.
    OK I want it all :)

  241. Doreen October 1st, 2010 at 8:33 am

    I should say, I want them to win out, but not at all costs. As long as they are in the playoffs, anything is possible.

  242. JM October 1st, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Watching Toronto play the Yanks you wonder how it is they are only a few games about .500. Still in other divisions I really think they’d be in playoff contention.

    Cliff Lee was dominant last night, it appears. Can’t wait to see him in pinstripes next season. Fingers crossed….

  243. Betsy October 1st, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Ok, later…………..for those in the NY area, be careful!

  244. upstate kate October 1st, 2010 at 8:44 am

    we got that heavy rain and flooding yesterday…hopefully we are done w/ it

  245. JCPD October 1st, 2010 at 8:53 am

    In honor of the Yankees beginning their ascent to the top of the mountain for #28…………….

    http://picasaweb.google.com/10.....mhk7-z_wE#

  246. upstate kate October 1st, 2010 at 8:56 am

    JCPD
    WOW!!!

  247. Mark in Tampa October 1st, 2010 at 8:58 am

    They have Monday and Tuesday off regardless, the most off time all season aside from the ASB. I wouldn’t want to see players rested for 2 or 3 games this weekend, then 2 off days before going into the playoffs. Especially with the first game being so crucial this year. The Yanks really are going to need to win CC’s starts.

    That said, injured or dragging players should get some time off this weekend. Maybe sit Cano tonight, then play him Sat and Sun to try to get him back on track. Swisher should probably sit at least two games. Everybody else, unless banged up should keep playing to keep sharp. It is what they are used to doing.

  248. sunny615 October 1st, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Yeah – I want it all too. C’mon – it’s the Yankees! :)

  249. MTU October 1st, 2010 at 9:01 am

    JCPD-

    Yup. That’s what they have to climb alright. I wish them luck.

    Thanks for sharing. :)

  250. Erin October 1st, 2010 at 9:06 am

    New Post: Opportunity knocks for Pettitte and the Yankees

    :arrow:

  251. JCPD October 1st, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Glad you enjoyed Kate. Quite the rains yesterday. Had a wonderful hike in it though. Today I have to get back to the waterfalls to photograph. It was too dark by the time I got home from the Adirondacks yesterday.

  252. Tom in N.J. October 1st, 2010 at 9:07 am

    As the old Zen proverb goes, you will find no reasonable men on the tops of great mountains

Leave a comment below


Sponsored by:
 

Search

    Advertisement

    Follow

    Mobile

    Read The LoHud Yankees Blog on the go by navigating to the blog on your smartphone or mobile device's browser. No apps or downloads are required.

Advertisement

Place an ad

Call (914) 694-3581