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The kids are (better than) all right

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Feb 27, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Most fans (and writers) do a lot of abstract talking about the younger players in an organization. Someone “has good stuff” or “has a nice look” or “can swing the bat.” Since most fans focus most of their attention on the big-league games, it’s not surprising that actual sightings of the players on the rise are rare.

That’s why spring training is great. Earlier today there was a stretch for the Yankees where one of the “Killer B’s,” Dellin Betances came on for the bottom of the fifth inning and struck out the side, blowing away Dominic Brown, Ben Francisco and Wilson Valdez (sandwiched around a walk to Carlos Ruiz).

“For the first time being out there?” Joe Girardi said afterward. “Pretty good. I’m sure there is some emotions and butterflies.”

Working with a familiar catcher in Jesus Montero helped with that, and asked about his outing afterward, Betances credited Montero for getting him through.

Montero, of course, may yet break camp with the Yankees and he came up in the top of the sixth and picked up his first RBI of the spring with a single to left. All in all, not a bad 10 minutes or so for a couple of the kids you always hear about but don’t always see.

* That’s an AP picture of Betances (on the right) … um, stretching?

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321 Responses to “The kids are (better than) all right”

  1. Jerkface February 27th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I was more than annoyed with YES going to a behind home plate sky camera view for almost an entire betances AB.

  2. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Very nice end of day notes on the best part of spring, Sam. Thanks.

    Will you be covering and reporting on the 8:00 PM replay?

  3. SAS February 27th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Sam,

    Thanks so much for filling in for Chad. The 2 of you are really terrific.

  4. tomingeorgia February 27th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Did anyone here hear that Duke Snider died today? Do any of you know who he was? Willie alone remains of Mickey, Mickey and the Duke.

  5. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    SJ, I totally agree……….but for some reason, I’m not worried about it just yet. When/if Donnie doesn’t return, then I’ll be angry; until then, it’s just fruitless to worry (this doesn’t sound like me, I know, lol).

    Jerkface, did you say something about a Star Wars dance contest? LOL That sounds like fun. The whole weekend sounds kind of fun, so since there aren’t a lot of rides I NEED to go on at DHS, I can pop over on my last day to scope it out. Doreen, I actually forgot that Disney has these special weekends/weeks…….it’s kind of cool, actually.

  6. LGY February 27th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    LOL.

    D’atoni is starting Shawne Williams at the 4 tonight.

  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    tom, people did discuss his death today, while the game was going on. It was announced. Several people here watched him play.

  8. Jerkface February 27th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    The dance contest takes place in front of the Endor Bunker near Star Tours. Get there early if you want a good view.

  9. exiledintampa February 27th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    tomingeorgia – we talked about him a lot on the previous post Tom. I mentioned he was one ou the few non yankee players i really liked.

  10. tomingeorgia February 27th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Sorry I was late.

  11. CB February 27th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Spring training is much more about process than results. To me, by far, the most important thing we saw in today’s game was how small Jesus Montero was able to make himself as a target behind the plate.

    Just phenomenal stuff from Montero. I was unbelievably impressed with how he looked behind the dish.

    A year ago Montero was a kid who had good hands – soft, received the ball well – but his feet, legs and base weren’t so great behind the plate.

    He looks so different now. So much better. Just amazing to watch his progression and improvement from only a year ago.

    Today he was successfully doing what all tall catchers need to do in order to be successful behind the plate – he was gathering himself in, staying deeply flexed at the knees and in turn making himself extremely compact which allows him in turn to get the glove positioned flexibly across the zone – including the lower part of the zone.

    Huge difference. And I think that starts with his conditioning. It’s tends to be a cliche – but in Montero’s case it’s true – he’s in great shape. He’s lost that bit of doughiness he had in ST last year. He also looks more flexible in the crouch. He’s sitting so much better behind the plate now.

    He had the hands before. His legs and feet look to be catching up very rapidly.

    I see absolutely no reason why Montero can’t be a full time catcher.

    The sequence in the game which really stood out for me was bottom of the second/ top of the second.

    In the bottom of the second Howard led off. Nova got him to K. But what I loved about that at bat was the battery of Nova and Montero got the strike out. Nova threw Howard a beautiful 0-2 back door curve. What was so great about that wasn’t just the pitch – it was the way Montero was able to frame the ball.

    Montero stayed in his crouch. Howard was frozen on the pitch but Montero didn’t jerk his hands or lunge at the ball – he allowed the pitch to travel to him and then he held his hands very still to catch the ball and then froze it over the outside corner and paused before moving to make sure the home plate ump had a chance to get a good look and call the pitch a strike. Wonderful catching.

    And in the top of that inning Montero was up at bat for the first time. His first ST at bat.

    Joe Blanton throws 5 pitches and makes his living locating those pitches and mixing them. This was the sequence of pitches he threw to Montero:

    1 – slider outside – taken for a ball
    2 – change up – swing and miss
    3 – cutter outside – taken for a ball
    4 – change up – foul ball
    5 – change up – foul ball
    6 – fast ball – foul, pulled to 3b
    7 – change up away – pulled foul
    8 – curve ball (at 76 MPH ) – (around 12 mph slower than his fastball) – fouled off
    9 – fastball inside – squared up and lined out hard

    Again – just so impressive to see a 21 do this against a veteran pitcher – never mind in his first at bat of ST.

    Blanton showed Montero his entire repertoire. And he had to pull off an array of veteran tricks to even get Montero to line out hard to third. Starts him off with a first pitch breaking ball. Works him outside to in. Doubles up on a change up. Changed eye levels. On pitch 8 he throws Montero a pitch he hasn’t even seen in that at bat that Montero somehow keeps his hands back on and fouls off. And then after that set up curve ball he goes back inside with a fastball. And Montero still has the ability to barrel the ball and square it up.

    Just remarkable stuff. Framing that back door curve right after an at bat of that quality against a veteran pitcher.

    Montero has a real shot to be the best player in baseball one day.

  12. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 7:14 pm
    “I think most people just believed it was a fait accomplis, and therefore, at the beginning of the machinations were, if not embracing, at least accepting that Lee was going to be a part of the rotation, whether they really liked/wanted him or not.

    The longer the process got drawn out, I know I became disenamored

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

    I had to read that twice to look for clues on what you were talking about when you said “disenameled”. Thought maybe you were looking for something to get enamel paint off of you

  13. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Jerkface, they redid Star Tours to incorporate scenes from the new movies and it’s opening 2 weeks before I get there – I got VERY lucky, lol. Endor Bunker? LOL. I will try to do that if I get a chance – do they dance to the music from that bar from the part VI (the originial)? That would be pretty hilarious. I’ll check the schedule to see if it jibes with my own schedule. I wonder if people walk around the park in SW costumes………

  14. Nick in SF February 27th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I’m convonced that this blackberry bold keyboard is too hard for me use well.

    The Chapman thing was a joke — it was sort of a fait accomplis that he was coming to the Yanks until the Reds signed him.

    I hope Dusty doesn’t ruin him. He could someday be a Yankee yet.

  15. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Well Montero clearly is motivated to catch and he’s apparently worked very hard – that will get you a long way no matter what profession you’re in. I’d love to see Montero be able to catch – in part to stick it to everyone who’s knocking the Yanks for keeping him back there.

  16. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I won’t be impressed with Montero can sit on the ground to catch pitches. Pena has a lot of work to do.

    Lord, it used to hurt just watching Pena and Santiago get that low to catch every pitch.

  17. Jerkface February 27th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Jerkface, they redid Star Tours to incorporate scenes from the new movies and it’s opening 2 weeks before I get there – I got VERY lucky, lol. Endor Bunker? LOL. I will try to do that if I get a chance – do they dance to the music from that bar from the part VI (the originial)? That would be pretty hilarious. I’ll check the schedule to see if it jibes with my own schedule. I wonder if people walk around the park in SW costumes………

    They dance to current pop music. Its all very funny.

  18. Fran the original February 27th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    CB, thanks for that analysis.

  19. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Ok, thanks Jerkface – I have a 6 pm flight on that Saturday, so I have plenty of time to check this thing out. How cool, lol.

  20. Tom in N.J. February 27th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Hey it’s CB!

  21. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I won’t be impressed with Montero can ***he can*** sit on the ground

  22. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    “The Chapman thing was a joke — it was sort of a fait accomplis that he was coming to the Yanks until the Reds signed him. ”

    I knew that.

    :)

    But yes, he actually could be a Yankee someday. Who knows. (And it is possible that the Reds could ruin him…)

    :(

  23. PhiltheThrill February 27th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Hey CB! Great to see you posting.

    Get used to seeing Montero back there.

  24. CB February 27th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    “I won’t be impressed with Montero can ***he can*** sit on the ground”

    GB7-

    Then this may be the only thing you have in common with Keith Law then!!

    Montero is ready. They can wait until May or June or whatever. But he can play in the big leagues right now.

  25. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    CB, then you think he should be Martin’s backup? He won’t get a ton of time…….maybe he’d be better off playing every day in AAA?

  26. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    “So Francona had to step in between Jenks and Ozzie. All because Jenks could keep his yapper shut.

    “I’m a Red Sox now and that’s all that matters”. Isn’t the singular Red Sock? Doesn’t sound right the way he said it.”

    Where was that?

  27. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Somebody get a hold of evin Long. He needs to order a bunch of “TaterGrips” for the Yankees. A little league kid ordered them and hit 3 homers in the first game that he ever used them.

    need to get them for Randy’s golf clubs. Just have to remind hm the TaterGrips are for the club and bat handles and not for eating.

  28. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    ***Kevin Long***

  29. CB February 27th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Hi Fran – thanks.

    Tom – how are you doing. Hope things are well.

    PhilltheThrill – so good to hear from you. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen we’ve had a chance to talk baseball. Glad to see you back as well.

  30. tyanksfan36 February 27th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Montero should go hang out with Joe Mauer to see how he works behind the plate. Isnt Mauer just taller than Montero? And he is regarded as one of the best defensive catchers in baseball.

  31. Tom in N.J. February 27th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    One thing I noticed about Montero is that he seems to have gigantic hands.

  32. RhapsodyInBlue February 27th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Reading CB a sight for sore eyes. ;)

  33. Tom in N.J. February 27th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    CB, I’m doing well. Glad to see you ’round theses parts again.

    We can use the sanity.

  34. m February 27th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    CB,

    I’ve never seen Montero play, so it was nice to read an in-depth analysis of him like that.

    Great stuff as usual.

  35. tampayank February 27th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    “BeholdArNo February 27th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    The Heat have one title. A title in the only year you ever cared about them.

    fanbase smack? cmon man….how was the Yankees attendance when they stunk in the 80s? Miami is a different type of town, more laid back sports fans and transplants that don’t carry over the allegiance

  36. Doreen February 27th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Wow -

    Watching a Seinfeld rerun and just saw a VERY young Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams. From 1996!!!

  37. LGY February 27th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    The Yankees have less margin for error than in years past.

    Montero should break camp with the team.

  38. PhiltheThrill February 27th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Did you notice how similar the deliveries were for the youngsters from the system?

  39. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    One guy called Lori R. on WFAN very late last night/early a.m. and said he hates (yes hates) Jeter and Williams, lol

  40. tampayank February 27th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    “# BeholdArNo February 27th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I am ecstatic that we got a New York guy, a winner and leader, so now the Knicks have 2 leaders that are not afraid of a challenge.

    Lebron was not cut out for New York. Just as he dwindled in the Finals against the Spurs, he would have dwindled under the bright lights like so many before him.

    1. did you see his supporting cast in Cleveland? especially compared to Kobe’s supporting cast the last few years once Gasol arrived in LA?
    2. ‘not cut out for New York’ cmon it’s 2011 not 1973 where every game is on television and ESPN created a specific section called ‘Heat Index’ for the Heat on espn.com…there would be pressure wherever he went and you can’t say with a straight face you would rather have Carmelo over Lebron the basketball player. The lights are bright everywhere these days, it’s not like he’s playing in Milwaukee

    I’m not even a Heat fan but the spin job/ hate fest on the guy is just the in thing to do, especially w/ some NY paper writers and some parochial Knicks fans

  41. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    GB7-

    Then this may be the only thing you have in common with Keith Law then!!

    Montero is ready. They can wait until May or June or whatever. But he can play in the big leagues right now.

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    Montero has improved by leaps and bounds every year sonce I saw him in Charleston in 2008. I thought he was outstanding today, in all phases. My heart almost sank when he took that foul tip off of his thumb today, though. Wynegar did a good job with him last year. Gotta believe that Pena and Posada has spent a lot of late hours with him these last 3 weeks. He’ll be ready a lot sooner than people thought.

  42. m February 27th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Oh, and you’re no slouch yourself, Sam!

    I love that picture on top. They look so confused. Like they’re playing Simon says or something.

  43. BD (Boston Dave) February 27th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    CB,

    great to see you here posting. this blog is in DIRE need of the kinds of intelligent posts that people like you add.

  44. joeman February 27th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    # GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    GB7-

    Then this may be the only thing you have in common with Keith Law then!!

    Montero is ready. They can wait until May or June or whatever. But he can play in the big leagues right now.

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

    Montero has improved by leaps and bounds every year sonce I saw him in Charleston in 2008. I thought he was outstanding today, in all phases. My heart almost sank when he took that foul tip off of his thumb today, though. Wynegar did a good job with him last year. Gotta believe that Pena and Posada has spent a lot of late hours with him these last 3 weeks. He’ll be ready a lot sooner than people thought.
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    not sooner than I thought, said last week he’s coming north with the team along with Laird

  45. CB February 27th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Betsy,

    Its the first game of spring training today for all the Phillies pitchers.

    I believe they started Montero out with first pitch breaking balls each at bat.

    And he wasn’t fooled.

    He looked very good behind the plate defensively.

    They shouldn’t call him up to be Martin’s formal back up. But if they want him to get slowly integrated and can play him 3-4 times a week between catching and DH’ing that fine.

    At this point it’s really not that big a deal. He’s not going to last the season in AAA as it is. He’s too good and he’s ready.

    My personal preference coming into this season was for them to keep him in the AAA and let him get off to strong start against lesser pitching while the weather is cold.

    But it may just not be an issue. He may just be ready and force their hand. It happens with the really good ones.

  46. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    “That’s over,” Francona said. “Spoke to Bobby. Went back and forth with Ozzie, not speaking, but just messages. I’m confident that will be over. I don’t care if they like each other. But Bobby’s a Red Sox and you need to move on. I think he understands that.”

    It does sound weird to call him “a Red Sox”. It sounds awkward.

  47. Doreen February 27th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    CB -

    Now I know I MUST watch the replay tomorrow morning! Thanks for that. And welcome back. You were definitely missed. :)

    GB7 -

    In fact, my nails were disenameled while cleaning my daughter’s apartment last night! :)

  48. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    CB, I forgot that he could DH as well………..I never liked what the Rays did with Longoria, keeping him in AAA past when he was ready because of some arbitrary deadline. The thing is, they signed Martin to be the primary catcher and I still like him as that. However, if Montero can be a backup and also sort of DH, that could work as well. Posada, however, really needs to DH as much as he can. I think we got lucky that the M’s weaseled their way out of the Lee deal.

  49. m February 27th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Trisha,
    Lol I didn’t know you guys had moved on to the next thread.

    I skimmed the article and didn’t catch Terry use it that way himself.

    Well, let em sound ignorant. Haha.

  50. 108 stitches February 27th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    From last spring to this one, Montero has improved dramatically with his footwork, positioning, quick release, and framing pitches. Tony Pena has drilled him hard for the last 3 springs as an invitee but props need to be given to Butch Wynegar and the many hours he spent with his pupil at Scranton / Wllkes-Barre.

  51. joeman February 27th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    not going to see much of Martin in ST behind the plate

  52. Doreen February 27th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    GB7 -

    Was Santiago the Pirates’ catcher?

  53. m February 27th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Unbelievable. I hope Montero becomes a big star. For selfish reasons, but also to goad Seattle some.

  54. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Disenameled right down to the bone, huh, Doreen?

  55. CB February 27th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    “Did you notice how similar the deliveries were for the youngsters from the system?”

    Nova and Noesi in particular.

    That said – Betances’ mechanics are significantly better than both Nova and Noesi’s. Much more compact in his delivery and has a cleaner arm action.

    Loved what we saw from Betances today. Absolutely beastly out on the mound.

    His front side mechanics were a bit out of whack today and he was opening his shoulder early, but overall he looked great.

    Really liked how compact he’s able to get on the mound. He better at that than either Nova or Noesi despite being bigger than either of them.

  56. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Does Banuelos pitch tomorrow?

  57. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Doreen, The Padres and Tigers, mostly, but a few other teams. Manny Sanguillen caught for the Pirates during the Clemente year, just before Pena. He got really low, too.

  58. exiledintampa February 27th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    tomingeorgia – are you still here. that’s an absolutely beautiful b&b. i take it from your name you run that with your wife.

  59. Carl February 27th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    # Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Does Banuelos pitch tomorrow?

    Yes.

  60. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Carl, thanks! Then Phil the next day………why do I think we’re suddenly going to see articles on how the Yankees are not dead and buried already?

  61. PhiltheThrill February 27th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    He looked downright athletic in his delivery today. Like Montero, he has a dream and he’s been chasing it. We have to stretch him out, but I wonder how long we can keep him down. He has phenom written all over him in big letters. I remember a few years ago when Nardi said that the difference between Dellin and Daniel Cabrera was that Cabrera would arrive in the big leagues with a delivery.

  62. CB February 27th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    m – how are things somewhere over the rainbow? Montero is going to be a star.

    doreen – watch the replay. Just a ton of fun to see the kids.

    BD – good to hear from you as well. Bet it’s not a fun spring up in Boston. Expectations seem rather… elevated in Boston.

  63. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Doreen, I was wrong. Santiago did play his last year with Pittsburgh. Not with the tigers but, KC and the Giants and San Diego.

  64. Doreen February 27th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    GB7 -

    Sanguillen! That’s it. Manny Sanguillen. Loved his name. Didn’t he used to stick his leg way out? Or was that Pena?

    Oh I feel so old right now!!! :lol:

  65. PhiltheThrill February 27th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Wait till you guys see Manny Banny!

  66. joeman February 27th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    # Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Carl, thanks! Then Phil the next day………why do I think we’re suddenly going to see articles on how the Yankees are not dead and buried already?
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    would really like to see them add a SP

  67. tyanksfan36 February 27th, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I’m sure there was a level of comfort too in that Betances pitched in clearwater a few times in 2010. Besides a couple thousand more people its like making another class A start throwing to someone familiar.

    Can’t wait to watch the replay later tonight so I can see a lot of what everyone has been talking about mostly in regards to Montero, I’ve already seen Betances in person. I’m recording it so I can zip through the commercials.

  68. PhiltheThrill February 27th, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    eek above, meant, … was that Delln would arrive in the big leagues with a delivery.

  69. exiledintampa February 27th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    replay of todays game on mlb network just started.

  70. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    The biggest difference between Montero and Romine on defense has been Montero’s footwork and Romine’s inability to hold onto the pitch after it gets to his glove. It costs him most of his stolen bases. The other is his catcher’s interference.

  71. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Obviously I don’t mean Betances and/or Banuelos should come up this year, just that the team has the potential to have a stacked rotation in a few years (granted these two kids would have to be allowed their growing pains). Yanks might have to trade someone as there’s only so many spots in the rotation.

  72. m February 27th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    CB,

    As usual it’s like living in paradise!

    I’ve heard so much about the kid, it’ll be great to see him just make an impact.

    Right now I’m looking at gameday and seeing Saltalamacca’s name and hoping our catching future us brighter than that.

    Kudos to Cash and his staff for stocking upon P’s and C’s.

  73. CB February 27th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Also – for anyone interested in getting a concrete sense for how good Montero is and how advanced he is go back and watch today’s game and just compare his at bats/ his swing to Dominic Brown’s the Phillies RF.

    Brown is one of the best prospects in the game. Widely considered to be a top 3 prospect and most prospects sites have him ahead of Montero overall.

    Brown today looked like you’d expect a rookie to look in ST.

    But the thing to really note is how much better Montero’s swing is than Brown’s. Brown’s swing was so long. And he looks like he has several holes that major league pitchers are going to pound on over and over. Maybe that’s not his true swing – but if it is the Phillies are going to have trouble replacing Werth in RF.

    Montero has such a balanced swing. And Montero is more than two years younger than Brown.

  74. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Doreen February 27th, 2011 at 8:01 pm
    GB7 -

    Sanguillen! That’s it. Manny Sanguillen. Loved his name. Didn’t he used to stick his leg way out? Or was that Pena?

    Oh I feel so old right now!!!

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    Yes he did. I think that’s where Pena and Santiago learned it. Not sure, but, sanguillen was really good until he started getting beat up behind the plate.

  75. joeman February 27th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    went and looked at Buehrle’s stats…he’s 148-110…in 11 seasons he’s pitched 2271 innings 10 years in a row over 200 innings, with a lifetime era of 3.85 all with the CWS and in the AL….really didn’t pay attention on how good this guy is….nice job

  76. BD (Boston Dave) February 27th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    “Bet it’s not a fun spring up in Boston. Expectations seem rather… elevated in Boston.”

    ————-

    Many Boston fans have been having a laugh at the Yankees rotation “woes.”

    I don’t expect that they’d all follow the Yankees farm system, but it’s as if they thought the Yanks were a) taking big risks by offering non-guaranteed minor league contracts to guys like Colon and b) going to have the same rotation on September 1 as it will be on April 1.

    That said, Sox are a big concern this season. Should be another back and forth year in the AL East.

  77. BD (Boston Dave) February 27th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    “Kudos to Cash and his staff for stocking upon P’s and C’s.”

    ————

    perhaps/probably the two hardest positions to fill with top cost-controlled players in MLB.

    it looks like Cashman did something well (depending on who you ask on here, you can add “for once” to the end of that)

  78. Doreen February 27th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    GB7 -

    It’s amazing what sticks with you over time, isn’t it? I was a teenager when Sanguillen was playing for the Pirates.

  79. CB February 27th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    “He looked downright athletic in his delivery today.”

    Phill,

    That’s a very good description. He was so dynamic through his mechanics and had such great tempo to the plate. Was very happy to see that.

    He reminded me more of Hughes in the way he threw the ball than he did of Nova.

    Nardi was right – he has a delivery. And it looked like a pretty good one today.

    Good chance he’s ready for a call up this season. The innings limit issue is the big problem. Fortunately there are so many arms they won’t need to rush him.

  80. joeman February 27th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    wild coming out of the AL east this year might be a problem

  81. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    So many promising arms – what a problem to have.

    CB, any thoughts on Rothschild yet? I guess it’s too early for that, but I really have this feeling that he’s going to be good for the staff.

  82. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Doreen, I can remember games when Mantle played and some of the things ritten about the games. Of course that was just last year when I was 13/14 years old. I remember watching the Tigers when they played in YS when Kaline was having a Triple Crown start and then dove on a catch on a short dunker and broke his wrist.

    Actually, I remember getting a whuppin’ from my dad. Of course, probably because it seemed to happen every day. I don’t think he liked me. I thought he was pretty stupid when I was growing up. Amazing how much smarter he got as I got older.

  83. Chambliss February 27th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I only watched a few innings today, but montero looks really good. His first at bat was impressive. Can’t wait to see him with the big team in the regular season.

  84. randy l. February 27th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    cb-

    last spring i watched one swing by montero and said wow.

    the reason is that his bat speed was so obviously fast with his swing so under control. the thing that set young tiger woods apart was his extraordinary swing speed while having an under control swing.

    montero has something that only a handful of players have.

    he’s going to be a good one.

  85. CB February 27th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Betsy,

    It’s far too early to draw any inferences abotu Rothschild, IMO. There just hasn’t been much time and he hasn’t even really worked with the staff in game situations.

  86. PhiltheThrill February 27th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    On the emerging veteran side, I think Gardy’s gonna have a great year. High OBP, relative few outs used and lots and lots of runs.

  87. PhiltheThrill February 27th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    And another fun thing today, was the sound of Montero’s bat, and Dellin’s fastball hitting the glove. Just different from the other guys.

  88. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    CB, yeah I guess you’re right…………I like his philosophy that each pitcher is an individual and, as such, doesn’t have one philosophy for all of them. My mother will love him because he’s Jewish, lol.

    Gardner said today (or was it on Yanks Mag) that he’s healthy, so that’s a good sign. I’d like to see him do it for a whole year before I’m totally confident in him, but for awhile last year he was pretty darn good.

  89. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    randy l. February 27th, 2011 at 8:23 pm
    cb-

    last spring i watched one swing by montero and said wow.

    the reason is that his bat speed was so obviously fast with his swing so under control. the thing that set young tiger woods apart was his extraordinary swing speed while having an under control swing.

    montero has something that only a handful of players have.

    he’s going to be a good one

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

    two words.

    Buy “TaterGrips”.

  90. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    And here we go!

    Betsy, I forgot that I also saw Social Network. So I guess I saw 5 of the 10 for BP. I still haven’t seen Avatar. :) (just didn’t look like my kind of movie.)

  91. randy l. February 27th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    “Many Boston fans have been having a laugh at the Yankees rotation “woes.””

    bd-

    they are going to be pissed when the young yankee pitching starts to emerge.

    it’s rough being a red sox fan.

    giddiness to gloom is in their dna.

  92. CB February 27th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    “last spring i watched one swing by montero and said wow.”

    randy,

    I remember that swing. We talked about it after the game. Not many players have blazing bat speed.

    It’s extremely rare to have blazing bat speed and a controlled swing. Again, just look at how Dom Brown looked today. Great bat speed. Bad swing.

    Montero’s got a swing like Alex’s and Robbi’s. It’s in that class of swing.

    And pitchers know it. That at bat he had against Blanton today was just fantastic. The vast majority of players his age strike out.

    How did you think he looked behind the plate. I loved what I saw, especially how he was sitting and receiving the ball.

    He has good hands. And he was making himself really compact as a target.

    I really can’t see anything that says he can’t catch as long as he stays in shape. May be harder when he gets older but for right now and the next 6-7 years I don’t see why not.

    And when I watch him I look hard to see things which are going to move him from behind the plate.

    Given his bat, I don’t see anything terminal in how he catches.

  93. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Cervelli would be the starting catcher in Boston. With NYYs, he could be the starting catcher….in Scranton.

  94. CB February 27th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    It’s easy to overlook – but Warren looked very good today as well. He threw some beautiful change ups.

    Other thing I really liked seeing – Joba had a very nice downwards plane on his fastball yesterday.

    That’s one of the biggest differences in his fastball from 2007-2008 and after. But yesterday we saw that wonderful downwards plane again. Which was great to see.

    The key with Joba is for him to be more consistent with how he throws the ball. But he has rarely had that kind of downward plane on the ball over the past two odd years.

  95. kd February 27th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    cb,

    great to see you here. we’ve missed you.

    have you had a chance to see banuelos pitch? do you think he’s a septemeber call up or sooner?

    gb,

    so true. cervelli would be the starter and espn would talk about his star potential.

  96. tyanksfan36 February 27th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Haha, just started the game from this morning. Love that Kay referred to Brandon Laird as Gerald Laird. What an idiot.

  97. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    kb, BIG PA was all over the Sox last night about how great they played against two junior college teams. Today, they’re getting wacked by Pavano and the Twins. Of course, the Twins fans, polite all of them, cheered him on while the Yankee fans and players all hated him. Funny stuff.

  98. PhiltheThrill February 27th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Warren didn’t have his best command today, but he did throw some great changeups.

  99. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Words of Wisdom from The Duke Of Flatbush:

    MLB MLB
    “What a player does best, he should practice least. Practice is for problems.” – Duke Snider, 1926-2011

  100. randy l. February 27th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    cb-

    montero looks fine to me catching. he’s obviously a big guy, but pitchers do like throwing to big catchers. he seemed quiet back there and his head seemed into it and that’s a really big part of catching. you have to want it, and he seems like he does.

    i’d like to see him catch 4- 6 weeks in scranton and then come up.

    there’s only one way to find out what they have and that’s test him in the bigs.

    he can always go back down if he needs to work on something.

  101. CB February 27th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    kb-

    Haven’t seen banuelos this spring. Looking forward to seeing him throw tomorrow (hope the game is being televised).

    Very good chance he’ll be close to ready this year but I don’t think they’ll take any chances rushing him given his age and innings limit.

    It may have been a sub-optimal winter but it’s very exciting to see all of the kids this spring.

    The Yankees have a great deal of talent in the minors right now both in terms of high ceiling blue chippers like Montero and depth talents like Nova and Warren.

    Nova would be the best pitching prospect on many major league teams. He’s no better than 4th on the yankees.

  102. tyanksfan36 February 27th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Just saw Montero’s AB against Blanton. Reminded me of the Damon AB in the World series in 2009. Battling and not letting anything past him.

  103. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Montero finally caught a break last year in having a ML All-Star catcher with him all year. That’s the first time he’s had that advantage. Romine should get that same break next year,

  104. randy l. February 27th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    gb7-
    i’m going to look into those grips for golf. i need some new ones.

  105. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    correction: Romine should be with Wynegar at Scranton sometime this year,

  106. pat February 27th, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    So proud of how all the kids did today. Futures so bright, Curry and Jones had to wear shades in the postgame. :wink:

    I’m sure this was already covered but don’t want to read back through hundreds of comments to see…….

    Is the plan to surround Montero with giraffes for pitchers so he appears smaller and people will stop talking about how he’s too big to catch?

    Betances standing next to Montero makes him look short.

  107. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Randy, you custom fit then on bats, tennis rackets and golf cloubs. They slip over then end of the handle and the trim off the excess. You should hit a lot of home runs on the golf course.

  108. BeholdArNo February 27th, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    I would be surprised if this Knicks-Heat game is anywhere close at the end. In the Heat favor, of course.

    tampayank – I will go to the fanbase digs. There may have been empty seats during the 80s Yankees, but New Yorkers care. Heat fans do not exist. Season tickets bought by Heat viewers are just for entertainment.

  109. m February 27th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    pat,

    That’s a good idea. Every time I see Colon’s second chin, I think he must be the most popular guy onthe team. All the guys who showed up overweight are probably hanging out with him. It’s a slimming thing.

  110. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    pat, and Betances is 3-4 inches shorter than some of the other pitchers…Brackman and sisco are 6’10″ or 6’11″. That’s just a nig bunch of boys. Even Colon is 6’10″, laying down.

  111. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    ***big***

  112. PhiltheThrill February 27th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    We should know pretty soon if DePaula is cleared to come over. We have some really young arms from IFA and the last couple of drafts who could start making major noise this year.Sometimes, the best trades are the ones you don’t make. Our scouts are doing an excellent job of finding Yankees.

  113. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Star Ledger
    RT @95Sports: @Ledger_Yankees I heard you’re nominated for Best Costume Design in “Color Blind Sports Writers”.

  114. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Star Ledger
    So, when does Jeter pick up his Oscar for Best Performance In A Phantom Hit By Pitch for his tremendous work against the Rays last year?

  115. kd February 27th, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    sometimes not signing a free agent can be the best thing you ever did. now the yankees have three or four really talented pitchers who are fighting for a ml spot. competition may be the best thing for these guys.

  116. Bronx Jeers February 27th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Funny seeing that interview with Betances & Montero after the game.

    My wife asked me who the short one was. :smile:

    Then she said Betances looked like a Dominican Frankenstein.

  117. SAS February 27th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    CB and Randy,

    It is good to see you both back on the blog. I miss people like you both with all your knowledge.

  118. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 27th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 9:18 pm
    pat, and Betances is 3-4 inches shorter than some of the other pitchers…Brackman and sisco are 6’10? or 6’11?. That’s just a nig bunch of boys. Even Colon is 6’10?, laying down.

    —————————————–

    Hey, Colon is in shape!

    Round is a shape!

  119. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Cahill and Garza got whacked around a lot today.

  120. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    SAS, it was good to have CB back on the board. I know that you’re too nice for here and feel that you had to mention Randy. That’s fine, but, how he’ll think that he has a fan club.

  121. Cashmoney February 27th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    just saw the Yes highlights online, boy, Betance is a big kid. Height wise and frame wise.

  122. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Not watching the Oscars, but, I assume they it’s not real good after reading this:

    Justin_Stangel Justin Stangel

    Pixar’s next film- a group of statues come to life and try to escape a boring award show

  123. West Coast Yankee Fan February 27th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Kind of a nice thought for 2012 if the stars all align and they’re as good as their press. clippings:

    Sabathia
    Hughes
    Burnett
    Betances
    Banuelos

    If Nova has a great year what do you do with him in 2012? And what happens to Brackman? Can’t see any way Noesi, Stoneburner and Phelps aren’t trade chips unless one is destined for the pen.

    * This is assuming Betances and Banuelos are ready in 2012 and there are no serious injuries.

  124. tyanksfan36 February 27th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I just watched the interview with Betances and Montero. Betances makes Montero look really short. I liked Montero’s shirt too, very snazzy haha.

    I would like to see an interview with Banuelos and Betances. The height difference would be comical.

  125. pat February 27th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Oscars are missing a certain “star” quality this year.

  126. SAS February 27th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    GB,

    You are too funny. Randy might give me some of that fantasy info I need. I have started reading the names of the players from other teams and their rankings, but there are over 600 of these guys. There are a few players that are no brainers, but after the first few rounds I would assume that is when it gets really tough.

  127. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    pat February 27th, 2011 at 10:11 pm
    Oscars are missing a certain “star” quality this year.

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

    They should have gone down and bailed the stars out of jail.

  128. SAS February 27th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    tyanks,

    Wasn’t it you that had a picture of the 2 of them standing side-by-side. You put it up on the blog.

  129. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    SAS February 27th, 2011 at 10:15 pm
    GB,

    You are too funny. Randy might give me some of that fantasy info I need. I have started reading the names of the players from other teams and their rankings, but there are over 600 of these guys. There are a few players that are no brainers, but after the first few rounds I would assume that is when it gets really tough.

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

    OK, SAS. If he’s going to help you make your picks, I won’t be mean to him until he’s finished. Then, I’ll hammer him.

  130. pat February 27th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    GB

    I’m talking Streep/Redford level of stars not Lohan/Sheen.

  131. tyanksfan36 February 27th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    SAS

    Yes I do have a lot of pictures of them next to eachother but that’s from the stands, not on flat ground even with them. If 6’8 Betances made 6’4 Montero look short on that video then they would both make him look really short. I’ve seen them both up close and in person many times but never together not from the stands.

  132. Doreen February 27th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Wow -

    What great kids! I just saw the interview with Betances and Montero. Anyone who sees it will wonder what all the fuss is about Montero’s size. He looked quite average there! Both young men were very poised and presented themselves very well. Montero looks older than his age.

  133. Tarheel In NYC February 27th, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I finally got to see the postgame interview with Dellin and Jesus, and I have to say that I am mightily impressed at their composure and their humility. I thought they both handled that interview beautifully!

    As Dellin talked about the fact that Jesus helped to calm his butterflies today, I got the feeling that a meaningful friendship is blossoming between those two; it made me think of Jorge and Andy.

    Our Baby Bombers made me feel very proud today.

  134. West Coast Yankee Fan February 27th, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    pat February 27th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Oscars are missing a certain “star” quality this year.

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

    Missing in action so far:

    DeNiro, Sean Penn, Pacino, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Selma Hayek, Depp, DiCaprio, Denzel, Tom Hanks, Hopkins, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Penelope Cruz, Ed Norton, Kevin Spacey, Paul Giamatti, Daniel Day-Lewis.

  135. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    pat February 27th, 2011 at 10:25 pm
    GB

    I’m talking Streep/Redford level of stars not Lohan/Sheen.

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

    lol. Oh…Yes, even DeNiro isn’t what he was. Streep is this era’s Katherine Hepburn. Not many Spencer Traceys, Clark Gables am Marlon brandos any more.

  136. Tarheel In NYC February 27th, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Doreen,

    Jinx!

  137. m February 27th, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Just watched the interview. Question: who is HAY-seuss?

  138. exiledintampa February 27th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    hay-seuss was samuel l. jackson in die hard

  139. m February 27th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    WCYF,

    I see a good number of those stars at big Laker games. And I’m not talking playoffs.

  140. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    There are very few that can make Rodriguez look small, but, Montero, who’s only about an inch taller and 15-20 pounds heavier just seems to dwarf him.

  141. Doreen February 27th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Tarheel in NYC -

    LOL!

    m -

    I hate reading “Jesus Montero’s” name in print. I always ALWAYS read it as Geezuz. I can’t help it. then I have to back and re-read it correctly. :) (All the cliched “headlines” that people post don’t help matters at all!)

  142. hardwired7 February 27th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Unfortunately, it looks like the next televised game isn’t until Wednesday.

  143. West Coast Yankee Fan February 27th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    m – so true. Hollywood lives downtown at Staples and every hip-hop star imaginable.

  144. Against All Odds February 27th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    # Tarheel In NYC February 27th, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I finally got to see the postgame interview with Dellin and Jesus, and I have to say that I am mightily impressed at their composure and their humility. I thought they both handled that interview beautifully!

    As Dellin talked about the fact that Jesus helped to calm his butterflies today, I got the feeling that a meaningful friendship is blossoming between those two; it made me think of Jorge and Andy.

    Our Baby Bombers made me feel very proud today.

    ——————————

    The future is here :D

  145. SAS February 27th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    GB,

    Randy hasn’t offered anything, and I haven’t had the opportunity to ask him.

  146. West Coast Yankee Fan February 27th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    …and they’re there when the Yankee are in town.

  147. exiledintampa February 27th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    YA KNICKS!!!!

  148. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Those that haven’t seen Montero play before today will get a good look at the power and the just how hard and far he hits a baseball before this spring is over. It’s jaw-dropping.

  149. tyanksfan36 February 27th, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Did anyone notice in the video when Kim is interviewing Dellin and Jesus that the Yankees press background is taped onto the wall with Duct tape?

  150. pat February 27th, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Hanks, Cruz and Spacey were all present tonight

  151. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    SAS February 27th, 2011 at 10:38 pm
    GB,

    Randy hasn’t offered anything, and I haven’t had the opportunity to ask him.

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

    SAS, he’s afraid of me. He’ll wait until he thinks I’m gone then he’ll appear. keep in mind that “The Home” only lets him stay up until 9:00 PM.

  152. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Wow, way to go Knicks!

  153. West Coast Yankee Fan February 27th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Pat I mean presenters.

  154. JK February 27th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Florida will ALWAYS be NY south…. How embarrassing for the Heat lol

  155. Against All Odds February 27th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    # Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Wow, way to go Knicks!

    ———————

    Big win tonight

  156. tampayank February 27th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    sloppy game for the Heat, they played at NY’s pace and that led to lots of turnovers and overall ugly game but that was on both sides

    how many oscars has social network took home?

  157. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Yeah, terrible trade, the Knicks got so ripped off.

  158. LGY February 27th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Who said the Knicks can’t play D? :D

  159. m February 27th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Betsy,

    That was a nice comeback. Two good games on national television today.

    Who starts tomorrow? CC? Miggy Cabrera starting at DH tomorrow. (we are playing the tigers, right?)

  160. Tom in N.J. February 27th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Was that defense I saw tonight?

  161. LGY February 27th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Could LeBron be any less clutch???

  162. Bronx Jeers February 27th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    how many oscars has social network took home?

    ——————————————————
    Best adapted screenplay, score & editing

  163. tampayank February 27th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    “# JK February 27th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Florida will ALWAYS be NY south…. How embarrassing for the Heat lol

    at Rays games I cheer for the Yanks but I’m not loud/obnoxious ‘staten island’ Yanks fan that you’ll see sometimes at Rays, Magic, Marlins, and Heat games yelling and trying to start fights….spike lee was making a fool of himself tonight, almost interfered w/ a ball in play. Exciting game to watch, had the rivalry feel of the late 90s w/ these 2 teams

  164. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Definitely one of the most boring and draggy Oscar award shows I remember. I don’t know how hosts are chosen but Anne Hathaway and James Franco? I really don’t get it. I think the host can really make a difference in the tempo and entire feel of the show. I’d take a comedic host over what we had tonight, 24-7. Give me a Jimmy Fallon, Billy Crystal, Hugh Jackman – an entertainer, not this boring cutesy stuff.

  165. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    And the award for greatest rocked star goes to –

    http://soxblog.projo.com/2011/.....ima-r.html

  166. West Coast Yankee Fan February 27th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    One of the most boring and uninspired Academy Awards shows ever. So far anyway.

  167. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    WC, I don’t see what possibly could happen to make it better, except maybe for it to end.

  168. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    “The result was clearly poor,” he said through interpreter Jeff Cutler. “But I was able to get out there and enjoy myself a little bit.”

    Music to the ears of any manager…

    :roll:

  169. Against All Odds February 27th, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    # Tom in N.J. February 27th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Was that defense I saw tonight?

    —————————————-

    Scary isn’t. How do we know we’re not dreaming?

    *looks for totem*

  170. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    The key is rebounding. If they board, they have a chance to beat anyone.

  171. blake February 27th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Wow a lot to like about today’s game.

    Nova looked really good for this early in the season but the most exciting thing to me ( and CB and others have already discussed it) was Montero and how much better he looks defensively….how much more comfortable and athletic. Today was just a snapshot but it was a positive one…..he’s gonna hit. Might be hard to send him back to SWB at the end of the day.

    Betances with an impressive inning as well….he was up in the zone but you can just see the high end stuff and potential for dominance. Threw some good change ups and was just throwing it by guys…

    Two walks and a beautiful piece of hitting on the double by Gardner….good day, can’t wait to see Banuelos tomorrow.

  172. LGY February 27th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Heat now 14-15 against teams over .500

  173. tyanksfan36 February 27th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    # tampayank February 27th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    “# JK February 27th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Florida will ALWAYS be NY south…. How embarrassing for the Heat lol

    at Rays games I cheer for the Yanks but I’m not loud/obnoxious ‘staten island’ Yanks fan that you’ll see sometimes at Rays, Magic, Marlins, and Heat games yelling and trying to start fights….spike lee was making a fool of himself tonight, almost interfered w/ a ball in play. Exciting game to watch, had the rivalry feel of the late 90s w/ these 2 teams

    ____

    ill probably get taken out back and shot for making this comment but I am no fan of New Yorkers. I havent had very good experiences with them in the past. nothing against anyone on this blog that is from New York because I havent met any of you and none of you have done anything to really bother me. My neighbors are from the Bronx and they absolutely drive me crazy. I used to work with a bunch of catty New York women and I wanted to kill myself the whole time I worked with them. Though I do have to say that I love “the real housewives of NYC”

    I actually think some of the Rays fans are the worst, the Yankee fans ive sat by have been really humble at games, its the Rays fans that act like jerks.

  174. Against All Odds February 27th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Nova did look good today. I just can’t wait for the season to start.

  175. West Coast Yankee Fan February 27th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Good call Trish. Run the credits.

  176. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    “Good call Trish. Run the credits.”

    :)

    It can’t end soon enough.

  177. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    M, it sure was. 16-0 run to close the first half and 13-2 to close the game.

    Alan Hahn tweeted that you know NY is back when the chants of “NY sucks” were being heard, lol………

    Huge win for sure -I’m going to enjoy this one tonight.

  178. Bronx Jeers February 27th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    ill probably get taken out back and shot for making this comment but I am no fan of New Yorkers.

    ————————————–

    :lol:

    But what about Dellin ?

  179. tyanksfan36 February 27th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    The Grammys were really good which is surprising, normally the movie awards shows are better than the music ones. This one has been really boring. I agree with the people that say they should have a comedian as the host. While I like James Franco and Anne Hathaway they have been pretty boring.

  180. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    King’s Speech is going to win BP – let’s see, Best screenplay and Best Director…..plus, Colin Firth will win Best Actor. Today has saved my whole weekend, lol

  181. tyanksfan36 February 27th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Bronx Jeers

    Well he hasnt done anything to make me not like him. I am actually a fan of Dellin the baseball player but I would have to get to know him better before deciding if I like him as a New Yorker.

  182. Tarheel In NYC February 27th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Against All Odds February 27th, 2011 at 10:38 pm
    # Tarheel In NYC February 27th, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I finally got to see the postgame interview with Dellin and Jesus, and I have to say that I am mightily impressed at their composure and their humility. I thought they both handled that interview beautifully!

    As Dellin talked about the fact that Jesus helped to calm his butterflies today, I got the feeling that a meaningful friendship is blossoming between those two; it made me think of Jorge and Andy.

    Our Baby Bombers made me feel very proud today.

    ——————————

    The future is here
    ================================================================

    AAO,

    My sentiments exactly! That was the vibe I was getting too! :-D

  183. pat February 27th, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Did the choir from PS 22 sing already on the Oscars and I missed it or are they still yet to perform?

  184. tampayank February 27th, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    # tyanksfan36 February 27th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    ____

    I actually think some of the Rays fans are the worst, the Yankee fans ive sat by have been really humble at games, its the Rays fans that act like jerks.”

    The Rays have a lot of uneducated fans…like ‘Polk County John’ and ‘Pasco Bob’ if you know what I mean(no offense if you are from one of those areas :) )…I like parts of the Tampa area but in Florida I actually prefer Orlando and South Florida moreso than Tampa

  185. blake February 27th, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    I forgot the oscars were on…..did The Expendables win anything? ;)

  186. Against All Odds February 27th, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    # Tarheel In NYC February 27th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Against All Odds February 27th, 2011 at 10:38 pm
    # Tarheel In NYC February 27th, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I finally got to see the postgame interview with Dellin and Jesus, and I have to say that I am mightily impressed at their composure and their humility. I thought they both handled that interview beautifully!

    As Dellin talked about the fact that Jesus helped to calm his butterflies today, I got the feeling that a meaningful friendship is blossoming between those two; it made me think of Jorge and Andy.

    Our Baby Bombers made me feel very proud today.

    ——————————

    The future is here
    ================================================================

    AAO,

    My sentiments exactly! That was the vibe I was getting too! :-D

    ——————————-

    Definitely a bright future if all goes well.

  187. tyanksfan36 February 27th, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Tampayank

    I definitely know what you’re talking about. I am actually from Pasco but I am so far south that I am almost in Hillsborough. When I graduated, the cows mooed through the whole ceremony :) haha. I would consider myself one of the lucky ones. I havent gotten pregnant yet and im going on 6 years out of high school unlike many of my fellow schoolmates, some of whom are on their 3rd kid. I attribute that to going to college in Hillsborough all this time. Though I dont ever think I will make it out of Pasco, sadly. Its like a curse.

  188. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    I just yelled out loud! YAY to Colin Firth!!!

  189. exiledintampa February 27th, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    it’s been my experience that rays fans don’t necessarily hate Yankee fans. rays fans hate Tampa residents who are Yankee fans. they can’t understand that once a Yankee fan always a Yankee fan. moving to Tampa is never gonna change that. and they resent that.

  190. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Darn, I missed Firth’s win…………ugh. Congrats to him, though – he was absolutely magnificent!

  191. tampayank February 27th, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    MLB should have put the Rays in the NL like the Marlins to make the Mets look up at another Florida team in the standings :)

  192. SAS February 27th, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    pat,

    I am not positive, but I thought I heard that they are about to sing; I haven’t watched it until now, but it’s has been dreadful in the last 1/2 hr.

  193. tyanksfan36 February 27th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    # exiledintampa February 27th, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    it’s been my experience that rays fans don’t necessarily hate Yankee fans. rays fans hate Tampa residents who are Yankee fans. they can’t understand that once a Yankee fan always a Yankee fan. moving to Tampa is never gonna change that. and they resent that.

    ___

    They hate you even more when they find out that you are from here, and are a Yankee fan. Hometown team my butt, The Yankees were in Tampa and had influence in Tampa way longer than the Rays were ever around. Whenever someone finds out that I like the Yankees, they ask if I am from NY, I always say no that I was born here, they assume that I am a bandwagon Yankee fan because they win so much. I am and always will be a Legit Yankee fan wherever I go.

  194. Yank 97 February 27th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    “Darn, I missed Firth’s win…………ugh. Congrats to him, though – he was absolutely magnificent!”

    Busy watching MSG postgame? lol

  195. SAS February 27th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    I have to go make myself an egg salad sandwich for the plane ride. See you all tomorrow from AZ/

  196. m February 27th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    From trisha’s link. Beckett had nerves?

    I respect Doris Burke’s work, but i dont think I could take her doing color analysis for a whole game.

  197. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Actually, I’m taping the post-game; I’m on the computer now and I knew I couldn’t pay attention to it otherwise

    Yay!!!! King’s Speech!!

  198. exiledintampa February 27th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    tyanksfan36 – true. i was only speaking from my perspective. dan silio (sp?) on am 620 is the worst for perpetuating that.

  199. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Happy it won BP. Kind of suprised it only won 4 out of the 12 nominations.

  200. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Good for David Seidler………he is a Brit who was raised on Long Island. He was a stutterer and so his hero was George VI. He asked the Queen Mother for permission to tell this story, but she asked him to hold off until she’d died because it was still so painful to her.

  201. tyanksfan36 February 27th, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    also, what kills me is Rays fans complaining about all the Yankee fans in the area, I think Yankee fans as a whole spend more money on tickets to the Trop when the Yankees are down here than Rays fans do over the whole season. Someone was giving me heck about not being a Rays fan, I asked him how many games he went to in 2010 and he said he hadnt been to any, I told him that I went to 4 so he can just suck it. Go to more games and support your team instead of getting on me for supporting mine.

  202. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    So – he ended up holding off for over 20 years. I’m just so amazed and happy that this kind of movie made the impact it did in America – something about this man’s story touched people.

  203. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Now this is beautiful. I wish I could hug each and every one of those kids.

  204. exiledintampa February 27th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    most so called rays fans i know couldn’t name 5 players on their team and only follow them when they’re in first place near the end of the season.

  205. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    The kids singing was my favorite part of the Oscars.

    This was really a dud award show.

    Even the clips they showed for the Best Actor award, except for Jesse Eisenberg’s, were uninspiring and hardly the best portrayls of the actors’ performances. It was almost like they didn’t want any hooting and hollering for any one actor.

  206. West Coast Yankee Fan February 27th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    The New Yorkers saved the show. I’m not surprised. : )

  207. BeholdArNo February 27th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    That was team defense you all saw tonight.

    Terrible trade for the Knicks, as SJ would have you believe. Luckily, we all know that he’s full of it most of the time.

    The Knicks certainly aren’t going to contend this year or likely next year, but the foundation is in place to make the Knicks contenders in the near future.

  208. tyanksfan36 February 27th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    exiledintampa

    its amazing how many Rays “fans” there were in 2008 when they went to the World Series, they sucked horribly before then. Now their “fans” act all entitled and diss other teams. I have always sported the Yankee shirts, and have a decals and stuff on my car since I got it in 2005 and no one ever brought it up, after 2008 I dont think a week goes by without some rays “fan” making a snarky comment about it.

    I sometimes think I know more about the rays then most of their fans.

  209. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    :)

    Happy I taped the MLB repeat of today’s game. At least I can go and watch something exciting – Dellin Betances’ pitching.

  210. tyanksfan36 February 27th, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    I learned today that Jesse Eisenberg is the older brother to the little girl who was in the pepsi commercials, who did Beautiful with Minnie Driver. I knew he looked like someone else.

  211. exiledintampa February 27th, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    I sometimes think I know more about the rays then most of their fans. i feel the same way. i was talkin about price an a guy at work with a rays hat and t-shirt laughs at me and says, “who’s price.”

  212. West Coast Yankee Fan February 27th, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    I’m fairly certain the show was understated intentionally due to the economy.

  213. tyanksfan36 February 27th, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Trisha

    I recorded it too! Betances was great, his delivery looks a bit wacky but he gets results. It was really cool to see him on TV pitching, I am glad that he did well in his first shot this spring.

  214. West Coast Yankee Fan February 27th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    …Hollywood surely could have done better if thy wanted to.

  215. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    tyanks, I’m going to watch it right now!

  216. Tarheel In NYC February 27th, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Just finished watching the Yankeeography on Elston Howard. What an exceptional human being he was. I got a little choked up watching it.

  217. Ed H. February 28th, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Sam, thanks for all your great work these past few days.

  218. tyanksfan36 February 28th, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Trisha

    I am watching it now, im at the big inning with all the doubles. I have enjoyed watching the kids play, they are showing the whole thing too, at least so far.

    Evan Longoria is not attractive at all. The mullet has got to go.

  219. West Coast Yankee Fan February 28th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    So much for the super-team Miami Heat who were not going to lose a game in 2011. I hate the Heat. How did that basketball taste LeFraud?

  220. tyanksfan36 February 28th, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Ah. They were interviewing Nova when Suttle had his AB. He is my favorite.

  221. tampayank February 28th, 2011 at 12:11 am

    It’s one NBA game in February, I wouldn’t react strongly each way especially about the defensive effort…the Eastern conference should be fun to watch with Miami, Boston, Chicago, Orlando and maybe New York in the mix down the stretch…I actually think Orlando will surprise in the postseason in a 7 game series w/ Howard’s presence in the paint and if his supporting cast steps it up, he’s been playing at an MVP level all year…..NBA is on the rise, really entertaining this year

  222. tyanksfan36 February 28th, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Now seeing Melky Mesa and his crazy batting stance. I’ve missed seeing that, glad to see his wrist injury wasn’t serious.

  223. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2011 at 12:33 am

    “It’s one NBA game in February, I wouldn’t react strongly each way especially about the defensive effort…”

    I don’t think anyone is, other than to take from it that they have begun the road back.

  224. Nick in SF February 28th, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Oscars: more mediocre than Mitre.

  225. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 28th, 2011 at 1:33 am

    “Oscars: more mediocre than Mitre.”

    Impossible!

    (Actually I said that hoping to gain at least partial street cred, as at least some posters think he’s pretty mediocre.)

  226. Carl February 28th, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Fright invaded Yankees camp yesterday when A.J. Burnett hit Greg Golson in the head during a morning batting-practice session on a back field at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

    LOL

  227. joeman February 28th, 2011 at 6:07 am

    # West Coast Yankee Fan February 28th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    So much for the super-team Miami Heat who were not going to lose a game in 2011. I hate the Heat. How did that basketball taste LeFraud?
    ————————————————-
    this team will be there at the end

  228. Doreen February 28th, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Good morning, morning people. :)

    I’m hoping YES runs the replay this morning, as they did yesterday for Saturday’s game.

    It’s early, but first impressions are so important. And I think if a person starts out with a decent or better performance it helps them grow confident going forward.

    We’ve talked about the changing of the guard here so much, but yesterday, it was clear that it is happening as we speak. More so than a couple of years ago when Joba and Hughes hit the scene. Because now it includes position players (mainly catcher, but also Nunez, Laird, who are being looked at for utility roles, but we realize that it’s more important for them to be very good because they WILL see more playing time than in past years.

    Seeing a 1996 episode of Seinfeld where Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams made an appearance also brought home the message that it’s a new day. Jeter looked soooooooo young. (Bernie did, too, but Bernie’s “retired” already.) Young hair, young face, young build. A kid.

  229. BIG AL February 28th, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Good morning Doreen.

    To me they’re all kids, since my boys are older than Mo, I look at the entire team as kids.

  230. RhapsodyInBlue February 28th, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Glad I watched the Knicks rather then the Oscars reading the comments here.

    Nice road win by the Knicks, a step in the right direction.

  231. Fran the original February 28th, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Good morning

    Doreen, the game is being re-played on YES at 9 AM.

    When I first started watching baseball, all of the players were grown-ups. Now I am the grown-up and they are the kids :)

  232. tyanksfan36 February 28th, 2011 at 7:21 am

    I refer to some of them as kids but in reality they are either just older than me or just younger.

    It was a really good game yesterday, the at bat for montero in the beginning reminded me of Johnny damon in the world series when he kept fouling off pitch after pitch. It was good so see he didn’t get fooled by anything.

  233. Ys Guy February 28th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    tyanks broke the lohud!

  234. blake February 28th, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Is Lohud operational again?

  235. upstate kate February 28th, 2011 at 10:33 am

    hmmmm I was wondering if it was the blog or my computer…I guess it was the blog!

    I enjoyed the game yesterday. Highlights for me were the pitching of Nova and Betances and the batting of “Grandy” and “Monty”.

    RIB
    we opted for the Knicks game over the Oscars as well, and were happy we did :)

  236. Doreen February 28th, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Just got to see Betances pitch. Boy does he throw hard. :)

  237. West Coast Yankee Fan February 28th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    No question that Montero can hit, as enjoyable as that is I don’t need to see that.

    I’d like to see him throw out runners, block balls in the dirt, catch pop-ups behind the plate and show some confidence and skill handling pitchers.

  238. Emerald Monday February 28th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    The Knicks on a Yankee blog?………………………….Please……………….

  239. Joe from Long Island February 28th, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Good morning –
    1. What happened there?

    2. Doreen – so how’s the new car?

    3. OMG – the Knicks game last night. They actually played some D, and beat He Who Shall Not Be Named……. ;) Let’s see them do it again, before I get too excited.

    4. Just catching up on last night’s discussion – haven’t had a discourse like that here for way too long.

  240. blake February 28th, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Loved what I saw from Montero yesterday….he’s gonna be hard to send to Scranton.

  241. Tom in N.J. February 28th, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Chauncey Billups is really good.

  242. Mell February 28th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    “I’d like to see him throw out runners, block balls in the dirt, catch pop-ups behind the plate and show some confidence and skill handling pitchers.”

    Thought he looked pretty good yesterday. Oddly, the only time I thought he looked a little uncomfortable was while catching Betances.

  243. Doreen February 28th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Morning Joe from Long Island -

    Love the car. Took it out on the highway this weekend and I was very happy with the way it drove. It really suits me well. Thanks for asking. :)

    ***

    Hey GTLU’ers, there is going to be GTLU twice this week, Wednesday and Friday. Wednesday is a day game, so I’m ready for the possibility of waking up to the lineup, like this past Saturday. but Friday is a night game, so I’m hoping that at least one of the GTLUs actually happens.

  244. Ys Guy February 28th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    i dont expect jesus to come up as a finished product. posada wasnt either. but we need to have a rock-solid backup defensive catcher who we can go to late in games while montero develops.

    thats why i dont care much about how martin and cervelli hit this ST, i want them to show me that one of them can be the lockdown backup/late inning catcher when/as jesus comes to the big leagues.

    cervelli came up with the reputation that he could be that guy, but he certainly wasn’t last year. i wish he had spent a few weeks this winter at tony penas house instead of cano’s.

    martin showed flashes of being that good defensivly 3 seasons ago, but needs to show he can bring it back.

    then we’re ready for montero to take over.

  245. blake February 28th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Word is that Utley’s knee is hurting. They really need him to be the player he was a couple years ago or I think they may struggled offensively. Brown isn’t ready, he was overmatched last season and he’s been overmatched in these two spring games…..his swing goes A-D more than A-B……..

  246. blake February 28th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Betances was up in the zone but man is his stuff impressive…..

  247. Doreen February 28th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    blake -

    It sounded like Girardi is seriously entertaining the idea of, if not breaking camp with Montero, then bringing him up very soon thereafter. It sounded like he thought it might benefit Montero to be around to learn the pitchers, even if he doesn’t catch a whole lot to begin with.

  248. Doreen February 28th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    The Yankees really do have some nice pitching coming up, don’t they?

  249. pat February 28th, 2011 at 10:50 am

    MikeSilvermanBB Trainer just called out to OF for Josh Beckett during BP. Beckett’s walking off field, going into clubhouse. Unclear what happened. #RedSox

    MikeSilvermanBB Beckett was rubbing his head in OF and just before he entered dugout. #RedSox.

  250. Against All Odds February 28th, 2011 at 10:50 am

    # Doreen February 28th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    The Yankees really do have some nice pitching coming up, don’t they?

    ————————

    Yes they do hopefully they are allowed to go through the growing pains of development.

  251. Cashmoney February 28th, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Heh guys, is it me or just seems like lohud server is down with regularity of late. maintenance ?

    good morning by the way.

  252. Mell February 28th, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Pat:

    He was hit in the head by a ball.

  253. blake February 28th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Doreen,

    Just from listening to him it sounds like Girardi and the Yanks have been a little surprised at how good a shape Montero is in and how much he’s improved defensively….

  254. 108 stitches February 28th, 2011 at 10:55 am

    blake February 28th, 2011 at 10:47 am
    Betances was up in the zone but man is his stuff impressive…..

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    That will soon change with some adjustments from Larry Rothschild. He’ll have him lower in the strike zone for his next outing.

  255. Tom in N.J. February 28th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    For all of the talk of the Phils high-powered offense, they only have 3 regulars who OPS’d over .800 last year-Howard, Utley and Ruiz. Utley’s hurting and Ruiz was a career .716 OPS hitter before last year.

    That being said, that rotation will cover up a lot of warts.

  256. West Coast Yankee Fan February 28th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    It’s ok to be up in this zone if you are throwing 94-97. Hanging curve balls – not so much. : )

  257. blake February 28th, 2011 at 10:59 am

    108,
    Yea…not unexpected this early.

  258. blake February 28th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    The Phils don’t have a high powered offense IMO. They have an old and left handed offense that is really going to miss Jason Werth and is going to be heavily dependent on Utley and Howard being great.

  259. Mell February 28th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    “That being said, that rotation will cover up a lot of warts.”

    It will, but that’s a team who will be looking for a bat come July.

  260. Mell February 28th, 2011 at 11:06 am

    “The Phils don’t have a high powered offense IMO”

    They don’t. Even with Werth, they had some prolonged stretches of very poor offense last year.

  261. Ys Guy February 28th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    phils had an off-year offensively and still scored the 2nd most runs in the league.

  262. ac1 February 28th, 2011 at 11:08 am

    The Phils don’t have a high powered offense IMO. They have an old and left handed offense that is really going to miss Jason Werth and is going to be heavily dependent on Utley and Howard being great.

    ___

    Very lefty, all over 30 years old.

  263. 108 stitches February 28th, 2011 at 11:10 am

    The Phillies will miss Jayson Werth more than they care to admit.

  264. blake February 28th, 2011 at 11:10 am

    The Braves are gonna give the Phils a run for their money….they have a good staff as well and could have a better offense and pen depending on how things shake out. If Chipper comes back healthy and Heyward takes the next step towards stardom….watch out. Still think the Phils win that division in 2011 because of their rotation but this might be the last time….

  265. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Some power pitchers can live up in the zone. Betances might be one of them. Of course, it would be great to have him also be able to change planes.

  266. West Coast Yankee Fan February 28th, 2011 at 11:11 am

    How many bats do you need in the NL if your rotation has four guys whose era was under 3.18 in 2010 and two guys whose era was under 2.76

  267. tyanksfan36 February 28th, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I realized when watching the 8pm reshowing of the game last night that a lot of people on here just repeat what Michael Kay and the other guy said during the broadcast. I don’t care to look back and find examples, just sometime I noticed.

    Also, really wishing I wasn’t in school right now so I could go to the game, the pitchers after Sabathia look interesting to watch.

  268. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I suspect both the Phillies and Red Sox are going to be very prone to LHPers in play-offs. I don’t think either get to the WS this year.

  269. timmyb72 February 28th, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Since something has happened to our moderators: Starting lineup today:

    Jeter
    Cano
    Teixeira
    ARod
    Jones
    Martin
    Cervelli
    Maxwell
    Mesa
    Sabathia

  270. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I think the RS are the most overrated team in MLB.

  271. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I like Cano batting second.

  272. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Rich–

    Tied with Phillies.

  273. blake February 28th, 2011 at 11:17 am

    You still need to hit even if you have 4 good starters…..mainly because there are a lot of.staffs in the NL that are pretty good as well (Giants, Braves, Reds, Brewers,….etc.) Halladay and Lee are great but Oswalt is overrated, he’s not a #1 anymore. The wild card is Hamels, if he’s the pitcher he was in the second half last season then they truly will be tough…..if he’s not then other teams will be able to pitch right with them IMO.

  274. Cashmoney February 28th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    I think the RS are the most overrated team in MLB.
    ========
    what’s the projection for RS offense this season. I think they have a very good one.

  275. blake February 28th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Love Robbie in the 2 hole….

  276. timmyb72 February 28th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Would rather see Montero at C. Just don’t see why a guy that has the potential to hit at a .800 + OPS and looks very, very comfortable behind the plate is even considered behind 2 liabilities at the plate, just my $.02

  277. tyanksfan36 February 28th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    I’m hoping Mesa does well in the game, I love his batting stance, it was cool he got a single in the game, usually he is all or nothing. And he has a rocket arm, I’m glad the injury he got at the end of the season wasn’t serious.

  278. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Blake–

    And when Lee struggles with back spasms, all Yankee fans will be calling Cashman a genius.

  279. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    “what’s the projection for RS offense this season. I think they have a very good one.”

    They lost Martinez and Beltre (who had a great year). How much improved are they?

  280. blake February 28th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    The Sox at least have Pedroia and Youkalis from the right side……the Phils have a switch hitting J Roll and that’s about it.

  281. Joe from Long Island February 28th, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Bojo – not a bad observation. Remember the 2009 WS, Marte just killed their LH bats. Picking up Feliciano was a smart move. Granted, he has to perform, but it was a good move.

  282. Cashmoney February 28th, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Phillies will miss Werth’s rh bat in a predominate LH lineup… they can still rake though maybe more susceptible to LH pitching. Any time u have utley and howard in your lineup, you have a foundation of a good one. uh, and polanco, cuz i think he is underrated for a long time and heck of two hitter.

  283. upstate kate February 28th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    thanks for the line up timmyb

  284. Cashmoney February 28th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    They lost Martinez and Beltre (who had a great year). How much improved are they?
    ———
    weren’t they number 2 in run scored ly, rich? how much do they need to improve ?

  285. West Coast Yankee Fan February 28th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Blake – Oswalt doesn’t have to be a number one caliber pitcher. They have two ahead of him. Who wouldn’t want him as a number three?

    They still have to play the games and there are always injuries, but on paper there is no one that even comes close to the Phillies rotation. I mean Blanton was 9-6 with a 4.82 – who wouldn’t take that from a number five in the NL.

  286. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Joe–

    The dark horse will be who acquires Carlos Beltran from Mets at trading deadline. He could really help either line-up, and that guy can carry a team in play-offs if healthy.

  287. blake February 28th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I would love to have Oswalt as a 3 ….the point is that they don’t have 4 aces like everyone is saying.

  288. Ys Guy February 28th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    agree that oswalt seems to be along for the ride with lee and doc. hammels can be great but is inconsistent. still the led the league in run differential last year and then added cliff lee.

    the red sox have a ton of talent and good pitching. bp is suspect and you have to see how they gel, but they improved after a ‘dissapointing’ 89 wins last season.

    these 2 teams and the yankees will battle for primacy all season, imo

  289. West Coast Yankee Fan February 28th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    If the Red Sux are healthy they are much improved over last year hitting-wise. Ellsbury and Crawford could combine for 100+ steals and cause all sorts of havoc on the base paths and any lineup with Pedroia, Youkallis, Crawford and A-Gon is hardly chopped liver.

    No one should underestimate them. Like with us, pitching will tell all. They will score a lot of runs.

  290. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Blake–

    No they don’t, and I would rather have SF staff any day.

  291. Tom in N.J. February 28th, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Youkilis’ games played last 3 years:

    145
    136
    102

    Is this a trend?

  292. Doreen February 28th, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Last year, Halladay was throwing zeros for the Phillies at the start of the season and losing.

  293. Doreen February 28th, 2011 at 11:26 am

    pat -

    Is Sisco your dark horse candidate?

  294. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2011 at 11:26 am

    “weren’t they number 2 in run scored ly, rich? how much do they need to improve ?”

    I’m not saying their not good, but many people think they will be great. I don’t think they are improved much, if at all.

  295. West Coast Yankee Fan February 28th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Blake – four aces? No way. I agree with you.

  296. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    When has Ellsbury done anything apart from his first season? He’s a poor man’s Gardner, if that.

  297. West Coast Yankee Fan February 28th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Rich they are improved by just being healthy.

  298. Ys Guy February 28th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    good call bojo, beltran, reyes and k rod could all be in play and all are potential difference-makers.

    then johan in the offseason.

  299. West Coast Yankee Fan February 28th, 2011 at 11:28 am

    He was injured last year. He has blinding speed.

  300. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Ys Guy–

    I think Johan also gets moved at TD. The Mets will be big time sellers.

    The only question in my mind is will the Wilpons be selling from prison?

  301. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2011 at 11:30 am

    “He was injured last year. He has blinding speed.”

    If he can’t steal first base, it doesn’t help much, and he’s not good defensively.

  302. blake February 28th, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I think the Phils and Giants staffs are very comparable. I like Doc and Lee slightly better than Lincecum and Cain but the rest of the staffs is a toss up right now…..depends on how Bumgardner responds to the workload and what Hamels does. The truth is that the Phillies staff might be the best, but its not far and away better than some other teams.

  303. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 11:30 am

    If it is true that there are witnesses who will testify that Wilpn steered investors to Madoff, they are beyond screwed.

  304. Joe from Long Island February 28th, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Bojo – ah, that’s the key, his health. Specifically, those two knees. Even though the Mets might have to eat some money there, I think saving even a portion of his salary this year would be a move they jump on.

    SH, veteran bat, who can play even a little OF – I would expect there to be interest in him mid-season, if he shows he can still play.

    Although, I still think the most tradeable Met is David Wright – he’s in his prime, and a team-player. If they want to move payroll, moving his $14M salary would be a big help, and they won’t care about fan backlash. (If the Times’ story from yesterday is accurate, that ticket sales are taking a dive from even last year’s poor attendance, then not many people will care.)

  305. Cashmoney February 28th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Rich, a great lineup to me is to have hitters who are capable of hitting excellent pitching and making in game adjustments. I think Pedroia, Youk and Agon are that type of hitters. I think it’s a very very good offense just like last year and prolly will battle the Yanks as the number one offense in the league.

  306. Ys Guy February 28th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    as johan laid out the rehab on francessa he put it as early as late june before he pitches for the mets. (francessa, trying to paint as bad a picture as possible fudged the timetable to look worse)
    but he would have to have absolutly no setbacks to be back by the asb, which would be necessary to put him into the big impact bin at this point.

    but if he gets back by the asb, johan may be the golden ring this year.

  307. West Coast Yankee Fan February 28th, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Rich – he got on first base enough to steal 50 bases one year and 70 bases another. Come on be fair.

  308. Joe from Long Island February 28th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Bojo – It seems more and more likely, based on newspaper reports, that that will turn out to be the case.

  309. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Joe–

    I agree. ALderson’s job will be to get the team ready for sale…and lower the debt. Fans will probably be glad to see the Wilpons go.

  310. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Cash

    Again, I think they’re good, but not better than the Yankees, and if the Yankees work in their top prospects over the course of the season rather than trade them for illusory upgrades, they’ll be better by August.

  311. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    “Rich – he got on first base enough to steal 50 bases one year and 70 bases another. Come on be fair.”

    Meanwhile his career OPS+ is 92.

    SB are not that a big a deal.

  312. Cashmoney February 28th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Rich,
    I think it’s a toss up right now… i do think the sox has more high contact hitters than the yanks do right now. The Yanks may have more power.

  313. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Cashmoney–

    The question about Boston will continue to be injuries. I understand that Pedroia is a walking injury risk to the same spot he hurt last year, and I want to see how well Youklis and AGon come back from their injuries.

    Ellsbury is a bad CFer, and Crawford defense is wasted in small LF. And that pitching staff has a lot of questions IMO.

  314. Against All Odds February 28th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    # BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 11:30 am

    If it is true that there are witnesses who will testify that Wilpn steered investors to Madoff, they are beyond screwed.

    —————————–

    I haven’t heard about witnesses is that the latest news?

  315. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02.....ilpon.html

  316. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    The SEC didn’t see the fraud either defense has some merit.

  317. Against All Odds February 28th, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Thanks for the link Bojo I’m going through it now and boy it doesn’t look good

  318. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Rich–

    Agreed, but it will get very ugly and expensive (legal fees). Couple that with declining real estate investment performances and overwhelming debt (estimated at $1B) on team, stadium, and TV network, and there’s trouble in River City.

  319. West Coast Yankee Fan February 28th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    The Wilpons are not going to prison unless there is some proof they were complicit in a fraud.

    They did nothing wrong if they steered friends and other investors to Madoff. If they were realizing a profit and thought he was a good investment resource that’s perfectly ok. It would only be a problem if they knew he was a con artist.

    That has in no way been proven. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t.

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