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Sunday notes: Rodriguez still a “pretty good player”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Mar 06, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A lot of balls got some help from the wind this afternoon. Alex Rodriguez’s home run in the fifth inning did not. Off to a strong start this spring, Rodriguez’s first home run was legitimate, continuing his strong start this spring.

“It doesn’t matter,” Rodriguez said. “It feels good to be getting my work in.”

Rodriguez is hitting .462 with four doubles and today’s home run. Only Jorge Vazquez, who homered in his first two games, has better spring numbers for the Yankees.

“I did take notice, I thought (Rodriguez) was pretty locked in from day one,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s a talented player. His offseason workouts, he works out extremely hard, and that’s the only thing I can really say. He’s a pretty good player.”

Rodriguez said this is the result of a winter spent training instead of rehabbing. He’s a little bit lighter, said he feels a little more flexible, and Hitting coach Kevin Long met with him more than once this offseason.

“(Spring training is) just a continuation of what we started in November,” Rodriguez said.

• Rodriguez has talked about being more relaxed than in the past. Today’s home run came maybe an inning after Cameron Diaz took a seat behind home plate, and when Rodriguez nearly hustled out of the clubhouse without talking to reporters, one writer joked with him, “What, do you have a date?” Upset him? Not this time. Rodriguez just laughed. “Behave yourself,” he said.

• Russell Martin had his first two hits this afternoon. He also stole a base, suggesting his knee is feeling pretty good. The Yankees will have him catch tomorrow’s home game, giving him back-to-back starts behind the plate.

• And how is Martin behind the plate? “He’s got a good idea back there,” Phil Hughes said. “He’s a good receiver, catches the ball well, frames pitches well and gets some (calls) you might not get with a guy that doesn’t stick as well as he does.”

• Derek Jeter had two more hits today and has his spring batting average up to .357. It’s still too early to know much of anything, but he’s looked a little better at the plate day by day.

• Five Yankees, aside from Martin and Jeter, had two hits today: Eduardo Nunez, Robinson Cano, Andruw Jones, Jordan Parraz and Justin Maxwell. Mark Teixeira and Eric Chavez had a hit apiece, continuing their strong springs. Greg Golson homered.

• Steve Garrison continues to be stretched out in big league camp. He went three innings today, a pretty clear indication that the Yankees are looking at him as a starter instead of a reliever (he’ll open in the minor leagues). On a day like this, giving up one run on three hits was awfully good.

• Converted outfielder Brian Anderson had a tough day on the mound. He faced seven batters, and five of them had a hit.

• Dan Brewer had a stolen base and a double, and Colin Curtis made two nice catches and threw a runner out at the plate, but both left the game with injuries. Right field was apparently not the place to be today.

• I never saw him, but apparently Roger Clemens was here to see his son Koby, who plays for the Astros.

• As you can tell from the picture above, Yogi Berra made the trip to Kissimmee.

Associated Press photos of Berra with Cano; Rodriguez after the home run; Jeter looking back at Jones

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131 Responses to “Sunday notes: Rodriguez still a “pretty good player””

  1. upstate kate March 6th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Good news on Martin, especially since there was talk earlier about him having to ice the knee.

    Alex appears to be in a much happier place since the steroid news and knee surgery.

  2. blake March 6th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    “Alex is a pretty good player ”

    Kinda an understatement huh….

  3. yankeefeminista March 6th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Good day all around. Yogi is the icing on the cake.

  4. RhapsodyInBlue March 6th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Alex is up for a big year.

  5. MTU March 6th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Here’s an equation for you :

    A-Rod + 100% health = Monstah season

    :)

  6. blake March 6th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    If Alex and Jeter are more like themselves this year then that takes the offense to a whole other level…..I think Jeter will be closer to his career norms but I think Alex could contend for the MVP….he’s still got that in him.

  7. Jerkface March 6th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I was surprised to see Martin steal after the mention of knee icing, he made it easy. He has some speed.

  8. Nick in SF March 6th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    “It really would make these discussions resolve in a more timely way if we stick to what we actually have said.”

    This is true! Mischaracterizations of people’s positions and motivations happens all too often here.

    This was true during the Jeter contract negotiations as well.

  9. Jerkface March 6th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    This was true during the Jeter contract negotiations as well.

    :)

  10. J. Alfred Prufrock March 6th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    yankeefeminista March 6th, 2011 at 7:28 pm
    Good day all around. Yogi is the icing on the cake.
    ///
    Looks like Yogi is as chummy as ever with Robinson even though he’s now less of a “bad ball hitter.”

  11. Betsy March 6th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Alex is going to have a huge year……..and I think Martin is going to end up being a good pickup.

  12. Cashmoney March 6th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    “I thought that command-wise I was better today,” he said. “I was locating my fastball a little better. I didn’t throw as many changeups as I would have liked. The homer probably got me away from that.
    —————
    Just struck me as odd, Hughes has vowed to throw more change ups two year in a row now, why would result in a st game prevent hughes in honing his change up? shouldn’t a catcher and coaching coach reinforce what hughes himself set out to do? That is, throwing a more change ups.

  13. Betsy March 6th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I love that picture!

  14. West Coast Yankee Fan March 6th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    If you want to feel good tonight. Living in the Los Angeles area I recall hearing about Chris Ramirez. Suffering from an inoperable brain tumor, he had requested a tryout with the Dodgers last year and the Make-a-Wish Foundation fulfilled his request. No one knew he would beat the cancer and make it back to to spring training in 2011.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....31959.html

  15. E . R . California March 6th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    In baseball , Expectation and Reality rarely converge into one .

  16. MTU March 6th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Cash-

    Phil has been hangin’ out with AJ too much.

    He’s learned the back pocket approach to the CU.

    :)

  17. yankeefeminista March 6th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    STH pre-sale tickets on sale tomorrow & 25 days until OD. :)

  18. Doreen March 6th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    yankeefeminista -

    It’s a real catch-22. First you want them to do well as Yankees. Second, you want them to do well, period. It only stinks if you ended up getting nothing in return, but I agree, that I’d much rather see the guys the Yankees trade away do well.

    It can only speak well of the Yankees system as a whole for that to happen.

    ***

    WCYF -

    Pretty neat story that. :)

  19. BoJo March 6th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Jerkface March 6th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I was surprised to see Martin steal after the mention of knee icing, he made it easy. He has some speed.
    ______________________
    IIRC, he stole 20 bases one year…might be best running catcher since that guy on Royals

  20. stjetersburg March 6th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    What I have been thinking for awhile Cashmoney, Hughes is not comfortable throwing a Chang up. could be he may never have one

  21. West Coast Yankee Fan March 6th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Doreen – kind of puts things in perspective doesn’t it. A teenager.

  22. Betsy March 6th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Phil already explained about the change and why he didn’t throw it today in the last thread. I’m not sure why everyone is so obsessed with the change- sure, he has to work on it, but he has to work on his curveball as much. He’s already admitted the change is never going to be more than a decent pitch for him.

  23. West Coast Yankee Fan March 6th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Is it ok for a guy to think Yogi is cute? In the little old man sense of the word?

  24. Rich in NJ March 6th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    As I have said, all things being equal, Jeter and A-Rod are the keys to the season.

  25. Betsy March 6th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Rich, I think the pitching is the much bigger key………Is Phil going to pitch like a #2? Is AJ going to pitch like a #2 or #3? What can Garcia and Nova give them? Jeter and Alex can go off and have career years, but if we don’t get positive answers on the pitching, it won’t matter

  26. Cashmoney March 6th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    MTU

    Hello Sir. Just thought it was odd that young master hughes should let result in a spring training game deter him from doing what he set out to do. It’s like trying dif pick up line with the opposite sex in a pub, the consequence might not be pretty, but one must ‘bravely’ carry on!
    But the… I regress.

  27. Doreen March 6th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    wCYF

    Yes, it sure does.

  28. Pat M. March 6th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    If the wind was blowing that hard today and by some accounts it was, then Change-ups, Knucklers are not going to be all that desirable of a pitch to be tossing…..My calendar reads March 6th, let’s be more concerned with obtaing fastball command and then we move forward

  29. Betsy March 6th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    It was only his 2nd outing as well; I believe he did say his FB command was better today……………

  30. Rich in NJ March 6th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Betsy

    I expect the pitching to be sufficient so that the onus will be on the offense. As such, I expect Hughes to be improved (a #2 or a #3);I expect AJ to be a #3 or #4; I expect Nova to be far better than most people think (a #4-5 until around June 1 and a #3 after that), if shown patience early on, and I expect Garcia to be league average.

    If that happens, and if Jeter and A-Rod perform up to their career norms, this team will be awesome.

  31. MTU March 6th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Cash-

    He’ll wind up workin’ on it when the timing is right.

    Just like you in the Pubs.

    I got to run. Catch you later.

    :)

  32. West Coast Yankee Fan March 6th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Phil Hughes is a given, a starter, and I doubt anyone is too concerned in the organization. March 5th, he’s working with a new catcher, building up his stamina, working on things. It’s all good. Phil Hughes is the very least of our worries.

  33. stjetersburg March 6th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Keys to the season
    Starting rotation. At least three of the five have to be productive
    My guess. CC wins 18-20 games
    AJ 16-18 games
    Hughes 10-15
    4&5 one has to win at least 10 games
    The pen will have win it’s share of late inning games and the offense has
    to win more than a few shoot outs. But we must beat Boston and the other teams in east to have a chance

  34. Rich in NJ March 6th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Beat Boston? In all likelihood, the teams will spit their head-to-head games.

  35. mick March 6th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Watch out for Boston. As Mariano said today he loves being under the radar.
    They have no catcher, a concussed Beckett and and an unstable closer.
    But they do have Crawford and Gonzalez, who Kruk says will hit the 50/50 mark with a certain MVP.
    Don’t forget they replace Beltre and V. Martinez so that’s a wash.
    As with us it comes down to pitching.

  36. West Coast Yankee Fan March 6th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    stjetersburg – stick around for the year. I’ll buy you dinner if AJ wins 16-18. I’ll be happy to.

  37. Betsy March 6th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Rich, that would be outstanding. I’m dying for Jeter to shut his detractors up – and Alex is obviously healthy now. I’m also psyched about Granderson – I think he’s going to have a big year. Of course, Cano – he’s a superstar now.

  38. Betsy March 6th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I don’t think Nova is THAT good, though

  39. Rich in NJ March 6th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Betsy

    What’s a Jeter detractor?

  40. Pat M. March 6th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Rich in NJ…….I’m with you about Nova as I think he’ll be talked about as a ROY candidate…..I also think Texeria is the guy who will post his best season ever and yes Alex & Derek post numbers similar to their Topps baseball card…..Although Alex could go off to the tune of 40 dingers

  41. Betsy March 6th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Rich, it’s semantics – those who think he’s done. I never thought he was done, even at the worst of last year.

  42. mick March 6th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Other than Lester, Buccholz and King Felix, who is a good pitcher to you Betsy?

  43. yankeefeminista March 6th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Hughes brought up the change up and that he should have thrown it more today, so the response is to those words from the horse’s, er, pitcher’s mouth. I don’t think anyone is obsessing over the change or worried about Hughes. Are they?

    I think everyone will play well. :) Let’s just be healthy.

  44. mick March 6th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I don’t think anyone is obsessing over the change or worried about Hughes. Are they?
    ===================
    I know someone who is.

  45. stjetersburg March 6th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    West coast
    When right most people forget how good AJs stuff is. He had no curveball last year. Never found it but he hasbit this spring.

  46. West Coast Yankee Fan March 6th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Looks like Mr. Miller’s Red Sox bloom is fading a bit.

    2.0 IP – 4 Hits – 3 Runs

  47. tyanksfan36 March 6th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I’m glad we won today, I know its just spring training but winning is always fun.

    Just got word that wednesday where I intern, they are having sports day, gonna have to get some laundry done for that, I have been wearing all my Yankees shirts since spring training started.

  48. West Coast Yankee Fan March 6th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    stjetersburg March 6th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    West coast – When right most people forget how good AJs stuff is. He had no curveball last year. Never found it but he hasbit this spring.

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

    How nice would that be! I really want to buy you dinner lol

  49. Rich in NJ March 6th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Betsy

    I think he may be in decline (although I expect him to be better than last season; maybe a 107ish OPS+), but I’m open to being wrong, and I want to be wrong. So I’m hoping a career average 119ish OPS+ is still possible.

    Pat M

    Yup, with Nova’s FB and change, he could be very good.

  50. kd March 6th, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    nick johnson signs with indians, immediately assigned to 60 day dl.

    sorry, couldn’t resist

  51. kd March 6th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    nova as a rookie of the year candidate? in all honestly, that would do more to shut up peter gammons as anything we’ve seen in a long time.

    if he wins 12 to 15 games and has an era in the high 3′s, i see no reason why it couldn’t happen

  52. stjetersburg March 6th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    This years team seems to be built for late innings wins. With improved bullpen
    Soriano and felizano and bench player that can hit Chaves and Belliard not to mention
    Jesus it’s a lot stronger than last years bench

  53. Cashmoney March 6th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Hughes:Tower, this is Ghost Rider requesting a change up.
    G: That’s a negative, Ghost Rider, the pattern is full.

  54. Betsy March 6th, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Those #s would mean he’d be better than Phil was last year……….

  55. kd March 6th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    phil won 18 games

  56. Cashmoney March 6th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Rich, u think Nova will be the fourth starter?

  57. stjetersburg March 6th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    My guess to break camp
    CC AJ Hughes Garcia Colon
    Pen
    Mo Sori Joba Robo Pedro Logan
    Nova LR. Unless Girardi brings his boy serge

  58. Pat M. March 6th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    kd…..I can easily see Ivan winning 11-12 games with the deep pen the club will be sporting this season………

  59. Betsy March 6th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    KD, if Rich thinks Nova could be pitching like a #3 in the 2nd half……and he ends up with an ERA in the 3′s, that’s better than Phil – you don’t just judge performance on wins/losses.

    I like Nova, but all young pitchers struggle at times and expecting any youngster, except maybe the very best, to pitch that well is asking a lot – IMO. I guess we’ll see.

  60. Betsy March 6th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    In any case, the season won’t pivot on how Nova does……..Phil, AJ and the #4, probably Garcia are the keys

  61. Cashmoney March 6th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Nova may not get the inning to win 11-12 games if he is relegated to the fifth spot. But no matter, I think he is pretty good.

  62. West Coast Yankee Fan March 6th, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    - Sabathia, Hughes, Burnett, Nova, Garcia

    - Mariano, Soriano, Robertson, Joba, Logan, Feliciano, Mitre

    (Colon to AAA with Brackman – first call ups)

  63. Joe from Long Island March 6th, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    1. Great, great picture of Yogi and Robbie. Yankee generations…..

    2. Doreen, MTU – many, many thanks for your input on cars. I really do appreciate it.

    3. Pat M. – Nova as a ROY candidate? You were right about Hughes and Brackman last year, so why not……

  64. West Coast Yankee Fan March 6th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I think Nova is going to pitch very well this season. He’s too good to waste as a long-man.

  65. RadioKev March 6th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I love this picture of Yogi & Cano.

  66. Carlo March 6th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Colon won’t be sent to AAA. He’s either on the ML roster or he’s released. No in between.

  67. stjetersburg March 6th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Logan is another pitcher who has me concerned. He has no velocity on his fastball at all.
    Last year may have been his career year.

  68. West Coast Yankee Fan March 6th, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    That’s right, he got that opt out if he doesn’t make the team didn’t he.

  69. stjetersburg March 6th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Maybe Prior gets a shot in the pen this year if one of the guys flames out

  70. blake March 6th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Yes, if its looking like Colon isn’t going to make the team then he can opt out and try somewhere else.

  71. stjetersburg March 6th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    By opening day bartolon should be down to a trim. 260

  72. Betsy March 6th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I’d love to see Prior make the team, but assuming he won’t, I hope he’ll accept an assignment to AAA

  73. Carl March 6th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Worried about Velocity in early March?

  74. Carlo March 6th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Colon make the team as the long man. We have a pretty good idea of what Mitre can do and I don’t care to see him as the 6th starter.

  75. Jerkface March 6th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Nova won’t be able to win RoY because Jesus has it wrapped up.

  76. stjetersburg March 6th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Carl it reminds me of Vasquez last ST. Low 80s and if you remember Logan got hammered in the late season and playoffs

  77. Ys Guy March 6th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    i’d be very surprised to see them keep colon if he doesnt make the starting rotation. they will likely let him leave and find work elsewhere.

  78. Pat M. March 6th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Mitre has more trade value than Bartolo has…Not certain if there’s any options left on Sergio ???? I’ve tried to embrace this guy but my baseball system just rejects him

  79. West Coast Yankee Fan March 6th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I wonder if Cashman has a clause that Colon can’t go to the Red Sux. : )

    Didn’t the Sux have something like that in someone’s deal? Was it Crawford – or a rumor?

  80. Ys Guy March 6th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    mitre would start on quite a few teams including the mets. i wouldnt say he has alot of value but he has some.

  81. West Coast Yankee Fan March 6th, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    What would you get for Mitre?

  82. BoJo March 6th, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Nice thought to remember…

    For play-off time, both Marte and Banuelos could be our lefties out of the pen. That would be pretty awesome…Nova and Betances could be long relievers.

  83. blake March 6th, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I think Prior has pretty much said that he’ll need to go to AAA to start the season….

  84. LGY March 6th, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Did you like that defense Betsy? 79 points. :)

  85. blake March 6th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    The Cards might could use a Mitre…

  86. Ys Guy March 6th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    not that you’d want him but if you did you could get a daniel murphy type from the mets for mitre.

  87. LGY March 6th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Nova lucky he still qualifies for ROY.

    8 innings under the limit.

  88. mick March 6th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Knicks suffocate Hawks

  89. tyanksfan36 March 6th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    # Jerkface March 6th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Nova won’t be able to win RoY because Jesus has it wrapped up.
    _____

    Yes

  90. Against All Odds March 6th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Nice bounce back wins by the Knicks

  91. BoJo March 6th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    I don’t think the Yankees will take Colon over Mitre for long relief…Mitre has shown he can do the job, whereas Colon has not ever done that role. Also, and perhaps more importantly, Colon has not proven he can get through a season healthy, so it would be risky to release Mitre and take Colon.

    If Colon pitches lights out, I can envision the team taking him as #5 and leaving Nova in SWB for a few months until they see what Colon gives them…Lets Nova work a little more on curve or slider. Then Nova comes back up when and if Colon tires or gets DL’d, or traded.

  92. West Coast Yankee Fan March 6th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Oh boy.

    DALLAS/ESPN.COM — Mark Cuban, the outspoken billionaire owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, and controversial actor Charlie Sheen could soon be business partners. Cuban confirmed Sunday evening that he’s had several conversations with Sheen recently about developing programming for HDNet, the cable network Cuban owns.

  93. m March 6th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Nova won’t win ROY because he’s a Yankee. Not sure if Harper will play in the majors, but if he does they’ll give it as an achievement award for just making it.

    Colon is a straight MiL contract?

  94. Melk Man March 6th, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Knicks were playing a good team – of course they upped the D.

    Let’s see if they do that against a mediocre Utah team tomorrow and a mediocre Memphis team after that.

    However, I am assuming when they play Dallas on Thursday, they will hold them to 75 points and win by 15.

  95. Against All Odds March 6th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    win*

  96. Mell March 6th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    “What would you get for Mitre?”

    The time of day and some minor league roster filler

  97. Mell March 6th, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    “Nova won’t win ROY because he’s a Yankee”

    He could easily be in the hunt. Pineda out in Seattle and Hellickson will likely be stiff competition, and maybe someone else pops up, but Nova should have a reasonable shot.

  98. Pat M. March 6th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Mell….If Nova gets 25-26 starts he’ll be in the hunt for it…..

  99. m March 6th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Apparently Sheen has made “winning” a catch phrase. Jeter has a “winning” smile. Enough to melt any girl’s heart. ;)

    Cano looks like he’s wearing armor under his uni.

  100. Mell March 6th, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Pat M:

    Absolutely. Like I said, someone could pop up and become a candidate, maybe someone like Ackely in Seattle, but heading in to the season, provided Nova wins a spot in the rotation, I’d give him as good a shot as the other two guys I mentioned.

  101. blake March 6th, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I agree Nova should have a good shot…he got almost the max experience last you that you can get and still be a rookie and he’s got the stuff and is on a good team.

  102. Nick in SF March 6th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Harper will be no competition for Nova. ;)

  103. m March 6th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    He may be in the hunt, but don’t get your hopes up. Yankees don’t generally do well when it comes to awards.

  104. West Coast Yankee Fan March 6th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Unfortunately, from here on out anytime a guy calls his wife or girlfriend a goddess, he’s gonna’ get slapped.

  105. Tom in N.J. March 6th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    If Montero gets 400+ at bats, he’ll get the ROY.

  106. Mell March 6th, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I know Cliff Lee is a bad word here, but man can he throw strikes.

    4 shutout innings, 25 pitches. 1st pitch ball followed by 24 strikes.

  107. West Coast Yankee Fan March 6th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Are you serious Mell? 1 ball and 24 strikes?

  108. blake March 6th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Yea Lee is ridiculous with his command….you have to hit him to beat him, he’s not going to walk you and he’s not going to get behind in the count….that’s what the Giants did.

  109. Mell March 6th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    WCYF:

    True story.

  110. m March 6th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Does anyone have Insider? I wanted to know if any Yankees were on the Top 50 Fantasy rookies list. They pictured a Braves player, Brown, and Hellickson.

    If Hellickson and Nova have similar #s Hellickson would get the nod because 1) his name us Hellickson 2) He’s a better prospect so there’s that bias 3) the Rays will have less wins, so his contributions would be THAT much more important 4) they don’t have a CC to do all the heavy lifting (well there’s Orice, but he doesn’t count because he makes peanuts) 5) Tampa is a small market team.

    And on and on. There’s an anti-Yankee bias because we’re an all-star team blah blah blah

  111. West Coast Yankee Fan March 6th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I have never heard of that ridiculous a ball-strike ratio. Much less a week into spring training. Six pitches an inning for four innings?

  112. Mell March 6th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    M:

    Montero and Nova are both on that list.

  113. West Coast Yankee Fan March 6th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Montero is 18 – Nova is 25 – that’s it.

  114. West Coast Yankee Fan March 6th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Hellickson – number 1

  115. Ed H. March 6th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Harper’s only 18 and will be starting the year in A ball. Little chance that he sees the majors this year as anything more than a September call up. (He’s also in the National League.)

  116. Ed H. March 6th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Harper’s also learning to play a new position this year, moving from catcher to right field.

  117. blake March 6th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Montero is ranked lower on those lists because of the uncertainty of how much he’ll play.

  118. m March 6th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Thanks, Mell and WCYF.

    WCYF, did you enjoy the Spurs game? I know SOS is poking pins in the knees if his Kobe voodoo doll right now.

  119. Jerkface March 6th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Harper has a major league deal so he’ll be on the 40 man and is burning options every year. He’ll get 4 options. They shouldn’t bring him up, but I wouldn’t put it past the Nats. They got a lot of fans out to the park for strasberg.

  120. West Coast Yankee Fan March 6th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    M that game was so was hyped – did the Lakers send a message or what. I think Jackson is beyond great as a coach.

  121. Mell March 6th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    “Montero is ranked lower on those lists because of the uncertainty of how much he’ll play.”

    Yup. He’s actually the 3rd catcher (Arencibia and Conger) and 4th position player lister (the Japanese middle infielder for the Twins), but those went into Spring with a better chance of significant playing time. That’s probably changed.

  122. West Coast Yankee Fan March 6th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Two days ago the Spurs whack the Heat by 30 – go figure.

  123. m March 6th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    That list would look different had it come out this week.

  124. m March 6th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Ouch!

    Thibodou: “we have guys who can close”

    Zing!

    I can’t believe the Heat players were crying. It’s hardly their worst loss, and a 5 game losing streak is hardly worth crying about. I guess the expectations weigh more than they anticipated.

  125. David in Cal March 6th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    In the course of the season the Yanks will need at least 2 extra pitchers capable of long relief or starting — more like 4 or 5.

    It would be great if Colon would agree to stay with the Yanks in a minor league position, but I doubt that he’d do that. He’d probably get a major league position with some other team.

    Does Mitre have options? If so, I could see the team keeping Colon for long relief and starting Mitre in the minors.

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