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Underdogs speak out, Granderson update, transactions

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The Yankees were hit with so many questions at today’s Yankee Stadium workout regarding how they feel about being underdogs, with the Red Sox being labeled as the favorites in the AL East. C.C. Sabathia saw a benefit to it.

“It kind of feels good to have everybody not picking us and us go out and kind of sneak up on some people … as crazy as it sounds with the talent that we have in here,” Sabathia said. “Nobody seems to believe in us but us. So we’ll see.”

 Joe Girardi found it kind of strange to hear “underdogs” and “under the radar” associated with the Yankees.

“But I don’t know if we’re going to sneak up on anyone,” he said. “I think people are pretty excited when we come to town. But it is unusual.”

Mark Teixeira isn’t conceding to the Red Sox, especially since there are still 162 games left on the schedule.  

“We don’t come here to come in second place,” Teixeira said. “We came here to win the championship. Anything less is unacceptable.”

So do you think the Red Sox look better on paper than the Yankees at this point? I would at least take the Yankees’ bullpen over Boston’s any day. 

In other news:

Curtis Granderson tested his oblique again in a minor-league game in Florida against some Class A members of the Pirates’ organization. He played center for five innings and went 2 for 5 with two doubles. Afterward he told the AP: “I’m ready. Everything was good today.” So he’s supposed to be here for the opener and bat eighth.

The Yankees officially added Gustavo Molina to the roster, along with Luis Ayala, Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon. Girardi said he liked Ayala’s velocity and sinker, and the ability to induce ground balls. 

Pedro Feliciano and Francisco Cervelli’s DL stays were made retroactive to March 22. Colin Curtis, Damaso Marte and Reggie Corona were put on the 60-day DL.  Romulo Sanchez was designated for assignment, although he has a chance to pitch in Japan.

A.J. Burnett has a head cold, but Girardi thinks he should be OK for Saturday’s start.

Phil Hughes has been moved to Andy Pettitte’s old locker. Actually, he found some of Pettitte’s stuff still in there. So what did Hughes do?

“Threw it away,” Hughes said.

Pause.

“Just kidding,” he said.

Hughes gave the pictures and books to the clubhouse manager to send to Pettitte.

Here’s the Detroit lineup:

1. Austin Jackson

2. Will Rhymes

3. Magglio Ordonez

4. Miguel Cabrera

5. Victor Martinez

6. Ryan Rayburn

7. Jhonny Peralta

8. Brandon Inge

9. Alex Avila

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213 Responses to “Underdogs speak out, Granderson update, transactions”

  1. Patrick March 30th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Brian,

    I’d take the Yankees bullpen and starting lineup over Boston’s. Although the lineup is close. I’d take Boston’s rotation over ours

  2. Erin March 30th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    LOL at Hughes :)

  3. Bronx Jeers March 30th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I’m sure there’s at least one team of baseball pros that aren’t writing off the Yankees.

    Guess who?

  4. blake March 30th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I agree with Patrick …I think the Yanks lineup is deeper. Pretty close 1-5 but 6-9 I like the Yanks better.

  5. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Is it us?

  6. pat March 30th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Rank the Top 20 all time Yankees

    http://espn.go.com/sportsnatio.....#topOfList

  7. BoJo March 30th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    It’s about time he spoke out–

    http://www.insidesocal.com/prepsports/underdog.jpg

  8. BoJo March 30th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Is Brian Heyman the brother of Jon Heyman?

  9. Doreen March 30th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Gotta love Hughes-y!

    Threw it away!!!!

  10. Nick in SF March 30th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    “Ledger_Yankees Gustavo Molina added to 25 man roster…”

    Good news, it will really help the Yanks with G-Mole steps behind the plate and shocks the naysayers, and the positive vibes will reverberate down through our entire catching corps.

  11. Howe Farr March 30th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    alright, i have officially thawed off and ready for the new season!

  12. RayVT March 30th, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    BeholdArNo March 30th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    CR9 is not crazy! He knows exactly what he is doing. Very intelligent person really! Not sure why he wants to be disruptive, but he really can be that way. The funny part is I use to enjoy some of CR9??s views on things related to the Yankees. Oh well!

  13. Bronx Jeers March 30th, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Is it us?

    ——–

    The Red Sox

  14. stuckey99 March 30th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    “stuckey – Saying he wasn’t likely to come back… whether he did or not does not make jerkface wrong.”

    IR, jerkface and I are just having some fun (at least that’s what I assume).

    Cashman saying something different about Romine than Girardi did doesn’t mean that what I said “the smart money is on keeping an open mind about May 1st” is wrong either.

    Which is all I have said about that. That’s what I was responding to.

    “I would say the fact that they waited until the day before opening day to say Granderson would play only proves that it was (at the time, 9 days ago) very unlikely for him to make opening day”

    Honestly, all it says to me was there was no compelling reason to conclusively determine it until now, particularly having a day lost to rain.

    “Assuming he could recover from an oblique strain in less than 9 days with any confidence would be foolish.”

    I’ve yet to see any convincing evidence of a conclusive timetable.

    That he is playing is somehow being spun as evidence that it was unlikely he would I think is a bit convoluted.

  15. m March 30th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Hughes must be a beat writers’ favorite.

    Us against the World. I think there’s going to be some sad fans and shocked pundits when the Yankees make some noise.

  16. GreenBeret7 March 30th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Hopefully, Pettitte left his cutter in the locker for Hughes to use.

  17. Doreen March 30th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    GB7 -

    Good call!

    :)

  18. G. Love March 30th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Here’s how I objectively rank the Yankees vs. Red Sox starting rotations

    1-CC – he’s the best pitcher in either rotation. Can win with mediocre stuff/off night.
    2-Lester – a step below CC, but one of the best in the game.
    3-Bucholtz – beats Hughes at this point only because of last seasons stats
    4-Hughes – if Hughes doesn’t wear down this year, he could be #3 on this list
    5-Lackey – will give innings and pitch a gem 1 out 7 starts, but hittable and not dominant
    6-Nova – Could move up to 3 on this list but that might be asking a lot. That said, I’m sold on him. Think he’s going to shock a lot of people outside of one’s in here who have been trumpeting him all along.
    7-AJ – better than Beckett because he’s healthy and has worked on walks
    8-Beckett – I wouldn’t trade AJ for him. Will pitch a dominant gem once in a blue moon to tease fans and media into thinking he’s back. Will always have that “one bad inning” that snowballs out of control even when he’s cruising.
    9-Garcia – based on last season, he’s a solid innings eater who can throw a fair amount of quality starts. Goes deeper into games than Dice K.
    10-Dice K – barely gives you 5 innings a start.

  19. m March 30th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    OMG. Espn wil hire just about anybody. Jamie Moyer? Will take him two minutes to get to the point. ;)

    Taking a peek at Pete’s blog. He’s understandably high on the team, but Crawford “seems to be pressing a bit,” and people are wondering if there’s more to Beckett’s story about his injury. And he really takes a dump on Papelbon.

  20. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    if tomorrow is rained out…im wondering if i could scoop up some tix for the rainout makeup on friday from stub hub….

  21. RayVT March 30th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    G. Love March 30th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Fair analysis IMO. I would have AJ ahead of Nova, & call Lester/CC a draw. I would not trade CC for Lester, but it is closer than a step.

  22. RayVT March 30th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    If the RSox fold this year, the onus will be placed on both Beckett & Papelbon with maybe some Papi hate as well. BTW, I expect RSox to come in 3rd.

  23. m March 30th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    One poster (from NYC) asked does anyone else think that giving Beckett an extension last season may have been a mistake? Nahhh. Then they hoped for a Beckett/Papelbon blockbuster trade this summer. ROFL.

  24. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    “m March 30th, 2011 at 5:18 pm
    One poster (from NYC) asked does anyone else think that giving Beckett an extension last season may have been a mistake? Nahhh. Then they hoped for a Beckett/Papelbon blockbuster trade this summer. ROFL.”

    for king felix? :)

  25. Bronx Jeers March 30th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    if tomorrow is rained out…im wondering if i could scoop up some tix for the rainout makeup on friday from stub hub….

    ———————————————-

    That’s a good move. Possibly people that have taken off Thurs will not be able to do the same on Fri. I might have to check that out myself.

  26. BD (Boston Dave) March 30th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    When does stub hub stop selling tix?

    I thought it was something like 2 full days beforehand.

  27. Fran the original March 30th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I think the weather forecast for Friday is worse than tomrrow.

  28. LGY March 30th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Will be very interesting to see how much Girardi is willing to push Martin.

    D Day for Imposter Molina could be as early as the 3rd or as late as the 7th.

  29. BD (Boston Dave) March 30th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Hmm – just checked and as long as they have the instant download tickets it looks good. Some tickets for tomorrow’s game…

  30. joeman March 30th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    earlier it starts raining Thurs the better Friday will be…….this is suppose to be a 30 hr weather event..got it from work

  31. LGY March 30th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    BD

    2 hours before gametime.

  32. Bronx Jeers March 30th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Downloaded tix are available up to 2 hrs before gametime.

  33. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    when YS first started selling out alot of games and ppl like me who had been used to going to the

    stadium and buying tickets at the window i realized that the best chance to get tickets to a game

    were either rainout makeups or the first weeknight games of the season. (most years the lowest

    attendance of the year is home game #2)

    also, the game wont be rained out till tomorrow am which means a really really short window

    to sell the tickets.

    i havent been to an opening day since 1994 i think…

  34. jacksquat March 30th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I would rate the pitching overall as about even, defense about even, and the Yankees’ lineup better.

    Btw, Granderson should not be hitting 8th vs rhp. He should be no lower than 6th.

  35. Pat M. March 30th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Josh Beckett’s back and shoulder are barking louder than a junkyard dog….

  36. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    if they rainout both opening day and friday, then i already have opening day tickets (for $21 each!)

  37. Nick in SF March 30th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    It would be an awful mistake to push Martin too hard at the beginning of the season.

    March in the Bronx is way too cold to start the Yankee catching career of a guy from the tropical climes of Ontario, Canada.

    I would give Gustavo Molina the start tomorrow and hold Martin back until the arrival of the sunsplashed days of April.

  38. GreenBeret7 March 30th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Doreen March 30th, 2011 at 5:07 pm
    GB7 -

    Good call!

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

    Doreen, it just seemed like it was time for a smile.

    As much as Pettitte’s pitching will be missed, I think it’s his presence on the team (bench, clubhouse, and knowledge) that’s going to be missed. He’s almost the rotation version of Rivera. Fans had best enjoy having Rivera, Posada, Jeter and Rodriguez around, because they’ll be missed by fans and team mates a lot. That’s the void that Sabathia, Cano, Teixeira and even Granderson and Hughes need to fill.

  39. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Btw, Granderson should not be hitting 8th vs rhp. He should be no lower than 6th.

    Deference to veterans and players who have hit better. Hard to move Posada to 8th when he is a long tenured yankee. Just like it is hard to move Jeter. If Granderson hits like expected he will move up.

  40. NJ Pete March 30th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Only a 30% chance of showers between 1pm and 6pm. I think they get the game in.

  41. stuckey99 March 30th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    “I would give Gustavo Molina the start tomorrow and hold Martin back until the arrival of the sunsplashed days of April.”

    Nick, I’d be glad to loan you the $25 if the situation is this dire…

  42. BD (Boston Dave) March 30th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Good news Pete

  43. Pat M. March 30th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Nick in SF….Do you think The Heat will cover 12 tonight vs. The Wizards after last night’s egg laying….Which I’m most grateful for…..

  44. 108 stitches March 30th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Prediction :

    Look for Ortiz to hint around for a 2012 contract around June / July. Epstein, with Beckett’s contract in mind, will put off Ortiz and say it’s not for discussion until season’s end. Infuriated, Ortiz will become a distraction. Papelbon, regardless of what happens will say he’s declaring free agency at the end of 2011.

  45. joeman March 30th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    # Nick in SF March 30th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    It would be an awful mistake to push Martin too hard at the beginning of the season.

    March in the Bronx is way too cold to start the Yankee catching career of a guy from the tropical climes of Ontario, Canada.

    I would give Gustavo Molina the start tomorrow and hold Martin back until the arrival of the sunsplashed days of April.
    # GreenBeret7 March 30th, 2011 at 5:31 pm
    —————————————————————–
    said this yesterday..Molina will get 3 starts in the first 8 games and 8-10 total before May gets here

  46. joeman March 30th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Pat M. March 30th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Nick in SF….Do you think The Heat will cover 12 tonight vs. The Wizards after last night’s egg laying….Which I’m most grateful for….
    ——————————————
    Pat you know most betters will be all over the Heat…not me, give me the 12

  47. Nick in SF March 30th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Smart of you to get your trash-talking in now, stuckey. G-Mole’s pinstriped plate heroics are rapidly approaching.

    Pat M, I haven’t looked at or thought about basketball lines lately, but if LeBron tweeted righteously after the loss to the Cavs and the Heat tears have already dried, then they might be on a mission to get back on track tonight. How’s that for cluelessly inconclusive?

  48. BD (Boston Dave) March 30th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    “said this yesterday..Molina will get 3 starts in the first 8 games and 8-10 total before May gets here”

    ——

    So?

    He might start 2-3 more times than every other cruddy backup in baseball.

    Not a big deal.

  49. BeholdArNo March 30th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    A dandy Grandy, eye-candy, makes me randy!

  50. joeman March 30th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    # BD (Boston Dave) March 30th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    “said this yesterday..Molina will get 3 starts in the first 8 games and 8-10 total before May gets here”

    ——

    So?

    He might start 2-3 more times than every other cruddy backup in baseball.

    Not a big deal.
    ——————————–
    if you say so

  51. stuckey99 March 30th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    “Smart of you to get your trash-talking in now, stuckey.”

    Got you to say I did something smart!

  52. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    If backup catching doesn’t matter, I hope this means we can get a moratorium on Randy complaining about Cervelli behind the plate. I think backup catcher matters a little more than any other backup position because they play more often, and just because many teams have bad backup catchers (some don’t) doesn’t mean the Yankees should have the worst backup catcher ever.

  53. LGY March 30th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Nick

    :lol:

  54. Nick in SF March 30th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    “Got you to say I did something smart!”

    And I genuinely meant it. You can take that to the bank when I take the $25.

  55. blake March 30th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I agree with Glove’s list pretty much…..that’s kinda how you rank them on history to now……the rotations are really close despite the Sox having bigger names……and I think its possible that the Yanks will have 3 guys in their pen better than Boston’s closer.

  56. stuckey99 March 30th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    “and just because many teams have bad backup catchers (some don’t) doesn’t mean the Yankees should have the worst backup catcher ever.”

    Do you think the Yankees think they should?

  57. LGY March 30th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    If Molina plays 8 to 10 times in April as joeman claims, the BUC situation will matter.

    Personally don’t see him playing that much

  58. icebird753 March 30th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    I think the Yankees will be superb this year, 93-96 wins but they will fall to Philly in the World Series

  59. blake March 30th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Back up catchers are really more part time catchers than back ups because they play about 1/5 of games…..so unless 1/5 of the games aren’t important…..then your back up catcher is important.

  60. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    lol @ molina starting 8 games in the first month!

    martin has averaged 150 games per year in his full seasons.

    but with gustavo molina behind the plate, he’s gonna take 8 games off in april?

  61. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    martin’s b/u catchers have played 7% of games.

  62. Pat M. March 30th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Nick in SF…..It tells me to stay away from the game…….Because the Dodgers wouldn’t switch the season opener from Chavez Ravine to Pac Bell, the Giants are going to be flying those banner planes over Dodger Stadium tomorrow with huge 2010 World Championship flags attached………Love it…….Frank McCourt is so hated in LA that he’ll get booed for any reason….

  63. LGY March 30th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Girardi won’t push Martin like Torre did.

  64. blake March 30th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Do they really want Martin coming off hip and knee injuries playing 93% of games….I don’t think so.

  65. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    “LGY March 30th, 2011 at 5:56 pm
    Girardi won’t push Martin like Torre did”

    /////

    true and he is coming off surgery. however, barring injury there is no way he’s getting 8 games off in april. maybe 3, more likely 2.

  66. Giuseppe Franco March 30th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    # RayVT March 30th, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    BeholdArNo March 30th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    CR9 is not crazy! He knows exactly what he is doing. Very intelligent person really! Not sure why he wants to be disruptive, but he really can be that way. The funny part is I use to enjoy some of CR9??s views on things related to the Yankees. Oh well!

    ———-

    Um, Behold IS CR9. He was exposed weeks ago. He’ll deny it all day long but it’s quite obvious they are the same person.

    There can’t be TWO LoHud posters frequently detailing their disdain for referees, umpires, and everything Red Sox while describing his homoerotic fantasies with Yankee players.

  67. Betsy March 30th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Andy left his stuff for someone else to clean up? Weak, lol

    Very good news on Grandy………..

  68. joeman March 30th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    MBL.Com SP rankings has Beckett at 63 and AJ at 69…..thinking AJ can pitch much better than that not so sure about Beckett

  69. LGY March 30th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    With the way the schedule is set up it will be pretty hard to avoid Molina for less than 4 games unless Girardi is willing to use Martin 5 days in a row.

    Prob 4 or 5 for Molina if Girardi won’t play Martin 5 in a row

  70. Nick in SF March 30th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Andy only left his stuff because he was so busy cleaning out Bernie Williams’ locker.

  71. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    guisseppe very interesting. i was wondering if he was also the ER/ruby character earlier…

  72. joeman March 30th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    # Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    lol @ molina starting 8 games in the first month!

    martin has averaged 150 games per year in his full seasons.

    but with gustavo molina behind the plate, he’s gonna take 8 games off in april?
    —————————————————————–
    YEP

  73. Giuseppe Franco March 30th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    lol @ molina starting 8 games in the first month!

    martin has averaged 150 games per year in his full seasons.

    ———-

    Martin wasn’t trying to overcome serious knee and hip problems when he played 150+ games.

    He also played half his games in LA, which is obviously a much warmer climate in March/April than it is in NY.

    I’m not sure Molina is going to start 8 games in April, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he started 5-6.

    I don’t think Girardi is going to want to take a lot of chances wearing out his starting catcher the first month.

  74. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    hey now! bernie hasnt retired yet, dont start pushing him out the door already!

  75. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Do you think the Yankees think they should?

    They did decide to go with Molina, so maybe? Or they just lacked choice.

  76. Betsy March 30th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    WFAN had better post the White interview; I’m SO annoyed to have missed it. I loved him with Phil – he was actually my favorite.

  77. Tank March 30th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    “martin has averaged 150 games per year in his full seasons.”

    Except he wasn’t coming off knee surgery. He was also playing in LA, not 40 degrees and rain for the first month of the season.

    Considering they play 9 straight games from Saturday, and have a stretch of 17 straight games beginning in late April, it would be hard to see him catching a lot early on.

  78. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    it was a very good interview and so cool to hear bill after so long. some great times listening to bill.

  79. Niblick March 30th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    If Martin is able to start 5 games a week, Gustavo will have to start 5 games in April.

    Which is 5 too many, unfortunately.

  80. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    The Yankees knew their schedule, and they knew that they signed Russel Martin, so I am sure their idea was to have Cervelli catch 50% of the games in April or something. Though once Cervelli went down they should have been looking to acquire a better backup if they planned to send Montero/Romine to the minors because of their age. They probably did, but either could not work a deal or the price was too much for the marginal upgrade for a months worth of backup catching.

  81. stuckey99 March 30th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    “Or they just lacked choice.”

    I think that’s an astute conclusion.

  82. joeman March 30th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    # Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    The Yankees knew their schedule, and they knew that they signed Russel Martin, so I am sure their idea was to have Cervelli catch 50% of the games in April or something. Though once Cervelli went down they should have been looking to acquire a better backup if they planned to send Montero/Romine to the minors because of their age. They probably did, but either could not work a deal or the price was too much for the marginal upgrade for a months worth of backup catching.
    —————————————————
    if they were not going to bring Montero north I hope they went looking

  83. Irreverent Discourse March 30th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    stuckey99 – That he is playing is somehow being spun as evidence that it was unlikely he would I think is a bit convoluted.

    That is not what I said. I said that the decision could not be made until today makes it unlikely they thought he would be playing at the time.

  84. NJ Pete March 30th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    LGY – agreed 4 to 5 games for Molina in April but why does everyone assume that’s a bad thing? If the difference between a win and a loss is Martin vs. Molina they’re in real trouble.

  85. BD (Boston Dave) March 30th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    JF,

    If it’s for a month, not worth getting worked up. If it’s 3-6 months, ok.

  86. Irreverent Discourse March 30th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Niblick – Which is 5 too many, unfortunately.

    Is it really now? 15, maybe 20 at bats are going to ruin the entire season?

    another typical niblick post.

  87. BD (Boston Dave) March 30th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    “Back up catchers are really more part time catchers than back ups because they play about 1/5 of games…..so unless 1/5 of the games aren’t important…..then your back up catcher is important.”

    ———-

    And how many more hits will a catcher hitting .200 have over one that hits .230 over the course of 2—3 games (or 10-12 AB). ?

    If that’s important enough to worry about on a blog, sign me OUT.

  88. BD (Boston Dave) March 30th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    “less hits” rather

  89. BeholdArNo March 30th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    GF – I would guess that this crazy psycho CR9 isn’t just filled with mere disdain for referees, umpires, and all things Boston. My guess would be he is filled with a consuming hatred that will one day fly out of control and land in behind bars or in a straightjacket! Again, just speculation :)

  90. Joe from Long Island March 30th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    1. First, and most importantly, Hi, GF. Hope you’re well.

    2. I really think the Red Sox have the potential to have a disastrous year, akin to 1965 for the Yankees. Pat M. keeps saying Beckett has back and shoulder problems, and Gammons says he’ll be happy with Lackey winning 13. To me, that spells a big problem for the starting rotation. And Theo does not have a lot of inhouse options. Add an aging Drew and Ortiz, a hole at C, and an overrated Ellsbury in CF, that’s a lot of questions up the middle.

    I’m more concerned about Baltimore and Toronto being pains.

  91. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    If the difference between a win and a loss is Martin vs. Molina they’re in real trouble.

    I disagree with this premise. You don’t have to be in real trouble to lose a handful of games because you are playing a guy that is almost guaranteed to make outs when at the plate. Guy can’t hit a lick in the majors or minors and is suspect defensively in the majors. They could very easily lose a game because of his non existent bat and it would not mean they are in trouble, it would just mean they’ve lost a game. By the end of the season that lost game could mean the difference between the East and the WC or the WC and going home. And I am very sure that there will be other losses which will also mean the same, but ones that cannot be avoided.

    A-rod might lose a game by not getting a big hit in key situations (and very well may be the only one to have a real chance all game), but you can’t get rid of him and he is going to win more games for the team than he loses.

    Molina has virtually no chance of providing a positive outcome in any of his onfield actions.

  92. BeholdArNo March 30th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    *land him

  93. Niblick March 30th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    ID – for a guy who absolutely positively can’t hit, and who hasn’t shown much in the way of defense in the majors, yes it is too much. Will it ruin the entire season? Ask me in October.

  94. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Ooo royals designated Lucas May for assignment. I wonder if the Yankees could pick him up.

    May hit .283/.349/.483 for three teams in the upper minors last year, adding 16 homers and 21 doubles. The 26-year-old has thrown out 28% of would-be base stealers in his minor league career

  95. joeman March 30th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Kentucky Derby Future Wager

    The Factor is 6-1…this horse is climbing the charts

    wonder if Bill O’Reilly put a bunch of G’s on him

  96. stuckey99 March 30th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    “That is not what I said. I said that the decision could not be made until today makes it unlikely they thought he would be playing at the time.”

    IR, as I said at the time, when it comes to the home stretch of spring training, the comments usually start to become conservative, and that “a chance” was not code for probably not”.

    I would suspect, given that it’s ST, the Yankees would also act conservatively in regards to Granderson and use every day at their disposal to both allow him to rest/heal and get him ready for opening day. They have done that successfully.

    That they used ALL the time available to them strikes as SOP and smart, and not indication of a likelihood.

    Would you have pushed Granderson to try to get him an extra ST game, or backed up the timetable to give him the most rest possible?

    I’d do the latter myself.

  97. blake March 30th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    “And how many more hits will a catcher hitting .200 have over one that hits .230 over the course of 2—3 games (or 10-12 AB). ?”

    those are made up numbers. It depends on who the starter is and who the back up is. If you have a huge dropoff from the starter to the 2nd catcher then that could affect the outcome of the games they play…..that’s all.

  98. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Disasters are never caused by 1 thing going wrong. They are almost always caused by a bunch of small things going wrong which coalesces into a disaster. If the Yankees miss the playoffs it won’t be because of Molina only, but because they played Molina and 20 other things.

    The goal for the team should be to minimize the amount of things which go wrong. I think they will do that. The Yankees are definitely going to the playoffs, and in my opinion will win the AL east, I just want them to mitigate tiny problems.

  99. RayVT March 30th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    TB is going to be pretty good too! I expect them to come in 2nd with the Yanks in 1st. RSox have 3rd locked up IMO! LOL!

  100. Pat M. March 30th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    LGY….I can see maybe that Molina gets the nod as the starter, however I can see Russel being inserted as a PH mid game and closing the game out…..

  101. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    ok so assuming no rainout, martin starts the first 5 games (day off after game 1) then molina plays the night game on the 6th, then catches the next 6 with an off day right in the middle. then molina for night game on the 15th and martin for the next 8 with 2 games off. the molina on the 26th martin the next 4 and molina or cervelli on the 30th.

    martin doesnt catch more than 4 games in a row, no day games after night games and the b/u only starts 4 games.

  102. Niblick March 30th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    If Molina hits .200, there will be dancing in the streets.

  103. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    those are made up numbers. It depends on who the starter is and who the back up is. If you have a huge dropoff from the starter to the 2nd catcher then that could affect the outcome of the games they play…..that’s all.

    Along with this, it doesn’t matter how many hits a .230 hitter will get over 20 AB vs a .200 hitter. If you think of baseline talent, it is more likely for a .250 hitter or whatever to have a strong run, than it is for a .100 hitter to have a strong run.

    If you give them an entire season, maybe backup A hits .250 and backup B hits .200, but over any given stretch of 2-4 weeks, maybe backup A hits .300 or .350 and Backup B hits .250 or .300. And in any given plate appearance, the .250 hitter is more likely to provide a positive outcome than the .200 hitter.

    This is my reasoning on Nunez vs Pena as well. Nunez is more likely to give you an XBH than Pena.

  104. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Molina had 1 hit all spring and struck out in 75% of his plate appearances. He is a career: .122 .159 .146 .305 hitter. His OPs is lower than Jeter’s career batting average.

  105. austinmac March 30th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Jerkface,

    I completely agree on Molina. He will come to bat in big spots in his games. He is about as likely to fail as any player in baseball. That certainly can cost a game. His limited defensive stats likewise offer little assurance.

  106. joeman March 30th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    ok so assuming no rainout, martin starts the first 5 games
    ———————————–
    no way Martin starts the first 5 games…no rainout Molina first start will be on 4/4

  107. Joe from Long Island March 30th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    jerkface at 6:06 – I think you nailed it. They couldn’t find anybody at the right price. It happens.

  108. BD (Boston Dave) March 30th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    JF,

    I said 2-3 games.

    When has it ever been a discussion about more than a month or so?

    Re: Molina vs. Another backup C

  109. BeholdArNo March 30th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Also, I would also guess that crazy psycho CR9 is NOT Yankeesnmore. However, I would guess that CR9 has many other handles on the site, handles that appear to be normal, but as you all know, CR9 is far from normal. Again, just speculation :)

  110. EA March 30th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    “If Molina hits .200, there will be dancing in the streets.”

    Would be .80 points above his career average of .122.

  111. BD (Boston Dave) March 30th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    JF,

    I like your posts. I do.

    But how much of your time have you spent talking about the Yankees backup catcher position for APRIL over the past month?

    Use your time to offer more meaningful discussion to the blog. You’re one of the better posters here. Just my opinion… this horse has been beaten to death ten times over. It’s NOT a big deal.

  112. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    “joeman March 30th, 2011 at 6:27 pm
    Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    ok so assuming no rainout, martin starts the first 5 games
    ———————————–
    no way Martin starts the first 5 games…no rainout Molina first start will be on 4/4″

    ////

    i dont get your point. martin can’t play 4 games in a row or are they just playing molina because they like him?

    and a rainout of opening day likely means molina starts another game but later rainouts in april (very likely) could also reduce molina’s games by one or two.

  113. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I like beating a horse to death, and then making sure it won’t return as a zombie :)

    Plus there isn’t much more to talk about! The Yankees are a good team, we aren’t trading for a starter for probably a few more months if at all, the lineup is set.

    Really backup catcher is one of the few positions the yankees can make a move at. the aforementioned Lucas May would be a good start, though I’d be surprised if the Red Sox didn’t pick him up.

  114. Niblick March 30th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Maybe Molina will miss the bus to the Stadium on days he’s scheduled to catch.

  115. Nick in SF March 30th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I wouldn’t get too hopeful about Granderson for tomorrow; according to a report from Impacto Deportivo, he’ll be out until Cinco de Mayo. :cry:

  116. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    AJ Burnett and Gardner should be instructed to sneeze directly into Gustavo Molina’s face at all times and to use his clothing and jersey as snot rags. Perhaps they could simply sicken him enough that he won’t be considered to catch,

  117. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    nick didnt the yankees announce he’s playing tomorrow?

  118. BD (Boston Dave) March 30th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    “It depends on who the starter is and who the back up is. If you have a huge dropoff from the starter to the 2nd catcher then that could affect the outcome of the games they play…..that’s all.”

    ———–

    not my point. I was comparing random backup catcher to Molina. Most backup catchers in this league can’t hit.

    If there is a dropoff, it’s not likely to be very meaningful over the course of 2-3 games.

    But that’s my last post about the Yankees backup catching situation for April. I’m ashamed and embarrassed that I’ve spent more than one post discussing it.

  119. blake March 30th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    one thing this BUC talk and the Yankees actions have pretty much solidified is the fact that Posada isn’t catching at all this season…..if they were open at all to that idea then it would be the perfect for him to do so 3 or 4 times until Cervelli got back…..the concussion stuff must be pretty involved.

  120. BD (Boston Dave) March 30th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    “the aforementioned Lucas May would be a good start”

    ———–

    fair enough. At least discussing possible replacements is new…

    But the “Molina stinks and might cost the Yankees a bunch of games” discussion is the same today as it was yesterday, the day before, and the day before….

  121. blake March 30th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    “But that’s my last post about the Yankees backup catching situation for April. I’m ashamed and embarrassed that I’ve spent more than one post discussing it.”

    don’t be ashamed….this probably isn’t even in the top 10 of the most tedious subjects that have been discussed here :)

  122. BD (Boston Dave) March 30th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    good point blake.

  123. BD (Boston Dave) March 30th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    another good point blake :)

  124. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I thought Posada would catch 10+ games this year. I am sad that he has had so much head trauma that this is not being considered. Posada behind the plate for 5 games in April? Pretty please?

  125. Irreverent Discourse March 30th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    a shame i didn’t take that bet without the injury clause :)

  126. blake March 30th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    JF,

    it would have been the logical thing to do to me…the fact that they aren’t doing that is pretty telling.

  127. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    we won a WS with jose molina catching 52 games. i dont think 4 or 5 or even (gasp!) 6 games with gustavo molina will cost us the pennant.

  128. stuckey99 March 30th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    yeah, where this focus on Molina is supposed to be going is beginning to get lost on me?

    Okay, he may or may not affect some wins in April. That’s certainly debatable. But it also seems to be an argument in something of a vacuum.

    I don’t want to put any words onto anyone’s fingers, so I’ll ask… is anyone implying the Yankees are or have not acted to correct this issue?

    That they should have had ANOTHER viable ML BUC in camp before Cervelli got hurt?

  129. Bronx Jeers March 30th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Andy only left his stuff because he was so busy cleaning out Bernie Williams’ locker.

    ————————————————————————–

    Damn… When I read the original note I knew there was a Bernie joke in there somewhere and I couldn’t coax it out and then I got sidetracked and then you nailed it.

    That’s why at best I’ll only be the back-up comedian.:sad:

  130. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    we won a WS with jose molina catching 52 games. i dont think 4 or 5 or even (gasp!) 6 games with gustavo molina will cost us the pennant.

    Jose Molina is more than twice as good as Gustavo Molina. At what point does it become a detriment?

  131. blake March 30th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    “I don’t want to put any words onto anyone’s fingers, so I’ll ask… is anyone implying the Yankees are or have not acted to correct this issue? ”

    hard to say….my guess is that they have looked for better options and couldn’t find any.

  132. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    is anyone implying the Yankees are or have not acted to correct this issue?

    The Yankees definitely tried or are trying to replace Molina. Can we be annoyed that they couldn’t?

  133. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    chad moeller started 9 games last year and somehow we survived to make the PS. i suppose you could say he cost us the division had we chosen to compete for it, but we didnt.

  134. Niblick March 30th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Ys Guy: what cost the Yanks the division last year was Girardi going into the tank the last two weeks.

  135. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Chad Moeller was more than twice as good as Gustavo Molina last year. Dude had a near .700 OPS

  136. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    i think it comes down to how much do you want to pay ryan doumit or somesuch to catch for a month. (doumit has $5M coming)

  137. Giuseppe Franco March 30th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Joe from LI,

    Doing great on this end.

    This time last year, I was still unable to walk without the assistance of a walker. Now, I’m able to do things I haven’t done since high school (I graduated in ’92).

    Obviously, a pretty dramatic change.

    I’m really looking forward to the warmer weather because I’m going to step my workout routine that much harder, especially running. Can’t wait.

    Hope all is well on your end. Thanks for asking.

  138. stuckey99 March 30th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    “Jose Molina is more than twice as good as Gustavo Molina. At what point does it become a detriment?”

    When it actually becomes a detriment is the correct answer I believe.

    Offensively, Cervelli played over his head for a pretty long while there last year.

    If we agree there are no alternatives at this point, why not wait until how he affects the game, he could be everything we expect him to be and the Yankees could still win the games he plays in.

  139. blake March 30th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Sure Molina catching a few games isn’t likely to cost the Yankees anything long term…however I think the point some folks are making is that in a very competitive division where the difference could literally be decided by one game…you want to avoid a zero in the lineup as much as you can.

  140. blake March 30th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    We can change the subject though….Joba or Hughes’s changeup anyone? :)

  141. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Offensively, Cervelli played over his head for a pretty long while there last year.

    Cervelli playing at his head is more than twice as good as Gustavo Molina ! Gustavo Molina is worse than replacement level.

    Lucas May is an alternative.

    Though if anyone wants to change the subject, why don’t you offer something up? We could talk about how Joe Torre doesn’t care about defense and how bad a manager he is.

  142. Pat M. March 30th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Boston Dave…..Negativism is like Protein for Face……Let’s see who else hist the wire today, maybe we get lucky

  143. stuckey99 March 30th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    “Can we be annoyed that they couldn’t?”

    Yes.

    I genuinely have a hard time recognizing when that’s the underlying premise. Always been a shortcoming.

  144. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Negativism is like Protein for Face

    Unfair, I am a very positive poster.

  145. Irreverent Discourse March 30th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    The fact that this is still the topic of debate and not the starting rotation (which will have a much larger impact on the season than the BUC) is incredible.

    There are bigger problems to be wasting all of this time with. :)

  146. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    The Yankees obviously care, at some level, about offensive production. They took Nunez over Pena for a position that is going to get less than 100 ABs. They choose to spend millions on Chavez over a cheaper minor leaguer.

    Which makes it likely they simply could not find a replacement for Molina at this time.

  147. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    i like chad moeller, i talked to him in trenton a couple of times. seems like a nice enough guy.

    moeller’s ba’s each season since 2004:

    .208, .206, .184, .161, .167, .125, .231, .258 (baltimore lucked out there!) and .214..

  148. 108 stitches March 30th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    I’ve scanned the rosters of every team and there’s little (if any) BUC candidates available. It is what it is. Nobody in the AL East will offer to help Cashman. Cashman has good working relationships with many GM’s and certain others have proven how they feel about helping the Yankees. If anything were to happen to Russell Martin in the next 45 days, Montero or Romine are called up against plan, like it or not.

  149. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    There are bigger problems to be wasting all of this time with.

    The Yankees will end up in the top 5 of pitching staffs in 2011, not really worried about the starters.

  150. Doreen March 30th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    There are some things that have come up during the month of April that will cut down on the number of games games I can host for GTLU.

    I am re-assessing whether I can continue to host altogether.

    I will let you all know.

  151. Nick in SF March 30th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    I for one do not appreciate all these anti-Gustavo Molina slanders.

    But the best way to find out how bad he really is would be to get him in the lineup — tomorrow, preferably — and evaluate his performance in a game that counted.

    A single plate appearance would be enough for me.

  152. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    moeller’s ba’s each season since 2004:

    Why since 2004?

    He is a career: .226 .288 .352 .640, and his 2003 and 2002 seasons were his BEST so I can see why you didn’t want to include them. Moeller offers way more upside than Molina.

  153. stuckey99 March 30th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Okay, how about this for a change of subject…

    We often here the AL East called a “competitive division” which to me implies qualification as it being more competitive than other division, or the modifier is redundant.

    So I know last year was decided by 1 game, but the year before was decided by 8.

    So my question is, and it’s a real question I don’t know the answer to.

    Since reallignment, is the AL East actually more regularly competitive than any other division?

  154. stuckey99 March 30th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    “A single plate appearance would be enough for me.”

    I’m making Nick a placard: “Gustavo Molina for food”.

  155. Niblick March 30th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    The point is that Gustavo has no business being on ANY major league roster, let alone a team whose goal it is to win the World Series.

  156. NJ Pete March 30th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Unfair, I am a very positive poster

    Can anybody back him up on this one?

  157. CB March 30th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Predictions. Projections. Reading tea leaves.

    All of them are mostly only useful when there’s something that can be changed in response to the information.

    Doesn’t matter now at all how many of the media experts are picking the Sox. What matters now is the games played on the field. And until the trade market forms mid season or so all teams will be able to do to modify their ability on the field is call kids up from the farm or get healthy players back if they are missing.

    The Yankees are a very good club. They are going to have a very good season.

  158. blake March 30th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    “Since reallignment, is the AL East actually more regularly competitive than any other division?”

    I think it was very top heavy with the Yanks and Sox until recently….at the moment though all 5 teams are at least decent and all 5 teams look to be pretty good for some time.

  159. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Since reallignment, is the AL East actually more regularly competitive than any other division?

    They have more wild card winners than any other division. They usually have the 2 strongest teams in the division.

    Maybe check the record of AL east teams vs the other MLB teams.

  160. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    damn, nick you started this whole thing anyway pulling for your boy gustavo! :)

    and it isnt as if he havent beaten the rotation dead horse to death several times over…

    just wait till tomorrow AND friday are rained out and we will be discussing the bat boy candidates…

  161. blake March 30th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    the experts picked the Sox and their 4 aces last year as well.

  162. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    btw, i saw that the highest overall payroll division is the al central this year.

    i’ve got the tigers in that race.

  163. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    And are we saying competitive like every team is good? Or merely close in record? Or what? Because the AL central probably ends up with more teams within 3 games of each other than any other division, which could be competitive, but I think more teams in the AL east could go to other divisions and be contenders.

  164. blake March 30th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Name the Yankees rotation as of August 1 2011?

  165. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Can anybody back him up on this one?

    One merely needs to look at my ardent defense of the Yankees as a playoff team, brett gardner, a-rod, posada, hughes, joba, robertson, cano, swisher, granderson, etc. :)

    Unless being down on Derek Jeter and Gustavo Molina means being fueled by negatism

  166. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    by the end of this year, my boy jah-buddha will retake his place as the heir-apparent to mo!

  167. Irreverent Discourse March 30th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    I would gauge the AL East as very uncompetitive for those very reasons jerkface.

    you already know the strongest teams in the league reside here. the AL central, for example… has a much higher turnover of winners year to year, thus allowing more teams to “compete” for its top spot. In the east baltimore/tampa/toronto will make stabs at it in short bursts, but there is not a level playing field here over the long haul.

    So if you assume boston and ny will be the 2 best teams in the AL every year like we tend to the last 15 years or so… how much “competition” is there really in that division?

    I would say the AL central and NL West are the most “competitive” divisions.

  168. Pat M. March 30th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Face….That’s why I say The Baltimore Orioles will be a .500 club outside the AL East

  169. blake March 30th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    The Jays may have won the central last year.

  170. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    blake, cc, hughes, ted lilly, nova, brackman

  171. blake March 30th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Ted Lilly?

    ok here’s my guess.

    Sabathia, Carpenter, Hughes, AJ, Nova…..Brackman in the pen.

  172. Irreverent Discourse March 30th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    blake – CC, Burnett, Pettite, Hughes, Nova

  173. Giuseppe Franco March 30th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I’m not a big believer in the Tigers. I’m still picking the Twins for the Central until someone else proves they are better.

  174. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    how about cc, josh johnson, hughes, aj, nova…

  175. blake March 30th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    “how about cc, josh johnson, hughes, aj, nova…”

    well that would be great but I doubt he’ll be available this year.

  176. Joe from Long Island March 30th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Doreen – hope all turns out well for you.

    I agree, until proven otherwise, the Twins are the team to beat in the Central. Ron Gardenhire has shown the ability to get it done, despite setbacks. The guy and the organization gets it done.

    I think the West is wide open, except for the M’s. A’s, Rangers, Angels even have a shot, depending on injuries and such. M’s are messed up, thank you Jack Z.

  177. 108 stitches March 30th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    No team in baseball is good enough to win 100 games unless they experience no key injuries, have excess trading chips to use at the 7/31 trading deadline, and lady luck is following them around everywhere.
    And yes, contrary to what some believe, the Yankees will not go 162-0 this season.

  178. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    how about cc, king felix, roger ‘i was aquitted!’ clemens, andy ‘bored to death’ pettitte, and an astonishing comeback by el duque (rumored to be pushing 50)

  179. blake March 30th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Joe,

    I agree. I see the AL west as pretty even between 3 teams and the M’s being the black sheep….they might be worse than last year.

  180. blake March 30th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Pedro is on with Costas now on MLBnetwork

  181. Joe from Long Island March 30th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I don’t see the Miami Marlins moving Josh Johnson. (Not the best example of alliteration, but it will do for now.)

  182. Tom in N.J. March 30th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I like the White Sox in the central.

  183. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    i like the A’s with cahill, ‘off my mound’, anderson and gonzalez. also have a couple of b/u closers to hold it down till bailey gets back.

    quite possibly the most boring collection of hitters i’ve ever seen besides hideki-san, but i think they have enough in the west.

  184. blake March 30th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I like the White Sox in the central as well. I think they have the most balance in that division and the Twins rotation scares me….if Liriano isn’t right then its pretty mediocre.

  185. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    pedro was on npr the other day because a portrait of him was hung at the national portrait gallery. he’s a very intelligent, sharp guy with a wry sense of humor, i like him!

  186. blake March 30th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    For 2 or 3 years there Pedro was the best pitcher I’ve ever seen in my lifetime.

  187. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    joe, several years ago the city of miami was considering building a stadiium for the marlins (this went on for years and years and i dont know who’w footing the bill for thier stadium now) and they were marlins were going to change thier name to the miami marlins in return. dont know if that’s still the plan when the new stadium opens next year.

  188. Betsy March 30th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    the prediction business is like the weather business – it can change all the time. What players will get hurt? What players will overperform? Underperform? I admit it’s nice to be a team that gets “all the love” from the media, but in the end, it all means very little.

  189. Tom in N.J. March 30th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I like Pedro too.

  190. Doreen March 30th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Thanks, Joe from Long Island.

  191. Abe Peterham March 30th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Sal Fasano w his porn mustache or Gus Molina , vote now

  192. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    abe gotta go with pornstar

  193. blake March 30th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Pedro said that he told Lucchino that he had a 4 year offer on the table when he left Boston and that Lucchino told him that was BS so he signed with the Mets.

  194. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    the mets, marlins and cardinals are all looking to leave soflo for ST. 3 hour bus rides or constantly playing the same team (mets/marlins in same division).

    i’ve been going to ST on and off in SoFlo since my parents moved to WPB about 20 yrs ago. at the time the braves and marlins were right down the block in WPB and the orioles were in fort lauderdale, plus the mets were in vero beach and there was one or two more. now its just the 3 of them.

    my parents moved back up north 2 years ago, but my sister is in port st lucie and another sister is in jupirter, so i thought i’d have a ST place to go for years to come (couldnt get the time this season) and now it looks like all 3 are thinking of leaving.

    :(

  195. joeman March 30th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Gammons is very hard to listen to……way he talks the Sox might lose a game this year

  196. Abe Peterham March 30th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    YS
    I can hear the 70s music already ;)

  197. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    sorry,dodgers in vero of course

  198. DocTodd March 30th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Gammons probably wears Red Sox jammies with the feet on them…

  199. tampayank March 30th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    “# Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    the mets, marlins and cardinals are all looking to leave soflo for ST. 3 hour bus rides or constantly playing the same team (mets/marlins in same division).

    i’ve been going to ST on and off in SoFlo since my parents moved to WPB about 20 yrs ago. at the time the braves and marlins were right down the block in WPB and the orioles were in fort lauderdale, plus the mets were in vero beach and there was one or two more. now its just the 3 of them.

    my parents moved back up north 2 years ago, but my sister is in port st lucie and another sister is in jupirter, so i thought i’d have a ST place to go for years to come (couldnt get the time this season) and now it looks like all 3 are thinking of leaving.

    :(

    that’s a shame but it seems that those teams are a little too spread out and isolated from the other Florida teams. And Arizona is selling having all their team in the Phoenix metro area meaning short bus rides for all games…..Florida should try to make all the spring training sites in the tampa bay area since that’s there’s a pocket of teams already close to each other(yanks, phils, pirates, jays, tigers)

    are they looking at moving to Arizona or somewhere else in Florida?

  200. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    no love for arod from the espn fantasy guys either, thier last mock draft, he was taken pick #22.

  201. Jerkface March 30th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Gammons is very hard to listen to

    Me too, but mostly because of the stroke induced stuttering and incoherent babbling

  202. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    tampa the mets wont move to arozona, i’d look for them to move to somewhere back in your area. the marlins could never leave florida, so i’d expect them to take the royals old spot sharing that facility that used to be called boardwalk and baseball.

    i expect the cards to go to phoenix.

  203. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    jerk, thats just wrong. gammons stammered way before he had his stroke and surgery.

  204. tampayank March 30th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Ys well if the Mets moved to the Tampa Bay Area it would be cool to have more Yanks-Mets matchups in the spring…..different leagues so I know both sides would like that…less games against rays and jays

  205. LGY March 30th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    :arrow:

  206. SAS March 30th, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    It is terrific in Arizona for ST. Now all the teams are in the Greater Phoenix area, and I don’t think it could be more than an hour bus ride to any team. The new stadiums have 2 teams as occupants, and on either side of the stadium separate practice fields and indoor buildings for management and dressing rooms. It is awesome for these teams.

    Actually the 3 teams in question should try to do the same around Orlando.

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