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Scranton’s version of Jorge Posada

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 26, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Last night, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees won on a walk-off home run by center fielder Justin Maxwell.

It was Maxwell’s fifth home run of the season, and all of those homers have come in his past nine games. Five of his past six hits have been home runs, including each of his past four hits. The last time Maxwell had a hit that wasn’t a home run was April 17 when he singled in the fifth inning, having already homered in the second.

Maxwell split last season between Triple-A and the big leagues, and in 66 Triple-A games he hit six homers. Seventeen games into this season, he’s one away from that total.

A few other upper-level minor league notes while we’re waiting for tonight’s game.

• Keep an eye on David Phelps. In his past two starts Phelps has gone 13.1 innings with three earned runs, nine hits and 12 strikeouts. He allowed one run through seven innings last night.

The Triple-A Yankees are activating catcher P.J. Pilittere after sending Dan Brewer down to Double-A. Brewer was hitting, but he wasn’t getting many at-bats. Pilittere gives the Yankees an extra catcher, and they might need it for a few days. Jesus Montero was hit by a foul ball … below the below … and might need a few days off. He skipped last night’s game.

• Reliever Ryan Pope opened the season on the Triple-A disabled list, but he made an appearance for High-A Tampa over the weekend, a sign that he could be on his way to finally joining Scranton’s bullpen. Of course, the Yankees are going to have to find a spot for him, and right now that Triple-A bullpen is pitching pretty well. They already have to open one spot for Mark Prior when he comes back from his mild groin injury.

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183 Responses to “Scranton’s version of Jorge Posada”

  1. LGY April 26th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Maybe Soriano’s gumby face depressed the Yankee hitters heading into the 9th.

  2. West Coast Yankee Fan April 26th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Pat M. April 26th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    WCYF….Hard to get a read on the guy and yeah he appears to be not a very joyous type….But I read somewhere ( maybe Chad ) that’s a funny guy in the clubhouse…….He was teammates with many of the Yanks during the All-Star events……But he does give the angry guy vibe while on the mound which doesn’t exactly make a hitter feel very comfortable……He’ll be fine and prove to be an asset.

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

    That may be the case. I’m not one of the anti-Soriano fans, I thought it was a good signing given the rotation uncertainty. It just seems like certain personalities seem to fit in better in New York; gregarious, outgoing, engaging players like Granderson and Swisher. I think the opt out and the demeanor do suggest a temporary hired gun; and the slow start hasn’t helped.

    A couple of lights out shutdowns and all will be fine.

  3. Gary April 26th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    It could be that Hughes’ problems are little more than last year’s workload catching up to him.

    _______________________________________________________________________

    Made me chuckle a bit. Last season ended in October. I dearly hope that Phil isn’t that fragile that 6 months later this is the rationale explanation for his problems this spring.

    Everytime I hear this workload thing it makes me remember the days when 4 pitchers were on the staff, they pitched in doubleheaders had many IP and long sucessful careers.

  4. pat April 26th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    The “do what Alex does” advice from K Long seems to be working for Maxwell when it comes to power.

  5. Erin April 26th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Last night, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees won on a walk-off home run by center fielder Justin Maxwell

    ********************
    Bang bang Maxwell’s Silver Hammer :)

  6. Warning Track Power April 26th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Chad-The minor league updates are always a treat. Thanks again for posting this information.
    I never surf the net to read about the minor league teams and how players are performing. Who has the time, LOL!!!!

  7. West Coast Yankee Fan April 26th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Is Jared Weaver approaching that rare ace territory?

    * 6-0 with a 0.99 ERA

    * 45 IP – 26 Hits – 49 strike outs

    * 28 years old – 70 – 39 with a 3.42 ERA in his career

    * Would you deal Montero, Gardner and Betances for Weaver?

  8. blake April 26th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    The Soriano play wasn’t an isolated incident though which is why it irritaed me…..it was on top of all the other bad vibes and disinterested looks he’s been giving. That ball was catchable and he didn’t even look up to see if anybody was going to make the play…….im sorry but I haven’t played in 8 years and could could have thrown the pitch and got to and caught that ball behind my back 9 of 10 times.

    The best thing about AJ last night was that he really didn’t pitch that well….he was fighting it the whole game and he battled through and had a great outing. That’s what he’s always struggled with…..finding a way on nights when be wasn’t at his best. It was a huge positive from an overall disappointing night.

    On to today…..Nova gets on track tonight.

  9. Gary April 26th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Didn’t dare go near the blog last night. The game just had the feel that they weren’t going to get to that guy. They swung at lots of bad pitches which they hadn’t done much of in the past few games. Cano swung at that one up by the brim of his hat. Maybe they just were too impatient.

  10. Pat M. April 26th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Gary…..Hughes turned in a very good performance vs. The Twins in the ALDS and a week before that vs. Boston…….GB, your Joltin D reference about Martin and Rizzuto is good…It also helped that both guys were Italian……When I wasa kid I saw Joe D. at Vincent’s Clam Bar on Mott & Hester….Still my favorite joint in NYC…..

  11. Rich in NJ April 26th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    If Hughes’ workload is catching up to him, why was there a delayed reaction following four months of rest?

  12. austinmac April 26th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    WCYF,

    I would make that deal and put aside my post-traumatic prior Weaver syndrome.

  13. Pat M. April 26th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Gary, Humber pitched a great game, bottom line

  14. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Trenton needs an outfielder and Scranton had 5. Brewer was hitting well, though, inspite of the limited at bats.

    Looks more and more like Sisco is being used as a specialist…or, they just don’t want to bring him back after he gets his left handed hitters out to close an inning. He’s looked good, though.

    Last night, Phelps was terrific and after his first inning, Banuelos was really locked in, but, his pitch limit hit him in the 5th inning, getting 4.2 innings. They’ll be getting him up to about 80-85 pitches by next start. He was about at a 70-75 limit and was at 73 last might and going strong, striking out the last batter he faced. Arbiso blew the game out of the water.

  15. MTU April 26th, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Repost:

    GB-

    Agree on Nova. That’s why I said above he needs to show something tonite.

    His stuff and his command are both way off so far.

    Not worried so much about the stuff as I am about the lack of control.

    Doesn’t look anywhere near like the guy we saw at the end of last season.

    Let’s hope he gets it together because he isn’t far from a ride back to Scranton at this point.

    The Yankees have Millwood and Silva waiting in the wings.

    I hope he succeeds because I saw a kid who I liked last season.

  16. blake April 26th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Weaver would scare me long term on a big contract…..he is pitching extremely well right now though.

  17. austinmac April 26th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Pitchers are seeing that Cano will swing at two strike pitches at the bill of his hat. Catchers are setting up very high and he is chasing. Hopefully, Long and Cano will figure this out and he will lay off that pitch. It is not a hittable pitch.

  18. MTU April 26th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Not interested in Weaver.

    IMO I don’t think he’s gonna stay healthy long term.

  19. UnKnown April 26th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I wish Chavez had the ability to play the outfield. Maybe spell Swish against a Righty or Gardner at times. However, this won’t happen which is too bad.

  20. Jerkface April 26th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Hopefully, Long and Cano will figure this out and he will lay off that pitch. It is not a hittable pitch.

    He has always swung at that :(

    As for Weaver, I wouldn’t trade a boat loat of good prospects and a major league centerfielder for a guy who will be a FA in a year. Service time and expected contract push down price.

  21. UnKnown April 26th, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Pat M. you really think so about Humber? I’m not to sure, maybe. I believe Beckett that Sunday night pitched a great game, but not sold on Humber last night. Looked like there were some hittable pitches, however he did throw a hard sinker last night, which induced a lot of ground balls.

    Floyd is pretty tough so I hope Nova steps it up past the first time through the order tonight.

  22. Warning Track Power April 26th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    blake April 26th, 2011 at 12:14 pm
    The Soriano play wasn’t an isolated incident though which is why it irritaed me…..it was on top of all the other bad vibes and disinterested looks he’s been giving. That ball was catchable and he didn’t even look up to see if anybody was going to make the play…….im sorry but I haven’t played in 8 years and could could have thrown the pitch and got to and caught that ball behind my back 9 of 10 times.
    *******************************************************************
    I agree. The expressions he has during the game are very puzzling. I didn’t see him pitch last year, so I don’t know if he is the same person or not.
    I do know this-On a pop up behind the mound, Soriano needs to do more than point up in the air and wait for someone else to catch.
    That is one pop-up in the infield that the pitcher has to make the play and not leave it up to any of the infielders.

  23. Bronx Jeers April 26th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Some of the NY scribes are talking up Pete’s article on Veritek like it’s a must read but I prefer Old Hoss Radbourn’s take.

    - According to @PeteAbe’s new article, J. Veritek likes to wear his “girl hat”. This is slang for wearing a catcher’s mask whilst fighting.

  24. Jerkface April 26th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Weaver is also a similar pitcher to Hughes. Extreme flyball pitcher with good command. He is a good look at what Hughes could be if he reaches his potential. If you worry about Hughes giving up HRs in NYS, the same fears have to extend to Weaver. He has increased his K rate last year and is sustaining it this year, which really helps though.

  25. joeman April 26th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Pitcher Brian Bannister left the Yomiuri Giants on March 15th in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan,leaving 1.8 mil on the table as of now
    ————————————–
    smart kid

  26. blake April 26th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Weaver’s delievery, fly ball rate, and the fact that he’s jeff weaver’s brother give me pause on him.

  27. West Coast Yankee Fan April 26th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Jerkface April 26th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    As for Weaver, I wouldn’t trade a boat loat of good prospects and a major league centerfielder for a guy who will be a FA in a year. Service time and expected contract push down price.

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

    Weaver is being payed $7 million this year, is arbitration eligible in 2012 and is a free agent in 2013.

  28. MTU April 26th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Blake-

    That.

    :)

  29. Jerkface April 26th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Right after this season he is going to be a free agent in a year?

  30. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Scranton has outfielders that can do a lot of things, except that Golson and Maxwell can;t make consistant contact. The most talented is Maxwell, though, and he’s still young. If it’s offense that NY needs, though, between Golson, Maxwell, Dickerson and Parraz. I’d guess that it’s between Maxwell and Dickerson, though, Parraz is hitting the best of the 4. All four are above to outstanding defensively and all can play any of the three outfield spots. All three have base stealing speed, too.

  31. Jerkface April 26th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Less than 1.5 seasons of a pitcher isn’t worth Montero/Betances.

  32. joeman April 26th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    LGY April 26th, 2011 at 12:07 pm
    Maybe Soriano’s gumby face depressed the Yankee hitters heading into the 9th.

    ——————————-
    he doesn’t seem to be happy at all whether he’s pitching well or not…..got a bunch of money playing a game of baseball, smile once in a while

  33. Jerkface April 26th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Not sure where the Angels would even play Montero.

  34. MTU April 26th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    GB-

    I still like Justin Christian. he’s better than all of them.

    ;)

  35. LGY April 26th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    The problem with Cano right now is not just that he is chasing bad pitches.

    He is swinging at everything. He is swinging at 82% of pitches INSIDE the zone.

    His approach is like Vladdy so far.

  36. MTU April 26th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    LGY-

    Unfortunately that is natural for Robbie.

    He had to work very hard to overcome that tendency. He did for a while.

    Looks like he’s got some work to do to return to a more patient hitter with better strike zone discipline.

  37. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Never figured out why Christian never got much of a chance during his career, though, injuries held him back. Good to solid defense and blazing speed, some power. It’s a pity because he could have helped some teams.

  38. Warning Track Power April 26th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    LGY April 26th, 2011 at 12:36 pm
    The problem with Cano right now is not just that he is chasing bad pitches.
    He is swinging at everything. He is swinging at 82% of pitches INSIDE the zone.

    *************************************************************************
    I learned a Cano stat last night. He walked in the season opener vs the tigers and has not walked since….WOW!!!!

  39. West Coast Yankee Fan April 26th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    He is if you have an agreement to sign him to a deal. See AGon.

  40. Triple Short of a Cycle April 26th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Jerkface,

    Cash was willing to give up Montero + for a half a year of Lee

  41. MTU April 26th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    GB-

    Same here. Great base running instincts and a bit of clutchitude too.

    I liked him as you can tell.

    :)

  42. Rich in NJ April 26th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I would rather lose than trade Montero and Banuelos for almost anyone.

  43. Irreverent Discourse April 26th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Are you not supposed to swing at pitches in the strike zone? Some new fancy concept of baseball you are working on LGY?

  44. Rich in NJ April 26th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    “Cash was willing to give up Montero + for a half a year of Lee”

    Based on what we have seen, that trade could have been ordered by the suits.

  45. blake April 26th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    What Cano did so well last year was that he limited his swings to pitches that he could damage….not just strikes. He needs to get back to that….its still early, I think he will.

  46. Jerkface April 26th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Cash was willing to give up Montero + for a half a year of Lee

    Lee, a lefty with a better track record than Weaver, but that is Cashman and not me. If you’re asking ME if I do that trade, I wouldn’t. If you’re asking me to predict what the Yankees do… well that is a different horse.

    Montero has been offered for Halladay, a pitcher with a huge record of success in the AL east and Cliff Lee a pitcher with a recent but impressive record of success in both the AL and NL and the playoffs.

  47. MTU April 26th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Rich-

    I noticed you said, “almost anyone”.

    Same here.

    ;)

  48. Jerkface April 26th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Are you not supposed to swing at pitches in the strike zone? Some new fancy concept of baseball you are working on LGY?

    Not every strike is created equally. Swinging at everything shows a lack of choosing a good pitch to hit. Unless you think all pitches are good pitches to hit, like Cano.

  49. blake April 26th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    “Are you not supposed to swing at pitches in the strike zone? Some new fancy concept of baseball you are working on LGY?”

    Not always….depends on the count but not all strikes are good pitches to hit. Being selective means swinging at pitches that you can drive….not necessarily swinging at pitchers pitches.

  50. LGY April 26th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    “Are you not supposed to swing at pitches in the strike zone? Some new fancy concept of baseball you are working on LGY?”

    ————

    Nope. Same old normal smart hitting.

    Great hitters learn to lay off pitches that they can’t do damage on even if they are in the strike zone. This is especially important for a hitter like Cano who has such a great swing and bat control that he can literally hit anything and put it in ball.

    The difference between Robinson Cano “very good hitter” and Robinson Cano “elite hitter” is laying off some pitchers pitches inside the zone and waiting for a pitch he can do optimal damage on.

  51. LGY April 26th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    *and put it in play*

  52. stuckey99 April 26th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    “Everytime I hear this workload thing it makes me remember the days when 4 pitchers were on the staff, they pitched in doubleheaders had many IP and long sucessful careers.”

    What you forget is in those days, this was the norm, even in the minor leagues. The players hardly made any money, so teams didn’t treat young arms with the care they do know.

    What you’re utterly unaware of (and so am I and everyone eise here) is the thousands of pitchers from those days you never heard of because arm injuries shortened or derailed their careers before they ever got to the majors.

    Ypu remember the guys who had long careers BECAUSE THEY had long careers.

    If you think they didn’t have arm injuries before 1980, you’re utterly mistaken.

  53. blake April 26th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    LGY,

    Correct…good post.

  54. Triple Short of a Cycle April 26th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Jerkface,

    I agree. I was def in the minority in rooting for the trade to fall apart.

  55. mick April 26th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    # austinmac April 26th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Pitchers are seeing that Cano will swing at two strike pitches at the bill of his hat. Catchers are setting up very high and he is chasing. Hopefully, Long and Cano will figure this out and he will lay off that pitch. It is not a hittable pitch.
    ==========================
    I noticed this the 1st week of the season and jerkface said i was nuts, he also said it doesn’t rain in April.
    Too bad Cano is reverting back to old habits. He is not Guerrerro and must regain his patience if he wants to have another year like last year.

  56. Irreverent Discourse April 26th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    After a bit of quick-search, it looks like the best hitters in the league swing at roughly 60% of pitches in the zone, a far cry from what Robbie has been doing (80%).

    It’s entirely feasible that he is just changing up his approach to get pitchers off his game… I’m not worried unless he continues swinging at the first pitch regularly.

  57. Irreverent Discourse April 26th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you all for the lesson on selecting good pitches to hit, I was joking. :(

  58. Harrison Bergeron April 26th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Yanks shouldn’t trade Montero until they see what impact his bat has in their lineup. Adding another thumper with a high OBP could have a ripple effect.

  59. MTU April 26th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Rich-

    Doesn’t “almost anyone” pitch for the Mariners, Dodgers, or Marlins ?

    :)

  60. Jerkface April 26th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I noticed this the 1st week of the season and jerkface said i was nuts, he also said it doesn’t rain in April.

    That was Irreverant Discourse but thanks for baiting!

  61. mick April 26th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Cash was willing to give up Montero + for a half a year of Lee
    =====================
    If it happened once , it could happen again.
    Last year we had no sampling of Montero at th e major league level, it would be nice to see what he’s got up here before trading him.
    He could get his feet wet at DH, where his true value might lie.
    Could bring his value up or down , if he is exposed though, tough call.

  62. mick April 26th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    jerk,

    can’t fool you, you are a master baiter :)

  63. LGY April 26th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    “It’s entirely feasible that he is just changing up his approach to get pitchers off his game”

    ———–

    Is swing at everything really an approach?

  64. mick April 26th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Humber made Robbie look like a chump last night on the 2nd K.
    Exact same pitch he threw for the 1st K.

  65. Jerkface April 26th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Is swing at everything really an approach?

    Louisiana Ambush, pioneered in the Louisiana swamp league. The swamp league pitchers got the bright idea of always throwing strikes, thinkin’ they’d catch the hitters off guard. The hitters got the brighter idea of swinging at everything to throw the pitchers off. League set the record for fastest game times, shut outs, runs scored in a seasons. Everything lay in lady luck’s hand that year.

  66. LGY April 26th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Jose Bautista has a higher OPS than A-Rod now :mad:

  67. mick April 26th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I’m not worried unless he continues swinging at the first pitch regularly.
    ======================
    It’s the last pitch I worry about.

  68. mick April 26th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Jose Bautista has a higher OPS than A-Rod now
    ====================
    Is Bautista for real, if you know what I mean?

  69. MTU April 26th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    “Louisiana Ambush, pioneered in the Louisiana swamp league.”

    I think you got that wrong.

    That was pioneered by Ron Guidry.

    :)

  70. Jerkface April 26th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I honestly cannot believe that simply adding a high leg kick as turned Bautista into one of the best hitters ever

  71. MTU April 26th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    “I honestly cannot believe that simply adding a high leg kick as turned Bautista into one of the best hitters ever”

    Nope. I agree but modern chemistry can.

    ;)

  72. Jerkface April 26th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Bautista always had an ability to walk, but now he just hitting everything.

  73. MTU April 26th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Bautista visits the same soda shop as Papi.

  74. mick April 26th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    He has that Bonds-like focus at the plate, like nothing can get past him, altho he strikes out a lot.

  75. MTU April 26th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    A fifty home run hitter who just happened to slip the cracks until recently ?

    Yeah right. Want some swampland ?

    ;)

  76. Rich in NJ April 26th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    MTU

    I would have to think long and hard about including both, after exhaustive physicals.

  77. West Coast Yankee Fan April 26th, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Players are tested all the time. He knows people are suspicious. I don’t think assuming Bautista is juicing passes the logic test, nor is it fair.

  78. pat April 26th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Not exactly a ringing endorsement for Mariners baseball…..

    LookoutLanding Jody Gerut and Gabe Gross were signed by the Mariners this winter. They have both since retired, citing a lack of passion for the game

  79. mick April 26th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Players are tested all the time. He knows people are suspicious. I don’t think assuming Bautista is juicing passes the logic test, nor is it fair.
    ==========================
    There oughtta be an investigation…

  80. MTU April 26th, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Rich-

    I understand but that’s what it might take.

    You know I absolutely love Banuelos. I consider him a prodigy. I really don’t want to part with him in particular.

    I think you have to do it for the King w/o a doubt. Not so sure about the other 2. Particularly JJ. Probably do it for Kershaw too.

    :)

  81. Irreverent Discourse April 26th, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    jerkface – don’t blame me for him baiting you, I said nothing of the sort.

  82. mick April 26th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    jerkface – don’t blame me for him baiting you, I said nothing of the sort.
    ==============================
    I knew it was him all along.

  83. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    After 180 games, Bautista is one of the best hitters ever? He’s Gorman Thomas and Ccil Fileder in a Blue Jays costume.

  84. mick April 26th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Selig should personally have Bautista pee in a cup.

  85. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    ***Cecil Fielder***

  86. mick April 26th, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    jerk “it doesn’t rain in April” face and Cano doesn’t swing at bad pitches.
    I guess noticing it the 1st week doesn’t count, small sample size causes bad habits.

  87. Laura - I Bleed Blue April 26th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    If Bautista is juicing, he’s doing something that can’t be detected because you have to believe he was tested after last season’s HR totals.

  88. Joe from Long Island April 26th, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    If anyone’s interested in reading about one of the greatest hitter’s in the history of the game, read the story in the NY Times today, by Sara Rimer. “Before Manny Became Manny”. It’s about the writer’s acquaintanceship with Manny Ramirez, since he was a student at George Washington HS, in 1991…..

    I highly recommend it.

  89. YANKSFAN1 April 26th, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Posada looks like he is hurt. ;) Put him on the 14day DL and let him settle down and work on his swing. He is clueless up there right now. I say, bring up Jorge Vazquez and let him show everyone what hes got. It would be also good to show him for a trade! Chato Vazquez is the real deal. 8hr and 23rbi is rediculous! He was to Mexico what Matsui is to Japan. He was a superstar down there, everyone knows Chato. He was on Gatorade ads etc. His name is ?El Chato? but his real nickname is ?El Destructor?!! And it is fitting!!!!! I was at a game in Mexico where he hit a bomb clear out of the stadium, over the high bleachers, and huge 20ft advertisment signs above that. It had to be 500ft!!! He is a monster!! EL DESTRUCTOR!!!!!!!! Give him a chance, he’s earned it!!

  90. hardwired7 April 26th, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Gabe Gross talking about Mo:

    “You know when you come to New York, you’re going to get Mariano. It’s not just before the game. I start thinking about him on the plane ride up. I know he’s there waiting, and he’ll be out there, and I will have to see him with the game on the line. So I start getting ready for him. I start thinking, ‘What am I going to do to try to hit Mariano?’”

    (from Mo’s wiki pg)

  91. LGY April 26th, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    He’s Gorman Thomas and Ccil Fileder in a Blue Jays costume

    ——

    So that’s his secret?

  92. stuckey99 April 26th, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I doubt they can specifically target Baustita.

    I’d imagine if they did, he’d have grounds to sue.

    Random testing is random.

  93. Patrick April 26th, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    * Would you deal Montero, Gardner and Betances for Weaver?

    Hahahahaaha you’re kidding right?

  94. Irreverent Discourse April 26th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    The secret is getting (lucky) your random testing done early in the season so you know you are free to take whatever you want.

  95. BoJo April 26th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    stuckey99 April 26th, 2011 at 12:47 pm
    “Everytime I hear this workload thing it makes me remember the days when 4 pitchers were on the staff, they pitched in doubleheaders had many IP and long sucessful careers.”

    What you forget is in those days, this was the norm, even in the minor leagues. The players hardly made any money, so teams didn’t treat young arms with the care they do know.

    What you’re utterly unaware of (and so am I and everyone eise here) is the thousands of pitchers from those days you never heard of because arm injuries shortened or derailed their careers before they ever got to the majors.

    Ypu remember the guys who had long careers BECAUSE THEY had long careers.

    If you think they didn’t have arm injuries before 1980, you’re utterly mistaken.
    ________________
    What people also tend to not understand is the drastic change that lowering the moud to 10 inches had on pitching. A very good article that explains the impact and the resulting change in how pitchers are handled is at the following link:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4359938

  96. blake April 26th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Bautista’s swing is a little different than just adding a leg kick….they showed a before and after one night on Mlbnetwork and the difference was incredible….he’s getting much more hip rotation and extension now……and he’s swinging much harder while staying on balance. I don’t know if he’s juicing or not but I can’t think of another hitter that gained that much from a swing change…..or was able to change the mechanics of how they hit to this degree.

  97. LGY April 26th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I defended Bautista’s contract extension this winter.

    Score one for LGY :D

  98. BoJo April 26th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    “Since 1968, I believe the intensity of every pitch has gotten harder and harder in the big leagues,” said Orel Hershiser, the National League Cy Young Award winner in 1988. “In 1968, guys threw over the top, the ball went downhill and became a moving fastball. When they lowered the mound in 1969, they took away the pitcher’s leverage. They took away the plane of the baseball, and a straight pitch became more on the plane of the bat. At that point, pitchers had to move the ball so it was not on the plane of the bat, and to do that, they had to increase the intensity on every pitch. Movement became a key, not just velocity. So with all the elements we have today, if the intensity of one pitch is increased by, say, 10 percent, then 125 pitches becomes 115, which becomes 110, then becomes 100.”

    From http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4359938

  99. MTU April 26th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I think Bautista may have found something that is currently undetectable.

    Maybe a designer version as yet unknown.

    Either that, or he is playing Russian roulette and just hoping he doesn’t get caught.

    I don’t buy sudden 50 hr. power like his. I just don’t. That’s my take.

    Others are entitled to theirs.

    :)

  100. hardwired7 April 26th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Vazquez definitely hits some monster shots. Check out where this bomb from the 2011 Caribbean Series lands:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=purHFfcJ-j0

    I hope the owners of those cars have full covg.

  101. BoJo April 26th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2011 at 1:14 pm
    He’s Gorman Thomas and Ccil Fileder in a Blue Jays costume.
    _______________
    Is that a size XXXXXXXXXXXXXXL?

  102. Bronx Jeers April 26th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    “You know when you come to New York, you’re going to get Mariano. It’s not just before the game. I start thinking about him on the plane ride up. I know he’s there waiting, and he’ll be out there, and I will have to see him with the game on the line. So I start getting ready for him. I start thinking, ‘What am I going to do to try to hit Mariano?’”

    ————————————————————————–

    Sounds like Martin Sheen preparing to go up the river to kill Col. Kurtz.

  103. hardwired7 April 26th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    the horror! the horror!

  104. Mike Ri April 26th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Jose BEASTista

  105. BoJo April 26th, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Bronx Jeers April 26th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Sounds like Martin Sheen preparing to go up the river to kill Col. Kurtz.
    _______________
    Mo loves the smell of Atomic Balm in the morning.

  106. stuckey99 April 26th, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Not sure if I’m amused or frightened that the pillar that our society’s justice system is built on is so often p****d on so casually.

  107. Mell April 26th, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    “I think Bautista may have found something that is currently undetectable.”

    Could be right, but he’s probably far from alone if it’s true.

  108. MTU April 26th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Mell-

    I agree.

    I doubt if he is alone.

    Many times it’s a cat and mouse game between an offender and the policing authorities.

    It’s a common process. As examples, take counterfeiters or hackers. A constant back and forth to see who can outfox who.

    ;)

  109. LGY April 26th, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Could be right, but he’s probably far from alone if it’s true

    ——–

    If so, hopefully Jeter stops being sissy and gets a hold of some.

    You know Gardner is trying with that melon he has attached to his neck.

  110. MTU April 26th, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Catch you all later.

    Gotta run.

  111. Mell April 26th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    “Many times it’s a cat and mouse game between an offender and the policing authorities.”

    And the “bad guy” always seems to be a step or two ahead of the law.

  112. MTU April 26th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Mell-

    It’s reaction and counter-reaction. No way to totally anticipate what the offender will do to game the system. Not w/o a crystal ball.

    In the perfect world the good guys always win anyway, Right ?

    :)

  113. austinmac April 26th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Montero has a huge amount of ability. However, when I last checked, he had not yet walked this season. Major league pitchers eat up impatient hitters. He swung and missed many off the plate breaking balls this spring.

    He has not yet proven his ability. The next step is by far the biggest. I don’t want to see another Soriano swinging at every breaking ball in the opposing batters box.

    Until he shows more patience, he will be fed off-speed, off the plate pitches.

  114. JobaTipsHisCap April 26th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    smell a 2-2 split

  115. hardwired7 April 26th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    at least against NY, Bautista has been given plenty of fat pitches to drive, and he’s not missing them.

    it’s not like he’s been hitting broken bat shots that leave you scratching your head. he’s just crushing meatballs.

  116. Mell April 26th, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Austinmac:

    I haven’t seen all his AB’s or anything, but despite the lack of walks, it doesn’t appear as though Montero is getting himself out. Only 9 K’s and when he’s putting the ball in play, he’s been getting on base at a strong rate. Suppose one could argue his BaBIP isn’t sustainable, and it probably isn’t, but far too early to sweat not walking while carrying a .925 OPS.

  117. West Coast Yankee Fan April 26th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Fast forward three years from now. What one through five spot in the rotation would Banuelos, Betances and Brackman have to nil down to be considered a success.

  118. West Coast Yankee Fan April 26th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    sp – nail

  119. Mell April 26th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    “it’s not like he’s been hitting broken bat shots that leave you scratching your head. he’s just crushing meatballs”

    That’s the way most homers work. You occasionally see good pitches taken deep, but much more often it’s a fatty.

  120. Erin April 26th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Bronx Jeers April 26th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Sounds like Martin Sheen preparing to go up the river to kill Col. Kurtz.

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

    :lol:

  121. Mell April 26th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    “Fast forward three years from now. What one through five spot in the rotation would Banuelos, Betances and Brackman have to nil down to be considered a success”

    In the Yankees rotation? 2, 3, and 4.

  122. miggs April 26th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Anyone know what time we should hear some news on the results of Hughes’ MRI?

  123. Mell April 26th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    WCYF:

    2nd, and perhaps more appropriate, response to that question would be 2, 3 and closer.

  124. Irreverent Discourse April 26th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    For “success”? How about 4 5 and a setup guy. Any more than that is GRAVY.

  125. JobaTipsHisCap April 26th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    it’s official.
    Knicks is the only team got swept in NBA playoff first round, 0-4.

    good job.

  126. Patrick April 26th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    If one of Banuelos, Brackman and Betances is a 1 or 2 I’d consider it a success

  127. Mell April 26th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    “If one of Banuelos, Brackman and Betances is a 1 or 2 I’d consider it a success”

    Agreed

  128. Mell April 26th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    “Knicks is the only team got swept in NBA playoff first round, 0-4.”

    Nobody thinks less of the Knicks than I, but if the other team gets to 4 first, who gives a rat’s rump how many games it took ‘em to get there.

  129. Jerkface April 26th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    # Irreverent Discourse April 6th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    hate to burst your cano bubble with facts but…

    link

    He’s swinging at pitches outside the zone 10% less than he has for his career. The problem is his 90% contact rate on those pitches inducing weak contact.

    he’s not “hacking at bad pitches” in the slightest.

    Can’t believe I had to look this up. This is in response to Mick. I am not present in this thread.

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....rk-wasted/

    :x

  130. Irreverent Discourse April 26th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    How is a prospect becoming a #3 starter a failure?

  131. bruceb April 26th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    JobaTipsHisCap April 26th, 2011 at 2:05 pm
    smell a 2-2 split

    I’d be happy with that after losing game one to a pitcher with a 4.42 ERA and a team that had lost 10 of their last 11 games. Typical that the Yanks should give Ozzie’s boys a confidence boost rather than kick them when they’re down…just like we did to the Red Sox at Fenway. This team may be 12-7 but already, there have been two or three very frustrating losses. I definitely think the hitters went into the game over-confident; there was little discipline in their approach. They just assumed Humber would serve it up on a plate. Cano needs a kick up the ass Larry Bowa-style. When he concentrates, he is virtually impossible to strike out, but when he gets lazy in his approach, the pitchers know he will swing at balls way out of the zone. This is the time we should be sprinting clear of the Sox and Rays rather than hanging around waiting for them to catch up.

  132. Irreverent Discourse April 26th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    jerkface – at the time everything i said was true. now those numbers are different and his z-swing is insanely high. this was not the case on april 6.

    either way, still too early to care.

  133. Irreverent Discourse April 26th, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Making a statement with insufficient evidence that ends up being true does not make you a genius.

  134. Patrick April 26th, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    How is a prospect becoming a #3 starter a failure?

    Not a failure I guess but I’d be pretty disappointed if none of the “Three B’s” ends up being a 1 or 2 starter.

  135. Irreverent Discourse April 26th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    With such a high ceiling for disappointment, there seems to be little reason to ever keep prospects.

  136. Shame Spencer April 26th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    If any one of those kids ends up a #1 I’m still calling that a success lol

  137. Patrick April 26th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    With such a high ceiling for disappointment, there seems to be little reason to ever keep prospects.

    I don’t think you’re getting the point.

  138. Nick in SF April 26th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Maybe a couple of them will pitch like 1 or 2 starters but CC and back-and-better-than-ever Hughes will be holding down those slots and out awesomely deep rotation will dominate the leauge for years to come and no one will have to be disappointed about anything.

  139. Nick in SF April 26th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    correct those typos yourselves. :mad:

  140. Irreverent Discourse April 26th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    patrick – i don’t think you guys are making a good point at all.

    If you deem it a failure for them to develop into any less than a #2, you are much better off just trading them for a #2 or #3 in the first place. If your chance of perceived failure outweighs your chance of “success”, aren’t you doing it wrong?

  141. Jason Voorhees April 26th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    There are 162 games in a season. Bad losses happen. If you’re going to whine about every frustrating loss, you are in for a miserable lifetime of baseball.

  142. tyanksfan36 April 26th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I think if any of them make it to the major leagues for more than a september call up or spot start then its a success, at least in my opinion.

  143. Patrick April 26th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    ID,

    Where did I say it’s a failure if they don’t develop into any less than a #2? I said it wouldn’t be a success in my eyes if none of them develop into a #2 or better. That’s quite a bit different than how you are describing my argument.

    I’d say your expectations exceed my own. At a minimum you want all 3 to make it to the big leagues and contribute on a great team like the Yankees. 4 starter, 5 starter and set up man? You are expecting all 3 to be successful in the major leagues? That is insanely optimistic. I’m happy if 1 of them makes it.

  144. Erin April 26th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    pcaldera Yanks are only MLB club yet to lose two straight this year. NYY also 18-4 in games immediately after shutout losses since the start of ’08.

  145. Irreverent Discourse April 26th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I didn’t really say that. I wouldn’t say I’m expecting them to make it any more than you are, only puzzled with the high limit on perceived “success” for these particular procspects.

    What sense does it make to say that they will have to be at least a #2 in the rotation for it to be successful? If they make the rotation at all it should be considered a success inside the organization. The arbitrary “has to be at least a #2″ is just greedy and unrealistic.

  146. Carlo April 26th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Patrick April 26th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    If one of Banuelos, Brackman and Betances is a 1 or 2 I’d consider it a success
    =====================================================

    Take it a step further, if one of the 3 is a top 3 starter, i would consider it a success. One does not need to look too deep into the Yankee history books to see examples of how these things could play out versus the expectations of the time.

  147. Erin April 26th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    YankeesPR Robinson Cano is the guest of honor today for the Yankees’ Spanish-language press conference http://yfrog.com/h2ebscphj

  148. Irreverent Discourse April 26th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Where did I say it’s a failure if they don’t develop into any less than a #2?

    I didn’t really address this. When you say one of them has to be a #2 for it to be a success, doesn’t that imply that if none of them reach that goal you have set they have failed? Is there some magical grey area where you think its just OK that they made the roster and are contributing… seeding disappointment in that player for the rest of his career?

    That is why I said if they become the 4 5 and setup guys (individually… i was not implying that all 3 make the majors) then fine, if they become more than that, GRAVY!

  149. Yankee Trader April 26th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    From last night on Jered Weaver:

    “Weaver continued to show a slight increase in velocity. He was averaging 90.2 mph on his fastball coming into the start against the A’s compared to his average of 89.9 mph last season. Last night he averaged 90.8 mph on his fastball while maxing out at 93.7 mph a few times early in the start. He recorded four swinging strikes out of 61 fastballs, and he recorded six of his strikeouts with the pitch.”

    From the little I saw of the replay on Sports center, Weaver hides the ball pretty well coming at the hitters with a 3/4 delivery. Is this deception that has made him successful, given an average of 90.8 on the fastball?

    I would be unhappy if Montero was traded along with any of the killer B’s for Weaver.

  150. Carlo April 26th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Irreverent Discourse April 26th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I didn’t really say that. I wouldn’t say I’m expecting them to make it any more than you are, only puzzled with the high limit on perceived “success” for these particular procspects.

    What sense does it make to say that they will have to be at least a #2 in the rotation for it to be successful? If they make the rotation at all it should be considered a success inside the organization. The arbitrary “has to be at least a #2? is just greedy and unrealistic.

    ———————————————————-

    By this logic, you should have no problem trading them because #4 and #5 starters are a dime a dozen and easy to come by…..see colon, bartolo, and garcia, freddy. You don’t harvest pitchers in the hope that one of several turns out to simply be in a spot in the rotation. you harvest starters in the hope that one turns out to be a key member of the rotation, a front end guy.

  151. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Milton Bradley’s role model.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=6430043

  152. Vineyard Yankee April 26th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    WCYF:

    That’s a good question about the killer B’s. I like it this way:

    Ban. # 1 – 2
    Bet. # 3 – 4
    Brac. # 3 – 4 or possibly CL

    Of course a prospect is only that until proven otherwise. I think all 3 have tremendous upside and can exceed expectations.

  153. Patrick April 26th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Whatever ID

  154. tyanksfan36 April 26th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    GB

    Thats hilarious. I live in Lutz Fl.

  155. Erin April 26th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Gardner, Jeter, Posada, Jones, Swisher among those out for some early BP at Yankee Stadium.

  156. Carlo April 26th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan April 26th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Fast forward three years from now. What one through five spot in the rotation would Banuelos, Betances and Brackman have to nil down to be considered a success.

    ———————————————
    Epic failure: none of the 3 play for the yankees and the one that gets traded is a top 3 starter for another team and the player we bring back doesnt help us win a title

    Disappointment: we keep all 3 and none make the rotation for one reason or another with one ultimately ending up in a Joba-esque bullpen role

    Success: one of the 3 in a top 3 spot in the rotation

    Tremendous success: 2 of the 3 in the rotation with one in a top 3 spot

    Unrealistic success: all 3 in rotation

  157. Carlo April 26th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Erin April 26th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Gardner, Jeter, Posada, Jones, Swisher among those out for some early BP at Yankee Stadium.

    ——————————————

    said differently:

    Ledger_Yankees Guys who need extra BP badly out for early BP at Yankee Stadium.

  158. tyanksfan36 April 26th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Here is his mugshot on probably my favorite website on the internet. My mom and I like to guess what the people got arrested for, Click on his picture and you can see his arrest thing with HCSO

    http://mugshots.tampabay.com/s.....0&y=0

  159. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    TY, the Everette clan are some ugly, scary looking people. WHOA!!! all of them look like serial killers.

  160. Erin April 26th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    ColinCurtis425 On my way back to the stadium for first time since I had surgery. Miss it

  161. Shame Spencer April 26th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I like Carlo’s breakdown of success. I’ll sign up for the “unrealistic success” if its all the same to you folks :D

  162. West Coast Yankee Fan April 26th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Carlo that was a really comprehensive take. It’s interesting how different the opinions are.

  163. tyanksfan36 April 26th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    GB

    If you just go to mugshots.tampabay.com it shows all the people arrested in the 5 tampa counties. I think about 300 people were arrested in the past 24 hours. I always check it to see if I know anyone.

  164. Carlo April 26th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan April 26th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Carlo that was a really comprehensive take. It’s interesting how different the opinions are.

    ————————————————————-

    The thing about the current environment is that there is not really an opportunity cost associated with sitting on them and waiting. You don’t trade guys with these ceilings for Chris Carpenter or others of similar ilk, big contract, who are likely to be available. There really aren’t a lot of potentially head scratching decisions out there given the current status of most elite starters.

    When you really put the decision process to the test is when Seattle comes knocking and says we want two of them plus more for Felix. Then we get there with the package and they trade him to Boston for a package spearheaded by daniel nava and some advise from peter gammons.

  165. Mell April 26th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Deep bench day at the Stadium. Posada and Martin out, Chavez at 3B, Molina at C

  166. hardwired7 April 26th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Carl and his wife were probably embroiled in a heated Christopher Marlowe/William Shakespeare debate.

    These things happen.

  167. Erin April 26th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    One last start??

    eboland11 Gustavo Molina getting start at catcher today

  168. Erin April 26th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    eboland11 Hughes said underwent 2 MRIs and some vascular tests today. No results today. Will go for more tests tomorrow

  169. LGY April 26th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    If none of Joba, Hughes, IPK, Manny, Betances, or Brackman develop into top of rotation starters for the Yankees there is a problem.

    The Yankees just really need someone to pair up with CC to make them deadly in the playoffs.

  170. Mell April 26th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    eboland11 Erik Boland
    Hughes said underwent 2 MRIs and some vascular tests today. No results today. Will go for more tests tomorrow

  171. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    tyanksfan36 April 26th, 2011 at 3:34 pm
    GB

    If you just go to mugshots.tampabay.com it shows all the people arrested in the 5 tampa counties. I think about 300 people were arrested in the past 24 hours. I always check it to see if I know anyone.

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

    LMAO. Is that the type of people you hang out with? Gotta check to see who you have to bail out of jail? And I thought you were the nice, quiet school teacher/student type.

  172. Erin April 26th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    New Post: Hughes waiting for test results, plus a lineup

    :arrow:

  173. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    hardwired7 April 26th, 2011 at 3:40 pm
    Carl and his wife were probably embroiled in a heated Christopher Marlowe/William Shakespeare debate.

    These things happen.

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

    Well, that would at least be a reason for sticking a gun in her ear. Thankful that they weren’t talking about the existance of dinosaurs. He would have pulled the trigger.

  174. Carlo April 26th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    LGY April 26th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    If none of Joba, Hughes, IPK, Manny, Betances, or Brackman develop into top of rotation starters for the Yankees there is a problem.

    The Yankees just really need someone to pair up with CC to make them deadly in the playoffs.

    ————————————————

    Agreed…….Hughes cant be labelled anything other than a work in progress right now and frankly Kennedy has been very solid…….but looking at all 6, i think one needs to be front line to show we can develop.

  175. 108 stitches April 26th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Tonight is a telling game for Ivan Nova. Does he or doesn’t he belong in the rotation ? Will he or won’t he show he can throw a quality start for 6+ innings ?
    With the Hughes question, it’s more important now that Nova shows what his potential is.

  176. tyanksfan36 April 26th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    GB

    Haha, I am constantly surprised when I see people on there that I went to high school with. Then I text my friend and say OMG you would not even guess who I saw on mugshots.

  177. hardwired7 April 26th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Carl Everett has always seemed like a ticking time bomb. According to his arrest info, he’s up to 260 lbs, packing heat – scary proposition.

  178. Carlo April 26th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    108 stitches April 26th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Tonight is a telling game for Ivan Nova. Does he or doesn’t he belong in the rotation ? Will he or won’t he show he can throw a quality start for 6+ innings ?
    With the Hughes question, it’s more important now that Nova shows what his potential is.

    ———————————————–

    And if Nova is bad again the same crew will say “its early”.

  179. Irreverent Discourse April 26th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Carlo – Good or bad doesn’t change the date :)

    Also yes from earlier, I have no issue with trading prospects for established top of the rotation pitchers.

  180. nyygik April 26th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Montero was hit below the below? What does that mean? It sounds ominous. Maybe it’s supposed to be below the elbow, or below the belt?

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