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Pendleton called up from Triple-A

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 21, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees are bringing long reliever Lance Pendleton back to the big leagues. A source indicated this afternoon that Pendleton will be at Yankee Stadium tonight, giving the Yankees another multi-inning reliever.

No word on a corresponding roster move, but my guess would be that Amauri Sanit is involved.

Looks like Donnie Collins is hearing the same thing.

 
 

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57 Responses to “Pendleton called up from Triple-A”

  1. Rich in NJ May 21st, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I have always thought the problem would be offense this season rather than pitching because they really are deep in mL pitching depth and shallow in mL offensive depth.

  2. charlestonchew May 21st, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I am so sick of hearing the complaining on this blog about the team lately. We’re all over the offense, harping on the negatives.

    It will come around. A lot of our guys are young and in their prime. They will hit – they have in the past and they will again.

    We should focus, at least somewhat, on the positives. Our pitching has been incredible lately and we should be spending a little bit of time talking about that aspect of our game, because it might not always be so sharp for the rest of the year.

  3. West Coast Yankee Fan May 21st, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Charles the problem is that even if thy come around as you say, you can’t get the games back that you have lost already. And, cheering passionately for the team while making a realistic assessment of their shortcomings are and should not be mutually exclusive.

  4. RMS May 21st, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Any time Garcia gives up 2 runs against the AAA Mets, the Yankees should win that game.

  5. charlestonchew May 21st, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan,

    I agree that a “realistic assessment of their shortcomings” and cheering passionately are not mutually exclusive. I wouldn’t contend with that.

    All I’m saying is that there are some positives to take out of last night and the last couple nights, but nobody wants to pay attention to them.

    We will hit and we’ll still in the hunt. It’s just going to take a little time. Once a few guys get hot and we get some breaks going our way, we’ll go on a big roll.

  6. tyanksfan36 May 21st, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Darnm Josh Johnson was put on the DL so he wont make his start against the Rays on Sunday.

  7. Purenyyankee May 21st, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    charlestonchew:

    Do you watch the games? Focus on the negatives is what needs to happen. Yes, the pitching has been wonderful. However, it is absolutely UNACCEPTABLE how this team is playing both offensively and defensively. I’m fed up with the excuses from this clueless manager and these gutless players.

  8. sunny615 May 21st, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    third place :(

  9. Against All Odds May 21st, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    # tyanksfan36 May 21st, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Darnm Josh Johnson was put on the DL so he wont make his start against the Rays on Sunday.

    ———————————

    that sucks I love seeing that kid pitch

  10. Carlo May 21st, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Everyone should take a read of wallace mathews article on espn.com today entitled jugger….not.

  11. blake May 21st, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Tied for 1st place in the loss column….

  12. blake May 21st, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Nothing by Wally is a must read.

  13. Against All Odds May 21st, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I can’t stand Matthews

  14. Rich in NJ May 21st, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    “I am so sick of hearing the complaining on this blog about the team lately. We’re all over the offense, harping on the negatives.”

    I am sick of people defending the offense.

  15. austinmac May 21st, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    This team has the same issue as last year’s team. They score many runs in one game, but seem to have far too many 2 runs or less games. I would like to be optimistic the offense will come around, but this seems reminiscent.

    Many said don’t worry about the pitching because the offense is so good. I agree that the RF, DH and an additional capable offensive outfielder are needed if the current players don’t turn it around quite quickly.

    The team cannot afford a losing season with empty seats, decreased concession revenue and lower ratings with their payroll. However, I see no trade alternatives anytime soon. The only realistic changes have to come from the minors. I can’t say they will perform well, but rookies bring enthusiasm and competiion that can’t hurt.

  16. Jerkface May 21st, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    This team has the same issue as last year’s team. They score many runs in one game, but seem to have far too many 2 runs or less games. I would like to be optimistic the offense will come around, but this seems reminiscent.

    Score 5+ runs at the same rate as 2009. Score 4+ at a very similar rate. The problem is they only win 40% of the time when scoring 5 runs, most teams win 65% of the time.

    Beep Boop I am a robot.

  17. Tar May 21st, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Some perspective:

    The Yankees lead the league in
    Runs
    HR
    TB
    SLG
    OPS
    They are third in OBP.

    Room for improvement

    They are worst in the league in
    GDP
    2B
    RISP (Surprisingly they are middle of the pack)

    but
    BAbip with RISP is .253 (28th out of 30 in MLB).

    Where are all the Sabre geeks with this stuff? You know how hard I had to work, to find that stuff! :wink:

  18. charlestonchew May 21st, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Purenyyankee

    I just don’t see how focusing on the negatives does anything. Were we the manager of the team or a coach, certainly we would hone in on the problematic areas of the team and work to improve them.

    But the fact is, we’re not. We’re spectators, watching our team night after night as things unfold. We do not act directly on the team (though theoretically fan opinion can swing ownership decisions from time to time). I think we should talk a little bit about the pitching and how good it is because we are, after all, spectators and good pitching is fun to watch even when the offense is flailing.

    Our pitching might not be like this for long, so why not enjoy it? There’s something to be enjoyed even in a loss. Perhaps we’ll be firing on all cylinders again soon, much like we were when the season opened. That is my hope and my expectation.

  19. Tar May 21st, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    “BAbip with RISP is .253 (28th out of 30 in MLB).”

    For comparison purposes

    Cleveland is 100 points higher at .363.

  20. Rich in NJ May 21st, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    The problem with the lineup is simple: It’s linear rather than circular. So some guys are doing really well and several others are awful.

  21. Jerkface May 21st, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Where are all the Sabre geeks with this stuff? You know how hard I had to work, to find that stuff!

    Some people don’t believe in bad luck, so I don’t really bother explaining that some of their lack of RISP hits can be explained on the simple nature of luck in batted balls in play. You know how announcers say that a batting champion seems to get a lot of fluke hits to help build the average? Its like that. No one wins a batting title without being very lucky, because no major leaguer is hitting 30% line drives. There are going to be ground balls that sneak in, or pop flies that die inbetween the IF and OF.

    When I sat at the awful KC game, I marveled at the hard contact going right to OFers in RISP situations. It bordered on comedy. All I can say is that the yankees need to hit the ball harder, or maybe not so hard.

  22. 108 stitches May 21st, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    This team is lacking passion and fire in their bellies. Somewhat a mirror of their manager who will never be accused of being Billy Martin.
    Somebody needs to step up and be a voice and the candidates are few. It won’t take long before somebody in the hierarchy makes their feelings known and naming names.

  23. Rich in NJ May 21st, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I think they’d look more passionate with another big bat OPSing > .875.

  24. blake May 21st, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    The Yankees will make the playoffs and whether they win the WS or not will depend on how they play for 3 weeks in October. They aren’t a perfect team…..but neither is anybody else.

  25. austinmac May 21st, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    The Yankees not hitting with RISP is not from bad luck. Watch a game. Poorly hit ball are usually outs. Yes, bad luck occurs at times, but not for this length of time. This is called a pattern.

  26. Rich in NJ May 21st, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I think a playoff spot will come down to the final series against the RS and Rays at the end of Sept.

  27. Tar May 21st, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    ‘The problem with the lineup is simple: It’s linear rather than circular.”

    Add a Montero, tinker with the line-up, and just play out of this rough stretch, staying within striking distance.

    This team as constructed ( or close to it ) is going to go on a long term tear.

  28. Ghostwriter May 21st, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Ghostwriter May 21st, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Against All Odds May 21st, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Any suggestions as to why Swisher has been so bad this yr?
    =============================================

    At this point, I’m tempted to think that he is just reverting to form, as a player with good patience at the plate and a tendency to swing from his heels–a career .250 hitter. In other words, last year is starting to look like a fluke. However, I’m mystified by his lack of power: With those big cuts of his, I would expect more homers. I’m also quite surprised by his lack of effectiveness against lefties. So, there might be something else happening than simple mean reversion.

  29. Tar May 21st, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    “Yes, bad luck occurs at times, but not for this length of time.”

    It hasn’t been that long relatively speaking.

    It also could mean that they are over-due for a swing in the opposite direction, no?

  30. RS May 21st, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    If the great pitching was coming from young players like Hughes and Nova, I would be more excited because that bodes well for the future. But when it’s Garcia or even Colon, I can’t revel in it. At the end of the year if the Yankees are sitting in third place, the fact that Garcia won 13 games with a 3.50 ERA isn’t going to bring a smile to my face. If anything, it makes me more disappointed that the vets have been so good and the offense hasn’t taken advantage of it.

  31. michaels07 May 21st, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Swisher needs eye surgery.

  32. Rich in NJ May 21st, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Tar

    Adding Montero, if he’s ready (and I think it’s imperative to find out), might be enough. I also think Nunez needs to play, and OF AB seems the only way to do that.

  33. dan l May 21st, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Jeter who gets the most PA can’t hit after the third inning! He is a ZERO against relievers but Jackass keeps running him out there! I want Jeter benched in all night games and against all right handed pitching!

    Posada is nothing more then a huge distraction. Dump him asap.

    Fire said Jackass and get us a real manager who does not run to the book every 5 minutes. I keep wondering if YES is anti Girardi as they show him and the book all the time now!

  34. austinmac May 21st, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Tar,

    They have not hit with RISP for most of the year, and of memory serve, they didn’t hit well in those circumstances last year.

  35. jacksquat May 21st, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    It’s true that several Yankees are not hitting like they should, but that does not mean it’s meaningless to change the lineup. You can still make improvements. I don’t like harping on Jeter, but his numbers vs rhp are just terrible. I think they are less than replacement level (maybe jerkface can confirm this). I’m pretty sure Nunez would be better vs rhp. But I’m calling for Jeter to be benched, but he definitely should be batting at the bottom of the lineup vs rhp (with gardner #1).

  36. michaels07 May 21st, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    why don`t these dopes choke up on the bat and hit line drives instead of weak popup or driblers. What about it derek and you too Tex. swish just meet the ball stop swinging for the fences. Just make contact and the ball will fly.Hey Jorge stop making like s statue and swing at balls down the middle.

  37. jacksquat May 21st, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    *not* calling for Jeter to be benched…

  38. Tar May 21st, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Rich

    We agree!! Yes I was hoping Nunez was going to get more playing time. And yes at SS as well.

  39. Ghostwriter May 21st, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Tar May 21st, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    ‘The problem with the lineup is simple: It’s linear rather than circular.”

    Add a Montero, tinker with the line-up, and just play out of this rough stretch, staying within striking distance.

    This team as constructed ( or close to it ) is going to go on a long term tear.
    =============================

    The problem is simpler than that: Key guys–Arod, Cano, Swisher, Posada, and Jeter–aren’t hitting with runners on base. I think expecting this team to go on a long-term tear is a bit of wishful thinking. The erratic run production is a problem that has been going on for about year, at this point. And I don’t even see any willingness to experiment with different looks to try to get a little more reliable run production.

    I think that this team will have some winning streaks when things start to click, and may make the playoffs. Nevertheless, they are way too streaky for my taste, and way too streaky to expect a better result than last year’s club got.

  40. dan l May 21st, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Jeter is not a key guy anymore he’s a HAS BEEN!

  41. Ghostwriter May 21st, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    michaels07 May 21st, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    why don`t these dopes choke up on the bat and hit line drives instead of weak popup or driblers.

    ===========================================

    This is a great suggestion in my opinion. It would be nice to see these guys trying to hit the ball back up the middle and driving the ball from gap to gap.

  42. charlestonchew May 21st, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    This comments section is intolerable after a loss. Sheesh. Do you guys hear yourselves?

  43. Captain Clutch May 21st, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Since it doesn’t seem like Montero is coming up anytime soon. I think Girardi should start DHing Jeter and Arod more and let Nunez play the field. Nunez can really hit and they can use his spark at the bottom of the lineup. I think the more he plays will be better for his throwing issues. Against righties give Dickerson a chance in RF or even try Nunez there. They are just wasting outs right now with Swish batting lefty.

  44. Tar May 21st, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Ghost

    I am an optimist. but I am basing it on the fact that the team leads the league in so many important offensive categories, yet sucks at RISP.

    I do not think that is sustainable, which conversely tells me they are going to go on a tear.

    :D

  45. Ghostwriter May 21st, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    jacksquat May 21st, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    It’s true that several Yankees are not hitting like they should, but that does not mean it’s meaningless to change the lineup. You can still make improvements. I don’t like harping on Jeter, but his numbers vs rhp are just terrible. I think they are less than replacement level (maybe jerkface can confirm this). I’m pretty sure Nunez would be better vs rhp. But I’m calling for Jeter to be benched, but he definitely should be batting at the bottom of the lineup vs rhp (with gardner #1).
    ============================================

    Jeter isn’t the problem. Yes, Jete’s performance isn’t what it should be, but he isn’t the main reason for the lack of run production. The problem lies in the 4, 5, and 6 slots in the line-up. These are the slots that should be driving in runs, but aren’t hitting with men on base. I think that a move as simple as swapping Tex and ARod in the order could pay big dividends. Tex has been hitting better with runners on base than Arod or Cano, so he should get the cleanup slot. And having Tex behind him should get ARod better pitches to hit. I think that Cano also will benefit from this move, because he’ll be coming to bat with more guys on base. Finally the Yanks could hit Martin or Granderson in the 6-hole.

  46. Ghostwriter May 21st, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Tar May 21st, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Ghost

    I am an optimist. but I am basing it on the fact that the team leads the league in so many important offensive categories, yet sucks at RISP.

    I do not think that is sustainable, which conversely tells me they are going to go on a tear.

    ========================================

    I don’t think that the RISP is happenstance: the guys aren’t getting pitches to hit with men on base. Basically, teams are letting us do whatever we want in between the tenty-yard line markers, but they aren’t letting us in the end zone with enough regularity. We need to find a way to force the action.

  47. NW Yankees Fan May 21st, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    It is time for Posada to be released. Girardi and his staff need to go too. They need a manager that will show some guts and stop allowing Jeter and Posada to run the team. Joe has no control over this team, perhaps because he played with these guys. He continues to bat Jeter lead off, which is a disgrace IMO. A leadoff hitter with a.310 or so OB Pct? If his name was not Derek Jeter, would he bat first with those stats?

  48. Rich in NJ May 21st, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    You can’t DH Jeter and not lose a lot defensively.

  49. Captain Clutch May 21st, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I am glad that Girardi listened to me with Nunez but I don’t understand what this team sees in Jones.

    YankeesWFAN ARod dh today, Nunez 3b. Jones in left. Posada and Gardner sit vs LH Capuano. Jones 6-18, 4 HR vs Capuano

  50. Ghostwriter May 21st, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Tar May 21st, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    ===========================================

    BTW, I also expect them to go on a tear, but I don’t think that it will be sustainable, because they aren’t addressing the underlying reasons for their struggles. I’ll enjoy a good hot streak while it lasts just like you, and I’ll hope for another one in October, but I’m not feeling very sanguine about our chances at the pennant this year, which is a darn shame. With the pitching that we’ve been getting, we should be running away with the division.

  51. Against All Odds May 21st, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    # Ghostwriter May 21st, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Ghostwriter May 21st, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Against All Odds May 21st, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Any suggestions as to why Swisher has been so bad this yr?
    =============================================

    At this point, I’m tempted to think that he is just reverting to form, as a player with good patience at the plate and a tendency to swing from his heels–a career .250 hitter. In other words, last year is starting to look like a fluke. However, I’m mystified by his lack of power: With those big cuts of his, I would expect more homers. I’m also quite surprised by his lack of effectiveness against lefties. So, there might be something else happening than simple mean reversion.

    ———————————————————————————-

    Thank you for sharing your opinion. Last yr could have been an aberration. If it was then no way should he be extended long term.

    Maybe he’s hiding an injury.

  52. Triple Short of a Cycle May 21st, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    who cares how well Jones hits Capuano. This is 2011 not 2005. Gardner should be an everyday player

  53. CompassRosy May 21st, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    CompassRosy May 21st, 2011 at 11:23 am

    “…You would THINK 12 games against the likes of the Mets, Toronto, Seattle & Oakland would help them turn it around….”

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

    I’ll be at all three games next weekend! At this point, the M’s rotation vs. the Yanks looks to be: Pineda, Felix, Vargas. Any idea what the match ups will be?

    _________________________

    So, no one knows or has any guesses?

  54. Ghostwriter May 21st, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Captain Clutch May 21st, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I am glad that Girardi listened to me with Nunez but I don’t understand what this team sees in Jones.

    =================================

    Jones would have been a nice presence on the bench, as a late-inning pinch-hitting threat IF Swisher was performing anywhere near last year’s level. If Swish can’t hit righties, then we need to dump Jones, and get a real right fielder (Pence, Ethier, or Beltran work for me), or somebody who can hit righties in a right field platoon.

  55. Abe Peteraham May 21st, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Triple , well said.

  56. Rich in NJ May 21st, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    “You can’t DH Jeter and not lose a lot defensively offensively.”

    Curious.

  57. Ghost of Steinbrenner May 21st, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I bet yanks and swish part ways after this season and we go get outfielder with pop and an arm


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