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Yankees postgame: Colon strong again

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Bartolo Colon again eased concerns about whether he’s going to hold up. The 38-year-old righty has followed two straight bad starts with two straight strong starts. This time, he gave up two runs, eight hits and one walk over seven in the 7-5 win over the A’s. He’s 7-6 with a 3.29 ERA. And this was his first post-All-Star-break win since 2005.

“I thought he looked really good today,” Joe Girardi said. “… I thought he threw the ball well. He gave us distance.”

Colon said his slider was working, and that he had worked hard in the bullpen before the game with pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

David Robertson, on the other hand, wasn’t so good for a change. He said he was irritated with himself after allowing two runs on three doubles and only getting two outs in the eighth. In his defense, it was raining at the time and he had trouble with his grip on the ball. He had yielded just two earned runs in his previous 26 appearances.

“Well now I know that you’re human,” Girardi told him after the game.

“Because he’s been so good for us,” Girardi added. “You haven’t seen him have a blip like that. It’s really strange.”

Mariano Rivera came on for a four-out save. He got the last out in the eighth with two pitches, but he was shaky in the ninth, allowing four straight singles to cut it to 7-5. Only one was a line drive, Josh Willingham’s RBI to left. But then David DeJesus lined to Mark Teixeira for an unassisted double play. And Rivera had extended his major-league record to 15 straight seasons of at least 25 saves.

“I’d be surprised if someone could outdo that record,” Girardi said. “You think of the closers that have come along. That’s one of those records that I don’t think someone will break.”

Rivera isn’t a big stat guy.

“When you play for a team like the New York Yankees, you’re going to have opportunities,” Rivera said. “I try to do my job and help the team as much as I can. Yeah, 25, that’s good. But I just want to win ballgames.”

This was the first time Rivera had given up a run at home this season, having started with 22 straight scoreless appearances, three short of the record.

*Curtis Granderson hit his team-high 27th homer, three less than his career high and three more than last year. It was his 11th homer off a lefty, extending his career high. He made an adjustment in the cage before the game with Kevin Long after going hitless in the first two games of the series.

*Russell Martin showed off his athleticism again, not only leaping for a relay and then tagging out a runner at the plate but also stealing second, setting up a run. He leads all catchers in steals with eight, the third most by a Yankees catcher in the last 50 years. Girardi has the most with 13 in 1996.

*Seattle comes in now for the start of a three-game series. The Mariners have lost a franchise-record 15 in a row. Freddy Garcia and lefty Jason Vargas are Monday night’s starters.

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202 Responses to “Yankees postgame: Colon strong again”

  1. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    What Bartolo and Garcia have been able to give the Yankees is nothing short of amazing.

  2. luis July 24th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    luis July 24th, 2011 at 7:41 pm
    Hi everyone,

    My name is Luis , i am 45 years old, married with two girls. I was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where i actually live. My e-mail is lavelu@yahoo.com. I have nothing to do with the poster you mentioned before.

    I have posted here just because i love baseball and the yankees, nothing else, i’ve tried to be respectful to everyone, specially to those i don’t agree with. You won’t find a single post where i call names or try to demean anyone.

    The only post i could have done something wrong was yesterday, for that i apologize. But being acused, tried and convicted for a baseless acusation made by another poster just minutes after i made the comment it’s beyond any reasonable person, which i happen to be.

    I truly enjoyed my time here, because i found as passioned yankee fans as i am, very intelligent baseball conversations. But this i can’t accept or condoned. So please before you condemned somebody of something, please do have the proof first. It’s very sad that i have to leave the post, for some inmature people, that have no respect for your fellow bloggers.

  3. mick July 24th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    And Cash gets no credit for it…

  4. luis July 24th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Bojo,

    I didn’t read the post where you say you had the info, today i greeted you not knowing anything of that sort, i can tell you this. I am not that person.

  5. ron July 24th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    The question is,is colon,garcia,etc… enough???

  6. MG July 24th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I’m watching the last 3 innings on my DVR and it looks like Robertson had a tough time with the weather early in the 8th inning and then lost a call on a 1-2 pitch to Suzuki before Suzuki hit a pretty good pitch for the double, I can’t believe Willingham didn’t score on that.

    Nice outing by Colon today, particularly after giving up 2 in the 2nd.

    As for the ongoing in fighting, it’s really reached the point of lunacy, particularly when the West Coast Troll posts as Vineyard Yankee with his patented ‘syncophant’ comment, that’s the West Coast Troll’s unique way of trying to sound literate on this or any other blog.

  7. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    GB-

    Can you please tell me what the eff is going on here ?

    Acusations. Counter accusations. Counter counter accusations.

    Has this place gone stark freakin’ mad ?

  8. mick July 24th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    mtu

    there are very few intelligent yankee fans left here
    this has become a hangout for the disenfranchised youth of the world
    not a yankee baseball blog

  9. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Goodness freakin’ gracious.

  10. MaineYankee July 24th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    MTU

    I enjoy my interaction with you and you add alot to the blog.

    Be carefull to not trust new names until you feel that you get a sense what they are about.

    I know some of the issues that went on here but not as much as some.

    There was some serious problems and it doesn’t seem to be resolved yet.

  11. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Is this really all that effin’ complicated ?

    You post.

    Somebody else responds politely.

    You ignore what you do not like.

    I mean c’mon. How hard is that ?

    Really hard I guess. Holy smoke.

    :(

  12. Betsy July 24th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Someone needs to get a gatekeeper for their ego – I’ve changed because of that person? Holy cow, Freud would have a field day.

    MTU, true they’ve been magnificent, but they are not part of the team’s future and so that concerns me. Sure, they’re great for this year, but what about going forward? Every year – are we going to have to keep finding gems?

  13. MG July 24th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Betsy, with the farm system stacked with young arms, it’s a fair assumption that one of them will prove rotation worthy each year for the next few years-we’ve already seen Nova show enough this year, Noesi also seems like he could fit, and certainly one of Banuelos or Betances is likely to be in the rotation (if not both) by 2013.

    Garcia is still only 34, he could be back for another season as could Colon, we’ll just have to wait and see.

  14. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    MY-

    I know there were some real issues. Quite aware of that.

    Also aware that people sometimes change their screen names.

    Also that some do not seem to get along.

    It was my belief that all of that was behind us.

    I sure hope it is.

    We can’t continue to clutter the blog with accusations and counter accusations.

    If there is really still a deep seated issue(s) then the people who run this place need to fix it before it dies completely.

    That’s all I’m gonna say on that.

    I will treat people the way they treat me.

    And by the way, I enjoy conversing with you too even if you are from
    Maine.

    :)

  15. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Betsy-

    I think MG gave you a very good answer.

  16. Betsy July 24th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    MG, that’s true……..I hope one or two of them work out. I really love Garcia…..he’s kind of a favorite of mine, maybe because he keeps being underestimated. I remember him taking Nova under his wing in ST – that’s the kind of guy I’d love on my team.

  17. Betsy July 24th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    MTU, as do I :)

  18. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    And for chrissakes. Please stop taking yourselves so damn seriously.

    This is just a baseball blog. It isn’t life and death.

    Try this funny thing called humor. It works.

    :)

  19. MaineYankee July 24th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    MTU

    It’s deeper than not getting along.

    GB7 just a grouchy curmudgeon that I’ve learned to ignore.

    Others need to be avoided.

  20. mick July 24th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    This is just a baseball blog.
    =================
    Is it?

  21. MG July 24th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Betsy, Garcia hardly pitched in 07, 08, and 09 before reinventing himself last year in Chicago. There should be plenty left in his gas tank because of those lost years.

    He’ll be 35 in 2012 and knows how to pitch, there is no reason he can’t be a reliable starter for the Yankees for another 2-3 years. Andy was pitching some of his best baseball last year at age 38 with an 89-90 mph fastball, cutter, slow curve and outstanding control. Freddy has a really good split, that can consistently get outs against almost everyone.

  22. Tar July 24th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Betsy

    My apologies. It was my fault for bringing up your name. Sorry

    MTU

    For me, the issue is all the good people we lost. Doreen, Erica, Trish, SJ, Wave ( I haven’t seen him post recently) to name a few.

    Yes Luis is cordial, (but if true) look at the damage he has done.

  23. DocTodd July 24th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Hope the Yankees win the division, but as of now they are 7 up in the loss column for the Wild Card…The return of ARod,Chavez and Soriano should be a boost, along with maybe Montero and a pick up or two through a trade

  24. RSM July 24th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    At risk of sounding cliche…
    Ignore the trolls, they will get bored and go away.

  25. mick July 24th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    mick July 24th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Mick my point is this whole place is a sociology experiment gone wild. And you are just as much a part of it as anybody. I don’t have an issue with you in particular, as long as you don’t step over the line and enter in the realm of bullying her. I actually really like your sense of humour.
    ============
    tar

    well said.

    i have gone betsy-light over the past few months as she has toned down her act

  26. Betsy July 24th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    MG, that’s a good point – his arm doesn’t have the wear and tear on it that a pitcher his age would have. I wouldn’t expect this type of year from him again, but he doesn’t have to be this good……….

    Andy was amazing – he got better as he got older.

  27. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Maine-

    A little bit of humor and politeness can go a long way.

    Good thing too because I’m short on both.

    Thanks for your concern and for the warning.

    Love not war.

    :)

  28. MG July 24th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    MTU July 24th, 2011 at 8:13 pm
    And for chrissakes. Please stop taking yourselves so damn seriously.

    This is just a baseball blog. It isn’t life and death.

    Try this funny thing called humor. It works.
    ———————–
    cmon, MTU, has the high altitude got to your head?

    there is nothing more important on earth than the Yankees winning and going 162-0 with every game a blow out win.

    Yankees fans under the age of 15 (many of whom troll this blog whenever the Yankees fall behind) all know that this is ordained and anything less is heresy (if they actually knew what heresy was).

    Just look at the proclamations today that the ‘game was OVER’ with Oakland ahead 2-0 in the 2nd inning.

    You have to just laugh at it sometimes (although it’s tough)…

  29. Betsy July 24th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Tar, no need to apologize – I can handle myself just fine, lol.

  30. NYY fan in NH July 24th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    I must admit I sweated the last couple outs in the 9th today.. Especially since it was gameday on my phone. A wins a win, but the most boggling decision is using Robertson with a 4 run lead by Girardi. Mo hadn’t work in a while so I understand that. Matsui’s 5-5 was pretty impressive. Must be the Stadium atmosphere.

  31. Tar July 24th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    RSM

    That works for a certain kind of troll–like Ruby Tuesday. It has no effect on a C R 9 or even WCYF who can’t seem to help himself either.

  32. mick July 24th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Someone needs to get a gatekeeper for their ego – I’ve changed because of that person? Holy cow, Freud would have a field day.
    ============================
    knew you were lurking…thought i was on ignore….why else did you change?

  33. mick July 24th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Matsui’s 5-5 was pretty impressive.
    ==========================
    Matsui was auditioning for a Bronx callup.

  34. West Coast Yankee Fan July 24th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Tar July 24th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Yes Luis is cordial, (but if true) look at the damage he has done.

    **********

    And if it isn’t true? May I remind you that a week ago, Blojo accused the poster 86 of being C R 9. Why don’t you ask him to stop accusing people of things?

  35. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Tar-

    I miss those folks too. For sure. And don’t like that they were driven off.

    I have no idea if Luis is who you seem to think he is.

    I hope not. See no evidence of it.

    ;)

  36. West Coast Yankee Fan July 24th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Tar July 24th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    RSM – That works for a certain kind of troll–like Ruby Tuesday. It has no effect on a C R 9 or even WCYF who can’t seem to help himself either.

    *******

    You are an idiot.

  37. MaineYankee July 24th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Betsy

    Garcia doesn’t have the wear on his arm the last few years from pitching but he has had wear from injuries.

    That’s why he had to reinvent himself.

  38. MG July 24th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    if I’m the Yankees I’m calling both the A’s and the Rays to ask about picking up either Matsui or Damon for the stretch run.

    Neither has to be an everyday player but would add to the bench and allow Girardi to use the hot bat as the DH down the stretch. Plus we know they fit in the clubhouse and can be counted on in the post-season.

  39. mick July 24th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    betsy is gone as i have arrived oh woe is me

  40. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    MG-

    I gave up the game threads long ago.

    Too crazy even for me.

    :)

  41. Betsy July 24th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I’m not gone, loser – I just don’t need to prove myself by posting every few minutes.

  42. mick July 24th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    aha we have reached communication….would love to just get along but you resist

  43. G. Love July 24th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I can’t keep up with this place. I respond to luis a lot and he never seemed to say anything strange to me. He seemed to be a bit of a prospect hugger. Whatever.

    I wish you’d all stop the drama and just stay on topic and talk about the Yankees.

    Like Colon being excellent today and the offense coming through and not repeating the pattern where they have a double digit victory and then immediately go into the tank after it.

    Today was a good sign. They won the series this weekend. They’ll catch Boston. Boston is playing at a ridiculous pace right now that can’t continue.

  44. MaineYankee July 24th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    WCYF

    Why don’t you take your sandbox fights back to the play ground.

    It’s sad that you disrespect people here so much that you don’t care how disruptive you are.

  45. DocTodd July 24th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    MG…not sure Rays would deal with us, but I’m sure Matsui could be had.

  46. Tar July 24th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    “And if it isn’t true? ”

    WCYF

    Coincidentally It’s also my issue with you. Your continuing trolling has really driven away people that I really like to converse with as well.

    You are an intelligent person, Yet your ongoing agenda and actions makes this place dumber and dumber. Just stop.

    Sorry for those that came here wanting to talk about the Yankees. I am done talking about non- baseball related issues.

    In fact as Erica would say–Good night Yankee People!

  47. Joe from Long Island July 24th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    MG – I have to disagree about picking up either Damon or Matsui.

    They don’t need LH bats, IMO. A righty would fit better, I think, hence either Beltran (he says he wants to play the OF in order to have a better negotiating position for his next contract, thank you Mr. Boras) or Montero, whom I hoping still will be a callup this season, for Cisco (barring a miracle and Jorge retiring).

    As far as the rest of it – I ignore it, and just read the stray comment for humor. It’s the only way to get the best that this place has to offer.

  48. mick July 24th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    G Love

    Boston appears to be on a mission and have a mental stronghold over us seemingly wanting it more.
    This can change, as it has before.

  49. West Coast Yankee Fan July 24th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    MaineYankee July 24th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    WCYF. Why don’t you take your sandbox fights back to the play ground. It’s sad that you disrespect people here so much that you don’t care how disruptive you are.

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

    It’s sad you enable and tolerate someone like Bojo who has accused numerous people now of being someone they are not. If you don’t care for me standing up to him. Have him change his behavior. Or not I don’t care.

  50. MaineYankee July 24th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    G. Love

    This place used to be a community of people that enjoyed Yankees baseball and the interaction here.

    Over time more have entered here with the sole purpose to cause discontent.

  51. Vineyard Yankee July 24th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    The truth hurts because many choose to not believe it, but then complain about the same.

  52. Joe from Long Island July 24th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    G.Love’s right, on a few points here, but most importanly that Boston will not continue to play .800 baseball for the next two months plus.

    It’s a long season. The Yanks need to take care of their own business. I’m optimistic.

  53. MG July 24th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Joe, I understand, I’m thinking that having one of them off the bench could be an extra win in the postseason.

    Right now they have Dickerson as a defensive replacement for Swish that really isn’t needed-if you can get Beltran that would be great but it’s doubtful the Yankees and Mets will do business together on this. If they were to get him then scratch the Damon or Matsui idea.

  54. mick July 24th, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    dont stop posting because of me i have always tried to help you

  55. LGY July 24th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Yes, awesome!

    Another day another misuse of the word sycophant.

    Thank you WCYF/Vineyard Yankee.

  56. MG July 24th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Joe, as for Montero, they can bring him up tomorrow to replace Cervelli regardless of the other moves they make.

    Andruw Jones takes lots of heat here but he’s been a pretty useful player against tough lefties and, even though he’s lost 3 or 4 steps, can still play the outfield.

  57. mick July 24th, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    man you guys are nuts…betsy and i have had our moments but i cant keep up with all this other nonsense…..he said, he said…get a life or a room

  58. Vineyard Yankee July 24th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Yes, awesome!

    Another day, another instance of sticking your big nose where it doesn’t belong. No one addressed you or anything you posted because you weren’t here. Stop being a clown.

  59. mick July 24th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    children please….

  60. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Assuming Beltran is not available, I’d like to get Matsui for DH, ask Jorge to retire. and bring up Montero to catch Colon and serve as RH DH.

    I read somewhere today (and agree with it) that what will probably happen is that Cashman will wait until the end and see who wants to dump salary….and shop from that bin. I would guess that players like Matsui, DeJesus, Bedard, and Hairston would be available.

  61. stuart a July 24th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    lefty tommorrow for seattle. jorge on the bench again? sept 1 cannot come fast enough to get montero up here.

    he is wasting his time in SWB, give him a shot……….

  62. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Kettle–meet pot.

  63. stuart a July 24th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    matsui is hitting 235 with a 305 OBP, he is not the matsui you know. what he did this weekend was a mirage…..

  64. stuart a July 24th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    yanks do not need outfielders they need a dh, they need there 1st baseman to play the way he should.

  65. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    stuart a July 24th, 2011 at 8:48 pm
    matsui is hitting 235 with a 305 OBP, he is not the matsui you know. what he did this weekend was a mirage…..
    _____
    Matsui was totally misused by Geren and had difficulty getting on track. I still trust him on the big stage–always have.

  66. mick July 24th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    matsui would hit for us as the lefty DH

  67. mick July 24th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    like i said before matsui’s 5-5 was an audition

  68. LGY July 24th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Yes, awesome! Another day, another instance of sticking your big nose where it doesn’t belong. No one addressed you or anything you posted because you weren’t here. Stop being a clown

    ——

    WCYF SIC Vineyard Yankee

    Anytime you post something on a public blog it’s subject to response or in this case mocking.

    So stop being a sycophant and learn to use the word sycophant.

  69. Vineyard Yankee July 24th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Not wasting any more of my time on you junior. Post until you are blue in the face.

  70. MG July 24th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Matsui has actually been good the whole month of July, even before today he was 14-53 with 2 HR and 14 RBI, I’ll take that off the bench for the Yankees in August, September, and the post season.

  71. mick July 24th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    matsui is a big game player
    he misses the intensity of NY

  72. MG July 24th, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    F R E E H I D E K I!!!!!!!!!

    :)

  73. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    mick July 24th, 2011 at 8:52 pm
    matsui would hit for us as the lefty DH
    ___
    As full-time DH…no need to platoon him…remember?

  74. Yankee Trader July 24th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Beltran doesn’t want to DH, play CF, wants the NL. I’m sure Boras has his future contract all mapped out for him and is encouraging him to remain in NL where he already knows the pitchers and competition.

    Looks like BJ Upton will be traded also.

    Ask Posada to retire??? Question-how many potential HOF’ers retired in midseason? Ken Griffey Jr. is one I can think of. Others?

  75. mick July 24th, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    jorge seems to be being phased out
    matsui/jones
    could work

  76. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    MG July 24th, 2011 at 8:58 pm
    F R E E H I D E K I!!!!!!!!!
    ____
    FREE?!?!

    I’ll take 210 pounds of that please!

  77. LockDown July 24th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    tbh I can’t fathom how the yankees would go about asking Posada to retire.They were scared off during the “moving him down to the 9th” fiasco. If they got a DH, it may be to upgrade Jones, but jones is mainly for lefties & doesn’t solve the problem of righties (which is where Posada DHs).

    I just don’t think they ask Posada to retire & I don’t think he’ll want to retire. I could see them reducing his DH role by way of Chavez/A-Rod and giving some others day off though.

    Do some of you really think the yankees would try and get rid of him?

  78. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    mick July 24th, 2011 at 9:01 pm
    jorge seems to be being phased out
    matsui/jones
    could work
    ___
    It was the platooning that screwed up Matsui under Geren. he hits both lefties and righties and needs to play every day.

  79. mick July 24th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    i dont see jorge getting major AB’s down the stretch into the playoffs esp w/ chavez on way back

  80. MaineYankee July 24th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    If you think the Yankees need another bat set your sights higher than Matsui.

    He was a good player for the Yankees while he was here but those days are gone.

    Many of you are bemoaning Jeter’s and Posada’s decline but yet you want to bring in another in decline.

  81. mick July 24th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    at this point matsui only against rightys in NY is something he would die for

  82. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    LockDown July 24th, 2011 at 9:02 pm
    tbh I can’t fathom how the yankees would go about asking Posada to retire.They were scared off during the “moving him down to the 9th” fiasco. If they got a DH, it may be to upgrade Jones, but jones is mainly for lefties & doesn’t solve the problem of righties (which is where Posada DHs).
    ___
    You do the Phil Rizzuto gambit.

    Cash, Girardi, and Hal call Jorge up to Hal’s office and ask him who should they release so they can put Matsui on the roster. Before Jorge can respond, Hank bursts out of the closet with a bat and takes out his knees Tanya Harding style.

  83. mick July 24th, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    get matsui for the stretch drive playoffs and WS…let him win another title for us…then you can release him

  84. Ghostwriter July 24th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    mick July 24th, 2011 at 9:01 pm
    jorge seems to be being phased out
    matsui/jones
    could work
    ___
    It was the platooning that screwed up Matsui under Geren. he hits both lefties and righties and needs to play every day.
    ============

    I agree. Matsui shouldn’t be platooned. He can hit lefties just fine. In fact, his platoon splits this year against lefties are much better than against righties.

    vs. lefties:
    .253 .307 .544 .851

    vs. righties:
    .213 .302 .284 .586

    Go figure…

  85. BX33 July 24th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Chavez is made of glass. Cash would be crazy to pencil him in as a solution for anything. Girardi can’t even make him an everday player in A-Rod’s absence because he is probably afraid of him getting hurt. Look at how many other things popped up during his rehab unrelated to his foot. He is too fragile to be counted on.

  86. mick July 24th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    i’m outta here you can come back now betsy i am done trying to prove myself….

  87. BX33 July 24th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Matsui or Damon would be perfect additions.They cannot start Posada in the playoffs.

  88. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    mick July 24th, 2011 at 9:04 pm
    at this point matsui only against rightys in NY is something he would die for
    ___
    Proof?

  89. Ghostwriter July 24th, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    BX33 July 24th, 2011 at 9:07 pm
    =================

    I agree. Counting on Chavez would be a mistake. We need an utility infielder that can swing a bat. (Wigginton would be a good choice for this in my view.) If Chavez had at least demonstrated the ability to stay healthy and on the roster for any period of time, then he might be worth taking a chance on.

  90. LockDown July 24th, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    :lol: Bojo, we’ll see how it turns out.

    Chavez is a beautiful piece of glass. I pray he holds up but he just can’t stay healthy.

  91. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    mick July 24th, 2011 at 9:07 pm
    i’m outta here you can come back now betsy i am done trying to prove myself….
    ___
    proof?

  92. lounge lizard July 24th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    When Chavez comes back, Laird goes.

    When Alex comes back, sending Dickerson down provides the roster spot, while preserving status quo.

    If Matsui is acquired, Posade would have to go. Or Chavez. Dickerson’s spot is already accounted for.

    Don’t see that exchange as likely or particularly desirable. I would like a more dramatic move on a bat (Carlos Quentin perhaps) but don’t think Cashman will go in that direction.

  93. Yankee Trader July 24th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Personally I’d be happy with Cubs OF’er Reed Johnson who in a limited roll is hitting in 137 AB’s .328 with OB% .369 and OPS .924.

    Hits >.300 home or away, day or night, and against lefties and righties, as well as with RISP in all situations.

    The kind of player to keep a rally going, play good defense at all OF positions and again hit with RISP

    Bring up Montero to catch 3x/week, before Martin collapses from exhaustion, and DH others. Posada becomes a pinch-hitter, sometimes 1st baseman. Send down Cervelli.

    Chavez, if healthy and Nunez are backups infield.

    Trade for one more reliable reliever who can get lefties and righties out-No LOOGY’s therefore no Flores or Romero.

  94. Carlo July 24th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Anything less than a sweep of seattle and 3 of 4 from baltimore would be a disappointment. Felix will be tough, but we have to be able to beat elite pitching if we want to win in October. A 6-4 homestand versus these 3 teams and the division race is over in my opinion. Can’t afford to fall 5+ games behind Boston into August. We are losing ground despite 2 of their 3 top starters being on the shelf.

  95. Yankee Trader July 24th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Feel free to disagree with my above suggestions-nicely perhaps. :)

  96. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I hope Cashman trades Igawa to KC or somewhere with a big park so the kid gets a chance to play in MLB.

  97. Yankee Trader July 24th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Carlo-

    Looks like the Rays will be sellers soon. Who else in the AL would be competing with Boston for the WC? Thinking positively!!

  98. Joe from Long Island July 24th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Trader – Cash said, a few years back, that he seriously looked into signing Reed Johnson as a backup OF. However, Johnson was going thru a rough patch of frequent injuries, mostly to his back, that made Cash back off.

    I know, ironic in light of Cash signing Eric Chavez.

    We’ll see what happens.

  99. Carlo July 24th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Trader – I’m not concerned about missing the playoffs. Would rather go in as the division winner though.

  100. Yankee Trader July 24th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Bojo-

    Ken Griffey Jr called i quits. Quotes from him and the classy way he retired. Will the potential HOF’er Posada do the same in the next few weeks?

    “While I feel I am still able to make a contribution on the field and nobody in the Mariners front office has asked me to retire, I told the Mariners when I met with them prior to the 2009 season and was invited back that I will never allow myself to become a distraction,” Griffey said.

    “I feel that without enough occasional starts to be sharper coming off the bench, my continued presence as a player would be an unfair distraction to my teammates and their success as a team is what the ultimate goal should be,” he said.

    There will be no farewell tour, just as Griffey wanted. He called Mariners’ team president Chuck Armstrong and said he was done playing. Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu called his players together before the start of batting practice to inform them of Griffey’s decision.

  101. Joe from Long Island July 24th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Busy day tomorrow, and not enough sleep last night.

    Good night, all…….

    CC goes and wins tomorrow.

  102. Yankee Trader July 24th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Carlo-

    If the teams were Texas and Detroit, both as presently constructed, which team would the Yankees stand a better chance of defeating in the 1st round in a 5 game series?

  103. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    YT–

    I still like the Hank coming out of the closet with a bat approach…

    :-)

  104. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Same here Joe—good night again folks

  105. Ghostwriter July 24th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Carlo July 24th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Anything less than a sweep of seattle and 3 of 4 from baltimore would be a disappointment. Felix will be tough, but we have to be able to beat elite pitching if we want to win in October. A 6-4 homestand versus these 3 teams and the division race is over in my opinion. Can’t afford to fall 5+ games behind Boston into August. We are losing ground despite 2 of their 3 top starters being on the shelf.
    ==============

    There’s about 9 or 10 games left in the season against the Red Sox. These games will go a long to determining the AL. If the Yanks can’t muster at least a split against the Sox in these remaining games, then everything else is a moot point. A 3-game lead at this point in the season is not insurmountable. As long as thy keep winning series, the Yanks will be just fine.

  106. Yankee Trader July 24th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Joe-

    Garcia wins against Vargas tomorrow
    CC beats Fister on Tuesday
    Hughes or bullpen beats King Felix on Wednesday
    King Felix demands a trade to Yankees on Thursday!

    Good night!

  107. Yankee Trader July 24th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Before I leave to catch Larry David, from MLBTR’s:

    The Rays are telling teams that they won’t trade starter James Shields, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com (via Twitter).

    Good. I wouldn’t want to face him in the playoffs.

  108. Carlo July 24th, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Frankly, texas. Yes their offense is scary, but they don’t have a Verlander. I like our chances against both opponents, and I’d like our chances against boston better if we had 4 home games instead of 3.

  109. NYYanksFan July 24th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    “He’s in a pool. He’s on a bike. (He’s) still got a little bit of a limp, which is normal. But I’d be looking at him (returning) maybe the second week of August, you know, at the earliest for me,” Cashman said. “That’s just us being conservative. I think we can push it and get him back sooner but, why? Our offense is strong.”

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....shman-says

    “Our offense is strong”?????????

  110. blake July 24th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    The Yankees handle lefties well as a lineup….if they add a bat I’d love for it to be someone that really consistently hits RHP. Nobody has been harder on Jones than me but to be honest he’s giving them more on his days vs lefties than Posada is against RHP….plus they have Montero as an option who has hit LHP very well in the minors…..They need another bat that hits RHP on a regular basis IMO

  111. mainesoxfan July 24th, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Greetings All, Red Sox fan here – I’ve been following Chad for several years, but decided to post tonight. As strange as this might sound, I don’t think the Yanks are in bad shape. AROD will be back, the pitcihers are performing above expectations and I’m sure Cashman will make a solid trade deadline deal. IMO the August schedule will tell the story – A lot of games on the road and not much time off – never a good formula for an aging team.

    Having said that, I find the recent attitude of the thread a little comical. I’ll forgo my personal oppinion of the posters in question, but even the most devout Yankee fan has to be irritated by the tone.

    Good luck folks – Hopefully the Yanks gets along better then the posters on this site.

  112. JCPD July 24th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Welcome mainesoxfan. Glad to have someone new around here with some sanity and sense. Best of luck the rest of the year.

  113. mainesoxfan July 24th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Thanks JCPD! I don’t want to be disruptive – Just a simple perspective from a RS fan.

  114. Hexagenia July 24th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Yeepers Creepers. Am none too happy with myself for the 90 minutes or whatever I just spent unable to look away from the train wreck that was the game post.

    Wow.

    Agree with someone earlier who said that Grandy was worth what NYY gave up for him. Just love watching what he’s done this year.

  115. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Evening JCPD

    Mainesoxfan-

    Ray, is that you ?

  116. mainesoxfan July 24th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Sorry MTU, I’m not Ray. Not trying to be secrative about it – Most of the posters from TDN will know who I am…

  117. JCPD July 24th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Hey MTU, how goes the battle? Don’t want to go back, but what the hell went on in here today that everyone is talking about?

  118. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Mainesox-

    We had 2 Sox fans who used to visit here.

    Both nice people (for Sox fans) :)

    One of them was a guy named Ray, and I think the other guy was named Brian.

    Enjoyed hearing their perspectives on our team as well as their own.

    As JCPD said, welcome.

  119. mainesoxfan July 24th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    MTU – I’ve never posted here before, but my name is Brian. Perhaps we know each other from TDN…..

  120. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    JCPD-

    That’s what I asked when I logged on today.

    The place was even crazier than normal.

    From what I could gather some had decided that Luis is “he who shall remain nameless” in disguise.

    There were a series of accusations and counter accusation flying about.

    Just got crazy in here.

    That’s all I know. I said that Luis had always been courteous to me in conversation.

    Many warned me to be careful of new posters.

    What can I say JCPD ? Are you you because I am me ?

    Like you I wish the arguments would just stop and people could concentrate more on
    baseball and having some fun.

    At this point I don’t care who started what i just wish it would stop.

  121. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Mainesox-

    No. I never posted anywhere but here.

    Well anyway we now have 2 Brian’s.

  122. mainesoxfan July 24th, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    MTU – You changed my post. Why????

  123. JCPD July 24th, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    And that MTU as you know, is why I rarely come here anymore, like so many others. Hell, I’ll just share the pics through personal e-mails.

  124. pat July 24th, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    YankeesPR catch @CC_Sabathia tonite w/ @BruceBeck4NY @ 11:30pm; also w/ @RobinsonCano & Derek Jeter Mon. morn. on @todayshow in 8am hr #HopeWeek

  125. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Mainesoxfan-

    What do you mean I changed your post ???

  126. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    JCPD-

    I understand. I think that’s a shame. I enjoy conversing with you.

    Might be headed there myself if things get much worse.

    ;)

  127. mainesoxfan July 24th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Sorry MTU – I misundertood you comment. My mistake.

  128. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    JCPD-

    Are you meeting our buddy in SWB ?

  129. Ghostwriter July 24th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    MTU July 24th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    JCPD-

    I understand. I think that’s a shame. I enjoy conversing with you.

    Might be headed there myself if things get much worse.

    ;)

    ===============
    With all due respect, if all of the nice folks leave, then we’ll just be left with the trolls. I don’t know why you would let them take this forum from you if you like coming here. It’s better to keep coming, and ignore them to the extent that you can.

  130. JCPD July 24th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    MTU, no I can’t make it down to SWB, work is getting in the way. Besides, I’ll be heading home for 4 days in a couple of weeks.

    Ghost…… if the powers that be would just give us an ignore feature, things would be so simple. For me, it’s so permeated with stench right now, it’s difficult to sift through and find the good stuff, even if they are opinionsI don’t agree with.

  131. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa July 24th, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    i don’t know how anyone could think “luis” is anyone but “luis”

    i’ve conversed with luis a decent amount and he is one of the most polite and level-headed people on this board

    his writing style is always consistent, calm, and he’s always been respectful and just extremely normal

    it’s obvious to anyone with a fully functional brain he is who he says he is

  132. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Ghost-

    It can get really crazy in here sometimes. I’m sure you’ve noticed that.

    So much so sometimes that it almost isn’t worth sifting thru the arguments, etc.

    I don’t mind ignoring some of it but on certain occasions it really gets disheartening to me.

    Some of the folks just won’t leave each other alone.

    Not everyone comes here to battle Ghost. People can disagree while remaining civil.

    I’m not a fan of the battles. So if it gets too extreme and I don’t like that then at times this ain’t the place for me.

    Many have tried to clear this place of trolls, etc. only to be punished for trying to do so.

    It’s a losing proposition IMO.

  133. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Well it’s about time for me to part company for tonite.

    You all have a good evening.

  134. BoJo July 25th, 2011 at 12:16 am

    mainesoxfan July 24th, 2011 at 11:02 pm
    Sorry MTU, I’m not Ray. Not trying to be secrative about it – Most of the posters from TDN will know who I am…
    __
    Hey Brian! Good to see you again!

    For folks here wondering about him, he is a true gentleman and kind person.

  135. mainesoxfan July 25th, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Thanks Bojo – I figured some of the old crowd woud figure out who I was.

  136. AldotheApache July 25th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Brian, how goes it?

    Good to see you here.

  137. AldotheApache July 25th, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Brian, I think you’ll find a good cross-section of knowledgeable fans here. Old school … ‘new’ school … and, unfortunately (sigh), the obligatory cast of crazies.

  138. mainesoxfan July 25th, 2011 at 12:35 am

    AldotheApache July 25th, 2011 at 12:31 am
    Brian, I think you’ll find a good cross-section of knowledgeable fans here. Old school … ‘new’ school … and, unfortunately (sigh), the obligatory cast of crazies.

    Greetings Aldo!! I’ve been reading here for a while, but it didn’t seem like RS fans were welcome. Decided today was the time to inquire.

  139. luis July 25th, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Bojo, or aldo,

    Is there any way that i can prove who i am?

  140. AldotheApache July 25th, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Greetings Aldo!! I’ve been reading here for a while, but it didn’t seem like RS fans were welcome. Decided today was the time to inquire.

    ——-

    Not at all! Just like with the ‘other’ crowd, no one here is ready to profess love for the RS, but I KNOW your take on things will be well received.

    Count on it! Lots more fans to have a dialogue with here than there are trolls and wackos.

  141. Wang IS Taiwan July 25th, 2011 at 12:48 am

    I’d be thrilled to have Hideki as our DH the rest of the season. That guy knows no fear.

    JUST FYI on Wang, in case you didn’t see it:

    For Old Time’s Sake
    Chien-Ming Wang, RHP: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 5-4 GB/FB – 63 of 96 pitches were strikes (56.6%) … gave up Molina’s homer and Montero’s almost homer … that’s it for him, the team announced that he’ll start against the Mets on Friday … I do wish him the best because it’s been a long, long road back (he hasn’t been an effective pitcher since June of 2008), so good luck Wanger

    http://riveraveblues.com/

  142. AldotheApache July 25th, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Luis, for unfortunate reasons, I generally stay away from new posters. There are those here that use multiple handles and a hidden agenda.

    Fortunately, they’re in the minority. But UNFORTUNATELY, they clog up the good baseball talks with their nonsense.

    If you’re who you say you are, then MTU said it all. And just continue posting about baseball and be yourself … time will tell.

  143. luis July 25th, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Aldo,

    I have been reading very carefully the thread, and i’m really depresed, i can’t believe that people would actually believe that i have anything to do with that guy. How can i keep posting when everybody is going to ignore whatever i say, and constantly try to explain my self. I wonder if there is a way to clear my name and stop this nonsense

  144. luis July 25th, 2011 at 12:56 am

    I understand that people should be defensive don’t get me wrong, it’s that it just frustrating trying to defend your self for something that i’m not,

  145. luis July 25th, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Thank you anyway, for answering

  146. BoJo July 25th, 2011 at 1:37 am

    luis July 25th, 2011 at 12:42 am
    Bojo, or aldo,

    Is there any way that i can prove who i am?
    ___
    Don’t worry about it…just have fun.

    We can always do a Skype video conference call if you are bothered.

  147. BoJo July 25th, 2011 at 1:39 am

    I am passig in and out of sleep tonight. Staying up late to watch SNL always screws me up~

    :-)

  148. luis July 25th, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Bojo,

    Yes i do, i’m not who you think i am. I take it seriously, i befriended you in good faith. I need to prove to everyone beyond any doubt. because i think you will owe me an apology afterwards

  149. Vineyard Yankee July 25th, 2011 at 1:46 am

    CRluis9:

    That’s right do a Skpe with him and then he will do more forensic research on you. Tread those waters very carefully.

  150. Nick in SF July 25th, 2011 at 2:01 am

    I’m going to be visiting Vuvuzela in August; maybe I can straighten everything out then.

  151. luis July 25th, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Nick in SF July 25th, 2011 at 2:01 am

    It’s Venezuela. For your information i have e-mailed Chad Jennings asking what kind of information is needed to clear my name. I’m not going to put up with this. And if you come you are more than welcome to meet me any time you want

  152. BoJo July 25th, 2011 at 2:24 am

    luis July 25th, 2011 at 1:42 am
    Bojo,

    Yes i do, i’m not who you think i am. I take it seriously, i befriended you in good faith. I need to prove to everyone beyond any doubt. because i think you will owe me an apology afterwards
    ___
    If wrong, I will be happy to and I think the others will as well. But I don’t speak for them.

    You can wait to meet Nick, or we can do a Skype video conference with Trisha and whomever else was targeted this next weekend. You’ll just need to set up a free Skype account with a video camera…

  153. luis July 25th, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Bojo,
    You are wrong, period. But before i do conference, i rather wait for Chad on this. It is my name and reputation at stake here, it’s serious. As i said before, i’m not going to put up with this anymore.

  154. BoJo July 25th, 2011 at 2:29 am

    I’ll instruct hose interested in how to set up a safe IP address so they cannot be put at risk for more data leakage.

  155. BoJo July 25th, 2011 at 2:30 am

    luis July 25th, 2011 at 2:27 am
    Bojo,
    You are wrong, period. But before i do conference, i rather wait for Chad on this. It is my name and reputation at stake here, it’s serious. As i said before, i’m not going to put up with this anymore.
    ___
    Whatever you want to do Luis…happy to support you if you wish to clear name, or happy to just chat baseball. Either way is fine by me. Whatever makes you happy.

  156. luis July 25th, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Glad to hear that… I’m waiting for Chad’s answer so we can put this incident behind us.

  157. BoJo July 25th, 2011 at 2:39 am

    No worries Luis. The truth always has a way of rising to the top. It’s easy enough to prove if you wish to.

    Let’s see if we can both get some sleep now. Good night!

  158. luis July 25th, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Unfortunately i’m so pissed, that i don’t think i’ll be able to sleep, anyway good night

  159. Chad Jennings July 25th, 2011 at 2:55 am

    I’ve been away most of the weekend, which meant I had to catch up on several things most of tonight. I just now checked in to see that much of the conversation seems to have been about Luis.

    All I can tell you all is that there’s absolutely no evidence that Luis is anyone other than who he says he is. His email address and IP address don’t match any of the patterns consistent with who he’s accused of being.

  160. luis July 25th, 2011 at 3:00 am

    Thank you Chad, I e-mailed you if you need any other information about me to prove beyond a doubt what you just stated. I will also appreciate if you posted the same at a more regular hour.

    Thank you again,

  161. BoJo July 25th, 2011 at 4:07 am

    Congrats Luis! I’m happy for you and I apologize for thinking that you were that other fellow.

    I’ll let the others who felt that you were speak for themselves.

  162. luis July 25th, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Bojo,

    Now i’m ready for that little chat in skipe. Just tell what day it’s better for you

  163. BoJo July 25th, 2011 at 4:17 am

    Probably the weekend..very busy this week. I’ll see if we can get some of the others who felt you were C R 9 to attend and end this whole thing once and forever.

  164. luis July 25th, 2011 at 4:20 am

    I’m leaving on thursday for a little trip ( My aniversary ), could it be the other weekend then??

  165. BoJo July 25th, 2011 at 4:21 am

    No problem. Back to sleep again…

  166. luis July 25th, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Good night

  167. blake July 25th, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Anybody wanna actually talk about baseball this morning?

    Great win yesterday…..was a little.touch and go but they got it done against a good pitcher. Colon looked good.for.a second straight start….still no clue if he holds up for the season but if he does then that lessens the need for a starter. Sure you’d rather have that sure fire #1A or #2 starter but that guy may just not.be out there.

    We are about a week from the deadline ……if that guy isn’t out there then you consider Colon your #2 and you cross your fingers and pray he stays healthy and pitching well. Then you go out and try to upgrade in other areas like the pen, bench, and adding a bat.

    Some of that can be addressed internally by getting Chavez and Soriano back and calling up Montero…..but they could still use another solid and experience hitter that can routinely handle RHP which is what you see 2/3 of the time.

    The Mets aren’t getting a top prospect for Beltran IMO…..nobody is going to give up one of their top guys for someone with a knee like his…..he could get hurt and then your screwed…..but it looks like he may want to stay in the NL so I don’t know. Do you look to add a Melky, a Matsui, a Damon ? Do you check in to Rasmus or Pence? What do you offer for those guys? Or do you big game hunt and ask about Matt Kemp or.someone like that and try to pry them away?

    The Yanks are going to make the playoffs most likely……so all moves should be geared towards the 2nd season that starts in October.

  168. Yankee Trader July 25th, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Anybody wanna actually talk about baseball this morning?

    ———————————————–
    Blake-
    Good morning. I applaud your wanting to maintain some sanity around here.

    Baseball notes:
    A #2:
    Ubaldo Jimenez was rocked in Phoenix yesterday by the Drew-less DB’s. Let Dowd try and get Herschel Walker. He’s off the table-no recent rumors.
    Supposedly James Shields won’t be traded either-would the Rays decline his 2012 option and make him a FA? doubt it.
    Wandy Rodriguez, not a #2 rumors have a trade in discussion with Diamondbacks

    Right handed bat:
    BJ Upton under arb control in 2012 is now on the board, maybe ahead of Beltran, and is being supplanted by Desmond jennings. I don’t particularly like anything about him except his defense and speed.

    Any big bat for the Yankees means Posada becomes a bench player, sometimes 1st baseman, and 1st won’t be a secondary optionif Chavez stays healthy. Will he announce his retirement soon ala Ken griffey Jr.

    Kemp would be great but very costly to the Yankees. I would imagine they’d want DRob and Montero for starters.

    Melky, Damon, Matsui-been there done that, however if strictly a DH then Damon if 4th OF’er making Swisher mostly a DH then Cabrera. Personally Reed Johnson is the kind of 4th OF’er that would be great in jump starting a rally, hitting >.300 overall and in all situations with RISP

    Definitely need another quality reliever who is not a LOOGY. That was evident yesterday.Another hit would have tied the game, Girardi comes out with the go ahead run standingon 3rd-who does he go to-Luis Ayala??
    IMO Soriano will not be anywhere near the 2010 form and might not be able to stay healthy.

    Enough rambling.

    Comment time.

  169. Yankee Trader July 25th, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Rasmus-

    Jay has been taking over CF and with Berkman in RF, Holliday in LF, Rasmus becomes a luxury. Cardinals want a major league ready pitcher. Another starter might be all they need to win the central. What then would the Yankees have, other than Nova in a package for Rasmus. If they go that route, Jon Jay has been better.

  170. pat July 25th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    FYI…Derek, CC and Robbie will be on the Today Show this morning sometime before 9am edt to talk Hope Week and Yankees

  171. austinmac July 25th, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I like Rasmus, but unless the Yankees acquire another starter, I suspect they are very hesitant to trade Nova with injury fears of their starters and the giant Hughes question. Alternatively, they could get a reliever and substitute Noesi as the next starter in line.

  172. Mell July 25th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    What then would the Yankees have, other than Nova in a package for Rasmus.

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

    Other than Nova? Don’t think it get’s done w/o him, but I don’t think it gets done anyway as it’s not a pressing need for the Yankees. Having Nova as a backup, especially as Colon’s innings creep into triple figures for the 1st time in 5 years, will be far more important to the Yankees success than any contribution Rasmus might make.

  173. Mell July 25th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    “…Rasmus becomes a luxury.”

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

    He’d be one for the Yankees as well.

  174. Erin July 25th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    pat July 25th, 2011 at 8:18 am
    FYI?Derek, CC and Robbie will be on the Today Show this morning sometime before 9am edt to talk Hope Week and Yankees

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

    Not gonna lie, seriously considered calling into work so I could stay home and watch. ;)

  175. Yankee Trader July 25th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Mell-

    Responding about Rasmus to Blake jumpstarting this morning’s blog:

    “The Mets aren’t getting a top prospect for Beltran IMO…..nobody is going to give up one of their top guys for someone with a knee like his…..he could get hurt and then your screwed…..but it looks like he may want to stay in the NL so I don’t know. Do you look to add a Melky, a Matsui, a Damon ? Do you check in to Rasmus or Pence? What do you offer for those guys? Or do you big game hunt and ask about Matt Kemp or.someone like that and try to pry them away?”
    —————————————————————–

    In his asking about Kemp or retreads like Matsui, Damon, Melky my response:

    Kemp would be great but very costly to the Yankees. I would imagine they’d want DRob and Montero for starters.

    Melky, Damon, Matsui-been there done that, however if strictly a DH then Damon if 4th OF’er making Swisher mostly a DH then Cabrera. Personally Reed Johnson is the kind of 4th OF’er that would be great in jump starting a rally, hitting >.300 overall and in all situations with RISP

  176. 86w183 July 25th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I thought Girardi made a mistake running Robertson out there one day after 25 pitches. With a four run lead Ayala or Wade wold have made more sense. No they probably don’t have Robertson or Rivera for tonight.

    I don’t think the Yanks will make a move for a bat. Chavez is back this week and ARod is about 2-3 weeks away.

    I would try to see if King Felix is a possibility, especially if the Yanks take on Figgins’ contract. That might be enough to get them talking. Montero, Nova/Noesi, Nunez, Warren enough for King Felix and Figgins?

    Mariners get some real talent and save about $ 27.5 M in both 2012 and 2013. Figgins becomes a super iutility guy who plays all over the field. Yes his contract is onerous, but if tit’s the price for getting the King, I pay it.

  177. blake July 25th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Rasmus is a luxury for the Yanks but he would make them better no? Swisher slides to DH…..he has big upside and is controlled. Id deal Nova for Rasmus and.not think twice……they have Noesi who is better than him anyway.

    Trader,
    Why do they need a right handed bat? They have one in the minors in Montero and they hit LH pitching well as a team anyway. They need somebody that can hit righties IMO.

  178. Mell July 25th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Kemp’s not happening. I won’t even dream it.

    Damon, Matsui? Think I’d prefer a right handed bat to either.

    Reed Johnson would be OK by me. Hits LHP’s well, won’t cost much. Something like that makes sense.

  179. 86w183 July 25th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    IF IT’S the price…. not a freudian typo I swear

  180. blake July 25th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    “I would try to see if King Felix is a possibility, especially if the Yanks take on Figgins’ contract. That might be enough to get them talking. Montero, Nova/Noesi, Nunez, Warren enough for King Felix and Figgins?”

    The Mariners probably should trade Felix if it means a chance at rebuilding a big chunk of their team more quickly…..but it still doesn’t look like they will budge. I wouldn’t blow up the system for even him….

  181. AldotheApache July 25th, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Mariners might not mind getting put of the Figgins deal, but Felix? I seriously doubt their GM has the cred with his bosses to pull that … assuming he wants to.

    Mariners might soon be shopping for a new GM instead.

  182. blake July 25th, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Kemp probably isn’t happening for a couple of reasons…..one being MLB may not allow it. The other depends on what the Dodgers feel their chances of signing him long term…..if they think he’s going to test the market then its a perfect time to trade him.as they are.out of the race and his.trade value is.never going to be higher. He’s having an MVP type year and is.controlled for next season as well……..meaning the Dodgers wont get nearly as much this time next year as they would now.

  183. 86w183 July 25th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I don’t think those four guys are “blowing up the system” at all. Don’t know if that’s enough to make a deal, but I’d ask. Seattle is dreadful and Felix gets a lot more expensive next year.

    Getting out from under Figgins’ contract has to be a huge potential plus for them, too.

  184. Mell July 25th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I would try to see if King Felix is a possibility, especially if the Yanks take on Figgins’ contract. That might be enough to get them talking. Montero, Nova/Noesi, Nunez, Warren enough for King Felix and Figgins?

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

    Cashman apparently has and has been told NO. Package you’re suggesting looks too light anyway, IMO. Would have to include one of Betances/Banuelos to have any shot I would think.

  185. 86w183 July 25th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    True the GM has to be on shaky ground. But if ownership has its eyes open it must realize how far from being good they are and financial flexibility is important when in rebuild mode.

  186. Yankee Trader July 25th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Reed Johnson would be OK by me. Hits LHP’s well, won’t cost much. Something like that makes sense.

    —————————-
    Trader,
    Why do they need a right handed bat? They have one in the minors in Montero and they hit LH pitching well as a team anyway. They need somebody that can hit righties IMO.

    ——————————————
    Johnson hits righties BA .308 OPS .920 Purely a 4th OF’er who can prolong a rally and hits >.300 with RISP.

    If they do add an OF bat, it’ll mean that Girardi and Cashman will have to sit down with Posada who will be strictly a pinch hitter, with Chavez coming back, along with A-Rod

  187. 86w183 July 25th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I’m sure Seattle would want more…. the question is how much do they want out of the financial commitments? Clearing $ 27.5 M off the books for 2012 and against in 2013 has to have significant appeal IF they go into rebuilding mode.

    If they don’t decide to tear it down and start over they won’t move Felix…. and they wont get any better in the foreseeable future.

  188. PittsburghYankeeFan July 25th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I just saw the Cards play the Pirates here this weekend. Cards need pitching, but they may be able to win the NL Central with their lineup. They shouldn’t trade anyone.

    Yanks may need a bat, but they have two coming back–ARod and Chavez. Melky to replace Jones? Maybe, but the cost may be to high for a spare part.

    In terms of relievers–is Cashman kicking himself for getting rid of Aceves in what can only be described as a hissy fit? However, this could be a repeat of 78–remember who was pitching to Bucky Dent? Is Aceves the next “deep to left?” Soriano is coming back, as is a bunch of other characters.

    Starters. Who can do better in terms of cost-benefit than Garcia and Colon at this point? Not sure I see any real movement on that horizon.

    They’ll hold Hughes until the end of the year, see if they want to resign Colon and Garcia at some cost, and open the bank vault again for CC (assuming he doesn’t want to go back to the Bay area or to Philly). After that, if needed, they’ll trade Hughes (and Montero) if need be for a starter.

    Bottom line–some minor stuff maybe at the deadline. Nothing major.

    On another note–oh the drama of this blog! Give it a rest–it’s baseball, a game, not curing cancer.

  189. austinmac July 25th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    MTU,

    If you are awake out their check the national parks’ photos in MSNBC. Many of your favorite parks.:)

  190. Yankee Trader July 25th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    King Felix had apparently stated 1-2 weeks ago in a Spanish paper that he wants to re-up with the Mariners and rumors to the Yankees are just that.

    Yankees now on Today

  191. Ys Guy July 25th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    felix is the white whale and the posters on this blog are ahab.

  192. Yankee Trader July 25th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Erin-

    Did you see the Yankees promoting Hope week, on the Today show? It was just on.

    Comments from announcers:

    Al Roker-”What was it like playing in the extreme heat?” Jeter-”Al you didn’t report it would be that hot!”

    Female reporter: “You guys are hot-whew!”

  193. Erin July 25th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Yankee Trader-sadly, I’m at work, but I made sure to set my DVR this morning. I can’t wait to go home and watch! :)

  194. 86w183 July 25th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Robinson CAN-oh and CC Sab-uh-THY-uh?

    moron

  195. Ys Guy July 25th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    if we’re looking at blasts from the past like damon and matsui, i’ll take giambino.

  196. 108 stitches July 25th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    It’s looking more like the Yankees will solve most of their questions internally which they’re in a position to do. If Chavez and Soriano return healthy it’s the equivalent of doing a deal at no cost.
    Need to see more of Hughes to pass judgement but Nova can be ready when needed.
    Add Montero and subtract Cervelli.
    If Cashman want to do biggers deals such as Kemp, wait until the winter meetings.

  197. Erin July 25th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    New Post: Trade deadline dead ahead

    :arrow:

  198. Yankee Trader July 25th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Now to future predicting:

    Tonight-Vargas loses to Garcia
    Tuesday-Fister loses to CC
    Wednesday-King Felix loses to Hughes and bullpen
    Thursday-with no winning for the Mariners in sight, King Felix demands a trade to the Yankees

  199. 108 stitches July 25th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Johnson hits righties BA .308 OPS .920 Purely a 4th OF’er who can prolong a rally and hits >.300 with RISP.

    If they do add an OF bat, it’ll mean that Girardi and Cashman will have to sit down with Posada who will be strictly a pinch hitter, with Chavez coming back, along with A-Rod
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    And therein lies the question with Jorge. When Chavez returns, Jorge will lose at bats. If Montero is called up, he loses even more. When Alex returns, Girardi will give him some occasional DH at bats provided Chavez is heathy enough to man 3rd base. Jorge will be limited to pinch hitting appearances.

  200. MTU July 25th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Morning Folks.

    Austin-

    Thanks for the tip. Have a safe trip back. Please send photos when you get a chance.

    :)

  201. The Hand of Satan July 25th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Is Nick Johnson available? Eric Chavez is coming off the DL and we will need to have that spot filled in the post season. Nick was great. His WARP was +600. The DDL is an overlooked position. I think Nick could be our designated disabled listed player for the rest of the season. I think Kei Igawa would make good trade bait.

  202. matzcrorkz August 5th, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    6E1x65 Very good article post.Much thanks again. Awesome.

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