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The Yankees have announced the upcoming rotation.

Tuesday: A.J. Burnett
Wednesday: Ivan Nova
Thursday: Bartolo Colon

Without making it official, Joe Girardi made it pretty clear that CC Sabathia will start Friday’s game against Tampa Bay. That leaves Saturday’s game as a toss-up between Freddy Garcia and Phil Hughes.

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  1. blake August 8th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Start Hughes Tuesday and AJ sometime else……Saturday or whenever.

  2. blake August 8th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Just saw a report that Alex could rejoin the team Aug 15 vs KC……they should make it a twofer and bring up Montero at the same time.

  3. Chip August 8th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Triple Short of a Cycle August 8th, 2011 at 2:41 pm
    Would you rather root for the Mets in the World Series or the Red Sox?

    ————–

    I would just move on to football season.

  4. NYYROC August 8th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Chad, Any explanation why Hughes gets pushed back 11 or more days between starts?

  5. Chip August 8th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    blake August 8th, 2011 at 2:43 pm
    Just saw a report that Alex could rejoin the team Aug 15 vs KC……they should make it a twofer and bring up Montero at the same time.
    ————–

    Send Cervelli down?

    I mean that’s really the only way it would work at that point. Figure the Yankees send Noesi down and call up Russo (just to give players names for this example). Russo goes down when Alex comes up but how do you create space for Montero? Choices are to release Posada or Jones or send down Cervelli.

    You’re not releasing Jones because you need a fourth OF. You’re not releasing Jorge because he’s Jorge – so that leaves sending down Cervelli and playing Montero at DH, Martin at C and using Jorge as the emergency C. On the days Martin doesn’t catch, Montero goes back there and either Chavez, Alex, Derek or Tex DHs and Martin serves as Montero’s back up.

    Essentially the only way Jorge gets on the field is spotting Tex at 1b – which would also be reduced because you can use Chavez over there.

    Jorge essentially becomes a really expensive pinch hitter on a team that doesn’t pinch hit.

    I’m fine with that by the way.

  6. Chad Jennings August 8th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Nope. They just sent an email to the beat writers. Here’s the entire email:

    good afternoon everyone,

    update on the Yankees rotation for the Angels series…

    Tue – RHP A.J. Burnett
    Wed – RHP Ivan Nova
    Thur – RHP Bartolo Colon

  7. Don Vito A. Bellamo August 8th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    toss up ? are you fricking kidding me? If they start Hughes over Garcia, they are just idiots. Plain and simple.

  8. Irreverent Discourse August 8th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    No idea why people root against the Mets. They are not direct competition.

    I will root for the Mets all the way up to the point where they could win something important… then I stop :)

  9. Triple Short of a Cycle August 8th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Chip,

    I rooted for the Mets in 86 but I was only a wee lass so my hatred haden’t devloped yet for Met fans. Now since 2004 and 2007 happened I would prob root for the Sox. My dad rooted for the Sox in 86

  10. blake August 8th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Chip,

    Nah….send a pitcher down and keep Cervelli….then bring up tons of pitchers 2 weeks later when rosters expand.

  11. Warning Track Power August 8th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    speaking of the mets, their 2nd baseman yesterday really took a vicious hit
    at 2nd base.
    was that play legal or illegal?
    torn MCL due to the runner’s slide into his knee

  12. bruceb August 8th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    AJ to start the series. Might as well use the bullpen up in game one.

  13. Bronx Jeers August 8th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    The roster is just in a bizarre state of flux right now with the 6 starters and Jorge seemingly just sitting there. A bit too much indecision this season.

    I think I would have given Phil the opportunity to pitch on Tuesday. Maybe the inning last night end that option?

  14. Warning Track Power August 8th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    A.J. vs Haren tomorrow night.
    A.J. just can’t catch a break

  15. luis August 8th, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Triple Short of a Cycle August 8th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Sorry top cut in, but i would never root for the sux, no matter what, neither for the mets, so i would probably watched somrthing else, lol

  16. bruceb August 8th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Warning Track Power August 8th, 2011 at 3:03 pm
    A.J. vs Haren tomorrow night.
    A.J. just can’t catch a break

    What difference does it make who he is pitching against? 12 runs weren’t enough for him to win his last outing.

  17. blake August 8th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    If they can bench Jorge then they can start making AJ earn his rotation spot …..he’s been better this year but his better still needs to beat out the guys behind him.

  18. Mell August 8th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    A.J. just can’t catch a break

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

    It’s almost like they never give him a 13-1 lead to protect.

  19. fantasygame101 August 8th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I am willing to give AJ a break that he badly needs. A stint in the DL until sept. 1.

  20. Irreverent Discourse August 8th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    WTP – Nothing illegal about the slide… If you watch it the baserunner clips the front of the bag and hurt himself. His cleat pops off the bag and into Murphy’s leg… which was in the worst tagging/avoiding a slide position I’ve ever seen… and then Murphy is hurt.

  21. Triple Short of a Cycle August 8th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    NY Giants have to be a close second to the Mets as far as injuries go

  22. luis August 8th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    blake,

    Yes, the six man rotation is not going to last long, the inflexibilty of the roster is going to force the Yankees hand, at some point in the near future, which means either Nova or Hughes is going down, when alex is ready.

  23. Irreverent Discourse August 8th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Reyes hurt his hamstring again too. Shocker, I know. Where are all those people that wanted to trade for him now?

  24. tomingeorgia August 8th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    What would be the sin in rooting for the Mets to beat the Red Sox? I’ll root for anyone playing them, including Satan’s All-Stars, and I have to admit a lingering fondness for the 1969 Mets. Cut classes to watch those afternoon games, back in the old days.

  25. Warning Track Power August 8th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am still rooting for AJ.
    I saw him blow the 12 run lead and was unable to pitch 5 innings to earn the win.
    Despite that, I am still cheering for the guy.
    In a perfect world, his upcoming start would have been “a lay up”-facing an opposing pitcher that was not elite.
    Haren is a very difficult match-up.
    No telling what kind of performance A.J. will have in front of the home fans

  26. Mell August 8th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    NY Giants have to be a close second to the Mets as far as injuries go
    ====================================

    Biggest injury of all may be an aching salary cap.

  27. 4time August 8th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    “Just saw a report that Alex could rejoin the team Aug 15 vs KC……they should make it a twofer and bring up Montero at the same time.”

    Might be a nice way to shield Montero, if that is what they intend. Slot him in the lineup the same day A-Rod comes back.

  28. Chad Jennings August 8th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Don Vito A. Bellamo August 8th, 2011 at 2:50 pm e
    toss up ? are you fricking kidding me? If they start Hughes over Garcia, they are just idiots. Plain and simple.

    Obviously Garcia’s been better than Hughes, but I still think it’s a toss-up who the Yankees would choose to make that start. They like the idea of skipping Colon and Garcia a little bit down the stretch, and they obviously want to get Hughes going, so I think there’s merit to either choice in that spot. I don’t think either decision would be especially surprising.

  29. NYYROC August 8th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Chad, thank you for responding. That is a head scratcher. Wouldn’t you want to get Hughes another start ASAP to see if he can build off his CWS start? If Mo had saved last night’s game and PH didn’t have to pitch, would he have really started Tue? I find it hard to believe 13 pitches stand between him and a start that he was scheduled for. He needs innings and he sits for 11+ days. Bart (I enjoy watching him pitch btw) hasn’t gotten past 5 in his last 2 starts, maybe he needs a break. What’s PH role until the weekend, 6th inning mop up man? Doesn’t make sense.

  30. Chip August 8th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    blake August 8th, 2011 at 3:00 pm
    Chip,

    Nah….send a pitcher down and keep Cervelli….then bring up tons of pitchers 2 weeks later when rosters expand.

    ——————–

    I would be fine with that but as A-R as Girardi is there’s no chance of him going with 11 pitchers.

  31. blake August 8th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Chip,

    Ok send down Noesi and Cervelli for 2 weeks then bring them back up.

  32. Triple Short of a Cycle August 8th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Mell,

    Thats what you get for signing Canty,Rocky Benard and Boley and then Rolle and get very little production. Reese is still living off the 2007 draft

  33. Bronx Jeers August 8th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    I rooted for the Mets in 86 but I was only a wee lass so my hatred haden’t devloped yet for Met fans. Now since 2004 and 2007 happened I would prob root for the Sox. My dad rooted for the Sox in 86

    ———————————————

    I rooted for the Sox in 86′ because I was surrounded by Met fans that I hated. But now? There’s no way a Yankee fan should be rooting for the Sox to win a freakin World Series.

  34. NJ_Jake August 8th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Once again, Yanks starting AJ! WHY? How much of this do we have to endure? Please somebody claim him!!! Girardi is killing Hughes’ chance of building on past start…I understand AJ makes a ton of money but he is an enigma. Even if he has a decent start he does not know or have the ability to build on one start to the next. He actually thinks he is not pitching that poorly! We really need a starter who can give us more than 5 innings without burying us in a 6 or 7 run hole.

  35. 108 stitches August 8th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    When all is said and done, Burnett is the albatross of the starting pitching staff. If Rothschild hasn’t fixed him by now he’s a lost cause, a headcase, or completely unfixable.
    Running him out there every 5 days requires pure luck.

  36. Warning Track Power August 8th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    NJ Jake-
    Do you really think there is an MLB team that will put a claim on A.J.??
    Yankees are stuck with A.J. for the time being.
    If you think he’s not performing well as a starter, he will be just as bad or worse
    as a reliever.

  37. Mell August 8th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I rooted for the Sox in 86? because I was surrounded by Met fans that I hated. But now? There’s no way a Yankee fan should be rooting for the Sox to win a freakin World Series
    ==============================

    My policy has always been “If the Yankees don’t win it, I don’t give a flying f*ck who does”

  38. RMS August 8th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    All is well, AJ, getting paid like a #1/2, pitching like a 4/5 will be pitching tomorrow. His huge salary is why he is in the rotation. On performance, he does not deserve a spot, but they will screw with Hughes and Nova because of AJ.

  39. Triple Short of a Cycle August 8th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Bronx Jeers,

    I come in contact with Met fans everyday so for me it is not a hard choice. I had a real obnoxious friend who was a Met fan. He used to call me up after every tough Yankee loss to rub it in so he calls me right before the 2000 world series started and I kept hanging up on him. He called back one final time and said look if you don’t want me to call you anymore just say so. i said don’t call me anymore and hung up again. Last time I spoke to him

  40. pat August 8th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Calendar is working against him but Feliciano to begin throwing bullpens next week.

  41. West Coast Yankee Fan August 8th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    As is typical the Yankee organization is on the way to making a mess of the rotation. Have a conference call with Cashman, Girardi, Rothschild, etc, and make a decision instead of this weekly mix and match nonsense.

  42. Warning Track Power August 8th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    WCYF-
    Where is the urgency to make a decision?
    1 game behind the sux
    7 games head in the wild card

    Is there a problem?

  43. West Coast Yankee Fan August 8th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Warning Track Power August 8th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    WCYF-Where is the urgency to make a decision? 1 game behind the sux 7 games head in the wild card. Is there a problem?

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

    When it comes to the Yankee organization developing and managing pitching staffs, there is always a problem. They are not good at it. Pick your best five and give them the ball every five days.

  44. Warning Track Power August 8th, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    WCYF-
    IMO, your option is terrible.
    Making a choice for the sake of making a choice is not the right way
    to go about this situation.

  45. Irreverent Discourse August 8th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Reyes out 2-3 weeks. lol… TRADE THE FARM FOR HIM RAWR!

  46. Chip August 8th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    So with Tampa essentially out of it, I wonder if the Yankees could pick up Johnny Damon for the stretch run.

  47. luis August 8th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    WTP,

    You are right that there is no urgency, but having 13 pitchers and one statue on the bench hurts the roster flexibility big time, I don`t mind doing this in September when rosters expand, but at some point within the next 10 days or so a decision has to be made.

  48. Warning Track Power August 8th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Luis-
    Well 10 days from now the team will be 13 days from having the ability to expand the rosters.
    Posada is what he is. Unless the guy gets injured, he is going nowhere.
    Do you really think Posada will be released?
    No.
    Once the playoffs begin, I would not be surprised if Posada was left off the roster.

  49. Irreverent Discourse August 8th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    The rotation will shake itself out by the end of the season. In the meantime we get to rest pitchers.

    This is not a problem.

  50. West Coast Yankee Fan August 8th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    It’s not for the sake of making a choice. How does one make an intelligent assessment going from game to game? That’s no way to manage a staff IMO. If Nova gets torched one game do you yank him from the rotation? Of course not. I think stability and knowing when you are going to pitch; being able to follow a routine is a big part of being successful. I don’t think this six-man rotation is a good thing.

  51. Irreverent Discourse August 8th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    The bi-polar liar (WCYF) claims that you don’t make any assessments off of one game… and then wants to make a rash decision on the pitching staff just like that. There is no rush in deciding how to handle Hughes/Nova/Colon for the rest of the year. Extra rest days for old pitchers is a bad thing now? Gimme a break. They will keep CC on regular rest and rotate off days for the rest of them until one of them starts pitching so bad they have to be removed.

  52. 4time August 8th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    The 6 man rotations keeps the pressure on everyone to produce, knowing a bad start could spell a trip to AAA or bullpen.

  53. luis August 8th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    WTP,

    My concern is that we risk running the regulars to the ground, but september is right around the corner so it can make the point a mute one. I agree with your position on Posada, i think he is out of the PS roster, very sad way to go for an all time yankee great.

  54. Irreverent Discourse August 8th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    moot moot moot moot

    There are no mute points, you can’t hear them.

  55. Mell August 8th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Once the playoffs begin, I would not be surprised if Posada was left off the roster.
    ==============================

    Hadn’t really thought of this, but it’s probably true. Icon status protects you from release in the regular season, but that’s a much tougher argument to make in the postseason. Don’t think anyone with the Yankees will enjoy either making that decision or sharing it with Posada.

  56. West Coast Yankee Fan August 8th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Irreverent Discourse August 8th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    The bi-polar liar (WCYF) claims that you don’t make any assessments off of one game… and then wants to make a rash decision on the pitching staff just like that. There is no rush in deciding how to handle Hughes/Nova/Colon for the rest of the year. Extra rest days for old pitchers is a bad thing now? Gimme a break. They will keep CC on regular rest and rotate off days for the rest of them until one of them starts pitching so bad they have to be removed.

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

    Poor troll is off his meds again.

  57. West Coast Yankee Fan August 8th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Well hey, the Yankees have such a good track record with developing and managing a rotation don’t they? It’s not terminal, but just seems to be a strange way to do things.

  58. blake August 8th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    108,

    I think the time has come for AJ to have to earn his spot…….his contract is now over half over and he’s been mediocre-bad for the better part of two seasons. They now have younger pitchers pushing him and IMO he needs to outperform them or he needs to be replaced.

  59. Irreverent Discourse August 8th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    WCYF – Still waiting for that link, liar.

  60. luis August 8th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    WCYF,

    I think it makes sense to skip Bart or garcia, to give them a breather and keep them fresh for the PS ( especially Bart ). It also makes sense to give the kids as much a chance to make their case ( especially in Hughes`s case, since they have invested so much in him). This is basicly an audition, and it`s better to be done now than in september, because rosters expand and numbers in that month tend to be deceiving..

  61. luis August 8th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I D

    thanks for the correction, LOL!!!!

  62. blake August 8th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    SI_JonHeyman 55 mins rival execs: #yankees lead league in waiver claims. #fortheblock

    Yanks are strategically staying a game back so they can block the Sox :)

  63. Irreverent Discourse August 8th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    luis – for whatever reason that has always driven me nuts :)

  64. West Coast Yankee Fan August 8th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    luis August 8th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    WCYF,

    I think it makes sense to skip Bart or garcia, to give them a breather and keep them fresh for the PS ( especially Bart ). It also makes sense to give the kids as much a chance to make their case ( especially in Hughes`s case, since they have invested so much in him). This is basicly an audition, and it`s better to be done now than in september, because rosters expand and numbers in that month tend to be deceiving.

    **********

    I don’t have an issue resting the older guys once in a while. But I don’t think auditions in a pennant race makes any sense at all. How can one determine anything from a start here or there? Hughes and Nova could have a great game and then a not so great game. How do you draw a conclusion based on that kind of sample size?

    It is what it is I guess.

  65. J. Alfred Prufrock August 8th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Donnie Collins on The Great Right-handed Hope:

    The time for Jesus Montero: Is it now?
    August 8th, 2011, 4 comments
    The time is getting near. Everyone tells me this. Twitter followers. People on the street. Here on the blog, there is a comment almost every day about how Jesus Montero is going to the big leagues.

    Any day now, is the popular opinion.

    I have heard nothing official, of course. (Or, I assure you I would have gone ahead and reported it.)

    I’ve written a lot about Montero all season, and I think most everyone knows my opinion of him. I’d have called him up months ago. But as Jorge Posada struggles his way into history, and the Yankees have a glaring need for a full-time DH in their lineup after a disappointing Saturday and Sunday in Boston, it’s hard to ignore the way Montero is swinging the bat right now. He has four homers and 18 RBIs in 20 games since the All-Star break, and that’s pretty consistent with what Montero did last season when he tore it up in the second half here. He’s taking the ball the opposite way much better now. His strike zone discipline has improved greatly. He’s not just drawing walks, he’s drawing key walks, against tough pitchers. When he was at PNC Field last Tuesday night, Brian Cashman raved about him.

    So, the question no longer is “How does Jesus Montero fit in with the New York Yankees right now.”

    The question is, “How do you fit Jesus Montero in?”

    What’s keeping Montero in Triple-A right now is that there is no clear answer to that.

    http://blogs.thetimes-tribune....../?author=3

  66. Irreverent Discourse August 8th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Bi-polar disorder at its finest.

    How are you requesting that they make a decision now (which would be uninformed, small sample and rushed becuse Hughes just got back), yet claim they can’t make decisions based off of small samples? You can’t have it both ways you whack job.

  67. luis August 8th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    ID,

    I read your post, and then i read mine, so funny!!, but you got my point right?

    Blake,

    Who knows you might on to something there, LOL

  68. Warning Track Power August 8th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    WCYF-
    Today is August 8, not Sept 8th or late Sept.
    Cool your jets.
    It might be time for you to skip a day or two from this forum, if only to re-charge. I think you need rest or you have earned a demotion to AAA, LOL!!!
    Seriously, the Yankees are in a good position right now.
    Which affords them the ability to juggle their starting rotation as they wish.
    For all we know, the starter’s are very pleased with the current sitation=they are welcoming an extra day off here and there.
    None of us are in the clubhouse, so why are Yankees fans here so quick to judge and act as if only poor decision are being made??

  69. Irreverent Discourse August 8th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    luis – It’s certainly gong to be tough to squeeze Posada into the postseason roster for posterity sake.

    It will be interesting to see if Montero gets called up before Sept 1 (which would make him eligible for the postseason cleanly). If that happens, I can definitely see Posada being asked to stay home.

  70. Warning Track Power August 8th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Mell August 8th, 2011 at 3:41 pm
    Once the playoffs begin, I would not be surprised if Posada was left off the roster.
    ==============================

    Hadn’t really thought of this, but it’s probably true. Icon status protects you from release in the regular season, but that’s a much tougher argument to make in the postseason. Don’t think anyone with the Yankees will enjoy either making that decision or sharing it with Posada.
    ******************************************************************
    Mell-I have only thought about this situation in the last week or so.
    Posada just might be the 25th man on the roster or worse beginning in Sept.
    Its not easy to accept that his skills have diminished, but eventually the great players were came to love and respect will be forced to leave the game. Posada’s time as a Yankee is quickly coming to a close.

  71. LGY August 8th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Buster_ESPN
    About Jorge Posada: His choice now is probably to get comfortable as rarely used bench player, or to ask for his release. NYY won’t cut him.

  72. Irreverent Discourse August 8th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    luis – What scares me about leaving Jorge off the playoff roster is that the playoffs are a time of the year that gets older players all amped up and whacking the baseball. Matsui was a perfect example of that.

  73. luis August 8th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Blake,

    i agree that the one fighting for his job should be AJ, but i don`t think is happening anytime soon, probably next spring…

    WTP,

    Good point

  74. Jerkface August 8th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    luis – What scares me about leaving Jorge off the playoff roster is that the playoffs are a time of the year that gets older players all amped up and whacking the baseball. Matsui was a perfect example of that.

    Really? The guy who hit 28 regular season HRs and put up this line .274 .367 .509 .876 and was by far one of the best DHs in the game needed the playoffs for motivation because he was so old and terrible? Posada never got up for the playoffs in the past, what will change that now? (Though I think catching and wearing down were heavy factors in Posada’s less than supreme october numbers)

  75. West Coast Yankee Fan August 8th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Warning Track Power August 8th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    WCYF- Today is August 8, not Sept 8th or late Sept. Cool your jets.
    It might be time for you to skip a day or two from this forum, if only to re-charge. I think you need rest or you have earned a demotion to AAA, LOL!!! Seriously, the Yankees are in a good position right now. Which affords them the ability to juggle their starting rotation as they wish. For all we know, the starter’s are very pleased with the current sitation=they are welcoming an extra day off here and there. None of us are in the clubhouse, so why are Yankees fans here so quick to judge and act as if only poor decision are being made??

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

    Since when does opining on a blog constitute anything other than that? I am not a fan of how the Yankees develop and manage their starting pitchers and this is just another example of it. I don’t think it’s terminal, it’s just my gut feel on it, and I don’t say I will be right. It’s not a good way to run a pitching staff IMO. That’s all.

    Everyone has an opinion. I would pick the five best starters based on everything they know and see and go with it.

  76. Warning Track Power August 8th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Luis-I believe Posada still has a great passion for the game, but his skills are failing him.
    If he’s smart, he will retire after the season.
    Buster Olney reported the Yankees won’t release him-I accept that.
    Yankees have a lot of class and outright releasing Posada would be very, very disrespectful to Posada, but also to Mo and Jeter & the Yankee universe.
    That would be a PR nightmare.

  77. blake August 8th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I really wonder if Jorge will call it a career soon. Honestly that would be the best outcome……the Yankees could really send him out in style that way with a Posada appreciation day and the whole works……..I think he could contribute and would be a nice bat to have on the bench in a big game…..but he’s a proud guy…..I think it’ll be extremely tough for him to wither away on the bench.

  78. Irreverent Discourse August 8th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    jerkface – matsui batted .349/.462/.674 in the playoffs that year. That follows my point to a T.

  79. West Coast Yankee Fan August 8th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    If it were my decision, this would be my rotation. It will never happen, but it should.

    Sabathia
    Colon
    Nova
    Garcia
    Hughes

  80. Triple Short of a Cycle August 8th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I think we should all take bets on who has the first blog post reporting Montero was called up

  81. Warning Track Power August 8th, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan August 8th, 2011 at 4:03 pm
    If it were my decision, this would be my rotation. It will never happen, but it should.

    Sabathia
    Colon
    Nova
    Garcia
    Hughes
    ******************************************************************
    In a perfect world maybe, but that is just a fantasy.
    Since A.J. makes so much money, he will be a starter for the remainder of this reg. season.
    Yankees don’t have a choice with A.J.

  82. Jerkface August 8th, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    matsui batted .349/.462/.674 in the playoffs that year. That follows my point to a T.

    Not really, anyone can hit in a small sample. Matsui was a good hitter in the regular season and was a good hitter in the postseason. He didn’t need to get up for anything. He had 4 16 game stretches in the regular season where he OPS’d over 1. You can’t equate Posada and Matsui. One was already doing well. The other isn’t

  83. luis August 8th, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    ID,

    I completely agree on the need to bring Montero up before Sept 1st, not only because i think we potentially could incorporate him to the PS roster, but because a think he can be an upgrade both in the Dh position and Catcher ( Resting Martin to see if his bat wakes up).

    On your point about Posada being on the PS roster, unfortunately i don`t think Po has anything left, remember that matsui was a lot younger than Posada is right now, he had his bat speed intact, he just didn`t have his legs to play the field anymore. On Posada`s case his bat speed has decreased almost 4mph, that`s a huge drop. JMHO

  84. Wave Your Hat August 8th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    “Yankees have a lot of class and outright releasing Posada would be very, very disrespectful to Posada, but also to Mo and Jeter & the Yankee universe.”

    Over at the PB Steven Goldman points out that the Yanks cut Scooter loose during the 1956 season.

  85. Irreverent Discourse August 8th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    jerkface – like i said, it just scares me because it seems like the type of thing Posada is capable of because veteran players tend to focus and bear down better than younger players in the playoffs. Montero could come up, and hit well for a month and a half… then piss his pants in the playoffs for the first time.

  86. Mell August 8th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Posada never got up for the playoffs in the past, what will change that now?

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

    This is true. October hasn’t historically been Posada’s time.

  87. Wave Your Hat August 8th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    “Montero could come up, and hit well for a month and a half… then piss his pants in the playoffs for the first time.”

    Lots of things could happen. You can’t make decisions based on what could happen, you have to go with your 25 best players. Make a decision and live with it.

  88. Jerkface August 8th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Maybe Montero gets pitched tough in the playoffs, or maybe he Andruw Jones/Cabrera’s a playoff series or two? Maybe Posada’s guess hitting style doesnt work out in the playoffs? Maybe he does everything right but just physically can’t do the damage the Yankees need?

  89. luis August 8th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    arning Track Power August 8th, 2011 at 4:01 pm
    Luis-I believe Posada still has a great passion for the game, but his skills are failing him.
    If he’s smart, he will retire after the season.
    Buster Olney reported the Yankees won’t release him-I accept that.
    Yankees have a lot of class and outright releasing Posada would be very, very disrespectful to Posada, but also to Mo and Jeter & the Yankee universe.
    That would be a PR nightmare.

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    Spot on, please give me something to disagree with, lol

  90. Irreverent Discourse August 8th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    WYH – certainly. this whole line of thought here was massive conjecture. I have no idea what the right move is at this point.

  91. Irreverent Discourse August 8th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    jf – i’m not trying to pin this point down to “posada needs to be on the roster because it will work”… just thinking out loud.

  92. igotid88 August 8th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I was looking forward to watching Hughes pitch. It’s gonna be 11 days between starts maybe more. Save for the few pitches he threw yesterday will he be sharp? I was hoping he would go every 5 days. I guess they’re not worried about innings.

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