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Scherzer and the long ball

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 02, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

One thing to know about today’s Tigers starter, Max Scherzer: He gives up a lot of home runs.

Sure, he also throws hard and has a good slider and pitched an eight-inning gem against the Yankees earlier this season, but only two American League pitchers allowed more home runs this season, and one was A.J. Burnett. Scherzer has a 3.80 ERA at spacious Comerica Park this season, but on the road his ERA is 5.23.

The Tigers had him lined up to start at home, but Friday’s rain has pushed Scherzer into a ballpark that’s much less-friendly to the way he pitches.

“My road splits are worse,” Scherzer said. “For me, it really doesn’t matter. Every start is a new start. For my challenge here to go out in Game 2 and pitch, it’s just like any other start. I prepare for it whether it was home or road. You take the ballpark completely out of it. I’m more worried about their lineup.”

Of course, the Yankees lineup hit more home runs than any other team in the big leagues.

It’s worth noting that Scherzer’s eight scoreless innings against the Yankees came in Detroit. When he faced the Yankees in the Bronx in April, Scherzer allowed six earned runs in five innings. Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira and Jorge Posada (twice) all homered off him.

“He’s got a great arm,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s got a good slider. He’s pitched well for them. He’s pitched pretty well against us. But he’s got a big arm. He’s got some run on his ball as well. You think about it goes back to that three-way trade. Here’s another guy that was involved in it. It’s worked out well for everyone.”

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67 Responses to “Scherzer and the long ball”

  1. JM October 2nd, 2011 at 11:06 am

    In the sense that Scherzer was set to start Game 3 at home, the rainout hurt the Tigers a bit.

  2. RadioKev October 2nd, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I’d say Verlander can get anyone in baseball out. I think, Cano grounded out to 2nd in his first AB on Friday.

    If I were a Tigers fan, I’d want my ace coming at Cano too. It’s a good match up. Cano could win if Verlander makes a mistake, but Verlander hasn’t made many mistakes this season and he’s got a big enough fastball to get away with one.

    It will be fun to watch.

  3. RadioKev October 2nd, 2011 at 11:08 am

    JM October 2nd, 2011 at 11:06 am
    In the sense that Scherzer was set to start Game 3 at home, the rainout hurt the Tigers a bit.

    ———–

    Nice observation

  4. CountryClub October 2nd, 2011 at 11:10 am

    So who do you guys start at 3rd in the game that Arod is the DH? I’d go with Chavez.

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 2nd, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Hey all! A glorious Yankee win. I’m thinking my sweep prediction looks prettty good at this point.

    I could have done without the grim reaper predictions in the first inning when the Yankees failed to score. But I guess it wouldn’t a lohud game thread if it didn’t contain massive knee-jerking and overreaction by certain posters. Still it would have been so nice if people could have managed to see it as part of the game and have faith that the same Fister who allowed the base runners in the first place was likely to do it again – which he did. Or at least wait ’til the end of the game to freak out – if you end up being right with your prediction. They show so little faith in the Yankees and such short-sightedness about the game of baseball. You’d think it was the first game they every watched!

    Also to hear complaining after the win was sickening. The guys in that game last night – ALL OF THEM – did something to contribute to getting the Yankees to the postseason. I just wish for once people would allow for human error and just be thankful once the game is over and a win is in the books. No Yankee wants to go out there and look bad.

    And anyone freaking out over Mariano throwing three pitches after not having pitched for 4 games doesn’t know the game of baseball, sorry.

    Breathe, let the game flow, bask in the joy of the win, and realize that nothing that happened was fatal. Turn the page on what irked you and be grateful you root for the Yankees!

    JMHO

  6. 86w183 October 2nd, 2011 at 11:12 am

    If you hit .400 than you are making outs 60 percent of the time.

    Barry Bonds had crap hitting behind him much of his career. Baseball is a great game because people want to compete. The myth of “pitching around” guys is just nonsense. IF that were true Albert Pujols would walk about 300 times a year.

    Sure in some key situations a pitcher may choose to avoid a hot hitter like Cano, but it isn’t going to happen every at bat the rest of the post-season no matter how much Alex struggles.

    Wish CC was going today and let Freddie enjoy the big ballpark, but such is life.

  7. 86w183 October 2nd, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Trisha —

    Great post…. but I’m afraid it will fall on deaf ears (eyes?)

    Did someone actually criticize Mariano getting out there? amazing!

  8. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 2nd, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I believe the Tigers’ success comes from the division in which they play. I guess if we’re ever lucky to have the Yanks playing in the toughest division in the majors, this is the time of year that it shows. They haven’t had a cakewalk in their division and they still end up with the best record in the AL. That definitely tells you something about this team! And it’s definitely good.

  9. yankeefeminista October 2nd, 2011 at 11:16 am

    If Teix actually starts going opposite field as a lefty and Cano has an Alex 2009 playoff, watch out. Thought the one bomb fly out by Alex was promising. If he can get in some kind of rhythm too, and show some pop, we will be lethal.

    Great game by Nova, great throw by Jete (I disagree that that was an easy play) and goalie-esque plate block by tough as nails Martin. Heckuva performance. And Mo… just restores order with a few pitches. Got to love it.

    Banuelos will come up when he is ready. Remember he was set back by the appendectomy in 2010 and is still learning how to command the extra velo. Kid is only 20, and will pitch when he is ready.

    Nice to see J-Ram throwing that evolving slider in Instructs. Sounds like it is no longer a below average-average pitch. Love that he is sitting mid 90′s and topping in high #’s. Love to see a big 2012 from him.

    Go Steady Freddy! Go Yanks!

  10. Shame Spencer October 2nd, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Trisha.. I still wanna hear about Henry, Selig, and sinking the Expos!! I’m off to a christening today (ugh! Thank god for iphones), but I hope one day we can discuss that trifecta of evil.

  11. JM October 2nd, 2011 at 11:18 am

    yankeefem,

    are you as p—-d at the Mets as I am? i am unlikely to get to see more than a couple of Triple A games next year. Newark would have been perfect. plus i feel sorry for the guys having to travel to 6 different stadiums.

  12. pat October 2nd, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I wasn’t near a TV for the first inning Friday night so I was “watching”via Gameday

    Verlander threw fastballs in the 90-96 mph range to Jeter, Granderson and Cano. First 2 fastballs to Alex were 98.

    Even when he’s slumping seemed Verlander still respected the slump could be over with 1 swing.

  13. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 2nd, 2011 at 11:20 am

    86w183, thanks, and unfortunately I know that you’re right. You always end up preaching to the choir with one of those posts because the devil continues to dance around the ones who need to hear it the most!

    :)

    If you read last night’s game thread, when Mo was getting ready to come in, you’ll see that there were posters who were flipping out about Mo coming into the game. It isn’t like he was asked to pitch three innings. And Girardi knew that Mo would get the job done the quickest and with the least bullets expended. It was such a no brainer.

  14. JM October 2nd, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Ayala was disappointing last night. Should have been able to put that game away.

  15. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 2nd, 2011 at 11:23 am

    “Trisha.. I still wanna hear about Henry, Selig, and sinking the Expos!! I’m off to a christening today (ugh! Thank god for iphones), but I hope one day we can discuss that trifecta of evil.”

    Shame perfect Sunday for a confirmation too.

    :(

    I’ll have the DVR going until I get home. Unfortunately nobody in my neck of the woods will have an iota of sympathy or respect for my desire to know how the Yanks are doing!

    When we meet up today, after the game, I’ll give you the info on the trifecta of evil. It’s complicated and convoluted and that’s why I hated that I lost the post last night! There’s so much info that goes into it!

  16. Bo knows October 2nd, 2011 at 11:26 am

    So at what point are the “experts” going to acknowledge this kid?

    ————————
    Nova pitched so well to Cabrera that Cab was essentially a non factor. They were ho hum at bats against probably the toughest hitter in the AL. Martinez worked him over pretty good though.

    And the kid still has room to improve. Getting Rothschield to develop the young pitchers was a total Cashman coup.

    As a side note, I got absolutely smoked, for a couple of hours. last year on another board for claiming that Nova had a better arsenal than Hughes.

  17. JM October 2nd, 2011 at 11:26 am

    This has probably been posted before but just in case someone hasn’t read it, there is a pretty good article about John Sterling in today’s NY Times:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10.....ref=sports

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 2nd, 2011 at 11:28 am

    “Ayala was disappointing last night. Should have been able to put that game away.”

    JM, it happens. Life is far from perfect. I’m sure that Tiger fans thought that Albuquerque was disappointing too. But geeze, cut the kid a break (not you, Yankee fans in general). Ayala had a bad outing. The Yankees won the game. Sometimes you have to be able to breeze by some of the stuff in the middle and accept it as part of the game.

    Again, JMO. I tend to be forgiving of mistakes because I like to be forgiven my mistakes by others. None of us is perfect all of the time.

    Sorry to be preachy to you because you weren’t lamenting the game big time last night. I just used your post as a jumping off point on something that really bothered me last night. Yankee fans calling Ayala garbage. Ayala is part of the reason the Yankees are in the postseason.

  19. jmv October 2nd, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Hi Trisha! Great post

    Didin’t have time to ask: how is your Yankees plate? Did your car survived “the biggest collapse ever assembled” ? LOL

  20. Shame Spencer October 2nd, 2011 at 11:28 am

    trisha – I love my nephew but quite frankly I’ve had a longer relationship with the Yankees lol.. very upset I’ll be tracking the game digitally. I look forward to hearing more about those crooks later!

    I also love that people are complaining that they’re putting the Yanks game against the Giants game… seriously people, week 4 of football is not nearly as exciting as playoff baseball!

  21. Bo knows October 2nd, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Ayala was disappointing last night. Should have been able to put that game away.

    ———————————————
    Ayala gave up three dinkums for one out. Tough crowd.

  22. Ghostwriter October 2nd, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Posada has two homers in 8 ABs against Scherzer.

  23. JM October 2nd, 2011 at 11:30 am

    trisha,

    I understand your point. I’m not sweating over Ayala. Was just pointing out he didn’t do his job, which is disappointing as he has been pretty good most of the year. Really shouldn’t have been any reason to bring Mo into that game but I don’t think it’s nearly as big a deal as some others apparently were saying (I had to go out last night so missed most of the end of the game thread).

    I think Joe just wanted to slam the door and Mo did just that.

  24. Ys Guy October 2nd, 2011 at 11:33 am

    the times article kinda brushes over how some people hate him calling homers that arent but doesnt address all the other stuff that goes on that he leaves out, like what’s the score after the visitors score, or where a yankees baserunner ended up on a play when he was going off with ‘ribby for robby’ or somesuch self-aggrandizing crap.

  25. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 2nd, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Well I guess I’ll do the responsible thing and get myself ready to go to this confirmation. I’m attempting to beg off the dinner afterwards just so I can watch the Yankee game from the beginning but it’s a cousin so if I feel at all that they’ll be offended I’ll go to the dinner and join up later.

    I fully expect Freddy to be marvelous today. I think the Yanks are going to be pretty unbeatable or if they do lose, the losses will be very few.

    Hopefully someone else will pick up my “Pollyana” role if I’m not there to do it.

    ;)

    GO YANKS!!!

  26. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 2nd, 2011 at 11:34 am

    “Ayala gave up three dinkums for one out. Tough crowd.”

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!

  27. Ys Guy October 2nd, 2011 at 11:35 am

    wait, isnt posada a relic of yesteryear who gravy-trained his way through this season without contributing anything? musta been bp homers…

  28. yankeefeminista October 2nd, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Jm, yep, too bad about Newark, both for us and for the city. I am hoping we still get a geographically nearby site so we can go to SWB games.

    Ayala unfortunately wasn’t very good, so we had no choice but to go to Mo. At least Mr. Efficient didn’t throw very many pitches.

  29. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 2nd, 2011 at 11:37 am

    “Didin’t have time to ask: how is your Yankees plate? Did your car survived “the biggest collapse ever assembled” ? LOL”

    :D

    You know, I haven’t even checked the car out! Good point though. I think the massive depression has kept most of them either homebound or medicated! I better watch out in the weeks to come!

    I’d rather read posts than get ready for the confirmation! I am seriously out of here.

    Later y’all.

  30. Ys Guy October 2nd, 2011 at 11:37 am

    i live 5 minutes from bears stadium…..
    i called the mets to complain and the guy basically said, ‘too bad’

  31. CountryClub October 2nd, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Same lineup as last night. No surprise.

  32. yankeefeminista October 2nd, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Later, Trish. Enjoy whatever it is you are doing; I haven’t had time to read people’s posts yet.

  33. yankeefeminista October 2nd, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Ys, I am not surprised; Mets have always had an inferiority complex.

  34. JM October 2nd, 2011 at 11:41 am

    yankeefem,

    they posted the list of places they’re playing….batavia, buffalo, lehigh, i think, and also pawtucket (!). i will try to find it and link it but i’m not at home and my blackberry is giving me fits when i try to search stuff this morning.

  35. jacksquat October 2nd, 2011 at 11:42 am

    trisha – true pinstriped blue October 2nd, 2011 at 11:20 am
    86w183, thanks, and unfortunately I know that you’re right. You always end up preaching to the choir with one of those posts because the devil continues to dance around the ones who need to hear it the most!

    If you read last night’s game thread, when Mo was getting ready to come in, you’ll see that there were posters who were flipping out about Mo coming into the game. It isn’t like he was asked to pitch three innings. And Girardi knew that Mo would get the job done the quickest and with the least bullets expended. It was such a no brainer.

    Well duh, when the sh!t had almost hit the fan it was time to call in Mo, obviously. That wasn’t the problem. The problem was Girardi left Nova out there too long and the reliever had to come in in a bad situation. Then it all snowballed. It’s better to stop the snowball at the top of the hill rather than wait and have Mariano stop it when it nears the bottom. They have potentially 4 games in a row, Mo having to pitch in that game should not have been necessary. Yes, luckily it ended up being only 3 pitches, but he still had to warm up as well. Nova did not even need to start that inning with a 9-1 lead, and he especially didn’t need to be in there after he got whacked in the ass and was afterwards seen stretching when it became tight.

    Luckily this team is so good that even a medicore manager like Girardi can “lead” it to the WS.

  36. Ghostwriter October 2nd, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Ys Guy October 2nd, 2011 at 11:35 am

    wait, isnt posada a relic of yesteryear who gravy-trained his way through this season without contributing anything? musta been bp homers…
    ========

    That’s what I keep hearing! :)

  37. Ys Guy October 2nd, 2011 at 11:43 am

    richard neer on the fan said it might be payback for the yankees taking scranton out from under the mets and forcing them to move their aaa team to new orleans that one season. but i dont think there was any stealth involved there, the yankees and the mets both wanted scranton and they chose the yankees.

  38. yankeefeminista October 2nd, 2011 at 11:43 am

    JM, Lehigh works. Easy drive out 78 to Allentown. Have you ever seen a game there? Also great breakfasts served all day at Blue Sky in Bethlehem, next town over, right near Lehigh University.

  39. yankeefeminista October 2nd, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Ghost, too bad Po didn’t get the memo. ;)

  40. Shame Spencer October 2nd, 2011 at 11:47 am

    The Mets weren’t forced to move their AAA team anywhere.. they were even approached by the city of Syracuse to have their AAA affiliate play up there (the Sky Chiefs use to be the Blue Jays affiliate up there, I believe) but they decided to go to Louisiana for reasons I still cannot understand.

  41. Shame Spencer October 2nd, 2011 at 11:49 am

    And I hope the Yankees start sending out coupons for Shake Shack since thats the only draw at Citi Field anyway.

    I’ve never disliked or hated the Mets until the Newark episode. I’ve even actively rooted for them and see a couple games a season. But this is just so weak, I’ve actually turned on them completely.

  42. JM October 2nd, 2011 at 11:50 am

    yankeefem,

    i have been to lehigh area several times as my cousin went to school there. but i have never seen a game there. that’s definitely where i will head….love the kids but buffalo is a bit much. lol.

  43. Ghostwriter October 2nd, 2011 at 11:51 am

    jacksquat October 2nd, 2011 at 11:42 am

    trisha – true pinstriped blue October 2nd, 2011 at 11:20 am
    86w183, thanks, and unfortunately I know that you’re right. You always end up preaching to the choir with one of those posts because the devil continues to dance around the ones who need to hear it the most!

    If you read last night’s game thread, when Mo was getting ready to come in, you’ll see that there were posters who were flipping out about Mo coming into the game. It isn’t like he was asked to pitch three innings. And Girardi knew that Mo would get the job done the quickest and with the least bullets expended. It was such a no brainer.

    Well duh, when the sh!t had almost hit the fan it was time to call in Mo, obviously. That wasn’t the problem. The problem was Girardi left Nova out there too long and the reliever had to come in in a bad situation.
    ===========

    Oh for Pete’s sake! Girardi let the kid try to finish the game with a eight-run lead. An eight-run lead. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It didn’t work out. Big deal. Ayala has ben fine in those situations all year long, but he didn’t have it last night. So, the Yanks won by six instead of eight. Using Mo to get an out in that situation is hardly a big deal at all. If it had been a major burden for Rivera, Girardi wouldn’t have used Mo, because he had plenty of other options with a six-run lead.

  44. JM October 2nd, 2011 at 11:51 am

    anyway, time to head out to the Bronx! have a great day all.

    go yankees! go chief!

  45. Ys Guy October 2nd, 2011 at 11:51 am

    shame, same here i went to 4 games this year (not counting the one at cbp). i only went to 1 yankees game.

  46. THE TRUTH October 2nd, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Yankees are going to smash Scherzer today

  47. Ys Guy October 2nd, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    somebody posted before that it was the same lineup as yesterday. has it been posted?

  48. P October 2nd, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Luckily this team is so good that even a medicore manager like Girardi can “lead” it to the WS.

    You said it perfectly ! I agree 100% !! Girardi is a clown, it took him how may games to finally move Tex to 5th and Cano 3rd. Now where would we be if Tex was still in the 3 hole last night ??

  49. yankeefeminista October 2nd, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    JM, see you there! Should be much nicer weather today. No rain yesterday, but wind chill in terrace was brutal. Go Yanks!

  50. CountryClub October 2nd, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Some of the beat writers have tweeted the lineup. They also tweeted that Girardi said CC will definitely go tomorrow and AJ on Tuesday. Hopefully the yanks wrap it up in 3.

  51. Bo knows October 2nd, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    So now Girardi is a “medicore” manager. That’s actually funny. A step up from the other epithets. At least he’s on life support.

  52. 86w183 October 2nd, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Mariano had not pitched since Tuesday. He needed the work anyway. Complaining about it and/or criticizing it shows a serious lack of baseball knowledge/understanding.

    I agree having Nova start the 9th made little if any sense… especially since they are carrying too damn many pitchers to begin with.

  53. UnKnown October 2nd, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Why doesn’t Leyland just throw Porcello then today if Scherzer struggles much more on the Road? Save Max for Game 4

    At this point if your a Tiger this thing has to go a minimum of 4 games anyways if you want a chance of winning the series, right…

  54. 4 NYY October 2nd, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Ys Guy October 2nd, 2011 at 11:06 am

    nobody knows what causes pitching injuries, guys who are overworked or ‘thrown to the wolves’ get injured, guys who are babied get injured. other guys pretty much never get injured.

    in the old days guys started out in the BP and worked their way into the rotation, and sometimes had to spend a year or two going back and forth. tons of them handled it well, but everyone here thinks thats what ‘ruined’ joba.

    if anybody know what caused the injuries they would be able to avoid them but when people throw out the ‘they’re gonna ruin the kid’ they dont know any more than the people who are pushing for the kid to be ‘fire tested’

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

    100% correct. IMO

  55. Tarheel In NYC October 2nd, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Heading out to YS soon. Looks like the weather’s going to be great! (knock on wood)

    Try to enjoy the game, everyone. Go Yankees!

  56. Red Robin October 2nd, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    * Yankees are going to smash Scherzer today

    * Fly ball pitcher Scherzer will struggle at Yankee Stadium

    * Scherzer has >5 ERA away from Detroit

    * Yankees are going to hit several homeruns against Scherzer

    ————————————-

    Expectation and Reality
    Expectation and Reality
    Expectation and Reality
    Expectation and Reality

    You know what they say about Expectation and Reality in baseball.

  57. 4 NYY October 2nd, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Yankeefem : Who’s J-Ram ? Jose Ramirez ?

  58. Betsy October 2nd, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    AJ was the only choice……….but even if they wrap it up in 3, AJ is going to pitch in the ALCS, so it’s just a matter of time

  59. Red Robin October 2nd, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    new post

  60. Red Robin October 2nd, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I don’t want to make the first post.

    Someone please do it.

  61. Bo knows October 2nd, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Now where would we be if Tex was still in the 3 hole last night ??
    ——————-
    But he wasn’t. Ergo

    Poor Girardi doesnt even get credit when he does well.

    There is a lot of ego involved. It had to be massaged the right way. Kudos to Joe and Teix for making it a non issue right at the playoffs.

    “He should have done it sooner”!!!!!!

  62. jacksquat October 2nd, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Oh for Pete’s sake! Girardi let the kid try to finish the game with a eight-run lead. An eight-run lead. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It didn’t work out. Big deal. Ayala has ben fine in those situations all year long, but he didn’t have it last night. So, the Yanks won by six instead of eight. Using Mo to get an out in that situation is hardly a big deal at all. If it had been a major burden for Rivera, Girardi wouldn’t have used Mo, because he had plenty of other options with a six-run lead.

    Pete is gone, thankfully, and I wouldn’t do anything for his sake.

    “Letting the kid finish the game” was dumb. Dumb. Absolutely no need to pitch him any more, even with his pitch count relatively low. But binder Joe looked at the 8x pitch count and thought he could go a little more. Well of course he could. But he didn’t need to. He’s the #2 pitcher on the team. He needs to pitch game 5 if necessary. You put him out there for the 9th you are taking unnecessary risk. And look what happened, he got whacked in the ass. Luckily for Joe’s sake it wasn’t somewhere worse. And then after he got hit in the ass he walked the next guy. He was seen stretching the area hit. But Binder Joe thinks he still hasn’t reached 100 pitches, let’s use him up as much as we possibly can! Then finally after the next guy gets a hit and the bases are freakin loaded he calls in Ayala. Ayala was the right call, it just might have been a little easier for him to come in at the beginning of the inning or with a guy on first after Nova got hit. And, if you had bothered to try to comprehend what I wrote, I didn’t say calling in Mo at the point he finally had to was the wrong call, it just should never have gotten there. And I’m not pointing my finger at Ayala, I’m pointing it at Girardi.

    And yes, I will continue to point out when Girardi does stupid things even when I am overall enjoying the Yankees winning despite him.

  63. Ghostwriter October 2nd, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I’m a little surprised that Leyland didn’t change his mind about starting Verlander today. With the season pretty much on the line today, I would have expected him to go with his big gun. He must have a lot of confidence in Scherzer.

    Leyland is going to wind up looking like a fool or a genius. A right-handed pitcher who is prone to surrendering the long ball facing a lefty-laden lineup in Yankee Stadium should be a recipe for disaster for the Tigers. On the other hand, Scherzer has been awfully tough on the Yanks in the past (in a small sample). If Scherzer can pull it off, the Yanks would be in a very tough situation, going to Detroit to face Verlander at risk of falling behind two games to one.

  64. yankeefeminista October 2nd, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    4 NYY October 2nd, 2011 at 12:10 pm
    Yankeefem : Who’s J-Ram ? Jose Ramirez ?
    _____
    Yes! If his slider evolves, with that FB and changeup, watch out. I would love to see him start vs. come out of pen if he only has two pitches. When I saw him in low A his FB-changeup combo were ridiculous-plus to plus plus. Fingers crossed on him.

    Heading to Stadium too! Rock this joint! Go Steady Freddy! Go Yanks!

  65. spidanyc October 2nd, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    According to a report in the Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional, new Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has reached out to Carlos Zambrano and is interested in bringing the pitcher to Miami.
    It makes sense, as the Venezuelan natives have been close friends for a while now. The Cubs recently activated Zambrano from the disqualified list but will be looking to shop him over the winter. He is due $18 million in 2012 and has a $19.25 million vesting option for 2013, but the El Nacional report suggests the Marlins would be willing to pay the right-hander’s salary in deferred amounts. The Cubs would surely be OK with accepting next to nothing in return if the Marlins will eat Big Z’s contract.

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

    Can Cashman convince Ozzie that AJ is just as bad as Zambrano and do the same? AJ did have success as a Marlin.

  66. Ghostwriter October 2nd, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    jacksquat October 2nd, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    “Letting the kid finish the game” was dumb. Dumb.

    =====

    You can repeat that as many times as you like, but repetition doesn’t make it so. And I understood what you wrote the first time, thank you very much.

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