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Girardi: “We have an opportunity”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 05, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

At this point, it seems the rain might have helped the Yankees.

Leaving Detroit with the division series tied heading into a decisive Game 5, the Yankees are moving forward as planned. It was their expectation all along that Ivan Nova would start Game 5, and now they have Nova pitching with CC Sabathia available out of the bullpen — on two days of rest, not one — should things get crazy.

“(Nova)’s been pitching well for us all year,” Derek Jeter said. “He pitched well the first playoff game. He’s got good stuff. I think the thing with him that stands out is his demeanor. He doesn’t seem like he’s fazed by too much. Maybe because he doesn’t speak fluent English and I don’t know it, but it appears to me like he’s pretty comfortable out there.”

It’s the Tigers who have changed plans. Originally, it was supposed to be Justin Verlander starting for Detroit on Thursday. Because of the rain, it’s Doug Fister. As good as Fister has been in the past two and a half months, he’s no Verlander.

“We have an opportunity,” Joe Girardi said. “We have an opportunity to win a series. We fought all year long to have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Hopefully we can get it done on Thursday.”

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151 Responses to “Girardi: “We have an opportunity””

  1. blake October 5th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Yes…..now that its gone 5 the rain definitely helped the Yankees as they are facing Fister instead of Verlander. The Yankees were never going to have Sabathia in this game……the Tigers were supposed to.

    Got the split in Detroit…..just have to win a home game then on to the ALCS and revenge on the Rangers.

  2. blake October 5th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Can anyone think of another 3 team trade that worked out as well for all 3 teams as the Granderson trade did?

    The Yanks got Granderson (MVP candidate)
    The Tigers got Scherzer and Jackson (who is the best defensive CF in baseball)
    The dbacks got Kennedy (Cy young Candidate)

    Pretty rare that all 3 teams win in a deal like that.

  3. Yankee Trader October 5th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I’m hoping for a big lead going into the 7th, so we don’t have to face Verlander coming in to relieve in a close game.

    And Joe-If the game is 10-1 again in the Yankees favor, please don’t bring in Ayala in the 9th.

  4. ron October 5th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Man would it be sweet to get another crack at the rangers,without lee.

    Also,the phillies have great pitching,but their offense is nowhere near what it was in the past.

    Not sure how many long term,big contracts they have,but they are aging quickly.
    The brewers have a real chance at beating them.

  5. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Joelsherman1 Column http://nyp.st/qXMeFI For Burnett, the expectatons were small, but his performance was big

  6. blake October 5th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I think if the strike zone from last night had been there Monday night then the Yanks may have won that game as well. That sounds like sour grapes but it really affected CC early in that game……

  7. blake October 5th, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I think the Brewers have an excellent chance at the Phillies if those two meet. Braun would be the best player on the field and their pitching while not as good……can at least pitch with them.

  8. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Yazman,

    I was at that game as well. Many wondered why I would be driving 200 miles towards a hurricane. And AJ really heard it that night. I always knew there was a big Yankee fan presence at Camden but never realized just how big it is.

    AJ’s really an enigma. Many don’t like him as a baseball player but as a person off the field, he’s entirely likable. You’ll never see a fan wearing a #34 jersey but everybody sort of roots for him. I’m ecstatic that he pitched well last night and the Yankee season continues but there’s something deeper as well. I guess he’s like the underdog-outsider that many identify with.

  9. CountryClub October 5th, 2011 at 9:16 am

    The strike zone Monday night was completely unfair because CC is a lefty and Verlander is a righty. The ump wasnt calling anything on the outer third of the plate vs right handed hitters. And with CC being a lefty, the Tigers loaded the lineup with right handed hitters. They learned in the first inning that they didnt have to swing at anything on the outside part of the plate. So they all waited for pitches middle in and ultimately, he had to throw there or else he would have had 10 walks in the game.

    Anyway, what’s done is done. Nice bounce back win last night.

  10. CountryClub October 5th, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I don’t worry about Nova’s nerves tomorrow night. He’ll be fine. I do worry about such an inexperienced pitcher throwing twice to the same team in a 5 day span. Martin is going to need to come up big with his pitch selection.

    I think he gives up 3 over 6 innings and the Yanks bats stay warm. Yanks 8-4.

  11. Faiaz October 5th, 2011 at 9:18 am

    The Yankees have the best 2011 postseason ERA at 3.34.

    We also lead everyone with runs scored per game at 6.50.

  12. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 9:18 am

    You’ll never see a fan wearing a #34 jersey but everybody sort of roots for him.

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

    Confession: I actually have an #34 T-shirt. Bought it after Game 2 in ’09. ;)

  13. blake October 5th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    CC,

    Totally agree……CC wont use it as an excuse but the ump took his biggest weapon away against a team full of RH hitters……it tired him out early and that greatly affected the game.

  14. Yankee Trader October 5th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Blake-

    3 team trade-all players involved:

    The Yankees did that on the second day of the winter meetings, trading pitchers Phil Coke and Ian Kennedy and the outfield prospect Austin Jackson in a three-team deal for Granderson.

    Kennedy and Tigers starter Edwin Jackson went to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the deal, with Coke, Austin Jackson and the Arizona pitchers Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth going to Detroit.

  15. CountryClub October 5th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I honestly think Detroit got the short end of the stick in the trade. I just think Jackson is what he is at this point. A very good defender that has no power and strikes out way too much. But he’s still young and can obviously prove me wrong over the next few years. We’ll see….

  16. 86w183 October 5th, 2011 at 9:21 am

    The hidden best thing about last night was 13 hits, 10 runs and 0 HR. Every starter except one got a hit and Montero got into the game and rapped two.

    I wouldn’t say there’s any proof that the rain out helped. Maybe CC beats Verland that night and Nova makes it 2-0. You can’t assume everything else would have played out exactly the same way.

    There aren’t that many three team trades to choose from, but I think the Granderson et al trade will be talked about for years because how positively it turned out across the board.

  17. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Confession: I actually have an #34 T-shirt. Bought it after Game 2 in ’09. ;)

    ————————————————————-

    Well you can wear it proudly today. :smile:

  18. Villa Nova-Ya October 5th, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Country Club -

    In Game 1A, Nova was actually facing a lineup that was crafted to face lefty CC Sabathia. So I expect there will be a somewhat different lineup facing him on Thursday night.

    I’m hoping the Yankees can get to Fister again.

  19. blake October 5th, 2011 at 9:23 am

    If AJ throws close to 1,000 innings over his 5 year contract and adds another good postseasoj performance to his resume……then will it have been worth the money? For most teams no……but for the Yanks potentially yes.

    I would still look to move him this winter if possible……but last night was awesome for AJ.

  20. Benny Blanco October 5th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Blake,

    I dont know about you but I feel a BIG game from Arod tomorrow. He’s close at turning the corner.

  21. CountryClub October 5th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Villa Nova,

    Good point on the lineup.

  22. CountryClub October 5th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I’m not sure if Arod is going to break out tomorrow. But I do agree with Blanco that he’s very close. If they make the ALCS I expect him to hit.

    BTW, the Rangers have been hot. Hopefully this layoff will mess with their timing a bit.

  23. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Benny-I think Alex has a big game tomorrow too. I can’t remember which of the couldn’t-be-less-enthused announcers it was, but one of them said it wasn’t a good sign for the Tigers that his bat looks like it’s waking up. :)

  24. Benny Blanco October 5th, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Erin,

    I couldn’t agree more. Guarrantee leyland thinks twice about intentionally walking cano again this series to face alex!

    Be afraid. Be very afraid! :)

  25. Yankee Trader October 5th, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Tonight it’s Roy Oswalt vs Edwin Jackson. If the Cardinals can pull this one out at home the 5th game looks like a Carpenter vs Halladay.

    Could we see an upset?

  26. JM October 5th, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Bats have to stay hot on Thursday. That’s the key. Nova will pitch well enough to keep them in the game. Have to hope they get to Fister again.

    If they can just get past Detroit, I think the team matches up very well against the Rangers and all their lefty pitching.

  27. Irreverent Discourse October 5th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    blake – a-jax is the best defensive centerfielder in baseball? He wasn’t even the best CF in last night’s game…

  28. Shame Spencer October 5th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    “Confession: I actually have an #34 T-shirt. Bought it after Game 2 in ’09.”

    Erin – I was at that game with my dad. I’ve never seen a pitching performance like it. Utterly dominant, I could see the crispness in his pitches from the bleachers. I know AJ will always be an up and down guy.. but if he stays down through every regular season and finds his way back up in the playoffs I don’t care if we pay him in 24k gold bars, he’s worth it.

  29. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    CC_Sabathia Just waking up, glad to be back home and ready to bring game 5 to the Bronx.

  30. Shame Spencer October 5th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    “I would still look to move him this winter if possible……but last night was awesome for AJ.”

    Thing is.. moving him could be much easier this winter if he has a good post season. People have short memories in sports.

  31. upstate kate October 5th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I saw bits and pieces of yesterday’s Phillies/Cards game. The Cards definitely had their chances. My money is on the Brewers for NL champs…only to beat by the Yankees of course!

  32. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Shame-totally agree

    That’s awesome you were at that game.

  33. Yankee Trader October 5th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Villa-

    Good point about the lineup.

    However, checking the Tiger’s vs righties, Ordonez, Young, Kelly, Rayburn, Santiago, Inge, Jackson all had BA’s at .250 or below in 2011.

  34. CountryClub October 5th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Two things:

    1. On the broadcast last night they said that Leyland already said that Verlander will not be pitching in game 5. I realize anything is possible, but he’s usually pretty firm once he makes a decision

    2. We better not see Wade or Ayala in front of Hughes in a meaningful spot for the rest of these playoffs (and hopefully we have a bunch more games left)

  35. Irreverent Discourse October 5th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    YT – They are on the wrong side of both of those matchups, a tough road for the Cardinals.

  36. Vineyard Yankee October 5th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Great win last night. Those Granderson plays were absolutely outstanding. Hoping the bats don’t go to sleep with the off day. The players with a well deserved break today. Can’t wait for the game tomorrow.

  37. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    kate-I want a Brewers/Yankees WS too, mostly because (if I could get my hands on a ticket) I could take a little trip up to Milwaukee. ;)

  38. Shame Spencer October 5th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Hughes’ inning really impressed me last night. It was the perfect time to bring him in because we had such a lead but that didn’t stop him from throwing absolute fire out there. Definitely gave me more confidence in bringing him out in a tight game. He look incredibly sharp.

  39. pat October 5th, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Harold Reynolds showed a breakdown last nght and had Alex at 60 something ABs since coming back from injury and the postseason starting.

    They were talking about 80-100 ABs is what it takes to get out of spring training mode.

    Reynolds, Plesac and DeRosa agreed he looks like he’s getting closer to being locked in.

  40. Villa Nova-Ya October 5th, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Yankee Trader -

    Hmm, nice to know those numbers!

  41. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Shame-I thought Hughes looked great last night too. Very impressed.

  42. CountryClub October 5th, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Just get Arod to the ALCS and he’ll be hitting. Also, the Yanks would get to face some lefties…and that puts their lineup into lethal mode.

    But obviously they have to win FThursday first. It won’t be a cakewalk.

  43. Yankee Trader October 5th, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Kate-

    If the Yankees play the Brewers, they played each other in YS in June beating Greinke, Marcum and Wolf, with CC shutting them down in Game 3, 5-0.

  44. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 9:48 am

    NYYs can’t risk moving Burnett until they can resign Sabathia and get the best FA pitcher on the market, which is ilson. I still don’t think that Wilson is a good fit for this team, though. That still leaves NYYs a pitcher short (Noesi) and move Warren/Mitchell/Phelps into Noesi’s spot in the pen. Signing Wilson most likely won’t happen.

  45. Yankee Trader October 5th, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Any chance the Tigers decide to go with Scherzer on 3 days rest, since he pitched an afternoon game last Sunday?

  46. upstate kate October 5th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    YT
    I would sign up for that!
    I don’t care for match up purposes, just don’t like the Phillies…and if Erin could get to a game, that would just be icing on the cake :)

  47. Shame Spencer October 5th, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Erin – I know the Tigers were basically crying ‘uncle’ at that point but Phil just looked good. Couldn’t put my finger on what it was exactly, he just seemed very on.

    GB – In all likelihood I always assumed AJ would still be with us next season. Thinking of him as a #5 though, its really not a bad option for a guy that at least knows our division and can be moderately successful.

  48. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Just thought I’d stop by and say hey to the morning crew.

    It looks like the baseball gods do want a fair playing field and when they don’t get it, they find a way to equalize things. Because I always try to make sense of things by using a bigger-picture perspective (I don’t sweat the small stuff), I decided that the games had to play out the way they did so that AJ would get to be the hero and that would be his validation because he is much-maligned (and yes he has earned some of it) but also definitely underappreciated. So last night was atonement for Gerrry Davis and I am calling game 5 atonement for Kenny Rogers in 2006. Then it’s on to the ALCS!

    I’m not worried a whit about game 5. Yankees are a better all-around team than the Tigers, with a better offense and a better pen. Nova will be a dream. So it’s good times coming up for Yanks fans who allow themselves to relax and enjoy it without allowing visions of dread, doom and gloom to overtake them when the Yankees don’t get a hit or the Tigers score a run (hyperbole perhaps but not by much for some here!)

    My final thought and I will continue to say this throughout the postseason. Every Yankee on the postseason roster has helped the Yankees at some point this season to get to the postseason. Yankee fans should treat them with appreciation and support them, each and every one, rather than have some snarky comment when some of them are getting ready to come in the game! None of us does everything right all the time. Men, not machines.

    “Pollyanna” (as some have enjoyed calling me…) signing off. I’m thrilled to have a day without baseball.

    GO YANKS!!!

    GO BREWERS!!!

  49. Mgumpher October 5th, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I wonder if the Yankees would consider having Garcia or Colon back if its a short, one year type deal. Either one would be a nice bridge till the younger arms come up, and it keeps it from being a long term committment. Both of them had a lot to do with the results this year, and while Colon faded at the end, his stuff was darn good through a large portion of the season. He might have hit a wall because of pitching innings he hadn’t pitched in years.

    It might be better than signing Wilson, as that is longer term, and probably higher dollars. Plus, the RS will probably be going after Wilson as they need SP.

  50. pat October 5th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Think the team mindset may have been just win tonight and get this back home? :wink:

    CC Sabathia
    Just waking up, glad to be back home and ready to bring game 5 to the Bronx.

    DRob30David Robertson
    Great win, so pumped we are bringing it back to the Bronx!

    Nick Swisher
    Bringing it back to “baseball heaven.” NYC!!! Let’s do this

    Robinson Cano
    Vamos para el Bronx con todas las ganas d ganar,ojalá y este Octubre sea para recordar.Con Dios de nuestro lado la jornada al 28 ya comenzó!

  51. CountryClub October 5th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Leyland said last night that Fister is starting. I’m sure Scherzer will be available though. Should be all hands on deck for both teams. The Yanks pen has been much better this series.

  52. Yankee Trader October 5th, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Have a great day everyone.

    Have great faith in the Yankees to pull it out at home, especially seeing them win last night with aggressive play, great defense and not relying on the homerun to bail them out.

  53. CountryClub October 5th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    The Tigers know that if they are losing after 6, they are in big trouble. Robertson and Mo will give the Yanks 3 innings if need be. They are going to really shorten the game on Thurs.

  54. pat October 5th, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Pujols unhappy MLB would schedule their game to start at 4pm knowing they would be playing in shadows.

    “Maybe if we were the New York Yankees maybe we would have played an 8 o’clock game today.”

  55. Shame Spencer October 5th, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Someone posted an article a couple days back about the tradition of the pre-game ceremonies at Yankee games.. anyone happen to have it?

  56. JM October 5th, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I was at that 5-0 game that CC pitched against Milwaukee. I remember saying to my friends, the Brewers are supposed to be good? Clearly they weren’t playing very well at the time and the Yankees were on a roll, in the midst of an 8-game winning streak, I think.

  57. upstate kate October 5th, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Pujols had a point regarding the shadows. However, he should realize it is all about the $$$. Altho a Phillies/Cards game could compete for prime time, I would think

  58. pat October 5th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Shame

    I think it was from the Wall Street Journal. Try searching it at wsj.com

  59. 108 stitches October 5th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I would think that Texas will go all out to sign C.J. Wilson. Another option for the Yankees until Banuelos is ready could be LH Mark Buehrle. Noesi will be given every chance to make the team out of ST as a starter. One of Garcia / Colon will be invited to ST for a look see. Then there’s Adam Warren and David Phelps.

  60. pkyankfan69 October 5th, 2011 at 10:10 am

    “Maybe if we were the New York Yankees maybe we would have played an 8 o’clock game today.”

    Sounds good to me… I would be less exhausted at work today if it was a 4 pm game yesterday.

  61. Jerkface October 5th, 2011 at 10:13 am

    If Pujols wants to be a Yankee…

  62. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    OK, Thursday night on deck. Let’s kick this pig.

  63. upstate kate October 5th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Kermit is not going to like that comment

  64. Villa Nova-Ya October 5th, 2011 at 10:17 am

    The 8′clock playoff games and the 9 pm regular season Sunday night games and weeknight games on travel days go hand in hand.

  65. upstate kate October 5th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    if only they really started at 8!!

  66. Mgumpher October 5th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Jerkface October 5th, 2011 at 10:13 am
    If Pujols wants to be a Yankee?

    +++++
    LOL. I could live with that…

  67. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Shame Spencer October 5th, 2011 at 9:54 am
    Erin – I know the Tigers were basically crying ‘uncle’ at that point but Phil just looked good. Couldn’t put my finger on what it was exactly, he just seemed very on.

    GB – In all likelihood I always assumed AJ would still be with us next season. Thinking of him as a #5 though, its really not a bad option for a guy that at least knows our division and can be moderately successful.

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

    A strong post season for Burnett could go a long way into fixing his issues for the next 2 years. This is the game film for Burnett to study. It comtains both the good and bad part of Burnett’s delivery. MLB showed it last night and slowed it down. First inning, lower knee lift in the delivery and head out front and arm drags behind. Second inning, higher (above the waist) and arm out in front of the head and arm follows through with hand on top of the ball.

  68. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Pujols is just trying to get the attention of the Sox for his upcoming free agency.

    “Hey I can complain too!”

  69. blake October 5th, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Benny,

    Yea I agree…..he looks a lot better. He actually looked better in Game 3 also and seemed to be tracking the ball better …..he was just facing Verlander.

    ID,

    Yea I don’t have any problem saying AJax is the best defensive CF on baseball….have you watched him play? That’s not a knock on Granderson who is good also and a much better overall player but straight glove……Jackson is as good as anybody.

  70. PittsburghYankeeFan October 5th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Nobody’s trading AJ.

    He’s fine as a #4 or #5, as long as you don’t ask him to do much more than that. Working with his mental state is should be the plan, and Rothschild is perfect for that. Guy still won 11 games–at 11-11 he’s pitching to his average. Worth $16.5 million? No.

    But why trade him? Salary dump? They’re the Yankees. Blocking someone’s development? Not really–you can always trade him at the July deadline if he is (either this year or next).

    I think we are all just reacting emotionally to his severe inconsistency. Brian Cashman is not.

    Rotation for next year looks something like: CC, Nova, Hughes, and 2 of Noesi, other AAA guys, pitchers off the shelf such as Garcia, Colon, etc…maybe they trade for someone to round it out, not knowing about Hughes effectiveness.

  71. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    upstate kate October 5th, 2011 at 10:16 am
    Kermit is not going to like that comment

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    Kermit’s nothing but fresh frog legs on the hoof….so to speak.

  72. PittsburghYankeeFan October 5th, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Oops–forgot AJ in that mix, so they only need one guy as long as they resign CC.

  73. blake October 5th, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Pujols could play RF at YS……I wouldn’t sign him though. I don’t want to pay what he will get for his decline years……just bring back Swish and go hard after Kemp next winter if he hits the market……he’s like 5 years younger.

  74. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 10:25 am

    kate-don’t encourage him. :x

  75. PittsburghYankeeFan October 5th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    What is it with these guys like Gonozales and Pujols? Play with what you are given and stop complaining. This the Yankees are happy that they have to do all night games, resulting in several rainouts and screwing with their rotation?

    Give me a break.

  76. blake October 5th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    “But why trade him? Salary dump? They’re the Yankees. Blocking someone’s development? Not really–you can always trade him at the July deadline if he is (either this year or next).”

    Because the Yankees do have a budget and they could get similar production from Noesi or someone making the league minimum and spend that 15 million on something else…..that’s assuming they could trade him. Im really happy for AJ and he saved their season last night…..but he’s been one of the worst purchase in baseball over the last 2 seasons……IF you can move him you do…..but until that’s an option ……..then go AJ!

  77. pat October 5th, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Villa

    That was my first thought when I read Pujols comments. Gotta take the positive with the negative of being inside/outside the largest media market.

    ltimately it’s about money. Yankees get ratings- those who love them tune in to cheer and everyone else tunes in to hope they lose.

  78. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I have no doubt we’ll be hearing all sorts of rumors over the winter about Cashman (assuming he’s back) trying to move AJ, but I’ll be surprised if it actually happens.

  79. pkyankfan69 October 5th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Even if the Yankees do move on to the next round and we see more of AJ, the Yanks will have him next year reguardless of results.

    If AJ pitches well they will think he has turned the corner and keep him.
    If he sucks no one will want him.

    With that contract there is not a shot in hell he doesn’t start the season in the Yankee rotation next year. 100% chance barring injury.

  80. 86w183 October 5th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Mid/late afternoon games are really hard on hitters. It’s why few teams schedule them.

    Thing is they could played Tampa/Texas in that slot since being indoors renders the shadow issue moot and have the Cards/Phils play a nooner.

    Garcia more likely to be invited back because he’s held up better. Colon might be a bullpen guy for someone. First two things to settle for the Yanks 2012 are CC and Hughes. I’m fine going into the year with those two, AJ, Nova and Noesi, but I expect them to make a trade run at a better starter using pitching surplus, catching surplus and more.

    King Felix is about to get very expensive ($ 59.5 M next 3 years) for a team that’s gonna be awful next year.

  81. Shame Spencer October 5th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    pat – Thanks! I didn’t even know where to look!

    I think if it were up to me.. we’d have both Garcia and Colon back next year (for the right price).

  82. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    TrentonThunder RT @YankeeSource: ALDS Leaders: BA: 1. Posada (.400), 2. Gardner (.385) HR: Beltre (3) RBI: 1. Cano (8) , 3. Gardner (5).

  83. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Shame, Garcia will definately be offered a contract, if for no other reason than a free draft pick. Colon at 39 may be asked back for a bullpen spot and maybe swing man.

  84. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 10:49 am

    If anybody is interested in following the Yankee kids in the Arizona Fall League, the season started yesterday. All 6 players are with the Phoenix team.

  85. blake October 5th, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Offer Garcia and Colon both arbitration……I would for sure bring Garcia back.

  86. 108 stitches October 5th, 2011 at 10:50 am

    It can make a difference if Phil Hughes goes to the Performance Institute in Phoenix over the winter and gets back to real pitching shape. Be an early arrival in Tampa in mid January to begin building up his arm strength.

  87. Chip October 5th, 2011 at 10:50 am

    blake October 5th, 2011 at 9:06 am
    Can anyone think of another 3 team trade that worked out as well for all 3 teams as the Granderson trade did?

    The Yanks got Granderson (MVP candidate)
    The Tigers got Scherzer and Jackson (who is the best defensive CF in baseball)
    The dbacks got Kennedy (Cy young Candidate)

    Pretty rare that all 3 teams win in a deal like that.

    —————–

    Quite true – in only player who was involved in that deal that didn’t work out for the team that got him was Edwin Jackson.

  88. Shame Spencer October 5th, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Here it is again for anyone interested:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/.....65454.html

  89. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Offer Colon a contract but, arbitration isn’t necessary. No draft pick.

  90. Chip October 5th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    blake October 5th, 2011 at 10:50 am
    Offer Garcia and Colon both arbitration……I would for sure bring Garcia back.

    ——————-

    Yeah I don’t think you lose anything by offering them arbitration – neither one would get too much money if they accepted it.

    But ideally neither one of them would be in the rotation next year.

    CC
    FA or Trade for solid #2
    Nova
    Hughes
    AJ

  91. blake October 5th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Chip,

    Yea but the Dbacks turned Edwin Jackson into their #2 starter(daniel hudson).

    108,

    Yup don’t write Hughes off just yet…..the innings hangover should be over next year
    ….maybe this season lights a fire under him

  92. Chip October 5th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 10:52 am
    Offer Colon a contract but, arbitration isn’t necessary. No draft pick.

    ———-

    Well you need to offer him arbitration to negotiate with him after a certain point and I don’t think re-signing Colon would be a top priority that they would address right after the season.

  93. RayVT October 5th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Who are the AFL Yankee Players?

  94. blake October 5th, 2011 at 10:55 am

    GB,

    I didn’t know if he qualified or not? He’s not a Type B even?

  95. Chip October 5th, 2011 at 10:55 am

    blake October 5th, 2011 at 10:53 am
    Chip,

    Yea but the Dbacks turned Edwin Jackson into their #2 starter(daniel hudson).

    ———-

    True, but I still think Arizona would have been better off with Scherzer and Schlereth than with Kennedy and Hudson.

  96. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Arizona got Daniel Hudson for Edwin Jackson. Pretty good trade.

  97. PittsburghYankeeFan October 5th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Here’s a question. Who would you rather have had last night? AJ or Lackey?

  98. Mgumpher October 5th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I’m not so sure that Felix will be worth the cost of a trade. He is a good pitcher, no doubt, but this year he wasn’t the same as the year prior, he was far more hittable than he had been.

    Seattle isn’t going to take junk for him either. They would probably demand Montero to start with. The Yankees could really use that bat in their lineup. Then there would be at least two of the “B’s”, and that is just to start the conversation.

    I think they would be better trying out the young arms and having a pitcher like Colon or Garcia as a bridge to when they can come up.

  99. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    It looked like Colon just ran out of gas but next season you never know. He may very well be stronger.

    That arm looked great more than once this season.

  100. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Blake, Garcia is a type B. Colon isn’t rated.

  101. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Shame Spencer October 5th, 2011 at 10:51 am
    Here it is again for anyone interested:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/…..65454.html

    Love this. I watch the whole thing unfold every time I am at the Stadium. It never gets old and gets me so pumped up. I can’t wait until tomorrow!

  102. Shame Spencer October 5th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I just like the idea of bringing both back because I don’t think you can ever have enough viable pitching options.

  103. Mgumpher October 5th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    PittsburghYankeeFan October 5th, 2011 at 10:56 am
    Here?s a question. Who would you rather have had last night? AJ or Lackey?

    +++++++++

    Not really a fair question, as either one is hit or miss, and most here can’t stand Lacking… err, Lackey. I think I would still have wanted AJ, mainly because he is more likable than Lackey. Either might have given a similar start.

  104. blake October 5th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Chip,

    I think right now Nova is your solid #2……obviously if coukd add someone then they’ll look at that but I don’t think they’ll over reach to do it. Going into next season their starting pitching should be less of a concern than it was this year because Nova emerged and because Banuelos is a little bit closer.

    Id the Phillies declined their option on Oswald I wouldn’t mind a short term (like 1 year deal) with either him or Buerle. I would also talk with Kenny Williams about Danks and see what it would take…….

  105. J. Alfred Prufrock October 5th, 2011 at 10:59 am

    What’s that you say?

    Yanks have no No. 2 starter?

    Why, it appears we have two No. 2s.

    :D.

    Never a doubt about AJ last night…

    Blake, I support your AJax statement. I said in here the other day he’s one of the best pure CFers in the league. Grandy is great, but AJax is just getting started & is clearly special, also has a better arm (though not a great one). AJax is butter out there – you only had to be at Games 1 & 2 & watch him run down Arod’s, then Jeter’s scorchers to grasp how good he is.

    Well, speaking of Alex, he’s BAAAAA-aaack! Alex shows up, curtains for Tigers??? :D

    I L’d OL on Montero’s swing in his second AB… He could be unconscious for weeks & walk to the plate and get himself a hit… ridiculous how good our boy is, and yes he’s OURS….that makes me laugh even louder…

    Can’t say how proud I am of AJ. He was hilarious in the pre-game presser…”Uh believe it or not, I have confidence in myself….” slight smirk, squinty eyes…LOL.

    Hughes was dealing last night…loved the elevation on the K….that’s the Hughes we want to see…

    I was half expecting to see Rivera, just for a few tosses…hasn’t pitched since Game 1…

    I keep trying to find a way to get Montero and Jorge both in there…but I know it ain’t happenin’. Martin has played so well behind the plate… last night, that smart slide showed he knows what the catcher’s thinking and how to avert him… his hits were a bonus (Peralta is not a great SS, ahem…). …Gardner again smartly going with the pitch. …Tex’s swing looked MUCH better, nice hit. …that DP on the Jete somewhat errant throw has to have convinced folks he must be at 1B, or nothing will…

    I was actually not liking it at all when Joe came to get AJ… I was thinking “mistake”.. he was throwing great, had two down and man only at 1B. …thank you, God, for Grandy. ….but Sori, despite the comments here, is an asset in the bullpen. …

    Finally, I am fn sick of the Jeter bashing in here. …like Joe said, Jete had the most important hit of the game. …do I even have to say it?? I can’t be in here anymore, the Jeter haters have kept me out. …I can’t waste energy when these games are so important spitting bile at people I couldn’t care less about. …really, stop dumping on our players, no one needs you in here. …

    Can’t wait for Thursday. …we are moving on, and C gets another chance to pitch… that makes me very happy, he got jobbbed in Game 3 and was clearly crestfallen. …AJ picked him up, thank you AJ, you were great…. most kept it positive around here, that’s what the place needs…

    GO YANKS

  106. Mgumpher October 5th, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2011 at 10:56 am
    It looked like Colon just ran out of gas but next season you never know. He may very well be stronger.

    That arm looked great more than once this season.

    +++++++++

    I agree. I think Colon would be a decent sign, even given how he ended the season. That was a great pick up for the Yankees, and he might be better next year as he might be in better condition to pitch the whole season.

  107. blake October 5th, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I don’t think there is a GM (including Theo) that wouldn’t rather have AJ than Lackey even before last night…..better guy…..better stuff…..one year less on contract.

  108. Chip October 5th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    blake October 5th, 2011 at 10:58 am
    Chip,

    I think right now Nova is your solid #2……obviously if coukd add someone then they’ll look at that but I don’t think they’ll over reach to do it. Going into next season their starting pitching should be less of a concern than it was this year because Nova emerged and because Banuelos is a little bit closer.

    Id the Phillies declined their option on Oswald I wouldn’t mind a short term (like 1 year deal) with either him or Buerle. I would also talk with Kenny Williams about Danks and see what it would take…….

    ————

    Blake -

    My problem with annointing Nova as the solid #2 is that at this time last year we were saying the same thing about Hughes.

    I would like Buehrle, also wouldn’t mind taking a shot on Rich Harden who looked very good in the second half of the season.

  109. LGY October 5th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    “I am frustrated this year,” Sternberg said of losing to the Rangers for the second consecutive year. “We’ve replicated last year [on the field] and our attendance numbers were down 15 percent and our ratings were down. The rubber has got to meet the road at some point here. When you go through the season, you control your own destiny, if you win out. We’re getting to the point where we don’t control our own destiny. This is untenable as a model going forward.”

    “When I came in here in ’05 and ’06, I saw the stars, and I was confident that we could put a winning product on the field — and I was told by you guys and others that all we needed was a winning team,” Sternberg said. “Well, we won. We won. We won. And we won. And it didn’t do it.”

    ….

    “To a team, winning solves ills. And we are four years into winning and we’re no better off right now.”

    http://espn.go.com/dallas/mlb/.....a-bay-rays

  110. blake October 5th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    “True, but I still think Arizona would have been better off with Scherzer and Schlereth than with Kennedy and Hudson.”

    How on earth can you think this. Aside from the fact that Kennedy is the best of those three starters……shlereth is a reliever…..a mediocre one at that.

  111. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Good morning, Ray. Hope all is well up there in the Hub Of Democracy.

    Corbin Joseph, Ronnier Mustelier and Rob Segedin are the position players. The pitchers are Daniel Burawa, Chase Whitley and David Phelps. Burawa and Whitley are relief pitchers.

    Here’s the roster. You can follow the live game day box on computer.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/.....eam_id=454

  112. GoldGlove9486 October 5th, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I thought Logan looked AWESOME last night too…..so if you think about Hughes, Logan, Soriano, Robertson, and Rivera, you could almost get SIX innings out of them if you need it. The way Albuquerque or whatever his name is looks, the Yankees have the absolute advantage here. Would love an A-Bomb in the first inning.

  113. Chip October 5th, 2011 at 11:04 am

    If I had to pick 2012 versions of Garcia/Colon (as in guys who won’t be in huge demand but on a minor league deal would be good investments)

    Kazmir
    Maholm
    John Maine

  114. Chip October 5th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    blake October 5th, 2011 at 11:03 am
    “True, but I still think Arizona would have been better off with Scherzer and Schlereth than with Kennedy and Hudson.”

    How on earth can you think this. Aside from the fact that Kennedy is the best of those three starters……shlereth is a reliever…..a mediocre one at that.

    —————–

    I think Max at this stage in the NL West would not only be as good as IPK but better.

  115. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 11:06 am

    PittsburghYankeeFan October 5th, 2011 at 10:56 am
    Here?s a question. Who would you rather have had last night? AJ or Lackey?

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

    AJ. No question.

  116. blake October 5th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Get out of Tampa or get a new ballpark……

    JAP,

    Jackson robs Jeter way too often…..he goes back on the ball so well.

    Montero will get his shot in the ALCS ;)

  117. J. Alfred Prufrock October 5th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Just want to add, without further ado: NO ONE needs to apologize, in my book, for defending Jeter against the gratuitous, piling on BS from folks pretending to make a neutral observation. …everyone knows your gimmick, sees through you. ..& everyone knows a genuine, neutral observation when they see one. …I had one in my post, that Tex’s glove was important on Jeter’s somewhat errant throw… but you’ll not see anyone accuse me of bashing Jeter, because I don’t do that… dassit.

  118. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 11:08 am

    fran_cervelli Who’s excited for #ALDS Game 5 tomorrow night? Go #Yankees. The best team and the greatest teammates! @MLB #Postseason #BackToTheBronx

  119. blake October 5th, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Chip,

    The NL west isnt the GCL……..the Sherzer we saw Monday isn’t the same one that pitches every turn……he’s wildly inconsistent…..great stuff but Kennedy is a lot better right now……Hudson probably is too to be honest.

  120. J. Alfred Prufrock October 5th, 2011 at 11:10 am

    blake, we kept saying saying when at the games, stop hitting the ball to deep left-center and deep right-center, he’s going to snag it…

    We’ve got to take care of business on Thursday, but Montero could prove to be the difference in offenses in that ALCS… he’s going to crush Texas pitching.. …we need to get him, and CC, to Saturday….

  121. Chip October 5th, 2011 at 11:11 am

    blake October 5th, 2011 at 11:09 am
    Chip,

    The NL west isnt the GCL……..the Sherzer we saw Monday isn’t the same one that pitches every turn……he’s wildly inconsistent…..great stuff but Kennedy is a lot better right now……Hudson probably is too to be honest.

    ———

    Ok…will take your word for it

  122. blake October 5th, 2011 at 11:12 am

    JAP,

    You see Mason Williams play live?

  123. J. Alfred Prufrock October 5th, 2011 at 11:13 am

    …also, what a luxury it will be to have Tex and Swish batting from the right side. …

    DELIVER US SAFELY TO THE WEEKEND, NOVA!!!

    If he can hold it down early and we can give the kid an early lead, we should take off.. that offense is ready to pound at home…

  124. blake October 5th, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Folks that think IPK is a soft tossing NL product need to stay up one night and watch him pitch next season……he’s really good.

  125. Chip October 5th, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Something that didn’t get mentioned much but stuck out to me about last night – Girardi letting Montero hit.

    After Montero was put in for Posada and Leyland went to a RHP I was almost certain that Girardi was going to burn Montero and put up Chavez.

    As for AJ – this is what’s so maddening about him. He can be so good some times and so awful at other times. Girardi’s biggest thing is going to be erring on the side of caution with AJ (and Freddy) and pulling him too soon rather than too late.

  126. benfica356 October 5th, 2011 at 11:14 am

    what time is first pitch tommorow, cause i work till 9?

  127. J. Alfred Prufrock October 5th, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Yes, Blake I have seen Williams…he makes a direct line to the ball and waits under it, he runs it down in the gaps, and he has an insane arm…. he looks better in center than Melky Mesa, and believe me, that’s saying something…just effortless… saw him make a running grab over the shoulder that was actually Upton-esque… they hit the ball out there a lot to him… he’s crazy good. Long arms and legs, when he throws the ball it just takes off…

  128. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2011 at 11:15 am

    AJax covers enormous ground in CF. You can especially see it live. Mason Williams in the one game I saw in Brooklyn had similar coverage, great reads, and jump and a better arm than AJax. Both are fun to watch.

  129. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2011 at 11:17 am

    First pitch is likely 8:07PM.

  130. G. Love October 5th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    If you can’t give AJ a clean slate after last night you don’t love the Yankees. In a game where he could have blown the season up to bits, he battled and held the Tigers down. Same with Soriano.

    If there’s any doubt in your mind the Yankees care about winning watch the video of AJ, Sori and the rest of the guys tripping over themselves to get to Grandy in the dugout after his 2nd miraculous catch.

    When Francona was talking about the Red Sox not protecting and playing for one another out in the field, that’s what the opposite looks like.

    Nova’s been my favorite story of the season. I think back to last season when he challenged Bautista and thought to myself “where have the Yankees been hiding him?”.

    To see him get the game 5 start is going to be special. There’s never been any excuses with Nova. No inning limits garbage. He developed from start to start this season and it’s why I was apoplectic when he got sent to AAA.

    I’m excited to see him go out there tomorrow night and finish this. He has the confidence. He has the stuff. He has the defense playing their hearts out behind him.

    As long as the hitters relax and show up, I feel very good about Thursday night. Just get runs early so Verlander can’t come in to shut the party down. I don’t believe for a second that he’s not in play tomorrow night with the season on the line for the Tigers.

  131. benfica356 October 5th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    dang so i might miss a couple of innings

  132. RayVT October 5th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Thanks GB! Glad to see the Yanks play great last night! I DVR’d the game as i went to a funeral last night several hours away & couldn’t get to watch it. I wil tonight though! LOL!

  133. blake October 5th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    JAP, FF,

    How do you think Mason’s defensive upside compares to AJax?

  134. JobaTipsHisCap October 5th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    A-Rod’s last 2 AB look pretty encouraging.
    We need to score early tonight.

  135. Chip October 5th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    G. Love October 5th, 2011 at 11:18 am
    If you can’t give AJ a clean slate after last night you don’t love the Yankees. In a game where he could have blown the season up to bits, he battled and held the Tigers down. Same with Soriano.

    If there’s any doubt in your mind the Yankees care about winning watch the video of AJ, Sori and the rest of the guys tripping over themselves to get to Grandy in the dugout after his 2nd miraculous catch.

    When Francona was talking about the Red Sox not protecting and playing for one another out in the field, that’s what the opposite looks like.

    Nova’s been my favorite story of the season. I think back to last season when he challenged Bautista and thought to myself “where have the Yankees been hiding him?”.

    To see him get the game 5 start is going to be special. There’s never been any excuses with Nova. No inning limits garbage. He developed from start to start this season and it’s why I was apoplectic when he got sent to AAA.

    I’m excited to see him go out there tomorrow night and finish this. He has the confidence. He has the stuff. He has the defense playing their hearts out behind him.

    As long as the hitters relax and show up, I feel very good about Thursday night. Just get runs early so Verlander can’t come in to shut the party down. I don’t believe for a second that he’s not in play tomorrow night with the season on the line for the Tigers.

    —————–

    G.

    I appreciate how AJ battled last night but does that erase two awful years? No.

    Does it mean I’m going to be confident the next time he takes the ball? No.

    Do I hope that this is a turning point in his Yankee career and that from here on out he’s the #2 the Yankees envisioned when they signed him? Of course.

    Am I counting on that? Of course not.

  136. Mgumpher October 5th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    GoldGlove9486, the only one that I don’t think will be out there is Soriano. He’s pitched too much recently.

    I could see Girardi possibly bringing in CC depending on the game situation at that time. CC wouldn’t go deep, but an inning or two would work fine.

    This game will be interesting to watch for how Girardi manages it. Hopefully it will be another like last night, where he wasn’t afraid to pull the pitcher – possibly a little early, over leaving them in too long.

    Nova will have his shot, but Girardi will go to the pen quickly if trouble looks like mounting.

  137. J. Alfred Prufrock October 5th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    After Montero was put in for Posada and Leyland went to a RHP I was almost certain that Girardi was going to burn Montero and put up Chavez.
    ///

    Haha! I said, if he brings Chavez to the plate, I’m going to kill somebody! Leaving him in that spot tells you two things: 1). Joe knows Montero can hit RHP (duhhh), and 2). Joe knows he had an opportunity to get some work for a bat that’s going to be very important in the ALCS… …

    Good decision, Joe.

  138. blake October 5th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    If the Yanks can win Tomorrows then being able to fill out their LHP lineup probably 5 of the 7 games is a huge plus……..in addition to the Montero factor……Jeter and Swisher are both significantly better vs LHP and Tex transforms into one of the best hitters in the league.

    Gotta win tomorrow first

  139. Mgumpher October 5th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    JobaTipsHisCap October 5th, 2011 at 11:21 am
    A-Rod?s last 2 AB look pretty encouraging.
    We need to score early tonight.

    ++++++++
    I’m sure Jeter and ARod are both thinking that for tonight, but it will be a different kind of score than you are thinking of. (It’s an off day for travel today, series finale is on Thursday).

  140. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    RayVT October 5th, 2011 at 11:21 am
    GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Thanks GB! Glad to see the Yanks play great last night! I DVR’d the game as i went to a funeral last night several hours away & couldn’t get to watch it. I wil tonight though! LOL!

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

    Any time, Ray. MLB-TV will be showing all of the post season games the next day after they’re played. Most are cut down, but, normally just the boring, nothing going on innings.

  141. J. Alfred Prufrock October 5th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    yankeefeminista October 5th, 2011 at 11:15 am
    AJax covers enormous ground in CF. You can especially see it live. Mason Williams in the one game I saw in Brooklyn had similar coverage, great reads, and jump and a better arm than AJax. Both are fun to watch.
    ////

    He was very busy that game, wasn’t he? Agree hundred percent.

  142. J. Alfred Prufrock October 5th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    If there’s any doubt in your mind the Yankees care about winning watch the video of AJ, Sori and the rest of the guys tripping over themselves to get to Grandy in the dugout after his 2nd miraculous catch.
    ///

    That was a special snapshot.

  143. Irreverent Discourse October 5th, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Maybe Sternberg should consider where they could be if they were not winning.

  144. LGY October 5th, 2011 at 11:29 am

    The Yankees play two seasons. Come October every player gets a second life and a shot at redemption. You show up in October and you erase the first season.

    Thus far, AJ, Posada, and Gritner have earned the right to have the moments during the regular season when fans were frustrated with their performance to be erased from our collective memory.

    Fantastic job by those three after the ups and downs they experienced from April to September.

  145. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Blake, it compares. But saw him just in that game: he was a human dynamo with great coverage, speed and routes in the plays I saw, and he threw a very accurate ball to the plate to nail a runner. He definitely is in AJax’s class. GG. I think he has the highest ceiling. And of course, his bat blows AJax’s away. He really improved vs. lefties over the course of the season. & wait until Mason adds some muscle, the power is going to come.

  146. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    New Post: Granderson’s glove shines in Game 4

    :arrow:

  147. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Williams has the ability to play center field as well as BJ Upton does (on the days that Upton’s interested in playing).

  148. champ809 October 5th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Chip October 5th, 2011 at 10:55 am
    blake October 5th, 2011 at 10:53 am
    Chip,

    Yea but the Dbacks turned Edwin Jackson into their #2 starter(daniel hudson).

    ———-

    True, but I still think Arizona would have been better off with Scherzer and Schlereth than with Kennedy and Hudson.

    ————–

    Only you would think that the D’ Backs would be better off with guy that couldn’t stay healthy for them and mechanics that clearly suggest he will have arm probs in the future and a LH reliever as opposed to their clear #1 and #2 pitchers who have been studs in the 50 or so starts a piece that they’ve made in leading their organization from worst to 1st in the 2 seasons they’ve worn the uniform. Classic Chipism

    Buehrle is not coming here on a 1yr deal and signing him or anyone else is a misallocation of resources considering that the Yanks have 4-5 young starters( Noesi,Warren,Phelps and Mitchell) who are major league/near major league ready with no openings in the rotation for them right now.

    I’d be most interested in Colon on a 1yr deal and thrilled if AJ can somehow rebuild some trade value with a big showing this postseason esp. if we make the WS and win it all with Aj being a major contributor. Maybe he can then be packaged with some $ and moved opening a spot for the Yanks to open the season with CC,Hughes,Nova,Colon and Noesi to begin the ’12 season.

    The key here is going to be the Yanks insistence on Hughes and Colons’ improved conditioning in the offseason.

    The AAA staff should be Warren, Phelps, Mitchell, Banuelos and Bettances which is almost embarrassing in how sick that is. With a good showing from these guys + Noesi and with guys like Romine and Corbin Joseph, Dave Adams and Zoilo Almonte maybe raking @ the AAA level next year again the Yanks may be in a prime position come the trade deadline next season.

  149. Warning Track Power October 5th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Terrific game last night by A.J! He shocked the world, LOL!!!!
    I keep saying this, but when he throws that curve for a strike, he has a HUGE advantage out there.
    I was not surprised he struggled in the 1st inning. After all, he previously pitched over a week ago. That’s a long layoff!

    Great job A.J.

  150. LockDown October 5th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Would love to see Colon come back as a bp guy & BU SP if someone goes down for a short while. He can’t hold up for the long haul as a starter, but out of the bp/#6 starter he is invaluable.

    Notice Hughes velocity is back up. His last couple of starts (not relief) before the back issues, his velocity started low 90′s. For now, bp is the best place. Next year is another matter. Would love to see him bounce back.

    With Colon down for a week, I wonder if his velocity has come up. Hopefully the yanks are trying him out. If he looks good replace Ayala with Colon in the bp for the rest of the post.

    A-rod took good swings. I too think he’s on the verge of breaking out. Also, Teix later in the game looked good. Hopefully he’s on the verge too.

  151. MR. STEINBRENNER October 5th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    SEASONS COME N GO
    BUT I WILL NEVER CHANGE
    I’M ON MY WAAAYYYYY
    OH OH OH OH
    WRITTEN IN THE STARS
    A MILLION MILES AWAY
    OH OH OH OHHH

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