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Pinch-hitting

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Apr 14, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Good morning Yankees fans! Vincent Z. Mercogliano here for the next two games taking a few hacks in Chad’s place. I’ll be updating the blog throughout while also posting frequently on Twitter @vzmercogliano. That’s the first place that I’ll put information such as today’s lineup straight from the clubhouse before I have a chance to type it up here. What we already know is that Phil Hughes will be taking the ball and will be hoping to get past the fifth inning this time out. After a nearly flawless game yesterday, we’ll see how the Yanks fare in their quest for a fifth straight win.

I’ll have the lineup posted shortly…

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  1. Stoneburner April 14th, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Saturday morning observations:

    1) Yankees minor league pitching depth is being put to a test early on – Banuelos out with back injury, Betances ineffective, Warren and Mitchell solid but in no way elite prospects. Early season results show Campos as the best pitching prospect in the organization. Interesting thing is that so many said we did not need to make the Montero trade because we had all of this pitching depth. Perhaps that assessment was based on an overestimation of the true talent we have. Nik Turley has been possibly the second best starter prospect so far. Some were all aboard the Bryan Mitchell train – but even he had difficulties. And the Jose Ramirez experiment – the one that a certain ista poster said had a plus plus changeup (when perhaps it was a “potential” plus slider) did not do so well last night.

    The Montero trade was criticized on two fronts: First – the notion was that the Yankees traded Montero for something that already had plenty of – pitching prospect depth. So far – we are already seeing how fragile that depth is and that you can never have too much. The Second notion is that there will not be “any” young impactful hitters available for the Yankees to acquire in the coming future – I will address the fallacy of this great prediction as the season goes on and the trade deadline develops. . . . .

    2) How long before Seth Smith is on the Yankees?

    3) While Compass is a very nice person – and a very astute poster – just not that interested in the Mariners. No disrespect – but I am more interested in Posada throwing out pitches than Mike Cameron. Now I understand certain fan boy posters have adopted Compass as their connection with the Mariners due to Montero playing for them – but at some point – you have to let go. Big time prospects are traded all the time – sure follow Montero for your own pleasure – but do not wax poetics after each little single that raises his average in the .290s – before it falls back to the .280s.

  2. blake April 14th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Early season results show Campos as the best pitching prospect in the organization.”

    After 11 innings in the Sally league? I like what Im hearing about him but lol….come on dude…..he’s a long way away. Its really early yet….

  3. Stoneburner April 14th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Yankeesource ? @YankeeSource Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Yankees 2nd in AL in Runs Scored with 34. Imagine what would happen when they all start hitting?

    ***********

    Tired of it – just tired of it. Yankees only have lost one this game due to the offense. The other two are on the pitching. It is pitching that wins – this offense is solid. Tired of the myth that the offense will go into catastrophic decline b/c of Montero. . . .

  4. Stoneburner April 14th, 2012 at 8:19 am

    blake April 14th, 2012 at 8:17 am
    Early season results show Campos as the best pitching prospect in the organization.”

    After 11 innings in the Sally league? I like what Im hearing about him but lol….come on dude…..he’s a long way away. Its really early yet….

    **********

    Early season – plus last year – plus the glowing reports – plus many saying he was the real prize of the trade – yes – yes – when you factor in Banuelos’s 2011 and now his concerning back injury – Campos is the early leader of the pack – and at the very least shows that acquiring more young pitching in the Montero trade was a blessing – rather than a detriment to this prediction that our offense will go into a nosedive . . . .

  5. Triple Short of a Cycle April 14th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Tired of it – just tired of it. Yankees only have lost one this game due to the offense. The other two are on the pitching. It is pitching that wins – this offense is solid. Tired of the myth that the offense will go into catastrophic decline b/c of Montero. . . .

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    Obviously you haven’t watched them in the playoffs

  6. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Nice work Vince.

    Glad to see you are on the case already.

    Thanks.

    :)

  7. RadioKev April 14th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I don’t follow this stuff much – but when was the last time a Boras client took an extension?

  8. Triple Short of a Cycle April 14th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    So now I see a lot of people starting to sour on Banuelos and Betances . Campos has now replaced them as the next top of the rotation guy. Seems to me like the only way for a Yankee prospect to pan out is

    A. get traded away (Kennedy)
    B. Not be a highly touted guy (Nova)

    Does anyone have confidence that this organization will be able to develop Campos?

  9. Yankee Trader April 14th, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Offense will still be among top 3-4. More concerned with shifts to almost all the power hitters.Didnt see the game yesterday. Was Scoscia using it?

  10. Triple Short of a Cycle April 14th, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I don’t follow this stuff much – but when was the last time a Boras client took an extension?

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    Jerod Weaver

  11. blake April 14th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    “Early season – plus last year –,”

    Rookie and short season last year right? Banuelos was in AAA at health the same age Campos is now and he’s still the youngest pitcher in the international league….Manny will be fine

  12. Stoneburner April 14th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Triple Short of a Cycle April 14th, 2012 at 8:21 am
    Tired of it – just tired of it. Yankees only have lost one this game due to the offense. The other two are on the pitching. It is pitching that wins – this offense is solid. Tired of the myth that the offense will go into catastrophic decline b/c of Montero. . . .

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    Obviously you haven’t watched them in the playoffs

    **********

    Oh so now it is a playoff only argument regarding the offense – another myth – in 2010 – it is pitching that got us – a Vlad double off of Hughes – a stinker in game two by Hughes – Pettitte healthy pitching game two instead of game three against Lee – Yanks in WS

    In 2011 – it is Nova early with two HRs and C.C. giving up a critical third run – NEWS FLASH – in the postseason – you are facing great pitching – even the vaunted Rangers offense was shutdown in game 7 against a tired Chris Carpenter – sometimes you need to win a game 2-0 or 2-1 in the postseason – plus the Yanks erupted for crazy offense in games 1 and 4 – they needed to win one with crazy pitching – that never transpired in game 5 – I am tired of it – just tired of it – case in point game one of the 1999 WS – Yanks had to wait until the eight inning to strike with O’Neill and company to get a few runs to win a close one – those are the playoffs – you need to sometimes win 1-0 like a Mussina in Oakland with Posada supplying the only HR – tired of it – the myth of not getting a runner across in the late innings – that happens to every team – heck – even the vaunted Rangers offense in 2011 WS – tired of it – just tired of this myth. . . . .

  13. Triple Short of a Cycle April 14th, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Offense will still be among top 3-4

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    That’s fine for the regular season when you can load up stats on a lot of awful pitching but the playoffs as we have seen are a different story.

    Without Arod having a super human couple of series in the 09 playoffs we don’t win that year either.

  14. RadioKev April 14th, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Reading comments about how bad our offense is in the playoffs makes me want to puke. The Giants and The Cardinals are calling. Get over it guys. It’s statisically BS to argue there’s some difference between an offense in the regular season and the playoffs.

  15. RadioKev April 14th, 2012 at 8:30 am

    And I didn’t know Weaver was a Boras client. I guess that’s a good sign – that was a pretty wild extension. He left serious money on the table.

  16. blake April 14th, 2012 at 8:30 am

    “Jerod Weaver”

    CarGo

  17. Stoneburner April 14th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    blake April 14th, 2012 at 8:26 am
    “Early season – plus last year –,”

    Rookie and short season last year right? Banuelos was in AAA at health the same age Campos is now and he’s still the youngest pitcher in the international league….Manny will be fine

    ******

    Based on what? The problems with walks have been going for over a year now – and now we have a back injury. This fallacy in that everything will be fine – how do you know. Here is the question for you that you have to answer – a week ago – did you know that Manny might have a back issue? Answer the question. . . .

    Plus – short season or not – the stuff is what is making the Yankees giddy – plenty of prospects in the lower minors have showed up on radars to be their organizations front and center guy – a Carlos Martinez there – heck Arodys Vizcaino was ranked our number 2 prospect by BA before being traded and he was only in low minors. . . . .

    But the real issue is that many people attacked the trade because we had this overwhelming young pitching depth – which is not entirely true.

    And a back issue can be something not to take lightly – ask a Beckett – ask a Pettitte – for you to just dismiss the matter as everything is fine is an oversight that shows I am glad you are not running my Yanks. . . . .

    Pitching – pitching – pitching – the old man in the sea said – you can never have enough of it. . . . .

  18. yankeefeminista April 14th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    repost:

    yankeefeminista April 14th, 2012 at 8:22 am
    Re: Banuleos–According to GM Brian Cashman, the lefty will miss one start due to a latissimus muscle issue in his back.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/…..z1ryzvpTAF
    _____

    Hopefully, this update is the case.

    Kuroda didn’t look too fragile to me. Nor did Nova his last outing.

    yankeefeminista April 14th, 2012 at 8:25 am
    Ramirez has a plus or > changeup, which he has always had. The slider is a more recent pitch, which he started using in the last couple of years because after much trying, he was unable to spin a curveball. Nothing new about J-Ram’s changeup.

  19. Yankee Trader April 14th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Was Scioscia using shifts on most of the power hitters yesterday?

  20. LGY April 14th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    The guy who has reached full blown spazz out mode about Montero hype is now proclaiming a kid in A ball as the best pitching prospect in the org.

    This fanboy crusade gets funnier by the day.

  21. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 8:33 am

    The Yankees have put a large bet of the future of this organization on their Farm system and in particular the pitching component of it.

    I agree that in the past they have been rather dismal at developing SP.

    Due to that large investment they better get good at it because they have staked a lot on doing so.

    If they want to hit that 189 target the young pitching on this team is going to have to carry the day.

    Not only that, with all that talent it would be an incredible waste not to develop it properly going forward.

    I think the Yankees have learned from their mistakes.

    Guys like Kuroda and Garcia were brought on board just so they would not have to rush guys like
    Betances and Banuelos, and Rothschild is a pro unlike Eiland.

    So my short answer is yes. I’m hopefull they will develop guys like Campos well. They better.

    :)

  22. austinmac April 14th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Good pitching beats good hitting. In the playoffs, sometimes you need to win 1-0 or 2-1. The Yankees greatly improve their playoff chances with more pitchers who can win such a game.

    The Yankees may be lacking in upper level hitting prospects, but neither they nor anyone else has too many pitching prospects.

  23. Yankee Trader April 14th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I think Weaver instructed Boras to get an extension done with LAA

  24. RadioKev April 14th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    austinmac April 14th, 2012 at 8:34 am
    Good pitching beats good hitting. In the playoffs, sometimes you need to win 1-0 or 2-1. The Yankees greatly improve their playoff chances with more pitchers who can win such a game.
    —————

    The Cardinals and Rangers beg to differ.

  25. blake April 14th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    “y. This fallacy in that everything will be fine – how do you know. Here is the question for you that you have to answer – a week ago – did you know that Manny might have a back issue? Answer the question. . . .”

    No….and I don’t know…..but he is very young…..has great stuff….and a great delivery that he repeats very well…..if you watch him pitch (as I have a lot) then the command and walk issues seem to stem more from inexperience and approach than mechanical problems…..that’s why I still believe in him and think he will be very good and is still their best pitching prospect…..

  26. Stoneburner April 14th, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Without Arod having a super human couple of series in the 09 playoffs we don’t win that year either.

    **********

    Without the pitching holding the line and keeping the game close or tired and letting ARod have the opportunity to be heroic in the late innings – we do not win (along with Matsui, A.J. coming up big, DRob working magic against the Twins, Pettitte pitching guts, C.C. being the ALCS MVP). Pitching wins you in the postseason – if your pitching holds the line – your batters will get the opportunity – sometimes you have to win 1-0 on a Posada HR in Oakland. Look – even the vaunted Rangers offense was mandhandled in a critical game seven by Carpenter – to say nothing of what the Giants did to them a year before – and the Yanks very possibly beat them if their pitching was better in 2010 playoffs – a healthy Pettitte goes in game 2 instead of game 3 against Lee – Hughes does not serve up a killing double to Vlad – etc. . . . .

  27. Triple Short of a Cycle April 14th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Reading comments about how bad our offense is in the playoffs makes me want to puke. The Giants and The Cardinals are calling. Get over it guys. It’s statisically BS to argue there’s some difference between an offense in the regular season and the playoffs.

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    The Giants and Cardinals hit very well in those playoffs.

    The thing your missing is the quality of pitching you see in the playoffs.

  28. RadioKev April 14th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I think Weaver instructed Boras to get an extension done with LAA
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    Yankee Trader, I could forsee Cano embracing an extension. I’m not sure if he’d push for one, but I think he’d certainly listen. As far as any of us know, he loves this team.

  29. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    And who has soured on Banuelos because he’s had a few bad outings ?

    Kid is one of the youngest players at his level.

    His stuff is nasty.

    All he needs to do is regain his command which by the way he’s usually had coming up.

    Once he puts it together again look out.

    IMO he will. It just might take a little time.

    There’s no rush.

    ;)

  30. blake April 14th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    .I once threw 3 shut out innings against a sally league team in an exhibition game…..and I wasn’t even a full time pitcher……that doesn’t mean that league stinks…..but it does mean that its a small sample size against lower level competition for Campos…..im super excited about Campos though.

  31. Stoneburner April 14th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    is still their best pitching prospect…..

    ********

    It is not a certainty anymore – and it is open for debate – to say nothing of Betances continuing concerns of repeating his delivery and being consistent. . . . while you make good points – the overall issue still remains – the notion that the Yankees are stocked with young pitching depth minus the influx from the Montero trade is a fallacy at this point – b/c you can never have enough pitching . . . . .the moment you stand your ground – you are likely to have your preseason number 1 prospect go down with a concerning back injury. . . . .

  32. Tar April 14th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Good Morning MTU

    I usually lurk in the mornings, I tend to be a little grumpy before my coffee kicks in. :D

    Welcome Vincent

    Where’s Chad? Hopefully just a couple of days off.

    “Tired of it – just tired of it.”

    I understand the sentiment, but all the Montero talk is not coming from one side only. In fact it was you who broached the topic this morning. You are just as culpable as anybody else in bringing up Montero for discussion.

  33. RadioKev April 14th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Triple,

    The Giants did not hit well. They got the job done, sure, but they sure as heck weren’t slugging.

    The Cardinals hit very well.

    And the Yankees had better offenses during both of those seasons. However, there’s nothing at all to suggest that The Giants or Cardinals were constructed to hit better in the playoffs. There’s no metric for that stuff. All you can do is build the best team you can for the season, and hope it transitions to the playoffs. The problem with the playoffs is the small sample size.

    I mean, maybe GMs do have some “playoff metric” that the Yankees don’t – but somehow – I’m not buying it.

  34. Triple Short of a Cycle April 14th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Texas seems to be bucking the trend of needing elite top of the rotation arms to succeed.

  35. Stoneburner April 14th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Cardinals hit very well in those playoffs.

    ********

    Derek Holland crushed the Cardinals – he goes in game seven – what happens – plus Chris Carpenter was more than quality pitching – and his battle against Halladay in game five of the NLDS – pure magic.

    Here is another thing – Cardinals and Giants – their hitters got hot at the right time – all your young impactful hitters in the world cannot change that – even they were – Prince Fielder and Braun would have beat the Cardinals over a Friese and Craig

  36. Tabbert April 14th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Damn ellsbury out a minimum of two months. Well that sucks for his fantasty owners and the redsux.

  37. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    The Yankees appear better prepared to handle the PS pitching-wise than they have been in quite some time.

    They should be solid.

    The team that peaks at just right time and gets hot usually wins the playoffs and the series.

    There is no way to insure that. That’s part of the luck, and why it can be a crapshoot.

    Who would have expected Carpenter to outpitch Doc last year ?

    I wasn’t expecting it. Not that I am knocking Carpenter. He’s great. But I would have bet on Doc to outpitch him in a big game.

    Who thought the Giants would win the SB the way they played early in the season ?

    ;)

  38. Stoneburner April 14th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Triple Short of a Cycle April 14th, 2012 at 8:42 am
    Texas seems to be bucking the trend of needing elite top of the rotation arms to succeed.

    ********

    2010 Cliff Lee is calling. . . . . .

    Plus – Derek Holland in 2011 WS is on hold

    Cannot mistake what Colby Lewis has meant – sometime you do not need elite top of the rotation – but guys who thrive – look Yankees dynasty did not always have the elite Cy Young guys – but they had guys that did it in the postseason . . . . .

  39. Yankee Trader April 14th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    RadioKev-
    Maybe if the Yankees bring back his buddy, Melky, he’ll sign an extension :)

  40. Melkmanisinhotlanta April 14th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Stoneburner is Cashclown lolololololololololololololololololololol

  41. Stoneburner April 14th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    “Tired of it – just tired of it.”

    I understand the sentiment, but all the Montero talk is not coming from one side only. In fact it was you who broached the topic this morning. You are just as culpable as anybody else in bringing up Montero for discussion.

    ********

    First – just responding to posts from early last night that began in the other thread. Second – I did not draw first blood with these notions that the Montero trade is going to the single greatest disaster on the field for the Yankees over the next five to ten years. . . . .

  42. yankee21 April 14th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Down the Montero/Campos/Pineda trail again? Everybody has their mind made up over this don’t you think??

    What is important today is how will Hughes pitch. Does he give them a solid outing with length or will he leave in an early exit due to his pitch count being driven up for lack of a put away pitch?

    Hughes really needs to develop his secondary pitches if he wants to get to the next level.

  43. austinmac April 14th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Kevin,

    What do you disagree with? Good pitching stops good hitting or it is important to win low scoring games? Really?

  44. Melkmanisinhotlanta April 14th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Cash, you are so scared that you gave away the farm for the Pineda reclamation project. What was your thinking to do something so dumb?

  45. Triple Short of a Cycle April 14th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Swisher has been up enough times in the playoffs to buck the small sample size. Tex as well. Those 2 can be pitched to so easily its not even funny. Now add Arod in who is usually hurting or banged up not to mention not the same player he was and that is a vital part of your offense. and thats not even including Martin.

    Take a look at Texas and see how many “dead spots” they have in their lineup

  46. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Sux are going down faster than I thought.

    Quicker than the Titanic.

    Not that I care mind you.

    I like Ellsbury. He’s had his share of hard luck. Been injured too much.

    Let’s see how Bobby V thinks his way out of that one.

    ;)

  47. yankeefeminista April 14th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    No one is arguing that pitching doesn’t win. That is such a truism. Do I need to mention that balance and situational hitting and the ability to hit RHP are components that also contribute to a championship team. You have to evaluate each team individually to determine what it needs.

    How are we already writing off Manny Banuelos again? Are you really going to worry about his walk rates? Look at the comps with pitchers like Ubaldo, Gio, etc; how did their milb BB’s in the minor leagues affect their ability to pitch in the majors. Also, quoting milb stats without qualifiers is counterproductive. Manny will be fine.

  48. Stoneburner April 14th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Who would have expected Carpenter to outpitch Doc last year ?

    I wasn’t expecting it. Not that I am knocking Carpenter. He’s great. But I would have bet on Doc to outpitch him in a big game.

    *********

    It is not that out of the realm of possibility – Carpenter is a big time winner just as Halladay – and the playoffs – he pushed it up another level as well – pitched to the game not the current season stats.

    And another thing – you just cannot predict the postseason – which is why saying the Yankees offense is certain to be doomed in the postseason (assuming they make it) is shortsighted at this point – just like saying the Montero trade set the franchise back five to ten years. . . . .

  49. Melkmanisinhotlanta April 14th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Swisher should be traded mid year since he is playing for a contract imo.

  50. MG April 14th, 2012 at 8:52 am

    while it’s nice to wax rhapsodic about Yankee prospects (a LoHud obsession) the fact is that the only Yankees that matter are the ones who take the field in the majors on a daily basis.

    Prospects are just that-prospects.

    While we can watch a kid like Banuelos and see a future star (his stuff and demeanor has impressed me each time I’ve seen him in spring training) there are no guarantees he will even make it to the big club.

    It’s both irritating and humorous to see predictions of a starting rotation for 2013 (or any other year) with several prospects plugged in like they are a guarantee to be better than the guys like Hughes who are already pitching with at least some level of success in the majors.

    For all of Hughes issues in the bigs, he absolutely dominated at AAA, just look at his stats there. Until guys like Banuelos or Betances (who hasn’t impressed me in the spring at all) put up numbers similar to that it’s unlikely they will be successful in the majors.

    At the same time, the Yankees farm system, contrary to many opinions here, is producing a regular stream of major league-ready talent-in the past few years we’ve seen Hughes, Robertson, Nova and now Phelps emerge (Phelps has been very impressive).

    I prefer to root for the team on the big league field and not worry about which of the prospects winds up there-it’s just important that some of them get through the system and produce. This way I don’t lose any sleep over the trade of a Montero or Kennedy and let the guys paid to run the Yankees front office lose their sleep-I can lose plenty of sleep being concerned about running my own business :)

  51. Stoneburner April 14th, 2012 at 8:52 am

    re you really going to worry about his walk rates?

    **********

    No – but I am going to worry about the alarming numbers for the past year and now PLUS a back injury. No one is writing off Banuelos – but to not be concerned just shows we are going to always have our favorites and look the other way when there are signs for concern. . . .

  52. Triple Short of a Cycle April 14th, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Cannot mistake what Colby Lewis has meant – sometime you do not need elite top of the rotation – but guys who thrive – look Yankees dynasty did not always have the elite Cy Young guys – but they had guys that did it in the postseason . . . . .

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

    Which is eactly my point. You don’t need elite starting pitching to win in the playoffs anymore. Nova and another guy with CC should be more then enough if we didn’t have so many dead spots in our lineup.

    How many times were Tex,Swish and Martin up last year against Detroit in a key spot??

  53. RadioKev April 14th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    austinmac April 14th, 2012 at 8:48 am
    Kevin,

    What do you disagree with? Good pitching stops good hitting or it is important to win low scoring games? Really?
    ———————–

    The Phillies didn’t make it to the World Series. There’s no hard fast rule for the playoffs. Just create the best rounded roster and hope for the best.

    The Rangers and The Cardinals, for the most part, just slugged it out in the World Series. That doesn’t fit into the “good pitching stops good hitting” mold.

  54. yankee21 April 14th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I think what is often lost on those that are criticizing guys like Banuelos is for most pitchers development is not linear. There are very few Lincecums out there that just seem to burst on the scene from day 1 and excel. Most pitchers struggle to make their mark.

  55. RadioKev April 14th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    The Yankees got runs off of the best pitcher in the game last year – the MVP Verlander. He didn’t exactly shut us down.

  56. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Stoneburner-

    They playoffs are indeed unpredictable.

    Especially the short-series ones.

    Variability is even greater.

    I am a Pitching-first guy. Always have been. Always will be.

    I freely admit my bias.

    Not everyone believes in it as much as I do.

    I place premium pitching on the highest possible plane.

    I stress the word premium.

    ;)

  57. Triple Short of a Cycle April 14th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    And another thing – you just cannot predict the postseason – which is why saying the Yankees offense is certain to be doomed in the postseason

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    Outside of 2009 when was the last time the Yankee offense excelled in the postseason?

    You have confidence when Tex,Martin and Swisher come up in the playoffs?

  58. GreenBeret7 April 14th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Boras over the last few years has been losing clients and having clients telling him what to do rather than allowing him to do what he wants. He’s losing his grip on buffaloing players into following him blindly.

  59. MG April 14th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I have two words for anyone who thinks you can predict who will hit in the post-season and be the difference in winning a world championship:

    Denny Doyle

    Look it up…

  60. austinmac April 14th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    No one is writing off Banuelos. However, it is fair to point out he didn’t pitch that well last year or so far this year. Reality is reality. That certainly doesn’t mean he can’t regain his command, but he is no sure thing until and unless he does. How can anyone disagree with that objectively?

  61. Against All Odds April 14th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Tired of the myth that the offense will go into catastrophic decline b/c of Montero. . . .

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    Catastrophic decline no but a decline nonetheless

  62. blake April 14th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    “I think what is often lost on those that are criticizing guys like Banuelos is for most pitchers development is not linear. ”

    QFT. Most often its an up down….longterm process.

  63. Yankee Trader April 14th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Have to go.
    In your point vs. counterpoints you all are making good arguments.
    Sometimes it’s neither the hitting nor the pitching that is the main determinant on how deep a team goes in the playoffs.
    Health, how the team played down the stretch, how the manager puts the best lineup on the field to succeed, thinking out of the box, defensive blunders, etc. play a part.
    Would like to see some added velocity out of Hughes today.

    Have a great day everyone

  64. Against All Odds April 14th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Does anyone have confidence that this organization will be able to develop Campos?

    —————————

    Based on the fact the last pitcher they developed is Petiitte I’m going to say no.

  65. yankeefeminista April 14th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Not only is pitcher development not linear, but to micro-scrutinize based on sss stats without seeing prospects pitch or knowing what they are working on, really doesn’t reveal much. It is freaking cold out right now; are you really going to worry about how these guys are pitching two games in? Try sitting out in the Lehigh Valley cold and wind, ditto Buffalo’s, and then tell me again why you expect pitching prospects to have their best stuff. As for their being on the major league club, we know how tenuous and fragile young arms are, pre age 26; therefore, trading for young arms will always be a risk.

  66. Triple Short of a Cycle April 14th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Interesting to think what will happen with Ellsbury if this becomes an injury filled wasted year with him being a free agent after this year.

    Sox have no pen
    Only 2 good starting pitchers
    Only 2 elite bats in their lineup if Ellsbury leaves
    Not much help on the horizon.

    We could very easily be looking at a 4th place team for the next few years

  67. Tar April 14th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    “You have confidence when Tex,Martin and Swisher come up in the playoffs?”

    I have confidence that they are way over-due. I would say odds are that they will perform much better than they have previously. :wink:

  68. austinmac April 14th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    In 2010, the Giants won the last two games giving up a total of one run. I too was frustrated at the Yankees lack of offense in the playoffs the last two years. My point is simply, we would have forgotten the diminished offense with a few more well pitched games. If they aren’t going to hit, they better pitch.

  69. MaineYankee April 14th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    MG

    That line of thinking doesn’t belong here.

    This is the vent thread. :D:

  70. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Does anyone have an answer as to what made the dynasty teams great ?

    I think most would answer that it was a balance between hitting and pitching.

    So that is what the Yankees should seek now and in the future if they wish to be successful.

    Find the right mix to create that balance.

    :)

  71. randy l. April 14th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    vince-

    welcome to the big leagues. don’t know if it’s your first time up. but of it is, congrats.

    at ay rate, enjoy the gig.

  72. randy l. April 14th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    “Does anyone have an answer as to what made the dynasty teams great ?”

    mtu-

    yeah, they win a whole lot of effing games :)

  73. randy l. April 14th, 2012 at 9:06 am

    balance smalance, just beat the other team to a pulp :)

  74. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Randy-

    That’s the outcome of greatness not it’s cause.

    But yeah.

    Thanks for playing.

    :)

  75. GreenBeret7 April 14th, 2012 at 9:09 am

    MG April 14th, 2012 at 8:56 am
    I have two words for anyone who thinks you can predict who will hit in the post-season and be the difference in winning a world championship:

    Denny Doyle

    Look it up…

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

    Billy Martin in ’53 and ’56, Bucky Dent and Brian Doyle in ’78.

  76. MG April 14th, 2012 at 9:09 am

    MaineYankee April 14th, 2012 at 9:03 am
    MG

    That line of thinking doesn’t belong here.

    This is the vent thread. :
    ——————–
    Maine, it’s actually the vent blog at this point in time…

  77. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Randy-

    How about your team forcing the other guys to put up a long string of zeroes while you just score 1 ?

    That works too.

    And you don’t even need to beat the pulp out of them.

    :)

  78. MG April 14th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    GreenBeret7 April 14th, 2012 at 9:09 am
    MG April 14th, 2012 at 8:56 am
    I have two words for anyone who thinks you can predict who will hit in the post-season and be the difference in winning a world championship:

    Denny Doyle

    Look it up…

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

    Billy Martin in ’53 and ’56, Bucky Dent and Brian Doyle in ’78.
    ————————–
    I put the wrong Doyle down, it must be early on Saturday morning :)

    thanks for the correction…

  79. mick April 14th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    is the fanboy brigade related to the pollyanna brigade?
    off to game…need a space on street, not paying 40 to park

  80. Against All Odds April 14th, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Find the right mix to create that balance.

    ————————

    They have been talking about finding the mix for yrs. There was an article in the Daily News with Hal and he spoke out it.

  81. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Save paper and wear and tear.

    Might not be as exciting though.

    Or as much fun.

    Those are silent assassins.

    More of the Ninja approach.

    :)

  82. mick April 14th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    That’s the outcome of greatness not it’s cause.
    ===========================
    oh yeah….”you never have enough pitching.”

  83. Tar April 14th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    “Boras over the last few years has been losing clients and having clients telling him what to do rather than allowing him to do what he wants.”

    I was kind of surprised that Robbie went with him. I figured him and Alex would have had some long discussions on the matter.

  84. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:13 am

    AAO-

    No one said it would be easy or they’d simply win every year.

    ;)

  85. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Enjoy the game Mick.

    Hope Hughes dazzles.

    ;)

  86. MG April 14th, 2012 at 9:15 am

    mick April 14th, 2012 at 9:10 am
    is the fanboy brigade related to the pollyanna brigade?
    ———————
    some of us are neither, we are the reality brigade and know that baseball, in spite of all the statistics you can throw out, is still somewhat random (the statistics all have huge error bars which makes forecasts based on them inaccurate) and it’s really tough to win 3 consecutive playoff series against good teams every year.

    You just have to accept the fact that teams, except in rare situations like the 96-00 Yankees, aren’t going to repeat or be dynasties and all you can expect is that they contend every year so they have a chance.

    Beyond that it’s all a toss up.

  87. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    What great Pitchers do to hitters sometimes ought to be illegal.

    And vice versa.

    A balance of terror.

    Until one wins out.

    :)

  88. Bronx Jeers April 14th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I love that in here there’s sometimes this big philosophical struggle about offense vs. defense.

    As if a team can succeed with just one.

  89. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:18 am

    MG-

    How about the Yogi years.

    Yikes !

    What was the formula then ?

    :)

  90. blake April 14th, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I would like to order another game just like yesterday please :)

  91. GreenBeret7 April 14th, 2012 at 9:19 am

    MG, I thought that Denny Goyle had a pretty good PS back in ’75 too, or at least much better than anyone expected. He and Bernie Carbo, Gene Tenace. Might be wrong. Just going with the Yanks, though, a lot of their biggest PS stars have been no names. Richardson, Blanchard, Hank Bauer, Larson. It seems that the guys that have nothing to lose do pretty well at that time. A few of the biggest names have busted in the PS. Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, illie mays, Alex Rodrihuez in about half of his PS series.

  92. Against All Odds April 14th, 2012 at 9:19 am

    MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:13 am

    AAO-

    No one said it would be easy or they’d simply win every year.

    ;)
    ———————-

    True but if the want to get under 189 they need to find that mix.

  93. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Jeers-

    It’s just an extension of the mind-body dualism.

    Another of life’s false dichotomies.

    Dropping another shroom now.

    :)

  94. LGY April 14th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I was kind of surprised that Robbie went with him. I figured him and Alex would have had some long discussions on the matter.

    ——–

    Considering Boras netted Alex the two largest contracts in sports history I’m sure Robbie received nothing but a glowing recommendation from Alex.

  95. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:21 am

    AAO-

    The young pitching needs to lead the way.

    ;)

  96. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:22 am

    blake-

    Want anything to drink with your order ?

    ;)

  97. GreenBeret7 April 14th, 2012 at 9:22 am

    *** Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez***

  98. Stoneburner April 14th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Look – feminista – I am sure you are nice person with good intentions in life away from the keyboard and Yankee fan boy universe – but you and others prospect elitism is off putting. You can try to backtrack with the standard defense – oh I am just giving people my take of going to the games and giving them my amateur scouting report – which in turn brings others from your prospect elitism click to say – what is wrong with posters giving their opinion on what they see. Generally – there is nothing wrong with it – but where it crosses this line is with going from opinion to just down right elitism fact that cannot be debated. Another thing – and I have joked about this – but I am now going to more seriously say this – many of the prospect elitism “amateur scouting opinions” are possibly sometimes too similar to those posted on other sites – it is almost as if – say someone goes to a Pinestripes Plus – reads about how someone looked the other night and then comes on here and makes it their own. Case in point – feminista, I seem to remember last season you were waxing poetics about a plus Jose Ramirez changeup – when in fact around that time I read on another site it was a plus Jose Ramirez slider – you also have mentioned that you frequent this same site that I saw the plus slider comment/article – which led me to believe that you meant to write slider but ended up writing changeup in a haste to wax poetics about Jose Ramirez and spout out and try to impress other bloggers over the internet with your amateur scouting abilities and information only you know. There is a growing movement of fan boy prospect elitism – it began with Phil Hughes when he was the only thing to really dream about in the mid 2000s – and then it went into super gear with Jesus Montero and Joba. And now we are seeing it to a degree with Banuelos – no one knows what is going on with Manny – we know the Yankees have listed him on the 7 day DL with a back injury – but the Yankees are not always forthcoming with what the real issue is. Prospect elitist, such as yourself, can dismiss individuals raising a concern by stating you are an elitist, you know what is going on and your opinions which are now facts show that Manny is just nibbling (something we have been hearing and seeing for over a year) and that it “will” come around – instead of taking a cautious wait and see approach – instead of realizing that a prospect is just a prospect until they not only succeed in the majors initially – but go through the critical next stages of making adjustments when the league adjusts.

    Again – I do not mean to be critical – but I am concerned about a growing movement that used to be a group of people following the minor leagues, not getting to giddy about someone, and then watching the player transition to the major leagues. Now – these prospects are treated as rock stars and family members – and fan boy prospect elitists take it very personally when their judgments are challenged, a prospect does not live up to expectations, or the team trades one of them away to improve the big league club or secure a players they want. Following the minor leagues turned from something to a hobby to a click of snobby, know it all elitists . . . . and it is a shame. . . . .in the future – try not and be so defensive about your favorite prospects – chances are most will not live up to your expectations of them OR will be traded away. . . . .

  99. Against All Odds April 14th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:21 am

    AAO-

    The young pitching needs to lead the way.

    ;)

    ————

    Hopefully it will I would love to see it happen.

  100. MG April 14th, 2012 at 9:25 am

    MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:18 am
    MG-

    How about the Yogi years.

    Yikes !

    What was the formula then ?
    ——————
    MTU, if you are talking about the 50′s and early 60′s it was different then, no playoffs, just the World Series.

    The Yankees had the best team by far in the AL in those years-unless they had a bad overall year (1959) or another team just had a great year (1954) they were virtual locks to be in the World Series and after the 5 in a row from 49-53 (they had great pitching throughout that stretch) it was a toss up-they lost in ’55, won in ’56, lost in ’57, won in ’58, lost in ’60, won in ’61 and ’62, swept in ’63, lost in ’64.

  101. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:26 am

    All the variability of the PS is another reason Mo is so amazing.

    Microscopic PS ERA.

    Wowza !

    Doubt you’ll ever see another quite like him.

    A living God.

    ;)

  102. GreenBeret7 April 14th, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Lin-Sanity on his way to the Boston outfield.

    Pete Abraham?@PeteAbeReply

    No surprise given he was pulled from the Pawtucket lineup last night, but Che-Hsuan Lin on his way to Boston and will be activated today

  103. MaineYankee April 14th, 2012 at 9:28 am

    randy

    I don’t know how serious your trombone player is about playing baseball but here’s a camp he might like if he has the desire.

    http://www.aycme.org/Maine_Baseball_Academy.html

  104. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:29 am

    MG-

    Voila. My bias towards the pitching component.

    Not that the hitting was exactly bad.

    Yeah. Different format too.

    49-53.

    Amazing.

    :)

  105. randy l. April 14th, 2012 at 9:30 am

    “Try sitting out in the Lehigh Valley cold and wind, ditto Buffalo’s, and then tell me again why you expect pitching prospects to have their best stuff. As for their being on the major league club, we know how tenuous and fragile young arms are, pre age 26; therefore, trading for young arms will always be a risk.”

    yankeefeminista-

    my first real blog battle with know- it- alls who never see what’s really going at real baseball games on was in 2007 when hughes was brought up to soon when it was the coldest spring on record at the time. snow sleet , rainouts, snow storms, you nam it it happened.

    i was sitting across the desk from stan cliburn when matt garza came into the office to complain about being taken out after 75 pitches when he was throwing a shut out. cliburn shooed him out and told him because he said so. then he told me with the bad weather, he would have been fired if garza would have hit 80 pitches.

    a few days later hughes started that first game. i knew he was facing the same bad weather garza had and he also had no arm strength. so i went on a blog offensive saying it was stupid to rush him with no arm strength.

    here’s the history of what happened afterward for those who don’t have it memorized:
    http://www.baseball-reference......;year=2007

    cold weather is a huge factor ,not only at the time but it can affect a player for years of they get injured.

    yeah , they have to learn to play in cold weather, but to not factor in the cold when judging them or developing them is just plain dumb.

  106. MG April 14th, 2012 at 9:31 am

    GreenBeret7 April 14th, 2012 at 9:19 am
    MG, I thought that Denny Goyle had a pretty good PS back in ’75 too, or at least much better than anyone expected. He and Bernie Carbo, Gene Tenace. Might be wrong. Just going with the Yanks, though, a lot of their biggest PS stars have been no names. Richardson, Blanchard, Hank Bauer, Larson. It seems that the guys that have nothing to lose do pretty well at that time. A few of the biggest names have busted in the PS. Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, illie mays, Alex Rodrihuez in about half of his PS series.
    ——————————
    GB, I was thinking about Brian Doyle in that post, just put the wrong name down which is really funny because I have a client named Brian Doyle, I should be able to remember that :)

    The point you bring up, though, is that success in the postseason is somewhat random-players can get hot for a week (or even a few games) and make history. And the stars who struggle at times get pitched differently in the postseason as well-no one will every accuse Willie Mays or Ted Williams of not being able to handle the pressure of the postseason unless they are complete baseball nincompoops.

  107. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:31 am

    GB-

    Now that’s really scary.

    The Taiwanese version of Yastremski is on his way to Beantown.

    Be afraid. Be very afraid.

    :(

  108. blake April 14th, 2012 at 9:32 am

    MTU,

    Sure! What you making?

    Losing Ellsbury really hurts the Sox…..Ellsbury is an awesome player…..I like watching hin and love his swing…..but that’s the knock if him….he’s porcelain it seems.

  109. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Blake-

    Let’s break out the good stuff from the Hills.

    White lighning with beer chasers.

    The redneck version of the boilermaker.

    No driving. Leave your keys at home.

    :)

  110. Rich in NJ April 14th, 2012 at 9:35 am

    yf knows more about baseball than Stoneburner could ever hope to know, and his fatuous insults will never change that fact.

  111. yankeefeminista April 14th, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Stoneburner, I have no time to answer you in any depth, as I have to leave for work, but then I really don’t think an in-depth response is necessary to someone who has trolled and denigrated me, just because I happen to observe prospects. However, I am happy to see you are actually trying to be civil to me for the first time ever. Just a few quick points: 1.) I am not a prospect “elitist” or fanboy–your words and your issue; please don’t conflate me with others, as you wouldn’t want to be conflated, 2.) I don’t take my observations from others; I give my own analysis, and when I make a remark based on someone else’s opinions, analysis, I give them credit. FTR, my opinions on J-Ram are based on my seeing him pitch, and as far as Pinstripes Plus, I don’t need to lift opinions from them or anyone else. I have my own opinions. I agree or disagree with them as per my own observations. But I have no desire to come off as a scout; your obsession with this idea is what causes the unpleasantness in the first place, and your judgments and vitriolic generally regarding me and my rather benign posts are sorely out of place. Have a nice day.

  112. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    YF-

    You can scout for me anytime !

    Have a great day.

    :)

  113. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Blake-

    I’ve been wanting to push Jack out for a long time.

    He’s had his run.

    It’s our turn.

    ;)

  114. pat April 14th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    The postseason is often about good situational hitting and the pitching keeping it in reach.ense.

    Might just be my memory but it seems like role players are the diference makers more often than the superstars.

  115. yankeefeminista April 14th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Anyway, I am out; hopefully, back for Huuuuughes’ first pitch. Go Hughes! Go Yanks!

    (TY, Rich. Later.)

  116. GreenBeret7 April 14th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    MG, that’s pretty much the point. For all of Mantle’s WS records for Homers, RBI, Runs Scored and Walks, He had some really ugly WS. Ford was the same. Rodriguez has had 3 outstanding and 5 ugly ones. Jeter’s had his share of both, as has Pettitte and Posada. It seems that random is the key on who gets smiled on and who gets crapped on.

  117. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:42 am

    YF-

    Enjoy the GFS w/o me and that seafood.

    :(

  118. yankeefeminista April 14th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Thanks, MTU. Later.

  119. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    GB-

    It’s that damn fickle finger of fate.

    :(

  120. Rich in NJ April 14th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    “Might just be my memory but it seems like role players are the diference makers more often than the superstars.”

    My guess is that it’s not more often, but it’s not infrequent, and because they are role players, their contributions probably stand out because they seem to be unexpected, whereas we expect A-Rod, Jeter, Manny, etc. to stand out.

  121. blake April 14th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    MTU,

    Sounds good….might have to wait a few hours though ….it’d early….maybe to celebrate Phil’s victory!

  122. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Blake-

    Either way.

    Hopefully to celebrate, or to drown our sorrows.

    Prefer the former.

    ;)

  123. randy l. April 14th, 2012 at 9:47 am

    maine yankee-

    thanks, that camp looks good. i liked this right away.

    “2. Repetition: Repetition is the key to quality learning and development.”

    i watched his little league practice last week and the coaches spent way too much time talking at the kids with them just standing there. they need repetition and playing time.

    i notice that guy that runs the camp was also a log time cape cod league manager. he obviously knows the game.

    by the way, i’m not letting the little league coaches know i have any background in the game. the kid has already gone from being one of the worst kids last year to being the best kid now.

    what i did was simple. everyday, we spent time playing games outside.taught him pickle, played wiffle ball, basically made it fun.threw him pine cones and basketballs because it was fun.

    but he got repetition in without knowing it.

    that coach that runs that camp is right on target with that.

    the only thing i would add is make it fun, play the game.

    because it’s playing , not working.

    you see a guy like jeter. he PLAYS baseball. he loves it. the game is just plain fun to him.

    once that love is in there. then you do the work.

    but have fun first.

    i learned the game up in the farmers field with no adults ever bothering us. fifteen of us kids going at it for years.

    if anyone has little league aged kids remember to make it fun first.

    if it ain’t fun, it ain’t baseball :)

  124. Rich in NJ April 14th, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Hughes Day. Yay. Later.

  125. MG April 14th, 2012 at 9:48 am

    GreenBeret7 April 14th, 2012 at 9:41 am
    MG, that’s pretty much the point. For all of Mantle’s WS records for Homers, RBI, Runs Scored and Walks, He had some really ugly WS. Ford was the same. Rodriguez has had 3 outstanding and 5 ugly ones. Jeter’s had his share of both, as has Pettitte and Posada. It seems that random is the key on who gets smiled on and who gets crapped on.
    ——————————-
    GB, we agree on that-the problem I find in the ‘modern’ fan is they don’t understand that baseball is more a matter of the times you succeed as opposed to the number of times you don’t.

    No one hits over .500 for any length of time and a 3 ERA means you are giving up a run every 3 innings, so for every shutout you give up 6 runs in 9 innings as well.

    The need to focus on every AB or every pitch in a game that has 162 games to the regular season just mystifies me. The Yankees won 5-0 yesterday in a breeze yet the number of complaints on the game thread about just about everything imaginable was mind boggling.

  126. Bret The Hitman April 14th, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Stoneburner,

    I’m not going to jump into the Pineda trade but I will say that Seth Smith is an interesting possibility to DH and play some OF.

  127. MaineYankee April 14th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    GB7

    People will remember the stars or the goats of the PS depending on what point they want to make.

    The RS will be WS bound because the have WS star Cody Ross on their team.

  128. GreenBeret7 April 14th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    MTU April 14th, 2012 at 9:31 am
    GB-

    Now that’s really scary.

    The Taiwanese version of Yastremski is on his way to Beantown.

    Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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

    He’s about a .245 career minor leaguer with some speed and no power. Gets thrown out a lot on the bases, though. I was surprised that they didn’t put Avilas in the outfield and bring Iglesias up to play shortstop.

  129. blake April 14th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Im expecting a good outing from Hughes today and like the matchup with Wilson…..

  130. pat April 14th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Yankees lineup vs. Angels: Jeter 6 Swisher 9 Cano 4 Rodriguez DH Teixeira 3 Granderson 8 Jones 7 Martin 2 Nunez 5 Hughes RHP

  131. randy l. April 14th, 2012 at 9:53 am

    “YF-

    You can scout for me anytime !”

    make that two of us :)

  132. GreenBeret7 April 14th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    MG/Maine, it does seem stange though that Mantle’s two best WS are WS that the Yanks lost in 7 games. Even when your best player is a stud, it guarantees nothing.

    As Sterling so often says, “You know Suzyn, you just can’t predict baseball.”

  133. blake April 14th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    That’s a tough lineup for a Lefty…..id rather Gardner be playing with Hughes at YS though……Gardner should basically always play LF when Hughes pitches……but whatever

  134. GreenBeret7 April 14th, 2012 at 9:56 am

    YankeeFem, don’t trust MTU or Randy on the scouting for them. They just want to get you out in the woods alone. You can trust me, though.

  135. BIG AL April 14th, 2012 at 9:58 am

    What a strange beginning to the season. Colon out pitches King Felix, who now looks average.

    The great “masher to be” is still just a singles hitter, who knew.

    Yes, it’s very early, but, still interesting to note.

  136. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 10:00 am

    morning Al.

    There’s a new thread in town ——>

  137. MaineYankee April 14th, 2012 at 10:00 am

    randy

    I thought you would like that camp.

    I also played alot of ball in the pasture or even in the barn on rainy days.

    I worked with my sons but because of farming I didn’t have as much time as I would’ve liked.

    One of the first lessons I taught them was it was pass not chase. :D:

    Also worked with my oldest one weekend to increase his bat speed and noticed a big improvement right away.

    My youngest was a crafty lefty and had a PO move like Andy.

  138. randy l. April 14th, 2012 at 10:44 am

    “How about your team forcing the other guys to put up a long string of zeroes while you just score 1 ?

    That works too.”

    mtu-

    i love to hit. i love the visceral feel of mashing a baseball .

    i really like a good offense.

    that said, i like really good pitching for my masher team.

    the yankees at their best have both. i think the question is what comes first. personally i’d build offense first . pitching second and defense third. and then i’d build the intangibles. the will to win. the hating to lose. not getting too high or too low. palying the game right and all that kinds of stuff

    but baseball is a ball and a bat. hit the crap out of the ball. that’s baseball fun. primal.

  139. Audrey Su August 22nd, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    IDNX is something that has been missing for sometime now. Great looking out, Thies Lindenthal

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