I am not going to express my opinion about Garcia/Phelps debate, you know where I stand. But Freddy pitched well. Still, three runs against Felix is probably too much to give up.
This 8th inning must have been Girardi’s wet dream, he got to use 5 pitchers in one inning!! But to be fair, it didn’t matter that much in the final result of the game.
I do think that the offense squandered a few very good chances to score against felix and that probably is the reason we lost.
Losing Arod could be disastrous…It could force the FO to make a trade that will help us short term, but hurts us in the long run…Let’s hope it isn’t serious…We don’t only lose our third baseman, but one of our better situational hitters, if not the best one. Diminished skills or not.
Now Girardi has to move Ichiro to leadoff or 2nd. Granderson gets moved to the middle of the order. Everyone will have to step up otherwise they might struggle. Now they face the Sox without Arod and maybe Swisher also.
Chavez and Nix aren’t the answers at 3rd base. Chavez will get hurt and be on the DL if he plays more often and Nix’s defense will get exposed the more he plays. At the very least Cashman has to find someone who can play great defense everyday. Now the Mariners should give us another player for free for hurting Arod.
Those names sure look good. But they are also fairly expensive. You know that better than anyone in this blog. At the same time, you would have to gut the farm to get them. I am a believer of a homegrown core, this will force us to rely on hired guns for an extended period of time. Same recipe of the 1980′s , not a good way to build a dynasty IMO. No doubt that I could be wrong, but history seems to agree with me in this case
With swisher out and now arod out… that means joe would have to use Chavez, and ibanez/ jones, as everyday players for a while. That might force the front office’s hand to explore another trade at this point.
Amazing what can happen in a week. This time last week, the Yankees were sailing high. 23 games over .500, pretty healthy, and red hot. Fast forward a week: swisher goes down, Arod out a month or more, and the yankees have lost 5 of 6.
We wouldn’t be trading for hanley regardless of the money. Arod won’t be moved to a full time DH, nor would he accept that role. If anything, the yankees will try to find a decent defensive 3b that wont fall apart having to play multiple days a week.
We might not make a move at all. Losing arod does hurt, no doubt. However, were not talking about the Arod of old.. so this is not a death blow to the team. As long as he is back by the first week or two of september, then we should be okay. Not that its going to be easy without him, but we will be okay.
Thank you Felix and good riddance Arod. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving fellow. It’s just icing on the cake that it happened at Safeco field in front of all those Arod haters. And believe me, the Yankees do NOT want to get in to a batter hitting brawl with the Mariners. The Yankees have much more to lose than do the Mariners.