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Off day notes: Cashman expects 11 pitchers on postseason roster

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Oct 04, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Not much real news coming out of this off day, but general manager Brian Cashman was on The Michael Kay Show this afternoon and said it’s likely that the team will carry 11 pitchers on its division series roster.

“I would think 11,” Cashman said. “That’s what our history is, and I think with the off day that’s probably what we would do.”

Cashman said there will be a coaches meeting tomorrow at 3:30 to iron out the details, and there has been only minimal roster discussion so far.

“It’s not going to matter who our opponent is,” Cashman said. “… I suspect we all will gravitate to the same answers.”

Cashman did indicate that Brett Gardner is a favorite to make the roster.

“I think he’s the choice to be on the roster right now,” Cashman said. “If I was on your show two weeks ago, he wouldn’t have been. I think he is now.”

Cashman said that Chris Dickerson is “a choice,” indicating he’s a possibility to make the team, and Cashman wouldn’t say one way or the other whether Andruw Jones will make it.

“I think we’ll determine that tomorrow,” he said.

• Is it time for the Yankees to extend Robinson Cano’s contract? Ken Davidoff certainly thinks so.

• The Orioles have indicated that right-hander Jason Hammel will be the Game 1 starter if they advance to the Division Series. The Rangers would have Matt Harrison on regular rest for that start, but I haven’t read anything saying he’s definitely the guy.

• It was announced today that pitcher Adam Warren was named a MiLB Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner for defensive excellence at his postiion. One minor league Gold Glove is given at each position, and the eligible players come from all 10 domestic full-season leagues. Warren was one of only three Triple-A players honored, and the only one chosen from the Yankees system.

• You can’t watch Mariano Rivera pitch on Sunday, but you can meet him on Saturday. The Yankees closer will be signing autographs — along with former Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde — at DICK’S Sporting Goods in West Nyack, N.Y. Rivera will be signing from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The store itself is at the Palisades Center, 2400 Palisades Center Drive.

• This announcement came from the YES Network today: Last night’s Red Sox-Yankees game on YES averaged 733,000 total viewers in the New York DMA, tying the network’s September 1, 2011 Red Sox-Yankees telecast as the most-viewed program on YES in over two years, since the April 4, 2010 Yankees-Red Sox telecast (2010 season opener), which averaged 1,085,000 total viewers. YES recorded last night’s numbers despite the Presidential Debate’s being carried on more than 15 networks in the New York DMA.

• The Red Sox officially fired Bobby Valentine today. Hard to see that as much of a surprise.

• Major League Baseball announced today that it drew 74,859,268 fans in the regular season, the game’s highest attendance since 2008 and the fifth best single-season attendance in baseball history. The increase of 2 percent — a total of 1,443,909 more fans than 2011 — marks the largest year-to-year growth since 2007. It is also the second consecutive season that total attendance increased over the previous year. The Phillies led all of baseball in overall attendance (3,565,718) while the Yankees led the American League (3,542,406).

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215 Responses to “Off day notes: Cashman expects 11 pitchers on postseason roster”

  1. m October 4th, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    What a crazy season that was! Very disappointed that the White Sox couldn’t hold the division lead.

    It’s a new season, where anyone can win. Hopefully it’s the Yankees!

    Who wins the two games tomorrow? Hard to say in a 1 game playoff. Rangers must be kicking themselves. Aww, so sad. :P

  2. luis October 4th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Good evening,

    G Love, Unknown, Wang, YF,

    Post of the season!!!

  3. yankfan1 October 4th, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Can anyone help me out? Who do you want the Yanks to play: Orioles or Rangers? I still believe the Rangers are the better team, and Darvish and Harrison are a nice 2…but they’re cold. The Orioles are going to throw out guys like Hammels and Saunders… but they have some magic going on over there. I say the Orioles simply because I dont have confidence in their starting pitching, and the Rangers have been here before. That being said I think the Rangers will probably win tomorrow, the pitching matchup makes the difference, Saunders will probably get lit up. http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....e-saunders

  4. luis October 4th, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Wang IS Taiwan October 4th, 2012 at 8:51 pm
    G. Love October 4th, 2012 at 6:40 pm
    Maybe, just maybe, over the next few weeks we can knock off the telling people “how to be a fan” in here? Ya think?

    Everyone roots for the Yankees differently.

    This garbage really need to stop. The gloating and the pointed accusations that went on in here the past few days was disgusting.

    Hate to break it to some of you, but even people who criticize the Yankees were thrilled and smiling last night.

    But stay up on your pedestals and tell us how to be fans. Especially, those of us who have been Yankee fans since birth and lived and died with this team before 1994.

    Obviously, those of you who know how to tell everyone how to be a fan must be right about everything. All the time.

    Bully for you.

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

    This is worth posting 1000 times

  5. yankeefeminista October 4th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    re: last thread

    Thanks, jmv! I am about starved for info on prospects at this time of year. I always love the Instructs updates.

    Agree about the 2-3 format. Wish too that game times would be announced sooner than later, although I realize that mlb has to determine which games will be in prime time. Still, totally disregards the fans and their need to set their schedules/get to games they have tickets for.

    Hi back, jmills. Glad to see that you are still in one piece. Didn’t think Jimi ever did a Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, but would have loved to have heard it… Dylan’s original version is still the best, the bleakest and the most heart wrenching.

    Teix does a lot of wonderful charity work. Vote for Teix for Roberto Clemente Award here: https://secure.mlb.com/sponsors/chevy/building_diamonds/?cmp=OLA_BRAND_6467160_50721741

    Hi m! Hi luis!

  6. luis October 4th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Hi YF!,

    Hope that you are doing much better from those ankles ;)

  7. luis October 4th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Back to baseball,

    11 pitchers: CC, Kuroda, Pettitte, Hughes, Soriano, Drob, Phelps, Proctorgan ;) , Joba, Rapada, Eppley…I don’t think Nova makes the PS roster

    14 position players: Jeter, Ichiro, Arod, Cano, Swisher, Tex, Martin, Granderson, Gardner, Ibanez, Nunez, Stewart, Chavez and????? Jones :( Maybe they surprise me and bring Dickerson…But I wouldn’t put money on that horse

  8. mick October 4th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    beautiful rendition of Knockin’ w/ Jerry and Joan Baez:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUbeh6mYl6c

  9. mick October 4th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Luis…No Lowe?

  10. jmv October 4th, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Hey luis!

    I think they’ll go with Lowe over Eppley. Jones is a sure thing. He’s almost a RH bat, LOL

  11. yankeefeminista October 4th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    jmv, I agree that they’ll take Lowe and Andruw. Not that I am thrilled about Lowe’s presence on the PS roster.

    Thanks, luis, but I won’t be running any races just yet. I agree on Nova; he didn’t finish well. I just think he needed more time to get back in a groove after being hurt. His FB command just even where it needs to be.

  12. yankeefeminista October 4th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    just *isn’t where… (it should read)

  13. luis October 4th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    mick,

    Girardi likes his match ups. That’s why i put Eppley there over Lowe. But he could go with Lowe as well. I do think Nova is not on the PS roster.

    jmv.

    lol….Almost ;)

  14. yankeefeminista October 4th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Missed that, lol, jmv. Maybe he’ll have some good AB’s like in last year’s ALDS, off the bench. (fingers crossed).

  15. luis October 4th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    YF,

    Agreed…It’s a pity, i was looking forward to se him pitch in the PS…I think he has a case of sophomoritis…I am not too worried, he will comeback next season like a man on a mission.

  16. jacksquat October 4th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    fwiw, Jayson Stark picks Giants over Tigers.

  17. blake October 4th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Carrying 12 pitchers makes more sense to me than carrying Jones….

  18. jmv October 4th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Anyway, if we have to count on Lowe/Eppley and Jones to win, we are doomed, LOL

    I like Pettitte in game 2 and Kuroda in YS/game 3

  19. luis October 4th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I am actually relieved that we won’t face the Tigers in the ALDS…It was going to be tough to take them on a 5 game series with having to face Verlander twice…We have a better shot in 7 game series

  20. jmv October 4th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Hi, Blake

    Cashman said they’ll probably go with 11 because of the off days. Let’s hope we don’t need anything from Jonesy

  21. luis October 4th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    blake October 4th, 2012 at 10:04 pm
    Carrying 12 pitchers makes more sense to me than carrying Jones….

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

    Yup…But you can make a bet that Jones will be on the roster

  22. yankeefeminista October 4th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    luis, me too, re: looking forward to seeing Nova in the PS and not being worried about him, going forward.

    It is so bizarre that there are two sudden death WC games tomorrow. I loathe both Baltimore and Texas, but after that 2010 ALDS series I have to root for Baltimore over Texas. It’s a no brainer.

    Actually, we didn’t do too badly against Verlander last PS.

  23. jmv October 4th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I hate Verlander. Too nasty. Was good to dodge him (and Miguel)

  24. luis October 4th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    YF,

    Good point about Verlander…The thing is that i don’t think they are as able to handle the FB like they used to

  25. jmv October 4th, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Well, I’ll call it for today, good to see you all.

    Good night

  26. luis October 4th, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    good night jmv…sleep well…Don’t forget to vote on Sunday early

  27. jmv October 4th, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Sure, luis! We have an employee to fire…

  28. sunny615 October 4th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Heyman’s predictions:
    Rangers over O’s
    Braves over Cards

    Yanks over Rangers
    A’s over Tigers
    Reds over Giants
    Nats over Braves

    A’s over Yanks
    Nats over Reds

    Nats win it all.

  29. sunny615 October 4th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    ESPN predictions are out.

    6 picked the yanks. Three more out them in the WS.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/playoff.....postseason

  30. yankeefeminista October 4th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Good Night, jmv, luis, sunny et al.

  31. austinmac October 4th, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    G. Love,

    Very well said. Discussions would be more interesting if some would get off their high horse. They really can’t ride anyway.

  32. MG October 4th, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    the three best ways to be a great Yankees fan are:

    1. Girardi knows best
    2. Pitching is everything
    3. Good waiters get great tips (whatever that means)

    I think that covers it pretty well…

  33. jacksquat October 4th, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Giants said Melky will not play in the NLCS if they make it, in case that wasn’t posted here yet.

  34. NYY13251 October 4th, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    live 10 min from palisades mall. May have to wake up early and go wait online to say Hi to Mo!!

    Anyone know if he is signing for free or will it end up being $50 for a autograph?!

  35. luis October 4th, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    MG October 4th, 2012 at 10:49 pm
    the three best ways to be a great Yankees fan are:

    1. Girardi knows best
    2. Pitching is everything
    3. Good waiters get great tips (whatever that means)

    I think that covers it pretty well…

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

    :lol:

    I think we are gettiing demoted from 4th grade to kindergarten

  36. luis October 4th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Good night YF ,sweet dreams!!

    Sunny,

    The Nat’s if they let Strasbourg pitch in the PS, have a real shot

  37. G. Love October 4th, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    tomingeorgia,

    If you read this, you actually never once crossed my mind when I wrote what I wrote. You’ve never seemed to be a pot stirrer or a troublemaker to me.

    I just want this blog to stop turning into people soap boxing their specific ideologies and let everyone contribute without being yelled at either way.

    We’re all rooting for the same team. Some people root differently than others.

    People aren’t fighting about baseball in here. They’re fighting about what they think is the right way to be a fan and it’s boring and inflammatory.

    It needs to stop.

    I smell a shot at a trophy in the coming weeks. The last thing we need is a bunch of back and forth I’m right/You’re wrong nonsense in here. Or people thinking they have to teach everyone else what it means to be a fan.

    If Girardi ticks me off, I’m going to write it. If Swisher can’t control himself from swinging at garbage, I’m going to write about it. We’ve all spent enough time with this team this season to say what we want. This place isn’t Pravda.

    This is the last I’m going to post about this stuff. From here on in it’s strictly baseball. I hope some of you can do the same.

    Go Yankees.

  38. austinmac October 4th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Almost all of the Espn predictors have the Yankees winning the ALDS.

  39. luis October 4th, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    G Love,

    Extremely thoughtful posts…Seriously….I would only add that disagreeing is part of life…This is a baseball blog…There is no life or death issue at stake…I do however regret the number of great posters that have decided not to post anymore

  40. Jerkface October 4th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Jones should not be on the roster. If you’re betting on a guy hitting .140 over the past 2 months to come up big in a single at bat, don’t waste your time when you can get that same bet on simply leaving in Chavez or Ibanez or whoever to hit, while also reaping the positive benefits you get from them in every other situation. Its like this, why wish on a .150 bat to get a big hit in 1 AB when you can just leave in the platooned .150 bat to do the same thing? Ibanez doesnt hit lefties wel, but he is on a hot streak so arent his chances to do good the same?

    With Jones off they can keep Eppley, who is a good ROOGY, or have Dickerson a guy who can help us on defense and on the bases and is also a solid bat vs righties. Jones usage would be uni-dimensional, and covered by other players.

    That said, if the Yankees take Jones and he hits a HR or something bully for them. I dont care how they win the postseason just win.

    Good news for the Yankees is that Cano/Granderson/Martin/Ibanez are all varying degrees of hot right now. With Ibanez & Martin not in their ‘auto out’ cycle the team is really deep.

    The argument about pettitte/torre was incorrect this morning. Torre never said he pitched Pettitte alot in game 3, it was just that Torre said game 3 was very important and a swing game. Girardi took that logic from Torre and applied it to his starting pitching staff and put in an extremely trusted veteran in that spot. Torre did the same thing except at the time Pettitte was not the extremely trusted veteran. So I think there was a bit of miscommunication about this during the morning/afternoon chats.

    Fortunately this year we have an extremely trusted veteran named Hiroki Kuroda who is also a beast at Yankee Stadium. I’d start CC-Pettitte-Kuroda to take advantage of the home road splits. Hughes at home is great also then you get CC in game 5. If you need to use 4 pitches the first 3 do not matter in terms of order so go by the stadium splits.

    Jacksquat, there is a difference between naming a food item after someone (which is a specific honor ) and generalizing a people with a statement. And you can make culturual references to players as long as the reference you’re making is appropriate for that player. If Ichiro is known as a chopstick guru or as referring to his bat as a chopstick its fine, it is when you are drawing that comparison simply by race where it becomes an issue. And once again political correctness is not a problem, it is simply the act of being a decent human being.

    Still havent figured out how to watch the games yet, Fridays wildcard bonanza will be my proving grounds. The house Im at has 300+ channels including multiple JSPORTS & NHK broadcasts, so I assume some games will sneak on there. If not I do have mlb.tv which I hear works.

  41. G. Love October 4th, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    luis,

    You & me both. But frankly, I don’t blame them. I’ve come very close to ending my visits here as well.

    I do think this place needs to be reclaimed a bit and there are enough good people around to do it.

    Disagreeing isn’t the problem. It’s the vitriol expressed when certain sects decide to determine who is a fan and who isn’t and how grateful we should be to never say an ill word.

    When all I read was gloating about the Yankees making the post season over the many of us who were living and dying with the team and were legitimately concerned they would do so…it’s sickening.

    It makes you not want to contribute and just leave the place for the bullies who just push their way on everyone else day in day out.

    I can’t say I’m long for this board. I’m teetering on the edge. I just hope some kind of detente can be reached where people can whine, cheer, complain, make jokes, criticize and frankly just be a normal fan.

    If that is possible, I have high hopes we’ll get some good new people and maybe a few good oldies.

    If it continues to be Communist Russia says you only say nice things about the team or you are sent to Siberia…well, that doesn’t interest me and in a short amount of time there’ll be 3 people left talking to one another in here.

  42. Jerkface October 4th, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Also you guys may or may not be surprised by this, but the HD signal on Japanese TV is about 1000x better than what I get back home. I realize there is a size difference in the countries which makes internet/telecommunications easier to manage here than over in the US, but damn dude this picture quality is NOICE

  43. G. Love October 4th, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Jerkface,

    I want a lefty starting in Yankee Stadium. The park was built for lefty pitchers to excel. It punishes RHP who make mistakes.

    It should go CC-Kuroda-Andy-Hughes-CC in my eyes. Hughes is better at home and depending on the park Kuroda might get a little more breathing room in RF if he makes a mistake.

    As for Jones, he shouldn’t be on the roster but I’m afraid he will be.

    I’d rather have Eppley in the pen than Jones on the bench. Or I’d rather have McGehee or Dickerson than Jones.

    I think Jones is a waste of a spot right now that could potentially be valuable. Keeping Jones on the roster is all sentimentality.

  44. RadioKev October 4th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    austinmac October 4th, 2012 at 11:04 pm
    Almost all of the Espn predictors have the Yankees winning the ALDS.
    ——

    Uh oh

  45. jacksquat October 4th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    I think jsports has been airing all of the Ichiro/Kuroda/Yankee games lately.

  46. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 4th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    G. Love, not for anything, but this is something you posted here.

    G. Love August 31st, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    At this point if you’re really a fan of this team you put all the noise aside and realize we’re in a penant race and it’s time to support the team and forget about what the team did, didn’t do or whatever.

    We’re a month from October and I don’t see a clear favorite out there so I believe a title is w/in our grasps if these guys get it together. Getting an effective Andy back would make us scary in the post season.

    And Baltimore & Tampa are no joke.

    As pollyanna as it sounds, it’s time to pull together and push. There’s weeks left in this season. Trade deadline is basically done and what’s here is here.

    Mauer, Felix & Upton aren’t walking in the door.

    ___________________________

    That certainly sounds to me like the very thing you just railed against.

    I have to say I see a lot of hypocrisy on this forum, with a lot of holier than thou posters lecturing others about things they dislike but backing right off when their posse has done the same thing. This part isn’t about you G. Love, but I’m sure those who have done it immediately recognize themselves in it.

    I’m extremely surprised the Yankeefeminista hasn’t jumped all over MG for his obvious on-going parody of things I’ve said throughout the season (real mature of him). But since it has a baseball content I guess it’s antagonistic nature doesn’t offend her. But wait, she probably doesn’t read it.

    We have a whole host of “do as I say, not as I do” people hanging around these parts.

  47. luis October 4th, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    G Love,

    I feel ya…I have thought about not posting anymore as well…I agree with you completely…What I meant about the life and death issues is that no comment about baseball warrants some of the vitriol I have seen in the recent past…I do hope that you are right and the place flourishes as it should…Baseball is so rich that we could talk for hours about it.

    Anyway have a good night…I certainly hope to see you around.

  48. jacksquat October 4th, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    G. Love, why note Hughes has been better at home but not notice Kuroda has been better at home as well.

    And a Kuroda/Darvish game 3 would be a nice matchup.

  49. RadioKev October 4th, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    River Ave Blues had a great bit about “How To Survive A Collapse” today. It’s just what I did. I simply ignored the rough patch, busy with moving apartments and what not. Faith got me through ;)

    Baseball is all about the long haul. A good chunk of their second half was miserable, but you just knew things would turn around. The team just needed to get back in sync, and they did. The talent was there all season long (plus Ichiro).

  50. luis October 4th, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    JF,

    About Jones….I don’t think Jones is the best choice, but I do think that he is going to be on the roster unfortunately

  51. G. Love October 4th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Jerkface,

    Most US stations are broadcasting in 720P or 1080i here. It’s rare that a station broadcasts in 1080P. I’m guessing in Japan they are sending out 1080p signals if it looks clearer.

    I recently directed something that we shot in 4k and it looks amazing. 4k is 4 times the definition of 1080P. Only problem is there aren’t many venues where you can show a 4k video. Youtube actually lets you show 2k videos which are double the resolution of 1080p.

    It’ll be awhile before networks send those signals out.

    The only way you’re getting a 1080p native source on your 1080p set here in the states is watching Blu ray I think.

  52. jacksquat October 4th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    I don’t care what anyone’s opinion is, I just don’t like it when I’m beat over the head with the same opinion over and over and over…

  53. G. Love October 4th, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    jacksquat,

    I would feel more comfy with Kuroda in game 2 or 3 than Hughes. However it breaks down, it should be CC, Andy and Kuroda in our first 3 games.

  54. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 4th, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    “When all I read was gloating about the Yankees making the post season over the many of us who were living and dying with the team and were legitimately concerned they would do so…it’s sickening. ”

    trisha – true pinstriped blue October 3rd, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR YANKS!!!

    CONGRATULATIONS TO CHAD FOR A JOB EXTREMELY WELL DONE – AND FOR SURVIVING LOHUD!!!

    CONGRATULATIONS TO US’N. WE WERE THERE THROUGH THICK AND THIN, CHEERING, COMPLAINING, WHATEVER. BUT STILL THERE!

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

  55. Nick in SF October 4th, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    This is how it should be here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....ata_player

  56. G. Love October 4th, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Nick,

    They used to show that propaganda film in my elementary school on a reel to reel projector when the teacher was out sick and we had a sub.

  57. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 4th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    “I don’t care what anyone’s opinion is, I just don’t like it when I’m beat over the head with the same opinion over and over and over…”

    You mean like the never-ending Montero lectures?

  58. luis October 4th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Trisha,

    YF is too classy to do that….And as disrespectful as you may find MG comment, he is just using your words…I find them funny, and unfortunately very true…I wish you could understand and respect people with differing views…I respect your position, but I don’t respect the way you are trying to impose your position and how you have driven people away. Frankly, I am tired…I come here for baseball talk or even general talk…Not to a constant battle about who is right or wrong and especially the gloating and the personal attacks . I come here to escape real life for a while and talk about my favorite team ( good or bad ).

  59. G. Love October 4th, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    trisha,

    Just try to drop it. What you reposted above was spot on.

    Cheer. Be happy. Don’t make it your mission to fight with people in here. Don’t take the bait of the people who are trying to draw you into a fight.

    You’re a huge fan. You love the Yankees. You see no wrong with them. That’s totally cool as long as you respect that some of us root differently and see flaws.

    We can all get along easily and stop the fighting in here. It’s not hard.

    What made it hard this season was this Yankee team and the organization, for a lot of us, annoyed us. A lot.

    Whether it be Montero, or saying the offense is fine, or not trading for a bat when we needed one and pretending we’re not seeing the issues we all said we saw only to have the team admit later “yeah, we saw those problems too”…it was a difficult season to be a fan. It was not a lot of fun to watch this team since the all star break.

    There was plenty to debate about. There was plenty to criticize. There was lots to cheer about too in the end.

    And now that they are in the playoffs, there will be plenty to cheer about, to scream about, to whine about, to complain about, etc.

    If people don’t spend all the time in here telling one another how to be a fan, it’s far more interesting.

  60. luis October 4th, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    I hope you take this as an honest criticism…This is the last I am going to say about this subject.

    Good night

  61. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 4th, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Give me a break luis. She’s had it pointed out to her before and her response was that I didn’t come to her rescue when stoneburner came down on her so she didn’t see the need to come to mine. For whatever it’s worth, I never bothered reading the stoneburner sagas. Like people were rivetted by that back-and-forth. :roll:

    I’VE driven people away? What a laugh. You’re dear friend prufrock singlehandedly caused an exodus with his antagonistic flipping out and lashing out over something as critical to life as a baseball trade. I couldn’t be happier that he’s gone because I don’t have to read any more of his aggressive and/or passive-aggressive posts directed toward me. And why did he all of a sudden detest everything I said and did, when before that we were fast friends? Because I was on the wrong side of the Montero debate.

    When I saw that there were over 1000 posts on one of the recent game threads (and no, not all mine) I totally realized that this forum will survive no matter who stays and who goes.

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

    I’ll have to refine the art of having people crap all over my posts but making sure I don’t say anything in return.

  62. MG October 5th, 2012 at 12:09 am

    It’s interesting how some people that post on a blog feel the need to continually validate themselves by pointing out when they were right about something or criticizing others for not being right.

    As G Love said so eloquently, we are all Yankees fans (or almost all) and while he and I may disagree about Swishers ability to hit the offspeed pitch we aren’t obsessed about it or feel the need to get into a constant back and forth about who is right and who is wrong-we’ve both stated our case once or twice and that’s that.

    There is no sport more interesting than baseball because there are so many variables and uncertainties-I think it was blake that pointed out yesterday that baseball is really the only sport where things change drastically from day to day and where the worst team in the league is capable of taking a series from the best one. I guess that range of possible outcomes generates discussion and a difference of opinion.

    I get irritated at posters who find fault with every player at some point in a game because that indicates (at least to me) that they have unrealistic expectations of what defines success in baseball. I don’t really have a problem with them saying it but as a Yankees fan I feel like since we root for the best baseball franchise ever we should also be the best fans and offer valid criticism when called for (lack of hustle in particular) but also understand that baseball is a game of streaks and when you are hot, you’re hot.

    Conversely, though, when you are not, you’re not-just like Robbie’s slump that preceded this unbelievable streak in the past 8-9 games and Swish bouncing back from a 5-50ish slump to really rake all through September.

    No team (or player) is as good as they look when they are winning and not as bad as they look when they are losing (or slumping). We have to hope that the Yankees who are hot continue for awhile and the guys who aren’t step up their games very soon-if so, #28 is on the horizon.

  63. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 12:11 am

    “And as disrespectful as you may find MG comment, he is just using your words…I find them funny, and unfortunately very true…I wish you could understand and respect people with differing views”

    I’m sure nobody sees the great irony in that comment.

    ***********

    Yeah, I’m done with the topic too. I guess I’ll have to puzzle out the way to tiptoe around posters who feel the need to really express their dissatisfaction without either responding to it or disagreeing with it. Well I guess I can gently disagree with it because to respond in-kind leaves me open to being accused of telling them how to be fans.

    Night.

  64. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 12:13 am

    “I get irritated at posters who find fault with every player at some point in a game because that indicates (at least to me) that they have unrealistic expectations of what defines success in baseball. I don’t really have a problem with them saying it but as a Yankees fan I feel like since we root for the best baseball franchise ever we should also be the best fans and offer valid criticism when called for (lack of hustle in particular) but also understand that baseball is a game of streaks and when you are hot, you’re hot. ”

    The same thing coming from me, though, totally lacks validity. Go figure.

  65. G. Love October 5th, 2012 at 12:14 am

    MG,

    If the guys who are hot continue being hot, we’ll win #28. The team doesn’t need Arod & Tex to step up if Cano, Ichiro, Jeter, Grandy, Martin, Ibanez do their jobs.

    I actually think the past couple of weeks the team finally stopped waiting for Arod to be “Arod” and Tex to come back and save them and guys swung at better pitches.

    I am a little nervous that we got hot against teams like the Jays/Red Sox who aren’t exactly pitching rich, but I do feel like our guys are having better at bats than earlier in the season.

    And I’d be lying to you if I wasn’t pumped up to see what Ichiro is going to do in the playoffs for us. I have a feeling he’s going to have a special post season.

  66. Locke October 5th, 2012 at 12:16 am

    AL WC: TEX over BAL
    NL WC: ATL over STL

    ALDS: DET over OAK
    ALDS: NNY over TEX

    NLDS: ATL over WSH
    NLDS: SFO over CIN

    ALCS: NNY over DET
    ALCS: ATL over SFO

    WS: NNY over ATL in 5

    I’ll admit this is my completely bias prediction as it is the only way I can realistically see the Yankees in the World Series. I’m going to see the NLWC game tomorrow afternoon – Lets go Braves.

  67. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 12:19 am

    “It’s interesting how some people that post on a blog feel the need to continually validate themselves by pointing out when they were right about something or criticizing others for not being right.”

    Oh please. It has nothing to do with validation. It has everything to do with hoping that it finally sinks in that the game is never over in the first inning and maybe posters eventually GET IT and stop knee jerking all the time.

  68. MG October 5th, 2012 at 12:22 am

    G Love,

    I agree with your last post- I have enormous respect for Ichiro’s ability and thought he was a great pickup at the deadline, I just wish he was batting near the top of order on a full time basis.

    I do think this concept of ‘good at bats’ is a little distorted-last night, for example, the Yankees were swinging early in the count in the 1st inning against Matsuzaka and got some criticism for 3 straight outs. Fast forward to the 2nd inning and, except for Swish’s walk the key hits were on pitches early in the count. The approach hadn’t changed, the results did, and that is part of the uncertainty of hitting no matter who is at the plate (except Robby Cano right now, he is from another planet if he continues mashing like this).

    I’ve always been a big believer in getting a good rip at the first good pitch to hit in the zone-this is a lot easier in theory, of course, than in real games.

  69. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Anyway, nick in SF I’ll be getting in touch with you to put in my chocolate order. And if sammiejohnson or Trigeminal Neuralgia Yank see this, I’ll need your chocolate orders.

  70. jacksquat October 5th, 2012 at 12:25 am

    trisha – true pinstriped blue October 4th, 2012 at 11:35 pm
    “I don’t care what anyone’s opinion is, I just don’t like it when I’m beat over the head with the same opinion over and over and over…”

    You mean like the never-ending Montero lectures?

    Yes, and you also say a lot of the same thing many many times.

  71. Pat M. October 5th, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Joe Giradi………I really hope that you keep Ichiro hitting in the 2 slot until the last out is registered in about 4 weeks…….I alway believe that in order for the Yanks to be on the field for this to happen, Ichiro needs to be hitting behind Derek………Of course this is just one person’s opinion………And put me down for civility during the playoffs !!!!!!!

  72. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 12:42 am

    “Yes, and you also say a lot of the same thing many many times.”

    Such as? (I’m sure I do, but I want exampes of the kinds of things you’re thinking of.)

  73. Pat M. October 5th, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Tricia…….Time to move on and close one door so you can open another ……..

  74. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 12:44 am

    I’ll check them out tomorrow.

  75. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Pat M – I’m not going to take the brunt of anyone’s complaints when the people complaining are guilty of the same things. That said, I’ve said my peace and made my points. I’m not wasting any more good energy on it.

    Good night.

  76. Pat M. October 5th, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Tricia……Always consider the source and then decide if it’s worth the energy……..I’m with you though !!!

  77. Jdiddyshownopitty October 5th, 2012 at 1:30 am

    I cant believe Buck is starting Saunders….

  78. UnKnown October 5th, 2012 at 1:32 am

    I combined three different tweets below from the guy who made that stuff up about Cano.
    —————————

    Dan Tordjman ?@DanTordjman
    On 9/20 I tweeted I expected #MLB to announce @RobinsonCano tested positive for PEDs. This information was FALSE. / I, @CoxMediaGroup, and @WSOC_TV all apologize to Mr. #Cano, and to the #Yankees and their fans. / I shouldn’t have posted false info about #Cano, and afterward, I should’ve admitted it was false and apologized right away. I am very sorry.

  79. Duh Innings II October 5th, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Why don’t you all just not care about what people think like I do?

    ‘Problem with comments is you write something and get insulted.

    ‘Don’t like what I write? Fine, but don’t get personal.

    My weakness is I send it back when I shouldn’t hahaha.

  80. Duh Innings II October 5th, 2012 at 2:49 am

    LOL @ Theo Epstein thinking he’s getting alot for Alfonso Soriano after Soriano finally lived up to his contract in 2012 here.

    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb.....icago-cubs

    A-Rod and cash for Sori like this:

    2013: Yanks pay Sori’s $18M + $10M so the Cubs still pay $18M.

    2014: Yanks pay Sori’s $18M + $7M so the Cubs still pay $18M.

    2015: Yanks pay Sori’s $18M + $3M so the Cubs still pay $18M.

    Basically, the Yanks pay the same amount of money for Sori as they would for A-Rod.

    2016-17: Yanks are free and clear of Sori, A-Rod finishes his career as a Mariner after he’s traded there because Seattle needs a gate draw for life after Felix Hernandez beginning in 2015 (spare me “Jesus Montero” as he may not even make it through 2014 much less 2013.)

  81. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 3:41 am

    G. Love, it is not just the size of the picture that American TV sends, but the quality. Telecom companies use compression codecs so they can squeeze more channels out of our aging infrastructure. AT&T uses horrible codecs, so even though you’re watching the same HBO that another HD TV provider is giving you, it is about 75% of the bitrate so the picture quality is worse. You get more artifacts & worse colors from the compression.

  82. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 6:55 am

    It’s ludicrous how although I’ve always tried to stay out of the personal sh*t of the blog, I have been somehow implicated because one night out of the blue a poster in some kind of social experiment decided to ask me to get involved in a personal issue, something I don’t even read. I have spoken out repeatedly against people trolling each other, respecting and being civil to each other. However, I won’t get sucked into people’s personal agendas on this blog. What I will defend is the blog’s integrity and insist upon its need to first and foremost be a baseball blog in which people are permitted to express and not be ostracized for their diverse opinions. I also think the blog at its best is
    representative of a great, passionate and opinionated Yankee fan base who should never be dumbed
    down, subverted or controlled by homogeneous voices. By the same token, it’s pretty elementary for
    us to just get along by respecting each others opinions. That is all.

  83. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Good Morning.

    Interesting to read last night’s back and forth over the acceptable way to post and interact on here.

    My take FWIW. I believe in live and let live. I also believe in trying to be as respectful as possible to as many people as possible.

    I enjoy interacting with G.Love, MG, and Trisha.

    They are all knowledeable, witty, and intelligent.

    What more could someone hope for on a sports blog where anonymity
    is it’s essential element.

    The fact that they sometimes disagree vehemently is part of what makes for interesting reading.

    What doesn’t make for very interesting reading is reading people piss all over each other, or feel the need to justify why they may have done so.

    I have wished we had an “ignore” function for the longest time.

    LoHud has thus far refused to offer us one.

    So the only way to do that is to simply scroll over the posts that you do not wish to read.

    In the end, as G. Love pointed out we are all Yankee fans.

    We share that common bond. Maybe we can work with that.

    And one last thing. A little humor goes a long way.

    Maybe we can all strive not to take ourselves too seriously.

    OK. You can now tell me to go screw myself.

    Carry on.

    :)

  84. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Good morning YF.

    :)

  85. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Morning, MTU. I’m up too early, but am digging the morning sounds! Are you ready for some WC baseball?!

  86. blake October 5th, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Morning everyone. Posting from my new iPhone 5 so we shall see if this phone provides all the autocorrect greatness you have come to expect

    Kinda enjoying these days off. Gonna sit back tonight and watch the game and see who we will be playing. The pitching looks like a big mismatch but my guess is that buck just wants Saunders to get through he lineup once and not lose the game then he will start using his pen

    The Yanks are set up nicely here. Doesn’t mean they’ll win but I like their chances

    Go Yanks

  87. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Yes M’am.

    Did you have a health issue I may have missed ?

    I thought I saw something about “ankles”.

  88. blake October 5th, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Test

  89. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 7:11 am

    It’ll be interesting to see how quickly Buck goes to the pen. I like our chances moreso because of the flaws of other teams. Think we’ll go C, Hiro, Pettitte Hughes?

  90. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Blake-

    My wish list includes the following :

    The O’s knocking off the Claws and Antlers.

    The A’s knocking off the Tigers.

    Us knocking off the O’s.

    Us obliterating the the A’s.

    Nats/Yankees WS.

    Not too much to ask, huh ?

    :)

  91. blake October 5th, 2012 at 7:11 am

    2 of my favoritest posters. MTU and YF. Good morning to you both. Trader should be here soon

  92. Cashmoney October 5th, 2012 at 7:13 am

    morning all,
    Grats on I5 blake, I have like a I3 or something, was thinking of upgrading but is way too lazy to go to my AT&T store. In any case, when they come out with I6 that equip with auto massage features i will surely venture there.

  93. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Blake-

    Did you get a higher speed drill to go with that new fangled phone of
    yours ?

    You need to be able to work faster so you can post more.

    ;)

  94. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 7:14 am

    MTU, unfortunately, hit by a car just in time for stretch run and playoffs… So ankle broken, other badly sprained and unable to walk. I have missed a Yankee playoff home game in 10 years, but will have to miss first round. :( But healing as we post. :)

  95. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Haven’t missed, should read…

  96. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Cash-

    I wanted to date “siri” but she just hung up on me w/o saying a word.

    :(

  97. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 7:16 am

    YF-

    So sorry to hear that.

    Heal quickly and well.

  98. Cashmoney October 5th, 2012 at 7:17 am

    most of time i try to avoid human communications MTU, so that’s suits me. all the rage with siri and galaxy….

  99. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Thanks, Blake. Right back at ya! What are the perks of the iphone5? I just recently got the iphone4. I’m slow when it comes to technology.

    I like the Ichi, Gardy addition/diversity added to lineup.

  100. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Cash-

    God made humans imperfect but Man made phones perfect.

    So I guess it all works out.

    :)

  101. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Thanks, MTU. It’s a learning experience; keeps you in the present in a zen kind of way.

    I pretty much like the way your playoff scenario plays out. I still feel such venom for the Rangers after 2010. I’m excited to see Darvish pitch on the big stage, and am sorry I don’t get to root for him.

  102. Cashmoney October 5th, 2012 at 7:24 am

    YF, hope you a speedy recovery. getting hit by a car can be rough! well, I imaging anywho.

  103. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 7:26 am

    YF-

    It still puzzles me why we passed on guys like Chapman, Cespedes, etc.

    They were only money and very talented.

    We’ll see after a few more seasons but it appears that JF was correct in his analysis of twirling Darvish.

    I hope you make a superb recovery from your unfortunate injury.

    Stronger than ever.

    In the meantime I hope you get to watch the Yankees crush the opposition.

    That should ease some of the discomfort.

    :)

  104. Cashmoney October 5th, 2012 at 7:28 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg21D4mhQ48

    the battle of titans! MTU, this will get you prepare for playoff intensity!

  105. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Thanks, Cashmoney and MTU! I can pretty much work from home; biggest pain beyond the physical is not being able to go to the Stadium, but winning will definitely help. I’m grateful that the injuries weren’t worse.

    Yes, MTU, agree about it only being money; we should take talent where we can get it from. It doesn’t grow on trees. My only hope is that soon some of the kiddies can fill in; however, we’re likely two years away. I hope Austin’s ankle isn’t a chronic issue, going forward.

  106. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Cash-

    That’s definitely gruesome in an insect sort of way.

    :)

    YF-

    Me too. Austin looks to be a mega talent.

    Sad news on Man-Ban.

    :(

  107. Cashmoney October 5th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    anywho, back to baseball, any baseball is good baseball, though i was hoping 2 games or at least a Saturday night game for the Yanks, but my friend explains to me commitment to tv contract prevents a 2 2 1 format, so hence. On Os and Rangers, I got to say the smart money have to be on Texas, but nonetheless i be rooting for Os, cuz I think it’s a better matchup for the Yanks. But we shall see. Saunder in any games of significance would scare me.

  108. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Also re: Chapman, Cespedes. I would have considered them risks worth taking, but Yankees are big into minimizing risk. I’m not a big fan of that mentality b/c it keeps you at status quo and means vets rule the day, even as bench players. I hope this philosophy changes. We need youth and bat speed. Happily though due to the injuries, Teix and Alex should be well rested. Though I’m a little concerned about it still being ST for Teix. As I mentioned the other day before the last game though, Alex’s LD% for Sept/Oct was something like 27.8%. He’s missed a few, slightly off with the bat head at times, but I’ve liked Alex’s AB’s.

  109. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Several other things I’m happy about :

    That the Sux suck.

    That Scioscia and Pruneface are on the outside looking in.

    That Phillies and their annointed pitching staff are in the crapper.

    And hopefully that the Rangers will be biting the big one soon.

    That’s a lot to be grateful for.

    :)

  110. RadioKev October 5th, 2012 at 7:42 am

    yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 7:39 am
    Also re: Chapman, Cespedes. I would have considered them risks worth taking, but Yankees are big into minimizing risk. I’m not a big fan of that mentality b/c it keeps you at status quo and means vets rule the day, even as bench players. I hope this philosophy changes. We need youth and bat speed. Happily though due to the injuries, Teix and Alex should be well rested. Though I’m a little concerned about it still being ST for Teix. As I mentioned the other day before the last game though, Alex’s LD% for Sept/Oct was something like 27.8%. He’s missed a few, slightly off with the bat head at times, but I’ve liked Alex’s AB’s.
    ———–

    Do we? We’re the best team in the AL.

  111. jmv October 5th, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Morning, all!

    I have an unusual day off (presidential elections on sunday), so the breakfast club is a nice place to start.

    Good to know you aqre getting better, YF. Rest and rehab are the key

  112. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    MTU, just wish ManBan had had the surgery earlier. He’d almost be back already! ;) Campos is throwing so hopefully no setbacks. I’m pumped that DePaula’s at Instructs. Originally, they thought he’d be a fast mover, but with the layoffs, he had to regain command. I think his secondary stuff has been less polished than at first believed, but maybe this year in the States, things will come together.

    Btw, I hope you and yours are doing well.

  113. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 7:45 am

    jmv-

    Buenos dias.

    I hope if Hugo loses he goes quietly.

    Best of luck. It’s about time your Country returns to freedom.

    :)

  114. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Do we what, Radiokev?

  115. Cashmoney October 5th, 2012 at 7:46 am

    no need to beat it to death, I think C and C represented a medium risks and high reward scenario. I don’t think Yanks are very good at risk avoidance, giving long term contracts and always paying top dollars for known quantities represent greater risks if you ask me. Yanks need to do better in evaluation, projection and do a better job finding undervalue assets going forward imo. One of the biggest question going forward is Cano, the question is how long and how much.

  116. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 7:49 am

    jmv, haven’t gotten to rehab yet. Rest will go out the window once the playoffs start. I’ll have that postseason adrenaline kicking in. I never sleep much in the playoffs, but will try to abide by doctor’s orders.;)

    Buenas suerte on elections! My iPhone once to turn those first two words into “Burkas sheets!” :roll:

  117. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 7:49 am

    YF-

    We have a lot of fine fruit hanging on our Pitching tree.

    I hope we get to harvest some of it.

    thank you for the well wishes. It has been a challenging few months around here.

    The next several years will be difficult but I am ever hopeful nonetheless.

    :)

  118. blake October 5th, 2012 at 7:50 am

    MTU,

    I’m pretty fast already ;)

    YF,
    it’s not a ton different to me…the screen is a little longer and it’s thinner and lighter and it’s 4G which is probably the biggest difference…..but other than that it’s pretty much an iphone so I don’t know if I’d rush out and get it if I just got an IP4…….but I do like it.

  119. RadioKev October 5th, 2012 at 7:51 am

    MTU October 5th, 2012 at 7:26 am
    YF-

    It still puzzles me why we passed on guys like Chapman, Cespedes, etc.
    ———-

    MTU, I think it’s easy to say that about the guys who make it, but there are always plenty who don’t. They do cost money, and every team has their limit. The cost roster spaces and years too, which is something agents really fight for today.

    While there are many citable failed Japanese signings, there are others too. Then again players of all nationalities, including Americans, unexpectedly bust.

  120. blake October 5th, 2012 at 7:52 am

    One of the biggest things we have to hope doesn’t happen is that these days off don’t cool off Robbie Cano……

    I thought the reason they made it 1 game is so that the division winners wouldn’t have to sit around for 3 days before the ALDS started? To me they should be starting the ALDS tomorrow…..take Thursday off (in case you need tie breaker games or have rain outs)….play the WC games on Friday…..ALCS starts on Saturday.

  121. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Cashmoney, I think they are risk avoiding the most when it comes to young unknown quantities. I understand it, but also think evaluatively when it comes to youth, they should be more proactive. Especially pre new CBA. That said, I think we added some nice IFA’s this year.

  122. RadioKev October 5th, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Yankeefeminsta,

    “I’m not a big fan of that mentality b/c it keeps you at status quo and means vets rule the day, even as bench players. I hope this philosophy changes. We need youth and bat speed. ”

    Now, clearly we do need a mix of more youth in the future, that’s almost always the case. However, the veteran based roster is the best in the American Leagues! Why can’t a similar roster mix keep working?

  123. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Kev-

    I understand but guys like Chapman and Cespedes just seem to call out to be acquired.

    Chapman in particular is immensely talented.

    We could have used a dynamic young OF’er like Cespedes.

    Oh well. water under the bridge now I guess.

  124. blake October 5th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Chapman threw 100 mph from the left side…..there isn’t really a whole lot else to know about that.

  125. Cashmoney October 5th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    btw, this is just a feeling more than anything else… I think Sori’s arm is going to fall off in the next few years. I hope the Yanks don’t extend him. If he opts out, I will be glad to move on consider Mo will back and find it cheaper back up.

  126. Cashmoney October 5th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    nah, we can always sign Igawa I suppose, much less risky.

  127. blake October 5th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    and Cespedes possesses a skill set that is tough to find…..the concern was the hit tool and that one is almost impossible to forecast when you dealing with a guy playing pretty much only in Cuba and try out camps…..that was the risky part and the A’s took the risk and the Yanks passed….

  128. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Blake-

    he could throttle back a bit to 95 and still be really effective.

    ;)

  129. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Blake, the layoff definitely could be a problem. Robbie’s been en fuego. We should have at the least started on Saturday.

    I never get Darvish’s categorization as a Japanese pitcher. Just have to look at him to see he breaks the stereotype, and to be snakebite b/c of the Igawa signing is plain silly. Igawa was a second tier player; no comparison!

  130. RadioKev October 5th, 2012 at 7:57 am

    MTU, yeah clearly both guys had major upside and so far they’ve delivered. Chapman is probably the real deal, but he’s also a reliever. He’s an expensive reliever at this point, and he came with risk at the time of the signing.

    Cespedes looks great, but you never know what could happen in the future. Maybe the league figures him out the next time around. (Again, that could be said of mostly anyone)

  131. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 7:57 am

    *snakebit

  132. blake October 5th, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I kinda hope Soriano doesn’t opt out because I’m not sure what they would use that money for and it would be a pretty big blow to the pen if he left…..that said….if he does opt and I wouldn’t even consider resigning him as he’s getting up there in age and they will need to invest money in other places.

  133. RadioKev October 5th, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Correction, Chapman is the real deal. The “probably” is just gratuitous :P

  134. Cashmoney October 5th, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Agree, he is getting up there, 2011 should serve as warning sign imo, he has lost a mile on his fb from the naked eyes. going back to risk avoidance, I would not bequeath him as my future closer after MO retires.

  135. RadioKev October 5th, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Blake,

    We’ll still have Robertson, Chamberlain, and Aardsma, with Whitley and Montgomery in the minors. Also all the other young arms in the system, maybe Warren?

  136. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Kev-

    Hal has a right to run his Yankees as he sees fit but as a paying fan I have a right to wish that he wouldn’t pinch pennies.

    The Yankees are still making money hand over fist.

    They haven’t lowered the price of beer or tickets have they ?

    I guess as long as the product on the field doesn’t slip we ultimately have no argument.

    As you know I’m not a big fan of 189 even though I accept that it is basically Smellig’s creation.

    I want the Yankees to have their financial edge back.

    I’m hungry for the extra power it gives.

    ;)

  137. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I don’t want to have to rely on being clever.

    I wish for the Yankees to be able to bludgeon their opponents early and often.

    This is one case where might does make right.

    :)

  138. Cashmoney October 5th, 2012 at 8:05 am

    my opinion on reliever corps is this, they are volatile in nature to begin with. I think if you get someone who has good command and throws modestly hard then they have the potential to be a good closer. The mental aspect of it also factor in a bit.

  139. blake October 5th, 2012 at 8:05 am

    “We’ll still have Robertson, Chamberlain, and Aardsma, with Whitley and Montgomery in the minors. Also all the other young arms in the system, maybe Warren?”

    yea….none of those guys are an established and tested closer though. I think Robertson could be good and Montgomery is interesting though…..

  140. RadioKev October 5th, 2012 at 8:06 am

    I guess as long as the product on the field doesn’t slip we ultimately have no argument.
    —————

    Yeah, I mean, the Yankees are a wildly inefficient team. Look at the As, they spent the least with $49M and we have just one more win than them.

    This could be the impetus for the Yankees to make better spending decision and use their financial advantage better. I really believe that.

  141. blake October 5th, 2012 at 8:07 am

    “my opinion on reliever corps is this, they are volatile in nature to begin with.”

    we certainly don’t want a reliever corpse :)

  142. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 8:07 am

    I’m getting Kimbrel.

    And Trout.

    See. it’s easy. And I’m not in the least bit greedy am I ?

    ;)

  143. Cashmoney October 5th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    i remember Steve Farr as our closer as a kid… the number one key to be a good closer is command imo, blake.

  144. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Blake-

    Is that what passes for humor in TN. ?

    :)

  145. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Although allowing an occasional pitch to drift over the plate (which he can’t do; especially just coming into the game with runners on base), Joba has had ridiculous stuff. Glad to see the pen getting a rest, generally. Much needed, whereas would have loved to see the bats keep going. Although Jeet, Robi, and Grandy probably needed the physical break.

  146. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Why can’t a similar roster mix keep working?

    ??

    Because the current roster mix is predicated on a bunch of hall of famers nearing the end of their careers. Not to mention the imminent free agency of like half the roster. You cannot keep supplementing around a-rod, jeter, et al because a player they got to mitigate (tex) had an unexpected early decline and the component parts around him (cano, swisher, granderson, martin) are free agents and a lot of the roster is very old platoon bats or year-to-year pitchers.

    Basically it would not be out of the question for next years team to have none of kuroda/pettitte/garcia/swisher. Guys like Ibanez & Jones are 1 year wonders, and they werent even that wonderful!

    They are the best team in the AL, but it was not easy & there isnt a lot there that screams ‘this will happen next year’ due to lack of continuity on the roster. Of course with the Yankees spending & the things which Cashman does well we can expect a team next year that will be in the mix, but with HALs budget & impending free agencies it would be good to have young players that are: 1. good, 2. cost controlled, 3 on the team for the next 2+ years.

    The A’s have a good hitter & OFer under control for 4 years. Texas has a #2/#1 starter under control for 6 years. Out of the Yankees cost controlled starters, Hughes was the best and he is a free agent next year. Pineda & Nova are either bad or total unknowns. Luckily Phelps looks good but with his innings he may be held back from starting the year in the rotation and I don’t think he can be relied upon to be as good as he has been (low 3 era, I’d expect something in the high 3′s-low-4s next season depending on the run environment given his HR rate)

    You could say ‘This team should get younger/whatever’ year to year for the past decade & any one else could have responded ‘well we’re #1/best team/in the playoffs’ and both can be true. The difference between then and now is that now we’re on a strict budget that REQUIRES young players, cost controlled players, and those players to be a big part of the team.

  147. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Because of the need to make 189 the Yankees need to go as cheap as possible on the Pitching staff costs and bench.

    unfortunately, they have to service some weighty contracts which puts the squeeze on in some places.

    I really think one of the ways forward is to trade.

    JMHO.

  148. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 8:15 am

    RadioKev, I’d like to see them give the kids more of a shot, once they are close. If the financial restrictions play into that scenario, I would approve. And I agree we need a mix of old and new. I just see so many teams integrating young position players, while we have nary a one. Also think that Nunez should have been used to DH vs. LHP months ago, which I have been very vocal about, because his bat is a difference maker.

  149. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    And be patient with our youth wherever possible.

    ;)

  150. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    And really the main arguments for Darvish/Cespedes/Chapman/Soler is that there is no way in hell the Yankees get a guy with their talents at the prices they were acquired on the free agent market/draft/IFA.

    And with the new CBA it is even more unlikely. you have a pitcher with command of 3+ pitches a handful of which are plus who is 6’5, throws 95, and has pitched 200 innings the past 6 years in a league that is better than AAA. That is an impossible to acquire pitcher for the Yankees outside of spending 200 million on CC Sabathia. WHY NOT DROP THE MONEY?

    Same with Cespedes. A player with 4 Plus tools and an unknown 5th tool that might be plus or atleast average is unacquirable by the yankees in the draft / IFA unless there something like significant injury concerns/rawness in draft or extreme youth (aka high bust factor) in IFA. As a free agent that kind of player commands way more than Cespedes got. And they had up to 2 OF vacancies in the next 2 years! Known vacancies even.

    Ditto the above with soler but for an even cheaper price.

    Essentially their public declaration of a budget & then their actions towards managing the budget were at odds & people were disappointed. The Yankees always wait till the last second to address anything & when you’re building a team on a budget you cannot do that because the highest price is at the last second.

  151. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    YF-

    His speed too !

    :)

  152. Cashmoney October 5th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    The difference between then and now is that now we’re on a strict budget that REQUIRES young players, cost controlled players, and those players to be a big part of the team.
    ——
    Jerk, it should be plain for anyone to see. It has become a necessity if Yanks are to continue their dominant ways.

  153. RadioKev October 5th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Jerkface,

    I’m saying a similar roster mix, not the same roster. Obviously we do need to make changes and continually improve. Our core is getting older, and eventually we will need a new core. Is this off season the time for that? I’m not so sure.

    And veterans can be affordable too.

    I just think it’s “common sense” that we just absolutely need to make big changes and get younger each season, and I think it’s fair to challenge that common sense. Of course I have the benefit of saying “hey, it worked!” but…hey, it worked!

  154. Bobby Murcer October 5th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I’m going into the postseason very relaxed, and not because I think
    we have a great chance to win it all. All 10 teams in the playoffs have
    their plusses and minuses so I figure we have about a 10% chance
    to win it all. If it happens, it would be delightful, if it doesn’t, I can
    rationalize it by reminding myself we’re not a juggernaut and very
    flawed (like all the other teams).

    What I’m relieved about is the fact that we did not blow a 10 game
    lead, so the biggest lead that the Yanks ever lost historically is 6 or
    6.5 games (by the way, does anybody know which year(s) that was?).
    After 2004, I am hypersensitive to “chokes” and so I didn’t want another
    albatross around my neck.

    So the season turned out OK from the statistical point of view, but
    I realize that, unless we start spending again, it’s going to be rough
    in the next few years.

    As for all the non-baseball stuff on the blog, we just need to realize
    the world is divided into optimists and pessimists. I’m a pessimist.
    As far as sports are concerned, Nick Hornsby nailed the pessimist’s
    point of view in his great book on soccer, “Fever Pitch”. He
    basically said that failure is more the default condition than success
    and so the lot of the fan is to spend more time suffering than
    celebrating. My experience bears that out, but, like Hornsby, I view
    life through the lens of a pessimist. If you’re an optimist, good for you;
    I won’t give you a hard time, but there’s no way I’m ever seeing things
    from your point of view.

  155. jmv October 5th, 2012 at 8:19 am

    MTU,

    Team Greedy salutes you, LOL…

    About elections, we have a real shot on sunday. Rumor has it that there is an important fraction in the army that would support the results, and force him to accept the results. Let’s hope for a blowout to make it easier.

    Closers: no big contracts unless we find a way to clone Mo. Too volatile. And we don’t want corpses, as blake says, LOL

    Chapman, Cespedes and Darvish of the world: sadly, we are going to see them pass by… budget and Igawa’s issues (about Kei, I don`t think one fail shoul shut the door, but…). Yankees never had been specially risk-takers unless is a minor league contract, anyway. Maybe, just maybe, when The A-Rods and Teixs of the world are gone, that will change

  156. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    189 is going away for a while eventually.

    We can spend like wild hogs then.

    I’m looking forward to that.

    I hope the Budster doesn’t screw that up again.

    ;)

  157. RadioKev October 5th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 8:15 am
    RadioKev, I’d like to see them give the kids more of a shot, once they are close. If the financial restrictions play into that scenario, I would approve. And I agree we need a mix of old and new. I just see so many teams integrating young position players, while we have nary a one. Also think that Nunez should have been used to DH vs. LHP months ago, which I have been very vocal about, because his bat is a difference maker.
    ——–

    But most of those really young teams aren’t better than the these Yankees! Maybe eventually they’ll get there, but the Yankees will also continue to change with time! We don’t, and shouldn’t be, as young as some of the other teams in the league.

  158. jmv October 5th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    *should shut the door*, I meant

  159. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    MTU, bat and base speed. Yep.

  160. jmv October 5th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    JF,

    As you said, they aren’t used to work on a budget, that makes them slow… Hope they learn. There will be fails, but rewards too.

  161. Cashmoney October 5th, 2012 at 8:23 am

    The thing about it… I see a gap in the fruition of next wave talents (if we lucky enough) and the current rapid deterioriation of the core group. The question you have to ask yourself is this, will a bridging year or two soon become a necessity in terms of restock young talents and letting them develop on a MLB level?

  162. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 8:23 am

    jmv-

    I wish you and yours well.

    It’s time for a change in your land and I hope you get it.

    Vaya con dios amigo.

    Viva Venezuela libre !

    :)

  163. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I’m saying a similar roster mix, not the same roster. Obviously we do need to make changes and continually improve. Our core is getting older, and eventually we will need a new core. Is this off season the time for that? I’m not so sure.

    And veterans can be affordable too.

    I just think it’s “common sense” that we just absolutely need to make big changes and get younger each season, and I think it’s fair to challenge that common sense. Of course I have the benefit of saying “hey, it worked!” but…hey, it worked!

    The same roster mix? Where are the Yankees going to get a Cano/Swisher/Granderson who provided cost controlled, above average-elite production and who were homegrown/acquired for a pittance/acquired for a reasonable cost?

    They cannot replicate those kinds of players & to retain them in free agency puts them right up against/over their new budget.

    It is easy to say ‘just do the same thing… but with different players!’ except you kind of need to have players in mind when you do that. If the rumors are true the Yankees will be in on Upton & Headley this offseason, but neither will come as cheap as Granderson.

    The beauty of the Yankees 15 year stretch of dominance & playoffs making is that they had a core of hall of famers to build around and the biggest budget in the majors. With the new CBA/HAL’s budget/No in their prime Hall of Famers/TV revenue evening the playing field a lot of their inherent advantages are missing.

  164. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Cash-

    that’s where trading comes in.

    ;)

  165. jmv October 5th, 2012 at 8:25 am

    YF,

    Hahaha, I love your translator… Here’s one tip: what do you know? translates: “que te parece?” or “que tal?”. That will be useful if Jonesy hits a rocket to the seats, LOL

  166. blake October 5th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    “Is that what passes for humor in TN. ?”

    man I do the best I can!

  167. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    RadioKev, we can be improved. Why not continue to improve ourselves? We wore down all year, blew a lead, and certain players had to be handled with kid gloves. Bench players became regulars and the quality of their play hurt us in larger sample sizes. A wise GM anticipates trends/problems, and buttresses his team against those problems. A young bat in that lineup just makes it better. Look at Nunez’s contribution. In 2010 vs. Texas, we looked old, slow, lacked bat speed. Why put ourselves in that position if we can improve?

  168. blake October 5th, 2012 at 8:27 am

    JF,

    you still in Japan?

  169. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 8:29 am

    YT-

    If you’re out there.

    Shame on you you. You were AWOL this AM.

    :(

  170. Mike Ri October 5th, 2012 at 8:29 am

    on a side note . .Grant Balflour has the coolest entrance ever as a closer …… guys if you have a chance youtube it …. lol . . . Its like a heavy metal concert ,wrestlemania , and baseball all wraped in one …

  171. Yankee Trader October 5th, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Good morning. Nice to see some of you up very early-YF and JF-

    If the Yankees play Baltimore on Sunday the weather forecast has a cold front coming in-high 57 and 70% chance rain during the day, decreasing at night. Do we know yet whether that 1st game will be a day or a night game? If that game is cancelled, given the close proximity of the two clubs, would they play Monday and Tuesday[off day], weather supposed to be OK in Baltimore and finish up Wednesday, Thurs. and Friday in NY if it needs to go 5, with no off day?

    Then carrying an extra pitcher would come in handy?

  172. blake October 5th, 2012 at 8:30 am

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-yo.....the-season

    notes on the team meeting that turned it around.

  173. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I’m technically up at a reasonable time (930 PM) because I am on the other side of the planet. I’ll be here until Game 3 of the ALCS so hope the Yankees make it that far.

  174. Yankee Trader October 5th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    MTU-

    I’m out of town as of yesterday visiting family, with close proximity to Baltimore, preparing for the weather which will be 81 today to precipitously drop Sunday. The good news is I’m surrounded by Yankee fans! :)

  175. jmv October 5th, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Gracias, MTU!

    JF,

    The Yankees need to abandon his policy of “no extensions, will wait until free agency” approach. They did it once and they should do it again. Cano and Hughes should be extended. Almost every team in the market is locking his better players (of course they can’t keep all of them because of budget issues, but still reduces the talent that reaches free agency), or trading them the year before FA. The goal is balance between young talent, expensive stars and some overpaid veterans. And don’t turn their heads when a high risk signing appears in the horizon

  176. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Thing that is good about this PS though is we have a lot of players who have had lengthy rests, which will hopefully bode well: Teix, Alex, Gardy, for example. As long as they have their timing, and Teix doesn’t have to bat left-handed too much…

  177. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Blake-

    Here’s the real text.

    Hal : If you knuckleheads continue to choke how can I spend more time on my Yacht ?

    You do realize I’m running short on caviar and bubbly, don’t you ?

    :)

  178. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 8:36 am

    YT-

    Glad to know it. You’re always missed.

    That said, you should take better care to let us know of your whereabouts.

    :)

  179. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    jmv-

    De Nada. Con mucho gusto.

    :)

  180. Cashmoney October 5th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Balfour also has been very good…. he was definitely a bargain this year. but would guys like balfour or Rodney be a bargain in FA coming off career year , probably not. The key is to project who are the next balfour or rodney will be and get them on the cheap. easier said than done, it certainly takes keener eyes than mine to find the next bargain with possible upside.

  181. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    You’ll all be glad to know it’s time to walk the Mops.

  182. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Good Morning, YT. I woke up with the birds this morning, but have yet to see an Oriole. Not sure about the symbolism of that… Will you be able to get to any playoff games if the Yanks play at Camden Yards?

  183. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Cashmoney,

    Essentially that is impossible or near impossible. For every Balfour or Rodney there are 3 balfours or rodneys from 3 years ago.

  184. jmv October 5th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    YF,

    I still think the injuries were a blessing in disguise. Let’s cross fingers

  185. MTU October 5th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Cash-

    That’s OK. That’s Billy Eppler’s job anyway.

    ;)

  186. jmv October 5th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    “Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 8:39 am
    Cashmoney,

    Essentially that is impossible or near impossible. For every Balfour or Rodney there are 3 balfours or rodneys from 3 years ago.”

    Or last year’s Freddy and this year Freddy’s

  187. Yankee Trader October 5th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    MTU-

    I’m also on a slower computer. I’d look into getting a ticket to Game 1 in Baltimore, but I’m here for my mother’s BDay and plus now the temp calls for 49 and rain on Sunday.

    What did the blog decide the best 1 thru 4 starters in order would be. Are we waiting first to see who we play after tonight’s AL WC game?

  188. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    jmv, agree about extending Cano and Hughes. We need a new philosophy for a new era.

    Like 2009, I think our pen can continue to be mostly home grown. We have a lot of nice young pen arms, coming up through the system, led by Montgomery.

  189. jmv October 5th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I’m going to miss Valentine. Loved the disaster-guaranteed policy

  190. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    jmv, I agree about the injuries. As long as our timing is there…

  191. jmv October 5th, 2012 at 8:44 am

    YF, I can’t wait to see Monty (you know taht will be his nickname) pitch in ST

    YT,

    the blog decided CC, Pettitte, Kuroda Hughes, LOL

  192. 86w183 October 5th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Morning folks!

    Aardsma might end up being a guy who dramatically increases his value in 2013. I agree Soriano is not a good bet at big $$$ and multiple years.

    He turns 33 in December, which isn’t all that old especially for a closer but in the era of the $ 189 M payroll limit big bucks for a closer is not wise utilization of resources.

    I would think the next closer would come from Aardsma, Robertson, Joba and Montgomery and I’m okay with that. Use $$$ and other resources on young OF and starting pitching.

  193. Cashmoney October 5th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    good point jerk, then the next rational discourse would be- can we obtain a EIG/BU closer on par with Sori’s pedigree (if he opts out) that’s cheaper than 14 mil. That, is infinitely possible to me.

  194. Yankee Trader October 5th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    YF-

    Good morning. No unfortunately I can’t. About 80 miles from Baltimore, and as I said here for my mother’s BDay on Sunday.

    If the game is cancelled Sunday[if the O's make it in], will the off day be Game #2?

  195. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I want CC, Kuroda, Pettitte, Hughes.

  196. jmv October 5th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I wouldn’t like a day off, that would give the O’s an extra SP

  197. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    YT, too bad about the game. Yes, if Game 1 is cancelled, the off day, Oct. 9th, would have to be when Game #2 is played.

  198. Yankee Trader October 5th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    jmv-

    Thanks. Kuroda has terrific numbers in YS, especially vs the Rangers, albeit only 1 game.

    Do we get a vote on whether Smiley Jones makes the squad? :)

    If he doesn’t they can still bring him along for the ride as an observer, a member of the LoHud rooting section.

  199. jmv October 5th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    “yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 8:46 am
    I want CC, Kuroda, Pettitte, Hughes.”

    You are being selfish: you want to go to YS and watch Andy pitch

  200. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I am not merely looking at results, but our play. But if you are result-oriented, we could have been the wild card, we squeaked by, by a mere two games. We almost were in the position of playing a one-off. So, did we slip or didn’t we?

  201. Yankee Trader October 5th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    If the game is in Baltimore, and is scheduled as the night game, it might get played as the chance for rain is supposed to diminish.

    When is the deadline, Yankees have to submit rosters?

    YF-

    Do you just want to split up the lefties?

  202. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    jmv, Andy and Hughes. ;) But I have to say, I doubt I make the first round. First first round I will have missed in 15 years. I’m hopefully probably looking at second round, games 6 and 7 (if nec).

  203. jmv October 5th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    “yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 8:50 am
    I am not merely looking at results, but our play. But if you are result-oriented, we could have been the wild card, we squeaked by, by a mere two games. We almost were in the position of playing a one-off. So, did we slip or didn’t we?”

    We did slip, but it was noticed mostly because of the great second half the O’s had. When you think that the first and second best record in AL won the division the last day, you understand how close was it all.

  204. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Aardsama is a good candidate for a nice rebound, I agree. They need to do more like that, logan, & cory wade while keeping the core of the bullpen flush with young relief prospects/failed starters.

    Wade & Aardsama were essentially acquired for nothing and 1 of them provided a 1.3 seasons worth of good bullpen work while the other will have a chance to provide a seasons worth next year. Logan was a throw in a trade & has been a serviceable reliever.

  205. 86w183 October 5th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I believe rosters are due @ 10:00am the day of the first game of each series.

    The rosters can change from series to series.

    The Wild Card games are considered a “series” so the Orioles and Rangers can pack their bench and/or bullpen and have just one starting pitcher on the “roster”, though I’d have a second starter on board in case of an early inning/pre-game disaster.

    I think you can argue Kuroda/Pettite for games 2/3 either way and have valid points. I lean toward giving Kuroda some extra rest and getting Andy out there. Kuroda’s home/away splits support that move, too.

  206. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I like Andy at home (lefty) and in a pivotal game 3.

  207. Yankee Trader October 5th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Gotta go.

    Everyone have a great day. Finally feeling more confident in the Yankees advancing, because everyone will be rested and healthy, and Joe will now bat Ichiro in the top of the order and move Tex down to #6, plus use Nunez as RH DH.

    Might not be back on till tomorrow, but will read comments on phone when I can.

  208. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    jmv, I understand, and appreciate what we did. That said, I am looking at our overall product. Still think we can get younger, integrate some more bat speed, better hitters for average, and not such a platoon happy lineup.

  209. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Have a good day and visit, YT.

  210. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Yankees seem to be leaning towards Pettitte game 2 according to RAB quotes. I approve.

  211. jmv October 5th, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Aardsma was a great pick. I don’t worry too much about the bulpen, they use to do a good work choosing guys no one has ever heard of (just a way of talking)

    Kuroda AND Andy will do fine. I’d go with the splits, tough

  212. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Probably we’ll be fine either way with Kuroda/Pettitte. Especially if we play at Camden Yards.

  213. yankeefeminista October 5th, 2012 at 9:09 am

    :arrow:

  214. 86w183 October 5th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Remember when we debated how many wins the Yanks would need in the final 15 games?

    I said 11…. they won 11…. but I was wrong, they NEEDED 10.

  215. FreeAgentSignee October 9th, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Add Francisco Cervelli Yankees!
    Go Yankees!


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