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Overbay’s two-out homer lifts Yanks to a series sweep

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Apr 28, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Lyle Overbay’s two-run, two-out seventh inning homer led the Yankees to a 3-2 win to complete a four-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday after R.A. Dickey had held the bats at bay for most of the game. Dickey had allowed just two hits entering the seventh, but after a Travis Hafner single, Overbay parked a knuckleball in the Yankees bullpen. Phil Hughes had his swing-and-miss stuff, striking out nine in six innings. He looked sharp enough to go deeper into the game – his improving slider was particularly nasty today – but a pitch count of 111 ended his outing a bit early. The Blue Jays scored their first run in the fourth on three consecutive weak singles with two outs, and then took the lead in the sixth on a two-out RBI double from Maicer Izturis. The Yankees scored their first run on a solo homer from Brennan Boesch in the second.

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155 Responses to “Overbay’s two-out homer lifts Yanks to a series sweep”

  1. tucker April 28th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Great series. At what point is Gibbons on the hot seat?

  2. Nilsson April 28th, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Damn, still throwing 92 and 93 mph cutters with command.

  3. Nick in SF April 28th, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Series sweep: good strategery.

  4. blake April 28th, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Remember when everyone picked the Jays to run away with the AL east and the Yanks to finish last….. That was funny

  5. Nick in SF April 28th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Tie game in Boston with 18 seconds left, Celtics ball after TO.

  6. jackamir April 28th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    This is a team you can root for!! They are not a juggernaut but they are scrappy.. They are not going to win 95 games but they do what they can to put themselves in a position to win.

  7. CountryClub April 28th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    3 good games in a row for Hughes and there was nothing fluky about them. His stuff has looked really good. Yanks rotation and pen looking really tough.

  8. CountryClub April 28th, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I never had a lot of faith in the Jays. IMO they brought in a bunch of injury prone players and added them to an injury prone team. I wasn’t going to believe in them until they proved me wrong.

    They obviously can still do that. But so far they’re a huge bust.

  9. Nick in SF April 28th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    “They are not going to win 95 games…”

    Probably not, but according to randy’s Pace-O-Meter™ they are now on pace to win 101 games at 15-9.

  10. raymagnetic April 28th, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    “blake says:
    April 28, 2013 at 3:41 pm
    Remember when everyone picked the Jays to run away with the AL east and the Yanks to finish last….. That was funny”

    You’re talking about the Lohud crowd, right?

    Most people here thought the team would be bad this year.

  11. blake April 28th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    “Most people here thought the team would be bad this year.”

    Check out Trisha’s prediction list ….that’s really not true.

  12. tomingeorgia April 28th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    I had fun watching them win today. Tight ballgame, fine pitching, everything. It’s just those damn homers that trouble me.

  13. Nick in SF April 28th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    I think blake is talking about the media experts. The Blue Jays were the consensus pick to win the division, I think.

  14. igotid88 April 28th, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Will be another pitchers duel for Hughes’ next start as they face Bartolo Colon

  15. blake April 28th, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    It’s still very early but I’ve said and many others as well that if their rotation stayed healthy that they’d stay in the race this year…..my concerns and questions were always mostly beyond this year.

  16. blake April 28th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Nick in SF says:
    April 28, 2013 at 3:56 pm
    I think blake is talking about the media experts. The Blue Jays were the consensus pick to win the division, I think.

    I was…..they did have the best team on paper heading into the season but they also had and still have loads of risk

  17. raymagnetic April 28th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    “Check out Trisha’s prediction list ….that’s really not true.”

    They call that hedging my friend. The Yankees were hammered all off season round here.

  18. randy l. April 28th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    “Probably not, but according to randy’s Pace-O-Meter™ they are now on pace to win 101 games at 15-9.” – spinmeister in sf

    actually i said “91 wins’ on numerous occasions before season started.

    of course, i’m rooting for fast implosion rather than being a hal enabler fan and slowing down the rebirth of a great franchise.

  19. blake April 28th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    “They call that hedging my friend. The Yankees were hammered all off season round here.”

    No….it’s called discussion mostly and most of the concerns were long term ones

  20. blake April 28th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I predicted 89 wins and still would choose around that number…..

  21. Ghostwriter April 28th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    blake April 28th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    “Most people here thought the team would be bad this year.”

    Check out Trisha’s prediction list ….that’s really not true.
    ======

    There were a lot of people–close to a majority, as I recall– calling for fewer than 90 wins.

  22. Benny Blanco April 28th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Blake, Justin upton is on pace for 89 homers :)

  23. blake April 28th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    “There were a lot of people–close to a majority, as I recall– calling for fewer than 90 wins.”

    Sure most high 80s I think …..some low 90s….point is hardly anybody picked them to be “bad”

  24. blake April 28th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Benny Blanco says:
    April 28, 2013 at 4:03 pm
    Blake, Justin upton is on pace for 89 homers

    Sigh

  25. Nick in SF April 28th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    actually i said “91 wins’ on numerous occasions before season started.”

    What “actually”, I’m just talking about the last time you graced this page with your Pace-O-Meter™. That’s not spin, that’s recorded history.

    If one wanted to characterize something as “spin”, one could say that picking a down spot to post the pace and then abandoning the pace ship after the upturn would be a good example.

    Good day, sir.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yT1GHoFiAw

  26. raymagnetic April 28th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    “Sure most high 80s I think …..some low 90s….point is hardly anybody picked them to be “bad”

    Guess that depends on your definition of bad. Good teams don’t win less than 90 games.

  27. Ghostwriter April 28th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Sure most high 80s I think …..some low 90s….point is hardly anybody picked them to be “bad”

    ===

    Fair enough. Still, predicting a drop-off of six or more wins is a pretty gloomy outlook on the season.

  28. yankee21 April 28th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I too predicted and will hold fast to the 89 win total.

    It seems like most of the predictions on Trisha’s list came in lower than 2012 across the board but the primary concern expressed by anti Cashman advocates (of which I am definitely one of them) regarded concerns for 2014 and beyond outlook.

    Good job by Hughes and the BP today and good job by O-Bay making his contribution count.

  29. randy l. April 28th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    blake

    i always said 91-92 and settled on 91 eventually because the pitching was pretty solid once kuroda was signed.

    as you’ve said on numerous occasions, it’s 2014 that’s really the problem.

    cervelli being out doesn’t really add to the injury problem because he’s not that different than a replacement anyway. the good news about losing players that aren’t stars is they are easily replaceable.

    that said i think cervelli has paid some serious dues and if he can stay injury free will have a long mlb career. he’s just not my kind of catcher. how he breaks his right hand from the ball with no one on base is beyond me. cervelli has a knack for getting injured . it’s not likely to stop. posada went almost his whole career before ever being once o the disabled list.

  30. randy l. April 28th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    “If one wanted to characterize something as “spin”, one could say that picking a down spot to post the pace and then abandoning the pace ship after the upturn would be a good example.”

    spinmeister nick-

    i was more looking at it as not raining on the parade of fans who are happy for the moment with wins that i believe are going nowhere.

    but if you want me to point out after wins that the yankees are not likely to get through the season with aging injury prone players ,i guess i could do that :)

    it seems a little rude, but if you think that’s best i’ll consider it :)

  31. blake April 28th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    “Guess that depends on your definition of bad. Good teams don’t win less than 90 games.”

    The Tigers won 88 games last year

  32. Keith--PA....no longer FL April 28th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Cashman’s best trait as a GM…..ignore the clamoring from the media and fans to make splashy offseason moves….instead he makes smaller moves with hungry players thrilled to be wearing pinstripes which have a rejuvenating effect……seems pretty clear, win the offseason and lose in the regular season….I’d rather lose the offseason and lose the press conference and win regular games during the season….

  33. Nick in SF April 28th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    randy, dear chap, can you be so good as to point out the “spin” you’re referencing? TIA.

    Your response really makes no sense. You don’t want to rain on the parade of happy fans? But you like to gloat when the Yanks are on a poor “pace”? That’s inconsistent. Kind of like bad spin. :sad:

  34. blake April 28th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    @PeteAbe: 36,527 at Fenway. Third sellout of the season. Opening Day, Patriots Day and today.

    @DanBarbarisi: Yanks announce attendance of 36,872. On a nice Sunday afternoon against a division rival pitching the reigning Cy Young winner. Ouch.

    I know Fenway is smaller but it’s still kinda funny how two numbers can have such different meanings…..one is celebrating another “sellout” while the other is disappointing

  35. Ghostwriter April 28th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Nick in SF April 28th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    randy, dear chap, can you be so good as to point out the “spin” you’re referencing? TIA.

    Your response really makes no sense. You don’t want to rain on the parade of happy fans? But you like to gloat when the Yanks are on a poor “pace”? That’s inconsistent. Kind of like bad spin. :sad:
    ==========

    I read Randy’s post three times, and I still didn’t get it. Anybody who predict 101 wins off the Yanks current pace is wildly optimistic. However, a 93-win season looks like it’s still pretty good bet, with 1/7 of the season in the books.

  36. igotid88 April 28th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I think I said 104 wins or 101. I didn’t do my predictions this year.

  37. Nick in SF April 28th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    “Yanks announce attendance of 36,872″

    It’s only 36,870 if you don’t cound Jerkface and yankeefeminista. :neutral:

  38. Ghostwriter April 28th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Keith–PA….no longer FL April 28th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Cashman’s best trait as a GM…..ignore the clamoring from the media and fans to make splashy offseason moves….instead he makes smaller moves with hungry players thrilled to be wearing pinstripes which have a rejuvenating effect……seems pretty clear, win the offseason and lose in the regular season….I’d rather lose the offseason and lose the press conference and win regular games during the season….
    ===

    I’m not sure that I buy into any notion “rejuvenating effects of pinstripes”. However, it does seem sensible to buy players coming off down years at discounted prices than paying top dollar for players coming off career years.

  39. randy l. April 28th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    nick in sf-

    since, i’m the only one on the blog who openly roots for yankee losses except when mariano is closing out a game i hardly think i’m in the spin business.

    my position is about as direct as it gets.

  40. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Missed today’s game but it sounds like Hughes’s outing was a near carbon-copy of the last one.

    1 bb and 9k’s sounds great.

    :)

  41. blake April 28th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    The first run Hughes gave up was on a swinging bunt, a duck snort, and an 18 hopper with eyes

  42. Ghostwriter April 28th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    MTU April 28th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Missed today’s game but it sounds like Hughes’s outing was a near carbon-copy of the last one.

    Close enough. Hughes was solid again, and the bullpen “stole” another win from him.

  43. Ghostwriter April 28th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    “The first run Hughes gave up was on a swinging bunt, a duck snort, and an 18 hopper with eyes”

    That’s a pretty apt description. :)

  44. randy l. April 28th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    i like hughes and i think the yankees should resign him.

    is that really possible if he does well?

    it kind of makes for conflicted rooting.

    do you root for the short term with hughes with the likelihood that a good 2013 decreases the chance of signing hughes long term?

  45. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks guys.

    I could get used to this.

    ;)

  46. Ken Phelps April 28th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I never understood the Blue Jay love. This is a team made up of marlins and mets. How is that a good thing?

  47. igotid88 April 28th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    MTU April 28th, 2013 at 4:37 pm
    Missed today’s game but it sounds like Hughes’s outing was a near carbon-copy of the last one.

    1 bb and 9k’s sounds great.
    ————–

    That walk was intentional

  48. Jesus Bustero April 28th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Randy’s beloved Yankees, a team he openly wants to lose so they can somehow “get better” are on pace for 101 wins and have played the beginning of this season with a starting catcher he despised in place of an overhyped bust he still yearns for while blasting management for trading him.

    And he has a following.

  49. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    It would be a shame of great magnitude if after all the hard work and patience the Yankees put in with Hughes they lost him.

    Just when he is coming into his own and putting it all together.

  50. Nick in SF April 28th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    randy, of course you’re ignoring the example of your spinning that I just gave, but whatever, that wasn’t even the question. The question was, can you point out the spin of mine that you were referencing?

    To refresh your memory, I referenced your Pace-O-Meter™ and you replied with a non-sequitur about the number of wins you say you predicted before the season.

    Who’s spinnin’ who?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnwDkT0lUWI

  51. blake April 28th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I never understood the Blue Jay love. This is a team made up of marlins and mets. How is that a good thing?”

    That’s a good point

  52. jacksquat April 28th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    “Probably not, but according to randy’s Pace-O-Meter™ they are now on pace to win 101 games at 15-9.” – spinmeister in sf”

    They need to slow down slightly, I predicted 96. ;)

  53. Ghostwriter April 28th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    randy l. April 28th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    i like hughes and i think the yankees should resign him.

    is that really possible if he does well?

    it kind of makes for conflicted rooting.

    do you root for the short term with hughes with the likelihood that a good 2013 decreases the chance of signing hughes long term?

    Randy, It ain’t that complicated. Winning is good. Losing is bad. Root for Hughes to do well, because there is no chance that they’ll bring him back if struggles this year.

  54. igotid88 April 28th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Can Hughes get 15 wins in what will probably be about 28 more starts. Just going by how many starts he had last year after April. He did win 15 games after April last year.

  55. jacksquat April 28th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Hughes looked good today. It seemed like he was keeping more pitches down today. Only criticism is a little too many pitches. But I’ll take 6 innings and 2 runs every start.

  56. Jesus Bustero April 28th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    This is definitely the year of the Pace-O-Meter. The pitching looks to be better 1-5 than most teams in baseball.

  57. Ken Phelps April 28th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Yankees this year (so far) have shown a great ability to win low scoring close games. (Today for example) something they haven’t done well in prior years.

  58. blake April 28th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    @AndrewMarchand: Mariano Rivera’s nine saves are the most he has ever had in a month.

  59. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I did not make a prediction.

    But if I did my reasoning would been as follows:

    The Pitching was likely to be as good or slightly better than last year.

    But the O was likely to be worse. Possibly considerably worse.

    The net result of that would have put the Yankees a little lower than last year’s win total.

    All of the injuries, expected or not, have really screwed up the equation.

    There is no way in God’s green acre that I, or anyone I know, would have predicted the Sux to be where they are either.

    It’s all a mystery.

  60. Ken Phelps April 28th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    blake says:
    April 28, 2013 at 4:49 pm
    @AndrewMarchand: Mariano Rivera’s nine saves are the most he has ever had in a month.

    —-
    Why is he retiring?
    Also close games equal many more save chances…

  61. Ken Phelps April 28th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    It’s going to take high 80s low 90s to win this division should be a tight close race between a couple of teams …. Will be a fun summer!

  62. jacksquat April 28th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    randy l. April 28th, 2013 at 4:11 pm
    blake

    i always said 91-92 and settled on 91 eventually because the pitching was pretty solid once kuroda was signed.

    as you’ve said on numerous occasions, it’s 2014 that’s really the problem.

    cervelli being out doesn’t really add to the injury problem because he’s not that different than a replacement anyway. the good news about losing players that aren’t stars is they are easily replaceable.

    that said i think cervelli has paid some serious dues and if he can stay injury free will have a long mlb career. he’s just not my kind of catcher. how he breaks his right hand from the ball with no one on base is beyond me. cervelli has a knack for getting injured . it’s not likely to stop. posada went almost his whole career before ever being once o the disabled list.

    First, Cervelli had an .877 OPS. I didn’t expect that to continue, but he was looking like a pretty good catcher. So unless Romine can do the same, it’s a loss.

    Second, they said today during the game that Girardi said the reason a catcher has his hand not tucked behind him is that with 2 strikes a passed ball can mean the runner could get first base, and having the hand tucked behind makes it more difficult to block pitches in the dirt. Girardi said he did that his entire career and never got an injury because of it.

  63. Nilsson April 28th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I think the ’14 payroll goal is just that. A goal. It was never a concrete mandate given the variables in the CBA and probably other stuff that fans aren’t aware of.

    If Hughes keeps rolling and produces, they’ll want him back. And Cano already dropped Boras like a bad habit. He’s already ahead of the curve.

    But the important thing is this year. Focus on 2013 and focus on the contract and payroll stuff when the time comes.

  64. Ghostwriter April 28th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    “There is no way in God’s green acre that I, or anyone I know, would have predicted the Sux to be where they are either.”

    I can’t imagine that the Sox will be able to keep up this pace. It really seems way too fluky to me.

  65. randy l. April 28th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    nick in sf-
    if you want to post actual things i said knock yourself out, but your paraphrasing of what you think i say isn’t worthy of response.

    others on the blog guilty of sexual harassment on the blog who were banned and who are now positing on a new username are also not worthy of responding to. you know who you are.

  66. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    The only other time in recent memory that I heard a discussion of tucking or untucking behavior was when Soriano would do it.

    In that case, “untucking” was positive.

    I guess for Catchers it’s different.

    :)

  67. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Ghost-

    The Yankees success with their subs seems unsustainable to me too.

    What happens when everyone in the Universe regresses to the mean ?

    How will the Standings look then ?

    :)

  68. Nick in SF April 28th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    “if you want to post actual things i said knock yourself out, but your paraphrasing of what you think i say isn’t worthy of response.”

    Are you unwell? Here’s an actual thing you said: “spinmeister in sf”

    Please identify the spin to which you referred.

  69. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I forget. Has Nova been DL’ed ? Or is he day to day ?

  70. randy l. April 28th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    “Catchers also must protect their throwing hand. If no one was on base, Ausmus says, he kept his right hand by his hip to protect it from a foul ball. But if there was someone on base who could possibly steal?

    “Then I bring my hand and lay it relaxed on the groin area of my right leg, and it just hangs there against my inner thigh, so it can block the ball in the dirt or to be ready to throw a base-stealer out,” he says. “It’s a precarious position. In 18 years in the major leagues, I may have gotten hit there 10 times. But I’ve also found that if you keep your hand relaxed, there’s usually no damage.”

    http://www.wbur.org/npr/150059.....-tells-all

    cervelli to me seems to have a knack for getting hurt. it probably has to do with his hyperness back there behind the plate. he tends to force the issue rather than letting things come to him.

  71. Ghostwriter April 28th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    MTU April 28th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Ghost-

    The Yankees success with their subs seems unsustainable to me too.

    What happens when everyone in the Universe regresses to the mean ?

    How will the Standings look then ?

    :)
    ======

    Yankees in first with 93+ wins. The Yankees aren’t doing anything as a club that isn’t unsustainable over the course of the year, scoring 4.6 runs a game, or so, and pitching well. It’s not like they are playing way over their heads. Sure Wells and Hafner will come back to earth, somewhat, but Gardner and Ichiro are likely to do better. And don’t forget the guys coming back from the DL soon..

    The key for the Yanks this year was to not dig too big a hole for themselves in April. Thus far, they’ve been extremely successful.

  72. Ghostwriter April 28th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I forget. Has Nova been DL’ed ? Or is he day to day ?

    15 day DL

  73. randy l. April 28th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    “Are you unwell?”

    nick in sf-

    my life is going so well right now it’s almost scary, but thanks for asking. :)

  74. randy l. April 28th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    “The Yankees aren’t doing anything as a club that isn’t unsustainable over the course of the year”

    4-0 in one run games ?

  75. Nick in SF April 28th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    randy, your inability to answer the simple question is, in itself, a kind of answer, and a fairly clear one at that.

    Good day, sir.

  76. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    OK Ghost. Everyone has their own theory.

    We’ll see what happens.

    Making the playoffs after this many injuries would be quite an achievement.

    As it was last year.

  77. Ghostwriter April 28th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Some theories are better than others.

  78. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Ghost-

    Thanks for the Nova refresher.

    I guess that means Phelps will get at least 2 starts. Maybe 3.

    That’s good. I’m thinking he’ll shine once again.

  79. jacksquat April 28th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Girardi’s statement about needing to block pitches with two strikes even if there is no one on base makes sense.

    Maybe he could have his hand in a different position, but it can still be hit.

  80. Against All Odds April 28th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Why is he retiring?

    ————————

    Tired of doing all the stuff in the middle.

  81. tucker April 28th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    There is another prediction that, so far, has turned out to be wrong. The Orioles picked up right where they left off last year. Many media-types predicted the O’s and Sox would battle for the basement. So much for predictions.

    I’ll make a prediction. It will be a dogfight for the AL East title.

  82. jacksquat April 28th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Also Randy, if you had been watching Yankee games this year, you would have noticed that Cervelli is much more calm behind the plate, aside from that one game with 2 CI where he was getting a little anxious reaching for the pitches.

  83. igotid88 April 28th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Did they say who’s getting Nova’s start?

  84. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Ghost-

    True. But every theory must meet it’s reality testing before it is accepted.

    Until then it’s remains but a theory.

    No way of knowing in advance. The data must come in and be scrutinized.

    ;)

  85. Jesus Bustero April 28th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    PACE-O-METER

    BONANZAAAA

    :lol:

  86. Nick in SF April 28th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    “Did they say who’s getting Nova’s start?”

    I think Chad and/or Brian Heyman said that Phelps was getting the next start.

  87. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    88-

    Phelps has been inserted into the rotation.

  88. Ghostwriter April 28th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    tucker April 28th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    There is another prediction that, so far, has turned out to be wrong. The Orioles picked up right where they left off last year. Many media-types predicted the O’s and Sox would battle for the basement. So much for predictions.

    I’ll make a prediction. It will be a dogfight for the AL East title.
    ==

    That seems to be a safe bet. I think that Tampa and Toronto are lot better than they’ve shown thus far.

    I couldn’t understand why folks could be so down on the O’s this year. They have a good club.

  89. blake April 28th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I still don’t buy the Orioles pitching

  90. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    It’s been a long time since the Yankees swept a 4 game set from the Jays.

    Where that broomhandle went must hurt like heck.

    Gibbons cannot be a happy camper.

    Too bad it wasn’t Pruneface.

    Would have been even more satisfying.

    ;)

  91. blake April 28th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Honestly I never thought the Red Sox were going to be a last place team…..especially if Lester bounced back….they are a good team

  92. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Blake-

    Whatever happened w Bundy ?

    I must have missed any news.

  93. Ghostwriter April 28th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Ghost-

    True. But every theory must meet it’s reality testing before it is accepted.

    Until then it’s remains but a theory.

    No way of knowing in advance. The data must come in and be scrutinized.

    ;)
    ===

    I think that I’m pretty sound ground in expecting that mean reversion won’t be a uniformly negative process. Obviously, they have to play the games, and anything can happen.

  94. Nick in SF April 28th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    O’s are up 5-0 in Oakland at the moment, trying to spoil Cespedes’ return from the DL and going for a sweep of their own.

  95. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Blake-

    I think Farrell knows how to get the most out of that Pitching staff.

    Especially Lester and Buttholz.

    By the way, The Mortician is 5-0 w a microscopic ERA.

  96. jacksquat April 28th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    The Red Sox had a good lineup. It was just a matter of how Lester and Buchholz pitched, and the other 3 in the rotation. Things look pretty normal again with RS/Yanks 1/2.

  97. Ghostwriter April 28th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Nick in SF April 28th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    O’s are up 5-0 in Oakland at the moment, trying to spoil Cespedes’ return from the DL and going for a sweep of their own.
    ===

    Speaking of coming back to earth, how about them A’s?

  98. igotid88 April 28th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Hughes’ last 19 starts at NYS.

    19g 114.2ip 11w 5L 113h 50er 29bb 100k 27hr 1.24 whip 3.94era

  99. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I find it rather impressive that the O’s might sweep the A’s on the road.

  100. Ghostwriter April 28th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    blake April 28th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Honestly I never thought the Red Sox were going to be a last place team…..especially if Lester bounced back….they are a good team
    ==

    Likwise. However, I had a hard time imagining who would wind up in last place in the AL East, because all of the teams seemed quite formidable to me. The biggest surprise to me right now has been that three teams seem to be dominating the division. However, I suspect that this won’t persist. The Yanks 6-1 record against the Jays seems a bit fluky to me.

  101. luis April 28th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Nick,

    You were missing the point… Trisha asked if the Yankees would trade Dickey in the same situation the Mets are in… Then i answered no, they don’t have the guts to do that, so they would keep him, because of their constant “win now” mantra.

    They are not in the same situation right now… So please don’t turn an hipothetical situation in to our current real situation… I guess that you wanted to express your opinion on what I posted yesterday and that’s fine, just don’t mix the subjects.

  102. jacksquat April 28th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    A’s were 6-0 vs the Astros, so the early record may have been a little deceptive.

  103. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Ghost-

    Do you like to fish ?

    You’ve used the word “Fluky” several times in recent posts.

    Personally, I prefer oilier fish like Salmon.

    But each to their own.

    :)

  104. Ghostwriter April 28th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    jacksquat April 28th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    A’s were 6-0 vs the Astros, so the early record may have been a little deceptive.
    ====

    Good point. The Yanks similarly need to abuse the Astros in this upcoming 3-game set.

  105. comnsnse April 28th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Ken Phelps, a lousy trade and one of George’s mistakes buy happy you are still a Yankee fan.

    Have you lost any weight? ;)

    Blake, why don’t you buy the Orioles pitching, although losing Bundy to arm issues is troubling they have a pretty good staff headed by Chen and a very good closer.

  106. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Everyone has been abusing the Stro’s lately.

    They look like they are designed for it.

  107. Ghostwriter April 28th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:30

    ===

    :lol: I’m actually more of a red snapper man myself. I noticed that I had used that word quite a bit, after I made my last post. I’ll try to be a little more imaginative in the future. ;)

  108. comnsnse April 28th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Luis, Y are you bringing large animals into a baseball discussion? ;)

  109. tomingeorgia April 28th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Mister MTU,
    Pan-fried crappie are pretty good, but walleyed pike is the best.

  110. ron April 28th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    The giants,cardinals won the last 3 ws with teams that looked offensively anemic,and at least the cardinals did not have a great pitching staff.
    The giants pitching staff was good,but i don’t think unbeatable.
    Also,look at the 90′s yankee teams where you had brosius,hayes,curtis,and a bunch of scrubs,but they got iot done.
    This yankee team is getting granderson back,tex,jeter,and eventually arod,and we can’t be a great team with what we have?
    I don’t buy it,and a lot of people here are going to look foolish.
    Some here also won’t be able to celebrate if we win the ws without feeling pretty stupid.How could they?
    Nobody knows how good a team is going to be,especially with so much talent,but yet they make fools of themselves trying to predict the outcome of aseason.
    Some of you sit down with hal,cashman,girardi,jeter,granderson,cano,haffner,etc…,and give them your predictions,and see if they don’t laugh at you.

  111. comnsnse April 28th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Ghost, try the Carp, very oily and they also write hockey blogs! ;)

  112. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Here’s a Bundy update for those interested :

    http://aol.sportingnews.com/ml.....ws-orioles

  113. blake April 28th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    “Whatever happened w Bundy”

    I don’t think they have made a decision yet that I’ve heard but sounds like TJS is possible

  114. luis April 28th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Randy, It ain’t that complicated. Winning is good. Losing is bad. Root for Hughes to do well, because there is no chance that they’ll bring him back if struggles this year.

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

    Our only chance of keeping him is if he struggles… Otherwise, he is too expensive to keep

  115. randy l. April 28th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    “Girardi’s statement about needing to block pitches with two strikes even if there is no one on base makes sense.

    Maybe he could have his hand in a different position, but it can still be hit.”

    jacksquat-

    i think this is a legitimate question about what to do because different catchers do it differently.
    personally i think when the ball is going to hit the dirt you have time to bring your hand from a protected position to flip and block the ball in the dirt.

    was the pitch that cervelli was hurt on in the dirt?
    i didn’t see it.

    to me there’s no reason to bring the hand out until the ball is in the dirt.
    why leave it out on a swing and miss that’s not in the dirt ?

  116. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Mister Tom-

    I have had the distinct pleasure to try Walleye.

    Excellent.

  117. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Thanks Blake.

    Looks like the jury is still out.

  118. luis April 28th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    No Randy… it was a strike fouled off by the batter that hit squarely the hand

  119. Ghostwriter April 28th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    luis April 28th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Randy, It ain’t that complicated. Winning is good. Losing is bad. Root for Hughes to do well, because there is no chance that they’ll bring him back if struggles this year.

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

    Our only chance of keeping him is if he struggles… Otherwise, he is too expensive to keep
    ============

    If he struggles, he’s gone. If he pitches well, he may or may not be gone. It really is as simple as this.

  120. comnsnse April 28th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Ron, your passion is admirable but don’t you think it’s pretty easy to cheerlead in the face of reality when your “investment” is an opinion?

    If you had serious financial skin with the local bookie and viewing this roster, injuries etc., would you still be so sanguine?

  121. Madrugador April 28th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Hughes looks like a #4 starter to me right now. He will want #1 money.

  122. Nick in SF April 28th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    luis, if I missed your point as it related to Dickey then I apologize, but I was more responding to the rest of your post and then to your subsequent reply.

    The Mets made that gutsy move as an awful team, not as a contending team. So it’s still apples and oranges, but yes, I see that you were saying that the Yanks are too gutless to do the same in a hypothetical way. Maybe?

  123. GregD April 28th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Great game at the Stadium today!

  124. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Ghost-

    I’d rather not see Phil Phlounder either.

    ;)

  125. luis April 28th, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Ghost,

    Not if they are serious about the cap… The money to keep him is being spent on Ichiro and Wells… So I say, let’s enjoy him while we can, because unless there is a change in policy, he is gone.

  126. Jesus Bustero April 28th, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Cespedes always looked a little unnaturally large in my view so I wonder if the HgH testing will limit him. It’s amazing how Melky looks nothing like he did in SF so far.

  127. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    If Hughes does well he definitley will want more sardines.

    That could be a problem.

    :(

  128. comnsnse April 28th, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Cervelli finis! He had his hand to the right of the glove hand and unless you have the fastest glove extant (sort of like a hockey goalie) it’s bad technique!

    He knows it, Girardi and Pena know it and now please, we know it.

  129. randy l. April 28th, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    as far as farrel and lester goes, i always felt ferrel made lester into a near ace. the rails came off when he left.

  130. igotid88 April 28th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    If Hughes pitches well I could see a 5 year deal. He’ll only be 33 when that contract ends. Unless they do a 3 year deal with a player option. And if he ends up the pitcher we thought he could be. Well you know? But that’s getting ahead of ourselves.

  131. jacksquat April 28th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Randy, I’ve forgotten how exactly it was explained, something about taking more time to get into a blocking position if the hand is behind.

    And they just mentioned it as a possible scenario, the pitch that hit Cervelli was not in the dirt.

    Cervelli puts his hand in a fist on his thigh, maybe doing it like Ausmus would decrease the chance of getting hit or the damage if it does. We’ll see if he does it differently when he returns. I should have watched to see how Stewart does it.

  132. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Randy-

    It was the hours of long chicken tossing.

    ;)

  133. luis April 28th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Nick in SF April 28th, 2013 at 5:41 pm
    luis, if I missed your point as it related to Dickey then I apologize, but I was more responding to the rest of your post and then to your subsequent reply.

    The Mets made that gutsy move as an awful team, not as a contending team. So it’s still apples and oranges, but yes, I see that you were saying that the Yanks are too gutless to do the same in a hypothetical way. Maybe?

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

    My subsequent reply had to do more with the Yankees history ( 3 decades )… They haven’t made a trade of current players for prospects that i can remember… And I agree, they made it as an awful team, different situations… But we are heading to a down period, maybe not this year, but at some point we will… So I would like them to be more proactive in the rebuilding period when it comes

  134. comnsnse April 28th, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Tomingeorgia, greetings and salutations.

    Cobia and Wahoo, but the reality is 80% of all the fish being eaten in the U.S. comes from abroad. And most of that from many unregulated farms loading those puppies up with antibiotics!

    And Tommy for your benefit, that’s abroad not a broad a significantly different taste! ;)

  135. luis April 28th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    FTR: I want Hughes to do well… But if Pat M is right and he gets a 4 year deal for 50 mil… He is as good as gone

  136. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Luis-

    Yesterday I was forced to vote for you for Mayor twice.

    You keep making good points and I will no longer know how to reward you.

    Please stop.

    :)

  137. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Randy-

    And beer curls.

    ;)

  138. jacksquat April 28th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    The Yanks don’t rebuild, they reload. :)

    I don’t think they will ever go through a rebuilding period. They will pay free agents, make some trades, and sometimes have players from their minor leagues, but always try to be competitive every year. Most fans would not put up with a rebuilding period by a team with the financial resources of the Yankees.

  139. jacksquat April 28th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    MTU, luis is Venezuelan, you can vote as many times as you want. ;)

  140. Nick in SF April 28th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    luis, the YES broadcast gave two examples of the Yanks trading away Cy Young winners: Sparky Lyle and Bob Turley. Both happened beyond the three decade period you mentioned.

    They did trade Sheffield for prospects, but that seemed more like a divorce proceeding than a rebuilding attempt. I agree that some kind of down period will come; how could it not?

  141. ron April 28th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    comnsnse

    Not sure i fully understand your question,but i would not beat the crap out of my team in a public forum,or even in my own mind when i simply have no idea how they will perform,especially with a real good pitching staff,and believe it or not,a nice team.
    You do not need a 50 hr 3b,or a 40 hr 1b,etc…
    What you do need is a very balanced team.
    Are the yankees perfect?,no,but i think this team is better than a lot of people think they are.

    The rs,on paper don’t look good at all.
    If you have 3 real good pitchers,a good pen,and a balanced team,you have a shot,and except for overbay,nunez,ichiro as far as starters,for the most part,this team is good enough to win with wells,granderson,gardner,youk,and co.
    With jeter back,and arod pushing youk to 1b,i like this team,a lot.

  142. luis April 28th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:53 pm
    Luis-

    Yesterday I was forced to vote for you for Mayor twice.

    You keep making good points and I will no longer know how to reward you.

    Please stop.

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

    LMAO!! I don’t think many people would vote for me in here :D

    Maybe you could reward me by having a couple of beers with me? ;)

  143. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Squat-

    I realize that.

    Yesterday Luis said even the dead can vote there.

    Interesting.

    ;)

  144. Nick in SF April 28th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    BTW, the A’s are making a spirited comeback attempt vs. the Orioles, it’s now 5-4 in the 6th inning, the A’s have the based loaded but with two outs.

  145. Nick in SF April 28th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    And that’s three outs. Re-build or re-load here: :arrow:

  146. MTU April 28th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Luis-

    That’s easy.

    The hard part is deciding on a fair meeting place.

    What is halfway between Utah and Caracas ?

    It might be a a large body of water.

    Do you happen to have a large Yacht ?

    :)

  147. luis April 28th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Nick,

    Good post… I was about to bring Sheffield as the exception… But i agree, that was a divorce more than anything else.. i don’t remeber the Sparky Lyle and Turley trades, they must have been made in the 70′s, and probably likethey used to trade in those days, a group of current players and prospects, for another equivalent group… But never for only prospects to enhance the talent pool with a rebuild in the plans.

  148. randy l. April 28th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    ” No Randy… it was a strike fouled off by the batter that hit squarely the hand”

    luis-

    thanks.

    i don’t see the point in catching a third strike that way though with no one on base though jacksquat says girardi saids he did it that way.

    a catcher isn’t going to miss a ball on a swing and miss third strike.
    if the ball is in the dirt, the catcher sees that coming . there’s time to flip the mitt and get the hand out there from a protected place in position to block the pitch if the batter swings and misses.

    and the catcher doesn’t use the bare hand trying to block pitches. it’d just be hard to leave the hand behind the back and get the chest and arms in position to knock the ball down in front of the catcher. so the hand is brought out along with the arm.

  149. ObviousMan April 28th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Luis,

    You’ve been predicting doom and gloom for the Yankees for three+ years now and all they do is win. Maybe, just maybe, Cashman is right and you are wrong?

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