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Minor league notes: Adams gets first start at first

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 06, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Here’s an interesting lineup note: Tonight’s Scranton/Wilkes-Barre infield has Ronnier Mustelier at third, Corban Joseph at second and David Adams at first.

We’ve already seen the Yankees send Joseph to first base a few times this season. Now Adams is getting a turn, and as far as I can tell, it’s his first time ever playing the position.

As for what to read into that…

Given the current first base situation in New York, where Lyle Overbay has no real backup, it makes sense to have two pretty solid utility-types learn the position. But it’s also worth noting, that while Joseph and Adams are pretty good offensive infielders, neither one stands out as a first-base type bat. Learning first base in order to play it in a pinch makes sense, but it’s hard to imagine either one being truly converted to the position.

Another thing to consider is that it makes sense to use first base almost like a second DH. The Yankees want to give Adams some time at second base, and when that happens, they can keep Joseph in the lineup by playing him at first. They also want to give Mustelier some time at third, and when that happens, they can move Adams to first. First base could be little more than a way for these guys to get at-bats.

More playing time, with a little extra defensive flexibility? Why not?

Almonte• This morning, Zoilo Almonte was named International League Player of the Week. He had a hit in all eight RailRiders games, batting .355 with two home runs and a league-best seven RBI. His season slash line is pretty terrific — .293/.393/.455 — but the problem with Almonte, from the Yankees perspective, is that he’s a switch hitter who’s much better from the left side. He’s hitting .299/.400/.494 against righties, but .273/.370/.318 against lefties. He has 10 extra-base hits this season, only one of them against a left-hander. The Yankees would have far more use for Almonte from the right side.

Chien-Ming Wang is making another Triple-A start tonight. Wang’s numbers are terrific — 0.95 ERA through three starts — but Brian Cashman said last week that the Yankees want Wang to be more effective with his offspeed stuff. He still has the sinker, but it doesn’t have the same velocity that he had when he was a 19-game winner. The Yankees believe he’ll need to use his secondary stuff to have success with the current fastball.

• If this Eduardo Nunez rib cage injury is a real issue that requires a DL stint, who would the Yankees bring up? Gil Velazquez is a steady veteran, but he’s hitting .197 with no extra-base hits in Triple-A. Addison Maruszak is less proven defensively, but he has a .390 Triple-A on-base percentage and can play basically any position except pitcher. The bigger issue might be this: There’s not another shortstop on the 40-man roster. If the Yankees had to make a call-up, it might make more sense to recall Joseph and simply consider Chris Nelson the emergency shortstop for a couple of weeks.

• This really has little impact on the big league roster, but it seems like a real issue for the Triple-A team: Cody Johnson, Dan Johnson and Luke Murton have combined for three home runs for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Dan Johnson has always raked at that level, and both Murton and Cody Johnson have — at the very least — shown legitimate power in Double-A. I have to imagine that the Yankees expected their Triple-A roster to get a power boost from at least one of those three.

Murphy• Down in Double-A, Slade Heathcott is hitting just .198/.276/.291, Tyler Austin is slugging just .394 — granted, his on-base percentage is also .394 — and Ramon Flores recently hit a cold spell that’s dropped his batting average from .333 to .263 in a span of two weeks. So who’s the prospect standout in Trenton? It has to be catcher J.R. Murphy who’s hitting .309/.408/.543 with more walks than strikeouts.

• It’s worth noting that Rob Segedin was also putting up terrific Double-A numbers — .338/.390/.606 with 10 doubles — before landing on the disabled list with a hip injury. The down side: He’d also made nine errors at third base, the most errors of anyone in the system.

• After making a huge impression in spring training, Jose Ramirez was kept back in extended spring for a few weeks before finally making his regular season debut with four scoreless innings on April 26. He then pitched five innings with one hit and one unearned run on Wednesday. He’s scheduled to make his third appearance tomorrow. So far, he has 12 strikeouts and two walks through nine innings.

Francisco Rondon as a starter this season: 7.16 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 22 strikeouts and 17 walks through 27.2 innings. Wonder how long this experiment will continue if the numbers don’t improve drastically.

Refsnyder• Most eye-opening offensive stats in the Yankees organization? Has to be Rob Refsnyder. An NCAA standout at Arizona, Refsnyder is moving from the outfield back to second base — where he played in high school and, I believe, early in college — and his 11 errors show that there’s a bit of a learning curve. But the bat… my goodness. Refsnyder has already been promoted from Low-A to High-A, and between the two stops he’s hitting a combined .374/.486/.504 with more walks than strikeouts and 12 stolen bases without being caught. His numbers have actually been better since the promotion. He’s played 16 High-A games, and he’s had multiple hits in eight of them. Crazy.

• Yonkers native Dan Fiorito — signed last year out of Manhattanville after impressing the Yankees during a workout for non-drafted players — was sent to Tampa on April 22 to help out at shortstop. He’s basically become the everyday guy hitting .400/.478/.425 through 40 at-bats. He’s not a name on the prospect radar, but because of where he’s from I know him a little and was actually paying attention to him every time I was at the minor league complex this spring. He really, really stood out as a guy who seemed willing and able to lead. Heard him talking to teammates a lot between innings. A lot of “Let’s go, we can do this” kind of stuff. It stood out considering it was coming from a guy who’d never been in spring training and didn’t have the draft pedigree of most of the guys around him. Not saying he’s a future Jeter, just something that caught my attention.

• Back-to-back two-hit games by Gary Sanchez and his slash line is back up to .269/.355/.472 with five home runs, most of anyone in the system.

• Big strikeout numbers from Tampa starters Corey Black (36 in 30.2 innings), Mikey O’Brien (34 in 26.2 innings) and Shane Greene (33 in 36.1 innings) but the Tampa starter with the lowest ERA and lost opponents batting average is Bryan Mitchell with a 3.06 ERA and .235 opponents average. His down side has been the 18 walks. Lowest WHIP in that Tampa rotation belongs to the other starter, Scottie Allen, at 1.19. Pretty decent young arms in that group.

Bird• We head all the way down to Charleston to find the organizational leader in walks. Low-A first baseman Greg Bird has 25 walks, good for a .425 on-base percentage. He slugged .494 in limited at-bats last season, but that power hasn’t shown up so far this season (only a .364 slugging percentage with one homer) but obviously the approach is encouraging for a 20-year-old.

• Less encouraging are the numbers for Low-A third baseman Dante Bichette Jr., who’s still trying to recapture his standout 2011 results. Sent to Charleston for a second season, Bichette is hitting just .186/.246/.265 with two homers, seven walks and 33 strikeouts. Speaking of repeating Low-A, shortstop Cito Culver has always been a glove-first player, but his .212/.305/.354 slash line is basically the same as last season except with a more power (Culver hit two homers last year, he’s already hit three this year).

• Want more good news in the Charleston lineup? Catcher Peter O’Brien has seven hits in his past three games and is hitting .313/.348/.563 for the year. He played in 21 games and has more than one hit in nine of them. He’s thrown out just over 25 percent of base stealers, which ranks him near the bottom of the South Atlantic League.

• Welcome to the U.S., Rafael De Paula. I was beginning to think he was more myth than man, but he’s finally pitching in the states and has an unreal 46 strikeouts through 27.1 innings with Charleston. Opponents are hitting .188 against him. That’s called living up to the hype, but Gabe Encinas is not sitting quietly in the shadows. Drafted in 2010, Encinas hasn’t put up particularly impressive numbers until this season. Through six starts he has a 0.84 ERA while holding opponents to a .175 average. His 28 strikeouts aren’t as impressive as De Paula’s massive number of Ks, but Encinas’ 1.05 WHIP is lower than De Paula’s 1.21.

Adams photo from my great friends at the Scranton Times-Tribune; headshots of Almonte, Murphy, Refsnyder and Bird

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126 Responses to “Minor league notes: Adams gets first start at first”

  1. blake May 6th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    So wait….Carly is Stoneburner? Fooled me on that one…..

  2. Rich in NJ May 6th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    “So wait….Carly is Stoneburner? Fooled me on that one…..”

    Plucked her eyebrows on the way, shaved her legs and then he was a she, she says…

    Anyway, I like what I am reading in the first paragraph of this post.

  3. Pat M. May 6th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Take a walk on the wild side and the color girls go, do da do etc…. Liking Mark Jackson’s Golden State Warrior team tonight getting 9. Mark Jackson waited a long time for his chance and he’s moving up the coaching ladder quickly ……..Mikey Scoscia starting to shake on some very thin ice….The clock is ticking !!!

  4. Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....ar=DEFAULT

    After today , the Yankees have one off day, the 23rd, the rest of this month.

    With all these injuries, Girardi has no flexibility in a close game with offensive substitutions in trying to manufacture a run. What do you do if let’s say ,Hafner leads off the 8th with a single , the Yankees need a run to tie or break a tie, and all your speed merchants are in the game as regulars? No pinch runners.

    If the Yankees can win 2/3 rds of the next 25 games left in May, then I have to think they might just have a decent chance to make the playoffs.

    Cash- Get them another righty bat. Maybe a lifetime .300 hitter who can hit to all fields. Mustelier!

  5. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Great MiLB update Chad.

    Always like those on off days.

    Thanks.

    :)

  6. Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Chad-
    I believe Chris Nelson had one game at SS last year, two innings, with the Rockies.

    Cano might be a better choice in a pinch.

  7. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    YT-

    At this point bringing up Ronnier is almost anticlimactic.

    It been so long coming.

    :)

    I hope when they do finally bring him up they’ll give him a decent opportunity to show what he’s got.

    Not one 0 for 4 and they give him the Romine treatment.

  8. ac1 May 6th, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Now that the league is on to buchholz arm, he suddenly cant pitch…

  9. ac1 May 6th, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Shocking

  10. Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Will De Paula be one, who might be able to move quickly thru the minors?

  11. blake May 6th, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Yanks are wise to see if one of these RH Nats can platoon at 1b….

  12. Shame Spencer May 6th, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I love when Chad comes to play with us!! Great stuff all day, Chad. Thanks!

    Chad’s Girls 4Eva!!!!

  13. ac1 May 6th, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Buchholz no shine on arm and no working two seamer

  14. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    YT-

    Yes. He’s got dyn-o-mite stuff and is a little older due the visa issues he had.

    The way he’s going I’m expecting a promo to Tampa at mid-season.

  15. Chip May 6th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Going back to the “Ones who got away” posting – with Nunez down I would probably rather have Ramiro Pena on the roster than Nix. I don’t think either of them can hit much but Pena’s probably better defensively.

    It will be interesting to see what the Mariners do with Montero – it’s not like he’s good enough defensively to stay in the lineup if the bat isn’t producing.

    I like that the team is finally being smart about developing some of their position players. If Adams, Joseph and Mustelier aren’t going to be regulars at a single position then they need to be able to play multiple spots.

    One minor leaguer Chad didn’t mention – Melky Mesa – he’s been brutal. I don’t think he’ll ever be a major league player with his lack of plate discipline.

  16. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    ac-

    Maybe he should switch to embalming fluid ?

    :)

  17. Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    MTU

    Mustelier hit what turned out to be, the game winning homer to left center yesterday!

  18. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Chip-

    The Yankees need to keep separating the wheat from the chaff in their system.

    I’d bet the list of keepers is very small although they act differently.

    ;)

  19. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    YT-

    IMO he’s a player. Can swing the stick. Hope we get a real chance to find out.

    I’ve been a constant supporter since ST.

    I liked the way he used the whole field.

    I think his D will be at least avg. if not better.

  20. Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Musty proved he could play RF, when after making a running grab of a deep fly to the warning track in RF, he held onto the ball, after Heathcott, basically tackled him.

  21. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    YT-

    Heathcott still has not figured out that baseball is not football.

    ;)

  22. tbone1570 May 6th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Musty! Musty! Musty/1

    I hope if/when he get’s called up (don’t really trust Cash=dork to actually make the move) the He doesn’t disappoint everyone here!

  23. mick May 6th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Andy hasn’t been the same since that start and I don’t expect to see him again with Romine.
    This is not the time to try to integrate a rookie catcher but what else do they have?
    He should be at AAA putting in his time, not here. Like it or not, Stewie is doing a good job and is the #1 C.
    Pitchers are fragile and have to be in charge. He lost his rhythm and hasn’t gotten it back.
    Now they are gun shy with him.

  24. Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Just peeked at the SWB. Wang was cruising thru 3.2 innings 3 strikeouts, all ground outs, no walks and then two singles, and a double by some guy named Ivan DeJesus, plating two runs.

    DeJesus- a favorite Yankee target by some.

  25. yankeefeminista May 6th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Thanks for the updates, Chad. Just read that Higgy is having TJS, and that Segedin may be out for the season. The injury bug is even hitting our MiLB position players.

  26. yankeefeminista May 6th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    YT, sinker was up on a few of those hits, unfortunately. Donnie Collins had him only sitting high 80′s…

  27. Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Mick

    If they send Romine down, who can they use with experience who can catch their starters?

    Maybe Pena? :)

  28. yankeefeminista May 6th, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Musty already has a fielding error.

  29. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Mick-

    “Pitchers are fragile and have to be in charge. He lost his rhythm and hasn’t gotten it back.
    Now they are gun shy with him.”

    I know AP likes to rely on C but he could have shaken off Romine as much as he wanted to.

    Andy has been around a long time. I can’t believe he’d be that fragile at this point w all he’s been through.

    If the Yankees somehow drew the conclusion that because of what happened with Pettitte they should basically bench Romine IMO they are barking up the wrong tree.

    And if they drew the conclusion that Romine is responsible for Andy’s current struggles I think they are wrong.

    The kid should play and gain the valuable experience he has earned.

    Pair him w Hughes. He has caught him a ton of times.

    The Yankees should have expected Romine to go thru some growing pains.

  30. yankeefeminista May 6th, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    YT, don’t you mean Girardi? :)

  31. mick May 6th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I know AP likes to rely on C but he could have shaken off Romine as much as he wanted to.
    ========================================
    He did. And it destroyed his rhythm, just sayin’.
    they need a defensive C for a game or 2 a week .
    romine should be playing everyday.

  32. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 6th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    “Now that the league is on to buchholz arm, he suddenly cant pitch…”

    Don’t be too hasty! These are the 4th-place, under .500 Twins he’s facing.

    :D

  33. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Mick-

    Then they should send him back down and bring up a guy like Wilson, or another of their no-name vet catchers.

    It’s absurd to let him rot on the bench.

  34. Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    YF

    Wang has four strikeouts. Not listening to the game. Was the 4th inning just when he was up on the strike zone?

    Was that a routine play, Musty made an error on?

    Gardner or Pena!

  35. mick May 6th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Then they should send him back down and bring up a guy like Wilson, or another of their no-name vet catchers.
    =================
    agreed. and they will. when they bring up musty and adams.

  36. Bo knows May 6th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks for the updates, Chad. Just read that Higgy is having TJS, and that Segedin may be out for the season. The injury bug is even hitting our MiLB position players.
    ———
    Man, that’s terrible news on Higashioka. He was finally having a good year, out of nowhere. In other news, Tracy now has an ERA under 10 and Slade is finally off the turnpikes and in Mendoza county.

  37. Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Maybe when the Yankees are in Colorado they can swing a trade for center fielder Dexter Fowler, who seems to be able to hit well away from Coors.

  38. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Mick-

    They should never have brought him up if this was their attitude.

    How does that help his confidence, etc. ?

    Ridiculous.

    Did they think he was gonna be Roy Camapanella from day 1 ? Or Pudge Rodriguez ?

  39. Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Looks like another oldie but goody, Felix Pie, has taken Wang deep for the 5th run, all earned.

  40. yankeefeminista May 6th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    YT, it was the top of the 4th. I have seen some of the pitches. The sinker is up. The curveball doesn’t look too bad. He also just gave up a homer to Pie. I didn’t see the Musty error, but it was supposedly a grounder that he misplayed.

  41. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    OMG Mustelier made an “error”.

    That tears it. He obviously can’t field.

    The Yankees will never bring him up now.

  42. Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I see that Halladay was placed on DL , complaining of shoulder pain.

  43. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 6th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I’m with mick.

    “He hasn’t been back there,” Pettitte said. “I felt like maybe I didn’t get quite in the rhythm that I wanted to. We talked about what we wanted to do and we didn’t do a good job of getting it done out there.”

    “I’ve got to get into his head and figure out what he wants to do,” Romine said.

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

    I know Romine will be back out there, and I believe that the time he’s had to work with the pitchers in the pen will definitely help him.

    But it’s delusional to say that Romine didn’t have difficulty calling Andy’s game when both of them have said as much!

    It’s not a knock on the kid that his first game out, with a pitcher who is notorious for not wanting to have to call his own game, he might have had difficulty out there.

    Andy will definitely find his sealegs again and Romine will get better each time out.

    So it’s all good.

  44. Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    MTU

    Wilson has a hit tonight, but also grounded into a DP, and can’t get his average above the Mendoza line. No need for Wilson.

    Gardner or Pena if they are not going to give Romine a chance to catch.

  45. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Trisha-

    It’s not good that he be penalized by riding the bench IMO.

    He has to catch to learn the pitchers and how to call the game.

    Not be a BP catcher.

    He’s doing nothing but getting rusty.

    I’m with Mick. Start using him or do him a a favor and send him down where he can at least Catch.

  46. yankeefeminista May 6th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Charleston RiverDogs?@ChasRiverDogs 3m
    Final line tonight for Campos: 3.2 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 5 K’s. Very solid outing!!

  47. mick May 6th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    They should never have brought him up if this was their attitude.
    ====================================
    Maybe they thought he was farther along as a catcher.
    That is his forte right?

  48. mick May 6th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    If you are both with me, who can be against me?

  49. mick May 6th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    MTU-
    I don’t see how they can’t bring up Musty by the KC series.
    Against Col, ok they lose the dh but what if they want to pinchhit?
    Esp if Nuney is out.

  50. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Mick-

    “Maybe they thought he was farther along as a catcher.
    That is his forte right?”

    It is his forte. And I believe he can hit too.

    Here’s my take.

    First of all, I don’t think the AP game shows that he is not advanced enough to C.

    AP had a crap game with Stewart too and I’m not blaming that on the previous Romine outing.

    You can if you like. I don’t buy that.

    2nd of all, Doesn’t that show that they don’t have a clue about their own guys ?

    If what you say is true the whole thing is just riduculous IMO.

    A 1 game tryout ?

  51. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Maybe the Yankees should forget about development and just go back to buying ready-made players ?

    ;)

  52. mick May 6th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    It is his forte. And I believe he can hit too.
    ===========================
    Have you seen enough of him to say that?
    From the little I’ve seen, I don’t think he can hit.

  53. mick May 6th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    AP had a crap game with Stewart too and I’m not blaming that on the previous Romine outing.
    ======================
    Why not?
    Pitchers are creatures of rhythm and he was taken out of his.
    He was on auto-pilot and however he got there was disrupted.

  54. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Mick-

    I feel I have. I like his stroke.

    Guess we’ll agree to disagree on that one.

    ;)

  55. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 6th, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    MTU this is the same problem that happens all the time. Someone’s called up and no matter what happens, Girardi is criticized for not putting the person in the game on lohud’s schedule. Is it possible that he knows a little more about catching and the best way to deal with a new catcher than the fans do?

    His first outing was not a good one. If Girardi is noted for anything it’s wanting his players to succeed. So Romine didn’t catch in the next 5 games. He did however work his tail off working with the different pitchers.

    I’d much rather have him take his time back there than be rushed out and get it wrong.

    It’s all of a week! People need to chill and let the experts do their thing.

    I’m sure nobody was thinking that a kid who was out for most of last season and just got called up wasn’t going to be getting the majority of the games, right?

    I want Romine to succeed. If he’s working and learning off the field, that’s nothing but good.

    As my father always used to tell us, don’t make a problem where there is none! Romine will catch in Colorado.

    There are a lot more important things happening right now. One is that Minny is leading 3-1 and has runners on the corners with nobody out. Priorities!

    :)

  56. J.R.Draper May 6th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    46 K’s in 27.1 innings is pretty good i’d think it’s enough to move up a level. i like that their moving Adams around versatility never hurt anybody. I wonder if their going to play Refsnyder at SS if he’s coming from the outfield he should have enough arm, if those numbers keep up he could move pretty quickly. I’ve been saying this for over a year JR Murphy is the best all around catcher in the system, I would love to see him and Romine in 2014. move Gary Sanchez to first.

  57. Niblick May 6th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Here she comes – trashing Romine again. Apparently her favorite pastime these days.

  58. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 6th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    That should have read, I’m sure nobody was thinking that a kid who was out for most of last season and just got called up was going to be getting the majority of the games, right?

    Anyway, GO MINNY

    And good luck to Austin in hit-crazy Colorado.

    Night night.

    :)

  59. Chip May 6th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Astros just DFA’d former top prospect Fernando Martinez. Martinez has been an unmitigated disaster as a major leaguer but he’s only 24 and has played well in the minors. I think he’s got more upside than Melky Mesa.

  60. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Mick-

    “Why not?
    Pitchers are creatures of rhythm and he was taken out of his.
    He was on auto-pilot and however he got there was disrupted.”

    Because AP is an experienced ML pitcher and is perfectly capable of making in-game and other adjustments.

    I think the same thing might have happened w Stewart behind the dish. In fact it did. In the very next game.

    Due for a clunker, or a little bad streak.

    It happens. I think it’s a coincidence that Romine was behind the dish when it started.

    And I think he is mistakenly being cited as the cause.

    I don’t buy it.

  61. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 6th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    “Here she comes – trashing Romine again. Apparently her favorite pastime these days.”

    Can you be serious? Is the reading comprehension here any higher than third grade level?

    How is it THRASHING Romine to acknowledge that his first time out was a rough time and he needs more work with the pitchers?

    Sometimes I feel like this is an alternate reality.

  62. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Trisha-

    Respectfully, I’ll just have to disagree with you on this one.

    ;)

  63. mick May 6th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    MTU
    Something threw Andy off and it was obviously that game.
    Andy is very cerebral and hard on himself.
    So maybe they should have broken Romine in with CC , a guy who is robotic.
    They aren’t messing with Hughes.
    Maybe Phelps on Wed.

  64. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Mick-

    I think it’s just a coincidence.

    Andy was all over the place that night. Not much Romine, or any other catcher can do about that.

    Perhaps, they should have picked a different guy. I have no idea.

    AP usually has excellent command. He didn’t that night.

    I hope our Pitchers are not as fragile as you paint them out to be.

    They should be able to work with a variety of catchers.

    ;)

  65. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 6th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    MTU, I was just writing this same thing to you. :)

    But I am so happy that mick has presented the case the way he has, because I think it couldn’t be more spot on in terms of the particular pitcher and exactly who he is. I automatically think about those kinds of contingencies because I tend to look at things holistically when attempting to analyze a situation. I really appreciate it when someone else does the same thing – because of course I think it’s only right to look at things that way!

  66. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Trisha-

    You guys are of course entitled to your opinions. You’re both good baseball people.

    In this case, I just find myself in disagreement.

    In reality I have no idea who is actually correct.

    Many times I’m the LoHud reverse barometer so it wouldn’t surprise me if it were you two who had it right.

    :)

  67. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 6th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    “I hope our Pitchers are not as fragile as you paint them out to be.

    They should be able to work with a variety of catchers.

    ;)

    But if one of our pitchers is known for wanting the catcher to call his game, and that’s the way he’s operated his entire career – and with Andy it is – if a brand new catcher doesn’t really know Andy well enough, it definitely will disrupt his rhythm and his game.

    That’s what happened on the 29th. Andy said it and Romine said it! It’s good that they both understand how it happened because that will keep it from happening again.

  68. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Trisha-

    I’m moving on. Gonna let the sleeping dog lie again.

    :)

  69. blake May 6th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Man they are taking it easy with Campos so far huh?

  70. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Blake-

    He had a broken elbow.

    ;)

  71. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 6th, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    MTU, I have no discomfort in saying that it could have been a combination of Andy having an off night and Romine not knowing Andy’s game well enough to know what Andy needed in that case. I said as much the night of the game.

    But I don’t see it as an indictment of Romine. That’s why I believe the extra time he’s gotten working with the pitchers in the bullpen is nothing but a good thing and will help him next time out.

    Now we need to concentrate our energy on the game to the north. Sux are getting a little testy…

  72. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 6th, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Please send every bit of bad energy you have to fenway – and as soon as possible…

  73. Rich in NJ May 6th, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    “Chad’s Girls 4Eva!!!!”

    :D

  74. Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Well good night all.
    Kuroda vs lefty de la Rosa
    Phelps vs rookie righty Nicasio
    Cc vs lefty Francis

    No DH.

    Good test for the walking and non walking wounded!

  75. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Trisha-

    I always get enjoyment out of watching the Sux lose.

    :)

  76. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 6th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    MTU – are you watching the game???? Drew was just called out a home and the replay showed he was safe.

    I think the baseball gods put fairy dust in the eyes of the home plate umpire because they are disgusted with the Sux creature on the mound and need to extract some kind of justice.

    ;)

  77. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Trisha-

    No, I’m not.

    Got the MNB game on in the background.

  78. mick May 6th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Is Bucholz still dousing himself between innings. He reminds me of Aceves who sweated like a bbq’d pig out there. Sure they weren’t using it to their advantage. Schilling gave about 20 tips on how to cheat on ESPN. Now the eye in the sky is on him.

  79. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 6th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Yeah, though since it’s a little cool tonight maybe it’s drying off faster than usual.

    Unfortunately, Whorley is having trouble right now. Hopefully the pitcher Gardenhire is bringing in will get the job done. First two on base with the king of milkshakes at bat.

    There has to be justice and accountability. I just don’t want that showboating cheat to hit one out no matter how much juice he has running through those veins.

  80. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 6th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    GIDP for Fatso.

    Thank you baseball gods!

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    Man they are taking it easy with Campos so far huh?
    ____
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  82. mick May 6th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    well at least the little blog that could is peaceful. nite all…

  83. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 6th, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Me too. I’ll be watching and hoping…

    Night all.

  84. Tar May 6th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Thanks Chad!

    J alfred.. shows you what I Know. Figured you would have good reason, anyway my apologies good call.

    Good game in Miami. Bulls up by 2 with minute left

  85. Tar May 6th, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    HAHA Bulls took it to the Heat!!

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