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Notes from Tampa: Cabral, Cervelli, Nova, Rapada

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 07, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A few quick updates from the minor league complex in Tampa.

• Mark Newman told me this morning that Michael Pineda is making another extended spring training start today. Cesar Cabral has also been pitching in extended spring training games. “He’s a little bit ahead of Pineda because he doesn’t have to build up innings like a starter does,” Newman said. The expectation is that Cabral could be ready in June.

• Francisco Cervelli told our friend Anthony McCarron that it’s going to be about five weeks before he can begin baseball activities, which means that best-case scenario of returning in six weeks was never realistic (which we basically knew based on the decision to put him on the 60-day).

• Ivan Nova is pitching in an extended spring training game tomorrow.

• Clay Rapada just tweeted that he’s arrived in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after spending the past month in Tampa. Looks like he’s ready to get some Triple-A innings. He’s not on the DL, just signed to a minor league contract, which means the Triple-A roster will have to make a move to add him.

 
 

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143 Responses to “Notes from Tampa: Cabral, Cervelli, Nova, Rapada”

  1. blake May 7th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Jerkface says:
    May 7, 2013 at 1:02 pm
    It’d be cool if Tex came back from injury and hit like David Ortiz.

    Id be happy if he hit like Lyle Overbay vs RHP

  2. blake May 7th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Cabral could be a nice add

  3. Giuseppe Franco May 7th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Hello, Shame.

    Thanks for that big welcome and almost almost making me spit water all over my keyboard.

  4. blake May 7th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    @Joelsherman1: 3UP http://t.co/TyrC7Z5mJp Melvin saw athlete in Gomez needed time for bball skills to develop, like once saw with Bernie Williams #Yankees

    That contract is lookin pretty good about now

  5. DONNYBROOK May 7th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Those of us that have spent time in the Denver area, know how the altitude physically effects visitors. That is multiplied with an athlete. The Yanks are at a decided disadvantage due to this, and even more so minus the DH.

  6. Shame Spencer May 7th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    It’s always good to see you around, GF. Those commercials have been too few and far between on YES over the past year lol. Every time Giuseppe Franco would pitch his hair products I would giggle and think of you.

  7. blake May 7th, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    @HardballTalk: HBT Daily: Are the Yankees better off without A-Rod? http://t.co/MMJgzQxCsW #mlb #hbt

    Largely depends on which Arod comes back….if the one that was actually good at baseball returns or something similar then of course not…..but if something like that shell of Arod that we saw in October comes back then yea probably…..it’s a question without an answer right now

  8. blake May 7th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    J Ram pitching tonight

  9. Giuseppe Franco May 7th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Shame Spencer May 7th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    It’s always good to see you around, GF. Those commercials have been too few and far between on YES over the past year lol. Every time Giuseppe Franco would pitch his hair products I would giggle and think of you.

    ——–

    Thank you, Shame. Good to see you as well. You are one of the smart fans so I always enjoy your input (and your cyber passes at Chad). LOL.

    I took that moniker several years ago when LoHud was still in its infancy and those commercials were still running regularly. Hell, you see those spots 20 times during a YES broadcast.

    I only stuck with it because everybody here knows me by that name. No sense in changing monikers several times like some do.

  10. kd May 7th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    j ram in aa by the end of the year? or is he innings limited?

  11. blake May 7th, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    kd says:
    May 7, 2013 at 1:46 pm
    j ram in aa by the end of the year? or is he innings limited?

    He’s in AA now !

  12. kd May 7th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    oops

  13. 86w183 May 7th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Giuseppe — long time no see. Hope all is well

    As for Alex — of course the Yankees would be far better off if he were to retire and save them all of that $$$. Otherwise Alex at his very, very worst is far superior to Jayson Nix or Chris Nelson at his very best.

  14. blake May 7th, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    ” Otherwise Alex at his very, very worst is far superior to Jayson Nix or Chris Nelson at his very best.”

    We really don’t know this yet…….hopefully yes but we don’t know until he plays

  15. Jerkface May 7th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    We really don’t know this yet

    Im very confident A-rod is better than Nix and Nelson. He was already better than either when his hip was broken.

  16. blake May 7th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    “Im very confident A-rod is better than Nix and Nelson. He was already better than either when his hip was broken.”

    I hope so….and probably yea ….but 1) we don’t know if he will be able to play 3B 2) we don’t know what affect having both hips repaired will have.

    If they have him functioning right then he might could be good again….that’s what we have to hope….but we don’t know anything for sure until he plays

  17. blake May 7th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    And he wasn’t better than anybody in the playoffs….he was totally overmatched every AB

  18. Shame Spencer May 7th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Giuseppe – Thanks!! I hope Chad appreciates my (fairly regular) advances as well! :twisted:

    Arod is definitely a better player than anyone we have on our bench. The guy had one hip last year and still put up production very close to Tex’s.

    Off topic, but has anyone ever had an epidural? I dunno what to expect from Youk for the rest of the year.

  19. blake May 7th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Arod getting back to an .850 OPS bat somehow woukd be a pretty big boost

  20. 86w183 May 7th, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    The point is Alex was awful… career worst awful late last year. And that was STILL much better than Nix or Nelson.

    He shouldn’t be any worse than last year’s .273/.353/.430 which is better than anything those other guys have ever authored.

  21. Rich in NJ May 7th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    As long as his contract counts toward the luxury tax, I want A-Rod back.

  22. 86w183 May 7th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Well three hours after an epidural my wife gave birth. Keep an eye on Youkilis for that!

  23. blake May 7th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    “The point is Alex was awful… career worst awful late last year. And that was STILL much better than Nix or Nelson.”

    He wasn’t hurt all year though …..for some reason the hip went south at the end of the year and he was awful…..now if they have corrected that enough then yea Im hoping he will not only be as good as last year but better than he’s been in a couple of years…..but who knows

  24. blake May 7th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    86w183 says:
    May 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm
    Well three hours after an epidural my wife gave birth. Keep an eye on Youkilis for that!

    Congrats

  25. blake May 7th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Rich in NJ says:
    May 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm
    As long as his contract counts toward the luxury tax, I want A-Rod back.

    True….but it’d help if he’s productive and not just clogging a roster spot

  26. Mike in Harrisburg May 7th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    It really puts an emphasis on having a superior IF backup. Assuming A-Rod and Jeter are capable at all of playing the field when they come back, they will need regular breaks. Tex likely as well will need regular days off. I would think the second half of the year we’ll still having a backup playing every day at one position or another.

  27. Rich in NJ May 7th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    “True….but it’d help if he’s productive and not just clogging a roster spot”

    I’m in the ‘he will be better than Nix/Nelson camp.’

    Also, he was good when he first came off of the DL last year. I think it’s more likely that it’s about how long he can contribute before another injury occurs rather than that he’s done. The same thing is probably true of Youk.

  28. 86w183 May 7th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Mike — True, but it will be nice to have one or two backups in the lineup instead of five or six!

  29. joecembrale May 7th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Is there any chance in the case of Nova that we could extend spring until November?

  30. Nick in SF May 7th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    If Arod’s been getting a little extra help, will he continue to do so if/when he comes back?

  31. Rich in NJ May 7th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    “If Arod’s been getting a little extra help, will he continue to do so if/when he comes back?”

    If it actually works, I hope so.

  32. joecembrale May 7th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Let me ask, how many games a week do you think we can play arod in the field if\when he comes back.

  33. j9d May 7th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Off topic, but has anyone ever had an epidural? I dunno what to expect from Youk for the rest of the year.
    ____________________________________
    I had an epidural for a herniated disc and it was like a miracle. I went from barely being able to walk to being able to do just about anything. I have hear that they become less effective the more often you get them but not sure as I only had it done once. Also have not heard how many epidurals Youkilis has had though I’m betting this isn’t his first.

  34. Pat M. May 7th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Nick in SF….How about Mark Jackson’s Warriors ??? I don’t think they’ll be getting 9 points ever again

  35. Nick in SF May 7th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Very nice win on the +9 last night, Pat M, but a brutal loss for them otherwise. How will they react tomorrow night? Will be interesting to see.

  36. Shame Spencer May 7th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    j9d May 7th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Off topic, but has anyone ever had an epidural? I dunno what to expect from Youk for the rest of the year.
    ____________________________________
    I had an epidural for a herniated disc and it was like a miracle. I went from barely being able to walk to being able to do just about anything. I have hear that they become less effective the more often you get them but not sure as I only had it done once. Also have not heard how many epidurals Youkilis has had though I’m betting this isn’t his first.

    ———————-

    I’ve heard similar accounts… and this is not Youk’s first. I’m not sure how many he’s had exactly either but my guess is at least 3-5.

    I’ve heard it can make you feel great and then lock up just as quickly again (backs are just a mess, totally unpredictable).

    I know, I know.. ‘no one could have predicted’ Youk would miss so much time due to a back injury. C’est la vie!

  37. GregD May 7th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    j9d May 7th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I have several epidurals……..I ended up having surgery 13 years ago because they didn’t help. I have had several a couple years ago when the scar tissue from the surgery irritated the nerve. they can be temporary or if the problem is inflammation, they could eliminate the pain if whatever caused the inflammation was temporary.

  38. Rich in NJ May 7th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Tom Thibodeau is probably the best coach in the NBA right now, and probably by a lot.

  39. Shame Spencer May 7th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    @JimmyTraina

    Mike Francesa ERUPTS over reports that Mickey Mantle corked his bat. (Please GIF this). http://youtu.be/dJYpZ7G1-X4

  40. Rich in NJ May 7th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    That’s actually a neat debating trick by Mikey. Focus your rebuttal to the ancillary point while neglecting the primary one.

  41. Mike in Harrisburg May 7th, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Just think – only 20 more years and we won’t have to worry about Mike Francesa OR John Sterling on the radio!

  42. Rich in NJ May 7th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Just get rid of Richard Neer and I will be thankful.

  43. Against All Odds May 7th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I don’t mind Neer. I can’t stand Paige at all for some reason.

  44. MG May 7th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I’m sure that every one of the Mick’s 536 home runs was hit with a corked bat.

    I’m sure he was using a corked bat in 1953 when he hit a baseball well over 500 feet against Chuck Stobbs at Griffith Stadium in Washington-after all, he was all of 22 years old and from that region in Oklahoma called ‘Corkers Corner’, right?

    I’m sure he was using a corked bat in 1956 when he hit a ball off the facade at Yankee Stadium off Pedro Ramos.

    I’m sure he was using a corked bat every time he hit in the major leagues except those times when he broke his bat (or he was using disappearing cork that instantly vaporized upon exposure to air).

    And I’m just as sure that the best way for a third party auction house to get some cheap, free publicity is to all of a sudden find a corked bat with his name on it almost 50 years after he allegedly used it.

    Maybe they would like to produce a chain of custody for the bat over the past 50 years that proves that Mickey actually used the bat and that no one has touched it since 1964.

    What a load of crap, I don’t blame Francesca for exploding…

  45. Rich in NJ May 7th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    AAO

    Different strokes, I guess, but even though I don’t like Paige, or Laurie Rubensomething, or Somers, or a bunch of others, I can listen to them as background noise. Neer makes me sick. If he’s on, I would listen to some static over him.

  46. Rich in NJ May 7th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    “I’m sure that every one of the Mick’s 536 home runs was hit with a corked bat.”

    I’m sure I don’t know.

  47. Against All Odds May 7th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Is it his attitude? Neer can come off as an elitist at times

  48. Rich in NJ May 7th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    No, it’s ignorance, imo. He just makes stuff up, or generalizes from something that happened to him to being true of everyone without supporting data.

    I don’t think he knows anything about any sport.

  49. Against All Odds May 7th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I understand.

    Is there anyone on the station you like?

    I still think the Yankees should get their own radio station at some point.

  50. RadioKev May 7th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Jerkface May 7th, 2013 at 2:09 pm
    We really don’t know this yet

    Im very confident A-rod is better than Nix and Nelson. He was already better than either when his hip was broken.
    ————-

    This could all be apples and oranges depending on how he’s moving around after rehabilitation. We’ve got to wonder how much third base is in A-Rod’s future.

  51. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    blake May 7th, 2013 at 1:10 pm
    Jerkface says:
    May 7, 2013 at 1:02 pm
    It’d be cool if Tex came back from injury and hit like David Ortiz
    ——————-

    JF and Blake-Ortiz never needed surgery on his left wrist, upper hand on the bat, for the torn tendon sheath.

    We had this discussion before. Tex tore the right wrist, the dominant hand when batting lefty. Mark de Rosa, Sam Fuld, Jose Bautista all tore the tendons on their dominant bat hand and all needed surgery.

    Maybe Tex should only bat righty for the remainder of this season?

  52. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Compass Rosy-

    Thanks for the update on the Yankees solo homeruns. 28 out of 40. That and not hitting with RISP accounts for their middle of the pack standing amongst ML teams in runs scored.

  53. blake May 7th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Mick probably corked his bat….used greenies….and maybe some other stuff too to get an edge…..nobody cared back then. Doesn’t changed what he was

  54. austinmac May 7th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    86w183,

    Great news. Congrats to you and Mrs. 183. Enjoy every day with your child.

  55. blake May 7th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    “Maybe Tex should only bat righty for the remainder of this season?”

    That could be accomplished by platooning him….they won’t though

  56. jacksquat May 7th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I think if/when all of Arod/Youk/Tex/Hafner are healthy they will rotate the 4 of them between 3B/1B/DH. So roughly 1 of them gets a full day off every 4th day, and also DH days, which may help keep them healthy. I think that’s the best plan for those 4, if we have them all at the same time (which may never happen).

  57. jacksquat May 7th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Corking a bat doesn’t help, so it doesn’t matter.

  58. Rich in NJ May 7th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    AAO

    Roberts and Benigno, and I can even take Francesa as long as he isn’t talking about the Yankees.

  59. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Blake-

    If Tex keeps swinging from the left side, then I’m going to guess the pain will return and he’ll be out, needing surgery.

  60. blake May 7th, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Yankee Trader says:
    May 7, 2013 at 3:39 pm
    Blake-

    If Tex keeps swinging from the left side, then I’m going to guess the pain will return and he’ll be out, needing surgery.

    Wouldn’t shock me ….

  61. Rich in NJ May 7th, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    YT is the expert behind my opinion that Tex shouldn’t even try to bat LH this year. They don’t need him with Overbay’s platoon split, and Tex is needed v. LHP.

    He makes $23m and provides considerably less value. He should do what he is told.

  62. Colorado Pinstripes May 7th, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Anyone else going to the 3 games @ Coors Field this week starting tonight?

  63. Against All Odds May 7th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Rich in NJ May 7th, 2013 at 3:39 pm
    AAO

    Roberts and Benigno, and I can even take Francesa as long as he isn’t talking about the Yankees.

    ——————–

    Joe and Evan are cool. Some days though I put them in the Paige category.

  64. Shame Spencer May 7th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    @MikeVacc 3m

    #Jets fans should heed Woody’s advice and be very patient before shelling out for tix, parking, merchandise and marked-up concessions.

    @DYaverbaum 1m

    @MikeVacc Unfortunately with PSL’s we are locked in at “impatient” prices

    This exchange made me LOL. If I’m a Jets fan and bought a PSL I’d actually just save myself the headaches and jump off a bridge.

  65. blake May 7th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Colorado Pinstripes says:
    May 7, 2013 at 3:43 pm
    Anyone else going to the 3 games @ Coors Field this week starting tonight?

    I wish

  66. Mike in Harrisburg May 7th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    With Teixeira, is this a situation where he’s rehabbing to come back this year, and in all likelihood will still need surgery to correct the issue for good in the offseason?

  67. Colorado Pinstripes May 7th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Anyone else going to the 3 games @ Coors Field this week starting tonight?

    I wish
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Rockies used a lottery system back in January for eligibility to buy tickets for this series, and we were lucky…of course, the Rockies also doubled all their ticket prices for this series.

  68. blake May 7th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Mike in Harrisburg says:
    May 7, 2013 at 3:47 pm
    With Teixeira, is this a situation where he’s rehabbing to come back this year, and in all likelihood will still need surgery to correct the issue for good in the offseason?

    I think there is a high risk of it yea if not before tht offseason …..lots of guys that have this type injury end up needing surgery

  69. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Rich

    This is the attached article from where I gleaned some knowledge on why Ortiz didn’t need surgery on his torn left wrist tendon sheath, and why Tex might need the surgery.

    http://pinstripepundits.com/20.....njury.html

    “The bottom hand is the one that guides the swing through the zone, while the top hand is known to be the “power hand”. Many players let go at some stage of their swing, finishing the motion with the bottom hand alone. Is it possible that the swing’s bottom hand ECU tendon endures more stress than the top hand? If so, such may have been the reason Bautista, DeRosa, Johnson, Fuld, and Weeks opted for surgery. Knowing that Ortiz always finishes his swing with a one hand grasp, perhaps he was able to recover without surgery because his right wrist wasn’t affected. If this theory held true, Teixeira would be compromised one way or another because he is a switch hitter. With perhaps two-thirds of Teixeira’s plate appearances from the left side, the fact that it is the right ECU tendon is particularly disconcerting.”

  70. RadioKev May 7th, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Colorado Pinstripes May 7th, 2013 at 3:51 pm
    Anyone else going to the 3 games @ Coors Field this week starting tonight?

    I wish
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Rockies used a lottery system back in January for eligibility to buy tickets for this series, and we were lucky…of course, the Rockies also doubled all their ticket prices for this series.
    ———-

    See, the Yankees can still draw fans.

    And it’s not just Yankee fans that hate the Yankees. (I kid, kind of)

  71. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Mike-

    The above post helpfully will answer your question.

  72. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Attendance recodrs for all ML teams. Compared to last years, the Yankees home attendance is down over 6000/game.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/attendance

  73. Rich in NJ May 7th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks, YT!

  74. Mike in Harrisburg May 7th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Thx. For some reason picturing this injury in my mind it seems considerably more painful and compromising than some others. Something about a having an injured “sheath” …

  75. Colorado Pinstripes May 7th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    See, the Yankees can still draw fans.

    And it’s not just Yankee fans that hate the Yankees. (I kid, kind of)

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    The last time the Yankees were here (2007), we Yankee fans dominated, if not outnumbered, the Rockies’ fans…..even though the Yankees were swept. Hoping that does not happen again, although the Yankees will be at a big disadvantage, with no dh, limited Hafner, and all the injuries and MIA.

  76. Rich in NJ May 7th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    “And it’s not just Yankee fans that hate the Yankees. (I kid, kind of)”

    I’m pretty sure they take great pleasure in pocketing revenue generated from haters and non-haters alike. That’s what apparently isn’t obvious to um, Obvious Man.

  77. Against All Odds May 7th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Gammons just threw a shot at the Blue Jays for them accusing Buccholz of cheating.

  78. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Rich

    Your welcome. I”m no expert, but I try and do the research, and draw my own conclusions.

    I hope I’m wrong about Tex. I wonder how he’ll be able to generate enough to overcome the shifts he’ll face from the left side, playing with an injured, partially torn, ECU right tendon sheath?

  79. Rich in NJ May 7th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    The “real” Gammons is basically a straight man for the “fake” one.

  80. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Colorado-

    The Yankees are at a disadvantage on offense. The Rockies can field 6-7 players with .300 averages or above and have the same team, 3.78 ERA as the Yankees.

  81. charlestonchew May 7th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    “He wasn’t hurt all year though …..for some reason the hip went south at the end of the year and he was awful…..now if they have corrected that enough then yea Im hoping he will not only be as good as last year but better than he’s been in a couple of years…..but who knows”

    From what I understand hearing what the doctors had to say after and before the surgery, ARod’s hip had been affecting him significantly for at least the last few years. The hip being misshapen had gradually, over time, induced the tear. But the misshapen hip was half the problem itself and that’s something that came to a T over the past few seasons. I expect that Alex will come back much stronger than his last two years and be capable of 25+ HR and .450+ SLG over a 162 game span. And I think he’ll be able to play the field at least 90 times a year, probably more.

  82. bruceb May 7th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Colorado Pinstripes

    I remember that 2007 series as though it was yesterday. We scored five runs in three games. Hope we do better this time…but with our current lineup (and Hafner restricted to pinch-hitting at best) I won’t be putting any money on it.

  83. RadioKev May 7th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 4:12 pm
    Colorado-

    The Yankees are at a disadvantage on offense. The Rockies can field 6-7 players with .300 averages or above and have the same team, 3.78 ERA as the Yankees.
    ———-

    It will be tough to out pitch them at Coors.

  84. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    You can’t predict the outcome of games in advance.

    Many times there are surprises.

    I like the pitching matchups.

    Especially CC against Francis.

    DeLaRosa can be tough if he’s on.

    Nicasio is a nobody.

    That looks like a series win to me.

    :)

  85. RadioKev May 7th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Oh yeah MTU, they’re not throwing aces. I just kind of expect this one to be a slugfest. Hiroki especially has bad numbers at Coors.

  86. Colorado Pinstripes May 7th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    remember that 2007 series as though it was yesterday. We scored five runs in three games. Hope we do better this time…but with our current lineup (and Hafner restricted to pinch-hitting at best) I won’t be putting any money on it.
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Yes, it was painful; Yankees were off to a poor start, not hitting, playing sub .500 ball at the time, but did recover to make the post-season. My wife noticed how Joe Torre would change positions in the dugout in a susperstitious way to manufacture runs, but didn’t work. The outlook really looks bleak for this week with this weak lineup, especially vs. LHPs, but as Sterling says…….

  87. Colorado Pinstripes May 7th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    That looks like a series win to me.

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Sure hope you are right……will be there rooting hard for the Yankees

  88. RadioKev May 7th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    At least Hughes isn’t starting in Coors.

  89. Shame Spencer May 7th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Rich in NJ May 7th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    The “real” Gammons is basically a straight man for the “fake” one.

    ——————–

    :lol:

  90. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Kev-

    No doubt in my mind that the ball travels better.

    Funny but I’m expecting Hiroki, Phelps, and CC all to pitch well.

    Guess that’s what makes the World go round.

    ;)

  91. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Colorado-

    If I lived in SLC I’d come up and join ya’.

    ;)

  92. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Kev

    De La Rosa Gave up 11 hits, 6 runs in 4 innings against the Dodgers in a loss

    Nicasio Hasn’t gone past 5 innings in his past five outings and in 4 of those hnas needed 92-97 pitches

    Francis 4 runs in 5 innings vs the Rays in his last outing.

    Will it come down to the bullpens?

  93. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    *has*

  94. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Jeff Francis is just a shell of his former self.

    He is basically a junkballer now.

  95. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    The Yankees have enormous HR. totals.

    They should be able to add to that at a place like Coors.

  96. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    YT-

    What the Rox can do is hit.

  97. ac1 May 7th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Yankees need to be patient and let their pitchers get themselves in trouble, and then lower the BOOM.

  98. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Tulo, Cargo, Pachecho, Rosario, and Fowler are all good hitters.

  99. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Kuroda better have that 2-seamer and splitter working tonight.

  100. ac1 May 7th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Jon Heyman ?@JonHeymanCBS 1m

    allen webster promoted by #redsox & will start. says scout, “top of the rotation potential.”
    ____

    Another one?
    I can’t wait to see this.
    I remember when Daniel Bard was ‘top of the rotation’ material.

  101. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    MTU

    Look at these MLB team batting stats. The Rockies are amongst the league leaders in almost every offensive category, and most of their players have hit better, away from Cooors, possibly due to the bad weather they played in, in Denver..

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/team/_/stat/batting

  102. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    MTU

    Kuroda says he will do a bullpen session tonight before the game to see which pitches he has working for him.

  103. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    YT-

    Don’t need to consult a chart to know.

    They are my local team. I know them fairly well most seasons.

    I watch them when I’m bored and looking for a game other than the Yankees.

    Looking forward to watching a game on a large screen for a change.

  104. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Tulo has been on fire to start this season.

    And Cargo is about as talented as they come.

    Willin Rosario, a.k.a the Baby Bull, looks to be a great young Catcher. Enormous power.

  105. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    We’re lucky we don’t face Chacin.

    He’s their best IMO.

  106. RadioKev May 7th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I just don’t see the Yankees minus Hafner out slugging these Rockies. Hopefully I’ll be surprised!

  107. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    MTU-

    Arenado, Gonzalez,Tulo, Cuddyer, Helton, Young, all .300 hitters, Rosario at .299 and Fowler at .295.

    Maybe we can swing a major trade while in Colorado?

    Fowler and Cuddyer for Granderson and Gardner! :)

  108. RadioKev May 7th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    MTU May 7th, 2013 at 4:42 pm
    We’re lucky we don’t face Chacin.

    He’s their best IMO.
    ———

    Or Shawn Chacon.

  109. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    YT-

    He’s gonna need his OS stuff and ex. command.

    I hope he has them working.

    He isn’t gonna beat these guys w a steady diet of FB’s IMO.

  110. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    YT-

    We’ve done bidness before.

    They could use Pitching. We could use hitting.

    I think their GM is a bit of a D*ck though.

  111. jacksquat May 7th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Rockies

    OPS+ 108
    ERA+ 122

    Yankees

    OPS+ 105
    ERA+ 108

  112. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Always liked Cuddyer. Came up as a third baseman, has played 2nd, 1st and now in RF, plus good clubhouse guy. If the Yankees had signed the Three Amigos, the Three C’s in the last few years, the LoHud blog would be excited.

    Chapman, Cespedes and Cuddyer. :)

  113. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    YT-

    Yeah. That would not have broken my heart.

    :)

  114. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I’m still trying to get over missing on JU.

    I wish we could have found a way.

    :(

  115. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Chapman, Cespedes, Cuddyer to go along with Cano and Cervelli. World Series bound!

  116. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Big op for Phelpsy too.

    If he can hold this lineup in check people will take notice.

    I remember a while back him doing some things like that.

    Beating some very good hitting Teams.

  117. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    MTU

    Still is an unhappy Giancarlo Stanton, to pine for!

  118. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    YT-

    Yeah. He will probably be my next obssession.

    :)

  119. Shame Spencer May 7th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Bard was so good he was supposed to start AND close his own games.

  120. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Shame-

    Satchel Paige could turn out the lights and be in bed before they went off.

    Let’s see Bard top that one.

    ;)

  121. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    MTU

    JU surprisingly hitting like brother with men on base-.195 and .211 with RISP. No I take that back. BJ is .108 with men on and .045 with RISP

    BJ the worst offseason FA signing and JU the best trade so far this season?

  122. Shame Spencer May 7th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Kind of annoying I can’t type in some weird general question into Google and get an exact answer. I’ve been trying to find out how many epidurals Youk has gotten since this afternoon lol. The most I can find is an article that says, ‘after years of getting epidural treatments…’

  123. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I really, really want to steal the Rays pitching development people.

  124. Shame Spencer May 7th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    MTU – Lol!

  125. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    MTU-

    While you are at it get the Rays technical advisors and their GM too.

  126. Shame Spencer May 7th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    @YankeesWFAN

    I highly recommend following @mlblineups. Every lineup, every day.

    For anyone interested in every team’s line up.. daily!

  127. Bronx Jeers May 7th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Last time the Yanks played at Coors field they came in winning 11 out of their last 12 games and got swept.

  128. blake May 7th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    @RiverAveBlues: A pitcher with guts, aggressiveness, pitching know-how and a free ride to Stanford. Ring a bell? http://t.co/Nzc3zUJxSc

    I love reading these old scouting reports

  129. austinmac May 7th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    MTU,

    The turning off the lights guy wasn’t Satchell. It was another Negor League player named . . . I hate getting old and forgetting things. Look for the answer at about two o’clock this morning. :)

  130. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    YT-

    I’ve been watching JU when I can. Call me a masochist.

    I never really had any doubts about him but watching him this season has erased even my slightest concerns.

    He is a STUD. The Braves are incredibly lucky to have gotten him.

    He’s not built anything like his brother.

  131. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Shame

    Usually you don’t do more than one, wait a month, and up to 3 in a year.

  132. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Mac-

    You won’t catch me up at that time even on NY’s eve.

    Maybe if I am sleepwalking.

    :)

  133. MG May 7th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    austinmac May 7th, 2013 at 5:05 pm
    MTU,

    The turning off the lights guy wasn’t Satchell. It was another Negor League player named . . . I hate getting old and forgetting things. Look for the answer at about two o’clock this morning.
    ———————
    Cool Papa Bell…

  134. austinmac May 7th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    MTU,

    Cool Papa Bell. A few brain cells still work.

  135. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I stand corrected Gentleman.

    Thanks.

    :)

  136. MG May 7th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    For almost 30 years Cool Papa Bell maintained his reputation as the fastest man in baseball. His tremendous speed on the basepath and defensively in the outfield gave rise to numerous stories, mostly exaggerated. Satchel Paige often told a story about sharing a room with Bell while on the road with the Pittsburgh Crawfords. Bell, the story went, could turn out the light in the room and be in bed before the room got dark.

    Other stories highlighted his speed around the bases, such as the one that Jimmie Crutchfield often told. “Cool Papa was so fast that one time when we were playing with the Crawfords against the Birmingham team he hit a ground ball right past the pitcher and that ball hit Cool Papa as he slid into second base!”

  137. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    http://baseballhall.org/hof/bell-cool-papa

    Cool Papa Bell

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

    MG-

    :)

  139. blake May 7th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    “BJ the worst offseason FA signing and JU the best trade so far this season?”

    Too early to say that on the former….JU was by far the best trade …..

  140. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I can’t lose tonight.

    Was supposed to be out in the middle of nowhere all week but the weather conspired against me.

    Instead I get to suck down a cold, frosty one and watch the Yankees defeat the Rox on a big screen TV.

    Now that’s livin’.

    :)

  141. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    New Post———–>

  142. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    New one —->

  143. Bronx Jeers May 7th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I know Francisco hit a home run recently but I was really looking forward to seeing Gardner leap tall buildings in that thin Denver air. :sad:


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