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Don’t count out Shawn Kelley quite yet

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 11, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Shawn KelleyJoba Chamberlain might not be on the disabled list much longer, and Preston Claiborne has pitched pretty well, and Shawn Kelley’s 6.14 ERA makes him pretty easy to dismiss. But don’t count him out just yet.

“I think his arm strength has been more consistent,” Joe Girardi said. “You’re seeing the velocity out of his fastball be more 92-93 where you would see 89-92. It makes his slider better. It just makes all his stuff better. He’s a guy that holds runners, he’s athletic. It just seems like it took his arm a little bit of time to get in better shape.”

Last night, Kelley faced seven hitters and struck out six of them. In his past three outings, he’s allowed one hit, no walks and struck out nine though 4.1 innings.

“I’ve always been a guy that, as the season goes on, as the weather gets warmer, velocity goes up a little bit and slider gets sharper,” Kelley said. “I’m starting to feel a little bit more like myself and get in a groove a little bit. … Fortunately, (last night) I was able to throw strikes and keep my pitch count down and give us a couple of innings. That’s kind of my thing, and if I can do that, I can be helpful to a club.”

Is this recent surge enough to keep Kelley in the mix? Certainly Claiborne has made a strong first impression, and Adam Warren is pitching well in a long relief role. But if the Yankees believe Kelley can give them distance and pitch the way he has lately — since April 20 he’s allowed six hits and one walk while striking out 13 in 7.2 innings — he could still have a role.

“I’ve never been on a team that has the expectations of just winning and thinking World Series as their only goal,” Kelley said. “To have that feeling every night, even if I go in and just get some outs in a win, it feels really good to just help the club win. I’m having a lot of fun on this team. … It’s a fun way to win.”

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86 Responses to “Don’t count out Shawn Kelley quite yet”

  1. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Our course you’re having fun Kelley.

    Most people like being part of a winner.

    Keep fighting.

    You have Doberman’s nipping at your heels.

    Best of luck.

    ;)

  2. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    The last thing anyone needs concern themselves with on the Yankees is their Pen.

    They have more options that a bubble gum machine.

    And Mr. Girardi is exceptional at building them. From scratch if necessary.

  3. mick May 11th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    The scenario playing out is ridiculous.
    Guys falling like flies but being replaced by wily vets and kids.
    Mo perfect on the season headed for 60 saves in quest of a walkoff 28.

    Can’t make this up.
    Right out of Hollywood, or at least Broadway.

  4. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    It’s just more proof that God loves the Yankees.

    :)

  5. Against All Odds May 11th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    The last thing anyone needs concern themselves with on the Yankees is their Pen.

    ———————–

    Been that way since 2008. They excel in building a strong pen.

  6. mick May 11th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    The Yanks are amongst the Chosen Ones.

    Maybe we can convert Chad back to being a baseball fan again…

  7. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    AAO-

    Absolutely.

    One less thing to think about.

    For now.

    ;)

  8. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Not that anyone cares but I’m staring a Blogcation tomorrow.

    So If I’m not around as much for the next week you’ll know why.

    Not that anyone cares about that either.

    But I thought I’d mention it.

    ;)

  9. Against All Odds May 11th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    MTU May 11th, 2013 at 12:40 pm
    AAO-

    Absolutely.

    One less thing to think about.

    For now.

    ————-

    True

    It will be weird w/o Mo but they will figure it out

  10. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    AAO-

    Yes. Very.

    Having the best means you can only decrement downwards from there.

    No one fills those shoes fully.

    Let’s hope we get someone almost as good.

    :)

  11. MaineYankee May 11th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    MTU May 11th, 2013 at 12:42 pm
    Not that anyone cares but I’m staring a Blogcation tomorrow.

    So If I’m not around as much for the next week you’ll know why.

    Not that anyone cares about that either.

    But I thought I’d mention it.

    ——————————————————–

    Chad won’t like it because the post here will be cut in half. :D :

  12. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    “Decrement downwards” ?

    That’s kinda’ redundant.

    Duh.

    :(

  13. MaineYankee May 11th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Let’s hope we get someone almost as good.

    ————————————–

    Such blasphemy!!

  14. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Maine-

    Admit it ! You’re gonna miss when I’m gone.

    Just like the song says.

    :)

  15. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Miss “me”.

    oops !

  16. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    And you won’t have anyone to harass.

    Except maybe for Randy.

  17. MaineYankee May 11th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    MTU May 11th, 2013 at 1:05 pm
    And you won’t have anyone to harass.

    ——————————————————

    Of course because I don’t argee with you it’s harassment. :mad:

    I see how you work.

  18. Doreen May 11th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Maine Yankee -

    You know people do miss when regulars are not here for any extended time period. And we worry.

  19. MaineYankee May 11th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Doreen May 11th, 2013 at 1:09 pm
    Maine Yankee -

    You know people do miss when regulars are not here for any extended time period. And we worry

    —————————————————————-

    Yes, I missed an ally when you disappeared.

  20. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Doreen-

    It’s good to know somebody cares.

    :)

  21. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    After all I am a certified charter member of the “breakfast club”.

    That has to count for something.

    :)

  22. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Maine-

    I’m slippery as an eel.

    ;)

  23. Against All Odds May 11th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    MTU May 11th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    ———————-

    Yea maybe Drob grabs the position and runs with it or someone else comes along and carries the torch for the next few yrs or so.

  24. Shame Spencer May 11th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Mason Williams @MjordanW9

    ???????? RT @nicklong1234567: @MjordanW9 you need to start hitting like that top prospect. Lets go!!

    LOL!!

  25. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    AAO-

    I Really like D-Rob.

    I hope he gets serious consideration.

  26. Shame Spencer May 11th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Oh boy… put down the smart phone, Mason.

    Mason Williams ?@MjordanW9

    i dnt get y ur saying this … u act like i want a low average.. ?!?!? RT @nicklong1234567: @MjordanW9 Get that average up!

  27. yankee21 May 11th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I may be one of the few but I’m not impressed with Mason Williams. I think he is over-rated and will not live up to the hype.

    On the closer front, I’d like to give Joba ample opportunities to see if this is something he can do and can be an option next year. If he can do the job he may come cheaper than an external option.

    I like Robertson as a fireman, 8th inning guy.

  28. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Dellin Betances.

    The new Yankee’s closer.

    Look at the paralells:

    He had TJS.

    He’s a failed starter.

    He’s Hispanic.

    It just fits.

    Only thing is he doesn’t throw a cutter and he has terrible command.

    I’ll have to work on that part.

    :(

  29. tucker May 11th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Shame, looks like Mason needs a come to Jeter moment. Jeter should invite him over to St. Jetersburg and set the kid straight. Block out Twitter hecklers, don’t drink while driving the Escalade, etc.

  30. yankee21 May 11th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    The Yankees need to find out if any of their internal candidates have the aptitude/demeanor to close out games. They know this is the last year of having a legend be a near automatic solution. Getting a closer on the open market is an expensive proposition.

    They do have guys that throw 95+ and have shut down stuff. Find out if any of these guys are viable and if so at least you know what you have in the way of options if the closer market doesn’t pan out, money or talent wise.

  31. MaineYankee May 11th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Maybe this explains why Gardner has been stealing less bases.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/.....hare_tweet

  32. yankee21 May 11th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    The best thing that could happen for Mason Williams is to hit .220 for awhile in single A, that will give him the right wake-up call that he far from a sure thing and far from arriving on the big stage.

    Their are other OF in the Yankee system who want to play ML ball too and are willing to work on their game more than playing hot dog on the smart phone. He’s still young and that’s great but he won’t be young forever and NY will draft guys that will shoot right by him if he doesn’t perform.

    Someone in the front office might be the right guy to say something to get his attention too. Not sure who that someone will be.

  33. luis May 11th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    The morning group is very good…I need to be able to post at those hours… Boy, what great discussions with no drama

  34. luis May 11th, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    21,

    Even though Ithink Williams will end up being better than Hethcott, I like how the latter plays the game…All out

  35. RadioKev May 11th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Come-to-Jeter-moment is right.

  36. tucker May 11th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Heathcott is fun to watch, would love to see him in the Bronx. He has the all-out-style that fans would eat up. If he stays healthy and keeps his head on straight, he should make the show …

  37. yankee21 May 11th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Mason Williams will be 22 years old in 3 months and he is hitting .234 in Single A Ball. Not good.
    Time is passing him by and he is yucking it up like he is some star already.

    He needs a kick in the a** to remind him he has nothing guarenteed with the Yankees or any other ML team unless he performs. Getting 1.4 million dollars as a 4th rd pick guaranteed hype and attention but he has to live up to it.

    Some guys take longer to mature but every year he dotes around in A ball around Tampa is one less year getting a ML salary and traveling around in real style. Something that seems to be pretty important to Mason.

  38. Doreen May 11th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    luis -

    Yah, the caffeine hasn’t kicked in, so we’re mellow at 5 am. LOL

  39. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Luis-

    I’m willing to sponsor you for official entry into the “breakfast club” when you’re ready.

    I’m sure someone else will 2nd it.

    ;)

  40. luis May 11th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Maine,

    Good article… But I think the reason ( at least this season ) was because Cano was batting behind him and they wanted that hole in between 1st and 2nd… I think yesterday someone posted an article along this lines ( Tar maybe? )

  41. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Some the charter members of the “Breakfast Club” :

    Doreen
    Erica
    Shame
    Blake
    YT
    MTU
    Upstate Kate
    MY
    Erin

    Did I leave anyone out ?

  42. RadioKev May 11th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    yankee21,

    There are several scouting reports that questioned his makeup, before the drunk driving incident. His very “transparent” twitter account isn’t helping the cause.

  43. luis May 11th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Doreen…. Lmao! :D That’s a good one

    MTU,

    I know you would my friend. I need to fix my schedule though… Probably on Weekends.

  44. Bronx Jeers May 11th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Not that anyone cares but I’m staring a Blogcation tomorrow.

    So If I’m not around as much for the next week you’ll know why.

    —————

    This is good. Otherwise we’d probably just think you fell into a crevasse somewhere. :wink:

  45. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Alright Luis.

    You just let me know.

    I’ll make the call.

    All you really need is a good attitude and a healthy appettite (No wisecracks Maine).

    :)

  46. MaineYankee May 11th, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    luis May 11th, 2013 at 1:54 pm
    Maine,

    Good article… But I think the reason ( at least this season ) was because Cano was batting behind him and they wanted that hole in between 1st and 2nd… I think yesterday someone posted an article along this lines ( Tar maybe? )

    —————————————————————-

    I think it’s a combination of both.

  47. MaineYankee May 11th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    MTU May 11th, 2013 at 1:54 pm
    Luis-

    I’m willing to sponsor you for official entry into the “breakfast club” when you’re ready.

    I’m sure someone else will 2nd it.

    ————————————————————————

    We’ve stoped serving breakfast.

    This isn’t Dennys.

  48. RadioKev May 11th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Buster Olney ?@Buster_ESPN 4m
    Ten of 15 AL teams currently have positive run differentials. http://espn.go.com/mlb/standings
    ——-

    The Angels being this bad is a huge boon for the Yankees. As of now, amazingly, two Wild Cards aren’t coming out of the AL West despite having the Astros.

    Of course, it’s early.

  49. MaineYankee May 11th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    We’ve also stopped.

  50. luis May 11th, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Maine,

    Yup, could be

    MTU,

    I am not the one to judge on my own attitude, but I am surely very hungry at those hours! ;) So maybe that qualifies me? ;)

    By the way, how is everything with your loved ones? I’ve meaning to ask you, but for one reason or the other I never get to ask

  51. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Jeers-

    If I’m not lucky that might just happen.

    :)

    I’m going to one of the remotest parts of Utah.

    A hiker’s paradise known as the Canyons of the Escalante.

    Where the last wild river in America was explored in 1955. On horseback.

    It is one of my absolute favorite places. Bar none.

    Don’t worry though I’ll have help in the form of a few friends to watch my back.

    God has granted me another opportunity to view some of his best work.

    I am very humbled and excited.

    :)

  52. luis May 11th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    MaineYankee May 11th, 2013 at 2:04 pm
    MTU May 11th, 2013 at 1:54 pm
    Luis-

    I’m willing to sponsor you for official entry into the “breakfast club” when you’re ready.

    I’m sure someone else will 2nd it.

    ————————————————————————

    We’ve stoped serving breakfast.

    This isn’t Dennys.

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

    Too bad :( ;)

  53. MaineYankee May 11th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    The Angels being this bad is a huge boon for the Yankees

    ——————————————————————–

    The Yankees don’t aim for the WC. :mad:

  54. Against All Odds May 11th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    MTU May 11th, 2013 at 1:25 pm
    AAO-

    I Really like D-Rob.

    I hope he gets serious consideration.

    —————–

    I think Drob is their guy. They are high on him and have been for quite some time.

  55. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Maine-

    You seem a little onry this AM.

    Did YOU skip breakfast ?

    :)

  56. luis May 11th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    The thing is that we have plenty of internal options ( Joba, Drob, Betances maybe Montgomery down the road, although I think Claiborne is better from what I have seen, which is very limited ). But nobody will be as good as his Moness… He is the greatest closer of all time and he will leave huge shoes behind him to fill… So, just don’t expect anybody to be as good as Mo is, maybe for a season but his overall career will be impossible to match IMHO

  57. Bronx Jeers May 11th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    MTU,

    We all look forward to seeing the photographic version of your journey. Stay safe & enjoy!

  58. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Jeers-

    Thanks.

    This will give you a little idea of the scale:

    https://picasaweb.google.com/109721757058432487394/May112013?authkey=Gv1sRgCISJh5zVr8_v4AE

    And no. That’s not me. I’m the one behind the lens.

    ;)

  59. Tyler May 11th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Vernon Wells
    And I got heckled by a guy yesterday….Only until I realized he was wearing a fanny pack! I won!!
    ———————————————————————————————

    Ah Missouri… you never disappoint.

  60. luis May 11th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    MTU,

    Awesome pick.. Is there where you are heading?

  61. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Luis-

    Yes sir.

    Right into the belly of the beast.

    :)

  62. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Luis-

    Those red rock walls soar well over 1000 ‘.

    Almost as good as Canaima, Eh ?

    ;)

  63. luis May 11th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    MTU May 11th, 2013 at 2:35 pm
    Luis-

    Those red rock walls soar well over 1000 ‘.

    Almost as good as Canaima, Eh ?

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

    I will say just different, but just as beautyful

  64. MaineYankee May 11th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    MTU May 11th, 2013 at 2:13 pm
    Maine-

    You seem a little onry this AM.

    Did YOU skip breakfast ?

    ——————————————–

    Just trying to dispell the rumor that it’s tamer here in the am. :D :

  65. blake May 11th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    It certainly does sound like Mason does have some growing up to do…..

  66. blake May 11th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    MTU,
    Where are you going on sabbatical?

  67. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Luis-

    A place like that can just engulf you in it’s splendor.

    Swallow you up whole.

    And just think. At the end of each day we get to drink beer too !

    An added bonus.

    If you get here by tomorrow you can come along.

    Otherwise I’ll just give you a rain check.

    ;)

  68. luis May 11th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Got to go guys… Have a good one

  69. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Blake-

    check the 2:25 post to see.

    ;)

  70. Nick in SF May 11th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I envy your carefree little chats about nature hikes and flower studies and cute tea ceremonies.

    I guess none of you are sweating out the brutal match between CSKA Sofia and Cherno More in the Bulgarian A- PFG, huh?

  71. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Adios Luis.

    Hasta la vista.

  72. MTU May 11th, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Time for some lunch.

    later.

  73. tbone1570 May 11th, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    luis May 11th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    The thing is that we have plenty of internal options ( Joba, Drob, Betances maybe Montgomery down the road, although I think Claiborne is better from what I have seen, which is very limited ).
    —————————————————————-

    I’m not very excited about these internal options. Joba’s (in my mind) doesn’t have the mental strength to handle the position, Betances needs to earn his way into the discussion which he hasn’t even begun to do as a reliever, the other AAA guys need to show they can get put major league hitters. Imo, D-Rob is the only one I would consider a valid “replacement” closer.

    Mo is a once in a lifetime closer, so who ever inherits the spot will fall far short of coming close to replacing MO.

  74. blake May 11th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Have fun MTU

  75. blake May 11th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    @BenBadler: Top-of-the-rotation starter RT @AnthonyMancusi what’s DePaula’s upside at this point?

  76. jmills May 11th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Yeah, MTU, have a good time, watch out for those snakes :D blake, come over and fix my team,…now!

  77. jmills May 11th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    The cruelties of radio, I was perfectly enjoying Al Stewart, ” Time Passages “, and then they hit me with, Boy George. Bring it on, Madonna!

  78. Bo knows May 11th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    What I like about De Paula that they’re talking about not rushing him – working on secondary pitches. Obviously if he’s this dominating he needs to move up a level but otherwise let him develop.

  79. jmills May 11th, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Who in their right mind would leave Shania Twain for another? Granted, I wasn’t a fly on the wall. Todd Rundgren up next.

  80. jmills May 11th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Bo, I won a bid for an original 35mm slide of Gilles Villeneuve; then I went out and out bid for a vintage Argus projector ( the slide cost more ). Now on some dark night, somebody’s van in front of my house is going to have Gilles all over it. Good times.

  81. ac1 May 11th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Jon heyman is such a douche.
    Talking about how proud the yankees are about being in first place even though balt and bos are tachnically there also. Hey douche, percentage points have us at the top….

  82. tucker May 11th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Nice play by the Melk Man. Gets the ball off the Monstah and throws out Pedroia trying to reach second base.

  83. Bo knows May 11th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Good times.
    ———
    You enrolled in High School?

    If I were you I’d look for tapes of the Texas Chain Saw.

    Mind you, I’d have the moving van booked for the next day.

  84. jmills May 11th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Bo, sorry, I have no idea what you are talking about :) personally, I never did like horror movies, they need someone like, Jacques Derrida in them!

  85. Bo knows May 11th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Well, we used to put speakers in the trees to scare people. I thought that’s where you were going with the Gilles sound track.

    I watch sports because of age limitations. I drive efficiently and smoothly regardless of the circumstances. My mother likes riding with me because nothing happens. Top compliment of all time – she understands.

    If need be, I white knuckle passengers.

  86. jmills May 11th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Bo, now I understand! ( Problem of this distanced virtual B.S. Thing ) I don’t want to scare anybody, rather have Derrida over to hurt their heads, since I can’t do what he does. I’m sure you take care of your mother and terrify your friends where need be.


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