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Sabathia: “I’ve gotten to start after we’ve had some tough times”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 17, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

CC Sabathia

Joe Girardi knew the games off the top of his head, the two CC Sabathia starts that reminded him of yesterday’s win against the Angels.

“It’s really the third time he’s done it,” Girardi said. “You go back to Detroit when we were 1-4 and he beat Verlander; the first game against the Red Sox when we lost a bunch in a row (and Sabathia beat Lester), and then again today. Three big performances by him. Just what we needed.”

It’s been an unusual season for Sabathia. His reputation is built largely on his consistency, but he’s lacked that this season. For the most part, it’s been a down year, punctuated by his previous start in Oakland where Sabathia coughed up six runs in front of his hometown friends. But Sabathia’s had his moments, big performances when the Yankees have needed him.

“It feels good,” Sabathia said. “It’s just one of those things. I’ve gotten to start after we’ve had some tough times, so I want to go out and put a good one together, and I was able to do that today. … Especially after coming off the start in Oakland. After we scored the five runs, and the way I pitched in Oakland, I wanted to be aggressive in the strike zone, and my command was a lot better.”

According to PitchFX, Sabathia’s fastball averaged 92.7 mph and peaked at 95.06. He continues to show slightly increased velocity. He’s dismissed the velocity situation, and at times, that dismissal has seemed justified. But the increase in home runs and the lack of consistency certainly suggest Sabathia’s no longer getting away with as many mistakes.

But make no mistake, the Yankees need Sabathia. Hiroki Kuroda has been terrific, and you can certainly argue — pretty easily — that he’s pitched much more like the ace of the staff, but this team seems to really need that one-two punch at the top of the rotation. Something that’s especially true if the Yankees offense is going to continue to struggle like this.

“I think it was important because we’ve talked about him getting on a roll,” Girardi said. “We really felt that after he had the two really good games, he would do it. Just to bounce back, you’re starting to see him put back-to-backs and three out of four. That’s a really good sign.”

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100 Responses to “Sabathia: “I’ve gotten to start after we’ve had some tough times””

  1. Yankee Trader June 17th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Good morning.

    Looks like Nova is ready to join the parent club soon, and Nuno will be off the DL.

    Hope Cashman is exploring a deal for a bat.

  2. MTU June 17th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Morning YT.

    Should be. But who knows ?

    They may feel that they can hold the line till A-Rod, Grandy, Nunez, Cervelli, and Jeter return.

    They may consider them their “trades”.

  3. blake June 17th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    The Yankees will probable spin that getting Arod, Jeter , and Grandy back will be like trading for 3 bats and say the offense is fine

  4. Rich in NJ June 17th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    GM

    I hope so, but only if it is a young bat that possesses the hit tool with plate discipline. I am tired of watching aging, one-dimensional has beens who don’t walk.

  5. Yankee Trader June 17th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Lately Rivera has given up dink hits. Would Gardner have gotten to some of those, had he been in left instead of Wells?

    What’s the latest on Mustelier?

    Here are Almonte’s splits, after going 3 for 6 yesterday:

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats.....pid=501660

  6. Shame Spencer June 17th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    blake June 17th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    The Yankees will probable spin that getting Arod, Jeter , and Grandy back will be like trading for 3 bats and say the offense is fine

    ——————

    …..I can’t. Smh.

    Anyway, just wanted to say how much I enjoyed some of those Rivera stories from last night. Good stuff folks.

  7. 86w183 June 17th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Well, getting those guys back is likely to improve the offense…. so could the healthy returns of Youkilis and Teixeira.

    It does complicate things when you have six or seven projected regulars on the shelf but due to return in the next 2-6 weeks.

  8. 86w183 June 17th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    YT —

    Hell yes Gardner would have gotten some of them, especially the Bourjos hit yesterday.

    Problem is they play too deep with Rivera on the mound. He’ll give up a dozen dinkers for every gapper. Odds favor playing more shallow.

  9. Yankee Trader June 17th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Yankees had 6 of their 9 hits in the first 3 innings, and were 2 for 9 with RISP.

    I still have my doubts that Tex will be able to be effective this season from the left side, as he would be risking further flare-ups of inflammation and potential damage to that right wrist tendon sheath. I have my doubts about Youkilis also.

  10. Shame Spencer June 17th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Tex could never bat off a tee from the left side… didn’t he hit a HR from that side? Kind of amazing, tbh. I still don’t get why they had him out there if he couldn’t hit off a tee.

    Oh wait I know, I know… he said he felt good. Obv.

  11. Shame Spencer June 17th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    This stuff with Colon is interesting… didn’t he have some experimental stem cell thing done to his shoulder a few years ago?

  12. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Yankees signed Ian Clarkin at slot apparently.
    Good sign.
    I was convinced he would go to college by his money comments.
    Now sign Judge and let’s get rollin.

  13. MTU June 17th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Shame-

    Yes he did.

    With Dr. Purita.

    Something similar to PRP.

  14. MTU June 17th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    ac-

    Great news on Clarkin.

    I was concerned he would be a difficult sign but that appears not to be the case.

    :)

  15. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I was joking with my wife last night that the only reason the Yankees are hitting so bad is to support A-Rod. The worse it gets, the more comments we see that say we need him back now. Two weeks ago it was 1:100 comments in favor vs getting rid of. Now its probably 50/50.

  16. Yankee Trader June 17th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Shame-

    Here’s the info on Dr Purita and Rx for Colon

    “Purita uses P.R.P. injections with H.G.H. to treat many ligament, tendinitis and arthritic conditions, as well as muscle injuries and torn rotator cuffs. He said that P.R.P. and H.G.H. are both effective in supplementing stem cell therapy in certain individuals.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05.....&_r=0

    I believe he also used PRP, platelet rich plasma, spun from your own blood, to treat Colon.

  17. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Also excited about DePaula’s promotion. The Yankees seem to be moving people through the system a little quicker than usual. Partly because of necessity with all the young guys filling spots in the majors, but I am excited and hope they keep it up even when players get healthy. We need our guys to come up quicker. I think we all know that even if we had a player like Mike Trout, he would be sitting in Trenton in 2013 instead of nearly winning the 2012 MVP in the Majors. That philosophy has to change.

  18. MTU June 17th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    ac-

    I’m all for challenging our more talented prospects but generally speaking I am content w the process being methodical and patient.

    Especially in the case of our young arms.

    I like the way Tampa handles that part. When their guys finally come up they are finished product.

    Not learning as much on the job.

  19. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Man Allen Iverson has fallen far.
    Kidnapped his own children?

  20. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    MTU generally I agree, but Tampa also manages to get them through the system quicker AND successfully. They don’t have 26 year old rookies joining the team very often if at all.

  21. Rich in NJ June 17th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    This is like looking for Big Foot…

    Federal investigators searching property near Detroit for Jimmy Hoffa’s body – @detroitnews

  22. 86w183 June 17th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    ac1 — amen brother!

  23. Yankee Trader June 17th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    The Yankees better be proactive if they want to get into the playoffs, and not rely on the return of many of these bats to 100% health:

    Tex-inflammation right wrist-will it be a chronic problem this season.

    Youkilis- bulging lumbar disc with lower leg numbness- also chronic possibility

    Jeter- nonunion ankle fracture-will he be 100% mobile and regain speed?

    ARod- hip impingement surgery and shaving head femur for apparent congenital condition.-is that hip going to have arthritic changes, necessitating a total hip replacement down the road-Bo Jackson?

  24. 86w183 June 17th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Bo Jackson’s hip replacement was needed due to nerve damage (avascular necrosis aka: AVN) in the joint.

    Alex’ issues have nothing to do with that. My understandning is the AVN is a potential post-operative complication, but it would be a pretty unusual one.

  25. Yankee Trader June 17th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    ac1-

    Are they moving some of these players thru the system to showcase them for a trade, realizing that some of their pitchers might have little current value, like Joba, in helping to secure a bat?

  26. 4TrainNorth June 17th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Yes, this Bartolo stuff is concerning. Seriously–is there any way he’s having this success clean? If so, scouts are going to have to start rethinking what the ideal body type/throwing motion is for pitchers.

  27. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    The Yankees better be proactive if they want to get into the playoffs, and not rely on the return of many of these bats to 100% health:

    Tex-inflammation right wrist-will it be a chronic problem this season.

    Youkilis- bulging lumbar disc with lower leg numbness- also chronic possibility

    Jeter- nonunion ankle fracture-will he be 100% mobile and regain speed?

    ARod- hip impingement surgery and shaving head femur for apparent congenital condition.-is that hip going to have arthritic changes, necessitating a total hip replacement down the road-Bo Jackson?

    _____

    This is my take: Just my opinions.

    A-Rod cannot be worse than we have, even if he hit .250 with little power.

    Jeter will be Jeter, at worst, a HUGE improvement offensively from SS.

    Tex? Well I have said this 100 times. If your wrist cannot handle hitting lefty, DONT HIT
    LEFTY. Hit righty exclusively. It may be a transition, but a professional player should be able to hit righty vs. RHP, even if it isn’t his natural angle.

    Youk – Not much to say: Put him on the bench and let him PH.

    Granderson will bring some power back and less time to have to stomach Vernon Wells.

    I think Ichiro will have his ups and downs but love how he worked his speed this weekend.

    The biggest thing here is Cano. He is healthy and we NEED him to be better. I realize he is the only think we have and that he is getting pitched around, but he has to just take the walks then. He cannot keep swinging at everything, just because he feels if he doesnt do it, no one will.

    I dont see the Yankees making a big deal this season.

  28. astrocityfan June 17th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    wasnt colon on that biogenesis list? am i getting that wrong?

  29. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Yankee Trader June 17th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    ac1-

    Are they moving some of these players thru the system to showcase them for a trade, realizing that some of their pitchers might have little current value, like Joba, in helping to secure a bat?

    _______________

    I doubt they are thinking that way. I think it is more out of necessity. Ramirez wouldn’t be in AAA right now if Bootcheck didnt get called up and Nuno got hurt. I think Murphy is in AAA now because Romine has been SO BAD that they realize they need some offense at catcher afterall. I want to see Heathcott and Austin get promoted too, of course with Mesa and Almonte there, there is no space.

  30. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I believe that the 1-2-3 moving forward vs LHP and RHP should be

    Garnder
    Ichiro
    Cano

    At least until Jeter returns then put him in the #2 spot.

  31. MTU June 17th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I agree w YT.

    There always was and still is too much age-related injury risk on this Team.

    If they really want to innoculate themselves more they should be proactive and add a significant bat at the TD.

  32. Triple Short of a Cycle June 17th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I dont see the Yankees making a big deal this season.

    ——————————————

    Forget this season I never see them making a big deal again during the season. Last time was when they got Abreu in 2006 but that was a salary dump

  33. Ys Guy June 17th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    jason nix last 30 days, .296 avg, 8 SB.

    drop lowrie add nix, welcome to the team jason nix!

  34. Kelvin June 17th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Yankees signed their first rounder Ian Clarkin. Good kid, real deal. Ranked 17th out of 500 on BA Prospect list.

  35. MTU June 17th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    CC
    Kuroda
    AP
    Hughes
    Nova
    Phelps
    Pineda
    Nuno
    Warren
    Banuelos
    Marshall
    J-ram

    Even if Hughes departs and only 1 of Kuroda/AP re-sign that’s plenty of pitching.

    We can afford to trade someone IMO.

  36. 86w183 June 17th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    But the age old questions remain — Which bat and at what price ??

  37. Yankee Trader June 17th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    86-

    There’s Nothing Hip About Hip Pain

    Avascular Necrosis Strikes Young Adults

    By Mark A. Katz, MD

    “Hip avascular necrosis (commonly called “AVN”), now better known as osteonecrosis (“osteo” means bone; “necrosis” means death), results from interruption of the normal blood flow to the femoral head, or the “ball” that fits into the hip’s socket. If left untreated, this loss of blood flow to the hip ultimately causes the “ball” to die and collapse, leading to extreme pain, loss of hip motion, and eventually, severe arthritis.”

    What Causes Avascular Necrosis?

    “There are two major forms of AVN, traumatic or non-traumatic (meaning no injury). Hip fractures or hip joint dislocations, partial or complete, are the most common causes of AVN. Direct damage to the hip blood vessels can occur with these injuries, resulting in loss or compromise of blood flow to the femoral head. The mysterious loss of blood flow to the hip in the non-traumatic form has been associated with many risk factors, but the exact cause is not always well understood. In fact, about 25% of patients with AVN of the hip develop the disorder for no apparent reason.”

    “The most common risk factor is the use of oral or IV steroid medications (corticosteroids such as Prednisone). These medications are typically used for patients with asthma, inflammatory arthritis, Crohn’s disease, severe allergies, spinal cord trauma, and many other disorders. Although there is no absolute risk of developing AVN with use of limited steroids (like short-course steroid dose packs), there have been few reports in the literature of its possible risks.”

    ———————–

    Not suggesting that ARod will develop AVN, after they shaved down the acetabular head, but that if he developes chronic painful arthritis of the hip, that a THR might be in store for him down the road.

  38. Ys Guy June 17th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    is that what stopped the reign of bo?

  39. Yankee Trader June 17th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    sorry, after they shaved down the *femoral* head [that fits into the acetabulum]

  40. 86w183 June 17th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Interesting article…. pretty much confirms what I wrote. AVN is a possible, though unlikely post-operative complication. It was unlikely to develop as a result of the hip impingement issue Alex was operated on to correct/repair.

    Either way, there’s no way of knowing qhat kind of ball player he’ll be in July, August or at any point in the future.

  41. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I see a bunch more draft picks next draft.
    I think they had a great draft this year and with their picks, plus offering QOs to Cano (who resigns), Granderson (goes), Hughes (definitely goes), Kuroda and Pettitte (retire of stay), they may have three picks in the first round next year too.

  42. Ys Guy June 17th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    agreed. when people say alex is going to be better because of the surgery they’re ignoring age, recovery issues plus the challenge of playing to a chorus of fan vitriol at home and away games.
    when people say he’s got nothing left they are ignoring his immense talent and drive.
    no way of knowing right now which way it will go but its likely to be somewhere in the middle.

  43. Triple Short of a Cycle June 17th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I see a bunch more draft picks next draft.

    ———————————————

    Draft picks only matter if you have good scouts and a good staff to develop them. Both things we do not have

  44. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Draft picks only matter if you have good scouts and a good staff to develop them. Both things we do not have
    ____

    I think we did well this year.

  45. Jerkface June 17th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    CC is cool. Maybe he isn’t a true number one anymore, but he can still bring it. I’m really optimistic about his contract finishing out well. He may end the contract as a reliable number two/three, but that ain’t bad.

    When Gardner streaks he is basically a .900 OPS bat in the body of an .750 OPS player, so I’m not surprised at his june OPS. I hope when he cools off he can carry the good swings he is taking into an .800 OPS the rest of the way. I want him to end the year around a .360 OBP if possible (or higher) and above a .270 avg.

    The Yankees really need to look hard at the trade market. They need to sell unnecessary assets (Joba/Hughes/etc) and look to buy some position players.

  46. Jerkface June 17th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I think we did well this year.

    Yea they drafted consensus top 100 talents on the draft boards, that is a step in the right direction. The problem is the actual development…

    Some of the guys are polished college bats so hard to mess that up, but the Yankees have proven they can derail anything.

  47. PacoDooley June 17th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Shame Spencer June 17th, 2013 at 9:37 am
    This stuff with Colon is interesting… didn’t he have some experimental stem cell thing done to his shoulder a few years ago?
    —————————-

    He also tested positive for synthetic testosterone and was banned for 50 games, so his sub 3 ERA makes me sceptical whether he is really clean give that history. Not sure if he has been implicated in the Biogenesis scandal, but as someone that has actually been banned for PEDs, we already have a track record.

  48. Kelvin June 17th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Everywhere I’ve read, The Yankees got an A grade on the draft. In fact the only suspect draft pick is Aaron Judge because of his height and he strikes out tons. Still, he was a good haul because if he pans out that’s a 30+ home run caliber player.

  49. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Some of the guys are polished college bats so hard to mess that up, but the Yankees have proven they can derail anything.
    ___

    Touche.
    I saw Jaieglo is already injured.

  50. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Everywhere I’ve read, The Yankees got an A grade on the draft. In fact the only suspect draft pick is Aaron Judge because of his height and he strikes out tons. Still, he was a good haul because if he pans out that’s a 30+ home run caliber player.
    ___

    I like him. I can definitely see the Yankees backing him into a corner like Musty or Jorge Vazquez and claiming they dont have a position for him. Find a position for him early so he doesn’t get to AAA and we have to hear about how he can hit, but they feel there is no position he can play.

  51. MTU June 17th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    86-

    You’re right. Those are the questions.

    But that’s why they pay Cashman the big bucks.

    ;)

  52. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    We also did ok last year no?
    Wasn’t Ty Hensley a highly regarded pick that fell because of signability?

  53. Ys Guy June 17th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    yes, colon is being investgated for his biogenesis link.

  54. Russell Munson June 17th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    If you were another team, what would you give up for Hughes and/or Joba, really? They’re both gone after this year and neither one has really demonstrated themselves to be anything more than a gamble.

  55. Ys Guy June 17th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    speaking of which, if mlb is trying to get to nail those guys for 2 violations related to biogenesis, bartolo and melky are looking at possible lifetime bans.

  56. Ys Guy June 17th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    if i were the giants i’d give up something for hughes. did you see ‘the freak’ last night. he’s got nothing.

  57. MTU June 17th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    The way we view our players and prospects might be very different from the way professional evaluators might.

    Just a thought.

    ;)

  58. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    if i were the giants i’d give up something for hughes. did you see ‘the freak’ last night. he’s got nothing.
    __

    Agreed.
    Most believe Hughes would be very good in a large ballpark like ATT.
    Giants live on pitching.
    I worry Cashman doesnt know how to negotiate as a seller though…

  59. Ys Guy June 17th, 2013 at 10:42 am

    also the giants are trying to repeat, so they are more likely to take that kind of gamble.
    remember when they were desparate for a bat they gave up wheeler for a rental in beltran.

  60. jacksquat June 17th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I’m not expert on swing mechanics, but I’d like to see Judge “open up” his swing a little more. He seems too crouched/compact.

    Tons of power potential, athletic for his size, the only question is if he can put the bat on the ball often enough.

  61. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Tons of power potential, athletic for his size, the only question is if he can put the bat on the ball often enough.
    ___

    Hopefully that’s what they teach him to do in the minors.

  62. Yankee Trader June 17th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    This Yankee player is hitting .288 vs lefties with a .392 OBP, hitting .298 in the month of June, and is second on the team in SB’s. He also is hitting .366 when he leads off an inning.

    Who is he?

  63. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Either Nix or Ichiro.

  64. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Or Stewie

  65. 86w183 June 17th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Judge improved a ton this season. That’s an encouraging sign.

    They have taken too many chances in the draft in recent years…. guys with injury concerns — Brackman and Hensley and guys who they decide are under rated — Culver and Bichette.

    This draft was very sound in my mind and the total haul might be the best in the 30-some year I’ve been paying attention.

  66. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Forget Stewie, I missed the stolen bases part of the comment.

  67. DONNYBROOK June 17th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    - MONDAY MORNING MUSINGS -

    (1) MO made the right choice. Walk Trout, and face Pujols with 2 outs. SMART

    (2) BOURJOS Not making that circus catch in CF was Huge. FORTUITOUS

    (3) ROBERTSON continues to stumble in the 8th. TROUBLING

    (4) ROMINE needs to bat everyday. GREETINGS Ramon Hernandez

  68. Shame Spencer June 17th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    When did MLB institute a lifetime ban….??

  69. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I used to think Romine needed to bat more often too, but now I think he will just not be a good hitter. The Yankees insistence on defensive catchers over offense is weird considering they won 5 titles with Posada catching. Not terrible but hardly a defensive whiz. I am intrigued by JR Murphy and hope to see him in the next couple months if he plays well in AAA. Also, im thinking Cervelli cannot come back fast enough for this team.

  70. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    When did MLB institute a lifetime ban….??
    ____

    Third PED offense.

  71. DONNYBROOK June 17th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Cervelli = Biogenesis = 50 Game Suspension

  72. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I’ll believe the Biogenesis suspensions when I see them.

  73. Yankee Trader June 17th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    ac1-

    Yes it’s Jason Nix. Hard to believe, that currently he might be the one player, because of his versatility, to replace in the lineup.

    Hensley also had an abnormal MRI of his shoulder, although he could still dial the fastball up to 98. Ironically he is now recovering from right hip impingement surgery.

  74. Yankee Trader June 17th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    *difficult to replace*

  75. MTU June 17th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    YT-

    If that’s a congenital condition like A-Rod’s I hope they’re smart enough to look at the other hip while they’re at it.

    They should have learned something by now.

    ;)

  76. DONNYBROOK June 17th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Yea, and Pete Rose was defiant until he signed that Lifetime Ban. When MLB sicks their dogs on you, you goin’ Down. Braun and A-Rod are Public Enemies #1, and guys like Cervelli are gonna get caught in the rip tide.

  77. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I believe that because Nix is playing well right now, he should be the everyday SS (until Jeter returns) and they should release Brignac and bring in someone who can play utility INF (including SS). There has to be someone out there (a vet), who is used to playing back up AND can play SS.

  78. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Yea, and Pete Rose was defiant until he signed that Lifetime Ban. When MLB sicks their dogs on you, you goin’ Down. Braun and A-Rod are Public Enemies #1, and guys like Cervelli are gonna get caught in the rip tide.
    ___

    I dont see Braun or Alex signing anything, so MLB better be prepared for a fight.
    I have said many times, I hope they nail the cheaters, but i think MLB should be hiring an outside group to do this. They have ZERO credibility as long as Selig is running the show.

  79. MTU June 17th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Ramiro Pena is hitting .275 for the Braves.

    Thought he couldn’t hit ?

    :(

  80. DONNYBROOK June 17th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I’m Not saying A-Rod or Braun are gonna sign anything, but they are being defiant, and they are gonna go down. MLB will be methodical, take a while, dot every I etc, and sew these guys up. Of course, all the small fish like Cervelli will fry likewise.

  81. Shame Spencer June 17th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    When did MLB institute a lifetime ban….??
    ____

    Third PED offense.

    —————-

    How’d I miss them pushing that 3 strike rule through.. I need to lay off the.. I need to lay off everything.

  82. blake June 17th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I’m glad the yanks are getting a little more aggressive moving guys through the system….. You don’t want to rush guys but at the same time players can stagnate if if leave them at a level too long and I think that can hurt development too.

  83. MTU June 17th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Blake-

    There we are again. Back to that magic word- “balance”.

    ;)

  84. Yankee Trader June 17th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    MTU and ac1-

    It’s still amazing, that despite the “offensive” offense, that the Yankees are unbeaten when they score 5 runs or more[21-0?], and tied with Texas for the 5th best record in AL. Thank goodness for the pitching, especially the bullpen.

    Hopefully they can get something of value for Joba, since Claiborne has emerged, and for Hughes who i doubt will be offered a QO, in the projected range of 14-15M to stay.

  85. ac1 June 17th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    It’s still amazing, that despite the “offensive” offense, that the Yankees are unbeaten when they score 5 runs or more[21-0?], and tied with Texas for the 5th best record in AL. Thank goodness for the pitching, especially the bullpen.
    ____

    The pitching has been great despite some hiccups.
    I think Rothschild has done a great job.
    Wish I can say the same thing about Long.

  86. Yankee Trader June 17th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Time to go. Have a great day everyone.

    It’s Ryu a lefty vs Hughes on Tuesday and TBD vs Kuroda on Wednesday. Is TBD a secret code word for Kershaw? :)

  87. MTU June 17th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    YT-

    If they maqke them available I’m confident they can.

    Pat M. has said that they have been actively shopping Chamberlain for a while.

    The return has not been good enough so far but as the season progresses that can change in a heartbeat.

    Like I said above, our evaluations of our players might be very different from those of a professional evaluator.

    We might over, or under value them.

    I suspect Hughes and Joba have more value than many here think. Especially to the right team.

    We can easily add players to create an attractive package if need be.

  88. MTU June 17th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Have a great day YT.

  89. Ys Guy June 17th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    ramiro pena was on a roll but is now cold as ice. could be overexposure.

    this is maybe why you dont want to put all your eggs in one nix basket.

    i just added jason on two of my fbb teams but he’s a fill in at this point.

  90. Shame Spencer June 17th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I don’t see how a rental reliever has much value at all but Hughes should definitely be able to bring you back a bat/position player.

  91. MTU June 17th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Y’s-

    I wouldn’y mind having him back just about now.

    I’m pretty sure he would have been a starter.

    If the kid could hit just a little he had real value.

    He was a SH, fast, and could really pick ‘em. Also played multiple positions.

    Oh well. That’s showbiz.

  92. MTU June 17th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I don’t know what’s wrong w my typing.

    Sorry.

    :(

  93. MTU June 17th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Shame-

    Joba does not have to be a rental reliever.

    It depends on whether the acquiring team thinks they’d have an advantage in re-signing him.

    They have the negotiating window and the leg up I’d think.

    Chamberlain still hits 95 + on a radar gun w a nasty slider, and other good 2ndary pitches.

    And he’s still relatively young.

    There might be several teams out there who want to atke a flyer on that either as reliever or starter.

    ;)

  94. MTU June 17th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    As the TD approaches needs become clearer and more intense.

    That can alter the value of any player.

    It isn’t a static thing. It’s a dynamic thing.

    Changes according to the circumstances.

    ;)

  95. Shame Spencer June 17th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    MTU – I can’t even see Joba commanding $5 million per year, so I just don’t know why any team would give up anything when they could just wait to sign him if they’re interested.

    I think the only way you get real value for Joba is by packaging him with more attractive acquisitions like Hughes, Grandy, etc.

  96. austinmac June 17th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    YT,

    I’m with you about trading Joba and Hughes. They will not return and, I don’t think the team will risk Hughes accepting a one year bonanza. That could change if he were to pitch well from here on out. I don’t see it.

  97. MTU June 17th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Shame-

    I’m not opposed to that.

    In fact I favor doing it.

    ;)

  98. MTU June 17th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    New post ——>

  99. DONNYBROOK June 17th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    In FBB, I have skipped Nix, and gone instead with LeMaheiu (2B\3B) and Sogard (SS\2B). I have Iglesias as my regular SS. Jeet waits in the D\L slot

  100. G. Love June 17th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I’m thrilled Ramirez made it to AAA even though I missed him at Trenton. Maybe I get to watch him pitch with some folks here at the stadium instead of Trenton?

    I’m hoping this Tex’s wrist thing puts him on the DL. What exactly is the logic of putting a broken player in the lineup AND the middle of our order?

    Again, I don’t blame the Yankees that much here. He had been telling people he was a swing or two away from returning seconds after her hurt the wrist. The Yankees could’ve pushed back and made him wait, but he seems like a pretty vocal guy who could be sitting on a rehab assignment telling reporters he’s fine and doesn’t understand what they’re waiting for.

    Jeter pushes the Yankees around when he’s injured so this isn’t exactly the first time we’ve seen the inmates run the asylum.

    That said, Overbay doubled and knocked in a run yesterday. It’s hard not to think Tex would’ve put up an 0-fer in that spot.

    The way this offense improves is going from an abysmal hitting 1b vs RHP to a league average 1b vs RHP (or slightly better). Just that trade alone improves the offense. I don’t think it’s rocket science to see that you’re getting a better AB from Overbay in that spilt.

    If Tex doesn’t go on the DL, Cashman has to tell Girardi to platoon them. That’s the only way this will work.

    And as for Mo, I don’t worry. If they were hitting them out of the park or line driving into gaps, I’d worry. Every one of those hits were a bloop.

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