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Yankees kick off the second half with plenty of questions

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 19, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Just boarded a train heading north, and stumbled upon my friend Andy McCullough who’s reading something far more intelligent than my book on the evolution of American popular music.

It feels strange to be this late into the season and just now making the first trip to Boston. It’s been more than 10 months since the Yankees last played at Fenway, and this trip carries significant weight. The Yankees could cut their division deficit in half, or they could fall on the verge of a double-digit hole.

A few questions heading into this weekend…

Derek JeterWill Derek Jeter play?
The Captain’s return lasted only four at-bats before he was shut down with a mild quad strain. He spent the All-Star break getting treatment in hopes of playing tonight, and the Yankees will decide today whether to put Jeter in the lineup, leave him on the bench or send him back to the disabled list.

Can Alex Rodriguez get ready?
He hit another home run last night. Now Rodriguez has three more days to finish off his rehab assignment and get ready for Monday’s game in Texas. The focus is in Boston this weekend, but there will be some daily attention on Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s short-term third baseman.

How will CC Sabathia respond in the second half?
It wasn’t a particularly good first half by Sabathia’s standards, but hes been a good second-half pitcher in his career. “I need to be better in the second half, helping this team out and keeping us in games longer and trying to get some wins,” Sabathia said. He gets the start in Sundays series finale.

Is there going to be a splash?
The trade deadline is less than two weeks away. One way or another, it’s not too early to see teams make a move at this point. The Yankees still have hope that they’ll get Rodriguez, Jeter and Curtis Granderson back in the lineup, but Francisco Cervelli had a setback two weeks ago and both Mark Teixeira and (quite possibly) Kevin Youkilis are done for the year. Is there an offensive catcher or a right-handed corner infielder in the Yankees future? Can they dump some pitching to get a bat?

Could anyone step up?
Is anyone even holding out hope for a strong surge from some of the current Yankees? Maybe Vernon Wells takes advantage of a couple of lefties, or Eduardo Nunez gets on base enough to provide some sort of spark, or Brett Gardner starts stealing some bases and creating offense. The Yankees need to make some sort of statement this weekend. Do they have the players to make that happen?

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58 Responses to “Yankees kick off the second half with plenty of questions”

  1. Hassey July 19th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    No

  2. Rich in NJ July 19th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    ManningRules July 19th, 2013 at 9:18 am
    The Maddux comparison for Pineda in terms of what can accomplished with low 90s velo is extremely inapt.

    Every guy who throws low 90?s draws a comparison to Maddux, when really, the comparison should always be to someone else way less talented.
    _

    Exactly. Maddux had otherworldly command and the ability to change speeds.

  3. blake July 19th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    “Next time don’t try to stuff a whole cow into your machine.”

    lol….I brought it home and my wife’s response was “what the hell is that”

  4. MTU July 19th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    “Do they have the players to make that happen?”

    You can’t predict baseball.

    On the face of it you’d say no.

  5. Hassey July 19th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    and change moustaches

  6. ManningRules July 19th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Nope.

  7. MTU July 19th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Blake-

    I’m always good for wisecrack.

    ;)

  8. blake July 19th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Pineda doesn’t have the otherworldly command that Maddux did….or the change up….or the screw ball 2 seamer……or the foot off the outside corner that umpires gave him :)

  9. Hassey July 19th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    lets leave your crack out of this

  10. MTU July 19th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Maybe if they all wear golden thongs ?

  11. Hassey July 19th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Pineda should seek the wisdom of Bob Gibson weekly

  12. ManningRules July 19th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    “Exactly. Maddux had otherworldly command and the ability to change speeds.”

    Yep..
    Probably the best I have ever seen. Drawing a comparison to Maddux, not even among Yankee pitchers, but anyone in baseball is as ludicrous as Trisha assuming everyone not a Yankee is on some kind of steroids because they’re hitting.

  13. Shame Spencer July 19th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Morning all!

    How did Pineda do last night..? I’m too lazy to check and something tells me you guys already know. ;)

  14. MTU July 19th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Pineda should find a stronger glue to keep his shoulder attached.

    Like an experimental grade superglue.

  15. ManningRules July 19th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    “How did Pineda do last night..? I’m too lazy to check and something tells me you guys already know. ”

    he had a decent game, progress…

  16. Rich in NJ July 19th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Joba could/could have use[d] some Gibson too, maybe Hughes (given his admission about conditioning issues at one time) as well.

  17. astrocityfan July 19th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    It wasnt just command that set Maddux apart but he also had a nearly supernatural way of reading hitters. He once said that he could tell what pitch a rh batter was looking for by the way he stood in the box. My favorite story is one that Marquis Grissom told. He said Maddux told him between innings in a game against that Marlins that when Gary Sheffield came up to move back to the warning track on the third pitch. Grissom said he played Sheffield normally for the first two pitches and then drifted back to the track on the third. Sure enough the ball came right to him. Maddux was in a world of his own.

  18. MTU July 19th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Shame-

    Muy bueno.

  19. Hassey July 19th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Pineda should waltz to the mound at the start of every inning to the theme song from the Terminator

  20. MTU July 19th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Rich-

    Joba seems to have mastered the hit batsman portion of the Gibson training.

  21. Shame Spencer July 19th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    That’s good.. I’m glad he’s bounced back from a couple clunkers. I will say though, I think people still need to temper expectations on him. I’d imagine he’ll be kinda up and down for a while.

  22. MTU July 19th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Before Maddux went to see a sports psychologist he was in a world of his own.

  23. MTU July 19th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Shame-

    sage advice.

    ;)

  24. comnsnse July 19th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Trisha, a dentist on “greenies”with a drill in his hands might create a “transcen-dental “catastrophe! ;)

  25. Rich in NJ July 19th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    MTU

    He does have some badass, figuratively and literally? :D

  26. MTU July 19th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Randy will be out of prison soon. His sentence ends 7/27.

    Beware.

    ;)

  27. Hassey July 19th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Shame is now giving out “sag” advice?

    Ooooohhh, that’s SAGE advice, my bad.

    No way she’s sagging yet

  28. MTU July 19th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Rich-

    I didn’t think members of his particular tribe were headhunters.

    Guess I missed that one.

    :)

  29. Rich in NJ July 19th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Speaking or Randy, Pineda as of today can be what he thought he would be, a really good reliever. But it’s still way too early to impose that limit on his ceiling.

  30. MTU July 19th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Rich-

    It was just trying to issue a heads up so people could go on neighborhood watches or something before the release date.

    Or maybe just leave the blog for a while to protect themselves.

    He’s my personal C so I’ll actually be glad to see him back.

    :)

  31. Rich in NJ July 19th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    MTU

    I would like to see him back as well.

  32. MTU July 19th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    They might also try avoid being near any golf courses.

    That will be really dangerous when he’s finally freed.

  33. blake July 19th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    “It wasnt just command that set Maddux apart but he also had a nearly supernatural way of reading hitters”

    Kimbrel was talking about him when he helped coach in the WBC….and said it was incredible how he could watch a game and guess pitches…..he said he was almost always right. Also talked about a time when he was in a jam and maddux came out and told him what pitch to throw and what the outcome would be……I can’t remember who was hitting but he told him to throw a fastball up and he’d get a pop up…..he did and he did.

  34. Hassey July 19th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Charles Barkley was interviewed yesterday on CNBC by Maria Bartiromo, alongside a Lake Tahoe golf tournament.

    His immortal words:
    “There are five real jobs in the world – teachers, policemen, fireman, doctors and the Armed Forces. Everyone else should just shut the hell up and enjoy themselves”

  35. MTU July 19th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Rich-

    Contrarian POV’s can be very interesting sometimes.

    You might not like Randy or Randy’s style but he’s a smart guy and a thinker.

    I think there’s no denying that.

    Just got to get over the high grillitude factor he sometimes presents.

    :)

  36. blake July 19th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    “There are five real jobs in the world – teachers, policemen, fireman, doctors and the Armed Forces. Everyone else should just shut the hell up and enjoy themselves”

    what about the people that make smart phone apps?

  37. Rich in NJ July 19th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    His immortal words:
    “There are five real jobs in the world – teachers, policemen, fireman, doctors and the Armed Forces. Everyone else should just shut the hell up and enjoy themselves”
    __

    For the good of the country, I would certainly like to see factory workers in there, and it’s “turrible” that they aren’t, but it’s not like Barkley doesn’t have a point to some degree.

  38. blake July 19th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    “Is there going to be a splash?”

    sure….Hal makes one every time he dives into his money bin

  39. MTU July 19th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Sounds like the 5 major food groups:

    Beer
    pretzels
    Chips
    Salsa
    Guacamole

  40. blake July 19th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    MTU,

    you forgot cow and pig and bbq sauce and whiskey

  41. joeman July 19th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Derek JeterWill Derek Jeter play?…can’t see Jeter playing more than 3 times a week with the DL always in play

    Can Alex Rodriguez get ready?…he wants to show he can still play but the steroid use took over, maybe when he gets out there he’ll decide he can’t do it anymore, I think he’ll have a harder time playing the field than hitting

    How will CC Sabathia respond in the second half?…..CC has a lot of miles on that arm for his age

    Is there going to be a splash?…..when they decide that they are or are not in the playoff hunt it might be past the trading period…like to see a good younger right-handed bat

    Could anyone step up?…..don’t look good….Gardner disappears a lot

  42. MTU July 19th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Blake-

    Be nice or you’ll wind up like me.

    You don’t want to do that to those little boys and that beautiful wife of yours do you ?

  43. MTU July 19th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Blake-

    I gave the Western version.

    Yours is the Southern version.

    My apologies for the incompleteness of my rendering.

  44. Rich in NJ July 19th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    “….Gardner disappears a lot”

    But unlike too many some of his teammates, at least you notice when he disappears.

  45. MTU July 19th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Will there be a splash ?

    Yeah. Hank doing a cannonball in the family pool.

    Or Hal dropping another cube into his Martini while watching.

  46. joeman July 19th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Rich in NJ July 19th, 2013 at 9:45 am
    His immortal words:
    “There are five real jobs in the world – teachers, policemen, fireman, doctors and the Armed Forces. Everyone else should just shut the hell up and enjoy themselves”
    __

    For the good of the country, I would certainly like to see factory workers in there, and it’s “turrible” that they aren’t, but it’s not like Barkley doesn’t have a point to some degree
    —————————————-
    when Sir Charles lights go out he can get them back on himself….

  47. joeman July 19th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Rich in NJ July 19th, 2013 at 9:52 am
    “….Gardner disappears a lot”

    But unlike too many some of his teammates, at least you notice when he disappears.
    ——————————————
    LOL…..I got my eye on him at all times

  48. MTU July 19th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Joeman-

    Many think Sir Charles lights are already out. Permanently.

  49. joeman July 19th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    MTU July 19th, 2013 at 9:55 am
    Joeman-

    Many think Sir Charles lights are already out. Permanently.

    ——————————————–
    how much you want to bet….

  50. MTU July 19th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Anybody here live in “Boca Raton” ?

    How could such a beautiful place translate as “rat’s mouth”.

    Shameful use of language IMO. It needs to be corrected.

    :(

  51. MTU July 19th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Joeman-

    It was mere reparte. A joke. A quip, if you will.

    I actually get a kick out of Barkley.

    Certainly was not referring to my view of him.

    Perhaps others.

    ;)

  52. 86w183 July 19th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    MTU —–

    There are parts of Boca Raton that would seem like a step down from a “Rat’s Mouth”, but the parts on/near the water are truly spectacular.

    No I don’t live there, but have been that way many, many times.

    I think a big question for the Yanks is, “Does Pettitte have anything left”?? Another I’d love the answer to is at what point do they decide to be buyers? sellers?

  53. 86w183 July 19th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Barkley’s pretty cool. Sometimes he says what others are afraid to. Sometimes he says what no other person over the age of 12 would say. And sometimes he’s a lousy and I do mean LOUSY golfer.

  54. MTU July 19th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    86-

    I hope AP is not hiding an injury ?

    Most of his problems this season seem to be related to location.

    A hidden injury might explain that or not.

    In any case, if anyone can figure it out it would be him. So I’ll try to be optimistic on that front.

    If he needs some time off I’d like to see Nuno again if he can get himself healthy enough.

    As to your 2nd question. We might know a lot more about that in the next 2 weeks.

    The schedule is very difficult and a # of key questions will be answered.

    Somehow I don’t ever see the Yankees as sellers though.

    I say they either muddle or buy. That’s my guess. The opposite is usually what happens though.

    ;)

  55. MTU July 19th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    New one ——>

  56. Shame Spencer July 19th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Only a couple weeks until randy can come back if my count is correct..

  57. comnsnse July 19th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    86, which parts of Boca do you see as “a step down from a rat’s mouth”?

    As for buyers or sellers it’s when the right deal comes a calling!

    Yanks should be sellers imo if anyone in the confusing “decision” making process is looking beyond this year.

    The only fans whining about their state this year are newbies who have not experienced those dismal 60′s early 70′s and the early 80′s to mid 90′s.

    Yankee fans with a modicum of perspective will not desert the franchise for a bad year, nor will they cancel their YES subscription.

    Perhaps the so called “committee” that the writer has noted is meeting as we speak sending “suggesting” Cashman make the coffee run!

  58. joeman July 19th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    MTU July 19th, 2013 at 10:02 am
    Joeman-

    It was mere reparte. A joke. A quip, if you will.

    I actually get a kick out of Barkley.

    Certainly was not referring to my view of him.

    Perhaps others.
    ————————
    the bet part was a joke to Sir Charles hobby

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