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Nuno’s big chance

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Apr 26, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Vidal NunoIt was just three years ago when Vidal Nuno was a Washington Wild Thing, pitching in the independent Frontier League, a former 48th-round pick that the Indians had given up on after two minor-league seasons.

He made six starts, going 2-3 with a 2.83 ERA. His best Wild Thing memory?

“Pretty much the atmosphere and the teammates,” Nuno said. “They trying to strive to play affiliated ball.”

Nuno, of course, made it back to affiliated ball when the Yankees signed him out of that league in June of 2011. Now he’s getting the first shot at replacing Ivan Nova in the rotation.

His chance begins this afternoon against the Angels, a team he has never faced.

“It’s an opportunity,” Nuno said. “Trying to pitch every five days is a dream come true. But now it’s back to business and trying to help the team win.”

The 26-year-old lefty is 1-1 with a 1.64 ERA in his four starts for the Yankees these last two seasons.

“I think it’s a big stretch for him and for our club, trying to solidify that role,” Joe Girardi said.

Here’s a link to my feature story on Nuno on LoHud.com today. Also, here’s my story on Hiroki Kuroda and last night’s Yankees debacle. And here’s a link to my Yankees notebook with items on Derek Jeter and the adjusted transfer rule, David Phelps/Michael Pineda and Brendan Ryan.

Photo by The Associated Press.

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218 Responses to “Nuno’s big chance”

  1. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Best of luck Vidal.

    Halos are hot right now and playing w a lot of confidence.

  2. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Careful w. Trout, Albert, and Kendrick.

  3. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Back later.

  4. Madrugador April 26th, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Glad I missed last night’s game. It’s hard to say that this team is playing well right now if they win big one night and lose big the next one.

  5. Yankee Trader April 26th, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Good morning-

    On Friday, Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka told NJ.com it’s likely Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will never have to decide where to let pitchers use substances on the mound.

    That’s because they don’t use them, the 25-year-old righty said.

    “I obviously don’t know every single pitcher,” Tanaka said via his translator, Shingo Horie, on Friday. “But what I know is that most of the pitchers don’t do anything when they go to the mound.”

    Then Tanaka explained why.

    “And, plus, the thing is, Japanese (baseballs), they’re smaller, you get a better grip on those balls than (the ones) out here,” Tanaka said. “And the climate in Japan is moist. There’s a lot of moisture in the air. So you don’t need that.”

    Tanaka declined to comment when asked how he felt about hearing many major-league pitchers use a substance on the mound.

    “I’ve only been here a couple of months,” he said. “It’s hard to comment on that.”

    C.J. Nitowski, a former MLB and NPB pitcher, also said pine tar and other substances aren’t used on mounds in Japan.

  6. Yankee Trader April 26th, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Saw the first few innings until it was 5-0 Angels.

    Lately since they played in Tampa, when the pitching, from starter thru bullpen turns in a rotten performance, the offense is “offensive.”

    Must be some sort of virus.

  7. austinmac April 26th, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Yesterday’s game was another ugly. I had to turn it off which is unusual for me. The Angels can hit. I hope Nuno can survive.

  8. Yankee Trader April 26th, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Mad and Mac

    Look at the AL Team Pitching Stats. Yankees are near the bottom in slugging % against, have given up the most homers with 30 and are 10th in ERA.

    And it’s just not YS where the damage has been done.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/t.....e/expanded

  9. hardwired7 April 26th, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Every team in the AL East has a negative run differential. It looks like it’s going to be a season of slugfests.

  10. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Mac-

    A lineup w 2 guys like Trout and Pujols is deadly.

  11. BIG AL April 26th, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I hope I’m wrong, but, the Kuroda we saw at the end of last season, may be the same pitcher we get for most of this season.

    Just look at other players that seem to reach an age where almost overnight their production drops off quickly.

    One game does not a season make, but Kuroda has not been the pitcher we saw in the first half of last season, as of yet.

  12. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Morning Al-

    I hope you are wrong too.

    His velocity looks fine.

    If there was a dip there I might be more concerned.

    Guess we’ll see.

  13. Yankee Trader April 26th, 2014 at 8:45 am

    How do you explain the lack of offense, when the starters fall behind early and often?

    Are they just too susceptible to off speed stuff? What is it?

  14. austinmac April 26th, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Kuroda is now a concern. His splitter is not working very well. Maybe it’s the cold. We can hope so.

  15. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 8:47 am

    YT-

    I don’t think there is anything to explain just yet.

    Too small of a sample to make much of it IMO.

    If it keeps up maybe then.

  16. BoJo April 26th, 2014 at 8:48 am

    BIG AL April 26th, 2014 at 8:40 am
    I hope I’m wrong,
    ====
    I hope you are wrong too, but I fear the same thing. More importantly, I wouldn’t count on Kuroda in the post season…so I would be open to replacing him at any time. But I am not sure I see his replacement on the horizon.

  17. Doreen April 26th, 2014 at 8:49 am

    And Trout did nothing last night.

  18. Yankee Trader April 26th, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Kuroda has been lights out when pitching against the Angels, even when he was a Dodger. Sciosa has been frustrated by him multiple times. Maybe he finally came up with a game plan to lay off the splitter and make him go to his slider, which apparently wasn’t working. I only saw the game until it was 5-0.

  19. austinmac April 26th, 2014 at 8:50 am

    YT,

    The A’s lose pitchers and still have a great staff. I’m disappointed Mitchell has some sort of injury. He has more ability than the other upper level pitchers.

  20. austinmac April 26th, 2014 at 8:51 am

    MTU,

    Imagine the offense when a healthy Hamilton returns. Do they have three guys who are better than anyone we have?

  21. Yankee Trader April 26th, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I hope you are wrong too, but I fear the same thing. More importantly, I wouldn’t count on Kuroda in the post season…so I would be open to replacing him at any time. But I am not sure I see his replacement on the horizon.
    ——————
    At the rate the pitching staff is going, the Yankees won’t make the postseason, unless Tanaka can start pitching on 2-3 days rest!

  22. BoJo April 26th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    It’s amazing how quickly starting pitchers can fall off the cliff–due to injury, old age, too much work, etc. Really can never have too much good starting pitching…and very tough to build a strategy for competing by investing mainly in pitching (too risky).

  23. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 8:55 am

    “I fear the same thing. More importantly, I wouldn’t count on Kuroda in the post season”

    I think you’re getting ahead of yourself.

    I think making pronouncements about Kuroda’s future at this point is way premature.

    JMO

  24. Yankee Trader April 26th, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Mac-

    The A’s traded away or let the entire starting staff leave, was it two years ago, and still have one of the best, if not the best, starting staffs. money ball is alive and well in Oakland.

  25. BoJo April 26th, 2014 at 8:56 am

    austinmac April 26th, 2014 at 8:51 am
    MTU,

    Imagine the offense when a healthy Hamilton returns. Do they have three guys who are better than anyone we have?
    —-
    I would not want to face this team in play-offs. I think they are going to WS this year if their stars perform and they escape injuries to their main players.

  26. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Mac-

    We have Solarte.

    :)

  27. Yankee Trader April 26th, 2014 at 8:58 am

    MTU

    If Kuroda’s velocity is there, hopefully the pitching coach will get him straightened out.

  28. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 8:59 am

    The Halos do not have a enough pitching IMO.

    Wilson and Weaver are insufficient.

    Santiago is a back end guy.

    Skaggs and Richards are unproven.

  29. BoJo April 26th, 2014 at 9:00 am

    MTU April 26th, 2014 at 8:55 am
    “I fear the same thing. More importantly, I wouldn’t count on Kuroda in the post season”

    I think you’re getting ahead of yourself.
    ====
    Time will tell. I wasn’t wildly excited about re-signing him this past off-season due to age and late season performance drop. I still think he will have a run of good games as the weather heats up, but not be sharp for PS.

  30. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 9:00 am

    YT-

    It is.

    Or it is not significantly down as one would expect w an injury.

    I think it’s a mechanical thing.

  31. BoJo April 26th, 2014 at 9:02 am

    MTU April 26th, 2014 at 8:59 am
    The Halos do not have a enough pitching IMO.
    —-
    That’s why there are mid-season trades.

  32. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Bojo-

    You are entitled to your take.

    I wouldn’t go that far just yet.

    I expect the Yankees to manage his innings better this year to keep him fresher.

  33. austinmac April 26th, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Richards has pitched very well this year with a BAA of about .160. Santiago? Never heard of him.

  34. Yankee Trader April 26th, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Look at the Angels current roster.

    http://losangeles.angels.mlb.c.....p?c_id=ana

    Have you heard of some of their pitchers? And Boesch is in the OF.

  35. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Bojo-

    Acquiring top flight pitching mid-season isn’t like going to the convenience store for milk.

    Not only that the Halos have a very poor Farm system.

    Not much to trade either.

  36. BIG AL April 26th, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Good morning Mike.

    I’m not trying to be a downer, but more of a realist, as I look at the team.

    Kuroda’s velocity had nothing to do with his poor performance, but rather his location. He needs pinpoint control in order to be successful, and I’m not seeing that, JMHO.

  37. Yankee Trader April 26th, 2014 at 9:07 am

    MTU

    The Yankees will go as far as their health and pitching can take them.

    Too much current mediocrity at AA and AAA, to help if another key player goes down.

  38. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Mac-

    Pitching well for 1 month of a season is not an indicator of full-performance IMO.

    League doesn’t have a book on him just yet.

    Also, many 1st season guys tend to tire as the season progresses.

    Santiago is a WS cast off.

    Nothing special.

    They also lack a reliable closer.

  39. BoJo April 26th, 2014 at 9:09 am

    MTU April 26th, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I expect the Yankees to manage his innings better this year to keep him fresher.
    ===
    Obviously, I hope you are right…but can you give me a few examples of where the Yankees have managed innings well for a pitcher? Bartolo Colon>no. Joba>no. ???

  40. austinmac April 26th, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Come on Manny. They still are only letting him pitch three innings. Are they going to treat him all year like Campos? By the way, that didn’t work as his elbow is inflamed again.

  41. Yankee Trader April 26th, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Mac-

    Who are you referring to? Whose elbow?

  42. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Al-

    of course.

    But that is something Kuroda is known for.

    The fact that it is missing indicates a mechanical adjustment is necessary.

    I’d be more concerned if his velo was down significantly.

    It’s not.

  43. Yankee Trader April 26th, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Baby Bomber Recap from yesterday

    http://www.pinstripealley.com/.....-home-runs

    AA

    3B Rob Segedin 2-3, double, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB – third homer, batting .326 this season
    1B Kyle Roller 2-2, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, HBP – sixth and seventh homers of the season

    Maybe there is hope!

  44. austinmac April 26th, 2014 at 9:15 am

    I don’t think the Angels will win the West. But, they do have some great offensive players. No farm system to help them.

    The A’s lose two of their starters and still lead the league in pitching.

    I find it interesting the reportedly powerful AL East does not have a team that has scored more than it has given up. It is wide open this year. Ninety wins may be enough.

  45. austinmac April 26th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    YT,

    Campos is out with elbow issues.

  46. Mottsx April 26th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Man Ban is still pitching in high A at 3 innings an appearance.

  47. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Bojo-

    The Yankees are well aware of the need to manage Kuroda’s workload.

    One could even argue that a few shortened outings early is beneficial in the long run.

    For example, they are giving both Kuroda and Tanaka an extra day before their next
    starts.

    We also have enough arms this year to permit more rest.

    Last year we did not have that luxury.

  48. austinmac April 26th, 2014 at 9:18 am

    YT,

    Roller is 26 and Segedin is 25 and they are in AA ball. Nope.

  49. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 9:21 am

    “I find it interesting the reportedly powerful AL East does not have a team that has scored more than it has given up. It is wide open this year. Ninety wins may be enough.”

    Which is cause for optimism.

    ;)

  50. Yankee Trader April 26th, 2014 at 9:22 am

    I would imagine Bruce Billings will be DFA, one day after getting a contract.

    Will Aceves be brought up?

  51. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    YT-

    Will be interesting to see if the Gangsta’ has anything left.

  52. austinmac April 26th, 2014 at 9:27 am

    YT,

    I would guess you are right on Aceves.

    MTU,

    Yes, a weakened East is cause for optimism.

  53. Mottsx April 26th, 2014 at 9:29 am

    If they’re clearing a roster slot why not bring up Monty ?

  54. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Mac-

    I’ve got the Yankees pegged to play about .600 ball.

    :)

  55. BIG AL April 26th, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Later, you folks have a great day.

  56. mick April 26th, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Why don’t we have this Abreu guy, not Bobby?

  57. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 9:32 am

    You too Al.

    All the best.

    :)

  58. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Mick-

    He’s a 1b/DH type.

  59. Tar April 26th, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Just a quick drive by to say good morning everybody.

    The race has just begun and there is a long way to go. A little to much exuberance after wins, and depression after losses. I think it was 2009 after a brutal west coast swing including some devastating losses in LA that the team finally made there move. Just follow the Captain’s lead and stay even keeled.

    It’s going to be a tough test for Nuno today, should be fun to watch. Unfortunately I can’t :mad:

    Catch up later…. Oh yeah, hey chicken!!!!

  60. mick April 26th, 2014 at 9:35 am

    If not for Tex, he would be ours.

  61. Tar April 26th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Shhh. ‘Their’

  62. Mottsx April 26th, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Can’t wait to see who the fox sports 1 crew will be today. Better queue up the radio in the background

  63. Cashmoney April 26th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    mac, Hal prolly would have strangled Cashman after manny and pineda went down in the same year, they went with the rest route on Campos to avoid another prolong timeout. As for 3 innings per start, they did that with Pineda as well, does it help recovery process in curbing innings, probably not.

  64. Cashmoney April 26th, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Abreu has legit big time power to all field, I have yet to see him driver a 95 plus fb high in the zone, but he can pretty much everything else. the investment look wise so far. a few teams bid high dollars on him, WS came on top. The thought process was clear as in acquiring Tanaka. a chance at premium talent that is otherwise unavailable at 25-26.

  65. austinmac April 26th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I do miss our friend Chicken. Nice guy.

  66. Cashmoney April 26th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    speaking of chicken, me want some popeye today!

  67. mick April 26th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Are they just bringing Betances along slowly or is it that they really don’t trust him?
    Maybe he just doesn’t fit in the pecking order.
    I don’t profess to have the final answer like some but unless they are grooming him for next year I can foresee a trade.
    Problem is without showcasing him , his value will go down.
    If he’s good enough to pitch on a regular basis, prolly won’t happen unless someone gets hurt,
    then they would be trading at maximum value which they don’t tend to do.
    Quite a problem since he was demoted to relief.

  68. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Mac-

    Glenn re-appeared last night.

    I think you’ll see him around again.

  69. Cashmoney April 26th, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Mets are playing some good ball. my over 73 looks good against Ys 8O

  70. Cashmoney April 26th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Cashman needs to have an affair with a martian, bon voyage.

  71. Ken Phelps April 26th, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Yes if Kuroda is bad this season will fall apart quickly

  72. austinmac April 26th, 2014 at 9:49 am

    MTU,

    Glad to hear that. He regularly amuses me.

    I hope things are going in the right direction for you and yours.

  73. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Mick-

    I would imagine the Yankees would love to see Betances reach his full potential.

    But guys who have a tendency towards wildness are not well thought of no matter how good their stuff may be.

    Nothing irritates a Manager more than a reliever who is prone to walks.

    It’s kind of a catch-22 w Dellin.

    He needs to prove he can consistently throw strikes but he isn’t trusted enough at this
    point to get the chance he needs.

    So what to do ?

    I’m guessing he will need to show consistency in lower leverage situations and if he can do that he will move closer to the circle of trust.

    Some other team might find him attractive. Not sure on that one.

  74. mick April 26th, 2014 at 9:51 am

    chicken flew the coop but couldn’t stay away.
    lohud is addictive that way..

  75. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Thanks Mac.

    Much appreciated.

    Still a tough road ahead.

  76. Cashmoney April 26th, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Yanks drove kuroda hard last two years. The man gave all he got, at 39, it’s plausible he has regressed a little. but the velo looks fine, command does not. age and possible injury are concerns, but it’s wait and see for me.

  77. Yankee Trader April 26th, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Have to go.

    Have a great day.

    Until later.

  78. mick April 26th, 2014 at 9:56 am

    He needs to prove he can consistently throw strikes but he isn’t trusted enough at this
    point to get the chance he needs.
    ===============
    It is a conundrum.
    His stuff is lights out and he is being wasted.
    Unlike Joba, who came up to the fanfare Dellin should be getting, he is quietly spectacular and does not generate a buzz among fans.
    I really don’t think they view him as a high leverage reliever and have given up on him as a starter.
    My opinion is that he is major trade bait but most teams will not agree.
    Maybe a team that wants to look at him as a starter would be willing to gamble.

  79. NYY fan in NH April 26th, 2014 at 9:56 am

    When this team is bad it’s bad from the pitching right to the offense. Not only is it bad, but alarmingly bad. Is Kuroda at the end or is it due to the climate? If he is declining, then the Yanks can’t plug his spot in the rotation with minor league guys. Losing Nova will force them at some point to make a trade for a veteran starter.

  80. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Cash-

    They sure did.

    Last year they had little choice.

  81. mick April 26th, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Kuroda was the easy way out, a la Andy Pettitte in his final years.
    They thought they would just go for the “sure thing” but he could just be done.
    In that regard, the 1 year deal was smart.
    They have to keep an eye on Banuelos and hope to get at least 1 FA pitcher next year, which is what I think they are planning.
    Anybody who WANTS to pitch here would be welcome, be it Scherzer, Lester, Masterson.

  82. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Mick-

    If I were the Yankees I’d be damn sure of what I had before I let him go.

    ;)

  83. Cashmoney April 26th, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Last year they had little choice.
    ——
    He was FA after the season, so i can understand… most teams would gone with the rebuilding route after LY or even during LY. But the might dollars has bought the yanks from the brink mediocrity to a semblance of a competitive team again. I think most think this team as wild card qualified and possible Div winner. that’s where we at after 20ish games.

  84. mick April 26th, 2014 at 10:02 am

    MTU

    He just might be their most valuable trade piece but don’t think most teams look at him as a reliever.
    Like I said, maybe the Royals could view him as a starter and give something up.
    I just don’t see him fitting in with Warren, Kelley and DRob, not to mention Phelps, ahead of him.

  85. ac1 April 26th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Betances is going nowhere.
    It takes time to earn Girardi’s trust.
    Even Robertson wasn’t given his spot right away.
    If Betances comes in and CONSISTENTLY has good games, he will move up the chain.
    They all know he has the best stuff on the team short of Tanaka.

  86. mick April 26th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    But the might dollars has bought the yanks from the brink mediocrity to a semblance of a competitive team again.
    ====================
    Hasn’t that always been the case?

  87. SweetSpot April 26th, 2014 at 10:05 am

    I believe the complaining here about how Betances is used is much ado about nothing. He’s a young, tall pitcher who has had control issues and there is absolutely nothing wrong about going slow with him. The Yankees are believers in Betances. He made the team and it pitching in the big leagues and if he continues to pitch as well as he has, he will be called upon to pitch in situations commensurate with those performances.

    Girardi, Cashman and Rothschild want to win. They know Betances and his abilities and shortcomings far better than the average fan does and one can be assured the Betances conversation goes on internally early and often. The bottom line is there is no rush. None. Zero. Fans like power pitchers with strikeout capabilities and he is likable, from the city and home grown. I get it, I like seeing him too. If he continues to pitch as well as he has he will get into more and more games in critical situations. I think that time is close. But again, there is no rush.

  88. Cashmoney April 26th, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Yanks have massive sunken cost in Tex and Rod, that has been the case since both have declined into 20 cents on a dollar territory. that’s yanks biggest problem since their only positional talent flow of late has been by means spending. Yanks need some internal help at those 2 position to off that cost, the talent might be coming just in time for those 2 contract to expire.

  89. Tar April 26th, 2014 at 10:05 am

    “It takes time to earn Girardi’s trust.”

    Not if your name is Nixie or Stewie.

  90. mick April 26th, 2014 at 10:05 am

    If Betances comes in and CONSISTENTLY has good games, he will move up the chain.
    ================================
    How can he be consistent if he pitches once a week.
    You are talking middle relief and how often is that needed.
    The everyday guys are Warren/Phelps , Kelley and DRob.

  91. ac1 April 26th, 2014 at 10:06 am

    The way the Yankees are babying Banuelos, there is ZERO chance he is in the starting rotation on opening day next year. And we know Nova won’t be back until sometime mid 2015.

  92. jmills April 26th, 2014 at 10:07 am

    I’m so happy chicken_stanley made contact last night. When he comes up here the Royals are in town which means the dome will be half empty and I can treat that gentleman to any seat he wants. It’ll be the first time in my life to have a baseball person to converse with face to face.

  93. ac1 April 26th, 2014 at 10:07 am

    SweetSpot is right on.

  94. mick April 26th, 2014 at 10:08 am

    The Yanks just might go after 2 FA pitchers in the OS.
    Say Scherzer and Masterson or Bailey.
    Getting Lester would decimate the RS like Ells did, so that might be their ploy.

  95. Cashmoney April 26th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Hasn’t that always been the case?
    —-
    pretty much mick, except i think it’s outdated model cuz talent pool is getting smaller with more bidders. what they bought in 2013 kind of paled in comparison with what that money did in 13.

    Yanks biggest issue going forward is figure out a way to assemble talents under the new CBA.

  96. Cashmoney April 26th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    whoops in did in 09

  97. ac1 April 26th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Yanks have massive sunken cost in Tex and Rod, that has been the case since both have declined into 20 cents on a dollar territory. that’s yanks biggest problem since their only positional talent flow of late has been by means spending. Yanks need some internal help at those 2 position to off that cost, the talent might be coming just in time for those 2 contract to expire.
    ____

    Let’s hope that Jaieglo and Bird or O’Brien move through the system quickly.
    Cheap replacements of Tex and A-Rod.

    I still have my doubts that Alex is on the team next year.

    Part of me believes it is at a point the Yankees would eat the 61 mil just to not have to deal with him for three more years.

    I still believe this is part of why Jeter retired.
    So he didn’t have to deal with the A-Rod circus next year.

  98. Cashmoney April 26th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    No love was great than the Mitre love for G.

  99. mick April 26th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Girardi views walks the same way he views defense.
    Betances is under intense pressure in every outing to be under control.
    Again, we are talking middle relief.
    Not a high premium on that.

  100. ac1 April 26th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    The Yanks just might go after 2 FA pitchers in the OS.
    Say Scherzer and Masterson or Bailey.
    Getting Lester would decimate the RS like Ells did, so that might be their ploy.
    ___

    Didn’t Bailey sign an extension a month or two ago?

    I dont see the Yankees going 5 + for Lester.

    Would still rather the Phillies have a bad year and Yankees make the trade for Lee and his remaining two years.

  101. Cashmoney April 26th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    *greater

  102. MTU April 26th, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I’m out.

    Time for some exercise.

    Later.

  103. ac1 April 26th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Anyone know what the Yankees roster move was?
    Assuming they send away Billings (though overall he didn’t look horrible) and bring up Aceves.

  104. jmills April 26th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Exercise for me, lugging the summer tyres on rims from under the side deck. Nothing like TLC for the Ferrari.

  105. Cashmoney April 26th, 2014 at 10:16 am

    It is kind scary to think that is Cano’s first year as a M and he will be 32 at the end of season. These 10 deals are absurd to hand out to guys are in their 30s. I don’t know how many time teams needs to be bent over before they learn a thing a two. That’s not just the Yanks.

  106. mick April 26th, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Yeah wow Bailey just got paid…forget him.
    If Scherzer wants to play here he can.
    Same with Masterson.

  107. mick April 26th, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Cano will just be playing out the string in Seattle.
    Should have pulled a Pedey and been a Yankee for life.
    At least that’s what the Yanks wanted.

  108. jmills April 26th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Why I invest in the drug of baseball, I do wonder sometimes. No use decompressing from last night with my friends here. 8-1, and to the Red Sox, crap! At least I wasn’t there physically, and only had to adjust to the mental torment.

  109. jmills April 26th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    If the Jays are going to start their bs again today, its predictable album selections for the afternoon.

  110. mick April 26th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I don’t ever see the Y’s going the full rebuild route.
    Say, a real low payroll with youngsters at most positions.
    It would just take too long with no guarantees.
    Like the 80′s they would rather be an average team that draws than a young one that doesn’t.

  111. mick April 26th, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I still believe this is part of why Jeter retired.
    So he didn’t have to deal with the A-Rod circus next year.
    ================
    Agreed.
    While it will always be his team and he will always be introduced last at Old Timers Day,
    he doesn’t need the arod fiasco that will be next year.

  112. pat April 26th, 2014 at 10:36 am

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  113. pkyankfan69 April 26th, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I was just out getting bagels and this 8 year old kid wrote “you all can suck my guts” in big letters across the chalk board they have there… Tried to get a picture but his dad started yelling at him and I decided against it. Is ‘suck my guts’ some sort of saying?

    Happy Saturday!

  114. jmills April 26th, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I guess Arod is hell bent on coming back. Mind you, if he’s productive, go for it. The league has been washed out in drugs beyond Alex anyways.

  115. austinmac April 26th, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I question whether we spend next winter. I doubt it.

  116. jmills April 26th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Well, people suck on hotdogs, so I can kinda’ understand the intestinal reference, fortitude in there somewheres.

  117. jmills April 26th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    austin, I have my phone plan with Rogers, I think they could at least sign David Clyde with the profits.

  118. pat April 26th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    eboland11
    Chris Leroux in the clubhouse. Assuming that’s the move after last night

  119. BD (Boston Dave) April 26th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Here’s a tip Nuno.

    Walk Pujols every time up.

    I just don’t see his stuff translating to a positive result with the way Albert is seeing the ball right now.

  120. blake April 26th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Well last night wasn’t good for the ole team run differential…….

  121. BD (Boston Dave) April 26th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    “I guess Arod is hell bent on coming back. Mind you, if he’s productive, go for it. The league has been washed out in drugs beyond Alex anyways.”

    ——-

    Some people will hate Alex no matter what he does.

    But if he comes clean and is actually GENUINE about it… if that’s possible for him… and just plays baseball quietly and lives his life somewhat modestly for the next few years, I think he can restore some semblance of a legacy.

    I don’t see that happening… but hope he smartens up (and stops listening to the wrong people. They haven’t done him right.)

  122. pat April 26th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    “But if he comes clean and is actually GENUINE about it…”

    He should have no comment on the past just like every player and Bud Selig has.

  123. RhapsodyInBlue April 26th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    I had to turn it off it was too ugly. I went back to the game a few times nothing had changed.

    New day today.

  124. pkyankfan69 April 26th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Sucks for Billings… Yanks call him up, leave him out there to take a beating, and then DFA him the next day lol… I guess a guy like him is just happy to get some time in the majors.

  125. blake April 26th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I don’t like seeing it against the Yanks but I’m glad Pujols is good again…..I don’t like to see great players decline early…..and he is truly an all time great hitter…..

  126. jmills April 26th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    blake, I don’t know what you do after a bad loss, I tend to put my team in the broken toy box for a bit, and one of these days I might lock it and toss the key.

  127. blake April 26th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    jmills says:
    April 26, 2014 at 10:57 am
    blake, I don’t know what you do after a bad loss, I tend to put my team in the broken toy box for a bit, and one of these days I might lock it and toss the key.

    Turn the page…..Kuroda wasn’t good….that’s about all you can say

  128. Mottsx April 26th, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Lol campos has tjs

  129. blake April 26th, 2014 at 11:09 am

    @eboland11: Yankees announce prospect Jose Campos had Tommy John surgery yesterday in NY

    Who didn’t see this coming

  130. Mottsx April 26th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Just a random Friday in my for campos to have surgery I guess

  131. Mottsx April 26th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    2 years late so he should be recovered and in AA and instead he will reach Tampa in 2016. Solid

  132. ac1 April 26th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Another talented prospect loses 18 months….

  133. bigdan22 April 26th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Has Campos always been a state secret for the Yanks? Two years ago there was all this speculation of whether he had surgery on is elbow or didn’t. Maybe he should have.

    You run pitching like you run NASA. Massive redundancies.

  134. bigdan22 April 26th, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Well look at the bright side. At least we finally get to use Campos’ roster spot now.

  135. pat April 26th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Campos didn’t go to Dr. Andrews?

  136. Mottsx April 26th, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Good point Dan.

  137. Mottsx April 26th, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Well no if he’s moved to 60 day he then gains mlb service time correct ?

  138. blake April 26th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Campos has had elbow trouble for 2 years now…..basically he had issues right after they got him and they shut him down and rehabbed it to try and avoid surgery. It almost always ends up in surgery at some point though…..

  139. bigdan22 April 26th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    So Segedin. Is there another Solarte there?

    Segedin really is a prospect. A fringe one but a prospect nevertheless. Look at his minor league record. He’s old now, 25, but that’s because he got drafted at 21 from college and has basically taken it one year at a time. And he lost almost all of last season to injury. I believe he had hip surgery. The thing about Segedin is, he’s mastered every minor league level, with the bat that is, that he’s played in. Short Season, Low A, High A and now seemingly in AA. (To put things in perspective, that’s three more levels than Jagielo has mastered) It takes about 200 ABs for him to master a level but he’s done this four times now. He was hitting just as well in AA last year as he is now until he got hurt. That’s 130 PAs now of AA superior performance.

    The problem with Segedin is he’s a third baseman and doesn’t seem to be a real good one. So his future is either there or DH. That puts him behind Solarte, Johnson, Sizemore and Soriano at least. There are others manning that position too in AAA. I’d give him another month and promote him if he’s still hitting. There really isn’t a spot for him but a hitter is a hitter and I don’t care how old you are, baseball needs hitters.

  140. JimmyT April 26th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Campos had a fractured elbow in 2012. Not quite the same thing.

  141. Cashmoney April 26th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Campos eh, Cashman needs to go,

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