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Pitching matchups in Milwaukee

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 09, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Masahiro Tanaka

Tonight
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (4-0, 2.53)
vs.
RHP Yovani Gallardo (2-1, 2.47)
8:10 p.m., My9

Saturday
LHP CC Sabathia (3-4, 5.75)
vs.
RHP Kyle Lohse (4-1, 2.72)
7:10 p.m., YES Network

Sunday
RHP David Phelps (0-0, 3.18)
vs.
RHP Matt Garza (2-3, 4.93)
2:10 p.m., YES Network

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135 Responses to “Pitching matchups in Milwaukee”

  1. bbb51 May 9th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I have to disagree with the link that was posted here several days ago about CC just having bad luck and that his peripherals were good. I think this is a case where the eye test explains the results. He hasn’t just been unlucky. His babip and hr rate are high because he’s throwing a lot of meatballs and they are getting hammered. Hard “ground balls”, hard fly balls, etc. An interesting stat would be if they could measure the average velocity of hit balls off the bat.

  2. Jerkface May 9th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    An interesting stat would be if they could measure the average velocity of hit balls off the bat.

    That will exist with fieldfx! Though there was supposed to be a hitFX within the past few years that was supposed to measure that stuff but I guess it never happened so we have to wait for the player FX stuff shown off at the start of the year.

    It will be really, really interesting when we start measuring pitchers based on who gives up the weakest contact or hardest contact.

  3. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Luis Severino, rhp, Yankees: After dealing with a short leash for his first few starts, the Yankees gave Severino some slack and the 20-year-old responded. In two starts this week, he allowed four runs on 15 hits over 12 innings. He walked only one hitter and fanned 11. For the season, his strikeout-to-walk ratio is nearly 5-to-1.

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/prospect-hot-sheet-may-9-big-bad-bryant/

  4. bbb51 May 9th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Aren’t they doing fieldfx at some parks this year? Will we see any results?

  5. Jerkface May 9th, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Aren’t they doing fieldfx at some parks this year? Will we see any results?

    Yea it was either 4 or 6 parks this year, I don’t know if we will get to see the data, but hopefully at least next year when all the parks get it.

  6. luis May 9th, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Good afternoon guys,

    How does fieldfx works??

  7. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I believe this year pitchfx tracking is just in Citi Field, Miller Park and Target Field. Think it will be in all parks next year…

  8. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    *fieldfx* I meant.

    Hi luis, que tal? :)

    Here’s a link to an article (I’m sure there are others): http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....d=20140301

  9. Jerkface May 9th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    It uses video that takes 30 snaps a second of the entire field of play to track all the players and radar to track the ball.

  10. jmills May 9th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Fieldfx means you come here Luis, hack out the concrete in the dome, bring in some Tonkas with dirt, sprinkle some grass seeds, blast some side wall holes for ventilation, and pray.

  11. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    “They just ended up swapping a position player with question marks for a pitcher with injury history and question marks.”

    —–

    So Pineda had an injury history when the Yanks acquired him? That’s pretty much news to me.

    Most commentators and so-called experts in the media loved what the Yanks received in return for Montero at the time as did I. So I guess we were all wrong. I guess we won’t know who really “won” that trade for a few years but I think secretly both sides regret that trade. I don’t know how they couldn’t.

  12. Against All Odds May 9th, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    YES now shows college softball?

  13. Jerkface May 9th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    So Pineda had an injury history when the Yanks acquired him? That’s pretty much news to me.

    Yes. First of all he gained his massive fastball the minor league season before his huge debut, he was a 91-93 sinker baller before then. Before even that he had elbow trouble twice.

  14. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    “YES now shows college softball?”

    They should show some Yankee MiLB games. And play a few exhibition Yank MiLB games at YS3.

  15. Tackelberry May 9th, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    What has made the Brewers so good in the early going? Haven’t really followed them much.

  16. Jerkface May 9th, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    What has made the Brewers so good in the early going? Haven’t really followed them much.

    They have a really good pitching staff, K-Rod hasn’t given up a run at closer, and their offense is hitting tons of homers

  17. Jerkface May 9th, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Luckily Braun is on the DL so thats 1 big bat out of the lineup.

  18. blake May 9th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Chris Russo just said Abreu is better than mike Trout

  19. blake May 9th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I really don’t know how this dummy has a radio show ….

  20. luis May 9th, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Hi YF!,

    Thank you for the link..Interesting stuff..They say it will help batters and base runners, but also it will help with defensive alignments… I wonder if it will take some of the natural improvisation a player does during games..

    Down here things are not very good..But I will e-mail with some updates

  21. Giuseppe Franco May 9th, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    More MiLB on YES and a helluva lot less of Michael Kay would certainly make that network far more watchable.

  22. luis May 9th, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Thanks JF as well

  23. blake May 9th, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Maybe the Yankees need a LuisFx cam to figure out when a pitcher is hurt

  24. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    “I wonder if it will take some of the natural improvisation a player does during games..”

    Also scouts/GM’s too quickly categorizing players and not taking a chance/risk on human element. I love metrics/different ways to analyze the game, but I also think that there are some things that aren’t quantifiable, so you want to make sure you don’t solely base everything on numbers. Or become too human averse or risk averse. Evaluating a player can be complex.

    Yes, luis, do email me about what is going on. And thanks for giving jmv my email. I still need to get back to him. :oops:

  25. Against All Odds May 9th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 1:20 pm
    “YES now shows college softball?”

    They should show some Yankee MiLB games. And play a few exhibition Yank MiLB games at YS3.

    —————

    Same thing I was thinking.

  26. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    blake, lol.

  27. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    blake May 9th, 2014 at 1:25 pm
    Chris Russo just said Abreu is better than mike Trout

    —————–

    GTFOH…

  28. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Showing minor league games when possible would be a great idea.. I think it’s an untapped market for MLB teams with their own regional networks. Not sure if there are any MLB restrictions on it, which might be why teams haven’t tried…? There’s certainly an appetite. If there was a AAA or AA on last night that would’ve been a nice way to get a baseball fix. And if they only aired games like that, they wouldn’t need to pay for a full time production crew or anything. ….I wonder if they could use a radio feed for the announcing, too…

  29. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Yes. First of all he gained his massive fastball the minor league season before his huge debut, he was a 91-93 sinker baller before then. Before even that he had elbow trouble twice.

    —–

    I don’t know if I’d call gaining velo an “injury history.” As far as “elbow trouble” I’m not sure that qualifies as “injury history” as well or just routine minor league pitching history. Did he ever have arm surgery in the minors? Was he ever shutdown for a month or more for elbow problems? If so, when?

  30. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Red Sox (ugh, I resist using them as an example, but in this case must) do an exhibition game against their minor league team and televise it on NESN. Think in ST, they also played a doubleheader in which their AAA-AA teams faced each other after which the Red Sox played. We should do something like that at NYS.

  31. Jerkface May 9th, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I don’t know if I’d call gaining velo an “injury history.” As far as “elbow trouble” I’m not sure that qualifies as “injury history” as well or just routine minor league pitching history. Did he ever have arm surgery in the minors? Was he ever shutdown for a month or more for elbow problems? If so, when?

    He only threw 49 innings in 2009. And I’d put anyone who has a sudden jump in velocity as an injury risk if they are a pitcher.

  32. mick May 9th, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    if there were any interest in MiLB don’t you think they would show it?

  33. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    “Pineda battled injuries during the 2009 season, missing most of the year due to elbow strain.” (wiki)

  34. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    He only threw 49 innings in 2009. And I’d put anyone who has a sudden jump in velocity as an injury risk if they are a pitcher

    —–

    Injury history and injury risk and red flags are two very different things.

  35. blake May 9th, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Russo is mad because he thinks trout is getting too much hype because he’s not as good as Joe D…..a logical premise :|

  36. Jerkface May 9th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Injury history and injury risk and red flags are two very different things.

    Luckily Pineda meets all those criterias. He has a injury history. He is an injury risk. And there were red flags.

  37. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    “Pineda battled injuries during the 2009 season, missing most of the year due to elbow strain.” (wiki)

    —–

    That was two years before the Yanks acquired him. But if he missed most of the year because of an elbow strain, that is most definitely an injury history.

    Does wiki provide any more info as to the seriousness of the strain? Was there surgery? Did Pineda show any effects of the elbow strain in 2010 and 2011?

    These are all relevant questions when considering whether the Yanks obtained a damaged pitcher in exchange for Montero. At the time of the trade, I can recall no reports suggesting that Pineda was injured, had been injured, or was any more of an injury risk than any other young pitcher his age. Doe anybody have access to such reports?

  38. LevinsonSF May 9th, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I just watched High Heat w/Chris Russo. He did not say Abreu is better than Trout. He did say Abreu has better numbers right now. What he was really saying was that Trout’s numbers don’t compare to Ted Williams and he also liked Joe DiMaggio better at this point in their careers. Russo likes Trout he just doesn’t think we should anoint him so quickly.

  39. BoJo May 9th, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    There were a few of us here who were in favor of Montero trade, but wanted to target Gio Gonzales instead of Pineda because of the risk of acquiring an under 25 year old hard thrower.

  40. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    “I just watched High Heat w/Chris Russo. He did not say Abreu is better than Trout. He did say Abreu has better numbers right now. What he was really saying was that Trout’s numbers don’t compare to Ted Williams and he also liked Joe DiMaggio better at this point in their careers. Russo likes Trout he just doesn’t think we should anoint him so quickly.”

    ——

    I’m not a fan of Russo but if that’s his point I think it’s well-taken. Of course, if you are comparing Trout to Williams and DiMaggio that’s pretty much all you need to know. But I remember Dwight Gooden. No baseball player in my lifetime came on harder and faster than the Doc. But remember after his first full season Gibson saying something like that might be the best year Doc ever has. And basically he was right.

  41. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    “There were a few of us here who were in favor of Montero trade, but wanted to target Gio Gonzales instead of Pineda because of the risk of acquiring an under 25 year old hard thrower.”

    That always was and still is a very fair point. Young pitchers are almost by definition high risk.

  42. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    blake May 9th, 2014 at 1:46 pm
    Russo is mad because he thinks trout is getting too much hype because he’s not as good as Joe D…..a logical premise :|

    —————

    I wonder what he thought of those YES spots comparing Trout to Mantle…

    They made me depressed.

  43. blake May 9th, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    “I just watched High Heat w/Chris Russo. He did not say Abreu is better than Trout. He did say Abreu has better numbers right now. What he was really saying was that Trout’s numbers don’t compare to Ted Williams and he also liked Joe DiMaggio better at this point in their careers. Russo likes Trout he just doesn’t think we should anoint him so quickly.”

    He’s diminishing Trout continually all the time…..he said Abreu is better right now which is still ludicrous because 1) he hasn’t been and 2) his career is like what 6 weeks long?

    Russo is probably the most clueless guy on radio…..he’s right there with Francessa…..and through their first 2 seasons Mike Trouts numbers do stack right up there with Joe D……they are actually better than Joe D’s!

  44. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Wasn’t Gonzales with Oakland at the time? Can you imagine Billy Beane trading for Montero? I love Montero’s bat at the time and even like it now and think there’s still a decent chance he may be a good ML hitter. But as a prospect, Montero always was a pig in a poke.

  45. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    bigdan, that was one of the main discussions here at the time of the trade. Some of us were very concerned about the risk inherent in dealing your best trade chip for a young pitcher still in the injury matrix.

  46. blake May 9th, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Trout is as good as anybody in history through his first 2 seasons…..

  47. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    bigdan, that was one of the main discussions here at the time of the trade. Some of us were very concerned about the risk inherent in dealing your best trade chip for a young pitcher still in the injury matrix.

    —–

    Like I said, very solid point. I just don’t think Pineda should be classified as a pitcher with an injury history at that time. But any pitcher in that age range is a significant injury risk and trading your best prospect in years for that is def questionable. And look how it turned out.

    No argument there, as Jerry would say.

  48. BoJo May 9th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Just listening to NPR Science Friday about studies at Harvard and Stamford regarding injecting young blood into old mice. Early results are that such injections increase the growth, endurance, strength, and performance of older mice.

    Should athletes be able to take advantage of these scientific advancements to increase performance or will people continue to call them PEDs and bar them?

  49. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Russo takes the contrary approach constantly. He doesn’t provide meaningful analysis at all. But most guys dont.

  50. BoJo May 9th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 2:08 pm
    Wasn’t Gonzales with Oakland at the time?

    Yes. I had liked him since I first saw him putch against Yankees in 2008 or 09.

  51. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    “Should athletes be able to take advantage of these scientific advancements to increase performance or will people continue to call them PEDs and bar them?”

    —-

    I think Bill James and Jose Canseco would agree with your POV. How often are they on the same side?

  52. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I really don’t like Russo at all. I like him less on TV.

    But he’s got an amazing memory for sports events. He just rattles off World Series and NCAA tournament games from the 1960s like they happened yesterday.

    That impresses me. But I’m easily impressed :)

  53. blake May 9th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    “Russo takes the contrary approach constantly. He doesn’t provide meaningful analysis at all. But most guys dont.”

    I wouldn’t mind it if he actually supported his arguments…..he never does and he sounds silly.

  54. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Francesa and Russo are just “radio” personalities. They are essentially entertainers; why would they need to support anything?

  55. blake May 9th, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    first 2 full seasons:

    OPS+

    Trout: 173
    Dimaggio: 147
    Williams: 161
    Mantle: 154

    I don’t get trying to diminish this guy……baseball needs young stars. We have one that stacks right up there with anybody in history to this point in his career.

  56. blake May 9th, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    “Francesa and Russo are just “radio” personalities. They are essentially entertainers; why would they need to support anything?”

    well they don’t have to…..but they sound dumb to the more informed modern sports fan.

  57. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    bigdan, I think another factor with Pineda is his high stress mechanics. So, that puts a lot of strain on his arm. Hopefully, he will come back and be healthy, but you just never know…

  58. BoJo May 9th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    blake May 9th, 2014 at 2:24 pm
    “Francesa and Russo are just “radio” personalities. They are essentially entertainers; why would they need to support anything?”

    well they don’t have to…..but they sound dumb to the more informed modern sports fan.

    Probably NOT their target market.

  59. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I called Montero as a prospect a pig in poke because basically he was. The Yankees pretended to the world he was catcher and almost nobody believed them except the Mariners so hence the trade. The Yanks kept the façade going for years because they felt his trade value depended upon it. But that was few years ago and I wonder now, with all the defensive shifting and with hitting being so poor, if Montero’s value would have been higher because it wouldn’t be so tied to his fielding ability. I think I look at the value of real hitters now differently than a few years ago. Especially an undefined hitter like Montero who may not be adequately shifted against.

  60. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    blake, well, I agree but I wouldn’t hold my breath on their becoming informed any time soon. Also they have been around a long time and while the sports fan generally has evolved and has so much more information at his/her fingertips, Mike and Chris are both still old school. Radio personalities never had to be students of the game in any way, shape or form. And I guess they get good ratings, so why start now? That said I have no idea what Russo is saying/doing these days b/c I haven’t heard his show/listened to him since he and Mike parted.

  61. BoJo May 9th, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 2:26 pm
    bigdan, I think another factor with Pineda is his high stress mechanics. So, that puts a lot of strain on his arm. Hopefully, he will come back and be healthy, but you just never know…
    ===
    I have very little faith that Pineda will be able to maintain health given his operation as well as his mechanics. That is why I wrote this season off on May 1.

  62. luis May 9th, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Good points YF,

    Sorry for the belated response..I am glad he got in contact with you..He sent me a message saying that he had contacted you…I think he understands, so don´t be ashamed..I am ver slow to answer back sometimes as well ;)

    Dan,

    The trade was a bad one because we dealt from an area of need to reinforce a strong area of the organization..If they had traded for a position player, I would have understood it better…Again, that was Businees 101, you don´t weaken an area of need to reinforce another that is already strong, it makes you more vulnerable…Add the injury red flags, and it was a disaster IMO… By the way his redundancy at the time, was proved to be the case, since our pitching hasn´t been our main concern, but our offense has.

  63. SweetSpot May 9th, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    “Francesa and Russo are just “radio” personalities. They are essentially entertainers; why would they need to support anything?”
    _____________

    I can’t listen to Russo because his voice makes me nuts, but he is much more than an entertainer. He has forgotten more baseball than we all know. He has an encyclopedic mind for the game and he has opinions like others, like them or not.

  64. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Except other teams have their own evaluators, so they could readily go to MiLB games and make their own judgments on whether Montero could or couldn’t catch. So, I would don’t the Yankees were actually duping people who scouted him. Also he was in top five milb lists in spite of the thought that he might never catch because his bat was that good.

    Speaking of which, interesting to see how much O’Brien catches…

  65. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    So, I *don’t* think…

  66. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    “I have very little faith that Pineda will be able to maintain health given his operation as well as his mechanics. That is why I wrote this season off on May 1.”

    —-

    What you don’t like my boy Nuno?

    Bigdan22′s four boys for 2014:

    Solarte
    Nuno
    Almonte
    Ford

  67. BoJo May 9th, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    luis May 9th, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    The trade was a bad one because we dealt from an area of need to reinforce a strong area of the organization.
    ====
    I never had a problem trying to acquire an elite pitcher when possibel Those guys change seasons around and win play-offs. Just had a problem with picking Pineda over Gio.

  68. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    luis, yes, that too, the aging offense was ignored from 2010 on, and Alex as no longer a middle of order bat who needed support.

  69. blake May 9th, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    “Probably NOT their target market.”

    I think Francessa can probably get away with it more where he is but Russo on MLB radio where you have hardcore baseball fans who know there stuff listening?…..he sounds ridiculous a lot.

  70. blake May 9th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I mean the 2 guys on MLB radio that are seriously out of place and really don’t have a clue are Russo and Memello who is on the morning show……he’s really bad too. Everyone else is pretty great.

  71. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    ..and looks like weather should be clear at least for the period that ManBan is in the lineup tonight. His last outing he had early control issues, but it was windy and drizzling.

  72. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Should athletes be able to take advantage of these scientific advancements to increase performance or will people continue to call them PEDs and bar them?

    ————–

    This reminds me a little of cyclists’ doping. So I’d assume people would consider it a PED.

  73. SweetSpot May 9th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    I see it differently, the Montero deal was a great one for the Yankees. Montero couldn’t catch and couldn’t really hit as advertised and the Yankees after watching and working with him for years determined that he was expendable. As far as adding to strengths, you can never have too much pitching, there is no such thing, it’s the most important aspect of the game.

  74. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    “So, I would don’t the Yankees were actually duping people who scouted him. Also he was in top five milb lists in spite of the thought that he might never catch because his bat was that good.”

    —–

    Which of course begs the question, why on earth did the Yanks keep him at catcher? It wasn’t as if they were ever going to use him at catcher. No, they fooled one team at least. The Mariners, in all their lunacy, thought they were actually getting a catcher. One is born every minute.

    —–

    “Speaking of which, interesting to see how much O’Brien catches…”

    —-

    My guess is not much. I mean if really has an aptitude now for catching, sure, let him catch. But he needs to be really developed to become a catcher, it makes no sense to play him there. It’s a huge distraction for his batting development and the Yanks have absolutely no need.

    I could be very wrong, but I think Murphy is the Yanks’ catcher and for maybe a very long time. If not today, then soon.

  75. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I thought that was a really strange marriage: Russo and mlb radio.

  76. blake May 9th, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    “I can’t listen to Russo because his voice makes me nuts, but he is much more than an entertainer. He has forgotten more baseball than we all know. He has an encyclopedic mind for the game and he has opinions like others, like them or not.”

    remembering who got a base hit in 1957 for the Yankees doesn’t mean you know what you’re talking about…..it means you have a good memory for sporting events.

  77. BoJo May 9th, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    What you don’t like my boy Nuno?
    ====
    There’s that phrase again. Are the DNA results conclusive? :-)

    Actually, I said a few times in ST that I really like Nuno and looked forward to him getting a shot to start this year. I think he can win 12-15 on this team.

    However, IMO, he is not the type of starter who will win in tight play-off games like a dominant Pineda or Nova could have (assuming they were pitching at their top level).

  78. Giuseppe Franco May 9th, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    SweetSpot May 9th, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I can’t listen to Russo because his voice makes me nuts, but he is much more than an entertainer. He has forgotten more baseball than we all know.

    —–

    You can’t be serious. My sarcasm meter must be broken.

    You’re the first person I’ve ever heard compliment Russo for his baseball intellect.

  79. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I agree, bigdan. If they were serious about him catching, they probably would have left him in Tampa longer, delaying him like they do all their catchers. They want to fast track him, which is what we heard at beginning of season from insiders. I’m very curious to see his AB’s in a larger SS. I only saw him for a game in Charleston and he was (un)intentionally walked multiple times, so I didn’t get to see him do much.

  80. BoJo May 9th, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 2:40 pm
    I thought that was a really strange marriage: Russo and mlb radio.
    ====
    Russo married a radio?!? Figures…he can’t get anything right. Are the wedding pix online?

  81. SweetSpot May 9th, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Actually Russo has tens of thousands of listeners and does very well. If you take the time to listen to him, and I can’t much because the screaming doesn’t do it for me, he knows quite a bit about baseball. Listening to him break down and dissect a team’s strengths and weaknesses is informative. He’s not right all the time, no one is but he really knows the game inside and out.

  82. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    YF are you going to actually get to see OB in person in Trenton? If so, where do you sit? Can you get close? When I go to AFL games it’s only family and scouts in the stands. I always sit next to the scouts and eavesdrop. :)

  83. SweetSpot May 9th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    But I understand the groundswell here thrives on being negative, it’s the internet, I get it. I enjoy the back and forth. But it’s pretty clear the overwhelming mindset seems to be Cashman stinks, Girardi stinks, Hal stinks, Torre stinks, Yankee drafting and development stinks, Bud Selig stinks, Russo, Francesa and Kay stink, most members of the media stink. I get it! :)

  84. SweetSpot May 9th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    One think EVERYONE can agree on is that Tanaka San does not stink! :)

  85. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I like Kenny Singleton quite a bit. I bet we all can agree on that :)

  86. SweetSpot May 9th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Yes indeed, Singleton is a great asset in the booth.

  87. blake May 9th, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    “But I understand the groundswell here thrives on being negative, it’s the internet, I get it. I enjoy the back and forth.”

    not really…..everyone else on the channel for the most part is really good and has a clue. Russo sounds out of place on MLB radio……maybe he should join the Remember When show

  88. blake May 9th, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I like Singleton too….the fact that he and Cone aren’t on every broadcast is what stinks.

  89. GregD May 9th, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    YF—-have you seen Chase Whitley pitch??

  90. BoJo May 9th, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 2:53 pm
    I like Kenny Singleton quite a bit. I bet we all can agree on that :)

    I can certainly agree that you like him a lot. No problem.

  91. blake May 9th, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Dan Szymborski ?@DSzymborski 1m
    If you have cats, it’s difficult ignoring them right before dinner. pic.twitter.com/C3UisYuzVd

    At the same time…..I can’t help but laugh at guys like this breaking down players…..

  92. blake May 9th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    if ever there was a sterotypical picture of a saber guy in their “mom’s basement”….dude sitting there….some role playing video game on in the background…..headphones….and two cats.

  93. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Russo married a radio?!? Figures…he can’t get anything right. Are the wedding pix online?
    ____
    No wedding pix, audio only, unfortunately. ;)
    ___
    Bigdan, yes I will go see OB play quite a bit. Depending on my/their sched, I go to one or two Trenton games a week when they’re home, and also watch them on MiLB. I live about an hour away from the Hammer.

  94. SweetSpot May 9th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I like the entire YES package I think it works. The camaraderie is important, you are spending three hours a night listening to them and a droll, business like delivery gets old really fast. O’Neil albeit a bit of a goofball is lots of fun. And Flaherty seems to be the opinionated one, agree or not, he came out really strongly on the air about not agreeing with Girardi’s use of Betances.

  95. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Starting with the premise that I have no special training in this area, this is the way I’d handle Severino.

    Supposedly he’s sitting 95 now and touching 97. I’d tell him to throttle back and throw his FB around 92-93 and try to develop him that way with emphasis on FB command and secondary pitches, especially CU. If he needs to reach back on occasion to throw 95 in the future that’s ok, but I’d rather have him pitch at 80% effort.

    Let’s face it, if he’s lucky enough to make it to the majors, he probably won’t be throwing 95 for long anyway. The data is pretty clear on that with respect to starters. He’s going to have to learn how to get guys out in the low 90s at some point anyway. I also think having pitchers throw at measurably less than max effort will reduce the chance of injury.

    Well, that’s what I would do.

  96. luis May 9th, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Bojo,

    The thing is that elite young position players are harder to get and find…Just look at the past few seasons..Especially post PED use..Pineda had enough question marks in his resume to go and look elsewhere (Injury risk, drop of velo in the 2nd half and lack or repertoire FB/slider combo and not much else)..I don´t remember who, but that poster said that probably they got what they could, which would make sense..But if you asked me, I have rather kept him..His swing was taylor made for NYS..We need more bats rather than pitchers..Even 3 years after the fact, we still show a lot of depth on the pitching department and a rather thing and weak depth on the offensive side

  97. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    YF I think those in person views are key so I can’t wait for your reports. Anything on Refs and Sanchez too would be great. Sanchez is slumping a bit now. And Segedin’s fielding ability would be great too. You can tell much more in person how a player moves than on TV.

  98. luis May 9th, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Thin, not thing Sorry

  99. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Hi GregD, you mean live? Not too much since 2011 (Trenton). Then he only pitched a couple innings in the first two April games in 2012 in AA before he got moved up to AAA. Limited innings, mostly out of pen. Great changeup. I thought he looked impressive in ST. You?

  100. luis May 9th, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    dan,

    Command is a must..But not going max effort with regularity will result in the muscles not being loose and flexible enough to generate the velo later on… He needs to keep generating as much velo as he can without going to extremes…Otherwise, instead of throwing 90-93 later on as you very well point out, he will be throwing 85-87

  101. luis May 9th, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Got to go guys..have a good one all

  102. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    bigdan, Severino has very easy delivery velo, so he doesn’t really have high stress on arm/isn’t a max effort type and he can command ball without having to dial it down. Those were my live impressions. Three really good pitches. Hope he stays healthy.

  103. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    See you later, Luis. Email me.

  104. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    bigdan, will do. Sanchez’s bat I never worry about. He’s probably feeling a little tired; even with the DH days, plays every day going back to a doubleheader on 5/1. He catches a lot. Also had the sore hand and it got hit again, so not sure if that is a factor. He’s also hitting .150 less OPS wise at home (park factor). Thing I most want to see him do is improve vs. RHP. Segedin, the dude can hit, but he’s a fringy fielder with not much range. Maybe the hip surgery will help, maybe the impingement restricted his range :). I haven’t seen enough plays to him this year to notice if he has improved/how he is moving since last season, but the dude can hit. I haven’t seen Ref much yet.

  105. FanSince1948 May 9th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Bigdan22 2:47PM

    In the summer, I live 25-30 minutes from Waterfront Stadium. For example, a couple years ago, I found out the Hughes had a rehab start scheduled the next afternoon. Since I had nothing on my schedule, I went on the internet for tickets and got one in the second row just to the 3rd base side behind home plate.

    It’s not that difficult to get seats there (except when Jeter was rehabbing). Sight lines are good, also.

  106. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    The question is, did I just change dinner plans around so I can get home to watch Tanaka start.

  107. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Yes, very easy to get tix, and doesn’t sell out except when Alex, Jeet rehabbed there. Stick and co. are often there. I sat right behind Cash one game. It’s a small world there.

  108. UnKnown May 9th, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Roof is open. Nice!

  109. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Unknown, on the scene reporter! How’s the weather?

  110. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    The question is, did I just change dinner plans around so I can get home to watch Tanaka start.
    ___
    Shame, I would expect no less. :)

  111. UnKnown May 9th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Very windy but like 70 degrees. So the windy is just annoying but not a cold wind.

  112. Mike_Boston May 9th, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I’ve got to give credit to MLB.tv, for the first time their DVR like controls work so you can rewind back to the beginning of a live game. It’s not perfect, sometimes it takes a few attempts, but it’s an improvement on a feature they claimed was available like 3 years ago but never worked.

  113. UnKnown May 9th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Sunny though bright blue skies. Enjoy the day everyone. TGIF amarite… :cool:

  114. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks, Unknown. Enjoy! Bring home the “W”!

    BBL, have a good day, all!

  115. Giuseppe Franco May 9th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    SweetSpot May 9th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    But I understand the groundswell here thrives on being negative, it’s the internet, I get it. I enjoy the back and forth. But it’s pretty clear the overwhelming mindset seems to be Cashman stinks, Girardi stinks, Hal stinks, Torre stinks, Yankee drafting and development stinks, Bud Selig stinks, Russo, Francesa and Kay stink, most members of the media stink. I get it! :)

    —–

    We aren’t all simpletons here. Some of us do have an ounce of intelligence and don’t simply take a negative slant on everything no matter the topic. It’s insulting to suggest otherwise.

    I haven’t read or participates in a game thread since the 2011 season. They are unreadable because the bridge jumpers tend to run the asylum.

    There are a lot of very smart baseball fans here who have the same issues with the organization that I do and we all want them to succeed.

    I’m not sure how anyone with an ounce of objectivity can suggest this team doesn’t have plenty of room for improvement in a variety of areas.

    The belief that the organization always knows best in every situation seems to be quite naive.

  116. Hankflorida May 9th, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    There is a certain quality missing in the baseball announcers today that was prevalent in the era when Mel Allen, Red Barbor and Russ Hodges held court in NY. I think that coming from radio gave them the this rare quality that allowed the voice to paint the picture which is pretty much gone today. When you brought up Ken Singleton as being the top of the line, I realized why I always preferred him as his pleasing style reminded me of the announcers on the radio that first introduced baseball to me.

  117. Doreen May 9th, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Unknown

    Enjoy the game!

  118. Against All Odds May 9th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Yankee drafting and development stinks

    ——————-

    Maybe not stinks but has a little smell to it ;)

  119. comet May 9th, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Hey YF and Shame! I think we will take two out of three in Milwaukee. Only loss tomorrow.

  120. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Hi Comet, from your lips… We need to win as much as possible as we have very few home games in May. So, if we can win a good share on the road now, we will put ourselves in a good position going forward. Catch you all later.

  121. blake May 9th, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    “When you brought up Ken Singleton as being the top of the line, I realized why I always preferred him as his pleasing style reminded me of the announcers on the radio that first introduced baseball to me.”

    Singleton just calls the game…..he doesn’t try to inject himself into the broadcast…..he just calls the game.

  122. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    dan,

    Command is a must..But not going max effort with regularity will result in the muscles not being loose and flexible enough to generate the velo later on… He needs to keep generating as much velo as he can without going to extremes…Otherwise, instead of throwing 90-93 later on as you very well point out, he will be throwing 85-87

    —-

    You could be right Luis but I’m not so sure. I’d love to hear some experts speak on this point and not just baseball guys. Some bio-mechanic guys would interest me.

    Koufax didn’t become a pitcher until he dialed back his fastball. Then he became a great pitcher with out throwing as hard as he could. Ever watch Pedro pitch? He’s be cruising at 91-92 and of course be getting you out with his plus slider and plus plus CU but if you got a guy on 3b, he’d start throwing 96.

    I just think it might be a good idea for pitchers not to throw as hard as they can, from a physical sense and from a development sense.

  123. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    yankeefeminista May 9th, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    “bigdan, Severino has very easy delivery velo, so he doesn’t really have high stress on arm/isn’t a max effort type and he can command ball without having to dial it down. Those were my live impressions. Three really good pitches. Hope he stays healthy”

    ——

    I’ve heard that YF and that’s a good sign. But he’s smallish isn’t he? A little like Gator?

  124. SweetSpot May 9th, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Giuseppe Franco May 9th, 2014 at 3:56 pm
    SweetSpot May 9th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    But I understand the groundswell here thrives on being negative, it’s the internet, I get it. I enjoy the back and forth. But it’s pretty clear the overwhelming mindset seems to be Cashman stinks, Girardi stinks, Hal stinks, Torre stinks, Yankee drafting and development stinks, Bud Selig stinks, Russo, Francesa and Kay stink, most members of the media stink. I get it! :)

    —–

    We aren’t all simpletons here. Some of us do have an ounce of intelligence and don’t simply take a negative slant on everything no matter the topic. It’s insulting to suggest otherwise.

    I haven’t read or participates in a game thread since the 2011 season. They are unreadable because the bridge jumpers tend to run the asylum.

    There are a lot of very smart baseball fans here who have the same issues with the organization that I do and we all want them to succeed.

    I’m not sure how anyone with an ounce of objectivity can suggest this team doesn’t have plenty of room for improvement in a variety of areas.

    The belief that the organization always knows best in every situation seems to be quite naive.
    _____________

    I understand that sentiment. The organization doesn’t always know best, they make mistakes like every single organization and person. That’s primarily because one cannot predict the future and unanticipated circumstances.

    What seems without merit to me is the after the fact Monday morning quarterbacking. Like with Pineda with some here claiming they knew he would get injured again and that would make it a bad deal. Does anyone really think the Yankees brain trust did not have their eyes wide open; that they did not know the possibilities? They made that deal for a reason, the risks did not outweigh the potential rewards given that pitching is the most important aspect of the game and that Montero had no place here. If they had waited, like they did with Joba and Hughes, they would never have gotten the return they did.

    I’ll give you a non-baseball example as well on the prediction biz. Look at all the controversy about where Johnny Football should be drafted. Some think he is the next coming of Joe Montana, others think he will be a bust. I assure you a year from now those who turned out to be right will be screaming I told you so when the reality is they made a lucky guess.

    I didn’t like the Yankees draft philosophy of picking high-risk high reward high schoolers which just ended. I don’t like Hal and Levine’s decision making and statements sometimes, sometimes I don’t agree with Girardi, I hate the contracts they signed with A-Rod and some others, etc.

    But I believe that the Yankee organization knows far more about this game and this team than anyone here. Far more. To think otherwise is just nonsensical in my opinion. Some people sit here and pontificate on arm angles and swing planes, that’s fun I will grant you, but do you really think that the pros aren’t all over that if true? They are. They have large video and research staffs, employees that break down every aspect of the game, sabermetric people, scouts who know the game, etc. Read what the Astros management said yesterday about how sophisticated the Yankees are in all these areas.

    I stand by my comment that there is barely a heartbeat here insofar as crediting the Yankee brain trust for things they do well.

  125. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    bigdan, will do. Sanchez’s bat I never worry about. He’s probably feeling a little tired; even with the DH days, plays every day going back to a doubleheader on 5/1. He catches a lot. Also had the sore hand and it got hit again, so not sure if that is a factor. He’s also hitting .150 less OPS wise at home (park factor). Thing I most want to see him do is improve vs. RHP. Segedin, the dude can hit, but he’s a fringy fielder with not much range. Maybe the hip surgery will help, maybe the impingement restricted his range :) . I haven’t seen enough plays to him this year to notice if he has improved/how he is moving since last season, but the dude can hit. I haven’t seen Ref much yet.

    Thanks YF. You are right about Sanchez. He does catch quite a bit. I am a huge fan of giving catchers lots of rest. Refs fielding will be very key for his development, especially turning double plays. If a 2b can’t do that, he’s basically useless. I don’t care what he can hit.

  126. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Hey comet – I’ll sign up for that.

    It’s a little hard to take SS so seriously when we all know he’s WCYF and won’t admit it lol.

    Remember when Stone was trying to pretend to be Carly…?? This place is entertaining, always.

  127. hardwired7 May 9th, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I’m finding myself developing serious hugging tendencies with Severino. When Keith Law can’t find anything to snark about, you know you’re on to something.

  128. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    SS – No offense, but when your owner is making comments about how your minor league guys don’t know how to run the bases, it’s a little hard to take the brain-trust very seriously. We had our GM, as recently as last year, saying he wasn’t on board with certain moves made. We have Levine getting his hands in the FA game. We have a system that has now been admittedly labelled a failure by the org – given the emergency development meeting last October – consisting of the same individuals that got it there over the last decade or so.

  129. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    “But I believe that the Yankee organization knows far more about this game and this team than anyone here. Far more. To think otherwise is just nonsensical in my opinion.”

    ——

    This is probably about 85% correct Sweetspot. But there is a thing called institutional bias. And believe me, I’ve worked in some of those institutions. Sometimes organizations get to a point where it’s almost impossible for them to make a correct decision. Organizations also contain cults of personality too that can distort decision-making. Something tells me there are probably more than a handful of folks on this blog who could run the Raiders quite a bit better than Al Davis did at the end there. All you really needed to do was listen to your lieutenants. That seems pretty simply doesn’t it but Davis couldn’t do that.

    But I get your point. There’s a lot we don’t know about the Yanks. Especially their finances. I think I’ve pointed out before we have absolutely no idea just how profitable the Yanks are and what demands minority owners place on the Steinbrenners in terms of distributions and returns on investment. While it’s true, in real dollars the Yanks are spending less today than in the recent past, we have no clue what their real cost and capital structure is like. Not a public company.

  130. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    FanSince1948 May 9th, 2014 at 3:42 pm
    Bigdan22 2:47PM

    In the summer, I live 25-30 minutes from Waterfront Stadium. For example, a couple years ago, I found out the Hughes had a rehab start scheduled the next afternoon. Since I had nothing on my schedule, I went on the internet for tickets and got one in the second row just to the 3rd base side behind home plate.

    It’s not that difficult to get seats there (except when Jeter was rehabbing). Sight lines are good, also

    —–

    Cool story. I gotta go sometime when I get back east.

  131. Against All Odds May 9th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I stand by my comment that there is barely a heartbeat here insofar as crediting the Yankee brain trust for things they do well.

    ——————

    I think that’s because when they do mess up it’s either a big one or multiple ones in a row. It’s not just on here but in general so when they do something right it’s not going to get noticed as much when they screw up.

  132. RhapsodyInBlue May 9th, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    SS

    I agree to a certain point re the criticism because some of it is over the top however some of it is warranted. There are a few Cuban players we could have used but weren’t even involved in the bidding.

    It’s nice that we have Tanaka but also keep in mind the Red Sox signed Hanley Ramirez, Iglesias and now Bogaerts all as international free agents.

    Someone in the organization needs to step up.

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