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Johnson: “It’s a rhythm and timing kind of thing”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 28, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Red Sox Yankees BaseballKelly Johnson made his major-league debut with the Braves on May 29, 2005, and 10 days later, Brian McCann joined him.

They weren’t drafted together, and they went their separate ways in 2010, but Johnson and McCann have seen a lot of one another. And McCann said that he’s starting to see something familiar in his long-time teammate.

“Kelly’s one of those guys, when he gets hot he’s as good as they come,” McCann said. “He’s got such a short swing, and when he gets going it’s fun to watch. … He’s looking very comfortable in the box. He’s on every pitch it looks like.”

Last night, Johnson homered for the first time since May 3. It was one of those Yankee Stadium homers that the team envisioned when giving him a $3-million deal this offseason, and it continued a burst of production from a guy who’s starting to become a lineup regular again. In the month of June, Johnson is hitting .263/.356/.421. He drew a walk last night, and it was his sixth free pass in his past 11 games.

“Very good sign, sure,” Johnson said. “Being a little more under control. Smooth, calm, things like that. It’s a great sign.”

Ever since Yangervis Solarte went cold around the middle of May, the Yankees have struggled to get significant offensive production from their infielders. Sure, Mark Teixeira has been driving the ball, but the offense has occasionally come and gone with Solarte, Brian Roberts and Derek Jeter. If there’s a non-Teixeira infielder who profiles as a true offensive threat, though, it’s probably Johnson, who has a history of hitting for power and taking enough walks to somewhat make up for his typically low batting average.

“I feel good. That’s all I can really do,” Johnson said. “I feel good with everything I’m doing before the game. I feel good approach-wise. I roll with that. I’m trying to just focus on what I can control, and whether the ball’s flying out of the yard or whatever, I’ve got to deal with that. I’m worried more about just what happens in front of me, contact, and everything I can do before that.”

Getting regular at-bats, it seems, has helped Johnson. And with those at-bats, Johnson has done a better job of helping the Yankees.

“It’s a rhythm and timing kind of thing,” he said. “(That’s) kind of our game anyway. To get good feel and feel good, it’s definitely going to make it a lot easier to go out there much more frequently. That being said, we always prepare, whatever our role is, to play. I’m not going to make any excuses about not playing vs. playing, but happy to be in there a lot more.”

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169 Responses to “Johnson: “It’s a rhythm and timing kind of thing””

  1. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Austinmac-

    They traded away Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Josh Beckett two years ago, and became WS champs.

    I think if they don’t turn it around in the next 3-4 weeks, Jon Lester will be shopped. I just don’t think the FA will be dealt to an AL East team, unless it’s for Price, with the Rays getting another player or two in return.

  2. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Posted this earlier.

    Besides the lack of homeruns, the big reason the Yankees don’t score is because they don’t get on base often enough.

    “Over the past two years, much of that has slipped away. The Yankees’ .307 OBP in 2013 was well below the .320 league average. The injuries that ripped the lineup apart last year can be blamed for that, but things haven’t improved that much in 2014, even with a mostly healthy starting nine. To date the Yankees are twelfth in the AL in OBP at .318, and Brett Gardner’s team-leading .357 among qualified batters is only 39th best in baseball. The team’s 8.1% walk rate is ninth in the AL and the team leader, Yangervis Solarte, is 44th in the majors at 10.5%.”

    This is an excellent article and well worth reading.

    ” The Yankees incredible shrinking on-base percentage%”

    http://www.pinstripealley.com/.....struggling

  3. Ys Guy June 28th, 2014 at 9:20 am

    the situation that led to the beckett/crawford/gonzo trade was quite different.

    And they do not have anyone ready to take over for Lester as their ace.

    tough decisions to make…

  4. blake June 28th, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Great win last night…..nice to start of the series with a W….it’s really hard to tell though if the yanks played well or if Boston is just that bad…..this club is like a 180 from the one that won the WS last year.

    I’ve said it many times…..the Sox are an emotional bunch…..they have to feel destiny is on their side or they can fall all to pieces and essentially quit.

    Maybe this season finally puts the Pedroia/Cano debate……he’s been called the Sox Jeter for years…..Jeter wasn’t OPSing .700 when he was 30…….m

  5. Ys Guy June 28th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    i know there are alot of people emotionally invested in solarte, but i think his run as a major leaguer is just about over. i’d like to at least see them send him down and give another kid a shot for a couple of weeks at least. if solarte can start hitting in aaa, they can always choose to bring him back up, but right now, he’s just taking up a valuable roster spot.

  6. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2014 at 9:25 am

    YS

    If the RS don’t improve, Lester, a FA is one of their best trade chips.

  7. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Ys,

    Solarte was a nice story. We need a new story. He hasn’t hit for two months.

    Speaking of two months, it has been about that since Ichiro had an extra base hit. His OPS is below .700. His slugging % is .327. That is awful for a corner outfielder. Simply unacceptable for a decent team.

  8. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 9:28 am

    YT,

    No doubt Lester would be a great chip. They could trade him and try to re-sign him. I doubt they will as he is a home grown, family favorite. If they do, trade him to the NL.

  9. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Pedroia has been a great player and is young to decline, but his style of play may lead to it. Plus, as we have learned, not many second basemen seem to do well as they age.

  10. Ys Guy June 28th, 2014 at 9:30 am

    i never understood this desperate need to bury pedroia by some yankee fans. the guy’s a great player having a bad year. cano’s not winning any mvp this year either.

    i root against the sox and i have a few players on their team i dont like, but i just don’t get the pedroia hate, i like watching him play baseball and i wish he was on the yankees.

    jeter loves the guy, what does that tell you?

  11. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Blake

    Have the injuries finally taken a toll on Pedroia? Not many #2 hitters have the luxury of having Napoli and Ortiz protecting and hitting behind them in the batting order.

  12. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Ys,

    I have always loved the way Pedroia plays. Heck, I loved the way Yaz played as well.

  13. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Add a bat and a SP.

    ;)

  14. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    If they send Solarte down,while I’d like to see Pirela and even Refsnyder promoted to play second, it might make more sense to bring up Wheeler to platoon with Johnson bat third, instead of Sizemore.

  15. blake June 28th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    i never understood this desperate need to bury pedroia by some yankee fans. the guy’s a great player having a bad year. cano’s not winning any mvp this year either.”

    I love Pedroia as a player ….Id take him that’s for sure…..but he isn’t nor was he ever as good as cano.

    And about cano….. He’s hitting .320 and if the season ended today the Mariners would make the playoffs……he’s really their only significant change from a year ago so hard to reduce he hasn’t had a big impact

  16. blake June 28th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Have the injuries finally taken a toll on Pedroia? Not many #2 hitters have the luxury of having Napoli and Ortiz protecting and hitting behind them in the batting order.”

    Maybe….I think he will bounce back but could this be the start of the end for him? Maybe …..lots of guys are declining earlier these days

  17. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    MTU,

    I fully support you in the quest. With a good bat and good starter, we could win. They are just going to be hard to get as about 2/3rds of the teams want both as well.

    I have been reding Hammels is the most likely. Not who I want, but clearly an upgrade. He is no no. 2. If they believe Refs can be their 2B going forward, they won’t add one of them. I think a RF is the best option.

  18. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 9:39 am

    The way the Elf has thrown himself around the field all these years it’s a wonder he didn’t break sooner.

    He does everything at max effort.

    That can’t be good over time.

    ;)

  19. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I don’t want more Sizemore. He is another guy who is just not that good. Roberts is probably better.

  20. Ys Guy June 28th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    even as a yankee fan, (also as a long island kid) i was a member of the Yaz Sportsmanship Club, which you joined with a coupon you got in your Yaz Bread!

    here’s an image of the membership card (from the net, not mine):http://img.photobucket.com/alb.....eadOne.jpg

  21. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Mac-

    Pete and I have been on this for a while now (along w others).

    Whoever does the best job of upgrading and improving their weakness is the most likely to take the Division.

    It is wide-open IMO.

    Pair another good arm w MT and make the playoffs and you never know what might happen.

    Do little to improve and you fade to black and waste an opportunity.

    I think the Yankees know this and will do what it takes.

    ;)

  22. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    McCann leads all catchers in runs saved by framing and blocking.

  23. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Bright lights in October make you even more money Hal.

    Keep that in mind when you hug your ledger tonight as you sleep.

    ;)

  24. Ys Guy June 28th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    .320 is nice but lets not kid ourselves, the M’s aren’t paying cano $25M to hit 8 hr /86 rbi.

  25. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 9:46 am

    McCann was not hired for his D.

    ;)

  26. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Get a bat and a SP who will make a difference or do as Dan says and “let the kids play”.

    Don’t half-a*s it.

    Pick a lane.

    ;)

  27. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2014 at 9:51 am

    It was hard to dislike Yaz, and Fred Lynn. Dick Radatz was another story.

    MTU-
    I left an article for you up top, that you can read. The Yankees need more than a bat on offense. They were successful in 96 and subsequent years, because they “worked” the counts, got on base, scored more runs by more than the long ball, while tiring out the opposing teams starter, and getting into their often subpar bullpens.

    Beltran, Soriano, McCann need to provide the extra base hits and Ellsbury Gardner, need to work the counts and get on base. I’d like to see Refsnyder take over at second at some point this season. He has been a hitting machine with, I believe, an OBP> .400.

  28. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Lot’s of Teams are open for business.

    :)

  29. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    W more on the way.

  30. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 9:54 am

    YT-

    Beltran is hurting. He should just get the surgery.

    Soriano looks like a lost cause.

    McCann is about 60 points below his career avg.

    We need to bring in a proven run-producer.

    ;)

  31. blake June 28th, 2014 at 9:54 am

    McCann was in part hired for his D…..the yanks but into all the pitch framing data and he’s one of the best at that…..and he has done a great job with the staff IMO. They hired him to hit homers and catch……and I still think it’ll end up being a good signing. He’s gonna hit 20 + homers still even with his awful start

  32. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Ys

    Was Arnold’s Bread good for the body? :)

  33. blake June 28th, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Ys Guy says:
    June 28, 2014 at 9:45 am
    .320 is nice but lets not kid ourselves, the M’s aren’t paying cano $25M to hit 8 hr /86 rbi.

    They didn’t pay him only for what he could do himself on the field……he’s had an impact on the rest of their club. He will get the slugging going IMO

  34. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Blake-

    I know you like McCann but unless he has a torrid 2nd half he has been a huge disappointment offensively.

  35. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2014 at 9:58 am

    It was great to see McCann go the other way vs the shift for a single last night.

    I’m sure he didn’t face the shift as much as he is now, when he played for the Braves.

  36. Ys Guy June 28th, 2014 at 10:00 am

    im not putting cano down, i LOVE the guy. i assume he’ll get it going, just as i assume pedroia will assuming he’s not playing injured.

  37. Ys Guy June 28th, 2014 at 10:02 am

    mccann’s been trying to shift bust all year, he just wasn’t being very successful at it earlier. in fact, some people were saying earler that he seemed hung up on trying to shift bust and that it could have been hurting his regular approach.

    i love guys shift busting.

  38. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    I’m not making any excuses for McCann.

    He was paid a lot of money to be one player and he has been another.

    He needs to get hot and stay that way.

    Even then he’ll likely underperform his career #’s because of the poor start.

    And for the record, I was in favor of the signing.

    ;)

  39. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 10:05 am

    I don’t give a “shift” about the shift.

    It’s easy to defeat if you know how to bunt.

    Of course a lot of ML payers these days can’t even execute the fundamentals anymore.

    ;)

  40. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 10:07 am

    All the shift is going to do is make guys better hitters if they are capable of it.

    That is what they should have been trying for w/o it anyway.

    It’s actually doing them a favor.

  41. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    If the Red Sox came to the Yankees and wanted to trade Pedroia to them for ARod, and Beltran, I’d do that one.

    Pedroia’s contract

    14:$12.5M, 15:$12.5M, 16:$13M, 17:$15M, 18:$16M, 19:$15M, 20:$13M, 21:$12M
    undisclosed amount of money to be deferred

  42. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Time to walk the Mops.

  43. hardwired7 June 28th, 2014 at 10:10 am

    “The Yankees incredible shrinking on-base percentage%”

    I was in the pool! I was in the pool!

  44. Ys Guy June 28th, 2014 at 10:12 am

    at this point arod and beltran might get you middlebrooks if you throw in a b prospect.

  45. Ys Guy June 28th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    …but you’d have to include $50M

  46. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2014 at 10:16 am

    McCann was listed as having the most pull power on pitches on the outside of the plate. Bautista and Encarnacian were right behind him.

    The shift I’m seeing from teams other than the Rays, is really worthless in many instances. Why pitch to the outside corner when you have one infielder on that side of the field.

    Tex could have bunted down third last night with the bases loaded, and as slow as he is, gotten to first safely, with Jeter scoring, Ellsbury advancing to third, and extended the inning.

  47. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Have a great day everyone.

    Time to go.

  48. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Here’s that article with videos on the pull power on pitches on the outside corner. McCann is the best from the left side. Bautista from the right

    http://www.beyondtheboxscore.c.....w-and-away

  49. ac1 June 28th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I think McCann will improve. There is no reason to think what we see now will be his norm. A lot of free agents struggle their first year on a new team. Beltran is more of a concern.

    I agree on right field. Ichiro needs to go back to the back up and soriano needs to be released. Almonte needs to get a real shot.

    I’d like to see pirela but Roberts is not really playing that bad.

    Johnson will start getting more turns at 3b and it’s time to send solarte to aaa to work things out and give the next guy a shot, that being wheeler…

    We don’t need to trade our chips for temp replacements on offense or pitching.

    Unless we are getting tulo or lee, hamels, etc, don’t waste the prospects on crappy short term fill ins.

    It’s time to go young and truly develop….

    That said, Whitley is running out of innings so he may need to move to the own to slow down his innings. This means an opening. Turley may see some time this year….

  50. 86w183 June 28th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I’m baa-aack

    There has to be a plan for Whitley because of the potential innings issue. Perhaps a good sign in Scranton last night as Shane Greene threw seven innings of one-hit shutout ball.

    Pirela up and Solarte down. Yangervis needs to re-locate what was working before and regulat at bats is the only way to make that happen. Pirela can play all over and gives lots of lineup and substitution options that do not currently exist. Release Anna to make room on the 40-man roster.

    If they release Soriano they need to replace him with a legit RH power bat like Alex Rios who is reportedly available. Anyone else come to mind? Almonte is much better hitting LH, so he doesn’t really fill a need unless you send Ichiro to Seattle for his farewell tour.

  51. ac1 June 28th, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I’d like to also point out again how the Yankees find ways to not play their best possible roster. When Murphy was up, he was splitting time with mccann. Now cervelli is back and McCann is playing every single day. Shows they like Murphy more but yet cervelli is the one on the roster. Same with almonte and others. Yankees can never make the hard choices to move on.

  52. Ys Guy June 28th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    i agree that ichiro needs to not play as much.

    but i just want to say that i admire the hell out of the guy, he brings it every day. he doesnt have what the yankees need in RF but that’s not his fault. he stays within himself and plays a great ballgame for where he is in his career. and his attitude has been exceptional.

    if i was a contending NL team that needed a bench OF/ PH, i’d be calling cashman.

  53. ac1 June 28th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Agree with Ys about ichiro. I like him, we just need something like we expected from
    Beltran.

  54. ac1 June 28th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    On and something on cc… He should go work with Andy pettitte and learn how to pitch with diminished velo. Pettitte was a master and maybe can help cc figure out how to be useful for the remainder of his time here…

  55. ac1 June 28th, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Hahahaha sox bringing up betts. Another overblown prospect… Like the great Jackie Bradley hitting .200 or boegarts who is down to 250. Or Allen Webster, middlebrooks, etc…

    Can’t wait to see another second coming..

  56. bigdan22 June 28th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Last night should be referred to as the “Stick Michael Game.” Left-handed pitching. Left-handed power. That’s how the Yankees win. That’s how you win at Yankee Stadium. Your left-handed pitcher neutralizes the other team’s left-handed hitters. Gets the righties to hit to the big part of the park. Meanwhile, your left-handed hitters hit the ball over the wall. A tried and true formula for Yankee success.

    Now I’m not sold on last night’s cast of characters as being the ones to fill the roles contemplated by Stick Michael, but when this transition season is over, and when real work finally begins in the off season, the Yankees FO should look back at this game and try to remember who they used to be and start the process of getting back there.

  57. blake June 28th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    “I know you like McCann but unless he has a torrid 2nd half he has been a huge disappointment offensively.”

    Yea I’m not disagreeing with that…..I’m only saying that he still has 4.5 years to change that perception and I still think he can

  58. Ys Guy June 28th, 2014 at 10:44 am

    what a beautiful afternoon for a ballgame. why are they playing tonight?

  59. bigdan22 June 28th, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Betts is the real deal.

  60. hardwired7 June 28th, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Funny post this morning from SoSH:

    “We only got two hits off the chunky kid last night, and he stinks. Professor Tanaka is really good. So therefore, doing the calculations, carry the two… it’s clear that the Red Sox will get -4 hits tonight.

    Well, -4 hits it is. Facts are facts, and figures don’t lie. You can argue with me but you can’t argue with figures.”

  61. bigdan22 June 28th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I don’t think Middlebrooks or Jackie Bradley are anywhere near the prospects of Betts and Boegarts. Betts is an on-base machine. He’s crazy. Boegarts should be playing SS. That’s where his value is. He will hit too.

  62. bigdan22 June 28th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Other thoughts on last night:

    –It wasn’t only Nuno who had his best game of the year. Thornton was throwing his best as well. Not only hard (97) but it looks like he might have been throwing a cutter instead of his pathetic excuse for a slider. Not sure. Will have to see more but he looked better than he’s ever looked as a Yankee.

    –Beltran was awful again. I just don’t think he can swing it left-handed at all.

    –McCann’s home run was very impressive. A pitch down and he just crushed it.

  63. Ys Guy June 28th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    wait, they have steven drew, franchise savior and the most wanted man in baseball manning SS… for a mere $10M!

  64. bigdan22 June 28th, 2014 at 11:03 am

    That was a good article from Pinstripe Plus on OBP. I’ve written about the Yanks lost art of getting on base for well over a year now. I’ve always believed that not making outs is the key to a consistently superior offense. This dates back to the early days of the Abstract. I think power is a close second to OBP in terms of building an offense. The truly Malthusian situation of the Yankees current offense is they can neither get on base nor hit for power, hence their rank in the bottom third of runs scored in the league.

    The article pointed to the Yanks adoption of the OBP mantra in the 1990s but it goes back 10 years before that. After James started pointed out the value of not making outs in the early 1980s, the Yanks jumped right on that bandwagon. Some of their lineups in the mid-80s where OBP masterpieces. At one point it went Henderson, Randolph, Mattingly, Winfield and Clark. All of those guys were close to .400 OBP players. James used to say when you lime up guys like that in a row, it was almost impossible not to score.

    Still a lot of work needs to be done to bring this roster and offense around. When the Yanks look to upgrade SS and the OF in the off season, power and OBP need to be the primary drivers.

  65. mick June 28th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Just as the NYY’s had their eyes set on a SP, C, RF, CF they will be focused on a SP, RF,SS,2B next.

    Always said it was a 2 year plan, then bring on the rooks.

  66. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 11:16 am

    McCann was signed to hit .260, hit 20-25 homers and be a good defensive catcher. I hope he will get somewhat close to those marks. The far bigger problems are Beltran and Soriano. They are providing nothing.

    Ichiro is a player to be greatly admired. If he has other outfielders providing power, his lack of pop wouldn’t be so damaging. But, he has four doubles as his only extra base hits and none for a couple months to go with his ten RBIs.

  67. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Look at Betts’ minor league stats. He hits .330+ everywhere he has played and he is 21. Their farm system has many more upper level prospects. That is reality. I wish we had him and more like him.

  68. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Even with the offensive issues, the only offensive player even mentioned for the team is Mayberry. The management still thinks the offense is fine. Not one reporter or insider fan(think Wanzies) believes the team is looking for a bat.

    Rios can hit. He only has three homers this year, but he is in the top ten in hitting. What we really need is a RF with 20 homer power. They are scarce these days of diminished offense.

  69. Missing Cano June 28th, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Yankeesource @YankeeSource · 12h
    Remember LHP Miguel Sulbaran (acquired for E-Nunez) Sulbaran is having a strong year with the @TampaYankees with a 2.86 ERA in 56.2 IP.

    intriguing he is also lefty and very young

  70. mick June 28th, 2014 at 11:26 am

    How about Hardy, Cruz and Lester for next year?

  71. bigdan22 June 28th, 2014 at 11:26 am

    http://m.weei.com/sports/bosto.....ngtons-big

    ——

    A real good article on the Sox and Drew. So I guess it isn’t just the Yankee FO that screws up. Talk about a team that needs to let the kids play.

  72. Missing Cano June 28th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    yeah mccann has to improve on his below 700 ops and 83 OPS+

  73. Missing Cano June 28th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    How about Hardy, Cruz and Lester for next year?

    idk if yanks would sign that many with QOs attached again

  74. mick June 28th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Ellsbury
    Gardner
    Beltran
    Tex
    Cruz
    Arod
    McCann
    Hardy
    Refsnyder

  75. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    What about this year Mick ?

    The Division is there for the taking.

    Just need a little more help.

    ;)

  76. bigdan22 June 28th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Sulbaren is intriguing. Some guy on another site said he looks and throws a lot like Nuno. Hey that’s not really terrible. If Nuno had a sinker he might be Tommy John!

  77. Ys Guy June 28th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    the yankees don’t talk up possible trades before they happen, cash keeps specific discussions very close to the vest. im sure they are talking about all kinds of bats and arms, but we are very unlikely to hear anything about them unless/until they happen.

  78. ac1 June 28th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    If it’s all the same, I’ll wait to see Betts actually have success and sustain it before jumping on his bandwagon like people do every time boston claims they have the next superstar. Minor league numbers are great, but there have been many who excel in the minors and suck in the pros.

  79. Missing Cano June 28th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    yanks need the next Quintana not the next Nuno (which they already have with Camarena)

  80. mick June 28th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Getting Hardy and Lester would decimate the RS and O’s.

  81. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Y’s-

    Let’s hope so.

  82. Missing Cano June 28th, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Getting Hardy and Lester would decimate the RS and O’s.

    i definitely see hardy and have wanted him for sometime targeting the upcoming FA offseason with Lester part of it depends i suppose on how the trade line goes and it depends on who you believe whether they are going after a top flight starter or not

  83. ac1 June 28th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    No thanks to nelson cruz. A guy coming off a steroid suspension hitting well above his power numbers. Hmm…. And before anyone says there is more testing and this and that let’s remember cruz did not test positive before, he was caught in the biogenesis stuff. None of those guys were picked up because of positive tests including our very own mr Rodriguez, who happenstance to be close with nelson cruz….

  84. mick June 28th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    MTU

    We have enough right now to run away with the Least.
    We will make a pickup or 2 along the way.
    Rios sounds good.
    Have to see how CC looks after the ASG.

  85. bigdan22 June 28th, 2014 at 11:33 am

    “Even with the offensive issues, the only offensive player even mentioned for the team is Mayberry. The management still thinks the offense is fine. Not one reporter or insider fan(think Wanzies) believes the team is looking for a bat.”

    —-

    If you want to explain how bad this offense is, all you have to do is look at the lineup. In his chat yesterday, Axisa made a good point. Who exacting in this lineup is underperforming? Sure McCann is but who else? Beltran is hurt. Soriano is done. Jeter and Roberts are what they are. Ellsbury is underperforming probably a little but Gardner is probably over-performing a little as well. Hard to see, without some changes, how the offense can get much better.

  86. Hankflorida June 28th, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Speaking of two months, it has been about that since Ichiro had an extra base hit. His OPS is below .700. His slugging % is .327. That is awful for a corner outfielder. Simply unacceptable for a decent team.

    Austinmac, if he was playing in the same outfield years ago with Mantle and Maris, I could accept him as a table setter, but to have him play with Gardner and Ellsbury is the height of absurdity. Last year, I came to this blog ranting about him playing with Gardner and wondering why go against Yankee tradition of power in the outfield. I guess that Cashman must have quoted the line from Jimmy Durante in answer to my criticism which was, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.” Ellsbury, Gardner and Ichiro, can you believe it?

  87. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 11:33 am

    He is miles away, but Jorge Mateo in the GCL is a very good SS prospect. He is 18, killed the DSL last year and is hitting .379 with 8 SBs already. He has some power too.

  88. ac1 June 28th, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Hardy is a ss possibility but I seem the yankees looking at Hanley first, then asdrubal Cabrera, then looking at trades for Tulo then andrus. In that order.

  89. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Mick-

    I think both the O and pitching need reinforcement.

    And most likely both will need to come from the outside.

    We’ll see what they do.

  90. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Dan-

    The O needs outside help.

    And so does the SP.

    And if the Yankees are smart they’ll get the help they need.

  91. 86w183 June 28th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Sulbaran is a ground ball guy. As a lefty that would play very well in Yankee Stadium and by the time he joins the big club they might not have the worst infield range in the history of MLB.

    His last five starts — 28 innings, 20 hits, 21 K, 7 W, 2 ER, 0.64 ERA

    Good sign the Greene was excellent for Scranton last night — seven shutout one-hit innings.

  92. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Think about next year next year.

    ;)

  93. bigdan22 June 28th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    “He is miles away, but Jorge Mateo in the GCL is a very good SS prospect. He is 18, killed the DSL last year and is hitting .379 with 8 SBs already. He has some power too.”

    —–

    They say his speed tool is 80. It’s my understanding, in the scouting world, 80s for any tool are super rare.

    GCL Yankees1 is a powerhouse!

  94. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 11:39 am

    The Yankees have all sorts of help waiting at Scranton but they refuse to utilize any of it.

    Pirela, Refsynder, Wheeler, Garcia, etc.

    All waiting for an opportunity.

    They might be waiting a long time it seems.

  95. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I agree other than McCann improving, absent a miracle elbow recovery for Beltran, this offense is as good as it will likely get. Roberts is who he has been. Soriano looks as washed up as anyone I can remember. Tex is doing as well as we could hope. Same for Gardner and Ellsbury. To win, the offense must get help.

  96. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Dan-

    There are several Comets in the Kuyper belt that I hear are headed for Earth.

    You thinking about them too !

    :)

  97. J. Alfred Prufrock June 28th, 2014 at 11:42 am

    This is an excellent article and well worth reading.

    ” The Yankees incredible shrinking on-base percentage%”

    http://www.pinstripealley.com/…..struggling
    ///

    Trader, it’s a good factual article, but generally – outside of the odd OB “specialist” type offensive player (like Nick Johnson, for instance) – better hitters are usually more discriminating, even if some aren’t bastions of plate discipline per se, and also get pitched to more carefully, so a good deal of high on-base percentage is a result of defensive pitching.

    The Yankees don’t have many good hitters – not a single great one, either – and have really fallen off since 2011, when the team’s better players began to age and guys like Martin, Swisher and Tex (who went into a swoon since 2009 vs. RHP) seemed to always be at the plate with guys on, and would then get painlessly ejected by good pitching. They now have several players who would be fine as bench/complementary types but who are playing like they’re regulars. Why would they have a good team OBP?

    With Cano gone, we don’t have a single player who can’t be pitched to.

  98. Ys Guy June 28th, 2014 at 11:42 am

    i think they need to step it up, i expect the Orioles to have a much better 2nd half. davis, machado and hardy all figure to hit much better. their pitching is getting better.

  99. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Mac-

    Beltran is hurting.

    Has to be.

    How else to explain his performance.

    He should just go and get the surgery.

    He’s not helping us by playing injured.

    Get a replacement.

  100. bigdan22 June 28th, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Is Refs an animal or what?

    I’ve said for awhile now he needs to finish the season in AAA and get a cup of coffee in Sept but Refs ain’t listening to me. If his bat keeps screaming somebody is going to have to listen and hear.

  101. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 11:43 am

    y’s-

    Still banking on the regression to the mean theory.

    Good luck w that one.

    ;)

  102. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Dan-

    But we have Solarte.

    :)

  103. J. Alfred Prufrock June 28th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Yeah, McCann isn’t Russell Martin. Those comparisons have been silly. He’s a better hitter. He’s not remotely close to Jorge – like some here were suggesting in their enthusiasm for the signing – but if he’s healthy over the life of his deal he’s going to do some damage as a power guy. The question is always health with him.

  104. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Sorry to have to run.

    Time for brunch.

    Catch you all later.

    Have a good day.

    :)

  105. Howler June 28th, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I’m not going to give up on McCann he’s been damn frustrating at times, but becoming a Yankee can be a lot harder for some players than others. I think the talent is there, and hopefully we’ll start to see it soon.

  106. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 11:47 am

    MTU,

    It seems the team will try to improve based upon what we read and hear. That is good news as I questioned(and still do somewhat) what Hal will spend.

    If you believe what you read, Sanchez stock is down. Mason’s stock has been sold at auction. Murphy, in my eyes, has the ability to be an average major league catcher. We have no upper level players to get someone good in return. Should they move Judge and Severino? Clarkin?

    If they will spend, maybe a primary salary dump. It seems unlikely to me we can beat the other teams for top players unless we gut the system.

  107. J. Alfred Prufrock June 28th, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Solarte has raw hitting talent, I don’t think his run was some charmed one. He has to adjust and he got caught up in taking big hacks, something he wasn’t doing earlier. In fact, Solarte makes mid-swing adjustments that tell me he’s a hitter. He’s had some issues defensively, just like Johnson and Roberts have – it’s not a strong defensive group of infielders they have collected, here. Maybe the kid’s inefficiencies in the field have gotten to him, maybe he’s a little tired, even.

  108. bigdan22 June 28th, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Dan-

    But we have Solarte

    —–

    It’s looking more and more like Solarte’s time is next year. Which is really fine. Everyone is so focused on the present, but successful people always have one eye on the future at the same time. That’s how you avoid roster predicaments like the Yanks are in now.

    Solarte has real hitting tools. Good contact skills and he can take a walk. He can play several positions. That will be real important next year when Arod is at 3b needing rest and Refs is starting out at 2b.

    But for now, he has no role on this team as long as Roberts is healthy. He should be sent down and Sizemore promoted to platoon with Johnson. That’s your 2nd half Transition Year 3b solution.

    The future will look different. Trust me.

  109. J. Alfred Prufrock June 28th, 2014 at 11:52 am

    If you believe what you read, Sanchez stock is down.
    ///

    Good. I hope we retain him by default, since I have no doubt they would move him in a minute.

  110. Howler June 28th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    The doesn’t play with fire opinion was the most stupid comment I saw on Sanchez..some players just don’t show a lot of emotions, it’s what they do at bat or on the field I care about most. I’m still not sure he’s going to be a catcher, but there is time to see before he gets to the ML>

  111. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I really don’t see Solarte as a solution next year. If one looks at his career, even recent years, there is simply no reason to believe his April is reality. He is better than June, but his role would be platoon, at best. An important role, but not one a team plans around.

  112. Ys Guy June 28th, 2014 at 11:58 am

    enough solarte, he’s been useless for 2 months now.

    im not writing him off, but that roster spot can be much better used right now.

  113. J. Alfred Prufrock June 28th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Howler,

    Yep, cliches always seem to win the day.

    It’s one thing if fans say it or broadcasters, but when teams start getting rid of plus talent over the so-called “lack of fire” thing, it’s time to change management.

    Baseball isn’t football – it’s really about skills, not emotions, unless we’re talking about confidence. That’s a different story. “Outward emotional expression” is just a load of crap.

    Sanchez has his challenges behind the plate, but nothing wrong with his arm. He’s still been in AA for under a year. People keep saying “It’s his second AA season,” well no, he came up in August last year. Give the kid a minute or two – you have to when the bat is that plus.

  114. bigdan22 June 28th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    If you can’t land Shark or Price then it makes no sense to trade your high values prospects (Refs and Murphy) and I’m pretty certain the Yanks won’t. And Shark and Price are real longshots.

    The problem is this though. The Yanks still need a starter to replace Whitley. CC replaces Nuno and that may be an upgrade but only if CC pitches better than he has this year and last. Whoever the Yanks get to replace Whitley probably won’t be much of upgrade either, not the way Whitley has pitched to this point. So it’s hard to envision really improving on what they are right now in terms of starting pitching. They need a trade just to maintain the status quo.

  115. J. Alfred Prufrock June 28th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I haven’t researched Solarte’s beginnings, etc. But to just assume the right decisions are always made and that guys can’t get buried in miL is just short-sighted, IMO.

    Whether this applies to Solarte or not, I can’t say because I haven’t done any digging, but clearly he has a hit tool.

  116. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Dan,

    You have expressed the pitching reality. They have to add someone unless they go with Greene and/or Turley.

  117. Madrugador June 28th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Not sure why the beating on Solarte. He’s a back up utility infielder who had a great run. Maybe he’s not the guy you need on the roster right now but he is still a valuable guy to have in the system.

  118. J. Alfred Prufrock June 28th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Both Judge and Severino have monster potential. If they move them for a starter, well, then, it has become a parody of sorts.

  119. bigdan22 June 28th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    “I really don’t see Solarte as a solution next year. If one looks at his career, even recent years, there is simply no reason to believe his April is reality. He is better than June, but his role would be platoon, at best. An important role, but not one a team plans around.”

    ——

    Like I said yesterday, Solarte’s future role is most likely to become what they always wanted Nunez to be. A capable utility player who can hit better than the run of the mill utility player. And that is super valuable. Just not for this year’s team.

    What is he like 27? He is a very very valuable asset.

  120. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    JAP,

    I disagree on Solarte and a hit tool. He has has one year with an OPS over .800. He has had some under .700, I think.

  121. J. Alfred Prufrock June 28th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Greene pitched very well last night. When I saw him live, he was a groundball machine. Unfortunately, his debut didn’t go well in front of Girardi, who seems to allow a stumble to color his long view of what a player potentially might do.

  122. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    A career minor leaguer with one good month in the majors is not “a very valuable asset”. Were he to have such value he wouldn’t have been released last year. He might be a helpful utility player. That, I think, is his possible upside.

  123. J. Alfred Prufrock June 28th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Solarte’s ability to make contact is real. In YSIII, he has enough power left-handed to develop a short-porch stroke.

  124. bigdan22 June 28th, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    “You have expressed the pitching reality. They have to add someone unless they go with Greene and/or Turley”

    —-

    I’d say those are the only internal solutions. And even if the Yanks acquire another pitcher, there is still a good chance that either or both of those pitchers get a shot later in the year because basically they are the only depth the Yanks have.

    Big big year for the kids on the pitching front. I don’t think any of us predicted that.

  125. J. Alfred Prufrock June 28th, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Well, he has more value on this team because they got rid of all their young, hit tool players.

    He’s under 30 and can square up the baseball. That’s very valuable anywhere, but particularly for this current team.

  126. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I repeat there is nothing in Solarte’s past that suggests power. Simply because we have no other young players they will try, does not make him good. Look at May and June. Look at last year in the PCL. Pirela has better minor league stats in tougher leagues in which to hit.

  127. bigdan22 June 28th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    “A career minor leaguer with one good month in the majors is not “a very valuable asset”. ”

    —–

    He’s streaky no doubt, but go look up his stats this year on baseball reference. He’s had three excellent months in a row hitting major league pitching (March, April, May). I don’t think that’s a fluke. And quite a few other sites have broken down his ABs in terms of contact ability and plate discipline. (Search IIATMS) I’ve read many articles that have concluded he’s actually already passed the sample size tests for good major league hitters.

    People need to understand, player development is not linear. There are lots of bumps in the road. Except for Refsynder!

  128. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    But, a 27 year old is entering his prime years. He is who he will be, in all likelihood. I don’t say get rid of him, but just don’t assign him a future spot on the team at this point. He has a lot of proving himself to still do. I hope he does it but not counting on it.

  129. J. Alfred Prufrock June 28th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Pirela can hit, he’s another guy who, despite improvement at second base and more range there, makes the bonehead play, or at least, he did when he was down here. I have no problem with giving Pirela a chance, but they seem to regard him and those other AAA guys as miL “depth”.

    That’s the way they do things.

  130. bigdan22 June 28th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    “Pirela has better minor league stats in tougher leagues in which to hit.”

    —-

    I agree with this point. Pirela is 24 and that makes a big difference. And he’s not in the PCL either. As a prospect, I think he’s fallen through the cracks. He just needs to keep talking with his bat and hope somebody somewhere is listening.

  131. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    JAP,

    I can see trading young, highly rated respects for stars who can be signed long term. What I fear is trading them for someone like Hammels who could very well have an ERA north of 4.00. I’d rather sit tight.

    I fully expect a trade that will leave most of is left shaking our heads.

  132. Ys Guy June 28th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    i wasnt beating on solarte, i just said that roster spot could be better utilized.

    i said im not writing him off.

    how is that beating on him?

  133. J. Alfred Prufrock June 28th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    austinmac – probably. That’s the MO.

    Have a good one, folks

  134. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    The Yankees do seem to have some good SS prospects several years away. They may fizzle, but we haven’t had a SS look good at any level for a long time at any level. The team figured out catchers and pitchers only is a problem.

  135. Madrugador June 28th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    The collective winds of the discussion seemed to be blowing pretty strong against Solarte. Perhaps use of the word “beating” was a little strong and if feelings were hurt, I apologize.

  136. Ys Guy June 28th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    well, the stats are blowing pretty strong against solarte the past couple of months.

    since he has options the easiest way to get another minor league bat up here to see how they can do is to send solarte down. (although you have to find room on the 40)

  137. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Y’s-

    How do you think Solarte would take the demotion ?

    In a positive way or would it shake his confidence even further ?

  138. bbb51 June 28th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Pirela hasn’t fallen through the cracks. He’s a career .271/.339/.388 hitter in the minors, and that includes a boost by this year’s better numbers. He could be something but let’s not say it’s some kind of travesty that he hasn’t been called up yet.

  139. bbb51 June 28th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Refsnyder, .351/.464/.561 !

    I’m sticking to calling him up by te beginning of August if he’s still hitting like this.

  140. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Getting him for a Sep’t. call up is not going to solve the immediate problem.

    By then it may not even matter.

    ;)

  141. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    An offense that avg’s 4 runs per game without much power is not going to cut it.

    It’s anemic and needs a transfusion.

  142. bbb51 June 28th, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    August, not September. Maybe even mid-July if they wanted to be daring.

  143. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    And they need someone (preferably a lefty) they can pair w Tanaka.

  144. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Squat-

    Then they should just do it but I bet they won’t.

    ;)

  145. bbb51 June 28th, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Yeah, the Yankees are conservative and give veterans with a name a lot of rope, so it would be an eyebrow raiser for them to replace Roberts with a rookie.

  146. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    They almost didn’t give Solarte a shot.

    He was a very last minute addition.

  147. Missing Cano June 28th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Jacob Lindgren begins in yankees career in the GCL today

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats.....pid=605338

  148. Uncle_Game June 28th, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    solarte rocks the dude is having a bad month and you guys are all ready to write him off. who cares what his minor league stats were a ton of players who kick @$$ in the major leagues didnt have stats in the minors that would support they would.

    KJ is rockin right now and solarte is clearing his head so just give him a chance he’s not striking out a ton or anything and looking helpless at the plate he’s still taking his walks. just making bad contact.

    #PLANGERVIS will be back with a vengeance. you’ll all see

  149. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Time for some exercise.

    Back later.

    Please have your solutions ready to implement when I return.

    :)

  150. tomingeorgia June 28th, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    My solution for the Yankees is to play two day games every weekend.

  151. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Tom,

    I agree with the day game idea. No day games at all this weekend. Don’t like it.

  152. tomingeorgia June 28th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    austin,
    Isn’t their record much better in the daytime?

  153. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Tom,

    I think it is. We older folks like the day games. The young guys on the other teams probably sleep in. :)

  154. austinmac June 28th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    One Yankee potential target I have seen mentioned is Danks. While he is a lefty, his velocity is now down below 88 on his fastball. Nuno was over 91 yesterday.

  155. tomingeorgia June 28th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Chile giving Brazil everything they wanted, and more. Still don’t understand the silly timing rules, bu it’s going to some kind of penalty shot contest. If it’s still tied after this, I don’t have the faintest idea what would happen.

  156. bigdan22 June 28th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    “Pirela hasn’t fallen through the cracks. He’s a career .271/.339/.388 hitter in the minors, and that includes a boost by this year’s better numbers. He could be something but let’s not say it’s some kind of travesty that he hasn’t been called up yet.”

    —–

    In five minor league seasons, Robinson Cano hit .278/.331/.425. He didn’t exactly light up the minor leagues did he? Pretty darn similar to Pirela, just a but more power.

    I’ve probably said this a dozen times. Every player has their own career arc. The key is knowing when the light has gone on. When a minor leaguer has mastered a level. For Cano, at age 22, he hit .333 in 108 ABs in AAA. He had done nothing close to that before. He was promoted and the rest is history.

    At age 24, at 294 ABs, Pirela is hitting .314/.356/.454 in his first full season in AAA. Unlike Cano, he has actually had a very similar season two years ago at age 22 in Trenton in over 300 ABs.

    Hmmm. I wonder if this is a player who’s slipped through cracks?

    I also wonder how many current major leaguers have hit as well as Pirela has hit in AAA (and not the PCH) before the age of 25.

  157. Ys Guy June 28th, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    you can’t just keep solarte on the major league roster because you’re afraid of what it will do to his confidence if you send him down. hopefully he’ll get back to work everyday and fight his way back to the majors. maybe he doesn’t. That can’t be how you decide to use a spot on the active roster.

  158. MTU June 28th, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Y’s-

    They did it w Nova and he responded well.

    So maybe Solarte would be the same.

    Maybe they catch lightning in a bottle with one of the others ?

  159. tomingeorgia June 28th, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Heart breaker for Chile. Whatever game they were playing, they left it all out there. Hope USA plays with the same heart.

  160. CompassRosy June 28th, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    blake June 28th, 2014 at 9:55 am
    Ys Guy says:
    June 28, 2014 at 9:45 am
    .320 is nice but lets not kid ourselves, the M’s aren’t paying cano $25M to hit 8 hr /86 rbi.

    They didn’t pay him only for what he could do himself on the field……he’s had an impact on the rest of their club. He will get the slugging going IMO

    ~ ~ ~ ~
    Indeed.

    http://blogs.seattletimes.com/.....rs-season/

    :::::: Cano is an opposite-field single waiting to happen.

    But, for these Mariners, he’s more.

    Look further than the home run and you’ll notice how Cano changes the Mariners persona.

    “He’s stabilized and solidified this lineup. He’s given guys more oomph in their step, more pump in their chest. And that’s something nobody outside this group can know,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon was quoted as saying by Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller earlier this week.

    Cano changes the dynamic of the entire lineup. He changes the way opposing pitchers approach the Mariners hitters.

    “He’s a very good leader. He’s been a very good power source,” McClendon said. “And I’m not talking about power as homers. I’m talking about a source of electricity.”

    Cano is the game-altering, atmosphere-changing, base-hit-producing superstar the Mariners haven’t penciled into their lineup since Ken Griffey Jr. was in his prime. He not only produces on the field, but he mentors young players, and makes everyone around him better. :::::::

  161. Ys Guy June 28th, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    i agree with all of that.

    and he’s not going to win the mvp this year.

    and they are going to greatly regret that contract.

    but i love cano!

  162. Madrugador June 28th, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Never liked any sport that altered the way the game is played in order to settle a tie. Play the game until someone wins don’t go to a shootout.

  163. Madrugador June 28th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Looks like Severino matches up against Lakeland (45-31) and Josh Turley 7-0, 1.86 ERA.
    Wish I could make that road trip.

  164. JimK June 28th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I like day games
    Day games give me an excuse
    to exercise my option to be a recluse
    I can waste my day
    And on my couch I can stay
    While ignoring my spouse’s verbal abuse

    It really is a slow day, when the best I can come up with does not even meet the standards set by Dr. Seuss.

  165. JimK June 28th, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I have noticed I have great timing on many of my posts; as soon as I post, it is almost a guarantee that a new thread will begin.
    I think Chad waits for me to write something and decides Jimk has began posting time to change the subject, or maybe he is just protecting his readers from having to read my drivel, which my last post most certainly was.

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