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Why not…. ?

I’ve heard some names attached to the Yanks as far as getting a pitcher goes. CC should be back in August, maybe Pineda too. I place more credence in CC coming back than Pineda. Even when (and if) they do come back, how good will they be? Will CC be the pre-2013 CC (very good) or the CC we’ve seen since 2013 (struggling)?

One thing is for sure. They’ll need another starter. Nuno is not long for the rotation, and you wonder how long Whitley and Phelps will hold up.

It’d be nice to get a Samardzija, but you wonder if the Yanks have the goods to get him. Word is (and Joel Sherman has written) that the Cubs would want a high-end, just about ready for the majors starter in return, which the Yanks don’t have unless they make a three-way deal. Jason Hammel may be a nice fit. Some people are talking about David Price but there is no way I can see the Rays trading Price within the division.

Other names include (from MLB Trade Rumors): John Danks, Ian Kennedy (a former Yankee) and Cliff Lee. Personally, I don’t think Lee would approve a trade to the Yanks.

Let’s explore these pitchers and I’ll bring up another name which hasn’t been mentioned much but one that I think may be a good fit.

I am going to skip over Samardzija, Price and Lee. I don’t think the Yanks get any of these three. If they do, great, but I’m going to be a bit more realistic here.

Danks: 29 and a lefty. 6-6, 4.34 this year. ERA+ 94. 4-14, 4.75 last year. Average season 12-14, 4.21, ERA+ 105. Went 13-11 in 2009 and 15-11 in 2010 but is 21-36, 4.62 since. Hmmm. Not sold on him.

Hammel: Will be 32 and is a righty. Has AL East experience from his time with the O’s and Rays. Having a good year, 6-5, 2.99 with the Cubs. Average season 9-11, 4.64 ERA+ 95. Not bad, but I’m not too sold on him.

Kennedy 29 and righty: The Yanks had some problems with him when he first came up (maturity). 29 and a righty. Had a great 2011 (21-4, 2.88, 4th in CYA and 14th in MVP). Decent 2012, 15-12, 4.02. 12-18, 4.56 since 2012. Currently 5-8, 3.90, ERA+ 88 pitching in a pitcher’s park in SD. For his career, is 58-48, 3.99, ERA+ 99. Average. But take away that one great season, and he is 37-44. Averages 12-10, 3.99, but was that one great season a flash in the pan?

Now for someone whose name hasn’t been mentioned but who I think may be a good fit:

MLB Trade Rumors states

•Though Joel Sherman of the New York Post said not long ago that the Mets should act boldly as buyers, the team’s recent woes have him convinced that the opposite may now be true. After a 4-11 skid, he writes that the Mets should deal two of Jon Niese, Bartolo Colon and Dillon Gee this summer and also make Daniel Murphy available in trades.

Ok. There you have it. Sherman thinks that the Mets should trade two of Niese, Colon (who, to me, is too old for the Yanks to pursue) and Gee. Why not make a deal with the Mets, especially when it makes sense?

I think Niese may be a good fit. The Mets have some good young pitching coming up. Matt Harvey will be coming back from Tommy John surgery sometime next year, Zach Wheeler is young, and they have just brought up Jake deGromm and Rafael Montero. Noah Syndergaard is on the way. The Mets need hitting, and the Yanks may have some hitting prospects to trade to the Mets for someone like Niese.

Jon Niese is 27 and a lefty. He is 4-4, 2.78 for the Mets right now. ERA+ 126. For his career, 47-44, 3.84, ERA+ 97. But he has been improving each of the last three years. Since 2011, he is just 25-21 (his team doesn’t hit) but with a 3.37 ERA. ERA+ 109. Granted that Citi Field is a pitchers’ park, but…

Compared to the others listed above (Danks, Kennedy and Hammel), Niese’s numbers are very comparable. Yes, Samardzija, Price and Lee (who is 35) may be nice, but for reality sake, why not consider Niese (who has NY experience already)?

More awards, a signing, and a huge trade.

Manager of the Year Awards went out last night. Davey Johnson of Washington won for the N.L., and the A.L. award went to Bob Melvin of Oakland.

I thought Buck Showalter of Baltimore would win in the A.L., but he lost 16 first-place votes to 12. I’m not saying Melvin wasn’t deserving, but I thought Buck would get it.

Today, the CYA winners were announced. David Price of Tampa Bay edged out Detroit’s Justin Verlander for the A.L. award by just four points. The N.L.  award went to R. A. Dickey of the Mets, who became the first knuckleballer to ever win the award.

Tomorrow, the MVPs.

Torii Hunter signed a 2-yr. deal with Detroit. You would think that Hunter, winner of 9 Gold Glove awards, will help the Tiger defense, what with being next to Austin Jackson in that big outfield in Detroit. Hunter wanted 2 years, and the Yanks wouldn’t go for that, even if Swisher goes. Hunter got those 2 years, along with $26MM, from the Tigers. Hunter, who will be 38 next June (and it may be a good thing the Yanks DID NOT get him, what with their present age concerns), hit .313-16-92, OPS+ 132 for the Angels this past year. Yes, an excellent year, but you have to ask how many players 35+ you want on the Yankees.

As for the Yankees, they better watch out. Toronto made a huge trade. If the old players on the Yankees show their age, then the Yanks could very well slip to 3rd or 4th place in the A.L. East. The Blue Jays picked up a #1 AND a #2 starter from the Marlins in Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, as well as an All-Star SS in Jose Reyes. They also got C John Buck and speedy utility man Emilio Bonifacio in the deal. (Reyes and Bonifacio combined for 70 SB, and Bonifacio only played in 64 games).

There is rumors that Miami isn’t done. I see on the BBD blog that the Yanks are thinking about bringing back Ibanez (I’m against it, he’ll be 41 next June) and thinking about Ricky Nolasco of the Marlins. I also see a rumor that Miami may shop Logan Morrison.

Nolasco, 29, was 12-13, 4.48, ERA+ 88 last year. I don’t want that. For his career, he is 76-64, 4.49. His 162 g. average is 14-12, 4.49. Figure in the DH league he goes something like 13-13, 4.80. That’s not good enough in my book.

I’d rather let Ibanez go and go after Morrison if the Marlins have him on the block. I appreciate what Ibanez did last year (esp. in the postseason), but he will be 41 next June. How many old players do you want on the Yankees (think Pettitte, Jeter, Rivera, A-Rod, maybe Kuroda, maybe Ichiro… Jones is most likely gone, if Chavez comes back, he is 35, Ichiro…). Morrison is 25, LF/1B. With Gardner maybe moving to CF and Granderson to LF, Morrison can DH, play RF and fill in at 1B once in a while (he seems better suited for DH, his defense isn’t good). He hit just .230-11-36 (OPS+ 91) last year, but is young, a lefty hitter, 6’3″ 240 and hopefully can use that to take advantage of the porch. He hasn’t done badly vs. lefties (.247 vs. righties and .259 vs. lefties). He hit 23 HR in 2011. His 162 g. average is .250-21-73. OPS+ 110. Younger than Ibanez, more potential, can probably put up better numbers in 2013 than Raul.

But getting back to Toronto. This is a big deal for them. Let’s face it. The Yanks have an OLD team. If the Yanks don’t watch it, they can fall to fourth place in a hurry, maybe even last. God forbid. But look at the division. Good young players in Baltimore, Tampa Bay, and now Toronto made a big move. Goodness knows how Boston will rebuild.

Yes, I know the Yanks had the best record in the league last year. But they were exposed in the playoffs.

There is a fine line between experienced, and old.

Will the Yanks inject some youth in 2013?

AL CYA to King Felix, Price 2nd and CC 3rd.

Felix Hernandez of the Mariners wins the AL CYA, despite a 13-12 record. Hernandez’ record was due to terrible run support from a lousy team. Put him on the Yanks and maybe he goes 21-4 or something.

Despite the 13-12, Hernandez, 24, led the majors in ERA (2.27) and led the AL in starts and IP. He struck out 232 in 249 2/3 IP. He also led the AL in Fewest H/9 IP and the majors in batters faced.

David Price of the Rays came in 2nd.  Price, 25, was 19-6, 2.72.

The Yankees’ CC Sabathia finished 3rd. CC, 30, was 21-7, 3.18. CC co-led the majors in wins. He started 34 games, tying King Felix for the lead in that category.   

Texas two-step done by Rays as they stay alive

After the Rangers won the first two games of the ALDS at Tampa, Texas fans expected a Texas-sized celebration.

Instead, the ROAD team has won each of the four games in this series. The series heads back to Tampa Bay for the fifth and deciding game on Tuesday, with the winner then hosting the Yankees on Friday in game 1 of the ALCS.

Price vs. Lee on Tuesday. Do or die.


Who managed in the 1965 All-Star Game?

Well, Swish only got 4 HR in his round of the HR Derby, but it was more than Vernon Wells and Chris Young had…combined.

Price and Jiminez named the starting pitchers. Ryan Howard DHs for the NL.

The NY Post reports

that the Yankees’ uniforms will have a tribute to Sheppard on them, and it will be more than the usual black arm band the Yankees normally attach. There was talk about a microphone being used.   

I wrote yesterday about MLBnetwork showing the 1965 All Star Game. Since I know what happened after the 1964 WS, I had to look this up. Who managed in the 1965 All-Star Game? From Wikipedia:

After the 1964 season and the World Series, the managers, Johnny Keane of the St. Louis Cardinals and Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees, both left their teams and found new jobs in the other league—Keane was hired to manage the Yanks and Berra became a player-coach with the New York Mets. The Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds had finished in a second-place tie in the NL; the Chicago White Sox had finished second in the AL. Cincinnati’s manager, Fred Hutchinson, had died in the off-season, so Gene Mauch of the Phillies and Al Lopez of the White Sox were chosen to be the managers for the 1965 All-Star Game.

Hutchinson had to leave the Reds in the middle of the 1964 season, as he was suffering from (and died from) lung cancer.

Lastly, I didn’t see it, but I read that Yankees’ AA catcher Austin Romine got an RBI double in yesterday’s Futures game.    

Update: I read or heard somewhere that the tape of Sheppard will be used to announce Jeter in the All-Star Game. Classy tribute by Jeter and MLB.  


Game 160. Yanks at Tampa Bay

Since the Yanks are in Tampa, I wonder if the Boss will get to see (and thank) his AL East Division Champions?

From Sam Borden, who temporarily replaces Pete Abraham at LOHUD (until Chad Jennings, former SWB scribe takes over)…

Pete was good and will be missed, but at least no more constant Springsteen mancrushes…sheesh. Thank God.

YANKEES (102-57); AL East Champions. Best record in AL clinched.

OPS+ 119, ERA+ 102. Pythagorean +8

BA-HR-RBI-SB/Total Attempts/OPS+ 120; ERA+ 104
*= team leader **= league leader

Jeter SS .335*-18-66-30*/35*-130       2745 hits. Besides Mo, a worthy SI Sportsman of the Year candidate, don’t you think?  
Hairston LF .232-2-11-0/0-93 (Yanks only)
Teixeira 1B .294-39**-121**-2/2-146*  one more for 40 and sole AL lead
Rodriguez 3B .284-28-93-14/16-141    581* HR, two behind Big Mac* 
Swisher RF .251-29-82-0/0-127          Swisher had 35 HR in 2006 for the A’s
Posada C .287-22-81-1/1-132             Shh…don’t tell him he’s 38
Cano 2B .322-25-85-5/12-127
Cabrera CF .273-13-67-10/12-97
Molina DH .215-1-11-0/0-49

Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (19-7, 3.21)    ERA+ 139

CC goes for #20. Expect Robertson to get work tonight though. Probably Sunday will be a Robertson workday also.

It’s so hard now for pitchers to win 20. The five-man vs. the four-man rotation. We won’t see the four-man rotation again, so something like the 1971 Orioles (four 20-game winners) won’t be seen again. You do wonder how the Yanks might have managed with the four-man rotation provided of course that no one would have broken down. With seven more starts, maybe CC would be going for win #25 and have 270 IP. Pettitte might have 18 wins. Burnett 16. It wouldn’t happen of course, because pitchers aren’t conditioned to go that way anymore. There would have been burnout. But just think…what if they were conditioned like in the old days. Instead of Mitre and Wang getting 18 starts between the two of them, what if four starts each went to CC, Andy, AJ and Joba with only two left over? Would the Yanks now have 108 wins instead of 102?

JD and Matsui off with the turf. Hairston gets to test his wrist. Molina DHs, which is ok because with the expanded rosters, Cervelli can come in later should Hip-Hip get PR for by Gardner or Guzman. Molina gets some ABs.

Borden has Girardi quoted as saying that Molina may play an important role next week….late game replacement for Posada after Posada is PR for?

Not a good start for CC. Four runs…all unearned due to a Teix error….in the first. Still, two walks and a triple (deflected by Cano) don’t help.   

Could it be a good sign if CC loses tonight? I mean, it’s like the NFL playoffs or the NCAA Tournament. The law of averages. You win eight NFL games in a row and the law of averages catches up in the playoffs. NCAA basketball. Win 15 in a row and get upset in the second round. CC has won his last nine decisions in a row, and the Yanks have won each of the last eleven games he has started. If the streak is to end, better tonight than in Game 1 of the ALDS next week. It’s not like I don’t want CC to lose, and it would be nice for him to win 20, but if he does lose, it’s not necessarily a bad thing…    

In the 2nd, the Melkman gets an RBI single. Who’d have thought the Melky Way would have more ribbies than the Captain? (68 to 66). It is not a knock on Jeter of course,  but just an example of how balanced and deep the lineup is from 1 to 9.

We worry about Joba with his 9-6, 4.78. Just looking at the phenom Price’s numbers. 9-7, 4.61. We have to sometimes remember youth.

4-1 Rays after 1 1/2. 




Game 55. The ace vs. the prodigy. A preview.

Tonight’s pitching matchup should be an interesting one (provided they get it in. It’s dreary, cold and rainy here in the East).

CC Sabathia of the Yankees vs. David Price of the Rays. 

On one hand, the ace. Someone paid megabucks to continue to be ace-like for the next several years. Someone who has a CYA on his mantle and who finished sixth in MVP balloting last year. Sabathia is 5-3, 3.46, ERA+ 131 this year.

On the other hand, the prodigy. The #1 draft pick of the 2007 draft. Tonight will be just his 8th regular season game. Price, you may recall, had just five regular season games under his belt when he won Game 2 and saved Game 7 of last year’s ALCS. This is just his third MLB game of 2009. He is 1-0, 3.00. ERA+ 155.

122-76, 3.65 (ERA+ 121) career vs. 1-0, 2.35 (8th MLB game) ERA+ 193.

It should be interesting.

…and the others are:

It was mentioned that Randy Johnson is 24th to win 300, and the sixth lefty.

The other lefties?

Warren Spahn (363), Steve Carlton (329), Eddie Plank (326), Tom Glavine (305) and Lefty Grove (300).  

Back later after I put a fin down on tomorrow’s Belmont.

BTW, go to Joel Sherman’s column today in the NY Post. Find it online if you can (I’d link, but gotta run right now). It is a good article about going with Wang or Hughes. There is no easy answer to that right now. It’s not like you can just disrespect all Wang has done and cast him aside like an old shoe. Check it out.

The minors today.

AAA:  SWB starts at 6 Eastern. Dave Robertson is coming up to replace the DL’d Bruney.

SWB loses 7-3. J. B. Cox started. John Rodriguez HR. Austin Jackson (.358) two hits. 

Cox (L, 0-1) 2.1 6 5 5 2 0 0 7.08
Kroenke 2.2 1 0 0 0 4 0 1.27
Valdez, J 3.0 4 2 2 1 3 0 4.61



AA: Trenton wins a 7-0 shutout. Nice outing for Christian Garcia. Two hits, two rbi for James “Fenimore” Cooper.  

Garcia (W, 1-0) 5.0 2 0 0 3 4 0 0.00
Dunn 2.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 4.97
Wordekemper 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Sanit 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.23

A+: Tampa is off. Click link for their stats.

A-:  Charleston won 4-1.  When are the Yanks going to promote Venditte already? Melky Mesa and Taylor Grote HRd.

Phelps (W, 4-1) 6.0 5 1 1 3 3 1 3.44
Arbiso (H, 4) 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2.49
Venditte (S, 13) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.90



I can see the intent, but couldn’t baseball have come up with something other than red caps? Yanks with red caps. Yuk.

Interesting from the Rays…they lose Iwamura for the year. Meanwhile, David Price makes his season debut. 

Tampa Bay wins 1st pennant, 3-1. It’s a Rays-Phils World Series.

Since the Yankees of 1978 pulled off the repeat, there have been just two teams to pull it off. The Blue Jays went back-to-back in 1992 and 1993, and the Yanks three-peated in 1998-99-2000.

There will be a new champion in 2008.

…and youth was served.

David Price, the #1 draft pick of 2007, got the biggest out in Tampa Bay’s history, striking out J. D. Drew with the bases loaded, two out, and Tampa Bay up 3-1 in the 8th inning. The 23-year-old Price was a late season callup, and had pitched in just five games in the majors (0-0, 1.93, 14 innings) before being put on the postseason roster. His first win was in ALCS game 2, and here he got the last four outs of Game 7 to put the Rays in the WS. We have seen something like this before. In 2002, Francisco Rodriguez had just five MLB games and 5 2/3 MLB innings under his belt before being put on the Angels postseason roster, and K-Rod got his first win in Game 2 of the ALDS that year vs. the Yankees.

Pedroia HRd in the first for Boston, but Tampa came back on RBIs by Longoria in the 4th to tie, Baldelli in the 5th to go ahead, and then Willy Aybar’s 7th inning HR gave them an insurance run. Matt Garza went 7+, giving up just 2 hits, and won the ALCS MVP award.

The repeat champs (notice how little of the NL—in bold). It’s tough to repeat.

1907-1908 Cubs (and none since)
1910-1911 Phila. A’s
1915-1916 Red Sox
1921-1922 NY Giants
1927-1928 Yankees
1929-1930 Phila. A’s
1936-1939 Yankees (1st team to win 3, then 4, in a row)
1949-1953 Yankees (the record, which will never be broken, of 5 in a row)
1961-1962 Yankees
1972-1974 Oakland A’s (only team other than Yankees to three-peat)
1975-1976 Reds
1977-1978 Yankees
1992-1993 Blue Jays
1998-2000 Yankees

…and I’m going blind from the suits that guy on TBS is wearing. I think he raided the late Lindsay Nelson’s suit rack.

Rays win slugfest 9-8 in 11 to even ALCS at one apiece.

I was at one of my brothers watching the PSU whipping of Wisconsin. As the game became a blowout, we switched back and forth between PSU and the ALCS.

A postseason record-tying seven HR were hit in the game, and the Red Sox hit three in one inning, but it was B. J. Upton’s SF off Mike Timlin that won the game for the Rays in the bottom of the 11th, handing the victory to rookie David Price. Price, the hyped (for good reason) rookie, came into the ALCS with five games and 14 innings of MLB experience. The series now heads to Boston even at one game apiece.

Dustin Pedroia hit two HR for the Red Sox, and Kevin Youkulis and Jason Bay added one each. Pedroia and Youkulis HR’d off Scott Kazmir in the fifth, and after a pitching change, Bay added one off Scott Balfour. Pedroia, Youkulis and Bay had 3 hits each, 4 RBI for Bay. So far in the postseason, Bay went .412-2-5 against the Angels (7 for 17) and in two ALCS games, is 4 for 8 with a HR and 4 RBI. Jonathan Papelbon kept his postseason ERA at 0.00. He’s now at 22 IP.

For the Rays, they got HRs from Evan Longoria, B. J. Upton and Cliff Floyd. Longoria had 3 hits and 3 RBI.

As for college football, the Wisconsin game was a game I was worried about before the season started. It was still a game I worried about as the game started. After all, the Badgers were a top-10 team and after couple of losses knocked them out of the top 25, could have remade their season and started a turnaround with a win. You don’t take any opponent likely in college football. Michigan found that out in their 2007 opener vs. Appalaichian St. Same later with West Va. vs. Pitt. I don’t know what happened to Wisconsin, but was very happy to see PSU blow the Badgers out 48-7. With #1 Oklahoma losing to #5 Texas 45-35, # 3 Missouri losing to #17 Oklahoma St. 28-23, and #4 LSU getting manhandled by #11 Florida 51-21, there will be a shakeup at the top. PSU should move to at least #3.

So this alum awaits a couple games for PSU. Next week, they are home vs. Michigan and SHOULD beat the Wolverines for the first time since 1996. After all, Michigan lost to Toledo yesterday, 13-10. But there have been times since 1996 when PSU should have beaten Michigan and didn’t. Like I said, never take an opponent lightly. But one thing’s for sure. After 12 years, and with the Wolverines having a down year, the crowd and players really want this one. Twelve years of frustration to Michigan should end.

The following week will be huge. Circle it. PSU at Ohio St. on October 25th. Should PSU win that one, the old Lion—Paterno—could see the BCS title game in his grasp. On the surface, it would appear (giving no disrespect to Iowa or Indiana) that should PSU get by Ohio St., that the only thing standing in their way then would be the final regular season game of the year vs. #23 Michigan State—a home game for PSU.

But you never know. One game, one play at a time.

For the old lion, one last roar?

Out in the AFL, Austin Jackson has hit a slump after a good opening day. I believe he was 2 for 4 in the opener. He is 1 for 13 since.

Remember that YFCR is on hiatus. When YFCR returns, I’ll let you know.