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Game 100. Yanks fall 3-2. Sanchez out 1 month.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks avoided Nathan Eovaldi, who the Rays traded to Boston before the game, but still fell to Tampa Bay Wednesday afternoon by the score of 3-2.

In talking about Gary Sanchez before the game, GM Brian Cashman said he expects Sanchez to be out a month. He doesn’t expect a catcher to be available and is comfortable going with Austin Romine and Kyle Higashioka until Sanchez is available in late August/early September.

Maybe he is comfortable, but I’m not comfortable with Higashioka backing up Romine. Higashioka is now 5 for 33 this season, and 5 for 51 in his MLB career. Granted 3 hits are HR, but 5 for 51 is less than .100. Ugh.

As for the game, the Yanks lost 3-2. They scored in the second when Gleyber Torres, just off the DL (and I didn’t see the corresponding moves, but I would guess Drury to DL? and Gallegos down for Cessa?) walked. Greg Bird singled Torres to second, and a couple of fly outs plated Torres, with Neil Walker getting the SF.

UPDATE: Drury sore but fine after the HBP. No DL. Wade sent down instead.

Luis Cessa was good. He shutout the Rays for five innings, but in the sixth, gave up a single and HR. Jonathan Holder came in and later that inning gave up a HR. 3-1 Rays.

The Yanks narrowed it to 3-2 in the eighth. Gardner walked, and with one out, Didi singled Gardner to third. Giancarlo Stanton hit a SF.

The Yanks had first and second, one out in the ninth, but Austin Romine, PH for Higashioka, popped up, and Brett Gardner struck out.

The Yanks entered the game five behind Boston, but Boston has the Bad News Bears (oops, Baltimore Orioles) tonight. Ugh.

The Yanks hit the 100 game mark at 64-36, .640, a 104 win pace for the season.

Andujar 2 hits.
Walker 1 for 1, SF, 1 RBI.

Cessa (L, 1-2, 3.10) 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.94  Gave up 1 HR.
Cole 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.78 (Wash/NYY combined ERA)
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.49

Yoenis Cespedes of Mets out for rest of year, needs surgery on heels. Toronto’s J.A. Happ appears on the verge of being dealt (per mlb.com), and rumors are that the Yankees are “heavy in the mix.”


Yankees news: Yanks add Holliday, no Hall yet for the Boss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

There hasn’t been a report for a while because things have been relatively quiet in Yankee land.

With the winter meetings about to start, that may change soon.

The first order of business was that the Yanks signed Matt Holliday to a one-year deal worth #14 MM. Holliday will mostly DH, and will play the occasional 1B to spell Greg Bird and maybe a bit of LF too. He will be 37 next season, and is a .303 career hitter with 295 HR. Last season, in 110 games, he hit .246-20-62 for St. Louis, with an OPS+ of 107. For his career, his OPS+ is 134. A 7x All-Star, Holliday was a close runnerup to Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies for the 2007 NL MVP. Outside of 93 games for the 2009 A’s, he has spent the rest of his career in Colorado and St. Louis. He made it to three World Series, winning it in 2011.

The Yanks had interest in bringing Carlos Beltran back, but he signed with Houston for 1 year and $16MM. There was also talk of them being interested in lefty pitcher Rich Hill, but the 37 year old Hill signed a 3 year $40 MM deal with the Dodgers.

I don’t know how much interest they had in Yoennis Cespedes, who went back to the Mets for 4 years and $110 MM (too much $$ in my opinion).

Edwin Encarnacion is out there, but the Yanks probably didn’t want to go too many years and too much money with someone entering their mid-30s. Hence a one year deal with Holliday.

With the signing of Holliday, it does not appear as if the Yanks will now bring back free agent Billy Butler.

The Yanks made a couple of moves, the most important being that they basically released Nathan Eovaldi and Jacob Lindgren. Both won’t pitch in 2017 due to Tommy John surgery. Lindgren was picked up by the Braves. In two seasons with the Yanks,  Eovaldi was 23-11, 4.45, ERA+94. Lindgren, a top draft pick a few years ago, got in seven games, seven innings, for the 2015 Yankees, going 0-0, 5.14.

Executive John Schuerholz and ex-MLB C0mmissioner Bud Selig were selected to the Hall of Fame by a committee yesterday. Among those not getting in were George Steinbrenner and Lou Piniella (for Lou’s managing).

More when things happen. Meanwhile is PSU alum is happy about the Nittany Lions winning the Big 10 Title and going to the Rose Bowl.


Fantastic finish.

I don’t know how today’s NFL games can top the finish of that 49ers/Saints game yesterday. What, four TD’s back-and-forth in the last 5 minutes or so? Once you thought it was over, it (as Yogi said) wasn’t. 49ers win and now find out if they host the Giants or go to Green Bay.

As for the other game, a blowout. Tebow (6 for 28) did what I thought he’d do against my Steelers. I give him credit for beating Pittsburgh, but New England was having none of it. A fabulous game by Brady (6 TD passes) as it was a blowout by halftime.

Today, Texans at Ravens, Giants at GB. As for GB, cue that old Three Dog Night song, “Eli’s Coming.”

It appears that Bartolo Colon found a new team. It could be the A’s.

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Oh, Btw, Cespedes isn’t impressing in some games right now. It may take him a while to get his bearings, but so far… trouble with the slider and it’s making his stock drop…

Besides Prince and Pujols, are untested Darvish, Cespedes the best out there?

We all know about Pujols and Fielder.

But are the next best free agents out there two that we haven’t seen?

Yes, after Pujols & Prince we still have the likes of Wilson & Reyes. But could Yu Darvish (who may not be posted by his Japanese team until next month) and Yoenis Cespedes (OF, Cuban defector) be the next two best available? Could they be 3-4 (0r 4-5 depending on what you think of Reyes) on the pecking order?

Between Darvish’s posting fee and the amounts of salary each expects, the cost for each (neither of whom we have seen in the States at even a minor league level) could reach $150 MM. $50 mil for the posting fee on Darvish (18-6, 1.44 in Japan this year, the last five years or so ERA 2.00 or less) and then with him and  Cespedes (33 HR, 90 HR in 99 Games for Cuba before defecting) each getting multi-year salaries of $50 MM. …

A minor deal today. Jeff Mathis from the Angels to Toronto for Brad Mills. A C with an OPS+ of 50 for a lefty pitcher with an ERA+ of 50.

After getting a two-game suspension for his B.S. on Thanksgiving, the lions defensive lineman Suh gets into a car accident today. Now I don’t know if it’s his fault or not, but …. He is ok, but you have to be worried if you are the Detroit Lions’ management. Great talent. More headaches with him. Not exactly what you’d call low maintenance.


Weekend wrapup.

I’ve been a little busy lately, and besides, other than the awards, there hasn’t been too much baseball happenings right now.

The AL MVP will be announced tomorrow, and the NL MVP on Tuesday.

So…a trivia question (answer at the end, no cheating!). Justin Verlander could become the first pitcher since Dennis Eckersley in 1992 to win the MVP award, and first starter since Roger Clemens in 1986.

Eckersley and Clemens were both American Leaguers.

Who is the last NATIONAL league pitcher to win the MVP award?

Ok. I see the Post today, and someone is praising Torre for calling Posada a possible HOF player but criticizing Girardi for not catching Posada and for putting Posada ninth in the lineup.

C’mon. Open your eyes. What was Girardi going to do? The sands of time wait for no man, and it was obvious over the last few years that Posada’s defense was getting downright awful. Not only that, but Posada was hitting .147 after the games of May 10th. You can’t just keep him in the 6 or 7 spot. Jorge hit just .248 in 2010 (albeit with a 115 OPS+) and just .235 this past year (OPS+ 87).

This writer shouldn’t have criticized Girardi because of HIS blind loyalty.

It looks like Grady Sizemore is going back to the Indians. There was expectations that the Indians would let the free agent go. Sizemore, 29, was a 30/30 player in 2008, but has suffered through three injury-plagued years since.

The Twins signed Ryan Doumit, who hit .303 in limited time for the Pirates this year. He provides insurance for the recently oft-injured Mauer (C) and Morneau (1B) as well as RF protection in case Cuddyer leaves.

Meanwhile, the Pirates look to be getting Clint Barmes. The SS hit .244 for Houston in 2011.

Speaking of Houston, they’ll be coming to the AL West in 2013, necessitating more interleague play (which I hate) because each league would have fifteen teams. So there would have to be at least one interleague game. As for me, I’ll hate having to see Granderson or Gardner try to negotiate that silly hill in CF in Houston.

Yoennis Cepedes is all the rage in the Dominican. The Cuban defector had something like 33 HR and 90 RBI in 99 games. The 26 yr. old CF is said to want $35-50MM.

Which makes me wonder…could the best free agents on the market be people we don’t know much about outside their stats in foreign competition (Cepedes and Darvish)?

Back to Houston and the switch of leagues. Now a second wild card. I hate it. Instead of epic collapses, Boston and Atlanta would have made the playoffs under the proposed new scenario.

Yup. A team that comes in third in its own division can now make the playoffs. Yankee haters should hate that concept. After all, don’t they complain that they win too much or have an unfair advantage? Now here you have them, and every other team in baseball, getting a chance to get lucky at the right time and be crowned WS champs after a season in which they finish third. No wonder America is floundering. We reward mediocrity.

…and yes, two wild cards can be from the same division, as I wrote above. The “top seed can’t play a wild card from its own division” rule for the division series would be eliminated.

Worse yet, the “series” between the two wild card teams? One game. One game is football. Not baseball. Of course, the silly alternative is to have a best of three, but then the other teams are waiting around too long.

The best alternative? FEWER playoff teams. Whatever happened to the phrase that John Houseman used to say in those Smith-Barney ads.


Last but not least, and not to get political, Phil Mushnick has a great column in the Post on the ridiculousness of the presidential debates. How refreshing it would be for a candidate NOT to participate in the debates (moderated by someone asking silly questions to sometimes meet his or her own personal agenda) but to issue policy statements. Just state or print out what you stand for and what you will do. Have one to one interviews on the major networks stating your plan. As Mushnick states, a debate between eight persons seems more like a spelling bee…or a game of musical chairs. It sure doesn’t seem like this process of elimination is the proper way to pick a president.

Ok. The answer to the trivia question:

The last National League pitcher to win the MVP award was Bob Gibson in 1968.

Awards coming up, and odds and ends

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but things happen. I’m trying to do some OT, am looking for a car, and well, there isn’t any baseball.

I have been watching football, and my Steelers are 7-3. Meanwhile, as for my alma mater, well, you know all about the PSU situation.

This week starts the awards for MLB. So as the week progresses, watch for the ROY, CYA, Mgrs. of the Year and MVP awards.

Ex-Expos pitcher Charlie Lea died at the age of 54. He pitched from 1980-1984 with Montreal, then after being out of the majors in 1985 and 1986, then in 1987. He was with the 1988 Twins. He won 12 games in 1982, 16 in 1983 and 15 in 1984. He was an All-Star in 1984. For his career, Lea was 62-48, 3.54, ERA+ 103. From 1982-1984 he was 43-31, 3.07. He threw a no-hitter in 1981.

Good to see Wilson Ramos, abducted by kidnappers, was recovered safe in Venezuela. It makes Yankees fans fear for Cervelli and Montero.

The Marlins will be players in the free agent market, as they have looked at or are looking at Pujols, Madson, Buehrle, and Reyes. With a new stadium and a new manager, they are looking to make a splash.

Jamey Carroll signed with the Twins to be their SS. He went .290-0-17 for the Dodgers last year, OPS+ 98.

Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes is the rage in the Dominican. The 26 yr. old OF had 33 HR in some 90 games this past year.