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S.T. Game #14. CC & Halladay put on a show but Rule 5 pitching, error cost Yanks, 7-0.

The game may be in question for it is raining in FLA. We’ll see if it lets up by this afternoon. Rafael Belliard finally gets some action after his calf injury.

Brett Gardner LF
Russell Martin C
Jorge Posada 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Jesus Montero DH
Ronnie Belliard 3B
Ramiro Pena SS

CC Sabathia P

Colin Curtis got his diagnosis: Partially dislocated shoulder.

The Lower Hudson Journal reports today’s subs:

Available in the bullpen: Dave Robertson, Mark Prior, Brian Anderson, Eric Wordekemper, Ryan Pope, Romulo Sanchez, David Phelps, Robert Fish and Daniel Turpen.

Off the bench: C Gustavo Molina, 1B Brandon Laird, 2B Kevin Russo, SS Doug Bernier, 3B Bradley Suttle, LF Jordan Parraz, CF Justin Maxwell, RF Daniel Brewer, DH Austin Romine

Ugh. MLBTR reports that one talent evaluator has Carl “The American Idle” Pavano as the best pitcher so far this spring. Meanwhile, Phils Mgr. Charlie Manuel got a 2-year extension through 2013.

Yanks take on the Phils this afternoon. CC vs. Halladay.

One tweet states that the Braves’ minor league coach struck by a ball this week could lose his left eye. Let’s hope not. He has multiple facial fractures.

Another tweet: All 3 officials from the RU-St. John’s game yest have voluntarily withdrawn from rest of Big East Tournament-not surprised. If you didn’t see/read/hear about it, that officiating in the last few seconds was completely inexcusable.

Last tweet for now: From Sweeny Murti of WFAN: Yogi Berra tripped in clubhouse, fell backward. He’s ok but taken to hospital as precaution. Another scare, thankfully ok. (You have to remember, Yogi turns 86 in May). :

Yogi update: feeling fine, resting comfortably, hoping to be released later today.

Two innings down and just what you’d expect from CC/Halladay. Only one baserunner (Victorino single) and he was doubled up on a lineout.  

Four down and scoreless. That’s probably it for CC. 4 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. Yanks have 2 hits off Halladay. Halladay pitched a 1-2-3 fifth.

I didn’t think CC would go five (or Halladay, for that matter) but after four innings, both pitchers are putting on a clinic. I think after four innings, each had thrown just 15 or 16 pitches or so. CC has a 1-2-3 5th. 5 IP, 0 R, 3H, no walks and 2 K. Both he and Halladay have thrown just 20-25 pitches each. 

Wow. Halladay is back out there for the 6th. Kind of early for him to go so deep, but after 5 2/3, he’s only thrown 22 pitches. Yanks get a couple hits in the sixth, but with 2 out, 2nd and 3rd, Posada strikes out. Halladay, 6 IP, 25 pitches. Still scoreless.  

No sixth for CC. Robertson in.

Hopefully nothing is wrong with Robertson. He gave up a first-pitch triple, then was pulled for Rule 5 player, Robert Fish. Fish gives up a walk, SB. SF. 1-0 Phils.

…and Fish shows why he’s a Rule 5 player. After the SF, a double for a run, single. With 1st and 3rd, a pickoff for out #2, but then he gives up a 2-run HR. Gets out of it with a K. Fish’s spring ERA? 10.38. It is safe to presume the Yanks will be giving him back.  4-0 Phils.     

Robertson 0 IP (one batter) 1R, 1 hit (triple), 0 walks or K.
Fish 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1 K, gave up HR.

Dan Turpen, another Rule 5, for the 7th, replacing (Dead) Fish. Hey, given the way Fish pitched, it’s appropriate; he stunk.

Turpen pitched a scoreless inning. No hits, 1 walk, 1 K.

Mark Prior for the 8th, and Prior’s numbers aren’t helped by a two-out, two-base, let two runs in error by CF Justin Maxwell. Prior does get 2 K, but 2 walks, a double, a double steal and that E-8 let in 3 R, 1 ER. Phils 7-0. Wordekemper in to try and finish the inning. Wordekemper throws a WP, but gets the out.  

Prior 2/3 IP, 3R, 1ER, 1H, 2 walks, 2 K.   

Here is an example of why I’m not worried about Fish’s or Turpen’s performances:  If the draftee does not stay on the selecting team’s 25-man (major league) roster all season, the player must be offered back to his original team at half-price.

Really, Fish and Turpen had no chance of making the club to start with, much less staying on the 25-man all season.

Yanks get just 4 hits in a 7-0 loss. Now 6-6-2 for spring training.

Good news to take out of it—CC was superb.  



Off day Observations

Make Room for Daddy
Hoping Pedro makes room for Daddy, so that Daddy makes 
more room in the trophy case.

What a plotline…and how sweet would it be for the Yanks to win WS title #27 by beating Pedro?

If it’s close and late in games 6 (or 7…obviously Yankees fans don’t want a 7) will Charlie Manuel risk giving all of Philadelphia a heart attack by bringing in Brad Lidge?

Will Cole “I can’t wait for the season to be over” Hamels start if there is a Game 7?

I kind of think the 3-day rest thing is overblown. Lew Burdette (1957) Sandy Koufax (1965) and Mickey Lolich (1968) all won Game 7 on two days rest. A different era, yes…but Burdette and Koufax threw shutouts and Lolich had one into the ninth (Mike Shannon Hr’d off him).

Remember the last Game 6 at Yankee Stadium? All Josh Beckett did with three days rest was to throw a CG shutout.

Pettitte and (hopefully not) CC on three days rest. As for tomorrow night, the big question is how many outs Andy can give the Yankees. Obviously it can’t be only six, which is what Burnett gave. How many between the numbers of 15 and 18? You figure if the Yankees have the lead, that Mo (no Game 5, off day today, just five pitches in his Game 4 save) will have the opportunity for a six-out save. The question is, how long will the bridge to Mo be? You would love Andy 7, Mo 2 and Title 27. But if there has to be a bridge, will that bridge be one out…or six?

Hmmm….did you see this? Hensley Meulens is the new hitting coach for the SF Giants. What, was Kevin Maas or Alvaro Espinoza unavailable?

Nice piece by Kevin Kernan in the Post. Heads in the Game. Jeter on Gomez in the Twins Series (the timing play), Teixeira’s back up to get Abreu in the Angels series, and Damon’s heads-up running in the Phils series. Smart baseball, going back to the Jeter flip play. Some may call it luck. Remember…luck is the residue of design.

Will Andy Pettitte return in 2010? You would hope so, given that Wang won’t be back until what…August? And if he does return then, what Wang do we get? But you wonder…will Andy walk away? If the Yanks win tomorrow night, and Andy gets the W, will he go out on top?

Great stat in the Post. Entering Game 5 of the WS, CC, AJ, Andy and Mo combined to throw 101 of 123 2/3 innings in the postseason—81.7%. 

AJ only threw 2+ innings in Game 5. It wouldn’t shock me in the least—should there be a Game 7—to see Girardi use him out of the bullpen in that game if needed. If there is a Game 7, it is ALL hands on deck. You have all winter to rest.  

Great catch by BG last night but when he hit that wall, I was very worried…especially with Melky already out.  

Yankees postseason stats, all series:

Posada .280-2-8 (and 5 RBI in the WS despite not starting two games. I wrote before about Posada, losing the DH in Game 5 and what would Girardi do. Personally, I thought Molina catching AJ was ok EXCEPT for last night when you lose the DH. Lose Posada and ONLY Posada…ok, but lose Posada AND Matsui…much different.)

Molina 1 for 6; Teixeira .170-2-7; Cano .210-0-6; Jeter .320-3-6; A-Rod .370-6-18; Damon .290-2-9; Matsui .310-3-7; Melky .270-0-4; Gardner 2 for 9; Swisher .140-1-2; Hairston 2 for 6.    

CC 3-1, 1.98; AJ 1-1, 5.27; Andy 3-0, 3.24; Mo 0-0, 5 saves, 0.63; Joba 1-0, 3.38; Hughes 0-1, 8.53; Marte 0-0, 0.00; Robertson 2-0, 0.00;  Aceves 0-1, 4.15; Gaudin one scoreless inning; Bruney 1/3 of an inning, ND, 54.00; Coke 0-0, 6.75   

Off day odds and ends.

The Yanks go to Pittsburgh tomorrow for their first trip there since Bill Mazeroski hit the only Game 7 walkoff HR in W.S. history. The Mick always considered the 1960 W.S. the most disappointing moment of his career. For those who don’t recall, the Yanks won three games (2, 3 and 6) by scores of 16-3, 10-0 and 12-0 but as we know, it takes four wins to win the World Series.

I’m kind of upset that Pittsburgh is in the NL Central. I’m one who remembers some great battles between the Stargell Pirates and Schmidt’s Phils in the late 70s, not to mention the Mets/Pirates battles in the early 70s. After all, Clemente’s 3000th and last hit came off Jon Matlack. Somehow not having the Pirates in the East doesn’t feel right.

Checking out various blogs….I get my wish. Pete Abraham reports that Alfredo Aceves has been called up to SWB. Between A+ and AA, he has gone 6-3, 1.95. Let’s see what he can do for AAA. Who knows, maybe he will be a sleeper weapon after the All-Star break.

Chad Jennings reports that Jeff Marquez was DL’d with a tired shoulder. Just a week off. He’ll be back later this week. Meanwhile, J. B. Cox is back. Jennings reports on more moves, and one that seems strange, but seems to be a “just for now” move.

The colorful Ozzie Guillen took over as manager from Jerry Manuel. Manuel must have taught Guillen a few things about colorful quotes. Manuel is quoted as saying his team will flourish in the “fertilizer” left by unhappy fans (NY Post today.) “It’s very, very fertile ground for growth at Shea Stadium. It’s fertile ground for a team’s growth and development. Sometimes, fertile ground has fertilizer. Fertilizer is a good thing. It’s a good thing. You get the greatest results—get the most beautiful plants—when you put it in that type of fertile soil. That’s what we have the opportunity to do.” If I didn’t know better, I’d swear that was Ozzie. Funny headlines though. “New Manager Rips Dung-Ho Fans.” I love what one wag suggested—that instead of Citi Field, it should be called Sh**ty Field. Funny.

Could you imagine a Manuel/Ozzie World Series? It would be a field day for reporters looking for quotes. Your daily paper would be encyclopedia-like thick.

Keep it up. After hitting a low of 20-25, the Yanks have gone 21-10.

With Game # 81 coming this week, we will hit the middle part of the schedule. I’ll get a jump on the “midterm grades” that I usually see published in the NY papers and give my own out this week. I’ll send them to YFCR and once Ty, Joe and Tony put in their grades, it should be interesting discussion. Send in your own comments this week or call the hotline at 206-984-0596. I happen to be tough. A-Excellent, B-Good, C-Average (Fair), D-Poor, and F-Failure. One thing I do is to compare a person to what you expected out of them. That is part of my grade. Obviously you would expect more out of A-Rod than Melky. Melky putting up Melky numbers is one thing. A-Rod putting up Melky-type numbers is something completely different. You make the big bucks, you have to meet expectations. To each their own, but obviously you expect more out of say, A-Rod than you would say, Shelley Duncan or Melky.

I don’t have too much to report on yesterday. We got a couple of spritzes, which didn’t need the umbrella, then the shower that did. For the most part we were under cover, but you still could feel it. It was funny, since sometimes you had the “sun showers.” The sun would be out but you were getting drizzle on you. The Truth was up at the game, but I wasn’t sitting by him. I was wondering where he was. He was on the same bus but might have been sitting in a different section. The fans gave Griffey a nice standing O after his HR, mostly in recognition that it could be his last AB in Yankee Stadium (barring a deal to Tampa). If it was, the last AB was #601. Hmm…I get to watch one person hit #601 and another who has 532 and counting…and as far as we know, both did it the right way. Anyway, I had to take my eyedrops into the Stadium with me. The pink eye is better but I still need to put drops in my eye. I looked around at different things—the spot where Chambliss HR landed in 1976, the “Jeffrey Maier” spot, the uppermost reaches of the Upper deck where Mantle’s shot would have hit. My last time at the old place, unless something unexpected comes up.

As far as seeing Monument Park, you can forget it. If you are lucky enough to get in right when they open the gates (or within say, three minutes) you have a chance. If it takes you ten minutes, forget it. Why? Lots of out-of-towners are in to see the Stadium before it comes down. Many are there for the first time. There was a lot of people from Cincy in. They want to see Monument Park. There is a cutoff for the number of people. That cutoff is met extremely quickly once the gates open.

Rasner, Joba and Moose in Pittsburgh this week. I won’t be going, but the Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club will have a busload of members out there for all three games. Jeff Peterson, a blog reader from the Pittsburgh area, will have tickets for (correct me if I am wrong, Jeff) Thursday. I have an old college buddy who lives in Cranberry Township. I wonder if he has tickets. There is a place called Mars near there. When I mention that I have a buddy who lives near Mars, you should see the expressions. No, I’m not Bill Bixby with Ray Walston as a friend (for those of you who remember the old TV show My Favorite Martian). There is a place called Mars out there.

Thanks to one person who e-mailed me stating that he has sources saying that CC will get dealt. According to his report, in order to get CC, the Yanks would have to give up Joba or Cano. If the Yanks had a 2b ready, maybe Cano. But they don’t. It’s funny, but guess who leads the Yanks in games played? It’s the regular with the lowest batting average—in the .220s. Cano. Go figure.

The soap opera continues. Could A-Rod return?

It’s interesting in that Buster Olney, ESPN and Mike Lupica today all have comments on the possible return of A-Rod to the Yankees. Could A-Rod and the Yanks actually be discussing it?

Far-fetched? All make points that maybe this time, Boras has bitten off more than he could chew–that the only team out there who could come reasonably close to meeting what Boras and Alex are commanding is indeed the team he opted-out so ungraciously from.

It could be that the Yanks called A-Rod’s bluff and won. Maybe A-Rod needs to visit those poker dens more often.

How sweet would it be for Boras and A-Rod to come hat-in-hand (or as beggardly as one could be considering the amount of $$$ offered here) because they have overpriced themselves?

There are a few things that would have to happen first though, and many problems to consider that would be encountered.

A-Rod would have to meet with the Yankees’ brass by himself. No Boras. There would have to be a lot of apologizing by Alex for 1) opting-out 2) opting-out when he did 3) not even giving the Yanks a chance to make an offer, which as it may turn out, would have been the best offer.

IMHO, the offer would have to stand as is. Strike that. As is BUT $21 million LESS than the original offer. Sorry Alex, but you screwed the Yanks out of $21 million of Rangers money and now have nowhere to play? Tough. Now you pay the consequences. You want it back? Well, maybe here the Yanks can get creative. How about some incentives? Just saying. But as far as Alex giving the money back? I’ll believe that when I see it.

How are those comments by Hank Steinbrenner going to play out? The ones I AGREE WITH. “If he doesn’t want to play here, we don’t want him.” Does Alex really WANT to play in NY? It sure doesn’t seem so. Where does he want to play, other than the answer “where he gets the most $$$$$$$$ ” (I’d put in 30 million dollar signs, but don’t have the time or space.). How would the Yanks take Alex back but save face on their comments that they wouldn’t pursue him if he opts out? How to take him back without looking desperate (which, let’s face it, as far as their 3B situation/cleanup hitter/Righty power threat goes, they are).

Could A-Rod and the Yanks be a marriage made in hell, such as Billy I, II, III, IV or V or the Burton/Taylor marriages?

Might # 13 actually get # 600, 700 and beyond as a YANKEE and have # 13 go into Monument Park–unlike what I wrote a few weeks ago? Could the soap opera that is A-Rod take on an unexpected plot twist? Those of us who remember Old Timer’s Day 1978 (the first Billy return) won’t put anything past anybody here.

But how would the fans and his teammates react? I mean, the guy opted out. He’s not returning various phone calls by teammates. He wouldn’t exactly be “Feeling the Love” here. There would be the “jilted lover” syndrome from fans and teammates. “You want me to take you back? After you dumped me and played the field?” Hmmmm.

A-Rod is about A-Rod. He is now realizing that he is getting bad PR, that his move may have backfired big-time, and that he may have overpriced himself off of any team.

Only with A-Rod. Only with the Yankees. The soap opera continues, and should A-Rod come back to the Yanks it will be sure to be a long-running one.

Is it worth it?

Other news. Mo receives an offer of $45 million over three years. What is he waiting for? This is more than generous for someone who turns 38 in two weeks. It makes the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) the highest-paid reliever by $4 mil per season at the age of 38! Rumors have it that Mo wants $18 mil. a year. I hope they are just rumors. There is no way a reliever–any reliever–gets $18 mil/yr., especially one who is 38. I don’t know what is holding Mo up from signing…travel problems, family….but sign it, Mo.

The AL and NL Managers of the Year are announced today. Please, no Joe Torre votes. I’ll have to see how many votes do go to Torre. Update: Torre came in 3rd, with 5 first-place votes, 8 seconds and 12 thirds. The AL Mgr. of the year was Eric Wedge, as expected. Torre was one point behind runnerup Mike Scioscia. NL Mgr. of the year went to Arizona mgr. Bob Melvin. The Mets’ collapse led to a second-place finish for Charlie Manuel of the Phils, and no votes for the Mets’ Willie Randolph.

Jake Peavy of SD should be the unanimous choice for the NL CYA announced tomorrow. 19-6, 2.54 and the NL Pitching Triple Crown (Wins/ERA/K’s) merits you that honor.

UPDATE 11/15. Peavy was the unanimous winner of the NL CYA. Webb 2nd, Penny 3rd.

UPDATE. IT LOOKS LIKE ALEX MAY BE BACK WITH THE YANKEES. See A-Rod’s website http://arod.mlb.com/players/rodriguez_alex/article.jsp?story=111407 for his statement. It looks like A-Rod is realizing that his image is taking a beating and that there is no one out there who can afford him other than the Yanks. A-Rod is all about his image, and it looks like he’ll sacrifice some of the bank account in order to repair a very tarnished image. It seems like A-Rod is doing a lot of the apologizing and hat-in-hand routine that I mentioned above. Good point by Mike Francesa, which is that the Yanks call A-Rod’s bluff and are the big winner here. Another big winner is the Rangers, who get out of paying $21 million. Alex cuts his losses, makes Boras the scapegoat for the World Series fiasco, and comes back to the only team that can give him what he wants. Scott Boras takes a huge hit. He comes across as an ass for what happened in the Series, and possibly loses out on the best player and biggest contract in baseball, as well as possibly some future clients who don’t want to go through the fiasco that A-Rod just did. It looks like 10 years and $275 million. A-Rod doesn’t get the $300 million he may have wanted, and you have to think that the difference is that Texas money. The Yanks basically told A-Rod that they won’t pick it up. They are saying that by opting out, you opted out of that money since we were never going to pick it up. This is one case where if it is true, and Alex is back, then you really have to tip your cap to Cashman and Hank Steinbrenner. They called Boras’ and Alex’ bluff and won. Now for those “jilted lover” questions I mentioned above. How receptive will the fans and teammates be?