Results tagged ‘ Roy Halladay ’

No Competition for Wakefield…

 

So much for quality starting pitching to rival Boston’s staff…

 

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There was a time this season where you could trust the starters, but had to worry about the bullpen.  My, how times changed!   Suddenly, Joba Chamberlain has become the starting rotation’s version of Jose Veras, and Andy Pettitte is its Damaso Marte.

 


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Sunday’s game turned out well (a win), but it was Joba’s worst outing yet.  He couldn’t get out of the 4th inning, and gave up 8 runs on 9 hits and 1 walk.  Fortunately, for Joba’s ERA, only 3 of the 8 runs were earned.  But games are won or lost on runs, earned or unearned, and Joba gave up a lot of them.  He threw 86 pitches in 3 2/3 innings, and failed in his 9th try to win at the new Yankee Stadium.  To me, Joba isn’t improving each time out and he is not even forcing the “to the pen” chants to percolate, but rather he looks like is auditioning for a possible future start in Scranton/Wilkes Barre or Trenton.

 


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The Yankees have been very fortunate for Alfredo Aceves to find his niche in long relief and prove he is the guy the Yankees have been seeking for years to replace Ramiro Mendoza.  Aceves’ four innings of one-hit, scoreless relief allowed the Yanks’ comeback to stand, as they beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 10-8.  Aceves picked up his first save of the season in relief of Jonathan Albaladejo, who picked up the win.

 

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All-Star starting shortstop Derek Jeter had four hits and delivered the key go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the 5th inning.

 

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Monday, on the other hand, did not turn out so well.  After a solid outing in his last start, Andy returned to his inconsistent ways.  By the top of the 7th inning, the Blue Jays had built a 7-1 lead against Pettitte and Brian Bruney.  Pettitte gave up 6 runs on 5 hits in 6 innings.  He walked 3 Toronto batters.

 

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The Yankees attempted to rally, scoring 5 runs over the final 3 innings.  However, with the tying run on first in the 9th inning, Eric Hinske struck out to end the game as the Yankees fell to the Jays, 7-6.  To Hinske’s defense, he had homered earlier in the game and also had several outstanding defensive plays in right.  So, the loss cannot be saddled on Hinske.  But Pettitte?  He gets full credit for this loss.  Well, Derek Jeter’s failed attempt to swipe third didn’t help.  Tag or no tag, it was a bad play on DJ’s part…

 

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I am definitely concerned about both Chamberlain and Pettitte, and both guys need to get it together.  With Chien-Ming Wang on the DL, the Yankees cannot afford for the only source of consistency to come from CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett.  Plus, CC has not performed like the ace he is paid, so that places even more pressure on the back half of the rotation.

 


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When Girardi stretched Aceves out to four innings and let him close out Sunday’s game, I suspected that he was giving Aceves for length for a possible start.  Sure enough, Aceves will start on Thursday against the Minnesota Twins.  I was probably more in favor of bringing up Sergio Mitre, but if the Yankees feel that Wang will be back in a month, then perhaps Aceves is the best option.   But long-term, I’d hate to lose the long relief star. 

 

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Tonight, the Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins, 10-2.  CC finally pitched like the ace he is, and he only gave up three hits and one run in 7 innings of work.  So, the streak of poor starting pitching is over.   Hopefully, Chamberlain and Pettitte will follow CC’s lead as we move into the second half of the season…

 

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In addition to Derek Jeter, the 2009 American League All-Stars will include Mark Teixeira at first base.  Mariano Rivera was among the pitchers selected.  Congratulations to DJ, Tex and Mo!

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays have indicated that they’ll entertain offers for pitcher Roy Halladay, 32.  I’d be very surprised if the Jays dealt with either the Yankees or the Red Sox.  If they did, I am sure that the price would be significantly greater than what, say, the Philadelphia Phillies would have to pay.  But a note to Jays’ GM J.P. Ricciardi, if you receive a phone call from someone named Epstein with a 617 or 857 area code, don’t answer it.  It’s probably just an annoying sales call!  ;)

 

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It sounds like Francisco Cervelli is headed back to Scranton/Wilkes Barre, possibly tomorrow, to make room for the returning Jose Molina.  Bummer, I will definitely miss Cisco’s energy and hustle.  He had definitely made his mark on the team, and hopefully, he’ll be back sooner rather than later…

 

There is no love lost as the Yankees play their final series in the Metrodome.  The Twins will move to their new home, Target Field, in downtown Minneapolis next spring.  Now, if the Vikings could only figure out a way to get out of the Metrodome…

 

 

Sorry Julia, it’s still just one game…

 

 

–Scott

He’s Still A Headcase…

 

The 4-game series with the Cleveland Indians brings pitcher Carl Pavano back to the forefront…unfortunately.

 

With the Indians this year, Pavano has been effective, and has beaten both the Red Sox and the Rays this month.  His record is 5-4.  Compare that to the fact that it took him until the third year of his 4-year, $39.95 million contract to win his 5th game with the Yankees.  Of course, the Indians are paying just a fraction of the price (1-year, $1.5 million).

 

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I have never disputed that Pavano has a quality arm.  Unfortunately, he doesn’t have the head to match.  Time will tell if he implodes with the Indians, but you expect that it will eventually happen.  For now, the Indians going along for the ride, and reaping the rewards.  Good luck with that…

 

Some guys just aren’t cut out for New York, and Carl Pavano proved that he is just another Ed Whitson.  Cleveland is probably a much better environment, with much less pressure, for Pavano.

 

 

 

Had he still been with the Yankees, I am sure that he would have found his way to the DL by now…

 

Barring a possible rainout tonight, Pavano is scheduled to pitch on Sunday against Phil Hughes.  Hopefully, Phil will prevent the Yanks from becoming the latest AL East giant to fall to the American Idle…

 

                                                   
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Jorge Posada was activated from the DL today, and is in the starting lineup for tonight’s game with the Cleveland Indians.  Kevin Cash was sent down to Triple A-Scranton/Wilkes Barre.  Francisco Cervelli will most likely catch CC Sabathia on Saturday against the Tribe.  The Yankees have an interesting decision to make when Jose Molina returns.  They’ll probably go the conservative route and send Cervelli down, but I’d rather keep Cervelli than Molina.  Then again, there’s a reason that Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi draw paychecks from the Yankees and I don’t…

 

 

The Yankees briefly held a share of first place.  Following Wednesday’s win in Texas, combined with a Red Sox loss, the Yankees had drawn even with the Red Sox.  However, it was short-lived as the Red Sox won on Thursday (the Yankees were off, or rather at a basketball game).  So, entering tonight’s action, the Yankees remain in second place, a ½ game behind the Red Sox.

 

 

 

I saw that the Yankees might be one of several possible suitors for Cleveland’s Mark DeRosa.  He would be an upgrade over Ramiro Pena and Angel Berroa, and I admired the intangibles and the play that DeRosa brought to last year’s Chicago Cubs.  The Cubs haven’t been the same this year, and I think the loss of DeRosa is one reason.  Of course, it wouldn’t surprise me if either the Atlanta Braves or Chicago Cubs re-acquired DeRosa

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Two ex-Yankees were DFA’d today.  Cleveland designated outfielder David Dellucci for assignment to make room for reliever Rafael Perez.  Meanwhile, in Baltimore, catcher Chad Moeller was the victim of the much hyped major league arrival of top baseball prospect Matt Wieters.

 

 

 

I liked Joe Girardi’s comment when asked about a possible move of Joba Chamberlain to the bullpen (the ongoing debate that will not die):  “That’s why the Presidential debates are better,” Girardi said.  “They end.”  I have not been a proponent of moving Chamberlain, but he does need to figure out how to pitch in the first inning and when he doesn’t have his best stuff.

Melky Cabrera is back with the team, and is listed as day-to-day.  He won’t play for a few days, but he shouldn’t be out as long as initially projected so that’s a good thing.

How come Boston never has to face Roy Halladay when they play the Toronto Blue Jays?  I don’t get it.  The schedule is perfectly aligned in their favor.  I realize this isn’t Yankees news, but it obviously affects the team since Halladay is perhaps the best pitcher in baseball.  And, of course, Julia is loving every minute of it…

 

I agree with Dodgers manager Joe Torre, I don’t think that Manny Ramirez should play in the All-Star Game if selected…

What was up with the six wild pitches thrown by the Boston Red Sox the other day?

 

 

The Yankees have played a franchise-record 14 games without an error.  That’s an amazing stat, particularly given how weak defensively the team has been in recent years.  But I have to admit, offensive stats aside, I love watching Mark Teixeira field at first base.  I can’t even say that he’s an upgrade over Jason Giambi because that would be a huge understatement.  I know the phrase “defense wins championships” is specific to pro football, but I’ll take it for the Yanks.  Works for me!

 

 

 

Cavs over Magic

Yankees fan LeBron James led his team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, to victory over the Orlando Magic in a home game that was attended by Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia, Brian Bruney, Brett Gardner and Joba Chamberlain.  The Cavs now trail the Magic 3 games to 2 in their best-of-seven series.  I am not a Cavs fan, but I am a LeBron fan and it would be fun to see him in the NBA Finals.  Nothing against Dwight Howard and the Magic, but LeBron is the best the NBA has to offer.  It’s just a bonus that he’s a Yankees fan too.

 

 

Ironically, it was Yankees reliever Brett Tomko’s dad who gave the Cavaliers their name.  The Cleveland Plain Dealer held a contest in 1970 that drew 11,000 entries, and Jerry Tomko had the winning selection:  “The name Cleveland Cavaliers represents a group of daring, fearless men whose life’s pact was never surrender, no matter what the odds.”  That’s an interesting bit of trivia that I did not know…

 

 

 

Good luck to LeBron and the James as they continue their quest to overcome impossible odds in beating the Orlando Magic!

 

–Scott 

Another Day, Another Loss…

 

Who said Derek Jeter could have the day off?

I didn’t see the PTO request!

Actually, he has a sore right oblique and needed a day to recuperate…


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Thanks to a scoop by Peter Abraham of the LoHud Yankees Blog, here is a photo of Nick Swisher’s new haircut:

 

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I liked Abraham’s comment that it looked like Swish head-butted a lawnmower!  Hopefully, this will snap Swish out of his current slump.  On the bright side, it can’t hurt!

Roger Clemens was on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” show this morning, and denied use of any performance-enhancing drugs.  Right, and I also believe that Brett Favre doesn’t enjoy waffling about retirement every off-season…

 

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Former Yankees reliever Scott Proctor (currently with the Florida Marlins) had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, and is out for the year.  Meanwhile, Yankees minor league pitcher Ian Kennedy had surgery for an aneurysm in his right shoulder, and will be out for 6-8 weeks.  Good luck to both pitchers, and may they each have a speedy recovery!

SI.com named their Best 5 & Worst 5 Owners in Baseball, and the Steinbrenner Family made #4 on the Best List.  I won’t say who took first, but I am sure that Julia will have something to say about it…

Oh yeah, there was a game tonight.  The Yankees lost, 5-1.  Of course, that was a given as soon as I saw that Roy Halladay was the scheduled starter.  He is a true Yankee killer (even if his name is really Harry), and the marquee match-up between him and A.J. Burnett was tilted in the Jays’ favor from the start. 

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I was glad to see Alex Rodriguez get an RBI, but once the Jays scored early, I knew that the Jays would be able to tack on more runs once they got A.J. into the later innings (when he seems to tire easily). 

Without Jeter in the lineup, the offense looked very punchless.  With A-Rod still trying to work his way back and Tex still coming up short in key situations, there really wasn’t anything else in the lineup (Damon can’t do it all by himself).  It was appropriate that Teixeira ended the game with a groundout to first, leaving a runner in scoring position.  So much for a clutch hit to start a rally…

 

I know that the Yankees have to keep infielders Ramiro Pena and Angel Berroa around because of uncertainty regarding Alex Rodriguez, but there’s nothing on the bench.  The cupboards are bare.  When a DJ takes the day off, there is a huge drop-off in talent, and the Yankees cannot afford to let these games get away.  I know that now is a difficult time to make any acquisitions without paying a high price, but Brian Cashman needs to figure it out.

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Time to regroup, and return tomorrow night to show the world that they really do deserve to be called contenders (because right now they don’t look like it)…

 

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