Results tagged ‘ Tim Lincecum ’

Return of the Nemesis…

 

It may be brief, but the view from the top is magnificent…

 

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After tonight’s games, the Yankees may or may not be in first place, but at least they started the day that way.  Of course, the last time I was excited about this was at the start of the last series with the Boston Red Sox.  That didn’t end so well for me, and a pink hat and a Red Sox shirt later; the Yanks were back chasing the Sox in the standings.

 

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Once again, thanks to a series sweep of the Minnesota Twins, combined with a Red Sox loss last night, the Yankees were once again tied atop the AL East Standings with Boston (despite the 0-8 mark against same).

 

 

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The Yankees open a weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim tonight.  Of all the teams I want to face right now, the Angels aren’t one of them.  For whatever reason, the Yankees have historically not done very well against the Angels.  I don’t know the exact stats off the top of my head, but it seems that the team loses more than it wins against those pesky Halos.  I’d like to say that this dates back to the 2002 play-offs, but it has been much longer than that.  I remember teams with Bobby Grich, Rod Carew, and Reggie Jackson giving the Yankees fits.

 

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You can’t say that the Angels’ mastery over the Yankees is because the team doesn’t match up very well against the Angels.  If you compare the starters of Game 4 of the 2002 American League Division Series in Anaheim on October 5, 2002, only Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada remain with their original team (you could consider Juan Rivera but he has switched sides). The Yankees lost that night, 9-5, effectively ending the Yankees’ most recent World Series run.  But despite the roster turnover, the Angels’ domination continues.

 

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I wish I understood the reason, but the Yankees did to figure out the Angels if they want a chance to return to the World Series.

 

 

 

I know, they also need to figure out Baltimore and Boston.  But one thing’s for sure, they know Minnesota!

 

 

For the record, the Red Sox won tonight, so pending the Yankees game against the Angels (which starts shortly), the Sox are up by a ½ game.  Why is it that Boston gets the Royals while the Yankees get the Angels?  It’s so not fair!  ;)

 

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I thought the New York Mets’ acquisition of Jeff Francoeur from the Atlanta Braves for Ryan Church was a solid move.  I realize that Francoeur has struggled the last couple of years, but I still think that the “light bulb” will eventually come on and he’ll be every bit the productive player that he showed in Atlanta when he first came up.

 

 

 

I still think that there’s no way that either the Red Sox or the Yankees will trade for Roy Halladay.  Both teams have done such a great job protecting their young talent in recent years, and it would “break the bank” to bring Doc to Boston or New York.  They’ve mentioned the Philadelphia Phillies as the front-runner and I agree with that, or perhaps the St. Louis Cardinals.  I’d like to see the San Francisco Giants become a player but I don’t think they have what it takes to make a deal.  A starting rotation led by Tim Lincecum and Halladay would be incredible, and would definitely be a major roadblock in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ attempt to crush the NL West.

 

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I am definitely in agreement that the question is ‘when’ Brett Favre joins the Minnesota Vikings, not ‘if’.  He has apparently placed a $30,000 deposit on a condo in Edina, Minnesota.  I am sure that he didn’t do it just so he could go ice fishing this winter.  The Vikings’ single-game tickets go on sale July 20th, so an announcement could be forthcoming prior to that date.  I don’t think it is the right move and I think that Vikings coach Brad Childress will be forced to play Favre the entire season regardless of how he performs.  There would be   a huge stigma attached to the coach who “sat” Brett Favre.  It’s really shaping up to be a ‘lose-lose’ scenario…

 

 

Well, it’s time to go check in to see how Mr. Chamberlain is doing…

 

 

–Scott

 

All Expense Paid Trip to Tampa…

He’s got to go…

 

My patience for Chien-Ming Wang to find himself effectively ended today. The Indians defeated the Yankees 22-4 in what should stand as the worst beating at the new Stadium for quite some time (or let’s hope so).

 

 

I don’t want to see Wang pitch in New York again if this is what we have to look forward to. I realize that he can’t be sent down (out of options and would have to have at least five years of service to agree to go down which he does not have).  He should be sent to the Yankees facility in Tampa for an extended spring training (if that’s possible) to work on re-establishing himself as a major league pitcher because right now he’s not one.  

 

Wang’s ERA now stands at 34.50…

In Pete Abraham’s LoHud Blog this morning, he said that if Wang threw three complete game shutouts, his ERA would still be over 4. No telling how many complete game shutouts it would take now.

Over the past few years, the Yankees have thrown up a few of these clunkers but this is on the heels of the Tampa debacle last Monday. Of course, the common denominator is Wang.

 

The Indians scored 14 runs in the second inning. Wang’s pitching line reads 11/3 innings, 8 hits and 8 runs. Anthony Claggett, called up from AAA Scranton earlier today (Juan Miranda was sent down), gave up 9 hits and 8 runs in 1 2/3 innings. Claggett now lays claim to the worst ERA on the staff at 43.20. Looking at the ERA’s of all the NY pitchers that appeared in the game is frightening. Edwar Ramirez, who gave up 4 runs in 2 innings, stands at 8.44. Jose Veras, who gave up 1 run in 3 innings, is at 8.53, and Damaso Marte, 1 run in 1 inning, is at 21.00.

 

 

I know that the Yankees have been hit hard by injuries, but I’d have to believe that Joe Girardi’s seat just got a little hotter.

Clearly, New York needs to get Wang away from the magnifying glass so that he can work on correcting himself and getting back to the pitcher we saw early last season before the foot injury in Houston.

I am ready for Phil Hughes to make his 2009 debut at the new Stadium. Phil is 2-0 in two games (11 2/3 innings) with a 2.31 ERA for AAA Scranton.

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I am sure that Julia is enjoying her day…

OTHER NOTES

There are a few pitchers on other teams that I like to follow. Some of my favorites are Jon Lester, Scott Kazmir, Clayton Kershaw, and Ubaldo Jimenez to name a few. Another one is Tim Lincecum. Unfortunately, Lincecum received a no-decision today despite 13 strikeouts and no runs in 8 innings (he gave up 5 hits). The Giants lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks on a 9th inning two-run double by Chris Young. Speaking of the D-Backs and Giants, Sunday’s pitching match-up is Max Scherzer against Randy Johnson. It should be interesting to see how the Unit performs against his former team…

Phillies fans said goodbye to legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas today at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. It was a beautiful day (warm with lots of sun), so it is a fitting farewell for a man who will never be forgotten…

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Well, as I so often say early this baseball season, tomorrow is a new day!  Have a great night!

 

–Scott

Random Thoughts for a Tuesday…

A-Rod Surgery – The Day After…

 

By all accounts, the surgery performed on Alex Rodriguez’s hip for the torn labrum by Dr. Marc J. Philippon was successful.  Alex should be able to resume playing in 6-9 weeks.

 

Many people have questioned whether the Yanks really need to seek a replacement since A-Rod can conceivably be back in action after 23 games.  I say yes, because I feel an upgrade is necessary for the long haul…not just the first 23 games of the season.  Cody Ransom is labeled as a good defender, but he can’t hit for average although he does have some power. 

 

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I think the Yankees need someone who can fill in, provide good defense, and hit well enough to keep pitchers honest.  Alex will need more rest than in years past, and more rest for Derek Jeter is probably not a bad idea as he begins the downside of his career physically-speaking.

 

Someone did ask A’s manager Bob Geren if Bobby Crosby was being showcased at third base for the Yankees and he chuckled and replied “no”.  Bobby wants to play, and he probably sees third as his best option given the health of 3B Eric Chavez in recent years.  

 

So, maybe the best deal is no deal, but I sure wish I had more faith and confidence in either Cody Ransom or Angel Berroa…

 

Starting in Centerfield…

 

Granted, Brett Gardner hasn’t won the job yet, but he continues to impress in camp.  On Monday, he hit this third homer of the season (which leads the team). 

 

 

He continues to make things happen, and I’d be surprised to see Melky Cabrera to take the job from Gardner.  It’s definitely exciting to have his presence in the lineup. 

 

Michael Kay mentioned on a recent telecast that the Yankees haven’t had a weapon like this on the base paths since Homer Bush.  I agree…

 

Italy ousts Canada

 

Italy defeated Canada 6-2 on Monday to eliminate the Canadians from WBC play.  Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli was 0-for-3 with a walk for the Italians. 

 

 

I caught Mike Piazza’s comments about Cervelli this morning (no pun intended).  “He’s so talented back there, you can’t say enough,” Piazza said.  “He worked hard back there.  His enthusiasm, you could tell.”

 

“His enthusiasm from the start of the game was just sky-high.  He hustled.  He’s got an amazing arm.” Piazza went on to say. “I’m jealous – in a good way – because I see player with a great future ahead of him.  He’s going to get better with the bat.  He’s going to get a little quicker.”

 

He’s not the prospect that Jesus Montero is, but he’s a few years older (23) and closer to major league action.  I am anxious to see competition between Cervelli and Kevin Cash (and even Jose Molina) when he returns to Yankees camp after the conclusion of the WBC.

 

Just as I am concerned about back up support at third, I have the same concerns at catcher given Jorge Posada’s age and his return from injury last season.  At this point of his career, Jorge is not going to improve and will only continue to deteriorate.  It remains to be seen if he can continue to perform at the level he’s been accustomed to, but the odds are against it.  Jorge needs a solid backup who can spell him on occasion.  Perhaps it is Jose Molina, but I do feel that when you look at the players with greatest odds for getting hurt, Jorge is at or near the top.  Therefore, if Cervelli can continue to take his play to a higher level, he’ll have a say in the Yanks’ backup catching plans.

 

Odds and Ends

 

Mike Mussina was a visitor to Yankees camp today, and true to form, doesn’t regret the decision to retire.  He also turned down Manager Joe Girardi’s offer to wear a uniform for the day.  

 

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Moose was a class act, and he’ll be missed.  He was, at times, misunderstood, but I always thought he was honest and straightforward.  

 

I saw Jake Peavy’s quote earlier in the week, and I am definitely glad that the Red Sox never became his destination.  “Boston was a place that I told the Padres I would certainly be interested in playing,” Peavy said Monday at the Team USA workout.  “I don’t know if there were any talks.  I gave the Padres a list and Boston was on that list.  Boston was a place I told the Padres I would be interested in playing at.  Set that straight for sure.”  Yikes!  To borrow the old adage, sometimes the best deal is the deal never made!  J

 

 

With the plethora of evidence building up against him, when is Roger Clemens going to come clean and admit steroids use?  For a guy I used to consider a hero, I am so disappointed…

 

 

I liked Randy Johnson’s description of Tim Lincecum as the fourth Jonas brother…

 

 

Okay, I find the headline of “U.S. teammate Dustin Pedroia thinks World of Derek Jeter” to be very disturbing!  There’s way too much love going around.  “They go at it constantly,” Chipper Jones said of Jeter and Pedroia.  “It’s fun when Yankees and Red Sox go at each other, because you know they’re going to hate each other in a month.”  Whew!  I needed that perspective.  Thanks Chipper! I was starting to get this visual image of Yankees and Red Sox players hugging each other and trading high 5′s before games… 

 

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