– *JOIN THE BEN SHEETS MOVEMENT*
– A one year contract would allow us to see how well Sheets has recovered, without the fear of being stuck with an injury-prone player for an extended period of time.
– Ben Sheets is a right handed pitcher. We’ve seen the inconsistant games from Burnett, and the number two slot in our rotation should be open for discussion. If we bring Sheets in to the mix, out rotation can morph into something like this:
1. Sabathia (L)
2. Sheets* (R)
3. Pettitte (L)
4. Burnett (R)
5. Chamberlain (R)
*In my opinion, this rotation is far more promising then the following:
– Gaudin in the 5 spot? Chamberlain in the 4? Am I the only Yankee fan who got tired of having question marks in the 4 and 5 slots last year? Our rotation would be dominant if we were so stacked, that a pitcher like AJ Burnett is number 4 on our list…
– *PHILLIES SNATCH HALLADAY*
– *LEE TO THE MARINERS?*
– *LACKEY TO THE RED SOX*
– *MATSUI TO THE ANGELS?*
– *WITH LACKEY AND HALLADAY GONE*
In my opinion, letting Chien-Ming Wang slip into the free agent pool was an excellent choice. It’s time to move on – but where do the Yankees go from here? With Lackey and Halladay off the market, I’ve had my eyes on the following options for a while:
BEN SHEETS: Although Sheets is returning from an injury related off-season, a healthy Ben Sheets can be as dominant as a heatlhy CC Sabathia…
JASON MARQUIS: Marquis is a starter that’s been on numerous radars for a while now. I think the Yankees should take a stab at Marquis while they can – the price will be far lower then our Halladay hopes, and he would be an excellent fit behind AJ Burnett or Andy Pettitte in the 2010 season…
– *ROTATION ESTIMATION*
1. CC Sabathia
2. Ben Sheets*
3. Andy Pettitte
4. AJ Burnett
5. Joba Chamberlain
I’ve thrown AJ in the four slot, because in my opinion – Pettitte performed better then Burnett last year. Plain and simple. As lefties, Sabathia and Pettitte should obviously remain a start apart – and that’s why Ben Sheets or Jason Marquis would be excellent “number twos” for the Yankees in the 2010 season. My opinion.
– *WHO’S ON THE HILL?*
Sergio Mitre (3-2) vs. Roy Halladay (14-9)
Joba Chamberlain provided 4 quality innings in yesterday’s 5-3 victory over the Angels. Is it just me, or was 3 becoming a magic number with this guy? If Chamberlain made an appearance for 7 innings, he’d allow 3 runs. If Chamberlain made an appearance for 3 innings, he’d allow 3 runs. If Chamberlain was having an off-day on the mound, struggling to get out of the first inning alone… (you guessed it)- he’d be plucked by Girardi after allowing 3 runs! It was honestly a relief to see Joba make his exit on a good note, letting up a solo-shot in the second to keep things under control, and give the Yankees a reasonable chance to make a comeback.
My final “shout-out” has to go to Mark Teixeira. “Tex” came out of this one 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s, giving the Yanks some breathing room to back up our relievers. A giant triple in the 5th brought two runners home, and despite pointing out a ‘catcher interference,’ the outstanding hit shifted the lead back to our side…
A wise man once told me, “Mariano Rivera once walked a batter, just to see what it feels like.” Mo’s walked a mere 11 batters this season… ELEVEN! In the past 4 years, his grand total tallies up to an astonishing 30 BB’s to date! He never ceases to amaze me…
3 for 4, 2 RBI’s
|Rodriguez, A, 3B||2||1||0||0||2||0||2||.286|
|Matsui, H, DH||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.275|
|2-Guzman, F, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Molina, J, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.243|
|Cabrera, Me, CF-RF||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||.280|
|Coke (H, 19)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.91|
|Hughes, P (BS, 2)(W, 7-3)||1.0||2||1||1||1||0||0||3.18|
|Rivera, Ma (S, 40)||1.0||0||0||0||1||0||0||1.69|
– *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*
Andy Pettitte (12-6) vs. Brett Cecil (6-3)
Well, I guess we’re not the “perfect team” after all… A day after making Ricky Ramiro look like a AA call-up – the Yankes got a taste of their own medicine from one of the AL’s finest. Roy Halladay held New York to one single hit through 9, and gave the Yanks their first loss in 7 consecutive victories…
I can’t lie, Halladay did his thing. If he can hold the best team in the league to one hit, then the man deserves his praise. The unfortunate thing for New York fans however, is the lack of things to be proud of in this one… It was a miserable sight to see.
1. Thanks to the “10 Joba Commandments,” Chamberlain was pulled in the 3rd to give Mark Melancon a shot on the mound. Let’s be honest though – the 3 runs Joba allowed probably would of gotten him pulled anyway… We’ll just say he needed to take a seat.
2. Melancon allowed an additional run, and was plucked after a 2 inning stint to give Jonathon Albaladejo a shot. The name drops here are bringing back some memories, right? Faces we haven’t seen in quite awhile…
– *THE RETURN OF EDWAR!*
You read correctly! After a long ‘vacation’ from the majors, Edwar Ramirez resurfaced for the Yankees toward the end of yesterday’s game to prove he’s still alive. (*Kidding*) I can’t lie, I missed Edwar on the mound. I never really thought he deserved to be thrown in the minors for that long, but we’ve been winning so I have no reason to complain. I’m just glad to see him getting another shot… Goggles or no goggles!
RAMIREZ: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 SO
|Rodriguez, A, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.273|
|Matsui, H, DH||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.262|
|Cabrera, Me, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.275|
|Pena, R, SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.278|
|Chamberlain (L, 8-5)||3.0||6||3||2||2||2||0||4.41|
– *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*
Andy Pettitte (10-6) vs. Derek Holland (7-7)
Yesterday’s matchup against the Rangers was an ’emotional ride’ to say the least. With Joba making his first appearance in 8 days, the Yankees kicked things off with a bang. Chamberlain made it out of the 1st inning alive, while New York posted an immediate 4 runs to get the ball rolling. It seemed as though we were targeting another large-margin victory – but only a fool would bank on the win with one single inning in the books…
The Rangers struck back with 2 runs of their own in the second. Although Joba seemed a little frusterated with the response, the lead was still in-tact and there was plenty of baseball left to play. The third came and went, and both sides were kept in check heading in to the 4th…
That’s when it happened. Disaster on the mound, as Texas put up 5 more runs to take a 7-4 lead in the top. When the Yankees came to bat in the bottom, Cano managed to squeak one over the left field wall to keep things close; but it was hardly enough to shift the momentum as the Rangers added yet another single run to their score in the 5th. This truley was a back-and-forth ballgame…
By the 7th inning, Gaudin had been called in for relief duties after another disappionting Chamberlain start. (It became obvious early-on that Joba wouldn’t be going very deep in this one, as his pitch-count breached 40+ by the 3rd.) Unfortunantly, not even Gaudin could keep the Rangers at bay – as they etched an additional 2 runs on the board with a 2 run shot from Michael Young. The score was now 10-5 heading in to the 9th…
Damaso Marte did his part, and allowed Texas to do no additional damage in their last at-bat. It was now the bottom of the 9th, with the Yankees still down by a rough 5 runs…
What would we witness? New York has proven time and time again that comebacks are within their realm of ability – so would this be another incredible win to kick off a brand new series? “Close – but no cigar.” As fun as it was to see, the Yanks worked their butts off and gave the Rangers’ Frank Francisco a run for his money. We manuevered our way into a bases-loaded situation, which resulted in a surprising 4 runs – but a quick flyout double-play from Melky put things to an end…
As harsh as that sounded, I’m honestly not angry. Disappointed – yes… but we played a heck of a game. Nobody can give Melky a hard time for the loss, because plain and simple: he’s been responsible for too many wins! I’m looking on the bright side of this one – because this was a giant statement for the league to witness. The Yankees mean business this year – and it doesn’t matter if you’re winning by 5 with a single inning remaining… We can snatch the win from right out underneath you.
– *ON PAPER*
|Rodriguez, A, 3B||4||2||2||0||1||1||0||.267|
|Matsui, H, DH||4||2||2||3||0||0||1||.268|
|1-Hairston, J, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.259|
|Cabrera, Me, CF||5||0||1||0||0||0||2||.267|
|Chamberlain (L, 8-4)||4.0||9||7||7||3||5||0||4.34|
– *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*
– *LOST AT SEA*
It seems as though we’re taking a loss every series now, but considering a series is more than one game – 3 out 4 isn’t too shabby New Yorkers…
It’s been a couple days since my last update, but don’t be fooled – I never miss a game. We came into Seattle as hot as we left Toronto, winning the first three games consecutively – followed by a single loss to blow the sweep. (Similar to the previous Jays matchup.) Sabathia, Hughes, and Mitre all posted wins – but Joba wasn’t as fortunate. Chamberlain allowed 4 runs in 5 innings, walking 3 and striking out a subtle 2. Appearantly Seattle was fed-up with losing, because Aceves and newly-aquired Gaudin also allowed a combined 6 runs on 8 hits.
How about some positive news? Jeter went 3 for 4 and set the mark for all-time shortstop hits! I personally think that batting an impressive .323 would contribute to an MVP nomination – but as long as Teixeira’s in contention, I’ll keep my cool.
– *ON PAPER*
|Rodriguez, A, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.258|
|Hairston, J, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.258|
|Pena, R, 2B||2||1||1||0||0||0||1||.272|
|Chamberlain (L, 8-3)||5.0||7||4||4||3||2||0||3.98|
– *COOL LAST NAME OF THE DAY*
Chris Jakubauskas… Pronounced JAK-UH-BAWZ-KIS
– *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*
A.J. Burnett (9-4) vs. James Shields (6-6)
– *WHERE DOES IT END?*
The Yankees have been scorching hot lately, and with Burnett on the mound tomarrow – there seems to be no end in sight. Pitcher for pitcher, batter for batter, New York’s been playing some of the best baseball in the league since the All-Star break. Here’s a look at why:
A. Excellent Pitching
Outside of the loss on Saturday, our rotation’s been as good as the world predicted it could be. Pettitte, Chamberlain – even the shakey starters have been going deep and allowing practically nothing. The biggest surprise in my opinion has been Joba. In his last two starts, he’s made it beyond the 6th inning – looking every bit as dominant as A.J. or CC.
B. Excellent At-Bats
The hitting’s been huge for the Yanks, and it finally seems as though our huge investments are paying off. We already knew Teixeira was coming around, but like a lot of teams – you don’t want to rely on one or two players scoring your runs everyday. With Posada hitting homeruns, Hinske hitting homeruns, and even Jeter going yard – we’re really coming through when we need it the most.
C. The Red Sox Losing!
I can’t lie – the winning wouldn’t be nearly as sweet if the Sox weren’t slumping right now. If things were neck-and-neck this entire time, the wins would be downplayed by the need for sole possession of first.
– *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*
Andy Pettitte (8-5) vs. David Hernandez (2-2)
– *CHAMBERLAIN GOES DEEP*
What can I say? When I wrote my little Joba article yesterday, (see “The Joba Debate,”) – I knew that the All-Star break could do wonders for the ‘short outing’ funk he’s been in. More importantly, I believed that the critics had yet to see a solid start they could reference when debating his position in the rotation.
Last night, he proved that when he’s comfortable – he’s good to go. Not only did he lower his ERA to 4.05, but he navigated us through 6 innings, allowing one single run. Tack on 8 more strikeouts, and you have a start as good as anybody…
“Probably the best I’ve seen him all season,” said Teixeira. True indeed. I think the more time we give Joba to blossom, the more impressive he’ll become.
– *WHAT ELSE WENT DOWN?*
*Yesterday’s game was also “Old Timers Day.” Legends such as Goose Gossage, Yogi Berra, and Ken Griffey Sr. came out to play. How wierd was it seeing Mussina in the mix? He doesn’t even have a gray hair on his head, and he’s already pitching on “Old Timers Day” with the likes of Whitey Ford… Talk about retiring young…
The rest of the game was what’s becoming ‘beautiful clockwork.‘ Let’s see if this sounds familiar: A-Rod homered. Teixeira homered. Hughes setup ‘Mo to perfection. ‘Mo closed the game and got the save. Go figure…
We’ll end here with the specifics, and the Tigers swept under the rug:
|Rodriguez, A, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.255|
|Matsui, H, DH||2||0||0||0||2||1||1||.263|
|Cabrera, Me, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.281|
|Chamberlain (W, 5-2)||6.2||3||1||1||3||8||1||4.05|
|Coke (H, 10)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.96|
|Hughes, P (H, 6)||1.0||1||0||0||0||2||0||3.70|
|Rivera, Ma (S, 26)||1.0||0||0||0||1||0||0||2.25|
*Now on to the Orioles…
– *THE STARTER*
Since his first start on the mound, the “Joba debate” has been swirling around the league like a 3rd grade rumor.
“Should he start?” asks Guy Number 1.
“No way! He was electric in the pen!” shouts Guy Number 2.
“But what if he can carry that fire through 9 innings?” asks Guy Number 3.
“Doesn’t matter! Keep ’em where he got the job done!” snaps Guy Number 4.
In the end, we can write a 20 minute song about Joba’s current role in the rotation – but Girardi’s decision to let Chamberlain ‘go the distance’ is out of our hands. We can judge the man by every little run he allows – or we can go with our gut and see what he has to offer on a larger scale.
– *KEEP IN MIND*
1. Wang fell off, big time. The debate would be just if Joba was the worst in the rotation, but with Chien-Ming Wang taking half a season to catch fire – we needed Joba to stay put.
2. He’s honestly not doing that awful. Here’s how he matches up against pitchers that ‘should be superior‘ by fan standards:
CHAMBERLAIN: (4-2) 4.25 ERA 78 K’s 89 IP
*All jokes aside, he has 6 decisions in 17 games. I’m not going leave out the gossip that can stir up… but let’s point out the finer things he brings to the table. With 78 strikeouts in 89 IP, he’s nearly whiffing batters once an inning. His 4.25 ERA right now is lower than Tim Wakefield’s, Gil Meche’s, and even Barry Zito’s to name a few.
Now I know that Tim Wakefield has 11 wins this season, but think about it: if your ERA is high, than what’s the source of the wins at hand? RUN SUPPORT. I won’t go as far as saying that Joba has none, but sometimes we confuse ‘awful starts’ with ‘awful luck.’ I’ve seen the games where he’s been plucked in the 2nd, 3rd, etc… but he’s NOT the first starter to do so.
– *SO WHAT NOW?*
Luckily for Joba, we have a void in the rotation with Wang on the DL right now – and it seems as though his spot is sealed for the time being. Quit jumping the gun people. Joba has what it takes to perform as well as anybody – and he’s more trustworthy at the moment than anyone else we can turn to.
Even if we scoop Halladay, (which I’m dieing to see,) – we still need Chamberlain to complete the 5 man rotation. Everyone’s insisting that ‘Joba to Hughes’ would be the perfect solution… but the perfect solution to what!? We have Sabathia, Burnett, Pettitte…
And then blanks. Are we forgetting that Aceves is amazing in the pen? Are we forgetting that Bruney’s excellent in the pen as well? If we can give Wang 800 chances to get his act together… Why can’t Joba gain his experience when he’s allowing far less runs?
*That’s all I’m saying.
– *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*
Joba Chamberlain (4-2) vs. Edwin Jackson (7-4)
– *TIGERS LOSE 2ND STRAIGHT*
As assumed, today’s 2nd victory over the Tigers was a low scoring game. (Big surprise.) With a match-up as great as Sabathia and Verlander, I didn’t even expect to see a homerun in this one – but each side had one, and the real question became: who would actually score again?
A-Rod parked one in the 7th off of Verlander, giving him 18 thus far – and helping the Yanks pull ahead late in the game. Keep in mind folks – Alex Rodriguez missed weeks after his hip surgery… and as cliche as it sounds – where would he be, had he been the healthy the entire season? Grumble all you want, but the question is intriguing. I think A-Rod would be sitting somewhere between 25-30 homers right now, and the All-Star appearance would of been set in stone yet again. It’s a shame that he missed the game due to lack of votes, while Josh Hamilton made the cut missing more time than anybody…
With the Yanks leading 2-0 heading into the 8th, Aceves was brought in for relief duty by Girardi. Although he allowed a single run, he managed to move us through the inning with the lead in-tact, setting up Rivera for what he does best.
+ SIDENOTE: I thought Ace would make a great starter. I’m just throwing in my 2 cents here, but why would we give this guy one single opportunity to make a starting appearance? Some might argue that we “need him in the pen,” – but he was a proven pitcher who kept his ERA at a minimum… When the chance was given, his appearance wasn’t even that bad! Let me get this straight… Wang kicks things off with a 30.00+ ERA and gets 7 chances. Ace relieves like a monster, keeps his ERA through numerous innings below 3.00 – and gets plucked from the rotation after one single start? It upsets me because I watched Ace like a hawk, and always took note of how well he was performing. When the idea was mustered-up to make him the 5th starter, I felt like the organization was using their heads for a change. Now look at us: we’re on to Sergio Mitre…
The game ended in tipical form, with ‘Mo being brought in to close – and closing like a pro. That gave Rivera his 25th save of the season, and yet another reason to crown him the “best closer of all time.” Trevor who? Oh… Trevor Hoffman – the all-time saves leader who pitches in the under-achieving National League. (Notice: I didn’t say the NL sucked lol… I simply said they under-achieve. Plenty of great players, but the AL is where it’s at.) Don’t kid yourself.
Here’s a wrap-up for those who missed it:
|Rodriguez, A, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.250|
|Matsui, H, DH||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.266|
|Cabrera, Me, CF-LF||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||.285|
|Sabathia (W, 9-6)||7.0||5||0||0||3||4||0||3.66|
|Aceves, A (H, 4)||1.0||1||1||1||0||2||1||2.64|
|Rivera, Ma (S, 25)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.31|
*That’s right: it’s right from the source from now on.