Yankees Crush O’s 13-3; FARNSWORTH TRADED!
Well, the Yankees whooped the Baltimore Orioles’ butt. Seriously, we spanked around those O’s. We got back at them for the first two games of pain and punishment. We smacked them around. 2 homers by Bobby, a homer by A-Rod, a great performance by Joba, 2 RBI Doubles by Nady, even an RBI single by Christian. It was a great game. I loved it. I’m sure all the Yankee fans in the world loved it. But apparently, the game was not the biggest part of the day, suprisingly.
Kyle Farnsworth, our set-up reliever, the one with great stuff who Girardi exercised so much patience and confidence in, is no longer with the Yankees. We have traded him to the Detroit Tigers, and who did we get back? Well, none other than 14-time-All-Star and 13-Time Gold Glover catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez. I, of course, think we won this trade. Not only that, I think that we blew out this trade. We owned this trade. Sure, Pudge isn’t what he used to be, but he’s a pretty solid offensive producer. He’s hitting close to 300, and he runs pretty well too, with 6 steals. Plus, he’s always had an absolute cannon behind the plate, and he is rock solid defensively. We give up a guy who has great stuff and was having a pretty good season, but he’s inconsistent. He gives up too many homers when he’s off, he’s off. You don’t know what you can get from him. So, we once again bolster our team, adding a great defensive and a pretty good offensive catcher. Plus, he adds a great veteran influence who has plenty of experience and won a World Series. I wish Farnsworth well, I hope he pitches well for Detroit, in fact, I think he could be closer for the Tigers for a period of time.
Alright, time for the next segment;
7 Years From Now…
Alright! Welcome to a brand new segment that I’ve been thinking about for a long while! Here, we talk about very young, lower-level prospects who could become big, impact players about 7 years from now. These guys have great talent and a big future ahead of them. Here are today’s first three!
#1: Dellin Betances
Dellin Betances is a BIG prospect. He’s one of those lesser-known prospects, but he is a TREMENDOUS part of the future of the New York Yankees. The 20-year-old Betances is 6-foot-8 and 240 pounds. His stuff is overpowering; a mid-90s fastball with heavy movement that continues to improve. He has a developing PLUS knuckle-curveball and a good changeup that also continues to improve. He has good command, though he sometimes has difficulty repeating his delivery as usual tall pitchers do. This guy will be an ace one day, and I’m really high on him. He’s dominating Charleston, with a mid-3s ERA and well over a strikeout per inning. 7 years from now, he’ll have All-Star appearances under his belt and All-star appearances in the future.
#2: Jairo Heredia
Jairo Heredia is 19-years old, but he pitches like he’s 29-years old. The Dominican starter has very good control that only gets better. He has a low-90s fastball that he throws for quality strikes. He has a big overhand-curveball that, when located well(which is pretty often) can dominate. He has a 3rd pitch, a changeup, but it really isn’t as good as his first two pitches and will improve over time. At times he throws too many strikes and he needs to build up his stamina, but he can be a solid starter. In 7 years I see him pitching well at the major league level and improving even more as time goes on.
#3: Brandon Laird
Brandon Laird is a big power hitter. He has 12 homers in the GCL this year. He’s got power to all fields, and he’s got plenty of it. He hits righties and lefties out of the park. He’s a big guy who, when he gets a hold of one, can send it out. The 20-year-old (turns 21 on 9/11) corner-infielder also has a plus arm, however he doesn’t have much accuracy with it. Laird also has good plate discipline that’ll get better as time goes on and he matures. The younger brother of Gerald has a future with the Yankees, considering he’s probably their best 1st base prospect and Jason Giambi is at the end of his career. 7 years from now I can see him tearing up the majors, though not yet fully reaching his stride.
Information from River Ave. Blues and Pending Pinstripes.
Well, it’s time for the blog to come to a close, but before I do that, it’s time to keep up the new tradition of the Bold Statement of the Day! If you’re new to the blog here and you don’t know what this is, well, you better aks somebody(not a typo). Here’s today’s Bold Statement of the Day!
The Yankees, led by Xavier Nady and Pudge Rodriguez, will beat the Angels and Mark Texeira in the upcoming 4-game-set.
My Bold Predictions and Bold Statements are always positive towards the Yankees… anyway, you heard it here first, Nady and Pudge are going to lead the Yankees to a series win against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Thanks for reading, see you after tomorrow’s game, I’ll have a brand new, fun post.
Stay positive, Yankee fans! Have a good day.
-EJ/Kid From New York
A Real Disappointer; 3 Game Losing Streak
The pressure. The momentum. The Yankees were losing 6-1 in the bottom of the seventh, and they started to rally. 2 in the bottom of the 8th, and 3 in the ninth… but after a leadoff homer in the top of the 9th off the bat of Aubrey Huff off of Mo Rivera, the Yankees ended up just short. Wilson Betemit haplessly swung with both hands, reaching a high 92-MPH fastball thrown by lefty closer George Sherill. Betemit had found himself in another clutch situation, but was unable to come through after coming through in his last try. So the Yankees lost another one. You could say it was a painful and tough loss; that would be true. You could also say, however, that it was an encouraging and motivating loss. The Yankees now, instead of losing 6-1 or 7-3 and not putting up a fight, they put up a fight and fought hard, so you’ve gotta think that they’re feeling good and have some momentum from this late rally.
Mark Texeira; Brand New Resident of Southern California
Mark Texeira has been a confusing case this trade deadline. First he’s on the market, then he’s not. Then he might be, but no, he’s not again. But after Chipper Jones and Tim Hudson were put on the disabled list in Atlanta, it became apparent that the Braves were in selling mode. That night, the Bravos (not a typo) GM informed all the interested teams that Texeira was on the trade market once again, and this time, most likely here to stay. The next day, Tex is gone. Mark Texeira has been on 3 teams in 2 years; the Rangers, the Braves, and now the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
The Angels know what they’re getting with Mark Texeira. Texeira is a big, switch-hitting slugger who hits almost .300 and hits homers. The big guy provides solid run production for his ballclub, and he’ll be protection for Vlad Guerrero, along with having protection in Vlad Guerrero, depending on the lineup. The Angels lineup was slumping, but the pitching was amazing so they were winning games. Now, with Texeira, they’ll have that run production to give their pitchers a comfy lead. But not only that, Texeira is a 2-time Gold Glove Award winner at first base. He’ll be able to pick balls out of the dirt and make diving grabs and catches. He’s a solid player. I think the Angels won this deal; Casey Kotchman is a good 1st baseman with a similar glove but not much power and a similar-yet-slightly-lower average. The Braves also got a reliever in AA at 25-years old, named Stephen Marek. He was pitching pretty well, but he wasn’t exactly dominating as far as I know(he might just have been slumping at one point and IS dominating), but he really isn’t a top prospect at all. I think the Braves rushed to give up Texeira knowing there was no reason to keep him, and at the end of the day, they’re probably disappointed with what they got.
Yankee Trade Rumors
After the Yankees dealt Ross Ohlendorf, Jose Tabata, Jeff Karstens and Daniel McCutchen to the Pirates for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte, there was a thought among the head of many Yankee fans. That thought was, “What’s next?”. There’s been speculation that the Yankees were looking for a catcher, such as Miguel Olivo, Rod Barajas or Gerald Laird. Those talks seem to have died down, though they could make a move for a new backstop. Lately, the trade talks have been surrounding the Tigers and Brewers, mostly. But there’s speculation that lefty Jarrod Washburn, starter from the Seattle Mariners could come over to the Bronx. The Yankees are offering to pay the entire big money contract, but not give away any prospects. The Mariners want a guy like Brett Gardner or Melky Cabrera from the Yanks along with them paying the entire salary. The talks of Jarrod Washburn have died down in the past few days.
There’s also a rumor that the Yankees are interested in young right-handed starter for the Royals, Brian Bannister. Bannister had a very good start to the year but he’s really struggled mightily of late, and he doesn’t have the stuff to dominate hitters, so it really depends on his command. I don’t know if that’d be a great idea, to get Bannister. Finally, the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins are interested in LaTroy Hawkins, who is on waivers. I thought that Hawkins would have a very good second half for us, and we ended up getting Marte so Hawkins was DFA. I think Hawkins gets traded somewhere. Where he goes I do not know. But I think he could be a nice pickup. He’s got no future in the Yankees organization with Marte and all the other guys. It’s hard to tell what Hawkins can do for a team’s ‘pen; will he be an inconsistent and somewhat lacking relief pitcher, or will he dominate? One thing’s for sure, he’s still got a live arm. The last time he pitched, he was throwing mid-90s with movement and had a pretty sharp slide-piece. That’s it for the Rumor Mill!
It’s time for this post to come to a close, but before we do that, it’s time for the Bold Statement of the Day! Most of you probably skipped to the end here (I’m looking at you, Jeff) because of how popular this segment is. If you’re new to the blog, in this section I say something that’s arguable, something that takes serious guts and hutzpah(as Jeff would say) to say. I’ve got that guts and hutzpah. Here’s today’s Bold Statement of the Week;
Joba Chamberlain and Andy Pettitte will go back-to-back great starts pitching at least 7 innings aided by great defense.
Wow. I’ve done some Bold Statements but I don’t think I’ve ever done one so intricate and detailed. I said that Joba Chamberlain and Andy Pettitte would go back-to-back dominating starts, but not only that, I specified that they’ll go 7 innings. I didn’t leave it at that, however; I had to say the defense would be great. So, I can either be REALLY right, kinda right, a little right, or totally and utterly wrong. This will be fun. I know Yankee fans who are readers will be watching the game really closely, or non-Yankee fans who are readers will take advantage of MLB.tv or Gameday, I’m looking at you again, Jeff.
So it was a pretty tough night, but the Bombers have revealed they’ve got some fight in them. Let’s see if this carries over into the next game. Right now, we can only cross our fingers and hope.
Stay positive, Yankee fans;
-EJ/Kid From New York
P.S.: Guys, I want some suggestions on a new section for my blog. I’ve been thinking about the success of the Bold Statement of the Day, so if you have an idea for a new section, feel free to share it.