Atta boy, A-Rod.
It’s been a while since you’ve hit clutch homers, and since that time people have tried to put you down. (1-0 Yankees in the first)
People have tried to call you a headcase. People have tried to put you down, saying you’re not clutch, saying you never come through when you have to. But I knew the true A-Rod. You were going to come through and hit that late-inning, go-ahead homer eventually. It was only a matter of time before you shut ’em up.
Last night’s game was kinda funny. We started off with a comfortable 5-run lead, and then the bullpen blew it to make it six-six. Both bullpens then pitched very (whoah, Betemit’s throw went through the webbing of Giambi’s glove) well late in the game. Veras went 2 shutout innings and got the win. Edwar closed it out after A-Rod hit a solo shot and Nady hit a two-run bomb, and we won, 9-6.
So now it’s time for a segment I haven’t done in a while, Deal Discussion! The non-waiver trading deadline has been done for a while, but the waiver trades have been very common. I’ll analyze the Paul Byrd trade to the Red Sox and discuss some possible trades that the Yankees could make to bolster their team for the playoff run.
First it was Trade Talk, then it was Talkin’ ‘Bout Trades, and now I’m going with Deal Discussion. So let’s start it off with the Paul Byrd trade.
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The Red Sox aren’t exactly adding a huge ace with the acquisition of Paul Byrd. However, Byrd is going to add good depth to the Red Sox rotation. He doesn’t have good stuff at all, he gives up plenty of homers, but he does give you decent innings. He’ll give you 6 or 7 innings, 3 runs, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. He’s got a funky delivery, and when he’s at his best, he’ll give you innings. His last start was a complete game against Toronto. Byrd should benefit from this trade, as the Red Sox offense is much better than the Indians offense. You could say Byrd is a poor man’s Mike Mussina. Byrd has been redhot since the All-Star break, with a sub-1 ERA. The veteran righty could go either way for the Sox, let’s hope he stinks for ’em.
So, what trades could the Yanks make? There were plenty of rumors before; Brian Bannister and Jarrod Washburn were rumored to go to the Yanks. So what are the rumors now? Most of all, what are my opinions of what the Yankees should do?
Well, first of all, I checked a bunch of sites to look for possible Yankee trade rumors, but mlbtraderumors.com, ESPN Insider and Google didn’t have any possible waiver trades surrounding the Yankees. However, I did get some very interesting free agent information that I’ll share with you tomorrow and give my opinions on. So now what do I think the Yankees should do? Should the Yankees make a move? I’ll give you some ideas and some names right now! Just keep reading…
So here we go. First of all, I think that the Yankees should make a move for a middle-tier relief pitcher to add depth. Though I think the Yankees bullpen is strong enough, the ‘pen has struggled of late. I think that the Yankees should get, not a flashy reliever, but a decent one just to supply some depth in case the bullpen’s struggles continue. Here are some interesting names;
A 30-year-old right-hander with decent stuff. Rivera has a 3.51 ERA for the Nationals in 66 innings, so he can eat some innings out of the ‘pen and supply a LaTroy Hawkins like role in mop-up relief.
Cotts can come in and be a very good Loogy type reliever. He’s got pretty good stuff, and he does well against lefties and righties. The 28-year-old has good experience; Cotts was a part of the 2005 World Series Champion Chicago White Sox, he’s got playoff experience and he could be a good part of the ‘pen.
But that’s not all, the Yankees have to get another starting pitcher. Sidney Ponson is a question and Darrell Rasner rarely has a good start anymore. You’ve got to get somebody who you can rely on, whether it’s inside the organization (check out Who’s Next? on previous posts for those guys) or outside the organization. If the Yanks decide to make an acquisition, here are some guys they can get.
John Lannan has been the Nats’ best starter of this season. The young lefty has a 3.40 ERA on the season and he’s been very good on the road. Though he may not be on the trade market, I feel that this would be a great guy for the Yankees to get because he’s young and he’s been solid already in his short career.
Padilla has been having a good year for the Rangers and is probably their best starter. His ERA is in the upper 4s due to recent struggles. He’s a decent pitcher who’s very inconsistent, but he can give you dominating innings when he’s at his best.
And that’s it for Deal Discussion.
Alright guys, it’s time for the Bold Statement of the Day, everybody’s favorite segment! Here I say something arguable and questionable that can go either way about the New York Yankees. Today’s Bold Statement is!:
The Yankees will go on a hot streak after this series against the Twins, lead by Ivan Rodriguez.
Quite a bold one today, hot streaks are hard to predict and Ivan Rodriguez, the newest acquisition, really hasn’t done much yet in Pinstripes.
So that’s about it for today’s post, the next post will come tomorrow. I’d just like to let you know that I’m doing the in-gamer for Saturday’s ballgame, and I’m starting a new segment! Every post I’m going to have something called Ask EJ, where you can ask questions about generally anything and I’ll give you my thoughts on it. To ask a question, leave a comment below.
Reporting live from Queens, New York…
Stay positive, Yankees fans!
-EJ/Kid From New York
This is getting ugly…
Well, there’s a reason I decided to watch the Olympics.
It was fun to watch, and I knew that if I decided to watch the Angels-Yankees game I would not be entertained.
I did watch some of the game during the commercial breaks. The game started off nicely, with the Yankees leading 2-0. Well, I don’t need to talk about everything else.
Yesterday’s loss was one of the most heartwrenching and discouraging losses of the New York Yankees season. Sure, there were some ugly losses, particularly early in the year; the Red Sox pillaging Yankees pitching, the entire 4-game sweep at home against the Tigers, the walk-off single off Mariano Rivera by Gabe Gross to score Johnny Gomes in Tampa Bay. How about the recent game against the Orioles where the Yankees rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th, but Wilson Betemit struck out as the Yankees came up just short? Yeah, those weren’t fun either.
But you can definitely make a case that last night, when Chone Figgins hit a slow single into right field to sweep the Yankees at Los Angeles, on the day where the Rays won and the Red Sox lost.
The worst part of this loss is that you think to yourself, “Where is this going?”. Will the Yankees surge for the rest of the year, motivated by this excruciating loss? Or will they crumble under the pressure of being so far out of the AL East? The Yankees certainly still have a playoff shot, the Wild Card is quite close. But the Yankees will need to play hard and win as many games as they can in order to not only catch up, but to get past the tough Red Sox. Darn you, you stupid Rays!
Anyway, onto our next segment, a new one called Out Of The Draft!
Out Of The Draft
Here, in this new segment we take a look at 3 (as always) players who were drafted this year by the Yankees and see how they’re doing, statistically.
#1: David Adams
While he’s not the most sparkling draftee talent, he still has the potential to be a solid player. He’s not the fastest guy, his speed is below average, but he is a good baserunner. He’s got a real solid arm, he has nice hands, but his range is average. He isn’t a huge power hitter, but he should top out at around 18-20 homers in his peak. He’s got a good approach at the plate, as he goes the other way for contact. He hasn’t been doing all that well in Staten Island so far, hitting only .242 with 3 homers and 3 steals. Will he replace Derek Jeter as the new great Yankee shortstop? Probably not. But he does posess enough talent to be a decent starter or a great backup infielder.
#2: David Phelps
David Phelps doesn’t have overwhelming stuff. He throws as hard as 90, his breaking pitch is pretty slow. He doesn’t have a tremendous out pitch, and his control tops out at good. But he could be a solid starter in the future. He’s having a good season so far, with a 2.98 ERA and a 5-2 record in 10 starts (48.1). He probably won’t end up an ace, but he has enough potential to be a good, but not great starter of the future.
#3: Daniel Brewer
Daniel Brewer is quite an exciting young outfielder. He’s got very good speed and pretty good power. He was the first Bradley Brave ever to hit 20 homers (21) and swipe 40 bases (47). He is in the Bradley Braves’ all-time Top 10 in six offensive categories; triples (9, 4th); hit-by-pitches (19, 4th); stolen bases (47, 7th); doubles (47, 7th); runs scored (142, 7th); and total bases (325, 9th). He’s been decent in Staten Island, batting .267 with 2 homers and 7 stolen bases. I’m not sure about his defense, but Brewer has played 2nd base, so the Yankees will probably play him a few games in the middle infield. He’s got plenty of talent, and we could see him a few years from now making a few all-star appearances in the bigs.
And that’s it for Out Of the Draft!
Here’s today’s Bold Statement of the Day, where I say something bold, something that other people wouldn’t say because it is quite arguable. Here we go!:
The Yankees will hit 3 home runs today in Minnesota.
Well there you have it! Quite a bold statement for today, but I’ll make it. That’s it for the blog, be sure to continue to cheer on your Yankees no matter how hard it gets, because that’s what a fan does. You don’t cheer a team on because they win, you cheer them on because you love the team.
Stay positive, Yankee fans!
-EJ/Kid From New York
Yanks Take Another One, Make it 6 Straight
You’re welcome, White Sox.
Thanks to the New York Yankees, the Chicago White Sox now have a 2.5 game lead over the Twins. The Yankees swept the Twins in their trip to first place in the AL East.
The Twins were downright outplayed by the Yankees in this 3-game set. The rotation and the bullpen shut them down like most other teams, except this time, the offense exploded. The Yanks got a comfortable, big ol’ lead in all three games, something we haven’t seen them do in a while. This has to be exciting for tons of Yankee fans.
The Yankees’ pitching has been fantastic. From the rotation to the bullpen, pretty much every single guy has come in and become a dependable reliever. From David Robertson to Kyle Farnsworth, this bullpen has to be considered one of the best in baseball, no matter what you think. But we’ll talk about the bullpen and the possible addition of lefty Brian Fuentes later in this post. Right now, let’s talk more about the starting rotation and one of it’s keys. That’s right, I’m talking about today’s starting pitcher and winning pitcher, Mike “The Moose” Mussina.
A Cy Young for Moose?
If we were talking about this last year, of course you would’ve laughed and pressed the “X” in the top right corner. But now, Mike Mussina is 13-6 with a lower-3s ERA, and it’s getting to a point where he’s in contention for the Cy Young Award. He’s 6 and 2 with a 2.32 ERA, and he’s only walked 7 in 66 innings in his last 10 starts. He’s only walked 16 in 121.1 innings. In other words, he’s had his control for every start. He hasn’t walked anybody in his last start. If Josh Hamilton weren’t having the year he’s having, Mussina’d be Comeback Player of the Year. Plus, if Cliff Lee weren’t having the year he’s having, Mussina’d have the Cy Young Award. He’s just having a magical year.
I don’t see why people think that he’s not going to keep this up. He’ll have 1 or 2 bad starts, but if you’ve seen the way he’s pitched, he’s going to be like this all the way. He’s gone this far, so he will be able to keep this up.
Fuentes to the Yankees? Now?
A week ago or so, I talked about the possibility of Brian Fuentes coming to the Yankees, which has been rumored about. Fuentes is on the trading block, with a lot of teams showing interest. Now, however, with the bullpen pitching great for a long period of time, the Yankees do not really need relievers. Robertson, Ramirez, Veras and Farnsworth have been switching between set up spots with Mo, of course, to close it out in the ninth. Lefty hitters haven’t been a big problem to the Yankees like people think. Ramirez has been able to shut down lefty batters with his great changeup. If you add the fact that the Rockies want a lot for Fuentes, I really do not think that Fuentes should nor will head over to the New York Yankees this season.
Okay! So last night, for my Bold Statement of the Day(today’s Bold Statement coming up in the Final Thoughts section as always), I said something interesting. I predicted that by the end of this month, the Yankees would be in first place; whether that would be the Wild Card or the AL East. I got my share of doubt on that. So now, here is my explanation for my thoughts last night.
First of all, the Yankees are rollin’ and the Rays are struggling to hold on. It seems like whenever Boston or New York tries to take the lead, the Rays get a big win to hold them off another day. But I don’t know of the Rays can keep this up. I believe they’ve won 4 of their last 11. They’re a good team, sure, but they aren’t playoff potential yet. I think as time goes on, the Rays will slowly wear down and eventually head to third place. They’ve already started. I think at the end of this month you’ll see exactly what happened at the end of last season. The Rays would get out of first place down to third, and the Yankees will take the Wild Card lead. I’m that confident. Why?
Because we’ve got pitching: we’ve got Pettitte and Mussina, two veterans leading the rotation and dominating. We’ve got Chamberlain blowing fastballs by hitters and fooling them with nasty sliders and curves. We’ve got Rasner, locating with a good cutter and curveball and mixing all of his pitches. We’ve got Ponson, getting out of jams with double plays induced by a heavy sinker. We’ve got a bullpen. We’ve got Robertson, sneaking well-located cutters by hitters and fooling them with solid curveballs. We’ve got Ramirez, locating with a decent fastball and then completely dominating with a circle-change. We’ve got Veras, blowing high-90s fastballs by hitters and throwing them off with slow slurves. We’ve got Farnsworth, overpowering guys with a near-100 mph fastball and a downright nasty slide-piece. And we’ve got Mo, with a fantastic, spectacular cut fastball, a filthy 2-seamer, and an excellent 4-seamer to just blow away hitters, not to mention his outstanding command.
We’ve got hitting. With A-Rod bombing homers and stealing bases, Jeter coming up with clutch hits, Abreu smashing doubles and homers and stealing bags. We’ve got Cano who’ll hit anything you throw at him, whether it’s at his shoulders or his shoes(like Guerrero, no?). We’ve got Giambi, smashing balls out of the park and off the wall. We’ve got Damon, grinding pitchers, spoiling pitchers and always getting on base, usually with base knocks, and getting himself into scoring position with steals. Don’t even think I’m exaggerating.
If you couple this up with a good defense and a great manager, along with the fuel to win it all in Yankee Stadium’s last year, we are one of the best teams in the game. I don’t care what you say. This is no fluke. These are the REAL Yankees (as Vanessa puts it), and the REAL Yankees are always a dangerous opponent.
Alright, guys, this is the last section of the blog, as you all know. I started a new thing a couple of days ago, called the Bold Statement of the Day. If you’re a first time reader, what I do here is I make a statement that is arguable and quite bold, You can leave your comments as always, I love comments. Leave your thoughts, and if you want me to do a certain topic in my next post, feel free to tell me and I’ll try to do it. So here it is, my Bold Statement of the Day.
Joba Chamberlain will have a spectacular start against the Red Sox.
And another juicy bold one. I’ve really said big things so far. Tonight I say that Joba will have a fantastic pitching performance against the Sox, which is arguable because of the Red Sox’s fearsome offense, but I’ve got a lot of guts and “hutzpah” as Jeff from Red State Blue State says. For this Bold Statement, I won’t have to explain myself. We’ll just have to watch that Red Sox game and see if I’m right or not.
Seattle looking for a walk-off win in the bottom of the 9th against the Sox, cross your fingers, guys!
Stay positive, you good ol’ Yankees Fans!
-EJ/Kid From New York
P.S.: I’d like you to read this really great, touching story I just read. It’s really moving, and I think if you’ve got a heart, you should read it, because it’s really an awesome story. Here’s the link.
Stay positive, Yanks fans!
Another Offensive Blast; Yanks Win 4 Straight
Well, the Yankees have done it again! For the second time in 4 days, the Yanks destroyed their opposing team’s pitching by putting a bunch of runs on the board. Both times have come on the first game of the series. The Yankees just really looked on top of their game last night; Ponson gave you the outing you expect from him, a decent start. He went 5.2 innings, 3 runs. He got out of some jams, so all in all, he was good enough to win and won. The Yanks got clutch hits, and even when they blew the lead early, nobody was really worried. Molina got 3 hits, A-Rod hit a bomb, Cano hit a longer bomb(odd, huh?), everybody seemed to have contributed except Giambi, but, you can excuse Giambi.
Alright, so keep reading, as today I’ve got a lot to write about. I’ll talk about the two big recent trades and how they affect the Yankees, I’ll discuss some of the lefties out on the market not named Brian Fuentes, and finally, I’ll back up last night’s bold statement and tell you why I would pick Joe Girardi over Joe Torre.
Two fairly big trades were made today. Two pitchers on the market; a reliever and a starter; were moved to brand new locations.
Jon Rauch to Arizona
The Washington Nationals closer is no longer a National. Right-hander Jon Rauch was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for top shortstop prospect Emilio Bonifacio. Jon Rauch is not a special pitcher, but I really don’t know if the Yankees were interested in him. With the recent performance in the bullpen and considering it took a prospect like Bonifacio to get Rauch, the Yankees probably lost interest.
Randy Wolf to Astros
Randy Wolf, left-handed starter for the San Diego Padres, was traded to the Astros for a minor league pitcher by the name of Chad Reineke. This has a little more effect on the Yankees because Wolf was really one of the guys the Yankees were looking to get. It’s even more surprising we didn’t get him because the Astros acquired Wolf by giving up a 26-year-old pitcher with a mid-4s ERA in AAA. I mean, I don’t know, I’ve never seen Reineke pitch, but his stats make him look almost mediocre. San Diego will help him, but… I dunno. If that’s what the Padres were looking for, the Yankees missed out. And the Astros aren’t even contending, really. I don’t see why they would need Wolf in that rotation. Sure, their pitching is awful, especially with Oswalt down right now, but maybe they should’ve acquire somewhat lesser pitchers, like Paul Byrd and leave a guy like Wolf to the contenders. I dunno, that’s what I think.
Good LOOGYS Not Named Fuentes
That’s right, people. There are lefty relievers out there not named Brian Fuentes who are also very effective, particularly against lefties. These lower-tier guys could be a key to the Yankees’ playoff run. Here we go;
#1: John Grabow
Here’s a real interesting guy. So far this season, lefties have a higher batting average off him then righties at .250, but he’s still a solid reliever who can get lefties out pretty well. I’m not sure if he’s on the market, but if he is, the Yankees have good reason to be interested in the Pirate lefty.
#2: Bobby Seay
Bobby Seay is very similar to John Grabow. He’s a solid left-handed reliever, but lefties hit him better than righties. This time, however, lefties are hitting much better against Seay than righties, with a .322 average against him, with righties hitting just .200 against him. Still, he has the capability to get left-handers out. Also, like Grabow, I’m not sure if he’s on the market, but I bet the Yankees have some interest in him if he is.
#3: Jack Taschner
And there he is. Possibly the most intriguing of lefty relievers not named Brian Fuentes, Taschner HAS gotten lefties out, who are hitting just .190 against him. He’s been solid as well, with his ERA in the lower-3s like Seay and Grabow. He’s not like Billy Traber, either; He’s had success in the past. He’s been asked for in several trades, including the Ray Durham trade. I’m not sure what the Giants would want from him, but considering he’s mainly a LOOGY, he’s not going to get more than a second-rate prospect or so. Keep your eye on Taschner.
Joe Torre or Joe Girardi?
Alright, so my friend and colleague The New Mexican Yanks Fan asks me why I like Joe Girardi over Joe Torre. If more people read this blog, then NMYF wouldn’t be alone on that. Let me tell you why I said what I said in my Bold Statement of the Day. First of all, before he came to the Yankees, was he that good a manager? No. I think when he joined the Yankees, he was never a great manager, but his team bailed him out. He came in with a fantastic bullpen. He came in with guys, top to bottom, who could hit. From Martinez to Jeter to Brosious to Mo, he had great players throughout his tenure. So now, when he moves to a new team in the Dodgers who do not have great players in abundance, he’s a game under .500. Coincidence?
Well, let’s talk about what he did wrong. First of all, even YES admits that Joe Torre had a big tendency to stick to one reliever until his arm blew off(do I even have to say Scott Proctor?), which is not how you manage a bullpen. The man can’t handle a bullpen. You might say, “Well, EJ, just because he overused relievers means he can’t handle a bullpen?”. I respond with a big PRETTY MUCH. I mean, Scott Proctor isn’t the only one. Think about Edwar Ramirez. He worked this guy, a rookie, over and over and over and over again, and then he like left him alone for 2 weeks. That’s why Edwar was so bad last year; he was either being tired out or didn’t pitch enough, and you can’t do that to a rookie. That’s two. Now you add Luis Vizcaino. Vizcaino sucked at the beginning of the year, but then he became one of the best guys in the bullpen. He was dominating, and Torre overworked him. He ended up pitching 75.1 innings last year, and at the end of the season, guess what? He started sucking again. And then he sucked in the playoffs and is sucking in Colorado right now.
But that’s not just it with Torre. He’s soft. He lets the players do what they want. He lets players play as much as they want and do what they want. He doesn’t get fired up. He doesn’t argue calls. How many times have the cameras shown Joe Torre sitting on the bench, staring on to the field looking kind of mad but not doing anything? It looks a little something like this:
Now compare that to Joe Girardi. Now, Joe Girardi’s only managed a year and a half, but look at what he’s done: He took the Marlins, a team that people thought would set new losing records, and turned them into a fairly respectable team in ’06. He’s taken the Yankees, who have been injured and have lost their key players, they lost Matsui, Damon, Jeter, A-Rod, Wang, Posada, and they’re still in contention? Do you honestly think Joe Torre would do that? Girardi took a bullpen that was thought to be one of the worst and turned it into one of the best. He took guys like Veras, Farnsworth, Ramirez, and made them into great relief pitchers. He’s managed to use all the guys in balance and moderation, which Torre didn’t do. Finally, Girardi gets fired up for his players. He argues calls, he shows emotion. Remember that Orioles game earlier this year? You can’t forget it. Jason Giambi, for some reason, is called out on a foul tip on a pitch well inside, and he went ballistic. He kicked dirt on the umpires shoes, threw his hat down and screamed like crazy! Next batter, Robinson Cano gets a walk-off single to left field. I’m telling you, I’d take Joe Girardi over Joe Torre, and that’s why. Good enough for you? Alright. 🙂
Alright, folks, it’s time for the Final Thoughts. Now, if you’re a first time reader, I’ve started something here called the Bold Statement of The Day where I type a sentence that is very arguable and can even be considered outlandish. You ready?
Here it is:
The Yankees will be in first place at the end of July.
Oooh, quite a juicy bold one today, eh? Anyway, leave your comments. I’ll explain why I said my Bold Statement in tommorow’s post, coming up at 8:35 PM EST. Again, leave your comments and thoughts, I’ll comment on your blog and give you my response.
Stay positive, Yankee fans!
-EJ/Kid From New York
The Twins Are In Town
Plain and simple. The pitching-heavy Minnesota Twins are in the Bronx today to begin their series with the Yanks. The Yankees faced the Twins on the road earlier this year and beat them 2 out of 3 in a series, if my memory serves me well. But still, the Twins have performed very well and are in the middle of a tight AL Central race with the Chicago White Sox, a half game out of first. The Yankees are quite in the thick of it as well, 3 games out of the Wild Card lead and 4.5 games out of first in the AL East. Both teams are pretty good to say the least, and both teams have their work cut out for them. It’s a very important series for both teams, especially for the Yankees. The Yankees have a big series with the Red Sox coming up. If the Yankees can sweep the Twins, they’ll come into the Red Sox series in very good shape. They’ll have 6 straight wins coming into the Red Sox series, they’d probably be close in the lead.
Now there’s reason to be positive, as always. When you read my blog, you expect positivity without making up lies. Well, you’re gonna get that right now. First of all, the Yankees are facing a very similar team to the Athletics, who they just swept. Second of all, the Yankees beat the Twins earlier in the year. And third of all… the Yankees are hot, plain and simple. Their pitching has been great, facing a decent offense, and their hitting could erupt any minute now.
Posada Back to the DL
Apparently it’s big news, but I dunno: as you’ve probably heard, Jorge Posada has been put on the 15-day disabled list in order to activate Johnny Damon from the DL(which is very good news, of course). Now, am I surprised about this at all? Not really. Were you suprised about this? Leave a comment, and let me know. But here, let me tell you why I wasn’t surprised about Posada going to the DL. I’ll give you 3 reasons:
1. He wasn’t doing that well. He wasn’t hitting well, and of course, his arm is awful right now. He was being somewhat of a liability. I’ll even go as far as to say that if his name weren’t Jorge Posada, he’d be in the minors right now. He simply wasn’t performing.
2. There really was nobody, other than maybe Justin Christian, that would come off the roster when Damon came back other than Posada.
3. We were overloaded with 1st basemen and DH already… we didn’t need a guy like Posada who’s inexperienced at both positions.
There you go, my reasons why I saw Posada going to the DL soon.
Alright, so we’re halfway through the season and already we’ve seen some fresh faces being called up to the big leagues and made contributions to the big club. Joe Girardi has already said that if somebody performs well in the minors, he’s gonna get the chance in the bigs. So who’s next up? Let’s take a look at some of the contenders.
Juan Miranda is a Cuban defector with power. Miranda’s a 1st baseman, so he would just be jumbled up in that big mix, but if, the Lord forbid, one of our DHs or 1st basemen go down, Miranda is easily the first to come up. He’s hitting .294 with 7 homers and 35 ribbies. He’s got a very good .378 OBP, and he hasn’t struck out much at all. Pretty impressive for only his second professional season. It’s difficult to tell what to expect from Miranda; the good power, decent average, decent fielding Miranda of ’07, or the decent power, good average, good fielding Miranda of ’08. If the Yankees are fortunate, they’ll get a big mix of the two in the near future.
Michael Gardner’s been one of those guys who’s been very underlooked but has had a great year. In Double-A this year, he’s got a 2.80 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 35.1 innings. He’s 27, which is pretty old for AA, so we may see Gardner in AAA or in the Major Leagues very soon. For now, though, he’s just gonna be one of those good relievers overshadowed by the dominating Mark Melancon.
Dan McCutchen is another one of those underrated guys. He’s got solid potential, and he could be a solid #3 starter in the major leagues in a couple of years. However, with the emergence of Generation Tre (Joba, Hughes, Kennedy) and other pretty big prospects such as Alan Horne and Jeff Marquez, Dan McCutchen is left as one of those no-name, solid, overlooked prospects. After having a 2.55 ERA in AA, McCutchen was called up to Triple-A and, despite the won-loss record, has been very solid. He’s got a 3.58 ERA and has pitched 2 complete game shutouts. He’s had a very strong strikeout to walk ratio(110 Ks and 29 BBs in both AA and AAA) and he’s pitched somewhat a lot of innings (a combined 123.1 innings). He’s pitched very well recently, despite his last 5.1 innings 4 runs start. Expect McCutchen to be up by the end of the year.
It’s time for the Bold Statement of the Day! Yesterday I said if the Yankees got Fuentes, they’ve got the best bullpen in baseball. Today, I say…
Joe Girardi is a better manager (so far) than Joe Torre.
Wanna know why I think that way? Leave comments and read the next edition. I’ll back it up.
Well, it looks like one of those big games where we score a lot of runs. In those other games, the next few games we haven’t scored many runs. Let’s just hope that this really does mean something and that we’ll be in 1st place in the very near future.
Stay positive, Yankee fans!
-EJ/Kid From New York