Pinto: Hughes To Pen?

Dave Pinto brought up an interesting point when discussing John Harper’s article (more on that later) about Hughes allowing Joba to move back to the bullpen:

John Harper is the latest to bring up Joba back to the pen again, this time, because Phil Hughes might be ready to start in the majors. Why not move Phil to the pen, instead? Given that the Yankees seem to need a long man once everytime through the rotation, so why not give Hughes that job? That way, he can work his way into the majors, spot start for injuries, and if Bruney can’t pitch for a while, he can be a two-inning setup man.

This idea is a non-starter (no pun intended), mainly because the Yankees need to get Phil up to about 150 innings this season. There is almost no way he does that if he spends four months spot starting and pitching out of the bullpen. The most you can get out of a role like that is about 130 innings (take a look at Ramiro Mendoza’s seasons from 1997-1999).… Click here to read the rest

Think Girardi’s in trouble?

Tyler Kepner doesn’t. Not only does he think he will last the season, he thinks he’d be retained for 2010 as well. He did an interview with Steve Lombardi over at WasWatching and had this exchange:

WW: True, $23 million for 15 wins would be an interesting scenario in terms of the fan reaction. If I recall correctly, the Red Sox have a policy that says you should only pay $1 million per expected win from a starter. And, there’s no way that CC is going to win 23 games this season. Since you’ve brought up Girardi, I have to ask: If the Yankees win less than 90 games this season and do not make the post-season, do you think General Joe will he return to manage New York in 2010? Why?

Tyler Kepner: My guess is he’d still come back. The Yankees always take measures to shake things up in a very obvious way each off-season. The way to do that next year will be to bolster the offense with Matsui, Damon and Nady all leaving.

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Minors Recap 4/27

Another tough day for the big club, but thankfully, there is minor league baseball.

Scranton defeats Rochester, 7-3

  • Ian Kennedy was solid, allowing just an unearned run on 7 hits and 2 walks in 4 2/3 innings of work, and striking out 4.  He was pulled after only 81 pitches, so either he was laboring a lot in an inning or else something was wrong.  According to RAB (who heard from somebody else) it was because of blisters, so hopefully it’s nothing seriously.
  • Anthony Claggett gave up 2 runs on 5 hits in 2 innings.
  • John Rodriguez and Shelley Duncan were each 3 for 5 with a homer.
  • Juan Miranda was 1 for 5 with his 5th homer of the season, and is hitting .303 on the year.
  • Austin Jackson was 1 for 5 with a double, dropping his average to .340.  No strikeouts tonight, which is encouraging.
  • Eric Duncan, who is off to a hot start, went 0 for 4 with a golden sombrero, bringing back bad memories of the last few seasons. 
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CC Needs To Step Up

As I have said a few times today, it is too soon for the Yankees or their fans to panic. Getting swept in April by Boston is not fun, but it really does mean much in the long run (unless you are Mike Francesa, in which case it has wide ranging implications that point to deep systemic issues). That being said, it would not be prudent for the Yankees to do dig themselves a large hole in the division, and a win tonight against the Tigers would go a long way towards stanching the bleeding. 

The starter for the Yankees tonight is CC Sabathia, and it is time for him to step up and pitch like the stopper we know he will be by the time September rolls around. The Yankees need quality and length from him tonight, as the bullpen has been overused and overexposed lately. He has had a slow start, but as the weather gets warmer and date gets later, it would be nice to see the lefty establish himself as the rock in the rotation that he is paid to be.… Click here to read the rest

Ranting And Raving: Thoughts On A Lost Weekend

To say that this was a bad sports weekend was an understatement. The Yankees got swept by the hated BoSox while the Rangers moved from the precipice of a stunning voictory to the doorstep of a devestating defeat. I just wanted to put my thoughts about the Yankees out there while they were still roiling inside me. Being that I am just typing as they come to me, it might get a bit disjointed.

  • Before I get to the games, I want to address the reaction. Francesa, you really need to stop talking. This is not indicative of larger organizational issues or fatal flaws. It is one series in APRIL!! The Yankees have played poorly for much of the year, gotten little from a rotation that was soupposed to be amazing, have not had their best player available…and are 9-9. Had they won the first game, the one where they handed a lead to the best closer in history, no one would be yapping.
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