Appreciating Robinson Canó

With the Yankees’ victory last night over Tampa (and losses by the Dodgers and the Red Sox), the Yankees are now tied for the best record in baseball (with LA), and sit 3.5 games ahead of Boston in the AL East.   While the additions of CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, and AJ Burnett have made a tremendous difference to the Yankees this season (Moshe already discussed the impact of Derek Jeter), another important reason for the Yankees possessing the best record in baseball is the resurgence of Robinson Canó. At age 23 in 2006, Canó just missed out on winning Continue reading Appreciating Robinson Canó

Wait, he still IS Roy Halladay

I was reading this article by Ken Davidoff and I had to shake my head at this comment:

The Yankees have maintained contact with the Blue Jays, but Hal Steinbrenner doesn’t want to take on significant payroll, and Brian Cashman doesn’t want to trade major prospects for a year-and-two-months rental, as Halladay would be.

A season and a half of Roy-freakin’-Halladay isn’t good enough? And the Yanks don’t want to add payroll? What alternate universe did I wake up in today? Cue the Twilight Zone music.

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Irony alert: Joba's struggles

Ed. Note: This was written PRIOR to Joba’s wonderful start last night. Note Brendan’s post-script at the bottom

Coming into the 2009 season, Joba Chamberlain was poised for stardom. The 41st overall pick in the 2006 MLB draft, Chamberlain breezed through the Yankee farm system in just over a year. Coming out of the bullpen at the end of the 2007 season he immediately announced made an impact by allowing only a single run in twenty-four innings while striking out thirty-four. If anything, he was too dominating; his ascent to the rotation was delayed by his effectiveness in front of Mariano Rivera. When he did finally make his starting debut, Chamberlain did not disappoint. He made only twelve starts last year, but once again he showed dominance. In sixty-five innings as a starter, Joba averaged over a strike out per inning, while surrendering only four home runs. He did walk twenty-one batters, though that figure was tolerable due to his excellence in other areas.

Despite all of that, Chamberlain has struggled in 2009. Though hindered by a low pitch count, Joba has barely managed to average five and a thirds innings per start. Part of that low figure is the pitch count, but so is a plummeting K/9 rate and a ballooning BB/9 rate (8.1 and 4.2 respectively). He can’t even blame Yankee stadium for his rising home run rate either: six of the thirteen home runs he’s allowed have come on the road, and he’s thrown more innings at home. On the season, his FIP is 4.63 almost two full points above his robust 2.65 last year.

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Ortiz and Manny tested positive for PED’s in 2003

Michael Schmidt at the NY Times has the story. Apparently, both David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez were on the same list that A-Rod was on in 2003. The information about Ramirez and Ortiz emerged through interviews with multiple lawyers and others connected to the pending litigation. The lawyers spoke anonymously because the testing information is under seal by a court order. The lawyers did not identify which drugs were detected. Unlike Ramirez, who recently served a 50-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy, Ortiz had not previously been linked to performance-enhancing substances. Scott Boras, the agent for Ramirez, did not Continue reading Ortiz and Manny tested positive for PED’s in 2003

Garza Admits Hitting Tex On Purpose

From the Yes Network: “They can take whatever they want from it from it, but I just kind of got tired of people brushing him back. It’s about time someone made a statement,” Garza said, noting that Longoria was hit by a pitch in the opener of the three-game series on Monday night. “I hate to be that guy, but someone had to take a stand and say we’re tired of it,” the right-hander added. “You can go after our best guy. Well, we’ll make some noise, too, and that’s what happened.” Longoria, who was hit by Yankees reliever Jonathan Continue reading Garza Admits Hitting Tex On Purpose

In search of another OF

From Joel Sherman (NY Post): Corey Patterson was recently put on outright waivers by the Nationals and the Yankees are considering signing him to fill in as the backup center fielder until Brett Gardner recuperates from his hand injury, the Post has learned. Patterson is a notoriously frustrating player who never really delivered on his promise, though we’ve been treated to glimpses. He’ll always have offenisve “upside,” even at 30, but the Yankees don’t really care about that since his playing time would be limited. Instead, with Gardner on the DL, what they care about is defense and speed, which Continue reading In search of another OF

Game 101: Yankees 6, Rays 2

After a game where the Yankees did everything wrong, they responded by doing everything right. Well, almost everything but we will get to Bruney later. Joba was dealing; the bats were hot, and Jorge even nailed Bartlett trying to steal second. At the end of the night, the Yankees walked away with a 6-2 victory and another series win. The Yanks are now 3.5 games in front of the Red Sox, who lost another game to the A’s tonight.

Jeter set the pace for the Yankees, starting off the game with a triple to right. Teixeira singled him in before A-Rod hit into an inning ending double play. The Yankees broke through again in the fourth. A-Rod singled, Matsui doubled and Cano grounded into a fielder’s choice, which scored Alex for the second New York run of the night. In the sixth, Cano, who had just fouled the ball off his shin, decided he would rather trot around the bases so he parked the ball deep for his sixteenth homerun of the season. The Yankees added another run in the eighth and Joba continued to keep the Rays scoreless. Melky and Teixeira both added solo shots in the ninth for some insurance, which the Bombers almost needed as Bruney continued to struggle. Girardi went to Mo, who struck out Burrell and Hernandez.

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Minors Recap, 7/30

Scranton’s game against Durham was postponed Trenton’s doubleheader against Harrisburg was postponed Tampa shuts out Charlotte, 7-0 David Phelps started for the Yankees, giving up 2 hits and a walk in 6 scoreless innings, and striking out 6.  He has given up just 1 earned run in 2 starts since being promoted to Tampa. Pat Venditte did his thing, striking out 4 in 2 perfect relief innings. Dan Brewer was 2 for 4 with a walk and a steal. Matt Cusick was 2 for 5 with a stolen base. Damon Sublett was 3 for 4 with a triple and a Continue reading Minors Recap, 7/30

Yanks looking at Josh Anderson

From Steve Kornacki (Mlive.com): Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland confirmed today that the New York Yankees have interest in outfielder Josh Anderson, whom Detroit has 10 days since Friday to assign to another team via trade or have clear waivers before possibly sending him out-right to Triple-A Toledo.”It’s a possibility,” Leyland said. “They are interested. I think one other club is interested.” Anderson is basically a fourth outfielder that can play center, right and left. He’s got good range and is a very capable defender. His biggest asset is his speed, though, as he has stolen 13 bases this year Continue reading Yanks looking at Josh Anderson