The art of piss-poor managing

A four-run lead, even with 8 innings left to play, felt pretty good with Joba on the mound. It’s a shame that erratic Joba showed up, in a game that was very winnable. I gave up at 10-5 — as good as the Yankees have been at coming from behind this year, five runs seemed like a pretty tall order. Little did I know they’d come awfully close in the bottom of the 9th. It’s probably a good thing I wasn’t watching at that point, because if I had seen Nick Swisher squaring up to bunt with no outs and Continue reading The art of piss-poor managing

Minors Recap, 8/25

Scranton blanked by Buffalo, 4-0 Ivan Nova took the loss despite pitching well, giving up a run on 6 hits and a walk in 7 innings, with 5 strikeouts. Mark Melancon gave up 3 runs on 5 hits in 2 innings of work, with 2 strikeouts.  Not a typical outing for Mark, but he’ll rebound. Kevin Russo, Austin Jackson, and Shelley duncan were 1 for 4. Ramiro Pena was 1 for 3. Francisco Cervelli was 1 for 3 with a double. Trenton defeated by Altoona, 4-3 Ryan Pope was out-dueled by Tim Alderson, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits Continue reading Minors Recap, 8/25

When Is It Too Much?

A really interesting debate came up this morning when I wrote about our newest minor league catcher, J.R. Murphy, that I believe deserves its own thread. I wrote: Do we have too many catchers in the system? The typical answer is “You can never have too many catchers.” While I agree to a point, there is something here that the Yankees need to consider. Teams need a balanced minor league system. They need players at all positions to fill holes and move up the ranks. The best way to do this is to find players who will actually develop into Continue reading When Is It Too Much?

Pondering Phil’s role

Dave Allen (FanGraphs) has a nice writeup on Phil Hughes’ transition from the rotation to the ‘pen. Here’s Allen’s final take on Hughes’ future: Phil Hughes will be the Yankee’s 8th inning man for his year and the playoffs, but next year it will be interesting to see what they do. Using the FanGraphs WAR valuation an elite reliever is worth about the same as a just slightly above average starter (this year Joe Nathan is worth about as much as Tim Wakefield and Mariano Rivera is worth the same as Gil Meche). So the Yankees would have to think Continue reading Pondering Phil’s role

Is Jose Molina CC’s personal catcher?

From Jon Heyman (SI): It’s become obvious that Jose Molina is CC Sabathia‘s personal catcher, though no one’s admitted it yet. Sabathia, by the way, hit 98 on the gun Sunday night. He gets better as he goes, it seems. While he’s supposedly not having a great year, he leads the AL in wins with 15. Earlier today, I was asked why it was a problem to have A.J. Burnett and Jose Molina work together from now on. My initial response was exactly what Heyman has written here—that Molina is already someone’s everyday catcher and that someone is CC Sabathia. Continue reading Is Jose Molina CC’s personal catcher?

Six more starts for Joba?

Well, I guess it’s 5 starts after today’s game against Texas. From George King III (NY Post): Joba Chamberlain isn’t wild about the innings limit on his right arm and how it has led to long stretches of inactivity in the second half. But he admits his arm is in very good shape. “I feel great,” said Chamberlain, who starts tomorrow night against the Rangers at Yankee Stadium. “I feel a lot better at the beginning of the year. It’s a win-win situation for everybody.” Chamberlain last worked Aug. 16 at Seattle and will be going on eight days rest Continue reading Six more starts for Joba?

Yanks want Damon back

From Jon Heyman (SI): The Yankees intend to try to bring back Johnny Damon, probably for about $6-8 million a year (that’ll be the first offer, anyway), and might be willing to give him a second year. Damon’s been saying in the papers all year that he wants to be back, which is quite a departure from the usual free-agent script and could mean he’s that rare player amenable to a below-market contract. Yankees management loves Damon personally, too, and that doesn’t hurt. With Hideki Matsui also a free agent (not to mention Xavier Nady), the Yankees could use Damon, Continue reading Yanks want Damon back

Post-Signing Period Impressions: 2009 Draft

I never judge a draft class until we know which players have signed or not. The Yankees brought in some expected and some unexpected talent at the signing deadline this year, and now we can finally step back and take a look at what happened in the beginning of the June. The Top Guys[image title=”rise_slade_heathcott1_300″ size=”full” id=”6875″ align=”right” ] Slade Heathcott is a fairly typical late first round high school position player. Scouts didn’t see him at full strength during his senior year due to an ACL injury. He’s got all the tools, and particularly strong arm. With a late Continue reading Post-Signing Period Impressions: 2009 Draft