Schilling: Red Sox Will Have Tough Time In October

Well, the headline does not reflect exactly what he said, but some interpretation of his remarks leaves it as the inescapable conclusion: I don’t think there’s any question at all that this team [Red Sox] can win the World Series. No question whatsoever….. Do you think Alex Rodriguez will look at the calendar and say, ‘Uh-oh — here comes October’? I would argue that’s already started — you know my response — when they clinched. His problem has always been that he’s a guy with holes and you can pitch to those holes. In October, I would argue that we Continue reading Schilling: Red Sox Will Have Tough Time In October

Pirates claim Claggett

From MLBTR, we learn that the Pirates have claimed Anthony Claggett off waivers from the Yankees. Claggett was designated for assignment on the 14th in order to free up a roster spot on the 40-man for speedster Freddy Guzman. The Pirates already have Ross Ohlendorf, Daniel McCutchen, and Jeff Karstens pitching for them, so why not bring in another Yankee arm (or two, or three)?

Law mocks the Pirates

This is just funny (or sad, if you’re a Pirates fan):

The Pirates will apparently give five figures to anyone who can speak a foreign language and put his uniform pants on correctly. They signed RHP Dovydas Neverauskas, the first baseball prospect signed out of Lithuania, for $60,000. Neverauskas is all projection at this point, with a fastball up to 88 mph and a tall, lanky build. His delivery is awkward and unclean, and he has no viable second pitch, but he does have some run on his fastball. He turned 16 in January and will make his US debut this month in instructional league.

Zing!

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Ranking postseason rotations

Jayson Stark (ESPN) tried his hand at ranking postseason rotations and placed the Yankees at number 4 on his list. The (1) Red Sox, (2) Cardinals, and (3) Phillies are the three teams that sit above the Yankees in Stark’s piece. Here’s what he had to say about the New York rotation. Prospective rotation: 1) CC Sabathia, 2) Andy Pettitte, 3) A.J. Burnett, 4) Joba Chamberlain or Chad Gaudin. This team might have been our toughest call. We polled folks who rated them as the very best rotation out there. We also polled folks who ranked them as the fifth-best Continue reading Ranking postseason rotations

Triumphant Return For Ian Kennedy

From the NY Post: Ian Kennedy’s 20 friends and family members could scarcely stand to watch while the New York reliever’s first appearance in over a year went from an inspiration to a budding nightmare. Thanks to a bases-loaded fly ball, Kennedy and the Yankees could enjoy a much-needed series victory that sent them into a big weekend series with plenty of momentum….. In his first major league appearance since surgery to remove an aneurysm below his right biceps, Kennedy walked two batters and hit another in the eighth before escaping on Erick Aybar’s fly. His misadventures and ultimate redemption Continue reading Triumphant Return For Ian Kennedy

Fixing what ain't broken

In light of Peter Gammons’ admitted overreaction to a tepid stretch run in 2009, I have a two (and a half) quasi-simple suggestions:

  1. Do NOT expand to two Wild Card teams. Period.
  2. Change the LDS format to 2-1-2, giving the Wild Card winner just 1 game at home, ensuring the divisional winners will maintain the advantage they have earned. However, I have one BIG clause to this idea:
    • If the Wild Card winner has a BETTER record than the divisional winner they are supposed to play (tiebreaker being head to head record), the format goes back to the traditional 2-2-1.

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Game 153: Yankees 3, Angels 2

The Yankees seemed to be on a hot streak at the end of the first half, until they arrived in Anaheim and were swept by the Angels. This time the Bombers looked like they were slipping into a slump, however, they managed to rebound and Wednesday’s 3-2 victory gave them a series win in Anaheim for the first time since 2004.

With one out in the fourth, Mark Teixeira drove a double to right field. Matsui worked a walk, and Shelley Duncan drove a scorching line drive off the glove of Chone Figgins and into left. Teixeira tried to score, but a nice throw by Juan Rivera got Teix at home. Robinson Cano followed up with a two out, two RBI single, giving the Yankees the first runs of the game. He moved to second on an error by Halos catcher Mike Napoli. Melky Cabrera sent a double into the outfield, scoring Cano and giving the Yankees the 3-0 edge.

AJ Burnett gave the Yankees a solid outing, but the Angels broke through in the fifth. Napoli singled and moved to third on Figgins double. AJ struck out Aybar and got Bobby Abreu to ground out to second, however, Napoli scored, making the score 3-1. The Halos came within one run in the sixth, when AJ gave up a single to Rivera and a RBI double to Gary Matthews, before Damaso Marte came out to close out the inning. Phil Coke, Ian Kennedy (making his return from aneurysm surgery) and Mariano Rivera helped close out the game, holding the Angels scoreless as the Bombers won 3-2.

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RAB examines the Yanks rotation towards the playoffs

Ben from RAB does a nice job discussing how the Yanks are smartly adjusting their rotation to give CC some additional rest, unlike his splendid 2008 stretch run that ultimately left him “hosed” for the post-season:

Except for the final game of the season, we can see how the rotation shakes down. Not only are the Yankees giving CC an extra day off this week, but due to next Thursday’s off-day, he’ll enjoy another extra day of rest next week. As an added bonus, if the Yankees pick the short playoff series, he’ll get yet another extra day off. If they pick the longer series the one that requires just three starters the Big Man will be lined up on normal rest to pitch Game 1 in the Bronx against Detroit or Minnesota.

In looking at Ben’s rotation alignment to the right, we can see that Chamberlain has two starts to get himself back in order, hopefully with that quick pace that made him so good right after the all star break.

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